Pregnancy Posts: Week 37

Pregnancy Posts: Week 37

Week 37 of pregnancy was definitely one of the most adventurous for me physically and emotionally. I had my first experience with Braxton Hicks contractions and it was both exciting and terrifying at the same time. As a first time mom-to-be in her final weeks of pregnancy, I am paying a lot of attention to every move that my body makes. I am basically relying on the advice that I’ll know it’s labor when it’s labor so I’m holding onto that thought every time my mind gets ahead of itself.

Pregnancy Posts: Week 37

Around 6:30 pm on Thursday I started feeling contraction-like tightening throughout my abdomen. I had just eaten dinner so it didn’t surprise me that my baby was going a little wild due to the glucose rush, but his movements still felt stronger and more frequent than normal. I went on a walk with Tebow thinking it would calm the baby down, but by the time we got back home he was still moving like crazy. This movement paired with my stomach’s tightening / contracting lasted for hours into the evening. I tried to stay busy by vacuuming and cleaning the pantry, but the feeling never really stopped. I went ahead and started packing my hospital bag as I removed clean laundry from the dryer just in case. However, I doubted it was true labor because a) it wasn’t all that painful and just more uncomfortable and b) the contractions had no rhyme or reason and couldn’t be timed. My stomach would contract and just stay that way for 15-20 minutes at a time.

I laid down about 10:00 pm to try and get some sleep, and then woke up at 3:00 am with even stronger tightening along with lower back pain and cramping. Tim and I went back and forth about whether to call our OB office for advice or to even go to the hospital, but decided to wait it out at least another hour to see if the pain got worse. The contractions slowly subsided after about thirty minutes so we knew it wasn’t real labor at that point. I laid back down again and slept until 5:30 when my alarm went off for work. I haven’t had another similar episode, but ever since then I have definitely been on pins and needles. It was the first real sign of what’s to come and it’s encouraging to know that my body is preparing for the real thing!

Friday night Tim and I went out to dinner and then took Tebow on a walk to get frozen yogurt. This past Saturday we went to Columbus for my cousin’s daughter’s first birthday party. It was a blast to watch her carry around her dolls and daintily eat her ‘smash’ cake. She is such a sweet and smiley little girl! Needless to say though I was exhausted by the time we arrived back home and I slept a solid 12 hours Saturday night. Sunday was devoted to taking a long family walk to the park, eating breakfast outside on our patio (coffee and donuts from one of my very favorite bakeries – Der Dutchmen!) and doing a lot of cleaning while Tim finished up painting the baby’s closet.

Der Dutchmen Maple Glazed Long John Donut

Cravings of the week:

  • Icees have made a comeback and we found a local gas station that sells any size for $0.79 and they have a huge variety of flavors – Heaven!!
  • Potatoes are still my favorite – whether in the form of French fries, hashbrowns, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes or potato chips – I just can’t seem to get enough!
  • Sweets have been craved more during this week of pregnancy too just like last week, which has been surprising compared to the previous months!

At this point of pregnancy I am definitely experiencing that feeling of just being done, and false labor pains can be a bit of a downer when feeling ready for the next stage. I have caught myself the last few days wishing for real labor to start, but I have tried to remind myself that he’ll come when he’s ready and there’s no need to rush! Until then I am going to focus on just spending time with Tim and Tebow and enjoying our last weeks as a family of three. Plus, there are a few more home and cleaning projects we are right in the middle of doing, so I wouldn’t mind getting a few more things completed before he comes. I am so excited that this coming weekend we have zero plans, and I told Tim I want to keep it that way! It’s very possible this could be our last weekend before he arrives and I want to soak it in together just he and I, and of course our sweet pup.

Conversation Time.

To all the moms out there – did you experience false labor pains? How did you decide what’s ‘real’ and what’s simply your body preparing for the ‘real’ thing? Any advice on knowing what’s actually labor besides the more obvious signs always shared in pregnancy books?

DMB –> When Opinions are Numerous While Expecting

DMB –> When Opinions are Numerous While Expecting

Opinions…It turns out everyone does in fact have one! In fact, opinions seem to come out of the woodwork when you’re an expectant mother. Although the majority of said opinions are well-meaning and come from love, navigating all the advice can be a bit overwhelming. It’s so important to trust our own heart and instincts when it comes to the care and keeping of ourselves and our sweet babies. As it turns out, you may have those maternal instincts well before you even hold your baby in your arms.

My most recent post titled When Opinions are Numerous While Expecting has now been published on the Dayton Moms Blog and I wanted to share it with all of you! Feel free to click on this link to read the entire post.

Pregnancy Posts: 34 Weeks

You tell me: How did you handle advice and opinions while expecting? Is there any advice you received that stood out to be the best? What about the worst?

Pregnancy Posts: 36 Weeks

Pregnancy Posts: 36 Weeks

Yesterday marked 37 weeks of pregnancy and now baby boy is officially full-term! I keep going back and forth about when he’s going to make his arrival, but honestly I feel like he might be in there for a while. As much as I wouldn’t mind him coming a week or two early, I would be pretty shocked as he seems nice and cozy right now in my belly. I guess of course it’s up to him though so we’ll see!

Monday I had a doctor’s appointment, which was the first one with my own OB since June. The appointment went well and was pretty quick. Basically he just checked baby’s heart rate and I also had the strep test. He asked me what questions I had for delivery, and basically they were who should I call at his office when I think I’m in labor, when can I get an epidural after I’m admitted, and what are the chances are that he will deliver me. My doctor actually only delivers on Wednesdays, so I was a little bummed that he may not be there when it’s time, but I trust that the other OB’s in the practice know what they’re doing. I am really, really hoping to get great nurses though since that’s who I’ll be spending the majority of my time with, and also who will be requesting my epidural for me. I absolutely want to be on my nurses’ good sides! Next week is when I will begin being checked and hopefully I will know more then on how things are progressing. I shared a few other delivery concerns with my OB and he told me that next week he’d check baby’s size and positioning more in depth and if he feels like we need an ultrasound to measure baby more accurately than that will happen as well.

During Week 36 of pregnancy, we also took our maternity pictures. Some expectant mothers choose to take maternity pictures as early as week 28 while others wait until week 37 or more. It really just depends on the photographer’s preference and on how much the baby is showing. I know too that a lot of women like to take their pictures before they get too much swelling usually in the final weeks of pregnancy. Week 36 is my photographer’s favorite time to take maternity shots, and thankfully it also worked well for me with having little to no swelling and a very defined bump!

Maternity Pictures

This past week we also just about finished putting together his nursery. Tim finished painting and the new carpet was laid Wednesday, and we put together the crib and moved in the dresser that night. My mom came over Thursday evening to help me organize all of his clothes and get a game plan for what else needed to be done. Saturday I did all of his laundry – washing everything from bibs to socks to onesies to blankets to bed sheets – and Sunday we decorated the crib, hung the curtain rod and curtains, and almost completed remodeling the rocker.

The rocker was actually my grandma’s and my mom is busy re-upholstering rocker and making pillows and an ottoman cushion to match. We ordered new cushions from Pottery Barn Kids and it looks like a completely new rocker! I will definitely do a nursery tour here on the blog once everything is completed, but that may or may not be before I deliver. I am in the market for a furniture piece that can go against the wall and hold his toys and books, while also being short enough to set the lamp and some frames on top. We may look at Home Goods for this piece, but we still aren’t exactly sure what we’re looking for. We figure we’ll just know when we see it.

This week I had a burst of energy up until Friday night. I had to take a nap before our maternity pictures and then I slept for 12 hours Saturday night! I think all of my go-go-go is finally catching up with me a bit. I have also found myself feeling hungrier than usual, although at the same time dreading to eat due to the heartburn and indigestion that seems to come along with mealtime. I have also noticed that my sweet tooth has been much stronger the past few days, which is surprising since most of this pregnancy has been all about the salt and not much sweet.

My goals for this week is to pack my hospital bag and do a little more organizing and cleaning of the house. I have a couple closets completed, but there is still more I would like to do before Baby A makes his arrival! I guess you could say that nesting mode has been a full 9 month event for me, but I am really starting to feel the pressure at this point to organize and clean as best as I can!

Conversation Time.

  • Did you ever go into full-on nesting mode during pregnancy? What chores / remodels did you complete before baby arrived?
  • Were you in full-on ‘nesting’ mode when pregnant? What projects were on your must-do list before baby arrived?
  • When you were pregnant, did you expect baby to make his or her arrival before or after your due date?
Maternity Pictures

Maternity Pictures

The weather was perfect on Friday evening – The sun was just starting to set around 7, the air was warm yet the wind was a little cool, and we had the perfect amount of light for taking our maternity pictures!

Maternity Pictures

Stadi Hedke Photography  is an independent photographer that I have been hoping to use for my maternity and newborn pictures for years! She is local and has done a ton of work for families I know and her pictures always turn out just so beautiful and classic.

Maternity Pictures

I have actually known Staci personally for years and years as well! She was one of my gymnastics coaches when I was a kid and we would spend countless hours together. Before the shoot I joked about remembering attending her wedding when I was in the fifth or sixth grade, and attending her baby shower of her first of four boys! Now here we are taking my maternity pictures. It’s just so crazy how life comes full circle.

Maternity Pictures

I knew going into the pictures that I wanted the look to be simple and timeless. For the first half of the session we did a look that was a bit more formal. I wore a floor length dress from Pink Blush Maternity and Tim wore a pair of khakis and a white button up from Banana Republic.

Maternity PicturesFor the second half of the shoot, I wanted to change the look a bit and wear something a little more laid-back and intimate. This look captures our at-home personality, sort of a what we wear at the end of the day concept, while the more formal look is elegant. I actually received the robe and gown as a baby shower gift from my mom. Yep, the navy outfit is actually maternity sleepwear! I am also looking forward to using it while nursing since I think all new mama’s need at least one outfit they can feel pretty in while at home learning the ins and outs of mommyhood.

Maternity PicturesThe maternity/nursing gown and robe are both Jessica Simpson brand from Motherhood Maternity. I am looking forward to packing both pieces in my hospital bag to take with me when it’s time for baby boy to arrive!

If you are local and looking for a wonderful photographer, make sure you check out Staci’s Facebook page to see some of her work. She does such an amazing job and I can’t wait for her to take our son’s newborn pictures as well!

Conversation Time.

If you are already a mom, did you take maternity pictures? If you plan on being a mom in the future, are maternity pictures in your plans?

Do you have a favorite photographer that you tend to use time and time again?

What are some of your must have looks for nursing with style?

DMB –> Why a Babymoon is More than Just a Vacation

DMB –> Why a Babymoon is More than Just a Vacation

Good morning and happy Thursday! Wednesday was our kiddos’ first day back to school in our district, so needless to say we’ve been busy bees getting everything together for the new year. I’ve always loved back to school time – whether I am the one actually going back or not! Call me a nerd, but I don’t know if there is anything  much better than a fresh set of pencils and pens, notebooks and folders… Who else agree with me?!

Since it has been such a crazy time, I just wanted to pop in and share a little fun news with you all! You may have heard of the City Moms Blog Network, which is a community of local ‘Sister Sites’ that are written and run by local moms…for moms! I recently saw a posting on our local blog for new contributors so I happily applied thinking my niche could be about all things pregnancy and becoming a new mom. I was introduced to those readers on Monday as a new writer on the site and my first posting was published Tuesday!

Check it out here –> Why a Babymoon is More than Just a Vacation

Why a Babymoon is More than a Vacation

Photo courtesy of Dayton Moms Blog

In the post I share insight into why I highly recommend a Babymoon for all expecting couple, and my three best tips for having and taking the perfect Babymoon for you and the dad-to-be!

To read more about Tim and mine’s own Babymoon to Jekyll Island, Georgia this past June, check out my post Babymoon to Jekyll Island!

Babymoon - Driftwood Beach - Jekyll Island, Georgia

Conversation Time.

  • If you’re a blogger, do you write for any additional blogs besides your own? How do you run across blogging and writing opportunities?
  • What are some of your favorite local blogs and sites to read?
  • You tell me, what’s the best Babymoon advice you would like to share?