I am 10 days away from my due date, and I am a whole ball of emotions. I am excited, scared, ready, nervous, overjoyed all in one. Creating and carrying life these past 9 months has been the biggest blessing I could have ever been able to experience. I have loved pregnancy, but I know I am going to love motherhood even more.
I have dreamed of becoming a mother for years now. If you read my first post about us trying to conceive, you'll know that we prayed for this journey for a bit now. We put off trying for a year until we were stable financially, then it took us an entire year to earn the title of parents. Now that the time has come, I couldn't have imagined a more perfect time for this calling. I feel like that waiting time taught me so much patience, but also gratitude for every little ache and pain I experience.
This pregnancy I've been extremely blessed. Not just because of the little pregnancy symptoms, but because of the blessings that accompanied. My husband and I are closer than ever and seeing his excitement over our little girl fills my heart like no other. I can't wait to see him develop in his role as a father and I know for certain S is in for a lifetime of love and being cherished.
But, I'll be the first to admit I am absolutely terrified. I feel so under qualified to be a mom and I am sure a lot of moms felt the same way with their first. I want to make sure she always feels loved, important, and safe. Parenting doesn't just stop at taking care of their basic needs, but for when she goes off to school and faces her first bully, will I be able to guide her correctly? For when she falls and hurts herself, will I be able to be strong enough for the both of us and help her? For when she experiences her first heartbreak, will she come to me and seek comfort and guidance?
As a mother, I already feel so protective of her and just want to protect her from the world and all the negative things in it. But, also as her mother I hope that I can raise her to be able to protect herself and steer away from the apostate.
These last 10 days before her due date are going to be a true test of patience, but also allow me to prepare some more. I have had a feeling she will come early, but at this point I am fully assuming she is just going to stay in here forever. I've experienced more intense contractions, but nothing consistent or strong enough that made me feel like this was it. I am scared for labor but just thinking about the aftermath eases my nerves and I am just so ready to hold our baby girl.
Thank you all for joining me on my journey to motherhood. I know many blessings are to come and I can't wait to share the next chapter with you all! I have nested, rested, and I am ready to bring this new life into the world. I am ready to take on motherhood because I know I have an amazing community of both family & friends who I can turn to for guidance.
The nursery is done! This has been a long time coming, especially with us having to hold off until we moved into our new home. Let me tell you, putting together a nursery at 8 months pregnant is not recommended. My husband, mom, and in laws are given full credit for putting this nursery together.
When J and I first found out we were having a girl, we had no idea what to make her nursery theme. I had a plan for a boy, but was completely lost on a girl. We stopped by Buy Buy Baby as we often did in the early pregnancy, and J stopped in front of the nautical/whale themed nursery items and said this is it. I stopped with him and it just clicked. It was so perfect! It's not 'traditional' for a girl to a lot of people, but as a huge lover of blue and green, it seemed so fitting.
I am so happy with how everything turned out. She actually has a really big room, which makes me excited for her to grow into and probably eventually share with a younger sibling. My goal for the nursery was to not have it too themed, where the items could grow with her onto toddlerhood and beyond.
Caddy: ikea / whale hamper: gift
This caddy is stocked with diapers on top, the second rack holds extra pacifiers, car seat strap covers, and some small items, and the bottom is full of blankets. This is going to be super handy because I can just grab the diapers out of the open top! Also, this whale hamper is super adorable and a baby shower gift from my aunt and uncle, and it's right outside of her closet that is full to the brim.
Crib: Wayfair / Sheets: Babies R Us / Pillow: Amazon / Wallpaper: Lowe's / Blanket: gift / Curtains: Walmart
This may be my favorite corner ever! This sweet bassinet is from my mother in law and is so precious. I may end up moving it downstairs so she has something to lay in when I am in my office or in the tv area. This mermaid wall art was decoration from my baby shower my mom threw, and is so darling (and my favorite colors!).
All of these books are a hodpodge of gift from our baby shower, hand me downs from when I was a baby, and some my husband thrifted years ago for his future children. I can't wait for her book collection to grow even more throughout the years. I have a few trinkets from my childhood, one being a unicorn I got from my grandpa that is super special! I then have a cake tray that holds a soothing whale, our baby monitor (review coming very soon!), and her initial. The top shelf are stuffed animals and dolls and a sweet canvas of our gender announcement I got from our baby shower.
Bench: flea market / pillowcases: Amazon / toy bin: Target
This bench was a purchase I made in high school and has probably had a home in every single room of our house at one time or another! It is absolutely perfect for her nursery and matches the colors perfectly. Underneath I have stored all of her toys. I am going to do my best not to have a crazy abundance of toys, but I'm sure all parents say that!
Beach Wallart: Lowe's / Changing table: inlaws / Changing pad: Wayfair / Cover: Target / Mirror: thrifted
This changing table was actually supposed to be my inlaw's bathroom sink but things thankfully didn't work out! lol I picked it out with my mother in law, and when she didn't have a use for it they brought it over because I knew it would make the perfect changing table!
Above I have diaper wipes, bows, and a vase full of pacifiers. This mirror I've had in my room since high school and the color went perfect with the beachy vibe. This bucket was used for our baby shower, and it makes the perfect holder for rolled up diapers! I will eventually have my slider in the corner for when I'm feeding.
Now all we are missing is baby girl!! I am so ready for her to arrive. I am currently 36 weeks, so to think I only have 4 more weeks at the most before she is here... Just blows my mind. Thank you everyone for being patient as there was a bit of a gap between my blog posts lately.
I would LOVE to hear what nursery themes you have done, or what you plan to do!
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