Thursday, April 6, 2017

Growing Baby Rote : 40 wks

How far along:  40 weeks - April 6, 2017 - HAPPY DUE DATE

I’m feeling: Super thankful to have made it to 40 weeks - now it is time to meet this babe

Total weight gain: 33 lbs

Baby Rote’s size: full term - ranging anywhere from 7-8 lbs and 19-21 inches; comparable to a watermelon

This week: Many people were surprised to still see me at work but I don't feel any different, just hope my water doesn't break sitting at my desk.
On the 4th we had what could be our last midwife appointment and everything still checked out great. Our midwife doesn't see me making it past the weekend!!

Sleep: soaking up alllll the sleep I can get because I know these days of 8+ hours are coming to an end

Best moment this week: Ember got a bath this week and got to come in the house so that was fun, I've missed having her inside even if she hates it and would rather play in cow poop hah!

Movement: Little one is still a moving and grooving in his/her shrinking home

Food cravings: My coworker made some amazing cheesecake cupcakes and now I want to eat 20 of them

Food aversions: nothing

Belly button in or out: out

Looking forward to: Meeting this little one and finding out if it is a boy or girl - hopefully I won't have a 41 week update!!

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Growing Baby Rote - 39 wks

How far along:  39 weeks

I’m feeling: Ready - still feeling really good but I've decided this baby can come at any time now

Total weight gain: 32.5 lbs

Baby Rote’s size: 7-8 lbs and 19-21 in comparable to a small pumpkin

This week: I noticed I started retaining some fluid this week, my face seemed a little puffier on some days and I've lost my ankles a little bit.
I turned 29 on the 24th and we got to hear the little one's heartbeat so that was a perfect birthday present. Without realizing it I guess I've been having mini contractions, I had one at our appointment and I just thought it was baby in an awkward positing pushing and making my stomach really hard - apparently not. Now if only all the contractions could pass by me unnoticed!!

Sleep: insomnia started to kick in a little bit more this week and finding a comfortable position is getting more and more difficult!

Best moment this week: Getting to hear our little one's heartbeat on my birthday and know that he or she is head down (nice and low in fact) and in perfect position.
Also the weather this week was perfect, we grilled twice and tested out our new patio furniture!!

Movement: This little one is still making waves across my stomach and it is so fun to watch

Food cravings: Sea Salt Covered Chocolates - I also had a craving this week for chicken salad so I had to whip that up quick!

Food aversions: nothing

Belly button in or out: out

Looking forward to: The arrival of this little one!
Also Steve's cousin and girlfriend (were due on the 24th) had their baby today, March 30th, so I can't wait to meet him!!

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Growing Baby Rote - 38 wks

How far along: 38 weeks

I’m feeling: starting to notice the extra baby weight more and more but overall still feeling great!

Total weight gain: 30.5 lbs

Baby Rote’s size: around 7lbs and over 19.5in comparable to a Spaghetti Squash

This week: I developed a nice little rash this week, started on my belly and has gone away there but is now on my arms - nothing to worry about, it is just an annoying (itchy) pregnancy symptom.

Sleep: nothing new in the sleep department

Best moment this week: I started a bible study through IF and am really excited to see how this will help me grow in faith that I can pass on to this little babe

Movement: I can't wait to kiss these sweet little toes that keep jabbing me!!

Food cravings: mint chocolate chip ice cream - I compromised and made a mint chocolate shake using essential oils for my mint flavor. It was AMAZING!!!

Food aversions: nothing

Belly button in or out: out

Looking forward to: My birthday and getting some last things hung up in the nursery!

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Growing Baby Rote - 37 wks

How far along: 37 weeks

I’m feeling: I'm still feeling great, some slight shin pain from the extra weight but nothing to complain about.

Total weight gain: 29 lbs

Baby Rote’s size: 19-22in and 6.5lbs comparable to a Winter Melon

This week: Met with our midwife on the 14th and had a good checkup. Babe's heartbeat was 145bpm and our midwife doesn't think baby will get past 8lbs, that made me feel pretty good!

I have a cousin expecting in May and their baby shower was on the 12th, I'm excited to have cousins on my side and Steve's side who are expecting right now!!

I must appear very large and slightly uncomfortable to people because no one thinks I should be at work when they see me - I think I need a neon sign with a countdown to the due date so people stop wondering why I'm still around!!

Maternity clothes: Bought some nursing tanks that are super soft and comfy from Target - if you have a favorite nursing tank or any postpartum clothing item let me know!!

Sleep: finding myself slightly more restless as the weeks go on but still getting plenty of sleep

Best moment this week: Hearing baby's heartbeat and knowing he/she is head down getting closer for the big arrival day

Movement: I love feeling baby move and enjoy how responsive they are when I poke and prod my belly hehe

Food cravings: nothing

Food aversions: nothing

Belly button in or out: out

Looking forward to: our next appointment that happens to be on my 29th Birthday!!

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Growing Baby Rote - 36 wks

How far along:  36 weeks

I’m feeling: besides the fact that I woke up with a head cold I'm feeling good!

Total weight gain: 28 lbs

Baby Rote’s size: around 19in long and weighing around 6lbs - comparable to a Ripe Papaya

This week: Celebrated our oldest niece turning 9 on the 3rd - crazy to think how fast they grow up!
Steve's cousin is expecting on March 24th (my birthday) so I attended that baby shower on Saturday and then Sunday we had our maternity photos.
I also started packing our hospital bags this week - let me know if there is anything we NEED!!

Maternity clothes: Bought some nursing bras, I'm hoping they will be big enough in a few weeks - seems like such a guessing game!!

Sleep: still sleeping great!

Best moment this week: Having our photographer come out and take lifestyle maternity photos - she is so sweet and I can't wait to have her capture the birth of our child too!!
Fargo Photographer
Lindsay Kaye Photography

Movement: Kept trying to get movement on video this week but I think the little bugger is camera shy - must take after dad!!

Food cravings: Craved more chocolate this week than normal

Food aversions: nothing

Belly button in or out: out

Looking forward to: Our upcoming 36 week appointment

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Growing Baby Rote - 35 wks

How far along:  35 Weeks

I’m feeling: Large

Total weight gain: 27 lbs - almost 3 pounds in a week, yikes!! Baby is making up for no gain between weeks 33 & 34.

Baby Rote’s size: Between 18-19 in and 5-6 lbs - comparable to a Bunch Of Carrots, a Honeydew Melon, or a Pineapple

This week: Super busy week. Baby appointment on the 24th - everything still measuring right on track, heartbeat was 148bpm.
Had Baby Shower on the 26th.

Sleep: getting comfortable is becoming more of a challenge but once I'm asleep I have no problem staying asleep, except of course for the 3:30am bathroom break

Best moment this week: The Baby Shower was amazing and overwhelming all at the same time. We are so loved by our family and friends and I can't thank my sister enough for all the adorable details she put into it. I spent 2.5 hours opening gifts and the whole day was a wonderful blur!
Very thankful too for the guys in my life that helped in cleaning up the shop so it didn't totally smell of cow poop (hehe) it was so nice to have the shower right in my own back yard!!

Movement: Baby either likes car rides or dislikes them, I haven't figured that out yet but it seems whenever I get in the car it is time for a dance party in my belly!

Food cravings: Picked up a bag of Cuties (mini orange things) and those are so delicious I couldn't get enough of them this week

Food aversions: nothing

Belly button in or out: more out than in

Looking forward to: Maternity photos on the 5th

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Growing Baby Rote - 34 wks

How far along:  34 Weeks

I’m feeling: Little more tired this week but overall still good, however I can tell there isn't much more room to give to this little one.
This week I really noticed some tenderness on my left side and I thought a rib was out but my chiropractor just thinks it is stretching skin - oh joy, at least it is manageable!!

Total weight gain: Holding steady at 24.5 lbs

Baby Rote’s size: around 18in and 5lbs - similar to a Savoy Cabbage

This week: I was reminded that Pregnancy Brain is a real thing, thank goodness for Reminders on my phone with an alarm!!

I think nesting started, I've washed all the clothes we have for baby so far, folded and put them away - If you took a look at my closet you'd know this is out of character for me!!

My parents were gone on vacation for most of the month so they stopped by this week when they got home - they were excited to feel babe moving around in my growing belly!!

According to my baby app, hormones can start to do some crazy things like mess with vision and I did notice some slight blurriness this week. I've been so worried I'd need glasses again with the pregnancy, I've known some people who had Lasik and needed them again when they got pregnant. Thankfully that hasn't been the case!!

Maternity clothes: Still just my regular clothes, however my cami tanks are starting to get a little too snug

Sleep: Tossing and turning a little more this week but for the most part still sleeping through the night minus 1 bathroom break around 3:30-4:30, and even then I try and stay sleeping just sleep walk to the bathroom haha

Best moment this week: The Nursery is ready!!! Well, for the most part. The crib is up and now it is just time to decorate the walls!!!

Movement: I love how responsive baby is, push and babe pushes back - makes me so excited to meet this little one!! Some movements for sure take my breath away though, either because they are big jabs that surprise me or baby is quite literally knocking the wind out of me haha

Food cravings: None

Food aversions: None

Belly button in or out: Starting to look more out, at least the top part

Looking forward to: The Baby Shower - it is on Sunday, I'm just so excited to see tons of family and friends!!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Growing Baby Rote - 33 wks

How far along: 33 weeks

I’m feeling: This week I got to experience more shortness of breath and for the first time in my life I had Heartburn - ick I hope I never have that again!

Total weight gain: 24.5 lbs

Baby Rote’s size: Baby is now around max height and from here on out will be packing on the pounds. 17-19 inches and weighs between 4-6 lbs - around the size of a Cauliflower Blossom or Honeydew Melon

This week: Steve turned 30 on the 12th, we really didn't do much to celebrate - keeping it low key around these parts since we know life will be so crazy in a few months!
The weather in North Dakota has been uncharacteristically warm (40s and 50s) it is giving me major Spring Fever and it has been so nice to be outside after work and on the weekends playing with Ember!

Maternity clothes: Still fitting into my leggings, tunics and comfy target Ts

Sleep: Soaking up all the sleep I can get - still sleeping great!

Best moment this week: A few weeks ago I tweeted this,
They shouldn't let the pregnant lady order office supplies. I almost just bought a 5.5lb tub of 🤰🏻

And Red Vines was kind enough to send some to our office - talk about a great company!!

Movement: Little one is active at all the right moments, I do find myself digging a foot out of my ribs on occasion but that comes with the job I guess!!

Food cravings: Well RedVines of course haha

Food aversions: I got heartburn after I ate homemade crunchwrap supremes so I'll be avoiding tacos, now until baby comes!!

Belly button in or out: It might be starting to give up this week, looking a little more out compared to flat!!

Looking forward to: Hanging out with my sister-cousin Ashley this weekend, getting a facial and hopefully finding a chair for the nursery!!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Growing Baby Rote - 32 wks

How far along: 32 Weeks

I’m feeling: More Pregnant! Shortness of breath was a little more frequent this week

Total weight gain: 22.5 lbs

Baby Rote’s size: around 18 in and 4 lbs - comparable to a Florida Pomelo (whatever that is) or a Large Jicama << yum I could go for some jicama

This week: A lot of people asked this week if I was ready to be done, my answer was no. I've had such a great pregnancy this little one can stay cooking until 40 weeks!!

Steve was busy staining the floors in the baby room this week - they turned out amazing!! Hopefully we can start moving stuff in there this next week!

Had our 32 week appointment on the 9th and everything is measuring right on track - now we will start 2 week appointments!

Met with our Birth Photographer and I CAN'T WAIT for the amazing photos I know she will take - and not just the photos but video too, ahh I could watch the videos all day (with a box of tissues of course)

Maternity Clothes: still no maternity clothes - the dress in these photos is from a new boutique in my hometown and I love that it is so stretchy for now and I'll also be able to wear it after baby!!

Sleep: Still sleeping good, a little more difficult to switch positions from side to side but still getting my 8+ hours!!

Best moment this week: Hearing the heartbeat at our appointment - 148 bpm

Movement: My sister got to feel the little one moving when she was down for the weekend so that was fun!!

Food cravings: Nothing unusual but I made sure to pick up Boppa's Bagels after my doctor appointment - I wouldn't consider them a pregnancy craving though because who doesn't crave an Asiago Cheese from time to time?!

Food aversions: nothing

Belly button in or out: still flat but wondering how long that will last!

Looking forward to: Moving stuff into the baby room and my baby shower in a few weeks!!

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