Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween 2015

This post might look pretty similar to my post from last year at Halloween. Since early September, I've been asking Landon what he wanted to be for Halloween, and each and every time he told me the same thing. "I just wanna be a dragon!" Which is the same thing he was last year. Part of me was disappointed that he didn't want to wear a new costume, but at almost 39 weeks pregnant, I'm picking and choosing my battles, and its much easier in the long run if he just wears what is already made. So Dragon Part Two it is!

With our due date just three days after Halloween, I wasn't sure how I'd be feeling, and or if we'd have time to take pictures of Landon in his costume. So this weekend we made some time to take a few pictures and document the occasion. Surprisingly, he cooperated for about 10 minutes and I was able to get a couple decent shots- I was hoping for some of him smiling, but he was too busy "roaring" at the squirrels in the woods. Which was pretty funny :) I'm just thankful he wasn't whiney or crying over having to take some pictures. And the M&M's I brought along helped also.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Pregnancy Update | 38 weeks

Technically, as I am writing this I am 38.5 weeks. And yes, I am counting. :)

Still here, still pregnant, still feeling fairly okay most days, and fairly uncomfortable other days.

Weight Gain: 30ish lbs.

Symptoms: Reflux, lots of lower back/hip pain and pressure. Up frequently at night going to the bathroom or trying to get comfortable in bed. I'm usually a back sleeper- so sleeping on my sides has been kind of a challenge for me and I'm not sleeping as soundly as I'd like. I joke that its just preparing me for the newborn days of being up every 3 hours and not sleeping soundly due to a little baby being in our room!

I've packed her hospital bag, and mine. John will probably wait until I'm in the car ready to go to the hospital to pack his (he likes to wait until the last minute for things...). We've washed the car seat and bases, but haven't installed them. And I've made all the arrangements for going out on maternity leave at work. Yay! This morning as I was putting on my scrubs It dawned on me that I only have a week or so more of wearing them- hallelujah! I've worn the same two pair of scrub pants and rotated between a black or navy maternity shirt for the past few months and I'm so ready to have a break from wearing  them. Not to mention all my other clothes- I can't wait to semi-fit into normal clothing again!

I feel like this time before delivery is such a strange mix of emotions- anxiety and excitement all rolled into one. It's just a waiting game, and as someone who's pretty impatient, its kind of a challenge. I've started having some anxiety about going into labor and the logistics of things- praying that John isn't in South Charlotte where he'd have to fight traffic to get to me, praying I don't go into labor at work and cause any drama there, and praying that we get to the hospital safely and everything goes smoothly. In the mean time, I'm also trying to use my time to get things done that I know I won't have time to do once our little girl arrives. Cleaning out the refrigerator, cleaning windows, house projects like hanging curtains, taking some fall pictures of Landon, etc.

I have such a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that we only have about two more weeks as a family of three- so this time is so precious to me even though we are so very excited to meet our little girl! Hopefully my next pregnancy related post will be introducing our baby girl!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Weekend Getaway | Asheville, NC

Here's the truth. John and I are not "date night" or "date weakend" people. This year I think we have had a total of 2 date nights, one being our anniversary dinner and one being this past weekend when we decided to take a quick overnight trip to Asheville, NC. We literally decided on Friday night that if we were going to have a date night or weekend trip before this little girl makes her arrival, then we needed to go right then. So we booked a hotel room, dropped Landon off with the grandparents, and spent 24 glorious hours just spending time together.

John and grand plans of scheduling a massage or something relaxing for us, but I vetoed that and decided that I wanted to be outdoors and take in the mountains while we were there. The leaves are just starting to change, and if you've never been to the NC mountains in the fall its a must do. It reminds me why I love this state so much and how thankful I am to live in a place where I get to experience the fun of a summer spent at the coast and the coziness of autumn in the mountains.

We made a stop at Linville Falls on the way to Asheville (its a little out of the way, but not far) and hiked a quick 1-2 mile trail. I say hike loosely, because really at 36 weeks pregnant it was take 10 steps and stop for a break. But I did it! It was cool and lightly raining and we had such great time seeing the falls. They're gorgeous, and its really a fairly easy hike to see them. Due to all the rain from the recent rain storms in the Carolinas, the falls were incredible.

After hiking for a couple hours, we got back into the car and drove 45 minutes to Asheville to check into our hotel. I was pretty worn out, so we laid down for a while and watched the ECU game on the computer before going to dinner.

We had the most amazing dinner at Tupelo Honey Cafe in downtown Asheville. Seriously, if you're in Asheville, its a must.  And Sunday morning we had a great breakfast at Early Girl Eatery, again- if you're in Asheville, eat breakfast here!

John and I really just had a great weekend spending time together- not having to be parents, or do anything work related. It was so nice to get outside and enjoy the mountain air and also have some great meals together.

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