I’m officially 32 weeks pregnant. Actually, by the time I share this post, I’ll be 33 weeks pregnant… I’m a little slow at finishing projects these days! Anyway, for the last 32/33 weeks, I’ve spent more time laughing, crying, and researching baby things than I ever thought possible.
And let me just tell you, baby stuff is EXPEN$IVE. Seriously, I need to get into the baby and wedding market because those people make BANK. But thats not really the point I’m trying to make.
What I am trying to say is that this pregnancy has taught me a lot. As much as I’ve learned about different kinds of diapers and the price of baby monitors, I’ve learned even more about myself. I’m not anywhere close to being the kind, rational person I thought I was. Yet, God is trusting me with the extraordinary, fragile blessing of becoming a mama. I’ve also become so empowered by the fact that my body is capable of doing incredible things that are beyond my understanding. The more I learn about contractions and cervixes and breastfeeding, the more I’ve come to believe in the unique strength of a woman’s body.
But most of all this journey has taught me that I have the absolute best husband, family, and friends in the world. My support system, my “tribe”, is my life’s greatest blessing. And now I get to bring my baby boy into the world with confidence that he is going to have a life full of love.
Anthony has been a strong source of that confidence. He loves babies, and I’m pretty sure he is more excited about this baby than I am! Lol. He’s always been supportive of whatever I want to do with my life and my career. But watching him be such a supportive dad-to-be brings some powerful positivity to my life. He tells me all the time that he thinks my labor is going to go smoothly, and that the birth is going to be great. My favorite things he says right now include “I’m ready to meet this baby!”, and “You’re so beautiful”. Seriously, how did I get so lucky to have a husband who genuinely loves my pregnant body?! What an amazing blessing. Especially on those days when I feel like a lumpy sack of potatoes.
My Cactus Baby Shower
And have I told you guys how freaking AWESOME my baby shower was?! My sister, Brooke, planned the entire thing from top to bottom.
Seeing these photos never gets old!
Every detail was exactly what I wanted. I feel like she took the ideas I had in my brain and brought them to life. I’ve been in love with cactuses (I know, its cacti – but that sounds weird) since we lived in El Paso and would visit the beautiful deserts in New Mexico and Arizona. Brooke & all my sweet friends have been fueling that obsession hard core the last few months.
My sweet friend Cynthia let us have the shower at her store, the corner store. It was the perfect place for my style and the cactus theme! And we used Baby List for our registry, which allowed us to add things from any website. It was super easy to use, and out-of-town guests could send things directly to us!
Side note: Baby List does not pay me to advertise for them. I just genuinely loved using their app.
Its incredible how when every person pitches in a little, huge goals can be met. Not only did we get everything we needed, but we also got some really unique and special gifts. My friend Laura even made this beautiful cactus cross stitch for me:
Isn’t it beautiful?! I think its my favorite gift of all.
I love the way my friends love. You guys are some truly amazing and gifted people.
We have so many beautiful things to put in baby’s nursery, and I’ll be sharing that room with you guys once its completed! I also plan on sharing what we registered for, and what we decided wasn’t a necessity. Its so important to focus on what you really need during this time! And what you need most is love and support. So if you’re pregnant and getting anxious about all this stuff, like baby showers and registries, don’t worry! This is a journey and God always puts people in your life to fill the gaps and remind you how loved you are.
That being said, thank you to everyone who has been so involved and supportive throughout this pregnancy. Thank you for reading my ramblings on here and reminding me that I can do this. Your positivity and love has humbled me and changed my life in the best way. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like without each of you.