Sleeping for me has gotten pretty tough because I am flooded with thoughts and emotions. The past 2 years with Hatcher have been the greatest of my life and the memories we have made I will treasure forever. We have such a special bond and I love him more than he will ever know. Johny and I knew very early on after Hatcher's arrival that we wanted more children and that journey began for us just before Hatcher was turning one. It took us 8 months to get pregnant with Shep and although that journey was tough emotionally, God's timing was perfect. My dream of having a house full of children is finally coming true and I am so thankful God is giving us a son and Hatcher a little brother. It's perfect for our family. I know many if not every mother struggles with how or if their relationship with their first born will change once the new baby arrives and I cannot stop worrying about this. I just want him to know that Mommy and Daddy have more than enough love for both boys. I know Hatcher will need time to adjust and I am so thankful we have lots of family who will be with us over the first month to give him lots of love and attention. My prayer is that his transition will be a quick one and that we will settle into our new "normal" routine in no time. He's going to be the best big brother!!
We are beyond excited for Christmas this week! We have finally finished all of the last minute details of Shep's nursery so now I can get my gifts wrapped and under the tree. I can also focus on final things that need to be cleaned or organized before he gets here. Nesting is serious business, people!! We have a fun, busy week of things planned and just can't wait to see Hatcher's face on Christmas morning. He is so excited about Santa coming and entering through his chimney. He keeps going over to the fireplace and looking inside...it's so cute! :) We will celebrate Christmas Day with Johny's parents and then my mom arrives Friday to help me do some last minute things and have some mommy/daughter time. Then we will have my Dad, sister and grandparents here on Sunday for Christmas. And the best gift of all is the next day when we welcome Shepherd!!
We are scheduled for our c section on Monday, December 29 at 7:45 a.m. We check-in at 5:15 to get prepped and then it'll be showtime. We will deliver Shep at a different hospital with a different doctor than we did with Hatcher. I am very anxious about surgery since my c section with Hatcher was not a good experience at all. Please pray with us that all will go well and that this experience will be much better and smoother for everyone.
Shepherd Morgan Ricks we are anticipating your arrival more and more every single day! We cannot wait to hold you in our arms, love on you and give you tons of kisses. We look forward to dressing you in your first precious outfit and debating who you look more like. We are ready for sleepless nights and learning all about who you are and what you like. You are the addition we have been waiting for and I know our hearts will explode with love we didn't know we had in us as soon as we lay our eyes on you! We love you so much already sweet baby and pray for your healthy and safe arrival.
Here's my "38 week bump" shot!
How far along? 38 weeks, 1 day
Total weight gain/loss: +35 lbs
Maternity clothes? Yes
Stretch marks? Nope!
Sleep: Lots of potty breaks during the night & can't turn my mind off because I am so excited!
Best moment this week: Having our friends Christmas with the Parker's & VanDusen's and celebrating Christmas with Hatcher's MMO class.
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Can't think of anything new. Just uncomfortable a lot these days and it's harder to bend over or down without discomfort.
Movement: Yes and lots of it! Shep is very active and most active late at night.
Food cravings: If it's sweet, give it to me!!!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Not lately...thank goodness.
Belly Button in or out? Depending on his position, sometimes it's in & sometimes it's out.
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Labor Signs: No
Wedding rings on or off? Can only wear the engagement ring now!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward this week: Christmas Eve celebrations, Christmas and seeing the magic in Hatcher's eyes when he see his gifts from Santa, quality time with my mom as we make last minute preparations for Shep. And most importantly...meeting sweet Shep in just 7 days!!!!!!