Monday, May 28, 2012

29 Weeks

This week Lily is about 2 1/2 pounds and about 15 inches long head to heel. She's still working to build up her lungs and her head is getting bigger (hopefully not too big!) to accommodate her growing brain. She is getting bigger and is quite an active little girl! We've been highly entertained watching my belly move while she does her water aerobics.

This weekend I picked up sewing materials to get started on her bedding. I'm hoping the project gets underway very soon. We've also assembled and started painting the shelf that will go above the window (and hold the curtain rods). One more coat of paint and we hope to have it hanging up tomorrow! I even scored a great deal on curtain rods at Ross this weekend. Now if I could just find curtains, or fabric to make them... the hunt continues!

Sleep can be tricky some nights, finding a comfortable position, getting up a couple times a night, and sometimes waking up a bit sore. I am starting to work in more stretching and even a regular date with my lovely heating pad. My good pal Rachel saved my life this week when she gave me a wedge for my belly. The support when I lay on my side makes a world of difference - thanks, Rach! I'm certain it will continue to come in handy as I get bigger.

Here I am at 29 Weeks:
And just for fun, a little comparison:
What a difference!

Monday, May 21, 2012

28 Weeks

This week starts our third, and final, trimester!

(yes, that noise you hear is me breathing deeply into a paper bag)

Little Lily is weighing in over two pounds now and is almost 15 inches long. She is growing very quickly these days. Her eyesight is continuing to develop and she is even growing eyelashes and eyebrows now. Outside of those finer details, she is just working to pack on the pounds and increase her brain development. All things that are critical for her as a soon-to-be outside baby.

We are both very excited to be starting this next phase of pregnancy. Lily is a constant topic of conversation in our house. Between the little house projects, stocking up to prepare for this new family member, trying to figure out my leave options at work, how to handle introducing her to the dogs, etc.... she's always on our minds. Already this little girl has changed our world. We are so grateful and are not taking a single moment of this for granted.

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend a warehouse sale for baby shoes. I went with my dear pal Rachel and she and I (and by 'she and I', of course I mean our daughters) scored some very very cute shoes:

Just a sampling - baby shoes kill me every time. 

We also spent some quality time with my family on Sunday. My dad was in town and we all got together for lunch and a bonfire. We got to see a few of my uncles I hadn't seen in quite awhile, my mom and sister were there, and most importantly (no offense everyone else!) some good quality time with my grandma. I love a lazy Sunday with nothing better to do than eat watermelon and burgers next to the fire. We shared a thousand laughs, like we always do, and my grandma Shirley gave us this:

She handmade this beautiful blanket for Lily. Yes, I cried when she gave it to me... and I may have again when we got home. I love it so much. It is gorgeous and simply perfect. There have been a few of these overwhelming moments where I feel so blessed and grateful that Lily has such an amazing support system already - this was one of them. Boy are we lucky. We love you Grams, thank you!!

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Monday, May 14, 2012

27 Weeks

Wow - 27 weeks! The final week of our second trimester.

Lily is now almost two pounds and should be about 14 1/2 inches long head to toe. She is now opening and closing her eyes, and breathing amniotic fluid. Even her brain is showing increased activity - already working on becoming a genius. While things still need to mature, she is basically a functioning little person! It's amazing to think about all of that happening in my tummy right now...

This last week we shared a new experience - hiccups! While out to dinner one night, I felt the regular rhythm of her tiny hiccups. Had I not been paying attention I may not have noticed, but it was fun to think about. They are very common, can occur multiple times a day, and will get stronger as she gets bigger.

The nursery is really coming along. Wednesday afternoon Lily's dresser was delivered. Jeremy did a great job putting it together and there are already little clothes in the drawers! Also, on Saturday morning we went to Babies R Us first thing and picked up our glider. It is an amazing piece of furniture and I am really looking forward to the hours Jeremy and I will get to spend with Lily in that chair. I already spent an hour in the glider, sitting in the sunshine and snuggled up with a book.

We've now got all of her furniture! We still have shelving to make and install, and definitely some wall decor to figure out, bedding to make and/or purchase... but all in all we're in good shape!

I couldn't possibly finish our weekly update without mentioning Mothers Day. What a special day and a new perspective for me. I have always loved celebrating my own wonderful mama and to be included in those festivities was a real blessing, albeit a bit surreal. :) Jeremy woke me up with sweet card (have I mentioned lately how lucky I am? Good.), had made reservations, and took us all to The Farmhouse - a tasty restaurant about an hour north of us - for breakfast. We stuffed ourselves silly, and did a little antique shopping, before we came home and I got to relax most of the day in the sunshine while Jeremy tackled a few of his projects.

I hope that all of you Moms out there (new moms, veterans, grandmas, those still trying to conceive, expecting moms, step moms, dog mamas, etc) got to enjoy some relaxation this weekend. The weather here was stunning and it made the day all that more special.

Edited to add:
I realized that I didn't have a photo of the glider! It is a cell phone photo, but here it is:

Monday, May 7, 2012

26 Weeks

At 26 weeks, Lily is about 1 2/3 pounds and about 14 inches long. This week the nerves in her ears are more developed and is able to hear us as we chat. Her eyes are forming and she has eyelashes now. It won't be long before she's opening them.

We got good news about both our dresser and glider - we should have them both within the week! Also, in the mail this week we received the fabric we'll be using the make most of Lily's crib bedding. Not all of the pieces will go into the bedding, but also a few pillows and other accepts in the room.

I love the colors and patterns we've chosen:

We have the materials now to start making the shelf that will be above the window and we've starting to shop for other shelving and frames. We also purchased a couple prints this weekend from an Australian artist on Etsy. Aren't they adorable? Our Lacey and Harley!
  You can find her site here: Wallfry

Her space is really starting to take shape in our minds and it is exciting to see each piece come together. Not too long from now it will be ready and waiting for her!

We have an appointment this week and are looking forward to a little peek at Lily. She's moving around like crazy now and I am even able to feel her in multiple places at once. Just another wonderful sign that she's filling up the space in there! Only 14 more weeks of growing left before we get to see her sweet face.