I can't believe we're already to the "any day now" point! While the days have seemed long at times, the weeks and months of this pregnancy have absolutely flown by.
To say that its been nothing like what we expected would be the understatement of a lifetime. We never anticipated having a child with special needs or all of the crazy planning and emotions that come with it. But ultimately, we're super excited about this little munchkin joining our family. I know she'll be the perfect fit!
In case you missed them, here are a few of the previous posts about Eliza:
And if you'd like to follow along on the specifics of Eliza's birth, surgeries, and medical-schmedical whatnot, feel free to jump over to her little space online at Expecting Eliza. I hope to keep it updated with what's new as we try to navigate our way through spina bifida with this beautiful little lady.
But enough with the links, right? How about all the deets on this pregnancy?
How far along: 37 weeks... She'll be born sometime in the next two weeks for sure!
Name: Eliza Grace
Weight gain: 14 pounds. If you looked at me, I'm sure you'd call me a liar. I have a much bigger baby bump this time around that when I did with Jake, but I really haven't gained a ton of weight. I'm not mad!
Sleep: Still not happening. Sad. This girl really loves her sleep.
Movement: Eliza is a busy girl! It's been surprising to the doctors, who have told us that she really shouldn't be moving much from the waist down. Too bad docs, this lady is jumping and jiving all the time!
Cravings: Everything. Especially fruits!
Sibling Love: Jake is so so so excited about his sister! He gives her hugs and kisses all the time and talks about all the awesome thing he and Eliza are going to do together. I can't wait to see how it all unfolds.
Best moment lately: All the nice moments when the specialists tell us how boring our case it. Spoiler alert: when specialists tell you that you're boring, that's a great thing!Worst moment lately: Nothing much to report yet. I imagine it might be the moment when we drop Jake off at my parents house for an indefinite amount of time. There will be so many tears...
Looking forward to: Meeting her!! That's a given, right?
So what's new now?
Like I said, we're ready! We've had the last of our appointments at Vanderbilt with all the surgeons and specialists that are seeing to her care. Now it's just a waiting to game to see when she'll make her debut! Once she's born, we'll be spending some time in the NICU as she recovers from her initial surgeries. Hopefully after a stint of time there, she'll be able to come home and do all the normal baby antics like looking adorable, keeping us up all night, and modeling my latest ridiculous baby creations.
Ultimately, I think J.B. and I are both equal parts nervous and excited about the next few weeks. It's a lot to take in. A lot. But we're also confident that God is working and has His hand in all things. There's nothing more encouraging than that!
Can't wait to share her with you all!