37 weeks

37 weeks wintermelon

Size? winter melon  | 18.9″-20.9″ | 6.2-9.2lbs
How far along? 37 weeks
Total weight gain: well…7lbs have been gained since my last appointment! making it a total of 9lbs!

Maternity clothes? there is really only a few things that fit and are comfortable. dresses i have that i would think would still fit…nope. i really wear a handful of dresses/outfits.

Stretch marks? nothing new. 

Sleep: horrible. i guess i’m getting prepared for when the baby is here.

Best moment this week: i’d say we are fully prepared (physically…not mentally haha) for the baby. bags are packed, car seat is installed, names (i think) are decided…

Miss Anything? sleep!! also miss feeling good…not that i feel sick or anything, just the aches and pains that come along with the belly.

Movement: lots of movement still.

Food cravings: nothing new here. it’s been pretty hot that i actually don’t even feel like eating a big meal most nights. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: just beef. 

Gender: could be a boy, could be a girl!

Labor Signs: still having contractions and back pain has started with those now.

Symptoms: exhaustion.

Belly Button in or out? in 

Wedding rings on or off? haven’t tried my real one on in a while. wearing my fake one to work and out and about. 

Happy or Moody most of the time: i’d say moody. ready but not ready if you know what i mean.

Looking forward to: we have our softball pizza party tonight so it’ll be fun to have all our friends together one last time. also my childhood friends fiances bridal shower and bachelorette party is this weekend. it will be good to meet all her friends and family. really wish i could attend the bachelorette party though!! 

36 weeks

a week of instagrams

or a couple weeks this time!


my cousin mollie stopped the other day and gave us this adorable bib and burp cloth from studio26boutique. i am in love with the pattern and love that they are made local!


this adorable print comes from garvin&co… aka my favorite blogger ever. we hung it in the babe’s room and i smile every time i see it!


these little outfits are my favorite ever! the first one is from zulily and is what the baby will be wearing home from the hospital. the others came from my cousin’s wife at our baby shower. you can find them here, here and similar here.


my friend linley gave us this custom piece for our baby shower. seriously check her out, she’s incredible. the little dream catcher came from at home.


we celebrated josh and lydia last weekend! it was a perfect day and everything so was beautiful! it was our last wedding as a couple, next we’ll be a family! i got my clutch at the dress barn… i can’t find it online now but this one is similar and i debated on getting it instead of the one i ended up with.


nick called me the other day a few minutes before he usually gets home saying he was going to be working downtown on something quick if i wanted to come watch. i just love this picture. we are so happy to be living in st. lucas and both have our dream jobs!



36 weeks

36 weeks honeydew melon

Size? honeydew melon | 17.2″-18.7″ | 4.2-5.8lbs
How far along? 36 weeks
Total weight gain: 2lbs

Maternity clothes? i have been living in dresses and my maternity athletic shorts from old navy.

Stretch marks? no new ones lately. 

Sleep: what a week. i had probably the worst night sleep and best night sleep in months both this week. i started sleeping with my head up more (on two pillows) and it has helped my back pain a lot.

Best moment this week: my friend schauf came to visit this week with her son braxton. it’s so weird how our conversation has changed… it was all baby talk! 

Miss Anything? i’ve said this a 100 times, but i miss feeling normal, and boy do i miss having a drink… the wedding this past weekend was a lot of fun but i can only imagine how much more fun it would have been if i could have had a few drinks and danced the night away.

Movement: lots of kicks! nick got ‘kicked in the head’ the other night and we both thought that was pretty cool! 

Food cravings: nothing crazy, still love mt. dew and pepsi

Anything making you queasy or sick: nick mentioned having burgers the other night…no way. can’t believe i’ve gone all summer without a hamburger…am i american?? 

Gender: really thinking it’s a boy…. think we may have decided on a girls name so that’s a plus!

Labor Signs: i have been having some cramping and weird feelings throughout the day so of course i googled it and looks to me like it could be the start of some contractions!

Symptoms: tired every once in a while

Belly Button in or out? in (but shallow) and kinda creepy

Wedding rings on or off? real one off…fake one on. 

Happy or Moody most of the time: i’d say i’m starting to be a the moody side…

Looking forward to: i don’t know if i have ever put ‘having the baby’ here! we are very anxious to find out a few things…the sex, determine a final name, and to see who it will look like!! (still praying it looks just like nick!)

35 weeks




35 weeks

35 weeks coconut

Size? coconut | 17.2″-18.7″ | 4.2-5.8lbs
How far along? 35 weeks
Total weight gain: up a pound and a half. so two pounds total

Maternity clothes? figured out my ‘rubbing’ problem. there was never a rash or anything on my skin so i asked my doctor. she said that it’s the muscles and my ribs expanding to make room for the baby, not my clothes rubbing on my skin. 

Stretch marks? haven’t seen any new ones lately 

Sleep: pretty consistent this week. up once a night to pee.

Best moment this week: a few things… friends of ours told us they are expecting and we couldn’t be happier for them!!! we also got a tour of the hospital so we got to see where we will be delivering. made it seem super real.

Miss Anything? i miss feeling normal, but the more i think about not being pregnant in a few weeks the more i think i will miss my bump. there is always awkward or weird pains that i won’t miss though.

Movement: so much. my doctor pointed out where the head and butt now so now i’m obsessed with finding those!

Food cravings: pop (mt. dew and pepsi), donuts (which is pretty convenient that we live next to my grandma and grandpa right now…they always have some), and i’ve been on a wheaties kick…maybe because the olympics are on?? 

Anything making you queasy or sick: still beef, but it’s slowly going away. 

Gender: well it better be a boy, cause that’s the only name we have right now. i really think if it is a girl we are going to be those parents who don’t name their child for a week.

Labor Signs: none, but we learned a lot at our doctors appointment about what to look out for

Symptoms: none

Belly Button in or out? in, but shallow

Wedding rings on or off? off. we did stop at walmart the other day and i ended up finding one. it’s kind of obnoxious and nick giggles every time he see it, but it will do for the last couple weeks!

Happy or Moody most of the time: some things make me moody but for the most part i think i’ve been happy

Looking forward to: a friends wedding this weekend. feel like it might be our last weekend out that we can enjoy with our friends.

34 weeks

34 weeks

34 weeks butternut squash

Size? butternut squash | 17.2″-18.7″ | 4.2-5.8lbs
How far along? 34 weeks
Total weight gain: 1/2lb

Maternity clothes? are starting to bother me…the high wasted belly band thing is starting to rub and be uncomfortable. i need to go a few days without wearing one.

Stretch marks? just a few, nothing new lately. 

Sleep: last night i slept all through the night! previous nights…not so much. up an average of 3 times i’d say.

Best moment this week: mom and i went shopping! we returned duplicates from the shower and bought a few things for the baby that i didn’t get at the shower. feels good to be more prepared! 

Miss Anything? i think i mentioned this last week but i miss being able to move around freely. getting up is such a chore. and catching my breath all the time isn’t fun either (not that i was in shape before! but a set of stairs didn’t make me want to sit down haha)

Movement: having less room in there day by day is making the kicks more powerful. can really see him/her moving in there too… so creepy!

Food cravings: donuts sound so good every morning. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: beef is back up there. just mentioning taco meat makes me sick. 

Gender: really thinking boy, which means it’s probably going to be a girl.

Labor Signs: none

Symptoms: none

Belly Button in or out? in but getting shallow! 

Wedding rings on or off? off, when we were shopping yesterday i was looking for a fake one to wear (i feel so naked/wrong not wearing mine!) and couldn’t find one under $50…seemed a little high to me, so no ring it is. 

Happy or Moody most of the time: happy!

Looking forward to: meeting the newest member of st. lucas! yesterday friends of our had a little baby boy. cole edward! our babe and him will be classmates and hopefully life long friends!

33 weeks


a week of instagrams


on monday i stopped at treats for lunch. the tomato basil soup was to die for. so good!!


we officially spent our last night in our first home. we owe our parents so much for helping us move! it’s so great to have all the moving done with!!


i ordered this adorable little moses basket and base for the babe to sleep in in our room. i loved it online and love it more in person!!

33 weeks

33 weeks durian

Size? durian | 17.2″-18.7″ | 4.2-5.8lbs
How far along? 33 weeks
Total weight gain: i actually lost a pound this time around, so total gain is 1/2lb

Maternity clothes? living in my maternity athletic shorts from old navy. they are the best 

Stretch marks? haven’t found any new ones lately 

Sleep: it’s been wacko. especially in a new house…just not used to it yet.

Best moment this week: finding out i don’t have gestational diabetes! all my numbers came back normal, couldn’t have been happier! also moving to st. lucas!! we are finally here and settled!

Miss Anything? i miss being able to get up easily, nick has to help me all the time.

Movement: so much, lots of big kicks and flips!

Food cravings: starbucks frappuccino… having one as we speak

Anything making you queasy or sick: beef is slowly leaving this list. we had spaghetti the other night and it was good. and i’ve been craving a steak all week.

Gender: no clue!

Labor Signs: none

Symptoms: none

Belly Button in or out? in but it’s getting shallow! 

Wedding rings on or off? off 

Happy or Moody most of the time: happy!

Looking forward to: just settling in our new home and being so close to family and friends. it’s so convenient!

32 weeks


a week of instagrams


last week was the winneshiek county fair. we went two nights. thursday night to tracy lawrence and then saturday night to the rodeo.


tracy lawrence was amazing as usual! i love how he is just a good ol’ country singer, doesn’t try to do anything crazy or unique to impress people. his voice is enough!


the winneshiek county fair will always hold a special place in my heart. nick and i took our engagement pictures there 2 years ago. we love going to concerts so how neat to capture pictures of us at a concert! the performer 2 years ago was david nail.

32 weeks

32 weeks squash

Size? squash | 15.2″-16.7″ | 2.5-3.8lbs
How far along? 32 weeks
Total weight gain: 1.5lbs (get weighed again on tuesday)

Maternity clothes? why wouldn’t you love maternity clothes?

Stretch marks? just a few still 

Sleep: it’s been all over the place. so much running though my head. it’s driving me nuts that i don’t have everything we got at the shower organized/exchanged/returned and i don’t have shower thank yous wrote yet! also the fact that we’ve been packing/moving all week hasn’t helped! oh and i’ve been worrying about my glucose test results. i failed my first test last week and had to take the 3 hour test this week…just waiting for the results.

Best moment this week: best and worst moment this week…packing/moving. it’s a dream come true to be moving home but we’ve really grown to love the people in elkader and will be so hard to leave them this weekend. 

Miss Anything? being able to help move at my fullest ability. i do what i can but basically sit back and tell people where to put stuff. bossy pregnant woman alert.

Movement: it’s getting to be uncomfortable. it’s almost like a kick will make me feel like i’m going to throw up?? does that make sense? like they are that intense. 

Food cravings: ever since i had the starbucks frappuccino i’ve been wanting more! i think i’ve had 3 since my first one last week. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: the orange shit i had to drink for my glucose test. i get queasy just thinking about drinking it again. 

Gender: still thinking boy…

Labor Signs: none

Symptoms: none

Belly Button in or out? in, but i can see it popping soon!

Wedding rings on or off? off, my doctor scared me last week telling us about other moms getting theirs cut off! 

Happy or Moody most of the time: i like to think i’ve been happy this week but nick might think differently with the packing and moving…

Looking forward to: the final trailer load out of the house. it’s been a long week so far. i’m also dreading that last trailer load. will be very bittersweet.

31 weeks