37 weeks!!!

Hello friends!

We have a full term BABY! I am soooo excited and happy to be able to say this because we had a rough week over here.

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I had my 36 week appointment on Tuesday and my blood pressure was high (surprise surprise). It was reading at 135/92 and my doctor was concerned so she recommended that I get blood work done. She said that if the results came back normal I would stay pregnant, but if there were any abnormalities we would have to induce. She did say that I was already 2 cm dilated, so I guess that was good news.

37 weeks

Obviously, I was stressed and nervous the entire night and following day. I didn’t feel like we were ready; I didn’t have my bags packed, the car seat still needed to be washed and I hadn’t made any of my freezer meals. Let’s just say it was not a fun night at our house. But it did get my butt in gear. I packed my bags and washed the carseat. I feel much more prepared now that my bags are ready and packed in the car.

I feel like life would be a lot easier if I go into labor during the day, while I am at work because then we wouldn’t have to wait around in the middle of the night for my mom to come over to watch Liam while we went to the hospital.  Most likely, I will go into labor in the middle of the night or early in the morning.

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Anyway, I finally got the call from my doctor at 3pm on Wednesday!  I saw the caller ID and I thought I was going to throw up. I didn’t want to have to be induced for many reasons. Liam’s birthday party is this past weekend and we also wanted to take Liam somewhere this past weekend to celebrate, just the three of us. I picked up the phone and she told me that my bloodwork came back NORMAL! I can’t even tell you how happy I am right now.

I am doing the best I can to stay relaxed, but planning a 2 year old’s birthday party can be quite stressful. I am hoping that next week my blood pressure comes back down. I would like her to stay in my belly until the beginning of February so that both my children don’t have the same birthday!

Speaking of birthdays, at Liam’s birthday party yesterday, Patti and I finally got to take our pregnancy picture.

IMG_7570 She is two weeks behind me :) They decided to wait to find out what they are having and I cannot wait to see if I am right.  I am 99.9% sure she is having another boy! Only time will tell!

IMG_7578Alright well that is all I have for you all today!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 37 weeks!
Maternity clothes? yes and I am sooo ready for normal clothes
Stretch marks? on my belly
Symptoms:  pregnancy swagger, exhausted, high blood pressure
Best moment this week:  Liam’s birthday party!!!
Miss Anything?  beer, normal clothes, sleeping, being in shape
Movement: yes and they hurt sometimes.. pokey little limbs
Food cravings:  nada
Anything making you queasy or sick:  nope
Gender:  baby girl
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? still IN
Mood:  emotional wreck this week.. bleh
Wedding Rings on or off:
 off
Looking forward to: Michael’s birthday party!!!
Days till next appointment: 1
Days left until due date: 20!!!!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

36 weeks!

Hello friends!

FOUR MORE WEEKS until we meet our baby girl! Erik and I are both very very ready to meet her. Sorry this picture is blurry, it was taken with my cell phone in a hotel room with horrible lighting.

2015-01-17This week we had my company’s holiday party so we went to the hotel and stayed the night while my mom and grandma watched Liam.  It was our mini “babymoon” I guess before she comes. It was really nice to get away for a night because both Liam and I have been grouchy.  In fact, this week has been awful; my face is breaking out like a 15-year old boy and I am PMSing like a 13 year old old girl. My poor husband. Actually, I’ve been taking out the bulk of my rage on my friends at work :(

It’s weird because I can see myself getting angry and about to lose my cool but I can’t stop myself from saying something or just being annoyed in general. I quickly apologize but that doesn’t make it okay by any means. Luckily, today I am feeling much better and less angry. I had a few nice crying sessions this weekend just for the heck of it and I think that helped.

I now realize that last paragraph makes me sound like a complete lunatic, but I’m doing my best to be as honest as possible here.

I have my 36 week appointment tomorrow afternoon, so hopefully things will be progressing well and she will already be head down. That is the only thing I am worried about at this point, because she was completely breech when we went in for our 20 week appointment.  I know that doesn’t really mean much because they roll and turn so much in the latter half of the pregnancy, but still, I worry. I guess I am also worried about being put on bed rest again, but we will see. My blood pressure has been really good at home, so hopefully it will continue to be like that so I can go about my daily business.

I really really need to pack my hospital bags… eek. I was supposed to do that this past weekend, but I didn’t. It might have to happen during the week. It shouldn’t take me long to do, but I just need to do it.

36 WeeksMy belly is SO much different this time around. I know I keep saying that but man look at that thing. My belly is also heavier too, my back is dead. Actually, to be honest everything is hard. Breathing is hard, eating is hard, moving, sleeping and just generally existing as a functioning person is hard. Thank goodness for my husband and my family!  My mom and grandma came were over all day yesterday cooking us food to put in the freezer. I’ve made my list of recipes I want to make for our crock-pot meals and will be making them sometime soon.

Liam’s birthday party is this weekend (WHAT HE IS GOING TO BE TWO!!!), so that is my #1 priority right now. My sister is supposed to come home on Friday to help me decorate the house, and my wonderful coworkers are making his cake and cupcakes. We are really very lucky to be surrounded by so many caring and giving people. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Alright that is enough rambling for today!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 36 weeks!
Maternity clothes? yes, ready for normal clothes
Stretch marks? on my belly.. :(
Symptoms:  rage, ache, difficulty functioning as a human
Best moment this week:  Our company holiday party
Miss Anything?  beer, normal clothes, sleeping, being in shape
Movement: yes, and sometimes a bit painful
Food cravings:  ice cream
Anything making you queasy or sick:  nope
Gender:  baby girl :)
Labor Signs: Nope just braxton hicks contractions
Belly Button in or out? still IN :)
Mood:  PMSing like a 13 year old girl
Wedding Rings on or off:
 off
Looking forward to: Liam’s birthday party!
Days till next appointment: 1
DAYS till she is due: 27

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

35 weeks!

Hello friends!

Happy 35 weeks to me! Five weeks left and time is slooowly moving by.

IMG_7507I feel like I look more and more tired with each picture!  I swear I wasn’t even that tired yesterday. In comparison to my picture from 2 years ago I look really run down. My belly is also so much lower this time and really round.  Like I said before the shape of my belly probably explains why I’ve been having different pains this time around.

35 WeeksWe have her nursery almost ready to go. I ordered the crib mattress this past week and it should be at our house by early next week. Then I can spend next weekend finishing up her nursery so I can feel more at ease with being “prepared”. Here is a little sneak peak at her nursery.

2015-01-082015-01-10I can’t get over how cute this darn room is.  Sorry those pictures are a bit blurry, I took them real quick with my phone. I will be taking better ones when the room is 100% done so I can post them up here.

Other than the nursery, I really need to start making some freezer meals.  This time around it is going to be a lot harder to prep for meals after she is born because we have to take into account what Liam will eat. He has been getting less picky, but man there are just some things that will never go near his mouth.

IMG_7509My heartburn has been out of control this week, like fire breathing dragon out of control. Luckily, I had an appointment with my doctor early this past week and was told I could increase my dosage of Zantac to 150mg twice a day!  I’ve been taking 150mg in the morning and only 75mg at night.  It seems to be helping quite a bit. Sometimes I do wake up in the middle of the night feeling like my insides are on fire, but I pop a few tums in my mouth and back to sleep I go.IMG_7512Oh sleep, yes, precious sleep. I woke up in the middle of the night to pee, which is typical at this point, but I have the hardest time falling back asleep.  I guess my body is gearing up again for those late nights and early morning wake up calls. I have to admit, it has been so nice being able to have our alone time after Liam goes to bed. I just have to keep telling myself that we will be back at this point again sometime later this year. Just keep swimming!

Alright enough rambling!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 35 weeks!
Maternity clothes? yes ready for normal clothes please
Stretch marks? On my belly
Symptoms:  heartburn was HORRIBLE this week
Best moment this week:  getting decorations up in her room
Miss Anything?  beer, wine, normal clothes, being in shape..
Movement: yes all the time, some very painful on my right side
Food cravings:  none this week
Anything making you queasy or sick:  nope
Gender:  baby girl
Labor Signs: nope thank goodness.. we need at least 2 more weeks please
Belly Button in or out? still holding in strong.. inny
Mood:  good
Wedding Rings on or off: 
off
Looking forward to: 
finishing up her room so I can relax
Hospital bags packed?: No
I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

34 weeks!

Hello friends!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to the New Year! I will be doing a 2014 recap this year, but it might take me a few days to put it together. I feel like last year I said I was going to start the recap post in Jan and add onto it, but I obviously didn’t do that. There is always this year!

Anyway, here we are 34 weeks, 6 weeks left! Holy cow!

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This has been a big week in nursery progress. I meant to clean the chair in the nursery but I got lazy. I promise I will try and clean it next week. My sister, Erik and I put the canvases on the nursery wall. I think I am going to order one or two of these to go over her crib instead of getting the $50 monogram.

circlesI also want some sort of Typography letter thing for the walls on either side of the window. I need to do some more pinteresting for those. Another adorable purchase for this week was the crib skirt and coral sheet. The website I ordered it from allowed me to preview the two pieces together before I ordered them so I took a screenshot.

nurseryHOW CUTE IS THAT!? I cannot wait for it to arrive. Apparently it won’t be arriving at our house until Jan 15, a MONTH before she is due to arrive. I am hoping to have ordered her crib mattress by then. I think I will wait and order it after we get the crib skirt. I think those are the only things I’ve purchased this week for her nursery, but I am really excited for all of them.

I also want this:

canvasBut it’s $70 and I cannot justify spending that much on a laundry hamper. I don’t know why it has been so hard for me to find a navy blue laundry hamper, but it has been impossible.

In other news, my hips and groin are pain free! Well most of the time. I’ve been doing some leg lifts each night and they have really helped! My sciatic nerve pain comes and goes, but I don’t think that is something I can really prevent. I will keep the stretching and leg lifts up as long as I can and as long as they are helping me.

I have also been feeling exhausted again! I totally forgot how tired I was last time in the third trimester. I feel like I need at least one nap every day; one around 11 and one around 2. I can’t do either because I work during those times. I do plan on taking a few weekend naps here in the last few weeks.

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Alright well that is all the rambling I will do for this week!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 34 Weeks
Maternity clothes? yuuppp
Stretch marks? Yes, they are pretty bad. I really hope they go away after she is born
Symptoms:  exhausted all the time. I couldn’t even stay up to see the ball drop :(
Best moment this week:  Finally starting to do stuff in the nursery
Miss Anything?  being in shape
Movement: tons and she has been pushing something very pointy into my kidneys
Food cravings:  None that I can recall
Anything making you queasy or sick:  nope
Gender:  baby girl
Labor Signs: nope
Belly Button in or out? inny
Mood:  pretty good
Looking forward to: planning Liam’s birthday party

I hope everyone has a great day!

33 weeks!

Hello friends!

My post is on time this week!  We’ve had a few days off so I’ve had a chance to write! 33 weeks, only seven weeks left!

IMG_7482This week has been awesome, we had Christmas with our families, and I am looking to spending New Years at home with my hubby. My hip and back pain have been HORRIBLE; so bad that I have trouble falling asleep. I need to figure out how to fix this because I cannot live like this for the next 7 weeks.

33 WeeksI’ve figured out why I have bad stretch marks this time around. Take a look at the picture above, my belly is so pointy this time. The stretch marks I have are on both sides right near my belly button. I guess she just stretched my skin out in a totally different way. No biggie, I can deal.

IMG_7490I’m starting to look around at more stuff for her nursery, and I think I will be making a few purchases next week. We got our spot cleaner, so this coming weekend I will be cleaning the rocking chair in her room!  As nerdy as it sounds I really cannot wait to clean that darn thing.

Hopefully my update next week will be a little more fun to read!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 33 Weeks
Maternity clothes? yes and I am ready to be in regular clothes
Stretch marks? yup right around my belly button
Symptoms: pretty sure I pulled my groin muscle and my sciatic nerve pain is out of control
Best moment this week: Christmas and dinner with my softball ladies!!
Miss Anything? being in shape and wearing normal clothes
Movement: lots of poking and rolling
Food cravings: still love egg sandwiches
Anything making you queasy or sick:  na
Gender: baby girl
Labor Signs: No thank goodness
Belly Button in or out? inny
Mood:  happy when I’m not in pain
Wedding Rings on or off: 
on during the day.. off at night
Looking forward to:
decorating the nursery

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

32 weeks!

Hello friends!

Super late weekly post but here we are at 32 weeks, 8 more weeks!

IMG_7478I am feeling large and in charge. My hip pain still lingers and now I’m almost positive I’ve pulled my groin muscle. I can barely lift my left leg to put my pants on everyday. I’m not really sure how I can fix it other than waiting it out. I have a feeling this pain is going to hang around for the remainder of my pregnancy.

32 WeeksThe shape of my belly is different this time around, just by looking at the comparison pictures, my belly is much pointier this time around. And I feel like that is why I am having different pains this time around.

IMG_7469I am getting closer to finishing up her nursery but still no where close to doing a nursery tour. But I am making progress, I swear. I just ordered a handheld steam cleaner so once I clean the rocking chair I might be ready to do a tour.

We finally sprayed some sealant on the canvases, so they are ready to be hung. I also think I found the monogram decal I want, thanks to my friend Amber. The only problem is that it’s $50 :-/decal

 

(Via etsy)

And no Marie is not her name. I think I will wait a few weeks and keep looking to see if I find anything else I like. That will most likely be the last thing that goes up in her room anyway so it can wait until even after she is born and we reveal her name ;).

Alright well that is all I have for you all this week!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 32 Weeks
Maternity clothes? yup yup
Stretch marks? Pretty bad ones on my belly :(
Symptoms:  back and hip pain!
Best moment this week:  shopping around for Christmas Eve dinner place setting decor
Miss Anything?  running
Movement: oh ya she is kicking like crazy
Food cravings:  none
Anything making you queasy or sick:  na not this week
Gender:  little princess
Labor Signs: No stay away for at least 5 more weeks
Belly Button in or out? Inny I think I have the deepest belly button ever
Mood:  Pretty good :)
Wedding Rings on or off: off at night
Looking forward to: Christmas this coming week!

Cheers!

31 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Here we are at 31 weeks, and we are in the SINGLE digit countdown! Only 9 weeks to go before we meet our princess.

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As I’ve mentioned before I have been slacking when it comes to getting her nursery done, but I think this week/weekend might be more productive. I plan on cleaning the rug in her room tonight after work and I need to jump on the wall decorations for her room.

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I still cannot decide which monogram I want to put above her crib, I really don’t like any of the options I’ve found. Maybe I need to scrap the monogram idea and start over. If anyone has any ideas on what decal I can put above her crib I would love some help. The theme in her room is a gold/coral/navy nautical theme. I also need to go to the craft store and get some sealant for the canvas artwork I made a few weeks back.

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Patti came over this past weekend, looked at her room and told me the same thing my sister has been telling me, I need more coral in the room. I think once I get a crib mattress and put coral sheets on the bed it will help make the room a little more complete. I finally ordered one of the crib sheets that I want, and eventually I will pull the trigger and buy the crib mattress. I have time right? Hopefully, having my sister home will help get my butt in gear to get some of the stuff done in her room.

31 Weeks

This week has been HORRIBLE. I was in so much pain earlier this week I thought I was having contractions. We had a lot of stuff going on and I was really stressed out so that probably contributed to the whole thing, but man I was scared for a few days. I did call my doctor and she said that it was most likely her laying in a really uncomfortable position and I would just have to wait it out. I am pretty sure she was right because I could feel her moving like crazy and once the pain was gone I felt like my belly looked totally different. It is much higher and rounder.  I hope she is face down now, I will be asking my doctor about it next week. Next week starts my bi-weekly appointments! EEEK getting close!

Alright that is all I have for you today!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 31 Weeks
Maternity clothes? ya
Stretch marks? Yes pretty bad ones on my belly :(
Symptoms:  tired, back aches, shortness of breath
Best moment this week:  Taking Liam to see Sesame Street live
Miss Anything?  Wine, Beer, deli sandwiches, working out like a mad woman
Movement: all over the place, I am curious to see what position she is in
Food cravings:  egg sandwiches, all day every day
Anything making you queasy or sick:  nope
Gender:  Baby Girl
Labor Signs: Nope stay away for another 9 weeks please
Belly Button in or out? still inny!
Mood:  ugh last week was the WORST, wayyy too much crying 
Wedding Rings on or off:
 On!
Looking forward to: Holiday parties with friends and family!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

30 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Here we are, checking in with my 30 week post! TEN.WEEKS.LEFT.

IMG_7401This is getting real, and I am totally freaking out.

At least her room is cleaned out and her clothes are clean and put away in her dresser. All I really need for her room is a crib mattress and more wall decorations. I can’t decide what I want to put above her crib. I don’t want to hang anything up there, because all the wall decorations I had up for Liam fell down, and I’m not sure why. I don’t really feel like stressing out about a newborn in the crib with stuff falling on her face.

So… I think I want to put a decal of some sort above her crib but I have NO idea what I want to do. I am doing a nautical theme in her room, but I don’t like any of the nautical themed decals. It’s also hard to find a girly nautical themed decal for some reason. So I was talking to my bestie/twinsie Erin and she gave me the idea of doing a monogram above her crib, so I started the search for one of those. I still can’t find one that I like, but I only started looking yesterday. I have a few weeks before I need to make a decision.

My sister comes home from school today, so she will be able to help me brainstorm some ideas for her room and put some of the things I’ve already made up on the walls. I have to vacuum, clean the rug, and clean the chair before she comes home. All things I can do in one day, but I’ve been lazy and her room is across the hall from Liam’s so I can’t clean the rug while he naps. Sigh. So many things, so little time.

I had my glucose test this week, and I passed with flying colors. She also said I was measuring on schedule and my blood pressure was still holding steady.

20141201_082646I don’t see how my belly is measuring on schedule because my belly is definitely much bigger this time around.

Recently UpdatedHey man as long as we are both healthy and happy let’s keep going! I am curious to see how big my belly does get this time. Haha.

Well I think that is all I have for you all today! I hope everyone has a great day!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 30 weeks
Maternity clothes? yupppp
Stretch marks? Ugh yes, they are on the underside of my belly L
Symptoms:  lower pack/hip pain, exhausted, out of breath
Best moment this week:  passing my glucose test!
Miss Anything?  beer
Movement:  oh ya
Food cravings:  um…egg sandwiches, all day everyday
Anything making you queasy or sick:  don’t think so
Gender:  baby girl
Labor Signs: no thank goodness.. please stay away for another 10 weeks
Belly Button in or out? still inny!
Mood:  Pretty happy
Wedding Rings on or off:
 Still on
Looking forward to: Christmas!

Cheers!

29 Weeks!

Hello friends!

A few days late with my 29 week (11 more to go!) update but better late than never! And I totally did not mean to wear the same outfit as last time for this week’s picture but here it is. IMG_7319_edited-1Biggest difference? I got my hair cut this past weekend!!! Oh man it feels so good to get all that hair chopped off. I cut off three inches, well technically I didn’t do it, the stylist did, but you catch my drift. I actually think my belly looks bigger last time around, but it might be the way my arms are placed around it.

DownloadsThis week was Thanksgiving, and boy did I enjoy all the food that was around. It was so nice to be surrounded by our family for five full days!

I did learn this week that I can no longer wear my boots L I don’t think they have enough support and I have HORRIBLE lower back pain when I wear them. I guess I am stuck to wearing my New balance shoes until she comes! I really can’t believe I only have 11 more weeks until my due date. I had my glucose test on Monday, but I will wait until my 30 week update to let you know the results of that one.

I’ve been taking advantage of Black Friday sales and deals, and I am ALMOST done with my Christmas shopping! I am really in the Christmas spirit this year, and I think it has a lot to do with how excited Liam is about everything Christmas related. He seems to really love Home Alone and has already watched it two times in the last 4 days. He gets really upset when Kevin is mad at his mom, he looked at me the other day and was like “Neeni (kid in farsi) mad at mommy” and he gave me a really sad face. It was really cute. I love that kid so much! I cannot wait to see how he interacts with his new sister!

I think that is all I have for you all today!

Spark notes version:

How far along? 29 weeks!
Maternity clothes? Yes, some of the clothes are getting small around the belly area ;-/
Stretch marks? I don’t actually see any anymore.
Symptoms:  Oh my back.
Best moment this week:  Thanksgiving!
Miss Anything?  running
Movement:  loving every little movement
Food cravings: BK Whopper, don’t ask
Anything making you queasy or sick:  nope
Gender:  Baby Girl!
Labor Signs: No thank goodness!
Belly Button in or out? Still in holding strong!
Mood:  Pretty good  :)
Wedding Rings on or off:
 On!
Looking forward to: Christmas!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Achieving Financial Peace of Mind in 2015

Hello friends!

Do you find yourself stressing about spending money during the holidays and saving for the future? Well there are a few steps you can take right now to set yourself up for financial success in 2015. One of the most important pieces of advice I can give is to pay off your debt.

When my husband and I graduated college we both had car loans, we had just bought a house, gotten married, and had student loans to pay off.  The idea of paying off our debt seemed impossible.  That was until I received some very helpful advice from a friend of mine at work.  Her and her husband had recently paid off all of their debt in TWO years; I was excited to learn how they did it.  The concept is actually quite simple, and although we are not following her plan 100% the idea is the same.

You have to make a plan you know you can stick with.  I knew that we could never empty out our savings to pay our debt off, so we took baby steps.  We started out with paying off the smallest loan.  Then we took that monthly payment and lumped it into the next loan we wanted to pay off.  Once that was paid off, we added those payments to the next loan, and so on and so forth. This plan really worked for us and allowed us to feel financially comfortable to start our family.

Another thing you can do to set yourself up for a more successful 2015 is to start saving for birthdays and holidays at the beginning of the year so that you are not stressed out and scrambling for money around birthdays and holidays. Set your gift allowance for the year, divide that number by 52 (weeks in a year) and that is the amount you need to set aside each week in order to be able to spend stress free during the holidays. A good way to do this is to start a new bank account and have the money come out of your paycheck into this new account.  Capitol one has some pretty awesome deals with new accounts right now that can even help kickstart your gift giving savings account.

Right now if you start a new 360 checking account with a minimum of $500 and make five transactions you can get a $100 bonus added to your account (customer must be new to 360 checking). If you start a new 360 savings account and make a minimum $1000 initial deposit, you can also get a $100 bonus (customer must be new to 360 savings). Once you are a customer you can take advantage of their Refer a Friend bonus per successful refer. You can see all those deals in the table below.

Product Offer Details
360 Checking $100 bonus
  • Must make a $500 minimum initial deposit and make five transactions
  • Must be new to 360 Checking
360 Savings $100 bonus
  • Must make a $1,000 minimum initial deposit
  • Must be new to 360 Savings
Refer a Friend $40 bonus per successful referral
  • For someone to receive the referral bonus, they must be a current customer
  • Their friend must meet the minimum initial deposit requirements
  • Applies to all accounts

Those seem like a great way to put some additional money into your account for holiday shopping now or in the future. Check out Capitol One’s website to see more of their awesome black Friday deals.

Hopefully some of these tips will help you out this holiday season and into next year.  Choose to make your New Years resolution about becoming financially successful in 2015.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

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