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31 Weeks!

No nursery or baby clothing pics this week… so a handful of cat and food photos will have to suffice. You know you love the cat photos, though.

31 Weeks

Weeks: 31 (9 to go!)

Maternity clothes: As the weather begins to warm up, I’m on the hunt for comfortable (and cute, of course) maternity dresses. I’m loving that I can still get away with leggings and tops lately, but leggings are going to start to look odd when mid-March rolls around.

Sleep: Still waking up at least twice each night for trips to the bathroom. Also, I reallllllllly miss sleeping on my stomach. Like, so much.

Miss anything? As mentioned in my last post, I miss running. February has that cool, crisp air that makes running so invigorating! I see many evening walks with Richard in my near future, as I get into the “okay, I’m ready for this baby to be here” stage!

Richard explaining to Merlin that he won't be "the baby" for much longer...

Richard explaining to Merlin that he won’t be “the baby” for much longer…

Movement: Baby’s movements are a bit more slow and gradual now that he’s running out of space. I feel more turns and rolls, rather than jabs and pokes. Still hiccuping like crazy, though!

Food cravings: Mediterranean food galore! Hummus, pita, lentil salad, black beans… Oh, and donuts (from Duck Donuts, of course).


Symptoms: The heartburn creeps up during the day sometimes now. It’s annoying, but manageable.

Belly button: Still an innie!

Emotions: You guys. My eyes literally well up with tears when we watch these birth videos in our labor class at Rex Hospital. IT’S ALL SO BEAUTIFUL! And also frightening.

Best moment this week: This has been a great week so far. I had lunch with my Mom yesterday, which was a real treat (see our selfie below)! Also, Richard and I had our third (of five) classes at Rex last night where we learned about all of the various pain management options for labor. I also picked up a few hospital bag essentials today from Target… since I really need to work on starting to pack that bag!

Not our best photo... but hey, it was a rainy, bad hair day!

Not our best photo… but hey, it was a rainy, bad hair day!

Looking forward to: Richard and I leave for Asheville tomorrow morning! I suppose you can call this little getaway our official “babymoon”. I can’t wait. Will be sure to snap lots of photos and provide a recap, of course!

xo Cassie


  1. Just think, soon you’ll be able to sleep on your stomach!
    Just kidding, you won’t get to sleep πŸ˜‰
    On a less playfully sarcastic/sleep deprived note, you look really lovely!

    • Cassandra

      February 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Aw, thank you, Christina!

      And HA! Ain’t this the truth?! I fear that my nights of good sleep are over for a WHILE… But it will all be worth it, and I’m sure you’d agree! πŸ™‚

  2. I just love the pic of Rich and Merlin, also of Merlin alone, and you with your bump – pregnancy certainly looks good on you Cassie! As for the selfie, one of the loveliest pix of you and mom together I’ve seen – mind if I move to my iPhoto and keep it/share it, please!!
    Glad you enjoyed lunch yesterday – happy today turned out better than expected weatherwise, that we are all safe, and that your appt. went well.
    Time is flying now – so exciting!
    Your trip to Asheville will be such fun – I have friends going there this weekend too – hope the weather cooperates for all of you. I love that town and the surrounding countryside – one of my favorite road trips is to western NC.
    Take care – have fun.
    Love and hugs xoxoxoxox

    • Cassandra

      February 24, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      Of course you may save and share the picture of Mom and I! Yes, time certainly is flying now — can’t wait to celebrate the impending arrival of this little guy with a great group of ladies in just a couple of weeks! Really looking forward to some girl time with family and friends. I’ll tell Asheville “hello!” from you… After all, we’re dining at CΓΊrate tomorrow night!! πŸ™‚ xoxo

  3. Your house is really lovely. So clean and serene looking. The photos are wonderful too and how nice to see a pic of your mom–is she Mary’s daughter then? It’s great that you have supportive family around too. that will really help.

    I have to laugh at your various belly button statuses. I think in fact you may well be the only one I have ever read who has done that and I think it is utterly hilarious and kind of cute too for your kid to read years from now! πŸ™‚ hahah.

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