Baby Acker Update 02/20/16

For anyone that is keeping track I am 36 weeks along now!!!  How is this possible that this pregnancy has passed us by so quickly?!

36 weeks!

36 weeks!

I went to the doctor on Wednesday and she said that everything seems to be progressing normally.  The doctor doesn’t actually do much at the appointments other than measure my belly with a tape measure haha and listen to the baby’s heartbeat.  Then she answers my unending questions about what to expect.  Yesterday Cole and I took a birthing class and we both left a little traumatized.  We are both terrified of labor haha.

According to my handy dandy pregnancy app baby girl is currently about 19-22 inches and 6 lbs and they compare her to a large cantaloupe.  Her liver and kidneys are now in working order, she’s gaining more fat, and her skin is smoothing out.  She is pretty much ready to make her arrival!  I feel her move so much now and it is an incredible feeling.  These last few weeks have been my favorite part of pregnancy because I can finally feel her a lot (I couldn’t at first because of the placement of my placenta).  I’ve been in a lot of pain with my hips but when I feel her move I forget about the pain.  Cole gets to feel her moving sometimes but she tends to be shy.  That might be a sign of how she will be outside of the womb too…I’m excited to meet her and find out!

Since I haven’t posted since week 20 I wanted to add some fun pics from my first baby shower and our 3D ultrasound that we had done when we visited Arkansas.  It was so fun because we surprised my mom with taking her to the ultrasound.

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Aunt Mill, Mammaw, and Aunt Leat

Aunt Mill, Mammaw, and Aunt Leat

Love love this pic of me and my mom

Love love this pic of me and my mom

The adorable and delicious cake Whitney made.

The adorable and delicious cake Whitney made.

All the pretty ladies that attended my shower.  Love my friends so much.

All the pretty ladies that attended my shower. Love my friends so much.

Me, my mom, great aunts, and Mammaw

Me, my mom, great aunts, and Mammaw

3D Ultrasound on 11-13-15 about 23 weeks

3D Ultrasound on 11-13-15 about 23 weeks

Baby toes ♥

Baby toes ♥

It’s over 13 minutes but here is the video from the ultrasound if anyone wants to check it out.

And one last one…the nursery is starting to come together.  Putting the crib up tonight made baby girl’s arrival feel very real!

The nursery is starting to come together.

The nursery is starting to come together.

New Mexico July 26, 2014

If you are viewing on a mobile device some of the pics may be sideways.  I’m trying to figure out why it is doing that…I still have no idea what I’m doing here lol.  You should be able to view the pics correctly on a computer. 

Santa Fe, NM to Flagstaff, AZ

Santa Fe, NM to Flagstaff, AZ

This morning we woke up in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  We got up, repacked the roof bag, and explored historic downtown Santa Fe. It was really neat there with a lot of history. First we visited the Loretto Chapel with the miraculous staircase.  

“When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to access the choir loft twenty-two feet above. Carpenters were called in to address the problem, but they all concluded access to the loft would have to be via ladder as a staircase would interfere with the interior space of the small Chapel.”

Read more about the staircase here it’s a neat story.

Loretto Chapel

Miraculous Staircase

Loretto Chapel

We also toured the oldest house in the US. It was tiny so the tour lasted about a 45 seconds lol.  It was only two tiny rooms but it dates back 800 years so I guess a tiny house was better than sleeping outside!

Front of the Oldest House

Front of the Oldest House

You can see how small the doorway was in the house.

You can see how small the doorway was in the house

Across the street is the oldest church in the US.  We didn’t go in but got a couple pics.

San Miguel Church - The Oldest Church

San Miguel Church – The Oldest Church

The Oldest Church

The Oldest Church

Next we drove to Albuquerque and drove immediately to Walter White’s house (hello Breaking Bad fans!).  We were excited to see it but it turns out it is just a house and isn’t anything special.  Someone lives there and they were home sitting in their garage. That made it hard to take a pic. They also had security cameras everywhere. All in all it wasn’t that exciting lol.

Walter White's House

Walter White’s House

While in Albuquerque we also visited the
aquarium and botanical gardens.  They had a huge shark tank there so that was really cool.  There was someone in the tank cleaning it while we were there (crazy person).  The sharks were cool but I really loved the stingrays.  Ever since I got to feed them in St. Louis I’ve found them so fascinating.  I love that this guy looks like he is smiling at us.

Shark & Stingray

Shark & Stingray

He was smiling at us!

He was smiling at us!

Jelly Fish

Jelly Fish

After the aquarium we hopped in the car and headed for Flagstaff.

 

 

Oklahoma & Texas July 25, 2014

Sherwood, AR to Santa Fe, NM

Sherwood, AR to Santa Fe, NM

The first day of driving wasn’t very exciting. If you’ve driven through Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle you know what I mean. Our only tourist stop the first day was the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo. If you are ever out that way it is worth the stop. It’s free and it’s open during daylight hours so why not? Make sure you take a can of spray paint with you when you go though because you have the opportunity to paint all over these old Cadillacs sticking out of the ground. Kinda neat and a good time to stretch your legs. The first night we drove to Santa Fe and we got in about 1:00 am.  Arriving late at our destinations seems to be a reoccurring theme on this trip.  On this first day we were in four different states and it was starting to feel real.

Oklahoma State Sign

Oklahoma State Sign

Texas State Sign

Texas State Sign

New Mexico State Sign

New Mexico State Sign

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

Not for Good

I’ve lived in several states during my 32 years but there is no doubt where home is. Home is hot, humid, gun-toting, hog-calling, sweet tea drinking, and southern. And I love it. Over the past few weeks I’ve said a lot of goodbyes and shed a lot of tears. This move is very bittersweet to me. I’m not going to say I’m not ready for the new adventure before Cole and I because I really am but saying goodbye is something I don’t want to have to do. Thank you to everyone who made the last few months so memorable during all the stressful times of this big move. I’ve been told that people my age don’t have large close-knit groups of friends. I don’t know if that’s true or not but regardless I feel incredibly blessed for my motley crüe. No matter the distance we will always be friends and there for each other. Not only do I have a fab group of friends but I’m also blessed with a mom who I’m incredibly close with. I’m so lucky for her and so thankful for everything she has done and does for me. These people are what makes it so hard to leave. This may be goodbye but it certainly isn’t for good. Love you guys!

Jimmy Buffet 2014

Jimmy Buffet Concert June 2014

Races with Whit

Me & Whit at the Races 2014

Cher with Mom

Me & My Mom at the Cher Concert 2014

Christmas 2013

Ugly Sweater Party Christmas 2013