31, 32, 33, & 34 Weeks

As you may have noticed, I’m officially the worst at blogging.  I am finally getting caught up on these pregnancy updates!  If you feel so inclined, here’s a general idea of how the last 4 weeks have gone.  I can’t believe this post covers an entire month of my pregnancy! Enjoy!

31 WEEKS

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Size: Coconut {16.6″ long, 3.8 lbs}

Gender: Still a boy 🙂

Baby Names?:  I have been using the name more and more, and have told some family members the name, but it’s still on the DL.  We just want to make sure it’s absolutely perfect!

Cravings: Not really specific long-term cravings, but I’ve been having a lot of short-term ones like macaroni & cheese, french toast, and PB&J sandwiches.  Occasionally I’ll get cravings for things that aren’t so good for me like candy, ice cream, cookies, etc.  Fortunately, I’m right on target for where I should be for weight gain during my pregnancy so I do indulge every so often.

Aversions: Salsa.  I just really can’t stand it.  And I wish I liked it right now because the organic salsa from Costco is the best!

Symptoms: I woke up at 6:00am with a gnarly charlie horse and I yelled so loud Kurt jumped out of bed!  I felt awful for waking him up, but extremely grateful for the leg massage I got right afterward 🙂
Braxton Hicks have been coming and going, along with shortness of breath.  I’m assuming the shortness of breath will go away in the next couple of weeks because Peanut will drop a little bit lower.  Although I’ll be saying goodbye to that symptom, I’ll be saying hello to more pressure on my bladder and pelvis. Yay.

Movement: So much! It definitely makes me really uncomfortable at times, but it’s really comforting emotionally to know that my baby boy is just trying to give me really great snuggles.

Nausea/Sickness: None since my bout with food poisoning, thank goodness.

Sleep: I haven’t been sleeping well. Sleep and I have a super Love/Hate relationship.  I need sleep in order to give my body the rest it needs from daily activities and growing a human, but I never look forward to sleep because I know I’ll just wake up in a few hours AND I seriously have the worst pregnancy dreams.  They are crazy weird and in all seriousness it makes me not look forward to falling asleep because I don’t have joyous, pleasant dreams.  But I need to stop complaining and just take it for what it is because in just a few weeks, I’ll be begging for a nap!

Maternity Clothes: No, of course not.  I’m wearing prepregnancy jeans everyday and tight shirts. Kidding. Dresses are my friend right now and I wear open toed shoes most of the time to help my feet not swell {or at least I notice the swelling less}. I find myself repeating a lot of outfits lately, but that’s because the of pile clothes that fit me gets smaller every week. Black dresses and cardigans have been my go-to lately.
{Note: This exact outfit and hairstyle were repeated today. No shame.}

Wedding Ring On or Off?: Off. It’s been sitting in the same spot for weeks and I just keep forgetting to wear it!


Best Moment of the Week: General Conference.  I love the opportunity to listen to church leaders. I always try to go into watching General Conference with specific questions that I feel like I would like answered.  And always, those questions are answered.  Most of my questions had to do with motherhood, parenthood, raising children, and having a gospel centered family.  If you watched General Conference, I think you probably picked up on the fact that a lot of the talks were family oriented.  I’m grateful that my questions and prayers were answered.


Worst Moment of the Week: Honestly, I can’t think of a single thing.  {Wait….whaaat? I know, right?!}  This doesn’t really happen too often, so I am just grateful that Kurt and I have had such an incredible week together and that he and I are both healthy, our baby boy is growing stronger and healthier every day, and we have had such an incredible week!

Looking Forward To: My baby shower! My best friend from Santa Barbara is getting things together for a baby shower for Peanut & me next week.  I seriously have the most amazing people in my life, and I can’t wait for all of these amazing people to meet our little boy!


32 WEEKS

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Size: Pineapple {17″ long, about 4 lbs}

Gender: Boy!

Baby Names?: I hung a letter “C” in our baby’s room this week and I am so excited we’ve stayed set on the name we chose…or Kurt chose. {So yes…our baby boy’s name starts with a “C”}

Cravings: Fruit…lots and lots of fruit.

Aversions: Still can’t do salsa.  I have to leave the room if Kurt eats it.  Kurt had some during dinner the other day and I ran into the bathroom and, well…let’s say I had an empty stomach.  I don’t think I’ll be able to eat salsa for the rest of my life.

Symptoms: Lack of sleep, fatigue, leg cramps, back & hip pain.  Pretty much nothing I haven’t experienced already, except I am now experiencing it all at once and it’s the most uncomfortable I’ve ever been.  My feet and hands swell like crazy and it takes a really long time to reduce the swelling. Oh well.

Movement: More and more every week! I’ve gotten so used to him moving around that sometimes I don’t notice it.  He definitely makes his presence known every 20 minutes or so.  

Nausea/Sickness: Just whenever I smell salsa {haha this is getting so old, I’m sorry!}

Sleep: I’m getting less and less as the weeks go on.  I’m having a difficult time falling asleep, which makes it even more impossible to wake up in the morning for work.

Maternity Clothes: Obviously.  Fortunately I wear scrubs 3 days a week because that lets me feel like I have more outfit options during the other 4 days of the week.

Wedding Ring On or Off?: Mostly off because of work and I always forget to put it back on.  BUT, I put it on the other day and could barely get it off! Now I just don’t wear it because I don’t ever want to get to the point where I need it cut off or something.

Best Moment of the Week: So many good things happened this week.  My twin sister flew in for my baby shower and surprised me! It was seriously the best surprise I could’ve gotten {unless my older sister somehow could fly from Hawaii and take time off of school/work/military duties and join us…but being adults we all understand that that’s kind of far fetched.} Thank you to everyone who made my Baby Shower so perfect.  I am seriously blessed with the most amazing family & friends.


Kurt and I were also able to have another doctors appointment and little Peanut is head down and getting himself ready to enter this world!  This would explain the increase in pressure in my pelvis, the punches to my bladder, and the kicks to my ribs 😉

Worst Moment of the Week: Not necessarily a moment, but Kurt and I feel like we’ve hardly seen each other this past week!  It hasn’t been super fun having us both come home from work and have meetings/plans afterwards that involve us to be apart.

Looking Forward To: This was a question that someone asked me at my baby shower this week.  The thing I’ve been looking forward to most isn’t an event or something that will occur on a certain day; I am so excited to see the relationship between Kurt & our son grow.  I’ve had many months where I’ve been able to bond with, talk to, & spend time with our little boy.  I can’t wait for the day when Kurt gets to hold our baby and I’m looking forward to watching their bond get stronger.

33 WEEKS

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Size: Honeydew Melon {18″ long, 4.5 lbs}

Gender: Boy 🙂 I’m loving this little son of mine more and more every day.

Baby Names?:  I still can’t believe we have a name picked out! I just can’t wait for our little boy to have a name.

Cravings: No cravings recently but just like last week, fruit has been a big staple. It must be if I bought 8 pounds of strawberries for Kurt and I.

Aversions: Take a wild guess…

Symptoms: I’ve been getting some bad leg cramps and my feet swell a lot.  The one thing that is new is that I’m pretty confident Peanut’s dropped a bit.  Looking back through pictures, I definitely see a change in the way I’ve been carrying him.

Movement: Less movement, but a lot more powerful.  Kicks are stronger, flips are more intense and it creates a lot of pressure on my hips and pelvis.

Nausea/Sickness: None, thank goodness!

Sleep: It’s getting hard to get a decent night’s sleep.  I always have some sort of back pain or hip pain and that makes it a little more difficult finding a comfortable position to sleep in.  I seem to be doing alright if I can still function the next day.

Maternity Clothes: A majority of the time, yes.  Some of my prepregnancy clothes still “fit”.  I usually have to pair tops with a long tank top underneath because a lot of my shirts are too short.  I’m super grateful that I’ve been able to borrow clothes, because it’s made my life so much easier.

Wedding Ring On or Off?: I can still put them on, but I just don’t really wear my wedding ring & band too much anymore.  I would hate for them to get stuck on my hand or me take them off and lose them somewhere.


Best Moment of the Week: Seeing friends! I went to 2 baby showers and 1 birthday celebration all in the same day and it was fantastic.  I love having busy weekends full of spending time with friends.  I am so excited for all the fun things they are doing, have done, and are planning on doing.  


Worst Moment of the Week: Kurt and I have been so busy that we’ve hardly had time to hang out, just the 2 of us.  We’re always going somewhere, meeting up with someone, going to work, doing church things, etc. that we don’t always get the time to hang out at home and be together.  I’m looking forward to the month of May where we will be able to spend more time together before our boy comes.

Looking Forward To: We have another doctors appointment coming up next week! Kurt and I feel like these past few visits have been pretty pointless because we spend no more than 15 minutes there. But even though they are short & sweet, we are so grateful for how short & sweet they are because it means baby and I are healthy. I’ll take it 🙂


34 WEEKS

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Size: Durian {18.3″ long, 4.8 lbs.}
I had to look up what a Durian was. Apparently it is considered the King of Fruits in Southeast Asia.  I don’t know whether it tastes good, but it definitely looks kind of weird.  I’m fairly confident that out little boy will look a lot cuter than a Durian.

Gender: Boy! I told my doctor this week that I’m afraid that I’m doing all this preparation to have a boy for nothing because I’m going to give birth to a baby girl haha.  I’ve only had 2 ultrasounds {both at 20 weeks} and both techs said that I was having a boy, but I haven’t seen Peanut since then.  So my fingers are crossed that this boy is a boy.

Baby Names?: Every time I say it out loud, I smile.  Kurt did such a wonderful job chosing his name.  I can’t wait to officially name our baby boy.

Cravings: No cravings, but I had my second burger during the entire time I’ve been pregnant and it was so delicious.  Funny enough, both times I’ve had a hamburger, it’s been from The Habit. It’s my favorite burger place.

Aversions: Do I even need to keep answering this question? We all know that the answer is S-A-L-S-A.

Symptoms: Lack of sleep for sure, serious swelling of my feet,  lower back & hip pain, and some serious pressure on my bladder and my pelvis. 

Movement: So much of it.  As of right now with the whole counting 10 movements in the span of an hour thing, Peanut has no problem passing that little test.

Nausea/Sickness: No nausea, but I do get dizzy and less cordinated as the weeks go on haha.

Sleep: Not very good.  It’s been really hard to sleep lately.  We’ve had some crazy days during the week and it’s made sleeping quite difficult.  I’m consistently waking up to use the loo in the early hours of the morning.  I can’t complain though, I slept really well for the majority of my pregnancy.  Looks like my body is just preparing me for when I transition to getting only a couple hours of sleep at a time.

Maternity Clothes: Pretty much only maternity clothes now.  Dresses are definitely the most comfortable right now, along with my Sanuk flip flops.  My feet have been so swollen lately! Even though all of my shoes fit still, they just aren’t very comfortable to wear for long periods of time.  These flip flops have seriously saved my life. Thank you, Mom for buying these for me several years ago!

Wedding Ring On or Off?: Off because I keep forgetting to put it on.  I’m sure it hardly fits anymore, I’m just too scared to try it on haha


Best Moment of the Week: Kurt and I were able to go to the Payson Utah Temple Open House.  I love being able to walk through the temple.  Temples make me so grateful for this growing family of mine! Kurt and I also had the opportunity this week to do some temple work on the 2 year anniversary of me going to the temple for the first time.  I had a really eye-opening experience while I was there:  Kurt was able to walk right in and I had a 45 minute wait.  There were about 15 ladies in front of me who were also waiting to do temple work.  The woman who sat next to me started talking to me about how busy the temple was, but how great it is to have it be busy.  She then said, “We’re waiting 45 minutes to do temple work.  I’m fairly certain that the sisters we are doing this work for having been waiting much longer than we have.  What an incredible opportunity we have to sit in the House of the Lord and serve them.” All negative feelings about having to sit and wait as an uncomfortable pregnant woman who hadn’t eaten lunch completely vanished from my mind.  This sister was right! The sisters of ours who are waiting for their temple work to be completed have been waiting SO much longer than 45 minutes to receive the blessings of the temple.  The least I could do is wait my turn with a smile on my face and a positive attitude.

Also, we bought a car! Our second car broke down over a month ago and Kurt and I have been driving each other to work.  Fortunately, we have been working close to each other for the last month so it hasn’t been to inconvenient.  Having a second car has been a game-changer for us this week and we are excited to have a second {& reliable} car for when Peanut arrives.

Worst Moment of the Week: On Friday, my feet were so swollen that I could barely walk.  It was so painful.  Good thing I have a husband who will rub my feet without complaining.  It’s probably not his favorite thing to do, but the fact that he is always willing to help me is such a wonderful thing.

Looking Forward To: Our Anniversary! We are going on 2 years on April 27th.  It’s incredible to see how much we have accomplished in the last 2 years because of the support that we give one another.  I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without the love and support from Kurt. I am so in love with my husband, and I love him more and more every day.  I don’t know what I did to deserve such a selfless and caring man!  I love him so much now- I can only imagine how much I will love him when we become a family of 3.

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Our anniversary picture for 2015Every time I look back on how the week went, I usually can’t believe how quickly time has passed.  I’ve been working on compiling all of my pregnancy photos and putting them in order and it’s crazy to see how much Peanut {and let’s be honest, myself as well…} has grown.  Not just physically for the both of us, but I am a totally different person than I was before I found out I was pregnant. Pregnancy has been such an adventure for both Kurt & me; there have been so many wonderful things that have happened, along with a lot of unfortunate & not-so-fun things.

 
Pregnancy is hard, people! The backaches and nausea can be overwhelmingly difficult and painful.  The swollen feet make life a whole lot worse than it needs to be.  Pregnancy comes with a lot of crazy emotions and a lot of fears.  But I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to become a mother.  I look down at my ever-growing and ever-moving bump {which is twitching right now because Peanut has the hiccups!}, and I can’t believe that I have been given the ability to grow a tiny, fragile, delicate, little human.  I have the blessing of bringing another life into this world with my loving husband, and we are so grateful that we’ve been trusted with such a precious gift.

6 more weeks until Kurt and I can hold our baby!

Alexis
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