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39 Week Belly Comparison

Sarah was born 2 days after this picture was taken and was 8 lbs 12.5 ozs. Can’t wait to see what Shelby weighs!

First Snowman of 2012

We really have not had much of a winter (yet). We have gotten some snow here and there but not a whole lot and within a few days it’s gone. I am hoping that we don’t get a ton of snow before the baby comes.

The girls had a lot of fun building their first snowman of 2012!

Pregnancy Week 39

Wow… one week until my due date! Not sure if I will make it or not. I had both my older girls at 39 weeks so it will be interesting to see when this little one comes!

I am trying not to be one of those pregnant moms who complain about everything, sure I get a back ache, yeah my ankles started swelling this week, I can’t see “downstairs” anymore, it’s hard to put on my shoes… but…. every little thing is so worth it in the end for this sweet little baby.

I had my midwife appointment and all is good. I finally gained some weight so I am up around 6 or 7 pounds total. And my midwife noticed the start of swelling, which was normal for me in both my other pregnancies at 39 weeks.

Shelby still loves to sit high up in my ribs but I still love feeling her body slide around. I will miss her movements. But I am ready to move on with the next stage in our lives… we all are!

Your Baby in Week 39 of Pregnancy

Coming down to the wire, your baby weighs around seven to eight pounds and measures 19 to 21 inches. Those measurements won’t change much from now on, but her brain is still growing at an astonishing rate, a pace that will continue for the first three years of life. Her pink skin has now turned whitish (even babies who’ll eventually have darker skin appear whitish now — they haven’t yet developed pigment). Her head may have dropped into your pelvis by now, which makes your breathing easier but walking harder.

Wordless Wednesday: 38 Week Belly Comparison

Still carrying Shelby higher, which I guess is normal for subsequent pregnancies and I feel much smaller. Which would make sense since my midwife thinks Shelby is around 7lbs. Sarah was almost 9lbs at birth.

Who thinks I’ll have a 39 week comparison?

Pregnancy Week 38

Here we are two weeks from our EDD! Hopefully you aren’t too bored with all my pregnancy updates, but these are my last few days or weeks so they will be over soon (then you get to hear about Shelby )

I had a great 38 week appointment. Based on feeling Shelby from the outside of my stomach my midwife thinks she may be around 7 lbs to 7 and a half pounds at birth. Which is kinda what I feel like too.

I also started the oh so fun prodromal labor. I spent a few nights with contractions for an hour or so before they fizzled out but boy were they annoying! That dull menstrual like ache with a rock hard stomach is really annoying when it’s false labor.

total weight gain is one pound. Midwife was happy, said I did great with my weight. I am hoping this means I am able to get down to where I want to be quickly, and I am sure breastfeeding will help!

nothing new this week, baby is still high, she gets lots of hiccups and I just love feeling her practicing breathing.

Your Baby in Week 38 of Pregnancy

Hey, your little one isn’t so little anymore, weighing close to seven pounds and measuring 20 inches long. Fetal development is nearly complete as your baby tends to a few last-minute details like shedding the skin-protecting vernix and lanugo. She’s also producing more surfactant, a substance that prevents the air sacs in her lungs from sticking to one another once she starts to breathe. Most of the changes this week are small but important: She’s continuing to add fat (so she can take advantage of all those photo ops by sporting a round, cute baby look!) and fine-tuning her brain and nervous system (so she can deal with all the stimulation that awaits her once she makes her entrance into the world).

Get Ready for Baby: Our Finished Nursery

Finally at 38 weeks we have everything completely done! All clothes are washed, all diapers are prepped, all bedding and blankets done. Everything is put away and ready to go!

I have even (almost) finished my birth center bag. Shelby’s bag is done, snacks are packed and the older girls bag is ready for grandma’s house.

now we wait……

Pregnancy Week 37

Well I am not sure how many pregnancy updates I’ll have, but with my luck miss Shelby will wait until the last minute to come! I fully expect to be pregnant for a few more weeks.

My appointment last week went great. Still n weight gain, bp is good, no swelling and Shelby was moving all over the place! I do feel like she is growing like a weed as some days I have back ache and some nights the pressure is pretty bad. But then days like today I feel great with barely any discomfort. Braxton Hicks are more frequent, and usually I get them after I have been sitting for a while and I get up and move around.

I love sitting at night and watching my belly move around. Shelby’s kicks hurt sometimes but I get a kick out of watching my belly sway back and forth as she moves from one side to the next.

Now that we are coming to the end it is bitter sweet really. I am so ready and anxious to meet her and hold her, but at the same time I will miss having her inside, and moving. I’ll miss my round belly. but…… I am excited to be able to bend over or bend down again, to walk and not waddle. But most of all I am excited to hold this little miracle and share her with her daddy and sisters!

Your Baby in Week 37 of Pregnancy

Congratulations! You’ve got what is officially considered a full-term baby, even with three weeks to go. That doesn’t mean she’s finished growing — in fact, she’s still packing on about a half pound a week (at this age, the average fetus weighs about 6.5 to 7 pounds). That makes it a little crowded in your uterus, so she’s probably not kicking as much, though she’s probably stretching, rolling a bit, and wiggling (all of which you’ll be able to feel!). Right now, your little superstar is busy rehearsing for her big debut, inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid (to get the lungs ready for that first breath), sucking her thumb (to prepare for that first suckle of milk), blinking, and turning from side to side.

Wordless Wednesday: 36 Week Belly Comparison

At this point I can tell that Sarah was much bigger than Shelby. I also dropped around 36 weeks with Sarah and I am still carrying Shelby higher.

Packing our Birth Center Bags

With the girls I packed the clothes they would wear coming home from the hospital in my over night bag. I knew the hospital would provide a lot of the stuff we would need for baby, like wipes and diapers, blankets even a baby hat. But with a birth center birth we bring everything we need for mom and baby!

I already packed up the bag for Shelby. I can’t believe that she will be here in only a few weeks! With a birth center birth we will be going home within 4-6 hours after baby’s birth so we do not have to pack a lot. I’d rather be prepared just in case of a hospital transport, and be over packed then not have enough for us.

Baby’s Bag:

  • 2 outfits – one sleeper, one gown. The gown is the same one both my older girls wore.
  • 3 hats – small cream one is hat that will be placed on her head right after birth and depending on which outfit she wears home she will wear the matching hat.
  • binkies – probably wont need them but bringing them just in case.
  • thick blanket
  • swaddle blanket
  • diapers and wipes – We are using disposable diapers for the meconium stage.
  • baby wash/lotion
  • baby comb

Mommy’s Bag:

  • headband for labor/delivery to keep my hair out of my face
  • extra hair bands
  • hairbrush/tooth brush/tooth paste
  • chap-stick
  • deodorant
  • sweats for going home
  • pads
  • slippers
  • robe
  • sports bra
  • nursing tank
  • 2 pairs old undies
  • pair of socks


  • Camera Bag – will have iphone/ipad charger, camera charger, video recorder & charger
  • Baby Book
  • Pillow and boppy
  • Birth Binder
  • iPad

What did you pack? Anything else I’m forgetting?

Post Newborn Cloth Diaper Stash

I posted about what I have in my Newborn Diaper Stash. Weren’t those covers cute?

Now, for after the newborn stage I wanted to mostly go with OS (one size). These will go from around 10 pounds to 35 pounds. So basically will last until potty training.  I still would like to get about six more pockets but I am waiting to see which we like best before getting anymore. As of right now I have 21 pockets/AIO which is approximately three days worth of diapers.

2 POCKET -Bummis OS (8-35lbs)
1 POCKET -OS smartipants bubble gum pink (7-35lbs)
9 POCKET -OS BumGenius 4.0 (8-35lbs)
1 POCKET- OS Lotus Bumz pink monkey
1 POCKET- go green diaper OS Champ (7-40lbs)
1 POCKET – OS Babyland stars print (8-33lbs)
1 AIO – Swaddlebess OS (10-35) tweets
2 AIO – motherease size S (10-20lbs)
1 AIO – FuzziBunz Perfect Size Cloth Diaper, Butter, Size Small 7-18 lbs
1 AIO- OS GroVia owls
3 COVER- Bummis Wrap size s (8-15 lbs)
1 COVER -OS FLIP (8-35) pink

I received quite a few of these to test out which has been great. We can’t wait to use them on Shelby! My overall cost on what is above is only $133.

As or right now my look and feel my favorites are the Bum Genius. When I first started buying I thought I wanted hook and loop (velcro) but then decided that snaps will probably last longer so I am getting mostly snaps now.

Pregnancy Week 36

Hello 9 Months!

I can not believe we are in the home stretch! Now we count down the days until Shelby decides to make her entrance! I had both my girls at 39 weeks and I am kinda hoping Shelby does the same, but as my friend Tamra said, “God has picked the perfect day to be the baby’s birthday. Don’t rush it too soon”. She is absolutely right, as with both my older girls their birthdays are very special to me and I am anxiously waiting for Shelby’s Birth Day.

We had our ultrasound this past week to check on Shelby’s position and I knew we would get an approximate on her weight. I was surprised to hear she is weighing in at 6 pounds. I did not realize that she was already that big! She is in fact head down so all that stuff I was dong from weeks 33 to 35 worked!

I will admit it’s nice to hear from people that they can’ believe I’m due in a few weeks. I look so small, but baby girl is measuring perfectly!

Here are some of the pictures we got, they aren’t great but we can totally see that she is going to look just like her sisters! Just look at her cheeks!

And this is a potty shot. 3rd ultrasound confirming YES we are having a girl! I am getting sick of people saying “well what if she isn’t a girl?”

I still haven’t decided on when I will stop working, while my body aches afterwards, I kinda think all the walking  helps. It puts pressure with Shelby’s head on my cervix. The weather has still been beautiful and no reason for me not to work.


Your Baby in Week 36 of Pregnancy

Forget your aching back (and everything else!) by trying to focus on your baby, who is now six pounds and 20 inches long, with soft bones and cartilage to allow a safer journey through the exit door. Most of her systems (from circulatory to musculoskeletal) are ready for prime time, though her digestion system — which has done only practice runs so far — will kick into gear as she takes her first suckle at the breast or bottle.

My Newborn Cloth Diaper Stash

When I was trying to decide if I wanted to cloth diaper baby #3 or go the disposable diaper route it took me a long time to decide. I knew that with cloth diapers it would be more work, but not by much.

Even with my older kids when I’d change them, poopy diapers would be rinsed out in the toilet. Well the poo would be flushed. The only difference is instead of putting the diaper in a trash can we will put them in a pail and every other day throw the diapers in the washing machine and wash them.

From what I have heard you only doing an extra two or three loads of laundry a week. You don’t HAVE to use a specific diaper detergent, although I am using Bum Genius Detergent. But  a lot of people use plain/original Tide, which can also be used on the entire family’s laundry.

I have also been told that cloth diapers don’t smell nearly as bad as a wet disposable diaper. The reason disposables smell is the urine mixed with the chemicals in the diaper makes them smell. I have no idea if this is true or not.

But my biggest reason to do cloth diapers is the fact that in the end it will save us money. I don’t use coupons, so based on the average family that does not use coupons your spending somewhere around 18 dollars a week on a pack of diapers, I know that when I’d buy a 46 count at 18 dollars that pack would last us five days. Lets just say then that would be around 100 dollars a month, times that by two and half years, sometimes three. That is anywhere between 2,000 to 3,000 dollars. Cloth diapers, depending on how many you buy and what you buy you are looking at around 300-500 dollars from birth to potty training.

Below is my Newborn Stash. (I have a lot more diapers but for after the newborn stage.)

1 AIO- Kissaluv Newborn White
11 AIO – Bum Genius size XS white
1 AIO- osocozy size S (6-18 lbs) light green
6 FITTED – Snugglebottoms with Closures Size : NB (6-10 lbs)
6 FITTED- Snugglebottoms with Closures Size : Small (10-16 lbs)
12 PREFOLDS – OsoCozy Unbleached Prefold Cloth Diapers size 1
1 COVER- Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap, Blackbird, Size 1 (6-18 lbs)
1 COVER-Thirsties velcro XS white (6-12lbs)
1 COVER – Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap, HOneydew, Size 1 (6-18 lbs)
1 COVER- GroVia Hook and Loop Mod Flower (6-30 lbs)
1 COVER- Weehuggers Hook/Loop Closure Size 1 Baby Blooms (6-18 lbs)

I purchased quite a bit of these on Amazon so I used gift cards to purchase most of the diapers. I also save Visa or American express gift cards and used those to purchase diapers. So my actual out of pocket cost on my newborn stash was: $ 186. And 100 of that was just on the Bum Genius Newborn XS AIO (all in ones), But when we are done with them I can re-sell them and make back half of what I spent.

I know my sash is much smaller compared to others but I don’t want to go over board and buy a ton and not need them either.

Stay tuned for my “After Newborn Cloth Diaper Stash”.

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Wordless Wednesday: 35 Week Belly Comparison

I thought it would be fun to compare my baby bump with Sarah and Shelby! I am a little surprised at how much I look the same with both babies. I just hope this doesn’t mean Shelby will be 8 pounds, she definitely doesn’t feel feel big.


Oh and I was pregnant with Sarah over 6 years ago!

My Pinterest Finds

When I first learned about Pinterest I really had no idea how addicting it would be, nor some of the cool things I found! I have always been fascinated with decor, foods, and crafts so I couldn’t wait to jump on the band wagon and “pin” it out!

A few of the things I was first interested in was baby related or anything for the girls. When I saw a pin on a cute Hairbow Holder I couldn’t wait to make my own. And I did!

Below are a few of the things I have done using Pinterest!

What have you “pinned” and done!


Pregnancy 35 weeks

87% of my pregnancy is complete!

Last week of month 8! Then we start our 9th month, 2 weeks until full term! Although I have a feeling Shelby will wait until close to her due date to come!

At my 35 week appointment my midwife did say that Shelby had flipped! We will still do the ultrasound to confirm position and I am sure we will get an approximate of her weight. It is so exciting we are so close to holding little Missy in our arms!

Shelby has been getting the hiccups twice, sometimes three times a day and I know after she has been still for a while that she will be up moving around very soon… and she does.

At my appointment I was measuring 38 although I don’t feel like I have grown I do feel like SHE has grown. I still have not gained any weight this pregnancy which is shocking to me, but that just means I have done a great job eating healthy and keep my weight under control.

I finished my Birth Plan and can’t wait to share it with my midwife at my next appointment. We are down to weekly appointments now and get to do the lovely GBS next week.

I also packed the baby’s Birth Center bag this week. I’ll wait a bit longer to pack mine.

As I get closer to being “full term” I of course and getting so excited to have her. I have spent the last 32 weeks getting ready and getting to know her from her movements, and her little kicks and punches. I have spent all this time with her inside and everyone else has watched from the outside. I’m excited to share her with everyone…. But it’s bitter sweet. This is our last baby, so my last pregnancy. I know I will miss her moving around inside, but I wont miss the butt in my ribs and the body parts sticking out of my sides.

Your Baby in Week 35 of Pregnancy

Your baby is standing tall (so to speak) this week at about 20 inches and continues her steady weight gain (she’s about 5.5 pounds). While she won’t get much longer, she will continue to pack on the pounds — including large amounts of baby fat — right up ’til delivery day. Something else that’s moving at a mind-boggling pace these day: fetal brain development! There’s a lot going on inside that tiny head, which is, by the way, still soft to allow an easier exit through the birth canal.