9+ weeks to go…

Time is flying now.  A little over 9 weeks to go and I can hardly believe it.  In a little less then 2 weeks, we are heading to Hawaii for some continuing education, a little R&R, some sunshine and our final vacation as just the two of us.  I am really looking forward to it, though we will be traveling at 33/34 weeks.  Thankfully, our hospital system has a hospital over here.  Our OB printed our chart and wished us well on our adventure as we won’t be seeing her again until after our trip.  After we arrive home, I feel like the countdown will really be on with 6 weeks left to go before the arrival of our sweet little girl.  I can hardly believe how fast this trimester is going.  I remember our first trimester felt so long and each day a milestone as we waited to get into the safer zone of the 2nd trimester.  Timed moved a little more quickly in that semester as I finally embraced our pregnancy and began to enjoy planning for our sweet baby.  Of course, with that semester brought the discovery of her gender which has only further endeared our hearts to her.  By the way, we are pretty settled on a name though we are keeping it to ourselves until her birth.  I thought about maybe sharing it at my shower in early March, but I think I am just going to wait.  Early on, we shared a few of our names with people and I was surprised at some individuals blunt and not always pleasant response to some of the names we had been considering.  When we found out it was going to be a girl, our previous girl names no longer seemed fitting and soon we came upon the one we now love! 

The nursery is coming along.  Today, our dresser is being delivered.  I don’t think we will have much furniture in the nursery…just a crib, dresser, and a bookshelf.  I have opted not to get a chair and am using the dresser as a changing table.  I have handmade most of the decor, ideas captured through hours of scouring pinterest and other baby websites.  We even took the plunge this week and painted stripes on one entire wall.  I LOVE it!  It looks so elegant and feminine…just a beautiful space for our beautiful daughter. I love to just sit on the floor and dream of my next move, the next decoration, the best ways to organize.  Anyway, I will post a few pix very soon!

I have had no significant bouts of back pain or any real discomforts as of late.  I can definitely tell when I have overdone it in the nursery.  I am noticing increasing amounts of shortness of breath when I read out loud.  It’s interesting that it usually only happens when reading and not talking…but anyway…I can deal with that.  Of course, some more tiredness is settling in though this too has been manageable.

I have been really enjoying reading everyone’s updates and blog posts.  I feel invested in so many lives and its been so exciting to see many of these women now pregnant.  It has been such a joy to follow their journeys through updates and pictures. 

Have a GREAT weekend!!!

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28 weeks. 3rd Trimester!

Time is marching on!  I can hardly believe I am typing the words 3rd trimester and that those words are associated with me!  It is the BEST feeling in the world.

We have had a very busy few weeks.  We traveled to the East Coast for the holidays, landing in New York on Christmas Day.  The feeling was magical.  I have always wanted to see Rockefeller Center at Christmas and the BIG tree you always hear so much about.  We had a GREAT time walking the streets of New York, taking in the sights despite the FREEZING cold.  My entire face was chapped by day two.  We even got some tickets to see the Rockette’s Christmas Spectacular, definitely a highlight.  We were able to get the tickets after being escorted to the front of the line at the Times Square Discount Broadway ticket line.  Apparently, if you are pregnant, you are able to jump to the front.  A huge blessing considering it was 36 degrees and pouring rain along with a wind that was just piercing to every exposed inch of skin.

After New York, it was on to Virginia where we met up with my parents, older brother as well as my husband’s sister and brother in law.  We hung out for 4 days perusing the sights of Jamestown and Yorktown.  It was a lovely time and so wonderful to just be with family.  Made me realize how much I miss my family.  They really are such a blessing and I am so thankful for them!  The 7 of us spent each day all together.  My parents had flown out from Washington State and it just happened that my brother and sister in law/brother in law live within 15 minutes of each other out there.  The trip ended all too quickly!

We are finally getting the last little bits of our registry together.  I am sure there are so many things I have forgotten and maybe even a few things that aren’t really necessary.  It is so hard to know on this side of the game.  We also have just started our nursery.  I am excited to see if the mental image in my head comes out well in real life.  I will post pix soon!

Some of our friends have begun to pass down their baby items and clothes to us.  We now have 3 huge boxes of clothes!  We have been trying to keep things organized in the closet until we get our furniture in there.  So much fun though!  I love looking at all the little items and sweet pjs and onesies.  Such a gift, really!!!!  Hard to believe our little girl will be here in less then 3 months.

The uncomfortable huge belly thing is beginning to happen.  After a fairly easy and uneventful pregnancy the back pain started with a vengeance yesterday that left me tearful and slightly over emotional.  I just feel like it is too early to be feeling this way.  There is still SO much more I want to get done and I need a few more productive days to get our nursery done.  I am just hoping it was a fluke (wishful thinking) and that maybe I overdid it the day before.  We will see.  I met up with a friend for dinner later in the evening, which was absolutely WONDERFUL, but ended up having to cut it short as I could no longer sit down.  It was just too painful.  How do you go from feeling great one day to painful and can barely sit?

Anyway, it’ll all be worth it.  Less then 12 weeks and counting…

I am going to post a bump pic since it’s been well over 2 months since the last one.  This baby girl is a growin….

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