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39 Weeks!

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39 Weeks!

Today is a milestone day – it’s my last day of work before Luke arrives! He isn’t due for another 6 days (but who’s counting?), but I’m going to take some time to clean, relax and do whatever I want without being responsible for another human being’s life. So far on my to-do list are:

  • Cook and freeze meals for the first weeks of Luke’s life
  • Dust the blinds and fans in the house; dust the baseboards if I can get to it (probably not)
  • Vacuum, sweep and mop every floor in the house
  • Have lunch with Aunt Darla, mom and Kourtney
  • Take the dogs to the dog park
  • Enjoy our last “family of two” staycation (details are still a surprise from Chad!)

This is a pretty solid list, I think. If Luke comes before any or all of these happen, that’s okay! Except I really would like to enjoy the one-day staycation tomorrow :) Anything else you guys think I should do? Sleeping in is a given – that’ll happen every day. I might even go get a mani/pedi, though the fingers and toes are looking pretty good right now.

And here are photos from 39 weeks exactly (workout gear) and 39 weeks, 1 day (work clothes) – because you’re all stalkers and I want you to see what the “last days” look like. Since we don’t know exactly when that will be, I’ll just start randomly taking and posting photos – text me if you want one :)

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37 Weeks!

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I’m 37 weeks pregnant today, which is a milestone – if Luke is born, a stay in the NICU is no longer required! That doesn’t mean it won’t happen (though we pray it doesn’t!), but it’s not a certainty – and I like that.

Luke is head down (not breech – yay!) and I have no idea if he has “dropped” yet. How do I tell? The list of things I don’t know grows by the day.

However, the list of things that need to be done before Luke arrives is getting shorter (yes, there is a literal list hanging on the fridge). Once I cross everything off, feel free to come out and play, Little Guy!

We will have a final growth scan next Thursday, so please keep praying that Luke is getting bigger and that my fluid levels are rising (or are at least above 5). Now that I’m drinking at least 100 ounces of water per day, I feel his kicks a lot more! I think he’s swimming in all of the extra fluid :)

Finally, Mom, Chris, Kourt and the kids are on a cruise to Mexico, Belize and Honduras until Sunday – and of course mom is freaking out about Luke coming while she’s at sea. I don’t see it happening, and I’m happy to report that we are now half way through their vacation with no signs of labor (knock on wood)! Let’s keep Luke cooking until Nana and Company return :)

Feeling Extra Blessed Lately

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Feeling Extra Blessed Lately

These past few weeks I have been feeling “extra blessed.” Like God is “closer than normal” – I’m not sure if that’s possible, since he’s always with us, but I like it :)

His Word speaks more clearly. Praise songs ring deeper. His love, provision and protection are evident at every turn. His blessings are abundant. My heart is overflowing with gratitude, love and joy. Could it be because Luke will be here in 4-ish weeks? It’s probably part of it. But I keep telling myself that Luke isn’t my child – he’s God’s. God is trusting me with this most precious little boy, and it is the most amazing, humbling and slightly terrifying responsibility ever. I am so excited to meet him, to shower him with love and to tell him all about our Savior. I am grateful for the joys and burdens of parenthood that await – and I pray to have them every day, until I am standing in heaven. And I am thankful for each of you who has walked beside us through this pregnancy – your prayers and love have seen us through some highs and lows (thankfully more highs than lows!), and we ask that you keep them coming!

As evidence of the extra blessings, here is a photo of Luke at 35 weeks, 4 days – he finally cooperated with the 3D ultrasound!

On the left: umbilical cord. Then there's a nose, two eyes and a mouth!

On the left: umbilical cord. Then there’s a nose, two eyes and a mouth!

If you’re of the praying type, please pray that Luke continues to grow and that my fluid levels continue to go up. Last week, we found out my amniotic fluid was at a 7 – anything below 5 would require bed rest/hospitalization and induction; “normal” is in the teens. We’re working our way up with lots of water and healthy eating! Also, he’s a smaller guy (though totally healthy), but it wouldn’t hurt for him to get a little taller and put on some ounces before he gets here :)

Showering Luke with Love!

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Showering Luke with Love!

Luke’s baby shower was last weekend and it was FANTASTIC! Everything was beautiful, the food was yummy and it was great to see so many of our friends and family all gathered together to celebrate our baby boy. The shower was hosted by my mom, sister and good friend Nikki (decorator/planer extraordinaire!) and I couldn’t have envisioned anything better – like me, it was simple, fun and easygoing but with a touch of sass :)

One thing is for sure – Luke is LOVED! So many people can’t wait to meet him and were kind enough to shower us with love, prayers and gifts. I can say without a doubt that this little boy’s furniture, clothes and belongings are nicer than most of mine! But the nurses in baby class told us that it’s impossible to spoil a baby, so no worries there :)

Just about every one of his “required” items have been taken care of – crib/dresser, stroller/car seat, pack n play, swing, mattress, bottles, etc. thanks to our amazing friends and family. Last night I wrote approximately 10 million thank you notes and was overcome with gratitude all over again! Our boy is so loved and I cannot wait to introduce him to everyone in 6-ish weeks!

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Photographers, Nurseries and Registries – OH MY!

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Lots has happened in the world of Baby Prep this week!

I’ve officially booked our maternity and newborn photographer – Melissa Parsons! I really liked her soft, natural photos and hope to have some beautiful weather for the maternity session on August 16. I’ll be 35 weeks and nice and round by then, no doubt about it! I am definitely worried about the heat, but we’ll make dLuke's Beddingo. And I’m pleased to report that she fell short of the budget by $25, so Chad was thrilled as well :)

Additionally, we ordered Luke’s bedding and it will arrive later today! It usually takes two weeks, but someone cancelled their order at the last minute and she had an extra crib sheet and skirt lying around, so she overnighted them to us for free. Excited to see them tonight! We’ll take them to Lowe’s so that they can match the mint and grey for the paint we’ll use for the nursery. WHOO HOO!

Finally, the registries (Target and Babies R Us) are done! Well, at least I think they are. If any experienced mamas see I’ve left something off, please let me know!

6 Month Checkup

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Yesterday was my 24 week appointment and Luke is doing great! It was one of the 15 minute ones, so no ultrasound or anything fun – just heard the heartbeat and talked with the doc. I’ve only gained 5lbs so far, so Dr. Miller wants me to work out less hard (burn 500 calories or fewer, as opposed to 650 at boot camp) and eat at least 2,000 calories per day. The working out less strenuously should be pretty easy – especially since it’s going to start getting really hot soon – but eating 2,000 calories per day will likely be quite the challenge. I’ve started logging my meals into Lose It (yes, the app I used when trying to LOSE weight), but set my daily caloric intake goal to 2,000 instead of 1,500.

Here goes nothing! And here’s a picture of my 6 month baby bump :)

6 months - Luke

Bye Bye, Non-Maternity Bottoms

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Well, today is the day – at 21 weeks, 4 days pregnant, I am no longer comfortable in my regular black pencil skirts. I haven’t tried to put jeans on since my 20 week photo (because it’s already too hot for jeans), but I can pretty much assume my jeans would also not be comfortable.

I’m told that it’s best to just embrace the maternity bottoms and that I’ll wonder why I waited so long once I have them. This is probably going to be true, but we’ll know for sure when Nordstrom Rack opens at 10 a.m. :)

It’s a BOY!

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We are THRILLED to announce that Baby Garneau is a BOY! Luke Robert Garneau will be here in September and it definitely feels “real” now.

We had a gender reveal party at my mom’s house this weekend, thrown by mom, Kourtney and Nikki. Everything looked FABULOUS! The decorations were beautiful, the food was delicious and of course the big surprise was the highlight of the day.

Pretty much everyone thought it was going to be a girl, so the surprised looks on our faces and screams from the crowd are 100% genuine. I thought it was a boy and then everyone peer pressured me into thinking it was a girl, so I caved – I should have trusted my instincts!

Here’s the story behind Baby G’s name: We wanted a classic, Biblical name – so we went with Luke. Robert was Papa’s name, so Luke’s middle name is to honor him! It’s very special to us, especially considering Papa passed away two years ago the week of the reveal. Papa was always partial to little girls, but no doubt he’d be excited about Luke :)

Thank you again to mom for hosting/catering, Kourtney for my beautiful flowers and decor, Nikki for making the reveal box, keeping the secrets, and the decor, and Aunt Darla and Brooke for taking pictures and video. We couldn’t have done it without you!

So excited to be parents to a baby boy!

So excited to be parents to a baby boy!

Austin…You Never Disappoint

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Whew! I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Austin, AKA the greatest place on earth (sorry, Disney). While I was in town for business on Monday – Friday, I flew in on Saturday afternoon to squeeze in some time with friends in my favorite city.

Lindsay picked me up from the airport and we dropped my things at the Hilton downtown before heading to her brand new house in North Austin. Well, new to us – technically it was built before we were born :) I must say, her house was AWESOME. 2,500 square feet, but it didn’t feel overwhelming at all – it felt very homey :) After getting the grand tour and enjoying some wine, chips and salsa with her and Luke, we were off to some DELISH Thai food in my favorite kind of restaurant, a hole in the wall. It’s only in a HITW that you can get amazing food, true local flare and dirt cheap prices. Loved it! We then headed to a wine bar and split a bottle of bubbly, as they were half off – it’s like they knew I was coming!

I ended up spending the night at the hotel, since Luke and Lindsay’s AC went out. But they met me bright and early Sunday morning (with homemade scones in tow!) and we headed to the Greenbelt for a hike. It was my first time hiking the Greenbelt, and I seriously don’t know why. It’s exactly the kind of thing I love to do – how I didn’t do it in my short time in Austin, I’m not sure. Mid-way through our hike, we arrived at the dog park and proceeded to stalk (literally, Lindsay ran after) three corgis – mine and Chad’s future dog of choice. We finally caught up to them and got to pet the pups while the owners answered our questions (Luke and Lindsay were also in the market for a dog. I say “were” because two days later, they got themselves a puppy named Benji!) – it was quality. We also talked to an owner of a border collie and watched as the corgis and the border collie played together – it was adorable!

After the hike, we headed to the original TacoDeli for tacos, queso and aguas frescas. YUM! Then off to the Co-Op to buy more things burnt orange (you know, because the three of us have so little UT paraphernalia) and to Whole Foods to pick up a few things for L&L’s dinner. All in all, an amazing day with my BESTIE and her hubby!

No, we didn’t eat ALL of that. We tried though.

After a much-needed shower, Michelle picked me up from the hotel and we went on a food truck crawl. I’ve wanted to try

Gordough’s for as long as I can remember – which is pretty much since it opened and all my friends started talking about it), so we went there, to Torchy’s, and to the Elizabeth Street Cafe. We thought we were going to get to more places, but our tummies could only hold so much! But it was great to catch up with such an awesome friend – just wish we could do it more often!

I retired to my hotel room and watched the Heat beat the Thunder (boo!) and then it was time to start working the next morning. All in all, we made the most of our day-and-a-quarter together, Austin – until next time!!