34 Week Update

34 Week Update

How far along? 34 weeks!

Baby is the size of: a basketball hoop, a savoy cabbage, a baguette, and a butternut squash.

Maternity clothes? Yes oh yes.  Although this dress and these leggings are not maternity….so actually today I’m not wearing any maternity clothes!

Sleep: Not too bad. Still falling asleep pretty easily.  Waking up to go to the bathroom a time or two at night.  I have had some pelvic pain as well, which I feel when I roll over…but I do fall back asleep.

Best moment this week: The church shower and then getting everything put away and in it’s palce.

Movement: So much more movement. Still not a lot that I can feel outside- so poor Tyler has really only felt her once.

Food cravings: I am craving a cinnamon donut BAD. And sushi.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really.

Symptoms: The pelvic pain has set in. I am using a pregnancy support belt to try and lessen it.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? I’m not wearing them most of the time so I don’t swell up.

Happy or moody most of the time: Been pretty great this week.  Felt a little anxious this weekend after the (very traumatic) hospital birth class with the (terrible) c-section video…otherwise great.

Looking forward to: Alden coming in this weekend for some friend time! That isn’t super baby-focused, but it will be good for my heart.

Weekend Recap: Church Baby Shower

Weekend Recap: Church Baby Shower

We had another great weekend- but this one was mostly focused on baby girl. Friday night we spent some time together and then Saturday we headed to the hospital for the birth class.

I’ll be honest, it was a bit of a waste of time and SUPER traumatic (I didn’t need to see the ultra-graphic C-section video!!!)….but whatever. We did it.

Saturday evening, Tyler worked overtime and I hung out with my friend Rachel. It was great to catch up and visit.

Sunday was the big exclamation point on the weekend- my final baby shower! This was a church shower hosted by my life group and several other sweet ladies.

It was wonderful.

It was the biggest shower I’ve had simply because there were so many people invited.

They did a sweet job of keeping food diabetic friendly- in fact, there was no cake! 🙂

It was a mix of cute circus decor and sweet baby girl pink. LOVE.

The food and decor table in the back….

Rachel made such a cute wrap for the sign in podium. I ADORE that elephant fabric!

My friend Christina made a fruit baby! How cute is that?  And the animal crackers and peanuts? I died.

They also made me a punch alternative with some fruit infused water. Yum!

The veggies took on a cute flower shape…

And they used this ferris wheel to hold sliced veggies! 

This wasn’t all the hostesses (some had already left and a couple couldn’t be there) SO thankful for these ladies in my life!

The gifts were SO fun. It was hilarious to see what people gave me based on MY personality- lots of animal print, ruffles, and ADORABLE shoes.

In fact, one of my friends moms told me she wasn’t giving me anything practical. And I DIED when I saw these Michael Kors baby sneakers in the bottom of her gift bag. Y’all.  They are gold and white. And perfection.

The room kept “awe…..”ing at everything cute I pulled out.  I’m SO grateful for the practical gifts (bath stuff, diapers, pacifiers) but we got some amazing things. A handmade quilt, a handmade gorgeous stroller blanket, TONS of clothes, a sweet cross to hang in her room….so many thoughtful things.

I also had lots of helpers. Rachel took care of moving the opened gifts and trash, Amy took notes, and sweet Aubrey helped us bring gifts from the table.

I’m in awe of the community I have. Women who are already cheering me on toward motherhood. Celebrating and praying for this sweet baby. It’s such a blessing that I never want to take for granted.

I hope you had a great weekend as well!

Friday Five: Fun Things This Week

Friday Five: Fun Things This Week

This week has been a little slower, which is nice.

It’s about time to slow down. I’ve been able to rest some, do some cleaning, and get a few things done.

Here are 5 things from this calm week:

  1. I saw this shirt on Zulily. It looked like Pippin and I HAD to have it. It may be slightly inappropriate, but I had to have it.

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2. There are two new podcasts that I found this week that I’m liking:


The Room Where It’s Happening is a great Hamilton fan podcast. They are featuring celebs talking about Hamilton. The first episode had Adam Savage from Mythbusters!  Also, Science VS is great. It’s from Gimlet (who has several great podcasts) and goes into scientific arguments about hot topics. I enjoyed their gun debate and the talk about attachment parenting.

3. I’m trying to eat dates. Some research has shown that eating dates can help you go into labor naturally…so I’m eating dates (anything to help get this bebe out!).  They are a little sweet for me to eat straight up, and some of the date ball recipes have too many carbs.  I’ve adapted this one to fit my gestational diabetes diet…and the lemon cuts the sweetness perfectly.  Pretty good! I am digging my lemon date bites.

4. This week I’m loving Bethany at Doulas of Northwest Arkansas. We hired her to do some in-home birth classes (I was worried Tyler would have to miss the traditional hospital class due to work) and we have LOVED getting to know her and learn from her.  While we aren’t using her for traditional birth doula services, we are taking advantage of some of the pre- and post-partum support they offer.  This is not sponsored, I have just really enjoyed the partnership with her and their company. Super professional, understanding, and not overly “crunchy hippie” as far as doulas go. She has been very supportive and understanding and open. If you’re having a baby in NWA or the River Valley, call them.  Even if you don’t want a doula at your birth, they have lots of supportive options.

5. The funeral for Cpl Bill Cooper was this week. Tyler actually had to work on the day of the funeral, so he didn’t get to attend…and I didn’t think I could attend my first LEO funeral alone. I was able to listen to the livestream online. Many officers came to town for the procession, which was over an hour of police and law enforcement vehicles from around the country (Tyler says he saw Chicago and Florida!). There were pictures of people lining the procession route to pay respects to him, his family, and the LEO community. The most touching photo was of children from a school- and the photographer said they stood saluting and with hands over hearts for the entire hour procession.  Brings tears to my eyes! Sweet kids. 13995504_1048885335207122_1627546974558491485_o.jpg

How was your week? We have big weekend plans- hospital birth class and a baby shower! Woohoo!




33 Week Update

33 Week Update

How far along? 33 weeks!

Baby is the size of: a ferret, a head of cauliflower, a junior tennis racket, and a stalk of celery.

Maternity clothes? Oh yes.  In fact, I took some non-maternity stuff and put it back with the regular clothes. I had some that used to fit the mini-bump, but they won’t work until after baby.

Sleep: Ok most nights. The essential oil diffuser helps. Having to get up to pee at least once a night.

Best moment this week: Work baby shower where we laughed SO much.
Miss anything? Cookies. I would love to sit down and eat a sleeve of Oreos and milk (darn you, gestational diabetes!)

Movement: Oh yes. Feeling much more.  Still not much that is visible or you can feel outside, but I feel her a lot.

Food cravings: Right now it’s Mexican food. I can do ok with that as long as I have a carb-free meal (like fajita meat) and a few chips.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really.

Symptoms: Had a little hip pain this week. Everything is moving around!

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? I’m not wearing them most of the time so I don’t swell up.

Happy or moody most of the time: Another mostly good week.

Looking forward to: Appointment on Thursday and last shower on Sunday at church!