Stephens Family

Stephens Family

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Week 31: The PAINTING Week -- 4.14 - 4.20

Week 31: The PAINTING Week -- 4.14 - 4.20

By the title of this blog post and considering this is a pregnancy update, you'd think we painted Ellie's nursery this week.  But, no, unfortunately her nursery still looks pretty bare.  However, we did complete 99% of the painting needed for our basement remodel.  I feel like that is all we have been doing the last couple of weeks is painting.  Painting the ceiling, the walls, the windows, the doors, the trim, and the built in Mike created (which was an insane amount of painting -- like 8 hours just for that and with Mike and I both working on it).  Regrettably, we still have to paint the door and the trim in the bathroom.  Well, actually, we'd like to paint the ceiling and walls in it too but we can live with those for the time being.  We HAVE to start focusing on getting ready for her so -- for now -- these last small chores are going on the back burner.

This week was yet ANOTHER week of blah weather here in KC!  We are finally seeing some signs of spring in our yard though!  But, today -- 4.23 we got a wintery mix of rain and sleet in the AM with a high of 41 -- are  you freaking kidding me?!?!?  COME ON SPRING!!!

A few signs of spring from our yard!


Baby Milestones these Weeks:  Ellie's going through major brain and nerve development these days. Her irises now react to light, and all five senses are in working order. (She won't pick up anything from her nose until after birth, though -- smell is transferred through air, not amniotic fluid.)

Best Moment of the Week:  This was a busy week and Eli and I had lots of fun but Saturday night my mom took Eli so that Mike and I could attend a birthday and an engagement party.  Mike and I spend a fair amount of time in the car just the two of us -- talking.  This is a rarity.  It was nice.  I know that come June I can at least expect 6 months of "baby prison."  So, I'll cherish these last few moments that Mike and I get before baby girl arrives!

Obsessions this Week: "Cuties."  You know those little mandarin orange that are "made for kids."  Ya, well, I've been gobbling them up lately!  Poor Eli, I buy them for him and then I eat at least half of them.  I've always been a fruit girl -- Ellie probably will be too!

Symptoms this Week:  Pelvic pain and pressure.  Mostly after I've been standing all day. It is not fun -- the pressure feels like really terrible menstrual cramps and the pain can range from a dull throb to sharp, stabbing like pain.

Continued heart burn.

Continued discomfort while sleeping.

Epiphany this Week:  The next two months are going to be VERY uncomfortable.  My neighbor lent me the movie What to Expect while Expecting.  A must see for any pregnant women -- particularly in her 3rd trimester.  I definitely sympathize with Elizabeth Banks' character.  Pregnancy is not a walk in the park for me.  SO glad this is the last time I'll be doing it!  

What I'm looking forward to most next week: Our 2nd Monthly Eagle Creek Mom's Night Out at Houlihan's in LS.  It is on Thursday and currently (Tues) I am sick, hoping I will feel lots better so I can attend and enjoy some kid free time with other neighborhood mamas!




What is different this time around?  I am finally getting my linea nigra -- but it is still pretty light and only on the top half of my belly.  

To do list: (red is new)

*Buy:
nursing tanks
pacifiers, diapers, etc
Ergo baby carrier
*Decorate the nursery
*Organize nursery, wash clothes, etc
*Finish basement remodel -- Painting is almost 100% complete.  We now just have to put the trim boards around the carpet and caulk.  Mike's 60" TV is to be here on Friday so I hope it we can get it done in the next couple of days.  Pics to come!
*Sew a new cover for the glider and ottoman -- I've asked my mother to do this and she happily obliged! Mom, you still up for this?  :)
*Look into maternity and newborn photography
*Schedule a hospital visit for mid-April -- DONE -- April 29th.
* Organize the garage -- Not sure if this is really realistic with Mike's work schedule lately.  
* Get the car detailed but not too soon! Pull out infant car seat and install it.
* Have a little weekend getaway (in KC) with Mike.  It will probably only be one night but  we need it! We scheduled for my parents to take Eli this weekend, but now I am sick! :(  And, next weekend they will be in the QC for my cousin's college graduation.  So, this may have to be pushed back until the weekend of 5/10 - 5/11.  We will see.

31 Week Belly Pics:

Too busy painting this week, I forgot to take a belly shot... :(  Here I am at 31 weeks with Eli though:

With Eli -- July 2011.


Thanks for all of your sweet comments about the name we chose for our precious daughter -- Ellie Angell.  I think if you knew me when I was Ali Angell you appreciate it even more.  I hope baby girl loves it as much as her dad and I do!

XO,

Ali

Monday, April 15, 2013

Week 30: The SUGAR and spice and everything nice Week: 4.7 - 4.13

Week 30: The SUGAR and spice and everything nice Week: 4.7 - 4.13

I realized this week that sugar has been a friend (probably a little too good of) during this pregnancy.  I failed my initial glucose challenge test and had to take the oh, so fun 3 hour test to see if I did in fact have gestational diabetes.  Luckily for me that results came back negative.  However, for the 2 days I thought maybe I did have GD I tried to watch my sugar in take and boy, have I been craving some sweets for the past 7 months!

I will say that the 3 hour test isn't something I'd ever just sign up for.  12 hours of fasting, 1 extremely sugary drink, 4 blood draws and 3 hours of waiting at the doctors office just isn't my idea of fun.  Again, I feel blessed that the results were negative.

This week was pretty normal.  My sister and I did have a play date at my parents house and Eli and Kate our finally really playing together.  It is super cute.  My mom even took them both for a couple of hours so my sister and I could get away and enjoy some kid-free time.  Other moms, -- can I get an Amen?!?



Late Friday our good friends from college, Shara and Jeff,  came from TN to stay with us so they could attend the CoC World Conference over the weekend.  They have a 3 month old daughter, Lainey, who is absolutely adorable!  She was such a smiley little baby!  Shara said she is like this most of the time!  I couldn't believe it -- Eli was such a fuss pot at that age -- and, well still can be!  I hope and pray (and please join me if you feel so inclined) that Ellie (yes, we have a name!!!) will not get her older brother's temperament and will be a happy, happy baby!  Anyways, we didn't get to see them much but it was such a good time visiting with them, catching up and seeing them as parents!  Miss them.



Baby Milestones these Weeks: Week 30 - As Ellie's skin smoothes out, her brain just keeps getting more wrinkled. All those grooves and indentations increase surface area, meaning more room for that oh-so-essential brain tissue.  She's also adding some brawn -- her grip is now strong enough to grasp a finger. 

Best Moment of the Week:  Visiting with Shara and snuggling with her beautiful daughter Lainey!  Shara has always had the gift of giving and she brought us some adorable baby girl clothes, blankets and even some newborn diapers!  Thank you Shara!

Obsessions this Week: Trying to be conscience of what I am eating.  Failing the initial glucose test put my eating habits into perspective.  I've already gained 14 lbs from my initial weigh in and 19 lbs from my lowest weight check!  With 10 more weeks to go, I could easily gain more than 30 lbs which is 10 lbs more than I did with Eli!  Uh Oh!

Symptoms this Week:  The heartburn is getting super intense!  Almost anything I eat it brings it               on and leaves my chest feeling like it is on fire.  NO fun at all!  

With each passing day, I am more and more uncomfortable!  The front of pubic bone came apart during my labor with Eli -- the condition is called Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction.  It is super painful.  Months after Eli was born I did receive some physical therapy for it.  However, now that I am growing bigger and bigger the pain is back!  It aches and aches.  

http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/symptoms-and-solutions/symphysis-pubic-dysfunction.aspx




What I'm looking forward to most next week:  Calling baby girl by name:

Ellie Angell Stephens

Angell is my maiden name.  It is pronounced Angel -- like the heavenly being!  :)

Here is a link to her big name reveal:

http://mikeandaliplusone.blogspot.com/2013/04/her-name-finally.html

What is different this time around?  I may sound like a broken record but we still have A LOT to do before Ellie arrives!  With Eli we were just doing the final touches on things at this point...

To do list: (red is new)

*Decide on a name 
*Buy:
nursery furniture -- We found a great set through our neighborhood FB group.  Great price!  A BIG thanks to Mike's parents for offering to pay for this!!!  What a blessing for us and baby girl!
nursing tanks
pacifiers, diapers, etc
I really want to get an Ergo baby carrier but we shall see
*Decorate the nursery
*Finish basement remodel -- We did A LOT of painting this past weekend and it is really starting to look amazing!  I am SO excited!  I still think we have 2-3 weekends of good work but we are getting close!
*Sew a new cover for the glider and ottoman -- I've asked my mother to do this and she happily obliged!
*Look into maternity and newborn photography
*Schedule a hospital visit for mid-April -- need to get on this ASAP -- I called about this but they haven't called me back yet...
* Organize the garage
* Get the car detailed but not too soon!
* Have a little weekend getaway (in KC) with Mike.  It will probably only be one night but  we need it!  

Bump pic:

I thought I would do a bare belly pic since I've hit 30 weeks!  :)

I don't have a comparison pic from last time!

Thanks for staying in touch with the Stephens!  Keep praying for baby Ellie!

XO,

Ali





Sunday, April 14, 2013

Her Name... FINALLY!

We have known we were having a little girl since I was 15 weeks pregnant.  I am now 30 weeks.  For almost four months we have been searching for that. perfect. name.   We deliberated over Hannah, Emma and Ellie for a loooooooooooooooong time.  We looked at current popular names, older names -- you "name" it, we did it.  Nothing ever felt right to me.  Weird, huh???

Well, yesterday Mike and I were driving and he mentioned that twice this week he had been asked if we had found a name for her.  I'll admit, I've been asked several times lately too.  And, I have been really wanting to call her by name.  So, right then Mike and I decided that we would name our precious girl...

ahem, drum roll, please...






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Before we knew Eli was a boy, Ellie was always our top choice for a girl name.  We thought that if he was actually a she we would name her Elisa Angell Stephens -- "Elisa" after my Great-grandma Ockee and "Angell" because it was my maiden name.  We would call her Ellie.  However, Mike has never warmed up to the name "Elisa."  I think it is pretty but I want us both on the same page when it comes to our children's names.  So, we are going to go with just straight Ellie.  We think it is close enough to Elisa that we can still tell her that she was named with her great, great-grandmother in mind.  :)

This time around even though Mike and I couldn't figure out a first name, we both loved Grace as a middle name.  I still think Grace is an adorable name.  However, I think we are going to stick with our original choice for a middle name: Angell.  Growing up, I always loved my having the last name "Angell."  Mike also loved my last name.  And, I think it sounds cute together: Ellie Angell.  Eli's middle name is Michael, after his father.  Ellie's middle name is going to be Angell, after her mother.

Here our a few meanings from the top google searches I made.

1. Ellie is "noble, exalted; sun ray, shining light; other, foreign; famous warrior".


2. The name Ellie is a French baby name. In French the meaning of the name Ellie is: A Greek Helen, meaning shining light, or most beautiful woman.


3. Origin of Ellie: English, diminutive of Eleanor and Ellen
Meaning of Ellie: "bright shining one"

So, Ellie means, "bright shining one" and, of course, Angell means, "straight from heaven." Put them together and you  get:

Bright Shining One straight from Heaven.  

Isn't that the truth?!?


Oh, Ellie Angell Stephens, how we love you!!!

XO,

Mom and Dad


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Week 29: The LOL Week -- 3.31 - 4.6

Well, as you can guess I did a lot of laughing this week.  I don't think I've laughed as much or as hard in such a short period of time in, well... ever.  And, due to my over-sized uterus, I peed my pants almost every day this week.  TMI, but no joke.  Laughing so hard you can barely breath and the third trimester don't mesh well for my underwear. :)  My urinary competence never fully returned after I birthed Eli but now it is horrible!  Seriously, I may have buy myself some Depends! : /

So, why was I ha ha-ing so much this week?  My dear friend Mary Beth came from WA to visit and we kept each other entertained with stories of our past and present.  I was telling her hubby how good of a time we were having and I mentioned how there is such a special bond between childhood friends.  You spend so much time together, you grow up together, you have all kinds of "1sts" together.  They are also the kind of friends that you can go a while with out talking to and when you get together it is like you never, ever left each other.  I am so glad MB is still an important part of my life and I already miss her terribly.  I so wish all my best friends could live right across the street from me!  But, such is life and I will survive on phone calls and FB pictures until we meet again.  

I do hope and pray that my kids experience life-long friendships. 

MB is on the left, I am in the middle and my another on of my BFFs, Katrina, is in on the right.  4th grade.  1994.

We were playing around with facial masks  at a sleep over :)

Sophomore's in HS. 2001.  


Today! 2013
We also celebrated Easter this week!  Eli went on his first egg hunt!



Baby Milestones this Week: Baby girl's energy is surging, thanks to white fat depositing beneath her skin. And since she's growing so fast (weight may triple by birth), things are getting kind of cramped in the womb. What all this means for me: more kicks and jabs to the ribs.


Best Moment of the Week:  A small celebration for baby girl.  :) Just what I wanted!  Before coming to MO, Mary Beth contacted my mom wondering if we could do a little something to celebrate the soon arrival of Baby Girl Stephens while she was here.  She wanted it to be a surprise, too.  How sweet.  My mother and sister worked on putting together a little sprinkle but with sickness and short notice many couldn't come so we canceled it.  But, Mary Beth, my mom and I still had a special hour to celebrate my little girl -- equipped with food, cake and presents!  We had a wonderful time and I know when our daughter looks at the pictures she will feel special! 

Thanks to my mom and MB for putting this together for me!


AND

Thursday's 28wk 5d ultrasound.  Guess what?!?  The once tennis ball sized blot clot that shared a uterus with my baby girl is now.... JUST SCAR TISSUE!!!  What a miracle!  Praise God!  All glory be to Him!  Thank you so much for praying for us during our SCH journey!  It was quite the roller coaster.  But, I have to tell you that even though I did my share of worrying -- I always felt a simple peace.  It is almost like I KNEW this would be the outcome.  

Mary Beth was able to attend the u/s as well!  What a special treat!  Mike came too but he wasn't feeling well at all.  It was fun to watch her wiggle around in my womb and show off her fingers and toes!  We saw her swallow and blink.  All of her organs look perfect!  She is now head down which I was hoping for.  She also has moved into the 51st% for weight and is measuring one day behind schedule -- she always has.  I think her due date is more like of a June 23rd rather than 22nd.

However, due to 2 Group B Strep (a common bacteria that lives in your digestive and reproductive tracks) UTI's, my doctor and I think it is best to schedule an induction at 39 weeks.  The reasoning is that GBS, although a harmless bacteria to adults, can be severely debilitating and even fatal to infants.  So, if you have GBS (30% of adults do) and are pregnant the protocol is to have intravenous penicillin for at least 4 hours prior to giving birth.  This ensures that the vaginal canal is GBS free which lessens the likelihood of the infant contracting the fatal bacteria from 1 in 200 to 1 in 4,000 and in my case -- due to the bacteria being "heavily colonized" (in my urine) -- from 1 in 8 to 1 in 4,000.  Since, I was induced with Eli I have no idea how fast my body naturally goes into labor and additionally, 2nd labors usually go quicker than 1sts do so it makes sense for me to be induced.  That way we can make sure that I get the 4 hours of penicillin no matter what.  I much prefer a 1 in 4,000 chance to a 1 in 8 chance of  my child contracting a potentially deadly bacteria from me.  So, even though I would like to go into labor naturally, I think I'll be induced.  Which means....  we are looking at a June 14th-15th birthday. :)

Due to the having a SCH in the second trimester, Mike and I will get to see our baby girl once again in 4 weeks!  :)  We had at least 7 u/s's with Eli and this next one will make 6 for baby girl.  Crazy, huh?  Pregnancy and me just don't mix well I guess!



Obsessions this Week: Reminiscing about our "school days" (are we really old enough to say this?!?!) with MB.  

Symptoms this Week:  Increased dizziness.  Talked to my OB about this and she said to be careful when sitting and standing up.  She has had patients faint and said usually it happens when getting up from the toilet.  That wouldn't be fun at all.  

It is becoming more and more difficult to get comfortable at night.  It is even becoming hard to roll myself over.  Really?  I have 2.5 months left!

Epiphany this Week:  I ran into a friend at Chick-fil-a and she asked how my pregnancy was going and told her that it was going well and shared how I was so happy that the baby was a girl and that she would complete our family.  My friend, and many others lately, said, "Well, never say never, that is what I thought too!"  I guess she is right and you truly never know what God has in store for you, but I am almost positive that...

This is it.  

Meaning, I am 99.9% sure I will never be pregnant again.  Kind of bitter sweet.  Growing up and even in my adulthood I have always imagined having a family with AT LEAST four children.  I love big families. Both of my parents come from fairly big families and the abundance of relatives made family get-togethers that much more fun!  Several of my good friends also come from big families and it is so cool to see how close they are to their siblings today.  However, Mike has had a different vision of his future family and has been pretty adamant about having just two children.  He is much more practical than I am.  Fortunately for him, I think he is going to "win" when it comes to how many kids we will have.  Like I said earlier, pregnancy and me just don't mix very well and, to be honest, I don't want to go through it again.   Especially the worrying part.  SCH's tend to happen in subsequent pregnancies and I don't know if I could keep my sanity going through another blood clot ridden pregnancy.  

So, Mike and I have decided this is it.

This was my last positive pregnancy test.  This was my last crazy exhausting first trimester.  This was my last energy-boosting, belly growing second trimester.  This will be the last time I can complain about how horribly uncomfortable the third trimester is to my husband.  This will be the last time I write weekly pregnancy updates.  This will be the last time I take belly bump pictures.  This will be the last time I will feel another human being move around inside of me.  This will be the last time I will hold my child in my arms while holding another one in my belly.  This will be the last time I give birth to my child.  This will be the last time one moment will change my life forever -- and I will love someone so deeply and completely the very first time I see her.  

Bitter sweet. 

This is it.

She completes us.  

(But, never say never!)  :)  <-- I left that in for Mike.  

What I'm looking forward to most next week: Further progress with the basement.  The carpeting has been transferred, the built-ins are nearly complete, the dry wall has been repaired...  And, alas, it is time for painting!  I can't wait to see the final product.  I think we should be there in a couple of weeks!  Yay!

What is different this time around?  Last time at 29 weeks it was the middle of the summer and I enjoyed being outside and in the pool.  It is now just the beginning of spring and we are just starting to see some decent weather in Missouri.  I also didn't have a toddler to keep entertained while in my third trimester so I was able to rest a whole lot more often.

To do list: (red is new)

*Decide on a name -- we are getting closer -- If you asked Mike, he would say Ellie Grace. I'm liking Emma more and more...
*Buy:
nursery furniture -- It is Mike and I's goal to order some furniture this week, his parents have offered to AGAIN pay for this!  SO-O thankful!!!
nursing tanks
pacifiers, diapers, etc
video monitor - bought from a woman in my neighborhood.  Great deal! Should have mentioned that my mother bought this for us -- thank you!
I really want to get an Ergo baby carrier but we shall see
*Decorate the nursery
*Finish basement remodel -- Getting closer!  Mike is almost done building the built-in and carpet and dry wall people can come this week!  Then, we still have A LOT of painting to do but nothing too big.  I think we should be done in about a month!  :)
*Sew a new cover for the glider and ottoman -- I've asked my mother to do this and she happily obliged!
*Look into maternity and newborn photography
*Schedule a hospital visit for mid-April -- need to get on this ASAP
* Organize the garage
* Get the car detailed but not too soon!
* Have a little weekend getaway (in KC) with Mike.  It will probably only be one night but  we need it!  

Week 29 Belly Pics:

A different view.

With Eli -- July 2011.

10 weeks people!  She will be here before we know it!

XO, 

Alison

P.S.  A cute picture of Eli in John Deere Tractor PJ's that Mary Beth gave him!


Thursday, April 4, 2013

I apologize...

In my last post (28 weeks) I wrote that my epiphany of the week was that baby girl and I had something in common.  We are both children #2.  I went on to talk about some things that my older sister got but I didn't. However, I failed to mention all the things my parents did do for me (the list is so massive, I couldn't even begin to write half of them).  I hope if you have read my blog for any length of time you realize just how much my parents mean to me and how grateful I am for them.  Never, ever have I wondered whether my parents love my sister more or favor her over me.  They did a great job with raising us both with love and support.  I am sorry if my post made me come across ungrateful or just plain made my parents look bad (which was NOT my intention).  

I think that maybe I have been feeling some guilt lately because I haven't done nearly as much in preparation for baby girl as I did with Eli (at this point in pregnancy) and maybe I was looking for some excuse for why I haven't.  I am being honest when I say that as I was writing my "epiphany" I was chuckling a little and felt like I was being more funny than anything.  But, and, here is the catch anytime time your write your feelings out -- they can easily be misinterpreted because people can't hear your voice.  And, after I read it a couple of times I can see how it came across in a way I hadn't intended.  I am truly sorry for that because the love and respect I have for my mom and dad is so great.

I try to be real in my blog posts.  Often, I look back after posting and think, should I have written that?  I'll admit that sometimes I go back and delete stuff but most of the time I leave it because as I grow and learn I like to re-read my posts and evaluate my journey as a mother, wife and friend.  

I thank everyone who has been honest with me about my posts.  And, for your love and support even when it is clear I am far from perfect.  

-- Alison, loved and cherished daughter #2

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Week 28: The BEGINNING OF THE END Week -- 3.24 - 4.2

Twenty eight weeks.  That means helloooooo third trimester.  Hello back aches.  Hello constant urge to pee.  Hello huge belly.  Hello swollen feet.  Hello uncomfortable standing, uncomfortable sitting, uncomfortable laying.  And, at the very end...  Hello sweet baby girl!   We've reached the beginning of the end people!  I am so excited, yet so nervous at the same time.

Twenty eight weeks is more significant than a back ache to Mike and I.  It was our second big goal that we wanted to reach (1st was 24 weeks or viability) when we first found out about my SCH.  At 28 weeks babies have a much higher chance of being born and living with out any long term complications!  We feel so blessed to have come this far and, to be honest, I haven't given the "grape sized" blood clot a thought for quite some time!  Thank you Lord!

This week was an ordinary week.  Eli and I got out of the house a fair amount which is always a good thing.  The weather, blah.  It still doesn't feel like spring.  I won't be satisfied until it reaches 60+ degrees everyday.  The week ended on a great note with my BFF, Mary Beth, coming to visit us all the way from WA!

While sitting on the edge of our sandbox -- this is the view I had.  At least it is beginning to look like spring!


Baby Milestones this Week: Her lungs are mature enough that, if born right now, she has a pretty good chance of surviving (with help from medical technology). Baby girl's skin is still pretty wrinkly (one byproduct of living in amniotic fluid) but will smoothen as fat continues to deposit.

Best Moment of the Week: Eating Whitey's Saturday night with Mary Beth!  What a special treat for a pregnant lady!!!  She brought us the famous tasty ice cream all the way from the QC!!! YUM!


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AND,

Our 1st  Eagle Creek Mom's Night Out!  On Thursday, 11 EC moms met at La Fuente to enjoy a little away time!  It was great to get to know other moms in my community and we had fun chatting!  We already have April and May scheduled as well!  Yay!





Obsessions this Week: Cleaning...mostly preparing for MB's arrival!

Symptoms this Week: I am definitely beginning to waddle.  More so in the morning and at night.  Belly is getting big.  Hips even bigger.  Makes me look and feel like a penguin.  

Acne.     :.(    <--- zitty sad face.  

Very dizzy.  Some days worse than others.  Blood pressure must be rising.

What I'm looking forward to most next week: My BFF Mary Beth will be here!  She is going to help me organize my kitchen and prepare for baby girl!  :)  Yay!

Easter celebrations.

Growth u/s on Thursday.!!  (along with my glucose test, which I am not so thrilled about...)


What is different this time around? Last time at 28 weeks I wrote about how I was feeling really huge and how it was hard for me to get out of the bed and off the couch.  However, I am holding steady right now.  Maybe Eli was just a whole lot bigger at 28 weeks than baby girl is?  I hope so; especially if that means a quick delivery!


To do list: (red is new)

*Decide on a name -- we are getting closer -- If you asked Mike, he would say Ellie Grace.
*Buy:
nursery furniture
nursing tanks
pacifiers, diapers, etc
video monitor - bought from a woman in my neighborhood.  Great deal!
Sophie the Giraffe - Thanks to Mary Beth!!
I really want to get an Ergo baby carrier but we shall see
*Decorate the nursery
*Finish basement remodel -- Getting closer!  Mike is almost done building the built-in and carpet and dry wall people can come this week!  Then, we still have A LOT of painting to do but nothing too big.  I think we should be done in about a month!  :)
*Sew a new cover for the glider and ottoman -- I've asked my mother to do this and she happily obliged!
*Look into maternity and newborn photography
*Get breast pump out and organize supplies
*Schedule a hospital visit for mid-April


Week 28 Belly Pics:
28 weeks!



28 weeks with Eli -- July 2011
Signing off with a grateful heart!  Only 81 days until we meet this precious girl!

XO, 

Alison

And a cute picture of Eli before bed!