Halfway to Baby

It seems like so much has happened since my last post but it could be I have so much going on in my head. Preparing for a baby is no joke! For the most part, I’ve been stress-free and pretty easy going. This is total opposite of my normal self. So let’s get caught up.

After our reveal party, Darren and I went pick out baby’s nursery furniture. I wanted something very girly and something she can grow with it. I had my heart set on one particular crib I saw, but when I saw this one it was absolutely perfect.  Darren wasn’t much help. He just kept saying, “whatever you want!” Someone already has daddy wrapped!!

   
Darren and I started talking about names. I knew this wasn’t going to be an easy task with him. I wasn’t sure if he was holding out on a name to drive me nuts or just really wanted to wait. (More on that later)

In the meantime, we attended After Baby Comes class with the Sarah’s Laughter Pregnant After Infertility Group. Our first class was very interesting to say the least. It was very informative and we learned a lot. Second night was the hands-on with baby dolls. I couldn’t imagine doing this pregnancy without these girls! We share the same feelings and anxieties. We’ve created a bond that will last a lifetime!  

  Obviously, I’m on the left having a girl. Next to me is Kim, she’s having a boy due January 9. Mary Claire is having twins, a boy and a girl, due January 20-something. (I cannot for the life of me remember. Sorry MC!) Kasie is having a girl due February 15. Loren is having a boy due January 14. We’re all super close in due dates so we’ll probably be occupying Woman’s Hospital all at once. We’re pretty excited about it!! Our group meets twice a month and it so exciting to sit with these girls and just talk about feelings and nervous thoughts we may be having. We just recently welcomed two new girls to our group! God is so good!! (And hoping to adding even more new momma’s soon!)

I’ve been a busy bee trying to get the nursery decorated. My awesome and talented friend, Brittany, has really been great in taking the reins and helping me. We’ve decided to do mainly white with some accents of pink and a light bluish/teal. I wanted something very girly and something she would want to stay with when she got older. Pieces are being bought little by little. I still feel moments of being overwhelmed but I’m staying calm. Or so I think. 

 Belle has yet to learn that not everything in the house is hers. She has no idea what’s fixing to happen. Guess I should start breaking the news to her. 

A week ago, we had our 20 week scan. I really worked myself up for this ultrasound. During the week, Darren and I had finally picked a name. So, we sort of kept it under wraps until our appointment. Morning of our scan, I was a wreck like always. She did perfect. She cooperated and showed off everything they needed to see. She weighs about 12 ounces. Doctor says she is absolutely perfect! Momma and daddy already knew that.  

  

  

Darren and I went back and forth a lot on names. I knew I wanted to name her Parker and he just wasn’t set on it. We made a list of about 11 names and narrowed it down to three. He picked the name Audrey and we tried it on for a while and we both decided that that was that. Audrey Grace Hill!

So, today I am officially 21 weeks and 1 day pregnant. I cannot believe that in 18 weeks, we will finally be holding our miracle that we have prayed so hard for. Just this week, Audrey has really made her presence known. I’ve been feeling her kicks and flips like crazy. I’m really looking forward to the day her daddy can feel them as well. The first half flew by so I’m hoping the second half goes by just as fast. I’m really enjoying pregnancy and it really has been a pretty easy going time. But I really am anxious to have her in my arms. I think all women can understand that.

We have so much going on from now until the end of the year. Darren starts working a turnaround September-October, Maternity pictures in October, one baby shower in November, Thanksgiving, baby shower in December, Christmas parties, Christmas, New Years’ and then Audrey will be here! We are enjoying this time just Darren, Belle, and myself but we are so ready and excited to meet this little girl!

   
 

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