*read our journey here + how it happened here*
This week you surprised up with a little pop! I’m so excited to see you growing through my belly, so is daddy, it’s still all settling in and still so unbelievable. We can’t believe you’re here, little one. This month marks one year since our first appointment at REACH and one year since our first round of the IUI procedure. We decided to go to a new doctor that specializes in getting us a baby after 17 months of praying hard. When I sit back and reflect on where we were and where we are today, I can’t believe the strides we made. I can’t believe the strength that your daddy and I shared, all we’ve ever wanted was you. I vividly remember the feelings that overcame me that first day I stepped into REACH. Daddy wasn’t able to attend my first consultation, but I was there ready to conquer whatever was keeping us from getting our baby. I was fearless at the time and I trusted with everything that soon, I was going to be a mother. I went back to my journal from that day; “…my heart hasn’t seen this much happiness in a long time… this is going to happen… I’m trusting… I’m believing, that someday it will be our turn.” Little did we know, that month we would receive the best news of our life, the news that we were going to have a baby. Days later that precious life was taken for us. We know deep in our hearts that this happened for a reason.
We prayed hard about our future as parents and we never let the vision of our family leave our sides. We knew we were destined to have a little family, it was just a matter of time. Time is all it took, because nine months later REACH called again with the best news and this time, I knew deep in my heart it was news that would last a lifetime… that news was you, sweet child. You, finally, our baby. Our blessing.
This week we selected bathroom finishes for your very own bathroom. I still can’t believe it, little one. I still can’t believe that you are going to be with us in a few short months. In your very own room, in our very first home together. And I will be giving you baths in that bright and cheerful bathroom that I picked out all of the finishes for. Your room and that little tenny-tiny bathroom are the two rooms that I’m so excited for.
I’ve been loving you before you were you and I promise to love you forever.
All my love,
Just wanted to reflect: Last year vs. this year. Blessing.
Size of babe: An orange! I’d like to note that I go by the What To Expect iPhone app and it seems as though their fruit sizes are a week ahead of The Bump’s. The What To Expect has been around longer so I just go with that. 😉
Weight gain: Said who??? Hahaha, whaaaaaaa… why yes, there is a gain. Up 6lbs.
Maternity clothes: Every single day this week I’ve worn some sort of maternity clothing. I’m done trying to squeeze into my regular pants and these belly band things just roll down. Bring on the spandex waistbands that are built into pants, because this mama-to-be loves them!
Gender: We can’t wait! We think during our anatomy 16 week scan that we’ll be able to find out. If that’s the case, the answer will be written into an envelope and given to close friends who are helping me pull off this gender reveal party. John still swears it’s a girl, I’m torn. My thoughts change everyday. Honestly, as most people say, we just want a healthy baby. My friend, Melody told me about the string test and I’ve been crazy about it since. However, at first it was pretty back and forth (boy!) and then it moved over the last week to a pretty significant circle (girl!)… I sent the video to Melrose + Melody and they both think girl. However I could totally see us rocking a little fella… fedoras, skinny jeans and bandana bibs – yes!!!!
WHAT IN THE WORLD DO Y’ALL THINK??????????? He OR She?!?!
Nursery: We’ll move into this once we know the gender… but I have been on the hunt for a rocker and let me tell you, these are expensive. Ugh, I hate breaking the bank on this piece of furniture because who knows how long it will be in the kiddo’s room and who knows if we’ll have anymore. The most exciting part of this week was picking out the finishes for the baby’s bathroom. It’s a jack-&-jill bathroom so 2 rooms open into it. Sad???? I was most excited about the babe’s bathroom. Crazy, yes! Heres’ some wallpaper options that I’m thinking about as well…
Babe’s bathroom finishes
Wallpaper options. If it’s a boy we’ll probably do the middle, if it’s a girl then one of the others. I love the birdies.
Movement: Nothing yet, but in the evenings I try to hold still to see if I can feel anything. From what friends have told me, they felt the flutters at night.
Sleep: Body pillow = heaven! I sleep like a champ!
What I miss: Hummmm, I guess I miss being able to eat chicken. I used to live (and love!) chicken and I still can’t bring myself to eat it when we cook it. If we go out to dinner, I typically order chicken… it’s just something about home cooked chicken. Lame, yes?!?
Best moment this week: Probably picking out the finishes and designing the interior of our home. Like I said earlier, I was most excited about the babe’s bathroom. Also, seeing my pudgy belly come out… it’s still jelly and lumpy, but I still love knowing there’s a babe cookn’ in there.
Looking forward to: Celebrating Father’s Day next weekend and having the ENTIRE weekend off with my hubby (golf free).
Cravings: Still craving Starbucks reduced fat turkey bacon & white cheddar sandwich. Cherries. Pellegrino and muddled blackberries (seriously good). Black olives (I can crush a can).
Symptoms: Nothing. I mean sore tata’s, but what’s new…. a growing belly??? Does that count. I won’t lie and I’m not trying to be a downer, but sometimes I think things are going to take a turn for the worse… especially when I’m fully of energy, I’m not up at 3am to use the bathroom, the aversions aren’t crazy… I definitely get scared. When that happens I just turn to the doppler and listen to our thumpers little sound.
Workouts: Big fat EEEEK! Not as good this week… mainly because I was busy. I got a few 6-4 milers in and only 1 group power class.
And… the weekly calendar!
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