31 Weeks

Size of Baby Brickner:  A pineapple!

Maternity Clothes:  Oh yes, all the time!  Even a few items I bought early on are starting to get tight on this big belly.  The shirt above is from Target, hoping to get some use out of it now & then once baby girl is here!

Best Moment This Week:  More Easter celebrating with Waverly, she is so much fun to do these kinds of things with right now!  And we got a few new baby girl purchases, a pair of the sweetest moccasins & her take-home outfit!  It’s getting real, friends.

Miss Anything:  I really try not to be a complainer, especially when it comes to pregnancy since I feel beyond fortunate to have had two healthy pregnancies so far, but this week has been really challenging for my body.  I woke up Monday morning with shooting pains down my right leg, I had a charlie horse that night (which I get often), so I thought it was a result of that or that I had just slept weird.  Long story short, they never went away & by Tuesday they had only gotten worse.  In addition to the pains, both my leg and foot were going numb on & off.  It definitely seems to be a textbook case of sciatica, which I never got with Waverly, but apparently this baby girl has found a spot she loves right on a nerve.  My doctor said that though it won’t affect the baby at all (which is ultimately what I care about most), it probably is here to stay & may continue to get worse, possibly even moving into the other leg.  So far that has been the case, especially after being on my feet at work & then coming to chase after a toddler. I’ve had several moments where I really could hardly walk (& convinced myself I would be in a wheel chair before long), but then others that I felt lots better.  So for now, I am taking it day by day & just feeling happy that baby girl is as healthy as ever!

Movement:  Her movement hasn’t changed at all, lots of kicks & rolls, I love them all!

Cravings:  I have a total sweet tooth lately, & the Easter candy is not helping it!

Queasy or Sick:  Other than my leg issues, feeling good – no nausea & that makes me happy.

Looking Forward To:  My spring break!!  It officially kicks off this Friday & I am super excited! We have plans for a one-night babymoon, nothing crazy but just a little getaway while my parents keep Waverly overnight.  We are also going to make a day trip to Ikea, it’s three hours away from us but we still need a dresser for the nursery & this one would be perfect! 🙂

Lastly, I feel like I share stories like these often, but they are exactly the things I want to remember one day.  As soon as our bedtime routine hits each night, Waverly wants to know exactly what we are doing the next day (planner like mama?).  The other night she asked & I told her about our Easter Egg Hunt, then of course I had to go through the list of people who were coming.  I told her Juliette was coming, she is my friend’s one month old daughter.  Waverly immediately asked if she could hold her & I said “probably, and you know who you are going to get to hold lots really soon, your baby sister!.”  Her eyes got huge, she had the happiest face ever, & she said, “I am SO excited”.  Seriously, I could have died.  Then she asked me (for about the tenth time) if she would be able to walk & then said “I think I’m going to text her right now.  Can I have her number?”.
Hope you had a lovely weekend!


  1. March 30, 2015 / 11:33 am

    Awww, yes, Waverly! Text that sissy:) So cute! Sorry about the back pain, Mama. That's no fun:( I'll be hoping it eases up for you – maybe baby girl will shift just a tad and give you some relief! Also, yellow is your color. Loving that top on you!

  2. March 30, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    Oh I'm so sorry about the sciatica! I had that with Noah and it's the worst. I'm so scared of getting it in s future pregnancy! Hopefully it eases up soon! I still get that pain occasionally if I've done too much! So much for it disappearing after baby right?

  3. March 30, 2015 / 12:01 pm

    Awww, lady I'm so sorry for the nerve pain. That sounds awful :(! Hope it goes away, soon!

    What a sweet story about Waverly, just so precious!

    Love the outfit you are rocking today!

  4. March 30, 2015 / 1:01 pm

    What about visiting a chiro to help with the sciatica? There are plenty that focus on pregnancy and babies 🙂 also, I'm so glad to hear Waverly needs the details on the next day as well. Lily does that EVERY night. She needs to know where we are going, who will be there, what we are having for dinner, etc… Cute but exhausting 😉

  5. March 30, 2015 / 2:05 pm

    Charlie horses while pregnant are the worst! I always get them, but then I heard that Vitamin D can help. I haven't had a single one since I started taking Vitamin D with dinner each night. Looking great Ashley!

  6. March 30, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    You look great! You're glowing mama! I love that baby is measuring the size of a pineapple and you're wearing yellow, it made me happy! And, can I just say, your Target must be way better than mine because that top is adorable and my Target's maternity section is just sad.

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  7. March 30, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    So sorry to hear about the sciatica. But, you are looking fabulous and you're in single digits for the weekly countdown. CRAZY!!
    Waverly is just the sweetest with her excitement to meet and hold Baby!

  8. March 30, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    Oh my, your heart must be a pile of mush at this point!!!!!! xx

  9. March 30, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    OMG. Texting sissy already, that is SO funny! I love the top you're wearing. I may get it in the light grey colour next time I'm in Target. I hope your sciatica pain goes away soon!

  10. March 30, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    Haha, what a sweet girl!! She will be the BEST big sister!! I hate that your legs are cramping up…rest, rest, rest, lady!!! We have a Hemnes dresser, and we love it. You can't go wrong with Ikea 🙂

  11. March 30, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    OMG. What an adorable story about her excitement! Love it! 🙂 I'm hoping your leg issues get better… ouch! 🙁

  12. March 30, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    She is just the sweetest big sis already!!! So sorry about your legs! And I hear you on the Easter candy. It's dangerous, and I just got more at Target! 🙂

  13. March 30, 2015 / 7:51 pm

    That is the cutest little story about Waverly!! She is going to be the best big sister 🙂 And I'm so sorry to hear about your leg cramps. My legs have been cramping some too and I'll have sudden nerve pain in my legs too, it sounds like what you have, and it is not fun. I hope yours doesn't get any worse and that you are able to enjoy the rest of your pregnancy. You are getting so close to meeting baby girl! How fun!

  14. March 30, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    You look SO beautiful in that yellow top! I love it!

    I'm so sorry about the nerve pain and I so feel for you being on your feet all day! I remember doing hair up until I had Abigail and I seriously can't believe I did that!! I'm all about sitting down this time around, so it's hard to imagine working every day on your feet. You're a superstar.

  15. March 30, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    Oh no, sorry to hear about the sciatica. Glad it's almost spring break and you'll get to put your feet up some more (fingers crossed!). We've been living at Ikea this pregnancy, and I currently have 4 boxes of furniture waiting to be assembled (which is definitely the least fun part of going to Ikea). Can't wait to see how the nursery comes together 🙂

  16. March 31, 2015 / 12:23 am

    All the heart eye emojis! Seriously I am SO happy that Waverly is so excited about her baby sister! So much so that she wants to text her when something exciting happens. How insanely adorable!

  17. March 31, 2015 / 2:12 am

    Aww what an adorable story! I'll text her haha. Good idea! Completely lame about the leg pains. So many things about motherhood are hate it/love it. Not sleeping…not my fave. Cuddling in the middle of the night…pretty awesome. Glad to hear baby girl is healthy and everything else seems to be just fine!

  18. March 31, 2015 / 2:24 pm

    Waverly is such a sweet, sweet girl!! She's gonna rock the big sister role!
    You look AMAZING! But I am soooo sorry about the sciatica! That really is awful 🙁 Hopefully baby girl finds a new spot to hangout and give you some relief, of that these next 9 weeks fly by (what?! 9 weeks?!) with very little sciatica pain!

  19. March 31, 2015 / 5:55 pm

    I am loving your Target top and Waverly's excitement for her new baby sister. Sorry you are having the leg pains. You are SO close though! We have that same IKEA dresser in Caprilee's nursery and will be using it in the new baby boy's room. It IS perfect and great quality too. WE just did a huge IKEA run this past weekend. Luckily, ours is right down the street. Have fun on your night away.

  20. March 31, 2015 / 6:38 pm

    Love your top! And yay for spring break!!

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