34 Week Bumpdate and Amazing Blog Friends

Thank you, my friend. Thank you for this. This… means the world to me.-Monk

34 weeks pregnant: www.dategirldiaries.com

I received the sweetest card  to go towards baby gear in the mail yesterday, with a generous gift card from Janette, Emmy, Impulsive Addict, Mimi, Sarah Kate, and Stacie. Ladies, I cannot begin to tell you how touched I am by your thoughtfulness. Once again you’ve blown me away by your kindness. I can’t wait to meet you all someday, and give you the giant hugs that you deserve! Picture me doing this dance but with my big ol’ belly. 🙂 That was me when I opened the card. Thank_you_dance

I thought for the remainder of these bumpdates I’d go through a little checklist for you guys. I wish I’d been doing this from the beginning, but hindsight and so forth.

  • Symptoms: the dizziness is still pretty bad, but my Dr. tested me for anemia and I think I’m fine. Just low blood pressure, and baby sitting on my nerves. Otherwise, peeing constantly and definite case of pregnancy brain. I’ve become pretty forgetful! I also seem to choke on everything I drink, or even just the air I breathe in. It’s really random! Today is my last progesterone shot, and I’m really looking forward to not feeling like a human pin cushion. I also feel like the shots make my dizzy too, so I may find some relief after the last one is out of my system.
  • Food Cravings: Not a lot of crazy cravings. I kind of love all food. We’ve been eating a lot of Vietnamese lately, and I think Piglet’s new nickname should be Spring Roll because he seems to wiggle a lot after I eat them.
  • Belly Button: As Match puts it, it resembles an anus. I know, so gross. It’s almost an outie, but not quite. Most disturbing is my belly piercing scar, which has stretched across my stomach and looks like it’s going to rip off. There will be no bare belly pictures on this blog!!
  • Baby Prep: This week I finished organizing the baby closet, washed all baby clothes and bedding, and sterilized my breast pump parts. Oh, and I bought a lamp, and put together the night stand for those late night feedings.
  • Weight Gain: Right now I’m holding steady at 23 pounds. I am proud of myself, because I honestly haven’t been thinking about it too much. I owe a lot of thanks to our stairs, which I’m up and down constantly throughout the day, because otherwise my walks with Monkey have become pathetically short (Piglet likes to punch my bladder when we walk, and I’m always afraid I’m going to pee my pants!) Hopefully the stairs will help with losing the baby weight afterwards too! I’m trying not to think about weight too much. So long as I’m healthy and the baby is healthy that’s what matters. I feel good, and I have a decent amount of energy still, and I hope it stays that way!
  • Things I’m Thinking About:  Only 6 weeks left…possibly less, possibly a week more. Either way, in less than 2 months, we will be bringing home our son. I refuse to think of any other outcome than that. He will be here, kicking, screaming and healthy. When I get my bouts of sleeplessness, I fret over breastfeeding, pumping, and how I will function on just a few hours of sleep. I think about how I can’t wait to kiss those little baby toes. I worry that I’m not paying enough attention to my hubby, and worry that I won’t lose the weight quickly enough. But most of all I daydream about what my son will look like, and about how close we are to our dream of becoming a family. My eyes well up with tears of joy just thinking about it.

TTUT-BBQs are for the Boys

Samantha: [At a BBQ] Who wants a weiner?
Transexual: Girl, I’m trying to get rid of one! -Sex and the City

with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn

  • Last week Couple Wife came to visit me and distract me from Roo’s birthday. It was a good day and we enjoyed lunch and then scouting spots for maternity photos for the 29th.
  • Last Wednesday Match had a few of his work buddies and their families over for a bbq. It’s not often that my reclusive hubby suggests we have friends over, so that made it even more special. It was fun watching all the boys play.

P1080101Shift Buddy wife just had a little boy (he’s just 7 weeks old) and Walking Buddy is 4 months pregnant with her 3rd boy. So this time next year we will have 6 boys between the 3 of us!!

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I love how the little boys are playing in the gravel while they hang out with the big boys.

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  • Saturday Miss PhD and I went to see The Host, FINALLY. I waited for her to get back from her NYC trip so we could watch it together. Piglet kicked up a storm during the movie. MissPhD spent half the movie with her hand on my belly, feeling all his crazy antics!
  • Sunday the sweet ladies of my church threw me a baby shower. It was so wonderful, and I was blown away by their kindness and generosity to our little boy. One of the ladies made me this adorable wreath:

diaper wreath: www.dategirldiaries.com

  • Just look at all the stuff she included on it! The whole wreath was made out of diapers, but she added so many extras. It’s so cool! They also got me an incredible gift-my stroller!! A bunch of the congregation pitched in and went in on the gift for me. It is on order, so they wrapped a big empty box and stuck the picture on it. Here’s what the stroller looks like:

britax stroller

 

  • I feel so lucky and so blessed to be a part of such a sweet church family. There were also wonderful handmade blankets and sweet little clothes. I’m having trouble deciding what his take home outfit will be!
  • Yesterday I was a busy bee, putting away all of the gifts from the shower, washing baby clothing and bedding, and getting things organized for the nursery. I also went to my 34 week checkup and Piglet is doing great!
  • Next Monday Couple Wife is taking our maternity photos, and I promise as soon as she gives them to me I will post the nursery pictures. I’ve been bursting to do the nursery reveal!
  • Other than that, I’ve been going over my checklists and making sure I have things prepped and ready for Piglet’s arrival. I have my very last progesterone shot on Thursday, and then it’s just a matter of time before he makes his appearance. Hopefully full term and healthy, but otherwise I wouldn’t mind if he arrived in May! I’m so ready to meet him!