Here are a few belly pictures. The first one is Baby's first time at an apple orchard ;)
I'm actually 35 weeks, but we had a lot of fun during week 34! We got our house pretty much put back to normal just in time to mess it up with family visiting and gifts from baby showers!
Here are a few belly pictures. The first one is Baby's first time at an apple orchard ;)
Below is a picture from the church shower. I'm at 34 weeks and Ariel is at 18 weeks! When I was at 18 weeks I felt the same size as I am now.... but now I can see the difference ;)
Mom and Dad came over on Friday. My church threw me a baby shower on Sat and then Jason's family had one for me on Sunday. They had the showers the same weekend so that mom could make both :) The church shower was very special and was a lot of fun. They had red velvet cake (my favorite) and people were to give books instead of cards! I love books. I love to read. I now have lots of books for my little girl to get to "read" and eventually read. I was also surprised with who the speaker was... my mom! I lost it and started crying when I realized what was going on. She had a very neat talk that she tied in with her love of quilting and put it in a little book for me so I can have it for always. Here are some pictures from that shower. Sadly I don't have pictures with Becky or Stephanie, they are on Steph's camera and I haven't gotten a copy yet!
The picture below is the blanket that Auntie Mo made for Baby Girl:
The picture below is of the quilt mom made for Baby Girl:
The next afternoon we had a family shower from Jason's side. It was held by Jason's 93 year old Grandma June! I'm glad mom got to be apart of that one as well and got to meet family from Jason's side. It was a very sweet shower as well and here are some pictures!
I am very thankful my parents and sister were able to help me with so much for the baby! We got the baby room in good shape, still waiting on a few items including shelves from Grandpa Larry :) and got the gifts somewhat organized.
Here we are, the eve of being 33 weeks along. Must be time to post about week 32 :) As you can see, baby had a bit of a growth spurt. I emphasis that baby grew, not me! (makes me feel a bit better).
We are very much so at the uncomfortable stage, and I still have 7(ish) weeks to go. I really can't wait to shed the extra weight and to feel normal again. Between the back and hip aches it's getting harder and harder to sleep or sit comfortably for long. The swollen ankles do not help in the standing area either.
All of these selfish thoughts about my comfort tend to get in the way of remembering that right now it's not just my body that is being effected by this pregnancy. A whole new little life is being created! The Lord is knitting together a precious life inside of me! I do think that one of the weirdest things the Lord has done is the process of how a baby grows and comes into the world, but I am so thankful (and need to remind myself of how thankful I am) that despite of the discomforts that the Lord has allowed me to get pregnant.
Baby girl moves around a lot! She has had hiccups a few times, and I will apologize to her profusely that she probably will have to deal with hiccups a lot because of me! One of her favorite times to really go to town with her dancing and somersaulting is during church.... makes me think she is a little bit charismatic, not sure how that happened with my Mennonite background ;) So far I haven't had any real cravings and that has been a deep disappointment to me. I always welcome ice cream and anything sweet, but that is no change from before I was pregnant. The biggest change in my taste has been my coffee taste bud. I used to want/crave coffee all the time and had a cup or two a day. Now I don't really have a desire for it and go a week or weeks without. It's still a social think I like, so you'll find me with a cup of decaf caramel hi-rise or a decaf almond joy latte every once in awhile when I'm with a friend. With the weather getting cooler I do enjoy a coffee by my fireplace! But seriously, I never dreamt that my coffee intake could possibly change and boy has it! I do think that Baby Girl is excited to meet her daddy, sometimes when he gets to talking she gets to moving. I tell Jason that he is too loud and is upsetting her, but he knows she is ready to have him hold her vs me!
I cannot wait to see Jason with our little girl. He is such a softie for her already. He says he is terrified of newborns, and refuses to hold them. I have a feeling that he will get over that very quickly when our daughter makes her appearance. I'm afraid I'm going to have to be the one to tell her 'no' when needed, I'm not sure I'm going to like that role! :)
As for our house project, we should be done enough to move in by tomorrow evening! I do not really believe it, but it should be the case! Jason had a few boys from youth group come over after church last night to help him rip out the carpet. Abbie Johnson was a dear and came over to entertain me while that was going on. Tonight J needs to finish pulling up staples and bits of padding that were left behind so that our new carpet can be installed tomorrow morning! J will still have a few things to paint later on, a second coat on the doorways and he didn't get to the window frames yet. We'll also need to get rods in our new closet, ect. That all seems very minor compared to what we have been going through the last month! I knew this would be a big project when we started, but didn't really know until we got to this point.
Hopefully the next post will be about our finished project!
I come from a line of women who are excellent housekeepers. My mother is disciplined in this area. My Grandma Kate grew up Amish and also had excellent housekeeping skills ( I feel the Amish factor plays in to that). In fact, when Monica was little she used to do impressions of Grandma Kate running around cleaning everything at super sonic speeds. My Auntie Byrd is very organized and not a hair is out place at her house. While I didn't inherit their excellent housekeeping skills to the extent I wish, maybe I'm just lazy, I am a fairly organized person at least. Everything has it's place and everything should be in it's place, is the motto I live by.
Being married has caused me to go insane a little bit in this area :) When we first moved into our house (3 years ago Nov!), I would over kill with the cleaning and picking up. It was just the two of us and I would spend hours and hours cleaning on Sat or before anyone was coming over. Not a bad thing, really! But I have had to loosen up a little and let our house look like people live there. I have also had to learn how to nicely ask Jason to not use the kitchen table as the dumping grounds for anything in his hands (to his credit, it is very close to the garage door and just so convenient to put anything and everything. Guess we need to move the table farther away from the door :)
Now I am 32 weeks pregnant and the need to clean and put away is stronger than every before. We are 8ish weeks away from our precious baby girl making her debut in our lives and I just want our house in order for her. Not that she'll notice, but I will. If momma is relaxed, baby will be relaxed.. right? To an extent?
We are now in the last week of our house project. It's been about a month long process, which isn't that long in reality but a bit longer than I expected. How is it coming? Well... Jason and I slept in our living room last night. Our dressers are also crammed into the living room while our hanging clothes are in the family room along with our bed (we are sleeping on the guest bed). Our upstairs is completely empty, and it's amazing to see how much stuff one owns when it's all on the same level of your house. It's driving me a bit insane, it'll have to be this way till our new carpet comes on Friday. Then we can start putting order back into our lives.
Here are a few pics of the insanity:
These pictures do not even show the full extent of the chaos at our house, but it gives you an idea of what our main floor looks like. The upstairs includes carpet part way torn out, trim with primer on waiting to be painted, doors off the hinges and put anywhere they could fit out of the way, and bits of carpet that find their way everywhere in the house.
However, our new washer/dryer is in place and works great, all the walls are painted, and our master bedroom actually feels like a master bedroom with all the new space we now have.
I am so thankful for Jason and his hard work in this project. He was so faithful to set money aside so that we could afford to do this project and has been diligent to get all the work done that he needs to do himself by working every night after a long day at work and working every weekend on the house. He will be just as thrilled to have this project done as me! He knows how hard this process has been on me and apologizes for the mess and the stress every time he sees me.
So this week we will dream of how wonderful our new master bedroom will be, how wonderful it will be for me to not have to go up and down two flights of stairs (multiple times) to do laundry, and being able to put our house back to being our home as we camp out in the living room. Hopefully we don't get too used to a tv in our "bedroom" during this week :)
On a completely different note, I have decided that being 32 weeks pregnant and sitting in a cube that is in a corner by the wall entitles me to one thing in particular. Comfort. Yes, I wear jeans a few more times a week now. I have even stooped so low as to wear slippers to work. Yes... I did say slippers. They have a rubber bottom and with longer pants I thought I could get away with it since someone has to be lost to find my cube and see me. So bring on the swollen ankles/feet. I have 45 days (counting weekends) until my maternity leave starts, how many of those days will find me in slippers?
(PS getting my feet up on the desk for this picture was a bigger feat than I realized. Please appreciate this picture :)
This article has been going around Facebook for a while now. I've been ignoring the posts each time. It's title made me not want to read it: 10 True Things About The First Year Of Parenting. I didn't want to read about how tired I'm going to be (can it get worse than what its like now sleep wise?! Don't tell me!) or feel terrible that I haven't read a ton of books, or hear about how perfect it was for this author. For some reason I read it today, and I'm very glad I did. Here is the link in case you missed it on Facebook or have been stubborn like me :)
It's not from a Christian point of view, exactly. But her point about keeping humble I think is key. I see myself as an "older" first time mom and I've been around a lot of newborns, it seems like I should know what I'm doing.. right? Well.. probably not. I've also seen first time mom's try to act like they aren't first time mom's and then get very flustered when their child makes a noise or act embarrassed that their child isn't acting like a perfect angel when she is around other women who have multiple children and I want to avoid acting that way! Every mom has horror stories, but as this article points out, they don't share them. All you hear are the victories and how good things went for them (like potty training. I do roll my eyes when a mom claims it was super easy for her).
So I'm excited to be a first time mom. Next time around (Lord willing) I can't act like I've never done this before ;) All children are different and I'm excited to meet this little girl and to see what challenges and victories are in store for Jason and I. I won't lie, along with the excitement is a little (maybe more that a little) fear of the challenges or failures I'll be facing. But it's the adventure the Lord has in store for me, for us!
We can officially now say that baby girl is due next month! She isn't due in a month, but her due date is in Nov! Crazy...(I know I know.. she might/probably will make her debut later than Nov, but one can dream she'll come early or on time... right? or maybe I shouldn't...)
October 2 has been a special day for me for four years now. Jason will roll his eyes and tease me about dates that I like to keep track of, but deep down I think he is actually touched that October 2 means so much to me. It's the day that Jason proposed and I became his fiancé! He took me to Duluth for the day and we ended up at a "beach" after we ate at The Vanilla Bean in Two Harbors. He told me that he loved me, and I promptly replied that I loved him back. He must have felt that he didn't convey what he really meant because his next words were "No, I really love you". Time stood still for a moment and he got a knee dirty (as my former teacher/pastor Rick Holland would say). I couldn't get the ring on my finger fast enough. Maybe I should have let him put it on my finger? I saw the beautiful, sparkly ring and just grabbed it and then jumped into J's arms when he was standing up. I'm sure I told him yes while all that was going on, but I think the ring disappearing from his hand gave him the answer he needed.
His sister Stephanie drove the 3ish hours up to Duluth alone so that she could hide in the bushes and take pictures of Jason proposing. I'm so thankful Jason thought to ask her to do that and that she was willing! Here are a few pictures of the day! *Side note: before Jason got down on one knee, he moved me into position. He knew where Stephanie was hiding and my back was to her so he moved me over. Maybe wasn't super smooth ;) but he helped make the pictures turn out!
It's been a fun four years as I got to be his fiancé, and then his wife, and soon to be the mother of his child. We can't express how excited and thankful we are for this new chapter in our lives. Only 8(ish) more weeks to go until we get to meet this precious little girl!
Had to end the post with an updated belly shot :) 31 Weeks! Will be 32 weeks on Friday.
I'm a Christian. I'm a wife to a wonderful man and a mother to a sweet little girl and a handsome little man. I've lived in MT, MN, KS, CA, N.Z., I like to travel. I love dark chocolate and coffee. I grew up on a farm and never learned to drive stick, I went to a two-room school house for nine years, I love Fall in MN (except for the fact I'm always cold), I miss the Montana Sky, and I'm new to blogging.