We visited Moab with friends in October! It was a great time, and Taylor and the boys also modeled some guns during a part of it. We enjoyed the fun weekend hiking to the delicate arch too, and people all over kept mentioning that if I could do it, so could they. (haha lots of people commented on how I was pregnant + hiking) But I may add that this was the last I hike I did at 30 weeks. Excited to take our future son on little adventures!
I am finally getting around to posting about our gender reveal. I hope to be all caught up on blogging before the baby arrives. Guess we will see!
My best friend Shaleigh has really taken care of me this pregnancy. We did a gender reveal, and she helped make it ACTUALLY happen. She is so great about making things look so cute, and having a theme to everything. I love her! It is such a cheesy thing to do, but guess what? I don’t care anymore. I don’t care if certain things are cheesy, if we want to do them we will. & it was a total blast, and so fun to share the gender with family and friends! Thank you to all those that came.
I am so happy to share some photos we took during my pregnancy. I was 35 weeks when we took these, but I basically still look the same, so I will just post them for my 37 week one. I also realize now that I may have been a little too anxious and exciting to finally have rounded out a bit more. So some of my pictures, I am really pushing my belly out in an effort to really look pregnant. I am happy with the results! I honestly can’t believe we are so close, and it makes me so excited and happy for this time, and to meet our sweet little boy. I have imagined being a mother for a long time, and think often about the kind of mom I want to be. I worry about being a good mom, what that means, and how I can also fulfill my life as a person, & also with my family. I know this is the right step to bringing even more happiness and purpose into our lives, & I am so grateful Heavenly Father has given me this opportunity to become pregnant, and experience life on a whole new level. Thank you so much to Christine Barlow Photography for taking these amazing pictures!
How Far Along: 37 Weeks
How big is baby? 6.5 lbs!
Weight Gain: I have gained 30lbs so far! Not much difference in the past few weeks.
Symptoms: I am trying to think of what has been new. I would probably say the baby has started rolling parts of his body instead of little jabs. So the “kicks” are much softer, but sometimes I see his little bum spread out and my tummy expands and goes back down. I love it. He also likes to put pressure on my bladder. Had to walk VERY slowly throughout hobby lobby the other day because he was having a fun time doing that repeatedly. I am just having pelvic bone pain more now. So that’s a lot of fun! But it does mean my body is getting ready for baby to come, which is a good thing.
Sleeping: Getting used to extra trips to the bathroom at night. I must admit, I am lucky to not set my alarm so I still get my needed hours of sleep even if bedtime is more uncomfortable. The worst part is rolling over in bed. I feel like a whale, and it takes a whole minute to switch sides. & of course the pelvic pain hurts the worst at that time, so I don’t switch sides until my one side is absolutely numb.
Food cravings: Pretty average. I just started eating 6 dates a day! It’s not a craving, but it is supposed to help with labor and post labor that I read about it in a pretty cool study.
Food Aversions: I still don’t love spinach on its own, but I am getting better.
Miss Anything? Just sleeping on my tummy. …Oh I do miss being able to wear some of my pants. Who knows when I will get back into those, but I am so far now that I want to wait to buy pants until after baby comes.
Wedding Ring On or Off? Off still 😀
Maternity Clothes: Mostly comfy sweaters and leggings. I also sport some nice looking sweats as pants! haha.
Movement: More like rolling now, and it is fun to know where his bum, toes, head, and hands are positioned.
What I did/Got for baby: I bought a solly wrap on black friday! I know I will love using it, and can’t wait! …We also got our breastpump in the mail. So thanks United Health Care!
What I’m looking forward to: Finishing decorating our house, getting closer to Christmas, and practicing for labor! It is getting so exciting!
Best moment of the week: Putting up all our Christmas decorations, enjoying hot chocolate, and just having fun in our home. It all feels like we are getting ready for baby, and it all makes me so excited!
How Far Along: 34 Weeks
How big is baby? Almost 5lbs
Weight Gain: I have gained 30lbs so far! We will see how much more I gain. I am not worried, and am just taking it as a number. Everyone is different, and I try not to let this get to me. I do admit, it is weird getting on the scale and seeing such a large number I have ever seen, but that’s okay!
Symptoms: I must admit, this pregnancy has been pretty good to me. I know some have it a lot worse. That being said, this is still my own pregnancy experience, and I have realized that I certainly still have symptoms that can be hard. I was lucky enough not to have too much nausea in the beginning. I would wake up being soooooo hungry my first trimester, and feeling a little sick. I always made sure to eat right away, and I was lucky to only have had to throw up 3 times. My third trimester has probably been the hardest. I have had pretty bad bleeding gums for most of my 2nd and 3rd trimesters, which are not fun. I need to buy a new toothbrush! I also have had some nerve pain throughout my pregnancy that sends a shooting pain all down my leg. Luckily that hasn’t happened on a consistent basis. I had a few nights where I would stretch, and quickly regret it because I would get a giant charley horse in my calf. I have experienced a lot of pelvic pain, some days more painful than others. Thank goodness for acupuncture and chiropractors! I went to an appointment a few weeks ago, and since then my pelvic pain has improved immensely. It is still there, but I don’t cringe or feel like I don’t want to move. The worst symptom I have experienced thus far is probably TMI. haha, but I have to document. I was experiencing muscle spasms in my rectum….Hard to explain, but they are shooting pains that come on like a charley horse, but it feels more like a stabbing knife going through your rectum. I had it for 2 weeks, and honestly didn’t want to move. I would get out of bed, or it would come while I was laying, walking, or sitting. It happened about 30 times a day, 5 of which were such a shooting pain that I would start crying. Taylor was having the hardest time watching this, because there wasn’t much we could do about it. Some people told me they experienced this throughout the whole pregnancy. I am so glad to report it has gone away for the most part! The next 6 weeks would have been unbearable. It did make me think that I could handle contractions if I was experiencing those spasms. I will report on that after the birth!
Sleeping: Getting a little harder to sleep. Taylor feels like another human is in bed with us with all the pillows I use to create a nest that makes it somewhat comfortable. Turning from side to side is getting harder, and not my favorite thing to do. I love the nights I don’t wake up 3 times to go to the bathroom. I try not to drink a lot before bed, but sometimes I get thirsty!
Food cravings: Nothing specific right now. I am mostly loving yummy, hot dinner. I always love tacos. & I am still loving drinking my raspberry tea every day!
Food Aversions: I am not loving eggs, don’t hate them, but it takes me forever to eat breakfast if I make them. I have mostly just settled on eating cheerios every morning, because it’s easy and fast. haha, I am slowing down.
Miss Anything? Not being able to walk around as fast. I think I am starting to walk like a pregnant lady, and I can’t walk too fast, or I might feel pressure somewhere fun.
Wedding Ring On or Off? Off. I felt it getting a little tighter, and just took it off. Wearing a nice loose, band now.
Maternity Clothes: I am mostly wearing dressed up sweats, leggings, and dresses. I only have 6 weeks left, so I am trying to hold out on buying warmer maternity clothes for winter. I am mostly at home anyway so I feel like I can just rotate what I wear each week.
Movement: I am definitely having movement, and sometimes when I sit down he starts moving like crazy. I don’t feel huge kicks because my placenta is anterior, so I am sure with my next pregnancy I will realize how little I felt, but I am happy with what I have been feeling. Sometimes I can see and feel something big poking out of my stomach, that is so fun!
What I did/Got for baby: I bought a few things I needed on our registry, and am excited to get them! Ya know, bottles and breast pads! Lot’s of fun.
What I’m looking forward to: Finishing putting stuff up on the walls of the nursery. So happy it is almost done! Decorating is really hard. Also looking forward to the holidays! I am excited to just hang out and enjoy this time before baby comes.
Best moment of the week: My husband taking care of me, & making a delicious dinner. I also loved both my baby showers! I am so grateful for all the love and support I have received from family and friends. I don’t think we could have afforded to buy everything we needed, and I really felt all the love. My best friend Shaleigh was also in her first trimester during my baby shower, so I am super grateful for her hard work!