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33 Weeks!

So this week Peanut is the size of a Durain Fruit. I had never ever heard one of these and just have to share a picture after seeing what one looked like.

The durian is the fruit of several tree species belonging to the genus Durio and the Malvaceae family[1][3] (although some taxonomists place Durio in a distinct family, Durionaceae[1]). Widely known and revered in southeast Asia as the “king of fruits”, the durian is distinctive for its large size, unique odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale yellow to red, depending on the species.
The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour, strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as fragrant; others find the aroma overpowering and offensive. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust, and has been described variously as almonds, rotten onions, turpentine and gym socks. The odour has led to the fruit’s banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.
The durian, native to Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia, has been known to the Western world for about 600 years. The 19th-century British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace famously described its flesh as “a rich custard highly flavoured with almonds”. The flesh can be consumed at various stages of ripeness, and it is used to flavour a wide variety of savoury and sweet edibles in Southeast Asian cuisines. The seeds can also be eaten when cooked.
There are 30 recognised Durio species, at least nine of which produce edible fruit. Durio zibethinus is the only species available in the international market: other species are sold in their local regions. There are hundreds of durian cultivars; many consumers express preferences for specific cultivars, which fetch higher prices in the market.


Rob was so sweet and went out to look for one for my picture this week. Unfortunatly, it would have cost $40!

How far along? 33 weeks and 2 days! 
Baby is the size of: Durian Fruit
Sleep:  Peanut, if you ever read this, just know that I LOVE YOU! However, sleep has become almost non-existent. Although the Zantac for heartburn/acid reflux has been an improvement, I am still finding myself waking up coughing at least once a night. My body hurts so much that it is a big production to roll over and it always results in me waking up and usually winds up having a trip to the bathroom thrown in there as well. For awhile Rob would wake up and try to help, now he mumbles a little and is snoring about 5 seconds later.  
Best worst moment this week: Rob and I spent Friday night – Saturday morning in the ER/L&D. Rob woke up to me shivering so bad that my teeth were actually chattering. I had really bad cramping and when we called the OB on duty, they said to just go to the ER. This was my first ER experience and I wasn’t really impressed. They prescribed a Z Pack because it seemed like my body was trying to fight something off in a hurry. We then went to L&D because they wanted to monitor Peanut and I for awhile. I was showing no signs of preterm labor and was instructed to start taking it easy, drink as much as I can and get off my feet!
Best moment this week: I took it easy on Sunday but managed to get the sheets on Peanut’s crib and the pad on the changing table. I can’t believe how the nursery is finally coming together! Pictures to come soon 🙂
Miss Anything? Wedding ring, my ankles and sleeping through the night. 
Movement: Peanut has run out of room.
Food cravings:  Sweeeeeeets, corn dogs and Diet Coke
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still nothing, I am pretty darn lucky! 
Symptoms: Heartburn/acid reflux, RLP, swelling hands and feet, Braxton Hicks, overall discomfort 
Looking forward to: We are going Friday for another ultrasound so see exactly how big Peanut is since I have been measing about 2-2 1/2 weeks ahead at my last few appointments. I am nervous that they are going to spill the beans about Peanut’s gender but I figured if I told everyone I see and the tech a few times, maybe they will get the picture. As much as I hate to admit it, I am also looking forward to tomorrow being my last day of work. With everything that happened this weekend and how I have been feeling this week, I think it was the best decision for Peanut and I.

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32 Weeks!

Rob and I had fun playing with LightRoom this week :o)

How far along? 32 weeks and 2 days! 
Baby is the size of: Squash
Sleep:  :/   
Best moment this week:  Meeting our Doula in person and signing all the paperwork. We are both very excited for her to be a part of the birth and to help us with our goals and wishes. It is a huge weight off our shoulders to have her experience and knowledge. I will be doing a whole post dedicated to what a Doula is and who ours is specifically.  
Miss Anything? Wedding rings, my ankles and sleeping through the night. 
Movement: Still seems to be a lot of room in there for Peanut to move around freely 🙂 
Food cravings: Since I have had to cut back on salt (in addition to my @work hours being cut down to 20/week) because of some pretty bad swelling, it is all I have wanted! 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still nothing, I am pretty darn lucky! 
Symptoms: Heartburn/acid reflux, RLP and swelling hands and feet. 
Looking forward to: Rob and I are going into MD Friday night to go to the drive-in and are spending the night in a hotel. Then we have Saturday and Sunday to get some more things done around the house. I am getting so excited because we are getting SO close! Just a few more minor things in the basement and around the house. The big thing left to do is make all the decorations for the nursery that will be done in June when I stop work. I have also been inspired by iheartorganizing and have created several organizing projects that I hope to get done in June as well. That will also be coming in a post soon! 

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At 32 weeks, baby’s birth still seems kind of far away, but you and baby are physically ready in a lot of ways, just in case there’s an early arrival. Baby may have turned so she’s in the head-down position by now, poised for her trip down the birth canal. And you may have noticed your nipples looking darker. That’s so a preemie can see them for breastfeeding — isn’t your body so amazing? Intensity might be building in the symptoms department, as heartburn and contractions intensify around week 32. But we’re guessing you’re so excited about baby’s impending arrival, they’re not slowing you down much.

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31 Weeks



How far along? 31 weeks and 2 days! 
Baby is the size of: Clearly, a pineapple this week 😮
Sleep:  There is a definite improvement with our new bed. I look forward to laying down every night under the new comforter with my Snoogle, pillows and blankets to support me in all the right places. Iv’e been getting up 2-4 times a night but have managed to fall back asleep quickly. The King is so much nicer for us (and the kitties) and now I don’t wake Rob up every time I move. 
Best moment this week:  Going home to NJ to celebrate Peanut with the Ungemach family and close friends! Also realizing, as I was talking to Peanut in the shower, that my little Peanut is now a pineapple.
Miss Anything? I am still really missing my wedding ring. I tried to wear it on Saturday but had to take it off before lunch was over.
Movement: Yeppers, and I will NEVER get tired of it. My favorite are movements in the morning when I wake up and when Rob puts his hand on my belly. Peanut loves moving back and forth in my ribs or laying really low.
Food cravings: Hummm, nothing that I can recall this week. Since it is getting warm out Popsicles and Slurpees are becoming a regular snack 🙂
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still nothing, I am pretty darn lucky! 
Symptoms: Heartburn/acid reflux, RLP and the unwelcome symptom of swelling hands and feet. 
Looking forward to: Rob and I are getting massages on Friday and having a date night! Having the weekend to organize the nursery, figure out what we still need to get and finish up the basement. I have a very long to-do list and am hopeful my body will cooperate! I am also going to attempt my first organic household cleaning item, dish detergent pods. Stay tuned for that blog post, it should be interesting. 

As far as growth goes, your baby’s still on a roll, measuring an impressive 18 inches and weighing in at more than three pounds. At 31 weeks pregnant, you can still expect your baby to gain at least three to five pounds, possibly more, before you two meet.

Your baby’s brain is working overtime these days, developing faster than ever.   Connections between individual nerve cells are growing at a frenetic clip, and your baby can now perceive information from all five senses. Sure, your baby can’t smell anything right now, but that’s only because he or she is still submerged in amniotic fluid and needs to be breathing air to get a whiff of anything. Lucky for you — and your baby — yours will be one of the very first scents your baby breathes in, a scent that will quickly become his or her very favorite.

So what’s your little dove doing all day while you’re busy feathering your nest for his or her arrival? Making faces, hiccuping, swallowing, breathing, pedaling with little hands and feet along your uterine wall, and even sucking his or her thumb. In fact, some babies suck their thumbs so vigorously while in the womb that they’re born with a callus on their thumb (what a little sucker!).

Tipful Thursday’s ~ Pregnancy Tip # 8

I would like to dedicate this weeks tip to a group of very special ladies that I have gotten to know over the last few months who have been there to cheer me on, support me and comfort me! I have actually never met any of these ladies in person but I know some of them as well as, if not more, than colleagues and IRL (in real life) friends. 
This week’s tip is dedicated to a group of Mom’s who are also expecting in July. I thought that this point in my pregnancy would be a good time to introduce this tip because I have been needing them more now then ever! 
Before I continue, I wanted to make a few things a little more clear for those of you who do not know me well or at all. I have an AMAZING family and husband. My parents have been supportive my entire life and are there for anything I need emotionally and physically. The same can be said for my Sissy who is more like my best friends and has always been my partner in crime. Let’s also not forgot about my amazing husband who has stood by my side for over 3 years and I have no doubt will continue to do so for the next 70+. With that being said, none of the above mentioned individuals are currently pregnant and so I try to limit my “baby talk” around them. 
This is where these amazing ladies come in. If you have never been pregnant, you maybe wondering what we could possibly talk about all day long. Well let me tell you, just about EVERYTHING. Sometimes we discuss things that are not pregnancy related like recipes, TV shows, the weather, etc… For the most part though, we talk about babies 24/7. We share pictures, gender reveals, we ask each other questions, share interesting articles or look to each other for support. I have learned a lot throughout my pregnancy from these ladies through their posts and comments.  

So, for all of you Mommies-To-Be, I strongly encourage you to find some online forum or group where you can mingle and share your pregnancy journey with them. There are day’s you will need it for support and day’s where you want to just share about that amazing LO (little one) growing inside your belly!   
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30 Down & 10 To Go

Seriously, where has the last 30 weeks gone?!?!


How far along?
 30 weeks and 2 days! 


Baby is the size of: Cucumber

Sleep:  Not so much. :/ Turning is a challenge so I wake up a lot throughout the night. I am trying to make the best of it and get to bed early to help compensate. Rob and I ordered a Sleep Number bed (we have been wanting one for awhile now) in a king to accomodate our growing family. It get’s delivered on Friday and we couldn’t be more excited. I am hoping the extra space and ability to make my side soft (my number was 35) will alleviate some of the aches and pains. 


Best moment this week:  Again, so many to choose from! This weekend my parents, Tim and Brian came to help with the Meyer Home Tetris Game. We moved around several rooms in the house. We now have a guest room, nursery and the basement is going to serve as our den, art room/office and general hang out area. The boys got everything moved so quickly that they were also able to put together all of the IKEA furniture in the basement. Mom and I finished making the BBQ dinner Rob had started with all the fixings for dinner! 

Tuesday the painters came and painted the guest room and nursery. Rob picked me up from work and I sat on the glider while he put together the crib. Notice that awesome color on the walls?!?!  


The crib hadn’t been put together for all of five minutes before both kitties were in the room sniffing the crib, crawling underneath and looking through the spindles trying to figure out how they were going to get inside. We did catch them on camera but I will have to add those pictures later. 

Miss Anything? I am starting to miss the ability to walk around normal and be able to bend over and pick things up. I have adapted throughout the last few months but I still feel a little silly when it takes me 5 minutes to walk semi normal after sitting down for awhile. I also had to put away my wedding rings this week which was SO sad. I was doing so well but there is not way I can keep them on anymore :/     


  

Movement: Still not able to get a pattern down but Peanut likes when I am laying propped up on my back at night and when I lay on my left side with my Snoogle close to Rob. I think Peanut knows when it’s Rob or I touching my belly because we always get a response.    

Food cravings: Well, Sunday we took my parents to our favorite Southern place for lunch and I had fried pickles and stuffed french toast. :o)        

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing at the moment.

Symptoms: Heartburn/acid reflux, RLP and the newest unwelcome symptom of swelling hands and feet. Last week when we went to our first birthing class   

Looking forward to: We are also going home to NJ this weekend to celebrate Peanut with the Ungemach family. 

Your Baby in Week 30 of Pregnancy

Your belly’s increasing size is a definite clue that your baby is getting bigger every day, weighing in at over three pounds now (he’ll be packing on the weight at a rate of half a pound per week for the next seven weeks). Also growing daily is his brain, which is actually starting to look like the real thing with those characteristic grooves and wrinkles. And now that your little genius can regulate his own body temperature and turn up the heat, he’ll start shedding lanugo, the downy body hair that’s been keeping him warm up until now.
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Tipful Thursday’s ~ Pregnancy Tip #7

I feel the need to start this tip with a little disclaimer. While I am a MaryKay consultant, I am reccomending these items because they are amazing and speak for themselves, not just because I happen to sell them :o)
Two big things I noticed after getting pregnent were constant dry/chapped lips and never having the energy to wash my face at night. I will confess that while I hound my sister about washing her face at night, it has slipped from time to time 1-2 nights a week for me lately. These two products have been AMAZING to have on hand. 
The MK lip protector with sunscreen keeps my lips moist, healthy and gives me a little shine! I don’t tend to wear make-up much aside from this and a little mascara but it is amazing how far those two little items can go. 
The facial cloths are a quick way to clean the day and dirt off my face. I have heard other preggo’s talk about issues with their skin and I haven’t noticed anything so I will attribute that to this product. I will also be putting these in my hospital bag so that I can get freshened up w/o even leaving my bed. Rob can wet it and bring it right to me!