Thursday, October 29, 2009

Content Baby

Quick Weekly Dr Apt Update: Caleb is nice and happy and hasn't made any new movements toward entering the world. Still two weeks til the due date. :-)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

38 Week Pics

We're getting so close to the end! It's just two weeks until our due date. I'm feeling great and still haven't really felt any signs of Caleb getting closer to coming (not that that means anything). As far as I know, I haven't had any contractions yet - fake or real ones. I'm definitely tired, emotional, and get worn down pretty quickly, but Stephen might tell you I've been that way for the last nine months. :-) I have another doctor's appointment tomorrow, so we'll see what they have to say.

Last week when I went in, the first thing the nurse asked me was if I was prepared to stay if needed. As in, be admitted to the hospital that afternoon if they found we had progressed a lot. That really took me by surprise (especially since Stephen was out of town and there had been absolutely nothing to make me think we were close to having this baby yet). I think she was just checking to make sure I was prepared, and you had better believe I am this time! The bag is packed and going down to the car tonight. The car seat is installed. Baby room is ready can help with the rest when she gets here. So this time if she asks, I guess I'm as ready as I'll ever be! But like I said above, nothing much is happening yet, so I wouldn't be surprised if we still have two more weeks to go (and hopefully not any longer than that!). I'll be sure to update after the appointment tomorrow!

And now, pictures at the start of week 38!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Best Parts of the Season

It's that time of the year again! The weather is getting cooler, warm clothes coming out of storage, fires and s'mores on our back patio (maybe sometime this week!) and one of my personal favorites - a cup of hot chocolate is never far away! I'm sitting at my desk at work right now with my first cup of work-time hot chocolate of the season. When everyone else is loading up their coffee mugs with coffee in the kitchen at work, I'm filling mine with yummy hot chocolate!

There's just something fun and seasonal about hot chocolate. We enjoy it so much around our house that last year Stephen actually asked for a Hot Chocolate Maker for his birthday and got one! We used it lots last year (of course, with Stephen's favorite hot chocolate mix from Ghiradelli) and last night he made some for us again! It was perfect and brought the warm fuzzies of fall/winter thoughts to my mind. I almost declared out loud that this is my favorite time of the year, but then I remembered how much I love cool spring mornings with the sun shining brightly and dew on the new flowers. And how much I love sitting in the sunshine during the summer. And putting on long-sleeve shirts and sitting around the fire during the fall. And the joy of the holidays and family during the winter. So then I decided that I love ALL the seasons and get pretty excited with the arrival of each new one.

So right now I'm thrilled that it's getting cold outside and I get to sip my yummy hot chocolate. I'm thankful for the place God has us right now in the world, where we get to see a glimpse of His creativity, beauty, and wisdom through four distinct seasons. And most of all I'm thankful for the Creator of those seasons.

"Every day I will praise You and extol Your name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom." Psalm 145:2,3

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

36 Weeks!

Wow. We're 36 weeks! Caleb is so close to being here and Stephen and I couldn't be more excited. Here's some new belly shots that we took TODAY, so you can't get much more up-to-date than that!
Can I just say that I was a little shocked when I saw these pictures? I knew that my belly was getting big, but wow. Seeing it in pictures is a little different that my aerial perspective of just looking straight down and only being able to see the top! Our little guy is supposed to be just under 6 lbs right now. I'm thanking the Lord tonight for Caleb's safe and healthy life thus far and praying for God's protection over him as he prepares to enter the world! Only a few weeks to go!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Almost Finished Nursery

Here's my disclaimer that I still have a few piles around the room of gifts we got at last weekend's baby shower that I haven't found a home for yet. It's not perfect or 100% complete, but I'm pretty sure Caleb wouldn't mind too terribly if he had to come home to it the way it is now.

We'll start at the entrance and work our way around the room. As you open the door, here is what you see:
We'll probably add a floor lamp behind the crib, which will kind of fill in the empty space over there.

Here's the changing table in all it's glory:

And the crib with it's awesome bedding:

Then the side table with my new favorite book: "The Jesus Storybook Bible." There will be many story times that come from here!

Then the couch (which opens into two recliners):

Then the swing (bear is filling the seat until Caleb is ready to use it):

Then the closets (there are two, and I've put a bookshelf in one to serve as a dresser of sorts):
And that is the tour around the nursery. The room is square and the door to the room is between the 2 closets.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Glimpses of the Nursery

I'm still collecting pictures from last weekend's baby shower, so I thought I'd post a few other pictures to tide you over for another day or two. These are pictures we took probably 3-4 weeks ago. We've actually done a lot more to the nursery since then, but you can still get a preliminary glimpse.
We now have a mattress and bedding for the crib, which look AWESOME! I've got some great pics of the bedding, and I'll definitely post those in the near future.

Stephen relaxing in the nursery. This loveseat was our first big purchase as a married couple out in California. It fits pretty nicely in Caleb's room and as you can see, each seat reclines, which is great.

More to come!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Baby Shower Pics Coming Soon!

Hey All. So it has been a while since I've updated on here...if you can believe it, my belly is even bigger than in the last post and baby Caleb is getting very close to being here! We're just over a month from our due date - 5 weeks! I feel like that is about as long as a blink right now.

The last few weeks have been busy as usual, but a little more crazy than normal. We woke up a few Monday mornings ago to a flood in our basement, which created a frenzy of activity and after-effects that will continue for the next few months. Let's just say fully finished basement + flooding = floors being torn up, furniture/books/stuff relocated, a month of drying out and then floors having to be put back in. Oh, and the yard work that will soon commence to correct the drainage problems that resulted in said flooding. Have I mentioned on here that we're having a baby in about a month?!? Aside from the fact that the whole ordeal is a big pain in the rear and happened at one of the most inconvenient times possible........long pause for's truly not the end of the world. There's actually lots to be thankful for - family that is taking care of things, friends who have helped out, a whole second floor that is fully liveable, etc. All that plus the fact that we're now a couple weeks removed from the initial shock means I'm ready to move forward.

And moving forward leads to a lovely and always too short visit from Uncle Lee that happened 2 weekends ago, a visit from my mom and sisters that happened this past weekend, and our first baby shower last weekend. So much to talk about! You better believe I will have at least one whole post (if not more!) all about last weekend. I need to download pictures to the computer and find a few more minutes to sit still and we'll get a full recount. To keep you in further suspense, I have to say that the cake at the shower was probably the most amazing and CUTE cake ever to make an appearance at a baby shower. AND IT WAS MADE BY MY OH-SO-TALENTED SISTER (in-law) JAYCI ADAMS!!! Seriously, you've got to see the pictures - it's unbelievable.

So more to come...hopefully before this baby comes!