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38 weeks

how far along? 38 weeks ~ length of a leek
total weight gain: 33 pounds
maternity clothes: yes & no, i find myself re-wearing the same outfit a lot these days :)
stretch marks: nope, almost in the clear! although i wouldn't mind a "battle scar" or two
sleep: this week i've been sleeping sitting up and it has helped a lot with the discomfort // still getting up every other hour or so to use the restroom
best moments this week: spent some time with my sweet husband, realizing it would be our last weekend "alone" for pretty much ever. though i have a feeling we won't mind that too much once we see her gorgeous face
missing anything? not much
movement: still has slowed down a bit due to all the contraction excitement
food cravings: the usuals (cereal, mint & chip ice cream, pizza) adding oatmeal this week! it's been so yummy & cozy in the mornings
anything making you sick or queasy? chicken smell
labor signs? 38 weeks & 6 days update: dialted 1 cm, mini's head is at about a 0 (basically she can't get any lower without starting to come out!), and i'm about 75% effaced. doctor said we better go out to dinner because it may be our last chance for awhile. :) #freakingout
symptoms: contractions, contractions, contractions! and my feet have doubled in size, i guess it's because her head is down and pushing on the veins that flow to my feet // this is happening!
belly button in or out? half way out, the rest is flat
wedding rings on or off? engagement band off, wedding band on
pedicure color: OPI "visions of love" it's a pretty maroonish red for Christmas time. thank you to my sweet friend for treating me!
mood: scared, anxious, excited...a little bit of everything
looking forward to: family starting to arrive! // and seeing jordan hold her for the first time...i'm going to lose it

// erin


37 weeks

how far along? 37 weeks ~ size of swiss chard or a wintermelon (i really have zero idea what either of those are, but ok!)
total weight gain: 31 lbs and measuring right on track // dr. predicts mini to be in the low 7's for birth weight and probably pretty long
maternity clothes: a mix
stretch marks: no sign of 'em
sleep: been waking up between 5 & 7 times a night (yes, i've counted), and usually need husband to help give me a little push, hah. the hip and pelvic pains are the worst at night from sleeping on my sides 
best moments this week: mini hearing her uncle michael sing his solo at our home church's christmas concert, yay for technology // our life group threw us the most thoughtful baby shower! // a weekend getaway to whistler ~ husband got some boarding in before baby and i got to rest & soak in that 1 degree weather!! it was beautiful :) // my sister drove up from vancouver to help with baby prep. we shopped, ironed, and organized her closet...so grateful!
missing anything? date nights // hope to get in a couple this weekend before we're a party of 3 ;)
movement: she has calmed down a little since the contractions began (see labor signs), but still pretty consistent
food cravings: i went to panda express 3 times this week for honey walnut shrimp with chow mein & rice, yummy!!
anything making you sick or queasy? the smell of chicken
labor signs? i've gotten my first taste of those contractions! braxton hicks are in full effect. i get them pretty regularly, no pain, just a little uncomfortable. my entire tummy tightens on it's own
symptoms: nesting // i found myself on my hands & knees picking up itty bitty black fuzzies that were all over the floor in our bedroom
belly button in or out? half way out
wedding rings on or off? engagement band off, wedding band on
mood: amazed
looking forward to: mailing out our christmas cards // finalizing our bags for the hospital, eek! // getting a much needed manicure & pedicure

// erin


36 weeks

how far along? 36 weeks ~ size of a bowling ball or head of romaine lettuce 
total weight gain: 30 lbs // belly is measuring 2 weeks behind (i wonder if it's because she's so vertically stretched out in there?) 
maternity clothes: now that i'm off work, i've pretty much been living in my pj's :)
stretch marks: nope!
sleep: tossing & turning a lot and when i get up to use the restroom, i feel like a thousand pounds
best moments this week: i didn't have to wake up at 5am!!! // had my first ever pregnancy massage, long overdue! // decked the halls // played full-on catch phrase over facetime with my family, the best!! // went on a black friday shopping spree with the in-laws and started filling in the holes on our list, so thankful! things are really coming together, especially the nursery
missing anything? i always miss family the most after a visit // it stinks not being able to pop by brother's or sister's place for a laugh or chat on the couch with mom & dad. i sure wish they could witness more of this crazy amazing time in person.. maybe for baby #2!
movement: the usual, lots
food cravings: definitely took a trip to Michael's just to buy those wilton candy melts...what on earth?? mini has funny taste :)
anything making you sick or queasy? chicken
labor signs? no? having some sporatic sharp pains deep in my pelvis, but the doctor says that's from her head burrowing down so low. oh mini...
symptoms: hips are relaxing and more pained, can't bend down worth beans (unless i don't plan on getting back up)
belly button in or out? half way out
wedding rings on or off? my engagement band was officially off most of the week, never thought i'd see the day!
mood: feeling a little more prepared, but at the same time, completely unprepared. i guess that probably won't change :)
looking forward to: seeing her precious face! // and picking a pediatrician... any tips on questions to ask them at our meet & greet appts.?

// erin


35 weeks

how far along? 35 weeks ~ size of a honeydew melon (over 18 inches long)
total weight gain: 28 lbs // measuring about a week behind, but that's totally normal
maternity clothes: yes & no // looking forward to purchasing some more comfy pj's now that work is DONE // what are your favorite pregnancy pj's?
stretch marks: no
sleep: super not comfortable, even the snoogle has lost it's touch // doctor said mini's head is way way down, contributing to a lot of the discomfort...she must be ready to come out! i mean i would be too if i knew Christmas was coming... *<|;o)
best moments this week: my last day of work!! ...can i get an AMEN?? // getting fed cake at my work baby shower // great check-up from the doctor ~ that heartbeat gets me every time // and running errands with husband, i love time with him and just holding his hand
missing anything? tracy anderson's pregnancy project ~ another thing i hope to ease into now that i'll have a bit more time on my hands
movement: still bouncing around in there, her precious leg stretches are my favorite. i can almost make out a foot!
food cravings: food has been tough lately, i'll have 2 bites and be so full. but i did make room for my favorite grilled cheese sandwich today. :)
anything making you sick or queasy? the chicken aversion has kinda come back a little bit
labor signs? i don't think so!
symptoms: bumping into things 
belly button in or out? half way out
wedding rings on or off? on, but it sure is getting snug
pedicure color: nothin
mood: feeling very under prepared
looking forward to: spending 3 days with the in-laws showing them around our little town // thanksgiving dinner at the top of the space needle // black friday shopping with glamma krista #ihopeidontdie // more christmas decorating // and a little pampering next week!

happy thanksgiving everyone!! // i'm so thankful for each of you that take an interest in my little life, thank you for following along!

// erin


34 weeks

how far along? 34 weeks ~ size of a cantaloupe or small pumpkin & weight of a sack of flour (almost 5 lbs)
total weight gain: still 26 lbs // doctor's records show i haven't gained weight in 2 weeks, but she doesn't seem concerned yet...time for that extra bowl of ice cream??
maternity clothes: still getting away with a mix of maternity & non-maternity
stretch marks: no
sleep: it is what it is ~ a bit uncomfortable and i wake up with some right hip and lower belly pain. come on snoogle, don't fail me now!
best moments this week: bought the christmas tree we'll bring mini home to! we have a little one for her room as well :) // hearing her heart beat pumping away at 140 bpm, such a little miracle // sharing stories with 5 other mamma's who've gone through it all and then some, i learned a ton!
missing anything? not this week
movement: she sure likes to stick her little behind out  a lot...and definitely does not get that from me ;) // started feeling her hiccups for the first time too, incredible!
food cravings: orange juice, pizza, ice cream, repeat
anything making you sick or queasy? no
labor signs? none...i honestly don't even know what i'm looking for with this one
symptoms: nothing new // minor aches & pains, swollen feet, pretty vein fireworks all over my legs...the good stuff!
belly button in or out? half out
wedding rings on or off? on
how many people have touched your belly this week? just a couple! 
pedicure color: foresty green
mood: 5 more days of work = i'm in a pretty good mood :D 
looking forward to: so much!! getting more than 5/6 hours of sleep for starters! // prepping for jordan's parents thanksgiving visit (their first time to seattle!) // starting some christmas decorating // creating our birth plan (no clue what this fully means, but thank goodness for the world wide web!) // doing some etsy shopping for girly baby things

// erin


33 weeks

how far along? 33 weeks ~ size of a pineapple
total weight gain: 26 pounds // mini is about 4 lbs of that!
maternity clothes: still a mix of maternity & non-maternity
stretch marks? nope
sleep: i've been waking up more during the night and gradually getting more uncomfortable
best moments this week: we had a wonderful visit with my parents, granny & grampa, who drove up from california. my mom cooked for us and spoiled mini rotten
missing anything? my ankles
movement: holy wiggle worm, yes! i wonder if her movement inside the womb is an indicator of her movement once outside the womb??
food cravings: granny's spaghetti & "snake meat" sauce // the daily breyer's mint & chip & cereal cravings are still going strong
anything making you sick or queasy? no
labor signs? none
symptoms: definitely getting the full waddle on these days
belly button in or out? half out
wedding rings on or off? on
how many people have touched your belly this week? 3
mood: overwhelmed
looking forward to: a free friday night // seeing pictures from our maternity shoot // and getting together with old college friends for the annual APU thanksgiving dinner!

// erin


32 weeks

how far along? 32 weeks ~ size of a jicama and weight of a small sack of potatoes
total weight gain: 25 pounds
maternity clothes: did a little damage at asos maternity // got a couple holiday dresses i'm really excited about!!
stretch marks? no
sleep: getting a little better as far as length goes. however, i did have the most horrible nightmare the other night. i'm not even going to say what, it was just terrible. bleh. pregnancy dreams seem so real.
best moments this week: an extra hour of sleep // dinner date with husband talking baby names & parenting strategies // celebrating 2 years of marriage with yummy takeout & a movie on the couch~it was HEAVEN!
missing anything? putting on my shoes each morning with ease
movement: tons! it's neat seeing the look on faces of friends or people at work feeling the feet jabs and her little rump poking out
food cravings: not many cravings this week besides diet coke... oh, and red robin ranch :D
anything making you sick or queasy? nothin
labor signs? no
symptoms: feels like mini is taking up residency in my ribs these days!
belly button in or out? just chillin at half way out
wedding rings on or off? on
pedicure color: whitish pinkish, called "easy going"
how many people have touched your belly this week? a few
mood: to be honest, after our hospital labor & delivery tour, i'm nervous. seeing the rooms, the beds, the halls, we left a bit speechless realizing this is happening!! and the unknown scares me right now. thankful that God will carry us through each step. 
looking forward to: a weekend with grampa & granny // and the reschedule of our maternity shoot :)

// erin


31 weeks

how far along? 31 weeks ~ size of a coconut or pineapple
total weight gain: 23 pounds
maternity clothes: a little of this a little of that // loving the non-maternity mid-thigh cotton dresses, paired with leggings of course. (the legs are lookin a little gnarly these days)
stretch marks? no, but my belly is starting to feel tight. so, maybe soon?
sleep: still on the rough side
best moments this week: my shower! it was all things gold and fabulous with mini champs bottles as favors :) i felt blessed to have my little washington support system there // sister, granny, husband, and i decorating the nursery walls with gold polka dots // finishing up our childbirth prep classes and watching husband hold and swaddle that fake baby. he's going to be a great dad.
missing anything? probably just rest
movement: yep, and it's becoming more and more prominent! i think her feet are on my left side (previously thought to be an elbow) and head or rear towards the right front
food cravings: we had peanut butter m&m's at the shower and i haven't stopped eating them since...
anything making you sick or queasy: not really
labor signs: no, just a sore tummy from the stretching
symptoms: getting around slower, even a simple walk to bathroom leaves me quite out of breath
belly button in or out? a tiny bit out, it's holding on for dear life :)
wedding rings on or off? on
how many people have touched your belly this week? maybe 8ish
mood: feeling beyond blessed, yet worn out
looking forward to: this weekend we are touring the hospital where mini will be born! :) another reality check. // and our maternity photo shoot with kristal joy photography. (she shot our mini reveal as well) please say a prayer for no rain!

// erin


30 weeks

how far along? 30 weeks ~ 10 weeks to go! size of a head of cabbage or cucumber (i'm confused, those are 2 very different looking vegetables...)
total weight gain: 22 pounds
maternity clothes: i did a lot of flowy oversized things in paris and would dress them up with a blazer or scarf, though all the layers are getting quite uncomfortable as i grow bigger; definitely felt like a marshmallow at times. but at least i could zip up my jackets! ;)
stretch marks? no
sleep: as the week in paris went on, we got less & less; some mornings we'd have to be up by 4:30 or 5am for a tour. all so worth it though!
best moments this week: securing our lock to the lock bridge & throwing the key into the seine // climbing 300 steps to the top of the arc de triomphe // tasting grapes off the vine of the moet & chandon/dom perignon vineyards // lunch at the top of the eiffel tower & seeing it sparkle each night // eating macaroons in bed // buying mini her very first peacoat! // the look on husband's face after trying his first espresso // getting lost on the metro // wandering the gardens of versailles // so many memories made with mon amour
missing anything? my bed & american food. sorry paris, but i couldn't eat most of your delicacies!
movement: more of the elbow jab
food cravings: any paris pastry! the gaufre was our favorite~basically a fresh crispy waffle with your choice of toppings (nutella, powdered sugar, etc.) they had me at "waffle"...
anything making you sick or queasy: all of the cigarette smoke in the air there // i actually did get sick the 2nd day in, not too fun
labor signs: no
symptoms: all the walking and standing really took a toll on my body~legs swollen all over, the amount of varicose veins seems to have doubled. acid was the worst it's been and my round ligaments were screaming at me by the end of each day. it could be so much worse though. a friend of mine is dealing with a separated pelvis during her pregnancy, i can't imagine how painful that must be.
belly button in or out? half way out
wedding rings on or off? on
pedicure color: navy
how many people have touched your belly this week? 3
mood: exhausted, but very thankful
looking forward to: a refreshed routine // maybe some sleep?? // mini's washington shower this weekend!

// erin


29 weeks

how far along? 29 weeks ~ size of a butternut squash, how perfectly fall-ish
total weight gain: 21 pounds
maternity clothes: a mix of both // i was able to get my non-maternity jackets zipped up all the way in paris, which was a huge accomplishment i must say :)
stretch marks? no
sleep: we actually got less sleep in paris than we do here! but when i was asleep, i was out
best moments this week: pumpkin carving/painting party with friends before we left // fitting everything into my suitcase! // seeing the eiffel tower for the first time, it felt like a dream (more paris best moments coming in week 30!)
missing anything? not a thing! i was on vacation :)
movement: lately she's been loving to stick her little elbow practically through the left side of my tummy, and then leaving it there for a bit...
food cravings: ate almost an entire bag of candy corn on the flight to france, oops!
anything making you sick or queasy: that bag of candy corn i just ate... 
labor signs: no
symptoms: nothing new this week
belly button in or out? it's just chillin now at about half way out
wedding rings on or off? on!
pedicure color: navy
mood: in awe, there were so many amazing things to see & do!
looking forward to: finding something fabulous for mini in paris

// erin