Wednesday, April 23, 2014

6 Months.

First off: holy moly! When did I get this pregnant?
Secondly: so, so, so incredibly soon. 

Penelope is as long as an ear of corn and weighs as much as a cantaloupe. That is huge! Giant! humongous! sort of.

She is seriously growing though, and making it known! She kicks and rolls and spins and tap dances all day long. Her favorite times to move are when I am not, which has worked out wonderfully. I feel her the most when I am at my desk working (she is seriously slowing down my productivity), in the car, or when I am laying down for the night in bed. She is getting strong, and even woke up David with a kick to his back when we were snuggling one morning.

She is so incredibly loved, and David and I are so humbled by everyone's kindness and generosity already. We miss her when she's slipping and we can't feel her, and we argue over who she is going to look more like (my vote: 100% David!)

115 Days until Penny Darling is scheduled to make her arrival, hoping she doesn't decide to be fashionably late.

Friday, April 18, 2014

At the drop of a hat

I stopped by my husbands desk today for a little visit. Another employee had a calendar up at their desk within eyesight from his. It was a puppy calendar, and was currently featuring a plump yellow lab. It took all of a millisecond for me to notice, mumble something about how "sweet and chubby" he was, and bust into tears. David couldn't stop laughing (who can blame him?) and sweetly replies with "And guess what? There is a new one each month!"

What is happening to me?

So, to my mother, I hereby vow to never make fun of you for crying easily again. ever. at all. for the rest of forever. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

The verdict is in! We are having a...

As you can imagine, we are over the moon! I had thought she was a girl from day one. The day we found out we were expecting, I found myself saying "she." I told David about a month ago that I "already assume she is a girl. I just need them to verify it at this point!" I was just so certain. I realized if I was wrong, I don't think I would have been able to trust myself ever again! I was so sure! As soon as they said "its a girl!" my heart swelled. Don't get me wrong, if it had been a boy, I would have been so completely over the moon, but it would have taken a bit of switching gears, mentally at least! I was just so certain.

We had originally decided to announce the name when she was born, but we couldn't help it. We love hearing her name. Penelope. Sweet Penny. Our lucky Penny. Penny Darling. And we love being able to hear our friends and family refer to her by name, too. It is just the sweetest sound. Plus, we didn't have a single negative reaction to the name, so that of course made it even more enjoyable.

We had a little gender reveal this weekend, where my sister and mother in law took video and pictures. I hope hoping to be able to share that sometime soon as well! Lets just say lots of pink silly string was involved...

Happy Monday!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Boy or a Girl?

Because I can't find anything more productive to do with my mind! Today is the day! We find out if our little Lundle Bundle is a boy or a girl. And OHMYGOODNESS I can barely contain myself. Scratch that: no containing was even attempted since I woke up before my alarm clock this AM. I know. Things are getting real. I truly would be thrilled with either, and would love both at some point (God willing!) but I do have my guess, my gut feeling. And after today, I'll know if I am ever able to trust my gut feeling again, or if I'll throw it to the wind for the rest of my days.

Anyways, I set up a little poll (BECAUSE WHAT ELSE DO YOU EXPECT ME TO DO WITH MYSELF AT A TIME LIKE THIS?) its to the right, you know, right here ----------->

I would love to know what you (who is "you" anyways at this point?) think. Any guesses?

Friday, March 7, 2014

6 things to keep in mind while dealing with a pregnant lady

What a mouthful for a title, right? I have been pregnant only for a short 4.5 months, but I have learned quite a bit about the do's and don'ts of  dealing with pregnant ladies! This is the most exciting and life changing time of our life (aside from marrying my sweetheart) but everything is changing, from personal space (#2) to crying at the drop of a hat (#6).


1: Ask us about more than just being pregnant. We are still ourselves! We still have other interests, and social lives, and hobbies, and experiences. While baby is on my mind 95% of the time, I still want to feel like myself, like I, as an individual, still matter, and have not just evolved solely into a baby maker.

2: Be mindful of personal space! While some welcome it, there are plenty who would rather not be touched. While I have met a few girls who don't mind their bump being touched, those who do mind seem to far outweigh them. I don't blame them, though! It hasn't happened to me much yet, but people do get gutsy with prego's! While I am certainly pregnant, my body is still my body, that includes my belly. Personal space still very much exists, and all physical touching rules still apply! I think it is safe to say, that unless it is offered ("I felt a kick! Want to feel it?")  assume the "hands off" approach!  I haven't quite figured out a non-awkward way to turn down someone is asking to touch it, so if you found a gracious way of doing so, send it my way! I completely understand that this time is an exciting time for more than just David and I. Our family and friends are ecstatic, and we couldn't be more thankful for their excitement. But my body is changing, and growing, and moving, and stretching, and that is quite a bit for me to deal with at this point! The last thing I want to feel like is a science experiment, or an exhibit at the local petting zoo.  

3: Offer advice...but only when asked! We have gotten bombarded with advice, both from things we had already determined for raising our little babe, to things we hadn't come to yet (school is at least 5 years away, people!), both helpful and not applicable, sought out, and unsolicited. Give us a chance to ask, believe me, we will! 

4: If you want to shower the little babe with gifts, consider asking what the parents are in need of. There are lots of baby items we don't intend on getting, because we have made a conscious decision not to. But books? Send them our way! It is different for every family. 

5: Try not to say "I hope you have a        boy/girl!      !" Before we got pregnant, I was hands down one of those "I hope I have 1 boy first, and then a couple girls!" (because we all get to choose, right?) Now that I am on the other side of it, I 100% fall into the category of "I don't mind at all, I am just praying for a healthy baby." boooooring, I know. But it is the undeniable truth. Knowing that you have a preference, over something I have no control over, isn't the best to inform me of, especially if your preference isn't fulfilled. I love hearing what people think we're going to have, but thinking, and hoping, are vastly different. 

6: Please excuse my hormonal rages. If I cry at the drop of a hat (I do.) or get upset with you over your harmless remark (I might.) or act in any way different from pre-baby me, take it with a grain of salt. I am doing my best to control it! I have never said "I'm sorry" so much as I do now. And my cheeks have never felt so many tears (95% of the time they're happy tears). So, in advance, I apologize. 

Also, I got a 7" haircut: