Third Trimester Belly Collage

I thought it would be fun to make a collage of a few of my belly shots throughout my third trimester. I see myself everyday so I don’t see the changes that happen as my belly grows and body changes. I thought this would be a fun way to look back on my third trimester, and holy cow belly growth towards the end is no joke! Also, can we talk about my hair growth throughout #thirdtri?! Check out the side profile pictures. Whoa man, no wonder I’m about ready to cut it all off. In all realness though, I’m only waiting until the postpartum hair loss period is over, then I’ll likely visit my girl Melisa and have her take care of the mop that is my hair.

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I also intend to compile all the belly shots I’ve taken, starting with week ten, and putting them together into one big collage, even though the photos weren’t that great in the beginning of my pregnancy. That will be super fun! I can’t believe we’re nearing the end of my pregnancy. The past thirty-eight weeks has been such a whirlwind. I’m definitely ready to meet my boy, slow down, and start this new chapter of life!

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Nautical Baby Shower

A few weeks ago was a complete whirlwind, with my baby shower and birthday party all in one day. It was held at the largest clubhouse in our apartment complex. After some general parking and directional hiccups, I think it was the perfect space to hold everyone.

Although I’m normally a hater of baby shower games, my mom convinced me to play three of them – Baby Item Bingo, Guess The Price, and Measure the Belly. I just like to eat and hang out, you feel me? We also did a 10:30a shower so we could do breakfast food, which is my favorite ever.

We used the canvas we revealed his gender on to reveal his name to everyone. We wanted to tie everything in together, and this was super sentimental to us. After he is born, we will have his written birth stats written on it and it will become an art piece that we can always display in his space.

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My friend Lauren, “the other pregnant one”, as her name tag states, gave birth to that baby is her belly just a few days later! She was 39+4 at my shower and I will be 37+5 at her daughters 4th birthday party next weekend. Our babies will be about five weeks apart. She had a girl and we will be having a boy!

I can’t thank everyone who helped make this event a success enough! My mama for her mama magic and general spoiling of me. Those family members who made the amazing center pieces and party favors that I love so much. And my J,  who hung around helping make everything run smoothly behind the scenes.

Food – Colleary’s Bistro // Name Board Writing – Kate from P+H Chalk // My Dress – Pink Blush Maternity // Invitations – LA Printables // Center Pieces + Favors – Made by Family Members

 

Baby Bumpdate – 37 Weeks

Baby’s Size – We’re on the home stretch! This week, Declan is over six pounds and nineteen inches long – the size of a honeydew melon. He is considered “near term”, and if I were to go into labor on my own, we would be allowed to have our home birth as planned. His reflexes are getting strong, and from now until he arrives, he’s doing nothing but putting on the bebe chub. He’s inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid to help his lungs prepare for breathing air!

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Happenings – Everything on our birth supplies list is checked off, and we’re finishing preparing the house! All his clothes are washed and put away, his AppleCheeks are ready to go, and his first outfit and diaper have been picked out and set aside! I have Braxton Hicks every once in a while and I’ve been leaking colostrum for a few weeks now. Acid reflux has reared its ugly head but I’m thankful it’s not completely horrible and I haven’t felt the need to treat it at this point.

Weight Gain – I’m currently up twenty-nine pounds for the entire pregnancy, which is right on track and considered healthy for my age, height, and pre-pregnancy weight.

Maternity Clothes – We’re beyond maternity clothes at this point. Stretchy pants and lounge shorts are where it’s at. My belly frequently sneaks out the bottom of my shirts and I only wear jeans if I absolutely have to. These are my favorite maternity shirts, I have five or six of them. These are the shorts I’ve been hanging out in lately since nothing else is comfortable.

 

Stretch Marks – Still littering my lower belly, and starting to itch as my skin stretches and he packs on the pounds these last few weeks. I also think I may have a few additions on my hips, but I’m not 100% since I already had some there.

Sleep – Hahaha. Basically I just take what I can get whenever I can get it. For example, it’s 3:30a as I write this. I fell asleep after running errands earlier today and slept from 1:30-8:30p. Everyone says to prepare to be up all night with a newborn, but I’m about 85% sure I’ll sleep better after he arrives than I do right now.

Best Moments – Lots and lots of happy mail. Getting everything settled and in place, and knowing that he will could arrive tomorrow, but that the maximum amount of time I’ll be pregnant is five more weeks (to 42 weeks gestation) as long as we both remain healthy.

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Food Cravings – My favorite snack ever of all time right now is celery dipped in smooth peanut butter with sunflower seeds and raisins mixed in. We go through a lot of celery and a lot of peanut butter these days. We’ve also been eating a lot of meat + veggies to make sure my iron is high enough.

Gender – BOY!

Belly Button – Still in, but probably not for long. Like it’s barely there. If it’s still in by the end I would surprised.

Ring – I’m not swollen at all in general. My toes and feel swell a teeny tiny bit when I’m on my feet all day. But I doubt anyone else would be able to tell. It’s one of those things that I know because I know my body, but nobody else would know.

Emotions – Getting excited and ready for him to be here. A tad nervous about the birth process (NOT the pain), but moreso about the birth team arriving in time, and making sure we have everything they’ll need. I’m also feeling incredibly protective over our privacy throughout the process in general and our first few hours as a family of three.

Looking Forward To – Declan arriving earthside! To finally be able to nurse and snuggle my boy, and to see J transform into a dad. We’re both beginning to get antsy! J tells me all the time he’s very excited for the skin to skin time he’ll get with Declan during “Hour Two”, which is basically the second hour after birth following our Golden Hour where I’ll get to shower, try to use the restroom, and eat a hearty meal. We’ve also hired an amazing birth photographer and I’m so excited for her to capture these memories for us, and to be able to share them with our family and friends!

Baby Bumpdate – 34 Weeks

Baby’s Size – This week, he is approximately eighteen inches and a whole five pounds, or the size of a savoy cabbage. Trust me, I’m feeling the eighteen inches part. This week, he discovered that he can move to either side and stretch there too, which I’m definitely not used to. His movements are becoming more and more painful, especially when he decides to have a party in there.

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Happenings – We had my baby shower and birthday party this past weekend, and I had so much fun! The love and generosity of our family and friends still blows my mind. We also revealed his name to our family and friends! We used the same canvas that we found out that he was a boy, so it was super meaningful and exciting.

Weight Gain – Not sure. I have a midwife appointment on Thursday. Will update then.

Maternity Clothes? I have a short torso and am all belly, so I’m getting to the point where I have to keep pulling my shirts down to make sure my belly is covered. My maternity shorts are just about too small. I’ve been wearing lounge shorts pretty often because they’re the most comfortable and that’s what I’m all about these days.

Stretch Marks – Yep! My lower belly is littered with small ones. I can’t see them unless I’m looking in a mirror. They’re small and still pretty light, so I think they’ll fade nicely.

Sleep – Ahmazing! Sleeping 8+ hours a night, only waking to go pee a time or two. Although sometimes it takes me a while to get comfortable enough to fall asleep, I have no trouble going back to sleep or anything. I think my body had realized it’s doing a lot of work as it prepares to being this baby into the world and I’m way more tired because of it.

Best Moments – Being surrounded by family and friends at our baby shower and revealing his name to everyone!

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Dress is from Pink Blush Maternity!

Food Cravings – Still just mostly crushed ice with apple juice. My water has to be super cold, straight from the fridge and I’m loving apples with peanut butter on them.

Gender – BOY!

Belly Button – Still in, but probably not for long. It’s super shallow and tiny, and sensitive to the touch.

Ring – I could still wear it if I wanted to. I’m not very swollen yet. I can see it in my feet a little bit, since I’m used to practically having flippers, but that’s about it.

Emotions – Solid, but getting to the point where I’m ready not to be pregnant anymore.

Looking Forward To – We have lots of goodies coming in the mail this week, so that’s super exciting. We have our birth conference on Thursday morning, and only three more weeks of Bradley Classes. We got our list of home birth supplies last week, so we’ve started shopping for this items as well. It’s coming down to the wire and I’m so ready to meet him!

MommyCon OC – My Hopes as an Expectant Mom

If you’ve been around for a while, you’d know that I’ve been attending MommyCon since their very first conference in Las Vegas many moons ago. However, in previous years, I attended as a professional nanny and often used it as an opportunity to socialize with my crunchier friends. Of course I loved attending, but it wasn’t a big deal if I got caught up chatting with a friend or shopping in the expo hall.

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This year though, I fall into the expectant parent category, and have decided to use this as an opportunity to attend sessions that would benefit myself and my family not only as a new mom, but as a parent who wants to be informed and knowledgable on many of the topics that will be discussed throughout the day.

A few sessions that I’m looking forward to attending specifically include: Medications and More During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, Your Vagina is Magical, and What Love Tastes Like. I will also be attending the PAXbaby Playdate during the lunch hour. I have big, big hopes for this year and I’m excited to share a recap, as well as my thoughts, after the event is over!

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I also have intentions to attend MILK: Orange County in November after our little bean makes his debut. If you’re planning on attending one of the remaining events throughout the year, I would love to know what sessions you’re looking forward to and what you hope to take away from attending! If you’d like to attend any of the remaining events for the year, but don’t have a ticket, use the code NATURALLYWC16 to get $5 off your ticket over on the MommyCon website.

I hope to see you there! :)