Thursday, April 17, 2014

{Bump Bump} - 28 Weeks



Apparently, this is one of my favorite maternity shirts as I wore it in my last blog update. Oops! It seems I've been struggling to blog lately, accept for bump updates. Hopefully I can change that soon.

Baby Size: Approximately -  2.25 Lbs
Food cravings: Mac and Cheese, Salty foods
Weight gain: 15lbs
Best thing this Week:  Claudy started Lia's closet, it's almost finished. Claudy and Chad painted her crib. Baby Registry is done (Target).
Looking forward to: Spending Easter with our family. Our 28 week doctor appointment. Painting some art pieces for her room.

Maternity clothes: Some of each. I've been wearing a lot of leggings...I hate maternity jeans, they fall down. Can't wait to wear some skirts. I bought some cute shorts this week. Hopefully it will become warm enough to wear.
Weirdest food I ate this week: I've not had any weird food things.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing
Labor signs: Nope. 
What I miss: My legs not hurting while running, sleeping through the night, sitting on the couch comfortably.

Symptoms: Lots of baby movement.
Workouts: Running 5 times a week. Had to do the treadmill a couple of days. My legs are hurting from shin splints, but I'm determined to make it to at least 30 weeks.

Things that don't suck: Dreaming about our life with her. Feeling her move. Taking Baths.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

{Baby Bump} - 26 Weeks

 
Baby Size: Approximately -  1.7 Lbs
 
Food cravings: still loving Mexican food.
Weight gain: 11lbs
 
Best thing this Week:  Finished our target baby registry.
 
Looking forward to: Going to a friends wedding next weekend. Spring arriving and not having to wear jeans (they are getting tight people), glucose test this week. Painting nursery furniture.

Maternity clothes: Some of each.
 
Weirdest food I ate this week: I've not had any weird food things.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing
Labor signs: Nope.
What I miss: Sleeping all through the night, running fast, clothes fitting
Symptoms: Baby girl is super active, it makes me a little nervous for what she will be like as a baby, but for now it is reassuring (although I do wish she would refrain from kicking me at 2:30 am.
Workouts: Running 5 times a week (had to do elliptical one day this week because of weather). Don't be too impressed: I run a mile and then have to walk a block, run a mile, walk a block, etc. You get the picture.
Things that don't suck: Knowing baby girl was created by God, for HIS glory. Feeling her move, planning her nursery.

Monday, March 24, 2014

{Vacation} - Ft. Myers, FL

Seriously, my parents are rock-stars. They allowed all 14 of us to invade a week of their vacation. 



We spent a lot of time by the pool, a couple of days at the beach and I even got to catch up with some of my Florida friends. 




Claudy learned, that even though he is black, that sitting in the sun for 5 hours, may not be good for his skin or his body.


Here are some more pictures from our week. 








I wanted to tan my back, so I made a hole in the sand for my belly.










Saturday, March 22, 2014

{Baby Bump} - 24 Weeks


A little late this week, but vacation and work got the best of me.

How far along? 24 weeks

Baby size:  1.25 lbs, the size of corn on the cob. 

Weight gain: 9lbs (thank you vacation)

Maternity clothes: Some of each, mainly just tops.

Stretch marks: Not yet.

Sleep: Having some crazy dreams, the body pillow has worked wonders. (Claudy refers to it as my other husband).

Gender: Girl - Lia Marie

Movement: Moving lots, starting to feel her when I am up and moving as well, not just went I lay down. She really likes when her daddy talks to her.

Best moment this week: Baby Shower, with some of my Florida friends.

Looking forward to: Registering for baby stuff (I'm working on it). Spring

Food cravings: So the Skinny Cow ice cream company makes a salted caramel chocolate ice cream bar...um....lets just say I can't resist them. Loving Mexican food. 

Weirdest food I ate this week: A slice of cheese.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing

Labor signs: Nope.

What I miss: Running with less weight, carrying things by myself (my husband is so sweet to carry everything for me, but it is killing my independence), a cocktail on the beach. 

Symptoms: Lots of movement. Leg cramps.

Workouts: Running 5 times a week...definitely getting slower and having to walk a bit, my legs having been cramping.

Things that don't suck: Life, she is so precious, pregnancy is definitely a miracle and makes you see God's grace, and perfect plan.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cornerstone



Cornerstone - a stone that forms the base of a corner of a building, joining two walls.

From Wikipedia - The cornerstone (or foundation stone) concept is derived from the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.

1 Peter 2: 6-8 says

it stands in Scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
and
“A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.”


Living in Haiti and the destruction of an earthquake, I saw the importance of a strong cornerstone. Without it the structure doesn't stand.  When the earth shakes, the building falls. 

Recently, Claudy and I's life was shaken.

 In the middle of the storm, I wasn't sure if I would be able to stand, if at the end of the storm our life would ever be the same again. It's during these times we see who our cornerstone is. Is it Christ, is it our spouse, is it ourselves, is it a thing, or is it another person?

Jesus...needs to be our Cornerstone. Without him as our cornerstone, our lives crumble.  

There were moments during the storm, I thought about every possible bad outcome. I wondered how I would make it. I wondered why this was happening to us. There were moments where I couldn't eat, sleep, or work, all I could do was think about the storm. When I final focused on my Cornerstone, Jesus, I was able to come up for air. I could breath again. I still wasn't sure of the outcome, but I knew Jesus would be glorified and that was all that mattered. I knew there was a purpose.

The storm is over now. While our life looks the same on the outside, I hope that we are forever changed by the storm. I hope we don't go back.


 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

{Baby Bump} - 22 Weeks




Now that Lia is finally getting bigger, I thought I would share an update on how we are doing. 
 
How far along? 22 weeks

Baby size:  1lb, 11in, size of a spaghetti squash.


Weight gain: 7 lbs

Maternity clothes: Some of each.

Stretch marks: Not yet.

Sleep: It's been a little rough. We went and bought a body pillow last weekend and that seems to be helping.

Gender: Girl - Lia Marie

Movement: Lots of it. Around 8pm she is the most active (or that's when I notice it anyway).

Best moment this week: Lia doing lots of somersaults the other night before bed. I could final see her movement on my stomach, not just feel it. Running outdoors

Looking forward to: Vacation. Has nothing to do with pregnancy, but ready to give this baby bump a tan.
Food cravings: Ice cream, veggies, and lots of Mexican.

Weirdest food I ate this week: Haven't had any weird cravings yet.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not any more

Labor signs: Nope.

What I miss: Running with less weight, wine, sleeping on my stomach.

Symptoms: Very vivid dreams at night, lots of movement...

Workouts: I've been running 5 times a week. This week, I've made it outside.

Things that suck: Back hurting, not much else, I'm feeling great.

Things that don't suck: Feeling Lia move, Claudy talking to her at night.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

{Fearfully and Wonderfully Made}


We had our 20 week ultra sound this week. We found out...


We are so excited to know more about Lia. I've heard other women talk about it, but it's true, there is so much wonder and amazement that comes with carrying a child. As her mom, I catch myself wondering about her. Will she be an extravert or introvert? Girly, girl or tom boy? Will she have straight hair or curly hair? Will I be able to do her hair? Will she be dark like her daddy or will she look more mixed? Will she have her daddy's eye-lashes? Will she like to run? Etc... the questions play in my mind. I wonder about the things that make her, uniquely her. 

What amazes me. God already knows! He knows all those details. He knew them, when he knitted her in my womb. He knows every tiny little detail. The best part of all. He created her perfect, in his image, a reflection of His glory. There is no flaw in the way she was made.She was fearfully and wonderfully made.

As an adult, I needed this reminder. He thinks about me the same way. He created me the same way. I am perfect in his eyes. There was no flaw in the way I was made.