sylvia finally dropped and it's way better than i thought it would be. yes, there is now some insane weight in my pelvis, but the pain in my ribs has substantially decreased. it still burns like crazy when i get into bed for the night, but it is much better throughout the day. i'll take it, waddle and all!
my parents are coming into town tomorrow for a weekend visit. we're going to do some last minute shopping before sylvie arrives. at the very top of my list is a good breast pump. do the mamas out there have any recommendations? other than that i need a set of comfortable pajamas and a nightgown for the big day. one thing i love about our hospital is that they let you wear your own clothes all throughout labor and birth. i want to hit up target to get a long, super soft nightgown for that. i was so relieved to learn this! the hospital gown they gave me when i went in for my gallbladder was horrible. it tied in the back in big knots and still managed to expose my tuchus to the world.
other than shopping we're planning on a nice dinner at travis' restaurant and lots of quality family time. it's been a super fun week with all the visitors coming and going. i can't believe that the next time i see everyone will be after sylvie's birth. i feel like there's still so much to do, but i know it will all get done. travis and i are shifting a few pieces of furniture around tonight to make more open space in the living room. i think eliminating all that clutter and opening up the room will make me feel a lot better. it will also make me feel better to finish up this last illustration commission today so i can focus on more baby-related projects. her crocheted afghan has been awfully neglected the last few weeks.
the original purpose of this post was to show off some 34 week bump pictures. travis took these earlier this afternoon.
sylvie, i can tell that you're getting cramped in there! just stick it out for 3 more short weeks. then you can come anytime you like! your papa and i can't wait to meet you. it's all we talk about these days, and we're about to bubble over with excitement. stay healthy and strong and keep on growing! we can wait until you're ready. i love you, baby girl.
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i'm about to leave for my last shift of (paid) work. before i do i wanted to share some bump pictures travis took today.
and now for my mind-blowing moment of the week. this is our new carton of milk:
it expires the day after sylvie's due date. i know i've said it before, but WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?! speaking of time, i have to head out for my final shift as a bookstore employee. if my hormones let me make it through the night without tearing up i'll be very surprised.
travis and i had a lovely day off together. we slept in (i am taking full advantage of this while i can), went to my midwife appointment, saw a movie, made dinner, and went out for a coffee date.
my appointment went well. the results of the glucose test came back normal, though my iron is a little low. my midwife put me on an additional iron supplement called bifera. after my appointment we grabbed a late lunch and headed over to the movie theater. we saw eclipse, which i am only mildly ashamed about. it was pretty terrible, but we didn't expect it to be a class A cinematic masterpiece. they don't give out oscars for lip biting, kristen stewart.
case in point.
after dinner and our coffee date, travis and i snapped some pictures of each other around town and on our deck. auggie doggie snuck into a few shots, too.
are any of my due date buddies also dealing with constant rib pain? it feels like someone is twisting a burning knife into my rib cage 24/7. is there anyone else who had or has this issue? just curious.
i hope everyone had a great thursday! before i forget, my etsy shop is now equipped for international orders!
as promised, here are some 30 week bump pictures. i even dressed up today! you will rarely find me in a dress unless there's a special occasion going on or it's scorching hot outside. in today's case, it was the latter. south central indiana is a swelteringly humid 98 degrees with a heat index of almost 110. the only article of clothing i wear less than dresses is shorts. I HATE SHORTS and pants were not an option today. plus, i'm enjoying this pre-pregnancy dress while it still (sort of) fits.
as i said yesterday, this bump of mine is getting BIG. our little girl is still head down, facing my back. her feet are lodged in my ribs, which is only uncomfortable when i sleep, sit, bend over or breathe deeply. no biggie. she's healthy. i'm healthy. travis and auggie doggie are healthy. all is well here.
tomorrow travis and i are going to babies r us to take advantage of the wonderful combination that is coupons+gift cards. we also have a gift card to target that needs our attention. we're planning to buy some of the smaller essential items that we didn't get for our shower, such as a changing pad and cover and a few fitted crib sheets. exciting!
it's really beginning to feel like crunch time around here. i couldn't sleep last night just thinking about everything we have left to do before sylvie's arrival. she could be here, full term and perfectly healthy, in as little as 7 weeks. 7 WEEKS. say what?! the second trimester flew by and we're already well into the third. what happened to all that time? riddle me that, time bandit(s)! side note: the best/worst movie ever.
speaking of time, it is now dinner time. ME WANT FOOD. happy wednesday! xoxo.
we didn't get done anything else on our list for tonight. instead we got our butts out of the apartment and went to a cook-out at our friend's house. it was worth it. i'll make up for it tomorrow and saturday. it's been a long day and i'm exhausted. here are some random bump pictures for your viewing pleasure.
from my point of view:
the last one is a bit cheesy, but we hardly have any pictures of the two of us!
i have every thursday off from work. as soon as i let my managers know about the pregnancy, i requested to have a weekday off each week. i needed a day, the same day every week, to count on to get things done. they decided thursday would work best, so thursday it is!
travis is done with his classes for the year, which means we actually got to spend the whole day together! he used to have class every thursday at 6:30. we went to target and scored a really nice duvet cover for our bed for $8.00! it was a return from an internet purchase, and marked down from $60.00. it matches our bed perfectly, which is not always an easy task. you see, our bed is bright yellow.
after perusing target and satisfying my craving for an auntie anne's soft pretzel, we ventured over to mira salon to get my hair cut! the stylist i used to see at my old hair place quit, so i thought i'd try a new place. this salon got good reviews and has cheaper prices to boot! my stylist, tiffany, did a great job. it's quite a bit shorter than i asked for, but my hair grows like a weed these days anyway. i love having short hair! it is so much easier to deal with. if you don't like it, that's ok. after all, i am the only person who needs to. without further ado, here is my new haircut and a 22 week bump picture!
i also have a food picture to share with you tonight. i made tabouleh and travis made his famous labni dip, and we enjoyed a greek(ish) feast for dinner!
i just want to take it easy tonight. i'm still exhausted from work yesterday. 8 hours on my feet is getting tougher! my plan is to watch the office, 30 rock, and dye my hair red. YEP! more changes. i love having red hair, and i think this haircut needs something other than a mousey brown. don't worry how the dye will affect little sylvie! i'm using a demi-permanent, ammonia-free, soy-based, natural dye! (whew! that last sentence was hyphen city!) it's totally safe to use during pregnancy. i'll post another set of pictures tomorrow to show off the red. before i set to work, i think it's about time for a klondike bar. it's like pregnant lady crack! have a happy thursday night!
travis, auggie and i took a small sojourn to monroe lake today, which is a large man-made lake about 10 miles southeast of town. we took a bunch of pictures, including some 20 week bump photos.
here are my halfway point bump pictures:
look, ma! no toes!
it's been a beautiful day so far. tonight, while travis is in class, i'm going to my first prenatal yoga class and will spend the rest of the evening putting sylvie's changing table together! have a happy thursday!!!
i'm back in indiana! my trip to PA was awesome, but i grossly underestimated how hard it would be to be away from travis right now. tonight we went out for an early thai dinner (4:30, we are officially old), ice cream and a walk in the beautiful weather. travis brought his camera and took my bump pictures for the week. speaking of this bump, it got HUGE over night. i feel like i officially look pregnant to people besides myself and trav. see for yourself (and yes, i am wearing a motörhead shirt):
this week baby is the size of a bell pepper at 5.5 inches long and 7 ounces. WE FIND OUT THE SEX ONE WEEK FROM TOMORROW!!! i'm so excited that i can hardly stand the wait. just 7 more little days...