Friday, December 17, 2010

22 weeks pregnant, and on cloud 9.

Good morning :)

I don't have any new projects to share today.  I thought I would have all kinds of Christmas projects to blog about, but turns out after we hauled out all of our Christmas decor and got the tree up, I realized there was no need for ANY more Christmas stuff in the house.

So, today I'm going to just blog about my life these days and give an update on my pregnancy.  The first trimester was very hard, because I dealt with extreme nausea and vomiting.  Many women are very lucky and never get this in their first trimester, or it passes for them by 12 weeks or so. Not for me though.  My doctor told me to start taking an over the counter sleep aid that is safe and harmless to the baby that has an ingredient in it to help me feel better during the day.  Me being the all natural anti-drug girl that I am, I stubbornly refused to take it, but after vitamin B and ginger root, and all the other home remedies I was trying to cure my nausea with did NOT work, I finally gave in.  I'm glad I did because I don't have nausea anymore and can finally enjoy my pregnancy!

So, I am 22 weeks along now, just LOVING life!!! I'm pregnant with a boy and we're naming him Cole. My grandma suggested this name before I even got pregnant, and said if we ever had a boy she's always wanted a Cole in the family. We liked the name and had been considering it, along with many other names. When we started narrowing it down to our few favorites, Cole was the only name that we didn't have any issues with. We don't know a Cole, we don't know anyone who has a son named Cole, we've both never known a weird smelly boy named Cole, etc. I also like that it's a simple and easy name, yet it isn't overly popular or over-used. It's just perfect.

They say that the second trimester is the happiest time in a pregnancy, and I am finding that to be very true!  I feel great, and every day have the joy of feeling my baby boy move in my belly without him kicking me in the ribs or my bladder yet. ;) I am so blessed to have a part-time job and work from home as well, because it gives me a lot of time to myself, which is something I know I will have very little of once Cole is in the world.  I'm trying to enjoy and savor every moment of it.  I've been doing prenatal pilates, relaxing, and getting little things done around the house that I normally don't have time for.

As for the nursery, I know it's surprising that I haven't completely finished it yet, but because Christmas is around the corner and I'm spending so much money on presents, I decided to wait to start buying the nursery furniture and refinishing any pieces for it until the beginning of the new year. The nursery is already all painted and ready to be decorated, but I have nothing to put in it yet. Once I start with that, I will have plenty of projects to blog about and I can't wait! :)

I have 2 baby showers coming up, one in January up in Portland, OR my hometown to celebrate with my family and friends up there, and then one in February here in California. I'm so blessed to have such amazing family and friends who are so happy and excited for us and are all so supportive.  Not to mention by fantastic husband who takes such good care of me and is so looking forward to being a daddy.

Not to sound cliche but I feel like I'm glowing.  Life is so good.  God is so good, the reason for every single amazing thing that has happened in my life.  I know I have so many challenges and changes ahead, but I am so ready for all of them and know that I have the ability to handle anything through Christ who strengthens me. :) I thank God I am a woman, because I get to experience the amazing miracle of pregnancy and being a mother!  I am starting to understand why my mom, and every other mother I know has said that being a mom is the greatest thing they have ever experienced, and that nothing else in this world compares to it.

Here is our baby boy, from the ultrasound about a month ago:

Here is the latest and greatest bump pic, 22 weeks:

I will be back at the beginning of the new year to start blogging all of my baby and nursery projects!

Merry Christmas!