Harrison Charles Wakefield

Oh hi! Heads up, this may be an extra long blog post…lots to share. Grab some coffee, take a seat, and join me in re-living the events that led up to lil Hdubs arrival.

Last weekend I felt so great. Got a prenatal massage on Saturday, cleaned the house, worked out…the whole shebang. Sunday morning I went to the Apple Orchard with my dad and we had a blast. It’s our annual tradition to go to the Maple Leaf Orchard then stop at Cady Cheese Factory in Wisconsin.

I was so pumped because I didn’t think I’d get to the orchard this year on account of the human cooking in my belly. So my dad and I took a convertable ride to the orchard, ate 2 apple donuts (the best MF donuts I’ve ever had), and picked a bushel of apples.

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THE BEST DONUTS EVER.

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I love McIntosh apples so much.

After the apple picking, we headed to the cheese factory and snagged some 5 yr aged chedda, cheese curds, and chive onion colby (hello grilled cheese). A lovely fall day if you ask me.

After getting back to my house I felt so great and full of apples and did a nice little workout, walked the dog, and hung out with Sam and Ruth.

Fast forward to 8:30 PM as we we’re literally hopping into bed and turning off the light…a warm sensation oozed from down there. I instantly thought HOLY SHIT my water broke…but then I wasn’t so sure because it didn’t seem like that much…but then it kept gushing out as I stood in the bath tub. After getting some amazing advice from some girlfriends I called the on-call physician. He said my membrane had ruptured and it was time to pack up and head to the hospital…what!? I wasn’t due for another week. I was so convinced he’d be late.

It was now about 9PM Sunday night. Sam grabbed our stuff, packed us into the car and drove the 15 ish minutes to the Hospital. I still felt just fine…no contractions…I just kept saying “I’m leaking!”

The check-in at the Hospital was so smooth. Everyone was so nice and helpful. I felt so great I was laughing and having a good ole time. A nice nurse named Cindy led us to our room where I proceeded to put my hospital gown on backwards. Sam told me it was backwards and I assured him it wasn’t. The nurse came in and goes “Oh dear, your gown is backwards.” Off to a great start Hale.

Anyway, I was still feeling fine…fast forward to Monday morning. Contractions had finally started but were like 6-7 minutes apart. I tried my breathing techniues but still felt alright for the most part. I like the hospital because it was pretty much all you can eat/drink for your stay. I enjoyed many glasses of chocolate milk, apple juice, iced tea, and water.

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Hydration Station

So, lets fast forward a little more…I don’t remember the times but probs late morning contractions started picking up. I told everyone I wanted to do this naturally because I wanted to feel the pain. Let me tell you…the pain was worse than I expected. I thought it would be just a tiny cramp feeling. Heck no. It was literally unbearable. The nurse kept urging us to walk around to get the labor started. But nothing was happening and the contractions were all over the place…enter Petocin. They gave me a dose of that an like instantly everything worsened. THE PAIN. It was awful. Everythime a contraction came I wanted to collapse. Sam was amazing the whole time and I could cry thinking about how supportive he was.

Anyway, about an hour after the Petocin, I couldn’t handle the pain. I caved and asked for the drugs. Best choice ever. I got a dose of Fentanal (no clue how to spell it), and that brought a bit of relief. I felt so weird…like I was floating and had a vision of neon puppies on a door mat. Yeah, weird. I told Sam and he laughed at me.

Next came the Epidural. Let me tell you, I am so thankful for whoever created the Epidural. About 10 minutes after they shot my back, I could not feel a damn thing. I had to ask the nurse if I was having contractions because I didn’t feel an ounce of pain.

Things stayed pretty chill for a while and I even got a rest. Then the nurse came in around 4 pm to check my cervix…we weren’t expecting much but she goes…”well, are you ready to have a baby?” Yes Amber, we are. Sam was shocked but glad he didn’t have time to prepare for the labor.

26 minutes of pushing  and out popped little Harry. I cried. I couldn’t believe he was here. They laid him on my chest and I just couldn’t have felt happier. Side note, pushing was not terrible except for the whole holding my breath for 10 seconds part…that was so hard!

Harrison Charles Wakefield joined us at 5:04 pm September 24th, 2018. He was a whopping 8 pounds, 1 ounce and 21 inches long. Can’t imagine giving birth a week later…he probs would have been like 9 pounds!

The fam got to leave the hospital Wednesday afternoon to a parade. It was the cutest thing ever. Let me tell you, the staff at St. John’s was great and I will def deliver there again if the chance arises 🙂

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Baby Parade

Life with a baby is nothing like I expected. Breast feeding has been a challenge but each time gets a little better. Our goal is to fatten him up as he started losing weight pretty fast. He loves to sleep, eat, and hang out in his Mama Roo. It’s been a big adjustment for Ruthie but she’s doing great and is the best protector of Harry.

I am feeling pretty good (I did have to get stitched up a bit but it feels better every day. I’ve taken lots of salt baths and am trying to take it easy. PS post-partum leggins and undies are the best thing I ever purchased, witch hazel pads really cool the bottom, and giant pads are not glamorous. But, you kind of don’t care after pushing a human out.

Ruth, Harry, and I took a nice walk this afternoon and it was such a relief knowing she walks nicely next to the stroller. I also walk at the pace of a snail right now but whatever. It’s nice just to get some fresh air.

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Proud Aunt Molly

I know it’s a huge adjustment bringing a baby into this world but I am so excited for all the new experiences and memories we are going to make as a family.

Thanks for your support through this whole process. I’ll try to keep updates as we go along but life might get a little busier.

Hope you are having the best fall ever…I could really go for a PSL or glass of wine 😉

XO

-Haley, Harry, and Ruthie

 

Week 38!

Here I sit, waiting for the rest of my fam to wake up. I have been up since about 4:10 due to excitement of the most perfect weather and first day of fall. If you don’t know, I LOVE fall (just like any other human…I just love it a little more).

I have been fighting a cold since last Saturday and finally feel like 80 % today so I went to the gym and did a nice and slow workout. Then I treated myself with a decaf mocha from Caribou because why not! It’s been a blast of a day already.

Here we are people…week 38. I technically have a week and 3 days til I’m due but my gut tells me I’m gonna be in labor this time next week so I’m going with one tiny week left of this pregnancy. You know what? I don’t mind being pregnant. The only thing that annoys me is how many people stare at my belly….like yahhhh I know it’s got a large bump growing on it. Thanks.

First, lets do a recap of our last baby shower last weekend. My sister and mom hosted at my parents house and when I arrived the house was decorated so cutely (is that even a word). All the blue decorations with those cute southwest arrows…my sister even made a selfie wall. How clever.

There was a taco bar and margaritas (I had a virgin one…yum!) and cornbread shaped like cactus. My mom made the most fantastic cupcakes.

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We played 3 games:

  1. The baby sock matching game-match as many baby socks as you can in a minute.
  2. Baby word scramble…abby=baby
  3. Baby song game…guess the title and artist of the song with the word “baby.” Think Mariah Carey-Always Be My Baby

It was a blast of an afternoon and I am so thankful for all the friends and family that have helped Sam and I prepare for the little guy.

So this week has been V low key. I got a cold Saturday and haven’t been able to breathe right since…also like so much snot in my nose/throat. I have been snoring like a cow according to Sam so I haven’t been sleeping that great. But that’s OK, I really don’t like sleeping all that much…JK!

This week I’ve had a bit more of an appetite which makes me so happy. I made homemade chicken soup on Monday (I stayed home from work to rest) and have been eating that all week. The best. I’ve also been craving salad with Catalina dressing, pizza, hamburgers (again!), lasagna, mac n cheese, and cottage cheese. LOL. My goal for today is to make Grandpa Marion’s chili and maybe some cornbread, an apple crisp, and tuna salad.

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This is what I look like as of 5:30 AM today 🙂

I still weigh 153ish and my body still feels pretty good. I’m trying to remain calm and just let things happen and not stress out…because stress makes everything worse. This baby will come when he is ready!

At my Dr. Appt yesterday they said my cervix (sorry if you’re a man reading this) is about 50% thin, I am about 1/2 a cm dialated, and the doc touched the baby’s head!!!!! I thought that was so crazy and cool I told her that…I mean c’mon! There’s a HUMAN IN MY BODY. I still don’t understand how that’s possible.

As for workouts this week…I think I did 4? I did get at least 10k steps every day and we did a lovely 6 mile hike on Sunday. I’d rather be spending my time in nature or snuggling my dog and Sam right now.

Today I am getting a massage thanks to my lovely friends and cannot freaking wait. Hopefully I don’t get so relaxed that the baby just slips out…that’d be shocking hehe. The rest of the day I hope to finish cleaning (yeah, I bought Mrs Myers pumpkin cleaning spray and want to spray every surface of my house with it), cooking, and chilling in the nursery…NESTING. Except I don’t live in a nest.

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Sam told me he wants to sleep in the teepee

My dad and I are going to the Apple Orchard tomorrow and I CAN’T wait!!!! They have the best apple donuts and I’m for sure going to eat 2.

Okay, that’s all for now. Hopefully I’ll have one more update for you before BABY comes! If not, thanks for following these last 9 months with me. It’s been a blast and I’m thankful for you all!

XO

-Hales

 

Week 37

Officially 2 little weeks and 4 short days until this baby’s due date. I am getting so so excited and trying to remain calm/not stressed. This weekend I have my final baby shower and cannot wait. It’s also hotter/humid-er than hell right now and my feet have finally started to swell. Swell.

I just had my Dr. Appointment and they said the baby’s heart beat is at 130 and perfecto. They also said he’s probs around 6 pounds…a good size. Nothing got shoved in my bumhole this time so that was cool. Bumhole or rectum or anus? I’m not sure what you call it and Sam won’t tell me because he says I should know.

My belly feels bigger this week and I seem to be slowing down a bit. I’ve also felt some contractions (I think??) which is cray cray. Everything gets realllll tight but it doesn’t hurt yet. I weighed 154 this week and just want to snuggle Ruth, arrange the baby room, and carpet clean.

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There’s a human in there!

Now, lets take a brief moment to talk about last weekends diaper shower. Sam’s school held a gathering for us at a local restaurant and it was fantastic. There was good food, lots of chatting, and SO MANY DIAPERS. I was shocked. The baby’s closet is literally overflowing with diapers and wipes and I could cry thinking about it. People are too kind and we are so grateful for so many wonderful people.

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Dipey Dipey wipey wipey

Now, this week I’ve been having some weird dreams. I dreamt that I was walking Ruthie by this big lake and we came to a cliff and the lake was full of golden retrievers. All of a sudden Ruthie got loose and took off and I thought she drowned in the lake. She ended up turning up a week later from the woods and I couldn’t stop crying. I’ve also only wanted to snuggle Ruthie lately and pet her. Odd? IDK.

I also had a vision after a midnight pee run that I would start to write a book on my maternity leave…perhaps.

Cravings have kind of been back this week. Salads, cottage cheese, malts, and donuts. OH AND PIZZA. All I want right now is pizza. I just got a margarita pizza from Punch with a Greco Salad. I ate half of it and am trying to pace myself. I’m guessing that pizza will be gone before I go to bed tonight…just saying. Sam’s out of town this week so he can’t judge me.

My morning appetite is still absent so I’ve been trying to have an apple and string cheese at least to get something in my belly. I love cheese. I also had donuts twice this week…sue me.

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Added some fruit for good measure

Sam said I was starting to get feisty this week and hissed at me like a cat…all because I didn’t want to move over when he came to join me on the front step. Sounds like his problem 🙂

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the fun things I found at the Munchkin Market last Friday. I was shocked at how not busy it was when I arrived. I took my time and found some really great things. In total I spent $29 and got a snowsuit (that I saw on Poshmark for $50), a MN wild sleeper, a onesie, a cute little pant/sweatshirt set, and some blocks/cars. Sam and I washed everything and are ready to go.

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The baby snowsuit

Lets see, what else has been happening this week…I know what hasn’t…workouts at the gym LOL. I did one on Tuesday and was so over it. I did a 20 min run Wednesday morning and was also over that. So the rest of the week I’ve been taking it easy and did a couple at home workouts. I might hit the gym tomorrow and try something but I might also not. I’ve really loved walking the dog in the morning before work and she’s finally getting used to walking in the dark. It’s our special time together.

That’s about all that’s happened this week. I’m hoping to make some soups and stuff that we can keep in the freezer so when this little guy arrives we won’t have to worry about cooking. Now I’m off to clean the basement carpet because it’s NASTY.

Catch ya later!

-Hales

 

The 36th Week

Hello!

I just had my 36 week Dr. Appointment and it went well…except for the part where I got tested for some bacteria thing and they shoved a stick in my bumhole. Yeah. I wouldn’t recommend that.

The baby is measuring the right size, heart beat is good, and things seem to be right on track. I weighed in around 153 which means I’ve gained about 23 pounds in the past 9 months. I’m 100% OK with that. After today I have Dr. Appointments every Friday until the due date so can’t wait to see what happens next week.

Now, lets back up to last weekend real fast. Sam and I went to the MN State Fair with his fam and it was a blast! It didn’t even feel that crowded to me. And I survived 5 whole hours there without having a breakdown. So cool.

I drank many waters, got the best chocolate malt from the dairy barn, ate some french fries, walleye fingers, fried pickles, and had a bite of Sam’s pronto pup. All the things were extraordinary. Other things we saw at the fair…goats, cows, and people dodging horse shit. Can’t wait for next year.

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Dairy Queen 

Alright, now back to this week. Things still seem pretty good as far as my feelings go. I haven’t had any crazy dreams, I haven’t spazzed at Sam once, I’m still pooping, no hems, and I can sleep through most of the night. Things that aren’t so great…this baby is pushing on my pelvis and it feels like it’s about to split in 2, my feet are getting a little swollen, and I have zero appetite in the morning (I asked the doc and she said that’s normal since my stomach is basically smooshed into my chest). I JUST want to be hungry!

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I’m carrying a puppy!

Cravings have been zero this week. Nothing really sounds good except maybe a donut? I can’t tell. Oh, and chocolate milk and root beer. Other than that…food is just meh.

I’m still managing to get a few good workouts in here and there although I’m thinking I’m going to be doing all at home workouts pretty soon because waking up at 4:30 am is really no fun anymore. I have been trying to take Ruthie for a walk before work now that I don’t start until 7:30 so that’s been a treat. I’ve also been doing a few treadmill “sprint” workouts and did a 2ish mile run on Tuesday. I don’t even care that I’m not running like I used to right now. There will be plenty of time to get back into it.

This week I had my second baby shower with my mom’s side of the family and it was an absolute blast. My mom and I drove over to my Grandma’s house on wednesday and met my 3 aunts for lunch. The food was delicious and I had a really tasty Root Beer. Then we headed back to Grandma’s house for the most delicious cheesecake from a European Bakery my Aunt Linda brought. SO good. There was a chocolate and a cherry and they were equally amazing.

After the cakes were eaten, we played some super fun games thanks to Aunt Polly. There was the frozen babies in ice cubes game and whoever’s melted first was supposed to shout “my water broke!” Grandma Lois won that one 🙂

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Baby Boy!

There was also the Nursery Rhyme game where you had to fill in the blank about nursery rhymes. I def need to brush up on my rhymes. We also played the candy bar game where you have to match the type of candy to the phrase….like Postpartum tummy=jelly belly. I loved this game because I love candy. The final game was pin the sperm on the egg (we’re all adults here, we can handle it). So creative, so fun.

After the games, it was time to head back home. Man, I have the greatest family and Baby wakey is so lucky.

This week I also got to have dinner with my 3 best gal pals and it was just the best. We met a place called The Sonder Shaker in Minneapolis and it was fantastic. The waitress gave some good recommendations and they even made a mock-garita. YUM. I sure miss margs.

All 4 of us split the deconstructed elotes and chips and guac and there was not a crumb left. Baby wakey gets hungry around 6 PM it seems. For the main course I went with the burger because it’s been a while and this burg did NOT disappoint. It had enough cheese, tasty pickles, and the best sweet potato fries. I’d eat that again.

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Burg and Fried

The gals gave me a prenatal massage giftcard (which was the most thoughtful gift ever!) and I cannot wait to use it next week. THANK YOU!!!

Now tonight, I am going to check out this thing called the Munchkin Market. It takes place at the fair grounds in Stillwater, MN and I hear it’s insane. If you’re a new or expecting mom you get in early on Friday so I’m really hoping to find some sweet stuff. Sam and I are also going to buy our travel system this weekend. I’ll update you on that next week.

For now, have a great Friday and PLZ DRINK SOME wine or a margarita for me.

XO

-Hales

WEEK 35

Goooooood Morning! I think I’ve been up on and off since like 1:30 am. Just couldn’t sleep ya know. Looks like today might be a good day for a little nap.

Another week of being preggo has come and gone and I’m still feeling pretty good…for the most part. I am starting to slow down a bit and feel more tired. My back has been real sore (I asked Sam for a massage but haven’t received that yet) and my pelvis feels like it’s splitting apart…maybe it is? I guess in 4ish weeks I’ll be pushing a tiny human through there so it’s probably getting ready for that. Fun!

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35 week bump

Last Saturday we attended our birthing class and it rocked. I seriously loved it and learned so much. Highly recommend a birthing class for any pregnant mom out there. I mean I feel like I knew a few things but I def didn’t know 1) you can go in the bathtub at the hospital while you’re waiting to push the baby out. 2) You can bring snacks! 3) I’m probably going to make some weird noises and that freaks me out but I’ll probably so in the moment I won’t care. 4) Sam might not make it through watching the actual birth (LOL he got so squeamish during the video clips of birth).

They also fed us Olive Garden which tasted amazing. Sam said we’ll probs only need to take that class once but I loved it so much I’d do it again.

Moving on. I think my belly has grown a lot more. My shirts are like belly shirts now but I don’t want to buy any more new clothes since I have 4 weeks to go. I did buy some postpartum leggings I’m very excited about….oh and some super cute postpartum undies that go all the way up to my belly button. Birth control? Probably.

This week I weighed in around 150. My appetite in the morning is literally gone except for chocolate milk and fruit. I’ve been having an apple and then eating a Clif bar around 11 and that’s all I can manage which sucks. However, my appetite seems to wake up around 2 pm and all I want is malts, brownies, cake, and pizza. COOOOOL.

My amazing mom came last weekend and brought her instant pot and made us some delicious Barbacoa shredded beef. It was better than Chipotle and I ate it every night for dinner. She also made this loaded mac n cheese with mushrooms and roasted red peppers. HOLY MOLY. Sam and I ate like royalty last week. Also, I need an instant pot. Now.

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Homemade Chipotle

This week I started getting ready to pack my hospital bag (just in case!) and ordered some fun things (thanks cousin Amber!) for after having baby boy. My cousin has been a gem and gave me a ton of good suggestions on things to have on hand like witch hazel pads, gripe water for baby gas, pee training pads for the bed (in case of leakage), epsom salts, and feminine wipes. Yay! I’m still unsure what outfits to pack for baby boy but I know they say to pack a newborn outfit and a 0-3 month outfit in case the kid is hugeeeeee.

As far as workouts go this week, I’m still trying to get to the gym a few times a week and do some at home workouts. I got in a 2 mile run and some interval running/walking on the tread at the gym. However, running right now makes me have to take the biggest poops and it gets real uncomfortable so I’m only doing a little bit.

I’ve been real into strict presses, lunges, and thrusters. A fun at home workout I came up with early this week looked something like this:

15 minute AMRAP

50 Backward stepping lunges

40 Bent Over Rows

30 Push Press

20 Single Leg Deadlifts (10 per leg)

*Finish with as many Strict Press as possible*

SO fun! I make sure to take plenty of breaks for water and don’t let my heart rate get highter than 130/140.

Really hoping these workouts help with the birthing process.

Lastly, I stopped at the farmers market Thursday and bought the most beautiful flowers. I used to hate flowers but now I love them. They make me so happy. I also got some fresh green beans since nothing in my garden is ready to harvest yet.

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Flower Power

Okay, that’s all for this week. Really excited for a nice long weekend. Sam and I have a lot of housework to do but we might toss that aside and hit up the MN State Fair. I need some mini donuts and cheese curds.

Have a safe and adventurous weekend!

XO

-Hales

 

 

 

Week 32/33

Well hello again. I’m having a serious Deja Vu because I’m currently sitting in the exact same spot as last night as I type this…except I feel as if it’s a lot warmer because I am sweating and I don’t remember sweating last night. #HERMONES

I realized I kind of skipped week 32 (nothing that exciting happened anyone except the trip to South Dakota) so I’m just going to leave it at that and say week 32 flew by.

Lets move on to the current week…week 33. Yeah, wow. My work threw me a baby shower/going away party today and it was lovely. There was an ice cream sundae bar complete with all the toppings and a delicious pickle pasta salad. My team even had some gifts for me to open and it was so sweet. It took everything not to cry. What a fun afternoon.

I had my 33 week Dr. appointment today (they are kind of fun because they always give little gifts at them) and I got to make sure everything with the little guy is going swell. Today I found out in 3.5 weeks he will be considered “full term” and safe to come out if he decides. I’m crossing my fingers he stays in there til his due date though. He’s wiggling non-stop and sometimes I can see little body parts moving around…FREAKY.

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People keep telling me it looks like there’s a basketball in my shirt…NO, it’s a human!

I weighed in at 150 pounds (yee haw) and the doc says everything is right on track. That’s great news! I also found out Sam and I can schedule a tour at the hospital to see what it’s like and see where I’ll be pushing out that lil babe. I love that idea and will probably be getting that set up very soon.

Cravings have again been on the salt train…french fries, pizza, chips….and ketchup. Sam and I made a lovely dinner of steak, potatoes, and veggies in foil packs on the grill Monday and I’ve been eating them every day since. The oddest craving I had was for a foil pack with scrambled egg and ketchup for breakfast…yeah I know it’s weird but it tasted like a little slice of heaven.

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Gimmie that breakfast bowl

I’ve also been craving fruit. Peaches, green apples, and raspberries. For some reason, strawberries do not sound good at all.

It’s been really effing hot here lately so workouts have been getting done in the early morning. I went for a run Tuesday morning before work and it felt pretty good. I think I went about 3 miles at a 10 minute pace then took a huge poo after. I almost had to pull over into the woods but held it for the last block. #pooprobs

I went to the gym 2 times so far this week and did 2 at home workouts. I loved loved loved this morning’s workout. It went something like this:

20 min AMRAP:

300 meter run

7 push ups

8 hang to overhead

9 air squats

Then I did 5×10 Incline Bench/chest flies. SO FUN. I’ve been getting in some nice easy walks with the dog too. I love walking. I mean running still seems alright so I’ll continue tossing that in a couple times a week but walking is really enjoyable.

I haven’t really had any crazy dreams lately either…except I do keep waking up in the middle of the night petting Sam’s arm. That’s a little weird.

Alright people, my brain is all over the place right now and I need to catch up on Bachelor in Paradise (feel free to judge me), so I’ll catch ya on the flip side (week 34)!

XO

-Hales

 

Week 31

HOLY MOLY. 8 weeks to go…this is INSANE. I feel like there is still so much to do to get ready for this little guy (maybe get some more diapers? LOL) but Sam and I are getting more and more excited each day.

I had my 31 week Dr. Appt Friday and everything seems great. She did tell me to find a Pediatrician which I hadn’t even thought about yet. So my task this week is to find a few nearby and do some research. I’m not super picky, I just want my baby to be in good hands. The baby’s heartbeat was solid (YAY!) and he’s been moving like a dancing machine. They did freak me out a little with all this pre-term labor talk, but I’m pretty sure I’ll know what it feels like when I start going into labor right?

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31 weeks of bumps

This week was pretty swell. I actually felt better than the previous week. I do feel like one day my appetite is very small and the next day I’m ravenous for any and everything. Cravings this week have ranged from melon and egg breakfast sandwiches to pizza to chocolate cake. YUM. I am trying to eat as healthfully (is that a word?) as possible but I did manage to fit in a Butterfinger Blizzard, slice of cheesecake, hamburger, and pizza with sauerkraut this week. All good things happen in moderation people!

As far a workouts go, they were actually pretty fun this week. I got in a couple nice runs  (getting harder as the days go by but hoping to run for a couple more weeks) and some good walks with lil Ruthie. I did 3 workouts at Anytime which involved some wall balls, swings, step-ups, rows, 400m runs, and a few other things to keep it interesting. The 4:30 am ladies refer to me as the “Anytime Fitness Baby” which gives me a good chuckle.

So this week, I had a mini breakdown to Sam (I’M SORRY!). I was stressing about all the things we still need to do such as paint the nursery, put up the wall decals, decorate, find daycare, wash the sheets, clean the bathroom, vacuum the house, blah, blah, blah. I made a list and sent it to him. He’s the best and did most of the house chores before I got home from work Thursday. Then he helped me put up the wall decals.

It was SO easy. Sometimes I just stress myself out when really, there’s nothing to be stressed out about. Back to the decals. You literally tape them on the wall, remove the backing, and rub them on with this little scrapey tool. I think Sam and I really bonded over this project 🙂

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Cacti wall

If you didn’t know, I have had an obsession with Bison and the southwest stuff since I was a wee one. I blame my parents for taking us to South Dakota every Labor Day and driving us past the roaming herds. So when we started thinking about baby rooms, I instantly knew it had to be bison/southwest theme (Sam wanted MN wild but I said no…sorry sir). It just so happens that right now everyone must be obsessed with this theme because there are bison and cacti in every store. Trendsetter. Anywho, my sister came this weekend to help me paint and decorate. My design sense sucksssssss so I am very grateful for some help as I wanted this room to be extra special.

Molly and I spent Friday night painting the wall behind the crib a nice dark green (my other options were turquoise, or a bright green which after looking at, were just too much. Plus I like dark colors). Saturday morning we did some touch-ups and called it a life on the painting. PS painting is fun too but beware, your hand might start cramping. Also, shout out to Pittsburgh Paint for going on so smooth and looking luxurious.

The rest of Saturday was spent shopping, getting decor, and organizing the room (yeah, I was exhausted by the evening). I really wanted one of those cube organizers from Target instead of a book shelf because I thought we could do more with it (like store books & toys…genius). At our first Target stop we found what we thought to be the perfect cube organizer when really it was basically made for ants. It was so tiny (made for holding shoes) so my sister returned it and got the one of my dreams.

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LOVE

I am so in love with this room. I hope baby boy likes it as much as his mom. All that’s needed now is a great bison photo for the wall and I think we’ll call it good. Perfect timing actually because my parents, sister and I are taking a trip to yes…South Dakota next week. I’ll be on  the lookout for all things bison.

Lastly, some cute pics of our dogs who behaved SO well this weekend.

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Sleepy Puppers

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Ted and Ruth…the Best of Friends

Have a splendid Sunday. Toodles!

-Hales

The 25th Week

Annnnnnnd we’re growing! Every time I look in the mirror I swear the bump is growing. I also feel like it’s not very circular…more like a square or rectangle? I guess that’s okay though because my belly is now the perfect size for a little table. I can set my water glass there, my phone, my computer, Ruthie’s head…the options are endless.

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Baby bump or table?

Speaking of Ruth, she’s been a doll lately. I think she knows soon she’s going to have to share my love so she’s being extra sweet and is basically attached to my hip. Anytime I sit down on the couch she hops up next to me and puts a little paw (or as I call them hands) on my tummy. As soon as I hop into bed, she’s right there with me being the little spoon…I don’t even mind. She’s such a snuggler and it makes me so happy.

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She’ll always be our first child

So week 25 is here which means we could have 15 weeks left before little wakey joins the world. Cool. I think he’s like 2 pounds right now or something which doesn’t seem like a lot. He’s kicking like a forward in the world cup AKA constantly but it’s pretty neat.

This week I finally signed Sam and I up for a breastfeeding class. I am so jazzed because honestly, I have no clue wtf I’m doing. I asked Sam if he thinks I’ll get to practice with a doll like in CPR class…he shook his head and walked away.

This week I also ate out 4 times for dinner…maybe 5 if I go out tonight. Better enjoy it I tell myself because soon I’ll be so busy there will be no time to eat a full meal…LOL.

Monday I went to Brasa with my gal pals and got the pork and over easy egg bowl and ate it all. Normally I have to get a box for this meal but clearly baby was extra hungry 🙂

Tuesday we went to Sam’s grandparents house for dinner. They grilled brats and it was lovely!

Wednesday we met my parents at a fun little place called LOLO in Stillwater, MN. None of us had ever been so it was a joy to try something new. Let me tell you, if you’re looking for a place with a fun selection of non-alcoholic drinks, go here. I chose the Tony Basil and enjoyed every sip of it. I was super fun to have some options besides water or lemonade. I almost got the root beer but was feeling spicy.

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Hey Tony!

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So many choices!

For a starter we went with the olives and their special…a bacon jam toast. Both were delicious and there were zero leftovers of either.

 

For the main course I obvi went with a cheese burger and fries. AND it was awesome. The fries were garlic and rosemary and I ate every last one. I think I blacked out because I started eating them and then looked down and they were all gone. My bad. I’ll def go back for more drinks and fries.

And I guess I only ate out 3 times for dinner…pregnancy brain at it’s best.

Wednesday night I had some strange dreams. I blame Tony Basil. My first dream was that my whole family was at a cabin. My mom and sister said they were going outside and then they disappeared for like 90 minutes. Turns out they went snowshoeing without me and I was not happy.

My second dream had to do with my most favorite animal…Bison. I was in a talent show and did like a puppet show with all my stuffed Bison from childhood. I remember being so nervous and then I woke up. LOL. I guess I’ll never know how I performed.

Cravings this week have been pretty low key. I feel like I am finally craving sweets non stop. I want donuts, bagels, brownies, ice cream, french toast, and chocolate…I don’t usually eat straight chocolate bars and this week I did. I also want spaghetti and pizza, salt and vinegar chips, and fruit…mainly peaches.

I also have zero desire to cook anything right now. If I didn’t have a gestational diabetes test coming up in a couple weeks I might just continue this eating out trend (holla TBELL).

As far as workouts go this week, I made it to the gym three times and did 2 at home workouts. My left calf keeps cramping and my hips feel like they are separating so I tried taking it easier but it’s hard (word to your mother…don’t do bench step ups in flip flops).

I tried incorporating shorter run intervals into workouts this week like 400m intervals or an easy 800m warm up/cool down jog. Running still feels good so I’m going to keep doing it. I also did incline bench and chest flies this week and that was a fun change up.

I’m hoping to get in a trail run/hike this weekend and some swimming at my parents house too. That sounds like a nice time. Maybe I’ll toss in a virgin margarita? Sounds exciting.

Oh! I also got my maternity leave set up so things are starting to feel real! I can’t believe Sam and I are going to be parents in a few short months. BAH! He also planned our baby moon which will be taking place in a month. Can’t wait for a couple relaxing days away!

Time to go eat a brownie and do some more weeding in my garden (Hey! I have 2 tomato buds! Yippee).

Have a fantasmic weekend friends. Eat a donut or 4 🙂

Toodles!

-Hales

Week 22

Do you ever find yourself browsing Pinterest then next thing you know it’s been an hour and you’re like “wtf did I just spend an hour of my day doing?” Yeah, that just happened. Also, do people even use Pinterest anymore? I know I do. It’s got everything you could ever imagine. I found tons of recipes to try this week, baby room ideas, homemade dog treat ideas…you get it.

Welp, here we are again…Friday. I swear my belly grew overnight. I now def have a defined bump and outtie belly button. Sssssssscute. 4 months from tomorrow Sam and I could possibly have a little baby in our arms…that’s INSANE! Time flies when you’re having fun pregnant. Also, I hate taking belly pics with a passion.

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Bump!

This last week brought some of Baby Wakey’s firsts. He got to go swimming for the first time at my parent’s pool and play his first round of golf…really hoping he likes that sport. Sam will be thrilled if we have a little golfer. Also, the pool was glorious considering it was 95 degrees out. So refreshing. I know where I’m going to be all summer…right on that popsicle float.

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Golfing with Grandma and Grandpa

I also felt the little bugger kick for the first time. I’m pretty positive it was a kick. Even if it wasn’t I’m still going to say it was. And I’ve felt it a few more times since…so it had to have been a kick. Regardless, it was cool and fascinating and exciting all at once.

Last week also brought about some new cravings…I felt like eating a hot dog daily (didn’t get one yet but that’s on my list for the meal prep). I’m talking ball park, all beef, all the toppings (even onions), hot dog. I’ve also been craving really good french fries, cheese curds, MILK (wtf), ice cream and popsicles, and potato salad. I’ve obviously had like none of these items (except milk and popsicles) at home so those are all I’ve caved to thus far. Oh and a cute sprinkle donut my dad bought me last weekend. BUT, like I said, I’m grocery shopping tomorrow…this could be interesting 🙂

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USA

I’ve also been experiencing some leg cramping. I know it’s due to being pregnant but I’m also blaming the hot humid weather we’ve been having. I get these cramps in my hips/IT bands and my right calf. I woke up Wednesday night with the worst cramp I’ve ever had in my calf. YUCK. I think I’m drinking enough water but I’ve started adding bananas into my diet even though I H8 bananas. Sam says I need Gatorade but I don’t like that stuff unless I’m running a marathon. It gives me gut rot.

I haven’t had any odd dreams or bodily functions (I’ve been constipated this week though and that just made me uncomfortable and crabby…sorry mom and dad for being a little baby at dinner Thursday night). Also, I can’t get enough AC. My mom told me about how they didn’t have AC when she was pregnant with my older sister and it was like 100 degrees daily. She’s superwoman I tell ya. I would have thrown fits every day.

I’ve also been super unmotivated when it comes to working out. I did an at home workout Tuesday night, then went to the gym Wednesday and Thursday mornings but that’s been it for weights this week. I did go for a nice run this morning with my super fancy LED arm band. That was fun. Other than that I just really want to swim and hike. Oh, and golf. Golfing is so fun.

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I’m probably gonna go get a McFlurry now. Have a super fun rest of your weekend. Stay cool and drink a margarita or 5 for me.

XO

-Hales

It’s A…

Before we get to the exciting stuff lets chat about the last week. I had my 20 week prenatal appointment Monday (20 weeks already!? I feel like I should be doing more to get ready besides cleaning all the carpets) and it was pretty fun. I had an ultrasound for about an hour where the doc asked me if I had to pee. At the time I didn’t I said “No, why?” And she’s all like “well, your bladder is full”. SO Lol. She showed me on the ultrasound just how full my bladder was. About five minutes later I asked to be excused to use the ladies room…oops.

During the ultrasound, they not only discovered the gender of future baby wakey but also told me the babe is in the 90th percentile for size. My first thought…”Shoot, my kid’s gonna be a giant.” My second thought, “it’s a boy.” Nothing to worry about though, apparently babies can have growth spurts or a calculation could have been wrong. I guess we’ll find out in 4 more weeks if the kid’s still large or not.

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Bebeeeeee

Cravings this week have been a lot-hello pizza, McDonalds quarter pounder with cheese, Naf Naf (rice bowl with chicken, all the toppings, and tahini-OMG my fave), salad (at least this is a vegetable), ice cream, margaritas (don’t worry, I didn’t have one), and a few more odd things. I’m learning you should never send prego ladies to the grocery store because who knows what we’ll shove into our carts (CANDY CANDY CANDY!).

I went for a couple 3 mile runs this week and my doc says running is pretty much a go until probs around the last trimester. She did suggest a belly belt (I think that’s what it was called…thoughts?). I do find myself getting winded going up the stairs with the laundry basket though…maybe it’s time to tell Sam I can no longer be on laundry duty hehe.

Now for the real fun. The gender reveal. In my head I pictured everything going wrong. I felt as though the bakery might have filled the donuts with the wrong color. Maybe the doc put the wrong ultrasound in the envelope…maybe the golf balls I got on Amazon were faulty. Sam told me to stop being such a negative Nelly and enjoy the day. So that’s what we did. And here’s what went down.

IT’S A BOY!!!! I called it. But we’re so excited and cannot wait to start decorating the little bugger’s room/picking out stuff for the registry/maybe buying 1 or 2 little outfits. Sam’s pumped for our future little golfer buddy.

PS the donuts were stuffed with the most amazing blue frosting. I ordered 6 donuts and have already consumed 3 myself. #YOLO

Thanks for tuning in and sharing this special moment with Sam and I! Off to clean more carpet. Toodles!

-Hales