Week 31: My Little Pineapple

I couldn’t decide between pineapple photos, so here’s a bonus one for this week.

Happy 8 months to me! Now I can officially say that I’m in my 8th month of pregnancy. I can’t believe there are only two more months to go.

The nursery is really coming together now, and I’m dying to show you what it looks like but I think I’m going to wait until we have it all put together before I post photos. We’ll see how long I can hold out.

I was sitting in there last night while Geoff assembled the changing table, imagining how it will be when little man is here – how I’ll rock him, change him, feed him and love the crap out of him in that nursery. It is such a weird feeling to know that he will be here soon.

We had a great time last weekend at our very first block party and we got to talk to a lot of the neighbors we hadn’t met yet. There are WAY more kids on the block than I originally thought, so that will be good for our little man when he arrives. After the block party we headed off to another first – a LEGO party! It was so much fun. Nick, our friend who hosted the party, sorted thousands of LEGOs into boxes by color, then let us dig in. We built houses, cars, airplanes, boats, and even a pirate ship. I had originally built Mr. and Mrs. Fancypants, which quickly turned into Geoff and I with the addition of a baby bump (courtesy of our friend Laura). I’m so happy Nick got this photo – I mean, seriously. It’s pretty awesome.

30 WeeksContinuing with our weekend fun, we have a wedding to go to this weekend (congrats Spencer and Betty!) as well as my first baby shower! It was supposed to be just my girlfriends from my hometown since I haven’t seen them in so long and they all have/are having kids (congrats Nikki and Kenny!) that I am dying to meet, but unfortunately most of them are unable to make it.

So instead of the whole high school group of girls my friend Cara is throwing me a mini shower with my mom, a few of the girls and maybe some of their moms. I’m getting so excited!

P.S. There’s a new bump photo on my See the Bump page! I took two different ones, so here’s a bonus one for you (like my new dress?).

This week according to What to Expect:

As your baby’s senses increase, his mommy’s breathing room decreases.

Your Baby in Week 31 of Pregnancy

Weighing in at three-plus pounds and measuring 18 inches long, your baby is quickly approaching his birth length — though he’s got to pack on another three to five pounds before D-day. Also developing at an impressive clip: your baby’s brain connections (he’s got to make trillions of them!). He’s now processing information, tracking light, and perceiving signals from all five senses. He’s also putting in longer stretches of sleep, which is why you’re probably noticing more defined patterns of wakefulness (and movement) and rest (when he’s pretty still).

Your Body in Week 31 of Pregnancy

Chances are your diaphragm is feeling a little cramped these days. Okay, a lot cramped. That’s because your uterus is pushing up against it (and all the other organs in there), crowding your lungs and making it more difficult for them to expand fully. The result: Your body is spare on air and will be until your baby drops near the end of pregnancy in preparation for birth. But don’t worry: Your baby is as happy as a clam because he’s getting his oxygen from the placenta.

Why my friends are awesome

Just a couple random moments I wanted to mention…

First

I popped one of the buttons off of my work pants yesterday. It was just like in those fast food commercials. I guess it might be time to start wearing the belly bands, or even *gasp* maternity clothes, though I was hoping to get through one more month without them. 

Second

Nate, one of our awesome friends and coordinator of almost every get together (including the Tailgate Extravaganza), is very excited that we are pregnant. We are the first couple in our group having a baby, so whenever people get within 2-3 feet of me he always (jokingly) yells, “WATCH OUT FOR THE BABY!” He is the one who said asked (jokingly, I hope) if he could come along to our next doctor appointment. Oh, and did I mention that he is rooting for the baby to be a 15-pounder? Yeah, he wants a linebacker. Anyway, here is his latest funny comment to Geoff: “My goal is for her to curse not only you at the birth, but me as well.”

Third

Another friend, Emily, has decided that every time I hang out with her she will have a tiny baby cutout to stick on my belly that shows how big the baby actually is. I thought she was kidding, but then I got a picture of this via Facebook:

Nate and Emily are just examples of how super supportive and fabulous our friends are! We are seriously lucky to have this many good people in our lives. Love you guys!

P.S. I’m obviously the worst bump photo picture taker of all time. I can’t believe it has been FOUR WEEKS since I last took one. My mission this week is to get one taken and posted before the weekend is over.

Week 14 Update and Tailgating Extravaganza


So, apparently there are differing opinions on when your second trimester starts. Some say the start of your 13th week, some say the start of your 14th. I asked my doctor and my nurse separately, and they each gave me a different answer. But I guess that doesn’t matter now since I’ve hit week 14!

The symptoms below in the “What to Expect” section are dead on this week. I’m definitely getting my energy back, I haven’t had any food aversions or nausea in about a week, and I am definitely feeling achy in my lower back abdomen. I also have been getting sharp pains in my lower abdomen when I sneeze really hard or sometimes when I laugh a lot. These really freaked me out at first, but my doctor said it is normal and is called round ligament pain. Apparently this is just another joy of pregnancy and is more pronounced in the second trimester.

Now that I have all my energy back, I have kept myself busy! Over the four day weekend (Memorial Day, plus Geoff and I took Tuesday off) I went to a graduation party, a bachelorette party, a tailgating extravaganza, two Brewers games and even managed to squeeze in some time to relax.

The graduation party and bachelorette party were pretty standard, but let me explain about the tailgating extravaganza.

Basically, my friends are awesome. Our fearless leaders and nearly-weds, Nate and Courtney, organize this event every year, and this year’s was definitely the best so far. There were around 30 of us that went, and everyone signs up to bring something to the tailgate party before the Brewers game. We had burgers, brats, turkey dogs, italian sausages, chips, cookies, watermelon (including three different vodka infused ones – peach, watermelon and raspberry), jello shots in syringes, fruit salad, dirt cake, brownies and, of course, beer. Don’t worry, I didn’t have anything alcoholic! I brought some sparkling cranberry juice instead 🙂

We also had beer pong and bags set up, plus some awesome tunes. The weather was a bit chilly, but the sun was warm, and it turned out perfectly. We even won the Miller Tailgate of the Game, which means we won a pop up canopy, t-shirts, Brewers flags and can coozies for everyone! It also meant that our group was going to be on the jumbotron during the game, which prompted some of the guys to paint letters on their chests spelling, “Braun” (it was Ryan Braun bobblehead day at Miller Park). Needless to say, we had a pretty awesome time.

This week according to What to Expect:

It’s all about hair now as your baby sprouts some on his head, eyebrows, and body. As for Mom, those first-trimester symptoms should be easing up a bit.

Your Baby in Week 14 of Pregnancy

Now the size of your clenched fist, your baby is more fluid-like in his movements, so he’s no longer doing the jerk every time he repositions his arms and legs. Other developments this week include a roof of his own (inside his mouth, that is) as well as intestinal activity: His intestines are producing meconium (which is the waste that will make up his first bowel movement after birth). He is also sporting a downy coating of hair (lanugo) that keeps him nice and warm. Not to worry — you won’t give birth to a monkey; baby fat will accumulate over the next few months and take over the function of keeping your baby warm and toasty —allowing most of that hair to shed.

Your Body in Week 14 of Pregnancy

Welcome to the second trimester! With any luck, your breasts aren’t quite as tender as they were last trimester and your energy level is making a comeback. More good news on the horizon: less morning sickness and fewer trips to the potty to pee. You might find yourself feeling pregnancy aches on the lower sides of your abdomen about now as the muscles and ligaments that support your growing uterus stretch. And though it might be a pain in the — well, lower abdomen — it’s pain with a gain and a sign that it won’t be long now until your body finally starts to show that you’re expecting.

Pregnant women are delicious

I am extremely, extremely allergic to mosquitoes. Normal people just get a tiny, annoyingly itchy bump for a few days and then it fades away. Mine look like tumors. Big, red, ugly tumors that keep me up at night because they itch so bad. I even get scars from them!

I also think that mosquitoes know this about me, so they actively seek me out and avoid others. Seriously. We can hang out by a bonfire and no one else will get a single bite while I’m covered in welts. Then I saw this in one of my pregnancy books the other day:

Pregnant Women Are Delicious
My doctor gave me some cream to put on the bites that help them go away faster, but it does nothing to help relieve the itchiness. In the past I have used Caladryl Clear, which has seemed to help a little, paired with my daily cetirizine (generic Zyrtec). Luckily my doctor has cleared me to continue to use those while I’m pregnant. I can usually get through the summer with only one or two bites, but the hard part comes when we go camping.

Every year we go on a camping trip with 10-20 of our friends, and it is a blast. We swim, play games and eat during the day, then party around a bonfire all night. I’ll be honest, things get a little weird. It will be interesting to be the only sober one there this year! I do load up on the bug spray, but I just cannot get those little buggers to leave me alone!

This year, I’m prepared to go “comfy camping.” I’ve been convincing Geoff to purchase comfortable camping items throughout the past year, and I’m so happy I did! Can you imagine how uncomfortable it would be to be pregnant and sleeping on the ground?

We got a brand new tent that is one giant screen, plus the rain fly that creates an extra little vestibule area in the front of the tent, two cots and a new sleeping bag for me. I have never had my own sleeping bag, so I was pretty pumped when I got mine and actually fell asleep in it on the couch! Geoff was nice enough to snap a picture of me. Thanks for that, Geoff.

Did you go camping while you were pregnant? Did you get more mosquito bites than everyone else?

A Cute Story

Last night our volleyball game wasn’t until 10:00 p.m., and I was so tired that planned to be asleep by then, so I stayed home.

A few minutes after Geoff left to head to the courts, he called me and said he was just driving along thinking about the baby (awww!) and that he forgot to mention something our friend Nate had said to him earlier that day.

To give you a little back story, Geoff has been friends with Nate since high school. They also went to college and grad school together, and now they work at the same company. So they are very close friends. Nate is also on both of our volleyball teams, so he was one of the people to find out we were preggo last week.

So Geoff and Nate apparently went on a run together and were talking about the baby. Geoff mentioned that my next doctor appointment wasn’t until late May, so Nate asked if he could come along to the doctor! He was just joking around of course, but he is super excited about us having the first baby in our group of friends and he “wants to be involved the entire time.” I love it! I have the best friends.