35-Week Pregnancy Update

I’m officially 35 weeks pregnant! We’ll be meeting our little one in just a few weeks. My due date is April 5th, but I was warned that baby could come any time in March, so I’m trying to get mentally ready for that. Plus we know several babies that came a few weeks early recently, so that possibility is top of mind.

12 to 32 weeks

I’m now seeing my OB on a weekly basis and am still having frequent ultrasounds to monitor baby’s growth. So far, so good, and I love that we get to see our baby so often. Just look at those pouty lips <3

35 week ultrasound

Lately I’ve been feeling OK. Not the worst ever, but I am pretty constantly aware of being large and uncomfortable and pregnant. I had a couple weeks of really awful sleep because of acid reflux, but that has subsided recently. Although I still wake up throughout the night, it’s not nearly as bad as it had been.

32 weeks pregnant

My biggest complaint is that I have one spot on the right side of my mid-to-upper back and a corresponding spot on the front that kills. 

My OB was concerned that it might be a kidney issue since I’ve also had a few bouts of severe swelling (including having to get my rings cut off!) as well as blurred vision, but two sets of blood and urine tests didn’t reveal any problems, so she’s chalking it up to having a giant baby inside of me. It’s a pain that comes and goes, but when it comes it’s awful. The only thing that brings any relief is lying on the floor on top of a floor hockey ball. I’ve started bringing the ball to work with me and putting it between my back and my chair, which also helps a bit.

34 weeks pregnant

Although my tests looked good, my OB did say that if any of my existing symptoms gets really bad, I should head to triage. I think the concern is preeclampsia, although my blood pressure keeps checking out fine. She mentioned that the only fix would be to deliver the baby, but she said that fortunately, at this stage, we’d “pretty much have a take-home baby”. Meaning we’re mostly in the clear from having to worry about preemie problems. That’s very comforting, but another reason to really get my hospital bag ready!

35 weeks pregnant

30-week pregnancy update

30 weeks pregnant

Wow! Can’t believe we’ve hit the 30 week mark. When we were going through our pregnancy complications earlier on, I was told I’d likely be on bed rest until week 20, and that seemed sooo far off. Hitting that 27-week viability mark seemed far beyond the horizon. But here we are, in the home stretch.

At our most recent ultrasound, everything was looking great. Baby is on the larger side, sitting in the 80th percentile. Since one of our big concerns was growth restriction, that’s certainly the better alternative.

23-week ultrasound

Also making things more real has been making some of those big purchases. Our nursery is mostly set up. We now have a stroller, crib and car seat. I’ve also started giving more thought to some of those birth plan issues. Epidural? Delayed cord cutting? Cord blood banking? And I’m compiling a list of the things we still need. Like clothes and diapers, and since we’ll be bottle feeding due to my prophylactic mastectomy, we’ll definitely be needing plenty of bottles for the baby, and a bottle sterilizer to make things easy.

25 weeks prenant

A few weeks ago, Mike and I started our prenatal classes, so at least there’s some forced education happening. There are only 4 other couples in the class, but we’re all due around the same time, so it’s fun to be around other people who are in the same stage of pregnancy as us. Last week we had a tour at the hospital where we’ll be delivering. It’s comforting to now be able to visualize where it’ll all be going down.

26-week ultrasound

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve noticed that my energy has been decreasing a little bit. During the second trimester, I couldn’t have felt better (after I got off bed rest, at least). I had a lot of energy and felt great.

28-weeks pregnant

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Inspiration: a minimalist safari theme nursery

Only 10 weeks to go until the due date!

This past weekend, we started setting up the nursery for our baby boy. It still needs a few finishing touches, but I wanted to share some of my fav inspiration from around the web.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

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Although we often wish we could move sooner rather than later, we are fortunate to live in a 3 bedroom apartment. There’s our bedroom, our home gym and Mike’s office.

Although the room is much bigger, we decided we weren’t ready to give up our gym yet. It’s hard enough to get a work out in, so I know that once baby is here, we’ll both appreciate having access to the gym right at home. Since there certainly wasn’t any extra room for a crib in our own bedroom, we decided to set baby up in Mike’s home office. He doesn’t work from home every day and also sometimes works out in the living room or kitchen, so hopefully we can make it work. Working from home with a baby in the apartment will be a challenge of its own anyway.

The office is super tiny to begin with, so it’s definitely a tight squeeze, but how much space can a baby need, right? 😀

We went with an African safari theme, built around a super cute mobile that my friend brought home from her travels.

boy safari themed nursery

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Since it’s a teeny tiny small space, which I’m sure will ultimately be overrun with bright, colourful toys, I wanted to start off with a pretty minimalist backdrop. As much as I would love to go cutesy everything, the room is also Mike’s office, and I want to avoid making it over-the-top babyish.

zebra artwork nursery

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We don’t have a ton of wall space, so I love the idea of using one large piece of art work for a big impact and to drive home the theme.

nursery giant giraffe

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Ok, so we’re cramming the nursery into the tiniest space ever, but I’ve still been trying to convince Mike that we have room for a giant giraffe. He is not yet convinced 🙁

Happy New Year (and our first wedding anniversary!)

new year ultrasound

Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is treating you well so far 🙂 2016 just seemed to fly by and this new year doesn’t seem to be slowing down any either.

new-years-eve-mike-and-jill

New Years Eve marked our first wedding anniversary! We marked the occasion with a steak dinner, a bite of our freezer-burnt wedding cake (ew), and a NYE celebration with friends.

first wedding anniversary photo book gift from shutterfly

Since the first wedding anniversary is traditionally the ‘paper anniversary’, I gifted Mike a photo book that included pictures from our Paris proposal, engagement shoots and wedding. I created my photo book using Shutterfly.com (affiliate link), and I was able to put together my photo book in just a couple hours.

first wedding anniversary photo book

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