"It was the oldest sound in the world. Souls flying away." The Secret Life of Bees

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

He's here!

Hugo Augustine Walker
Born at home on 1/25/14 at 11:35am
9lbs 2oz and 21.5 inches long
Mom and baby are healthy and working on getting the hang of breastfeeding

I can't even begin to describe how in love we are.  I never could have imagined anything more perfect.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pregnancy Update: Full Term


How far along: 40 weeks and 5 days

Development: According to The Bump, baby is the size of a jackfruit (whatever that is!) and he is ready for the outside world

Symptoms: Very tired, sore (especially through my hips/pubic bone), swollen, and still dealing with pregnancy insomnia. I think my pubic bone adjusted itself one night as I was trying to move around and get comfortable in bed.  A couple of weeks ago, the chiropractor said it desperately needed an adjustment, but she was not willing to do that this far along in the pregnancy.  I felt and heard a big pop and it suddenly felt so much better!  I no longer have the on-fire, intense pain, just the soreness.
Maternity clothes: Just rotating through the few things that fit at this point.

Stretch marks: I have lots of stretch marks on my lower abdomen.  It is what it is and at this point, it is not really on my list of concerns.

Sleep: Still struggling with pregnancy insomnia.  The past few nights have been a bit better (probably because I don't have to worry about work any more and can sleep in!).  I've been trying to wind down before bed by going through a guided meditation, relaxing with tea, etc.  

Best moment of this week:  Being done with work so I can focus on being ready for baby.

Miss anything: Same as last check in:  sleep, being able to roll over in bed, and being able to wear fancy shoes.

Movement: His movement has gotten very sporadic over the last few weeks.  Some days he is very still/settled, and other days it seems like he's moving all over the place.  I've had a couple of NST's (non-stress tests) to make sure the decrease in movement is not due to him being distressed for some reason.  My midwife said he is fine, no reason to be concerned.  My joints are popping a lot these days, especially my left ankle for some reason.  I notice that almost every time that ankle pops, baby moves - it seems like it startles him or something.  I thought it was just a coincidence at first, but it happens almost every time.

Food cravings:  Orange juice, and cinnamon rolls.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really.

Have you started to show yet: Ha!

Gender: Boy!!

Labor signs: I saw my midwife this morning and am 3cm dilated!  I've been having contractions over the past few days, nothing intense or regular, but they must be doing something!  I have been going to prenatal yoga, and getting chiropractor adjustments and acupuncture.  This past weekend Ben and I walked a lot of stairs.  We went to Mt. Tabor and walked the 288 stairs to the top twice.

Belly button in or out: I can't believe it, but still in.

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time:  I am happy, excited, and can hardly wait for him to get here:)  I"m also starting to feel a bit frustrated and irritable too though.  This is exhausting.  The now constant inquiries from family members are making me a little bit crazy:)

Looking forward to:  His arrival!

40 weeks

Yoga at 40w1d

Mt. Tabor stairs

Wish me luck!  The midwife instructed me to rest and nap today to prepare for possible labor tonight (if not tonight, hopefully tomorrow).  I'm ready!!!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Put a bow on it

I'm still here and still pregnant:)  How was your weekend?  Mine was nice - busy and restful at the same time.  We stocked up on groceries, I finally got a new phone (I needed an update in a major way and I'm excited about the new camera on the Iphone 5s), I went out for 1 last pre-baby pedicure with a friend, went to accupuncture, and Ben and I went to the movies to see Her (an excellent movie!).  In between all of that, we cleaned the house and I tried to rest/nap.

I actually slept fairly well the past couple of nights so I'm feeling pretty good today, even though I had a long day at work.  This is definitely going to be my last week at work, even if baby doesn't decide to make his appearance this week.  It's getting harder and harder to be at work all day and my midwife does not want me working past my due date (which is Thursday, 1/16).  I'm going to transition out over the week and will take a few afternoons off to make sure I stay as rested as possible.  I initially wanted to work until I went into labor (and that may still happen if he comes this week), but I'm really feeling relieved to have a definite stop date confirmed.

These are just a couple of random outfits from the past few weeks.  I think the first one was actually from the holidays and the second was from last week.

Jeans:  Loft maternity
Top:  Gap maternity
Cardigan:  Anthropologie
Socks:  Sock it to me 

Jeans:  Loft maternity (LOVE these jeans!)
Top:  Gap maternity
Cardigan:  Anthropologie
Socks:  b.ella
Shoes:  Dansko

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


I hope 2014 is off to a great start for all of you!  I'm just trucking along.  My due date is next week (ack!!!).  I'm getting so excited, but trying to stay calm and be patient.  I want to share some pictures of the nursery.  We never had a theme or color scheme to work with - we just wanted something fun, interesting, and functional.  This room is tiny (as is our whole house), so we didn't have much space to work with.  I'm so happy with how it turned out!  I think it will be perfect for our little guy.

This was a fun and cheap project Ben and I did together.  Ben put these frames together mostly from wood scraps he had laying around and we went to the fabric store a few different times to pick our prints we both liked and simply stapled the fabric to the frames.  An easy way to add color and interesting shapes!  

We didn't have anything to put above his crib so we used the 'welcome' banner from our baby shower

I had this made for my little guy.  One of my good friends from Ohio made it with lots of love.  I love the colors and the hexagon pattern.  Can't wait to snuggle my baby boy under this lovely blanket:)