Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Maternity Photos

Just wanted to share a few pictures from our maternity shoot with my mom! :) I love how they came out! This first one with Elias - I can't even...there are just no words. lol. If you're local and looking for someone to take family pictures, hit my mom up on her Facebook page! :)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pregnancy Update - Full Term

I am due a week from today. Whaaaaaaaaat???? lol. While I expect to go past my due date, as most first-timers do, the fact that Nolan could come at any time now totally blows my mind. I'm excited to meet our little miracle, but there is definitely a part of me that is sad and not ready for this pregnancy to be over. I waited so long to experience this and I don't know if God will let me experience it again. So I'm treasuring the time that I have left and not in a hurry to end this wonderful blessing. 

Nolan is head down, weighs roughly 6 pounds 13 ounces, and has a nice strong heartbeat. My blood pressure and other stats have continued to be normal, so we're both in good shape for delivery! :) After looking into all of our options, Ryan and I have decided to pursue a natural/unmedicated birth. We've been working with a doula (essentially, a professional labor coach) and have really enjoyed our Bradley Method childbirth classes with her. The classes took 10 weeks, so they were pretty extensive, and we really feel as prepared as we can be at this point. I'm not scared. :) Our plan for delivery is to labor as much as possible at home with our doula's help and then head over to the hospital for Nolan's grand entrance. I know that things happen and birth does not always go as you plan, but we've at least got a direction that we're shooting for and we're very happy to have our doula alongside to help us get there. 

Elias has been more clingy and attached over the last few weeks, which I understand is common for big siblings right before a new baby comes. :) It will definitely be interesting to bring a newborn into our family when Elias is still such a baby in many ways, and yet transitioning to the toddler realm in other ways.

Anyhoosie, I think that's all I've got for ya. Here's my 39 week bump shot! :)

P.S. If you want to come along for the ride when Nolan is born, make sure you're following my Instagram and/or Facebook page. That's where we'll be posting the play by plays when the time comes. :)