Nugget’s First Baby Shower

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Alright folks, I think we are on the inside of the last two months!! I’m 32 weeks and measuring right on target for growth (my uterus is 32 cm from top to bottom). Nugget is currently in a head-down position – and we really hope it stays that way until he/she is ready to come out! Nick and I have our last birthing class this evening, and have signed up for a breastfeeding course in a few weeks, so hopefully all of the things we could possibly do to prepare ourselves for the big day and for life with Nug are done.

Now… what can we do to help prepare Nugget for the big day and for life with Mommy and Daddy? Shower him/her of course!!

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On Saturday, my dearest coworkers and friends were so sweet to me, and threw Nugget a baby shower. I am lucky enough to work with some of the most amazing women I’ve ever met, who are not only fantastic teachers, but incredible mothers themselves, and I couldn’t have left the party feeling more grateful for the opportunity to have them in my life.

We had some delicious food, played a hilarious “famous TV mothers game”, and then opened gifts. Nugget is going to be set, y’all. He/she has the best of the best coming his/her way, and I tell you what… I seriously cannot WAIT to open the clothes/toys/supplies in the coming months. The best part about all of this – I am fortunate enough to have more amazing friends and family who’ve organized other similar events for Nug in the next few weeks!!

Someday, when my child is old enough to understand, I am going to do my best to make him/her realize that we, as a family, have so many things to be thankful for. I am still coming to grips with the fact that this baby is not only loved immensely by Nick and me, but by our friends, families, and coworkers too. I can’t possibly express my gratitude enough. I know that not every parent feels as supported as I do in this journey, and for that reason, I do not take one moment of this support for granted.

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31 down, 9 to go!

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Well… it’s official… I am starting to feel “big” and like it’s a little bit harder to maneuver my body around than it was a few months ago. And, I want you to know that I say that because I am absorbing, cherishing, and relishing every single moment of this feeling… I am not complaining about it in the least. The funniest thing is when I go to get up off the couch… I have to perform a sort of “roly poly” move, which makes me laugh out loud each time. And, Nick has tied my shoes for me a few times this week – not because I physically can’t, but because it takes him less time to do it for me than it takes for me to do myself, ha!

New things this week: stretchmarks, some restless sleep, and Braxton Hicks contractions. None of which are super concerning, just interesting new developments that you can’t quite describe or explain until they happen to you. My belly button is slowly disappearing as well. I am not sure if it will actually “pop out” or just “flatten out” so I’ll have to keep you all updated on that front. I have gone through two entire tubs of body butter/cocoa butter, which helps with the itchiness that accompanies stretchmarks, and that is a fun nighttime activity for Nick to watch/participate in as well. He is kind enough to put some on my feet and legs for me – again, since it’s getting tough to reach 🙂

At our 31 week check up yesterday, the midwife taught Nick how to feel the baby’s head, which is down and hopefully staying that way! Nugget’s back is on my left side, and his/her hands and feet are on my right side, which is why I feel most of the kicks and tickles over there. They are definitely getting stronger because Nug is too. He/she weighs as much as a coconut and is over 16 inches long now!

I am getting so anxious and excited to meet him/her. I know that soccer is going to help these next few weeks fly by, and that April will be here before we know it. I have my first baby shower this weekend, hosted by my wonderful coworkers, so I will have some fun updates next week about that!

I have 2 Valentines

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February 14, 2016

Dearest Nugget,

My darling child, how can I possibly write the proper words with which to express my love and admiration for you?  In just a few short weeks, your father and I will get to meet you, in person, for the very first time.  Although I cannot possibly predict the future, I already know in the depths of my heart, that day will be the most magical one of my life thus far.

I chose to write you this letter on Valentine’s Day because I have hit a big milestone in my pregnancy with you. Today, I have officially been carrying you for 30 whole weeks! We are 75% done with this journey together, and although I am anxiously awaiting your arrival, I am going to cherish the next 10 weeks or so, because they are so vital to your growth, nourishment, and protection.

What do you look like, little one? Do you have blonde hair and blue eyes like your daddy? Or do you have my brown hair and brown eyes? Will you be taller than us? Are you going to be funny like you dad, or will you be musical like me? Is math your favorite subject? I have so many questions for you, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life getting to know the answers to them, just as I get to know you.

Although I have lots of questions for you, there are a few things I already know are true. You like to read books! Your daddy has been reading you books ever since your Aunt Lisa gave us your very first one… Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  Every single time you hear his voice, and the story he is sharing with you, you perk up. You squirm around in my tummy, as if you are trying to get closer to the source. It’s incredible to witness. I hope your love for knowledge stays with you all the days of your life.

Guess what else you like? Yoga! I have been going to pre-natal yoga classes most Friday afternoons with you, and believe it or not, as I move into new and challenging positions to prepare myself for your birth, you move into fun positions too. I smile a lot during these yoga sessions because I have a feeling that you are going to work with me, as much as you can, to make your entrance into this world a peaceful and empowering one.

You are not going to be a picky eater. I know this because I have not had any aversions to food since you’ve been growing inside me. In fact, I eat pretty much anything I want, when I want. Even sushi!!! And guess what? YOU LOVE IT! When I finish eating, particularly dinner, I can feel you rolling from side to side, before settling in for a nap after being fed. You, like your mommy, enjoy your sweet treats after dinner, and love to show me so with your movements.

Although your interests might change as they develop throughout the years, there is a certain fact right now: you are a fan of soccer. In fact, since you’ve existed, you’ve attended approximately 50 boys’ soccer games and just as many practices. Before your arrival in the next few months, you will attend approximately 40ish girls’ soccer games and practices as well. That fact, is not one to which many babies can attest! If you grow up to love the game as I do, you will have quite an impressive resume, being that you loved the sport before you were born.

The most important thing I already know about you, is that you are loved beyond words. Your father and I dreamed of what it would be like to have you, long before you were a little nugget in my belly.  The year before your birth, daddy and I had many amazing adventures, including our wedding at the farmer’s market, and our incredible trip to Italy.  All the while, we discussed how much fun we would have bringing you along with us, on our hikes, camping, to the beach, and to work in our yard and garden. We knew, all the while, that the greatest adventure of all would be our transformation into your parents.

As we await your arrival, sweet baby nugget, I hope that you can feel our love. You give us more strength than you might realize, tiny as you are. We are already proud to be your mommy and daddy, and hope that we make you feel as such every day of your life.

All my love,

Mama

The Nursery Post

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I decided to bring back the “bare belly” picture for my 29-week post, because yesterday was the first day I really started feeling some serious growing pains in my abdomen. These pains, apparently known as “round ligament pain” can be as minor as a muscle ache, or as severe as an appendicitis episode… and I had something in between the two, right before our super bowl party!! Thankfully, my sweet husband called the birthing center to make sure we didn’t need to go to the hospital or anything (after all, stomach pains during pregnancy = scary times) and I was given some helpful instructions to ease the pain and calm my anxieties. Anyways – the belly pic is starting to get bigger and more “popped out” over my pants, so I wanted to share the incredible growth with y’all!

The other great thing that happened this week had to do with putting the finishing touches on nugget’s nursery! My mom came up from Charlotte for the weekend, and we made a trip to Buy Buy Baby so that she could complete the bedding set. Although Nick and I still have approximately 10ish weeks until Nug arrives, we wanted to finish the nursery well ahead of time so that we can enjoy spending time in there and getting “used to it” as the newest room in our home.

With all of the showers we have coming up, we are looking forward to adding items as they are given to us, but most of all, we are so excited for the warm, joyous memories that will be made in our baby’s room, whether it is changing diapers, reading books, or rocking nugget to sleep at night. We wanted the grey and yellow to be a neutral, but bright, place for our sweet little one to live, and of course, the Eno River poster (one of our favorite places to explore) was the inspiration for the entire space. 🙂

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The Final Stage of Pregnancy

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Today, I am 28 weeks and 1 day pregnant. I have entered into the third and final trimester of pregnancy. The nugget weighs approximately 2.5 pounds and is around 14.8 inches from head to toe. They say that the baby is the “size of an eggplant” and can now blink his/her eyes and that he/she is developing billions of neurons in his/her brain each day.

This. Is. Incredible.

What a crazy, beautiful, strong, magnificent, amazing feeling this is. There is a real baby in there, y’all! He/She moves all the time. And, Nick and I have started our “Birthing from Within” classes on Monday nights to prepare for the day that nugget makes his/her entrance into this world. After our first class last week, it was a really refreshing reminder that, at this point, we should be focusing on the “positive” and the “things that will” rather than the “negative” and the “what ifs.” Like… one way or the other, this baby will arrive, and I need to start focusing my brain waves and energy on getting him/her out and here safely. I am working on a post about my birth plan to share with you all at a later date, so stay tuned for that.

It has also been so fun getting our house ready. Nick and I purchased a queen-sized bed this past week… not that that has anything to do with nugget, except for the fact that the three of us are not fitting in a double bed anymore and I am pregnant and get whatever I want these days (just kidding… but not really). Truthfully though, preparing our living space for the family of three that is about to inhabit it, rather than the family of two, is such a special process that I’ve come to love. Every thought, feeling, action, etc., is starting to reflect the “three of us” attitude rather than “two of us” and that, ladies and gentlemen, is life-changing.

Before I sign-off this week, I want to give an extra special shout out to Nick, who, without any hesitation, reservation, or complaint of any kind, drove to Wendy’s this week… after driving home from work and making a dinner (that I did not see fit to eat for some “weird” reason, haha) in order to buy me a junk-food meal because I was having a major craving that was affecting my mood. You, my love, are the best husband any wife/mama could ask for. I love you ❤