Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Nursery Additions

We hit 30 weeks today and had our 30 week appointment this morning. Everything checked out great and now we're going every 2 weeks instead of every four. We also start our childbirth class so it's about to get a lot more baby focused around here.

Our glider came in last weekend and I am SO excited about it! It was definitely a bit of a splurge but we got 20% off with a coupon and we used some visa gift cards from our frisbee high school parents. I think it was worth every penny to get the look I wanted, and more importantly, it is SO comfortable and should last a long time! It's tall enough for Derrick to lay his head back on and there is plenty of room for one of us and a future toddler.

It's looking a little one note in there but now that the recliner is in we can start hanging art, the mobile, and accessorizing. I think it's going to come to life really quickly. We also found the cutest bookshelf for the empty corner. It's not mounted yet so this is it just leaning on the wall.

And I got some great board books on a buy sell trade facebook page for a steal.

The other side of the room is hand me down heaven! We've had three families send hand me downs our way and it's been awesome! They've been washed and sorted by size but I just need to figure out how we're going to organize the closet and dresser.

Now that we're only 10 weeks out I feel like we need to kick any last minute things into gear so I've obviously decided this is the time to paint the upstairs bathroom. Sherwin Williams sale starts tomorrow so don't miss out! 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Third Trimester- We made it!

We made it to third trimester on Wednesday so that means we only have 12 weeks to go as a family of three. It's pretty crazy to think about...I've gotten very used to and comfortable with our current life. We're both very excited though and already completely obsessed with Furnace so I'm pretty sure we'll be happy when he gets here but I'm sure it will be a shock to the system :)

We didn't take a good picture on Wednesday but I snapped a bathroom selfie. I'm definitely growing and feeling a lot bigger but I'm pretty happy with my weight gain and activity level. I'm either walking or playing pickleball at least 4-5 times a week. 

The worst symptom I have is pretty terrible rib pain. It feels like a burning or tearing in my upper right ribcage right under my chest. It comes and goes but when it's bad it's really bad. I thought for a while it was just stretching and growing pains. Then I thought it was his foot up in my rib cage. After further research I'm pretty sure it's a pinched or strained nerve from my rib cage moving and expanding. It helps to put downward pressure on it so I found this belly band that I'll pull out on bad days. 

The belly band helps sometimes but mostly I just have to lay down or deal with it. Good news is it should go away once he's 12 more weeks. I can handle that. 

I feel like I'm in this middle slump of feels like I've been pregnant for ages but I still have a long time to go. Once we get through August I think it will fly. We've got baby showers, our hospital class starts, and we'll be in the single digits of weeks. I'm trying to embrace and enjoy the downtime while we have it but I am very ready to have my body back. I can't imagine how people feel who have had a bad pregnancy...mine has been very manageable but I still enjoy not being pregnant more than I enjoy being pregnant. 

Derrick has a tournament this weekend but my family is coming into town for Jack's AUDL game so I'm looking forward to having everybody here to distract me from the fact that I'm not playing frisbee!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Burp Cloth DIY

As I've been gathering tips and tricks from other new moms about what works best I was told that cloth diapers make the best burp cloths! They are apparently super absorbent and unbeatable in the spit up department. When I was hanging out with a 5 month old last week and saw the amount of spit up that ended up all over his mom, himself, and the floor, I realized we're going to be using burp cloths for a while. 

Seems obvious, but that was when it clicked for me. I have burp cloths on our registry but I decided to go ahead and get some more because I don't think we can have too many and I wanted to have some fun with them. They make burp cloths similar to these which is where I got the idea but they are $25 for two which seems pricey just for the cute factor. 

I got a 10 pack of cloth diapers and then I had these fat quarters from spoonflower that I bought on sale last year before I knew what I would do with them. If you don't know spoonflower then go search now. It's an online fabric store and the prints are amazing!

I washed and ironed the cloth diapers first. 

And then washed and ironed the fabric. These suckers are going to be getting dirty so pre-shrinking was necessary so they are washable after construction. 

It took me just a couple hours to knock out all ten of them and that flew by with my podcasts going in the background.  I just cut the fabric into strips and sewed them along the seams that were already in the diapers.

I love this adventure cute and appropriate with our nursery!

I know burp cloths don't have to be cute but these were fun to make and I wanted to do something to feel like I was prepping for his arrival. The nursery is at a pause until the glider comes in so this was the perfect project to tide me over until it's time to decorate!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Girls Weekend in Montreat

It's been weird not playing frisbee this season. That's usually such a huge part of my summer and it typically occupies 3 days a week and several weekends of the summer. I've definitely felt like I've had a lot more free time and it's been nice sometimes and hard to adjust to at other times.

Last weekend Derrick had a tournament in Ohio so I went on a girls weekend to Montreat. I've got fun weekend plans for all of Derrick's travel tournament weekends and that makes it so much easier to deal with taking the season off. It's been nice to have the time to do things like this that I haven't had time for in previous years.

My friend Lily has access to a family mountain house in Montreat, NC and invited a couple of us up for a chill weekend. Lily introduced me to Caitlin a couple years ago and it's been an awesome friendship...I feel super lucky to have both these ladies in my life!

We drove up late Friday night and woke up for a full day of hiking and exploring Asheville on Saturday.  Montreat is gorgeous! I had been before for college retreats so it was fun to be back.

We started with a hike for the dogs on Saturday morning. Crosby was in heaven!

That's her new friend Callie in the background. They were best buds all weekend.

Pure joy right here :)

I wish I'd gotten more pictures...I don't even have one group shot of the three of us. We ate amazing food and explored hidden gems like this champagne bookstore.

I even bought a piece of art off the wall of a restaurant. I'm still deciding if this is going to my mom or going up in the nursery. That banjo title is calling my mom's name.

Another highlight of the trip was having brunch with Blue and Amelia!! I hadn't seen them since Amelia was 10 days old and they both looked amazing! Blue is an incredible mom and Amelia is so full of personality.  Like mother like daughter...keeping an eye out for those firemen!

Weekends like this are so refreshing but I was definitely still thinking about Derrick and the tournament. Luckily I knew he was in good hands and Alison sent me steady SnapChat updates.

PS...just got word I passed my three hour glucose test. Let's eat cake!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sub 100

We're less than 100 days until D-Day. Which probably means we still have over 100 days until he gets here but it was a crazy thing seeing that two digit number on our app yesterday.

We had the glucose yesterday and hopefully won't hear back news is good news apparently.  Days are turning hit or miss with my back and rib pain but other than that I'm feeling good, still exercising several times a week and sleeping moderately well.

Derrick noticed last week that I was looking bigger you can definitely tell he, or maybe I? had a growth spurt over the last two weeks. The top picture is 2 weeks ago and the bottom picture is yesterday.

In other random news...I have bookclub tonight and I actually read the books! Both of them! I haven't done that in a very long time so I might actually add to the discussion tonight. No promises though.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Weekend Tidbits

Derrick and I had an awesome week and weekend! Here's an overview for you.

The biggest event was Claire and Travis came into town for their baby shower and stayed with us all weekend. It was awesome because we got some real hang out time. They usually stay with us when they come into town but they have to spread themselves out with visits to other friends and family. Since they were seeing everybody at the baby shower we got a lot of time together. We mostly ate delicious cookies and played our Harry Potter game all weekend. It's been fun to be pregnant together and call each other with "is this normal?" questions. They'll be back down for Thanksgiving with their new daughter and Furnace should be a couple weeks old at that point too. I can't wait!

In other exciting news, we ordered our nursery glider. I've been going back and forth on it but, in the end, I couldn't get this one out of my mind. This is the floor model and we ordered a different color but it should be here in six weeks. Once it here we can start finalizing the nursery.

Our friends Joey and Kristin gave us some awesome hand-me-downs for the first year. We have a few other people that have offered hand-me-downs as well so I think Furnace is going to be set in the clothing department for the first year. I loved going through and sorting everything.

Lastly, I started physical therapy last week and have had two sessions so far. I have another session tomorrow morning. She told me that my right lower back is extremely tight and has given me a lot of stretches to do as well as prescribed massage and a heating pad. The good news is everybody likes massage but the bad news is it's going to be more symptom management for the next three months instead of actually being able to heal and/or change anything. I had the first trimester pretty easy so this is my penance. I've figured out a few ways to manage it and exercise is one of them so Derrick and I have been playing lots of pickle ball. There is something about a pregnant belly that makes my pickle ball skills look more impressive....I've never been noticed at the courts so much.

Furnace has been moving like CRAZY this week. I don't know when he sleeps. He's up all night and most of the day. I love feeling him move but I'm a little concerned we're going to have a wild child on our hands. We're going to have to come up with some strategies to tire him out once he gets here...I think he's going to keep us on our toes.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

24 Hour Beach Trip

Last weekend Derrick and I hopped in the car for a 24 hour trip to the beach. Our friend Michael has a family beach house that we were invited to. Derrick had practice on Saturday morning so we couldn't get there until Saturday at dinner time but it was nice to embrace the spontaneity since we won't have that option for much longer. 

The house is awesome and only a block from the beach. Michael and Rebecca came with their dogs and Kevin and Meredith were there with Chloe who is almost two! I can't believe it! 

Crosby gets along amazingly with their two pups so it's always stress free to bring her along when they are there. They are going to be staying with us for two weeks in August so Crosby is going to be getting plenty of play time coming up. 

Since it's during the peak season, we had to get to the dogs off the beach by 8 AM so we got up early to go on a sunrise stroll and let the dogs enjoy the water. Derrick and Michael walked out to a sand bank and Crosby had to swim to get there.

I was thinking that we don't have many pictures together with the bump so I made a point to get one on the beach. Our family of three photos are numbered so I'm happy to have this one.

This about sums up Crosby's feelings Monday and Tuesday after we got back. So Sleepy!!!

Claire and Travis are driving up tomorrow for their baby shower and I'm so excited to see them and get to talk baby all weekend with Claire. I'm sure it will get me excited for our showers too!