I’ve been out of school for nearly two weeks and I still feel as though there is more to be done between now and October 24th than I could ever actually accomplish! I am hoping this sense of being overwhelmed goes away soon. (I have a feeling it will not!) But, while moving an entire house and setting up a nursery/preparing for baby can be the very definition of crazy at times, I am so thrilled and blessed to be given such a wonderfully “crazy” task. Dustin and I are getting so excited and a little nervous, of course. But we know that at the end of the day, the Lord never gives you more than you can handle and so we are resting on Him and His reassurance that we will make it!
This morning we had our 3D ultrasound. It is our final “scheduled” ultrasound and so we asked Dustin’s step-mom to join us. All of Baby Gurley’s grandmas have now met her in utero. Admittedly, we used these ultrasound visits as opportunities to get each of them even MORE excited for her arrival, and I think it worked! I know our little girl is already so deeply loved by each of her grandparents, even before she takes her first breath of air. Today’s ultrasound visit was especially amazing, however. Truthfully, I had never been a fan of the 3D U/S images I had seen people put up on facebook and other social media outlets. I thought they were a bit creepy. BUT, it is a whole different story when the creepy 3D U/S pictures are of your OWN little baby! :) We couldn’t have been happier with our images and the whole visit was just so sweet. We even got to take home some video of her yawning and rubbing her little hand to her face. Seeing her move while feeling her move also makes a lot more sense to me now. She has been getting SO active, and watching my tummy bounce and contort into various positions has been funny and interesting, to say the least! It was nice to watch her move in real time to understand specifically what her kicks/rolls/punches feel like. I joke with Dustin every night that we have an Olympic athlete in training. Sometimes she really “goes for the gold” with her kicks and punches and it takes my breath away! But, she has been doing that to me since day one. :)
Mom and I finally finished registering for baby girl and I am glad that task is behind us. I didn’t think it would be quite so difficult, seeing as how three years ago I was registering for a wedding. But let it be known, this is completely different from registering for a wedding. First, you don’t have a clue what you should register for in the first place. Second, who knows that what you do register for will even work for your baby? Every time I scanned one of the Johnson & Johnson Bedtime bath lotions/moisture wash/shampoos (I simply LOVE that smell), I would think about the babies who suffer from eczema who can’t even use anything but fragrance/dye/chemical free. Or when I register for breastpump accessories. What if I can’t breastfeed for some reason? Or bottles. Oh good Heavens, the number of bottles to choose from and the multitudes of opinions that accompany each of them. At the end of the day, I can rest easy in a few registry picks I am fairly certain we will need without question: blankets, onesies, and diapers.
We found our peds office! Dustin and I went to the meet-and-greet after hearing wonderful things about their PA, and while we were there we found out one of their physicians in the practice was a favorite lecturer of mine last semester. We were sold at that point! Yep, we are driving our kid to a peds office over 30 minutes away. Yep, we might be crazy. And yep, I know it will be worth it for her to receive excellent healthcare.
Slowly but surely we are making our way to the finish line. And I can hardly wait to get my arms around her cute little self! Eeeek I am so excited! :)
29 Weeks Stats
Baby is the size of: Small cabbage (And weighing in at 3lbs, 2 oz officially)
Favorite food this week: Dippin dots icecream in Banana Split. Dirt cake from Sheets gas station (who knew they even had this? but omg, so good).
Good news: Passed Glucola test! Woot! Bring on the dessert.
Babymoon #3: Charleston, SC coming up in two days! YAY!
Favorite new thing: Since we are now counting fetal kicks, I am hyper-aware of her movements but more specifically, her lack of movements. If we go more than an hour without feeling a kick (or even small movement) we have learned exactly what to do to get a little kick from her — a gentle push on the right side of my belly with my palm. She does NOT like her space to be invaded! We get an immediate response from her (generally). We tried rubbing, talking, lights, etc. – but this seems to work best. I am still super nervous at having to count kicks at all…
Favorite daddy-to-be moment: When I asked Dustin what his favorite part of my pregnancy has been so far he replied with “Two words: ICE. CREAM.” hah!