Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Another Day, Another Dollar, Another Year Older

I just celebrated another birthday last week on September 18th. (For the record I started writing this post in September - yet somehow now it's October 25th and I'm just now posting it...a month later... LIFE!)

I didn't turn a milestone age or anything like that, but I would definitely say I'm coming off a record year or two. Losing my mom, Getting engaged, getting married, finding out I'm pregnant - all within a whirlwind amount of time. "Record" to me, meaning unlike any other and unable to be compared to any other. The age of 30/31 was the purest definition of a record year. I'm not sure any other year of my little life has been more significant in shaping the "adult" me.
It's comical to me when I look back on the past few years of my life. I just KNEW that 30 was going to be the year that changed my life forever. And I guess, in a round about sort of way, things did change a whole lot. God pushed me to lots of uncomfortable places when I was 30. I loathed the idea of being " a 30 year old", but I took solace that my life was in His hands and He was 100% guiding me where I needed to be. He taught me to learn to believe that the best things were yet to come (and they truly were). But as with any period of massive growth, there were hardships endured too. The hardest thing ever, actually, when I lost my mom in April 2015. God's timing is truly something to be in awe of though. I can only see that now, a year and half later as a I look back on how things played out.
My faith has played a gigantic role in molding me into this more "adult" version of myself. That's how I like to think of myself anyhow - the more adult version of who I used to be. It's ok if you know me in real life and you just literally LOLed at me calling myself an adult at all :) God changed everything for me after a traumatic breakup in 2012, and while I still think I retained pieces of my former self; I feel like a much different person than I was before that happened. And I mean that in the best way possible.

I started looking through my Instagram account (because you know, I'm so wise in my old age) to see if I could pinpoint any so-called lessons I've learned throughout the past year. Just wanted to share some of those with you today!


Friday, October 21, 2016

Cameron Bumpdate: 34 weeks!

How far along: 34 weeks - 6 weeks left to go! Found out yesterday they are not moving my due date up, even though Cameron has been measuring consistently ahead. We are going to let him come when he's ready!

Baby is the size of a: GIANT BABY! Cameron is roughly 5 lbs 14 oz currently, according to my last ultrasound yesterday. That size makes me feel like we won't make it all the way until his due date... but what do I know!!!

Sleep: I'm still sleeping between 7-8 hours a night, just not feeling well rested most of the time. If I'm being completely honest, my mind wonders more than I should allow it to when I'm trying to fall back asleep after I get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Total Weight Gain: 24 lbs
Stretch Marks:  None yet.

Innie or Outie:  Innie for life!!!

Symptoms:  I get out of breath so easily. My lips and face are very dry too. Other than normal little aches and pains by the end of the day, I'm not struggling too much. Some days feel hard and I feel like I've gained 50 lbs and want to cry over everything, but there are really good normal days too. Such is life in the emotional roller coaster of the 3rd trimester! :)
Movement: He is finally head down! His feet are still facing the left side of my ribs and I still get kicked QUITE A BIT right there! He was moving all around showing off during our last ultrasound yesterday. Movement = healthy baby so I am happy with that! I know I will miss this feeling!

Miss anything?:  My normal hormone levels. I've been all kinds of emotional the past couple of weeks. I hate crying over the smallest things, then feeling silly after.
Maternity Clothes: Full force maternity clothes. Finally found a pair of jeans. No longer wearing pants with buttons.
Go-to eats: Not really having any cravings right now. Eating full meals makes me uncomfortable because there's no room for food in my belly. I do still have a sweet tooth though. I'll be surprised if I make it out of this pregnancy without any cavities.

Best moment of the week: Seeing my sweet baby boy's face again after 10 looooong weeks. He looks more like his daddy every time we get to see him. If you can look at this picture without obsessing over his lips and cheeks then you are far stronger than I am. I have probably obsessed over these pictures a million times in the past couple of days.

Gender: Confirmed by ultrasound for the final time that we are having a baby boy!

What I’m looking forward to: I'm getting a prenatal massage next week and I could not be more excited!!!!!!!! My back really feels the pressure of my large baby and this extra weight by the end of the day so I am looking forward to some much needed pampering here at the end.

Milestones: Weekly doctor appointments until he decides to make his appearance in this world!

You can follow me on Instagram for updates as we get closer to our due date! I doubt I'll be blogging after he gets here and while I'm on maternity leave. I hope once I'm back at work I'll try to post updates though.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Cameron Bumpdate: 32 Weeks!

How far along: 32 weeks - 8 weeks to go. SINGLE DIGIT WEEKS LEFT

Baby is the size of a: A naked tailed armadillo (Ovia Pregnancy App) or a head of lettuce (What to Expect app). Doctor told me yesterday they think he is roughly 4.5 lbs - give or take a couple ounces. Still measuring about a week and a half ahead.

Sleep: I'm pretty sleepy these days. It really doesn't take much to make me tired right now. The tossing and turning struggle has begun. The bigger my belly gets, the harder it is to turn over in the middle of the night and it becomes something that wakes me up. Still getting decent sleep though.

Total Weight Gain: 20-21 lbs. Definitely feels like more.

Practicing my tired mama look because most days in the evenings that's how I feel
Stretch Marks:  None yet.

Innie or Outie:  Innie for life!!!

Symptoms:  I.AM.SO.PREGNANT!!!!!! The past week has been more comfortable than the previous week. I think we went through a growth spurt around week 30-31 and mama could not get comfortable. Maybe I've just gotten used to that feeling now? But for whatever reason it's been better.
Movement: I'm starting to worry if my sweet boy will ever sleep once he arrives in this world. He seems to move pretty much constantly still - even though he's for sure running out of room and his movements are getting verrrrry uncomfortable for mommy. 

Miss anything?:  Plenty of things!!!!!! I would love a margarita right about now...
Maternity Clothes: Currently have two pairs of maternity pants in my work wardrobe - thank you Old Navy! The jeans I ordered didn't even come close to fitting right so I still need to invest in a pair of maternity jeans. (But I will say I ordered those jeans from Zulily and they have the BEST customer service!) Still rocking leggings, maxi skirts, dresses or yoga pants when at all possible! Comfort is everything!
Go-to eats: I had a random craving for relish this week. I saw a bottle of it and I had the urge to squirt all of it in my mouth. Just sounded so good at the time.
Best moment of the week: Always good to hear my baby's heartbeat and get props from the doctor on our health. He is healthy and growing like crazy, my BP is perfect still, and even though I'm achy I haven't had to deal with any swelling or real health issues. I might be struggling some days to feel great, but I am keeping my baby healthy and that's all that matters!

Gender: BOY!!! We will confirm that next week with one last ultrasound before he gets here.

What I’m looking forward to: The countdown is officially on until we get to see him, hold him and love on him. We are trying to enjoy these last few weeks as a family of 3, but we are all so excited to see our baby too!
Milestones: Tying my shoes is a milestone for me these days. I broke a sweat earlier this week trying to bend over and put my sandals on.