Tuesday, July 30, 2013

21 Weeks: Southeast Botanical Gardens

Oh, babygirl, how we adore you! We can't wait until you are here and 
dream about snuggling you all the time. 

Working on nailing down a name for her, but goodness! Naming a human is hard. Enjoying feeling her move around more and more in my belly and growing bigger with her each and every day. Trying to get used to my ever changing body and remembering that weight gain is a GOOD thing. It's a hard mindset to grasp, but luckily my man is good at reminding me. And he thinks I'm cute.

Still so thankful to be in Okinawa throughout this pregnancy. The sunshine and warm breeze are always reminders of God's faithfulness to us throughout this healthy pregnancy and throughout our lives. He is so so good. 

Thank you all for joining in this journey with us and loving us well from afar! 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

20 weeks: Kadena Marina

We are officially halfway to meeting our baby! And did you hear? She's a lady!

We had almost convinced ourselves that she was a he, but she is definitely a she! At our 20 week ultrasound, babygirl promptly opened up her little legs and showed us what she was and then crossed her ankles for the rest of the ultrasound. What a modest little thing. Making mama proud. 

Brian is going to be the best girl daddy ever. He would make a heck of a boy dad as well, but I can't wait to see him love the mess out of this little girl and I can't wait to see her have her daddy wrapped around her little baby fingers 
(not that I would know anything about that, right dad?).

We scored a precious white Jenny Lind crib for $20 this weekend, and are starting to dream about what to do with her room. I know it's a long way off until she will actually sleep in there, 
but it's so fun to decorate and have a project to work on. 

Babygirl, we can't wait to meet you!
 As usual, thank you Mands for the pics! I will love having these to look back on 
and the memories of taking them each week with you!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

19 weeks: Shuri Castle

Almost 1/2 way there, crazy! I am feeling baby move more and more each day. Craving hamburgers and watermelon all day, everyday. My belly is feeling much more round and itchy these days. I'm getting out of breath much, much easier (even though I'm trying to work out everyday!). Prenatal yoga and spin classes have been my go-tos as of lately. I don't feel guilty taking my daily afternoon nap knowing that I got a little working out done in the morning. 

Next week we have our 20 week ultrasound and find out what kind of human we are having! Excited doesn't even begin to describe it! Any guesses as to what gender our babe is?

(Brian and I pre-baby on our first trip to the gorgeous Shuri Castle)

Monday, July 1, 2013

18 weeks: Hamahiga Island

My sweet friend had the wonderful idea to take belly pictures all around this beautiful island that we get to live on. I loved that idea and decided to steal it, thanks Mands!

As much as I want to remember this pregnancy and what an honor and blessing it is to grow this sweet babe, I also want to remember how blessed we were to get to live in this amazing place throughout this journey. Brian and I have definitely found some special places in Okinawa that continue to take our breath away. We want to remember the memories that were made in all our special places with this tiny baby in belly.

So, here we are at 18 weeks! It might not look like much, but to me, my body is changing daily. We got to hear the baby's heartbeat this week and I'm convinced there is nothing sweeter and more reassuring than that swooshing heartbeat. I felt the baby move for the first time this week as well! Lots of little pops and flutters throughout the week to let me know baby is doing ok. 

I continue to crave meat, meat, and more meat. I'm not usually a huge red meat eater, but I cannot get enough steak, ribs, and burgers these days. And watermelon! So much watermelon. 

Brian is convinced it's a boy because of my meat eating, but we will see! We find out the gender in about 2 weeks, and we can't wait! My energy comes in spurts, and some days I still indulge in hours of napping. I love that this slow, calm, island life lends itself to a pregnancy full of relaxation and rest. 
Brian and I stumbled upon this gorgeous beach on one of our Saturday drives and came back this weekend to snorkel (for me) and spear fish (for Brian). The beach is pretty deserted and we had it all to ourselves. Picnic lunches, the smell of sunscreen, and sunkissed skin. Summer is blissful to me. 
Happy Monday, friends!