6 Weeks to Sweetness

I am 34 weeks pregnant....only 6 weeks away from meeting our sweet firstborn!!!  (Unless God and the baby have other plans of course!)  Wow.  I don't know that I've ever been in a more reflective or emotional place in all my life.  I am not feeling frantic, just overwhelmed with more emotions than I can count.  I vascillate between being nervous in my head that I'm not ready, and knowing in my heart that so little of what I think needs to be done to "prepare" will really matter when he or she comes.  Most of all, I am just so excited and in shock that all these years and months of waiting are about to result in the most amazing miracle ever.  I am so thankful.

Pregnancy Fun Facts:

Size of baby:  Apparently the size of the baby should be a large canteloupe.  After the last several weeks of feeling my little wonder baby move, I now understand why these fruit shapes are so round.  Because the little one obviously curls up in a ball several times a day.  (Someone kindly reminded me where we get the term "fetal position."  ha.)  His or her little bum rears out at me in the same spot right above and to the left of my belly button.  In the last couple of weeks it's gotten stronger and stronger.  (Ouch!)  I just can't get enough of feeling this baby move though - it's amazing.

Gender:  It's hard to believe we've stayed so strong this long and are so close to finding out by meeting Baby Love.  I will say it's been challenging though.  Especially when others around us are finding out and planning accordingly.  I spend an equal amount of time imagining life with both....and know either way will be just so precious and perfect.  I honestly am completely torn...no secret feelings of what the baby might be!  I will say that people over 25 generally guess boy, and those under 25 guess girl.  I think that's funny.  We'll see who gets it right - kids or adults!

Baby's Name:  One thing that surprised me the most was how soon we felt complete peace and excitement about our names - all the way back around February.  Being as indecisive as I am and dealing with some 'fear of commitment' issues, I always thought I'd be scrambling at the end.  But when we got pregnant we began praying boldly and often that God would lead us to a meaningful name for our child.  Kevin was so good about encouraging me to trust that He would.  And He did - pretty quickly.  Once we decided we didn't have a doubt in our minds.  I can't wait to see which one we get to give our child! 

By the way, the only person we've told is a sweet lady on the beach in Naples, FL when we were on our 'babymoon.'  I was just aching to say them out loud to someone.  And it was fun!! :)  But right after she walked away Kevin starting saying, "Hopefully she doesn't search us out on Facebook and tell everyone!"  Ha ha.  A little crazy...considering she didn't even know our last name!  That said, neither one of us know that we could do this again...we're starting to understand why people find out what they're having and tell their names early! :)

How I'm feeling: I can honestly say I've reached the point where I often get excited about rediscovering what it's like to live without some unusual aches and pains.  My back has struggled off and on this pregancy...ever since that crazy flu and rib situation...and lately my legs ache like crazy when I get up in the morning.  Also, my hips hurt - especially after significant lengths of sitting.  And unless I'm in a highly air conditioned place or in the pool, the heat is finally starting to get to me and make me irritable.  My patience has always been oddly affected, ever since the beginning and those crazy months of nauseousness.  I'm still loving the pregnant belly though - I don't think it will ever not be fascinating to me!  No pain or annoyance has ever even come close to outweighing my joy!

Cravings:  I never really have been overcome by any one food this pregnancy.  Aversions for sure, but mostly my appetite has been weird - not a lot of room in there I guess!  I think I struggle to ever really know what I feel like eating...as evidenced by the fact that Kevin has pointed out I like to eat part of whatever he orders, which apparently I've never done before!

Other happenings:  I had another fabulous baby shower and felt so very loved.  My sisters-in-law and mother-in-law did an amazing job this past weekend celebrating little Baby Love and his or her upcoming arrival into our family.  The generosity of others continues to bless and amaze me!  Those pictures will fill up a whole post, so I will work on that soon!  Also, we finally moved out of that log cabin.  Charming on the outside, yes - but tiny, spidery, and way out in the boondocks at the heart of it.  We are grateful for our memories there, but thankful to move on.  We have moved back in with another family, hopefully on our final countdown to our own place.  We have learned so much about all the things God seems to be teaching us over the last 9 months.  We have been living in the land of waiting on the unknowns, but are trusting that the endurance, resilience, and fruit that can come from that is worth it.  (Possibly one of the contributing factors making the unknown of what the baby is more difficult!)  And it has all been incredibly humbling - because we have come face to face with how little we really need, how much we have, and how very much we have to be grateful for.

Also, we have been LOVING our childbirth class.  We have learned so much so far and can't imagine going into this process without being prepared in this way.

What we are looking forward to:  We are SO thrilled to soon see this sweet face God has been knitting together in my womb.  I can't wait to feel his or her skin, kiss that little head, and whisper my love to sweet Baby Love.  I feel like the second I hold this baby I will breathe the greatest breath of peace I've ever known...and exhale all that's been building up during this process.  We are of course praying that he or she spends as much healthy time growing as possible in there.  (Oh, and I'm really looking forward to trying out cloth diapers!!)

Scripture I'm focused on: "Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10


Random Thursday Thoughts

I just can't seem to stop posting this week.  Ha.  See, when I come back, I come back strong.  :)  It must be that nesting energy...hopefully not that "about to go into labor" turbo energy I hear about.  Although my heart does beat way faster at the thought that we only have about 7 weeks left until our lives are changed for the better forever!  Less than 50 days!  My momminess instincts are getting intense.  I can tell he or she is growing like crazy in there by the different places I'm starting to feel the movements.  And I've got a strong one on my hands.  It's not uncommon for me to find myself saying a random "Ouch!" when the little one really gets going.  Just this morning it started to feel like a little certain someone is creeping those little feet up towards my ribs.  Aren't you just dying to know what this little one will look like?!  I sure am...last night my baby dreams picked up speed.  I can hardly wait to see what they're like even closer!  So how about a current belly pic??

So here I am today...33 weeks and 1 day!
One thing that hasn't changed is my egg shaped belly - it's been that way since the beginning and I think it's funny! I seriously love feeling like a mom in my pregnant body. I'm actually starting to feel like I'll miss it! The little one is just so transportable and the dresses are cute. Ha ha. And despite the heat, I am loving having a summer baby. Barefoot and pregnant for sure.

Last night I was once again watching YouTube videos of different cloth diaper reviews, and the g diaper newborn video totally made me cry!  She had a brand new baby on there and it made me long to hold my own.  I have held so many babies over the years and always dreamed and prayed one day I'd get to have my own.  The reality of it is truly overwhelming and shocking to me now.  My heart is overflowing with gratitude...I can't wait to snuggle little Baby Love and cry tears of joy over him or her.  A real life dream come true.  I'm sitting here crying just writing this!

Okay, okay, enough words - more pics!  I really haven't done a fabulous job of keeping up to date with my baby belly on here.  So in the next few days and weeks be sure that you'll probably get bombarded!  I need to tell the whole story before little sweet one comes!

This is Kevin holding up the list we used to fill our "10 day emergency baby tub."  Sometimes I think the nesting is hitting Kevin harder than me!

This is my older brother and I in Cincinnati last week for the North American Christian Convention.  He is in Peru (South America) right now leading a mission's trip.  It sounds like the driving up mountains is quite dangerous there, (based on his experience last year!), so please pray for his safety!  And of course please pray for God to work in amazing ways while they're there!  He's an amazing brother and an awesome friend.

This is Kevin and I at my grandma's for the 4th of July.  31 and 1/2 weeks pregnant.  It was HOT.

My sweet grandma and I on the 4th of July.  I had actually spent about 4 days before with her as she was in the hospital for fatigue and chest pains.  Praise the Lord she is recovering and doing better!  I once again entertained her with my insistence on sewing something with her while I was there.  Speaking of which...

These are the bibs and one burp cloth I've made so far.  I still have one bib left in progress.  And to all those wondering...I will definitely be adding plenty of pink in the mix if it's a girl.  I'm just choosing to stick with bright,cheery, and safe...completely neutral until I know for sure!

These are some of the cute clothes I got at my first shower - see, neutral can be very cute!! :) The red onesie on the right says, "mommy's little alarm clock." The bib in the middle says, "Star of Mommy's Blog." That will be true for sure.  Love it!

This is a picture of my parents and I at about week 30.  Yes, my dad is trying to be quite funny.  Ha ha.

And of course I can't leave my little bro out - he has 2 sweet kids of his own and is excited
for me to join the club!

This was at 29 weeks - Kevin and I were housesitting and there's a putting green practically in the back yard.  He was hitting some golf balls and the sky was awesome that night!

This pic is at the baby shower my friend Staci threw for me in my hometown this past weekend.  32 and 1/2 weeks pregnant.  It was an awesome shower and a beautiful morning!  The top pic is of my sister-in-law and niece, and the bottom is of childhood friends and my high school youth minister's wife.  (Now also a friend! :)

Finally, here's one more pic that proves how very different a pregnant person can look depending on what they're wearing!  Moral of the story - maternity clothes fit and flatter much better!

See, now you have proof that I'm as pregnant as ever!  Thanks for your patience with the pics to prove it. :)

Projects I'm Planning/Working On

I do have a list of sewing/craft projects I have been working on for the baby's room as well.  I have actually completed the bibs and just need to take some photos to share them with you!  Here is the tutorial I used for that as well as some others I plan to use for my other creations.

Baby Bibs
These bibs, from lots of pink here, turned out SO cute!

Fabric covered burp cloths
I have started on one of these, and they are super easy and inexpensive! 
Chickpea Sewing Studio has a great tutorial.

Baby Quilt

I LOVE this baby quilt from Momfetti, and plan to use her pattern to attempt my first quilt!

Fabric covered framed corkboard
fabric covered cork board
I've known I wanted to make framed corkboards for awhile.  I also have a fun idea for using these other places when we have a home.  How Does She offers a great tutorial for these.

Pennant Banner
These are all the rage right now, and I'm happy to jump on the bandwagon.  So cute.  Sandy a la Mode has a good tutorial for this!

Simple Crib Skirt
So far I feel most confident about following Gus and Lula's  tutorial for a crib skirt, as I would like to make a simple, straight skirt for my baby's crib.  I also like KdBuggie's tutorial.  Now, there's always the ridiculously more simple "no sew" method offered by Young House Love!

Dot Mobile
I have loved this mobile for the longest time, and would love to create something like it. Sew She Sews made this and offers a great free tutorial.

Lined Curtains/Drapes
I'm also planning on making long curtains for the baby's room.  (When I get a chance to measure the windows!)  I'm definitely intimidated by this, but will certainly give it a shot.  If I don't use a book I already have, here are some tutorials I've found:
Lined curtains by the Purl bee

Lined Drapes by Seven Layer Studio

Subway Art
Finally, the oh-so popular subway art.  I would love to do something fun with a couple scriptures we pray for our little one.  I love this bright piece and simple tutorial from once upon a {craft} time.


Nursery Inspirations

Okay, so one thing I have been doing since VERY early on in my pregnancy is incessantly exploring Project Nursery, Ohdeedoh, Etsy, and all shades of turquoise.  This is something you can totally do, with or without the actual nursery to start decorating!

Originally I described my desired style to be colorful/bright, modern, whimsical, and eclectic, yet still classic.  (Is that even possible?? ha)  I began with Robin's Egg Blue as my inspiration wall color, thinking I would accent with white, bright yellow and red for a boy, or white, bright yellow and dark pink for a girl.  That's changed slightly as I've worked on it, first realizing I want to go a bit bolder with the walls in a super wonderful shade of turqoise, and for a boy I think I'll accent with bright yellow, gray, and maybe a touch of orange, while with a girl I'll accent with bright yellow, dark pink, and a touch of gray.  And I still want lots of white in the way of furniture, frames, etc.  I could totally do one of those white rooms with bright accents...but I think it would help to have a great floor for that.  (This is all still in my dreams and saved on my computer, keep in mind. :)  Just ask my husband...I undoubtedly have every paint swatch with every shade of turquoise possible in my possession.  Obviously I'm not a designer - I make these things way too difficult...but paint is hard, right?  Not too dark, not too pastel, not too girly, not too boy, not too blue, not too green - I could drive myself (and my husband) crazy!

Two DIY things I would love to have for sure are a yellow painted dresser with fun knobs and front facing bookshelves.  Love them both.  I also seem to have a fondness for elephants...not as a theme, but as sweet accents.  I think it nicely suits little "baby mine."  Okay, okay, so here are some pics I love to drool over and get inspired from.  We'll just have to wait until we get into that wonderful, more permanent place of ours to see how it all turns out!  (Oh, and I did mention I'm on an incredibly tight budget, right?  What a fun challenge.:)

(First, I love, LOVE this room by Raechel from Finding My Feet, but her little one was in the photo so I'm not posting it on here!)
I also love different elements of these...

(same as above)

Noa's Vintage Modern DYI


Crazy, Crazy Days

Wow, wow, wow.  If I wanted the most therapeutic few hours of my life I think I would just sit here and write and write until I had covered every last detail of the past several weeks.  (That would of course be if I could remember...yes, pregnant brain has come on strong.)  It's been nothing short of CRAZY.  Seriously, it feels like this baby is racing towards the finish line and I'm along for the ride. :)  One of these days I'll disappear from here again and come back with some baby news!  Let's see, here's a very abbreviated almost 33 weeks preggo update...

*I'm obviously and thankfully getting bigger.  (Baby is growing!)  But not overwhelmingly so.  I have to be honest, I have really felt great physically being pregant, nauseousness aside.  My body has handled it better than I ever could have imagined, and it doesn't feel like it's overtaking me yet.  According to the doctor today, my belly measures right on track with where I'm at, and I've gained about 20 lbs.

*Baby Love's movements are consistent and often predictable.  Like he or she doesn't like to miss anything.  When I wake up in the morning the baby starts moving right after I start talking or saying anything.  So funny and cute.  Little sweet thing also loves to stick that little bottom out and push up against my stomach.  This is the most common move.  Do I have a little hip-hop dancer like mommy (and daddy if he's honest!) on my hands?? Ha ha. :)

*I have still never had any consistent or crazy cravings - no crazy or out of control appetite.  I continue to have a pretty strong aversion to chicken and meat.  Now I'm just trying to eat as healthy as possible and drink lots of water.  Cereal and fruit are still the easiest things for me to eat.

*The emotions are what have attacked me the most.  I think my count of "weeping nights" is up to 3, (maybe 4??)  It's just crazy what my body can do in terms of letting some serious tears flow when my mind, body, and heart just get overwhelmed.  This is where Kevin has shined and our relationship has grown that much sweeter.  (Even if I act a little crazy toward him in the mean time!)

*I've started to get some of those pelvic ligament pains.  Now that will make a person want to gladly exit the little one out of her body!

*Kevin is in full on father mode.  Last night we compiled our "first 5-10 days" emergency tub for the baby...just in case he or she makes an early entrance!  Tonight we started our 7 week childbirth class.  It is definitely great so far, and so worth it.  I am learning so much and feeling more and more confident about the whole experience!

*Good news - prayers have been answered...it sounds like the best case scenario is we could get to move into the place we are going to rent on August 1st!!!  That's like 3 weeks - yay, yay, yay!  Please keep praying this is actually the case.  God is so faithful and we are thankful.  It would be just awesome to have our stuff out of storage and start to get settled for a month before the baby comes!  Just today I think I told Kevin I am now on a "stress high."  Meaning our life circumstances have been so crazy that now instead of feeling burdened I just have to laugh.  What an insanely unpredictable 9 months!!

*There's so much I want to share about what God has been teaching us in so many different ways.  So many parts of scripture have come to life for us lately...for that reason alone I want to up my consistency factor on here so I don't miss a moment of what He has laid on my heart.

*I have been out of town for about 10 days...and I really feel it.  I was so glad to get home yesterday.  It's weird...the further I've gotten in my pregnancy the harder it is for me to be apart from Kevin and Chai.  Just feels like our little family should be together!

Well, I'll stop there, not even taking the time to upload a photo.  So lazy.  So tired.  So HOT.  The heat index or whatever was 115 degrees today.  It has completely wiped me out.  See ya soon with much more.