Baby registry = stressful!

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Hello, third trimester!¬†I had my glucose test on Monday. Lab results came back normal, so yay for no gestational diabetes. That glucola is nasty stuff. The prick in my arm has left a nasty bruising, and is still green and purple. ūüė¶ Also on Monday, the doctor advised I not travel. I asked if that just meant not flying, and she said, “Well, you can go downtown.” Message received loud and clear.

I finally started our baby registry!¬†Though it is unfinished, I think the start is a huge accomplishment…and headache. Registering for our wedding–now that was fun and easy. Registering for baby…SO MUCH TO CONSIDER! I’ve been taking in recommendations from friends and family, and I printed off a list of¬†“must haves” from Buy Buy Baby. But there are so many items I come across and I’m like, “What’s the best brand? Is this kind safe? What does the consumer report say about this one?” You don’t really have to consider safety of life with a wedding registry. I registered almost 50 items and had to take a break because it was stressing me out. I think we’ll end up registering on Buy Buy Baby¬†and¬†Target. Maybe Amazon, if necessary.

Maintaining good posture is hard to do these days! When I do stand up straight, I can’t see past my belly. Walking too much¬†and¬†talking too much, all result in me being out of breath. I have a dark line in the almost-center of my belly (I don’t remember if I mentioned this in a previous post, already. If so, I blame in on the preggo brain.), and it is really weird. Doc says it’s related to hormones. Oh, we switched from midwife to doctor, as a result of my complication. We loved our midwife and we love our doctor, too. Our midwife was very nurturing and funny, while¬†our doctor is very straight-forward with a sarcastic sense of humor.

Baby boy’s room is still getting cleaned and cleared out. It’s quite the process and I don’t exactly move fast, these days. It used to be our storage/guest room, so just imagine how much stuff was in it. This week, we successfully moved the guest bed out of baby’s room and into my home office, which will double as a guestroom. We had to buy a bed frame for it. Space is getting limited, and I mean that in so many definitions of the word! My belly AND the house! Lol.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mark has sympathy cravings! He’s been requesting vanilla shakes and pretzels (the hard, snack ones unlike my craving for soft ones w/cheese).¬†It’s pretty funny and cute.

Current cravings: chicken noodle soup, chicken wings, cupcakes, caffeine-free root beer

Luncheon & leave

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Mark’s step-grandmother (Mary) decided to organize a lady’s luncheon for me, to celebrate baby boy. It was really sweet of her, and fills me with joy to think about how much our son is loved already. It was a rare gathering of Mary, my mother-in-law, my stepmother-in-law, my sister-in-law, Mark’s aunt, and myself. But it was great company and a pleasant time over good sushi. Little man got some wonderful gifts that are so appreciated.

Per our doctor, I am being put on bed-rest for the remainder of my pregnancy, due to a complication. This means I’m on leave from work. Please keep myself and baby boy in your thoughts and prayers for a safe and healthy baby. Please also pray that God will continue to provide for us and help us to trust Him daily. I know God is in control, and everything will work out according to HIS “birth plan”. Let’s hope I get to take it easy and not get too stir crazy. It’ll be nice to nest.

Current cravings: soft pretzels, noodles, soup

Dear Edamame,
I’m so happy we got to see you this week, in another ultrasound. You are¬†growing away at 2 lbs., 5 oz.! You turned your face toward us for the first time, and it was adorable. Who knew it was possible to bring so much joy to our lives, when you aren’t even out of the womb yet. Daddy loves you so much and feels you move every night. Mommy is almost in the 3rd trimester and that much closer to meeting you!
Love,
Edamommy 

Fall maternity photos

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Got our online collection back from our fall mini session with Laughter Loves Photography, and couldn’t resist sharing! Sharyl did such a fantastic job on a windy, fall day…working with my bump and a very distracted Weimaraner. That fall sunset lighting was everything I hoped for. This year’s Christmas cards are going to look great!

Photo by: Laughter Loves Photography

Photo by: Laughter Loves Photography

Photo by: Laughter Loves Photography

Body changes

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It’s interesting that my circles of friends are more defined¬†now that I’m expecting. Among friends that have children, they are excited and eager to hear about my progress. They know about gender reveals, trimesters, planning for baby rooms, when to have baby showers, and etc. Among friends that don’t have children, it’s very different. They mean well when they ask questions about the pregnancy, but I feel like the interest and excitement level are¬†different. There’s a noticeable contrast of being on different chapters in life, making it harder to relate. I’m told this is normal, from pregnant/mommy friends.

This journey called pregnancy has been quite the ride. I am fortunate that I have not been sick at all (I hate throwing up), and felt pretty good for the most part. Early on–around 5 months in–I even had the energy to participate in my 4th season of Kansas City Fashion Week. I was pretty self-conscious then of my bump, and thankful for such a great designer (Nataliya Meyer of Oblivion Clothing & Lucia’s Sarto) that was willing to work with me regardless. But recently, my body has been getting naturally bigger as pregnancy has progressed. So if I was self-conscious¬†then, I don’t know what to call my current state of emotion. I’m also feeling less energetic, and have bouts of acid reflux. ūüė¶ I haven’t had to buy any maternity clothes, but I know my thighs have gained some weight based on the way clothes fit. It’s a little freaky looking at myself in the mirror now and thinking back to how I looked before I got pregnant.¬†HOW¬†does one’s belly expand like that?!?! It’s so crazy. Can we talk about my belly button, for a second? I¬†was¬†an outie, but I don’t know what you’d call me now. It’s so stretched out and feels like a little stump of a belly button. The doctor said it¬†should¬†go back. I’m a little skeptical…and freaked out.

A look back to 1.5 months ago when I modeled with a bump!

A look back to 1.5 months ago when I modeled with a bump!

Dear Edamame,
You celebrated Halloween in the womb! I even dressed up my bump! Mommy was a deviled egg, and you were the yolk. I saw a lot of cute baby costumes and can’t wait to dress you up! I’ve been feeling very tired, and I hope that’s not a reflection of how¬†you¬†are feeling. Hope you’re getting the rest and nutrients you need. Mommy is doing her best, everyday. Love you, little man.
Love,
Edamommy

Halloween 2014 – Edamommy as a deviled egg!