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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

9 Months: Week by Week

I'll be 39 weeks on Thursday. Ummm...that seems crazy to me?!

Last Friday was my last day of work. I had wonderful co-workers and sweet students, and I'm really thankful for the opportunity I had to work this year. It definitely made the weeks fly by! (I had been working part-time as a reading/math interventionist at a local elementary school since January - it was the perfect job for this season of life.) 

So far, I'm enjoying my time off this week - it's nice to have a little down time before baby. However, I mostly feel like a ticking time bomb...especially when my little apps remind me, "You could give birth at any time now." I have weekly doctor appointments, and I'm making progress/changes in the right direction, but there's no way of knowing exactly when baby will decide to come. Hopefully he's just waiting for his grandparents to come at the end of this week ;) We'll see...!

Anyways, it's a perfect time to blog! 

Throughout our pregnancy, I had made a photo collage at the end of every week as a quick way to document some weekly highlights. 

[This also serves as a quick summary of everything that happened during my extended blogging absence ha!]

Starting with week 8...

[Week 8: October 3 - October 9, 2013]
We found out we were pregnant on September 10, 2013.  A doctor appointment on September 16 confirmed the pregnancy, and an ultrasound on October 7 gave us our due date.  At this time, just our parents knew the big news. 
(I could go on and on about the details, and at some point I may, but overall, we were incredibly thankful... yet skeptical... to find out about our miracle pregnancy.)
[Week 9: October 10 - October 16, 2013]
We enjoyed a beautiful fall week in CO. Pumpkin picking, complete with a hayride and pet-friendly grounds.
[Week 10: October 17 - October 23, 2013]
My brother and sister came out to visit, and we were able to surprise them with our big news! Jon graciously took pictures for us that we later used for our Christmas card and to "officially" announce our pregnancy on social media.
[Week 11: October 24 - October 30, 2013]
My parents came out to visit! We enjoyed showing them around CO Springs  - we ate, hiked, shopped, and they bought baby his/her first teddy bear. 
[Week 12: October 31 - November 6, 2013]
Mom and Dad's visit continued into week 12. We drove up Pikes Peak and continued to enjoy doing things around town.
[Week 13: November 7 - November 13, 2013]
We purchased our car seat and stroller set - Amazon was having an early Black Friday deal!
[Week 14: November 14 - November 20, 2013]
Rob and his beautiful family stopped by on their way back to Denver. I hiked Red Rock Open Space with my friend Andrea.
[Week 15: November 21 - November 27, 2013]
Dan and I flew home to NY for a long weekend to celebrate Yiayia and Papou's 60th wedding anniversary. It was a blessing to tell extended family and friends the big news in person! After telling family, we made the news public.
[Week 16: November 28 - December 4, 2013]
We hosted Thanksgiving for family and friends, and finished decorating for Christmas!
[Week 17: December 5 - December 11, 2013]
Dan's work Christmas party was an ugly sweater party. Later in the week, Dan and I celebrated our "Christmas morning" together before heading home for the holidays. 
[Week 18: December 12 - December 18, 2013]
Dan and I drove from CO to NY for Christmas. On the way, we were able to visit sweet friends. At the end of the week, back in NY, we were able to sneak an early peek of our sweet babe and found out it was a boy!
[Week 19: December 19 - December 25, 2013] 
Christmas with family and friends in NY
[Week 20: December 26 - January 1, 2014]
We spent a few more days at home after Christmas, then started the long drive back to CO. The week ended with the celebration of our 4th wedding anniversary. We went out to eat with our friends Kyle and Andrea. 
[Week 21: January 2 - January 8, 2014]
A week at home to unwind and get back into the routine. CO Springs finally got some snow (but it melted right away) and we packed up Christmas things.
[Week 22: January 9 - January 15, 2014]
Hiked Coyote Ridge Trail with friends up at 11-mile Canyon. I started interviewing for potential jobs.
[Week 23: January 16 - January 22, 2014]
My cousin Jeremy and his girlfriend came to visit! We hiked with all the dogs and visited friends in Denver.
[Week 24: January 23 - January 29, 2014]
I started a new job as a reading/math interventionist, and we began working in the nursery.
[Week 25: January 30 - February 5, 2014]
Our glider arrived! More nursery progress, and we celebrated Kyle, Andrea, and baby girl at their baby shower.
[Week 26: February 6 - February 12, 2014]
Hiked Red Rock Open Space with our friends Kenzi and Anthony.
[Week 27: February 13 - February 19, 2014]
Dan and I celebrated Valentine's Day at home and we enjoyed the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics. 
[Week 28: February 20 - February 26, 2014]
More nursery progress. Gifts started to arrive in the mail (Mom was planning a NY baby shower). And we had a fun night out with our friends Jen and Kevin.
[Week 29: February 27 - March 5, 2014]
I flew home for a week. Friends and family (near and far) showered us with love + gifts. We felt overwhelmingly blessed.
[Week 30: March 6 - March 12, 2014]
Crib assembly (part 1 - a piece was damaged from shipment). First prepared childbirth class. Meeting baby Quinn for the first time! And a sweet dessert with my friends Jen and Carey to celebrate our baby boy. 
[Week 31: March 13 - March 19, 2014]
Second childbirth class. Continued nursery progress.
[Week 32: March 20 - March 26, 2014]
Amazing breakfast at Over Easy. Hung wall art collage in the nursery. (More pics of the finished nursery to come!)
[Week 33: March 27 - April 2, 2014]
Happy Birthday, Andrea! Nursery: complete!
[Week 34: April 3 - April 9, 2014]
Weekend getaway to Estes Park for our babymoon!
[Week 35: April 10 - April 16, 2014]
Andrea threw a small CO baby shower for our little guy - it was perfect!
[Week 36: April 17 - April 23, 2014] 
At the last minute, we hosted a small Easter dinner at our house and attended our final baby care class.
[Week 37: April 24 - April 30, 2014]
Nesting. And doughnut-eating. (I promise I did not eat them all!)
[Week 38: May 1 - May 7, 2014]
Well, here we are finishing up week 38. We're waiting *patiently* for baby and enjoying the beautiful CO spring weather. God is good!!

Looking at the weeks in one blog post makes it seem like it went by so fast! In some ways, it did go fast, but in other ways, I feel like I've been pregnant for a very long time ;)