Thursday, October 30, 2014

37 weeks + Poppyseed's nursery

We are getting there. At least I hope so! I have been having some contractions but nothing regular. I had my 37 week check-up on Tuesday, and all is going well. Poppyseed is head-down (which is good!) and growing right on track, and I am making a little progress in the labor department. She didn't really have any insight as to when he would make his appearance. I guess he'll come when he's ready!

I've been keeping myself busy this week with Halloween cupcakes... a few of my customers think I'm crazy for still working. But what else am I gonna do with my time? I'm going crazy enough as it is!

37 weeks + 5 days
We finally have gotten the nursery pretty much all put together. I thought I would share some pics, because I know you are all dying to see Poppyseed's orange & teal elephant-themed room. Ha.

We turned the littlest bedroom (which is right across the hall from ours) into his nursery. It's super small, and the closet is pretty much a fake closet that is actually the staircase to the attic.

The crib sits on the wall opposite the door. We got his awesome elephant quilt from Alphabet Monkey... it might be my favorite thing about the whole room!

In the corner to the right of the crib (close to the door), we have the glider. I wanted something super comfy that looked more like regular furniture, so if we want to put it somewhere else in the house eventually, we can. To the left of the glider, we will be putting a bookshelf... it's just not quite done yet. (The guy who built our kitchen cabinets is building it for us. I had found one in a magazine that I loved, but it was like $800. And way too big. Ridiculous. So he is building it for us much cheaper, and the proper size.)

Not gonna lie, sometimes I just go in there and sit on the chair. My mom painted the stool for us to act as a little table. I'm pretty sure it will be the momma snack & water table.
These prints are hanging on the wall above where the bookshelf will go. We got them at a little shop on our trip to Michigan a few weeks ago. They have really cute quotes, but I am too lazy to go upstairs and write them down so you can actually read them. Ha.

His dresser is on the wall opposite the bookshelf. (Keeping everything straight?! Lol.) Since we don't have any closet space for the room, we wanted to get a really big dresser that could double as a changing table, too. This is actually the same exact dresser from IKEA that we have in our bedroom, just white instead of black. We also got the mirror at IKEA but painted it teal.

Just need to add the changing pad.
And would you believe all those drawers are full!?! How can a kid who's not even here yet own so many things? I will admit, it was pretty fun to wash and fold all his cute little clothes. And a little surreal. He will actually be wearing them in a few short weeks! (Or less...)

37 Weeks - The Facts

Poppyseed's size: At 6.5 lbs, I'd say he's the size of a baby. None of this fruit/vegetable comparing crap anymore. ;)

Sleep: I wake up 3-4 times a night to use the potty. It is miserable trying to get out of bed... my lower back/pelvic area gets SO stiff and it hurts so bad for those few minutes.

Movement: He loves to move after I eat breakfast. (Which has been Honey Nut Cheerios with bananas and milk lately. Must be a lot of sugar?!) And then also, his active time of day is from about 4-9pm... I had my appointment Tuesday afternoon around 5pm and he was wiggling so much when my doctor was measuring me. It was pretty funny.

Running/Workouts: Elliptical, walks, blah blah. Does sitting and stretching my hips on the exercise ball count?

Cravings: Cheese. One of my friends made Velveeta queso dip last weekend and it was the best thing I ate all week. Mmmm, I could so have another plateful right now. And the pumpkin donut obsession continues, though I am able to limit it to just once a week. Oh, and I had to have some homemade Chex mix last weekend. I swear I could smell it roasting in the oven (when I actually had cupcakes in the oven). So I made up a batch with double the seasonings and extra mixed nuts. So good.

What I am missing: Being able to do things without pain. My lower back & hips have been pretty sore lately. I just can't even imagine being able to move my body in normal ways without it hurting! It seems like it's been forever. 

I also keep doing little "practice jogs" where I run for about 10 feet just to see what it feels like. Usually in a store parking lot trying to get to the car quicker. It feels so strange to run... I can't even remember what it feels like to run. And I know, it probably won't feel good the first run (or two or ten) back. But I am ready to go for a jog!

Looking forward to: Not being pregnant anymore, ha. The countdown is on... 16 days. (That is until his due date, I know it could go 2 weeks past that! Trying not to let my thoughts go there.) I am just SO ready to see this little dude. I know it's going to be hard work and no sleep and craziness, but I am to the point where I say, "Bring it on!"

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

35/36 weeks + showers and donuts

I had high hopes of doing a new blog post each week throughout this pregnancy... and I was so close! I got too far behind though so I am combining these two weeks together. Such is life. 

36 weeks + 4 days
Poppyseed is pretty much all the way developed... he just has to keep growing and plump up a bit. Gotta make sure he'll have some chubby cheeks! He's been doing great, moving around a lot, and measuring right on track. 

A little fun with PicMonkey. And I thought I had a belly at 15 weeks. HA!
I now go to the doctor once a week. Eeek! It's funny... my Business Man and I were talking earlier this week about how his birth has always seemed so far away in the distance. And now it's just about 3 weeks away (give or take). Things are getting real! 

Two weekends ago, my friends here in the Bean Town threw us a baby shower. It was at my friend Lindsey's house, and it was so fun! The girls went above and beyond with every detail, with everything from my favorite punch and favorite cheese ball to fun crafty activities. We were blessed with lots of sweet gifts for Poppyseed and can't wait to put them to use!

My mom and mom-in-law (and Auntie Em) came out to celebrate the shower with us. Auntie Em was busy decorating onesies and bibs at the craft station.

How cute are these beachy clothes?! Our friends Candace & Jonathan are moving back to FL soon (booooo!) but Poppyseed will be all ready for a spring break visit!
There was a craft station where you could decorate a onesie or bib for Poppyseed. Guess he will be a Buckeye fan! ;) (Thanks to Becky for the cute design!) 

Lindsey made us this gorgeous blanket. You know, while also planning the shower, making the food, re-painting her dining rom, and oh yes, she's the mom of a 1-year-old as well. Queen of multi-tasking.
Some of the delicious food. Those cucumber sandwiches were so good. But who knew 3 little slices of cucumber would cause me to burp ALL afternoon and evening? Cucumber is now on the list of foods to avoid until Poppyseed arrives, lol.

The next weekend, some of my Business Man's friends from college came to visit. Somehow we didn't take ANY pictures! They had Cedar Point tickets they needed to use before the season is over, so we were happy to let them crash here. We got to meet their little boy Cameron for the first time, and he is so cute! It definitely made me ready to meet our little guy!

The only picture documented from that weekend. Those 6 donuts on the left - PUMPKIN CAKE DONUTS. Maybe the best donut to be found in Lima. I am already looking forward to this weekend so we can get more. (Because weekends justify trips to the donut shop.)

35/36 Weeks - The Facts

Poppyseed's size: Somewhere between a honeydew melon and a head of romaine lettuce. Supposedly about 6 lbs! Woah dude, that seems huge. Like an actual baby.

Sleep: Not the best, especially at night. I will admit I have been sneaking back into bed for a few afternoon naps. (Everybody is telling me to sleep while I can! Don't have to tell me twice.)

Movement: Lots of big movements. You can see it like crazy from the outside even. I was standing in the bathroom at the gym, and he must have done a karate kick or something because my whole belly started shaking almost like someone was pounding from the inside trying to get out. It was a little creepy, I'm not gonna lie.

Running/Workouts: The elliptical is still my activity of choice at this point. I did manage to walk 4 miles in about an hour one day on the treadmill. But then severely paid for it the next day, ha.

Cravings: Ice cream is making a comeback! Before I was pregnant, I pretty much ate a bowl of ice cream every night. Seriously. Since being pregnant, it's not something I've really wanted. But I've been really into blizzards lately... this Pumpkin Pie one hit the spot! 

What I am missing: Being able to get around without grunting and groaning. Just getting out of bed or off the couch seems like a huge thing right now. Or bending over to pick something up off the floor. Sometimes when I'm working, I let things pile up on the floor and then pick them all up in one swoop. (Don't tell my boss.)

Feeling a bit like this dude.
Looking forward to: Meeting this little guy! I am so curious to see what he looks like. And I just want to hug him. From the outside. And to see my Business Man get to hold him and interact with him.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

34 weeks + the week where I baked ALL the cupcakes

I'd been dreading getting to 34 weeks for the last couple months... for no other reason than it was a jam-packed crazy busy week! I would have dreaded this week if I wasn't pregnant, let alone being 8 months along... 

As soon as we got back from Michigan, I pretty much jumped into nonstop baking for the next several days. I had to bake cupcakes for two weddings on Saturday, plus a big homecoming celebration at church on Sunday. Plus the usual weekly orders and cupcake counter duties. In addition, my Business Man left early Wednesday morning for a work conference in Las Vegas for the week. (How rude!) ;)

Luckily, I had help with the cupcakes for church. My friend Lindsey was a real trooper and helped start to finish, and a few other ladies from our Sunday School class helped frost the cupcakes and clean up. (I don't think I washed one single dish!)

I stole this picture from Lindsey's blog. I think I wanted to smack someone with that cupcake scoop, haha.
Because of the time constraints of the weekend, we actually ended up baking the cupcakes on Thursday, and storing them in the church freezer until the homecoming celebration Sunday afternoon. We used the church kitchen, which made things go a lot smoother and quicker. I had also prepped a lot of the ingredients/garnishes at home to make the process go fast. It took about 6 hours start to finish, but we knocked out 630 cupcakes! It was actually a pretty fun day.

I'm not used to convection ovens... this first batch got all blown out of whack! Nothing a little extra buttercream won't fix. :)

One table set-up at the homecoming luncheon.
Then I got to do it all over again on Friday, but at home. With the two weddings and regular Saturday orders, I baked over 900 cupcakes on Friday. I think it was a 13-hour work day, yikes. Total cupcake count in 30 hours = 1500+.
Saturday included setting up both wedding venues (of course, one was 45 minutes south, and the other was 30 minutes north.) After a pumpkin pie latte and some yummy popcorn, I got home Saturday around 3:30pm and immediately crashed. I don't think I got up off the couch all night except for food. My Business Man got home late that night, just in time for me to be done with everything. (Not that I had the chance to really miss him! Lol.)

I spy Maple Bacon!
All minis! So stinkin' cute. I love mini cupcakes.
It took me a good 2-3 days to recover from all that craziness. I am just glad it didn't put me into early labor! I had both those weddings booked before I even found out I was pregnant. 

Fortunately, those were my last super big orders before Poppyseed comes. All orders from here on out have a disclaimer - 'If I go into labor and have a baby, your order will be cancelled.' Lol, so legit. I'm not gonna lie, I'm kinda looking forward to taking it a little easier these next couple weeks. Just about 5 weeks to go, and who knows... he might come early?!?! (Wishful thinking...)

34 Weeks - The Facts

Poppyseed's size: A cantaloupe! He's about 5 pounds and 18 inches long. No wonder it feels like there's a bowling ball attached to the front of my body.

Sleep: I have a hard time getting to sleep, but an even harder time getting out of bed! I hate to admit, but there have been a few days that I've still been lying in bed at 8:30am. No shame. At least my job allows me to do that. (Just requires me to get more stuff done at night.)

Movement: He really likes to jab me in the ribs. It's a little uncomfortable.

Running/Workouts: Elliptical, stationary bike, walks outside. I only have two suitable shirts for the gym that still fit over my belly, so I just keep wearing them over and over again. Today, I about freaked when I saw myself in the mirror in the gym bathroom. Holy belly! How can it get any bigger??! We still have a month to go!

I'm not gonna lie, this pic frightens me quite a bit.
Cravings: PB&J. With extra salt added. (I know.) Almost everyday for lunch this week. 

What I am missing: Sleeping on my belly. I've been trying to sleep on my side and I always wake up with my hands completely numb and tingly! So weird.

Looking forward to: Celebrating Poppyseed with another baby shower here in Lima! My mom & dad are coming and so are my Business Man's. Should be a fun family-filled weekend.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

33 weeks + escape to that place up north

Slowly getting closer... feels like we are finally almost to the end! Poppyseed is over 4 pounds now, and at least 17 inches long. All that's left really to do is to chub him up a bit before he's ready to make his entrance! Fortunately, he's shifted or something, because I am feeling TONS better! My back pain is minimal, and my hips are only a little sore. I still haven't attempted any running (not worth having crazy pain again!), but am so happy to be able to go about my daily routine/tasks without so much pain.

33 weeks!
The big highlight of this week was definitely our getaway to Michigan... a 'babymoon' of sorts. (Barf, I hate that term. Ha.) We stayed at Castle in the Country in Allegan, which is our go-to place when heading to the mitten. We stayed there on our honeymoon, and like to go back every year or two to enjoy some 'us' time.

We have never been to Michigan in the fall, and it was a gorgeous time of year to be there. Beautiful leaves changing, and the weather was perfect. Warm during the day, but a little chilly at night. 

When we got there, we decided to take advantage of the sunny day, and went paddle boating on the little lake on the B&B's property. (After raiding the cookie jar, of course. I think I might have had a half-dozen cookies in the 40 hours we were there? Gotta take advantage!) They have paddle boats and kayaks available for guests to use, but I thought the paddle boat might be a little easier to operate, with less of a chance of ending up in the water. My Business Man and I did about half a loop around the lake... it wasn't as easy as it looked!

Obligatory selfie
We headed into South Haven to grab some dinner that night, and ended up at a pizza place on their patio so we could watch the sunset over the water. I was starving, so we ordered a cast iron cheesy-tomato dip, which was amazing. It was served with fresh-baked flatbread from the wood-fired oven. Definitely satisfied my cravings for all things cheese. We followed it up with some cheesy pizza. (Nothing like carbs on top of carbs, with some cheese thrown in for good measure.) 

After lots of wonderful sleep, we got up the next day and were treated to probably the best breakfast of my life. Fresh-baked cinnamon roll, and caramelized onion & gouda quiche. With bacon. Omg... there was so much butter in this meal, it should probably be illegal, but it was so good. I've already emailed the innkeeper to see if he will share the quiche recipe. After stuffing ourselves, we rolled ourselves out to the patio to enjoy a second cup of coffee while we waited for our massage time. (I know, life is so rough.)

Ugh, I would give anything to have this in front of me right now.
Remember the $200 I won from the 1-Mile Dash for Cash back in August? I've been holding onto it since then... so we could treat ourselves to a couples' massage at the B&B. We had one on our honeymoon, and it is quite seriously the most relaxing, rejuvenating experience that exists. We were not disappointed with round #2.

After our massages, we buzzed over to Saugatuck to spend the afternoon. We walked around enjoying the shops, and bought a few prints for Poppyseed's room. (Speaking of, we really need to get it finished up! I know that all he really needs at first is somewhere to sleep, diapers, and someone to feed him, but I'd really like to get the room all settled and ready.)

We enjoyed our first PSL's of the season (I know, so cliche), and spent some time walking along the water. We wanted to take the chain ferry across to the little town on the other side and check out some sand dunes, but sadly the chain ferry closed down for the season on Labor Day. Boo.

So, naturally I googled 'sand dunes' to see what would pop up, and google maps took us to Saugatuck Dunes State Park. It wasn't exactly what I was thinking of, but it was a park with lots of hiking trails, many that were completely sand. We chose a 2.5-mile route that would take us to see the lake... having no idea how challenging or not challenging it would be.

It was a bit of a challenge! Walking on sand is no joke. It wasn't crazy hilly, but there were a few spots where it went straight up that I was out of breath. I joked with my Business Man that he and I are probably finally on the same fitness level. ;)

This was the biggest hill we climbed... so not too bad.
And the view we were rewarded with.
After our strenuous workout (ha!), we headed to our favorite restaurant for dinner, Salt of the Earth. They are constantly changing their menu based on the season, and we were excited to try some fun dishes. I had some house-made gnocchi with fried brussels sprouts (with bacon!) on the side, and my Business Man had a big ole' pork chop with collards and mac & cheese. We shared a smoked pumpkin appetizer to start... which was different but absolutely delicious! It was literally a wedge of pumpkin, smoked bbq-style, served with goat cheese, a raisin-infused sauce, and pickled carrots. Not something you get to eat everyday!

After sleeping in the next morning and another great breakfast, we had to hit the road back to the Bean Town for a jam-packed week. More on that to come. :)

33 Weeks - The Facts

Poppyseed's size: A pineapple! But I'm very glad there's not actually a pineapple inside me... that might be a little uncomfortable. Well, a little more uncomfortable than I am already, ha.

Sleep: Pretty decent!

Movement: Lots of it. Love it.

Running/Workouts: The elliptical, plus lots of walks outside. I love getting the fresh air. Plus some sand dune climbing and paddle boating.

Cravings: Donuts! Again, lol.

What I am missing: Being able to do things without getting short of breath. Walking from the basement to the second story in my house has proved to be quite the feat lately.

Looking forward to: My Lima baby shower this weekend! My girlfriends are hosting it for me, and my mom & dad and in-laws are coming out for one last celebration for Poppyseed. Yay!

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