Baby Bump Update – 37 weeks

Can you believe it?  Only 3 weeks left to go!  I am amazed at how quickly the time has gone, yet somehow as my due date gets closer, time seems to be slowing down a little.  I am a little panicked that I am not ready yet, yet I always feel like I am waiting – and time seems to drag when you are waiting!  It will be interesting to see how the next 3 weeks go.

We had another ultrasound last Thursday and the doctor said everything looked really good.  The baby had been on the large side, so my doctor wanted to check the baby’s size a little closer to my due date.  There was talk of inducing to avoid a ten pounder.  Yikes!  Luckily, the test showed a 7 pound baby, so that talk is now out the window – much to my relief.  The ultrasound also showed his mouth busy going (like his father), followed by him sticking out his tongue at us (a little like his mother).  I am not sure quite how to read that, but we thought it was funny.   The funny part being, that Joel is always talking and once, when I was five, I stuck out my tongue at my mother.  She had sent me up to my room, and as I got to the top of the stairs, I swung around and stuck out my tongue.  To my horror (yes, I still remember this part), Mom was still watching me and saw the whole thing.  The next part, I remember well too – a bar of soap being rubbed on my tongue, with a taste that lasted all day.  I have a feeling more soap might be in my future!

The ultrasound also showed the baby head down and “engaged”.  Another step closer . . .

One of the things I wanted to do when I was pregnant, was take some pictures of the bump and of us together.  I am usually behind the camera, so I hardly have any pictures of us together.  So far it hasn’t happened, so with time running out, I talked Joel into helping me set up the camera with a timer and take some pictures.

We set the camera up on a ladder, then I would focus the camera (or try to, this didn’t always work so well), then run and try to make it into the frame before the timer went off.  Watching me try to run was the funny part – thank goodness we are a little sheltered from our neighbors!

Now, one of me . .

And Joel with Daisy (though I couldn’t get Daisy to smile for the picture.  I imagine that this is good practice for photographing kids!)

In other baby news, I have finally started the nursery.  First up was the task of cleaning out the room and closet.  The closet was full of quilts, which are now in storage bins up in the shed.  It was a little sad to pack them away, but I felt better as I started filling it back up again.  Look at all those clothes!

Can you believe that I have only bought one outfit and two hats?  Honest!  Those are all hand-me downs from the previous 5 nephews in the family.  All the hanging clothes are 3 month size and the bin below is full of six month size clothes.  This boy has more clothes than his father does!  In addition to all these clothes, we are also inherited a swing, an exersaucer, a johny jump up, a floor gym, crib, car seat and other odds and ends.  We are so blessed!

The photo below shows the color scheme of the room – blue, orange, brown, green and grey.  Joel has requested the “Here Fishy, Fishy”  quilt for the room, but with extra fish and a few bobbers.  That isn’t done yet, but the car quilt gives you an idea of the colors.

I am in the process of painting the changing table orange too, though I ran out of paint.

Joel is at Home Depot right now getting some more paint and the wood to make some book ledges to hold kids books.  I love kids books, so I can’t wait to get that feature up in the room – Hopefully soon.

So, while all the other designers are posting pictures of their exciting time at Quilt Market this weekend, I am having a quiet weekend preparing.  It probably doesn’t make for a very exciting blog post, so I hope you don’t mind!  It will be fun for me to look back on it later  . . . . . .

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56 Responses to Baby Bump Update – 37 weeks

  1. Jocelyn says:

    Oh it IS an exciting blog post. I love seeing the baby bump. What a blessing. Thanks for sharing pictures. We have all loved following along with your baby story. And we can’t wait to meet the little guy. Life is going to change….. majorly. But what a great change it will be.

  2. Elaine says:

    Nothing better than seeing a big bump!!! As every mother knows – you can’t imagine what your life will be like once you’ve had your baby – and THEN you can’t remember what it was like before you had your baby!! Seriously!! It’s wonderful!!!

  3. Joan says:

    Thank you for sharing all your lovely pictures. You look great! I am so happy for you and your husband. Looking forward to more pictures. Take care.

  4. Doris says:

    Happy Labor Day to you! I enjoy your blog and your quilts!!

  5. westcoastauntie says:

    You look amazing for 37 weeks! Thank you for sharing this post…it is wonderful to share in your joy and anticipation. You and Joel get in some quality time together these last weeks…life as you know it is about to change (but for the good!). SO SO happy for you both.

  6. Rachel Hayes says:

    I love hearing about the baby and see what all you are doing in the nursery. I am so excited for you. You will look back one day and think that this was such a wonderful time for you and Joel!

  7. Are you kidding?! This is very exciting! I’m so happy for you. And you look marvelous! Have a great weekend!

  8. 4dreamsr says:

    Love the orange with all your other colors, makes everything look so happy! You are blessed getting all those handmedowns. Now you can save for him a truck when he starts driving (closer than you think). You & hubby are so cute & I’m so excited for you both.

    Noticed the Jenny Lind style changing table & wanted to give you a heads up in case you didn’t already know. If you have this style crib bed & it’s several years old, be sure it has the newer brackets that hold it together. This was a recall several years ago cause the old brackets could break & the crib collaspe. Look online & you should find it. They were offering free replacements & how to get them.

  9. Laurie in Iowa says:

    I think this is way more exciting the the quilt market posts. I’m very happy for you and your DH.

  10. Judy W says:

    Thanks for sharing. This soon to be, is so truely blessed by his parents. The next few weeks or days, will be here & gone before you know it. Enjoy your time with each other, the best part will soon arrive! God Bless the three of you.

  11. darlene b says:

    You look great, Heather! Can’t wait for the post that introduces your new son!!!

  12. A Betty says:

    You are blessed far more than quilt market. It makes me happy to read about you and Joel and baby.

  13. Who cares about Quilt Market when there’s a baby about to be born?!!! I’ve so enjoyed following your baby story, and can’t wait to meet your little fella!

  14. Dorian says:

    What beautiful pictures Heather, you look lovely. Wonderful you got so many good hand me downs, looks like you are all set for baby. I’m glad baby is looking good and wont be too big. Can’t wait to see pictures of when he/she arrives. Enjoy your last few weeks.

  15. Monika says:

    You look great! I am glad baby is healthy! You appear to be well on your way to being prepared for babies big entrance. I hope it all goes well for you and your little family!

  16. NancyHart says:

    Love seeing baby bumps! You both look so happy and blessed! LOVE the orange, and boys are totally awesome! You will have so much fun!!

  17. shelley says:

    What beautiful photos, of beautiful people, all three of you (and Daisy too)! I only pop in from time to time because I love to see all your patterns and books and fabric. You are blessed with so much family, and I am so happy for your new little family! Enjoy every minute of these last few weeks, and dream of the days yet to come. My kids are 16, 19, and soon to be 23. I have great memories of their younger years and have enjoyed being their Mom every day of the year! (no kidding) Even as they are growing up into these young adults, I feel blessed. When you have those uh-oh moments, just remember, “Thankful”. It will bring a smile, I promise.

  18. Kathryn Gagne says:

    Oh My Goodness!!! You guys are soooo cute. Best of luck to the both of you & Daisy too. Can’t wait to see photos of your sweet, new addition.

  19. 3 more weeks!!!! Love the color scheme for the nursery! I love the baby bump updates.

  20. Sandra Davidson says:

    Of course we don’t mind the pictures are lovely and you look beautiful like a mother-to-be should.I will be praying for you all over the next few weeks. Love the colors of the nursery too cool. Blessings Sandra

  21. Cheryl Gamble says:

    Very exciting and beautiful pictures. Love the nursery. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Kate says:

    You are looking gorgeous! All the best for the next few weeks…hoping it doesn’t drag too slowly for you 🙂

  23. This is the best kinda-post ever! So happy for you both and that all is going so well~ Can’t wait to see photos of the whole family!!!! There will be other markets. This is just too awesome~

  24. StampinKris says:

    I love the baby bump update! It’s a one of a kind. Plenty of quilt market posts all over. What an exciting time for you and your honey. There is nothing like waiting for the first, long awaited baby. Our first was born 6 years after we were married, and then was 13 days past her due date. Hope your baby is more, uh… timely. Can’t wait to hear good news that your little bundle of joy has arrived safely.

  25. The BEST kind of Blog Post:) We are SO happy for you…at quilt market awaiting the arrival of a little guy also! Heading to Chicago tomorrow to meet our first Nephew/Grandson. Quilt Market was great, but we missed seeing you….what a GREAT reason to be at home. Enjoy these last moments of preparation, can’t wait to see pics of your little man. HUGE congrats, what a blessing…simply the BEST!! xoxo Kristina and Mary Wilberg p.s. LOVE the new book!!!

  26. carol broughton says:

    Are you kidding?? Your post is very exciting, thank you for the update and lovely pictures. I love the color scheme of the nursery. You and Joel are going to be fantastic parents. Keeping you both in my prayers for the blessed arrival!

  27. GeeGee says:

    Thanks for keeping us updated. Children are VERY SPECIAL gifts from God and I know you and Joel will be awesome parents!! Now waiting with you for the “Great Event”. Enjoy your wait, the Best is yet to be!

  28. Carrie says:

    Your post is wonderful! The baby bump pictures are wonderful! And really, Heather, you look amazing! I am so happy and thrilled for you and Joel ~ and your entire extended family ~ if for no other reason than you both look so genuinely, completely, ecstatically happy. I can’t wait to see the pictures of Baby Boy Peterson. (He’s going to be a really well-dressed little man!)

    As for Daisy, she’s still cute. While it may take her a little while to get used to BBP, she’s going to be an awesome big sister. 🙂

  29. Catherine says:

    Its a great blog post and makes for great reading. Good luck with the next few weeks, can’t wait to see the pics which include Little Peterson in person

  30. Karen says:

    Heather — YAY !! Thanks so much for sharing with us.. sending positive energy your way… you’ll be just fine.


  31. AnnieO says:

    Very exciting indeed! As one of those who joined that very big club many years ago, watching a mother-to-be prepare for her little bundle of joy is so sweet. Love the color scheme and the happy bump photos. Remember that the pain of labor is temporary and there is nothing sweeter than a baby sleeping on your shoulder.

  32. Mary Ann says:

    Great photos! Am excited for you and can’t wait until your baby is born! The two of you are going to be such great parents! Enjoy,enjoy,enjoy!

  33. Ellen Hammond says:

    Thank you for sharing your pictures! Can’t wait to read the post that he is here! Praying for you!

  34. Rhonda says:

    I love the picture of you looking up to the camera. Such great colors for a boys room; happy nesting!

  35. Pat says:

    I am so excited for you. The pictures are great. What a lucky boy to have such a fun bedroom.

  36. Lorraine says:

    The family picture is a great idea–they will be cherished through the years. Had to laugh at the closet full of clothes. Glad to hear that all is well.

  37. Connie Strom says:

    Looking forward to seeing pictures of that little guy! Love the car quilt. Good luck!

  38. Bari Jo says:

    This is the best kind of post! Love seeing the baby room and the bump!!! So very happy for you!!!!

  39. Ann says:

    Great photos! Thanks for the updates! Hope things go well for all of you over the next several weeks. Enjoyed Daisy’s expression of excitement… Just wait!

  40. ColleenM says:

    Thanks for sharing. This post is much better than Quilt Market, for sure. My husband and his dad would love the “Allis Chalmers” orange you are using! Can’t wait to see the new little guy! Good luck and get some rest, you are going to need it:)

  41. Claudia says:

    Thank you for sharing this with us. It reminds me of the time I was expecting our first child – 16 years ago. So exciting and lovely, I wouldn’t miss it for anything. Looking back, I believe that these first years with our children while they were little were the best and luckiest years in my whole life. Lots of love from Germany, Claudia.

  42. marsha nelson says:

    The pictures are great for the scrapbook when you son is old enough. He’ll love it. The colors you picked are snazzy, love them. Don’t worry, the next thing you know, he will be here and you will be ready.

  43. Linda P says:

    Very exciting!! I love hearing about the baby news, and his room will be just adorable! Almost makes me want another – – that would be a miracle! I will enjoy through you. I adored all the photos!! thank you once again for sharing so much!

  44. Mary ann says:

    The best kind of blog post…well at least til the one announce his safe arrival! Room looks adorable, my granddaughter has same colors with the pop of teal in the accent since they did gray walls and its fresh and kid happy. Thanks so much for letting us all share this happy time, those smiles say it all!

  45. Sharon O'Reilly says:

    I am so happy for you two, oops, I mean three! Your pictures are beautiful, thank you for sharing them and your story with us. Take it easy and enjoy the next 3 weeks, they will go fast.

  46. Karen says:

    Such sweet photos of you and Joel! Thanks for sharing them with us. Hope all goes well with the birth. Enjoy these next few weeks.

  47. I love reading your baby story and am so happy for you & Joel. BTW I ordered your book, Little quilts 4 little kids and the first quilt I am making is the car quilt! I am giving to my grandson for his first birthday! I want to make every quilt in the book!
    The photos of you & Joel are precious. You look absolutely fantastic for 37 weeks pregnant & you are just glowing. Enjoy the next 3 weeks as you get ready for that precious baby boy. I am looking forward to pictures of the baby.

  48. QuiltyTrish says:

    Heather — I had a 10 1/2 pounder … vaginally. And I’m still walking normally. So if the baby gains 3 pounds in the next 3 weeks, don’t sweat it. It’ll give you something to brag about later on. Oh … and when he’s a teenager, it’s good ammunition to get foot rubs. God bless you and Joel and your new little one.

  49. SuzK says:

    Thank you for sharing this with us. You are glowing and Dad looks pretty happy too! I love the closet – better than any Market photo I’ve seen! Congrats on having a boy – they have really fun toys! My son is 30 now, and it just seems like yesterday I was holding him in my arms for the first time. Bringing up a child is the best adventure in the world! God bless all 3 of you.

  50. Polly Monica says:

    Baby bumps trump market any old day!! It is so good to see you happy and smiling and healthy! God Bless you in the upcoming delivery! We all can’t wait to see your little man!!

  51. Good luck! You look radiant!!!

  52. El says:

    Love your posts and love the bump pics! Can’t wait to see the new little bundle – I think we are all (almost) as excited as you and your husband are to meet him! 🙂 (Changing a diaper is hilarious the first time – keep lots of diaper wipes handy!! My first boy was quite a learning experience!!) We’ll be thinking of you in the coming weeks,

  53. Sally Bell says:

    I am sooooooooooo excited for you, Heather. Looks like you’re well on yourway to being a mommy.

  54. Donna S. says:

    Love “baby” posts!! Nursery looks awesome & you look wonderful. It will be here before you know it!!!

  55. LINDA D TOWNSEND says:

    Heather, You are absolutely one of the best looking pregnant women I have seen. You carry your bump extremely well.

  56. Jo says:

    Quilt Market can wait. There are many of those left in your life should you choose. Hanging out with baby is SO much more important. Besides it is just the first in a HUGE bunch of times that are picking what’s best for baby and putting him first. You’re a great mom already.

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