by Tobi

30 Weeks

February 16, 2014 in Our Little Cub by Tobi


This week…

Cub is the size of a… head of lettuce!  She is about fifteen inches long and weighs around three pounds.  She’s a funny girl who has decided to be completely sideways in my belly.  She has plenty of time to turn around, but I ask her nicely every day as a reminder.

My bump is… big, just big.  Almost anything physical… from working out, to getting in and out of the car and even sleeping is quite a challenge.  The craziest part is that I know it still has the capability of getting bigger.  I guess we’ll see!

Our favorite thing has been… getting to feel almost everything she does these days.  It used to be that I could feel strong kicks and jabs, but she’s so big now that I can feel every roll and stretch and elbow.  I love it!

We had such a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  Besides romancing each other, we got to spend some time dreaming about meeting our little one soon.  It’s bittersweet since we know that the next ten weeks will fly by and then it will never be just the two of us (or four of us) again!

This weekend we also got to do our maternity with Jake’s cousin Ashley of Cain Photography.  She makes photos so much fun.  We had a blast taking photos all over Coloma and then hanging out with Ben and Ashley and their three amazing boys afterwards.  We love the sneak peeks from the shoot and can’t wait to see all of her work.  I get so excited thinking about getting to show these to Cub someday and telling her all about how much we loved her before she even arrived.






I have been feeling… busy busy busy.  Like I said, ten weeks seems like nothing at this point.  There is so much to do with work, preparing for Cub’s arrival and our other commitments.  We want to get as much done as possible now so that we can really enjoy the time off together as a family in April.

I have been craving… Sweets!  Let’s just say my Valentine’s candy is all gone and Jake had to make a late night Baskin Robbin’s run last week.  It’s been sort of fun to have cravings, but they honestly aren’t too intense.  Oh, but oranges… always oranges.

We are looking forward to… our first shower is this coming weekend with my family and friends in Southern California.  It’s a long drive, but I can’t wait to share this milestone with all the people I grew up with.

by Tobi

28 Weeks

February 3, 2014 in Our Little Cub by Tobi

28 weeks

This week…

Cub is the size of an… eggplant!  She is around fourteen inches long and weighs about two and a half pounds.  Recently, her nervous, immune and respiratory systems have started to do all kinds of cool things to prepare her for being born, like practice breathing and emitting brain waves.  Twenty eight weeks is the beginning of the third trimester and a milestone in pregnancy because it’s around the time babies reach viability.  This means that if Cub were born now, she would be really premature and have a long fight ahead of her, but she would also have a great chance at surviving… over 90%!  Some people might not think that’s too impressive, but to me and lots of other pregnant women, it’s a little celebration.  Of course, we aren’t hoping for her to be born anytime soon.  She’s got about twelve more weeks to bake and she can take all the time she needs.

My bump is… still growing!  There is a lot of baby in there and she is only going to get bigger.  Sometimes it feels like it’s going to explode!  There isn’t a lot of room left for, you know… my stomach, lungs or bladder, but I just try to stay comfortable and remember that I only get about three more months of carrying her around so I have to cherish it.

Our favorite thing has been… getting closer and closer to her arrival every week.  We know the next 12 weeks will fly by.  We’ve had so many lovely conversations about what it will be like to meet her, but it still doesn’t feel even close to real!

We’re working hard to prepare for labor and delivery with our weekly birth classes, eating right, staying in shape and doing relaxation exercises every night.  I especially like those because usually Jake gives me a massage… score!

Cub’s check ups are once a month now.  She had one this week and everything looked great.  Her heart sounded healthy and things are measuring just right.  She is constantly moving around, especially when it is quiet and still.  When things are loud and I’m moving around a lot, she prefers taking a snooze over joining in.

I have been feeling… just fine.  I had a cold this week and I was a little bit miserable, but now that I’m feeling better it’s easier to handle the other uncomfortable things (see lack of room for organs, above).  I’m embracing my awkwardness, so now I just roll off of beds and couches and allow whatever huffs and puffs to escape my lips as I pick things up or tie my shoes.  I’m realizing there aren’t extra points for grace in this situation and that’s ok.

I have been craving… Subway sandwiches and fried eggs on toast.  I need to be fed regularly or I become a very rotund swamp monster with a tendency to cry over anything at all.  It’s ok if I don’t have a reason… I’ll just make one up.

We are looking forward to… our first shower this month with friends and family in Southern California.  This will be our last trip down before Cub arrives.  We’re also excited about taking some maternity photos this week to commemorate this crazy awesome journey.

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We’re finally getting a little bit of much needed rain here in California. Praying that it really gets going!