Thursday, January 9, 2014

It's a...

It’s been a few weeks so I’m going to try to capture a whole bunch of events into one post.  Here we go…

It’s a… GIRL!
Right after Thanksgiving, we added yet another item to our laundry list of things to be thankful for.  We will be welcoming the most adorable (I can already tell through the magic of ultrasounds!) lil lady in the spring.  We decided to jump on the whole “gender reveal” bandwagon and had our ultrasound tech seal the baby’s sex in an envelope so we could deliver it to a local bakery.

We then invited our families to our house the Saturday after Thanksgiving to celebrate as we found out if we’d be having a little mister or misses.  I think the pictures speak for themselves… shear anticipation and excitement mixed with an ounce of utter anxiety.  

It’s a… SCARE!
Shortly after the whole idea of having a little girl began to sink in, we headed back to the doctor for our 20 week ultrasound (we found out the sex at 18 weeks and have been having ultrasounds every two weeks since then because of our “high risk” categorization).  At this ultrasound, there were signs of pre-term labor.  With some instructions for restricted activity from our doctor, we spent the holidays taking it easy and, let’s be honest, focusing on nothing but - is everything ok?

Turns out, our girl continues to be full of surprises – for us and our doc!  All signs of PTL were gone at both our 22 and 24 week checks.  Here’s to hoping she’s comfy, and continues to want to stay in there a little while longer.

It’s a… NEW YEAR!
This year has been a roller-coaster for us.  I commented at Thanksgiving that 2013 held one of the hardest days we’ve encountered in our marriage and one of the most bewilderingly exciting.  And, I’m thankful for both of those days.  As I look ahead at the blank slate that is 2014, I can’t help but imagine the person I hope to be for my daughter.  I hope that no matter the day – difficult or amazing – she sees a strong mama who deals with all life’s adventures with true grace.

It’s a… FINAL YEAR IN MY 20s!
Honestly, I truly don’t know how my 30s will top my 20s – I hope they are up for the challenge.  I’m so looking forward to rounding these ten years out in true style.  A new kind of style – mama style!  It will include neat things like cute bags under my eyes, a cute new (diaper) bag on my arm and the art of finding accessories that go well with spit-up and blow outs.  I can’t wait!

23 weeks on the left!

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