37 Weeks


How far along: 37 Weeks, FULL TERM!!!
Total weight gain: 28 pounds
Maternity clothes: Yes, although I am getting sick of most of them.  I don't want to buy any more, but getting dressed is quite the ordeal these days.  I tried on at least 10 dresses today and my belly stuck out so far they barely covered my panties in the front! Not a good look...
Stretch marks: thank goodness, NO :)
Sleep: Not great, but not horrible I guess.  My sister and her sweet babies decided to share their microplasma walking pneumonia with me so on top of being huge and uncomfortable I cannot breathe!!!
Best moment this week: Going to lunch at Brio with my Mom, sis and her two sweet babies for an early birthday lunch!  They are all leaving me going to the beach tomorrow morning for a week!  Hope Olivia stays put until they get back.
Miss Anything: As I near the end of my pregnancy I have been thinking how much I really am going to miss being pregnant.  I cannot wait to meet this sweet girl and see what she looks like, but I am going to miss feeling her moving around inside me.  I have absolutely LOVED being pregnant!
Movement: Somehow she is still rocking and rolling in there!  The doctor estimated yesterday that she already weighs 7 pounds and will be over 8 by the time I deliver, whoa momma!!! How she still has room to wiggle is beyond me!
Food cravings: I pretty much just want fruit and chocolate all of the time now, Fudgerounds to be specific.
Anything making you queasy or sick: nope
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: Believe it or not I have been having some random contractions today!  Whoo hoo!  I went to the doctor yesterday and I was 1 cm dilated and 40 percent effaced so at least that's something! 
Symptoms: Besides feeling huge and being sick I feel pretty good.  She has dropped some and relieved some of the pressure under my ribs and I am super thankful for that.
Belly button in or out: Still in :)
Wedding rings on or off: on! I have been resting a lot this week since I have been sick and I haven't had any swelling.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, Happy, Happy!!!
Looking forward to: A nice relaxing weekend with my hubby.  We have no plans except chilling out and soaking up some of this last time we have just the two of us :)

My sweet lunch dates! 
 Love this silly little girl more than words can say!

Oh and is it just me or do I look like I stuffed a basket ball under my shirt??  Geez...

36 Weeks


How far along: 36 Weeks
Total weight gain: 27 pounds
Maternity clothes: yes, and getting sick of them by this point
Stretch marks: Nope :)  Although I thought I saw one the other morning and about flipped my shiz, but it was just a sleep mark from the wadded up sheets.
Sleep: I feel like I am back in the first trimester, I am so sleepy all of the time!  Not saying I actually get much sleep, but I sure do try.
Best moment this week: Went to the lake with some friends to celebrate Memorial Day!  Hung out on the dock and even got in the cold water :)  I am pretty much an inferno these days though so it felt great!
Miss anything: I would have loved to have an ice cold adult beverage in my hand while floating in the lake ;)
Movement: To my surprise she is still moving a lot!  I know she is out of room because all I feel is body parts poking out...kinda weird sometimes haha
Food cravings: I think I could live off of watermelon, honey-crisp apples and FUDGEROUNDS...the BIG ones!  I don't have time for those tiny ones that I can currently shove into my big fat mouth in one bite
Anything making you queasy: Nope, but I had mexican the other night and I had heartburn ALL DAY the next day and I don't get heartburn!  I am going to stay away from anything too spicy from here on out
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: Unfortunately no...not even a braxton hicks contraction!  I think this little girl is going to stay in forever!
Symptoms: Still burning pain under my right ribs like crazy, kinda feels like I have a thousand fire ants crawling and stinging my skin all of the time...no fun!  Besides that, I feel pretty good.... as good as a water buffalo can feel I guess ;)
Belly button in or out: Just barely in, but it is still in there!
Wedding rings on or off: On most of the time, but as the heat increases so do the size of my fingers and the little sausages I now call toes.
Happy or moody most of the time: I would still say happy MOST of the time, but I have noticed my fuse might be a little shorter than normal.  The hormones are in full swing and I am super uncomfortable..never know if a laugh or cry is going to come out.
Looking forward to: This was my last week of work (yes, I cried over that)  I am looking forward to getting everything finished up for babygirl over the next couple of weeks and just having some down time to rest and spend with the hubby. 

Me and my lovie at the lake :)
 

35 Weeks


How far along: 35 Weeks
Total weight gain: 26 pounds
Maternity clothes: Yep, and trying to find clothes to wear home from the hospital seems to be a task... I ordered some tops and bottoms from Gap's Pure Body line and they feel great!  Guess that is what I will live in post-pregnancy for a while.
Stretch marks: none
Sleep: Hit and miss...just when I think I have found the secret to getting comfortable and sleeping more than an hour at a time something changes and I am tossing and turning again!  I have also been waking up super thirsty in the middle of the night..and let me just tell you the sensation of being thirsty and feeling like you might wet your pants before you make it to the bathroom at the same time is a very odd feeling ;)
Best moment this week: Tuesday morning at my 5:30 am BodyPump class some of my participants had made a really cute banner and set my bench up with diapers and an adorable onesie and bib they had made for baby girl!  It was so sweet!  Last week will be my last week to teach classes and I will admit I am a little sad about it!
Miss anything: I am feeling very pregnant this week... I miss the way my body used to be able to do the simple things like tie my shoes or turn over in the bed without getting crazy out of breath.  
Movement: She is still very active in there right now even though she is definitely running out of room!  Her little booty has made its way up under my breast bone at the top of my rib cage and it is extremely uncomfortable.  I tried to coax her out of there the other night with a bag of cold peas and she let me know very quickly she was going to have none of that!  She was wiggling and kicking like crazy, which hurt even worse than her just lodged in there.  Guess she is just stuck there until she decides it is time to come out.
Food cravings: Well, I had brownies twice yesterday and for breakfast and a snack today so I would say still loving the chocolate!  We have been watching a lot of Food Network's Diners Drive ins and Dives and I had a craving for a philly cheesesteak like whoa this week, which I gave in to and it was delicious!
Anything making you sick: not a thing
Gender: girl
Labor signs: no
Symptoms: Besides the crazy pain under my ribs and just overall feeling of being a beached whale...I feel GREAT ;)
Belly button in or out: old faithful is still holding in there, for now!
Wedding rings on or off: on...blood pressure is still really low (112/50 yesterday) and no swelling!
Happy or moody most of the time: I am feeling so many emotions here lately!  I have had such a wonderful pregnancy and I have truly loved every minute of it.  As the end draws near I am so excited to meet this sweet little angel inside of me, but I am anxious at the same time.  I would say overall very happy though and trying to soak up every moment of these last few weeks :)
Looking forward to: Finishing up the nursery (as much as I can in our current house) and just getting everything ready for my baby girl!

Update on our house... the footing is poured!  Next comes the slab and then basement walls!

In other news:  We went to our first Barons game at the new Regions park!  The game was super boring, but the park was really cool and I got turtle track ice cream with caramel sauce in a cute little Barons hat :)


April Showers



Olivia Jane is on her way!

Last weekend was my big baby shower and shower it did!  It poured rain the whole time.  Wet presents and guests flooded my Mom's house.  The weather didn't seem to hinder anyone from coming though!  I got lots of goodies for my little doll!  I feel so blessed and so loved :)  

Just one shot of some of my gifts!
Yummy Edgar's cake



Diaper cake my sister Ashley made
 
Decorations





My sweet friends who helped host!
Hostess shot :)


My Mom and my Sis Ashley aka...The Baby Shower Divas!!!  These two made sure everything was perfect!

Sisters :)

My precious nieces Allie Kate and Ava Grace!  They are so excited to meet their new cousin :)

This little one is especially excited haha!

 Love all of these silly girls so much!  A big thank you to everyone who helped and everyone who came to celebrate my little sweet pea!  I am so blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life and I cannot wait for each of you to be a part of my little doll's life :)







34 Weeks


How far along: 34 Weeks
Total weight gain: 26 pounds
Maternity clothes:  Definitely, but still mixing in some non maternity dresses.  I love a summer sundress more than anything :)
Stretch marks: Nope
Sleep: The sand-man must have stopped by my house this week because I have been sleeping great!  I still wake up every couple of hours to pee or flip over, but at least I can go back to sleep.  After weeks of sleeplessness, I'll take it!!!
Best moment this week: Just trying to finish everything up for my baby girl!  The hubby joined me on an all day shopping trip on Saturday with my bomb list of everything  we still need for her arrival.  I am going into crazy mode trying to get everything done.  This baby brain is no joke..I cannot think of anything else!
Miss anything: Just being comfortable.  I am feeling VERY pregnant right now and I know I am only going to get bigger!  Went to dinner last night for a friend's birthday and I REALLY wanted a margarita!  I settled for a virgin strawberry daiquiri ;)
Movement: Lots of movement and hiccups!  She has been doing this weird thing where she gets her feet in my hip bones and pushes her little booty in my ribs and it feels like she is literally trying to escape!!!
Food cravings: CHOCOLATE!!! And fruit
Anything making you sick: not unless you count eating until I make myself sick...which is not so hard to do these days, not a whole lot of room left in there.
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: Not yet, but I will say I wouldn't have my feelings hurt if she decides to come at 37 weeks!
Symptoms: Horrible burning pain under my right rib cage, it is getting increasingly hard to move as well haha
Belly button in or out: Amazingly it is still hanging in there!  I have a feeling it won't be for too much longer though
Wedding rings: on and I have had almost no swelling! Hope it stays that way!
Happy or moody most of the time: Happier than a bird with a french fry, or a pregnant lady with a french fry ;)
Looking forward to: We are supposed to take maternity pictures this weekend if the weather cooperates so fingers crossed.  This Sunday is also Mother's Day.  We are going to celebrate with my lovely Momma :)


On the home front: 
We have finally broken ground on the house!!! Whooooo hooooooo!!!!!  We also went to pick out brick colors and interior finishes this week.  It was very overwhelming, but I think that I am going to LOVE what we picked and I can't wait to share our progress :)   For now, here is the hole that will soon hold our basement!



33 Weeks



How far along: 33 Weeks
Total weight gain: 26 pounds
Maternity clothes: Yes, still mixing in some of my old stuff too though.  I can still wear most of my summer dresses..so far :)
Stretch marks: not yet
Sleep: I'd love some please!!!
Best moment this week: My Baby Shower for my little lady last Sunday!  I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful friends and family that love me and my baby girl so much! 
Miss anything: just the usual..breathing, bending, sleeping...
Movement: Still moving a lot!  She gets the hiccups at least twice a day too.  Something I probably won't think is so cool on the outside ;)
Food cravings: Fruit and fudgerounds
Anything making you sick: nope
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: none, but doctor confirmed she is head down and ready to go when the time comes!  Fingers crossed she doesn't flip!
Symptoms: Insomnia, sore hips and this inferno under my right rib cage is a biotch!  All that said, I would not trade this experience for the world.  I absolutely love carrying my sweet little girl!
Belly button in or out: still in, amazingly
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy as a lark :)
Looking forward to: Maternity pictures this week!  That is if it doesn't rain all day Saturday.  It isn't looking too good right now so we may have to reschedule for the weekend after.  

BIG NEWS!!!!
We finally close on our house tomorrow and they should break ground next week!  I could not be more excited (well, maybe if it was already built).  We should be in by October!  Now the real fun begins... I am planning to get everything on the interior picked out before little miss arrives so I don't have to drag her around with me to pick stuff out.  It should be fun, stressful at times I am sure, but I cannot wait until we are in our new house!  Wish me luck :)