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  • 37 & 38 Week Pregnancy Update Plus a Few Adorable Gifts for Baby C

    How far along? 38 weeks

    Total weight gain/measurements: Measuring perfectly on schedule. :) Can't be bothered with my weight at this point >.<

    Maternity clothes: maternity leggings, stretchy shirts and a kimono 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day.

    Sleep: Ugh. Sleep is nice but it hurts. I have been trying to get as much sleep as possible for obvious reasons (and because I have a cold) but between my roundness getting in the way and having to pee every 20 minutes its just not in the cards. 

    Best moment this week:  OFFICALLY FULL TERM!!!!! YAAAASS!!! Everyday is closer and closer to baby C day, so every day RULES! Also, someone called me a "Unicorn Momma" which made me swoon extreamly hard!! 

    Miss anything? I miss laying on my belly! I also miss working out! 

    Movement: Ninja baby forever! He's so cute, he knows when Emily is near. He loves her purrs and will start squirming around as soon as she gets close. She loves him and he loves her <3 

    Food cravings: Ice water, fruit, pizza and oysters 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: My Moy Boy <3 

    Symptoms: Lightning crotch, cramps & swollen feet and ankles. Isn't pregnancy cute?!

    Belly button in or out? Flat and occasionally out! 

    Wedding rings on or off? OFF! These sausage fingers couldn't take it anymore! 

    Happy or moody most of the time: HAPPY and anxious! 

    Looking forward to: Meeting my Moy Boy 

    We have baby registries at Target and Amazon! (for those of you who have asked)

    37 Weeks

    How cute is this bunny doll and embroidery from SleepyKing?! 

    Sunshine Baby Clothing sent Baby C the sweetest summer romper! I cant even stand how precious it is! HUUUUGE THANK YOU! <3 Check out her shop for more vintage inspired peices for boys and girls! 

  • 36 Week Pregnancy Update Plus a Super Amazing Package from Lucy Darling!

    How far along? 36 weeks

    Total weight gain/measurements: Measuring perfectly on schedule. :) Can't be bothered with my weight at this point >.<

    Maternity clothes: Still living in simple stretchy non pregnancy clothes. With the exception of maternity pantaloons. 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day.

    Sleep: I have def noticed a difference in my sleep quality this week. I pass out around 11pm, then at around 3 am wake up every 45 minutes to pee. Then for the rest of the night I feel restless and sweaty. So thats cute. 

    Best moment this week:  Bags packed! Ready to go! The nursery is also ready for baby C! Check out my previous blog post with a million photos of our lovely little baby cave! 

    Miss anything? I miss having an endless amount of energy… but I have a feeling I won't be getting that back. 

    Movement: Even though I know he is super squished in there, he is still moving around a ton and kicking my ribs :)

    Food cravings: FRUIT!!!!!!!!! And of course cakes! 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: My Moy Boy <3 

    Symptoms: Something very unpleasant I have started notices besides my change in sleep, is lightning crotch. UMM HOLY OUCHIES! 

    Belly button in or out? FLAT and sometimes out when he's poking me! 

    Wedding rings on or off? OFF! These sausage fingers couldn't take it anymore! 

    Happy or moody most of the time: HAPPY! 

    Looking forward to: My Moy Boy to be here!!! Just a few more weeks! 

    We have baby registries at Target and Amazon! (for those of you who have asked)

    We received THE most adorable gift from Lucy Darling! Recently released "Baby's First Year" book which is in our hospital bag, monthly stickers and closet organizers so I can easily find outfits based on his age! SO brilliant! THANK YOU!!!!! <3

    Just like Daddy Docs! I am SO in love! 

  • 25-27 Week Pregnancy Update Plus Maternity Photos and Sneak Peak at My DIY Nursery Mobile

    The last few weeks have been super busy with planning for the New Year, designing my 2014 book and the millions of DIY projects I get myself into because of my nesting addiction, I am updating you all on weeks 25, 26 and 27! >.< sorry! 

    How far along? 27 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: 122 lbs, I am supposed to gain about a pound a week from now on! 

    Maternity clothes: Can I just live in pajamas? 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day and I love how smooth and healthy my bump has been... minus the oily hands afterwards ;)

    Sleep: A few nights of insomnia, a few nights of restless legs and a few nights of being sick with a cold…. so sleep the past 3 weeks has been GREAT! (sike) But that is OK, I suppose I am preparing myself for many sleepless nights. 

    Best moment this week:  Since I am combining the last 3 weeks there are a few "best moments".

    Crafting with my friends and throwing a killer NYE party! 

    Phil and I had a mini maternity photo session with our good buddy, Ross! Emily totally took over the shoot, but we still ended up with some adorable photos. (See below) 

    Baby Shower planning!!! I have a wonderful group of girlfriends and my mother in law helping out and I couldn't be more excited or grateful! This party is going to be so much fun! We have a LOT to do before March 7th! 

    Entering into the third trimester!!!! YAAY!!!! Getting close! 

    Miss anything? I have had a few moments of missing my pre-pregnancy body. Its hard to go from being so small to gaining over 20 pounds, not fitting into anything and having your skin stretch. BUT these little moments quickly go away when I feel him kick or when I think about how much I love him and  how I want to be the best parent I can be for him. 

    Movement: He's a ninja! Kicking away at mommy's ribs, organs and bladder. This kid is def going to be enrolled in Muay Thai! 

    Food cravings: Milkshakes and Banh Mi sammiches 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: IT'S A BOY!!!!!!! My Moy Boy <3 

    Symptoms: Now that I am into my third trimester, I am starting to feel a couple first trimester symptoms again. Forever sleepy, ouchy boobs and little episodes of feeling nauseous. Its definitely not as bad as the first trimester, but what they say is true. The second trimester is a breeze and by far the most "normal" feeling. I feel VERY pregnant now. 

    I also have had a few reeeeallly scary moments where I was out in public, usually alone… my body starts to sweat and I am cold. I feel like I am running out of breath and I get dizzy. It feels like a faint it about to come on and I start to freak out. Usually if I do not do something about it, I will end up on the floor, which is never a good thing, especially when you are pregnant. Sitting down with THE coldest water you could imagine, cool air,  taking heavy clothes (jacket, sweater, shoes) off and breathing will usually calm me down. But it takes a good 15 minutes to be able to function again. 

    I've been anemic my whole life so this feeling isn't exactly new to me, but its not something I face often. I have been taking iron supplements every day, but I have a feeling my dosage is going to change after my next blood test, which is tomorrow, so we will see! 

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Very happy, happy, emotional, and moments of crazy here and there. 

    Looking forward to: The baby shower!!! 

    We have baby registries at Target and Amazon! (for those of you who have asked)

    HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE MOYS!! Pipe-cleaner crowns tutorial >>> HERE

    Sneak Peak at my Woodland nursery mobile. I hope to finish this up by next week! 

    The journey of my growing belly! 

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    Photos by Ross Thompson 

  • 23 Week Pregnancy Update Plus Some Other Tid-Bits

    How far along? 23 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: 116 lbs!

    Maternity clothes: SO I'm having quite the dilemma trying to find something cute to wear on NYE. I am going to a gold and black themed party so I should have a wide range of options right? NOPE! Because I am picky and think I can still get away with body con dresses, I have created a pretty big mess. I ordered a total of 4 dresses. None of them specifically "maternity". 

    One, I could't fit over my thigh… yeah, just ONE thigh. Another was just way too baggy, I looked like a black shiny trash bag. The other is meh… but it fits me the best. Its kind of shaped like a bell. Its tight on the top and flares out.  And the last one I am still waiting on. Its a body con dress, so fingers crossed I can squeeze my thighs and bump into it and still look cute. 

    I need maternity bras like now. My once manageable chest area is now in desperate need of support! 

    Stretch marks? No. Burts Bees Mama Belly Butter every day and lots of H2O! 

    Sleep: Pregnancy insomnia. That's all. 

    Best moment this week:  We got our stroller! We had a collection of coupons that saved us a TON of money. We have been obsessed with the Britax B-Agile 4 since before we ever became pregnant and we finally have it!! 

    Miss anything? Nope.

    Movement: TONS of kicks and I am pretty sure he dragged his finger nail across my tummy the other day. That wasn't pleasant. 

    Food cravings: Cantaloupe 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: IT'S A BOY!!!!!!! 

    Symptoms: Pregnancy insomnia! UGH! 

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Mostly happy. Had a couple days where I didn't feel like myself which was odd. I was irritated and grumpy at everything. Not cute. 

    Looking forward to: Christmas! 

    Our stoller!! IN LOVE! 

    Messy but my first little crocheted bear beanie for my little dude <3 

  • 22 Week Update Plus our Registry and Gifts from Wolfkitten Apparel and Lovey Fawn!

    How far along? 22 weeks! 

    Total weight gain/measurements: Now at 115 lbs! 

    Maternity clothes: I found a few new pairs of warm leggings from Motherhood along with JEGGINGS! OMG! I never thought in a million years I would buy freaking jeggings! BUT regular jeans are just so uncomfortable and look weird on me so whatever! I will deal with them, for now haha! I also found a really great pair of yoga leggings at Target. They are tight but still comfy! 

    Oh and one of my favorite shirts no longer covers my belly, so I need a belly band ASAP! 

    Stretch marks? No. Burts Bees Mama Belly Butter every day and lots of H2O! 

    Sleep: Sleep has been pretty good. There was one night where I did not fall sleep until 3am because I wanted a brownie.

    Best moment this week:  Now that we know we are having a little boy, I was able to put together a registry! It took hours but I am so relieved I know how everything I need organized and linked! OCD much? -_- I also received a few baby gifts from really wonderful companies. Will get into that below! 

    Miss anything? MORE SEAFOOD! 

    Movement: Kicks for days! I love it! 

    Food cravings: Brownies and NERDS! I ate Phil's stocking stuffer (which was a box of Nerds so I need to re-purchase that)

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: BOY BOY BOY!!!

    Symptoms: Little man has been resting on my bladder likes its his own personal water bed, so I have been having to pee even more than usual! So like every 3 minutes. 

    Belly button in or out? In! But I can see the full interior of my belly button, which is a first… 

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Happy days, anxious days and one leave me alone day! 

    Looking forward to: Working on the nursery!

    WE ARE REGISTERED AT TARGET AND AMAZON! 

    >>Target<<

    >>Amazon<<

    Handmade dreamcatcher from Lovely Fawn, which is run by a darling mother all the way in Hawaii! It matches our nursery perfectly!!!  Her work is beautiful! She can make custom dreamcatchers as well as teepees! Check out her Etsy shop!!

    We also received THE cutest Star Wars Bandana Dribble Bibs from WolfKitten Apparel! So precious and so well made!! Our little boy is already SO rad!!! Thank you WolfKitten! Check out their Etsy shop!!

  • 20 Week Pregnancy Update Plus Gender Reveal! Its a...!!!!

    How far along? 20 weeks! HALF WAY THERE!! Weeee! 

    Total weight gain/measurements: Now at 114 lbs! Heck yes! The belly is getting big!

    Maternity clothes: Desperate for some new clothes! My fleece lined maternity leggings are cute and all, BUT they are starting to get pills EVERYWHERE which is so gross and up kept looking. So no dice on those. I need to find a new legging that doesn't do that but keeps my stems warm and toasty while comfortably hugging my growing belly!

    Stretch marks? No. Burts Bees Mama Belly Butter every day and lots of H2O! 

    Sleep: Sleep has been OK this week. I've managed to keep comfy. BUT since this last week had been so crazy exciting, there were a couple nights where it was hard to fall asleep. 

    Best moment this week:  Telling our friends and family the big gender news on Thanksgiving! 

    Miss anything? Not really.

    Movement: Kicks for days! I love it! 

    Food cravings: Mashed potatoes and gravy. 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: IT'S A BOY!!!!!!! 

    Symptoms: Restless legs (thanks to Phil for the leg massages!)  as well as a lovely cold just days before Thanksgiving. Pregnancy pretty much kills your immune system and not being able to take medicine prolongs whatever sickness is picked up. Luckily, my stuffy nose and sore throat went away (mostly) after a couple days and I was able to enjoy Thanksgiving!  

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty happy all week long! 

    Looking forward to: Getting the house cozy for Christmas ad SHOPPING for a baby boy!!!! There are SO many adorable boy outfits out there, I JUST CAN'T!! <3 

    8 Weeks | 16 Weeks | 20 Weeks

    My little "its a..." DIY gender reveal box! I found this idea on Pinterest and though it was THE cutest idea ever! 

    I sent a couple of boxes to out-of-state family. We facetimed them while they opened it!

  • 19 Week Pregnancy Update Plus a Little Bit About Our 20 Week Appointment!

    How far along? 19 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: Now at 111 lbs! Woohoo!! 

    Maternity clothes: I am at that point where my old clothes just don't fit. I went to a lovely event at the National Cathedral with some gal pals this passed Monday and was faced with the task of dressing up without a single "maternity" dress or skirt. Its full on winter here in Washington DC, so it also had to be warm! After turning my closet upside down I found a black high waisted midi skirt that I had to pull up under my boobs in order to zip.  I paired that with a cropped black sweater (with a faux leather peter pan collar) that couldn't be tucked in to my skirt so ended up tucking it under my bra and folding it over so skin didn't show. I guess it worked but it was a little uncomfortable. I am a petite person, especially up top so finding something that is not gigantic (that not basic long-sleeved shirts) is going to be hard.

    Stretch marks? No. 

    Sleep: Good nights and bad… VERY bad nights.  My legs have been crazy restless recently! NO bueno! Yesterday we found out the gender of our baby, I was so excited I didn't sleep a wink and I think baby was excited too because it was kicking all night long. I am also getting a cold so breathing was an issue. -_-

    Best moment this week:  Finding out that we are having a …….!!!! Can't tell until Thanksgiving! But OMG we are so happy and so madly in love with this child! We had a whole 45 minutes to look at our baby so the sonographer could measure all the baby's parts. Everything was perfect! <3 

    Miss anything? I was a little sore this week and the cold weather is a little bummy so I am missing a hot tub right about now! Oh how amazing would that be!!!! *dreaming*

    Movement: Someone is doing karate in my tummy! Lots of kicks! 

    Food cravings: Back to watermelon and ice water of course! 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: ITS A …….! (Will let everyone know on Thanksgiving!)

    Symptoms: My legs are so restless its not even funny! I can't stretch enough! 

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and excited all week with the exception of one moody day where I just wanted to sleep and listen to Lana Del Rey!

    Looking forward to: Telling our family the sex of our baby right before Thanksgiving dinner (some via phone, FaceTime or text) I am also sending a little reveal box to my grandmother and brother in Florida to open via FaceTime so we can see their reactions. I will post photos of our reveal next week! 

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I have so much to be thankful for! We were blessed in SO many ways this year!  

    Right after finding out the sex! SO HAPPY AND EXCITED!! 

  • 18 Week Pregnancy Update, Gender Prediction and Beautiful Nursery Goodies from Honey and the Hive!!

    How far along? 18 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: Now at 108 lbs!! 

    Maternity clothes: I haven't bought anything maternity specific this week. Still rocking my maternity leggings and basic tees. Even though i'm not in love with jeans, I was thinking about getting a pair so I don't look the exact same ever single day. lol

    Stretch marks? No. 

    Sleep: I have had good days and bad days this week. Some nights I fit perfectly in my maternity noodle and sleep like a baby, other nights are somewhat nightmarish. No matter what I do, I can't get comfortable. 

    Best moment this week:  First kick! It was so cute! Having a tattoo on my tummy makes it a  little easier to see movement too. But this baby is kicking away in there! Phil got to feel it for the first time this week, it was pretty special <3

    Miss anything? Not really. 

    Movement: Kicks!

    Food cravings: chipotle cilantro lime rice!!! And Ice water forever! 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: Wed, Nov. 19th is THE day!! But I won't be revealing anything until Thanksgiving!!  

    Symptoms: Peeing all of the time. I have been getting light headed more often. I had what felt like a mini panic attack last weekend while waiting to be seated for lunch. I got hot, cold and sweaty all at the same time. I needed a seat and a huge glass of ice water. 

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and excited all week! 

    Looking forward to: Finding out if this little baby is a boy or girl!! Phil and I have opposite predications which is pretty fun! One of us WILL BE RIGHT!! What do you think it is? Leave your guess in the comment box below!! <3

    Beautiful artwork for the nursery from my friend Honey and the Hive! She is one talented soul! Please go check her out!! 

    Tinyprints.com asked me to check out their baby gender predictor quiz! Based on "old wives' tails" and my own intuition, here is their prediction: http://www.tinyprints.com/quiz/boy.htm