Bumpdate {33 weeks}

December 29, 2014

how far along: 33 weeks, 2 days {less than 50 days to go!!}

33 weeks    bumpdate {33 weeks}

size of baby: a durian fruit? – the Bump needs a new comparison for this week! {17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 pounds}

gender: baby girl!

weight gain: up 26.5 pounds…

maternity clothes: yes! lots of leggings!

stretch marks: keeping them away with my Mustela cream!

rings: off {starting at 32 weeks}

nursery: I think it is actually done…for now.  there are just a couple more things that need to go on the walls {one is on order from Etsy and the others are waiting on her indecisive parents to choose her name and to get some photos printed}! I even got all her blankets, swaddles and some clothes and gowns washed!

movement: lots and lots of movement still! I’m noticing some a little lower now…maybe she is getting cozier down in there!

symptoms: so glad I’ve been leg cramp free this week!! hydration and making sure I’m good with my vitamins must be the trick!! still having some back pain…I don’t expect this to go away as the weeks progress! I really need to keep doing my prenatal yoga {oops}!

sleep: cannot get enough…and sleeping well considering I get up 3-4 times to use the bathroom!

cravings: the holiday goodies have definitely satisfied my sweet tooth this week! not craving anything specific… {except for one moment while walking around the liquor section at the market…a cold Blue Moon with an orange sounded DELISH!}

aversions: nothing in particular…

what I miss: being able to roll over/get out of bed without it becoming a show!

best moment this week: I don’t think I can choose one! it was a very short work week and we had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas at my MIL’s on Christmas Eve and at my parents’ on Christmas day! our little girl even got some adorable presents from her family that loves her so much already! this morning we had a quick appointment with our doctor. my health and the little one looked perfectly on track! can’t wait for our last ultrasound in a couple weeks to make sure she is heading down the right way!

33 weeks sillouette

looking forward to: another easy work week and lots of relaxing to start of 2015…the year our little girl will be born {crazy}!!

Bumpdate {32 weeks}

December 22, 2014

how far along: 32 weeks, 2 days

{I failed taking pictures this weekend…Christmas Eve pictures will have to count this week!}

size of baby: squash {15.2-16.7 inches, 2.5-3.8 pounds}

gender: baby girl!

weight gain: up to 151.5 this morning {a total of 25.5} – I’m pretty sure I mis-calculated AGAIN last week! but I broke out the calculator this morning and I’ve got it today!

maternity clothes: definitely!

stretch marks: keeping them away with my Mustela cream!

rings: decided this weekend to take them off.  they weren’t quite uncomfortable, but I couldn’t get them off as easily so I figured it was better to be safe than sorry!

nursery: is looking adorable! we’ve made so much progress…I’m starting to feel like we have it under control!

movement: so much movement, all throughout the day! I love it!

symptoms: some back pain still, but was actually not so bad this weekend! getting a little uncomfortable in general throughout the day. after sitting or standing too long. laying down on my side with my Bumpnest seems to provide the most relief! a recent development is waking up to excruciating cramps in my calves!! trying to take in extra electrolytes, potassium and calcium this week! hope it helps!

sleep: love sleep…and still sleeping well!

cravings: sugar, sugar, sugar! I know sugar can contribute to higher birth weight, so I’m trying {my hardest} to limit myself…

aversions: nothing in particular…

what I miss: I gave in to having a cup of decaf coffee when we went out to breakfast Sunday, so I’m not missing too much! just super excited that February is getting nearer!

best moment this week: we had a MUCH quieter weekend this week! I think the best parts were relaxing and hanging up decor in the nursery! it’s all coming together!

looking forward to: Christmas this week!! we are basically done shopping {finishing up a couple errands this afternoon} so we just have to wrap tomorrow! can’t wait for yummy dinners and time with the fam!

Maternity Photos {by Kim Harvey Photography at 31 weeks}

one thing that I haven’t skipped out on this pregnancy is photographing it! with so much inspiration from fellow bloggers and that darn Pinterest {I mean, I have a whole board for maternity photos!}, I’ve had many visions in my head of photos I wanted to take and have taken! I figure we’re only going to have our first baby once and that is a big reason to document this pregnancy and have the memories of this special time to cherish for years to come!

when a past co-worker and friend of mine approached me after starting her photography business, I knew we had to set up a session! it was so fun to try different poses, walk barefoot in the sticks and just have a great time with someone so easy to be silly and relaxed around {even relaxed enough to do a mini boudoir session in the middle of a field…but we’ll keep those photos for another time – maybe?}! Kim did an amazing job of capturing me and my belly in the light and airy photos I was dreaming of!

enjoy the beautiful photos she took and head over to her facebook page to see the wonderful family, newborn & portrait sessions she has posted!

my dress – forever 21 {borrowed from a friend, but found it online}

my sweater – victoria’s secret {cannot find online…}

baby moccasins – freshly picked

photographer – Kim Harvey {facebook, instagram}



Bumpdate {31 weeks}

December 18, 2014

how far along: 31 weeks, 4 days

IMG_3261-3    IMG_3271

{bumpdate photos this week were taken by the wonderful Kim of Kim Harvey Photography! there are so many to love that they will get their own post! stay tuned!}

size of baby: a pineapple {15.2-16.7 inches, 2.5-3.8 pounds}

gender: a sweet baby girl!

weight gain: up 27.5 pounds! {lets hope we keep it slow and steady from here on}

maternity clothes: for sure! still rocking my regular pj’s and comfy clothes at home…but we all know how that works out!

stretch marks: keeping them away with my Mustela cream!

rings: on…but I’m thinking I should remove them for a bit, just so they don’t get uncomfortable!

nursery: is really coming along!! our rocker came last week {thanks mom & dad!} and I’m trying to finish washing the bedding! we got some adorable wall art from Hobby Lobby last weekend and I cannot wait to get it all hung and share some pictures!

movement: still crazy in there! she moves ALL. THE. TIME…and I love it!

symptoms: mild back pain, fatigue {duh, +27.5 pounds}, and major nesting! is that a symptom? I’m not sure…but at least its a productive one!

sleep: cannot get enough! but so happy that I’m sleeping well!

cravings: sweets {as always}, soft pretzels and sushi! really, I think I just want miso soup and anything I can put soy sauce on!

aversions: nothing in particular…

what I miss: being able to walk through Ikea without feeling like I ran a marathon!

best moment this week: we were busy bees last week! decorated {minimally} for Christmas, checked off many lines on the baby to-do list, had a 3-d ultrasound & I had photos taken!!

the hubby was a trooper this weekend and we had “a really big day” on Saturday {side note-I’ve never seen this movie – can you name it? –  but Todd and a friend of  mine keep referencing it, so naturally it’s all I think about when writing about a Saturday morning filled with errands}.  we ordered the stroller {which has arrived and is AMAZING!}, picked out a side table from Ikea {but still have to go back to find it because it was sold out}, found some super cute decor at Hobby Lobby AND explored Buy Buy Baby for the first time!! thank goodness Hobby Lobby and Buy Buy Baby aren’t just right around the corner from our house! it was my first time at both stores and I can officially say I’m addicted!!

on Monday we spent the morning and evening at Kaiser for an appointment and Baby Care Basics! so much information! let’s hope we remember how to swaddle and bathe her 2 months from now 😉

Baby Care Basics    Bumpdate {31 weeks}

oh, and it was also my birthday! I had a wonderful time celebrating with my family! apparently baby progress is way more exciting!!

looking forward to: a relaxing weekend! we have a housewarming party to attend on the calendar, but hopefully the rest of the weekend will be spent enjoying our cozy living room {see our beautiful shorty tree on my Instagram from this morning} and washing baby stuff!

Baby Registry {first timers}

registering for a baby as first time parents can be the most overwhelming and daunting task! to me, it was an opportunity to make a huge list of things that I got to cross off – so naturally I was so excited to start! to be honest, I had our entire registry done, added to, changed, deleted and done again before I even brought it up to my husband {I think he would have thought I was more crazy than he knows already}! 😉
I referenced my trusty regular blog reads {Little Baby Garvin, A. Liz Adventures, The Small Things Blog, & The Wise Baby}, friends and family, Google and the suggestions on the Babies R Us and BabyList registry sites. I came up with a gigantic list of necessities as well as wants that hopefully blend well to give us the perfect mix of what we need and will love for our little miss in just 2 short months! I’ve picked a few of the items I was most excited to register for to go through. Any other suggestions?
{I plan to be back in a few months with a review of how our registry picks turn out for us!}

baby registry: first timers
this one can be classified as a necessity and a want! obviously a bouncer/swing of some sort is something used often by moms, but I’m hoping the small design, multiple motions and many sound options justify splurging on this item! it was given as a gift and was set up at my baby shower…it was definitely a conversation piece for those who had never heard of it before!
two. My Breast Friend nursing pillow
the Boppy is probably the most common nursing pillow around {I mean there is basically an entire aisle of them in Babies R Us}, but we* chose to go with this one.  it was recommended by a family member and a lactation consultant at our hospital.
three. Baby Jogger City Select stroller
when choosing a stroller, I knew I wanted neutral {preferably black}, one that was easy to fold and unfold, the ability for it to grow with our family and one with plenty of space for a quick trip to the store, or bigger baby bag if we were out for a long period of time.  I have heard nothing but great things about the City Select and after I found the black on black version, I was sold! it has the ability to add a second seat for when we have another bebe and lots of coordinating accessories to hold my “stuff” {which I tend to have a lot of}.  it is a little bit on the pricey side at $499, but I feel like it is reasonable for a higher end stroller {I found some in the $700-$800 range!}.  again with the price, the accessories like the parent console, lap tray, cooler bag and cup holder are all sold separately – but its nice that you can pick and choose the items that you would use most!
my husband sees this as just “another thing for the kid to lay in”, but I’ve heard from so many online reviews {especially from the Wise Baby’s “real life mom favorites” posts} that it was awesome for having a place for the baby to hang out while getting other stuff done around the house.  it is so cozy and a perfect little nest for her to relax in!
five. Petunia Picklebottom diaper bag
I’m sure everyone has heard of, seen, or owned one of these bags! I loved the space and organization, the fact that it has the built in changing station and that it is just beautiful to look at! I’m even getting the Petunia Weekender Bag {in the matching print of course} as a larger alternative for when we go on weekend getaways or are out for long days!
six. the Miracle Blanket swaddle
this swaddle was recommended to my aunt {who owns a daycare} by her friend {who is a newborn sleep trainer}. its so soft, no velcro, secures baby’s arms and {supposedly} swaddles them so they cannot escape. I hope our little miss loves these!
after attending a BabyPalooza event with The Baby Guy {Jamie Grayson}, I was stuck on a mattress by Naturepedic! this was definitely a splurge {around $330}, but I justified it by the fact that I wanted a more simple crib that was less expensive than MANY I had been looking at.  I also shopped around and found it a Kohls! with sales and coupons, it ended up being much less of an investment than the original price.  in reality, the baby isn’t sleeping on the crib, she will be sleeping on the mattress and I wanted her to be on something I could trust to be safe and comfortable! this mattress is organic, hypo-allergenic, has a non-toxic fire prevention system and is even dual sided {firm for an infant, softer for a toddler}.
again, one of those “things for the kid to lay in”, but we are planning to use this by our bed for her to sleep in for those first few weeks.  we have very limited space in our bedroom and this fits perfectly at my bedside.  it’s also awesome for portability – its super light and folds up with the push of two buttons.

obviously there were many more things on our registry, but going through them all would be crazy! after I’ve tested them out and created my own opinions, I’ll be back to discuss my favorites! anything you couldn’t live without?

Bumpdate {30 weeks}

December 9, 2014

how far along: 30 weeks, 3 days

Bumpdate {30 weeks}    30 weeks

size of baby: a cucumber {15.2-16.7 inches, 2.5-3.8 pounds}

gender: all pink around here!

weight gain: 23 pounds as of this week…

maternity clothes: of course! although I lucked out and found a super cute non-maternity dress at Express last week that I was able to wear to my baby shower!

stretch marks: keeping them away with my Mustela cream!

rings: on, but still feeling a bit tighter…

nursery: it is amazing that a space can go from empty to completely crammed in one weekend! we are so grateful for our friends and family that showered us with love and gifts this weekend! hoping to get it all organized this week! we even ordered the rocker this weekend too!! 🙂

movement: I’m not sure if this girl ever sleeps! I notice her all throughout the day doing gymnastics or something in there!

symptoms: still just breathlessness and back pain…the back support I got helps when I’m up and about doing things, but isn’t comfortable to sit with it on at all.

sleep: is still pretty good, but I notice its taking me longer to fall back asleep after I get up for the bathroom…just getting used to spending more time awake at night I guess!

cravings: still loving sweets!

aversions: nothing in particular…

what I miss: I’m pretty content right now! so much excitement and we are getting closer to B-Day! can’t miss too much!!

best moment this week: my sister and sister-in-law did an amazing job throwing me a baby shower this weekend {with the help of our moms}! the decor was beautiful, the food and desserts were delish and we couldn’t be luckier to have such wonderful and generous friends and family!! more on this in another post, but here’s a sneak peek! 🙂

Baby Shower Dessert Table    baby shower game

looking forward to: getting her nursery organized and big items out and together {like her car seat}! also getting our tree tonight and doing some Christmas decorating! we’re also doing some baby classes this week {we did “breastfeeding for success” last night}. making everything seem more real – only 67 more days to go!!

Bumpdate {29 weeks}

December 3, 2014

how far along: 29 weeks, 4 days

29 weeks    Bumpdate {29 weeks}

size of baby: an acorn squash {15.2-16.7 in, 2.5-3.8 pounds}

we had an appointment yesterday and the ultrasound technician estimated her to weigh about 3 pounds, 3 ounces! in the 56th percentile!

gender: baby girl!

weight gain: up to 148! {yowza, that’s 22 pounds!}

maternity clothes: yes, yes, yes! even invested in a belly support over the weekend!

stretch marks: keeping them away with my Mustela cream!

rings: on, but still feeling a bit tighter…

nursery: is looking great! we have all of the furniture {but the rocker} and the hubby even built in her closet for her over the weekend! getting there!

movement: still moving all over the place! especially in the early morning and after I lay down after work or dinner!

symptoms: occasional back pain, but I’m hoping the belly support will help with that! also, breathlessness like crazy! I feel like I’m a hundred years old after I go up a flight of stairs!

sleep: still great! I’ve been getting some early morning wake up calls with all of the dancing going on, but I don’t mind!

cravings: the cloudy, rainy weather in southern CA is making me want soup and grilled cheese…all day. every day. I’ve had soup for lunch for 3 days and dinner last night!

aversions: nothing in particular…

what I miss: not feeling like I’m 20 pounds overweight after doing anything physical {oh wait…} 😉

best moment this week: we had a wonderful time with both of our families for Thanksgiving! I made this salted caramel apple pie for both houses! so yummy! we got lots of baby shower crafts done on friday, organized little miss’ closet and went wedding dress shopping with my SIL! so much progress and fun over the long weekend! {and since I’m late posting…we also got to see her in an ultrasound yesterday! she has gotten so big…it amazes me everytime!}

Thanksgiving Pie    29 weeks {ultrasound}

looking forward to: our baby shower on Saturday and being 30 weeks! ah…time is flying!