Showered with Love

This past week I was blessed to have two different baby showers given for Charlotte.  The first one was on Thursday night and was given by some sweet ladies from Humboldt that have dinner together once a month, and I’ve been fortunate enough to tag along on these dinners.  We had the shower at O’Charley’s and had such a blast!  (And the waiter gave me a free caramel pie for dessert.  Score!)
 

On Friday night I drove to Memphis to stay the night at my parent’s house because my mom’s coworkers (who are like one big family) were throwing me a shower on Saturday morning.  I cannot even BELIEVE how many great presents we got for Charlotte.  And what’s even better is that some of my aunts from out of town came, as did my sister-in-law and her mom, and my two best friends from college.  It was a wonderful shower!

The surprise of the shower came at the end, when my mom told me I had to close my eyes while they brought out one more present.  I opened them (after what seemed like FOREVER) and saw this:

This cradle has quite the history.  My Uncle Oliver MADE it for me when I was a baby, so both my brother and I slept in it.  My parents kept it all these years.  They showed it to me months ago because they thought I could use it, but it was definitely showing its age.  They talked about restoring it at the time but then didn’t bring it up again, so I didn’t think much about it.  Turns out they cleaned and refinished it, and then my Aunt Zonia made the bumpers out of the crib sheets that match the bedding in the nursery!  I was completely surprised and moved to tears.  We already have the cradle set up in our room, ready to be used! 


When we got everything from the shower unloaded, here is what Charlotte’s room looked like:

 

I am completely overwhelmed by all the people in our lives who want to bless us as we prepare for Charlotte’s arrival.  I can’t wait for her to be here so she can see just how loved she is! 

I hope all of you had a great weekend as well!

The Beginnings

Man, I am SO GLAD the pregnancy is out in the open now! It was so hard to keep it a secret. Now I don’t have to think of things beside pregnancy to blog about. 🙂 You may have noticed that I changed the header on my blog. Since weight loss won’t be happening for a while and my life will be decidedly focused on the baby, I think Baby Love is a fitting name. I considered starting an entirely new blog in which to write all the baby-related posts, and I may still do so. What do you think? Would you follow me to a new blog, or should I just stick with this one?

Currently, according to BabyCenter.com Baby Mount is the size of a kidney bean. I love reading about all the developmental milestones that take place each week. When we found out I was pregnant, I was four weeks along, and the baby was the size of a poppy seed. We had some poppy seeds in the kitchen (for a recipe I never made, ahem), and I couldn’t believe how TINY a poppy seed is! Seriously, they are minuscule. It’s so amazing that a little life can actually grow inside of me!

The first 2 weeks I was pregnant, the whole thing seemed very surreal. I didn’t really feel pregnant and certainly wasn’t showing any outward signs of pregnancy, so it was hard to believe that I even was pregnant. That all changed when we went to our first doctor’s visit. I was 6 weeks along at that point, and Stephen, being the supportive husband and excited father-to-be that he is, went with me to the appointment. They confirmed that I was pregnant, which relieved me because even after taking 3 pregnancy tests I was still a little worried that I would find out I wasn’t in fact pregnant. 🙂 Then we met with my OBGYN, who examined me. She then decided to do an ultrasound to check for an ectopic pregnancy because I had been having some pain in my left side, and she wanted to rule that out. So we waited, rather anxiously, for about 30 minutes until they could squeeze us in. And then, after a few moments, we saw it: our baby. It was incredible! Then we heard the heartbeat, and tears sprung to my eyes because it made the whole thing so REAL. The baby was fine, and after talking with the doctor some more so I could ask her my list of questions, we left, our first baby picture in hand.

I am beyond thankful for this pregnancy. I know it is not something to take for granted, and I pray daily that God would remind me of the tremendous blessing and privilege and responsibility it is to bear and raise a child.

May we be worthy of the task.

A BIG Confession

I’ve been holding out on you, readers.

For four weeks.

But now, the time has come.

I can keep the secret no longer.

I’m ready to come clean.

Are you ready?

Here’s a picture hint:

That’s right, I’m PREGNANT! I’m 8 weeks as of today (the picture was taken at 6 weeks), and Stephen and I could not be more thrilled! We started trying at the beginning of this year, and we feel so blessed and overjoyed at the life growing inside of me. Our little baby is due February 28, and I’m so glad that 2011 is not a leap year. 🙂

So far, I haven’t had any morning sickness, but I have definitely been more tired and have felt dizzy at times. Overall, though, things are going well.

I hope you’ll all follow along with this new chapter of our lives. It’s going to be quite the adventure. 🙂