Maternity Monday : 27 Weeks Update

40 + 28 + 7… These are not numbers I anticipated going together. But in fact these numbers somewhat define me these days. If you read this morning’s article, you might have seen that I turn 40 later this week. Along with turning 40 later this week, I’ll also be 28 weeks (7 months) pregnant!

Update on Baby Girl + Me

First, a brief little update on baby and me…

How far along am I? 

27+ weeks. Due date is 7.7.17

How is the baby? 

So far, so good! We got to hear her strong heartbeat and see her via ultrasound this morning, which is always a huge moment of happiness for me.

As I mentioned last week, she is measuring pretty small, but we made up some ground over the last few weeks. So, that’s good news!

How am I?

Eh, about the same… Gall bladder related pain is still ever present, making eating difficult and causing severe nausea. So, we continue to try to manage the pain and get me the nutritional intake I need for the baby.

40 Things I’m Looking Forward to with My Baby Girl

In the spirit of celebrating 40 this week, I thought I’d take a minute to reflect and dream about the things I’m most looking forward to with my baby girl. Here are some thoughts from the top of my mind, ranging from the serious to superfluous…

  1. Meeting my sweet little girl
  2. Holding her and feeling that soft newborn skin
  3. Smelling that sweet newborn smell
  4. Giving her a sense of love and security
  5. Instilling a sense of confidence in her
  6. Reminding her every day of how beautiful and special she is
  7. Seeing her bond with her dad
  8. Adding even more pink to my life
  9. Going on evening walks together as a family
  10. Discovering her personality
  11. Taking her to visit the cattle on the farm with her GranDan (my dad Dan)
  12. Developing nicknames for her
  13. Learning her strengths and skills and natural bent
  14. Baking Christmas cookies with her and my granny
  15. Traveling with her
  16. Decorating Easter eggs together
  17. Doing arts and crafts together
  18. Watching her bond with her Aunt Kelli
  19. Dressing her in cute clothes of course
  20. Witnessing her interact with her older siblings
  21. Learning how to do her hair
  22. Having a little mini me
  23. Doing all the girly things like dressing up and playing make believe
  24. Reading books to her
  25. Enjoying the great outdoors together
  26. Teaching her sports like golf and basketball and tennis or whatever interests her
  27. Getting manicures and pedicures together
  28. Gaining a friend (I know, I know – I am her parent first, but I hope we will have a friendship as well.)
  29. Teaching her how to do all the girl things like putting on make-up, shaving her legs, and all that stuff
  30. Having things in common together
  31. Discovering her uniqueness
  32. Teaching her to be independent and self-sufficient
  33. Instilling in her the value of education and a career
  34. Introducing her to our dogs – both her big brother Spy and her cousin Pablo
  35. Teaching her to act with integrity and responsibility
  36. Showering her with hugs and kisses and love
  37. Being vulnerable and open with her
  38. Acknowledging the beauty of imperfections
  39. Watching her develop into her own unique person
  40. My heart experiencing a love like it has never known

In Closing

Trust me – I know there will be struggles. I am under no illusions that this will be a walk in the park. But it’s also good to dream.

Finally, what are some of your favorite aspects of being a parent? I’d love to hear, particularly if you have a girl. Let me know some of the things that have brought you the most joy as a parent.


    1. Carrie says:

      So true! Thanks, Molly. Xo

  1. Maggie says:

    You’ll be 40??? I would’ve guessed 30/35 – max!! You look great! Love this list too 🙂

    1. Carrie says:

      I love you, Maggie! Haha. You know how to make a girl feel good. Thanks a ton.

  2. Monica says:

    What a lovely post! So much to celebrate!
    For me, it is crazy how fast they grow. It seems like yesterday when he was only a dream, a wish that maybe or maybe not would happen and now he is so big and so independent. Enjoy each moment! Even the difficult ones because they go by fast!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much for sharing those wise words, Monica!

  3. Love this post so much! I cannot wait for motherhood either! So much to look forward too! I hope you have a wonderful birthday and feel better! On another note, I love your dress and you’re rockin’ pregnancy style!

    xo, Jennifer

    1. Carrie says:

      Oh thanks so much, Jennifer! I can’t wait to see your pregnancy style. Congrats again. 🙂

  4. Mindy says:


    You mentioned so many priceless moments above. I could have never imagined how amazing having a little girl would be. You are right, even though we are the parents, it’s like gaining a friend, to hang out with, who loves you on your best and worst days and not because of what you accomplished at work, etc, just because you are Mommy.

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you so much, my friend. I love watching you with Addi.

      Let’s get together so you can share some of this wisdom in person. Xo

  5. Nathalie says:

    Happy birthday Carrie and congrats again my friend! I’m not a parent but I hope to be one day and reading your post was so emotional for me. I’m so excited for you and I wish you and your family all the best on this new journey!

    Xo, Nathalie

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