32 weeks and counting + baby hiccups + house update

Lounging on the new bench

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and thought about this whole blog thing. Writing hasn’t really crossed my mind lately – I/we have been living in the moment and enjoying our time together as just “Justin and Stephanie”. Baby Kime makes his/her debut in 8 short weeks (give or take a few days)! Thought it might be fun to actually share a picture (not so beautifully taken — my apologies!), and a fill out a fun little questionnaire to answer some questions.

Without further ado, here it goes…

How far along: 8 weeks, 2 days

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Um, enough that my doctor says I’m progressing well, but could still stand to eat more ice-cream if I want. πŸ™‚

Maternity clothes: I wear lots of long maxi-dresses // maternity jeans w/tank tops (some maternity, some not) and cardigans // yoga pants and capris with workout tops.

Stretch marks: None from what I can tell!

Sleep: Thanks to a big c-shaped body pillow, accompanied by about 5 other pillows in our bed, I fall asleep pretty quickly and sleep well! Usually get up to go to the bathroom 1-2 times/night… So, not too bad! Mornings are ALWAYS rough though!

Best moment last week: Hm, when my sister-in-law felt Baby moving and pushing around and got sort of teary-eyed (well, said she was!). I love being able to share in this joy with loved ones! Baby doesn’t have the slightest idea of how loved he/she is!!!

Movement: Lots! Baby is squirmy… doesn’t really kick me too much, just pushes around and squirms around in there. I think he/she is getting annoyed with the increasingly tight quarters. I have fun little moments where I push Baby’s little foot and it sort of pushes back. πŸ™‚

Food cravings: Nothing in particular. Fruit smoothies usually always sound good to me. And, of course, ice cream. (Yes, the freezer is loaded full of different flavors πŸ™‚ )

Gender: Surprise! Baby got nicknamed “Hermit” months ago by my hilarious sister, Jess. Hermit stands for: Her, him or it since we don’t know the gender. πŸ™‚

Labor signs: Eh, I don’t think this technically counts, but I’ve had Braxton Hicks contractions daily for the past 2 months+. No, they aren’t the baby pushing against my skin – they are definitely Braxton Hicks. Usually they go away when I either sit down, go to the bathroom or drink more water since they typically are the result of too much activity, a full bladder or dehydration. Mine are usually because of reasons #1 & 2. I don’t think I stand a chance of being dehydrated when I drink between 70-100oz of water a day.

Belly button – in or out?Β It’s out and I’m just going to embrace it. Part of my changing body, right?!

What I miss: Running! I must admit, I haven’t been much of a “runner” the past two years because I’ve just sort of “let life get in the way”. But ladies and gentlemen, that will change once my body says I can run again (hopefully in December!). Running is such a stress reliever for me and I just love being outdoors and thinking/dreaming and running. It’s fun for me to push myself each step of the way and set goals. …so running. I miss running. πŸ™‚

What I am looking forward to: Meeting this sweet little baby and introducing him/her to all of our family and friends!

Milestones: I have two… #1) Hitting the “single-week countdown” a few weeks ago. T-minus 7 weeks, 5 days ’til Baby’s due date, and #2) finishing our Lamaze Childbirth Prep classes. Supposedly I/we now know how to have this baby. Ha. πŸ˜‰

On another note, Baby now consistently has hiccups anywhere from 1-3 times a day and it’s quite possibly the cutest little thing. By the time he/she has it’s third case of the hiccups a day, I usually feel pretty bad for him/her. I’ve try to see if there’s some sort of rhyme or reason for it but I can’t come up with anything. Supposedly, hiccups are good for Baby and indicate a healthy diaphragm, so I’m trying to embrace that I enjoy those little, consistent movements while they last.

Lastly, I thought I’d share an updated house picture since I really haven’t done that in quite a while. Justin has been so hard at work caulking, priming and painting every last bit of trim and door in our house. We certainly didn’t realize how much trim we actually had! I gave up painting about 2 months ago because, well, I’m pregnant and about to be a first-time momma and didn’t want to expose our kiddo to any more paint fumes than necessary. So hubby has been doing all of the work since then and I couldn’t be more appreciative and thankful for all that he’s done!
While Justin paints, I’m usually cleaning something, doing laundry, or something along those lines around the house. Trying to keep myself busy, but also realizing that I’m not working nearly as hard as he is. Lately, I’ve decided to tackle sealing all of the grout floors/tile. That should all be finished within the next two weeks or so. Hopefully.Β Along with sealing grout and tile, making a bench cushion for our mudroom is next up on the to-do list. All materials are purchased — just need to set up my sewing machine and get to work!
My biggest goal right now is just to get all of the painting completely finished in the nursery so that it has a few weeks to air out before Baby occupies it. I frequently get asked if the nursery is finished… it how it’s coming along. My response? We haven’t really started. We have no crib, no dresser, no changing table or anything, really. Baby has a few outfits… that’s about it. My idea of the nursery being “finished” is when all of the painting is done. πŸ™‚ The painting should be finished soon and the nursery will start to come together more after that.
Lastly, besides painting doors and trim indoors, we hired a crew to paint the exterior of our home/garage, replace gutters/soffits/fascia board, and put up a fence. The below pictures show the progress.

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