Monday, February 20, 2012

39 Weeks, Etc.

I am: 39 weeks pregnant (I wonder if this will be my last weekly picture or if I'll be taking another one next Monday? We are playing the waiting game - fun times!)
Size of Baby: A mini-watermelon ~ about 7 pounds and about 20" long
Total Weight Gained: Between 20 - 22 pounds
Maternity Clothes: I am wearing maternity jeans and a maternity shirt in this picture.
Gender: It's a BOY!
Name: Parker Holt
Movement: I feel lots of movement. I don't feel him moving all around but more like punching, kicking and stretching. His room is more limited so there's not as much movement as early on, but whatever position he's in, he's definitely moving his limbs around. I think he's ready to come out and stretch real good.
Sleep: Overall, I am sleeping okay...getting worse as time goes on, but I'll be good and prepared for motherhood! It's just hard to get completely comfortable and turn over from side to side. I get up several times in the night to go to the bathroom so once I get back in bed I have to get readjusted. But I do get a few hours of sleep so I'm thankful for that.
What I Miss: I miss the same things that I have all along. Some things I am looking forward to eating ~ a caesar salad, raw cookie dough samples, feta cheese, lunch meat, caffeine, fried eggs, hot dogs, soft-serve ice cream, more seafood...among other things! Of course not all at the same time and all in moderation. These are all things that I either haven't been able to have or chose not to because of certain reasons. I also miss being able to sleep on my back. I look forward to being more comfortable and able to bend over. I know I will really miss being pregnant for several reasons too so, like I have all along, I'm trying to focus on the positives and really enjoy this.
Cravings: No cravings ... just craving what I can't have and what I miss.
How I'm Feeling: Except for feeling bigger and more uncomfortable and being more tired by the week, I'm feeling really good. I have been very blessed with a wonderful pregnancy!
Best Moment(s) of Last Week: A few things (I can't just pick one moment!) ... getting a few more to dos done and crossed off the list, writing a letter to Parker (it was almost 3 pages), exchanging "Mommy" and "Daddy" gifts with John, working on a belly cast and getting a lot done in Parker's baby book. More on some of these below...

Here I am at 19 Weeks and 29 Weeks...
On Valentine's night, we exchanged "Mommy" and "Daddy" gifts instead of Valentine presents. I made chili and heart-shaped brownies for supper - mmm. After we induldged, we exchanged gifts and then watched "Fireproof". It was a fun night. We each got each other a card and gift to celebrate the fact that we are about to be parents.

Here is the present John wrapped for me...perfectly fitting in sports All-Star paper.
Here is my present to John...the baseball bag and basket o' goodies.


John got me a Willow Tree figurine called "Our Gift". It's of a husband, wife and new baby. I displayed it in the living room with two other figurines that we have, one of a couple that we've had for several years and then one of a pregnant woman and her husband that John got me right after we found out we were pregnant. He also got me a daily devotional book called "Jesus Calling" and a beautiful picture/plaque showing a child's prayer for his Mom. Such wonderful gifts!! You might also be able to tell in a couple of the pictures that I had been crying. John wrote me the sweetest, most heartfelt letter (in his own handwriting) that was three pages long thanking me for so many things, applauding how I've done and what I've sacrificed being pregnant, encouraging me for what's to come, expressing appreciation for our past, complementing me in many ways - he covered so much in that letter and it was amazing. I've read it a time or two since...a treasure. I also got John a Willow Tree figurine called "New Dad". He already has it on his desk in his office. I also made him basket of some of his favorite snacks and candy for the hospital and once we are back home. Finally, the baseball bag held all sorts of "Dad" or "Pop" themed items. Some of them he'll eat and some were just to go along with the theme! I also got him a gift card to a place here called "Popcorn Papa" (Pop and Papa in the same name - too cool). It's a yummy candy and popcorn shop that we like.













Over the last week or so, I have been working on a belly cast to capture what my belly looked like when I was pregnant. My step-sister Carla gave me the kit at my baby shower ~ pretty neat, huh?! John was kind enough to put the plaster strips all over my belly and help me make it. Once it was good and dry, I got to decorate it. I now have this propped in the corner of my office.







And finally, we received another gift in the mail for Parker this week. It was a handmade quilt made by GramMomKitty. Kitty is my best friend Carianne's Mom. She's been another Mom to me for almost 18 years (since Carianne and I were sophomores in high school). This quilt is adorable and precious - it oozes cuteness and I can't wait to see Parker playing on it and using it. It's such a great size. I love all of the fabrics she used - lots of fun patterns. Thanks a million GramMomKitty for making this gift of love for Parker - it's awesome. We are very grateful!




I have a Dr. appointment tomorrow afternoon so we'll see how I'm progressing and if anything has changed since last week. My due date is Friday, but we know Parker will come when he's good and ready. We are just going about our daily business and enjoying this time. You never know when he'll make his arrival. We are anxious, but glad to wait also. We will keep you posted.

Until we meet again...
Riley

Sunday, February 12, 2012

38 Weeks & Celebrations a Plenty

I am: 38 weeks pregnant
Size of Baby: A leek ~ about 6.8 pounds and about 19.5" long. I read this morning that babies at this stage can weigh anywhere from 6-8 pounds. Parker is probably closer to 7 pounds right now.
Total Weight Gained: 22 pounds (I think Parker had a mini-growth spurt this week and I did a little more eating too!)
Maternity Clothes: I am wearing maternity jeans and a maternity shirt in this picture. Side note: This picture was taken before our date night on Saturday night. We had a really fun date night. We went and ate at Macaroni Grill ~ yum. The food was delicious and we had a really good talk. After that, we went to Lifeway Christian store and each got a CD that we have been wanting. We ended the night by going to a new cupcake place for dessert. All they sell is cupcakes so there were many to chose from. I got cookies and cream and John got peanut butter cup. Oh my...they were heavenly. Actually, the store is called "Bliss Cupcakes" and they were bliss. We will definitely be going back!
Gender: It's a BOY!
Name: Parker Holt
Movement: I feel lots of movement. I don't feel him moving all around but more like punching, kicking and stretching. His room is more limited so there's not as much movement as early on, but whatever position he's in, he's definitely moving his limbs around.
Sleep: Overall, I am sleeping okay...getting a tad worse as time goes on, but I'll be good and prepared for motherhood! It's just hard to get completely comfortable and turn over from side to side. I get up several times in the night to go to the bathroom so once I get back in bed I have to get readjusted. Luckily, John's a heavy sleeper. But I do get a few hours of sleep so I'm thankful for that.
What I Miss: I miss the same things that I have all along. Some things I am looking forward to eating ~ a caesar salad, raw cookie dough samples, feta cheese, lunch meat, caffeine, fried eggs, hot dogs, soft-serve ice cream, more seafood...among other things! Of course not all at the same time and all in moderation. These are all things that I either haven't been able to have or chose not to because of certain reasons. I also miss being able to sleep on my back. I also look forward to being more comfortable and able to bend over...oh the little things. I know I will really miss being pregnant for several reasons too so, like I have all along, I'm trying to focus on the positives and really enjoy this.
Cravings: No cravings ... just craving what I can't have and what I miss.
How I'm Feeling: Except for feeling big and uncomfortable and being more tired, I'm feeling really good. I have been very blessed with a wonderful pregnancy!
Best Moment last Week: Getting A LOT done on "THE LIST" and celebrating our birthdays and anniversary. Over the course of 3-4 days, we accomplished a ton. We deep cleaned the entire house. Every room has been cleaned from top to bottom...inside and out. It feels so good to have that done. Now we can just pick up and maintain it until Parker comes. John also did a little clean up outside in the front and back yards. We have our pile started and organized for the hospital and a list of what to pack and gather last minute. We are making good progress on our thank you notes. We got a lot of paperwork and office tasks taken care of. The car seat and bases are ready in both of our vehicles. We did a ton of laundry. I made a few things to freeze. There are many more things, but I won't bore you with it all. We feel like all of the major/most needed "to dos" are done so now we can just go about our daily business and do some stuff we wanted to do if we had time all the while waiting for Mr. Parker.

Here are my 18 Weeks and 28 Weeks pictures...

Onto our birthday and anniversary celebrations!

My 33rd birthday was last Sunday, on Super Bowl Sunday. Unfortunately, I was pretty sick with a bad cold so it could have been better, but despite that we had a really good day. John made sure it was extra special. He bought me a birthday balloon and had ordered me a birthday cake. It was a surprise as to what kind of cake it was - so sweet. He also bought plates, napkins and a plastic cup to match. The cake was chocolate with whipped cream cheese frosting. Let the drooling begin - it was delicious! I love all of the Disney Princess movies so that was the inspiration behind the cake John ordered. Oh, I just love that boy.

I received a few cards and gifts in the mail that I opened Sunday afternoon. "Daisy Bear" is one of the many pet names John has for me. He's called me that for years. Cheesy and corny to you perhaps, but wonderful to me. One of our many "inside things" for lack of a better term.






John gave me a beautiful card and an "I AM SECOND" t-shirt. I have been wanting one for a while and while I will have to get a bit of weight off post-Parker, I can't wait to wear it. If you aren't familar with "I AM SECOND", you can click here to visit the website. There are lots of videos you can watch from actors, directors, coaches, athletes, musicians, businessmen and everyday people as to why God is first in their life and they are second. John wrapped my shirt in a empty saltines box. You'll see a silly picture below. For my birthday meal, we had snacks since the Super Bowl was on. Good grub indeed! Last Wednesday was our 9th wedding anniversary ~ hooray! Even though I still wasn't 100%, luckily I was starting to feel a little better by Wednesday. We went to dinner and came home for our anniversary festivities. We opened our cards and gifts from each other and others. We then watched our wedding video and looked through our wedding pictures and scrapbook. It was the perfect way to celebrate the day. John got me an awesome canvas that is now hanging in our living room. I got John a matted picture of us that we are going to fill up with writing "love notes" to each other around and then frame and I made him some love lottery tickets (good for various things like a dessert of his choice, dinner out and a couple of activities). I also got him a ceramic Vacation Fund jar. Ceramic is the 9th anniversary gift and we plan to take a trip sometime next year to celebrate our big 10th anniversary. We have already started saving for it and now we have a fun place to keep the money for the next year or so. We aren't sure exactly when we are going or where (we have a few ideas), but we have a long time to save and plan because it'll be sometime next spring or summer (2013) more than likely. Plus Parker will be over a year old by then. Can't wait!! Oh and Calvin was along for it all...hanging out and observing.








John's 35th birthday was Thursday. He requested a homemade pizza for dinner and a peanut butter chocolate pie for dessert. I also made him homemade banana nut muffins for breakfast. He got to blow out candles and listen to me sing twice - haha. I had a birthday banner greet him when he woke up Thursday morning. I got him a card (maybe my favorite card I've ever gotten for him), a David Crowder band CD and a couple more love lottery tickets to scratch.




















We have a Dr. appointment tomorrow for a check-up so I look forward to that. A few other things on the calendar and list this week, but should be a lot more low key than last week. Have a great one.

We are about 10 days from our due date so stay tuned!

Until we meet again...