Dear Lil’ J,
Today is the day I dreamed you would be born. I’m not sure why the date stuck out in my mind but about a month ago I dreamed you’d be born June 19th… Juneteenth actually. There’s lots of parades and festivals going on today to celebrate the occasion of the ending of slavery which was officially marked June 19th 1865. Next year I hope to dress you up and bring you to the parade, I think you’ll like it!
I’m so excited to do things with you. I know I’m probably going to be really tired a lot, and there will be days when we won’t leave the house for one second, but I hope to take you out on walks with Snoop, and get some fresh air together from time to time. I don’t want to force it or anything but I think the sooner we attempt to do things together the less scared I’ll be as time goes on.
It’s really hard for me not to wonder when you’re coming. I’m trying to think of ways to take my mind off of constantly wondering… I’m thinking of exciting things to look forward to BESIDES you coming. Of coruse there’s nothing as exciting so this is VERY hard.
I want to go to the temple one more time before you come. But it’s an hour and a half away, and your dad is working so I’ll have to go alone, or find a friend who can go with me. At least that would be smart… If I end up going into labor sometime that day it probably won’t be best to be driving by myself. But I REALLY want to go. But I have a feeling if I DO go alone, you’ll decide it’s time to show up. If I don’t, well of course you’ll stay put.
I’d also like to see Toy Story 3. I would bring you once your out but I figure you can still hear it in my womb and we’ll both probably enjoy it more this way. Don’t worry, I’ll buy it when it comes out on DVD so you can see it. Now I just have to convince your daddy to come with me!
The carpet cleaners are coming Wednesday, I guess that’s a little something to look forward to.
Snoop’s groomed and ready to meet you. I don’t know what else to do! Oooh, maybe I’ll make another piece of artwork for your room to hang over your door frame. I was going to use vinyl but maybe I’ll just draw and paint something myself. I really want to make you a sign that says “Princess: Daughter of a Heavenly King.” That’ll take time, and be fun! We’ll see. I also still need to find you a cute baby memory book. I looked at some at Babies are Us for like and hour yesterday but none of them seemed right to me. I don’t know what I’m looking for.
I bought you a cute bathing suit yesterday. You don’t have one yet but since we live around so much water, and may do a little splashing around this summer I decided to get you one. I think I may also get us a kiddie pool to go in the backyard. I can just picture it now. You me, and Snoop cooling off in the little plastic pool.
Earlier this week when we went to the doctor we found out I was 20% effaced and 1.5cm dilated. So we’ve made a little more progress. I have my last scheduled appointment next Tuesday, but we’ll most likely have to set up another one in case you decide to come much longer after your projected due date.
You’re pretty much done cooking now. Just adding extra fat and stuff. You’re still moving a TON (I think you’re trying to escape) and squishing my bladder. Thanks.
Well Lil’ J. I hope you’re having fun in there. I hope you’ll like it more out here and decide to show your pretty face sometime between now and Friday.
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Dear Lil’ J,
I must say this week has been one full of MAJOR mood swings for me. One day I’m so ready for you to come out and ready to take over my new “mommy role” then the next moment I’m totally freaking out wondering what I was thinking.
Don’t you worry little girl, I’ve read these feelings are normal, and I’m going to be just fine when we meet, it’s just scary thinking that the way I’ve experienced and seen life, my entire life will be completely different in a matter of weeks.You are getting so close to coming out too, I can tell. I have just been feeling different lately, it’s hard to explain, it just feels like things are revving up for your big day. Also… This is a little icky (TMI ALERT!), but the mucus plug that blocks you from the outside world, so to speak, came out today! Yep, I was very surprised to see it. It wasn’t what I expected… I pictured one big solid wad of mucus shaped like a cork plug that would go in an over-sized bottle of sparkling cider, but it was nothing like that. It was more like a lot of snot coming out.
Anyway, I caught you on camera last week, FINALLY rolling around in there. You always stop when I get the camera out so I bought an app for my iPhone so I now have video capabilities! You weren’t as rowdy as you can get but I got a little movement here. Don’t mind the background noise, I was watching Forensic Files. Look towards my belly button and you can see your elbow or shoulder or something moving around.
This week you’re about 6.8 lbs… I’m thinking you may be a little bigger, though I can’t picture you being super big just cause it’s hard imagining a full-sized baby in there!
Your eye color is either brown, or maybe grayish. I kind of hope they are gray-looking cause then they can change to one of many colors, and I think you would look so cute with your daddy’s eyes. That’s the first thing I noticed about him!
I’m predicting you’ll decide to come out sometime next week, but I’m still hoping you stick around and come on the 23rd… The day your daddy and I met. Although it would also be pretty cool if you arrived on Father’s Day. What a nice present for your dad that would be! I wouldn’t even have to get him anything else! As long as you come in June (I like that month better than July) we’ll be good. But I don’t think that’ll be a problem.
I wake up every morning wondering if I’m having contractions or if my water broke… Nope and nope. I’m sure I’ll know when it’s for real, but it’s exciting wondering when it’ll happen.
I got so much work done at work this week, I finished the 12 extra stories I was trying to get ahead on for maternity leave and now I feel like I’m more relaxed and ready.
Our bags are packed, your daddy and I will put your car seat in hopefully Monday, the same day the cleaners come over and the same day Snoop is getting cleaned up at the groomers. I’m also going to get a nice relaxing manicure and pedicure that day. I already got my hair done this week! So needless to say, I’m on my way to getting fully pampered for the big day!
Don’t worry, I’m bringing cute stuff for you to wear too, hats and blankets and bows! I can’t wait to dress you up.
Your daddy and I were talking tonight about how we feel about bringing you home. Neither of us are worried about you crying a lot or loosing sleep. I think we just expect it, and are excited for the challenge. Plus, we know it’ll all be worth it.
I’m eager to meet you but not in too much of a rush. Something about knowing you’ll be here in a few weeks regardless makes me content. We’re almost there baby girl! I can’t wait to see your beautiful face.
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I organized more of the nursery yesterday, and fumbled around with a CD player that’s attached to the crib. I got it as a gift at my baby shower. I’m excited to share the gift of music with my baby girl. I pretty much immediately began searching for good lullabys to buy and save to CD to play for her at night.
Eager to start a new tradition, I bought some church primary songs off iTunes. Primary songs are children’s songs kids sing at my church during the third hour… Yes, third hour of church. After Sacrament meeting and Sunday School.
My family joined the LDS church and became active when I was about 11-years-old. I’ve always felt “behind” compared to everyone else my age. I didn’t know the songs the kids would all sing in primary, and since you graduate at 12, I didn’t have much time to learn them.
I do sort of have a daily “to do” routine though. I listen to labor hypnosis and/or pregnancy affirmations in the morning while I also play a BabyPlus lesson for you. Then I try to write in my pregnancy journal as well. In the afternoon or evening after work I’ll read some information in my Lamaze books about childbirth while you listen to another BabyPlus lesson, then your daddy and I practice the techniques we’ve learned in Lamaze class. It’s crazy that it’s so much stuff all leading up to just one day! It had better be good!
I am enjoying the fun stuff about preparing for that day. Making labor playlists, packing our hospital bag. I already have your “coming home” outfit packed, with matching socks and a hairbow!
I’m starting to get soooo much more tired, so exhausted, and walking really hurts my feet by the end of the night (they’re swollen again). I still sleep really well though, partly cause I have a freaking awesome pregnancy pillow. I’m just getting up more to go to the bathroom.
I go to the doctor again on Tuesday and I’m excited to see if I’m still gaining weight. I’m sure I am because I feel bigger every day. You weigh about 3.75 pounds now and are gaining about half a pound a week right now, and you’ll gain about a third of your total weight these next 7 weeks! You have toe nails, fingernails (which by the way according to that movie Juno, I thought you had at like six weeks) and hair! I hope you have lots of hair when you’re born!Every day I think to myself and say to you dad: “Can you believe we’re going to have a baby in a matter of WEEKS?” I don’t think it’s REALLY sunk in for either of us, but I know we’re so excited or what’s ahead.
Happy eight months my little princess, keep growing strong for us!
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We are 31 weeks along today… That means there’s just about 9 more weeks until you arrive! My mom had me a couple of weeks early, I wonder if that means you may be a little early. I had a long conversation with your grandma about all of her labors with your aunts. She had everyone pretty fast, she had me in about 12 hours with no epidural. 12 hours sounds like a long time but compared to other lengths I’ve heard it’s not that bad.
I’m hoping you come on June 23rd. That’s the day your daddy and I met, and it’s exactly six months from our anniversary. I think it would be fun to celebrate your birthday on the anniversary from the day we met, and our half-year wedding anniversary! So try to plan for that ok?
I keep having dreams about you coming out WAY early, like now, and I was in a scramble cause we didn’t get to take our Lamaze classes (they start on Tuesday!) and I didn’t have my hospital bag packed, or my cute hospital gown. I know those aren’t the important things, but I guess they’re the things that show up in my dreams.
I also just had a dream you came out totally white with an alien-shaped head. I think it was a combination of writing about my “Aliens on Board” shirt and watching Independence Day last night.
We have your bed all set up, your bassinet, and your mattress in your crib, even your dresser has your night gowns already folded, and we have a bundle of diapers! I’m starting to feel MUCH more prepared! Now I can focus on the fun stuff and counting down until you arrive… OOH, maybe I’ll make a paper chain, I LOVE paper chains!
Lately I’ve been wondering what the heck you’re doing in my stomach. You are constantly moving, and I mean constantly! I’m suppose to do daily kick counts now and I have no problem counting you kick 10 times very quickly, even several times in a day! I wonder if you’ll be this active when you get out. And I wonder what you’re doing in there, dancing? Trying to get comfortable? You especially move a lot when I put the BabyPlus on. It’s suppose to help you sleep better once you’re born but with all the moving you do when you’re listening to it I wonder if you’ll actually just be wide awake and ready to play when you’re born. I can’t wait until you’re big enough to play. I think at first you’ll just want to eat and sleep a lot, which is great for pictures, but probably not the most entertaining. It’s ok though, I’m sure I’ll miss that stage as soon as you grow out of it, so I’ll try to enjoy it.
Yesterday my friend Tara took some pictures of us. You were kicking then too of course, and spinning around. I’ve always been excited to take maternity photos. I can’t wait to see more of the pictures she took. She’s not only talented but she goes to our church, loves babies, blogs, AND photography! It was raining outside so we went to her house and made a fun little studio. I can’t wait for you to meet her. She may even be at your birth! She takes great baby photos so you can bet you’ll be growing up in front of a camera lens… Sorry. Notice the little line on my belly? It’s called a Linea Negra. I didn’t have one before I was pregnant but I hear some people develop it and it can go away. We debated editing it out but decided to keep it in the photos since it’s a part of you!
I like taking pictures, mostly cause I like capturing the moment. Your dad… Not so much. I think it’s a guy thing.
Last night I told him he’d better be all smiley and happy for our family photos cause those are very important to me! I’m hoping he’ll be more excited to take pictures once you get here… We’ll see.
You’re about 3.3 pounds now (about the weight of four naval oranges), and about 16in long. You can turn your head from side to side, and you’re plumping up with lots of fat now, yay!! And I guess it’s normal that you move a lot at this time. If only I could catch you on camera… Hmm, That will be my mission this week!
Happy 31 weeks baby girl, keep growing for mommy, I can’t wait to meet you!!
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You’re ALWAYS dancing around in my belly. You are a very very active baby. I’ve heard that means you’ll probably stay that way once you come out. You can see my stomach jump all of the time, last weekend people at work even saw you and all said “WOAH” at the same time when they could see you push up like an alien trying to get out. I still haven’t gotten you on video camera yet, and there’s only 10 more weeks to catch you!
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I’ve always been a prissy girl. I’ve forever loved to get all dolled up especially when it comes to dresses. But one thing that’s been sort of against the grain among my girlie instincts is my distaste for shoes. So much so that I don’t even pay attention to the shoes I put on my feet sometimes, which is probably why I wound up wearing mismatched shoes to work last week. True story.
Like her clothing, I’ve been trying to spread out the sizes I buy, and since I’ve heard certain types of soles aren’t good for babies to wear until they’re walking, I’ve stuck with booties and shoes like Robeez. I haven’t bought a TON or anything but I have scored some pretty good deals on about seven pair. Being the bargain shopper I am, I’ve been buying some at consignment sales and eBay. I got these pink boots brand new at a consignment sale for under $10! Another thing I’ve been completely obsessing over are socks that look like shoes. I think it’s an ingenious idea, especially for babies who have a hard time keeping their shoes on. I found my first pair at a consignment sale and bought five pair for $3.50. These styles are normally way more so I was happy with my find! I hear socks are something you loose on every trip out, so I’m trying to prepare myself to not flip out when that happens, I’m also kinda stocking up so I don’t run out. For her first year of life Baby Girl already has over 28 pairs of socks that look like shoes (I’m sure I have at least another three pair somewhere of the cowgirl style but I had already misplaced them before this picture).
I’m not sure how many is too many or if there is such a thing, but I do know that I have found a new love for shoes… Baby shoes that is, in a size much smaller than 11.
My Little Ladybug,
I want you to know just how good you have it. Your daddy is the best man in the world! You’ll get to see for yourself when you get here, but trust me, he’s already treating you like his little princess.
You and I are 28 weeks now, and in our LAST trimester (you can tell too cause I look exhausted in this photo!)! Because of that, you’re a lot bigger now, and growing and growing more every day! Now in the morning when we get up your daddy likes to put his hand on my tummy and it never fails, you’ll kick or swirl around for him. He talks to you sometimes too, and kisses you. I think it’s going to be hard separating you two.
For Easter your daddy told me he had a present in mind for you. he got you your first set of golf clubs. Trust me, I had nothing to do with this idea! I do like the color choice he picked out though.You won’t be able to play with them correctly for a few years but I suppose it’ll make a nice chew toy for you at some point.
Your daddy and I have been setting things up in your room for you. He also helped me hang the curtains I made for you. Plus get this… When I got home from work the on Easter, he asked me if I wanted us to put up your crib this week, and I said “yes.” Then he told me he had already started. I was SO surprised! VERY surprised. See, mommy likes to put together things, and that’s just usually how we do things, but your daddy got it all out of the box and worked on it for hours without me! It made me teary-eyed because it was so sweet and such a surprise. Now we’re on our way to having your bed ready!
I’m a little worried cause I’m getting more tired these days, I’m not sure how much longer I’ll get in lots of nesting work. Just last week I had tons of energy, but like a switch I’m exhausted all of the time again. It’s like I’m back where we started! I can’t stay up late and get things ready for your room like I use to. But I’m also not as stressed about getting it all done. I feel like things are coming along well.
You aren’t back where we started at all, we went to the doctor to get another ultrasound for you and guess what? YOU’RE STILL A GIRL!! We were a little worried about that for a moment but we got it confirmed again! You’ve also gotten A LOT bigger! You weigh about 2 pounds 13 ounces now! And I think you should measure about 14.8 inches from the top of your head to your heels. You can blink your eyes, which I saw you do! You also now sport eyelashes! I couldn’t see them on the screen but I saw your cute nose and lips which look LIKE MINE!
Your daddy and I are so excited about meeting you. This morning when I woke up he asked me what sport I think you’ll play. I think it would be fun if you played basketball or volleyball. I think you’ll be tall since we’re both sorta tall. He wants you to play golf but I say that’s too boring to watch. We don’t mind what you do but I’d prefer you choose an entertaining sport ok? Or ballet! That’s cool too!
We’ve also been talking about your baby blessing. I can’t wait to hear the blessing your daddy gives you, I’m sure it will be great though. He’s very excited to be having a little girl and so am I! We aren’t rich by any means but one thing you won’t be lacking is lots of love.
Keep growing our little princess.