Sunday, July 28, 2013
This last week marked week 39 of this pregnancy. We will be meeting our little girl much sooner than later. It’s shocking how fast this time has gone by but also how slow this time at the end seems. We want to see her face, hear her noises, and smell her perfect little baby smell. As real as it is, it’s still unreal.
I’ve had a lot of time for reflection over the past few days in between my ridiculous nesting rampages and random naps. I’ve been thinking about the blessings in my life. Bryant and I are truly blessed. We have the support of wonderful family, but I’ve really been thankful this week for friends. You see, I am an introvert. I don’t have an easy time making friends. When I find a good friend I keep them. My closest friend I’ve known for 23 years. I also want friendships. I have on more than one occasion thrown myself a giant pity party because I didn’t feel like I had many friends or sometimes-at my most dramatic-that I didn’t have ANY friends nearby. Obviously this isn’t true, but during a dramatic meltdown it seemed very true. There was a time when it seemed that many of my friends were moving far away, but that trend seems to have stopped.
Friends have moved back, or I’ve reconnected with friends over impending motherhood, or maybe I’ve just slowed down long enough to take the time for friends. No matter what the means to these friendships-I’m thankful for them. I feel like I have a support system around me. We are really doing life together. Up until now life has been pretty simple. Wake up; go to work; eat dinner; sleep; do it again. There were few things that really needed doing. I didn’t need advice. I didn’t need to connect-heck, I was talking to at least 150 different people every day; I didn’t have the energy to connect. I was doing okay if I sent out a text every now and then. Now, my life has changed. I don’t have a schedule. I’m about to have a baby, and most of my friends have babies too. We can connect. We can go on play dates and lunches and zoos. These wonderful people have offered to help me in any way they can. They are asking if they can bring meals and come visit to see my new baby. They are bringing me exercise balls to sit on to (fingers crossed) make this baby drop. They are keeping me company on days when there is just too much on my mind and I’m going stir crazy all at once. They are just doing what friends do, and it’s so nice.
If you are my friend near or far, thank you. You have no idea how much you’ve touched my life recently and how much it means to me to have you around. I can’t wait to see how our stories intertwine.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
It was a very happy birthday to B and a happy 4th as well!
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Seven years ago today I married this guy. He's my teammate, partner in life, personal comedian and baby daddy. We are so blessed. We've fought through the tough times and rejoiced in the great times. We've given each other space to grow and closeness to share. There is no one I would rather spend my life with.
Thank you, handsome man, for being my husband.
I love you!
Saturday, June 22, 2013
This may be one of my favorites of the sisters in a long time.
The rents looking adorable
Excited and silly
Dad made this sign on our last night. We can't wait to make this little girl a part of our tradition!
He is one proud Grand Pops to be!
We also got to see our cousins while we were there. The Disney tradition extends way beyond my immediate family, and their family vacation coincided with ours.
Friday, June 7, 2013
I went to the doctor yesterday and got an excellent report. Baby girl's heart beat was great, and I'm healthy too. She's measuring about a week ahead (33 weeks), but the doctor says that's normal. Baby girl has a favorite spot just above and to the right of my belly button. She curls up in it. I can see it and feel it. I told the doctor, and she could feel her. She said she thought it was her little butt nuzzled up in that spot.
Here's the belly in the nursery. I'm hoping to get some things hung on the walls to show off soon. My sweet friend, Stephanie, made the diaper cake and surprised me with it yesterday! It's so cute; I had to show it off. She just had an adorable little girl a few months ago. I'm looking forward to having a fellow new mom to share the early times with.
I also went to visit a friend of mine that has a precious brand new baby boy. It was wonderful to get to catch up with her and hold her little bundle. It is always amazing to see and hold a new life, but there was something much more real about it now. I could feel my little baby moving around while holding her sweet baby. It was surreal. It just made it a little more concrete that I have a new life growing inside of me.
Ellie is a big fan of the new carpet and had to sneak into the picture. Everyone keeps telling me how much I'm going to hate her once the baby is born, and I wish they would stop. Don't get me wrong; I hate her sometimes now. The other day she barked for 5 minutes just because I opened a trash bag, but she's a dog. That's what she does. I have loved dogs so much for my entire life, and it really breaks my heart when people say that I'm not going to love my dog anymore. I know she will have to take a backseat, but I'm going to love her just the same. It really bothers me. I've even been having nightmares about it. The world likes to portray the idea that pregnant women are crazy hormonal monsters, but I've decided that the world is just plain mean to pregnant women-at least verbally. I'm fairly certain the general public and well meaning friends and family just lose brain cells when talking to pregnant women. People say the rudest and dumbest things. I will give the world credit for being physically helpful and nice. I've had more groceries carried for me, doors held, and just general kindness since I've been pregnant. Those people are nice; it's the chatty people you have to watch out for.
I have to give myself some credit here too. Everyone knows that people say crazy things to pregnant women, and I really thought I wouldn't be able to control my vicious comebacks. I think I've taken the comments with very few comments or eyerolls on my part. I'm trying at least.
That's enough of my pregnant lady rant. I'm so blessed and don't want to complain about anything. This pregnancy has been wonderful. I'm so thankful that I've felt really well and strong during the process, and I'm even starting to feel stronger. There is something so encouraging about feeling the baby move so much. It's like I have a little teammate with me all of the time. She's wiggling around, and I'm thinking we can do this!
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
My baby shower hosted by several of my mom's teacher friends (and ladies I've known my whole life) along with my my mom and sisters was on May 18. It was an event that I'm still in shock over. All of the guests were so happy and generous. My family worked so hard to get everything perfect in the house and arrange the shower, and the hostesses brought delicious food.
The shower had a library theme. The invitation looked like a library card and asked the guests to bring their favorite children's book instead of a card.
The night before the shower Dad got to have his part in the gift giving. He and Mom had picked out the perfect stroller car seat combo and surprised me with it. I felt like I was getting a new car! I'm not sure why, but the stroller and car seat were the things I was most worried about and overwhelmed with choosing. They picked out the perfect teal combo that will be great for baby girl and future Bagley babies to come. Dad was especially proud to get to participate in the traditional "ladies only" shower events, and he escorted me into the room with his best proud smile!
The next day the house was in order and ready to go for the big event.
Front table with little book plate cards for the guests to stick in the books they brought.
Party favor table-mints, and bookmarks designed by my sister.
Dining room mantle with some of my childhood favorites-my teddy bear, Oscar the Grouch book, and children's Bibles.
My mom and sisters-simply the best.
Two of the sweetest ladies I've known since kindergarten
My mother-in-law and me
One of my favorite pictures of my mom and me
My aunt(Dad's sister) and cousin with us
With my mom's sister, my Memaw, and great aunts
The gifts! I'm still overwhelmed by the generosity of all of the guests.
It was really a great day! The food was delicious, the company was good, and the gifts were abundant. This is one loved and blessed little girl (okay two-the baby and me)!
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
With school ending and having a million things to do to prepare for this sweet baby, I have let my updates on the blog slide a little bit. Instead of bombarding you all with a thousand pictures in one post, I'm going to try to catch you up one post at a time.
We're going to have to go all the way back to April. I think this picture was taken around 26 or 27 weeks.
Also around this time, Bryant put the crib together.
He is so proud!
I'm not sure the exact date of this next "growth" picture, but I'm pretty sure it came next chronologically.
This next one is from Mother's Day around 28 weeks.
And from my perspective about a week later-around the beginning of week 30.
My toes are quickly disappearing.
Over all these weeks, I felt great. Baby girl was moving around a lot and Bryant got to feel and see her move. He and I took a trip to the beach and had some professional photos made. We had a great little "baby moon".
Baby shower, the end of school, and a nursery sneak peek to come soon!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
We are at 25 weeks and going strong! I am happy to say that I have no complaints in this pregnancy. My little girl is kicking away and moving around so much. I absolutely love feeling her. Bryant finally was able to feel her little kick last week. He was so cute. His mouth just gaped open and he shouted that she just kicked him right in the hand!
My sisters got to see her move. They watched my stomach intently last weekend until it bounced. They didn't get to feel her move though.
I went to see the doctor last week and got a great report. I can't believe that we'll get to see her face in 15 weeks. It's unbelievable. I feel so blessed to be her mommy.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Hello all! Want to know what I've been up to lately? Celebrating birthdays-that's what. Nearly all of my immediate family birthday celebrations occur in the spring, so virtually every other weekend is spent celebrating. We celebrated my birthday in March. There are no good pictures of that-thanks a lot husband.
Then we celebrated Dad's birthday a week later.
My sweet family. Thanks to Bryant for being our photographer.
Seriously, I'm the luckiest to have parents like these.
Last weekend we celebrated Leah's 21st birthday. I can't believe my baby sister is that old, but she is!
My sisters and my mom did Treetop adventures at Callaway Gardens to celebrate. Let me say; they are daring. I'm pretty glad I had the excuse of pregnancy to keep me out of the tops of trees obstacle course and zip line. It looked like loads of fun, but I'm pretty sure I would be terrified.
They are quite the daredevils! The course also included a dangling from the air ladder climb to a 75 foot platform that they zip lined off of. Crazy.Pants.
Later we celebrated with minicakes, ice cream, presents, and games.
I love these ladies!