28 Weeks

Weeks: Holy moly, we are at 28 weeks! Hooray for the 3rd trimester!
Weight Gain: +10 lbs. from pre-pregnancy weight -- wow, I'm really packing it on now!
This Week's Cravings: My gyro craving won this week. I had it for lunch twice and it was ah-ma-zing. On top of that, I asked for extra tzatziki sauce, which I had on another day to dip my french fries in. For foodies like me, satisfying a craving like that is completely beyond wonderful. I've also estimated how many giant jugs of cran-grape juice we've purchased and gone through since February, and I can honestly say we are within the 15-16 mark. At least my kid's gonna have good kidneys . . . 
New Maternity / Baby Purchases: Aside from purchasing the rug to complete Baby B's nursery, we also bought and installed the infant carseat adapter for our jogger stroller. We also got the carseat adapter from the same place we got the rug -- a specialty children's boutique in Costa Mesa that had closed down and was just trying to get rid of their inventory. What was normally a $70 adapter was purchased for $15 -- brand new! What a lucky find! Also, as our normal behavior pattern dictates, when we purchase one thing for Baby B one day, we end up purchasing several more. On that same day and same whim, we purchased a Diaper Genie and one of the Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags that I wanted.
Moment of the Week: I used to think that "Pregnancy / Baby Brain" was a myth. I laughed at the thought of being clumsy {extra clumsy, in my case}, forgetful, and flighty during pregnancy. Of course, that was until I got here myself. On Wednesday evening, I was perusing the internet on my laptop in bed in between my nearing-20 potty trips. One of the times I went, I pulled down my pj pants and noticed that I had an unused wad of toilet paper sitting on my underwear. Evidently, during the previous trip, I tore another piece that I used and left the first unused wad in my underpants! Real slick! That, among with my many other "Baby Brain" moments, such as turning in to the wrong parking lot, forgetting the reason I went to the store, and forgetting emails I have already sent, have now led me to believe that Pregnancy / Baby Brain is not merely a myth, but a full-fledged reality.

This Week's Pregnancy Cheat: Our Sunday Funday this week included a trip with our neighbors to a local golf club for a buffet brunch. It was a wonderful time -- fifteen people, five families, dining and laughing together. 
What made it more wonderful for me was actually eating two rather large oysters and some brie cheese. At that point, I didn't care -- it was my way of welcoming myself into the 3rd trimester!
Things to Look Forward To: We do not have an appointment with Dr. Moore until next Monday {29 weeks}, so this week, we're kind of on our own. I am excited to start counting kicks, which shouldn't be hard, considering my little tenant is quite an active girl. Hyperactive and already following a regular schedule, she is a girl after her mamma's own heart. 
Sleep Pattern: Yes, the potty trips are still regular at night, so much so that I sometimes don't even remember my trips. I swing my legs off the bed {or apparently, when I am in a more dramatic mood, I slowly slide myself off the bed}, blindly make my way through the dark room, feeling for any sharp corners I may encounter, do my business, and not remember any of it in the morning. On top of that, I have been going to bed at around 1:30 - 2:00 a.m., as Little Miss has now made it quite a regular affair to be up and dancing around 1:00 a.m. She must think that her mom is still running on college hours, when 1:00 a.m. just meant a late night trip to the Del Taco drive thru on Lassen and Devonshire. {CSUN kids, you remember!} Luckily for both Baby B and me, I have neither school nor work in the morning, and everyday, I am thankful that my husband and I are afforded the opportunity for me to stay home and focus on getting my much-needed {and clearly, much-wanted} rest for this baby.
Things I'm Really Missing: There are women who ask their husbands for Push Gifts -- generally jewelry or other large ticket items. I'm a simple girl: After I have this baby, I want a cold beer, a glass {or two} of wine, crispy rice and tuna from Katsuya, steak tartare from Brussels Bistro, and caffeinated coffee. It's a beautiful thing; I'm a cheap date! I think I'm also starting to miss being more mobile. Now that we've come this far, I can't blame J for not wanting me to be driving around too much, or traveling any large distances {large, in his mind, is anything more than 10 miles away}. I honestly don't blame him. After what we had already been through, it's not worth it for me to take risks, especially being this close to the finish line. It's a bitter pill to swallow, considering I have always been a go-go-go kind of person, but I keep telling myself that now, my only job is to take care of myself and our little one and make sure that she gets here safely this summer.
So what's a girl to do on house arrest? With my outside trips limited, I have been doing lots of crafts to help prepare some small items for the baby shower that my mom and best friends have been planning for me. I have also been a baking fiend -- in the past two weeks, I have made so much baked goods that J has actually started taking daily hikes after work! We've shared some with our neighbors, who say they don't know whether to hate me or thank me for the extra calories. I figure, if I'm going to make enough baked goods to make even Paula Deen blush, we may as well spread the love!

On top of that, I spend a lot of time dreaming of when our little girl gets here. With the wonderful weather we've had this past week, I can't help but dream of summertime, when Camden gets to be here in adorable little outfits! It's difficult to go to the store and not wander into the baby and kids sections!

Despite her due date being July 16th, there's a part of me that kinda wants her to arrive right before the 4th of July, just so I can dress her in the adorable 4th of July outfits I've seen around!  Now that it's springtime, most stores are starting to bring out their summer collections, and what a smile-inducing thought to know that my little one gets to indulge in those summer fashions too. 

Camden's Summer 2012 Essentials {also found on our baby registry!}:

I realize that I'm probably setting up my daughter to be just like me -- a clothes horse, but what can I say? Not much I can do -- I'm having a little girl!


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