Friday, September 26, 2014

Late Post: My Baby Shower!!!

I have slipped into a serious case of the lazies these past two weeks. I have barely enough motivation to do anything and I feel like an exhausted blob. Unfortunately that means I have neglected posting about a lot of exciting goings on, including my incredible baby shower!!

It was about two weeks ago now, when I was 30 weeks.

My mom and sisters hosted it at my moms house and the theme was pink! A girly baby shower luncheon was exactly what I had in mind and they totally delivered. A group of lovely ladies gathered and we ate food and played a few silly games and celebrated baby Pontius! I was so overwhelmed with gifts and love it was so so special. I was especially touched that two of my best girl friends from college traveled from Maryland and New Jersey, respectively, to be there for the special occasion.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

30 Weeks

30 Weeks

How Far Along: 30 weeks, 5 days
How Long To Go: 9 weeks, 2 days
Weight Gain: 2.6lbs
Total Weight Gain: 13.4lbs
Weight: 133.2lbs
Belly Button: Total outie
Stretch Marks: none
Sleep: Getting hard to get comfortable again as my belly gets bigger
Best Moment This Week: My awesome baby shower!!
Nausea: none
Craving: Asian food in all forms
Miss Anything: Not really
Movement: She moves like crazy and is definitely kicking harder
Gender: bouncing baby girl
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, back pain, the beginning of a Linea Nigrea is starting to show, heartburn!
Wedding Ring: on
Looking Forward To: Girls night tonight with Tess!
Maternity Clothes: The dress I ordered for the shower didn't work. It was too flowy and made me look bigger than I am
Fruit: Butternut Squash (3.1lb, 17 inches)
Weird Dreams This Week: Nothing really notable to report.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Our Little Girl (sneak peak)

Last week we went to get another one of those 3D ultrasounds and there has been so much going on that I forgot to post any pictures! My bad. Although in my defense I have had a really busy week with work, my baby shower, and to top it all off I've been sick with a cold.

So here are some adorable ultrasound pictures of our daughter-to-be. She is so perfect and beautiful I can't even believe that she's ours. Seeing her little face makes all this more real than it has been and I must admit this week has left me a little dumbfounded. The culmination of seeing her face, having our baby shower, and hanging up clothes in her closet has me reeling with nerves and excitement.

I think she looks like my husband Matt, and he thinks that she looks like me. The ultrasound tech said she has very feminine features and judging by her size now, that she predicts she will be about 6.5-7.5lbs at birth (yay for my lady parts!!). She also already loves her hands because she wouldn't let them away from her face for the ultrasound. This baby is NOT going to be a fan of being swaddled.

Monday, September 8, 2014

29 Weeks

This week was really exciting because we went to the doctor and we went back to See Me 3D (pictures in a separate post) for another ultrasound all on Thursday. The doctors visit couldn't have gone better. We saw a different doctor this time, which was fine because they're pretty boring appointments, and we loved her. She was also very impressed with my charts, saying that both the baby and I are in perfect condition and right on track. She even said that I could teach a class on how to be pregnant. I have to admit, I don't think I've ever been told how good I look more consistently than since I've been pregnant. It's  a real confidence booster, which is definitely needed on the days that I feel like I'm sporting a trucker's beer gut around.

Since we saw our baby girl on that 3D ultrasound she is all I can think about. I can't wait to meet her and I am so in love already.

How Far Along: 29 weeks, 2 days
How Long To Go: 10 weeks, 5 days
Weight Gain: 1.2lbs
Total Weight Gain: 10.8lbs
Weight: 130.6lbs
Belly Button: starting to poke out! I'm getting an outie!
Stretch Marks: none
Sleep: Getting hard to get comfortable again as my belly gets bigger
Best Moment This Week: Seeing our beautiful girl in 3D!
Nausea: none
Craving: Chocolate Milk
Miss Anything: feeling comfortable
Movement: Her kicks are getting harder, and more painful
Gender: bouncing baby girl
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, back pain, the beginning of a Linea Nigrea is starting to show.
Wedding Ring: on
Looking Forward To: My baby shower on Saturday!!!!! So excited I can't even stand it!!
Maternity Clothes: Ordered another dress off for the shower, can't wait to wear it
Fruit: Small Cabbage (2.9lb, 17 inches)
Weird Dreams This Week: Had a dream that Matt was running errands with me and I had to get home to prep for an event. He wouldn't take me home because he wanted to run to Lowe's and I got so mad I slapped his arms. I woke up because I was actually hitting him in my sleep in bed!! LOL


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

28 Weeks: Third Trimester!!!!!!!!!!

 THIRD TRIMESTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How Far Along: 28 weeks, 3 days
How Long To Go: 11 weeks, 4 days
Weight Gain: 2.4lbs
Total Weight Gain: 9.6lbs
Weight: 129.4lbs
Belly Button: flat!
Stretch Marks: none
Sleep: I love and cherish my sleep
Best Moment This Week: Reaching the third trimester!! Getting and putting together our baby's crib!! Going through Matt's old baby stuff and found a journal that his mom kept when she was pregnant. Our pregnancies seem very similar. I think this baby is taking after her daddy. Also, spending some great quality time with our friends at the beach...I love our friends
Nausea: none
Craving: sweets
Miss Anything: I miss knowing my body well...everything is new now
Movement: I think I'm giving birth to a soccer star...or a ninja
Gender: bouncing baby girl
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, back pain, the beginning of a Linea Nigrea is starting to show.
Wedding Ring: on
Looking Forward To: Seeing our baby girl in 3D on Thursday!!
Maternity Clothes: I actually fit into a pair of pre-pregnancy shorts over the weekend and couldn't have been more pleased about it!
Fruit: Head of Cauliflower (2.5lb, 16 inches)
Weird Dreams This Week: Had a sexual dream where I was watching porn and tried to entice my hubby to have sex and his response was: "nah...I'm busy, just take care of yourself" (HAHAHA this would never happen in real life)


Babymoon in Colorado

The idea of a babymoon is pretty simple: take a trip before you enter your third trimester to spend some quality time with your partner before you become parents. We conveniently had a family wedding to attend this past weekend, just a week before I would enter the "no fly" phase of pregnancy. The wedding was of Matt's cousin Chad Gardner to Elizabeth Toohey. I had met them both two years ago at a family reunion and had a great time, so I knew this was going to be a fun wedding.

We arrived in Denver on the Thursday before the wedding. We spent the day exploring the area and took a particular liking to the city of Boulder. We sat outside at a little Italian trattoria and had lunch before Matt treated me to my first ever prenatal massage. I couldn't have felt more spoiled and I might have to make those massages a regular thing. Once my massage was done, we drove back in to Denver.  Matt had a good buddy from college who we spent the night with before heading on our way to Aspen the next day.

The drive was absolutely gorgeous. The weather was cold and cloudy but we welcomed the break from Charleston's sweltering August heat. On our way to Aspen we stopped in Vail to see another city and grabbed a cup of hot apple cider as we walked around. It was the perfect break from the drive, which all-in-all took about 4 hours from Denver. That night was the rehearsal dinner which was held at a local Mexican restaurant. 100 family and friends piled in to drink margaritas and mingle. It was a great opportunity to socialize with Matt's family, but I was so exhausted by the end! The change in altitude really effected me that first night so Matt took me home around 8:30pm and I crashed.

The wedding in Aspen was everything you would think. Matt's cousin and his fiance were married on the top of Aspen Mountain. We rode the gondola up to the summit (where is was 39 degrees) and were given blankets to keep us warm during the outdoor ceremony. Cold weather aside, the ceremony was absolutely gorgeous and went off without a hitch. The view from the top of the mountain was spectacular and the sun even came out at the end!

After the ceremony we all piled into the lodge that had been rented out as the reception venue. We were greeted by waiters carrying trays of wine and champagne. The cocktail hour was stocked with some of my favorite foods including a to-die for charcuterie and cheese selection, mini tomato soups with grilled cheese, burrata on spoons with roasted red peppers, just to name a few of the options. Considering I can't drink, the food was definitely the highlight for me, although the wine that I tasted was also excellent.

Keeping with the great food, the reception definitely boasted the best wedding food I have ever had.Scratch that, the meal at this wedding was one of the better meals I have had in the past few months anywhere! and that's saying a lot! It started with a burrata and tomato salad with arugula and basil and a light balsamic drizzle. Then there was a choice of entree, but Matt and I shared both options which were a pan-seared halibut and a filet Mignon.

I have always been a hater of cake at weddings and this wedding may have just changed my mind completely. Whether or not that has to do with the fact that sugar is all I have now that I can't drink alcohol, this wedding cake was amazing! First there was a dessert course that had three little mini desserts (a chocolate caramel tart, a chocolate coconut mini cupcake, and a fruity mini cheesecake). After we devoured those, the wedding cake came around (no cake cutting ceremony) and it was red velvet with strawberry jam and a cream cheese frosting. It was to die for!!!

We had such a fantastic time in Colorado and it was so wonderful to be able to get to spend some quality time with my hubby before the baby comes. I think it is important to get away together before your life completely changes, but it sure was nice to come home too.