Highlight of the Week… Our beautiful, fun Baby on Board Baby Shower! I’m not a huge fan of showers, but our friends found the perfect balance of celebrating our coming baby and keeping it low-stress. Everything from the decorations, to the food, to the company was perfectly on-point.
An unexpected feeling fell over our house after the shower. We had the bones of baby needs, specifically the furniture, and suddenly we had all the stuff. The day after we were starting to unpack the gifts and find their new homes when we realized… this stuff isn’t going away. Haha. I know this seems obvious but when you’re on the backend of most of your friends having kids it’s strange that all the baby stuff in your home isn’t going to leave when your friends do. Also, shifting our mindset from placing the baby stuff in a box or drawer until “someday” to finding its permanent functional home was strange too. All good… just strange.
Frustration of the Week… My poor swollen feet! I seemed to cross a threshold late last week that invited swelling feet and ankles into my life. I had a bad bout of it a few weeks ago when I was in Dublin, reasonably because I was on my feet all the time. But now, the swelling comes and goes as it damn well pleases. I even woke up with swollen feet the other day! I’m doing my best to stay off my feet, elevate them when I can, drinking plenty of water, and paying careful attention to my diet. At this point, it still kind of funny and not painful, so that’s a bonus!
Eating a lot of… Cantaloupe and watermelon, which makes for fun jokes! We had a ton of fruit leftover from the baby shower and I volunteered myself to not be wasteful and consume as much as I can!
Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… There’s just something about watching your husband set up baby furniture and fold baby clothes for the first time that pulls at your heartstrings.
A Tidbit… I started my chiropractic treatment this week, and it has completely changed the way my pregnancy feels. The doctor explained to me that since I went into my pregnancy with a posterior pelvic tilt my pregnancy is exponentially more painful as my spine adopts the normal curvature necessary to carry the baby. This explains why I was in such significant pain. Thankfully, light hip traction work, stretching, and gentle adjustments have alleviated much of the pain. I’m on a care plan to prevent additional pain until birth and have stretches I can do at home. So happy to have a solution that works for me!
There’s a great challenge that comes with planning a gender neutral baby shower. The baby market doesn’t necessarily lend itself to those who are undeclared and therefore, you have to get creative with the theme and create your own decor.
Let me tell you – my friends delivered!
Early in the baby shower planning, we decided the perfect theme for this ocean loving family was “Baby on Board”. Yes, we mean the surfboard! From there my friends ran with the idea and brought together a fun, tropical celebration of Baby Lawrence.
Highlight of the Week… Putting together pieces of the nursery! We received a number of incredibly generous gifts this week that completed our nursery needs. Did you catch the update here? After we put the furniture together and in place, I took a step back and got a little emotional. In less than three months, a little person will take up residence here and start their amazing life. How cool is that?!
Frustration of the Week… Apparently, I’m still bad at estimating how much my body can handle and overdid it once again. Shocking to everyone, I’m sure! I decided it would be a good idea to help the husband with yard work on Sunday morning… for 6 hours. Primarily, I pulled weeds, helped clean the pool, and sprayed down the pool deck. And yes, you guessed it – I was sore for daaaaaaaaaaaaaaays. I have to get better at this. Haha.
Eating a lot of… Italian Ice. My best friend brought over a case last weekend and I simply can’t get enough! Such a refreshing summer treat!
Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… Hubs has started interacting with my belly more and it’s ah-dorable!
A Tidbit… My ankles have been swellings so much – and it’s so comical! It only takes about 5 minutes of being on my feet in the morning before I get a case of elephantiasis of the feet. Where did my scrawny, boney feet go?! The Fred Flintstone nature of my feet makes me laugh every single day.
The third trimester is upon us and we’re getting loads of projects done for Baby Lawrence’s arrival. Primarily, we’ve been focusing on putting the nursery together and finding homes for all the wonderful gifts we’ve been receiving from family and friends.
We’ve decided to go with an ocean theme – but with a Disney twist! (Naturally.) We don’t know the sex of the baby so we’re filling the room with our favorite Disney characters who also love the sea! Think: Little Mermaid, Lilo & Stich, Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan, Finding Nemo / Dory, and Moana.
Highlight of the Week… Passing my glucose test on the first go around! I had heard nightmare stories about women who had to do the 3-hour test and I really wanted to get through the 1-hour test just fine. Thankfully, baby and I did great!
Frustration of the Week… Constant uncomfortability continues. I’m starting to feel pulls in my lower back, which is concerning. I partially slipped a disc last summer and there’s worry about the added weight and spine changes that it could happen again. Thankfully, I’m heading to a chiropractor soon to discuss what pain management and preventative measures I can take (besides a belly band and floating in the pool).
Eating a lot of… Chocolate chip muffins. I… I mean, baby stole them from my husband.
Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… Rumor was we had reached the point when husband could hear baby’s heartbeat if he was really patient and quiet. We gave this a test one night when baby was pushing to the outside of my stomach (so, close to the surface, haha). Husband positioned his ear right against where baby was pushing and laid still. After a few moments, he lifted his head up and give me the biggest grin. The look on his face surpassed when he first felt the baby move in Week 21. He was so happy to hear the heartbeat and be able to connect with baby. I love these moments when we can share baby’s growth and he can have experiences directly with him/her.
A Tidbit… Pregnancy hormones have finally made their lovely appearance this week. I feel fortunate that I’ve made it this far without any major emotional changes. However, I believe the combination of exhaustion from last week’s travel and stress at work created the perfect environment for my body to throw a few extra tears into the ring as well. I find myself tearing up over things that never would have created an emotional blip under different circumstances. I find it to both be frustrating and pretty comical. Fingers crossed it all stays pretty moderate!