Fletcher James is Here!

This week, our lives changed in the best way possible as we welcomed our son into the world!

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We couldn’t be more in love with our little guy! Birth story + more details to come!

Pregnancy Weeks 34 - 37

This is my second to last pregnancy update! The next one will cover weeks 38 up until when he is born which is hopefully very soon!

How far along: 
37 weeks! (This was pre-written, I’m currently 38 weeks!)


Size of Baby: 

A stalk of Swiss chard! (19 inches)

Gender: 
Boy! I had another ultrasound at 36 weeks and this was confirmed again ;) The more I think about welcoming a little boy into our family, the more excited that I am. It’s going to be such a fun experience to be a boy mom and everything that comes with it!


Movement: 

Ever since I’ve been going to the chiro, this little baby has been moving like crazy! I can also tell that he is gaining weight because if I lean forward, it literally feels like there’s a weight in the bottom of my abdomen, if that makes sense. Like...when I walk around, it feels heavy in the front which is so weird! He kicks and moves his arms a ton and whenever I touch whichever limb is moving, he touches back — it’s so cute to experience!


Sleep:
I’ve fallen into a horrible bout of insomnia. I typically fall asleep really quickly because I’m so exhausted from the day, but wake up starving around 2am, eat a bowl of cereal, then am awake until 4 or 5am. Naps are happening almost daily because of this botchy sleep schedule. I’ve heard this is pretty common towards the end of pregnancy as your body starts to adjust to your baby’s feeding schedule. He’s also super active around 3am so that makes sense!


Symptoms:

I’ve reached the point (starting at 36 weeks) where I’ve gotten really uncomfortable. My lower back aches, I’m exhausted, sitting for long periods of time isn’t fun, and I’m super hungry all the time. It’s all worth it though because we are so close to meeting our little guy!

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Bump / Body:

I can definitely tell that I’m carrying him lower than before because the top of my abdomen isn’t as round as it was before. I was also looking back at some photos around the start of my third trimester where I felt like the bump felt SO huge — it’s quite comical now since he is so much bigger these days.


Maternity Clothes: 

These are starting to get uncomfortable mainly due to my swollen legs. I usually just wear shorts around the house and then have like two pairs of pants that kind of work for when I need to go out. I’m really looking forward to wearing real clothes again!


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Cravings:

Cereal, citrus (grapefruits and oranges), peanut butter, and smoothies
. Andy picked up a bag of grapefruit from Costco the other week and I swear it was the best thing ever — I ate three of them in one day!

Supplements:

Still on my prenatal, folic acid, prenatal fish oil, and vitamin D. I’ve also added in this magnesium supplement to help with calf cramping and a probiotic that my aunt recommended to me a few years ago when I had C. Dif because we are not taking any chances of getting that again! ;)

Fitness:

I am still running and walking at 9 months pregnant! I’m proud of myself for keeping up with this because it doesn’t sound enticing most of the time but I feel so much better afterwards.


Missing Most:

Feeling like myself, ha ha. It is so hard for me to slow down so this last month or so has honestly been a good reminder of how important it is to let go and not feel like you have to do EVERYTHING.


Nursery:

We made so much progress this month! Everything except hanging his bookshelves is pretty much done! 


Favorite Products:

That pregnancy pillow is saving my life right now — it is literally like sleeping on a cloud.

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Favorite Moments:
Checking my pregnancy app each week — the countdown to his due date is officially less than two weeks now!


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Can't Wait For:

Finally having him home with us! I’m also super excited to see who he looks like — Andy, me, or a mix of both of us. I’ve been working on packing our hospital bag so that we are ready to go at a moment’s notice but it’s kind of like packing for an early morning flight — you can’t really pack the items that you still need to use to get ready!

Any guesses on what we will name him?
When do you think he will be born?

Pregnancy Weeks 26-29

We’re officially in the home stretch until we meet our baby boy!

How far along:
29 weeks (this was written a couple weeks ago, I’m currently 32 weeks!)

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Size of Baby:
Butternut Squash (15 inches). Some days I look at my bump and am like “how is there a 15 inch baby in here?!” and other days I feel like there’s two kids in there, haha. I’m such a volume eater (lots of veggies), so I can definitely tell a difference in the size of the bump in the morning vs after a full day of meals when my stomach is jammed up closer to my chest.

Also, as I was writing this post I realized the time on the screenshot from my pregnancy app above — some nights that pregnancy insomnia strikes hard!

Gender:



Boy!

Movement: 



I can definitely tell that he is getting stronger / bigger because his little karate moves can be seen from the outside! This is so funny to watch and definitely makes it feel more “real.” I’m also feeling more of his whole body move vs just an arm or a leg now that he’s starting to run out of room in his little swimming pool.

Sleep:
This has been a little botchy due to my allergic reaction — I’m up every two hours itching like crazy. I feel like if it weren’t for this, I think I’d be sleeping okay! I’m SO tired by the time I go to bed, so I generally fall asleep fairly quickly.

Symptoms:

Just the usual! I’ve had some swelling in my legs so I’ve been wearing compression socks, which are about as sexy as they sound. However, my doctor wrote a prescription for medical-grade ones and the lady at the medical supply store helped me order some that look more like black tights vs granny socks. I just wear them under my jeans and no one is the wiser! I skipped out on wearing them for two weeks when my rash was really bad and definitely realized how much the socks were helping — I’m back to wearing them now and have noticed a significant decrease in the amount of swelling in my calves.

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Other than that, no new symptoms! I feel like I’ve been hungrier than usual but have fallen into a rut where nothing sounds good except fruit, cereal, and peanut butter. I’m trying to push through and eat other things but man, a bowl of Captain Crunch sure hits the spot! ;)

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Bump / Body:

Bump is bigger and is receiving more attention from those around me and random strangers. The whole “comments from strangers” still weirds me out a bit, but oh well! I also had my gestational diabetes test and failed the first one! I had to do the intensive 3.5 hour test and passed that one with flying colors so they said the first one must have been a fluke! SWEET RELIEF. Apparently failing the test has more to do with the hormone balance with your placenta vs your overall health / diet.

Maternity Clothes: 



Haven’t purchased anything new except this jacket because my North Face was getting too challenging to zip! I’ve never had a full-length jacket before and I’m loving the extra coverage on my windy walks into work!

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Cravings:



As mentioned above, fruit (specifically oranges), cereal, and peanut butter. I’ve also been eating a lot of yogurt lately — not sure if this is a craving or if I’m just getting lazy with making meals and have resorted to yogurt + berries + almonds or granola. I was on a cooking kick for the past few months but lately I’m just too tired to stand in the kitchen and make complicated meals, ha ha.

Supplements:



Still on my prenatal, folic acid, prenatal fish oil, and vitamin D. I’ll continue on these after baby as wel!

Fitness:


Just walking a couple miles each day for now! Haven’t been running due to it being winter outside but that will change once our new treadmill arrives!

Missing Most:

Someone had a huge box of kombucha in their cart at Costco the other day and that sounded really good to me. I’ve been making blended protein shakes for Andy lately and I’m craving one so badly! I know that some say you can drink kombucha and protein shakes while pregnant, but my doctor recommending skipping the shakes since there hasn’t been a ton of research on protein powders while pregnant.

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Nursery:



Ha! Literally hardly any progress here other than putting his new dresser in there. We’re hoping to paint his dresser this weekend — still hunting for a recliner and a few other things. We have had SO much going on this fall so I feel like we just haven’t devoted time to this project.

Favorite Products:


Hand sanitizer all day, every day since sickness seems to be spreading like crazy at work and all around us. Andy was sick all last week and I’m still surprised I never caught it!

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Favorite Moments:



Feeling him move more (this is definitely what I will miss most about pregnancy) and just seeing how he always responds to outside noises. He will move when I or Andy talk to him, when we play music, or if he gets startled (he doesn’t seem to like the hair dryer or when I use the ice dispenser on the front of the fridge).

We also had two showers last month — I’m 28 weeks in the photo above!

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It’s also been fun to stroll through the baby departments of stores whenever we’re out shopping — it still just seems so surreal that we will have a baby in our house in less than two months!

Can't Wait For:



Kissing his little face! I had a dream the other night that he came early and when he was born, he popped out in little printed pajamas, haha! I also can’t wait to see who he looks like and what color eyes he will end up having since mine are blue and Andy’s are brown. My guess is that he will have a lot of hair since Andy and I both have tons!

Second Trimester Favorites

The second trimester flew by so much faster than the first — I’m currently 30 weeks pregnant and it’s hard to believe that our little guy will be here in a little over 9 weeks!

My second trimester felt SO different from the first trimester — I was less tired, but still way more exhausted than my usual energetic pre-pregnancy self. However, instead of sleeping constantly, I was able to scoot by with a nap a few nights per week. Sleeping became more challenging until I ordered this little gem which has helped a ton! I’ve been back to my regular diet and it feels SO good to be eating lots of veggies, proteins, and fats instead of simple carbs. Although, those frozen waffles during the first 13 weeks did taste realllllly good.

Below are some of my favorite items that helped me through weeks 14-27! If you missed my first trimester favorites, you may check them out here!

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Snoogle Pillow
Hands down, one of my favorite pregnancy items! This pillow makes it so much more comfortable to sleep on my sides since it supports my back, knees, hips, and neck. The best part is the little curl at the end that goes between your knees — pregnant or not, I have this weird thing where I can’t stand having my knee bones touch when I’m trying to sleep.

Maternity Jeans
I’ll say this forever — it has been worth every penny to invest in quality maternity jeans. I love this pair and recently scooped up this pair when Nordstrom restocked them in my size! Having denim in some of my favorite brands has really helped me to feel like myself while choosing outfits for the day. Early on in my pregnancy, I tried on an off-brand and they just did not feel good to me — so saggy and didn’t fit right at all. These fit like a glove and let’s be honest, I’ll probably wear them post-pregnancy until my body goes back to its “new normal”.

Epsom Salts
We’ve been purchasing these at Costco and storing them in a glass jar on the edge of our soaker tub — they’ve definitely helped with sore feet / muscles at the end of the day.

Ice Cold Water
I’ve been SO thirsty this whole pregnancy but I’m actually really thankful for this because it forces me to make sure I’m drinking enough water all day. It’s usually the first thing I reach for in the morning.

Running
This has helped me feel more like myself, too! Fitness is so important to me and it’s been so encouraging to still be able to comfortably run a few miles with baby on board!

Grapes
I was on a kick with these for so many weeks in a row — they just hit the spot and Andy always purchased the crispiest ones from Costco for me. The grapes phase is over now and I’ve reached a point where I can’t get enough oranges — some days I eat three of them, ha ha. I’m wondering if this is just my body’s way of protecting me against the cold / flu germs!

Smoothies
Fruit smoothies have been my go-to lately, too! I usually toss a cup of frozen organic berries, half of a banana, some spinach, and almond milk into the blender for a snack!

If you’ve been pregnant, what were some of your 2nd trimester favorites?
Favorite fruit?
I think I love citrus best but berries and apples are a close second!

Pregnancy Weeks 22-25

I feel like these weeks are just flying by so quickly lately. Just next week I’ll be in the third trimester, which I’m so excited for since it means we will be in the home stretch and it involves all of my favorite holidays!

How far along: 


25 weeks (I planned to have this post up last week but things happen! I’m currently 27 weeks).

Size of Baby: 


Carton of milk! (13.5 inches)

Gender: 


Boy!

Movement: 


We have an active little guy — his kicks and punches have gotten a lot stronger over the past few weeks and I’ve usually been able to guess his position based on how hard the movement is. He also rolls around a lot and has started moving in response to sounds. For example, I was walking to work the other morning and a vehicle drove by while blasting its radio and baby started moving around really quickly! Not sure if he was startled or dancing to the beat but I found it pretty funny to see how outside things affect him. I’ve also started seeing my belly move when he kicks really hard, which is so fascinating to experience.

Sleep:
I’ve been SO tired lately — I fall asleep fairly quickly but the mornings have been a struggle to get out of bed. I’m also up a few times each night to use the bathroom or get a drink of water — I’ve been keeping a huge cup of ice water on our bathroom counter throughout the night and I’ve found that it’s usually almost empty by the time I wake up in the morning.

Symptoms:
Just the usual ones — achey feet, really tired, super thirsty. One thing I think I’ve forgotten to mention in past recaps is that ever since the beginning of pregnancy, I’ve had a really stuffy nose that doesn’t seem to improve no matter what — so strange! No new symptoms though!

Bump / Body:
The baby bump is officially here to stay! I feel like the bump first really appeared around 18 weeks and now it’s more defined.

Maternity Clothes: 


I’ve discovered that maternity clothes aren’t my favorite and it’s hard to find ones that fit well when you’re petite. What has been working really well for me is purchasing maternity basics (long and short-sleeved tees) and then continuing to wear my favorite jackets, vests, and cardigans. I’ve found that these favorites still fit as long as I wear them under the bump rather than keeping them high-rise as I did pre-pregnancy.

Cravings:


Nothing really! Been eating a lot of soups lately with all of our chilly weather though!

Supplements:


Still on my prenatal, folic acid, prenatal fish oil, and vitamin D. 

Fitness:

I’m still running 4 days or so per week and going for walks whenever it’s nice out. We’re hoping to get a treadmill next weekend so I can continue running as it gets colder outside.

Missing Most:
Kombucha and not worrying about what I’m eating in terms of “is this cooked enough?” haha.

Nursery:


This still has a ways to go — we did order him a crib sheet, but we definitely need to do some major decorating in there. This is going to be one of my main priorities for the month of November. We also got him a bassinet so he is all set to sleep in our room for the first couple months after he is born!

Favorite Products:


This forever and ever. I’m also still using this and so far it seems to be working really well!

Favorite Moments:


I just love when he moves around — it’s not only reassuring that he is okay, but also so fun to get a little glimpse of who he is. He moves around when we read books to him and play music and we are really looking forward to doing these things and more with him once he is born!

Can't Wait For:


Decorating the nursery and for his arrival!