you will be wearing that sweet little onesie oh so soon!
well hello. guess what? i got to hear your heartbeat again a few days ago. it was as wonderful as ever. and, it was wooshing away at a nice, strong pace. good work. all is well in there as far as the doctor can tell. you are growing and seem healthy and strong. that sweet doctor of mine made a note in my file that my “belly was measuring on the smaller side” so that i could have a medically justifiable excuse to see you again on an ultrasound! that means that at my next appointment, your papa and i will get to see your little face again…one more time before we get to see it in person. wahoo! it will have been almost 17 weeks since we’ve seen you. and that is much too long. in a short while, we will be so spoiled by getting to see you ALL THE TIME. happy day.
sweet little peanut, we love you so much. we have been thinking about you and praying for you and reading Bible stories to you. you will be here with us so soon and we can’t wait to get to know you. we have so much to learn about you. we have so much to learn about us. we have so much ahead of us as we begin to understand what it means to be parents and what it means to be a family of three.
hello, little miss. would you check out that funny little moose? it is the newest addition to your room and should be arriving any day now. consider it a swanky and hipster nod to my canadian roots. a gold glitter encrusted moose! we have named her matilda. and she will be watching over you from the polka dot wall. don’t worry, we will make sure to have plenty of practical items in your room too. things like diapers and onesies and wipes.
we are getting pretty excited for your arrival. and you seem to be getting excited too, as evidenced by your kicks. serious jabs, little lady. and i have been getting some in the ribs too. that is pretty unpleasant, i must say. but, i do like that you are getting bigger and stronger. keep it up. we have another doctor appointment this week and i am hoping that we can get another ultrasound scheduled so that i can see your little face once again. hopefully there will be some chub and round little cheeks this time. i must say that we can’t wait to see all of that in person – very, very soon.
hello, little miss. i hope that all is well inside the bump. i know that you are getting bigger and bigger and stronger and stronger. you have been kicking up a storm! i can see the light at the end of the tunnel. a lovely, bright, sparkling light.
speaking of light…your tiny little chandelier lamp has arrived and been placed in your room. it is small and a teeny bit glitzy. perfect for twinkling and casting warm shadows on the wall during our late night feedings. it is our new favorite.
guess what? starbucks pumpkin spice lattes are officially on the menu now! and that means that fall is on the horizon and october is right around the corner. october means that you will be here soon. i love the fall. and now, i have another pretty big reason to like that time of year. and while it is still warm outside, i know that we are getting close to sweaters and boots and hot chocolate and pumpkin pie and turkey. it is so much fun to think about all the wonderful things that we will get to experience together. you will be here for thanksgiving this year! we will get to wheel you around in your stroller while the whole family shops for christmas gifts. you will get to watch all of our christmas movie favorites with us. you will have your own little ornament on the tree. and that is just the beginning, sweet girl. aren’t we just going to have the funnest times? i think so.
hi baby girl. would you look at that cute little corner of your room?! we are going to spend so many hours there. your papa lovingly placed that rocking chair in the corner for you. it is a pretty special place. this week, we are adding nesting tables [tout à fait approprié, oui?] and a sparkling little chandelier lamp. that should make the nook complete. and then…we wait for your arrival. have i mentioned that we can’t wait?
let me tell you, little one, you are growing. a lot. my little bump is becoming a full-on preggo belly. and my belly button is so itchy! i know that things must be getting cramped for you in there. according to all the pregnancy resources, you are 16 inches long. that is a lot of length to squish inside my belly. at least you are bendy. i hope that you are comfortable all balled up in there. but, don’t get too comfy. we have a nice place all ready for you. with plenty of space for stretching, soft outfits for cuddling, and blankets for swaddling. i think you will prefer it on the outside. no rush – keep growing and getting healthy. but, promptness is appreciated. and, a bit early is on time. no need to linger for too long.
oh! we have another doctor appointment this week. this one will trigger the “final countdown” schedule. every two weeks from here on out. and, we might just throw in one more ultrasound for good measure. just to check in and see how much chub you have put on since we last saw you. it will be fun to see you again. and even better when we get to meet you in a couple months.
i love cool lamps but they can be just so darn expensive! and even if you do pay the price, they lack a certain “special” quality. that unique twist that makes them fit perfectly into the decor.
and so, i have decided follow in the footsteps of those brilliant folks at design*sponge and try my hand at creating a personalized lampshade or two.
there is never a shortage of fabulous prints at the fabric store so perhaps i will pop over there with my mom one afternoon and snag some interesting pieces. that plus a good ol’ vintage etsy find and i should be in good shape for raw materials. from there, i am hoping that i can just follow the step-by-step and then, voila! a gorgeous and one-of-a-kind lamp for miss elinor’s room.
wish me luck!
what fun diy projects are you tackling these days?
hello, miss elinor. i hope you are continuing to enjoy your stay in belly-land. things are going swimmingly out in the big world. your papa and i have been busy bees getting your room ready, reading books, making lists, meeting with pediatricians, and preparing your birth plan. there is much to do before your arrival…but, it is all so much fun! and, all of these new activities sure do help the weeks to pass by quickly. can you believe that we are getting close to the 30 week mark? that means that you will be here super soon. how i wish we could just fast forward to your arrival. then, hit the pause button and just savor our first moments with you. we are so excited to experience all of the new things that you will bring to our life. we pray that God will help us to slow down and enjoy those moments. they will be special.
speaking of special…i just want to gush a bit about how wonderful your papa is. he has been putting together your furniture, painting walls, lifting heavy objects for me [he recently informed me that the laundry basket is technically classified as a "heavy" item and that i should let him handle that], taking care of me, cooking for me, reading books about birthing [he is a trooper, let me tell you. there are some bizarre terms and foreign objects on those pages], and doting on you. the other night, i was rubbing my belly button trying to get you to wiggle for him. he told me “oh, no, nevermind, it’s okay…don’t poke her little brain”. it was pretty darn cute. inaccurate, but cute, nonetheless. he is already so attentive and sweet. i think he is pretty smitten with you.
this post is a short and sweet one…much like our weekend.
can anyone tell me why the workweek creeps and crawls while the weekend is over in a flash? not fair. i could have used a few more days.
this weekend was spent eating yummy food [shocker] and spending time with family enjoying the most decadent chocolate ice ever. homemade! we also got the rocking chair for miss elinor’s room, put up bookshelves, and checked more items off the ol’ shopping list…more boxes of baby goodies will be arriving this week! stay tuned for some snaps…
happy friday face + two silly bunny/gopher faces + my major vice, queso + street tacos + enjoying some of our breakfast favorites…apples with peanut butter and chipotle lox cream cheese on hemp bagels + taking advantage of hatch chile season + enjoying a chile burger at home…smothered in cheese, of course
hi baby girl. it seems like all is well with you which i am so grateful for. your mama is doing her best to not melt in the summer sun. for some reason, this past week has been especially brutal. i have been chugging water to keep us hydrated and cranking the AC and fans whenever possible. you don’t seem to be having an adverse reaction to the summer sun which bodes well for you, my dear. on a very happy note…my sleeping has improved. wahoo! perhaps it is all the perspiration during the day… i dunno. but, i am one happy camper. i have been able to fall asleep effortlessly and enjoy a whole night of undisturbed slumber.i am savoring these moments.
in other news, we are nearing the completion of your room. i am fighting my nesting urge to just get it all done because i want to spread it out and savor each part. the checklist is getting smaller which means that you will be here soon. i can’t believe that you will be sleeping [yes, sleeping] in your crib in less than three months! time is really flying now and we are sooo excited.
sometimes, the magnitude of it all just washes over me and i feel a little overwhelmed. overcome with joy, yes. but i also battle that twinge of fear that tries to occasionally creep in and steal my joy. fear of labor. complications. health issues. no sleep. breast-feeding. new things. the unknown. sleep schedules. stroller mechanics. baby cpr. being responsible for a new and delicate life. wow. i mean, this is foreign territory. and i want to do it well. and that is why i have been doing a lot of praying. i want to be calm and at peace. resting securely and knowing that my Heavenly Father is in control. he has numbered the hairs on your head. he has ordained your days. he is knitting you together. and he will hold us in his hands. i know that this will be a wonderful and challenging season for me and your papa. we are going to trust God like never before. and, we look forward to his revealing himself like never before. here’s to a new adventure as a family of three.
what a lazy and lovely weekend we had! filled with good food, family get-togethers, birthday celebration, some bourne action, baby room decorating, and much-needed do-nothingness. ahhh…lovely.
happy faces + happy birthday balloons for mark’s b-day + mushroom, onion, prosciutto, goat cheese tart + smoked salmon toasts with lemon horseradish creme and fresh dill + sassy family faces + some post-grocery shopping shakes from whole foods…kale, strawberries, acai, spirulina, flax, almond milk, and dark chocolate + the fantasmagorical wall o’ prints for miss elinor’s room + yummiest cream cheese EVER + a random plate of deliciousness for lunch + my hubby’s plate of heirloom tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and balsamic drizzle + grabbing some lush burger after bourne legacy + cookies and cream shake + basket of fries + the dogpile. coco likes to sleep on charlie’s lap. those buddies… + the most amazing ice cream sandwich in the land! chocolate chips cookies with brown butter candied bacon ice cream from cool haus. just. so. good. thank you, whole foods frozen department for bringing this into our life.
cravings & such: i suppose i am getting more picky-choosey. we are used to planning our meals for the week and lately, i have been finding myself inspired to eat things that we didn’t exactly plan for that particular week. i think i need to build some flex nights into our menu plans to accommodate my “i kinda feel like a salad tonight instead of chicken curry…” moods.
the bump: well, i am trying to keep up with the ever-growing bump. sometimes i forget that it is there and try to do things like i would have pre-bump. silly me. one great example? i burned my belly on the iron the other day while i was trying to get some wrinkles out of my shirt as i was rushing out the door. i kinda lost my belly-depth-perception there. oops.
* and don’t worry mom, it was really mild. everything is okay.
cool & cute things: baby weighs in at 2 1/4 pounds and measures 14.8 inchese from head to heels. baby can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. i hope they are just fabulous!
new things: with increasingly developed eyesight, baby girl may be able to see the light that filters in through the womb. i wonder if miss elinor will get my eyesight or ben’s? a little toddler with sassy frames? pretty cute. baby girl is also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.
meaningful moments: writing shower dates in my dayplanner. my daily wanderings into her room, just to visit. hanging her cute prints on the wall!