36 Weeks [Round Two]

It’s October!!! The best month of the year, and the month we have another baby!
(Do you hear that baby, this month!)

It’s been a rough couple of weeks and I don’t anticipate that changing.
Let me quickly run down the third trimester pregnancy symptoms that have been going on here:

Heartburn
Foods are quickly making their way out of our dinner rotation,
Mexican and BBQ to name a few. After a great night celebrating a friend’s birthday,
filled with Mexican food and fried ice cream, I was paying for it around 2am.
I learned my lesson. I’m starting to be more aware about what I’m eating.

Lots of pain
Specifically in my lower back, pelvis, groin, and tailbone.
This baby knows exactly the right spot to hit to send sharp pains everywhere
and stop me in my tracks.

Uncomfortable sleeping
I have been sleeping at a slight incline for a couple months now
because I am a total back sleeper. I cannot lay on my side because I wake
up a couple hours later and my hips are throbbing.
Last time, I honestly had no problem sleeping (even though I thought I did at the time),
this time has been way worse. I’m sure the heartburn doesn’t help,
but I just can’t get comfortable, or every time my bladder is full,
I have a Braxton Hicks contraction. And… without fail, I wake up between 5:50-5:59am
EVERY SINGLE DAY…. when my alarm goes off at 6:00am. How annoying is that?

Other
There are some other not pleasant things happening,
which I am hoping are signs that labor is not far away.
But, I am also not going to get my hopes up… and I’ll spare you the details.

Now on to the more fun stuff…

My last appointment was at 35 weeks, baby’s head is down,
but is not low, so I’ve been bouncing on my exercise ball,
encouraging him or her to go ahead make their way down.
I have had one real contraction and lots of Braxton Hicks contractions.
At one point, I was worried I wouldn’t remember what contractions felt like…
oh, I remember. No worries there.
I’m still feeling a good amount of movement (and hiccups), but I think
baby G2 is staying in the same spot.

I feel like I have a very long to-do list still, and I’m not sure how.
Every time I have crossed something off, I feel like I’m writing two more things down.
Greg and I are worried about very different things, which is probably a good thing,
but also annoying at the same time because I think my worries are more important,
even though they probably are not.

The car seat has sat on our floor for the last two weeks, but it will be installed soon.
Our hospital bags are out, and I’ve added a few more items to them,
but they are no where close to being done.
I purchased some new feeding and pumping supplies, which prompted me
to drag out all the old stuff to toss and start sterilizing the new stuff.
These are items I hope we don’t need right away, but I can’t imagine taking the time to
sterilize things when we have a newborn and a toddler running around, so I’m doing them now.

Finally, I have taken pictures of the nursery and will be sharing it tomorrow!
Thanks for being patient!

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The time has come. Cast your vote.
Blue or pink?
What do you think?

Small update, big difference

As the weeks dwindle down until Baby G2 arrives,
we are trying to get things settled around the house as much as possible.
You could call it nesting, but honestly, it’s coming more from Greg than me!
I said it once, and I’ll say it again, men nest too.

A couple months ago (yes I’m a little behind), we were strolling through Lowe’s,
and passed by one of their tables full of random clearance items.
I was stoked when I saw a small can of the Rustoleum Countertop Transformation tint,
even better, it was marked down to $2.50! At that point, I didn’t care what color it was.
The dark gray/putty color was exactly what I was thinking for the counter top in our laundry room.

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I don’t advise any pregnant women working with this product… it is strong!
Greg ended up doing all the work and airing out the laundry room as best as he could.
The wait time between coats was three days, which I thought was a little absurd,
but we marked it up in less than three days, so I recommend following directions.

The original counter top in the laundry room was less than desirable.
You can refresh your memory here.

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I’m not sure if I’m more obsessed with how good it looks,
or the fact that we only paid $2.50 for the can. Either way, it’s a dramatic difference.

The second update was a slightly bigger project than the first, but it’s something
that was on my to-do list from the day we moved into the house.
Finally, Greg was on board and all of a sudden, just wanted to get it done! I gladly accepted.
I am and have been obsessed with the long, skinny handles for the kitchen cabinets,
so I knew that’s what I wanted. It was just a matter of buying them and getting them done.
IKEA had the best price on them and had different sizes to choose from.
We went with the 13 9/16″ LANSA handles for the regular cabinets & drawers,
and the 17 1/2″ LANSA handles for the wide drawers.

It took Greg about four evenings after work to change out the 50 cabinets and drawers in the kitchen.
This included drilling an additional hole for all the cabinets since there were knobs previously.
He also had to patch all the holes on the drawers where the previous handles were
in order to drill two new holes for the new handles.

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You can see our previous kitchen updates here.
We love the new look and I’m so happy we finally got around to doing it!

Slowly but surely, we’re making progress.