Baby Shower and Name Reveal! 32 weeks

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Our baby shower was last weekend and it was fantastic! We had such a great time celebrating Baby Boy Urieli with family and friends. And (somewhat at the last minute) we decided that it was the perfect time to let everyone in on our name choice!

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(((Gasp)))”But Liam is on the Top Ten Most Popular Baby Name List!”

Yes. We know. The fact of the matter is, Liam was always our top pick for a boy, even pre-pregnancy. Although I definitely struggled with the fact that it’s made the top 10 list for the last three years, in the end we decided to go with our gut and ignore Baby Naming Commandment #1: “Thou shalt not give Baby a popular name”. Eh. We’re not really that great at following rules anyway and hey, maybe this means he’ll be able to locate his name on a keychain, mug or Disneyland souvenir someday!

Ok back to the shower! So many of our friends went above and beyond to help set up this beautiful party for us. A special shoutout to these lovely ladies! We are truly grateful for all the time and effort that went into all the special details you put together!

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Lollipop favors!

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Dessert table

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Block painting activity

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Infamous “what’s in that diaper?” candy bar game

Also, a big THANK YOU to all who attended! Liam sure made out like a bandit! He’s definitely going to be one spoiled little baby!

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So many cute outfits!

In case you’re wondering, he’s about 4 pounds now and about the size of a large jicama. Sporting toenails, fingernails and actual hair I’d say he’s getting ready for his big debut! 8 weeks to go – 7 if we end up having the C-Section!

My 32 week update:

Total weight gain so far: 22 pounds

Cravings: Nothing crazy to report this week. I’m still eating everything under the sun! 😉

What I’m excited about: Babymoon is just around the corner! Also – 5 more weeks until I’m on maternity leave!

What I’m nervous about: The cramping continues. It’s not constant but it’s enough to bother me throughout the day.

New this week: Wedding ring is getting a little tight! Eek!

Note to Baby: Thanks for not making an appearance at the shower. I was mildly concerned about that. Dad and I are busy getting everything ready for your arrival! We started packing our hospital bag last night and I just couldn’t resist packing 5 outfits for you even though I know you’ll only need 1 or 2! Your Mom likes to be over prepared! Get used to it! 😀

Week 31 Nursery Progress and Donuts

I don’t have much to report this week since it’s been fairly calm around here (for a change). One thing I do want to mention is that we finally got Baby’s room painted! We still have a lot of work to do before this nursery is ready but it felt great to cross at least one thing off of the list!

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Baby is over 3 lbs (probably almost 4 by now!) and approximately 15 inches which means he is about the size of a coconut. This week his lungs and reproductive system continue to develop and he is now capable of using all five of his senses!

My 31 week update:

Total weight gain so far: 21 pounds.

Cravings: On Saturday at about 10pm I decided that a baked pumpkin donut sounded quite delicious. I don’t actually own a donut pan so I made muffins. Here is the recipe I used. (note: I did not use King Arthur Flour. I used the Ralphs brand!) Also I didn’t feel like dipping these in cinnamon sugar so I made the glaze from this recipe instead. Asaf said the glaze was his favorite part.

What I’m excited about: Baby shower is just around the corner! Can’t wait to celebrate our little guy with family and friends! 🙂

What I’m nervous about: I bought a new pair of shoes this weekend…and I had to go half a size up. I’m hoping the increase is only temporary!

New this week: From time to time I experience a slight pinch under my belly. It seems to happen most often when I go to stand up from a sitting position. The pain is usually just a little uncomfortable but it always takes me by surprise.

Note to Baby: We finally decided on a name for you Little One! Can’t wait to tell everyone! Hope you like it 🙂

Let’s talk about C-Sections Baby – 30 weeks

Friday we had an appointment with my OB. She confirmed that the ultrasound we did on Tuesday showed no abnormalities (yay!) and (as reported in last week’s update) that Baby is a little on the large side. Even so, she didn’t want to change my due date.  We discussed Baby’s position (still breech) and she recommended that we schedule a C-Section for September 12th if he doesn’t turn in the next 4-6 weeks. Given his size (and mine – which I hadn’t realized might be an issue), she didn’t seem very hopeful but did suggest some methods that might encourage him to move. Here’s what I’ve tried so far:

  • Walking around on all fours – I think this is confusing the heck out of our Dog and it’s not too easy on my old lady knees since our whole place is hardwood.
  • Taking a lukewarm bath – this is supposed to relax my pelvic muscles.
  • Lying down on an incline w/ and w/o the assistance of frozen food placed near Baby’s head. (see below)IMG_20140713_115312
  • Playing music and using light on the underside of my belly to “draw him down”.

Let me be clear, a C-Section delivery isn’t/ wasn’t part of my original birth plan but it’s definitely a path I’m preparing myself to take should it be in the best interests of both me and Baby. After all, not everything in life goes according to plan. My main goal is to bring this kid into the world – happy and healthy. And C-Sections aren’t all bad. Here is a list of my top 5 pros for C-Section deliveries:

  1. No risk of pooping on the delivery table. Sorry for the TMI but I assure you this is a legitimate concern.
  2. I’m a planner by nature (I hate surprises!) so I think I might find some satisfaction from being able to schedule/ “control” my delivery. Knowing my delivery date and time would also make it easier to plan Klevster’s care while I am in the hospital.
  3. No potential water breakage mess to clean up.
  4. 9/12 is a Friday which will make it convenient for those who wish to visit us over the weekend (including my Mom who lives nearly 2 hours away).
  5. Recovery time is longer but actual delivery time is MUCH shorter. The whole surgery takes less than 30 minutes! Potentially we could meet our baby days or weeks sooner than we originally expected.

He’s the size of a cucumber now which strikes me as a little odd since last week’s vegetable was a butternut squash. In my opinion, those are typically much larger than a cucumber!  In any case, Baby is about 3 ½ pounds now. Development milestones include bone marrow production, which will help him to thrive once he’s born and shedding of the lanugo (soft hair covering his body) which is no longer needed now that his brain and fat cells are regulating his body temperature.

30 week update:

Total weight gain so far: 19 lbs. Doctor says I’m right on track but that I might gain a bit more due to fluid retention which is super common, especially for women who are pregnant during the summer months.

Cravings: Still suffering from a decreased appetite this week. Highlight: I had a Krispy Kreme donut last night –fresh from the conveyor belt thingy! What a treat! (I know what you’re thinking…I didn’t eat these all by myself!…But I could have!)

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What I’m excited about: Asaf and I had a really good coupon day on Saturday! We were able to stock up on diapers, wipes and toilet paper at Target using multiple discounts and ended up saving over $60! Say whaaaa?! Also, we finally picked out a color to paint the nursery. (Behr Simply Blue)

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What I’m nervous about: See breech/C-Section rant above.

New this week: I seemed to be extra clumsy this week. I dropped a box of slivered almonds AND the pepper grinder. Both times I made a big mess in the kitchen. 😦 Also, I have a scratch on my knee and absolutely no idea how it got there.

Note to Baby: It would be nice if you decided to turn but if you don’t, it’ll be OK. No pressure. Really. If there’s one thing I’d like you to know about this family, it’s that we make the best out of whatever comes our way. And you know what? So far it’s turned out pretty great.

Third Trimester Check-Up – 29 weeks

While America celebrated a birthday this week (no, it isn’t 2014 years old) WE celebrated week 29 of preggohood! And as an added bonus, my sister Sophia came to stay with us over the long holiday weekend. Sophia is 5 (and 1/2) and she is a character! When Asaf and I first started dating I used to babysit her a lot and as a result, she’s known him practically as long as she’s known me. Weekends with her are always an adventure. This time around we took her to Hurricane Harbor (a water park). We scored big time as our friends Leslie and Kevin have season passes and were able to bring us in for freeeeeeeeeee! She said it was the bestest day EVER.

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Yesterday we had our 3rd trimester check up at Cedars. The Dr. there told us that Baby is measuring one week ahead of schedule! Currently they estimate his weight at 3lbs 6 oz which puts him in the 55th percentile. Unfortunately, Baby is still breech but, they said that most babies move into the correct position between 32-36 weeks so I shouldn’t be too concerned. Did you know that only 4% of babies don’t turn at all? I haven’t done my own research on this (maybe I don’t want to know if this isn’t true) but it was comforting nevertheless. Lastly, they couldn’t give us a clear shot of his face yesterday which really bummed me out. He was hiding behind his umbilical cord. A camera shy baby? Oh no, that just won’t do!

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Our not-so-great 3rd trimester sonogram pic

So this week Baby is supposed to be the size of a butternut squash but it seems he’s already ahead of his time! We’ve gone ahead and moved onto pineapple status! And over the next 11 weeks, he’ll more than double — or even come close to tripling — his weight! I don’t know how he’s going to do it. He already seems to be pretty squished in there!

My 29 week update:

Total weight gain so far: 19 lbs.

Cravings: My Mom read my blog post from last week and was appalled at the amount of $ I spent on cherries. She bought me 4lbs of them!!! No other cravings. Actually, I’m having less of an appetite lately. I always feel full. 😦

What I’m excited about: Currently planning a babymoon! I’m really looking forward to a quiet little getaway before our little guy makes his big arrival!

This week’s rant: Dear Victoria’s Secret, Please give a girl a break and stop sending me weekly catalogs! I am in no mood to see beautiful (and possibly malnourished) bikini clad models. My giant melon boobs have no use for your currently featured “bralettes” and my trunk is currently packed with junk that will overload those “cheeksters” you keep talking about. Semi-annual sale or not, you are getting to be quite depressing!

New this week: Lately Baby has discovered that my bladder can be used as a trampoline. Although I’m supportive of his need for recreational activities, I’m living in constant fear of wetting my pants! Not funny Mister!

Note to Baby: This week I had a dream that you came out while I was on my way to our baby shower. (In my dream) I was mildly surprised but decided to just wrap you up and bring you along. I’d like to think this indicates that I’m prepared for anything and not just that I wouldn’t let birth get in the way of a good party. In any case, please no surprise appearance at (or on the way to) your shower. Thanks!

Settling Into Third Trimester – 28 weeks

Well folks, only 12 weeks to go! Baby is the size of eggplant this week (about 2.5 lbs and 16 inches long)! His newest trick is blinking and he has eyelashes now.

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We celebrated Asaf’s birthday (double 3s!) this past weekend with friends, burgers and billiards. Oh! And he got a BBQ!

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We also visited Babies “R” Us to finish up our registry and attend their Happy Places Event. We won a Mickey Mouse blanket! Woo hoo!

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In other news, I’ve been really trying to let this whole 3rd trimester thing settle in. Now that we’re in the home stretch, my initial instinct is to prepare, prepare, prepare. On the other hand, there is something to be said about the importance of enjoying the NOW. I have a tiny human living and growing inside of me! And in just a few short months, he will change our lives in the most wonderful (and truth be told, extreme) way. So this coming week my goal is to create/maintain some balance between enjoying my life now and preparing for all that is about to be. Wish me luck!

My 28 week update:

Total weight gain so far: 17 pounds which I’m mostly/pretty ok with.

Cravings: The most delicious thing I ate this week was a slightly frozen cup of chocolate Jello pudding. Seriously guys, it was like dipping a spoon into heaven.

What I’m excited about: Finally started our diaper stockpile! Also, received several offers to help out with a baby shower. Feeling tremendously blessed.

What I’m nervous about: Getting the nursery set up. Goal is to have it all finished 8 weeks before Baby arrives. Stay tuned…

New this week: Continued increase in kicking/punching/barrel rolls. Changed my prenatal vitamin this week from NatureMade to Rainbow Light since I’d heard so many good things about the latter. Although it said it was “gentle on stomachs” it made me a little nauseous. Still, I’m encouraged by the fact that it is all natural so I’m going to try to stick with it.

Note to Baby: I’m not sure if you really loved the Transformers movie or you really hated it. You were certainly giving me some strong signals either way! Just wanted you to know that I was only kidding when I said we were going to name you Optimus Prime. 😉