Friday, June 24, 2011

One Month To Go!!!

It's hard to believe that last November I was freaking out when I saw that positive sign on the pregnancy test!  I thought July will never get here and I can't believe how fast time has flown by.  I officially have 30 days to go (hopefully a little less).  I am so ready but so not ready at the same time.  I am hot and miserable but freak out when I imagine being at home with an actual human being that is totally dependent upon me.  It's insane.  But then I find myself thinking of all the fun times ahead like first Halloween, Christmas and football games and I can hardly wait. 

Here's what I won't miss:
1. Having to sleep on my side
2. Back aches
3. REFLUX-I have been eating tums like candy
4. Feet swelling everyday at 3pm like clockwork because it's already 100 degrees in June and I am on them all day
5. Feeling like I will never fit into normal clothes again
6. Being able to fasten my sandals.  Right now I have to prop my feet upon the tub and am lucky if I can fasten them
7. Actually see past my stomach when I am laying down flat at night
8. Taking pre-natal vitamins.  Those are the worst!

However, I know all of it will be worth it in the end but I can assure you we will note be having another summer baby.  It's just too hot.  Plus, I am missing laying out so bad.  I have layed out some at my parents (I wouldn't be caught dead in public in a swimsuit) but I get so hot so fast it's almost not worth it.  Everything is coming along nicely.  All the clothes are washed and now I just have to iron them.  I was so worried that baby A would have nothing to wear but I'm pretty sure it's safe to say he has way too many clothes.  I am juts hoping he can actually fit in them since he's supposed to be such a big baby.  The nursery is basically done except for a few minor details so I will post pics when it is finished.  Below is a sneak peak of the bed and bedding though.  Also, I have attached a 35 week pic.  My tummy is HUGE!!!!

                                            My favorite part of the bedding-the bumper pads

Friday, June 17, 2011


Last week Ben and I got out of town for one last hoorah before baby A is born.  Unfortunately, we weren't really able to take a great vacation so we made due with Dallas.  We arrived on Wednesday afternoon and stayed at he marvelous Stoneleigh Hotel and Spa. The building itself is so old and it underwent a major renovation and is now fabulous.  I specifically just wanted to chill this trip because I know we really won't be able to chill again for a long time.  On the way into Dallas we stopped at BuyBuyBaby just to make sure there weren't any items I couldn't live without.  If you haven't been to this place it's so overwhelming.  Think Bed Bath & Beyond but with nothing but baby stuff.  I did get a wedge pillow to help support my back which has been killing me.  Turns out, it was a great investment.  I have slept with it every night since then.  After we checked in we ordered room service from the restaurant (which was fabulous) and a movie.  It was perfect.  Ben went down late to meet a friend for a drink in the swanky bar and I hit the sack. 
Thursday morning we ordered Breakfast and went down to the spa to have some R & R and be pampered.  Ben had a massage and I had to settle for a facial because they will not do pre-natal massages at this spa if you are in your thirs trimester even though I've been getting one about every 2-3 weeks back home.  Note: This apparently is very common in big cities so be sure to check before booking the hotel.  The facial was still great and they have a great steam room as well.  We then hit a couple children's stores and Edwin Watts before grabbing a quick nap and getting ready for dinner at one of my favoritre restaurnats Old Warsaw.  I had been bragging to Ben about how spectacular the food was so I was hoping I didn't disappoint. It was great.  We of course were entertained by the pianist and violinist as we ate and the best part is every lady is given a rose before she leaves.  A perfect treat.  We were stuffed.

Friday, we got up and headed out th Ft. Worth to the Dallas Motor Speedway.  Every year Ben and his family attend an Indy car race and last year I participated in the tradition.  We ate at the legendary Babe's for lunch and chilled the rest of the day.  Saturday was race day and Ben's parents were so sweet as to get us a table in the Speedway Club for the entire day so I didn't have to sit outside in the blazing heat.  We even pulled the pregnancy card so we could get picked up and dropped off at the door before the race.  No walking involved.  It was fabulous.  We, of course ate some more great food.  Crabcakes, salmon, salads, cornbread, it was sooooo good. 

We woke up Sunday morning feeling rested and ready to head back home to reality.  Just what I needed before the madness of a newborn.  I am glad we didn't wait any lonnger either because I am definitely starting to get uncomfortable.  I waddle and my feet swell if I stay on them too long.  Thanks to everyone who kept suggesting we get outta town beforehand.

                                                             The Stoneleigh Hotel

                                                Babe's Restaurant-The best biscuits ever!
                                    What a difference a year makes! Indy Race 2010 pre-baby.
                                                         Indy Race 2011. 6 weeks to go!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Maternity Clothes

I remember when I was approaching 20 weeks.  My pants couldn't really button anymore and I hated the bella band.  I know how hard it is for me to find pants that fit when I'm not pregnant, I could only imagine how it would be now that I had a belly forming.  Surprisingly, I have found some really precious maternity clothes.  In fact, many of them are nicer than my everyday non-pregnant wardrobe.  The thing I noticed about maternity clothes is it is worth it to pay for the fit.  It will so be worth it because good preggo clothes know how to fit you in the right places.  Below are my some of my fav things I've found along the way.

Pants: Japanese Weekend.  The pants are super comfy but look stylish still.  I can see why no one wants to give up the elastic band because it really is so comfortable.  You can breathe as your belly grows.  They come in bootcut and slim cut so you can choose what style works best for you.  I bought one of each and have worn them since week 20. 
Favorite stores: Pickles and Ice Cream.  There are two locations in Dallas and every time I'm there I pop in.  You can also order online but the clothes don't look nearly as cute as they do in the store. Baby Bump-New Orleans.  Soon they will offer online shopping but they have alot of great clothes and a fantastic jean selection. 

I also have several favorite brands I have discovered and below are some of the pieces I bought from their collections.  The one thing I will say is definitely factor in you body changing month after month.  Not so much in the stomach area for me but the bust.  You never know how your body will change. I am not 34 weeks and in the home stretch.  I am just hoping I can hold out and continue to wear all the clothes I have without purchasing anything else new.  Dresses have definitely been a lifesaver during these last couple weeks.  The Summer heat wave is upon us.
                                                           Rosie Pope Floral Maxi Mini
Nuka Maternity Elle Maxi Dress

Jules and Jim Azure Blue Ruffle Dress

One Shoulder Printed Tunic from Pickles and Ice Cream