Friday, September 20, 2013

A shower and some more 3d

A few weeks ago I had my baby shower. I'm not a baby shower expert, but I thought mine was pretty darn impressive!

My step-mom Lisa threw our baby shower and she went all out.

     I adored it. So much that I brought most of the decorations home to put up. (Sigh. Never happened. :(  Though that welcome banner WILL be put up when Joel is born.)

          So many awesome people came and gave Joel some awesome gifts. I can't wait until he is here to use everything and thank everyone himself.

          But until he is here, I thought I would share some pictures of our 3rd and last 3d ultrasound.
(Yes, we did another one. We couldn't help it! And boy has he filled out since the last one.) This one was done at 32 weeks. We watched Joel chew and suck on his umbilical cord, grab at it and put it in his mouth with his hands (I was impressed!), smile, glare, pout, stick his tongue out, and taste the foods I had eaten before the scan. I think he is pretty darned cute myself.

Smiling big

Angry boy

Yes, that's my son. I can't get enough of him. I imagine he'll look quite a bit like these pictures but I still can't QUITE channel the images into a real baby in my mind.

So now, with the shower and the 3d scan out of the way, all there is left for us to do is wait for our chunky little man to make his appearance.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A letter to the womb

Dear Tenant...

I'll start by saying, I'm sorry for poking you so often the past 8 months. I try to make up for it by sitting and laying in the most uncomfortable positions possible any time you stretch out, I bet it's getting pretty cramped in there and I want you to be comfortable. Your dad would say, "He's running out of womb."

In a few short weeks you'll be here in our arms, and I miss you already. But after having you all to myself for so long, I guess it is only fair for me to share you with the world. I know your dad just can't wait to get his chance to hold you. And whether we're ready or not, the time for that is just around the corner. My goal for the past 8 months has been your safe arrival, and I pray that I've given you everything you will need to enter the world healthy and strong.

The world is a big and scary place, and your first day in it won't be a picnic for either of us. I have to remind myself that besides our voices, everything will be new for you. You'll probably feel overwhelmed. If things are too much, just close your eyes and listen to me and your dad. We'll be right there, and we'll carry you through the new experiences.

I've learned so much from you already. Everything you do amazes me. I've really learned about life and living since you came along, and I know you have as much left to teach me as I have to teach you. I hope I teach you the right lessons. And I know you'll have alot of lessons you have to learn on your own. But I'll be right here to support you as much as I can through them all.

I know it sounds like alot, so relax and enjoy the next few weeks and I will keep giving you everything you need.

Love from the outside world,


      P.s., If you could stay out of my ribs for the next few weeks, I would really appreciate it.