Walking in the Lord's Grace day by day....


30 Weeks Today

30 weeks Bare Belly Party! I just love these Poloroids that I have taken every couple of weeks. We keep them on the fridge! :)


29 Weeks

How big is baby:  29 Weeks | An Acorn Squash (what the heck is that, here I googled it for you)
How I'm feeling:  Pretty good! Last week was such a crazy week. I only got to attend one Yoga class and this girl felt it. I guess I assumed that I was just feeling good naturally, but I really think my classes have been preventing pelvic pain ALOT. I was pretty uncomfortable late last week but feeling great this week after a couple prenatal and barre classes already!
Weight gain/loss:  37-40. Yes, hit another big number this week. Just trying to take it with stride and going to start adding about 20-30 minutes of walking a day in. Along with with my yoga and barre. At least try to do the cardio 4 days a week!
Stretch marks:  None I see yet. Definitely more "veiny"
Sleep: Alright. Continuing Pancake-ville. Some nights are better than others, but pretty much always up and going by 7:30 these days. It's so odd to want to get up cause you are sore. I also am dealing with some swelling of my hands in the early am. I must be grabbing my pillow a lot.
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: CHOCOLATE. I must need some more magnesium in my body. Lindt Chocolates the blue kind are kind of irresistible to me. I need to definitely not buy anymore for the house as I like them a bit too much. That is the only thing I really feel guilty for having more of lately. The worst of it is that peanut butter and banana with dark chocolate chips, but I think that is pretty good instead of getting a blizzard or hot tamales or something. The 60% Ghirardelli, 60% Bittersweet Chocolate Chips are perfect! I always keep Choco in the freezer so I have to eat it slower! Another favorite right now is BEETS and goat cheese! AHH so nummy! I also had some Kale Salad with Lemon and Oil from Kowalski's yesterday and it was delightful. Still in LOVE with Pink Lady Apples. Less on the Pears this week.
Movement: Of course last week after I posted how moving around he was he had a super quiet day. I almost called the doctor but the next morning he was ok. My ob said to call next time and not wait. Since then some big flips these days and more movement. Definitely has his quiet times too which is sometimes hard. But he seems to like early morning 6-8am, then is quiet for awhile and like 6-8pm and 10-12pm. I want to start tracking his "active" times more.
What I'm loving: Being back at Blooma more, it just really helps me mentally and physically know I can do it! Also, this week I only had one photo shoot and the last three have been really busy with stuff so grateful to have a prep week with only a couple of mentor sessions to get ready for our busy May ahead.
Symptoms: Swelling in hands in the morning. Achy hips during sleep. Achy ribs. Hungry and Thirsty often. OOOO and last week got my first Leg cramp! OUCH! I was thankful it was in my shin instead of my calf, but it still got me up at 3:30am walking around the living room. My Pelvic pain was terrible on Thursday and Friday. Literally ICED my crotch because it hurt so bad on Friday. Helped a ton. It did lessen over the weekend, so again going to keep being a nazi about attending Yoga and Barre. Also currently sitting on a pillow on a chair, as my couple of desk chairs are hard.
What I'm looking forward to: Tomorrow is 30 Weeks! I am so excited to have a slow Saturday ahead. Every weekend through May 1st-June 15th are full coming up, so I am excited to have a slow day just resting and hanging with Matt hopefully if he doesn't have too much grad school homework.
Best moment of the week: This week definitely was the best because of two of the sweetest PAST clients!!! First I dropped off my Dec 2012 couples wedding album that turned out beautifully and stopped in and got a tour of their amazing condo that they completely refinished. But of course Rachelle BLEW me away with having my favorite Lindt Chocolates and cut up Pink Lady apples for all of us to snack on while I was there. I about cried I was so grateful! Honestly the SWEETEST. Then I got a package in the mail from one of my past clients who I hired to make some changing pad covers for our nursery. Miss Crystal had made a wet bag randomly, something that I had been meaning to buy with my fabric and it's just PERFECT. Seriously about started bawling....must be emotional stage for me, but just overwhelmed by the GOODNESS of others. I owe so many of you thank you cards! They are on my to-do! Also, Baby Z got his first camera from one of my winter couples this year. It is the CUTEST!
Verse that I am clinging to:  Ephesians 5:15 : Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise. I think it's so easy each morning to forget WHERE and WHO my identity is based in. I often drift into the day's activities before my quiet time and EVERYTIME I fall into my flesh trap. I just need to continue to MAKE HIM first and really live my life like the Lord is who I based my identity in!

   | I might share my Bare Belly polaroid tomorrow!!! | 29 Weeks and 6 days |


28 Weeks

How big is baby: Week 28 | Eggplant
How I'm feeling:  Grateful for this time of being pregnant, so grateful. Definitely had my first two big pregnant cries this last week over things that I couldn't really control. I am not usually a cryer, but definitely experienced the feeling of crying over nothing. The first one was a July Moms online board that I was posting and participating on, that thought I was a self promoting/selfish when I posted my weekly photo. The board was upset I wasn't loving on others or participating as much, but like it was in high school it's just hard to see people talking about you in a negative way when you never meant to come off that way. I barely was able to be on the boards 5-10 minutes a day with work so I couldn't keep up much or post as much as I guess others want you too. So I've decided the board is not for me. Great community and info there, that many of my friends love, but the amount I cried my face off last week after reading words about me from people I never met, just makes me realize for my heart it something I need to back away from and fill with other community. Like the amazing people at Blooma. Girls that I see each week face to face. The second thing was our crazy adventures of how we got our van. Read below in the best moment of the week look for the **.
Weight gain/loss: 32-35. Passed my GD test with flying colors, I was super excited about this!! :) Praise Jesus!
Stretch marks: None I see yet.
Sleep: Reasonable, I do get up many times a night but don't feel the "normal I don't want to wake up crabby feeling" if that makes sense? My hips hurt quite a bit so I have to flip sides a lot.
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Lindt Chocolates. The blue ones. Can't stop. And this week definitely more Pink Lady apples than pears and salads and odd but Jimmy Johns Unwich.
Movement: Praise The Lord for this! I am finally feeling pretty consistent movement and it's so cool to see my belly move from the outside. It's definitely such a blessing and I think I will super miss it when he is born.
What I'm loving:  Movement (see above) and also some shower gifts from those who can't attend are arriving at the house as well as nursery items. It's just getting more real!!
Symptoms: Top of stomach ache and stretching. Bloating and stress (this week was kinda rough) I tweaked my neck pretty bad last friday (I think it had something to-do with getting my Tdap and then going to a workout class after) so I hadn't worked out for about 5 days. So excited to get a walk or two and getting back to all my normal Blooma Classes. Definitely feeling "bigger" this week, which is so crazy cause last week I felt so small. I know I sound stupid talking about this, but I want to remember the weeks as if we get blessed with another pregnancy someday, maybe my body will do the same weekly things?
What I'm looking forward to: Continuing to set up the nursery and getting the dresser built. (It was finally in stock and I got the last one!!!) Also, the weather getting warmer and going on more walks outside.
Best moment of the week: Getting a van!!! Whoop! It definitely was the best deal we had seen out there with one owner, low miles and taken care of really well.

A bit of fiasco going to get it.....here's the short version. We found the car listing on late Saturday night and called to go up 3 hours away to look at the van. So we drove up with my parents to see it. It was a great one! Low Miles, One owner and just in really great shape! It was ours and we were going to drive back up in the week to transfer title and official pick up the van. On the way home while all four of us adults were in my parents car, we ended up hitting a trailer hitch that was in the middle of the road and was unavoidable. It made a huge noise and as we pulled over realized it had punctured the gas tank and was dragging with us. As we looked underneath, gas was POURING out of the car, so we quickly got out and walked to the next rest stop. We were very lucky the sparks and the gas didn't blow up the car! So we sat in the rest stop restaurant for a couple hours as my sister and husband came to get us and then a couple hours home. It was also a blessing to have a repair shop open on a Sunday and picked up and towed the car to be fixed locally.

So we get home that night all exhausted! We gear up to go get the van a couple of days later and also pick up my dad's fixed car. I stay at my parents house about an hour north to get a head start in the am. We left the house around 6:45am after a rough night sleep for me, we set off north! We got the van, cleared the title and hit up lunch. Then proceeded to make our trip back with all three cars in tow. We got about an hour till I saw from behind that something underneath my dad's car had fallen off and was dragging. I was so freaked it was the gas tank again, I was flailing my arms, beeping my horn and trying to get his attention to pull over. Luckily it was only the muffler, but such a pain after the car had just been fixed. My dad macgyver'd it up with some wire and we kept on our journey. We continued our drive as my mother drove my car behind me all the way to our house. When we finally arrived around 4pm that day. I realized that I was missing something.........my wallet.

The last place I had it? At gas station 2 hrs back up north. I frantically google the number for the gas station and PRAISE THE LORD. Confirmed that they had it and got back in the car. BAWLING my eyes out about having to add another 4 hours in the car. ** This is where I experienced my second HUGE pregnant girl cry. I was just so upset that I had forgotten it and that it was such an extra haul to go get. But my mom, bless her heart drove most of the way, encouraged me to rest and we got it (with everything in it, again Praise) I was home by 9:30pm. 6:50am-9:30pm, pretty much in a car driving continuously. OOOFFDA. Like I said it was an CRAZY adventure to get this sweet van.

Verse that I am clinging to:  "Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved." (Psalm 55:22 ESV) & Psalms 86:15 “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”

In all the hard circumstances and stressful situations I just felt the Lord's presence as we prayed when we didn't understand why my parents car broke down or why the ladies talking about me really hurt my feelings. I just have felt such a strong amount of gratitude for blessings in our lives, even the little things like my dresser being in stock, I just thank the Lord for as He is the giver of all good things.



27 Weeks

How big is baby: 27 Weeks | Cucumber (these are so weird, week to week, I feel like they get small and big)
How I'm feeling:  Honestly most of this week has been really great. I spent a good chunk of it in North Carolina and it was great. Tiring and super busy but great. I felt like I nourished really well last week and my body really feels good. I think I had a good amount of swelling that has gone done since I returned home but all the sudden from feeling huge, I am feeling quite small which is SO incredibly weird. Also, started listening to the Hypnobabies tracks and reading some of the info. Not sure what I will do with it yet. If anything the tracks are helping me relax and sleep :)
Weight gain/loss:  30-33. Weighed myself when I came home and was under by .5 from when I left which was encouraging. This morning was up 3 more, I think my barre class and pushups are building some muscle!
Stretch marks:  None I see yet. Need to lotion more!
Sleep: Definitely getting less and flipping more often (Pancake Sleep is what I call it) Taking more naps as I can. Also, the last couple of nights waking around the 3-5am hour and starting to get hungry again.
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Chocolate! Lindt especially, goodness/gracious. Pears and broccoli. Odd things but OH so good. I had a beet salad last night that was delicious. I did a pretty good job of eating whole food while I was traveling and it just really reset my body. I definitely think I am doing that at home. I just ate more Salads at night (out to eat, a bit more simple to do so) and was just really happy with how I felt.
Movement: SO off and on. This is the part that has been worrying me the most. It's SO different that what I feel most pregnant moms describe. They talk about the baby active as every kicking a storm and it being uncomfortable and it's just not that way for me right now. I am just trying really hard by lifting the worry up in prayer, but it's hard. Feeling the little man more today which I am grateful for.
What I'm loving: It's the 3rd TRI! I can't believe it already, but grateful that we have made it that far. I also am slightly obsessed with the maternity photos we took on the beach in North Carolina. It was crazy stressful to actually take them (4hr drive, longer than we thought, short time on the beach, hair all caput.) But SO grateful we did go even if it was exhausting.
Symptoms:  This week my body seems to have normalized my crazy last couple of weeks weight gain, so odd to be feeling small? A little heartburn. LOTS of rib pain in the back, not sure if that is caused by the bra issue. (none of the Amazon ones fit, ordered some more this week, as I returned the others) HOT, being so much warmer!!! Especially in North Carolina, I am a little worried at how warm I am going to get this summer. I was literally trying to cool myself down with frozen veggie packs at Mackenzie's house this last week. Also, lastly exhausted again. Needing naps.
What I'm looking forward to:  Being done with my GD test this Friday. I just have no idea what to expect here as I don't ingest much sugar at all besides a banana and chocolate chips. So I just am hoping the syrup doesn't throw my body into crazy shock or itchy-ness. Hearing the heartbeat on Friday will be awesome too. I think I get two shots this week, so just being done with those!
Best moment of the week:  Getting back to Yoga and Barre at Blooma after a week of being gone. My body just feels so much less sore and tight when I am doing these classes. GRATEFUL for them. Also, seeing my teachers and classmates, its so fun to get to know other mommas!Also walking outside has been super amazingly great!
Verse that I am clinging to:  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? Matthew 6:27. WORD. This has been what I have been holding onto. It seems like I can worry about ANYTHING. It just was odd that on Sunday I felt so small (as in my belly) I just started to fear something was wrong. I wasn't really feeling him much the early part of this week, so really trying to separate worry, anxiety and intution. I have an appt this friday to make sure heartbeat is good and such, but it's just hard sometimes to not let your mind go 0-60 about worry. So just holding onto this verse and giving it all up to JESUS. Asking Him to take away the worry and just bring to mind something or worry if I need to address it. It's all about surrender. Just hoping and praying they are thriving and safe in there.
Photo: Love these Old Navy tanks! They are SO comfy!

Beach Baby | Green


26 Weeks

How big is baby: 26 | Weeks
How I'm feeling: Definitely more tired this last week, odd as I haven't been much in the last months. Need to get to bed earlier. Especially as I am posting this at 2:19am. Whoops!
Weight gain/loss: 30.5. The doctor was fine. Everything checked out fine as far as labs go, but the doctor wasn't too reassuring or encouraging about my weight. So I am just going to try to continue to work out and eat as clean as I can! That's all I can do and it's not worth worrying about if my labs, bp are all coming back fine.
Stretch marks: None I see yet.
Sleep: Waking up to toss and turn about every hour. Feeling like I am still getting reasonable sleep.
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Pink Lady Apples and dark berries.
Movement: Definitely more movement more often. Lighter it seems, but he is staying nice and high near my bellybutton during the day.
What I'm loving: Just being grateful that I am pregnant. Yes, things are getting bigger and different but I am grateful. Excited what the Lord has in store for us for a vehicle as we almost snagged a van (new to us) for all cash. It was a great deal, but just excited that we are ready to buy another car. Just praying the right on comes for us to grab as we have been out bid on the last two ones we were interested in.
Symptoms: Ribcage & Chest growth. Exhausted. Just getting bigger. Out and up to another Bra size and for lack of better words up in underwear to. I thought I was on top of things with a recent order to get the next band up for my bras, but I jumped again. I have definitely seen a gain in my chest and noticed a bit in my arms this week. Hoping the ones I shipped to North Carolina will fit! I definitely get the most discouraged about my body when I don't have a bra that fits. Starting at a 34FF and now not fitting into 36G. I am a little afraid of where this is going to go post milk coming in. But the bright side is I have found places to get larger bras besides spending $70 at Nordstrom every couple of months. Today I bought underwear package, I honestly don't think I have had Hanes in a package underwear since I was around the age of 6 and they were probably little mermaid kind. HA! Oh the joys!
What I'm looking forward to: BREATHING IN THE BEACH. I am reading Ina May's Childbirth book currently and going through all the birthing stories. I just love how they use token words like "rush" instead of contractions and SO SO SO many women spoke of thinking of them as ocean waves. So honestly I am excited to hear them, see them and walk in them (even if they are freezing) I just want to visualize as much as I can. Also, just walking outside. It is glorious.
Best moment of the week: Finishing our registry finally. It was a bit stressful and I am sure I am missing stuff, but it is done! It's so tough these days when Target doesn't have as wide a selection and with the Wausau folks with no Babies r Us. We went for Amazon! I just love Amazon and you do get a 10 or 15% to close out your registry at the end, so at least we can get discounts, even if minimal people purchase there.
Verse that I am clinging to: Psalm 73:26 | My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. I have been SUPER tired this week. Just leaning into GOD'S strength and power.
Photo: Shot Maternity photos with Mackenzie tonight and will share more photos and talk all about my NC trip in the next post!

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