Laura Kate is growing big and strong and her kicks are amazingly strong! And right now, I love it. It doesn't get old sitting and staring at my belly as it bounces around and knowing its not me doing any of that, it's all coming from my little lady!
I had a baby shower.
Yep, you read that right.
I, as in me, I had a baby shower. Something I wasn't sure I ever wanted to partake in. Something I was terrified would just be a sad reminder of how I haven't been to a shower in over three years (well, not counting a shower I went to the weekend before, technically that was the first one in over three years) and more importantly WHY I hadn't been to a shower in three years.
If you've been there you understand why. That fear and overwhelming sadness that envelopes you when you think about how this is a celebration for a baby who will almost certainly come home healthy (and you wouldn't want it any other way) but that you might not ever get that same celebration for your own babies. Bittersweet on a good day. Soul shattering on a bad one. And not something I was "strong" enough to attend when I was struggling to just survive day by day. Something that is still hard even as I approach the third trimester.
But Saturday, April 27, 2013, Laura Kate Smith was celebrated by friends and family who love her and are (almost) just as excited and happy for our new addition as we are!
I can't express my gratitude. (Though I'll try this weekend, when I start writing all those fun thank you cards!)
But it was still hard, still bittersweet. Even though it was also wonderfully awesome to know it was OUR baby that was being showered with love. Something I wasn't sure we'd ever experience.
Some pictures from our shower: (Most of the pictures are a bit blurry since I left my camera at the house and we had to rely on iPhones.)
Yes, I'm crying here. The first picture of the evening and I'm in tears! Brian gave a quick but very thoughtful thank you to our friends and family and the waterworks started. What else did you
|Such a cute dress! Thanks A & J!|
|The crab on this set was seriously the cutest thing ever!|
|Brothers and Sisters!|
|Most of the group! Of course no is looking at the camera!|
Here's some of the adorable gifts Laura Kate received. Little lady has no idea how loved she already is!
|I think our little girl is all set! Can you believe all the stuff we received?!|
|Cuteness for our baby girl!|
|Seeing her name in print is one of the most amazing things in the world. All of our babies have names but to see her name in print makes her feel so very real. :)|
|Yes, Laura Kate, you are proof that miracles do happen!|
|My awesome stroller. Or wait, Laura Kate's awesome stroller. Thanks Mia and Grandaddy!|
Oh and some of the hair bows I've been making her. I'm still a beginner so some aren't too cute (like the super flat blue one) but I'm getting better!
On Monday I had my one hour glucose screening and I'm happy (and so relieved) to report that I passed! No three hour for me and no gestational diabetes! They also did a CBC on this day and called me with the results a couple hours ago and I am anemic. So they want me popping some iron pills starting tonight and we'll see if we can get that taken care of.
And now for my week 27 bump picture and a little update on what's happening in that belly of mine!
(Yes, this is a work picture. And boy do I look sleepy! Thanks insomnia!)
She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.
I know some of you have asked about nursery pictures but sorry folks, you'll just have to wait. It's not complete yet and I'd rather give you the finished picture rather than progress pictures! But hopefully it won't be too much longer!
And last but not least:
How far along? 27 weeks
Total weight gain: No clue!
Maternity clothes? Yes please!
Stretch marks? I have one tiny little red mark just to the left of my belly button that appears to be a stretch mark. I'm hoping its the only one I get! (Yeah, that's right Alex, still jut ONE little tiny spot! :P )
Sleep: Insomnia has become my enemy the last few nights but I blame it on being nervous for my gestational diabetes test on Monday morning. I woke up at 3:50 and all I could think about was how I was going to fail the test, I was soooo tired and just wanted to go back to sleep, and that I had a really busy day at work and of all days I had to be able to sleep....so of course I couldn't go back to sleep. Monday night was only a tiny bit better and last night was a lot better, though when I woke up at midnight to pee I was still awake at 2am. Honestly, I think I've just psyched myself out because I'm not uncomfortable or in pain while sleeping so I'm not sure what the deal is.
Best moment this week: Passing the GD test. Watching my belly move on its own. Feeling her kick all.the.time.
Miss Anything? Nope!
Movement: Oh yes, Laura Kate is a wiggle worm!
Food cravings: Nothing lately.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Gender prediction: She's definitely our sweet little girl!
Labor Signs: Geez, hope not!
Symptoms: Heartburn, pubic bone pain, and the carpal tunnel
Belly Button in or out? In!
Wedding rings on or off? On. Still swelling a bit but not like last week. Cankles still come and go but not as grotesque as they were last update!
Happy or Moody most of the time: So happy!!!
Looking forward to: Meeting my baby girl! (in 13 weeks or so)
~It wouldn't be right, to not mention that on Saturday, while Brian and I were celebrating our sweet girl, that my heart was heavy for a fellow loss mom and she never left my mind or my heart. So many thoughts, prayers, and (((HUGS))) being sent to you Q and family. I'm sorry for your loss just isn't enough.~