My first pregnancy

I thought this would be an easy way for us to look back on my pregnancy with Caedmon and just sort of compare it to my pregnancy this time around. It was kind of fun for us to read through my first pregnancy fairly quickly after it's already passed... so many things I had forgotten about that I'm glad I had written down. So, here are all of my old pregnancy updates! I did really well, only missing three or four weeks... pretty proud of myself! :) I don't have pictures for all of the weeks, but I'm hoping to add a few more within the next week or so!

15 weeks

I am 15 weeks pregnant! I can’t believe it… I’ve been feeling much better than I was a few weeks ago. I’m still having some morning sickness - but thanks to my wonderful midwife - my prescription has basically taken care of it. I’m not tired so often anymore and have been staying up past 10. :) I’ve been having a little trouble with acid reflux at night, but I’m really hoping that it will get better (I didn’t have it at all last night). But so far, the worst part about being pregnant is that my complexion is shot. My face is so broken out… it’s driving me crazy! Apparently the same hormones that cause the ‘pregnancy glow’ also cause acne in some women. Lucky me. I’m sure there will be something that is worse than that soon… but as of now, that is my least favorite thing. I still haven’t felt the baby move - but supposedly I should be able to within a few weeks. I’m so excited for that moment… I think everything will feel much more real. :)

16 weeks

Today we had a doctor’s appointment! We learned that I am “officially” 15 weeks and 5 days… so not quite to 16 weeks yet. We scheduled our appointment for 20 weeks - which is the fun appointment when we’ll get to see the baby again and find out if he/she is a he or a she :) I can’t wait!
The doctor’s visit went very well… I’ve gained 4 pounds, which is pretty much right where I should be as far as weight goes. My blood pressure is good and baby’s heart rate was perfect again :) It was a little bit slower than it was last time, but she said that’s totally normal, too.
This morning, though, did not go very well. I was so sick. I haven’t gotten sick really over the last 3 weeks but this morning… so not fun. Michael got me more anti-nausea medicine from the pharmacy today and it’s helping again. I was really hoping that part was over already! Being pregnant is so much harder on my body than I ever thought it would be. But, it will all be worth it someday… and hopefully the second time around it will get easier (not that we’re thinking about the next time around anytime soon… promise.)
Biggest thing we’re excited about: little bambino can hear us now! isn’t that amazing?

17 weeks

I am now a little over seventeen weeks… yea! Things are still going so well! We’ve been so blessed with everything, I just can’t believe it. I’m still feeling well and not too much has changed as far as that goes. Another new symptom that has developed, however, is back pain. My back constantly hurts. Constantly. It does feel better when I can lay down… but really, how often can you lay down in the course of a day? I’m thinking about buying one of those stick on heating pads… has anyone tried those and know how well they work?
From what I’ve read back pain shouldn’t really start until later on in pregnancy when you’re putting on more weight. It would seem a little crazy that this additional 5-6 pounds could put such a strain on my back… but, I don’t know?
We will be able to find out if it is a boy or a girl in just two more weeks. I thought I would be feeling unbearably antsy around this time. Honestly, though, I know we will be so excited either way. It really doesn’t matter to us. I haven’t felt antsy one bit… at least not yet. I’m definitely excited… but the anticipation isn’t driving me crazy quite like I thought it could.
Anyway, that’s all my news for pregnancy stuff this week.

18 weeks
Baby R is now the size of a bell pepper!
I love charting baby r’s growth with the size of different fruits. It’s amazing to me that I can hold a bell pepper and know that our little love is approximately that size. Isn’t that amazing? It’s been so incredible to just visualize the growth week-by-week. I just love it! I can’t believe just a few weeks ago baby was the size of an olive. an olive. Wow.
As far as pregnancy updates go… there aren’t a lot of new ones. I’m still feeling really well. The only problem is the back pain, still. I’m also still taking my anti-nausea pills in the morning, justincase, but I’m not sure if I still need them or not. No more bad dreams, still crazy ones… but no more nightmares.
I can’t think of much else. Things have just been going really great and we really appreciate all the support we’ve been getting!

19 weeks
I am now nineteen weeks! Almost halfway through my pregnancy… I can’t believe it! I was looking through a few pregnancy blogs and I found this neat questionnaire… I think I’m going to use this from now on instead of trying to explain things on my own :)
Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 19 weeks
Total weight gain: 6-7 pounds
Sleep: really good! i’ve been sleeping really hard the past week
Best moment this week: trying on my maternity pants for the first time… they’re amazing! 
Movement: pretty sure i’ve felt some movement at this point! so neat :)
What do you miss? not having constant lower back pain 
Weekly wisdom: don’t wait so long to start wearing maternity pants!

20 weeks

this is my twenty week update :)
our parent’s came up for the big ultrasound and our little one is doing just great. doctor said everything is developing perfectly and right on schedule :) baby weighs about the same amount as a can of coke… and is the size of a cantaloupe!
baby has been moving lots more often… which is so, so neat. it’s incredible… it still catches me off guard throughout the day. i love it :) michael has started to feel it move, too. seeing his face when he feels the baby move is the most precious thing… i really do have the sweetest husband.
on a different note, i haven’t been feeling too great this week. i will spare you all the details… and let you know that the best few days have been much better. praise jesus!
i’ve been referred to a physical therapist for the back pain problem - i’m meeting her next week… i’ll let you know if it helps (please pray it does!)
Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 20 weeks
Total weight gain: 14 pounds. (whoa! i guess i’ve been off a few pounds the last few weeks)
Sleep: i’ve been having a really hard time getting comfortable… it’s hard being constrained to only one side!
Best moment this week: seeing our little one move around at the ultrasound. AND having michael get to feel baby for the first time!
Movement: lots! esp when i’m sitting or laying still
What do you miss? besides not having back pain, my memory… i’m starting to forget everything!
Weekly wisdom: probably just go ahead and pass on the chinese food
well, that’s all my news for this week! :)

21 weeks

I officially cannot wear any of my pre-pregnant pants (well, except for yoga pants). I’ve been wearing lots of dresses lately and I am so thankful for the beautiful weather we’ve been having! I still desperately need to buy a bella band… I can’t believe I haven’t bought one yet!
Baby has been kicking all time time now! It’s such an incredible feeling… I love the little reminders it brings throughout the day that our little one is growing in there :) Michael has felt the baby move a lot more now and I fall in love with him a little more every time I see his face after little love moves… precious!
I’ve been feeling great this week! I haven’t gotten sick at all and I’m back to a normal sleeping schedule. Last week I was sleeping 10+ hours a night… shew!
I can’t think of any more pregnancy-related things to tell you guys about! So, we’ll do the questionnaire of the week and wrap this up :)
Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 21 weeks
Total weight gain: 15
Sleep: great!
Best moment this week: closing on our new home!
Movement: lots :)
What do you miss? not being able to help with things (moving, painting, etc.)
Weekly wisdom: Rolaids are better than tums :) but both REALLY help with heartburn

22 weeks

Baby is kicking away! It’s so amazing… I’m not sure how to describe it - just like little tiny nudges coming from the inside of my belly. I know that sounds weird, but I promise it’s one of the sweetest feelings I’ve ever felt! I love it :) Our doctor appointment is in about two weeks and we’ll get to hear the heartbeat again.
My back pain has drastically improved, thankfully! I went to the physical therapist and my hips weren’t in alignment. The left side was higher than the right side which had caused one of the vertebrae in my back to be slightly twisted - which was what was causing me so much pain! She did some things to straighten everything out and gave me some exercises to do. It’s been a HUGE help. I have another appointment next week to make sure everything is still good and if it is - I don’t think I’ll have to go anymore :)
Heartburn/Reflux has gotten a bit worse. I’ve read that if you’re having heartburn it’s because baby will have hair… not sure if it’s true or not. But I know I wouldn’t be surprised if baby has lots of hair - mommy and daddy both have lots and lots of hair. :) Tums is still helping though. Unfortunately water makes it worse, when it’s happening the only thing I want to do is drink a huge glass of cold water! I’m glad to have something that helps with it though.
Other than that, things are perfect! We’re so thankful to have everything going to smoothly so far :)
In a few weeks we have our first far away trip planned with me being pregnant :) We’re traveling to Oklahoma to visit my family and have a baby shower. I’m so excited! I can’t to visit everyone and see my bff (who is also pregnant… many, many pictures to come) :) Please be praying for the long, long drive and that it isn’t too terribly uncomfortable for me! I appreciate it so, so much :)
Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 22 weeks
Total weight gain: not sure - 17?
Sleep: still good - I’ve starting waking up in the middle of the night, usually just once though
Best moment this week: getting my bella band! i love this thing already :)
Movement: lots and lots :) we can see it on the outside now too! crazy!
Labor signs: none
What do you miss? no heartburn!
Weekly wisdom:  we’ve been reading the book of proverbs to baby… just one chapter a day. it’s one of my very favorite times of the day. i would recommend this to other pregnant families, too :)

p.s. baby is the size of a mango this week! and weighs about a pound :)

23 weeks

26 weeks

He is the size of an English hothouse cucumber (weird, right?) Basically about 14 inches… getting pretty big! I’m 26 weeks and things have been going really, really great. No new symptoms or anything and the back pain has gotten SO much better. I am so thankful for my physical therapist :)

Baby is getting so much bigger! I’ve gained about 20 pounds so far and boy, can i tell a difference! It’s getting more difficult to get up from a sitting position, I get winded sometimes just from walking up our stairs, and my overall movements have gotten much… slower to accommodate this new body of mine! Like last week I went on a walk with a friend of mine around the arboretum (it’s about 2 miles). I totally had to stop halfway through and just take a little breather before we finished the walk… I’ve been reading some forums and things and it seems like this is a pretty common thing that happens during pregnancy - even for people who are in shape.
Our shower in Oklahoma was such a blessing! I can’t wait to get the nursery furniture together and start figuring out how to decorate the nursery and find a place to unpack all of these gift bags :). How crazy is it that we’re going to have a nursery right next to our bedroom! I’ve been sitting in there sometimes in our new rocking chair just dreaming of what it will be like to actually have a baby be living with us… I just can’t wait. I’m so excited about all of the new changes and new things that we’re about to learn :)
Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 26 weeks
Total weight gain: about 20
Sleep: it’s hard to stay on my side all through the night!
Best moment this week: our baby shower and getting to see my family!
Movement: it feels like he’s dancing whenever i’m laying down… i love it :)
Labor signs: none
What do you miss? not being able to sleep on my stomach!
Weekly wisdom:  sometimes people won’t tell you things out of fear that it’s “tmi”… but, that’s the kind of information i want so i won’t be shocked when i have a baby! i’ve had lots of fun conversations with moms when i ask them for advice or things that they wished they had known before they had their babies. if they say it might be tmi… just ask they tell you anyway :)

27 weeks

Welcome to the third trimester! New symptoms include: horrendous back pains and headaches. Almost all the time. I’m thinking about calling my physical therapist and making another appointment to see if she can help with the headaches… but until then, I’m asking for prayer that I will be healed from these headaches!
I don’t mean to complain - in truth, things have been going along really well with the whole pregnancy. I’ve had minor aches and pains, of course, but at the same time I am so very thankful to not have any serious complications thus far (and I hope that this continues!) Baby has been moving around much more frequently - and after talking to Kandice - I’m sure that I’ve felt the baby have hiccups, too! (such a funny feeling, btw)
Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 27 weeks
Total weight gain: i’ll have a better idea at my drs appt next week :)
Sleep: i really miss being able to sleep on my stomach! but i’m still sleeping really well.
Best moment this week: starting to hang pictures and get more settled into our new house
Movement: all the time!
Labor signs: none
What do you miss? not being able to sleep on my stomach! (still)
Weekly wisdom:  … try to enjoy being pregnant as much as you can. i really can’t believe how fast it is going by!

29 weeks

I am twenty-nine weeks pregnant. twenty-nine! That means there are only eleven weeks until our baby boy is here! I can’t wait :) I’m still not overly tired of being pregnant - I’m sure I’ll get to that point soon enough. But, for now, I’m just going to enjoy these last eleven weeks feeling little love dance around in my belly.

Baby has definitely grown over the past 2 weeks, don’t you think? :) Things here have been going really great… I’ve been blessed with a pretty easy pregnancy and an absolute dream of a husband. Last night I fell asleep to his singing/talking to our son and this morning I woke up to breakfast in bed before Michael had to head off to work… Really, he’s a dream. 
I’ve started going to the doctor every 2 weeks now instead of every 4… My belly is measuring about a week behind - but they said that anything within 2 weeks of how far along you are is totally normal. I went to the physical therapist (again) for the headaches. I think he helped! I’m supposed to go back once a week for the next 3 or 4 weeks… BUT, since the headaches have gotten better and I have stretches I can do on my own, I’m not sure I need to keep going. I’m STILL needing the nausea medicine every morning (guess I’m one of the lucky ones!) and it is quite necessary that I carry Tums around with me all the time. I have been getting horrible heartburn… at any and all times of the day. Supposedly, this means little one is going to have a lot of hair… I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this were true :)
We’ve done a 3D ultrasound since my last post, and I’ll update about that later… It was such an amazing experience. I’m so glad we did it. :)
Friday was my last day of work… and so begins my journey of being a stay at home mom. I’m beyond excited about this new adventure :)
Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 29 weeks
Total weight gain: 25 pounds
Sleep: still going good… I’m a pretty hard sleeper. I am having to get up in the middle of the night… every night around 4. weird.
Best moment this week: getting more settled into our house :) i’m LOVING it 
Movement: lots!
Labor signs: none
What do you miss? shirts not being long enough to cover this new belly of mine!
Weekly wisdom: i’ve got nothing for this week

30 weeks

Wow. We made it to thirty weeks! That means there are only ten left. Ten! I am slightly in shock that there are only 2 months till little one is here with us. It has flown by… but then again in some ways it seems like I’ve been pregnant for as long as I can remember.
I just got back from the doctor and everything is going great! Baby’s heart rate was 143 and he’s doing perfectly. I gained seven pounds in two weeks. What?! Doctor said she is not at all concerned by this and because I’m a smaller person to begin with, she knew I would gain more than the average 25-35 pounds. She thinks I’ll gain about 8-10 more pounds. Two weeks ago my belly was about a week behind schedule, well I guess it caught up somewhere between then and now because I’m measuring right at 30 weeks!
And in other baby news, we had another baby shower! My friends Ashley, Laurel and Amy threw it for me :) It was so much fun and we got some super cute stuff. I definitely felt so loved that day. Thank you guys so, so, so much for such a fun shower!!!! I love all of you so much!
Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 30 weeks
Total weight gain: 28 pounds
Sleep: good. but oh how i miss sleeping on my stomach!
Best moment this week: our baby shower my friends threw for me!
Movement: :) i think he’s actually going to be pretty chill, he’s not been moving quite as much as a few weeks ago. but, he’s definitely still moving
Labor signs: none… i’m a little nervous about these braxton hicks contractions that are supposed to be starting soon though!
What do you miss? being able to reach my toes! i tried to paint my toenails the other day - not an easy task!
Weekly wisdom: don’t get stressed if you have to wait a long time to see the doctor - it doesn’t do anyone any good and it definitely doesn’t make the time go by faster!

31 weeks

I can’t believe how big my belly has gotten over the past… 3 weeks or so! I don’t know how it could get much bigger - but we have about 8 weeks left, and this is the time when baby is just putting on weight… so we’ll see what I look like in 3 more weeks :)
Also, this wall is in baby’s room - I love this color :) I plan on putting some pictures up of the nursery… soon :)
Things this week have gone really well! Nothing new as far as the pregnancy goes. It’s getting harder and harder to get up from a seated position, but with the bigger belly I suppose it would be silly to expect anything other than that. I’m still feeling really great and have been truly blessed with this pregnancy.
Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 31 weeks
Total weight gain: 29 pounds
Sleep: still good!
Best moment this week: i have two. michael and i have LOVED sitting in bed before we go to sleep and watch (yes, watch!) him roll around. it is absolutely fascinating! and the other would be our church shower that we had tonight - more updates on that soon :)
Movement: lots… it feels like he’s just doing flips in there throughout the day. i love it :)
Labor signs: none (thankfully!)
What do you miss? not having to take medicine every morning
Weekly wisdom: definitely take belly pictures every week. it’s so fun to go through them and look at how my belly has grown every week!

33 weeks

Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 33 weeks
Total weight gain: 30 pounds
Sleep: still good! and happening much more frequently
Best moment this week: getting to see Michael’s family and enjoying the shower they threw for us :)
Movement: lots! still hoping he’s going to flip and be head down soon
Labor signs: none (thankfully!)
What do you miss? not feeling light headed/tired after almost everything
Weekly wisdom: take it easy :)
Only 44 days left until our due date! I was looking in our fridge the other day and our cheese expires on July 15. Crazy! We have food that is going to expire on our due date… I just can’t believe it’s so close. I’m still not anxious (honestly, that probably is all thanks to the fact that we have no carpet upstairs and our air conditioner is STILL broken… definitely not ready to bring a baby here to live just yet). But, I’m sure I’ll be feeling more ready for him to just be here as soon as the house is in a better order.
Baby is doing good! Still moving around quite a bit. At the last doctor’s appointment we found out he weighs about 4 pounds 4 ounces (that’s how much I weighed when I was born!) and he’s right on track with how big he should be. We also learned that baby is still head up (breech) and I’ve been doing exercises the past two weeks to encourage him to move… still no luck, though! I know he has time to move on his own still… and if he doesn’t there are more things we can do to encourage him to move, but I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t make me nervous he’s not in the right position.
I am one of those crazy women who really desires a natural birth. I want to fully see what my body is capable of… because I believe this is something that my body was made to do. I know I have no idea of what childbirth feels like - and I’m not saying I absolutely won’t want pain medication when the time comes. But, for now… I’m under the belief that I am a strong and capable woman who was made to do this. and I’m sticking to that until proven otherwise, I don’t care who thinks I’m crazy (because - I know - the majority of people think I’m crazy for wanting this… And boy do they let me know!) also, I know that I will not be failing myself if I choose to have meds. With that, the thought of having a c-section is really pretty devastating to me. I’ve been trying to prepare myself just in case that is my only option (I definitely don’t want to be unprepared for such a major surgery). And I just don’t know how to mentally prepare myself for a natural childbirth AND a c-section. I know that no matter what baby’s health is the most important thing. But, I still hope for the option to NOT have to have a c-section. So, this is where I am now with my thoughts on delivery… please pray for peace and wisdom for me. (and also that baby will just move into the right position on his own… and that I will stop worrying about it!)
As far as how I’ve been feeling physically… a lot has changed over the past few weeks! I could easily take a nap or two everyday (in addition to sleeping 9-10 hours a night). Maybe this is my body’s way of telling me to sleep as much as possible while I still can :) I’ve been feeling light headed a lot more frequently too… I have low blood pressure (better than the alternative, I know) but it’s just frustrating to have no control over that feeling. Also, my attention span has nearly diminished. It is so hard to focus on things! I can hardly keep track of things and conversations are getting harder and harder to stay involved with… one-on-one conversations are usually fine. It’s mainly just group conversations I can get totally lost in my head with. So, if we’re having a conversation I’m not zoning out… promise :) Oh, and my body has been feeling ginormous! My fingers are swollen and I can’t wear my wedding ring anymore :( I’m still attributing some of the swelling to the fact that I am always so hot because of the no a/c thing. But, I’m sure some of it would be happening anyway. And flip-flops are completely necessary because any type of shoe that goes over my whole foot is too tight now! Oh the joys of being pregnant! Really other than these things though… everything has been pretty normal still and I’m still feeling overall really healthy. :)

34 weeks

Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 34 weeks
Total weight gain: 32 pounds
Sleep: still good! i’ve been nervous about it getting more difficult, but so far so good :)
Best moment this week: the birthing class we went to last night
Movement: more rolls than kicks now, but i still don’t think he’s turned (we think he’s probably going to be stubborn like me…)
Labor signs: i’ve started having braxton hicks contractions, but just a few
What do you miss? not feeling light headed/tired after almost everything
Weekly wisdom: go to a birthing class… it helped me make more sense of my options and it was a great crash course for michael over everything labor and delivery :)
our hospital has quite a few free classes to go to and so we just figured we would try out all of the ones that apply to us. :) so this week we went to a pediatric cpr class and a birthing class. both were great! they definitely helped us to at least start preparing ourselves mentally for having a baby. next week we have a natural childbirth class (the one i’m probably most excited about) and the week after that we have one more that’s about all the basics of caring for a newborn. considering neither michael or i have ever even changed a diaper… i know this one is going to be good for us :)  
no other real updates or changes as far as the pregnancy goes.

35 weeks

Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 35 weeks
Total weight gain: about 33 pounds
Sleep: no problems :) maybe i’m one of the lucky ones
Best moment this week: our one year anniversary date!
Movement: lots.. whenever he rolls around it always catches my guard and i kind of have to brace myself… i think he’s getting pretty big in there!
Labor signs: none, not even the braxton hicks anymore… i guess they were a fluke :)
What do you miss? not feeling light headed/tired after almost everything (still)
Weekly wisdom: go swimming :)
only 5 weeks left… 5! and only two more weeks until i’m considered full term. i cannot believe how fast this pregnancy has gone by. and at the exact same time i really can’t remember what it feels like to not be pregnant. weird, right?
a lot of people have been asking me if i’m getting to the point where i am just ready to be done and have the baby. and honestly, i’m not there yet. my body definitely is feeling the pregnancy more now then ever, but it’s not gotten to be totally unbearable yet. not to say that that isn’t going to change in the next couple weeks or even days ;)
i can’t wait to meet our son. michael and i have been spending a lot of time in the nursery at church and it is just so fascinating to see how different their little personalities are… even when they’re just babies! i can’t wait to see what his little personality is going to be like. i know we’re going to be captivated by it - i mean, we already are. :)

36 weeks

Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 36 weeks
Total weight gain: about 34 pounds
Sleep: good! it’s so hard to roll over… but no problems getting comfy or anything
Best moment this week: celebrating father’s day with my husband! because he’s kind of a daddy now :)
Movement: slowing down a little… i think he’s running out of room!
Labor signs: none
What do you miss? not feeling like a 500 pound man every time i stand up, walk, go upstairs, etc.
Weekly wisdom: prepare yourself for overwhelming comments about your body by seriously EVERYONE you come into contact with
This week has been such a good one for us! The weekly doctor’s appointments have started now. At this past appointment they did an ultrasound to check his position (he was breech at 32 weeks… so my midwife wanted to see if he’d moved on his own). good news! he’s officially head down! There was one day last week where I noticed he was just a lot lower and it was getting harder to sit or walk comfortably with how low he has gotten. I think I knew he had flipped then but was too afraid to convince myself of it until I knew for sure :) She did a 3D u/s for us so we got to see his little face again… it has gotten so chubby! He’s the most precious thing I’ve ever seen… already! Michael and I just couldn’t stop looking at the pictures the rest of the day. They also estimated that he weighs about 6.11 pounds, right where he’s supposed to be right now!
Other than feeling like a house all the time, there haven’t been any new pregnancy troubles. Everything is going normal and I have been so blessed with an easy pregnancy! The hardest thing, honestly, has just been in conversations with people. I might break off into a small vent here, {vent} but lots of people have really strongopinions about my size. Believe me, I know better than anyone how big my belly has gotten… really don’t need you to tell me about it. It’s just unbelievable to me how rude people can be to people they don’t even know! The worst comment people make is “WOW, you’ve got to be due any day now!” actually no, I’m not… I still have 4 weeks left! And did you know that not everyone schedules an induction before their due date… babies can be born anywhere between 37-42 weeks. I’m going to embrace that time and wait for his birthday to come naturally. I had no idea how uncommon it was to want everything to be as natural as possible! Thankfully I have chosen a midwife who is completely in support of a more natural way of pregnancy and childbirth. And I like how I’m doing things, I think it’s best for us. Other people just like to express their opinion of what they think is best for us, too. And that’s okay… I’m just learning that I have got to toughen my skin. Maybe this is just part of my preparation for motherhood?
I would just like to note that I really am in total support of gaining more insight and wisdom from mother’s who have done this before. I don’t want people to be afraid to tell me things or offer helpful advice. I really do appreciate it. Really. It’s just when the words of advice are offered with a hint of judgment… that’s when my guard goes up and then Michael gets to listen to me complain/cry/whine about how mean I think people can be.
Whew, well, I feel a little bit better… but, I hope I didn’t overwhelm you! :) So, in other news… Today we celebrate Michael’s first father’s day! I can’t believe my husband is already kind of a daddy! Yesterday I made him coffee cake from this recipe… it was very tasty :) though I didn’t have quite enough sugar, sour cream or butter (I desperately need to go grocery shopping!) and it still tasted absolutely delicious! and I bought him two ties (it just seemed like a fitting, traditional, cliche father’s day gift) :)
Happy Father’s Day, husband! You are going to make one of the best daddies the world has ever seen, I just know it :)

 37 weeks

Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 37 weeks
Total weight gain: 35 pounds
Sleep: still good :)
Best moment this week: hanging out with mom and dad when they came to visit
Movement: not too much has changed… at least once a day he’s really active
Labor signs: maybe braxton hicks contractions? i could be imagining them though
What do you miss? my old body! this one just doesn’t feel like mine
Weekly wisdom: don’t be afraid to ask your honey for lots of massages
Not much is new this week… we’re basically just playing the waiting game at this point! (But remember, we’re not actually expecting him for another two weeks) ;)
At one of our last doctor’s appointments we got another ultrasound and the lady went ahead and switched it to 3D for us so we could get another glimpse of his little face. He has got some chubby cheeks! I never had chubby cheeks when I was a babe, so I think this is something he’s going to inherit from daddy. We compared one of Michael’s baby pictures to the ultrasound picture and they look just the same! I can’t wait to have actual pictures of our little one and compare them to our own baby pictures to see which features he got from each of us. But it’s looking like he’s going to be a little mini-me of his dad… and I am so excited for that! I just can’t wait to see him in person. eee!

38 weeks

Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 38 weeks
Total weight gain: 37 pounds
Sleep: still good :)
Best moment this week: a really good doctor’s appointment this week!
Movement: we still have a really active little one
Labor signs: unfortunately, not that i’m aware of!
What do you miss? not having sore feet all the time
Weekly wisdom: make lots of plans in the weeks before your due date… so you have something to look forward to most days, without being disappointed if it’s not, you know, your baby’s birthday ;)

39 weeks

Pregnancy updates:
How far along are you? 
39 weeks
Total weight gain:  
40 pounds
really annoyed that i have 2 positions i can sleep in…. SO ready to sleep on my stomach again! but other than that, still pretty good
Best moment this week: 
getting the nursery completely finished and finding a new tv show to keep me busy with
good :)
Labor signs: 
unfortunately, not that i’m aware of! (STILL.)
What do you miss? 
lots! no heartburn… and not feeling exhausted after going up the stairs
Weekly wisdom: 
hubby’s tshirts are a definite part of my wardrobe now… have fun picking through his clothes when yours aren’t long enough anymore :) and also, wear gaucho pants - they’re my favorite and i’m still wearing them just about every day :)
Not too much is new, to be honest. We’re still just waiting to meet our little one and I’m trying to find something/anything to occupy myself with until then. We had a doctor’s appointment Thursday and she said she thinks baby boy will be born about a week after his due date (he has consistently measured a little small - which is good, she says)… And I’m learning that due dates are such a tease! Even though we haven’t reached our due date yet, I have a feeling that little one is going to keep us waiting a little while longer… even after the due date. Lucky us.

40 weeks

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
There is a time for everything, of this I am sure. When I look back on big events in my life… I have no doubt that God was looking out for me, orchestrating everything withinHis timing… and every time I’m simply amazed at how perfect His timing is.
Now I’m in a time where I’m feeling everso anxious. My feet are swollen and hurt. I can’t stand up/roll over/change positions without making a big grunt. My hips waddle when I walk. I still feel nauseous every morning. I’m uncomfortable almost all of the time. My friends (who’s due dates are past mine) already have their babies and I can’t help but be a teensy bit jealous. I’m kind of ready for this season to be over. But this is the season I am still in… and I’m trying to embrace it and enjoy these last few days/weeks (goodness, I hope not!) of being pregnant.
I want to be full of patience and grace as I wait for His timing - because I know that it is perfect and I know that He is faithful. 

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