Monday, December 31, 2012

It's getting real! 38 Weeks

Well we're 2 short weeks away from our due date. I can't believe how quickly the time has flown by! I know that she may not come on time, and that's okay.  I think it will be easier to wait for while I am back at school teaching, but I hope that she doesn't make me wait too long!  We started taking predictions for her due date some people think she'll be almost 2 weeks late. Yikes!  I know she will come when she is ready and that is ultimately what I want.

We celebrated Christmas with my family here in Kansas City.  We had a lot of fun showing them all of the sites and spending time in tiny house.  Thankfully Jenna and Brady's 2 bedroom house as couch big enough for all of us to sit on and some extra beds for people to sleep on.  It was great to have everyone here and I can't wait for them to come back because that means Audrey will be here!  We enjoyed the Kansas City Nutcracker, lights, dinner and shopping on the Plaza, Crown Center, and meals crowded around the dinner table.

Here are some pictures from our afternoon at Crown Center.

Everyone putting up with the freezing cold wind for a picture!

Ryan is ready to go to work on the farm!

Driving away in my new car!

Bailey, cute as always!

Of course we couldn't resist looking at the adorable baby clothes!

Beautiful and giant Christmas Tree 

Stinson and I

How far along? 38 Weeks

Size of baby? She's a watermelon this week and feels like it!  She's probably over 10 inches and weighs between 6.5-7lbs!

Total weight gain? Keeps creeping up slowly!

Maternity Clothes? Maternity, maternity, maternity! I also like to steal Stinson's sweats and t-shirts these days.  They seem to be better for lounging in than my own!

Sleep? Hit and miss.  Some nights are awful, others are great.  Usually waking up 2-3 times a night for the bathroom, sometimes leg cramps, and the darn carpel tunnel.  I started wearing braces at night and that has helped a lot!

Best moment of the week? Spending the whole week with my family and everyone getting to feel Audrey move.  We all loved watching her bounce and move things resting on my belly.

Miss anything? Being comfortable in general, putting on shoes and socks with ease, being able to sit for long periods of time.

Movement? She has become quite the busy girl these days. I feel like she is moving more and more, and maybe that is because she is running out of room.  She does lots of stretching and loves to stick her tush out!

Cravings? Still no real cravings.

Symptoms? Occasional leg cramps, carpel tunnel, some minor cramping here and there, swelling in my legs and hands, and all the normal uncomfortable end of pregnancy stuff.

Belly button in or out? Flattened out!

Wedding rings on or off? off :(  Can't wait to get them back on!

Mood? Normal, with the occasional urge to cry....ugh these hormones sometimes.

Looking forward to? Meeting Audrey.  Stinson and I have been talking a lot about meeting her lately and things that we are looking forward to about having her here and wondering what she looks like. I am also looking forward to having all of my long term sub plan stuff figured out and done!

Bare Belly at 38 weeks!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Bumpdate- 36 Weeks

I'm doing this from my phone, so I apologize in advance for typos and if I leave anything out.

How far along? 36 weeks today!

Size of baby: last ultra sound they thought 6lbs 4ozs, about the size of a large cantaloupe

Weight gain? More than I'd care to admit, let's just say the 40lb mark isn't too far away

Maternity clothes? Yup! Pretty much all except for a few stretchy tunics. Loving leggings and sweats lately.

Sleep? Starting to get up more often to go to the bathroom and waking up with leg cramps.

Pregnancy symptoms? Heartburn pretty frequently, I think she's been sitting on a nerve because my arms and fingers have been falling asleep a lot and it's super annoying! Some back pain., and swelling in my feet.

Highlight of the week? Watching Audrey move at the ultra sound last Wednesday. Also getting to see her sweet face again. I'm so in love with it already. My mom getting to feel her move.

Looking forward to? The dr. appointment this week to see how things are progressing. Can't wait for her to get here!

Cravings? Still nothing crazy. Yesterday I couldn't keep my hands out of the white chocolate peppermint M & Ms. You should seriously try them. You'll be addicted.

Signs of labor? None that I'm aware of.

Here's the picture you're dying to see! ;)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Countdown begins

Well we are to that stage where we are just weeks away from Audrey's arrival. I can't believe in about 6 weeks we'll be holding her in our arms. It seems like it was just May and we found out we would be parents. Time sure does fly!

Like all other soon to be parents we have a list of things to get done before Audrey arrives as well as my family for Christmas. We sat down at our favorite local establishment, Mom's Kitchen, to make a list of things to get done today and before Dec 21 when all of the family arrives. Lists are nice, but sometimes they can also be overwhelming. This is especially true when you realize you only got one part of your list accomplished. We're going to blame Stinson's company Christmas party for the lack of completion today.

I know we'll get it all done eventually and if we don't who cares right?! My biggest to-do is plans for my long term sub. I haven't really started those yet and really need to. Hopefully that's what tomorrow is for! I know they'll get done, but the thought of them has been so overwhelming I don't know where to begin.

In addition to list making we've been attending classes to prepare us for Audrey's arrival. I am so glad we took them because I now feel somewhat prepared, or at least have an idea of what to expect. The closer it gets the more I can't wait to meet her. I want her to stay in until she's ready, but I still can't wait to hold her in my arms. I wonder what her relationship will be like with Stinson. I really feel like in the last few weeks God has been preparing my heart to be a mother. It will be here before I know it.

Time to go attempt to cross 1 or 2 more things off the list.