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Month: March 2016

36 Weeks!

Ahhh, it’s springtime! And here in North Carolina, we’ve got beautiful flowers (and plenty of pollen) to prove it. Here’s what going on this week in my pregnancy… and some recent spring-y photos, too!

36 Weeks

Weeks: 36 (4 to go!)

Maternity clothes: Nothing new! I’m just mixing and matching what I already own at this point. This little Johnny Was kimono is my new favorite thing, though.

Sleep: My lower back is starting to ache more, so sleep hasn’t been the greatest. Also, I’m getting up at least twice every night to use the bathroom.

Tulips

Miss anything? As adorable as the little kicks and rolls are, they can also be kind of annoying. Getting punched in the bladder isn’t the greatest feeling. I guess what I’m trying to say is… I think I’ll be pretty happy to no longer be housing another human.

Movement: Baby’s hiccups are less frequent, but little twitches and giant rolls are happening more. The twitches sometimes remind me of the shakes that dogs do after they’ve come in from the rain! Like, what is he doing in there?!

Nature

Food cravings: I’ve been eating cereal every day again. Special K Vanilla Almond, baby!

Symptoms: Heartburn almost every night. Backaches. Occasional dizziness. Fatigue. Breakouts.

Tulips

Belly button: It’s an innie, but kind of looks like an outtie through clothing! Belly buttons are weird.

Emotions: Still no grand emotional breakdowns. Richard, be afraid. Be very afraid.

Flowers

Best moment this week: This was my last full week at work! The bigger I get, the more uncomfortable I get being on my feet for long periods of time, so I think I picked a great time to start tapering off at work. Also, the carseat is officially installed! We’re ready for you, little baby!

Looking forward to: Family time this weekend, finishing my hospital bag, and a final prenatal massage!

xo Cassie

34 Weeks!

I know, I skipped a week. I’ve been hard at work getting the house in ship-shape for baby Marshall! Also, I was quite busy celebrating with friends and family, because my mom and sister hosted a beautiful baby shower for this little guy! I’m including a few photos from that event in this week’s update. I love the photo of my mom and I above, by the way!

34 Weeks

Weeks: 34 (6 to go!)

Maternity clothes: I bought these adorable white maternity jeans (shown above), but ugh… I had forgotten just how restricting denim really is. I couldn’t even squat in them! Needs more stretch! They are getting returned.

Sleep: Sleep has been SO much better now that we have a king bed. I can toss and turn with a pillow between my knees and not wake Richard up! I have, however, been generally more tired lately. I think that’s just because I’m getting bigger and needing more rest.

My little sister Kara and I at the shower!

My little sister Kara and I at the shower!

Miss anything? I miss being able to lift heavy things, put on my shoes and socks comfortably, and bend over to pick things up without feeling like I’m going to topple over. My center of gravity is just so different right now.

Movement: Still tons of hiccups. His movements have become more forceful this week, as I assume he’s running out of space in that studio apartment!

Opening gifts at the shower!

Opening gifts at the shower!

Food cravings: Nothing out of the ordinary this week.

Symptoms: Still experiencing minor heartburn. Also fatigue and backaches.

Love these ladies!

Love these ladies!

Belly button: Still an innie, but definitely shallow. I actually don’t think it’s going to “pop” out.

Emotions: We set up a corner in our bedroom that is just for baby. It’s where he will eat, sleep, and have his diapers changed for the first few months. Seeing that space every morning makes me really excited for him to join our family!

Adorable cupcakes from Gigi's in Cary.

Adorable cupcakes from Gigi’s in Cary.

Best moment this week: Richard set up the crib! It’s precious. Even though baby won’t be sleeping in it for quite some time, I just love seeing his nursery space come together.

Looking forward to: Richard and I are going to see The Lion King at DPAC this week! I’ve wanted to see this Broadway production for so long, as The Lion King was one of my favorite Disney movies as a child. Oh, and I guess I should finish packing my hospital bag!

What’s going on with you this week?

xo Cassie

32 Weeks!

It’s starting to feel a bit more like springtime, which meanssssss baby’s arrival is nearing! Here’s what’s been going on this week in my pregnancy.

32 Weeks

Weeks: 32 (8 to go!)

Maternity clothes: No new finds to share this week — still living in leggings and the occasional dress.

Sleep: Our new bedroom furniture (including a KING-sized bed and mattress) is scheduled to arrive this weekend! I AM SO EXCITED. I can’t wait to get our bedroom organized, as its current state is one of the things that drives me a little bit crazy every day. If I can wake up to a room that is free of clutter and miss-match furniture, I will surely start my day so much more at-ease.

Miss anything? Ha! The weather is warming up, so I’m missing my afternoons spent at local breweries!

Taken while out on a neighborhood walk today.

Taken while out on a neighborhood walk today.

Movement: He’s hiccuping all of the time, and it’s so cute. I’m starting to feel kicks and jabs under my ribcage now, too… which is not so cute.

Food cravings: Still craving lots of yummy Mediterranean dishes. I’ve been really enjoying things like hummus, pita, lentils, tzatziki, black beans, beets, and carrots. This is great news, because I need to start eating a little better if I want to have any chance of getting my “normal” body back!

Symptoms: Nothing new to report this week.

Spring is coming!

Spring is coming!

Belly button: Still an innie!

Emotions: Now that March is here, I am able to say “I’m having a baby NEXT MONTH”. That makes things feel very real. I’m starting to get a little sappy, but nothing too outrageous. When the nursery is complete and I can go in there, sit, relax, and think about the arrival of our little guy, I’ll likely cry.

Best moment this week: I got a haircut and color touch-up yesterday, so that was certainly a nice treat! Oh, and I indulged in the deliciousness pictured below.

Chocolate gelato milkshake with espresso from La Vita Dolce in Southern Village.

Chocolate gelato milkshake with espresso from La Vita Dolce in Southern Village.

Looking forward to: Prenatal yoga tonight, the new bedroom furniture, and my baby shower this weekend! I can’t wait to celebrate with some wonderful ladies!

xo Cassie

“Babymooning” in Asheville

Last week, Richard and I enjoyed two wonderfully relaxing evenings in Asheville, NC. We stayed at our favorite B&B, the Rankin House Inn — and so enjoyed having a chat and catching up with innkeeper Scott again.

With me now being essentially 8 months pregnant, our trip was the low-key version of our typical Asheville shenanigans. We still got plenty of walking in, but we stuck to 2 breweries (as opposed to our usual 8 or so), a good bit of shopping, great views, one dinner requiring a reservation (Cúrate, of course!), and a show at Asheville Community Theatre.

Here are some photos from our trip!

We finally discovered Screen Door Antiques, which was highly recommended by my grandmother!  We picked up a few odds and ends, including a beautiful bunch of dried lavender, a holiday reindeer made of reclaimed wood, and a unique abstract painting for the nursery!

We finally discovered Screen Door Antiques, which was highly recommended by my grandmother! We picked up a few odds and ends, including a beautiful bunch of dried lavender, a holiday reindeer made of reclaimed wood, and a unique abstract painting for the nursery.

Inside Screen Door Antiques.

Inside Screen Door Antiques.

The resident shop cat found the coziest spot for a nap.

The resident shop cat found the coziest spot for a nap.

Inside Screen Door Antiques.

Inside Screen Door Antiques.

Awesome murals in downtown Asheville!

Awesome murals in downtown Asheville!

One of our MANY tapas dishes at Cúrate.  "Pescado con tomate" -- seared red snapper in a rich tomato and seafood broth with chickpeas, roasted garlic, and crispy fish skin.

One of our MANY tapas dishes at Cúrate. “Pescado con tomate” — seared red snapper in a rich tomato and seafood broth with chickpeas, roasted garlic, and crispy fish skin.

More tapas.  "Pimientos de piquillo y queso de cabra" -- piquillo peppers stuffed with Spanish goat cheese.

More tapas. “Pimientos de piquillo y queso de cabra” —
piquillo peppers stuffed with Spanish goat cheese.

And this dish is always my favorite, as it brings me back to Galicia!  "Pulpo a la gallega" -- Galician-style octopus served warm with sea salt, olive oil, Spanish paprika, and yukon gold potato purée.

And this dish is always my favorite, as it brings me back to Galicia! “Pulpo a la gallega” — Galician-style octopus served warm with sea salt, olive oil, Spanish paprika, and yukon gold potato purée.

We spent a couple of hours at the Omni Grove Park Inn.  It was lovely to enjoy a latte while taking in the views!

We spent a couple of hours at the Omni Grove Park Inn. It was lovely to enjoy a latte while taking in the views!

It was a gorgeous day!  I also did some shopping at Grove Park Inn's boutique, Cloth!

It was such a gorgeous day! I did some shopping at Grove Park Inn’s boutique, Cloth, too.

Richard and I (with downtown Asheville in the background) at the Grove Park Inn.

Richard and I (with downtown Asheville in the background) at the Grove Park Inn.

Me with "the cat in the hat" from the Seussical show at Asheville Community Theatre!

Me with “the cat in the hat” from the Seussical show at Asheville Community Theatre!

It was lovely to have some time together, just the two of us, in one of our favorite places, before baby comes and shakes our lives up! And if society says it’s a “babymoon”, so be it.

Have you been to Asheville? Do you have a favorite restaurant or brewery? I’d love to hear about it!

Hungry for more? Check out our other Asheville adventures here and here.

xo Cassie

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