Friday, April 24, 2015

So happy for you!

{Patterned paper - Simple Stories, ink - Studio Calico Color Theory, stamps - Unity Stamp Co., label - Studio Calico, cardstock - Neenah (white) and IDK who made the yellow!}

Can you believe it's been ten months since I last shared a crafty project on this blog? I guess it's pretty clear how my energy level has been - and where my focus has been - since getting pregnant last summer! 

So of course, when I finally did sit down to make a new card, I guess it makes sense that it's a "congratulations on your pregnancy" card. A couple dear friends announced last week that they are expecting in November. We are completely overjoyed to hear this because we've known them a long time, and it's their first baby. We are so excited for Hudson to have another little friend! 

PS: Apologies for the dark/uncrisp photo. I used my iPhone and it looked so much better there!

This post was written on April 21, 2015 and scheduled for publication in advance. Baby Hudson may or may not have arrived by the time of its publication. When he does arrive, I will definitely let you know!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

39 week update

I put off writing this update because I was in denial that I'm 39 weeks pregnant. I'm in denial that this child isn't here yet. I'm in denial that I will be giving birth in the next week and that I will have to take care of a little person very soon.

The news at my appointment this past Wednesday was very encouraging. I was pretty well dialated and advised that I could start my leave immediately as Hudson could arrive in the next 48 hours. More than three days later, I'm still sitting here, waiting for a baby to arrive. I've had contractions, but they've never gotten close enough together to call the triage nurse at our practice. I have been REALLY tired. I've been sleeping 10-12 hours a night and sometimes taking naps in the middle of the day, so while I am feeling guilty about leaving work a few days early, I know I couldn't have handled being there on Thursday and Friday this week.

Our bags are packed. The nursery is in spotless condition. Our room has a little corner set up for him to room-in with us for the first few months. All that is left is a baby.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Maternity Session with Bridges Photography

Our sweet friends, Jessica and Anthony Bridges of Bridges Photography, gave us a photo session as our baby gift! We did our photos on March 7 at Starr's Mill, known for its appearance in the film "Sweet Home Alabama" as Jake's glass shop. 

Fun fact: We bought these shoes just for the photo shoot, and returned them the next day. They were newborn-size, and we already had a feeling that Hudson wouldn't be able to use anything that tiny. We are actively hunting for the next size up, though!

When we took this picture, I happened to look down to see that Trevor and I were standing in a pile of "It's a Boy!" confetti. I'm guessing those were the remains of someone else's gender reveal photo shoot!

I just love this one. I had just finished telling Trevor to remember how much I loved him if I start screaming at him when we are at the hospital bringing Hudson into the world.

This one is so going up in our nursery at some point! I'm just not sure where yet.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

38 week update

37 weeks, 4 days. I think I feel even bigger than I look.

I am miserable.

My allergies have finally set in. I'm sneezing and coughing non-stop. My throat feels raw. I'm having trouble sleeping because the allergy problems wake me up. I almost feel like I need an inhaler to open my passageways again. 

I'm also feeling really sore and uncomfortable from carrying around 30+ extra pounds. Walking up the stairs and getting off the sofa are becoming a struggle. A lot of my clothes have ceased to fit. Even things that were fine a week ago can't quite stretch any further. It's also super hot outside, and I want shorts so badly! However, I haven't seen them in stores yet, and ordering online is risky at this point. Will they fit? Will they even arrive before Hudson? Even if they do arrive, will the weather stay warm enough, or is this week a fluke?

The good news is that the MD I saw at this week's appointment didn't think Hudson was quite as big as the midwives and the ultrasound indicated at the two previous appointments. However, he is still projected to be pretty big. I didn't enjoy this appointment, though. The doctor seemed like she didn't know why the midwife wanted me to see her, and when I explained why, I felt like the concerns were completely brushed aside as though she thought I was the one requesting to see her instead of the midwife suggesting I see her. I'm really glad I'll be seeing the midwives again at my next two appointments!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Best wishes for a happy holiday! It's about so much more than chocolate bunnies and jelly beans, but it's also totally OK to be enjoying them today! Jesus came to give us freedom from sin, so your gluttony has already been forgiven! ;)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

37 Week Update

Less than three weeks to go until our due date! I am definitely getting big, and tired. I'm not miserable yet, and really, I'm not even all that uncomfortable. My feet and calves are quite swollen all of a sudden. My slightly too big Bobs are leaving bright red marks on my feet! On the plus side, my calves are finally filling out the skinny jeans I bought in January!

Even though I'm physically feeling well, I am so over my maternity clothes. My belly has outgrown several things, so I've got a limited wardrobe that mostly consists of winter apparel. With temperatures well above 70 in Georgia, I'm ready for summer clothes! I did order a couple lightweight dresses from Old Navy, so that helps, but I really don't want to invest in anything else this close to the due date.

The midwives have decided that Hudson is enormous. The ultrasound we did this past week estimated his size to be around 7 pounds 10 ounces with a head in the 97th percentile, and a stomach/chest area in the 87th percentile. Due to my petite stature, they have decided I should see one of the doctors at the practice this coming week for another opinion. They aren't talking about a c-section yet, but induction is a very real possibility. It's looking very unlikely I will carry this baby to 40 weeks!

I feel very excited to know there are really just days to go, but I'm also very nervous, too. My fears about caring for this little one are surfacing. My fears about the pain of birth (and a possible c-section) are growing. I've never been hospitalized before. I know these fears are mostly nothing. People have babies every day, but it's different when it's your body and your baby! I just have to remember that the providers I'm seeing delivery babies every day, and I have to put my faith in them and God to do what's best for me, too.