Friday, July 24, 2015

39 Week Bumpdate



Hi! Remember me? I know I've been gone, but these last few weeks of pregnancy have really gotten to me! I'm completely exhausted or completely wired. Neither of those are conducive to sitting down at my computer and spilling out my heart on my blog. I'll be back regularly soon!

So these past few weeks have been interesting. Based on our little scare last night, this could be my very last bumpdate! Read on to find out what happened :)


How Far Along? 39 weeks 


Size of Baby: A watermelon. Y'all I have a watermelon inside of me. A little human watermelon. Remember when your dad or grandpa told you not to swallow the watermelon seeds? Well, it looks like I accidentally did! On average babies are 7-8lbs this week. Who knows how big Chloe will be! Any guesses?


Weight Gain: Up 31-33lbs from my pre pregnancy weight. I've been holding onto some extra water the past several days and my weight is fluctuating.


Maternity Clothes: Same, Target and PinkBlush! And lots of spandex!




Stretch marks: Still none on my belly. Continuing to lather up with cocoa and shea butter!


Symptoms: Serious back pain...this may have been the cause of our hospital run last night. Being starving or not hungry at all. Rib pain. Exhaustion or influx of energy, hello nesting!


Check out my new work station! This was from Sunday's nesting session. Now I have a place to work on my blog and workout planning when baby girl arrives. Her swing fits perfect right next to me!

Cravings: Ice, peanut/almond butter, bread, salads, smoothies, fro yo!  All the same things as the last few months.




Gender: A Little Princess


Mood: Ready to not be pregnant and to meet my little girl. I'm trying to soak up and love the last few days of pregnancy, but it's so hard given how my body feels!


Nursery: Absolutely complete. Pink, gold, girly, ruffly, princessy and perfect in every way.


Crib, animals, collage wall, glider and can you spy a little princess?

Movement: All the time still! At the hospital last night, the nurse even commented on how often she moves! She said it was super healthy and they loved seeing that on the monitor. Way to go, Chloe! You're a tiny dancer, ninja gymnast, rock star!


Sleep: Multiple potty breaks every single night. I also wake up very thirsty and have to drink water which doesn't help the multiple potty breaks. Falling asleep either comes very easily or very hard. It's such a fun and vicious cycle. I'm just getting prepped and ready for the lack of sleep I'll get when she's here.


Workouts: All the walking! I'm going to walk this little girl out! Yesterday I got a pedicure and then hit the mall so I could walk around inside with the air conditioning! It was so nice since it's too hot to walk outside most of the day. {We're talking heat index in the 100+ range for those of you not in Texas} If I sleep enough and wake up early enough, I'm all about getting to the bayou or trails with my puppies though!

This Wednesday was also my last day of work until I go back in October! I'm going to miss my awesome classes and coworkers until then!


You can't tell, but I had 17 people in class! 

What I Miss: Relaxing comfortably and walking normally.


Belly Button in or out? It's an outtie!


Wedding rings on or off? Off. 


Labor Signs: Yes! So here is where I tell you about what happened yesterday. Around 1pm I started having really, really bad back pain. It sucked. I was out and about so I tried just walking around and stretching it a bit, but nothing helped so I went home to relax. I tried sitting on my stability ball, laying on my ball, yoga stretches and a heating pad with no relief. I finally told my mom around 6pm and she told me to get in the bath and call the doctor if it still persisted. Emily came home and rubbed my back to see what she thought was wrong. She said that my muscles were incredibly tight and that it was as though my back was permanently clenching like you would make a fist.

I got out of the tub with slight relief from the work Emily did on it. We all sat down and ate dinner then all the pain came back again. It was a constant hurt with occasional periods where it hurt worse. I ended up calling the doctor and she wanted me to go in and get checked to see what was going on. Naturally, we had to get a picture just in case it was my last bump pic!




We all got together and very calmly drove to the hospital. I had a feeling we would be going back home, but I know I didn't want to! My mom primarily had back labor when she had me, so it was better to be safe than sorry. Once we were there I peed in a cup, they hooked me up to the monitors and asked me lots of questions. We tracked Chloe's heart rate and my contractions. I was having contractions, but they weren't regular or terribly painful. I could still talk through them, but they did make me need to take a deep breath because it was hurting my back as well.

After they monitored me for about 30-40 minutes, they decided to give me a muscle relaxant and a long list of reasons for me to call the doctor should they arise. The good thing is that I have an appointment today in just a few hours, so my doctor knew that she'd be able to talk to me and see me herself.

Moral of the story: If you're pregnant and something is off, call your doctor. It can't hurt to go in and it's kind of a fun and less stressful trial run! Emily, JP and I were able to figure out how all the monitors worked and how to read the stats. Yes, we're nerds and we thought it was super fun!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, I'm a very hungry girl.


Best Moments The Past 2 Weeks: All the love I got from the gym on my last day of work!

Looking forward to: Chloe's birthday! Come on baby girl...the sooner the better because you are full term now!


Time for our every 10 week comparison! I started with my chalkboard at 9 weeks, so we have four pictures this time!




In case you're interested, check out some of my other bump posts:
We're Pregnant!
15 Week Bumpdate
16 Week Bumpdate
18 Week Bumpdate
Gender Reveal Party
20 Week Bumpdate
22 Week Bumpdate
24 Week Bumpdate
Bump Around the World
29 Week Bumpdate
31 Week Bumpdate
33 Week Bumpdate
Couples Baby Shower
35 Week Bumpdate
Family Baby Shower


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Friday, July 10, 2015

37 Week Bumpdate

I know this blog has pretty much just turned into a place where I talk about Chloe with bumpdates, nursery pictures and baby shower recaps. I promise it won't be like this always. I'm just trying to remember this time while I can. I won't be pregnant for much longer and it's something I really want to document! I'll be back to my regular fitness, health, recipes, family, travel, usual blogging self before you know it! Let's just meet this little girl first!


How Far Along? 37 weeks 


Size of Baby: Winter Melon! That means nothing to me except anything that is a melon isn't very small! She's anywhere between 19-21 inches and is about the full length she'll be at birth. My little girl is still working on packing on the pounds and is anywhere between 5.5-8lbs! Based on my fundal measurements, she's still on the small side. Healthy small of course! But who knows just how accurate those guesses are!


Weight Gain: Up 29 lbs from my pre pregnancy weight as of yesterday's doctors appointment. Still right on track!


Maternity Clothes: Same, Target and PinkBlush!


Dress: Pink Blush Maternity
Photo Credit: Marci @ Three Peas Photography

Stretch marks: My belly is still stretch mark free. Continuing to lather up with cocoa and shea butter!


Symptoms: Back pain, rib pain, shortness of breath, congestion, slightly swollen ankles (swollen for me at least!) and painful jabs and kicks from Miss Chloe!


Cravings: Ice, peanut/almond butter, toast, Cheerios, grapes, smoothies, snow cones, salads, Sonic peanut butter Oreo shakes. I prefer cold foods except for dinnertime.


Gender: A Little Princess


4th of July with Daddy and Moose photobombing!

Mood: Happy and excited for baby girl to make her grand appearance :)


Nursery: Pink, gold and white. I just love it!


Crib, animals, collage wall, glider and can you spy a little princess?

Glider and bedside table reading station

Dresser and changing station on her polka dot wall between the bathroom and closet

Guest bed and Beauty and the Beast

Movement: As I tell my doctor each time, she's still moving like wild. At our appointment yesterday, my doctor checked to see if I was dilated and felt to see if she was head down. Good news, she's head down and she felt Chloe's head! Well this made Chloe go berserk! Her heart rate sky rocketed and she was squirming all around. We couldn't help but just laugh. On the plus side, it's a sign of fetal awareness and alertness!


Sleep: I sleep well every few nights because I just get to the point that I'm so exhausted. When I sleep well, I'm out. When I don't sleep well, I'm in and out of sleep and usually have to go potty more than once. 


Workouts: Walking is my current go to. I walk the track at the gym and I take the dogs out on my days off. I've really enjoyed morning walks on the Bayou or at Memorial Park before it gets too hot and humid out!
I'm still teaching 2-3 classes per week at the gym. I participate in the Tabata class on Monday, rest during my Wednesday strength class and participate in my Thursday morning strength/cardio class. I do about 75% of the workout at a 50-75% intensity! It's definitely getting harder, but I'm trying to sweat just a little bit!


No, I didn't do this workout with them. I was exhausted. Wednesday's are rough for me!
But y'all should give it a try! My class loved it.

What I Miss: Feeling comfortable and without back pain!


Belly Button in or out? It's an outtie!


Wedding rings on or off? Off. They fit, but they're snug and with my hands swelling a bit from the heat and humidity in Houston, I just don't like them on my hands.


Labor Signs: No, let's keep it this way for a few more weeks! I'm 1cm dilated and 60% effaced. Doctor says to expect her arrival anytime between 39-41 weeks (July 24-August 8).




Anything making you queasy or sick: I still don't really want meat. I'll have some every now and then, but never a lot. I did have one of my daddy's ribs on the 4th of July!


Best Moments The Past 2 Weeks: Chloe's second baby shower, 4th of July with friends and family and officially meeting the term mark. If she comes anytime, she won't be considered preterm or early! 


Looking forward to: Julie coming to visit next Saturday! Relaxing over the next couple of weeks. We don't have anything too exciting planned until baby girl makes her arrival. Just enjoying our last few weeks with our family as is!





Time for our every 10 week comparison! I'm loving my 17 week Olaf picture. I can't believe I was at Disney 20 weeks ago! I'm ready to go back :)




In case you're interested, check out some of my other bump posts:
We're Pregnant!
15 Week Bumpdate
16 Week Bumpdate
18 Week Bumpdate
Gender Reveal Party
20 Week Bumpdate
22 Week Bumpdate
24 Week Bumpdate
Bump Around the World
29 Week Bumpdate
31 Week Bumpdate
33 Week Bumpdate
Couples Baby Shower
35 Week Bumpdate
Family Baby Shower

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Showering Chloe Grace!



This past Saturday, JP's mom, sister and aunt hosted a shower for little Miss Chloe Grace! It was so wonderful to spend a little more time celebrating this little girl and visiting with family and friends.





Everything about the shower was perfect. Auntie Annie's super swanky Montrose town home was an intimate setting for the close group of people that attended. The cake was made my Acadian Bakery in Houston (The fresh strawberry cake, oh my yum! So light and fluffy!) and the flower arrangements were done by my seester-in-law Kate! She used her stellar high school floral design skill to create amazing arrangements. But seriously y'all. Do you see how pretty those flowers are?!

While I was opening presents, Kate was capturing the moments from the other couch. Let's just say that there were lots to choose from and it's safe to say that I am a woman of many facial expressions. Well I'm passionate and everyone just knew what to get for Chloe because I clearly loved it all!




We have more adorable clothes, shoes and accessories (this girl will never go without a bow) for every occasion. The Disney, Aggie and football ones take the cake. We also got her bouncer, a Baby Bullet, my diaper bad, toys, books (dinosaur books to be more specific), a Baby Bjorn carrier and important bits and pieces to get us through day to day life with a baby!

And most importantly, we got our stroller and car seat travel system! Along with a ton of other goodies from JP's parents, grandparents and sister!



As you can see, I loved the card as well...


"It has cat elbows!" - Kate

After presents and cake, of course we had to have a photo shoot!


Me and JP's grandmother, Pepi

My seester-in-love Kate

Mom (Donna) - Kate - Amy - Mom (Jody)

I actually got Auntie Annie to take a picture with me!

I love these girls! Maggie - Kate - Amy - Ashely - Alison

My best girls...A^3

Our signature "We love Chloe" pose.

Maggie - Amy - SaraLee

Me and my Miss Robin!

My Aunt Dianne - Me - My Momma

Me and Aunt Bonnie!

Thank you to everyone who has shown Chloe, JP and I so much love and support. We couldn't get through this crazy milestone in our lives without each and every one of you. Whether it is in forms of words of advice and encouragement, offers to help when she arrives or showering her with love, we cannot thank you enough. Only one more month until she is due to join us and we're getting more and more excited each and every day. I know that our lives are about to change forever in the best way possible. Now it's time to enjoy the last few weeks as a family of 4 (we couldn't forget our fur babies, Maggie and Moose!) before we meet our baby girl!




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Friday, June 26, 2015

35 Week Bumpdate



I'm not sure how it happened, but 35 weeks have come and gone, and we're rapidly approaching Chloe's due date! I feel like 35 weeks is some sort of milestone to celebrate! Only two more weeks until she is full term and hopefully about five weeks until I get to see her sweet face!

I received my maternity pictures from my wonderful photographer, Marci from Three Peas Photography. All the pictures in this post (besides the weekly bump pics) were taken by her!


How Far Along? 35 weeks 


Size of Baby: Canary Melon (what?) or a Coconut! At this point, she's probably close to or has reached the full length she'll be at birth (on average 19-21 inches). She could weight between 4.2 and 5.5 lbs. My doctor told me that it's likely that I'll have a small baby. Not unhealthy small, just petite! I think I'm okay with that as long as she's healthy and mine :) Of course she still has several weeks to get bigger!


Weight Gain: I was up 26 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight at my appointment on Monday, so somewhere around 26-27 lbs gained.


Maternity Clothes: Same, Target and PinkBlush!




Stretch marks: My belly is still stretch mark free. Continuing to lather up with cocoa and shea butter!


Symptoms: Mid-low back pain (especially in the evenings), HUNGER (but then not being able to eat much because I have no room in my stomach), exhaustion, clumsiness (tripping on everything, running into walls/corners, not remembering how big my belly is)


Cravings: Ice, peanut/almond butter, toast, grapes, smoothies, no new changes. Peanut/almond butter is still a food group. And it's my favorite one.


Gender: A Little Princess




Mood: Ready for baby girl to arrive :)


Nursery: Post coming next week! It's pretty, pink and princess-y!


Movement: Still my tiny ninja dancer! I have a feeling this little girl will come out movin' and groovin'! I'm carrying her very high so a lot of her movements are up near my rib cage, especially in the evening. As the day goes on, her movements get more uncomfortable. Despite the aches she gives me when she's trying to escape her tiny home, every movement makes me love her more and more. If only she would stop stretching out so much when I'm trying to wind down and go to sleep!


Sleep: I sleep well every other night. I think I'm so exhausted after sleeping terribly the night before that I zonk out. Still just waking up with cramps and for potty breaks. I just have trouble falling back asleep once I wake up!




Workouts: Starting to slow down. Most of my workouts involve walking these days. I try to walk for 30 minutes every day, sometimes broken up into two 15 minute sessions. I love having an indoor track to walk around at work! I'm also trying to workout with my classes 1-2 times doing 50-75% of what I tell them to do!


What I Miss: Feeling comfortable and without back pain!


Belly Button in or out? It's an outtie!


Wedding rings on or off? On. I don't wear them to work anymore because they get a little snug when I workout or if I'm hot.


Labor Signs: No, let's keep it this way for a few more weeks! Any time after 38 weeks is fine with me Chloe!




Anything making you queasy or sick: Still meat. I do eat some, but never by itself.


Best Moments The Past 2 Weeks: Road tripping to the mountains for Caitlin & John's wedding in NC/GA! The car trip was long, but the time spent in the mountains was so perfect.


Looking forward to: Chloe's second baby shower tomorrow!!! We're having a family shower at Auntie Annie's house and I can't wait :)




Time for our every 10 week comparison! My tiny dancer is growing big and strong. It's funny because it's sometimes hard for me to remember what my body was like before I had this bump! I was so tiny, but of course then I didn't think I was!




In case you're interested, check out some of my other bump posts:
We're Pregnant!
15 Week Bumpdate
16 Week Bumpdate
18 Week Bumpdate
Gender Reveal Party
20 Week Bumpdate
22 Week Bumpdate
24 Week Bumpdate
Bump Around the World
29 Week Bumpdate
31 Week Bumpdate
33 Week Bumpdate
Couples Baby Shower


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

GNO: Pampered Perfection

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to meet up with a bunch of other Houston area bloggers for a fun week day Girls Night Out! Seeing as though I'm pretty pregnant and work is exhausting, a fun, relaxing night is just what I needed. Not to mention I hadn't seen my Houston blogger friends in months! They hadn't seen my giant belly that's for sure.

**Before I tell you all about how awesome my GNO was, I wanted to note that all photographs were taken by Nicki Evans. Check out her amazing work and follow along on social media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter**



Our girls night out was in Katy at The Wellness Center and Well Polished Salon. We were given a card with information about the night including what tasty treats were available and where different treatments were held. We also received a "relaxation passport" to write down the times of all of our mini sessions throughout the evening. At the end of the night, we were able to put our card into a drawing for prizes!


Printing done by Agave Brothers

So here's how it all worked out...when we arrived, we were able to sign up for 15 minute time slots for various different treatments (I'll tell you all about those later!). As the night went on we went to our treatment sessions as planned and in between we were able to meet new people, catch up with old friends, snack on delicious goodies and just relax!

The food provided was delicious and so well presented! 




They had mini strawberry salad cups, shrimp ceviche, fruit, cheese, crackers, Nothing Bunt Cake mini cakes, fruit infused water and wine! I definitely wish I could have partaken in the wine, but my time will come. I'm pretty sure the Nothing Bundt Cakes surpassed wine on my current craving list. This pregnant lady was excited about cake! Mmmmm sweets...




The Wellness Centre and Well Polished had tons of options available for out mini sessions. Here are the ones that I took advantage of:

  • Neck and shoulder treatment
  • Hot stone foot treatment
  • Chair massage
  • Hand treatment
  • Acupuncture demonstration



You also had the opportunity to try out:
  • Eye or Lip Treatment
  • Skin consultation
  • Chiropractic adjustment


I would say that anything that involved rubbing my back, feet, neck and shoulders were my favorite by far! The massage therapists at The Wellness Centre were amazing. They all worked with me to make sure that the right pressure was being applied, prenatal rules were being followed and modified anything necessary to make sure I was comfortable. We definitely had to adjust the chair to account for my protruding belly! And it was oh so worth it!




I also really enjoyed the acupuncture demonstration. I was really intrigued to learn about acupuncture and the science/theory behind it. Some of the ladies opted to try out some needles, but I decided to stick with some of the small pressure beads. They are tiny hard beads attached to a bandaid like material that are inserted in specific places in your ear. The different locations effect different systems, muscles and joints in your body. I had one placed for lower/mid back pain and my digestive system. The theory is that you press the bead when feeling pain in that area and it helps to relieve it. They also stay on for up to three days! I'm not certain how well it worked since it was my first time, but I'm really interested in learning more!




Girls Night Out at the spa was pretty wonderful and oh so needed! It was great to catch up with some ladies that I've met over the past few years and meet several new faces! Some of which I had read their blogs or seen on our Facebook group! It's always fun finally putting a face with a name...or a blog in our case!




If you're in the Houston or more specifically Katy area, you should definitely check out The Wellness Centre (Facebook | Instagram) and Well Polished Salon (Facebook)!

I will definitely be going back that's for sure! In fact, I was chosen as one of the winners and I'm getting a free Spa Facial! I'm super excited and might just get a mani/pedi while I'm out there!

A big special THANK YOU to Breanna at The Thing About Joy for putting all of this together for us! We all appreciate the hard work that went into this lovely GNO! You're the best :)

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