Baby baby baby baby......carrying around this kiddo in my belly like a kangaroo keeps baby on the brain around the clock for me! I can't help but post another update. Lots of exciting things coming up.
This Saturday we will be at 34 weeks...I'm so happy and grateful we've made it this far! My baby shower is this weekend and I just can't wait. The nice thing about marrying into a large family is that parties are ALWAYS very well attended. I invited girlfriends near and far and was so surprised that so many are coming all the way from LA to make my special date.
Having a baby is a lot like getting married. You have an idea of what you want but when your dream becomes a reality, things change. Preparing for baby is overwhelming. I don't know how so many people manage! Between learning what they really need, what's nice to have, and what's safe-- it's like having a part time job! Forget even deciding about what to register for and where! I'm glad to say we will be able to complete our nursery after the shower-- we're all painted and set up, with the furniture on those little moving coaster pad things so we can push the pieces where we want them. I bought some Dreft for all the cute little clothes (!!!) he'll soon be wearing.
Getting married was exciting and thrilling, but something about having our first baby is just on a whole other level. We knew we wanted kids but we also wanted to enjoy married life for a spell too. Next month we will have been married four years and while NOW I know I don't think you can ever be ready for baby fully, the time seems is so right for us.
During this pregnancy I've never felt so much like my body was WORKING correctly. I feel like I was meant to be pregnant. Aside from the previously mentioned soul-crushing nausea I've experienced ohhh, this entire time (hahaha, I'm being melodramatic. still.) I've never felt like everything was optimal as much as I do now. My hair and scalp tend to be really dry from time to time, but my skin is clear, I haven't gained much weight at all (I actually just hit 10 pounds this morning), I haven't suffered from so many ailments I hear about on all the baby boards, if I don't have to go to work I can sleep 11-12 hours a night, and I feel GOOD. I feel huge, but good.
Due to some minor hiccups in my health, we were concerned that having a baby might not be easy or possible for us. We were prepared for whatever God had in mind. We couldn't feel more grateful or blessed than we do now with our little gift from heaven. I don't think I've ever been happier in my life. That's a big statement but it's completely true.
Up to this point, I don't think I was experiencing the full pregnancy as I am now. Somewhere between 7 and 8 months I went from merely styling a rotund belly to being very very large and feeling uncomfortable. We had a lengthy heat wave that was absolutely torturous but it's cooled down somewhat. If I sit in one spot too long I feel 1000 years old when I finally get up. If someone parks a little too close, getting in the car is a real struggle. The good news is we are inching closer to baby and we could not be more excited about it.
At our last appointment, my doctor expressed concern that my small frame may not be able to deliver the baby naturally and a C-section may be necessary. It made me a little sad (although, it's still early and she'll be ordering a scan later on to see what we're dealing with), but I think it's best to know ahead of time rather than going through 24 hours of labor only to learn you need surgery. I've been doing a little research and medicine is so advanced these days it doesn't look like there is much to worry about if that ends up happening.
I am sure I'll miss the constant moving and kicking of Baby M. He is very punctual and gets active at very specific times. He's so funny. I'm very glad we had the 4D ultrasound because babies are SUPER WEIRD looking (remember-- I'm an only child that's the kid of an only child and I have a single cousin that lives abroad-- babies are not something I have ANY experience with) and so I just keep looking at the photos we got and seeing how much he looks like both of us. It's so amazing. Now that my friends are having babies too it's SO remarkable to see how quickly they change and develop their own faces! Life is truly amazing.
Now that I'm growing so much (or as the doctor said, "OMG! Suddenly you're SO BIG!" hahaha) I'm really wondering how big I'm going to get. I want a nice fat healthy baby and he looks like he's on his way! Our 4D already showed big ole chubby cheeks. I wonder how much weight I could gain in 6 1/2 weeks? Another 10 pounds? 15? Only time will tell! Of course it's all for baby so I'm not too concerned about it. I am looking forward to returning to the barre post-baby and likely taking weight watchers back up. Counting is annoying but it WORKS.
Oh man, all this preparation for the event and I'm just barely starting to think about what happens AFTER baby! I'm beyond excited to go on maternity leave and it just hit me this week that holy cow, I won't be in the office for MONTHS in just a few short weeks. All the excitement, work, and stress will just not be a part of my life as we adjust to the newest family member. Bitsy and Bandit are in for one heck of a surprise too. They have no idea.
I suppose that's all the news that's fit to print for now, friends. Thank you for following this new journey in our lives as you have been with it through this whole crazy adventure from engagement to marriage, to moving....new jobs, two dogs...all the good and bad.
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