32 Weeks: Virginia Baby Shower

This week was extra special because I was home in the Washington, D.C. area for my first baby shower (my mother-in-law is hosting a second baby shower closer to New York in a few weeks)! My mom and sisters spent hours preparing activities and decorating the house for the shower, and they did a beautiful job! 

This is me, with my mom and two sisters below:

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And me with my mother-in-law who traveled all the way from New Jersey for the day:

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My younger sister made these beautiful sugar cookies, little elephants, lions and giraffes, so cute (and they also taste delicious!). 

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We enjoyed a wonderful lunch made by my mom, including grilled eggplant parmigiana, salad, and fresh bread, and capped off the meal with dessert, another creation by my sister---tiramisu cake!

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Baby shower activities included baby advice (written on newborn diapers), a "Who Knows the Mommy to Be" quiz, a Play Doh babies competition, and a Birth Date (and gender and weight) Guessing Pool.

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And I was surprised by everyone with some wonderful gifts to fill my new diaper bag

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The baby, Brian and I are so lucky to have such wonderful friends and family and it meant so much to me to have so many friends and family at the baby shower.

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Thank you!!!!

And last but not least....

Here's what's happening with Baby Riley this week:

  • Baby Riley weighs about 3.75 pounds (the size of a jicama) and is almost 17 inches long 
  • He or she will be gaining a third to a half of his or her birth weight in the next 7 weeks
  • Baby Riley has toes, fingernails and hair and Baby Riley's skin is beginning to smooth out as she or he fattens up

And what's happening with me:

Weight Gained: I'm not sure, but I'll guess 18-19 pounds at this point.

Favorite Moment: My baby shower!

Workouts:I've been making my way to the gym for the usual workouts, including strength training (mostly using TRX suspension cables) and light cardio.

Symptoms: I still get tingly/numb hands once or twice a night and I've been going to the bathroom a LOT recently. It's strange because I won't need to go and then all of a sudden the baby will move and I'll need to go immediately.

Food Aversions/Cravings: Nothing special, but I've been enjoying baby shower cake and cookies!

Sleep: Sleep has been okay lately, but not great. I've had a few mornings where I wake up and have trouble falling back to sleep.

Looking forward to: Christmas Day!!