Tuesday, December 18, 2018

39 Week Bumpdate! Featuring Henrik

I literally bought this dress over a decade ago. Can you believe that?? Anyway so it's long gone haha sorry. Also all my outfit posts recently have featured mostly black clothes...What can I say, it's so easy! I promise I do wear other colors haha sometimes. 

Here we are! My (potentially) last bumpdate before baby arrives. It's been a little crazy lately, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Well, at least most of the time haha.

We've been trying to spend as much time as we can relishing in our last few days as a family of three while still trying to be productive. The new closet room/office is about 95% set-up, Henrik's room is 100% cleaned and reorganized, and the nursery is like 50% there haha. We have a place for me to nurse and change diapers and those are the essentials! Last night I worked on organizing her clothes by size and hanging up/folding what we'll need for the first few months. I'm sure I'll end up re-organizing her room numerous more times but for now, it's functional. Chris was a hero and installed car seats and did some rearranging of those so now we have a way to get the baby home from the hospital. I suppose that's important?

This past Saturday, we took Henrik to the Jingle Rails exhibit at a museum in Indy (lots of cool holiday model trains) and he LOVED that. My parents came along and Henrik spent most of the time being held by Baba (Grandpa) or searching for him. The trains were also a big hit don't worry haha. When he saw that we were approaching the train exhibit, he went from walking to running. It was fun to see him enjoy the exhibit as much as we thought he would. Afterwards, we went and got tamales, which were delicious. It was a perfect last big outing as a family of three and I'm so glad my parents came.

On Sunday after church (just a few hours after we took these photos), my blood pressure was really quite high and wasn't going down. I called the doctor on-call and she had me come in to check the protein in my urine and be monitored for a while. Chris stayed home with Henrik since he was napping so my mom drove me to the hospital and kept me company while I was monitored. My blood pressure readings there were a bit high, but not as bad as they had been and I had no protein in my urine. After they watched me and baby for close to two hours, I was allowed to go home. But since my blood pressure is now becoming more of an issue than it was, I really could have the baby anytime.

Since then, I've had lots of contractions. Some painful, some just uncomfortable. My blood pressure remains high, but not high enough to warrant going back to the hospital. I keep hoping she will decide to just come on her own rather than being induced, but who knows. She is quite low in my pelvis so my hips are really sore. I went to the chiropractor yesterday to get adjusted and that helped significantly. Now I should be all aligned for the delivery, which is a relief.

Yesterday, Henrik had a mild stomach bug for the first time. It caught me off-guard and caused quite a bit of anxiety since I worried about the rest of us getting it, particularly the baby if she comes this week. Thankfully, my mom was around to help and Henrik acted like himself despite being sick. He has fully recovered now and so far, we have all stayed healthy. Which has been such a blessing! This time of year is so anxiety-ridden for me with illnesses going around and having young kids, especially a newborn. But I'm hopeful we'll be able to keep everyone healthy. Fingers crossed!

Henrik seems totally ready to take on his role as big brother, even though he has no real concept of what that entails. We had three friends all have baby girls about a month an a half ago and he gets sooooo excited when he sees them and yells "baby!" (one of his best words). He loves to read the books we have about babies/older siblings and takes excellent care of his baby doll. He carries the doll around, tucks him in for nap time, changes his diaper, feeds him, reads to him, etc. It's adorable. I really hope it at least somewhat translates to baby sister haha. He loves to hug my belly and occasionally bite it, so that's good too. I'm really looking forward to seeing them together, even though it's bittersweet giving up being able to give Henrik our full attention and care. I know it'll be worth it, but it's still hard sometimes.

The other night, Henrik only wanted me to hold him before bed (a rarity, he usually prefers Chris) so I took full advantage of the snuggles. I couldn't help but cry as I thought about all the hours I spent in his room, holding and rocking him to sleep. He's quickly outgrowing that phase so it's really precious to me when he still wants that closeness. He truly is the sweetest.

In a few days, both my siblings and their spouses will be here and we CANNOT WAIT! It's been a while since we've all been together so we have many fun things planned. I have a feeling it will be the best Christmas yet!

Hopefully my next baby update will be her birth story! But we shall see. 

Sitting: Next to Henrik while he is "fishing" in a laundry basket with his fishing pole.
About: To start making dinner.
Feeling: Some cramping/contractions. If only they'd get stronger!
Days Until Christmas/Baby: 6!!

Comfy Sweater + Comfy Shoes

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Dress: Poppy & Dot (sold out, similar here and here) // Sweater: H&M (similar here and here) // Shoes: Adidas (get them here

In case you haven't noticed, I'm all about comfort in terms of what I wear during pregnancy (and let's be honest, even when I'm not pregnant too). I bought this dress even though it's not maternity but it has worked really well these last few months, especially since I can adjust the tie to accommodate my growing belly. I paired it with this extra cozy sweater while we were in NYC visiting my sister and since NYC, I obviously had to wear good walking shoes. Today, my Adidas probably wouldn't be so comfortable since my feet/ankles have swollen so much, but oh well. This is still one of my favorite maternity outfits from this pregnancy! And it can even be worn as-is post-pregnancy too. Double win.

Currently, my maternity outfits (minus church-wear and date night outfits) consist of black leggings and some kind of comfortable top and sweater. It's a uniform that has served me well since it has gotten colder out! I am looking forward to getting to wear some of my favorite non-maternity clothes in a few weeks. They seem lonely.

Just: Got Henrik up from his nap. He was reluctant to get out of his crib. He definitely takes after me in that department.
Hoping: Chris comes home from work soon! We miss him.
Planning: A lazy dinner of chicken tenders, waffle fries, and green beans because #health.
Days Until Christmas/Baby: 6!

38 Week Bumpdate!

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Jumpsuit: Asos (get it here) // Necklace: J. Crew (similar here) // Shoes: Old Navy (get them here)

This maternity jumpsuit is one of the BEST purchases I made this pregnancy. I was able to start wearing it back in July and it has transitioned very nicely through the seasons. It's also ridiculously comfortable and not too tight, which is essential for my maternity-wear. A classic, comfy black jumpsuit like this will serve you well if you are pregnant! They are so easy to dress up or down and can be styled a million different ways. 

Time sure flies when you have a toddler and a zillion other things to do before the baby comes! Not to mention Christmas prep as well haha. Needless to say, it's been a busy month for us but we are immensely excited for our daughter's arrival.

Things here baby-wise have been fairly quiet this week. Not as many contractions, which is a bit disappointing. But I am 75% effaced, which is much more than I was with Henrik so I suppose that's good progress! Having plenty of the usual aches and pains, had a good non-stress test that showed that baby is doing well. My heartburn has also reappeared, but it hasn't been too horrible. As much as I love my pregnant belly and am enjoying these final days/weeks with it, I'm excited to get back to "normal", or whatever my new normal will be.

Henrik continues to be a fun distraction from all the stress of baby and house prep. He always knows how to make us slow down a bit and laugh. We are incredibly excited for Christmas with him this year since he at least sort of understands what's going on. "Sort of understands" is a generous phrase, I'll admit haha. He loves to find Santa a.k.a. Ho Ho Ho and wear his Santa hat. He loves the Christmas tree, decorations, and all the boxes that have been arriving at our house. I'm really looking forward to seeing his reaction to what's INSIDE all the boxes haha. This may be the last year we allow this many gifts, our tiny home is really running out of space and it'll be even tighter after Christmas/baby.

Stay tuned for more!

About: To go wake Henrik up from his nap.
Then: Springing back into action with projects! At least, as much as Henrik will allow.
Glad: That the sun is out today :)
Days Until Christmas/Baby: 6!!!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

37 Week Bumpdate!

How it feels to be pregnant sometimes.

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Dress: Target (similar herehere, and here) // Necklace: Kendra Scott (get it here) // Sweater: Target (similar here) // Shoes: Target (similar here)

Going from 36 weeks to 37 seems like a big deal in my mind for some reason? It's like at 36 weeks, you think you have a solid month before baby. But then week 37 starts and you're like wait, three weeks is not a lot of time? Plus the baby could come early??? Then panic mode really sinks in. At least it did for me haha. We really burst into action after Thanksgiving in terms of prepping for baby. We got (almost) everything into the new closet room, cleaned out a BUNCH of items (many of which will be sold in the spring during a closet sale! Stay tuned), and began organizing all the baby girl items I've been stockpiling over the last few months. It has been a ton of work and at times very overwhelming, but we are slowly making progress and I feel a lot better about everything. At this point, the baby could come and it wouldn't be a complete disaster ;)

Symptom-wise, I had a lot of contractions during this week. Some even showed up during my NST, which hadn't really happened before. My doctor checked me and I was only at 1 or 2 cm, which was a bit disappointing considering how frequent and painful the contractions had been. The one piece of encouraging news though was that I suddenly went from measuring 36 weeks at my last appointment (right on schedule) to 34 weeks, which means the baby has dropped considerably. I wasn't shocked to hear this news considering it feels like she might just fall out of me at any moment. Hopefully this means less pushing when the big day comes!

My hips/back/pelvis are quite sore, but going to the chiropractor has helped with that. My balance is definitely getting worse haha. The baby's movements/kicks are at times very painful, which I don't recall having with Henrik? Sometimes I yelp or jump in pain. It's not very pleasant. I'm pretty swollen all over, particularly my ankles. I can't wear my usual rings anymore, which is a bit sad. My blood pressure has been a bit on the high side, but not too high so that's good! Hopefully the preeclampsia stays away this time. 

We are so unbelievably thankful to all our family and friends who have stepped in to help us. It is really challenging to get house projects done with a very curious toddler so having people come to help watch Henrik has been invaluable. So many of our friends have offered to help and have shown their love and support in other ways that mean so much to us. It truly does take a village even to get through a pregnancy and we are immensely grateful for the people in our lives who have helped! 

Just a few more days/weeks to go...

About: To go shower.
Hoping: To watch The Great British Bake Show soon, it's seriously THE BEST.
Craving: Some ice cold water.
Days Until Christmas/Baby: 14!!!!!!!!!

36 Week Bumpdate

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Dress: Target (from last year, similar looks here and here) // Turtleneck: Target (similar here) // Shoes: Target (I'm sensing a trend? Similar here) // Necklace: J. Crew (similar here)

I've been taking somewhat regular photos this last month and a half, but of course finding the time to post and write about them has been a challenge haha.

These pics were taken shortly after Thanksgiving, which I thought I'd talk to you all about! It was difficult this year because we made the decision that Chris and Henrik should go to his family's Thanksgiving gathering and I should stay home per my doctor's orders. I wanted to make sure they got to see Chris's family since who knows when we will make it out West again with two kids, but it was so hard to not go with them.

I was very stressed and anxious in the weeks leading up to their trip, not because I worried about Chris's ability to handle Henrik, but because I just wanted to make sure they both had absolutely everything they needed and that all the logistics of traveling with a toddler were figured out. I knew I wouldn't be able to help in the moment, so I wanted to do everything I could to prepare them before their departure. In the end, the flights went great and Henrik handled everything like a champ (as did Chris).

Of course, I missed my boys terribly and begged for videos/pics/FaceTime calls constantly, BUT I WAS SO PRODUCTIVE. I cleaned out Henrik's entire room and reorganized it, sorted through items that the new baby would need, and got several other projects completed. It was also nice because we had my grandma and aunt in town for Thanksgiving so I got to spend time with them as well. All in all, it was a great Thanksgiving break. But I was more than happy to be reunited with Henrik and Chris the moment they got off the plane :)

Henrik was eager to tell me all about his adventures with Grandpa Stoker and his golf cart. He had a fantastic time there, which made me really happy. I had also turned our house into a Winter Wonderland while they were away so when Henrik walked through the door he said "Woooow!" numerous times (one of my favorite words of his). His reactions to all things Christmas have been pretty priceless.

Waiting: For Henrik to fall asleep. Chris is getting over a nasty cold so I'm on Henrik duty while he rests.
Hoping: Contractions will pick back up?? I feel like I'm not making any progress in that department.
Planning: To eat a few peanut butter cups in a few minutes.
Days Until Christmas/Baby: 14!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

33 Week Bumpdate!

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Dress: Old Navy (exact dress here) // Necklace: Purple Peridot (exact necklace here) // Shoes: Target (similar here and here)

When I was pregnant with Henrik, it was so easy to take frequent photos and blog about my pregnancy since we had so few things going on compared to now. But I absolutely love looking back at those posts and photos so I'm going to try really hard to post more this last trimester! Especially because realistically, there's a decent chance this baby could be coming quite a bit early (more on that later) so I have to take advantage of the time I have (and the belly!). Without further ado, here's the 33 week bumpdate!

Preeclampsia: As of right now, I'm going into the doctor's office twice a week for non-stress tests/monitoring since my blood pressure is a bit of a concern. If you recall, my high blood pressure and other preeclampsia symptoms are what led to my having to be hospitalized and induced with Henrik. Thankfully, I was towards the end of my pregnancy when those issues arose so it wasn't a big deal to induce me. This time, I've been having some high blood pressure readings much earlier on so they're having me take aspirin daily, watching my symptoms closely, and now I'm having frequent non-stress tests. I think I've successfully convinced my doctor to reduce the NST's to once a week as long as my blood pressure remains ok (it's been a bit elevated the last few appointments but nothing too bad). Which I'm extremely grateful for. I want all the time with Henrik that I can get and being gone two mornings a week is a lot. If at any point my blood pressure gets too high and I have other preeclampsia symptoms (like protein in my urine), then they'll induce me. So basically this baby could come tomorrow or I could go past my due date again haha it's totally unpredictable but that's just the nature of babies anyway! I'm really grateful I haven't had to be hospitalized for any long periods of time, put on bedrest, or had any other major complications.

Ultrasounds: Like with Henrik, I've had many ultrasounds with this baby (I think I've had five so far? Honestly it's hard to remember). Two of them were to check on the baby's heart because of some family heart conditions but they couldn't find anything wrong with her heart so that's good! Another one was to check and make sure the baby and my cervix were ok after having some mild spotting. The rest of the ultrasounds have just been the routine anatomy scan and growth scans due to the aforementioned risks of my blood pressure. I have two more scheduled for this pregnancy, we'll see how far I get! The baby has been consistently fairly uncooperative for the ultrasounds. Particularly in regards to showing her face. We have only had one ultrasound where we got a halfway decent look at her face in 3D. The tech was able to print some of those photos and they bring me so much joy. She is measuring a bit big, but who knows how much she'll end up weighing. Her head, however, has consistently been in the 95th percentile for size sooooo that's good haha. She also has visible hair, but if it's blonde like Henrik's it won't be really visible until she's about two years old.

Sciatica: My sciatic nerve pain has been bothering me more lately, but I can still walk pretty easily and if I go to the chiropractor about once a week, it doesn't get too out of hand. Looking forward to that pain going away after I give birth :) Feeling very grateful I'm still able to workout 5 days a week, even if it's just walking on a treadmill and watching Jeopardy. It is really hard for me to chase Henrik around, lift him up and down a lot, and wrestle him in and out of his stroller. If I overdo it, I am in a lot of pain afterwards and it takes a while to get back to normal. This has limited some of our outings (like I can't take him to a park by myself), but we are still trying to get out and do fun things while it's just him.

Heartburn: I had really horrible heartburn during my second trimester with Henrik so when I reached 28/29 weeks without experiencing anything, I thought I had dodged a bullet! Sadly, not so. The heartburn is back in action. I have learned that Tums are disgusting no matter the flavor but they do tend to help!

Leg cramps: I am much more prone to cramping in my calves and feet this pregnancy, which I also experienced with Henrik. It's been better the last week or two, which is great. When we were in New York about a month ago, I had one cramp that was so bad I actually cried haha so pathetic. Thankfully Chris was able to help me massage and relax the muscles to get rid of it.

Contractions: I have a lot of Braxton Hicks and actual contractions most days, but nothing consistent or intense enough to warrant a call to the doctor. Sometimes I'll start to time them, but they never seem to last more than an hour or so.

Dreams: I don't remember having this as much with Henrik, but I have had crazy vivid and bizarre dreams this pregnancy. They feel very real and often lead to me waking up extremely stressed. I can't recall details, but I'm usually mad at something and yelling at someone. It would be nice if I could just have a really vivid dream about lying on a beach or something, but alas.

Cravings: Nothing terribly specific, but I have been wanting peanut butter more than usual.

Nesting: I feel a great sense of urgency to get the house and all of the baby's things ready, but everything is kind of on hold until we can get the new room we added to our house set up with closet rods and storage. Most of what we need has been ordered so hopefully we can install the rods and shelves in the next week or so and then I can start moving everything from the current closet room into the new room, Henrik into the old closet room, and the baby into Henrik's current room. It's going to be a ton of work and it may not all get done before she arrives, but I'm eager to get started and hopefully get rid of a lot of stuff in the process. I'm also trying to get the rest of the birthday and Christmas gifts squared away so if she does come a bit early, I'm not scrambling at the last minute to get all of that done.

Name: We have a few girl names we like, but are still workshopping. Stay tuned.

Maternity Clothes: I've been wearing mostly leggings with sweaters/cardigans as well as athleisure (workout leggings and tees) since they're easy to hang out and play with Henrik in as well as allow for peak comfort during my appointments. Occasionally (once or twice a week) I get fancy and put on maternity jeans with a top and then obviously I dress up more for church (like the outfit I'm wearing above). It's been fun to dress my belly now that it's more round and wear some of my favorite maternity pieces from last pregnancy.

Photos: We are having our maternity/family photos taken this upcoming Saturday! I thought I had everyone's outfits all figured out, but sadly the pants I ordered for Henrik are too big and the shirt just doesn't quite work. Henrik has also decided that he despises bow ties so please pray I'll be able to bribe him into wearing his new bow tie for at least a few of the photos.

That's pretty much all for now! Hopefully the baby doesn't come too soon so I can do at least a few more posts about this pregnancy. As always, thank you for all the support and love! It means the world to us.

About: To go to bed. DST has hit me hard and I'm exhausted haha.
Happy: That the weather has cooled down a smidge so I can wear my fall/winter maternity clothes.
Watching: House Hunters International
Days Until Christmas/Baby: 51 HOLY MOLY

Monday, September 3, 2018

It's A Girl!


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Dress: Shein (get it here; size up if you're larger in the bust!) // Shoes: Old Navy (similar here and here) // Necklace: Kendra Scott (get it here)

As most, if not all of you already know, we are having a baby girl! I am so very excited. Throughout this pregnancy, I had a feeeeeeeling it was a girl, but I also thought Henrik was a girl so I tried not to put too much stock into my "feeling". I've always wanted to have at least one boy and one girl so I thought it would be convenient to have a girl next since I do NOT plan on being pregnant again for a GOOD LONG WHILE. But at the same time, I also loooooove baby boys so I really wasn't going to be disappointed either way. Plus since my due dates are literally identical, I thought it would be nice if it was a boy to be able to re-use virtually his entire wardrobe. Much conflicted feelings.

A few weeks leading up to our anatomy scan, I started having incredibly vivid dreams that I was having a girl. To the point that I would wake up CONVINCED that we already knew it was a girl. From that point on, it was reeeeaaallly hard to not keep thinking of the baby as "she". I tried to not use female pronouns when thinking about the baby in my head, but it happened anyway.

The day before our ultrasound seriously felt like Christmas Eve. I could not WAIT to find out. My appointment was pretty early in the day so I dropped off Henrik at my mom's house shortly after he woke up and headed to the doctor's office. Chris was able to join me for the ultrasound, which was so great. Monday mornings are usually crazy busy for him with work and meetings so I was really grateful he was able to slip away.

The ultrasound itself took fooooorever. It was one of the longest ultrasounds I had ever had (about an hour). The baby was not being terribly cooperative so examining and getting images of each part took several attempts. The ultrasound tech had me rolling from side to side, changing positions and incline, using the bathroom, etc. etc. in an effort to try and get the baby to a good spot. FIIIIINALLY, the tech said that she kept seeing "three white lines", which I knew meant a girl! She said she wasn't totally confident, but she didn't see anything to make her think it was a boy. With Henrik, it was super obvious right away that he was definitely a boy so the ambiguity made me a bit nervous. Before we left the ultrasound room, she asked how confident she was that it was a girl and she said 90%, which was good enough for us!

As excited as I was to hear that we were having a girl, I walked out of the doctor's office after my appointment and saw a dad in the waiting room holding a brand new baby boy and my heart broke just a tiny bit. But I'm sure that would have happened if I had found out we were having a boy and I saw a brand new baby girl right after too haha. I JUST WANT ALL THE BABIES.

It was VERY difficult to not tell my mom the gender when I went to pick up Henrik, but I wanted to tell her and my dad at the same time that evening. When we found out with Henrik, they were out of town so we had to Facetime them, which was fun! But telling people in person is always way better.

That afternoon, I made gender reveal cupcakes so when you bit into them, the icing inside was pink. I'm nooooot a super crafty baker person, but I was pretty pleased with how they turned out. Later that night we went to our good family friends' house with my parents and everyone bit into the cupcakes at the same time to see that it was a girl! It was so great to be able to celebrate with my parents and our friends whose kids are basically the closest thing I have to younger siblings. Everyone was obviously very excited and we had a good time visiting with each other.

Now that we know it's a girl, I've had fun buying headbands, floral blankets, and a few outfits. I plan to still reuse a lot of Henrik's clothes and just put a girly headband on her to make her look more definitively like a girl. I've also made a few purchases for her nursery, but we are going to be moving everything currently in the closet/storage room into a new room we are converting in our garage so that Henrik can have his own "big boy" room and the baby can stay in the nursery. I'm really hoping we can get the room in our garage constructed soon so I can start all the big projects that will be involved with setting up the kids' rooms. Also kids????? I still can't wrap my head around having TWO babies!! It bloooows my mind.

Everything else pregnancy-wise is going well, although my sciatic nerve pain is making an earlier appearance than I would like (I only struggled with it the last month of my previous pregnancy) so I've started going back to the chiropractor for regular adjustments and that's been helping. Hoping my body doesn't totally fall apart yet!

As always, thank you all for your support throughout this pregnancy! It's so great to share my excitement with everyone.

Watching: Project Runway
Enjoying: Our day off! It's been so great to have Chris around so I can actually get a bunch of things (like blogging) done.
Hoping: I can maybe still fit in a catnap this afternoon.
Days Until Christmas/Baby: 113!!!
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