Sunday, February 28, 2010

35/35 & Baby Shower Yesterday!

Week 35 Stats:

Total Weight Gain: 39 lbs.

Maternity Clothes: pants are only maternity. dresses. and loooong tops 'cause my belly will show if my shirt is short. i mostly wear non-maternity tops.

Stretch Marks: still no stretch marks on the belly. just a few elsewhere.

Sleep: i slept great until Friday night when i was feeling icky from a head cold.

Best Moment This Week: my baby shower and seeing family and friends that i haven't seen in a long time! i also got my hair done on thursday. i needed a change the required less maintenance. i said goodbye to the highlights and went back to my natural color. daaaark brown!

Movement: she's moving all over the place with very strong movements.

Food Cravings: baby carrots have gotten my attention this week.

Gender: it's a girl!

Labor Signs: braxton-hicks contractions and some pressure. i am also carrying her lower now. baby coming soon?!

Belly Button In or Out: surprisingly still in. verrrrry shallow but an innie.

What I am Looking Forward to: doctor on monday to see how everything is going and another baby shower at school on thursday! i am so blessed to have wonderful friends and family!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

week 34 stats

How Far Along: 34 weeks

Total Weight Gain: 37 lbs.

Maternity Clothes: pants are only maternity. dresses. and loooong tops 'cause my belly will show if my shirt is short. i mostly wear non-maternity tops.

Stretch Marks: still no stretch marks on the belly. just a few elsewhere.

Sleep: sleep is wonderful!

Best Moment This Week: learning that Julianna is head down!

Movement: she's been moving non-stop! i can feel her back and i can see her legs and arms moving.

Food Cravings: no particular cravings this week. i just want food!

Gender: it's a girl!

Labor Signs: braxton-hicks contractions.

Belly Button In or Out: surprisingly still in. verrrrry shallow but an innie.

What I am Looking Forward to: can't wait to have my baby shower next saturday!

Milestones: 6 weeks to go (well, 6 weeks until my due date).

Monday, February 15, 2010

33 weeks, 2 days - head down!

I just got home from my doctor's appointment. My blood pressure is great, baby's heartbeat is 138, and my weight is too much! I've gained a lot in the past 2 weeks... it freaked me out when I saw the scale. Beginning pregnancy weight: 128 and current weight 165! I feel like a cow!

But for the good news: Julianna is currently head down! I am praying that she stays head down so that I can deliver her without having a c-section.
Here are pictures of my new "Peace, Love, and Baby" t-shirt that I got yesterday:

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Last year on Valentine's Day, Josh and I decided to start trying for a little one. Here we are one year later with a little girl on the way! We are so excited and our hearts are already filled with love for her!

This year, Josh and I decided to have a $10 spending limit on Valentine's Day gifts. We wanted to show each other how much we loved each other without spending a ton of money.

Here are our gifts for each other and the breakfast he made for us:

He wrote a super sweet message in my card and I made him a box of hearts. It was all about what I love (about him and our relationship)--he loved it!


Saturday, February 13, 2010

33 weeks + birth & baby class

Josh and I just completed our birth and baby class. We had class on Friday night from 7-9 and today from 9-4. We learned a lot and laughed a lot! I feel a lot more prepared for Julianna's birth and bringing her home. Josh had some fun with our fake baby on Friday night:
And the baby belly at 33 weeks:

Monday, February 8, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010

baby is breech

At my last ultrasound (2 weeks ago), Julianna was in a breech position. When I went to the doctor this week, I wanted more information about this. I really want to have a normal vaginal delivery (if possible) so I wanted to know what my options were. She told me that at 36 weeks, she would determine the baby's current position. If baby was still breech then she would try external (moving baby from the outside) and internal (moving baby from the inside) version at 38 weeks + labor would most likely be induced so that the baby didn't flip back to breech. If this wasn't successful, I would have to have a c-section at 39 weeks.

When I started researching breech babies online, I discovered there are several different ways a baby can be breech:

And this is Julianna at her last ultrasound:
Julianna's leg and foot are by her head. This makes me think she is either Incomplete Breech or Frank breech.

So either way, I won't be carrying her all the way to my due date. That means, I need to work on my lessons plans for maternity leave!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

31 weeks and 4 days: measuring ahead!!

I am so happy to know that I am measuring ahead by one week! Throughout my pregnancy, so many people have told me that I look so small and that I don't even look like I'm pregnant. All of those comments made me feel very concerned that the baby was growing and developing like she should. So I was delighted to find out that she's right on track and then some! Here are some pictures of the current (one week ahead!) bump:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

31 weeks and 3 days - doctor's appointment

The weather is still yucky! We didn't have school yesterday but today (and tomorrow) are teacher workdays with a 2-hour delay. It rained and rained all day today plus the temperature hasn't gotten above 35 degrees. They're also calling for more winter weather later in the week! Craziness! A lot of teachers I work with keep complaining about losing Spring Break but this year it doesn't bother me because I will be out on maternity leave right before Spring Break. My last day is April first (unless Julianna comes sooner).

This afternoon I had to go to the doctor and since the weather wasn't too good, Charity rode with me. My weight went up about 2 pounds since my last visit, my blood pressure was 110/70, baby's heartbeat is 140, and I'm measuring at 32 weeks--so that puts me a week ahead. So even though I may look "small" to many people, my baby girl is actually right on track. That's always a good thing to learn! Charity got to hear little Julianna's heartbeat too... so she got to really experience a prenatal doctor's visit.

My next appointment will be February 15 and I'll be 33 weeks at that appointment. We're getting so close!

additions to the nursery

Josh and I have been trying to decide on a dresser/changing table for over a month now. We got our crib on clearance at Babies"R"Us at a great price so there wasn't a dresser/changer available to go with it because the line had been discontinued. But since the crib was black, we figured that we would be able to find something to go with it. Well... searching online, I found tons of great options that I really liked but they were soooooo expensive! We're getting ready to have a baby, we don't have a lot of extra money! So we just kept waiting and were going to get one with our tax money.

But a few days ago, I felt inspired to search on Craigslist. I have never purchased anything from anyone on there but I guessed it was worth a shot. I looked and looked and could never find just the right thing. I had sent a few e-mails because I was at the point of settling for something and we could just paint it or refurbish it to get the right look.

Then I decided to expand my search to the Charlotte area (instead of just Greensboro and Winston-Salem) and I found a few listings. One of those was a black dresser/changing table... it was actually one of the ones that we had been looking at buying online! Online we were looking at $300.00 but the seller on Craigslist was selling hers for $75.00! It goes great with the crib we got at Babies"R"Us! Needless to say, I jumped on it and now it's a wonderful addition to our nursery:

Our laundry basket and the giraffe nightlight I got at the Fall Festival this year. His body is made out of a cononut.

Artwork that we got at Home Goods.

Today the kids don't have school but I have a teacher workday. At least I don't have to go in until 10! After school, I have a doctor's appointment at the OB/GYN. Now it's time for breakfast: waffles with strawberries on top!