Monday, July 28, 2008

Wait... so, WHEN are the Olympics again?

I'm typically known around here for my low blood pressure. When the doctor reveals my stats, Gary notoriously asks, "Are you alive?" It's not uncommon for me to black out and hold on to a wall for stability when I stand up. But I think if I hear the countdown to the Olympics on our NBC station one more time, my blood pressure just might sky rocket. It's a little unnerving to hear your TV counting down to your due date on a daily basis. Thanks, 9News!

Yep, we're that close to 08-08-08.

And should I forget we're that close, all I need to do is look down at my large, round belly.

So, here's an update... over 2 weeks ago I was 2 cm. dilated, which doesn't mean I'm about to give birth, it just means that I'm making progress. It was only a little nervewracking to hear that news on the verge of Gary going out of town for a week, but thankfully, this little baby held off making his appearance, and Gary is back safely. However, since then, I've been having lots and lots of contractions! They're only getting more frequent and more intense, so I'm guessing we'll be meeting this baby boy soon.

I'm a little uncomfortable at this point, but have no complaints. Meeting this little guy, feeling his breath on our skin, hearing him cry... it will all be worth it in the end. He moves a lot - A LOT - but I don't have it in me to complain about how it wakes me up at night when a lack of movement is what woke me up before. The baby was very, very quiet on Friday and didn't move a lot, which really scared me. We never called or went to the doctor, but I just tried to control my imagination and emotions throughout the day as I prayed. Just as I'd be on the verge of calling the doctor or panicking, I'd feel the slightest, slightest bump or roll and be comforted. Even this far into the pregnancy, there are no guarantees, and it's easy to still be a little jumpy and untrusting. With 11 days to go, I still have to start every day acknowledging that God is in control and will take care of me. No matter what. Until this baby boy is nestled safely in my arms - warm, and breathing, and making those sweet newborn sounds - I'm not sure I'll rest easy.

Anyway, before we get to the most recent pregnancy pictures, we'll take a walk down memory lane and backtrack a bit. (These are the only belly pics I have... not evenly spaced, are they?!)

In January, at 13 weeks:

Back in March, at 20 weeks:

In April, at 23 weeks:

In July, at 36 weeks:

And a whole bunch, taken just last week at 37 weeks (thanks, Amy!):

My mom took these:
"Nah... I'm not pregnant..."


During the "photo shoot" with my sister, things started getting a little crazy. Look! I'm in labor! Doesn't it look realistic? You can see my mom and Emma were really concerned. Shortly after that, I wasn't sure if my water had broken or if I'd wet my pants from laughing. I'll let you decide.

I'll post before and after shots of the nursery soon, but I'll leave you with this teaser. The girls LOVED getting to help paint their little bro's nursery. Can you tell?


  1. Look at you hot mama!! I love those pictures! I can't believe I've never gotten to see you in real life at this point of your pregnancies....maybe he'll hold out till next week and I can!!!! You look SO beautiful. I love the surprise shot, that's awesome. And the labor shot just cracked me up, you are hilarious.
    Can't wait to see the nursery....I'm lovin' the brown though!

  2. You are amazing, Ang. You are so strong, and so beautiful, what a lucky family to have you as their Mommy. I'll remind Eight every day of that... right after I whisper to him how much I love him.

    Hang in there, I'm waiting by the phone!! Love to you all!

  3. The labor shot is one of the most hiiiilarious things I've seen in a long time. You look fantastic!

    Also, of course Emma's a good little helper. She's had practice with her brown "finger painting" before, right? ;)

  4. That labor picture is way too funny! Reading these other comments, I'm clearly not the first one to notice that you look way too good to be 9 months pregnant. You look happy enough to go another 9! ... I'm sure you'll laugh at that more once you're not pregnant :)

  5. The labor shot is hilarous (and quite realistic) Angie! You look beautiful in all the other pictures, and I'm loving that you let the girls help you paint the nursery. How fun!

  6. You look so adorable!! I can't wait to see the new addition! And looks like you might have a couple of painters on your hands.

  7. Angie! You are the cutest pregnant lady EVER! I really mean that. AND I'm so excited for you to have the little guy so SOON! I pray that everything goes smoothly. You're family is just perfect, I can't believe how cute those two little girls are! :) OH and thanks for leaving me comments on my blog! :P

  8. I LOVED this post!! All the pictures were great! I can't believe how skinny you look at 9 months pregnant! You have really done well!

    So...will you be watching the Olympics?!?! Ha Ha!

  9. One more thing...having contractions AND blogging AND posing for the go girl!

  10. Again a repeat of what others have said...but you look amazing...I like the surprise shots, you can't even tell you're pregnant from the lucky lady:)

  11. Angie, I was there to assist with labor when it got more intense...but Emma and I had a sand castle to build. She and her saying, "you know, guess what?" kept us ve-ry busy finding more things to build in the sand. Amy hadn't even bolied water and gotten any towels yet so I knew we were good. (You're too young to remember but,...that's what you did when a lady gave birth at home...not necessarily out in the back yard though). You are hilarious Angie and I'm your Mom so I can say this but I have to echo how beautiful you look when pregnant. Barbara said she thinks you're the most beautiful pregnant woman she's ever seen.
    Can't wait for the Olympics!
    I mean, our new baby boy!!!!
    Love ya a bunch!!!!

  12. That picture of you and Gary looks like something on the cover of American Baby! You look like the perfect American couple.

    I cannot wait to see pics of the new nursery!!!

  13. oh yeah, the picture of the girls painting the walls brown made me remember another time Emma "painted" that room brown.

  14. I just love that photo of you with the BOY blocks and your hubby! So cute. I've been praying for your pregnancy and that you have a great delivery!

  15. It's kinda weird to be SO excited for someone I have never met, but I just cannot wait to hear the news of his arrival.

    You look adorable!

  16. You have such a gorgeous family! Love the surprise shot- and you look fabulous in them all! :) I can't wait to be reading a birth story in a week or two. Yay!

  17. Wow, you look great girl. And only 11 days, I will pray that things will continue to progress nicely for you, with no complications.

    Hahh, love the one of you "going into labor!"

  18. how funny!!!!
    The pics were great, I absolutely love the labor pic!
    I'm praying for you during these last few days.

  19. Hello!

    Yes I am a lurker! I love your blog and I was going to post awhile ago when you were talking about lurking but, yeah just didn't get around to it!

    Wanted to wish all you and your family good luck. Can't wait to see your little baby. Praying for you in your last few days!

    You look fab by the way!

    Love annie

  20. You look amazing!!! Had to come in and check to see if you were still prego. Love ya!!

  21. You look mahvahlous!!!!! By the time I was 9 months pregnant, my face was swollen, my legs were swollen, I no longer had ankles........ah.....I might as well admit - my entire body was swollen :-) You are the cutest pregant mamma I have seen! Looking forward to seeing pictures of your sweet boy and what awesome big sisters Emma and Addie will be. Love the photos from your little portrait session!!!

  22. Wondering if the newest addition has arrived yet?!

  23. Loved this post...thought it might generate some business for my wonderful photography skillz (jk). Anyway, my most favorite picture is the close of of the girls faces and your belly!! Your darling little one's couldn't be cuter and I can't wait to see the sweet little boy too!! Come on Eight!!!!


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