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Pregnancy Q&A and My Favorites From PinkBlush

Good morning Friday! My sweetie comes home from a week long business trip to Connecticut in just a few hours and I'm so ready to see him. Tomorrow we have a birthing class and I'm pretty excited about it! It's another milestone that reminds me how quickly this pregnancy is moving along and how close we are to meeting our sweet pea.

Today I'm doing a fun pregnancy Q&A and I'm also sharing some of my favorite maternity clothes. I tried to avoid maternity clothes for as long as I could because I felt like they lacked style or they were way over priced for something I would only wear for a few short months. When I discovered PinkBlush I was pretty happy to see that they have a nice selection of maternity clothes that I can actually wear after our baby girl arrives.

Pregnancy Q&As

How far along? Today I am 27 weeks and two days. That is only 89 days until her due date. 
How big is the sweet pea? At our last ultrasound at 24 weeks 5 days she weighed 1 lb 11 oz. From my google search that means she is in the 50th percentile and so now I'm estimating she is a little over two pounds. 
Nicknames? We had her name picked out before we even got pregnant, our close friends and family know it, but we are keeping it a secret for now. So yes, she has several nicknames. She started off being called "Cookie" because she is our strong little cookie. Then when we found out she is a GIRL I started calling her Sweet Pea and Sugar Blossom. Her daddy, aunts, and grandmas call her by her real name and sometimes they shorten it. Of course when I'm talking to her I call her by her real name and her nicknames. 
Total weight gain/loss? Oh I definitely have not lost weight. I gained about five pounds just from IVF and the nurse promised me it was just water weight. And now I think I've gained about 24 pounds total.  For a few months I was really beating myself up about the weight gain because my personal goal was 25 total and I could tell I was going to go over my goal. No kidding, for the past decade, I've weighed myself every single morning. That was how I managed to keep my weight exactly the same +/- five pounds all of these years. To watch the scale move up as fast as it did was alarming at first. Very alarming. I have really calmed down about it here lately and my appetite is exactly the same as it was pre-pregnancy. All I can do is eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and keep my activity level up.  I only weigh myself about once a week now and it's really slowed down here lately. To see my body change and grow this baby girl has been so miraculous that I'm truly in awe every single day. I try to focus on my baby bump and not the number on the scale. 
Maternity clothes? Yes, finally, and I'm sharing my favorites later in this post. 
Sleep? Very broken. I drink a lot of water throughout the day and I get up to use the bathroom all through the night. Heartburn has started to be an issue at night time now, as well. 
Best moment this week? Feeling her move and kick. Each day, as her body grows bigger and stronger, so do her movements and I'm absolutely fascinated. Many times I'll feel her and stop whatever I'm doing with teary eyes and just say "THANK YOU GOD!" 
Symptoms? Mainly just heartburn and rib cage pain when I'm driving or riding in the car for a long time. 
Food cravings?  Not much really. I have been eating fruits and veggies like crazy, but I've always been that way. I started eating fruit chews a few months ago, and I still snack on them when I have a sweet tooth, and that is kind of odd for me. I never ate them before. 

Food aversions? Yes, meat. I was doing a vegan diet about 90% of the time before I got pregnant. Then my doctor suggested I start eating meat and dairy again, so I did. It was okay for a little while, but now I'm really struggling to eat meat again. I don't think I've had meat all week since Ry has been out of town. I feel just fine without it and I pay attention to my nutrient intake, so I believe all will be okay. 
Belly button in or out? Its in, I don't think it's going to pop, but we shall see. 
What I miss? I can't really think of anything that I miss. 
Who else is most excited? Well Ry is obviously just as excited as me, we talk about her all the time. I know my sisters and nieces can't wait to meet her. We all talk about her everyday! 
What I’m looking forward to? Honestly, I might be crazy to say this, but I'm really looking forward to birth. As of today I'm not scared of the pain. That may all change when I go into labor, but I've dreamed about this for so long that I want to enjoy the birthing process. I have some ideas of how I'd like the birth to go, and I will write up a birthing plan, but at the same time I'm realistic enough to know that it may not go as I envision it at all. A girl can still dream though, right?
Nursery done? I'm absolutely in love with her nursery so far. It is almost done. We have a few more big ticket items to order, probably next week, and then it'll just need small touches. I really cannot wait to share her finished nursery on the blog soon. Our goal is to have it finished by the New Year. I hope to chill out most of January as we await her arrival. 
Bump? YES! I stare at it all the time. I love when I see my reflection and see her reflecting back at me. I'm constantly rubbing it and talking to her. During the night if I wake up to use the bathroom, sometimes she'll wake up too, and I'll just lay in bed with my arm cradling her and I hope she can feel me loving her. 

This floral robe is definitely going in my hospital bag. I know it'll be important to feel comfortable and pretty after birth. 

I've partnered with PinkBlush to host a $75 PinkBlush gift card giveaway. Go to my Instagram @wendycorreen to find the details and enter the giveaway that will be announced early next week. Good luck! 

Thank you for following along on our journey to baby sweet pea! I hope you and yours have a lovely weekend. 

Love xo 
Wendy Correen Smith
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