Mommy Monday: 36 weeks pregnant with number two - cerclage removal!

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Ok, I've come to a conclusion: GETTING A CERCLAGE REMOVED SUCKS. haha I had hopes that this time around would be a more pleasant experience than last time, but - it wasn't really. Which leads me to believe that cerclage removals just suck in general. And that's that. haha And that's fine. It is what it is.

Bottom line is, MY CERCLAGE IS OUT, hooray!! And this time around, the doctor was able to get the entire stitch out, versus last time part of it was still left in because my doctor couldn't get it all. So I am very thankful that the entire stitch was able to be removed this time! My doctor showed me the stitch after it was taken out and it was much different looking than I was expecting! It was HUGE and thick and black...I was expecting something daintier and less horrifying looking haha.

Anyways, the removal was painful and unpleasant, but it's done and I am so happy to have the stitch out and to be completely "normal" and ready for this baby to come! :)

After removing the cerclage, the doctor checked my cervix and said I am 2 cm dilated and about 60% effaced - about exactly what I was after I got my cerclage removed with my first pregnancy.

Oh, before I forget: last week I had an ultrasound to check the baby's growth and position. Everything looked great! Baby boy is head down (woohoo!) and was estimated to be about 6lbs 6oz. James was a big baby at 8lbs 11oz when he was born, and the doctor said she thinks this baby will be not *quite* as big, but still over 8lbs. His belly was also measuring big, but the doctor said "not in a concerning way...in a CUTE way!" haha Which I think is adorable. I can't wait to kiss that big belly!

I've been really stressing out about going into labor and about getting to the hospital on time and about being able to get an epidural in time - and MOSTLY about having to leave James when I'm in the hospital. I've never spent a night away from James, and I know he'll be fine with my parents (they're coming to stay with him at our house). But I'm still stressing about it and so sad to have to be away from him!! I was "induced" in that my water was broken with James, so I never experienced going into labor on my own, unexpectedly. I'm pretty nervous for that! I hate when things aren't planned out and I just hope it happens at a convenient time and that I realize what's happening in time to get to the hospital!! I'm stressing big time, guys!! Prayers please! I'm really trying to just trust God and put it all in His hands and NOT WORRY. It will all be fine, I know. :)

Also, I know I express a lot of fears and worries and discomforts here in this blog, but I want you all to know how genuinely grateful I am for this pregnancy and for how smoothly it has gone and for my healthy baby boy. I thank God every day that we made it this far without any complications or scares! I am so thankful to have been able to experience a more "normal" and worry free pregnancy! I'm praying the duration of this pregnancy and the labor/delivery/postpartum recovery go just as scare and worry free!

Ok, on to this week's survey:

How far along: 36 weeks 3 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up around 40lbs.

Maternity clothes? Yes! Living in my maternity leggings and big t-shirts!

Stretch marks? So many above and below and around my belly button!

Sleep: Insomnia, frequent peeing, stress...it's been rough! But it's all part of the journey!

Best moment this week: Having my cerclage be OUT!

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: SO MUCH! He's a very active little boy, and he particularly loves punching and head butting my cervix and pelvis area while simultaneously kicking my ribs. haha

Food cravings: Doughnuts, pizza, fruit...

Anything making you queasy or sick: No.

Have you started to show yet: Yep!

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Back pain, period-like cramps, Braxton Hicks

Belly Button in or out? It's pretty much flat now.

Wedding rings on or off? Off! Wearing a place holder ring.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy for the most part! But definitely moody and cranky and emotional as well.

Symptoms: Upper back pain on the right side - super horrible, pelvis/hip/groin pain, leg cramps at night, frequent peeing, heart burn, light-headed, out of breath, THIRSTY, stretch marks, spider veins, EMOTIONAL, hormonal, feet starting to hurt if I stand on them too long, tired, achey...

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Mommy Monday: 35 weeks pregnant with number two - it's getting serious!

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Hi friends!

Sorry this post is up a day late...I had every intention of doing it last night after I put James to bed, but then I got tired and crashed. haha

I'm going to put next week's Mommy Monday post up next Tuesday as well because NEXT TUESDAY I GET MY CERCLAGE REMOVED!! I want to wait to put my post up until after it's removed so I can update you guys on how it went and everything!

I will be 36 weeks 3 days when I get it removed. I'm REALLY excited to get it out, but also pretty nervous. My cerclage removal last pregnancy was kind of awful (read about it here) so I'm praying this time it goes way smoother (and is less painful!).

This past weekend was so busy - we had a birthday party for one of James' friends on Saturday. It was so fun! Then on Sunday, we had a huge family reunion - there were around 22 little kids under the age of twelve there! It was crazy but James had SO MUCH fun playing with all the other kids! He is SO cute to watch with other kids - he's so friendly and bold and silly and eager to jump in and play. I just love him and am so proud of him!

A little progress photo!

A little progress photo!

Anyways, my Braxton Hicks have picked up a LOT this past week. My body is definitely getting ready for labor - it's so exciting! My back has also been getting really sore - my upper back, so not labor related, just really sore muscles around my shoulder blades. Other than that, I don't really have any new symptoms other than just feeling really huge and ready for this baby to come! BUT, not until after the cerclage is removed!

Now for the survey:

How far along: 35 weeks 3 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up 34lbs as of last doctor's appointment.

Maternity clothes? Yes! Give me all the maternity leggings and tees!

Stretch marks? So many above and below and around my belly button!

Sleep: It's ok! Having a bit of insomnia, peeing a lot...but ok!

Best moment this week: Watching James play with his friends and with family members this weekend! He is the friendliest, sweetest, silliest little boy. I love how bold and loving he is!

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: All the time! Definitely more rolling type movement now that he is getting squished!

Food cravings: Nothing in particular!

Anything making you queasy or sick: No.

Have you started to show yet: Yep!

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks all the time...they've really amped up this past week!

Belly Button in or out? It's pretty much flat now.

Wedding rings on or off? Off! Wearing a place holder ring.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy for the most part! But definitely moody and cranky and emotional as well.

Symptoms: Pelvis/hip/groin pain, leg cramps at night (had the WORST one last night!!!!), frequent peeing, heart burn, light-headed, out of breath, THIRSTY, hungry all the time, stretch marks, spider veins, EMOTIONAL, hormonal, feet starting to hurt if I stand on them too long, tired, achey...

Have a great week, and I can't wait to update you all next week after my ultrasound and cerclage removal!!

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Mommy Monday: 4 Months Old and Our Daily Routine

These pictures are from a fun walk we went on the other day! James loves being outside so much. He was staring around all wide-eyed! Ben and I love taking him new places and giving him new experiences!

James will be four months old on Wednesday...geez louise!! Time goes so so fast - you don't realize just how fast until you're a parent! It's true what they say, "the days are long but the years are short".

Being a mom is seriously THE BEST! I love it so much and I LOVE getting to see James learn and grow each day. He is so smart and strong and funny and easy-going. He can roll from front to back and from back to front. He can grab things and hold things on his own. He loves standing (with help, of course!) and can totally bare his own weight. He would stand all day if he could. He can almost sit up all by himself too. He constantly has a smile on his face and he loves chatting! He "talks" so much. He is just the best!

I've posted on Instagram a few times about putting James to bed, and I've received countless messages marveling at the fact that James has a bed time already. I've gotten so many requests, that I thought it would be fun to share our daily routine, including bed time. Because we are finally settling into a routine and it works really great for us!

Around 7am: James wakes up and coos in his crib for a bit until I wake up. I turn off the noise machine, turn off the Owlet, open the blinds, and then I pick him up. He smiles so so so big and is so happy to be awake and to see me and to start the day. We change his diaper, and get him dressed for the day, then head back into my bed. I feed him breakfast and read the news out loud to him while he eats. When he's done eating, he tells me about his dreams (babbles very excitedly and importantly).

Around 8:30am: We get out of bed and I put him in his rock'n'play in the bathroom with me while I get dressed and do my hair and makeup. We chat the whole time. Then, we change his diaper again and head down stairs and he plays on his play mat while I make myself coffee and breakfast and workout.

Around 10am: Naptime! James has a bottle and goes down for his first nap of the day. During this time, I meditate (a non-negotiable for me...this is a PRIORITY), and then I work on blog posts and client work until James wakes up.

Around 11am: James will wake up from his nap and we'll change his diaper and then play. He will do tummy time, play on his play mat, practice standing and sitting up, we'll sing songs, read books, listen to music, etc

Around 1:30pm: James will have a bottle and then we'll change his diaper and go for a walk. When we get home we'll play some more.

Around 3pm: James has another bottle and goes down for his second nap of the day. During this nap I will get more work done.

Around 4pm: James wakes up from his nap and we change his diaper and then play and read some more.

Around 5:30pm: We head upstairs for either a bath in James' bath tub (which we do about twice a week), or a sponge bath (which we do every day that we don't do a real bath). Then I'll put on his lotion, a clean diaper, and his Owlet sock. I put him in his jammies and his sleep sack, turn on the noise machine and turn out the lights. I feed him while I sing to him. He is usually asleep by 6pm.

After James is asleep I clean the house, do the dishes, finish up any work I have, and make dinner. Ben usually gets home from work around 7pm or 8pm. We eat dinner together and watch a show and then head to bed by around 10pm.

Things are falling into place and I am just having so much fun with my little family! :) I hope this schedule is helpful. This is just what works for US. Every baby and family are different of course. But our routine works wonderfully for us!

I hope you all have a great week!

Mommy Monday: 38 Weeks!

I'll miss my shelf!!

Well, here I am! Still pregnant! haha Who would have EVER thought?! I seriously can't believe that, after assuming he'd be here early for so long, he is actually still in there! What a blessing! But also, let's be done now. haha Just kidding. He can, of course stay in as long as he needs to and I'm SO thankful that we've made it to full term!! What a relief! BUT. I'm freaking uncomfortable. haha My feet and legs are GINORMOUS - like...beyond swollen and tight and they HURT like heck!! I don't fit in any of my shoes! I'm having so many cramps and contractions. I officially full-on waddle now. I pee every five minutes. Oh boy...hahaha The last few weeks of pregnancy are no joke!

But, I'm still loving it. And I'm going to miss it so much once I'm not pregnant any more. It's just such a beautiful, exciting, special experience! I have been getting in some squats, stretching, and resistance band workouts, and I've been trying to walk more. It feels nice to be able to do little workouts again!! But I'm so swollen and big and lumbering that I honestly can't do much, haha.

On Friday we had a doctor's appointment. He checked my cervix, and as he was checking it he said, "Oh! I'm not going to be seeing you next week." When I asked why, he said he doesn't think I'll make it to the next appointment (this coming Friday). I was 2-3cm dilated and pretty much fully effaced. Now, we'll see, because I've read of people being more dilated than that and lasting several more weeks. SO. We'll see if he's right!

He also said that he was going to offer to sweep my membranes that day, but that he had called labor and delivery and they were pretty busy so he decided not to. But if I make to the next appointment he will do the sweep at that time! So, this coming Friday, if I'm still preggers, he'll do a sweep! For those of you who don't know, a membrane sweep is when the doctor inserts a finger into the cervix and gently separates the bag of water from the uterus. It's a natural way of trying to get things going. It only works to start labor if your body is already ready for it, so there is no risk. Can you believe that I'm at the point where the doctor is actually going to be doing something to try to help START LABOR?! What!? So exciting!! I can't wait!

In other exciting and TMI news, I lost my mucous plug. I'm not going to explain what this is, you can google it if you want. haha But let's just say that it is a sign that labor is coming! It really is just a matter of time now!

I've had bouts of really bad, painful contractions that come every 3-5 minutes or so, but they don't last for more than an hour and then they stop completely. So, not the real deal yet. But things are happening and little boy is going to be making his appearance very very soon!! Ben and I are just BEYOND excited for him to be born!! I've been walking a lot, eating spicy food, eating pineapple, etc... trying lots of tricks to naturally get labor going. Obviously I don't want to rush things so I haven't been going crazy. But I'm just so excited to finally get to hold him in my arms! It still feels surreal that at the end of this entire experience we are going to have a BABY.

It's Ben's birthday today!! And it was our 8 year wedding anniversary yesterday - read our love story here! I was kind of hoping that our son would be born on Saturday because then it would have been his birthday, our anniversary, and Ben's birthday all in a row. Plus, I thought it would be cool if Ben and I were both the same age when the baby was born. But, oh well! Ben will be 28 and I'll be 27! That's just fine! :)

How far along: 38 weeks 6 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 45lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes! Next pregnancy, I will be investing in more maternity pieces up front!! There's no point in buying more now, but I have NOTHING TO WEAR!!

Stretch marks? POSSIBLY a few little ones by my belly button...it's hard to tell! I'm hoping not though!!

Sleep: Not awful! Still getting up a lot to pee.

Best moment this week: Celebrating our 8 year wedding anniversary! <3

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: Lots! :)

Food cravings: Ice cream, doughnuts, pineapple

Anything making you queasy or sick: No!

Have you started to show yet: Yes, I'm SO LARGE.

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Contractions, cramps, intense pressure, sore inner thighs, lost my mucous plug!

Belly Button in or out? Flat and sort of in a bit more than it has been in awhile!

Wedding rings on or off? Off, but wearing a place holder ring!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy this week interspersed with moments of emotional craziness. haha

Symptoms: Pelvic pressure, very swollen feet and legs (and hands and arms and face and everything), sore all over, thirsty, shortness of breath, contractions, cramping, peeing all the time.

Thanks for reading!! The countdown is ON! 8 days left until his due date! What do you think? What's your guess for when he'll be born?? Comment below and let me know!!

xo, Anna

Mommy Monday: 37 Weeks Pregnant!

Happy Monday!

I have a good feeling about this week! It's going to be a great one! :)

Week 37 of my pregnancy was great! I did my first "workout" type video since being put on bedrest. It was a pregnancy stretching video and it felt so nice! I took it easy, of course, but it was wonderful!

We had a pretty uneventful doctor's appointment at which he checked the baby's heartrate and it was good. I think the doctor was a bit surprised to see me still pregnant after removing my cerclage at the last appointment! haha He had only given me a 50/50 chance of making it to the next appointment - and now here I am, 38 weeks tomorrow! The doctor also had me sign all of the delivery consent forms which made it all seem SO real!!

The past few days I've been having A LOT more period-like cramps, intense pressure, and contractions. Friday night they kept waking me up they got so bad. On Saturday evening I ended up calling Labor & Delivery. The nurse that I spoke with was so nice and asked me so many questions to get an idea of what I was experiencing. She told me to take a shower, lie down, and drink a lot of water and rest, and that she would call me back in a couple of hours to see how I was doing.

Things ended up calming down. But Ben and I definitely had gotten our hopes up that maybe this was it! Crazy that we are at the point where it's ok to be excited about contractions and labor! Who would have ever thought that we'd be here!

I've also experienced a significant amount more swelling in my feet and legs over the past day or so. It's very uncomfortable and gross looking, haha. I have a feeling that this baby will be born in the next few days...we'll see if I'm right! Who knows, this might be my last pregnancy blog post! Maybe my next update will be that our little guy has arrived! How exciting!

How far along: 37 weeks 6 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 40lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes! Nothing fits or looks cute any more. Yuck. haha

Stretch marks? Still none...!

Sleep: Ok, other than being woken up by cramping/contractions the past two nights!

Best moment this week: Precious moments with Ben, knowing they are some of our last before our son arrives!! :)

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: A ton! He's an active little one! :)

Food cravings: Watermelon, breakfast bowls, pineapple, french fries!

Anything making you queasy or sick: No!

Have you started to show yet: Every part of me is swollen and ginormous. I'm gross. haha

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Contractions, cramps, intense pressure, sore inner thighs.

Belly Button in or out? Flat!

Wedding rings on or off? Off, but wearing a place holder ring!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy this week! I feel like my psychotic emotions and mood swings have leveled out a bit!

Symptoms: Pelvic pressure, swollen feet and legs (and hands and arms and face and everything), sore all over, thirsty, shortness of breath, contractions, peeing all the time.

Thanks for reading! We are nearing the end of this incredible journey and I am SO glad that I've gotten to share it with you all - the good AND the bad! :) I just feel incredibly blessed to have been able to experience pregnancy and everything that that has entailed for me. Words can't describe how excited I am to meet my little boy face to face. He's been my special, silent little companion through all of this and I already feel like we have been through so much together. I can only imagine that when our eyes finally meet, I'll think, "oh, there you are, it's you at last!" My very own little buddy who I will finally have to share with the world. For now, I will enjoy these last few days (or weeks) of having him all to myself and being the one who gets to feel his kicks and wiggles and who knows his patterns and behaviors. I'm already so in love. :)

Until next time!

xo, Anna

Mommy Monday: 36 Weeks, Cerclage Removed - It's Getting Serious!!

First of all, happy 4th of July!!

We made it to 36 weeks...and then some!! Can you believe it?? I can't! And even more incredible, I'll be 37 weeks TOMORROW. Wow. Thank GOD! :) 37 weeks is officially considered "term" so he wont be considered premature any more, no matter when he is born! Full term is technically not until 39 weeks now, but 37 is considered term and not premature, so I'll take it! Baby boy will no longer be considered a preemie if he comes now! Yay!! I am so relieved!

36 weeks, woohoo!

The night before my cerclage removal, Ben and I went for a little walk at a beach near our house and let Gunner swim. It was so nice! We weren't sure if that was going to be our last night before our son arrived or not, so it was special. :)

On Friday morning, I had my cerclage removed. I had it put in urgently at 20 weeks due to a shortened cervix that was discovered via ultrasound at our Anatomy Scan.

EXPECTING MAMAS: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GET YOUR CERVIX CHECKED EARLY ON IN YOUR PREGNANCY! AND HAVE IT CHECKED AGAIN AT SOME POINT TOO...WE HONESTLY COULD HAVE LOST OUR BABY BOY IF THEY HADN'T CAUGHT MY SHORTENED CERVIX WHEN THEY DID!! PLEASE INSIST THAT YOU GET CHECKED!!

I am so thankful that the cerclage did it's job for these past 16 weeks and kept my cervix closed and kept our baby boy safe inside, so that he could grow strong and healthy!

I was really really nervous to get my cerclage removed. It's just done in the doctor's office, no pain meds or anesthesia or anything. The doctor just inserts a speculum, like a pelvic exam, and goes in and snips out the stitches. I was told it would be uncomfortable, but probably not painful, and that it would take just a minute or two. But I was still scared, just because...I don't know, I guess you can imagine why. It just sounded unpleasant.

I was so excited to be done with the cerclage though. The whole time it was in was a bit nerve-racking just because if I happened to go into labor while it was in, it was time-sensitive and pressing that I got to the hospital or doctor ASAP because the stitches could hurt me (I wont go into more detail, but I'm sure you understand!) So to be getting them out so that I wouldn't have to worry about that was SUCH a relief!!

Ben and I went into the appointment ready for anything! We had our hospital bags in the truck, the car seat installed, and we were mentally prepared for me to go into labor that day.

To make a long story short, my cerclage removal didn't go very smoothly. The doctor had trouble getting my stitches out and it took a long time and it was very painful and unpleasant and just kind awful. But. They are out now, bottom line. So, YAY! And I am off of all of my medicine now so I am officially NORMAL! A normal pregnant person, yippee!

Once the cerclage was FINALLY out, the doctor told me that I was dilated to 2cm and pretty thinned out already. He said, "You could have the baby tonight." I think my jaw dropped. I had known that it was a possibility to go into labor right when the stitches came out, but to hear that said out loud was still so shocking, haha. My doctor said there was a 50/50 chance that I'll make it to next Friday...so we'll see!! The point is...this baby could likely be showing up any time now! Which is so exciting!! Ben and I just can't wait! I mean, obviously we want our boy to stay in as long as possible so that he's as healthy and strong as can be...but at the same time we are SO anxious and excited for him to be here! :)

I'm still continuing to take it easy to try to keep him in as long as possible, but now that we're so far along, it's really fine if he comes now! Which is SUCH a great feeling! :)

There is a little sneak peak at the nursery! We got a lot done this past weekend! I'll do a whole post about it once it's completely finished! :) A BIG thanks to my parents for helping us get all the furniture moved and for helping to set things up and get everything organized!! <3

We're ready for you, baby boy!

How far along: 36 weeks 6 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 37lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes, but NOTHING is comfortable any more! haha

Stretch marks? None!!

Sleep: Slightly better now that I don't have alarms going off to remind me to take medicine!

Best moment this week: Setting up the nursery!!

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: A lot! :)

Food cravings: Ice cream, doughnuts, fruit, fries!

Anything making you queasy or sick: No!

Have you started to show yet: I can't imagine getting any larger...help.

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks, period-like cramps.

Belly Button in or out? Flatish.

Wedding rings on or off? Off, but wearing a place holder ring!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Both! Emotional, cranky, happy, sad, mad, excited, giddy, scared, enraged, frustrated, sweet, mean, laid back, psycho... you know...

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, VERY swollen feet and ankles, achey, fatigued, lightening crotch, shortness of breath, cramps.

Thanks so much for following along on this crazy journey! We are coming down the home stretch and I am SO thankful that we've made it this far and that we have so many people cheering us on! :) Thank you thank you! Until next week!!

xo, Anna

What's In My Baby's Hospital Bag!

After my 'What's In My Hospital Bag' post, I received a lot of requests for a post about what I have in my baby's hospital bag! So here you have it: this is what I'm bringing along for my baby when I go into labor!

The stylish bag that I'm using for my baby's hospital bag! ;)

1. Hat, Mittens, and Socks. I packed a little hat (that my mom knit!!), some socks, and some little mittens. I heard that mittens are good for newborns so that they don't scratch themselves with their sharp little nails. Plus, they are so cute! And look at those TINY little socks!! *squee!*

2. Diapers and Wipes.  Most hospitals provide these, but I packed a few newborn diapers and some baby wipes just in case we need them on the car ride home! I love these Seventh Generation diapers so much!

3. Burp Cloth and Swaddle Blankets. I'm bringing one little cotton swaddle blanket and then a big muslin swaddle blanket. I want a couple of options for pictures. I am SO in love with this organic muslin swaddle blanket from Modern Burlap and I can't wait to wrap my little boy in it. I'm also bringing along a burp cloth.

4. Clothes. I'm packing a few outfit options. I'm bringing one pair of long sleeved pajamas, and two short sleeved onesies. I'm also bringing a little pair of leggings to go with the onesies if needed. And I'm packing this cute bib from Copper Pearl!

I'm also bringing along a camera! I'm not bringing binkis because I've read that for breastfeeding it's not recommended that you introduce pacifiers for a bit until the baby has mastered latching, etc... I'm also not bringing my breast pump because the hospital will provide one if I need it.

I was debating using my diaper bag as my baby's hospital bag, but this little bag that I ended up using is a lot smaller and squishes down so I decided to use it instead. But, for those of you who have asked, this is the diaper bag that I will be using! I love it so far! I love that it doesn't look like a diaper bag and it's a neutral color so it will go with any outfit.

What did you pack/are you packing in YOUR baby's hospital bag? I'd love any suggestions or ideas seeing as I am a first time mom! :) Share in the comments below!

xo, Anna

Pregnancy Q&A: Ask Away!

I get SO many messages, e-mails, and comments asking questions about pregnancy, preparing for a new baby, high-risk pregnancy, bed rest, how I plan on incorporating a baby into my adventurous lifestyle, etc... I've decided it might be fun to do a Q&A so that I can answer all of your questions in one blog post! I could even do a Snapchat Q&A if you guys think that would be fun. Let me know what format you'd like: blog post, Snapchat, or both!

Anyways, if you have any questions for me regarding pregnancy or becoming a first time mom or planning a babymoon or preparing for a new baby or anything, feel free to ask! Send your question(s) to me through the Contact form under the About tab in the menu. You can also Snap me your questions, or leave them in a comment below! Heck, you can even IG message me! Whatever floats your boat! Just send your questions over and let me know what format you'd like the Q&A to be in and I will get to work answering all of your questions!

I'd like to do a Q&A about blogging/writing/freelance work sometime soon as well. I get a TON of questions about these topics as well so I think it would be fun to dig deeper and answer your questions in a blog post or Snapchat or YouTube video. Let me know what you think!

xo, Anna

Mommy Monday: 35 Weeks!

Finally getting all moved into our new place!

This week has been a crazy one! We finally got to move into our new house! We've been staying with my parents since we moved back to WA, and while it was so nice being with them, it's VERY nice to have all our stuff around us in our own place. :) It's so nice to be able to sleep in our own bed again! We're still in the process of getting unpacked and settled, but I am just SO glad to be able to start nesting and setting up our little one's nursery ... and to have a home to bring him home to! haha My parents have been such a huge help with finding our house, getting movers for us, and helping us set things up/move in. I am basically useless, being on modified bedrest, so it is really really nice for Ben to have the help unpacking! We are so thankful for them!

My not so little boy! &lt;3

My not so little boy! <3

We had a doctor's appointment on Friday and all is well - our little boy's heart rate was perfect. Just over the past week my feet and ankles have BLOWN UP. They are constantly puffed up and you can't even see my ankle bones any more. It's disgusting. haha I asked my doctor about it and he checked them out, asked me about other symptoms, and basically said, "yeah, it's uncomfortable, huh?" haha Bottom line, it's a totally normal pregnancy symptom and I just have to keep my feet up, drink lots of water, and suck it up! haha

I've also had a LOT of lightening crotch this past week. The baby has dropped really low and I can feel him grinding his skull against my pubic bone. IT HURTS! It feels like lightening and dull pain...hence the joy that is "lightening crotch". Another common pregnancy symptom (with a fun name to boot!)

I've also basically not been sleeping at all this past week. I have such bad insomnia, have to pee so much, have to get up for my medicine, and am just so uncomfortable that sleep is pretty much not an option. haha

This coming Friday is a BIG day: I get my cerclage taken out!! I am SO nervous and excited! This is the point that we have been working towards for the past sixteen weeks since I had the emergency cerclage put in. I can't believe that we made it!! I don't think the doctors can either. I'm pretty sure we're beating the odds. My doctor told me that when I first met with him when we moved up here from CA, he was anxious about me, but that I have done great and he's SO pleased that we have made it to this point!!

He also told Ben and I to prepare for our son to possibly be born this coming weekend after the cerclage removal! I'll also be going off all of my medicine (Progesterone and Nifedipine) on Friday as well. He said that I could potentially still go to 40 weeks, but just to prepare in case removing the cerclage results in the start of labor. So we got our carseat installed, we're bringing our hospital bags, I'm getting my nails done, curling my hair, putting on some sunless tanner, and we are going to be ready for whatever happens Friday/this weekend! So exciting!

Now that we're getting down to it, I am really getting SO nervous for the whole labor and delivery process and what it's going to do to my body. I plan on getting an epidural (and any other drugs or pain meds they can give me, haha), but I'm still scared for the pain and just everything. I'm excited though!! Ben and I are SO thrilled that we may get to meet our baby in just a few days!!

Ben and I had a fun date night last week! We went out to dinner, got ice cream, and found this beautiful beach on the sound near where we live. It was so much fun! It's crazy to think that that could potentially be one of our last date nights before our son gets here!!

How far along: 35 weeks 6 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 35lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes! Getting so hard to find something comfortable to wear!! haha Even my maternity clothes are starting to be tight!

Stretch marks? Still none...oh my goodness, if I get some at this point I'll be so annoyed!! haha I've made it so far with none!! Fingers crossed!!!!

Sleep: HA

Best moment this week: Date night with Ben! And getting moved into our new house!

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: Lots and lots!

Food cravings: Fruit, milk, salad, burgers, pasta, fries, ice cream...haha EVERYTHING.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No!

Have you started to show yet: So. Ginormous.

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks.

Belly Button in or out? Flat.

Wedding rings on or off? Off, but wearing a place holder ring!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Both!

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, VERY swollen feet and ankles, achey, fatigued, lightening crotch, shortness of breath. Eek!

Thanks for reading!! If you think of it, send a prayer or good thought or positive vibe or anything my way on Friday! :)

xoxo, Anna

Mommy Monday: 34 Weeks and My Baby Shower!!

34 weeks!

Week 34 is in the books! Woohoo! Who would have thought that we'd make it this far?? I am SO happy that my little boy has been able to stay in for so long. Hopefully he'll stay in a few weeks longer! Let's keep going!!

This weekend was my baby shower!! It was SO amazing and fun and beautiful! I didn't think I was going to be able to have a baby shower since I was put on bed rest at 20 weeks. But I'm so stable now and I'm being treated like a normal pregnant lady at this point. While I still have to take it easy and keep off my feet as much as possible, I am able to do a lot more things, so my mom threw together a baby shower!! She did SUCH an incredible job with the decorations, food, drinks... everything about it was JUST like I had pictured and even more. It was gorgeous and so special.

My amazing mom who put together this special day!!

I am just SO blessed by the people who showed up and made the time to come celebrate our little boy! There were close to 30 people at the shower! Seeing so many friends and family members from all different walks of life - some of whom I haven't seen in so long - was amazing! We received so many incredible gifts for our little guy and we were blown away by people's generosity and thoughtfulness. Seriously, THANK you to everyone who made time to be there!! We love you all! 

We are so thankful to everyone who showered us and our little boy with love at the baby shower!

My girlfriends and our moms! I've known them all since grade school! So amazing to have them there!!!

The best girlfriends &lt;3 So touched that they came to share this special day with me!

The best girlfriends <3 So touched that they came to share this special day with me!

These girls are such amazing friends! 

How far along: 34 weeks 6 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 33lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes! Some of my maternity clothes are even starting to feel a bit tight over my belly! haha

Stretch marks? No!!

Sleep: Not getting much of it!

Best moment this week: My baby shower!!

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: All the time! :)

Food cravings: Milk, burger, fries, turkey avocado sandwich, salmon

Anything making you queasy or sick: No!

Have you started to show yet: I'm a whale. 

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks.

Belly Button in or out? Out on the top and flat on the bottom. haha

Wedding rings on or off? Off. :( But wearing a place-holder ring!!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Both! Emotional, cranky, gleeful, angry, sad, ecstatic, you name it, I've experienced it this past week! haha

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, swollen feet, achey, sore upper back, tired, shortness of breath... the fun continues! ;)

Thanks for reading!! And a HUGE thank you to the friends and family who made it to my baby shower! It meant the world to me to be able to celebrate with you all!! <3

xo, Anna

Mommy Monday: 33 Weeks!

Not much new to report over here! This past week has been great - no major changes. I have been experiencing some sciatica and new aches and pains, and my feet are swollen and get red if I stand for too long! haha (SO FUN!!) But other than that, nothing new to report! Other than I feel HUGE and a bit like this cat:

 I got together with two of my best girlfriends and it was SO fun catching up with them! I also got to see my grandparents for dinner one night which was so nice!!

This week was the first week that I didn't have a doctor's appointment since I got put on bed rest at 20 weeks! It was so nice not having to go into the doctor and to just feel normal! haha Little boy has been kicking up a storm and wiggling all over the place. It's SO fun to feel him move and to WATCH him move - it's crazy to see little body parts move under my skin. I love feeling his kicks and movements so much! He is getting so big and strong!! 

So fun to see how big baby boy's hand is right now!!

So fun to see how big baby boy's hand is right now!!

Tomorrow I'll be 34 weeks pregnant - another milestone! Yippee! The baby is now about the length that he will be at birth - crazy! Now he is just continuing to put on weight and fill out a bit more, putting on about 1/2 lb per week!! Grow baby boy grow! :)

How far along: 33 weeks 6 days

Total weight gain/loss: I haven't weighed myself since last time since I didn't have a doctor's appointment at all this past week. But I feel GINORMOUS!! haha

Maternity clothes? Yes!

Stretch marks? Still barely hangin' in there...hold on tummy!!! 

Sleep: Same same. Not great! Basically wake up every hour to pee and every four hours for my medicine. Meh. haha

Best moment this week: Getting lunch at this new restaurant with Ben! It was so fun and yummy!! And seeing my girlfriends and grandparents!!

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: All the time! :)

Food cravings: Garlic fries, ice cream... Mexican food, Thai food.... all the food!!!!

Anything making you queasy or sick: No!

Have you started to show yet: I'm so big. 

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks.

Belly Button in or out? In on the bottom, out on the top. Super cute.

Wedding rings on or off? Off. :( But wearing a place-holder ring!!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody. Happy. I'm an emotional wreck. haha

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, Sciatica, feeling like I pulled a muscle in my crotch...hahaha, achey, out of breath, swollen feet... fun stuff! ;)

Thanks for reading!! And thank you for all of the sweet messages, prayers, positive thoughts, well-wishes, etc... Baby boy is SO blessed to have so many people who care about him! And now we're basically in the clear - as in, if he is born now, he'll be just fine! But obviously, the longer he stays in the better, so hang in there little guy! :) Hopefully my body will behave and not go into preterm labor! Only three more weeks until this baby is full term! Yippee!!

xo, Anna