Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Twenty-Two Week Petite

While I intended to start taking *weekly* pictures to celebrate each new progression to 40 weeks, it just didn't happen for me last week.

Here is a brief recap of the last two weeks:

~Friends gave us a beautiful used crib, which is now assembled in Evie's room

~Micah cleaned out Evie's room, which had been used largely for storage since we moved

~We purchased and set up a new bookshelf, a writing desk for Micah, and a very comfortable chair; the bookshelf served to allow us to move all the boxes of books out of Evelyn's room at last; the desk and chair are now in the nursery, as Micah has been wayyy overdue for a space to study, write, and read.

~We acquired a beautiful painting of a bluebird to hang over Evie's crib and inspire the rest of the nursery's decor...soo...yeah, birds. Not THE Birds of the Hitchcock variety. These are happy, feminine, spring-time birds.

~Evie's kicks could be felt from the outside at least two weeks ago- and even then, she was packing some powerful punches in there!

~Her movements have been felt more and more frequently, and are always welcome by her doting momma.

~Micah saw her move from the outside for the first time yesterday (though I think it was visible a week earlier, and we just didn't think to be watching)

~Morning sickness made a major, unexpected comeback a week ago, and has continued every single day! (No, really! Who knew?)

~Evelyn's kicks (often of the round-house variety, it seems) can now be felt throughout the entire day, and at several intervals throughout the night, and first thing in the morning. This girl amazes me!

And.... as I check off 22 weeks from my calendar, here is a picture:

Yes, not much going on the department of belly size. Perhaps this is due to the morning sickness in the last week or so.

Aside from eating as much as/when I can and reading up on momma stuff, I really haven't been accomplishing much. However, I'm incredibly thankful for this challenging and beautiful season on the threshold of motherhood (and yes, already through the door in a very real sense), as we make room in our lives for the day we get to take care of Evelyn Grace out here in the real world. What a beautiful day that will be!

Praise God!

Natasha W.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Memorable Twenty Weeks: Photo Recap

This is mostly a recap of the first twenty weeks through a few photos I happened to take or have taken. Apparently I did not take photos of the first trimester. This may be because I was sick and stranded on the couch most of the time- I'm not sure. So we'll start with the beginning of the 2nd trimester. :)

13 Week baby bump! I have to say, I was quite proud of that tiny thing!

Celebrating making it through the first trimester! We adored that ultrasound pic, and the tiny circle on it that represented our baby girl.

A birthday celebration at a fantastic italian restaurant. It was here that I discovered the magical effect of sparkling water with lime juice. Mmmm!

15 Weeks! Again, adoring that bump!

Darling husband delivered a half-caf iced latte. I was just beginning to feel human again, and this made all the difference!

18 weeks and a different angle. Pretty excited about a new pair of shoes here, but I didn't mean to get the old pair in the picture with them. ha ha. 

 19 weeks and trying oh-so hard to feel some movement.

20 Weeks! Found out gender, which confirmed my intuition! :) We're having a girl!

LOVED seeing baby Evie on the ultrasound!! Look at her sucking her thumb- how cute is that?? I am unbelievably proud, I have to say. She was marvelous, kicking and squirming and having a good time. 

I have officially gained a total of 2 pounds- though from the sight of that belly, you may be skeptical.

I finally started to feel movement that I can confidently call Evelyn's work. Above is a twenty week photo from today. I love being able to talk about her as- not just "the baby" or "baby Wittman", but "my daughter" and "my sweet Evie." Major bonding going on here, people! The last two nights she has been making her presence known. I think we have a gymnast in the making, for all the powerful somersaults I've been feeling. I LOVE that feeling, too- her own personal way of saying, "I exist!" And how happy I am that she does. :)

Here's to the next 20 weeks! May Evelyn Grace (and I) grow on schedule, stay healthy, and otherwise continue to thrive.

Praise God for this blessing!

Natasha W.

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Memorable Twenty Weeks

It has been so long since I've posted, it seems that anything I write now will appear abrupt and bizarre. I was just looking at my profile info, and I am amazed at how much I (mostly my habits and activities) have changed since I wrote about God in my waiting. But there is one big change which seems to be dictating all the other changes at the moment. :)

We are pregnant again! 

Although it is my second pregnancy, and I cannot forget that I will someday be reunited with an unknown precious little one, I still regard this largely as my first-time-mom pregnancy. Tomorrow, I will be twenty (that's right, 2-0!!!) weeks pregnant, praise God! And so much of this has been all new territory for me. 

From weeks 8 through 14, nausea basically ruled my every waking hour. Therefore, I have become a major proponent of spare Walmart sacks, all things citrus, and sparkling waters. It has gradually (very, very gradually) calmed down, so that at twenty weeks, I still struggle to eat meat or find my appetite, and have a wave of sickness about once a day. But what an improvement!

For the past ten or so weeks, I have struggled greatly with not only physical difficulties, but emotional pitfalls as well. I continuously ached to feel "normal" again- in as far as I could continue being pregnant. However, I must say that it is rather thrilling to come out of that trial, be it ever so gradually. I cannot tell you how thankful I am today- how joyful I am, to be feeling as human and as "Natasha" as I do now. And looking back on what I've been through, I feel quite strong.

Another blessing that's come out of such a difficult time is getting to see Micah's compassion toward me. On top of rushing to the store (or stores) to find food for us, giving me carte blanche on all food choices, cleaning up after us both when I was too sick or tired to move, missing out on church activities, and listening peacefully to my many freak-out moments over weird symptoms, there is one moment in particular that stole my heart all over again. I was puking my guts out in our single cab pickup after we had set out for a sunny day in the park. Micah simply kept saying, "I'm so sorry" over and over again in the sweetest voice while trying to help me in any way he could. I can't explain it, but his compassion totally made my day. I think that's when I realized that he is going to be great in the delivery room. 

I'm planning to update very soon with photos and more recent news of our precious little one, Evelyn Grace. I want to cherish every step of this new adventure and celebrate the very real life of our in-utero daughter- whom I cannot wait to hold and comfort and befriend and share with friends and family.

Natasha W.