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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blue Floral

I'm really running out of clothing options quickly.
My maternity pants are so uncomfortable I could scream, so it's very likely I'm in either a skirt or leggings. Preferably leggings since it's really hard for me to shave my legs right now.
BUT. I made an exception this week.
I got this skirt from Agnes & Dora and I love the bright colors!
The band at the top is perfect because it's super wide so I've been able to wear it through this whole pregnancy.. and no, it's not a maternity skirt! I love how long it is & it's extremely comfortable.

 This thing is gettin laaarggeee!
My blue ruched top is from Pea in The Pod, my shoes are Dolce Vita & my cobalt blue handbag is Michael Kors.

Monday, July 28, 2014

40 Weeks

Today's the day.
July 28th. My official due date!
July 28th, I've waited for you to come for 40 weeks.. and now you're here.. and you've {so far} got nothing to offer me.
I can't believe I'm 40 weeks pregnant today!
I also can't believe I still don't have a baby!
I've been waking up some most days pretty upset about it. Maybe it's just because my joints are starting to hurt, my hips are becoming sore, my belly is weighing me down, and my bones crack literally every time I roll over in bed. I'm tired.
My maternity pants are miserably uncomfortable (yes, even with the stretchy band..) And my clothes that buttoned last week no longer button. I may or may not have cried on the floor of my closet. And by that, I mean I did actually cry. Like a lot. Then I took a nap. Crying while you're pregnant is exhausting.
We spent our Pioneer Day Holiday weekend (that's a real thing my friends..) not making plans because we thought FOR SURE this little dude would be here any second. We did attend a block party that was fun and really nice to meet some of our neighbors.
I went on a "last-girls-luncheon" with my mom and sister. We really just needed a reason to go to the new Corner Bakery in Bountiful. Which I'm pretty excited about. Merely for their mini chocolate bundt cakes.
Since Mack's car seat didn't fit in either one of our cars, Spencer and I got a "mom and dad" car.. Which I'm really excited about.. a new {well, new to us..} Nissan Altima. It's a beauty and it starts with a push of a button. It's even got a cd player in the dash. Which is pretty amazing considering my lovely VW Cabrio had a cassette player. Not even kidding. You guys, even the windows roll up and down. This car is quite the luxury upgrade. And we love it.
Spencer & I went on a date night to Johnny Rocket's and ate ice cream while we watched the fountain show at Station Park. It was slightly crazy to think it may have been our last date night together without a little nugget to worry about!
This look on my face is slightly desperate. I'm a planner. And not knowing exactly when Mack is arriving gives me some serious heartburn.
Anyways, Spencer asked me the other night if my water could break in the middle of the night. I told him yes, it could happen any second. When I went to get into bed I heard "schlclshelchlh" and realized something wasn't quite right...
This is the moment I realized Spencer placed a large garbage bag underneath the fitted sheet. You know, JUST in case.... hahahahahahah
so awesome.
Well folks, Happy due date to me.
Hopefully this babe will be here soon. It feels like it will never happen.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Little Man is Cozy.

You guys, I've tried so hard this past week to get this baby out since Spencer is home and the house is put together.
I went on multiple walks throughout the day
I used a little extra energy walking up and down the stairs at the house
did 45 full squats
ate 2 pineapples
drove on rocky roads
did jumping jacks
bounced on the birthing ball
put an extra skip in my step
walked major flights of stairs
Nothing worked. Obviously.
Now here I am, 39 weeks pregnant and no sign of baby.
But I've had enough pineapple even the smell could make me sick, and my legs have never been so sore from doing so many squats. It's certainly been a while..
I had my weekly appointment with my midwife and I haven't dilated at all since she last checked me three weeks ago. I was having THE WORST braxton hicks contractions, about
8-9 an hour that were pretty intense, but still weren't painful.
Now I'm having zero.
Look tiny dude, I'm a little scared too.
I've never been a mom before, and this world is kinda crazy.
But I'm ready for you anytime now. And I promise you'll be safe.
I will mess up along the way, but I'll try my hardest to be a good mom and I'll love you no matter what.
In the mean time, I'm trying to be patient..

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Sigh of RELIEF

I am so relieved and have felt such a huge burden lifted off my shoulders since Spencer got back home from North Dakota. I get so bummed when he's gone, it's much nicer having him close.
We accomplished SO much this past weekend and got completely moved into our new house! The weekend consisted of moving boxes, cleaning our apartment, sleeping at our new place for the FIRST time, putting food in our fridge, parking in our very own garage, installing the new front load washer and dryer, hanging things on the walls, finishing the nursery, trying to convince Winston it was safe to come out of his cage, and trying to convince baby boy it's okay to come out anytime now. We used an oven for the first time in like 6 months (apartment oven broke..) ate pizza & watched a movie. Perfect.
It's been so much fun putting the place together exactly how we want it. We went over to our apartment on Sunday to grab a few last things we left there and I started to cry as I walked through checking closets and drawers. It was so bittersweet to leave that place. We've had trouble with neighbors and have wanted to get out of there soo bad.. but at the same time we have so many memories there. The first two years of our marriage are in that little apartment, our first place together!
We discovered the baby car seat doesn't fit in my car. Like... at all..
Not sure why I didn't think to check it a few months ago- I assumed it would fit just fine, obviously. WRONG. so.. now we are in the process of looking for a car. Lovely.


We couldn't convince Winston to walk on the tile.. he HATES it. So as we were unpacking boxes Spencer broke them down and laid them out on the floor to make a pathway from his cage to the carpet in the living room. He slowly checked it out and hopped back and forth on the cardboard. We're going to leave it down forever.
Just kidding.
We've still got lots of updates. But for now, stuff is coming along just lovely.
We are so excited and have felt so lucky.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Gifts for L&D Nurses

I've seen so many cute things on Pinterest about having little gifts for the Labor & Delivery Nurses and I think that's such a great idea!
I don't know if you read Dear Person Reading This blog.. {if not, you totally should..}
But she posted something really cute that she did for her nurses too and it really got me thinking about it! You can find her post HERE.
I wanted to do something super simple because, really.. it's just going to be another thing for me to remember to bring to the hospital. And as much as I like to be organized & prepared.. once labor starts or my water breaks, I can't guarantee that in my full panic mode, I'll remember these things. So simple is good.
I found this picture on Pinterest and loved it.
I traced it from Pinterest back to the lovely Taryn over at Design, Dining + Diapers
I LOVE it when people have printables because I have zero idea how to make anything even remotely close to that.
I printed a bunch of these cute labels and decided to buy candy + goodies. I LOVE her idea for the mini mason jar complete with the burlap top, twine and salt water taffy, but unfortunately I do not have time for that right now.
Here's how my version turned out:
I figured if people are going to put up with me & help us out while I'm hysterically crying calmly delivering a baby, they deserve a sweet treat. ;)

Monday, July 14, 2014

38 Weeks.

Today I am 38 weeks pregnant
and it's so hard to believe it's gone by this quickly. I feel like I should have a few more months left, not two weeks.
Yesterday morning I woke up with lots of pressure and weird cramping. Baby was moving like crazy and I was terrified I was about to go into labor. I sloooowly got out of bed to get a bottle of water and laid in bed for another hour until it stopped.
No labor, guys.. We're good! Spencer is in North Dakota for work until later this week too.. So I'm keeping my legs fingers crossed that little dude can be patient for a little while longer. He's soo low and I'm feeling quite a bit of pressure today..
I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon & it's been the same stuff over and over lately. "you're doing well" "no protein in your urine" "your belly is measuring right on"
I had my midwife check me at 36 weeks and I was dilated to almost a 2. I'm not going to have her check me again because I don't want to mess with anything, and I'd rather not know if I've dilated any more until Spencer is home. Out of sight out of mind, right?
Well, I guess it would be more like out of mind, out of mind in this case considering I can't see my own cervix. {Fortunately.}
Anyways, I figured I'd do my outfit post for today. I've really been wondering how many more days I'll get to dress this bump. I try not to think about it because I get so bummed out.. I've loved having this bump soo much and I really have enjoyed every second of being pregnant. I still can't quite wrap my head around the fact that In two weeks (or less?) I'll be actually HOLDING the little dude!
One day I'm just Mikell & wife, and then... suddenly I'm mom too.
I can't comprehend it.


Skirt: Agnes & Dora. I bought it one size up to fit the bump but I ended up not liking how long it was. Not quite maxi skirt and it felt really awkward so.. I just hiked it up over the bump today.
Shirt: Forever 21. It's normally long, but I tied it above the bump today.
Shoes: Dolce Vita. My fav.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


SOO.. The last week or so has been a little nuts. Our typical lives as of lately.

I got the carpets cleaned and built the glider chair for the nursery! Once Spencer was home from North Dakota we spent every waking minute trying to pack things up in the little amount of time that Spencer was here before he left for work again. I put the crib together while Spencer was unloading boxes and I wanted to cry. Our place still doesn't have air conditioning and the upstairs is at least 100 degrees of hot, stuffy air. Miserable.

{sneak preview} 
It's funny how much relief I feel just having the crib put together..

We've purchased a fridge that has nothing in it but bottled water, Gatorade and a few pudding packs. But I mean, really.. what else do you need?
I bought my first major appliances this week also. Front load washer/dryer and I was actually so excited about it I felt some depression from realizing that's a sign I'm getting old. Who would have thought I'd be excited about a washer/dryer??
{You should have seen how excited I was about buying baby laundry detergent}

..Then I got tired of walking through Lowes for the millionth time this month and made Spencer push me in the cart. He's a good man.
 We spent the whole 4th of July packing and moving boxes back and forth. I really wasn't much help so Spencer left me at the apartment to box small stuff up and he took load after load after load down to the house by himself. I really wanted to nap, and he wanted me to nap, but my heart broke every. time. we walked back in the front door to get another load and was more exhausted than the last time. Again, he's a good man.
We stopped moving boxes around 7:30 and went to my parents for a BBQ and red, white and blue Popsicles.
Winston has LOVED having boxes and things to climb around on while we've been packing. He thinks we've been setting up new playgrounds for him all along!

{Those fabric scraps he's laying on were originally going to be turned into burp cloths for the baby.. but Winston has taken ownership of them since. They are now WINSONS burp cloths.}

 Sunday night I couldn't sleep at all because I was so sick. This is the third week I've had my cold and it kept getting worse. I just sobbed when Spencer woke up and he went with me to Instacare as soon as they opened. I have a horrible sinus infection and have been on antibiotics that are sloooowly helping.
Spencer went back to North Dakota yesterday morning for a 10 day work period. This is such a great opportunity for him and we are soo excited about it. He should be back the evening of the 17th. I'm hoping this baby decides he's cozy for a while and stays put until Spencer is back. If I start laboring he can take a company vehicle to drive home or they're going to do their very best at getting him on the first flight out.
I'm 37 weeks pregnant this week & I woke up this morning feeling a little different. Baby dropped over night and I am feeling him SO LOW today. I'm trying so hard to take it easy. We've still got so many boxes to move into the house and I have so much to do before Spencer gets back. Right now it's hard to have things in both of our places- I want as much moved into the house as possible but living there is out of the question with how scorching hot it is. I can't even describe..
We have to be out of our place and have it cleaned BY the 21st of this month so we're in a bit of a crunch and there's not much either one of us can do about it with Spencer being gone and me needing to take it easy.
Besides all of that, I'm feeling really good for being "so pregnant" and I'm still really comfortable. I love my growing bump so much I'm honestly going to be sad to lose it.
{but hopefully I  DO lose it, eventually?} I'm sleeping really well at night and I still have a significant amount of energy. I bought baby's changing table yesterday and I'm looking forward to *carefully* putting that together this weekend.
...Things are moving right along...