Baby Dolan: Week 40

Week 40

(June 23 – June 29)

Well, we are officially past the due date!  I’m glad I prepared myself to be late (since it runs in families…also, my pregnancy has been very similar to my mom and sisters’), as I know it can be very frustrating to people to see their due date come and go.  Honestly, as of today I am 40 weeks and 6 days, and I still feel great.  I truly can’t believe it.  Sure, there are little annoyances, but nothing that is crazy uncomfortable.  That being said, I finally feel like we are truly ready – mentally and physically! – to meet this little one.  I’m extremely thankful to have had this last week off of work to get things done and also just to relax a little bit.  You know…the calm before the storm. 😉

Weight gained: 21 pounds


  • Braxton Hicks contractions throughout the day.
  • It’s pretty obvious, but this week my belly just feels verrrrry large. 🙂  Getting out of bed and off the floor is pretty entertaining!
  • Some heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux.  My stomach definitely can’t hold the amount of food it used to…and yet…I can’t stop eating!  Typically I eat too much and then a half hour later find myself regretting it.
  • Emotional.  I think I’ve been pretty even keeled with my emotions throughout my pregnancy overall.  I mean, sure, I cried sometimes over things that normally might not upset me.  But this week takes the cake, by far!  I had 3 people ask me on Wednesday (when I was out running errands) when I was due.  When I told them 2 days ago, my eyes just starting welling up with tears!  Talk about embarrassing.  The good thing is that I’m pretty sure pregnant ladies (especially towards the end) get a pass with this kind of thing. 😉

Movement: Still a little wiggle worm!  I can’t TELL you how excited I am to see how wiggly he or she is once they are here.

Food Cravings:  Admittedly this was probably the worst week of eating during my pregnancy.  I’ve tried hard not to have the “Well, I’m pregnant so who cares?!” mentality too much, since I know my body only needs 300 extra calories a day.  But this week?  Oh…this week that went out the window!  No regrets at all, either.  I thoroughly enjoyed my Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts, Ice Cream, Pizza, M&M’s, Candy, and more ice cream.

Sleep:  Still no trouble at all sleeping, aside from a couple of nights when I was up for an hour or two after going to the bathroom.  I’ve truly appreciated my sleep this pregnancy and have not taken it for granted!

Stretch marks? Not yet!  Looks like we might be in the clear on this one?

Miss Anything?  Overall I’ve loved being pregnant, and I would do it again tomorrow in a heartbeat.  It’s really hard to come up with things that I miss.  I guess at this point, if you had to ask me the most annoying thing from my pregnancy, it would be trouble with breathing/the feeling of suffocation at times.  But even now that the baby has dropped, that isn’t really an issue!

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: We were able to see my OB this week at our appointment!  I was still 1 cm/50-60% effaced, but I guess I wasn’t too surprised at that.  We talked a little about induction and decided to head to the hospital on Sunday, June 29, at 6 p.m.  They’ll give me something to soften my cervix in the evening, and the plan is to start the pitocin on Monday morning.  This is really happening!

We also had a little bit of a false alarm on Friday.  Now, I know pregnant women can pee themselves without knowing.  I’m prettttty sure that’s what happened, but the idea of my water slowly leaking (and the risk of infection) scared me a bit.  When I called the doctor they encouraged me to come in and get checked just in case.  I had a gut feeling it was nothing, but I’d rather be safe than sorry!  Turns out it really was nothing.  But, like Brian said, it was good (and kind of fun!) to have a trial run.

Happy or moody most of the time:  Happy, nervous, excited, anxious, emotional…you name it!

New Baby Items: My mom and I picked up a few last minute items from Target (thanks, mom!), so I think we are all set!

Looking forward to:  Meeting our son or daughter!


Baby Dolan: Week 39

Week 39

(June 16 – June 22)

Alllllllmost there!

Weight gained: 20 pounds


  • Braxton Hicks contractions throughout the day.
  • Rockin’ the cankles.
  • I forgot to mention this before (I think), but for the past month or so, the top of my belly is sore.  It’s very hard to describe, like so many other things with pregnancy! It just almost feels a little bruised. Sometimes (TMI) I actually just have to lift my boobs up because even the weight of them on my belly bothers me. So strange!
  • Some round ligament pain in my lower abdomen when I get out of bed.
  • It’s finally a little easier to breathe this week, so I’m thinking baby has dropped?  (Dr. confirmed that he/she has!)

Movement: Yep!  I have a feeling I’ll be touching my belly for months just as a habit.  Gonna miss those little kicks and jabs!

Food Cravings:  Still the same: fruit and ice cream.  It’s been horribly hot and humid here this week, so I really just want to eat anything cold.

Sleep:  No trouble here!  Still appreciating my good nights of sleep.  I love how people say, “Sleep while you can!”  I get it, but I wish it was possible to “bank” your hours. 🙂

Stretch marks? Not yet!

Miss Anything?  This week I’ve really noticed how I get out of breath easily just going up the stairs.  I really miss being in shape!  I know that will come with time, though (hopefully).

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: Finally an interesting doctor appointment!  Well, interesting because they checked to see if I was dilated.  Apparently all of the doctors in the practice start checking you at 38 weeks, but I saw the one (Dr. Kline) last week who does not.  No biggie – it just made me super excited for this week’s appointment!  I wasn’t expecting anything and even told the doctor I’m fully preparing myself to go late.  I’m actually 1 cm dilated and 60% effaced, AND she said the baby’s head is low and in a great spot!  (-2 station).  It’s not much, but I was just happy to have made some progress.  As Brian said…that’s one centimeter I don’t have to work for. 🙂  (On a side note, I’ve heard about doctors “checking” for dilatation for years.  I have to say….I was telling Brian, it’s not as “scientific” as I thought!  I mean, I was kind of expecting a measuring tool or something.  I guess fingers work, too.)

Happy or moody most of the time:  Happy, although getting a little nervous.  Not really about labor, just about “my life is getting ready to change forever and am I ready???”

New Baby Items: None, but I have some last minute (small) things to pick up this coming week.

Looking forward to:  Obviously meeting this little one very soon!  And being done with work 🙂  I might be the only person on the planet who is okay with going a little late past my due date, just to have a few days to get some last minute things done.  I’m planning on keeping very busy this week!


MontanaMoon – The Grand Finale

I am so glad we ended the trip with Glacier National Park.  I don’t know why, since I’d obviously never been there, but I had been looking forward to seeing Glacier the most.  As with so many beautiful places, the pictures don’t do it nearly enough justice.  Sadly because we had Montana (and were short on time), we only had a few hours in the park to drive around.  Although it was enough to leave me with the most beautiful images in my head that I’ll remember forever.  One day (and I know Brian will be okay with this), I’d like to return and do some hiking and camping there.  I think this is the most beautiful place in America that I’ve ever seen!


Day 9: Friday, July 12, 2013

Where we were:  Started in our motel in Whitefish, MT, then left Glacier National Park for the drive home (around 2:30 p.m. their time).

What we saw: A moose (!), loons, a mountain goat, Glacier National Park (!), and we even picked up a hitchhiker (my first!).  She was a very sweet girl from Australia, and we felt so bad for her.  Apparently she was having Visa problems and couldn’t get into Canada.

We also paid to go through one of those “Drive-Thru Bear/Animal” places.  Why not??  The bears were SOOOOO fat, it was actually a little sad.

We were pleasantly surprised to get into Glacier for free!  I think it was at least $20 to get in.  While we were waiting in the long line, a ranger just started frantically waving cars in.  Um….okay!  But of course this left us wondering why or what happened.  Well, I started researching if anything had happened on our drive home, and come to find out, they’d just recovered a body there that morning.  In fact, it was the second body found there that week!  This even made national news, as the wife (newlywed) actually pushed her husband off a cliff to his death.  So much for this shirt Brian and I found….

Anyway, once we got into the park, we headed toward “Going-to-the-Sun” Road, one of the prettiest roads in America.  The road is about 50 miles long and crosses the Continental Divide at Logan’s Pass.  The plowing of GTTSR is a BIG DEAL.  In fact, it’s usually not open for full travel until late June/early July.  We even timed our honeymoon based on these dates, so we could see everything!  Of course as we drove along, I wanted to pee myself several times.  The road is narrow, and although there are rocks that line most of the way, I was convinced we could go over them (Brian says no).  I was Googling “deaths on Going to the Sun Road” to see if I would be in good company should something happen.  But the views?  Oh…the views were more than worth it.

Once we finished our drive through the park (with some stops for pictures along the way), we headed home.  We had about 1,800 miles (!!!!) ahead of us.  Neither of us were ready to leave Montana, but knowing we’ll be back some day made it a litttttle easier to leave.

Where we ate: For breakfast we ate at a cute little place in Whitefish, Buffalo Cafe – such fresh food; we loved it!  Then we stopped at a roadside place to get fresh cherries.  I don’t normally like cherries, but these were different than the cherries we can get in the Midwest…these were out of this world!  We also got huckleberry pie.  I’d never had huckleberry before and oh my, was it delicious.  After going through Glacier, we stopped at a diner (Snow Slip Inn) where I had some chili for lunch.  Dinner was at 4B’s – a fast food joint in Montana.  Brian raved about their grilled cheese and tomato soup, and I have to say, it was the best soup and grilled cheese I’ve ever had!

Where we slept:  We decided to push on through and drive straight through the night.  We rotated drivers until just east of Sheridan, WY (about 550 miles!), where we slept for about 1.5 hours.  It was about 4 a.m. Montana time, and we were pooped!

Favorite thing about today:  Seeing Glacier

Things to remember for next time: Get cherries and huckleberries!

In the drive-thru bear park…



Lake McDonald



Look at that clear water!


The Lodge




Hottest guy in the world…right here.









See the car? Long way down!






Me and a Mountain Goat




Brian (again) almost gave me a heart attack when he went out on this CLIFF for a piece of trash. Oh…just a couple hundred feet up.



The drive home…

I stopped journaling our trip on Saturday, July 13, since we were just driving allllll day and night.  We managed to make it to a rest stop in Minnesota late Saturday night (or early Sunday morning, perhaps?) where we pulled over to sleep for a few hours.  Around 3 p.m. on Sunday we finallllly made it home!



If I could repeat our honeymoon a million times, I would.  Of course it could be that I’m currently 9 months pregnant writing this, but I tear up even thinking about our trip and how wonderful it was.

I always envisioned having a beach/tropical vacation as my honeymoon.  But that was before I met this wonderful, handsome, outdoorsy guy who I’m now honored to call my husband.  It was the best vacation of my life – not just for the scenery, but for the uninterrupted time spent with my favorite person in the whole wide world.

MontanaMoon – Part 3

Day 6: Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Where we were:  Philipsburg, MT

What we saw: It was nice to have a “home base” for a couple of days.  Today we drove down Rock Creek Road – a 40 mile dirt road from Philipsburg to Missoula.  We stopped and waded in the creek along the way.  The weather got pretty warm during the day (mid 80’s?) so the FREEZING cold water actually felt pretty good.  Montana obviously had a blast, too!  We saw some fly fishermen and it made me feel like I was in “A River Runs Through it”.  Then we headed back to P-burg after stopping for a PB&J picnic along the way.  In P-burg we got some groceries and headed up to Douglas Creek Cabin – our home in the woods for the next 2 days!

I am not going to lie…I started to cry a little after we got to the cabin and were getting ready for bed.  I felt like a big wuss, but it was really my first time being completely cut off from civilization.  I mean…camping in Indiana is NOT the same!  God forbid, if something happened to Brian…I wouldn’t even know how to get out of the woods where we were!  Thankfully Brian calmed me down.  He’s pretty darn good at that.

Where we ate: Breakfast was at a restaurant connected to a gas station in Philipsburg.  I had delicious french toast.  Lunch was a picnic on Rock Creek Road, and dinner was at our cabin: rice (flavored) with cheesy brats…Brian and I LOVED this meal!

Where we slept:  Douglas Creek Cabin just north of Philipsburg, MT

Favorite thing about today:  Driving along Rock Creek Road and wading in it.  The water was COLD (around 50 degrees!) but felt very refreshing.  The scenery was so breathtaking, it felt like we were in a movie!

Things to remember for next time: Drink more water and less beer (from the night before).  Had a headache most of the day…but Moose Drool is SO GOOD.


Rock Creek Road







Clearest water I’ve EVER seen!







Romantic Honeymoon Dinner by candlelight 😉



Day 7: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Where we were:  Douglas Creek Cabin near Philipsburg, MT

What we saw: Today we hiked up Emerine Mountain (about 8,600 ft in elevation).  Well, we didn’t hike up the WHOLE way because of time restraints, but we drove about 1/2 way up and parked, hiking the rest from there.  It was only about 1.5 miles to the top, but it was STEEP.  And although it was in the mid-upper 80’s, there was snow at the top!

Afterwards we went to the Blue Grotto, a little known spot around Philipsburg.  I wish our pictures would have turned out better…the water was the perfect shade of blue – it was unreal.  We ended up at the Philipsburg brewery where we had a few drinks and ate BBQ from the joint next door.  Then we headed back to the cabin to hang out.  🙂

Where we ate: Breakfast was at the cabin (just bacon!), lunch was a PB&J on our hike, and dinner was BBQ in Philipsburg.

Favorite thing about today:  Seeing snow at the top of Emerine and watching Montana lay in it.  He LOVED it!

Things to remember for next time: Montana really enjoyed hiking with his new pack! (We think).

Bear grass




Brian and a buddy actually built this fort a few years before…it had collapsed a little but definitely still there. How neat is that??




At the Blue Grotto


Golden eagle…they make bald eagles look like lil’ babies!




Our cabin from the hill (where we went to watch the sunset)







Day 8: Thursday, July 11, 2013

Where we were:  Started the day at Douglas Creek Cabin and ended up in Whitefish, MT.

What we saw: The goal was to end the day near Glacier National Park, which was about 3.5 hours from P-burg.  We drove through Missoula on our way, and went through Garnet Ghost Town.  This was MUCH bigger than the previous ghost town we’d visited.  On the way up there, however, I was convinced I was going to meet an early(ish) death.  The roads were gravel, windy, and guardrails were pretty non-existent.  Pair that with a husband who likes to drive fast AND scare his wife?  Well, let’s just say I was more than thankful to finally get there!

We also had Rocky Mountain Oysters…a.k.a….bull testicles.  I figured I had to try them (or really, Brian figured I had to try them).  They weren’t bad, but is anything fried really bad?  It was more the IDEA of it that got to me…

We stumbled upon Whitefish, MT, just outside of Glacier National Park.  Oh my goodness – this town was one of the neatest towns I’ve ever been to!  It was very nice and clean, and it was just buzzing with summer tourists (that part I could have done without…but still a beautiful place).

Where we ate: Breakfast was a banana a peanut butter at the cabin, lunch was Rocky Mountain Oysters, and dinner – we ended up getting our FIRST fast food of the trip!  Not bad, huh?

Where we slept:  Motel in Whitefish, MT

Favorite thing about today:  Finding Whitefish and seeing the ghost town

Things to remember for next time: STEEP hills on the way up to Garnet!

The roads up to Garnet


Garnet Ghost Town






When we got back to the car after touring Garnet, someone had drawn a heart 🙂




Whitefish Lake



Whitefish, MT



Baby Dolan: Week 38

Week 38

(June 9 – June 15)

Weight gained: 20 pounds


  • Braxton Hicks contractions throughout the day.
  • Engagement ring had to come off 😦  It still fit, but was getting a litttttle too tight for my comfort.  It’s very strange not to have it on!  I’m glad I can still wear my band, at least.
  • Feelin’ cramped in there 🙂
  • Some round ligament pain in my lower abdomen when I get out of bed.
  • My feet get swollen on certain days….I notice it more when I’m working (a.k.a. sitting) all day long.
  • I think I have mild plantar fasciitis, which apparently can strike (or just get worse) during pregnancy due to weight gain and the release of the hormone, relaxin (which helps loosen ligaments for birth).  Kind of a bummer, but I’m hopeful it will go away in a few weeks!

Movement: Oh yes.  I love how you can tell he/she has grown just by the strength of their movements!  I’ll be sitting in a meeting or in traffic and it will truly startle me sometimes.  I also love how I can feel those little feet brush up against me.  It’s fun to “poke” them back.

Food Cravings:  Give me all the fresh fruit, please.  And ice cream.  And these popsicles while we are at it.

Sleep:  I continue to have no trouble sleeping although I’m sure I just jinxed myself.  It is getting a little more difficult to get comfortable as my back has started giving me trouble this week.  Poor Brian!  Our bed has been taken over by the Snoogle and many pillows.

Stretch marks? Not yet!

Miss Anything?  Not really.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: I took an Infant CPR class on Monday that went through the Heimlich maneuver for infants as well as CPR.  I’m so glad I went, as it’s been many, many years since I went over it!

Baby Dolan also went to his/her second Avett Brothers concert on Saturday!  It was my birthday present, and I’m so glad we were able to go.  It was a beautiful night and they put on an AWESOME show.  Hopefully this also means Baby D will have good taste in music.  It’s funny because I’ll go years without going to concerts (mostly because they are $$$), but we’ve been to three since I’ve been pregnant!


Happy or moody most of the time:  Happy, although this week was a little more uncomfortable than I’m used to.  Comes with the territory, I know 🙂

New Baby Items: I went to Babies R’Us and picked up some remaining things on our registry with some gift cards and money we’d received.  I’m kind of freaking out about what this baby is going to wear, however!  I do have some things, but I know babies go through clothes like crazy (with blowouts and all).  My plan is to stalk the FB Baby Boards after he/she is here for some basic things.

I also ordered baby’s coming home outfit(s)!

Looking forward to:  My last week of work until mid-September!  


MontanaMoon – Part 2


Day 4: Sunday, July 7, 2013

Where we were:  Started it Wyoming and ended the day in Idaho!

What we saw: We stopped through Shell Falls as well as the Buffalo Bill Dam in Wyoming.  Both just stunning!

Yellowstone….no words.  And we only saw about 1/2 of the park.  I wish I would have taken more pictures, but it was hard as we didn’t get out of the car and the park itself was pretty crowded.  Well, as crowded as 3,400 square miles could be!  Gives us a reason to go back, right?  We didn’t have a whole lot of time, and while it would have been nice to explore and to see the north side of the park, too….we had things to do and places to see!  I know we’ll make it back there someday.  There was a lot of devastation from the ’80 and ’88 fires, which was very eye opening.  Unfortunately we couldn’t hike in the park because we had Montana, and dogs aren’t allowed on the trails (boo…..but I get it).

After driving through Yellowstone, we headed just south to the Grand Teton National Park.  Honestly, I’d not heard much about the Tetons before this trip…but I am SO glad we were able to see it.  It was beautiful, too, because the sky got dark and looked like it was going to storm at any minute (it didn’t).  We had dinner in Jackson, WY(sushi), which….I would describe as a Carmel, IN of the west. 🙂  Very fancy small town!  We ended the day by driving through Idaho and staying in a motel for the evening.  That way, we could “cross” Idaho off of the states we’d visited!

Where we ate:  We had a big breakfast in WY, snacked during the day, and had sushi in Jackson.

Where we slept:  Tetonia, Idaho…very small town

Favorite thing about today:  Seeing Yellowstone and the Tetons

Things to remember for next time: Jackson, WY, is kind of snobby-ish 😉

Fields of sage in Bighorn National Forest


Mule deer!





Shell Falls


Brian…trying to give me a heart attack





I love his smiley face


Big city



Buffalo Bill Center of the West (WY)










No idea WHAT this is



From the forest fires








Jackson, WY



Day 5: Monday, July 8, 2013

Where we were:  Started it Idaho and ended it in MONTANA!  We covered about 280 miles today.

What we saw: Idaho is beautiful…or at least the small part of it that I saw.  But I was SO EXCITED to see Montana.  Finally!

We first drove to Butte which is a pretty run down mining town.  Of course we had to stop there and get some pasties (YUM).  We headed to Philipsburg, MT, where Brian lived at one point.  We stopped at his old Forest Office and then also went to Granite City Ghost Town.  Eerie as all get out, but neat!  Finally we headed to the (new) brewery in P-Burg where we ran into some of Brian’s old friends.  Ahh….that is why I love small towns.  We ended up staying out pretty late at the bars in town and had a GREAT time.

Where we ate: Breakfast in Idaho was oatmeal and toast (for me).  We had lunch in Butte (yummy pasties and a pork chop sandwich), and dinner was in Philipsburg (leftover pasties).  Later that night we also got some pizza at the bar.

Where we slept:  In our car in the parking lot of the Forest office 🙂  Got a little chilly at night but otherwise was really comfortable!

Favorite thing about today:  Meeting Brian’s friends, Dave & Sarah, Jake, and Gina, and getting to see Montana for the first time.

Things to remember for next time: Don’t drink so much. 🙂

Snow fences…these are EVERYwhere in Montana. And very high, too – maybe 8-10 feet tall?




A Butte Pasty (Rhymes with “nasty”….not “hasty”)


Best water I’ve EVER had in my whole life. Plus, look at that hottie fillin’ up.


The jail in P-burg. Can you see the noose in the window???!


My favorite in town in MT! Philipsburg.













Baby Dolan: Week 37

Week 37

(June 2 – June 8)

We are officially at full term!  (<— Side note: according to this web page, baby boys are likely to weigh more at birth.  AND moms carrying boys tend to eat more throughout pregnancy than moms carrying girls.  Crazy, huh?)

Weight gained: 19 pounds


  • Braxton Hicks contractions throughout the day.
  • In addition to swollen feet and ankles on some days, my wedding ring gets prettttty tight in the evening.  I might start taking it off at bedtime.
  • My organs feel “squished”, especially when I’m sitting.  🙂
  • Some round ligament pain in my lower abdomen when I get out of bed.

Movement: Yep!  The doctor said I should be feeling the baby move up the 10 times in one hour.  He scrunched up his nose and thumbed his nose when he said some people will say babies don’t move much towards the end – this doctor was cracking me up!  He said they do move, but the movements are just more intentional.

Food Cravings:  Still fresh fruit.

Sleep:  Still can’t complain too much.  I’m up to about 4-5 bathroom trips a night, and I won’t be sad to kiss those goodbye, but I know it’ll be nothing in comparison to getting up with a newborn. 🙂

Stretch marks? Not yet!

Miss Anything?  I’ve started to miss being about to get out of bed easily.  Thank GOODNESS for my night stand; I’ve learned to lean on that as I “roll” out of bed.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: We had our hospital tour this week!  It was great because not only were we able to tour the rooms, but we “pre-registered” so we won’t have to worry about it when we go to have the baby.  The maternity ward was recently redone two years ago and MAN, it is nice.  Thankfully they still have the “Cookie Room” (I remember this from my sisters’ babies!) where they keep fresh Otis Spunkmeyer cookies every day.  Priorities.

We also have the car seat installed and inspected by the Carmel Police Department, so we are good to go!  (*I am driving my dad’s jeep and was a littttttle mortified when the police officer found a lighter in it and asked me, “Do you want your lighter?”  In the moment I didn’t want to say “Oh, it’s my dad’s jeep and he smokes cigars!” because I didn’t want him to think I was making up a lie/excuse.  Thankfully he didn’t judge me, and he actually went on to give me some pretty useful tips!)

Happy or moody most of the time:  Happy!

New Baby Items: I bought this glider/swing off of FB for a steal – $30!  I know they say some babies love swings and others don’t, so I didn’t want to drop a ton on something I wasn’t sure he/she would like.

Looking forward to:  My last five day work week until September!  Only 9 work days left….that is crazy.