Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Our Baby Shower

On April 9th a lovely couple from the church we go to threw Mike and I a baby shower. We had such a great time, Mike's dad was there and a lot of people from the church were able to make it as well. It was truly such a beautiful experience and gift. Then on April 16th my good friend Erika and her husband Eli threw Mike and I a shower as well. My Mom came all the way from Chicago to be there, and a lot of Mike's family was there as well as some of our friends. We had such a great time, we played games and opened gifts, and Erika and Eli made a really great lunch and desert for everyone to enjoy! Mike and I feel so blessed to have so many people in our lives that love and support us! It's really so touching to me how many people already love Chloe and how everyone is so excited to meet her in June!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Life is Busy

-- Chloe's car-seat has arrived! --
-- Look at these adorable pink converse shoes, oh I love them! --

April has been one busy month for my husband and I. It's been full of appointments, child birth classes, birthdays, holidays, baby showers, and family. It's been a really fun month but next month we are planning on taking it easy. It's starting to really hit me lately that next month is the last month that it's just going to be my husband and I, our lives are going to be forever changed when our little girl arrives. I've been really emotional lately, normally I am a really emotional, sensitive person, I have been like that my whole life, but with this pregnancy I haven't been very emotional at all. I guess it's all hitting me now. Yesterday evening Mike and I rented the movie Tangled and while we were watching it we kept talking about how we can picture our daughter liking the movie when she is a little bit older. Then Mike said something about how he can picture Chloe dancing around the house singing one of the songs from the beginning of the movie and immediately after he said that I wanted to burst into tears, I didn't though I held it in, but just the thought of our daughter being here with us made me so happy and filled with joy.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Whats New

I realized I have been really lacking lately with my blog. So much has been going on in my life that I haven't even mentioned in any of my recent posts. I thought this would be a good time to share whats new and to talk about all the preparations being made for the arrival of my sweet little girl.

A few weeks ago Mike and I decided to hire a doula to be with us during the birth of our daughter. A doula is a woman you can hire who gives you continuous physical, emotional and informational support during labor and birth. There are many benefits to having a doula both for the expectant Mother and Father, especially if you are having a natural birth. We interviewed three different woman and the last woman we interviewed we decided to hire. She is very organized and professional and both Mike and I connected really well with her and felt really comfortable around her. We are really happy with our decision to hire a doula, and I feel much more confident about going through labor without any pain medication. The more support I have the better!

On Sunday I finished working on our birth plan. It feels really good to have that done with. I have to admit I was really dreading working on it but once I sat down and typed it out it was easy to figure out what things were really important for Mike and I to include in our plan. 

This Saturday we have our first baby shower! A woman at the church we go to decided she really wanted to throw us a shower. It's so incredibly sweet of her to think of us and we are really looking forward to going! Then on the 16th of this month my really good friend Erika is throwing Mike and I a baby shower as well. I cant wait, it's going to be so much fun, and it really makes me feel so special and loved that these woman would want to throw Mike and I a baby shower! We are very blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives that love and support us.

Oh and the most exciting news of all is that my Mom is coming to visit for the weekend! She is arriving  on the 15th and staying till the 17th. It's a short visit but she will be able to be at our baby shower and I am just so grateful to be able to spend some time with her!

Last Wednesday Mike and I attended our first childbirth class. The class is every Wednesday from 7-9:45 pm and goes for 6 weeks. We had a lot of fun and I can already tell we are going to be learning so much from this class. I really want to be as prepared as I possibly can for the birth of my daughter. I know things might not go exactly as planned and labor can be filled with many unexpected obstacles and events, but for me at least the more information I have the more confident I feel and the better I can make a decision.