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.



December 31, 2016

2017

I've been praying and really thinking hard about what my goals for this next year will look like.  2016 rocked my world, in hard and good ways.  I learned so much and I feel like I had to "grow up" more this year than ever before.  That being said, it's really prompted me to want to make the most of my time.  I've prayed and asked God to guide me as I make goals for this next year; asking Him to give me a vision of what He wants this next year to look like, and He has faithfully answered me with one word:

Simplify.

I feel very strongly that I want to simplify my home, my time, my relationships, my spending, my commitments, and even my food choices.  What a way to live!  Knowing that it's okay to say no to something and not feel bad about it.  Teaching my children that things do not matter the way that relationships and God do.  Showing my kids what a healthy lifestyle looks like from the inside out.  Before I could ever teach that, I need to be living that.

I have felt the urge to purge for the last few months and I can hardly wait to get started.  So without further ado...  

2017 Goals

  • do a whole house purge- this will include: clothes, shoes, bedding, hall closets, mudroom, bathrooms, garage, holiday decorations, kitchen, bedrooms, pantry, toys
  • do a 60 day sugar fast
  • run a 5k post-baby
  • take a weekend vacation with no kids
  • have 1 (or more) social media-free weekend/ month
  • read 15 books
  • have a mother-daughter overnight trip with my mom
  • join a gym
  • have friends/ neighbors over for dinner at least once a month
  •  follow the envelope system by Dave Ramsey
  • do swim lessons with Addy
  • commit to the young adults ministry at church

I am excited to see where 2017 will take me and my family.  Here's to a fresh start and a new year!

xo,
Jenn

October 24, 2016

Pumpkin Patch
























I have been wanting to go to the pumpkin patch so bad all month!  But it's rained almost everyday this October and I didn't really want to go out when it was really wet and it was super important to Nick that he was there too.  So when we had a break from the rain for a few days, we took full advantage and headed out to Sauvie Island and spent a few hours at the pumpkin patch!  I think everyone had the same idea, because it was so packed.  When we were leaving there was a line of cars over 3 miles to get into the parking lot!

It was still pretty muddy so we were careful to watch Addy while we were out in the pumpkin field.  The line for the hayride was super long, and even though we thought Addy would like it, we also knew there was a good chance she may not even care or understand.  So we opted to walk out to the patch instead.  We were practically chasing Addy and holding her hand so tight so she wouldn't fall in the mud- which she only did once ;).  She went crazy over the pigs in the petting zoo, and lately she is obsessed with airplanes so whenever one flew by we had to stop and watch it.  I just love this stage that Addy is in- she is so fun and talking so much more and we are loving seeing her little personality!  I love how these pictures capture how goofy and sweet she is.  We are absolutely smitten. :)

Anyway, it was a really fun day and I'm so glad we were finally able to do something Fall-ish.  :)
Happy Monday! 

xo
Jenn