37 Weeks

Monday, June 13, 2016

Back at 32 weeks

37 weeks + 1 day

How far along:  37 weeks + 1 day

Baby's Size: A wintermelon or head of romaine lettuce! Baby boy is 19-22 inches and weighs about 6.5 lbs.

Wedding Rings (on or off): They're still on! I actually cannot believe it. I most definitely cannot even wear my wedding band when we go on a walk, but I can wear them to work and anything where we're not predominantly outside.

Workouts: Doing SO much better at this! We're getting in numerous hour long walks at night per week and I've also been doing some other stretches. I really think this is why I've been feeling so good.

Nursery: Getting soooo close! All we need is the crib skirt and to make the cornice board! Brandon repainted the mirror this weekend (and did a green accent color to match the mats of the Pooh prints) and we hung it last night!
Maternity Clothes: Making due with what I have. I did buy the dress above last week at Target, but it's not maternity and was only $19.99. Brandon's t-shirts are lifesavers as are my norts rolled down below the bump. Also very grateful that work is being lenient with me on our dress code and letting me wear white jeans during the week!

Sleep: It really depends on the night. I'm getting up to pee at least 3 times a night, but other than that, sleep is as good as one can expect at this point. 

Best Moment: Meeting baby Oliver and learning his name! We are so thrilled for some of our best friends and their precious son. Marion did such an incredible job growing that sweet boy and I can't wait for him and Charlie to be best friends from the start.
Movement: Pretty consistently. It's still the most miraculous thing every time it happens. He's definitely rolling/stretching more than actual kicks at this point. I love just watching my belly and seeing him roll around. Getting so excited to see him move in our arms!

Food Cravings: Fruit, chocolate, and cereal. I could pretty much live on those three food groups but since they all have lots of sugar and no protein, I'm obviously not doing that.

Symptoms: The acid reflux has gotten better. I'm having some slight swelling and am starting to slow down, but I've been very fortunate with how smoothly this half of pregnancy has been. Nesting is also kicking into full gear and I'm feeling the need to clean out and organize everything. We did a pretty major clean this weekend and I'm feel like we're in a really good place with the house. Now we just need to get our hospital bags packed and we'll be ready to go!

Baby Goodies Acquired: We're pretty set at this point! People have poured out so much love over us this entire pregnancy and we are truly humbled by their generosity.

And a picture of our favorite pup just because he's just so cute. He always does this leg stretch when he gets off of chairs. We have set some boundaries with him and don't let him on the sofa and he's doing great with it. The only time he really didn't want to listen to this rule was when I was napping on the sofa and he just wanted to cuddle.


Maternity Photos

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Back in May, we had a mini session with Elizabeth Tate of Nancy Ray Photography. We didn't have any great pictures of the two of us since I've been pregnant and since we were planning to use Elizabeth for our newborn photos, we thought a mini session would be a great way to get some amazing photos and get to know her a little bit. We had a wonderful time with her as well as her husband and their pup, Dozer who came out. We're so excited for her to shoot our first family photos in a few short (or maybe long) weeks! I know all of these photos are ones we'll treasure forever.


All photos by the talented and lovely Elizabeth Tate


June Goals

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I can't believe we've reached the month before baby! Unless our precious son is early, then in which case he will be joining his daddy and me as a June baby. Up until this point, June has been my favorite month. Middle of the year, gorgeous weather, birthdays galore, and our anniversary. I have a feeling that whether it's June or July, whatever month our boy is born will be my new favorite.

Baby Prep:
 Finish all final details for the nursery
 Install the carseat base in both of our cars and have them checked
 Purchase any remaining needed items
 Pack our hospital bags!

 Exercise for 30 minutes every day
 Celebrate Brandon's 30th birthday (on the 24th)!
 Celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary! I'm planning on using the Death & Taxes gift card we've been saving
 Deep clean our house (especially now that Fin is shedding everywhere)
 Clean out Brandon's car  (Feeling so much better about life with two clean cars!)
 Have both of our cars washed and vacuumed
 Outdoor movie at NCMA
 Rest and Relax!


34 Weeks

Monday, May 23, 2016

How far along:  34 weeks + 1 day

Baby's Size: A pineapple! Baby boy is 19-22 inches and weighs about 5 lbs.

Workouts: Meh. Brandon and I had been doing so well going on walks most nights, but the weather has been just terrible. Looking forward to some pretty weather this week to get back at it.

Nursery: Sconces (that were ordered on March 31) are finally supposed to ship this week. Other than installing those, we need to make the cornice board and repaint the mirror and hang it. Then I'm calling the nursery done and not worrying about it.

Maternity Clothes: So over them. Before pregnancy, I swear I saw cute maternity clothes all over the place. Now, I'm doing everything I can to avoid them -- especially the shirts with ruching on the side. The same few dresses/outfits are starting to be on regular rotation in my wardrobe and that's just how it's going to be for the next 6+ weeks.

Sleep: Starting to become a struggle. I have to sleep mostly propped up because of my acid reflux which isn't too bad, but the past few nights the baby has been tucked under my rib making it uncomfortable to lay on either side.

Best Moment: The baby shower our church community threw for us. It was such a special time with some of my best friends (from church and life). Having them pray over me, Charlie, and Brandon was such a special time that I will always cherish. 

Movement: All the time and I love it. He's especially active at night and first thing in the morning. He's also taken to poking his butt out which was fun to let Brandon feel for the first time.

Food Cravings: All the fruit. Especially watermelon, but I'm happy with any of it. I also got the Peachy Green smoothie from Whole Foods last night and it was so good (peaches, kale, pineapple juice).

Symptoms: Mainly just acid reflux. Definitely not sleeping as well and feeling the extra weight I'm carrying around. 

Baby Goodies Acquired: Lots of great things. Everyone has been so generous at our baby showers that we are just about set! 


Nursery Update

Thursday, May 19, 2016

After the baby shower this past Saturday, mom came home with us and helped organize the nursery (i.e. did it all while I watched her) and then she and Brandon hung up the prints! I am so thankful she is always so willing to help her children. Until Saturday, walking by the nursery would stress me out because I didn't know where to start. Now we're just waiting on a few finishing touches and we'll be all ready! 

The prints could not have turned out better!

My sweet friend Kiley made the "Charlie" banner

We do not have a shortage of books which we couldn't be happier about!

We're still trying to figure out whether we're going to keep the mirror white or strip it and stain it to its natural wood color. The lamp on the dresser will go once the sconces finally get here and we can get them installed. Other than that, we just need the crib skirt and cornice board! We'll also eventually look for a bookcase to go underneath the Pooh prints, but are happy with the bookcase in the closet for now.

And just a little fun with the carseat.


Greensboro Baby Shower

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Two of my aunts threw me an incredible shower in April. I was surrounded by so much family from all sides and felt so loved. It was such a great time to celebrate our son and to also catch up and have an all around wonderful time. Every detail was so beautiful and the food was great. The shower was at my aunt's house and it was the perfect setting. Her home is beautiful, but also so comfortable and somewhere I love going. They recently redid their back deck and the weather could not have been more perfect. I didn't remember to bring my camera, so all the photos are the ones my cousin remembered to snap.

I don't have a picture of this, but when we pulled up, there were balloons and a wreath on the door. It made me so excited with anticipation and made me realize that this was my baby shower for our son!


Raleigh Baby Shower

Monday, May 16, 2016

This weekend was one for the books. Not only did we celebrate Pentecost (the church's birthday) with a picnic at Dorothea Dix with our church fam, but my friends through me a beautiful baby shower! There was so much love in that room and I am so incredibly grateful that these are the people that support us and love us so much and will be here for us as we enter this new season of life.

The highlight of the shower was when Emory read Psalm 139 and replaced the pronouns with Charlie's name. After that, everyone prayed over me, Charlie, and Brandon and my marriage. It was truly the most special time and something I will forever treasure. These women are all so remarkable and I truly cannot verbalize what it means to have them in my life. 

I loved the gingham invitation. So perfect!

The had emailed Brandon a list of questions about my pregnancy and what he's looking forward to. Cullen (in the white) was the perfect emcee for this!

Meredith got me the most precious puppy rocker. I was so surprised when I opened the box, and it looks so perfect in the nursery. Finley is very confused by him and keeps sniffing him.

Marion and I had to do a side-by-side bump photo. She's due 2 weeks from today - May 30!

Church friends like family

College friends! So happy the three of them could be there. They are so special to me!

The wonderful hosts. They really outdid themselves with this shower and I'm so happy to do life with them.

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