27 Weeks

12 Nov

27 weeks and I’m definitely feeling it in my lower back. I find myself constantly stretching and leaning and twisting and rubbing and doing anything I can to keep limber. Besides being a common side effect of pregnancy, I knew I would especially have issues since I’ve had lower back pain since high school (thank you eight years of cheerleading). So now I look forward to my bi-weekly appointments with my chiropractor just as much as my monthly appointments with my baby doc – which after my appointment this coming Friday I will begin seeing him bi-weekly too!

Can’t believe I’m officially in the third trimester! How did I get here so fast? Not that I’m complaining. Time, you can go as quick as you want right now as long as you promise me to come to a grinding halt once Parker gets here. I read an inspiring blog post last week that gave me the advice to tell the doctor after your baby is born and in your arms you would like to delay all the immediate post procedures (considering your baby seems healthy of course) and take one hour of time with just you, your baby and your husband. No doctors, no nurses, no visitors. Just you three enjoying each other in your babies first hour of life. While I’m sure it would drive all our visitors in the waiting room crazy, I love the idea. I think it’s the perfect way to slide into parenthood and let the present you were just gifted sink in before sharing it with anyone else. Afterall, I want to be the first to count his finger and toes. I want to be the first to nuzzle his cheeks and watch Eric hold his son for the first time.  I don’t want to pass him on to others too quickly until Eric and I have pointed out to each other features of his that are undeniably our own.  I want to soak in that moment as Parker stares back at us realizing we are the ones he had been hearing in womb for the past 9 months. After what will probably be hours of rushing and pushing and breathing and not feeling in control, I want those 60 minutes to let us, as parents, relax and finally be the family we had so eagerly been waiting to be.

So Parker, that means your first hour of life you can’t just lay there and cry. Because I may not know what to do quite yet. Deal? Deal.

And after that…after that glorious “golden hour,” I fully expect to be bombarded with friends and family fighting over who gets to hold him first all the while wishing him a very Happy Birthday.

It will be a blessed day indeed.

Past bump pics: 8wks, 12wks, 16wks, 18wks, 20wks, 21wks, 24wks

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9 Responses to “27 Weeks”

  1. Diana Walpole November 12, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    I always love your pic and blog! It feels so good to hear how much you are enjoying this blessed event. I totally agree on that precious hour together (I may be peeking under the door to get that first glimpse of the little guy), but that first moment of bonding is so precious. Dad and I was very lucky to have that moment with you and Michael both. No one came up to visit on either occasion until later in the day. Even tho I was so eager to show you both off, you were both such beauties…that first few hours of togetherness was very much welcomed! I will be very patient to wait for
    ‘mamaws’ turn to hold the little guy…that will be a very special moment in my heart!

  2. Lya November 12, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    that “golden hour” was the best thing we did when Kinley was born…it was such a special time for the 3 of us to bond – definitely think it is something you will love!

    xoxo

  3. Mary November 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    Yay!! How sweet!! You will never regret taking a moment to reflect on the amazing journey before letting everyone spill into the room with all their excitement. It’s wonderful to focus on the baby for a bit after such an emotional journey. Loved reading this–you look beautiful by the way. 🙂

    • Melissa November 14, 2011 at 11:34 am #

      Thanks Mary! Hope to see you and your beautiful family at Thanksgiving!

  4. Krystle November 13, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    Hi Melissa,
    This is such a great idea! Your pictures are so cute! I just wanted to let you know that I think the one hour thing is great! After I had just been in painful labor all day and then after pushing for twenty minutes, Klarabelle finally arrived and so did about 35 more people. Literally 5 minutes after giving birth, I had 35 or more people in the room because it was a Friday night at 8:30. So for them it was like going to a Friday night movie. And while it was very kind and thoughtful of all of them to want to visit, I also thought it was a little inconsiderate of them all too because there are somethings in life that you do want to wait to share, and I don’t think waiting an hour is too long to wait. I REALLY wish I had done the one hour thing like you plan to do.
    Congrats, Krystle

    • Melissa November 14, 2011 at 11:33 am #

      First Klarabelle is so cute! I’ve seen some of her pictures on Facebook. Also, thanks for your comment. It’s nice to get affirmation that asking for that quality time is definitely worth it!

  5. Lisa Vinograd November 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Hi 🙂
    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog {http://turning-the-tables.blogspot.com/} and for introducing yourself. It is CRAZY how similar we are with all of our pregnancy goodness!! You look seriously ADORABLE, and I am IN-LOVE with your chevron wall. I have found that I am totally inept at painting, so I am doubly impressed with the outcome of your wall. I am super jealous!

    Congratulations on your little guy – our time sure is winding down, isn’t it?! It’s so funny because I have 4 close friends that are pregnant and due around the time that we are, and they are ALL having girls! I am super excited about our little man, and frankly am glad that I get to play with gray and yellow rather than pink this time around (lol).

    Thanks so much for reaching out and I look forward to following along with you as well. I can’t wait to see how your nursery turns out. I am trying to have mine mostly finished by next week because we are hosting Thanksgiving this year, and I want to show the fam what I’ve come up with. Also, my sister is throwing my baby shower on Dec 10th, but we are doing it at my house because it has the best open space for entertaining, and if I get it done, all of my friends will get to see it too. SUPER excited!

    Happy weekend and keep in touch!

    -lisa

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