|Same dress in a different print/color: here and here / also wore this dress on our honeymoon!|
37 weeks and feeling like I'm about to pop. I had so much energy in my third trimester and then the 37th week arrived and it all totally went out the window! I'm so achey and I truly do feel like he is going to come out at any minute! It's like he is in there planning his escape route—checking out every single space he has and punching it to see if he can get out. At 35 weeks, I was already 75% effaced. At 36 weeks, I was also 1cm dilated. Today is my 37 week appointment, so we'll soon see how much more ready my body is for this baby! I've had some big contractions, but they've just been sporadic and not in any sort of pattern. Sleeping has been a big joke, but I'm so thankful that this is the first full week that I've had that problem. I just can't get comfortable. But it's all worth it! Just so ready to get this show on the road and snuggle my baby.
There's still so much to do around here, though, so I'd also be happy if he decided to stay in a good bit longer while Mommy and Daddy finish up some business around the house. As in, finish the kitchen renovation! (We basically have it all down to the studs right now. Yikes! I've pretty much accepted the fact that W may come home to a kitchen-less house ...and that's ok.)
Other than that, nesting has been in full force! I've organized almost every item to my name, cleaned every hairbrush and makeup brush (why?), cleaned everything from the window sills and baseboards to the inside of our cabinets, and made an accordion file full of our family information from medical, to home, to kitty boy stuff, etc. Brandon has been the biggest champ and has washed every single washable baby item, as well as every other linen in this house. And this is just some of it... I would love to know what all of you mommas did during your "nesting" phase! I've heard some funny stories. I still have a list of things I want to do, but I'm getting a little worn out, so we'll see how that goes. Oh, and our hospital bags are packed and the carseat is installed! I am definitely planning on doing a blog post about what I've packed in our bags. You all were so helpful with that on instagram!
Just realizing I may not have shared this in a baby update, but here's a photo of the beautiful table set up that was at my baby shower Brandon's cousin, Shelly, and Aunt Retta hosted for me. Everything was so special and the company was fantastic! We were showered with so much love and we can't wait for everyone to meet our baby!
I was a very picky person when it came to choosing the nursery glider. It had to be white with a washable cover. It had to have a high enough back so that my head could rest on it during late nights rocking our baby. It needed to be large enough so that it felt roomy, but not so huge that it took up the entire room. And I really wanted one that had a unique shape. See, I told you I was picky. I was really starting to get discouraged on the whole glider search after looking high and low for one that had every single bit of criteria above. I was failing miserably and growing worried because most gliders take 10-12 weeks to come in. I pretty much resorted to buying one that I wasn't totally sold on, but then I walked into Celadon. The glider I have pictured below was literally sitting by the front door staring at me when I entered the store and I fell in love with it immediately. It's called the Patti Glider and it's perfect in every way. Of course, by the time we went back, it had been sold, but Celadon was able to special order this one for me and it came in with plenty of time to spare.
You know, I hadn't really thought of looking for a glider at Celadon, but they have so many styles—although I've learned that they sell quickly! So if you're local to Charleston and a new mom (or just love a swivel chair in general), definitely check them out. They saved the day for me ...majorly.
And if you're not in Charleston, you'll still love their website, I'm sure. :)
I've heard rave reviews over this thing and cannot wait for W to lay in his. The DockATot is a comfy lounging dock for little ones ages 0-36 months. You may notice that ours is in the crib and please know it is not made to be used in a crib or bassinet, but it's a convenient place for ours to be stored in the meantime. It's created for safe co-sleeping, supervised tummy time, play time, snuggle time, supervised naps, as a changing station, or really just any time you need to put baby down in a comforting spot. I've heard this is a game changer when it comes to getting your baby to sleep because the contours of it mimic the feeling babies have in the womb.
As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I knew I had to have one of these. (And thanks, Baby, for coming in perfect time for their new spring collection!) Check out the Solly Baby Instagram and all of you mommas will be obsessed, too. I can't wait to share photos of these in action, but here's my Solly supply below—the natural & grey stripes wrap, the sky wrap, and this swaddle set (which happens to be the softest material I've ever laid my hands on—and you can completely customize which two colors you would like).
I mentioned wanting one of these in this post last fall, so this has also been a long time coming! I chose the grey and white stripes because it will go with pretty much everything. This is not just a nursing cover, but also could be worn as a scarf, used as a carseat/stroller cover, or just wear it as a poncho like I'm wearing it below.
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