Aubrey’s Birth Story

Throughout my entire pregnancy I had anxiety about labor.  The horror stories.  The hollywood dramas.  I witnessed my sister’s 2 labors with my nieces.  I was terrified of how everything would go.  Needless to say, it’s done, and now my anxiety is gone.  Disclaimer: This is probably the longest blog post I will ever write.  

On Friday, June 12th, Paul and I decided we should squeeze in one more date night before we became parents.  We headed to the movies to see Jurassic World (Totally worth seeing in case you were wondering).  We caught an early showing since it was opening day, and we came home and made dinner.  By about 10:30 I noticed that my contractions were becoming rhythmic, and they were stronger than my previous false alarm contractions.  I started timing them, and decided I was going to head to bed “just in case”  we were waking up at 3:30 to head to the hospital.


I fell asleep really quickly, and at about 2:45am I woke up having a contraction.  They were painful to the point where I couldn’t sleep through them anymore.  So I laid in bed,  having contractions, dozing off between them, and wrestling with the idea of when I should wake Paul up.  I finally gave up on sleep around 6:30am, and all I could think was by that afternoon I would be holding my baby! (Spoiler alert: I was wrong!). So I got up and took a shower, and started bouncing on a birthing ball.  I was hesitant to let anyone in our families know I was in labor until I knew it was the real deal since I gave everyone a false alarm earlier that week on Monday.   I think around 10:30am or so on Saturday, we finally told our parents and my sister.  Low and behold, almost right after we told everyone, my contractions started getting further apart again.  Paul and I went walking trying to keep things going, but we weren’te having much luck.  They spread out to about 20 – 30 minutes apart for about an hour or so, and then they picked back up, which was a relief to me.  I had serious anxiety about it being another false alarm.  My sister was driving down from Tallahassee, and Paul’s mom was driving down from Virginia!  I just kept thinking, maybe I’m wrong! Maybe this isn’t it, and now they’re both on their way!


Then again around 2:30pm, my contractions stalled… AGAIN!  I was so incredibly frustrated.  I was frustrated that I still didn’t know if I was in labor.  I was frustrated that we had told everyone, and it was possibly another false alarm.  I was frustrated because I was tired, and I thought that by this point I would be in the hospital and pretty close to holding my baby in my arms.  I broke down, and Paul came to the rescue with reassuring words.  He suggested we both go take a nap, and relax.  He said I needed to stop stressing myself out, because I was probably the reason my contractions kept stalling.  So we laid down, and shortly after we got a delivery.   Paul opened the box, and goes, “This is a bunch of presents!”.  I immediately jumped out of bed all giddy and excited.  My family in Illinois, had all bought us presents and shipped them in one box!  (Seriously, my family is the sweetest!  They always know how to make things really special!  I love you all 🙂 ) This seriously was perfect timing, because it completely changed my mood, and my contractions started up again.

Since Paul and I weren’t planning on being home for dinner that night (we were kind of thinking we would be at the hospital!), I hadn’t gone grocery shopping like I planned, and we had nothing for dinner.  So we called my parents, and they brought over a pizza along with my sister.  Apparently, my family was just what I needed.  At that point I was close to another breakdown, and they walked in the door and immediately put smiles on my face.  We laughed and joked, and then my mom, sister, and I went for a walk.  So we walked, and we walked, and we finally headed back to the house.  We sat down for a few minutes with my dad, and then my sister and I went back outside for another walk.  So while we were walking, we caught up with Paul (who had just come back from a run), and I finally told my sister that I honestly couldn’t tell if I was peeing on myself or not.  My pants were wet, like I peed, but I didn’t feel like I was peeing.  (pregnancy is a really beautiful thing huh?) Melissa looked at me and said, “Lo, I don’t think you’re peeing yourself, I think your water might be broken”.  That thought had never crossed my mind.  I immediately felt better that I wasn’t just peeing on myself this whole time!

During all of our walks, my contractions had finally picked up, and were getting pretty strong to the point where I would stop walking during them.  When we got back to the house my parents and sister left, and my sister was going to come back and stay at our house that night.  I decided to take a shower, and while I was showering, my contractions were about 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 minutes apart and they were really painful.  I started getting nauseous and shaking.  My sister suggested, I might be further along then we thought so it might be a good time to head to the hospital.


Paul and I got to the hospital around 10:30pm, and headed to triage. They measured me and I was 3 cm!  Mind you I was 1 cm at my appointment on Wednesday.  That means in 24 hours of contractions, I’d only dilated 2 cm.  I was feeling so defeated.  If labor was that slow, I knew I wasn’t going to make it unmedicated like I wanted.  Not to mention, hospitals won’t admit you until you’re 4cm.  Fortunately, they tested for amniotic fluid, and they determined that my water did in fact break, and at that point they had to admit me.  So Paul, my mom, my sister, and I headed over to the labor and delivery room.

Honestly the rest is kind of a blur of time. Fortunately once I was in active labor, things progressed quickly.  I labored in all sorts of different positions.  A birthing ball (which I hated), in the tub (which I hated), and for the most part I labored best just squeezing onto Paul or my mom or my sister, and breathing, and rocking my hips.  The next time I was measured I was only 6 cm.  Shortly after, I felt like I had to go to the bathroom.  I thought for sure I had to poop, and did lots of laboring on the toilet which cracks me up looking back.  All I could think of was the show “I didn’t know I was pregnant” when all the babies are born in the toilet!  My sister kept telling me I didn’t have to go to the bathroom, and that was just the pressure of Aubrey moving down.  In my head I was only 6 cm, so that couldn’t be right.  I couldn’t have that much pressure yet.


All the sudden the room was being put together for delivery.  The nurses were coming in and out, and setting up.  Finally, I laid down to be checked again, and I don’t think the nurse actually gave me a number.  I think she just told me I was a little more than I was last time… gee. Thanks for that.  By this point I was so incredibly tired, I physically couldn’t move anymore.  I laid there in bed for the rest of labor.  I knew I was freezing, and I couldn’t stay warm.  Then during a contraction, I just started pushing.  I didn’t know if I was supposed to or not, but I did anyways.  At that point, the midwife on call showed up, and basically said it was time to push.
She let me know that during the first push, I was going to hate her, because there was a part of my cervix still there and she was going to push it to let the baby’s head through.  While pushing I only remember that I kept saying I didn’t have the energy to get her out.  I think at one point after they told me they saw her head, I asked if they could just pull her out.  After what seemed like an eternity (Paul says it was really only 30-40 minutes), Aubrey Joy came into the world.

Labor was the hardest I have ever worked in my entire life.  It was also the most rewarding experience I have ever had.  There is nothing that can replace that feeling of holding my little girl that first time.

I can honestly say, I am still so proud of myself for making it through labor un-medicated.  I can also say that if it weren’t for my incredible husband, my sister and my mom, I would not be able to say that.  They were so incredibly encouraging the entire time, and I would not have been able to do it without their support.  Also, I never thought to take pictures during labor, but leave it to my amazing sister.  She captured everything beautifully!

“A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of the joy that a child is born into the world”  John 16:21

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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 🙂 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 🙂

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

Symptoms? 

  • 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.  😃

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 🙂

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 once😃 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 🙂

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 🙂  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 😉 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 🙂

Aubrey’s Nursery

From the very beginning, I felt like we were having a little girl.  So my mind immediately started planning a nursery for a girl.  I had some ideas for if it was a boy, but nothing I was set on. I knew I wanted to incorporate gray for a boy or a girl, because I’m kind of obsessed with the color.  I also knew I did not want a baby room theme (i.e. jungle, safari animals, Winnie the Pooh), not that there is anything wrong with those, it’s just really not my taste.  I wanted something classic that would grow with our baby.

As soon as we found out we were expecting a little girl, I took that as my green light to run and decorate our nursery, and before it was ever confirmed, I was set on purple, gold and gray as the color scheme.


I found this wallpaper at Target, and immediately was obsessed.  I wanted it to be the accent wall in her room!  Since we are currently renting, I figured this may be a little easier than painting, and having to repaint before we leave.  This wallpaper is vinyl peel & stick, so it isn’t like paper wall paper that takes forever to get off. (Paul claims paint would have been easier… Oops)

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Her crib is also from Target, and we somehow ended up getting it for almost 50% off… you won’t see me complaining!

The adorable little blanket you see hanging on her crib was made by my mom, who is becoming quite the crochet queen since this is her third grandbaby!  The little basket next to her crib has all of her stuffed animals in it.

I can’t tell you how hard it was for me to find something to go above her crib that didn’t clash with the busy wallpaper.  When I finally found these mirrors at Hobby Lobby, they were silver.   So I had to paint them… 3 times.  3 different shades of white.  Heriloom White by Rustoleum was the winner in case you were curious.  I also didn’t break down in tears after the second time I painted them, because they didn’t look right.

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These pictures were hanging at my baby shower that my sister threw for me.  She found them in a gallery wall book from Hobby Lobby and told me I could keep them.  Well I was just so excited, because “You Are My Sunshine” is kind of a sentimental song for me.  I was obsessed with that song when I was younger, and my mom’s sisters used to sing it and play it for me all the time.  I would beg to hear it.  So I love that there is a little piece of that in her room.

IMG_7535These are some knick knack decorations that I found and made.  I spray painted the mason jar silver, and then I cut some fake flowers that we used from our wedding, and put them in there.  So she has a little touch of our wedding incorporated into her nursery, and I kind of love that.

The “A” was something I made thanks to Pinterest, but my sister made one similar for my niece, Kennedy, back when she was born.

It’s hard to read the picture frames from this picture, but the purple one up top reads, “I’ll love you forever” and the gray flower one on the bottom reads, “She is more precious than rubies.  Proverbs 3:15”

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One of my favorite pieces in her nursery is this rocking chair.  This is the same rocking chair that Paul’s mom rocked him and his brother and sister in.  It goes way back, and I love that in just a few weeks, Paul and I can rock our own daughter to sleep in this chair.   This chair really meant a lot to Paul to have it in here, and I think it goes with her room perfectly.  (Just pretend the cushion on it is gray, because it will be soon!)

The pillow on the chair, I found on Pinterest at the beginning of my pregnancy.  I fell in love with it, and I knew when we found out we were having a little girl, that I wanted it in here.  I found it on Etsy, and I think it combines all the colors perfectly… I possibly should have gotton a larger size, but that’s okay.

There is another handmade blanket on this chair that is from a friends mom.  Which I just think is adorable that Aubrey has so many people who already love her and have made her such great blankets!  We also have another handmade blanket from Paul’s cousin, and we just love them all!

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This dresser was a Craigslist find that was actually brown wood, and Paul and I refinished it and painted the handles to give it a new look.  It turned out really well, and I think it is the perfect style for her nursery.

Her nursery has quickly become my favorite room in the house, and I go in there on a regular basis and sit, or organize.  I’ve never considered myself to have good taste when it comes to decorating.  I know what I want, I just can’t seem to make it come together the way that I want it to (i.e. the cause of the meltdown over the mirrors… I blame pregnancy hormones), and for the first time, I think I did just that.  (With the help of my mom and sister who got probably 1,000 text messages asking for their opinion on every little piece that’s in here!)

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Her nursery is ready to go, and now we are anxiously awaiting her arrival!

Baby M – 37 Weeks {FULL TERM!}

  Bump Analysis? She has dropped… Like an inch and it probably isn’t noticeable to anyone but me.

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

Fruit of the week? Aubrey is the size of a Winter Melon!  She is 18.9-20.9 in and 6.2-9.2lbs! AKA she is newborn baby size!!

Development? In the womb she is praticing inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping, and blinking.  She’s also getting ready for her first BM of meconium.  She has officially reached full term [Praise the Lord!] and is gaining about 1/2 oz a day!  When Paul leaves for his work trips, he now kisses me and says, “Don’t go into labor” 🙂

Movement? I am feeling her every move.  Every time she adjusts her position my stomach gets a little deformed looking.  I feel like it always looks deformed because she is always moving.  Her heartbeat was much lower at my last dr appointment {135} which the doctor said is pretty normal since she has less space to move around!

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? Waiting on the results from the Strep B test.

Weight Gain?  No change this week… Totaling 31 lbs.

Symptoms? 

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

Cravings? Nothing really that I’m craving.

Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Sleep? Give me a bed anytime, anywhere.  I’m exhausted constantly, and I don’t feel like I’ve had the time to rest.  I was so thankful to have yesterday off work!

Maternity Clothes?  Same old, same old.

Exercise? Paul and I did go walking A couple times this week! Hooray!  I just tried to ignore the fact that my right leg felt like it weighed 500 lbs and between a numb calf and a numb butt cheek it was a blast! Seriously it’s kind of sad how difficult this little baby has made walking.

We also went and swam laps, and I started a 30 day squat challenge.  So exercise was much better this week!

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? Just when I thought there was a light at the end of the tunnel and I was making it out pretty unscathed…As if I didn’t know all the weight I’ve gained that isn’t in my belly wasn’t going to my legs, I now have the stretch marks to prove it.  I battled insecurities with my legs pre-pregnancy, so postpartum this should be fun…  Still using Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter and BioOil.

Preparations for Baby? Aubrey’s car seat was inspected this week by our local fire department, and we were given the good to go!  I was able to pick up my free breast pump this week thanks to insurance. 

We also got the rest of the baby products assembled.  We now have a swing and rock n’ play set up.  So weird seeing baby things around our house!

Labor Signs? As of my doctor appointment on Friday Aubrey was head down and pretty low in my pelvis! Woohoo! I was supposed to have a doctor appointment this week for 37 weeks, but they’re booked so I go back next Tuesday [38 weeks] and at that point they will start internal exams to see if we are getting close!

I’ve been having Braxton hicks for a while, but this past weekend they started becoming more regular.  Instead of having a couple a day I’m having quite a few an hour sometimes.  I actually started timing them at one point this weekend because I ended up having 7 within an hour and it was spreading to my lower back.  This whole pregnancy I’ve been planning on her being really late, but this definitely had me questioning that.  

The pelvic pressure is here, and it’s intense.  If I wasn’t waddling before, I am definitely waddling now.  Let the waiting game begin!!

What I miss? Not bumping my stomach on things, because I don’t realize how big I am.  It’s a struggle.  

Looking forward to? Holding our beautiful little girl in my arms!

Baby M – 36 Weeks

Bump Analysis? Just when I thought I couldn’t get any bigger… Welcome to 9 months pregnant!  I mean really this is just a 5 week difference!  This almost makes me okay with my 4 lb weight gain last week!


Month/Trimester? 9 months [36 weeks – 40 weeks] / 3rd Trimester!  Did you read that?! 9 MONTHS PREGNANT!!!

Fruit of the week? Aubrey is the size of a Honeydew Melon!  She is 17.2-18.7 in and 4.2-5.8 lbs!

Development? She is getting closer to being able to breathe on her own.  Her skin is getting smooth, and her gums are rigid.  Her liver and kidneys are now fully functional, and her circulation and immune system are basically good to go!

I have literally breathed a sigh of relief with each passing week as she continues to develop and grow as strong as possible before delivery.  As of today, if I were to go into labor they would not try to stop it!  Meaning, we could literally be meeting our little girl any day now!  She will be considered full term next week though (it has been changed from 36 weeks to 37 weeks), so I am perfectly okay with her staying in there a little longer!  I also feel like she’s going to make me wait, and she will take her sweet time making her debut.

Movement? She is just bouncing around in there, and getting pretty cramped at that.

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? I have a doctor appointment on Friday, and they will test for Strep B.  If I test positive, they would put me on antibiotics during labor.  Also, I’ve officially reached the point where I’ll be visiting the doctor EVERY WEEK, because in case you didn’t know I’m about to have a baby!!! Holy. Smokes.

Weight Gain? 1 lb this week… Totaling 31 lbs.

Symptoms? 

  • Anxiety/Heart Palpitations/Shortness of Breath
  • Tingly/Numb leg sensations on my right leg
  • Dry Nose/Nose bleeds
  • Excessive pee breaks
  • Tailbone Pain
  • Heartburn
  • Swelling – I’ve been waiting for this to happen… Say goodbye to feet and ankles, and hello to fat sausages.

Cravings? Nothing really that I’m craving.

Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip, and I don’t think this is an aversion, but I really have no interest in vegetables.  They do not sound appealing at all.

Sleep? Aside from a couple restless nights here and there, I think I’ve been far too busy to keep myself awake at night.  Since Thursday I’ve been passing out at night, and only waking up 3-5 times to go to the bathroom.  No staring at the ceiling for me!   I also have a killer sore throat and stuffy nose, I am not sure if this is my body telling me to relax since the last 3 weeks have been insane, or if I’m just overdue for a cold.  Either way, I want to lay in bed and sleep.

Maternity Clothes?  Same old, same old.  I’ve actually got a couple maternity shirts that my belly is actually hanging out of…

Exercise? I had work in Orlando this past week, and we walked to dinner each night.  It was usually about half a mile or so, which is about a mile when I walked back to the hotel.  It may not have been intentional exercise, but I’m counting it.  I’ve also decided I’m just going to have to suck up the numbing/tingling in my right leg that makes it feel like it weighs 1000 lbs and just go walking.  So for the next 4 weeks, Paul is going to pull me out of the house to go walking… right honey?

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? No change here… Still using Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter and BioOil.

Preparations for Baby? This week was busy for Paul and I.  He traveled for work, and I had an event here in town for work Thursday – Saturday, but the fact that we’re having a baby in a few weeks is still at the forefront of my mind all the time.  So this week I got the hospital bag officially packed – aside from some last minute items we will throw in before we go (i.e. toothbrush, deodorant, etc). While I was working all weekend, Paul finished the rocking chair for the nursery! I’ve got a pillow coming in the mail, and then it will be done!! So happy!  I am also slowly taking baby items out of boxes to get them assembled.  Aubrey now has a bouncer to sit in, and this week I’m sure I’ll make my way to the Rock n’ Play and the swing!

The preparation that made it feel the most real though, was installing the car seat in my car (which also made it VERY apparent we are first time parents – so this coming week we will be getting it inspected for proper installation).  I have a car seat in my car, and it isn’t because I’m going to have one of my nieces in the car with me… it’s for our baby!  Every time I see it in the back seat, it feels real all over again!

We know the safest place for the car seat is in the middle, but unfortunately with the way our center seat sticks out it is very hard to get your fingers in there to release the car seat.
Labor Signs? Braxton hicks

What I miss? I’m far too anxious to meet my daughter at this point to miss anything.  Give me the back pain, excessive bathroom trips, and kicks to the ribs any day.  In about 4 weeks I will be holding my little girl!!

Looking forward to? A long three day weekend spent with my husband before we become parents!

Baby M – 35 Weeks

  

Bump Analysis? Still carrying super high, and I’m waiting for her to drop.  If she gets much stronger I feel like she could crack a rib with her little kicks! 

Month/Trimester? 8 months [32 weeks – 35 weeks] / 3rd Trimester!

Fruit of the week? Aubrey is the size of a coconut!  She is 17.2-18.7 in and 4.2-5.8 lbs!

Development? Her hearing is fully developed and she responds best to high pitched noises.  So I’m sure our dogs are waking her up… or maybe she’s learning to sleep through their barking? (I can dream!) Fun Fact: her brain only weighs about 2/3 of what her brain will weigh at 39-40 weeks!  So stay in there and keep getting smarter sweet girl!

Movement? As she is getting bigger I can actually feel her little feet when she digs them into my side.  Only a few more weeks until I can count her little toes!! 

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? Nothing at the moment!

Weight Gain?    Somehow I managed to gain 4lbs this week… Totaling 30 lbs. 30 lbs was my goal for this pregnancy but it looks like I might pass it since I have 5 weeks left. 

Symptoms? 

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

Cravings? Coffee!! This isn’t so much a craving as a need since I’m not sleeping I feel like a zombie… All day.  Everyday!  Don’t worry – I keep it to 1 cup a day which is perfectly safe.

Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip, and I don’t think this is an aversion, but I really have no interest in vegetables.  They do not sound appealing at all.

Sleep? I might as well already have a newborn.  I’m up a million times a night.  I get up to go to the bathroom and stay awake for a couple hours. I toss and turn and I’ve officially reached a love hate relationship with this stupid pregnancy pillow.  I am literally counting down the days until I can sleep on my stomach without a big ol’ pillow wrapped around me!!!

Maternity Clothes?  I have minimal variety in my current wardrobe.  It’s so boring!! I can’t wait to wear regular clothes and go shopping! 

Exercise? Womp. Womp… 

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? No change here… Still using Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter and BioOil.

Preparations for Baby? This week was busy, but Paul and I managed to put a shelf together so I could organize some stuff in her closet.  Paul also worked on the rocking chair.  It’s sanded and he is in the process of painting it.  

I started putting together a hospital bag, but I’m not done yet.  Still a few things to purchase and pack, but the fact that it’s sitting in our room is just crazy! It makes it feel so soon!

Labor Signs? Braxton hicks

What I miss? Sleeping on my stomach, sleep in general, and not getting stuck in the couch or on the bed due to the basketball in my stomach holding me back…

Looking forward to? To be honest this is a super busy week with work so I’m actually looking forward to Sunday when it’s all over! 

Maternity Pictures

At some point when things slow down I promise I’ll come back and blog!  The last couple of weeks have seemed extremely busy, and Paul and I both have a LOT going on with work right now!  So for now I will leave you with a few of my favorite pictures from our maternity shoot taken by my lovely sister and edited by her and her husband!! It pays off having family members who enjoy photography!

                         

We also took a few in the nursery, but for now I’ll just show you the silhouette shots so we don’t give away the nursery :).

  

Baby M – 34 Weeks

Bump Analysis? Selfie!!! Paul is out of town! In the last week I’ve had MULTIPLE people who were surprised to hear I was due NEXT MONTH! (Let that sink in for a second…!)  They told me I looked great and didn’t look nearly big enough to be having a baby next month… I told them to keep talking since I feel about the size of a whale. 🙂 *Sidenote: some pregnant women freak out when you tell them they don’t look big enough, because then they start to worry about their baby’s development.  Fortunately, I’m not one of those women.  I can feel Aubrey kicking, and rolling around like an olympian in there… she’s doing just fine 🙂

Month/Trimester? 8 months [32 weeks – 35 weeks] / 3rd Trimester!

Fruit of the week? She’s the size of a butternut squash.  Weighing around 4.2 – 5.8lbs and she’s about 17.2- 18.7 in long!

Development? Aubrey can recognize and react to simple songs now.  These are songs and rhymes she may find soothing after birth.  She’s also going to the bathroom about a pint a day!

Movement? I’ve felt her have the hiccups before, but I think now that she is bigger they are very distinct and I know for sure she’s having hiccups.  She gets them a couple times a week, and it makes me giggle 🙂

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? Nothing at the moment!

Weight Gain? No weight gain this week… Holding steady at 26 lbs with 6 weeks to go!

Symptoms? 

  • Round Ligament pain is back – which can only mean I am definitely about to get bigger… which I don’t feel like is possible!
  • Anxiety/Shortness of Breath
  • Tingly/Numb leg sensations on my right leg
  • Dry Nose/Nose bleeds
  • Excessive pee breaks
  • Tailbone Pain
  • Heartburn – I eat TUMS like they’re candy…

Cravings?  Starbucks ice white mocha latte please!

Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip

Sleep? So every other night, I wake up to go to the bathroom and then I’m awake for about 2 hours (give or take) before I can fall back asleep.  The next night, I’m so tired that I sleep through the night.  Then the cycle repeats itself… I think my body is subconsciously prepping me for Aubrey’s arrival, but you think it would at least let me sleep while I can since I’m about to be completely sleep deprived!

Maternity Clothes?  I want normal clothes…Even my yoga pants are starting to get tight around my waist.  I have to wear them a little lower than normal so they don’t have to stretch around my big ol’ belly! Yoga pants people! You know the amount of stretch those things have!!!

Exercise? Let’s just ignore how badly I’m failing at this… Don’t judge me. 

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? No change here… Still using Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter and BioOil.

Preparations for Baby? Thanks to all of our sweet and generous family and friends we have just about EVERYTHING we need for Aubrey!  We had our baby shower this past weekend, and I’ve been going through and organizing everything and trying to figure out what’s left!  I am in the process of deciding what we still need, and using our registry completion coupon to get any other things we may need within the first few months.  

I washed all of her clothes for 0-3 months.  I haven’t washed any newborn clothes, because I have a feeling our little girl will not fit into newborn clothes.  Paul and I were both over 8lbs when we were born, so there is a good chance our daughter will be a little chunk when she’s born too!

I’ve been realizing how quickly this pregnancy seems to be going, but I think it just hit Paul this week.  Yesterday he goes, “Babe – I just realized it’s May!  Aubrey will be here next month!  And what if she comes early!?  She could be here in like 2 weeks!”  I kind of laughed at him, but I’m glad to know it’s finally registered and now we’re on the same page 🙂

Labor Signs? Braxton Hicks on occasion mixed with cramps that feel similar to period cramps… Not sure if that’s a labor sign or just a weird body thing.

What I miss?  This weekend was a whirlwind, and I’m pretty sure it’s the first time that I actually felt like I was over being pregnant.  We were really busy and running around, which probably would have left me tired anyways, but by Saturday night my entire body ached.  My back, my knees, my legs, my feet.  I just wanted to lay down and not MOVE!  I definitely miss how much more energy I had pre pregnancy.  This past weekend terrified me for the next 2 weekends to come where I have events for work… they may kick my butt, or send me into labor…

Looking forward to? Getting the nursery organized!  It’s decorated, but it’s not organized!  My father-in-law brought us the rocking chair this weekend, so once we refinish it and put it in the nursery I promise I’ll show you guys what it looks like!!! I’m OBSESSED with her nursery.  It’s by far my favorite room in the house 🙂

Baby M – 33 Weeks

Bump Analysis? This little girl has not dropped at all.  She seems to be perfectly content hanging out in my rib cage.  I guess this is kind of a good thing, because hopefully that means she isn’t ready to come out anytime soon, and I want her to stay in there a little longer!

Month/Trimester? 8 months [32 weeks – 35 weeks] / 3rd Trimester!

Fruit of the week? This week, Aubrey is the size of a durian… if you’re like me and you have no clue what that is… It’s apparently the smelliest superfruit.  Appealing right?  She is about 17.2 – 18.7in and 4.2-5.8lbs!  She could grow up to a full inch this week – which is just amazing to me!

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Source: http://organicsfs.com/durian-the-smelliest-superfruit/

Development? She keeps her eyes open while she is awake, and she’s starting to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing.  Her bones are hardening, and she’s still going through more major brain development!  Keep on growing baby girl!

Movement? I can feel her moving still, but I think it’s definitely becoming cramped in there for her.  Sometimes at night I’ll be almost asleep, and then she will do some huge kick or what feels like she’s dragging her arm/leg across the inside of my stomach (weirdest feeling ever!).  It totally takes me by surprise and jolts me awake.

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? Nothing at the moment!

Weight Gain?     1 lb this week… Totaling 26 lbs.

Symptoms? 

  • Anxiety/Heart Palpitations/Shortness of Breath – I think my anxiety is getting better.  Between lots of prayer, and actually knocking a lot of things off my to do list I’m starting to relax a little!
  • Tingly/Numb leg sensations on my right leg
  • Dry Nose/Nose bleeds
  • Excessive pee breaks
  • Tailbone Pain
  • Heartburn

Cravings?  Starbucks ice white mocha latte please!

Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip

Sleep? I killed my back this week sleeping the wrong way.  I think somehow my stomach was pulling my back into an awkward position, and I woke up in so much pain.  It felt like I had been bent over backwards for hours on end.  I adjusted how I was sleeping though, and I think I solved this problem!

Maternity Clothes?  I bought another shirt – the repetitive thing is killing me.

Exercise? Paul and I went for a walk this past week with the dogs.  It wasn’t near as long as our normal walks, but man am I feeling out of shape!  I get out of breath so easy, walking usually brings on braxton hicks, and even though Aubrey isn’t sitting on my sciatica anymore, I think she’s on another nerve that randomly causes my right leg to get all tingly and numb feeling.  I feel like our life has calmed down during the week though, so I at least want to try to get some exercise in during the week… The weekends are a whole different story.

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? No change here… Still using Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter and BioOil.

Preparations for Baby? Since we are starting to get closer to the end, I’m starting to do more to get ready for Aubrey’s arrival, and I figured this would be a fun update!  I am currently in full on nesting mode – not the cleaning part, but the decorating part!  The last 2-3 weeks I’ve probably driven my husband absolutely insane, but he’s been a saint!  He hangs things when I ask, we built a console table together this past weekend (I’ll do a blog post on that soon!), and I may have gone slightly over budget last month and this month due to my need to decorate and instead of getting angry he has just laughed at me… and then said, “Okay but this is it – now you’re done”. See – he’s a saint. 🙂

I am also SUPER EXCITED to say that the nursery is fully decorated!! (aside from the rocking chair which my father in law is bringing this weekend!) So with all the decorating getting done, my anxiety level has definitely lowered!  Once we get the rocking chair in place I will do a nursery reveal, but for now we are still keeping that under wraps! 🙂

I also busted out all of the cloth diapers in our stash this week to start getting them washed and ready for when she get’s here!  CRAZY!!

Labor Signs? Braxton hicks

What I miss?  How easy it was to shave my legs before I had a huge belly.

Looking forward to? So many things!  My in laws and niece will be in on Friday! My sister, her husband, and their girls will be here!  We are taking maternity pictures, and my mom is throwing us a baby shower this weekend!  I am so so excited to see everyone, and to celebrate our little girl!