Monday, August 22, 2011

What a Difference a Year Makes

My thoughts on the first day of school last year…

It's Just Another Day

This year, today is not just another day. Today I am 34 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Today is a miracle.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


She’s got a baby inside
And holds her belly tight
All through the night
Just so she knows
She’s sleeping so
Safely to keep
Her growing.

And oh when she'll open her eyes
There'll be no surprise
That she'll grow to be
So beautifully
Just like her mother
That’s carrying.

Oh baby,
She’s beauty
Baby inside
She’s loving
Oh baby,
She’s beauty
There is an angel growin’ peacefully
Oh sweet baby

And things will be hard at times
But I've learned to try
Just listening

Oh, sweet baby
She’s beauty
Baby inside
She’s loving
Oh, baby
Your beauty
Just like your mother
That’s carrying.

- Words taken from "Capri" by Colbie Caillat

Sunday, August 7, 2011

32 Weeks - 8 Months

These gorgeous photos were taken by Gwen Hawkins Photography

Friday was 32 weeks. Only 8 more weeks to go!

Things seem to be going well. I am measuring perfectly and, although I've gained more weight than I wanted to (up 25 pounds already, which was what I wanted to gain the whole pregnancy!), I am learning to be okay with it. Doc says I have plenty of fluid and Katelyn looks perfect. He also said not to make too much of the ultrasound tech's prediction (8 1/2 pound baby at delivery); he doesn't put much stock in those estimates.

As far as how I am feeling? That's something I am asked on a daily basis. I've learned everyone wants to know how the pregnant lady feels. ;) My usual reply is "pretty good", and I think that's pretty accurate. I am in the 3rd trimester, that's for sure. Things have gotten uncomfortable, but I try to take it in stride, especially because I have 8 more weeks to go. Some days are definitely tougher than others, but I seriously have no complaints. The more my body hurts, the closer to the end I am!

The acid issue is back, even with the Zantac twice a day and Tums to supplement. Several times a night, I am waking up with stomach acid in my mouth, nose and lungs. I think the thing that works the best for me is to fall asleep sitting up on the couch for the first couple hours. If I can make it through that period, then I can get in bed and lay down. So, I've found ways to adapt.

I've also discovered in the last week that I am a "sweller". My legs and feet swell. Badly. Ryan calls them "Fred Flinstone feet" and even drew a cute cartoon of what they look like (which he told me not to post). :P My ankles swell really badly too. I've tried all the "tricks" and nothing really helps. I think my only remedy is giving birth, and we are not ready to do that just yet!

Katelyn's movements have changed. She still kicks and taps, but it's become more fun to watch her move. It is a little freaky (looks like an alien is trapped in my body!), but I love seeing my belly turn into a waterbed as Katelyn makes her way across my tummy.

The nursery is coming along, even if it doesn't look that way! We have the walls painted and everything purchased to decorate, but we're stalled at actually putting it together. We want to add crown molding so once that is up, things should get going. I am still making her mobile, which takes a lot of time, so I hope to get it all done. There are a few other projects to do, namely painting Katelyn's little rocking chair and a shelf my dad made for me when I was a little girl.

Needless to say, we are getting really excited. It's been fun watching Ryan participate in the pregnancy and work so hard on the room. This is everything I dreamed it would be, and she's not even here yet! I just can't wait for the end of September.