Thursday, February 27, 2014

32 Weeks

Here is the 32 week BUMPdate: 2/26/14

And the side-by-side from last week:

I feel like her belly looks bigger and fact, when she sent it I replied back with "please don't go into labor yet"

We have less than 7 weeks until induction day!  Crazy!!  She is about 3 3/4 lbs and around 17 inches from head to heel - about the size of a jicama...not a clue what that is, but here is a picture

New this week is her ability to distinguish temperature, her eyes are blue {all babies eyes are blue at this point in their development}, and thanks to her recently developed lungs and developing immune system - 90% of babies who are born in their 32nd week survive - WAHOO!!  ((lets be clear, we still would like her to keep baking for awhile to make sure she's as healthy as possible when she arrives.))  She is going to gain about 1/3 to 1/2 of her total weight in the next few weeks before delivery.

In other news, the crib is up.  This would not have been possible without my brother-in-law Rob and his little helper Maicey!

 And here's the room right now.  We have TONS of work left to do...even though this picture doesn't look like it.  What you can't see is to the left of this picture - a twin bed, a dresser, and a nightstand jammed in the corner...not to mention loads of laundry, lots of baby stuff to find a home for...just a lot of work to do.  But this is progress, and I'll take it.  :)

Have a great day, Friends -

Friday, February 21, 2014

Infertility Bites

Welp between the title of the post and this excellent piece of clipart to the left here, that pretty much sums up my feelings on infertility.  I continue to be amazed at the ways God has used and continues to use my story to help other people.  While there are some days I question why on Earth I put my entire life on the internet for complete strangers to read, more days than not I am humbled that I have a story that touches other people's lives and helps them make some sense of their own.

Anyway, I'm linking up with Kelly over at Kelly's Korner today for another addition of Show Us Your Life - and this week is on infertility.  I love to read her SUYL series because it gives you a quick glimpse into other people's story - and I love that!

Back to infertility.  I'm not going to go on and on repeating nonsense that many of you have read before...sooooo, I'm just going to direct you to the top of this page and click on Kamdyn's Story for anyone who hopped over here from Kelly's blog and are looking for our infertility story.  I hope that Kamdyn's story will give hope to those of you in the middle of this struggle and serve as a reminder to those of us not in the middle of infertility that God's plans are often far better than our own and that good people still do walk this Earth.  I pray every single day for families {specifically mama's} who are in the midst of the anguish, embarrassment, shame, and hardship of infertility.

"While it is not the road we chose for ourself, I have found strength in two things: 1. that I'm not alone, no matter how alone I feel.  And 2. when I feel as though I'm in the depths of a valley, the only place to look is up."


Thursday, February 20, 2014

31 Weeks

Here is the 31 Week BUMPdate: 2/19/14 -

And a side-by-side from last week:

Kamdyn is about the size of a coconut:

She is around 3 lbs and 17 inches tall!  She will gain about 1/2 lb per week from now until two weeks before she's born.  She can turn her head from side to side and her arms and legs are starting to plump up as she continues to store fat.

At this point we are less than 2 months from the big day and as people keep asking me if I'm ready, to be honest - nope, I'm not.  But quite honestly, is anyone?!  Don't get me wrong, am I ready for her to be here?  Yes.  I want desperately to hold her and kiss her and look at her.  But just typing those phrases makes me a bit anxious because I'm not good at not being perfect at things and I'm really not good at not being prepared for things…and well, that's actually the real joke of parenting.  You can never be perfect or prepared.  So, this should be interesting.  :)

And lastly, those of you following me on Facebook or Instagram saw this last night, but included in my weekly belly pic text was this little gem:

I could not possibly love either of them more.  :)

That's all for today, friends.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Happy Birthday, Kanga!

Dear Julie,

I wanted to take today on this little blog to celebrate YOU.  I am so, so, so thankful for your birthday because it's the day this world became a much better place with you in it.  :)

The ways my life has changed since you messaged me that day in May, less than a year ago, are countless.  A constant skeptic, I wasn't really sure about this crazy idea.  But after spending time texting, calling and skyping with you - I quickly knew this was all meant to be.  You have such an incredible way with people.  You just make people feel at ease the moment they meet you.  It is my constant prayer that Kamdyn is soaking up as much of that as possible while she's in there because it is one of the many qualities that I love most about you.

I love that you are such a remarkable mom to your kids.  You are patient far beyond when most people would be.  You love each of them in exactly the way they need to be loved.  You are never too busy to stop what you're doing and sing a song, or sit on the floor and play with them.  I love to watch you with them - they are truly such blessings to you, and I can see it in your eyes every single time.

I love your sense of humor.  The fact that you sang to your belly while going through fertility treatments.  The fact that we had a little too much to drink the day before the procedure because you were just sure you were going to get pregnant the next day.  The fact that you enter into my crazy family and just go with the flow - hugging people and giggling as chaos ensues around you.  Your honking laugh.  That you still go down water slides.

That your favorite thing at Cheesecake Factory is their fries.  That you can make what should be an awkward process {someone else carrying our child} into something that is the furthest thing from awkward I could imagine.

Obviously, I love you because you're carrying my daughter.  I don't really have the words to tell you how I feel about that.  I'm getting teary eyed just trying right now.  It is so hard for me to be away from her all the time, but there is a strange comfort knowing that she's with you.  It is really the biggest gift of love you could give me - you are standing in for me, doing something for her that I can't, being her kangaroo - I will never stop being thankful to you for her.

While I could go on and on about the reasons I'm thankful for you, the biggest thing I'm thankful for is that you picked us.  Yes, most people believe that our family picked you to carry our child, and while that is partially true…the flip side of that is that your family also chose us - you not only chose us to carry our child, but you chose us to become forever family and one of my very best friends - and for all of that, I am eternally thankful.  I am humbled and honored that you chose me.  This world, and certainly MY world are far better because of YOU.

I hope your birthday is filled with all the things and people you love.

I love you,

Thursday, February 13, 2014

30 Weeks!

Here is the 30 week BUMPdate: 2/12/14

Here is the side-by-side from last week:

How is it possible that we are already at 30 weeks??!  Doesn't it seem like yesterday that I was sharing this picture at 4 weeks?!

It's SO crazy!

Kamdyn is about the size of a large cabbage this week:

She is about 3 lbs and 15 and 3/4 inches long.  Her eyesight continues to develop, although is still not very good {and won't be for awhile after she's born}.  Actually her vision will be about 20/400 - isn't that insane?!  In other news, the lanugo {fine hair} is beginning to fall off this week in preparation for the big day.  As in weeks past and for the remaining 9 weeks {gasp} she will continue to store fat at rapid paces before her birth.

I think that's it for today, friends.  Thanks for continuing to pray for and love on our family.  We appreciate you more than you know.

Lots of love -

Thursday, February 6, 2014

29 Weeks

Here is the 29 week BUMPdate - 2/5/14:

And the side-by-side from last week:

Evidently, we've had a little growth spurt!  When Julie texted me this picture it said "I am huge!!!'  Bless her heart.  She's so adorable!

Kamdyn is about 2 1/2 lbs and a little more than 15 inches long from head to heel.  Her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature and her head is growing bigger to make room for her growing brain.  She is continuing to collect fat and she should have about 3.5% body fat around now…which considering she started at 0%, I guess is quite a bit of progress!

We are 10 weeks from delivery, less than 70 days.  I'm getting more and more anxious to meet this little lady…time seems to be going quickly still, but I just can't wait!  :)

I posted the first part of this yesterday in my K Everyday post, but I thought it'd be fun to do a little walk down memory lane at each of the BUMPdate pictures I have so far…

I just love how adorable she is in every single picture.  She's my angel on this Earth.

I think that's it for this BUMPdate friends -

Have a great weekend,

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

#K-everyday - Week 4 & 5

Since I was in Florida last weekend, I didn't have the chance to upload my K Everyday photos from week 4, so here's two weeks mashed together.  :)

Day 24:
My PVP family at a baby shower for Kamdyn :)
 Day 25:
Watching Maicey at her solo recital.  I love her.
 Day 26:
The ATB competitive group recital.  Amazing.
 Day 27:
Yummy pasta bake for dinner.
 Day 28:
Some days you just need a little ice cream.  :)
 Day 29:
Riley loves her daddy. 
 Day 30:
This is the captain of my dance team who took this selfie to show me how excited she was to leave for Nationals in Florida.  A few hours later, we found out our flight got cancelled and chaos ensued for the following 24 hours is something I'd like to forget.
 Day 31:
Due to the flight cancellation and weather nonsense, we chartered a bus to Chicago to catch a flight.  This is 6 AM.
 Day 32:
After 2 amazing performances on the Nationals floor.  So proud of them.
 Day 33:
Crazy hair night for a UDA party at Universal Studios.
 Day 34:
This was not a very pleasant transition - but I'm so happy to be home.  :)
 Day 35:
Such a fun field trip with my fifthsters.
 Day 36:
Doing a little reminiscing on the beginning of our surrogacy journey.  So incredible.
That's it for this week -