May 18, 2017

Summer in the Springtime

This weather lately has been unpredictable! It was cool and then bounced up to 90+ this week. Severe storms left and right. Now it's only in the low 60's and it sounds like it will be that way all weekend. I'm so glad we set up the pool the other afternoon and enjoyed the sunshine while it was around! It certainly felt like Summer but honestly the weather this weekend is more Spring-like. Hopefully next weekend is nicer!

May 11, 2017

22 Week Bumpdate

How far along? 22 weeks + 6 days
Total weight gain: 10 lbs --- I swear I go through spurts where I don't gain weight for two weeks and then the next two weeks I gain a bunch of weight. Baby growth spurt? I mean, he is over a pound now so I can blame it on that, right?! ;)
Maternity clothes? Off and on. I'm still mixing in a few of my non-maternity tops and sweatshirts when they fit. I also wore my favorite pair of non-maternity shorts with just a hair tie the other day and they still fit great. I'm on the lookout for a shorter maternity bodycon dress and 1-2 more pairs of maternity shorts to get through the Summer but I'm pretty much set on everything else!
Sleep: Having some weeeeeeeird dreams this week. Probably has to do with my stress level lately. Also, I'm positive I shake the whole bed when I roll over at night because it's a process to get from one side to the other haha.
Best moment this week: Having a little picnic in the park. It was GORGEOUS out on Sunday night so Mav and I grabbed some dairy queen and headed to a park. We set up our blanket and enjoyed the sun! Then Mark got home from drill and hung out with us for a bit before we all headed home. I have SO missed being able to enjoy the outdoors on a consistent basis. I think the awesome weather is finally here to stay!
Worst Moment this week: Getting a really bad back ache coupled with braxton hicks from over doing it on Friday and Saturday. The random nosebleed I got the other night was not fun either. Also, toddler tornado is in full testing force this week!
Miss Anything? Being able to sit up without having to roll to my side first. WINE. Not having stress overload.
Cravings: Granny smith apples, ice cream, mexican food. Fresh fruit! Water!
Symptoms: Hot feet (peppermint oil and AC to the rescue), still morning sickness so I've been unsuccessful in weaning off that once-a-day Zofran, weird dreams. Extra hungry even though nothing sounds good which is probably why my weight gain jumped up.
Looking forward to: Having our make-up 3D ultrasound next week. Can't wait to see baby boy's face in 3D and see how much he's grown since our 16 week ultrasound. Forever in awe of watching little babes in the womb!

May 9, 2017

Photo Dump

My mind is mush right now with about a million different fires I've got to put out in the next few months. Since I didn't have anything planned for today's post, I'm just going to do a photo dump from the last few weeks!

When daddy had to help Mav get down for a nap but then he caught me snapping a picture haha.

Life is messy and stressful right now, obviously my look reflected that.

Mama and Mav frozen yogurt date.

I can't get over his outfit or how much fun he has trying to figure the drinking fountain out.

He's been climbing up in my lap a lot lately to snuggle.

I used to think I looked dumb in hats but now they just make me feel extra close to my Aunt Barb <3

Squirrel huntin' in the park...his idea obviously.

Lopsided belly after a walk.

He put on his sunglasses without me even realizing it. He's so darn cute!

That watermelon in my belly is growing.

When you really want ice cream but you also don't want your weight to explode.

Grilling season is upon us.

Sweet little Goose before my midwife appointment today.

Anyone else's kid think it's funny to try and kick them on the swings?

May 2, 2017

Sacrificing For Community

I recently started a 7 day devotional about surrounding yourself with godly people to build a strong community of support. Today's devotional talked about how we must make sacrifices in our own lives to prioritize the important relationships in our lives. This is something I've struggled with over the years as I went from college student to wife to wife + new mom in a very short period of time. Most of my friends weren't or still aren't in "that" stage of life yet as I was going through those big changes. Even though I had a few friends who stuck by me through all of that change, it was hard feeling like I didn't have any friends who "got it." There have been so many times where I felt like a friend wasn't checking in with me or didn't care to know what was going on in our lives unless I reached out to them first, and that really hurt.

I've finally started to find some mom friends who I really get along with. Over the last two years, I've built these friendships and I don't feel so alone. Yet I still crave to build a bigger tribe of friends who become family. Friends we can go on double dates with. Friends who we babysit swap with. Friends to have over for a barbecue and don't feel like we have to "entertain." Friends who know you inside and out.

It's so easy to get into the mindset of "well if they care about my life, they'll reach out to me first." To some extent, yes, the check-ins and invitations to hang out should go both ways. Everyone is busy with their own lives but sometimes there are things behind the scene that are more distracting to our friends than we will ever realize. We all have good intentions to stay in touch but sometimes good intentions just aren't enough. I've let numerous friendships fall to the wayside over the last two years because I was heartbroken that they didn't keep up with my life the way I felt they should. But did I speak up and let them know I was feeling hurt? Nope. I didn't, which makes me just as much of the problem as them.

So from now on, I'm going to work on pouring extra love into those relationships that I feel are lacking. Show them all the love and grace I'd want in return BUT without any expectations. For all I know, those same people might be feeling the exact same way about me! The world needs more love on a daily basis! The only way to build my friend-family is to extend God's love to everyone who is important to me. I need to work on that before I ever judge someone for being "too busy."

Apr 27, 2017

20 Week Bumpdate

How far along? 20 weeks + 6 days
Total weight gain: About 5 pounds
Maternity clothes? Mostly maternity pants with a handful of shirts sprinkled in too as I start packing away things that don't fit. My awesome (and generous) aunt took me shopping for maternity clothes the other day so I actually have pants that are comfortable all day long. I avoided maternity clothes as much as I could last pregnancy but I've fully given into their comfort this time around!
Sleep: Still having some pretty strange dreams. Also, my feet are already hot (when I'm not pregnant my feet are always cold) so this is problematic when I sleep because I have to be covered up to sleep.       
Best moment this week:  Technically it was a day before 20 weeks but we had out anatomy scan and baby Goose was looking cute as ever! I don't think I'll ever get tired of seeing his sweet little face up on that screen. He was stretched out so we got a few really good profile shots and then he rolled over so we actually got everything we needed. He is also most definitely still a boy!
Worst Moment this week: I forgot to take my meds one night and spent the whole next day sick. Though the morning sickness has dwindled down to barely there, if I don't take my meds before bed every night, I pay for it the next day. I also picked up a cold which is never fun when you're pregnant.
Miss Anything? Being able to sit or lay with my legs up to my chest. I am pretty flexible so I'm used to sitting or laying however I want. This belly is starting to block me into just a few positions.
Cravings: Chocolate long johns! Most overly sweet stuff still grosses me out but I made Mark stop after church so I could get a chocolate long john because I HAD to have one.   
Symptoms: Easily over do it which results in braxton hicks or some pain in my lower abdomen. Rest and water usually take those away quickly. Goose is on the move all over lately and because he's finally getting big, his movements are very obvious from the outside now! Super fun but can also be painful at times haha.
Looking forward to: The weather warming up again so we can get outside. We've gotten used to having the windows open so we can't wait to have the fresh air again next week! 

Apr 26, 2017

Sensing Change

Lately I've been noticing Maverick wants to be near me more than ever. He's constantly climbing up into my lap to snuggle and he's not the snuggly type. He runs up and grabs my hand saying "come Mom Mom" and dragging me to wherever he's playing. He comes up and gives me hugs out of the blue or says "love you Mom Mom!" We talk about baby bro all day long and he sees my belly growing but I honestly wonder how much he senses the change that's coming. We are trying to enjoy our "alone time" before we add another little to the crew! Maverick is so independent but I want to cherish these last few months of just mama and Mav time because I know it will never be the same again. 

When were pregnant with your second child, how did your first sense the change that was coming? What did you do to prepare them besides talking about the baby?

Apr 20, 2017

Easter 2017

Oops. I forgot all about posting until today! We had such a hectic (and extra long) weekend traveling for Easter and I feel like I'm just now getting our week back to normal. Just to turn around and travel again this weekend! I'm going to let our pictures do the talking :)

Apr 12, 2017

18 Week Bumpdate

How far along? 18 weeks and 5 days
Total weight gain: Up 3 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. Finally gaining weight!
Maternity clothes?  Mostly just the bella band on my pants and a few tshirts. Still trying to stretch my wardrobe until at least late Spring when the weather is warmer and I can buy a few tank tops. I've gotten a few things that were non-maternity and sized up so that's expanding my wardrobe too. Keeping my eyes out for more comfy dresses and another pair of maternity shorts, then I should be set!
Sleep: Rough at this point. I've been having a hard time falling asleep lately even though we've been in bed fairly early.
Best moment this week: Having weather in the seventies all weekend and actually being able to get out and enjoy it with my family!
Worst Moment this week: Just the random insomnia that's hit lately. I'm usually fine the next morning but by mid-afternoon I'm dragging hard.
Miss Anything? Honestly, nothing that I can think of. It's been a good week!
Cravings:  Peanut M&M's which is funny because I still can't eat most sweet things without souring my stomach. 
Symptoms:  Insomnia and being overly-sensitive to silly things that shouldn't upset me but did.
Looking forward to: Our anatomy ultrasound next week. So far Goose has been checking out perfectly but you always kind of hold your breath until this ultrasound to get the all-clear. Plus it's just mind-blowing to see our sweet babe moving all over!

Apr 11, 2017

Hour By Hour

I started a weekly self-portrait photo project at the beginning of this year. I did really well the first few weeks but then pregnancy and life distracted me and I sort of slacked off. I lost inspiration and couldn't decide what I wanted to capture. So I decided to do an hourly photo challenge to capture an ordinary day in our lives and push myself to photograph it in different ways. With the exception of one picture, I got myself into every single photo throughout the day. This post will be awesome to look back on in the future as a true glimpse into what our life was like at this time. Soon our schedule will change as we spend more time outside. Once the baby is here, life will be totally different! I'm thinking I may try to do this every 6 months or so (if I can remember haha) to keep track of how we spent our days in each stage of life.

7 AM
Laying in bed checking social media on my phone before I crawl out of bed for the day. I usually have the monitor turned on at this point so I can see when Mav wakes up.

 8 AM
My sunshine <3 Every day when I walk into his room to get him out of bed he says "morning mom mom!" and gives me a huge smile. I never want to forget that!

 9 AM
I usually eat breakfast with Mav and then get ready and clean up while he watches cartoons. I've been trying to get back into the habit of making the bed. Most days I fail haha.

 10 AM
We're working on teaching Mav to dress himself but he still needs some help at this point. After he finishes his breakfast and cartoons, he gets dressed for the day.

If we're leaving the house I usually try to tame his wild mane with some hair gel. He does pretty well about letting me do his hair but sometimes I have to make funny faces to distract him long enough to finish.

11 AM
Out running errands. This time it was Hobby Lobby but usually it's Target ;) 

12 PM
Mav took me on a lunch date to Chik Fil A! I try to have lunch dates with him at least once a month where we go in, sit down with our food and talk, I show him how to use his manners, how to be a gentleman on a date. It's fun for me and it's also a great teaching moment! 

 1 PM
Nap time hustle. Some days I nap while he naps but usually I rest for half an hour then start checking things off my to-do list. This time it was editing some photos and listening to a podcast.

 2 PM
Someone woke up extra early from his nap and was crying pretty hard. We snuggled and danced until he cheered up. Normally he hangs out in his bed reading books until nap time is over. Every once in awhile, I'll get him up right away and we snuggle.

3 PM
We usually hang out and eat snacks while playing, migrating from room to room for the next hour or so.

 4 PM
Mark was home early and Gage needed a haircut so obviously we had to pile around to hang out. Life with a toddler, being crawled all over.

 5 PM
Making supper and as usual, I have lots of little feet to trip over.

 6 PM
We normally don't eat sitting this close together but we are all in the living room. We don't have anywhere for our kitchen table so we eat pretty much every meal sitting on the couch. There are lots of shenanigans that go on during supper time!

 7 PM
Getting some last minute snuggles during "quiet time" before bed. He hits peak energy just before bed so usually we try to encourage him to snuggle with us to avoid getting all riled up again.

 8 PM
The last part of our bedtime routine is saying Mav's bedtime prayer. He's usually antsy through the whole thing but he folds his little hands and stays quiet until he shouts "AMEN!" when I'm done. :)

 9 PM
Most nights end with us snuggling on the couch watching whatever Netflix series we are finishing.

 10 PM
Snuggled up in bed with my pregnancy pillow, winding down for the night. We're usually in bed between 10-10:30 but I haven't been falling asleep until much later lately.