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."