Pregnancy Post #15 – 34 Weeks

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34 Weeks & 1 Day Pregnant

34 Weeks 4 days pregnant today and counting! It is incredibly hard to believe that I am less than 6 weeks away from delivering the most beautiful little girl. I am so ecstatic and cannot wait until my little Natalia gets here. Wow, she’s got her momma so anxious to meet her! Every time, I feel her, think about her, talk about her, or see anything baby and girly, a huge smile forces itself across my face. She makes me so happy and she’s not even here yet. I didn’t know it was possible to love somebody so much. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love my mother with every inch of heart, but it’s just not the same kind of love that you have for your own child. Now I know how much my mom loves me. (:

Of course, one of my BIGGEST flaws kicked in: my procrastination. I was supposed to be done with painting Natalia’s dresser by now, but a couple of road bumps delayed me. First, I didn’t have everything I thought I needed. Then I realized I bought too much paint, so I had to return it and buy a smaller (more affordable) amount. Then I lost the brushes I bought, so by the time I found those I really didn’t even feel like painting anymore. But then, I finally was able to get everything I needed together: primer, paint, tape, trays, brushes, sandpaper, and shower curtain liners to catch the mess.

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As you can see, the dresser is disgusting.

I’ve already taken the dresser apart, sanded it down, primed it, and painted one coat. Tomorrow I’m going to finish it with a second coat and then when it drys, prepare the room for the walls to be painted. Since I don’t have a man around to help, I’m all on my own, which is also why it’s taking me so long to do a less than 24 hour job. But hey? I’m pregnant! So it’s totally fine that I’m taking my sweet time to do this. I don’t feel guilty one little bit. I’m totally capable of moving the things that are in the room around without straining myself or lifting anything heavy. When I get ready to paint the walls I have to move everything to one side of the room, paint half of it, let it dry, and then move everything to the other side so I can paint the other half. This will probably take me an entire week to finish! I also plan on ordering some cute zebra handles and knobs that I saw on Amazon to replace the old ugly, rusted gold ones that I will hate to have to put those back on. Then I will finally start putting her crib and changing table together and organize the room to make it look like the perfect nursery for my princess.

2 outfits for 2 bucks @JCP! :D

2 outfits for 2 bucks @JCP! 😀

I’ve been doing quite a lot of shopping lately, but allllllll baby stuff, so it’s not guilty shopping, it’s productive shopping. That’s my positive way of looking at spending money. I got a bunch of bottles, cloth diapers, clothes, and some hygiene items; plus the paint for her room and dresser. I don’t know a whole lot, but I know one thing is for sure: Natalia will never lack anything. I will always make sure I make provisions to be able to provide for my daughter. She will always have everything she needs and be able to depend on me as a mother until she is old enough to care for herself. I am very fortunate to be able to provide for her on my own. But of course, I’m not completely on my own. Fortunately I have a mother who is very supportive of me and my pregnancy, and we help each other. She’s my best friend. My only hope is that my daughter and I will have the same kind of relationship with each other that my mother and I have. ❤

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Primed Dresser.

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Dresser drawers in the hallway out of MY way. (:

I don’t see my doctor again until next week. After that I will start having weekly appointments, so there will be a medical update on every post from then on. So far, everything looks, sounds and feels perfect. Well maybe not that last one. At my next appointment, I’m going to have the doctor recommend me a good pediatrician for Natalia. In the last week I was experiencing this somewhat painful pressure in my abdomen. It was right under my right breast in my rib cage it felt like, and sometimes when I would cough it hurt real bad, or when I would breathe in too deeply, I could feel a lot of pressure there. I was getting concerned about it because it wouldn’t let up and considered coming into the doctor’s office without an appointment because it was hurting so bad. But before I freaked out, I researched it online just to see if it might be something completely normal and sure enough: it is. Turns out that the pain I was experiencing had to do with the baby and the growing uterus putting pressure on my rib cage and other ligaments, thus causing this on and off pain. Actually, I read several different articles about this from girls who are pregnant at 18 weeks, 20 weeks, & 25 weeks. So then I thought, well, I’m already 34 weeks and JUST now starting to feel this pain? I must be one of the lucky ones! And after that the pain subsided. Then it went away, and I haven’t felt anything like it ever since. I’m so glad that I think before freaking out and actually take the time to figure out my own problems without running to every which person for an answer or solution.

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A couple of Natalia’s things I bought this week ❤

If you’re considering buying maternity jeans, I recommend that you save your money unless you buy them used. To me, they were pretty much a waste of my money. I bought a pair of the cutest maternity jeans online at Amazon for $30. Sadly, I won’t be able to wear them past my 8th month. Shoot, I can barely squeeze into those things now! They are very stylish, but when I sit down, the seam connecting the jean part to the fabric part just cuts into my skin and is SOOOOOO uncomfortable. The funny thing is, I had a pair of skinny jeans that were so stretchy around the waist line that they fit perfectly as my maternity jeans! It’s weird that I had them because when I would wear them before I got pregnant, I constantly had to pull them back up on me because the waist was so stretchy that they just would not stay up. But I’m glad I kept them because they ended up serving me a great purpose during my entire pregnancy, and I still plan on wearing them afterwards! ;D

1/2 way

1/2 way

1st coat done!

1st coat done!

As for Natalia, she is growing more and more each day. I feel like there’s a little sumo wrestler inside of me because sometimes she kicks me so hard, I jerk and jump and make noises thinking “somebody’s beating me up in there!” I get a kick out of it. Her soft little kicks have now turned into some hardcore karate chops (it feels like) and I can’t wait for my next appointment when they do the last ultrasound because then I will get to see exactly which of her body parts keeps pushing me on my right side, lol! The most interesting thing about her is how clever she is already to be just in utero. She is very responsive to things outside of the womb. For instance, the other day, my mom’s boyfriend dropped a pan on the floor and the noise was so loud it scared the baby and made her kick me really hard. So she obviously doesn’t like loud noises, thank goodness for that!

As it gets closer and closer to my due date, the reality of transitioning from a young lady to a young mother is becomes more and more real to me, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Lord knows I’m ready to hold this precious baby girl in my arms already! I am going to try my best to remain patient because I don’t want to rush time since it has gone by so fast. I want to enjoy every moment of this pregnancy one day at a time. ❤

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^ 35 Weeks & 4 Days Pregnant Photos From This Afternoon. (:

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The Little Artist – Signs of Early Talent

I was finally able to get my scanner fixed, which means I can upload all my old drawings I found that my mom had collected during me and my sister’s entire growing up. I was quite the little artist at such an early age! And my little sister always wanted to be like me while we were growing up, so she  tried to be the little artist too. (: There are so many drawings that we have both drawn for both our parents, everything from mother’s and father’s day cards, to random drawings about nonsense. Of course, I’m only going to put up the ones worth bragging about. Here’s a little taste of my past imaginations:

I'm not too sure if I drew this or if Karen (my sister) did, but I thought it was so cute for such a young drawing - 2000?
I’m not too sure if I drew this or if Karen (my sister) did,
but I thought it was so cute for such a young drawing – 2000?
My Princess Drawing - I was at least 8 years old; 2001.
My Princess Drawing – I was at least 7 or 8 years old; 2000-01.
A drawing of Angelica All Grown Up from the Nickelodeon TV Show Rugrats. I must have been 10 years old when I drew this!
A drawing of Angelica All Grown Up from the Nickelodeon
TV Show Rugrats. I must have been 8 years old when I drew this!
This drawing is pretty old. I must have been 8 or 9 when I drew this one. It's a picture of Bubbles from my favorite childhood TV Show: The Powerpuff Girls. Bubbles was my favorite character.
This drawing is pretty old. I must have been 7 or 8 when I drew this one.
It’s a picture of Bubbles from my favorite childhood TV Show:
The Powerpuff Girls. Bubbles was my favorite character.
Praying Hands - 2002?
Praying Hands – 2002?
My Poinsettia - Date Unknown.
My Poinsettia – Date Unknown.
My Corel Draw Software I used to play with. A picture of fishing from the underwater view. As you can see I was very young when I made this because the picture is messed up, lol!
My Corel Draw Software I used to play with.
A picture of a fisherman fishing from the underwater view.
As you can see I was very young when I made this because
the picture is messed up, lol! 2001
My Homemade Mother's Day Car; Very Old ~2001?
My Homemade Mother’s Day Card; Very Old ~2001?
I think this is such an ironic picture because
to this day, I still feel the same way! ♥
My Living Room in our old house on the Northside of Jacksonville, FL. This was probably in '05 or '06.
The Living Room in our old house on the Northside of
Jacksonville, FL. This was probably drawn in ’05 or ’06.
My First Year @ the new Middle School on the Northside, Oceanway.
My First Year @ the new Middle School on the
Northside, Oceanway. 2005
My Dream Beach Mansion (when this was actually a dream of mine). I remember being 11 years old drawing this.
My Dream Beach Mansion (when this was actually a dream of mine).
I remember being 9 years old drawing this. 2002
Another of the most recent of this collection of old drawings. 2009
Another of the most recent of this collection of old drawings.
Love Peace & Happiness 2009
This is a little newer than the rest of them. 2009
This sketch of my name is the newest of them all. 2009

A Few of My Favorite Artist Quotes:

“Every artist was first an amateur.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island