Bump-date: Week 31

I feel like the title of this post should be “Ready to Pop”.  Lol! At least that is what I felt like while taking this weeks photo.

That’s probably not a good way to feel when I know I still have 9 weeks or less to go.

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Exercise this week:

My enthusiasm towards working out these days has dropped immensely. I always feel better afterwards, but getting my tired body out the door is becoming harder each and every day.

  • 1 hour water aerobics class
  • 1 hour prenatal yoga class
  • 1 hour yoga session

My goal for working out over the next two months is to just do what I can when I feel like it. No pressure!

Baby Development:

It looks like baby is slowing down just a wee bit. As of my last appointment this past Friday he is now only measuring 1.5 weeks big.  He is healthy and growing which makes me one happy mama!

Also I will start seeing the Dr. every two weeks now. And once we get close enough, it will turn into weekly visits.

What I’m looking forward to:

I start my baby preparation classes tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited! I signed up for a four week class called Intuitive Birth.

A unique approach to prepare for childbirth blending components of the ancient practices of yoga and meditation with contemporary childbirth education models. This unique class series will help you cultivate a closer connection to your body and your growing baby. You will learn about the anatomy and physiology of normal birth, how to support the vision of your own childbirth experience, and techniques that will not only help you through labor, but will help reduce the effects of stress on the body to provide an optimal growing environment for your baby.
Learn to create your own positive powerful birth experience by cultivating awareness of your body’s amazing innate ability!

It sounds like it will be the perfect blend of birth education, yoga, and even some spiritual work. I’ll be sure to report how it goes.

How I’m feeling:

I’m starting to notice some swelling in my legs and feet a bit. I could really tell when I was trying on some of my favorite comfy shoes and they fit a bit too tight. Looks like I need to go shopping, because as I’ve heard, your feet can grow during pregnancy.

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My emotions have been a bit higher this week than usual. A few random cry fests, but those are typical after hearing the sound of J. Alabama’s voice after it’s been while from hearing from him.

Also I’ve started to have real trouble flipping over from side to side at night. I get stuck on my back and feel like a turtle stuck on it’s back. Which actually makes me laugh to think about that visual. Then I want to cry because it takes all my ab muscles to flip over which is pretty painful.

What I’m missing:

Though I’ve lost a lot of my exercise mojo, I still miss running and cross fitting so much. A friend told me about a great program in the Boise area called Stroller Strides which is a program that incorporates working out/running/walking etc with your baby in the stroller. Hearing about this program has calmed my exercise blues a bit, as it gives me something to look forward to post baby.

Also, I just miss J. Alabama. 😦  It’s not going to work out for him to be here for the birth, which breaks me heart, but I kind of knew that all along. Though he will be getting one awesome welcome home present when all is said and done…a son!

Overall:

Baby and I are sharing a room at my parent’s house while I’m in Idaho, and I’ve been busy busy get our stuff situated.

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I’m keeping myself super busy, which results in one tired Linzi by the end of the day. I’ve noticed a lot more random aches, pains, leg cramps in the middle of the night and the waddling is as it good as it gets in the walking department.

Of all the trimesters, this one is definitely wearing me down a bit. My  spirits are still good and I remind myself that each day that passes is one more day closer to the day I get to meet the little guy. Which makes it all worth it in the end!

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Bump-date: Week 30

10 weeks or less…what?!!!

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I know, I know…every week it seems I’m in shock of how time flies, but seriously friends I am under the 3 month mark. I mean last I heard baby boy was measuring 2 weeks ahead, so he could be here in 2 months for all I know!

Exercise this week:

Ahh! The weather gods were smiling down on me when I got back to Boise this past weekend. We had temps reaching almost 60 degrees which was perfect for a hike that my bro and I ventured out on.

It was so nice to get lost in the foothills for almost two hours taking in the fresh Boise air and warm sunshine after being in the car for four long days driving from Texas to Idaho!

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  • 1 hr 45 min hike through the Boise foothills [GLORIOUS!]
  • 1 hour yoga session

Weight Gain:

Well it’s obvious that some changes are going on. I almost don’t even recognize myself.

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I hit the 30 lb mark last time I checked, which seems a bit high knowing I have a few months left. I think it’s going straight to my belly and face…eeek! But it’s fun to see the difference between the 15 week bump and the 30 week bump and good to know that the lil one is growing (he weighs almost 3 pounds himself).

Best Moment This Week:

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Non-pregnancy related but still awesome! Awww….. J. Alabama had these delivered on Saturday in honor of Valentine’s day. He knew I would be on the road during the week, so they were waiting for me when I got home from my hike.  ❤

What I’m looking forward to:

Next week I’m starting a 4 week yoga/meditation course that my mom is teaching! It’s going to be heavy on the prenatal yoga and relaxation which sounds just perfect right now.

How I’m feeling:

I was so worried about all the hours driving in the car last week, but our 4 day road trip treated me pretty well. We took lots of breaks, and split the 24 hour drive into 4 days which also helped.

And the best tips of all for any pregnant ladies that are going to be in a car for a long period of time are these…

  1. wear compression socks
  2. bring a small pillow for your back
  3. wear a belly band along with your maternity ware as it provides extra support for the belly

These three things saved my life! I was not swollen, I didn’t suffer from ligament pain like I thought I would, and that pillow saved my back!

And I thought I would be exhausted from all the traveling, but honestly it didn’t wear me out too much. It helped that I had an awesome travel companion [my mom]!

Overall:

I’ve been transitioning back to Idaho pretty well! As I mentioned the nice warm weather was huge surprise considering when I left in Jan it was snowy, grey and freeezing.

Now it’s time to really get into nesting mode over here. I’ve got a lot of stuff to organize and buy in preparation for our little guy.

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My energy levels are great and besides some sporadic back pain after sitting for too long I feel pretty good.

It feels good to be back here in the land of potatoes and to begin getting settled again. As I mentioned before I will have the baby in Boise and stay here for the remainder of the deployment. We are already a good bit of the way through, so I know that this trip home is going to feel like it flew right on by.

Pinterest Inspired Nursery Projects

As promised here is a little more in depth look at some of the projects that have been keeping me busy over the last few weeks.

Chicken wire bulletin board:

DIY Chicken Wire Frame

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Our movers managed to break this mirror in the great move from Georgia to Texas and after a quick scour of Pinterest I found this pin and knew it would be simple transformation.

All you need for this project:

  • A frame
  • Spray paint in your desired color
  • Chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Staple gun

Night table transformation:

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This little guy was collecting dust and had honestly seen better days. I knew a little  paint and contact paper would do the trick. And boy did it – I’m in love!

All you need for this project:

  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paint in desired color
  • Contact paper (purchased this from Marshalls)

DIY: Sand down the table, give it a coat of primer, slap on a few coats of paint, and cover some of the wood with contact paper for a little pop. Easy peasy!

Lamp Makeover:

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I already wanted to buy new matching bedside lamps for our master bedroom, so I was more than ready to give this guy a new home in the baby room. Especially due it’s small size.

All you need for this project:

  • 1/2 yard or yard of desired fabric (depending on lampshade size/shape)
  • Spray paint for base
  • Hot glue gun

Since my lampshade was this awkward shape I found this PIN that helped me through the lampshade makeover.

I found this project to be my least favorite in both the outcome and the tediousness. Though I think if I had used a lamp with a more round lampshade it would have been a little bit easier.

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I really enjoyed taking on these projects and seeing them come to life in the baby’s room. And I think I can officially call myself crafty!

Baby Boy Nursery

I’m super excited to share with you the most up to date version of our little guy’s nursery!

I’ve been working on it over the last few weeks, and though I can’t say that it is completely done (we still need a glider, a crib skirt, and I hope to fill in some of the blank wall above the crib with a few newborn photos), it’s as done as it’s going to be for awhile.

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photo 1I am so happy with how all the colors (dark blue, grey, and gold) and stripes and chevron patterns have come together – especially with that striped wall!

I’ve seriously had a blast working on the baby nursery over the last few weeks. I think the best feeling is that I was able to incorporate a lot of DIY projects inspired from pinterest of course. Tomorrow you will get a post highlighting all the DIY projects from this room!

Also, this nursery has not cost me a whole lot of money either. I’ve been very conscious of things we already had around the house and ways to do this room on the cheap and I’m happy with the results!

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Crib: Million Dollar Baby 4-in-1 Crib (Post Exchange)

Since we already owned a dresser in natural wood that would work perfectly as a dresser/changing table I knew that getting a natural crib was what I wanted. I was happy to find this crib at the PX and it also has a drawer on wheels underneath for added storage!

Curtains: Blue burlap chevron curtains (Hobby Lobby)

I was instantly in love with these curtains partially because of the chevron print, but I also liked the rustic burlap material. It seems to go well with the room. And I scored by using a 40% hobby lobby coupon per panel which saved me $26!

Dresser/Changing table:  We already owned this

Chevron night stand: A yard sale find…a little paint and contact paper love was all it needed

Striped lamp: Another previously owned item that received a little face lift

Blue chicken wire frame: A broken mirror turned into a chicken wire bulletin board!

Natural wood floating shelves: Target

Giraffe: Marshall’s clearance rack. This little guy stole my heart and I knew his crazy blue stripes would be a fun addition to the room.

Wood Letters: Hobby Lobby. I purchased the J-A-Y letters and used spray paint to give them a little color.

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At first I was very overwhelmed with baby boy’s room being pinterest perfect. Since I slowly started to piece the room together I realized it could still fit my vision without all the frills.

And as you can see, besides the paint for the room, the crib, curtains and a few decorative pieces I was able to really pull this room together and on a budget! WIN-WIN!

The biggest thing I got out of this project was a sense of accomplishment, a lot of crafting skills I never knew I possessed, and a fun time.

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I intend to add more photos of J. Alabama, the baby once he is born and other fun keepsakes to the chickenwire bulletin board. But for now it remains a bit bare.

Bump-date: Week 29

Well tomorrow is Valentine’s day after all, and I have nothing but love for this little guy in my belly!

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He’s getting bigger and bigger everyday and so am I! This week has been a little better in the discomfort department, but I’m sure I will have lots to report next week after four days of riding in a car.

Exercise:

I was in desperate need of yoga in my life, and was able to squeeze in two yoga sessions before I left El Paso on the great move back to Idaho.

Baby Development:

I hit up my last baby appointment at the Fort Bliss hospital on Wednesday.  Baby Boy’s heartbeat is good, and no surprise he’s still measuring BIG!

Best Moments This Week:

I mentioned last week that I was looking forward to a special visitor.

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I’ve had an absolute blast all weekend showing my mom around Fort Bliss and the El Paso area. She flew down to help drive with me back to Idaho for the remainder of the deployment.

We explored the El Paso Saturday Artist’s Market, hit up a play at the El Paso Play House, ate lunch at the Hoppy Monk, checked out Fort Bliss and the Old Fort Bliss Replica and even had time to do some art projects for the baby’s nursery.

I also mentioned last week that I was going to my first prenatal massage! Oh my gosh, best thing ever! It wasn’t the kind where they have the belly hole in the table, but it was 1.5 hours of relaxation and pure awesomeness. I recommend prenatal massage to any of my pregnant friends out there. It was so fabulous!

What I’m looking forward to:

As I mentioned I am moving back to Idaho, and as we speak am on the road. I’m looking forward to getting back settled in Idaho. There is still lots to do since I’ve kind of been in transition between there and here. So once I get back to Idaho, I can start in my the Idaho nesting mode!

Overall:

It’s been a bit of a crazy week packing up and getting things squared away for the move. I have been hard at work getting our nursery as done as it can be, so when I do come back it will be ready for the baby and I.

Tomorrow will be the photo reveal of what I’ve done!

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I’m still feeling relatively well, just having more back pain and soreness that all comes with pregnancy. I’m excited to get back to Boise though and get on a more consistent workout schedule (water aerobics and yoga) as I know those two exercises have done wonders for me thus far.

I hope you all enjoy the Texas Nursery reveal tomorrow as well as post that will follow on some of the DIY projects I have been working on. It’s been a lot of fun, and definitely kept me busy over the last few weeks.

Deployment & Life Update

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I feel kind of feel bad for announcing J. Alabama’s deployment awhile back and then sort of leaving you in the dark after that. There were obviously many reasons for that… OPSEC (Amy said it best), my personal safety while I was staying alone in Texas, as well as the idea of putting my emotions out on the internet about this delicate situation kind of scared me.

I can happily say that we are now a few months into the deployment, and I’m a bit shocked at how quickly it feels like its going.

I’m not going to say that it’s been easy, because it hasn’t at times. But I’ve also handled myself emotionally way better than I thought a pregnant woman living alone with her husband at war could.

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I think it has also helped knowing that the living alone part was only temporary, as my parent’s have graciously invited me to live with them during the deployment. Seriously the best idea ever especially since I will have the little guy at the end of April.

I have made many efforts to connect with people at Fort Bliss, get involved with the FRG & other organizations and even tried looking for a job, but these types of things take time. And with my ever growing belly and the shorter timeline of baby coming I knew being around my family in a comfortable environment and with their help would be the smartest choice for many reasons. So with that I’m making the move back to Idaho until J. Alabama returns.

Since making this decision I’ve felt more at ease with the idea of deployment. Most likely because I’m now not just sitting by myself counting the months, weeks, days and hours until his arrival. I’m going to be surrounded by family, friends, and an already connected social calendar when I get home to help the time fly a little bit quicker.

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The hardest part about the deployment for me is not being able to tell  my husband everything that is going on. Our contact with each other is very random, and it may be days between a single email, or weeks between calls. So by the time I get to talk to him my pregnancy brain kicks in and I have to remember all the fun and important stuff to tell him in a short amount of time. We have not been able to skype yet, but I periodically send him pics of the baby bump so he can still be a part of this pregnancy experience.

Being around other military wives has helped me to sort of feel better about this situation, as we are all going through a similar experience. But at times it also makes me even sadder because it’s sort of looming over all of us here. Being back home around family and friends is uplifting because it feels like I’m on vacation or something. Though at times it can be tough too because I don’t think everyone can quite relate to what I’m going through.

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All in all, I would say that I am blessed to have a huge support network of family and friends wherever they live! I know I’ve got my Mil-spouses to call on when I need to talk military, and I know I’ve got the comfort of my family to keep my spirits up too.

I knew deployment wasn’t going to be easy, especially with a baby on the way. But so far I’d say I’m doing better than I thought I would be. Also I’m just happy that we are a chunk of the way through!

Bump-date: Week 28

Third trimester and the 7th month, woo hoo!

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It feels like almost as quickly as we hit this new trimester I’ve instantly started feeling every ache, pain, and cramp that comes along with it. I’m not complaining [okay maybe a little bit], but things are seriously getting to the point of discomfort in the belly area. Discomfort as in it hurts to sit, stand, lay on my side for too long etc. Oy, if it’s bad now I’m in for a ride!

Exercise:

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I’m guessing my belly growth and the lack of consistent workouts over the last few weeks have contributed to some of my discomfort. I’m hoping to get my workout mojo back soon.

  1. 1 hour walk/hike (Scenic View Park El Paso)

Baby Development:

I’m heading to my 28 week appointment this morning, so I should have more information by next week on how baby boy is measuring up. I’m guessing still big. LOL!

Best Moment This Week:

Well besides all the gymnastics that are constantly going on in my belly, I was able to get my maternity photos done yesterday!

Sneak peek!

Fort Bliss Belly Love

I met an Army wife here on Fort Bliss who is just getting her photography business started up and did my photos for free to be able to use them in her portfolio. She is still editing them, but here is one of my favs so far. So fun!

Baby Buys:

Of course it’s camo!

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It’s been really hard not to buy loads and loads of cute little baby ware, but I’m resisting big time. My sister in law has sent me boxes of newborn clothes that her twin boys have already grown out of, so for the most part I’m not buying boy clothes. Though this little camo outfit was only $5 and it was 6 months size, so I figured it would give us something to look forward too.

What I’m looking forward to:

I’m signed up for my first prenatal massage this week! I have no idea how this works, but I’m excited. I’ll be sure to report back.

And….I’m going to have a special visitor this weekend…seriously cannot wait! Also I will have a lot more life news as well as the final nursery photos to share next week. So stay tuned!

Overall:

As I mentioned in the opening of this post I’m starting to really feel the symptoms of pregnancy. Even just getting out of bed has been tough, but I’m rolling with the punches –as me and the lil guy still have many a weeks ahead of us.

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I seriously still have not slowed down in the last week, and am sure that is probably part of why I feel so tired. But it seems with a baby on the way you can’t over prepare, so that’s just what I’m doing…anything and everything I can before he gets here.

Overall though, I’m doing great. I really am happy we are in our third trimester and look forward to another great week!