Bump Update: 36 weeks

Three centimeters and a thinned cervix at thirty-six weeks. 

Cue nesting. 

Organizing baby stuff, packing, starting freezer meals, and continuing shoots and blog posts has consumed much of my time these past few weeks. Oh, and making sure I shower too. Chase has been working and doing overtime when he can. We’ve both been doing our best to “prepare” in the ways we know how. It looks different for everyone.

This post will be my last bump update in my pregnancy. You can read the other two here and here. Why only three? Well, I wanted to use these nine months getting as much time with Chase as possible, and photographing myself weekly would’ve cut into that precious time. I like him too much to commit to more. Three was the perfect balance.

This last session was done in our room on a Monday morning after breakfast. The last shower I had taken was the morning before and I just didn’t care enough to do my hair (although it somewhat stayed intact) or put on makeup. These images are the best reflection of me over the last month or so. Comfy and low maintenance. Au naturale.Me laughing at Chase’s inappropriate comments.
Here are some updates since my 28 week post:

Name: I totally spilled the beans in my baby shower post without even realizing it. But we have agreed on a name…Wyatt Paul Williams.

Most used items: Leggings, leggings, leggings, sweats, maternity bras and camis because comfort y’all. Still using my belly butter since it helps with itching, and last but certainly not least…our squatty potty. That thing does wonders.

Cravings: Peanut butter and honey. Reminds me of my childhood. Mix ’em together on a plate and eat it plain or slather it on sandwich bread. That was my daily lunch in elementary school. So good.

Wyatt’s approximate size: 7.5 lbs. This could still be slightly off – as usual – but we won’t know for sure until he’s here.

Fun moments: Chase’s reaction to pregnancy things. With the three centimeters comment from my doctor I’m always looking for labor signs now. Recently, I had him look at something that exited my body (no, not poop) because I needed a second opinion on what he might think it was. He’s a texture weirdo, so it totally makes him gag. I laugh and then act like I’m going to throw it at him to freak him out more. Ah, marriage. On a lighter note, we took another all day birth class and that was fun because we moms got massages from our husbands, but they also got one from us! I think that was Chase’s favorite part.

Looking forward to: Wearing my normal clothes again…eventually. A margarita. Exercising. A margarita. Finally holding Wyatt, duh. Oh, and a margarita of course…did I mention that?This pregnancy has been a good one. We’ve grown through the process and each of us has taken on a different role. While mine is sorta obvious (growing a human), Chase’s is also worthy of praise. He’s always been attentive to me, but through these months of change he’s exceeded his norm. He’s been at my beck and call, making sure I always have whatever I need, doing tasks for me, and rubbing out the aches and pains…even when he gets home from a 12 hour shift in the middle of the night. He never complains. Ever. And I don’t really ask for these things, he’s usually asking me and then takes care of it if I respond with a “yes.” He’s been working hard, tending to me, and reading to Wyatt. I got a good one. 

No, I got the best. 

My version of trying to serve him is baking muffins so he doesn’t have to make breakfast when he leaves at 5 am for training. Sometimes I feel like that doesn’t compare, but he loves it.

This experience has led me to really understand one thing, and that is the importance of our relationship as we go through different seasons of life together. If our marriage isn’t thriving, nothing else will. That’s been the topic of our pillow talk this last month, and we’ve constantly discussed how to make time for us even after becoming a family of three. I’m a little nervous, because honestly Chase is my favorite person. I love to go anywhere he goes. I could spend every minute with him and never get bored or need a break. 

But for now, we’re soaking up these last days and weeks with it just being us two, making sure to enjoy each day for what it is while we await the arrival of our newest family member.

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