Exhausted and happy.

Man Alive! I didn’t know what exhausted was until now. What a difference a kid makes! Ha ha. But, he sure is cute. And I love him so much. He is such a good boy and I could spend hours holding him and staring at him. In fact, I often do just that.

We are almost at the one month point and I can’t believe it. I spent the first two weeks crying due to hormones and breastfeeding not working out, but each day is getting better and we are figuring things out.

My mom and mother in law have been an immense help. I can’t even begin to describe how much they have done for us!

Here are some pictures of Henry Francis- our little angel!

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Well, gonna go catch some z’s while Henry is sleeping.
Xoxox
Beth WA

Weeks 35 and 36

Well, as of Monday I start week 37 and I will be considered full term. WOO HOO. That milestone is really big to me, and I am so happy my body has cooperated in this pregnancy.
And also, I have decided I am a major wuss. I am so glad I am not working full time, or chasing around other kids. I am so tired and I get uncomfortable easily, and I can’t sleep for more than 2 hours at a time. But, the closer I get to the due date, and the more baby stuff we put together, the more real this whole thing is becoming. I am going to have a baby. Crazy. Really crazy.
I feel like my belly is getting bigger every day.

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I am starting to get nervous about the labor and delivery, but I am also ready to meet this bambino!!!

xoxox
Beth WA

My heart is full…

Well, I have spent the week recovering from my weekend. My weekend was amazing. So amazing that no amount of words is going to do it justice. It was my family baby shower. I was surrounded by so many amazing women. Let me preface this by saying this family is amazing because of this matriarch….

Gramma Kerrigan

Gramma Kerrigan

This is my dad’s mother. We called her Gramma Kerrigan. She passed away last May, and her presence is missed every single day. My gramma married my dad’s dad, Bob, and they had five children, (including my dad), and then at the age of 36, my dad’s dad passed away from a heart attack. A bit later, my gramma remarried a man, named Jim Kerrigan, who was a widow with TEN children. They were now the parents of 15 children, and then together they had THREE more! They are affectionately called “the little girls.” So, as you can see, I have a BIG family. And the best part, is we are a close knit family, that likes to celebrate together. Our weddings are epic, and our showers are gigantic.

With all of these aunts and uncles, you can imagine, I have so many cousins. As we’ve gotten older, our age differences have seemed smaller, and we all hang out together at events. When we were younger, and age differences were a bit more obvious, I was in a middle age group. There was a group of cousins 4-5 years older than me, and a group of cousins 3-5 years younger than me. So, my choice was always to hang out with my aunts. I LOVED hanging out with my aunts. They are all so funny, and beautiful, and fun to be around. They never made me feel like I Was annoying them, they just let me hang out with them. From each of them, I have learned to appreciate different things, and I truly believe my personality and who I am today is a melding of all of them. There is something I love and admire in each and every one of them.

Well, this past weekend, my dad’s sister’s Carol and “Aunt B” (as I nicknamed her when I was little), threw this most amazing shower for me. They did so with the help of so many of my cousins, aunts, and second cousins. I know because I witnessed this amazing feat being put together. My Aunt Carol lives in the most beautiful house in Bath, Ohio and hosted the shower at her home. My mom, myself, and Ava went up Saturday night for the “pre=party” or food preparation part of the shower. Many of my aunts, cousins, and second cousins came for the party and helped until late in the evening.

The next morning, I was to stay upstairs in my room until the downstairs was ready, so that I could walk down and be surprised. And, surprised I was. Overwhelmed. I thought my heart was going to burst…
My aunts and cousins had put so much LOVE, THOUGHT, EFFORT, and HEART into the shower.

My nursery is a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme, and they took this theme and did amazing things with it. It started with me coming down the steps, and seeing my aunts with butterfly wings on….

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You can see I am holding a picture made my cousin’s daughter, Maya. She is 4, and made it for the nursery. I just LOVE it.

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They set up the food so that it was what the caterpillar ate each day in the book by Eric Carle!! And I will let th pictures speak for themselves!

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And then these amazing homemade gifts….

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And also, this adorable handmade caterpillar outfit. I have looked at these on Etsy a million times, and have wanted to buy one so badly, but they are so expensive. WELP, my COUSIN, Amy, made it for me. I just LOVE it. I cant wait to get the newborn pictures in it!!!

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The last gift I opened was extra special. It was from my Aunt Angie, who is one of the “little girls,” and actually the youngest of the 18 siblings. She gave me one of those recordable books from Hallmark where you record your voice, but instead of her voice it was my Gramma Kerrigan’s voice. It is amazing, and I love listening to it. It will be a very special gift for Baby Allman.

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I am so grateful for this weekend, and I can not thank my aunts enough for their generosity and love and thoughtfulness. I loved every single minute of this weekend!!!

ooxoxoxoxo,
Beth WA

34 weeks

I simply cannot believe that I am 34 weeks pregnant, except when I am getting up every 1-2 hours to go the restroom in the middle of the night, or when I am bending down to get something. Or, as I get extremely exhausted as the day progresses. MY friend, Liz is a super pregnant woman! She has two little kids and has been going non stop, and she is more pregnant than I am. I, however, am a lazy, whiney pregnant person. : )
I mean, I am PROFOUNDLY blessed to be pregnant, and always swore I would never complain about pregnancy symptoms because of how difficult it was for me to get pregnant, but seriously, being overweight and pregnant is HARD. My body was already hard to manage. Anyway, I digress. I am super excited to meet this little bugger! And I can’t believe how close that time actually is.

This weekend is my family shower in Akron at my aunt’s beautiful home. Two of my aunts will be there from out of town and I am OVER THE MOON about this. I just love hanging out with my family, and I think it is going to be such a fun weekend.

This past weekend was Father’s Day, so I got these for my brother and my husband:

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I heart my daddy

I also got one for my dad that says, “Grandpa’s Cutie” but I didn’t take a picture.

And here is my 34 week picture:

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Well, I am off to finish my coffee, read a few blogs, then start my chores.

xoxoxo,
Beth WA

The Nursery.

The room that we chose for the nursery was just kind of a blah room until we painted it and started cleaning it out, and now it is one of the most beautiful rooms in the house. It has three windows, a large closet, and beautiful views. The only thing left to do in there is hang the curtains after my mother-in-law does some alterations, put up the changing table by the front window, under the “LOVE” wall, and a book shelf in that dormer area as well. Oh, and put all of the new outlets in with the Very Hungry Caterpillar outlet covers and switch plate. But, I would say it is about 85% finished in these pictures.

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I love sitting in that room and just looking around….

xoxoxox,
Beth WA

Before pictures, and a sneak preview….

Well, the nursery is very close to being finished. We have a few things we need to hang on the walls, and I need a changing table (mostly for the storage underneath). I registered for one, but if I don’t get it I am going to use my gift cards to purchase it. I really want to purchase it right now, but I am waiting until after my family shower in a week and a half. When it is complete I will post pictures. But, for now, I was going to post some before pictures of the room, and one sneak preview picture….

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Please notice the BRIGHT red walls. HA HA.

And here is a sneak preview of the after….

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I can’t help but feel so amazingly and abundantly blessed. After years of unsuccessfully trying to have a baby, and hundreds upon hundreds of negative pregnancy tests, it seems like just yesterday I finally saw this faint pink line…

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And now, we are less than two months away from meeting this little bambino who is going to profoundly change our lives, and I just can NOT wait. I am trying to enjoy each day of summer before the baby, but it is hard not to be super excited.
I am starting to feel really connected to the baby, talking to it, and watching it move my belly in weird ways. For a long time, I avoided feeling a connection because I think I was trying to protect myself because we had suffered a pregnancy loss the first time around. But, after my scare on Monday, I realized that I am all in and already connected beyond my comprehension. While it was happening, I was so panicked and protective, and freaked out. I knew my motherly instincts were kicking in.

I can’t believe I am going to be a mom.

So happy.

Thanks for reading!!
xoxoxxo,
Beth WA