Tuesday, December 27

35 weeks | The good, the bad, and the baby...

Hello thirty fifth week. I'm thrilled to see you. While my husband is crossing all his fingers and toes that this baby stays in the oven till February (as to not ruin my husband's birthday festivities in January) I'm ready to be done with this whole pregnancy party. I'm tired of feeling like the blueberry girl from Willy Wonka, as I watch myself expand with no control over any of it. I'm so close to being full term I can taste it! January 11th is the date I have to make it to if I want to be able to go through with our home birth. And according to our midwives, Baby C can healthily arrive any time between January 11th and Valentine's Day. That's my window. 

The Good
The little man is turned upside down and has been for a while. At this point the chance of him doing a complete flip is pretty slim so right now we're in good shape for a natural birth. My blood pressure has been continuously on the lower side of the spectrum meaning that I'm not at risk for pre-eclampsia right now which is great because that is a whole world of crazy I want no part of. I finally finished reading our hypnobirthing book and I really loved it. Although I've been a bit of a practice slacker. Whoops. Our next appointment is our last one before we switch to seeing the midwives weekly. CRAZY!

The Bad
I'm a bit over the whole gaining weight thing. And I know it only gets worse in the last month so I'm a bit weary of the whole thing. I can't wear my rings anymore so I bought a fake pair from Claire's that are comically blingy. I think he may be starting to "drop" because my bones ache pretty much all the time. And I'm noticing a distinguished wobble happening in my walk. No more sexy strut happening over here. Unless you think penguins are sexy, that is. Also, my ankles have vanished. I never thought it was possible but they're gone. Also, my weird dreams are back with a  vengeance. 

The Baby
We've done a pretty good job of getting things ready ahead of time. Right now we have pretty much everything we need (except for a few little things) and that is a nice relief. Except that all the things we have are just stacked in piles in the unfinished nursery. There's a lot of washing and folding and organizing that still needs to happen. I'm actually excited about it but I'm trying to not rush into it because I want to have something to occupy my time over the next weeks. We've told our immediate family his name and it's nice to see that everyone likes it (or at least acts like they like it). It's getting really hard not to slip up in front of other people since we refer to him by name all the time around each other. His movements are big and sometimes make me jump with how strong they are. I guess space is getting tight in there. 

I can't believe that my pregnancy is starting it's last month. It really went by quickly! And it's a bit strange to think that soon everything is going to change...


Tuesday, December 20

A Special Shower...

My mom and aunt, along with my friends, threw me the most wonderful baby shower a few weeks ago.  It was a Sunday Brunch shower complete with 100% authentic maple syrup and waffles, quiches, cinnamon buns, a biscuit bar, and my favorite mini desserts from Bees Knees Sweet Treats!

And my mom called in a special order for dozens of southern style buttery biscuits from Cracker Barrel. I'm not sure there's anything better on the planet. We also served up local honeys, specialty jellies and jams, and flavored whipped butters. The biscuit bar was a huge success!

I'm not a huge baby shower game fan so we didn't really play any. But my mom did find this baby shower bingo game which was great because all the guests played it while I opened gifts. They would try to get bingo based on the types of gifts I received and it was nice because it kept everyone occupied instead of staring awkwardly at me while I opened presents. (Always a weird feeling.)

One of my favorite things about the day was that my mom had invited each guest to bring their favorite childhood book and write a note inside for Baby C. We were so overwhelmed by how much everyone got into it and lots of people brought us multiple books. It was so fun to see them and even remember some from my own childhood. I also loved reading through everyone's inscriptions afterward. We've got quite the library now!

That is a photo of my husband when he was a little boy. Could there be anything more adorable?! He was completely blonde. I've always had really dark hair. I'm so curious to see what color hair C is born with (if he's born with any at all!)

The creators of this game were smart enough to not put actual numerical increments on the ruler ;)

Another of my favorite aspects of the day was the blanket that my mom sowed and brought for everyone to help complete. It's the softest fleece in a manly plaid and beige pattern. She sowed beautiful trim to the reverse side and then had all our guests tie off the edges so that the blanket was "woven together with the love of all our friends and family". It's such a beautiful keepsake. I can't wait to use it!

Thank you to all our friends and family who helped to make this such a memorable day. We have been so completely spoiled blessed by everyone and couldn't have gotten ready for C the same way on our own. And to those that couldn't come, thank you for being there in spirit! I have felt so loved and taken care of throughout my whole pregnancy and the shower was just the cherry on top! 

*These photos were edited in part with Photoshop actions from Totally Rad, one of my sponsors. :)


Tuesday, December 13

From the other side of the lens...

Our sweet and crazy talented friends, Matt & Angie Sloan of Sloan Photographers just happened to be visiting family in Phoenix while we were there and were kind enough to take some maternity photos of Nate and I during their vacation. I wasn't planning on getting photos taken (mostly because I've been feeling so gross) but Nate kept talking about it and I realized how important it was to have this monumental time in our life documented well. I'm so glad I did because I love the photos that Matt & Angie gave to us and I'm so happy to have them to look back on and show C one day. And even though he's a boy and he probably won't care all that much about them, I'll know that we're leaving him photo evidence of our love and friendship as an example for his own life one day. 


For serious, how handsome is this guy!

Nate is the funniest person I know. True story. 

... how we got in this predicament. ;)

Ps. added a Facebook "LIKE" button below in case you want to share your like but don't necessarily have anything to say in a comment. Although I'd love it if you came up with something, because it's nice to read. ;)

Friday, December 2

31 weeks // Cheeky McCheekerson

Yesterday my sweet friend Jamie sent me a text asking if we wanted to come in today for some new photos of little C. It had been about 9 weeks since our last peek and of course I was all, "Hells yes!"

But I wrote back a very respectable, "Yes of course, if it isn't any trouble."

Because I'm a lady. 

Anyways, Jamie happens to be the absolute best sonography technician in the world. FACT. The other sonograms we've had by less impressive other people have been blurry and creepy looking and Jamie's are always super clear and crazy detailed. I'm not kidding you. People marvel at them. A man at the car dealership stopped me in my tracks to look at them and then went in and told the used car manager how amazing they were. A middle aged man gushed to another middle aged man about these bad boys. If that doesn't impress you I don't know what will. She's amazing. And she likes salted caramel lattes. How can you NOT love a girl that likes salted caramel lattes? You can't. Salted caramel is delicious. She's awesome. 

So today she offered to let us come in and peek behind my skin at our little man. But what she didn't tell us was that she was going to do some 3D magic and let us see what he actually looks like. It was incredible, people. His little lips pursing and smirking and his eyebrows (or rather, the place where his eyebrows will grow in when he has hair) furrowing. I felt a bit like I was cheating by getting such a great sneak peek at what he looks like. 

Which, apparently, is nothing like me and a lot like Nate according to our parents. 

He had his hands curled up under his chin. (They only look gnarled because of the 3D... they look normal when you focus that laser gun wand directly on them. I asked.) I'm so curious to see if he snuggles like that out of the womb too. He's upside down curled like a C up and around my belly button so his butt hits me right under my right ribs and his feet can kick my left ribs. 

He's thoughtful like that, not wanting one set of ribs to feel less important or less kickable than the other. Little gentleman!

On that note, can a baby break your ribs by kicking them? Not a vampire baby... a normal baby. Because I've been concerned about that. (The ribs breaking thing, not that he's a vampire. Although, come on, how cool would that be?!)

We've also decided, upon seeing his little face, that he looks very much like his name. (Which we're still not telling you yet.) So we're pretty proud of our baby naming abilities. If anyone needs us to name your baby, just let us know. We're pros now. 

I've gotta run. It's time to do my hair and re-paint my nails for my birthday dinner tonight. Pray that we get a good table. The restaurant is all "We don't take reservations suckas!" so I'm a bit nervous about fitting our whole group in. 

Lastly, a couple people asked me to make a Formspring just for personal and life and just me (outside of photography) questions. Nate and I have one together for our photography business and we've answered a ton of questions there if you're interested but now I have one just for me. If you've got questions, I've got answers. Let's do this thing!

Thanks again to Jamie for these amazing photos, such a sweet early birthday present. And, in early birthday present news, Alexis wrote the sweetest blog post about my man and I if you want to pop on over and see it. It might make you cry. It made me cry. But that might just be the hormones. 

Also, the super sweet Jennifer Abbott included me and some of my photography today in an interview for a series she's doing called "The Creatives Project". It's a really cool project and I'd be honored if you'd hop on over there and check out her blog post! And if you're feeling extra awesome, leave her some comment love!


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