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How far along: 33 weeks… only 48 more days to go!
Size of baby: 17 inches & 4.25 lbs – about the size of a pineapple.
Maternity Clothes: LOVE dresses and skirts! It’s all I wear. The only time I actually wear pants is when I sing at church – the stage is high, so it’s a modesty thing. :)
Gender: ALL BOY, most definitely. We have the 3D ultrasound of his boy parts to prove it. ha! ;)
Movement: Lots of squirms and rolls lately. I don’t feel as many “kicks,” but I think that’s because he’s running out of room. He has ended up in some weird positions when I wake up in the mornings. Sometimes my belly is all contorted on one side, or in the middle. It’s really fun to play “poke and seek” with him. I poke him in his foot and he moves it to another place, I find it and poke it again! Josh won’t play too long, he thinks it annoys him. Haha, I think he likes it. :)
Sleep: Not much has changed here. It’s still difficult to sleep. I am thankful for my body pillow relieving some of the pain in my hips. I usually wake up 4-5 times in the night to roll over and/or pee.
What I miss: Since it’s summer, I miss being able to be in the sun as long as I want to. My doctor told me the baby gets too hot and can’t cool down in there, so he advised me to stay out of it. I still like going to the pool and swimming a little, it’s good exercise and he can stay cool while I get sun! :) I also miss being able to go on mission trips. There are two going on this week that I would have LOVED to be a part of – a team from Watermark returned to Costa Rica where we went last year and Josh took a bunch of students from our new ministry to downtown Atlanta to do some community work.
Cravings: This may sound weird, but I am craving ice water with lemon. Like I want to eat the lemon and ice. Haha! Weird. Also, I am loving mandarin oranges and orange juice again. And green olives are always yummy. :)
Symptoms: Pelvic pain. I think this means the baby is low. All I know is it hurts to walk, cross my legs and roll over in bed. But I have good days! I’m just ready to meet this little guy!
Best moment this week: BABY SHOWER!!! Hosted by my lovely sister and mom. It was great and lots of fun (except the part where I had to eat 10 different kinds of baby food… that was gross).
I have been busy getting everything ready in the baby room! And having a baby shower just adds to the excitement of organizing and putting things in their place. Hopefully I can post some pictures of the “final product” soon. But right now, it’s still a work in progress. :) I did finish the photo display above the dresser/changing table. I am really excited about how it turned out! I love it!! I hope Micah enjoys seeing his mommy and daddy every morning when he wakes up and every time he gets his little diaper changed.
I really love spending time at home. And since we’ve moved and I’m not working, I’ve had a lot of time to do that. But lately, this has made me realize how anxious I am for our little boy to be here! Our home feels so empty and lonely with just me in it during the day. And part of me feels purposeless until his arrival. I mean, I know this isn’t true… I’m still a wife, the cook, the cleaner and someone has to feed our dog and fish. :) But, I just can’t wait to be a mother!
Since we still own a house in Alabama, we’re renting our home here in Florida. You would think that with the same things on the wall, same furniture and decorations, that it would naturally feel the same. But things are different. This home is bigger and has lots more space, yet we still miss our little garden home. Renting puts limitations on what you can do – I’ve had to get over the “no painting” rule and get used to the idea of someone else randomly making visits to mow the lawn. Our little Alabama home was our first place. We loved it and wish we could’ve picked it up and moved it here with us. (It’s funny, as I’m writing this I’m also half-watching HGTV’s “Our First Place.” I love this show!)
But as they say, “home is where the heart is” and “a home is where you make it.” So we’ve turned this little rental into our happy home. I’ve posted a few snapshots below. We’ve been here almost a month and we’re still working on filling up all the extra space.
Things I’m looking forward to working on:
- the nursery! you’ll see we haven’t really started much yet.
- getting a coffee table and rug for the living area.
- hanging some wall shelves in the dining area.
- adding to our “beach collection” for the top cabinet shelving in our kitchen.
- adding a sitting area/rocking chair in our master suite – will be helpful when Micah comes!
Thanks for stopping by!
Today I was looking back on some photos of Josh and I. We’ve only been married (going on) four years, but I feel as though we’ve been together a decade already. And when counting the years we dated, we almost have! We met in 2005 and have been inseparable ever since.
Josh has been everything and more that a husband should be. He truly is my protector and provider. He offers so much wisdom and guidance spiritually for my life. He is a comforter through hard times. He shows me unconditional love and affection. He is trustworthy. And always the FIRST to ask forgiveness.
I think I know exactly what the Lord meant when he said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” And I am just so thankful and blessed that God has allowed me to spend my life serving alongside my husband. And now, even more beautiful, is the fact that we are being blessed with a legacy in the making… our first child. :)
Dating (2005 – 2008)
Engagement (Feb. 2008 – June 2008)
Marriage (June 14, 2008 – present)
I got an invitation to join Pinterest today! I had seen things around the web, but I wasn’t exactly sure what it was all about. Turns out it’s a nifty way to discover cute new things. I would say the biggest draws for this site would be the fashion, decorating and photography aspects (so when my husband leaned over and asked about it, I told him he probably wouldn’t be interested). For now, my “feed” is filled with girl friends who are going crazy with their imaginations. I love it! I wonder if this is our first legitimately, all-exclusive, female social network? :)
There are a few things that have already gotten me inspired.
1. grab some cotton t-shirts you don’t wear anymore. larger sizes tend to work better as do non-ribbed shirts with no side seams. small logos on the shirts work fine, too.
2. grab a pair of fabric scissors if you have them, otherwise any scissors will do.
3. lay the shirt out on a flat table in front of you.
4. cut the hem off the bottom and put it aside.
5. cut the shirt into 1-1 1/2 ” horizontal strips all the way up to the armpit.
6. grab 3-4 shirt strips in both hands, and gently stretch them out. the strips will naturally curl into themselves.
7. once you have done this with many of the strips, it is time to get creative. try draping them, wrapping one end with excess fabric, combining colors, braiding them, attaching beads, pins, old jewelry, etc.
So what do you think? Are you addicted to Pinterest? Are you still awaiting an invite? Or do you find all of this just a tad too indulgent?
Facebook added a new feature to their site. Not sure if you’ve seen it yet, but it’s located on the right side (where they generally have nonsense ads and such) and it’s called, “On this day…” It shows status updates from you and your friends exactly a year ago from the day. This feature is amazing for sentimental types, like myself. :) I laughed when I saw my status update from a year ago. It made me thankful for where I am today… and also a bit relieved! No more school for me.
Although, I will definitely miss the peaceful, country drive to Graceville each morning.Read More