Update from the home stretch…

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(Baby Gray at 36 weeks!)

We are in the home stretch!  Cuh-RAY-zee! (Yes, I just turned a two-syllable word into a three :).

We had our 36 week appointment and everything is looking good!  However, our little man has turned from the perfect head-down position to posterior (which means his head is still down, but instead of facing my spine he’s facing my stomach), which can mean a longer and not-so-pleasant labor (ever heard of back labor?).  Since we area planning to give birth naturally, this is definitely not ideal, so I have been doing exercises to get him to move, and also praying 🙂 🙂

I can’t believe that he could be here any day!  Granted, he’s not due until the beginning of November, but at our last appointment, we were told he can come at any time.  We bought a pack-in-play that will serve as crib & changing station until our house is done (will be about 6 weeks after Baby Gray is born if all stays on schedule).  We were setting that up last night (took a few minutes of wresting with it, but now we are pros), and I was sitting on the couch looking at it, and got hit with a dose of reality – soon a little person is going to be in there and our lives will never be the same.  Oh man.  It really is hard to imagine, but soon it will be hard for us to remember what we did before baby!

For those of you wondering, we are pretty sure we have settled on a name!  We have all of our family guessing which names they think we picked and it’s fun seeing the guesses come in 🙂

For the most part, I am still feeling really good! I have been keeping up with my almost daily mile long walks and I’ve also started pre-natal yoga.  The only slight discomfort I’m having is mid-back soreness when I sit at my eggshell cool-looking office chair. Zach wants to buy me a fancy, nice chair, but I was told it doesn’t make that much of a difference and besides, now that our final IN-CAMERA video launch is over, we are just about ready to take time off.

Speaking of time off, we have a few loose ends to wrap up with our work and then we are taking the rest of the month off – or until the little man decides to make his appearance!  Then once he’s born we’ll be taking off two months, and maybe even longer through January depending on when our home is finished to give us time to move and get settled.  So many new things and changes ahead!  It is such a blessing to work for yourself and have the flexibility to take the time off.  We have been really diligent with our finances and planned and prepared for this so we’re excited that we’ll be able to devote our attention fully to our newest family member.  No worries though, we’ll still be posting baby updates 🙂

Our anniversary is next month – we’ll be celebrating 8 years!  It’s hard to believe we have been married that long!  Seeing that we will have a three week old, I’m not sure if we will really be able to do a full weekend get-away like we save for and try to do each year so we’re thinking of celebrating early this month and making it sort of an anniversary/baby moon.  If anyone has any ideas of fun places we can go and/or fun things for us to do within a 2 hr radius in Nashville, leave a comment below!

Thanks for reading and being a part of this journey with us.

 

18 thoughts on “Update from the home stretch…

  1. Aaaaahhh! Jody, I am so Cuh-RAY-zee excited for you!!! It has been inspiring to follow your journey and see all the ways God faithfulness has blessed you. Praying that the little man flips and that labor goes smoothly. Love you and God bless! Can’t wait to see that baby!!! 🙂

  2. My last baby was face up and I had a painfree birth. It was also a fast labor ( 3 little hours). Praying he will turn over for you. Hands ans knees should be your best friend until he turns around. Blessings!!!

  3. Chattanooga is actually one of our favorite places! We’ve been almost every fall since we’ve been here and it’s so gorgeous this time of year. There’s a cute little coffee shop we always hit up and it’s fun to walk around or do the aquarium or chill out. I’d definitely recommend it 🙂 The last time we stayed in a cute little bed and breakfast.

    • I second Chattanooga! After growing up in Dallas, TX, I can finally call this place home. I think the coffee shop Christina is referring to is Rembrandts in the Art District. There’s two b&bs there on site, it’s precious…there’s a perfect lunch at Tony’s pasta on their outside balcony and a delectable dinner nextdoor at the Back Inn Cafe. You’re right downtown, so stroll across the walking bridge, head to Clumpies for ice cream and you’re all set! Check out the details: http://www.bluffviewartdistrict.com

      No I don’t work for them, I’m just a photographer here, loving my city (-:

  4. Those exercises to get him to move work! Mine was facing sideways in labor and he ended up moving to the perfect position with some exercises. Keep going mama! You’re almost there!

  5. We were in a similar situation with our anniversary and pregnancy. We rented a cabin in gatlinburg that had an indoor pool for our November getaway. My 37 weeks pregnant belly would have happily spent all day in that pool.
    I, too, faced natural labor with a posterior baby and yes, the back labor was the worst part of the whole experience, but it was manageable. Bradley method relaxation/husband coaching/baths/showers/pressure against lower back during contractions-you’ve got this!
    Congratulations on your blessings and your amazingly great decisions that allow you to enjoy this time off.

  6. Congrats Jody! It’s been such a joy to watch you blossom with this new life inside of you! Lots of love and prayers as you quickly approach your due date. (Hoping that baby turns around for you!) I’ve been doing prenatal yoga and have heard it’s really effective for getting babies in perfect positions. Particularly, my instructor says cat/cow stretches work well to get baby in place. Best wishes!

  7. Awwww Jody!!! Your pregnancy pictures are so beautiful! You are so beautiful! You both look so happy! I love readying your blog!I’m so excited for you guys! I can’t wait to read about how he takes your breath away. Baby Brave turned posterior for me too. I empathize to your exercises. I pretty spent the last few weeks on my hands and knees scrubbing the floor every day 🙂 I labored for 40 hours naturally, and in the 39th hour I asked them to PLEASE break my water- and when they did she flipped right over and came out. 🙂 You can do this Ms. Jody! It’s certainly all worth it in the end and you forget the “labor” instantly when you see that sweet face in your arms. They were “fearfully and wonderfully made”- and so are you- It’s crazy to think we were designed for this. I will be praying for your natural birth!!! Congratulation on your anniversary! Your marriage is such an inspiration and blessing to so many! Have an extraordinary baby-moon 🙂

  8. I second Chattanooga! After growing up in Dallas, TX, I can finally call this place home. I think the coffee shop Christina is referring to is Rembrandts in the Art District. There’s two b&bs there on site, it’s precious…there’s a perfect lunch at Tony’s pasta on their outside balcony and a delectable dinner nextdoor at the Back Inn Cafe. You’re right downtown, so stroll across the walking bridge, head to Clumpies for ice cream and you’re all set! Check out the details: http://www.bluffviewartdistrict.com

    No I don’t work for them, I’m just a photographer here, loving my city (-:

  9. I had back labor and a natural birth. It can be done! Not pleasant or ideal but possible if turns out that way. Happy for you guys!

  10. Very excited for you. I posted a message earlier, but I think it was eaten. 😉 I hope everything works out like you want it to, and if it doesn’t, that is ok too so long as the baby’s best interests are at heart. I too wanted a natural delivery for my first child, and then that went out the window when I had to be induced. Just remember that intense labor pain is a reality, but suffering is optional. You may get to a point where you no longer wish to choose to be in pain. Give yourself permission to opt out of pain. The less physical trauma your body goes through in labor, the easier it will be to heal and take care of that precious bundle when he arrives. 🙂 My very best wishes to you. There is absolutely nothing like it when they put that little person on your chest for the first time. Love!!!

  11. I’ve had two Vbacs unmedicated, one back labor and one front (normal). I don’t know which I prefer honestly! Just keep moving, rocking back and forth, birthing ball, and squats. Have someone rub your back. Also, to get them to spin try: http://spinningbabies.com . My girl turned as I was pushing her out, so they usually will get into position if you let gravity work. You will do awesome. Can’t wait to see pics!!!!

  12. You guys are amazing! My husband and I have been following you guys (we are a husband/wife team as well ..but rookies compared to you guys 😉 Your story is so inspiring and you are such a LIGHT for God. Your testimony is amazing – He has done GREAT things ..and have Blessed you two so much! No worries on natural labor – I did it a few months ago! I will be praying for a safe & natural-as-possible delivery! I pray for an amazing recovery & such a joy and peace to come over you guys! Becoming parents is the greatest thing on this earth; besides knowing Jesus 😉 I am a total advocate for natural birth – you can do it! With God ALL things are possible ..including that!

    Much love and Blessings!
    The Leightys

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