Hump Day Bump Day

Hump Day Bump Day - 39 weeks and READY TO POP

I'm actually a little surprised that I'm writing this post at all {was REALLY hoping she would be here by now} but I guess it's better than being 2 weeks late. Sweet lord PLEASE don't let me be 2 weeks late! The doctor's apt on Monday went really well and the midwife keeps saying how excited she is to deliver Keelin. She also said, just by feeling, that Keelin was sunny side up {facing up with the back of her head toward my spine... still safe for natural delivery but tends to cause a lot of back labor and more pain} so she gave me a 'shifting position' to try and lay in to get her to roll over. It's not the most comfortable position, especially the first time trying it out, but basically entails getting as far over ON my stomach as possible. She said that it basically squashes her face into the bed {or whatever I'm laying on} so she'll want to roll over and be more comfortable. The first few times I did it I was extremely uncomfortable but it was actually a nice and relaxing way to lay last night so I'm hoping that means she's shifted. Like I said, I can still deliver her naturally without any problem but it's not the "ideal" position for her to be in.

I'm getting SO MANY tips on how to induce labor and have tried basically all of them. Castor Oil is not an option. YUCK! SO... here's hoping that I don't have a 40 week update for you NEXT Wednesday!

Here we go...

*How far along? 39 weeks 2 days today!

*Total weight gain/loss: Still healthy!

*How big is baby? 19 to 22 inches, 7ish lbs .

*Maternity clothes? Once I went on maternity leave I started living in my leggins and baggy sweaters :)

*Stretch Marks? None :)

*Best moment this week? MY MOM ARRIVED! It's been great having her around the house to help with baby prep while Z is at work. ALSO, finishing the SIDEWAYS dance show was kind of the final thing I needed to "do" before Keelin could come. Now that it's checked off the list I'm anxiously awaiting those first signs of labor. COME ON LITTLE GIRL!

*Movement? Still plenty from her, much less from me. Although, I'm thinking about renting a mini trampoline to try to BOUNCE her out... while eating spicy food of course!

*Food Cravings? Orange Juice!

*What I miss: Nothing in particular. I'm much more focused on what's about to happen than what USED to happen.

*What I am looking forward to: KEELIN GETTING HER SWEET BUTT HERE!!!

*Nausea/Vomiting? Nope!

*Labor signs? Some really strong BH contractions

*Gender? Sweet baby girl

*Belly Button in or out? 1/2 and 1/2

*Wedding rings on or off? Still on :)

*Sleep? Pretty shifty and up at least twice for a bathroom run but other than that feeling fairly rested when I wake up

*Weekly Wisdom: This isn't wisdom... more a plea to my sweet girl: My bags are packed, the house is prepped, you're whole family is anxiously awaiting, all that's missing is YOU! Come on out and say "HELLO WORLD!"

Until next time...

Any more guesses on when she'll be here??? Any SUPER STRANGE tips on how to get her here??? For all you mommies out there, did you do anything unique to induce labor that actually worked???

Hump Day Bump Day - 38 and feeling great!!!

Only 2 more weeks until Keelin’s due date and I’m definitely hoping she’s here before we hit the 40-week mark. But not TOO far before, because mom will be in town THIS SUNDAY and it would be great if she didn’t have to change her flight. You hear that Keelin? You have a 7-day time frame of acceptable delivery days…let’s make it happen! Monday’s appointment was great as always and we got to hear Keelin’s heartbeat again! SO STRONG and steady… I love it. It was pretty comical because the second I pulled up my shirt Keelin did a karate move, made my belly bounce and my midwife’s eyes lit up. Without even touching me she pointed to the right side of my belly and said, “well, that’s definitely her bum” {did I mention she’s South African so her accent is a-freaking-dorable?} I love that she talks to Keelin every time I go see her and always has something sweet to say to her. Talk about a personal and positive experience!

One of the things I love about my midwife’s office is that she likes to be fairly hands off. If you don’t NEED an exam, you aren’t going to get one just for the sake of getting one. At our 36-week apt I told you that she checked my dilation and found out I was already at 1 cm. In that same apt she told me that she wouldn’t check me again unless I wanted her to.  So, although the nurse asked if I wanted my dilation checked again, I declined. In attempting to be as natural as possible, I figured that should go for entering labor as well. Especially because dilation before labor begins doesn’t really say MUCH about how you’re progressing {unless of course you’re a superfreak and 8 cm dilated without being in labor… which I’m not sure is possible}, I would probably just give myself unwanted anxiety if I knew that I was walking around 2-3cm for the next few weeks. I say just let it happen the way God intended and go with the flow!

Z and I got a lot done around the house this weekend {although there is still plenty more to be done} including getting the car seat installed and getting our hospital bag(s) packed! I have a post coming all about some hospital bag MUST HAVES so stay tuned for that!

On to the weekly stats… which, by the way, If you're wondering what on earth you're going to do with your Wednesdays when I don’t have any more stats to give you... have no fear! I have something planned!  Here’s a hint.

*How far along? 38 weeks 2 days today!

*Total weight gain/loss: healthy healthy healthy! Once Keelin is born I’ll give a FINAL weight gain for any of you who are exceptionally curious. :)

*How big is baby? 19 to 22 inches, 6.5 lbs + .

*Maternity clothes? Nothing but… with the exception of some oversized t-shirts and sweats! Elastic is officially the greatest invention ever made!

*Stretch Marks? Nope… still lathering away even though I’m at the end of my belly balm!

*Best moment this week? The first time I looked behind me while driving to see the car seat installed. Can’t wait to fill it with a little angel!

*Movement? Non-stop! There's so little room left in there any movement is not only REALLY noticeable but feels like she's doing somersaults. I’ve been cheating a little bit with my “what not to eat/drink when you’re pregnant list” and have been treating myself to small amounts of soda every now and then. Every time I do, Keelin gets a case of the hiccups. It’s usually right by my left hip and totally adorable.

*Food Cravings? Nothing really.

*What I miss: Overall not being able to just go go go. I definitely have to tell myself to slow down before I tire myself out too fast.

*What I am looking forward to: The SIDEWAYS holiday show is this weekend and Z and I are both in it! I have a short cameo {don’t worry, not dancing} and Z is an EXCELLENT Grinch! Then, MY MOM WILL BE HERE ON SUNDAY!!!!! I can’t wait to see her!!!

*Nausea/Vomiting? nope!

*Labor signs? Just a ton of BH contractions but I’m definitely on alert for the first signs!

*Gender? Sweet baby girl

*Belly Button in or out? Still hasn’t popped all the way but it’s trying!

*Wedding rings on or off? Still on :)

*Sleep? I’m so thankful that I fall asleep really easily, whether it’s when I lay down for the first time at night or after I’ve gotten up to adjust my position or use the bathroom. I’m waking up tired but not terribly exhausted.

*Weekly Wisdom:  Had my first mini freak-out moment on Saturday when, during our last birthing class, we talked solely about breastfeeding and postpartum/infant care. It’s been so nothing but fun to think about the pregnancy as it develops and even discuss the labor/delivery itself {which I’m still strangely calm about} but this weekend was the first time I really focused extensively on the fact that she will BE HERE. Like here… in this world… as her own person that I’m responsible for. Not just a little manatee I carry around with me and talk to when I'm driving to and from work. It hit me pretty hard and Z could instantly tell that something was stressing me out. He’s such a wonderful husband and was able to calm me down and assure me that while it's true we have no idea how our lives are about to change, we’re all going to be just fine. {He is going to be such a good coach during my labor. I have every faith that he will know exactly what to do to help me remain as calm as possible and have a successful natural birth.} God will provide and we have SO MANY supportive friends and family members who are already here to offer support and help when we need it.  There’s no point in working yourself up when there is no telling how things are going to go. It’s an adventure {to say the least} and we can’t wait for it to start!

Until next time...

WOAH BELLY!!!

Hump Day Bump Day - 37 weeks = FULL TERM!

I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M FULL TERM!   Although my due date isn't until the 26th, Keelin could make her big entrane any day now and be totally healthy. SQUEEEEE! I can hardly believe it. I was telling Z last night that I feel like it's much more "real" for everyone else in our lives BUT us. Don't get me wrong... it's not like I don't realize I'm about to be a mother in a matter of days/weeks {holy crap} but I really think it won't fully sink in until I'm holding this sweet little girl {takes a moment to rub belly in admiration}.

On a side note... While Z has made it known that he things a Christmas day baby would be really amazing, he's changed his prediction a bit after learning something interesting about the next few days.  As it turns out, Saturday there will be a full moon which has been known to bring about MORE births than the average day. Both my mother and Z's mother sent us emails yesterday giving us a heads up that the full moon is a comin' and so might be Keelin. While it's not an EXACT science, I think there is something to be said for the fact that BOTH Z and I were born during full moons {at least my mom went into labor during the full moon and I showed up slightly after}. So... who knows, maybe Keelin's birthday will be closer to the 10-11 than the 25-26. Any predictions? Any readers out there that were full moon babies or HAD full moon babies?

*How far along? 37 weeks 2 days today!

*Total weight gain/loss: healthy healthy healthy!

*How big is baby? 19 to 22 inches, 6 lbs + .I have officially reached WATERMELON status on TheBump!

*Maternity clothes? Absolutely. LOVE LOVE LOVE my maternity clothes!

*Stretch Marks? Nope… still lathering away!

*Best moment this week? Hearing Keelin's heartbeat at the doctor's apt on Monday! Every time she would kick her heartbeat would pick up... I loved it! AND, I think our midwife has predicted Keelin will be here before Christmas. She made the comment during my check-up that I'd be "unwrapping presents around the Christmas tree". Whether that means with a bump in my lap or a baby, I'm not sure. I guess we'll find out!

*Movement? Seriously, I'm pretty sure she has so little room in there, I feel her ALL DAY LONG!

*Food Cravings? Nothing in particular this week. Still loving ice water though!

*What I miss: I definitely get uncomfortable much quicker if I'm in a position for too long. Z and I had dinner and went to see HUGO {MUST SEE!!!} with our friends Ike and Leah over the weekend. Both and dinner and during the movie I got pretty uncomfortable.

*What I am looking forward to: We still haven't installed the carseat {shame on us} so that's something I'm excited to get done. That and finishing packing our hospital bag!

*Nausea/Vomiting? nope!

*Labor signs? Felt a little lower discomfort last night, but I think it was more my hips adjusting than anything else. Other than that, just those good old Braxton Hicks

*Gender? little girl!

*Belly Button in or out? Mostly flat with a little pop happening!

*Wedding rings on or off? Still on!

*Sleep? It varies night to night now. I'm still getting up at least once for a bathroom run but I do feel like I've become less shifty.

*Weekly Wisdom:  I am 24 years old and only just this week watched It's a Wonderful Life. If you haven't seen it yet... you must. :) It truly is... a wonderful life we live.
Until next time...
Last chances to make your prediction for Keelin's arrival date! Check the Little Manatee page and VOTE on the poll!

Hump Day Bump Day: 36 weeks and in full PREP mode!

36 down, 4 to go! I feel like I say this every week, but I can't believe time is going by so fast. I'm still loving being pregnant but definitely getting anxious about finally meeting our little girl.

It's been another great week with plenty of memorable happenings! Thanksgiving was absolutely wonderful and it was so sweet of my dear mother-in-law to take care of the majority of the cooking! I did, however, make the worlds most delicious macaroni and cheese {recipe post coming soon}. We ate, we laughed, we relaxed, we ate some more, and we had a great time. The holiday also gave me something else I was extremely happy to accept... 4 consecutive mornings of sleeping in! Granted... my "sleeping in" usually doesn't go past 8:30 {lame} but it felt like I was sleeping till noon and was much-needed!

Saturday we had a wonderful visit from my dear friend Jen and her boyfriend Will. It was so great seeing them and getting to catch up, even though most of our conversation had to be yelled over the ROAR of UGA/GT fans during lunch at Taco Mac! After they left {P.S. Jen... Z and I LOVE Will... great choice!} our friend Christian came over and did some maternity pictures. It was a beautiful night and I think we got some really great shots. Here is a little taste of his work... from a post wedding photoshoot he did for Z and I:

HAmazing, right?

He's super busy with school at the moment so we haven't gotten any proofs back yet but I'll be sure to show them off once he gets them edited! My hope is to use one or more of them for this year's Christmas card... but time is sneaking away from me so we'll see if I can get my act together and get them made/sent!

Monday we had the first in our weekly midwife visits {now until Keelin is here} and I had the standard 36-week GBS test done. I provided a link so I won't have to bore you with too many details but it's basically a test to see if a certain bacteria {Strep... yes, like strep throat} in the woman's body is active or not. It can be extremely dangerous for your baby, particularly during natural birth, so if your test comes back positive there's a simple antibiotic you're given and you're good to go. We'll find out the results next Monday.

We were able to see Diane, our midwife, and she filled us in a little more on the  drama that has resulted in us needing to switch hospitals {more on that when I fill you in on last night's Hospital tour!}. She gave us a handful of helpful hints and tips on some things to bring for the birth that we may not have thought of {we hadn't at all} and told us we needed to go ahead and get our bag packed if we hadn't already. It was then that I realized that, with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I had totally forgotten about packing a hospital bag. Don't worry it's on the top of this week's to do list! Diane also surprised me when she asked if I wanted to know if I was dilated.

{Inner monologue:} AHHHHH!!! That's only a word they use when things are REALLY happening and the baby is coming...like soon... and you're struggling not to strangle your husband for getting you "into this mess", right?

After my little internal "moment" I replaced anxiety with excitement and said, "sure, why not?". FIY... its not the most comfortable thing to go through. She checked, gave me a huge smile and informed me that I'm already 1 cm dilated. That's nothing in the grand scheme of things {considering I'll be at 10 effing cm when Keelin's ready to come out and many women walk around at 2-3 cm for a month or more before they even go into labor} but it's a great sign that my body really is in full prep. Holy crap!

That night Z and I went on a shopping/returning adventure to both Target and Babies R Us. We returned a handful of things that were repeat gifts or things we really didn't want need and we pooled our total gift cards to make one of our final {and extremely important, considering the hospital won't let us take Keelin HOME without it } purchases... this beauty!

The Chicco Keyfit 30 from Babies R Us. I absolutely love it and keep having little visions of sweet Keelin all bundled up on the way home from the hospital! Thanks to a fantastic Cyber Monday sale, we got it at a GREAT price online, can pick it up at the store {hello no shipping charge!} and still have plenty of gift card mula left over!

We also gave  Z's mom a heads up on the sale because she had been waiting to get us this...

YES... that is a JEEP LIBERTY stroller {so proud of the hubs for picking it out and not at all surprised that it's an actual car model}! SO EXCITING! She'd been waiting until all of my showers were over with so she could get us one of the left over items that we most needed and this was definitely at the top of the list! The carseat/carrier fits inside the stroller and it's a great size that will grow as she does. Plus, how adorable is that little steering wheel? AND, it's got an iPod connection so you can actually play music through the stroller for the baby. Thank you genius Jeep people for being so creative and AWESOME!

I'm sure there is plenty I'm leaving out from the week {although how can that be possible with the amount I've just rambled} but I've got a lot in the works for the upcoming posts to make sure you're totally filled in {or totally bored with my constant baby chatter}.

Anyway... here are this week's pics and stats!

*How far along? 36 weeks 2 days today!

*Total weight gain/loss: healthy healthy healthy!

*How big is baby? 19 to 22 inches, 6 lbs +

*Maternity clothes? You bet! Although I don't normally like the cold I've been excited to finally bust out some of my WINTERY maternity clothes!

*Stretch Marks? Nope… still buttering up the belly morning and night!

*Best moment this week? SO MANY... ordering our car seat, going on the hospital tour, hearing her heartbeat again, taking maternity pictures, and learning that I'm 1cm dilated!!!

*Movement? All the time! She's way past the kicking stage and mainly gives me full rolls and stretches. I still can't get enough of all her movin' and groovin'!

*Food Cravings? Nothing in particular this week, although I have had a lot of hot chocolate. :)

*What I miss: Birthing class... we didn't have it this week because of Thanksgiving so I'm excited for it to pick back up again this weekend... we're talking about Birth Plans which is something I've been excited about!

*What I am looking forward to: Picking up and installing the carseat, packing our hospital bag and continuing the full prep for Dday!!!

*Nausea/Vomiting? nope!

*Labor signs? Plenty of Braxton Hicks! They have a tendency to get right on top of one another once I'm relaxing at home in the evenings.

*Gender? Sweet girl!

*Belly Button in or out? Flat!

*Wedding rings on or off? Still on! :)

*Sleep? Still waking up once, if not more, to use the bathroom but I actually slept a little better this last week. Perhaps it had something to do with 4 consecutive chances to sleep in!

*Weekly Wisdom: Having faith that God has and will continue to take care of Keelin, Z and I throughout this life-changing event has given me such peace. I find myself more and more mystified that I'm so calm and at peace with all the craziness that's about to engulf my life. I highly recommend a big dose of trust in God!
Until next time...
I don't know if this is something I really SHOULD be at all excited about... but I am. I'm so used to people telling me how small I look that when the guy at Little Caesar's {YUM Hot N' Ready pizza!!!} told me I looked like I was about "to pop"... I was SO incredibly happy and flattered. Yes, I'm a total nut job.

Hump Day Bump Day - 35 weeks and PLENTY to be thankful for!

Happy Hump Day Bump Day everyone! I don't have MUCH to chat about, considering the last week was pretty low-key and this past weekend was filled with a whole lotta NOTHING... just the way I like it! Instead, I'll stick with this week's Thankful theme and hit you with 5 more things!

11. I'm thankful for finally seeing an episode of "The Sing Off" last night. I can't believe I missed it the last two seasons because it's one of the ONLY reality competition shows I feel I can stand behind because there is NO pretending when it comes to the talent these people possess. Check out my favorite group: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_VCF-9IrOE]

HOLY A CAPELLA BATMAN, HOW AMAZING IS THAT?!?!?!? Not a single instrument... just talent!

12.  I'm thankful to have a roof over my head and a place to call home.

13. I'm thankful that my sweet husband is so informed on the current presidential race. I've NEVER been a fan of politics and am normally the first person to either get really quiet or leave a conversation all together when it turns political. That being said, I also fully understand the importance of the issues being discussed in every campaign, debate and speech as the country approaches another GREAT decision. Lucky for me, Z pays enough attention for the both of us so I don't have to bore myself by sitting through 2 hours of back and forth political banter. I know, I'm such a terrible American.

14. I'm thankful that when my maternity leave begins {18 days!} I'll not only get a break from work and be THAT much closer to Keelin's arrival, but I also won't have to inhale the disgusting smell of stale URINE as I walk from the parking deck to the office.

15. I'm thankful that I FINALLY finished the elephant mobile for Keelin's nursery... giving me yet another thing to blog about in the coming weeks! Prepare yourself people, I have a lot of really great nursery things coming!

And for a little extra thanks that I won't count in my list of 25, I'm thankful for this fun little survey that allows me to share Keelin and my progress each week!

*How far along? 35 weeks 2 days today!

*Total weight gain/loss: healthy healthy healthy!

*How big is baby? 19 to 22 inches, 6ish lbs

*Maternity clothes? Absolutely. And I've taken to stealing Z's sweatpants the instant I walk in the door from work. Of course, they aren't ON him when I steal them... or are they? We did make a baby after all! ;)

*Stretch Marks? Nope... still buttering up the belly as often as I can!

*Best moment this week? Finally finishing Keelin's elephant mobile. You'll see in a FULL post that it's been a long time coming and I'm SO happy it's done!

*Movement? She's definitely a dancer in training! There are only a few times during the day when she's totally still but I don't mind because I can't get enough of all her movin' and groovin'. There is really NOTHING else in the world like it!

*Food Cravings? Thursday night it was Bogey's soft pretzels and spicy cheese dip!

*What I miss: Nothing! Finding so much joy in everything at the moment!

*What I am looking forward to: Thanksgiving, the start of NON STOP CHRISTMAS MUSIC, maternity pictures on Saturday, HOPEFULLY some decorating this weekend and Monday's check up with the midwife! We're officially into weekly appointments!

*Nausea/Vomiting? nope!

*Labor signs? Plenty of Braxton Hicks!

*Gender? Sweet girl!

*Belly Button in or out? It's basically flat but I'm waiting for the POP!

*Wedding rings on or off? Still on! :)

*Sleep? I wake up at least once for a potty run and a number of other times just to switch which side I'm laying on. Thankfully I can still fall back to sleep almost immediately!

*Weekly Wisdom: We keep the nursery door closed so the dogs don't get in there and destroy anything {therefore forcing me to end their lives} but I make a point to poke my head in there at some point every day just to look around and imagine how things will be when there's a tiny occupant inside!
Until next time...
PLEASE continue to join me in sharing what you are most thankful for this week! OR, link up to Caroline over at Simply Smithwick and join today's prompt about how thankful you are for the special people in your life!

Manic Mother

I couldn't feel more blessed and honored to have so many wonderful people in my life that love and support me. From my parents, in-laws, siblings, cousins, grandparents, friends, coworkers, my amazing husband {of course} and more, there are not enough words to describe the feeling of knowing that so many people care about you. To everyone in my life who has made an impact and touched my heart, whether you realize it or not, I am TRULY thankful!