In just two short weeks (as long as little Miss Isabella Grace doesn’t decide to be a total diva…shhh don’t let her know that’s an option) we’ll be making final preparations in the house, going out to dinner together, and HOPEFULLY getting some sleep on our final night as a family of two. Then on the morning of April 12th…we are heading to the hospital to meet our daughter!
With that said, most of the “preparing” is over. We’ve completed the nursery, the car seats are in and we’re finalizing the “go bags” tonight. In the last few weeks we’ve definitely noticed that the animals know something is going on. They’ve become very cuddly. They check out the swing and highchair and other baby stuff, but they have been very good about not messing with anything.
We’ve been using this time as a time to reconnect, a time to simply enjoy “us” as us. We’ve been talking to Isabella every night. It’s crazy to already know that this girl is going to be sassy and love to dance. The second that “The Voice” comes on the TV she’s rolling and moving around for two straight hours. What can I say? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
I think it’s also been a time to reflect. At least it has been for me. Back in December when we found out about the cleft lip and palate we were obviously taken back by the news. But now, with time to think and reflect on everything, I think we are prepared. We have friends who had to deal with life changing baby news within minutes of their son being born, and I’m still in awe of how well they’ve handled everything. I feel like we are lucky. We’ve been able to learn over the second half of the pregnancy and there is already a plan in place. It’s comforting.
With only one more appointment scheduled (possibly another one next week too) we are in the home stretch with our prenatal team at Hershey. The entire staff, from the doctors to the nurses to the people checking us in and out of appointments, they’ve all been incredible throughout. This will likely be our final post before sharing the news that Isabella has arrived and we’ll be sure to share a photo of her as well.
The pregnancy journey is almost over…but our family journey is about to begin.
It’s been a crazy journey so far. From those first little pictures of basically just a black hole, to the 3D ultrasound where we can finally see her, it’s been crazy. But we both know that the crazy is just about to get started.
Over the last few weeks we’ve really been able to see the changes. Isabella has gotten A LOT stronger. She’s also gotten a lot bigger. We have been going in for growth checks every three weeks and when we went in for the last one on February 27th we got some pretty crazy news. On February 6th, Isabella was estimated to be 2lbs 10oz and about 58th percentile. Now, just three weeks later she’s being estimated at 4lbs 10oz, and 93rd percentile. She’s definitely hit her growth spurt and Erin’s ribs have the bruises to prove it.
Copyright: Megan Huppman
We also had a great time on Sunday even though it was only about 40 degrees outside with our friend Megan who is learning more and more about her camera and wanted to do a maternity shoot with us. We explored Pinchot State Park and got a few great shots. You can see all of the pictures here. Thanks again Megan.
We’d also like to publicly thank everyone who had to do with planning, setting up for, or even simply just attending Erin’s shower. It was incredible to see and feel the love in that room for Isabella already. We’ve gotten her nursery just about completely set up at this point, and just have a few more odds and ends to pick up before the big day.
Speaking of the big day, we know exactly what day that is now. Officially, April 12th is our c-section date. Obviously Isabella could have a mind of her own (and if her personality is any indication, SHE DOES) and push that date up but we’re on the schedule for that day. It’s only 5 more weeks. It’s crazy.
I think I speak for both of us in saying that we feel extremely blessed to be at this point. Last year it felt like it would never happen, and then it did. We actually just heard from a friend of ours that they are now expecting too. They were one of the first people to reach out after we started this blog and let us know that they were thankful for us putting it out. They were only beginning their journey toward parenthood but it gave them the hope to know that eventually, it would happen. For anyone who is still out there struggling. Just keep with it. It will happen in due time.
p.s. I can’t wait to do this picture again, and have my daughter sitting next to me.