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28 July 2014

38 Week Bump Update

  • How far along: 38 weeks
  • Gender: Girl
  • Weight gain: I've gained 1.2 lbs. this week. My overall weight gain is 7.8 lbs. 
  • Maternity clothes: Obviously. But mostly big shirts and leggings. 
  • Stretch Marks: I've been slacking on applying my coconut oil. Still have the two marks on my right and left side. 
  • Belly button in or out: Shockingly, it's still in. 
  • Sleep: I've been sleeping okay. I have contractions pretty much all day long and they typically wake me up throughout the night, but I try to get sleep anyway. I also have to go to the bathroom quite often throughout the night. 
  • Best moment this week: This week has been a bit rough, but the highlight has definitely been all of the amazing meals that my Mom has been making for us!
  • Worst moment this week: Well, we all really thought that we would have had Daphne by now. And I've been walking around really uncomfortable and really hot. Trying to be as patient as I can, but I'm also trying to induce labor. You name it, I've tried it.  
  • Miss anything: This question is always so weird to me, I never know how to answer it. I miss not being uncomfortable 24/7. 
  • Movement: Daphne is still moving around, having her own little party in there. I have a feeling she is going to be quite the drama queen. Sending me into early labor at 33 weeks and then deciding to take her dear sweet time. 
  • Symptoms: Fatigue, nesting, CRANKINESS, contractions, lower back pain, menstrual-like pains, some abdominal pains, diarrhea, excessive mucus, leaky boobs and sore feet, legs and back. 
  • Cravings: Food. Just food. 
  • Queasy or sick: Not sick, but I have had more heartburn than normal. 
  • Looking forward to: HAVING THIS BABY. 

21 July 2014

37 Week Bump Update

  • How far along: 37 weeks
  • Gender: Girl
  • Weight gain: Haven't lost or gained any weight this week. Overall weight gain is 6.6 lbs. 
  • Maternity clothes: I wear what I feel most comfortable in nowadays. It tends to be leggings or stretchy shorts and large t-shirts. I have had to start wearing my nighttime nursing bra with nursing pads because I have been leaking pretty bad (and regular bras are sooo uncomfortable at this point). Hopefully that means that I won't have issues with my milk coming in after Daphne is born. 
  • Stretch Marks: Well I now have a set of weird marks on both my left and right side. None yet on my belly and I'm still using coconut oil.
  • Belly button in or out: Is flat an option? 
  • Sleep: I've been sleeping well this week, I've had to use the bathroom much more frequently during the night than I ever had during my whole pregnancy. But I've been able to fall back asleep just fine. I had a couple nights where my contractions were so strong that they woke me up, but they subside after awhile. 
  • Best moment this week: My Mom arrived this week and she has been cooking up a storm! She has made some of my favorite dishes; red chicken stew, pot roast, apple pie...it has been wonderful. 
  • Worst moment this week: This week has actually been really great - I can't even think of something to complain about  (other than feeling super uncomfortable). I had a chiropractor adjustment, a therapeutic massage, a mani/pedi, amazing food and I've never felt more relaxed and ready to have this baby! 
  • Miss anything: I've started to miss my old pre-pregnancy figure. I've always hated working out but once I'm cleared for exercise after I give birth, I can see myself wanting to be that "fit mom". I haven't gained a lot of weight but I miss not having to accommodate a big ol' basketball belly when I get dressed. 
  • Movement: Daphne is super low, which makes any and all movement kinda painful at this point. Her limbs usually poke at my sides every once in awhile. 
  • Symptoms: Fatigue, nesting, contractions (not sure if we can categorize this as Braxton Hicks anymore since they've been causing me to dilate and efface), lower back pain, menstrual-like pains, some abdominal pains, diarrhea, more mucus, leaky boobs and sore feet, legs and back. 
  • Cravings: No crazy cravings, but I have been thoroughly enjoying my Mom's cooking this week! 
  • Queasy or sick: I've been snacking more throughout the day and making sure to drink water, so I haven't been feeling queasy this week. 
  • Looking forward to: Daphne!! I am so ready to meet this baby girl! I'm really hoping and praying that she comes soon! 

14 July 2014

36 Week Bump Update

  • How far along: 36 weeks
  • Gender: Girl
  • Weight gain: I've gained 2.4 lbs. this week. Overall weight gain is at 6.6 lbs. 
  • Maternity clothes: I've been lounging in leggings mostly this week and big t-shirts. Whenever I go out for doctor's appointments I typically wear a maxi skirt or my maternity shorts. 
  • Stretch Marks: Just the one weird one on my left side, still applying coconut oil all over. 
  • Belly button in or out: In, but super flat. 
  • Sleep: I had a bit of insomnia earlier in the week, it was miserable. I moved to the couch so I wouldn't wake up my husband and I just watched paid programming and this show called "Jail" until about 4 in the morning when I finally went to sleep. Then I had another night where I just didn't feel comfortable in bed, so I slept on the couch until about 6:30 am and then was able to sleep in bed. It's been a weird week. 
  • Best moment this week: My husband has been writing Daphne a song and this week he finished it and showed it to me. It is the most beautiful song I have ever heard in my life! I started crying by line 2, it's just so awesome to see how much my husband already loves our daughter.
  • Worst moment this week: Bed rest has definitely been challenging. I have to get up and sit on the couch or my exercise ball throughout the day because laying in bed just hurts. It's hard to keep up with my water intake because I'm usually sleeping. My husband keeps reminding me that even though I'm bored to tears because I'm doing 'nothing', I'm actually doing a big 'something' for Daphne and keeping her growing is the best thing I can be doing right now. 
  • Miss anything: This may sound weird but I was thinking about these last few weeks before Daphne gets here and how our lives will change so much, and I realized that I already miss my husband. I already miss being able to just wake up and run out the door and get breakfast, walk around and just hold hands and do whatever we want. I understand we can still do those things with a baby, but it gets a bit more tricky. I just really cherish the years that we've had just the two of us and I know that as our children get older, I will be so excited to get them out of the house so I can have him all to myself again! haha 
  • Movement: Daphne's movements are basically just her adjusting herself at this point, I usually feel her back/backside on my left side and her feet, hands and probably elbows and knees on my right side. She is pretty consistent though, I can always count on a few pushes and movements in the morning and a lot more movement at night. 
  • Symptoms: Fatigue, nesting (which my sweet husband has graciously been doing for me), lack of appetite, mild nausea, frequent Braxton Hicks contractions, menstrual-like cramps, some abdominal pains, constipation, more mucus, leaky boobs and sore feet, legs and back.
  • Cravings: Sooo if you remember my 35 week bump update, I told you about how my amazing husband bought me 5 big packages of Reese's Cups. Well, this week's craving was definitely those Reese's Cups and I am slightly ashamed to admit that all 5 packages are gone. But they were sooo good. 
  • Queasy or sick: I'm not sure what triggers it, maybe I need to be snacking more throughout the day, but several times throughout the day I just feel queasy and sometimes hungry at the same time. 
  • Looking forward to: I know I said this last week but my Mom comes THIS WEEK! And I could not be more excited!! I'm so glad that she will get to be here for Daphne's birth and she is going to be such a God-send during those first few weeks of adjusting to life with a newborn. 
Thanks for stopping by! If you haven't seen Daphne's nursery, you should go check it out!

12 July 2014

Daphne's Nursery

It didn't take me long to decide how I wanted to decorate Daphne's nursery. I am such a lover of neutrals and I knew I wanted neutral gear + neutral furniture so that we could continue to use them for future children (just in case #2 or #3 is a boy!).  We decided on a very neutral + clean color palette of white, cream, gray and touches of gold. I love how clean and simple it feels!

We installed a hook for the diaper bag right inside the door of the nursery. The print above it was given to us by some close friends! 

These shelves were a last minute addition to the nursery. I feel like it's the perfect way to display some of our more sentimental items. This print is one of my favorite passages of Scripture, and the glass piggy bank was given to me by my Grandpa when I was little. The blocks were made by some close friends and were used as the guest book for our baby shower! 

The floral arrangement of Daphne's initials (Daphne Anne Wagner) above the crib was a true labor of love. My Mom and I made this one night when we were visiting them and it was much more difficult than I expected. This was my original inspiration, but we tweaked it just a bit and it truly is my favorite thing about Daphne's nursery. 

We found this side table at TJ Maxx, I can't seem to find anything really similar to it online. Right now I'm keeping my iHome, pens and a table lamp on top. There is a small trash can to the left of the glider, the ottoman (similar) was on clearance and matches perfectly and right now I'm keeping burp cloths in the small cage to the right.

I love these curtains (although I may have to attach a light blocking fabric at some point) and the curtain rods (rods, wall bracket, decorative balls), they were so affordable! My husband actually insisted on the window bench as secondary seating and a place to store books (it was a good call!). And the toy basket is from TJ Maxx. 

This diaper holder was made by my Grandmother for my Mom, I just had to incorporate it somehow! It may not match perfectly, but I love it! I wanted the laundry basket and the diaper pail to be near the changing table. 

This mirror adds so much to the nursery, it makes the room feel so much bigger (we found it at IKEA, but I can't find it online). 

I found this organizer and it works perfectly for diapers, lotion, powder and diaper cream. I'm using the fabric basket to store pacifiers and other soothers. The fabric flowers are from a friend's wedding a couple years ago, I love the subtle colors. 

We went back and forth about whether to get a changing table or a dresser and I'm so glad we decided on this dresser

I absolutely love this room and I'm so glad that we stuck with neutral colors and a bright and clean look! I hope you enjoyed the nursery tour and maybe took a little bit of inspiration from it! 

Thanks for stopping by!

07 July 2014

35 Week Bump Update

  • How far along: 35 weeks! 
  • Gender: We're having a girl!
  • Weight gain: I gained 1 lb. this week, putting my overall weight gain at 4.2 lbs. 
  • Maternity clothes: Since I haven't really been going out, it's been wonderful just to lounge in my loose tops and leggings. For doctor's appointments I've been wearing my favorite maternity shorts and just basic maternity tops. 
  • Stretch Marks: I don't have any on my belly yet, but I did just discover one mark on my left side. Still applying my coconut oil during these last few weeks!
  • Belly button in or out: It's still 'in' technically, but it's basically flat. 
  • Sleep: I've been really exhausted this week, with a few bursts of energy here and there, but I've been mostly sleeping the day away. It's uncomfortable to change position if I need to, but I've been able to fall asleep quickly and I've only gotten up to use the bathroom a couple times a night. 
  • Best moment this week: We (by 'we' I mean 'my husband') set up all of our baby equipment this week! It's so crazy to have all of this stuff just set up in our apartment...just waiting for Daphne! Speaking of my amazing husband, he has been so incredibly helpful the past few weeks. With me being on bed rest and still experiencing some pre-labor symptoms, he's been doing all the grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning and running errands! We both can't wait for my Mom to come so we have a little help! 
  • Worst moment this week: I've been feeling pretty restless this week. Everything is basically ready for Daphne, the bags are packed and I'm really just focusing on drinking water and resting. But the days have been going by pretty slowly and I really just wish I could clean and cook to busy myself! 
  • Miss anything: I'm pretty uncomfortable all day every day. I had some major lower back pain this week, which an adjustment at the chiropractor definitely helped! 
  • Movement: Her movements are less, considering she doesn't have as much room nowadays. She likes to press her feet or hands out on my right side, and as annoying as it can be sometimes, it makes her seem more like the little baby that she is. Gosh, I can't wait till she's here. 
  • Symptoms: Fatigue, emotional, hunger, nausea, frequent Braxton Hicks contractions, menstrual-like cramps, diarrhea/loose stool, more mucus, leaky boobs and sore feet, legs and back.
  • Cravings: I've developed a serious sweet tooth in the past week or so. I sent my hubby to the store with 'Reese's Cups' on the list and he came back with 5 HUGE PACKAGES of Reese's Cups. Bless him. 
  • Queasy or sick: I've been feeling queasy a bit this week. 
  • Looking forward to: My Mom was able to move her flight up (thanks to the sweetest lady at my parents' church!) and she arrives early next week! We are SO excited for her arrival! 
Thanks for stopping by!