36 Weeks: Bumpdates

Secret: this picture was taken a couple days before 36 weeks. Close enough.

Baby is due less than a month away! There is lots to do always, but life is pretty chill at the same time, since I stopped work early to spend time with Greg before baby comes. After not spending time together for six months, I figured it would be awesome. We are both off for a little bit. I am not going stir crazy yet, because I feel like there’s always things to do and we’ve been really enjoying it. There have definitely also been lots of naps.

Baby size:
I feel like she is basically the size of a baby at this point, but my Ovia app keeps giving me new animals.

We went to our doctor’s appointment today, and they estimated her to weigh about 6 lbs 10 oz! That’s about right on target for this week. I can’t believe she’s grown so much! It’s a totally normal size, but I go a little crazy when I think of chunky little baby legs.

Good. I had some massive leg cramps the other day, but we are good today. I was very ladylike in our newborn class and stuck my feet up on the ledge. Gotta do what you gotta do.

My cat understands the power of napping. Although, that’s kind of her job as a cat.

No intense cravings like I had in the first trimester (or that one time I was a vampire who craved Chick-Fil-A; being a vegetarian can put a real damper on things), but Greg suggested we make Rice Krispie treats the other night and it was the single greatest idea we’ve had this week. It was even greater when he suggested they be Oreo Rice Krispie treats.

They are so good. I’ve been eating them like crack. We made them at 10 PM after our newborn class; some things are important.

fashion · maternity · stitch fix

Stitch Fix #2: Maternity

I had great results with my first Stitch Fix, and really wanted to try another round of maternity items. My previous fix, I ended up buying all the items and I still wear most of them frequently. This time, I asked for more nursing-friendly pieces, since we don’t have too far to go till the due date (Sept. 24th) and I want some items I can wear afterward.

I ended up getting some things that may have worked later on, but weren’t working for me and my bump.
Note: I forgot to keep the paper that came with my items and Stitch Fix doesn’t have an option for viewing your order history, so I can’t tell you the actual names or prices of the items! I’d like to blame the pregnancy brain, but honestly I figured there would be a way to go back and check. They were all between $50 – $100 each.
2nd Note: I had to hold my camera at that height.. believe me. I was getting some extreme Star Trek-style lens flares when I held it at the normal height that day.
#1 Set of Cami’s – Returned
These were soft and long, but I didn’t really need any cami’s so I sent them back.

#2 – Blue Maxi Dress – Returned

This was really pretty, but I didn’t think it was that flattering with the bump. Also, a great nursing dress but the over $80 price tag was a bit high for me.

#3 – Patterned Nursing Dress – Returned

This would also be great for nursing, but didn’t fit me well right now, and I wanted something I could wear right away.

#4 – Maxi Skirt – Returned

I’m not a big fan of maxi skirts, and this one wasn’t a good length or fit for the bump.

#5 – Wrap Dress – Returned

I’ll be honest and say I don’t know how to tie a wrap dress. I felt like it could fly open with it only being held together by a piece of string.

Overall, I felt like none of the pieces were very flattering with a bump, although they may fit well later on.

The only one I would have possibly kept was the blue maxi dress, but it would have had to fit perfect for the price.

I didn’t keep any items this time but I will possibly order another Stitch Fix in the future. If you sign up and use my referral link, I get extra credit towards shopping, totally up to you.

Have you tried Stitch Fix? How’s your luck been?

greg · pregnancy

34 Weeks: Bumpdates & Homecoming!

I’ve been absent posting and commenting the last week or so, because of so many exciting things, but I am finally here posting on a Friday night like a weirdo. Someone will read this later, or maybe there are other ladies chilling at home on a Friday night like me.

The most exciting news is that Greg is back!

Look how tan! If you have been out of the loop, which is totally understandable since I barely mentioned it due to wanting to keep things semi-private, Greg was deployed for six months. He just got back, and I could not be happier. We celebrated by going to Chipotle as one of the first places he ate. Chips and guac are one of the best things ever.

I have missed him so much, and life as a pregnant lady is so much better with him here. There are lots of things I didn’t even think to appreciate, like him helping me buckle the sandal that I couldn’t reach to put on because there is a giant belly in the way.

I’m actually a little late on the bumpdate, because tomorrow we hit a new week, but here’s what baby’s been up to this week.

She is really excited Greg is here, because she has been bumping around like crazy. He’s gotten to experience lots of kicks.

I’ve felt up and down. Sometimes I have a good amount of energy and other times I’m wiped or my back hurts and I roll around in weird positions on the couch trying to get comfy.

She’s also turned into a baby dragon and I have been getting crazy heartburn. I just bought a pack of Tums today so hopefully that will help, although there’s been no heartburn today.

I lost track of what fruit size she is, but let’s say at this point, she’s big and will only be getting bigger.

Greg has been awesome and got right into furniture-assembling and getting the house ready. She now has a dresser of her own, from IKEA. We live in a tiny space for the moment (AKA that’s our living room, and no, we don’t have a nursery), so everything is squeezed, but we will make it work.

Our space has been wonderful for the two of us, but once we find out the next steps of what is ahead work/life-wise, a bigger space would be great. We are going to stick with our little space until we have the opportunity for bigger. More to come as we go, since I don’t know a lot now, but life is always changing.

We also got her first set of cloth diapers in the mail the other day, so I am nervous/excited about those. I will update as we see how it goes. We have some small supplies of disposables that we have received, as well.

We have been enjoying the time off and getting lots of baby things done. I feel like there is so much to do, but every little thing helps! Greg is seriously on top of it with assembling three different pieces of new furniture within a week. Thank goodness. We plan to chill out and continue getting some more stuff done this weekend.


33 Weeks Bumpdate + My Prenatals

I decided to do a quick bumpdate, because baby’s rocking along into this really busy week. I still have about a million things to do hopefully before she gets here. I also am posting my prenatals, because I’m always nosy about what other people use. Plus, seeing what other vegetarians/vegans took really helped me out in the beginning.

Baby is still feeling good. There’s been lots of movement, lately, which I try to and occasionally succeed in capturing on video. She gets pretty violent for someone in a little space.

Surprise moment this week was when I tried to drink a Dr. Pepper and she immediately started dancing on my cervix. She was not having it. If you are unsure, cervix-dancing is not painful, but an unpleasant feeling. Goodbye, Dr. Pepper, we’ll be friends again soon.

We only have somewhere around a month to go, but I hit up the Motherhood Maternity clearance sale over the weekend, anyway. I found two tops on clearance and two pairs of leggings that were buy one get one half off. I think I can wear the tops after baby, so it was a good deal and I will have more options to wear. The same things start to get old quick!

She is currently the size of a pineapple, or a ferret. My Ovia app has weird animal choices, but ferrets can be cute I guess.

The prenatals I’ve been taking since the beginning are all vegan and would work for anyone, even if you’re not vegan.

Garden of Life mykind Organics Prenatal Multi
I take one of these three times a day, and it gives me my iron and almost everything I need. It’s kind of pricey, and I’m sure there are cheaper options, but I like that this one is made from whole foods. Also, one bottle of 180 pills lasts me for two months and I buy it through the Amazon subscription service to save a little extra. I have had bloodwork done a couple times since taking these, and both times, my iron has come back good so I know that at least I am getting a decent supply of iron.

Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Calcium
The only major vitamin I need that I don’t get from my prenatal is calcium, and since I don’t drink a lot of almond milk regularly, I take this to make sure I get it daily. I take four a day and that provides the majority and the rest can be made up through food.

Omega 3’s:
Nordic Naturals Algae Omega
As someone who doesn’t eat fish, it can be hard to get omegas, and I have read that they are good for brain development. I have had this bottle for a couple months now, and am still not near finishing it, although I take a low dose because I’m not going to lie – it tastes terrible. I take a quick dropper-full in the morning and wash it down with juice/milk. However, it does its job and besides the taste, it doesn’t have any other ill effects. This is made from algae, and there is a pill form which you may be able to avoid the taste with. I prefer the liquid forms of omegas, but that is a personal preference, since I don’t like some of the ingredients of pill casings.


Ascenta Nutravege
This is the supplement I was taking previous to the Nordic Naturals, but it was out of stock for a long time. It looks like it may be back in, and I highly recommend it since it tasted much better!

That is my daily vitamin routine. Everyone’s needs are different, but these have really helped me out, being a vegetarian who hopes to return to veganism after baby. Do you have any favorite vitamins?


What I’ve Been Reading

Some weeks I’m reading like crazy and other times, it takes me a couple weeks to finish one book. I love this time of the month, because it helps me figure out what I should read next. Not that there aren’t enough on my list already, but there’s always room for more, right?

Last month was kind of a here and there month for me, where I didn’t really love anything although there were some good books. I felt like this month improved and I found way more books I was more in the mood for.

Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown – 4 stars
This was a pretty intense start to a series and I really enjoyed it. It is definitely reminiscent of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game and although it may be categorized as young adult in some places, it felt like a more adult story of those. The author has his own style, though, so while it is similar in some ways, it’s also well built and cool on its’ own. It’s also more violent than those stories in some parts, at least in description. I recommend if you like sci-fi/fantasy and uprising stories. I just started the second book in the trilogy, so I’m excited to see where it goes.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor – 4 stars
This kind of book ticks off all my favorite things – interesting main character, mythological features, and a beautiful world. It seems like a series I want to keep reading and hopefully can get my hands on the second book.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – 4 stars
I have been in kind of a magic mood, because this one also featured magic, although with faeries. I am a fan of Holly Black, so if you’ve read anything by her, you’ll probably like this. Or if you’re in the mood for a world filled with faeries and princes and things.

Storm Glass (Glass #1) by Maria V. Snyder – 3.5 stars
This book is set in the same world as Snyder’s Magic Study series, which I read the first couple books of ages ago. I thought the plot was a little scattered in Storm Glass, but it does make me want to reread the Magic Study series, since its’ characters and plot were mentioned a LOT. I may keep reading this series afterward, since I liked the characters and it came together in the end.

I’m linking up with Steph and Jana today for Show Us Your Books. I can’t wait to see what everyone else has been reading. As always, you can find me on Goodreads here.


32 Weeks: Bumpdates

Another week gone flying by! I’m still having a hard time believing we are this far along.

I have been feeling good and we found out this week that baby weighs somewhere around 4 lbs 3 oz right now. I have a hard time shaving my legs, but at the same time don’t feel like I’m carrying around an extra 20-odd pounds most days.

Baby has been making great Alien impressions, and I can see her flipping around like a shark in my belly.

She also managed to kick the ultrasound technician as soon as she placed the wand on her this week, so she is continuing to develop her ninja skills.

Not sure she feels too armadillo-like. She’s definitely still otter-like in movements!

We had some really great food this weekend, including an incredibly delicious lemon glazed sprinkle donut, which caused hours of her flipping around later that night. She was on a sugar high. I also had a seitan cobb wrap, which was so good and I’m going to need another one of.

My mom came to visit me this weekend! I was so excited because she’s actually never been to my apartment since I moved here (from her location in SC to where I live now in DE). I was so proud of her driving up to see me. We went to IKEA because she had never been and she found a bunch of stuff.

She also got to feel the baby, which I was especially happy about. I don’t want her to miss all the fun moments.

Not that much. I go on walks occasionally for as long as I can. Today was an especially crazy day at work, so I needed to get out and decompress a little and went for a short walk afterwards. It was only a mile, because my ab muscle pain seems to be here to stay most days when I walk for any length, but I’m glad I got out for a little bit.

I have lots of stuff left to do, but hopefully with Greg home soon it will be easier!

I’m linking up with Kristen and Gretch today for What’s New With You.

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