Thursday, March 19, 2015

Baby Special: 38 Weeks

Weeks:  38 weeks!  Baby will be here in a matter of weeks – if not days – and I am growing more excited by the minute.

Baby's Size:  I’m done with this one on the ol’ questionnaire – baby is “Baby Size” and that is all that matters!

Trimester: THIRD!

Cravings: No cravings!  I've yet to experience one, in fact.

How I'm Feeling: Feeling darn good!  (I’ll downgrade last week’s “great” answer to “good”).  I’m more tired than usual, have a bit of swelling in my feet and fingers (my wedding rings are still on, but they are getting tight… I really hope that I can keep wearing them until the end).  I've been taking the bus to work each morning – and walking to the train after work.  It’s about a mile and a half walk, and I just decided I’m only doing it one direction from now on.  I am feeling darn good for being so pregnant though – and I count that among my biggest blessings right now.  At my weekly doctor’s appointment they noted that my blood pressure was slightly elevated (still within the range of normal, but elevated versus my baseline that was established over the past 8 months of care).  I’m going in in a few days to double check that, as I certainly want to do what’s best for this baby.

Movement: Yep!  Baby continues to move and shake!

My thoughts:  It was another wonderful week – if only a tad bit quieter around the home front.  I've officially “retired” from evening events – needing to spend more time at home relaxing.  Since baby could come at any time, it’s especially important to me not to get too worn out – I want to be prepared to hop to action at a moment’s notice!  This week I tackled some easier remaining items – hospital pre-authorization, making some postpartum supplies, etc and I feel eager and ready.  By this time next month, I'll be holding my sweet baby in my arms instead of in my belly! <3

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Baby Special: 37 Weeks

Weeks:  37 weeks!  Today I am considered “full term” by many practitioners – the time when if the baby was to start coming now, the doctors wouldn't try to prevent him/her from being born.  There is an old wives tale that first time moms often go late, but scientifically speaking that isn't entirely true.  Regardless, baby seems pretty comfortable where he/she is, and I have a feeling it’ll be a bit longer until the great debut. 

Baby's Size:  Baby Special is over 6 pounds and longer than 19 inches.  It’s now… baby size.  (Eeeee!)

Trimester: THIRD!

Cravings: No cravings!

How I'm Feeling: Feeling great.  I've been told that the last few weeks can get long and uncomfortable, but I'm still feeling very good - I'll hold on to that as long as I can and do everything possible to extend it - comfortable shoes, 10K steps every day, lots of water, naps, etc.  

Movement: Oh yes!  Baby is active (and is keeping his/her mama up at night moving around). :)  My mom got to feel a bunch of undeniable kicks this weekend, and it was a joy to share that with her.  The baby is a-movin'! 

My thoughts:  It was a wonderful week.  My parents came this weekend for one final work weekend before the baby – and my dad, mom and Scott accomplished so incredibly much in our basement.  The goal was to get this set up so that there were a variety of quieter projects to work on after the baby is born, and that is what was achieved.  My mom and I ran all of my pre-baby errands on Saturday  (including buying more newborn diapers to have on hand, pictured above!).   We also finished nearly every remaining item on our 100-item pre-baby checklist (I’m so not even kidding about the number of things on the list, haha).  I've washed the baby’s clothes and blankets in Dreft.  Our crib and Bassinet are put together.  I've placed a final Target order for the remaining items that I “need”.  My hospital bag is packed and in easy arm’s reach.  I’m all about letting Baby come when he or she is ready – but I’m ready whenever that may be.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Oh Baby Special

My "Maloney" baby shower was hosted last weekend - the last weekend in February.  It was hosted by my sister-in-law, Kelly (my brother Matt's wife) at her beautiful home in the city.  We invited my aunts and girl cousins, as well as a few of my closest girlfriends and some dear family friends.

Kelly's house looked absolutely amazing, and she thought of every detail possible:

note the baby clothesline (top) and the onesie guessing game (lower); white
balloons and letters spelling out BABY, fresh flowers.
spectacular bubbly bar (including a bottle of "baby proof bubbly" :)
#ohbabyspecial <3
The food spread was spectacular - and was as delicious as it was beautiful.  Delicate sandwiches, fruit, bite size snacks and an insanely good cake: 

My sweet sister-in-law really went all out for me - it was a really special day.  It was made even more special by the many people that came so far to celebrate - Megan from Des Moines, my mom, Joni, Patty and Liz from CR/IC, Laurie from Minneapolis, Barb from Dubuque.  It really means so much.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Special Baby Shower

My “Special” baby shower was held at the beginning of February and hosted by Scott’s mom and sister (the baby’s paternal Grandmother and aunt).  A fun tidbit: it was held at Chambers Restaurant, which is the same place where Scott’s parents hosted an engagement party for us years several years ago – it’s come full circle! 

overflowing gift table, including a onesie-line featuring a variety of adorable
onesies ("future engineer", "scott and kate first edition", etc)

decorated table for the meal and celebrations
sweet dessert table
The shower was adorable!  It had a Rubber Ducky theme, which was carried through from the invite, to decorations, to the incredible dessert table, name pins (for Mom-to-Be and both Grandmas-to-be!), to the table settings and the favors.  I thought that was a sweet theme, especially for a couple that wasn't finding out their baby’s gender (like us).  It was a beautiful meal and great company. 

with baby's aunties
with baby's grandmas
33 weeks pregnant
When I walked in, it was so overwhelming – an overflowing gift table, a beautiful room decorated so thoughtfully (fresh spring daffodils on every table!), and excited people ready to celebrate my child.  It was wonderful.  Scott and my dad joined us toward the end of the shower so that Scott could participate in the gift opening.  Baby Special was truly spoiled (and so were we)! 

future dad and mom <3

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Scenes From A Week: March 8

It was another wonderful week in Chicagoland.  The week started quietly, but ramped up quickly.  My wonderful colleagues threw me a surprise baby shower on Wednesday, which was truly the icing on the cake of a special week.  I felt incredibly special (no pun intended) and fortunate to work with such a great group of people who have truly become friends.

The rest of the week was spent working on whittling down our pre-baby to-do list.  The stroller and car seat are put together, the Bassinet is assembled and waiting in our room, and I took two naps today alone.  (No joke!  I slept 9 hours last night, and then took two one-hour naps.  I think baby is going through a growth spurt and it's making me incredibly tired - but happy :)

It's kind of a strange window of life, right now.  So much on the horizon, but so little in the immediate - or so we think.  This could be my last week at work, or I could have four more.  The baby could come tonight, or we could still be waiting a month from now.  It's strange for someone so Type A to not be able to plan this - so instead I'm focusing on the little moments of each day.  My husband doting on me so sweetly, my parents calling me to check on how I'm feeling, strangers smiling at me on the bus or in elevators, and sweet reminders (kicks) from my unborn child that he or she is still growing inside of me.  I feel full of life and love and it's just... joyful.  I am so incredibly lucky, and it's a feeling I won't soon forget.

white nails are back for the season - signs of spring :)
a hilarious onesie from my boss

a book from my colleagues

a delicious "mocktail" at Pops downtown

a delicious grape/ginger drink at Tanta 

my sweet hubby put a flower in our master bath - a
leftover flower from my baby shower last weekend

temporary wall decor in our nursery (holding off on the rest of the wall decor
until we have the baby's name!)

i received this orchid as a gift from a sweet friend on my
30th birthday - almost 7 months ago - and it's starting to
re-bloom.  signs of spring! :)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Baby Special: 36 Weeks

Weeks:  36 weeks!  If the baby was born today, it would likely not need too many extra medical interventions due to prematurity.  (Knock on wood).  I am so grateful for every smooth day of my pregnancy.

Baby's Size:  Baby Special is around 6 pounds and 18.5 inches – the size of a head of romaine lettuce!    

Trimester: THIRD!

Cravings: NADA!  I can say with almost certainty – cravings have not been a symptom of my pregnancy.  (I’m glad for that, actually).  

How I'm Feeling: Still feeling damn good.  I am so incredibly grateful for this.  It’s about this time in pregnancy that women usually start to get uncomfortable, and while I have felt some moments of discomfort, I still feel pretty great.  I've had some heartburn, and a bit of back pain, but nothing that Tums and some strategic positioning don’t fix.  I have a feeling these next 4-5 weeks will feel long – so I’m savoring these days of feeling healthy and good.  I have no idea if I’ll ever be pregnant again, so I’m trying to savor these waning days of pregnancy. 

Movement: Oh yes!  Baby is active. 

My thoughts:  It was a spectacular week – I had a beautiful baby shower hosted by my amazing sis in law, Kelly, at her home.  The details were just incredible.  I felt so loved and spoiled and just… special.  The shower deserves its own post but it was incredibly special, thoughtful and celebratory.  
This was also the week that I was "upgraded" to weekly doctor appointments (nothing unusual – that is routine for women at this stage of pregnancy).  This may be TMI to some, but for the sake of posterity I want to include – at my most recent appointment, I found out that I am not yet dilated, but am starting to efface (the two medical necessities for traditional childbirth).  The baby is moving in to position, and I am grateful that my body has started preparing for the Main Event.
This week we also finished our Labor/Child education.  I really liked all four classes we took (Labor, Birth Postpartum // Low Intervention // Infant Care // Breastfeeding) and I feel way more prepared for Baby to arrive because of them.  It may be because of these classes, but I don’t have any nerves (yet?) and am just so excited. 
I don’t know how the time flew by this quickly, but I’m at a milestone that I've been eagerly anticipating.  Our nursery is finished, my bags are packed, our diaper bag is packed, we have “going home” outfits selected for the baby.  There are still a few things on my pre-baby checklist, but the vast majority are finished.  We still need to: wash all of the baby’s gear, install the car seat and get it checked, set up the stroller, set up the Bassinet.   Most of these things will likely be done this weekend :) I am considered full term next Thursday (37 weeks) and have cousins and friends that have delivered that early.  Statistics say that I’ll go another 4 weeks before the baby makes his/her appearance... But I want to be prepared. 
I am starting to get incredibly curious about who this little one is – and I am so, so excited to meet him or her!