Monday, January 20, 2014

the end of an era


Today is gonna be grand. I have the day off, which is already cause for celebration. This also hasn't happened today, so I'm already beating the MLK days of Jena's past life. I'm also 39 weeks pregnant. We have officially entered the final countdown. My bags are packed, the car seat is loaded, and Grahm and I are (naturally) freaking out.

Sawyer is scheduled to to arrive this Sunday, and while I am (naively) hopeful she will take after her mother's love of punctuality and come when she's "supposed to," I recognize that she probably will be late.

However, this may very well be my last week. So to kick off the end of an era, here are some things I am incredibly thankful for.

1. Last night while I was doing the laundry, I had three piles of clothes for the very first time. Tiny socks, pink blankets, adorable hats. These little additions are so much cuter than Grahm's sweaty t-shirts or the granny panties I've had to wear the past few months to cover my ever expanding buns. I don't think most people would be as excited about more laundry, but I am. I really really am.

2. The nursery has been a room that I have loved and hated the past few months. I've procrastinated. I've cried rivers of tears. I've returned more rugs than I care to admit, but this little space has also caused me so much joy. It's finally starting to come together (despite it still not having a rug). Grahm often finds me in there, sitting in my rocker and wondering what she's going to be like and if she'll enjoy the girly room I decorated for her.

3. I can't tell you how many encouraging texts, emails, and conversations I've had with excited friends and family. Even if the text says, "Feel like you're gonna blow yet?" (thanks, brother), we are so thankful for all the wonderful people in our life who can't wait to meet our daughter. Sawyer is already loved, and that truly means the world.

Any guesses on when she'll arrive?
Grahm: Jan 30 at 732am, 8 lbs 05 oz, 23 in
Me: Feb 2 at 427pm, 7 lbs 09 oz, 22 in

37 comments:

A Thousand Words said...

This is so exciting!! Congratulations! Prayers for a safe delivery and healthy Momma/Baby!

Whitney H said...

I feel like it was just yesterday that you announced that you were pregnant! I'm going to go on the late side and say that Sawyer will arrive on Feb. 4 at 9:27 p.m. Don't ask me to guess on weight though... I don't know anything about that!

Becky said...

Enjoy this last week!!! :) I'm going to go with Feb 2, 3:12am, 7 lbs 7 oz, 23 in!

Brittany Fry said...

Your pregnancy has flown by! I feel like it was just yesterday that you announced it. There are a couple different bloggers expecting little bundles of joy in the next months! Cannot wait to hear all about it and see her pretty face. I am going to guess the 4th (partial because it is my hubby's birthday too!)

Amie said...

How wonderful! Such an exciting countdown!!!!

Whitney Alison said...

So excited for you both! This is such a wonderful time :)

Allison said...

Ah! The final countdown! So excited for you my friend. You will be such a great Momma. :)

Kalyn V said...

I'm going to say she will be here Jan 31, in the early afternoon... But you'll start laboring that morning. I am so excited for the both of you, it feels like just yesterday that you made the announcement, and I've enjoyed living vicariously through you since I DO want to be a mommy, just not quite yet.

Thank you for sharing your journey, praying for a safe delivery and a happy, healthy baby and mom (and dad)!

Kaity said...

You'll be in my prayers!

I'm going to go with January 31 @ 2:24 AM. 8 lbs even. What do I get if I win?! ;)

Sarah said...

So close! Enjoy your final days and try to get as much rest as you can!

Kaysie said...

I say she's a January baby. This is such a beautiful post, I can't wait for you to meet her and know that she already loves you so much. And, the rug will probably get baby mess on it anyways ;). Are you signed up for Joss and Main?

Jamie K. said...

Awe i'm so excited for yall! Wel... Your due date is this Sunday but I'm a HUGE fan of Feb 3 babies... I think I turned out pretty well so if you think your right with late- that's my guess!:) Enjoy this special time and i'll be praying for your growing family!

Lauren said...

what an exciting time for you! My birthday is February 4th, and while I wouldn't ever HOPE for you to be that late...it's a pretty awesome day in my books!

Good luck mommma, this is going to be such an amazing time for you & Grahm!

Ashley Robyn said...

What great things to be thankful for! She will be so loved and so lucky to have y'all as her parents.

The Running Nurse said...

January 23rd!

Brandy said...

Hmm...January 27, 10:32 am and 8lbs.

rachel morris said...

Yay! So close! :)

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Such an exciting time!

Audrey @ An Aud Blog said...

How exciting!! I'm obviously not a mom, because any more laundry doesn't excite me...

I'm guessing January 28, 7 lbs 5 oz!

Lindsay said...

Feb 1st, because it's my birthday! :)

Gig-ee said...

When do we see your nursery? Did I miss a post?

The Lady Okie said...

Let's just say if she's over 10 lbs 5 oz, she will have beaten ME for enormous baby of the year award ;)

Susannah said...

Yayayay!!! You're so close to meeting your little girl! :-)

Kayla MKOY said...

I'm going to go with February 1st, 7.5 pounds! :) this is so exciting!!! Congrats girl, cannot wait to "meet" little Sawyer!

Elizabeth Than said...

SO EXCITING!!! Can't wait to see and hear about her!

Sarah @ Life, Love & Dinner said...

Those little pink baby things? The best! Also, those big granny panties? The best! I'm still wearing mine, 3.5 months post partum because they are that comfy. Enjoy this time, mama! My baby girl was 8 days late and while it does seem to drag, there will never be a time of greater anticipation and excitement. Soak it all in, it goes by too fast!

Jay T said...

Little girl clothes!!!! I am so excited for both of you and will be praying for you!!! I guess February 1st at 1030 am. 7lbs even, 21 inches long.

Katie Did What said...

Eeeeeek how are we already here?!?! CRAZY. I'm so so so excited for you and can't wait to "meet" little Sawyer! :) I'm going to guesssss... January 27 in the afternoon 8 lbs 2 oz 21 in long

xo

Ashton + Brian said...

Okay, I randomly came across your blog...I love it! I had my first baby a few months ago, so I still feel all butterfly-ish to see you're almost there! I feel like it is my duty to tell you: everyone tells you these horrible things about labor, and I was so stressed about it that I almost missed the most magical day of my life. It's so wonderful! Enjoy every moment :)

I feel extra creepy for not knowing you ha BUT...wish someone had told me to just calm down and enjoy it! :)

Sarah @ Sarahphrasing Life said...

How exciting!! Our friends baby girl is going on four days late and I am so anxious/excited for them! Can't wait to see pics!

Krista said...

I've loved following along and can't believe it's time! My guess is January 28th sometime at night; 7 lbs. 3 oz.

Best of luck and so excited to see the little girl!

Jennie said...

Your baby bump is so cute! Hoping she comes soon and everything goes great for you! I am giving away a Starbucks Verismo Brewer on my blog. I would love if you would check it out. http://thediaryofarealhousewife.blogspot.com/

Mimsie said...

I'll guess February 6th at 2:30 a.m. Very exciting time for you--wishing you all the best.

Kaysie said...

Dear Jena,

Please blog.


Love, Kaysie

abigail louise said...

good luck! you are an adorable blogger.

Mason's Mama said...

You have the cutest baby belly ever!! And I always got excited about washing Mason’s baby clothes and such. And the smell of Dreft…or baby detergent is the best. And I too, used to disappear into Masons room and sit in the rocker for hours at a time. It was my happy place!!

michelle shearer said...

I remember being overdue with my first, sitting in the nursery, reading out loud to my belly, and crying, and begging, and pleading with this child to JUST COME OUT! But enjoy this time, because as crazy as it sounds, you will long for this time in your life, for just one more day with that little person to be safe inside of you, to feel that life moving.