My First Pregnancy: Week 35

Hey everyone! It’s that time of week again. 😊

I felt pretty good this past week. I was very productive, knocking out some of the items on my “to do” list in preparation for the baby and our house. Over the weekend Nate picked up our moving boxes and I started packing that day. I’ve got a color-coding system going on and so far it seems to be keeping things uber organized! Yay! I loooove being organized. 

I was able to pack up all of the baby gear and clothes we’ve accumulated over the past few months, leaving out the things we’ll need for the hospital. Baby’s bag is packed and ready to go. I also packed our bag as much as I could. Some things you can’t pack until it’s actually go time! Our packing lists are on our phones and ready to go when it is time. 😊


This week the baby continued to fatten up. We had a midwife appointment on Friday and she told us the baby is head down, heartbeat is strong, and walked us through what to expect with labor & delivery with the nurse midwives at Vanderbilt. We reviewed our birth plan with her and it was very encouraging. We have the same sort of vision for how we’d like things to go, but also reviewed possibilities for change in our plans in case things aren’t going how we envisioned. I’m learning to let go of my fears about labor so I can relax about my plans, let my body do what it was made to do, and be okay with any outcome regarding the way she is born. Whether it be unmedicated, medicated, or through c-section. Birth is birth is birth and I will not allow anyone to tell me otherwise, including myself. 

Which brings me to another thing I’ve been struggling with internally: body image while pregnant. I’ve felt pretty disappointed lately. I’ve gained more weight than the midwives wanted me to 😕 and I know I’ve not done a very good job in the cravings department. My meals are generally very nutritious, but I have found myself wanting a dessert every. single. day. and I have indulged that. I’ve gained visible weight in my booty and thighs and it has been a weird change to watch since I’d been working on the opposite outcome for the past 3 years. I’m currently the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life at 166 pounds…

But it’s okay!

Or at least I’m working on it being okay. I’m learning this body change is happening because my body is sustaining a life! Yes, I could have some better self control in the cravings department, but overall, when I step back and look at it, I believe I’m doing a great job taking care of myself and my baby! I am exercising at least 3-5 times a week, resting when I feel my body needs it, and eating plenty of protein, fruits, & veggies. My pregnancy is healthy, my baby is healthy, and I am healthy. 

I’m curvier now, My legs are more dimply  than before (hello, cellulite!), and my skin is not behaving very well (it’s like junior high all over again!)…but it’s all part of my body doing something absolutely amazing. And I am beautiful

I’m doing my best to remember that this is temporary. Sure, my body will more than likely never quite be the same again after having a baby, but I will be able to get back to my higher-intensity workouts that I enjoy, and (hopefully) have better control over what I’m eating. I really want to keep my health as a top priority in my new mom life, I’ll just have to figure out what my new “normal” is! I may never be as fit as I was pre-pregnancy due to lack of time or effort or energy, but I am completely okay with that. And even if my plans fail miserably, I have a feeling it will be absolutely worth it. 

::Katie 

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My First Pregnancy: Week 34

Hello! Can you believe I’m getting this post out on time? I can’t! Things are ramping up over here. We are working on selling and donating lots of our old furniture & random items that we don’t need anymore or will be replacing as well as buying new things for the new house. 

We were especially productive over Labor Day weekend and purchased our big-ticket items. We got our new mattress, our fridge, and couch! We also ordered our dining room chairs, accent chairs for our living room, and a console table for our living room. We put a coffee table on hold from World Market that was on display in the store but not in stock, but we’re not sure it’s “the one” we want. 😊We will see!

Nate set up my glider rocker that we will have in the new nursery and it’s my new favorite seat. I get really uncomfortable on our old couch so it’s nice to have a supportive seat where I can kick my feet up. Our cat decided to hijack it last night. She was lucky I was headed to bed. 😉

So I’m continuing to expand and the babe is continuing to fatten up. I’m getting more and more excited for the day she is born. I just want to be holding her now. Things are still uncomfortable with the whole baby-in-my-ribs thing happening. This week marked the first time I could feel her move along my rib cage and then kind of “pop” out when she got past the ribs. It did not feel nice. Haha! She is still getting like to of hiccups and is a wiggle worm. She is the size of a spaghetti squash now weighing in at about 5.5 pounds and is about 18-19 inches long. I believe it! She’s heavy! 


I have slowed down a bit on exercise but haven’t given up by any means. On Monday I conquered a nearly 3 mile walk with my friends at a local greenway in 90 degree heat! I felt very proud and, surprisingly, my body felt pretty great afterward. I thought I might regret it, but I didn’t! 

I had my first experience of a stranger at the grocery store touching my belly this week. I guess I should be grateful it’s taken this long, but Nate and I agreed…it was weird. 

Two and a half weeks remain of my nanny job and then it will really be crunch time for moving and getting baby stuff ready. I have all of our hospital bag packing lists ready to go. I will start packing them sometime next week juuuuust in case. I purchased the clothes I want to be in for labor & delivery and postpartum today. I’m keeping it simple with a cute sports bra and then a nursing tank for afterward. I’ve got a large Target shopping list to tackle this week. In two weeks I plan to get about 40 freezer meals put together so we will have lots of meal options to throw in the crockpot once the baby is here. There is so much more on my “to do” list but I’ll spare you all the details. 

I have been feeling very anxious and stressed about everything we have going on at once, but a very good friend (who is an awesome mom of 2 little ones) gently reminded me that soon it will all be a memory and that I shouldn’t let my memories be tainted by anxiety. It is my first pregnancy..how will I remember it? I am fortunate to have had a wonderful pregnancy with a healthy baby & healthy me, and we are blessed to be bringing her into a lovely new home. If I go into labor on moving day, one day it will be a funny story. 😉 She encouraged me a lot with her perspective and I came away feeling empowered to get things done and if they don’t get done the way I thought, it’s OK! I need to soak up these last few weeks of my pregnancy, pamper myself, and enjoy time with Nathan. Our life is about to change forever!

See you next week!! 

::Katie 

My First Pregnancy: Weeks 31 – 33

Well I really fell behind over the last few weeks, so here is a massive catch-up post. Things are not changing too much at this point in my pregnancy. I am large and in charge and the baby is about 19 inches long and is only gaining fat at this point. There is some organ development happening still, but as far as length she should be at her birth length now.

Week 31 I had off of work after returning from Michigan and it was much-needed. I spent the week resting, planning, and hanging out with friends. I experienced some occasional heartburn but nothing that those Tums didn’t fix. 🙂 I received my first rude comment from a stranger regarding my size during week 31. She asked me when I was due, made a surprised face, then asked me what I’d been eating and if I was sure I wasn’t having twins. Really?! Unfortunately I’m not quick enough to come up with a sassy response, so I just walked away.

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Week 32 was a 50 hour work week which I was definitely feeling. Kudos to you ladies who have other children to take care of while carrying a baby at the same time. I had my nanny kiddos for 50 hours that week and was exhausted. My eyes got really heavy around 2pm each day and all I could think about was sleep. I’d get home, take a short nap, then still feel like I could go to bed at 8:30 even though I stayed up until 10. I also felt extra large that week and started to experience hip pain.

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A few of my friends in Nashville put together a baby shower for me and it happened about a week and a half ago now. It was held at my nanny family’s house and it was a beautiful shower. I got to see lots of my friends, old and new and was given some lovely presents to help Nate and I get ready for the baby. I am very grateful and feel very blessed to have such wonderful people around us during this huge transition in our life!

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So now week 33 has just been completed. My body is definitely starting to prepare itself for the birth which will happen in the next 6ish weeks (ahhh!). I am still very sleepy! Since the girls are both back in school full time now, I have large chunks of time away from work when I can go home. While I am home I NAP. It is lovely. I couldn’t have asked for a better working situation for pregnancy! Ha! I only have 3.5 weeks left with my girls, though, which makes me sad. I can’t believe my time with them is coming to a close already. They’ve been so much fun.

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I’m finding it harder to get motivated to workout if I don’t do it as one of the first things I complete each day. Energy is waning for sure! Sleep is getting harder and more uncomfortable. I ditched my Snoogle this week (my huge body pillow) because I felt like it was elevating my head too much and causing more back pain. My hips hurt a lot while I’m sleeping even with a pillow in between my legs. Last night I slept with just my regular head pillow and it seemed to do the trick! No hip or back pain. I guess sometimes less is more?

We are ramping up for the little lady’s arrival and for our home to be ready. Both grandmas (Troyer and Hood) are lined up to visit us, plane tickets and dates are scheduled, and my brother is coming with his wife to help us move. We’ve started purging things in our apartment and are selling some items. This weekend we are planning on doing some refrigerator (our house does not come with one), couch, and mattress shopping which is all very exciting. We hope to have everything purchased and lined up to be delivered when we move in to the new place so we don’t have to worry about it at that time. It will be a huge check mark off the list of things to do! We’re also getting boxes this week so we can start packing some things away that we don’t use on a daily basis (books, dvds, clothes, knick-knacks, etc.).

It’s all really happening now, people! I feel like I’ve been waiting and waiting and now that it’s getting close to go time, I’m ready to get to work. Let’s do this! 🙂 Thanks for reading this all the way through (if you’ve made it this far). You’re a champ. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

::Katie

My First Pregnancy: Weeks 29 & 30

Hey everyone! Yes, it’s another two-for-one post. The past 2 weeks were pretty busy between my job and traveling to Michigan over the weekend for my baby shower, so I didn’t get the chance to sit down and write. So here we are!

The past 2 weeks have been active ones for this baby. She is noticeably stronger and she is in the habit of sticking her back and booty up into my right side’s ribs. I can tell she is running out of room between my pelvis and ribs (I have a short torso), so now there’s nowhere to go but out. 🙂 It is making sitting more uncomfortable and I have to recline quite a bit to get her out of my ribs. It made the car ride to Michigan a lot more uncomfortable than last time when I was just 20 weeks along.

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She is hiccuping at least once a day, sometimes twice. I figured she’s in the head-down position because I can always feel the hiccups down in my pelvis and my midwife confirmed it this week…she is head down! There is still a chance she will wiggle around over the next few weeks and change position, but at that point, she was head down.

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Our weekend getaway to Michigan was a lot of fun and I’m so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family. My baby shower was put together by family friends, Cortnee Kirby, Carly Crone, Anita Schlabach, my sister-in-law Hannah Troyer, and my mom. It was a beautiful shower with such cute decorations and delicious food. Especially the macaroni salad and the cake! The baby and I (and Nathan) were given lots of fun gifts and she has a full wardrobe of very cute clothes now.

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The rest of the weekend was just relaxation with my family. We stayed at my brother Randy’s house where we enjoyed the pool and had a campfire each night. I got to spend time with both of my parents which I really enjoyed. I don’t get to see them often so I tried to soak up every moment.

My brother Randy and my sister-in-law, Hannah, are planning to come down when we are moving into our new house to help us get situated before the baby comes [hopefully!]. My mom & brother Daniel will be traveling down to Tennessee a few days after my due date so she can be around to help us out with getting settled in and with the baby whenever she decides to come (if she hasn’t come at that point). It will be a crazy time so I’m very grateful that she will be coming to help out. I have no idea what to expect but I know I have an amazing husband who will do whatever it takes, and we also have such a generous group of family and friends who are willing to help. I’m one lucky woman!

See you next week!

::Katie

My First Pregnancy: Week 28

Helloooooo third trimester! It all started last week and the fun just keeps coming. 😉

I’m feeling pretty good 1.5 weeks into this trimester so I hope it continues… but I know in all reality I will soon be feeling exhausted and uncomfortable. I’m a tiny person and I’m already feeling huge so I can’t imagine what I’ll be feeling like around my due date! I’m banking on her coming late (as I think I’ve said before) so dear God, help me! Ha!

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I don’t know why I picked my bathing suit for this photo, but there it is. My apologies!

This week the baby was a little over 2 pounds and about 15 inches in length, the size of a large eggplant. She is starting to pack on the fat and her growth length-wise is slowing down. As far as length goes, she should be pretty close to what she will be when she is born. Just a few more inches to go!

I had some heartburn this week and Tums are usually able to help calm it down. It’s very sporadic so I’m having a hard time figuring out exactly what is causing it. But, I just keep the Tums handy and I’m usually good to go.

My belly is starting to feel really heavy when I’m lying on my side in the bed so I’m using my Snoogle and other pillows to help make myself comfy at night. I wake up feeling very stiff and my back is usually sore, too. Luckily I’ve gotten into the habit of working out first thing in the [early] morning so warming up and stretching my body usually help alleviate all bedtime soreness and I’m good the rest of the day. I’ve found myself dreading lying down in bed, though, which I’ve NEVER had happen. It’s weird to not look forward to it.

We had our first private Bradley Method birth class with our teacher on Thursday last week and it was soooo much better than the group class! We were able to ask whatever questions we wanted and get the one-on-one teaching moments that we wouldn’t otherwise have. We have 4 more sessions to go. One of them is a rehearsal for labor (with the group class) which I’m a little nervous about since I’m the one “in labor”… like how much acting are we talking here?!? My only experience is a high school play. Haha! I’m sure it will be very helpful, though.

An off-topic update… our house is coming along nicely!

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We walked through on Monday and the project managers said they were scheduled to begin drywall today or early next week. Everything looked great in our walk-through with just one electrical outlet placed in the wrong spot which was fixed that day.

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They are on track for us to close on the 11th of October (yep, ONE DAY before I’m due), so we will hopefully be moving in shortly after that date. Nate is determined to get it done as quickly as possible (even if he has to do the bulk of the work) so we can be out of our tiny, nasty apartment whenever the baby decides to come. I like his plan.

See you next week with more!

::Katie

 

DIY Nursery Closet Dividers

Hey everyone! I hope your hump day is going well. I got up early to get my workout in and then headed to my nanny fam’s house to pick up the girls and drop them off at their summer camps. I have had the day to myself so I enjoyed some sun by the pool, ate a yummy lunch, and I am working on gathering freezer meal recipes to prep for the baby’s arrival in a couple of months! Things are gearing up. It’s all so exciting!

Since our new townhome won’t be finished until October, I haven’t had the opportunity to nest, so I’m making due with mapping things out, doing a few crafts, and planning what the nursery will be like once we move in. Hopefully we will get to move in and set everything up before baby girl makes her grand entrance, but we will see!

One of the crafts I finished recently were some closet dividers so I can easily organize her clothes that will span from newborn to one year.

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I got the idea from this blog and set out to buy my supplies. I was able to find everything at home, the Dollar Tree, and the dollar spot at Target. I spent a total of $3 on this project.

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Supplies Needed:
– cardboard box (cereal boxes work great!)
– decorative tape (like washi – found this at Target)
– scrapbooking paper or paper stickers
– plain white printer paper for labeling
– markers or pencils for labeling
– something round (like a bowl & spice bottle) to trace your circles

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The first step was to cut the cereal box into flat panels and cover it with the paper. My paper was a sticker on the backside, so I did not need glue. If you use scrapbooking paper, you will need to find a way to secure your paper to the box.

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Once my box was covered, I flipped it to the backside to trace the cirlces I would need to cut out. I used a Pyrex bowl for the larger circle and a cinnamon spice shaker for the smaller one.

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Next I cut along the lines and flipped the cardboard over to the paper-covered side. I picked a spot in the center of the circle to cut vertically for placing on the closet hanging rod.

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I cut some small strips of washi tape next and made a base for where my label would go. I then cut a small piece of the printer paper and labeled it the correct size. I secured the paper onto the washi tape using more washi tape, and voila! It was done!

I repeated the process 3 more times to make a total of 4 dividers. One tip I took from the blogger that posted the original idea was to tape a coin on the backside of the dividers by the vertical slit so they are weighed down properly and won’t spin around the rod. I ended up taping 2 pennies on the backside of each divider. I tested it out afterward and the pennies do the trick!

I’m so excited to get into our house and get the baby’s room all set up, but our closing date is the day before my due date. I’m not betting on her coming early, so I’m hopeful that she will leave us enough time to get everything ready. 🙂 Babies can’t read calendars, though. Ha!

 

Have a great day, friends! See you with a weekly update post soon!

::Katie

 

My First Pregnancy: Week 27

The last week of my second trimester is over with and we are now in the home stretch! I am feeling larger these days and can feel how I’m changing the way I bend over, squat, get out of bed, get off the couch…it’s all becoming a bit more challenging! I’m getting lazier when it comes to shaving my legs. It’s just too uncomfortable to stay bent over for too long. Nathan’s first experience shaving legs may be coming sooner than we thought! 😉

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This week the baby was about the size of an acorn squash weighing in at about 2 pounds. She is about 14.5 inches long and I can definitely tell! Her little body is constantly shoved into my right side’s ribs, especially when I’m sitting on the couch. I’ve been learning that sitting cross-legged is most comfortable for me. Sitting on the edge of the couch with my legs spread apart so my belly can drop between is pretty comfy, too.

I am peeing about 27,894 times a day now. Fun fun. 🙂

I had my first glucose test experience in week 27 and it really was not nearly as bad as I’ve heard women make it out to be. Maybe I got lucky with the type of drink they gave me, but I think some people may just be dramatic about it all. My drink was 10 ounces of orange-flavored sugar water which tasted exactly like orange soda without the carbonation. It was not syrup-like at all even though it had 50 grams of sugar in it. I drank it pretty quickly and felt fine until I got home and felt really sleepy. It kind of knocked my eating out of whack that day and I didn’t feel like I had much of an appetite, but I did not feel sick at all. Some women have said they felt so sick after. Maybe drinking a bunch of water afterward was what helped keep that feeling at bay for me, but I did not feel sick at all.

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I have not heard directly from the midwives, but I was able to view my labs online and it appears that I am good to go! No gestational diabetes for this girl. Yay! I was so worried that I would have it because of my family history, but it seems my eating & exercise habits paid off this time around. I’ll take it!

See you next week with my update on the first week of my third trimester. WHAT?! Gosh, this is all really happening!

::Katie