Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Today is ultrasound day.  I'm super anxious to get this work day over with so I can head to my doctor appointment.  I can't wait to see our peanut on the big screen :)  I need to remind the tech that I don't want to know the baby's gender so please, no slip ups.  We've made it this far not knowing and I really want to stick it out til the end.  Thought I'd never say that to be honest.  I've been wanting to know so bad!  But with only a little over 3 weeks to go what's the point of finding out now?  It's better this way.  If I found out today, you know I'd be in Baby Gap right after my appointment dropping way too much money on gender specific clothes. 

My biggest fear is for the tech to tell me I have a 9+ pounder already in my belly.  I feel like a hippo and that of course makes me think I have the world's biggest baby in the womb.  But I know these ultrasounds can be off 2 lbs in either direction so I'm hoping not to freak out when I hear what our peanut (or not so peanut) is topping the scales at. 

Til then I'm going to try to be as productive as possible to help make this day go by fast.  And by productive I mean a lot of emailing and googling.

36 Weeks

Thursday, July 26, 2012

36 weeks, 31 days left and thumbs up.  I got this!!  Altho if you would have asked me if I got this last night I probably would have exploded in tears.  I was sooo miserably uncomfortable.  Between sitting behind the computer too long editing which resulted in my feet swelling to a size that I never thought was possible and not being able to fall asleep - I had it. 

BUT today is a new day.  I slapped on some eyeliner, a new dress and I'm feeling good.  I get to leave work early and do what I love - photograph my mini sessions.  Super super excited for this.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the rain they are forecasting for later this afternoon stays away. 

Ohhh the beach ball.   I really can't imagine getting any bigger at this point but with 4 more weeks, give or take, it's inevitable huh? 

How far along:  36 weeks - Starting my 9th month!  OMG. 
Maternity Clothes?  Yes, absolutely.
Stretch Marks?  None!!
Sleep:  I'm still sleeping on the couch since it's much cooler downstairs.  I actually slept on the floor the other night because I couldn't get comfy at all and was so hot.  Needless to say when I woke up I was super sore.  Not doing that again!
Best Moment this Week:  Putting some final touches on the nursery!
Miss Anything?  I'm going to be repetitive with this one - my energy level.  I get so tired, so fast.  Especially with not being able to sleep at night.  I'm dragging!
Movement:  I'd love to see what s/he is really doing in there.  I get kicked, punched, karate chopped all the time.
Food Cravings:  Ice ice baby!  Yeah, I went there.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Nope.  Feeling good! 
Gender:  Leaning toward boy this week.  Only because every single person I encounter tells me it HAS to be a boy.  We'll see!
Labor Signs:  Nothing.  Not even Braxton Hicks. 
Belly Button in or out?  It's out but it's flat.  Totally doesn't make much sense but that's the only way to describe it.  It barely pokes through my shirts - which I'm happy about!
Wedding Rings on or off?  Off.
Happy or Moody Most of the Time:  I'd say happy but if you asked the hubs he would say I'm still "on edge".  I could blow at any moment...which I would  have to admit he's right.
Looking Forward to:  My mini sessions tonight!  So thankful for this opportunity and to be able to do what I love. 

Glider Love

Monday, July 23, 2012

My glider was FINALLY delivered.  I feel like I've been waiting forever for this key piece for the nursery to arrive.  I can't express how much I love it.  Plus, it's super comfy!  I think my Tiko pillow totally makes the glider, don't you?  I don't think I've every loved a pillow so much before!

The hubs and I made lots of progress in the nursery over the weekend.  We hung a huge art piece above the dresser and fluffed and hung my tissue poms over the crib.  Everything looks so good and makes me feel even more ready for our peanut to arrive early.  A girl can wish right?  We just have to hang one more thing (hopefully this week) and I'm still waiting on my custom changing pad cover.  Once those few things are done I can finally reveal the nursery.  It turned out exactly how I envisioned in my head.  Maybe even a little better.  I love it and I can't wait to spend endless hours in here with our little peanut (34 days to go if anyone was counting with me). 

35 Weeks

Friday, July 20, 2012

35 weeks pregnant and only 37 days left until my due date.  According to s/he is the size of a coconut!  (Typing coconut just made my mouth salivate for a pina colada...)

"He's about 17.2 to 18.7 inches. From here on out, he won't get much longer, but he's plumping up. He's now about 4.2 to 5.8 pounds, and he'll put on a pound or more of baby fat before birth."

I pray these next few weeks fly by.  I have to admit, I'm pretty uncomfortable at this point.  My stomach ballooned out over the last week.  I no longer have a basketball under my shirt.  It has been upgraded to a beach ball.  Either our peanut had a dramatic growth spurt or the root beer floats, Dairy Queen runs, golden Oreos and back to back dinners at Chipotle caught up to me. 

I've realized that wearing a bright color (like pink) only draws more attention to my growing belly.  My boss actually came up to me and smiled at me this morning.  When I asked him what the smiles were for he said "You just look so different!"  Duhh.  I have a beach ball under my shirt, my hair is chopped and I have chipmunk cheeks.  Anyone would look different!
oceioanfioeaiviojiemaonioefmnioaniolhlikjfeoanufgherna <--- frustration. 

How far along:  35 weeks, 1 day
Maternity Clothes?  Absolutely.  I refuse to buy anymore maternity clothes at this point.  What I have, is what I have to work with.  My coworkers will just have to deal with me wearing the same thing over and over for the next few weeks. 
Stretch Marks?  Zero!
Sleep:  I wish I could sleep.  Insomnia and uncomfortableness has set in.  I've actually been sleeping on the couch downstairs for the last week or so.  It's so much cooler down there and since I'm up tossing and turning all night I figure it's best to be there so I don't wake up C.
Best Moment this Week:  Probably my haircut.  Is that lame?  Expecting something more and interesting?  Sorry, it's all I got.
Miss Anything?  My energy level.
Movement:  All the time! 
Food Cravings:  Other than ice I can't say I have any other cravings. 
Anything making you queasy or sick?  My swollen hands and feet!
Gender:  37 more days (give or take) til we can finally find out.  I'm so anxious!
Labor Signs:  Nope. 
Belly Button in or out?  It's starting to finally pop out a little!  Just barely, but it's starting!
Wedding Rings on or off?  Off.
Happy or Moody Most of the Time:  Happy and tired. 
Looking Forward to:  The weekend with the hubs.  We are picking up the glider and ottoman for tomorrow as well as putting some of the final touches on the nursery!  I can't wait to reveal it to everyone!

Shameless Plug

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I've never really advertised my photography on this blog before.  I like to keep this one for my personal use and my photography blogsite well... for my photography.  But today I'm going to be that girl and give myself a shameless plug so here it goes...

I will be teaming up with my good friend, Natalie, of Natalie Kirby Photography to conduct mini sessions next week. Mini sessions are a great way to get some updated photos in a shortened time frame at a discounted rate.

When: July 26, 2012

Where: The Orchard Art House, 22490 Murray Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

What: 15 minute mini session – 10 high resolution images with full printing rights

How: To reserve your time slot follow this link:

Questions?  Email me! or visit my blogsite at

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Yep,  I did it.  I chopped it all off!  

Didn't think I'd do it, did you?

So, I wanted it to be a tad shorter.  More like the photos I posted in this post.  But I got a little too chicken once my butt was in the chair.  So baby steps it is.  This is the shortest my hair has ever been and honestly, I'm loving it.  I really thought I would end up coming home kicking myself and wondering why on earth I had the urge to cut it in the first place.  But it feels so fresh, so much thicker and 130% healthier.  I really really love it. 

I will be going back prior to our peanut arrives to touch up my highlights so I figured if I still wanted to go a tad shorter or even invert the back a little, I can do it then.  Til then I'm going to get used to the shortness and rock it. 

Chop Chop

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I have the itch to cut my hair.  BAD.  But obviously since I'm pregnant I will not make any rash decisions about my hair until after the baby is born...  Or I'll walk into the salon this weekend and chop it all off...   Regardless, I'm totally in love with this cut I found on pinterest.  I keep going back to it and each time I do I love it a little bit more.  The before and after pictures are also on this blog.

Adorbs right? 

 I've never cut my hair this short so I have no idea how I'll feel about it.  What I do know is that I need to do something with my hair soon.  Pregnancy hasn't been kind to my hair.  Most women have shiny, luscious locks that grows an inch per day.  I was not so blessed.  My hair is super dry, brittle and apparently stopped growing as soon as I peed on a stick.  BUT I do have to say my scalp has dried up so much during pregnancy which has been so nice!  I now wash my hair every 3 days.  I realize it sounds gross, but I work it. 

Thoughts?  Love it?  Hate it?  Don't do it?  Do it now? 

34 Weeks

45 more days to go til my due date! 

How far along:  34 weeks
Maternity Clothes?  Yep but believe it or not I'm still squeezing by with some things not being maternity.
Stretch Marks?  None!
Sleep:  I'm up at all hours of the night it seems.  Altho last night I stayed up until almost midnight working on photography related things and slept through the night.  I didn't even get up once to go to the bathroom.  This could be a record.
Best Moment this Week:  Probably our baptism class on Tuesday.  It was so exciting to plan for the baptism already - even without meeting our baby yet.
Miss Anything?  Just being able to move around easily.  I feel like just getting into the truck sometimes is work.
Movement:  Lovin' every bit of it! 
Food Cravings:  Ice, ice and more ice.  I filled a glass of ice this morning on my drive in to work and chomped every single cube.  When it was empty I wished for a refill. 
Anything making you queasy or sick?  No, not really.
Gender:  I gave up wondering.  I'm dying to find out tho to see who's predictions were right or wrong!
Labor Signs:  Nothing
Belly Button in or out?  It's finally starting to poke out, but just a tiny tiny bit. 
Wedding Rings on or off?  Off.
Happy or Moody Most of the Time:  Why isn't emotional an option?
Looking Forward to:  My pedicure tomorrow! I'm overdue and need to get this hot pink color off my toes immediately.  It's just not me. 


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • I'm emotional.  I have been crying over the dumbest and simplest of things.  Today's tears were over an Adele song that I've probably heard 8,395 times.  Not sure why I felt the need to turn on the waterworks but they started and I couldn't stop them.  By the time I got to my parking garage and glanced at myself in my rear view mirror I had mascara down my face, looking like a clown.  That's always a great way to start the day.

  • I'm doing a little revamp to my photography logo and blogsite tonight.  I needed a pop of color to my logo and wanted to change it for months.  My new logo isn't jaw dropping, but it's me and that's how I want my logo and site to be represented.  Once the revamp is finished I will post the link.

  • To add to the photography talk I'm super excited to be teaming up with my good friend, Nat, from Natalie Kirby Photography and host mini sessions on July 26th!  The sessions will be held at the Orchard Art House.  Shop for some new jewels and update your head shots - perfect combination if you ask me!  I am so excited for this and am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that we have beautiful weather that day.

  • Wearing white while pregnant is never a good idea.  I have several marks/stains on my white shirt I'm sporting today.  Apparently I think my belly is smaller than what it is.  I'm a mess today and cannot wait to go home and change. 

  • My office manager asked about what my plans were for my  maternity leave.  I can't even believe it's really only a few weeks away.  46 days to be exact.  In calculating everything out it looks like I will only get paid for close to half my leave.  It's going to so tight financially for us because of that.  I just pray I won't have to go back to work prior to my 12 weeks of leave is up. 

33 Weeks

Friday, July 6, 2012

51 days.  That is what is left until my due date.  Ekkk!

I have to admit that I'm starting to feel more and more ready.  If you asked me if I was ready two weeks ago, I would have started panicking and quickly would say no way.  But now I'm feeling prepared.  We have the nursery almost completed, clothes are washed, sheets are on the crib and all of our major items we need are ready to roll.  I still need to pack the hospital bag... which I will start tonight. 

We toured the maternity unit at the hospital last weekend and I think that helped me feel so much better about things.  We now know where to go when the time comes and I have a better idea of what to expect.  The nurses were so friendly and answered all our questions.  I'm so glad we chose this hospital to deliver at.  It just feels right.  Not to mention, only 10/15 mins from our house. 

Just look at that basketball under my shirt!  Whoa!

How far along:  33 weeks, 1 day
Maternity Clothes?  Duhh.  Of course.
Stretch Marks?  Nope!
Sleep:  Sleep is a jerk sometimes.  I've been having trouble the last week or so sleeping at night.  I can't get comfortable, I feel like I can't breath, I get up to go to the bathroom every 4 hours, C is snoring in my ear ... However I do appreciate my after work naps on the couch.
Best Moment this Week:  Finishing some key pieces to the nursery.  It's finally coming together just as I imagined it would in my mind and I'm loving it.
Miss Anything?  Being able to walk up the stairs without sounding like I ran a marathon would be awesome.
Movement:  All.the.time.  At my doc appointment last Tuesday it has been confirmed that s/he is head down which would explain feeling a lot more movement in my lower stomach - it's his/her hands and arms!
Food Cravings:  Ice, milk and popsicles are still my go to items.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Besides gum, nothing.
Gender:  51 more days (give/take) until we will know!
Labor Signs:  Still nothing.  And still no Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out?  Stretched and flat!
Wedding Rings on or off?  Off. 
Happy or Moody Most of the Time:  I would say happy but if you would ask C he would say I'm "on edge".  I don't mean to be but apparently I've been a little snippy lately.  Ooops.
Looking Forward to:  C's parents coming up this weekend!


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Wow.  I didn't realize horrible it would be today being at work while just about everyone else took the day off.  I have plenty of work to do but my motivation is nowhere to be found.  Normally I work so much better with nobody around but today is rough.  I knew I should have taken today and tomorrow off.  I suspect tomorrow to be another unproductive day at my desk. 

Having the 4th off was so so so nice.  With the temps over 100 and me being 33 weeks pregnant you can guarantee that I was not outside enjoying the day, watching fireworks or even lounging in a pool (which would have been awesome).  I stayed indoors all day, with the blinds shut to prevent the sun/heat from seeping in and worked on house stuff.  The hubs and I only left the house for a Home Depot and Dairy Queen run. 

Instead of wasting our day off by relaxing and hibernating in the AC we got a ton of house related things done.  Mainly things in the nursery.  I'm holding off on showing all the nursery details until my final nursery reveal post but I will share one piece of decor that I am seriously head over heels in love with.  My black and white striped curtains.

Seriously, I'm in love.  The curtains couldn't be any more "me".  And yes, I realize the nursery isn't really about me ... but in a way it kind of is.  I went back and forth for a while on whether I should do the stripes and in the end, I'm so glad I decided to have them made.  Favorite.nursery.decision.ever.

Next Month - What?!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Today someone at work asked me when my due date was.  I stopped in the middle of saying the month August and then said blurted out "next month!"  I can't even believe it.  It seems so surreal to think I will be holding our son/daughter next month.  I'm so excited, anxious and nervous all at once.

In nursery decorating news I'm so happy to report that I'm making lots of progress.  I need to purchase one more piece of decor, paint a table and wait on a few more things to arrive from Etsy and I'll be just about finished!  I can't wait to reveal the nursery once everything is in place! 

My lovely and talented friend, Natalie, photographed my maternity session last Saturday.  I love when Nat photographs me.  I'm so comfortable in front of the camera with her.  Our sessions are always so fun and easy.  She gave me a sneak peek on FB and I love it - swollen hands and all!

Totally dying to see the rest! 

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