Instead of blogging, here's what I've been up to ... A couple of weeks ago we ventured to Silver Dollar City for a little team retreat day with the other families/some of our favorite friends who are also in student ministry at our church. While I concede that there are much better times to visit SDC than in late spring when you are 34 weeks pregnant, I was so glad we went. We were quite the crew, with 8 adults, 5 kids (6 if you count Cora), and 4 strollers; but we just took it easy and a few of us enjoyed a lot of downtime in the shade watching little ones while the more able-bodied adults rode rides. We LOVE these families!
|The Newmans (their little man sadly got left out of the pic), Lawsons, McLellands & Rolands|
I've also been keeping busy with weekly doctor's appointments. Everything has been going pretty smoothly on the pregnancy front, with just a few hiccups here and there. Liam got fifth disease a couple of weeks ago (a common childhood virus that isn't serious for kiddos, but can be a problem if a pregnant woman contracts it), so that has led to some extra work on the precautionary front. I've had to have some extra labs done and a non-stress test, but as of today my nurse let me know it doesn't appear that I contracted the virus from him. Even if I had, I am far enough along that it probably wouldn't be a big deal ... it seems to be something they watch a little more closely in the early months of pregnancy.
It occurred to me the other day that working on Cora's nursery has sort of become a part-time job for me these past few weeks. Most of the elements of her room are either handmade, repainted, or thrifted/flea-market-found, so it has taken a lot of time to get everything pulled together. The room still isn't complete, but I'd say we're at about 80% and if Cora waits another week or two to arrive, it should be finished before she gets here. I can't wait to post pics of the finished product, but here's a peek at what I've been working on:
|The embroidered alphabet sampler is complete!|
|An in-process pic of her quilt - I finished it last weekend!|
|The gorgeous print I ordered from an Etsy seller. It will be incorporated into a photo display above her dresser.|
All the while, little Cora has been growing & growing. I took the pic below at 35 1/2 weeks. I'll be 37 weeks on Monday, and I'm definitely coming into the uncomfortable part of pregnancy. I'm dilated 2cm & 50% effaced, so moving is getting more difficult, and my uterus really loves contracting when I go to bed, so I don't generally feel like I sleep very soundly until about 3am. Not the greatest, but my body feels SO much better than it did at this point with Liam that I really can't complain.
The most fun task I've undertaken lately, though, has been soaking up the moments of our last several weeks as a family of 3. We've had such fun with our little buddy lately.
|Proudly wearing his backpack into Sam's|
|Riding a snail during a fun family night|
|Enjoying a lunch with Grandaddy while Daddy was in Memphis last weekend|
|My favorite little man!|