Speaking of that, I am still loving being pregnant even though I waddle like crazy and it is getting hard to breath because a baby is crushing my insides. I already know I am going to miss this time so much. The sweet tenderness with my husband just admiring my bump as our daughter dances around. Enjoying her kicks and grinning from ear to ear because I get to feel them all. Discussing random baby stuff/gear we have never heard of and Googling endlessly to find the safest/cheapest/best stuff. And bonding over our shared confusion in regards to baby stuff in general. I know I will miss being pregnant but I already think Hope is the coolest ever, I can't wait to meet her and Andy feels the same. We want to hold this baby in our arms, which means I need to push her out! Thankfully we just finished our Lamaze classes and we are feeling more prepared than ever. We can no longer say "I don't know nothin' about birthin' no babies!" I'm very glad we decided to take them and I think they will help us quite a bit. Andy is a dream coach and I can't wait to see him in action on the big day.
|Seriously popped now! And in my new glasses. :)|
I get lots of questions, but the most frequent question I get is about my belly button. I'm serious. I was VERY curious as to how the belly button situation would play out but I had no idea how curious other people would be! I have indeed lifted my shirt to show my bump button on multiple occasions. No shame in my game people. It is just gone, it looks like a circular scar in the middle of my bump. Sometimes it sticks out just ever so slightly like a cartoon character's nose.
|The middle of her face is my belly button.|
Speaking of kindness, some unbelievably AWESOME women got together and threw me one heck of a baby shower. Kareena, Teresa, Stephanie, my Mom, and my Mother-in-Law teamed up and planned, organized, and threw the best shower ever. It was full of love and delicious food and so many of my favorite women. I can't express my gratitude to these women and my party guests enough. Everyone was above and beyond generous and I had a blast. I only wish it could have lasted longer! Like a week or two. :) I also have a special thank you to my husband for cooking up the pulled pork and dedicating his time to a Pekema Project while the shower went on. He stayed home and worked on the project so we could open gifts together at the end of the shower just like I wanted. What a Prince Charming! You can read all about his day here.
|This photo captures how I felt the whole day.|
|Party Planners Extraordinaire!|
|This guy. Perfection.|
In a week or two I will be considered full term and in less than 10 days I go on maternity leave! I can't even wrap my brain around how quickly this all went, I have to get my butt into that nursery and organize!