Sunday, July 28, 2013

39 Weeks and Thoughts



39 weeks-fixed

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

Guest Posting for another Kate

Hi guys, I'm writing about writing for another writer named Kate today. You can see my post here. I hope you'll check it out!
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Friday, July 19, 2013

Weeks 37 and 38























I think it's pretty clear that baby girl grew between last week and this one. I saw the doctor today, and she's guessing that the baby is already weighing in at about 7 and 1/2 pounds. We are both healthy according to the doctor! 

I have to say I'm feeling some mixed emotions about the end of this pregnancy. I'm so excited and anxious and ready to meet my baby, but I have also loved experiencing this part of her life that I haven't had to share. I've gotten to feel the little swirls and kicks and nudges and hiccups that no one else can experience. At the same time, I'm ready to have the weight of this baby in my arms instead of inside my abdomen. I'm ready for her to see her daddy and for  him to experience life with her. I can't wait to see how they interact and build a relationship. Father daughter relationships can be so precious. I hope and pray that my two will have a special bond. I can't wait to see them giggle and play together. I can't wait to see how quickly he's wrapped around her little finger. I can't wait. 
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Most Offensive of Pregnancy Commentary

I've mentioned before that people say rude things to pregnant people. This isn't a news flash. It's pretty common knowledge that people put their nose where they shouldn't in life in general and feel especially free to do so when you're carrying around a baby bump.

I have been able to tolerate a lot-the cute old ladies, the well-meaning extended family members, the complete and total strangers.

The one comment that I cannot tolerate is the one about how long I've been married. Bryant and I have been married for 7 years. Apparently, this is far too long to wait to procreate, and people seem to feel very free to comment on that. My number one issue with that is that I have many friends who have had terrible trouble conceiving. Let me be clear, this is not a struggle that Bryant and I faced. I feel incredibly blessed by that every day. I've seen the heartbreak and heard the stories from many many friends. What if we had had trouble? What if we had been trying for 7 years? Every single time someone comments on the unthinkable amout of time we spent without child, I think of those friends. I think of how it must cut to the absolute bone if you've experienced infertility, and I find it offensive.

The rest of my reasons are as follows.

 I was 21 years old when I got married. 21!!!! I know very few people who are ready to have a child at that age. I certainly wasn't. I'm not even sure I was ready to get married at that age, but I did and it worked out. We are blessed. 

 I got married before I finished college. I still had one semester to go. Why would I have wanted to be pregnant for that?

 Bryant and I have accomplished a lot in the last 7 years. We built our relationship-which I believe is crucial for creating a healthy and happy family. A child needs the security of that, and I can assure you that if we had had a child early in our relationship, we wouldn't have had time to grow into our relationship. We bought a house. I got a master's degree. He started  more than one business. He has grown his art business. I've had no fewer than 5 different jobs. I've learned to be a teacher, and to love children that are not my own.

We've both learned to love in a bigger way than we ever would have had the capacity to 7 years ago. So to everyone who believes we've waited too long, please think twice before commenting to me or any other pregnant ladies on the length of time they waited before having children. You don't know their story. You don't know their struggle. You don't know their accomplishments. Be proud and excited for them. They've probably been trying their hardest to build a nice life for their future children. 
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Friday, July 12, 2013

The Joy of Weekly Trips to the OB/GYN

Last week started the first of my weekly visits to the lady doctor. Basically, I'm going there what feels like all of the time. I don't mind. It's always exciting to hear baby's heartbeat! I had an especially colorful trip into the office today, so I thought I would share.

 The adventure always begins with parking. You have to park in the correct section of the correct level and start a series of elevators and cross walks into the building. It might as well be a ropes course. As I was taking one of the many elevators on my journey today, one of my elevator mates was an adorable old lady with puffy white hair, a striped button down shirt, and flip up sunglasses-snazzy. 

As I entered the elevator, she made a loud "whooo-wee" noise and proceeded to announce to the rest of the group that she was glad she wasn't carrying "that" around giving a generous nod to my stomach. I giggled and answered the following questions about when I'm due and whatnot. We got off the elevator and were walking the same direction at the same speed. Yep, my waddle has reduced me to the speed of puffy white hair old ladies. 

As we walked past the line of people waiting to get on the elevator that we had just exited, she stared belly level at every woman we passed all while loudly declaring the enormity of their baby bellies. Then she started the story that really made me chuckle. She said in a perfect southern old lady voice with eyebrows raised, "I saw a lady with four little kids once and I asked her if she knew what caused that(she pointed at the imaginary children when she said this). That lady looked at me and said, 'yes, and I like it.'" She raised her eyebrows even further in a clear look of disapproval while pinching her mouth just like she had too much lemon in her sweet tea and finished, "I'll never ask that question again." 

She may not be asking any questions, but that tiny little lady is not shy about her belly stare downs. 
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Thankfulness

I'm going to be honest here. Often, I'm a very petty self-absorbed person. I don't give thanks enough. I don't appreciate enough. Today I am humbly and truly thankful. If you've been reading this blog for any time at all, you probably caught on to the fact that my family is everything to me. I'm absolutely blessed to come from a super close, loving family. We don't fight. We just have fun together, and I am thankful for that. Today I am extra thankful because my daddy had surgery yesterday and it was a little scary. He did great! He's recovering well and the surgery went smoothly. There were no glitches or problems. Let's get real though; it's dang scary when someone you love has surgery. There is so much out of your control. You just have to let it all go and have faith that your family will be taken care of. It's so frustrating when you can't do anything to help, because there's just not anything you can do. I did get to talk to him on the phone. He was cracking jokes and being himself which made me feel tons better. I can't wait to lay my eyes on him and know he's okay. If you get a chance, pray for quick healing. He's got some grandpa-ing to do soon!
Thankful, thankful, thankful today and every day
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

B's Birthday known to others as the 4th of July

Yep, my husband was born on a national holiday and he's a twin. Yep, he thinks he's the coolest thing for it. It's a good thing I think he's the coolest too. His twin brother lives in other parts of the world, so it's been odd for the last few years celebrating solo. I've tried to make his birthday an extra special occasion, and I think he has enjoyed it. Last year he turned 30 and he got a gift on the half hour for 12 hours. That, my friends, was a lot of fun. This year I didn't have a scheme planned out, but I did have a plan for his gift. Anyone who knows Bryant knows that his interests are unending. He likes hunting, and art, and music, and fashion, and photography, and just about anything else. The sick part about that long string of a sentence is that he's really good at all of those things. I mean the dude has talent, y'all. It's no wonder I went all starry eyed over him nearly 10 years ago.
 Anyway, at Christmas  my cousin got a ukulele and B thought it was super cool. Since Christmas I've had a secret plan to get him a ukulele for his birthday. How cute would he be playing a tiny instrument and singing to a tiny baby. I mean for real; that's too much to handle. I had this all planned out and was so excited until a few weeks ago when he started talking about wanting a new guitar. His guitar is a hand-me-down and he said he'd never had his own acoustic. *Light bulb moment* I got him a new guitar for his birthday. He loved it! Let me tell you; it was a shot in the dark. I'm about as musical as an anvil falling on a piano. My friend Emma and I walked into the guitar store and the guy immediately said, "whatever you're looking for I can find it for you." He did. I was so relieved that B liked it. He played it all day and has been playing it so often ever since. I was one happy lady! 
I couldn't wrap it, so he had to discover it hidden in the back of my car.

It was a very happy birthday to B and a happy 4th as well!
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Happy 36 Weeks


































I'm officially at the end of 36 weeks. That means that in days this baby will be full term. We both got a good report at the first of my weekly doctor's appointments this week. My doctor is guessing that baby girl will not be small (which I have been predicting from day 1). My mom did not have small babies, and I'm guessing that I won't either. The doctor said she thinks that baby girl is probably already weighing in at 6 pounds. Her heartbeat sounds so good and strong, and she wiggles around all the time. I'm still feeling really good, but I am feeling a bit more tired. My body is definitely telling me that it's almost time for baby. I think she will probably come before August 1. She may surprise me by being late, but I really think it will be before the due date. 

Her nursery is almost done, and I hope to post pictures soon. We just have a few things to hang on the walls, and I'll be ready to share. I love the room. It feels so comfortable and a reflection of my taste and personality. My best friend, Lindsey said, "It's quirky and put together and happy!" I agree with her and hope that this little girl will be all three of those things!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

7 Years



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!

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

There are so many exciting things to write about in this post.
 Number 1: Check out my new snazzy blog design. Erin from Two Thirds Hazel just created this beautiful design. I'm smitten. It was time for a new look with all of the other changes going on in my life! Doesn't it look great? 

Number 2: I'm almost 35 weeks now and all is well. There are only about 2 weeks until this baby is considered full term-whoa! Bryant and I took a childbirth class today and got a tour of the hospital. It was so helpful. I feel like he knows so much more about the process now, and I feel extremely comforted after seeing the hospital and knowing the details of where I'll give birth. I'm such a planner that having a visual of the room and hospital is totally helpful. It has also already made it so much easier to talk about all of the details. Before we would start in on a topic and quickly conclude that we just didn't know, now we know and can articulate our feelings and concerns so much better. 

Number 3: I just got back early this week from our yearly family vacation to Disney World. Yep, I went at 33 almost 34 weeks pregnant. Nope, I didn't just lounge by the pool eating Mickey ice cream. I waddled through the parks right along with everyone else. We took it slow and had a blast! There is nothing better than family time, and we can't wait to introduce this little one to our tradition. Family is so important to me. It really is everything. I've always known this, but with a baby on the way it's magnified even more. It is such a blessing to be able to step away from the stress of everyday life to just enjoy each other and laugh.

The 34 week belly photo at Disney's Wilderness Lodge-No, I did not have my picture taken by an enormous building just to show that I'm not quite as big as the building. 









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. 

Gorgeous sky

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Friday, June 7, 2013

32 Week Update

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

Baby Shower

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

Updates

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.

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Also around this time, Bryant put the crib together. 

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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.

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This next one is from Mother's Day around 28 weeks.

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And from my perspective about a week later-around the beginning of week 30.

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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

25 Weeks

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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

Spring Events

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!