Friday, August 26, 2016

26-31 Week Bumpdates

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh... I'm once again lumping together several weeks worth of bumpdates... But, in my defense, we did just move and I try to sleep whenever I have a few extra minutes during the day!

I have definitely gained A LOT more this time around than I did with Jax (I was just over 20 lbs. when Jax was born), but it sounds like Little Brother is measuring right on track. I have had two different doctors appointments since I last blogged -- one a few weeks ago for my glucose test and then another one Wednesday for my (now) standard every two-week checkup. The doctor told me I passed my glucose test with "flying colors" (whew!) but am slightly anemic... she said it isn't anything to worry about (and if memory serves me correctly, I was also slightly anemic with Jax) but was just something to be noted.

At Wednesday's appointment, they did the standard heartbeat check (which gave Jackson the biggest smile ever -- he is so into babies right now and loves poking/talking to his brother) and measurements (I guess he is measuring a little big, but the doctor said it could be because we caught him during a growth spurt -- they'll check again in two weeks) and everything sounds like it is going well! Little Brother sure does like to move and still wiggles and kicks the most whenever Jax and I lay down to read.

Other than that, there hasn't been anything too eventful happening, so on with the bumpdate!

Messy master bedroom at the old place (and an adorable photo bomber) -- Week 26 
Messy master bedroom at the new place (sans photo bomber) -- Week 30
Yes; I wear this crazy comfortable maternity shirt from The Loft a few times a week!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: I was up about 23 lbs. at Wednesday's doctor appointment.

Maternity clothes: Yes! I still haven't bought too many of them, but I basically live in the maternity shirts I do have (as seen above) as well as baggy shirts I already owned, maxi skirts, dresses, yoga pants, and over-sized shirts I received during high school and college. 

Stretch marks: Negative.

Sleep: I didn't have too many issues up until week 30, when the dreaded nightly body aches/not being able to get (or stay) comfortable kicked in... However, I ordered a memory foam body pillow off Amazon this afternoon and look forward to receiving it and taking up both Brandon's and my sides of the bed with it. 

Best moment last week: Best moments in the last month would have to be Wednesday's doctor visit and seeing the look on Jax's face when he heard the baby's heartbeat, our family trip to the mountains, moving/closing on houses/buying new furniture, and just the random time we have gotten to spend with extended family. 

Movement: LOTS of moving! 

Food cravings/aversions: I could eat fruit, fruit flavored candy, and mint Oreos for every meal and not complain.

Gender: Little Brother! 

Labor signs: No, thank goodness. 

Belly button - in or out? I'm carrying really high (again), so the top half of my belly button pops out. 

What I miss: Sleeping through the night and being able to get/stay comfortable. 

What I am looking forward to: We are actually going back to the cabin with my family in a few weeks which should be a lot of fun! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Unplugging in the Mountains

Wow... it's been about a month and a half since I last blogged *insert solemn face, big eyed emoji here* I know that it seems like I have forgotten our little corner of the internet, but I swear I haven't -- in fact, I think about blogging A LOT and miss it.

This last month and a half has been quite the journey... we closed on both houses (the House Hunters townhouse and the one we bought), moved out of the HH house, moved into our forever home, and have basically been cleaning, unpacking, painting, and setting up ever since. Between that, being almost 31 weeks pregnant (WHAT?!) and exhausted all the time, having articles to write, AND being the mamma to a very busy little guy, sitting down to write a blog post just hasn't been in the cards.


However, I have made it my goal for the week to at least do a quick Jackson update and bumpdate (since we are both growing so fast, ha), so stay tuned! In the meantime, I thought I would share some pictures from last weekend's quick mountain getaway!

As many of you reading this probably already know, my Aunt Millie passed away on July 6th... it still doesn't feel possible that she is gone and I basically try to not think about it since I get a sick feeling every time I dwell on it. Anyway, my Aunt Millie has this gorgeous cabin that she has always generously shared with the family and before she passed away, she told everyone to sign up for dates to go. I was honestly a little skeptical to do it (since by that point we knew her passing was inevitable and I figured I would do better just not going back to the cabin at all vs. going and thinking the whole time about how we could never go again), but Brandon got me talked into at least putting our name down for a few nights.

I'm so glad he did because this weekend gave us some valuable family time that we wouldn't have had otherwise. I would be lying if I didn't state that I had a huge lump in my throat a good portion of the trip, but I could definitely feel Millie smiling down at us, happy that we were enjoying one of her favorite places.
Toasting to BBQ and family time with our Shirley Temples :)
I (obviously) didn't get to partake in the pitcher this time...
I often worry that we brought the wrong baby home from the hospital (since he obviously looks nothing like his dad)...
It was weird waking up and not having to worry about unpacking or meeting writing deadlines... but I somehow managed!
The caption says it all... oops. 
When I was little, the loft was my favorite room in the cabin -- so glad to see my son enjoying it as much as I did!
Our first ever family hike... we even saw a moose!
Since there is a county wide fire ban, we decided to make our s'mores inside... however, I forgot the marshmallows (among a million other things) so we improvised with cookie dough. 
Aside from having terrible acid reflux Friday night (and forgetting my heartburn medication at home :/), the trip was nothing short of perfect! We slept in, over ate, did lots of walking/picking up and throwing rocks (Jax), and just overall enjoyed each others company.

Thank you, Aunt Millie, for sharing your cabin with so many of us through the years. Some of my fondest childhood memories took place in this home and I am so happy to get the chance to share it with my family! 
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