all of a sudden, it’s close. i have 6 weeks to go until i’m ripe at 40 weeks and at my due date. 5 1/2 weeks, really. 39 more days. i’m kind of speechless…cuz, ya know, 39 days is like….nothin’.
the closer i get to meeting the little lyon, the more my mind wanders. what’s he going to look like? what’s our life going to be like? what traits will he get from nate and i? what’s it going to feel like to have him not in my big ol belly? and when i can’t sleep at night (which, by the way, is almost every night), i think about what’s important to us as parents-to-be. what do we want him to know that we wish we knew earlier? what are we going to pass to him as values? you get the point. since i haven’t been sleeping much, i’ve had a lot of time for ideas to stir in my head about these things. if i could tell him today what i know is important in life, it’d go something like this -
regret is the worst.
you hear it all the time. “you don’t want to do something you’ll regret!”. to heck with that. i say, you don’t want to not do something you’ll regret. take the chances. listen to your gut, and do the things you wanna do. i’ve never heard of anyone regret trying. if you fail, at least you know you gave it your best - that’s a lot easier to swallow than regret.
fill your life with people you love.
it’s way too easy to go through life focusing on things. houses, cars, jobs, whatever. but the people – those are irreplaceable. the happy old couples you see in life are happy because of each other, not anything else.
if you inherit the worry-gene, i sincerely apologize right now. i blame my mom for it every day, and once you’re old enough, i’ll let you help me give her grief ;) and if anyone needs to take this advice to heart, it’s me.
i could go on and on, but i feel like i should be sitting on oprah’s yellow couch or something. point is, i can’t wait for him to be here, so we can not only be husband and wife, but we can be parents together, and start our new journey
one of my good friends (who happens to be an amazing photographer), tiffany rebecca shot some maternity photos this weekend for us. i just love this one and can’t wait to see the rest! thanks again, tiff!!
how far along? 34 weeks.
maternity clothes? oh ya. skirts, yoga pants, and gauchos galore!
sleep? is a distant thing of the past
best moment of the week? a surprise mini-shower thrown by some of my colleagues and friends – i was totally surprised and blown away by everyone’s excitement for the little lyon!
movement? yep! kicks and turns and moves, but you can tell it’s getting tighter in there for him!
symptoms: the back pain is still the worst symptom by far – mostly caused by a back issue i’ve had for years that’s just aggravated much more now. it’s better with the chiropractor, though!
milestones: i made our little guy some blankets – 2 mini blankets for when he’s just a nugget, and one nice big blanket for his keepsake “blankie”. let’s just say i’m definitely an amateur when it comes to the sewing machine, but it’s all done and ready!
miss anything? still missing sleep…and vente starbucks drinks.
food cravings: i caved. after our childbirth class last sunday, we totally went to mcdonalds and i got my cheeseburger. best. cheeseburger. of. my. life.
belly button in or out? out, way out.
wedding rings on or off? on still – somehow!
looking forward to: my mom, sister, and nephew flying in next week for my baby shower!
this week has been the most baby-filled week yet! call it the 7-day-baby-marathon if you will.
our first of two childbirth classes was last week at the hospital we’re having the baby at. you know – the childbirth classes you see in the movies and on tv with a group of couples sitting in a circle watching a video of a delivery – and then practicing their breathing out loud as a group. we’ve officially gone through that right of passage. we’ve done the hee-hee-hee-hoooo’s, and all that goes with it. but hey, i’ll do anything if it helps with the pain of labor!
no, it’s not in the car yet, but it’s out of the box it’s been sitting in since way back in like month 4 when we bought it and stashed it in the basement. the instant we got it out of the box, our squeeky little cat luna decided it was all for her. i mean, it’s luna-sized, right? so obviously it’s all for her. nate managed to work around her though, and got it all put together and ready for the little man. somehow, watching him put it together (note that i only watched – i’m more impatient at reading directions than any guy could be) somehow made it feel that much more real that little lyon is almost here!
nate’s “pregnant” too. hehe
the middle name
our guy’s first name is top secret until he’s here, but we did spill the beans on the middle name this week. nate’s dad, and my grandpa both share the first name richard, and because they’re both such important parts of our lives, we knew that’s what we wanted the middle name to be. telling them both was great, and now we have one less secret to keep!
i’m not pregnant. i’m pre-baby.
ya, you read it right. i’m done being pregnant. it’s too hot. and my belly is officially too big. and that whole back pain thing – ya, i’m over it. so i’m signing off of the pregnancy thing. yep. all donei’ll just be pre-baby now. it makes sense, right? i can tell where he is all the time now, feel his little butt, and his big ol’ head, and you can literally see bumps on my stomach when he knees and elbows me. he’s over 5 pounds now. 5. pounds. that’s like the weight of 10 big macs…in case you were wondering.
so, rather than being impatient to not be pregnant anymore, and have the baby, i’m just gonna call it to an end now. i’ll be pre-baby from now on – even if i’m only fooling myself
how far along? 33 weeks.
maternity clothes? yes…and i’m starting to out-bump some of those
sleep? ha! funny! sleep….oh how i miss sleep…
best moment of the week? nate and i were talking about the little man’s name, and nate called him by our favorite name – then he kicked harder than he’s kicked in weeks…right when nate called him by that name! so cute.
movement? very active. you can see my whole belly move.
symptoms: back pain galore, but it’s slowly getting better thanks to the chiropractor, masseuse, and ice packs.
milestones: i feel like i’m into pre-baby mode, rather than pregnancy mode. if that makes any sense at all…
miss anything? sleep. but that’s not going to change for awhile.
food cravings: a mcdonald’s cheeseburger. i’m happy to say that i have not caved to that craving!
belly button in or out? out, way out.
wedding rings on or off? on!
looking forward to: meeting our little lyon
when we were planning our wedding, pinterest was tiny. like no one knew about it – tiny. i know, total tragedy. no endless pages of ideas, or dresses, or things you’d never think of. we came up with ideas from the hundreds of weddings i’ve been to, wedding magazines, and even managed to come up with some completely on our own. pinterest boomed right after our wedding.
but with little lyon, i get pinterest! and thank goodness because i haven’t seen hundreds of nurseries like i’ve been to so many weddings, and there definitely aren’t as many baby magazines as there are wedding magazines! needless to say, i’ve gone a little pin-crazy…nate calls me a “pin-head”. but who can blame me when there’s cute stuff like this:
i got a sewing machine for christmas – and while i don’t really think i’m capable of making this on my own, i do have some pretty talented friends that can help me – with a more masculine version of course
such a cute way to remember milestones! although i kind of want to do a big chalkboard speech bubble!
because really – what’s cuter than a baby with a bowtie?
how am i supposed to resist this?
this is only the beginning – you should see my boards…it’s a disease, i swear!
how far along? 32 weeks.
maternity clothes? yes! and anything comfortable – i’ve kind of given up on “cute” by now – i just want to be comfy!
stretch marks? still none. (fingers crossed…)
sleep? i think i’ve said “goodbye” to my days of sleeping more than 1-2 hours at a time. but hey, it’s good prep for when the little lyon is here!
best moment of the week? watching my bestie tie the knot – as her matron of honor!
movement? soooo active! and i can always tell where his two “bumps” are – but i don’t know which one is his butt and which one is his head, hehegonna have to ask them when i have an ultrasound tomorrow!
symptoms: back pain like no other.
milestones: i’ve been looking forward to being ashli’s matron of honor since february – it felt like so far away when we first talked about me being big and round on her day. i can’t believe the day has already come and gone!
miss anything? a normal appetite! all i do is eat!!
food cravings: anything. i’ll eat it all
belly button in or out? out!
wedding rings on or off? on!
looking forward to: childbirth classes start this weekend!
you know the saying, “crisp mountain air”? it’s more than just the air… something about being in the rocky mountains just puts a whole new perspective on things. the minutes move slower, and the people you’re around feel all that much more important. it’s like the perfect little escape. kd and darin are lucky enough to call breckenridge, colorado their home. every day, they get to see the mountain flowers, the breeze, the wildlife, and live in a place where life is about those around them. it’s not the hustle and bustle that matter, it’s the relationships. kd and darin’s day was all about taking the time to treasure the relationship they’ve formed – with friends, family, and most importantly…each other. watching them soak up every moment of their day with their loved friends and family, and capturing their wedding, was a litte reminder to slow down, and soak up life.
enjoy some of my favorites from their day below!
there’s not many things that fit a mountain wedding better than some cowboy boots.
kd had her flower girl deliver this sweet note to darin when she went down the aisle. i love his reaction.
the ring bearer gave it everything he had to keep it together during the ceremony. it was seriously so hilarious to watch
some of the most personal vows i’ve heard to date
i wouldn’t rather live anywhere else in the world. ever. period.
darin’s squeeze just moments after they became mr. and mrs.
definitely the smiles of two people in love.
kd’s and darin’s details were so. perfectly. mountain.
my heart dropped a little bit when i saw all the work they had put into the little things. beyond gorgeous.
told ya – it’s totally gorgeous, right? and how cute are the little birdies?
kd & darin – thank you so much for allowing me to capture your day, and be a part of the celebration between you two. there’s no question that you two have an incredible future ahead of you.
i know i still have 9 weeks or so to go until we meet our little man, and still a lot to learn about the last stages of pregnancy, but there are a few things that every pregnant woman should know. so here i go – take it or leave it – my top 5 pieces of advice for those of us growing rounder
1. let them help.
this one wasn’t easy for me, and it took me until the mid-first-trimester-nausea-phase to really give into it. this is not the time to be a hero. even when you feel great, soak it up, because there will be just as many days where you’re exhausted, cranky, or just plain…pregnant. when the hubs wants to do the dishes, or make dinner, or rub your back. let him. no questions asked. when the stranger wants to open the door for you, let them. soak up the time being spoiled!
2. pick something to feel good about.
let’s face it, even the victoria’s secret models who get pregnant will have their moments of doubt and insecurity about their growing bodies. the fact is, you’re gonna grow. and not just in your belly. if any woman can go the full 40 weeks without breaking down about their new appearance at least once, they deserve some sort of massive trophy. for the rest of us, it’s time to focus on what we have. for me, i chose pedicures. my feet have yet to swell, and, well, i can’t really reach my toes too well, hehe. it’s one part of my body that feels pretty, all the time, no matter how much the rest of me changes. maybe yours is your hair, maybe it’s some cute shoes, or some new jewelry, but pick something that you can really feel good about yourself with. that one little thing can go a long way on the days you feel like a walking whale
3. stop comparing yourself.
i love me some internet, some pinterest, and some facebook, but the fact is, your pregnancy is not like the other women. sure, that lady in the photos on pinterest may look like she had the happiest, most amazing pregnancy ever, and only gained 20 pounds – but that’s her. and that’s only half her story. this is your body, creating a fricking human. yep. so just let it do what it need to do. it took me way too long to let this one really soak in. i’ve compared my weight gain to charts, compared my belly to others’ photos, and compared nearly every other detail there is to compare. but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. this is you. no one else.
4. know what’s up.
this one’s tricky, because i really believe it’s all about balance. we live in a new society where information is everywhere. it’s overwhelming, even. our kids will know what google means way before they know what the heck an encyclopedia is. it’s scary. but it’s also kind of awesome. so read some books. right when i announced my pregnancy to my family, my sister sent me the girlfriend’s guide to pregnancy, and a friend got me the classic what to expect when you’re expecting. they’re both great, and i highly recommend them. but there’s thousands of books. even more websites, then add in forums, social media, and people’s stories of what happened to them and the people they knew, and it’s too much. this is all gonna happen how it’s gonna happen. so know enough to know what’s going on, but not enough to scare yourself. i don’t care what the boy scouts say, you can definitely be over-prepared.
5. find your way of relaxing.
i’m one of those people who bounces when they sit. and i can’t just watch tv. sure, i can watch tv while i update my website, and at the same time pet my cat luna, but i can’t just sit. it’s a disease, i swear. when i’m on, i’m on. but this whole making-a-human-thing, is a new type of demanding. it forced me to learn to just sit, just lay, or just take a bath. i had to figure out how to relax. take it from me, and give in early.
how far along? 31 weeks.
maternity clothes? yes!
stretch marks? still none, and i really hope it stays that way!
sleep? off and on – just depends on the night.
best moment of the week? mallory – the bride from last weekend’s wedding - made little lyon a baby blanket. made it. and packaged it with the sweetest little note. and becca – my bride from the week before – made me the most adorable survival kit for her wedding day – complete with mini oreos, water bottles, lotion, and even popsicles and ice cream! i don’t even know how to put into words how great it feels to have such thoughtful clients/friends
movement? i think he’s been inspired by the olympics – all he does is wiggle!
milestones: feeling hiccups from the little man!
miss anything? jeans. just a normal pair of jeans, hehe.
food cravings: i’m still stuck on ice cream and mexican. but not together.
belly button in or out? out!
wedding rings on or off? on!
looking forward to: my bestie’s wedding this weekend! i’m attending as the matron of honor, and not the photographer – which is equally awesome and strange
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