// Three weeks left!//

This time with baby girl is almost a wrap, as I’m now 37 weeks along!  I’m anxiously awaiting the chapter in our lives where she will be in my arms instead of my tummy!  It’s been, in some ways, a very chaotic time in my life.  I believe that’s made being pregnant go incredibly quick!  Since I feel that I’ve had a fairly easy pregnancy, I’ve been able to focus on other things.  Things like moving to Omaha, and unpacking/arranging things in our new home, helping out with what I can with the new store in Omaha,  and just living a normal life.. all while being pregnant. Maybe God knew what I could handle? :)

Have I handled this like a champ?  That may have to be answered by others.  I’ve definitely had my moments of “woe is me” and “I can’t believe our baby room has barely been started?!”  Our life is pretty good though and for the most part I can’t complain.  I’ve been so grateful to get to have this experience of being pregnant and feeling a new little life move around. Crazy!  For me, these past 9 months have been fairly easy and I’ve taken most things by stride.  Of course, now is when I’m starting to feel this overwhelming, crazy, how will I get it all done, how will I know everything there is to take care of this newborn that is soon to arrive…feeling.

A COUPLE of the questions rolling around in my head these days..

Cloth diapering is something we would like to do. What the heck is the best diaper..what’s the best detergent…how many times do you wash them before hand?!  So many questions… just to figure out what the baby is going to poop in?

Breastfeeding!  Will it be easy? Will it be hard?  Will it all just come so naturally? Seeing some of these facebook pages on this stuff.. goodness.  I didn’t know there could be so many problems?!

This all might seem uninteresting to you and maybe a bit trivial, but this is real life and it waits for no one!

Taking the Bradley Method birth class did calm a lot of those fears of the unknown.  I pride myself in REALLY learning something that interests me and with the 10 wk class we took, I feel good about a lot of things.  It has helped me feel more confident with our decision to do an all natural birth as well as many other “naturally” minded things that go along with after the baby is here.  It was a great experience to be around other first time parents and get their take on things.

I guess what I’m trying to say is… I’ve learned a ton and still feel quite inadequate to be a MOM.  Crazy, I’ll be that word soon!  I’m sure I won’t even believe it when it is a reality.  We’ve prayed for this baby before I was even pregnant and the past 9 months as well.  I look forward to praying for her/us with the new challenges that she gives us this year. It’s all going to be great…even during those sleepless nights and days that we feel like a zombie.

So excited to meet you baby girl..

Also, this is a photo of me while having breakfast the other day. Bedhead and all.  Sometimes it’s SO GREAT not feeling the need to post the best/posed/filtered photo. Ya dig?

-JVB

Here’s a quick update on life since moving to Omaha.  Days have been long and progress has been slow but steady on our new shop.  We’re so close to getting things wrapped up….we can almost see it!

*click on the photos for captions

*not digging this layout, but hoping to get a custom one going sooner than later!

A song to unpack books to and daydream about our baby girl’s arrival in a little over 2 months..


Also, this is a perfect song for Valentine’s weekend.

-JVB

This past weekend I turned 29. I know! Last year in the 20’s is kind of hard to believe!  I’m not complaining too much. Life is only getting more and more exciting, and where that can come with strain and struggle as well…it’s all worth it!

We went up to Omaha for the weekend. The trip included a 28 wk appt. and a birthday dinner of my husband’s choice!  He did good. We had reservations at The Grey Plume and it was pretty phenomenal! This photo was taken on our way to dinner. Feeling HUGE!

Also HUGE news for us! We’re moving out of our little loft!  It’s been 6 1/2 great years at this place. We have our complaints about things we’d change if we owned it, like not loving the red carpet in the bathroom and wishing they did a better job on detail work…  All in all, I would say that I’ve grown to love this place with all it’s character.  It’s pretty much been the first place we’ve lived since getting married and while it’s very exciting to move on… it’s a place I’ve grown attached to. 

We did however just close on a house last week, which has (in some ways) yet to sink in!  I’ve tried to do as much as I can to get ready for this madness, but being 7 months pregnant makes it hard to help out much. :(  So a lot of feeling pretty helpless is going to be happening these next few days and I’ll just try to deal with it.

We still have a little ways to go, so your prayers would be appreciated!

Cheers!

-JVB

It's tough to know
what to begin with
so therefore I won't begin
with much of a
beginning
at all.