Sunday, October 25, 2015

29 weeks

I drew a picture of an acorn squash but you can't see it.  Sorry!!!

So I know I totally flaked last week and didn't post for week 28.  Sorry, y'all!!  I usually put my posts together on the weekends, but last weekend I went to WV for a family weekend.  It was soooooo wonderful!  Everyone was there, except Dominique (she was shivering in Alaska.) and we were all able to celebrate Eden...or as Oliver and I call her, E-E.  We've finally settled on a middle name for our little doll baby.  We are going to be naming her Eden Elyse Massey.  My sister Meredith's middle name is Elyce (pronounced eh-LEE-s) and she has the biggest heart and would do anything for her family.  Unfortunately, her health really limits her on what she can and can't do, and many times more than not she is unable to be apart of family gatherings because she is too sick.  So Oliver and I decided to honor Meredith and give Eden her middle name.  She was so excited when we told her, too.  I'm really happy we are able to name Eden after her!! :)  

The baby shower was so beautiful.  Meredith worked so hard organizing and gathering everything.  She worked for hours on a diaper cake too that held more than 140 diapers! WOW!  And can you believe that when we got to the restaurant Meredith wasn't there.  She was too sick to stay and had to go home and rest.  I felt so awful.  She also missed our gender reveal party back in August because she was too sick to travel to NC from WV.  It just breaks my heart that she misses out on so much due to her health.  So you can see why Ollie and I want to use her middle name for Eden's.  We just want her to know how much she means to us!

How far along? 29 weeks 6 days or 7 months 1 week.  
Total weight gain/loss: +10
Food cravings: Nah, not really.  I'm still drinking pumpkin spice lattes all the time and at this point I should have stock in the company!
Anything making you queasy or sick: The only thing that makes me feel really ugh is when Eden is hanging out between my ribs.  It just feels so uncomfortable having her hanging out up there.  It's really not even that bad though so please don't think I'm complaining! :)   
Have you started to show yet?  I felt so big this past week.  Oliver and I went to the fair Friday night and two vendors asked if I was carrying twins.  Say whaaa???  My neighbors tell me that I look small though so I'm going with that!
Movement: She is soooo active all the time.  Oliver gets to feel her move at night when we're in bed.  The other day I was sitting on the couch and Eden was having a dance party.  My belly was just moving like crazy.  I love feeling her move around.  It's such an amazing feeling.  I'm convinced our pups Darla and Benny know there's a baby in my belly, too.  They've both been smelling my belly and one day Benny kept licking my stomach.  He loves his little sis!
Gender prediction: We're having a little Eden Elyce!!!  
Wedding rings on or off? On--fits perfectly. 
Belly Button in or out? The grossest innie you could imagine.  (Seriously!) 
Happy or Moody most of the time: I'm so happy!!!  I love being pregnant.  I mean, don't get me wrong, there are moments when it's hard--like bending down or getting comfy at night, and then there's the bazillion night trips to the bathroom, but those are so small when looking at the big picture.....A BABY!!!  
Maternity clothes? The most comfortable stuff I'll ever wear.  I really love maternity jeans.  I'll be sad when I have to pack them up!  
Stretch marks? Nope.  
Sleep: Not the best, but I know I need to enjoy it now before she gets here and I'm up every two hours.  
What I miss:  I miss drinking sangria.  My mom ordered a sangria at dinner the other night.  It looked so tasty. 
New Baby ItemsY'all, my family spoiled Eden last weekend!!!  So much "stuff" for her.  Stuffed animals, books galore, clothing, and lots more to list.  I can't wait to unpack everything once her nursery is up and running!!  
Exercise:  Not as active as I should be.
What I'm looking forward to: Ollie's painting the nursery this week.  Yay!!  Then we can move in her chair/ottoman, dresser, and start organizing everything.   AND, we're ordering her crib this week too!!!  Here's the one we decided on:

Milestones: I'd have to say how active Eden's been.  Knowing that there is a living being inside of me is so bazaar and such a miracle.  We cannot wait to meet her!
Best moment this week: 1. Getting the results from my glucose test: I PASSED!!! and, 2.  Hitting the 3rd trimester last week!!  It's all happening so fast!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

27 weeks along

How far along? 27 weeks 6 days or 6 months 3 weeks.  I just cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by.  The first trimester seemed never ending and now I'm almost to the 3rd trimester.  What?!
Total weight gain/loss: +9--but technically (if I want to get technical) I lost 11 pounds during my first trimester and I've gained back 9 of those pounds.  So I'm still under my pre-pregnancy weight and I am so very happy for that.  I'm little nervous about my weight gain for the remainder of my pregnancy.  I've never been a "skinny girl" and I'm scared I'm just going to start gaining a crazy amount of weight these last few months.
Food cravings: This week I had no cravings.  I have been eating a lot of PB&J sandwiches at lunch though, so maybe that is a craving?!
Anything making you queasy or sick: This week was a rough week.  I felt so sick Monday afternoon-Thursday.  I had the WORST lower belly and back pain.  It was just awful.  I soooo badly wanted to call in sick for work but I pushed through.  I just couldn't get comfortable.  I'm not entirely sure what it was but that was the first time I really wished I wasn't pregnant.  I'm so happy to be feeling better.  
Have you started to show yet?  Nope, not at all. ;)  I just look like I ate a REALLY BIG Thanksgiving dinner. :)  Neat fact: I read that my uterus is now the size of a soccer ball.  That is so mind blowing to me.  It is crazy what your body is capable of doing.  And what's even crazier is it's going to get BIGGER!!  WHOA!!!
Movement: All the time.  And she's all over the place!  One minute I feel her on my lower right side and the next minutes she's karate chopping me in my ribs on the left side.  I love feeling her move all around.  
Gender prediction: A darling daughter. :)  
Wedding rings on or off? On--and not really showing any signs of feeling too tight.  
Belly Button in or out? Same as it's been-a weird looking innie.  
Happy or Moody most of the time: This week was not a good week for my mental health.  With feeling so sick and having to be on at work with my students each day I just felt pretty down.  Plus I had to attend a teacher workshop at an elementary school in Rolesville which I learned is soooooo far away, and then to sit in kid chairs all day just really did me in.  But life could be so much worse and so I need to stop complaining.  I really am blessed beyond measure and I know this.  
Maternity clothes? Yes, and I love them!!  I did wear a skirt one day this week to work that was non-maternity, but besides that I've got on all maternity all the time  And y'all, I've got so many maternity clothes to choose from.  I'm so thankful.  
Stretch marks? Nah.
Sleep: This week sleep was nothing to brag about. I slept terrible.  I just couldn't get comfortable.  And with my belly aching non stop it really hurt to turn over.  I'm sooo happy that's gone now.  
What I miss:  Hmmm, I would have to say moving with ease when I sleep.  And I know I have mentioned this before, but I really miss sushi.  It's one of my favorites.  I could really go for an eel roll at this very moment.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  
New Baby ItemsI'm still soaking in all the baby items my sister, Jaclyn gave Oliver and I last weekend.  My favorite thing so far has been looking through the tubs of clothing.  There is just so much!  And baby clothes are just precious.  I cannot believe that in 3 short months I'm going to have  a baby to put those clothes on. Oliver also picked up Eden's dresser for the nursery.  And we now know the type of crib we want to get her.  We're holding off ordering it until we have her room ready and have the space to set it up.  Notice how I say "we."  Who am I kidding, Oliver will totally set up the crib while I watch.  
Exercise:  I mowed the back yard this week.  I actually really like mowing the lawn. It's instant gratification to me to see it go from looking bad to good all by my doing.  My dog Benny is so cute too when I mow.  He'll follow me up and down the yard.  He likes to keep me company. :)  
What I'm looking forward to: Family weekend!!!  We're all getting together this coming weekend to celebrate baby Eden andddd to celebrate my parents' upcoming 46th wedding anniversary.  Only Dominique will be missing--remember, she lives in Alaska.  BUT she is coming to the lower 48 for a month and will be here through January.  That means she'll get to meet Eden!!!  
Milestones: I'm not proud of this one, but it was when I wished I wasn't pregnant anymore.  That was the first time that ever crossed my mind.  I want so much to enjoy this time, but man, this week was tough to have that mindset.  I'm glad I am feeling better and am over those feelings.  
Best moment this week: 2 things: 1. Looking through the massive amounts of baby clothes, and 2. when I woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and I remembered tomorrow was Saturday and I could sleep in!!!  :)  Yay for weekends and no alarm clocks!!  

Sunday, October 4, 2015

26 weeks!!

Relaxing in Eden's new glider rocker.  :) 

How far along? 26 weeks or 6 months 1/2 months!!!
Total weight gain/loss: +8 lbs ---I think those pumpkin spice lattes are catching up with me!!!!
Food cravings: I am still drinking pumpkin spice lattes, but I'm trying to slow down on them.  Mainly because they add up fast and I know I shouldn't be spending so much money on overpriced coffee!!!  A WONDERFUL parent and student of mine surprised me with a Starbucks gift card this week just so I could get my latte!!  How kind and thoughtful is that?!  It was greatly appreciated!!  Especially since I had to be at work super early the next day for parent teacher conferences.  This week I have also been craving soup a lot! So I made chili and zuppa toscana.  Soooooo good!!!  
Anything making you queasy or sick: I felt great this week!!  
Have you started to show yet?  My belly keeps growing and growing.  I LOVE that bump!!  My coworker gave me the best compliment on Friday.  I was walking down the hallway at school towards her and she said the I don't even look pregnant straight on!!  Sweet!  I definitely want to look pregnant, but not necessarily all over.
Movement: This week has been the most I've felt Eden.  As I type this she is karate chopping my left side!  On Tuesday I was at a women's bible study at my church and she was playing soccer in there!!  It was so cool!!  
Gender prediction: It's a she!  But wouldn't that be crazy if when she's born she comes out a BOY?!  What a surprise that would be!!
Wedding rings on or off? On--right where I like it!
Belly Button in or out? In and its crazy how much it has stretched out.  Before becoming pregnant I was never able to see all the way inside my belly button.  But now I can see the whole thing. It's so weird and cool at the same time to see how your body changes when you're pregnant!!  
Happy or Moody most of the time: I'm the happiest I've even been!!  
Maternity clothes? I'd have to say that 90% of what I wear is maternity clothes.  And I LOVE wearing them too!!  ANOTHER friend of mine gave me maternity tops this week.  I really am so truly blessed by everyone's generosity because I know that not everyone is lucky enough to be given or be able to borrow other's clothes.  My favorite tops are the form fitting ones.  I've gotta show Eden off!! :)  
Stretch marks? I'm lucky that I haven't gotten any up to this point.  I know that this can easily change. I'm okay with stretch marks.  Especially ones as a result of pregnancy.  
Sleep: I never sleep well anymore.  But one night this week I didn't wake up once to use the bathroom.  Lack of sleep must have finally caught up with me and I was just so tired I got some sound sleep.  And whoever the created body pillow is my best friend!  I love mine so much!  I've broken it in and it's just perfect for me!  I have a feeling I'm still going to use it after Eden is born.  Oliver likes it too, so I'll probably have to fight him for it!  haha
What I miss: Have you ever eaten so much and gotten so full that you feel sick and lethargic?  I feel like that a lot after I eat even if I didn't eat a lot.  I miss eating and not feeling like I've ingested a bowling ball!
New Baby Items: YES!  Eden's rocking chair glider came this week.  And in a HUGE box!!  Even though her nursery is nowhere near ready and we don't have a good spot for the chair/ottoman at the moment, we were just too excited to wait.  I love it!!  Ollie and I took turns sitting in it, pretending to rock the baby.  :)   It's going to be perfect for her!! Anddddd, my sister and her family came over and brought Ollie and me TONS, I mean TONS of baby stuff!!  5 bins of clothes and blankets and bibs, an exersaucer, baby swing, vibrating chair, stroller, toys, bathtub, and I don't even know what else because there is just so much!!  The baby clothes are beyond precious!!  My sister took really good care of her things!!  She's been holding on to this stuff for the past 8 years just waiting for a sister (or brother) to have a baby. I can't wait to sit down and go through all the bins.  So far here is the cutest thing I've seen.  Check it out!

The top says 99% angel and look at those angel wings on the bottoms.  I am dying!
Exercise:  It rained all week and so I really did nothing.  Maybe why I gained 2 pounds!  Yikes!  
What I'm looking forward to: We have been searching a while now for a white dresser for the nursery.  We want a good quality one and not just a cheap particle board one.  Ollie found a really nice dresser on Craigslist and he's picking it up Monday.  Here's what it looks like:

Milestones: This question is always tough for me to answer.  Nothing really comes to mind so I guess it would be feeling Eden squirming around all the time.  I used to feel her most at night, but now I feel her all day.  I love that kid!
Best moment this week: Hands down my sister and brother-and-law giving Oliver and me massive amounts of things for the baby.  It's such a great feeling knowing that we have things for the her.  Especially all the clothes!!