March 10, 2017

POIPU

If you follow me at all on social media, then you know that we just spent a week on Kauai.  We had such an amazing trip and were SO thankful to escape to warmer weather, the beach, the fresh fruit stands and basically everything opposite of the cold that we've been experiencing in the Northwest.  It did rain a couple of days while we were there but we didn't let it stop us from getting out and exploring!

It had been almost 5 years since Nick and I went, and I totally forgot about the fact that there are feral chickens and cats running around literally everywhere.  Which totally made the entire trip for Addy!  haha!  She was seriously in heaven and would run around yelling "bok bok" or "ca ca" (cock-a-doodle-doo) or "meow" and then start screaming and laughing.  I couldn't even handle it.

We spent one of our first days there in Poipu on the south shore walking around the Hyatt, eating, swimming and playing.  Addy was totally cracking me up walking around in her sunglasses.  She knew she was hot stuff and was playing it up for everyone who would talk to her!







March 8, 2017

TUNNELS BEACH

Our favorite place to go in Kauai was Hanalei.  I'm seriously obsessed with that cute town and would move there in a heartbeat if I could.  They also have THE BEST bakery and coffee shop there and we picked up a couple of loaves of their fresh homemade bread.  We also ate at the fresh fruit stand on a regular basis and got smoothies and acai bowls every time.  I think it's safe to say we love food ha!

Anyway, right outside of Hanalei was our favorite beach- Tunnels Beach.  The water was so blue and clear, it was beautiful.  We saw a few turtles which was so fun for all of us.  The sand was really soft and there were lots of shells, perfect for Addy.  There was also a little inlet that the kids could safely play in.  Even though this isn't the town we stayed in, we spent the majority of our trip on this part of the island and at Tunnels Beach- it was that amazing!





















February 11, 2017

Baby 2: 26 weeks

Am I seriously almost to the third trimester of this pregnancy already?!  The time is flying right before my eyes!  I have documented exactly 0 pictures of this precious baby boy growing in my belly, and figured it was about time I write some things down and photograph it so I remember it all.

How far along?  26 weeks

How big is baby?  the size of a butternut squash

Total weight gain/ loss:  I don't have a scale, but last appointment I'm up about 17 lbs

Maternity clothes?  Some maternity and some non maternity.  I'm carrying different this time around so I'm able to have more choices

Sleep:  It's taking me a while to fall asleep, but not due to pregnancy, just because my other child wakes up when I'm falling asleep ha!

Best moment this week:  When Addy came up to my belly, lifted my shirt, said the baby's name, kissed him and gave him a hug, and he kicked back!

Movement:  Kicking and punching like crazy!

Food cravings: This one has been weird.  I've been mostly craving granola, yogurt and fruit.  Then I randomly get the craving for cinnamon rolls, maple syrup and spicy chinese food (not together, ha!)

Any aversions:  not really

Gender: BOY!

Labor signs:  nothing yet

Pregnancy symptoms: achy back, heartburn

What I miss: wine

What I'm looking forward to:  Addy meeting her baby brother

Upcoming appointments/ events: glucose test next week

Milestones: only 2 weeks left in the second trimester!

February 8, 2017

Nap Time Ramblings

This isn't supposed to be happening!  Am I a bad mom?!  This won't last forever, it can't hurt right?  Wrong?  I don't know!

These are all the thoughts running through my head right now.

As I lay here on the couch in my daughter's room yet again snuggling her through another nap time, I am realizing more and more that God is screaming in my face to just slow down.  I mean I've been praying for clarity in my life and in how I spend my time.  Praying for Him to teach me what it means to live a simple life.  And here, right now, I see a glimpse.  Is it just a coincidence that she is sick AGAIN?  After a few weeks of "bad habits," last week we worked so hard to get away from her needing to sleep on me for her nap, and here I am again, still in my pajamas at 1:30 pm, with a super congested toddler on my ever-growing baby bump.  I have to wonder in the midst of all of this if there is something God is trying to show me.  I certainly enjoy the snuggles but I have to tell myself that baby boy's room will somehow come together before he gets here.  And yet I hear a whisper telling me to "stop, breathe it in, it'll be over too soon, and you'll wish for these moments."  Then I naturally start to tear up as I scoop my sick child out of her crib and she nestles so deeply into my neck and instantly falls asleep.

Oh Jesus, teach me how to bury myself in You more each day.  How to nestle in when I feel uncomfortable, insecure or unsure of what is happening.  When I feel overwhelmed wrap me in Your unfailing and unconditional love.  And let me breathe deeply in the joy that comes from clinging to You as You guide and love me tenderly through my days.

Isn't the picture of motherhood so beautiful as it points to our need for Jesus and His love for us as we love our children.  I am thankful to be a mama and would never trade it for anything.  These moments, in whatever season of life you find yourself, are far too fleeting.  Stop.  Enjoy it.  Pray.  Listen.  Smile.  Trust.  And never take it for granted.