37 Weeks

Baby B has officially made it to full term at 37 weeks! However, with three days of school next week, I hope he decides to stay in there for just a bit longer...but not too long! 

I am still moving really well and have lots of energy for most of the day but I pretty much crash out at the end of the day because I stink at pacing myself. 

Everything is looking really good so far. Today I went to the doctor and I am 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced. I've had sporadic contractions lately, but like I said...I want him to wait just a bit longer. Also, my doctor is out of town this weekend! I've gained 30 pounds so far and kind of hope to stay here for the next couple weeks but either way I'll live. I'm measuring at 36 weeks which is good too. My blood pressure is 110/58 which is how it has pretty much been the entire time. My cankles...I mean ankles, have swelled a bit and because I've been pretty active this week (with a field trip, line dancing, chasing a toddler, teaching in a two story building, etc.) they haven't gone down much. So I may prop my feet up some this weekend. We'll see anyways. I have a mini to do list for the weekend: the neighborhood pool opens up Saturday and Parker is overly excited!! So we will definitely head there some this weekend. I am hoping to go into my classroom for just a short bit to clean out some things that I don't want to leave there while on maternity leave for the next year. Then of course, just general having fun family time :) I wrote this before going to the doctor and now that I know I have progressed a bit, I may have to hold on some of my plans for the weekend!

Not too much of a difference again other than my chubby face :)

35 Weeks!

Saturday marked 35 weeks for this mama! I have officially started rounding down when people ask how much longer. So today I am technically 4 weeks and 6 days away from my due date but I just say 4 weeks. It just makes me feel like I am getting closer! 

I am wearing the shirt that Clint got me for Mother's Day! It's a little snug right now ;)

I went for a doctor's appointment last week and I am currently not dilated...which is good news since I don't want to have this baby too early. Now once school is out...I'll be ready!

Last week I took half days on Tuesday and Thursday and will also this week and next week. Two weeks ago I started really get tired and too grumpy or emotional for me or Clint ;) to handle. So I decided to use my personal days to make sure I am not overdoing it. Since that is something I tend to do. Last week was a lot better at school and home since I didn't feel tired or stressed. My students obviously don't like when I leave early but if only they realized how much more I got done because I knew going in on Monday that I had a little time off! My needy behavior kids had much better weeks because I didn't feel so impatient with them and I felt more energized to teach better even though we are headed into the final two weeks (plus three days)!

My ankles have mostly stayed the same size other than a smidge of slight swelling a couple days but those were obviously days I was more active.

We got the boys' new beds delivered on Tuesday and Clint got them all put together! I am not 100% sure how I want them situated but I'm sure after having Clint move them 2-3 times, I'll figure it out :)

I did a bit more shopping the other day at Buy Buy Baby. I got a couple newborn pod swaddles:

and another regular swaddle:
some navy star crib sheets:

 and a few other small things.

I meant to share these ultrasound pics a few weeks ago but oh well.

These are from my 31 week ultrasound:

She was supposed to save a video but I guess she forgot. Oh well again.

and because I like to do comparisons, Parker is on the left and new baby on the right! I think I see a similar nose ;)

Here is the comparison of my belly:

not too much difference other than my glasses and different hair style - sorta, and my face was a little more full last time.

Here's to the last month and a few good men...I mean memes.


33 Weeks

Last Saturday marked 33 weeks along in this second pregnancy. I am getting close to the end but some days I wish were already the end ;)

Since my updates haven't been as frequent, I'd thought I do a little rundown similar to my first pregnancy!

Sleep: Other than when we get to bed late or Coco Puff barks her face off, I have been getting really good sleep! I don't have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night most nights so it's nice getting as much sleep as I can. Some nights, well, most the baby won't stop moving so it takes a bit to fall asleep.

Body Changes: I have gained about 25 pounds which is about similar to last time. My ideal goal was to be between 30-35 total, so I think I'm doing fine. I also don't seem to mind as much this time...maybe because I know I can get in a good exercise routine after the baby comes and I'll be off all next year to give me time to get back to where I want. Also, weight gain isn't the end of the world when I am more worried about being tired ;)

Food: I haven't had any food aversions or cravings this whole time, which is similar to last time. I still have to watch portion size because I will pay for it otherwise!

Symptoms: Is being winded a symptom? Stairs are killer these days and like last time I am cursing my school for being two floors and the fact that I am downstairs is just cruel. Also, I am normally a very quick walker and being pregnant is not a natural reminder for me to slow down, so once I start huffing and puffing I realize I should just walk slower. I haven't started getting swollen yet so that is a good thing.  When I had my 20 week ultrasound I noticed that my stomach was sensitive on both sides of my belly button and the ultrasound was a little uncomfortable. When I had my 30 week ultrasound, let's just it was quite painful! My doctor wasn't sure if it was the ligaments or just the stretched muscles but I am kind of glad I don't need another ultrasound.

I think I have also started having some Braxton Hicks type contractions. I never had any last time but I never had anything that could have been them. This time, in the last week, I have had quite a few small but definitely noticeable contractions. Guess we'll see if they turn into anything real!

Movement: This baby has been twice as active as Parker was when I was pregnant with him. I am really not joking when I say that he moves nearly all hours of the day. The last week or so has brought on the more serious kicks and jabs. My ribs and left side have turned into a serious punching bag as well as the front right by my belly button.

Things We've Bought or Did: Since spring break we have been super busy! The library is coming along and I would like to do an update on it soon. It is used every day and we love that is a family space. I washed and put away all the newborn and 0-3 month clothes we saved and have purchased or received. So the dresser is full and ready to go! I went through Parker's current clothes and packed up his long sleeve shirts and his too short 2T pants. With Indiana spring, I kept some pants since the weather changes frequently. I also packed up some smaller 2T jammies and shirts. Now he has lots of room for all his 3T clothes. Speaking of those, I went to the consignment sale in Danville a couple weeks ago and hit the jackpot! Some times, those sales are hit and miss but I really got some good deals and nice clothes. I spent about $180 and got 80 items. I think 75 were clothing pieces so I spent about $2 an item and pretty much have his entire summer wardrobe ready. Plus he received several new outfits for his birthday. We are set for a while!

We decided to order a bed and crib because a stained set would be too dark. So we bought a white crib:

and blue bunk beds:

I am so excited about the bunk beds but can't believe we will have to hold on to the top one for two years or so! I can't wait for them to get here later this week :)

With the weather being so nice this weekend, we did a little yard maintenance and work. We've had a couple fire pit bowls since being married but those things just never last. So we used this image I found on Pinterest:

 along with the tutorial for the fire pit. We already had a few large cinder blocks from taking out the pool, so we made the bench too. We enjoyed a fire Sunday evening and roasted hot dogs, which Parker was so excited about! I foresee lots of evenings outside this summer!

Well that about sums up our life right now! I go back to the doctor next week where I get checked to see if I have dilated or anything. Scary to believe that the end is really near...well the end of this pregnancy ;)