7.02.2015

Growing a Human: Week 33

Due to a mix-up with the cable people (read: they dropped the ball and don't know how to read dates on a calendar), we haven't had internet since last Friday. And you know what? The world went on! I couldn't blog or read blogs or check Facebook except when I went over to my in-laws' house or was on my lunch break at work, and it was revolutionary! I got so much more done!

I told Jordan this, and he said, "Yeah, and I've gotten much better at this video game."
Boys.

So anyway, now that we have the glories of the World Wide Web at our fingertips, I have lots to talk about and no time to write, so we'll see how that works out. I'm just about way behind on everything in life, but it's okay because MY TISSUE PAPER BOX IS COLOR-CODED. Priorities.
In the meantime... it's time for another Baby Bum update! On Wednesday I hit 33 weeks, and I had a checkup Tuesday, so I'm fresh on my stats for you. Before we get to that, though, can we pause for a second and all have a good laugh about how I was convinced I had a bump at week 14?

LOL, you guys. El. Oh. El. I am dumb.

Due date: August 19

Gender: Girl! I had the ultrasound tech double check the goods at our last ultrasound 2.5 weeks ago. I knew someone who thought they were having a girl, and it came out a boy, so I just wanted confirmation a little farther along than our original 19-week scan. We're good to go for a girl!

Name: We have one, but we're not telling anyone. Although I have dropped a few hints along the way in previous blog posts for those who were paying attention. And I might have accidentally left out some suspicious nursery decorations when I was showing some friends our house, so.... let's just say the secret might not be such a secret to some people.

I will tell you that her name is either two or one syllables. Bumgarner is just too long for a three-syllable name. And I will tell you that all B names are out. No offense to anyone whose name has alliteration, but this is just a personal preference; the first and last names will be different letters. I still haven't 100% decided whether or not I'll ever be sharing her name on the blog, but if I don't, I will share via email to those who want to know, so don't worry.

Weight gain: Currently clocking in at 157.5 pounds for a total gain of 21.5! Booya.

Sleep: I am waking up to pee like four times a night. Also, my hips have started aching, which is frustrating because it's so much more comfortable to sleep on my back, but obviously that's out. I never ended up buying one of those giant body pillows everyone raves about. Putting a pillow between my knees seems to do the trick just fine, and hey it's free!

Movement: All day every day, and I love it! The best is when she's sitting pressed up against my front, and my entire stomach is lopsided. The movement has definitely slowed as far as actual kicks. I think she's just running out of room in there.

Clothes: These days I am wearing either: 
1) a maxi dress or skirt with a tank top
2) gym shorts and an XL t-shirt (my dad gave me a few of his to borrow)
3) my green Gap (non-maternity) skinny jeans with a long enough shirt to hide the fact that my pants aren't buttoned or zipped (rubber band trick!). 

I'm not trying to make a statement by still wearing non-maternity skinnys; they're just seriously super comfortable! I'm not even lying. These are like the Sisterhood of Traveling Pants. Except instead of traveling through people, they're traveling through stages of my pregnancy.

I honestly haven't bought many actual maternity clothes. Yes, it's hot to be pregnant in the summer, but I think it's easier to dress the bump without buying too many clothes. 

So far I have bought the following actual maternity wear: 
-1 pair of jean shorts with a full-belly panel
-4 tank tops
-1 maxi dress
-1 t-shirt
-1 sleeveless blouse

I've also bought (non-maternity):
-2 maxi skirts
-1 maxi dress
-1 short-sleeved cardigan
-Plus 2 bras up 1 size because, well you know. 
PLUS SOME LARGER UNDERWEAR, OKAY. That was probably TMI. Don't think too hard about it.

Just estimating, but I would bet I've spent less than $150 total on everything listed above. Hashtag frugal. Other hashtag cheap. Other hashtag too lazy to shop.
Pictured
-white Target maternity tank
-green cardigan from Brickyard Buffalo*
-31w5d bump
-office bathroom
-duck lips that Jordan hates but I think are funny

*DO NOT sign up to be on their email list. I'm warning you now. You will buy all the things and your blow money will be gone faster than you can rattle off your credit card numbers.
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Feeling: Tired and out of breath. I try to take the stairs instead of the elevator when I park in the parking garage for work, and by the time I get up to my car at the end of the day, I am huffing and puffing like crazy. Also, feeling the urge to pee. This is nothing new. However, for the most part I keep telling Jordan and I actually feel much more comfortable than I did at 25-26 weeks! I don't know what that's about. Maybe I'm in a sweet spot, but I'm not complaining.

So there you go! Less than 2 months to go until baby time. 
I'm freaking out.
A PERSON IS COMING OUT OF ME.

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Bathroom selfie outtake. I'm bad at aiming.
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6.25.2015

Scenes from the Bahamas!

The first weekend of June, Jordan and I spent two days and three nights at the Atlantis hotel in the Bahamas. This is most definitely not the kind of vacation we would typically go on, but I was actually going for work, and my boss offered employees the opportunity to take plus ones, provided we paid for the plane ticket and food ourselves. But my food, flight, and hotel were paid for, so we figured we might as well make it a babymoon/anniversary/birthday celebration since we will likely never be able to afford to stay at Atlantis if we were paying for it all ourselves.

You might be wondering what on earth kind of work takes their employees to the Bahamas, and while I really just don't feel comfortable discussing the specifics of my job, I will say that I work for a company that puts on events in different locations around the world, and so this was in essence a site visit and staff planning retreat. I was in meetings both days we were there, but I was really pleased to find that we did have a fair amount of free time to wander about on our own and hit the beach.
Thankfully, we had already gotten passports last year in preparation for our missions trip to Nicaragua, so that was one less thing we needed to worry about. I was really excited to get to use it this year, since I obviously won't be going back this summer to Nicaragua.

We left Saturday at noon, had a few-hour layover in Atlanta, and landed in the Bahamas around 8:00 that night. After checking into the room, Jordan changed clothes and indulged in some ESPN (we don't have cable, so any time we stay in a hotel he gets excited about all the extra channels) while I headed out to a work reception.
We both decided our favorite thing about the Caribbean is how colorful everything is, starting with the water. This picture is completely unedited! Aren't those colors amazing?

This picture was taken with my camera's self-timer. This was the view from our porch! Atlantis is actually a resort complex with four hotels. The iconic "bridge" hotel is what you see in the background. That's the super fancy hotel.
Atlantis is almost indescribable. I just keep telling everyone that it seemed very surreal to be walking around, almost like it wasn't real life. Everything is colorful, the water is so blue, and there are fish everywhere. And not just fish fish like we think--sharks and stingrays and jellyfish and giant fish I'd never heard of before. You could walk underneath Atlantis and see aquariums or walk above. People were in the tanks with scuba gear on walking with the sharks, children were petting baby sharks, people were drinking cocktails and carrying inner tubes and going down slides.
I guess I hadn't really thought about what Atlantis would be like, but it definitely wasn't anything like I would have thought it would be. For one thing, I didn't realize Atlantis was its own resort. To even walk around in certain areas and do certain things you needed either a wristband or a room key. All four hotels are connected, and as you walk through they get more and more fancy. There's a giant casino in the middle, and I totally gambled for the first time ever! I played two different slot games and lost $2. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, but it was fun pulling the handle! (Note: My work did not pay for gambling at the casino; we wasted our own $2 on that.)
We really didn't spend too much time on the actual beach. It was kind of a downer that I was 30 weeks pregnant, because walking on the beach took it out of me quick. Don't let these pictures of our smiling faces fool you... it. was. hot.

Also, I wasn't too impressed with the sand on the beach. Maybe it was just the part we walked on, but we both found it pretty rough. There were lots of tiny shells and some rocks, and I've definitely walked on softer sand (I'm talking to you, Hawaii!). Still, you just can't complain about the color of that water. And I haven't been to the beach in so long! I love the sound of it.
^^^ GIANT FISH! Seriously, what on earth? This was in one of the underground tunnel aquariums. It was nice to escape the heat and go underground for bit. It smelled fishy (literally), but it was nice and cool down there.

I did rock a bikini and get in the ocean for approximately 4.2 minutes. Then I got tired of trying to tread water in the waves with my nonexistent abs, and I got out. (Then later that night the whole contraction thing happened. Thus, I have no choice but to blame salt walter.)
^^^On the last night, we walked down to the marina and ate dinner at a seafood restaurant. I used Jordan's head as a tripod to take this shot. People were staring.

On Tuesday, our last morning in the Bahamas, I got up early to watch the sunrise. There were a few people out running along the sidewalk next to the beach, and I totally wished I could have done that, but it was really nice to just watch the sun rise over the ocean. There's just something so calming about listening to the waves on the beach.

I definitely think being 30 weeks pregnant (and therefore not being able to do any of the slides and things) and having The Episode occur clouded our overall impression of the trip, but Atlantis is certainly was an experience all of its own, and all in all, we were very excited to have the chance to spend a few days in the Bahamas together.

*I do have one more post about the Bahamas with pictures from when we left Atlantis and went into the downtown area, and I also took short videos throughout our trip, so I'll splice them together and share so you can experience some of the Bahamas for yourselves!

Have you ever been to the Bahamas? What did you think? 
Is this somewhere you would like to go?

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