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38 weeks.

when: sunday, feb. 26, 2012

what i wore:
dress: borrowed from jen, made by megan
cardigan: wallace for madewell, purchased on ebay
tights: we love colors
shoes: jessica simpson via DSW

where: lunch date with my sister, dinner and oscar-viewing with friends

this is a very special and beautiful dress. i felt so lucky to get to wear it! jen mailed it to me after i announced my pregnancy. she is so sweet and thoughtful. we were pregnant in completely opposite seasons, so i was worried i wouldn’t be able to wear it, but last weekend it was 50 degrees and this dress was perfect for a lunch date with my sister. see how jen styled the dress at 32 weeks.


  • i feel very lucky, especially in these last couple weeks, that my husband and i work at the same company. he sits in the room next to me, so i keep him up to date on how i’m feeling—and we can go straight from work to the hospital if needed.
  • R’s nursery is my new favorite room in our house.
  • this period of waiting is so crazy-interesting. i’m kind of a numbers geek so if i could pick a day for her arrival, it would be march 8, 9 or 10. :) i was born on a friday; maybe she will be, too.
  • would you want a leap day birthday? it could happen!
  • total weight gain = 27 pounds
  • R’s heart rate at last appointment = 150 bpm
  • my appetite is so intense lately. sometimes i eat four breakfasts.
  • i’m feeling stronger contractions more often, peeing all the time, randomly feeling tired and randomly feeling energized. also, have you ever heard of pregnancy giggles? because i’m convinced it’s a real thing.
  • i’ve had pain down my sciatic nerve for probably five weeks now. i keep forgetting to mention it on here. it’s “normal,” but quite uncomfortable. especially when i get up after sitting all day at work. and i’m told i will probably experience it in later pregnancies as well.
  • how long will it take me to get used to the fact that we have a baby car seat in our jeep?
  • a sweet note from my husband makes me feel loved: I love you so much for carrying our baby! You are doing such a fantastic job and especially as things get more and more uncomfortable. It hurts for me to see you in pain. We’re going to do this together and it’s going to be awesome!


  • finish addressing the birth announcement envelopes
  • get a message (scheduled for sunday!)
  • stock up our freezer


37 weeks (aka full-term!)

when: monday, feb. 20, 2012

what i wore:
shirt: soon maternity (gift card)
blazer: target
jeggings: american eagle
shoes: sam & libby (tj maxx)

where: work

  • i’m officially full-term! although it’s best if she stays in there for a couple more weeks, they won’t stop me if i go into labor. i have an internal tug-of-war going on between wanting her here and wanting her to stay inside a couple more weeks. {i kind of have my heart set on a march baby!}
  • my clinic does not automatically check for progress, but i asked them to see what was going on this week. well, i am 3 cm dilated and 100% effaced. eek! my midwife was pretty surprised, considering this is my first baby. technically i am in early labor, and although i’ve been having lots of contractions it could still be weeks before she decides to come! i do think that being checked can “get things going,” because afterward i had contractions for 10 hours. they finally stopped when we went to bed. i was exhausted!
  • the other day it hit me and i just had to stop to stare at my belly and think about what my body has been doing the past nine months. it is crazy how it can make a baby without me doing much of anything. i have been so focused on myself and how i’m feeling (yes, i’m incredibly selfish…), but when i step back and see the big picture i am so in love with this little girl. i hope our transition into parenthood is a smooth one. {any tips are welcomed!}
  • total weight gain = 25 pounds
  • baby’s heart rate at last appointment = 140 bpm
  • we found a day care! finally! and it is seriously perfect! ahh. we are so relieved. it’s just a few blocks away from our house, and it is going to be a great place for our little girl.
  • we went to a breastfeeding class last week. turns out i am not yet mature enough for such a thing. there were lots of giggles…oh boy.
  • check out a few of my maternity photos, which were taken by my husband last weekend.
  • nursery reveal coming soon!!!

do you have any pregnancy questions for me? i’m a pretty open book…

36 weeks

i can’t believe i just typed 36 weeks.

when: tuesday, feb. 14, 2012

what i wore:
dress: h&m
cardigan: wallace for madewell (ebay)
necklace: modcloth (won at TxSC 2011)
leggings: be maternity (target)
shoes: wanted (won)

where: work, life group 

  • let me just say that i have a newfound respect for anyone who has ever been nine months pregnant. or pregnant with multiples. {i seriously canNOT imagine.} i’ve had a fairly smooth pregnancy, but things are obviously changing. sometimes i just want to cry. or throw up. or both. :) but i know the end is near, and that it’s best for her to stay in there for at least a few more weeks.
  • my belly button is flattened and has turned into a smile. i wonder if it will pop out?
  • i’m still not seeing any stretch marks, but i’m assuming those typically come in the last couple weeks. (?) i don’t put on lotion or anything because i’ve heard it doesn’t help prevent them.
  • i only want to wear leggings anymore…so i basically wear the same three outfits over and over. it’s pretty boring over here.
  • i get in bed around 7:15 every night. and i wake up throughout the night because i’m hungry or thirsty or need to empty my bladder. it’s crazy how my sleep schedule is very similar to that of an infant’s.
  • they passed around a baby pool at work and someone thinks i’m going to have a 10-pound, 4-ounce baby. should i be offended at this?
  • i’ve been requesting lots of back rubs lately. (my husband is a good man.)
  • all her clothes are washed, and i’ve chosen a couple things to bring with to the hospital. we also started sleeping with her baby blanket so it will have our smell on it. this was eric’s idea, and he was pretty insistent on it. have you ever heard of this?
  • i’m planning to breastfeed, but i’m also concerned about the amount of work it requires. especially right away. plus, eric’s favorite thing to do for a baby is feed it, so that is something we have to keep in mind so he can bond with her. we’re praying for a baby that eats well and sleeps well.
  • it’s a fun game to guess which body part she is sticking out. usually it’s her little butt, which creates a hilarious lop-sided belly. see?


thirty-five weeks.

when: sunday, feb. 5, 2012

what i wore:
headband: forever 21
tank: forever 21
cardigan: three dots via anthropologie
mittens: target
leggings: be maternity
boots: old navy

where: super bowl party

  • we’re attending midwife appointments every week now. combined with other baby-prep like a hospital tour, baptism class, breastfeeding class, baby care class, interviewing day cares, etc., we’re busy busy tying up loose ends for this little one.
  • i’ve been ordering a lot of post-baby clothes for myself lately. i’m itching to get back into my normal clothes. hopefully i’m not too disappointed if/when i can’t wear them right away, but i’ve gotten a belt, shoes, a cardigan, jeans and a shirt in the past week. :) online shopping is awesome. and i’m so glad i know my measurements because nothing fits normal right now. yes, i actually bring a tape measure with me to the store. :)
  • mamas, where are the best clothes for nursing?
  • my iron levels were a little low last week so i’m now on a supplement for that.
  • i’ve started to retain a little fluid in my feet, ankles and hands. some days i have to go without my wedding ring :( and i have to choose my shoes wisely. i wear a 9.5 but some shoes only come in full sizes so i have a few pairs of 10s that have come in handy lately. no more heels for me (because of the swelling). now i know why they say to take maternity photos around 32 weeks. i definitely feel less and less attractive with each day.
  • i know i’m big, but can you believe there is a five-pound baby in my stomach? and that she’s a foot and a half long? it’s simply amazing.
  • i have been packing on the weight lately! total weight gain = 21 pounds
  • baby’s heart rate at last appointment = 140 bpm. (i didn’t realize this, but the beats per minute go down as the baby’s heart gets more efficient.)
  • my group b strep test came back positive :(
  • physically, the past three weeks have been considerably HARDER. after dinner it is very difficult to find a comfortable position on the couch. i am still sleeping pretty well…only waking up a handful of times to flip over. i also wake up sweating most nights. there is also so much belly that it gets in the way of bending down and can be frustrating.
  • i can’t believe we’re nearing the end. being pregnant has been such a ride. there are times when i cry and am overwhelmed with the task of carrying this life (and all these emotions). there have also been many happy moments when i can’t even contain the love i have for my husband and our little girl. we are blessed. pregnancy is something you have to do mostly on your own. no one else can do it for you. although you can get help from your spouse, family, friends, etc…you are the one who is making sure she survives, and your body is the one that’s affected. it’s a tough but empowering job!
  • i may have teared up when i realized that eric and i had both made plans that would mean we’d have to spend two nights apart about six weeks after her due date. and then he decided to cancel his plans so we won’t have to. love him. :)

can you tell there are lots of random thoughts going on in this brain as we near the end?!

34 weeks (these are what they call cankles).

what i wore:
top: soon maternity (gift card)
scarf: gap
jeans: soon maternity (gift card)
shoes: converse via target

monday, jan. 30, 2012

dear baby,

in just a few weeks you will be full-term! wow. it is hard to describe how i feel right now. sometimes i think i am ready to (finally) lay you on my chest, but then i am immediately and completely overwhelmed at that thought.

overwhelmed with love for you and your daddy, and our little family.

the possibility of this reality gets nearer every day, but i’m not sure my heart can handle all the love and emotions. i think about what it will be like to see your face for the first time…probably with tears on my face and loving you so much that my stomach hurts.

we toured the hospital this week and it is crazy to think that there is where we’ll meet you and tell you your name and find out what color your hair is. where we’ll feel so many new feelings and be changed forever. we’ve been trying to prepare for the physical and emotional experience, but there are so many unknowns and i don’t think we will ever feel ready for what is about to happen. we will learn as we go, all three of us.

i can only imagine that you’re as uncomfortable as i am. it’s getting harder to move around, and probably the same for you. we’ve had occasional contractions and while they make my eyes wide with discomfort, i’m glad my uterus is getting ready and strong to push you out into this world. into our arms.

oh. also. i love love love love your bedroom, and i hope that you do, too! i’ve been spending time in there, organizing your clothes and making sure it’s a peaceful place for you to sleep. because you’re going to let us sleep, right?


p.s. i think march 10 would be a great day for your arrival. what do you think?

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