midwives, hypnobirthing, and my ever-growing cantaloupe at 32 weeks

Wednesday, September 28

  Boots: Unity from Famous Footwear, Leggings: Target, T-shirt: Hanes, Jacket: H&M, Scarf: c/o Denj Glasses: Target
*hello down there. {This picture's twin found here. The fact that I thought I had a belly back then is laughable.}
I went to my midwife appointment yesterday, which always makes me happy as a clam. I've been getting to go every two weeks now {as opposed to waiting an entire MONTH ... torture} and it's always so exciting to see my little boy growing healthy and strong and right on track. And not that anyone cares but me ... but his heartbeat is definitely the cutest thing I've ever heard. Go little heart!

Monday night, we also went to our first Hypnobirthing class {the method I'm choosing to use for a natural birth}. It was so informative and I left feeling empowered. A large part of Hypnobirthing is learning to bring yourself into a state of total relaxation ... something that sounds simple but is actually taking a lot of practice for me to conquer. {surprise, surprise} It's funny though. Whenever I DO manage to bring myself into that relaxed state ... THAT'S the time when baby boy loves to get the most active. Almost like he's already got the "Hey mom! mom! mom! mom! mom! mom! mom! mom! mom! mom! mom! mom!" thing down pat. Or maybe karate chopping is just his thing ...
It is.

In other news ... I'm 8 months pregnant. Whoever said you're knocked up for 9 was lyin' folks. Cause it's 10 months round trip. That's not to say that anyone's gonna be complainin' if he decides to show up at 9. Are you listening baby?

99 comments:

Rachel said...

You're almost there! I am glad you are getting prepared, I've been told that it is really key to the process... Not that I know, at all

Nastassja said...

You look great at 8 months! Geeez!

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Sugarfree said...

You're definitely most fashionable pregnant women i've ever seen! :)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i can't believe how tiny 'the-picture twin-you' is. no cantaloupe whatsoever!

Huddyma said...

I had both of my boys, naturally and used the hypnobirthing method the second time. My hubs can testify that I was MUCH calmer and took the pain much easier the second time following the HB plan. Now, one could say that's bc it was my second baby, but I disagree! Pain is pain!

Cait said...

ahh so exciting girl :) ps you still look stunning in all these photos! xo love the boots!

Petchie said...

Wow can't believe that you are already so far along! and you look great too! cute outfit!

xoxo
Petchie
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Kara said...

i looooooove when you write about natural birth -- when the time comes for me, i want to have a natural home birth... so watching you go through something similar is really inspiring! you're so close!

xx, Kara

Elegantly Academic said...

Awww, you look lovely! And those leggings look just like jeans - awesome!
Kelly xo
Elegantly Academic

Joanna said...

You're right. Midwife appts are the best. And I'm so glad that you chose the natural birth method. I did 26 hours all natural, but I'm glad looking back that I did. It felt so empowering to come out at the other end of that.

But at the same time, if things go differently (ceasarean, drugs, etc), don't be upset about it. Things happen, and each birth is different and personal and special. And what matters is that darling boy at the end.

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Salonie said...

Women expecting a lil baby are somehow the most beautiful things.
As goes for you.

Cheers. :)

Salonie
(http://salonie-m.blogspot.com)

Alexandria said...

You look simply marvelous darling :)

Much to My Delight said...

Most of the time I'm not all that interested in hearing bloggers post throughout their pregnancy cause I'm just not there yet and can't relate. But there's something different about the way you've walked us through yours that makes me want to keep reading about it. You wear pregnancy very, very well and it's so sweet to see your excitement throughout.

Glocal Girl said...

Sydney, You are one glowing pregnant lady! I've loved reading about your journey!

hugs from Holland xxxx

Collections said...

Love the scarf.

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RosyRilli said...

Love this outfit and the fact that it's primarily affordable! Oh yeah, and like everyone says, you're the cutest pregnant lady ever. One of these days you'll have to share how you manage to pull this off at 8 months.

Leslie said...

I am really interested in hearing more about "hypno-birthing"! I am definitely going to look into all of the natural methods once we get pregnant and I find this completely fascinating. Thanks for sharing (I hear other people can be pretty vocal in their opinions on all things pregnancy/birth/baby/motherhood) so thanks for being open about what you're choosing to do.

I hope I look as cute as you do when I'm pregnant!

Lace and Tulle said...

YOu look so pretty!!! Congrats!!

Love&Lilacs said...

I love your scarf. You are glowing!

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

you look so cute and you're gonna be the best mom ever :)

xxx,

Fashion Fractions

Marie-Eve said...

I wish I managed to look that fabulous back when I was pregnant, you're definitely going to be an inspiration the next time around ! I mean... you look amazing !

I too was always looking foward to hear the heartbeat, couldn't get tired of it. And kudos for going for a natural birth, I'm shure you're gonna do great.

bintheknow said...

You are looking so cute! I love that you still look stylish at 32 weeks!
Much love,
B

Rhiannon said...

you look so so adorable!
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cori.sage88 said...

goodness, you are THE cutest pregnant woman EVER. hands down everyone. :)

Jessi said...

You look adorable.

Get started on your relaxation exercises now! I'm not kidding. You need to get going and get comfortable with it ASAP. Hyno is def one of those things that you need a lot, alot of practice with.

Good luck with everything!

Taylor said...

You have to be the prettiest preggo I've ever seen! You also HAVE to do a tutorial on you get your buns to look so effortless!

Michelle said...

Wow, you will be able to hold your little baby boy soon!!!!!!! I am so excited for you!!!!! You look adorable!!!!!

Rissy said...

You're precious... the bigger the belly, the cuter I think.

I can not imagine having a natural birth! oh emmm geee. Goo for it girl!

Ashley Blossom said...

Your life is going to change so much, so soon, for the better! :) Congratulations!

Melody said...

You look great at 8 months!! Your sooo close to seeing your little boy!!!

Viktoriya -On A Diet 'Till Lunch said...

You are stunning. Pregnancy looks good on you!!! Loving that jacket!

CessOviedo said...

8 months? omg time has gone so fast, you look adorable as ever! That sounds like a great way to give birth, so happy about you!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

xoxo, Chloe said...

That scarf is so pretty!

Are you planning on a homebirth? That would be amazing!

Miss K said...

not that i'm preggers, but i'm totally interested in hypnobirthing. good luck with the final weeks of pregnancy!

emily said...

i really hope all goes well when the babe does decide to come. and that the hypobirthing proves useful. proud of you!

Allison Mennella said...

Quick question! Is your H&M Jacket from this seson, or is it older? I am looking for something almost exactly like that and would love help tracking it down. Your blog rocks, and best of luck with your pregnancy!

Hope you are having a great day!

Dayna said...

you're really only pregnant 9 months. it just seems like ten because you're prego 40 weeks total and to make it easier for doctors they just break it up into 4 week increments (but most months are 4 1/2 some 5). Wow I sound like a nerd. Any way, you look amazing! Good luck with hypnobirthing.. you'll do great. And even if you can't/don't follow through- giving birth to a baby no matter how its done is a feat in and of itself. you'll rock!

astr!d said...

you're almost there! and im sure you may already know about this cutie pie blog. but she and her man just welcomed their 4th girl into the world using hypnobirthing. she blogged about it if u want some encourgament: mycakies.blogspot.com

Nina V.+ Co. said...

they actually consider you pregnant from the first day of your last period, which of course you are not. So, the process is only actually 9 months. But it sure as heck feels like you're pregnant for a year or so it seems!

Laura Burtis said...

Seriously? Cutest prego lady ever! You look absolutely adorable!

wildchild said...

umm i don't understand the 10 month thing? but i do know that you're awfully close to seeing that little babayyy :) i'm excited for you two.

Vietje said...

i give birth to 2 girls, the first one at 41weeks the other at 37weeks, damn i miss being pregnant! so enjoy! you look great!

Victoria Gayle said...

you are just the cutest preggo ever!

Kassie said...

I totally agree that waiting a month to go to the dr when pregnant is way to long! The babies heart beat is the best, but just wait...gets way better!

Ballerina'sBun said...

you look so beautiful and happy ! your are the prettiest pregnant women ever :)

Leah said...

I can't believe how amazing you look at 8 months! You're almost there girl!

xo L.

Amy @ amy day to day said...

I have those boots, love 'em!

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

i can't believe you are almost there at 9 months! i'm so excited to see little pictures of your cute little boy and what name you end up choosing!! and p.s. i'm obsessed with those boots! i tried finding them onetime but they only had black ones left at the time. oh well!
xo TJ

Kate said...

I hope the hypnobirthing thing works for you. We have a friend in our ward who wanted to and was dead set on it, so when things didn't go as planned (and their baby was in the NICU after an unplanned pitocin and epidural and episiotomy), she was quite disappointed. Just go in with the intention to come home with a healthy baby, no matter how he comes. You're almost there!! :)

country girl said...

You look beautiful, and so happy! I just gave birth to our son Rafael 2 weeks ago naturally and wrote his birth story on my blog in case you are interested. Its very candid :)
All the best to you!
http://www.mayallseasonsbesweettothee.blogspot.com

G said...

OMG you are beautiful!!!! So much time I haven't see your blog and did't know you were pregnant!! Congrats!!!!!! lot of love!!!
G.

www.thecihc.com

dana @ wonder forest said...

eeps! it's almost time :)
and you still look fabulous!!
this baby is going to be the best dressed baby ever ;)
xo dana
thewonderforest.com

Kerri HollyMuffin said...

it's true that 40 weeks= 10 months!
And the method you chose sounds very interesting!
I cant wait to see pictures of the little guy :)!
xox
Kerri at HollyMuffin

renata said...

It's gonna be awesome!
I read the post linked here and it reminded me of one of my mum's birth, i think it was when i was born (i am her first child), she was in a double room and she says her mate was so nervous, crying all the time and very scared, and she thought like "um, i'm not scared at all and so happy, may be my feelings are wrong?" She's very very peaceful, it amazes me sometimes how she manages pain, she says "when i'm going through the roughest pain i always think it could be even more so i stay calm, you never know your limits" but in case of labour she says "it is painful, i can't say it's not, but i wouldn't scream, i never felt like screaming and crying, not in a million years, in all my labours i was SO happy to meet my daughters, so happy i couldn't even think of feeling any pain" That's what she says and i know it's true, so i guess if you live your pregnancy and your labour with happiness, trusting life, nature, God, you'll take it as an amazing and unvaluable experience. At least that's how i it'd work for me!

Hope this little post is read and encourages you a bit!

xox
renata

http://perasduraznosavesfenix.blogspot.com/

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

I didn't leave you hanging Vicki Vanzura Annis. Bindu Alakot which one did you buy? Emma Dawson Hollis and Jessica Giese Lowe are you joining us?
You are looking beautiful!!!! I can't believe you're already reaching the finish line! I've been following along for a while but don't comment often. Just wanted to say hi and congratulations!!!!!!

Enjoy these next few weeks as much as possible!

Kendra aka "Domestic Princess in Training"

Shamini said...

you're just so so cute
xx

nfpfertilityhelp said...

Okay, nerdy math teacher here (and honestly, it took me much too long to figure out how 40 weeks was equal to 9 months), but... if a month = 4 weeks, that mean the number of days in a year = 12 months x 4 weeks x 7 days per week.

12 x 4 x 7 = 336 days

But in reality there are 365(.242199) days in a year, and more than 28 days (4 weeks) in each month, except for non-leap year Februarys.

So glad to hear everything is going perfectly and looking forward to reading more about your birth prep and birthing experience after the little guy is here. All the best!

Mrs.Danielle.Warren said...

I seriously think that you & my sister-in-law will have boys at the exact same time! How cute is that!
I have a question about leggings. I have a hard time finding some thick enough that don't show my g's especially when I sit. What kind of leggings do you recommend?

Sarah-Anne said...

getting close :) eeep!
also? how in the world do you still manage to look hawt when you're 8 months preggo? i need your secret for the future.

Samantha said...

I love how stylish you look even while pregnant! Inspirational! :)

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milk tea + polkadots said...

You look super cute!

Seriously...why do they say 9 months when it's actually 10?? Happy 8 months! I just reached 6 months last week. :)

Albin & Elizabeth said...

You are lovely. I married a Mormon man. So happy and inspired to find your blog a few months ago.

Love your positive energy, lovely photos, and style.
Thanks to you I'm sporting all sorts of lipstick these days and loving it!

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EC said...

I am so exited to virtually meet this little man!

Mrs. Ham said...

can't believe only one more month!!! so happy for you guys! you're gonna rock this hypnobirthing stuff!

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Sierra said...

Awwww he is such a cutie!!!!! Can't wait to finally meet him! I kinda doubt anyone really would complain...
I'm loving your boots! Boots and shoes can kinda be an addiction :P Sierra
Keep Growing Beautiful♥ (Cause You Are!)

Brooke said...

Just found you. You are super cute. I am currently past 10 months. Never thought it would be me. Always thought i would be done at 38 weeks ISH. I refuse to be induced, because I am also going natural...but some days I want to listen to all of these crazy people that tell you to just get it done...although after my meltdown to my husband today (HE IS NEVER COMING OUT!!!!)....I feel like I can make it a couple more weeks. I am 40 weeks 5 days now :)

Sharde said...

sydney you have a butt! :) baby brought that along with the tots too :)

sharde @ the style projects

Ben and Camille said...

another math major here but yes, it is 9 months because 4 weeks doesn't equal one month (it's 28 days) so when you add the extra days and the first 2 weeks that they count (from the first day of your last period), it comes to 9 months:)

love your blog and just got those exact boots!!

mom24orsinis said...

*jealous* loved being pregnant...I loved it, loved it, loved it...if I had it in me, I'd keep getting preggo until I couldn't do it anymore :) So nice to read another Mother who is enjoying it and not complaining...

...as much as you think you are ready to have him out, the minute he is, you'll be ready to be pregnant again (I can remember holding my first born and loving it, while missing the miracle of feeling his life inside me as well)...okay, maybe you won't feel that, but you might...this is such a great time of life :)

SO excited for you...thanks for letting us be on your miraculous journey with you!!

Joni and Rico Adams said...

So excited for you!! The last month is the worst and goes by SO slow but then they're here and time flies. Enjoy every minute of being pregnant and bringing the sweet little nugget into the world. It was by far the most amazing moment in mine and my husbands life. I can't wait for the birth story :)

Sean and Sierra said...

You look great! I always feel the most beautiful when I'm pregnant. And as someone who thought I was going to get an epidural and didn't....it is very empowering. The human body is an amazing thing and I think it's awesome you are doing it natural. =)

Laura said...

you seriously look amazing! AMAZING!!!!

I am excited to hear how your Hypnobirthing goes. I have four kids. The last two we did hypnobirthing and i know YOU CAN DO IT!!! :) Practice, practice!

Glad you enjoying being prego!

Gaby said...

I've heard such wonderful things about hypnobirthing! Definitely the way I want to go when I'm pregnant. I have a giveaway on my blog right now for a book called the yoga of birth. It's amazing, even if you're not into yoga, and is all aobut natural birth. The giveaway's here: http://thislittleport.blogspot.com/2011/09/giveaway-yoga-of-birth.html

Just thought it might be useful for you :)

Whitney & Devin said...

Adorable! Ah you are getting close (even though it probably seems super far to you)... 10 months is a lot a waiting!

Meghan said...

love your blog. love your style. Excited for your new little addition!

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Athena said...

I love the scarf, its such a bright pop of color!

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debbiecutieface said...

can he just be born already!?

Kaitlyn said...

Could I have your sunglasses?

Cool!

Kthxbai.

S.C. said...

Wow your glowing and looking so happy =)

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Krista Lynn said...

I love your outfit!! I hope I can be a cute preggers like you!!! :D

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simplysarah said...

you look adorable! such a stylish soon to be mommy :)

Meredith Paige said...

Precious. LOVE the boots and sunglasses.

cutecity.

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Shana said...

Oh, Sydney. I think you are just going to Love. The. Heck. outta being a mom. To a boy!! Best of luck to you, Tys, and baby. 8 (ish) weeks to go! Enjoy every minute...there will never be another pregnancy *quite* like your first. :)

Really.

Supal said...

you're on the final stretch! Congratulations, you've done such fantastic job so far :)

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ashleyanneiordanov said...

You look so adorable! I'm glad that pregnancy is treating you so well. You'll have to let us all know how the hypnobirthing goes :D

Andrea said...

I know I have blabbed about it before - but I used hypnosis for my last baby and LOVED it! Not only did I have a fast "easy" natural birth but it made the end of pregnancy really enjoyable, too.

erin said...

I didn't take the hypnobirthing classes but read all the books and listened to a few relaxation cd's. You'll love it!! Even though it was tough, I had my baby at a hospital completely natural!! I LOVED it so so much. It's the best. Hard...yes. Worth it...oh ya!!

Alisha said...

Girl, if I could look half as good as you when I'm 8 months preggo I'll be one happy momma! You look great! Praying for a healthy pregnancy for you and that baby boy. :)

Sofija's World said...

You look gret girl! Love your outfit but still the hair is amazing!!

Liesl said...

Love this look, your boots and baby bump...ADORABLE!!!

Liesl :)

Sandy a la Mode said...

i hope my baby shows up at 9 months too!!! 10 months is just TOO long!!!

Mary Pang said...

Your outfit....*MELT* it's totes something I would wear, only it looks better on you :)

and you are officially the cutest prego I think I've ever seen. Ever.

Emma Frances said...

I'm so so so excited to hear about your baby's birth in about a month! :] I love that you are trying natural birth with Hypnobirthing because that is what I want to try someday. Are you having a midwife in the hospital or having your baby at home?

Along Abbey Road said...

Ok, so I see you all over Pinterest. Like, everyday. So glad I finally found your blog! You are my new prego inspiration. Hubs and I are pregnant with our first too, boy as well! And we're LDS! And I'm going to give birth naturally! With so many things in common, your blog is for sure my new go-to.

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Thuy said...

u're beautiful ^^

alex said...

Aw so cute, I can't believe you're eight months pregnant already! I still remember when you made the announcement! I honestly can't wait to meet the baby:) Oh, and you look amazing as usual! Love your jacket!

Crystal said...

LOVE your boots!!! What brand are they??

Mary said...

Love the boots! I just bought a pair of cute, cognac colored riding boots this weekend.
Also, love that you are doing hypnobirthing! I did the HypnoBabies home program with my daughter and had a natural birth. Was in labor for 13 hours, had pitocin and was able to still have a natural birth and pushed for only 26 minutes, as opposed to 3 1/2 hours pushing with an epidural with my son. Highly recommend it and as long as you keep being determined during labor, you'll do great! Good luck!

Mary
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