Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nursery Sneak Peek!!

We got a big package today of goodies for Baby E's nursery!!! I make a quick little vlog to share a little peek into her nursery so far! Hope you guys like it! 

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

26 Week Bumpdate

I have been SO bad lately about getting my weekly BUMPdate's up on time!! Can I blame my delay this week on the fact that it was Thanksgiving, and I have been busier than I thought? Well, that justification works for me at least! LOL! As always, time continues to fly faster and faster than the week before.  I honestly feel like I am going to just blink my eyes and it will be February already.  It's scary to think that we are in the double digit countdown already to her arrival! 

So, let's recap week 25!

Symptoms: After getting a nice break from my "regular" symptoms during my cold, this week they all came back in full force.  Acid reflux was kind enough to give me a break, but when it returned it came back with a vengeance!  Have I mentioned before that I cannot wait for that to disappear after baby girl arrives!  The only newer symptom that I have been dealing with is lots and lots of round ligament pain.  I know that Baby E is growing a ton and that's what is causing the additional pain for me.  It's not fun, but definitely necessary.

Bumpdate:  I feel like I am honestly getting bigger by the minute!! Now that she is about 2 pounds in weight, and continue to grow bigger and bigger all the time, I know that the bump is going to be getting to the point where it is out of control! LOL!! Okay, maybe not quite yet but as we get closer to the 3rd trimester this belly is going to be getting B-I-G! 

Cravings: Of course the sweet things still sound the best to me, but this week I was SO excited about eating mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving.  I am a mashed potato nut all the time, but thinking about Thanksgiving kicked the craving into high gear! 

What I'm looking forward to:  FINALLY getting Baby E's bedding!!! The shipment was a bit delayed because of the holiday this week, but it should be here soon and I cannot wait.  It's so fun to see the nursery start coming together physically, instead of just inside my head.  The more that we get done, the less stressful I feel so it's always good when we make progress! 

Best moment this week:  I just love all her movements and kicks, it is honestly what brightens each day.  She is getting so active, it's so fun.  I love feeling her getting stronger and stronger, it reassures me that she is growing just like she should be.  It's so fun to feel her kicks and jabs in response to sounds or things that I am doing.  It's such an amazing thought to think that this beautiful little girl is really in there and growing into this perfect little person that we will meet very soon.  It melts my heart!!!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

So Much To Be Thankful For

So, I am probably going to be a day or two late on my weekly BUMPdate this week, but I did want to at least make a quick post today to share a little bit of what I am thankful for.  With today being Thanksgiving, there is no greater time to take a moment and reflect on all the wonderful blessing that God has giving me over the past year.

A year ago, Scott and I were 9 months into our TTC (trying to conceive) journey, and even though we were technically on a "break" because our focus for a few months was weight loss & not babies, I never really let our family plans take a true "backseat" in my heart or mind.  As I mentioned in my very first blog post, I had such a struggle with us not getting pregnant right away.  There was so much stress that I had in my heart thinking that this would just "never happen for us" and while I now know that was the enemy attacking me and depressing me, it was a very tough time in my life.  I remember thinking last year that all I wanted to have next year was a baby, or to be pregnant and it felt so distant and impossible to reach.  Now here we are a year later, and I am 26 weeks pregnant with a beautiful, healthy baby girl and that simple fact truly brings tears to my eyes.  In the despair that I felt a year ago, God knew all along that in less than a year we would have our miracle.  He held every prayer of mine in His hands, and in His perfect timing everything worked out  for us to get pregnant!  How amazing is our God! 

Words cannot express how thankful I am for Emma and for the healthy, easy pregnancy that I have had.  I never could have imagined or planned this pregnancy to go any better than it has gone.  We have been so blessed in that area, as well as the outpouring of love, gifts, and support from our friends and family for Emma.  I am so blown away by it all!!  To say that I am thankful would never be enough to describe how I truly feel, but it's a good place to start.  

Of course, there are many more things in my life that I am thankful for.  My amazing husband who is a constant support in my life.  He is always challenging me to be a better person, to pursue my dreams, and to grow in my relationship with the Lord.  He has been so wonderful to me while I've been pregnant, and to see his face light up talking about our baby girl makes me fall even deeper in love with him.  I am so thankful for our beautiful home that is truly God's handiwork for us to be living in it.  I am so thankful for my family who are the best support system in my life.  I also couldn't be more thankful for my truly amazing friends who have stood by my side through the years and been there for me in ways that no one else has.  I am so thankful for my job and how completely blessed I am there.  God has given me so much favor and blessing there that it's remarkable! The list of things could go on and on forever and ever, but this is just a small summary of the things that I really wanted to give God thanks for today!

Every year on Thanksgiving I am always blown away by everything that has happened in a year's time and today is no different.  I look back over this past year and I couldn't have planned things to be any better than they are.  I know sometimes I get caught up in the things we still need or don't have, but when I really take the time to think about all that I do have, WOW! I couldn't ask for anything more.  Everything I have been blessed with are things that some people search and want for their whole life long, and here I am at 24 and have so many things that I prayed for all my life.  And for all of that, I am truly, truly, THANKFUL!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!!

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

25 Week Bumpdate

We have 15 weeks (or maybe even less) until this beautiful baby girl arrives!!! I honestly cannot believe that!! It seems like just yesterday we found out about this pregnancy and now I've blinked and now we are 25 weeks into this! C-R-A-Z-Y!!! With each day that passes I get more and more excited about meeting Emma! I cannot wait to hold her in my arms and smooch her sweet baby face.  I still have moments of anxiety feeling like we are anything but ready for her arrival, but at the same time I just want her to be here.  It's so funny how that works! For now, I am just trying to enjoy every little kick, and doing all the fun preparation for her BIG arrival!

So, let's recap week 24!

Symptoms:  Last week I got a buggy cold and have been fighting to get over it for the past week, and thankfully it's almost gone.  However since I have been dealing with that it seems like my "normal" pregnancy symptoms have been taking a backseat the past week.  I haven't had barely any acid reflux which is amazing considering I haven't had a break since it started!!! I have had a lot more round ligament pain over the past week as baby E continues to grow, but it's nothing horribly unbearable (thankfully).  I have also noticed that walking up and down stairs feels like a lot more work than ever before, and it makes me feel like I big ol' out of shape preggo! Hahah :)    

Bumpdate:  Baby Emma is taking up more and more room each moment, but I absolutely love it! Comfy pants seem to be my favorite thing these days, and I absolutely couldn't live without my maternity jeans...they are super duper comfy and are the new love of my life!

Cravings: The sweet cravings continue to dominate!!! I honestly can't think of just one thing that I have really wanted this past week, but any time anyone mentions something sweet, it's just what I want to have! 

What I'm looking forward to:  We ordered Baby E's bedding and accessories this week!!! I cannot wait to get it here and start working on her room!!! It's so exciting that more and more things are coming together.  I honestly cannot wait to share it all the fun progress we make.  It is going to be so so cute!!!

Best moment this week:  Emma is getting be so active!!!! It's so fun to feel all her cute little kicks and movements in my belly!! She is so precious and it makes me smile to feel her nudging me and saying "hello"!! I feel can her cute little kicks on my belly, it's so fun.  Daddy hasn't been able to feel her yet though.  She is super stubborn when it comes to sharing her movements, every time that he puts his hand to feel her she stops moving.  Haha :)  I am sure that any day now she will give him her first little "hello" kick.  

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

24 Week Bumpdate

We've made it to the SIX month mark! How insane is that!? It's so crazy for me to think that in just 3 quick months beautiful little Emma will be here with us! Wowza! I know that those 3 months are just going to fly by, especially with the holiday season coming up! Time hast just been flying and I feel like I am going to blink and it's going to be February already!! It's super exciting to think about, but super overwhelming at the same time.  The fact that we are inching closer and closer to her debut is definitely becoming more of a reality to me all the time. I can't wait to see her adorable little face and smooch all over her!

So, let's recap week 23!

Symptoms:  As you would expect, I am still dealing with my lovely friend acid reflux! It's just become a fact of my preggo life and I am getting "used" to it now.  I am still having some minor leg and back cramps as well, but there are a few things that have been different this week.  I am really starting to notice that my feet get super tired and worn out if I am on them for a long time.  At the end of the day, all I wanna do is put my feet up and relax! I have also been dealing with a little bit more round ligament pain.  I think that Baby E is just getting bigger by the second and my belly is stretching to make some room for her!

Bumpdate:  The belly is getting bigger and bigger! I know I've said before that I cannot imagine getting bigger, but I know that's definitely going to happen whether I like it or not! LOL!
I finally bought a pair of maternity jeans and I L-O-V-E them! They are super duper comfy and give Emma lots of room! I also got some maternity tops since my regular tee's were starting to not cover all the belly!  I went to Bellies to Babies which came highly recommended to me from friends, and I absolutely recommend them to anyone!! They had such a great selection of gently used maternity clothes at great prices!! I got my pair of Old Navy jeans for $11! You just can't beat that!

Cravings: The biggest and strangest craving I had last week was for taffy! LOL!! So random! The sweets trend has definitely continued on this whole pregnancy, and taffy is clearly staying in line with that! Thankfully I have a sweet hubby who went to buy me a BIG yummy bag of salt water taffy! It totally made my day!
What I'm looking forward to:  Working more on her nursery! I cannot wait to have more things done in there and feel like more ready for her arrival.  As I've said before my perfectionist personality is having such a hard time not having everything done NOW but I know we still have time and that everything will be perfect by the time she gets here!

Best moment this week:  I'm pretty sure that I felt her first big kick on the outside of the belly!! I was laying in bed with my hand on the belly and she really gave me a big strong kick! It was so hard to tell if it really was on the outside because it felt SO strong on the inside, but I am pretty sure it was!  I haven't been able to get her to do it again, but as her movements continue to get stronger I know she is going to be giving me lots more in the next weeks.  I can't wait for her to kick so her Daddy can feel it!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Project Nursery: Closet Organization

So I'm going to be a little bit late for my weekly BUMPdate! The past two nights I have had things going on, and I just didn't get a chance to get to it tonight.  I am sorry, it should be up tomorrow!! I know you all have just been stopping by anxiously waiting, right?! LOL!! :)

Until I can update you on how Baby E & I have been doing, I decided I would share with you our fun nursery purchase for this week! As I mentioned in previous posts, we still have sooooo much to do for the nursery yet, that I am kind of freaking out a little bit.  However, I was at Target the other day and happened to notice that these organization units I wanted for her closet were on SALE this week....YAY!  I convinced the husband that it was the right time to buy them!! 

They are pretty simple units but I love them! I absolutely L-O-V-E anything and everything to be as neat and organized as possible...I'm kind of OCD that way!

I didn't buy all the bins that we need for her new shelves, but I did buy one to start (gotta start somewhere, right?!) Aren't these super duper cute?! I love the two tone pink, it's perfect for our little princess.  I plan on using the bins to store all the toys that we plan on keeping in her room.  I initially wanted a cute toy box, but we don't have the space for that, but I absolutely love this option! 

I talked the hubby into putting these together for Baby E tomorrow and I can't wait to see how cute they look in her closet!! I will definitely share with you guys the final outcome...or at least how it looks put together! LOL!!

And one little last teaser...I picked up some cute paper for my first nursery DIY revamp! I won't tell you what it's for, but I will tell you it will be CUTE! 

Any ideas what it could be for??? :) 

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

23 Week Bumpdate

23 weeks!!!! Every week seems to be going by faster than the last, and we keep inching closer and closer to this little girl's arrival.  I still have the same anxiety about feeling like I need to have everything for her done NOW.  I know, I know...I need to just relax about it, but I just want to feel like we are at least moving forward with some big things.  I'm working on my to-do lists so that once we really get working on "project nursery" we can just knock things down! 

So, let's recap week 22!

Symptoms:  Everything is staying pretty much the same for me these days.  Acid reflux, leg cramps, back cramps and I are still well acquainted these days.  I think that a lack of symptoms isn't really anything to complain about though! I am happy that things are going well for baby girl and I! 

Bumpdate:  I feel bigger every day! This little girl is taking up more room each and every day! I cannot believe how much she is growing and it's crazy to think that she is really just starting her biggest growth phase yet.  Kind of crazy how much bigger she will get! I don't know if I'm ready for that! LOL!!

Cravings: Sweets are still something I really love! I have been craving pears like crazy this past week, they just sound absolutely delicious!!!    

What I'm looking forward to:  I know I mentioned this earlier, but I just cannot wait to really feel like we are making some progress on her room.  I think it will give me more peace of mind once we have something big checked off the project list.  I can't wait to make her room perfect for her big debut!!!

Best moment this week:  I looooove just feeling her big kicks and jabs! It's so absolutely amazing to feel her wiggling around in there.  I still cannot wrap my mind around the amazing fact that she is growing inside there and I am responsible for her well being right now.  How awesome is that?! God's amazing creation leaves me speechless! I am so honored that He has blessed us with this beautiful little girl! 

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