We had a nice relaxing week this week, but still had a lot going on. It was a two day work week for me and my office was closed Wednesday to Friday for Thanksgiving. On Tuesday we had our 34 week appointment. I measured 34cm, so right on track and the baby’s heart rate was the same as it was last appointment at 136. I just keep wondering how big the baby is or is going to be. Given that I was long and how tall Chris is, I feel like it has to be long. We’ll see!

On Thursday, we went out to the suburbs to spend Thanksgiving with family. It was a pretty laid back day full of yummy food and football. The rest of the time off was spent just trying to get things on the to do list checked off. We ran a bunch of errands, returned some things, bought some things, cleaned some things, made some things. Today I spent most of the day making a crib sheet and changing pad cover.  A while back I found a fabric I really liked and I couldn’t find a sheet/changing pad cover combo that I really liked, so I figured, why not…I’ll make it! And now we have something I love! :)

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How far along? 35 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +22.2 lbs, same this week as last
Maternity clothes? Starting to feel the limits of my maternity clothes wardrobe, but still able to fit into a few pre-maternity items.
Stretch marks? Not that I can see.
Sleep? I did wake up too early a couple times this week and was wide awake. I laid awake from 5am to about 6:30 am a couple mornings ago. I just refuse to get up that early when I don’t have to! Other than that, still getting my sleep.
Best moment this week? I think for me, finishing the crib sheet and changing pad cover were my best moment of the week. It feels so good to make something that looks good and that I’m happy with! Plus, it’s something we’ll use daily.
Miss Anything? I thought of something this morning, but now I can’t remember what it was. So, I must not be missing whatever it was that much…
Movement? Yup, still feeling lots of movement. Not a lot of big kicks, more pressing out and sweeps of limbs across my belly.
Food cravings? Nope.
Anything making you nauseous? Nope.
Symptoms? Heart burn, sore back after sitting for too long, heart burn, my ribs feel like they’re on fire, heart burn. Nothing I can’t handle though. I keep wondering when I’ll get as uncomfortable as everyone says you get. I also wonder what that discomfort feels like – maybe I’m feeling it, but I’m somewhat unaware? I asked a friend about her experience this weekend and she said she thinks I just deal with discomfort better than a lot of people. Maybe, maybe not. I’m starting to get really interested in how I’m going to handle labor pain.
Gender Prediction? I still don’t have any feelings one way or another. Lots of people thinking it’s a girl lately.
Belly Button in or out? Still pretty flat.
Wedding rings on or off? Still on.
Mood? Expectant. Lots of wondering about what’s to come.
Looking forward to? I’ve been thinking a lot about when we need to get the car seat put into the car and when I need to get a bag packed. Looking forward to have these last few things checked off the list, especially since the next five weeks are just going to FLY by. Between work being busy right now and the holidays, I know it’s all going to be here before we know it!
Now some words from Dad: Hi, everyone! As usual, Melissa provided a great summary of our week above. In addition to her gems, I just wanted to point out that my intramural volleyball team won this week and I went 3-0 in football this weekend :) I’m getting pretty excited for our family’s special day to come. Until then, I’m savoring every last bit of Melissa’s pregnancy. As a dad I think one of the harder things for me has been to soak in every ounce of the pregnancy experience without sacrificing too much of my routine. For instance, I have been choosing to not go to the gym so I can spend more time helping out around the house/being with Melissa. A month of that, plus visits from out of towners and holidays, and whoa! I realized this weekend I have gained 10 pounds since the marathon in October. So that said, I’ve been trying to start being cognizant of striking a balance between being there for Melissa and reserving some time for myself. I’m sure this equation will be so much more difficult once Mini Mitch arrives, but hopefully thinking about it now will help me better prepare for it in the future. If anyone has any tips for us on family/me-time balance, let us know!! And thanks in advance!

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This week we had our hospital tour. It was pretty lackluster, in my opinion. They showed us the triage area, which was nice because I’ve never been there. Then they took us to a delivery room and a postpartum room. I didn’t feel like I could really ask the volunteer doing the tour any questions after she told us we might “want to bring our own diapers because she wasn’t sure if the hospital provided them…  She also didn’t show us where to get ice, water, etc. She did tell us how much it costs to self park, but wasn’t sure about the valet, so there’s that…

The more and more I feel the baby move, the more ready I’m feeling to meet him or her. I know having a baby here is going to be a big, big life adjustment and change, but I feel prepared just knowing that it’s not going to be easy right off the bat and we’re going to have to be patient with ourselves.

How far along? 34 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +22.2 lbs
Maternity clothes? Yup, still wearing them. I did wear regular workout pants today though. I just can’t get behind buying maternity athletic wear.
Stretch marks? Still not noticing any. My mom says hers didn’t show up until after her babies were born – as in, her skin was stretching, but you couldn’t tell until after. We’ll see what happens…
Sleep? Still sleeping, albeit a bit lighter than my usual dead-to-the-world self. Also, I’m most comfortable on my back…so that’s happening…
Best moment this week? My week this week was pretty quiet. Chris was in Michigan for deer camp, so I kept it low key and mostly just worked late while he was away. The best moment was probably having my parents and brother come back through town on their way home. It’s always nice to get to spend time with them since we live so far away.
Miss Anything? This would be where I say sleeping on my back, but that seems to be happening anyway…
Movement? The movement seems to be getting a bit more confined, so while it’s still happening often, the movements seem smaller. I’m really starting to wonder how big the baby is… yes in weight, but mostly in length.
Food cravings? Still none.
Anything making you nauseous? Nope.
Symptoms? Still LOTS of heartburn. It’s almost constant. Also, the sore back and the itchy tummy situation. The pain in my right side seemed to have a small resurgence this week. Other than the need for Tums, I’m mostly just feeling the need to move around or change positions often.
Gender Prediction? Mom seems to be leaning more toward girl now. So does Chris. I still have no feelings one way or another.
Belly Button in or out? It’s flat. Not really in or out.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Mood? Nothing out of the ordinary. Is patient a mood?
Looking forward to? This is a two day work week for me this week, so I’m looking forward to that along with Thanksgiving. I also plan to get a couple of sewing projects done this week. Basically, I’m looking forward to time at home to check some things off the to do list and then spending more time with family.
Now some words from Dad: Hi Everyone! This week was pretty eventful. Monday-Wednesday I was up in Michigan for deer camp. I didn’t shoot anything this year, but thanks to hunter-planning (we decide as a collective how many total deer we need each year), we’re still going to have a freezer full of venison next year. Yaaaaaasssss! While I was at deer camp I really missed Melissa – which is pretty typical. More than that, I started to wonder how that feeling of longing will be different when mini Mitch comes along. I’m sure I’ll just miss them both more, but was just wondering how it’ll be :)

After deer camp then back for some work, Melissa’s family came through Chicago for the weekend, which was really relaxing. We did an early Thanksgiving dinner with Melissa’s folks, and my parents surprised us by coming down to the city to join for the evening. It was a GREAT time filled with laughs and tasty food. Following a weekend of chicken pot pie, Portillo’s, Thanksgiving, and Lou Malnati’s, I may need a few days of carb-lite eating to prep for Thanksgiving 2 in a few days… :D

Our baby shower was yesterday and it was SO nice to get to spend time with everyone and celebrate Mini Mitch. There was an owl theme, I’m guessing based on the owl I made for the baby.


Isn’t he cute??

We also had our 32 week appointment this week. I measured 33cm and the baby’s heartbeat was 136. Everything seemed to be going well! I was a bit uncomfortable the next day, but it could have just been some of the food I ate. Probably not a good idea to eat an entire Chipotle burrito bowl when the baby is taking up all of your stomach’s real estate.

33weeks

How far along? 33 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +21 lbs
Maternity clothes? At this point, shouldn’t the question be “Regular Clothes?” The answer to that is, occasionally.
Stretch marks? Not yet. Nervous that I can’t hold them off for 7 more weeks.
Sleep? Sleeping pretty well, still, though I feel like I’ve been waking up earlier than I’d like to even when I want to sleep in.
Best moment this week? We had a pretty eventful week. I think my favorite part of it was having so many friends and family come to town (in addition to all the family and friends here in Chicago) to celebrate Mini Mitch at our shower.
Miss Anything? Still no.
Movement? Lots of movement this week. Lots of jolting and rolling around.
Food cravings? Not at all.
Anything making you nauseous? No real nausea, but I did feel a bit off and uncomfortable a couple times this week.
Symptoms? The most prominent one is heartburn. Still getting an achy back after too much sitting. Also feeling tired a lot, but not so tired that I can’t function, so that’s good.
Gender Prediction? Still no strong feelings. A lot of people around me are thinking it’s a boy, which makes me feel like it’s going to be a girl, but who knows!
Belly Button in or out? Still in, I think. Maybe flat.
Wedding rings on or off? Still on and pretty normal.
Mood? I was too busy to be in too much of a mood this week. Pretty average, I’d say.
Looking forward to? I’m looking forward to getting a little relaxation and organization in this week. We have lots to put away from the shower, I just have to figure out where away is. We also have lots of thank you notes to write. Feels like lots to do, but I just want to relax.
Now some words from Dad: Hi everyone! This was a great week! It was so much fun to spend time with family and friends who were visiting for the shower. I thought Melissa’s friends, her mom, and my sisters and mom did a great job organizing the event. In addition to the event and visits going well, so did our 32-week appointment. Only two more visits until our 36-week appointment, which will include an ultrasound of mini Mitch. It’ll be the last time we see him/her before he/she is born! Crazy how fast this is all going along, but it’s been a blast :)

32weeks

How far along? 32 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +19.4 lbs; I guess last week’s non-weight gain and candy eating has caught up with me.
Maternity clothes? Yup, still wearing them.
Stretch marks? Still not seeing any, but I’m starting to see a linea negra appear. Was wondering if I’d get that.
Sleep? Still sleeping through the night. I did wake up early this morning though – what’s up, Standard Time?
Best moment this week? It was a pretty busy week, but a good one. On Tuesday night, I had dinner with a bunch of other pregnant ladies I met through Bump Club. It was nice to spend a little time with some other women who are in the same stage of life as me…and make some potential new friends! I also had a bump club event where I won a bassinet! So crazy – I have won so much at Bump Club, made some potential new friends and really learned a lot. I would totally and completely recommend it to friends…or strangers!
Miss Anything? Nope.
Movement? We had a couple of quiet days this week, which made me a little nervous. Let’s be honest, I was doing all sorts of things to try to get the baby to move. It must have just been sleepy or growing or sleepy because it was growing and nothing worked. We’ve resumed our normal rolling around and jabbing activities though, which makes me happy.
Food cravings? Still nothing. I kind of wish I had a good one, just to have something to tell.
Anything making you nauseous? This heartburn is really on the verge sometimes.
Symptoms? Still lots of heartburn, a little round ligament pain (thankfully less than a few weeks ago), an achy back at the end of the day or after sitting for too long, and some sore ribs (on and off) from some baby activity.
Gender Prediction? I just want a pronoun to use and since everyone seems to think it’s a boy, I’ve caught myself a couple of times saying or almost saying he. That said, I still don’t have a feeling one way or another. Can’t be sure!
Belly Button in or out? Still in. Very shallow, but in.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Mood? I’ve noticed myself being slightly more irritable than normal, but for the most part have been able to internalize it any talk myself down for being irrational. Outwardly, I think my mood has been pretty normal.
Looking forward to? This is going to be a busy week! Tomorrow we have our 32 week appointment (so crazy to think we’re already this far along!), then Tuesday night (did you think I was going to talk about the election? I was not.) I have a dinner with a co-worker and one of our reps that should be lots of fun – both are great girls, on Thursday night we have dinner out with Chris’ whole family and my family arrives that night as well, the on Saturday we have my shower! Like I said, it’s going to be a busy week full of things to look forward to. I’m sure it’s going to fly by. It’ll likely be exhausting, but also really enjoyable.
Now some words from Dad: Another 7 days = another week in the book of pregnancy. Aren’t you glad I know how many days are in a week? ;) This past week has been pretty memorable, not so much from the pregnancy standpoint as much as the CUBS, WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS standpoint! We were lucky to be able to watch some of the MLB Playoffs with family this year. I attended the parade on Friday on Michigan Ave. I’m not really big on massive crowds of screaming people, but it was worthwhile to be a part of that historically big sea of Cubs fans. My only downer from last week was not seeing Melissa much during the week – for whatever reason our schedules were both busy and conflicting. This week, I’m looking forward to having a productive week and getting ready for the arrival of friends and family for the shower next weekend. Then deer hunting for me! It’s gonna be a great time! Until next week, here’s some pics/video from the Cubs parade, which was attended by a modest 5 million people:

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We had a fairly eventful week this week even though I feel like I just worked a lot. We had our 30 week appointment where we met another midwife in the practice we go to. She has been a midwife for ~20 years and was super spunky. I really liked her. We also went to a baby food making class that was co-taught by a chef and a nutritionist. It was super interesting and I really enjoyed listening to the nutritionist talk. She said a lot of things that affirmed things I’d either thought or read about. Plus, it was interesting to get some recipe ideas of things that will be easy for us to make at home.

I also had a Google Hangout date with some of my girl friends from New York (and formerly New York) this week. It’s so nice to be able to put some time aside once a month to catch up with everyone. I can’t wait to see a few of them at my shower in a couple weeks!

31weeks

How far along? 31 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +16.2 lbs; Well, I pretty much ate my weight in candy this week, thanks to Halloween candy in the office and expected to put on like 5 lbs. I’m not really sure how I gained nothing in a week.
Maternity clothes? Yup, I’m wearing them.
Stretch marks? Still none. Hoping it stays this way, but my stomach has gotten itchy in the last week, mostly just below my belly button. We’ll see what happens. My mom told me today that she didn’t get stretch marks until after her babies were born. I told her just because you couldn’t see them doesn’t mean they weren’t there. :)
Sleep? Most nights I sleep all the way through the night, just like normal. I may wake halfway up to turn completely from one side to the other, but I don’t feel like I fully wake up. Then there are the charley horses and, as of last night, I believe I’m feeling some Braxton Hicks. In fact, I think they woke me up twice last night…so, that’s new.
Best moment this week? We had our 30 week appointment this week. The baby’s heartbeat was good at 136 and I measured right on track at 30cm. It’s always nice to go to the doctor and hear all is going well. Oh, she said my weight gain “is great,” which was a nice feeling. People keep telling me how tiny I am or that I don’t look any different, which I know is totally meant as a compliment, but it has made me nervous that I’m not gaining enough. According to the doctor, I’m doing just fine, which made me feel better about it.
Miss Anything? Not this week!
Movement? Yup! Lots of it, which I love. Last week my ribs were a bid sore, but this week I officially felt my first rib kicks. Nothing too sharp. Let’s hope it stays that way!
Food cravings? Still no strong cravings. Pretty much the opposite still.
Anything making you nauseous? Nope.
Symptoms? Holding strong with my old friends heartburn and acid reflux. The pain in my right side is still there, but hasn’t been as intense. Still having charley horses. I guess Braxton Hicks is a new one? Does that count as a symptom?
Gender Prediction? Still no, but everyone around me seems to think it’s a boy.
Belly Button in or out? I feel like it wants to be out. And it isn’t entirely in anymore, but it’s also not out. It’s indecisive…like my appetite.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Mood? Just felt busy this week. Lots of work to get done – as there always is in Q4.
Looking forward to? I’m having dinner with a bunch of ladies I met at my last Bump Club dinner on Tuesday. It should be nice to get to know some other preggos who are going to have babies right around when I do.

I’m also in the process of making a stuffed owl for baby. I’m just about done with it and I’m looking forward to having another project done! Plus, I like owls and it’s super cool.
Now some words from Dad: HOOTY HOOO!!!!! If you can’t tell, I’m also excited for HOOT THE OWL (Name really tbd, but I’m going with “HOOT” for now) to be done. I’m really enjoying watching Melissa knit/craft these cool projects for Mini Mitch. With each one that is done, it equals another thing that will fill the baby’s room and give it a little character. Aside from the 30-week appointment, and the owl project, everything else has been pretty status quo the past 7 days. This coming week will be the week we finally get things pretty organized in Mini Mitch’s room-to-be. We have a dresser scheduled for delivery next Sunday, so we’ll be spending a few hours organizing the bedroom and really getting set for our visitors coming in for the baby shower in a few weeks. Thanks be to the man upstairs for a pleasant 31st week of pregnancy! :)

30weeks

We had a pretty uneventful week this week, so we’re just going to get right into it!

How far along? 30 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +16.2 lbs; When I’ve had a week when I’ve eaten well or a week when I’ve eaten more junky than normal, I can definitely see that reflected in my weight.
Maternity clothes? I’ve gone ahead and mostly tried to make the switch to maternity clothes. Not because my regular shirts aren’t fitting anymore, but because I figure I’m going to get to that point, so I might as well get a few months use out of the maternity clothes I’m buying. I’m definitely keeping a small, very neutral maternity wardrobe and mixing it up with sweaters and accessories I already had.
Stretch marks? No, and fingers crossed it stays that way!! I’m getting nervous that I’m just going to wake up one day and this will have changed.
Sleep? I’ve been sleeping through the night most nights – not waking up to go to the bathroom or anything. If anything I’ll wake up to turn from one side to the other and then enjoy some movement from Mini Mitch. How would you like being turned upside down in the middle of the night??
Best moment this week? We ordered a couple things from Pottery Barn Kids over Labor Day weekend (while we were in Italy), because they were doing 25% off and free shipping. Somehow the discount didn’t apply when I actually made the purchase, so I asked my mom to call for us since we were going to be out of town for another week. She did and they assured her it would be applied. It was not. We had to wait until we were invoiced for everything (we may or may not have ordered some furniture and just gotten charged for a piece this week), and we were finally invoiced for the final item this week. Chris made the call about the discount and they’re applying it, finally. It’s so nice to have that settled and be getting that money back.

Unrelated to that, I had something due at work this week that I put a lot of time and thought into, which was recognized and acknowledged. It was a nice feeling. :)
Miss Anything? Still not really missing anything. We’re making the transition to fall clothes, so new clothes/fashions are coming out that we haven’t worn in months. Well, I guess that makes me realize the sun is setting earlier and I’m missing walking home while it’s still light out.
Movement? It feels like Mini Mitch is really gathering strength here lately. I’m feeling lots of movements and a couple have been a little uncomfortable. This morning I was running errands and while walking through Target, it was like there was an elbow trying to push through my belly button. That said, I’m really enjoying all the movement and trying to figure out what I’m feeling. I can definitely see how I’ll miss it once the baby is born.
Food cravings? Still having the opposite of food cravings – can’t decide what I want to eat. It’s kind of frustrating for Chris. It’s just that nothing is exciting me.
Anything making you nauseous? No nausea.
Symptoms? Still having heart burn and reflux. Have you ever had heart burn so bad you can feel it in the back of your neck. It’s really strange, let me tell you. I’ve also started to get a sore back at the end of the day or when I’ve been sitting for too long – I’d say that’s my newest development. Oh, and the pain in my right side is still there, though much less intense than it was a couple weeks ago. In addition to that, I’m now feeling some sensitivity in my right ribs. Something’s pushing up on them; Luckily, I haven’t felt any actual kicking there just yet.
Gender Prediction? Still not having any feelings one way or the other. I keep wanting to default to “he” just so I have a pronoun to use, but that’s simply out of a desire to stop saying “it.” Also, given the fact that we’re having a harder time with some boy specific things (name, circumcision, etc), I feel like it’s bound to be a boy.
Belly Button in or out? Holding strong at shallow, but in.
Wedding rings on or off? Still on.
Mood? Pretty solid this week. Not feeling exceptionally emotional in any direction.
Looking forward to? We have our 30 week appointment this week. The appointments are always nice just to hear what’s going on. We’re also taking a baby food making class this week, which should be fun. It may be a bit early, but I figured it’s probably better to do pre-baby than try to figure out child care for us both to do it once baby’s closer to eating foods other than milk.
Now some words from Dad: SUP Y’ALL?! Daddy Mitch here. This week has been another swell week of expecting. I’m really soaking it all in and trying to enjoy every moment of it. One day I was sitting at our desk at home doing a little work. Melissa had recently washed a bunch of the hand-me-down little onesies and burp clothes, then stacked and folded them on the desk. Just looking at the little onesies made me excited for the arrival of our little one. I know it’s going to be extreme exhaustion, sleepless nights and lots of new challenges, but I’m so ready.

A lot of guys I’ve talked to have told me things like “you’re never really ready to be a parent” or “nothing will be the same!” When we started this journey, I may have felt that way. But after the past 4+ years of our hurdles achieving and sustaining a pregnancy, I’m so ready to be a dad. So I guess my message this weekend is for anybody out there who is struggling to achieve pregnancy. Stay patient, and keep your head up, because through the trials and tribulations, if nothing else you’ll gain perspective. You’ll grow as a person, learn A TON, and maybe like me it’ll shift some of your personal values in a positive direction. You’ll probably grow closer to your partner than ever before. We both feel so fortunate and blessed to have been able to achieve pregnancy and are only ~10 weeks from welcoming our child into the world. I know that as long as Melissa’s labor ends with a healthy mom and healthy baby, it’ll without a doubt be the best day of my life.

So keep your head up. It’s like what Brian said in Vanilla Sky: “Just remember, the sweet is never as sweet without the sour.”

29weeks

***THIS WEEK’S UPDATE COURTESY CHRIS***

How far along? 29 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +17.4 lbs (two people this week told Melissa you can’t even tell she’s pregnant when you see her from behind)
Maternity clothes? Melissa picked up some Maternity threads from Loft this week, which included a few sweaters (that are beautiful and designed by our talented friend Anna) and a tank top. Melissa’s been really good about not spending a ton on maternity clothes, and when she does pick up items they are always versatile pieces that I think she’ll get a lot of use out of. If you had told me when Melissa and I found out she was pregnant that she’d spend more on gym/fitness classes than clothes, I’d be surprised, but take that for sure.
Stretch marks? Nope!
Sleep? Mel slept pretty well this week, waking up maybe once per night. I think I wake up more often than she does. The only thing that woke both of us up this week was when some drunkards decided to throw a frisbee in the middle of the city streets on Friday night at 2AM. When I saw those idiots it really took me back… To those nights that I NEVER got drunk and said “HEY IT’S 2AM – WE NEED TO THROW A FRISBEE!”
Best moment this week? Planning-wise, it was when I signed up mini Mitch for daycare! Sooooo pumped that we are all set on the childcare front. When I arrived to sign up mini Mitch, the administrator didn’t know who I was and said “Can I help you?”

Me: “Yes, I’d like to sign my unborn child up for childcare here, so he or she could become a future leader of America.”

Administrator: [blank stare]

Welcome to the life of Chris Mitchell, filled with wild prophecies of truth and blank stares.

Pregnancy-wise, it was probably one of two moments. 1) Having an encouraging doctor’s visit on Tuesday, and 2) When Melissa was at work in a meeting with two reps, one of the reps (someone Melissa didn’t know) said she was at Soul Cycle and saw a pregnant woman dominating spin class. The rep Melissa does know was like “That was probably Melissa!” Based on the time of the pregnant-woman-domination-sighting, and where she was sitting in class – yep! It was my wife – 29 weeks pregnant and cycling like a champ. :)

Miss Anything? I don’t miss anything and I’m not sure Melissa is missing too much right now. We’re both kind of living in the moment and enjoying pregnancy right now.
Movement? Tons! I feel like mini Mitch has been really active this week. This is the first week we’ve noticed you can sense movement on both sides of Melissa’s stomach. Our midwife said it must be the arms. Melissa said it’s a weird sensation when it happens, but she enjoys it. This weekend we (read: I) also put some headphones on Melissa’s stomach and played some music while the baby was sleeping. It woke mini Mitch up. I will say based on my impeccable taste in music, mini Mitch was GROOVIN’!
Food cravings? Not really. Melissa’s been eating her usual healthy stuff. I’ve actually been consuming pretzel-related items at an alarming rate this week, though. A bag and a half of RODS, and a healthy amount of SOFT PRETZELS. #thePretzelLifestyle
Anything making you nauseous? Nope!
Symptoms? No changes this week! Still some round ligament pain for Melissa, but she bought a wedge pillow from Amazon and I think it’s helping out some, which is great. We’ve been toying with the idea of Melissa checking out a chiropractor to help with the round ligament pain, but I’m unsure if she’s gonna go or not. We’ll see!
Gender Prediction? I was pretty sure it was a boy early on, but now I’m unsure. Melissa doesn’t have any feeling on this matter, yet her mom is convinced it’s a boy. We’ll see!
Labor Signs? Nope – hopefully in a few months!
Belly Button in or out? In, but I cannot wait for it to be out. No reason why, maybe because then I can touch it and annoy Melissa hehehe…
Wedding rings on or off? On!
Mood? Calm as a clam and feelin’ good! We’ve both been pretty happy this week. Having the registry and daycare stuff done checked two big things off of our “pregnancy to-do” list, so I think we’re both enjoying having a little less on our pregnancy plate this week.
Looking forward to? Melissa is looking forward to the Salisbury Steak dinner I’m making on Thursday, and I’m looking forward to the Vogel universe-winning chili simmering on the stovetop. Yum!
Now some words from Dad Mom: This was a pretty good week for us, though I did feel absolutely terrible for Chris on Monday and Tuesday. Due to his cramping during the marathon, his quad recovery seemed pretty miserable. I tried to do the best I could to help him out.

Aside from that, we had our 28 week appointment with our midwife on Tuesday where I had my gestational diabetes screening. My midwife seems to think I’m in excellent shape and would be surprised if I had any complications at this point. True to her prediction, I do not have gestational diabetes and my glucose test looked good. People always talk about having to drink this nasty syrupy drink – honestly, it was orange soda without the carbonation. I had no problem drinking it, I just wish I’d had some pizza to go with it! From now until 36 weeks we’re up to one appointment every two weeks!

We also had dinner with some friends on Friday night who we haven’t seen in a while. It was nice to catch up with them and be able to talk about some baby stuff and some non baby stuff. They have a nine month old and cloth diaper (which we’re planning to do), so it was nice to talk to them about that element. We threw a little politics in there, some of how work is going, and some hockey to round out the discussion. Not a bad evening – plus, they made us dinner ! :)

Alrighty – until next week!