Over the past week, Greenville’s spring/summer weather has blossomed and Robert and I are so stinking excited that we can’t stand it. We’ve spent every moment possible outside taking walks, lounging by the pool, sitting on our front porch, walking around downtown and cherishing every single moment with each other.
This week, I’ve started to have Braxton Hicks contractions! My wonderful friend Lauren gave me a gift certificate for a mani/pedi which I took full advantage of on Wednesday. That next morning, I woke up to a really hard stomach. (I’ve always heard that pedis can help kick-start labor…) I immediately called Robert to tell him and he was super excited saying “tell Baby Girl to COME ON.” I also group texted my family telling them not to freak, and of course, my sister responded “go to the doctor ASAP.” 🙂 I knew that I had a doctor’s appointment that Thursday afternoon, so I figured I’d ask my doctor about it then. The small-ish contractions continued throughout the day, but never really hurt. In fact, the only way I knew I was having them was when I went to touch my stomach and felt the hardness.
When I got to the doctor that afternoon, I told her what I’d been feeling and she suggested that she measure me to see if I was dilated. After her exam, she told me I was .5cm dilated, which, she said, basically meant nothing. She said it could mean that I was going to go into labor that night OR I could wait another 2 weeks and still not have the baby. It put my mind at ease.
On Friday, we grabbed pizza downtown and walked for about 3 miles up and down mainstream and near the suspension bridge. Saturday was filled with pool time and visiting Artisphere and making a delish strawberry/spinach salad for dinner. For Mother’s Day on Sunday, I woke up to a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a card from Robert. He made sure to let me know that the flowers were from both the Baby and him. ❤ We took my mom and dad to breakfast after church and then played 18 holes of golf on Sunday afternoon. This baby bump is seriously balancing out my golf shot. Mother’s Day made me even more excited for our baby to make her way into the world.
Everyone keeps asking me if I think I’ll have Baby Girl early. But, outside of work, I’m one of those people who takes deadlines to the absolute last minute. I wait to fill up on gas until I’m literally coasting into the gas station; I change my oil when either my dad or Robert tells me that my engine will probably blow up soon; and if we have dinner reservations at 7, I take my time getting ready so that we get to the restaurant at 6:59. So, my thought is that if this baby is anything like me, she’ll either decide to make her appearance on or after her May 17 due date. And you know what? That’s perfectly fine with me. 🙂
Weeks 37 & 38 absolutely flew by! On the weekend when I reached week 37, Robert and I had a nice date night downtown on Friday, went to church and met my parents and our family friends for dinner on Saturday, and I played tennis with my mom on Sunday. My mom kicked my butt on the court! I can no longer run for her short shots, but I tried to keep up as best as possible. 🙂 My mom was always so patient in teaching us when we were little and it clearly paid off. I can only imagine the day when my Baby Girl and I can play tennis together.
Our view on our walk through downtown Greenville ❤
Because of a large event I had going on at work during leading up to week 38, I took Friday off to rest and prepare more for Baby Wilson. Robert got off work early, so we called up Fox Run and played 9 holes. We made it through about 5 holes before asking the two men behind us to join us. They were so nice and had very complimentary things to say throughout the last few holes. We headed over to our friend’s house to grill out after golf and saw their beautiful new nursery! We’re so excited that Jess’ due date is so close to ours. Our babies are going to be instant friends. 🙂
On Saturday, I did Body Combat with my mom and felt great! Merr was in town for a wedding this weekend, so my mom, Merr and I headed out Saturday morning to do a little shopping and run errands. Afterward, Robert and I soaked in the sun out by our newly opened neighborhood pool for a bit, watched the Kentucky Derby and walked over to our new neighbor’s house for drinks. They have a cutie little 6-month old boy and it made both Robert and I even more excited for our baby to come into the world! It was really nice to have both of our neighbors to bounce ideas off of,
Sunday was a Robert/Maddy day. We cleaned the house, lounged at the pool and then spent the afternoon walking around Downtown Greenville. We walked about 2 miles down Main Street and on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. After all of our walking, we decided to grab dinner at Grill Marks before heading home. I cannot wait until we can take Baby Girl to Falls Park. We’re very fortunate to live in an area with such a beautiful gathering spot.
Walking around downtown Greenville!
I feel so much more calm and at peace as we play the waiting game. Baby Wilson’s nursery is complete, we’ve taken our “pre-birth class” and visited the hospital, and we’ve prepared (I think) as much as we possibly can. We’re ready for your arrival, Baby Girl! ❤
Weeks 35 and 36 FLEW by! I swear, every time I turn around, it’s Sunday and we’re another week closer to meeting our miracle.
After starting to research my questions about birth online and via the What to Expect app, I realized it may be best to try and take a pre-birth class with Robert. I tried getting into one with the hospital where I’ll deliver, but they were booked for the full month of April! So, I ended up signing us up for a class on the only Saturday that we had available in April at another local hospital. I knew that I’d learn a lot, but I truly didn’t realize that Robert would appreciate the class as much as he did. We both had our questions answered and thought it was well-worth our time afterward.
We cut out of the class a little early to head to a wedding for one of our next door neighbors. We unfortunately missed the wedding, but made it to the reception at Holly Tree. It was such a beautiful night to celebrate the love of two people- one whom I’ve known since I was 7. Our whole family danced the night away and of course popped into some selfie stick pics…
That Tuesday after I reached 35 weeks, Robert and I took a guided tour of the Greenville Memorial Hospital where I’ll deliver our precious pumpkin. 🙂 They showed us the three separate rooms that I’d occupy during my stay there. We saw the different rooms, figured out where to go when we arrive and learned what we should make sure to bring. Although I grew up in Greenville, I never remember going to the hospital, so I felt way more comfortable after our visit.
Right before I hit 36 weeks, my in-laws threw Robert and me a shower in Hendersonville and invited their family and friends from the area to attend. Robin held it at Never Blue in downtown Hendersonville and everything about the afternoon was perfect. The food, company and location were all wonderful. It was great seeing Robert’s extended family and friends as we haven’t made it up to Hendersonville since the beginning of the year. The overwhelming support that we’ve received from family and friends over my pregnancy is very humbling and makes both of us feel so good.
That next morning, I picked my mom up at her house at 7 a.m. and drove to the Target in Simpsonville to stand in line for the Lilly for Target frenzy. We stood in line (in the rain) for a good 45 minutes before the store opened. We had to have been close to #30 in line. When those doors opened, the ladies in line made a mad dash for all of the Lily stuff! My mom and I stood like deer in headlights while these wild women grabbed everything in sight. The news said that everything was gone in 15 minutes, but at our Target, everything was scarfed up within 30 seconds! I came out of Target with toilet paper that we needed for the house. 🙂 I’m fortunate that I have a crazy enough mom to agree to stand in line and stop with me for silly clothes. Merrick ended up snagging some really cute things in Mount Pleasant because her store was stocked with way more than ours.
During weeks 33 and 34, I definitely felt myself growing. One particular dress that I’d been wearing with no problem (wasn’t maternity but was wide enough to allow me to fit) was getting a liiiittle bit too tight. 🙂
During week 33, my amazing co-workers threw us a beautiful baby shower at Twigs and invited Robert to attend. They held a nice lunch, gave us thoughtful gifts and made us play a “Price is Right” baby shower game. One part of the game involved Robert blindly eating a mixture of nasty baby foods. Once he was blindfolded, they gave him a bowl of cool whip to eat. He was such a good sport. 🙂 I’m very thankful to work in a department and under leaders who cherish their employees so much.
That weekend right before marking off week 34, we headed over to Heritage Park to watch the S.C. Strongman Competition that our friend Gary was competing in. We got to the park around 10 a.m. and watched Gary complete a relay of moving really heavy objects and move a tow truck with an Escalade on the back of it 50 feet. He pulled the truck 50 feet in 28 seconds! It was incredible. We knew he was strong, but he completely bulldozed his competitors and ended up winning the title of Strongest Man in S.C. for the second year in a row.
This week, Robert hung a shelf, hung all of the pictures and helped me put together Baby Girl’s Moses basket holder. I’m so appreciative of his patience and handiness because I know if I’d have hung the shelf and pictures, her room would look like a Dr. Suess room (not in a good way).
Robert and I really enjoy doing active things together and have a hard time sitting still. We’re constantly on-the-go. During week 31, we played golf at a course that’s close to our house. I think that this baby weight helps keep my swing even because I play better golf pregnant with a little extra weight on my body than I do without it. 🙂
Since it’s started to get nice out after work, we’ve started taking nightly walks before dinner. We live in a neighborhood where people are out and about walking their dogs and with their children. It’s been nice to see different parts of the ‘hood on foot and start to meet our neighbors. Baby Girl loves our long walks- I can tell because sometimes she dances in my stomach as we walk up or down a hill.
On the weekend leading up to week 32, my mom and sister threw me a beautiful baby shower at the RiverWalk clubhouse. They made sure that everything was absolutely perfect from the people who attended to the decor to the food. They truly are too good to me, and I cannot believe that I was blessed with such amazing women in my life. I feel fortunate that so many people came out to help celebrate Baby Wilson’s soon-to-be arrival. The love that they shared was overwhelming and I can’t even describe how it made us (Baby W and I) feel. We had friends stay with us that Friday and Saturday night, so by Sunday, Robert, baby and I were whooped. I spent the afternoon organizing the baby’s room and putting away all of her clothes and gifts from the shower. After our beautiful Greenville shower, Robert and I realized that we’re going to have baby stuff (Mommaroo, Pack-n-Play, toys, clothes, etc.) scattered all over most of our house when Baby Wilson arrives- and we CAN’T WAIT.