40 weeks.

40 weeks | indiejane photography

Today is Miss Cordelia’s official due date. For most of this pregnancy I swore she was going to be an early bird but in August I started to think maybe she’d take a note from her mother’s book and not want to come out. (I was born two weeks late. Apparently I was totally comfortable in my little home, which speaks volumes for my personality. haha.) We’ve tried a couple of self-induction tips (spicy food, walking, bouncing on an exercise ball, etc) with no avail, so she’s made it clear that she’ll come out when SHE is ready.

For some reason today I woke up with total peace with that. Am I done being pregnant? Totally. I hurt. The pelvic pain is nuts. I miss being able to roll over at night without wanting to cry. I miss not having to pee every half hour. I miss not relying on Tums and Zantac to get through a meal. I miss walking without a waddle. I miss having more than 5 articles of clothing to wear. I miss a lot of things.

But when it all boils down, I’ve had an incredibly easy pregnancy so I feel silly for complaining so much during these last few rough weeks. My first trimester was totally bearable, my second trimester was magnificent, and even my third trimester was great up until the last 3 or 4 weeks. If she needs longer to build up a little courage to make her journey into the world, I want to allow her that. This is my first of many lessons in parental patience. ;)

So.. Now we wait. Here’s hoping the next post on this blog will be chock full of baby photos!

P.S. You can follow along with me on instagram and twitter! We’ll announce her birth there before I’ll get a chance to blog.

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cordelia’s nursery tour.

Part of me was a little hesitant to share these photos because…they’re taken with my iPhone.


As most of you know, we had to sell my Canon 5D Mark III and Mark II to get some bills paid so now all we have is Mark’s Canon 50D. It’s a totally fine camera while I’m on maternity leave so it’s no huge deal at all, but it was quite a challenge to get this girl’s room photographed! The 50D is a crop-frame, which means it crops in way more in frame than my MkIII did, and the widest lens we have is my 35mm. To top it off, Cora’s room is sooo tiny! It’s just big enough for all her essentials. It was pretty much impossible to get all her details photographed, so I relied on my sad little iPhone 4 that’s in dire need of upgrade. ;)

I’m sure a large majority don’t even care in the slightest, so I’ll shut up and get to the photos. haha.

cordelia's nursery tour. | indiejane photography
cordelia's nursery tour. | indiejane photography
cordelia's nursery tour. | indiejane photography
cordelia's nursery tour. | indiejane photography
cordelia's nursery tour. | indiejane photography
cordelia's nursery tour. | indiejane photography
cordelia's nursery tour. | indiejane photography
cordelia's nursery tour. | indiejane photography
cordelia's nursery tour. | indiejane photography
cordelia's nursery tour. | indiejane photography
cordelia's nursery tour. | indiejane photography
cordelia's nursery tour. | indiejane photography
cordelia's nursery tour. | indiejane photography

Cora’s crib was a $70 Ikea steal that Mark sanded and stained (the stain was safe for cribs, no baby-patrol please). Her dresser is one that I’ve had for several years that I found for $15…we painted it white and added copper hardware. Her rocker was purchased anonymously off our registry and to this day we still have NO CLUE who bought it! I am completely in love with it. :) And Cora’s closet was a joint effort. We took off the cumbersome doors, I hand-painted the arrow print inside, and Mark built her closet system from scratch.

The canvas hung above her crib is one of my favorite photos I’ve taken, several years ago outside of Denver. It’s not typical decor for a nursery but I think it’s lovely. The flowers on the garland are from her first baby shower.

Her little collage above her dresser is my favorite part of her room! It features our maternity photos, some photos and sand/shells from our babymoon in June, the Easter egg we used to do her gender and name reveal, blocks that everyone made for her at her second shower, a wood bee piece from Cash (Heather’s husband…and yes the bee is woodburned.. It’s so cute!), the first pair of shoes I bought her and my first pair of shoes, and the cutest little crochet versions of all our dogs. I still totally flip over these every time I see them…Rachel is incredible.

My mom had baby girl’s name embroidered on her laundry hamper (eep!), and we were blessed with some of the sweetest handmade blankets! Heather’s grandma crocheted us a black and white one, Mark’s grandma crocheted a pink one, Chelsea (my Ethiopia family) made a blanket from some fabric she got in Africa, and Cora was passed down a yellow crochet blanket that my great-grandma made. So precious. And we still have a handmade quilt on the way! Our girl will not go cold this winter. ;)

I’m sorry if I rambled a lot. haha! There was so much work and love put into this kid’s room! I find myself in there frequently, just sitting in the rocker and reading books. I just love it. :)

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bump update :: 36 weeks.

Today’s date : September 5th, 2014

How many weeks pregnant? : 36 weeks, 2 days.

Which trimester are you in? : Third

How many days until your due date? : 25. Ahhh!

Show off your bump! : (I had a bit of a fabric softener fiasco with this dress but I figured I’d ride it out since I only have a few more weeks. haha.)


How big is baby? : About how long her birth length will be! Somewhere around 18-21 inches. Weight-wise, she’s gaining about an ounce a day now and creeping up on her birth weight, likely somewhere between 6-8lbs.

What milestones has your developing baby reached this week? : Still working on that baby fat! She’s also been pretty squirmy, which makes me think she’s working on getting into the perfect position for her grand entrance!

What are some of your pregnancy symptoms? : Back pain when sitting too long. Heartburn. Feet swelling. Peeing constantly. Officially walking with a full-on waddle. The typical symptoms. ;)

Any cravings? : Ice, oddly. I’ve lately been ordering a large lime water from Sonic and it’s completely gone (water, ice, and limes) within half an hour. And Ethiopian food! We have a date night soon to try out the Ethiopian place in OKC. I need Shurro Wat somethin’ fierce.

Any food aversions? : Nope.

What was your best moment this week? : Technically this was last weekend, but.. We got her car seat bases installed in both our cars and finished up buying everything for our home birth! We also finished up her room (finally) and I made a birth playlist. We’ll see if I actually use it. haha.

What are you looking forward to next week? : My maternity leave begins on Monday, so my focus will be 100% on relaxing and enjoying these final few weeks.

What emotions have you been experiencing this week? : Relief. We’ve (somehow) managed to get virtually everything done and that totally shocks me. haha.

Are you wearing maternity clothes yet? : The few pieces I have, yes. Still just wearing maxi dresses a lot. It’s been sooo hot outside!

Have any stretch marks? : Still no stretch marks! My mind is blown. I do think they’ll pop up eventually though. haha.

How much weight have you gained? : About 20lbs.

Has your belly button popped out? : Yep, so much so that strangers comment on it. It didn’t just flatten, that sucker is now an outie.

Felt any kicks? Describe the movement you feel. : Less “kicks” now, more beating the shit out of me. ha. And royally creeping out people who happen to glance at my belly when she’s sticking her butt up or running her foot/knee down my side.

What has dad been up to this week? : Working at the hospital and recording music! We’re hoping he’s able to work enough to be able to take some time off when Cora gets here.

How has your sleep been? : Eh. I wake up about 5-8 times a night to pee and it takes me forever to roll over, but when I’m sleeping it’s good sleep so I can’t complain. I’m still two months Ambien-free! :)

What are your dreams about? : Nothing notable.

Have you been “nesting”? What things have you been doing to prepare for baby’s arrival? : I don’t think so.. I haven’t felt any “Oh my gosh I have to clean/organize this right now!” type of urges. Maybe in the next couple of weeks? As far as preparing, just buying all the last minute items and doing lots of reading up on labor and those first few weeks with a newborn.

Any guesses when you will go into labor? : I always thought she would come a little early and we would have a September baby, but now that it’s closer I’m not sure. I’m starting to think I may go past my due date now. But that’s okay…she can bake as long as she needs to, I’ll waddle a little longer. ;)

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