Friday, March 29, 2013

Induction Day

I haven't had much to say...I'm still pregnant. 41 weeks to be exact. Way too long and I know people who got all the way to 42. God bless them. 
 I may look happy in this picture but let me tell you, up close you would see splotchy eyes and hear a lot of sniffling. I cried A LOT yesterday. A LOT. So many emotions to deal with when you are planning an "induction" that I didn't have to deal with the first time around. Add to that it being the second time around and you get all the emotions of 'losing' your 'baby'. So needless to say, I cried. And cried. And cried. Everything made me tear up. And poor Griffin, he kept saying, "You don't need to be sad, Mommy. You wipe away those tears." And then he, himself, had a super emotional day....which of course made me cry some more! He is the sweetest kid and I'm so excited for him to be a big brother and so sad for him to not be my only, all at the same time.  Check out how we spent our "last day" at my personal blog if you'd like to. 
Bottoms up. Castor Oil Egg/Ham/Cheese scramble. 
"Induction" day.

Here goes nothing. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Favorites this week: March 24

Waist Grace by Lisa-Jo Baker
A seriously awesome look at fitting in your skin!

After Steubenville by Ann Voskamp
An incredible look at the worth of women, through the eyes of Jesus, and what we need to teach our sons (and daughters).

Bringing it down a notch by Kristen Howerton
Seriously. Seriously. Isn't wearing green and adding some food dye enough!?!

Raising Daughters by Kristen from We are THAT Family
I think I needed to hear this for ME too! Great read for ALL women as we all have other women and girls in our circles of influence, whether we are raising daughters or not.

101 Snacks by Stacy Myers
Oh my goodness, Stacy says these are for the husband on the go...no way! They are for everyone!! I can't wait for 'maternity leave' and to try some of these out!!

Humility 101 by Rachel from Dreams of Perfect Design
Exactly how I feel about raising a child...the experience is so humbling! I really was a perfect parent before I had kids:)

Peace for Bad Days by Erin MacPherson
It's always encouraging to know I'm not the only one...

Better Me Than You by Missy at It's Almost Naptime
A powerful reflection on what we're really celebrating at Easter.

Letter to Mothers by Ginny at Cheetos For Breakfast
A great reminder for mom's of ALL ages.

Sharing? by Very Bloggy Beth at Popsugar
Hmmmm....what do you think? Raises a lot of good points and thought provoking.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Guest posting

Today I'm over at my friend Rachael's blog. Rachael, her husband Nate, and their family are currently in the adoption process and I'm so excited to be a part of their lives...this has been a long-time coming from call to fruition and their story is one of God's faithfulness over time!! Their story is one that encourages me to trust in God's plans and timing! Check them out at: Andrews Family and consider supporting them through prayer, donations, encouragement, or even through Rachael's business Celebrating Home (all proceeds from sales go directly towards adoption costs).

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What a week

What a week...and it's only Wednesday! Baby has not arrived. I was really hoping for a St. Patrick's Day delivery. Oh well. Now that my magic day has passed, I'm actually planning hoping that baby waits for the weekend, or even next week.

I've been so, so, so hormonal lately. This is so different than what I remember with Griffin. Like out of control. God bless Ryan for putting up with me, I know I've been trying his patience. And God bless Griffin for being so forgiving. But the cure is delivery so we wait.

Why Baby can't come...

Today: My sister has her gender ultrasound today. And I don't want my baby to have to share the limelight. I want them to be and feel special. Plus, I have a job lined up.

Tomorrow: I have a job lined up and my sister will have just announced what they are having.

Friday: It's my in-laws 40th anniversary...and again, I want Baby to have their own special day.

I'd prefer baby to wait until Sunday night or later because....

Saturday: is a good friend's wedding

Sunday: a good friend's son's 2nd birthday party.

So there you have it Baby. See you next week:)

Plus, we still don't have names. ARG!!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Life raft

It's been awhile. I've been busy. Nesting like crazy. (No, really.)

Tonight I was so tired. I was showered and in pajamas by 5. Grumpy and in bed by 7. Ignoring the toddler while he watched a dvd in bed next to me while I tried to sleep. Now it's 10:15pm and I'm wide awake, despite the fact that I haven't slept yet.

I get really uncontrollably emotional when I'm over-tired. Add into that, 'normal' end of pregnancy hormones and you can imagine that my face is red and splotchy and I sound really awesome trying to breath right now. Although I desperately need sleep...I need 'this' more right now.

What is 'this'? I don't really know how to explain it, other than I have found a 'community' and I cling desperately to it at times like this. A place where I can find other women, other mommies, other wives struggling with the same things I'm struggling with. All striving to do this life well, to follow Christ, to be great wives and moms...and sharing in the hardness of it all.

It's what keeps me reading and searching for great blogs. It's what is driving me to write more, share more, and offer more of myself.

And up at 10pm when I'm distraught because I yelled (multiple times) at my 2 year old and the husband because I'm so freaking annoyed by everything right now....'this' finds me THIS. And I know I'm not alone. In a profound way, God is using other women to reach me, grow me, rescue me.

And I want to be a part of that.

Motherhood, wife-hood, Christ-following...it's all SO HARD sometimes. I hope, if you're reading this, that you can find a little friendship here on my corner of the internet. That you'll browse through some of the blogs I read and find encouragement too. That together, we can do this...and do it well. Better than if we were 'alone'.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sick? and Tired!

So I think I'm sick. Again.

BOO!

It could be allergies but I'm doubting that.

Sneezing, drippy nose, sore throat, sinus pressure.

YUCK!  (And I just got over this).

I don't want to labor while sick...BUT...I am so ready to meet this baby!

I am SO tired. Literally.

And tired of not being able to sleep. Not being able to eat. Tired of being 'obese'.

I've got a busy day planned today. Ikea tomorrow (and our carpets are getting cleaned!). A friend's baby shower Saturday. Dinner with friends Sunday and a possible belly painting session. Work on Monday.

And Baby is allowed to interrupt any of it. LOL!

I can't wait to say, "I'm not pregnant!" I can't wait for a squishy empty stomach. And a baby in my arms.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

pro·cras·ti·nate


proh-kras-tuh-neyt

verb (used without object)
1.
to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.
verb (used with object)
2.
to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.

I am such a classic procrastinator. I do my best work when there is a fast approaching deadline. I do no work when there is no deadline at all. 

Which is why I think I enjoy making New Years goals every year. 

I know I am goal oriented and need to self-impose deadlines if I'm going to get anything done. Unfortunately, I know they are self-imposed so it often doesn't actually help. However, occasionally, something happens which does in fact force a deadline upon me. 

Like a due-date. Impending labor. A newborn plus a toddler. 

And BAM! I have gotten SO MUCH done that I've been wanting to do for ages...years in some cases, in just a few weeks. 

And all I can think is, I want to live like this all the time. I want to JUST DO IT. Not put it in a pile or add it to a list. A lot of these things I've finally accomplished were easy and quick. But because I let them sit and pile up, they become insurmountable. 

SO, with that in mind. My goal is to simply get as much as I can done before Baby arrives and then do something, anything, everyday. Or at least every week. 

And say 'no' more often. I don't want to add to my piles until they are smaller and my life is even more simple. 

Last BIG thing I want/need to do before Baby is a trip to Ikea...hoping for Friday with my mom! And then I should have all sorts of goodies to help me finish up a bunch of things on my list:) 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Absent

I know I've been absent from here lately...really, I just haven't been writing. I've still be reading all of you. And finding new and inspiring blogs to add to my list. What an amazing resource the internet can be!

My excuse...I've been nesting like crazy. Like C.R.A.Z.Y.

This is so different from last time. There is literally nothing more important to me than...cleaning out the junk drawer, painting the master bedroom...fill in the blank with something different every night.

Things are coming together nicely, and as much as I am so ready to be done with pregnancy...I'd really like to finish a couple more things before baby shows up, lol!

But honestly Baby...you can come anytime. All this stuff really can wait!

And I think we have our girl name!! Still need a middle name and a boy name. But I'm feeling good, we're definitely headed in the right direction!