[she is 31 weeks pregnant]

How far along: 31 weeks
Size: Pineapple
Symptoms: More stretching from growing. I still get tired and dizzy at times but overall pretty great.
Prepping for baby: We set up her area in our bedroom. I didn't want to put her sheets on yet (to avoid collecting dust - they are sitting in her crib) but we are pretty pleased with how it turned out. Putting together her crib wasn't as awful as people say and ours was from Norway so literally just two pages of pictures, no words.

We woke up this morning thinking, "Did we grow up? There's baby stuff in our room!"

I gave her my makeup vanity as her diaper changing station - Josh got me the vanity when we started dating and it's always been so special to me.

The two stars represent Josh's late father and my late mother. We know they've been looking after her all this time and will continue to for her whole life. :)
Prep for baby cont.: We got so many things at our shower - it was incredible (more on the shower below) but we do have a few more things to get. But honestly we have all the basics and are really excited for this new chapter.
Sleep: Still sleeping good. Fingers crossed this hangs on. Some mornings I will wake up too early but overall, I cannot complain.
Movement: I have finally felt a few movements above my navel. Which means she's finally rolling around a little more in there. I joked with my doctor about her being stuck in my pelvis since all my movements were so incredibly low. Most movements are still really low but I have felt some higher movements now!
Cravings: I really really really want some cake. We cancelled my cake for the shower while we work on sugar control (which actually all my sugars have been in range - even though I haven't seen the diabetic educator yet - yay for RN school, right?). And my best friend had a birthday and I couldn't partake in the treats again. But fruit helps curb that annoying craving.
Changes from last week: I'm bigger. Higher movement. There's baby stuff in our room. Our routine appointment this week went really well.  All good stuff.
Best moment of the week: Hands down the baby shower. You really see people's true character on days that mean the most to you - both good and bad. My friends who put the shower together really put their heart into it and that love is not lost on me. I am SO appreciative of their hard work and attention to detail. They even pitched a bunch of money together and pretty much cleaned out the rest of my Target registry. Unbelievable. So to Brittanee, Alicia, Amber, and my mother-in-law - thank YOU beyond any words I can express. Little O will be so lucky to have angels in her life like you.

And to all the women who took time out of their busy lives to shower my little skittle with love, thank you. It meant the world to see your smiles and share laughs with you. To my friends who had prior obligations or emergencies, I completely understand, don't worry, I can't wait to meet up soon! And to those who just didn't care, I appreciate you weeding yourselves out of our lives. I don't need people around my daughter that don't have integrity. As hurt and disappointed as I have been by some, I know that God is at work showing me who I need to value and who I need to let go of. It is not an easy process but it's not about me anymore. It's about being an example to my child of the treatment we deserve by others. This past year I've really tried to focus on connecting with many friends and simply put, those that did not reciprocate, I have to let go of. It's been the same few people who consistently blow off important dates and I've had enough. These women below have been an incredible example of selfless love and kindness for years and my eyes are even more open to just how incredible each one is (several women are missing due to conflicts in schedule but the same sentiment applies)

Looking forward to: We have an ultrasound coming up! I still have to organize a lot of her things. But I'm trying to soak up these last couple months of this incredible miracle inside me.
Scripture for the week: I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God's unfailing love. - Psalm 52:8 [and] Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. - James 1:2-3

Well well well, sweet Sabre came today ;)

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