Good news and new goodies from Rifle

I really, REALLY like Rifle Paper Co. I have for years! As I’ve mentioned, I got this Rifle print for my lil man’s nursery, and I’m SO excited about it.

Yesterday they launched a new line of iPhone cases…and I just had to share some of them! I do love my current black and white stripes, but if I’m having a bad day (which is inevitable in the 4 weeks leading up to delivery…) I might have to splurge on a floral one! Here are some of my faves and a few other goodies.


All products are here.

As for the GOOD and probably TOO personal news:

Yesterday I had my 36 week check-up and I am dilated to 3cm and 60% effaced. I’m trying REALLY REALLY hard not to get too excited because I know that doesn’t mean I’m going to go into labor like, now, I still have 4 weeks…BUT can a girl at least hope there’s a chance of 38 or 39 weeks?! Tell me you were a 3 for a month…I need to hear some reason! Or tell me you were 3cm at 36 weeks and then you had the baby EARLY! Weeeee!

I seriously stopped to BRAG to the nurse who took my blood pressure on my way out, “Oh hey, I’m dilated to a 3…so, yeah, I’m pretty cool.” And I totally told the woman who I schedule my appointment with too. “Well, I’m feeling pretty great because I’m already at a 3!” (She didn’t ask.)

But whether this baby comes in 2 weeks or 4, for some reason that news made me happier than anything has made me in MONTHS. I’m not gonna lie, I cry myself to sleep a lot not knowing how I can survive another day. I know that sounds melodramatic but it’s the truth. Have I mentioned how horrible I am at being pregnant?! My anxiety–not about anything really, it’s just my hormones–has been on overdrive and I’m just so not myself physically, mentally or emotionally. But apparently all those “fake” contractions I’ve been having weren’t all fake. And now it seems like there is actually light at the end of the tunnel, for me and this tiny man. I made Eric go with me to the store to buy diapers, and if I’m feeling zany I might even pack a hospital bag. Then again, I probably won’t. I don’t know what to put in it!

But I’m gonna ride this good feeling until another flood of despair hits! Even if I’m so itchy I want to scratch someone’s eyeball’s out.

So happy day! Love you all!



  1. Sarah

    ha ha… I know exactly how you feel! yeah!!!! you are dilated!

  2. Erin Dougal

    Early dilation is THE BEST. Yayyy!!!

  3. I got the exact same report at my 38 week visit, and my little man was born two days later! (And I was so far dilated when active labor actually started, it only took six hours from beginning to baby!) I hope you have an early arrival too! Hang in there!

  4. Those are nice floral print designs. Congrats on the early dilation – that is quite early, not even full term. Hope your little guy will be in your arms soon. I’m also expecting a little guy, in June, so I can share in the anticipation. Exciting times!

    P.S. Love your blog, it’s so funny!

    Vanessa from

  5. Ok, I might have been at a 3 for a little while and was 5 days late, but I wa that way with both so I think it’s just my body’s gestational period. But you’re doing great work already, 30% done right? Also, your use of “light at the end of the tunnel” made me giggle a bit.

  6. I’m jealous. I’m 39 weeks and only at a 2… Although I DO have an induction date set for next week, but still. Totally getcha

    1. Rachel

      Oops. Totally getcha though, I texted too many people (read: more than just my mom) when I lost some of my mucous plug…. And now I just told you. And the Internet. Tmi.

  7. exciting! That is so great, can’t wait to see the babe!

  8. Jessica

    Whenever I went to the hospital in active, curl up in the fetal position labor, I was always only dilated to a 1. So a 3? You better pack that bag, sister! You’re going to have a baby SOON!

  9. Sara

    THE ITCHING!!!!! I was cursed with it too. All over my legs and stomach and bottoms of feet. My life was literally in panic mode trying to deal with the itching and the gashes in my skin from my scratching. So awful. So GOOD LUCK! Truly! I will pray for you! I hope your sweet baby comes early! He needs to see his awesome nursery! 🙂

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