Belly casting

I am the queen of crafts. Ok maybe not the queen but I love anything crafty and keepsake-ish so when I came across this idea of belly casting your pregnant belly I knew we had to do it. It’s really just making a mold of your belly and then decorating it after its done but its so cute to me. Anyway I’ve been talking about it forever and now that I know I’m dilating I knew we had to do it before we make it to the hospital lol. I could have bought a belly casting kit online or at babies r us but those cost upwards of $20. When it comes to crafts, I do my research. I found out that I could spend less than $10 and get the same result.
I went to michaels and bought plaster, I asked the girl for something called rigid wrap and got two rolls of the smaller size. They were $5 each and I used a 40% off one reg priced item so it came out to like 8.50$ for everything. That’s winning to me.
I sat on the kitchen island and put Vaseline over everywhere the plaster would go so we could get the mold off when it dried. Then Dwight cut the roll into strips, dipped them in warm water and laid them on me. It was an interesting and kind of messy project but it came out so cute. When it started to dry it kind of popped up a little bit so it gave the feeling of taking a band aid off almost?

I would advise anyone to sit in a comfortable chair for the drying process. It didn’t take long, maybe ten minutes, but I didn’t want to move for fear I would mess up the mold and I didn’t have anything to rest my back on so it was slightly uncomfortable especially for a person that is already slightly uncomfortable at this point in the pregnancy lol.

Now I just have to figure out what I want to decorate on it πŸ™‚

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37 weeks

so i updated yesterday buttt heres my weekly survey stuff. ohhh doc said im 1cm dilated and 30-40% effaced. wooo hoo almost show time. ive gained 5 lbs in the past week and asked him about it since i was concerned but he said my blood pressure is great, better than his even, so he thinks right now its just the swelling. he said just make sure i watch my blood pressure and my vision and if anything changes give him a call. time to recheck that my hospital bag is really packed and clean the house cause im sure we will have lots of visitors very soon.

oh ! when i at the office [which also does gyn, family medicine and pediatrics] this random patient came and touched my belly ! it surprised me so i didn’t look at her crazy and also because she seemed so genuinely happy for me lol. she was telling all the nurses that i was almost there and they kind of just smiled and nodded cause they see me every week so they know lol,Β  and the random ladyΒ  told me ill be ready in a week O_O

ultrasound tomorrow

How Far Along? 37 weeks.

how big is baby: over 6 lbs but im sure ill find out more tomorrow

Symptoms: swollen feet and fingers and ankles, absentmindedness, nesting, tired, hunger [ they said i might not be able to eat as much cause she’s getting bigger but its not true -___- ]

Total Weight Gain/Loss: im up 5 lbs from last week so im at 175. total weight gain of like 35 lbs?

maternity clothes? maternity pants for the win, but one of them is feeling realllllyyy snug, thats what i get for getting skinny maternity jeans [rolls eyes at self], so i prefer yoga pants

Sleep: same. this is hard sometimes, sometimes one side of my body gets numb so i have to roll over but rolling over with such a big belly its hard to roll like that. my dreams are still crazy and vivid

stretch marks? yes D: wahhh

Food Cravings: idk really, just want to eat a lot

Best Moment This Week: finding out i started dilating !

Movement: yes, OMG i think shes trying to find her way out sometimes

Labor Signs: braxton hicks still, and cramps, started dilating and my cervix is a good percentage effaced

Gender: a little princess

Belly Button In Or Out? i think its pretty much the littlest outie ever. i dont think its going to pop out like some peoples do

What I Miss: being able to fit into my clothes ! lol

What I Am Looking Forward To: having her here

Milestones: being dilated and effaced

Weekly Wisdom: find someone to drive you where you need to go πŸ˜‰ getting cramps and contractions while youre driving is kind of scary

 

pregnancy update

FULL TERM STATUS BABY!

i start my weeks on tuesday, so this tuesday i was 37 weeks, but i don’t see my doctor til wednesday or thursday so i have been waiting til those days to do my weekly update post… buttt i feel like there’s nothing wrong with a little midweek update..

i have officially hit the full term mark, that is mind blowing. where did the time go?! i really have to finish packing my bag and get her room ready and finish unpacking the house and put my birth plan together and [insert long list of household chores here] ! ahh so much to do, but i just want to lay down.. and other times i just want to cook and bake and eat lots of chocolate yogurt. sigh. no relax i’m really not freaking out that bad, it just puts things into perspective of what i really want to have done before we make it into the delivery room. like finish painting her room, and putting her clothes away. and get this baby bag that i think im in love with. well not really in love with, but it appeals to me way more than any other baby bag i’ve seen thus far.

took my group b strep test and came back negative. woo hoo. doc said it wouldn’t have been harmful for either of us if it was positive, just some antibiotics here and there but regardless i’m glad i’m don’t have to worry about it. also i have added more protein to my diet, like what someone suggested to me, and i have noticed that the swelling is not so pronounced. successssss.

also i was laying down on my side yesterday and i swear to Bob that i saw her head move in my belly. like i started to feel her move, and then i looked and it was like this half a baseball sized bump started poking out on my right side, i haven’t seen a bump so large so it freaked me out and in response i turned automatically and then after put my hand to feel. dwight wasn’t in the room so i called him in to feel it too. definitely was a head or a butt, more likely her head since i think shes been head down πŸ™‚ also my braxton hicks have been getting stronger and more “painful” and just this morning i think i’m starting to feel the “lightening” that people talk about? or maybe i’m just imaging it cause i’m excited..

hospital bag & lamaze

clock is ticking. don’t have much time left now so a hospital bag is nice to have ready. i would wait til the last minute cause i tend to overpack butttt in this situation i might be going crazy so better to have it done now. it should be like packing an overnight bag right?

what i got so far:

pajamas

slippers

underwear and nursing bras

disposable nursing pads

camera and extra batteries

toiletry bag….

nursing cover

post partum belly wrap

socks

….

 

what i plan on packing for her bag:

going home outfit

2 pairs of mittens

extra outfit or two?

…. {insert suggestions here}

 

oh went to the doc this week and im not dilated or effaced. still getting contractions and cramps so i guess maybe by next week we’ll see?

took a “lamaze” class this week… well i shouldn’t call it that. everyone has been asking if we have taken it and blah blah and we hadn’t. when we started looking at classes everything was very close to my due date so we looked up someone we had got referred to, she does private sessions. she really didn’t go over any breathing exercises but more vids and a powerpoint on the different stages of labor, different terminologies, different positions she could be in when the time to arrive comes. she did however tell me to add some more protein to my diet to see if that helps with the ankle/foot swelling so i’ve been working on that.

36 weeks

apparently she is packing on the pounds still, about an ounce a day. and i think it is showing in my stretch marks πŸ˜₯ ill load up on cocoa butter and shea butter and every thing else i can find when i get a chance. i dont think she’s “dropped” yet because i still feel kicks up in my upper ribs, and am still having a little shortness of breath. the heartburn has subsided somewhat though, happy for that. other than that im still at work and still trying to unpack the little boxes we have left. i want as little chores to do once she gets here.

How Far Along? 36 weeks.

how big is baby: over 18.5 in long and almost 6 lbs [ crenshaw melon ]

Symptoms: FATIGUE !!! swollen feet and ankles !!! hunger, less heartburn, nesting, forgetfulness, short of breath, back & foot aches, trouble sleeping

Total Weight Gain/Loss: im up two lbs from last week so im at 170. total weight gain of like 30-35 lbs?

maternity clothes? maternity pants for the win

Sleep: this is hard sometimes, sometimes one side of my body gets numb so i have to roll over but rolling over with such a big belly its hard to roll like that. my dreams are still crazy and vivid

stretch marks? yes D: wahhh

Food Cravings: idk really, just want to eat a lot

Best Moment This Week: having my family come up and help us unpack the house, take care of errands and set up her room ❀

Movement: yes, OMG i think shes trying to find her way out sometimes

Labor Signs: braxton hicks still, cramps and tighten of my belly at times. cervix is still pretty closed

Gender: a little princess

Belly Button In Or Out? i think its pretty much the littlest outie ever. i dont think its going to pop out like some peoples do

What I Miss: walking like a normal person, moving around quickly like i used to [getting out of a car is a process even], feeling energetic, eating sushi

What I Am Looking Forward To: having her room really done, like with everything in there. we got a lot done but theres the little touches i want to finish

Milestones: getting to the 9 month mark. O_O full term status next week!

Weekly Wisdom: take naps, make lists. who cares if you wear flip flops to work

my belly looks so bigggg

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sneaky peek

so this weekend was pretty eventful. i am so thankful that my family came up to help cause honestly i don’t think even half of it would have got done without them. we were able to exchange baby shower items that i got duplicates of and got some things that i was still needing. we got to unpack most of the house stuff and get things put away and set up. it feels nice to know where things are in the house lol.

but most importantly we started setting up little princess’s room! we’re cutting it a little close but hey its getting done.

crib is put together, dresser is coming this weekend and some decorations are up. we painted an accent wall (pea pod- in case you were wondering what color) and i put some wall decals up. i also got some other decorations from joann that i painted myself to go up and then i have a couple other pinterest inspired ideas to do, as if i didn’t have enough to do already i know i know. i just want it to be perfect, can you blame me? her closet is organized, just need to start washing her clothes, yes i bought the dreft, and get new rocking chair cushions.

sneaky peek for those who want to see? its not done yet, but i like to see the transformation pics. although i should have taken some before we started putting things in… oh well you get the idea.

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super cute couldnt pass up wall stickies that i found

20130529-105940.jpgletters for her name to go on the wall. for some added visual effect i tried painting the sides of the letters in a darker shade of pink. they were just wood letters from the craft store. the cardboard ones would have been more fun cause they’re thicker but they didn’t have all the letters i needed, sigh.

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this was actually a kids mask which is why there are no eyes but i thought it was a cute little fairy

 

35 weeks

so im trying to be better at blogging. thinking about changing the layout again and also plotting on how to decorate her room. we wanted to paint, but ive also seen “renters” wallpaper, heard of a method of starching fabric on the walls for decorations, and i have looked into wall decals. i think a nice tree in there somewhere would look pretty, ive noticed trees are pretty popular in nurseries? anyway my moms friend a couple of years ago made this beautiful tree on a wall using brown paper so it was 3D too. ive been toying with that idea.

babycenter app says: my uterus now reaches up under my rib cage [thats how she kicks me in the ribs !] and is crowding my other organs [ my bladder maybe? i feel like im peeing a lot]Β  if we could see inside, it would show theres more baby than amniotic fluid, which should mean she isn’t doing somersaults and stuff, but i think she is still, at least it feels that way. her kidneys are fully developed, and her liver can process some waste products. her main job now is to put on weight. which in turn means i will be putting on weight.

How Far Along? 35 weeks

how big is baby: over 18 inches long, and almost 6 lbs [a honeydew melon]

Symptoms: FATIGUE !!Β  swollen feet and ankles !! hunger, heartburn, nesting, forgetfulness, short of breath, back aches, trouble sleeping

Total Weight Gain/Loss: went to the doc and im at 168.2, that is 3 lbs up from last week and id say almost 30 lbs total weight gain

maternity clothes? yes.

Sleep: i toss and turn a lot trying to get comfy, i cant sleep without a pillow between my legs but i want to elevate my feet. its a struggle.

stretch marks? yes 😦 i need to find some pure shea butter

Food Cravings: idk really i just want to eat, and apparently thats all ive been doing. dwight was upset i wasnt eating anything the first trimester well it seems im making up for lost time.

Best Moment This Week: the baby shower we had this past weekend ❀

Movement: yes, OMG sometimes i have to stop what im doing to hold on to something cause its so powerful.

Labor Signs: braxton hicks, doc said my cervix is closed though and i have an ultrasound scheduled in 2 wks

Gender: a little princess

Belly Button In Or Out? its pretty much flat and you can see it if my shirt is tight over my belly but i dont think it is technically an outie?

What I Miss: walking like a normal person, feeling energetic, eating sushi

What I Am Looking Forward To: having her room done

Milestones: getting almost everything we need ? oh and reaching the point where they wont stop labor if i start.

Weekly Wisdom: take naps, make lists. who cares if you wear flip flops to work

hooray for bathroom pics again

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shower 2

sooo looking at the calendar seems unreal, i swear i don’t know where these past 8 1/2 months went. we are almost there. my little feet are swollen and im tired constantly. the hot flashes are ridiculous but everyone says im carrying beautifully and my baby girl is almost here. im happy, just tired. the new house is great, we still have unpacking to do but we’re getting there and im excited to decorate πŸ™‚Β  <- corny crafter/DIYer moment

this past weekend we had our second baby shower back home.we did a 2nd round 3D/4D ultrasound but this little one really is making us wait. she didn’t want to show her face for anything!! we saw her smile and it’s like she was laughing at us trying to play hide and seek. the tech told us we could come back the next day since we really couldn’t see her at all on friday. she was more cooperative on saturday but she still playfully hid for most of the session. she does a good job of flipping, turning, and somersaulting all day except when we go into ultrasounds. -___-

the weekend was crazy and hectic and a big blur but the shower was absolutely beautiful ! my mom and all other lovely people who had a hand in it did an amazing job, and i am glad that someone wasn’t as absentminded as me and took some pics. i love the people that came to surprise us with all my heart ❀ and of course everyone else that was at the shower πŸ™‚

and a couple of pics for those that couldn’t make it
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