Saturday, September 4, 2010

30 week update!


30 weeks...WHOA! I really cannot believe that I am almost 8 months pregnant and 10 short weeks away from meeting our son! It's kind of all been sinking in a lot more lately, and I'm not sure if it's from the little clock in my head that is constantly tick tick ticking down to the big day, or from all the other changes that are going on. We start our birthing class in about a week, and I also have a breastfeeding class to attend in the beginning of October. The new house closes in just a few weeks, so we've been trying to figure out paint colors for the nursery (luckily every other thing about the house is move in ready, including the overall paint color!), and we still have to go and pick out our crib, dresser, changing table, etc- not to mention every other piece of furniture for the house too! haha. Slowly but surely is our motto though. There's tons to do but I'm feeling good about everything and totally relaxed. Right now we are still trying to decide on whether or not we are going to do cloth or regular diapers. Originally I really wanted to do the bumGenius 4.0s, but now I'm not sure if we will go that route. We're going to start with disposables and then I'll decide if we want to take the plunge or not. I'd say I'm on the fence still but leaning towards no, but we will see! We're all registered at Babies R Us- if you're curious about our registry feel free to check it out, we're registry #45679494.

Here's the adorable invitation to my baby shower that I got in the mail a couple of days ago!
And I am loving the card my Mom included:

The picture is kind of weird but it says-

Just one last request, and we hope it's not hard,
Please bring Henry a book, in place of a card.
By signing your book we will remember and share,
Your special gift even when you're not there!

I seriously love this and think it's adorable that he will have tons of books to start his library rather than cards we would end up throwing away! Plus, as he gets older it will be really fun to be able to read the inscriptions and tell him about all of the wonderful people in his life.

Speaking of wonderful people, this past week we've received some of the absolutely sweetest, most thoughtful gifts from my blog friends and readers. I am so blown away with the amount of kindness and sweetness I've encountered, and I cannot tell all of you enough times thank you, thank you, thank you! It feels like we get a little package or letter everyday, and I just want all of you to know how much we appreciate all of your generosity and all of the time you've put into making baby Henry such beautiful and wonderful things!

from Susannah, over at

from Emily, over at uff da! designs

from Sara, over at

and from Becky, over at
See? Amazing, amazing things. Thank you again so very much sweet girls. You've made me smile so big...and maybe get a little teary too! ;)

My belly is still growing but I'm still feeling really great physically. A lot of my friends who are also pregnant haven't had such a smooth ride, and I almost feel bad for typing that I feel wonderful! But really, I feel as good as I did before I was pregnant, with the occasional lower belly cramping or swollen ankles. The only other things that I get annoyed with are my chubby (okay, fat) face and my huge chest. Both pretty irksome for obvious reasons. I seriously go through my closet with longing at all the dresses I can't wear. I probably have about 5 things I just repeat over and over because I refuse to spend money on anything "temporary." But it works. The most beneficial items of clothing I've bought have been my maternity capri pants and my maternity pencil skirt for work, and I wear them every other day or so and absolutely love how comfortable they are. I've also been so thankful for my friend Anita (seriously go check out her baby blog for her daughter Lola at because she has been SUCH a source of honest pregnancy talk. She's the best, along with a lot of my other mama friends too. You know who you are! Thank you.

Here are my 30 weeks belly photos:

30 weeks!

check out the uneven line!


He is also the size of a head of cabbage this week!

You may feel as if you have been pregnant forever at this point. It might be hard to imagine being pregnant for another ten weeks, but your baby still has a lot of growing and developing to do! By this time, your baby's crown-to-rump length is a little over 10.8 inches and the total length of your baby is about 17 inches! Your baby weighs about 3 pounds now. Your uterus can be felt about 4 inches above your bellybutton. Your uterus, baby, placenta and the amount of fluid will get larger over the next ten weeks.

As far as weight gain, I stopped paying attention but I feel like I am doing a-okay. I have ten weeks left and my doc said that I'm doing very well and should end on a fabulous note if I keep up my normal eating and exercising. It doesn't really concern me about gaining because I feel like I've been in a good spot so far, but it's nice to know that because at this point I feel like it won't be very hard to lose the weight. I can definitely see it in my arms and legs...and FACE of course hahah, but overall I don't think it will be too bad, especially since I am planning on breastfeeding. At first it was hard for me to accept all of these changes, but the more pregnant I get the more I really don't care anymore, there are so many more important things to spend my time thinking about, and everything my body is doing is exactly what it should to make a nice place for Henry to grow, and then to sustain him once he is born! :)

Overall we are just getting more and more excited. It's scary and amazing and shocking and wonderful all at the same time to know that in a little over two months he will be here! I'm so excited for him to meet so many amazing people- all of his grandparents, his aunties, his wonderful uncles...our's just beyond exhilarating. It's so fun to be able to look back at this blog as such a great record of all of this, and I feel lucky to have all of you along for the ride!

I hope you have a beautiful Saturday!

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  1. Your belly photos are so cute, even the uneven line!! Those gifts you got in for you & baby Henry are too sweet. I especially love the little bib.

  2. the little bib with the cassettes is so cute!

  3. So glad you got the package! (Hope the stuff wasn't too creased from being in the envelope). You are looking fabulous and the way you balance teaching, pregnancy and impending home-ownership is an inspiration.

  4. idk if you've heard of them but another diaper option is gdiapers- one of my daycare clients uses them for her toddler & newborn and I REALLY like them (and for the record I hate dealing with cloth diapers). They are like, the best of cloth AND disposable combined in one cute package. The cover and liner are washable, and the biodegradable insert can be flushed, tossed or composted.

  5. such a lovely post. i think its so nice that people have been sending things for Henry and I loveeeee the book idea!

  6. omg i love the book idea!! so great. That bib is so amazing!!! how lucky you are!!

  7. I've seen the book thing done before and LOVE it! You look great - so excited for you to get in the new house and settle the nursery for Henry!

  8. I can not believe that you are 30 weeks girl!! Super cute invitation. That is such a great idea about the book, I love it!

  9. i'm due the week you are, and i'm in the a similar position of wearing the same handful of outfits over and over.

    i bought a couple things during my last pregnancy, but ended up giving them away because i didn't think i wanted anymore children. now here i am, wishing i had those dresses and pants. :)

  10. Love the book idea. ♥ I should of done that. Instead I have hit garage sales, end of the year sale at the local library and of course Half Price Books.

    Looking forward to getting all of the inside scoop of your baby shower. I know it will be fantastical.

  11. wow your tummy is still so small. I will be a huge prego girl thats for sure lol. I can't wait to see pics of him, I'm sure he's going to be adorable :)

  12. Awe you are so beautiful! Almost there! I love the invitations and gifts! So cute!

  13. i cannot believe how fast time has gone, i feel like you JUST told us you were pregnant! that book idea is completely wonderful and SO special... kudos to your mom for that! i just love it. and that first photo of your is just the cutest! :)

  14. I absolutely love the book idea, I think I'll be using that for every birthday Adrienne has!

    I recently became a new follower and adore your little blog:D
    I love finding fabulous mama's, our daughter's six months old.

    & I saw you have a boston terrier!
    Our family's fur baby is a boston terrier/pug

  15. Bringing a book instead of a card is such a great idea!!


  16. Total thumbs up on the baby books to the baby shower! I did that for mine and my little girl had an enormous collection before she was even here. at 18 months old now and having another on the way, the book collection is a must! :0

  17. Yay for 30 weeks! I am so excited for you, Danielle!

  18. I found your site on typead from James guest blog. I tried to follow you but for some reason it wouldn't work. Probably my crappy computer.

  19. i love, love, love the no-card idea! great way to save paper + hang on to the written notes from people. i'll def. be using that in the future :)

  20. Just wanna say congrats on your pending bundle of joy! PS: Love your style and blog =D

    xo Mavy

  21. What a sweet idea for books instead of cards!
    That will be so neat to have.

    Your belly is so flippin cute.

  22. omg youre still so tiny! i was huge by 5 months. i started my pregnancy at 105lbs and ended at 190. i wish i was as lucky as you to have kept the weight gain at a steady, healthy pace!

  23. Lovely stuff you got! And, super tattoos and belly, of course ;) When is your due date? Must be something like mine (1st Nov)...

  24. Books in place of cards is a beautiful idea!

    Love the belly photos!!!

  25. My girlfriends did that same thing for my older son's baby shower! It was great! We have so many books with beautiful dedications in them now to read. We even got some great books that belonged to people when they were kids. My grandma brought books that were my dad's and my aunt brought her favorite book from the 60s. It was such a cool idea! Have a great time at your shower!

  26. I love this. I think it's awesome that so many people are sending you homemade gifts! Henry is already one lucky boy!!

  27. I did the book in lieu of a card thing at my shower as well! we got so many books for everly's library and i love reading her the special notes from everyone who participated. since we live on the other side of the country from our family its nice to have a little piece of them here with us.