How in the world do I only have 10 weeks left in this pregnancy?? While I feel like I have been pregnant FOREVER, it is hard to believe that I will soon be a mom to three.
I’m actually extremely excited for baby brother to make his appearance and to see how we will be as a family of five. I’m not thrilled that it will be summer time and swim suit season when he makes his debut, but something about the warmer weather we have been having (and the promise of a scrumptious margarita), along with the boys being out of school, has me daydreaming about lazy summer days with our family.
Earlier this week I had my 30 week checkup and because baby was diagnosed with a two-vessel cord, they have been extra cautious about monitoring his weight gain and growth. Interestingly enough, our sonogram revealed that he was measuring about 3 pounds and 7 ounces; measuring about a week ahead and almost three weeks ahead in his head circumference…holy cow. In case you didn’t know, I tend to give birth to babies with rather large heads. Needless to say, at my 32 week checkup our doctor will be doing another sonogram to check on growth so that we can further “game plan” around his anticipated arrival, which I will definitely keep you guys posted on. In the meantime, I have my usual bumpdate and I’m also sharing some of my favorite pregnancy products. Enjoy!
How far along: 30 weeks! I will be 31 on Friday.
What are we most excited about next: To meet this babe! I’m finally at the point in my pregnancy where I am kind of over the pregnant part and just want to hold my baby. I think that if I weren’t having so many pregnancy symptoms (like my hernia, and Braxton Hicks all day, everyday) I would probably be less anxious for our due date to arrive. I also really love eating, and the further along you are, the less you room you have in your belly for tasty treats. So pretty much after every meal I feel like a beached whale who just wants to nap.
What are we least excited about: I don’t know if there is anything that I’m “least” excited about, however, I will say that the thought of going in to labor before Noah is done with school, or while my mother-in-law is out of town does make me a bit nervous. When it’s your first baby there isn’t much to worry about, but after you have one or two kiddos running around, your motherhood duties simply don’t pause. Since I’ve been feeling a little uneasy, I decided that I am going to pack a day bag for both of the boys just in case they have to go to the hospital with us.
Movement: His movements are definitely starting to become more predictable. For example, I know that every night when I go to lay down, baby brother is always active for about 10 minutes and then settles down for the night. The only time he moves while I’m sleeping is after I get up to go to the bathroom, then he readjusts and goes back to sleep. Let’s hope that’s a silent promise of a kid who will like to sleep at night (insert fingers crossed emoji here).
Cravings: My sweet tooth is out of control. Muffins, cupcakes, chocolate – you name it, I want it. I’ve been trying to trick myself by eating pineapple and strawberries, but baby brother is not to be fooled.
Weight gain: 15 pounds. I feel like I have done a decent job on my weight gain since I haven’t been able to stick to strict workout routine (thank you, Braxton Hicks), but I also realize that the most important thing for me to do is to listen to my body and do what’s best to have a safe and healthy pregnancy.
What I’m Reading: Currently my brain has been consumed with ‘Holy Crap! Potty Training.’ We have just started potty training our youngest in preparation for baby brother’s arrival, and I have been so focused on Emmett’s waste management habits that I even dream about potty training…seriously. It is a really helpful book though – which provides a tons of logical pointers, helped me to feel confident, and got our oldest potty trained very quickly with minimal hurdles. If I can give one piece of advice, it would without a doubt be for you to be consistent with your kids. Once you’ve decided to do it, just keep going and don’t look back!
What I’ve Purchased: Truthfully, we haven’t spent a ton of resources on things for baby just yet. We built our registry at Babylist, which I love, because as I find things that I would really like to have for baby brother, I can simple keep everything in one place. So I think our game plan is to wait and see what we receive at our baby shower next weekend and go from there. The few things that I have purchased though and love: this cute pacifier clip from Klipz n Threads, newborn baby moccs from Freshly Picked, his first teddy bear, and a handful of seasonal clothes.
Favorite Pregnancy Products
- Body Oil. I have used Mother’s Special Blend with every pregnancy and I absolutely love it. I don’t necessarily love oiling myself up, but this particular product is all natural, tones and nourishes your skin, and doesn’t stain your clothes. I typically apply in the morning before I leave the house and even sometimes in the afternoon or before bed if my skin feels tight or itchy.
- Clothes that I can wear before, during, and after pregnancy. I recently found these linen shorts from Old Navy and I am obsessed. I can dress them up or down, they are great for summer, comfortable, and inexpensive. The black dress I’m wearing in the photo above I found at Gap and is not maternity. It buttons all the way down, so I love that I can wear it when nursing – the material is also ridiculously soft. I’m also a big fan of any and all two piece pajamas. I don’t typically wear the button up shirt to bed, but they are great for the hospital, for nursing, and let’s face it, when you are wearing cute pajamas you feel cute. Some of my favorites are here, here, and here.
- Pregnancy journals. I absolutely love journaling. I think it’s a fantastic way to record memories and life events that we may at some point have a difficult time recalling. I have journaled with all of pregnancies, and I still go back and read over the things that I wrote during those seasons. So far I have come across two pregnancy journals that I really like. ‘The Nine Pregnancy Countdown Journal‘ I have used with two pregnancies, and sincerely enjoy. It’s small, so you can easily throw it in your purse or leave it on your nightstand. It is also very modern – so the writing prompts/questions are up-to-date, and they provide different writing topics for each week. There are plenty of places for pictures, as well as a section specifically for recording notes from your doctor’s appointments. The second pregnancy journal is one that I have recently come across and simply adore. The journals from Polka Dot Print Shop are great (and make for the perfect gift) because they come in a handful of different colors, and also have matching baby books that can be personalized (the baby books are a separate cost). It is extremely modern and perfect for any minimalist. The weekly/bi-weekly updates are all the same, so it makes for quick journaling. There are also plenty of empty pages to include pictures from your pregnancy.
I probably won’t do another pregnancy bumpdate until about 34 weeks, but I promise to keep you guys updated via Instagram and Instastories how our next doctor’s appointment goes. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and please let me know if you would be interested in me sharing my favorite gifts to give to expecting moms!
PS. Bumpdate: 24 weeks and Shared Boys Bedroom Inspiration.