Week 34: Baby’s as heavy as a cantaloupe!
This week has been super busy and exhausting but exciting and rewarding all at once. Most notably, we made the trip down to Long Beach for our long-awaited baby shower hosted by the women of our family!
We left at 11:30pm on Thursday night after Kevin got off of work and arrived in Long Beach at 6:45am on Friday. After catching up a bit with Dorothy and Sarah we took a 2-hour nap and, after a total of around 5 hours of sleep the entire night, we got our weekend started mid-morning on Friday. A few months ago I decided to get my belly henna tattooed for our maternity photo shoot and our baby shower so we made our way over to the Long Beach Town Center to Ziba Beauty to get ‘er done. It only took 30 minutes and cost $35 (I was expecting a lot more money and a lot more time!) and I was super happy with what the henna artist did. She had actually never done a pregnant belly before and when Sirena kicked her the first time she asked me, “Are you okay?” It was pretty funny. 🙂 But Sirena sure liked getting tattooed (a sign of what’s to come perhaps??) because she was kicking around a ton the whole time.
Later on while I was waiting for the henna to dry I took a quick video of her crazy kicks…this is one of the better videos I’ve taken so far showing just how active this little girl is…here’s the link!
That night Kevin went to hang out with Brian and I joined Kevin’s family to see my niece Katelyn in her acting debut…Alice in Wonderland at her school! It was a joint high school/middle school production and it was so fun seeing Katelyn up on stage doing her thing. We were so proud of her for auditioning, landing two parts, and spending all these months at rehearsals…I hope she continues to follow in her Aunt Lisa’s footsteps! I absolutely loved being a part of theater productions growing up and in high school.
Katelyn’s the duck in this scene
She’s the two of hearts on the far left in this scene
So proud of the little actress!
We stayed with my mom that night so that Kevin’s family could prepare for the party early the next morning and after catching up with her and Steve we ended up getting to bed around midnight…just to wake up 5.5 hours later to get ready for our maternity photo shoot! My friend Beka from Redlands is just starting her photography business (here’s her website, check her out if you’re in Southern California!) and she and her boyfriend/assistant Omar met us at 6:45am for our photo shoot on Cabrillo Beach. My mom tagged along and was able to capture some behind-the-scenes shots. I can’t wait to see how Beka’s photos turn out!
Beka and Omar hard at work!
I lovelovelove this one…can’t wait to see how it’ll look with Beka’s shots
Happy and exhausted after the shoot!
Beka and Omar after the session
Getting some well-deserved chow after the shoot
After breakfast with the gang in San Pedro, Beka and Omar went out to explore and I took a much-needed nap in preparation for the main event…our baby shower! Kevin’s sisters Sarah and Judith and his mom Dorothy did an amazing job with the decorations and food and Kevin’s parents had spent months getting the house and garden ready for the festivities…I cannot quite express how appreciative I am of all that they did for us!
There were so many people that came out to shower this little mermaid-in-the-making with adorable clothes, incredible books for her library, and wonderful baby things. And I think she really felt the love!
The early birds…the Edmonds gang and Emily
Derek, Dorothy, Judith and Kevin getting ready for the hordes of people to show up!
Meeting Amelia (Kim’s baby girl) for the first time!!
Mom and Derek
Diane and my Aunt Kathy
Derek, Aunt Tina, and Guy
So many babies at the party! The Millikan gang–Lara with Audrey, Brianne & Brian, and Lindsay with Rylan
Shani with Sadie and Kim with Amelia (these two are only about a week apart and the mamas shared the same due date!)
Alison, Heather and Beka
Seth, Steven and Omar…I’m sure they were trying to figure out what they were doing at a baby shower! Hahah.
With Claudia and Susan, friends from my time working at the Girl Scouts in OC!
With Lindsay and Jenny
Kim and Amelia!
The Redlands gang!
My favorite onesie handmade by Monique–we were in a sistahood together at Redlands called WRW
Kevin trying out the Ergo baby carrier that Derek got us…looking good! 🙂
We packed the car to the brim with all of the baby goodies and got home on Sunday evening. It was pretty surreal on the way home, I kept thinking that the next time we’re in Long Beach we’ll have another little lady in tow (not just Lola)! 🙂
We had such a great time in Long Beach with all of the baby festivities. I keep telling her that there are so many people that can’t wait to meet her and that she is one lucky little girl.
Me and the zoo we’re currently living with! Lola and her cousin Mars playing nice while I take my weekly photo.
Other pregnancy updates
- Total weight gained so far: 12 pounds
- Fun baby developments this week: 34 weeks is a pretty big milestone for baby’s development–she’s around 18 inches long and weighs around 5 pounds, she keeps her eyes open most of the time while she’s awake and only shuts them when she’s sleeping, and she can now determine the difference between sweet and sour tastes in the amniotic fluid surrounding her.
- Days until our 36 week ultrasound: Seven! We have our final ultrasound next Thursday morning to see if Sirena’s in the heads-down position and not breech (fingers crossed!) We can’t wait to see her one last time before the big day! I’ll be sure to update the blog that night to post her photo. 🙂
- Days until our Bay Area baby shower: Three! Our friend Carleigh (who is expecting a couple of bebes in the fall!) is throwing us a shower on Sunday for our small group of friends up here…can’t wait!