Thursday, February 28, 2013

Baby Evelyn: Coming To A Birthing Canal Near You

Okay to start off this post... please watch this video of Rachel Green from the show F-R-I-E-N-D-S. THIS IS ME. Literally, ME!!! HAHAHAHA. This is exactly how I feel!!

I am almost 39 weeks pregnant, which makes me a little over a week away from my due date. I mean, for some reason, that feels like forever. FOREVER. Here's the thing that makes me MAD.... People assumed since I am the size of a beached whale that I was coming early. I believed those lies and convinced myself that I was coming early. I technically still have a chance to "come early" but I just have this feeling little baby Evelyn will be late. Yes folks, call my bet, I am betting she is going to go past March 11. You know what though, that's okay. God is still sovereign. He is still Good and full of Grace.

Here's the thing, I read John 11: 25 - 26 today. It says,

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

We hear this all the time, but really.... HE IS THE LIFE. We LIVE IN HIM AND WE NEVER DIE. He is our hope.  I stopped and prayed today that Evelyn believes in Him. I prayed that she would come to know Jesus at a young age. Not just "know" Jesus, but FOLLOW HIM. Thirst after him. So all this whining and complaining about being HUGE and pregnant faded away when I started to think about heaven. There in heaven, we will truly realize how glorious grace really is, how merciful God really is, and how endless SATISFACTION really is! AMEN!!! This suffering is only temporary!

I went into nesting mode this week. Deep cleaned the house, scrubbed the floors, finished the nursery, set up all her things, washed all her clothes, and packed her hospital bag! MOMMA is READY!!

We were able to buy this BRAND NEW swing thanks to my amazing co-workers and their generosity. So thankful!
Her car seat is ready! Both bases are installed in both our cars. Carol Anne got my the super cute arm cushion (heard it's a life saver) and cute little bug so Evelyn has something to play with in the car! 
Bookshelf coming along! 
Diaper rack ready! 
All of Evelyn's friends ready to play with her!
Bird mobile
Top view of crib
More Decor
Rocking Chair... I have a feeling I'll be spending a lot of time in here
Her bag is PACKED and ready to go to the hospital!!!!!
Changing Table
Changing Table
Mommy will always be watching you Evelyn!!! 
Some books I am currently reading

This Book has proven to be the most helpful. Praying that Evelyn builds her foundations on the truths found in this book.

THE BEST. I can't wait to read this to her.
2/50 bows that I have for her. These are just the two I am taking to the hospital!!

I can't wait to tweet about this tweet baby!!
Floor view 
Please join me in praying for this baby girl. I have been so blessed to have such a healthy pregnancy. She is completely perfect and healthy. Such a blessing. This girl is already so loved. Not just by me or Andrew but by our Heavenly Creator and Father.

I love you Evelyn. Now come and be with me!!! I am flattered you love my body so much, but I promise you will like it better out here (at least I hope so!!!).

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

3 Weeks and 6 Days

If Evelyn decides to come on our due date (which I hear is unlikely), I have 3 weeks and 6 days. That means in 3 weeks and 6 days, our lives will change forever. I will know and love Evelyn for the rest of my and her life (I already do!). I will go from just married to mother.

MOTHER. That word has so much meaning to it. I still can't believe someone will call me mom in just 3 short weeks. Well, she won't be calling me mom for a while since she won't be able to talk right away, but you get what I'm saying!!

I'm thankful for my amazing husband. NEVER in a million years did he think he would have to take a rolling pin and roll my back to relieve my horrible back pain. NEVER did he think he would have to put on my socks for me because there is a watermelon in my stomach. He does it all so selflessly and joyfully. He jokes that I'm his "waddling penguin mama." It's so true though. I am a  waddling penguin mama. Something Andrew is doing that I LOVE is that he is writing a journal for Evelyn. He reads the journal entries to her already. He will write in this journal throughout her childhood and when Evelyn turns 21 he will present the journal to her. It is full of prayers and biblical counseling. It's the most amazing thing.

The nursery is almost ready and the hospital bag is packed. The doctor checked my cervix today and I am only 1/2 centimeter dilated. That kind of killed my hopes of an early baby. I just want Evelyn to be healthy. So if that means she needs to bake for 3 more weeks, then so be it!  I will live! I will endure the fatigue, the swollen fingers, calves, feet, and face, the back pain, and the general state of uncomfortableness. It will all be worth it.

Baby Evelyn. I can't wait to meet you. You will be the CUTEST little thing in the world. I will take care of you. I will love you. I will also tell you about the greatest love ever known... Jesus. I pray you love him and follow him.  I love you sweet girl. See you soon.