Hump Day Bump Day - 34 weeks

34 down, 6 to go! This past week flew by SO QUICKLY... I hardly feel like it even happened!

Saturday we had our weekly birthing class and since Z had to work I was flying solo. It was a great class that focuses on "stage 2" of labor {aka the first urge to push through actually having the baby} and it really got me excited for DDay and getting to hold Keelin for the first time! After class I made a mad dash to Motherhood Maternity to pick up a few more cold-weather items INCLUDING a pair of skinny jeans... VICTORY!... and my first EVER pair of leggings. I know it might sound strange that I've never worn leggings before but I've a) not ever really been a fan of the "idea" of leggings and b) never had the courage to try to  pull them off. Let me tell you ladies and gents... maternity leggings are BY FAR, the most comfortable piece of clothing I've ever put on. My legs and toosh are HAPPY campers when the leggings come out to play!  I also snagged a few sweaters, a pair of patterned tights for the office and an ADORABLE grey, wool, knee-length pencil skirt. :) Shopping success! After shopping I DASHED back to the house and managed to get myself put together in literally 5 minutes before I was back out the door heading to my final baby shower! My boss and good friend Tracy {who introduced me to my boss} threw me the shower and it was a blast. We had a delicious spread, played a baby-bottle drinking game {don't worry, mine was specially marked without booze!} and got oober competitive with the "Can't say 'baby'" game. It was so much fun. I didn't take any pictures but plenty of people had cameras so I'll be sure to do another shower post once I steal them off of their Facbook pages. :)

Monday we had our 34 week check up and unfortunately weren't able to see my midwife because she was running behind in her appointments. We did see the practice's doctor who said everything looked great. Keelin is head down {please stay that way baby girl!}, still measuring a week behind which is no big deal and we heard that beautiful heartbeat again... it was so loud even the doc's eyes got really wide when he heard it! We did get some not-so-fun news that managed to bring a few quick tears of panic into my eyes before I reassured myself that it wasn't THAT big of a deal. The doctor told us that they are no longer delivering at the hospital we had chosen for Keelin's birth. MAJOR BUMMER!!!! I started to freak out a little bit because we'd already gone on the tour {remember that?}, it's a BEAUTIFUL hospital, not very crowded, and it is a cool 10-15 minutes from our house. The other option is about 30 minutes from the house and somewhere we've never visited before. Puh. BUT, I have heard great things about the hospital and it's staff and know that they are really open to a variety of birth plans so I was able to step out of freak out mode and into a super-cool state of calm. After all, now we get to go on another EXCITING hospital tour and *hopefully* meet more blog-post-worthy couples! Hooray!

Okay, onto the weekly mirror pic and stats!

*How far along? 34 weeks 2 days today!

*Total weight gain/loss: healthy healthy healthy!

*How big is baby? 19 to 22 inches, 5.5 lbs – a large cantaloupe!!

*Maternity clothes? Yes indeed... thinking of writing a thank you note to whoever invented maternity leggings!

*Stretch Marks? Nope! Still lathering, lathering, lathering!

*Best moment this week? My final baby shower and hearing Keelin's SUPER LOUD heartbeat! OH, and learning that my mom booked her ticket to come down for the holidays and to help me with baby prep!

*Movement? All the time! She has a new habit of getting really active right as I lay down to go to sleep and while you'd think it would be annoying, it's actually really sweet because Z snuggles up with me and we both get to feel her move and grove as we drift to sleep!

*Food Cravings? Ice Water! Never knew it would be something to CRAVE but my Starbucks cup is in constant re-fill mode!

*What I miss: I don't know if it's something I would say I "miss"  but I'm noticing that the feeling of being able to do anything has quickly disappeared. I'm definitely slowing down with most of my day-to-day tasks but I don't mind at all! Just reminds me that we are that much closer to meeting Keelin! It was interesting to see how she reacted on Saturday when I was going non-stop all day. She'd get really still and was a great little helper reminding me that I needed to take a breather!

*What I am looking forward to: More birthing classes and getting the guest blogger posts in from so many generous friends!

*Nausea/Vomiting? nope! The random sick morning from last week was THANKFULLY a one-time event.

*Labor signs? Nope, just Braxton Hicks contractions!

*Gender? Sweet girl!

*Belly Button in or out? More-so in than out but DEFINITELY making itself known! If it doesn't pop in the next 6 weeks I'll be surprised!

*Wedding rings on or off? Still on!

*Sleep? Still shifting a lot. It's still pretty easy to fall back to sleep once I get myself situated but I'm definitely more tired overall throughout the day.

*Weekly Wisdom: Listen to your body and to your baby. Sometimes they'll be the ones to tell you to slow down when you don't realize you're working  on overdrive!
Until next time...
A HUGE thanks to everyone who has contacted me about being a guest blogger! I'm absolutely thrilled by the response I've gotten so far. I could still use some more help so keep em' coming and if you're not sure what I'm talking about but are interested in sharing a little of your own 'this and that' here on Life in these times... check out Monday's post for more info!