Author: thewilderjess

30 Week Bumpdate!

How far along: 30 weeks!

Gender: Unknown

Weight gain: Officially 21lbs!

Maternity clothes: All day, every day.  I put on one of my mat shirts for work the other day and man did I just feel superbly LARGE. Still haven’t bought anything else I said I would buy since the hoodie, but I wouldn’t mind a few more comfy pieces to wear once baby gets here. I suppose I should also start looking into investing in decent nursing bras and tanks. So if anyone has any recommendations on either, I would most definitely appreciate it!

Rings on or off: They are off. I refused to attempt to shove them on. I don’t think my fingers look THAT swollen, but they have been a bit of a struggled to get on and off so I’ll just go without. MY FINGER FEELS SO NAKED.

Belly button in or out: In but shallow AF.

Sleep: Sleep has been generally good. I’ve had a few strange nights where I just wake up, go to the washroom and BOOM I can only just lay there and stare into the dark for an hour or so. Then I manage to get back to sleep. I’m hoping that nights like this just stay away, but only time will tell I suppose! Still trying to get to sleep earlier that’s for sure!

Best moment this week: My midwife appointment as always! I really didn’t mind the Glucose Tolerance Test. The drink definitely tasted similar to the McDonald’s Orange Drink and they give you five minutes to drink it, which I though was a ton of time. Turns out it isn’t and I found myself chugging back the last bit, which burned just a little and left an unpleasant aftertaste.
We also took our prenatal/childbirth classes over the weekend and I feel a little more prepared and informed as to what to expect. I’ll continue doing some reading though. Current reads include Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth for myself and The Birth Partner for hubs (although I think I will be reading this book too!).

Worst moment this week: Discovering that my GTT levels were just a little too high. Which means I have to do the 2 hour GTT, which includes THREE blood draws. I am less than fond of getting blood taken. So we’ll see how that goes.

Miss anything: The raw fish kind of sushi!

Movement: Very distinct movement this week! Rolls and turns, kicks and punches. Baby is still just chilling out and laying whichever way he/she feels comfortable for now. The absolute weirdest feeling is when I find myself resting my arm or hand on my belly and can literally FEEL an arm or leg just run itself across my own arm or hand. I’ve also discovered that I can figure out whereabouts baby is sitting, again only sometimes because it’s only a super strange feeling, but I’m sure I can feel baby’s head or body if I’m adventurous enough and he/she’s in the right place.

Cravings: Poutine. Gingerbread cookies.

Looking forward to: Going to see the newest Star Wars movie this weekend! Although it comes out today, hubs was thinking ahead when he purchased tickets two months ago and got an early showing on Friday evening because sleep for a pregnant lady trumps everything (bonus points for him!).
A weekend to ourselves (aka a weekend of doing absolutely nothing!)! I’m sure we’ll have to do some last minute Christmas shopping for people though. But no other commitments!
The last week of school before we are off for Christmas holidays!

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28 + 29 Week Bumpdates!

First off, I know I said that being behind and lack of bump photos wouldn’t happen any more but as life would have it, I was offered a full-time teaching position for the time being and am now a teacher to 19 wonderful (but EXHAUSTING) Grade 2 students which have consumed all my free time and my energy. So 28 and 29 week bumpdates are lacking in the bump aspect. 😦 But, they do not lack in any other aspects, so without further adieu … here we go!
I have absolutely NO IDEA how I’ve made it to the THIRD TRIMESTER but here I am! I cannot even believe that this pregnancy journey is 2/3 complete and before we know it, we will be holding and cuddling our tiny human.
How far along: 29 weeks!
Gender: Unknown!
Weight gain: I’d say ~20lbs at this point … I shall find out this week!
Maternity clothes: Still working on investing in some more pieces. One of my current faves is this top from GAP (and the short-sleeved version). I only have black at the moment, but I’m thinking I need a few more colours. The material is SO soft and feels wonderful.
Stretch marks: Yup.
Rings on or off: My fear of not being able to take them off has won and for the most part, all rings are off. I am actually so sad about this.
Belly button in or out: In and Shallow AF.
Sleep: Still pretty decent … I’ve taken to barricading myself into my bed with my Snoogle, a pillow underneath the Snoogle and another pillow under my belly. SO I BASICALLY CAN’T GO ANYWHERE. But sometimes I wake up and still end up half on my back. Need to barricade myself a little tighter I think. And work on going to sleep earlier in the evening because little kids just make me SO TIRED.
Best moment this week: Exploring all the local makers at the Craft Fair this past weekend, AND hanging out with my family on Sunday afternoon. So much good food and I just LOVE hanging out with my cousins and Grandparents. My Grandma is legit SO EXCITED to become a Great Grandma!
Miss anything: B E E R. Smelling it only works for so long. I definitely am missing going out Friday evenings with the hubs for a beer at a local bar/pub.
Movement: This baby is literally everywhere in my belly! He/she’s been hanging out pretty low usually, but I’ve felt some movement up a little higher lately, which definitely feels super strange!
Cravings: Another week of not much of craving anything … although I did want fish and chips on Friday, so we went out for dinner and had some and hooooly it was so delicious and definitely hit the spot!
Looking forward to: My midwife appointment this week and hearing baby’s heartbeat once again! Although I do have to do my Glucose Tolerance Test – which I have heard is not the most pleasant thing … but some people have said it tastes like that McDonald’s Orange Drink they used to have. YOU GUYS I LOVED THAT DRINK AS A KID. This test can’t be that awful can it?
We are also signed up for a crash prenatal course (aka a weekend of learning all things about childbirth). I am excited, but also super nervous to learn about things!

annnnd here’s 28 weeks!

How far along: 28 weeks!
Gender: Unknown, and I think most people guessed girl at my shower.
Weight gain: I’m guessing 20lbs now.
Maternity clothes: YUP. Luckily I picked up that hoodie I had my eye on on the weekend. I could probably go for a few more winter pieces … and maybe another pair of pajama bottoms. Although hubs’ boxers and oversized t-shirts have been doing a fine job these days in terms of comfort.
Stretch marks: Yes … there are a few. I don’t want to talk about them because they annoy me. 😉
Rings on or off: Some days they are on, some days they are off. I have found that my engagement ring fits a little bit looser than my band, so I’ve just been wearing that on days when I feel like wearing a ring!
Belly button in or out: It’s in. It’s shallow. I don’t think it’s coming out anytime soon though!
Sleep: Still quite good! Haven’t been taking any naps, but I sleep through the night mostly and wake up feeling excellent!
Best moment this week: Spending a Sunday afternoon being surrounded by family and close friends at our second baby shower! Although they were a little early, I’m actually quite glad that both our showers have happened. The chaos of the holidays is definitely upon us and although we have been blessed with beautiful weather the past few weeks, I have a funny feeling it won’t last very long now.
Worst moment this week: I wouldn’t say it was the WORST moment, but I would not advise any preggo mamas out there to hit up a concert and STAND for 2+hrs. The music was fabulous, but my back was definitely NOT happy after that.
Miss anything: Weekends of doing nothing! I feel like all our weekends have been so booked up that we haven’t had a chance to relax or chill and work on our nursery. If I can remember … one is coming up so so soon!
Movement: This kid is probably going to take up some sort of sport. I am extremely thankful at the fact that he/she knows when to chill out and not move as much … like when I’m sleeping … otherwise we’re feeling all the moves!
Cravings: Nothing this week.
Looking forward to: The holiday celebrations officially start next weekend when we head off to Toronto to celebrate Christmas with my Mom’s side of the family! Also, very much so looking forward to immersing myself in some wonderful locally made goodies at the Fat Goose Craft Fair this weekend!


27 Week Bumpdate!


How far along: 27 weeks!

Gender: Unknown, looking forward to seeing what guesses are this weekend!

Weight gain: I would say 17+lbs at this point!

Maternity clothes: I think I still have to invest in a few more tops/sweaters and pants and then I should be good to go. Thanks to Instagram, this hoodie was suggested to me. Now it’s just a matter of getting to the store and buying it!

Stretch marks: They have made their presence known!

Rings on or off: I have been wearing them less and less these days. They DO still go on, but I get super nervous at the end of the day. Do I just ditch them altogether at this point,or sweat it out? I’m a little afraid of them getting STUCK.

Belly button in or out: Still in, but shalloooow.

Sleep: Good, but I have been finding that by the evening I am just EXHAUSTED. And when I get into bed I am OUT. Unfortunately, I still can’t sleep past 7:30am ON WEEKENDS!?

Best moment this week: Organizing all of the wonderful gifts we got for baby into his/her nursery. Missing a few important pieces of furniture to get it ALL set up, but hopefully (weather permitting) we will be able to get them this weekend! AND taking a little trip over the border to pick up some Christmas presents and wander aimlessly around everyone’s favourite happy place … TARGET.

Worst moment this week: Ugh, we had to cancel our sweet little day trip to Le Nordik Spa over the weekend because of weather … which means this Mama is in need of a local pre-natal massage. Any recommendations YGK friends?!

Miss anything: Sleeping on my back. That’s all I want to do.

Movement: Movements G A L O R E. And I can feel them all the time; standing, sitting, walking, driving, laying down! It seems to still be just little jabs/kicks/punches here and there but I -think- I’ve started to feel rolling … like the baby is moving but cannot be felt on the outside … just sort of twirling around in there. ANYWAYS.

Cravings: Clementines and all things cinnamon and sugar. Luckily I found a wicked and relatively healthy oatmeal recipe that involves cinnamon and sugar and I have been eating it for breakfast when I have time.

Looking forward to: Our busy weekend ahead! A concert, some (hopefully Christmas) shopping, picking out some final pieces of furniture and details for Baby L’s nursery and my second baby shower that is being thrown by my side of the family! SO SO SO excited to see all my friends and family members this weekend!

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My Baby Bucket List!

Yes, I know … this photo is so last year!

As the cooler days turn into cold days and Christmas trees and lights start popping up in neighbour’s front windows, I’ve realized that the weeks we spend as a couple are dwindling down (ALMOST into single digit weeks guys!), and there is so much that I still want to do before this sweet baby gets here. And yes, I totally understand that most of these things can be done with a baby, but I want to savour the last few months as just a married couple by carrying on some of the traditions we have created and doing the things we love to do together.

I started compiling a bucket list way back in the summer, and have slowly added to it as the weeks go on and now I think it’s ready to share!

  1. Go apple picking – Spring Meadow Orchards is our go-to each Fall, their apple cider donuts are the
  2. Visit Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village
  3. Carve pumpkins for Halloween!
  4. Experience/witness Queen’s University Homecoming. Walk down Aberdeen St. very likely for the last time.
  5. Go on a walk/hike to enjoy the cooler weather (or snow at this rate!)
  6. Take in a Kingston Frontenacs game (and get nachos of course!)
  7. Decorate for CHRISTMAS!
  8. Spend a day at the spa!
  9. Go to the movies (and watch something other than the new Star Wars because if you know me, those tickets have been purchased for WEEKS!)
  10. Go on all the coffee dates we can possibly have at all our favourite coffee shops.
  11. Wander aimlessly through our favourite shops – especially Michael’s and Home Sense, because soon it will be just a little bit more challenging/time consuming/I probably will just want to get in and out as fast as I can with a darling baby in tow.
  12. Hit up some local craft and vendor Christmas shows – because they are totally my jam and I love support small/local shops (but more on that later!)
  13. Stay at home in pajamas/curled up in bed all day … even better during a snowstorm!
  14. Go OUT for breakfast or dinner at least a few times before February rolls around.
  15. Give so much love and time to our sweet little dog; his life is about to experience a huge change.

Any other suggestions of things to add to my baby bucket list? Would love for you to share!

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26 Week Bumpdate!


How far along: 26 weeks!

Gender: Unknown, and gender guesses at the shower were pretty darn even at our baby shower!

Weight gain: Somewhere around the 17lb mark (which is not as bad as I thought!)

Maternity clothes: … are what is comfortable these days. I AM in the market for a nice maternity hoodie so if anyone comes across some ideas, send them my way please!

Stretch marks: Yeah, I see some. Rumour has it that all these creams don’t work but … I’m using them anyways! And hydrating like a mother (actually though!).

Rings on or off: YOU GUYS … they go on in the morning and then I have to wiggle them around a little at night to get them off … eeks.

Belly button in or out: Still in, but I think it’s getting shallower and shallower.

Sleep: Still pretty darn awesome! I really do give credit of this to my sweet Snoogle pillow.

Best moment this week: BY FAR was getting to experience our first baby shower! It was so surreal to have hub’s family gather together to shower us with love and so many wonderful and thoughtful gifts as we await the arrival of our sweet rainbow baby. It just keeps becoming more and more real and soon enough we will have this sweet baby in our arms!

Miss anything: COCA COLA. with all the ice.

Movement: Give me all the baby movement! This tiny human is so very active throughout the day and never lets me forget that he/she’s around! I am suuuuper thankful that he/she hasn’t figure out how to wake me up in the middle of the night ……… YET.

Cravings: I was craving a Panzerotti but that’s only because there’s a restaurant where my husband’s parents live and they make THE BEST panzerotti I have EVER had. But so much happened on the weekend … and I forgot to get one! I suppose I have to wait until Christmas holidays now.

Queasy or sick: NONE. I would hope at this point I would have neither of these.

Aversions: Nothing! Again, I think I am super lucky on this front!

Looking forward to: Our sweet little mini staycation coming up this weekend with the hubs! I absolutely cannot wait to relax for a bit!
Also looking forward to finally setting up the last of the nursery furniture so we can get all these lovely gifts organized and ready!

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25 Week Bumpdate!



How far along: 25 weeks!

Gender: Unknown

Weight gain: Still guesstimated at 15+lbs … there is a midwife appointment coming up this week AND I have acquired the pre-pregnancy weight soooo I will definitely know what is up for sure later this week!

Maternity clothes: Have officially become more comfortable than regular clothes (aside from giant sweatpants and hubby’s t-shirts). Thankfully Old Navy has been having some wicked sales, so I stocked up on the basics; more leggings, a pair of jeans (that hopefully don’t fall down throughout the day!), shirts and sweaters. Hopefully enough to help me get through winter! I also invested in a Make My Belly Fit Jacket Extender

Stretch marks: I miiiiight be seeing a few teeny tiny ones making their unwelcome appearance.

Rings on or off: On!

Belly button in or out: In but it looks like it’s is on the shallower end now!

Sleep: Excellent.

Best moment this week: Little did I know that all the Starbucks holiday drinks showed up on November 1st! I may have already had my fair share of Chestnut Praline Chai Tea Lattes and ONE DECAF Caramel Brulee Latte. WORTH. IT.

Miss anything: 

Movement: Constantly!

Cravings: Now that Halloween is over, the need for sugary candy has worn off (thankfully!). Still wanting sweet things though, and trying to curb the processed sugar treats for natural sugars.

Queasy or sick: None

Aversions: Nothing!

Looking forward to: This weekend, which is our FIRST baby shower! I know it seems super early, but with family so far away and the holidays coming up (and with that comes terrible weather!!), it was decided to do it sooner rather than later. WHICH I AM TOTALLY OKAY WITH. Can’t wait to see all of my husband’s family!

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24 Week Bumpdate!


Happy Halloween friends! I hope you all have a chance to get into the festive spirit! We are a little late to the game buuuut will be carving pumpkins hopefully before the first Trick or Treater comes to our door. And you can bet I’ll be eating pumpkin seeds by the handful (or will it be candy!?)


How far along: 24 weeks!

Gender: Unknown … my gut says GIRL, everyone else says BOY.
Weight gain: Guesstimated 15+lbs (the Halloween-sized chocolate bars are probably NOT helping!)

Maternity clothes: YES. Actually so much more comfy than regular clothes at this point. ALSO, what is it with pregnancy pants not having front pockets!? Do they just assume we will not need front pockets?! I think I will be investing in way more leggings at this point.Super comfy and can be dressed up or down! … I tried on my winter coat and it’s S N U G already! Have to start researching alternatives before the cold weather hits … and STAYS.

Stretch marks: None

Belly button in or out: Still hanging IN there!

Sleep: SO MUCH. I am waiting for the pregnancy insomnia to hit.

Best moment this week: Hubs and I finally knocked Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village off our Fall Bucket List (actually has been on our bucket list for a few years now). The night was beautiful and it was such a spectacular display!
Also, GETTING MY FLU SHOT! Not. Actually, I spent that morning taking a little time for some self-care; I normally don’t get the flu shot but I have heard the flu will be bad this year … so I did that in the morning, then treated myself to a white hot chocolate downtown before walking around and window shopping in our beautiful city. It was a great way to just relax and take some time for myself.

Miss anything: S T A R B U C K S  L A T T E S. I KNOW those Holiday drinks will be making their appearance coon. All I can think about are Caramel Brulee Lattes!

Movement: I honestly don’t even know if this tiny human sleeps? Always poking and prodding me. I think he/she likes to hang out on the left side of my belly … of that’s where his/her arms and legs like to hang out at least! I have caught a few glimpses of movement on the outside as well — AMAZING and soooo weird.

Cravings: Anything and everything sweet — trying to consume more fruits than candy. (Seriously though … do I stock up on cheap Halloween candy tomorrow when it’s all on sale or just let it go?)

Queasy or sick: None

Aversions: No food aversions — just smells; cooking eggs and cooking ground beef (BLEH!). I can eat them though!

Looking forward to: NOVEMBER. There is SO MUCH happening — baby showers, CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, and a sweet little  babymoon staycation for hubs and I! If time could just slow down, that would be great!

Hope you all have a great Halloween friends!

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23 Week Bumpdate!

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How far along: 23 weeks!
Gender: Unknown, and the guesses are mixed.
Weight gain: 15+lbs.
Maternity clothes: When I have to … otherwise it’s sweatpants/leggings and sweatshirts for this lady! Also, why is the weather so nice?! GET COOLER ALREADY!
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Wonderful. Literally my favourite part of the day. I am certain I am out as soon as my head hits the pillow. Trying to get as much sleep as I can.
Best moment this week: Celebrating our second wedding anniversary! So nice to have a sweet little date night with the hubs. We ate dinner at our favourite restaurant, saved room for delicious dessert and took a quick little stroll around our downtown. Last wedding anniversary we’ll be able to do that on a whim (which makes me a little sad actually)! AND … Little bubs must be working out in there! Lots of movement throughout the day, and especially when relaxing in the evening. Kicks and rolls and whatever else he/she is up to in there! And it is actually one of my favourite (but super weird) things to experience. I LOVE IT.
Miss anything: Sleeping on my BACK! Also, I had to sit down the other day to put on socks? Oh, and I miss remembering things … and making sense. Because that has just gone OUT the window now.
Movement: Yes! See above!
Cravings: With Halloween upon us, I may have bought the smallest bags of Halloween chocolate and candy … and now they are gone. Oops. Random cravings of the week included taco salad from Wendy’s and Rice Krispie squares (which I have yet to make), hot chocolate (Starbucks one is delishhh!) AND SUSHI.
Queasy or sick: Neither! But indigestion likes to pop up every so often …
Aversions: Same old!
Looking forward to: Checking some more things off our Fall Bucket List (which I will share soon because you know, it’s already fall!!), getting a start on our nursery!
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22 Week Bumpdate!

Okay this bumpdate is SUPER LATE and lacking a photo – I think life just got in the way and I completely forgot! So, sorry if this is darn boring! I promise all the photos for the rest of this journey.
How far along: 22 weeks!
Gender: Unknown and it is safe to say it will be a surprise until this little bubs comes out!
Weight gain: Well, I thought that I would find out last week at my appointment … turns out my Dr. did not pass on my starting weight to the midwife, so it is still unknown. I would assume 15lbs+.
Maternity clothes: Yup. Anyone have any recommendations for comfy, fairly inexpensive maternity clothing?
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: I’ve been sleeping pretty soundly through the night. And pretty darn thankful I can do so! I know my days are numbered.
Best moment this week: Hubs felt the baby move! Such a fun and amazing moment. It may have been a fluke though because ever since then, this little bubs will just not move for Dad.
Miss anything: I miss eating deli meat! And not having to question things I am eating. Because I literally FREAK OUT if I’ve eaten something I shouldn’t … I’m sure it’s a FTM thing, but still.
Movement: Yes! Little kicks here and there.
Cravings: Nothing out of the ordinary.
Queasy or sick: Nah – I seem to have gotten rid of this cold though so that’s awesome! Now, have to try and NOT get sick again.
Aversions: Chicken still, the smell of eggs cooking (although I think I have always hated that!)
Looking forward to: Celebrating our wedding anniversary next week!
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21 Week Bumpdate!

IMG_3393How far along: 21 weeks!
Gender: Unknown and it is safe to say it will be a surprise until this little bubs comes out!
Weight gain: … perhaps it would be best to not know?
Maternity clothes: Still mainly bottoms … my lounge wear is baggy enough that it still works. I have transitioned to hubs’ t-shirts for sleeping though!
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: In bed by 10-11pm, up around 7am, unless it’s an early work day! Sleeping right through the night (aside from the 5am washroom breaks!)
Best moment this week: 200% feeling baby move around now!
Worst moment this week: CATCHING A COLD. Being sick is SO not fun. I have no idea what what medications are safe to take, so I just sweated it out. Hot water, lemon & honey, chicken noodle soup and Fisherman’s Friend have definitely been my friends this week. AND ALL THE WATER
Miss anything: Feeling NOT sick!
Movement: Yes! They are definitely not a fluttery feeling … more like little jabs every so often. Can’t wait to feel more!
Cravings: Nope.
Queasy or sick: Just some mild indigestion here and there.
Aversions: Same old. Although I am going to purposely avoid everything extremely salty, garlicky, and full of spice because those are just horrible things to consume for me.
Looking forward to: Midwife appointment later this week … and hopefully planning some fall activities!
Also, I am officially IN LOVE with these dresses from dwell+slumber! One size fits most, buttery soft fabric that is super comfortable, they can be styled in so many ways AND pregnancy and nursing friendly! If you are an expecting mama, I HIGHLY suggest you check them out (although shipping to Canada is a little ridiculous, but there definitely are ways around it!)!
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