Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 39 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 39 – October 17, 2015

Oh what can I say? We are here. Full term. Cooked. Photoshoots are done and hardwood floors are in. So that means I’d be ok with you being born anytime now. Although I do still have some work to do to finish editing many of those photo sessions…that can be done even with a newborn at home. I’m logging hours everyday working as hard as I can to complete the work I need to get done, just in case you do come soon.

At my appointment on Thursday, I was dilated 2 cm and she said the baby feels SUPER low. I concur with that. In the past day I’ve dropped even more….I really think things are pointing in the right direction. My belly measured 38 cm, up from the previous week’s 36, so there must’ve been some more growth.

Will this be my last update before baby is born? Guess we will see!

Here’s a bare belly shot taken today at 39 weeks, 1 day…see how low this baby is?!

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My age: 29

How far along: 39 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a jackfruit (19-21 inches and 7.2 pounds)

Gender: Girl

Events of this week: Photography sessions, editing, play date, walking outside, enjoying the changing fall colors, life group, church, MOPS, park.

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, feeling super low, it feels like the baby is going to fall out of me, the need to pee all of the time, but then there’s nothing, super achy when I first get up from sitting or lying down. Big belly. Like big.

Exercise/Activity: 4 days, though I’m counting walking:) I haven’t been running for fear that the baby will literally fall out of me, but I think now that I’m 39 weeks I’ll give it a go again. I’m in no big rush to give birth, but I’d be fine from anything here on out.

Sleep: Sometimes great, sometimes horrible. Insomnia hits badly at times. Like the night last week when I couldn’t fall asleep until 5:30 a.m. That was rough when I woke up 2.5 hours later and wanted to die!

Maternity clothes:  Yes. Many shirts don’t cover my belly fully at this stage.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: Out.

Food cravings: Swiss cheese, yogurt, sweets

Food aversions: Nothing.

Movement: Lots.

Best Moment of the Week: Finishing the hardwood floors! What a relief to have that huge project done before the baby is born. Also, we really enjoyed our family day last weekend on Winter’s birthday. We went to breakfast, spent the day at the zoo and then went to church. It was a REALLY nice day where we enjoyed spending time together as just the 3 of us.

Worst Moment of the Week: My bad insomnia night.

What I’m looking forward to: Finishing up all of my remaining photo editing so that I can be ready for a baby to be born.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: A smooth and safe delivery. I am really wanting to have a drug free natural birth, so I pray that I have the strength and tools to accomplish this when the time comes! I’m a little nervous, yet excited too!

What I miss: Not being so tired.

Next appointment: Friday, October 23, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. (my due date!)

Bump comparison:

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Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 37 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 37 – October 3, 2015

News flash! I finished reading my Hypnobirthing book! I finished prenatal classes (a series of 4 classes)! Making some headway on my “prep work.” Go me. I’m getting my head in the game. Birth has been something I’ve been thinking about and talking about a lot lately. Here’s what’s really left on my to do list before she comes:

-Pre-register and complete hospital tour

-Organize baby clothes & finish nursery

-Create a baby pool and invite people to guess baby’s stats

-Finish installing hardwood floors & deep clean everything afterward (SO DUSTY!)

-Get through my scheduled photoshoots & photo editing

-Clean my car

-Pack a hospital bag

-Make a belly cast again (???)…maybe

With only 19 days left until my due date, I think I can manage to get all of this accomplished. So long as I have the full 19 days, that is:) I really think she’s going to come right at 40 weeks, but there’s a little intuition in the back of my mind that keeps wondering otherwise. It’d be totally fine if she does, but we’d just have to make a few adjustments. I’d really like Winter to have her birthday (October 10th) be first and baby girl’s birthday to follow. I’m sure that’ll happen.

At my prenatal appointment I had a cervical check and found out that I’m thinning out and have dilated 1 cm. I think I was starting to dilate around this time last pregnancy too. So not too much to worry about there.

The hardwood floors are coming along great. Where things stand right now, we have 40 out of 48 boxes of hardwoods installed! Nearly there. Just need to finish the hallway and bathroom. And of course trimwork.

I got a prenatal massage which was amazing! It was part of a girls’ weekend for my friend Ashley’s 30th birthday. It was a fun time and it felt good to get away for a night and day to relax and do something unrelated to photos or floors. 🙂

My age: 29

How far along: 37 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a winter melon (19-20 inches and 6.5 pounds)

Gender: Girl

Events of this week: Photography, birth class, breastfeeding class, babysitting, lots of work on hardwood floors, sewing project, girls’ weekend overnight to celebrate a friend’s 30th birthday. Got a prenatal massage.

Symptoms: Heartburn, some insomnia, crazy dreams, Braxton Hicks, lots of movement, feeling like I’m lugging around a mass ton of bricks.

Exercise/Activity: Only twice this week. Let’s just say the hardwood floors and photo editing has taken over every moment of my life. Shooting for at least 3-5 days this upcoming week. Running is getting to be more challenging. It feels like the baby might just pop out when I run….uh….

Sleep: Depending on the night it can be great or terrible.

Maternity clothes:  Yes. Things are getting tighter though since my belly is massive at this point!

Stretch marks: No. Midwife complimented my skin.

Belly Button: Out.

Food cravings: Swiss cheese, yogurt, fruit snacks.

Food aversions: Nothing. Though I’ve been getting a lot more heartburn which isn’t fun.

Movement: Very active.

Best Moment of the Week: Spending the night in a fancy hotel in downtown Denver with my friend to celebrate her 30th birthday! We had afternoon tea at the Brown Palace Hotel, went out to dinner in Larimer Square, woke up to breakfast in bed and then spent the day in the spa where we each got massages.

Worst Moment of the Week: Nothing in particular.

What I’m looking forward to: Getting through all of the photoshoots and editing I need to get done in the next week or two. Also looking forward to Winter’s 2nd birthday next weekend!

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying for a healthy girl. I want her to come when she wants to, but I also want to feel prepared and ready if possible!

What I miss: A laid back life! Ha!

Next appointment: Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

Comparison Shot:

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Baby #2:

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Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 33 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 33 – September 6, 2015

Happy Labor Day Weekend! We have Eric’s parents in town the past several days visiting us. It has been fun to watch them with Winter. She really enjoys her grandparents.

My life is suddenly very busy with photography. For years I’ve loved photography, but it’s only been recently that I decided to finally make a jump and start taking pictures and make it a thing. I have a 50 mm lens on my Nikon dSLR camera that I am IN LOVE WITH….I have been doing a lot of photoshoots recently, but I counted last night and I have NINETEEN more shoots between now and when I’m due. NINETEEN!! Whoa! I am busy these next few weeks. Plus, I’d like to squeeze a time in to get my own maternity photos taken in there too. Hoping to do that soon. I love photography because it’s such an art and I like capturing memories for families. I especially am enjoying newborn photography as it’s so precious to capture pictures of these tiny little infants. I have 4 newborn shoots lined up in the next few weeks…just waiting on each of them to be born! I’m loving all of these photoshoots…but man am I busy all of the sudden!

Thankfully I have been getting better sleep this week. Yay. Very grateful for this change because I was feeling pretty ragged on the days I wasn’t getting very good sleep. Hopefully this trend continues of better sleep.

Next week we start our birth classes at the hospital. We have 4 sessions over the course of 4 weeks. Two are childbirth classes, one is a baby care class and one is a breastfeeding class. Though I’ve been through all of this before, I feel that it would be good to freshen up on all of these subjects.

Here’s a look at my belly growth in the past 5 weeks:

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My age: 29

How far along: 33 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a durian (17.5 inches and 4.5 pounds)

Gender: Girl

Events of this week: Had a girls’ night, did a photoshoot, went to the chiropractor, spent time with the in-laws, went up to the mountains for a BBQ with family, went to Tiny Town, had the first MOPS meeting of the new year.

Symptoms: Feeling really great still. Having a bit more fatigue and the need to take naps during the afternoon. My insomnia and sleep issues seem to have cleared up this week, thankfully. I’m seeing the chiropractor weekly which is keeping my aches and pains at bay. Having occasional heartburn. My belly aches after a while if I don’t have good back support.

Exercise/Activity: Only 3 days this week because of the holiday weekend and having guests in town.

Sleep: Good! Back to solid sleeping.

Maternity clothes:  Yes.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: Out.

Food cravings: Still not able to eat a lot at once. I run out of room.

Food aversions: Eating a full meal.

Movement: Busy, busy baby in there.

Best Moment of the Week: Watching Winter have such a fun time with Eric’s parents (Papa and Nana). She loves them.

Worst Moment of the Week: None.

What I’m looking forward to: My baby sprinkle next weekend! My good friend Ashley is throwing it and I’m looking forward to celebrating with my friends.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Nothing.

What I miss: Being able to move around more easily.

Next appointment: Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4:00 p.m.

Comparison Shot:

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33 Week Bump:

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Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 32 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 32 – August 28, 2015

I knew my heavenly sleep would be ending soon. And now here we are….having sleepless nights. In fact, I am writing this in the 3:00 a.m. hour because I awoke and couldn’t fall back asleep. So why not be productive instead of get angry as I lie awake in the middle of the night? The past few nights I have really started to experience some real sleep troubles. Such is the life of a pregnant woman. I am 8 months pregnant now….so from here on out, things just get a little less than glamorous.

This sweet “little” baby is topping the charts at 4 pounds now, though I’d have thought she was weighing in around, say 100 pounds. It feels like I have a concrete block strapped to the front of my body that I cannot remove. She feels SO HEAVY! Thankfully I STILL have maintained a 23 pound weight gain…that’s zero weight gain in 4-5 weeks, yay! Funny how my body tends to gain in the 2nd trimester but not in the 3rd. But this baby SURE IS GAINING! My back is starting to ache. Thank God I see the chiropractor for weekly appointments…what a life saver. I feel very ready for an adjustment today, but I don’t have my appointment until Tuesday. Maybe I’ll call to get in on Monday.

On Thursday my parents flew to California to visit my brother, and on their way out, they scheduled a layover in Denver. They did this on purpose as it was a good opportunity to spend a few hours with Winter and I. It was so nice to see my mom and dad. The last time I saw them was in January, seven months ago. You can imagine just how different Winter is since January! It was fun to see them. They already have a trip booked to stay with us for a week at the end of October once the baby is born, so thankfully we will be reunited again in less than two months.

Since I’m seeing the midwives for prenatal visits every two weeks, I had another appointment this week. Her heartbeat was 140 and my belly measurement was 31 cm. The midwife suggested I get around to scheduling a hospital tour as well as pre-registering at the hospital. How is it already time to be discussing these things?? My due date sure is going to sneak up on me! At the hospital where I’ll deliver, they have several rooms with large tubs, so she said when I am in labor, she’ll make sure that we request one of those rooms. Since my goal is a drug-free natural birth, I’d LOVE to spend as much time in the tub as possible…so grateful this hospital has that option, as my previous hospital did not. It’s slightly intimidating that birth is approximately eight weeks or less away…. uh…

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My age: 29

How far along: 32 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a jicama (17 inches and 4 pounds)…i.e. “concrete block”

Gender: Girl

Events of this week: Met up to walk with friends, went hiking, did some home improvement projects, had a girls’ nails and movie night, went to church, went to the park, went to a play date, spent several hours with my parents at the airport on their layover, had life group, met for coffee with my mentor mom, did another newborn photoshoot.

Symptoms: Feel good…but having some back pain, stiffness, heartburn and insomnia.

Exercise/Activity: 5 days! Feeling great and keeping up with running and weight lifting.

Sleep: Not good.

Maternity clothes:  Yes.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: Out.

Food cravings: I can’t eat much anymore. When I eat a full meal, I feel like my lungs get too crowded and I can’t breathe. I’m snacking frequently and eating few meals.

Food aversions: Eating a full meal.

Movement: I was telling Eric the other day that we are in TROUBLE with this daughter. She is so much more active than Winter ever was in utero. I think we might have a kid who bounces off the wall with endless energy. Oh my! Her movements and kicks are constant…and often sharp. She gets the hiccups a often too.

Best Moment of the Week: Seeing my mom and dad.

Worst Moment of the Week: Getting a call from Eric right after I left for an appointment that Winter got a bee sting. I could hear her wailing and my heart just ached for her. I hated that I wasn’t there when my daughter was in pain. Thankfully she doesn’t appear to be allergic to bees like her daddy…but she was pretty traumatized by her first sting.

What I’m looking forward to: Eric’s parents are coming into town for labor day weekend. Looking forward to spending time with them and seeing them interact with Winter. They haven’t seen her since March. Also, I am looking forward to the first day of MOPS on Thursday! I am a table leader again this year…looking forward to meeting my new group of girls.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: My insomnia. Lord, help me!!

What I miss: Being comfortable in bed as well as sleeping soundly.

Next appointment: Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4:00 p.m.

Belly comparison with Winter vs. baby #2:

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32 Weeks Pregnant:

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Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 30 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 30 – August 15, 2015

I’m a few days late in getting around to writing this, so we have only 67 days left until our due date! 30 weeks marks 3/4th or 75% completion, which boggles my mind. How does it go so much faster the second time around? It seemed as though the weeks dragged on slowly in my first pregnancy. But with baby #2, it feels pretty crazy that we are already in the 30’s!

I had my 30 week prenatal checkup and baby’s heartbeat was 143 bpm. My belly measured 30 cm and baby is still head down. I got my whooping cough vaccine, so my arm is sore. Grateful for a very “textbook” and easy pregnancy. I’m seeing the midwives every two weeks at this point, so it feels like I’m at the office a lot! Thankfully they have a location that’s less than a mile from my house — talk about convenient. The hospital where I’ll deliver is literally walking distance from home, so I could very easily walk there when I’m in labor. Ha!

It seems like everyone is pregnant this year. In one of my mom’s groups, some of the ladies decided to throw a baby sprinkle for those of us due this fall with our second babies. They did such a nice job of throwing a party and making us all feel special. There were 9 of us being celebrated, due mainly in September, October and November. I speak for the other expectant moms too, that we feel so blessed and honored by the sweet women who put together such a nice party for us. The bar has been set high for a baby sprinkle to celebrate the next round of expecting moms due in 2016! It was fun to get some group bump pics.

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My age: 29

How far along: 30 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a cabbage (16 inches and 3.2 pounds)

Gender: Girl

Events of this week: Nannied all week, took photos, spent many hours photo editing, went to a horse farm, went to an alpaca farm, went to the park, went to a concert in the park, celebrated at Eric’s friend’s birthday party, went to the zoo, went to the chiropractor, had a prenatal appointment, celebrated at a baby sprinkle, went to a few kids’ birthday parties, went to FAM night at church, and did a DIY home project. Whew…busy week!

Symptoms: Heartburn (unexplained….even when I’ve eaten NOTHING!), occasional uncomfortableness, emotional, growing belly, tired, need naps.

Exercise/Activity: Oh man, my week was so hectic and busy that I really skimped in the exercise department. I only got one good solid workout session in this week. I think I just overloaded my plate and was too tired to get in formal exercise. On an up note, we did buy a weight bench and more free weights to add to my home gym collection. I’m excited about that! Now I have a treadmill, stability ball, jump rope, bench, and free weight dumbbells (20’s, two sets 15’s, two sets 10’s, 5’s and Winter’s 1 lb pink weights). I didn’t have 20’s before, so I’m grateful to start using those for some of my weight training where 15’s seemed to light (like chest presses and dead lifts).

Sleep: Sleeping great. Waking up early in the morning for the past two weeks due to nannying has me nodding off much earlier at night.

Maternity clothes:  Yes.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: Out.

Food cravings: Nothing in particular this week.

Food aversions: None.

Movement: Her movements are getting even sharper! If that’s possible. It felt like I could feel a foot dragging across my belly the other day (from the outside). That’s always a weird sensation. It was confirmed at my prenatal appointment that baby’s still head down, which explains all of the kicking up high in my ribs and diaphragm.

Best Moment of the Week: Spending a good Sunday with my family yesterday as well as seeing my best friend who is visiting from Texas.

Worst Moment of the Week: None.

What I’m looking forward to: Spending some more time with my best friend who is in town this week.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: My emotions…sometimes I get so wrapped up in a moment and that’s hard for me because I am not typically very emotional.

What I miss: Nothing.

Next appointment: Thursday, August 27 in the afternoon (I forget).

Comparison:

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Baby #2 30 Week Pic:

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Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 29 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 29 – August 9, 2015

The baby is nearly 3 pounds, the size of a butternut squash. She kicks and moves like crazy. At my ultrasound/midwife appointment last week I was told that she’s already in head down position. That’s great! But she still can move out of it pretty easily. I do feel most of her kicks in my ribs and upper part of my stomach, not much down at the bottom. At 27 weeks I first felt her hiccupping, so that’s been fun to feel those occasionally these past two weeks! I didn’t first feel hiccups with Winter’s pregnancy until nearly 31 weeks.

My life took a sudden change this week. I started a full time nanny job for a four month old baby. My life as a “mom of one” is no longer…except on the evenings and weekends, that is. It’s actually really great practice for me to care for a baby and toddler. Not only am I getting much needed practice, but Winter also is getting used to having a baby in the house. She is doing fantastic with the adjustment, and loves baby Miles! She wants to be a helper and she wants to kiss, hug and care for him. She always puts his blanket on, gives him hugs and kisses, pushes him in the swing, turns on the vibration or music on the bouncy seat, etc. When she wakes up from her nap in the afternoons, he is gone for the day and she always asks where he is! So cute!

Nannying is from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, so I’m learning to wake up much earlier than I previously did. But that, in and of itself, is good training too—since we know I won’t be getting to sleep in once my baby is born anyway! Winter typically sleeps until 9:00 a.m. so the first few hours of the day I only have Miles. I am so grateful to have our double BOB stroller that we recently purchased. Without it, I don’t know how I’d do certain things with two. It’s nice to be able to snap Miles’ carseat in the BOB and have Winter ride along too. We have been taking LONG walks most days as he tends to sleep during walks…so I just keep on walking!

From nannying, I am definitely learning that baby #2 is going to be much more flexible. With Miles, he does some of his naps on the go. Because I have a toddler who needs to be out and active, I imagine morning naps with our baby will be flexible and done in the carseat much of the time. With Winter I stayed home for naps…I just don’t see that being the case with a second child.

I’m sure I’ll have lots more to say about nannying in upcoming weeks. It’s a fun experience and I’m grateful to be able to earn a little extra money while getting practice caring for two kids. I must say…when I go out in public with my 22 month old, a 4 month old baby at 7 months pregnant, I think EVERYONE is confused by my situation! HAHA! At the library for baby story time the other morning, I mentioned to someone casually that I wasn’t Miles’ mom, and she said she had mentally done the math an figured that out. I’d be confused too….

Passed my glucose test with flying colors… Yay! Don’t have to do the 3 hour test like I did last pregnancy.

I have to stop and rave about the chiropractor really briefly. I previously worked for a chiropractor for several years prior to becoming a stay at home mom, so I know that chiropractic is great. It really helps people and I have personally witnessed so many success stories of people getting fantastic results. Honestly I never had any pain or symptoms myself, so I never was a “before and after” success story for chiropractic. But now, with this pregnancy I was experiencing terrible pubic bone pain….and let’s just say it was very painful. So bad. But after 3 weeks of chiropractic visits (once per week), I am feeling great! I still have minor discomfort from time to time, but it’s drastically improved. My chiropractor is amazed at how quickly my body responded to the adjustments. Because I feel so good, I plan to continue with weekly chiropractic visits throughout the remainder of my pregnancy.

My age: 29

How far along: 29 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a butternut squash (15.5 inches and 2.9 pounds)

Gender: Girl

Events of this week: Got adjusted to my first week of nannying, went on lots of long walks, went out one night to Denver to celebrate a good friend’s birthday, went to an outdoor music concert in the park in our neighborhood, had small group, went to a baby dedication, took pictures of two families, went out on a date night with Eric.

Symptoms: Emotional, heartburn flare ups, ribs feel like they’re running out of room.

Exercise/Activity: Lots of exercise this week. 5 days of weight training and/or running/cardio. Plus lots of long walks.

Sleep: Sleep is decent.

Maternity clothes:  Yes.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: Out.

Food cravings: Yogurt with craisins.

Food aversions: None.

Movement: Lots, especially in my ribs.

Best Moment of the Week: Watching Winter adapt to the changes of having a baby in the house. Knowing that she is going to be such an amazing big sister just warms my heart. I know she is going to love her little sister. She is obsessed with all babies, but I know her own flesh and blood will be even more special. It will be so amazing as a mom to see her grow into the role of a big sister. She proves daily with Miles that she is going to rock at it.

Worst Moment of the Week: None.

What I’m looking forward to: My BFF is coming to visit Colorado from Texas next week and I can’t wait to see her! She has 7 month old twins, and I’m sure they are so different than when I last saw them in May. Also, on Friday there are girls in my local mom’s group who are throwing a baby sprinkle for all of the expecting moms. So nice of them! It’ll be lots of fun to celebrate with a brunch and activities.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying that I do well with my new busier lifestyle with a household of two kids…

What I miss: Nothing.

Next appointment: Friday, Aug. 14 at 2:30pm

Comparison of pregnancies:

I think that my belly is evening out now. Previously I felt like my belly has been drastically bigger than my first pregnancy…but now it’s starting to level out. My midwife said that by 40 weeks I really shouldn’t be any different than my 40 week belly with baby #1. So I guess that’s starting to happen. I was told today by a friend how “tiny” I am.

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29 Week picture:

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Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 28 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 28 – August 1, 2015 – THIRD TRIMESTER!

The final stretch is upon us. It’s now the last trimester and it’s starting to get real that time is ticking until her due date.

We had our ultrasound on Friday to check a few things. The main concern was the location of my placenta, as it was less than a centimeter away from the cervix at my 20 week scan. Thankfully, it has moved over four centimeters up, so now there is no concern of a low lying placenta and we can proceed with a natural birth! So glad for good news. It was also really neat to see her on the ultrasound as she is so much bigger and more active. Her estimated weight from the scan was 2 pounds, 8 ounces. She had the hiccups and she was bouncing off the walls as we watched her. I asked the ultrasound tech if we could turn on the 3D imaging for a moment to get a glimpse of her face, and she did! It was so cool to see her features…she looks adorable! Chubby cheeks, plump lips and a pug nose. Looks very much like her sister. That made things feel a bit more real for me. Winter enjoyed seeing her baby sister on the ultrasound too.

In addition to the ultrasound, I also took my glucose test to screen for gestational diabetes. They gave me the option to drink Naked Red Machine instead of the typical orange nasty glucose drink, as they both contain 50 grams of sugar. That was amazing to drink a yummy beverage instead of that other goop! I won’t get my results in until at least Monday….fingers crossed for a passed test. I failed the 1 hour screening with Winter’s pregnancy, so I know that the 3 hour test is NO FUN. I felt very sick and shaky, plus, you are stuck at the doctor’s office for over 3 hours. I’d love to avoid taking it if possible.

Baby’s heartbeat was in the 150’s or 160’s (I forget exactly), I’m guessing because I was hopped up on sugar and so was she. My belly measured right at 28 cm, which is perfectly on track for 28 weeks. The midwife said everything looks great and from here on out we will switch to appointments every 2 weeks.

Unfortunately I had a minor cold over the past week. I’m feeling pretty good now, but it was annoying to have a cold yet again, since I just had one in June. Ugh! I guess my immune system is lowered during pregnancy.

My age: 29

How far along: 28 weeks

How big is baby: the size of an eggplant (15 inches and 2.5 pounds)

Gender: Girl

Events of this week: Spent a night in the mountains to celebrate our anniversary, rode the gondola at Breckenridge, watched the Bachelorette finale, went to the splash park, play dates with friends, had small group, went to Film on the Rocks to see Pretty Woman as a MNO, went to the pool.

Symptoms: More emotional than usual, belly feels huge, lots of kicking and growing in my ribcage.

Exercise/Activity: Unfortunately I was minimal at exercising this week due to a cold. I still got in 2 days despite trying to get better.

Sleep: Sleep is ok.

Maternity clothes:  Yes.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: Out.

Food cravings: Swiss cheese, cherries.

Food aversions: None.

Movement: Lots.

Best Moment of the Week: Seeing a healthy baby on the ultrasound. Plus sneaking a look at the 3d was cool too. Seeing her little cheeks, lips and nose was so cool.

Worst Moment of the Week: None.

What I’m looking forward to: 

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Hoping for a good result from my glucose test…I’d love to get news that I passed! I really don’t want to have to take the 3 hour test.

What I miss: Nothing.

Next appointment: Friday, Aug. 14 at 2:30pm

Bump comparison:

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28 Weeks Pregnant with Baby #2:

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Maternity Photography

Maternity photos are in! I’m so excited to share these maternity photos with you! They arrived this week, and Eric and I love them. Dueck Photography did an amazing job capturing these beautiful moments. http://www.dueckphotography.com We had these photos taken at 36 weeks. Towards the end of the photoshoot, we were battling the POURING rain! Regardless, the pictures turned out beautiful.

BUMP REPORT – 40 Weeks

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Here we are at 40 weeks.  I honestly did not think there would STILL be a baby in my belly at this time.  With the way I have been feeling for the past few weeks, I was dead-on sure that our baby was fully cooked and ready to make her appearance before her due date.  With the amount of super frequent/strong Braxton Hicks contractions and other “labor signs” I have been experiencing, I was just SURE this baby was coming a few times within the past week.  Guess I was wrong.  Now technically the “official” due date is Tuesday (when calculating it originally, some charts put me to Oct 7th and some put me to Oct 8th).  I have always been in the habit of writing weekly blog updates on Mondays…so I guess there is still a chance she could be born on time.  At around 37 and 38 weeks I was freaking out because I didn’t feel mentally “ready” for baby girl’s birth yet.  Then there was a 180.  When I hit 39 weeks, I all the sudden was “READY!”  This past week has been an emotional battle of ups and downs as I kept thinking that “this is it” or “tomorrow is definitely the day!”  Talk about feeling frustrated.  I know she will be here any day, but I am mentally SO OVER IT!  I just want her here.  So does Daddy.  If there is a 41 week blog update — I will be beyond annoyed, HAHA!  Please pray that this baby comes.

Here is a month-by-month recap of Baby Lute’s bump progress….

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…And a look at some of my pictures that include the size-comparisons…

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….and here are all of the pregnancy weeks below!  Started with a plum and ended with a pumpkin!

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My age: 27

How far along: 40 weeks

How big is baby: the size of gallon of milk.  She is approximately 19-22 inches long and weighs 7.5-8 pounds.

What have you been up to: This week had much less on the calendar than the previous week, which was MUCH NEEDED.  It allowed me down time to relax and take it a bit easier.  I had a chance to get together with three different girlfriends all on separate days.  I also had the opportunity to re-read labor & delivery chapters in several of my pregnancy books.  Eric and I went on our weekly date this weekend, we tried a new restaurant called the Hurricane Grill.  It is a beachy/surfer theme place — so much fun.  It was delicious food too!  I got grilled chicken sliders with a HOT sauce called “the boss” (and no, the spicy food didn’t induce labor).  Also this week we made a belly cast (I’ll talk more about that in a minute).

At my O.B. appointment last Wednesday, the doctor was pleasantly surprised that things really seem to be progressing nicely.  When she did my cervical exam, she estimated I was 70% effaced and a good 2 cm dilated already!  She really seemed to think that labor could coming be any day….so that started getting my hopes up.  Ever since Wednesday I have been on this emotional rollercoaster thinking that the baby is finally coming!  On Thursday, I was just SURE it was the day.  And then Friday, same thing.  And NO–she hasn’t come yet.  I have been experiencing non-stop Braxton Hicks (some are very regular and even painful), but then they always end up stopping and never resulting in real labor.  And I am so exhausted of well-intentioned friends/people texting me asking for updates or to see if I am in labor yet.  Those text messages make me feel frustrated, because there is literally zero I can do to control this situation.  Yes, I want to be in labor, but no, I am not.  Stop asking.  I know people care and are excited, but it makes me feel defeated.  I finally started responding with “there is currently nothing to update on, and I will keep you posted when that changes.”  So if you happen to be someone who I have told that to, please take no offense, I am just really emotional and frustrated with my body.

Now, with all that emotional negativity out there, let’s focus on some fun!  Let’s talk about making a belly cast!  Over the weekend, instead of focusing my energy on the fact that I STILL wasn’t in labor yet, we decided to make a memento of this pregnant belly.

BELLY CAST.  I’ve seen people make molds of their pregnant bellies before and thought it was kind of a neat keepsake to have.  I was not sure I would end up doing something like that or not.  Well, I decided to do it — on the cheap was the only way!  I did not feel it necessary to buy one of those expensive kits, so if I could find an easy and cheap way to do it, I was all in.  And I did!  All I needed was a product I found at Michaels.  It is a “plaster wrap” or it can also be called “rigid wrap”…. it’s basically gauze that you dip in water and it hardens.  I spent less than $10 on this project and it turned out great.  Here is the tutorial I found to make mine: http://entergentlyblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/make-your-own-pregnant-belly-cast.html

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STEP 1: Cut a lot of strips of the gauze and lay them out.  I used 2 rolls.  Get out a shallow pan with warm water in it to dip the strips.

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STEP 2: Protect your skin with olive oil.  It felt really yucky to wipe cooking oil all over my skin, but it was worth it to protect my skin.  I also put plastic wrap over my pants since it was a messy project.  It also didn’t hurt to cover the table and floor too.

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STEP 3: Work quickly because these set up fast.  Have your husband/helper dip the strips of gauze in warm water and place them all over your belly.  Make sure you smooth out any air pockets.

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STEP 4: After putting 2 layers all over, allow it to set up and dry.  It will literally come away from your skin–don’t pull it off until it comes off on it’s own.

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STEP 5: After it comes off your skin, let it dry for a while — as in a few days.  It’s going to be really neat to have this keepsake in the future when I forget how big my belly was!

Exercise/Activity Level: I feel very proud that I’m still working out (and running) 6 days per week at 40 weeks pregnant!!  3 runs and 3 gym days.  I think that’s a real accomplishment.  It has been NO FUN working out this week as my body is kind of feeling “over it” at this point.  Somehow God gives you what you need to keep on going though.  At all 3 of my gym workouts this week (45 minutes cardio & 20 minutes weight lifting), each day there was at least one individual who approached me and gave me very nice compliments.  One day a lady walked up to me (while with 15 lb dumbbells over my head doing shoulder presses) and told me what a beautiful photo I’d make (a photo of a woman lifting weights while pregnant).  Another day a lady told me “you are so smart to be exercising during your pregnancy, girl.”  And another day, one of the young male personal trainers told me “You are doing such a great job.  I was watching you workout and you are doing so great — you will have no problem getting your body back after the baby is born.”  God used all 3 of those people this week because I really needed to hear some positive feedback with the way I was feeling.  I know all of this exercise is important and will pay off — I’m just READY to be done with pregnancy at this point.  My body just hurts.  Running somehow feels better than walking though, I still find that amazing.  (I think it may have something to do with my gait—I strive to be a toe/midfoot runner instead of a heel-striker.  I think that walking, a heel-striking gait, hurts my achy body worse than my midfoot/toe running gait.)

Maternity clothes:  Somehow my belly has gotten so huge that some of my shirts are having a hard time covering it up!

Stretch marks: Still none.

Belly Button: Outie.

Sleep: Sleeping really solid.  Thankfully.  At least I have that.  I’m taking advantage of the cliché “sleep as much as you can before the baby comes!”

Newest baby milestones this week: Baby is fully cooked.  Now just come on out, little girl!

Best Moment of the Week: At my doctor appointment after the nurse weighed me, she said “Wow, you haven’t gained any weight since July!”  I know this seems like a weird thing for me to be excited about, but I really feel proud that I have been able to keep my weight gain within a healthy amount (23 pounds).  It makes me so happy that after the baby comes out, I won’t have 50 extra pounds clinging to my entire body — hopefully just 13 pounds (I’ve heard 10 pounds is usually the amount lost during birth).  When I was 30 weeks pregnant, I was on a road to high-weight-gain with my habits at that time….it has taken a lot of work to remain firm in my decision to eat healthy.

Worst Moment of the Week: Getting into a miscommunication with my husband.  I hate those.  Thankfully we love each other.  A lot.

Food cravings: Apples with peanut butter.

Food aversions: None.

Symptoms: Strong and regular Braxton Hicks.  Baby feels very low in my pelvis.  I’ve been getting a lot of “menstrual pains” in my belly.  My sciatic nerve is KILLING me (left side of my low back that shoots pain down my left leg).  Feeling UNCOMFORTABLE and sometimes I can barely walk.

Movement: She is totally out of room.  But yet she still moves all over.  It’s uncomfortable at this point because she is so low in my pelvis that it sometimes feels like she could “fall out!”

Gender: Girl

What I’m looking forward to: Meeting baby girl!  Holding her in my arms for the first time.  I also can’t wait to see the look in Eric’s eyes when he finally gets to see her for the first time.  I have been experiencing this baby inside my body for 9 months, and once she is born he will FINALLY get to start experiencing her too.  I know he is so ready for that.  I just can’t wait to watch him as he finally gets to have that magic happen.  He is going to be the best dad EVER!

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying for a safe delivery for baby.  I hope things go smoothly and that a normal, uncomplicated vaginal delivery happens.

What I miss: Feeling like a normal human being.  I just want to be un-pregnant:)  I know, soon!

Next appointment: Tuesday, October 8th @ 3:45 P.M.

To-do list before baby’s arrival:  It’s an awfully short list this week:

-HAVE THE BABY!

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9 months: A look back

Baby Lute has gotten to go a lot of places and do a lot of fun things while in Mommy’s belly.  Let’s take a look back over the past 9 months of Baby Lute’s life in the womb….

January 2013: Here we are just days before finding out about you, little girl!  On this day I first suspected I was pregnant because I lost my phone (forgetfulness), freaked out about it and cried all day (raging hormones) and started suspecting….  In this picture we were at a concert at the Grizzly Rose.

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January 28, 2013: the day we found out about you!  I took a sharpie and wrote on my stomach: “HI DADDY”….then I made Eric lift up my shirt.  We were both thrilled!

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Early February 2013: We took a weekend trip to Glenwood Springs.  It was fun, and mommy stayed out of the really hot springs…she stayed in the lukewarm temps only.

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February 2013: Mommy and Daddy skied most weekends as long as Mommy still had energy.  We skied a lot of fun powder days this season.  You got to go down many black diamonds and extreme terrain!  Skiing is our favorite thing to do.  We can’t wait to put you on your first set of skis and share our hobby with you, little one!!

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March 2013: We took a trip to Indiana to share the news about you to my side of the family.  We made t-shirts that said “Baby Skier Makes the Lutes Three”….but hardly anyone noticed the shirts!  Here I am with my 4 sisters.  Below, my sister took me to a maternity store, where I tried on a fake pregnant belly.

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March 2013: You met your Great Grandma and Great Grandpa.  It was fun to visit Grandpa and Grandma.  Sadly, though we thought she was in decent health, Grandma passed away just 5 short days after seeing her (she was 88 years old).  I will always feel so blessed and cherish that last conversation with my sweet Grandma.  Just looking at this photo of me with Grandma Anna Jane is causing me to cry remembering her and feeling sad over losing her.

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March 2013: We planned a Lute family trip to Las Vegas.  On this trip is when we told Eric’s family about you!  We wrapped a picture frame with YOUR ultrasound photo in it.  We told them we had a “late Christmas gift” to give them (in March!)…they are overjoyed to become grandparents.

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April 2013: At 13 weeks into the pregnancy, we make a public announcement on Facebook that you were coming!  It was so fun to receive warm love and support from friends.  Here is our photo we used to announce the pregnancy:

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April 2013: Mommy and Daddy ran a 5K with some friends.  It was a beautiful day for a run!

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May 2013: We went to several concerts in May, the first one was Chris Tomlin at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

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May 2013: We had our anatomy ultrasound and were thrilled to find out that you were healthy and a GIRL!  Mommy has raccoon eyes because she was crying out of pure joy during the ultrasound.

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May 2013: We took a trip to southern Colorado.  One of our stops was to Four Corners.  We/you stood on the corner of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah!  You were in four places at once.

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June 2013: Mommy got surprised at a baby shower thrown by your wonderful Grandma and Aunts in Indiana.  Your Aunt Maggie was also pregnant with your cousin Silas.  It was fun to see each other pregnant.

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June 2013: It was really fun for me to surprise your Aunt Christine and Uncle Mark with a surprise visit to celebrate their high school graduation.  And boy were they surprised!

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June 2013: Mommy and Daddy took you on your first camping trip!

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June 2013: Your Uncle Luke, Aunt Ellen, and cousins David and Emily came to Colorado to visit.  They are missionaries in Nicaragua, very far away.  It was such a joy to see them.  While here, Aunt Ellen came to the Tim McGraw concert with Mommy and Daddy.

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June 2013: The ladies from work threw you a beautiful baby shower!  They gave Mommy lots of advice about birth and being a mom.

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July 2013: Mommy’s friends threw a baby shower where you got lots of wonderful gifts from friends.  The colors of the shower even matched your nursery (purple and teal).

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July 2013: Daddy’s work required a 6-7 week stay in Florida, so we drove 30 hours each way.  Mommy and Daddy loved living in Florida.

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August 2013: Your grandparents and aunt and uncle visited us while in Florida.  Here we are visiting your great-grandpa and great-grandma’s graves (my dad’s side).

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August 2013: Your Aunt Melody and Uncle Andrew came to Florida for a visit too.  It was so much fun!

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September 2013: Just after Labor day weekend, we said goodbye to Florida and drove home (30 hours) to Colorado.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASeptember 2013: Safely back home in Colorado, we prepared and got things ready for you, baby girl (including finishing your nursery).  Below we are at the Luke Bryan/Florida Georgia Line concert just 3 weeks before your due date.

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October 2013: Before your arrival, we wanted to take a quick trip up to the mountains to see the changing leaves!  Daddy and Mommy are ready to meet you, baby girl!

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