Bumpdate: 35 Weeks

What day is it?  I’m always turned around for the first half of the day after a 3-day weekend.  We had a very productive and enjoyable long weekend.  I hope you did, too!  The weather wasn’t great, but we didn’t let that rain on our parade.

On Saturday Ryan and I picked up the crib and changing table.  Ryan put everything together {thankful to have married a handy man!}, while Charlie and I read the directions aka rolled around on the floor.  Unfortunately, the changing table had crack in the wood and a piece was missing so we had to go back to the store.  It makes me so happy that the nursery is coming together…  All we’re missing is the rocker and bookcase which are at my momma’s house and were in my nursery when I was a baby!

Sunday morning Ryan and I drove out to Skyline Drive to see the fall foliage.  We visited last year and it was breathtakingly beautiful.  It’s not a quick trip, we’re in the car for 5ish hours, but it’s easily one of my new favorite fall activities.  There is nothing quite like being on top of the mountains and feeling like you’re floating among the clouds.  After we got back I had a pre-natal massage which was ahhh-mazing.

Yesterday was a busy and productive day, although I didn’t do nearly half of what I had hoped to do.  I had a chiropractor appointment, a stress test and ultrasound, tutored two kiddos, and my momma came over to see our new place.  She set up the bassinet that she gifted us, I made a Mexican fiesta, and we enjoyed the carrot cake that Ryan bought for my birthday {freezing cakes is an awesome tip if you don’t wanna waste it!}.

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the bassinet & bedding my momma gifted us, except ours is white

My momma also brought over the shirt that the hospital gave me when I was born, my receiving blankets, a bonnet and blanket that my birth mother’s mom knitted, my old bibs, and a pillow that was in my crib.  It was such a sweet, special moment!


Due Date:  Thursday, November 13th

Gender:  Girl!

Name:  Chosen, but we’re keeping it a secret until she arrives.

Size:  Coconut {17.2 – 18.7 in.}

Symptoms:  Groin pain.  This is the one pain {in the butt} symptoms I’ve experienced my whole pregnancy and considering it just stared within the past two weeks, I can’t complain.  The sharp pain starts from my groin and shoots down my left leg.  It comes on sporadically and lasts for no longer than a minute, but it’s painful enough to stop me dead in my footsteps.  Based on Baby Szed’s positioning, it makes sense – her head is wayyy down {behind my bladder} and her legs are nestled under my rib cage.  Also why I have to pee every 10 minutes!  My chiropractor yesterday adjusted my back and neck, but he also pushed {HARD} on a spot near my hip bone/pelvis and I haven’t felt any shooting pain yet.  I hope I didn’t just jinx myself…

Movement:  I feel her moving at least 10 times a day – the nurse who did my stress test yesterday asked if I could feel her at least 10 times daily – but the movements are not as noticeable as they once were.  When I first began to feel her move, it felt like she was jabbing/kicking me, but now it feels like she’s just readjusting.  Although, it still looks like I have an alien in my belly when she moves.

Weight Gain:  I’ve maintained the same weight for the past month or so.  In total, I’ve gained about 20 pounds.

Cravings:  Still no real “I gotta have it now!” cravings.  I’m kinda hoping to have at least one before my due date because it’s one of the most cliché pregnancy symptoms, but if I don’t, oh well.  I’m still enjoying saltier foods more than sweets, ground beef {which I don’t typically care for}, lots of fruit, breakfast meats {turkey bacon/sausage}, and cheese.  I’ve been spoiled the past few weeks between a wedding, my baby shower, and my birthday…  I’ve eaten a lot of delicious cake.  I’ll take all of the frosting and leave all of the cake for someone else.  Ryan thinks I’m crazy.

Aversions:  Nothing that I can think of off the top of my head.

Fitness:  Last week was a good week in terms of workouts.  I either went to the gym and did 45+ minutes on a cardio machine or took Charlie for a long every day except once.  I love walking {and miss running} in the fall.

Sleep:  Same as last week.  I’m asleep by 8:30 or 9PM and up around 4AM.  Except Monday morning, I was awake at 1:30AM.  Blah.

Read past bumpdates…

Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

Bumpdate: 25 Weeks

Bumpdate: 26 Weeks

Bumpdate: 27 Weeks

Bumpdate: 28 Weeks

Bumpdate: 29 Weeks

Bumpdate: 30 & 31 Weeks

Bumpdate: 32 – 34 Weeks

Question:  Cake or icing?  Or both?  Icing!  Ryan prefers a 1:1 ratio of cake to icing.

Question:  Do you prefer frosting to be more sugary or more buttery?  Sugary, like the kind on cheap grocery store sheet cakes or in a tub.  I’m not a huge fan of buttercream because it’s so rich and I tend to get a stomach ache later.  Cream cheese frosting is okay, too.

— Allison


18 Laugh Out Loud Onesies

Insomnia has become the norm around here.  When it strikes at 2:30AM and nothing is on TV other than infomercials, make pancakes…


And laugh.out.loud. at ridiculous onesies :D

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Happy Hump Day!

Question:  What’s your favorite onesie?

Question:  When insomnia strikes, what do you do?

— Allison


Happy 3rd Birthday Charlie!

Happy Birthday to my first child, Charlie!  We love you more everyday and know that you will be a great big brother in just a few weeks.

Over the past year you done many of your favorite things like taken long naps, given lots of kisses, chased leaves, stolen socks, gone on car rides, eaten chicken, and cuddled.  But you also have…


completed your first 5K race


helped with chores


explored Skyline Drive


kicked dad out of bed


gotten into the holiday spirit


been brave at the vet


kept the community clean


embraced the snow


comforted me when I was sick


attended the Cherry Blossom Festival


not learned to love bath time


gained a pound


celebrated becoming a big brother


listened to Baby Szed


swam for the first time


learned to ask for treats


stayed in a fancy hotel


helped with home renovations


tested Baby Szed’s new gizmos

Happy 3rd Birthday, Charlie!

P.S.  Now you’re legal {in dog years}.

See Charlie’s past birthdays…

Charlie’s 1st Birthday

Charlie’s 2nd Birthday

Question:  How do you celebrate your pet’s birthday?

Question:  What’s your favorite Charlie memory?

— Allison