Saturday, September 9, 2017

18-20 weeks...

 



How Far Along? 
20 weeks (plus some)... half way... or even half baked

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 
Right at 20 lbs... wondering if I will be doubling that in the next 20 weeks😬 The nurse that checked me in made me feel really good when she said until she checked me in she didn't even realize I was pregnant... so we'll just go with that!

Baby Related Purchases: 
Poor third baby still has nothing! And by nothing I mean only the hand-me-downs from brother and sister.

Maternity Clothes: 
Still rocking the maternity jeans and Nike shorts most of the time. 

Sleep: 
I think I have finally hit my second trimester energy burst... unfortunately the other two kiddos have been keeping me up so my energy has been spent there.

Movement: 
The kicks are getting more intense by the day! I am just waiting for the day that Andrew, BD, and Jman can feel them! 

What I miss: 
Right now things are as "normal" as they could be. I would say I miss things like working out... but I barely have time to do that anyways!

Cravings: 
My eating is also normalish... but I still don't really have cravings per say. But I suppose they are coming!

Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Strong smells like when someone heats something in the microwave at work or really strong "smell good" stuff in public bathrooms.

Gender:

It's a BOY!!! 


BD has been telling Jman it is a boy for weeks now, so he is still confused. But soon enough he will catch on. BD told me , "If it was a boy she would be angry, but still help me." 
We told her four weeks ago that it was probably a boy, so she had time to warm up to it. And I think getting to do "the reveal" made her pretty happy so I think she is on board now.

This is the first time that Andrew and I can't seem to settle on a name though... hopefully soon!!!

Labor Signs: 
Hopefully a long time!!!

Symptoms:

Baby bump, kicks, and some heartburn/indigestion. 

Best moments this week: 
*Getting to help with the local chapter of ZTA with their recruitment. I am so blessed to be able to continue to work with such wonderful women! 

*Getting some time in atl with family


*Getting to find out our baby is a... BOY
The only picture... all the blue confetti :)

Looking forward: 
Finding the time to redo the "big kid room" and add some personalized touches to the nursery... and get all the stuff organized!

Size of Baby: 
One app says the size of a turnip... the other says the size of a chipmunk!

For the little:
We are so excited to have you as our SON! We just have to figure out your name!

Everyday the reality that you are coming is hitting us more. Your brother and sister are super pumped... BD asks to feel you kick and Jman prays for you everyday. We are starting to turn ourselves to prepare mode... getting the house ready for you! We can't wait to see you and know you :)! We love you so much already!

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16-17 Weeks

13-15 Weeks


Thursday, August 17, 2017

16-17 Weeks...

16-17 weeks!!!!


How Far Along? 

17 weeks and some change… just rolling along!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 

About 15 lbs I think. I actually think I am doing "better" than past pregnancies.

Baby Related Purchases: 

Still nada. We really want to start working on rearranging the office, big kid's room, and nursery to organize and optimize storage... but we haven't yet.

Maternity Clothes: 

Past week or so I broke out the maternity jeans. I mean, if I am allowed to wear jeans with stretchy tops I might as well.

Sleep: 

I have been SO TIRED... I have not hit that second trimester energy burst, but I am praying it starts soon. But while I sleep I sleep well :)

Movement: 

I am feeling more kicks and flutters each day. BD asks all the time when she will be able to feel the baby kick!

What I miss: 

Energy and just being able to do my "normal" work load.

Cravings: 

Still not really craving anything... just eating when I feel like eating.

Anything making you queasy or sick: 

I think I am not nauseous anymore... but indigestion and heartburn are already real. And lots of bad tastes in my mouth... is that even normal?

Gender:

Still think we know... but not 100% sure so we will wit until the anatomy scan. Sorry to keep you waiting ;)

Labor Signs: 

Hopefully a long time away…

Symptoms: 

Heartburn, indigestion, bad taste in my mouth, and a baby bump.

Best moments this week: 

*August is always crazy town in our family, so I honestly barely remember the last two weeks. So our goal is to do something fun in the next week or two!

Looking forward to: 

The second trimester energy burst, it has to be coming soon, right?

Size of Baby: 

One app says the size of a turnup... the other says the size of a chipmunk!

For the little:

Everyday the reality that you are coming is hitting us more. Your brother and sister are super pumped... BD asks to feel you kick and Jman prays for you everyday. We are starting to turn ourselves to prepare mode... getting the house ready for you! We can't wait to see you and know you :)! We love you so much already!

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13-15 Weeks

Thursday, August 3, 2017

13-15 weeks...

13- 15 weeks!!!!

15 weeks- BD my expert photographer :)
13 weeks in Annapolis

How Far Along? 

15 weeks and some change… we have arrived at the second trimester!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 

I have gained about 10 pounds... which is technically way too much for the first trimester. But with every pregnancy I have gained 5-10 pounds almost immediately, so I figure it is just something that my body does when I get pregnant.

Baby Related Purchases: 

Not yet, but we are trying to start looking at moving Jman into the room with BD which means bunking beds and buying some new storage. Then rearranging things in the nursery.

Maternity Clothes: 

Nothing really yet. I did pull everything out thought and I may break out those maternity pants soon.

Sleep: 

Just like last pregnancies, I am having trouble sleeping on my sides… I keep finding myself on my back.

Movement: 

I have thought that I had felt movement a few times!!!

What I miss: 

I have been pretty sick, so just eating like a normal person. I feel like we are turning a corner here. Also just having energy.

Cravings: 

Less about cravings... more about just what I can stomach.

Anything making you queasy or sick: 

I thought I was feeling better, then I felt pretty bad a couple days this past week. Hopefully I am coming out of this stage! The most consistent thing that makes me feel nauseous is brushing my teeth... weird, right?

Gender:

We were so late on on dating ultrasound (about 15 weeks) that I thought we may find out! We did... sort of anyways. The ultrasound tech told us a gender and seemed pretty confident, but said, and I quote, "I wouldn't go painting the nursery." So we are going to wait a month until our anatomy scan and we know for sure to share. Just want to keep everyone in suspense ;)

Labor Signs: 

Hopefully a long time away…

Symptoms: 

Nauseous, bad taste in my mouth, headaches… and the beginnings of a baby bump.

Best moments this week: 

*Andrew spent the a week or so in Boston for a mission trip and the kids and I spent time with family in Annapolis.

*Getting back together as a family. 
*Date night with Andrew :).
*Doctor appointment- hearing the heartbeat and getting an ultrasound!


Looking forward to: 

Feeling better... I feel my energy creeping back ;)

Size of Baby: 

Size of an apple!

For the little:

The first part of this pregnancy has been such a whirlwind. Being sick and tired, but always reminding myself that you are so worth it! We are getting excited as we start to plan and prep and think about how much you will change our life! The Lord has already blessed us we these weeks with you... we love you so much already!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Merry Christmas... and a Happy New Year

Hey there, long time no write!  I had the intentions of sharing this before Christmas, but alas life.  I still could not get the thought out of my mind and for me that means I must write.  And you... if you choose to continue can read along.


Christmas card photos. If I am being honest with you... they are not Andrew's favorite. Something about getting dressed up and trying to capture that "oh so perfect" picture, just doesn't appeal to him. Add two small children to the mix and it can just be too much. When I tell him its that time of year he reluctantly goes along with it, but he would honestly rather not. 

Now let me jump to my husband's defense, He is in no way a Grinch. In fact he loves Christmas (he is one of those that does not like to put decorations up until after Thanksgiving, but that's a discussion for another time.) I think it is the shiny perfection that we tend to strive for in our photos. The photos are pretty and all but do they really reflect the year that the family has had? Do they capture the struggles and hardships? Or like social media do they just paint the perfect picture and leave people wondering, how can their life be so perfect? 

In light of all these thoughts, I am not suggesting we give up on the idea of Christmas photos and cards all together. Instead, just change how we view them. 

One- 

upon receiving Christmas cards or seeing them on the internet, thank God for this family and appreciate the impact they have had on your life. 

Two- 

realizing this is a very pretty picture of a very real family, save it. Save it for when all the glitter of the Christmas season has passed and take time to pray for the family. Pray for their year, their struggles both known and unknown. And most of all remember this pretty family has a real life that needs real prayer. 

And that's really the point. Sometimes in the midst of this season we forget about real. We forget about what would have been considered a scandalous and embarrassing engagement. We forget that baby was actually born in a manger with animals all around (all you mamas out there just take a minute to imagine if that was your delivery!)We forget that that baby is not just a baby that He is the God Man. We forget that he came to live a perfect life and be a perfect sacrifice for us.

So this next year, keep those perfect Christmas cards around to remind you to engage in real prayer, for real people and to celebrate a real Savior.

PS- We sent almost no Christmas cards this year, soooo, if you did not get one this is yours and there is a fun little video!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



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Monday, August 29, 2016

No Spend September: Why and Getting Started

Need to know What is a "No Spend Month?"  check out last week's post!


Maybe I should have started with the 4 weeks ago... I kind of did.  But beyond our personal goals I hope this changes our spending as a whole.  Maybe this coming month will make us realize we don't have to spend as much as we think we do! :)

ALSO... I find that it is oh so crucial to keep a Biblical perspective when dealing with all things money.  Want a great money study to do this coming month along the way?  Try this study, it is great!

So it is about game time.  Check out the posts below, get you a plan and get started!

The series as a whole: 
Week 1: Intro

Week 2: Set Parameters and Goals

Week 3: Creativity and Accountability

Week 4:  Make Extra Money (Extra Credit;))

Week 5:  Why and Getting Started 

Won't you join me on this journey?  I would love to support each other through this!
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Monday, August 22, 2016

No Spend September: Extra Credit

Need to know What is a "No Spend Month?"  check out last week's post!


Let me start by saying this... this month really isn't about "making" money... it is about not spending it.  But if you have the time and desire, you can use this month to "spend no money at all" if you do some side hustles to cover the limited expenses you have left.

So... plan it out

What can you do to make extra money this month?
Consign some clothes, sell on eBay or Facebook, garage sale, etc

What action steps do you need to take to do these things?
Make a plan to make these things happen including dates and times to get them done!

Use this free printable to help you plan it out!

The series as a whole: 
Week 1: Intro

Week 2: Set Parameters and Goals

Week 3: Creativity and Accountability

Week 4:  Make Extra Money (Extra Credit;))

Week 5:  Why and Getting Started (coming soon)

Won't you join me on this journey?  I would love to support each other through this!
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Monday, August 15, 2016

No Spend September: Creativity and Accountability

Need to know What is a "No Spend Month?"  check out this post!!  


This week we are talking 
Creativity and Accountability

Its time to get creative friends! 
What are some free things you can do this month to keep you on track?
Generally speaking I don't suggest window-shopping, you usually buy something. Go to the park, attend a free concert, trade babysitting. Have a go to list ready of things you love to do that are free, so that when you are tempted to spend, you won't!

What are some ways you can remind yourself of your goal throughout the month?
Post at picture somewhere, pray about it each morning, research it, plan it.

It is time to find some accountability. 
Who will be your accountability partner this month? 
 Spouse, friend, mom, etc. 

How will you keep each other accountable?
Text, call, meet.  When and how often? 


The series as a whole: 
Week 1: Intro

Week 2: Set Parameters and Goals

Week 3: Creativity and Accountability (coming soon)

Week 4:  Make Extra Money (Extra Credit;)) (coming soon)

Week 5:  Why and Getting Started (coming soon)

Won't you join me on this journey?  I would love to support each other through this!
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