Thursday, June 26, 2014

Baby Shower Fun and 33 Weeks!

This past Saturday we got to celebrate Abby Wren's upcoming arrival with family and friends at the most beautiful baby shower! Our friends Tina and Amanda put so much thought and love (and work, sheesh!) into every little bit of the shower, I was completely blown away.  Thank you both so so much!  It reminded me just how blessed we are to have these particular people in our lives at this particular moment - God HAS been looking out for us.  I really had a wonderful time and it was so nice to get to do a normal, happy pregnancy thing (I had thought I would cry through the whole party, but with the exception of two teary moments, I made it...until I got home).  Thank you to everyone who played a part in making this day so special, I appreciate it more than I can express.

In addition, some friends who couldn't make it on Saturday took me out for lunch on Tuesday.  They are a hilarious group of ladies and I'm thrilled I was able to spend time with them even though scheduling hadn't worked out over the weekend.

Here are just a couple of pictures from Saturday's shower - look at all of the sweet little bird details!

This banner is now hanging in Abby's room!
Jameson and me as babies, with just a few of the great decorations/details!
We were overwhelmed by everyone's generosity!
Tina, Me, Mom, and Amanda - Thank you so much, ladies!

33 Week Update!

In addition to the shower, we've had a lot going on this week!  My mom flew back out after a brief stint back home in California, and my aunt Luanne, cousin Adri, and little cousin Ellie flew up from Florida!  We got to spend a lot of time hanging out, catching up, and going through itty bitty baby clothes.  Ellie was super helpful at the shower, carrying tissue paper from the gift bags to the trash bag (so cute)!  She was very interested in meeting baby Abby, and seemed unimpressed that she'd decided to stay hidden in my belly, haha.  She also made sure I was very familiar with how to buckle and unbuckle all of Abby's gear.  Thanks, Ellie!  We don't get to see each other as often as we'd like, and having them come visit was really wonderful.   

Me and Ellie
We also had our first appointment with our new doctors at Miami Valley Hospital on Monday.  They've been really nice so far and seem well acquainted with everything that's been going on.  It's a little weird not seeing Dr. Wenckus anymore, but I know this change is for the best.  We did another ultrasound to monitor Abby's growth, and it looks like most of that growth is happening in her cheeks! So adorably chubby! Oh, and they said that she has hair (isn't it crazy what they can see in ultrasounds?).  I said that she must get that from her daddy as I was a bald, bald baby.  Based on her measurements, they're estimating that she's about 4.5 pounds, which is right on track for where she should be at 33 weeks.  Right now there is no plan to try to deliver her early, and it looks like we'll only need to do a C-Section if things are looking iffy further down the road.  So, we'll wait until Abby decides it's time to arrive! 

Not the best picture, as she wouldn't get her hands out of her face,
but you can kind of see how chubby her cheeks have gotten!

I'm still physically feeling well, and am pretty much back to where my energy levels were before our hospital stay.  Emotionally...well...remember how I said that my emotions had been all over the place?  Well, I've gone from from last week's "wanting to know everything" phase to this week's "I don't want to think about surgeries or syndromes again until after she's born" phase.  I'll be honest, I've been battling a lot of negative feelings, and it helps to focus on anything other than what we're hearing at doctors appointments.  Sometimes I have to remind myself that we are having a baby, not a medical case.  I'm enjoying organizing all of Abby's stuff, and am trying to keep my mind on things like onesies and diapers, as opposed to cranial sutures.

That's it for now, I think!  We'll have doctor appointments again at 35 and 37 weeks - at which point I will technically be full-term!  Only a few more weeks to go...

The belly! (and a squinty Jameson, haha)


  1. Glad the baby shower was awesome and that you are surrounded by awesome family and friends. All my love! <3

  2. Sending love! So glad you had a good week. :)

    Mary Hallman Smith