Nov 12, 2014

Appreciation

Today I'm especially frustrated. Let's just say, I've never been a fan of Craigslist and my recent encounters have not made that any better.

It's so easy to get worked up about something when you have so little control over it. Stress is never great for your body but right now, it's extra important that I don't get too stressed. I've never been one to handle it well. I tend to manifest it physically. I get really sick and my entire back/shoulders tighten up to the point of this burning sensation. Keeping my body relaxed is a huge priority until little man comes out!

I've been trying to think of ways to stay calm, even when all I want to do is be really mad.

And then, M&M kicks me. Moves around in my belly. Kicks me again. I look down at this newly formed belly just in time to see it bounce from another kick. In the past few weeks, I've gotten used to the feeling of him in there. I still smile every time it happens but I don't stop what I'm doing to really appreciate it.



This little man really is a miracle. God blessed us with this little life that I'm solely in charge of protecting right now. I think it's so easy to get used to certain parts of pregnancy and not really appreciate the amazing gift that it really is. Especially when you're still sick and new pregnancy symptoms pop up almost daily on top of that. Or because life can be busy and we just settle into the way things are.

Today I've decided that when I'm frustrated with what's happening, I will just stop. I will sit for a few minutes and talk to my little man in there. Feel him moving about. Thank God for this life because I can never thank Him enough. Think about all the little things I'm so excited to do once he arrives. Appreciate the fact that I'm able to carry a healthy pregnancy when so many women aren't so lucky.

When you stop and appreciate the little things, the big things get put into perspective a little more. Take some time to do that today if you're feeling stressed, frustrated, or just a little blah.

Happy Wednesday!
Love,
Mandy

Nov 4, 2014

Week 20 -- Oct 28 - Nov 3, 2014



This week was full of exciting things! We had our anatomy ultrasound which lasted about 45 minutes. Little man is definitely still a little man! He was pretty sleepy and didn't want to show us his profile again but we got a lot of other great pictures. He's measuring about 12 oz so right on track with our St. Patty's day due date. We have gotten so lucky to have the sweetest ultrasound techs who talked us through everything and spent extra time showing us our little babe. This week was Halloween but we didn't have any big plans. I dressed up as Minnie Mouse at work and we spent the night watching Hocus Pocus and M carved a pumpkin. Relaxing! We also had my nanny bebe's first birthday party so we used it as our excuse to dress up this year! I went as Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. and M went as a minion! We had a lot of fun putting our costumes together :) I also learned how to arm knit and made myself a warm winter scarf! This winter is supposed to be a nasty one so it will come in handy soon. Still feeling pretty sick but also feeling M&M move throughout the day so it's worth it! Craving bread and crackers this week!






Love,
Mandy

Week 19 - October 21-27, 2014



Mommy pampered herself by coloring her hair and getting a haircut for the first time since her birthday. It was much needed! Feeling productive this week, I wrote out all the blog posts I'd been putting off and cleaned out my emails. Energy seemed to be high all week even though I still had a sick day. Hopefully they become less and less throughout the rest of the pregnancy but as long as little man is growing, I'll try not to complain. Daddy got to feel M&M kick for the first time this week! Equally as exciting, the pants in this picture are buttoned :) I didn't know I had a pair that could still button so when I put them on I was pretty ecstatic. It's been awhile since I wore pants without my Bella band so it was a little victory!

Love,
Mandy