Friday, August 31, 2012

Pregnancy Questionnaire

I found this questionnaire on another blog and thought it provided a pretty neat little snapshot of my pregnancy...wish I'd done this all along! 

How big is baby? Baby Wilson is about 5 ½ pounds. compares it to a cantaloupe.

Total weight gain/loss? About 35 pounds. Holy crap.

Maternity clothes? Um, hell yes. I know some women opt not to do maternity clothes but, for me, anything that doesn’t have a ‘secret belly panel’ is absolutely the most uncomfortable thing in this world. And since I’m still having to do this full-time job thing, I have to dress a little more conservatively which leaves out a bunch of the maxi-dress and tank top options.

Stretch marks? Nope.

Sleep? Ha – I wish! I go to bed by 9:30 p.m. but am up at 11 p.m.; 2 a.m., 4 a.m., 6 a.m. (yeah, I go back to bed after this) to go to the bathroom. I used to be able to get up, pee, then go back to sleep. Now, it takes me a good 15 minutes to get back to sleep. I consider calling in sick to work every single day. No joke.

Movement? Lots! He/She really gets going when I lay down on my side or if I’m sitting straight up. So, I guess that means it doesn’t move when I’m laying on my back or doing handstands? Wow, like I said, not a lot of sleep.

Food cravings? Not really anymore. It used to be Kraft powder macaroni and cheese, and then it was strawberry ice cream (with no strawberry chunks, gross), then it was Arby’s roast beef ‘n cheddar sandwiches…now, it’s just anything that doesn’t give me blazing heartburn.

Gender? It's a surprise! But I think it’s a boy. :)

Labor Signs? I’ve had some pretty mean Braxton Hicks contractions but let’s hope that labor pains hold off for another couple of weeks.

Belly Button in or out? What belly button? It’s flush.

What I miss? Sleep. Energy. I would love to be able to knock out a to-do list like I used to. I could knock through 10 things (or more) in a weekend. Now, I assign one thing a day and it takes an inordinate amount of time. Very frustrating.

What I am looking forward to? Having my house in order and then having a baby!

Best moment this week? I’m not 100% but I think the baby has ‘dropped.’ On Thursday, I noticed that my stomach was hanging a little lower…so I did about two hours of internet research, asked Shane for confirmation and then deemed the baby ‘dropped.’

Milestones? One more week until we are considered full term! 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

33 Week Baby Bump

As usual I'm a little behind on posting my pics, but I'm 35 weeks today - only 5 more weeks until we meet Baby Wilson! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Two Years of Wedded Bliss and My Letter to Shane

Today is mine and Shane's two year anniversary! I can't believe how the time has flown...seems like yesterday we were doing this:

Such a fun night filled with family, friends and love...a day I'll always cherish and never forget. 

And, now - two years later, we're doing this - another moment in our lives together that we'll always cherish and never forget (obviously, because we'll have to take care of it and stuff):
16 weeks

And because I'm all emotional and mushy these days, I wrote a little note for Shane in honor of the occasion...

Dear Shane,

It's been two years of marriage and over 10 years of dating - could it be true love? :) We've been through a lot together over the years, grown up together, accomplished things together, made mistakes together...all of it shaping us and our relationship. I love you more and more each day (and I'm sure you are thinking the exact same thing about me :)) and am so thankful for the life we've created together. 

I know we can make each other crazy sometimes. And our bickering can be considered a sport at times. But I love it - it's us and it works. I love that I know that you only like mustard and cheese on your hamburgers and will not, cannot, eat chili that has beans in it. And I love that you know that I can't go to bed without my water and that, as of late, you are the official 'ice cream scooper' in our house. I can't wait to see you become a daddy to our child and look forward to continuing to build our family together. I can't imagine my life without you and I hope that I never have to. 

We are so lucky to have found each other. You are my soul mate and I love you always and forever!   


Thursday, August 16, 2012

32 Week Baby Bump

I'm 33 weeks today...only 7 more weeks to go!

No other thoughts for today. Thankyouverymuch.

Friday, August 10, 2012

31 Week Baby Bump and Woes

I forgot to take my 30 week shot. But just as with the missed 28 week shot - it looked a lot like this:

We got our BabyCenter update yesterday and we have 56 days to go until we meet Baby Wilson! I hope and pray that he/she stays in 'til the end! (stays in? is that gross? whatever.)

Things are definitely starting to get a little uncomfortable. I feel huge but know that I'm going to be growing a lot over the next 8 weeks. Baby moves a lot, especially when I lay down on my side. I have some pretty mean the kind that wakes me up at night. I pee ALL.THE.TIME. If I'm not peeing, I'm thinking about eating and the next time that I might have to pee. The lower back pain is starting to become a little painful. And I now have a hand or a foot that likes to just chill at the very top of my stomach, pretty much under my ribs. I imagine that it is either kicking my ribs or playing them like a harp - either way, it's a little painful. But all worth it! 

Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Justin Bieber and Choreographed Dancing

I'm open about being a Justin Bieber fan. I love that kid. And let's not act like his new song isn't catchy. 

Anyway, the video below combines my Bieber fever with my love for choreographed dancing. I don't know when I started liking choreographed dances, or loving them, but I do now. So there. 


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Couples Baby Shower!

This past weekend, my mom and Goffery threw Shane and I our first baby shower! It was a couples shower and there was BBQ, beer/wine and cupcakes - um, does it get more perfect than that? 

I didn't get a lot of pictures but here are a few to recap:
 Me and Shane in front of all the onesies that everyone made - they all turned out so cute! (Side note: Check out that summer cardigan.)
 Me and my mom (aka Wandawg). Thanks, Mom!
 Loved the red and white checkered tablecloths with the sunflowers
 Cupcakes (the most delicious ones from The Atlanta Cupcake Factory) and a couple of prezzies! 
 Group shot - from left - Jason, Mike, Branden, Chris, Lindsay, Shane, Mandy, Danielle and Jennifer
 Another group shot - with me included this time. :)
 Prezzies! We seriously have the most generous and sweet family and friends!
 Me trying on the 'My Breast Friend' and Shane holding a baby hat like it has Ebola on it. 

Our gifts unloaded in our living room. Seriously...the most generous family and friends ever. This baby is pretty much set! 

Thanks so much to my Mom for planning the shower and for all of our family and friends who were able to attend and share in this special time with us! We love you all! 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Beau, Brother and Baby

We obviously love our dogs very much - they are our babies. So, when our actual baby is brought into this world, we want to make sure that everyone gets along...and are friends...and love each other. 

However, this post really has nothing to do with how we plan to acclimate our dogs to our baby. It has to do with the photos that I want to take with them. 

Prepare yourself for the cutest, sweetest photos you've ever seen:

 I mean, just stop. Are these not the cutest pics ever? 

I'm certain Beau will be down for a dog/baby photo shoot, however, we may have to persuade Brother to participate. But, he WILL participate.  

Friday, August 3, 2012

Nursery Art

The nursery art is now complete! I'm really pleased with how they all turned out - now we just need to get them hung up!

Images of the prints:

In the frames (excuse the awful BlackBerry photos):

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Baby Bump and Bacne

That title just sounds delicious. 

First, here is the 29 week baby bump shot:
I forgot to take my 28 week shot...oops. :( Trust me when I say that it looked a lot like this picture. 

And now on to a very serious issue I'm facing, bacne. It's out of control. 

I typically have pretty clear skin, with the occasional breakout on my face, but I have NEVER had anything on my body - until now. My shoulders and upper back are riddled (riddled, I tell you!) with bumps - some are red and swollen and others are just little bumps that I can scratch off. 

Note, this grossness isn't new as I've had it since about 12 weeks. However, it's become a serious issue in my life as I've purchased a dress for an upcoming baby shower that exposes my shoulders. And what does the bacne decide to do? Rear it's ugly head with more red bumps than I have seen in my entire 31 weeks of pregnancy. It's gotten serious and I've had to get Shane involved to help 'extinguish' some of them, if you know what I mean. 

I have purchased my dress and it isn't going back because it took me hours to find one that fit right (e.g., didn't accentuate my, now, flat butt too much, was light, airy, comfortable, etc.). So, now I have to go out and find a lightweight cardigan to wear over my dress...yes, a freaking cardigan to be worn in the month of August...while pregnant - you know, because I'm not sweating like a pig 95% of the time anyway.  

Oh, the drama. I used to go shopping for 'weekend outfits' that were cute and didn't make me look I look for outfits that cover as much skin as possible and don't accentuate my bacne. 

But, I do have to say that I know all of this is worth it and I am very lucky to even have these problems. Only 9 weeks left!