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36 week Pregnancy Reflection!

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How far along?:  Today I am 36 weeks & 2 days into my first pregnancy!



Size of baby: Finally, she's the size of a watermelon!



Gender:  A baby girl!

Movement:  Still moving all around a good bit!  I love being able to feel her moving on the inside and the outside if I have my hand propped on my belly... I still get excited when that happens!  This past week she's been so good about not keeping me up at night or moving around a ton early in the morning. 

Cravings/Aversions:  Nothing really in either direction.  I have a lot of cereal (Special K-- yum!) but that's not anything new. 

I am feeling:  Super swollen!!!  Sheesh... my legs, ankles, and feet are swollen around the clock!  I have never seen my body look like this.  I also still feel pretty dang huge around the clock as well... whether it's slightly bending over, trying to sit down on the floor (impossible!), getting out of bed... pretty much everything reminds me of how big I've gotten and how big this baby …

35 week Pregnancy Reflection!

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How far along?:  35 weeks & 3 days into my first pregnancy!  Really hitting the home stretch here and starting to see my doctor every week!!!



Size of baby:  Baby is the size of a large cantaloupe this week!  More melon!




Weight:  Definitely have gained a considerable amount of weight.  At my appointment today, my doctor goes, "Well you've gained some weight since last time..." *takes a few seconds, looks over my chart (probably for the first time in my entire pregnancy)* "Wow!  You've gained some weight since becoming pregnant!"  I wanted to say, "WELCOME TO MY PREGNANCY!  So happy you could show up!"  I mean, she didn't say it with any judgment, she is 100% correct in what she said, but the frustrating part is that she is my doctor!  I understand that she is a very sought after, busy woman... but for crying out loud... just because I don't have any risk factors and have had a very healthy pregnancy doesn't mean that you should let me…

Baby ramblings & 50 Questions (Part Three)

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Today was a wonderful day-- I went to work in the AM and went to lunch with my mom, Gramma Sharon, Great-Aunt Susie, and some of my Gramma's friends.  Lunch was delicious; I had the crabcake special and it came with creamy cauliflower soup & a cup of fruit!  We talked a lot and it was really a good time for me because everyone is just floored about this pregnancy and can't wait for the baby.  (They all think I will go super early.)  Anyways, I get home and around 2 PM I am definitely feeling tired but wanting to get some dishes and other things done around the house.  What do I choose?  To sleep, of course.  But right before falling asleep, Presley gets the hiccups and after the hiccups she kicks for a while.  Usually I don't really stop and soak in all those movements, but today I did for some reason, and I'm really glad I did.  I put my hand right up to my bellybutton because she was right behind it and sticking out a hand or some kind of body part and I was just…

34 week Pregnancy Reflection!

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How far along?:  34 weeks and 2 days into my first pregnancy!



Size of baby:  Our baby is the size of a LARGE CANTALOUPE this week!!!!



Gender:  A baby girl!!!

Movement:  Presley is still a moving around like a mad woman, but you can definitely tell the poor girl has no room left!  She still reserves her play time for the moment I decide to lay down at night (or for an afternoon nap) and her most consistent movement is by far her annoying hiccups.  :)  The other day, Presley got the hiccups FIVE separate times!  And of course, two of those times were in the early AM hours-- sometimes lasting up to 15 minutes or longer!  (It's usually waaay too early for me to look at the clock and time them.)  I just try to remind myself that these hiccups are really strengthening her lungs!

Cravings/Aversions:  Been drinking a TON of black tea lemonades from Starbucks.



I am feeling:  pretty wonderful again!  My back pain has gotten so much better lately, thank goodness.  My hips are still hurting at nig…

50 Questions that will free your mind! (Part Two)

#6.  If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

Right now, being a stay at home mother would really make me happy.  It would fulfill me to put my marbles into raising a whole and loving person as well as maintaining a healthy home life for Tony and I.  I think that would definitely make me rich if happiness were the currency!  (Not saying that I wouldn't want to pull my hair out some days, because I'm sure that might be a reoccurring feeling, but overall, it would make me happy, I think.)

#7.  Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

I have yet to really DO anything with my life and constantly feel that I am just settling when it comes to making a living.  Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but I am still working a part time, minimum wage job and have yet to fulfill my bachelors degree as I am short only 5 credit hours.  In my mind, these things would be different by this point, but after finding out …

Is this real life?!

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All around me lately is talk like, "Only a few more weeks!" or "You're almost there" and "Make sure to get sleep while you can because she'll be here before you know it!" -- while this leaves me with mixed feelings of anxiety and excitement, it still doesn't feel like this is my reality.  When I try to quiet and focus my mind on our little girl or actually giving birth, I just can't seem to turn any real results in my mind.  I can't begin to imagine what (or who) she will look like or what her cry will sound like... I absolutely can't imagine bringing a baby into our home... and I don't know that I can even picture my daily life with a little one with me at all times.  It just makes me wonder how many mothers-to-be before me felt the same exact way and also how many could imagine this reality before it hits.  Another thing that I can't picture is when Presley will decide to make her debut.  I've gotten comments about ho…

33 Week Pregnancy Reflection!

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How far along?:  I am currently 33 weeks and 2 days along in my first pregnancy!



Size of the baby:  Our baby is the size of a PINEAPPLE!



Gender:  A baby girl!

Movement:  Miss Presley is still most active when I'm laying down.  Almost every morning between 3-5 AM, she gets the hiccups and then decides to somersault around for a good long while.  She still likes to wiggle around right as I get comfortable at night, as well.  But somehow after waiting it out for a bit, I can always find a way to fall asleep for a few hours at a time.

Cravings/Aversions:  Definitely craving all kind of sweet things... definitely have had an on and off craving for doughnuts and FINALLY got some delicious ones.


I am feeling:  pretty crappy recently!  I'm not sure why, but I've been having constant lower-back pain;  the kind where it hurts to sit, lay, stand, move, etc.  It could be a result of the large baby up front or I could be bending incorrectly or a number of things.  I've been conscious …

50 Questions that will free your mind! (Part One)

So, I've decided to periodically reflect and write on these questions every so often like I've seen Stephany do in her blog after she found the list of 50 questions from the linked website here.  I don't think these questions are anything life-altering, but they seem to be worth a few minutes of thought.  If you feel the same and have the time, I hope you choose to answer along with me.  I have only looked over a few of the questions and decided I'm just going to dive right in -- so here are the first five questions:



#1.  How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?


I guess it depends on the day.  Lately, I would say somewhere in my early 40s.  I know that sounds extreme but my life has really begun to settle down -- especially with being pregnant -- and I just feel like my life reflects that of someone older than early 20s.  But then again, if you look around at my messy house, you would think an 8 year old lives here... so again, just depends on the day or…

32 week Pregnancy Reflection!

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How far along?:  Today, I am 32 weeks and 3 days along in my first pregnancy!


Size of the baby:  This week the baby is as big as a honeydew melon!



Gender:  As far as we know, she is a girl!  I say it with less confidence after so many people have told me over the past few weeks that it looks like I'm carrying a boy.  Needless to say, I am hoping my OB orders another ultrasound in the remaining seven or so weeks left!

Movement:  Goodness, is she active these days!  Since my last weekly update, Presley has started getting the HICCUPS on nearly a daily basis!!!!  It is so cute but if it happens at bedtime it can be frustrating!  Speaking of bedtime, her activeness is still full-on at night... this has begun to affect my sleep cycle which is difficult for me.  I just have to look at this as preparation for sleepless nights -- even though that logic doesn't do me much good the next day!  I can also tell that Presley's movement has changed as it seems she is somewhat running out of…