So much to do, so little time.
I love when Bria moves in my belly – whether is 2pm or 2am I love to feel her kicks, her pushes, her twists and turns. These let me know that she’s okay. For the majority of my pregnancy Bria has had a routine and I could predict when I might feel her move. But lately she has had some change of plans and when I would normally feel her move, my belly would be still. Sure, it’s concerned me. It must be what mom’s feel when they are waiting for their teenagers to call home to make sure that they’re alright. I want to hear from her, so I want her to move.
I’m into my 29th week now – I’m anxious to start my 30’s-weeks. Week 30 just seems so close to week 40, and for that I can’t wait. There is still so much to do and I am trying my best to remain calm and to keep my TO DO list up to date. I’ve started on Bria’s baby book; it now contains all of her ultrasound pictures and that’s about it. J Like I said, I seriously have a lot to do.
I want to: pack our hospital bag, take the Lamaze classes, decorate Bria’s room, make her bedding/curtains, buy items that won’t be given to me as gifts, move into a new house, unpack in the new house, and more. I feel like I have SO much to do!!
Some things I'm looking forward to (part 2)...
31. Bath time
32. Listening to her spout off words in Spanish, Italian, French… (which her grandma will hopefully teach her).
33. Flying kites.
34. Being grossed out by the bugs her and her daddy find in the back yard.
35. Making healthy and delicious dinners for Brianna, and her daddy, as often as I can.
36. Tucking her into bed at night.
37. Finding Easter Eggs on Easter.
38. Eating shepherd’s pie on St. Patrick’s Day.
39. Making tacos on Cinco De Mayo (and drinking an alcoholic beverage together when she’s old enough).
40. Filling her stocking with goodies, and letting her open them on Christmas Eve.
41. Encouraging her imagination.
42. Going on adventures, and letting her collect pretty things/smooth things/colorful things/whatever she wants. And saving her adventure treasures in an Adventure Jar.
43. Riding bikes. Then roller skating, and maybe even roller blading (together, as a family).
44. Sending her to summer camp with a waterproof camera (and making a camp-scrap book when she gets back).
45. Sending her off to prom (and staying up until she returns home).
46. Going to the zoo.
47. Cooking her her favorite meal on her birthday.
48. Dancing around the house together, in crazy clothes, listening to loud music.
49. Show her how to count her blessings.
50. Show her how to love others.
51. Teach her how to pray, and to believe that God will answer her prayers.
52. Help her build sandcastles.
53. And then find sandollars together.
54. Sprinklers, pools, and water balloons.
55. Afternoon naps.
56. Lemonade stands and cookie sales.
57. Baby breath, baby toes, baby butt cheeks, baby eyes, baby fingers, baby face.
58. Peridot – the most beautiful monthly stone ever and having it mean something forever in my life.
59. Labeling her eyes as mine and her dimples as her dad’s.
60. Being her mom.
Our doctor’s visit went SO WELL today (once it actually got started). The lab was really late on drawing my blood to test my blood glucose level, so if the numbers seem too high I will need to go back for another test. Michael and I got there BEFORE the office opened (thinking we were running WAY late), and yet we were one of the last couples to be seen by the lab.
But as for the good news: Brianna seems perfect, the doctor says my pregnancy is going perfectly, and I only gained 1 pound this past month (amazing considering I have been craving/eating sweets galore)!!
Check out my beautiful little girl:
Check out her chubby cheeks!
Sleeping, or trying to. She keep her left arm up by her head that entire time so it was kind of difficult to get a picture of more of her face.
And the ultrasound nurse says she had quite a bit of hair! :)
More good news: Only 9 more days until I head up to Ohio to visit relatives!
Want some updates? Here’s some updates:
-I am now in my THIRD TRIMESTER! Celebrate! Only three more months to go!
-According to our baby countdown “ticker”, Brianna is now the size of an egg plant. Her lungs are developed and she is practicing breathing thru her nostrils. Her skin is wrinkly but she will continue to grow fat so her skin will be pretty, pink, and tight when she arrives. She can now probably survive outside of the womb if I were to go into preterm labor (let’s hope not).
-It’s finally happening… I am starting to swell. My calves look ridiculously large. So I’m guzzling water like I’m dying of thirst and keeping my feet propped up as much as possible.
-I’m still not seeing any stretch marks, but my belly button is so stretched that it itches constantly! I’m lathering on the lotion but honestly that doesn’t always help either. I heard from someone that stretch marks are either in your family or their not – so if your mom was prone to them, then you may be too. Thank goodness my mom was not!
-Our 3D/4D ultrasound is tomorrow at 8am! We get to save the photos to a disc, so you better believe I’ll be posting her sweet face all over the internet tomorrow afternoon. I can’t wait!
-I’m still obsessed with food, but I’m happy to say Michael and I have been doing rather well in the health department. He made an amazing dinner last night for us: mango chipotle chicken skewers, grilled with pineapples and cherries. I’m really hoping he makes it again tonight, and I’m gonna add a side dish of sweet and tangy pineapple rice to the plate.
-Speaking of food (did I mention that I’m obsessed) I’ve promised myself that I will have ONE celebratory meal, post delivery. One day of completely gorging myself… followed by another diet. I’m thinking either a big ole pizza, or a huge bowl of pesto pasta.
-I have every intention of printing out a few pictures of movie stars/models/famous people with stunning bodies to post on my wall. I want to get motivated to burn this baby fat off as soon as I can, which means diet and exercise. I want to get back into running – its been the most effective way to keep myself in shape but I have to admit it’s hard for me. I know that at first I won’t be able to run so I will make sure to have nothing but healthy snacks in the house (fruit, smoothies, protein milkshakes, grilled chicken, veggies, etc.).
Baby Shower One Invites
They're beautiful! Thanks to my cousins Mindy and Jordann who are throwing me this special party.
The Crib (and hutch)
I think the award for person who has dealt with pregnancy changes the best should go to Michael Ryan (and probably most other wonderful fathers out there). Yes I am the one with the expanding waistline, the rising temperature, the picky appetite, and the cranky moods… but Michael is the poor soul who must stand by and watch his once normal girlfriend change on a daily basis. And he has been the best about it.
Hopefully all women know before they get pregnant that their partner is someone who can handle the nine months of pregnancy. Hopefully they already know what wonderful men they have in their lives. But if some ladies out there suddenly discover that their man isn’t quite the best pregnancy player of all, I’m sorry. I am lucky enough to have the best of the best. J Michael takes care of me, forgives me, and loves me and for that I really couldn’t ask for more. He has dealt with my queasiness, my heartburn, my leg cramps, my picky eating, my flares of bad attitude, and my weepy spells. He’s patient, he’s kind, he’s loving, he’s tender, he’s considerate. He lets me show him all of the pretty little girl clothes, he goes “shopping” with me as we filled our registry’s with must-have items. He eagerly presses his palm to my stomach to feel Brianna move, and he smiles the biggest, most amazing smile when he feels her.
I have the best man on the planet, and I am lucky to have him.
Some things I’m looking forward to…
1. Brianna being born a healthy baby.
2. Watching her sleep.
3. Teaching her how to talk.
4. Watching her take her first step.
The adorable clothes.
7. Finger painting.
9. Baking sweet treats with her.
10. Going with her, and her daddy, fishing… and getting her her own mini fishing pole.
11. Birthday parties
12. Making this.
13. Helping her and her dad make a tree house/blanket fort.
14. Helping her make cute father’s day gifts for dad.
15. Going camping.
16. Cheering her on when she’s playing soccer/softball/cheerleading/band/track/cross-country/etc.
17. Taking tons of pictures/videos.
18. Making her and daddy a big breakfast spread on the weekends.
19. Listening to her get excited about falling in love.
20. Taking her out on mother-daughter dates.
21. Listening to all the fun she had with daddy on their father-daughter dates.
22. Making wishes with her on falling stars, eyelashes, and dandilions.
23. Teaching her about loving animals.
24. Taking her on vacation with daddy – to Disney World, to the beach, to the mountains, to the city…
25. Rubbing/scratching her back.
26. Teaching her how to read.
28. Spending time with relatives: grandma, grandpa, mamaw, papaw, cousins, and more.
29. Birthday parties.
30. Being her mom.