I hadn’t planned on posting another pregnancy update until Thursday, when I will be 39 weeks. Well, as it turns out, I will be having a baby either on or before Thursday. Yes. This Thursday… As in 4 days away. WHATTTTT!!!!

afterlightAt my weekly appointment last Tuesday, my doctor ordered a body scan of Archer because my belly was measuring a few weeks behind for the second appointment in a row. During the ultrasound, we got to see our sweet baby’s face, toes (which he had up around his face… comfy), fingers, and what looked like a giant head. Maybe it looked so giant because all I could think was, “Uh… How exactly is that going to come out of me?!” Insert very exaggerated crying face here. We’re so thankful that the ultrasound tech had nothing but good news to report to us while checking out everything. Turns out, we just have a really tiny guy cooking in there… The body scan estimated around 5lbs 4oz. Specifically, his abdomen is measuring 3 weeks behind average measurements, which our doctor is almost sure is just because of his small size. There’s a chance it could be related to a lack of nutrition, but of course, there’s no way to know for sure. To err on the side of caution, my doctor has decided to induce me on Thursday so that we can start plumping him up outside of the womb. After all of this went down last week, I had a few days where I was feeling a little uneasy and nervous. Thankfully, we were able to sit down again with my doctor to get a better explanation of everything… He answered A LOT of questions (crazy pregnant lady here) and really reassured us that he’s doing what he feels is best for Archer and I. We’ve had such a good experience working with him (in spite of a few quirks here and there) over the last 8 months and totally trust his decision making in this area. It definitely helps that he has more years of experience than Aaron and I have been alive.

So yeah… Archer Daniel will be here (God-willing) on Thursday. Again, WHATTTTTTT!!! It is so crazy to have an end in sight after waiting for what seems like an eternity. My to-do list is about a mile long, I don’t know how I’m going to sleep a wink in the next 4 days, but at the end of the week, we’ll be holding our little boy! God is so good. Thanks to everyone who has been so encouraging over the last 9 months… We covet your prayers as we head into this week!

 

 

Well, I am officially 38 weeks today. That is SO crazy to write. Instead of another post about all the terrible food I’m eating and what size vegetable he’s compared to this week (a pumpkin, in case you’re wondering), I thought I’d share some pictures of Archer’s nursery. When we found out I was pregnant in July, one of the first things I started to think about was how I would decorate our baby’s nursery. I promise I didn’t just think of superficial things, but hey, homegirl likes to decorate. Once we found out we were having a boy, I started looking for bedding sets to give me some direction and found a whole lot of nothing. It seems like the only options for little boys are monkeys, trains, and a plethora of chevron. Nothing against these things, but they’re not our style and definitely don’t go with the rest of our house. I eventually stumbled upon a vintage map at an antique mall and kind of fell in love with the idea of adventure. It didn’t end up being too theme-y because I wanted to keep it simple, but it does have a little “go and see the world” feel. It may or may not be my favorite room in the house.

I decided to take some pictures of it before Archer is born because, let’s be honest, it will never look think neat or put together once he arrives. I definitely did everything as frugally as possible and just love how it turned out!

Paint: Valspar Stillness

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Floor Lamp: Walmart | Glider: Amazon

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Aaron made this awesome pallet sign to hang and his room, and I stenciled some of our favorite hymn lyrics on it using this tutorial. It took forever, but I didn’t want to freehand it and end up hating the result. I’m hoping it will serve as a reminder of the Lord’s blessing when I’m awake at 3am. Ha! :)

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Pillow: Chrissie Grace Designs

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We got our crib off Craigslist for $50, and they even threw in a free mattress! (Don’t worry… We didn’t keep it.) When we bought it, it was spray painted gold. I mean, GOLD. Every time I looked at it, I thought, “This is probably similar to the crib that Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby sleeps in.” It was a little much, so Aaron and I refinished it to fit more with our (my) style.

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I designed the canvas in Photoshop, and our friend Dave cut down a Hobby Lobby frame to fit it. (If you have any carpentry needs, Dave is incredibly talented… Hit him up!)

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I decided to go pretty neutral with Archer’s bedding and LOVE how it turned out. The bumper fabric is Riley Blake Designs that I found on clearance on Etsy, and the crib skirt is linen that I got for 40% off at Joann’s. Adrienne Tucker (a friend from church) did the bumper and skirt, and they look amazing! We seriously have the most talented friends.

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I really love that I’ll be able to use the crib skirt for future Crawford babies.

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Dresser: Summit Hill Cottage

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Lamp: Target | Lantern: Hobby Lobby 

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Arrow Print: Printable Wisdom

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Bags ready for the hospital!!! Is it okay to recommend something you have really used yet? Because I LOVE my diaper bag and would highly recommend it to any mommas looking for something functional and cute!

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Come on, baby Archer!!

How far along: 37 weeks! I’ve read a few things that vary, but for the most part, doctors seem to label this week as full term. Yay!

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Total weight gain: 24lbs.

Baby’s size: A watermelon, which explains a lot. He should be weighing a little over 6lbs and measuring around 19inches long.

Maternity clothes: Yep. Actually, last week, I wore an entire outfit that was pre-pregnancy… That was a very proud moment for me. Was it comfortable? No, not at all, but it was a nice break from my normal outfits.

Stretch marks: Still none. I’ve started using Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter at night. Hopefully, that will help them not to sneak attack me in the next few weeks.

Sleep: This is one thing that has drastically changed in the last week or so. I’ve been blessed to be able to sleep very well through most of this pregnancy, but I’ve gotten to the point where I’m so uncomfortable that I’m constantly readjusting in the middle of the night. I’ve also been having contractions sporadically throughout the night that wake me up. Oh, and then there’s still the going to the bathroom every 45 minutes thing.

Best moment of this week: My sweet friends Jamie & Rachel had their babies on Sunday and Wednesday this week. It’s been so fun (and helpful) being pregnant together, and I just loved meeting their precious little ones. And now I’m officially next! That might be what I’m most excited about. :)

Miss anything: Warm weather. I realize this isn’t pregnancy related, but after the temperatures plummeted again following a beautiful, spring-like week, I’m SO over it. Aaron and I were able to go on a walk almost everyday last week, which was exhausting but so nice. I’d like my walking weather back!

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Movement: On Monday, my doctor told me that Archer’s movements should be slowing down and becoming more subdued, since he’s running out of room. Well, turns out our child did not get this memo cause he’s still busting out his moves at all hours of the day. It’s getting QUITE painful.

Food cravings: Sam’s Club Pizza, cheeseburgers from Feltner Brothers, Thin Mints, mozzarella sticks, and pretty much any other food that doesn’t contain the least bit of nutrition.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve haven’t been able to pinpoint the cause exactly, but I’ve been pretty nauseous the last few days. I haven’t had this problem since the 1st trimester, and I definitely did not miss it!

Labor signs: I’m having a lot of BH contractions throughout the day. They’re not painful, but they’re starting to get uncomfortable, which make me weirdly happy. My exhaustion has increased, along with my back and leg pain. At my doctor’s appointment on Monday, they told me I’m 1/2cm dilated, 80% effaced, and the little guy has dropped, so that is some progress. I still don’t feel like I’ll make it all the way to the 20th, but again, I have no idea what I’m talking about.

Belly button in or out: Out/flat.

Wedding rings on or off: Still on!

Happy or moody most of the time: Uhhhh… To quote Andy Bernard, I’ve been dealing with a bit of “the grumpies”. The days where I have things to do and places to go aren’t so bad, but when I’m sitting around at home for hours at a time, I tend to get a little frustrated. There’s only so much you can clean and have conversations with your dog.

Looking forward to: Having a baby? It that an acceptable answer? Ha. :)