Bumpdates, Pregnancy

Bumpdate – 36 weeks

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How far along: 36 weeks
How big is baby: About the size of a honeydew, or 18-20 inches long (ish). Weight is around 6 pounds! (oh baby.)
Newest baby developments: His skin is getting smooth and soft and his gums are more firm. His liver and kidneys are in working order and his circulation and immune systems are pretty much good to go, too! If he was born today, he probably wouldn’t need any extra care at all since all of his major systems are ready for the real world. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay Jameson!!!
Movement: He’s actually getting some exercise as I type this. ๐Ÿ™‚ Most of his movements are low in my stomach (even though I still feel like I’m carrying him super high) but I can feel his feet in my mid-stomach, usually on the right side. Sometimes it almost feels like he’s grinding his way out, which feels really weird in my pelvis. But overall, he’s still doing awesome with going to sleep when I do and not kicking me too hard, aside from the occasional sharp little elbow in my side haha.
Weirdest symptoms: The Braxton Hicks contractions are definitely the most common symptom at this point… usually they don’t hurt (they’re just uncomfortable) but lately a few of them have made me stop what I’m doing and focus on breathing through it. They’re definitely getting more intense (which, in all honesty, is absolutely fine with me. The more practice I get in, hopefully the better my muscles will be at getting the job done during labor.).
Best moment this week: The nursery is totally finished and we got to take our hospital tour this past Thursday! Even though we were just there a few months ago when my sister had her baby, it was nice to walk through again and get a little more familiar with how the whole process will go and what we need to do/bring in preparation.
Worst moment this week: Nothing in particular, I just feel like I’m extra slow and tired these days.
Cravings: NOPE.
Looking forward to: Just finishing up packing my hospital bag (Alex is already good to go, what a stud) and getting a few more things together for Jameson’s diaper bag. Oh and we still need to install the car seat, like for real now. We should actually probably do that tonight haha.

DIY, Helpful Tidbits, Pregnancy

Jameson’s Nursery

We’re FINALLY done with our little boy’s animal-themed nursery (after months of putting it together a little bit at a time) so I wanted to make a post to show some of my favorite parts about it. I absolutely love how it turned out and I’m so thankful to my husband for helping me with all of it, even when he was tired from work or busy with school. He is the best and Jameson and I are so blessed to have him. ๐Ÿ™‚

And now, without further ado, please enjoy the crapload of pictures I’m about to post…

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Jameson has about 50 million onesies which I could tell were about to end up in massive heaps inside his dresser, so I ended up buying some IKEA drawer organizers from Amazon to help keep everything organized and easy to manage. I rolled each onesie to save space and separated the sizes into three drawers (newborn, 0-3 months, and 3-6 months, with a few 9 month onesies in there too). This is his newborn drawer:

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The other side of his dresser has three drawers as well, filled with hats, socks, toys, a billion diapers, receiving/swaddling blankets, and a few burp cloths.

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My sister uses theseย aden + anais swaddling blankets for her daughter and I loved how breathable and soft they were. Now Jameson has a set too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Above his dresser/changing station are these gorgeous, original pieces of art that were given to us at the shower by Alex’s aunt. I added the ribbons to tie into the light blue accents we have around the room and I love how they turned out!

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Quotes I saved from my baby shower decorations.

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I saw this binky jar idea on Pinterest and definitely wanted to include it in Jameson’s nursery. This way, I always know where to find a pacifier for him. We have a few different brands in there (including a wonderfulย mustache pacifier) so we can figure out which he likes best.

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Charlie loves looking out the sliding glass doors in Jameson’s room.

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One of my friends designed this cute little decoration:

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Can you tell books are kind of my favorite thing? I’m so grateful to my husband for giving up his time to hang everything for me. โค

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I found these adorableย baby safari animal prints on Etsy and fell in love with them, so we ordered a set for above Jameson’s crib (installed very securely, don’t worry people).

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This cutie was customized by one of my best friends for Jameson because she knows I love sock monkeys. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Some stuffed animals we wanted in his crib… a crocheted Mickey Mouse that Alex actually got for me while we were still dating, a Guess How Much I Love You bunny blanket that was one of the first things we bought for Jameson (before we even knew his gender), and a teddy bear by Gund because I have a very similar one (named Freddy) that I used to sleep with every night/still sometimes do hahaha.

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Two more stuffed friends…a blue puppy from Alex’s parents and the bestย bunny ever by Jellycat, which I’ve been obsessing over for months after seeing someone I follow on Instagram post pictures of her son with his Jellycat bunny.

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We went with the RIBBA picture ledges from IKEA for most of the shelving in the nursery. I thought they were cuter than just putting up a massive bookshelf and I also liked how they feature the books outward so that they add to the decorations in the room.

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Inside his closet (surprise! Even more clothes. I hope this kid likes being dressed up)…

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I handmade these closet organizers to help keep everything separated by size (particularly so that Alex can find stuff easily).

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Just one of my favorite outfits, based on Where the Wild Things Are. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Since I couldn’t fit all the bottoms that go with many of Jameson’s onesies inside his dresser, I used a cheap organizer I found at Target to separate them all by size.

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Each section has a label so it’s easy to grab what we need.

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The bottom two sections have pull-out drawers and they’re filled with things like towels and blankets and extra sheets.

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We have one other organizer on the other side of the closet for all his little baby shoes and some linen-related things (plus a couple of extra sections for whatever else we might need to organize later).

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The bedding set goes with our neutral, animal-themed ideas perfectly.

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I love the different textures on the blanket!

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Charlie loves hanging out in here. ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially because he can juuuust squeeze under the crib for a nap lol.

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Bumpdates, Pregnancy

Bumpdate – 35 weeks

35 weeks

(picture totally stolen from my friend from church, Dani, whose little boy is due just three days before Jameson!)

How far along: 35 weeks (and one day)
How big is baby: About the size of a coconut, or 18+ inches long (not exactly sure, it really just depends on his genetics). Weight is around 5.5 pounds.
Newest baby developments: His hearing is 100% fully developed and he might have started memorizing songs that I sing pretty often, which means he’ll recognize them after he’s born too. ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s still working on gaining some weight and he’ll probably put on at least a pound of fat before the big day.
Movement: Still moving consistently (which always is such a relief to me!), still gets the hiccups at least once a day, and still always gets annoyed that he has the hiccups haha (he starts kicking and punching until I talk to him and then he calms down). He’s so good about relaxing when I relax and going to sleep at the same time as me. I feel so lucky because I know that’s usually exactly opposite of babies at this stage. Most babies wake up when their mommies stop moving because the rocking helps put them to sleep. But not Jameson. ๐Ÿ™‚ He’d rather sleep when I sleep, which I absolutely love about him. I can’t wait to snuggle with him in person!
Weirdest symptoms: My Braxton Hicks contractions (which I’ve had pretty consistently since early the second trimester) have definitely picked up these past few days especially. They last for at least a minute (sometimes up to 2 minutes) and they’re getting stronger. They’re still sporadic, though, so it’s not real labor or anything yet.
Best moment this week: We’re pretty much DONE with the nursery! Alex is hanging some pictures up right now actually and then it’s finished! I have maybe one or two more loads of Jameson’s laundry to do, we have to install his car seat, and there’s a few things I need to get for the hospital, but we’re pretty much baby-ready at this point. ๐Ÿ™‚
Worst moment this week: Just some aches and pains but nothing terrible.
Cravings: Yeah, cravings don’t exist for me. Maybe the next baby haha.
Looking forward to: Our hospital tour this Thursday and just getting everything ready to go. ๐Ÿ™‚

Letters to Littles, Pregnancy

Letter #6

August 5, 2015

Dear Jameson,

You and I just got back from another appointment with one of the midwives who might deliver you and everything is looking great! Your heartbeat is strong, you’re at a healthy size (although the midwife did mention you’re more on the small side), and you’re getting in position to be born. We’re at 34.5 weeks right now so there’s probably only going to be four or five more appointments at the most before the big day! I’m really having trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that I’m going to meet you face to face in just over a month. There are so many things I want to know about you and even though a month isn’t very long, it still feels like too long to wait. I want to know what you look like, if you have your dad’s curls, if your eyes are green like mine, if you’re going to have the hiccups at least twice a day like you do right now. I want to know what your voice sounds like, what your smile looks like, what makes you feel happy again when you cry. I can’t wait to learn all your likes and dislikes…and then learn them all over again and again as you grow and change and become the man you probably are today as you read this.

I’ve loved every moment of carrying you with me everywhere these past eight months. Every baby is an incredible blessing from God, of course, but I feel like He blessed me just a little bit more than everyone else with you. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I guess that’s how most moms feel, but in every way possible…you’ve made this first experience with pregnancy so blissfully easy on me. Really, Jameson, you are already such a sweet baby. When I go to sleep, you stop moving too and go to sleep with me (and you never kick me awake at night). When you’re playing and exploring and I start to talk or sing to you, you immediately stop moving to listen. When I put my hand on my tummy to feel your stretches and twists and turns, you wiggle closer to be near me. I know it won’t always be this way and there will be times when we grow together and times when we grow apart, but I pray that we always end up near each other because I love every bit of who you are (even when you get annoyed with your hiccups and start punching and kicking around).

I am so indescribably blessed to be your mom, my sweet boy. I don’t have room in my heart for the amount of love I have for you, but I feel God stretching it every day so that it can fill up even more. I’m counting down the days until we get to meet! For now, though, I’m going to soak up every beautiful second of having you so close to me. I love you with everything I have, sweetheart.

Love, your mommy

Bumpdates, Pregnancy

Bumpdate – 34 weeks

34 weeks

How far along: 34 weeks (and two days, technically, but the picture is from 33.5 weeks)
How big is baby: About the size of a pineapple, or 18-20 inches long. Weight is around 4.9 pounds.
Newest baby developments: The white coating that protects Jameson’s skin (called the vernix) is getting thicker. His fingernails should be all grown in by now and he’s descending lower and lower into my pelvis as he gets ready to be born! Just a few more weeks, my little love!
Movement: Lots of sliding and stretching movements these days, as opposed to the straight kicks and punches that used to be so frequent. I can almost always feel his little feet pressed up on the right side of my stomach (sometimes I can even feel the outline of one of them!) and there’s a lot more pressure in my lower belly. He loves music and gets super active during church when our band plays. I’ve also recently noticed these strange breathing movements that he occasionally does… At first it freaked me out (my tummy will look like it’s breathing rapidly on its own) but I looked it up and apparently it’s fairly common and it just means that he’s literally practicing the motions of breathing. This is actually awesome because it means his lungs and breathing muscles are getting stronger. ๐Ÿ™‚
Weirdest symptoms: There’s the usual shortness of breath and slightly swollen/painful feet, but there’s also a fun new addition to the symptoms this week…leg cramps! I’ve been waking up at least once during the night with one or both of my legs cramping up for no good reason at all, which is awesome because then I also remember I have to get up and pee. Luckily they only last a few seconds and I can usually stop the cramp by flexing my feet. But one night this week I actually woke up screaming and crying because the cramp was so intense. That was nice and terrifying for my poor husband, although the next morning I went to talk to him about it and he had no memory of the traumatic event at all lol.
Best moment this week: Lots of great moments, as usual! The nursery is SO close to being done (I’ll be writing a separate post about all that once it’s officially finished) and I love how it’s turning out. We really only need to hang the decorations and buy one more shelf for the wall and then it’s done! We also have been receiving all our last minute baby necessities in the mail and I think there’s only a few more things coming in before everything is ready for Jameson. โค
Worst moment this week: Nothing that I can think of. ๐Ÿ™‚
Cravings: Uh, zero. I’ve given up thinking that I might get a real craving sometime during this pregnancy.
Looking forward to: Next week is going to be fun… we have our hospital tour/registration, we’re going to be installing the car seat (which doesn’t sound fun but I promise it’s exciting when it’s for your first baby), and I’m going to start packing up some things for the hospital just in case he decides to come a little early. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay for babies!!!

Bumpdates, Pregnancy

Bumpdate – 33 weeks

33 weeks

(didn’t have time to take a solo portrait this week but I think this one of me and my momma shows the bump pretty well!)

How far along: 33 weeks
How big is baby: About the size of a honeydew melon, or 17-19 inches long. Weight is around 4.5 pounds.
Newest baby developments: He’s started keeping his eyes open while he’s awake now, more like a newborn. He’s getting better at coordinating breathing movements with sucking and swallowing. His bones are hardening this week and his brain is still getting lots of developmental attention!
Movement: Feeling him pretty regularly and at regular times (particularly around 7-8 or 9 at night). Of course I love it every time (even when he shoves directly on my bladder when I have to pee) but his size makes it uncomfortable sometimes now. In fact, he’ll just be sleeping in there and not moving at all but my tummy will just HURT all around where he is. It feels so sore, like I’ve taken one too many punches to the stomach (which I probably have). I read on one of my apps that my amniotic fluid is pretty much maxed out at this point and since Jameson is still growing steadily, there’s less of a cushion for all those sharp movements. It’s okay, though. He can go ahead and kick me all he wants because that means he’s healthy and strong. ๐Ÿ™‚
Weirdest symptoms: That belly soreness and definitely a bit of swelling in my poor feet! My sister taught me and Alex how to massage them and get all that extra fluid back where it’s supposed to be so we’ve been trying that almost every night. I’m also trying to keep them elevated whenever I can because it can actually be painful just walking around!
Best moment this week: Oh my goodness, I had SUCH a great week! My two childhood best friends flew in from New York on Tuesday and were here until yesterday. We spent our days by the pool, at the movies, going to the mall, playing games, and going out for food a few times. So much fun! Then Saturday was my baby shower! The whole thing was storybook-themed because books are my life and it came out so darn cute. We asked that everyone invited bring a book instead of a card and now Jameson’s little library is filling right up. Makes my heart so happy! Alex and I had a blast looking through all the other shower gifts and clothes that Jameson received and pretty much everything is washed and put away now. (and ps, that kid has more outfits than I do.)
Worst moment this week: Saying goodbye to my friends is always hard, but I know they’ll be back soon and that next time, I’ll have my sweet baby on the outside. ๐Ÿ™‚
Cravings: None for this week (or really ever lol).
Looking forward to: We have a few more baby-related shipments coming in this week, including my diaper bag, carrier, and a glider for the nursery. Yay!

Some of my favorites from the shower…

Catherine with Erin's baby, Hayden.
Catherine with Erin’s baby, Hayden.

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Everyone chose a birthday and wrote a letter to Jameson for that year.
Everyone chose a birthday and wrote a letter to Jameson for that year.
One of the shower activities
One of the shower activities
“Green Eggs and Ham” mini spinach/egg/cheese/ham quiches
“The Three Little Pigs” pigs in a blanket

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Sisters <3
Sisters โค (and Madelyn)

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“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” vegetable platters
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” fruit kabobs
Erin & Hayden, me & Jameson, Stephanie & Madelyn
Erin & Hayden, me & Jameson, Stephanie & Madelyn
Bumpdates, Pregnancy

Bumpdate – 32 weeks

32 weeks

How far along: 32 weeks
How big is baby: About the size of a head of lettuce, or 17-19 inches long. Weight is around 3.9 pounds.
Newest baby developments: He’s starting to get ready for birth in terms of his position and he should be facing head-down very soon, if not already. He’s also continuing to practice basic life skills like breathing and sucking so that he’s ready for his birthday!
Movement: I’ve been noticing a lot more movement down in my pelvis, if that makes sense. Sometimes I think he’s already turned head-down but then other times I still feel him laying transverse. He’s running out of room, though, so pretty soon he’ll be stuck in that head-down position and he probably won’t be able to move around as much after that. His days of open swimming are over!
Weirdest symptoms: Shortness of breath for sure, and it’s getting annoying to not be able to bend down and pick things up. I literally have to go into full-on squat and then it’s hard to get back up (and that’s if I can see whatever it is I dropped in the first place. My bump is good at hiding things beneath me). I’m feeling more and more like a chubby old lady lol. I can’t even remember what it’s like to not be pregnant. I can’t wait to lay on my tummy again. ๐Ÿ™‚
Best moment this week: There were a lot of good moments this week! I got to spend time with friends and family quite a bit, which is always a blessing. We’ve been getting packages in the mail almost every day with things we’ve ordered for Jameson or things other people have been sending us. We ordered our stroller/car seat combo which I’ve been dying for since I was like two months pregnant (Britax B-Agile/B-Safe). We were able to hang curtains in Jameson’s room and his dresser is all mostly organized now! Plus my father-in-law came and helped us install a ceiling fan/light in his nursery, which was much-needed. It’s quickly becoming my favorite room in the apartment! Sometimes I go in there and read to him from his little collection of books. Sometimes I just sit with my back against his crib and look around, imagining my tiny, perfect baby who will be here so soon.
Worst moment this week: Well I threw away our mail key on accident lol. It wouldn’t be so bad except that this is the second mail key I’ve thrown away in the past two months. It doesn’t cost much to replace but I was so mad at myself! I’d like to blame it on pregnancy brain but I probably would’ve done the same thing before I was pregnant too lol. Sheesh! Alex says that when we get the new key, we’re tying it to a brick so I don’t throw it away again.
Cravings: If there are snap peas in the house, I will legitimately eat them all in one sitting. Like I can’t stop. It’s getting ridiculous.
Looking forward to: I have two friends coming to visit from New York on Tuesday! They’ll be here for a whole week, which includes my baby shower on Saturday! Yay!

Bumpdates, Pregnancy

Bumpdate – 31 weeks

31 weeks

(Not the best picture but I was rushing out the door so it’ll have to do!)

How far along: 31 weeks
How big is baby: About the size of a pineapple, or 18 inches long (ish). Weight is around 3.2 pounds.
Newest baby developments: More major brain and nerve development is taking place this week as more and more connections between neurons are made in his little body. All five of his senses are officially up and running and his irises can even react to light by dilating or constricting. Basically he’s very busy in there processing information, tracking light, and perceiving the signals he’s getting from all five senses.
Movement: One of my baby apps is telling me that he’s putting in longer stretches of sleep now and getting into more of a pattern of wakefulness/movement and rest/stillness. I’ve definitely been finding that to be true for Jameson, although I know exactly how to wake him up if I want to. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Last night Alex and I were playing with him for a little while, drumming our fingers on my belly and watching his reactions, pushing gently on different sides of my belly so that he would shove back, and Alex even blew some raspberries right where we knew Jameson was laying (which freaked the poor kid out lol). He launched himself to the other side of my belly as fast as he could!
Weirdest symptoms: Absolutely getting more and more out of breath by the day, sometimes for no reason at all (except that a certain someone is constantly shoving his feet into my diaphragm, I guess). I’ll just be sitting on the couch minding my own business and then all of a sudden I feel like I can’t get enough air. Sometimes it takes me a little while to get my breathing back to normal so I end up just huffing and puffing like a weirdo for a bit. Overall, though, I can’t complain. Compared to other pregnancies I’ve seen and even compared to the typical symptoms that my pregnancy apps are telling me should be happening at this stage…I’m so blessed. I’ve had no restless leg syndrome, no real swelling of my feet/hands, and really no trouble sleeping. Jameson is already such a good baby and when I lay down to relax for bed, he goes to sleep too (which seems kind of unheard of at this stage). Maybe it’s just luck and I’m sure he’ll get more and more squirmy as he continues to run out of room, but right now things are good and I’m so thankful for that.
Best moment this week: Jameson’s nursery is coming together! This week we got his dresser set up (a holy nightmare, if you ask me. Thank you, Fisherprice, for handing us a thousand chunks of wood and 8 billion screws and basically leaving the rest to us) and we ordered a few more decoration-type things that should be getting here within the next few weeks.
Worst moment this week: Honestly, probably putting together that stupid dresser. I mean, it’s super cute and it matches the crib, but we literally put our blood, sweat and tears into that thing for six hours on Saturday (or at least I did because I cut my leg tripping over a piece of the wood and started crying out of frustration around hour five lol).
Cravings: Uhh nope.
Looking forward to: Fixing up his nursery more! (nesting is for reals, y’all.)

The beast.
The beast. Alex & Jessica: 1, Demon Dresser: 0
Bumpdates, Pregnancy

Bumpdate – 30 weeks

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How far along: 30 weeks! (we’re in the countdown now…10 weeks to go!)
How big is baby: About the size of a butternut squash, or 17 inches long (pretty much at his birth height, just not as filled out). Weight is around 3.1 pounds (and he’ll gain approximately 1/2 a pound each week from here on out! Which also means that I’ll be gaining at least half a pound from here on out too haha).
Newest baby developments: He’s still packing on the fat, but his brain is what’s really developing more this week…it’s starting to look more like an adult brain with grooves and wrinkles to give him more surface area for storing everything he’ll learn later in life. He’s also starting to regulate his own body temperature so that fuzzy lanugo stuff that used to cover his skin is now starting to fall off. Also, he’s strong enough to grasp a finger this week. ๐Ÿ™‚
Movement: Sometimes almost painful with how hard he kicks! His feet are usually on my right side so that’s where I’m taking most of the hits. He’s big enough now that when he moves close enough to the top of my belly, you can actually see and feel his outline, which is really cool (and slightly creepy haha). I can usually tell whether it’s his feet or head or back that I’m seeing and sometimes I’ll just stay still and rub his little back or whatever it is for awhile until he changes positions.
Weirdest symptoms: The extra weight I’m toting around is definitely starting to wear on me…I get tired so much easier now and my back is usually aching by the end of the day. I have a smaller frame to begin with so I don’t know exactly how I’m going to deal with another 10 weeks of adding on all this extra weight. And I definitely don’t know how Jameson is going to have room in there for anything except curling up and staying still lol.
Best moment this week: Probably our Fourth of July family pool party/barbeque yesterday at my in-laws’ house. My whole family came as well, including my little niece who I just can’t get enough of! I love spending time with her. ๐Ÿ™‚
Worst moment this week: Nothing terrible at all, just starting to really feel all these aches and pains which is no fun.
Cravings: Nothing in particular (although I made candied pecans yesterday and those bad boys were like little candied pieces of heaven).
Looking forward to: Just getting more stuff ready in Jameson’s nursery. His mattress and some curtains for his room are being shipped (as well as his dresser) so everything should start coming together soon!

Letters to Littles, Pregnancy

Letter #5

July 2, 2015

Dear Jameson,

Your cousin Madelyn was born last week! By the time you read this, the two of you might be teenagers (which makes my mind feel like it’s going to explode), but right now she’s a tiny little thing…only 5 pounds and 10 ounces when she popped out. And you’re even smaller. If she’s anything like Aunt Stephanie and if you’re anything like me, I just know that Madelyn is going to be such a blessing in your life. I grew up laughing and acting silly and trying things I normally would have been way too scared to try, and it’s mostly because of Aunt Stephanie. I hope and pray the same for you and Madelyn, even though it’ll be different with a boy and a girl. Love her and protect her and stand up for her when you need to. She’s going to be your first friend and she’s going to love you so much, I just know it. Make sure you listen to her and let her teach you things; she doesn’t have cooties, I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚ Watch out for her always, sweetheart. She’s going to need a cousin like you, just like you’ll need a cousin like her. God planned our families so that the two of you would grow up together — don’t take that for granted.

Every time I see pictures of Madelyn or get to hold her and spend time with her, I get even more excited to meet you! I know it’s probably not very cool to have your mom talk about how excited she is to spend time with you, but too bad. I am excited — more excited than I’ve ever been for anything else in my life. You’ll understand someday when, Lord willing, you have kids of your own. There are so many things I can’t wait to experience with you, my first baby. I’ve thought about you and prayed for you since before I even knew your dad. And now, look how close we are! We’re going to meet face to face so soon. My heart can hardly handle it.

I pray for you, right now, that you will be a light for Jesus in this world. I pray you have boldness and wisdom in more ways than I’ve ever had and that you use your gifts and talents for Jesus and His kingdom. I pray that your entire being longs for and searches after your Savior. I pray that He blesses your life as much as He’s blessed mine (maybe even more!) and that He uses you to bring the truth of the Gospel into the culture around you, no matter how scary it might be. Most of all, I pray that you grow in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord (something my dad always prays for me and now I understand why). He is your rock, always.

I love you SO MUCH, Jameson. I love you and I’m proud of you, my boy. Thanks for making me a mommy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Love, Mom

P.S. We’re in the last trimester! Only a few more months to go!