Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Twenty-Four Weeks

I love how every week seems to get better and better. Every week brings us closer to the day we'll hold our petite Evie. And I am just as excited now- no, make it MORE excited- as I was when I first found out about our tiny bundle of joy. Speaking of joy...

I am about to do something incredibly awkward, and maybe a little offensive. I am about to change Evelyn Grace to Evelyn Joy.

I know, I know! So uncouth. So crazy.

There are many things that factored into this decision, and as much as it may not be a big deal to anyone else (at least, I hope it isn't), it was very hard for us to make the final decision to change her middle name. After all, we LOVE the middle name, Grace. We LOVE the meaning of the word grace. We LOVE everyone we know with connections to the name. And maybe another future Wittman will be graced with that incredibly elegant and poignant name. Who knows? But I began to have my doubts when I was doing the dishes, and the name, "Evie Joy" kept popping into my mind. I'd have to remind myself that that was not her name, but it bothered me that it came up so easily, without thinking. Suffice it to say that we felt that the middle name Joy fit her better. And by that I mean, of course, that it fit our idea of her better. :) Another factor is that she has an older sibling (with Jesus) named Hope, and that this pregnancy has already been a fountain of innumerable joys for us as parents. It just somehow seemed appropriate that Joy should follow Hope. Call me crazy.

So...bear with us first-timers! Thank you for your patience with us, as we will undoubtably continue to do crazy things as we navigate these foreign waters called, "parenthood".

A few more updates:

-I still cannot get enough of Evie's kicks, squirms, and growing presence as my belly continues to round out and take up space. I LOVE this belly!

-We have been so blessed by the generosity of others lately. My parents kindly hauled in a car load of hand-me-downs from a family friend. Our living room is now quite full, due to the addition of a baby swing, bouncer, and exersaucer. I love walking through the house and seeing how it's transforming for Evie's arrival! I cannot wait to see her using these things. :)

-I discovered today that Evelyn's french name is Aveline Joie. I can't help but break out into song with that name from time to time. I hope Evie enjoys my singing, since I do an awful lot of it these days.

-I was incredibly blessed by Shyla's sending me a gigantic bag of maternity clothes. How timely that was for me! It just so happens that my regular skinny jeans are just not happening anymore. So it has been amazing to have clothes that fit comfortably throughout the day.

-My symptoms, aside from this newly burgeoning belly, have been quite interesting. I was shocked to find that, after having only gained two pounds in four months of pregnancy, I suddenly gained five more in one month. After silently freaking out in the doctor's office, I realized that a pound per week is actually considered a really good pace. So I stopped freaking out. The climbing numbers on the scale are fairly incredible to me, though. Other than that, there are a few less exciting symptoms, and one frustrating one. I've started to do back exercises due to agonizing pain that occurs on a daily basis now. We'll see if these exercises help!

-Another interesting symptom is this pregnancy brain that has finally set in for me. I seriously got lost just a few blocks from my house. I can't seem to remember anything I said I was going to do. And I am suddenly incapable of pronouncing "big" words. It's actually quite funny. I have enjoyed having a good laugh at many symptoms. Micah and I tend to break out into laughter when I can't zip up my own boots or we just catch sight of this oddly protruding belly. :) Fun times!

-Praise God, nausea has been much better in the last two weeks! Dinners are now mainly inhibited by said back pain and a frequent aversion to meat.

-One of my favorite things to do is to lie awake at night daydreaming about what all Evie and I will do together, how much she will love her Daddy, and all the fun mother-daughter stuff we will do together. She is already my best little buddy. During my fillings at the dentist this week, she kicked around, and thus distracted me from what was going on in my mouth. During a pregnancy symptom scare just this morning, she obliged me sweetly by moving and kicking around a lot more than usual. How quick she is to reassure her mother! What a comfort! xoxo


Here are a few 24 week photos taken to savor this sweet time:





Natasha W.

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