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Maternity Photos

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Maternity Gown (wearing the unlined version – with a slip! – in S)

Today is the big day! Soon we’ll be settled down into our hospital room, getting induced. All things considered we are excited and nervous at the same time and as I prepare for an intense ride ahead of me, I figured the post for today should be light and fun. 🙂

We had our maternity photos done about two weeks ago by Kelly Williams of Kelly Williams Photography and we could not be more thrilled with the results! We’ll be seeing her again very soon for newborn photos after our little one arrives. 🙂

Enjoy!

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Pregnancy Update: 38 Weeks!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Always Hungry” Crop Top / Stripe Pajama Bottoms similar here

It has been a very hectic few weeks around here. Since my last post, our oven blew up (total overstatement), our fish came down with fin rot and we got some very unexpected baby news. All in all, we’re taking it as it comes and have successfully installed a new oven, are medicating Patronus (please get better, little guy!) and are eagerly awaiting our new addition. Oh, and we had our maternity photos done and they turned out sooooooo beautifully!

baby size: a leek – in length, not girth
bump size: still really big to me, apparently not so big to everyone else

symptoms: bending over is…over, contractions (literally having them during these photos!)
cravings: pizza, chocolate

worst part so far: being told we’re getting induced
best part so far: finishing up the nursery

Funny how a small change in plans affects so much, especially when you’re pregnant. After all of our absolutely perfect prenatal appointments and signing paperwork for the new low intervention suite at our hospital – where they allow low risk women to have low intervention births (like a home birth in a hospital setting) – we were hit with what I feel like was a bomb.

We were told last week that the baby is not as heavy as they’d like it to be and that there is a chance that the placenta is not functioning as well as it should. Because the doctors are erring on the side of caution, I am not being allowed to go to my due date. I am being induced in three days. THREE DAYS. It’s only one week and a day earlier than my original due date, but that’s one week and one day less than we thought we had! Cue panic.

As upset as I originally was, I have accepted the terms that this baby is coming on and am even looking forward to meeting our mystery baby (and being not pregnant) a week early. 🙂 As far as the baby’s health is concerned all my tests are still coming back perfectly – my blood work, non stress and doppler ultrasounds look beautiful – and the doctor has informed us that once the baby is born tests can be run on the placenta if they’re needed. More so, it’s possible that the baby comes out at a higher weight than they estimated or that I simply make small, yet otherwise perfectly healthy babies.

Oh, and that low intervention room? Yeah. Totally out the window thanks to being induced. :/

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Baby Shower Details!

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In case you haven’t heard…I. LOVE. PARTIES. The decorations, the company, the FOOD. What makes a party even more fun? When it’s your party! A few weekends ago my mom and sister hosted my baby shower and they did such a fantastic job!

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Outfit
Easter was literally a week before my shower and the dress I chose totally hid my belly. I had people all day saying “aren’t you supposed to be pregnant”. :/ Because people keep saying I’m small and I don’t show from behind I decided that I was going to make sure to show off my baby bump for the shower. The kicker? You still can’t even see my bump in most of my baby shower photos – the photo above is the best shot of my belly. LOL.

The ruching of the dress definitely helps conceal any less than perfect parts but you’ll still definitely want a nude slip to keep the white from being see through and to help smooth out any bumps. Bonus: this dress will fit after pregnancy – I was able to fit into an XS at 33 weeks pregnant. This dress also comes in a bunch of other colors as well as a long sleeve option.

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Decorations
Because we still don’t know what we’re having we went with a combo of mint, coral, yellow and gray. My mom and youngest sister painted baby blocks for the centerpieces, made a banner for behind the gift and game table and used tissue poms to alleviate some empty wall space.

I believe my mom made the jeopardy board using a tri fold display and I typed up some simple signs to use on the game table. (If you have never been to DaFont, I HIGHLY recommend it – I love being able to download free fonts to use on invites and decor!)

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 Food
The food was exactly what you need for a shower – simple and tasty. Mom and my sister did funeral sandwiches, crockpot meatballs, a fruit and veggie tray and a cheese and cracker tray. The cake was my favorite – chocolate Costco cake! – and my mother even showed me the order sheet she basically murdered. She spent a lot of time explaining to the bakery EXACTLY what she wanted – complete with stapled on samples of the shower colors. Definitely keeping that order form forever. 🙂

Games
I picked out the games I wanted to play at my shower because I have a burning hate for horrible shower games. The games were split into two categories – actual games and not-so-actual games. The difference? To me, games that are similar to “how many blanks are in this jar” are not real games, they’re toss ups. Real games are games that can be played to win and require some skill on the participants’ part.

We did two faux games. Everyone who brought a book for the baby was entered in a raffle. We also did my variation on “how many blanks in the jar”, changing it to “how many diapers does mommy have in her stockpile”. We took a picture of my diaper stockpile, put it in a frame and let people write down their guess as they came in.

As for the real games, we played three – Baby Bingo, The Name Game and Baby Jeopardy. Baby Bingo is a fun way to keep guests entertained while you’re opening presents; they fill in a bingo card with their guesses as to what you will receive and mark them off as you open matching presents. The Name Game is a fun, fast game that requires guests to make as many names as they can from the parents’ names in 5 minutes – the one with the most wins! As for Baby Jeopardy, we play it as a team game and it essentially works just like regular jeopardy. The categories we used were “Laura’s Pregnancy” (details about my pregnancy like who found out first and what my symptoms were), “All About Baby” (facts about our baby like how many cousins he or she will have when they’re born and the babys’ due date), “Mommy’s Cravings” (all about what I was craving during pregnancy), “Disney Babies” (matching Disney moms to their kids) and “Old Wives’ Gender Tales” (the folklore people use to tell if you’re having a boy or a girl).

As for the prizes, we opt for giant candy bars. (Soap and candles are nice, but a huge hunk of chocolate? No contest.) Not the king size bars or the XL bars, but the really big bars you find back with bagged candy; they’re about $2 -$3 each and we typically get a few of each flavor and have winners pick one from the pile.

The Result
One of the major reasons we opted to not find out the baby’s gender is because we knew that if we found out, we’d likely end up with a load of clothes and not much in the way of baby gear. I’m still not 100% clear on why women with kids always seem to follow that same pattern, but it’s like “do you not remember that you didn’t want all those clothes either”.

Luckily, our plan worked out and we ended up getting most of the large items off our registry with a grand total of about half our registry bought. We ended up only needing to purchase the baby monitor, baby carrier, drawer organizers and the small odds and ends that I really thought would have been bought first (nail clippers, brush, nasal aspirator, etc). The turnout really could not have been better and we are so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends. 🙂

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Maternity Memorial Outfit

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABodycon Dress (wearing XS/S) / Derby Hat / Pearl Studs similar here / Heels similar here

This past Saturday was my grandmother’s memorial service. Her passing still doesn’t seem like reality to me; I keep wanting to pick up the phone and dial her number and it always takes me a minute or two to remember that she’s not there to pick up.

My outfit was well received – I was constantly being that so and so loved my hat and where did I get it and that I looked so good for being six months pregnant. The dress itself has been worn to so many functions since I bought it. For reference, I’m wearing an XS/S – the same size I was wearing before becoming pregnant – so I highly recommend it for your next staple piece.

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Maternity Travel Outfit

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASweatpants (wearing size S) / Tee Shirt / Cardigan similar here / Shoes

We are going on an adventure! Where to? Stop by in a week or so and find out! 🙂

Although I won’t reveal our destination quite yet, I will reveal that we’re getting on another overnight plane ride. The first time I had an overnight flight, we were headed to Ireland about four months ago. Although I was pregnant at the time, I was not 6 months pregnant!

For this trip I opted to go with loose sweats instead of my typical leggings. Why? Because I’m 6 months pregnant, swollen and this is a longer flight. As always, I’m wearing my super hot compression socks underneath all this and am bringing my favorite cardigan to keep me warm.

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Thrift Haul

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Todays’ thrift haul is a bit different than usual. It’s all baby clothes! 🙂

As I have stated before, I am a very picky person and things are no different when it comes to baby things. I prefer simple to over the top and I have a really hard time justifying $8 for a brand new three piece outfit that my baby may get one or two wears out of before they outgrow it.

I have been a very busy bee stalking the area thrift stores for baby clothes and toys for a fraction of the cost of regular retail. I know prices vary from area to area, but where I live baby clothes are $0.50 a piece. Not just onesies and hats. Jumpers, overalls and coats are $0.50 too!

This haul is what I picked up in one week and only spent $19! I have been picking up boys, girls and gender neutral clothes since we won’t know what we’re having until D-Day.

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26 Facts For My 26th Birthday!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGray Sweater similar here / Levi’s 535 Super Skinny Jeans in Mid Roast / Earrings

Today is my 26th birthday! It’s hard to believe that 26 years ago my mom was just welcoming me into the world as her first child – about the same age as I will be when I deliver my first in May.

In honor of my birthday, I decided to do a little list of 26 random facts all about me. It’s my birthday and that’s ok. Right? 🙂

1. I share my birthday with my great, great grandfather who was born February 17th in 1887.

2. I won the departmental award for Creative Writing in my senior year of high school.

3. I want a grand total of six kids.

4. I have an anatomical variation – air pockets in my nasal membranes.

5. I prefer red grapes to white grapes, white grape juice to red and hate everything grape flavored.

6. I collect sand from every beach I go to.

7. The Wheel of Time is my favorite book series of all time.

8. I jump at every opportunity to plan and host parties; it’s just something I happen to be insanely good at. 🙂

9. I have a (my husband would say creepy) knack for being able to remember and recite entire portions of Disney movies.

10. Until I met my husband I had never eaten at Taco Bell.

11. I get insanely car sick but never have a problem on roller coasters.

12. My favorite red wine is Roscato Rosso Dolce (you can buy it at Walmart for about $10) and my favorite white is Moscato d’Asti (any brand will do!).

13. My dad has given me multiple nicknames over the years which include: Half pint, Stinker, Tadpole and the current name, Leapchion. On the other hand, my sisters’ nickname has and will always be Booger.

14. I still cannot sleep in the dark without my husband – I’m not afraid of the dark, I’m afraid of what I can’t see in the dark.

15. Almost my entire basement is my couponing stockpile.

16. The Outer Banks is one of my most favorite places of all time, anywhere.

17. I am afraid of ladybugs being on me.

18. I was so quiet in school, my 4th grade teacher nicknamed me “Loud Mouth Laura”. In 8th grade, a teacher nicknamed me “Smiley” because I was so shy and never did; he still calls me that to this day and even nicknamed my little sister “Smiley Jr”.

19. I have never gotten pulled over or received a ticket.

20. I have only ever had two jobs; a cashier at Burger King while in high school and working at a local jewelry store buying and selling gold and silver right out of high school.

21. Jedi Mind Trick is my favorite at home cocktail – I make mine with milk instead of half and half.

22. I spend at least an hour (probably more) every day browsing recipe blogs and looking at houses on Zillow. (Literally born to be a stay at home mom. 🙂 )

23. I HATE the taste of water, so I typically drink Crystal Light instead.

24. I have had 13 teeth removed – most were adult teeth, a few were baby teeth and 4 were wisdom teeth.

25. I LOVE to do genealogy research. Something about the smell of old books and weeding through papers just makes me giddy – maybe I should’ve been a librarian.

26. I can sleep anywhere, anytime, mouth open and everything. 🙂

So there you have it! I’ve got a busy birthday planned – FREE breakfast at Denny’s, lunch (and cracklin’s) at Grannys’ and pizza and Costco cake with my immediate family for dinner. Can we just talk about the food I get to eat today?! 🙂

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