[she is 35 weeks pregnant]

How far along: 35 weeks
Size: Coconut
Symptoms: Lots of round ligament discomfort. Especially if I have been in one position too long. Ouch! I'm also still super tired as you can see in the pic above.
Prepping for baby: She's getting ready and I think we are as ready as you can be... well, minus the car seat. We really need to get those bases in the cars. And I should probably go ahead and actually set up her monitor and put the crib sheet on. Doing anything really wipes me out, so I joke that nesting for me has been online shopping. Melt my debit card, please.
Sleep: Sleep is still difficult. Positioning is tricky and the closer we get, the harder it is to turn my mind off to actually sleep.
Movement: She's a little wiggle worm and I love feeling her pedal her little feet. It's not like a kick, it's more of her just rocking her little feet around. And her little head moving from one side to the other is a trip. I will admit I actually have cried over the fact that my time feeling this little miracle inside will soon come to a close. I'm tearing up writing about it even. It's just been so magical harboring this precious girl and feeling her grow stronger and bigger each day.
Changes from last week: Waddling has intensified. And it takes forever and a day for me to get anything done, even to take a shower. I used to take three minute showers. Now it takes me like ten solid minutes to even get dry. I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week so I can't imagine if I did that daily too.
Best moment of the week: Maternity pictures! It was so blessed hot outside and I don't know how we all survived it but a sweet friend took some incredible pictures of us at this lovely park and they turned out beautifully. So grateful that she took the time to capture this special chapter for us.

That's all for now - I want to save some for another post too!
Looking forward to: Every single moment. Appointments are now weekly. Everything looked great at our 35 week appointment (1cm dilated - ahhh, things are happening!) and next week we will do more blood work, an ultrasound, and another lovely pelvic check (eeeks on those!). Prayers for her and me to continue to grow strong and healthy and to hang on for a few more weeks, please!
Scripture for the week: From His fullness, we all have received grace upon grace. - John 1:16  --  Oh how we have. His grace brings me to my knees. Thank you Lord for this incredible life.

Everyone can stop telling me that he will be ignored when baby is here. Y'all don't even know the depth this cat is in my heart. :)


[she is 34 weeks pregnant]

How far along: 34 weeks
Size: Cannonball Butternut Squash
Symptoms: Super tired, pressure everywhere, and generalized discomfort in every position. Oh and insane happiness. Yes, you can be crazy happy when your body wants to be miserable.
Prepping for baby: I washed most of her newborn clothes and socks. We still haven't messed with her car seat but will try this weekend! Really, I'm trying to rest and get things done around the house.
Stretch marks: Nada.
Sleep: I've officially reached, "you're tired but no position works." Once I fall asleep, I sleep hard though. Until I need to use the bathroom...
Movement: Lots of tight squirms. It throws me off when she stretches - due to her increasing lack of space, things tighten, pain shoots around - it's a new sensation but still pretty awesome.
Cravings: Fruit, guacamole, and cookies.
Changes from last week: If I drop something, it now stays on the floor if I don't immediately need it.  Sorry if you come visit and my floor is covered in random things. I'm embracing letting go of having a clean house.
Best moment of the week: Josh and I finally had a getaway. I have been so scared to travel this whole pregnancy. For one, I don't like planes anyway (they make me sick) so flying somewhere awesome was sadly not happening. Second, sitting in a car for lengths at a time just weren't comfortable. I have to use the bathroom often and how she sits puts a lot of pressure on several nerves if I can't move around every hour. Josh and I really craved a little time out of the area and this weekend was the big 25th anniversary of my momma's death, so we drove to Tulsa for the weekend to recharge and reconnect. We walked around the mall, ate Cheesecake Factory, laughed in our hotel room, and just enjoyed each other's company. It was so nice to have that time. At the mall he noticed my feet hurt and I was waddling pretty hard. He saw a stand of Birkenstocks and had me pick a pair out to wear the rest of the day (and forever because they are too comfortable to wear anything else now). I love how he pays attention to details like that. I also finally got my hair cut. It had been about 6 months so I don't have crazy witch-ends anymore!

Josh captured this shot in our hotel room
Looking forward to: Laying down tonight! I've been running around with my head cut off today. I really can't wait to relax! We also have maternity pictures Friday. One of my friends takes beautiful family pictures so I'm so grateful that she and another bestie friend are setting aside some time Friday evening to take some shots of this incredible chapter of our lives.
Scripture for the week: And I am sure of this, He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion. - Philippians 1:6  -- We are in the final 4 weeks of this incredible journey. All around there are so many things to fear or doubt. Social media has allowed access to stories of pain and suffering as much as there are stories of joy. There is so much unknown in life. But what I know for sure is that He is at the captain's wheel of this ship and no matter what, I trust in His plan. He has always looked after me and I find comfort that He will do the same for my little girl.


[she is 33 weeks pregnant]

How far along: 33 weeks
Size: Honeydew Melon
Symptoms: Tired... all the time. I'm in a perpetual state of zoning out. It's ok to laugh at this because I certainly do.
Prepping for baby: Thanks to Amazon Prime day and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I have loaded up on all kinds of goodies for her. I probably did not need most of it, but it was such a good deal and well, you can't pass that up (or at least I can't)...
Stretch marks: I looked and I'm still in the clear.
Sleep: Sleep got weirder this week. I guess my body is preparing for late night feedings. I completely  wake up around 2:30-3am and don't fall back asleep until around 5am. And then I'm wide awake 2 hours later. It's so strange. This is why I'm now a zombie. ;)
Movement: She's moving and wiggling around. She keeps her head close to my heart for the most part and I feel her little limbs everywhere.
Cravings: A sprinkle donut. But I haven't caved. Blood sugars are awesome and she told me I can cut down to checking my sugar to a few times a week. I'm still madly in love with peaches. I eat them daily.
Changes from last week: We keep getting bigger. And the sleep shift is new.
Best moment of the week: I posted late because we had another growth ultrasound scan on Thursday. It's so magical seeing her on the screen, opening her mouth, her tiny hands on her face, her cute feet everywhere (even up by her head), shadows of her hair whisping in the fluid. She had her hands all over her face for the 4D images but we were able to see her precious face. Josh said she has my nose and lips. We both teared up. Miracles are real and the Lord is just blowing us away already. She's also measuring to my exact due date and her fluid levels are perfect. I may look small to everyone from the outside, but she's measuring right on point and is approx. 4lbs 9oz. Praise to God for the gestational diabetes not affecting her adversely.
Looking forward to: Beside the due date where we get to finally meet her, I'm cherishing every moment Josh and I share. It's not long until we are an official party of three. We worked really hard on our marriage and are closer than ever. I don't know where I would be without his awesome support during this whole process. He's been so involved and I am so grateful.
Scripture for the week: Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. - Philippians 4:8  ---  Focusing on the positives is something I've really had to train my brain to do. It's too easy to get caught up in negativity or fear. There is too much goodness to waste time on things that aren't real. God has surely blessed us and I choose to find Him in every situation. He is good all the time and all the time, He is good.


[she is 32 weeks pregnant]

How far along: 32 weeks
Size: Bok choy (not sure how they come up with these as different sites say different foods)
Symptoms: Tired. More stretching and pulling feelings. Nerve pains from her position at times.
Prepping for baby: We are just soaking up all the moments right now together. I will admit anxiety creeps up on me when I realize that we are in the home stretch but relying on faith and taking each moment as it comes helps tremendously. We also had to "move" our cat. Since we bought our house, his litter box and food setup have been in our master bathroom. We both agreed that since little O will be in our room for a while, we should probably set up Sabre's shop somewhere else. So we moved his box to our upstairs guest bathroom and his food to the formal dining room. He's having a hard time adjusting (loud meowing at our faces) but so far but we haven't had any stinky rebellion... fingers crossed we gave him enough time to adjust to that before the shock of baby.
Stretch marks: I haven't really looked because it's hard to see the underside of my stomach now but I don't think there are any!
Sleep: I'm having a hard time falling asleep from time to time and I get up once or twice a night to use the bathroom but it isn't that bad. Josh wakes up super early sometimes and plays with her which wakes me up but I don't mind at all.
Movement: Definitely feeling little limbs above my belly button regularly now. No actual rib kicks but I feel her stretching up. She sometimes gets on one side and makes my stomach lopsided which is fun to see. I still have no idea what direction her head is in but I love watching and feeling her little parts slide around under there!
Cravings: I still want cake and donuts. Ha! My blood sugars have been pretty much perfect and I'm still curbing sweet cravings with fruit. We met with the diabetic educator and she gave me some tips and options to help me feel less confined in my eating choices. She also feels pretty confident that I shouldn't have issue with becoming a full-time diabetic post delivery. Praying praying praying!
Changes from last week: We're bigger. I noticed my feet swelling on the 4th of July. I had been outside quite a bit that day. They weren't huge but definitely chubby. A few hours of putting them up helped but that's the first time I saw swelling.
Best moment of the week: We spent time with good friends this weekend for the holiday. It was nice to just relax with them and enjoy some laughs.

(photo credit)
Looking forward to: Every little wiggle and squirm. Also, possibly (finally) playing with our carseat. Yes, it is still in the box in front of my desk. It's not hard as we have played with it in the store so it's not like we need to dedicate a weekend to it but I know we should probably get the bases in the cars within the next few weeks. :)
Scripture for the week: In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. - Ephesians 4:26-27  --  Real talk, last week my feelings were truly hurting. Pregnancy hormones definitely do not help overcome hurt feelings either. Several times I was tempted to act just as rude or awful as I felt but I knew that would have done nothing but spread poison onto those around me. There's about a million cliche quotes that capture how awful anger is but the Bible nails "do not give the devil a foothold." I said last week that it is my job as a mother to be an example. And while feelings may get hurt, it does not justify being nasty and causing worse damage thus falling further from His grace. It is a calling to rise above and mend the hurt with grace and kindness. While this calling does not equal being a doormat to poor treatment, it also means dealing with disappointment in grace, not in sin. I'm still learning to overcome my selfish emotions but there has never been a more important time to make conscious efforts to change bad habits I don't want my little love to see or replicate. Love and kindness always win. Rinse, repeat.

Love this little (now grumpy) fella. 

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