27 Weeks…and the dreaded glucose test :(

Last Sunday marked 27 weeks!!  I can’t believe in another week I will already be in my 3rd trimester!  YIKES!  This pregnancy is flying by…and I am so NOT ready for baby boy!  Good thing I have another few months left!

I was able to check ‘decide on a nursery theme’ off our list in the last couple weeks which has been good because now we can get going on putting his room together!  With M I knew all along what I wanted her nursery to look like, but this time around I struggled to find something that I really loved.  We ended up deciding on a basic navy, white and light blue pattern of stripes.  It’s super cute and I can’t wait to share the final product with you!  Hubby and my mom have all week next week off so once we get through Christmas, it’s operation put together baby’s room.  As excited as I am for this, I’m not going to lie I’m also a little sad.  You see in order to set up his room, we have to move the crib in there…which means moving it out of M’s room!!  Can it be possible that my baby girl is really ready to be in a big girl bed?!  AHHH!!!!  That makes this mama a little sad!  But we’re trying to get her excited about it (and get her used to it wayyyy before he gets here) so pray for us that the transition goes smoothly (both for M and mommy and daddy! :))

Anywho, yesterday I had my 4-week check up with my midwife.  Everything went great and baby boy is growing and his little heartbeat sounded fabulous.  Hooray!  Along with my check-up I had to have my blood drawn to measure my hemoglobin levels and for the glucose test.  Now, in my humble opinion this whole glucose test thing is one of the worst parts of pregnancy!!!!  I’m serious!  I hate it!  That drink is just plain terrible!  I may or may not have had a bad experience with M (I failed the 1 hour, had to do the 3 hour, threw it all up about an hour in, had to reschedule and go back a couple days later to do it all over again, only to throw up again…. sigh…. long story short I got through it and passed, and lived to tell the story! :)) but perhaps this contributed to my dread and doom these last few days leading up to it yesterday.  So I did a bunch of research ahead of time and talked to my midwife, found out I needed to schedule my appointment early in the morning (because apparently your body processes things better early in the day), ate a protein full breakfast, may or may not have only drank 3/4 of the crap and away I went to my appointment.  I was determined to pass this time on the first try!!!………  and then I didn’t. 😦  So… it’s off to the 3 hour test next week…wish me luck!  Does anyone have any tried and true tips or tricks for me?!  PS – did you know that nearly 1/4 of women fail the 1 hour test, yet only 2-5% end up actually having gestational diabetes!?  UGH!

27 weeks

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DIY Taggie Blanket

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In the last few weeks I’ve started to get ready for baby boy here and there a little and decided to make him a taggie blanket after we found out he was a he and I knew what colors to use! 🙂  I’ve made a couple in the past for M and my niece and I’m always surprised by how simple they are to make and it seems that all babies love them!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Material – I like to use the minky dot fabric that you can find at any fabric store in a wide array of colors.  I think it’s super soft and cuddly, perfect for baby!  For an 18″x18″ blanket, you’ll need 2, 20″x20″ squares of material.  A half yard will be more than enough!
  • Ribbon – I put 3 taggies per side about every 3 inches or so.  Therefore I used 12 ribbons, 4-5″ in length, depending on how far out you want them to stick from the blanket.  You can use any variety of ribbon that you’d like.  I like to try and find different widths and textures to use!
  • A sewing machine (or thread and a needle if you want to go old school!)
  • Straight pins

 

Here’s what to do:

  1. Using fabric shears, cut 2, 20″x20″ squares of material

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     2.   Cut ribbon into 12, 4-5″ pieces

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   3.   On the top side of one of the pieces of material, use straight pins to pin the ribbons in tags every 3″.  Try to not let          the corner tags overlap (if they do, move all the tags towards the middle a little bit)

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   4.   Now you’re ready to sew!  Pin the material right side to right side, in other words raised dots to raised dots (because you’ll be turning it right-side out when you finish).  Sew about a half inch in from the edge, paying close attention to the tags on the inside as you go.  Make sure they stay straight and don’t forget to pull out the straight pins as you go!  Sew all the way around the blanket leaving about 4″ open on the last side (so that you can turn the blanket right-side out).

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   5.   Flip the blanket right-side out through the opening you left while sewing, shaking as you go to ensure that all the corners are completely unfolded.

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   6.   After the blanket is flipped the right way, hand stitch or sew the opening closed.  That’s all there is to it!

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Trust me, I am NOT a seamstress/sewer/anything of that sort and so if I can manage this, you can too!!  What a perfect gift for a baby shower or new baby’s arrival – your friends and family will adore this little handmade blanket full of love!

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It’s been awhile… here’s what we’ve been up to!

Well hello there strangers!  It’s been awhile since my last post.  We’ve been pretty busy around here getting through the start of the holidays with the month of November and Thanksgiving, followed by my very favorite time of the year CHRISTMASTIME!  I decided I needed to set aside some time to reconnect with you all on here and fill you in on what’s new!

The biggest (and most exciting!) thing is the announcement we made to our friends and family at the end of October:

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That’s right.. we’re pregnant… with a little BOY!

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We’re so excited for him to make his arrival this spring.  My official due date is sometime the last week or so of March.  Although if he follows in his big sister’s footsteps, don’t expect him to be here until at least the last couple days of the month, if not the first part of April!!!  But, a girl can hope he’ll be on time, right?! (I don’t know what I say this, I know that he’ll arrive at just the right time for him, regardless of the date on the calendar!) 🙂

M is very excited to be a big sister!  She frequently talks to him in my belly, assumes anything blue is for “baby brother” and has even mastered saying his name.  She’s going to be such a big helper when he gets here!

So there you have it, my excuse for not blogging lately!  (it’s a good excuse, right?!) But seriously being pregnant while chasing after a 2-year-old and almost 5-month-old (I watch my niece during the day) wears a girl out!!  I can’t really complain though because other than a 7ish week bout of all day sickness (what’s this just in the morning business?!?!), I’ve been extremely blessed in that my pregnancy has been a breeze and has flown by so far!!!

So bring on the pregnancy posts, updates and baby bump pics!!

25 weeks

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