Preparing for parenthood

As each day passes, we are getting closer and closer to meeting our bouncing baby boy. Literally. This kid moves around like crazy. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like when his temporary home begins getting cramped. I will probably receive quite a few punches in the ribs or bladder.

But I cherish each of those bouncing little movements, and I fret when he has a quiet day. My favorite moments are when I wake up in the morning and I place my hand on my growing belly to feel him moving around. I like to think he is a happy little guy, showing me a little love before I start my day. I love sitting in his room, planning on where we will put his crib and changing table, and having discussions with the hubs about whether we want to invest in a recliner or a glider. I cradle the outfits we have in my arms, just imagining what it will be like to have my baby boy there instead.

And with each passing day, this whole “having a child” thing becomes more real. I’m going to be a mom. Me, a mom. I still can’t quite wrap my head around the idea. Am I seriously cut out for this? Waking up multiple times in the night; having to feed, bathe, nurture and entertain a teeny human all day long; ditching spur-of-the-moment date nights with Brett or no longer spending an entire afternoon curled up on the couch reading a book.

I wonder what our pets are going to think of this new addition. I have played YouTube videos of infants crying, hoping they will get used to the sound. But as they just glance at my phone and continue on with their happy lives, I think they are going to have a much easier time adjusting than I will. It sends a chill down my spine thinking about how our entire lives — this cushy, fun, fantastic life built for two and four furbabies — is going to be turned upside down by one tiny human.

I’ve heard the stories about how life is never the same again. I worry that this is going to change my relationship with Brett; a relationship that I consider to be incredibly solid and the best thing to happen to me so far. But when I think about how we created this little person together and how I have already seen the love Brett has for our little guy, it only makes me love my husband more. And my intuition tells me that this next step is going to only make our relationship even stronger.

I’m pretty certain there are going to be days where I will be the frazzled mom and nagging wife, and that Brett will be grumpy and tired. I know I’m going to have to stop myself from being the “helicopter mom.” And I know I’m terrified, to the point I will ask Brett on occasion if we are ready for this. But I’m beginning to realize that no matter how many books I read or parenting websites I visit, I’m not going to be completely “ready.” I have taken my mom’s words of wisdom to heart about how we will learn as we go along and that we will figure it all out. It’s hard to fathom at the moment, but as I feel that little person bouncing around in my belly, I know that it will all be worth it. I may come out of this two pant sizes larger (I hope not, but I’m not ruling it out) and in need of copious amounts of caffeine to get through the day, but I’m more than happy to do that to bring this Baby B into the world. Because, according to all the parents I know, no matter how scary and difficult being a parent is, it’s the best thing that has happened to them. And despite all my worries and fears, I’m ready for that.

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My favorite things of fall

Fall is by far my favorite season. I love how the air is crisp in the mornings, the trees are an array of glorious colors, leaves crunch under your feet, and it’s the perfect time to cuddle on the couch with hot coffee or cider. It’s basically bliss. 🙂

While my favorite things are not necessarily related to fall, I feel like it’s long overdue to talk about what I’m loving at the moment.

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  • “Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen. I started reading this during our travels in August, and I was hooked. I immediately went online and purchased the second book. The novel follows Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn as she comes to power in the Tearling. She is strong, stubborn, compassionate and an all-around badass. If you enjoy fantasy, magic and an awesome female protagonist, I encourage you to read this book.
I love how our cute bedroom!

I love our cute bedroom!

  • Loretta Quilted Coverlet Set. I love the quilt set we had on our bed for the summer, but it’s incredibly light, and we have been using an extra blanket during the chillier, fall nights. After browsing Target.com, I found this gorgeous coverlet set. I love that the pattern is bright and cheerful, but warm for Wyoming winters.
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Amazon.com

  • Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow. I’m a stomach sleeper. I know, I know. It’s definitely not considered the ideal sleeping position, but it’s what I have always preferred. I didn’t have too big of a problem sleeping on my stomach, until my baby bump starting appearing, thus sleeping on my stomach is uncomfortable/impossible. My superhero husband came to the rescue and bought me this divine pillow! It basically cradles me like a giant baby, and I am able to sleep easier on my side with that extra cushion and support.
  • BeMaternity by Ingrid & Isabel BeBand. I’m at the point in my pregnancy where I can still fit into my jeans, but trying to button them is becoming uncomfortable. I’m not ready to break down and buy maternity jeans, so I bought the BeBand to help hold up my pants. I bought it in black so it basically looks like I’m wearing a long camisole. If it doesn’t feel quite like it’s doing the job, try looping a rubberband or hairband through your button hole and around the button. Throw the BeBand on top, and your pants should stay secure.
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NBC.com

  • “Parenthood” on Netflix. This show actually ended it’s run earlier this year, but I just began watching it on Netflix, and it’s wonderful. It follows the Braverman family as the four adult siblings navigate marriage/relationships, careers and, of course, parenthood. It’s funny, bittersweet, sad and realistic. I’m hooked!
  • Pinkblush Maternity. I have been able to find some pretty cute maternity items at places like Target and Herberger’s, but there isn’t a huge variety, and I still want to be able to dress up and feel cute while pregnant. I stumbled across Pinkblush on Pinterest, and I fell in love with the variety, style and affordability of the clothes they offer. I’m always a little nervous buying clothes from a new store online, but I’m so glad I did. Everything I purchased fit well and was so cute. Plus, the store also offers nonmaternity clothes for women, as well. I’m sure I will be shopping here quite often in the future.