Look, you have a name finally! Your dad and I have been set on the first name Emery for quite some time, but we just could NOT settle on a middle name. Part of us wanted your name to 'mean' something or have some familial reference, but nothing seemed to click. It seemed like we were pushing too hard, so when the middle name Mae hit us, it stuck! Means nothing, no one in the family shares your name, but we LOVE it...thus, it 'means' something to us! We loved the more modern first name paired with the old fashioned middle name. Such a sweet sound. Emery Mae. We love it.
We revealed your name to your grandparents and aunts and uncle with a little picture frame during Christmas celebrations this year, and they loved hearing your name.
We have been having so much fun with this pregnancy and all the cute little things we can do to make it that much more special. Seeing, saying and hearing your name makes things VERY real, little Emery, and that is exciting.
Your dad has been working so very hard on your nursery, and it is beautiful. Seriously, he has done all of the work while I just rock away in your glider, staring at your room, crying because I can't believe you'll soon live here.
Your dad is amazing, and, while I might be the 'idea woman' behind all the projects, he is the one that actually makes things happen. We love him.
Your Grammy (my mom) has also been working on the sweet little bedding set for your room. She has put her sewing skills to work for you, and it is turning out quite lovely. A little sneak peak...
In Mommy news, this body of mine is going through quite the change in order to house you, little girl. In the past month or so, my wedding rings became too tight, prompting Dad to take me to Target and 'propose' with a temporary wedding band. It was pretty funny.
My belly is getting out there more and more, and I have popped off two buttons from my clothes so far. You are growing in there, that's for sure! My feet are swelling a bit, and I think I've entered the third trimester not-sleeping-very-well phase, probably due to the multiple potty runs required each night.
I am voraciously thirsty at all times, although my crazy appetite has returned to normal...probably because there's not much room in there these days for anything extra! It is getting interesting to try and shave my legs or paint my toenails, so we might let Dad take over those duties soon. That should be fun...! ;)
Also, we failed the one-hour glucose test, but we passed the three-hour version--hooray! You were sure dancing around in my belly after I drank that sugary drink, and it made the whole thing kind of fun to watch you jump and flip in there.
Your Dad and I feel you twirl and pirouette in there more and more, and you took his breath away the first time he actually saw my entire belly quake and quiver. He is constantly amazed by you, and at any given time of the day, his hand will be resting on my belly, just waiting for you to greet him. Also, when we sing to you each night the song that my Mom used to sing to me, you roll around and give a few good kicks to let us know you are listening. I think you love to hear your Daddy's voice the most, because you ALWAYS starting movin' when he talks or sings to you.
All in all, your Mommy is quite impressed at what her body can manage, and it is all worth it to see your sweet face soon.
This past month, your Dad and I went on a short trip to Branson for a Christmasy getaway as just the two of us.
The purpose of the trip was one last hurrah before you arrive, but it ended up that all we could think or talk about was YOU! We debated names, bought you a few sweet little outfits, and we found ourselves saying over and over, "Wouldn't she love this next year? Won't it be so fun to see her look at this or do that or hear this someday?" The trip was supposed to be about the two of us, but it confirmed that we are the 'three of us' even now.
One of the fun things we did recently was to go and register for your upcoming baby showers!
It was not as scary as we'd thought, and we tried very hard to think of what you would need and want once you arrive...but that is a hard task to do when we've never met! ;) We tried our best, Baby Girl!
Your Dad so enjoyed getting to use the scanner gun, while I (your overly-organized Mommy) enjoyed making lists and crossing things off of them!
Not only did we get to finally reveal your name to our family and friends, we had a very white Christmas! There was a blizzard that moved into our area, and this kept us tucked away at home, just you, me and Dad. We snuggled by the fire, worked on your nursery, played games, watched movies and dreamed about you. And made a few preggo snow angels for fun. ;)
This year, we found that we could have cared less about receiving lots and lots of gifts. All we really want, we already have. We have each other and we have you, our best blessing of all. We can't wait to see what Christmas will be like with you next year, our little Emery Mae.
I love you, sweet Emery,