Thursday, October 6, 2016

PREGNANCY | 25 Week Update

Week: 25

Weight Gain: I go back to the doctor next week, so I'll see, but I think I'm up about 18 pounds from where I officially started which means this time, I haven't gained 2 pounds each week! That's a win!

What's Happening: The baby is very active! I love feeling him move around. I've been able to discern his movement patterns, too, which is really cool! He's starting to open his eyes, weighs about 1.5 pounds, and is over a foot long!

Feeling: I feel like a person again! I've been feeling better every week for about 3 weeks. I'm excited about all that is to come!

Sleep: Sleep comes and goes. Some nights, I sleep great, but others, I toss and turn for hours.

Wearing: Maternity skinny pants (see my post on maternity wear), regular dresses, and tops that are a size larger or looser fitting.

Exercise: I'm not following an exercise plan per se, but I am being active every day. We're walking a few miles most days and I'm staying active throughout the day. We've also been cleaning out things and getting the nursery ready, which feels like exercise!

Eating: I still don't have definite cravings, but I have fewer aversions than I did have. I don't want chicken in any fashion. I've started eating more fruits and vegetables. I'm also to the point where I've been able to drink juice, something I haven't been able to do since June. Occasionally, I want something sweet, but not too often, which bodes will for the glucose test I have to take next week. I don't want hardly any junk food. While my tastes aren't back to normal, I'm glad to be eating salads, fruit, and healthier meals than the subs and bacon sandwiches I was consuming most days.

Missing: Running, Chickfila, soft cheeses, and my normal body. Pregnancy is a huge miracle - this is I know - but I forget that I can't do everything in my normal way.

Thoughts: K.C. has felt him kick hard before, but Kaden hasn't. A few nights ago, he felt him kick hard for the first time and his face was priceless! I love that the boys are so excited about their baby brother! We've ordered a crib and chair for the nursery and have it painted. At this point, pregnancy is flying by. I'm shocked at how the pace seems to have picked up since I've started feeling better.

My most favorite feeling in the world is feeling the baby kick. It's incredible to me that there is life growing inside of me. I love that he seems to respond to different outside stimuli. I am so thankful for this gift and can't wait to meet him in about 14 weeks!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

October Goals and September in Review

October is one of my favorite months of the year. That may have something to do with the fact that it's the month Kevin and I were married. Next Thursday, we'll celebrate our fourth anniversary! It seems like forever ago and just yesterday all at once!

Before I dive into my goals for October, here's a look back at how I did in September.

  • Clean out all bedroom closets and drawers upstairs. We did pretty good on this. We haven't completely cleaned out all the bedroom closets upstairs, but we did clean out the drawers. The people at Goodwill know us by name.
  • Finish organizing the boys' older schoolwork and papers that we want to save. I did this! This was a massive job, thus I've put it off for forever! I'm thankful to be done with this. 
  • Journal what I'm reading in the Bible. I didn't do a great job of this in September. I read my Bible, but I didn't journal it like I wanted to.
  • Continue Christmas shopping. This is going well! 
  • Register for the baby! We did not register for the baby, but we'll get it done. 
  • Read three books. 
In September, I read The Island and The Rumor, both by Elin Hilderbrand and The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. I'm also working through The Big Book of Birth and The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems

  • Make a list of fall activities the boys want to do. We didn't make an official list, but we've already started doing things.
  • Work on the boys 6 and 8 books. This didn't happen.

Time is flying by for me at this point in pregnancy. I told my husband a few days ago that I don't remember anything much from the past six months, but the past few weeks as I've started feeling better are zooming. That said, October is a time when we really need to get some things completed. As you can see from the list below, many of these are centered around getting ready for the baby. It's hard to believe there are only 14 weeks until my due date!
  • Purchase furniture for the nursery. The nursery is painted, the rug is in and the bedding was just delivered. We need to get a crib, dresser and chair.
  • Register for the baby. I have a few showers coming up in November, so we really need to register by the middle of the month before the invitations go out. 
  • Continue Christmas shopping. We're doing pretty good with this, but it's time to start focusing on the big items we'd like to get the boys. They keep showing us things, so I need to start clicking "Add to Cart" in Amazon. I love Amazon prime!
  • Finish the guest room/office. This room is also painted, but we need to get it rearranged. I also want to get a new comforter for the bed.
  • Paint the boys' bedroom and bathroom. Two of the four rooms we're painting are done and these two are left. 
  • Read three books. I'm really enjoying spending my lunch hour reading each day. It's nice! I have a few books on my list for this month.
  • Journal what I'm reading in the Bible. I really want to get back to this!
  • Work on the boys' books. If I want to order these in time for Christmas, I need to get started!

What are your goals for October?

Are there any must-haves on your baby registry list?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Life Lately | 9.29.16

In the midst of a hectic week, sometimes you need just a quick Life Lately post. Here's what we've been up to the last few weeks.

1 | Kaden has a broken arm. I think second grade must be the year of arm breaks for our family. Both boys have officially broken their arm in second grade. Kaden was definitely more excited about it than K.C. was a few years ago. He wanted to have his cast signed and is very proud of his "American" cast. Thankfully, it's not a bad break and he only has to wear his cast a few more weeks.

2 | Our sweet boy's nursery is coming right along! We've been really busy rearranging and donating things in preparation for the baby's arrival. I never knew how much stuff we had. It's crazy. I think the people at Goodwill know us by name. Cleaning out an attic and switching two rooms around are logical things to do when you're pregnant, right? Oh, and painting three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, too. My husband is a saint.


I can't wait to share all the nursery details as it starts coming together!

3 | We're writing a book. As we were riding home from church Sunday, the boys started talking about how they thought it would be fun to write a book. When we got home, they insisted we start, so we sat down, opened the laptop, and started writing. I'm pretty excited about this!

4 | Saturdays are more fun when they include trips to the bookstore and Target. Last Saturday, the boys and I ran out to Barnes and Noble to pick up a few books and ended up with eleven. I think it's safe to say our boys have inherited my love of books and Starbucks. We also made a quick trip into Target where they wanted to look at all things baby. K.C. is determined to have a baby monitor in his room. I love popping out for a bit with my favorite little boys!


5 | In two short weeks, we will celebrate our fourth anniversary! I can't believe it's been four years already. It seems like just yesterday, and yet I can't remember my life before Kevin.