baby and i are growing fast

baby and me

I am now 24 weeks pregnant.

And I look it.

I absolutely love being pregnant right now. Yes, I’m tired all the timeand no, I can’t fit into most of my usual clothes, but aside from that, it’s pretty amazing.

My little guy is quite the athlete these days. His favorite time to play is at night, which may be contributing a bit to my fatigue, because whenever I wake up in the middle of the night now I like to see if he’s awake and wants to hang out for a little bit. It’s often in the very middle of the night that he must be doing somersaults or jumping jacks or something, because it’s crazy how much he moves. I could lie there for hours with him doing that.

I’m already in love. Someone asked me the other day what I was most excited about, and I realized that most of all, I just want to meet him. I feel like I know him already just by feeling him move, by letting his tiny body pass by my hand as it rests on my ever expanding belly.

I told Marshall that I think I like the tiny movements the most, because I imagine his adorable little hand or foot punching or kicking in there when I feel them. I can’t wait until I can hold them.

I feel like time has flown, when I look back at how long I’ve been pregnant. We’re over halfway through, and we will be meeting our son (crazy!) in four months or less. I know that time will fly by, and that it will continue to fly once he’s born. So I’m doing everything I can to savor every moment as it comes.

I still can’t believe I’m having a baby. It’s pretty unreal. And such an unbelievable blessing. It truly is a miracle, this little life growing inside of me.

-me

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life in a post

So here’s what I’ve been up to these days, Instagram style.

I’ve been getting really crafty, and by really I mean marginally, but it’s been quite an adventure nonetheless.

owl onesie

We’ve had a couple of craft nights, and the picture above is of an appliqué onesie I made all by myself. And thenthe next craft night, I made an adorable little fabric flower to go with it! So if I don’t have a girl I may have to donate this to a little baby girl I know.

cartoon owl

I’ve also been doing some drawing, and as you can tell I stuck with the owl theme because they are so adorable. I actually saw an owl while I was on a walk with my friend a few weeks ago, it was amazing.

bird watercolor

And then, I finally got so excited that I actually went out and bought some watercolors. I swear I’ve done more than just birds. These just happen to be the pictures I have. It’s been pretty fun, experimenting with art again. I feel like a kid. Did I tell you I used to want to be a cartoonist when I was little? Well I did.

baby belly 14 weeks

Oh, and also I’ve been growing a baby. So that’s been a lot of work, as I mentioned a couple weeks ago. That’s me at 14 weeks.

baby belly 15 weeks

…and there I am at 15 weeks. Can you tell a difference? I’m not sure if there is one. But the baby’s growing! And using most of my energy to do it. That’s okay though, I have a feeling it’s going to be worth it.

throw back picture

I also found some adorable/hilarious childhood photos while I was home a few weeks ago, which I of course took pictures of on my phone so I could participate in “throw back Thursday” on Instagram. That’s our rabbit Solomon that we “won” on year (my mom’s friend rigged the Easter egg hunt so we would win all the animals every year). And my sister looks like she should be in Japan for some reason.

day at the zoo

And this is from the day that my brother got mad at my mom for putting sunscreen on him at the zoo and slammed the door to our station wagon and the keys got locked in the car so we got to spend the entire day there while my mom waited for the locksmith. When I posted this on Instagram my sister asked “where am I??” I’m sure many of you can guess what my response was.

Oh, and perhaps the best is this one.

preachers wives

This is a picture of me and my best friend at my grandparents’ house, most likely putting on some type of play, or perhaps giving a sermon of sorts. But what’s so funny about it is that we are now both seminary wives, on our way to becoming preacher’s wives. Okay, I admit, I don’t look much like a future preacher’s wife in this picture, but the Bible is just too funny, and Debbie seems to fit the part here pretty well. I was always the crazy one.

Marshall and Owen

And then it’s back to the present time, with Marshall brushing up on his baby skills. Doesn’t he look like such a natural? The kid is mesmerized. We think it’s the beard. They all love the beard.

So anyway, that’s my life in a post these days, I hope you’ve enjoyed the update. As you can see things are pretty exciting around here, as I’m sure you expected.

Happy Tuesday (I keep thinking it’s Wednesday ughhh)

-me

breaking news

Well, I guess it’s time you all knew one of the reasons I haven’t been super active on my blog recently, and one of the reasons I haven’t been feeling too well these days.

The Gallaghers are having a baby!

Ayda is happy to hear this.

Ayda is happy to hear this.

Yesterday I crossed that oh-so-anticipated threshold from the dreaded first to the apparently heavenly second trimester. I’m still waiting for the heavenly part, but I’m definitely starting to feel better than I have for the past several weeks.

Itty is not impressed.

Itty is not impressed.

Let me tell you, it’s unfortunate that the trimester when you feel your worst is also the trimester when no one else knows or can tell you are pregnant. All you want to do is scream out “I’m pregnant!! This is why I feel horrible, look horrible, and act horrible all the time! I’m not just being lazy and complain-y and eating Eggo waffles because I’m letting myself go!”

At least Marshall has known I’m pregnant. The poor guy has had to make his own dinners for going on two months now, while I sit eating my yogurt and strawberries (and yes, Eggo waffles). It was definitely also nice to have my family and close friends in the know so that I could complain to them all the time. And to share the excitement with me! My poor family has had to keep it secret from all of their friends for way too long, I’m glad that time is over. It’s such a joyous thing and something you immediately want to tell the whole world.

The unfortunate reality is that the first trimester is sort of a scary one, when you are beside yourself with excitement, but it’s always tempered by that little worry that something might happen and you might lose the baby. The statistics for miscarriage in the first trimester are higher than I had thought, so that possibility becomes almost as real as the little life inside of you is. I can’t tell you how thankful I am to be past that. But as my mom wisely reminded me, nothing is for sure until you have that baby in your arms, and even once you do, their future is still completely out of your hands. Thank the Lord I know they will be in His hands.

Oh, parenthood! I can’t believe I’ll be in it a mere six months from now, God willing.

Now I’m sure many of you are wondering, is her blog just going to turn into a mom blog now? And I can honestly tell you, I don’t know. So I guess we’ll just have to see! I don’t plan on that happening, but we all know how moms get, don’t we! In the meantime, I’ll just keep posting about life and other important things.

So, now that that news is out, can we talk about how it’s snowing outside?? Eeeek!

-me