Week 31 Update [Baby Shower #1!]

October has already been a busy month and we are only a week or two into it! My mom and I traveled over to Moore County this past weekend where some of Robb’s family were hosting a baby shower for me. It was a whirlwind of a weekend but a great one! It’s about 3 1/2 hours of solid driving from our place to Moore County but it was worth it.

We started out the weekend by stopping to the Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield. I picked up a few items for my baby shower this upcoming weekend and my mom purchased a cute, flowy blouse for me from Destination Maternity.

Front Pocket Maternity Shirt- Dot Print | Destination Maternity

After arriving in Moore County, we walked around for a little bit in Southern Pines but a lot of shops had already closed for the evening so we skipped over to Pinehurst so I could show my mom around Bump & Baby – one of my favorite baby boutiques. We were tuckered out after that so we decided not to go to Southern Pines’ First Friday and headed on to my boyfriend’s grandma’s for the evening to relax.

The next morning, we got up and headed down to AutumnFest to check out the vendors and to listen to my Robb’s dad’s bluegrass band – South Ridge Bluegrass. You should definitely check them out – they are fabulous and even Lil Bean started to boogy some!

Then it was baby shower time!

Mom and I | 30 Weeks + 6 Days Baby Bump Picture

Robb’s family did a fabulous job with everything. There were pictures of us as babies everywhere and his mom had a game where people cast their vote with a checker whether or not Lil Bean would have red hair or black hair. I don’t get to see the result until after Lil Bean gets here but I know which way I’m leaning! Let’s just say that I think Lil Bean may be a spitting image of his daddy.

To eat, we had a fruit tray, a vegetable tray, jello salad, chicken salad sandwiches, turkey and cheese sandwiches and more. We also had cake and punch – I LOVE baby/wedding/shower punch.

I absolutely adore my dress (from PinkBlush Maternity, of course). In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ll wear it again for my second baby shower. It’s comfortable and I love the print. I think that it’s a very flattering dress.

Navy Blue Watercolor Floral Fitted Maternity Dress | PinkBlush Maternity

Our Lil Bean is blessed to have so many that love him already. We received a lot of great gifts that will certainly help us out when Lil Bean gets here. One of my favorites has to be the handmade hat and booties knit by his grandmother. I also loved the little Smokey the Bear t-shirt as well. Both of those items are ones that will certainly be placed in Lil Bean’s hope chest one day (do boys even have hope chests?).

Opening gifts with my handy dandy note-taker by my side.

In this picture are two great-grandmothers-to-be, three grandmothers-to-be, and ME!

The bottom dropped out of the sky when it came time to load up my gifts and my poor mom got soaking wet. It ended up raining pretty much all the way home but that didn’t put a damper on our day!

This super blurry picture is the one I sent to Robb on our way home. The back of the truck was full as well. His response? “Awwww…. shit….”

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today I rolled out of bed as a 30-year old. Literally, rolled. Robb laughs at me because I usually need a little momentum to get myself out of bed now, so I have to kick my legs or I’ll swing them over the edge of the bed and slide. Once I get bigger and start needing help, I know that he’ll be right there to pull me up.

So yeah. I rolled out of bed as a 30-year old, 31 weeks pregnant. I’ve been so fortunate to have the life that I have. I know that every life is filled with its ups and downs but I’m blessed that as of today, I have had so many more ups than anything else. I can only hope that with all the changes that are coming soon, the ups keep on coming.

How could I resist a 30th birthday bump picture – even if it’s a dreary day and the lighting is off?

My mom called as I was fixing myself breakfast. For as long as I can remember, she’s played this special birthday song for me from “Captain Zoom”. We both know all the words (and for the most part, it’s the first words that pop into my bed come the morning of October 12th). She purchased it as a cassette many, many years ago but as cassette players started to fade away, she started to panic about finding a way to play it so I surprised her one year with a CD.

I love traditions. We don’t have very many in our family really, other than “Captain Zoom” and my mom giving us pajamas or something similar on Christmas Eve. But all it takes to start a tradition is for someone to make that first move. With Lil Bean joining us, I look forward to starting even more traditions.

What are some of your favorite family traditions?

Update:

I thought I would give a quick update on some of the awesome things I received for my birthday.

Check out these goodies from my mom – she knows me so well! I love the little onsies and the “Beware the Hen Poo” sign is to replace one I lost earlier in the year. It came all the way from Ireland! I’ve been looking forward to reading “The Cooking Gene” by Michael Twitty. What is really neat is that the jar of pink rocks is actually rose quartz that mom found during their mountain camping trip.

What’s even neater is that rose quartz is a good stone to take to the hospital to place near the baby/mother during the birthing process to promote bonding!

Week 30 Update

Oops. I forgot to post my 30 week update last week. That’s okay. This will be a short post!

My mom’s dog, Cody, stayed with us recently so we took the dogs down to the pond to enjoy the gorgeous fall day. It was great exercise for all of us. I’ve been trying to make it a habit to walk more, even if it’s just a little bit, because I have heard that it will make the rest of my pregnancy (and hopefully labor) go by a bit easier.

Fingers crossed.

Robb and I took a short trip down to Edenton last Saturday. I wanted to stop to the farmer’s market to say hello to some of my fellow sellers and to show off my baby bump since I haven’t seen them at all this market season. I decided early on in my pregnancy to cut down on any vendor events and shows this year to give my body the opportunity to rest on the weekends.

I also wanted to snag a couple of pictures of myself at the waterfront. 🙂

30 Weeks | And I STILL can get up and down by myself!

I also had my 30 week doctor’s appointment last week. Everything went well. Lil Bean’s heart-rate had slowed but that seems to be normal for the third trimester. I hadn’t gained any weight since my previous appointment – two week’s prior – but that didn’t seem to alarm my doctor as I told her that I have made some diet changes. My glucose test was a little on the high side so I’ve cut out a lot of the sugary items that I usually consume. It made grocery shopping yesterday take forever as I took the time to read the labels on any processed items I purchased to see how much sugar the items contained.

Lil Bean has still been nice and active though and he is measuring right where he needs to be. My blood pressure checked out great and I am so thankful that I have been having a moderately healthy pregnancy.

28 & 29 Week Update [Glucose Test + Childbirth Class]

I can’t believe that I am already in my third trimester and that in less than 3 months, we’ll be able to meet our Lil Bean in person! According to The Bump, at 29 weeks – Lil Bean is about the size of an acorn squash. Over the next couple of months, he’ll double/triple his weight!

29 Weeks | Taken this morning

My doctor’s office recently offered a two-session childbirth class at our local hospital that went over sort of what to expect during the labor process. Robb was unfortunately out of town during the first class and had to miss it but I was glad to have him home and able to attend last week. As last week’s class dove more into actual labor/what to expect after giving birth, it seemed more important. Robb had lots of questions so it was nice to have an environment where those could be asked. We also had the opportunity to visit the maternity ward upstairs to see where I would actually be giving birth. The delivery rooms were nice (and big) while the recovery room was surprisingly on the small side!

I also had my glucose screening test last week. The glucose screening test checks a woman’s blood glucose (i.e. sugar) level to see how the body processes sugar and is a preliminary test to check to see if I might have gestational diabetes (high blood sugar that starts or is found during pregnancy). If my blood glucose is too high and I test positive, then I’ll have to go back for an additional test. A lot of women, especially ones who are wanting a natural birth, are starting to forgo this test. My mom had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me so if I’m susceptible, I want to have an idea now so I can make the appropriate changes.

At my 24 week appointment, they gave me this sugary drink that I needed to drink about 45 minutes before my glucose test. I kept it in the fridge so it was nice and chilled. I was offered either Orange or Fruit Punch and I went with the fruit punch. The flavor wasn’t so bad during the first few sips (it tasted like a thick HI-C Fruit Punch) but as I kept drinking, I could feel it turning into acid in my stomach. That being said, some of the side effects of drinking the beverage included nausea, diarrhea, lightheartedness, etc. but thankfully I had none of those.

My appointment went well and since my mom was off work, she was able to come with me. My weight was good, my blood pressure was great, my belly measured right on par, and most importantly, Lil Bean’s heart-rate was nice and strong. The phlebotomy technician who drew my blood for the glucose test was just as gentle as can be. This was only the second time that I’ve EVER had blood drawn and she makes it so I don’t feel it at all. So now we wait for the results of the glucose test.

This past Sunday, Robb and I went up to Morris Farm Market to pick up some pumpkins for decoration (and to enjoy the abundant free samples that they offer). It was also their annual Fun on the Farm event which featured lots of activities for kids, hay rides, a petting zoo, live music and more. We had a great time and it made the perfect “date day” for us. I think that we are both excited at the thought of being able to take Lil Bean to events like this one day!

I love the variety of pumpkins/squash offered at Morris Farm Market – Black Futsu, Cinderella, Fairy-tale – I can find varieties here that I might not normally find anywhere else.

Look at all of those gorgeous pumpkins!

We’re so adorable!

Even after purchasing a ton a pumpkins, I wanted a few just “regular” ones, so we stopped to a small patch down the road and pick up a couple of pumpkins that would be great to carve.

Our fall display is almost done but I still need to pick up a few mums to complete the look and will hopefully do that in the next day or so. This is what our front porch looked like last year:

25 & 26 Week Update

I decided to lump weeks 25 and 26 together in a short update since there isn’t much news to report. I seem to have passed the point of my pregnancy where strangers can recognize that I actually am pregnant and not just carrying some extra meat on my bones. I’ve been getting almost daily comments asking about my due date, what I’m having, etc. It could also be because I’ve been making an effort the past week or so to wear maternity clothes. My mom has been buying me tops and pants for about the past month now and for some reason, I had been reluctant to wear them. I don’t know what in the world I was thinking. I never want to wear regular pants again. I love not having to button my pants and how comfortable maternity clothing is.

25 Weeks

Symptoms wise – I still have heartburn. If the old wives tales are true and the more heartburn you have, the hairier your baby then I’m expecting our Lil Bean to pop out looking like Sasquatch! My belly has been itching the past few days, right around my belly button. I’ve heard that is caused by your skin stretching but I’m also wondering if maybe it is finally time for me to make the decision on if I’m going to remove my belly button ring completely (I’ve had it since 2004) or if I’m going to get a belly button ring that will expand with my belly. It’s getting to the point as well where my belly button ring is started to catch on stuff (like the edges of counters/my desk) because of my belly being extended.

If I stand right, I can still see my feet!

Another issue that I’ve been having the past week or so is that I cannot get to sleep at night. I lay down at my normal time (about 9:30 – 10:00) but am just not feeling tired. It’s usually about 12:00 or 1:00 that I actually get to sleep – which makes the next day at work drag. That being said, I have gotten some cleaning done around the house – especially up in my studio!

26 Weeks

As for cravings, earlier in my pregnancy it seemed to be whole milk, fried chicken and watermelon that I wanted to eat most of the time. But even those haven’t been of the “I NEED this” sort of craving. There really hasn’t been anything I’ve been dying to have, even now. I’ve walked past some items (such as Spaghetti-o’s and Captain Crunch) that I’ve thought to myself “Oh, that looks delicious” and have indulged myself, but there hasn’t been anything out of sorts.

If you are, or have ever been pregnant, did you crave anything in particular?