by Tobi

36 Weeks

March 31, 2014 in Our Little Cub by Tobi

DSC_0064This week…

Cub is the size of a… honeydew melon!  She had a doctor’s appointment and we saw her on an ultrasound for the first time in 17 weeks.  She’s huge!  And by huge I mean that my doctor said she looked like a healthy, regular sized baby, but Jake and I were totally in awe.  Her little heart was as big as her whole body used to be and her arms and legs were curled up tight.  It was pretty cool!  There’s a real baby in there and she can come out whenever she wants to!

My bump is… what it is.  It’s hugenormous and out there and always in the way, but I already know I’ll miss it dearly when it’s gone.  Carrying her around with me all day is the most awesome experience and she’ll only ever be this close to me once.  I’m having annoying, constant Braxton Hicks every few minutes all day long, but then she’ll just stick her little foot right out of the side of my belly like she needs to stretch out and it makes me laugh.  I only get a few more weeks of that, so I’m making them count.

Our favorite thing has been… wrapping up almost all of our big obligations and celebrating with a great overnight stay in San Francisco. We kept saying we were going to do a trip before the baby came, but our schedule was so crazy-full that we kept putting it off.  Luckily, my aunt and uncle came into town and insisted on treating us to a weekend in the city.  We stayed at a hotel downtown, ate at an incredible restaurant, cuddled in a bed with about twenty cloud-soft pillows, slept in, had room service for breakfast, shopped at all our favorite places and stopped about every half hour for drinks and appetizers.  It was JUST what we needed. They completely spoiled us and we are so grateful.  Since we’ve been back in town, we haven’t let the party stop.  We’ve had dates with friends and dinners with family.  It’s been so nice to celebrate and cut loose without a million things on the to do list.

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I have been feeling… like we’re finally there!  It feels like the peaceful end of a long journey (or just the beginning I guess).  We’ve finally made it to that point where all of our commitments are finished up and we have time together as a family to relax and take deep breaths and prepare for this baby emotionally.  We’re working on the last little bits of her room together and spending a lot of time talking about what it will be like to be parents and who she will look like and all the awesome things that we want to teach her.  We’re just waiting on her now and loving it.  In the beginning, we were just hoping to make it from one week to the next.  All we wanted was good news one day at a time.  So now, to know that we only have a few of weeks before we meet our daughter is the most calming, exciting, amazing feeling ever.

I have been craving… desserts.  And I’ve had some really good ones lately!  Banana Royales from Baskin Robbins, beignets and chocolate sauce, mousse-topped devils food cake with salted carmel ice cream, apple and berry tarts a la mode and chocolate lava cake.  Blame it on the Cub!

We are looking forward to… enjoying the last few weeks of waiting for our little girl.  We’re in no rush.


Pretty cheesy face! On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

by Tobi

34 Weeks

March 16, 2014 in Our Little Cub by Tobi

34weeksThis week…

Cub is the size of a… pineapple!  She is about eighteen inches long and weighs around five pounds.  We’re only six weeks away from her due date and her little body is already getting in gear for her big arrival by preparing her lungs for the outside world.  She’s running out of space now, so her movements have gone from sharp kicks and punches to rolls, stretches and wiggles.

My bump is… feeling a little bit beat up.  My belly feels pretty stretched and tender and always seems to be in the way.  I’m definitely a bigger, slower moving version of me, so I’m trying to give myself a break and take it easy for the last few weeks of this crazy journey.

Our favorite thing has been… the INSANE amount of exciting things that have been going on around here!

Last week my best friend Megan threw me a gorgeous Kate Spade inspired shower at Bella Mia Downtown.  The details were absolutely incredible and some of my favorite ladies in the whole wide world showed up to celebrate, including my mom, grandma, sister and mother in law.  I loved the big balloons, headband bar and delicious food.  Cub was completely showered with the cutest, most girlie gifts you can imagine.









While we were having our girl-fest, a friend and I arranged a surprise guy’s day (or “man shower” as they called it) for Jake and some of his most awesome friends.  They showed up at our door step that morning and took him on a day trip down to Firestone Walker in Paso Robles.  They spent the day “sampling” craft beers, eating good food and catching up.  All of the guys had a great trip and it meant so much to Jake to get to celebrate with them.


Later that week I celebrated my twenty-sixth birthday with lunches and dinners with family and friends and a trip to Cream for ice cream cookie sandwiches!  Yum!  Jake’s gift to me was a prenatal massage at Burke Williams which I am saving to use in a few weeks when the schedule slows down a little bit.

This week we were treated to our third and final shower, a delicious brunch at Abby’s Kitchen in Brentwood.  My mother in law and sister in law did an incredible job with a sweet pink and leopard themed soiree.  The food and decor were amazing and my MIL gave a beautiful devotional to me about becoming a mother that made me tear up in front of everyone.  Cub got some more great gifts to finish off her growing collection of completely adorable belongings.








After all that showering, we received her pack and play, stroller, glider, crib, and nearly all of the smaller necessities we need to bring her home.  Yesterday, we went out and bought her car seat.  It’s finally starting to feel like we are prepared to have a real baby in the house, which is good because she’ll be here before we know it!  Her room is really coming together and we can’t wait to share photos soon.

I have been feeling… ready for a change of pace!  Like I mentioned before, things are wrapping up with our busy schedule within the next couple of weeks and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  It will feel great to have a few more things off my plate.  I’m focused on everything that has to be done, but I’m starting to put more of a priority on slowing down, enjoying the time we have left and preparing myself emotionally for the big event ahead.  Relaxation is a huge part of what we have been practicing in our birth classes the past few months and I’m excited to use that training to get my mind in the right place before this little girl decides to make her appearance.

I have been craving… sweets and pizza!  I know this baby takes after her dad, because those are his two favorite things, not mine!

We are looking forward to… things slowing down a little bit, making final preparations for Cub’s arrival and our last few weeks just the two (or four) of us.

by Tobi

32 Weeks

March 2, 2014 in Uncategorized by Tobi

32weeksThis week…

Cub is the size of a… squash!  She is about sixteen inches long and weighs around four pounds.  At this point, she’s gaining up to a half a pound a week putting on baby weight for her big debut!  She rocked her check up this week and we found out that as of now, she is head down which is great news for getting her here safely.

My bump is… still growing.  My first little stretch marks appeared this week, and as much as I told myself to stay calm, I’ll admit I freaked out a little bit!

Our favorite thing has been… Cub’s first baby shower!  We were so spoiled by our family and friends in Southern California with a beautiful cub-themed shower.  Every detail was so thoughtful and adorable from the onesie banner to the “cub cakes”.  One of my favorite things was the collection of childrens’ books that Cub received from each of the guests. It was a fast, fun trip and it meant so much to us to celebrate with the people I grew up with.






We’ve been working hard in our (very scarce) spare time to get ready for Cub’s arrival.  From decorating her room and sorting out the essentials to finalizing our birth plan and making arrangements with family, there is so much to be done.  Our hospital bags are packed and ready to go though, so that’s one big thing off of the list!

We also got our maternity photos back this week and absolutely love them.  We can’t wait to share them with Cub when she’s older.






I have been feeling… like I am in survival mode lately.  The clock seems to be ticking down pretty quickly and we have so much packed into the next few weeks.  Some days I live off my to do list, but I have to remind myself that I am slowly making progress, even if I am slower than ever before!  Just feeling her roll or kick around makes me feel better though.  Once she’s here the to do list will probably seem a lot less important.

It was a bit of a tough week.  Things seemed to be going awry from the very beginning and then on Wednesday I woke up with a lot of sharp pain in one side and spent several hours in bed and in touch with my doctor and the Labor & Delivery Department.  Eventually the intense pain subsided, but for the next 48 hours I felt pretty beat up.  They finally wanted me to come in for observation after some painful contractions on Thursday evening.  We weren’t scared because Cub was moving around pretty often the entire time, but the contractions and the Labor & Delivery visit still weren’t fun.  On the up side, we got an inside tour of the department and listened to Cub’s gorgeous heartbeat for about an hour.  After a thorough check up, everything ended up looking great and indicating that Cub is planning on staying put for a while.  It was nice to have that worry off our minds.  Hopefully next time we go in will be in about eight weeks for the real deal!

I have been craving… sweets still.  It’s been bad.  If you haven’t tried the Unreal Peanut Butter Cups you are missing out.  Poor Jake thought he bought them for himself and then was surprised when they all disappeared.  Oops!

We are looking forward to… two fabulous showers for the next two weekends!  One is being hosted here in San Jose by my best friend  and the second by my amazing mother-in-law and sister-in-law in Jake’s hometown.  How spoiled are we!?  To make the next two weeks even sweeter, my mom, sister and grandmother will be visiting as well.  Oh yeah, and it’s my birthday next week!  Can’t wait!