Monday, February 20, 2017

Maternity Photos

So as you guys might remember me mentioning, I actually had 2 maternity sessions.  One was a more intimate almost boudoir-like session I did with a friend, and the other was more of a lifestyle shoot we did with our friends/wedding photographers.  I never ever knew if I'd get the pleasure to pose for maternity photos and this was by far one of the best parts of my entire pregnancy.  I wore my maternity dress for the lifestyle session and ended up in a couple different outfits for the boudoir session.  I am so thrilled with how both turned out, although the boudoir session photos I am mostly keeping to myself, the milk bath photos turned out so amazing and I'm so happy we attempted them!

Seriously I couldn't tell you which is my favorite because there are so many and I am in love with every single one of them.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!







































Saturday, February 18, 2017

38 Weeks


How far along? 38w
Gender: Girl
Weight Gain? At least 40 pounds by now, I believe a lot of the last couple pounds I put on was entirely due to the swelling I am experiencing at my feet, ankles, and legs, I mean total sausage toes, kankles, etc. by the end of the day.  None of my shoes fit well anymore and I've resorted to moccasins pretty much every day.
Maternity Clothes?  90% maternity at all times.  Lots of Joe's shirts & sweat shirts because none of my own comfy clothes fit me well anymore. 
Stretch Marks? None!
Belly button in or out?  Officially out!
Sleep:  Thankfully Unisom is pregnancy friendly otherwise I'd never get a full night of rest.  Not that I even get a FULL night of rest when I take it, but it definitely helps.  I will usually take it maybe once a week or twice a week to get a couple of good nights of sleep then I spend the other nights tossing and turning, up using the bathroom, trying to shift into a position where I can breathe, trying to shift into a position where my nose is not stuffed up, etc. etc.
Best moment this week:  Getting our maternity photos back from our second shoot!  I'm so glad we did two shoots because both were different and both turned out amazing.  I will be sharing a photo dump later in the week, if you're interested now you can check a few out on Instagram.
Symptoms:  Difficulty breathing, rib pain, back pain, swollen feet, carpel tunnel/tingling in hands, RLS at night, heartburn, exhaustion, congestion.  Luckily all things that are not serious!  Pretty much just totally uncomfortable most of the time.
Miss Anything?  I am ready to have my body back.  I LOVE being pregnant and I have enjoyed every moment of it, especially since my was so smooth, but I am ready to be able to stomach sleep again and just be comfortable again.  
Movement?  Movement is starting to slow down somewhat as she is pretty much out of room at this point. 
Queasy or sick?  Noting at all!
Looking forward to? A 3 day weekend so I can get some extra rest!  Thankfully we are off Monday for Presidents Day and I am planning to take full advantage of my couch and my sweats!
Signs of Labor?  Nothing yet.  I will be happy if she makes it to 40 weeks, we want her as cooked as possible.

Monday, February 13, 2017

37 Weeks - FULL TERM



How far along? 37w2d
Gender: Girl
Weight Gain? 35+ pounds (my pregnancy app says I should be done growing!)
Maternity Clothes?  90% maternity at all times.  Lots of Joe's shirts & sweat shirts because none of my own comfy clothes fit me well anymore. 
Stretch Marks? None!
Belly button in or out?  Officially out!
Sleep:  Sleep has been better.  Although my CTS is really bad in my right hand and both hands tend to get swollen and lose feeling in them to the point of pain, I am getting decent sleep.  Still up a lot to pee & have to pretty much wake up to get myself rolled over, but I'm just taking it as it comes.  I'm definitely in nesting mode, but I'm trying to limit my activities and focus on rest.  I saw one of the OB's in the office at my appointment on Friday and he said that at this point there is no such thing as bed time being "too early" he said the earlier the better because labor tends to peak about 2am & I will want to be well rested.  Another mama gave me some similar advice this weekend and said that I should just get as must rest as possible because labor is so exhausting. 
Best moment this week:  It was a pretty uneventful week.  I had an amazing prenatal massage, but other than that it was pretty quiet.  Joe is in full swing working 12's at the outage so it's been quiet at home too. 
Symptoms:  Difficulty breathing, rib pain, back pain, swollen feet, carpel tunnel/tingling in hands, RLS at night, heartburn, exhaustion, congestion.  Luckily all things that are not serious!  Pretty much just totally uncomfortable most of the time.
Miss Anything?  Being able to breath & be comfortable.  Walking like a normal person and not like a penguin.
Movement?  Movement is starting to slow down somewhat as she is pretty much out of room at this point.
Cravings?  I never really had any crazy cravings my entire pregnancy, mostly sweets, which I think was a big contributing factor the amount of weight I gained, although I did not gain an ounce anywhere but my stomach. 
Queasy or sick?  Noting at all!
Looking forward to? Our doula comes for her home visit tonight so she can get familiar with where I live and we can discuss possible places to labor at home.  We will go over our birth plan with her as well.  I have another prenatal massage which I always look forward to, seriously I highly recommend treating yourself to several of them throughout your pregnancy if you're not already.
Signs of Labor?  Nothing yet.  I will be happy if she makes it to 40 weeks, we want her as cooked as possible.
 
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