Tuesday, February 26, 2013

the bumps of week 36 and 37

Forgot to post last week's bump so here it is.
But this is today and we are officially full term!
Don't know if it's just the outfits, but he definitely does look lower this week.
I can only hope!
I'm having some not so pleasant feelings in my low back pretty much anytime I move.
This makes me think he has started to lower and is putting more pressure on the area.
The doctor confirmed yesterday that he is head down and not breech!
Which is an answered prayer.
I don't know why but I was nervous he wasn't. 
Don't think he'd have enough room to flip around before he arrives, even if he wanted to!
In reality we could still be a month away from meeting him, 
but we are both so eager.
Jonny wants to install the car seat.
And he is on my case about packing a hospital bag.
I just figure, if we'll be laboring at home for a long time (like we've been told to do)
I'll have something to do in between contractions.
Maybe it will keep my mind off of it??
We'll see about that.

Monday, February 25, 2013

cookies and plans

Jonny thinks the whole 'love languages' thing is a crock.
But I'm convinced if he had one, it might be cookies.
Cookies are in the oven.

In just a little while I'll be going to pick up Jonny from his first day of a new job at Dillards.
He has been at work since 6:30 this morning.
He's worked two different shifts at two different jobs today.
This is on top of taking a full load of classes at seminary,
taking a Physics class in order to become an accredited physical therapist in America 
(which is a long, complicated and mostly unpleasant story),
and being an incredible help to my tired, sore and heavily pregnant self. 

I am continually amazed at the man I married.
He works so hard and so diligently at all the tasks he is given.
He can get frustrated, but he doesn't complain.
And his plea?
To see this season as the loving-kindness of our God.
To rejoice in His plans for us, even though they are quite different than the ones we had.

The heart of man plans his way, 
but the Lord establishes his steps.
Proverbs 16:9

Jonny is such an undeserved gift.
How blessed I am to have a man who desires to lead our family in righteousness.
How blessed our son is to have such a father as a role model.
My heart is overwhelmed with thankfulness to God for bringing me this man!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

strolling smoothly along, 35 weeks

See what I did there?
with pictures of our new stroller
and a yummy smoothie.
Ha, I'm so cheesy.
But really, these are two things I'm excited about.

Picture #1
Last week, we received a huge blessing from our parents in the form of the stroller you see above.
This thing is awesome!
It is 'travel system' which means a car seat is included.
It took all of ten minutes to take out of the box and figure out.
Which is such a relief since I've experienced a few 'travel systems'
in my day that have been nothing short of a headache.
We are incredibly thankful! And so excited to stroll our little guy around.
The next morning, while I was getting ready, 
Jonny was just wheeling it around the apartment.
We'll just call it practice.

Picture #2
I've never been a fruit person.
Ask my mom.
Ask my dad.
Ask my husband.
I just don't really care for the food group.
And people have looked at me funny all my life when I've told them so.
But in our birthing class, the Bradley Method
we were given nutrition trackers to...well, track our nutrition.
Long story short, I was most certainly deficient in the fruits portion of this worksheet
and in need of an intervention!

So this smoothie has changed my world.
Well, ya know what I mean.
It's so simple.
*Toss a good handful of frozen fruits in the bottom of a blender.
(You can find mixed frozen fruits in the freezer section of the grocery store.
I use a combination of tropical fruits and berry blend.)
*Cover the fruit with plain non-fat yogurt.
(You could use greek, or vanilla or any flavor really, but I'm just boring)
*Top the yogurt with a handful of spinach.
(You don't even taste the stuff, talk about a sneaky way to eat your greens!)
*Just a splash of OJ...that is orange juice.
I then blend mine for a bit, before adding
*Chia seeds
*Flax seeds 
(That is until I dropped the glass container I had holding my flax seeds, 
which then shattered into a million pieces 
and left billions of flax seeds all over my carpeted kitchen. 
So I'm omitting those for now.)
*Unsweetened Coconut flakes
(I didn't start adding this until I no longer had flax seeds but boy am I glad I made this discovery, it's yum)
*Top with honey, to your own taste.

Obviously you could omit all the seeds, 
but they're good for you so check them out!
And if coconut is not your thing...that's okay too.

Today I had lunch plans elsewhere, and I'm not gonna lie, 
I kinda missed my smoothie.
Which is why I'm about to have one for dinner.

Picture #3
This needs no explanation.
Tuesday was 35 weeks.
I'm not sure if it makes me a bad momma to want him out already.
What I've read says he's developed now, 
and will just spend the rest of his time in the womb putting on weight.
So, ya, I'd love to meet him anytime now.
But I guess we'll just wait patiently.

in all circumstances

For behold, he who forms the mountains
and creates the wind, 
and declares to man what is his thought, 
who makes the morning darkness, 
and treads on the heights of the earth-
the LORD, the God of hosts, is his name!
Amos 4:13

This week God has been so kind in reminding Jonny and I of his power from his word.
His power and his sovereignty and his grace.
Nothing catches God by surprise.
He is never caught off guard.
So when we are, which is often,
for we know not what tomorrow brings, 
it is an amazing to comfort to know that God is in control.
And not in a cliche sort of way.
Like really, truly believing that our circumstance is no accident.
Or even unfair.
Even when everything is seeming to crumble. 

Where is your hope?

Where is your security?

Where is your joy?

If your hope is found in your circumstance.
You will be let down.
If your security is found in your lot.
You will know no peace.
If your joy is dependent on anything apart from God and the love he has shown in Christ,
you will be continually disappointed.

If your joy comes from knowing you've been saved, 
that your sin has been paid for,
purchased on the cross of Christ, 
you can approach all circumstances rejoicing!
Because of our sin, death is what we all deserve; 
death and a eternity separated from God.

But God is merciful and has made a way.

But God, being rich in mercy,
because of the great love with which he loved us,
even when we were dead in our trespasses,
made us alive together with Christ. 
Ephesians 2:4-5

Having been made alive in Christ, Jonny and I have every reason to rejoice! 
In all circumstances.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

doughnuts and rugby and melodrama

This morning we're making doughnuts.
By we I mean me and John Mayer, 
and The Fray
and Matt Wertz
and Oasis
and Matt Nathanson
and all the other artists that are included in the first ever Pandora station I created when I was 18.
Clearly, I was into the melodramatic ballads back then.
Oh, flashback...

It was my first time to make doughnuts, 
I finally put the doughnut pan Jonny bought me to use.

*Let's be clear, I never asked for a doughnut pan, this was Jonny's way of telling me
he would like me to make some. Once he saw that there was such a thing, 
he was on a quest to get me one.

Can I just say, doughnut batter is not what I thought it would be like.
It's actually...doughy (makes sense right?)
I just thought it was going to be runnier, and easier to pour into said doughnut pan.
So I thought I'd messed up and created a disaster,
but to my surprise they came out of the oven "springy" 
just as the recipe said they would!

This is what we were listening to before Jonny left to help some of our friends move.
There's this rugby thing going on these days, 
the six nations.
And Jonny felt the need to belt out Ireland's anthem this morning.
But it's okay
because we have doughnuts...

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

he hugged my feet goodbye

Went to the doctor yesterday.
All is well with mama and baby.
We are so ready to meet our little guy-but understand he has a little more growing to do.
Though I'm not sure there is any more room for growing.

I scheduled all my appointments until March 14th, which is five days before he is due.
That makes it feel like he's going to be here so soon.

Sleeping is becoming an issue. Last night I slept with my head at the foot of the bed, 
there is no explanation for this, but it really helped.
Funny thing is...when Jonny was leaving this morning around 6:30
 he hugged my feet goodbye before realizing.

The doctor says I should bring in a birth plan next appointment which means I need to start writing one.
I've done plenty of reading and thinking about the birth, 
but writing it down seems like a huge task. 
(I know its really not, just allow me to exaggerate please).

***To any pregnant mommas reading this who are planning to breastfeed,
you should be in the know that your health 
insurance provider may purchase a breast pump for you, 
which is GREAT news, those things are expensive!
They see it as preventative care since research shows
 breastfed babies and mommas tend to have fewer health issues.
Just one more way we see the Lord providing for us and this baby

Now my lunch break is over, back to work, where I'm told every day by 
middle school children
"your belly is getting bigger"
as if I didn't notice.


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