Baby and Bridal Showers

Hi friends!! I hope you are having a great week! We have been busy getting everything ready for Baby P! Tomorrow we head to the hospital to be induced so we are just a little excited about here! Our moms are both in town and more family will come this weekend. Our hospital recently changed the visitor policy so it looks like we may get some visitors at the hospital!

I need to say a quick HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my little sister!! She’s the best there is and I’m just so so lucky to have her in my life. Can’t wait for her to become an auntie this weekend!!!

Let’s back up to last weekend. My best friend from Nashville flew into San Antonio to drive to Dallas with me for a long weekend full of celebrations that began with a baby shower for Baby P!! The shower was pea themed… my momma knit that peapod on the mantel – so stinkin cute!!

It was soo much fun! We had a ton of family in town and these ladies really made me feel so special. This baby doesn’t know how lucky he/she is to have such a great support system already!

All the girlies!!!

All the beautiful little details. 🙂

Friday night my sister’s friends hosted a Stock the Bar Couples Shower for my sister and her fiance Max! We had a blast with everyone celebrating the happy couple!!

Saturday morning my mom, cousin, aunts and I hosted a bridal shower for my sister… my at well throw ALL the parties while everyone is in town, right?!?

All the Lange girls! and little Karli, my cousin’s kiddo, who will be my sister’s flower girl. So precious!!!

A bunch of the girls on Saturday morning!

We had a mimosa bar, a brunch spread, played games, opened gifts and ofcourse my mom’s honey was the parting gift. 🙂

My momma, sister and I somehow ended up color coordinating. 🙂

The groom made a special appearance too!

A girlie trip wouldn’t be complete without matching PJs. 🙂

We spent the rest of the weekend lounging by the pool… we were all exhausted from all the fun parties, but it was so worth it!

Sunday my bestie, mother-in-law and I drove back to San Antonio (yes, we were all very thankful I did not go into labor while in Dallas ;)). This week has been crazy trying to get organized at home and work before the baby arrives, but I think we are now as prepared as we will ever be. I’ll be sure to post once baby P arrives… hoping for a quick and safe delivery.. fingers crossed!! I’m so excited to get to be a momma and meet my little baby P!!!

It’s Been a Minute… All the Updates

Hi!! How are you all? I have been MIA for a couple weeks and that is because a LOT has been going on over here. First I will say, Baby P is still cooking and I am still very pregnant (36 weeks tomorrow).

Let me fill you guys in on the past few weeks. Up until about week 33, I was feeling really great… just thinking like wow, my body doesn’t hate being pregnant and besides a little heartburn, most days I feel just fine. I think I should have knocked on wood. At around 33 weeks I started getting a little itchy all over my body. It was really strange, but would come and go and there was no rash. But I actually had heard of the condition called Cholestasis when I was reading about pregnancy issues/conditions a while ago so I knew immediately I needed to call the doctor after a completely sleepless night (it is much worse at night).

My doctor advised me to come in to the office to do a blood test to see if I had Cholestasis and since the test would take almost a week to come back, he started treating me right away. Cholestasis is a liver condition that stops or slows the flow of bile from the gallbladder. This condition causes bile to leak into your bloodstream, which causes the itchy feeling. Less than a week later, I was diagnosed. My doctor referred me to a high risk OB so I have been seeing her for a couple weeks in addition to my doctor. With this condition it is recommended to induce at 37 weeks so that is our plan now – that means we are having a baby in just about a week! So crazy. My levels are just at the cutoff, which my new OB told me is better than having super elevated test results with this condition.

The doctor prescribed me meds that help reduce the bile (reduce the itchiness too) and a stronger antihistamine so I have been taking both of those religiously, but I will say, I am still very uncomfortable and it is getting worse by the day. I read that the itchiness can increase as you get closer to birth because your hormones are rising exponentially. Without the medications, the itchiness was unbearable – like I almost went to the ER twice kind of unbearable. The meds kept the itching at bay for about two weeks with little flare ups about every third night, but now it is bad every night and even some days. It has been almost a week since I have been able to get to sleep before 3 or 4am. Very miserable. The good news is that this condition does disappear right after birth. I asked my doctor if there was something I could have done to prevent this or is this genetic and he said “it’s honestly just pregnancy.”

So for now, I am just trying to keep myself distracted and make it to the finish line, which is getting closer and closer.

We have been working on getting the nursery ready for Baby P and we are slowly but surely getting there. How cute are these sheets my mom and sister got me?

I washed a lot of baby clothes and started organizing them.

Stocking up on diapers and wipes. 🙂

The closet in the nursery has nice built ins so I am slowly filling those up!

The latest baby bump picture. 🙂

Besides the Cholestasis, I am still feeling really good and have been able to continue working out and walking daily. It is starting to get HOT in San Antonio and I am just thankful I won’t be pregnant all summer long. We have actually had quite a few storms lately and the one last weekend knocked out our power overnight. It was only out for about 8 hours and it was cool outside, but this pregnant lady likes it COLD at night. 🙂

My husband sleeping peacefully while I stare at the ceiling and try to fall asleep. 😉

Little Riley got 4 teeth pulled last week… they were old and rotten and needed to go. He did so great and was back to acting completely normal the next day. He’s gotten a lot of extra attention, special food and lots of treats so he is as happy as can be.

I am off to two doctor appointments today for Baby P (the high risk OB and my regular OB) and then my bestie from Nashville comes into town! We are having a girls weekend with the girls in my family, which includes a baby shower for Baby P and a couple bridal showers for my sister! It is quite an eventful year for our family.

The planner in me is really happy to have an induction date so I am able to plan (our families are thankful for this too so they can all be in town at the right time). I have been busy wrapping up work stuff to get ready for my leave (I will take 12 weeks), getting things situated around the house, and working ahead to get tasks done that will be harder once Baby P arrives. People keep asking me what my birth plan is…. The latest question I answered in my pregnancy journal explains the extent of my birth plan…. 😉 I just want a healthy baby (and momma) so however the baby comes, I will just go with the flow.

Our families are both coming into town for the birth so we are really excited to see them all as well. I hope to post once more next week with a recap of our special weekend, but that will probably be my last post until Baby P decides to join us! I can’t wait to share all the details and pictures with you all. 🙂

I hope you have an amazing rest of your week!!! XOXOXO