Tuesday, July 23, 2013

34 Weeks and Counting....


Hi Everyone! I know I've been away from blogging for a bit but I'm really looking forward to being finished work at the end of this week so I can get back to writing and finally tackling some house projects too!

I still can't believe what a blur the past almost 9 months have been. While I've taken time to savor every moment as best as possible, it's amazing to me how quickly time has passed by. I've heard from so many moms that the last month or so feels like time is standing still. I'm not sure I'll experience that feeling though, we have yet to paint the nursery and get all of the furniture and accessories in order. I know once we paint the walls, I can tackle the other smaller projects like accessorizing and hanging drapery after she's born at some point if I absolutely have to or if she arrives earlier than expected, since she'll be sleeping in a bassinet in our master bedroom. I was hoping to share her nursery with you all right after her birth but I'll have to wait and see how everything plays out. Wish me luck in getting everything done in time! That has been a goal of mine so I can just focus on her and also enjoy the newly decorated space to feed her, cuddle her and read to her.

I promised to keep you all in the loop and I've been keeping up with bi-weekly progress photos and sharing them on my personal Facebook page so I wanted to share the latest with you all too. My baby shower took place last Saturday, it was small with mostly family and a few friends as some were away for summer holidays and all of my closest friends and my own family live back home in Canada. It was a nice time to see so many sweet faces at one event and their presence and desire to celebrate baby girl and I meant the world to me.




This weekend marked 35 weeks along, just 5 more weeks or so to go! Here are the latest progress photos which were taken at 34 weeks which fell on my baby shower date, and a few other photos that you missed since the last update taken a few week before....




{Pretty Diaper Cake which will live in baby girl's nursery}



{Making my own jeans and top work with the belly band-such a life saver!}



{30 Weeks-My one constant pose-a side profile shot so I can compare month over month}


While I'm still feeling great, I'm getting tired and naps are a beautiful thing! I'm taking some time to squeeze in time with friends now before I become more house-bound in the coming months and I'm also  picking up the final items we need for our little one (there's quite a long list still, let's just say that in my experience people don't seem to like to buy from a registry) but I'm trying to stick to the most important items and am not at all shy of second hand items-kids grow so fast, I just couldn't fathom spending an insane amount on brand new baby clothes-over 95% of her wardrobe is carefully selected, gently used clothing in excellent condition all washed and categorized by size and I wouldn't have it any other way. :) Of course I've had fun choosing a few new outfits for her too which I'm excited to see her wear and take photos of her in and have found a few headbands and other prop items for her newborn shoot which I hope to do when she's 10 days old or less.

Now, I'd like to ask all of you mothers....what was the most surprising thing about the last month of your pregnancy? Did it zoom by before your eyes or did each day leading up to the birth feel like an eternity? Did you spend your time relaxing, nesting and preparing the house or maybe you were working up until the last days? I'd love to hear from you!  Do you have any special words of advice as I get closer to the delivery day?

Thanks for reading, taking the time to leave kind and encouraging comments over the months and for following along as I journey into motherhood!

XO

12 comments:

  1. My husband and I had our first baby in June and it has been amazing. I'm excited for what you're getting ready to experience! That last month went SO slowly for me, we just couldn't wait to meet our little man! We tried to enjoy time together and go out to lots of fun dinners to keep me distracted. It seems like it will never get here, but once you look into those little eyes for the first time it is more than worth the wait.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, we're really excited too! Everything will be so new and I'm looking forward to taking it all in, especially that first moment when baby girl and I lock eyes-I'm sure it will be an indescribable feeling. :) It sounds like you spent the last month doing something so important-staying connected to your hubby, that's awesome!

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    2. Lock eyes? Newborns cant make eye contact. They cant even see anything except shadows.

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    3. YES, Casie-lock eyes! Newborns CAN see and do make eye contact, they just cannot see very far away, about the distance of breastfeeding which is how we were designed (6-8 inches or so since they are near-sighted at birth). If you are staring into a newborn's eyes, they can definitely see your eyes too as they see things sharply which are close to them and they love looking at faces and are quite fascinated by them actually, even from birth, it's all part of the bonding process.

      But don't take my word for it, here's what the experts have to say: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/newborn-vision

      and here: http://www.ivillage.com/what-can-newborn-see/6-n-137770

      Have a great day!

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  2. you are looking radiantly happy! you also look like you are doing well! i wish you well on the remaining last few weeks!

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely compliment and for your well wishes! :)

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  3. You look absolutely beautiful. This is such a special time. I am so glad you are enjoying it! I hope you continue your fabulous blog, because it's great. You are in for the best time of your life. Enjoy every moment.

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    1. Aw, thanks Leigh!! :) Yes, of course I'll be continuing with my blog. I have a lot of plans for upcoming posts and for the blog itself, I'm glad you're enjoying it. The posts may be a bit sporadic after she's first born but I'm going to make an effort to continue posting daily to the Facebook Community during that time. I keep hearing this will be the most exciting time and I can't wait to experience all of the firsts with baby girl. Right now I'm most looking forward to locking eyes with her and just taking her in moments after she's in my arms. :)

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  4. You look beautiful. This is such a special time. The first pregnancy is always the best time. I say that because on the second pregnancy, it becomes a blur because you have the first child. It's been almost 8 year since my first child was born so I'm having a hard time remembering, but I remember on both pregnancies I went out to dinner with my husband. My second child was scheduled, but my first child came at 37 weeks and two days...induced so it was more of a surprise after that particular doctor's appointment. He fell into 10 percentile of growth and they felt it was just time.

    I wish you the best.

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    1. Aw, thanks for your sweet words, Leigh! That makes perfect sense about the first vs. second pregnancy. I've already thought about how that might be watching other moms who have other children and then are expecting another.

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  5. You are perfectly beautiful and radiant! Blessings on these last weeks as you prepare your "nest" for this most special event!

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    1. Thanks Lea!! :) I'm starting to get that nesting urge now that I'm off work and have the time to take action.

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Warmly,
Karla

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