Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a fun and restful weekend.
I’m super excited for today because not only do I get to share our most recent bump date with you all, but I’m also teaming up with some other expecting mamas to share an awesome giveaway of some of our favorite products for new mamas and little ones. So, if you are expecting or know someone who is, you definitely do not want to miss this.
36 Week Pregnancy Update
And just like that, we’re at 36 weeks with this littlest one! That means that he really could be joining us any day and as excited as I am, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t having a little bit of a hard time wrapping my head around what it will be like to have another baby in our house.
How far along? 36 weeks + 4 days. It’s crazy to me. This pregnancy is FLYING by. I think it especially starts to get real when the doctors appointments become every 2 weeks rather than monthly and even more quickly now that they are every week.
Maternity clothes? Yes and no. I’m basically wearing whatever fits these days since we are so close. That means maternity jeans and leggings. Maternity tops and sweaters, and over sized long-sleeve tees (and in this photo, an oversized pajama shirt…#truelife #noshame) Not feeling particularly stylish, but still have enough things in my closet to where I do not want to buy any maternity specific clothing at this point. I’ve been super grateful this pregnancy for hand-me-down maternity sweaters and my own non-maternity clothes that have been getting me through.
Stretch marks? How can you even tell after you’ve already had a baby? I’ve been keeping an eye out for any “new” stretchmarks this pregnancy, but my belly just looks large. I can’t tell what’s new and what’s been there. I’ve been a lot more diligent about keeping my skin well moisturized this pregnancy and it’s paid off. If there are new stretchmarks, they aren’t dark or distinctly new. But I could be wrong.
Sleep: Eh. I haven’t slept through the night in a while. Between Little waking up 1-2 times at night and my own getting up to use the bathroom (or just to turn over, let’s be real), I’m up at least 3-4 times/night. I’ve also been waking up early, too. I don’t hate it though. I’ve been feeling good during the day and am trying to make the most of my mornings. I know that soon those mornings won’t be as flexible.
Best moment this week: Going to the doctor and confirming baby is head down. This might seem crazy, but it has been my biggest concern as pregnancy has progressed – just wanting to be sure he gets into position for labor.
Movement: Yes – especially at night. It’s like a party in there.
Food cravings: Depends on the day. I ate so much junk over the holidays that I think my body is happy for a little bit of a reset. I’m looking for healthy make-ahead recipes and snacks that I can have on hand for after delivery. (Send me your ideas if you’ve got them!)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Fortunately no.
Labor Signs: Nope. My doctor told me that I might start feeling more Braxton Hicks contractions around now, but I didn’t feel any false contractions with Little and I haven’t with this pregnancy either. When I started feeling contractions, I knew we were close to baby. For reference, I felt my first contractions 4 days after my due date with Little.
Belly Button in or out? Out. Like way out. I can’t even pretend to hide it.
Wedding rings on or off? On. I might be able to make it through with them on. (Fingers crossed!) There is still some wiggle room, so I’m hopeful!
Happy or Moody most of the time: The new year always has me feeling really encouraged and inspired to get things done. I’m in a mix of nesting, but also just motivated to get things done, which makes me really happy. I want to make the most of our time left before baby to get things organized and cleaned up and out. And to spend some really fun quality time as a family of 3.
Weekly Wisdom: Everyday is a new day. So much to be appreciated every single day.
Milestones: I was holding Little recently and Hubs had his arm around me. We were looking in a mirror and asked Little how many people were in our family. He confidently told us there were four and named them all – Mama, Dada, himself, and Hug (The name he’s given the littlest. We still haven’t decided a name.) I feel overwhelmed with joy and anticipation at seeing him transition into his new role as a big brother.
*Side note: Hubs snapped all these photos in the span of about 5 minutes after our New Year’s dinner date. It was close to or below freezing. I also got a pretty significant hair cut recently in preparation for baby since I know it will be a while before I can get into the salon after he’s born.
NEW YEAR, NEW BABY GIVEAWAY!
Now, onto more fun. Like I mentioned, I’ve teamed up with some other expecting mama bloggers for a giveaway of some of our favorite things for baby! This is a really special giveaway because each blogger hand-picked one thing for the giveaway. So, not only are there lots of great prizes ($200 worth of great prizes to be exact!), but each one was especially chosen just for this. If you are expecting, or know someone who is, this is a great opportunity to win something awesome for them!
My Pick: Teething Necklace & Bracelet from Mama Bear’s Baby Beads
For my contribution to the giveaway, I wanted to pick something that was a treat for Mama, too. I love the teething jewelry from Mama Bear’s Baby Beads. These necklaces are made by a local mama here in North Carolina, and are stylish and functional. They are so pretty and come in such a variety of colors and styles.
Not only do they look great for Mom, but they can help soothe baby’s teething gums when that time comes. Anyone who has ever tried to wear a necklace and hold a baby (especially a teething baby) knows that it is nearly impossible to keep your jewelry out of baby’s hands, which is why these are so great to have on hand.
The Other Favorites in the Giveaway
The other prizes in the giveaway include:
Aden & Anais Swaddling Blankets from Justine @ Little Dove Blog
SwaddleMe Blankets from Shani @ Sunshine & Munchkins
Fridababy Bitty Bundle of Joy Healthcare & Grooming Kit from Jenise @ A Toddler & a Topknot
A Boppy Pillow from Marette @ Floradise
Be sure to enter below & share with your friends – the more the merrier! Best of luck!