Sunday, July 31, 2011

33 week

Seven weeks from today is my due date! *7* WEEKS!  *49* DAYS!  Those numbers just seems soooo small! And they are going to get even smaller!  Although I am nervous about being a mommy, I couldn't be more excited for Baby E to get here! Quite a few people will ask me, "Are you excited?", and I always think, how could I not be excited?  This sweet little baby (and all babies) are such a miracle from God and I feel so blessed that God has chosen Ryan and I as the parents of *this* little baby!  I can't wait to see what it looks like, see what its personality is like, and of course, find out if it is a boy or a girl!:)  

Today, I had my second baby shower with my closest friends from high school and after.  I couldn't have asked for a better group of girls to support me through this entire pregnancy.  I have remained friends with 6 girls from high school which just warms my heart.  We have been out of high school for 8 years this year and we all still manage to keep in touch.  I love these girls so much and rely on them for a lot.  It also helps that 4 of them are also mommies and these 4 girls also adding to their families this year with me so they always have lots of advice for me!:)

 This was taken in early April of the 5 of us that are adding/added babies this year to our families.  Baby Eli was born Jan. 27 and Baby Xander came early on April 17. Three more of us to go!
 In college, I added this lovely lady to my circle of friends.  She is honest, loyal, and so much fun!  

And I have added a handful of amazing girlfriends through Ryan.  When I began dating Ryan, I met so many of his friends girlfriends/fiances/wives and I so fortunately clicked with all of them!  It makes it so nice when the boys want to get together because we ladies want to get together, too!  I am so lucky:)  Unfortunately, I do not have pictures with a lot of them:(  

This week also begins the last week of work for me at the Math Assistance Center (MAC) at IUPUI.  When I began my journey back to school in May of 2009, I started by taking 2 classes and if I loved them I would continue to become a Math teacher; if not, I would have to figure out what I would do with my life then somehow.  Obviously, I *LOVED* my classes and began tutoring at the MAC in August of 2009. It pretty much solidified my love for teaching.  I can't believe 2 years has already gone by and I will no longer be working there.  Although there have been some ups and downs at the MAC, I have never stopped loving tutoring students, especially in Algebra and Trigonometry!  I'll miss working there, some co-workers, and interacting with the students.  I'm excited to see what the future holds for me after Baby E arrives.  I will be beginning my journey of the last few semesters of my degree with my education blocks in January and I couldn't be more excited!

Hope you all have a great week!  Keep praying for Baby E and these last 7 weeks ((hopefully:))) of pregnancy for me!  Pray for a safe and healthy delivery, and a healthy little boy or girl!  And also say a prayer for all other expecting moms and babies.  I have so many people I know who are expecting, due anywhere between August and December! So crazy!


Liz & Baby E

Friday, July 29, 2011

32 weeks

Hello 32 weeks!  I can't believe there are only 8 weeks to go until this baby is due!  I had my 32 week check up this past Friday and everything with Baby E is looking good.  It had a great, strong heartrate of 161 and is measuring right on at 32 weeks!  From my last appointment until this one which was 4 weeks, I gained more weight than I thought I had gained, which was a huge shock to me.  With the heat indexes being so high, I've been trying to drink as much water as I can so I'm wondering if it is a little bit of water weight.  I have actually felt like I've been eating less since there is very little room left in my belly.  After some encouraging posts from friends on Facebook, I feel better that I am not the only one who is in this boat of gaining a lot of weight with pregnancy and was given plenty of reassurance that with nursing and some hard work, it is totally possibly to lose ALL the weight!  I am not a runner AT ALL so I am going to become friends with Jillian Michaels and 30 day shred and the elliptical at the gym! I thought about giving spinning classes a shot too.  I've been saving my clothing money to treat myself with some new clothes for after the baby gets here and after I get back to my pre-pregnancy weight!  All in all, things have been going well this week.  Despite the "excessive heat warnings" and 100 degree temps and 115 degree heat indexes, everything is good.

Lots of love,

Liz & Baby E

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

31 weeks

Welcome to the dog days of summer! Whew!  It has been so hot here lately with heat indexes between 100 and 115 degrees!  This plus being 7 months pregnant do not mix well!  I've managed to stay cool and keep up on my fluids so thankfully it hasn't been too miserable.  But the little bit that I am outside during these hot times are definitely NOT fun! Everything is going well ...or as well as the third trimester during the middle of summer can go:)  I'm uncomfortable sleeping so I end up tossing and turning most the night.  I feel bad for Ryan because I know I keep him up, too!  I'm still feeling the baby move like crazy and can't help but be curious what the heck it is doing in there!  I have my 32 week check up this Friday so hopefully I'll be able to talk to the doctor about what is left!  I can't believe we only have 8 weeks left!

 This past weekend my in-laws threw me my first baby shower!  We most certainly are blessed to have such great family and friends of the family.  We, or I should say Baby E, is already spoiled:)  I spent the majority of Saturday evening and Sunday nesting which I enjoyed:)  I also spent part of Saturday putting together our stroller and car seat.  With only 8 weeks to go, I am getting a little nervous so I wanted to at least have the car seat ready to go JUST in case!:)  I am a planner and can't help but plan ahead!!  

Please keep praying for Baby E and Ryan and I as we get closer and closer to becoming parents! We couldn't be more excited:)

Liz & Baby E

Sunday, July 10, 2011

29 & 30 weeks

Today, we hit the milestone of being 3/4 of the way done with the pregnancy!  I just can't believe how quickly this whole thing has gone!!  So far, this pregnancy has been smooth sailing!  I have very few complaints... but I have a feeling some of that might be changing.  My torso is so short that I believe the baby has officially run out of room.  I felt for the first time last night a little bit of pressure on my ribs from the baby pushing on there.  My ribs have been digging in my stomach when I sit down after a days worth of eating which tends to get a bit uncomfortable.  And sleep...well sleep is something of the past most nights.  I tend to toss and turn a lot from being uncomfortable.  All in all, I *knnow* that it could be a thousand times worse, but I am a huuuuge baby when it comes to pain and being uncomfortable so I have a feeling this will be a long 10 weeks :)  

Everything with the baby has been doing just fine!  I have been feeling some amazing movements lately that just make me laugh.  Some days I think the baby is trying to break out of my belly.  I just wish I could see the baby flipping and flopping around in there:)  The last two weekends I've been blessed enough to take a break from the heat and wade in a pool.  The water most definitely helps cool me off.  Last weekend Ryan and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary.  My parents graciously gave up their house for a few hours so Ryan and I could make dinner and spend some time watching our wedding video and eating cake!:)  Ryan enjoyed some champagne while I enjoyed some sparkling bubbly non-alcoholic stuff!  We had a great weekend with family and friends.  

 Ryan and I decided to take a picture in front of the beautiful green bushes we took our wedding pictures in front of:)
 Cake && Flowers all ready to go:)
 Our delicious anniversary cake by Suzie's Sweet Shop!:)
 Nothing goes better with cake than a cup of coffee:)
 Our toasting glasses:)  Annnd my sparkling non-alcoholic drink and Ry's champagne!
 Happy first anniversary to us!  And happy 29 weeks to our baby!
Here is the 30 week picture!! 

Hope you are all doing well!  Keep praying for Baby E that it may keep growing happy and healthily!  

3/4 of the way there love,

Liz & Baby E

Thursday, July 7, 2011

1st Wedding Anniversary

So this past Sunday Ryan and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary!  I can't believe how quickly time has gone by!  I still look back on our big day with huge smiles, silly giggles, and a lot of love.  I was all smiles that day and for good reason:)  I married THE most amazing man who continues to surprise me every day.  We have so much fun together and I just really enjoy spending time with him doing anything and everything.  Words can't describe how much my love grows for him each and every day!  And in just 11 short weeks, we will be welcoming our first baby in to this world!  I can't wait to see what the future holds for us.  And for many, many more years of wonderful, marital bliss:)  I love you, Ryan, and I look forward to what God has in store for our lives!  Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary!!!!!!!! <3