Guessing Game

Everyone has their opinion on when they "think" Hudson will be born, so I thought it would be fun to make a list of every one's predictions.  I know if i don't document it I will forget, and I am interested to see if anyone guesses the correct date.

Luke: Friday....he says this every week because he wants him to be born on a Friday.
Mom- Thursday...as in Tomorrow
Brittany: She just thinks at some point this weekend, because both of my sisters babies have been born around holidays.
Michael: Tuesday Sept. 6th
Jill: Saturday...Sept 3rd
Josh: Sept. 9th
Leigh: Sept. 5th
Connie Sept 10th
Ashley: Sept 3rd

These are all of the guesses I have had so far, I will add dates as people tell me.

I for one have no idea when he will be here, I know he will come when he is good and ready.  I think if I do have him early it will be within a few days of my due date.  I am pretty pumped that nobody thinks he will be here after my due date.....I hope one of you are correct!


38 Weeks

I was 38 weeks pregnant with Hudson yesterday and swamped at work, so I am a day late on my post.  Things have been about the same this past week, just playing a waiting game.  I wish I could just get in my head that he will be coming late and not wonder EVERY.SINGLE.DAY if today is going to be "the" day.  I have tried really hard, and been really patient for the most part, but I have realized it is next to impossible not to wake up wondering when he will come.  Some days I feel like he is going to fall out and some days I feel like he could stay put for a long time.  I think another reason I am so anxious is everyone has their opinion on when they think he will come, so with each day passing I wonder if they are right.  I will post every one's predictions in a separate post, and if you want to get in on the guessing game feel free to let me know when you think he will come.  We had a wonderful weekend full of relaxation, which is just what I needed.  Sunday I had a random burst of energy and we cleaned our house top to bottom.  I have had no desire to do housework for quite some time, so Luke has been taking up the slack.  It feels so good to have a nice clean house, and I am hoping we can keep it that way, so we will have a clean house to come home to after Hudson is born.  In the back of my head I wondered if he would come Sunday night, because a lot of people have told me when you give your house a good clean and organizing then he is coming very soon. Here is what we have going on this week:

Total Weight Gain: I stayed the same weight at my appointment last week, so I am still at 33 lbs, and hoping it stays that way.

Sleep: My sleep changes day to day, some are better than others.  I have been getting some pretty decent nights sleep the past few nights, and I am so thankful for that.  This weekend was pretty random, Saturday I felt like a zombie and fell asleep every time I sat down, and Sunday I went non-stop until about 10 that night.

Food/Eating: I am pretty sure I have eaten my weight in Lucky Charms this week.  I cannot stop thinking about them, and there have been some nights that is all I want for dinner.

Movement: His movement is about the same this week, slowing down but I can still tell he is there.  I told Luke the other day, sometimes I feel like the inside of my stomach is bruised.  I will be so sore by the afternoon from him moving and stretching so much.....my mom said I was the same way.

Progress: I was pretty bummed when I went to the Dr last Wednesday, and I had not made any progress from the week before.  I know it is common, but I couldn't help being a little disappointed.  I have been really active this week, so I am hoping it will help with making some progress when I go tomorrow.  I try to walk everyday, and I swam four days last week.  Let me tell you ladies, if you are pregnant and have access to a pool, do yourself a favor and swim as much as possible.  I am pretty confident being in a pool is the best feeling in the world, plus it is great exercise.  I can tell such a difference on the mornings after I have swam, I do not wake up feeling like my whole body hurts.  I am so thankful that my parents have a pool that I can use whenever I want, so  I am trying to make an effort to go everyday.  I usually swim laps, do squats, and just bounce up and down in the water to help loosen my muscles and prepare for labor.

What I miss: I am really not missing anything this week, just trying to enjoy every minute of him being in my belly.

Best Moment of the week: This probably sounds weird, but getting my house cleaned was the best moment for me this week.  I am not really a neat freak, but I cannot stand filth, and our house was getting pretty gross.  Luke is really good about keeping things picked up, but I am the "deep cleaner" in our house.  It had been driving me nuts, but I didn't have the energy to clean, so it was nice I could help Luke and we could get it done before Hudson gets here.  We also go all of our laundry done, which had been pretty neglected as well.

This may be the worst picture I have posted, but here we are this week:


37 Weeks

Hudson is FULL TERM today, I am not holding my breath that he will be here early, but it feels good to know that if he decides to make his debut from here on out everything will be OK.  I can honestly say I fully understand the "miserable stage", my sister always talked about it, and now I get it.  My mom told me the other day that she has not thought pregnancy has slowed me down at all....until now.  I am not complaining, because I know it will be worth it, and I am just thankful that it doesn't last that long.  I know it will be like the sickness in the first trimester....I will forget all about it.  I am actually praying that Hudson stays put until Wednesday, because my parents left for a short business (well business for my dad) trip to Charlotte this morning.  I think my mom was a little skeptical about leaving, but I told her it would be fine to go have fun, because I don't think he will be here before Wednesday.  Not to mention it will be good for her to get away, and have some fun before she has two babies on her hands.

Weight Gain: I had gained 3 lbs at my appointment last week, but my Dr told me not to worry, I was pretty swollen that day, so she thinks it was probably water weight.  I have been drinking a ton of water to help with the swelling and hopefully I will have a better visit to the scale this week.
Sleep: sleep...what is that?  I am getting less sleep the closer I get to my due date.  I have a hard time getting comfortable , and then when I do I have to get up to go to the restroom.  I have decided that someone could make a lot of money if they had a video of me getting out of bed....it is quite comical.  I felt more tired than normal last week.  I took several naps, which is uncommon for me, because I have never been one to take naps.  I guess this is how it will be when Hudson gets here.....sneak in sleep when I can.

Food/Eating:  nothing new to report in this department.  Like sleep, the closer i get to my due date the less i eat.  The only serious craving I had last week was a cherry limeade from Sonic. 

Movement: It is getting really bizarre seeing him move now.  I can actually see limbs poking out, and sometimes it looks like an alien trying to get out of my stomach.  He can tell that he likes to stay on my left side, and I can see his little butt poking out all the time. 

Progress: When she checked my cervix last week she said I was about 1/2 way thinned out, but not dilated yet.  She could tell I had made progress from the week before so that is a step in the right direction.  As long as I am making some kind of progress I am a happy mama.  She said that it is common for women in their first pregnancy to thin out before they start to dilate.  I am just hoping that I am still progressing toward labor when I go on Wednesday.

What I miss: I am really missing just feeling normal.  I hate feeling like I cannot do anything, and being so worn out all the time.  I am still waiting for nesting to kick in, because my house still needs a good cleaning, but right now I just do not feel like I have it in me.  I was looking over some old pics, and I am so ready to get back in shape and having energy again.

Best Moment of the Week: Two of my really good girlfriends Leigh and Ali came over for a visit yesterday.  I feel like I don't get out and see many people these days, so its nice when people come to see me :)

Here we are this week...I am pulling my dress tight, so it looks like of funny.


36 Weeks

I am NINE MONTHS pregnant with Hudson today!  In some ways I cannot believe it and others it seems like it took forever to get here. We traveled to Dyersburg, TN over the weekend for a wedding, and had such a good time seeing everyone, but no more trips for this lady.  I think the car ride and staying in a hotel room took its toll on me, because my whole body hurts today....or it could be due to the fact that I am about to have a baby.  When we got home yesterday I had to get ready and head to Luke's grandmothers for our second shower. With the exception of one thing, we got everything that we had left on our "must have" before Hudson gets here list.  I have been telling people that I am not ready yet, but for some reason today I feel like I am ready for him to be here.  I am not sure why, because we still have a list a mile long of things to get done, but I would be OK if we didn't get it all done.  I am going to work in his nursery this week getting things organized, washing, putting away, and packing our hospital bags.  I will feel good if I can get all of this accomplished this week, and my dad is going to start working in his bookshelves this weekend.  I have a feeling he will be here before his nursery looks the way I want it to, but I am OK with that too. 

Total Weight Gain: I had gained a pound when I went to the Dr. last week, so I am up to 31 lbs.  This is more than I would like at this point, but I am so over worrying about it.  I always hear about people being asked how much weight they have gained, and I couldn't believe that it actually happened that often.  Well I got to experience it first hand the week, and its not so much about being asked that was weird, it was the fact that it was a total stranger.  Not only did she ask how much I had gained, but she then asked how much I weighed before I was pregnant, I was so caught off guard that I just answered her, but I was so shocked.  I never thought I would feel the way I did when someone asked, because have been an open book this whole pregnancy, and I do put it on the Internet, but none the less it took me back a few steps.

Sleep: Sleep is about the same this week, not sleeping great, but getting enough to feel rested.  We have been having a problem with me snoring for a while now, and Luke wakes up being Oscar the grouch because he says he doesn't get any sleep due to my snoring.  I am not even sure why it has to be an argument because I have told him I don't mind if he is sleeps in the other room, and there is NOTHING that I can do about snoring.  I have tried breathe right strips, but when everything is pushed up I don't think anything will work at this point.  He has tried sleeping on the couch, but he says he can't get any sleep there either, so I have no idea what a solution would be, but if you have any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.

Food/Eating: I feel like the farther along I get in this pregnancy the less I eat.  I have also noticed that my cravings are way more intense and frequent now.  Last Monday night, I either had a bug or ate something that didn't agree with me, because I started throwing up about 9:00 and could not stop until around 11:00.  I didn't work on Tuesday, and was feeling better by Wednesday.  Poor Luke was such a trooper, and took such good care of me.

Movement: I can definitely tell that he has slowed down on his moving.  I can still feel him, but it is nothing like it used to be.  I can just feel him stretching and getting comfortable now.

Progress: Now that I am going to the Dr every week I thought I would update you all on any progress.  She checked me this week, and first off let me say, I don't know what I was so worried about, because it was nothing.  She said I have not started to dilated yet, but my cervix is starting to soften.  She said he is head down, and probably about 5.5 lbs from what she could tell just feeling outside of my stomach.  All of those are good signs that I am progressing toward labor.  My mom and Luke's family all think that I will have him before my due date, but I am not quite sold on that yet.  I will say he dropped over the weekend, and I feel like I have bowling ball between my legs.  I am starting to feel pressure in my pelvic area, and I have to pee all.the.time, like every time I stand up.  I know these things are all normal and can happen up to four weeks before I have him, so it doesn't necessarily mean I am about to go into labor early or anything.  I go back Wednesday so we will see if I have made anymore progress.

What I miss: I had a mini meltdown on Saturday morning when I was getting ready, because I could not put my shoes on.  So I guess you could say I miss just being able to do normal day to day things.

What I am looking forward to: Getting all of his things organized and put away this week.

Best Moment of the Week: We went and toured the new hospital and met with our pediatrician last week.  We loved the Dr and are pretty sure that will be Hudson pediatrician.  I feel so much better after visiting the new hospital and I pre-registered.  They told us where I would go if I went into labor after normal hours, and that made us feel better just seeing where to go, and having a plan.

I am ashamed to say that I went to a wedding and had a baby shower this weekend, and did not get a good picture of us this week.  I was so worn out yesterday I just wanted to sit and relax, so I do have this not so great picture of me sitting down, but you can get the idea :).


Baby Shower

Hudson and I had our first baby shower this past weekend, and this is one blessed little boy.  The fun started on Friday night when my best friend surprised me and came in town for the shower!  I dd not think she was going to make it, because last weekend was the end of her family vacation.  Katie along with my best friend Brittany managed to keep the secret that she was going to cut her vacay short and come to the shower a secret for weeks!  I appreciated her making the trip and being there for my special day more than she will ever know.

I was up bright and early Saturday morning to get ready for my shower, I have been putting off a pedicure for quite some time, and I thought the day of the shower would be the perfect time to pamper myself.  I knew my shower would be adorable when I received this in the mail a month before:

I knew it would be nothing short of fabulous with these women throwing my shower, and of course I was right.  As soon as I walked in I was in love with all of the details these women worked so hard on.  Of course I had to check out the food right away, and could not wait to dig in.

                      I thought the mason jars for tea and root beer to drink were such a neat idea!

Here are the tables and decorations...I loved the sign, I am still trying to find a spot to hang it in our house for when we bring him home

                                          Here I am with the ladies that made it all happen...

      I love anything and everything monogrammed 

I am so thankful and feel so blessed that so many people already love Hudson, and came to our shower.  We have another shower this weekend with Luke's family, and I am looking forward to seeing all of them and spending time with everyone.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!


35 Weeks

I am 35 weeks pregnant with Hudson today, and we are feeling extra blessed this week.  I had my first baby shower this weekend, and it was so good to get out, and see all of our closest friends and family.  I have not been out of the house too much lately due to the extreme heat here in Nashville, I feel like I am going to have a heat stroke just getting from my car to the house after work.  Something not very exciting happened last week, and that is I had to stop wearing my wedding ring.  I was dreading this day, and hoping it did not have to happen, but with the heat being so bad I could not put it off any longer.  I kept thinking I could wear it one more day, and then it became really difficult to get off, and I realized it was time to take it off before it got stuck.  I never take my ring off except to clean it, so it had been quite the adjustment.

Total Weight Gain: I go to the Dr this week, so I will know for sure next post.

Sleep: I was telling someone just the other day, there are really no "good nights of sleep" at this point, but I get enough to feel rested.  I am starting to go to the bathroom more often at night, and I was having some pretty intense pains last night in my stomach.  I am not too sure what it was about, but it didn't last very long, and I woke up feeling OK.  I have been experiencing a lot of pain in my hips the past few days, but I chalk it up as "part of it" along with all the other aches and pains.  I really can't complain, because I have not been in too much pain until this point.  I am going to go swimming more this next week, and I think that will really help with my joints and soreness.

Food Eating: Yesterday morning I woke up with an intense craving for biscuits and gravy, and I had to have my moms in particular.  We headed to church and I could not get it off of my mind, so I text my mom right before church started and being the saint that she is she made it for me.  Other than that my eating has been normal this week.

Movement: I can tell he is getting bigger and cramped in there.  He is still moving, but I feel like it is slowing down, and I am feeling him stretching and getting comfortable.  He is really active and puts on the best "show" at night before we go to bed.  Luke always says "what is he doing in there", as if I know ha ha.

What I am missing: I miss being outside, I love being outdoors and I feel like summer is going to be over, it is going to get cold, and I have not been outside at all.  Not to mention I have been getting a little stir crazy lately. 

What I am looking forward to: We have a big day Wednesday....we are meeting with his potential pediatrician, and if we like her I am going to get everything set up for her to come see him when he is born.  I also have a pretty big OB appointment that day, she is going to check my cervix for the first time that day.  I have to say this is NOT something I am looking forward to, to be honest I am terrified.  I have had many people tell me that it is very painful, and I do not have a high pain tolerance.  The part that is exciting about it, is it means we are getting VERY close to meeting Hudson, she will see me every week from here on out and check my cervix to see if I am dilated.  I am hoping it gets better each week, but if not I am just going to have to deal with it,and again chalk it up as "part of it".  After my appointment we are going to tour the L&D floor at the new hospital, and get preregistered.  I am happy that Luke is going to take off that day to go to all of these appointments with me, and he will get to hear Hudson's heartbeat. 

Best Moment of the Week: My baby shower! I will do a full recap on the shower tomorrow.

Here we are this week:


34 Weeks

I am 34 weeks pregnant with Hudson today, and I cannot believe it!  I am really starting to feel like we are getting down to the wire, I was worried that these last weeks would drag by but that has not been the case so far.  When I was at my Dr appointment last week she was talking about how she would start checking me at my next appointment to see if I was dilated, I said "my next appointment", and her response was "yes, you better get ready because you are about to have a baby".  That really put it into perspective for me, and it hit me that we are going to be meeting Hudson before we know it.

Total Weight Gain: I had gained 3 lbs at my last appointment so I am up to 30 lbs as of now.

Sleep: I am sleeping pretty well these days, other than bathroom breaks I can't complain.  I will say it is getting more and more difficult to turn over at night, so I try to just stay in one position.  This is not easy for me, because I typically toss and turn a lot.

Food/Eating: I am still getting full very easily, and eating small meals throughout the day.  I am still  stuck on chocolate chip cookies, so I try to only make a few when I make them to keep from going overboard.

Movement: I have noticed that his movements and kicks are getting so strong, in fact some are painful at times.  He has discovered my ribs and I am pretty sure he uses them as a kicking bag.  It doesn't bother me, because as long as he is kicking I know he is OK.

What I am missing: I am not really missing anything this week.

What I am looking forward to:  I have my first baby shower this weekend, and I cannot wait to see all of my friends and family. 

Best Moment of the Week: we FINALLY got his furniture!  It was worth the wait because I LOVE it, I was worried since I didn't get to see it in person and just ordered it online, but I was more than pleased.  Even though they gave me the run around with the delivery I am very impressed with JCP's furniture, it seems to be really durable.  Since I have been talking about it so much I thought it was only fair I give you a sneak peek.....

I will do a full post once we get everything done in his room.

I finally remembered to have Luke snap a picture of me this week, here we were before church yesterday morning.

I hope everyone has a great week!