August 1, 2011

on who I am (at the moment)...

baby shower outfit.

I am…

…presently 37 weeks and 4 days pregnant. Eisley is dancing around constantly, which makes me think she is just as excited to meet us as we are to meet her. I have a feeling that she is going to be a little bit late, as opposed to early—but only time will tell! I just discovered that I am actually experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions (I didn't know what they were supposed to feel like, apparently) and I'm secretly hoping that my body is starting to prepare for labor. I'm sure I'll post about this in more detail later on, but I'm planning on a natural labor and I'm trying to stay as positive as possible (mostly because I have no idea what I'm in for).

…working on organizing most rooms of the duplex. It's a process, for sure. But we have a lot we need to make room for, so we shall see! I've only snapped at my husband a handful of times thus far, so I'd say we're doing okay. (Poor Jay. At least our fridge is full of beer.)

…obsessing over cereal. I have one bowl every day as a fourth meal. Something ridiculously sugary is best (like Reese's Puffs or Frosted Flakes), but I do love me some Cheerios, as well. Mmmm, cereal.

…looking forward to hosting two crafty giveaways on my blog very soon! One will be featuring my sweet friend Vanessa's etsy shop, Artful Anthology (I adore her necklaces and baby onesies!). The other one will be featuring some of my favorite items from my own etsy shop, in celebration of reaching 500 sales (I'm so thrilled to have reached one of my biggest creative goals!).

…thankful to have such thoughtful people in my life. Two of my sweetest friends each threw me baby showers that were absolutely beautiful. I can't tell you how incredible it feels to be surrounded by such wonderful people who are so eager to celebrate this exciting time in my life. I feel like the wee one already has a huge group of people who love her to bits and pieces. And that makes me incredibly happy.

…watching Jay get more and more excited about becoming a father, and loving every single moment.

…in love with my newest ankle-hiding skirt, found at Old Navy (as seen in the photo above). It's the coziest thing I've ever worn. I want to wear it every day of my life. And maybe some nights, too.

…missing my parents and sisters now more than ever.

…feeling incredibly accomplished. Every single day I have quite the list of things I need to take care of, and it's been so freeing to know that I will most likely complete most (if not all) of the items every day. I'm so happy I've had this time to myself before the wee one arrives. I definitely made the right decision.

…incredibly encouraged by people who have true, blind faith. I've always believed that when you desire something and have the best of intentions, that somehow it will work out. Making this transition from both Jay and I working to basically cutting our income in half has been a real challenge. However, I have this peace that tells me it's going to work out just fine. My desire to stay home was completely driven by what I knew would be best for our family and for our daughter. Because of that, I have this peace that tells me we will be just fine. We may not have it all, but we have all we need (and so much of what we want).

…already looking forward to autumn, cooler weather and all the holidays ahead.

21 comments :

  1. You are so glowy and gorgeous! I love this post because I'm just starting to feel many of the same things, and hope they all keep growing along with this little babe. xoxoxo

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  2. you look GORGEOUS, seriously!

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  3. Beautiful. I want to see pictures from your shower! Mostly of the cute baby clothes I'm sure you received...

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  4. You are seriously the cutest pregnant woman I have ever seen :) I felt like such a frump my entire pregnancy but you look FANTASTIC! I had 3 weeks off before Topher made his grand entrance and I seriously think it was the most relaxing, stress-free 3 weeks of my life. I can't wait until I can be a full-time SAHM!

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  5. I adore your positive energy. I love that you try to make the very best out of every situation. It's something that you can be proud of very much. :)

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  6. You really are one gorgeous pregnant lady aren't you. I especially love your hair.

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  7. i love you and am so excited for you. this is going to be amazing. thank you for being the first in book club.

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  8. Such an amazing adventure that you and your little family are getting ready to set out on, wishcake!

    (ps saw your comment on Amy's blog - glad you don't think I'm too creepy for my confession.) ;)

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  9. 1. You are beautiful.

    2. I'm so glad that you are planning a natural labor and delivery. I did it, and it was awesome! A few tips: stay home as long as possible. I had an 18 hour labor, and 16 hours were spent in the comfort of our home. Have a bath or shower to manage your contractions. Have your husband press on/massage your back. And remember: you can do ANYTHING for a minute!

    3. Financial Peace University really helped us when we cut our income in half.

    4. God bless you in these last few weeks!

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  10. I am just so excited for you & Jay to meet Eisley. She's going to be so loved. I think you made the perfect decision. It will be hard, but it will also be so worth it.

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  11. your posts always make me smile, and you look lovely as always! looking forward to the giveaways ;)

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  12. i am so looking forward to autumn as well! you are beautiful! enjoy each and everyone of these last days before your little girl comes :) blessings!

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  13. What a beautiful post by a beautiful girl! You are absolutely adorable pregnant!

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  14. You look great. My sister just had her baby on July 21st...I actually just met him today. Newborns are so fun and cuddly. Happy Monday and pregnancy.

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  15. "We may not have it all, but we have all we need (and so much of what we want)."

    I wish more people could think that way.

    Maybe I should forward them to this post. You're clearly so very happy and at peace. :)

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  16. You're getting so close! I didn't recognize the Braxton-Hicks contractions at first either. So many pregnancy sensations have no comparison!

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  17. "I've always believed that when you desire something and have the best of intentions, that somehow it will work out."

    I'm living on blind faith right now, and my heart has never felt so right! I can't wait to watch the adventures that your life takes you on :)

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  18. Glad I am not the only pregnant lady obsessed with cereal! Great post :)

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  19. you are stunning! and one day I am going to convince you to come guest post over at my place! My readers NEED to know about your awesomeness!
    xoxo, ashley

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  20. You look so pretty! Loved this post. I love what you said at the end how 'we may not have it all, but we have what we need'.

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  21. You look lovely-- and I've been eyeing that skirt, too.

    (From one Kerri to another!)

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