Monthly Archives: September 2014

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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