Friday, August 14, 2015

of growing bumps, baby showers, goofy husbands, and nurseries

35 weeks!

Time is flying, my friends!  Maybe it's the fact that I've gone into the "nesting" stage of pregnancy and am constantly busying myself with projects... maybe it's all of the last-minute shopping for our birth and first few weeks with a brand new baby... maybe it's the fact that I am now officially full-term (OH MY HEAD!), but I can scarcely believe we are nearly halfway through August and only a few short weeks from Serenity's due date (if she behaves herself... right now she's measuring two weeks ahead!).

Earlier this month my mom and sister-in-love threw me a beautiful baby shower.  They handmade most of the decorations (which were incredibly gorgeous and so *me*!) and made that time so special.  And not only did I get sent home with a TON of presents, but also my pick of any of the decorations (which are now gracing my living room and Serenity's nursery!).

This is the face Andrew makes when I ask for a quick picture together.  :-P

Andrew and I have kept busy with getting our home ready for the baby.  Just yesterday we did a HUGE shopping trip (talk about sore *everything* after hours of walking).  I finally have all of the groceries to make a batch of freezer meals for after Rennie comes.  I can't make much since our freezer is small, but it will definitely help!

36 weeks!

My appointment last week showed that things are progressing well.  I was already 90% effaced and Rennie Faye has settled into the head-down position (and is quite low... enough that people stop Andrew and me in the store to ask, wide-eyed, "When is your baby due?!!!").  I have been experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions pretty much daily over the last couple weeks, though they have stayed sporadic.  It's so crazy thinking that my girlie could be arriving anytime between now and early September!!!

Part of my "nesting" has been getting all of Rennie's laundry washed and organized.  Friends and family have been so generous that I have only bought her one outfit so far (and that was quite early when we first found out gender).  Apparently people like to buy baby clothes... can't say that I blame them.

I've also been spending time with less-practical projects.  This floral "S" was one of them (made partially by flowers from the baby shower!).  And I've been busy with several other crafts that will eventually appear in pictures on this blog, I'm sure.  :-)

I am now 37 weeks (measuring 39).  I am definitely feeling it.  I still don't feel impatient for her to arrive though.  Of course I am SO eager to meet her, but there is still much to do and I'm also so thankful to even be pregnant that I don't want to take one day carrying Serenity for granted.   <3

This weekend includes a little more shopping, assembling freezer meals, AND a last fancy-date with my sweet hubby before baby comes!  Andrew and I haven't been able to have many "official" dates recently, mostly because of being busy or how pricey it is to add a child to a family!  But we think it's important to have a last hurrah together before our lives change forever (in the best way possible!).  With all of the crazy planning, I can't wait to just sit down with my favorite person and enjoy some romantic time together.

So, how has August been for you so far?  What has been something you've really enjoyed this summer?  



Leah B said...

Ekkkkk!!! I am so happy for you!!
I have been following you blog for a LONG time, and it is so beautiful to see God do wonderful things in your life.
It makes me happy and hopeful.

God bless

Rachel Ledbetter said...

I'm at the beginning of my second trimester of my second pregnancy, but this will (hopefully) be my first child. I had a miscarriage back in February. I'm trying to find a midwife, though, and was hoping you could give me some tips. My husband and I are very low income and in Oklahoma. I'm also having to use government medicare for the medical costs and I don't think it covers midwives. Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated!

Tiffany Jane said...

ooh! this is all so exciting!! I hope everything goes well in these last couple of weeks!

Rachel J said...

Congratulations! I really hope all goes well for you this time. Having lost my first baby, I understand how hard it can be and the fears that you carry in the next pregnancy.
I really love having a midwife, so I definitely recommend it. I found mine through word of mouth... so maybe start with researching caregivers in your area and then ask around. Don't be afraid to ask to meet with a midwife before committing that way you can see if your personalities and mindsets match. Also compare prices and be sure to ask if there are ways to file with medicare (it usually depends on the midwife whether or not anything will be covered). Our insurance will cover *some* of our costs, though we are still footing more than half the bill. We are lower-income as well, so I get how hard that can be! Save as much money as early as possible and don't be afraid to ask for help. :-) If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask! You can either comment or send me an email at


OldFashionGirl said...

WOW! So happy for you all!