November 12, 2013

Pregnancy Questionnaire - Week 11

I did this a couple of times when I was pregnant with Grace and I've loved looking back and reading them. There were several things that I forgot, like how badly I craved sweet tea. So I'm going to do it with this baby too. So here we go.

How far along: 11 weeks exactly (every Tuesday is a new week).

Total weight gain/loss: I'm sorry but the "loss" part kills me in this question every time. I know it happens with some women but I cannot fathom. I cannot. I haven't been weighed in a week (I have always refused to keep a scale at our house and so the doctor's office is the only place I see how much I weigh) but at that time I had gained 12 pounds.

(This fourth time around I have just accepted the fact that I gain weight quickly and there's nothing I can do about it. It tapers off by the third trimester, but until then bring on the Chubby Face.)

Maternity clothes: I have broken out a couple maternity pants. If I had to squeeze into a regular pair of jeans one more day, something was going to be harmed. And it was probably going to be the jeans.

Sleep: Not so good. A lot of nights I dread going to bed because that's when my nausea is the worst (although motion sickness bands have helped some). I also get up 4-5 times a night to go to the bathroom.

Best moment this week: I'm not sure. I continue to have a lot of peace which is amazing to me and a testament to prayer. So those are good moments.

Food cravings: Hamburgers, milkshakes, Mexican food, gummy bears.

Food aversions: Anything that has a strong smell.

Gender: Don't know.

Labor signs: No, thank goodness.

Pregnancy symptoms: Sickness, extreme tiredness, moodiness, popped belly.

What I miss: Honestly, even though I don't like being sick and tired I am just so thankful to have life in me. It wouldn't be accurate to say I don't miss anything, but I definitely don't miss it enough to not want to be exactly where I'm at.

What I am looking forward to: Finding out what we're having and holding him/her in my arms.

Milestones: Breaking out the maternity clothes.

My very dear friend, Meghan, from MDK Photography took these pictures of me this week. I wasn't technically 11 weeks in them (2 days away) but it was close enough. She does such a great job. Thanks, Meghan!

For some reason I look MUCH farther along than 11 weeks in this picture but I think it's a combination of my stance, sticking out my belly, and the flowy white shirt. 

November 02, 2013

Growing a Baby in Mommy's Belly in the Grass

I haven't written much the last couple of weeks since we made our big announcement. Mostly because I've been the busiest I've ever been with photography sessions (people wanted to get in on the Fall colors before we lost them all) and partly because Morning Sickness: 7,549. Me: 0.

But like I told the boys yesterday, Yes, Mommy is sick and not feeling well but Mommy is thankful because that means there's a baby growing in Mommy's belly. Or as Micah has started requesting nighttime prayers for: For the baby in Mommy's belly to grow in the grass. Let's get an Amen to that, yes?

Yesterday, November 1st, was one year to the day that we found out we were pregnant with sweet baby Grace. A day I remember like it happened only yesterday. The overwhelming joy and happiness. All of the innocence and joy of new life and none of the sorrow of a bleak future.

I've been doing pretty well but on her 6-month birthday I was hit afresh with the grief. Why, God? Why Grace? Why a rare heart defect? I'm not saying in that moment my questions were wrapped up with answers and a pretty bow but the next couple of days the Lord did remind me of some amazing things that have come of it that I'm not sure would've happened through other means. Do I still want her back? All the time. More than I could put into words. Am I thankful for a sweet baby girl's life that has touched so many hearts that I'll never know the full extent? Yes.

I think we're officially at the end of Fall if the five million leaves per every three square feet of ground are any indication. Every day I look at it and think, Maybe today I'll start raking. And then I realize that I've lost my mind and move on to more important things like Reality.

Here are some pictures that Matt took of the boys riding their bikes (their most favorite thing in the entire world).

Look at Asher with his feet up! He goes as fast as he can and then coasts with his feet up. 

I wish you could see the full Double Chin action.

Headed out for their regular neighborhood ride.
I use this time to not listen to one more request for food or drink nor to "play a puzzle" with anyone

Enjoy your weekend, my friends.