Monthly Archives: August 2012

MIA and Getting Ready

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while. Getting ready for this baby has taken up a great deal of time. My husband keeps asking if I think he’ll come soon. Quite honestly, I don’t mind when he decides to arrive, so long as its after Monday (I have a wedding Saturday and need a few days to edit the images). My doctor is predicting a Sept. 16th delivery (due date is Sept. 15th) so we’ll see what little man decides to do.

I’ve started nesting. It’s gone as far as fixing our broken dishwasher. My husband keeps telling me to rest, and my answer to that is for him to clean the house then because I’m tired of looking at the mess. So far, he hasn’t lifted a finger to clean anything in the last month. Hence the nesting. And I keep wanting to wash baby clothes and finish the nursery. I just want my baby’s first day home to be sparkly clean. People keep telling me the baby won’t care, but I do.

I’ve still got so much to do, prepare, and purchase before baby gets here because I know I won’t have the time or energy to do it afterwards. That’s another reason for all the cleaning. My husband sure won’t do it and there’s no way I’m letting my mother-in-law come over to do it. On the rare occasion the in-laws do come over, all they ever do is yell and lecture about how “messy” everything is. Their version of “messy” is the average American’s version of “clean enough for visitors.”

I’m nervous about my in-laws trying to run our household as they did theirs. I don’t want them forcing their beliefs and practices on me and my husband when we become parents. They’re very controlling “my way or the highway” people. And I know they’re going to try to come over all the time after the baby is born. We’ve already had to tell them they’re not allowed to follow us home from the hospital. My husband and I have also made the decision that we want a few hours of privacy following delivery for our little family to bond. His parents insist on being called the moment we leave for the hospital and being in the delivery room the entire time. I don’t think so. That’s where my husband and I draw the line. If they want to sit in a waiting room for six or seven hours so be it, but there is no way they’re gaining access to the delivery room until after the baby’s born, I’ve had a chance to nurse him, and the three of us have had a chance to bond. Thankfully, my husband is completely on board with this decision.

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Photo of the Day – August 30th

Today’s photo of the day is an interesting little fungus that has popped up in my back yard. It reminds me of the little dancing mushrooms in Disney’s Fantasia.

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Photo of the Day – August 19th

Sunrise through the trees is the Photo of the Day.

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Photo of the Day – August 18th

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Photo of the day. Needless to say, life’s been a bit busy these last few weeks. Even this weekend was packed full of excitement as we put the baby’s crib together and got a new minivan to replace my death trap of a car. Guess what will be tomorrow’s Photo of the Day. But for now, here is today’s.

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Bellies are beautiful

At 35 weeks, my husband and I went to our photographer and had our full maternity session. It was nice to be able to truly enjoy the site of myself being pregnant. Part of me actually feels “safe” from losing this baby, and all of me feels beautiful. Seeing the look in my husband’s eyes as he wrapped his arms around my naked, pregnant belly was truly amazing and made me feel like a piece of fine art. Which is why I left my conservative comfort zone, choosing the photographer we did (I think I may have accidentally flashed my photographer at one point too- oops) because the photographer we chose is well known in our state for his maternity fine art pieces. He and his female assistant made my husband and i feel very at ease.

Granted, I will never be bold enough to publicly display most of the images, but they will make nicely framed pieces for our bedroom and a nice album for us to look back on to remember how special this baby is and how blessed we are to have him.

Five more weeks (give or take) until little man arrives. It’s going to be so different having him in our lives. We know there are going to be challenges along the way, but he will be worth every single one.

As he drifted off to sleep, my husband asked me if I was scared of the labor. Truthfully, I’m not. I’m a little nervous about the IV still, but not about the labor itself. Will it hurt more than anything else I’ve ever felt? Guaranteed. But I’m not afraid because I know when it’s all over, I’ll get to hold my little boy. I still pray every day that God lets us keep this child to raise in His ways. As we get closer to our due date and the check-ups continue to go well, I feel more and more that God will answer that prayer with a resounding “yes.”

I would encourage other pregnant women to have not just maternity sessions, but progression sessions done on a monthly basis too. The little life inside you is so special and as we learned, so fragile. All we have to remember our first baby Alex by is my first two progressions (months 2 and 3). We have been blessed that God has let us keep this second baby so far and that’s why we didn’t hold anything back with this baby’s progression and maternity session. We also don’t know how many children God will bless us with in the future. That is the second reason we did everything we could now. The truth is, you just never know what life holds, so cherish everything while you can.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Sorry I’ve been away for a little while. Between caring for my husband, who’s still recovering from his trip to the ER a few weeks ago (heat exhaustion can take some time to bounce back from), and adjusting to my last month of pregnancy, plus client work in crunch mode, it’s been very hard to find the time to commit to this blog.

I’ve been working on a few baby hats the last week to send to my pregnant friends. Considering they’re due two weeks after me, I figured hats would take less time than blankets. And I was right. I’ve done three hats in the last week. Once my little man arrives, I’ll be able to start blankets for family members who are expecting in January & February. Speaking of blankets, I need to keep moving on my baby’s blanket. I still have to finish weaving in tails and then stitch all the squares together. I’ll have the opportunity to do that tomorrow night while I watch Project Runway.

It’s an astounding thought knowing my baby could arrive any time within the next five to seven weeks. All I can think about is all the stuff I still have to do to prepare our home for this new little life.

Well, that covers everything except Photo of the Day. So here it is.

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