I hope she gets these parts of him.

Pumpkins Pregnancy Announcement

As we get closer and closer to meeting our little girl, I get so excited to see her face. I can feel her moving all the time now – I feel very connected to her in that way – but I long to touch her face and little fingers and kiss her little cheeks!

Thinking about actually getting to seeย her soon makes me think about all the traits she will get from us. Of course, I would love for her to have her dad’s beautiful, flawless skin and white shiny teeth, but there are other traits of Jacob’s I really hope she takes after.

I hope she is patient like him. I am sometimes too fast-paced of a person that I can’t bear to let others even finish their sentences (ugh, I know, right?! I’m one of those people). But Jacob is quick to listen and slow to speak – the very things that enable him to love others so well, and the things I lack that often get me in trouble!

I hope she is servant-hearted like him. He’s never one to hope for recognition, but he is almost always the first to lend a hand. Whether it’s helping people move or giving someone a ride, anything to meet a need, he is there and does so gladly. I’m so grateful for those parts of him and challenged by his actions to grow in this area myself!

I hope she works hard like he does. If there’s one thing I’ve never doubted about Jacob, it’s his worth ethic and dedication. I’ve never worried he wouldn’t be able to provide for us because he’s shown me again and again that he will do whatever it takes, even if he doesn’t like it. When he isn’t appreciated, he still works hard. When he doesn’t like his job, he still works hard. When he’s growing through a season of hurt, he still works hard and gives all of himself to what he believes in. While I am quick to complain, he is quick to press on. I hope she is strong like he is.

I hope she loves like he does. Pregnancy has rocked my world a bit – I’ve become uncomfortable, out of sorts with my emotions and quick-tempered. Jacob has remained steady and loved me through my tossing and turning night sleeps, grumpy morning numb hands, sciatic nerve pain that keeps me glued to the bed or couch, and ever-expanding belly that threatens my self esteem. He has continued patiently loving me and supporting me, even when I haven’t been the quickest to love and support him. I hope she sees Christ’s love reflected through the ways he loves me and the ways he will love her.

I can’t wait to watch him love her.

Pumpkins Pregnancy Announcements Fall

Photos by Kaitlin Bagby.

How I’m [honestly] preparing for baby #albrechtlittle

preparing for baby

By giving into every instinct I have:

  • Staying up too late reading? Check.
  • Waking up without an alarm as often as possible? Check.
  • Cleaning like a mad woman and getting rid of all possible clutter? Check.
  • Taking a bath every night? Check.
  • Watching The Bachelor and eating oreos by myself? Not even embarrassed to say CHECK.
  • Reading too many mom blogs? Of course.
  • Wondering why I can’t think of anything to write about on my own blog and worrying I’m turning into a mom blog…. Yes.
  • Not thinking about labor? AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, CHECK.
  • Wondering if I should pack my hospital bag? Definitely.
  • Putting off packing my hospital bag because I don’t know where to start or what type of PJs to buy, even though I’ve read about 100000 lists of “what you should pack in your hospital bag”? For sure.
  • Asking all my friends what they wore during labor because I have no idea what I’m doing? Check.
  • Eating way too much ice cream? Absolutely. Thanks to Hayward’s reopening.

For Our Little One, 34 Weeks

34 Week Pregnancy Update

Dear Little One,

You are getting so big (and so am I!)! I can still feel what seems like every single one of your tiniest movements, but my favorites are when I can feel a hand or a foot. You’re positioned head down now, getting ready to meet the world I guess, and I can feel your little hand on my left side at least once a day. It’s so surreal! I can’t believe you have little fingers and toes and you look like a baby in there! I’m getting so excited to see your face and touch your fingers and toes.

We have almost everything ready for you! The crib is being shipped to us as I write this, I ordered the last of the items we were missing from our registry yesterday, I’ve washed all your clothes, and I made an appointment to get your car seat installed correctly at the hospital next week. My friends Angela and Victoria helped me paint your changing table and hang curtains last week, and next week they are coming to finish the last of our nursery projects!

Your room has always been my favorite in our apartment, even before it was your room, because it’s so bright and cheery… and it’s the warmest of them all! But now I like to go and just sit in the rocking chair while I read or work and take it all in. It looks much different now – very much like it belongs to a little girl. I can’t wait until you make your appearance into the world and we get to bring you home to it!

I’ve been feeling pretty good so far throughout this pregnancy – although sleeping has become very uncomfortable and I wake up every couple of hours. I guess that’s my body’s way of preparing me to be up feeding you all night long! My fingers and hands have also been falling asleep all night long and throughout the day, which has been frustrating, but nothing worth complaining about. Although! Last Sunday while I was leading, my hands were falling asleep while I played the guitar!! That was incredibly distracting and painful, and I ended up having to a cut a song at the end of both services because I couldn’t play anymore!! Needless to say, I took that as my cue to retire my Sunday morning guitar playing and get some other guys to fill in for me moving forward. I never thought my hands falling asleep would be the reason I’d have to do that!

You are about the size of a pineapple this week (19-22 inches) and weigh about 5 pounds. I’ve gained 23 pounds total so far (had my appointment this morning!) and am definitely feeling the weight gain. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You could come anytime in the next 4-8 weeks… And we are counting the days until we get to meet you!

We love you so much already,

your mama

34 Week Pregnancy Update Comparison

Woah!! Look at that belly growth over the last two weeks!!

I’ve started waddling (a 32 week #albrechtlittle update)

I’m breaking my monthly-only pregnancy updates because some what-feel-like momentous things have happened lately. And I’m not just talking about the size of my growing belly.

Yesterday I came home after church for a quick lunch before running off to youth group, but my body would not have it. When I got up to get ready to leave, my sciatic nerve pain was out of controlย and I only got to the bathroom by literally crawling. Turns out standing, bending and lifting (nothing heavy!) all morning is starting to take a toll on my back! I miserably laid on the couch until Jacob got home, sulking that I couldn’t even be productive while cooped up.

I’ve really started missing things I used to take for granted, like bending down to pick up food I dropped in the kitchen or getting off the couch in one swift motion.

There were a few looser maternity tops I hadn’t yet worn because they made me look frumpy instead of cute… Those definitely fit now.

I can almost always feel the baby moving! She’s getting big enough that I can feel basically every movement, not just the dramatic kicks and twists. I’ve even felt either a hand or a foot a few times – that was way cool.

We went to our child birth class this past weekend… And I can say that while I previously felt okay about labor, now I am freaking out. YES, it’s incredibly amazing what the body can do, but that doesn’t make me excited for MY BODY TO DO IT. Have mercy.

It is getting real, folks! This week we are picking up our crib, Jacob set up the bassinet and rock ‘n play last night, and some friends are coming over Friday to help me make/hang curtains, paint furniture and generally finish nursery prep! We also had a date night this weekend with a baby name book in an attempt to narrow our options (we aren’t any closer).

Little Girl, we are very excited for you, even though I’m a bit nervous for your dramatic entrance into the world.

Can’t wait to kiss your face soon.

PS – Apparently you’re roughly the size of a head of lettuce and weigh about 4 lbs. Where did the other 16 I’ve gained come from?! I expect an explanation when I see you. Part of me hopes you’re small for my own sake (hello, grand entry), but part of me hopes you’re bigger so I can feel less like a whale all by myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I promise we will love you either way.

For Our Little One, 30 Weeks

pregnancy

Dear Little One,

Somehow we are just barely holding onto double digit weeks until you arrive! Time is flying and I feel you more and more each day! I bought your dresser this past week from the cutest antique shop in Milford and can hardly wait to bring it home tomorrow!

Your Nana, Papaw, Grandma and Auntie Olivia are all visiting this weekend to celebrate your arrival at our baby shower!! I’m already feeling all sorts of emotions just knowing so many people are gathering together to celebrate your life and to help us prepare for your arrival! It’s taking all of me not to squeal every five minutes with excitement.

It turns out that I failed the glucose tolerance test last week, so today I’m sitting through the longer 3 hour version, hoping to get some good results! My appointment today will have them drawing my blood every hours, and I plan on indulging myself in a good book while I wait between draws. My biggest prayer is just for you to continue developing healthfully, so we will take whatever comes at us to make sure that continues!

A few noticeable changes:

+ It’s no longer the best idea to bend over to tie my shoes – I realized I can hardly breathe and all my organs feel squished. So I have to squat to do that or to pick things up off the floor.

+ When I’m sitting, I can often feel you pushing up against my ribs or your occasional kicks in that direction. So no more slouching for me!

+ Yesterday I was working on some songs for band practice tomorrow night, sitting in the spare bedroom (soon to be your room!). I looked down and was genuinely surprised at how big my belly is getting! It seems to have turned into a basketball overnight.

+ I’ve gained a total of 16 lbs so far, as of my appointment this past Monday, and only a little over 3 lbs of that is you! You are supposed to gain about half a pound per week from this point on.

+ You seem to love when I play guitar! Every time I play, I can feel your body pushed right up against the guitar on the right side of my belly. I hope this means you’re already a little musician in training! ๐Ÿ™‚

With your shower coming this weekend, I know I’ll be spending the next few weeks organizing and re-organizing your things, starting to wash your clothes and making lists of the last few things we’ll need before your arrival. I can’t wait.

love you already sweet girl,

your mama

pregnancy 28 + 30 week comparison

Monday Morning Give Thanks

Bible Journaling

Happy Monday!!

This morning I’m grateful for slow, snowy mornings (that feel very much like Saturdays), decaf coffee, a clean apartment, chocolate chip bagels, and time to sit in the Word with my journal. I’m grateful for my first ever successful experiences selling on eBay and CraigsList this month (getting ready for #albrechtlittle to arrive!), and I’m especially grateful for our community’s practice of showering new moms with baby things. ๐Ÿ™‚ Our shower is in less than two weeks and I can hardly wait to celebrate this new life with our friends and to get some of our first real baby items! It will be crazy to walk into our spare room and see further proof a baby is on her way! Jacob and I are heading out to Target later today to put the finishing touches on our registry… so fun!

I’ve been reading the She Reads Truth Bible in a Year plan so far and I’ve surprised myself with how well I’ve kept up with it! Granted, it is only January 18th. But I’ve never been one to successfully finish one of these things, so I’m hoping this is my year. The arrangement of Scripture has been helpful – it starts out with a few chapters of Genesis and one chapter of John each day, switching it up to reading 4-5 Psalms about once every ten days or so. If you’re looking for a Bible reading plan, it isn’t too late to start!

Hope you all enjoy your Mondays and take a second or two to recognize what you can be grateful for today!