36 Weeks

How far along?

Total weight gain:
25 lbs 
(yikes! I reached my ‘dream-alloted’ weight gain. At least I know I won’t gain past 30 in the next couple of weeks. Trust me, I’m really not vain about the weight gain. It was just a little healthy ‘goal’)

Maternity clothes:
shorts and some tops

Sleep:
I’ve been sleeping pretty well. I have to switch sides about every couple of hours AND get up to pee, but I can fall back asleep almost instantly. Depending on how early I go to bed, I may wake up around 6am or so, starving and parched, then go back to sleep until around 8 or 9.

Symptoms:
Heart burn galore, achey pelvis, low energy, nauseousness, light-headed

Best moment this week:
Finally getting on the Military’s health insurance yesterday!!!!

What I’m looking forward to:
Having a baby!! 
And doing our maternity pics t.o.m.o.r.r.o.w. 
((Can’t wait, Marissa!))

Cravings:
milk

Movement:
Since Baby Girl is super low nowadays, her upper-body movement is much harder to feel (except when she punches my bladder), but I’m always getting kicks to the ribs.

Gender:
Daddy’s Girl

Belly button:
out

What I miss:
Being able to stand up for more than ten minutes and laying on my stomach

Milestones:
Halfway effaced and 1 cm dilated!

Favorite moments:
Knowing that Little Miss will be here any week!
{It’s kinda nerve-wraking, too!!}

What’s that?! You haven’t entered our Baby Pool Game yet?
Click me to do so now!


Progress, yo!

I had my 36-week check up yesterday afternoon, which means they did the Strep B test, and checked my cervix. I was expecting absolutely nothing to happen, but guess what, y’all?!

I’m just about halfway effaced and 1 cm dilated! 
{what! what!}

When the doctor checked me, he was really surprised at how low she is (head down). He asked me if I felt like I was walking around with a bowling ball between my legs. 
{Ya think, Doc?!}

So, anyway, this really isn’t any indication of whether or not she’ll come early, on time, or late, but he did say it’ll make for a speedier delivery when the time comes (since I’m already 1 cm dilated).

This all makes me very excited and also a little relieved because chances of her being born before Nov 5 (remember… B has a test that day) are slim. Not impossible, but also not probable. 
{fingers AND LEGS crossed!}

NOW… I have a game for y’all… 

*It’s our Online Baby Pool*

When do you think Little Miss will make her grand entrance? 
How much will she weigh? 
How long will she be? 

There’s a place to guess the gender, but obviously I’ve already given you the answer to that one! (lucky you) 
Also, please indicate how you know me and/or Blake. Whether you’re a relative (aunt, cousin, etc.), friend, or blog friend 🙂

I’ll remind you of a few things that may be helpful hints:
{one} 
Based on my guessed last period, Baby Girl’s due date is really November 23 (this is what they go by at the doctor’s office), but based on our first ultrasound, it’s November 26 (what I’ve been going by).

{two} 
At our last ultrasound at 34 weeks, Lil Miss was measuring 4lbs 11oz. 

{three} 
At 36 weeks, I’m currently almost halfway effaced and 1 cm dilated.

So, what do you think!?

Click HERE to play.

Hasta La Vista



The time I’ve been dreading has finally come… to say goodbye to my weddings rings. Although I have no significant swelling (thank goodness!) my rings have just become a little too uncomfortable and I’m afraid I won’t be able to get them off when needed. The last thing I’d want to have to do is cut! them! off! 



My engagement ring actually still fits, although not perfectly. But my wedding ring, being a half a size smaller… notsomuch. Just to be on the safe side, I haven’t been wearing my engagement ring, except for right now since I’m about to go out for a doctor’s appointment. We have our maternity shots this weekend and hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze on wear my wedding band. If not, the engagement ring will have to stand alone.


I wonder when I’ll be able to put them back on?


In other news, we’re off to my 36-weeks check-up! Can you believe it? (I can’t!) I’m going to have my first cervix exam to see if there’s any progress in the labor department. I doubt it, but one can always hope! I’ll be sure to post about it tomorrow, along with a fun little poll. Stay tuned.


Hope y’all are having a wonderful day! And thank you all for your well wishes. My cold is almost all the way gone–I’m definitely feeling better than I was, although not quite myself. But then again, who could feel like their self at 36 weeks?!


100th Post

I’ve reached my 100th post, y’all!


I thought about what to write, and while 
100 Reasons Why Katie’s Awesome sounded like a good idea, I, uhh, yeah… scratch that!


Instead, I’m just going to thank you. Yes, you. 
For following. For all your helpful advice. And for all your sweet comments. Having this blog has been a tremendous outlet. And it’s going to be an even bigger part of my life now that I’m going to be a mom any! week! now! This blog keeps me sane. I love it. I love writing how I feel, sharing my thoughts and opinions, and receiving feedback from all of you.


So thank you…


Here’s to another hundred!


And just because I love posts with pics, here are a few from the last 100 posts 🙂

When we first got Indy
FB Game
Engaged!
AHH! We’re married!
Expecting a baby girl! 🙂


Sick.

Being sick when you’re 35+ weeks pregnant sucks.


Big Time.


Especially when it causes you to postpone your baby shower.


Yep. Sucks.


The last two days have been rough… to say the least. Thursday night, about halfway through Grey’s Anatomy, I started feeling really weak, nauseous, hot/cold, crampy, and just all around terrible. I felt like I couldn’t stand without passing out. Thank goodness my awesome hubby was home and he’s training to be a doctor. He sure stepped up to the plate.


I have a tendency to get very anxious in these situations, but I just kept breathing. It made me extra anxious that I was having contractions. They were coming and going, so B and I started timing them. They were very inconsistent, and then all the sudden they stopped. Thank goodness. But for a while there I thought we were going to have to go to the hospital. I never said it out loud, but I sure was thinking it.


Surprisingly, Thursday night, I got a wonderful night’s sleep. I needed to, after being exhausted for three hours, wondering what.the.heck was happening. However, when I woke up Friday, I was feeling crappy again. Better than the night before, but just still overall lousy. Blake had class, which left me by myself, trying not to freak out over every little symptom. After lunchtime, I called my doctor’s office and the nurse told me to take some Tylenol Cold. It definitely perked me up for about and hour or so, but then I went right back to… blahhh.


Then the contractions, or what I think were/are contractions returned, and I found myself running to the bathroom every several minutes. In our labor class, we learned this was a sign of labor (the body cleansing itself out), so I started freaking out thinking that this might really be happening. But of course again, when I started timing them, they stopped.


It was difficult for me to distinguish what were cold/flu-like symptoms and what were pregnancy symptoms. All of them combined made for one! miserable! girl! I woke up this morning still feeling a little lousy, but as the day went on, I was able to stand for longer periods of time, I wasn’t as groggy, and didn’t have any contractions. I even ventured outside, with a baby book, and soaked up some vitamin D, looking out onto the golf course. 



I’m hoping for an even better day tomorrow. Filled with lots of fluids, rest, more vitamin D, and perhaps a little family walk around the neighborhood. I know Indy would love to get out of the house, and I could sure use the exercise, too.


P.S. 
The book I’m currently reading is Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality (Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP; Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP) and I highly recommend it. My pediatrician growing up gave it to us. I’m halfway through and I find it entirely helpful. I like how the authors write like they’re talking to the reader, instead of spitting out big, long, research words and theories. 

35 Weeks & 35 More Days

How far along?
{sorry, no face this week due to a terrible cold!}

Total weight gain:
23lbs.

Sleep:
Wednesday night was the worst night’s sleep. By far. I must have woken up at least ten times, half to go to the bathroom. It didn’t help that I was fighting a nasty cold. B woke up a ton of times, too, and asked if this was preparing us for the baby.

*Yup*

Symptoms:
Pelvis pressure. Little Miss is quite low these days, making walking/moving around sometimes oh!so!difficult!

Labor Signs:
{I’m adding this since we’re just five weeks away!}
I’m having contractions probably 2-3 times a day. Wednesday night I had a cluster of contractions in a row and first thought, nooo I can’t go into labor tonight. I have an icky cold and didn’t straighten my hair [yes, this was my first thought!] THEN, maybe I should start timing them on my iPhone app?
Luckily, I waited a few more minutes and they stopped all together.

Originally I was thinking Little Miss would make it all the way to her due date, or even after since I was three days late, plus she’s such a little peanut. But now… Blake and I are thinking she’ll be early. One being she’s been snuggled head down for a month, two, I’ve been having contractions, and three, I have a ton of pelvis pressure. Who knows though, right!? I’d really like to make it two more weeks, then I’ll be fine with whatever!


B would prefer anytime after Nov 5… he has a test that day!

At next week’s appointment, I’m going to get checked to see if there’s any progress in the effacement/dilation department!!

Best moment this week:
Hearing Baby Girl’s heartbeat. 150 bpm. And knowing we’ll get to hear it every week from now on!

Cravings:
Poptarts. I actually made B go to the store to get me some. S’mores, to be specific. Now, I’m officially a pregnant lady… making her hubby go out for a random craving. [hehe]

Aversions:
still cooked veggies

Movement:
I was reading in a magazine that at 8 months you can hear the baby’s heartbeat with a stethoscope, so I whipped out B’s and sure enough…! It was so cool! It’s really faint compared to hearing it on a doppler at the doctor’s. I also listened to her have the hiccups, which she gets seriously all! the! time!

Gender:
Pink Polos and Pearls

What I miss:
Laying on my back

Milestones:
35 days to D-Day!!!!!!

Favorite moments:
Soaking up this last month of pregnancy.


It’s Official!

Blake was officially sworn into the Navy yesterday. B was board selected back in the summer for The Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP). This particular program is designed to provide financial incentives for college students in designated health care professions to complete degree/certification requirements and obtain reserve commissions in… Medical Service Corps (MSC). (source)

When Blake entered med school, he became aware of military scholarship programs. With military service in his family tree, it’s something that has always been in his blood. There were many reasons that led us to choose this particular program. 

{one}
Active duty status as OCP01, Petty Officer First Class (E-6, for those that know the military lingo) in the Naval Reserve, upon enlisting. 

{two}
B will receive full pay and allowances. 
[Tuition and books are not included–there is another program that offers only this]

{three}
We are covered under TRICARE, the Military’s insurance. We have heard nothing but wonderful things about their insurance. 

{four}
Service to our country

{five}
Chance of a lifetime to travel (possibly overseas)

{six}
Accumulating active duty years during medical school (unlike other programs) and residency which can lead to the possibility of retiring 20 years from now with a Pension

…just to name a few…

Blake’s main job is to successfully complete med school. He cannot be deployed while he is in school. For his third and fourth year, he will do his rotations, then graduate and potentially do a GMO (General Medical Officer) Tour. In this situation, he would be a general medical doctor for the Navy, wherever needed. THEN, he would continue on to his residency. Blake has a lot of time to explore different specialties before deciding on one. 

So what does this mean for our family? After Blake graduates med school (Spring 2013) we will go wherever the Navy takes us, living on or near a base. I’m especially excited to live someplace other than Florida, as I’ve lived here my entire life. We eventually want to settle in Florida because both of our parents live here, but I’m ready for a change in scenery. 
[I wouldn’t mind some fall colors, y’all!] 

For our friends and family, I hope my explanation helps!

NOW! Here are the pictures of the big day!


Signing LOTS of paperwork!!!


Swearing in…


SO PROUD!



Now, I can officially say I’m a Navy Wife! [weird] Then in two and a half years, I’ll be a Navy Doctor’s Wife. 

Going the military med route is something we’ve discussed for well over a year, and we feel it’s the best decision for our family. I’m so proud of my husband for all that he’s doing for Little Miss and me.

I love you so much, B!



Shower of Joy… a.k.a. picture overload

Alrighty, well I finally got a copy of the baby shower pictures–I know I’m behind! The reason being is the pics were uploaded onto my MIL’s Costco account and the nearest Costco to us is 45 minutes away!! Therefore, I had to wait a week for my mom to bring me a copy of the picsies. 

But I won’t bother you with details. You’ve waited patiently long enough! 

P.S. 
The order of uploading the pictures got messed up, and it would take too long to fix it, but you get the picture… 

*****
Two days before the shower, B and I asked his oldest sister, Ann Marie, to be Baby Girl’s godmother. We asked her by giving her this shirt. 
She said YES!
Little Miss has got some good genes 😉

L.O.V.E. 

My best friend since kindergarten flew in from NYC! 
Mother-in-Law
 Baby Girl’s first polo from her Auntie Michelle (clearly! looovveee it!)
Of course I love this! From my bff, Lauren, in the back 🙂
My friend/sorority sister Cata made this diaper wreath! Adorable!
My third grade teacher gave Little Miss this basket. Look at the next pic to see what I pulled out of it….
 It kept going…
 ….and going! SO COOL!
Our 2 year-old nephew Lucas gave the chickadee her first Indiana Jones toy. 
Looks like she’ll have to fight Daddy for it!
{If you didn’t already know, this is how Indy got his name}
So happy Cata could make it!
College ‘sweet’ mates!
He’s gonna be the best daddy!
Blessed pins my MIL made for people to take home. 
{I have them scattered everywhere around my house!}
Start of the shower…

 Newly engaged pretties! With mimosas, of course!

Spoiled much..?! 
What would a shower be without games?!
 Sorority sisters throughout the years…
 It means so much to me that they were all there to celebrate the “little legacy”!
Beautiful handmade quilt!
My “Little” Sister <3
My Daddy and me comparing bellies 😉
Beautiful Mama!
“Wish Tree” for guests to write little love notes to the babe.
{I got the idea from Arrie @ The Lugar News. We coincidentally have the same nursery bedding!}
My Third Grade Teacher came to my shower!!!!!
BFF Lauren 🙂
 Co-host and amazing family friend…
no.explanation.needed.
Obsessed In love with my Vera diaper bag from my sister-in-laws! 
It’s perfect.

 Baby’s first Longaberger basket to put her footprints, hospital bracelet, lock of hair, etc… throughout the years. Such a thoughtful gift!

So there you have it!
It was such a blessed day filled with lots of love for our little girl! 
Blake and I couldn’t be more appreciative. 
We’re truly humbled, and thankful for each and every person who made this day so special for our family!

34 Weeks

How far along?
[look at that belly, y’all! no wonder my back hurts!]
Total weight gain:
23lbs., yo!

Maternity clothes:
shorts and my baby shower dress was H&M ‘Mama’

Sleep:
B calls my maternity pillow “the nest” because I have a very specific order to how I arrange my three {yes, three} pillows every night before getting into bed. I could not live without my maternity pillow!! I don’t know how I’m going to part with it post-preg.

Symptoms:
Heart burn, achey pelvis, soooo tired

Best moment this week:
Seeing our baby on the big screen!!! For sure!


What I’m looking forward to:
My mommy coming this weekend to help me get the last bit of essentials, and pack my hospital bag. eeek!!

Cravings:
Cherry coke slurpee. I texted B to bring me one home the other day. It was so good!

Aversions:
still cooked veggies

Movement:
Tons! Little Miss has the hiccups 3-4 times a day. She’s still kicking me in the right ribs, and punching me in my right hip. 

Gender:
Miss Priss

Belly button:
It’s done popping out

What I miss:
My energy and not feeling so blaahh…

Milestones:
8 1/2 months, baby!! Only 3-6 more to go! 
{I honestly wouldn’t mind waiting the full six weeks though!}

Favorite moments:
Getting to see our little girl, and knowing that she’s right! on! track!