Sunday, August 30, 2009

Marriage Survey!

Marriage Survey

1. When is your "engagement" anniversary? December 15, 2006
2. When is your "marriage" anniversary? December 15, 2007 :)
3. How long have you known your spouse? 5 years in March 2010.
4. How long did you date/court before you were engaged? Almost 2 years
5. Where did you meet your spouse for the first time? My sister's tiny Ferndale apartment.
6. What is your spouse's full name? Judd Patrick Davis
7. Do you have any children? She's in the belly as we speak! (But she's welcome to make her exit any time now!)
8. How many - boys/girls? 1 girl
9. Do you have any house pets? Yep. Oakley! Judd loves him so much. ;)
10. Do you own a house or rent? Um, neither - technically. Owned by the farm.
11. Do you live in the country or town/city? In town for right now.
12. What is one of your favorite activities together? Watching our tv shows together, playing games, playing cards, taking our dogs walking when it's nice out, riding.
13. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? We've only been on one vacation since we got married. I'll let you know in a few years after we've gone to a few more places!
14. When did you first kiss? March 10, 2005
15. What church do you attend? Church of Christ - BOTH of us!
16. Did you get married in a church? Where? Yes! My hometown church in Senatobia. It was beautiful!
17. What town is your current address at? Cleveland.
18. Do you work or stay at home? I stay at home. He works.
19. Where did you go on your honeymoon? Cancun! It was a wedding gift from his parents. It was beautiful there.
20. What was the funniest gift you gave when dating? Funniest gift I gave? Hm. I can't really think of anything funny I gave him. I was too poor to be buying gifts just to be funny! BUT - on the other hand - my entire family gets a really good laugh out of our 2nd Valentine's Day. He overheard me telling someone I needed a hole punch for class. Judd, being the practical person he is, went to Walmart to get me a hole punch for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, they were out. So he bought me a stapler. Yes. A stapler. For Valentine's Day. He'll NEVER live that one down.
21. How long have you been together? 5 years in March.
22. How long did you know each other before you started dating? About a week? Ha! We met each other TO date!
23. Who asked who out? He asked me out. :) He called my sister to get my phone number!
24. How old are each of you? He's 24, I'm 23.
25. Where do you each work or go to school? He's a farmer with his dad. They have about 8,000 acres of soybeans and rice. I'm going to be a stay at home Mommy soon!
26. Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple? His long work hours. It gets very lonely when your husband leaves at 5:30am and gets home at 9:00pm. Especially since he works Saturdays and Sundays in between church. This time of year is say the least.
27. Did you go to the same school? No. I went to EMCC, he went to MSU.
28. Are you from the same home town? Nope!
29. Who is smarter? Depends on what subject!
30. Who is more sensitive? Um, no doubt about it. ME! And not just because I'm pregnant!
31. Where do you eat out most as a couple? Ha! La Cabana! Ha!
32. Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple? I guess Cancun!
33. Who has the craziest exes? He technically doesn't have any exes, so me. But I wouldn't really say I have all that many "crazy" exes.
34. Who has the worst temper? Me. Judd doesn't really have a temper.
35. Who does the cooking? Cooking? What's that? When we actually cook, I do it.
36. Who is more social? Hmm, Judd I guess. He can get along with anybody! I'm a social person but I've gotten MORE shy in the last few years. It really makes no sense at all.
37. Who is the neat-freak? I definitely like things cleaner than he does. But we both have our "particulars" that we like clean.
38. Who is more stubborn? We're both pretty stubborn. Most people don't get to see Judd's stubborn side though. He hides it well!
39. Who hogs the bed? Nowadays, ME - but he hogs it too!
40. Who wakes up earlier? Judd, obviously!
41. Where was your first date? Well, he came to Audra & Andrew's apartment and we played cards and hung out - then the next day we went to an MSU basketball game and out to dinner. It was a fun weekend!
43. Do you get flowers often? He's gotten pretty good about bringing them home on random occasions. I like those times the best.
44. How do you spend the holidays? Well if we're talking about Christmas, we spend it with our families. We travel back and forth. Family is what it's all about!
45. Who is more jealous? We really aren't jealous people.
46. How long did it take to get serious? Well, I moved to be with him in Starkville 9 months after we started dating. I pretty much moved there for him. I'd say that's when we ACTUALLY became serious.
47. Who eats more? HIM! Even when I'm pregnant. Ha!
48. Who does the laundry? He'll occasionally throw his work clothes in the washer, but for the most part - I do.
49. Who’s better with the computer? Me! Sometimes I can't stand to see him type because it's so slow. And it bugs me to watch him try to do something because he's too stubborn to let me have the computer - even though I could do it 15 times quicker!
50. Where do you see the two of you in ten years? Good one. Probably with 3-4 kids - living in the country, Judd farming. Oh my goodness - I'll have a 10 year old child. That's WAY too much to soak in.

That was fun! Copy and paste if you want to play!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

37 Weeks! Full Term!

As I sit here praying for my water to suddenly break, it occurs to me that I haven't done my 37 week post! Sorry! Well, I'm full term. Caroline could come out and play any day now, safely. All she's doing now is maturing. Her brain will continue to develop and she'll continue practicing her breathing, sucking, and swallowing skills. That's about it! She's about 6 1/2 - 7 lbs and 20-21 inches long depending. She shouldn't grow in length anymore and she won't be putting on quite as much weight as she was before.
I'm super uncomfortable, but I know this too shall pass! I've learned the hard way that "progress" means zilch. Absolute zilch. The only REAL labor signs are water breaking and longer, stronger, shorter together contractions. I've had neither. All the other signs that labor is "imminent" and "coming soon" are lies. Don't believe them! I've officially had them all - and as you can see below, I'm still very much pregnant. I've resigned myself that regardless of my dilation and effacement, I'll probably be pregnant forever. ;)
Everything is set up and waiting for her. Everything is washed and ready! Bags are mostly packed...there will be some last minute things to throw in the bag but for the most part - we're set! Car seat is installed. Cameras are charged. Now we just need a baby!
My sleep is SO totally out of whack. I guess it really doesn't matter all that much as she will probably adjust me to her sleeping schedule anyway! I sleep better when I'm in the bed by myself...(no offense, honey!) because I have so much more room. I've realized if I stay up super late and wake up late, my actual sleep is of better quality. I'll take whatever I can get these days. Whatever helps, I'll do it!
Well, I just don't have much to write about and there's not a whole lot going on right now so I leave you with my giant belly pictures. I hope it's the last one you get! Ha!

And just because I've got the same shirt on...

Friday, August 28, 2009

Still Waiting!

Well, it's about 2:45am, and here I am - wide awake. Not even bothering to time the contractions - I've figured out that they're going to be WAY more painful than this when they're real. But, they do inhibit sleep nonetheless. Obviously, nothing worth watching is on TV at this hour and there's nothing going on on the computer. Judd has been asleep since about 10pm - even the dog has abandoned me and gone to bed. Can't say I blame them!

I'm so ready to meet her. Some days I'm way more anxious than others - but in general, I'm ready. As ready as I'm going to get, I guess. I WILL miss these little movements in my belly. I love trying to distinguish which body part that is sticking out. Judd finds it very odd now and doesn't really want to touch it when she does that! So it's kinda become our little thing together. Soon I'll have to share it with other people. Soon I'll be getting up in the middle of the night to feed her and change her and rock her. Soon I'll be even more sleep deprived than I am right now. But that's okay. Those are moments you don't get back. Those are moments you look back on wish you'd cherished a little more. Those are moments when their little independent hands don't push you back and say, "No Mommy, I do it." So I'm going to do my very best to cherish those moments!

They call what I'm going through "false labor" but let me tell you something...there is NOTHING false about what's going on! I prefer the term "prodromal labor" simply because it doesn't imply what I'm going through isn't real. Ha! Sunday will be 2 weeks of this prodromal labor. It's simply exhausting. I keep reminding myself that this is probably just good practice for later. And everyone else loves to remind me of that as well. "She'll come when she's ready." Oh that's a tough sentence to hear when you wake up with cramps and "false" contractions all night long for weeks. I stopped timing contractions a week ago. One night, they were 3-4 minutes apart for over an hour. I was sure it was it. Of course, obviously, it wasn't it. As soon as we threw the bags in the car the contractions started spacing out. I was so disappointed. I reminded myself that if my baby needed extra cooking time, I'd give her as much time as she wanted. However, I had no idea that this prodromal labor would continue for yet another week with no end in sight yet! Ah well. Not much I can do about it. I walk a lot but my hips and pelvis have begun getting very angry with me when I walk for long stretches.

The house is clean. The dishes are done. The laundry is finished. The thank you cards are mailed. The only thing I really need to do is go buy some groceries so we don't come home to an empty fridge. We have no food - and it's time I make the dreaded trip to buy groceries and stock up. I'm full term, ya know! So Caroline, you can come whenever you're ready!!!

I've decided to list some things I couldn't have lived without during this pregnancy, so I'll remember for my next one (if this one doesn't kill me first!)

  1. Heating pad. This saved my back in 2nd tri and early 3rd tri. Surprisingly, my back feels way better now than it did back then!
  2. Tylenol PM. I can count how many times I've taken it on one hand, but those times helped me through some AWFUL back pain and allowed me to rest.
  3. Crackers. It hurt me to write that. "Eat a cracker" is a phrase I was SO tired of hearing by the end of 1st tri. But - it worked. When I wasn't feeling well, I would pull a cracker out of my purse and chow down. I instantly felt better!
  4. Stretchy pants. I'm not talking about maternity jeans. I'm talking, loose, stretchy gaucho type pants. They're the only pants that I wore in 1st tri and can still wear in the end of 3rd tri. Mine are from Old Navy and I *LOVE* them.
  5. Sonic Diet Cokes. Kiss my rear - they saved me. I had some really bad headaches in the beginning of 2nd tri and caffeine at least took the edge off of them. It was really just an added bonus if they were from Sonic because I could eat the ice afterwards. :)
  6. Big panties. Yes, so embarassing. Not gonna elaborate - I'm sure you can figure it out. Big girl panties...that's all I'm saying.
  7. Paper in my purse. I actually fanned myself in church with our checkbook the other day. Stupid me cleaned out my purse and left nothing to fan myself with. I fan myself everywhere I go because apparently, no one else likes their homes and buildings to be set to 66 degrees.
  8. Pregnancy books. I read every book I could get my hands on. I really like to educate myself and jump into whatever is going on. Pregnancy was no different. Since it was all so new to me, I constantly had questions. The more books I read, the better I felt about what was going on. I especially like the books that go week by week to tell you what's going on with you and the baby. I LOVED knowing what Caroline was doing each week.
  9. Flip flops. I couldn't put my foot into any other shoe right now if I HAD to. I started wearing my flip flops in April...I haven't seen any other kind of shoe on my foot since then. Ha!
  10. A sweet, patient husband. Last on the list, but first if these were in order. Seriously - you would have to be patient to put up with a pregnant woman. We pregnant women are a special breed. Your husband's love really shows when you're pregnant. I didn't really start getting raging hormonal and emotional until about 2 weeks ago (hmm, right around the time the prodromal labor began..strange) and Judd has been really patient with me. I've cried A LOT in the last 2 weeks. Sometimes, he'll say, "What's wrong? Why are you crying?" and through my sobs, all I can say is, "I don't know!" So he just sits and lets me cry. He tells me it's okay if I need to cry. Thank you, Judd - you have been so patient with me...especially the last 2 weeks. I'm so sorry I've been such a pain. Your wife will be back soon! I know you miss her...but just remember you're enduring this for a good cause!

So there you go. My top 10 "couldn't do without" list for pregnancy. I bet I could add things to it, but those were the first 10 to jump out at me.

Well, it's now 3:15am and the contractions have subsided long enough that I could probably fall asleep again. Of course. So if you actually made it all the way through the ramblings - God bless you. :)

I also want to thank my Mom & Dad and Audra & Andrew (and Drew!) for surprising me on my birthday and coming to visit. I can't believe you made a 4 hour round trip drive to see me. You have no idea how much it lifted my spirits! I needed that. I felt so special. :) It was so great to have y'all here - especially since Judd had to work all day. You just don't know how much I appreciated it. I love you all so much! (And DON'T WORRY - I will call you when it's time. I don't want you to miss Caroline's arrival any more than you do! So stop worrying!) :) You guys are the best.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Negative Nancy vs. Positive Polly

If you're trying to get pregnant or are currently ENJOYING pregnancy (is that possible?) not read this post. It will only discourage you.

Negative Nancy came by my house this morning and we spoke for a while. She's to blame for my sorry attitude today. :)

Seriously - there are a lot of things about pregnancy that no one bothers to tell you until after the fact...when you can't do anything about it. No, I wouldn't change this for the world - but still...where were my friends who've had babies?! Pregnancy...especially towards the disgusting. And if you've never been pregnant, I'm not posting the disgustingness on here for you! I had to find out for myself! Even the books don't do the disgustingness justice. My favorite book that I read was "The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy" by Vicki Iovine (I think it is spelled that way...) and her book gives a pretty good description of the disgustingness, but once you live it in real life - her book doesn't seem to touch it anymore.

And when these disgusting things start happening - you want to run and tell someone because HEY - what the heck was that? Was that normal? Surely not. But rest assured, the more disgusting it was - the more likely it is that it's normal..unfortunately. And really, who can you run and tell these things to? A friend who has been pregnant? She's probably grossed out on the inside because she remembers but doesn't want to imagine that coming from someone she considered a friend. Or maybe her Momnesia has already kicked in and she's back to enjoying the bliss of not remembering the disgustingness. Your husband? Not if you ever want him to look at you the same. If that's even possible after pregnancy.

And the pain? From this point on, I will never look at a pregnant woman and immediately think, "Aww..she's so cute! How sweet!" Instead, I'll think "Bless her poor, sweet heart. She's probably in so much pain right now." The hip and pelvic pain, the stupid contractions that hurt like spitfire but aren't doing anything, the sleepless nights because of said contractions OR general uncomfortableness, and to be honest, the belly itself is so heavy that even it hurts.

Oh for the poor, poor women who go past their due dates. I PRAY that I'm not one of them. I can't even imagine how much more miserable this can get. MISERY...I thought I felt that in the beginning of the 3rd trimester...HA!!!!! If that was misery - this is total torture. God did say he would increase labor pains and child bearing for women thanks to Eve. Really, God stuck it to the women and farmers. Weeds for the farmers, pain for the women. Judd and I are screwed.

My birthday is tomorrow - what do I want? My baby. I want her in my arms instead of my belly. I want the pain to end. (Disclaimer: I only want her if she's healthy. Do not misunderstand me. If she still needs time to cook, obviously, I'll do whatever I have to do to accomplish that...but by golly...if she's ready - come on!) I want to see the sweet face from the 3D ultrasound in REAL life. I want to touch her cute little foot from the outside instead of feeling it from the inside. I want to start losing weight. Yes, vain - I know. I want to know if she has hair. I want to hold her close to me and cherish those "newborn" moments that I'll never get back - no matter how exhausting. I want to make home videos that she'll watch when she's older. And take TONS of pictures. I want to remove every other picture in my house so the frames only hold her sweet face (although my nephews might get to stay...) So - in honor of my birthday, let's get this ball rolling a little faster, okay Caroline? Sound good to you?

Positive Polly doesn't seem to be anywhere around. If you see her, send her to my house. Negative Nancy doesn't seem to be leaving. I think she's settin up shop on my couch.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

36 Weeks & Finished Nursery!

Well, it's week 36. To say I'm uncomfortable would be the understatement of the year. Uncomfortable AND hormonal. Yes, "poor Judd" is right. I find myself getting angry very easily and I have to calm myself and step back and make sure it's something worth getting angry over. Nine times out of ten, it's not.

My sleep hasn't been great lately, and it's getting more and more difficult to even fall asleep. Even when I'm really, really takes me over an hour. There are things that I will miss about pregnancy. Like, feeling her movements (the unpainful ones), feeling her hiccups, the anticipation of meeting my first baby, etc. But - having said that - there are many more things that I won't miss. I'll list them here for your viewing pleasure.

I won't miss:
  1. Not being able to breathe because she's in my ribs.
  2. Her foot lodging itself in my ribs.
  3. Her fist punching me in the cervix.
  4. Peeing when I sneeze. Yes, I's disgusting.
  5. Having to sleep with a pillow between my legs because my hips and pelvis hurt so badly.
  6. Getting up to pee 128743398 times a night.
  7. My feet swelling.
  8. My cankles.
  9. The extra 26lbs that I've gained.
  10. The belly being in the way everytime I need to do something that requires bending over.

Those are just my top 10. I'm sure I could come up with more...but I feel like that would turn this post into a much more negative one than I need. I need to stay positive. I have 4 more weeks of this!

I owe you some I took some of Caroline's finished nursery. I'm pretty sure it's completely finished. There's not room for anything else, really! Her closet literally can't hold another piece of clothing. I was trying to push them all really far and cram more clothes in there...and they wouldn't move any further. So...we had to paint a chest of drawers and change the knobs on it so we'd have more space for clothes. Anyway, here is her nursery!

Her very full closet.

Our bags are (halfway) packed! Yay!

Her burp cloths!! I love them!
The shelf we hung above her chair. That wall really needed something! The teddy bear in the picture is one that Judd gave me alllllmost 5 years when we first started dating. :)
Her full room! The bassinet will be in our bedroom for her to sleep in for the first few weeks. The swing will probably end up in the living room!
The chest we painted and changed the hardware on. The signature mat is from my shower in Senatobia.

The majority of her room! Those are boppy pillows in her crib! I love them!
So there's her room. In all of it's glory! I think it turned out better than I originally expected, too! I'm very happy with it.
Caroline really isn't doing much in the next few weeks. She's perfecting her breathing and sucking abilities for life outside the womb, and she's gaining weight. And I'm gaining weight. And honestly, that's about it. She's supposedly 6lbs and about 18 inches long. It's really all one big guesstimate now! Her movements don't really include very many kicks anymore...but when she does kick - it's intense! She's still a head down baby! I've made a little progress so I'm anxious - but trying not to get too excited. :) Here's my big, fat belly picture. I really feel like she may have dropped but I have no medical basis for that. It feels like I'm carrying a bowling ball in between my legs...but ya know...what else is new?! ya go!

Sorry for the poor quality. I took this one myself. I think my belly looks a little more downward sloped than it did last week. :) If you disagree, don't tell me.
Here I am! I look really tired in this picture, probably because I am. But I'm always surprised how tired I look because I make a point to open my eyes a little wider and look a little cheerier. It doesn't help, apparently.
Have a happy week, everyone!

Handmade Baby Gifts!

Caroline is so blessed with such TALENTED family members! She got THREE handmade blankets, 1 pair of handmade baby booties, several burp cloths, and a bag (well, the bag is really for me!) - all made by her wonderful family. I have pictures of a few of the items.

Pink knitted blanket - made by Deda. There's also booties to match this, but they're already in my hospital bag for Caroline to wear!

Blanket made by my grandmother, Mamaw Jones. :) Judd loved the John Deere in pink! Very suitable for his l ittle girl!

Blanket made by Judd's grandmother, Mamaw Turner.

Those are just the blankets. Like I said, she got several other things that people worked really hard on - and we appreciate them all. They will be things she will cherish forever! We love you all!

Monday, August 17, 2009


It's been a hectic week! My shower was Sunday so the family was coming and I wanted Caroline's nursery to be perfect when they got here. So...we had lots to do! It's safe to say that it's pretty much finished. I'll post pictures of it on Wednesday! It finally looks finished. We painted a chest and changed the hardware on it for some extra storage, and we put up a shelf on the wall for knick knacks. It definitely looks like a little girl's room!

Our shower on Sunday was amazing! We have such a wonderful church family. We really and truly feel so blessed to have these people care so much about our daughter that they were willing to spend their hard earned money on her. We KNOW times are we really do appreciate everything. My living room is in a current disaster state. I had JUST gotten it clean from last week's shower! Ha! Caroline is one lucky (blessed!) little girl. Clothes, diapers, baby gear, sleepers, socks, hats, diaper bags, you name it - she got it!

It was so weird to see my family and think, "The next time I see you - I'll be in the hospital having a baby!!" It really kinda blows my mind. It was all I was able to think about after they left.

On the pregnancy front, I've noticed more swelling in the last couple of days - but nothing too bad. Propping my feet up for a while makes it go away so that's good. It was funny Sunday to see my feet coming over the sides of my flip flops. Audra said I had "Dunlap disease of the feet." Just in case you don't know what that means...Dunlap Disease is when your belly "dun lapped" over your belt. Ha! So really, I have it of the belly and the feet!

In MONUMENTAL news...I finished all...yes...ALL of my thank you notes today. I took four hours and sat down and wrote all the ones from yesterday's shower. It felt good! I really wanted to get them all mailed out this week (from both showers) and it's safe to say that I met my goal. Post office trip tomorrow!

I have my doctor's appointment on Wednesday. I'm excited about it because I start going every week from now on! I'll be full term NEXT WEEK!! Oh my goodness. It is kinda scary to say that. In one way, that day can't here soon enough - but in another way - WHAT are we going to do with a small baby?! We don't know anything about babies! Ha! I have minor meltdowns every day with this thought. Judd and I are going to be parents...that's a little scary. Ha!

Well, I know I owe you some pictures from my showers - and I promise that I will post them this week. I PROMISE. But for right now, I've got to get to work (at 12am....ha!) on cleaning my living room. I just can't go to sleep another night with it looking like a tornado of baby gear came through it. Be watching for my picture updates and 36 week update! Yay!

Friday, August 14, 2009

35 Weeks!

I have been a busy, busy girl since I got back home from Southaven yesterday! I've gotten lots of laundry, cleaning, thank you notes, and room organizing finished! We're desperately trying to get Caroline's room in order. We have SO many clothes for her that we had to get an old chest out of storage to paint it and put it in her room! Her closet is slam packed! She has no excuse to ever be naked! Ha!

Each week I reach a new level of uncomfortableness that I thought I'd peaked at the week before. I'm wrong every week when I think, "I doubt I get much more uncomfortable than this." Totally wrong. I'm starting to feel lots of pressure on my pelvis...which is odd. It makes it difficult to get up, roll over, etc. I'm doing fine though. My upper back pain only comes randomly now, and that's a blessing in itself! I guess my muscles have finally adjusted. It totally blows my mind that I'll be full term in 2 weeks. Where has the time gone?

I'm really excited because our church shower is this weekend and some of my family is coming. I'm excited for them to see our church family here and also see Caroline's nursery! We're SO blessed - and there isn't a single day that goes by that I don't remind myself of that. :)

So - what's Caroline up to this week? Not a whole lot, actually. But I'll give you a couple of bullets.

35 Weeks

  • Her liver is now processing her that's who I'll have to thank she blows out her first big diaper. :)
  • Her nails are already so long that they need clipping! Maybe that's why it feels like she's trying to claw her way out all the time...
  • She's approximately 5 1/2 lbs! My little chubs! May I just say that it totally BLOWS MY MIND that she's going to gain 2-3 more lbs before she's born....
  • She's approximately 18 inches long. ;) Unless she has the Jones' family traits of long legs!
  • She's pretty much run out of room now...which is why I feel less kicks and more rolls. My ribs just feel her feet run across them. It's nice not to have her kicking me anymore!

That's about it for this week. She's just steadily packing on the pounds! You'll have to excuse my horrible 35 week picture. You only get the belly (and even IT is slightly out of focus, thanks to my photographer husband.) No face in this picture. I look awful. lol. You'll be lucky if you get face in ANY more pictures. Ha! ;) Have a great week everyone!

Out-of-focus 35 week belly picture. Yes, I had to force the shirt to cover the bottom of my belly. :)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Baby Shower!

Let me tell you, I have some wonderful friends and family. Caroline now has more clothes and blankets than her own Mom & Dad! She's going to be so stylish! ;) I can't thank everyone enough. I got some BEAUTIFUL handmade things that I'm going to share pictures of when I get back to Cleveland. I'm staying with Audra for a couple of days while Andrew is out of town. When I get back, be ready for pictures of some very special handmade items from my family. They will be things Caroline will cherish forever. Maybe one day her own daughter can use them. I hope so!

To anyone who did ANYTHING to help with the shower in Senatobia, I can't thank you enough. The love that was shown to us was nothing short of amazing. We are so blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives. People spent their hard-earned money on our daughter, that they haven't even met yet! That means so much to us. We know how tough times are - so thank you to everyone!

For now, head over to Audra's blog for pictures!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Most Unsafe Baby Product...Ever

Seriously...prepare yourselves. These should NOT be allowed to be sold. I literally gasped when I saw the pictures. I hope she gets shut down before something terrible happens.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

34 Weeks w/ Picture!

Houston, we have a head down baby! Yay! I reaaaaally hope that she doesn't decide to turn back around. Either way, for now, she's head down and ready to go! I was right about my guess of the body parts...and to think I guessed purely from where her hiccups were felt. You can just put M.D. behind my name...thankyouverymuch. :)

My hips have started hurting if I lay on one side too long. I noticed that in my nap today. I guess that means they're starting to prepare for birth! Ah! I can't say I'm not nervous. I wasn't nervous before...but the closer it gets the more nervous I become. My braxton hicks contractions have started coming with a little more zing to them...a tiny bit painful. Makes me nervous for what the REAL contractions will feel like. I'm definitely a wee bit apprehensive. Oh well! I'm not the first woman to go through it..and I won't be the last! I'll be long as Judd doesn't act like an idiot and try to make me laugh constantly instead of actually supporting me. lol. He's laughing as I type this saying, "There's a good chance I will..." ;)

Caroline looked GREAT on the ultrasound. It was so much different seeing her this time. Last time I saw her at the doctor's office, I could see her whole body in one shot. This time, the tech had to move all over my huge belly to give me shots of different body parts. It was so fun seeing her! I asked the tech to check just oooonnneee more time to make sure she was still a girl...and she is! I actually got a really good, clear picture but I'm going to refrain from posting her lady parts on the web. ;) She'll appreciate that later in life. Fluid looked good, doctor said she had a "beautiful heart" which of course made me fly, and she's approximately 5lbs!! That's right where she's supposed to be. If she continues to gain 1/2lb a week, that will put her at 8lbs at my due date. Obviously, there is a lot of fluctuation, but she's going to be a good sized baby!

34 Weeks
  • The soft hair that covered her body is almost completely gone now. Good...we didn't want her looking like Cousin It.

  • She now starts developing her own antibodies this week instead of relying solely on the placenta. That's pretty interesting!

  • She's about 17 3/4 inches long. Can you tell her length growth is slowing down and her poundage is moving up?!

  • As I said before, she's about 5lbs...which is exactly what my newsletter said she would be! That's as heavy as a bag of sugar!!

That's about all she's up to. So without further I am. In all my huge glory...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


I'm getting so excited about my baby showers coming up. There's one this weekend, and then one the next weekend! We're also having my (early) birthday party this weekend at Senatobia - and birthdays are always fun! :)

I can't believe that tomorrow I'll be doing my 34 week update. Is that insane to anyone else? Part of me feels like I've been pregnant FOR-EVER, but part of me feels like I shouldn't be in the last stretch either. Some days I just want to hold her and cuddle her and see her sweet face...and other days I'm terrified!

We go for an ultrasound tomorrow so please pray that everything goes well and she's still healthy and happy in there. As much as I'd like her to come on out, she needs at least a couple more weeks to fatten up and mature a little more. I'm really excited about the ultrasound. I'm ready to see her! I hope she's active during the ultrasound...I like to see her move!

Friday we're going to take Duke to training school. Judd will start harvesting in the next couple of weeks so he's gotten as far with Duke as he'll be able to for quite a while. I'm sad, but at the same time, this will keep Judd from coming home and immediately going to play with Duke (which is necessary!) after Caroline gets here while she's a newborn. Duke will come home around December. :( It's the same trainer that trained Reese before she got sick, and he's a REALLY nice guy. He actually felt so bad about what happened to Reese that he gave us Duke as a puppy without charging us. Anyway, Friday we go take Duke to Blue Springs, then we'll head to Southaven to hang out with the family before the shower and my birthday party.

I'm probably going to hang out in Southaven with my sister on Monday & Tuesday because Andrew is going out of town and she needs some company. It's going to be hard to not come straight home to hang up Caroline's new things though! Well, I'll update tomorrow after the ultrasound with my 34 week update! Hope you all have a wonderful, blessed day!