Thursday, January 15, 2015

39 Weeks Pregnant

My non maternity shirt may never recover.

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Last time I was pregnant.
I'm definitely lower and my stomach seems to be jutting straight out this time!

How far along: 39 weeks

Size of Baby: 20 in & 7.25 lb

Fruit/vegetable comparison: Small Watermelon

Total weight gain: 13 lbs (I've been able to eat more now that she's dropped a bit!)

Sleep:  Isn't horrible.  I just have to get up to use the loo still at least 2 to 3 times a night.  The heartburn has almost gone away now that she's so low.

Movement:  Still lots and lots of movement.  She is so strong!  It can be pretty painful, and she's even made me feel sick because she's jiggling around so much.  Sheesh!

Unglamorous body changes: My stomach is starting to feel pretty stretched and my belly button is starting to look like an outie!  This didn't happen last time so it's quite strange to me.  I'm also feeling pressure down low which can make it difficult to get comfortable at times.  But the good news is no stretch marks like last time!  I need to thank my mom for those genes.  ;)

What I miss: I miss being able to play and pick up Maggie like I normally would.  I have to be careful now so that I don't strain my back.  She also pretty much can't sit on my lap anymore.  :(  She tries all the time but slides right off.  So sad!  

Labor Signs:  I had what I'm calling a "false labor" on Monday night.  I started getting some pretty strong and painful contractions around 7:00 pm that lasted until about midnight.  I took a shower and laid down & that's when it started to ease up.  Most of the pain was in my back, and I was so scared that I was going to have another back labor!  I'm praying I can avoid that this time around.  I also saw my midwife today and had a sweep done.  She said I was about 1-2 cm dilated and my cervix has started to soften.  I was hoping to hear I was further along.  The baby is nice and low though.  So that's good news.  I still really think I'm going to go past my due date again.  She said she was going to do another sweep next week if this little girl hasn't decided to show up by then.  Fingers crossed!

Best moment this week: Finished packing our bags and the nesting has kicked in.  I'm trying to make sure everything is in order for when this little girl decides to arrive!

Looking forward to: Excited for when my mom gets here on Sunday.  It will be a relief to know she's here to watch Maggie when I go into labor, and to help out on those groggy early newborn days.  :)  Obviously, I'm pretty anxious to meet this little girl and it should be interesting to see if she waits until her due date or after to come.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Maternity Photos

This time around for maternity photos I decided to get them done a little early (just over 31 weeks pregnant) so I could use some of the pics for our Christmas card.  I thought it would be fun to get some family photos while we were at it.  I couldn't believe how hard it was to try and hunt down a good photographer that shoots outside and allows you to buy the digital copies.  I much prefer outdoor shots but unfortunately, due to the English weather, we had to do the typical studio shoot.  It's so hard to try and pick a day that's not raining around this time of year.  :(  Were were able to still get a few decent shots despite the weather and a toddler that would not cooperate.  She was not having it...  Oh well!

They are not my favorite but I'm still glad I capture this moment in time.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Christmas 2014

First off, sorry for all the blurry pictures.  These were all taken from my iPhone.  So mad at myself that I didn't break out the nice camera.  Oh well!

I wish I would have gotten more pictures of all the lights strung across the streets because now they are no longer lighting them.  :(  Who knows, we may still be here this time next year for me to get a few more pics.

It's become a tradition to get Maggie a dancing/singing stuffed toy each year.  They are kind of annoying but she LOVES them.  So it's totally worth it. ;)

At her Toddler Sensory Christmas party.  It was fun for Daddy to be able to go for once to see her in action.

Ryan's work had a little party for the younger kids at a fun activity center called Cheeky Chimps.  Santa made another appearance there and gave Maggie her first Peppa the Pig toy.

Since most of our Christmas decorations are in storage back in the states, I decided to try to make a few homemade ornaments this year.  They turned out pretty well besides the fact that I almost burned down the house baking the cinnamon ornaments because I forgot to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius.  Oops!

We were so excited to have Aunt Sally (Ryan's little sister) and Uncle Evan come to visit for Christmas & New Years.  It's so nice to be able to spend so much quality time together that we never got the chance to do back in the states.

What our Christmas Eve night looked like at our house.  I swear there were 754 pieces to put together for Maggie's play kitchen.  It may have taken us a couple of hours but we were watching Christmas Vacation in the background.

The finished product.  Maggie's "big" gift.

Video of Christmas morning.  Side note, she's in this very clingy stage right now as you can tell in the video (she can walk down the stairs on her own now).  Plus I think she wasn't used to so many people watching her first thing in the morning.  Ha!  

It was so fun watching her explore and discover all the hidden gems.

I got this plate for her to set out for Father Christmas and his reindeer, and I totally forgot to use it! Bummer.  I was so excited and even got the mince pie for Santa as a British tradition.  At least Uncle Evan liked to eat the mince pies!

An awesome tractor from Grandpa.  She loved pushing this all over the living room.  

Light up books that play music are Maggie's favs.

It was so fun watching her get into Christmas more this year and even open most of her presents.  I think she eventually got overwhelmed by it all, but she was still loving all her gifts.

Kitchenware from Meme.

Her own Doc McStuffins doctor bag from Nana.

She uses everything as a microphone so we had to get her a "real" one.  It's so cute to watch her sing into it, but mostly she just likes to pretend like she's singing and mouth the words.  So funny!

Our little family straight out of our beds.  Yes, Maggie & I are matching.  I almost got a matching pair for Ryan but decided he wouldn't enjoy it as much.  To my surprise he was sad I didn't them!  You better believe next year the four of us will all be in matching pajamas!

Later that day we had some friends come over for our big Christmas dinner.  The little girls are so sweet together.  Claire & Ellie each took one of Maggie's hands, and they just walked back and forth through the house.  I really think I need at least 3 little girls!

Time for some groups shots in front of the Christmas tree!

Looking a little better than that morning.  ;)

Laughing with Uncle Evan & Aunt Sally.

Clint, Claire, Kate, Ellie, Me, Ryan & Maggie

We were already silly in the above picture so we really went all out for this one.

The tree pretty much came down right after the group pictures.  It had been dead for days, and you could hear the needles dropping all day long.  The boys took it upon themselves to strip all the branches before taking it outside.  So glad we didn't end up having a scene out of Christmas Vacation with this dry tree!  I swear we kept that thing watered!

Proud of their accomplishment.  I told Ryan that next year we have to get a tree straight from a tree farm verses a cheap one from the store.  Lesson learned.