Baby size: Size of a butternut squash about 2 1/2 pounds and measures 15 inches from head to heel.
Favorite Maternity Clothes: I'm at a point where I HAVE to wear maternity clothes, it's harder to wear some of my older shirts - just not long enough to cover the belly. I did a little shopping for our babymoon and found some cute spring clothes. I recently went to Macy's downtown San Francisco and they have a great collection of maternity clothes - definitely recommend taking the time to go downtown. I'll share some of the outfits and dresses that I got for my upcoming baby showers in another post.
Sleep: Sleep is getting harder and harder and I find myself wanting to sleep on my back but knowing I shouldn't and making sounds to wake myself up. It's like the baby is telling me to get on my left side - they way you should be sleeping. They say you should sleep on your left side, but I believe your body will tell you if you're sleeping on the wrong side or something isn't right.
Missing anything: Missing a nice glass of red wine paired with chocolate or while we were on our Babymoon, a margarita. It was funny being in Mexico and not having any alcohol.
Best moment this week(s): The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. The further along in my pregnancy I get the faster time flies. 27-29 weeks have been very busy, between Valentine's Day, Babymoon in Mexico, 8 hour birthing class (almost two weekends ago), and now a big work conference - we've been BUSY! The best moment was definitely our Babymoon to Mexico and relaxing by the pool. The following week we had an extra 28 week ultrasound and got to see the little baby boy. It was so special to see him this far along and we're happy he's healthy and growing VERY LONG! He's measuring about 21 days ahead in length, but this doesn't change our due date - it just means he's going to be a tall boy.
Baby movement: He's moving all the time now, before I eat, after I eat, and when I relax. He was moving a lot on the airplane to Mexico when we took off and landed - my Doctor said it must have been the loud noise of the airplane. Todd got to actually see my belly move while we were relaxing by the pool - the movements are that big.
Cravings: No real cravings, just been really thirsty lately and still craving chocolate in the afternoons.
Prenatal Classes: We took our first prenatal class "Childbirthing 101"on Sunday. It was a great class, a little scary and hard to watch some of the videos, but we learned all the things we need to know.
Anything I really don't like: Swollen feet and ankles. I don't like the feeling of my feet when they are puffy - the joys of pregnancy.
Nursery planning: We got our dresser/changing table and I'm starting to put things in it and organize the little baby clothes we have. It feels real now that we have a piece of baby furniture in our bedroom.
been slowing down a little as it has been getting hard to exercise, but still keeping up with some weight training and walking as much as a I can.
Looking forward to: I'm looking forward to all the baby showers we have coming up! Can't wait to celebrate baby boy and see family and friends.
Babymoon - best idea EVER! Everyone needs one and deserves one once they hit mid-second trimester or into their third trimester. I started my third trimester the Saturday of our babymoon and the timing was perfect.
We flew from SFO to Cabo San Lucas and spent 4 days relaxing by the pool and literally doing NOTHING! This is very unlike us as we're always on the go, but it felt great just to relax by the pool, eat good food, drink mocktails, and feel the baby kick. The second we got on the airplane he started kicking and it hasn't stopped! Todd got to feel him kicking multiple times and even saw my belly move while I was lying by the pool. He's going to be an active little guy!
We stayed at the Villa Del Arco, which I would highly recommend. It's walking distance to downtown Cabo San Lucas, but not too close the crazy party scene. We enjoyed dinners on the beach at The Office - our favorite restaurant in town and even got a firework show on Valentine's Day - my favorite!
We ended our trip by holding a baby lion and thankfully it didn't try to get too close to my belly.
If you're considering taking Babymoon, stop considering it and DO IT! Everyone told us that we should sleep-in, relax, and then sleep some more AND take advantage of the few months we have left of sleep - all of those people were right and that is exactly what we did.
Baby size: Size of a scallion head to heel about 1 2/3 pounds and measures 14 inches. Getting LONG!
Favorite Maternity Clothes: It's getting harder and harder to get dressed for work in the morning. I'm still loving my maternity jeans and leggings. It's funny in the mornings when I put something on that was long enough the previous week, but now it's too short in the belly...crazy how fast your body changes. I like longer tops, with sweaters, leggings, and boots.
Sleep: The last two weeks I've definitely started to feel the difficulties of sleeping, my belly is getting bigger and he's moving at night, so it's making it a little harder to sleep.
Missing anything: I'm missing feeling "light" things are getting more challenging. Getting out of bed, tying my shoes, doing squats and working out, it's all just a little harder with a belly.
Best moment this week(s): The last two weeks I really feel like pregnancy has hit me. I've had to deal with swollen ankles, a little bit of dizziness, being tired, heading into the third trimester and things are getting harder. These are the negative things, BUT on a more positive note I've felt him kick a lot which is wonderful and BOY can this baby move. He's already strong...kicking my ribs and all over wiggles. I also got a special spa day that Todd treated me to at Cavallo Point, Sausalito -- with a prenatal massage and girl time :) I would highly recommend getting massages during pregnancy it definitely helps with all your tight muscles. I tried doing the massage on my belly with a special pillow, but it didn't feel right...a side massage felt JUST RIGHT :)
Baby movement: He's definitely moving! When I eat certain foods with high nutrients (salads, spinach, fruits) AND chocolate - about 10 minutes later he starts moving around - so crazy! I read some good advice on a blog this week, it said to take time each day to relax and count the kicks - sometimes you really have to stop and pay attention to your body to feel the kicking.
Cravings: I've still been craving yogurt and fruit, but chocolate and sweets have definitely been more on my mind the last two weeks...trying to stay good and only have a little dark chocolate.
Anything I really don't like: Swollen feet and ankles. I don't like the feeling of my feet when they are puffy - the joys of pregnancy.
Nursery planning: Our nursery dresser/changing table arrive on Saturday. I'm so excited to put some of the little outfits we've received in it and start organizing our room for the baby. We live in a 1 bedroom apartment so we'll be having an "Urban Nursery" as they call it. Once we get it I'll post pictures. I've been working on our registry and it's almost complete. We decided to use Myregistry.com its great! You can link up your other registries, such as Target, Pottery Barn Kids, Giggle, and also add things from websites like Etsy. It's easy to use and I've only read good things about it. Thanks to all the other Mommy's out there who have given me a list of items I should add to our registry. I'll definitely be blogging more on baby items and registries once we start using the stuff.
Exercise: I've been doing a lot of walking and some weights at the gym, but nothing too crazy. I did spin yesterday and it was great! Sweating makes me feel really good and I love the exercise HIGH you get after working out.
Looking forward to: I'm starting to really look forward to meeting "Baby Modd" as we call him right now - Melinda + Todd = Modd. I keep thinking about what he's going to look like and I can't wait to give him kisses and hold him. I'm also very excited for our Babymoon to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico over President's weekend. I can't wait to relax, eat yummy Mexican food and read by the pool.
Maternity Classes: We registered for our birthing class at the end of February. We're doing an all-day class - hoping to learn lots about birthing and what to expect. We'll be signing up for a nursing, newborn and CPR class as well - the next few months are going to be busy!
It has been a while since I have blogged about our puppy Mac. Not for lack of cuteness or interest that's for sure. He is such a good puppy and gets cuter and cuter everyday. He turned two in January and we're still learning all of the tips and tricks to raising a good puppy. A few things we've learned so far:
- Dogs know when their owner is pregnant (maybe even before you know). Don't be alarmed if your dog acts "off" when you're pregnant at first - it happened to us. He was definitely misbehaving, but now it's better.
- Dogs love routine. I've heard this is similar to babies...wink, wink...we'll be living this in a few months. Mac is a very routine dog and knows exactly when it's time to eat, sleep, play, etc... always good to keep in mind.
- Habits start early. The choices you make early on in your puppies life will last FOREVER! I mean forever...put,the puppy in your bed and he'll be sleeping with you FOREVER...sound like a baby thing?
- Don't mix your grooming place with the pet store. Dogs are so smart and will remember that's where they were dropped off for hours and had to be washed and cut - doggy torture, well - not really! When we walk by our pet store Mac knows and he is very resistant to going in... he's stubborn little guy.
- Dogs can be picky eaters. This may sound silly, but choose your dog bowls well. We've recently noticed that Mac doesn't eat all of his food and likes to take his food out of his bowl and prefers being hand fed. Okay, this CAN'T happen...so after watching I realized that he doesn't like the sound of his tags hitting his metal bowl. Who would have thought? He's had this same bowl for almost two years and we felt horrible when we realized what was happening, but now he has a shallow eco plastic bowl - 6 dollars later and he's happily eating all of his food! Yay :)
Favorite Maternity Clothes: Still loving my maternity jeans and leggings. I bought a pair of workout pants from Four Two Fitness - I'm really happy with the way they fit and how they come up over my belly - so no lines. I've been searching for the perfect pair for spin, gym, relaxing, and finally found them. I've always loved Lululemon and these have a similar feeling, but come up higher on my belly.
Sleep: Some nights are better than others, but overall no problems.
Missing anything: Might sound silly, but some of my pre-pregnancy clothes. My wardrobe has felt very limited, but that's good because it will inspire me to get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes once the baby is born.
Best moment this week(s): Last week we celebrated Todd's birthday! We kept talking about how this is his last birthday without a little guy running around :) Such a fun thought! We went up to Tahoe over the weekend with a big group of friends and celebrated. It was a bummer the 49ers lost the football game - sad, but at least the Broncos are going to the Superbowl, so that makes my brother happy!
Baby movement: I've been feeling lots of movement, especially in the early mornings when I get to work and late evenings after dinner. Todd felt him for the first time - marking the date Jan. 22 :)!! It feels so funny and different...someone told me it feels sort of like a snake inside of you and I would totally agree, but now it feels like a kicking snake - haha.
Cravings: I've been craving yogurt and fruit. That always sounds so good.
Anything I really don't like: Everything sounds good these days!
Nursery planning: We bought the first piece of furniture for the nursery - a dresser/changing table from Pottery Barn Kids. Can't wait to get it and start putting the clothes we've received in it and organizing some baby stuff. I've also started looking at prints for above the changing table and bassinet... I'm liking elephants and whales right now - greys and blues. I'll start showing some of my ideas soon.
Exercise: I was sick last week with a cold so didn't get much exercise, but this week I've already worked out twice - Pop Physique (I've modified for pregnancy) and gym. Feeling good, exercise make me feel so much better and I hope it makes the baby feel better too.
Looking forward to: Excited for a relaxing weekend in SF. We're working on our registry this weekend and figuring out what we need. I'm feeling the "nesting" so going to start cleaning out drawers and getting things organized. The warm weather in SF makes it feel like spring - time for some spring cleaning.
Todd's birthday was a week ago! We celebrated last weekend up in Tahoe and had a great time with friends. I have to do a shout out on my blog to my amazing husband. I'm so thankful for an apartment building that brought us together six years ago. Thank you "1940 Franklin" - who would have thought?
I'm so lucky to be starting a family with such a special person.
How far along? 23 weeks TODAY! Picture above is from last Saturday.
Baby size: Size of grapefruit- 11" long
Favorite Maternity Clothes: I'm definitely in "maternity land" and wearing maternity clothes. Some of my shirts still fit fine, but when it comes to pants not so much :) It was a tricky transition from loving my "normal" pants to wearing "maternity" clothes, but now I'm here and loving it. It's always an adventure getting dressed for work in the morning figuring out what is going to fit and look good. There is a balance of wearing something that looks too tight and something that makes you look like a "tent" :) I'm learning. I'm proud of my baby bump and love showing it off now! It's fun when people look at me and say "congratulations" - love it!
Sleep: I don't have a problem sleeping but from about 4am-6am I'm waking up to go the bathroom - so that cuts the night short.
Missing anything: Now that the holidays are over I'm over the holiday drinking, so not missing that. I've been pretty tired the past few days so missing NOT being tired, but who isn't tired, right? And, when the baby comes...I'm going to be tired - so that's life.
Best moment this week(s): We had a wonderful holiday over New Years in Palm Springs with family and then to LA. It was nice spending time relaxing by the pool and reading my first "parenting" book. I got to see my grandma for the first time being pregnant and it was special having her touch my belly. I know the little guy is going to love his Great Grandma.
Baby movement:I felt the him for the first time on December 30th that I really knew was a baby movement. I was sitting at work after lunch and all of sudden felt this funny feeling, it was something I had never felt before - very different. When it happened later in the day again I knew it was him. He usually likes to move around in the afternoons after lunch, it's still a very light feeling and not actual "kicking" movements that I can feel, but I'm sure in the next few weeks that's going to change. I have friends tell me when they eat certain things - foods with high energy (fruits/vegetables) they can feel the baby move around, we'll see!
Cravings: I didn't really have any cravings over the holidays. I had a few days when I really wanted fruit and today yogurt sounds good, but it changes. I haven't had the mid-night cravings or run to the store type cravings, but there's still time.
Anything I really don't like: I'm still sensitive to smells, so bad smells are hard...
Nursery planning: I think my "nesting" has kicked in. I'm ready to start planning the nursery. We're going to set up our registry in the next few weeks and figure out what we need. Right now I'm thinking blue/navy/grey/white for the nursery with a nautical theme. Similar to our wedding colors, what a coincidence! Must be what I like, right?
Exercise: Trying to stay active and keep going to the gym and walking lots. This has helped with having a sensitive back. I read an article called, 33 Reasons to Exercise Now when you're pregnant and it's inspired me to keep exercising, I believe that it is really important for YOUR mental health, the babies health, and to prepare for the birth.
Looking forward to: Excited for Spring! I've already noticed on my way home from work it's not as dark and the days are getting a little longer. Between now and May we have so many exciting things planned - Babymoon (can't wait to blog about that), Baby Showers, Birthdays...it never stops - I love it. I'm excited to celebrate Todd's birthday on Wednesday and a trip to Tahoe next weekend, I love birthdays and celebrations so I always make them very special.
I love everything about celebrations—weddings, bridal showers, birthdays, and any event that calls for a party! I'm an event planner at heart and I love all the details that come with it. I work in marketing, but on the side I love planning parties, home design, traveling, and cooking. I share my love of travel and adventure with my amazing husband Todd and our puppy Mac.