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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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How far along? 36 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +23.4 lbs, same this week as last
Maternity clothes? Yup. All the maternity clothes. Will be testing out some non-maternity sweaters this coming week.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep? Still sleeping well.
Best moment this week? This week was a busy one at work, which I’m sure the next few will be too. Friday was probably my favorite day this week. We had a planned shower for Mini Mitch with our Longhorn volleyball team. We went out for pizza, then came back to hang out at our place. It was really fun to hang with everyone. That afternoon at my office, my co-workers managed to pull off a surprise shower and actually shower me! No one ever surprises me! It was awesome. :) They bought a bunch of my favorite snacks and the whole team came to join. We got super generous gifts at both showers and were left feeling really loved.
Miss Anything? I miss being able to eat a full size meal. I’ve definitely lost that ability in the last week or so. Me. Want. More. Fooooood.
Movement? Still rolling around in there, sweeping feet around, and pressing its butt out at me.
Food cravings? Still none, which has been frustrating for Chris for months now. It’s just now finally getting annoying to me. I’m getting tired of eating cereal all the time because I can’t decide what else sounds good. I just wish I could say – that! I want that thing for dinner!
Anything making you nauseous? Nope.
Symptoms? Still daily heartburn. Still burning in the bottom of my ribs. Back pain after standing or sitting for too long. I don’t want to do either for a long period of time. I’m starting to feel like I’m waddling or at least leading with my belly when I walk. Maybe I’m starting to feel some of that discomfort people are always talking about. Maybe it’s just how my day is feeling today.
Gender Prediction? Still no. Mom is back to thinking it’s a boy.
Belly Button in or out? Still flat. I’m starting to think it’s tacked down from my two surgeries last summer that used my belly button for access. At this point, I’ll be surprised if it does pop out.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Mood? Sleepy.
Looking forward to? This week promises to be another busy one and there are a few things I’m looking forward to. A massage tomorrow after work. My 36 week appointment on Tuesday. My company holiday meeting/party on Thursday. A day off on Friday.
Now some words from Dad: Hi Everyone! Melissa just laughed at me because I start every post with “Hi Everyone!” – well, that’s whatcha get when you don’t have prompter questions to help you through writing the blog each week – :P!!  Like Melissa said above, this past week has been a good one. I was probably the MVP this week because I got a TON done around the apartment. One day I had a “get rid of stuff” day where I was able to reorganize our storage unit, purging many things and make space. Most importantly, I installed our infant car seat and took the car to an auto dealer to have the installation inspected. I was surprised to learn that when you have both the “latch” connection AND seatbelt option on a carseat, you should use one or the other, NOT both. The more you know… Other than that, we had our second-to-last Bradley Method class this weekend. I’m pumped to be coming to the end of the 12-week course, but I’m also going to miss hanging out with our teacher and classmates every Sunday. I’d totally recommend the class, which focuses on prepping parents for trying an unmedicated/low intervention labor, so if anyone is interested in such a thing let us know! Until next week, PEACE!

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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.

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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 :)

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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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