thirty-two weeks.

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The third trimester sleeplessness and exhaustion has definitely set in. Not to whine, but I’ve been waking up more throughout the night and struggling to fall back asleep. It hasn’t been terrible…just enough to cause extra tiredness throughout the day. I just like to think of it as a blessing, in that it’s preparing me for sleepless nights with the baby.

The nursery furniture came this week and we put it together. We got a three drawer changing table and five drawer dresser, both from Storkcraft. We are really happy with how they look! Now we have all of the big items covered…we are just waiting on our jogger stroller/car seat set to come in, which should be here Monday.

I had a tiny scare this week. I started having some cramping and after talking with some people and researching online, I got nervous that I should get checked. A few people said they ended up being in labor when they were having cramps. So I gave in and called my doctor to make sure everything was okay and that I wasn’t in preterm labor.

Well, fortunately I wasn’t dilated and everything sounded/looked healthy with baby boy on the ultrasound. My doctor said to make sure and drink TONS of water, take it easy when I feel cramps and just to monitor them. It could have just been stretching, dehydration, Braxton hicks contractions, or a combination of them all. He really didn’t have an answer as to exactly why I was experiencing them. I’m just happy to know everything was okay!

Right now, Isaiah is at a point of really just brain development, weight gain, and building up his fetal immune system. He’s just getting bigger and stronger for his big debut!

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thirty-one weeks.

31 wks - pineapple w txtHe may be the size of a pineapple this week, but thank the Lord he isn’t the texture of one. Ouch! 🙂

I can’t believe my sweet baby is nearing four pounds already. I’m starting to feel it in my back and feet though…just soreness, not swelling so that’s a relief! Hopefully that doesn’t become an issue, because I know people who had to be put on bed rest for that!

He is still as active as ever and those kicks and movements take my breath away at times. He still gets the hiccups at least three times a day. But that is a good thing, because it means he’s getting in those practice breaths before he’s out and doing it for real.

We had to miss our appointment this week due to weather. We’ve been getting lots of snow and ice, which makes it not so conducive to travel. I’ve already had about 5 snow days since Jan. 1. Unbelievable! We are hoping to get it rescheduled for the following week if they’ll ever call me back. I love getting to see my boy on the screen so it’s hard to go this long without it!

I had my first shower this past Sunday and let me just say…it was overwhelming how blessed we are! I could not be more thankful for my sister-in-law who threw the shower and all who came and gave such generous gifts!! It was a lot of fun seeing friends and family and getting to spoil Isaiah a little bit!

The nursery is slowly but surely coming along. I can’t wait until it’s finished and I can post pictures! We are doing a forest theme and I’m having lots of fun doing creative, homemade crafts for the room. 🙂

bathroom vanity makeover.

Once you become a homeowner, every weekend is filled with projects to get it to look the way you want it. One of the first things I wanted to do to our new home once we were somewhat settled in, was to re-do the vanity in the master bathroom. The color of the wood was terrible and I knew I  didn’t want to have to look at it everyday, so I decided all it needed was a little TLC. I sanded and painted it, replaced the hideous gold and silver knobs with new ones from Lowe’s (our 2nd home now), and spray painted the hinges, so we didn’t have to buy new ones.

Here is the before and after picture of the vanity:

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Isn’t it so much more pleasant to look at it? Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I love it. My husband liked it so much that he asked me to do the guest bathroom vanity and the kitchen cabinets too. Yipee for me. Really though, I am happy to do it, because I can’t stand the look of them right now. Of course, I won’t do those in blue, too.

Here are the details and cost breakdown for the project:

  • Vanity paint: Blue Bayberry – Olympic ONE Interior Latex, Flat ($10 for a quart)
  • Knobs: Brushed Nickel ($1.50/each – $10.50 total)
  • Spray paint: Satin Nickel – Rust-Oleum ($7)

I spent a total of $27.50 and that is very reasonable for a quick DIY project that completely changes the look of a room. Now I just need to change out those ugly faucets and it will be just the way I want it.

I am hoping to post pictures of the entire house soon, once we get a few more minor projects completed! Stay tuned.

thirty weeks.

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I think this means we’re in the home stretch? Ten more weeks to go! Super exciting, yet scary at the same time.

Baby’s kicks have been getting a lot more powerful in the last few days. Sometimes you can touch my belly and feel the outline of his foot. It’s pretty neat and my husband even got to feel it the other night.

Speaking of that awesome husband of mine, thanks to his amazing Christmas present I am going to a prenatal (expectant mommy) message tonight. I am looking forward  to this more than you will ever know. I scheduled it for after work so that after the kiddos I work with stress/wear me out today, I can detox and relax at the spa. Sounds perfect.

Isaiah is now (supposedly) using all five of his senses. What a big boy! He is a little over three pounds and about 15-16 inches long, which is really close to a baby’s birth length. He still has some work to do on the weight. My doctor said the baby typically starts to gain about a half a pound a week near the end of the pregnancy.

I’m not sure what’s more strange to see…my growing belly or my disappearing belly button…hmm.

My first baby shower is this weekend, thanks to my awesome sister-in-law throwing it for us! It will mostly be my husband’s family and some friends from around the area. My sister is throwing me one back in my hometown for family and friends over that way. I am excited to see everyone and can’t wait to see what great things Isaiah gets! We are so blessed with such generous people in our lives!!

twenty-nine weeks.

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Did I move to Alaska and not realize it? Ok, I didn’t think so….

But seriously, I cannot ever remember it being this cold outside! We were suppose to go back to school yesterday, but we were out and still are today. Is it sad that I’m ready to go back? I know in about a week I’ll be wishing we were out again, but I really do miss my kiddos. It’s been over two weeks.

Good news, though…we are finally all moved in to our new home! Some of our friends and family came to help us on Saturday and we had everything moved in about two hours total. We are so thankful for all the help we had! It’s so relieving to know we are in the house now and have a little time to get things ready before the arrival of our little man! Although he’s not so little anymore.

I had an appointment this morning and he is weighing in at almost three pounds! Incredible. He is still looking healthy and growing right on track. I couldn’t be more thankful! They even captured a cute picture of his little foot. I’m in love with it! Sorry…is that weird? Must be a mom thing.

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The ultrasound machines they use are so amazing to me. As the tech was poking around my belly to get measurements of him, we could see his face and his eyes opening and closing. It was so incredible and strange at the same time.

I also got a flu shot this morning at my appointment and now I can barely lift my right arm. Awesome.

We have his crib and my rocker/glider all set up in the nursery and the rest of the furniture will be on its way shortly. It’s so surreal to walk into his room and think that in just over two months he will be here, living in that room! We cannot wait!