32 Weeks

I feel like I have been pregnant forever and still have forever to go!!
We did our pics this weekend! I should be getting them back sometime this week and I am super excited! Cody wanted to stay at the park after we were done to take a few with our camera (that we’re still trying to figure out). I think he did a pretty good job! It was HOT out there but my face didn’t seem to turn red until towards the end of Cody’s pictures he was taking, so hopefully it wasn’t at all red in the “real” ones.

The shower is this weekend so I’m looking forward to that too! It’s all becoming so real! In 8 weeks we’ll be parents. We’ll have little McKenna here to take care of. It’s just so crazy. My crazy husband is already talking about when he wants to start trying for #2 but I think (and hope) that he’s just joking. I definitely want more children, don’t get me wrong. I just want to get the first one born and a little older before we have another one! We’re thinking we want them to be 18-24 months apart. That seems good, but we’ll see!!
We decided not to do a 3D ultrasound. I have no idea what we’re going to have to get for her on our own so we need to save as much as possible! I do want one, but I can’t really justify spending the money on it.
She should be about 3.75 pounds (the weight of a jicama, whatever that is) and 16.7 inches long.
Love Cody, Marissa, and McKenna

31 Weeks

Only 9 weeks to go! Finally down to single digits.
These last few days McKenna has been moving around in there tons!! The more she moves the more I LOVE it!! It’s so funny to see my belly move too! She’s still a little shy. She’ll be moving all around and as soon as I have someone come feel, she stops!
Saturday we have “family” pictures. We’re doing mostly couple shots with some maternity mixed in. We’ve never done professional pictures together (even at the wedding) so I am really looking forward to it! It’ll take about 2 weeks to get the proofs back, so I’ll post some when we have them. I still want to do an actual maternity shoot with belly pictures and props and whatnot. I want to wait until we get the nursery set up though so we can do some in there too! The shower is next weekend to there is lots to look forward to!
Other than my back hurting a little bit I feel great! This is more of what I though pregnancy would be like.
She’s a little over three pounds which is about the weight of 4 naval oranges. Hurry up baby! Mommy is READY to meet you!!
Love Cody, Marissa, and McKenna

I don’t usually do this…

I pretty much stick to my weekly updates but I really just felt the need to post one today.

On http://www.babycenter.com they have birth clubs. Naturally I joined the August 2010 one, since McKenna is due in August. They have a Birth Announcement thread. If you haven’t made the connection yet, it’s birth announcements for babies that were due in August and have already been born. This is the saddest thing I have ever seen. These are women just like me…as far along in their pregnancies as I am mine…and their babies have already been born. I couldn’t even imagine. Now that we’re getting closer to August, more and more of them are making it with some help from the NICU. Some, sadly, still are not. I came across one of these mothers that started a blog when she found out she was pregnant, like I did. The format of her blog is letters to her baby. They start off normal talking about what she was feeling and what they’d gotten for the baby. Then all of a sudden she had a sono and her baby didn’t have a heartbeat anymore. I can’t even come close to being able to imagine the kind of pain she must be feeling. I don’t want to belittle anyone’s pain when I say this…It’s painful enough, no doubt, to lose a child at any stage of pregnancy. I would think it would have to be so much worse to be that close to having her…For her to be developed enough that she could survive in the world with a little help then to just lose her. It ended up being from a blood clot in her umbilical cord. That beautiful little baby girl should be here now with her mommy.
It honestly has me so scared!! If McKenna were to be born now, she would be ok. I’m so close to the end. So close to being able to hold my little baby in my arms. I just want to have her now so something senseless doesn’t happen to her in the next 9 1/2 weeks. I can’t stop thinking about this, though. I know I can always what-if myself into oblivion….so I try not to.
I’m ready for her. I want her to just hurry up and get here so I can protect her. So I can keep her safe. I feel somewhat useless knowing that she’s inside me and I can’t protect her from everything. That even thought she’s all snug and “safe” in mommy’s tummy, there are certain things I can’t stop from happening. I don’t like that feeling.
So anyway, if you would, keep all of these poor mothers in your thoughts as they are forced to deal with these unimaginable trials. I’m sure they could use all the good energy they can get. Also remember that nothing is guaranteed in life.

30 Weeks

Where has the time gone? This little one is MOVING like crazy! I love it!
I am soooo ready for her to be here! Everything is starting to hurt. My back especially. I’m sure she’ll be worth it, no doubt!
Cody has really stepped up his game, too! He’s been cleaning up and doing some of the laundry for me. I have come home everyday to a super clean house and have had nothing to do. It’s been so awesome! I really am so very lucky to have him. He isn’t perfect, but he’s perfect for me!
The shower is the 26th so that will be fun. I am really excited! There really isn’t much to report this week. Just getting bigger and waiting for her to make her grand entrance into the world!! Anytime that she’s ready and can do it in a healthy way, I’m ready for her!
This week she’s about the size of a cabbage.
Cody, Marissa, and McKenna

29 Weeks

She’ll be here in 11 weeks…give or take! Hopefully take… She has been sooo active these last couple of weeks. I’m sure she has been all along but I can really feel her now. I can even see her! It’s so weird to look down at my belly and see it rolling around. I love it and I already know I’m going to miss it. I will be glad to have her here though! It’s getting harder to know that she’s right there and I can’t hold her. She’s only inches (or less) away from my hand but I can’t touch her!! I know it will come soon enough and I’m supposed to enjoy this while it lasts. But not one person that has had a baby can’t tell me that they didn’t start getting anxious towards the end and wanted their baby here now!!
I guess if I had one complaint, it’s people telling me what I should feel about things. I don’t mind people touching my belly or asking questions. But I’m not you and I’m not going to feel the same way you did. I enjoy parts of being pregnant, but over all I’d rather have her here now than to “enjoy” my last few weeks of pregnancy. I do understand that it’s advice people feel the need to give, but you’re not going to change the way I feel about it. I’m ready for her to be here. Period. That wasn’t meant to be a rant! Just something I was thinking about.
I’m starting to swell up. I can see it mostly in my face and my ring no longer fits comfortably. It seems a little soon to me for all that, but I guess there’s nothing to be done about it. I drink a lot of water hoping that will help and I rarely drink sodas.
We finished registering which included adding a few more things to Babies R Us and registering at Target. I’m not really sure how we did. We just ended up scanning a whole bunch of stuff so I’m relying on people to know what we missed!
Other than that, there isn’t much to report this week! She’s about the weight of a butternut squash and is about 15 inches long.
Love Cody, Marissa, and McKenna