39 Weeks

39 weeks

How far along: 39 weeks and the size of a watermelon – about 20 inches long and possibly over 7 pounds (although I’m betting she’s under 7 lbs based on the birthweights of Mike and myself – we’ll see!).  Either way, I feel like I am definitely carrying around a watermelon these days, so this seems fitting!

Gender: Baby Girl

Sleep: I have been blessed with some decent sleep this week which I have not been taking for granted!  I slept in until after 9 both mornings this weekend, and I cherished every minute knowing that this could be the last time that happens – ever!  Haha!

Best moment this week: My good friend and coworker who is like a brother to me finally tied the knot Friday night, and I’m proud to say I was instrumental in setting these two lovebirds up on a blind date a little over a year ago.  They were married at a beautiful North Georgia winery and vineyard, and my sister flew in to photograph the wedding!  We had so much fun celebrating at the wedding and have enjoyed a much-needed slow weekend here at home spending time with Kat and preparing for Molly’s arrival.

39 weeks

Miss anything: Just being comfortable.  I’m getting to that point where I am just constantly uncomfortable, and it hurts to get up and down, bend over, walk, stand, you name it.  I’m definitely looking forward to being able to move around a little more easily again one day soon.

Movement/Symptoms: Molly is still as active as ever which is good, but now we’re just playing the waiting game.  At my appointment this past Wednesday, I was 1 cm dilated.  You can sit there for weeks, though, so no sign of real progress.  I’m interested to see if we’ve moved any further along at my next appointment in a couple of days.  Fingers crossed!

Cravings: Still sweets – had some yummy pistachio and strawberry gelato last night that hit the spot!

Looking forward to: Meeting Molly June very very soon!!

In the meantime, here are some pics of the 98% complete nursery.  I am so happy with how it is coming together!  The lighting is weird in some of the pictures, but the walls are really more of a mint green like in the last picture with the book shelves.

My sister painted that fabulous canvas print after I spotted it on Etsy and it was sold out.  I love it and love that Molly will have a piece of her Aunt Kitty in her room!

My sister painted that fabulous canvas print after I spotted it on Etsy and it was sold out. I love it and love that Molly will have a piece of her Aunt Kitty in her room!

In love with these arrow sheets!

In love with these arrow sheets!

Our comfy glider and fabulous antique dresser turned changing table.  Kat helped me hang some  frames and tassel garland today, and I'm so happy with how it turned out!

Our comfy glider and fabulous antique dresser turned changing table. Kat helped me hang some frames and tassel garland today, and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

Close up of the wall over the dresser

Close up of the wall over the dresser

Molly's book wall!  Possibly my favorite part of the nursery.

Molly’s book wall! Possibly my favorite part of the nursery.

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38 Weeks

38 weeks

Well, the hospital bags are officially packed – things are getting real, y’all!  The countdown to meeting little Molly June is officially on….

How far along: 38 weeks and the size of a pumpkin – so fitting for fall! – over 19.5 inches long and about 6.8 pounds.

Gender: Baby Girl

Sleep: I think my nights of decent sleep have come to end.  It hasn’t helped that I’ve been sick and not breathing well at night, but adding aching hips, frequent trips to the bathroom, and heartburn to the mix makes for an interesting night’s sleep for sure.  Might as well get used to this now!

Best moment this week: We went out Saturday for a night on the town celebrating a friend’s wedding, and we had so much fun!  I have a group of friends who all met freshman year of college living on the same hall in our dorm, and somehow we have managed to continue these friendships 13 years later.  Some of us live pretty close to one another, so we are fortunate enough to get together once a month for dinner.  I love these ladies and cherish these friendships so much!  We had such a blast dancing the night away – well, let’s be honest – I danced the night away from my chair since my back was killing me!!  🙂

Miss anything: Being able to relax and enjoy downtime.  I drag so much during the weeknight evenings, so once the weekends roll around I have been running around like a crazy lady trying to get everything in order for Molly’s arrival.  I am feeling pretty good about where things are right now, though, so I’m hoping to relax a bit this weekend if I can.

Movement/Symptoms: I think I’ve been feeling some Braxton Hicks contractions lately –  I just hope that I will know the difference when the real thing starts!  It won’t be long now…

Cravings: Now that fall is here I am adding pumpkin to list of things I’ve been craving!  I pretty much crave that every fall, though.  Today I bought a pumpkin, chocolate, caramel popcorn mix that was divine and pumpkin pancake and waffle mix that I can’t wait to test out soon.  I’ve also had a couple of Pumpkin Spice Lattes as well… my favorite!

Looking forward to: Seeing my sister in 3 days!!!!  My good friend Dave who I have worked with since I graduated from college almost a decade ago (yikes!) is getting married this weekend, and Kat is flying in to photograph the event!  Although Dave’s mom and fiance were betting that Molly would arrive before the wedding and I wouldn’t make it, I’m determined to be there!  It will be such a special day, and I’m excited to get some quality time with my sister this weekend, too!  Here’s hoping Molly will hang tight for at least another week or so… 🙂

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37 Weeks

37 weeks

This is a very random fact about me.  Has anyone noticed my rebellious pinky finger in my weekly photos?  It always makes me laugh.  I broke it in 4th grade playing kickball, and it never healed correctly.  I cannot get that thing to cooperate!  🙂

It has been a rough past couple of days, so sorry for the late post (Mom!).  I have started coming down with a cold that I believe I got from my lovely germy coworkers despite my best attempts to keep my distance and sanitize every 5 minutes.  Let’s hope this passes quickly because it’s really taking a toll on this already tired pregnant body!

How far along: 37 weeks and the size of a winter melon – over 19 inches long and about 6 1/3 pounds.

Gender: Baby Girl

Sleep: Not good at all.  I know I jinxed this last week by saying it was somewhat better.  The first part of this week was especially rough because I would wake up in the middle of the night around 3am like clockwork for a bathroom break and then my mind would immediately start spinning with the never-ending to do list of things I wanted done before Molly’s arrival.  Mike encouraged me to write it all down so I made a color-coded spreadsheet (nerd alert!), and we were able to knock out almost the entire list over this past weekend.  Needless to say, I’m feeling much more relaxed and prepared for Molly to get here which is now helping me sleep MUCH better at night.  🙂

Best moment this week: I had my 36 week appointment where they were able to tell Molly’s position, and I’m happy to report that she is head down and in position – let’s just hope she stays that way!  We also had a lot of fun doing a maternity photo session with my good friend Melissa this weekend.  It’s so hard having my sister so far away, but we are lucky to have another talented photographer buddy close by to fill in and capture these moments for us!

Miss anything: Energy!  I found out at my last appointment that my Iron is a little low which explains why I’ve been soooo tired.  I knew it was normal to feel tired this late in the pregnancy, but I literally had no energy to do anything when I got home from work each day.  My doc gave me a prescription and encouraged me to eat more red meat – if you know me, you know that I was jumping for joy when I heard that!  Red meat is my fave.  We are having burgers tonight and streak fajitas tomorrow :).

Movement/Symptoms: I can tell that Molly’s quarters are getting a little cramped in there, but she is still as active as ever!

Cravings: Nothing new here… Ice cream, chocolate, jalepenos.

Looking forward to: Getting over this cold and getting the last few things in order for Molly’s arrival!

I’ll leave you with a few sneak peek pictures from our maternity session!  xo

maternity - moccs

maternity pics - wall

maternity - jeni's

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36 Weeks

36 weeks

How far along: 36 weeks and the size of a honeydew – over 18.5 inches long and almost 6 pounds.

Gender: Baby Girl

Sleep: Not great but better than it has been lately (knocks on wood).

Best moment this week: My BFF Christy gave birth to her precious son Eli, and everyone is healthy and doing well!  I’m so thrilled that we were able to share this pregnancy journey together and now motherhood – there is nothing like having a best friend to go through such a life-changing time with and with whom you can share every crazy thought and moment knowing that there will be absolutely no judgement.  If only we lived closer so that our babes could have regular play dates!

Miss anything: It’s really becoming difficult to move around comfortably which is making it harder and harder to be productive and get things done before Molly’s arrival.  Thank God Mike has been a saint and has been doing as much as he can to help me out, but it still gets frustrating.

Movement/Symptoms: I am still feeling a lot of movement and am constantly watching my stomach shift from side to side forming crazy shapes.  Besides that, I’m still feeling a good bit of heartburn and starting to swell in my hands and feet.  I think I’ve given up on getting my wedding rings back on since I took them off about a week ago, and I barely recognize my feet and sausage toes anymore :).

Cravings: Nothing new here… Ice cream, chocolate, jalepenos.

Looking forward to: Getting this nursery in order!  We still have a couple of things that have been delayed that I’m anxiously waiting on to help feel the room more complete – mainly the glider and bedding.  I finally started washing all of the precious little clothes, blankets and towels today, so I’m excited to get all of that put away soon and feel a little more prepared.  We still don’t have anything up on the walls yet, but I’m hoping we can tackle some of that this week.  I’m also looking forward to my 36 week appointment this week where they will externally feel to see what position Molly is in – hoping she is head down and planning to stay there!

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35 Weeks

35 weeks

How far along: 35 weeks and the size of a coconut – over 18 inches long and about 5 1/4 pounds. 

Gender: Baby Girl

Sleep: Ugh!  Sleep is continuing to be a struggle since it  is nearly impossible to get comfortable.  I guess my body is preparing me for future middle-of-the-night feedings!

Best moment this week: Can we talk about that UGA/Clemson game?!  I was starting to second guess whether making the trek to Athens at 35 weeks pregnant and nearly 100 degree temperatures was really the smartest move, but every doubt that I had vanished as we drove toward North Campus.  I am SO glad that I decided to go.  There is absolutely nothing like the opening weekend of college football, being back at my old stomping grounds, tailgating with great friends, and cheering our DAWGS on to an unbelievable victory!  It was such an amazing day and totally worth my swollen and sore feet! 😉  We then drove to Auburn the next morning to surprise my mom for an early birthday celebration – we had a wonderful couple days there, too, thanks to a long Labor Day weekend!  The boys played golf while the girls soaked up some sun at the pool and lake.  It was such a wonderful weekend, and we were sad for it to end!

Miss anything: I really wish that I could partake in a delicious pumpkin beer now that it is September and the seasonal beers are hitting shelves!  I guess a pumpkin spice latte will have to do the trick for the next month or so.

Movement/Symptoms: Molly was kicking up a storm during that UGA game – made Mama proud!  She is still moving around a good bit and pressing body parts into my ribs and organs which can be painful at times as she continues to get bigger.  The heartburn is still getting worse, too, so I always have a bottle of Tums on hand these days.

Cravings: Ice cream, chocolate, jalepenos. 

Looking forward to: One of my best friends Christy is having her first baby tomorrow morning, and I can’t wait for Eli’s arrival and to see pictures of his sweet little face!!  He and Molly are sure to be the best of friends growing up.  🙂

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34 Weeks

34 weeks

How far along: 34 weeks and the size of a butternut squash – almost 18 inches long and about 4 3/4 pounds. She is getting so big!

Gender: Baby Girl

Belly button in or out: Out.

Sleep: Still waking up multiple times a night for different reasons – bathroom breaks, heartburn, and tossing and turning since it is now pretty much impossible to get comfortable.  I’m really looking forward to being able to sleep comfortably on my back again pretty soon.

Best moment this week: Our long weekend in Charleston was just what this mama needed!  I had three things on my list for our “babymoon” – spa day, amazing meals, and relaxation at the pool and/or beach.  We successfully checked every item off the list and had a wonderful time reconnecting without all of the stresses and rushing around that we’ve become accustomed to.  It was wonderful and much needed.

Miss anything: Energy and moving around comfortably.

Movement/Symptoms: The latest thing I’m experiencing is some pretty intense pressure in my pelvic region (sorry if that’s TMI) which I’ve read is completely normal.  It is sooo uncomfortable, though.  It’s the worst when trying to stand up from bed, couch, etc or when just walking around.  Other than that I’m still battling this heartburn daily, but I know it could be worse…

Cravings: Jeni’s ice cream.  So so good.

Looking forward to:  UGA football!  We will be attending our one and only game this season on Saturday in the opener against Clemson.  We sold the rest of our tickets, so we’ll be sticking closer to home after this weekend anxiously awaiting Molly’s arrival.  GO DAWGS!!  🙂

33 Weeks

33 weeks

It’s official – the pregnancy hormones are in full force this week!  I’ve had a few different sob sessions where I can’t seem to pull myself together.  It can be triggered by anything – an article, commercial, movie, conversation, you name it.  I end up laughing in the middle of ugly crying because I know how ridiculous I must look, but I can’t make it stop!  Today my cry sesh started when I ran across the last half hour of Father of the Bride 2 – which I’ve seen dozens of times – and Nina and Annie (mother and daughter) are having babies at the same time.  I was out of control, and Mike was just staring at me like I was from outer space.

How far along: 33 weeks and the size of a durian fruit – about 17 inches long and a little over 4 pounds.  I had no idea what a durian fruit was until I happened to be watching Real Housewives of OC last week and saw Tamra and Heather trying it while in Bali!  Did anyone else happen to see that??  I thought it looked pretty similar to a pineapple but maybe a little bigger.

Gender: Baby Girl Molly June!

Belly button in or out: Out.

Sleep: Still suffering from back and shoulder pain from the uncomfortable position I have to sleep in these days, but I am having a prenatal massage this week, and I CAN. NOT. WAIT.  

Best moment this week: This has been a pretty great week with a few great moments to choose from – aside from my almost daily breakdowns!  Monday we had the hospital tour, and Mike and I were both really impressed by how nice the maternity unit is at Northside.  It almost feels like a spa when you walk through the front doors – so serene and peaceful.  We really enjoyed the tour and felt like things were getting a lot more real at that point!  Friday my sweet coworkers threw us a shower, and that night our amazing friends thew a dinner celebration in Molly’s honor.  It has been such a busy summer, so it was really nice to see friends we haven’t seen in awhile and catch up with everyone.  Today we started getting the nursery in order, and we are feeling great about how it’s coming together!  We have the furniture in and assembled except for the glider that we are still waiting on.  Now I just get to accessorize and organize.  I’ll be sure to share pictures on the blog once we have it finished!

Miss anything: Energy and not crying at the drop of a hat :).

Movement/Symptoms: Molly is still extremely active these days.  I had my 32 week appointment this past week, and my doctor said her heartbeat was over 160 bmp which means she was moving around a lot.  As far as symptoms, heartburn seems to be getting worse and worse each day!  

Cravings: Everything sweet under the sun.  Also supremely spicy hummus.

Looking forward to: Mike turns the big 3-2 this Thursday, and we’ll be leaving around lunch that day to head to Charleston for a long weekend!  We are combining Mike’s birthday celebration with a Babymoon – our last real getaway before Molly is here!  We are filling our weekend with amazing food, relaxation by the pool and beach, and one morning that I’m really looking forward to – I’m spending a few hours at a spa getting a prenatal massage (Hallelujah!), facial and pedicure while Mike spends some time checking off a big item on his bucket list – playing the ocean golf course at Kiawah Island.  We are both really looking forward to getting away for a few days to unwind and relax!

32 Weeks

32 weeks

How far along: 32 weeks and the size of a squash – about 16 3/4 inches long and 3 3/4 pounds.

Gender: Baby Girl Molly June!

Maternity clothes: Yep.

Belly button in or out: Out.

Sleep: Sleep was pretty painful again this week.  I wake up around 3-3:30 in the morning each night to use the restroom and then am awake for awhile trying to get comfortable enough to fall back asleep.  It’s frustrating, but I guess I should go ahead and get used to this.  🙂

Best moment this week: I slept until 8:45 this morning somehow, and it was the most glorious thing ever.  It’s been nice to have a somewhat lazy weekend because I know these days are going to be very few and far between – if even existent at all – in the future!  We also made some more nursery decisions and purchases this weekend which felt really good to mark off the list.  It’s coming together slowly but surely.

Miss anything: Energy, sleeping comfortably, and being able to walk for 5 minutes without constantly feeling like I have to pee.

Movement/Symptoms: I’m still feeling some pretty hard kicks in my ribs, but lately it’s been a lot more rolling and feeling like it’s her butt or head pushing up against my insides.  Baby girl is definitely growing and getting stronger each week.  I’ve had a pretty easy pregnancy as far as symptoms go (knocks on wood), but the heartburn has just started getting intense these past couple of weeks.  If that’s the worst of the symptoms, though, I’ll take it!

Cravings: Fruit (although the pineapple has definitely been contributing to heartburn lately), ice cream – I had Jeni’s last night which is my favorite in town!, chocolate, the usual.

Looking forward to: Taking a hospital tour of the maternity ward tomorrow night!

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31 Weeks

31 weeks

 

How far along: 31 weeks and the size of a pineapple – a little over 16 inches long and 3 1/3 pounds. 

Gender: Sweet baby girl!

Maternity clothes: Yes.

Belly button in or out: Out.

Sleep: Well… that one week of good sleep was nice.  It’s back to feeling unbelievably uncomfortable with at least a couple of times waking up per night.  My back and shoulders are really starting to ache from sleeping on my side.  I am counting down the days until my prenatal massage in a few weeks, but Mike has been awesome about rubbing my back almost every night until then. 🙂

Best moment this week: This has been a good week! We got the whole inside of our house repainted (including the nursery), and we are loving the fresh new look.  We’ve also had a great weekend that included our first baby prep class – Baby Essentials.  We learned all about diaper changes, bathing, swaddling, feeding, holding, soothing, etc.  We both enjoyed it and learned some new things, and Mike may have been the best swaddler in the class!  I was very impressed.  My dad then came in town yesterday, so we went to dinner with him and watched a movie at our house before he hit the road again this morning.

Miss anything: Sleeping comfortably, standing up easily, and being able to see my toes. 🙂

Movement: Nothing has changed here… Molly is still quite the little soccer player.  She was all over the place in our class yesterday, so Mike and I just sat and watched my belly changing shapes which never gets old… or less weird.

Cravings: Sweet and spicy.  Had some delicious jalepenos wrapped in bacon last night.  Mike took one bite and his mouth was on fire for 10 minutes, so I gladly devoured his too.  Also had another krispy kreme donut today.  I figure one a week isn’t that bad, right?  Especially since I could down at least 5 a day and be happy.  🙂

Looking forward to: A pretty low-key week around here which will be nice.  Hoping to continue “nesting” by cleaning out the house a little more and getting this place in order.  We’re getting there!

30 Weeks

30 weeks

Holy bags under my eyes!  Keeping it real this week with no makeup… some days I’m doing good just to shower ;).

How far along: 30 weeks and the size of a cucumber – about 16 inches long and 3 pounds.  Can’t believe we only have 10 weeks to go?!  It’s getting real…

Gender: Sweet baby girl!

Maternity clothes: Living in.

Belly button in or out: Starting to protrude. 

Sleep: So much better this week and much needed!  Hope this streak continues…

Best moment this week: Finally picking a paint color for the nursery!  The paint is going up this week, and I can’t wait for everything to finally start coming together in there.  We are going with a mint green paint for the walls… hoping it comes out exactly as planned!

Miss anything: Mainly just energy, but it’s not too terrible.  I really start heading downhill in the afternoons… very similar to how I felt in the first trimester.  I also miss being able to stand for 10 minutes without my back just killing me.

Movement: Still all over the place!

Cravings: This weekend I satisfied my sweet tooth with a Chick-fil-A peach milkshake and Krispy Kreme doughnut.. Oops!  Both were worth every calorie. 🙂

Looking forward to: Dinner tomorrow with some good girlfriends, the nursery getting painted, and my dad visiting for a night next weekend!

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