Monthly Archives: October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Although I will not be trick-or-treating, partying or otherwise participating in common Halloween frivolities, I am still feeling the atmosphere.

This year, I’m dressed up as an end-of-term pregnant lady…note that next year, I’m determined to have a much more COMFORTABLE costume, haha.

We did still carry out our annual pumpkin carving tradition! Jeremy and I spent quite a while trying to pick a design that would be both interesting and not too challenging since neither of us has the energy or time lately to dedicate to it. Sad but true–spending an entire evening with specialty knives and the Dremel were not in the cards this year. But I’m still so excited about our creation {wringing hands, evil cackle}…

Our haunted tree!

I thought I’d do a simple, Pinterest link-around party of some of my favorite Halloween-inspired eye candy lately and wish you all a safe a spooky day! Feel free to comment with your favorite Halloween decoration/costume/party theme/food/etc!!! Or, just tell me what your plans are tonight so I can be jealous! 🙂

A few previews…

 

Pregnancy photo project

When we found out we were pregnant, I instantly knew I wanted to take daily photos to track this journey. I also quickly discovered that my photographer’s (aka, husband’s) schedule and my schedule didn’t always align. Plus, at five weeks pregnant, my belly really didn’t look any different from one day to the next. It seemed silly.

No belly yet…

I decided to take my pictures on a weekly basis instead. But at week nine, the sickness hit. I started to feel like crap daily and really didn’t want my picture taken at all. There was no cute pose outside…I flopped on the couch after work and pouted, haha. They started to look like this:

Awww, the glowing essence of joyful excitement. That’s me!

So I changed my mind and we switched to monthly. I started with three months and started sharing them on the blog at four months:

So far…

Can you tell that morning sickness was in full force around month four? Haha.

But at the six-month mark, more changes started happening more quickly. So, I started weekly pictures. But to take the pressure off me to look good in them, they are just of my belly. 🙂 That’s the real focus anyway! See the weekly progress  on Flickr!

Peek

And I’m finally feeling like this could be a successful project and a great memory. I also am thinking it might be something we can stick with once the baby arrives.

Of course, we’ll probably be taking a bajillion photos of her all the time (except maybe for the beginning when I don’t know the difference between a hairbrush and toothbrush much less how to work a camera). But that’s where Daddy comes in to the rescue, right? I want plenty of pictures with him and her, too!

I’m thinking we’ll take weekly photos of just her and monthly photos of her and me for her first year (as a fun comparison to “us” before her arrival). It should be great to display at her first birthday party or in a book and to look back on several decades from now.

Of course, there are tons of inspirational people who’ve shared ah-mazing photo projects, so this is certainly not a comparison/competition. Has anyone else done pregnancy photos or a series? Do you have a favorite photo project you spotted online? Or tips for baby memory photos (pregnancy, hospital or after)?

Pregnancy update: 9 Months

I need to start with: Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I’m writing about completing my eighth month and being into the ninth! Am I seriously nine months pregnant?! And not just nine months, but full term! Last Saturday I hit 37 weeks, which is officially a full-term baby. She can come any day now, which is amazing and exciting–minus the part about how she has to come out and what I’m supposed to do with her once she’s here. 🙂

OK, now that’s off my chest…

Baby and me:

36 weeks

Right now:

  • Foods–I think simple basics, namely Cheerios, peanut butter, apples, cheese sandwiches, bananas and milk, are the best things ever (not all together though). They never fail to sound good. Easy to eat, acid neutralizing…snack or meal, these are common in my routine. I’m also still eating my version of overnight oats many mornings. But, fall is rolling in so oatmeal (hot or cold) just seems fitting and I’ve heard it’s good for breastfeeding, so double bonus. Red meat and sweets are also sounding particularly appealing lately. Luckily, my husband is fantastic and took me out for steak and made a rockin’ meatloaf. 🙂 Oh, and I may have eaten three Butterfinger Blizzards in one week and have since sworn them off since I don’t think it’s pregnancy (that’s just a convenient justification for deliciousness). Otherwise, I can’t say I’ve had any cravings. I was really hoping something weird would surface, haha. Oh well.
  • Body–I feel quite large. It’s a noticable change from earlier when I loved my bump. I’m frequently short of breath, I get restless legs one or two nights a week, and I think my arms and face have fat that wasn’t there before. The stretch mark count is still zero but oh my, the swelling. I hit 36 weeks and had to put my wedding rings on a necklace because I never knew when I’d need to take them off. By 37 weeks, NONE of my shoes fit! I’m living in flip flops…even to work.
  • Sleep–When I sleep, I sleep well. It’s in shorter increments now though. I toss and turn to accommodate the belly and get up to pee far too many times. And the cruelest part is I’m still always thirsty! I haven’t experienced any Braxton Hicks contractions yet but laying down can be quite uncomfortable and painful on the belly.
  • Work–I’ve turned over a lot of my projects and daily work, plus I leave early at least one day a week for the doctor’s appointment and I still manage to break 40 hours per week. Busy bee over here! I had to take a day off just because my body and brain demanded it. I feel wimpy but it was best for baby. I filed my official intent to go on leave and am getting nervous about leaving. I have no idea what I’ll come back to.
  • Baby–Got confirmation that she is a definitely a she in the last ultrasound. We opted out of the 3D one (poor Jeremy didn’t even get to weigh in) because I hate the way they look. I know I’m a crazy. But the doughy, clay, deformed monster baby images are just not for me. She moves all day long and although it’s still the weirdest sensation ever, it amazes me.
  • Other people–Stranger belly touching has not happened yet! Great news. However, family and friends now have no problem reaching out. It’s awkward to just stand there while they have a conversation with my belly but it’s so cute, I really don’t mind. I love when she moves for them.

What I learned over the past month:

  • Reaching/leaning/bending is a talent I took for granted.
  • The ins and outs of short-term disability and FMLA.
  • Breathing and positioning tips for labor, how to bathe and swaddle the baby, and gear necessities in our hospital’s birthing classes.
  • Kourtney Kardashian had her baby and made it look easy.
  • More and more birthing stories from friends, family, coworkers and strangers. Let’s just say, “yowza.” 🙂

As usual, we had a few outtakes in our 9-month photo shoot.

I was uncomfortable and swollen…and not originally in the mood to have my picture taken.

But Jeremy brought me around…

Out came the smiles 🙂

And the belly!

Not much longer in here!

Sooooo, what’s going on with you? Can we discuss Halloween plans? I’m most likely avoiding parties so let me live vicariously! 🙂

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