34 Weeks

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How far along: 34 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Up 16 pounds from my first OB appt.
Maternity clothes: Definitely.
Sleep: What’s that?
Best moment this week: Getting the letters for Lucy’s nursery.
Movement: Yes, even though she does have her down days.
Food cravings: Carrots and ranch dressing, chocolate.
Gender: A little girl!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out: Still in. 🙁
What I miss: Being able to walk and sleep without pain.
What I am looking forward to: My first friend/family shower this weekend!
Weekly Wisdom: Enjoy the rest of the pregnancy because it will fly by.
Milestones: Starting to waddle!

I have been told recently that I look small and don’t even look pregnant at all. Seriously? This is the shirt I wore when I received some of those comments, and I think I look like a cow in it! Come on, really, don’t I look pregnant?

I think they’re just trying to be nice, but I really don’t mind it when people say I look pregnant! I’m not too concerned. Lucy measured right on track today, so I’m sure she’s growing well. I did, however, have someone ask if they could touch my belly for the first time this week. It was someone Joe works with, so I was fine with it. I don’t think I’d be OK with strangers doing that, though.

I’m so excited that Lucy has dropped. I know it doesn’t mean much, but it’s still neat to see how this pregnancy is progressing and how she’s preparing for birth.

I have been having so much more ligament pain now. I know it’s normal, but it’s awful. I don’t even look forward to sleeping anymore because I dread getting in and out of bed, rolling over and pretty much any other movement. It’s not fun at all, but I’m just looking ahead to the finish line. I only have five more weeks left. I can do it.

I have started waddling now. Someone pointed it out to me the other day, and now Joe calls me a duck. He’s really nice, huh? I don’t mind it at all. It makes me feel more pregnant. 🙂

I’m so anxious to meet this little girl, but I really don’t want her coming out before her due date. I hope she hears me when I tell her that!

The Nursery

We are basically done with the nursery. I am *so* in love with it. I can’t wait to get our glider so I can sit in there and just stare at everything and imagine our little girl. We have a few decor items left to put up, but those can’t really be done until after she’s born. And, please pardon the clutter on the dresser and bookcase. I haven’t straightened all that up yet. 🙂

The view as you walk into the nursery. The glider will go in the right corner by the window.

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The right side of the room. The animals on top of the dresser were the centerpieces at my work shower. Unfortunately, one of the bunny’s ears came off. I need to put it back on at some point.

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The crib with Lucy’s name hanging above it. I wasn’t sure how the letters would look since they’re brighter than the rest of the room, but I think I like the result. Joe thinks the difference in color makes them pop.

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A close up of Lucy’s name.

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A little alcove on the left side of the room. The wall is empty right now, but our plan is to print a quote on a 12×16 mat and frame an 8×10 picture of Lucy. Then, we’re going to do black and white pictures of her features, like her feet, hands, eyes, etc. and hang them on either side of the large picture. I think it will look really good. Joe found a quote in a book that he’s wanted to use, and we couldn’t really think of a good place to put a vinyl quote, so we came up with the picture idea. That way we can keep it when she gets older.

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I just love this room.

The Best Part of a Gift …

… is the box.

We received a baby gift in the mail from one of my friends the other day, and Callie was just beside herself with excitement over the box. I think she thought it was her birthday and Christmas all rolled into one day. She jumped in, and we couldn’t get her out. She even wanted to eat breakfast in it. She didn’t, however, appreciate it when her brothers got in with her. I guess she doesn’t like to share.

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Seriously. She’s adorable.

Infant Formula

As I’ve mentioned before, I plan on pumping and feeding Lucy out of bottles. I want her to get the benefits of breastfeeding, but I don’t feel comfortable actually nursing her. There are so many benefits with breast milk, such as the antibodies it helps the baby build up. Plus, it’s free! Formula can get expensive, as my sister-in-law is discovering. She can no longer nurse her baby because it was giving her daughter acid reflux.

But, I do want to supplement with formula. I want Lucy to be used to both breast milk and formula, and the plan is to leave bottles of formula when we leave her with a sitter. I’ve just been blown away at the cost, especially when you compare the name brand formula to the store brand formula. I know that I likely will choose store brand because, really, there’s no difference between the two. And, name brand formulas aren’t any closer to breast milk than store brands. All formuals are regulated by the FDA and are nutritionally equivalent to breast milk. That was something I looked into when I was still debating how I want to feed Lucy. I want to make sure she gets the best possible nutrition.

Did any of you use formula? If so, what brand did you like and why? Did any of you supplement with formula?

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Coincidence

I headed to the salon today for my monthly waxing torture, which really hasn’t been monthly for a while now because I’ve been too lazy to go. It was pretty darn hard to lay on that table at 34 weeks pregnant, and even more difficult to get up.

The neat thing was that the girl who did my waxing is pregnant herself — 33 weeks along and due the week after me. She’s also having a girl, so we spent the time chitchatting about our pregnancies, which really made it go by much faster and hurt a bit less, probably because my mind was on something else. It was neat to come across someone else at the same stage I’m at.

Healthy Halloween Options

The one thing I hate about the places I’ve lived is that I’ve never been able to give out candy on Halloween. I’ve managed to pick apartments or houses in areas where there aren’t many kids and, though I sit in my living room every night on October 31 with my porch light on and a bowl full of candy, I never get to give it out. And, of course, that means I end up eating it.

I’ve never really been one for giving out healthy treats. I remember trick or treating as a kid and tossing the healthy apples or raisins to the side as I dug into the unhealthy but oh-so-yummy miniature sized candy bars. That’s what kids want on Halloween, isn’t it? Something good and chocolatey?

This year, Trick or Treat Me (or, as the adorable kids with lisps would say, Twick or Tweet Me) is starting a campaign to promote yummy yet healthier Halloween snacks — containers of chocolate milk. Not only do kids love chocolate milk, but it’s better for them, and these cartons are even good for the environment. They’re made from paper and have a low carbon footprint. And, they are shelf stable, which means they can be kept in the pantry or in the fridge, which makes them perfect Halloween treats. I’ve never heard of milk before that can be kept in a pantry!

I’d love to give this a shot if I had kids in my neighborhood who would come by. Our next house will definitely need to be in a kid-packed subdivision.

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