Baby Girl Watson {nursery reveal & week 38}

I thought I would pop in on a Saturday and share with you a quick recap of week 38.  It’s weird, the 9th month of pregnancy is the longest and the shortest.  The weeks fly by but some days crawl by.  I also wanted to share a few pictures from BG’s nursery – it’s complete!  We followed the design, leaving out on a few little details.  We did not change the overhead light (something that can always be done later), we didn’t add a roman shade (we kept the blinds that already existed) and we have yet to add book shelves (another item that can be done at any time).

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The pillow was a total splurge and the rocker is so comfortable.  I also love the pouf – even though gold would have been fabulous.

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I’m obsessed with the print from Minted.com paired with the wall paper from wallshoppe.com

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The furniture from Pottery Barn is gorgeous and I love the pineapple sconces.

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The window treatments were also a splurge but such high quality.  If she doesn’t love this room, I’m moving in.

Size of Baby: BG’s the size of a winter melon and weighs around 6.6 pounds (guesstimate from a baby app) and is somewhere around 19.6 inches long.

Weight Gained:  Last Monday, I had lost 2 pounds.  Thankfully my doctor wasn’t concerned at all.  So I’m up 8 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight.

Workouts/Exercise:  My sanity.  Still going for it.

Sleep:  Multiple wake ups when I move throughout the night.  I also had my first experience with back/leg pain on Thursday night which made falling asleep a little tough.

Symptoms:  I’m still wearing my wedding rings and my belly button is still intact (until I sneeze) and right after I wake up because it definitely pops out when I’m laying on my side.  Hilarious – though Big Guy is a little freaked out by this.  Belly is feeling heavy but it may because she’s working on getting ready to be born.  At my appointment this week, I was almost 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced – I’m happy to hear there’s some progress but I’m realistic in knowing it still means she could be hanging out for a couple more weeks.

Food Aversions:  None!

Cravings and Favorite Foods:  Tator tots.  So random.  And brownies.

Looking forward to…:  Opening a bottle of Iron Horse bubbles once we’re home and settled.

Baby/Pregnancy Purchases:  A few more burp cloths (I’ve heard you can’t have enough) and some bows/headbands.  I don’t want anyone thinking she’s a boy.

Other:  I got a pedicure yesterday and I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with myself today.  Probably a long walk since it’s nice out.  Big Guy is nesting by finishing a good clean-out of the garage.  OH, and we had a date night out last night.  I head back to the doctor first thing Monday morning for my 39 week check-up…

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Baby Girl Watson {weeks 32 & 33}

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Size of Baby: Squash and Celery.  I’m not really believing the “squash” comparison but BG is around 17 inches long and a little more than 4 pounds.

Weight Gained:  As of last Tuesday, I’m up by a little less than 9 pounds.  I have another appointment on Friday so I’m sure we’ve had a little more weight gain.

Workouts/Exercise:  Still going strong.  Like I’ve said, I’m listening to my body and modifying as necessary.  Some balance exercises are starting to prove a little more challenging.

Sleep:  No more late night hunger episodes have happened but I do find myself shifting positions several times during the night.  I’ve always been one to wake up to use the bathroom but it’s happened more than once a few nights over the past two weeks.

Symptoms:  She’s still having moments of putting pressure directly on my bladder.  I’ve also noticed I’ve been a little clumsy some days – dropping things mostly.

Food Aversions:  None!

Cravings and Favorite Foods:  My entire pregnancy I’ve loved my Fage yogurt bowls in the morning with a crunchy cereal, chia seeds and peanut butter.  On Christmas Eve, my Mom served a cheesy bread that was absolutely divine and tasted better than it’s ever tasted before.

Looking forward to…:  Nesting.  And being able to drink wine again.  Not being able to have my Christmas morning mimosas made me sad.  Being able to wear ALL my clothes. As you know, I haven’t purchased too many maternity items so I’m wearing the same thing over and over and I’m starting to get bored with myself.

Baby/Pregnancy Purchases:  Hangers for her closet so I can start nesting.  I also got a few items for Christmas:  closet size dividers, a stroll-o-meter (so I can track my steps on our walks), a few onesies, nursing pajamas, a play mat for BG, and a gorgeous baby book that I plan on working on later in the week

Other:  The curtains have arrived and they should be hung by the end of the day tomorrow.  We tried today but we had the wrong size of the pin hooks we needed.  Christmas was absolutely wonderful and I loved seeing all BG’s cousins enjoying the magic of the day.  I know that Christmas (and all other holidays) will be so much sweeter once she arrives.

Baby Girl Watson {weeks 28 & 29}

And just like that, Christmas is in full swing.  We had a lovely Thanksgiving with Chris’ family last week before it became all about the trees.  I headed to Charlotte early Sunday morning so I could see all my nieces and nephews and attend one of my nephew’s first birthday party.  And while we all missed Big Guy, it was great to see the family since I won’t see most of them again until Christmas.  Yesterday was spent decorating the house and trying to continue straightening up after the renovations.  I’m praying they finish Big Guy’s office very soon so we can get the inside of our house 100% back to normal.  Today they’re knocking down our existing deck so they can build a screened in porch – very exciting.  I’m now 30 weeks and it’s crazy to think that in about 10 weeks we’ll have a little girl in our lives.  Here’s a recap from the past two weeks!

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Size of Baby:  Eggplant and Acorn Squash.  Baby Girl weighs about 3 pounds.

Weight Gained:  As of a week ago, a little under 6 pounds.  I might have added a pound or two over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Workouts/Exercise:  Still going strong.  Obviously I’m not doing ab work and I’m very aware of my heart rate making sure to slow down when needed. But working out still feels good and I know it’ll help with recovery post-delivery.

Sleep:  Oh boy.  This is where things are getting a little tricky.  One night I’ll sleep like a baby and the next I toss and turn until midnight.  I’m not sure pregnancy is 100% to blame, but I think it’s part of the problem.

Symptoms:  Like I’ve said all along, I’ve felt incredible overall during this pregnancy.  A have a few aches and pains and if I have a super busy day, my body knows it come 6pm.  I’ve also noticed that when sitting and standing, I now make sound effects.  There’s lots of huffing and deep sighs.  It just takes more effort to do things and my ab muscles aren’t helping at all.

Food Aversions:  None.

Cravings and Favorite Foods:  I’ve been loving a little sweet treat post-dinner which is not something I did before pregnancy.  But no crazy cravings or “I gotta have that” moments.

Looking forward to…:  Finishing up the nursery!  The rug arrived and we finally have the big furniture in it’s place.  A few items are in transit and I’m excited to be able to put everything in it’s place and figure out what we need.  OH, and my first baby shower is this weekend here in town.  It’ll be nice to see all my girlfriends and celebrate this precious baby.

Baby/Pregnancy Purchases:  Items for the nursery!  I’m waiting until after my showers to really buy clothing and other items for her since I’m not exactly sure what I’ll need.

 

Baby Girl Watson {filling her bookshelves}

Happiest of Fridays to you!  I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving with family and/or friends.  I’m not a big “Black Friday” shopper – never have been, never will be but if you’re out and about wrestling the crowds at the mall, bless you.  Today I thought I’d bring you a little something different from the usual Friday Favorites.

We all know that I love books.  I remember “camping out” in our playroom as a kid and devouring a book in a few hours.  I’ve loved to read ever since I can remember.  I pray that our little girl has the same love for books that I do.  (I should also note that Chris’ Mom was a HUGE  fan of books and was even a librarian for a few years and Chris’ stepmom, hey Carolyn, is someone I can always go to for a good book recommendation. So hopefully it’s in her genes.)  As we’re starting to pull everything together for the nursery (the furniture arrived on Wednesday!!!!) I can’t help but start a list of books to fill her shelves with.

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Julia, Child  – Not only do I want BG to love books but I want her to love food and cooking!

Julia and Simca are two young friends who agree that you can never use too much butter—and that it is best to be a child forever. Sharing a love of cooking and having no wish to turn into big, busy people who worry too much and dawdle too little, they decide to create a feast for growing and staying young. A playful, scrumptious celebration of the joy of eating, the importance of never completely growing up and mastering the art of having a good time, Julia, Child is a fictional tale loosely inspired by the life and spirit of the very real Julia Child—a story that should be taken with a grain of salt and a generous pat of butter.

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Eloise in Paris – I adore Eloise books.  She needs them all eventually.

Bonjour!  Here’s the thing of it: Paris has just been discovered by Eloise the little girl from the Plaza… Here is what Eloise does in Paris: everything. The effect is rather extraordinaire. If you come to Paris with Eloise you will always be glad you did.

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Madeline’s Christmas – Another classic collection of books.  I remember reading these as a child and they were one of my favorites.

Something is not right with the famous “twelve little girls in two straight lines.” All are sick in bed except brave Madeline, who must run the school, for even Miss Clavel is not feeling very well. But when Madeline finds help from a magical merchant, the girls embark on a Christmas journey that will surely make them forget their sniffles and sneezes.

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – A bright book that is a currently favorite of little ones everywhere.

A told B and B told C,“I’ll meet you at the topof the coconut tree.”
When all the letters of the alphabet race one another up the coconut tree, will there be enough room?

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Flora and the Flamingo – So it’s funny, I don’t think this book has any words.  But I mean, it HAS to be in her nursery.

 

What are your favorite children’s books?

 

 

Baby Girl Watson {weeks 24-27}

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Week 24 {cantaloupe):  This was not a fun week when it came to pregnancy.  I experienced stomachaches and heartburn and had absolutely no desire to eat for most of the week.  I am attributing this “bad” week to a growth spurt because I POPPED.  Big Guy couldn’t believe how much my belly had grown after not seeing me all week.  There were lots of little baby kicks which helped me get through the week.

Week 25 {cauliflower}: And this week, a cold hit me hard.  It started with a sore throat and then progressed to a “smokers cough” and then a runny nose.  The worse part was disrupted sleep.  But I didn’t have any stomach issues and I was hungry again (yay!).  This was the week that I officially gave up my pre-pregnancy workout pants.

Week 26 {kale}:  I finally started feeling better after last weeks cold.  This week was full of baby kicks.  Home renovations got underway and the guest bedroom is officially the nursery now.  We ended week 26 by ordering some fun things for BG’s nursery.  I tell ya, she’s going to have the best room in the house.  Teaching and personal workouts are still holding strong and I’m still doing burpees without modifications.  I feel the need to mention that there is no need for y’all need to worry about me buying “all the things” for BG but instead, it’s Big Guy you need to worry about.

Week 27 {lettuce}:  The last week of my second trimester!  Crazy.  There is officially no hiding this bump – but I don’t mind, it’s nice to actually feel like you look pregnant instead of just “fluffy.”  According to the scale, I’ve gained 5.2 pounds since I found out I was pregnant.  And trust me, I eat – a lot – but I am very active. I can’t help but start to imagine what (or who) this little girl is going to look like.  On Wednesday I also had an ultrasound that ruled out a scheduled C-section.  BG weighs in at 2.5 pounds and was moving around like a wild woman.  This ultrasound more than likely is my last so we won’t see her again until her birth day.  I also passed my glucose test – WOOT WOOT.  Trust be told, it wasn’t that bad.  It was super sweet and tasted like a flat Sprite.  I was very happy to have my straw, though.

Now that I start going to the doctor every two weeks (and having to meet all the doctors at the practice) I may start giving updates more often – and be more specific as I feel like during the last trimester I’ll see the most change.

Have a great week!

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Baby Girl Watson {my maternity closet}

Let me first start by saying that my “maternity closet” doesn’t include a ton of new items. I was incredibly lucky in that I was able to wear all my “regular” clothes throughout my first trimester and most of my second trimester.  And even now, as I am about to enter into my third trimester, I’m still wearing mostly non-maternity tops that were already in my closet.  Thankfully I don’t wear super tight tops to begin with so many of my sweaters fit perfectly though some of my shirts are beginning to be a little too short.  I’m also incredibly lucky in that I don’t have to “get dressed” for work during the week.  I live in workout clothes and have one or two days during the week that I need clothes to wear out in public and then the weekends.  My goal is to purchase as few items as necessary because I won’t be wearing them for very long and while there are lots of options out there now, a lot of those options are very expensive considering I only have three more months of dressing this bump.  So yes, I am repeating outfits and I’m also using jewelry and shoes to change things up.  All that to say, here are some of my favorite items that I’ve purchased.

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27 weeks wearing a non-maternity Lilly dress that I’ve had for several years.

The Bellaband.  This was the first item I purchased that was clothes-related after finding out I was pregnant.  This was a lifesaver when it came to making my summer wardrobe carry me through summer (and into fall).  I also have a feeling I’ll use this post-baby when I’m in between sizes.  I purchased the band in white and wore it with shorts and jeans and loved how it smoothed and allowed me to keep my pants unbuttoned.

Maternity Crossover Panel Active Capri (Ingrid and Isabel for Target).  I am the proud owner of four pairs of these workout pants.  Two weeks I officially retired my non-maternity workout pants that simply had too much compression for my growing belly.  These pants are perfect and I wear them daily.  They stay up and are incredibly comfortable.  The price tag is also much easier to digest than a lot of the other workout pants I looked at.  I wear a medium in these pants.

Almond-Neck T-Shirt (Ingrid and Isabel for Target).  I own this shirt in all three colors and it’s my go-to t-shirt to wear around the house with yoga pants.  This shirt is so soft and comfortable enough to sleep in.  A true maternity closet essential.  I wear a medium.

Maternity Belly Support Leggings.  My favorite leggings EVER.  I save these leggings for leaving the house and they are the most comfortable leggings I’ve ever worn.  I plan on ordering a pair of their non-maternity leggings post-baby.  They are a little high maintenance in that you’re encouraged to wash inside out on a delicate cycle which is why I don’t use them as my lounge pants.  They are thick enough to wear out in public and not feel like you’re showing too much.  They aren’t the cheapest leggings on the market but I can’t recommend them enough (and neither can a lot of celebrities which is how I found these gems).

Citizens of Humanity Secret Fit Belly Avedon Ankle Maternity Jeans.  My favorite non-maternity jeans are Citizens so it’s no surprise I wanted a pair of their maternity jeans.  These are the only pair of maternity jeans I’ve purchased and I don’t plan on purchasing any others.  Yes, these are a little pricy but I’d rather have one good pair of jeans than five mediocre pairs.  I’ve learned that I love pants with the over-the-belly panel but they make these in under-the-belly, too.

7 for All Mankind Secret Fit Belly Ponte Maternity Pants.  My third and final pair of “out of the house” maternity pants.  Between my jeans and these, I would say that these fit the best.  However, I had hoped these pants would have been a little looser in the legs so I could wear them the church but they actually fit more like a legging.  Regardless of whether I can wear them to church or not, they fit perfectly and I know I’ll be wearing them on repeat over the next three months.  My only complaint:  dry clean only.  Whomp whomp.

Simona Maternity Dress.  This is a recent purchase and it will be “the” dress for me over the holiday season  What does that mean?  You’re going to see it over and over again.  It’s incredibly comfortable and can be dressed up or dressed down.  It’s basically the maternity “little black dress.”

This past weekend I ordered a few long sleeve shirts from Old Navy and I picked up a few tank tops from Target to wear under my sweaters and cardigans.  But other than that, I’m hoping that the above items will help me mix and match my way through the next few months as I dress my bump.

Baby GIRL Watson {weeks 14 – 18}

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Can you believe it?  We’re having a baby girl.  We are beyond excited to be adding lots of pink to our life in the coming months.  Our gender reveal party yesterday was everything I wanted and more with the only mishap being a missing cake topper (still not sure where that ended up…).  We had everyone pick “football” or “flamingo” as their guess and I think it was pretty even.  Obviously we were praying for healthy over anything else and cannot wait to meet Baby Girl Watson.

And while we’re talking baby, here’s a look at the past few weeks of pregnancy:

Week 14 {Peach}:  I started to have a few mild headaches especially in the afternoons.  Thankfully they never got too bad.  Excitement was building over home renovations as well as knowing I had appointments at 16 and 18 weeks.

Week 15 {Orange}:  Starting to feel a little “thick” around the middle.  Anxious about upcoming appointments but feeling really good.

Week 16 {Avocado}:  Still having vivid dreams and starting to get a “baby bump.”  I’ve had zero weight gain thus far (woot woot) and loved being able to hear the heartbeat at my 16-week visit.  So far I’ve bought three maternity items:  leggings, a sweatshirt and a t-shirt.

Week 17 {Pomegranate}:  New symptom:  “pinching” in my lower abdomen which must be stretching.  Baby Watson went to his/her first ECU football game and didn’t seem to bring much luck (hah!).  No cravings or aversions this week.

Week 18 {Artichoke}:  BIG WEEK!  On Thursday I went in for the anatomy scan and at this point Baby Watson looks healthy and happy.  SHE  is quite photogenic according to the ultrasound tech.  She’s measuring normal and I am so relieved that all seems to be going well thus far.  I had a little nervousness and anxiety since we didn’t find out the gender until Sunday surrounded by family but I did have TWO dreams that it was a baby girl.  I am still fitting into most of my pre-pregnancy clothes though some items just aren’t comfortable (too tight!) around the waist anymore.

As we enter into week 19, I can’t believe that we’re almost halfway through the pregnancy.  I continue to be thankful for my health and that I’ve “had it easy” so far.  Praying that I continue to have a healthy pregnancy and that Baby Girl Watson continues to be healthy and develop normally.