37 Weeks, 3 Days & My OB Check

How far along: 37 Weeks, 3 Days! Holy crap. I’m about 2.5 weeks from my due date. How is that even possible? I know I say this every SINGLE week, but time is seriously flying.

Taken on 4/29/16

Total weight gain: Weight gain is 3 lbs since my last appointment (2 weeks ago). Being that I had just eaten my delicious egg burrito breakfast, I’m okay with that. Total is 32lbs. Can I stay below 40?? Time will tell 🙂

Hopefully at minimum, I can stay below the 55+ I gained with Charlotte.

Maternity clothes: I’m rocking nothing but… but super excited to switch to my normal clothes! And thankful I’ve really only needed one season of clothing (cold weather).

Stretch marks: Way to go, skin! Still no stretchies!

Sleep: Sleep isn’t my strongest skill these days. My hips and my back and my shoulder get so damn sore. But it’s not terrible. With some solid tossing and turning, I still manage to sleep until about 615/630 every morning.

Best moment of this week: Be grateful that I waited until today to write this update. I was a bit cranky this week. BUT, now I’m back to happy so I can answer this question.

Highlights include more progress on the nursery…


Another Charlie poop on the potty! And also 4 farts! Yes, we had to strip down 4 individual times so the tiny gf could fart. She was proud.

More family time with the cousins!

And oy! Charlie’s first baseball game. It was SO much fun. She was just so incredibly happy. Nothing makes me happier.

Miss anything: Don’t judge, but yesterday morning, I woke up thinking about white sangria… at 630 am. How tasty does that sound?

Movement: The tiny man is such a mover and a shaker. I can’t even believe he’s going to be here soon. I haven’t spent a lot of time envisioning his tiny face, but I’m starting to. I see a mini Mark in my head.

Oy! I just want to squeeze him and smother him with kisses.

Food cravings: I ate so much at the game yesterday. I’m in “eat it while you’re still giant and getting more giant” mode. I had a hot dog, cheese curds and a giant soft pretzel. Whatever.

My point is that there isn’t much to crave when you’re eating everything.

Anything making you queasy or sick: My chiropractor actually helped a lot with my acid reflux. It’s definitely much more manageable since I went. But my back and hips. Oofta. They are having a hard time supporting the GIANT belly I’m rocking.

Have you started to show yet: Yesterday at the game, I was walking back to my seat and as I slipped into our row, my belly knocked the dude’s head in front of me… while I was carrying a giant soft pretzel dripping in butter.

I just shrugged.

Gender: Mister man.

Labor signs: I feel like my BHs contractions have slowed down. Speed up, contractions! Time to get ready for the show!

Belly button in or out: I laugh every time I see my belly button in the mirror.

Wedding rings on or off: Still on! Last night they were really tight, but back to being okay today.

Happy or moody most of the time: I am not going to lie… I’ve cried probably 5-6 times this past week and have found myself in an enraged state at least 4-5 times. So, I guess moody would be the overwhelming mood. BUT, today I feel happy and positive and good.

Looking forward to: I’ve got a lot of little things I’m looking forward to…

  1. Making more progress in the nursery! I just want everything hung up already.
  2. Checking more household tasks off the list and packing my damn hospital bag.
  3. We’re meeting with our doula tonight, which I’m excited about.
  4. Nice weather that’s in the forecast.
  5. We’re having dinner with friends (and their kiddies) on Friday!
  6. Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday! We are hosting brunch for the fam, which I’m excited about. I’m thinking of doing waffles again. Who doesn’t love a waffle bar?


Weight Gain: 3 lbs from last visit, 32 total

Heart Rate: 88 bpm (high, but way better than the 96 I was sitting at)

BP: 110/66

Baby’s Heart Rate: BOO! I forgot to ask, but she said it sounded perfect.

Baby Bump: Measuring between 37 and 38 cm, which she said likely means baby hasn’t dropped yet. However, she said that’s very common for second pregnancies. Many women don’t drop until they’re actually in labor or even right before they’re about to push. So no worries.

Other: I had my Strep B test today. Hopefully we’ll get some good news there (with a negative result). Also, I stayed strong and didn’t do the cervical check, which I feel good about. It really is such an insignificant test that literally makes you feel like shit or gets your hopes up without any validity.

On my way to the doc, I called my doula to keep me focused. Of course, I’m human and I want to read into something, so I started second guessing whether I should skip the cervical check or not. After speaking with her, I was really set in my decision. It helped me remember leaving the doctor’s office in tears last pregnancy when my cervix hadn’t changed. At this point, there is no need to read into anything. I just have to keep on going and just trust my body and see what happens!

35 Weeks

Well shit. I officially only have 35 days until my due date. That’s just crazy.

How far along: 35 Weeks – can you believe that? While it’s super hard to grasp, I’ve got to admit that I’m grateful to be solidly in my final stretch. This baby is officially taking over my body. It’s getting harder to breathe and more importantly, harder to carry little Charlotte around. Poor gal hardly has any lap left to enjoy.

Total weight gain: No update since my last doc appointment. Will know Monday when I’m back in there. I’m sure it’s glorious. I’m feeling all sorts of sexy… in that waddle-into-a-room kind of way.

I haven’t taken my photo for this week, but here’s one from last week (taken 4/13):  

Maternity clothes: Today I bought two non-maternity tank tops for my post-partum body. Can you tell I’m a little excited? I caught some woman judging as I held a tank up to my bulging bod.

Stretch marks: I’m afraid to say it out loud, but so far, so good.

Sleep: I’m a zombie. I just cannot catch up this week. At all. Oy.

Best moment of this week: Marky started building the baby’s new changing table topper last night and it looks great! This excites me. I’m ready to have the room all set up so I can focus on other things… or just lay and relax.

Miss anything: Curling up. Sitting cross-legged. Being able to see all parts of my body without a mirror.

Movement: Today I literally JUMPED out of my chair. I swear, the kid scraped my insides with his toenail or something. Otherwise, he continues to be a wiggler.

Food cravings: I have been craving soda a lot, which sucks because I’ve REALLY been trying not to drink it. That might be it…

Anything making you queasy or sick: My acid reflux is going all sorts of crazy. I’m talking barf burps and all. This is what I was referring to when I mentioned feeling sexy. I’ve got my glam going.

Have you started to show yet: The inquiries about how many children I’m carrying and whether I’m ‘about to pop’ have increased… so I’m guessing that I’m showing just a bit.

Gender: Maybe a little mini Mark! With those freckles… oy. Please be a mini Mark.

Labor signs: Last night I felt like I was having a ton of Braxton Hicks contractions. Maybe I was dehydrated? But no real signs. Baby is still quite high. Although I do feel as if he’s trying to rearrange my pelvic bone.

Belly button in or out: We probably shouldn’t talk about it. It’s really goofy looking. ANYTIME C gets a glimpse of it, she chuckles and pokes it.

Wedding rings on or off: Still on!

Happy or moody most of the time: I can’t remember really? I had a GREAT day with my tiny girl yesterday. I mean, GREAT. DAY. She was just so sweet and lovely. Now, don’t get me wrong, she also had a few really useless meltdowns AND had the worst night of sleep ever (which in turn meant we did as well)… but other than that, it was the best day. I just wanted to eat her up. She was so sweet and delicious.

But I totally digressed. My mood… probably a bit on edge, but not too bad. Sleepy Melissa isn’t the best version.

Looking forward to: SO much! I’m excited to see the progression of the changing table topper. We’re also meeting with our Doula tomorrow morning, which will be good. I’m not sure what to expect, but I’m excited. AND my brother will be in town, so we’ll get some family time in tomorrow night.

AND the most exciting of all is that we’re headed to pick up all of the amazing hand-me-downs from my sister. YES! This means I will soon fill the closet and drawers with tiny little man outfits and I will hug them and be so excited.

31 Weeks Here! Single Digits Left…


 How far along: 31 Weeks!! Holy crap guys. Remember when I was going to post weekly bumpdates? Oops. Things got a little busy these past couple of weeks, but here’s one… and right on time!

Also, only 9 weeks till the big due date. That’s pretty crazy, huh? Especially since time is literally just flying by. This little nugget will be here before I know it!

Total weight gain: I have an appointment with my OB on Monday, so the answer to this one will have to wait. How do I feel? Like I wish someone could walk around with me holding up my belly. That would help.

But really, I definitely don’t feel as pregnant as I look in photos. Every so often I see a photo or a mirror glance at a weird angle and I’m totally thrown off. Holy hell! Who is that?

I don’t recognize myself.

But that’s okay! The positive is that this baby is such a wiggler… makes me feel like we’re “spending time together.”

Maternity clothes: I bought a couple new shirts and a pair of faux leather leggings. Clearly a maternity must-have. I haven’t worn them yet, but maybe this weekend.

Stretch marks: Still going strong with no stretchies.

Sleep: Sleep has been on and off. Last night was an off night. Definitely could have done without my bout of insomnia from 3-5… but what can you do?

Best moment of this week: Well, these past few weekends have been great! I’ll post more about those in a separate post, but it’s been a happy week. Charlie turned 20 months, Mark and I celebrated 3 years… all good stuff!

Miss anything: Putting my socks on with ease.

Movement: The other night during our parenting class, my back was killing me. To get a little relief, I put my hands under my belly and essentially held it up with my hands. Apparently, the lift caused the little man to require a readjustment because he instantly made a huge movement. The cool part is that he moved in a way that it literally felt like he was in my hands… like I was holding him. I spent the rest of class trying to replicate the experience with no luck.

Food cravings: Nothing too crazy these days.

Anything making you queasy or sick: My toddler… but I don’t think that’s what this question is referring to. But dang it… C and I are cold-ridden again.

Have you started to show yet: Big ass belly.

Gender: A Mister.

Labor signs: Just the run-of-the-mill Braxton Hicks.

Belly button in or out: It’s a very strange crater-like inny outty. Don’t ask…

Wedding rings on or off: On!

Happy or moody most of the time: I’ve been good these past few weeks! We’ve had a lot of fun.

Looking forward to: We are celebrating our anniversary this weekend! Hot date with my hubs at a fancy shmance restaurant… what could be bad? Also looking forward to my OB appointment. I don’t know why, but I am. Hmmm. I am hoping to schedule a hair appointment, so that’s exciting, too! All good things.

22 Weeks & 4 Days

  For some reason, I thought I was 23 weeks this week, which was a bit of a disappointment. BUT, 22 weeks is still pretty far. This little nugget is already 11 inches and I believe a pound. A real big guy 🙂

How far along: 22 Weeks, 4 Days

Total weight gain: I haven’t gotten on the scale since last week. I ate like crap this weekend, so I don’t anticipate loving the number. I’ll check next week!

Maternity clothes: Yes, yes, yes!

Stretch marks: Nope!

Sleep: Sleep has been pretty good… EXCEPT, my pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel is back. GRR. Needless to say, I wake up with a lot of pain in my hands. Hopefully it doesn’t get much worse.

Best moment of this week: We had a GREAT time with my cousin and uncle who were in town from Cali. I’ll do a separate post, but it was a lot of fun and Charlotte had a blast. Definitely the highlight of my month. If only they lived closer.

Miss anything: Not too bad this week!

Movement: I know I said this last week, but the little one is such a wiggler. He squirms all day every day. If I wake up in the middle of the night, there he goes, flip flopping around. And actually, he’s definitely a bit quieter during the day. PLEASE, LITTLE GUY, GET YOUR DAYS AND NIGHTS FIGURED OUT NOW… oy. That’s a scary thought. 

Food cravings: I’m ready to get back to home-cooked healthy meals.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!

Have you started to show yet: Bump, bump, bummmmmp.

Gender: Can’t wait to meet our little man.

Labor signs: I feel like I’ve had Braxton Hicks lately. Typically when I have to pee or when I’m doing something strenuous. I can’t remember when they started last time. Regardless, they’re super mild.

Belly button in or out: The gaping pregnancy belly hole. That sucker isn’t going anywhere.

Wedding rings on or off: On! But they’re tight in the morning.

Happy or moody most of the time: Hmmm. I’ve been pretty split this week. I’m still really on edge. We’re moving office locations at work, which I think is lending to the mood. My parents (who I work with) are stressed, I’m stressed and together, it’s a bit tense. But at home, I feel like I’ve been great. Very happy. Charlie has been a little muffin face and I’ve been loving every minute of this silly toddler age. Except those moments where I want to bang my head against the wall. That’s normal, right?

Looking forward to: We finish off the move this weekend, so I’m excited for that to be over and done. I’m also still looking forward to getting things going on the two kiddie rooms. I’d love to get the new light fixture installed in the nursery and the chandelier moved to C’s new room. Progress, progress, progress.