Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Helllp

Well you've guessed it.  I'm still pregnant.  I know I really shouldn't complain because I'm only 3 days over my due date and if you ask PT my "real" due date is May 21st which is tomorrow so there's that (Why you is tomorrow my "real" due date when this whole time I've been saying it's May 17th?  Well when we first found out I was pregnant they gave us the due date of May 17th.  Then when we had the 20 week sono they told me the due date is May 21st.  Sorry, but after 16 weeks of thinking my due date was May 17th, I wasn't mentally changing that date).

Anyways like I said, I'm still pregnant.  But worst case scenario, I'll only be pregnant for 3 more days!  I know I should just enjoy this time before things get crazy but I'm sore and tired and can't easily move.  My fingers are numb, I'm swollen, I can't sleep.  This won't change when Molly joins us but at least I'll get to hang out with my daughter.

To avoid being induced, I'm trying as many methods of natural induction as possible.  Last night I had a big glass of ginger beer under the direction of PT because he knows how to have kids.  Again, I'm still pregnant but was graced with 2+ hours of strong contractions starting at 2 AM.  7 minutes 30 seconds apart for 2 hours and then nothing.  Just like that.  So I need your help - what worked for you?  What should I try?

In the words of Mrs. MacAllister, "I'm desperate.  From a mother to a mother, please."

Monday, May 12, 2014

So here's the deal...

In case you're interested to know the status of this baby, well, join the club.  We seem to be making no progress together so that's great.  But really, here's the deal, I'm due on Saturday and I'd like to try the new Mango-Rita.

I've had a good number of contractions but so far they've just been practice.  I think one of the hardest parts for me is the unknown.  What's going to happen first? How bad will the pain be? Will I be at work, home, out and about? How long will everything last? Will everything go smoothly? It's kind of terrifying but I have no control (ughhh, which PT loves).  All I can do is pray for strength and a healthy baby.

In case she decides to take after her father and be late to the show, we now have an end date in sight!  We scheduled the induction for May 23rd.  We're almost there but please pray she comes sooner than that.  Really, please start praying now because as you can see below at 39 weeks we're running outta room.

I've had many people guess I'll have this baby Wednesday or Thursday this week but what about you? When do you think Molly will show up?


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Post Baby Outfits

I've already purchased 3 post-pregnancy outfits.  No pressure to get back to pre-baby weight...

I CANNOT wait to wear "normal" clothes again.  I'm so over my 4 maternity outfits that barely fit.  I'm so excited for all the adorable outfits this spring and summer will bring.

All complete with the Jack Rogers Monogram sandals I just treated myself to.

Post Baby Outfits


Long sleeve dress
$58 - inlovewithfashion.com


J Crew j crew dress
$380 - theoutnet.com


Alice You green top
dorothyperkins.com


Wallis polyester shirt
$51 - houseoffraser.co.uk


Dorothy Perkins blazer
dorothyperkins.com




Jack Rogers sandals
jackrogersusa.com


Kate Spade post earrings
saksfifthavenue.com


Miss Selfridge necklace
missselfridge.com


Bead necklace
pinkmascara.com


Pieces chain bracelet
$56 - pieces.com


7 For All Mankind belt
7forallmankind.com


ASOS belt
asos.com

Letters to Molly

I've decided to put together a little segment called "Letters to Molly".  Not really meant for her to read, well maybe one day, but just little notes and thoughts to/for/about Ms. Molly.

Dear Molly,

You're not due for 10 more days which means you probably won't show up for at least 15 but I've decided it's time to do this.  Since I'm your mother, I'd appreciate it if you'd listen to me and come on out.  I know if your dad told you to come meet us you'd listen because you already listen to him.  When he asks you to calm down, you do.  I can be crying from the pain and uncomfortable-ness, begging and pleading for you to stop moving so much so I can sleep, but no.  You don't stop.  Until your dad asks.  You're already a daddy's girl and I'm already left out.  But I just want to let you know, so far my contribution to this pregnancy outweighs his.  No need to say thank you, but you're welcome.

Love,
Your mom

P.S. I've been a pretty great sport the past few weekends, staying up super late so I can by the DD for your dad these last few weeks.  He owes me.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Style the Bump



 As I near the end of this pregnancy (thank goodness!) I've made one decision I'll carry with me through all my future pregnacies - where to buy maternity clothes.  When you're pregnant you may feel awful/fat/tired/etc, I mean we're growning a HUMAN inside of you.  But what makes that even worse is looking the way you feel - you don't want that.  For me, the worse I felt, the better I wanted to look.

I've purchased maternity clothes from many stores with many price ranges - mainly Motherhood Maternity, Pea in the Pod, Target, ASOS and Old Navy.  I put together a little list on each store and I hope it helps any future mamas!

5. Motherhood Maternity
  • Pros: Lots of options - dresses, tank tops, shirts, pants, jeans, shorts, bras.  Basically anything you'd need, they have it.  There are actual store-fronts so you can try on the clothes which is nice because you won't really know what size you are, ever.  They have sales ALL THE TIME.  And there are even some outlet store options.
  • Cons: Not the cutest clothes.  Not the most comfortable clothes.  Not the most well made clothes.  You get what you pay for...
4. Pea in the Pod
  • Pros: This is the nicer version of Motherhood Maternity.  The clothes are designer (think 7 for all mankind, bcbg, hudson, etc.) so it's more stylish and well made.
  • Cons: Again, you get what you pay for.  I bought one pair of jeans from here, that's all I could afford...

3. Target
  • Pros: Easily accessible, there are Target's everywhere.  Target's maternity line is limited but it includes the basics - tank tops, t-shirts, jeans and some dresses.  The best thing you can buy at Target is their basic (non-maternity) tank tops.  They are THE BEST just get a size bigger or two or three : )  They are super cheap, come in tons of colors and can be worn with anything.
  • Cons: I love me some Target but I never really found anything there that flattered my growing belly.

2. ASOS
  • Pros: Not many women know about ASOS let alone the fact that they have a maternity line.  Well, they do and it's awesome.  This site is where you'll find cute clothes, more "one-of-a-kind" type of maternity clothes.  And the cost is pretty affordable.
  • Cons: Online only.  This is just hard because you can't try on anything.  I will say though, returns are easy, just keep your receipt.

1. Old Navy - Saved the best for last!
  • Pros: I've never been a huge Old Navy fan but let me tell you - for all my future pregnancies this is the main place I'll shop.  Sales, sales, sales all the time.  I don't love the idea of spending lots of money on maternity clothes because you don't wear them for very long.  ON clothes are so comfortable. They have tons of options.  I haven't disliked one thing I ordered from ON. 
  • Cons: No store-front.  The maternity shop is online only but you can return things to the store, so it's really not that bad.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Week 35 is full of Insight

I've been very lucky not having too many people give me unwarranted advice, rub my tummy, all the cliche awkward moments.  But I just wanted to give some advice to anyone who's willing to listen...

This past weekend I got to spend some time with one of my best friends and her sweet adorable daughter.  She's also a first time mom and helped me put a few things into perspective (in addition to solving some of the reasons I've been so cranky the past few weeks).

Ok so as you probably figured out, I'm a first time mom.  I really have no idea what I've gotten myself into.  Literally a week ago, I watched a YouTube video on how to change a diaper because truth be told, I wasn't sure I knew how.  What Kaitlyn helped me realize is everyone has their own way of doing things, in their own time, it'll all get figured out.  I'll figure it out.

I'll figure out what works best for me.  And Molly.  And our family.  I'll figure out how to change a diaper, how to give a bath, how to do it all but I'll do it in my way and in my time.  I've been inundated lately with people telling me, "you'll be able to do that", "you should be able to come to that", "if you haven't had your baby yet you'll be fine coming to this event an hour away the day after you're due".  You're right.  Maybe I should be able to do this or that or come to an event an hour away the day after I'm due, but the thing is, I may not feel comfortable doing any of that.  I may not be ready and guess what - that's ok.  I can't allow myself to feel pressured.

I'm a new mom.  This whole thing is scary for me.  I'm going to over-analyze, I'm going to be overcautious and that's ok.  I'll figure it out.

Thank you, Kait for helping me feel better!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

30 something weeks

I give up.  I've lost count.  But for the 2 of you who really want to know, according to my "What to Expect" app, I've been pregnant for 34 weeks and 5 days.  Yes, almost there but still weeks away.  And those weeks sound like an eternity.

This pregnancy thing has been fun but I'm over it. The past few weeks have gotten tough. The 8 month mark came accompanied by a bad memory and worse attitude.  Short term, long term, doesn't really matter - I'm not guaranteed to remember anything.  And people have never driven me more crazy, seriously is this world full of idiots?  I guess is a good thing they came together though because if at any point I decided I dislike you, I quickly forgot that's how I feel.  And no need to worry about PT, he hasn't been harmed at the making of my bitch-mode.  He's actually been an amazing support - letting me vent, get out my crazy and then letting me know it's all worth it.  And now I'm tearing up.  What a train wreck!

Here's why these last few weeks have been difficult...
  • I'm getting big, this baby won't be the 5 pounder I was.  Which makes moving, sitting, laying down, basically every movement more difficult and less comfortable.
  • I'm working a lot.  Which is good.  I like my job and being busy means I don't just sit and think about being pregnant all the time.  Thank you, Job, for keeping me occupied.
  • Our calendar is booked, with a mix of fun and not fun things but booked none-the-less.  Again, great to keep my mind off of being pregnant but a lot of the things going on are baby related - doctor appointments, child birth classes, pediatrician open houses, etc. Yay!
I know I sound like I hate my life and right now, it's really not that bad.  I'm very blessed to have had an easy and healthy pregnancy so far so ignore my negativity : )