Friday, May 29, 2015

36 Week Bumpdate!

My chalkboard got put away while we were re-carpeting the nursery, so I had to use the graphic this week


How far along:  36 weeks!!  One month left!!!

Baby is the size of a(n):  spaghetti squash

Total weight gain/loss:  + 17.1 lbs

Maternity clothes:  Nothing new!

Sleep:  Not too bad.  I fall asleep really quickly and early (9-9:30pm), then wake up maybe around 3am to pee, and usually can go back to sleep by 4am until I have to wake up around 6am.

Best moment this week:   Getting the carpet installed and finishing the nursery!!!  We are beyond happy with the way it turned out {more detailed post to come!}.

Baby Movement:  TONS of movement.

Cravings:  Watermelon!  Mm I can't get enough.

Missing anything:  Not really.

Pregnancy symptoms:  A little heartburn, constant bathroom breaks, and Braxton Hicks.

Showing yet:  Torpedo belly!!!

Labor signs:  Braxton Hicks, although that's not really a "labor sign" per se since they are false contractions.  It's basically my uterus practicing contracting for the real deal.

Belly button in or out:  Outtie!

Wedding rings on or off:  On!

Looking forward to:  Being on maternity leave!  Today is my last day in the office, then I'm working from home for two weeks until my leave begins.  It'll be nice to work from home though, so I can rest up and store my strength and energy for labor :)

Previous Baby Bumpdates
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19 weeks / 20 weeks / 21 weeks / 22 weeks / 23 weeks /
24 weeks / 25 weeks / 26 weeks / 27 weeks / 28 weeks /
29 weeks / 30 weeks / 31 weeks / 32 weeks /




Sunday, May 24, 2015

35 Week Bumpdate!

How far along:  35 weeks!!  ~5 more to go before we meet our little girl!!!

Baby is the size of a(n):  coconut!!

Total weight gain/loss:  + 16.8 lbs

Maternity clothes:  Nothing new.  I’m wearing lots of dresses, and my pre-preggo dresses are nice and stretchy J  When I wear pants though, they definitely are maternity.

Sleep:  Not bad actually.  I sleep decently well, although having the only sleep positions of left side or right side is getting old.  I can’t wait to be able to sleep on my back and my belly again.

Best moment this week:   My Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Baby Shower with all my mommy’s friends and thrown by my her best friends.  I’ve grown up with most of these women, and to spend the afternoon with them celebrating my unborn daughter and remember my mom was absolutely magical.  The love they had for mom transcends everything, and the love they already have for Grace is overwhelming.  I will write a separate post dedicated to this marvelous afternoon…stay tuned.

Baby Movement:  I can’t say it enough…Grace is a wiggle worm!  She’s definitely getting bigger.  I can feel her kicking higher now…not so much into my rib cage yet, but she’s getting there {she’s already head down by the way, and has been for a couple weeks}.

Cravings:  Strawberries!  And gummy candy (gummy bears, starburst) ß don’t know where that came from!

Missing anything:  Sleeping on my tummy, but that will come soon enough.  Other than that, no!  I’m enjoying every second of being pregnant :)

Pregnancy symptoms:  A little heartburn and constant bathroom breaks!!  I can tell she is running out of room and pushing on my bladder ALL THE TIME.

Showing yet:  Torpedo belly!!!

Labor signs:  No.

Belly button in or out:  Outtie!

Wedding rings on or off:  On!

Looking forward tofinally getting the carpet in the nursery installed.  It was supposed to go in this past week but there was a shipping error and it won’t go in until next week.  I can’t wait until that’s done so I can finish organizing all Grace’s wonderful gifts from family and friends.  

Previous Baby Bumpdates
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19 weeks / 20 weeks / 21 weeks / 22 weeks / 23 weeks /
24 weeks / 25 weeks / 26 weeks / 27 weeks / 28 weeks /
29 weeks / 30 weeks / 31 weeks / 32 weeks /




Thursday, May 21, 2015

My Pink and Sparkly Baby Shower

A few weeks ago, my insanely talented cousins, the dynamic mother-daughter duo, threw me an incredible baby shower to honor Grace.  Everything was pink and sparkly, and even more incredible than I had imagined it would be.  They spent months planning this and creating all the decorations down to the very last detail.  They wouldn’t tell me anything about it, except that it would be pink and sparkly (my kind of theme!).

On the day of the shower, I entered their house and was blown away.  I first saw the tables with beautiful centerpieces, and decadent handmade and hand decorated ombré rosette cake, and then I turned and was taken aback by an incredible pink and white backdrop with a crystal overlay.  In front of it was an ottoman for gifts, which now held my “Mommy-to-be” pin and a special pink mason jar blinged out with crystals for my drink.
Then I looked to the side of that and saw a huge diaper cake adorned with a pink tutu that was topped with a beautiful pink cursive “G”.  Next to it were dozens of mini water bottles, each wearing its own tutu.
To one side of the diaper cake and tutu water bottles was a dessert bar which included rice krispie treats dipped in white chocolate dyed pink, marshmallows dipped in pink edible crystals and adorned with tutus, and chocolate chip cookies.  Please note, all of these items and treats were handmade/hand baked by my cousins!
Then outside on their patio we had a onesie decorating station and a headband making station.  Everyone had so much fun with these activities!  The onesies were so creative and beautiful, and the headbands are equally adorable.
Once all the guests arrived, we talked, laughed, took pictures in front of the pink, white and crystal backdrop, and decorated onesies.  I think it’s safe to say that Grace has some adorable onesies to wear made with love by her aunts/cousins/friends.
Aysha, Lisa, me, Koko, Marilyn
Me and Lisa
Me and Koko, both preggo together!
Kelly, me, and Marilyn
Me and Katy
Me and my Aunt 
Me with my wonderful mother-in-law and gramma-in-law
Me and Jodi
Me and Amanda, both preggo together!
We enjoyed a delicious lunch followed by opening presents!  I can’t even begin to describe the love Grace and I felt on this day, especially with as we opened presents.  Grace was definitely showered with love from beautiful homemade gifts (blankets, hand embroidered sheets, burp cloths), to so many adorable clothes that I was constantly squealing (dresses, swim suits, socks, shoes, sunglasses, and more, all itty bitty!).  She also received a rocking horse that sings, bottles, lovies, carseats, car seat canopies, a turtle constellation night light, and so much more!!  Mommy also received a beautiful Tory Burch diaper bag :)
Handmade blanket to go with the book, Mrs. Twiggley's Tree
Mommy's brand new designer diaper bag :)
One of my favorite things about this shower is that guests were asked to bring a book instead of a card to help build Grace’s library.  We received so many wonderful books, and the inscriptions in some of them made me cry.  Sean and I have already started reading a story to Grace every night, and she absolutely loves it.  She knows her daddy’s voice and gets so excited while we read in bed.  I can’t wait until she is here and we can read to her in person {not in utero}.

I can’t even being to express my thanks and gratitude to my family and friends who came to my baby shower for Gracie.  Thank you for your never-ending love and support, and your generosity towards me and Grace.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
My cousins, the dynamic mother/daughter duo who threw my fabulous baby shower
And a HUGE thank you to my cousins, the dynamic mother-daughter duo, who threw this spectacular shower!!!  You ladies when above and beyond, and completely blew my mind.  Everything was absolutely perfect.  Thank you.  I love you two so much.


Previous Baby Bumpdates
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19 weeks / 20 weeks / 21 weeks / 22 weeks / 23 weeks /
24 weeks / 25 weeks / 26 weeks / 27 weeks / 28 weeks /
29 weeks / 30 weeks / 31 weeks / 32 weeks /




Saturday, May 16, 2015

34 Week Bumpdate!

How far along:  34 weeks!!

Baby is the size of a(n):  cantaloupe!!

Total weight gain/loss:  + 16.4 lbs

Maternity clothes:  Nothing new.

Sleep:  The last few nights I’ve actually slept through the night, and it’s wondrous!

Best moment this week:   Seeing the unveiling of our mural on the nursery!!!  It looks incredible and it’s better than what I had imagined!!  I will devote an entire post to the nursery once it’s complete, which should be soon hopefully!

Baby Movement:  She is wiggling, and hiccupping, and all that good stuff!  I love feeling her move; it’s such a miraculous and indescribable feeling.  She also loves Story Time and gets extra wiggly…every night before bed, Sean reads a story to me and Gracie, and she loves hearing her daddy’s voice :)

Cravings:  Strawberries are still my #1 craving!  Drizzled with a little local organic honey…mmm.  I've also been loving cereal for breakfast.  Normally I'm an eggs and spinach kind of girl, but lately nothing beats a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios or Life Cereal with almond milk.  So good!

Missing anything:  Sleeping on my tummy.

Pregnancy symptoms:  The wrath of heartburn is back!  Ugh.  Also, I’m peeing a lot more frequently.  I can tell when she is dancing on my bladder because I’ll go pee, then literally 5 minutes later I will feel like I have to go again.  I’m also starting to feel Braxton Hicks every once in a while.

Showing yet:  Torpedo belly!!!

Labor signs:  No.

Belly button in or out:  Outtie!

Wedding rings on or off:  On!

Looking forward to:  Maternity pictures AND my baby shower this weekend with all my Mommy’s friends.  My Mom’s best friend wanted to throw me one with all these wonderful ladies, and I feel so honored and blessed.  Mom would be so happy…she is smiling down from heaven above.  

Previous Baby Bumpdates
If you want to see more, check our my other bumpdates below!
19 weeks / 20 weeks / 21 weeks / 22 weeks / 23 weeks /
24 weeks / 25 weeks / 26 weeks / 27 weeks / 28 weeks /
29 weeks / 30 weeks / 31 weeks / 32 weeks /
babymoon / 33 weeks



Friday, May 8, 2015

33 Week Bumpdate!

How far along:  33 weeks!!  It's wild to think she could possibly come in as little as 4 weeks, or as late as 9 weeks!  We're in the home stretch!!

Baby is the size of a(n):  pineapple!!

Total weight gain/loss:  + 14.4 lbs

Maternity clothes:  Nothing new.

Sleep:  Turning over from side to side is becoming a little more difficult, and I usually have to wake up once to pee.

Best moment this week:   Hearing our daughter’s heartbeat at my doctor’s appointment.  She has a strong and healthy heartbeat.  Additionally, she is measuring about 4 days ahead, and is on target to be a healthy 7-ish lb. baby!  She is also head down, so she’s ready!

Baby Movement:  She’s now getting the hiccups almost every day!  It’s such a funny feeling.  She also loves dancing to music!

Cravings:  Strawberries!!

Missing anything:  Sleeping on my tummy.

Pregnancy symptoms:  A little bit of heartburn still, but not as frequent and not as harsh, and peeing in the middle of the night.

Showing yet:  Torpedo belly!!!

Labor signs:  No.

Belly button in or out:  Outtie!

Wedding rings on or off:  On!

Looking forward to:  My Star Wars Baby Shower tomorrow!!  My hubby's side of the family is throwing me a galactic shower, and I can't wait!  Also, we are having a muralist come next week to paint a custom mural on the walls of Gracie’s nursery!  It will include one of our favorite quotes “she leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes” but it will be completely unique to Grace and our nursery.  

Previous Baby Bumpdates
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19 weeks / 20 weeks / 21 weeks / 22 weeks / 23 weeks /
24 weeks / 25 weeks / 26 weeks / 27 weeks / 28 weeks /




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Our Babymoon Weekend!

Last weekend Sean and I escaped to Palm Springs for a romantic weekend getaway, also known as our Babymoon!!  
Driving to Palm Springs
I am still on a serious love high from it.  We had so much fun together {as we always do}.  The weather was perfect, the sun was shining, and the pina coladas {virgin for me} were flowing.
Lunch at Circa 59
We stayed at the Riviera Resort, which was wonderful!  It was a combination of modern and retro, with very modern crystal chandeliers and a rhinestone pool table, and very 1960's wallpaper and such.  It was a cool combination.
Our room :)
View from our room

We lounged by the pool a lot!  The pool looked like a beautiful desert oasis, which was fitting since we were in the desert.  We sat and had cocktails and mocktails, talked and laughed, and frolicked around together in the pool.
Day 1 at the pool with my love
Me and Grace lounging by the pool on day 1

Me and Grace (31 weeks pregnant!)
Day 2 with my stud
I love this man so much <3
We enjoyed couple massages at the beautiful spa together {I had an out-of-this-world prenatal and Sean had a Balinese something-rather}.  I’ve been getting prenatal massages throughout my pregnancy, which are traditionally in a side-lying position, but this one was different!  They had the pregnancy bed where there was a hole for your belly, so I was able to lay on my stomach for the first time in 8 months!  That alone was heavenly!  Then of course the massage began and I was over the moon. 
Couples massages at the Spa!
Part of the common area of the spa, complete with a private pool
We also enjoyed some delicious dinners!  The first night we ate at a local Italian/American fusion restaurant called Cello’s, which was delicious.  The second night we dined al fresca at the beautiful Copely’s at the base of the mountains under the stars.  The food was stellar and the ambiance was perfectly romantic.
Night 1 at Cello's Restaurant
Night 2 at Copely's Restaurant
After dinner drinks at the bar
Aren't we sexy? ;)
I love my husband more than anything.  He is such a wonderful, loving, kind, generous, funny, handsome, smart, talented {and the list goes on!!} man, and I am so lucky to share my life with him.  I’m so happy we had this time to ourselves to relax and enjoy one another.  He is going to be the best dad in the world to our little girl, and we are so excited for this next chapter in our lives to begin.

Previous Baby Bumpdates
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19 weeks / 20 weeks / 21 weeks / 22 weeks / 23 weeks /
24 weeks / 25 weeks / 26 weeks / 27 weeks / 28 weeks /