Welcome to the World

Welcome to the world my sweet Aubrey Joy!

Aubrey Joy
Sunday, June 14, 2015
19 inches long
7lbs 1oz

Regular blog posts to resume when I’m not busy staring at her!  

Baby M – 39 Weeks

  Bump Analysis? Still pregnant (which comes as a surprise given our last 24 hours… keep reading) and officially due 1 WEEK from today!  I have a doctor appointment for 39 weeks tomorrow, and I’m [not so] secretly hoping that it will be my last one and maybe this will be my last weekly picture?! Paul’s prediction of June 7th was not accurate.  So we both guessed a 3 day range that she will be here… He’s obviously more optimistic than me.

  • Paul – June 8th – 10th
  • Lauren – June 18th – 20th

Month/Trimester? 9 months [36 weeks – 40 weeks] / 3rd Trimester!

Fruit of the week? Aubrey is the size of a WATERMELON!!! (Yes, you read that right!!) She is 18.9-20.9 in and 6.2-9.2lbs!

Development? She is able to flex her limbs, and her brain is rapidly developing.  She’s getting smarter by the week πŸ™‚ Her nails probably extend past her fingers now, and are basically ready for me to clip them after she’s born… which I can’t do until she decides to make an appearance (Cough, Cough Aubrey I’m waiting…) 

Movement? I can tell she is cramped – I feel more of her just moving and making my stomach bulge in different directions than kicking all the time now, but when she kicks man are they strong! She also keeps dropping down really low and making me super uncomfortable/excited thinking maybe she’s going to make her grand debut, and then she pops back up… what a tease.

Name? Aubrey Joy πŸ™‚

Weight Gain?  No weight gain this week… Totaling 32 lbs.


  • Tingly/Numb leg sensations on my right leg
  • Dry Nose/Nose bleeds
  • Excessive pee breaks- I went to the bathroom 3 times during church on Sunday… Our service is usually about an hour and half… so you can do that math.
  • Pressure – see above comments under movement.  I will literally feel like her head is between my legs and there is a crazy amount of pressure, and I get grumpy because I’m so uncomfortable.  Then she decides to pop back up and the pressure goes away…
  • Hip pain – My hips are quite obviously preparing for child birth, because I’m quite positive when I walk and move they are breaking off.  Ouch.

Cravings? I literally dreamt of donuts the night before National Donut Day, and I actually woke Paul up around 5-6am and asked if we could get some.  He laughed and told me yes but go back to bed.  We finally went after work that day, and they gave me the wrong donut.  I may have cried over a donut.

Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Sleep? Having the CRAZIEST dreams lately… Seriously, Tillicum was in my dream.  AKA the huge literal “killer” whale from Sea World.  Then the next night I dreamed that I was on a hunt for King Cobras, Black Mambas, and Water Moccasins… So the girl that is TERRIFIED of snakes, is now dreaming of some of the DEADLIEST snakes that exist… which obviously keeps me WIDE AWAKE afterwards and positive there is a black mamba under my bed…

Maternity Clothes? I no longer get dressed… like ever.  I wear the same pair of black cheerleading shorts everyday with Paul’s tshirts.  Don’t expect much more if you see me in public.

Exercise? This past week I’ve been walking, I am also still doing the squat challenge.

Wedding Rings?  Unfortunately, I had to take my wedding band off.  It’s a size smaller than my engagement ring and it was getting pretty snug.  So now Paul just keeps making comments about my recent “engagement” or joking about appearing “16 and pregnant”.

Stretch Marks? Pretty sure I found a new one everyday this week, and then I had a pity party for my pre baby body.  Yes I know my body is doing great things and I know it’s all worth it, but I still choose to sulk a little bit.  She can also come out now so they stop showing up!  Still using Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter and BioOil.

Preparations for Baby? Yep I’m done… I think I nested way too early in this pregnancy.  Her clothes are washed, her diapers are ready, her nursery is set up, along with the swing/bouncer and rock n’ play.  Just waiting on baby…

Labor Signs? So last night, Paul and I took the dogs for a walk.  While we were walking, I started having contractions.  I didn’t want to get too excited, because I couldn’t tell if they were real or not.  So we got home and I sat down and chugged some water (which is supposed to help determine if they are real or not).  Well they didn’t stop.  They kept coming, every 8-15 minutes.  

I continued to have contractions and by about 10pm I decided I should lay down to try and rest, because it could be a long night.  Paul and I started to get excited thinking we could be meeting Aubrey by today.  (To add to Paul’s excitement, it’s his birthday today, and he was thrilled at the idea of Aubrey coming on his birthday).  Well it was a long night full of contractions, but not contractions that should be sending me to a hospital.  They are not getting longer/stronger/closer together.  Occasionally I’ll see a pattern in their timing, and then I’ll get a random one that is 20 minutes apart.  I’ll think they’re getting stronger, and then I’ll have one that is really mild.  Apparently, this is considered “Prodromal Labor”… AKA really really long early labor sometimes referred to as “False Labor” when it isn’t actually false at all.  So I had contractions for about 20 hours without stopping, but I still have no baby girl in my arms to show for it… So now I just pray that the Lord gives me patience, and strength to get through this stage and however long it takes (hours/days/weeks… yes everything I’ve read says this can last for weeks.) for active labor to kick in.  *The only silver lining to this is that women who experience prodromal labor, typically have a much shorter active labor stage, because your body has already done so much prep work… I guess I can take that!

I have to say I definitely started feeling pretty defeated by about 4 am. I had only gotton about 2 1/2 hours of sleep at that point, and the contractions weren’t stopping.  This is when I started researching Prodromal Labor and diagnosed myself with it.  As I’m writing this, they’ve started back up, so we will see when they actually turn into something. We’re ready to meet our daughter, and I’m so ready to be done being pregnant.

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What I miss? Standing up from the couch/bed/chairs.  Paul and I were watching TV and we were laying on the couch.  I had to get up to pee (shocker) and I could’t get up.  He held out his hand to try to help me, but I just opted to roll myself onto the floor, which seemed easier to get up from than the couch at that point.  Paul just laughed.

Looking forward to? This isn’t changing… I’m so close to the end.  I’m so close to seeing her beautiful little face, and holding her in my arms and snuggling her!  I can. not. wait. any. longer… well except that I don’t have a choice in this…

Also, it would be totally inappropriate of me to end this post without wishing my handsome husband a very happy 29th birthday!  I love you more than words can say! You’ve been so incredibly amazing throughout this entire pregnancy, and I am so ridiculously excited to see you become a daddy to our little girl!  You make me a better person each day, and I cannot thank you enough for everything you do for Aubrey and I.  God truly blessed me when He brought you into my life.   I love you!!!


Baby M – 38 Weeks


Bump Analysis? She’s dropping! You might not see it but Paul and I can tell!

Month/Trimester? 9 months [36 weeks – 40 weeks] / 3rd Trimester!

Fruit of the week? Aubrey is the size of a pumpkin!! [which really doesn’t help a first time mom imagine pushing something that size out… that’s terrifying!]   She is 18.9-20.9 in and 6.2-9.2lbs!

Development? She may already have an inch or so of hair, and she’s shedding the white goo looking stuff on her skin (Vernix caseosa).  Her head is now about the same circumference as her abdomen. She would be perfectly fine if she was born now.  πŸ˜ƒ

Movement? I can tell she is cramped – I feel more of her just moving and making my stomach bulge in different directions than kicking all the time now, but when she kicks man are they strong!

Name? Aubrey Joy πŸ™‚

Testing? The Strep B test came back negative so no antibiotics during labor, unless necessary for other reasons.  This was also the last test of my pregnancy.

Weight Gain?  1 lb this week… Totaling 32 lbs. My goal was to only gain 30 and I’m pretty close to that.  I’ll take it!

Symptoms? These make me sound miserable, but I don’t typically have them all at onceπŸ˜ƒ I’m actually feeling pretty good I think for as far along as I am!  The pressure and random pains are definitely not comfortable but I can deal!

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Tingly/Numb leg sensations on my right leg
  • Dry Nose/Nose bleeds
  • Excessive pee breaks
  • Tailbone Pain
  • Heartburn
  • Pressure

Cravings? Nothing really that I’m craving.

Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Sleep? After a long May, this weekend Paul and I had ZERO plans and I took full advantage and napped on Saturday and Sunday.  It was just what I needed!  I felt so much better each day after I slept.  That being said… at night I am waking up constantly to go to the bathroom, and to flip from side to side, which PS is NOT easy at this point!  

Maternity Clothes?  Same old, same old.

Exercise? This past week, Paul and I went and swam laps and we’ve walked.  I am also still doing the squat challenge.  Yesterday was Day 11 with 120 squats… killer.  Today is much easier with only 40 πŸ™‚

Wedding Rings? ON! My rings were a little big to begin with, so though most people are surprised to hear they are still on its probably because they fit the way they should now.

Stretch Marks? No new tiger stripes… at least not yet! Still using Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter and BioOil.

Preparations for Baby? I didn’t prep anything this week… I had every intention of making freezer meals for when she comes to help us have some meals for a while, but I chose to sleep instead.  I’m waiting for that nesting urge to kick back in like I had around 4 months, but the urge to sleep wins out every time…

Labor Signs? Memorial Day weekend I was having a LOT of contractions that had me thinking she was coming sooner rather than later, but then things slowed down.  The pressure lessened and the contractions slowed down.  Starting Saturday, the pressure started to come back in my lower abdomen, and then continued to move down to my pelvis.  I also started with more frequent contractions, but nothing that has me remotely ready to head to the hospital.

The doctor I saw today said they won’t do internal exams until 40 weeks to prevent infection.  Apparently every doctor in the practice does it differently, and so we still have no idea if there is any progress going on… Although I guess it doesn’t make much of a difference.  Labor will start when it starts!

Paul is betting on her coming June 7th, so we’ll see if he’s right πŸ™‚  This waiting game… it ain’t easy!  Can I PLEASE hold my baby girl?!

What I miss? Standing, putting shoes on, getting out of bed all without help.  I guess I just like being independent πŸ˜‰ ha.

Looking forward to? Getting labor over with, and just holding Aubrey in my arms! Also seeing Paul as a Dad, because I am positive it will have me falling in love with him all over again πŸ™‚