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40 Weeks…meh.

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So here we are.  It’s my due date.  And no baby.

I totally thought I’d be happily snuggling my little man by now.  I was for sure thinking he was going to come early.  But apparently he has his own plans.

So, here’s what we’ve been doing to pass the time this past week, as we wait for little Mr. Landon…

Last Saturday, I must have seen a picture of some root beer or something online, because I started craving root beer.  So this meant a drive out to the American Market in Nyon, about half an hour away.  Their food prices are ridic, but you can get Shop Rite soda for 1chf.  So, we stocked up.

Ahh, refreshing!  Good ol' Shop Rite brand!

Ahh, refreshing! Good ol’ Shop Rite brand!

It was a nice day out, so we decided to walk around a bit.  We found a little ice cream shop that had dairy free sorbets. I had melon and D had mango, they were delish.  We sat by the lake for a while.

The Nyon Castle, or Chateau de Nyon.

The Nyon Castle, or Chateau de Nyon.

Sporting his "Man behind the bump" t shirt.

Sporting his “Man behind the bump” t shirt.

And I even walked up all these stairs.  And still no labor.

Stairs in Nyon, the Swiss Wife Style

On Sunday I woke up to my husband preparing crepes, and I was a happy pregnant lady.

Vegan crepes!  2 apple filled and one chocolate.  He found the recipe online.

Vegan crepes! 2 apple filled and one chocolate. He found the recipe online.

Monday, the fun begins:

I had another NST scheduled for 11am at the clinic.

39 weeks, 6 days non-stress test.

39 weeks, 6 days non-stress test.

And an OB appointment for 12:45.  I went to the NST by myself, then picked D up for a quick lunch, and we both went to the OB appointment.  Still no dillation!  And my amniotic fluid was at a 5, which my doctor said is the minimum it can safely be at this point.  If it was a 4, they would have started an induction yesterday. Also, the NST showed that his heart rate was a bit erratic in the am, so I had to go right back to the clinic for another.  If it had still been erratic, they would have admitted me and started an induction last night as well. But it was better, so I got to go home.  D came back with me and worked from home the rest of the day, while I napped on the couch in the AC.

My usual position these days...

My usual position these days…

Then today, my due date.  I had to be back at the clinic at 9am for yet another NST.  Results were fine and I was sent home, and I’ve pretty much been sleeping on the couch ever since.

I go back to the OB tomorrow at 12:30.  When we spoke on Monday, the OB said he’d most likely start an induction tomorrow evening with cervical ripeners.  I hope that’s enough to do the trick, as I really want to avoid oxytocin.  I’ve just heard scary things about how it causes more painful contractions and all that.  But if my fluid is still at a 5, I wonder if he’ll just keep checking me every day.  Who knows at this point?

Anyone have luck with just cervical ripeners, and not need the oxytocin drip?


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Taking a break from all things baby-related for just a moment…

Last night for dinner I made some pretty awesome enchiladas!

Hmm, can't wait for lunch for leftovers!

Hmm, can’t wait for lunch for leftovers!

I adapted the recipe from one found in the April 2013 issue of Family Circle.

So here’s what you’ll need:

-2 packages of vegan mince from Coop.  (Or 20oz of any meat substitute you want.)

-1 zucchinni.  It called for “grated” but I just minced it in my handy chopper thing.

-1 small onion, chopped.

-3/4 tsp. salt, divided.

-1/2 tsp. dried oregano.

-1/2 tsp. black pepper, divided.

-1/4 tsp. cumin.

-2 cups (16 oz. jar) of green salsa.

I couldn’t find this here, so I just used regular salsa.  16 oz is 2 cups, so you’ll actually need 2 jars of salsa if you’re buying here from Coop or Migros.  I actually didn’t have enough!  So what I did was added refried beans to get to the 2 cups.  I might just do this again next time because it turned out so well!

-3/4 cup vegan cream

-1 cup of shredded vegan cheese.  I used Teese cheddar for the first time.  I wasn’t in love.  My favorite is this one.  But you can also get the Wilmersburger vegan shredded cheese (meant for pizza) at Coop, and then season it with taco seasoning.

-12 corn tortillas. (I think I actually only made about 7 or 8.  I had some leftover filling that we put in the freezer for the future.)

Whatever extras you like: I used cilantro, black olives and vegan yogurt as a sour cream sub.

And here’s what you do!

-Heat your oven to 375f, which is 190c.

-Spray or grease a 13×9 inch baking dish.

-Spray or oil a big, deep enough cooking pan.  Or a wok will do as well.

-Cook your “meat” along with the zucchini and onion.  You could also throw in any leftover veggies that you want to use up.  I had some mashed black beans that I threw in.  Mushrooms would also be a good addition.  If it’s something like carrots, just make sure they are grated or really minced.

-You’re going to cook this for about 10 minutes.  I had decided that I wanted to add chopped black olives on top for serving, so I actually added the liquid from the olives to the mixture.  I’m weird, I know.

-After 10 minutes, season with 1/2 tsp. of the salt, 1/4 tsp. of the pepper, and all the other spices.

-Meanwhile, make the sauce.  Combine the salsa (or salsa/refried bean hybrid) the cream, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a blender.  Blend to make sauce.

-Take 3/4 cup of the sauce, and add it to your filling mixture. Stir and heat through, then remove from heat.

-Add 1/4 cup of your cheese to the mixture and stir.

Now we start making the enchiladas!

-Take 2/3 cup of of your sauce and coat the bottom of your baking dish.

-In a small skillet on the stove over medium heat, heat one tortilla at a time, 20 seconds on each side.  After heating, transfer to a work surface (cutting board) and place 1/4 cup of the filling mixture on top.  Roll it up and place seam side down in your baking dish.  Repeat til dish is full.

-Pour and spread the rest of the sauce on top of all the filled tortillas in the dish, and top with the cheese.

-Bake for 25 minutes.

-Top with your favorite extras and chow down!

Let me know if you make this, and how you like it!

39 Weeks. In pain and annoyed.

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But not for good reasons!

Ok so the week started off fine on Monday.  We had a doctor’s appointment, but first we had to go to the clinic for our non-stress test.  I have no idea what they call it here.  Originally the doc said I was just going to “record the baby’s heart rate.”  But while at the clinic, I confirmed with the midwife that it was the same thing as the NST in the US.

So we watched his heart rate for about half an hour.  I had 2 mild contractions that I wouldn’t have even known about had we not been watching the monitor, and print-out.

I somehow don't look humungous in this picture!

I somehow don’t look humungous in this picture!

I am smiling because we were in a delivery room, and so it was air-conditioned.  We were having a good old time watching the numbers.

One of D’s co-workers was actually just down the hall, because she had her baby over the weekend.  He had been emailing with her and she said her room was hot!  They gave her a fan apparently. Meh.  We didn’t have time to drop by unfortunately.  Landon fell asleep during the test, so the midwife had to come wake him up.  Because of that, we had to sit there a little longer than planned, and by the time we were done we had to rush over to the OB’s office for our appointment.

So the appointment was not too exciting.  I actually lost a pound though!  Doc said I wasn’t dilated at all!  I was like, “Are you kidding!?”  Nope, not kidding :(  I hope I don’t take after my mom, she didn’t dilate what so ever, and so that’s why she ended up getting c-sections.  (Not that I’d really care if I have to get a c-section, I just have a feeling recovery from a c-section is harder.)

Baby is estimated at about 8.5 lbs.  Doc said to come back next Monday, (if need be) and we’d probably start an induction with suppositories then or the next day.

So I came home all excited because BABY next week!  I posted on a due date board that I’m a part of, and people totally rained on my parade because “evil induction.”  I mean, I get it…I’d much rather go into labor naturally, but after 3 years of waiting for this baby, it was nice to have a definite end in site.  And it’s kind of hard to not get excited, and turn down an induction (ON my due date mind you) that will let me meet my little man sooner rather than later.  So, there was that…

So then yesterday I had a routine chiropractor appointment, as I’d been going 2x a week for the last month.  Well, he was doing the adjustments that he normally does, when we heard a weird pop.  Great.  It seemed like it was my shoulder at the time, but now I have no idea.  When I got up at the end of the appointment, I was kind of sore, like a pulled muscle.  It felt like it was under my left shoulder blade.  He told me to roll a tennis ball on it when I got home.  Not that I have tennis balls at home, but whatever.

As I was walking out to my car, it was getting worse, and now I had a pain in the front too, on my chest.   By the time I got home, I was in a lot of pain, and it hurt in the front and back when I took a breath in.  SUPER.  Just what I need!  Around 5pm, I was in so much pain I called my husband crying.  (I have to preface every phone call now with “I’m not in labor, but…..”)  He came home asap and tried to massage it out, but it didn’t really help.  It hasn’t gotten any better overnight.  My doc isn’t in the office today or tomorrow, so I emailed him.  I reeeaallly hope he writes me back, because this effing SUCKS.  I’m so frustrated and mad.  It hurts to breathe.  I’m afraid I WILL go into labor now, and not be able to breathe properly because of this stupid pain, and I don’t even know what it is!  I’m guessing it’s some sort of muscle pull.  I think if he had cracked or broken something, it would be a lot worse, and there would be bruising.

Big sigh.  Like I need this right now.

One bright point, my mom sent me another package yesterday.  More Honest Co. diapers, candy, nursing bras from Walmart (the ones here are hella expensive, shocking…) some outfits for baby, candy, and Reese’s Peanut Butter flavored Oreos!  What a stroke of luck that Oreos are vegan, huh?!   I’m going to have to tell her to lay off sending the candy after Landon arrives.  I will still take the Oreos though!

So yeah, now I’m stuck between wanting to go into labor, and not wanting to because of this “whatever” it is.  And I’ll be feeling super judged if I decide to go with the induction next week.  I’m kind of leaning now towards waiting it out one week past my due date.  Everyone keeps telling me that ultrasound weight estimates are notoriously wrong.  But what if they’re not, and I end up trying to squeeze out a 10 pound chunker?  Does the fact that he’s been measuring consistently bigger than average count for anything?  I just don’t know what to do :o/

37…38…and 35.

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Ugh, I’ve been so lazy lately.  Still no baby, in case you’re wondering :(  We are getting VERY impatient.

Tomorrow I’ll be 39 weeks.  I think I may have started feeling practice contractions, but I really don’t know.  I haven’t had much in the way of “labor on the way” symptoms.  Last week I had some IBS type symptoms, and thought my body might be “cleaning me out” to prepare for labor.  But yeah, that went nowhere.  I’ve been feeling a bit more pressure “down there.”  But other than that, nothing to report.  So not exciting.

So, I’ll catch you up on what else has been going on the last 2 weeks.

June 26.  36w and 3d.  Think I was headed to the chiropractor...

June 26. 36w and 3d. Think I was headed to the chiropractor…

Speaking of the chiropractor, it’s actually been working wonders!  I guess it took a few sessions to kick in or whatever, but I’ve been going 2x a week and my back feels great!  In case you are wondering, this is the office I’m going to, and I’m seeing Dr. Baret, he is great!  He is very personable, and he remembers details about my life, a first for any doctor here!  As far as I know, all the doctors there speak English.

June 29, 36w 6d.  My last doctor's appointment, 2 weeks ago.

June 29, 36w 6d. My last doctor’s appointment, 2 weeks ago.

This was from my last doctor’s appointment.  It was pretty uneventful.  We were told he was weighing about 7 lbs at this point.  He said “See you in 2 weeks.”  And we were sent on our way…

June 30, 37 weeks.  Swollen feet are no joke.

June 30, 37 weeks. Swollen feet are no joke.

I was pretty desperate this day from my swollen feet.  My genius husband had the idea to christen the baby bath by using it to soak my feet!  He filled it with ice-cold water, and it was pretty great actually!

Jully 1.  37w 1d.  You best believe I airbrushed my cellulite right outta this picture!

Jully 1. 37w 1d. You best believe I airbrushed my cellulite right outta this picture!

Well, I tried to anyway…This was the day I went to the pool all by myself for the first time.  I took this pic to send to my husband, asking if I was too hideous to been seen in public.  I mean I was squeezing my very pregnant self into my old small bottoms, and x-small top.  All giant belly, and extra 40 pounds of me.  But you know what, who cares in the end?!  I’ve seen women of all shapes and sizes here rocking their bikinis.  I am growing a person, so I’m cutting myself some slack!  (Or trying to at least.)  And the pool has been glorious!  I’ll probably go twice this week if I can.

Here's the pool nearest to us.  Randomly built into a field. That's how they do it here...

Here’s the pool nearest to us. Randomly built into a field. That’s how they do it here…

4th of July at the pool in Lausanne.  37w 4 d.

4th of July at the pool in Lausanne. 37w 4 d.

For 4th of July we just went to the pool in Lausanne.  We told folks we were going and to meet us there if they wanted.  We had a big bash at our place last year, and this year we just kept it very low-key.  I’m hoping next year to spend the whole month of July in the US!

Beer and Chips, what else could you ask for?

Beer and Chips, what else could you ask for?



Unfortunately, because I was sitting with my feet down ALL day (when I wasn’t in the pool) they got SO swollen :(  We borrowed some Epsom salts from my IL’s when we got home, but they didn’t really help.  And the next day, we couldn’t find ANY of our own!  Finding Epsom salts seems to be a huge hassle here for some reason.  I had one friend tell me she found some at Migros, but since I never actually go the grocery store anymore these days….  We did find some online, but they were 9chf for 1kg!  My mom actually just sent me some.  She paid 4.39 usd for a 6lb bag!

Speaking of all that, I’ve been getting very frustrated lately with how much more expensive things are here!  Another example is batteries.  Since we put together the baby bouncer, and swing, we decided to get rechargeable batteries for them.  We need C and D size ones.  So one day I went and bought them, and for 2 batteries it was 25chf!  I got 2 packs of each, so I spent 100chf on batteries!  When I got home I looked online at Target, and for the same EXACT pack it was 9.99 usd.  Seriously…how is that legal??


Did you hear about the Swiss Heatwave?!  Yeah, it was a big deal.  Temps reported in the upper 90s and even into the 100s.  I personally prefer this type of summer over the one we had last year.  That is to say, no summer at all.  BUT, the fact that air conditioning practically doesn’t exist here, and being 9 months pregnant has not really bode well for me.  If we were living in “the real world” where AC was the norm, I wouldn’t even be complaining.  But here is what we’re working with…

Our portable AC unit.

Our portable AC unit.

Now, we’ve been in this apartment like 3 years I think?  And this is the first summer we’ve had to use this here.  It’s not great, but it makes it bearable.  I just hate the logistics of it…I mean how does this make sense?

You have to leave the door OPEN.

You have to leave the door OPEN.

Ok, so you have this exhaust hose coming from the AC unit, and it has to go outside.  If we owned our place (perish the thought) we could cut a hole in our window and stick the hose outside.  It came with this thing that would close the hole when not in use.  Think of a cat door.  But since we are renters (like 90 percent of people here I’d say) that’s not an option.  So we stupidly have to leave the door open like this.  And this is in our living room area.  This is actually the best case scenario in our home.  We have no “real” windows that slide up anywhere.  All of the other windows in the bedrooms are doors, and they either open in towards you, or tilt down into the room, opening at the top.  Making it really hard to use the AC, because the opening is much bigger, thus letting in hot air from outside.  Plus we are on the ground floor, so you know…bugs and spiders.

One night last week, we were going to use the AC in our room overnight, because I was just SO hot.  Well, after D went to sleep, I was reading with my kindle paperwhite, and little bugs kept getting attracted to the light.  So around 12:30am I was freaking out and paranoid that our room was filling up with bugs and spiders.  I woke D up to tell him to abandon the AC for the night, and shut the damn door/window.  About an hour later I woke up, sweating.  I started sobbing because pregnancy…and D woke up.  He was like, “What’s wrong?”  And I was like, “I’M HOOTTTTTTT  ::sob:: ::sob::”  Like, snot dripping, can’t breathe sobbing.  He sprang into action and got me an ice pack and a wet towel.  It helped, and I eventually calmed down and cooled off enough to go back to sleep.  But UGH, what an ordeal!  So yeah, we have a high powered fan pointed directly at us at night, and some nights I bring a wet towel, and/or an ice pack to sleep with me.  Not the healthiest thing I’ve heard, but OH WELL!

We have really got to move.

July 8 was my 35th Birthday.  If I wasn’t so distracted by pregnancy, and looking forward to the arrival of my son, I might be depressed.

D took off of work, and the plan was to go to the pool.  That’s all I wanted to do!  But of course, that was the day that the heat wave decided to break, and temps barely made it out of the 70s.  Ugh!  So we settled for a movie date, and saw The Minions.  It was pretty funny.

My mom had asked me what I wanted, and since no one got us the diaper bag we wanted from our registry, I just told her to get that, so she did.  She sent some other fun things too.

Awesome Avengers diaper bag.

Awesome Avengers diaper bag.

The bag is from Grandma and Baby Turtle, on Etsy.

For dinner, we went to D’s parents house.

I was 38w and 1d on my Birthday.  I was going to do my hair...but I didn't.

I was 38w and 1d on my Birthday. I was going to do my hair…but I didn’t.

On Saturday, we finally got another pool day.  It’s best to get there before 11am to get a good parking spot.  We left just before 2pm I think, because it was started to get really crowded and annoying.  Because we weren’t officially in the heat wave anymore, the water felt a little chilly.  But it was still great!

Handsome husband, unaware that I was taking his pic.

Handsome husband, unaware that I was taking his pic.

Have I mentioned that D and I pretty much weigh the same now?  Oy…

38 weeks 4 days pregnant, the Swiss Wife Style

This is what 38 weeks and 4 days of pregnant looks like.

Like, holy crap.

At least I learned my lesson after 4th of July, and brought my “good” chair, so my feet could be up.  Not sure what I’ll do when I go back by myself, because this thing is a bitch to carry.

So there you are.  Like I said, I’ll be 39 weeks tomorrow.  I pretty much didn’t think I’d still be pregnant at this point, and I’m really curious as to what the doctor will say at my appointment later today.  Stay tuned!

36 Weeks and One Perfect Room.

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I say “one perfect room” because the rest of our place is a Hot.  Mess.

But last Saturday…(drum roll please) We finished the baby’s room!

It was a long ass day, and my feet, ankles and legs were SO swollen and gross by the end of it.  But we are done!  So without further ado…here are way too many pictures of his “Vintage Beach” room!

Walking into his room...

Walking into his room…

Sign above his door from my mom.

Sign above his door from my mom.

Close-up of the sign.

Close-up of the sign.

His beach bum sign from my Aunt.  Made by Simply Pallets on Etsy.

His beach bum sign from my Aunt. Made by Simply Pallets on Etsy.

His crib and bedding.

His crib and bedding.

(In case you were wondering, US crib bedding will fit on a Swiss Ikea crib.)

Love this little corner.

Love this little corner.

Landon's Vintage Beach Room

Cube shelves from Coop Brico, frames and RV bird houses from

Cube shelves from Coop Brico, frames and RV bird houses from

A poster I had from a long time ago.  The lizard is from Gtmo and I gave it to D back in the day.  The frame is from Ikea.

A poster I had from a long time ago. The lizard is from Gtmo and I gave it to D back in the day. The frame is from Ikea.

Now this poster was kind of a PITA.  I couldn’t find a frame to fit it really.  The frame I got from Ikea was originally a collage frame, that we tried to center the poster on as best we could.

Pretty much in love with this little table!  It was free!  D sanded it, I painted and distressed it, and he spray painted the handles.  Gotta love "other people's trash!"

Pretty much in love with this little table! It was free! D sanded it, I painted and distressed it, and he spray painted the handles. Gotta love “other people’s trash!”

HIs dresser/changing table and decor above.

His dresser/changing table and decor above.

Landon's Vintage Beach Room, The Swiss Wife Style

Another cube shelf, with faux starfish "BABY" letters from my shower cake, and some rare cobalt blue beach glass from Gtmo.

Another cube shelf, with faux starfish “BABY” letters from my shower cake, and some rare cobalt blue beach glass from Gtmo.

A closer look.

A closer look.

Cute anchor basket I received at my shower, with his toys in it.  Behind, his bath products.  Mostly Honest Co. from my mom.

Cute anchor basket I received at my shower, with his toys in it. Behind, his bath products. Mostly Honest Co. from my mom.

Frame from Coop Brico, with a little map of the islands of Turks and Caicos that we got on our Honeymoon!  Almost 5 years later, we've finally done something with it!

Frame from Coop Brico, with a little map of the islands of Turks and Caicos that we got on our Honeymoon! Almost 5 years later, we’ve finally done something with it!

Anchor hook I had for a long time, with a sea-glass heart I made years ago.

Anchor hook I had for a long time, with a sea-glass heart I made years ago.

Painting I did at one of those painting classes, last time I visited Gtmo last October.

Painting I did at one of those painting classes, last time I visited Gtmo last October.

Another Coop Brico frame, with a print I received at my shower.

Another Coop Brico frame, with a print I received at my shower.

Fishing net from Coop Brico, with his stuffed animals.  Hamper from Ikea.

Fishing net from Coop Brico, with his stuffed animals. Hamper from Ikea.

His "closet."  From Ikea.

His “closet.” From Ikea.

Sailor Jerry bottle half way filled with beach glass, frame from my BFF, and Vulture from Gtmo.

Sailor Jerry bottle half way filled with beach glass, frame from my BFF, and Vulture from Gtmo.

Years (and years) ago in Gtmo, someone used to make these "signs" out of these dried up bean pods from trees that grow there.  The other side of this one says "Bettiann's Room" because it was mine way back in the day!  We're not really religious, but I thought it was a nice touch for his room.

Years (and years) ago in Gtmo, someone used to make these “signs” out of these dried up bean pods from trees that grow there. The other side of this one says “Bettiann’s Room” because it was mine way back in the day! We’re not really religious, but I thought it was a nice touch for his room.

And finally, his Gtmo Letter Art.

And finally, his Gtmo Letter Art.

Whew!  Are you still with me?!!

So yeah, that was Saturday!  Then we went over the IL’s for dinner to celebrate Father’s Day.  We gave D’s dad this shirt:

"Lolo" = what Filipinos call their grandfather.

“Lolo” = what Filipinos call their grandfather.

And I iced my feet and ankles to try and get some of the swelling down!

The glamorous life...

The glamorous life…

The next day (actual Father’s Day) D received a few gifts from my folks and me.  I figured about a month away from being a dad in the physical sense was close enough!

From me...

From me…

Father's Day Gifts, The Swiss Wife Style

The t-shirts will be too big for quite some time, but since D had the Cobra Kai shirt already, I had to get it.  And he has quite a few “Rocky” shirts, plus I’m originally from the Philly area so…  I got them, and the  onesie  from Zulily.

Gifts from my folks.

Gifts from my folks.

And here’s the shirt we had made for my dad:

Proud Pop!

Proud Pop!

My dad’s name is Don King, so Landon is sorta named after him!

Also last weekend we picked out 2 possible “coming home outfits” for Landon.  Depending on his size.

Possible coming home outfits, The Swiss Wife Style

On Monday I had a dinner with all the other Girl Scout troop leaders.  It was bittersweet since I won’t be a leader anymore!  It’s been fun the last 2 years.  Here’s what I wore…

Getting creative with fashion...

Getting creative with fashion…

And I’ve started taking bare belly pics, so I can see if/when he “drops.”  Nothing so far I don’t think…

Last week (L) vs this week.

Last week (L) vs this week.

Also, yesterday I had my 2nd chiropractic appointment.  I don’t really think it helped :(  I still have this deep-rooted pain in my lower right back.  I go back on Friday.  But yesterday was the first time I ever had stuff “cracked!”  It was so weird!  Other than that he did some stretching, massage and put what felt like a floor buffer on my lower back/butt.  I wonder what Landon was thinking when that was going on!??  We went out to dinner last night to celebrate my BIL’s birthday, and I had to park kind of far away and walk down a big hill. Then sat for a few hours in the restaurant…so unfortunately when we got home, my back was in worse shape than ever!  I could barely walk!  Today it feels better than that, but still not great.    I hope it goes away after I give birth and lose a little weight.  I’m guessing it’s just from the fact that I am carrying all this extra weight and my body’s just not used to it..?  Plus Landon seems to prefer hanging out on the ride side, so I’m guessing that’s why it’s on the right.  Of course, what do I know?!!

So, that’s about it!  I can’t believe next week I’ll be full term!  Absolute craziness.  I keep looking out for possible signs that things are moving along, but nothing really.  Just a few moments of what feels like minor cramps, similar to when your period is about to start.  I hope he doesn’t decide to keep us waiting too long!

35 weeks! And baby shower.

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I can’t believe I’m at 35 weeks!  That means 35 days to go until my due date!  Cue freak out!

now_panic_and_freak_out__by_jweinstock-d3hvgozAnd this is how I feel:



I’ve been having some pretty wicked back pain lately.  It’s only on the right side.  This morning, I finally emailed a chiropractor’s office.  Hopefully someone will actually get back in touch with me, and I can get some relief soon.  It’s really become a hindrance in the last few days.  I feel like I have so much to do around here, but I can’t spend too much time on my feet without being in agony.  And the hobbling around is just ridiculous.  I have taken the equivalent of Tylenol two times, but it doesn’t seem to help that much.  And it’s not a pain that can be massaged away, it feels deep.  So that’s my biggest complaint.

On Saturday, I had my baby shower!  Like I said before, I had been wondering for years if I would ever get to have one, and finally it was here!  Originally, I wanted it to be a surprise. I wanted to have the most “normal” experience as I could, and from what I was used to in the US, that meant a surprise party.  But it just seemed too stressful for D and his mom (who were planning it) so I was just like whatever.  I had to let go of previous expectations.  Living here, things aren’t going to be like how I am used to, and I really was grateful that I was getting a shower at all.  So, whatever.  I know D’s mom worked really hard and stressed about it , and it turned out great!

Before heading over.  Dress by Mamalicious.   Bought from

Before heading over. Dress by Mamalicious. Bought from

It was a beachy-baby boy theme, here’s some pics that D took before the party started.

Gifts sent from family and friends (mostly my mom) in the US.

And my awesome husband actually made the cake!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe made it because A-we needed a vegan cake, and the options were very limited.  Like, there were only 2 people in the area who said they could do vegan cakes.  (And who knew if they’d actually taste good?)  And B-the one lady who actually got back to him wanted like 300 Swiss Francs for it!  So…yeah.  He did a practice cake a while back, and then made this one over 2 days.  (NIght before my shower, and the day of.)  We had 12 ladies at the shower, and then even some of the husbands came towards the end, and we still had a bit left over.  It ended up being a perfect size, and everyone was so impressed with his skills!  (He baked 2 nine inch rounds, and stacked them, in case anyone wants to know!)  The only thing I did was paint the “BABY” letters a while back.  They are just little cardboard block letters from the craft store.

So, I ended up getting a lot of awesome gifts.  There were so many from friends and family in the US, that we had to bring them home to open later.

I would however, not recommend using BabyList for your baby registry.  It seemed too confusing for people.  (I may or may not have received 3 sets of bedding…)

Here’s a few of my favorite things:

Absolutely LOVE this! From my “Aunt’ in NJ. It’s from Simply Pallets on Etsy.

From my mom. Made by GTMO Letter Art.

One of my old friends from high school and her mom sent these, among other things.

Another one from my mom, not sure of where she got it. We want to hang it outside of his room.

So as you can see, we have a lot of decorating to do!  I’m hoping to get it all done by the end of this coming weekend.  I am really feeling the pressure!  I also have to pack my hospital bag, look for nice-ish PJs for my hospital stay, order a belly bandit, clean our room, clean the rest of the place….argh!

As for symptoms besides back pain…

Belly button is still in!

No stretch marks (yet!)  In the very beginning, I tried using Palmers Cocoa Butter lotion, but the particular one I got had a smell that made me want to gag.  So then I just used plain, unscented lotion for a while.  When I started getting big, I began using this oil.  This one smells a lot, but it didn’t bother me at that point.  I had it forever, and was glad to be finally using it up.  When I ran out of that, I got this one.  This one has a nice light scent, that reminds me of what they use when you get a massage.  I really lather it on at night after every shower.  And in the morning when I get dressed I put regular lotion on as well.  We’ll see if I escape the stretch marks!

Since it’s now summer pretty much, my feet and hands have started to swell.  Most days when I try, I can still wear my regular rings, but I have fakes for the days when it’s just not happening.  Also, if I’m on my feet a lot, they will swell pretty bad.  It took 2 days for them to return to normal after my shower.  On the days when my feet and ankles are swollen, I will ice them for 20 minutes at a time.

I don’t think I’ve gotten any Braxton Hicks contractions.  I’ve had a few fleeting moments of what feels like menstrual cramps, but it’s happened maybe 3 times, and lasted less than a minute.  So who knows!?

And we’ve already talked about the back pain..  :(

I can’t believe I’m at the point where it’s not toooo big of a deal if he comes early.  The reason I say this is because I remember my doctor telling me I could still go to the clinic to deliver as long as it was 35 weeks or after.  Not that I want him to come this early, no way!  His official due date is July 21.  My birthday is July 8, so I think I’d be fine any time after that :)  Guess we’ll find out more at my next appointment!

Weird pregnancy things.

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I feel like every blogger has one of those “things they don’t tell you” posts when it comes to pregnancy.  So yeah, this is one of those!

Just odd little things I’ve noticed throughout the past 8 months, take it with a grain of salt!  ;)

-Buy toilet paper and tissues in bulk.  Seriously.  I knew that my nose would be stuffy from pregnancy, (luckily it hasn’t been that bad) but what I wasn’t prepared for was the amount of weird stuff that would be coming out of there.  Over the last 8 months, I’ve probably spent hours (collectively) blowing my nose, and examining the contents.  It’s kind of fascinating, and really satisfying when you finally blow that one chunk out that’s really been bothering you.  Gross I know, but I figure we should get used to gross things now, eh?

Also, I got my first nose bleed around 9 weeks.  I am not one who gets nose bleeds like, ever.  I knew it could happen as a pregnancy symptom.  I don’t know if me being on blood thinners made this problem worse or not.

And of course, you pee a lot!  And sometimes your “number 2s” go through a weird phase when you need like half a roll of toilet paper after.  Or maybe that was just me.  In either case, stock up now. Like a whole closet dedicated to TP and tissues would be a good idea.  Not even kidding.  (Pick up some wet wipes while you’re at it!)

Speaking of blowing your nose…

-It’s easier to blow your nose while sitting down.  This little habit of mine started pretty early.  I just felt more comfortable sitting while getting all the good stuff out.  Maybe it was because my abs got weak from lack of exercise, but I just felt more stable down there while blowing if I was sitting down.  It’s weird.

And speaking of sitting…

-Put a chair in your bathroom if you can, and have room.  In the first trimester I was So.  Damn.  Tired.  Standing to do my hair and makeup was just too much.  Of course if you’re fancy, and have a vanity (I’m jealous) this takes care of this problem.

And while we’re on the subject of doing hair…

-Just ask your partner for help.  At one point, lifting my arms above my head to blow dry my hair was just too much for my poor, tired little body.  I had to have D hold and point the blow dryer, while I ran the brush through my hair.  Also,  later when your tummy gets too big, you’re not going to be able to paint those piggies on your own!  And I am too afraid to get pedicures, since there’s some point on your leg/ankle that is not to be touched, since it can cause contractions.  So D has actually become a pedicure perfectionist!  It’s quite nice, and I think I’m going to try and get him to do it forever ;)

Speaking of bending over…

-Around the 7ish month mark, bending over to pick stuff up off the floor became an Olympic event.  A few weeks ago, I gave up washing my feet.  My feet/the ground seem miles away, and when I see something I need to pick up, I really have to psych myself out for it.  It’s NOT easy!  I finally got one of those scrubbies on a stick to wash my feet (and ok, calves and shins too.)  So much easier.  Invest now!

-Start getting waxed early.  I go through phases where I’m really good about getting waxed every month.  Well for the last year, I have NOT been in one of those phases, unfortunately.  I wish I would have started going early, so that I would be established in a good once a month routine by now.  I think my reluctance to find a new waxer/talk on the phone has had something to do with this.  It’s my own fault really.  Now I can’t even see down there and I have no idea what’s going on.  Blindly wielding a razor near my important bits doesn’t seem like a great idea, and I’ve already been putting my poor husband through enough.  When I went to the pool recently, I precariously stood in my tub, on a towell to prevent slipping, while using the open bathroom mirror to try and guide myself.  Such a pain in the ass. Now I need to let it grow enough so I can go get it waxed.  Learn from my mistakes, don’t let this happen to you.

Oh, and on the subject of hair growth…

-Everyone tells you that your hair is the most luxurious it will ever be while you’re pregnant.  Well I haven’t noticed this.  Something that I have noticed, however (and I find much more of a plus) is that my leg hair grows so much slower!  In the summer, I usually would shave every other day, but my legs would be spiky the next day, or even like 10 hours after shaving.  Now I can go every 3 days.  I could probably go longer if I wanted. It’s pretty amazing.  I’m constantly telling D to “feel my legs, I shaved 2 days ago!”  I wish this strange and wonderful symptom upon every pregnant woman!

Well, these are just some weird and wacky things that I’ve noticed throughout my pregnancy.  Everyone is different though, so feel free to share yours!  :)


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