Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Two Things Tuesday (9/27)

1. Today is my daddy's birthday! Happy birthday, Dad! You're one of the most generous and kind and loving men I know.  We all love you!

2.  This girl is a character.  She pouts, then makes sure we see her "fake pouting," then she beams.  She has been one of the sweetest, most loving little girls these last few weeks.  We have so enjoyed being with her.

Monday, September 26, 2016

24 Weeks - Pregnancy #4

Each Monday, I'd like to do a highlights post, including a picture, summarizing the differences in my pregnancy from week to week.  I totally "grabbed" this idea from Kelly.  I've done this with my three previous pregnancies (you can go to the search box and type in "pregnancy," or "week #" if you're interested in how my previous pregnancies progressed), as well, and I still think it is a great way to jot down the things that I don't want to forget later on.  

Pregnancy Highlights:

How far along:  24 weeks 

Size of baby:  This little one is about a foot long  (head to toe) about the length of an ear of corn

Total weight gain/loss:  I'm up 10 pounds total as of my last appointment a few weeks ago. 

Maternity clothes:  spaghetti strap shirts, loose skirts or summery dresses, and cute/comfy shorts

Gender:  boy :) 💙

Movement:  He's a pretty active little guy 

Sleep:  Sleep has been fine; although my body won't let me sleep any later than 6:45. Ever. 

What I miss: I miss holding my kids on my lap. It's just not comfortable anymore. 

Cravings:  pumpkin or vanilla protein shakes in the morning, cheese and crackers, fruit-filled popsicles, pickles


Symptoms:  visiting the restroom often, a little morning sickness each morning when I wake, tightness in my lower back muscles into my rear end 😂

Exercise:  walking a couple of times a week at the mall, 15-20 minutes of yoga stretches before bed 2-4 nights a week, 

Best moment this week:  Seeing the movements, as well as feeling them

24 Weeks - taken late yesterday afternoon. Jack joined me for a picture :)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thankful Thursday (9/22)

How is it already Thursday?!

I had great intentions of blogging this week, but a lot of things popped up and snagged my attention away from this space.  

My mom showcased her new trimmer and leaner self.  
You'd think she'd been doing more exercise than the 2 or 3 times a week mall-walking trips, but nope.  She just stuck to cleansing and drinking her protein shakes and eating healthy meals and snacks.  Her body did the rest.  Kinda phenomenal what the body can do when toxins are being removed from the equation.    

I've been working with several people this week on getting them set up to succeed with their health goals, and I've been so ridiculously excited to wake up every morning (even on little sleep, haha!) knowing that I get to help people feel better just by loving, serving, and caring about them.  

Bible study was wonderful, and I'm still super pumped I have the opportunity each week to attend with women from all over the community.  The lesson this week was so good,  and I highly suggest you plop yourself down in your comfiest chair and watch.


So, now we've made it to Thursday.  The kids are napping.  I have my feet up.  The Husband is hard at work renovating our upstairs.   

I think I'm most thankful this week for new opportunities to be the best person I can be by doing exactly what God has called us to do.  

And, I'm thankful for happy/sad masks.  Because learning about opposites, decorating with markers and crayons, and being silly make life kind of fun. :)
😂

Monday, September 19, 2016

23 Weeks - Pregnancy #4

Each Monday, I'd like to do a highlights post, including a picture, summarizing the differences in my pregnancy from week to week.  I totally "grabbed" this idea from Kelly.  I've done this with my three previous pregnancies (you can go to the search box and type in "pregnancy," or "week #" if you're interested in how my previous pregnancies progressed), as well, and I still think it is a great way to jot down the things that I don't want to forget later on.  

Pregnancy Highlights:

How far along:  23 weeks 

Size of baby:  This little one is more than 11 inches long (head to toe) and weighs about the same amount as a mango. 

Total weight gain/loss:  I'm up 10 pounds total as of my last appointment a few weeks ago. 

Maternity clothes:  spaghetti strap shirts, loose skirts or summery dresses, and cute/comfy shorts

Gender:  boy :) 💙

Movement:  I feel lots of movement at night before bed, but if I'm still during the day, he lets me know he's awake :)

Sleep:  Sleep has been fine. 

What I miss: I miss holding my kids on my lap. It's just not comfortable anymore. 

Cravings:  protein shakes in the morning, cheese and crackers, fruit-filled popsicles

Symptoms:  visiting the restroom often, a little morning sickness each morning when I wake, tightness in my lower back muscles

Exercise:  walking a couple of times a week at the mall, 15-20 minutes of yoga stretches before bed 2-4 nights a week, 

Best moment this week:  Watching Jack and Ella talk to him :) 

23 Weeks - taken yesterday before church. Ella ran in for a picture :)




Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thankful Thursday (9/15)

I have four things in particular to be thankful for today.

1. I'm thankful for a warranty on our washing machine.  The transmission (did you know your washing machine has a transmission?!   I sure didn't.) had to be replaced yesterday.  But, the thing still isn't working correctly, so another technician will be coming out early next week to figure out what's going on. We're really grateful that we arent having to pay the cost to fix these issues.  

2. I'm thankful that for the first time in over 4 years, I'm finally involved in a women's Bible study again. A friend I met at church invited me, and I'm so looking forward to being in God's Word daily and meeting with those gals weekly.  I'm thankful The Husband has off those mornings to be able to spend quality time with Jack and Ella.  I know it will become a sweet time for them once they get used to being with him and relying on him.  ;)

3.  I'm thankful that I was able to locate these for Jack and Ella after MONTHS of searching.
They LOVE them!

4.  And, I'm SO thankful Jack and Ella are out of diapers during the day because that means I have all of their extra diapers to use for their brother this winter.
These five are resized to xsmall from the largest setting that Jack wears at night (the red diaper).  
I have 11 more to resize.  That should give me about two days worth of diapers before having to wash them.  
Yay for cloth diapers!  Three and a half years of cloth diapering, and we're still going :).   I'd say those babies have paid for themselves several times over with the amount of disposables we haven't had to purchase.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Two Things Tuesday (9/13)

1.  Yesterday, we got some news regarding The Husband's health. It explains a lot of the problems he's been having over the last year. And although it can be a scary diagnosis, it also is reversible with diet, namely an alkaline diet. I am SO thankful we've had him on Isagenix foods and supplements the last 6 weeks. It is healing him inside out. They have done amazing things for his body. Now that we have another piece of the puzzle, we can continue to work on ridding his body of the toxins that have made him so sick. I keep thanking God for bringing these foods into our lives and for His guiding hand in all of this, and I'm grateful I get to share it with others and help them find solutions for better health. 

2.  I got tired of looking at the empty pots on my porch (I managed to kill everything I planted in the spring), so while Jack was in speech today, I ran to the local plant nursery and gathered up some pretty fall plants. Mums, marigolds, and two crowns of thorns. 
I worked for about an hour replanting them. The kids worked alongside me :)
I may have overdone it, but they sure look pretty :)


Monday, September 12, 2016

22 Weeks - Pregnancy #4

Each Monday, I'd like to do a highlights post, including a picture, summarizing the differences in my pregnancy from week to week.  I totally "grabbed" this idea from Kelly.  I've done this with my three previous pregnancies (you can go to the search box and type in "pregnancy," or "week #" if you're interested in how my previous pregnancies progressed), as well, and I still think it is a great way to jot down the things that I don't want to forget later on.  

Pregnancy Highlights:

How far along:  22 weeks 

Size of baby:  This little one is about 11 inches long (head to toe) and about the size of a spaghetti squash. 

Total weight gain/loss:  I'm up 10 pounds total as of my appointment. 

Maternity clothes:  spaghetti strap shirts, loose skirts or summery dresses, and cute/comfy shorts

Gender:  boy :) 💙

Movement:  I feel lots of little kicks and movements down low, so I know he's still  breach. 

Sleep:  I had a few nights of wakefulness this week, but it wasn't terrible. 

What I miss: I miss holding my kids on my lap. It's just not comfortable anymore. 

Cravings:  ice cream

Symptoms:  visiting the restroom often, a little morning sickness each morning when I wake 

Exercise:  walking a couple of times a week at the mall, 15-20 minutes of yoga stretches before bed 2-4 nights a week, 

Best moment this week:  feeling this guy move so much and knowing we've come to an agreement on his first name :)

22 Weeks 
Taken yesterday before church

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thankful Thursday (9/08)

Today, I'm thankful for a really lovely and really productive day. 
I snapped a few pictures of Jack heading to his third speech lesson since I missed his first one, and it totally poured buckets of rain on his second one. 
Here he is with his sweet speech teacher.

She brought him out to the car afterward, and he said, loudly and proudly, "Jack obeyed well!"  He showed me his sticker with glee :) She said he does really well for her, and he seems to really enjoy spending time with her on those two mornings each week. I hope his love of learning continues. 

I came home to find The Husband and his friend and his friend's wife hanging out on the porch.  The two of them were a big blessing to us today, and we now have very heavy materials (walls and flooring) upstairs just waiting to be installed. So, so thankful for their help. They stayed for lunch, and we visited for a while. It's nice to make new friends :)
This afternoon, The Husband worked upstairs more. 
It's a slow, slow process, but I know it's going to look pretty darn great when he's finished. I can't wait for our kids to get to sleep up there!  

This girlie has had a much better few days since her crazy meltdown (that I shared with friends and family on Facebook) where it occurred to me that she actually might have been possessed. Whenever she hugs me now, she seems to remember how ugly she was acting that day, and she says, "I sorry, Baby" as she rests her head and pats my tummy haha. 
Thankfully, her cold seems to have gotten better, she's sleeping better, and we have been very consistent with encouraging her to obey right away. 
Life with toddlers is rarely dull, and most days I'm ok with that :)

Monday, September 5, 2016

21 Weeks - Pregnancy #4

Each Monday, I'd like to do a highlights post, including a picture, summarizing the differences in my pregnancy from week to week.  I totally "grabbed" this idea from Kelly.  I've done this with my three previous pregnancies (you can go to the search box and type in "pregnancy," or "week #" if you're interested in how my previous pregnancies progressed), as well, and I still think it is a great way to jot down the things that I don't want to forget later on.  

Pregnancy Highlights:

How far along:  21 weeks 

Size of baby:  This little one is about 10 1/2 inches long (head to toe) and curled up is about the length of a carrot. 

Total weight gain/loss:  I'm up 10 pounds total as of my appointment on Friday. 

Maternity clothes:  spaghetti strap shirts, loose skirts or summery dresses, and cute/comfy shorts

Gender:  boy :) 💙

Movement:  he has been VERY active this week :)

Sleep:  Sleep has been fine except for this wretched summer cold that has taken my house by storm. 

What I miss:  Not being out of breath when I do simple things like walk quickly to another room, haha!

Cravings:  ice cream

Symptoms:  lower blood pressure which results in dizzy spells, Braxton Hicks contractions last night

Exercise:  walking a couple of times a week at the mall, 15-20 minutes of yoga stretches before bed 2-4 nights a week, 

Best moment this week:  Seeing out little guy at our specialist appointment on Tuesday :)

21 Weeks 
No picture this week. 
Even if The Husband had volunteered to take one, I would have cropped out my head anyway. 
But here's what I imagine I look like. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Scrumptious Saturday

I'm feeling pretty yucky today, and I have no drive to do much of anything, and that includes fixing meals. But since The Husband is working a double, and I don't have any leftovers, I decided to try out a version of a video recipe I saw this morning for lunch today. Next time, I'll whip up a batch of cream cheese and feta crescent rolls to go along with it.

Here's my take on the omelets in the video based on what I had in my kitchen:

8 eggs
3 handfuls of shredded cheese
1 handful of chopped, frozen spinach 
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder 
A couple of splashes of milk

All ingredients whisked together

Scooped into muffin tin compartments with space (I obviously underestimated the space they would fill lol) to rise

Baked at 350* for 20 minutes

Enjoyed :)


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Thankful Thursday (9/01)

Today, I'm thankful for a great first visit with my fetal maternal specialist this week.  He was so kind and gentle, and he had positive things to say. The baby looks great, I DO have two kidneys, and I need to take is easier, but I don't have to be on bed rest :) 

I go back in six weeks to see him for another ultrasound, but I'm so glad everything looks good so far! 

I'm thankful The Husband and my mother-in-law got to go with me, and I'm so thankful we all got to see his sweet face 😍