Baby, Family, House, and Life Updates From the Dekkers

posted by Andrea | 10/1/2011

Wow — I can not even begin to tell you how blessed I’ve felt these last few weeks.

I have gotten more emails, facebook messages, tweets, and comments asking how things are going with my pregnancy, with our international students, with finishing our house projects, and everything else we have going on over here at the Dekker house.

Well, I can assure you that although we are busier than ever, things are going great!

Baby Updates:

As I looked back through my recent posts, I realized it had been several weeks since I gave any type of baby Dekker update — so we are definitely way over due {no pun intended!!}

I am currently about 33-34 weeks along — or about 7 1/2 months.

Yes, that means only a few more weeks until our baby girl is here… in our arms! Everyone is SO excited, but I have to be honest — I’m somewhat terrified! 

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m big on “planning ahead” however, almost everything I’ve been told about newborn babies is that there is NO planning ahead, there is NO schedule, and there is NO “normal”.

YIKES!!  I can do this…right?

Dave has been so great and is putting up with me inadvertently waking him up EVERY time I get up to go to the bathroom and every time I need to change sleeping positions – which is way more work than what it should be!

He loves watching my belly as it moves all over the place from our little girl kicking and moving. Sometimes I feel like there is an amusement park inside of me — and I wonder if she ever sleeps!

 {love, LOVE this photo}

I still haven’t had any baby showers yet {I have 3 coming up in a few weeks} but we’ve already received so many adorably cute baby girl things from friends, relatives, and garage sales {thanks to my mom}!

There are only a couple things we actually NEED yet, everything else will just be fun to have.

 {adorable baby boots — ready for the Michigan snow!}

I just checked out a few books from the library thanks to a suggestion from a very experience mom and lovely blogging friend of mine. And we finally registered for our child birth class through the hospital. I was kind of putting it off because I really didn’t want to go, but I suppose it will offer a lot of helpful information.

I feel like I’ve literally doubled in size these past couple of weeks and my belly button is about ready to pop. I can’t imagine getting even bigger… at least I have a very long torso which has definitely helped to spread things out a bit :)

Bending, squatting, and crouching are all getting more difficult; and last weekend, I realized that tablecloths are not a good thing for big bellies — with one simple turn at the waist, I nearly pulled the plates right off the table at Dave’s parent’s house!

Oh, and I got crafty last week and figured out how to make those super cute newborn headbands! I’ll share the tutorial sometime soon.

All in all, things are going as good as we can expect. I’m so thankful that I’m still feeling great, and besides a little difficultly sleeping, minor back pain, and very restless legs, I’ve hardly had any pregnancy “side effects”. Praise the Lord!

International Student Updates:

Dave and I are both happy with how our two girls have transitioned into a totally new culture, family, peer-group, school, and continent! Yes, there have been some akward moments and we’re still working out a few kinks, but overall things are going really well.

Both girls are getting excellent grades and they study all the time. They’ve been pretty helpful around the house, they are keeping their rooms clean, and they’ve even done a little cooking {it was delicious!}

 {assembling and frying spring rolls}

Our pantry is now filled with all sorts of ethnic foods — and seriously, some of them are so smelly! Dave and I have tried almost everything they offer us… and for the most part, it all tastes good, but some of their snack choices are just crazy {like dried seaweed}!

We quickly realized that even though they DO get along with each other, it is best if we talk to each girl individually to get their REAL thoughts and opinions. So we’ve started sitting down with each of them every so often to talk about school, homework, friends, life, family, etc. We get much better feedback when we chat one-on-one.

I would say the biggest change for me to get used to is that the dishwasher, showers, and washing machine are all running constantly! I can’t believe how many dishes we go through with just 2 extra people. And the laundry is way more than double too — just wait until the baby comes!

Both girls are excited about the baby and often ask me questions about how I’m feeling and if I’m craving anything — it’s cute and I think they will both be excellent “baby sitters” if I need to get out of the house for a few minutes and Dave isn’t home.

 

House Project Updates:

I’ve been working furiously to finish up all the little details like curtains, wall decorations, last-minute furniture pieces, and other decorative times. I did manage to put up  most of our Fall decorations last weekend, and I’m so excited about that… I just LOVE Fall!

I already showed you the super cute curtains I made for our bathroom, and I gave you a peek into our new home officenow the next project is finishing the nursery! 

I’ve started sewing the crib bedding and painting some of the nursery furniture — which has more time-consuming than I was originally planning on, but I’m sure it will be worth it in the end. I just hope I keep feeling well enough to continue crossing these final projects off my list! 

I’m also looking for a smaller, but still really comfortable rocking chair. Any suggestions?

I’ve been cooking and baking like crazy too — trying to fill our freezer for those days when I might not feel up to cooking. Although I’m also hoping to get lots of food gifts after the baby is born… hint hint!

 

Life Updates:

Dave and I are both busier than ever… but loving {almost} every minute of it.  Dave is a month into another school year, head of student counsel, and helping out with all sorts of other things at school. He will not be coaching this year {which I know he’s bummed about} but he figured that with a new baby scheduled to arrive the week of basketball tryouts and 2 international students, he just couldn’t be gone every afternoon and evening at sporting events.

I did not put up much of an argument!

I just launched a bunch of new features on my website yesterday and am glad to get that weight off my shoulders. The new web design was supposed to be finished a few weeks ago, but there were a few small issues… better late than never though, right?

We’re still pretty involved in different committees and groups at our church, although we’ve both scaled way back this year due to everything else we have going on. I can’t tell you how great it feels to be home almost every night now!

So that about sums up everything that’s been happening with the Dekkers for the last several weeks. And I just want to reiterate how thankful we are {especially me} for all the emails, comments, and other words of encouragement I receive on a regular basis.

Thank you SO much! 

Just for fun, here are a few more maternity photos — taken by my blogging friend, Jodi Michelle.

 

 

 {We actually wrote the baby’s name in chalk on the driveway with an arrow pointing to my belly — so I had to black that out for the website. I can’t wait to start sharing her name once she’s actually here!}

Happy Weekend! 

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15 comments

  1. Suzanne

    10/01/2011

    I think about you too, as I’m going through some baby items from our now almost 4-year-old, and how people have donated so much to you. You are going to LOVE this new experience, though it will take you and your schedule by surprise in so many ways! :) Beautiful photos of your family! I can’t wait to read more as you begin your new journey as a family (you kind of already are with the intl students too). :)

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  2. Kristen @ Joyfullythriving

    10/01/2011

    Oh, Andrea, what beautiful pictures! You are going to be a great Mom. I’m sure I’ll be just as nervous in those final weeks…planners that we are. Thanks for sharing all those personal updates! It’s amazing how online friends can be just as special as real ones. Many blessings to you and Dave in the days and weeks ahead!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Awww, thanks Kristen… and did I miss some type of announcement? Are you expecting too? I just scrolled through a bunch of posts on your blog and didn’t see any type of baby announcement!

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    Kristen Reply:

    Awww, aren’t you sweet! No, no official announcement as of yet. I’ll be sure to post one when there is! For now, I’m dreaming ahead and enjoying watching your pregnancy unfold, as you await the birth of your precious daughter!

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  3. Megan Camp

    10/01/2011

    So enjoyed the update on everything. You’re going to be a wonderful mom. It’s truly the most wonderful job in the world! I’m excited to see your baby room when it’s finished. I’ve been working on updating my son’s room and it’s coming along slowly but makes me so happy every time I walk by it. Hoping these last few weeks before baby arrives are wonderful. Blessings!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Megan — yes, the baby room is coming so slowly because I keep putting it off. Now that it’s October, I told myself I HAVE to kick it in gear…just in case she comes early.
    Hopefully I get everything done in time — and yes, I will be sure to post pictures of the finished room :)

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  4. Amber

    10/01/2011

    Love the maternity shots and wow how amazing you still fit into your normal jeans

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  5. Jenny C.

    10/01/2011

    Andrea, you look so beautiful – you and your adorable baby belly! I love reading your blog and this post was so special :-) I envy your amazing ability to plan, organize and be so efficient, but make sure you’re basking in the pure joy of the miracle inside you, and from my “mommy experience” holding, smelling, staring at and adoring and loving your baby is the most important plan of all. Although, like I said, you are an organizing “rock star” in my book! God bless you BIG TIME!!! Love, Jenny C.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Jenny — sometimes I don’t FEEL that beautiful though!

    Your comment reminded me of something my mom said the other day — she said that she just couldn’t wait to smell our new baby! I thought it was a really weird thing to say, but she just went on and on about how much she loves that “new baby” smell!
    I’ll definitely make sure to enjoy every minute of it!

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    JoDi Reply:

    Oh yeah, babies and puppies – they both smell wonderful! :)

    Love the updates, and the photos are gorgeous!

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  6. jodimichelle

    10/01/2011

    Eeeee! I love seeing my shots other places :) once I’m done with them on my computer I rarely have a need to go back and look at them and of course I don’t get them printed – it’s just so fun to see them elsewhere. Thanks for including them here, it was such a fun afternoon.

    As you know, you inspire me often in organizing and keeping my home running smoothly. Having the head start that you do can only mean great things for your future as a mom. So excited for you and Dave!

    :) Jodi

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  7. littlemrsmosher

    10/03/2011

    great blog + site Andrea! I don’t usually comment and i know this might open a can of worms but in regards to the “no normal” with a newborn, it is possible to give it your best shot! :) If you have the oppourtunity I would highly recommend checking out the book “On Becoming Babywise” by Gary Ezzo – its a great resource for new parents! (there can be negative reviews online but i would encourage you to look into it yourself) I have 2 kids, 3 + 4.5 and it really helped me as a new mother and having a newborn + not yet 2 yr old! You look amazing for 7mos pregnant – God bless you + your little girl on the way

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much — and you are probably the 30th person to recommend the Babywise book {so I already have it reserved at the library}. I’ll hopefully be able to pick it up this week :)

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    Emily P. Reply:

    I’ll be #31! ;) We really liked Babywise as well. Although of course you take it with a grain of salt and take your baby and your lifestyle into account, following some of their ideas was a HUGE part of getting our son to sleep 12 hours through the night by 11 weeks. Amazing! Developing a (flexible) schedule for a little one after the first few weeks and getting them used to nighttime/daytime is so helpful.

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  8. Emily P.

    10/03/2011

    Oh my word, HOW are you still in your normal jeans?! Haha. I was completely done with mine (at least with buttoning them) by about 18 weeks with my first, I think. And my thighs and rear decided to get in on the weight gain fun too, so that is another reason they would have been impossible to wear later on. I’m 15 weeks with #2 now and down to one lonely pair of jeans that I can button…anyway, very impressed with you! :) Adorable pictures, though…and I’m dying of curiosity now with the name being blocked out up there! It will be fun to make that announcement later though. :)

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