Wednesday, May 22, 2013

36 Weeks

We have less than 30 days to go....!

We're working so hard to get things organized from all the wonderful gifts we've received for Miss Violet:)

Look at this mess!

I'm so happy with some of the progress we've made in her nursery this past week. The curtains finally came in and we got a new light fixture hung as well as a bookshelf. Just a few more details and her room will be ready and waiting for her.

This past weekend we had another beautiful shower for our Baby Girl. Here are a few pics that I took but I need to get the rest from other people who took them for me.

This shower was given for us by Steve's family and the hostesses were Aunt MaryAnn, Aunt Lorie, Aunt Pat, Aunt Lana and Aunt Sandy Luken.  It was held at the Big Spring Country Club on May 18th (a bonus birthday treat for me!).

How cute is that chicken salad in a pineapple boat???

The wine bottles are the hostess gifts we gave out. It's the Cabernet that Steve bottled last summer and he made custom labels for them.

I just want to thank everyone who came together and worked so hard to celebrate our Baby Girl. Again, I was just so excited to make it to a point to have a baby shower and I just enjoyed the day!

And here is 12, 24 and 36 week comparison of belly shots. I'm running out of room to grow!

***Ok I am dying looking at these pictures....Not only am I much wider but it looks like I shrunk a few inches too! 

Monday, May 13, 2013

34.5 Weeks

I'll start off with a doctor appointment update....

Today we had a regular checkup and they decided to let us do an ultrasound.

We found out that Baby Violet is now 6 pounds!!

She's gained about 2 pounds in a month so if she keeps that up, then we're looking at an 8 pounder coming our way...Everybody please pause here and say a prayer for me....LOL:)

Last weekend we got to celebrate our baby girl with her first Baby Shower. I have to admit, I was so excited for this day, not because she would get so many cute presents but, because I was just so grateful to have made it to this milestone. I'm just so thankful that we made it to a point to even have a baby shower. 

 It was a great day and I want to thank my Aunt Trish, Aunt Phyllis and Rebecca for putting everything together and making it so special for our sweet girl. They had such sweet details like her "rainbow" cupcake cake and they even handed out potted Violets for prizes. I also want to thank everyone who came and celebrated with us (here's a shout out to those who traveled all the way from Arkansas!).  She is so loved already...

I also got the privilege to celebrate Mother's Day in a new way this year. This day has long been a difficult day for me as a Mother whose children can't be here with me. I remember my first Mother's Day when I was pregnant with Lila & Cole and it was just a wonderful day for me. I really did feel such a mix of that feeling this year along with the missing pieces I've felt from these three years past.

Mother's Day 2013

I just thanked God for giving me another chance to experience this day while pregnant with our second daughter and I remembered my sweet babies who I desperately miss so much. This is just another example of the weight of  joy and grief. And this is undoubtedly a challenge that we will always face.  And that's ok...

We can find beauty in the ashes and see the rainbow after the storm. It's our choice which moments to grieve and which to cherish. And we take them both together for they are the words on the pages of our family's story. And we'd never dare to erase even one of them...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I'm Still Here!

I know I missed last weeks post and I was close to missing one this week too!

Everything is just fine over here we've just been soooo busy this past week with Derby and my first ever baby shower (Yay!!) and I'm still fighting Steve for computer time with him working from home.

We're only about 6 weeks away now from meeting our sweet girl and I'm trying to get my butt in gear to get things situated for her. I am definitely feeling more heavy and tired this week so I've been resting as much as I can, while I still can:)

We have a checkup on Monday with our OB and before then I hope to go through my shower pictures and update with some of those.

Thank you everybody who came and celebrated with us! (And for not putting my pictures on facebook!)