Only 12 weeks left! We are getting closer to sweet Baby D coming! Part of me is so excited I can't take it and another part of me is like holy crap I am not ready!
Right now baby girl is a little over 2 pounds. She is measuring right on point. She is about the size of an eggplant and she is wild, wild, wild! She moves all day long and gets pretty aggressive at night and in the mornings. My stomach looks quite alien when she gets going. The doctor told me "she has exceptional fetal movement for how little she still is." Whatever that means! All I know is a moving baby is a healthy baby and I thank Jesus for that.
My belly seems to have spread out more than grown outward. It feels like she has dropped low already! So I am curious to see what position she is in.
I have been feeling pretty good though, thank God. I am just starting to get uncomfortable when sleeping, because she is super wild, and I did get wicked sick this week, which barely ever happened when I wasn't pregnant...but aside from that life is good.
As you have been seeing with our last few posts (ottoman DIY, changing table redo, headboard makeover) we have been doing projects like mad getting ready for her. We have also been building up our supply of baby girl clothes..my mom has been the driving force in that. Shopping for girls is too easy!! Josh is also putting no money restrictions on baby girl...he's so excited he often replies with "yea get whatever you want." We will see how long that lasts! Ha!
So for this post I thought I would let Josh add in some thoughts about how he has been doing...because I sure have been keeping him busy!!
I think this might be mine and Josh's best project yet! So with sweet Baby D on her way we are trying to make some changes not only to the nursery but the house as well. First thing, that was a red flag for me, was our glass and marble coffee table. Josh hated it from the start...so he was happy to see it go! Ha!
Josh and I have been working like mad to get everything perfect for sweet baby D! I want to finish up the changes we need to make to our place because the last month of my pregnancy, when it will be hot and nasty. That last month I want to be able to not be working like a crazy person to finish everything and have the chance to relax with the husband before life gets wild.
Since our house hunt has left us no where...you can read about it here...we have to work with what we got until we find a bigger place. We have made some good progress though! I showed you our changing table makeover here and since then we have mastered two other projects.
We wanted to leave a bed in the baby's room for a few reasons. One, for guests and two for me in the night when I don't want to wake Josh up or vise versa. We already had a bed in the room but no headboard on it. So I got on Craigslist and started hunting! I found a twin headboard for $5 and I scooped it up quick! Below is what it looked like when I got it. I loved the style, it's very little girlish, but the wood color and design had to go!
My mother called me up on Wednesday and sprung a project on me...and gave me just two days to do it!
Here is a bit of the back story. Her cousin, was diagnosed with cancer. At first they thought it had spread because they caught it somewhat late. They were coming up with a plan of surgery and chemotherapy or radiation.
So her close friends, including my mother got the prayer warriors going. That is our first response when faced with a trial...PRAY. We believe in healing. We believe the God of the Bible is alive and well and he works and moves in the present day. So our immediate default in a situation like this is to seek him. So we prayed, and prayed and believe for positive news....and we got it. The cancer was localized, it didn't spread and the margins were clear. After surgery and it was gone. No chemo, no radiation necessary.
When my mom's cousin reported the news to her she said "I touched the hem of His garment and I was healed." This is a bible verse from the book of Mark in the Bible.
This weekend was a big weekend for us!! We celebrated my wonderful sister's birthday and we found out Baby D...is a sweet girl! Man, were we shocked! Along with many other people! For some reason we just thought it was a boy...but I seriously could not be happier! I'm not going to lie... I am a little more nervous about a little Lisa walking around...and so should all of you ha ha!...but I can't wait to have a little girl that will grow up to be my best friend and have a relationship like my sister and I have with my mother...And Josh can't wait to have a little daddy's girl!
So an hour before the reveal Josh and I met up with our photographer Chris Bartow of Morristown for a maternity shoot. Check out his stuff HERE. He was so awesome to work with, reasonably priced and really did an amazing job on the pictures. Then after that, we head over to my parents house and got ready for the baby gender reveal! The pictures are priceless! HA! The shock and excitement on the face of Josh and I is definitely one for the books!
We are so excited and thankful to God for this amazing blessing...and simply can not wait to meet baby girl.
Check out the musical slideshow of the pictures from the weekend.
So we had a big weekend! We celebrated my sister's birthday as well as found out Baby D is a GIRL! I will blog more about the baby reveal and our sweet maternity shoot this week when the pictures come!! But for now we are in major "get the nursery done mode."
We made a little progress. The changing table is done!...well maybe...the knobs, I placed a little close together. Josh says it looks okay. I am a perfectionist so if it drives me crazy I will separate them...but it is ok for now =)
This was my first time painting over laminate wood. Parts of this changing table were real wood but most was pressed board type material or laminate. Painting this can be tricky, but I found some great tutorials online and I think it worked out pretty well!
I got this changing table on Craigslist for $30! I love to score sweet deals...and I love even more to re-do furniture! It wasn't bad looking before but I wanted it to be white...so first we re-enforced the bottom shelves with some wood. I wanted to make sure they were sturdy and I was able to store heavy stuff on the bottom, if I needed to.
So we are fairly new to the Albany, NY area. We have been here about 9 months and it has taken us a little bit longer than we thought to settle into the area. It is a very different place than Iowa. People keep to themselves more, the downtown is set up very differently than Des Moines and there is not much to do there unless you work there...and everything is much more spread out. We did find a great church that we are going to and some great people there, but it took us months to find it.
In Iowa we knew tons of people and were involved in the community and different outreach groups. When we moved here though, all the work changes, baby changes and life changes started to overshadow what we love doing...and that is meeting people and loving on them. So Josh and I decided to start volunteering with an organization that we felt really passionate about. We reached out to the AIDS Council of North Eastern NY to see if there were any volunteer opportunities for us. This organization provides financial and emotional support for those suffering with AIDS, HIV and Hepatitis C, to name just a few of their roles. The reasons for this particular group are specific but I will just go over a few.
Hello friends! I am Lisa. Lover of Christ and family, a former television reporter, a wife and mom who strives to live a healthy, toxic free lifestyle.