Thursday, May 20, 2010

Getting ready for Baby

Psst...there is another posting below this one. Make sure to check it out too!

We have been anticipating the arrival of Baby Steven. It seems so bizarre to think we have been waiting for five years for this time in our lives and here it is. We are exactly 9 weeks away today from our due date. I am secretly hoping to go a week late, however, so I can finish up my classes at school. Here is hoping!

Matt finally got the crib put together last night and our nursery is getting painted. We decided to do a jungle type of theme so my amazing mother-in-law is painting a mural on the wall. I am so excited!

The Yard Sale Crib I bought last year. Little did I know I would get to use it so soon.
Mother-in-Law beginning the mural. She just had major neck surgery a few weeks ago so it will be a work in progress, but I am so grateful for her desire and willingness to do this huge task. She looks at a variety of different pictures, picks out body types and faces and then just sketches them on the wall. What talent!

Showing Matt what colors to paint the tree she has sketched on the wall.

The beginning phase of baby elephant.
The beginning phase of our big jungle tree. I asked Matt to turn around and smile and this is the smile I caught. I can imagine our son making this same little face when he has done something mischievous.
What a sweet guy! He wants so badly to take care of our little family and I love him dearly for that. I can't explain the emotion when I see him feel Steven kick. My heart swells and my eyes water just writing about it. He is so anticipating being a dad. He promises he will get up for late night/early morning feedings and change dirty diapers. I have seen him with our nieces and nephew and I know he will be a good, patient dad.

My Month of May Posting

May has been such a crazy month! Of course, it seems as if they are all crazy right now. Preparing for baby to arrive, there is so much to do. I am still working full time and I am hoping and praying I can work right up until the day Steven decides to make his grand entrance into the world! Matt is still looking for a job and we pray and have faith that will happen so I can stay home with the babe. If not, I am very lucky I have a great job that I love. Here are a few pictures of our month in review:

Wally got in a tuff with a chow from around the corner. He now can join Doogie in the "Paycheck Dog Club." So much for trying to save our tax return. When we originally took Wally in, they gave him antibiotics and some pain meds for his cheek. One of the bite marks went all the way through his cheek and gums. Poor guy...He had to go back in a week later because his cheek was so swollen and pussy. A drain was inserted for a week and he had to wear what Matt calls, "The Cone of Shame." I felt like such an awful Mommy as he would just sit and put his head on me with those huge puppy dog eyes.
Our boys, for the most part, get along now. We have even caught a few glances (and still fewer pictures) of them cuddling up together. We are just so glad they get along!

Mother's Day was amazing! I have cried my way through many Mother's Days. Matt got me a card from him and one from the "boys." And to be honest, I am almost certain they went with him when he bought it. :) He also bought me this beautiful corsage from the YW fund raiser. How sweet and thoughtful is he?!
This is me with The Boys on Mother's Day. I imagine they are arguing with each other in their heads, "Mom, don't make us pose for a picture together!" Baby Steven is in the picture too!

And here I am in all of my pregnant glory...about 29 1/2 weeks!