38 weeks!

38 WEEKS

HOW BIG IS BABY? 19.61 INCHES WEIGHING 6.30 POUNDS  – ABOUT THE SIZE OF A PUMPKIN!

DEVELOPMENT: BABY RUSH’S SKULL IS STILL SOFT TO ALLOW FOR HER TRIP THROUGH THE BIRTH CANAL. SOME OF HER TINY BONES IN HER BODY WON’T FUSE TOGETHER UNTIL AFTER BIRTH. AT THIS POINT BABY GIRL IS INGESTING A LOT OF AMNIOTIC FLUID, WHICH IS RESULTING IN THE BUILD-UP OF MECONIUM (HER FIRST BOWEL MOVEMENT) HER FINGERNAILS WILL CONTINUE TO GROW BUT THEY ARE KEPT SOFT WHILE IN MY UTERUS. SHE IS ALSO GAINING ABOUT ONE OUNCE EVERY DAY AT THIS STAGE!

WEIGHT GAIN: 26 LBS

SLEEP: SLEEP HAS STILL BEEN PRETTY ROUGH, AND I HAVE TO GET UP MULTIPLE TIMES A NIGHT TO PEE AND EVERY TIME I TRY TO GET OUT OF BED I AM LIKE A BEACHED WHALE. IT’S PRETTY RIDICULOUS. 

MISSING: NOT HAVING TO WADDLE EVERY TIME I WALK AROUND FOR TOO LONG. HAHA

CRAVING: CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!

FEELING: MY GOODNESS! I’M FEELING EXCITED TO SEE MY LITTLE BABY GIRL! I CAN’T WAIT TO HOLD HER IN MY ARMS SOON. I AM OBVIOUSLY VERY UNCOMFORTABLE AS WELL, BUT IT’S ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE LONGER. IT WILL ALL BE WORTH IT IN THE END. 🙂

GENDER: IT’S A GIRL!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: TWO THINGS.. MY SISTER IN LAW, SHANAH HAD HER BABY ON APRIL FOOLS DAY!! HER NAME IS MARAE AND SHE WAS ABOUT 7LBS AND WAS BORN IN ABOUT ONE HOUR AFTER SHANAH’S WATER BROKE! SO THEY BARELY MADE IT TO THE HOSPITAL! THE OTHER GREAT MOMENT OF THE WEEK WE HAD AN ULTRASOUND TODAY TO MAKE SURE THAT BABY GIRL ISN’T TOO BIG (BC OF ME BEING BORDERLINE GESTATIONAL DIABETIC) AND TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE IS DOING OKAY. ALTHOUGH THE ULTRASOUND ISN’T COMPLETELY ACCURATE (GIVE OR TAKE A POUND THEY SAY) THE ULTRASOUND TECHNICIAN SAID THAT BABY RUSH WAS IN THE 20TH PERCENTILE FOR 38 WEEKS, MEANING THAT SHE IS ON THE SMALLER SIDE AND MOST WOMAN THAT HAVE GD THEIR BABIES ARE CLOSER TO THE 90TH PERCENTILE. SO THAT WAS SOME GOOD NEWS BECAUSE GIVE OR TAKE A POUND SHE SHOULD STILL BE AT A GOOD WEIGHT. IT WAS SO FUN TO SEE HER SWEET FACE AGAIN BEFORE THE REAL DEAL! THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT BABY RUSH IS POSTERIOR, WHICH MEANS THAT HER FACE IS FACING MY STOMACH WHEN SHE SHOULD BE FACING MY BACK. SINCE I AM WANTING TO DO A NATURAL LABOR IT WILL BE A LOT HARDER, BECAUSE THEY SAY IT TAKES LONGER TO DILATE AND IT MAKES FOR A MORE PAINFUL LABOR, SO I AM REALLY HOPING THAT SHE FLIPS REAL SOON! LUCKILY I HAVE AN AWESOME DOULA, KASSIE ANDERSON WHO HAS SOME GOOD TECHNIQUES TO GET HER TO FLIP AROUND.

LOOKING FORWARD TO: FINDING OUT IF CORY GETS THIS JOB IN DALLAS, TEXAS WORKING AS AN ASSOCIATE DENTIST! HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE FINDING OUT WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK.

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This week has actually gone by pretty fast, which is nice for me! It brings us one week closer to seeing our baby girl. Charleston in April is absolutely gorgeous, all of the trees and bushes are blossoming and the air smells so sweet with a mix of the ocean air. We spent the weekend outside with a picnic at the park and a yummy brunch at beautiful Charles Towne Landing with our friends on Sunday before watching conference. We sure are going to miss everyone when we move!

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Just a couple of my posts from Instagram

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Little Marae. She is so gorgeous! I can’t wait for her to meet her cousin soon!

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My sweet and tiny niece Marae!

37 weeks!

37 weeks

HOW BIG IS BABY? 19.13 INCHES WEIGHING 6.30 POUNDS  – ABOUT THE SIZE OF A WINTER MELON!

DEVELOPMENT: BABY RUSH WILL WEIGH BETWEEN SIX AND SIX AND A HALF POUNDS THIS WEEK! HER GROWTH WILL SLOW DOWN AT THIS POINT AND BABY WILL BE BUSY PRACTICING FOR LIFE AFTER BIRTH. BABY GIRL IS PLUMPER AND IF BORN NOW, SHE WOULD NOT REQUIRE AN INCUBATOR TO KEEP WARM DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF SUFFICIENT FAT STORES. HER LUNGS ARE FULLY DEVELOPED, WHICH MEANS SHE WOULD BE ABLE TO BREATHE ON HER OWN IF BORN NOW. SHE HAS ALSO NOTICEABLY DROPPED QUITE A BIT!

WEIGHT GAIN: 24 LBS..

SLEEP: SLEEP IS STILL ALMOST NON EXISTANT. SLEEP IS THE MOST DREADED TIME AND ALSO THE TIME I LOOK FORWARD TO THE MOST. I’M HOPING MY COMFORT LEVEL WHILE I SLEEP WILL GET A LITTLE BETTER BEFORE THIS BABE COMES SO I CAN GET AT LEAST ONE GOOD REST IN.

MISSING: NOT FEELING LIKE I HAVE 10LBS ON TOP OF MY STOMACH EVERY TIME I WANT TO GET UP OR SWITCH SIDES. THIS BELLY OF MINE IS GETTING HEAVY!

CRAVING: FROZEN YOGURT ALL THE TIME. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY.

FEELING: READY TO PUSH THIS BABE OUT NOW! I STILL HAVE 3 WEEKS TO GO, BUT BABY GIRL HAS DROPPED AND I FEEL LIKE SHE IS JUST GOING TO SLIP OUT SOMETIMES. HAHA I HAVE AN OB APPOINTMENT ON THURSDAY SO WE WILL SEE WHERE SHE IS THEN!

GENDER: IT’S A GIRL!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: CORY AND I CELEBRATED OUR ANNIVERSARY IN SAVANNAH, GA THIS WEEKEND AND WE HAD A GREAT TIME! WE ALSO STOPPED BY MY BROTHER’S HOUSE FOR A VISIT HOPING THAT MY SIS IN LAW SHANAH WOULD HAVE HER BABY! SHE DIDN’T END UP POPPING HER OUT OVER THE WEEKEND BY SHE DID HAVE HER ON APRIL FOOLS DAY! HER WATER BROKE AT 6:40AM AND THEY RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL. BY THE TIME THEY GOT THERE SHE WAS READY TO PUSH AND MISS MARAE NAVY TAFOYA WAS BORN AT 8:01AM!! SHE IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AND WE ARE GOING TO TRY AND GO OUT THERE THIS WEEKEND TO SEE THAT BEAUTIFUL BABE. 🙂

LOOKING FORWARD TO: CAN’T WAIT TO MEET MY LITTLE GIRL IN 3 WEEKS… OR LESS…. OR MORE : /

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This weekend spent in Savannah was a great little babymoon/getaway for a bit. Cory and I walked all over downtown checking out the shops, eating delicious food and I got to experience those oh so lovely Braxton Hicks contractions all throughout the day. It was so horrible when we were in the car driving on the uneven and bumpy streets. One time it was so painful that a few tears were shed, not that I was crying it was just so painful. Other than those contractions we had a very lovely time looking at all of the beautiful architecture, spanish moss, and oak trees!

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36 weeks!



36 WEEKS

HOW BIG IS BABY? 18.66 INCHES WEIGHING 5.78 POUNDS  – ABOUT THE SIZE OF A HONEYDEW!

DEVELOPMENT: BABY RUSH WEIGHS ABOUT 6 POUNDS AND SHE WILL GAIN APPROXIMATELY ONE HALF OF A POUND PER WEEK FROM NOW UNTIL BIRTH. THE PROTECTIVE FAT LAYER WILL MAKE UP ABOUT 15% OF HER WEIGHT AT BIRTH. EVEN THOUGH BABY GIRLS GUMS HAVE RIDGES THAT LOOK A BIT LIKE TEETH, THE REAL ONES OBVIOUSLY DON’T COME OUT UNTIL ABOUT 4 TO 5 MONTHS AFTER BIRTH. HER CHEEKS ARE DEVELOPING FAT. THE CHEEK MUSCLES ARE ALSO DEVELOPING, CREATING TAHT LOVELY CHUBBY APPEARANCE. THERE ISN’T MUCH ROOM TO MOVE AROUND ANYMORE, ALTHOUGH I CAN STILL FEEL HER REGULAR MOVEMENTS.

WEIGHT GAIN: 22 LBS!!

SLEEP: I HAVE BEEN GETTING A LOT OF BRAXTON HICKS CONTRACTIONS AT NIGHT, IT FEELS LIKE REALLY BAD PERIOD CRAMPS ALL OVER MY LOWER BACK AND STOMACH. I’VE BEEN HAVING A LOT OF SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AND I AM VERY EXCITED FOR THE NIGHT THAT I CAN SLEEP COMFORTABLY AGAIN.

MISSING: COMFORT IN MY SLEEP AND NOT HAVING TO PEE EVERY 5 SECONDS.

CRAVING: NOTHING IN PARTICULAR..

FEELING: STRETCHED TO THE MAX!!! I GOT MY FIRST STRETCH MARKS AND IT MAKES ME REALLY SAD. 😦

GENDER: IT’S A GIRL!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: CORY AND I CELEBRATED OUR 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY ON MONDAY AT IT WAS SUCH A GREAT DAY! CORY BROUGHT ME FLOWERS AND I MADE A LITTLE SCRAP BOOK OF OUR FIRST TWO YEARS AND CORY ALSO WROTE ME THE SWEETEST LETTER THAT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES AND HE ALSO GOT ME A HAMMOCK THAT YOU CAN TIE ON TREES! I’VE BEEN WANTING ONE FOR A LITTLE WHILE FOR OUR DAYS AT THE PARK, SO I AM VERY EXCITED TO USE IT! THIS WEEKEND WE ARE GOING TO FINISH CELEBRATING OUR ANNIVERSARY IN SAVANNAH, GA!

LOOKING FORWARD TO: SAVANNAH THIS WEEKEND!

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Happy Anniversary to My Love!

Today Cory and I celebrated our two year wedding anniversary and it couldn’t have been a better two years spent together with many up’s and some downs. Every day spent with him makes me love him more and more. I can’t wait to see how much we grow with each anniversary down the road with our new family. I love you so much Cory!

I got this picture collage from a beautiful blog that featured our wedding back in October 2012  >> here <<

This video always brings happy tears to my eyes and brings such beautiful memories of our beloved wedding day.


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All of the hair pieces pictured were hand made by myself. I wanted everything to be as personal as possible. Cory and I also made our wedding arch together by hand, and we also folded all of the gold origami swans hung around our reception as well.

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For my gift to Cory, I made a little scrapbook of our two years together. I forgot how long it took to make a scrapbook!

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This was the first page of sheet music of our wedding song that I painted and put together.

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35 weeks!


35 WEEKS

HOW BIG IS BABY? 18.19 INCHES WEIGHING 5.25 POUNDS  – ABOUT THE SIZE OF A COCONUT!

DEVELOPMENT: MY GOODNESS, SHE IS ALREADY ALMOST 5 1/2 POUNDS! SHE IS GROWING SO QUICKLY IT’S CRAZY. BABY RUSH WILL START A RAPID WEIGHT GAIN THIS WEEK. FROM NOW UNTIL BIRTH MY BABE WILL GAIN APPROXIMATELY 1/3 OF A POUND PER WEEK. A LOT OF THIS WEIGHT IS THE ALL-IMPORTANT BROWN FAT TO KEEP THIS LITTLE ONE WARM FOR THE FIRST FEW WEEKS AFTER BIRTH. THIS BROWN FAT IS DIFFERENT FROM THE WHITE FAT THAT WE WOMEN KNOW ALL TOO WELL. BROWN FAT CONTAINS MORE CELLS THAT PRODUCE BODY HEAT AND THIS IN TURN PREVENTS HYPOTHERMIA. THIS BROWN FAT APPEARS ON HER UPPER SPINE, BACK AND SHOULDERS. HER CUTE LITTLE CHUBBY CHEEKS ARE FILLED WITH WHITE FAT.

WEIGHT GAIN: 22 LBS!!

SLEEP: OH BOY. SLEEP IS ALMOST NON EXISTANT THESE DAYS. I CANNOT GET COMFORTABLE EVER AND IT SEEMS THAT ONCE I FIND A COMFORTABLE POSITION IT GETS UNCOMFORTABLE AFTER ABOUT 20 MINUTES AND THEN I’M UP AGAIN MOVING AROUND. ALTHOUGH, WITH ALL THIS WAKING UP I HAVE EVEN MORE RANDOM DREAMS THAT I WAKE UP KIND OF LAUGHING, BUT I CAN NEVER REMEMBER THEM IN THE MORNING.

MISSING: BEING ABLE TO EAT CHOCOLATE CAKE IF I WANTED TO! HAHA I AM STILL CRAVING THAT CHOCOLATE CAKE THAT I CRAVED LAST WEEK. I FINALLY CAVED AND GOT MYSELF A SLICE OF CHOCOLATE CAKE. IT WAS DIVINE!!!

CRAVING: AS MENTIONED ABOVE, CHOCOLATE CAKE. I ALSO HAD A REALLY RANDOM CRAVING FOR POTATO CHIPS TODAY AND I REALLY DON’T LIKE POTATO CHIPS AT ALL! I DIDN’T GIVE IN TO THAT CRAVING EITHER… YOU SHOULD BE PROUD.

FEELING: VERY LARGE AND IN CHARGE. I HATE NOT BEING ABLE TO DO NORMAL THINGS WITHOUT FEELING A LITTLE CRIPPLED BY THE SIZE OF MY BELLY. AND SPEAKING OF THE SIZE OF MY BELLY, I FEEL LIKE IT DOUBLED IN SIZE BECAUSE I AM KNOCKING IT INTO EVERYTHING THESE DAYS!

GENDER: IT’S A GIRL!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: WE WENT TO MY OB AND SHE SAID MY GESTATIONAL DIABETES IS NOT BAD AT ALL, SO THE RISKS INVOLVED ARE VERY LOW! BUT JUST TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS LOOKING OKAY WE ARE GOING TO HAVE AN ULTRASOUND IN TWO WEEKS. SO I AM EXCITED TO SEE MY LITTLE ONE ONE MORE TIME BEFORE HER ACTUAL BIRTH! ANOTHER GREAT MOMENT, WE SOLD OUR BEDSET A FEW WEEKS AGO SO CORY HAS BEEN WITHOUT A DRESSER FOR A LITTLE WHILE, AND WHILE I WAS SEARCHING ON CRAIGSLIST FOR A TEMPORARY ONE BEFORE WE LEAVE, I ENDED UP FINDING THIS AWESOME WARDROBE FROM IKEA THAT IS PRETTY BIG FOR ONLY $150 (REGULARLY $800) SO WE ENDED UP GETTING IT AND WE SET IT ALL UP SATURDAY NIGHT AND NOW I FINALLY HAVE SOME STORAGE TO GET MY NESTING FIX ON AND ACTUALLY HAVE A PLACE TO PUT EVERYTHING INCLUDING ALL OF BABY’S CLOTHES!

LOOKING FORWARD TO: OUR 2 YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY ON THE 24TH!

This week has been a pretty good one! Cory had his spring break this week (March 10-14) and he had the opportunity to fly out to Texas for an interview with a potential employer as an associate dentist! It was out in Dallas, Texas and even though we have both never been there we have a really good feeling about moving there. The funny thing about this Dr. looking to hire Cory is we found out a crazy webbed connection with him. My brother went to dental school in Louisville, KY and that is where (I’ll call him Dr. X) Dr. X went to school, but he went to school there about 5 years before my brother, so we figured they didn’t know each other, until we told my brother, Trevor about it. Then Trevor and Shanah (his wife) asked for his full name and realized that Dr. X is actually the brother of one of his dental school colleagues wife.. it’s kind of confusing. But his wife (Dr. X’s sister) contacted me and had me design their dental logo last year after her husband graduated for their new practice up in Idaho. I have also designed their Christmas cards as well, so Dr. X has probably gotten one of my designed Christmas cards in the mail over Christmas. Then the other crazy connection that we came to find out is that Dr. X and his sister are actually my brother-in-law’s cousins! What are the odds of that random connection?? But anyway, Cory said the interview went well and we are now just waiting for Dr. X to get back to us on whether he got the job or not! We are crossing our fingers!! But if Cory doesn’t get this position, we know that everything happens for a reason and we will go wherever the Lord has planned for us.

Meanwhile I have been working like crazy to get the rest of my clients done! That way I won’t have any work when the baby comes and I can just focus on her and (hopefully) getting some rest!! Cory and I have been going on a lot of walks and enjoying the warm days we have here in Charleston. This winter/early spring has been so up and down and it drives me crazy! Last year the weather was perfect around this time and we rarely had a day below 50. Now it goes from 75 and drops to 55 and rains and is gloomy out and then it slowly creeps up to another beautiful 70 degree day and then drops again. I am not a fan. Spring needs to officially get here already so I can go on as many walks and hubby time outside as much as possible before our baby comes and I’m stuck inside for a little while.

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The left picture is my desk, getting ready to send out packages to my clients!
The right picture is a snapshot that I’m sure I will miss after this baby comes. I’m going to miss her little kicks and I’m going to miss being able to rest my cups and many other random things on my belly. That cup is the one I kind of made for my little girl on Valentine’s day.

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Pictures of us enjoying these beautiful Charleston days and finding new bakeries to try out, I love living downtown.

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This week was also filled with birthdays! It was my sweet and beautiful mama’s birthday on the 16th. She is such and inspiration and example as to what a mother is supposed to be and I couldn’t be more grateful to have her as my mom.
It was also my beautiful friend Kassie’s birthday on the 16th and our good friend Dave’s birthday on the 17th so there was much singing and cake to be had!

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This week we also invested in a HUGE IKEA wardrobe to fit all of baby’s stuff and our stuff in. Things are just getting a little too crowded in our tiny downtown apartment and we are accumulating too much stuff so it was really nice to finally get another unit where we can hide away a lot of our non stored items. Baby Rush has a lot of clothes to wear before she gets bigger so let’s hope she doesn’t grow too fast!
Also, setting it up was quite an ordeal because the wardrobe is about 7’10” high and our ceilings are only 8″ tall and it is also about 6′ wide so poor Cory had to work some serious magic!
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I couldn’t help but post this ADORABLE swimsuit from Janie and Jack!! They have the cutest summer wear right now!

34 weeks!

34 WEEKS

HOW BIG IS BABY? 17.72 INCHES WEIGHING 4.73 LBS POUNDS  – ABOUT THE SIZE OF A CANTALOUPE!

DEVELOPMENT: BABY RUSH ALMOST WEIGHS 5 POUNDS NOW!! AND BY THIS TIME MOST OF THE LANUGO (BODY HAIR) IS GONE. HER IMMUNE SYSTEM IS NO LONGER RELYING ON THE ANTIBODIES FROM MY PLACENTA. THIS SELF-IMMUNITY IS IMPORTANT TO PROTECT MY MINI AT BIRTH AND FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE. THE VERNIX (THICK WHITE LAYER OF PROTECTION PRESENT ON BABY’S SKIN) IS DISAPPEARING; HOWEVER, A LITTLE BIT OF IT WILL STILL BE LEFT AT BIRTH. HER DIGESTIVE SYSTEM IS NOW FULLY WORKING BY ITSELF. AND NOW BABY RUSH IS PEEING UP TO A PINT OF URINE A DAY INTO THE AMNIOTIC FLUID!

WEIGHT GAIN: STILL AT 20 LBS.

SLEEP: I’VE BEEN HAVING A LOT OF BIRTH DREAMS BUT I HAD ONE IN PARTICULAR ONE THAT MADE ME LAUGH A LITTLE. I HAD A DREAM THAT I WAS IN LABOR, BUT INSTEAD OF ME TRYING TO PUSH MY BABY OUT OF MY BELLY, SHE WAS IN A WHITE AIRTIGHT BAG AND IT WAS LAYING ON A TABLE. THE DOCTORS AND NURSES WERE ALL YELLING “PUSH!! YOU’RE ALMOST THERE!! WHILE I WAS STANDING THERE PUSHING HER OUT LIKE A TUBE OF TOOTHPASTE, THEN SHE FINALLY POPPED OUT OF THE BAG AND THAT WAS IT! I WAS SURPRISED THAT DIDN’T HAVE TO GO INTO ACTUAL LABOR AND HOW EASY IT WAS TO “PUSH” HER OUT! HAHA

MISSING: WELL I HAVE RECENTLY BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH GESTATIONAL DIABETES, LUCKILY THEY SAID I AM BORDERLINE, BUT IT IS NOT A FUN THING TO DEAL WITH. I AM NOT A VERY UNHEALTHY EATER, I DON’T DRINK SODA OR COFFEE, I DON’T LIKE CHIPS OR GREASY/FAST FOODS SO IT WAS A LITTLE TAKEN BACK WHEN I TESTED POSITIVE. I DO LOVE CARBS THOUGH, SO THAT WILL BE MY BIGGEST CHALLENGE! SO I GUESS I’LL SAY THAT I MISS BEING ABLE TO EAT OATMEAL OR BREAD WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT MY BLOOD SUGAR. BUT AT LEAST I WILL BE HEALTHIER AND IT WILL HOPEFULLY BE EASIER FOR ME TO LOSE WEIGHT AFTER BABY COMES! 🙂

CRAVING: I HAD THE BIGGEST CRAVING FOR CHOCOLATE CAKE THIS WEEK!! I NEVER WENT AND GOT ANY SO IT IS STILL TEMPTING ME IN THE BACK OF MY MIND.

FEELING: STRETCHED TO THE MAX AND MY MOBILITY IS GETTING HARDER AND HARDER TO MANEUVER. ALSO, THIS BABE LOVES TO KICK UP IN MY RIBS ALL DAY. IT IS STARTING TO GET REAL CROWDED IN THERE SO EVERY MOVEMENT FEELS SO STRETCHED IN MY BELLY. IT ALWAYS MAKE ME HAPPY TO KNOW SHE IS ACTIVE AND DOING WELL IN THERE, DESPITE THE DISCOMFORT.

GENDER: IT’S A GIRL!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: WELL CORY’S SPRING BREAK STARTED ON MONDAY SO WE TOOK A NICE LONG WALK AROUND DOWNTOWN WITH CURLY (OUR DOG) AND GOT SOME YUMMY LUNCH AT THIS PLACE CALLED THE BLACK BIRD CAFE AND THEN ATE AT THE PARK AND BASKED IN THE SUNLIGHT. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY! WE ENJOYED EACH OTHERS COMPANY, THE SUNLIGHT AND THE DOWNTOWN ATMOSPHERE WE LIVE IN. THEN THE NEXT DAY CORY FLEW OUT TO DALLAS, TEXAS FOR A VERY IMPORTANT INTERVIEW FOR AN ASSOCIATE DENTIST POSITION. WE HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH A LOT OF UP’S AND DOWN’S THESE PAST TWO MONTHS, IT WOULD BE AWESOME IF WE GET SOME GOOD NEWS ABOUT HIS NEW JOB SOON! BUT IF NOT, I DO BELIEVE THAT EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON AND GOD’S HAND IS GUIDING OUR LIVES. 🙂

LOOKING FORWARD TO: SEEING MY BABY GIRL IN 6 WEEKS!!! …. OR LESS.

My two amazing friends, Heather and Karen planned a beautiful baby shower for me this weekend and let me just say that there is never a dull moment with these two as well as the rest of the beautiful guests. We had a yummy brunch at The Red Drum and my sis in law (who is three weeks ahead of me) came down for it too! It was a great time and I am so grateful to have such wonderful friends and family around me!

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This is my sister in law, Shanah. She is also prego with a girl!! So these two cousins will be real close.. hopefully. I was so happy to have her at my baby shower.

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Some of the beautiful ladies who attended my baby shower. Thank you thank you thank you for all of your thoughtful gifts!

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Following after the baby shower we met up with Cory and my brother (shanah’s hubby) and walked around the beach with their two boys and then enjoyed a delicious lunch at Poe’s down at Isle of Palms. It was a great day!

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This is from Cory’s first day of spring break, where we enjoyed a nice long walk/lunch downtown Charleston.

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33 weeks!

33 WEEKS

HOW BIG IS BABY? 17.2 INCHES WEIGHING 4.23 LBS POUNDS  – ABOUT THE SIZE OF A PINEAPPLE!

DEVELOPMENT: OUR BABY GIRLS BONES ARE HARDENING, BUT HER SKULL IS STILL NOT SOLID AND NOT FUSED TOGETHER TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR HER HEAD TO REDUCE ITS DIAMETER AS SHE IS BEING BORN. HER BRAIN IS DEVELOPING MORE DISTINCT FUNCTIONS AND IS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING BREATHING, DIGESTIVE FUNCTIONS AND BODY TEMPERATURE. SHE CAN NOW TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DAY AND NIGHT, WHICH IS PRETTY COOL! BABY RUSH’S LUNGS ARE ALMOST COMPLETELY READY FOR BREATHING ON HER OWN AS WELL!

WEIGHT GAIN: STILL AT 20 LBS.

SLEEP: SLEEP IS BEGINNING TO GET A LITTLE MORE UNCOMFORTABLE. I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO IT JUST GETTING WORSE.

MISSING: LAYING ON MY STOMACH AT NIGHT WHEN I SLEEP! 🙂

CRAVING: HM… NOTHING REALLY PARTICULAR.

FEELING: LIKE A WHALE.

GENDER: IT’S A GIRL!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: MY FAVORITE MOMENTS OF THE WEEK ARE WHEN CORY TALKS TO BABY RUSH ABOUT HIS DAY. 🙂 ANOTHER GREAT MOMENT OF THE WEEK WAS MY BABY SHOWER! MY FRIENDS PUT IT TOGETHER FOR ME AND THEY MADE EVERYTHING LOOK SO CUTE, WE (ME & BABY) FELT SO LOVED! I AM GOING WITH A BUNNY THEME FOR MY MINI SINCE SHE WILL BE DUE RIGHT AROUND EASTER, SO THEY GOT A BUNCH OF ADORABLE BUNNY PRINTS AND FRAMED THEM. I LOVE LOVE LOVED IT! SO SHALYSSE AND KAITLYN THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PLANNING AND PUTTING EVERYTHING TOGETHER! THANK YOU MELISSA FOR HOSTING IT AT YOUR HOUSE, THANK YOU KIAMA FOR MAKING THE DELICIOUS CUPCAKES AND THANK YOU JENNA FOR CAPTURING SUCH A HAPPY DAY!

LOOKING FORWARD TO: MY SECOND BABY SHOWER!

*** SORRY IN ADVANCE FOR THE PICTURE OVERLOAD***

Also, all the pictures taken at my baby shower were taking from my favorite Jenna! Check out her photography on her website here >> http://www.jennamillerphotos.com/

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Since I design invitations for a living, I hand painted this invitation to my baby shower with the bunny theme of course!

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We forgot to get a group picture with everyone before the end of the shower but here are some of my good friends who helped throw me this baby shower! Jenna on the far left was the one who took all of the pictures at my baby shower, she is amazing!

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32 weeks!

32 WEEKS

HOW BIG IS BABY? 16.69 INCHES WEIGHING 3.75 LBS POUNDS  – ABOUT THE SIZE OF A SQUASH!

DEVELOPMENT: BABY RUSH IS MAKING THE FOETAL POSITION MORE OF A FAMILIAR ONE FOR HERSELF, SINCE ROOM IS GETTING REALLY SNUG IN THERE AS SHE CONTINUES TO GROW! SHE CAN NOW USE ALL 5 SENSES TOO! SHE IS BUSY LOOKING AROUND, PRACTICING BREATHING, GRABBING WHATEVER IS IN REACH, TASTING AMNIOTIC FLUID AND LISTENING TO THE SOUND OF MINE AND CORY’S VOICES.

WEIGHT GAIN: STILL AT 20 LBS.

SLEEP: SAME AS USUAL. BUT I HAVE BEEN DREAMING MORE ABOUT MY BABE AND GIVING BIRTH TO HER AND NOT FEELING READY AT ALL (PREPARATION WISE).

MISSING: I MISS NOT HAVING AN ITCHY BELLY ALL DAY FROM MY SKIN STRETCHING!! IT ITCHES SO BAD SOMETIMES AND I JUST WANT TO ITCH ALL OVER BUT I KNOW IT’S BAD FOR MY SKIN AND I HEAR IT MY CAUSE STRETCH MARKS..

CRAVING: NOTHING IN PARTICULAR.

FEELING: STILL FEELING PRETTY GOOD, MY TAILBONE IS STILL NEEDING MORE CHIROPRACTIC WORK BUT I THINK IT’S GETTING BETTER!

GENDER: IT’S A GIRL!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: GETTING TO WATCH MY BELLY MORPH INTO MANY DIFFERENT SHAPES AS I WATCHED BABY GIRL MOVE ALL OVER THE PLACE. SHE IS AN ACTIVE ONE ALRIGHT! I LOVE IT WHEN I PUT MY HAND ON MY STOMACH AND I CAN ALMOST FEEL HER LITTLE FEET/HANDS/KNEES/ELBOWS OR WHATEVER IS PUSHING UP AGAINST MY BELLY!

LOOKING FORWARD TO: MY FIRST BABY SHOWER!

Well the drama continues with the car situation, but I am sure everything will end up working out… I hope. Cory is still looking for dental associate jobs in Texas and Arizona we are hoping and praying for some interviews to come our way soon! I also had to go in for my gestational diabetes test (I know, I’m a little late) and apparently I am borderline so I have to go in for the three hour test, which is going to be hell! Not excited about it at all. Wish me luck!

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Dress // Asos (Now on sale!!!)   Necklace // Jcrew   Flats// H&M
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30 WEEKS

HOW BIG IS BABY? 16.18 INCHES WEIGHING 3.31 LBS POUNDS  – ABOUT THE SIZE OF A PINEAPPLE!

DEVELOPMENT: BABY RUSH NOW WEIGHS ABOUT 3.5 POUNDS NOW AND FAT CONTINUES TO ACCUMULATE UNDER HER SKIN. SHE CAN GAIN AS MUCH AS HALF A POUND A WEEK FROM NOW UNTIL BIRTH! HER MONKEY BODY HAIR IS CONTINUING TO SHED AS WELL. EVEN THOUGH HER LUNGS ARE THE LAST OF ALL THE ORGANS TO DEVELOP FULLY, MY BABY GIRL IS PRACTICING BREATHING 30 TO 40 PERCENT OF THE TIME. HER BONES ARE BEGINNING TO HARDEN AS WELL!

WEIGHT GAIN: 20 LBS!!! MY GOODNESS I HATE LOOKING AT THE SCALE, I AM RAPIDLY GROWING IN MANY DIFFERENT PLACES…

SLEEP: SLEEP IS FINALLY GETTING A LITTLE BETTER! I JUST STARTED OUR BRADLEY METHOD 12 WEEK CLASS THIS WEEK (I KNOW, I’M A LITTLE BEHIND) AND SHE TAUGHT US SOME RELAXATION METHODS BEFORE BED AND IT HAS HELPED. ALSO, MY ACHING LEGS HAVE GOTTEN BETTER AS WELL. 🙂

MISSING: I GOT TO LAY ON MY STOMACH FOR THE FIRST TIME LAST WEEK AT OUR MASSAGE AND AT MY CHIROPRACTOR APT. AND IT WAS SO NICE TO BE ABLE TO LAY ON MY STOMACH AGAIN! SO I GUESS I’LL SAY THAT I MISS THAT.

CRAVING: NOTHING IN PARTICULAR.

FEELING: PRETTY GOOD, EXCEPT MY TAILBONE IS STILL KILLING ME WHENEVER I SIT DOWN FOR A LONG TIME AND WHEN I STAND UP. IT’S THE WEIRDEST THING.

GENDER: A LITTLE GIL

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: I WENT AND TOOK MY MATERNITY PICTURES WITH THE EVER SO TALENTED CHRIS ISHAM ON TUESDAY AND WE HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME! HE IS SUCH A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER AND DOES EVERYTHING WITH REAL FILM! THE PICTURE I HAVE FOR MY 31 WEEKS WAS TAKEN BY HIS IPHONE SO I CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO LOOK LIKE ON HIS ACTUAL FILM! ANOTHER GREAT MOMENT OF THE WEEK WAS WHEN BABY WAS DOING HER USUAL KICKS AND MOVES ONE MORNING I PUT MY HAND ON MY BELLY TO FEEL HER AND IT WAS JUST THE MOST AMAZING THING. IT FELT LIKE I COULD ACTUALLY FEEL LITTLE PARTS OF HER BODY AND IT MADE EVERYTHING FEEL A LITTE MORE REAL. IT WAS A VERY SWEET MOMENT TO FEEL CLOSE TO MY BABY GIRL.

LOOKING FORWARD TO: FINALLY BEING ABLE TO HOLD HER IN MY ARMS AND TO JUST STARE AT HER! 9 MORE WEEKS!!!

Now this week has been quite a challenge with our car and future job situation. I am going to make this very long story as short as possible.. basically everything that could go wrong with our car went wrong this week. As I mentioned in my last post we were having some problems with the radiator leaking into the transmission. We got it fixed with a very large payment and the next day our check engine light came back on, so we took it in again and they said it was the thermostat but it wasn’t completely necessary to get fixed. So then then next day I got in the car to go to a chiropractor apt. that I had for my hurting tailbone, when all of a sudden as I was backing out the car just randomly turned off. We ended up having to get our car towed to the Nissan dealership and their was a recall on their ECS relay part, which was what caused our car to turn off without any warning. Luckily I wasn’t on the freeway or something! Then we found out that they were going to extend our warranty on our transmission because of faulty parts that they used in the car. But the problem was that they were requiring a $2500 co-pay for THEIR problem and not only that but they are going to have our car for a week and they weren’t even going to help us out with a rental car. So basically it has been a really fun time dealing with our car problems on top of Cory trying to find a new job. But like I’ve said before, I know that trials are meant to make us stronger and I am grateful for them. Although it is hard to get through now, we will look back and be grateful for these hard times together. 🙂

On a lighter note, I took my maternity pictures on Tuesday with Chris Isham (link to website above) and we had a great time! He is so incredibly talented and takes all of his pictures with film cameras only. The pictures I have here were taken on our iPhone’s so they aren’t even the actual pictures that he took. I can’t wait to see them when they are all developed! I cannot wait to meet this little girl of mine, I keep dreaming about holding her in my arms. Soon enough.. 🙂

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Here we are standing in the rain as we watch our car get towed away and having no idea what was going to happen next. haha so sad

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Despite everything going on we were able to get a lot of errands done on a beautiful Saturday afternoon with our little Curly.

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Taking our dogs for a Sunday stroll! Curly and Belle are best friends.