Baby M – 29 Weeks

 

Bump Analysis?  My face is definitely rounding out… Yikes.

Month/Trimester? 7 months [28 weeks – 31 weeks] / 3rd Trimester!

Fruit of the week? Aubrey is the size of an acorn squash… Whatever that is! She is about 15.2-16.7in long and weighs between 2.5-3.8lbs.

Development? White fat deposits are developing under her skin that are giving her more energy!  Which explains how strong her little kicks are getting!

Movement? It’s not just kicks anymore, but I feel her rolling around now too. It’s the weirdest feeling, it almost tickles…. from the inside? I am not sure how to describe it!  She also likes to get right under my rib cage which makes things really comfortable… especially when sitting.

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? I had testing done for gestational diabetes last Thursday.  I have not yet heard back on the results.  I’ve heard nothing but horror stories of how awful the drink tasted, so needless to say I wasn’t excited for it.  I got the lime flavored sugar drink, and really it tasted like flat Sprite.

Weight Gain? 2 lbs this week… Totaling 21 lbs.

Symptoms? 

  • Excessive pee breaks
  • Losing hair at my hair line – so much for luxurious pregnancy hair.
  • Tailbone Pain
  • Heartburn at least a few times a week

Cravings? Chik-fil-a nuggets and Cadbury Cream Eggs.  I don’t know if I’ll be glad when Easter is over, or if I’ll cry my eyes out when I can no longer get my hands on some of these!

Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip

Sleep? At risk of jynxing it… I haven’t had pregnancy insomnia lately.  I’m so tired at night I am falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow!  I’m waking up 2 -3 times a night to go to the bathroom, and during the day I feel EXHAUSTED.  I haven’t brought naps back into my schedule, but it may be happening soon!

Maternity Clothes? Thank goodness I work at home… I’m trying to keep my purchases to a minimum since I only have 2 1/2 months left.  I literally don’t get dressed to look like a presentable human being until we leave the house, and since I’ve officially outgrown my big t-shirts I wear Paul’s on a daily basis.

Exercise? Not much exercise this past week for this pregnant girl.  I guess laying on a beach took priority 🙂 I did go on a few long walks, and I’ll be doing those more often.  Paul thinks I’m getting to the point where if I go to the gym I need to be very careful, so he prefers if I just stick to walking.  I think I’ll still keep the gym on my list though, and just watch my workouts and listen to my body.  Paul will supervise I’m sure 🙂

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? No change here… Still using Burts Bees Mama Baby Belly Butter and BioOil.

Labor Signs? Braxton hicks are more apparent when I am active and walking.

What I miss? Bending over and putting my socks/shoes on without grunting.  It’s attractive.

Looking forward to? A short work week! I didn’t even realize it was a short week until Monday, which always makes for a happy surprise! 🙂 We also have our hospital tour tonight, and we start Lamaze class tomorrow… because apparently I’m having a baby really soon!

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Sorry, I’m Not Sorry

Monday night, Paul was out of town.  So I was having a lazy do nothing night which consisted of reading and watching tv (I won’t get many of those starting in June – so I’m taking full advantage).  Around 7:15 or so I got up to go to the bathroom, and I noticed I was bleeding.  I am 7 months along, and up to this point I had no bleeding of any sort.  I freaked.  The worst thoughts ran through my head.

I immediately call Paul crying.  He tells me to call my mom and to go to the doctor.  So I hang up the phone and I call my doctor’s office, which of course is closed.  So I listen to their voice recording, something along the lines of, “Our office is currently closed, if you have an emergency, hang up and dial 9-1-1, if you are pregnant and are experiencing bleeding, cramping, or expect you are going into labor, please go to your delivering hospital and they will contact your provider”.  So then I cry some more, and pull myself together enough to call my mom.  I tell her what’s happening, and after a quick conversation she is on her way to come get me and take me to the ER (thank goodness she lives 5 minutes away again)!  In those 5 minutes, I went back to the bathroom probably 5 times.  At which point, I notice I didn’t see anymore blood.  I also kept shaking my stomach, and poking trying to get her to kick or move, but she wasn’t.

When my mom got to my house, I told her I didn’t know if we should go anymore, because I don’t see any blood, and I don’t want to be “that girl”.  The girl that freaks out over nothing, goes to the hospital and wastes their time.  Though my mom understood, she said ,”Well this is your first pregnancy, you’ve never experienced this, and you would rather be safe than sorry.  If nothing else, you will get peace of mind knowing the baby is okay”.  So I quickly agreed, and off to the hospital we went.

We walked into the ER, and were immediately taken upstairs to the maternity ward, where I was hooked up to a fetal monitoring system.  Within seconds, I heard Aubrey’s heartbeat, and I felt the tears coming back, but this time it was tears of relief.  So then they did some testing, etc, and long story short, there is absolutely nothing wrong with myself or Aubrey.  We are both healthy, and they believe it was just random spotting, which apparently is NORMAL for most women… but nobody has told me this!  I knew it happened early on in pregnancy while you’re hormones were going crazy, but I didn’t know it could happen this late in the pregnancy.  I know what to look for now, and I know what wouldn’t be considered “normal”.  I apologized to the nurse (who was kind of awesome, and if she’s there for my delivery, I am totally okay with that!) for nothing being wrong, when they were having a super busy night.  The whole time we were there, we just kept hearing the lullaby song that is played each time a baby is born.  She immediately told me not to apologize, and made me feel better.

During this whole time, Paul is in Jacksonville having a little panic of his own.  He’s not with me to know what is really going on.  He just kept calling and texting me.  I probably worried him more than I should, after all he was pretty close to packing up and heading home.  This is his little girl we’re dealing with!

When all was said and done, I honestly felt dumb going in after nothing ended up being wrong.  Knowing there are people there with serious injuries, and I’m just taking their time, but then after I thought about it more I’m not sorry at all.  This is MY baby we’re talking about.  Maybe I overreacted a little bit, but the possibilities of what could have happened had me terrified.   This little girl growing inside me is mine.  She is all I can think about.  If that means a quick trip to the ER for them to say everything is fine, I’m okay with that.  I’m not risking anything when it comes to her precious life.

Baby M – 28 Weeks [Third Trimester]

    

Bump Analysis?  Yep. Feeling large and in charge.  Here’s a comparison for you… 4 weeks vs 28 weeks

  

Month/Trimester? 7 months [28 weeks – 31 weeks] / 3rd Trimester! In case the title didn’t clue you in, we’ve entered the THIRD TRIMESTER! 

Fruit of the week? Our baby is the size of an Eggplant! 13.6 -14.8 inches long and 1.5 to 2.5 pounds!

Development? She’s putting on some more fat, and her lungs are mature enough that she’d probably be able to survive if she was born now… that thought is terrifying.  Please stay in there a little longer Aubrey!

Movement? This is my favorite part of pregnancy.  I LOVE feeling her move around, even when she balls up and makes my stomach look deformed.  It amazes me every time I can feel her.  I can watch my stomach move for hours.  In the beginning of pregnancy I couldn’t help but worry between doctor appointments since I had no way to check in on our little Junebug.  Now with all of her acrobatic tricks each day, it is so reassuring feeling her bounce around each day.

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? I head to the doctor on Thursday to be tested for gestational diabetes…

Weight Gain? 1 lb this week… Totaling 19 lbs.  My goal is to stay in the healthy weight gain range of 25-35lbs.  I have 12 weeks left (give or take) so hopefully we can stay on track!

Symptoms? This sounds like a complaint section – but it’s the truth.

  • Acne <– this might be getting a little better?
  • Excessive pee breaks
  • Faint line (Linea Nigra) forming below my belly button
  • Losing hair at my hair line – so much for luxurious pregnancy hair.
  • Tailbone Pain
  • Braxton Hicks — these are slowing down.
  • Crying for no reason
  • Heartburn at least a few times a week
  • Spotting – If you go to the ER freaked out, they’ll tell you it’s pretty normal… but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post…

Cravings? I want some Lucky Charms and Chik-Fil-A… I haven’t had Lucky Charms in YEARS, and I haven’t had Chik-Fil-A in about 6 or 7 months.  I ate it 3 times last week… I never eat fast food that often!

Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip

Sleep? I had serious insomnia last week Thursday, but other than that I think I had pretty good sleep this past week.  Aside from after Paul and I fried ourselves at the beach… then neither of us slept, and we were just up and lathering on aloe.  I fried my poor feet, face, and calves.  Poor Paul fried his back, arms, and legs… I take responsibility for his back… I may not be the best at putting sunscreen on people.

Maternity Clothes? Found a bathing suit, which was tough to do… Target likes minimal fabric for bathing suit tops, and that just does not help out anyone with any real boobs.

Exercise? So I took another week off from the gym, because after Paul and I took a long walk, my leg was so stiff the next day I decided I should still be taking it easy and just walking.  I think I can head back to the gym this week, but given the current situation of my sunburnt feet, I am NOT putting tennis shoes on until they feel better! So I may do nothing productive this week for exercise if it involves wearing shoes.

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? Just the same ones I cried over last week.  I usually use Burt’s Bees Mama Baby Belly Butter when I wake up, after my shower, and when I head to bed.  I ran out of BioOil and I am too lazy to go buy more right now…

Labor Signs? Braxton hicks seem to be more sporadic…

What I miss? Stomach sleeping… this won’t change.

Looking forward to? Paul and I are headed to Destin this weekend for our Babymoon!!  Destin is our little place I think.  It’s where he took me for my birthday when we first started dating, and it also happens to be the same little place where I knew I wanted to marry him.  Lucky for us, the forecast is currently beautiful with highs of 64 and 66… given our current sunburns, that may be a blessing in disguise.

The First Sunburn of the Year

I’ve lived in Florida for about 21 years.  You would think with that much experience I would be an expert at applying sunscreen… except you’d be wrong.  I do ALWAYS apply sunscreen, but it is always that first beach trip of the year that gets me.  It’s like I need a reminder on just how dang powerful the sun is… even when it is 75, foggy, and slightly chilly.

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This past weekend at the beach, it was absolutely beautiful.  We got there and got set up and I noticed Paul had his shirt off.  I immediately walked up to him to tell him to put on sunscreen (in my defense, he usually doesn’t do it until he’s forced), and to my surprise he had already applied it and asked me to get his back.  So I did.  So we all settled in and enjoyed the gorgeous day.  Then randomly, out of absolutely nowhere, fog settled in.  In all my years of living in Florida, I’ve never seen fog settle in in the middle of  a beautiful sunny day.  It remained foggy for an hour or so and then lifted again.  It was crazy to see, but with the fog and the breeze it actually got pretty chilly.   I noticed while we were sitting and chatting that the tops of my knees and feet were burning.  Paul also had a strip along his back that looked like it was burning,  so I reapplied sunscreen about 4 times to those areas, but the damage was done.

By the time we got home and showered, we realized we both had really great splotchy sunburns, and we failed miserably.  My feet actually swelled they were so burnt, and walking physically hurt.  Putting shoes on is a joke – I’m not leaving the house.

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On Sunday, Paul and I wanted to finish the dresser for Aubrey’s nursery, so we were in and out of the garage, which left our feet absolutely disgusting because neither of us would put shoes on our burnt feet.  Then I showered and cleaned up my feet, and went back into the garage.  Genius move.  So my wonderful husband cleaned my feet.  Isn’t he the sweetest? 🙂

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We were quite the pathetic mess on Sunday. between Paul’s back and my feet, we were a sight to see.  I’ve also officially decided that the spray on sunscreen is only to be used, after you’ve applied lotion.  New methods, better protection.  One day I’ll figure it out.

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Finally Friday [3.20.15]

It’s finally FRIDAY! I’m doing a happy dance over here! I’m also letting some of my random thoughts spill onto my blog today.

1.  I was up until about 2 am and woke up at about 5:45am.  Insomnia is getting the best of me, but it won’t keep me down!  I’ve got big plans for this weekend!  Which brings us to numbers 2 an 3! 🙂

2. My best friend from Tallahassee is in Orlando for the weekend to celebrate her 2 year wedding anniversary with her husband.  So tonight we are meeting them for dinner at Cheesecake Factory.  She is the only person who will eat their avocado egg rolls with me.  I haven’t decided if I will get a real meal tonight or just eat the egg rolls and cheesecake…  Avocados are healthy.  If I get original cheesecake with strawberries, then the strawberries are healthy… I’m just saying that may or may not happen tonight.

3. I’ve been ITCHING to be in the sun!  The weather is so incredibly gorgeous!  Sunny and 75, and working indoors all week is cramping my style.  The walks we’ve been taking at night with the dogs aren’t enough, so I begged Paul to take this [huge] pregnant girl to the beach (PS If you know my husband, convincing him to go to the beach is not hard).  Well then our friends invited us to the beach with them tomorrow, and excited doesn’t cover it!  Except for the whole bathing suit part… which brings us to 4.

4.  I went bathing suit shopping last night.  It was rough.  However, I’m not feeling any of the maternity suits, so we’re gonna flaunt this big ol’ belly with the most precious little girl in it, and we don’t really care who sees.  But the ONLY bathing suit that covered my girls, is not very cute.  It’s not a pattern I would normally choose, and I’m going with solid black bottoms, BUT the sun is calling my name and that is all that matters!  Target to the rescue again. Disclaimer: The image below is NOT what this bathing suit looks like when you’re 7 months pregnant.

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5.  I may or may not have ordered the most adorable cloth diaper for Aubrey.  It took everything in me not to also order it in a swim diaper of every size so she wouldn’t grow out of it for a while.  Self control.  Working on self control!  So seriously, Charlie Banana, I love you for your ADORABLE patterns.  I cannot wait for Aubrey to be here so she can wear this.  I can almost guarantee I will have her running around in just diapers frequently, just because her diapers will be so cute.  So this Peony Blossom pattern had my heart melting, but even this picture doesn’t do it justice.  I stumbled across the pattern on their Instagram, and let’s just say there was no going back!

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6. We’re planning on finishing our dresser redo this weekend as well.  I am so excited to get it done, and moved into the nursery so things will start to feel like they are getting put together!

7.  I’ve been thinking about Lucky Charms for a good week now.  I think I mentioned them to Paul while we were in bed last night about 3-4 times.  If it wasn’t after 11, I would have gone to get some.  So I contemplated going this morning.  I ALMOST went to Publix at 7am… I mean I was up anyways.  Oh the strange things you crave when you’re pregnant.

Happy Friday!!!

Unnecessary Sympathy

Ever since we found out we were having a little girl, we have been thrilled.  When I say “we”, I literally mean, Paul and I.  When we talked about our future we’ve always talked about kids, and both of us thought it would be great to have a little boy first, so he could grow up to protect his little sister.  Knowing that we have absolutely no control over the gender of our baby, neither of us felt any disappointment when we found out we were having a little girl.  We were over the moon.  All we ever wanted was a healthy baby.  When we prayed about our baby, we never prayed, “Please give me a boy” or “Please give me a girl”, it was only ever “please let our baby grow strong and healthy”.

Whenever someone finds out we are pregnant, even strangers, they ask if we know what the sex is yet.  We let them know it’s a girl, and every single time, they look at Paul to sympathize and try to reassure him.  They make comments along the lines of, “Oh little girls can be so much fun too!” “You’re still going to love having a little girl”, “I bet you wanted a boy, but don’t worry, it’s fun raising a girl”.

I’ve always heard these comments, but I never brought them up to him, and I didn’t think he looked into it much.  Until we were in the car driving, and Paul said, “It bothers me that people always make comments, that make it seem like I’m disappointed to be having a little girl”.  Ouch.  I know it’s pretty common, for men to want to have boys.  They want to teach them to play sports, and be rough and tough.  A lot of men may not know how to relate to having a little girl, because they never were one, but to assume someone is disappointed to be having a little girl is pretty harsh.

From the moment we found out it was a little girl, Paul started making plans.  He talks about all the things he will teach Aubrey.  He can’t wait to take her fishing, and on bike rides.  Just because we’re having a girl, doesn’t mean she can’t learn how to fish, hunt, throw a ball, and do things boys do.  She is going to love getting to spend time with her daddy.  Sure, she may lose interest in some of those things as she grows up, but that doesn’t mean Paul can’t spend quality time with his daughter teaching her all sorts of things.

So no, we aren’t having a boy, but Paul doesn’t need any sympathy, because we are having a little girl, and he’s so excited about it.  I just have this feeling that she will be a daddy’s girl through and through.

Baby M – 27 Weeks

27 Weeks

Bump Analysis? Just getting bigger… ignore the huge bruise on my leg.  I tend to run into things.

Month/Trimester? 6 months [22 weeks – 27 weeks] / 2nd Trimester! **LAST WEEK OF THE SECOND TRIMESTER!!!**

Fruit of the week? Our baby is the size of a Rutabaga! 13.6 -14.8 inches long and 1.5 to 2.5 pounds!

Development? She’s still practicing breathing, and she officially has brain activity!

Movement? It’s official.  Our daughter is nocturnal. I feel her sporadically throughout the day, but when it hits about 9:45 – 10pm she throws a party in there, and it usually keeps me up for a little bit.  So we hang out while dad snoozes next to us.

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? I head to the doctor next week to be tested for gestational diabetes, and since I was just there last week that means I’ve officially hit the point in pregnancy where you visit the doctor every 2 weeks from 28 weeks – 36 weeks.  So I think we can say we are officially on the  downward slope of the pregnancy hill!

Weight Gain? No weight gain this week… Totaling 18 lbs.

Symptoms? This sounds like a complaint section – but it’s the truth.

  • Acne <– this might be getting a little better?
  • Excessive pee breaks
  • Faint line (Linea Nigra) forming below my belly button
  • Losing hair at my hair line – so much for luxurious pregnancy hair.
  • Tailbone Pain
  • Braxton Hicks
  • Crying for no reason
  • Back pain… it’s back. I spoke too soon.
  • Heartburn

Cravings? Not really craving anything in particular lately.  This past weekend I NEEDED a cinnamon roll from a place in Tallahassee, and my BFF Malarie totally went and got me one.  She won the most awesome person of the year award.  I would go to Tallahassee just for these cinnamon rolls.

Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip

Sleep? Pregnancy induced insomnia – I made up the name ( I think), but I am diagnosing myself with it.  I head to bed exhausted, and then I lay there for HOURS until 1-2am tossing and turning, and mind racing about baby things.  (i.e. Is it too soon to start babyproofing the house?  What decorations will I use to finish the nursery?  I wonder how labor will go.  Did I register for that?  Do I need that? Why is Paul so happily snoring away, and I’m laying here.  I have to pee… again.)

Maternity Clothes? It’s a good thing these suckers are comfy, because I’m all about comfort these days (well I’ve always been about comfort, but I think it’s even more true now).  I do need to go find a bathing suit though, which could be a terrible experience.  Paul and I will be headed on our baby moon later this month, and I currently don’t fit into any of the tops of my previous bathing suits…

Exercise? I had every intention of taking it easy this past week and just walking.  I did nothing.  So this week I plan on getting back in the gym.  My groin is still bothering me with certain movements, so I’m just going to avoid exercises where I can feel it pulling/straining.

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? Battle lost.  Tears were shed.  At least they aren’t on my stomach since I live in FL an bathing suits are a necessity… however I do still have 13 weeks to go so I’m guessing I won’t be that lucky.  After my shower I use Burt’s Bees Mama Baby Belly Butter, and before I go to bed at night I use BioOil.

Labor Signs? Braxton hicks are becoming a pretty daily symptom.  Not consistent, but I usually have at least 1 a day.  At my last doctor appointment I was given all sorts of information about labor symptoms, etc.  Not because they expect me to go into pre- term labor but as a precaution, because holy smokes it’s coming up quick!

What I miss? I’m actually doing pretty well right now – not missing too much of anything and just enjoying this little bump of mine 🙂 I could do without the tailbone pain though… ouch.

Looking forward to? Finishing up Aubrey’s dresser this week and getting it put in the nursery!  EEK!  1 more thing to mark off the list 🙂

Pinterest Perfect Party

This past weekend was EVENTFUL!  Literally!  Paul and I headed up to Tallahassee on Friday, where we met our friends for dinner.  Then Saturday morning was my first baby shower, that night we headed to an engagement party, and on Sunday we headed to a gender reveal party!  So much excitement for one weekend!

On Saturday morning,  my sister hosted a baby shower for me with some help from my mom and a couple of my friends.  When I walked into her house, I cried… on more than 1 occasion.  I think the tears were triggered, because 1.  This is happening.  I am really having a baby, and I never thought I’d see the day where someone was throwing a baby shower for me!  2. It was perfect.  The entire house looked like a party you see on Pinterest, but it never works out that way when you do it yourself.  The pictures don’t do it justice, because these are off my iPhone, because I’m just too impatient to wait for my sister to send me the pretty ones.

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Let’s pause for a second to admire this cake… have you ever seen a more beautiful cake?!  My brother’s girlfriend has become the family cake baker/decorator, because I mean obviously she’s good at it! Not to mention, once we cut into the cake, she had each layer a darker shade to match the outside of the cake.  Perfection.

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Now that we’ve admired the cake, let’s take a look at this onesie.  My sister is the crafty one of the family.  I draw stick figures, she makes things.  Lots of things that are always adorable.  So I saw this onesie, and I thought she bought it from a store or off Etsy… No, she made it.  Of course she did.  So I see the onesie, and I cry.  Again. It’s a little hard to read, but it says, “This little light of mine”.

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Paul and I received so many amazing gifts for Aubrey, and we were so blown away by everyone’s generosity.  We are so lucky to have such amazing people in our lives, but I think Aubrey is even more lucky, because she isn’t even here yet, and already she is loved more than she knows.  We cannot thank everyone enough for everything!  We love you all!

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My niece, Kennedy, might just be the best present helper.  She was so excited to rip the paper off, I don’t even think she ever saw what was wrapped.  She just loves tearing into the presents.  At one point, my sister said, “Kennedy, let Auntie open her present okay?”.  Kennedy looked right at me, and in the sweetest voice said, “MAY I help you open the present?”… Not can I, but may I!  There is no way I can say no to that!  That little girl is just adorable.

I’ve mentioned before that 3 of my friends in Tallahassee are also expecting.  I think it is so exciting that there are 4 little summer babies all due within 2 months of each other!   Here are three of us, but Whitney had already left and we missed the photo op!  All three of them are having little boys, and Aubrey is the only little girl of the group!  It’s so fun getting to experience pregnancy for the first time, with 3 other first time moms.  I just wish we lived close to them all again!

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It was such a beautiful and fun baby shower.  I couldn’t have asked for anything more! It was so great to see all my friends in Tallahassee, and to celebrate the precious little girl growing inside of me!  Thank you so much to everyone!

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Again, iPhone picture… I couldn’t wait for the real one 🙂

Freewill

Expecting a child comes with so many emotions.  It is so incredibly exciting, but it is completely terrifying at the same time.  Not only are we responsible for the well being of our daughter, but we are responsible for her soul.  We are responsible for teaching her to live in the ways of the Lord, and raising her to have faith.  We are the role models for her future, and her relationship with God.  That is a HUGE responsibility, even more so than making sure she has all of her basic needs provided for.  The pastor at our old church in Tallahassee always used to say, that your goal as a parent should be having godly grandchildren, because that means as a parent you’ve successfully raised godly children.

That being said, there is no guidebook for parenting.  So every time Paul and I see or hear of a situation with children, we ask the questions, “If that was Aubrey, what would we do?” “How do we handle that?” “How do we keep that from happening?”  Our daughter’s future is completely overwhelming when we look forward to her teenage years, and decisions she will face.  How do we do this whole parenting thing?  These thoughts have kept me up countless nights during this pregnancy, and finally the answer came to me.

We are not raising her alone.  We pray that God will guide us with our parenting decisions, and we pray that He will help us lead Aubrey the right way.  We will teach her right from wrong.  We will teach her to respect authority.  We will teach her to respect herself.  We will teach her the dangers of drinking and driving, drugs, talking to strangers.  We will fill her with as much knowledge as we can before we send her off into the world, but from there how do you not shelter them, and keep yourself from being overprotective?

Freewill.

We can only teach our children so much, and then at some point, we need to trust them to make the right decisions, and give them the freewill to make mistakes.  The same way our Father in heaven has taught us.  We know what pleases Him, but He gives us the freewill to make our own choices, and our own mistakes.  We trust that we will do our job of raising her to the best of our ability, and then we have to leave the rest in God’s hands.  We trust that He will take care of her.

Our daughter isn’t even here yet, but as we await the arrival of our first daughter, our minds are racing.  I think that is only normal, but I think the best approach is for us to take it one day at a time.  She isn’t even here yet, so we can’t be working ourselves up with worrying about what we will do when she gets older.  Let’s work on getting her here safe and healthy.  Then let’s work on getting her to sleep at night 🙂 Until then I will continually praise God, for this gift He is entrusting to Paul and I.

Train up a child in the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6

So I Punched Her.

So last weekend, Paul had his physical for life insurance.  The wonderful nurse came to our house, and I let her in.  She starts Paul’s exam, and asks if we have children.  He says we have one on the way, and she looks at me and realizes I’m pregnant.  She says congratulations (very typical response).  Later on, she’s making small talk and asks me how far along I am.  I tell her 6 months, to which she responds… “6 Months?! You’re really big for 6 months!” How sweet.  To which I responded by punching her straight in the face… not really.  But in my head I punched her, and felt better about myself.  In reality, I politely smiled and nodded. I already feel like a whale, but thanks for pointing out that I still have 3 more months to continue to grow and gain weight, while I provide a cozy little home for our healthy little girl.

She walked out the door, and I immediately start venting to Paul.  Poor guy, but he handles it like a champ and probably deserves an award for his responses.

Me: Am I too big for 6 months?!

Paul: No honey, you’re pregnant, and our baby is growing.  She doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

Me: Okay…

Good job honey.  I drop it and let it go for about 3 minutes, before I headed to the shower.  So a stranger makes a comment about my body, and then I walk into a bathroom with a mirror to take a shower.  Bad idea. So I start looking at my body in the mirror.  I fling open the door, and bring this topic back up.

Me: I let her in, and she didn’t even notice I was pregnant until you told her! I can’t be THAT big!

Paul: Yah – she’s a jerk.  She’s just upset because she’s bigger than you and she isn’t pregnant.

So he won brownie points.

I am really not sure what it is about pregnancy that makes strangers or other people feel it is completely okay to comment about your body.  You wouldn’t make a comment if I wasn’t pregnant.  “Oh honey, you’re face is getting a little more round” would be totally inappropriate if I wasn’t growing a person, but you stick a little person inside you and the rules and etiquette for body comments are off.   Mix the awesome comments with pregnancy hormones (hormones that may be taking over this particular blog post) and you’ve got a real nice concoction for a melt down.

Do yourself a favor, next time you see a pregnant woman, unless you’re telling her how gorgeous she looks (which she probably doesn’t feel), keep your comments about her size to yourself! Whether you think she is too big, or too small for how far along she is doesn’t matter.  Every woman carries differently, and we really don’t want your opinion on our size.

End rant.