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07.30.12

A couple weekends ago Kristin, Laura, and Judy hosted a wonderful baby shower for me/Brady.  I must say props to the hostesses because Judy is due with Millie in about a week, and Kristin is a couple weeks behind me in her pregnancy, and Laura has two little ones at home!   My mom and I walked into Judy’s house and all I could think was “take me closer to where this amazing smell is originating”. The 3 women made some amazing breakfast treats that have remained on the forefront of my mind days later. The cinnamon rolls were so warm and oozing with icing, I caught myself (several times) reaching to run my finger across the serving dishes. But hey, it was my shower so I probably could have gotten away with it, right? #fatkidmoment #don’ttellmydoctor  I also just recently made the delectable home made granola bars that were served. Yum.

There was such a great turn out at the shower. Almost everyone who was invited attended! I’m so grateful.  I felt like I was running around like crazy, because I wanted to talk with everyone for so long (and enjoy all the yummy treats- hah).  It was so nice to see so many women that I love all in one room! Brady sure is one blessed little baby boy. He stocked up on so many goodies and gear that we’re excited to use soon.  Thank you again, Laura, Kristin, and Judy for all of your hard work planning/hosting my shower – what great friends!

Here are some photos to sum up the morning….Thanks to my cousin, Kristin, who snapped some of these photos for me!

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07.26.12

27 weeks pregnant

HOW FAR ALONG? 27 weeks…. only 13 ish weeks left.

SIZE OF OUR SWEET BABY? The head of cauliflower  (about 16 inches head to heal, and about 2.5 lbs).

MATERNITY CLOTHES?  Yep. Still rockin’ them. Got some new maternity yoga pants so I’ll be exercising more soon.

GENDER: BOY

SLEEP?  More vivid/realistic dreams the past couple weeks. They stick with me all day long, it’s so weird/awkward.

FOOD CRAVINGS? Iced coffee, peanut butter, cold milk, sweets (baked goods).

WHAT I MISS?  Exercising outside at the lake. It’s just too dang hot after work and I’ve been so busy or out of town.

SYMPTOMS? (Same as last week.) Achey and swollen feet. Super strong & fast growing finger nails. Less oily skin (which I’ve enjoyed).

BELLY BUTTON? (Same as last week.) SO stretched out. It’s as flat as can be with a tiny part that’s starting to pop out. Also starting to get that linea negra (weird tan vertical line below my belly button).

BEST MOMENT(S) OF THE PAST WEEK?

1. Spending the weekend at the beach (Galveston) with my family/cousins.  I cherish our candid group and individual conversations/laughter. It’s so great that we can pick right back up where we last left off as if not skipping a beat. It was this time last year I was walking the beach with one of my cousins discussing our miscarriage from that recent February. It’s such a blessing to see how far we’ve come in the past year. Praise God!

2. Letting my cousins feel Brady move/kick. It’s so funny to see how it freaks some people out and others are so amazed.

3. Lying in the hammock at the beach house with Brian (how we both fit and didn’t break it still amazes me) while quasi dozing  in and out of a nap and then watching Brady do his crazy rapid dance movements that wiggle my entire belly like he’s trying to get out. It’s hard not to laugh while watching.

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07.18.12

26 weeks pregnant

HOW FAR ALONG? 26 weeks…. only 14 ish weeks left.

SIZE OF OUR SWEET BABY? The size of an English Cucumber  (about 14 inches head to heal, and about 2 lbs).

MATERNITY CLOTHES?  Yep. My mom treated me to some new maternity PJs recently, which is nice (and needed). I’m on the look out for some comfy work out clothes, as well.

GENDER: BOY

SLEEP?  The wedge pillow has been very nice. I still (slowly) toss and turn, combined with night sweats (lovely, I know). Also had more vivid dreams the past couple weeks.

FOOD CRAVINGS? Asian food, iced coffee, and sweets. Oh, the sweet cravings are strong lately… not good.

WHAT I MISS?  Wearing normal shoes. Since my feet are swollen I’m mostly stuck with flip flops.  Also,  I miss walking from my car to the grocery store without getting winded (hey, it’s also 127 degrees here). It seems like that’s even harder than a work out for some reason?

SYMPTOMS? Achey and swollen feet. Super strong & fast growing finger nails. Less oily skin (which I’ve enjoyed). I used to wash my hair almost daily, now I could go almost 4 days y’all (though, I try not to)!

BELLY BUTTON? SO stretched out. It’s as flat as can be with a tiny part that’s starting to pop out. Also starting to get that linea negra (weird tan vertical line below my belly button).

BEST MOMENT(S) OF THE PAST WEEK?

1. My first baby shower was this weekend. 3 Lovely women from my church Home Group hosted and did a wonderful job. My mom and aunt came up from the Houston area, which was a nice treat. It was a crazy busy-fast-paced weekend, but so much fun. It was such a great turn out and so nice to see so many of my friends/family all at once! Not to mention, all the amazing gifts little Brady now has! I’m so incredibly grateful.

2. Making huge progress in the nursery this weekend. Brian finished painting (after a few dramatic moments of trying to get the paint perfect), all the furniture we have has been assembled, I ironed/hemmed the curtains, and put away all the goodies we got this weekend. Now we just need to roll out the rug, hang stuff on the walls, assemble the glider (when it arrives), and have the bedding made. I’m so grateful Brian has let me decorate and have fun with the nursery the way I want and I’m also grateful for his hard work and help along the way.

3. Last Monday we started our 5-week series of Lamaze classes. It was a small/intimate class with a great instructor (who’s a Doula). It was very informative, and Brian even enjoyed it. I’m excited to see what else we learn…. One funny moment was when the teacher asked Brian a question in front of the class. She asked “Brian, what’s the easiest way for me to get the die/marble out of this water bottle?” He thought about it for a moment and then proudly responded “Well, I’d just cut the bottle open…” the room filled with laughter and one of the other pregnant women asked, “Umm… were you planning on getting a c-section?” haha.. then he admitted he thought it was a trick question of some sort. It was a great way to kick off the class.

4. We recently received some adorable camo baby leg warmers that I just can’t wait to use. Brian was asking me where the “baby leg socks” were the other day. I love the literal names he creates for baby gear. Looking forward to more funny gear names in the future…

5. Last week we decided to walk to our church home group that meets at a friend’s house a couple blocks away. I threw on my running shoes (with my dress from work and purse), which made me look like a middle aged “mall walker” that was preggers. What made it funnier was that Brian was carrying a large grocery sack filled with snacks and a giant (Sam’s size) bag of tortilla chips popping out of the top. (It was our week to bring snacks to home group.)  I commented on how funny my outfit looked and he replied, “Yea, it also looks like I might need to stop and feed you with all this food too.”

 

 

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