Tuesday, November 29, 2016


This isn't an official belly picture, but this is from Thankgiving.

Week: 33! I can't believe it! Only 6.5 weeks to go. 

Weight Gain: I'm up about 31 pounds. I'm ok with it too. Based on my weight gain thus far, I think I'll end up being one of those who gains 40 pounds (or more). My body seems to be holding onto everything I eat, which these days, seems to be carbs and fruit.

What's Happening: The baby is practicing breathing and sucking, his lungs are getting ready for our air, and he's opening and closing his eyes.

It's incredible to me to feel him move. We have a very active baby which I love, despite the fact that his kicks sometimes hurt. I think he'll be a good soccer player like his big brothers if his kicks are any indication of his strength. In fact, at my 30 week appointment, my doctor commented on how strong his kicks were at only 30 weeks as he kicked the doppler!

Feeling: I'm doing ok. I've started slowing down, still have sporadic nausea that has kept me taking Zofran, and have a hard time getting comfortable in bed. I won't complain though. Only 6.5 more weeks! I have said that I am really going to be upset if January 16 is here and he isn't because I have in my mind - even though I know the likelihood of him being born on his due date is extremely slim - that I'll feel better by January 16. 

Sleep: Once I get to sleep, I sleep well. I do have a hard time getting comfortable at night when I get in bed, but once I go to sleep, I sleep ok. I have started getting up about twice a night which is something I didn't experience in early pregnancy.

Wearing: Maternity pants and some tops, like Old Navy's long-sleeve tees. I'm also wearing many of my normal dresses that aren't fitted. Being pregnant in the winter with leggings in style has its perks! I'm also wearing regular non-fitted shirts in a medium.

Exercise: I'm being active without sticking to a strict exercise plan. I've been doing some third trimester pre-natal workouts on YouTube, walking, and doing squats. As much as I wish I had been able to run and workout through pregnancy, my body just wasn't having it. 

Eating: The only meat I really want to eat is pork, although I've been craving barbecue chicken (yes, chicken, that I haven't wanted to see for 33 weeks) for a few days. I haven't gotten brave enough to try it. Most vegetables and fruits work along with starches. I don't want anything that's too flavorful or anything that has garlic in it. I also am picky about the kind of salad dressing I'll eat. I've been craving things I can't eat like deli meat and goat cheese.

Missing: These things have stayed the same: playing with my boys like normal, running, Chickfila, and my normal body.

Thoughts: I can't believe that I'll be full term in about 3.5 weeks. It's crazy to think about. At this point, I'm thinking primarily about delivery. I know I can't control that, but I'm determined to do what I can to prepare for it. Call me crazy as most everyone has done, but I want to try for a natural birth. I'm not set on it to the extent I won't consider an epidural, but in my normal, non-labor state, the thought of an epidural and its side effects is scarier to me than labor pain. That could change. If any of you have any natural birth stories or tips you want to share with me for encouragement, I'd love them!

I can't wait to see him! I am in awe of this process and what our bodies are capable of. This is a miracle. The excitement in our home about this new member of our family is palpable and that makes me happy.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Two Months.

Two months. 61 days until our sweet little baby boy is due.

Pregnancy -- these past eight months -- has been the most miraculous time in my life and also the most trying. Pregnancy, I've learned, is not for the faint of heart. I've experienced the highest of highs - those sweet kicks our baby boy does, seeing his smile on a 4D ultrasound, listening to our boys squeal with excitement as they prepare for their new brother - and some deep lows which are all centered around the all-day sickness I've experienced almost daily this entire pregnancy. I am not the normal do everything me and my body is not my own during this time, and I've had to accept that. I think I needed this sickness to slow down and let my body grow this baby. If we're ever blessed with a next time, I promise I'll slow down without sickness!

It is a surreal feeling to think that we'll meet our son in just two short months. I can't wait to see his smile, hold his squishy body, and see those little legs and arms that use me as a punching bag. I can't wait to see my husband become a father again and our boys become big brothers. I can't wait to smell that newborn goodness and hold him so tight.

Sweet little one, you are so loved already.

As we head into the home stretch of this pregnancy, there are so many things I don't want to forget:

-The way Kevin tells the baby goodbye in the morning.
-The way K.C. likes to feel him kick.
-The way Kaden talks to him and tells him that he's his big brother and he has a great family.
-The way K.C. was adamant that no matter what we named him, he was going to be calling him a certain name (which we've all agreed upon).
-The way Kevin and I talk about his arrival and what life will be like.
-The way Kaden asked if he just holds the baby over his crib and drops him since he can't reach the mattress.
-The way K.C. wants a baby monitor in his room so he can watch the baby all the time.
-The way it feels when I wake up in the night and feel him doing flips.
-The way it feels when we get to hear his heartbeat or see him on the screen.

It has been so much fun seeing the excitement the boys have over their baby brother. They are already such good big brothers. They will be great teachers and always great examples, I pray. Being a mother is the greatest gift in this world. I'm so thankful God has given me this gift of three boys to love, nurture, laugh with, and grow with.

As the days fly by, I know our lives are going to change. I want to soak up every minute that we have as a family of four as we prepare to welcome our newest family member. I can tell that I'm moving slower and with that comes the realization that his birth is near. I want to spend these next weeks preparing for our baby - praying for him and for us, finishing up everything that I'd like to do before he arrives, sneaking in some dates with my husband and some one-on-one time with my boys.

The anticipation and expectation of his arrival fills me with an inexpressible joy.

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15

Monday, November 14, 2016

PREGNANCY | 31 Week Update

Week: 31! I can't believe it! These last few weeks have flown by and judging by what all we have coming up, the next nine weeks will too.

Weight Gain: I'm up 27 pounds as of my appointment this past Tuesday. 

What's Happening: The baby is growing, growing, growing! We had a 4D ultrasound on Tuesday. He kept his hands in front of his face most of the time, but he has a cute nose! He also smiled and stuck out his tongue. It was cute!

Feeling: Overall, I'm feeling good. I still battle nausea almost daily and have gotten sick sporadically, but otherwise, I'm feeling good. I feel like my stomach has doubled in size over the past few days too! My back has started to hurt some at night, but I know it's from all the extra weight I'm carrying. I'm also getting tired easier. I don't feel as exhausted as I did the first 15 weeks or so, but I am increasingly tired.

Sleep: I'm sleeping ok. Some nights are better than others. I'm thankful for my Leecho. I have a hard time getting comfortable and find that I want to lie on my back, something I don't do in regular life and something I know not to do in pregnancy. 

Wearing: Maternity pants, mostly regular dresses and some tops, and maternity tanks. 

Exercise: I'm trying to stay as active as I can. That said, I haven't exercised the way I thought I would. When your body is consistently nauseous, it's hard to exercise. I'm counting down the days until the baby is born and until I can exercise normally again!

Eating: Whatever works, which these days, seems to be anything starchy, most vegetables, soup (especially vegetable beef) and pork. I don't want anything to do with chicken or peanut butter.

Missing: Running, Chickfila, and my normal body. 

Thoughts: Pregnancy is a blessing. This miracle growing inside me astounds me every day. I'm so thankful for this little boy and can't wait to meet him! God has blessed us! 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

November Goals and October in Review

I know I say this every month, but I can't believe it's already November - the second week of the month, no less. I have a number of goals for this month that I've finally gotten around to typing. With the holidays approaching and then the arrival of our baby boy, the next few months will be quite fun.

Before I go into my November goals, here's a recap of October.

October Goals: A Recap
I had some lofty goals in October, many of which I accomplished.
  • Purchase furniture for the nursery. This is done! We have a crib, chair, dresser, and bookcase.
  • Register for the baby. Kevin and I had a fun time registering for the baby. I can't believe I didn't take a picture. The boys and I were in Target before we officially registered and they each picked out a few things they thought the baby needed. We made sure to include those!
  • Continue Christmas shopping. I'm happy to say that I'm more than halfway done with my Christmas shopping and all but one gift is wrapped!
  • Finish the guest room/office. We did this with the exception of the finishing touches on the walls. The furniture is arranged, new bedding is there, and the color is perfect.
  • Paint the boys' bedroom and bathroom. We finished half of this. The bathroom is done, but after spending the better part of three weekends painting, we needed a break. Painting the boys' bedroom is on the agenda for this weekend.
  • Read three books. I read bits and pieces of a few books in October. I'll recap in a separate post.
  • Journal what I'm reading in the Bible. I feel ashamed that this goal is one I haven't done. I journal prayers, but I haven't been journaling what I'm reading each day.
  • Work on the boys' books. This didn't happen!

November Goals

  • Finish the boys' bedroom. 
  • Finish Christmas shopping.
  • Get accessories for the nursery.
  • Purge books.
  • Organize some cabinets in the kitchen and some drawers in my dresser.
  • Write thank you notes after each shower.
  • Finish Christmas cards.

What are your goals for November?

Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday Favorites| 11.4.16

Friday, how I've missed you! Blogging, how I've missed you! Life has been crazy lately - a good crazy, but crazy nonetheless. What better way to get back into the swing of things than with a quick Friday Favorites post.

One | Halloween
We had a fun Halloween! My SIL has everyone over on Halloween night and I think it's safe to say I'm not the only one who enjoys it. We usually trick-or-treat in her neighborhood as ours is insane. The boys were both scary things this year. I'm not sure how I feel about my sweet boys looking so scary. Also, K.C. says he's not dressing up next year because he wants to scare people. They may have already decided that the baby is going to be a pumpkin.

Two | We're getting excited for the baby!
It's hard to believe that in just ten shorts weeks, our newest baby boy will be joining our family. He has a name, a crib, two really excited big brothers, and a mama and daddy who can't wait to meet him. Also, be still my heart. The boys are all about helping Kevin put together everything for their baby brother's nursery.

Three | Our big boy has joined the Book Club! 
Both of our boys love to read. I'm so thankful for this. K.C. is old enough for an invitation-only book club at his school and this year, he was invited to join it. He was so excited when he received his invitation. We're so proud of both of our sweet boys!

Four | Clemson Weekend with Family!
We spent a long weekend in Clemson in mid-October with my family and our friends from Germany. We went to the Clemson/NC State game which was nothing short of a nail-bitter. When NC State missed their field goal at the very end of the game, I had one (Kaden) who popped up from my seat where he had been sleeping asking if he'd been asleep and another one (K.C.) with tears because he was so excited (we're in overtime and didn't lose) and stressed. K.C. said it best as we walked back to our tailgate after the game: I don't know how to feel, happy or just stressed! Welcome to the world of being a sports fan, sweet boy. My husband, of course, is eating it up that our boys are starting to get into watching sports with him.

Five | Fall Friday Nights
Last Friday night, Kevin and I went to watch our niece cheer in her final football game as she's a senior this year. It was nice being outside in the cooler weather, and of course, with my favorite person.

That's just a little snippet of our life lately. I can't believe Halloween is already over and it's almost time for Thanksgiving. We have so many things to look forward to in the next two and a half months as we eagerly await the arrival of our newest love.