Family of Four

Family of Four

Monday, August 10, 2015

Charlie is Two Months

Today Charlie turned two months old. I'm in shock from both perspectives. 1. I can't believe my tiny baby (who is not so tiny any more) is already two months and 2. how the heck has it only been two months?!?

As I mentioned in my last post, adjusting to life with two wasn't as easy as I had let myself believe. But as I was heading out to the door this morning to teach Stroller Strides and then make a stop at the pediatrician's office for Charlie's well visit. I realized that getting out of the house with both in tow seems much more routine. It's still a process, and I love when I have Mac around to help load Z, but it doesn't feel foreign anymore. Yay! Now comes the art of mastering the timely exit so we aren't late everywhere. Which, I am happy to report I WAS NOT this morning! Woo hoo!

You probably noticed I did not write a one month update for C.
There are a few reasons for that.
- We didn't have a well visit, so I didn't have new stats.
- I was still in survival mode trying to figure out the whole mom of two thing.
- I just didn't really have much to say at that point as he was still in total newborn phase and not doing a whole lot.
- And lastly, I was very bad about writing posts for Z -- I don't think I even did a one year OR a two year for her (#mommyfail) -- This time around I'm being a bit more realistic with the blog and hopefully getting better about consistently posting rather than falling off the grid for a very long time. - But ... maybe I will go back and post about her birthdays, so when she's older she has something to look back at -- haha (Sorry McKenzie!)

So, back to what I was saying. Two months has flown by, yet it feels like he has always been part of our family. It's strange how you don't realize something is missing until it's in your life and you can't imagine it not being there anymore.

Here's a little run down of our chunky little man, who hubby likes to affectionally refer to as "beef".

Weight: 12lbs 7oz (7lbs 13oz at birth)
  - I'd like to note, Z did not hit 12 pounds until 4 months!
Height: 22 3/4in (19 1/2in at 4 days)
  - I like to use the doctor visit for height because with both  and C, they supposedly shrunk from the time they were born to the time they were seen by the Dr.
Sleeping: He is still pretty inconsistent with sleep. Some nights he does great and others he's up every couple of hours. Because of this, he is still sleeping in our room in the rock and play because I am not about to walk up and down the stairs a thousand times a night ;) The most he has slept was last night the night before he turned 2 months old, giving me a solid 8 hours and 15 minutes. Typically, he has a long stretch of 5-6 hours and then is up every 2 hours or so until morning. But, when he wakes up, it's just to eat and then he usually falls right back to sleep.
Eating: He is a nursing champ, just like his sister. I have him on a loose 3 hour schedule, but take his lead most of the time instead of sticking to a strict schedule.  On average he eats for 10-15 minutes each feeding - which is about twice as long as Z!
First: Well, everything he is doing right now is a first! He is so strong and hold his head up great, has been since the very first week. He doesn't fuss much during tummy time which hasn't given much opportunity to practice rolling. In fact, when he DOES get fussy he tend to use his legs more to scoot forward, like a belly crawl. So, I think we are going to have an early crawler on our hands.

Similar to Z, I am doing 52 weeks of Charlie as well as monthly photos. So, here are our photos leading up to 2 months old!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Charlie's Birth Story

This post is now 4 weeks 8 weeks in the making. Well, I guess I shouldn't say in the making because that implies that I have put any effort into it prior to this very moment (and once prior) and, quite frankly, I have not. This whole one kid to two kid transition is kind of kicking my butt. Not in a, OMG what the hell was I thinking kind of way, just a, hmmm ... this is quite a bit trickier than I imagined.

Anyone that knows my little family knows that Z was a dream child. So, despite Charlie being a great little baby, he is still much more difficult, which is only THAT much more difficult now that I also have a two year old to tend to as well. But {slowly} things are starting to stabilize and I feel as if I have a little more control.

And, with that longer than necessary intro, I suppose we should rewind a bit to the grand entrance of my fabulous little boy - because really, he is pretty amazing and he has truly made our family perfectly complete. And, no, that's not just the sleep deprivation talking ;)

To truly start this birth story I should probably confess, we totally planned an elective induction. I did not share this with many people in advance because, quite frankly, I did not care for any commentary on the subject. My Dr and I made the decisions, together, to induce just shy of 40 weeks (39 weeks and 2 days to be exact). Given my previous delivery history with Z and current pregnancy status (basically flawless and no cause for concern) with Charlie, Dr. Layton felt no need to wait until after my due date to discuss scheduling an induction. We decided on Wednesday, May 27 at 5am (SO EARLY!).

The day arrived and, with Z already tucked in at my in-laws, I called the hospital at 3am, as instructed, to verify they were still able to take us at our scheduled time. They couldn't. Thus, starting our anxious waiting to be called in.

Around 9am Dr. Layton called and said it was unlikely we would be called to come in that day and asked us to come in for some outpatient induction (membrane sweeping). After leaving his office, we decided to walk around a nearby shopping center (yay Target!), grab lunch and just wait for either labor to start or the hospital to call. Neither happened. Then, at 5am, the hospital called and told us to come in as soon as we could, because they were ready for us.

At 7:30am, after checking in and getting situated, etc. they started the Pitocin. I, naively, thought labor would start immediately and we would meet our son very son. WRONG. We sat around and waited for several hours, watching movie, after movie, after movie. At some point during the waiting the nurse came in and said Drs tend to come in at either the start or end of their lunch to break their patient's water, so we should expect him between 12 and 12:30 or not until 1:30 or 2. It was the latter.

The process was short but oh so painful. In fact, it would wind up being the most painful part of my day. Once he was done I didn't feel like it worked. But they said to give it a little bit and if it, in fact didn't, he would come back in. I wasn't a fan of this option because I was already so bored waiting.

The contractions were coming and going, but not consistent and not nearly as painful as I remembered with Z. In fact, not really painful at all. So I switched it up and sat on the birthing ball to see if I could help things along.

After a few hours, it was decided my water did not break and they would call Dr. Layton. It was then that I asked for the epidural which I had already signed off for and had been asked if I wanted a few times. I wasn't in pain enough at that point to need it, but he was absolutely not messing around down there again without some pain meds in my system. So I got my epidural and they called Dr. Layton. At 5:30 he broke my water and that's when the active labor began. Still not as intense as I remember, but that's probably thanks to the epidural that was much more effective this time around.

After 2.5 hours of active labor and 20 minutes of pushing, Charlie was finally here. Similar to McKenzie, we started seeing his heart rate drop and they had to put me on oxygen. Then, unlike McKenzie, a few things were mentioned that made me worry the day may end in an emergency c-section. First, although I was almost fully dilated, he hadn't dropped down into the birth canal so they thought he might have cord wrapped somewhere - not something a laboring mother wants to hear. And second, once he did drop, he wasn't straightening out and, if I heard correctly, he would not be able to come out if he didn't correct himself. Luckily, he did and we had a successful delivery, outside of an operating room.

As I mentioned before, the epidural seemed to be much more effective this time around because I didn't feel everything with the same intensity I had with Z and wasn't nearly as aware of his placement during delivery as I was with her. Which could have been a bad thing for my recovery if not for Dr. Layton and his skillful coaching to avoid excessive tearing and ended up with just a first degree tear requiring two small stitches. While it may be TMI, I figure, if I'm going to share, I may as well share it all.

So there it is, our handsome little Charlie Scott was born May 28th at 8:33pm weighing a healthy 7 pounds, 13 ounces - almost a whole pound larger than his sister. He had healthy lungs (as he demonstrated by screaming almost the entire first hour of his life) and showed no signs of jaundice. I am not sure if this can be attributed to delayed cord cutting - which we didn't really plan, it's just how the moment played out after he was born - but I am so happy we didn't have to go through the whole bilirubin treatments and testing like we did with Z.

Speaking of Z, because we wanted to have the golden hour just the three of us, as recommended by the hospital, it would be pretty late for her to come down to the hospital. So, we decided to wait until the next day to have them meet. But when she did finally meet him, she instantly loved him. Watching them meet was just so special. She was a bit concerned for me though and insisted on seeing my feet for whatever reason. Once she saw them and was able to climb into the bed with me she felt better about the whole situation and believed me when I said I was ok.

This was such a special event for our, now complete, family. The similarities between McKenzie and Charlie's deliveries paired with the distinct differences makes me think this was just a glimpse of what is to come for our little family. I can't wait to watch them grow up together and watch them develop into their own people with similarities and unique features, just like their entrances into this world.

designed by: Golden Anchor Designs

** If we are friends on Facebook, you know that Blogger totally glitched out on me after writing this and deleted everything I had written (and more) on my second sitting. So, I had to go back and rewrite the entire thing! I am not as happy with this version - and I apologize for that - but I am sleepy and anticipating this little one to wake from his uncharacteristic early evening slumber at any minute, so it will have to do. Again, sorry, if it's not quite up to par. I really liked how my original one turned out.

Monday, May 25, 2015

39 Weeks: #ComeOutCharlie

For those of you who follow me on Instagram (@pinkmrsmac), you saw that Operation #ComeOutCharlie is in full effect. 

I'm not super hardcore with the castor oil and all that craziness, but I have been using the stability ball, drinking red raspberry leaf tea, pedicure, acupressure, doing LOTS of squats, going for 2+ mile walks (I got in nearly 18,000 steps yesterday according to FitBit!), eating spicy food, etc. while I've had a few contractions here and there, nothing that has me preparing to speed over to the hospital. Sigh! Oh well. 

With our wedding anniversary on May 22, I really didn't want him coming that day. So I didn't really kick up the natural induction attempts until the 23rd and now, I'm getting a tad impatient hahah. 

Oh ... I can't remember if last week I talked about my major procrastination on packing, or if that was the week before (dang preggo brain!), but il happy to report my bags are totally packed and ready to go. Yay! And yes, you read that right. I have BAGS! 1 for the delivery room (mostly snacks, electronics, comfy shoes, makeup, resistance band, etc), 1 for my recovery room (clothes, pjs, toiletries, etc) and 1 for Charlie (super small, but first outfit, coming home outfit, some cute threads to wear for visitors, random things from his nursery to keep him from being Ina ms surrounded by generic hospital stuff) and then and overnight bag for Z. I would do a fun "what's in my hospital bags" post, but I'm a chronic overpacked and you'll all think I am nuts. PLUS, I really just scoured Pinterest for reference points, so I know there isn't a shortage of lists available ;)

Well, that's about all there is to say about that this week. I'll be sure to keep you all updated on baby watch. But for now, how about a bump watch?!

How far along: 39 Weeks (Happy Memorial Day!)
Workouts: Made it to 2 Stroller Strides classes again this week and had 1 great at-home workout, plus all the walking. I still taught my 2 classes last week, but tomorrow will be my last class I teach until Charlie is here! Woah! I'm going to miss working out and working out with these ladies while I wait for dr clearance! Luckily, I have a resistance band all ready to go in my hospital bag. 
Maternity clothes: Jeans in this photo and a Bella Band for added coverage. Oh and the plaid is too, but ... I totally plan on wearing it well after impose the baby weight. You can't see it well, but it has the cutest lace cut out panel in the back. I'm obsessed. Oh, and of course my trusty compression stockings. Will NOT miss having to wear these!
Sleep: meh, not good, not terrible. I have been sneaking a quick nap in while z does on some days. Usually just 20 minutes, but I think I got a little more than an hour in today. I didn't even realize I was that tired when I went to lay down, but apparently I was. 
Best moment this week: Getting Zs laundry all put away (a filled and organized closet is my happy place) and celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary and attending the baby shower firmly good friend (and sorority sister) Kari. She is due with her first (a girl!) on the 22nd of June
- arranged marriage? (But only if she goes Chi O! Kidding ... Kinda!)
Miss Anything: Everything - seriously, #comeoutcharlie!!!!!
Movement: He is starting to run out of room, so much less big movements, but still lots of little ones. 
Food cravings: Chocolate milk still and smoothies too. I'm more into lighter fares lately since I'm still not super hungry these days. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: I'm still not very hungry, ever, but if I don't eat a little something in a semi-frequent basis, I get really nauseau.
Labor Signs: Was 3cm, still, at my last dr appt but 70% this time. So, more progress! Yay! I have been having some cramps and back pains (early labor signs) and a few minute contractions, but still nothing consistent. With his head dropping into position though, holy heck is it really uncomfortable (and sometimes painful) down there. The most accurate description I have found, is that it feels like a horse kicked me in the crotch/pelvic bone. Fun ... Right?!?
Belly Button in or out: Out
Wedding rings on or off: Still off, but j was able to slip in 2 of the 3 rings the other day because I had less swelling. 
Happy or moody most of the time: I've been a big old grump! I blame the excruciating back pain.
Looking forward to: Meeting Charlie (and getting shelving for his room - cough cough husband ... Again!!)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

38 Weeks - Nesting

Looks like nesting has officially kicked in. I can't see something dirty or disorganized without wanting to clean it up. Although with a 2 year old on my heels, I don't always get to-nor do I have the energy. But ... I DID {{finally}} get my hospital bag packed. Now it just needs the few last minute things (which I use on a daily basis) tossed in when it's time to go. It feels so good to have that taken care of! I did have a bit of a fashion crisis in regards to the outfit(s) C and Z would wear when they finally get to meet, but that has luckily, been all cleared up.

Oh! And we went and bought the remaining items that we "needed" for baby C, including hangers, which means all his clothes are finally hung. Yay!  

This week I am also SO UNCOMFORTABLE and, today,in quite a bit of pain. While the swelling is surprisingly low today, my knees and ankles are KILLING me and I am getting terrible pelvic and "down there" pressure/pain. Pretty sure this little one won't be cooking much longer. Totally scary and exciting all at the same time. And, since he's full-term and I am fully over being a blimp, so I'm initiating the hashtag #comeoutcharlie! 

With that, let's get on to the bump watch festivities. Who knows, it might just be my last one! Ahhhh! 

How far along: 38 Weeks 
Workouts: Did an awesome at-home workout last week, because I was confined to my house all day for our 1-year warranty repairs. I also finally made it to a stroller strides class I wasn't teaching! Woohoo! And, of course, still have my 2 classes I teach a week. So, I'm staying pretty active. But ... I've really noticed a change in what I am physically able to do and have had to do so many modifications as of late. It kind of makes me mad, but hey! considering I made it 38 weeks, mostly unrestricted, I guess that's pretty good!
Maternity clothes: Just my Bai Bei Belly Band in this picture, but I bought my awesome "Moms Make The Best Friends Shirt" in a large so I could wear it with the bump - I also bought a small for when I drop all this dang baby weight! 
Sleep: Z has been waking up every night between 3:30 and 4:30 so, on top of my own issues, that's been a fun little wrench in the sleep system. Especially because most nights it takes me at least an hour to fall back asleep. 
Best moment this week: Getting my bags packed and all his clothes hung. 
Miss Anything: lots! Core exercises (I know, I'm odd!) Wine! My shoes! My wedding rings! Sleep! My regular sized thighs - that don't look completely absurd in leggings.
Movement: Yesterday and this morning he gave me quite the scare because I couldn't remember the last time I had felt him really move around. But he has made up for it today. 
Food cravings: CHICOLATE MILK! Fruit smoothies, frozen gummy bears, ice cream, peppermint patties
Anything making you queasy or sick: no, but I'm really not all that hungry, like ever. It's very odd.
Labor Signs: Was 3cm at my last dr appt and have had terrible pelvic pressure and pain today. A few, unmeasurable contractions as well. 
Belly Button in or out: Out
Wedding rings on or off: Still off
Happy or moody most of the time: I've been a big old grump! I blame the excruciating back pain.
Looking forward to: Meeting Charlie (and getting shelving for his room
- cough cough husband!!)

Ps - if you are wondering why these posts are typically riddled with odd typos, that's because I usually write them on my phone while being held hostage in Zs room during our bedtime routine. Sorry!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Couch Bum Workout

Lately I have been struggling to find motivation to get in a good workout each day. I have been letting myself believe that getting into workout clothes and teaching Stroller Strides/Fit4baby meant I worked out too, but that's not always the case. When I teach, I am focused on keeping the kiddos happy and the moms sweating, not getting my own workout in. Yes, there are still several hours in the day after class is complete, but I tend to fill those rather quickly.

After teaching, I like to spend McKenzie's waking hours either running errands (yay groceries!) or doing something fun/enriching with her. Then we would go home for her nap and I either fill the time with house cleaning, freelance work, or some mommy time (aka catch up on my DVR). And since her nap is so late in the day, Mac is usually home or on his way home by the time she's awake once again.

But, the other day (awhile back because I have been procrastinating finishing this blog) as I was sitting on the couch zipping through commercials and trying out some new exercises for class, I realized I could easily use that time to get in a nice resistance workout. So, I went to work compiling a complete workout I could do while keeping up with the latest drama on Grey's Anatomy, Vampire Diaries, Revenge, and all the other shows I am so addicted to. And now that I am preparing for some potential down time in a bed prior to and after Charlie's arrival, I decided now was the perfect time to finish this blog. Oh an a big thanks Liz for giving me the idea to pack a resistance band in my hospital bag!

So, for those of you looking to make the most of the nap time hours (or an upcoming hospital stay haha), like me, here's a workout just for you!

CARDIO WARM UP - no resistance bands needed

Elevated Plank Jacks - 30 seconds

Toe Taps with Speed Bag Arms - 30 seconds

Elevated Mountain Climbers - 30 seconds

High Knees - 30 seconds

Repeat these exercises 3-4 times before continuing on


Overhead Lat Pull - 15 reps
Place each end of the resistance tube in each hand. Start with hand above your head with arms by your ear. Slowly pull your arms down and apart until the center of the band touches your chest. Slowly return the band to your starting position to complete your first rep.

* To increase intensity, choke up on the resistance tube or fold it in half, grabbing both handles in one hand and the center fold in the other.

Tricep Extensions - 10 reps each side
Begin with one arm bent behind your head holding one end of your band and the other bent upward (toward the small of your back) holding the other end of your band. Click here for a visual example. Slowly pull fists apart - so the top arm is extended straight above your head and the and the other arm is extended straight down toward your buttocks. Click here for visual. Slowly return to your starting position to complete your first rep.

* To increase in tensity choke up on the tubing or wrap excess tubing around your fist.

Chest Press - 15 reps
Place the center of the tubing at the small of your back, grabbing each end of the tubing. With elbows out, bent to a 90 degree angle and parallel to the ground, slowly extend arms until they are straight out, in front of your chest (think of a push-up). Return arms to starting position to complete your first rep.

* To increase in tensity choke up on the tubing or wrap excess tubing around your fist.

Bicep Curls - 15 reps
Position the center of your resistance band beneath your feet. Grab the end of the tubing in either hand. keeping elbows stationary, and by your hips, slowly lift your hands from their resting position by your knee toward your shoulder. Slowly return to your knee to complete one rep.

* To increase in tensity choke up on the tubing or wrap excess tubing around your fist.

Repeat these exercises 3-4 times before continuing on


Abductor Pulls - 10 reps each side
While on your back, bend your left knee with foot flat on the couch (or floor if you need more room). extend right leg straight in the air. Place the center of the tubing across the bottom of your, extended, right foot. Cross the band over the top of your foot and grab each end in either hand. Place your left hand at your let hip and extend your right arm out to the side (see visual example here). Slowly lower your right leg out to the side and return to starting position to complete your first rep.

* To increase in tensity choke up on the tubing or wrap excess tubing around your fist.

Leg Press - 25 reps
With knees together and tucked in toward your chest, place bands under the bottom of your feet. Grab either end of the band with each hand and position arms in a static high row position. Slowly extend legs until fully extended and hovering just slightly above the ground. Return to starting position to complete your first rep.

* To increase in tensity choke up on the tubing or wrap excess tubing around your fist.

Adductor Crossovers - 10 reps each side
Sit with both legs extended straight in front of you. place one foot in one handle of the resistance band and grab the other end with the hand on the same side, choking up on the band as needed to obtain the desired resistance. Slowly elevate the banded leg and cross it over the opposite leg - like you were going to cross your legs. Keep leg extended and return to starting position to complete your first rep.

* To increase resistance, choke up on tubing and extend arm out to the side.

Repeat these exercises 3-4 times before continuing on

CORE - no resistance bands needed

Crunches - 25 reps

Oblique ankle taps - 20 reps each side

V Sit - hold for 45 seconds

Bicycles - 20 reps

Repeat these exercises 3-4 times

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

37 Weeks and finally full term!

Charlie is officially considered full term. Obviously, the closer to 40 weeks, the better, but if I were to go into labor right this very moment, they would not intervene. How crazy, cool and scary is that?!? I can't believe in just a few weeks (or less) we will be a family of four!

I installed the infant seat in my car the other day and bought my Double
Bob Jogging Stroller which have both made this a whole lot more real. 

Another thing that made it oh-so-real was the hospital tour. Since Z was born in a different hospital, we wanted to take the official OB Tour to know where to park/check in and just get a feel for this hospital. I was cool as a cucumber until we stopped in a labor room and she pulled out the delivery stirrups. That brought back a flood of memories from delivering Z and it suddenly became very very real that I was going to have to go through a whole other delivery and, while I may pretend I know what to expect, I really don't. This delivery could be completely opposite of Zs. Or it could be the exact same. Or just different in enough ways to make it completely foreign. My biggest fear (well maybe not biggest since there are bigger concerns that I'm too "superstitious" to even say out loud) is laboring for hours - or days - and having it all end in a c-section any way. I have absolutely nothing against a c-section, for the record, I would just like to have a scheduled c if it was needed as to not recover from both laboring and then surgery. I need to change the subject!

Aside from being smacked in the face with the whole labor/delivery reality, I was also forced to admit I have yet to pack the hospital bags! Eek! This shouldn't be a surprise, really though, because I heavily procrastinated this task with Z too. 

I did kind of start though, so that counts, right? I have the outfits selected for Charlie, just need final approval from Mac and then his baby book and he should be all set. I organized my toiletries today and started planning my attire while in the hospital, but need to do laundry and make my official list of items since a few (like blow dryer, makeup, camera, etc) won't go in until the very last minute. And I need to get together a labor bag. I didn't have much use for the one I packed with Z, because I was in labor -at the hospital- for less than 3 hours (if you haven't yet, go read Zs birth story, it was quite quick and intense), but I probably shouldn't count on that being the case this time around. Lastly, I need to get Zs bag packed since she will be staying with my In-Laws while we are at the hospital. 

So, as you can see, still quite a bit left to do considering he could really come any day now.

Oh! And I need to deep clean my house. Ask me how excited I am for THAT one! Ugh! Anyone want to come scrub some bathrooms and vacuum/mop some floor?! (And fold/hang laundry, and dust, and ...) ;)

Time for the bump, before I start having a panic attack! 

How far along: 37 Weeks (and 3 days)
Workouts: Still teaching, but Monday was my last Fit4Baby class until after Charlie is born. So now I will just have my 2 Stroller Strides classes to teach until he gets here! 

I didn't get to workout much this past week because it has been insanely busy around here. But I did manage to squeeze in a quick arm/side
core workout during Zs nap today. Hooray. Oh! But, thanks to his lowered position, I've discovered some of my beloved booty blaster are out of the question. That was seriously a depressing moment for me. And running, pretty close to being out of the question. I feel like he will break my pelvic bone less than 5 minutes in. 
Maternity clothes: Pants are and top was bought oversized to accomodate a baby belly and then wear oversized post pregnancy. I also fit in almost NONE of my shoes, so I am that girl rocking Uggs in May. Oy! But hey, at least they are comfy and I won't stretch them out/ruin them! 
Sleep: I am still exhausted and now I wake up several times at night and still about an hour before the alarm. 
Best moment this week: Setting up the furniture in Charlie's nursery - note the crib made it's debut in this week's photo! I am still not 100% set on the layout, but I need to visualize all the art/accessories that will go in his room with it and get a few more small furniture items (night stand for next to the rocker is the big one) and then I can decide fully how I want all of it to go. Also, my Stroller Strides moms threw a surprise shower for me after class on Tuesday. It was so fun. I am truly blessed that I have found such a fantastic group of women for fun, fitness and mommy support!
Miss Anything: Wine. Red wine specifically. I also really miss my leggings and shoes. It's getting far too hot to wear denim and uggs! 
Movement: Less big movements this week, but he is still super active.
Food cravings: CHICOLATE MILK! caramel, mint, pasta, salty stuff, smoothies
Anything making you queasy or sick: not really but I have not been "craving" my daily green tea fix, so that's kind of a big deal!
Labor Signs: Same as last week. A lot more pressure and some shooting pain. I've had a few subtle Braxton hicks, but no major contractions. Still don't think he will be arriving any time too soon. But, I have a dr appt tomorrow and will learn more then.
Belly Button in or out: Flat and sometimes out
Wedding rings on or off: Still off
Happy or moody most of the time: Still a super grump and have very little patience. 
Looking forward to: My dr appt tomorrow (weird, right?)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

36 Weeks - Bye-Bye Wedding Rings

Well it's that time, once again for a bump update. I've reached the point of swelling where my rings no longer fit and neither do most of my shoes. I hate the whole swelling phase and the fact that it started so early this time around is just so much less fun. But .. just a few more weeks and hopefully it starts to subside quickly. I honestly don't remember how quickly the swelling went away with Z, but I do remember it getting worse before better .. yay ... 

But, on a happier note, Charlie's crib has arrived and I am hoping to set up the nursery this weekend. We have all the decor already, so once we get the furniture in place, we can pick out shelving and frames to get everything situated. I am still want certain if I want a storage piece in his room or if I want to use hanging shelves. But I think once I get the furniture arranged I will be able to decide. And don't worry, I will share photos once it's complete! 

Speaking of photos! We got the link to our maternity photos by Shannon Worley Photography and they are amazing! I am so glad we did them and that we went with Shannon. She really captured Z and our family dynamic perfectly and, if I may say so myself, the images are really gorgeous. I will share them in a latter post because I still need to download and save to my computer, and Z just woke up from her nap (luckily I did the questions first this time.

How far along: 36 Weeks (and 3 days)
Workouts: Went to Yoga on Saturday morning (thank you Liz!) Taught four classes so far this week, and have one more tonight. I am still trying to see if I can/will squeeze in Stroller Barre before my doctor's appointment tomorrow and then I'll take Stroller Strides on Friday. The weather has been far too nice not to take advantage of these outdoor workouts. 
Maternity clothes: Pants and shirt are both maternity. That might just be a first with this pregnancy. 
Sleep: I have been so exhausted this week but still waking up an hour before the alarm each morning. I hope that is not a sign that little Charlie will be an early riser. Z is a little sleeping beauty and wakes at an appropriate hour (usually 8:30/9 if I let her) I might cry if I have a 6am kid this go around. 
Best moment this week: Charlie's crib has arrived!! It was delivered to my in-laws house (because they so graciously purchased it for us) so we are picking it up on Friday and can hopefully get it setup and the dresser in his room this weekend. Yay!!! Then it's on to shelving and decor!
Miss Anything: Wine, vodka, beer ... anything with alcohol content basically. I have started carefully planning what beverage will wait my return from the hospital ;)
Movement: All.the.time! And some are still painful and uncomfortable as he continues to run out of room for the big movements he wants to make. 
Food cravings: Fruit, chocolate milk, caramel, mint, cheese
Anything making you queasy or sick: tried eating a grilled chicken sand which today, not a good idea.
Labor Signs: Same as last week. A bit of pressure and some shooting pain, but nothing that indicates he's ready to make his arrival quite yet - which, despite my complaints, is a good thing. 
Belly Button in or out: Pretty flattened now
Wedding rings on or off: They came off a few days ago and have not gone back on.
Happy or moody most of the time: Still moody, but still have lots of happy swings
Looking forward to: Decorating the nursery.
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