Showing posts with label Pregnancy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pregnancy. Show all posts

Monday, October 15, 2012

Closing in on Time

It's seriously any day now till baby is here. The doctor has told us she could make her grand entrance at any given time and you know what?!? I'm ok with that.  I've gone over my list and checked off everything that has been done so far in preparation and sorted through everything that's still left to be done. All the big stuff is done like the nursery and her car seat. What's left are some of the little things that don't require much thinking or energy. All good things for one which can't move around with ease. Things like keeping the laundry done, drinking lots of water, keeping the fridge stocked and bag packing.  

According to the calendar, I've got about 3 weeks left until she's here so I want to make sure that everything is done and ready while soaking up the last few one on one moments with my precious twins. I don't want to become so overwhelmed with anticipating her arrival that I overlook the glory of my girls in front of me. So while trying to think of ways to keep this from happening, I thought of this verse and it truly encouraged me. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28   Because He knows right now, this Moma really needs it. 


I've been so consumed with this pregnancy  It's been hard. Keeping up with the girls on top of plain ol' struggle has been a tough bite to chew, but I'm right near the end of this road. For the first time in weeks, I'm actually able to say that I can sit and breathe. Not with the most ease and comfort like I will here shortly, but more so through an emotional and faith based standpoint. I have completely let go and given it all to Him. Instead of waiting on her, waiting on physical relief from being pregnant, or waiting on normal to come back, I've turned my eyes solely to the Lord and am fully waiting on Him and for things to happen how and when He wants them to.  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31


I'm finding pleasure in the most simplest of moments and soaking it all up. Countless minutes are being spent on the last days of this "us" before it's molded into something new.  We have no agenda right now. The to-do list is pretty empty compared to days before. All to help me rest and stay ready. It's reassuring to know that everything is done and now we're just playing and waiting. I feel even more reassured and at peace since making time to come to Him. Some days its before the girls wake up, others it's before I go to sleep, some days it while I sit and watch my feel swell twice their size. 

I've also been taking more time for myself. Right now it's an extra 3 minutes in the shower, a 30 minute nap, a little bow or two to piddle on. I had my toes painted so they're all ready for hospital appearances. Pretty toes, right now, make me feel a little bit better. It's the just little things really. I've neglected them (not my toes, all the little things) for too long and let me tell you...it's takes a toll on a Moma's heart. 

 I go to the doctor tomorrow and am anxious to see how things are progressing. If nothing new, we'll keep our steady pace and remain patient for our new change. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:4




Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I Love

So far this week (and it's only Wednesday) I've had some good and not so great moments. I'm starting to feel horrible about everything there is and has to do with me.


 I yell, I feel sorry, I cry, then apologize. It's a vicious cycle. I can count my successes this week on my right hand. Self judgement has taken over and I can't tell you how ready I am for it to hit the runway.



I'm uncomfortable.
Large.
I'm nervous.
Restless.
I'm lonely. 
Scared.  
I'm Tired.
Nauseated.
I'm very Irritable.
But I'm ready. 
Really ready.


 I thought with all that's been going on and how bad I've been feeling physically and emotionally  that maybe making a list of what makes me all warm and fuzzy might spark some feel goods. I hate that I've been such a downer but this should help for sure.


I love... 
vintage doilies
downton abbey
little hands and fingers
basil
the color blue
old, worn in, faded jeans
the colors of fall
turquoise or anything that resembles
the smell of babies
my lsr
the feel of clean sheets
blue and white striped shirts
treating those I love
good deals
pottery barn inspiration
scarves
pallet projects
plans for our future
dunkin' donuts coffee
trying new recipes
mismatched but coordinating fabrics
wavy locks that down fall in the humidity
rossette brooches
starbuck's pumpkin spice lattes
pumpkin pancakes
outside with the family
new school supplies
the fact my hair is almost sitting on my shoulders
starburst jelly beans
dijon mustard
good days with my girls
my best friend


I feel better already. What's on your love list right now?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Droppin' In

Today is just one of those days where I don't really feel like writing, but I did want to at least drop in and say hello to everyone. I'm trying to take it easy so this baby doesn't pop out before her timer goes off. So exciting is far from what I'm looking for when describing our day to day this week. My in-laws did make a visit this past weekend which was really relaxing so I'll be sharing more about that when I finally get my camera down from the cabinet. *smile*

These are a few clips off my phone of some things that brought me smiles so far...

----So good---


---Mary Janes for baby---


 ---Odds and ends for her arrival---


That's about it. For now, I'm off to go curl up on the couch with my Littles, turn on some cartoons, and enjoy the nothingness of our morning. Thank you Lord for the cool weather...we'll be playing outside in your glory later on. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Oh Precious One

Dear precious little one tucked so sweetly in my belly. I know I seem busy more often than not, but I don't want you to think that you go unnoticed. I feel you in there. Moving around and saying your peace about things... especially when you hear your sisters' voices.



My hands are filled with many tasks and I want you to know that most some of those are geared towards you. You are already filling my days with such joy and pleasure. Life is doing it's usual spin right around the house and things are slowly being put back together. I like where it's going. 
"You" included in the "us." 
It's a nice sound. Very nice!

In the early morning, it's you and I. That's it. A moment all to ourselves without distractions or noise. The rest of the day, your movements are in sync with your sisters' rythyms and motions. Busy, big, and Bigger.



Your presence has been well established and even though you're unaware of the fact, you are already such a big part of our family. Your name is mentioned more than ever and preparations for your arrival are popping up all over. Some things are even disappearing thanks to my recent desire to de-clutter and empty the house of all the unnecessary items. That's called nesting. You'll learn about that much later in life. Much later.


Your room is almost finished. Your bed arrived this weekend and it was put up with lots of help from your sisters. I can't wait to see you all cuddled up in it. There are a few final touches that I'm waiting to arrive and find time to finish up and it'll all be ready for your sweet presence. Are you as excited as I am? I sure hope so.


It's going to be different with you here. Things will be brighter and more lively. However, it's going to be amazingly full in the house. 

Full of love. 
Full of blessing. 
But most of all, full of proof that our God is an awesome and most powerful god completely full of grace and wonder. 



Thursday, August 23, 2012

Days Like This


School's back in session here. The buses are all over and shrills of excitement are becoming a frequent song in our house. Who knew a big yellow bus could bring such joy? We go outside and wait for the many to pass by the house each day. It's a little thingy thing we do. I'm not able to forget. *smile*

 I guess it is the littlest things for the Littles' in my life. It makes me smile. 


A lot of my days are starting to look like this. Sitting back and watching my two become captivated by simple things like slides and swings.



It hasn't been so long since they needed help with getting up and down the steps or guidance on what to really do in a world meant for them to imaginate a wide range of things.

Now, they take off and create a place where they are the only ones that seem to know the story line. They move the hills that used to seem like mountains before and are really blowing me away with the leaps and bounds they're making on a daily basis. 


Days like this are fairly quiet on my end. Conversation is rare and mainly a one way thing. I'm really alright with that. It gives my mind a chance to wander a lot more. Sometimes it ventures off to the far corners of my heart with thoughts like what this fall is going to be like. 


Sometimes its more of a simplistic thought process like "WHOA! My toes look chippy!"


These days make me happy. They're busy and relaxing which seems to be a great combination for a slow movin' Moma. They play until their hearts content and give me plenty opportunities to collect as many special little quirky moments to keep for later.



Not to mention they're completely worn out for nap time at 1. Cheers to that!!

We kick our shoes off to the beginning of another school year. To quiet parks. To the change in the air. To a season of new and bright. To freshly sharpened pencils and brand new crayons. 


We'll be here....playing, imagining, swinging, and frolicking around. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

I'm Excited

Why?!?

Hello 27 weeks!!!  

Things are strutting right along with this little bun in the oven. No time for piddle paddle, that's for sure. With the girls doing laps around me, I'm doing all I can to keep up with everything. So far so good, despite all the recent happenings. 


The belly has grown in conjunction with my appetite. Thank goodness for veggies and fruit and my recent success at homemade hummus. 



I have only started one project for the nursery because that's all I've really had time for. The ideas are in my head, we just have to get in there and do it. We've looked at some things while out and about but have yet to really buy anything. The clothes are so cute though!!! 

I have, however, made a list of things I want and need for the baby and her room and things that I need to do to help me get some sleep at night. You know how ideas can be when they run around like crazy. It's going to be so pretty, I just know it!



This past week, I got a sweet little something from a cheerful gal in Florida and her blog is called 


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We were swap buddies for the 

a punk, a pumpkin and a peanut

When the box arrived, two little someones couldn't help but get their little fingers all over it. You would've thought it was their goody box or something. 


Tucked inside were some adorable thrifted items that I'm just tickled over. A set of Pyrex cups that will look perfect up on my shelf in the kitchen. A huge piece of silky type fabric that is definitely being used in the nursery and a vintage sheet that has the loveliest print. 


She even made me a little note to say hello. 

Thanks Jessie, you're such a sweetie!! You should pop over to her blog. She's a lovely gal and so sweet too!


I'm excited too for one extra reason today. I hopped on the band wagon and joined another little swap. This one is hosted by Kim over at  ACuppaKim


I've already been keeping my eye out for a unique little piece to swap and maybe a few extra to keep. *smile*

I think that's all for now, yall. A busy Monday planned and rainy weather headed our way. Time for the rain boots! Hope yall have a good one!!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Our Rainy Day Doings

Pitter-patter of rain drops on the roof. A nice and cozy feeling for a Moma in need of some catchin' up...a recipe for disaster for two crazy girls.  They were literally balls of energy on fire for some movement and fun. Thus the reason we had full intentions on heading to the beach early in the morning to soak up some sun and build sandcastles of all sorts and burn off that energy. But, ya know, those pesky rainy day interventions intervened as usual. Of course, it didn't rain all day and the skies cleared enough to get outside but not enough to make way to the sandy shore. So, we escaped the confines of our house and headed to town for some smaller sized adventures.

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The parks on base beckoned our presence and we answered with shrills of excitement from our two Littles.
Boy did we play.  



We had such a great time at the park that we all worked up a big appetite so we headed for some grub at a new favorite spot...Steel City Pizza. The girls had a blast and we enjoyed watching them goof around and be silly almost as much. Pizza, salad, sweet tea....Mmmm...mmm!!!!



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Baby said hello to me this weekend. A nice little flipperoo and the flutters were constant. 
A nice little gift to say, "Moma, everything's OK in here." 
Why thank you sweet baby of mine! 



I'm 16 weeks pregnant already and go Wednesday for my next doctor visit. Everything is going great. I'm not feeling the greatest, but that's part of the job, huh? It'll pass and good things will definitely prevail. *smile*

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And speaking of my babies. Here are my other two sitting in their favorite spot. Not only do we sit and read, but we talk to the baby and ask how it's doing and feeling. 




 Oh, can you imagine their faces when he or she is finally here? It's going to be special. Only 4 more weeks till we learn what it'll be. Then we can start working on some names and the nursery fun can begin. Stinks that we'll lose the playroom, but the girls' will manage. 

Our non-beach day turned out to be pretty much perfect. The girls even managed to ditch nap time and plunge full force into the next chapter of their day. It's a nice feeling to fall into bed with a smile and realize that it's been there all day...seriously...all day. I haven't laughed or smiled like this in quite some time. 
How was your weekend? 




Monday, May 7, 2012

New Steps

Well it's Monday and I'm not quite sure I'm ready for what I have in mind for the week. With a weekend like we had, I need another one to simply recoup from it all. No complaints, just some motherly observation. 

With the weather finally acting like summer weather should, popsicles seemed only appropriate for a warm and sunny Friday afternoon. I thought FUN and CARE FREE...popsicles sounded like a GREAT addition! 

They tasted great!!! 
Just look at their shirts. 
But the sweetness didn't run through their veins like I had hoped for...and I should have taken this as a sign that things were going south fast. 


Miss Hope woke with a fever after nap and the rest of her evening was just miserable. The rest of our weekend we cuddled up inside and and tried to take it easy so the pesky fever wouldn't spike again. We spent a lot of quality time in the playroom and used it for what it's best at.
ENTERTAINMENT.


We also made some Big Girl steps this weekend despite Hope's fever. Daddy transitioned cribs into toddler beds. We tossed all our sippy cups in the trash and graduated to cups. And low and behold, I think we're going to start potty training this week. 


Things are moving right along and I'm having a hard time realizing how crazy fast my Littles are turning into  not so little Big Girls. Tear!

With all the inside time I had this weekend, I took advantage and jotted down some things I had in mind for this coming week. A list of goals, per say, to keep me motivated and focused on staying off the couch. (Which is becoming easier and easier as the days go on) 

1.  Plan out menu for the week in reference to food on hand.
2. Pull stuff for garage sale at least 10 minutes a day.
3. Pick up cleaning supplies. 
4. Put clothing tubs up in attic. (more like the hubby's job *wink*)
5. Start potty training.
6. Create a new budget before Thursday (refer to 3).
7. Walk at least 2-3 times this week if able (refer to 3).
8. Sit and read my book.

That's it. Nothing too crazy, except the potty training. We'll see how it goes. I know it's going to be a big trial but in order to be successful, we at least have to make an effort to start. Right?

Big Girl beds are going great for now.
Sippy cup intervention has gone quite smooth and has been a great success.
Potty training...I have faith!

And...

Did you know if you keep you foil in the fridge it extends it's life by years!!!!

Oh the mind of the pregnant lady.

Happy Monday everyone!!!
But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more Psalm 71:14