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!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Growing and Symptoms

We took the picture and it was only 2 days late this week. I'm definitely feeling bigger all around even though I know....."Just Wait."  It's going to get way worse and I'm going to get WAY bigger. I just feel myself putting on weight all over right now which never feels good. I'm trying to stay active and eat semi-healthy though so it is what it is! 


A couple symptoms that no one warned me about:

I'm spending money like crazy! Everything is so cute and I'm trying really hard not to buy anymore clothes until after my showers but it's hard! And putting his nursery together has me being super spendy as well.

I spill things on myself all. the. time.  I have definitely gotten clumsier and not in the balance/tripping way that I expected. It's like my hands can't function normally without sending something flying across the room or spilling all over my clothes.

Birth story addiction. I downloaded a new podcast that has birth stories and I've been listening to it everywhere I go. I haven't been as into reading books to get prepared but this has been very informative and it's filling me in on all the craziness that can happen. Luckily it hasn't been scaring me too much...I mean there is no going back now!

Pregnancy is weird.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

24 Weeks

Furnace hit 24 weeks yesterday and we forgot to take a bump shot...again. We'll try to snag one tonight but I'm not making any promises!

I'm still feeling relatively good but my lower back is definitely starting to ache and I'm having a lot of rib pain. Furnace seems to settle into my upper right side and it gets really uncomfortable, especially if I'm sitting for more than 30 minutes or so. It's been happening since Memorial Day but I just figured out what I think it is.

At 24 weeks he's the size of a cantelope or an American Puffin! In other words, he's gigantic and is apparently looking more human. We can only hope.

The crib and dresser are up and looking good! The crib is held together with 8 bolts...that's it! It seems sturdy but it was unnervingly easy to assemble. Derrick and I have nominated Furnace to weight test it for us. Let's hope it holds ;)


I did not think we'd end up with a matching furniture set..I like the more eclectic look but, when we decided on a navy blue crib I thought it would look better for them to be the same navy.


We got the smaller dresser chest and it's the perfect size. It was also fairly easy to assemble and is very sturdy. We still need to anchor it to the wall but we're going to wait until we get more in here to make sure everything is in position before anchoring the dresser and hanging the mobile.


We've already gotten some great hand me downs and I still have to restrain myself in the baby clothes section but I did grab this outfit off of a buy sell trade listing on Facebook. It was only $5 for the set and is totally adorable!


And I don't think I've posted these pillows that Alison made for us yet. Look at that custom Raleighwood fabric! The symbols are kind of an inside joke, or would take too long to explain on here but they are PERFECT and we love them!


Slowly but surely we're getting ready. I've cleaned out the kitchen and garage and I'm slowly taking piles of stuff to goodwill. The nursery has a ways to go but should come together quickly once we figure out art and the glider situation. 

Three and a half months! He'll be here before we know it!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

July Fourth!!!

I was in Hickory for a few days over the fourth of July. Derrick had to stay behind for work which is always a bummer but it was nice to get home and hang with family for a while. My parents just got a new jet ski and Dad perfected Crosby's ramp so we got a ton of lake time which was awesome. 

Before I got there Mom grabbed this picture of Dad and Jack towing the jet ski home. It sucked up a rope while dad was riding it and stranded him a mile down the road....not a great start but a good story :)


When I got there I suited up and jumped right in the water. Crosby got to try the ramp that Dad made her for Christmas for the first time. It was a learning process but she really caught on pretty quickly.
 




When we woke up on Tuesday morning Dad and I worked on the ramp for a few more hours to add buoyancy and support.



Here's a video of her using it! It took some training to get her to use it both up and down but she loved it and it wore her out!



On the fourth the family came over for a cookout and fireworks.







On the baby front, everybody got to feel Furnace move over the weekend and we did some glider shopping! The family is very excited which makes the whole thing even more exciting. It's crazy to think he'll be 7 or 8 months old next July 4!