Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pregnancy Update: Week 37

37 Weeks! Full-term. :) And so the waiting begins....
I told myself I wouldn't wait and wonder every day.
I told myself that I wouldn't wish she would come early.
But I think it's hopeless.

As of Saturday my sweet wonderful hubby informed me that I didn't yet have that "you look really pregnant glow, (a.k.a. puffy faced) miserable look" that he claims all pregnant women get right when they're about to pop. Sunday he informed me that I now have that look. Umm, thanks? :)

I had lots of contractions Saturday after a busy few days. They were steady all evening but increased to every 3-4 minutes for about an hour. Yikes! Still only Braxton Hicks but very intense and some painful. I finally decided to rest so they would slow down. They did...but not before a couple of *real* contractions I had to focus through! I remember thinking, "Wow. Those weren't even that bad and I am going to do this naturally. I must be crazy." Haha! Maybe I am. Anyway, going to get some good walking in every day this week to keep my energy up for labor.

I was looking back through pics from the pregnancy and thought it would be fun to post a little progression. It starts at 10 weeks when I thought I already looked huge. Ha. Now I am thinking how ridiculously skinny I looked and if I ever get close to that again I'll be happy as can be! :) Getting so excited for Baby Annie to arrive!

10 weeks.

12 weeks.

16 weeks.

18 weeks.

25 weeks.

27 weeks.

33 weeks.

36 weeks.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Friday

Happy Friday!

I love Fridays. I love them because at the end of the day my wonderful hubby comes home to us all weekend!
I love them because I clean the house and everything is sparkly. There are lots more reasons too. But those seem to be my favorite right now.

I have definitely stuck to my plan of keeping busy before baby. I feel like I didn't get near as much accomplished for her arrival this week as I wanted! Sunday marks 37 weeks and I'm getting a little nervous she might come in the next 2 weeks. Braxton-Hicks contractions are getting much more intense and often. So the waiting begins. :) Not sure I enough time to finish everything around here and then prepare my mind for labor! I still want to browse my childbirth book again and make freezer meals and deep clean the house. Add chasing a crazy 2 year old around and keeping up with everyday stuff. Yikes. How am I going to handle having two?? :)

Yesterday I spent the entire day making Christmas goodies with one of my best friends, Christine. She's in the third trimester with her baby girl too. So you can just imagine two very pregnant girls cooking (and tasting) for almost 7 hours! But let me tell ya, we made some great stuff! Everything is in the freezer and ready to get out at Christmastime. Mmm! Only downside.....my low back is not happy with me today for being on my feet so long. Not happy at all.

Anyway, better stop blogging and re-assemble the infant car seat, swing and bouncer! And get some story-time and snuggling in with the sweetest girlie I know. :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"Not What My Hands"

Some Tuesday Thoughts...

I love discovering a really great new song. 
Thanks to Pastor JD for introducing this one to our church Sunday evening! 

Praise God for grace! 
Praise God for salvation! 
Me--a guilty sinner-- 
I now wear the righteousness of Christ. 
I hope and pray that I never get over this.

I love old texts.
This one is beautiful and so rich in truth.
I have loved and been greatly blessed from writings by Horatius Bonar.
So thankful this one has been set to new music so it can be cherished by a new generation.

Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul;
not what my toiling flesh has borne can make my spirit whole.
Not what I feel or do can give me peace with God;
not all my prayers and sighs and tears can bear my awful load.

These guilty hands are raised, filthy rags are all I bring

And I have come to hide beneath your wings
These holy hands are raised, Washed in the fountain of your grace
And now I wear your righteousness

Thy work alone oh Christ can ease this weight of sin

Thy blood alone, oh Lamb of God, can give me peace within
Thy Love to me, oh God, not mine oh Lord to Thee
Can rid me of this dark unrest and set my Spirit free

Thy grace alone oh God to me can pardon speak

Thy power alone oh Lamb of God can this sore bondage break
No other work save thine, no other blood will do
No strength but that which is divine can bear me safely through

I praise the God of grace; I trust his truth and might

He calls me his, I call him mine, My God, my Joy, my Light
My Lord has saved my life and freely pardon gives;
I love because he first loved me, I live because he lives.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pregnancy Update: Week 36

36 Weeks! Praise the Lord for getting us this far! I had a wonderful appointment with my midwife this morning. Drumroll......I am dilated 1cm, 50% effaced and baby is head down and getting low at a -1! Trying not to get my hopes up, but maybe we'll have a November baby?? :) I would totally love her to arrive between weeks 38 and 40. I still need another week or two to get everything ready, but then she's welcome to come come come! Just by feel, my midwife is guessing Baby A. is nearing about 6lbs. Since Lucy was 6.2 lbs. I am def. feeling just as big as when I gave birth last time. Not sure I want to be stretched out for another month!

I've been getting all of the itty bitty baby laundry done this past week. Not gonna lie, it's been super fun. I am so glad I get to use all of these cutie pie baby girl clothes again. I can't believe Lucy was ever so tiny!

I am going to try to finish getting everything ready for baby this week. Then next week maybe a little last minute deep cleaning and making frozen meals to have on hand. Exciting times!

Anyway, not much else to report. Feeling pretty good and still able to exercise most days. I feel like my body is in great shape. I can't walk super fast anymore, but my energy doesn't wear out. Hopefully I've gotten myself in good shape for labor! Here's a picture comparison. After perusing through pictures, I have come to the conclusion that even though I am appx. 15-20 lbs. smaller at this stage than I was with Lucy, my belly is definitely bigger! These pics show 35 weeks with Lucy (top) and 36 weeks with Annie (bottom). (Had to self-timer this 36 week pic so the angle is a little off!)

35 weeks with Lucy

36 weeks with Annie

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Just some thoughts....

Two posts in one week. Yes, amazing. :) I have my 35 week pregnancy update all ready for you too! I just have to take a new picture. Hopefully I can post it before week 36. Ha!

What are Miss Lucy and I up to this morning?

*Sipping Starbucks. Which was given to me in a festive red Christmas cup. Just because it's November 1st does not make it Christmastime! I will savor the last few weeks of fall before getting myself in the spirit. :) 

*Popcorn for breakfast. Lucy has been in a really picky-eater mood recently--like not even drinking milk. Frustrating! This morning she discovered the leftover popcorn from our movie last night. I guess there are worse things she could eat for breakfast. (Sigh)

*Wondering if I can make it 4-5 (or dare I say 6!) more weeks. Little elbows, knees and feet are painfully poking at me right now. She has run out of space! Time to think about coming out. :) How about in 3 weeks? I told myself I wouldn't wish for an early delivery since Lucy was late.....but I think that's hopeless. Plus, could I really get bigger? I think not. 

*Watching Aladdin. Lucy's current favorite princess movie. She loves it. Keeps her happy while mommy gets some morning chores done---and some blogging, of course! :)

*Savoring our Savior. I've been going through my yearly journey of C.J. Mahaney's "Living the Cross Centered Life." I don't know about you, but I need to read this book at least once a year (maybe more!). I am too quick forget the wonder of the cross. "The debt was so great, that while man alone owed it, only God could pay it."--Anselm

*Meditating on Hebrews 4:14-16- 

 "Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast or confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help  in time of need." 

*Spending time with friends. Lucy and I are getting ready to head out. I am so thankful for godly loving friends and our church family!

Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday! Here's a picture of my cutie pie. :)