Wednesday, March 28, 2012

3rd Trimester? Bring it on!

Hello All!!
We've finally made it to trimester three!!!!!  Baby Girl is measuring in at approximately the size of a small cabbage.....and almost 3 pounds!!!  Yikes!  My belly is ever growing and I had a funny experience yesterday.  I was reading my daily update when I read that by this point most women cant see their legs when they stand and look down.  I thought to myself, "Ha!  I can totally still see my legs!"  When I got up to prove it to myself, I was mortified that I not only couldn't see my legs, but I couldn't see my toes!!!  Later that morning, I mourned the loss of my toes with a bowl of ice only seemed appropriate.  I am still feeling great, though very tired and having trouble sleeping at night.  It's weird.  I'm not having trouble sleeping because of bathroom breaks, cravings, or back aches; I find myself waking up an hour or 2 after we go to bed wide awake.  And it doesn't matter how early or late I go to bed.  Oh well.  We started our birth class last night and it was a lot of fun!  I won't lie though, when they showed me the size my cervix would some day dilate to, I turned to Ryan and told him I changed my mind.  Ha!  Anyway, Ryan is well, he really is quite the gentleman.  The other day, he made a joke and after I gave him a very dirt look, he said, "So I guess we've made it to the 'it's not funny unless you say it's funny' portion of the pregnancy...."  Well spotted, dear, well, spotted.  My current cravings are for guacamole and fresh lemonade.  yum!  I see the doctor again on Thursday and have to do my glucose test.  The gross, orange, sugary drink is waiting for me in the fridge.....It can't be worse than cough syrup, right?  Also, for those of you who don't already have a testimony of the power of Tums, I have recently been converted.  I've never needed them before now, and I was all too pleased to see 2 women last night at birth class pull a bottle of them from their purses.  Well, I hope all is well with you!!!

Keep the faith!!!
Brooke, Ryan, and Lovely

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

26 weeks!

Well, well,
We've hit 26 weeks and I can finally say that I have quite a belly.  No joke, our baby girl likes to get bigger by the day and I am trying desperately to keep up with her.  I am finally beginning to understand the need for the "waddle"  It's just not as easy to walk, (let's be honest, it's even harder to find the motivation to move.)  Anyway, I am still feeling great and am very active, (as is she).  Baby girl measures in at the length of a cucumber.  Ryan put together her crib (or "her royal bed chamber" as I like to call it) on Saturday and it looks WONDERFUL!  Thank goodness the weather is beautiful this week because it makes getting up and out of the house way more appealing.  Many have asked me about names.  Until we actually meet her, there will be no official name, but we have a few top contenders.  For the time being, we just refer to her as our Lovely.  Because that's exactly what she is.  We are definitely to the point where the need for a short mid-day lay-down is not so much a possibility, but a necessity.  It doesn't have to be long, but without it, I become a zombie.  On Sunday's you'll find me at church bartering and trading snacks with the nearest 3 year old in the pew, and my purse always has a couple snacks handy.  Thus far, I have only put on about 6 or 7 pounds, but it feels like far more than that.  Ryan remains my hero and is willing to massage, scratch, lift, and provide food for me whenever I am in need.  (though I am proud to say that he's only been asked to make 2 evening runs to the store so far!)  I am enjoying every minute of being pregnant and am thrilled to be able to do so!!!  Our little girl is already pretty spoiled, and it can only get worse from here! 
We love you and hope all is well!!! 
Brooke, Ryan, and Lovely

Sunday, March 4, 2012

6 months!!!

Hello All!
Well, it's official, We've hit the 6 month mark!  That's right!  I'm 24 weeks now and Sweet baby girl and I are doing just fine!  Baby girl measures in this week at the approximate size of an eggplant :)  If you haven't already seen, or heard, I finally "popped" and my mother and I couldn't hold off our maternity pants shopping trip any longer.  Truth be told, I may never go back to wearing pants with buttons now that I've experienced jeans with elastic waistbands.  Our baby girl is continuing to be more and more active (a tap dancer like mommy, perhaps?) and this morning, tried her best to expand her room to up under my rib cage......needless to say, her attempt was unsuccessful, but it wasn't for lack of trying.  (ouch!)  I saw the Doctor today and all is still well with us both.  I was talking to my Dad on the phone this morning and he mentioned that my sister was enjoying cake for breakfast......From then on, all I could think about was cake, and on my way home from the Doctor, I had to stop at my favorite bakery and pick up a little treat.  I'm just celebrating the 6 month mark, right?  And while I was walking into the Doctor, all I could think about was Chinese food.  I have a feeling that the lack of significant cravings is about to make a drastic u-turn.....(poor Ryan).  I still HAVE to sleep with a fan on every night and have added a humidifier to the room.  I also officially have been self-diagnosed with "the dropsies"  I have been dropping dishes and pretty much everything else, including thoughts.  Yikes.  But I can honestly say that I still LOVE being pregnant!  And now that I have cute clothes that actually fit, I can look the part too!  I'll have to post a picture of my outfit today on my blog, because I'm all dressed up with no place to go!  For those of you interested in how Ryan is doing (I mean, really, who isn't?), he is taking to fatherhood quite nicely.  He now refers to us as his "girls" and seems very content with the prospect of being outnumbered.  He enjoys talking to baby girl and feeling her move.  He already has big plans to teach her how to change a tire, he insists that she will someday drive a truck, and (in his own words) looks forward to hours and hours of playing "pretty pretty princess" and having frequent tea parties.  What a guy!  The other exciting news is that a friend from church brought over 5 boxes of baby girl clothes which left me weeping with each outfit I held up.  We will have one very well dressed little girl.  I'm a sucker for bloomers and fully intend to put them on my girl every day.  Well, I think this is all for today; I'm hungry and my snack from Deerfield Bakery awaits me in the kitchen.  We love you all and are so thankful you are a part of our lives. 

Keep the faith!!!!
Brooke, Ryan, and BGC