Saturday, May 22, 2010

Ready and waiting...

This weekend is 40 weeks. Through yoga I've learned that your "due time" is really anywhere from 38-42 weeks, but even still, we can't help but be anxious for her arrival. It finally feels like we really are ready for her...the room is done (including the ever-looming armoire project!!), house is clean (wow! if you thought I was neurotic about cleaning before, add nesting instincts to that...kind of scary), the yard is in pretty good shape, our bags are packed, my last day of work before leave was last week...and so we wait.

I'm trying to take advantage of and enjoy this down time. Max and I have been enjoying many walks, I try and sleep in (impossible still for some reason), dinner dates, movies with friends...

Soon it won't just be us.

Soon I will dream of days I could have slept in.

Soon our schedule will be determined by a little person.

Soon we will hold our little girl in our arms for the first time. Until then, we wait in joyful hope...






Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Top 5

As I near the end of my pregnancy (still kind of can't believe it!), I thought I'd share with you all my Top 5 Must Have Items. These tangible things have given me the most comfort throughout these 9 months...tested by me, passed on to you!

Maternity Leggings
Probably the most worn item of clothing I've had throughout being comfy and yet still staying somewhat stylish, right? (don't worry, I would wear a longer shirt over them) Some people prefer the maternity pants with the elastic waistband...not me. Give me the high panel/over the belly leggings any day of the week!
Bella B Tummy Honey Butter
(thanks to my girl Delane for recommending this stuff!)
Knock on wood...but so far, either genes or this tummy butter have prevented me from getting any stretch marks on my belly. It smells good and has an almost gritty texture that at least makes me feel like it's doing something right. I've used it from beginning to end!

The Snoogle
(no that's not me modeling for you)
Thanks to this amazing little invention, I've been able to get some precious z's throughout my pregnancy-- even now when I am quite large. It's a body pillow amped up, and although not the most romantic item (it creates quite the barrier between Nick and I each night), Pun intended.

Ice Cream
Have I had any strange cravings? Nope. Just ice cream. And what is strange about that? Nothing! What's not to love? Creamy deliciousness that I indulge myself in, probably 5-6 nights per week. You think I'm joking but I'm not. I justify it with the fact that usually it will be a light version like the Dryers Slow Churned, but who needs justification really when it is so darn good?

Pre-Natal Yoga
Hands down best thing I have done/experienced during pregnancy. I've always loved yoga and initially going to a pre-natal class is a little different because you aren't sweating it out and getting the intense workout that you'd be used to with Bikram or Vinyasa yoga. However, the benefits are incredible. Learning about our bodies, practicing movements to help through labor, stretching, sharing stories...these classes have been the thing that has made me feel most prepared for child birth. Love them!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Celebrating from afar my wonderful mama today...thank you for loving me, encouraging me, supporting me and for being such a constant strength in my life. I can only hope to be as incredible a mom and friend to our little girl that you are, and have been, to me!


And to my equally amazing mother-in-law Laura...thank you for welcoming me with open arms into your family from day one. How did I get so lucky?!


We love you both very much

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Maternity Pics

This weekend we were lucky enough to have our good friend Erin Ewing take some family and maternity photos for us. She did such an amazing job and we couldn't be more pleased...I will treasure these pictures and memories of this time in our life always.

I couldn't resist posting a few of my favorites here...
Family 11

Couple 10

Couple 4

Courtney 50

Courtney and Max 2

Tummy 10

Tummy 12

Thank you ROCK!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

From here...

To there...
*Picture via Nan Brotherton Photography

To here...
Couple 20
*Picture via Erin Ewing

Happy 2nd anniversary to my wonderful husband. I love the journey we have been on, and continue to be on, together. I love you...all the way.