Monday, October 5, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 36 weeks

Just a quick update (prompts stolen from Olives n Wine) . . feel free to ask me questions in the comments!

Due Date: November 1st

How far along? I hit 36 weeks yesterday! Full term at the end of this week :)

Maternity clothes: Yes, I've had to wear them for quite a while now. Looking forward to wearing regular things soon though!

Stretch marks: None yet.

Sleep: I sleep soundly from 8pm to my first bathroom break (around midnight or 1am), then I toss and turn til about 5 when it's time to get up. My hips get sore so I have to switch sides every hour or so.

Best moment this week: Going to the doctor's and hearing the baby's heartbeat. Always amazing!

Miss anything? Sleeping on my stomach and bending over. I have to squat when I drop things on the floor, haha. 

Movement: Lots of movement! This baby loves to dance around after I eat and when I'm laying in bed at night. Sometimes it will just push on the sides of my belly and stay there, like a stretch. I think I'll definitely miss all the movement when I'm not pregnant. 

Food cravings: Potatoes have been awesome lately. Steamed or baked, topped with butter and salt & pepper, mmm!

Gender: Still a surprise!

Name: We have two boy names and two girl names picked out. The plan is to wait until the baby arrives and see which name suits him/her.

Labor signs: I've had some Braxton Hicks (the practice contractions) the past few weeks and I'm 1 cm dilated. I'm all for it! On the one hand, I want the baby to stay put and keep growing til 37 weeks, but I'm so excited to meet them that I'd love it if the baby decided to come anytime after that!

Symptoms: Some heartburn at night. I've started sleeping with two pillows under my head and drinking milk before bed. Both have helped immensely.

Belly button in or out? Still an innie, but just barely!

Wedding rings on or off? Off! I think I stopped wearing them regularly around 29 or 30 weeks? They were easy to put on in the morning, but a struggle to remove after work, so I left them off as a precaution. I've heard horror stories of people who had to cut off their rings and I wanted to avoid that!

27 days to go!!

Still have more questions? Let me know :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Sunrise on Sunday
Mr. G and I decided to go on one last little trip before the baby arrives (called a babymoon around here) so we drove to the beach on Saturday morning, stayed the night, and then came home Sunday evening. It was the perfect short break from work and getting things ready around the house. We spent a lot of time walking and talking, and of course ate way too much like we always do on vacation, haha! 

The weather was perfect, sunny and in the 70s (about 22-24° C). The ocean was chilly but it felt good to my hot pregnant body (I've never been a warm person until this pregnancy) and I was happy to get another wear out of my maternity swim suit! 

A little less than 6 weeks til my due date!

Crazy to think that on our next beach trip we'll have a baby in tow!

Are babymoons common where you live?

Monday, August 31, 2015

What I Didn't Read this Month

When I used to buy books, I felt obligated to read them even if they were dreadful to get my money's worth. But checking out books from the library has removed that feeling, as has getting older and receiving encouragement from others to just let go of books that I'm not enjoying. That's not to say I stop reading books willy-nilly but it's nice to have that guilt-free option in the back of my mind if I'm struggling to finish something. 

This month in particular has been rough for actually finishing books (or maybe I've just been too picky) so I thought I'd share the books I didn't complete rather than the ones I did. (Though if you're interested in what I did read, you can always check out my goodreads page.)
Links take you to the book's page on goodreads

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness - Pretty hard to read a romance novel when you hate the supposed love interest (in this case, a super bossy vampire named Matthew). The final straw was when Diana considers having her horse jump a fence but decides not to because it might upset Matthew - and then he walks over to inform her that their horse back riding date would have been OVER if she had jumped that fence. And Diana just goes along with it. Grr, made me all prickly!

A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown - This one's tough. It's a memoir of Cupcake's life in foster care after her mother dies. From reading the description, I knew it would be a dark read (with the promise of a happy ending), but I couldn't handle reading about the blatant mistreatment and abuse of children.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese - I was really interested in the premise of this book about twin brothers who are raised at the hospital where they're born because their mother dies in childbirth and their father flees soon after. But the medical writing is graphic, especially when Dr. Stone considers crushing one of the infant's heads during the labor and delivery scene. I felt like I might throw up trying to skim past it. Other readers confirmed many more surgeries lay ahead, so this is not a book I'll be finishing!  

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro - This was touted as a suspense book but I inadvertently guessed the mystery in the first ten pages or so. Which is probably why I found it to be a slow read. Plus the general situation is pretty depressing and again, not the best treatment of children so I stopped reading. 

Thoughts? I don't generally give up on so many books in a month, closer to maybe one book every few months actually - but all my preggo hormones might be making me extra sensitive. Do you stop reading books?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Meal Planning with a Magnetic Calendar

Usually my meal planning is fairly laid back. I look over the sale ads, pick out 2-3 meals I feel like making this week, and try to do as much of the cooking as possible on Sunday so we can ride out the work week on leftovers. But this does sometimes lead to dinner ruts or accidentally making two very similar meals super close to each other (tacos and enchiladas a few days apart). I figured keeping track of what we're eating for longer periods would alleviate the dinner ruts and help us remember some of those recipes we just haven't made for a while. 

I saw this idea on pinterest and liked it immediately, but it's taken me seemingly forever to just DO IT. I gave up on making it pretty like the original and that made all the difference. 
Completely fictional menu plan to give an idea of how it will look - I don't cook nearly this much, considering there are only two of us to consume all the food. And don't mind Monkey's tail, the turkey sketch, or that I forgot to write September :)

This project is pretty low key. I bought a magnetic calendar (so nice for appointments!) and business card magnets. The magnets got cut into four pieces and rather than stick fresh paper to the adhesive, I just left the protective covering on most of them. A few got fresh paper because I messed up when I was writing.
Only the first 30ish meals to come to mind earned a spot on a magnet - I want to make sure I use and like this system before I make a million of them! Besides those 30 meals, I also labeled about ten with "leftovers," "takeout," and various side dishes, like fresh fruit, buttered peas, roasted veggies, etc.

What I like about this idea is that it's easy to change my mind - it's as simple as moving a magnet to a different day. Or if we end up with a surplus of leftovers, I can swap out a meal for later in the week or push it off completely. And when I ask Mr. G what he's in the mood for this week - he can glance over the magnets for inspiration instead of saying he doesn't have any suggestions. 

The only thing I'm unsure of is how I'm going to store these little magnets when they're not in use. It would be great to have enough space to display all of them near the calendar, but that's just not practical. I may have a small basket around the house to corral them in though.

What do you think? Do you use a calendar for meal planning or make a list?

Monday, August 10, 2015

My Maternity Wardrobe

Most of my maternity wardrobe
One thing I've really struggled with this pregnancy is getting dressed! Sounds silly, right? It's tough to find blog posts about how much maternity clothing you'll actually need because it's so personal. What one person considers appropriate work attire or "enough" doesn't always match your situation. So I figured I'd throw my experience out there :) 

Here's what I've bought and my thoughts! 

Oh, and I linked to something similar when I could. Links are not affiliate - these companies don't even know I exist!  

Work Appropriate - 19 items for $298
1 pre-maternity cardigan
tank tops - $20 (worn with pre-maternity cardigan)
6 short sleeve blouses - $70 (1 from a yard sale, 1 from a thrift shop, the others buy 3, get 1 free)
4 long sleeve shirts - $25 (1 from a yard sale, 1 from a thrift shop, 2 from Pink Blush end of season clearance)
1 formal dress - $88 (worn with pre-maternity cardigan, needed for 3 formal work events this fall)
3 dresses - $55 (from Pink Blush end of season clearance, 1 from Target)
1 pair of black capris - $20 
1 pair of black pants - $20 

Casual/Weekend Wear - 17 items for $101
2 pre-maternity tank tops 
5 tee shirts - $30 (1 free from discarded clothes given to my dad, the others buy 1, get one 50% off)
2 pre-maternity dresses (only good for around the house, and won't be able to wear either one for much longer)
2 pairs of maternity shorts - $20 (1 free from discarded clothes given to my dad, 1 pair from Old Navy)
2 pairs of jean capris - gift from my mom (they were buy 1, get 1 free so I got regular blue jeans and pink jeans - I do wear these to work on Fridays)
1 pre-maternity super stretchy skirt
1 pair of yoga leggings - $11 
1 pair of printed pants - $10 (I could wear them to work on a Friday)
bathing suit - $30

Underwear - 13 items for $77
2 bras - $25 (I only buy one each time my size changes and my mom paid for the first one)
bra extender - $2
10 pairs of underwear - $50 ($5 each when bought in groups of 5)


49 items (6 pre-maternity, 2 free, 4 used, 37 new)
$476 spent

My Thoughts
This seems to be enough clothing for me. Though I will probably be sick of most of it by October, haha. I moved everything that doesn't fit me now to the guest bedroom closet so I can easily glance at my closet and pick an outfit.

Everyone talks about buying used or borrowing from friends to get through the maternity season cheaply, but I didn't find that as easy as it sounds. No one in my family or circle of friends has any maternity stuff to lend/give me. Moms for the win, though - mine generously bought me 3 items. I also received 2 items for free from a large bag of discarded clothing (so nice!), found 2 items at yard sales, and 2 others at a thrift shop. But I couldn't find anything maternity in my size on sites like craigslist and freecycle.

I did try to save money by choosing things that were on sale - and I still spent nearly $500! Could I have done it for less?

  • My most expensive purchases was the formal dress from Nordstrom and I bought it fairly early before I knew about the great discount maternity stuff at places like Old Navy and Pink Blush. Live and learn! 
  • Many women say they could wear a lot of their regular clothing, and for much later than I could (I was uncomfortable by about 12-13 weeks for bottoms and 16-17 weeks for tops) and I didn't think stretching things out made sense.
  • I could get away with only 7 pairs of undies, but I got a better price by buying in multiples of 5.
  • I wish the Pink Blush sale had been earlier in my pregnancy so I could've shopped more of their deals - seriously some of the lowest prices. 
  • The buy 3, get 1 free sale on blouses suckered me in - I only had 2 at the time and was looking to buy 1-2 more but ended up with 4 more. 
Overall though, I'm happy with my purchases and we could afford the splurge. In a normal year, I barely break $100 on clothes so really I'm just spending the surplus from years gone by ;)  The ladies in this thread also made me feel better about what I spent, due to the wide range of experiences there. 
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