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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bumpdate: 22 Weeks



How far along? 22 weeks

Name: We're working on it. Options are being narrowed down and we think we have a middle name. It's just so hard choosing a name!

Movement: This little guy is active! I've grown to learn his sleeping habits and when he's the most active. Initially I thought he wasn't quite as aggressive with his movement as Liam was but he may be proving me wrong. You can see my tummy start to move now which is always exciting. Those are some of my favorite videos to look at from when I was pregnant the first time around. I'm still waiting for Liam to feel his brother's kicks. The last time I told him his brother was kicking he said that wasn't nice so we're still learning. :)

Belly Button: Almost an outie and quite literally a button. Cute.

Sickness: Thankfully it's completely gone. The first 4 months were a doozy but I woke up one morning and the nausea was completely gone. It was like a Christmas miracle!

Cravings: Gimme all the savory food, which seems normal when carrying a boy. I'm no longer craving Chinese food which Thomas is thankful for. There's nothing specific that I'm really desperate for I just don't desire sweets. Like ever.

Workout: I'm working out regularly again. I've somehow gotten a surge of energy and my body is craving being active again. I was worried I would never get back to it since my first trimester was so terrible. But it seems I'm free and clear from the nausea and from hanging my head in the throne so I'm taking full advantage. My body is singing a hallelujah chorus and I feel somewhat like my old self again. I'll be sharing my workout regime that I've been doing soon!

Nursery: Liam will be sharing a room with the new baby which mostly just means that's where the changing table, etc will be but sleeping in our room. We are moving to a new place shortly after the baby is born so we're not trying to get too crazy with the setup. Also trying not to think to hard about moving with a newborn or I might have a hernia. However, once we move I'll change up the theme of the room. Currently Liam has a cars/maps/transportation theme but I want something a bit more whimsical and youthful. This Lorena Canals rug is on the way and I have my eye on this panda head and this lion head. I'll also be investing in big baskets like these from Serena and Lily to keep clutter at bay. There's currently a lot of natural wood furniture (like this dresser, this toddler bed, and several of these baskets) which will be versatile for whatever we finally land on.




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Buffalo Check Coat

 Pants, similar | Shirt | Heels | Jacket, similar | Lips: LipstickLiner

I have had this coat a shockingly long time. Husband bought it for be seven years ago? Eight? Every winter it quickly comes to the front of the coat section in my closet. I'm obsessed with the buffalo check and love that despite its age, it's still so on trend. It's a bit oversized (though with a bump, not so much) and is great to layer over bulky sweaters. Thankfully the weather has finally cooled (some might even say it's cold here but pregnancy problems) so I was able to pull it out and wear it this week.


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Friday, December 2, 2016

4 Things I'm Learning to Let Go of This Season

Do you feel it? The pressure of the season.

I already feel behind as December begins. In a world full of picture perfect moments and shopping and holiday parties, it's exhausting to keep up. I feel the pressure to make Christmas the best yet, all the while life still seems messy. Full of crappy dinners and tired days and challenging relationships.

I love the reminder of the Christmas tree. That it's not about what's under it, but what's on it. You and me and all God's people.

And so, four things I'm learning to let go of this holiday season.


1. An Extravagant Advent: I dropped the ball this year. Typically I make my own for us to walk through in December and I completely failed to do anything. I pinned and schemed but nothing came to fruition. But it's more important for us read Scripture, light a candle, and be diligent in prayer. For us to hear about a smelly stable and an unlikely girl and a messy birth.

2. The Perfect Christmas: There's a lot of pressure on parents to make Christmas magical and the best year ever. Mostly, I put this pressure on myself because I find Christmas to be such a magical time of year. I certainly don't have a Pinterest-worthy house, but there is a Christmas tree with colored lights (because it's Liam's favorite), a nativity scene that is constantly touched and never just so, and a constant chorus of carols. Cookies are baked and sometimes edible. We decorate ornaments that are horrifyingly ugly and nothing you'd see skimming the Pottery Barn catalog but they are the handiwork of a 3-year-old who put so much effort into creating that perfect shade of poo. One day, we'll look back at those precious little pieces of art and be so thankful for those family moments.  It is by no means perfect, but Christmas is about the imperfections and the messy. That's why He came.

3. Getting Everything on the List: Liam's wish list is growing a mile long. It's ok not to get everything on the list. In fact, it's good to not. In a few months time, those gifts will be forgotten and thrown in the bottom of a bin somewhere; no need to stress and go into debt over fulfilling every last wish.

4. Guilt: It's barely December and I already feel behind. Get off social media. Stop feeding the lie that your kids need and deserve everything. Giving our best has very little to do with things.

And so. I will reread this again and again and remind myself that He is enough and came to earth for this unlikely girl and a messy life.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

7 Things They Don't Tell You About Being Pregnant



Shirt: Borrowed from husband | Leggings | Booties

You hear a lot of things when you're pregnant which makes it seem like you have a pretty good handle on what to expect. The weird cravings, off the chart hormones that send you in a fiery rage or tears in the blink of an eye, the nausea, and the pain of ligaments stretching.

But, my friends, they don't tell you everything.

1. It's impossible to not pee when sneezing or coughing. The first time it happened, I was horrified. I literally just peed my pants. I am a grown woman and I peed myself. It's best to just accept it and move along.

2. The sweating. I don't have hot flashes. I am 20 shades hotter than anyone around me All. The. Time. It may be snowing and blustery but give me all the AC because I'm over here in buckets. (Sorry husband and Liam for freezing you out all the time). Another fun fact, your bump sweats. So attractive.

3. There is no glow. Who thought of this? People who tell you you're glowing, generally are liars and are great at masking what they really what to say. Honey, you look like life is hard. The only glow I have is sweat. (See number 2)

4. How BIG your belly button gets. Liam thinks mine is an actual button and goes boop! every time he touches it. That's really all that needs to be said about this.

5. Your boobs don't stop growing. I'm currently 21 weeks and they are still getting bigger by the second. I don't really know where I got the idea that it just stopped but it's a lie. It's all a lie. And also. Big boobs are dumb. They hurt, get in the way, and just make you look bigger than you are. Would love to go back to my B cup, thank you so much.

6. You swell and not just when you're in your third trimester. I will go home after work, take off my heels and my ankles are huge. It looks like I have elephantiasis. Sitting (or standing) all day will make your limbs balloon up. It definitely gets much worse in the third trimester so I have that to look forward to.

7. You are immobile. Something about your center of gravity changes and it's just hard to get around. Sometimes just getting up out of a chair is difficult and requires maximum effort. The amount of grunting and rolling around like a beached whale I do is embarrassing.

The more you know.