Jennifer Blake

Bumpdate: week 35, 36 & 37

August 17, 2017

 size of the baby: 35 weeks, size of a pineapple, 18.1 inches and 5.07 pounds
total weight gain: 22 pounds
gender: GIRL!
maternity clothes: shorts and stretchy dresses. It has been very humid! I did just buy a dress on clearance from Target for our maternity photos (which I chose not to wear) and it has been a great last addition to the summer wardrobe.
movement: Still active, but definitely less as she doesn't have as much room. We should find out if she has turned at our next appointment. 
Aaron is: painting the nursery, putting together the car seat and stroller and being extremely helpful getting all the boxes inside for me to unpack.
craving: I still really really want BBQ ribs.
looking forward to: the home stretch, I am not ready at all for her to come, mostly because we are still unpacking and have a lot to do. I am looking forward to savoring the last few weeks of those little kicks from the inside. Just me and her. 
symptoms: sore, exhausted and a lot of lower pelvic and back pain.
sleep: waking up a lot because I can't get comfortable or have to go to the bathroom, this is by far my least favorite thing about the third trimester. I would kill for one good night of sleep. 

size of the baby: 36 weeks, size of a bundle of a papaya, 18.7 inches and 5.73 pounds
total weight gain: 25 pounds
gender: GIRL!
maternity clothes: Aaron's t-shirts and shorts. This is my go-to outfit on the weekend, especially with house work and unpacking. During the week for work I rotate the same few outfits, which is normally shorts and a tank top (it has been so so humid!) I cannot believe summer is ending soon, I love fall but man summer flew by! 
movement: She is still moving but not as much, she feels pretty cramped to me! She has finally turned!!!! But is still in a really awkward position. 
Aaron is: Building the bassinet and helping me get the nursery in order. 
craving: I still really really want BBQ ribs...you think Aaron would get the hint on this one.
looking forward to: meeting our sweet girl, physically I feel ready but mentally I am not quite there. I still want to get more things in order before she makes her arrival! 
symptoms: heavy and swollen. my feet and ankles and legs have been swelling a lot between the heat and being constantly on my feet unpacking and moving. 
sleep: on and off, I live for the mornings I don't have to set an alarm, but I tend to still be up by 6. 

size of the baby: 33 weeks, size of romaine lettuce, 18.9 inches and 6.17 pounds
total weight gain: 25.5 pounds
gender: GIRL!
maternity clothes: Anything of Aaron's that I can get my hands on and yoga pants/shorts. 
movement: Still moving a lot, she has her feet in my ribs constantly and likes to stick her little bum out. As hard as the kicks are sometimes, I will miss feeling them! 
Aaron is: building the crib and helping me organize the rest of the stuff we still need to get. 
craving: I still really really want BBQ ribs...but also all the fresh cucumbers and peaches. 
looking forward to: seeing our maternity pictures, finishing the nursery and meeting our sweet girl. I got to see her on the ultrasound this week, I am measuring small and they wanted to figure out if it was her position. It was insane how big she was from the last time we had an ultrasound (21 weeks), she doesn't fit on the screen anymore and she is measuring just fine, but she has dropped and she is so low her little face was hiding! I did get to see that she has some hair and the cutest little toes ever. 
symptoms: swollen and tired. More frequent contractions, but nothing regular!
sleep: We put in an AC this week (thanks family for lending it to us!) and I had the best night of sleep in a LONG time, I still woke up 3-4 times, but when I was asleep it was a deep and heavy sound sleep. I could use another night like that!  

I cannot believe that we have 3 weeks left. Time certainly flew by and she will be here before we know it. I am feeling a bit more ready now that the house is a little more in order, I am hoping after this weekend we will have even more done. I am starting to feel overwhelmed because we still have a lot to do on our to-do list, and she could come at any point in time now, but I can't control it and she will come when she is supposed to, with or without my to-do list being done. 

bumpdate: week 33 & 34

August 2, 2017



size of the baby: 33 weeks, size of a bundle of celery, 17.2 inches and 4.19 pounds
total weight gain: 20 pounds
gender: GIRL!
maternity clothes: mostly shorts, leggings and stretchy tank tops with a few dresses thrown into the mix. It has been very humid lately so light and airy clothing has been best!
movement: Still pretty active, loves to lay side ways in the "lazy boy" position and doesn't seem like she wants to turn!
Aaron is: moving all the boxes and heavy items since I can't lift them! Also, dealing with me complaining about being uncomfortable (which I try to not do to often)!
craving: I still really really want BBQ ribs.
looking forward to: Our baby shower, which is a week away!
symptoms: achy, stiff, and heavy.
sleep: I am waking up a lot more to go to the bathroom and just because I can't get comfortable, but I still feel like I have a good amount of energy. 

size of the baby: 34 weeks, size of a bundle of a butternut squash, 17.7 inches and 4.63 pounds
total weight gain: 21 pounds
gender: GIRL!
maternity clothes: dresses! Too hot for anything else lately. I got the most lovely clothes from Bun Maternity to try out for nursing, which I am excited for!
movement: Kicking my ribs a lot more and just taking up a lot more space. She is still in the same position and seems intent on staying.
Aaron is: trying to get us all settled in before she comes. Our house is still a mess, we have so much to unpack and so much to clean still.
craving: I still really really want BBQ ribs but I have also been loving peaches lately.
looking forward to: Our baby shower was everything I could have hoped for and now I am looking forward to getting her nursery set up and meeting her!
symptoms: really sore and having a harder time finding positions that are comfy to sit in or lay down in.
sleep: I am not sleeping well, waking up every hour on the hour, but I don't feel completely exhausted which is good! Maybe it is just my brain and body preparing me for lack of sleep once the babe is here! 

6 more weeks to go. The countdown is on! 

A New Chapter

July 24, 2017


After a lot of searching, saving, paperwork and tears, I am excited to say that we are HOMEOWNERS!

A and I bought a house a town over from where we grew up in New Hampshire. It was not our number one choice for town, but you learn about giving and taking during the process. We had a tentative deadline to find something and move before August (because baby girl will be here soon!), we also had a tight budget, which meant we had to be flexible with certain things- including location. Even though it was not our first choice of town, we love it and the neighborhood is adorable and safe. It is also close (walking distance) to Main street which made it worth it even more for us.

The house is small, but a perfect starter home for us. It has a yard, a garage, a huge back deck, and we even own a small part of the wooded area that has walking trails. The house has two bedrooms, two full baths, a small dining area, and a living room. It also has a wonderful mudroom and basement.

So far we have painted the kitchen and the nursery. I have scrubbed the walls, baseboards, windows and floors of most rooms. We are slowly making progress and are moving all of our stuff out of storage and into the house next weekend!

Next up is, knocking down a wall to expand the dining room, dry walling and finishing the basement, and buying a lawnmower so our neighbors don't kill us for not mowing the grass!

I cannot wait to share home buying tips, before and afters, and more house posts in the next few weeks!

Are you a renter or an owner?!