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39 Weeks

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Baby Maples is the size of a little watermelon!

How far along? 39 weeks
Maternity clothes? yes, but mostly my maxi and shift dresses
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleeping has been a little bit better, probably because I have been so tired here lately – but rolling over is another story
Best moment this week: went to the doctor and I am now 3cm dilated! Yay!
Miss anything? being comfortable, having energy and Octoberfest beer
Movement: she is still a mover – she can hurt sometimes; I think she is stretching as much as she can and it can be quite uncomfortable
Food cravings: sweets! fruit, ice-cream, brownies – you name it
Food aversions: not food aversions, just acid reflux still – I can not wait for this to be gone
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: a few contractions and cramping
Symptoms: Fatigue, contractions, sore hips and back, acid reflux
Belly Button in or out? flat as a pancake
Wedding rings on or off? on but they do feel tighter
Mood: happy, anxious and excited
Looking forward to: D-Day and meeting our little girl! Hopefully not much longer now!


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38 Weeks

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Baby Maples is the size of a little pumpkin!

How far along? 38 weeks
Maternity clothes? yes, but mostly my maxi and shift dresses
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleeping has been a little bit better, probably because I have been so tired here lately
Best moment this week: went to the doctor and I am now 70% effaced and have dilated 2cm! Woot! Woot! Also, the bookshelves finally came in so the nursery is now complete!
Miss anything? being comfortable and having energy
Movement: she is still a mover – kicks my ribs all the time
Food cravings: sweets! all I want is cheesecake, brownies, ice cream – but have settled for fruit and cream cheese dip… and cheesecake and ice-cream! 😉
Food aversions: not food aversions, just acid reflux still – so bad actually, that early this week I threw up in the middle of brushing my teeth…. yeah, it was lovely
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: a few Braxton Hicks contractions and mild cramping
Symptoms: Fatigue, Braxton Hicks contractions, sore hips and back, acid reflux
Belly Button in or out? still half in and half out, kinda flat – it is just all kinds of werid
Wedding rings on or off? on but they do feel tighter
Mood: happy, anxious and excited
Looking forward to: D-Day and meeting our little girl!

Our bags are packed, the nursery is complete – we are ready for our little one’s arrival! Hopefully in the next post we will be introducing our daughter! 🙂


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37 Weeks & Baby Shower

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Baby Maples is the size of a honeydew melon and weighs 6.5 lbs!

How far along? 37 weeks – full term!
Maternity clothes? yes, but mostly my maxi and shift dresses
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleeping has been terrible – I can’t get comfortable so I toss and turn all night. I move from bed to recliners to couches, trying to find a comfortable position – it has yet to be found
Best moment this week: had a fantastic baby shower given to us by our dearest friends – it was the coolest shower ever! We had a date night with another couple to Bouchon – enjoying a night out while we still can! 🙂 And at the doctor’s we were told that her head is down and that I am 50% effaced – it’s getting real now!
Miss anything? being comfortable and a nice cold beer – something about this hot weather makes me miss a cold beer
Movement: she is still a mover – she gets up into my ribs a lot, I think she is running out of room
Food cravings: all things fruit, veggies, brownies and ice cream – but appetite has decreased a bit
Food aversions: not food aversions, just acid reflux still – I have good days and bad days
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: I have been getting a few Braxton Hicks contractions – which is kinda exciting!
Symptoms: Fatigue, Braxton Hicks contractions, sore hips and terrible charlie horses – I really hate those things!
Belly Button in or out? still half in and half out, kinda flat – it is just all kinds of werid
Wedding rings on or off? on but they do feel tighter
Mood: happy, anxious and I’m still crying easier – I guess I am just a roller coaster of emotions
Looking forward to: holding Baby Girl – so close now!

The baby shower that our friends gave us was the most unique and sweetest shower I have ever been too. The shower took place at a children’s book store… that’s right, a bookstore. How cool is that? It was held at Spellbound Children’s Bookstore. This bookstore is the coolest place and I can’t wait to take our daughter there when she gets a little older. They had all kinds of books for all ages! I could barely contain myself in there! I wanted to buy everything!

Our friends did such a beautiful job! Everything was themed around children’s books – the food, the decor, the activities… it was so amazing!

And it was all decorated in my favorite colors – yellow and gray! They know me all too well!

They set up a display of books for guests to choose from to buy for our daughter. And they had special stickers made to be placed in the book so our daughter will know who gave it to her. Isn’t that the sweetest?!

 

We even got a story time! 😉

I just loved every detail of this shower! It was so thoughtful and fun. And I especially loved the strawberry cupcakes, I had 2… ok 3!

We feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends. We couldn’t ask for better friends. I’m so grateful that we have them, especially for this new adventure of becoming parents! And I’m even more thankful that our daughter will have these wonderful role models in her life.

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35 Weeks

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Baby Maples is the size of a coconut!

How far along? 35 weeks – just one more month to go! (say what?!)
Maternity clothes? yes, but mostly my maxi and shift dresses
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleeping has been ok – still have insomnia and have to get up a lot
Best moment this week: taking a spontaneous trip to the lake with some friends – floating in the cool water and enjoying the warm sun was heavenly!
Miss anything? breathing, moving around normally and enjoying a nice cold beer by the lake on a hot summer day
Movement: I am pretty sure Baby Girl is jazzercising – she moves constantly. I guess she is ready to come out!
Food cravings: all things fruit, veggies, fish and ice cream
Food aversions: not food aversions, just everything I eat gives me bad acid reflux and heartburn – but Zantac has really helped. There have been times when my acid reflux has been so bad that it has made me throw up – not pleasant at all
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: no
Symptoms: Fatigue, swollen feet and ankles, trouble taking a deep breath and the worst charlie horses of all time – My first really bad one was in the middle of the night which caused me to fall out of bed trying to fix it. Randy was in full on panic mode – oops! But thanks to my wonderful husband he helped massage it out.
Belly Button in or out? still half in and half out
Wedding rings on or off? on but they do feel tighter
Mood: happy, anxious and I now cry easier anytime we talk about meeting Baby Girl for the first time or pray over her
Looking forward to: I can’t wait to meet Baby Girl! She is already so loved!


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Maternity Photos

We finally have some maternity pictures of both Randy and I! Yay! With Randy’s crazy work/travel schedule, I was afraid we would never get these done. But luckily, we had some time this past weekend.

These pictures were taken by my most favorite photographer, my wonderful husband! We also had some help from my beautiful mother and sister-in-law. It can be difficult to take pictures together without at least one other person helping us out with lighting and positions. So thank you to all involve, I know that I will treasure these photos forever! 🙂

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And this one is my favorite! I plan on framing this one for the nursery!

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34 Weeks

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Baby Maples is the size of a pineapple!

How far along? 34
Maternity clothes? yes, but mostly my maxi and shift dresses
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleeping has been ok – still have insomnia
Best moment this week: we had our second baby shower thrown by my family and we finally took our maternity photos!
Miss anything? being able to walk around and stand on my feet for awhile without getting cankles and swollen feet
Movement: Baby Girl is still moving all the time and getting hiccups
Food cravings: strawberries, raspberries, peaches – basically everything fruit
Food aversions: not food aversions, just everything I eat gives me bad acid reflux and heartburn – but Zantac has really helped
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: no
Symptoms: Pregnant brain, fatigue, acid reflux, swollen feet and cankles
Belly Button in or out? still half in and half out
Wedding rings on or off? on but they do feel tighter
Mood: happy
Looking forward to: meeting Baby girl!

This weekend we had our second baby shower and got to enjoy my family.

The shower was beautiful and I loved every minute of it.

We are so grateful for our friends and family coming out and supporting us in this wonderful adventure that we are about to start.

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33 Weeks

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Baby Maples is the size of a honeydew melon and weighs 4.5 pounds!

How far along? 33
Maternity clothes? yes, but mostly my maxi and shift dresses
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleeping has been ok – third trimester insomnia has started. I usually toss and turn all night and then wake up around 4 or 5 am – it’s lovely…
Best moment this week: It has been awhile since my last post, so a lot of great things have happened: we got our nursery glider and it is seriously the most comfortable chair in the house. Randy and I take turns sitting in it every night! We went to our first baby shower, I discovered that my snoogle can be formed into a donut which I can put my belly into (glorious!) and we celebrated July 4th with friends
Miss anything? my brain, refreshing summer cocktails and doing anything without feeling completely exhausted
Movement: Baby Girl is still moving all the time
Food cravings: strawberries, raspberries, banana pudding ice-cream from Publix (seriously, it’s amazing!)
Food aversions: not food aversions, just everything I eat gives me bad acid reflux and heartburn – but Zantac has really helped, thank you for the suggestion!
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: no
Symptoms: Pregnant brain, fatigue, acid reflux
Belly Button in or out? still half in and half out
Wedding rings on or off? on but they do feel tighter – not sure if it is due to the summer heat or the pregnancy
Mood: happy but so very tired
Looking forward to: Baby Girl’s arrival – it is all I can think about! 🙂

We had our first baby shower two weekends ago, given to us by Randy’s parents. It was a wonderful shower and we loved every minute of it. 🙂

The cake was definitely a hit! It had to be the cutest and most perfect cake ever!

July 4th was spent with our dearest friends. We cooked out, ate strawberries and cookies and enjoyed the fireworks together.

 I hope everyone had a magical July 4th weekend! Now that July 4th is over, fall is on the brain! Who’s with me?! Bring on the pumpkin! 😉


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30 Weeks

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Baby Maples is the size of a butternut squash and weighs 3 pounds!

How far along? 30 weeks – only 10 weeks to go!
Maternity clothes? yes, but mostly my maxi and shift dresses
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleeping has been ok, laying on my side for a while starts to hurt my hips now
Best moment this week: hanging out with friends
Miss anything? sleeping on my stomach, my energy and being able to think!
Movement: Baby Girl is still moving all the time
Food cravings: Fruit (as always) and hotdogs 🙂
Food aversions: not food aversions, just everything I eat gives me bad acid reflux and heartburn
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: no
Symptoms: Pregnant brain has been awful! I have started the dishwasher without putting soap in it and have no recollection of doing it! I sang for church yesterday and I didn’t come in when I was suppose to, I left the stage earlier than expected… you get the picture, it was pretty bad! Acid reflux, heartburn, dizzy spells and fatigue (it has been a rough week)
Belly Button in or out? still half in and half out
Wedding rings on or off? on
Mood: happy but so very tired and a little stressed since I can’t seem to think coherently at all! I feel like I am going crazy! Has anyone else had this problem?!
Looking forward to: meeting Baby Girl!


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28 Weeks

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Baby Maples is the size of a head of cauliflower and weighs 2.5 pounds!

How far along? 28 weeks
Maternity clothes? yes, but mostly wearing my comfy t-shirts and of course, maxi dresses
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleep has been great, thanks to the snoogle – but I have to get up often to use the restroom! And dreams have been strange as of late.
Best moment this week: had the glucose test and everything is A-OK! and finally finding a chair for the nursery!
Miss anything? sleeping on my stomach, sushi and being able to walk/shop for a while without getting out of breath, painful ankles and lower back
Movement: she moves all the time – I’m pretty sure she is boxing in there!
Food cravings: Watermelon, s’mores cookies and ice-cream
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: no
Symptoms: acid reflux, more headaches this week and my lower back and ankles hurt when I’m on my feet all day
Belly Button in or out? half in and half out
Wedding rings on or off? on
Mood: happy, still a little anxious and pregnant brain is driving me crazy – I feel like I can’t get anything done because I can’t remember anything!
Looking forward to: completing the nursery and settling on a name

We have had an awful time getting the nursery furniture painted. They are pieces that Randy had when he was growing up and he knows that they are older than he is. For those who paint furniture probably know how to paint old furniture, but we didn’t know that the stain was oil based. So when we started painting, it bled through like crazy! It was terrible!

We called this color strawberry swirl.

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 So we sanded again and Randy painted again with Kilz primer; which thank goodness, worked! And I love the hardware! I found them on esty.

 So once we finish the two pieces, the nursery will come together quickly. I can’t wait to get it all together!


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27 Weeks and My 29th Birthday

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Hello Third Trimester!

Baby Maples is the size of a cucumber and weighs 2.2 pounds!

How far along? 27 weeks
Maternity clothes? yes, but love wearing my maxi and shift dresses (Also, I just got my Blanqi maternity support tank top – best thing ever! It has helped with the pulled muscles in my abdomen and lower back pain. I can’t live without it now!)
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleep has improved dramatically due to the wonderful snoogle – where have you been all of my life!?
Best moment this week: spending some time with my family
Miss anything? sleeping on my stomach and red wine
Movement: Baby Girl is moving like crazy – she makes my stomach jump now
Food cravings: Watermelon and some more watermelon!
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: no
Symptoms: I have been pretty tired here lately, probably because I have been going nonstop for a while – nesting, shopping and preparing the nursery
Belly Button in or out? half in and half out – almost an outie!
Wedding rings on or off? on
Mood: happy, tired, anxious, sad (probably because Randy was on a business trip to France all week)
Looking forward to: completing the nursery – I am starting to freak out that it isn’t finished yet!

This week was a happy/sad week for me, because Randy was in France all week for a business trip. I was thrilled that he got to go, but a little sad that I wasn’t there. He wished me happy birthday in front of the Eiffel Tower via FaceTime, which was very romantic – but a little depressing at the same time. Next time he goes, I will definitely tag along!

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 He did bring me back gifts from Paris – wonderful perfume and a beautiful maple leaf necklace. He did good! 😉 And he brought back a nice French red wine for us, that we plan to enjoy when Baby Girl turns 1!

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 While he was away, I spent most of the week with my family. We did some shopping for Baby Girl and I just can’t wait till she gets here and to dress her in her beautiful clothes!

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 The rest of the week was spent eating at all of my favorite Boone restaurants – which is the best way to celebrate a birthday 27 weeks pregnant – and going to the Farmer’s Market.

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When Randy returned from France he took me to my favorite restaurant, Bouchon – which, is french comfort food. Haha! 🙂 It never disappoints! We finished our night at the Creperie with a banana foster crepe! It was the most perfect evening!

And to end my birthday, I got to celebrate with my small group with more yummy food! This pregnant birthday girl was in her happy place, especially with the angel food cake and strawberry cream – yum!

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I have so many things to be thankful for and I am excited for all the things to come in the last year of my twenties!

I hope you had a wonderful week and Memorial Day!