Monday, September 24, 2018

Maternity Photos

A couple of weeks ago we had a friend (sister of my sister-in-law) take some maternity photos for us, and I LOVE how they turned out. She did such a great job. Believe it or not, these were taken in the backyard of a friend of hers. The setting was gorgeous and the light was perfect. If you are in the West Michigan area, be sure to check out ShutterCat Photography - Kristin is so great to work with! Here are some of my favorites from our session:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bumpdate: 37 Weeks

I've been so busy that I didn't do a 36 week post. So here is 37 weeks. We will be 38 weeks on Sunday....can't believe we are only about 2.5 weeks away from our due date!

How many weeks: 37
Symptoms: Swollen feet are happening pretty much daily now. 
Baby Bump: Big. And I think maybe she dropped a little? When I look at the pics compared to a few weeks ago, I think she's a little lower. Not sure how my belly button isn't sticking out yet, but it's still an innie. Barely.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Nothing.
What else is going on: I've attended two weddings (one more this weekend) and we had our last baby shower last weekend. Baby girl has SO MUCH STUFF. She is definitely loved, that's for sure. My mom and sister threw a great shower for us and I think we are pretty much set. We are picking up a few things this weekend with gift cards and money we received, but otherwise, we have everything we need (or so we think). The nursery is almost done. Hoping to get it all finished up this weekend. Hospital bags are packed. Car seat is in the car. So close!

mirror selfie from a wedding a couple weeks ago

34 Weeks
32 Weeks
30 Weeks

Friday, August 31, 2018

Bumpdate: 34 Weeks

I'm a little behind on updates, since I'll be 35 weeks on Sunday, but oh well!

How many weeks: 34
Symptoms: Uncomfortable pretty much sums it up. I feel like she's either crushing my bladder so I have to pee every 10 minutes, or crushing my lungs so I can't breath. 
Baby Bump: Large and in charge.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Nada. I just think I use being pregnant as an excuse to eat more and eat less healthy than normal. But no cravings.
What else is going on: We had our first baby showers last week and it was so great! We had one at work on Friday and then one with Kevin's family and some of my friends on Sunday. We were blessed that so many family and friends came to celebrate (and spoil) Finley. I can't wait to spend some time organizing everything in the nursery this weekend.

Can't believe we are SO close to meeting our baby girl! It is getting real!

Just for comparison, here are weeks 12-22, and then weeks 24-34:

32 Weeks
30 Weeks

Friday, August 17, 2018

Bumpdate: 32 Weeks

How many weeks: 32
Symptoms: Pretty much the same as the last update. I would just say I'm uncomfortable. But that's to be expected at this point. I think I may have felt my first Braxton-Hicks contractions. 
Baby Bump: I don't know how it's possible for it to get any bigger, but it just keeps growing! I can't believe my belly button has popped out yet.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Still nothing.
What else is going on: My sister got married! That was a long day that ended with swollen feet and a tired body, but totally worth it. We are going to another wedding this weekend and then three in September. I feel like I'll be leaving earlier with each one, but excited to go celebrate with our friends.
We went to our birthing class/hospital tour a couple weeks ago, which was beneficial. We've got a breastfeeding class next week and then a CPR class a couple weeks after that.
We went to a Detroit Tigers game last weekend and got to enjoy it from a suite - all the food and drinks we wanted! It was a perfect day for a game. I don't know how I would have felt sitting in a regular seat at 32 weeks pregnant, so I was thankful we were in a suite where we could sit out in the shade, or go in to the air conditioned suite if we got hot (which we didn't).
Our first baby shower is next weekend and I'm so excited! Can't wait to start getting the nursery finished and organizing her closet.

30 Weeks

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Bumpdate: 30 Weeks

I'm actually 31 weeks in these photos, but last week was crazy (my sister got married!!!), so I didn't have time to get a let's just pretend :)

How many weeks: 30 
Symptoms: If I'm being honest? Sleep sucks - it's getting harder to get comfortable and I get stuffed up a lot at night, so then I can't breath, which is annoying. I toss and turn a lot (sorry Kevin). I can't sit or stand in one position for a long time, so going to the movies is not fun any more. My back pretty much hurts all the time. BUT I hate to complain, because I know that is all part of being pregnant and it's going to be over before I know it. And this pregnancy has been pretty smooth so far. I know there are people that have a much more difficult time than me, so I hate to be negative.
On the plus side, baby girl moves around like crazy now! Pretty much any time I'm sitting or laying for 10+ minutes, she starts moving. I can now feel her whole body moving around in there, not just kicks. Love that feeling.
Baby Bump: Oh, that bump. It gets bigger by the day.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Nothing.
What else is going on:
Took the bump out for my sister's bachelorette party. Stayed up until 2:00 am. Not sure how I did it while completely sober, but we had a good time :)

Got most of the wall decor for the nursery. Just waiting to get the rest of the furniture before I put anything on the walls. I have a feeling baby stuff is going to be in full force over the next couple of months.

Can't believe we are just over two months away from having her here!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Bumpdate: 28 Weeks

How many weeks: 28 - officially in the third trimester. Whoa.
Symptoms: Sleep is getting rougher, but can't complain because overall I feel pretty great still!
I have to roll out of bed or off the couch because my stomach muscles are pretty much gone.
Feeling her kick all the time now. And kicks/movement are definitely getting stronger too.
Baby Bump: Getting bigger every day!
Food Cravings/Aversions: Nope
What else is going on: Passed my glucose test - yay!
We put the crib together, so the nursery is slowly coming together. Hoping to share our inspo for it soon.
Admiral is starting to learn to cuddle with the bump, and not climb on top of it. He also likes snuggling with my pregnancy pillow (pics below).
Getting excited for the nursery to come together and then to meet this little girl in less than three months!

20 Weeks
18 Weeks

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Bumpdate: 26 Weeks

How many weeks: 26
Symptoms: Getting more uncomfortable, but still feeling pretty good, overall. Sleep isn't great, back aches sometimes, swollen feet/ankles when it's really hot and humid. But feeling thankful that I still feel good.
Baby Bump: Getting bigger every day.
Food Cravings/Aversions: None...wondering if I'll even get any cravings if I haven't yet?
What else is going on: Doing my glucose test this week, so keeping my fingers crossed for good results.
We had another ultrasound last week...and she's still a girl! Kevin's friend told him that at their first ultrasound they were told it was a girl, and then at the next one they found out it was actually a boy, so Kevin wanted to make sure they double checked at this one :)
We registered at Buy Buy Baby and Target last weekend and oh my word was that overwhelming! I had asked advice from other parents and made a list and we were still totally overwhelmed. So many things!
Kevin's brother and mom came and painted the nursery for us this week. Can't wait to start getting some furniture in there so we can start decorating!

20 Weeks
18 Weeks