36 Weeks {SLC Baby Shower Pics}

Hi friends.

First of all, I want to wish a VERY happy birthday to my sister (the one just older than me)! She is an amazing best friend (and sister), and I love her dearly. She is an incredible mother of 4 kids, and I am so lucky to have her as an example. So glad she had kids first….so now I can steal her ideas & be just like her. 😉

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She is also an amazing montessori teacher…..and so we will be moving right next door so my kids can go to her school. (Don’t worry, Jared already knows this, and will make sure he gets job offers right near them.) 😉

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Happy Birthday Lara!!! <3 I love you.

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36 Weeks / Pregnancy Update

Baby Perks is just over 36 weeks today and is about the size of a head of romaine lettuce.

{uhhhhh folks, that means LESS than 1 month to go ’til the due date….and less than a week until I am “full term.” CRAZY}

Here’s what Baby Perks has been up to this week:

  • Baby Perks is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. {the ultrasound estimated her weight at right above 6 lbs, but give or take a few ounces}
  • She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, that will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

And here’s what’s been happening with me this past week:

36 weeks / pregnancy update

How far along? 36 weeks (& 3 days)

Baby’s size? head of romaine lettuce

Total weight gain/loss: 28 lbs.

Stretch marks? still zero so far..…I’ve been rubbing belly cream on it, so I guess it is still helping. Hoping it holds on a bit longer…

Sleep: Pretty fantastic. I pretty much zonk out when my head hits the pillow & get great sleep when I am sleep….but then get up to pee a zillion times per night. So that part sucks.

Best moment this week: My SLC baby shower! (see below for tons of pics)

Miss Anything? Same ole: Lying on my stomach. Super intense workouts (I can’t wait to do those HIIT runs on the TM again!). Not having my lower back hurt randomly. Less bathroom trips. And ooooh how I wish I had a really great appetite. I am so disinterested in food lately.

Movement: Tons! And her punches/kicks are still quite powerful. She does not like it when I sit too long…she lets me know it by kicking her feet into my ribs. (The ultrasound confirmed that she is head down, face to my back, and her feet are up by my ribs. So yes, she is in perfect position for birth. Woot!)

Food cravings: This week I didn’t have any strong cravings really. I just eat because I am hungry & know I should, but I am generally disinterested in it. And I get super full super fast! I’ve eaten a bunch of corn on the cob, sour cream & onion chips, toast & jam, carrots & cucumbers, some salad (wahoo!), lots of fruit, and some fro yo.

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Food aversions: Nothing really. (yay!)

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not this week! (thankfully not salads anymore it seems…)

Gender: GIRL <3

Labor Signs: None. (The doc checked me on Friday & I am 70% effaced & not quite a 1. Baby girl is measuring 5 days ahead of schedule though….so we shall see!)

Fun facts: her heart beat was 147, her legs are already measuring at 41 weeks (!!!)– Jared & I both have long legs–, and the ultrasound confirmed she has HAIR!

Symptoms:

  • like always…. getting up to go to the bathroom allllll night long. annoying. but she’s worth it! 😉
  • eating often but not that interested in food, really. (which is sad, but I guess less really strong cravings are happening)
  • it’s definitely getting harder to get out of bed in a normal way!
  • wanting to lie down instead of sit up–sitting is still the worst because she gets her cute feet up in my ribs. OUCH! And lying down is always amazing. Ahhhhhh
  • feeling overwhelmed & excited all within 2 seconds of each other
  • lungs are squished & breathing is harder when going up stairs. haha. Like my heart rate gets up real high & I’m huffing & puffing.
  • some groin pain

Belly Button in or out? OUT….mostly. The top part sticks out now when I am standing! SO so crazy.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Maternity clothes? Nothing new.

Baby items purchased? Nothing purchased, but we received so many wonderful gifts (see below for some pics)

Also, check out what Carly sent us in the mail!!

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Most adorable fitness outfit for a baby girl EVER. And that elephant card?! I can’t even. Plus she sent me a Target gift card. That girl knows the way to my heart. <3 thanks so much, Carly! (p.s. BLEND retreat brought us together. Bloggers are legit awesomesauce in real life.)

Happy or moody most of the time: very happy!

Funny moments this week: ‘Having’ to sit on a throne at my baby shower….haha. see below for pics. 

Looking forward to: Being officially “full term”!

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Fitness Thoughts at 36 weeks:

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{pic is from yesterday after I taught my BP/CX class}

  • This week I taught less classes at the gym because of my trip to OH for work. So yah, overall I feel great! I kinda liked that small break. (I taught a short zumba class & bootcamp class while there though. The change-up was kinda nice.)
  • I am still drinking a ton of water, getting lots of rest, and making Jared massage my back & legs. 😉
  • I do get sore in my muscles easily lately though….and I got the WORST calf cramp EVER at the hotel last week. Like major OUCH.
  • I love teaching fitness classes & plan to do it up until I birth Baby Perks!

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SLC Baby Shower Pics

Get ready for some awesome (and tons of) pictures!

Like I said yesterday, a friend of mine from church, my mother-in-law, and sister-in-law (the 3 of them) threw me an open house style baby shower here in the SLC area. It was so wonderful! They made it an “Orange & Pink Baby Shower” theme because Baby Perks’ room is orange & pink. I secretly LOVED every single tiny detail. 😉 Actually, it wasn’t so secret. I keep gushing about it over & over & how perfect it all was.

I got to see many friends & some family at the shower, and I really loved having time to spend with each one as we chatted, opened gifts, ate food, and had a grand ole’ time.

The open house style was perfect too, so people could drop in & stay as long as they could/wanted. I am a fan!

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{my friend Mel & me–we’re due the EXACT same day! fun, right?! <—p.s. check out her sweet site for all things festive & party-related!}

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{my friend Jenny & me–she is due 2 weeks after me!}

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{my sister & two of her darling girls! They dressed to match the theme. awwwww}

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{cutest homemade card. EVER.}

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{me, jared’s mom & sister <–they threw the shower with my friend}

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{my friend, the other shower thrower! She is the mastermind behind all the decor! And it was her house where the shower was}

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{my mother-in-law is a florist & did all the flowers. gorgeous, right?}

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{my sis-in-law made that blanket!}

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{my mother-in-law made this blanket!}

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{my friend made that hanger. cool!!}

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{a friend made this blanket!}

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{we were on a dance team wayyyy back. loved reconnecting!! and a friend from StL who lives nearby!}

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{church friends!}

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{friend from our time in Germany/Austria as LDS missionaries!}

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{my sister made the blanket on top! sooo soft & adorbs}

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And….here’s what was inside the group gift:

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So excited! That was so kind of our friends to go in on a group gift. And I totes love the card my friend made!

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pink glittery shoes? Yes please.

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So, are you sick of pictures of me wearing a crown yet?!? Hah.

Now that we’ve had both showers, we feel very overwhelmed with love & excitement. Our friends/family are amazing!! We feel very blessed and thankful. And so many have helped lighten the load of what we have left to get….there isn’t much. Hallelujah!

I am off to go teach an early morn BodyPUMP class, and then to work I go. After work, it’s breastfeeding class time. Wahoo! (Jared soooo wishes he could make it to it. hahaha. Especially since he’ll come to all the hypnobirthing classes–which by the way, the 1st one went great last night. I will share more as we go along.)

Have a GREAT day, my friends! <3

What themed showers have YOU attended??! What is the best gift YOU’ve received recently??! Mamas–what sleeping arrangements did YOU start out with YOUR baby??!

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Comments

  1. omg that nike outfit is too cute!!!! looks like another lovely shower! so fun you are getting so many homemade things – i love that!!

    • I know, right?! I feel lucky that people around me are so artistic & talented. hah! Means I don’t have to make anything 😉

  2. It looks like the shower was just perfect! They sure did well with the orange/pink theme! :) And YAY for your pack ‘n play! I know how much you’ve wanted one, so that’s perfect.

  3. Happy Birthday to your Sister!
    And the baby shower looks like it went awesome. It’s so cute! Those pink sparkly shoes are killing me a little. Why are baby shoes so dang adorable.
    Also you are looking amazing Annette! I can’t believe you’re at 36 weeks now! So exciting!!!

  4. You are SO beautiful and I’m sure baby girl will be adorable and perfect in every way <3 can't wait for her to finally be here!

  5. It looks like a great shower! And I love how you and a few friends have due dates so close – your babies will be born with instant friends! And I love the idea of going in on a group gift – I may have to suggest that next time anyone close to me is pregnant!

  6. Awww what an awesome baby shower!!! So, so cute!! And I’m amazed that you’re still teaching at 36 weeks! Get it girl! You look fantastic! AHH I can’t WAIT to see a picture of that sweet baby girl!

  7. Aw, what a nice shower! The best shower gift we got was a photo book my mom made that had pictures of me and my husband from birth to the present and pictures of our families, including great-grandparents. It is such a special item to treasure and pass on to our kids and eventually their kids. It actually made me tear up when she gave it to us!

  8. It looks like the shower was such a great time! You look beautiful! :-)

  9. So EVERY TIME you compare your baby to produce, I cannot help but think about pregnant bellies when I am in the produce section at the grocery store!!! Ah ha ha ha ah ha!! I love the visuals, it’s too funny!

  10. I am so so so glad you like the outfit. I just about died when I saw it <3. I also looove the throne at your baby shower. It's well-deserved, and I think you should sit on one wherever you go.

    Love you!!

  11. You’re SO CLOSE!! I am getting so excited for you :)

  12. Food looks great, you look great, pics are amazing! Thanks for updating us and best of luck to you and what a beautiful gift!

    Cathie.

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