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Friday, June 17, 2016

"Bumpdate" :: 40 Weeks

I have been writing this "bumpdate" forever...first I was going to post at 32 weeks, then 36 weeks, then 38 weeks and now here we are at almost 40 weeks {tomorrow} and I'm just posting this. So undoubtedly, this will be my second and last "bumpdate" before baby arrives! We are so beyond excited. We are definitely in limbo waiting for baby boy to arrive. I think Braden is more excited than I am! Everyday he talks to baby and says "you can come and play with me now!" Sometimes though, I don't know if he is more excited for the baby or to have a little time off work ;)

Part of me feels kind of sad to see this pregnancy coming to an end. We are so excited for our little one to join our family but I have loved feeling him move and grow in my tummy. Pregnancy is such a miracle and it has significantly built my testimony of eternal families and God's love for each of us.

Weight Gain: 26 pounds! I feel great and have been able to exercise most of the time so I feel satisfied.
Sleep? Finally at 38 weeks + 4 days I started waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom - I'm proud I made it to that point without sacrificing any sleep! I'm definitely starting to feel so much more uncomfortable as I sleep because laying on either side, baby feels so heavy.
Best moment this week? Kayaking for my 25th birthday - he was moving like crazy and it makes me so excited to take him on all kinds of little adventures. Don't worry, I won't take him kayaking right away...
Movement: So much movement! And very distinct sleeping periods. Last week I had a little scare when I couldn't feel baby for 12+ hours. I was pretty busy the entire day running from one thing to the next. I thought about it before I went to bed and then I woke up quickly around 5:30am worried, realizing I had hardly felt him all night (which I usually do). Long story short, after trying to drink some juice and lay on my side and count the kicks, then a call to the midwives, baby had dropped into my pelvis a bit and his movement was more restricted so his movements felt more like "rolling" movements instead of "punching/kicking." It has since happened a few more times
Food Cravings: None! Seriously, I haven't had a craving since my first trimester. Is that weird?!
What I'm looking forward to: Birth! Baby boy will be here soooo soon. Lots of Braxton Hicks and contractions as my body is preparing

A few other updates (more for me :)):
  • Around 31/32 weeks, I started to feel baby closer to the outside of my uterus and I could feel more distinct body parts.
  • It is amazing how the body prepares for labor! I am still sleeping pretty well and through the night (fingers crossed!) but I have been starting to naturally wake up quite a bit earlier. 
  • I have been going to the chiropractor weekly since 32 weeks and it has made all the difference! I feel amazing!
  • Around 36 weeks, closer to 37, started to feel more regular Braxton hicks contractions. It is the coolest feeling!
  • Heartburn non-stop after 37 weeks...enough said.
  • I have been nesting like crazy the last 3-4 weeks - we have "everything" we need for baby to come. We are so ready to meet him! 
  • I love feeling the way baby responds differently in different situations :: to his cute daddy, he always pokes back and moves around more when he hears his voice or when Braden puts his hand on my tummy; In the temple, his movements feel slower and more peaceful. 
This little boy already has such a sweet, special spirit. We are so excited to meet him!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

{Maternity Photos}

My sweet, talented friend Destiny took some amazing maternity photos for us and I will cherish these forever. It was 8am and the morning light was so perfect! But I also think I look like I just woke up in some of these haha...regardless, I love how they turned out and looking at these photos just makes me so happy. What a special time of our lives that I will remember forever. I was 37 weeks in these photos so my belly was nice and round for photos.

On a different day, we tried to go take a few maternity photos on our own with our fancy camera but it was pouring rain and I was not in the mood. But a few of these still turned out really cute and I wanted to keep them for the memory.

^ My hair is a little rain swept as you can tell but I still love the viivd colors in this photo. And I think you can just tell how excited I am! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

25th Birthday :: Our Mini Adventure

At 39 weeks pregnant, I knew my options were a little more limited but I was determined to still have a little adventure in celebration of my 25th birthday! I am officially a quarter century old. So cool! Life is so beautiful and I feel like I have done so much in my short life. I feel proud and content to be where I am and I am so excited to see what the next 25 years bring (no doubt devoted to growing our little family and raising cute kids). 

A few months ago we decided kayaking would be a safe but adventurous activity. I was a little bummed when I found out it was going to be rainy but it did not stop us! In fact, I think the rain made it that much more fun. We went up to Causey Reservoir in the Ogden Valley for a few hours and it was so beautiful. My little sister came too and we had so much fun. It was so relaxing to just paddle around the peaceful. 

Here is to 25 and the best years ahead! And of course many, many more adventures. 

I just adore this handsome face.

On my actual birthday on Sunday, we went to church and then drove up to Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon) for a little walk around the lake. Braden entertained me by pushing around an empty stroller and carseat (with a cover) to test it out for baby. It worked great but Braden felt so awkward. It was hilarious! Such a beautiful, perfect sunny day. 

Then for dinner, Braden made me the most amazing lemon garlic shrimp with mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli - it was spot on!

And we ended our meal with some amazing, light lemon cake. Such a perfect treat!

And a sweet note from my Braden to end the perfect weekend.