35 Week Bump Date

5 more weeks!  (You know, give or take!)


Any guesses on whether this shirt continues to fit until 40 weeks?  It’s getting a bit short!

What’s happening with baby:  Baby’s just keeps on keeping on.  S/he is gaining weight and shedding the downy lanugo hair and vernix that has been covering the body.  Baby continues to practice swallowing and breathing.  By this point baby’s lungs should be structurally complete and lubricated with surfactant, which will help keep the air sacs open when baby takes its first breath.

What’s happening with mama:  Mama is doing well.  I’m still coming to grips with the news about the lovenox-to-heparin switch at 36 weeks but doing well besides that.  I did get some good news from the hematologist’s office earlier this week – I do not need to get the IV iron transfusions!  I am very happy about that.  It looks like my iron levels are on the low side of normal.  They recommended trying out an oral iron supplement and seeing how that goes, so I’ll be giving that a shot.

I was bummed to discover my first (ever!) pregnancy stretch marks this week.  (Actually, E pointed them out.  Thanks, kid!)  I know they’re not really such a big deal but having made it through one pregnancy with no stretch marks, I really thought I would make it through another free of them as well.  No such luck!  Ah well.  I am grateful that I don’t have any other negative pregnancy symptoms like heartburn or swelling.  I’m still comfortably wearing all my shoes, as well as my rings.  I have definitely been feeling much more achy in my hips lately.  According to my midwife this is due to the increase of relaxin at this stage of pregnancy.  Relaxin makes the ligaments in your joints a bit more relaxed, which can cause them to ache.  I’m already bigger than I ever was with E (weight and size wise) and feel quite ponderous at times!

At lot of people have asked me if I am ready to just have this baby.  I don’t know if it is due to my size and they assume that I am uncomfortable and miserable or what.  Yes, I do have some discomfort but overall I am enjoying being pregnant and feel quite good.  I’m in no hurry to rush this baby out of there, particularly when we have a number of projects we really want to get done before baby arrives anyway!  I will say I am looking forward to sleeping more comfortably, including on my back, once baby arrives but I’m hoping baby stays put for a while longer.  I wouldn’t mind making it to our due date!

In fun new, PB and I attended a wedding this weekend.  It was pretty awesome to get all dolled up and have a night “off” together!  (E was with grandma.)  I think we looked pretty darn cute!


Excuse the squinty expressions – it was sunny!

Recent appointments:  I met with the midwife earlier this week and all is looking good.  Pretty standard appointment – talk about any concerns, take fundal measurements, listen to baby’s heartbeat.  All is well!  Starting at 36 weeks I’ll be meeting with the midwives weekly.  I think I will be meeting with maternal fetal medicine starting weekly then, too.  I don’t see the hematologist until 37 weeks but I could possibly start seeing them weekly at that point as well.  Three appointments a week.  Whew!  That’s going to be fun, right?

Baby is the size of a:  head of romaine lettuce.

National Apple Harvest Festival 2014

This past Saturday we trekked to Arendtsville, Pa., for the National Apple Harvest Festival.  This is the seventh year we’ve gone to the festival – it has become an autumn staple for us!


We love the National Apple Harvest Festival.  There is so much to look at, a ton of live entertainment, and all the delicious food you could want!  There is fresh-made applesauce, apple dumplings and pies and breads, apple sausage, apple cider, apple syrup and even apple daiquiris.  We particularly love the pit beef sandwiches, apple sausage, and pumpkin funnel cakes.  If you have enough room after eating all the things, definitely get an apple dumpling with a scoop of ice cream!  Yum!

This year was particularly fun because of E.  There is a whole section of the festival devoted to kids entertainments, which included performances, crafts, and a petting zoo.  E particularly loves necklaces and bracelets lately so when I saw one of the crafts available for the kiddos (for free!) was a make your own National Apple Harvest Festival necklace, I was all over that!  It was a simple craft but E had a lot of fun stringing the beads and showing off her new necklace.  She has worn it almost every day since!

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E also went of her very first pony ride at the festival and she LOVED it.  Check out that smile!


Until this weekend she has always been interested in looking at horses but has never wanted to go on a pony ride; however, Saturday she was very excited about it.  She actually asked to ride the ponies multiple times, so we figured we’d give it a shot.  I’m glad we did since she didn’t show any fear at all!  Her pony’s name was Noah.  :)

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Do you have a favorite autumn festival?

34 Week Bump Date

6 weeks to go!


What’s happening with baby:  Baby’s pupils dilate in response to the light filtering into the uterus.  Its lungs and central nervous system are continuing to mature.  Baby is also continuing to fill out with fat, making its little body a little rounder and making its skin smoother and less wrinkly.  Baby is still very active in there and really moves my belly all over the place these days.

What’s happening with mama:  Not much new to report!  Still feeling good and getting to the gym as often as possible.  Lately we seem to have a lot of doctor appointments that interfere with gym time but I’ve been making it to yoga pretty consistently twice a week.  I haven’t been to spin in quite a long time as my midwife appointments have tended to be the same mornings as my favorite spin class.  At this point I’m not sure I could keep up!  I’ve also not run in quite a few weeks.  I’m okay with that.  I am planning on writing a post all about my prenatal fitness soon.  On days that I am unable to make it to the gym I try to do at least 20 squats and 20 push-ups at home.  And that’s no joke with an extra 20 pounds of baby added to the equation!

Sleep has continued to be difficult.  I’m still having trouble getting comfortable and find that my hips and ribs get to feeling quite sore sometimes.  I also tend to get pretty hot while I am sleeping lately.  I don’t want to jinx anything but I think it might be getting a little easier to get comfortable the last couple days.

Recent appointments:  I had an appointment with my hematologist this morning to go over the plan for the rest of the pregnancy.  Per Maternal Fetal Medicine I need to switch to heparin at 36 weeks of pregnancy unless I want to be induced.  I vastly prefer lovonox to heparin, given my experience last time around, but I very much do not want to be induced.  I want this baby to come when it’s ready, so that means dealing with the ups-and-downs of heparin again.  I met with my hematologist to discuss this change because throughout she has been in charge of monitoring my blood thinner dosage.

I left the appointment with mixed feelings.  I’ve felt apprehensive about the switch to heparin all pregnancy but had been put a little as ease by one of the doctors at MFM.  They said that since I am on a prophylactic dose those pregnancy, as opposed to therapeutic, I could expect things to be a little easier to deal with.  Thus far this has proven true with the lovenox, I have had to do a single injection daily this time around whereas I was on twice daily injections with E’s pregnancy.  Unfortunately when I switch to heparin, I’ll have to do three shots daily.  My heart dropped when I heard that at my appointment this morning.  I’m not looking forward to that and I must admit I feel some anxiety about it.  Heparin was rough the first time around (I had a lot of soreness, bruising and lumps under the skin at the injection sites.) and since I am going to be doing three shots a day again, I kind of expect it to be rough again.  It only makes sense that there is going to be increased soreness when you go from seven shots a week to 21.  It’s possible that things will be better this time around but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about the switch.

In addition to that my iron levels were low.  They are running some additional tests and depending on how those come back I may have to go in for weekly iron infusions until the end of the pregnancy.  I very much am hoping that I don’t have to do that.  The nurse said that the baby is likely fine but that it is drawing away enough of my iron that it is making my slightly anemic.  Why they would want to do the infusions rather than an oral iron pill is that there is an adequate amount of iron in prenatal vitamins, so it’s a question of absorption.  An infusion would be absorbed and processed better by my body, whereas an oral iron pill would be less likely to be absorbed and would most likely be flushed out as waste.  I should know by early next week whether I need the iron infusions.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t.  I really don’t want to add that to all of my mess of doctors’ appointments.  I have enough as it is!

But as we have done in the past, we’ll deal with whatever comes our way.

Thoughts on the big-sister-to-be:  E continues to amazing me with the things she comes up with regarding the new baby.  She knows she is going to be a big sister and says she is excited about it.  She interacts with my belly often – she talks to the baby and will kiss and hug my belly.  She still loves getting out the doppler and listening to the baby’s heartbeat.  The other day I was having a Braxton-Hicks contraction and E asked me, “What you belly doing?” when she saw me rubbing my belly.  I said, “Contracting… squeezing down.”  She laid her head against my belly and whispered, “Baby, stop squeezing.”  She also felt the baby move for the first time about two weeks ago.  She was laying with her head against my belly and the baby pushed right against the side of her face.  She sat up and looked at me like, “What the heck was that?!”  I told her it was the baby and she seemed quite amazed.  I’m not sure she believed me!

Baby is the size of a:  cantaloupe.

A Chance of Sprinkles

This past Sunday my mom group friends surprised me (and another mom who is expecting) with a “sprinkle” for Baby #2!  (A sprinkle is like a mini baby shower.  Get it?  Baby shower but smaller, so… sprinkle!)


Wasn’t that so sweet of them?  We also spoiled another mama whose baby was born before her sprinkle could be held, so it was just a big celebration during our little Mom’s Lunch Out!  It was lovely and I am so grateful to have such an awesome group of mommy friends!

You know, it’s funny… I call them my mom group friends still because I met them all at the new mommy group I attended right after E was born but we as we’ve really gotten to know each other and watched all our kiddos grow, we’ve become so much closer.  Honestly, now we’re all good friends – not just mom group friends!  So thankful to have these ladies in my life!  (If you’re a first-time mom or new to an area, I cannot recommend seeking out a mommy group enough.  It can be a life, and sanity, saver!)

But, of course, I forgot to get a picture of all of us at our lunch…  Ooops!  Just pretend there is a table full of ladies enjoying Mexican food and some baby-free time together here!

The ladies spoiled baby (and mama!) with some wonderful things that I know we’ll get a lot of use out of.  Another friend sent us a gift just a few days ago as well.  We have such generous friends and this baby is already so well loved!  We are blessed.


I will be the 5th of our group to welcome a second baby to their family – at least by the time baby is born I will be!  Since last December three of my friends have had their second, another is due this month, I’m due next month, and yet another is due in January.  It must just be that phase of life, eh?  It was so nice that all of our first babies were so close in age and now our second babies are going to be pretty close as well!

Thanks again ladies!


If you have more than one child, did you have a second shower or a sprinkle for baby #2 (or 3 or 4)?

33 Week Bump Date

7 weeks to go!


What’s happening with baby:  Baby’s skeleton is hardening, though the bones in its skull aren’t fused together (and won’t fuse together until early adulthood) which makes it easier for baby to handle the birthing process.  Also, baby’s digestive enzymes are now active and if baby were born it would be able to process food.  Baby continues to be very active, though the movements have become more controlled and slow.  Or at least they feel that way!

What’s happening with mama:  I feel a little bit like a song stuck on repeat but physically I am still feeling really good.  The belly is getting more and more in the way of everyday activities but I guess that’s to be expected!  I have no real aches or pains and my sciatic nerve hasn’t truly bothered me in weeks.  I’ve also not had any issues with swelling or other uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms.  I am still rather tired a lot of the time but I think that has to do with the stress of E being sick last week (as well as E not sleeping well) more so than pregnancy currently.  Though baby is growing a lot right now, so I am sure that plays a part!  That being said, I have noticed that I do have to work a little harder to get comfortable.  If I lay on one side for very long, it starts to really ache.  I spoke with the midwife about it at my appointment this week and she said that it’s likely due to the weight of my belly pulling on those muscles and recommended putting a pillow under my belly, which seems so funny to do but it does seem to help!  Since I have been doing that I have found it easier to get comfortable and I think I have been sleeping a bit better.

This past weekend I finally went through our baby clothes in storage and pulled out all the gender neutral newborn and 0-3 month clothing.  I got it all laundered (and even used a homemade stain remover to get out some old spit up stains!) along with a bunch of receiving blankets, burp cloths, and the rest of our newborn cloth diapers.  I think everything that needs to be washed is washed now!  It was so sweet to go through all of E’s old clothing.  It brought back a lot of memories and I feel like doing that, more than anything else, really got me excited to bring this new baby home.  I can’t wait to use all our favorite little onesies and such again.  Hopefully we’ll get our built-in armoire finished in the bedroom this weekend and we can start getting the little mini nursery set up.  Once we get that done, we’ll pretty much be all set to bring baby home!


Just yesterday I was notified that I won a photo session from a local photographer, so I am going to take the opportunity to have some family photos done before baby arrives.  I’d really like some nice shots of just E but I also would like some celebrating this pregnancy and our final weeks as a family of three.  I’m excited!

Recent appointments:  This week I had an appointment with the midwife as well as another ultrasound with maternal fetal medicine.  Both appointments went great!  Baby looks and sounds great and everything is going well with mama, too.  At the ultrasound baby was measuring about 5 days ahead (down from a week ahead) and they are guessing it is around 4 pounds.  Baby was not cooperative for getting any good photos but was very active on screen again, which was fun to see.  Not much else to report!  We go back to the midwife in 2 weeks and in for another ultrasound in 3 weeks.

Weight gained:  18 pounds.  According to the scale at the midwives’ office I have actually lost weight since my previous appointment.  They weren’t concerned.  The midwife we met with said that I am on target for a totally normal and appropriate weight gain.

Baby is the size of a:  pineapple.


For the last week E and I have been quarantined at home due to a fever she developed last Monday.  It’s been kind of crazy.  At times when i would check her temperature it would be perfectly normal but at least once a day her temperature would jump up.  Frustrating!

Last Monday, at noon, her temp was 102.3.  I called the nurse advice line at her doctor’s office and was advised to give her Tylenol and Advil, not to worry if she didn’t want to eat but make sure she was getting a lot of fluids, and to call back on Friday if the fever persisted that long.  By evening her temp was down to 100.3.  The rest of the week followed this pattern (until Friday) – her temp would be normal in the morning and all day until after nap, at which point it would jump up.  Tuesday it jumped back up to 102.1 after nap. Wednesday it was 99.9 and Thursday it was 100.2.  She did not have any other symptoms really all week.  She was sleeping rather poorly and was crabbier than usual but she wasn’t coughing or sneezing or acting sick at all.  Thursday morning she did have a slight runny nose and then that evening… well, she started acting like she actually felt ill and then she vomited.  All over me and the dog.  And that’s how I ended up showering with a toddler and a dog Thursday evening…

Friday morning her temp was 100.9, so we called the nurse line again and they asked that we come in to see the doctor.  The doctor declared her lungs clear and said her ears looked fine.  (Though she did find a lady bug in one of her ears.  What?!  How crazy is that?  They ended up flushing it out with water.)  She thought E’s throat might be looking a little pink, so she ordered a strep test just in case.  The strep test came back negative.  The doctor said she figured it was something viral and that the fever would go away over the weekend but if it didn’t she would want E to come back in and they would likely have to do chest x-rays and drawn blood to try to determine what was causing the fever.

I was very nervous about that when, come Sunday evening, E was feeling warm again.  We took her temp and it was 101.  Ugh!  I started to get very anxious but come Monday morning, her temperature was normal and it remained normal all day!  I am so glad (and relieved) that we didn’t have to go back to the doctor’s.

Since you’re technically considered contagious until you haven’t had a fever for 24 hours, yesterday was our first day off of self-imposed house arrest and it was full of doctors’ appointments for Papa Bear and I.  Right back into the thick of it!  I was looking forward to getting out of the house and visiting with friends today but then realized I had locked my keys in the car.  D’oh!  So we’re stuck at home again for a different reason.  I am so ready to get back to the gym and seeing our friends!  I’m sure E is too!

32 Week Bump Date

8 weeks to go!


What’s happening with baby:  Baby is gaining about half a pound a week.  Baby will actually gain 1/3-1/2 of its birth weight over the next seven weeks.  Baby is starting to lose the soft hair that has been covering its body and is growing real hair.  Its hair and skin will be soft and smooth when it is born.  Baby continues to be very active and holds nightly dance parties in my uterus.  S/he is very active between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. (not straight but in fits and spurts) but tends to be the most active as I’m trying to fall asleep, of course.

What’s happening with mama:  Every time I add something to our little Target registry, my heart jumps in my chest a bit because there is a countdown to baby’s due date right at the top of the page.  54 days!  Yikes!  So soon!  And we’re totally not prepared.  But… on the bright side… I think we can get prepared pretty quickly once we’re ready to do that.  (Our bedroom/mini nursery project is coming along rather slowly but I think we’re at a point where it’s going to start picking up speed, which is exciting.)  That said, I’ve actually been getting a lot done.  Call it nesting or what have you but the house is in pretty good shape otherwise and I am getting all of our rooms as organized as possible.  It really makes keeping things clean and tidy much easier when everything has a place to go.  I’ve discovered it’s kind of a must for me because I’m not the world best housekeeper.  I’ve been making headway in that regard.  This week, in addition to continuing to work on the bedroom, I’ve sorted and organized to donate or store a huge pile of E’s outgrown clothing.  It feels great to have that taken care of!  I unearthed all our our receiving blankets, sleep sacks, burp cloths and some preemie size prefold diapers while doing that.  Now I just need to haul out the newborn tub and retrieve all our neutral newborn and 0-3 month clothing.

Physically I have been feeling really good but I’m definitely becoming more aware of the extra weight I am carrying around.  Rolling over and getting up is not quite as easy as it used to be!Certain yoga poses are getting impossible simply because the belly is way too much in the way. I’ve also been having more difficulty sleeping.  I’m having trouble falling asleep and then I get fidgety and can’t seem to get comfortable.  I also tend to wake up a lot for no reason that I can tell, which is kind of funny because usually at this stage pregnant women are waking up to use the bathroom multiple times a night but not me.

What else?  Still no stretch marks; I hate maternity pants; my belly button has gotten shallower, bras with underwire are the worst; no linea negra; and my skin is still nice and clear.

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Baby Hunch:  Papa Bear and I started a little baby guessing game/baby poll/baby pool over on babyhunch.com!  Check out our page and you can guess what the baby will weigh, when it will arrive and much more!

Weight gained:  19 pounds.

Baby is the size of a:  large jicama (which is apparently about 3 3/4 lb. and almost 17 inches long).

31 Week Bump Date

We’re in the single digit countdown!  9 weeks left!


What’s happening with baby:  Baby can turn its head from side to side and should be very active.  It continues to gain weight and fat is filling in under its skin.  Its arms and legs should be plumping out.  Calcium from my diet is crossing through the placenta and helping to harden baby’s bones.  Baby’s fingernails now reach to the tips of its fingers.

What’s happening with mama:  Mama is feeling pretty good!  I’ve not had any real sciatic nerve pain for a few weeks and I think I’m not as tired this week as I was last week.  I’ve been making it to yoga more often but haven’t been getting in a lot of other workouts, partially due to an increased number of appointments and partially due to tiredness.  At this point I’m not stressing about it and I am just trying to stay as active as possible.  One thing I have noticed lately, especially when laying down in any position, is that I often feel as if I’m not getting quite enough oxygen.  It’s not super bothersome but it can make me feel uncomfortable.  Probably the baby/my uterus is getting big enough that my lungs are starting to get a little squashed.

I do find now that my belly is pretty big, I get uncomfortable more and more frequently.  Nothing that I can specifically point out that is causing it but rather just the general feeling of everything in my torso getting more and more squished and not being able to do things, like sit up, the way I am used to doing them.  I don’t want to seem as if I am complaining because, really, the discomfort is very minor and I feel very good overall.  Plus, my skin has been really clear the last few months of pregnancy.  Can’t hate that!

Recent appointments:  I had an appointment with the midwives this week.  Everything looks great with the baby and the midwife said that I looked great and pregnancy agrees with me, so that was nice to hear!  She gave us our labor and delivery paperwork at this appointment, which just goes over how to prepare for labor and what to expect and also includes paperwork for my birth plan and a sheet for the hospital that should answer most of their triage/admittance questions.  I was actually very much looking forward to getting and filling out the birth plan paperwork!  Makes me feel like I am doing something to prepare.  It definitely makes it feel a lot closer though!  Speaking of which…

Preparedness:  I like feeling like I’m finally getting prepared.  I’ve started washing some of the newborn clothes and even started a registry at Target, not because I expect other people to use it but so that PB and I can keep track of the things we want to get for baby.  Before E was born, we took a Childbirth and Baby Care class as well as a Breastfeeding class and went on a tour of the labor and delivery department of the hospital.  We’ve not done any classes this time around, though we’ve been tossing around the idea of going on another L&D tour just to reacclimate ourselves.  The hospital I will be delivering at also offers a Big Brother & Big Sister class, Childbirth Refresher class and Infant CPR class, which we may want to consider.  I’ve also thought about rereading The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.  Of course, I waited until the very end to do all this, so we’ll see what happens!

Baby is the size of a:  coconut.

E @ 2.5 Years

As of September 2, my sweet, stubborn, intelligent, opinionated, lovable little girl is 2.5 years old!  She’s so big now.  It’s bittersweet.  (I’ll likely say that ad nauseam every time she has a birthday or reaches some kind of milestone.)  I miss her little baby self (though we’ll be going through the itty bitty baby phase again soon with the new one!) but this age is so fun and delightful.


At 2.5, E loves: bubbles, her baby dolls, books, climbing, her sparkly shoes, dresses and skirts (especially very frilly ones), yogurt, her grandparents, fruit snacks, helping mommy and daddy with everything, our pets (though she isn’t always as gentle as she needs to be), macaroni and cheese, jewelry, kisses and hugs, playing with her friends and watching the ladies make pretzels at the Amish market, among other things!


E’s communication skills are incredible.  She talks in full sentences almost all of the time and her speech is (for the most part) very clear and understandable.  Watching as her language skills have developed has been so amazing.  From signing to small words here and there and to putting one to two words together to this language explosion.  She talks and sings all of the time now.  I love hearing her little voice.  It’s just so cute!  And the things she comes up with (both through memory and on her own) crack me up.  I can’t help but laugh at some of the things she says!  For example, we were in the car in the post office parking lot the other day waiting to pull onto a busy road.  When I finally had the chance to pull out into traffic, I hit the gas and from the backseat I hear E say, “Woah. Easy, killer.”  Too funny!  Just yesterday I asked her to leave the bathroom (as I was trying to make use of the facilities) and she said, “No, I’m freaking out!”  Haha!  What?!  She truly is a little sponge and absorbs everything she sees and hears.  You never know when she’s going to recall something and spit it back at you!  Thankfully she hasn’t picked up any truly bad words (yet) but there have been a few things that have popped out of her mouth that made me think “oh dear,” such as yelling “Shut up!” at the dogs.  Of course, things like that just mirror bad habits mama and daddy have…  Oops!


Since she turned two, we have been working on potty training with E.  We’ve had the most success in the last two months and E now wears underpants full-time when we are at home (excepting, of course, for nap and bedtime).  She’s very good about using the potty and often doesn’t need to be reminded.  Having a reward system in place really helped us get potty training established.  When she successfully uses the potty she gets a very small piece of chocolate and gets to put a sticker on her potty chart.  I’m currently in the process of phasing out these rewards but continue to praise her and tell her how proud we are of her every time she uses the potty.  I usually still put her in a diaper when we leave the house but I know I am going to need to bite the bullet and put her in underpants outside of the house soon.  I know that’s going to mean more accidents (she’s only had a few accidents at home, perhaps about five) but that’s all just part of the learning process.  We have had one diaper-free trip out of the house (to visit one of her friends) and that actually went really well, so it’s probably time to take that next step!

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She says she’s excited about becoming a big sister.  We talked to her about our baby a lot and she has come to all of my prenatal appointments.  She seems to understand (as much as any 2.5 year old can).  We are really doing our best to prepare her in order to make the baby’s arrival as easy a transition for her as possible.  She will often hug and kiss my belly and say that she is hugging and kissing the baby.  She declares that the baby is happy after she kisses it.  It’s actually very sweet.  I’ve started talking to her about what’s going to happen when I go to the hospital to have the baby in hopes of preparing her for that.  I know it could be a tricky and confusing time for her.  I think she is going to be a great big sister.


That’s not to say that she can’t be trying at times.  She certainly can be.  She’s at a point where she likes to tell me no and blatantly ignores any instructions that we have given her.  It can be frustrating, to say the least!  But we deal with those incidents as they come along and are trying to teach her appropriate ways to show/voice her displeasure and, when necessary, she gets put in time-out.  Just like any other two-year-old out there!  I think part of the difficulty is due to the fact that E has lots of little quirks right now and can be very particular.  E is very independent and wants to do things on her own (like put on her shoes) a lot of the time, which is usually fine but sometimes tantrums happen when she can’t get her way.  She often wants things just the way she wants them and any variation just won’t do.  She definitely has her own opinions on things!  Though she can be trying and so very two at times, it’s more likely that her sweet, lovable, agreeable side is on display.  We’re very lucky in that she generally is a good little girl.


E can be very silly.  She pretends to pick bugs out of daddy’s beard and then eats them.  She plays pretend a lot these days.  It’s so fun to see her imagination at work!.  It’s fantastic to see that as she is learning things like the alphabet (she knows most of the letters by sight now), colors and numbers, her creative side is also developing.  She is also growing emotionally.  E is such a little sweetheart.  She likes to have her boo-boos kissed and will voluntarily kiss other’s boo-boos.  She says I love you often and is free with her hugs and kisses.  She has taken to saying, “Mama (or daddy), know what?  I love you!”  I love it!  Speaking of which, she has also reverted back to calling me mama much more than mommy.  I do not mind at all as it sounds so cute coming out of her little mouth.  She can call me mama as long as she likes!

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Happy 2.5 years, E!

30 Week Bump Date

10 weeks to go!  10 WEEKS!  Great googely-moogely…  Of course, baby could come a little earlier or later than that but I’m going to go with 10 weeks, otherwise I just won’t know what to do with myself!  (That’s 70 days, FYI.)

30weeksSurprised that I am already at 30 weeks?  Perhaps.

What’s happening with baby:  Baby’s eye sight is continuing to develop is still rather poor.  Even at birth babies do not have very keen eyesight and can generally only make out objects that are a few inches away.  Baby spends most of its time asleep in there.  Baby continues to be super active, which I’m still enjoying.  It’s reassuring to have such an active baby because it lets me know that baby is doing okay in there.

What’s happening with mama:  I can hardly believe that we’re so close to baby being here.  I can’t decide if 10 weeks seems like a long time or not enough time.  Maybe both!  I know that it’s likely to go by so quickly.  We’re looking forward to meeting this new little one but I am also feeling some anxiety about our family dynamic changing.  We’ve got things down as a family of three and I know eventually we’ll have things down as a family of four but I am worried about how that adjustment period will go, mainly for E’s sake.  Thankfully we have a lot of support from family and friends!  I know that’s going to be invaluable.

I’m still feeling good physically but I’ve been very tired this week.  It’s kind of funny because the midwife warned me last week that I might be feeling a little extra tired in the coming weeks because baby is doing a lot of growing right now.  I’ve taken a few naps this week, which isn’t really like me as I’m generally a terrible napper.  I usually wake up from naps feeling worse than when I laid down!  However, I must have really needed the naps because instead of waking up feeling horrible afterward, I’ve woken up feeling pretty good.  And, knock on wood, my sciatic nerve hasn’t been bothering me this week.

I still get Braxton-Hicks contractions all the time but don’t find them bothersome.  They’re not painful to me but do make me sometimes feel like I really need to pee!  I’ve not had any issues with swelling in my hands or feet and still no stretch marks.  All of that is pretty much exactly like it was when I was pregnant with E!

We did not make a lot of progress in terms of baby preparations this week but I did at least wash a few little clothing items.

Recent appointments:  We had another ultrasound with maternal fetal medicine on Tuesday.  Everything is looking good with baby.  My amniotic fluid levels are good and the blood flow to baby is still looking great.  They estimate that baby weighs about 3 pounds and it is still measuring a week.  Great news all around!  Baby was moving a lot during the ultrasound, which is so fun to see.  It had its hands in front of its face and was sucking its thumb.  We go back to MFM in three weeks and then we’re on to weekly ultrasounds after that point.

Weight gained:  18 pounds, which is four pounds ahead of where I was at this point with E.

Baby is the size of a:  large cabbage.

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