Questions from the Pregnant Lady

Answer (and judge not) my ridiculous questions, moms. (And know that my default mode is sarcasm, so don’t take these too seriously. ๐Ÿ˜‰)

-Alright, who else had a late-blooming bump? I’m less than 3 months away from meeting this kid, and I still am tempted to constantly hold my belly everywhere I go so people know I’m pregnant and not just tubby. It’s definitely popped a bit the last two weeks, but some days it looks smaller than others. My doctor said I’m tall with a long torso, giving her more room to stretch evidently, but my main concern is her being tiny. I want a fat and squishy baby! Anyone have a smaller bump but still a nice, chunky baby?? ๐Ÿ˜‚

-Did any other first-time moms have this weird, intense desire once pregnant to suddenly have all your babies right away?? I don’t know if it’s because I wanted a boy so badly and I’m having a girl haha (I’m doing better with that BTW), or if it’s a completely normal thing to obsess over all your future kiddos. I used to want a big gap between my children, but now I’m often daydreaming about having all the babies as soon as possible. (Yes. I know this will probably change after my first week home alone lol.)

-Is it unhealthy for me to not entertain a single thought about the delivery day until like…a week before? I currently refuse to think about it and focus on more important things. Like meals.

-Speaking of meals, will I enjoy them again one day? I’m finding it hard to decipher what my tummy wants to eat, and it’s never satisfying even when I figure it out. Chocolate chip pancakes and milk are pretty great, but the rest leaves me feeling a bit weird even if I enjoy it while I’m eating. I seem to get fuller faster now. As a long-time foodie, it’s slightly bewildering! ๐Ÿ˜‚ย I’m just thankful she’s on board with pancakes.

-Feeling your baby move is simultaneously the most fascinating and most freakish thing ever, right? One second I’m thinking, “Wow! There is a human being growing in there and kicking like a little ninja!” The next second I’m staring at my belly in fear like an alien is about to break through it. SO WEIRD BUT SO COOL. God is so clever.

-How did you prepare to know all the “Mom” things? I’ve done so little research lately, it’s pathetic. Did you just learn as you left the hospital or were you the responsible book reader who had all the answers in a pamphlet you carried around constantly? I know next to nothing. And I’m not really that motivated yet. Maybe something will kick in that last month or two?

-Baby registries are overwhelming, yes? I have never seen so many options in my life. We started ours at Target last night, and I felt more than slightly incompetent. Why are there 18 different brands of bottle options? Do babies really need all of this overpriced gadgetry? Why does everything start with a B? (Baby. Bumbo. Bjorn. Boba. Boppy.) Who knows how long I spent looking up reviews on each of the products. Moms, please give me your registry must-haves and must-have-nots! Haha.

Here’s an update of the bump. We’re so ready to meet this little nugget! ๐Ÿ’•

-Cait

The First of Many Stories

After trying to get pregnant for severalย long, painful, tear-filled months, the appearance of two little pink lines felt like an out-of-body experience. My hands were shaking, my heart was pounding, and I’m sure God was laughing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I took four more tests to make sure, and what’s comical is how annoyed I was with my body for the cycle being off that month. I assumed it was being wacky because I was stressed or not eating enough calories (I definitely was by the way). I took the test almost out of spite. As I set the stick down, I said to myself, “I know I’m not pregnant.” I was about to get a bath and impatiently waited for the test to finish. When the lines appeared, I jumped back, freaked out, and quickly grabbed additional tests to confirm what I was sure wasn’t possible. The other tests showed positive one by one, and while the rest is kinda a blur, I know my heart had never felt so full! I crouched on the bathroom floor in tears and praised God like a madwoman. ๐Ÿ˜‚ย The long months of pain and disappointment disappeared, and my heart exploded with joy and shock.

Two weeks before finding out I was pregnant, I retweeted one of my favorite authors, Bob Goff. The phrase immediately came back to my mind: “God delights in surprising us.” โค๏ธย And just minutes before I went into the bathroom and spontaneously decide to take a test, I had been reading Psalm 40:1-4, verses I have clung to the last several months. “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.”

My hands shook for a good hour. Andrew had gone to work before I tested, so thankfully I had the house to myself to freak out a tad. I messily scribbled prayers in my Bible journal, wrote in my Baby Boswell journal, and I started to plan. I think Jack thought I was having a heart attack. The planner in me had been dying for all these months of not being able to control anything, and I ran down the hallways excitedly and yelled, “I get to plan!!!” ๐Ÿ˜‚ย Jack circled around me anxiously as I rapidly cleaned the house and pulled out our “baby box” full of clothes and books and little pieces of our baby dreams. I got busy setting up this to surprise Andrew.

Jack is winking, but I’m 95% sure he has no idea what’s going on still.

The best best best moment ever was finally getting to tell my husband that he was a daddy. I wish I could go back and relive it over and over! He was so surprised and excited, and we were absolute basket cases. Haha. We celebrated with dinner at Longhorn, shopping at Carter’s and Target, and then we finished the night by watching the movie The Kid. ;) It was the best. day. ever.

The next two weeks, we managed to keep the secret (it was torture) so that we could surprise our families together at a fake surprise party right before my birthday. Best birthday ever. (Their reaction is in a video at the end of this post.)

Safe to say they’re excited. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Aunt Gabby and Uncle Tanner were out of town when we told the fam, so they got their own surprise the next night. ;)

I was so excited to tell my best friend, because I’ve had this hedgehog book (she loves hedgehogs lol) for so long waiting to use!

Right after I told Kristi, we had a Hideaway dinner with Brette and spilled the beans with this adorable onesie Kristi bought me. Baby will obviously be a pizza fan. ๐Ÿ•

I am infinitely glad I videoed everyone’sย reactions. I have watched this so many times. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Enjoy our Baby Boswell reaction reel. ๐Ÿ˜‰

More stories, more pictures, more happy things to come. ๐Ÿ˜Šย Thank you all for the overwhelming support and encouragement already. We are so thankful!

-Cait

P.S. Yes, Jack has begun to prepare. ;)

February Fun

It’s hard to believe February is already on its way out! Of course, we’ve had some fun distractions helping the month fly by faster. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The obsession with Chick-fil-A continues, and we essentially forced Tanner and Gabby to come with us to a Valentine’s date night dinner the restaurant by our house hosted. It was perhaps the whitest thing we’ve ever done, but we gotย free stuff and had nuggets, so it was worth it. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Tanner was clearly thrilled.

The night before Valentine’s Day, Andrew and I fancied up and headed downtown for our dinner at Vast! We were so glad we went the night before, because it wasn’t crowded at all.

Yes. I made him take a picture holding the bread. It’s important to us.

I had forgotten how magnificent their steak is, and I’ve been unable to stop thinking about it since we left. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

My little sister is such a rockstar chef! It was a fun surprise when she brought us out a free dessert.ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

I made some fun little Valentines for my co-workers, because I’m cheesy and food-obsessed.

The best surprise was when this handsome man showed up at work and took me out for a Longhorn lunch! ๐Ÿ˜

See? We’re happiest with bread.

I cannot say enough good things about the parmesan crusted chicken at Longhorn. It has changed me.

We also had a Valentine visit at work from this little cutie! ๐Ÿ’•

More perfect surprises from Andrew were on the table when I got home from work. He rocked it. โค๏ธ

The most romantic of Valentine’s Days. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ•

We wrapped up the week Saturday at the zoo withย our favorite little nephew. ๐Ÿ’•

My new favorite thing he does is hold hands and stare at his shadow.

Such a little babe.

Henry wanted the fish to live long and prosper.ย ๐Ÿ––๐Ÿผ

My. Heart.

Goldfish for the win.

I’ve decided I’m going to make him take photo booth pictures every time we go to the zoo until he’s 18.

Happy Monday, loves!ย May your week be as chill as my dog.

-Cait