Seneca Epley


Pregnancy Update

Once my doctor’s appointments turned weekly, I knew the closeness of her arrival would hit. Her due date is less than a month out! To think back to the years of dreaming about children it seems so long ago but yet just like yesterday. As each year passed with no “+” sign, Jared and I would say, “Well, maybe next year.” God chose 2018 to be our year and the year for so many of my friends which is just crazy to think about! Getting to be first-time mamas will all my closest cronies is going to be the best experience.

Many of you said you’re looking forward to hearing my personal story through infertility and IVF. I’ve wanted to share but been frozen with a blank cursor, unsure of where to even begin. Someday I will, I promise. Perhaps, it will be when I’m finally holding our baby girl in my arms or during the month of April in honor National Infertility Week. Whenever it is, I will be transparent and open for it’s been a big part of my life and molded me into the woman I am today.

Now onto the bump update. It’s long overdue…so much has changed!

How far along: 36 weeks + 1 day

Due date: March 26th

How big is baby? My doctor guessed around 6lbs and about the length of a head of romaine lettuce (18 1/2 inches long).

Total weight gain: 25+/- lbs

Name: We have it picked out but aren’t sharing with ANYONE til she’s born. :)

Favorite things: BATHS – I was never a bath person but now I can’t go a night without one. Heating pad – I sit with one for an embarrassing number of hours during the day. Prenatal Massages – Jared gave me three for Valentine’s Day. Best gift ever. Fountain pops – my guilty carb-free pleasure.

Biggest challenge: Adjusting to gestational diabetes. Basically, the only thing I ate before being diagnosed was carbs and for the past 7 weeks, I’ve had to drastically reduce them. It’s not the greatest nor very fun.. oh well. After she’s born I’ve requested a donut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.Talk about motivation!

Exercise: I’m still taking Harv for a walk a day. I also walk and go on the elliptical at our gym. I’m not sure how many more times I’ll be up for going as my body is getting more tired by the day.

What I’m wearing: Jared’s Carhartt coat (he tells me I look like a tubby dairy farmer wearing it…haha, thanks, Jare), anything maternity that still fits (even my maternity clothes are getting too tight!)

Sleep: I no longer look forward to it. I get up SO many times to pee plus get terrible stomach and calf cramps. Rolling out of bed to pee is a workout in itself.

Physically feeling: I get pretty tired in the evenings with not much energy left but overall, I still feel great. I think continuing to be “active” has helped a lot. I feel pelvic pressure these days and Jared thinks she’s dropped. He’s become an expert and observing my belly. :)

Emotionally feeling: I should have Jared answer this one. :) I feel like I have moments of pregnancy brain but it hasn’t been disastrous, yet. I was more hormonal during 2nd trimester when I would cry for stupid reasons. For example: When the Cyclones actually won football games. I just was so proud of them! HA! 

Nesting: YES! Holy buckets. I’m a natural nester most days anyway so this isn’t surprising. I’m finding new things to clean daily.

This is a busy week for us! Two baby showers, multiple appointments, and purchasing the last bit of baby registry items needed and more. By next week, I can sit back and relax. Ha, just kidding. I’m sure I’ll keep finding more to do!

Here’s to the home stretch!





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  1. Breanne Keller

    March 3rd, 2018 at 7:56 PM

    Your hair looks great, and so do you!! Where are you buying your maternity clothing at, Seneca? Praying for a smooth labor and delivery- I’ve been enjoying following your updates and can’t wait to see pics of the lil gal :)

  2. admin

    March 6th, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Thanks, Breanne!! I’ve stocked on my maternity wear at ASOS, Old Navy and Target. I have a few cute things from Pink Blush too. ;)



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