With just 20 or so days to go until we meet our little Bramble Bump, he is growing like a champ. Our last ultrasound showed him at 5 pounds, 6 ounces and that was 10 days ago! He should be over 6 pounds now. My waist is currently 41″ around and I’ve gained 26 pounds for the pregnancy (thus far – we still have a little bit to go!).
I’m still soaping every day and happily working more than full time (which is easy because I love my job!). In the above photo, I’m whipping up a batch of our Liquid Castile Soap Base to test out fragrance clarity (for future reference, Lavender 40/42, Oatmeal, Milk & Honey and Energy all stay clear but you do need to heat the Lavender to clarify it). I’m still working out regularly but have been reduced to prenatal yoga, pilates and walking. But, I am thankful to have mobility and am relishing our last few weeks before life changes (and hopefully improves) forever.
Take a look back at some other fun baby bump posts. It’s fun for me to look back and scary to see my rapid growth: It’s a Boy!, 6 1/2 Month Bump, 7 1/2 Month Bump, Baby Shower 1, Baby Shower 2
Just wanted to say how cute you look!
I’m really happy for you. Being a parent is so rewarding. It is by far the hardest job (you really can’t fully appreciate this until parenthood), but it definitely is fun and truly rewarding. I wish you the best. Although, I don’t know how anybody is able to do so much leading up to the birth. At 6 months pregnant onward, I was in a haze until my daughter appeared and I felt back to normal. Pregnancy and I didn’t do so well together! 🙂 LOL
You look great by the way! You’ll be back to your slim self in no time. And the fact that you are still doing so much leads me to believe you will be able to juggle a baby and a business without going insane.
Oh, A-M! How I love this for you! Be ready for your life to be even fuller and lovelier than it is now! (and yes, I’m even counting the dirty diapers, spit-ups, and wee hours of the night when your boy will just want to be up and coo in the dark…)
I can’t wait to meet my little guy and am so excited for all of the above =)
OMG, I just looked at the date this was posted, you might be having the baby right now!!!!!! You go girl!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
No baby yet…but any day now. EEK!
Ann-Marie, I am so happy for you, I am currently 2 1/2 months pregnant (Just clarified the exact amount of weeks with my first ultrasound!!) and I am a mommy to a 3 year old boy and 4 year old girl. I have to tell you that you are going to LOVE being a mommy and don’t worry, you will be a wonderful mother, don’t think that you will mess up, we all fear that but our instinct and our love takes over. God bless you, your hubby and your soon to be born baby boy (YAY!!). I wish you and your family (including the new member!) all the best luck and health!!! WE LOVE YOU ANN-MARIE!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! WOO HOO!!! 🙂
Hi! I like it so much all your projects and I learn a lot with all your videos. I’m an artisan here in my country Puerto Rico (Soaps, lotions, body scrubs, lip balms and candles). This is a great adventure!!! Congratulations and go ahead! Blessings!
María : )
Thank you Maria! I’ve visited PR once and found it just lovely – beautiful and such kind-hearted people to boot. Thank you for popping in and following my blog =)
Aww! The bump report! I love these! Can’t wait to see your little one! My fingers are crossed for the 18th… that’s my bday!
I’ll take anything early at this point. I’ve hit the ‘I’m uncomfortable. Please get this baby out of me” point! =)
Having two boys I must say with the rest of the family having all girls. I enjoyed and still do being there number one gal. 🙂 They are both grown now but they still make me feel special and I loved having boys ( but would love some grand girl babies). Enjoy.
I always thought I’d have a girl and a boy (like me and my brother) but obviously, someone (be it my husband or God!) had other plans for that girl/boy plan so I’m happily rolling along with that and am now telling myself we’ll end up with two boys =) I just want a healthy baby and don’t care either way (honestly, really truly).
Maria Kahrs says
Yep, still all baby bump! Cute 😉
In the home stretch and judging from the amount of Mochi Balls (rice balls filled with ice cream) I just ate, um, it’s not going to be all baby bump tomorrow. =)
You look amazing! My husband and I agree that happily pregnant women are the beautiful in the world… there is just this glow about them! Congratulations, and you know the rest of us also can’t wait to “meet” the new BrambleBoy. Please keep us all posted when possible… I know I’ll be waiting to see the little one when things have all calmed down for you!
It’s funny, I catch glimpses of myself in windows/mirrors and I’m double-taking now “Whoah! Am I really that big?! I don’t feel that big!?” Soon though – the little Bramble Bump is happily kicking away right now and we are very excited to meet him. Life changes very soon and I can’t wait to meet the little one that will do all the changing! =)
Christina Graham says
Congrats! I get to hopefully find out the gender tomorrow so excited! I am having a August baby!
August is fantastic! Lots of time to walk around outside with the little one after he or she is born. Keep me posted with what you’re having!!!! =)))
Christina Graham says
Just found out it’s a girl!
Christina Graham says
I used your onsie mold to make my announcement yesterday on my Facebook!! Now they will make great baby shower gratitude gifts!
YAY! What colors did you do? Did you end up with water soluble paper in it as well or straight colors? I did straight colors because I just adored the simplicity of them. =)
Congrats! I was sure ours was a girl – even went out and bought a bunch of baby girl clothes (!!!) – but someone had other plans for our firstborn. =)
Christina Graham says
LOL yeah the ultrasound was obvious for us! I went with the oatmeal m&p and pink piping with Linden Blossom scent! I am 21 weeks today! Now the battle to pick a nursery theme!
We went with a farm theme but it was a tough call.
I have about 14 days to go so I know how you are feeling! I just wish the nesting bug would hit a bit harder. 😉
YAY! We’re both going to pop around the same time. I wonder if we’ll end up with Aries or Taurus babies? So fun! Keep me posted on when your little one arrives. And hopefully that nesting bug hits you soon. My bathroom has NEVER looked better. =)
That’s a beautiful bump and you are definitely glowing. You look radiant! Best wishes to you, DH and the lil one. Very exciting!
It’s certainly a big belly bump at this point – and funnily, I didn’t think I could GET any bigger! (ha ha …. now I know!)
Kelly Ann Taylor says
Yay! Bramble prince is on his way!
Praying for a smooth, safe, natural delivery!
Thank you for posting about the liquid castile base oils that do work. I have had problems with
Peach Mango Salsa…..embarrassed to have had it separate AFTER delivering to a boutique.
I also had peppermint essential oil separate, but I think it was an operator FAILure…..Shila told me that I didn’t cook my soap long enough and I think she was right.
I love the liquid castille base and look forward to selling lots of it. So any info you pass along will be more than appreciated!
I have had good success with Sweet Pea FO.
Thanks for the hint Sara =)
Donna Maria Coles Johnson says
So excited and can’t wait to meet the Bramble Boy!
Me too – though things are nice and quiet around here with him still inside. =)
ha- just read Jasmin’s comment- I love it! The only thing I would say to that is: If I took a photo every time my kids did something “bad” they would have been looking for naughty things to do…they were camera-hams! LOL
I love the idea of having all those fun pictures to look back on and laugh. It’s really hard to laugh when those moments are happening sometimes.
HA! That so would have been me as a kid too. =) We’ll see if our little one is like yours or like Jasmin’s with regards to that.
Excited for you A-M! Don’t count those last days too closely though. My first pregnancy went to 42 and 1/2 weeks and labour had to be induced. Yep, those were the longest weeks of my life but SO worth it (she’s 21 now:-)
I can’t imagine going over that long … I feel so uncomfortable now! Another Dr’s visit tomorrow to check all the vitals so we’ll see if I’ve progressed in the 5 days in between visits.
You are truly amazing…I think I looked like a sack of potatoes at this pt in my pregnancy, not to mention I wasn’t smiling a whole lot. LOL!
Does it help that I feel like a tired sack of potatoes? I slept GREAT last night but I am yawning and exhausted today! =)
Wow, I didn’t know you were pregnant! Big belly Mama… congratulations Anne Marie…
It would have been easy to miss about the pregnancy because I’ve only posted a few times about it (since this is primarily a soap blog – ha ha) so no worries. Yes, getting big now and getting very close. I’m really looking forward to this new journey and challenge – balancing motherhood with business. I’m sure the first year will be a major adjustment but hopefully, with the help of my awesome support network, I’ll get through it with some grace and sanity. Fingers crossed =)
LOLOL…this will be the cleanest baby ever, and every day he/she will smell like something else!!! “Today, Bump is wearing Coconut-Mango-Guava.” Congratulations, Anne-Marie!
Definitely the cleanest, most moisturized baby ever =)
You look great! Not long to go now, how exciting for you both. After the first few mad weeks of parenthood you’ll probably begin to wonder what you ever did with your life before bub came along. Strap yourself in because you are about to start the MOST amazing and exhilarating ride anyone could experience.
We’re excited and scared all at the same time. And relishing in the quiet in our house right now. =) I’m almost wondering about bringing cookies to the neighbors now…
You will absolutely LOVE it! It will never cease to amaze you, all the cute things he will do, say and, think of! I know I have enjoyed the last 5 years.. and my best advice.. take the picture BEFORE you yell!! I have tons of pictures of my son doing “bad” things.(ie: putting hair products on his face, unrolling the entire box of foil… getting into the dog food) if you tell him no first the picture is only in your memory and, you cant psychically share it. This way you can show EVERYONE (us included) and embarrass him for decades to come 😀
best of luck to the whole family!
I do love the idea of embarrassing him for decades to come. My folks did that to me too =) (Embarrass me that is, I was never that bad of a child …. ha ha)
Joan Broughton says
Twenty days! A wonderful, adventurous, exciting time ahead…
Exciting AND sleep-deprived =)
You look wonderful and, yes, your life is going to get better, but you may be in for a few sleepless nights 🙂 It all depends on the little one. Just take it easy. You’ll need to. Best wishes for the happy event
I know … I haven’t bought the crib or a co-sleeper yet because I can’t decide on the sleeping situation at home yet. I think I want to meet him first and see if he sounds like a little warthog while he sleeps before I go for the co-sleeper! =)
Looking so well and happy AM, he’s a wonderful bump 🙂 The countdown is on!
It came so quickly too! One day, I swear I had months and months to go and all of a sudden, less than 3 weeks!
I’m so happy for you, you will be an amazing mother, i’m sure of that!
have a beautifull day 🙂
I’m hoping to be an adequate parent that does the best I can, always. I’ve given up on the idea of perfection with him but if reading books counts, I will definitely be ahead! =)
You look so cute pregnant. Not long to go now, how exciting, i’m due in June and can’t wait to meet my little girl 🙂
Goodluck Anne-Marie xo
YAY! A June baby will be perfect – it will be lovely for you to be able to walk outside with your little one and just marvel at how perfect each and every one of her toes and fingers are =)
A true soapmaker to the end! You look just about ready to pop:D
Yippers – and I’m about to go make 9 pounds of lotion from scratch right now too. I am ready to pop – and definitely have all the signs of it (you should see how well my bathroom is organized right now – ha!)
you look beautiful congrats!!!!
Aw thanks. I feel less than beautiful right now but I’ll take any compliment anyone wants to give me. =)
Oh!What a cute baby bump.You look fabulous. Enjoy!
Thank you! Next check up is tomorrow. And I gained a pound in a few days so I’m hoping that’s all baby…. =) (and NOT my butt!)
Wow congratz and get that suitcase ready to go….
Baby bag is IN the car along with blankets (what if I deliver at the side of the road!). The check list for MY baby bag is at home. Since so much of it I use daily (laptop, Nook, etc….), I’m going to have that packed after my water breaks – assuming everything goes according to plan. Ha h … as if that ever happens.