December 1, 2013

40 Week Bumpdate

Baby boy is still hanging out in here, and I'm putting the final touches on him! ;)  The last couple weeks have been tough physically, but I am so thankful that Ann-Marie sent me this post at just the right time.  It's all about the Magnificat ("My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; My spirit rejoices in God my savior...") that Mary prays when she greets Elizabeth after finding out she is pregnant (I never thought about that part of it!).  No doubt Mary experienced many of the same discomforts as pregnant women today, but she still put her focus on praising God's name throughout it. This was such a good reminder for me to focus on glorifying God throughout my aches and pains in these final days.  I am so thankful and in awe of how he has blessed us with this child, and God knew just what I needed to read to focus on how AMAZING he is and how much he has blessed us with. 

While we're so ready for our lovebug to get here, I'm savoring these last moments of feeling him kicking, hiccuping, and wiggling about.  I'm also savoring this sweet time with my husband, and I'm so thankful for this relaxing weekend that we filled with decorating for Christmas, playing games, cooking and baking good food (like these), and having a marathon of the show 24!  It won't be long at all before we're spending our weekends loving on this sweet little baby!

Our baby:
  • I have testing and an ultrasound scheduled for Thursday to see how the little man is doing in there, and if everything is okay they will let me go to 42 weeks.  If not, they'll be inducing labor.  We're hoping he'll come before then but I know that ultimately God's timing and plan for the birth are perfect.

Best Parts of the Week: 
  • We are getting SO excited for our first Christmas with a baby!  We got our stockings at Kohl's two years ago for our first Christmas together, but they don't have the same ones there anymore.  However, we found a teeny little stocking at AC Moore and decided that it would be just right for this year!  Besides, we're not planning on filling any stockings this year, so it's not a big deal if he has a little one! :) 
  • We wrote and addressed the majority of our Christmas cards so that once the baby is here, all we'll have to do is put a picture or announcement of his birth in the cards and send them off!  I so loved writing all THREE of our names in the cards for the first time! :)    

Symptoms:  We really thought I was going into labor last night because I started having regular contractions about 7 minutes apart.  However, they stopped after about six, and we realized it was not the night! 

Funny Things:
  • I got several looks of shock when people asked at the grocery store and at church when I'm due and I said "Today!"  People start worrying that I'll go into labor right then and there! 
  • We went on a 45 minute walk yesterday and an hour walk today, but that little guy is not budging.  We also gave him a pep talk this morning about how it's supposed to be his birthday and that we're ready for him.  We may have scared him away from coming out, as he was probably wondering who those crazies are!  Also, I got some raspberry tea, only to realize it's actually raspberry leaf tea that supposedly induces labor, but it can't hurt to try it!  I'm about to spend some more time relaxing with my hubby by the Christmas tree with a cup of tea! :) 

I am praying for this sweet baby daily and I am so excited to meet this precious little one who has been growing in me over the past nine months.  God has been so good to us and our marriage, and I can't wait to see how we grow and change as we pour out our love on this blessing.  

I hope to be sharing news soon that he has arrived, but in the meantime I'll be trying my best to be patient, joyful, and appreciative of God's faithfulness! 


  1. Such a joyous time for you, my dear friend!
    Savor it!
    Can't wait to meet him!

  2. Raspberry leaf tea tastes like dirt, so be glad you got raspberry and enjoy it lol. Praying for good results on Thursday, or a baby before then :)!

  3. Aww! Looking beautiful as always Caitlin! Love reading your bumpdates....I ready every single one! So I'm sad this might be the last one...but I am very excited for your baby boy almost being here!!! love, Agnes

  4. Eat some pineapple, keep walking, and ummmm "visit" with your husband. That's the trifecta for getting baby out :)

  5. I think it's so funny how uninformed about birth most people are, including other mothers! I think they just get caught up saying the same phrases that were said to them during pregnancy, no matter how stupid they are (I'm referring to the fear you're going to go into labor right then. Usually early labor is not a big deal if it starts in public - they probably wouldn't even know.)

    Anyway, prayed for your delivery during my novena prayer last night! The baby will be born eventually!

  6. So very excited for you, Caitlin! I will be praying for you!

  7. Praying for you this week! Please keep us posted so I can update my prayers accordingly :-)

  8. How exciting! Looking forward to the baby update.