Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wrapping up loose ends... she is almost here!

It is difficult to describe how amazing this pregnancy has been.  When I think about how blessed we are to have amazing friends and family or how God has been so faithful to Aaron and I, I can't help but well up with emotion (something that is quite new to me!).  

One of my favorite things to do it listen to Aaron talk about Malia.  Whether it is that he can't wait to hold her, or he wonders what she will look like, or about coaching her soccer team someday.  He is going to be the most amazing father and I am so excited to get to share this life changing experience with such a wonderful man and husband.  

I have prayed for her everyday since we found out we were pregnant.  I have also prayed that God would give us the wisdom and strength to guide, love and care for her.  I know that God has created her with a specific plan and purpose on the earth and that she is going to do big things in His name.  I am so excited to meet her and get this party started!!  

In the meantime, this is what we have been up to over the past couple weeks as we await our precious baby girl.

We were blessed with another (yes this makes 3!) baby shower.  It was a complete surprise put on by my team at work.  What a blessing it was!  They did such a great job and even got Aaron in on the surprise.  I have been truly blessed with an amazing place to work and incredibly kind people to work with. 

Thank you all for your kindness!

We also had some maternity photos taken.  I am so happy to have captured this special time with a few photos.  We went to a small park in the Pearl District, had great weather and a great photographer, everything was perfect.  These were taken at the end of September so I was about 36 weeks pregnant.  Here are a few of our favorites.  

We have also been adding some final touches to her nursery.  We still have a couple pictures to add to the walls but I love the way it looks so far.  I certainly hope that Malia likes pink! 

 We found this toy chest at an antique shop for $40 - I just love it!
 I also love the banner and poms from her baby shower.  
 We added shelves above her crib.  
We will also add a photo to the right of the mobile. 

More poms from her baby shower.
I really like the different shades of pink and gray.

 All we really need is Malia and this room will be complete!

I am now off of work until at least April of next year.  My days are a mixture of nesting, cleaning like crazy, painting, decorating, napping, relaxing, reading, blogging, praying, pinteresting, wondering when she will arrive, googling multiple times per day "signs you are going into labor" just to see if it says something different this time.  What a blessing to have this time to prepare and relax.  Physically I feel good, I am just so excited to meet her that I hope she comes soon! 

In preparation for the big changes in our lives I found a fun idea on Pinterest for date nights with your husband.  I preplanned dates for us for the next 12 months, starting in November.  I gave these to Aaron as a gift.  He seemed to really like them and the fact that I was thinking about him and our relationship.  If you can believe it, I have been a tad bit focused on Malia.  Anyways, I am really excited to open an envelope each month and see what fun activity we get to enjoy together.  It also gives me an excuse to blog about something other than Malia!  Here are some photos of the gift - stay tuned for the fun part, the dates with my hot hubby!

Each month's date envelope

Thanks to everyone for all your love and support throughout our pregnancy.  Please continue to pray that her birth would  be smooth, that she would be healthy and that God would prepare our hearts for this amazing responsibility.  My next post should include pictures of our baby girl.  

Here is the most recent picture of me at about 39 weeks.  It is fun to have friends pregnant at the same time - Sarah is 23(ish) weeks and having a boy, Christy is 27(ish) weeks and having a girl.