Friday, August 21, 2015

40 Week Update

40 weeks... and 6 days.... but who's counting? ; )  I am definitely counting and trying not to freak out.  I just really don't want to get induced, but I'm thankful my baby is full term.  Here are a few shots of me and Michael.  I've enjoyed being pregnant (and I am fortunate to have had a great pregnancy), but pregnancy is something that isn't supposed to last forever!

Monday, August 10, 2015

39 Week Update

We're getting very close to the 40 week finish line. I am processing so many emotions, thoughts and feelings - I don't know if it's even possible to articulate it all.  I am finally going to be a mom!  I've been looking forward to this for so many years.  Now that it's finally happening, I'll admit that I'm scared.  The responsibility is huge.  You want to be a great parent and do everything well, but Michael and I are going into this knowing that we'll make mistakes.  Jesus is the only perfect person and the only one who will not let our girl down.  I pray that she knows Him at a very young age and always feels his presence.  All the good parenting in the world is nothing compared to having that.

I'm soaking in every moment with Michael (who has been buckling my sandals for me, walking our dogs so I don't have to, lifting everything, putting pillows behind my back, giving me back rubs, and helping me get up off the couch).  It's been just the two of us for 10 years and now things will never be the same.  It's a good change, but these last 10 years have been so special.  We've gone to college, been best friends, gotten married, traveled, struggled, loved, cried, laughed, grown up, woke up spiritually, worked hard, and have made so many memories together.  And I know that is just the beginning.  We're starting a new chapter with a sweet baby girl!  I can't believe all the amazing things God has given me.  So much more than I deserve.

On top of all these major life changes, we're moving and Michael is starting a new job right after the baby is born.  We're leaving our sweet and supportive community and headed into the unknown.  We'll meet new people, live in a new city and go to church somewhere else.  But it's hard to leave the support and love of the community we're in now.  No one can replace the friends we have here.  We've never felt so connected to a place before.  When we came to Monroe, we were spiritually immature and seeking God.  It has been a place of growth for us where people have really mentored and cared for us.  It's really cool to me that right before we leave, we're having a baby.  It feels like the icing on the cake of such a beautiful season of life.

This is my brother and sister's dog Moose.  He's just a 7 week old baby!

How far along? 39 weeks - baby is the size of a 7 lb watermelon : )
Total weight gain/loss: give or take 35 lbs
Maternity clothes? definitely, unless I walk around in my undies.  Which I do a LOT now that I'm huge and the weather is hot.
Stretch marks? I think I'm going to make it through without them.
Sleep: Not great, but I'm getting a lot more than I'll probably be getting when our baby arrives. Trying to enjoy it!
Best moment this week:  My family from Michigan came to town!  I haven't seen them in 6 years (when Michael and I got engaged).  I got to hold my cousin's sweet baby girl.  And I got to meet my brother's new golden retriever puppy!  He is so sweet.

These are my "half siblings" (cousins) from Michigan - our dads are identical twins, so genetically, we like to joke that we're siblings.

Worst moment this week:  We thought we knew exactly where we were going to live a month from now when we move, and this weekend - those plans seemed to crumble.  I'm not sure what's going to happen and I really need to focus on delivering this baby.  I am hoping that my best moment this week will be when God works out the entire situation.  I am really struggling with doubt.   This whole move has been a leap of faith for me.  And God has come through in so many ways, but this is really pushing it for me.  I've been trying to stay positive even though I don't have a nursery set up.  I keep reminding myself that I'll set one up when we move in.  Now, I'm feeling completely unprepared.  I never in a million years would have chosen this scenario - having my first baby - and not having a place to live.

Miss Anything? Breathing.  I keep getting short of breath.  Kind of feels like suffocation sometimes.
Movement: She's big and strong now. It can be uncomfortable when she gets really active, but of course I love to feel her moving because it means she's healthy and strong!
Food cravings: Last week I wanted cashews, fruit and cheese. And chocolate.  This week, it's sub sandwiches.  And chocolate.   Especially Alter Eco Quinoa dark chocolate.  Mmmmm!  If my midwives were worried before about me gaining enough weight, they can breath a sigh of relief now.  Gaining weight is a little too easy.  See... this was me at 5 months and again at 9 months.  Operation Weight Gain was a 100% total success.

Anything making you queasy or sick: no, but I have to be careful about spicy foods because I get heartburn now.
Have you started to show yet: I am about to pop.  Even my feet are about to pop.
Gender: girl : )
Labor Signs: Not that I've noticed.  But I'm starting to think that I don't recognize Braxton Hicks.  We'll see at my check up tomorrow. My midwife says that you can't dilate without contractions.  So, if I am at all dilated, then I've been contracting.
Belly Button in or out? OUT
Wedding rings on or off? OFF : (  I'm swollen.  Don't want to risk my ring getting stuck or cut off.
Happy or moody most of the time: Trying to follow what Philippians 4 says about rejoicing at all times (and I do have a LOT to be joyful and thankful for).  But I am pretty terrified and panicked right this moment.  We really need to secure a place to live in September.
Looking forward to: seeing my baby face to face!  And finding a good place to live. And being a family of 3!  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

33 Week Update

This trimester is going by scary fast.  I can't wait to meet our sweet baby, but I have so much to do in so little time.  I think I've had two baby showers since my last update.  One was family & friends and another was all my church family!  My girl will definitely be looking stylish... she was given a lot of precious little outfits.  I feel so fortunate to have so many loving people in my life who already love our baby girl.

Pregnancy has still been great.  I have gained at least 30 lbs and after I eat, my belly button pokes out.  My boss has been so sweet to let me work just four days a week now.  I really need the time off to rest and get our house packed up - because we're moving... oh... about two weeks before the baby is due.  No big deal haha.  I'm trying not to stress and I just keep asking God to help me through the next few months because so much is happening in such a short time.  I don't have a nursery set up.  I haven't prepared for natural birth yet (but I did just order a book).  I only have like two cloth diapers (when I think you need to have about 20 if you're really going to do it).  And we're still on the hunt for a house to move into.

I think my fingers are starting to swell a little bit because sometimes my ring won't budge.  I also think I have finally had some real cravings (I haven't really had any yet).  I have been going to town on some homemade guacamole.  And I'm making more of it today haha.  Plus, I really want a BAGEL.  Not just any bagel.  I want one from Einstein Brothers.  I haven't had one in a long time because I try to stick with Ezekiel bread only (it's sprouted + organic).  But if I ever have a reason to splurge on some "bad" carbs, it's now - when I'm getting huge pregnant.  I'm still being as healthy as I can be about it though ; )  I bought some imitation cream cheese, so I'm still avoiding dairy : )

I also was wondering when I would start to feel like nesting.  It hit me a few days ago and lasted until 1:00 am because I was so furious about the filth in my house.  I normally like my house to be clean.  And it really is dirty right now, which would normally bother me.  But I don't usually lose sleep over it.  I couldn't even sleep it was bothering me so bad.  And I've even been nesting at work haha.  I think it's overflowing into other areas because I can't set up my nursery right now.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

29 Week Update

Time is flying!  I'm 29 weeks - moving right along in the third trimester.

I'm really gaining weight (20+ lbs) and wearing nothing but maternity clothes.  My belly button is super flat now.  It was really tender and kind of bruised looking, but feeling and looking better this week.

Sleep has been okay, but due to being on vacation - I got completely off of my routine and have been waking up at odd times, falling back asleep, and then feeling exhausted when my alarm goes off.

Other random symptoms have been heart burn, leg cramps, and shortness of breath, but really I'm not complaining - this pregnancy has been great!

These last few weeks have been loaded with great things!  We went to the beach (on our last kid-free vaycay) with our friends Ross and Hollis.  We had perfect weather, beautiful water, tasty food, and played lots of Catan.

As soon as we got back from the beach, we headed to Lake Oconee to Michael's staff retreat with the Grace Monroe staff.  Then, I stayed home and went back to work while Michael and Ty took a guys trip to D.C. for a few days.

And just last night, we got to celebrate the marriage of my brother Clint and sister-in-law Sari!

Whew!  What a month!  This summer is going to be full.  Now that we're getting back to normal life, I'm looking forward to going to the chiropractor this week AND we get to see our baby girl at an ultrasound appointment.  The doctor will be looking to see if she is growing on track because they thought her head measured a little small last time.  Prayer would be greatly appreciated!

Our girl has been moving around like crazy in my belly.  It feels less like kicks and more like entire body movements.  I can't believe I get to meet her in just 2 1/2 months.  Which reminds me - we really need to pick a name.  Everyone is asking and I am frustrated with myself for being so picky and indecisive.

I do miss feeling in shape.  And being able to move around like normal haha.  I've lost most of the strength in my abs and bending over and walking the dogs is getting tougher.

I'm feeling so thankful and happy.  Michael has been such a great husband - I'm excited to see him being a dad!  We have two baby showers this month.  I am so grateful for all the love and support that we feel from our family, friends and community.  God has been sooooo good to us.

Monday, May 4, 2015

25 Week Update

The last two weeks have gone by in the blink of an eye.  They're the kind where you know you've been busy, but can't even remember what you were so busy doing.  One thing's for sure - I've been growing.  I feel pregnant, I look pregnant, my "normal" clothes definitely don't fit now, and my belly measurement expanded by several centimeters.

I did take a day off this week to celebrate 10 years since Michael and I went on our first date!  I was an 18 year old freshman in college finishing up my final exams when Michael asked me out on a date (he was 20).  Something about him drew me in and all I wanted to do was get to know him more.  Ten years later, I'm so thankful God allowed our paths to cross.  I'm so thankful we ended up together, matured together, and made it through some difficult seasons.  He means more to me than words can express and I know he will be just as great a dad as he is a husband.

To celebrate, we ate Argentinian food (empanadas and steak sandwiches), got fro-yo, shopped, went to a midwife appointment.  It was great : )  As we sat and ate our frozen yogurt, there was a family sitting next to us celebrating ten years too - their daughter's 10th birthday.  And I thought it was cool, because about ten years from now, we will be celebrating our daughter's tenth birthday!

We had a nice weekend too.  Getting all sorts of baby preparations done, reading a baby book, making a registry, went to a church picnic...  Oh and we recently got a new foam mattress (hallelujah!!!!!) My back pain is almost 100% gone now and my tailbone pain has significantly decreased. Sleep (and what you're sleeping on) is important.

How far along? 25 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: at least 15 (not gonna lie --- it freaks me out)  
Maternity clothes? Nothing but maternity now (if I want to actually be comfortable).
Stretch marks? I don't think so.  I'm oiling up after my showers with Squalane oil from Rinse.  So far so good.
Sleep: Muuuuch better now that I have a good mattress.  Whew!
Best moment this week:  Celebrating 10 years with Michael : )
Miss Anything? Being able to bend over like normal to put shoes on hahahaha.  
Movement: Kicking all the time.  I can see my belly move now.
Food cravings: I'm not specifically craving stuff, but the last two weeks I greatly enjoyed potato salad and burgers, Fruitful O's cereal with almond milk, homemade tomato basil soup, and I made chocolate balls!  Plus veggies and hummus, green smoothies and eggs and toast haha.  I am a good eater.
Anything making you queasy or sick: red pepper doesn't sit well.  However, chipotle pepper is just fine.  Weird.
Have you started to show yet: Yea, but when I walk my dogs, I still get a few honks ; )  
Gender: still a girl!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? flattening
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: happy!  I have a lot to be thankful and happy about.
Looking forward to: going to the lake, going to the beach, my brother's wedding!  All this month!!!!  Gonna be fun!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

23 Weeks Update

How far along? 23 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +13 lbs (?)  I am growing alllllll over.  
Maternity clothes? yes!  Although some of the things I've purchased just didn't quite work out : (  I need to figure something out because even my yoga pants are tight.
Stretch marks? No, but I am itchy.
Sleep: Not good.  I have back pain.  A new mattress is on the way and I am so excited.  Ours is 25 years old.  Kind of gross I know...
Best moment this week:  Getting pretty close to deciding on a name : )
Miss Anything? I say this every week - I miss feeling fit and trim.
Movement: Kicking away!
Food cravings: I eat a lot of produce and sprouted grains.  We had Chick fil a breakfast the other morning.  
Anything making you queasy or sick: no, but I had bad indigestion yesterday.  That's never been a problem for me before.
Have you started to show yet: Yep : )
Gender prediction: it is a GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? ... flat?  Haha... not in or out.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, thankful, anxious, and more energetic.
Looking forward to: Our new mattress and vacation next month.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

22 weeks update

I am doing a terrible job of keeping up with this!  I don't know how there are so many mom bloggers who keep their blogs up to date.  Today I am already 23 weeks, but here's my update for week 22.

How far along? 22 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: about 12 lbs
Maternity clothes? yea, I am to the point where it's just not comfortable to wear normal clothes anymore.
Stretch marks? Not yet, feeling itchy though.
Sleep: Sleep was a struggle this week.  Our mattress needs to be retired,  I've been waking up with back pain and we're about to buy a new one.
Best moment this week:  Saw my belly move this week when she kicked!  Got to have dinner with a dear friend, and although my back has been killing me, I keep laughing at everything.  I've just been really happy!
Miss Anything? I miss feeling fit.  I don't feel very attractive sometimes, but I know it's completely worth it.
Movement: Strong kicks : )
Food cravings: nothing crazy.  I love eating healthy and satisfying food.  Eggs, toast from sprouted grain bread, green smoothies, homemade popcorn, 85% dark chocolate, chicken salad, strawberries, grapes, etc etc etc....  I love eating!
Anything making you queasy or sick: no, so thankful.
Have you started to show yet: Yes, I am showing.  People say my bump is little, but I am measuring on track.
Gender prediction: it is a GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: This next chapter in life.  A lot of changes ahead.