Monthly Archives: December 2011

Lauren’s Bridal Shower.

Last weekend was long anticipated.  The bridesmaids threw Lauren her bridal shower.  The theme was “A Perfect Blend”.

We had the shower at Beth’s cozy cabin up in Mt. Jackson, VA.

The “Italian” spread (we wanted to incorporate Justin’s upbringing).

The tiramasu cupcakes.

The “coffee table”.

The DIY favors.

The presents.

The tag-team devotion.  Topic: Valuable Traits of a Godly wife.

The baristas.

The guests.

Old roommates with the future bride.

I think a good time was had by all and I know Lauren felt loved and appreciated.

On to bachelorette weekend planning!

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First Trimester Woes/Whoas

Keep in mind every pregnancy is different and every person is different, but this is my small version of what I was told to expect, what I got, and how I handled it.

Nausea

You know, not really… I got sick once the morning I found out I was pregnant, I kind of wonder if it was nerves.  I had waves of nausea every now and then at work but thanks to ginger cat cookies for people I busted through those waves and have only taken one day off work for not feeling well, and I don’t think that was even pregnancy related.

Constipation

Unfortulately, truth.  However, there are ways to fix this.  Think quinoa, cous cous, black bean soup, plaza azteca.

Cramping

Some, but apparently since your uterus, ligaments, etc are expanding that is normal.

Fatigue

Oh.my.word. This was the craziest.  I didn’t know it was possible to be so tired.  Although at the very beginning of pregnancy (when I didn’t realize yet) we had been to Oregon Inlet, NC for camping, Charleston, SC to go shrimping, on a Luray, VA trip hiking and such for our anniversary present from June, apple picking in Charlottesville,  a Chilly Chili Fest that I organized, and then a concert in Lynchburg.   So… I thought I was just tired from awesome weekends. 

I would like to add to this that the coffee addict of 5 years gave it up as soon as I found out I was pregnant.  Can you say withdrawal mixed with pregnancy fatigue = the worst feeling ever?!

Fortunately I am over that hump, regaining strength and even having caffeine in low amounts.

Moodiness

Not really… although there was one night I cried because people all day had been complaining about a project and then I came home and Micah didn’t like making the soup I asked him to make. Lol I wish you could have all seen that conversation.

*Disclaimer* Micah helps me more than a lot of men I have ever heard of so I think it was really emotional moodiness.

M: are you crying?

S:  I’m sorry, but I have to be able to ask you to make soup, especially if we’re having a baby and I work, etc I need to be able to count on you for things. 

M: I’m really sorry!! I had no idea…

We both laugh.

Emotions: Excitements/Anxiety/Fears

I’ve had a lot of them.  This wasn’t “planned” per say… but we are thankful.  I guess I just didn’t assume it would happen so fast.  Then once it did, I was like, really?!  We’re ready God?  Okay, I trust you.  So my mind was like a roller coaster of excitement, joy, fear, etc, which was a little strange for me because I wouldn’t consider myself a fearful or anxious person.  I found myself having to quote Phil 4:8 a lot, and remember Romans 8:28 (those are awesome life verses).  Now that I am nearing the end of the most dangerous trimester I feel a little better, but I think it’s sort of silly of me.  The truth is I know a lot of unbelievably sad baby stories.  And sometimes I wonder if God will consecrate me the way He has sanctified some other mothers I know.  I know it’s not fruitful to think that way so I try and captivate my thoughts.  Recalibrating my mind to think on what’s true, and what’s true right now is that this baby is God’s no matter how old it ever gets and I get the pleasure of carrying it today, and it is doing great right now.

On a lighter but still serious note, I’ve dealt with a little bit of vanity because my pants hardly fit and I’ve pretty much always been the same size.  Also, because… hello teenager face, nice to see you again… hah

But “beauty” whatever it is I think that looks like right now, is fleeting, and I really do think it’s even more beautiful to know that God has His creation going on in me, and that is going to cause some changes to me. 

Headaches

These can be severe and I would say for me has been the biggest change.  I don’t know whether it’s the hormones, blood increase or what but I have definitely had to take Tylenol on multiple occasions.  Once was so bad it lasted for 7 hrs because I was trying to make it go away on its own. 

This is what one of the worst days looked like:

(I take Tylenol now)

Cravings

When I first was pregnant I wanted red meat all the time.  Maybe lack of iron? I’m not sure.  For example, I would just need a jr. bacon cheeseburger from Wendy’s or once when I didn’t know I was pregnant, browned up some red hamburger meat with sage and just ate it by the spoonful.  Ever since taking a great pre-natal vitamin the cravings have semi-ceased for now.  Although, I really like Harbio gummy bears… and its Christmas, so cookies… see I don’t think this stuff has to be pregnancy related 😉

Weight Gain

I don’t remember exactly what I weighed before I was pregnant.  I was pregnant for 6-7 weeks before it was confirmed.  I think it was somewhere around 103.  I got up to 108 by my first appt, but when I got food poisoning or the 24 flu, whatever awful thing it was, it really took a toll on me (sick over 10x one night, both ways… yeah sorry) and I only drank broth and Gatorade for a couple days.  As a result my stomach shrunk and I obviously lost weight.  I am finishing up the trimester around 105.

Favorite moment

Seeing that baby on screen, it became so much more real.  Also, hearing the words, “you’re healthy, and everything looks as good as it can”.

Picture at the end of 1st trimester (13 weeks):

 
Okay, I think that sums up a lot of what “they” tell you to expect, what I actually got, and how I handled it.  The first trimester went by insanely fast!

Any questions or funny stories from you guys?!

Baby D.

Forgive me for being MIA for almost the whole month of November, but I had a lot on my mind and was afraid I would let it leak.

I would like to officially introduce you to our baby-

baby sonogram, sonogram, 12w sonogram

{Baby D was so active the first time we met}

He/she is 12 weeks and 3 days old.

What a surprise.  What a blessing.  What a miracle.

I always thought conception and birth were amazing, but now that it’s happening to me and I get the front row seat so to speak, I am just in awe of our Creator, His way of bringing forth life, and the way He fashions us.

I’ve always wanted to be a mother and now that I am, it feels surreal.  Can’t understand why God would allow me to be.  I still have so much to learn, etc.  I know He will use this baby as a huge way he teaches me though.  I am so thankful.

I can’t imagine a better father for this child than my husband.  He is the most genuine, caring, thoughtful man I know.  He loves so well, and sacrifices daily, he is an awesome teacher, goofy as you would never believe, and as serious as he should be when he needs to be. 

If there are two things this baby will not lack in it is: affection and love. 

I am so glad that Micah and I can be an example to him/her of parents that adore one another.

I dont want this blog to turn into a pregnancy or baby blog, however, I’m sure a lot of posts will now consist of the ways God is sanctifying me through pregnancy and preparing us to be parents.  I’ve already had huge lessons!