Baby update: 39 weeks! 

As everyone else I know is having their little ones, I sit here writing yet another blog post because my tiny human is comfy and doesn’t want to come out yet. *sigh*

This week, Baby Hill is around the size of a watermelon (yes, I finally got to use that fruit equivalent!). She weighs around 7 pounds and is anywhere between 19-21 inches long.

Peanut is fully cooked at this point and can come at any moment!

Doctor Appointment Update : At my last visit, we had some improvement. I was 70% effaced and 1 centimeter dilated.

Even with that bit of progress, our little princess has decided inside mummy’s tummy is better than the real world… And so, we continue to anxiously await her arrival.

I also found it interesting that I have lost nearly two pounds since my last appointment. Apparently that is normal due to baby continuing to grow and make less and less room for the rest of my under parts.

Fingers crossed that she comes before my next appointment…that would be a nice thing for her to do 😉

The Struggle: With one week till baby’s due date, I am a miserable human being.

I can’t sleep, can’t breathe properly if I lie down, and my back hurts. And, on top of all that, life itself and pretty much everyone in it annoys me.

My recent motto has become, “I give zero f@!#s”. Because… Well, I don’t.

Birthday Predictions: At this point, I have no clue when she’ll arrive. I truly believed she would be an October baby… And as of today that is no longer possible.

To keep from becoming anxious/frustrated, I have stopped assuming she’ll come soon. I mean, if she’s not out within a week, the princess is getting evicted from the castle anyways.

Sorry (not sorry) darling, you can’t stay in there forever.

Other things: I find it amusing when people ask how far I am, I tell them, and then they find out I am still working as a middle school teacher.

Yes, I am about to pop (literally).

Yes, I still teach and coach full-time.

Why? Because I like being busy and don’t feel the need to sit at home, be bored, and be more miserable that I already feel. Also, we need the money AND I may slightly be a crazy person on top of it all. 😉

On a plus, my maternity leave starts after this Friday. Can’t believe I am going to make it to my last week of teaching before baby arrives.

As the days flutter by, I am more and more anxious to meet my little girl and finally hold her in my arms. I’m looking forward to all the hard work that is to come. Hopefully see you soon little one. ❤️

39 weeks down, 1 week to go! 

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TFTD: Saying goodbye

WARNING: This thought for the day is sad…please don’t read if you are sensitive to family pets dying.

393284_10150429761873038_1932344532_nThis morning, just as I was leaving for work, I got a call from my mom saying one of our dogs, who just turned 14 had died.

We knew she was getting old. Poor thing could barely hear and see anymore. However, you never expect them to leave you so fast.

I remember when we picked her out. She was a present for my dad. She was so tiny and the blackest black you can have an animal. We named her Lydia and she was our families new puppy.

Although Lydia was cute, she was a feisty little thing. I remember the first time she bit me. I had dropped a chicken nugget on the floor and tried to snatch it before the new puppy got it…poor choice. Instead Lydia got the chicken nugget and I got a slightly bloody finger.

Once she got older, she was much less feisty. She was in all the family Christmas photos, was a nice little cuddle bug, and was a part of our every day lives.

Even until today, I always said hi to her and picked her up when I visited my mom’s house. She would always wag her little nub of a tail to great her family.

It is amazing just how attached we get to these little creatures. I suppose you never realize how much they mean to you until they die…then then little things you’ll miss pop into your head.

315321_10150267478653038_1766503_nLike how much Lydia enjoyed getting dog treats. You couldn’t say the word “cookie” without her getting excited and following you around until you gave her one.

Although it’ll be weird not seeing our little old lady hobble around the house, at least she is no longer suffering.

I like to think she is in doggy heaven and her playfulness, sight and hearing has returned and she is running around, enjoying herself again.

Although she is gone, she will always be a big part of my childhood memories and will always be remembered in my heart.

Lydia Joy

October 3, 2001 – October 27, 2015

Baby Update: 38 weeks!

 14 days left. I believe it is acceptable to now start counting down by days.

This week, Peanut is the size of swiss chard. So, that means she is weighing in at around 6.5 pounds and measuring about 20 inches long.

She is certainly proving to me daily how big she is getting. Stretching out is her favourite activity.

Doctor Appointment Update: Went in Thursday for another appointment. My cervix is softened, I am 50% effaced still and I am half a centimeter dilated. It has begun! Now to just get her moving a bit faster and I would be happy!

Also, apparently baby’s head is far enough down that the doctor could feel the tip of her head. That is a finger length away from her exit! WOW!

I have another appointment this week, so fingers crossed for even more of an improvement. 🙂

Helping her along: I have absolutely loved being pregnant…until the last week or so. I am uncomfortable, have no patience and am grumpy (sorry to those I have been sassy at).

So, to encourage her to hurry up, I have been trying to do things to jump-start labor.

  • I am walking…TONS. Which is not much of a change from my daily life since teachers walk lots anyways.
  • I attempt to eat spicier foods.
  • I take the stairs when possible. For those of you who know my level of clumsiness, don’t worry. I only take the stairs UP…not DOWN. I don’t need help falling, especially with my center of gravity being all baby belly.
  • I also have started bouncing on a yoga ball. This one I have been told helps a lot. It has managed to make me feel funny, so we will see if yoga ball bouncing is magical or nah.

Birthday Predictions: My sister thinks baby will be here on October 27th. I am hoping she is right. I personally do not want my peanut born on Halloween. So she better not miss her window of opportunity. 😉

Delivery worries & thoughts: I am starting to realise that soon I will be birthing a small human. It is quite scary. I have faith it’ll all be fine, but still, thoughts of things that could go wrong pop into my head sometimes.

Luckily, my husband is reassuring and helps me put my worries aside.

At this point, I am so ready to have her in my arms that anticipation outweighs my worries. HURRY UP TINY ONE!

Other fun things: My poor furbabies must know something is going on. Both have been extremely cuddly the last few days. Perhaps that is a sign!

My TP divers had Districts the other day. Baby was good and didn’t come while I was judging (that could have been awkward). YAY for my kiddos as well for making it to Regions! Now, we just need to hope baby comes before or after Regions so I can go 🙂

38 weeks down, 2 weeks to go!

Baby Update: 36 weeks! 

 Holy cow! Only one month (or less) to go before the tiny human is here!

This week our darling little Peanut is the size of a large cantaloupe. Weighing in at around 6lbs and measuring around 19 inches in length.

Lots of fun has happened the past two weeks, so here we go…

Baby Doctor Appointment Update: I went in last Thursday for another check up. Baby is measuring about 13 inches from head to rump! I can’t figure out how she still fits in there…can’t imagine it’s comfy.

Also was checked out and had no dilation yet. The cramping I had was a slight case of Braxton Hicks and I was told to monitor them.

My next appointment is this Thursday. I can’t wait to see if there is any progress with baby’s time to arrive!

Symptoms: As of the last week or so I have had HORRIBLE pelvic pain. After calling my doctor’s office and some googling, I found out I am neither dying or alone in feeling this pain. This pain is caused by baby dropping and my pelvic bone making room for her to eventually exit. I was told in most cases the pain goes away after a couple of days, I am apparently not most cases. Go figure 😉

However, due to the pelvic pain and fatigue of the last few weeks of pregnancy, I have enjoyed a couple of personal days off work. It was nice spending time with the furbabies and the hubby.

Birthday Predictions: my close group of teacher friends (squad) have put in their predictions. They seem to think baby will be here sometime between October 20-25.

Other Fun Things: The hubby and I went to a wedding last night. I managed to wear heels and still dance the night away (to an extent). Although, towards the end of the evening I was happy to take off my shoes and head home to sleep.

My hospital bag is almost packed… Still needing to add some things, but I hope to get that done today 🙂

Can’t believe she will be here so soon!

36 weeks down, 4 more to go! 

Baby Update: 27 Weeks!

 WOW! We are now well into month 6 of this pregnancy and wishing time would speed up/slow down at the same time!

Baby Hill is now the size of a cucumber. Measuring in around 15 inches long and weighing around 2.2 pounds.

As you would expect, growing baby also means growing belly. Baby likes to kick around and squirm regularly now. She really is having a party in there. Along with baby movements does come so discomfort, but she is worth every kick to the side and back ache.

Food: By now all the food cravings and aversions are the same as they have always been. Nothing new here. Baby has quite the sweet tooth!

Emotions: This deserves its own little subtitle this post because HOLY COW I have been soooo much more sensitive the last week or two than I have my entire pregnancy. Little things that normally would not bother me have caused me to burst into tears.

(For example, in Target with my hubby the other week and I cried because the bump was making finding a dress a struggle.If you want to read the whole experience it’s up on the mum blog, just click here!)

I have been really lucky on the emotional side of pregnancy hormone changes, but the last couple weeks has truly been a tearful one. Hoping this part does not last long…for me and my husband’s sake. 😉

Doctor Updates: Had my glucose test the other day. People are not joking about how gross the stuff you drink is. BLEH! Still waiting to hear about my results. *fingers crossed*

Update: got a call this morning, passed my glucose test! Yay! However, am needing to take an iron supplement because I am anemic. At least that’s an easy fix to help baby and myself stay healthy!

The doctor also measured my belly for the first time this appointment! I was pretty flattered. Means my belly has grown enough to measure! Woot! I have gained about 17 pounds so far in this pregnancy, and most of that is belly and breast weight (thankfully).

 Fun Facts: We had an awesome baby shower the other weekend that my sister through for me. It was great! So many wonderful friends and family came to celebrate Peanut…and were amazing enough to give us some baby essentials to help us when she arrives.

The cutest activity my sister did was the onesie painting. It was adorable. Baby Hill will have tons of fun, decorated clothes to wear from newborn until 24 months!

Another exciting thing happened just the other day. I traded in my 2011 Ford Fiesta (stick shift) for an automatic 2012 Nissan Rogue. I am now officially feeling a bit more maternal with a cute SUV that can fit baby things better than my little pink hatchback would have.

I may have shed a tear or two once the trade was finalized due to the exciting new chapter in my life that is becoming more and more real everyday.

The next couple weeks will be crazy ones. High school diving season starts back up tomorrow and pre-school trainings start-up Tuesday. So long summer, hello busy fall schedule.

27 weeks down, 13 more to go!

Like to travel? Then READ THIS!

Do you love to travel but realize how traveling costs money…

If you are like me, a full time working graduate student, then it can be difficult to travel as often as you may like.

However, what if I told you there is an AMAZING, invite only traveling hot spot that you can be a part of? 

This company is called World Ventures. They bring you a website with amazing limited time Dream Trips. Along with it’s vacation booking buddy, Rovia (similar to an Expedia or Travelocity) it makes vacations cheaper than you can imagine! 

Another plus, if you book through them and you find your trip cheaper else where they will give you their price matching deal! FANTASTIC RIGHT?!

Some of you may be a bit skeptical…as was I at first…but after becoming a part of this amazing opportunity I realized it was JUST THAT GOOD! No joke. 

Now, this does cost you a bit of $$$…The sign up fee is $200..which will go directly towards your first DreamTrip. The monthly fees range. I would suggest the Dream Trips Life membership. It is $55 a month (which at the end of the year goes into your piggy bank to use towards a vacay) 

Pretty much you are investing monthly for a vacation at the end of the year. Helping you save without the hassle of thinking about it. 

I would say this is already worth it…but this makes it 100% worth your money. 

Once a month Dream Trips does a 5 day/4 night cruise for ONLY $69 per person! I kid you not…it really is that cheap. So even if you only buy that trip…there you have completely made up your monthly fees. 

I am telling you. Check out this link and click the 2: Love to travel? button, then watch the video.

This is a great opportunity for those of you who love to travel as much as I do and want some great deals in the process. 

Interested? Questions? Feel free to contact me through the “Contact Me” page on my blog!

Hope to see you guys on some Dream Trips! 🙂

 

 

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