She’s a honeydew alright! Our little honeydew! We fall in love more and more every day and cannot believe we are now only WEEKS away from seeing baby girl’s face! (This post comes a few weeks later than the actual 8 month mark! The last installment will be here shortly!)
Here’s a glimpse through the exciting month of decorating, travel, and showers!
How Big Baby Is Now:
Our sweet baby girl is the size of a honeydew now, and boy can we tell! She is probably about 19 inches long and weighs about five pounds according to the “experts”!
How Baby Has Changed:
Baby Girl loves to move! I can now feel her from one side to the other. She is practicing for this great, big world she’s about to come into by breathing, sucking, and moving around! She also has fingernails and some “real” hair – not just the fuzzy stuff. This information comes from The Baby Center and The Mayo Clinic and What to Expect.
How Big Mommy is Now:
So far so good! Quote from the midwife, “Well, you’re doing this textbook, aren’t you?” My belly measures the exact centimeters as the week we are in the pregnancy.
How Mommy Feels:
Still no complaints! We went to the University of Georgia football game recently, and even with the 90 degree heat and walking everything went well. I was more tired that normal, but we made it, and it was so much fun!
What Mommy Eats:
Nothing new here either! I think my appetite has slowed down some, so I don’t eat as much as I did in the beginning. But no new foods or cravings!
Our Doctor Visits:
We are still going to the doctor every two weeks, but that will soon change! At our next appointment they will check her position again and her size!
The Birthing Plan:
The reality might be setting in? Maybe? I try not to think about what’s coming in a few weeks! Ignorance is still sometimes bliss! We are preparing for a water birth, and I hope it works out to have one. I can’t imagine having this baby naturally without water to help! (Even though I know many, many strong women who have done it!)
Decorating the Nursery:
Oh the fun! The nursery is complete, and it is the most peaceful room in our house. Every night before we go to bed we take a peek in there, and every morning I sit in there to do my devotions and pray. Here is a look at the finished product!
I made a “no-sew” crib skirt that I saw on the amazing blog Young House Love. If you haven’t checked out this site yet, it’s a must! She has wonderful, budget-friendly ideas! I covered the two lampshades in the same fabric after my husband painted the lamps. They were gold.
I decided not to do a bumper because I read that they can possibly be a suffocation hazard, so I figured why spend the money on that when I would most likely take it off when she starts to roll over and move. I did buy a breathable bumper that I will put on the crib when she starts to move around. This will keep her little arms and legs from getting caught between the bars and keep her from bumping her head!
Most of the decor on the shelves was mine when I was a little girl. The dresses were shower gifts, and the one of the far right my mom made before she passed away. My mom also made the quilt on the chair in anticipation of a grandbaby one day. It is so special to have a part of her in our lives during this time.
The pink bookcase came from Target, the “changing table” is really an old vanity that we painted.
I made the initial art above the crib using canvas, fabric (the same fabric from the crib skirt and lamp shades), wooden letters, paint, ribbon, lace, and a staple gun.
Every night John “plays” with our baby girl. She seems to move and respond more when he’s around and talking to her. Most recently, John will tap on my stomach, and baby girl will kick back! It is so fun to see! He has also been getting all the “gear” ready for the big day. We put the car seat base in the car, and now he is starting to put together the pack-an-play and snug-a-bunny seat and other needed devices. He is really ready for her to be here!
Thoughts on Being a Mommy:
Two of our friends recently had their babies early, so now I am totally overwhelmed with our baby girl coming early! I am ready for her to be here, but in true fashion for me, procrastination set in, and I am not quite where I want to be as far as the house and blogging and all of that is concerned. I need a little more time!
I’ve decided that maybe the best thing about this being a first baby is that I am in total denial about what is about to take place with my body! I keep telling myself, “Oh, it won’t hurt that bad” even though I read about women moaning and screaming and even witnessed it myself when I was flipping the T.V. channels the other day. Surely I’ll be different, right? Yeah, right! I know that’s not true, but since I have nothing to compare it to, it’s nice to be in denial!
If you haven’t read, I’m planning a water birth in the hospital, and this book, Unbound Birth, has been so helpful! Through the rest of September, Unbound Birth is on sale for $2.99! It is regularly $4.99! So get your copy today!
Wanna see our progress from the beginning? Check out these posts:
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