Monday, September 1, 2008

Full-term!!

Well, I now am considered full-term. I only have 20 days until my due date!!! Wow, this last month actually seems to be going kind of slow now. :) So with less than 3 weeks to go I feel like I am definitely ready to have this baby. I pretty much have our house unpacked and put together and have everything ready for the baby. I am feeling huge and ready to give birth....but most importantly I am just so excited to see his/her face!!! It is so exciting not knowing what we are going to have. Thad and I go back and forth every week thinking it is going to be a girl and some weeks thinking it will be a boy...we have no idea!!! Most people think I am having a boy by the way I am carrying it all out front and low, but so many people have told me that they carry their boys and girls the same...so who knows?? Any predictions? The baby's heart rate is between 145-150, and everything is still looking great. The head is still down and my midwife thinks I will be having it right on time. My uterus is measuring average and I have now gained 45 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight!!!..wow! :) I have been feeling really good, just tired a lot and my hips have been hurting like crazy in the middle of the night as they have been loosening...but I know it will all be worth it soon. Many people have been asking me if I am anxious or scared for the birth with this being the first time, but I feel like the more educated I have been through out the journey the less nervous I get, and right now I feel very confident and ready for this birth. In our society we don't get to see people giving birth very often, or for some people they have never seen a live birth before, so we base what it will be like on what we see in the movies. After reading and watching many birth stories that are much more positive it gives me a more positive outlook when going into this. I still have no idea what to expect, but I feel very prepared(at least as much as I can be.) The best book by far that I have read during this time has been Ina Mae's Guide to Childbirth, by Ina Mae Gaskin. It has been the most honest and beneficial book to read as far as the mind/body connection in childbirth and also provided many birth stories from all sorts of different people. It really made it obvious that everybody is different, but how everyone got through it with a natural positive experience. It was really empowering. Also lately I have really been focusing on how God's power works through us. This is a verse that I have kept close to me to remember while in labor...
Isaiah 40:31 ...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
It is so neat to know that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is available to me on a daily basis!
So here is a picture of me at full-term (37 weeks.) I look pretty tired in this one; not the best picture... and hopefully next time you hear from me we will have our little one! yay!

p.s. At the bottom of the page is a sneak peak of the baby's room, I will show more pictures once it is all put together. Enjoy. :)

I was so excited about my Radio Flyer Goodwill purchase of $6.00!! Wahoo... that thing is probably a collectable by now. :)

12 comments:

Kelli B said...

Steph! We are so anxious and excited to hear about the arrival of Baby Fever! Wish you all the best in the next 20 days - hang in there. You are clinging to great truth from the word!

The Farwells said...

You look great Steph! I carried both Brenna and Blake the exact same- so those old wives tales didn't affect me, but if I had to guess for you I would say girl! We are praying for you and so excited to hear the news of that little blessings arrival! Katie

Anonymous said...

I was just thinking of you and knew it was getting close so I checked in on you- we are praying for you- hope all goes well and quickly! It is an absolutely amazing experience!!! Can't wait to hear.
Brent and Kari Osborne

Heather said...

WOW!!! Look at that belly!! You look adorable! I am still going with boy...but either way it will be the most amazing blessing! I can't wait to meet the little one!

Anonymous said...

Aunt Stephie--I like your purple skirt in your picture. I wish that you were here and I got some paper clips from my grandma today:) I can't wait to meet my new cousin. I love you and tell Uncle Thad 'hi' too:) Love, Jaya
Stephie...I love the baby's room, so cute and fun! I can't wait to see it for real and meet this new little one! We love you! Laura
PS...you look TOO cute!

African Kelli said...

Congrats again Steph! And that is one of my favorite verses. I'll be thinking of you this week and praying for your great health.

craftapple said...

Wow - you're so close now! Looking at some of your pictures I can see how little you are! I was like you - all belly. You are looking great! God bless your last few days of carrying this little one!

Maria said...

you look beautiful!!!! how fun! i love hearing about it getting close. kristin and i prayed for you and thad this morning. you're going to be great parents, i know it :) take care!

Becky Bartlett said...

What a cute picture... you look great! I'm excited to see the official pictures of the baby room... as artsy as you are, I bet it will be amazing. AND- of course I can't wait for pictures of the little one!! :) blessings-

Sara said...

You look AMAZING!! Can't wait to hear about it all. xxoo

Jess said...

Steph...Oh I can' wait to see pictures of him/her and hear how it all goes! By the time we're back in the QC you will have a baby!! maybe you do by now, since it's been awhile since you posted! Crazy!

Looking forward to seeing your new and expanded family!

Love
jess

Aimee said...

You look fabulous and the baby's room is PRECIOUS!!! Praying for you!!!

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