Friday, March 30, 2012

We have a Name!

So at 30 weeks, and 3/4 of the way there - we have finally settled on a name. Our little Bee, as I've been calling her will have the name of:

Brianne Madison Weaver.

We absolutely love the name. We actually settled on this name years ago, we were discussing names at one time and he liked the name Madison Brianne. I didn't really want to have Madison as a first name though cause it feels like there are a million Madison's, but I loved the combination, flipped it around and we both adored it. We tossed around a few other names for the past few months, but when it comes down to it, this one just feels right. The other day my girlfriend used the name in a sentence, I giggled and at that moment just knew that was the name to go with. So we decided it was okay to let the world know now :). One of the best things about her name is all of the nicknames she could have. Her initials are BMW (not planned - just happened) so nicknames can range from Bri, to Beemer, to of course my little bee, which is why I've been calling her that. Bee or bebe, lol. Jeremy however has been calling her kickin chicken...I hope it doesn't stick.

How far along?: 30 weeks

Total weight gain: 19 lbs

How big is baby?: About 15 3/4 inches, 3 pounds - The size of a head of cabbage

Maternity clothes?: Of course.

Stretch marks?: No more than before. Crazy how my belly is stretching though. Every now and again i get this dark circle around my belly button, its funny!

Sleep?: Doing okay, no more no less.

Best moment this week?: Getting so much done in the backyard! The boys did such a good job, they basically cleared out everything! the place is pretty much flat, we even brought in a load of dirt. We would have done more, but the dirt place closed - so the next sunny day we just need to bring in 1 or 2 more loads and then we'll be ready to plant grass! I'm so excited! the backyard looks fantastic - and HUGE!

Movement?: Yep all the time. She likes to snuggle up on my right hand side right under my ribs.

Food cravings?: I realized the other day that I am constantly wanting red velvet cupcakes! I never really even liked them before and now I can't get enough!

Labor signs?: So this weekend after busting my booty I started feeling rhythmic contraction like feelings, didn't hurt, was very soft - but from what people say those are braxton hicks. Haven't felt them since, I think it was my body saying - slow down!

Belly button in or out?: In.

What I miss: Being able to weed! LOL...bending over is such a challenge now, weeding was basically impossible. Oh well - so my front yard won't look so great this spring, I'll get to it ;).

What I'm looking forward to this week: Getting those stupid laundry room shelves up - what are we on? week 4? ugh!

Weekly Wisdom: Rest, drink lots of water, and become the errand girl!

Milestone: 75% of the way there! 30 of 40 weeks! I can't believe it!!!

Friday, March 23, 2012

29 Weeks!

I'm going to start off this post with the admission that we got NOTHING finished this weekend. BOO!

Oil based primer is the DEVIL. Yep, I found him. He's this liquid substance that looks so deceiving and then you try to put him on wood and he's so sticky it takes all your effort to get an even coat. EVIL I tell you, PURE EVIL!

To add to that - my diy feelings have been dashed and I no longer trust what I read. I mean jeez....Young House Love (here) makes everything look so dang EASY! and let me tell you - its not always cake and roses. I initially got the idea for the laundry room from them and modified it to work with our space. It should have been a quick project - oooohhh nnoooo....not in our house anyway. But, painting is finally done so hopefully this weekend will have better results.

And speaking of this weekend, its going to be a busy one. In addition to wanting to finish the laundry project Jeremy has plans for a landscaping extravaganza with his guy friends - so they're going to be out back clearing, leveling and getting the backyard ready for grass. YIPPEE!!!! I put him 100% in charge of this project, since I'm of absolute no use to heavy work anymore and I have enough on my plate. And that of course is my own fault, I keep going back for seconds when I haven't even finished the first thing I had. On our current list:

  • Finish laundry room shelves

  • Move cat box downstairs

  • Get backyard to grass state

  • Clean out and organize office

  • Do taxes

  • Add closet system to baby's room

  • Wash/organize the baby stuff that has been passed down to us

  • Refinish and recover rocker for baby's room

  • Pickup bookshelves from Ikea and paint

Plus who knows what else we'll need for the baby's room as well....but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. The sad thing is, past this weekend we pretty much have something going on EVERY weekend from the 31st to the 1st weekend of May. We are busy!!! Here's to hoping we get it all done!

How far along?: 29 weeks

Total weight gain: 17 lbs, no gain from last week, although I feel her getting bigger. She's definitely getting to the point of not having very much room...

How big is baby?: About 15 inches, 2 1/2 pounds - The size of a butternut squash!

Maternity clothes?: All I'm wearing. I've now even broken into the stuff that was at one time to big...and my favorite shirts, are started to get too small, I hope they make it a couple more months!

Stretch marks?: No more than before. Still lotioning up 2x or more per day!

Sleep?: Waking up again 2-3 times per night. She's moving around at night a bit more than she was before and I think she hits my bladder to wake me up. Everyone keeps saying "oh this is preparing you for when the baby comes" and I have been laughing at that - with the sarcastic comments of "nothing can prepare you, its sink or swim at that point" and I went to lunch with my old boss (a guy) and he confirmed my feelings are there :P stop saying that to me people and let me sleep!

Best moment this week?: Is it weird that Monday was so productive, Jeremy did painting, I got Costco shopping done, we cleaned, cooked and then relaxed on the sofa. And that's my favorite day? With all the stuff on our list, it felt good to accomplish something....

Movement?: Even more now that she's running out of room. I can basically eat a small snack and guarantee movement within 30 minutes. She's stopped with the big kicks though, I'm hoping she'll start up again so some of my friends can feel her :).

Food cravings?: Nope.

Labor signs?: I'm not sure what braxston hicks contractions are - but I think I had ONE. Is that possible? it was a sharp pain that started in my lower belly and went backwards, lasted a couple seconds and then went away...and nothing since.

Belly button in or out?: In. Jeremy keeps joking its going to be an outy soon...but its not even that shallow yet.

What I miss: Being able to do stuff without getting absolutely exhausted. And that includes the simplest tasks, like putting on my shoes without loosing my breath because she's wedged against my lungs or the harder ones like painting....cause I know it took me 5x as long just because I had to stop and rest.

What I'm looking forward to this week: Hunger games! Tonight with the girls! Good times!

Weekly Wisdom: Get the big stuff done in your 2nd trimester, cause you'll be back to exhausted by the 3rd.

Milestone: Time to start counting kicks! Books say you should feel 10 movements in an hour...I feel so much more now!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

28 Weeks!

So I'm definitely in nesting mode. This past weekend I decided it was time to do our laundry room. Since we remodeled the babies room and started putting stuff in there, we moved the cat box out of the room. With the paint and cleaning and so forth I'm sure it has caused a change in the smell to the room, so I wanted a nice clean break for the cats. I'm kind of worried about jealousy issues with them, I figured as of now they know it doesn't smell like their room anymore, so I figured we'd keep it that way. unfortunately that didn't leave a lot of area's to move it to. Originally we put it in the bathtub in the guest bath...but it just didn't work very well, especially with us still using that bathroom to house a lot of our remodeling supplies. So now its sitting in the little nook right outside the babies room (the door to the room is officially closed at all times), which means its in the hall and not exactly "nice" looking.

So all of that meant we needed to find a better solution. And our long term solution was to move it to the laundry room - that's why we stacked the washer dryer. Oh haven't been updated. okay, surprise, we got a new washer and dryer! LOL. A couple months ago our dryer died on us so we had to replace them. We got new high efficiency front loaders, and stacked them in the laundry room - that gave us room where the dryer once stood to be able to put in a counter and place the litter box under it. I'll post a whole blog about it soon when everything is complete. But the end result is for the past couple months its just an empty space...and with our new needs to move the cat box somewhere else, it was time to fix that.

I had a plan in my head, but was having some difficulties making it work. So on Saturday my Dad, Howard, came over and helped me finalize my plan. Then on Sunday Jeremy and I went to Home Depot and picked up all the supplies we needed, brought them over to Mom & Howard's house and Jeremy and Howard spent 4 hours in the garage cutting all the pieces and getting everything ready for installation. Unfortunately that was till this weekend I get to paint all the unfinished wood parts so that on Sunday we can hopefully install. Wish us luck!

Aside from crazy home renovations...I've been spending time with friends this week. Monday I went with my coworker Courtney to get a mani and a pedi! ooohhh la la! She's due April 6th but had her last baby was 2 weeks early, so we suspect she could have this 2nd one any time! so exciting. And then last night spent some time with Cari & her daughter Laurel. She's a single mom and handling it great, but it definitely made me come home, kiss my husband and remind him how much I appreciate him. Oh the little things...

How far along?: 28 weeks

Total weight gain: 17 lbs - And I got a lecture last week from my doctor because I'm gaining more than a pound a week :( apparently I need to slow it down. And here I thought I was doing so well! Bummer...

How big is baby?: about 14 3/4 inches, 2 1/4 pounds - about the weight of a chinese cabbage

Maternity clothes?: Definitely

Stretch marks?: No more than before. Still lotioning up 2x or more per day!

Sleep?: This week has been great, I've only gotten up once a night each night and am feeling much better. Jeremy on the other hand is tired...I'm thinking this up at 8 think is a shock to his system!

Best moment this week?: Sunday with my parents. Lots of bonding time and just good family time.

Movement?: All the time. She has decided that she loves to stick her feet (or something) right under the bottom of my ribs on the right side. Yesterday afternoon at a meeting she was doing it so much I just started pushing on that spot to keep her out, it hurts! Apparently she just wasn't going to have that cause she started kicking my hand! was the funniest thing, I think I received about 10 kicks before she just decided to give up.

Food cravings?: None this week, but I've started getting heartburn really bad, which means I'm having to cut out spicy things, tomato sauce type stuff, vinegary things and other things that aggravate it. It really limits my food intake.

Labor signs?: Still nothing, thank god!

Belly button in or out?: In.

What I miss: Being able to eat what I want without fear of a burning sensation.

What I'm looking forward to this week: LOL - well, last week I was looking forward to getting the office cleaned and in some sort of order....I guess that still needs to be done. But I'm definitely looking forward to finishing the laundry room. I guess getting the house in order is a long term look forward to all around.

Weekly Wisdom: Enjoy your 2nd trimester...I already see where this trimester is leading, ugh.

Milestone: Interaction with the baby inside of me. She kicked me back!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

27 Weeks!

So we're past the 6 month mark and we're officially in our 3rd Trimester! I can't believe I'm already 2/3rds of the way done. Its gone by so fast.

These past two weeks we've just been trying to get the house organized. Jeremy started his job this past Tuesday, so that is super exciting!

I went to a friends baby shower on Sunday. Lots of girlie stuff. I'll have to say the funnest part of it was the hour drive there and back with my friend Heather. I really enjoyed out talks and just hanging out. And our adventure getting lost in Auburn...that was funny! I think the funniest part was her laughing at how high stress I was that we didn't know where we were going. ya, ya I'm super type A personality!

Oh, and Saturday I did a little shopping - and I finally had the first stranger mention my belly to me. I think she kind of had the advantage since I was buying baby stuff but it was pretty cool to get some sort of reaction. I also went and got my eyebrows waxed yesterday and the lady there mentioned it as well. So FINALLY I'm starting to get questions rather than that awkward look of "Is she pregnant or fat" lol...

How far along?: 27 weeks

Total weight gain: 15 lbs

How big is baby?: Around 14.5 inches & 2 pounds. The size of a head of cauliflower!

Maternity clothes?: Definitely

Stretch marks?: No more than before. Still lotioning up 2x or more per day!

Sleep?: I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think I'm getting used to not sleeping lol. Still wake up 3-4 times to pee, and lately I'm even finding I'm waking up a few times due to CRAZY dreams. But I'm functioning okay and don't feel any more tired than usual. I have to say its helped that Jeremy went back to work this week, he's now going to bed earlier and with me which makes my need to stay up later go away, its great!

Best moment this week?: Tuesday! Overall it was a great day. Jeremy started his job, my work day was wonderful, very productive and great meetings. Had my review that day as well and that went really well and then we finished off the day by celebrating at the Outback! It could not have been more perfect.

Movement?: All the time.

Food cravings?: None this week.

Labor signs?: Still nothing, thank god!

Belly button in or out?: In.

What I miss: Sushi. It is seriously going to be one of my first meals....

What I'm looking forward to this week: Getting the office cleaned and in some sort of order.

Weekly Wisdom: Stay away from high heels. I randomly decided to wear my 4" boots yesterday, boy was that a bad idea - I felt like a bobble head on top of stilts.

Milestone: 3rd Trimester!!!