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Final Baby Book Page & Bump Collage!

Excited that Micah’s Baby Book is complete!
Each week (more or less) I documented my pregnancy with my
growing bump and a note to baby.
I plan on compiling all my graphics and ordering a photo book!
I took some photos the
other day while the girls napped.
I will post soon on how I got these shots..
from one complete and total amateur photographer to another!
ps. my mom made the hat! so cute right??
Here’s the complete series of my growing bump!
I wore my BLANQI throughout my pregnancy..
helped with my back/leg pain (sciatic nerve issues)
The one photographed below was my white, medium, regular length blanqi.
I started taking the weekly photos at 12 weeks..
when I was still feeling sick but at least able to function.
(missed a few weeks near the end due to…
I actually have been wearing it even more postpartum.
It helps smooth everything out and makes me feel more trim
as I work off this baby weight!
And by “work off this baby weight” I mean nurse
like a champ and chase my 2 and 4 yr old. :)

Thanks for following a long my pregnancy journey!
and also thanks for all the e-mails..
I am feeling the love and so thankful for the words of
encouragement and congratulations!

The Busy Budgeting Mama

Baby Book – 38 Weeks Bump

38 Weeks Pregnant! Still chugging a long.
Starting to feel prettyyyyy uncomfortable. The last few weeks are always so hard.
You start getting signs of labor..and you go into constant “could this be it???” mode.
And then when you try and just forget about being can’t!
Because every random person and their neighbor are reminding you that you are pregnant! Asking when you are due..telling you you look like you are about to pop.
But…if people didn’t say anything.. you would end up crying about that too. ;)’s just part of being pregnant at the end! I must say though..
I decided I love the lady at our grocery’s bakery counter. She made me feel awesome.
She knew how to talk to a pregnant lady..telling me I must be having a girl
because I have a glow! Girl or boy..I’ll take that type of comment over
the one I got 5 minutes later in the meat department..
“you can’t have much longer… can you????”
Contractions are still coming.. and getting more intense.
Hoping they are doing something.
My next check up is friday..and I’m anxious to see if I’ve progressed at all.
When I was at the hospital for one of our false alarms..they thought I was in early stages of labor with how my contractions were coming I had the bloody show ALL day..
and how I was dilating and effaced.. so they had me walk around for an hour and
then re-examined me. they said jumping jacks were ok….
so inbetween some contractions we did some galloping through the hospital halls.
my husband of course had to video tape it. ;)

I’m happy to hang in there these last couple weeks till my due date.. but I just wish these contractions didn’t make me so miserable. Tonight I just sat on my butt the
whole night. I tried to get up a few times and I just couldn’t do it.
The contractions and the back pain hurt too much.
I mightttttt have broken down in tears for 2 minutes of a pitty party to my husband.
might have. ;) I’m not officially admitting to that.

Thanks for following a long my pregnancy journey with baby #3!!
I can’t wait to share the news when he or she finally stops teasing us and arrives! :)
It’s amazing how you forget all these little sufferings once the baby comes
because you are just so happy and in awe of this new life and in love!
I’m going to make myself remember though in the teenage years..
and remind them of my sufferings often. ;)

The Busy Budgeting Mama

Baby Book – 37 Weeks Bump

There comes a point in your pregnancy..
You just don’t to talk about your pregnancy…haha.
I’m ready to stop talking about my symptoms and
start talking about a cute newborn!! way more fun. ;)
But..I’m almost there! Trying to smile and ignore the random ladies
in the grocery store line who tell me I look like I’m about to POP.
My husband later told me (after witnessing a lady say that) that he
was thinking “ooohhh no…now she’s done it” haha.
He thought my hormonal pregnant lady wrath was about go off. 
You already FEEL like you are about to burst..
you don’t want people to tell you you LOOK like it. ;)
However, a perk of being pregnant… Nesting.
We’ve been deep cleaning… organizing… finishing projects!
and by “we” I mean me… and my husband who gets
dragged into it because I need him. :)
Ben doesn’t believe in nesting..
he thinks it’s just how pregnant women try to get the baby out.
There is some truth to that. ;)
Grow baby grow! Can’t wait to meet you. xoxo.
Comparing Bumps – Looked back at week 37 with sienna!
boy or girl this time?! we shall see. :)
The only difference I see is my bump now goes down while
my bump before goes up..even though it’s hard to see with my shirt!
My Baby Book is filling up!

The Busy Budgeting Mama

Baby Book – 36 Weeks Bump

I’m 36 Weeks (and a few days) Almost full term!
Thanks for following along my pregnancy journey..
I love hearing your comments via my blog and
especially all our chit chat on my blog’s facebook page!

Getting to the end of my pregnancy..and with labor fast approaching…
along with it comes pregnancy symptoms that are sometimes TMI.
if you don’t want the details. Stop Reading! haha.
but If you want to hear how I’m progressing than keep reading…
I know I liked hearing how other people experienced
their pregnancies, so… sharing my journey! :)

Because the baby has dropped so low, my previous sciatic
nerve/back/leg pain has gone away. yay! Very excited about that.
Still sore..but nothing like it was.
Now, you know those lists you get of “Signs of Labor”…
well, I pretty much have experienced all of them..
but that means nothing with my body! Labor is still holding off.
Saturday I had excruciating back contractions ALL DAY.
Regular front contractions were happening as well..but the back pain was the worst.
I thought that my water broke sunday. We did the whole trip to the Hospital..
kids picked up by our friends and everything. It was a good practice run! ;)
The test ended up coming back positive and negative..with the 2 most reliable tests coming back as negative. so they sent me home. We were a little bummed, but not too much because we didn’t feel ready yet! We really wanted to get past 36 weeks.
One of the most confusing labor topics is your water breaking…
It seems everyone says if your water breaks it will gush!!
But that never happened with me.
With sophie it was just a trickle..and then she stopped it up with her head!
But I also learned with this pregnancy that you can have watery cervical discharge..
which can seem like your water breaking. But it’s better to get tested then wait..
because you can risk infection or go into labor really fast within 24 hours.
Yesterday(monday,) I put myself on unofficial bed rest. The contractions were just too painful..and taking a toll on my body. Every time I move I have them..and even though they get time able up to every 6 minutes for almost an hour….they always space out. They are only getting more painful. which is good….but also makes me sooo sore!
The back contractions are still coming off and on as well.
So yesterday I did nothing. it was hard. and by the afternoon I was going stir crazy..
so when the hubby got home we went to run a couple errands
that were on my “do this before the baby comes” list. :) (return library books…
get flashlights for storm.. deposit a check in the bank..etc)
I seriously thought I was going to give birth in a store haha.
The WORST contractions of my life. It felt like when they had to give me petocin with sienna…and the contractions got super strong. They were every 6 minutes for almost an hour..and then spaced out. false alarm again.

Had an appointment today.. I’m 2.5 cm dilated. 80% effaced.
My doctor said she didn’t understand what was holding that baby in haha.. lovely.
I just don’t see how these contractions aren’t giving enough pressure to break my water.. they are insane. Ben was joking that with this baby I’m going to be “that lady”..
Let me explain. When I had sophie.. I was checking in and wasn’t in much pain at all.. but then this other pregnant mama comes rolling in with her husband and I seriously thought she was going to choke her husband and give birth at the same
time right in front of me… “Youuu…can go ahead”  I said.
So yeah…that will probably be me this time around with
how bad these contractions already are. It’s not gonna be pretty. ;)

We are so anxious to find out what we are having!! The suspense is killing me!
I’m also so much more nervous about labor this time around..
which is funny because it’s baby #3!
I think the end of pregnancy is always so hard because you have the fact..looming over you..
that you are about to experience something (most likely) super painful..
you know it’s just don’t know when!
So, trying to hang in there physically and not freak out emotionally ;)

Hope everyone is staying safe with the storm!
Luckily Pittsburgh wasn’t/isn’t being hit that hard.
Prayers out for all those hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

The Busy Budgeting Mama

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