Monday, September 30, 2013

31 Weeks!

Here we are again at the beginning of a new week!  Today is the last day of September which flew past very quickly.  Nothing has really changed too much as far as pregnancy updates which is good news.  I went in for my "every two weeks" check up last week Tuesday and at 35-36 weeks I will go into the doctor every week.  Everything was good and measuring right on schedule.  Heartbeat was in the 130's.  I'm still feeling pretty comfortable for the most part.  Obviously by the end of the day my back is a little sore and my feet get swollen, but really nothing to complain about.  I have been having quite a bit of movement and can feel little body parts that from time to time protrude from my belly.  I like guessing what it could be, a little foot? a kneecap?  a little baby bottom?  A lot of action right around my belly button and starting to get jabs in the ribs.  Hard to believe, but I still am taking my Zofran every day and what confirmed it was forgetting it this weekend and throwing up both Saturday and Sunday morning without it.  Whoever said morning sickness ends in the first tri is lying!

October brings a lot of exciting things!  I have my baby showers.  Yes plural, I am so lucky to have a shower on my side of the family, Dick's side of the family and also a "friend" shower.  This baby is going to be so spoiled! I love it!

This weekend brought about our annual Suhrfest party up at my parents cabin.  We had so much fun and hard to believe, but I was still able to throw beanbags and very competitively I might add.  The only problem was bending over to pick them up!  Here are a few pictures from the weekend:
Morning sunrise on the Lake

The Group down at the bar watching the Badger Game

Lady with Dicky, snuggling with her new toy puppy (won in a claw machine the night before at the bar)

Getting breakfast at the Cross Roads Café and the one and only Dicky
This weekend we will be doing our maternity photos and heading up to visit some friends for their housewarming party on Saturday.  All this week, work work work!!

Julie
This weeks bump photo...

 

Monday, September 23, 2013

30 Weeks!

Today has me in total shock that there is approximately only 10 weeks left of this pregnancy.  I'm beyond thrilled that at this point I am very comfortable considering my size and what is all going on in my body and that I am having an extremely healthy pregnancy.  Today it really hit me that THIS is what I have been waiting YEARS for and I want to enjoy each moment as we get closer to having our baby in our arms.  Excuse me while I tear up :).

This past weekend was so much fun!  My parents had a big party at their house and it was so nice to see family and friends that we don't often get to see.  I did a lot of standing around though that had me completely wiped out yesterday, but it was so worth it!  I've also begun receiving a few baby gifts that have me feeling so emotional and loved! 

Lastly in this post I want to reflect a little bit because while all of my dreams are coming true, this is not the case for many of the friends I have who are still struggling with infertility.  Going through infertility is something that changes your life forever and the feelings and emotions you go through leave a deep impression on your heart.  It would be wonderful to say that everyone who goes through a journey like mine ends up with a baby, but unfortunately that isn't the case.  All we really have is the belief in hope that everything will work out in the end.  Please take a second to say a prayer for all the couples who are still hoping and dreaming for their miracle to come true.

Julie

 PS Here are a couple photos for this week.

#1 Sneak peak of the nursery:
#2 30 Weeks Bump Photo:
 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

29 Weeks!

This week past week was such an exciting week for us!  First off I had my glucose test checking for gestational diabetes and if I failed I would have gotten a call yesterday...no call!  Thursday led to my 3-4/D ultrasound which I took my Mom along with me.  It was a little bit different experience being further along.  Last time I had very little problem laying on my back for an hour, this time I immediately got a little nauseas and started sweating.  I had to turn to my side a few times because I just couldn't stand it on my back.  Here is a short video they took of the baby:
video
 
It was really a neat experience to get to see baby again!  This leads me to the weekend, our "Baby Moon"!!!  We went up to the "thumb" of Wisconsin Door County and stayed the weekend.  We had so much fun just seeing the sights and spending time together.  Here are a few photos:
Look out at Ellison Bluff

Al Johnsons Swedish Restaurant - famous for the goats on the rooftop!  See him up there?

Peanut Butter Oreo & Raspberry Shortcake - never a shortage of desserts

Another view from Ellison Bluff

Baby Bump at Ellison Bluff - trying Panoramic iPhone feature

View of Green Bay (the bay not the city) from a stop along the way

Door County is really well known for its wineries which we weren't able to partake in, but I did schedule a Haunted Trolley Tour which was really fun to go around and see some historic places and hear stories from its early history. 
 

 We finished our trip with one of our favorite Sunday rituals getting breakfast.  We went to a place called Mel's Diner in Sturgeon Bay which is the town we stayed.  I found the restaurant in the Door County Dining Guide!  It didn't disappoint. 
It was a pretty short weekend, but we were both happy to get home and pick up Lady who stayed at my Mom & Dad's while we were gone.  We stayed there to eat lunch and watch the Packer Game and then finally made our way home...but it doesn't end there.  (I told you this week was exciting.)  As soon as we got back home I noticed I had a voicemail from my Mom telling me Dick had forgotten his wallet and phone.  He had planned on going out deer hunting near our house on some public land, but decided to head back to my parents and just hunt on their land.  After sitting out for 45 minutes (in my stand by the way) he sent me a picture text that he got a doe!!  So concludes our adventure for the week.  This weekend we have a big party/family reunion back out at my parents house.  I can't wait!!! 
 
The weather is cooling off and we are getting into sweater season!  Here is this weeks bump:
 
Julie

Monday, September 9, 2013

28 Weeks! 3rd Trimester Begins...

Only 12 weeks to go until my due date!  This week has been hectic!  We interviewed a potential baby sitter, I feel like I've been fighting to figure out my insurance and whether a breast pump for breast feeding is going to be covered and if so which one and just every day life.  I've also been working away in my sewing room making some cute baby stuff:
 This is a swaddle sack
 
A bib!
I'm so excited for this weekend we are going on our "Baby Moon" up to Sturgeon Bay/Door County leaving Friday after work and coming back home on Sunday.  We have a haunted trolley ride planned for Saturday night.  Since we are there for a short time I want to keep the rest of the time open just to relax and explore.  Later this week I have my second 3/4D U/S and Glucose Testing. 
 
 
The weather has been teasing us, we get a little cold fall like weather and then today up in the 90's.  I'm ready for the heat to move on out!  I'm ready for some short walks in the cool fall weather, changing leaves and shutting off our air conditioner!!!
 
Anyways, here is the bump picture this week.  Note I feel EXTREMELY bloated.  The belly is really popping!!
 
Julie



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

27 Weeks...end of Second Trimester

This is the last week of my second trimester and just under 3 months to go until my due date (Dec. 2nd).  The weather has cooled off a bit just in time to enjoy a nice Labor Day weekend these past couple of days.  I was glad to be home and get some much needed cleaning done in the house and more importantly the babies room!  I also put up some of my fall decorations as I do every year on Labor Day weekend.  It is a nice change in the house and gets me excited for fall!  I may have overdone it just a bit and was extremely sore after.  My BIG score this week was finding a changing table on craigslist for...... drum roll please.....$15!  It is in really great condition!  Seriously Mommys-to-be...there is so many nice used things out there which you can save yourself so much money!  (and use it as an excuse to splurge on other things).

Sleeping has become more difficult having to wake up every little bit again to go to the bathroom or just turn over.  I am also generally a sweaty mess despite the air being on and a fan blowing directly on me.  My allergies have kicked into turbo gear which is really the one thing making me miserable.  I've noticed pregnancy has made allergies x2 this year.  I've read it is because things are already more constricted with the increased blood flow and so you feel even more congested. 

On a more positive note, one thing I'm looking forward to is next week I will be doing another 3/D, 4/D Ultra sound for GE!!  I'm taking my Mom along with me for this trip.  Every time getting to see baby is so exciting!  Here's to a great last week of the second trimester and to the start of a healthy uneventful 3rd!!!




Julie