Friday, October 31, 2014

Bump Update: 32 Weeks

32 weeks - WOOP WOOP




This week feels like a turning point for me because it was this week, week 32, that my brothers wife gave birth to the beautiful Kobie Lyn about a month or so ago.  Sure, Kobie was an exception, being born a lot earlier than anyone would hope. (She's doing fabulously by the way)

To think that Rusty could enter into the world right now safely and healthily is a strange thought for me! I am SO excited and SO scared.


All of Rusty's vital development is pretty much complete. Now it's just about growing and putting on some weight. And obviously his brains, bones and lungs are doing some last minute development and preparing for the world outside my belly.


Surprisingly, it wasn't until this week that I noticed hiccuping for the first time. It is the sweetest thing to feel Rusty's little body jump with each hiccup. Overall, his movements have become a lot less jerky and more smooth. They feel like rolls, stretches and bumps.


I've had a rough time this week with feeling like my body is falling apart. I have numerous spider veins on my thighs and I noticed my first varicose vein in my knee the other day. I'm only 21!! varicose veins?! REALLY?! I guess that's what I get for being on my feet so much. I wish I could cut back on my hours at work.


Sometimes it's really hard to look at myself without clothes on because all I can see are stretch marks. Luckily, I've got no stretch marks on my stomach...for now. Im crossing my fingers that it stays that way. I do smother myself in lotion when I'm done showering just to be safe.


Also, I never knew pregnancy could do such strange things to a woman's nipples. (Sorry, I just had to say it)


To top it all off, I am exhausted. I have never felt more useless..ever. I thought I was tired before, but no. Now I'm tired. Even my four-hour shifts at work are difficult for me. 




On the bright side there's only 56 days left until my due date! I am so close to meeting my little Rusty!



What Fruit/Veggie are you? I'm a SQUASH.
Due date:  December 26, 2014.
How far along: 32 weeks!
Next appointment: November 11th at 9am. Wow, It's almost November.
Gender:  It's a boy! 
Total weight gain/loss: Gain- 25lbs. 
Exercise:  I've been working out at the gym, doing the elliptical and trying to strengthen my arms with weights. If I don't feel like going to the gym, I at least walk. 
Stretch marks: Are horrible..
Swelling: Hands and feet.
Maternity clothes: I like them. :)
Belly button: Outie
Sleep: It's hard to sleep at night, which makes for lots of naps. But then again, even if I get a somewhat satisfying nights sleep, I'm still tired all day long. 
Food cravings: Icecream. Other than that I haven't had much of an appetite. 
Symptoms: I've been especially tired this week. Shooting pains in my pelvic region. I'm also starting to get shooting pains in my legs too..and fogginess in my brain--Lots of fogginess. 
Movement: He's a wiggly boy. I love it.
Labor signs: Nope
What I miss: Being able to run and REALLY push myself at the gym.
What I'm loving: It's almost time!
What I'm looking forward to: Seeing what he looks like.
Best moment this week: Reassurance at my appointment that everything is going perfectly

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bump Update: 31 Weeks


What Fruit/Veggie are you? Baby is the size of a pineapple!! Ilovepineapple.
Due date:  December 26, 2014.
Corde and I are praying Rusty arrives after finals week but before Christmas. I'm sure it'd be too good to be true and he'll decide he wants to come on New Years Eve or something.
How far along: 31 weeeeeeks! wowow!
Next appointment: The 25th 10:45am
Gender:  Boy
Total weight gain/loss: Gain- 20ish lbs. 
Exercise:  I've been working out! Trying to tone my flubbery arms. (hehe) I honestly don't know how I've been gathering the energy.
Stretch marks: Too many... :( But they have lightened. Hallelujah.
Swelling: I am slightly swollen. My fingers for sure.
Maternity clothes: I like them. :)
Belly button: It couldn't be any more OUT.
Sleep: I wake up about every two hours. It's not a good situation.
Food cravings: Nothing specific. But halloween is making me want hot chocolate and pumpkin things.
Symptoms: anxiety, plus all of the other stuff. Also, my fingers go numb a lot. It's strange but my doctor says that It's common and normal.
Movement: Lots of movement. It's actually slightly painful at times. Baby must be strong like his dad ;)
Labor signs: Nopee.
What I miss: skinniness
What I'm loving: My baby boy and how big he's getting. I only have like 2 months left!!
What I'm looking forward to: Kissing his little nose off. Oh my goshhhh I love him so much!
Best moment this week: Got lots of hand-me-down baby clothes. 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jazzing up my Wall Space

You guys! I'm so excited to share my first attempt at being crafty. I'm also excited to blog about something other then my growing belly. Corde and I have been moved into our current home since December. THAT WAS 10 MONTHS AGO. What kind of horrible person waits 10 months to cutify their home? Uhmm, me...

[[This project was number four on my Fall to-do list. If you're interested in seeing what else I'm up to for the next few weeks you can click here]]


So it all started with an empty wall above our couch. (One of many blank spaces in our apartment)




Next, I went to the DI and bought some old wooden picture frames. They were a dollar each!
(They don't have their glass in this picture because I took it all out to clean)




Then I went to Hobby Lobby and found some spray paint. I thought it'd be fun to create a webbed look on a couple of the frames just for fun, so I bought some burgundy paint and gold webbing paint.




Then I laid out some newspaper on my neighbors lawn (shh, don't tell them) and laid my frames out as well. 



You can probably guess what happens next...
BAMM!



HERE THEY ARE!




 Here's a close up of the webbed paint. It sprayed like silly string, so that was fun.




Lastly, I arranged the frames in a pleasant way, ordered prints, andddd TA-DA!


^^Corde didn't want to move for the picture


I don't think there is a cheaper or more fool-proof DIY project out there.  The cost totaled about 20 dollars, but that's not counting the command strips I bought to put the pictures up. It'd probably be cheaper if you're using nails. I'm sure you'll already have those around your house somewhere.



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bump Update: 30 Weeks


30 WEEKS




What Fruit/Veggie are you? Baby is the size of a large cabbage
Due date:  December 26, 2014.
How far along: 30 flipping weeks.
Next appointment: In like a week and a half.
Gender:  It's a boy! Corde Russell. [A.K.A. Rusty]
Total weight gain/loss: Gain- 20lbs. 
Exercise:  Well I got a gym membership this week!
Stretch marks: Boobs, hips, thighs. It's fantastic.
Swelling: My hands, feet, and face feel puffy for sure.
Maternity clothes: I like them. :)
Belly button: It pokes out. a lot.
Sleep: I haven't been getting much. I've been sick the last few days.
Food cravings: I just want comfort foods.
Symptoms: This week I've noticed I've been having a lot of weird dreams. 
Movement: So much movement! But I can tell things are getting tight for him.
Labor signs: Nope
What I miss: skinniness
What I'm loving: My baby boy. 
What I'm looking forward to: Kissing his little nose.
Best moment this week: Had an appointment on Tuesday and everything looked great! I love hearing his little heart beat. 




Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bump Update: 29 Weeks

29 Weeks Pregnant:

[[And on the verge of a mental breakdown]]

!!!!! CAUTION !!!!! 
Today I am using this post to vent, so brace yourself for complaints.

The truth is that I just want Rusty in my arms now. I'm feeling pretty impatient, exhausted and, well...fat. And lets not forget about how I'm an emotional wreck. and when I say emotional wreck, I mean EMOTIONAL WRECK. If I don't want to cry, I want to punch someone in the face. This just isn't normal for me.

To my coworkers: I love you and don't take it personally when I avoid you.
To my customers: Flipping be nice to me. Please.
To everyone else: Just like all of you, I'm honestly doing the best I can.

What Fruit are you? Acorn squash.
He's 15.2 to 16.7 inches long and weighs 2.5 to 3.8 lbs!
Due date:  December 26, 2014.
How far along: 29 weeks.
Next appointment: October 14 at 9:45.
Gender:  It's a boy! Corde Russell. [A.K.A. Rusty]
Total weight gain/loss: Gain- 20lbs. 
Exercise:  My legs hurt and I have no energy, so what do you think?
Stretch marks: Boobs, hips, thighs. It's fantastic.
Swelling: My hands, feet, and face feel puffy for sure.
Maternity clothes: Anything stretchy and loose is wonderful.
Belly button: It's an outie. :P
Sleep: ... 
Food cravings: everything!! I just want to eat everything.
Symptoms:  Back pain, cramping, hunger, and every other symptom possible. I want to cry all of the time. (It's embarrassing) This week I started getting really weird cramps in my leg and sharp pains in my belly if I move too quickly. It hurts to bend over to tie my shoes or do basically any other activity. 
Movement: So much movement. Rusty loves to use my bladder as a punching bag.
Labor signs: Nope
What I miss: Comfort. Being able to wear my wedding ring and not come across as a knocked up high schooler. Apparently I don't look my age. 
What I'm loving: My baby boy. 
What I'm looking forward to: Kissing his little nose.
Best moment this week: gfjdsgfslk. blahhh Oh wait, I got a crib mattress!




A little bit of then and now...
12 weeks vs. 29 weeks

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Bump Update: 28 Weeks

28 WEEKS PREGNANT

I don't have anything interesting to say this week. I decided I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to discomfort though. I feel a lot of cramping and sometimes It feels like if I cough my baby is going to fall out or something. (hehe) I'm reeallllyy ready to not be pregnant anymore... But I have THREE MORE MONTHS. like I said, I'm a wimp...

What Fruit are you? A really freaking big one. 
Due date:  December 26, 2014.
How far along: 28 weeks.
Next appointment: October 14 at 9:45.
Gender:  It's a boy!
Total weight gain/loss: Gain- 20lbs. AHh!
Exercise:  I try.
Stretch marks: Boobs and hips.
Swelling: My hands, feet, and face feel puffy for sure.
Maternity clothes: are basically all I can wear...
Belly button: It's an outie. :P It's weird looking.
Sleep: I just want to sleep all day long. 
Food cravings: everything!!
Symptoms:  Back pain, cramping, hunger, and every other symptom possible.
Movement: So much movement.
Labor signs: Nope
What I miss: I have moments when I want my flat tummy back, running.
What I'm loving:  I'm in my 3rd trimester!! wahoo!
What I'm looking forward to: Kissing his little nose.
Best moment this week: Seeing that I only have like... 84 days left before I meet my baby.