Life as a new mommy certainly has its challenges. My world now revolves around my sweet baby and during this first month I’ve learned that her needs will always come first. I actually wrote this blog post in between feedings, diaper changes, broken sleep, and cuddles while searching for a balance to all the other duties I had prior to becoming a mommy. I’ve got a long way to go before I’m even close to figuring it all out (hell, I probably will never truly figure it out), but one thing is for sure – I love my sweet Allie girl with my entire being. She’s come into this world, stole our hearts, and we’re loving each new day with her more and more.Continue Reading
It gives me great pleasure to finally introduce to all of you the newest member of our little family – Miss Allie Claire Michel!
She was welcomed into this world on July 5, 2017 at 9:49 pm weighing 7 pounds 2 ounces and stretching out 20 1/2 inches long.
Well guys, with only two days until my due date I’m almost certain that this will be my final pregnancy update. Thanks so much to all of you for following along on this beautiful journey. I hope that my next blog post brings you a recap of a healthy delivery and sweet pictures of my new baby girl.
These past few weeks have been filled with burst of energy along with exhaustion towards the end of each day. Brett and I have both been getting the house prepared for our new arrival while also taking care of our daily responsibilities. My real estate career has also been keeping me quite busy. Last week, I told Brett that I was packing my laptop for the hospital in order to work in between contractions. What can I say – I’m dedicated to my clients ya’ll!
These past nine months have certainly been amazing. I hope to experience pregnancy again someday, but for now I’m so completely over the moon about finally meeting my little girl. I know without a doubt that she will completely fill Brett and I’s heart with so much love that we never thought we could endure.
Here is what happened during weeks 37, 38, and 39 of my pregnancy.
37 Weeks: Baby is the size of a Swiss Chard.
38 Weeks: Baby is the size of a leek.
Didn’t take a bump picture.
39 Weeks: Baby is the size of a mini watermelon.
I thought it would be fun to show you guys a comparison between Week 10 and Week 39.
37 Weeks: 33 pounds.
38 Weeks: 33 pounds.
39 Weeks: 34 pounds.
37, 38, and 39 Weeks: Zero workouts – but still on my feet for most of the day. I’ve also been continuing to live actively by parking further, taking the stairs, etc. I told my mother-in-law yesterday that I’m so beyond ready to get back to my regular workouts…especially swimming.
37, 38, & 39 Weeks: Because I’ve been on my feet so much, I’ve noticed swelling in my feet every night for the past three weeks. I’ll also start off the day fully energized, but by the time 9 pm rolls around I’m ready for a bath and bed (or to be relaxing on the couch while working or watching television). By bath time I’m normally experiencing a bit of pain in my lower back – so epsom salt baths have been an absolute lifesaver. I also noticed a bit of heart burn right before bedtime during week 39.
37, 38, & 39 Weeks: Still waking frequently to urinate. When I do wake up to pee I’ve been experiencing loads of pressure due to my growing baby.
Looking Forward To…
37 Weeks: My weekly doctor visits. They actually start this week. It will be nice to know whether or not I’m progressing.
38 Weeks: Revealing the nursery to you guys. We are so, so very close to finalizing the room. I’ve leaked a few pictures to some close family and friends within the past week or so. So far, I’ve received positive feedback. I will share as soon as we finish and have taken pictures.
39 Weeks: Getting this show on the road. My due date is Friday, but I have not had any contractions nor am I dilated. During my doctor’s appointment tomorrow I will be scanned once more to see what is going on in there. We are definitely getting extremely excited, but I sort of hope that Allie stays put a little while longer since I’m hoping to make it to my parent’s closing on their new home this Friday.
Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases
37, 38, & 39 Weeks: I purchased another rug for the nursery since I didn’t love the first one I bought. I also bought a night gown and toiletry items for my hospital bag. And within the last week, I purchased a few decor items for the nursery: decorative pillow & frame.
37, 38, & 39 Weeks: Still none. I actually need to purchase another jar of Utterly Smooth cream. I thought for sure that my body would be covered in stretch marks since I have so many from my growth spurt as a teenager. I’m so happy that I fell into a routine of moisturizing every single night since the beginning of this pregnancy – it truly paid off in the end. And I know it won’t end here, so I’ll be continuing my daily moisturizing after giving birth too.
37 Weeks: Yes, this week I saw her move beneath my skin while standing in front of the mirror. It was a little freaky and absolutely amazing at the same time.
38 & 39 Weeks: Yes, she loves hanging out on my the left side and often pokes her butt out to the right. Brett poked around my belly a bit during week 38. He noticed that the right side of my uterus is completely hollow since she is camping out towards the left.
Belly Button In or Out?
37, 38, & 39 Weeks: In when I’m sitting, but most definitely out when standing. I’ve had several people point out my belly button through my clothes lately.
Thank you guys so much again for following along and supporting me throughout this amazing journey. Brett and I will do our best to keep everyone updated. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers for a safe and healthy delivery.
As I sit here today and type this post, I can’t help but smile as I look down at my belly to see strong movements from my girl. These past three weeks have been emotional for me since I know that the fierce rolls and kicks I have been enjoying lately will be gone soon. I have to say that I’ve never felt so in-tune with my body than I have for these past eight months. I consider myself so lucky to have been given the opportunity to experience how amazing a woman’s body truly transforms and reacts during pregnancy. I’ve never felt more beautiful as I’ve witnessed first hand the miracle of God’s creation right at my fingertips.
Just the other night as Brett and I sat in Allie’s nursery he mentioned that he couldn’t wait to see his baby girl. He wondered if she’d be beautiful. I told him that she’d probably look completely different than what he was picturing in his head, and that no matter what she appeared to others that she’d always be exquisite to the both of us.
Here is what happened during weeks 34, 35, and 36 of my pregnancy.
34 Weeks: Baby is the size of a cantaloupe.
Didn’t take a bump picture.
35 Weeks: Baby is the size of a honey dew melon.
36 Weeks: Baby is the size of a head of romaine lettuce.
34 Weeks: Didn’t weigh myself.
35 Weeks: 30 pounds.
36 Weeks: 32 pounds.
34, 35, and 36 Weeks: I miss my workouts so very much. Each day I seem to be on my feet for the entire day, which is more than enough to completely tire me out by the evening.
34 Weeks: After deep cleaning my house this week, I had a horrible dose of Braxton Hicks contractions. My stomach was extremely tight, so I walked around the house in circles and drank water until they finally subsided. Other than that and the normal soreness in my ribs, I have also noticed swelling of my ankles and pain in my knee joints after a full day of being on my feet. Daily soaks in the bath tub have been an absolute favorite of mine during the end of my pregnancy.
35 Weeks: I am definitely feeling the weight of our baby girl. I’m also experiencing the same symptoms as week 34, and I’ve noticed a bit of pelvic bone pain too.
36 Weeks: My balance is totally off these days. I’ve noticed that Allie likes to hang out on one side of my uterus at a time, so it makes perfect sense that I feel so unsteady.
34 Weeks: Waking every hour to urinate, and I’m also having trouble lifting myself up (or rolling myself off the bed) due to my growing belly.
35 and 36 Weeks: Same as week 34.
Looking Forward To…
34 Weeks: My daily glass of wine. At the end of a long day, I truly miss decompressing with a glass of wine or two. I’ll still want to watch my alcohol intake after giving birth since I’ll be breastfeeding, but I can’t wait to enjoy a full glass rather than the few sips or tiny glasses I’ve sneaked throughout my pregnancy.
35 Weeks: Getting past labor. As my due date approaches, I’m really getting nervous about having enough energy to push through. I’m trying to keep in mind that childbirth is natural and that my body was made to overcome the challenges of labor. It’s also helpful remembering that at the end of it all I’ll be able to finally hold my baby girl. I’m all kind of feels lately y’all.
36 Weeks: Finalizing the nursery. It’s coming along, but I may not be able to do a reveal until after baby Allie is here.
Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases
34 Weeks: A rug for the nursery. I’ve also been purchasing items to place in my hospital bag: nursing bra, robe, soft shorts, breast pads, and lanolin ointment.
35 Weeks: Diaper bag, and faux flowers for floral mobile.
36 Weeks: Nothing.
34 Weeks: Still none.
35 Weeks: I’m still religiously applying Utterly Smooth cream to my belly at least twice a day. I think I can see a few small marks near my belly button, but it’s very hard to notice. I’m hoping that my efforts will be rewarded. Just a few more weeks to go…
36 Weeks: Brett did notice some marks under my belly, but I think they are crease marks from where my belly hangs over now.
34 Weeks: Yes, but she gets so shy in front of others.
35 Weeks: Yes, I love watching her roll from one side of my belly to the other. Her movements definitely put my mind at ease.
36 Weeks: My girl is getting so strong, and she’s definitely running out of room. This week Brett and I sat up in bed watching her roll and kick for several minutes. Brett also poked around my belly and did a bit of guessing as to which body parts he was feeling. He thinks he felt her little heel for sure.
Belly Button In or Out?
34 Weeks: Still in, but pokes out at the top when I’m standing. I’ve also had some major pain near my belly button this week. Brett suggested that I be very careful not to strain in that area since I could experience an umbilical hernia.
35 Weeks: Same as week 34.
36 Weeks: My belly button pain has eased off.
Any Interesting Stories?
36 Weeks: After mass this past weekend a fellow parishioner and I prayed together that Allie would continue to grow strong. We also prayed that Mother Mary and her angels would be with us during delivery. It was so incredibly moving, and I couldn’t help but shed a few happy tears. I pray that Brett and I can teach Allie the importance of faith in her life. My spiritual journey through this pregnancy has been breathtaking, and I cannot thank the Lord above enough for this incredible gift.
Also this week I was asked to take maternity pictures by one of Brett’s coworkers. Here is my favorite image from the shoot. Thanks so much to Camille Key for capturing these for me.
Since my makeup and hair were done that day, I decided to capture a few pictures myself that afternoon. It was a bit challenging, but the one below came out decent.
Lately people have been asking me if I feel like my pregnancy has passed by quickly. With less than six weeks until my due date, I have to say that I feel like it has passed as it should. The beginning definitely dragged since I wanted to surpass week 13 so badly in order to reduce my risk of miscarriage, but once I hit week 23 I feel like time has shifted into overdrive. I know that I am going to miss feeling my baby roll around in my belly, but I cannot tell you guys enough how eager I am for this next chapter in my life.Continue Reading