Baby Blueberry – The Countdown is On

Well…we are almost there! My due date is in approximately a week and a half.

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Soon, Phillip and I will be parents of a living, breathing, hold-able, snugly newborn.

I know that we are parents already, but it still seems surreal somehow…like maybe I’m imagining it all.

I have dreamed of being a mom for so long, ever since I was a child. I long for the hard work of raising children in this broken world. The unending sacrifice of valuing someone else’s life as more than your own. The most important work of bringing up tomorrow’s workers, leaders, parents, spouses, and teachers. I have no expectations that this work is simply or easy. That it is cut and dry. That it will not cause stress, worry, strain, or frustration. That it limits me and my freedom. But I am sure that despite these things, it will be the most important work and an unbelievably satisfying adventure to walk.C.S. Lewis quote - children are the most important work

So, as I look forward to holding my little man, I wanted to share our maternity pictures Phillip and I had taken a week and a half ago by a friend of mine. Her name is Rebecca Finley. You can find her on Facebook. She has always taken fabulous pictures and captured some wonderful moments for us. Thanks Rebecca! (She’ll be doing newborn photos as well after Joseph is born.)

I started with my absolute favorite.

It captures the joy and excitement we have for each other and for meeting this new little one!

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I hope you have enjoyed these pictures and seeing a bit into my thoughts regarding motherhood and why it is so important!

Love,

Elise

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Baby Blueberry – 26 Weeks

How far along? 26 weeks. BB is approximately the size of a head of lettuce, about 13.6-14.8 in. and 1.5 to 2.5 lbs. BB’s eyes are forming the he will open them soon. His immune system is ready for life outside the womb now and he is soaking up my antibodies.

Total weight gain? 23 pounds

Maternity clothes? Dresses are the most comfortable. Some of my size small maternity pants don’t fit well anymore.

Movement? All the time!!! It is so reassuring to feel him wiggling around in there.

Miss anything? lunch meat, white rice, feeling relaxed (having a hard time doing that with so much going on)

Food cravings? bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits, burgers, sweet tea

Have you started to show? Yes, and my bump seems to be all baby. You can’t tell from behind yet.

Sleep? Sleep has been good, but we’ve been getting a bit less of it because we have some homework we do in the mornings now from my childbirth class, Hypnobabies.

Looking forward to? All of our favorite shows will premiere in the next two weeks, so I’m excited about those coming back on. Big Bang Theory on Monday, Sept. 22, NCIS on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and Castle on Monday, Sept. 29.

Symptoms: Fatigue, extra mucus and flem, moodiness (I was emotional before pregnancy, so this isn’t helping), back pain, hungry more often, itchy skin, discomfort where my upper abdominal muscles are stretching out, color changes on my stomach, leg cramps, some tooth/joint pain

Belly Button in or out? It moves between in and out depending on what time of day it is and how much food I’ve eaten.

Gender? We’re having a boy!

Best moment this week? I have had a really hard time seeing good moments this week. Many situations have arisen this week that we didn’t foresee occurring and that we didn’t financially plan for. But even in those moments, I know that God is still for me and that His ways are higher than mine. All that said, I guess my best moment of the week was being a part of replacing a roof on a friend’s house today. While I couldn’t help much, I got to enjoy seeing many men pouring out their energy and sweat to bless this lady with a leak-proof roof!

What do I know? I know that I hate feeling busy and rushed. I don’t like it when I get to the end of the day and haven’t had a moment to catch up with my husband or to breath in a breathe of relaxation. My Hypnobabies scripts have helped create that space, but because it’s homework, it still feels like one more thing on my list that has to be checked off before the day is done. I don’t like living like that. I enjoy checklists as a tool, but I don’t like it when I need to plan my life around them to meet my schedule. Hopefully, after my childbirth class ends (I’m glad I chose to do it, it is just 3 more hours a week I have committed to be somewhere), I will get to breathing easier.

Note to the Blueberry: Dear Blueberry, I promise to live in the moment with you…no matter what other people say or what the current American culture encourages. No matter what might need to be done, spending time with you and loving on you are more important. I promise to play in muddy puddles with you. I promise to look at insects and trees and animals with you. I promise to have water fights and sword fights with you. Sometimes work will have to get done, but I pray that the Lord will teach me how to spend time with you, even when I am doing those things. I don’t want my existence to be my to-do list. Give me grace, because I won’t get it right all the time. But know that in my heart, my deep desire is to live richly in every moment with you and your dad. Love, Mommy

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Baby Blueberry – Week 24

I would like to apologize for the long absence. We have had so much going on…people coming here, going other places, long work hours, extra expenses, a broken pipe, extra activities…I haven’t had the desire or the time to get on here and publish an update. I hope you enjoy learning where we are now!

24 weeks

Photo credit – Bethany Pounders/Becca Hall

How far along? 24 weeks. BB is approximately the size of a cantaloupe, about 10.5-11.5 in. and 12-20 oz. BB is getting pinker skin, making him look more like a baby.

Total weight gain? 12-15 pounds

Maternity clothes? Dresses are the most comfortable. Some of my size small maternity pants don’t fit well anymore.

Movement? All the time!!! I first felt movement back in week 18 and Phil felt him kick around week 20.

Miss anything? lunch meat, white rice, feeling relaxed (having a hard time doing that with so much going on)

Food cravings? bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits, strawberries, sweet tea

Have you started to show? Yes, and my bump seems to be all baby. You can’t tell from behind yet.

Sleep? This past week, sleeping hasn’t been the best because I’ve been battling a sore throat and cough. I stayed home from work for two days and that seemed to help me rest and recover.

Looking forward to? my Centering appointment today, we’re going to be touring the hospital which I’m excited about.

Symptoms: Fatigue, extra mucus and flem, moodiness (I was emotional before pregnancy, so this isn’t helping), back pain, hungry more often, itchy skin, discomfort where my upper abdominal muscles are stretching out, color changes on my stomach, leg cramps, some tooth/joint pain

Belly Button in or out? It moves between in and out depending on what time of day it is and how much food I’ve eaten.

Gender? We’re having a boy! We found out about 3 weeks ago, and I meant to make a specific post about it, but life has been happening, so that just didn’t happen.

Best moment this week? Going to Amber’s baby shower!

What do I know? I know that I want to cherish Joseph’s time as a baby so much. I don’t want to be stressed out and tied down to a certain style of feeding, or a schedule, or anything like that. I want to be able to give him what he needs and get to know him. Once that is established, everything else will fall into place. I also know that I am going to my first Hypnobabies session on Tuesday, and I am scared out of my mind. I don’t really know what to expect, but I have heard such great things about the program that I can’t let my fear get in the way. Some prayers regarding this would be highly appreciated.

Note to the Blueberry: Dear Blueberry, My favorite parts of the day are when you are wiggling around in there. I bet you are already having boy adventures like fighting off the Indians or exploring a new land. I hope that those never stop. It is a great joy in life to adventure and discover new things. I hope you never fear a new experience or a new place. (I’ll probably be doing that enough for both of us) I love you completely and can’t wait to see your little face and discover what you are like. Love, Mommy