Friday, April 18, 2014

Pregnancy ~ 36 Weeks

 
 
How far along? 36 weeks (37 Saturday)
Baby size: About the size of a head of romaine lettuce and over 6 pounds. At this stage he's gaining about an ounce a day. 
Gender: Boy
Favorite Maternity Clothes: I'm on maternity leave now, so comfy clothes are my favorite. My feet are so puffy I can't wear anything but flip flops and my tennis shoes with the laces pulled out...the joys of pregnancy!!
Sleep: I'm getting more uncomfortable every day, so sleep is a little harder.
Missing anything: Missing wearing cute shoes!!! Yes, as vain as that sounds I miss wearing skinny jeans and boots.
Best moment this week(s): The best moment this week was going on maternity leave. Friday was my last day of work and it feels great just to relax and prepare for baby.
Baby movement: He's not moving as much because it's getting a little more cramped inside me, but if I drink cold water and relax, he definitely gets kicking :)
Cravings: I've been very hungry the last few days, but no different cravings.
Rings on or off?: Ring is still off, but I got a pretty ring at Bella Boutique as a temporary ring until the swelling in my hands goes down.
Prenatal Classes: I took a breastfeeding class last week and it was very informative. Glad I took the class and I would definitely recommend first time mothers taking all the classes - they were very helpful for both of us.
Anything I really don't like: PUFFY FEET and feeling heavy!!
Nursery planning: Our "Urban Nursery" in our one bedroom apartment is coming together and almost done. Pictures in this blog post.
Exercise: Walking is what I have for exercise now, although even that is much harder. I'm trying to stay active, but it's much harder to move. I'm going to give swimming a try this week.
Looking forward to: Now that I'm on maternity leave I'm much more relaxed and enjoying my time off. Todd and I came down to Santa Cruz (with our hospital bags packed - just in case) we're enjoying some rest and relaxation before the storm. We're having a Passover Cedar on Saturday with the family and my brother and his girlfriend Sara are coming to celebrate with us. We're excited to meet baby boy, but also crossing our fingers he waits to come until after the weekend!

Cheers!
xo,

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Baby Boy's Nursery

I'm so excited that things are coming together in preparation for baby boy. We're getting ready!! Nesting is a REAL THING - no doubt about it...Making the perfect little home for your baby is so important and something our bodies tell us ladies to do - no joke :)

We have made a little corner in our bedroom a nursery. I call this my "Urban Nursery," because we have a 1 bedroom apartment. The past two days I have been folding baby clothes and getting the space ready. I feel like I'm a little girl again folding my doll clothes - yes, I was the little girl who loved baby dolls! 

I can't wait to dress my little baby boy up like my little doll!!

Happy Tuesday!
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Pregnancy ~ 33-35 Weeks

 
How far along? 35 weeks today (35 week picture coming)
Baby size: About the size of a cantaloupe. We went to the doctor for an ultrasound on Wednesday and he's weighing about 6 pounds 4 ounces. He's in the 71 percentile and they think he's going to be around 8 pounds when he's born. 
Gender: Boy
Favorite Maternity Clothes: Still sticking with "stretchy"!! I'm working a few days a week from home, so I've been very casual lately and wearing comfy clothes.
Sleep: Besides the many potty breaks, my sleep has been okay.
Missing anything: I'm missing being able to get a really good workout in. I love the feeling of completing a spin class and being really sweaty and tired. I can't wait to be able to do that again.
Best moment this week(s): My mom hosted a wonderful shower in Santa Cruz last Saturday. It was so much fun to see old friends and celebrate with family and friends this exciting time in our lives. My mom did an incredible job with all the details and decorations - I was so impressed and couldn't take enough pictures (will share in another post). One of my best friends from high school, Mo and her family, Patty and Matt came to visit and celebrate with us in Santa Cruz.  It was great being able to see them. 
Baby movement: Lots of activity, but I think it's getting a little harder for him to move because he's getting big. I've been told that the movement starts to slow down a little at this stage because there isn't as much space.
Cravings: I'm still craving yogurt and fruit...I can't get enough yogurt, maybe it's the calcium. I could eat yogurt for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - especially the Greek yogurt that's really thick. I've also been really thirsty the past few weeks - so lots of water.
Rings on or off?: Sadly I had to take my rings off last week :( - right around 33 weeks. I got really puffy in my hands and feet and they started to get uncomfortable. I miss my wedding ring, but just a few more weeks and then hopefully I can put it back on soon after baby. 
Prenatal Classes: Todd is all done with his classes we just need to do a hospital tour and I have a breastfeeding class next Tuesday at the hospital.
Anything I really don't like: PUFFY FEET! 
Nursery planning: My urban nursery is coming together nicely still working on the corner and decorations for the wall - we're close. We bought a modern bassinet that fits perfectly next to the bed. It took us a while to decide which one to get, but after a lot of research I decided on the BabyHome Dream Cot. It's very light and easy to move around the house and we'll be able to pack it up and take it on trips. I like the clean modern look as well. 

Exercise: Exercise has gotten much harder! I'm still doing a once a week personal training and upper body weights, but the lower body squats and lunges are more difficult. I've been walking and doing the elliptical at the gym - I look funny on the elliptical with a big belly, but I need to stay active.
Looking forward to: I'm looking forward to only a week left of work and then I'll be on maternity leave - YAY! :) Can't wait to relax and get ready for baby. 
xo,
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pregnancy ~ 30-32 Weeks

 How far along? 32 weeks
Baby size: About the size of a jicama weighing in at about 3 3/4 pounds and measuring 16 3/4 inches from head to heel.
Gender: Boy
Favorite Maternity Clothes: With the warmer spring weather I love being able to wear long maxi skirts and flip flops on the weekends. The maxi skirts are very comfortable and flattering when you are pregnant. During the week I've been wearing my Motherhood Maternity black pants and maternity shirts and sweaters - sometimes I feel like I'm repeating my outfits over and over, but that's okay when you're pregnant. I try to spice up my work outfits with fun jewelry and accessories. My feet have been very swollen and now I can't really fit into most of my work shoes - I've gone up a full shoe size! Crazy how things can change...hopefully I'll get my smaller feet back after baby.
Sleep: Sleep is about the same as a few weeks ago, I'm still a pretty deep sleeper - crossing my fingers this doesn't change. Some nights are better than others and it's easier to find a more comfortable position.
Missing anything: As the baby gets bigger and bigger I've been missing running up and down the stairs and feeling "light", especially because we live on the third floor with no elevator. I've been really tired over the past few weeks so I'm missing some of my energy.
Best moment this week(s): We had our first baby shower with Todd's family two weeks ago - Janice (my mother-in law) and Wendy (my sister-in-law) hosted a beautiful shower. The love and gifts we received was overwhelming - it was so special. They did an adorable job with all of the details and I loved the jungle animal theme throughout - I will post pictures soon.
 Feeling the baby kicking has been awesome. He's been very active and it's fun to come home from work, relax, and feel him move around. Sometimes I can see my belly move and I always tell Todd to look when it's moving - most of the time he can see it too. Todd won a two night stay in Sonoma with work so we went up there last weekend with Monica and Jeremy. Although I couldn't wine taste, it was still fun to enjoy the beautiful weather, wineries, and good friends! After the baby is born it will probably be a few months before we go wine tasting - maybe more...SO, as my friends who just had babies tell me -- do all of the things you won't be doing once the baby is born, so we're doing it!
Baby movement: He's on the move!! The healthier food I eat and the more I relax the more he moves. The movements have changed, they are bigger and stronger - actually feels like a limb is kicking me from inside. I love it...it's fun to relax on the couch and wait for the next movement.
Cravings: I've been really thirsty lately - craving juices and smoothies - soft things like yogurt. Sort of strange, but I heard in your third trimester people tend to crave baby food type foods. I could eat fruit and yogurt all day long.
Rings on or off?: I still have my rings on, but it's getting close - sadly my rings are starting to feel tight and I definitely want to take them off before they get stuck and we have to go to the fire station to get them cut off - I've heard that's what you have to do. I'll have to get a temporary ring to wear until after baby.
Prenatal Classes: We took the part 1 of our newborn class last week and we have part 2 this week. We walked in the hospital auditorium and there were boy and girl dolls on the tables - we giggled and between learning to change diapers, burp, and studying different types of poop, it was hard not to laugh. We both came home excited to put our skills to test on baby boy - just about 8 weeks left!
Anything I really don't like: I'm trying to be really positive and like everything about these next two months of pregnancy.
Nursery planning: I set up a little corner in the bedroom that I'm calling my "urban" nursery - with a one room apartment it makes it a little harder to design the nursery, but I've been redecorating the bedroom and making it match some of my nursery ideas. Pictures coming soon.
Exercise: I've been trying to do a lot of walking and I gave prenatal yoga a try last night - it was great! I've always been bad at stretching and prefer weight training and high intensity workouts, so this was good for me to relax and stretch. Still keeping up with my weight training - arms and legs...hopefully it will help when it's time to get back in shape.
Looking forward to: I'm looking forward to more baby showers we have in the next few weeks with family and friends - it's so special to celebrate this amazing time in our lives with all of them. I only have a few more weeks and I'll be on my maternity leave, so I can't wait to relax and prepare for baby - yay!

Wishing everyone a great week!
xo,
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Pregnancy Announcement Photo Shoot ~ Time Flies...

It feels like yesterday when we did a photo shoot with my dear friend Nathalie announcing our pregnancy, although it was months and months ago. I'm now 32 weeks and looking back on those photos is so fun. It's crazy how your body changes and how it feels like yesterday I had a flat tummy (well sort of, right?) haha
 
Similar to the "Babymoon" and "Baby Reveal Parties"--"Pregnancy Announcements" are becoming more popular. Is this because of Facebook or Pinterest? Probably :) You can't tell me it's not fun to post "your pregnancy" on FB and see how many likes you get! All the pregnant ladies out there know what I'm talking about...
 
The wonderful part about all of these pre-baby activities is the fun you can have doing it together with your partner, friends and family.
 
We just did our maternity photos, but before I post those I wanted to post all of the baby announcement photos we took. The best part was getting creative and of course we were all smiles knowing we were going to tell the world we were expecting.

Thank you, Nathalie Shami for taking these wonderful photos, visit her website. She has a very artistic eye and is wonderful to work with, she knows exactly what to say to make you smile. Capturing Mac the pup isn't easy, especially with his black face and how quickly he runs around, however, Nathalie loves dogs and did an awesome job of getting the perfect picture of Mac.
Thank you, Nathalie!







 
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pregnancy ~ 27-29 Weeks

 
How far along? 29 weeks a week ago
Baby size: Size of a butternut squash about 2 1/2 pounds and measures 15 inches from head to heel.
Gender: Boy
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.
Exercise: I've 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.

Happy Wednesday!
xo,
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cabo San Lucas ~ Babymoon

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. 
 
XO,
MM








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