Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Baby Bump: 32 Weeks

32 weeks & 4 days to be exact! Ahhh! Here's the latest bump update for you!

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Baby: About the size of a head of lettuce (19 in, 3.9 lbs)

How I feel: PREGNANT! It's definitely starting to wear on me more lately. I'm tired all the time & my body aches in ways I never really knew it could. But other than that, I'm making it! I'm hoping the heat is starting to calm down here.. I need some fall weather in my life-- weather that won't make me instantly start sweating the moment I step outside.

Food: I'm still not craving anything really. I have noticed I'm a little more hungry than normal.. I think it's because Ruby is gaining half a pound each week!

Clothing: Nothing new in the clothing department really over here. I'm sure pretty soon I'll have to invest in some maternity jeans (even though I'm almost done with this pregnancy). I don't think I'll be able to quite make it wearing shorts every day until mid-October. Currently though, on "cooler" days, I've gotten away with wearing leggings & they suffice. Plus they're comfy. So maybe I won't have to buy any jeans after all.

Sleep: Like I said before, I'm tired all the time. I'm having a harder time falling asleep, but it's really not been too terrible. I wake up a lot during the night to go to the bathroom. My doctor says that Ruby is making her way head down & I can definitely feel the pressure on my bladder (ha!).

Best moment of the week: On Sunday our cul-de-sac had the sweetest baby shower for me! My mom & mother-in-law got to join in on the fun as well. Ruby & I definitely felt loved by our neighbors. Seriously guys, I don't think we will EVER have this awesome of neighbors again in our lifetime. They are the best. Andrew & I love where we live because of them.

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What I'm looking forward to: We still have two more baby showers coming up! I'm excited to start washing all of Ruby's clothes & getting everything in order before she comes. It seems like time is flying by & I can't believe my eyes every time I look at the calendar. We still have one more baby class next month over infant massage which we're excited about! We finished all of our other ones (Caring for Your Baby, Birth of Your Baby, Breastfeeding, & Infant CPR) & I feel so much more informed about this whole experience we're about to embark on. Andrew on the other hand may be a little more nervous after watching the birthing video in class the other night ;). We're both super excited about her arrival, but we're definitely soaking in our last few weeks of being a family of two.

Here's to the last 7-8ish more weeks!


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Baby Bump: 30 Weeks

So long "20s!" We're in the "30s" now! I seriously can't believe it. We've had some exciting things happening lately & we're staying super busy. So here's the latest bump update for you as I'm in the middle of the 30 week mark!

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Baby: About the size of a cantaloupe or butternut squash (17 in, 3.1 lbs).

How I feel: I'm not feeling too terrible, especially considering the extreme heat lately! I'm definitely worn out & don't do many productive things it seems ha! Oh well I guess. I'm hoping the "nesting" thing kicks in before too long.. Because I really need to get stuff done in her room, especially now that we've had two baby showers & three more to go!

Food: Ever since last week, I've felt more hungry lately. My pregnancy app says that our baby will grow around a half a pound every week until she's born.. So that's my guess on why I feel so hungry! Everyone keeps expecting me to tell them that I'm craving weird things like pickled ice cream or something, but I'm really not craving much lately. I feel like I can eat about anything & I'll be content.

Clothing: Things no longer fit my belly. Like I've said before, I live in Nike shorts, dresses & leggings lately. Sometimes I'll try to wear jeans or my maternity shorts, but I'd prefer to be comfy most of the time. I did purchase some stuff the other day for postnatal. And has anyone tried the Belly Bandit?? I am REALLY interested in one for after she gets here, but I wanted to see if someone other than the online reviewers have used one before. If you have, please comment or email me.. It'd be greatly appreciated! :)

Sleep: God is definitely trying to prepare me for when we have this baby! I have to get up to go to the restroom at least twice a night now. I was managing to hold it to just one time a night, but alas, that time is over. I'm not too uncomfortable at night which I'm thankful for. But it's a little harder to fall asleep & stay asleep because I feel like my belly is getting so big!

Best moment of the week: SO MANY! We had our first baby shower on Friday night with Andrew's side of the family (plus my mom & grandma). We got lots of good stuff & our baby girl is going to be decked out in some cute clothes!

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Speaking of baby girl.. some of you may not know that we have officially decided to put her name out there & tell the world. We didn't really want to make it a huge deal because that's not really our style. But we're happy to announce that our baby girl's name is Ruby June Cunningham! :):) In case you're wondering, we really liked the name, "Ruby," but it turns out Andrew's side of the family has an "Aunt Ruby" in the family tree. And her middle name, "June," is named after my grandma! So there you go!

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On Saturday, we had one of the coolest days ever! We got a 4D ultrasound & got to see our sweet Ruby's face! It was literally one of the coolest things ever. I cried a couple of times that day when I looked at the pictures. I can't believe that here in about 2 months we'll be holding her in our arms! She's got some great lips-- obviously working on her duck-lips face for selfies in the near future. And we're hopeful that she might come out with some hair! The girl who did our ultrasound told us she thinks she sees quite a bit. Maybe it'll be red?! We'll have to wait & see! Everything looks good with her though. She's already started to make her way head down.. YAY! And my doctor told me she's growing normally. We'll go back to the doctor on Monday for another checkup since we're going every two weeks now!

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We also had another baby shower at Andrew's work yesterday! (The cake picture from above with her name on it was actually from this shower FYI.. I just had to announce her name when I was telling you guys! ;) ) Andrew's co-workers are so sweet! We had food & even played a couple of games. And we got lots of good stuff for her as well! It's so amazing to know how loved Ruby is by people already. We are blessed!

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What I'm looking forward to: I'm looking forward to the other baby showers we're going to have in the next month or so! We've also been taking some different classes that our hospital offers. We're in the process of a birthing class at the moment & then we have a few more that cover breastfeeding, infant CPR & even an infant massage class! So I'm excited to finish all of those up! Like I said before, we're staying pretty busy but we're doing good & having fun!

So that's the latest bump update! :)


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

How I've Survived Pregnancy So Far

Growing a baby is no easy task. Although I've had what I consider to be, a fairly easy pregnancy, some days are still rough. For all you pregnant mommas out there or anyone who is considering/trying to get pregnant, here's how I've survived pregnancy so far.

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Crackers
At the beginning of pregnancy (during my first trimester), I was overwhelmed by nausea. I never got sick, but I definitely was nauseous a lot of the time. That is until I started putting a bag of saltine crackers by my bed. I would set my alarm 20-30 minutes earlier than when I needed to get up & would eat my crackers before I got out of bed. Seriously, this was the game changer for me. I also realized that eating smaller meals multiple times a day helped during the first trimester as well. I was advised not to stop eating crackers because often during the third trimester, nausea can come back. So I've continued to eat my crackers every morning since.

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash
Like most pregnant women, my face has broken out throughout pregnancy. This facial wash though really has seemed to help. It's definitely not bulletproof (note: the big pimple on my chin recently), but it's helped tremendously & definitely more than my typical facial wash. I've learned that ordering it from Dermstore is much cheaper than ordering it from Belli's website. Dermstore offers free shipping & a lot of the time, they have a coupon out. I'm about to order my third bottle so basically one bottle has lasted me an entire trimester if that gives you an idea on how long it lasts.

Body Pillow
If you're familiar with any of my "bump" posts, you know that I can't say enough about my cheap body pillow I got from Bed Bath & Beyond. I definitely recommend getting a body pillow of some sort if you're having issues sleeping throughout pregnancy, but try the Boomerang pillow before you buy a $50+ one from Amazon. It's helped so much, I really don't know how I would've slept throughout this pregnancy without it.

Coconut Oil
I'm a believer in the whole coconut oil trend. Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I've put coconut oil on my stomach & chest every night before bed to help prevent stretch marks. I haven't had any stretch marks (yet) & it seems to make my belly nice & smooth.

Water & Icees
Most of you know my obsession with 7-11 Icees, but I've also just been super thirsty lately. Maybe some of that is because of the heat, but I do highly recommend staying hydrated during pregnancy. I can tell a difference in my body when I haven't had any water to drink in a while. I've also read that staying hydrated helps prevent swelling & Braxton Hicks. And let's face it, Icees are just straight up good. Unfortunately, there's no scientific evidence that Icees are actually beneficial for pregnancy ;)

Dresses, Nike shorts & Leggings
What would we do without these items?? I'm basically living in most of these things lately, but even at the beginning of my second trimester, I found that wearing any of these things helped keep me comfortable. Let's face it, you can't button your pants anymore, so why feel bad about your body when you can wear comfy clothes (& often, still look fashionable)? P.S. I have found so many cute flowy dresses at Old Navy FYI.

Prenatal Yoga
I'm not a girl who loves to workout, but I do like it when my body feels good. Yoga has always helped that. There are so many free yoga videos on Youtube, it's really unbelievable. When I'm not pregnant, I love Yoga with Adriene. But since I am pregnant & this is a post talking about pregnancy, I've really enjoyed these quick 10 minute prenatal yoga videos by Tonic. She's got a cool accent & she doesn't mess around. I feel like doing prenatal yoga will ultimately help me during the whole labor process.

A Support System
When you're pregnant, you need someone in your life who can be your support system. Like I said earlier, growing a baby is hard. There are a lot of days where it seems like my hormones are off the wall & I just want to cry (& that's totally unlike me if you know me). Other times, you're in pain & you just need someone to rub your back or tell you to sit down & take it easy. So whether you're married, in a relationship, or single, if you're pregnant you need to have someone who can be your support. I really don't know what I would do without my husband, my mom or my friends throughout this pregnancy.


Clearly there are other things that have helped me get through pregnancy so far, but these are the obvious & the most helpful ones for me! How have you survived pregnancy so far or in the past?



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