Saturday, July 7, 2012

25 - 31 Weeks

What a whirl wind! I can't believe our last post was 7 weeks ago. It doesn't feel like time has flown but I guess it has!

25 // Bussell-Rimkus Baby Shower!
We had our first shower with my mom's side of the family and it was simply delightful. We had delicious food, great company and SOOO many cute little outfits, books and gifts for Alyssa. We were floored by the generosity and can't wait to see our little girl dressed up in all those cute things :) It was held at Illinois Beach State Park and the weather was amazing. We got to go outside for some beach pics which was perfect. Thanks to my mom, sister and aunts who made the day so special!

26- 28 Weeks
These weeks are slowly beginning to blur together. Mainly because I felt like there wasn't anything monumental going on. I felt like I had a great amount of energy... and so did Alyssa (so much kicking and rolling).
I truly have no huge complaints about being pregnant. My feet hurt (but not unbearable), I go to the bathroom all the time (but it reminds me to hydrate), I get leg cramps while sleeping (but I usually sleep well otherwise) and I get winded more easily (but it helps me to slow down and rest, which we all need a little more of). The only stand-out health issue I have had is getting colds/sinus infections. By 28 weeks I was on my 3rd cold and was getting tired of not being able to do much about it. I let it linger for about 2 weeks before getting on a RX, which cleared it up. But my sinuses were killing me, I felt like I was punched in the face. Can't wait to have my immune system back. That was about the extent of these weeks, we were really getting into a good routine of being pregnant and getting ready for a baby.

This was a big week for us. First, we entered our 3rd trimester! It came without us realizing it was already here. I'm glad for the surprise entry into this new milestone because that means I am keeping busy enough to not feel like the days are so slowly ticking by. But it did give me a reality check that Alyssa will be coming soon. 
Second, we had our Dr appointment and found out we are moving our appointments to every 2 weeks. The appointment itself was smooth, Alyssa is healthy and I'm holding up pretty well :) Our Dr. did tell us that we need to start "counting kicks". Meaning we need to make sure she is kicking at least 6 times every 2 hours. He doesn't want us to take literal notes on it but just to make sure she is kicking more and more. 
And third, this was the week of Summer Day Camp (VBS) at our church. I had an absolutely amazing team to work with but it was still a very busy week! Overall it was a great week though; I had loads of energy, never felt very ill or uncomfortable and Alyssa seemed to not miss a beat with her moving and kicking. The only thing was that I was on my feet walking around a lot and was starting to really waddle and feel large... but otherwise I felt great! 

30 // Till-Houston Baby Shower! 
All this week I spent doing Alyssa's laundry, remodeling her dresser and buying stuff at Ikea for her room :) I thought after camp I would be SO wiped but the opposite happened. I had SOO much energy, I was waking up at 5:45 consistently and couldn't explain it. I know, I know... it's called nesting. But after a whole week at camp I was shocked I had that kind of energy and ambition. I praise the Lord for it because I was feeling very caught up with preparing for her. 
And to top it all off we had our 2nd shower! I had such a great time and felt so totally blessed by all the love. Colleen (mom-in-law) & Amanda (sis-in-law) did a fantastic job making everything so cute and meaningful. After spending so much time preparing and running camp I was so looking forward to a week focused on preparing for Alyssa. And this shower was the icing on the cake!! So so so blessed and thankful!

31 Weeks
Ever since our Dr. told us to start counting kicks Alyssa has been kicking up a storm! And it has been such different kicks then what we were experiencing. Dr. told us we would notice a change, that her kicks would seem more calculated and on more of a schedule. And like clock-work BAM she is moving in all different ways than before. There is less jabbing and more stretching, pushing and shoving. Sometimes she will really get rocking and jabby but mostly its pretty calculated movements it seems. She has also started to get hiccups regularly. I didn't realize what they were at first. But there is no denying those cute little bump-bump-bumps. I love them because they let me know she is doing ok.
I have also been noticing braxtin hicks contractions. They don't come frequent but I definitely notice them now. Apparently I have had them all along but haven't been able to notice them until now... at least thats what the experts say. They have been a friendly reminder that labor and delivery are just around the corner, which sometimes scares me but mainly pushes me to prayer :)

Well, thats all for now. Soon I will post new prego belly shots, room updates and I have a few things that have been floating in my mind that I would love to share with you all.

Thanks again for your love, support and prayers! We so appreciate all of you!!!

Grace and Peace.

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