Tuesday, February 28, 2017

bump week 37

I think she grew a ton over night b/c I woke up feeling much bigger. People must get sick of me saying each week how much bigger I've gotten, but it's true. It's fascinating and super weird to watch your body change in this way and you can't not talk about it.

I got curtains for her room this past weekend though I am not sure when I'll put them up. My lovely best friend bought the rest of the cloth diapers I'll need. So many people have given so generously to us and words can't describe how that feels. We all feel so loved and cared for and supported. So thank you. Thank you for the kind words, sweet comments, gifts, help, gift cards, donations. Thank you! When I lived in Kiribati, I remember marveling at their sense of community and closeness, feeling like as Americans, we don't have the same feeling of community. We are too big, too independent, too spread out. But this experience is showing me that we do pull together and take care of one another, celebrate with one another, show up in countless ways. Its different, but it's community none the less.

Ha! Pregnant and emotional much?

Jeremie is ready for her to be here. We had agreed that we were pulling for her due date, but he has jumped ship and is ready to meet her. Sigh. I am still hoping for March 17th, but as I have no say in the matter, I'm just taking it day by day. She'll come when she comes. I've gotten much of my checklist done. Car seat in car, stroller assembled, diapers ready, sub plans mostly done, maternity leave approved, hospital bag started. Spring break is next week and I don't even know what I'll do with myself. Wait to meet this baby I guess.
Week 37 - Week 25
dress: Old Navy Maternity
sweater: Motherhood Maternity 
scarf: Target
flats: Target

Friday, February 24, 2017

bump week 36

 36 weeks is no joke! More tired, more heavy, more uncomfortable, more swelling. That being said, baby and I are doing well. She's super active, kicking all the time. At my appointment this week, they estimated that she weighs around 6 lb 12 oz, which seems crazy. While I feel bigger this week, it just doesn't seem real that an almost 7 lb baby is in there. I don't feel big enough to be carrying a baby that big. My dad pointed out that I was born when my mom was 35 weeks, so I'd already be holding her if she came as early as I did. I am perfectly content to have her stay put and keep growing for a few more weeks.

I got to get dressed up this past weekend for my aunt's wedding. Dressed up these days means no compression socks and squeezing into these boots. You can see on my face that I am more tired and uncomfortable, but overall I feel good. It could be worse.
dress: Old Navy Maternity
kimono: Macy's
boots: Target
earrings: Target

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

bump week 35

Happy Valentine's Day...yesterday when I took these photos. Right now, we just got back from a belated Valentine's dinner. We decided to go the day after to avoid the crowds. We don't do too much, no gifts. We exchange cards and he gets me flowers. He gets me flowers fairly often though, because he's sweet and know I like them.

Each week I feel so huge and yet each week I/she gets bigger and bigger. Happy to say I am still feeling good. I continue to battle the dreaded cankles, but I think I've figured out how to keep the swelling under control. I'm still trying to walk more, drink water, and put my feet up. In addition, I've tried to cut back on salt a bit. Anyone who knows me, know that I am a salt monster, so this has been key. I've also gotten compression socks and tights. While unattractive, in combination with all the other measures, they do help keep the swelling from reaching monstrous proportions.

Starting next week, I begin going for weekly appointments and sonograms. I am not sure that everyone gets sonograms weekly at this point. I think it might be because I am considered "advanced maternal age" or "elderly." Seriously my records say elderly. Trucking it from Frisco to Dallas every week, rush hour both ways is not going to be fun, but I am excited to be getting so close.

 sweatshirt: H&M mama clearance
jeans: Motherhood Maternity
ankle boots: Tom's 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

bump week 34

Holy moly, right?

She is getting so big and so I am I. I definitely get out of breath doing anything...walking, talking, walking + talking, putting on my shoes, getting out f bed or off the couch. My feet ankle (cankles uuuuugh!) situation never abates and Jeremie feels sorry enough for me that he will give me foot massages. I'm down to Ugg boots, one pair of flats, and flip flops that fit. Not even my Tom's fit my swollen, grotesque feet! They both amaze and horrify me. :) Thankfully it's not painful, just strange. My MIL went shoe shopping with me last weekend to try to find some cute shoes that would fit. I bought a pair of ankle boots, but nothing looks normal, let alone cute with swollen ankles. So I'll make due with what I have and save cute new shoes for normal size feet.

Still feeling good though. Apparently, I make a variety of noise in my sleep these days. Whining, sighing, groaning. Sometimes I wake myself up or catch myself doing it as I am falling asleep. I am just a menagerie of strange quirks and odd behavior, but I still love it. Still feel privileged to have this experience.

Jeremie likes to talk to her and try to get her to kick, which she sometimes does. He's going to be the sweetest dad. We are both getting more and more excited as I near 40 weeks. The weeks are flying by now and though I still have so much to do, I know it will be fine. We will be as ready as we can and our life will change. Can't wait!

dress: Old Navy maternity
Cardigan: Paperline Boutique
flats: Target