Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

2011, you were so good to us. We can't wait to see what 2012 holds.

Thank you friends and family for making this year incredible.

Kacie, Tim, Lucy, and Eddy

Sunday, December 25, 2011

It's Christmas. Eddy is here. Say "thank you".

This week, we are thankful for our family, friends, health, Jesus' birthday, Lucy, rain, and love.

But mostly, we are thankful for Eddy. To us he is perfect.

Merry Christmas, Baby.
*Birth story coming soon...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

39 weeks


My Dear Baby,

Whether this letter is premature or we still have a few weeks to go, I have to take a moment while all is calm and quiet to tell you a few things.

With each passing day, I truly feel as though you are getting closer and closer to your debut. While this is obvious, it means that our precious time with you inside of me is coming to an end. I would have it no other way but I want to thank you for this time. I have never felt healthier, more beautiful, more powerful, or more blessed. I know that on the day you are born, these feelings will be magnified and multiplied. From that point on you will be part of this great world and all that have been awaiting your arrival will be able to shower you with constant love.

Beyond wanting a baby, I have realized that I want everything else, too. I want the first day of kindergarten, loose teeth, back to school shopping, the teenage years, the tearful goodbye on the first day of college, first love and beyond. I look forward to all that your future holds.

Thank you for this time. It has been beautiful and it is just the beginning.

See you soon.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's Sunday. Say "thank you".

We are 10 days from our official due date, one week from Christmas, and now... we wait. We got a lot done this weekend and I feel like this house is ready to welcome a baby.

This week, we are thankful for:
Date night
milk+honey with Katie and Sara
Love Actually
Children's books
Tiff's Treats
Walks with Lucy
Help from Uncle Cory
Christmas cards in the mail
Time off during the holidays
Being as ready as we'll ever be!

rainy day walk
lucy love
movie watching and knitting

38 weeks

Your papa and I can not believe how close we are getting to meeting you. We went on a date this weekend and are savoring our quiet time together. There are some nerves about the big day but the excitement definitely outweighs them. I am truly starting to feel like we could meet you any day now.

At our weekly visit with the midwives, they did a little checking and told us that you have shifted beautifully into birthing position and that things are progressing nicely. I have to tell you that I appreciate your effort in making our big day easier. I am trying to do my part as well.

Now a little story about your big sister, Lucy.

About a month ago, Papa and I had a very hard conversation about Lucy's position in the family bed. I cried and Papa looked like he wanted to cry as we talked about how Lucy would have to start getting used to sleeping elsewhere to make room for you. Lucy has slept with us, off and on, since she was a puppy and got her little paw trapped back in her crate training days. She has a bed in our bedroom that she only sleeps on when one of her dog friends is over. Since that very sad talk, Lucy has started the night in either the living room or on her dog bed by our bed - all on her own without being told. She usually makes her way back to our bed by 4 or 5 in the morning but I think she is weaning herself one night at a time. She amazes me. I have always said that she understands what we communicate to her far more than even we realize. Since reading The Art of Racing in the Rain last summer, I truly believe that a good family dog moves with the ebb and flow of their pack. Our sweet Lucy is growing up and getting closer and closer everyday to becoming a big sister. She is such an incredible part of our family and is getting ready for how our pack is growing.

Papa and I spent a little time looking at pictures on the blog from earlier weeks and marveled at the growth. And now, this is what it looks like when a belly drops:
see you so soon!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

It's Sunday. Say "thank you".

This weekend, I had a night with Uncle Cory and Uncle Matt while Papa worked. We went out for pizza and to the Texas basketball game. It makes me so happy to spend time with them. Before too long, there will always be a little one joining in on our time together. We also got to hang out with our friends, the Copelands, who show us how to be good parents while still maintaining their cool.

There are a string of babies all due around the same time as us and this past week, the first babe in the club made her debut. My mom's dear friend, Barbara, welcomed her first grandchild, a sweet baby girl named Grace. We are so happy to know that mom and baby are happy and healthy.

Tonight, we are sending extra love to our family members in San Antonio who need it now more than ever. I hope that they may find comfort in each other and in sweet memories.

This week, we are thankful for:
Lucy - the smartest, most amazing family dog we could ever dream of
Operation Yellow Crib: completed
Hand-tossed pizza dough
Brand new, healthy babies
Friends (and their trucks!)
Christmas decorations

Home Slice Pizza
The prettiest girl I know
Simply having a wonderful Christmastime

37 weeks


37 weeks... I wonder how many more pictures we will take with Ali. I've always had the feeling that you would come late (taking after me) but with everyday that passes, I have the thought of, "Well, I didn't go into labor today." So, maybe we will do 3 more pictures with Ali and cap off at an even 40. Or maybe we will do 4 more. We shall see! I would love for you to bake for at least 40 weeks so that you come out big and healthy but I think that what I want has absolutely no bearing on what you need and what will actually happen.

Papa and I took a labor and delivery yoga class yesterday. It wasn't as much yoga as I anticipated but we did learn some good poses and postures that might help us get through the day with a bit more ease. We also did an exercise where we sat in a circle with the other 10 couples, closed our eyes, and the instructor talked us through a visual progression of the big day. It started with mild contractions, they then got stronger, we moved to the bed to have the baby, and then worked the baby down and out until YOU were on my chest, brand new and beautiful. Some parents came out of the exercise very moved, others seemed very unaffected, and then there was me - crying, hot, in need of water. I was so enthralled by the thought of this day that I truly forgot that I was sitting in a yoga studio. Your birth day is getting so close and no matter what journey you take me on that day, I know that it will be the most amazing day of our lives. That is something I have always known.

I watched parts of the Barbara Walters and Beyoncé special on television this week and loved hearing her talk about her growing belly. The best part was when she said that she hasn't even met her favorite person in the world yet. I love that thought. Our relationship has been so intimate and although you are on proud display, so much of what we know about each other right now is very private. We haven't even seen each others faces. Knowing that we soon will blows my mind.

There are love songs that say, "I loved you before I met you." This must be what that means.
* Definitely a contraction last week. This belly is hanging out so much more in this week's picture!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's Sunday. Say "thank you".

With the start of my leave, I have been given the amazing gift of time. When I used to get home, completely exhausted, I would look at my list of things to do and know that by the next day, it would remain the same. This week, some big things got checked off. There is still lots to do but it's really starting to feel like it will get done - dare I say within the next few days? Here's hoping.

Papa T went to Houston for the night this weekend to watch our dear friends, Rebecca and Talal, say 'I do'. I wish that I could have been there for the day but I didn't want to be far from home... and I also didn't want to have to be rolled off the dance floor at the end of the night. I know that it was a beautiful night and the perfect start to their lives together. While he was away, Uncle Cory and Uncle Matt came to hang with me. We worked in the baby's room, hung out, made pancakes, and watched football. It was a great weekend.

This week, our family is thankful for:
Help from Uncle Cory and Uncle Matt
A play date with Olivia and Aunt Sass
Christmas lights
Prayers for babies
Some semblance of organization
Napping weather
Catching up with old friends

The Uncles paint the closet!
Play date with Olivia
Go ahead, try to resist that face.

Friday, December 2, 2011

36 weeks


Does this week feel different, baby? For the most part, we are still getting up early. For the most part, we are still busy all day. A HUGE difference is that when we need to stop and lie down we can. You are back in the habit of getting very hungry very early in the morning (repeat of trimester 1). I guess that actually I'm the one that is hungry but every time those hunger pains wake me up, I imagine that you're in there saying, "Mom! I'm trying to chunk up in here! Feed me!" I woke up at 4 this morning and scrambled 2 eggs. That kept us both satisfied until about 8. The midwives say that we need lots of protein right now. Turns out that kind of takes a lot of effort.

This week, the calendar finally turned to December. I say finally because this month has felt far away for so long but now that it's here it is definitely not stopping. This is potentially your birth month! I've heard some women say things like, "Ugh, I am so ready to not be pregnant!" While I do have the backache that comes and goes and while I do look forward to different sleep positions, I will gladly keep you inside of me for as long as you need. Some days of being pregnant are hard but not one moment has passed that I wasn't in complete awe and utterly grateful for you. I know that women that are tired of being pregnant feel the same way but what I am saying is stay put for as long as you need to. Get big and chubby and healthy and enjoy the warm comfort of the womb. Your papa and I (and lots of other people) can't wait to see your face but I think that you will know when you are good and ready. Plus, we got a baby sleep sound machine as a gift and one of the settings is "womb". If I lived somewhere that sounded that calm and peaceful, I would hang out for as long as possible. But please don't mistake me, baby, we are very excited about your rapidly approaching due date.

For the first time, we were the biggest in our yoga class. We have been going since week 25 and slowly, the women with big bellies stop coming to class as they have their babies. Most women in class this week were in the 15-16 week range with barely a bump. I smiled thinking that we would soon be graduating from class. I have loved that time with you and it has been one of the few times that I feel flexible and fit.

We found out from good friends about 2 new precious little heartbeats growing and thriving this week so we are saying extra prayers. Those little heartbeats never stop being totally incredible.

Love ya, baby.
*Ali and I think that I was having a practice contraction during this week's picture. And the day has come - I can't button my pants anymore!