39 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 39 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: about 35 pounds.
Maternity clothes? pretty much wearing the same SOFFEE shorts and maternity tank tops with my favorite flannel shirt :o)
Best moment this week: Going to the birth center for my (hopefully) last visit before Baby Girl comes.
Miss Anything? My sanity. Every day I’m planning like it’s “the day” so I’m trying to get so much done to prepare (laundry, work, cleaning, etc)!
How are you sleeping? Like a ROCK.
Movement: She’s more active at night. I feel her rolling around pretty much all the time though!
Food cravings: I’m loving comfort foods, cinnamon, apples, and pumpkin spice things.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling decent these days. Coffee is still a turn off.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: I had some contractions the other night but they didn’t continue or get closer together so it was a false alarm.
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? On during the day, off at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
What are you excited for? Meeting this baby!

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38 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 38 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: about 35 pounds.
Maternity clothes? Yes. Counting the minutes until I don’t have to anymore!
Best moment this week: Went for my check up and Baby Girl is really low! We’re getting close. Also, we picked out my “push present” which I didn’t actually know was a thing until my friend told me. Soooo since I didn’t get one with Turner, do I get two??
Miss Anything? coffee and energy stand out the most.
How are you sleeping? Like a rock, except for the other night when I woke up at 2am to go to the bathroom and couldn’t fall back to sleep because I was convinced that if I willed myself enough, I could have the baby that night. It didn’t work.
Movement: Yes. She’s slowed down a bit. Her movements are less jabby and more rolling if that makes sense!
Food cravings: Food really isn’t that appetizing to me. I am looking forward to having a normal appetite again!
Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve actually been a bit queasy the past few days. Nothing crazy but food isn’t that exciting to me.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Just crampy feeling. It’s so weird that I could have her any day! It’s actually quite torturous, as I have a hard time keeping my mind busy.
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? On during the day, off at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, except the day after I was awake all night. I was quite exhausted and grumpy :o/
What are you excited for? Meeting our little girl!

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Baby Prep

I’ve been doing little things over the past few weeks to prepare for Baby Girl’s arrival. I feel like being a few steps ahead now will allow me to relax and soak up newborn madness later!

Birth Center/Hospital Bag:
I packed this about a week ago to be sure I have the necessities. I go home from the birth center the same day, so I don’t need too much. But if you know you’re staying at a hospital for a night or two, you’ll want to add some more clothes! I can add a few last minute things when I actually go into labor. But for now, this is what I have:

  • chapstick
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Hair-tie, brush 
  • Glasses/contacts
  • Nursing bra
  • Going home outfit
  • Slippers
  • Baby Girl’s outfit, hat, and scratch mittens
  • Baby Girl’s swaddle blanket
  • diffuser and lavender essential oil
  • Snacks and coconut water (power bar, cheese and crackers, fig newtons, ginger snap cookies)
  • Phones and chargers
  • Pillows

Meal Planning:
I always plan our meals for the week ahead so I only need to go grocery shopping once. Over the past few weeks, I’ve planned meals that I could easily double. I froze the second batch of each in a freezer bag with a label so I know what I need to do when I defrost it. I have at least two weeks of meals stocked up in the freezer! All I need to do is thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat or throw in the slow cooker for dinner. Here are some of the meals I made:

Bulk Buying:

We took a trip to Costco over the weekend and stocked up on lots of goodies! We bought enough toilet paper and paper towels to last a lifetime. We also loaded up on garbage bags, laundry detergent, dish soap, and paper plates cups and utensils. Anything that means less dishes to wash works for me! I feel like buying these things in bulk cuts down on the expense too! We picked up some chicken and steaks while we were there too. We are ready! Now all we need is Baby Girl!

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37 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 37 Weeks. Full term!!!
Total weight gain/loss: about 34 pounds.
Maternity clothes? Barely. Even those are uncomfortable!
Best moment this week: I had my 37 week check up. I can’t even believe how close it is! This pregnancy has flown by.
Miss Anything? coffee, martinis, my regular clothes, rolling over easily, laying down without getting kicked in the ribs. Other than that….not much :o)
How are you sleeping? Baby Girl is awake at night and kicking relentlessly from about 10-12. Then once I fall asleep I don’t feel her. So I get a solid sleep!
Movement: She has her times. During the day she’s pretty quiet.
Food cravings: I definitely am loving comfort foods, cinnamon, apples, and pumpkin spice things. I am so excited that autumn is right around the corner!
Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve been feeling pretty good!
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Lots of Braxton Hicks and overall crampy feeling.
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? On during the day, off at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
What are you excited for? Baby girl’s arrival and cooler weather!

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Baby Shower

Last weekend, one of my best friends, Angela, hosted a baby shower for me. I didn’t think I was going to have one, but she convinced me that, since I’m having a girl, I need one! I’m so glad I did. It was so fun celebrating our little girl!

She went completely out of her way to host this shower! Although we planned an intimate get together, it was one of the most beautiful I’d ever seen! She planned the decorations based on Baby Girl’s nursery… lots of pink and gold :o)




She had a drink bar with mimosas, sangria, tea, and infused water. YUM!

The food was to die for! My mom made the most gorgeous cake and the cookie favors were literally the best cookies I had ever sunk my teeth into!


I didn’t really register for gifts because everyone coming knew me so well and I trusted their judgement! Plus, I have all of the major things left over from Turner. So all I really needed was little girl clothes! And, oh my goodness, did I get little girl clothes! First of all, there was a headband station, so everyone was able to create a headband. And thanks to these girls, I have a lifetime of headbands!

It was truly a day of pampering. I loved spending the day with a bunch of ladies that I adore! I felt so loved and supported by everyone there.


This little girl is so loved before she’s even taken her first breath! I am so very thankful to be surrounded by these women!

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36 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 36 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: about 33 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes. But I much prefer lounge wear these days!
Best moment this week: I had the most amazing baby shower! I am so lucky to have such awesome friends and family. Baby Girl’s closet is packed with the most adorable clothes! Can’t wait to see them on her!
Miss Anything? coffee, throwing on any clothes and knowing they’ll fit, working out without feeling like a house.
How are you sleeping? Still sleeping like a rock.
Movement: She seems to be slowing down. I feel her subtle movements all the time rather than major jabs.
Food cravings: I’m liking all things pumpkin and cinnamon these days.
Anything making you queasy or sick: The worst seems to be over!
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Still just a lot of Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? I’m gonna go with out.
Wedding rings on or off? On during the day, off at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
What are you excited for? Baby girl’s arrival!

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35 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 35 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: about 32 pounds
Maternity clothes? Definitely. But even they are uncomfortable.
Best moment this week: The nursery is finished! We also had meet the teacher for Turner, which was nothing short of amazing!!
Miss Anything? coffee and fitting into my regular clothes. I could go for a tall glass of wine too.
How are you sleeping? Sleeping pretty good still!
Movement: Yes. Non-stop!
Food cravings: I’m wanting more comfort foods. That may also be because we’re creeping towards fall!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling pretty good! The queasiness doesn’t seem to be there! Only took 8 and a half months.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: I’ve been pretty crampy lately and lots of Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? So close to being out!
Wedding rings on or off? On during the day, off at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
What are you excited for? I go back to the birth center Monday which I always love. I see the on-call OBGYN in case I need to get transferred from the Birth Center to the hospital. That makes it feel really close!

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Lifestyle Maternity Photo Shoot

I apologize in advance for the massive amount of pictures I’m sharing. But, I can’t even narrow it down! I was tempted to share all 78 of them!

We decided to do a lifestyle shoot because we already did the typical maternity shoot when I was pregnant with Turner. This time, I wanted to capture a day in the life, rather than have it all about my baby bump! Now, we definitely don’t get dressed up and make pancakes every day. And there are plenty of meltdowns in the mix of our regular days. But the reality is, I adore cooking. And Turner has been a part of that since day one! I’ve had him in the kitchen with me starting in his K-Tan wrap, in his bouncer, in his Kitchen Helper, and now on a chair. I want him to love cooking too! I feel like that will translate into him being adventurous in his eating! I’ll let you know how that works out ;o)

Molly, with E Bea Photography, was super excited about the idea. She liked the idea of just letting us do our thing and her being a fly on the wall. We had a blast and definitely created some memories of our little family of 3 before Baby Girl arrives! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
















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34 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 34 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: about 31 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes. In this pic, my tank and jeans are from A Pea in the Pod. But honestly, I prefer dresses since they’re nice and loose!
Best moment this week: finishing up the nursery! Just a few pics to print and put in frames from our maternity session (will be posting soon) and we’re all set!
Miss Anything? Fall asleep and staying asleep, coffee, my regular wardrobe.
How are you sleeping? It depends on the night. I’m definitely tired. I can fall asleep but if I wake up, it’s hard to fall asleep due to baby girl moving!
Movement: Constantly.
Food cravings: I’m getting in the mood for autumn foods. I’ve been wanting sweet potatoes and squash. Stew picked up this Chai mix from Trader Joe’s and it’s definitely a staple in my day!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling ok. Turner had a stomach bug and I just didn’t feel normal this week. But I don’t think it’s pregnancy related!
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? Almost out!
Wedding rings on or off? On during the day, off at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
What are you excited for? Going to Asheville this weekend! Then when we get back I’ll have my baby shower and then it’s Baby Month! It’s so hard to believe how fast this is going!

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33 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 33 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: about 30 pounds
Maternity clothes? Definitely. And my current favorite, the Target nightgown I’m wearing in this picture (similar HERE)! It’s so comfy and doesn’t look like a nightgown at all!
Best moment this week: Getting the house super clean and organized! I’m ready to finish up Baby Girl’s nursery next!
Miss Anything? Coffee, having a bigger appetite, sweaty workouts, COFFEE.
How are you sleeping? Still sleeping really well! There is the occasional night where I wake up to go to the bathroom and have trouble falling back to sleep due to the sharp jabs happening inside my body! But, so far, I can’t complain about the sleep.
Movement: She moves a ton!
Food cravings: I’ve been wanting more autumn foods like pumpkin and sweet potato. I made a pumpkin coffee cake the other day and it was delicious! I’m still eating my usual favorites… cereal, oatmeal, fruit, PB&J, cheese. Trying to get that protein in! I’ve been throwing chia seeds, avocado, and greek yogurt into my daily smoothie for added protein, which helps.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I felt pretty good this week. Queasiness isn’t too bad.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? So close to being out!
Wedding rings on or off? On during the day, off at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
What are you excited for? Going to Asheville with my hubby next weekend! Our last adventure before Baby Girl :o)

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