Monday, January 26, 2015

38 weeks

Week 38: Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and he's over 19 1/2 inches long (the size of a pumpkin). He has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold his hand for the first time! His organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If he's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If he's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time he's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after he's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

The bump:

This was the week I took my last weekly belly pic with Sophia, so hoping he'll follow the same.

How far along?  38 weeks
Symptoms:  More of the same; very uncomfortable, exhausted, sore, belly gets so heavy.
Gender:  Boy!
Maternity clothes? 
Yep, but everything is getting small. So ready to get back to feeling like myself and get back to my regular clothes.
Stretch marks?  Yes. Boo!
Belly Button in or out? 
So uncomfortable. I wake up so sore.
I've noticed he's been a little less active the last few days. I still feel him throughout the day, just not as crazy all over the place as he has some days. Hope that means he's getting cramped and will get the memo that he should come out!
Labor Signs:  Feeling pressure, light pains a little bit each day.
Food cravings: 
Nothing in particular.
What I miss: 
I miss my non-pregnant body!  As much as I've enjoyed being pregnant, I'm really ready to have my body back to normal. I just feel so huge and the weight has really been harder on me this time. I just want to get back to feeling like myself again.
What I am looking forward to: 
Labor starting! I'm ready to get this show on the road and meet my little man!
Best moment from last week: Finishing his nursery!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Landon's Nursery Tour

Landon's rocking chair finally arrived yesterday and I can now say his room is all ready for him! I think I had shared previously that we did a sock monkey theme for his room. Well I absolutely love how it all turned out! Here are some pictures and detail below:

And here are the details.  If you have any questions about anything, just ask!

Crib: Storkcraft Venetian Convertible Crib in Black

Crib sheet: Sock Monkey by HaviaDesigns on Etsy

Crib skirt: American Baby Company

Mini lamp: All The Rages

Sock Monkey Clock: This was a gift, but I'm pretty sure it's from an Etsy seller.

DIY Projects: the L pillow, red circle felt pillow, polka dot pillow, pom pom garland, and wall art were made by me. I also re-finished the foot stool found at a local garage sale.

Monday, January 19, 2015

37 weeks

Week 37: Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb.

Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a winter melon). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

I can't wait to see if he has a head full of hair like his sister did, or not!

The bump:

How far along?  37 weeks
Symptoms:  Still mostly just really uncomfortable and sore
Gender:  Boy
Maternity clothes? 
Yep, although mostly sticking with stretchy, comfy clothes lately. Everything is getting uncomfortable.
Stretch marks?  Yes, a few :(
Belly Button in or out? 
Out, although also sometimes still flat
Actually wasn't quite as bad this week. Still up twice for the bathroom and wake up sore, maybe I'm just getting used to it.
He's still moving a lot. He was really going crazy the other night. I almost wondered if he was getting ready to start his big move out.
Labor Signs:  More of the shooting pains and then last night I started having more braxton hicks. It was different than last time, so I wondered if it was going to turn into real labor, but it stopped after an hour or so.
Food cravings: 
Nothing in particular. 
What I miss: 
Oh, more of the same. Really looking forward to getting my body back to normal!
What I am looking forward to: Meeting my little guy!
Best moment from last week: Last week was a really hard one, so just making it through the week without baby coming while we were gone for my grandma's funeral.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Still Pregnant!

I'm happy to say we safely made it through the overnight trip down to Missouri and back without any baby scares. Very happy to still be pregnant so that I can have my familiar doctor and hospital for baby's arrival.

As hard as it was to see my grandma for the last time, which would be hard enough anyways but darn those hormones, I'm so glad I was able to say goodbye to her and to see all the family. We actually had a nice time visiting with everyone and catching up.

My grandma left behind quite a legacy. She had 9 children (birthed 11, but 2 died as babies), 29 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren with 6 more on the way. We got a picture of 5 of the 6 of us.

Can't wait for the next get together with all of the new babies!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

RIP Grandma

My grandmother, my mom's mom, passed away on Sunday. It was very sudden. The first message we received we were told the nursing home had called the ambulance because she was having trouble breathing, and then 20 minutes later we were told she had passed. Last I heard they thought it was possibly a stroke. She was 84 years old and not always doing the greatest, so we weren't completely unprepared for it, but it just happened so quickly. I still can't quite believe it.

She was such an amazing woman! She was the wife of a dairy farmer and raised 9 children (birthed 11, but 2 of them died very young), so she was a very hard working woman. Living a state away from her we didn't get to see them much more than twice a year on average, but I always enjoyed our weekends staying at their house when we visited. She was so sweet and loving. We gave Sophia her middle name (also Andrew's grandmother's name), so I'll always remember her when looking at my sweet girl.

Of course the timing isn't the greatest either. But I thankfully got the ok from my OB at my appointment yesterday to travel over to Missouri for the funeral. It's somewhere between 3.5-4 hours away, so of course I'm a little nervous about traveling so close to my due date, but I feel like it will still be a couple weeks before he arrives. So, fingers crossed!

I love this picture of her. This was just before my wedding. She was never easy to get smiles out of, but she looks so happy here and that makes me smile.

Goodbye, Grandma. You'll always be remembered!

Monday, January 12, 2015

36 weeks

Week 36: Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a honeydew melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. He's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered his body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected his skin during his nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of his first bowel movement.

At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. Most likely he's in a head-down position. But if he isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating him from the outside of your belly.

The bump:

How far along?  36 weeks - 9 months now! 
Symptoms:  Still just feeling really uncomfortable.
Gender:  Boy!
Maternity clothes? 
Stretch marks?  Yes, a few small ones. I've also noticed my linea nigra is starting to appear.
Belly Button in or out? 
Out, although I've noticed sometimes it flattens back. So it's not by much.
Still not good. So sore!
Oh yeah, he's still a super active little guy.
Labor Signs:  Thankfully no painful braxton hicks this week, just more tightness, but the fun shooting pains down low have started. They come and go, so nothing too bad yet.
Food cravings: 
Nothing in particular.
What I miss: 
Feeling normal!
What I am looking forward to:
Finishing the nursery. The rocking chair should be arriving this week, so pictures coming soon!
Best moment from last week:  My mom and sister felt baby boy moving around in my belly. It's always exciting seeing other people feel him, too.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Going Home Outfit

I finished Landon's going home from the hospital outfit awhile back but realized I never shared it here. For Sophia, I made her an initial onesie to go with her outfit, so I wanted to do something similar for Landon.

Here was Sophia's, if you don't remember (and omg she was so tiny!).

I actually already had a great fabric leftover from some previous onesies I had made for my nephew. I also used a onesie I already had, so I didn't end up spending any money for this project.

I once again followed this tutorial to make the onesie. I have made these onesies several times now and they're just so easy and are really cute.

Here's how Landon's turned out. Now I just can't wait to see him in it!

I linked up this post at the Dear Creatives link party, where you can find tons more amazing DIY projects!