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


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!