Monday, July 6, 2015

Big Kid Room...

Since Baby J has still not made his arrival and I already shared his nursery, I figured it was high time to share BD's room… better known as the "Big Kid Room"
Why do we refer to it this way?  We have every intention of letting BD and J share a room one day!
But for now… it is all hers…

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In true BD fashion when we moved, BD decided she no longer was sleeping in her crib... She wanted to sleep in her big girl bed. There was no delaying it, it was time to set up the big kid room!
I had all these ideas and even started a Pinterest board. But to be honest, I just could not pull it together. Nothing was working the way I wanted it to and I was finding what I had in mind. Then we were at Bed Bath and Beyond looking at the clearance bedding section... And there were two twin size bed in a bags complete with pillows and everything that fit the gender neutral color scheme I was going for (we plan to let the littles share the room when they are old enough:)). Used my two 20% coupons and we were set for under $70 for all our bedding! We added one new thing on the wall for about $25 from Target and viola... Big girl room decorated for under $100. We just used decor we already had for the rest.




This where I right the Bible versus we are working on!


I replaced the knobs on this and have big plans to refinish it… one day...

BD love the way it turned out... And yes there are toys everywhere but that is life :)!

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

40 Weeks...

39 Weeks!!! Well surprise surprise (not really)… Happy 4th and here we are still pregnant!

PS… as you can see I wore almost the exact same outfit for the 4th last year… re wearing for kicks… because it is clean... and because it is one of the only things that fits :)
PSS… my face is definitely a little swollen :)


Again… even as I write this I wonder if I will go into labor at any moment and never actually get to post it… but alas, I am sure it will be shared ;)


How Far Along? 40 Weeks!  I CANNOT believe we have arrived at the due date.  I think I was just so hopeful he would come early… but it appears that he will be "late" just like BD.
Side note… if you read my Friday post yesterday… you heard about the best most wonderful comment that has ever been said to me (hopefully you will understand that this statement is dripping with sarcasm).

Total Weight Gain/Loss: hmmmmm… a lot!  And maybe I will lose a lot this week too ;)

Baby Related Purchases: I have had a gift card to Boden for almost a year now and put a cute little sleeper in the cart for him… but then looked in his room and remembered all the clothes he already has… that he possibly will only wear once.  Maybe that gift card will be used on a special post baby outfit for me!

Maternity Clothes:  I think I am going to wear the same thing I wore last 4th of July just for a comparison… you think I kid… watch out Instagram there is a comparison shot coming.

Sleep: 
Sleep? Great!
Getting up to use the restroom? All the time.
Flipping from side-to-side? A lot.

Movement: Some time I get worried because he can no longer do summersaults… then I remember that he is probably 10 lbs.  
PS… he never has had hiccups!  Is this weird or normal?  BD had them all the time… then when she was born she had them all the time… maybe this means he won't have them?

What I miss: My clothes, working out, being able to get up without having to hoist myself up...

Cravings: Food.  All the time.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No… still indigestion and heartburn! 

Gender: It's a boy!!!

Labor Signs: Nope… not a one.  I mean I feel like I am dropping and sometimes people will tell me that… then the next person will say "You are so high!"  Which is it???

Symptoms: Huge belly, heart burn/indigestion, some awesome veins popping out of my legs (these *mostly* went away last time after I had BD so I am hoping for the same this time)… let's just be honest- compression tights/leggings are just unrealistic when it is 105 heat index out, really tired at night, just ready over all :)

Best moments this week: 
*Going to one of those really fun trampoline places… disclaimer… I did not jump- I watched



*Play dates
*Movie at the movie theatre with BD
*Studying the Bible with BD


*Wedding last weekend




Looking forward to:
*Baby J making his arrival… hopefully this week!!!!  Beyond this we don't have much planned at this point ;)

Size of Baby: The size of a small (or medium sized in my case ;)) pumpkin.

For the little:

Our Jameson… 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Praying this over your sweet heart this morning.

And waiting on your arrival… you are welcome to come, we are ready! 

Week by Week…
22 Weeks…
24 Weeks
26 Weeks...

27 weeks…
29 Weeks…

30 Weeks…


31-32 Weeks





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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Life Lately...

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Y'all… I will be 40 weeks tomorrow!  So here is to living up my last day at 39 weeks… and hopefully delivering this baby before 41 weeks!  P.S. a random lady at Lowe's called me Big Mama… I could not stop laughing… in what world is that okay to say???



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Since I have almost made it to 40 weeks, I have had plenty of time to pack the hospital bag… and even share what I put in it.  If the baby hasn't come by next Friday who knows what other helpful nuggets I could be sharing ;)



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This girl pulled out her Bibles and prayer book this morning and said "I am am going to do my Bible study!" Be still my heart.  Praying that this girl's passion for the Lord only grows!


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This past week I share about one of the hardest things that has happened to me… and it has been ten years!


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Lastly… did I mention we are ready for baby Jameson ;)


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Perfectly Packed Hospital Bag

Considering little J is about to arrive…  I figured that it is time to actually pack the go bag(s).  By this point with BD, my bag was already packed… so I need to get on this!
What to put in your hospital bag is an overwhelming question… but hopefully this list can give you 
some clear guidance.


For Mom…

Your packing list is the longest… and it can be shorter or longer depending upon how many things you want to use from the hospital…Bring a bag that is easily organized… go ahead and pack a small rolling suitcase if it is easier, no judgement here.
For Labor…
1. Birth plan (and an extra copy or two just in case).  
2. Make sure you have your license and health insurance card.
 
3. Love Your Labor Oil… this stuff is awesome!
4. Birthing ball if your hospital does not provide one.  This is amazing if you are planning a natural birth!
5. Hair ties (that work for you) and bobby pins
6. Chap Stick
For After Labor...
1. Nursing bras and tanks.  Some people say you don't need them, but they were my best friend.
2. Nursing cover if you want it.  But be warned it is hard to use the cover before breastfeeding is established… you might have to just figure that one out later.
3.  Your own preference for lanolin (aka nipple cream) if you want it.  The hospital will provide you some (and charge you for it)… so you might want to bring your own.  
4. Nursing pads/soothing gel pads (some wipes or cleaner for those gel pads would not hurt either).
Boppy or other nursing pillow.
5. Bottom Spray and/or Bottom Balm.  TMI?  Maybe, but these are some natural products that are awesome!
6. A couple comfy pajamas options.  I would recommend some comfy pajama pants and button up shirts (for easy nursing).  In case of a c-section I packed some one piece options too like button up sleep shirts or nursing friendly night gowns.  Make sure your clothes are comfortable for visitors… you will probably have a few :)
7. Slip on slippers, flip flops and slipper socks… you don't want to be barefoot in the hospital!
8. TMI again… some Depends style underwear.  The hospital will provide you with pads… I just found this ah, easier.  You may want them at home too, or some heavy duty pads.  Oh all the glamorous parts of childbirth.
9. Not fancy, no fuss cotton underwear.  I mean mesh panties from the hospital…ehhhh.  You will use these for a while after too.
10. Zip up jacket or hoody- I wore my almost the whole time I was in the hospital!
11. A robe or two. Everyone told me I would be hot, so I packed a light weight robe.  But it was cold in my room and I am glad I had my heavy robe too!
12. Makeup bag
13. Whatever toiletries you would normally take on a trip- shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razor, toothbrush, tooth paste, mouth wash etc.
14. Colace… now this one is definitely TMI… but I think you will be glad you brought this.  I used for the days leading up to labor and after.
15. Prenatals… you still take these after baby!
16. Hand sanitizer to keep by your bed if you are a germ-a-phobe 
17. Your things from home- depending upon how picky you are :)… items may include your own pillow (put it in a different color pillow case so it does not get mixed up with the hospitals), blankets, toilet paper, and towels.  I am pretty chill so I did not mess with most of this.  I did bring my Bible, journal and book from home though!
For Going Home…
1. Something that is comfortable to wear, thankfully the paparazzi will not be waiting for you, but I am sure there will be pictures!  Make sure that it is still bigger sized or maternity… you will not be your pre pregnancy size going home! I packed a cute outfit, but need up going home at around 8 PM so I just wore pajamas.  



For Baby…

The hospital provides most everything for baby so anything you bring is just for fun or personal preference.
1. Going home outfit.  I had something more expensive before… I think I am going with a cute sleeper this time :).
2. Hats, mittens, headbands, socks and other fun things.  I feel like most of these are for pictures, but we were glad we had them!
3. Wipes.  The ones they give you in the hospital have to be wet.  This does not bother us because we usually use cloth wipes anyways… but you might want to bring some! :)
4. Swaddle blankets.  They will provide, but I throw a few of my own in the diaper bag :)
5. Baby book!  They will sometimes do the hand and footprints for you… and you can start to fill it in while everything is on your mind!
6. Installed carseat… so you are ready to go home.  Some places do a carseat test where your child has to sit in the carseat for an hour before eyou go, so one that has a snap in/out baby carrier is a plus!


For Dad…

1. Snacks… okay, these are really for everyone (especially mom) but make them dads responsibility.  Anything you like… put it in!  Make sure the dads pack something too, because mama is the only one that gets taken care of in the hospital!
2. Water bottle.  Mom gets one from the hospital, but yet again,dad is left out.
3. Comfy shoes, something to sleep in, and a couple changes of clothes.
4. His wallet :)
5. Gum and mints
6. Toiletries- he will be at the hospital with you the majority of the time… don't want to go that long with out a tooth brush ;)
7. Blanket to sleep with in the room.
8. Nice to have- some snacks or treats for the nurses and doctor that is taking care of you!  


Electronics…

Yep! A separate category for this, but I bet you will be glad you have these things!
1. Phone and charger (duh… but you might want to put the hubs on phone duty once you go into labor)
2.Computer and/or tablet and charger.  We will probably pack both… last time I blogged while I was in the hospital (surprise surprise).  We like to use the iPad for netflix and music.
3. And actual camera and charger (go ahead and make sure it is charged now).


For Siblings…

This is a category we did not have to worry about last time… but since we are planning for BD to stay with Andrew's parents until we come home, we will have to pack her a bag too!
1. Directions about daily schedule.
2. Clothes and diapers for a few days (we are giving them a key too in case they need more).
3.  Some favorite or special toys.
4. Toothbrush and bath stuff.
*And side note… take everything you can with you!  Extra diapers, wipes, pads etc.  You have already paid for it!

What did you bring to the hospital???

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Ten years ago...

Have you ever woke up in the morning an pondered what your life was like ten years ago?  
Well, there is the stark realization that ten years ago I was 18… a freshly graduated high school senior… and about to start college.
But there is more, I can remember ten years ago today. Because is this a day and a date of an experience I will never forget.
There are days like this through out the year… I generally don't forget my birthday or our anniversary.  However, unlike those days this day brings back some of the most difficult memories of my life.  But I have found from even the most unpleasant moments- that God is victorious
people come to know Him
I learn
I grow
even ten years later.
You see ten years ago I was on a mission trip to Kenya with a fabulous group of leaders and students.  





We were training students there and sharing the gospel for three weeks. It really was an amazing trip. And then there was today.
On this day ten years ago our team was attacked.  It was spiritual warfare as I had never experienced it. And I can tell you that in those moments I thought, "This is happening, I am going to die for the sake of the Gospel."
I am not into sharing the details here, because really it is not just my story to tell.  If you want to get in touch with me I wouldn't mind sharing with you more about what God taught me… but this is just not the place for details.

Upon our return to home, things were hard. Flashbacks happened and I got help with handling those things.  But for me each day got better.  Not that I never struggle with this incident, but I can honestly say I don't think about it everyday now.  And when I do, many times I think about it as if it were a story that were told to me… something that happened to someone else (all you psychology majors and counselors out there probably know the reason for this… probably to protect myself???). 

But this year coming up on the anniversary was different.  As I started to ponder the fact that it was TEN YEARS AGO, something hit me differently.  I started thinking about Paul's writings from Philippians 1  
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.  I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.  Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,  so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. Philippians 1:21-26

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
In those moments ten years ago, if that had been the end of my time on earth, what a glorious celebration it would have been to be with Christ.  But that is not what happened- I was gifted with the other side- more life.  And as the verse says… to live is Christ.
This begs the question that has been on my mind for the last few days… with this gift of life have I been living with this mentality- that to live is Christ.
What have I done with my last ten years? 
How have I served?
How have I worshipped?
How have I reached my community and the world for Christ?
I am confident that God kept me here for a purpose and plan. And I can see how HE has used me.  And I don't know how much longer that plan is… but no matter what I want to live each and every day for Christ- His glory and to make Him known.  

And as I go through the next year, ten years, fifty years or one hundred years (okay not one hundred)- however many days are left for me on this earth, I want to live with a sense of urgency, and abandon for the sake of the Gospel.  

And that is my prayer for you as well.  That you will know Christ and live Philippians 1:21 
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
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