Wow! This month is jammed packed with news! Yes, you read it correctly! We’re having a baby girl! We are beyond thrilled, and are more excited than ever to welcome our baby girl home!
This is how baby girl, John, and I are doing now . . .`
How Big Baby Is Now:
Baby girl is about the size of an cantaloupe, weighs about eleven ounces, and is about six inches long!
How Baby Has Changed:
Our baby girl is learning to swallow, and she is now a mover and a shaker! Literally! I feel blessed that she moves so often. Not only can I feel her, but both John and I can see her moving which is a lot of fun. I never knew that I could look at my stomach for forever just waiting to see her move. This information comes from The Baby Center and The Mayo Clinic.
How Big Mommy is Now:
I am steadily gaining weight. Some people say they can’t tell except for in the obvious places, but you judge for yourself. I am not a good person to ask because this is the biggest I’ve ever been, so of course I feel huge! My face is definitely fuller!
How Mommy Feels:
I feel great! Some things are different as far as moving around and bending over. It is just a new feeling have a little girl growing inside of you. But I still have a lot of energy and do whatever I want or need to do.
What Mommy Eats:
My ability to stomach meat has come back. I have been eating more cheese and crackers, and I’m making sure I get that protein in! I do not have really weird cravings, and I don’t feel like I’m starving anymore like I did some at the beginning.
Our Doctor Visits:
What can I say? Not only did we learn that our baby is a girl at this doctor’s visit, but it was also our first ultrasound, so it was the first time we saw her face and arms and legs and body. Pure love! There are no words to describe it. She moved a lot at the beginning, but then got real still the more the nurse rubbed on my belly. I can now picture her and imagine what she’s feeling and thinking. Even more importantly she is very healthy according to her measurements. I was, of course, so excited to find out here gender, but as the appointment got closer I also got nervous to find out how she was doing in there. We felt such a relief with the blessing that she’s doing well.
The Birthing Plan:
We are in the middle of taking our birthing classes, and we had our water birth class. It is somewhat early, but the other dates ran into vacation and of course fall’s football season. I enjoy going to the classes and take a lot of notes. We’ll definitely need to review before the time comes. We are still planning a natural water birth. I just finished a guest post for The Humbled Homemaker discussing the reasons we are planning a natural water birth. The key word of course is “planning”. I will link to the post when it is published.
Decorating the Nursery:
Now that we know she’s a girl the real decorating can begin! The fun part! I made initial letters to go over her crib. I am also planning to make this no-sew crib skirt that I saw on another website. I’ll leave the link after I make it. We did paint some furniture that needed to be painted that will go in her room – one piece is an old vanity we’re going to use as a changing table. It is coming along, but slowly.
Daddy is in love with his newest girl! He came up with the best idea (and a romantic date) for revealing her gender to us. He wanted the nurse to write the baby’s gender down on paper. So I made a special card just for the occasion (and for her baby book), and we asked the nurse to do just that and put it in a sealed envelope. Then, after our appointment we went to a very special dinner and open the envelope together. And the tears started to pour! From both of us! We were so happy to find out we’re having a baby girl. Needless to say we took a lot of leftovers home that night. It’s hard to eat after finding out such wonderful news!
Thoughts on Being a Mommy:
If you’ve kept up around here you’ve noticed that I’ve had a lot of different thoughts on being a mommy. I went to my first mom Bible study this past week to meet the ladies and because I know I am going to need support with this new transition in our lives. I felt so out-of-place, but it was a very good experience.
We also celebrated Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. For Mother’s Day I got candy, some flowers, and a very sweet card from John. For Father’s Day I wrote him a card from baby girl, in her voice. I also got him a sweet plague that we’ll hang in her room. It says, “I have found my Prince . . . I call him Daddy.”
It has been a very exciting and fun month!!
Wanna see our progress from the beginning? Check out these posts: