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I Think I Have a Problem, Part 2

Back in mid-second tri, I had admitted my addiction to buying maternity clothes. I kept buying maternity clothes since then but have slowed WAY down in the past couple months. I did buy a pair of shorts and a skirt a couple weeks ago, but I remind myself that I only have a few weeks left to go so there’s really no point in buying anything else now… unless I can wear it after pregnancy too!

My addictions don’t really go away, they just get transferred to something else. For example, I used to bite my nails real, real bad. I don’t bite anymore but I am seriously addicted to nail polish and painting my nails. I probably own two dozen colors, no joke. I paint my nails almost every Sunday (I say almost because I have totally slacked in the last month, but before that I hadn’t missed a week in almost a year).

Now that I’m not buying maternity clothes, my addiction has transferred to the benefit of my daughter-to-be: she is super duper well-stocked with cloth diapers.

I’ve talked a little bit about my desire to cloth diaper this baby. I’ve read a great book (Changing Diapers by Kelly Wels) and attended a class at a local boutique. I subscribe to some cloth diaper blogs and follow feeds on Facebook. I have absorbed myself in the cloth diaper culture.

Early in this pregnancy, I told myself that I would only buy a couple diapers, see what works for us, and THEN stock up on our favorite brands and styles. Well, that plan quickly went out the window as my addiction to the fluff grew and grew.

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My AIO and pocket stash – some diapers were free so I do have doubles of the zoo animals and the yellow one. I got the flame wet bag for Mr. Handsome when he’s out on the town with Baby2.

First I was buying All-In-Ones (AIOs) and pocket diapers because they are the most similar to disposables. I think in the long run these will be great for us – Mr. Handsome stays home during the day so I want something quick and easy for him. Not because he couldn’t handle anything more complicated but because he has enough going on during the day – one less step in diapering is the least I can do for him. I’m already making him use cloth wipes as well so I don’t want to add any more complications!

The AIOs and pockets that I’ve gotten are pretty much all one-size diapers, meaning they have lots of rows of snaps so they can grow with your baby (most fit from approximately 10 to 35 pounds!). But they’re HUGE and super fluffy even when snapped to the smallest setting. I want to cloth diaper right from the get-go, mostly because we have a very limited capacity for garbage in our current living arrangement. These one-sizers aren’t going to fit a 7-ish pound newborn (Kiddo1 was 7 pounds 2 ounces at birth, so I anticipate something similar even though I know I could be WAY off).

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My covers and newborn stash (including a free newborn pocket I got with my last order! Who cares if it’s brown!), including snappis and a few cloth wipes. The prefolds aren’t pictured.

What’s a mama to do? Well, I chose to buy more diapers, of course! I’ve heard prefolds are a great way to go for newborns, so I got me 12 unbleached cotton prefolds, 2 hemp prefolds (for heavy wetting) a three pack of snappis to secure the prefolds and four newborn/small size covers (plus four more one-size covers!). I’m even thinking about taking these to the hospital with us so Baby2 is cloth diapered from the get-go.

So that’s my latest addiction. Hi. My blog name is Mother Mary. And I am addicted to cloth diapers. And my baby isn’t even born yet!

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Tie Tuesday

For more about Tie Tuesday, visit the prologue post.

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Baby is getting bigger! It’s hard to believe we only have seven weeks until her arrival. And she and I have so much more growing to do!

This is a Forever 21 tunicish shirt; it isn’t maternity but it is so very long that it still fits the bump just fine. Long enough to cover the belly panel on these Old Navy maternity jeans, so it works for me!

I looked for something to add a little color to this outfit, I hate going all grey, but it was Monday morning after all so I just went with what matched instead of what “goes,” as Stacy and Clinton would say. I haven’t been watching too much WNTW lately – I suppose my evenings have been filled with reading more than TV, as I’m trying to catch up on my book reviews at the moment.

Anyway, I digress! In keeping with the grey theme, I wore these Report flats to match my tunic. I suppose I figured I’d match the grey weather that we had this week!

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For Tie Tuesday I wore my Old Navy maternity pants with the “real waist.” I’m feeling less like my belly is really “beer belly”-looking when I tuck in my shirts so I’m more comfortable showing off the waist on these pants. Yay for real-looking pants making me feel a bit more normal!

This shirt is also from Old Navy – another one of my pre-pregnancy clearance finds I think. Some of the leaves on the shirt have silver sparkle things on them. Sparkles weird me out in the office a little bit BUT this shirt is kind of subtle and the work environment is casual so I go with it anyway.

This silver basket-weave bracelet looked like it would be a good accessory for this shirt. It’s a Forever bracelet and the silver is starting to wear off – I wonder if I can find a spray paint to make it look all new again? Or perhaps just let it age…

I also wore these black heels (I think they’re Rampage? I’m too lazy to go look at the box right now). I’m still wearing heels but I can’t wear them everyday or my feet will just hurt too much. Too much extra weight over my feet!

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This maternity dress is from Old Navy. A good thing about these maternity dresses is that they are long enough! My non-maternity ones keep getting shorter as my belly gets bigger.

I just got this short sleeve blazer off Ebay. It is from Black House White Market, which I usually love, but it must be a bit old because the sleeves are longer than I’d typically go for and the shoulder pads are a bit more paddy than I’d like. Overall it isn’t too bad for an Ebay find, but I don’t know if I’ll keep it. I’m piling up the clothes to sell or give away after I no longer need them. Anyway…

I found this silver necklace in my forgotten jewelry stash. It’s actually really long but I just doubled up the chain so it would work with the neckline on this dress. I think it worked out rather well since this dress has kind of a leafy print going for it. Not so bad!

For some color I wore these hot pink flats from Target. Pay more attention to the shoes than my ankles – it’s been two weeks since I’ve been to the pool which has not helped the swelling that has started. Sad face!

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I have to bend over a bit more now to be able to see my shoes! Luckily I can still put my shoes on by myself, though (of course most of my shoes are slip-on so I shouldn’t loose this ability… I hope).

This whole outfit isn’t maternity which made me pretty happy on Thursday! The shirt is another Forever 21 tunic that is really a shirt now. It originally had a belt attached to it but it hit in the middle of my belly so I cut it off. That belt got in the way normally anyway.

These jeans are also Forever (another $10 pair!). Magic Forever jeans that still fit. It’s probably a combination of the stretchy material and the low rise – whatever it is, it makes me happy. I do a little happy dance every time I put these on and I can zip them up AND they don’t cut into my skin. Joy!

The flats are again from Target. I like finding cute shoes when I’m supposed to be buying fabric softener and cereal.

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Another cozy maxi dress to close out the week! This is from Old Navy – a lot of my maternity clothes are from Old Navy. That’s because they send me coupons and I’m a sucker for the deal. So I buy online and the stuff shows up at my house and Mr. Handsome just kind of shakes his head at me. I have a problem, I know. I just can’t seem to shake maternity or online shopping!

I still love my jean jacket – lately it’s hard to limit myself to wearing it only so often! I have so many strappy summer dresses and there’s this big crack down in the office about not wearing sleeveless stuff (let alone little straps!) so what’s a girl to do? Jean jacket it is.

The necklace is a triple chain that I doubled up from Forever. These shoes are once again from Target – I love their pop of color. I wish I had more but by the time I gave in to these the other colors they were offering were sold out. That’s probably a good thing, actually, as I am running out of room for shoes!

Have a great week readers!

Scones and Dresser

In Friday’s update post I promised to post about some scones I made, so I’m finally getting to that now! It’s been a busy weekend… but, first – the scones!

I found this receipe on the Smitten Kitchen blog and I have reposted it here. It is mostly a verbatim repost but I did modify it slightly after perusing the comments.

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Whole Wheat Raspberry Scones

1 cup (120 grams) whole wheat flour
1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder, preferably aluminum-free
1/2 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar*
1/2 teaspoon table salt
6 tablespoons (85 grams) cold unsalted butter
2 tbsp vanilla
2 cup (136 grams or 4 3/4 ounces) fresh raspberries
3/4 cup (189 grams) greek yogurt (6 oz)*
1/3 cup (79 ml) heavy cream

* parts that I changed

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In the bottom of a large, wide-ish bowl, whisk flours, baking powder, sugar and salt together.

With a pastry blender: Add the butter (no need to chop it first) and use the blender to both cut the butter into the flour mixture until the biggest pieces are the size of small peas. Toss in raspberries and use the blender again to break them into halves and quarter berry sized chunks.

Without a pastry blender: Cut the butter into small pieces with a knife and work the butter into the flour mixture with your fingertips until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Roughly chop the raspberries on a cutting board and stir them into the butter-flour mixture. (Mine turned very pink by adding the raspberries this early. In my next batch I’ll probably add them later so the dough is more marbley like the photos on Smitten Kitchen’s post.)

Both methods: Add the ricotta and heavy cream together and stir them in to form a dough with a flexible spatula. Using your hands, gently knead dough into an even mass, right in the bottom of the bowl. Don’t fret if the raspberries get muddled and smudge up the dough. This is a pretty thing.

With as few movements as possible, transfer the dough to a well-floured counter, flour the top of the dough and pat it into a 7-inch square about 1-inch tall. With a large knife, divide the dough into 9 even squares. Transfer the scones to prepared baking sheet with a spatula. Bake the scones for about 15 minutes, until lightly golden at the edges. Cool in pan for a minute, then transfer to a cooling rack. It’s best to cool them about halfway before eating them, so they can set a bit more. I know, way to be a big meanie, right?

Do ahead (I took this route so they could be fresh-baked in the morning): Scones are always best the day they are baked. However, if you wish to get a lead on them, you can make them, arrange them on your parchment-lined sheet and freeze them. If you’re prepping just one day in advance, cover the tray with plastic wrap and bake them the day you need them. If you’re preparing them more than one day in advance, once they are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag or container. Bring them back to a parchment-lined sheet when you’re ready to bake them. No need to defrost the frozen, unbaked scones, just add 2 to 3 minutes to your baking time.

I also added the lemon icing for some more sweetness, because even though I doubled the sugar in the original recipe these scones still weren’t sweet enough for me! This is my own recipe:

Lemon Icing

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon milk

Adjust the milk-to-powdered sugar ratio to achieve the desired consistency. I wanted more of a glaze than a fluffy frosting so I used a teeny bit more milk. Just stir and stir until the lumps smooth out and it is ready to go!

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Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppIn other news, this dresser that I have been working on forEVER is finally finished! I’ve been sanding this thing sporadically over the last month or so (this picture was taken after I had sanded half of the drawers). My goal was to get it all painted by this weekend because the baby stuff we’re accumulating needs a home!

It took some serious perseverance and carefully watching of the weather but it all got done. The weather this weekend was so unpredictable. It looked like it was going to rain but aside from an intense thunderstorm on Saturday night we stayed mostly dry. I started painting on Saturday around 2 and brought everything in around 7:30, about 30 minutes before the storm started. Whew!

Anyway, here it is! I added some glass-like pulls that I thought we a bit more girly and, as a last-minute addition, I painted the insides of the drawers hot pink. The pink doesn’t really go with the rest of the color scheme but I think it’s a nice surprise when you open the drawers.

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On Sunday I applied a coat of sealer so the paint won’t scratch too easily and I let it sit outside to air out for awhile. As a result of all that work I rested a ton today, taking a nice long nap on the couch and generally neglecting all my duties and other projects. This week I’ll be sewing so hopefully I’ll have a post in a week about more accomplishments!

Friday Update: Week 33

apple-alu-keyboardBaby is 17 inches long this week! The keyboard that came with my iMac is also 17″ long. I’m currently typing this post on my iMac but I usually use my iBook because, well, I like to sit on the sofa and be comfortable. My iBook won’t turn on and that is upsetting! It’s only five years old! Stay with me buddy. Although I would love a new one of these! (Haha NOT going to happen!)

Another week down, only seven more to go! Seven! But I am focusing more on the weekend ahead. I have so much to accomplish – thank goodness I have three days in which to do it!

  • My number one project is finishing up the dresser that I’m refinishing. I’ve been sanding it all down by hand with little strips of sand paper because I’m too cheap to buy even one of those  sander things. I’ve been trying to wrap that up for days but it keeps raining this week so I’m stuck. I can’t sand inside! Then I need to fill all the scratches and dents with wood putty so it looks all smooth and pretty again (I found this dresser on Craig’s List so it’s a little beat up). Then I will paint the whole thing and attach new drawer pulls that are all pretty and girly. Finally a place to put all the clothes and diapers I’ve been accumulating!
  • I also need to finish the giant mobile I’ve been toiling over for weeks. Most of it is installed on the ceiling, I just need to adjust a few things and decide whether or not to make just one more yellow poof like the one I made over Spring Break (which I will try to do but after I finish a plethora of other projects).
  • Then there’s the sewing. Oh so much sewing. I want to make pillows, a cover for our Boppy pillow, covers for the changing pad and a couple sheets.
  • Finally, I found a cute little lamp at a thrift store for three bucks so I’ve got to fix it up and get it in place. Plus install a couple new mirrors to replace the full-length mirror I had to take down in order to get Baby2’s furniture in the right places. Aaand hopefully take pictures of everything so I can write a post about our finished nursery. Don’t hold your breath, my list is daunting!

Not to mention getting in some quality time with family and friends too! My moms group has an outing to the “What to Expect” movie so fingers crossed that people actually show up!

I’m excited for the weekend but I will look back on this week for just a few things:

  • Total weight gain: 26-27 pounds, the scale moves. Not surprising given the below cravings, (lack of) exercise and baby’s own half-pound gain this week!
  • Cravings: Still smoothies, I love them and it is unfortunate that a Jamba Juice is so close to work, but my old boss kept talking about wanting scones the other day and how I should make some (I’m like the team baker) so I did make some this morning and I wanted to eat all of them. I will post pictures later today (no time now!). I’m trying not to go crazy over carbs since my midwife gave me the okay to eat more of them!
  • Coolest symptom: It’s difficult for me to think of something other than baby kicks because she’s moving ALL THE TIME now. But generally I feel great, physically (so I should be exercising, dang it!). I’m sleeping very well provided I’m not woken by my bladder or other interruptions because I have not been able to return to sleep in those cases. I’ve had some extra early mornings at the office because of this.
  • Lamest symptom: I’m plagued by small, annoying things really. These things don’t really bother me all that much so I must remind myself that things could be a lot (a LOT) worse so be grateful. Grateful I tell ya! Still short on space between my belly and boobs, but I’m either getting used to it or it’s suddenly better. The midwife says I’m carrying really low and I was like. “What the hell are you talking about?!” But after looking at my pictures, I know she’s right, baby is pretty low.
  • Exercise this week (the goal is 210 minutes): This week I have nothing, literally no logged exercise time. Total fail two weeks in a row! I spent a lot of the weekend walking around but I’m not counting that. I will be better next week. I WILL!

Here’s what’s new with Baby2, courtesy babycenter.com:

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He or she is rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look. Your baby’s skeleton is hardening. The bones in the skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap. This makes it easier for your baby to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as your child’s brain and other tissues expand during infancy and childhood.

Group Appointments and Interventions

Mr. Handsome and I have taken the group appointments route for maternity care. We see a midwife along with five to seven other couples in one visit. It sounds a little strange, and we had some reservations at first, but now that we’ve had three appointments I’ve started to really enjoy and even look forward to them.

There are pros and cons to this style of care, of course. The biggest con is that the appointments take two hours (or more) where regular non-group appointments can be as short as 20 minutes. We can’t bring Kiddo1 with us so we have to ask someone to watch him for about three hours (with travel time).

However, a lot gets discussed during those two hours. Every session has had a focus. During the second session we focused a lot on nutrition. I learned a little too much about how many calories and carbs are in my favorite foods. We were all advised to keep our carbs to 30 grams per meal (three meals a day) and 15 per snack (two snacks a day) – that’s only 120 grams of carbs per day which may sound like a lot but when you realize your favorite bagel has 65 grams of carbs… it’s sobering. Even to a person who is stone-cold sober, like the pregnant.

Another con would be that there isn’t a lot of privacy when it comes to discussions (the part during which the belly is measured, heart rate monitored, etc is done in privacy). But, honestly, the fact is that we (the couples) don’t know each other and don’t know each others’ friends so what are we going to say about each other? We might as well commiserate on the what’s what. Plus, once we get going, things start to come out and we begin identifying with each other really well. It just takes a bit to get comfortable and get things rolling.

So other than great discussion and comradery, the main pro is that you don’t have to go through the same crap that you do during an OB appointment. I hear ladies in my mom’s group complain about how their OBs spend more time reading their chart than listening to them, that there isn’t time to bring up their questions or really get to the root of their concerns, that they analyze their urine sample more than their simple “symptoms” like leg cramps, indigestion, etc, which I’ve learned in my group appointments can be indicative of or adjusted by diet, exercise or vitamins. Simple fixes to annoying problems, which an OB usually doesn’t bring up.

I don’t mean to bad-mouth OBs at all. There are a lot of good ones out there. I’m simply reacting to feedback from fellow pregnants. The OB I had with my first pregnancy was great and a good listener, but this experience with the midwives is SO much more fulfilling.

I wanted to write about these group appointments today because during last night’s session we talked a little about our fears about childbirth (which I’ll write about more specifically in a later post). Our questions, however, led to a much larger discussion/overview of hospital policies.

I admit, after reading Natural Hospital Birth I started to focus my fears a lot on how the hospital could screw up my birth experience… After last night’s appointment I feel a lot better. The policies of the midwives very much align with my expectations and desires for this birth. This is why I chose this hospital and group of midwives, after all, so I shouldn’t be surprised!

The “24-hour countdown” of labor-to-delivery isn’t nearly as rigid with the midwives. They’ll pretty much let you take your time, but they say do yourself a favor and labor as much as you can at home (which won’t count on the clock). They only want to see you if your water breaks early AND there’s a risk factor (such as colored fluid or you tested positive for Group B Strep, the latter will cause a need for antibiotics via IV). Also, eating and drinking during labor is encouraged by the midwives but the OB-side of the hospital strictly prohibits it (the midwives will cut you off if you have Pitocin or an Epidural, though). Speaking of Pitocin, the midwives discourage it, which I am delighted to hear! Fetal monitoring is done via a doppler-like device and it is not constant, so it’s as non-invasive as possible. It still has to be done, but intermittently. As soon as you arrive at the hospital you are monitored for 30 minutes continuously so they can get a good idea of how the baby is doing. Then doppler monitoring will occur for about a minute every 30 minutes or so. For a hospital, that’s really not so bad.

We also talked about all the post-birth procedures that are generally required at most hospitals but are elective at the university. First off, as soon as baby is born she is placed on your chest and you are encouraged to breast feed within the first hour. All baby check-ups can take place right there on your chest. They even prefer to administer the vitamin K shot while you’re breast feeding (it distracts the baby from the shot). You can forgo the baby’s vitamin K if you want, or choose a gradual method instead of the shot (I think we’ll just get it over with with the shot though). You can decline the eye ointment if there’s no risk of infection. If your pediatrician is not affiliated with the hospital you can choose from a pediatric or family practice consult – the midwives recommend the family practice because they are “a lot more flexible” than the peds and will require a lot less monitoring if the birth was healthy and there’s no risk of infection. All this sounds great to me!

I got some great news on my stats, too:

  • I only gained three pounds since the last visit, which is consistent with my home-based weight check-ins. The midwife is happy with my weight gain, diet and exercise.
  • My fundal height (uterus size) is 32 cm which is also right on target. Baby’s heartbeat is an excellent 140 bpm.
  • My blood pressure is 118/70, most excellent. Apparently I am quite calm.
  • My glucose test (which I really tried to reject but apparently this midwife’s study focus is gestational diabetes so there was no getting out of it) showed my blood sugar level at 53 which the student midwife said is the lowest she’s ever seen. Not dangerously low, but low enough that – get this, GET THIS – the midwife says I have (basically) free reign on eating carbs and sugar. I CAN EAT CARBS AND SUGAR! I will still keep this manageable but I won’t be as restrictive as I have been. For example, that night I ate a sensible chicken dinner. And a cheese roll. … And some ice cream.
  • Baby is positioned the same as our last appointment – head down, butt on the right and feet to the left. She is awesome. Stay in that position baby! The midwife says it’s the best position for an easy, quick birth. Fingers crossed!

We have only two more appointments left until the due date! One in late June and one in early July. Unless a complication arises that’s all we’ll have to do! No weekly appointments, no constant check-ins. I’m loving the midwives at my hospital!

Tie Tuesday

Whoa! It’s the 20th Tie Tuesday post! Check this out to see where it all began…

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The weather was so unbelievably nice this week! I got to bust out this pair of yellow sandals again. I think my feet are happier when they have some color on them!

This purple dress is from Old Navy. It’s technically a nursing dress, not a maternity dress, but it fits so I don’t really care! The only thing I don’t really like about it is that it has an odd twist-to-a-bow detail in the front that I don’t particularly care for – but I love the color so I bought the dress anyway! I just covered the weird part with this black wrap-style belt.

I do like the length on this dress, though. Most of my dresses are getting shorter and shorter (I must be getting taller right?!). So this slightly longer length is a welcome change.

Plus I’ll be able to wear it all summer and apparently have an easy time at nursing with it on because it’s got this faux cami thing that lifts up. Modest and stylish!

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I recently purchased this maternity pencil skirt, as well as a pair of knee-length shorts both from the Gap (20% off sale!). I wonder if I’m crazy to buy any more maternity clothes with only two months left to go, but I know I’ll get a lot of uses out of these two pieces, heading into summer. It’s getting warm already and I only have so many dresses!

I’m already really liking this skirt anyway. It has pockets, what’s not to like! I just hope it fits for the next couple months. It is pretty form-fitting. Let’s hope my growing is confined to my belly and not my butt or hips!

This fuchsia shirt is from Old Navy, one of the clearance items I bought pre-pregnancy. It’s soft and nice but still super big – I have to roll up the bottom a bit so it doesn’t get all droopy.  I have another Old Navy shirt (or two) that is super big too so at least I know I’ll have something to wear all the way to the end!

I’m also wearing this long three-strand silver necklace from Forever (worn doubled up) and my black Rocket Dog flats.

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This is another Old Navy maternity shirt. They really design their shirts to fit for awhile! This time I could just tuck it in to my jeans.

These are of course my black Forever 21 jeans that I purchased for $10 (I say of course because I’m pretty sure I mention the same things every time I wear these!). I don’t know what angel designed these jeans but the fact that they still fit me means they must have come from heaven, right?! I have maternity jeans that are tighter than these, it just doesn’t make sense! I suppose I’ll just accept it and move on.

These are my Rocket Dog flats again, my go-to staple shoes. I think I may have finally gotten all the muddy spring-ness off them too!

And this necklace was a clearance find from Target. I love cheap accessories. Have  I mentioned that before?

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I’ve been loving wearing this jean jacket lately. It’s the perfect shoulder cover for some of my summer sundresses!

Apparently other KTFU ladies have been digging the jean jacket too, according to this brief article on The Scene Maternity & Style. Oh yeah, I’m so super trendy (ha!).

This Old Navy dress is not maternity but it is forgiving so it’s still working out okay. It’s getting short though! And the actual bust of this dress would not be anywhere near enough coverage for the girls right now, but with a pale pink tank it works out just fine I think. Doesn’t it look like it deserves pockets though? More dresses should have pockets, really; it makes them so much more functional!

These wedges are by Report. I like that they go with almost anything!

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I finally got a haircut the day after I took this picture, so my mulletiness won’t be as severe any more! I still can’t decide if I’m growing my hair out or not, so for the time being I’m just cutting the inch or two of growth down my neck. It’s only been like six weeks since my last cut. It seems to have grown really fast! That or she just didn’t take enough off last time. I think I’ll go with the former, it makes me feel better. Hehe.

This purple tank is from Old Navy and it’s maternity. It’s also really long when I stretch it out which is great because it completely hides the maternity band on my Old Navy jeans. Yay!

These bright shoes are from Target, score, and the relatively-close-to-matching necklace is from Forever.

“See” you next week!

Friday Update: Week 32

Photobucket This week baby is just over 16-1/2 inches long (16.7, to be exact). That is approximately the width of my bathroom sink (my bathroom sink is not the one pictured here, however). Washing my hands is going to be a whole new experience this week!

A great experience of this week has been interacting with Kiddo1. I’ve always felt like he’s been a little protective of me, but lately his protectiveness seems to be shining through all the time! It’s so interesting to see the change. He seems to know that I’m a bit more vulnerable right now so he’s watching out for me, especially when we’re hanging out alone while Mr. Handsome is working (which he hasn’t done nearly as many hours of this week and that has been awesome!).

I’ve suffered a few rounds of indigestion on the evenings lately (what’s new, right) and he’s sat with me attentively, often reading his Harry Potter book to me when I just don’t have the strength to read to him. He’ll reach over and touch my hands and ask me if I’m okay. It’s the sweetest thing in the whole world!

Lately I’ve also made some heavy sighs when I sit down because I’m running out of room for not only the contents of my stomach but also my lungs/diaphragm. He always looks over and asks again if I’m okay, usually twice. “Are you sure you’re okay?” Even if I just have a strange look on my face, he’s checking in. He’s always been fairly sensitive and always caring, but I feel like he’s really stepped it up lately!

Even at soccer practice (where only him and I and a father/son duo show up, sad – practice is optional during the spring season in our league) he will put himself between me and the ball so I don’t get hit. He’ll tell me to watch out and he won’t even let me run around with them anymore.

I have a feeling that this protectiveness will quickly shift focus to his little sister when she arrives. It’s a good thing he’ll be off on his own when she starts dating! (He could have kids of his own by then! Ahh! I shouldn’t think of that yet!)

Here are some more cool things about the week:

  • Total weight gain: Wow the scale has fluctuated a lot, but I’m going to say 25 pounds gained. Sometimes it says 23 pounds, sometimes 26. Weirdo scale.
  • Cravings: Smoothies. I want a smoothie so bad all the time! I have to remember, though, that a smoothie is like a meal to me lately. And really, there’s a whole lot of food in that cup: a whole banana, a couple strawberries, a kiwi, some veggie juice. I must pace myself!
  • Coolest symptom: I know kick-talk occupies this space like, all the time. And if that’s annoying to you I’m sorry (too bad!), but to me it’s still super cool. Every time I feel a kick I think, Holy shit! There’s a real live person in there! She’s kicking super high, super low, pushing on my cervix (ouch), I think I may have even felt a foot pushing out my side here and there! Every kick reminds me she’s that much closer to being here in my arms.
  • Lamest symptom: I feel like I am running out of space! I have to sit up really straight all the time because if I slouch at all I compress my breathing space and stomach too much which brings on the indigestion feelings even more. Plus she’s getting really close to kicking my boobs when I slouch. Too close, little lady.
  • Exercise this week (the goal is 210 minutes): Oh man, I was totally lame this week. I only managed one 45-minute yoga session and one 30-minute elliptical session. I didn’t even make it to water aerobics due in part to indigestion and in part to reoccurring leg cramps. Major exercise fail this week but I’m trying not to beat myself up too much. There’s always next week!

Here’s a Baby2 development update, courtesy babycenter.com:

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, your little one will gain a third to half of his or her birth weight during the next seven weeks as he or she fattens up for survival outside the womb. Your baby now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). The skin on your baby’s body is becoming soft and smooth as he or she plumps up in preparation for birth.