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{30 Weeks}

How Far Along: 30 weeks

How Big is Baby: A cucumber. 15 inches – 16 1/2 inches. 3 pounds.

Weight Gained: 18 pounds

Maternity Clothes: No change from previous weeks.

Sleep: Some nights have been better than others. I’m finding myself either waking up at every little bump and creak during the night (hello, raccoons trying to get into our garbage cans), or sleeping like a rock and not moving for anything (or anyone.)

Best Moments of the Week: Another low-key week. The highlights included painting our basement and a Thursday afternoon sewing with Mum.

We did spend a great afternoon at our friend’s backyard BBQ this weekend. It was nice to let the girls run around while we sat on the swing and relaxed.;)

Cravings: Ice. Watermelon. Salads. Cherries. Grapefruit.

Aversions: Pork. Anything fried.

Labor signs: Still “suffering” through continuous BH contractions. 3-5 a day is a good average, though some days I easily go through 3-5 in an hour!

Symptoms: Lots more pelvic and back pain. If I sit for any period of time I find myself doing the seriously old lady shuffle across the room until everything softens up a bit again.

What Do I Miss: Sushi. Deli meat. Sleeping/laying on my stomach.

How I’m Feeling: Still hanging in there. It’s hard to believe that I only have 10 (or fewer) weeks left… but at the same time, I can’t believe that I still have 10 (or fewer) weeks left!


{29 Weeks}

How Far Along: 29 weeks

How Big is Baby: An acorn squash. 15 inches – 16 1/2 inches. 2.5 pounds.

Weight Gained: 15 1/2 lbs

Maternity Clothes: No change. I picked up a piece of smocked fabric at JoAnn this week to sew into a dress. I wonder how many of those I can get away with making and wearing…?

Sleep: Same old, same old. Lots of tossing and turning, but not horrible.

Best Moments of the Week: We had our yearly 4th-ish of July party this weekend. Good friends, walking tacos, watermelon, beer, non-beer, kids, and plenty of happiness.

I had a relatively uneventful 28 week checkup with my midwife on Monday. Baby sounds good. Mama got her Tdap and RhoGAM shots. Oh, and I failed the 1-hour glucose test. Yay… my 3-hour is scheduled for Friday and considering I had GD with June, I’m not terribly hopeful that I’ll pass. {Sigh}

Cravings: Ice. Watermelon. Cheese. Any form of baked good… cookies, bars, cake, etc.

Aversions: Pork.

Labor signs: HOLY Braxton Hicks.

Yesterday I started having frequent BH contractions around 5p. Frequent as in every 3-6 minutes or so, which totally exceeds the doctor’s recommendation of “more than 6 in an hour and you should call.”

I waited an hour. Then two. Then four. They didn’t stop. Still consistent, but irregular. I KNEW they weren’t productive contractions, but after four hours my anxiety took over and I called L+D triage. They suspected an infection… yeast or UTI. “Come in, we’ll treat it, and you’ll be on your way.”

I spent four hours in triage. I’ve learned that I do NOT have an infection of any sort, and I’m totally as un-dilated as I can be.

So what’s causing them? No clue.

The resident on-call told me that he was mildly concerned that they were holding in a regular 3-4 minute pattern, but that since they weren’t causing me to dilate, there’s no reason for them to keep me at the hospital. I was sent on my way at 2a. with instructions to continue hydrating and take it easy for the next couple of days. {Snort}

The contractions tapered off in regularity this morning, but I’m still having a couple every hour or so… and they’re incredibly uncomfortable. If this is my new normal for the next 11 or so weeks, I might cry. Stupid uterus.

Symptoms: Baby pile drivers? This kid NEVER stops moving. Ever. And he’s got some seriously bony appendages. Ouch!

Groin/pelvic pain. Mid-back pain. Exhaustion.

What Do I Miss: Sushi. Deli meat. Sleeping/laying on my stomach.

How I’m Feeling: Overall, I’m feeling good. I’d be even better if these silly contractions would lay off!

creole wisdom - July 19, 2014 - 3:10 pm

You look great, Mary! I’m just glad you didn’t have an infection of any sort. I think one would know if they had a UTI or yest infection, right!? So glad to hear the 4th of July party went well. One of these years I’ll make it :)

{Instagram} Friday

{The girls at the Richfield 4th of July parade. Their first ever… and I think it’s safe to say that they had a blast. We ended up sitting about a block before the “official” starting line so we were able to watch everyone line up and start moving. The girls unexpectedly hit the jackpot, because everyone seemed more than happy to hand out fistfuls of candy. All they had to do was stand on the curb, put their hands out, and wait…}

{Egg sandwiches for breakfast! Early Saturday morning errands almost always require for a stop at our favorite Golden Arches and a car picnic.}

{Sunday night we had Sam + Jason + Ben over for dinner and games. Baguette BLTs were the perfect solution for a simple summer meal.}

{Baby wanted candy.}

{These two are super excited to meet their baby brother. They love telling people that they have a brother in Mommy’s tummy, and sit with their hands on my belly every opportunity they get. I love it. Now, let’s hope that interest really lasts after he’s here!}

{More cravings. Orange cream float for a mid-afternoon snack. Some of my favorite doughnuts to take to Grammie’s for Thursday morning breakfast. Yum, yum…}

You can follow me on Instagram as @marywoestehoff

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creole wisdom - July 19, 2014 - 3:26 pm

I love that you linked up again, it has been forever since I’ve done that! Those BLTs look amazing… so yummy! Glad the baby enjoyed the candy He wanted :)

Savanna - July 13, 2014 - 8:24 pm

Your baguette sandwiches look amazing!

laura @ the stories of this life - July 12, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Yum. Those BLT sandwiches look awesome! My sandwiches never look that good!

rachel - July 11, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Heck yeah, golden arches and car picnics!

Friday Favorites

This week has flown by… I’m in total nesting mode. Realizing that we only have 12 (or less) weeks to finish remodeling and rearranging this house before we’re consumed by newborn snuggles and sleepless nights.

We’ve completely sheetrocked the basement at this point, but we still need to paint the walls, replace light fixtures, lay carpet and baseboard, oh… and move the entire contents of our upstairs playroom/office downstairs. After that comes the upstairs. We need to paint, have the carpet cleaned, buy a window air conditioner + a split box spring, and move the entire contents of our bedroom upstairs.

No big deal…

Or something.

So what am I busy doing? Browsing the internet for all the feelings.

These are just a few of the things that have started the mass exodus of hormones from every pore in my body, and I felt the overwhelming desire to share them… mostly because I have nothing better to be doing with my time. Or something.


This Guy Just Changed The Way We See Calvin And Hobbes. Seriously. // Tickld

All. The Feelings.


If you haven’t taken the few minutes to read this yet, stop what you’re doing and go read. Now.

I sat and ugly cried on my couch on Tuesday morning. Big, ugly, hiccuping sobs. Because pregnancy hormones are awesome like that.

How to Forgive Someone Who Hurt You // The Daily Positive by Dale Partridge

This one popped up in my Twitter feed earlier this week and I was intrigued. I should know by now which things to not click through to. Or watch. Because, again, hormones.

Forgiveness is something that I struggle with on a daily basis. It’s very easy for me to feel wronged or hurt by someone that I deeply care about, but it’s not so easy for me to let it all go and stop holding a grudge. At all. In fact, I’m downright awful at it.

Right now I’m angry with a few people that were or are still a very large part of my life. Without going into exact details about most of them, all of the events left me feeling outright attacked and/or incredibly hurt. One example? A best friend that made physical advances towards my husband after a night of drinking…

I haven’t been able to let go of these things for (in some cases) years, but feel like I really should for my own health (and sanity).

This video hit me in a vulnerable place and started the gears turning in my head… it doesn’t seem like a huge portion of my life in the grand scheme of things, but how much happier could I really be if I just let it go and forgave them. Not for them, but for me?

10 All-American Summer Road Trips // Outside Magazine

Wanderlust alert.

Sitting behind my computer with a 28 week baby bump has me feeling a little slighted. This summer was supposed to be our big 5 year anniversary hiking trip… a gorgeous week-long hiking trip to Olympic NP was in the planning stages just days before we found out that we were expecting. Guess what doesn’t sound like fun when you’re hot, sore, and feeling like a beached whale? Yeah… massive amounts of walking + climbing.

We put a hold on our trip this year, which instead means that I’ve been staring at these road trips and wiping the drool from the edges of my mouth.

The Grand Canyon to Moab drive sounds amazing. But then so does the Olympic Peninsula Loop, and the Jackson, Wyoming to Glacier NP trip.

I think it’s time we started looking to invest in a camper for our “little” family of 5… what do you say, Matt? Should we start planning our epic 2015 Woestehoff Family Road Trip? Babies like hiking, right?


creole wisdom - July 19, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Love you, Mary. I think the RV is an excellent idea. Knowing you you’ll find a fabulous airstream one and make it chic. I deal with the same issues around forgiveness as you. I still have dreams about the friend breakup I had over two years ago. Hard stuff.

Sam - July 11, 2014 - 12:32 pm

I won’t be looking at the Calvin & Hobbs link because I KNOW it will turn me into a crying mess.

And I have almost the exact same grudge against a former friend, except that no one was drunk. :-/ This was 8 years ago. I’m not good at letting go of things either.

{28 Weeks}

How Far Along: 28 weeks

How Big is Baby: An eggplant. 13 1/2 inches – 14 1/2 inches. 2.2 pounds.

Weight Gained: 13 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Shirts are tight. My jeans are next to impossible to get on. And belly panels only come halfway up my bump at this point. Excuse me while I go on a search for a zillion muumuu-like maxi dresses to live in for the next three months.

Sleep: Is only going to get worse from here on out. I mentioned to Matt the other day that I wish we had a giant plush recliner that I could curl up in at night… laying down and turning over and over and over is exhausting.

Best Moments of the Week: A relaxing 4th of July was spent at the Richfield parade, at a family BBQ, and watching the Capitol 4th on PBS after the girls went to bed. We had a great friend’s dinner and game night on Saturday with some of our favorite people, and a simple dinner with friends on Sunday. Followed by a family dinner at Matt’s aunt + uncle’s last night!

I’m thankful that next week is a little less scheduled so that I can resume my semi-hermit life…

Cravings: Ice. Popsicles. Rice Krispie bars. Steak.

Aversions: Pork + chicken.

Labor signs: Braxton Hicks.

Symptoms: Baby kicks! Pelvic pain. Back pain. Nausea.

What Do I Miss: Sushi. Deli meat. Sleeping/laying on my stomach.

How I’m Feeling: This week has been good… exhausting… but good!

Here’s a little comparison with the same shirt: from 15 weeks to 28. With 12 weeks left, I’m not sure how much farther out that belly is going to be able to go…!

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