Sunday, July 29, 2012

thirty one.

Baby is as big as: A head of lettuce (belly photobombed the words!) 
How far along? 31 weeks
Sleep: Sleeping much better lately! 
Best moment this week: Coming home Tuesday night to find the hubby put the crib together! So sweet. We have spent the past week organizing and beginning the process of putting the nursery together. Pictures to come when its ready!
Miss Anything? Some of my clothes that no longer fit...
Movement: This baby flips and twirls and swims around all.the.time. And, I love it.
Food cravings: More cheese and chocolate this week. 
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: Nada
Belly Button: Outtie
Symptoms: Back ache here and there and puffy feet thanks to this 100+ degree weather!
Wedding Rings: Mostly on, but they're getting REAL tight.
Looking forward to: Seeing the nursery set up!!

"every good and perfect gift is from above." James 1:17

Monday, July 23, 2012


How far along? 30 weeks
Sleep: Yes...I managed to catch a cold this week and have been sleeping like a snoring baby. Too bad for my hubby and cousin who had to sleep in my bed at the beach!
Best moment this week: Getting the crib in the mail! Ready to put it together any day now.
Miss Anything? Sushi. With raw fish. And wine.
Movement: Yes, elbow jabs all day long and flips and twirls.
Food cravings: Chocolate and cheese. And a random cracker+Cheese+peach slice at the beach. 
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: Nada
Belly Button: Outtie
Stretch Marks: Maaaybe. Unconfirmed-but I just bought Bio-Oil just in case.
Symptoms: Back ache and puffy feet 
Wedding Rings: Mostly on. 
Looking forward to: Putting the nursery together, and seeing body parts move across my belly (as I have been told by many women is in our future). 

"Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." Col 3:23

Friday, July 20, 2012

a baby shower in pictures...

 cute little baby toes...favors
 guess the belly game

skyping with the sis

Thursday, July 19, 2012

twenty nine.

Baby is as big as a: Cabbage
How far along? 29 weeks
Sleep: Still tossing, turning and sleeping. When possible.
Best moment this week: First baby shower! 
Miss Anything? When a party doesn't wear you out. You would have thought I ran a marathon and all I did was attend our baby shower. Sheesh.
Movement: Squirmy little wormy.
Food cravings: Chocolate!
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: Nada
Belly Button: Outtie
Stretch Marks: No
Wedding Rings: Mostly on when my fingers stay indoors in the AC.
Looking forward to: Getting the nursery together now that we have all of this fabulous loot from our baby shower! Feeling very blessed!

"Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." Col 3:23

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

pregnancy survival kit

So 9 months ends up being a whole lot longer than it looks upfront.

Not in a bad way. In a God's giving you plenty of time to be thankful and prepare for this little babe's arrival kind of way.

And along the way, you come up with things you can't, under any circumstances, live without.

I saw this on LittleBabyGarvin's blog before I got pregnant, and decided I would come up with my own list one day.

And so I have.  And I'm sharing it with you. Preggers and non-preggers alike.

This would make a stellar pregnancy survival kit to gift to any new momma's out there.

IZZIE Sparkling Fruit Juice: This is the perfect thing to bring along to the beach, lake, friends houses, etc. when you miss drinking a glass of wine. Its bubbly and fun and you may or may not get very sick of having water all the time. Clementine and Blackberry are my favorites! You can find them at Target in the drink aisle. [Oceanspray also makes a sparkling cranberry version that's my 2nd fav.]

Water Tumbler: You are supposed to drink about 2 quarts of water during pregnancy (holy moly!) I carry my tumbler with crushed ice in it everywhere [and I mean everywhere] I go. I have been known to stop by Panera's soda station to fill it up with water, even when I have not purchased a thing.  Or a friends house. Or a random office water cooler.Thankyouforthefreewater.

Cetaphil Facial Cleanser: My first iota of a clue that I was pregnant was that my Proactiv face wash BURNED my face. Like through several layers, my face was on fire (figuratively) and no amount of cold water would stop it. Turns out pregnancy and Proactiv, nor salicylic acid, play in the sandbox nicely together. However, remove wonderful face cleansing products and add hormones, what do you get.....pimples. So all pregnancy long, I have been on the hunt for something to CALM MY FACE  down. A Pharmacist friend suggested Cetaphil. And I love it. Gentle, but tough, and does the trick on mostly calming down the new pimples.

Sparkling water: Again, you may get very sick of water.  So I have tried many tricks. Sparkling water + fruit. Sparkling water+ Strawberry lemonade + fruit. Sparkling water + IZZE sparkling fruit juice. All of them make me happy and mix it up enough for me not to go gaga.

When the Belly Button Pops, The Baby's Done: This is beautiful, God-loving, month-by-month pregnancy guide written by a mother of two. She is no doctor, but she will make you laugh and turn your pregnancy worries, fears and concerns over to God instead of going neurotic. Read it along side What To Expect When you're expecting. It won't disappoint!

Witch Hazel: For those zits that pop up that just.wont.go.away. Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that acts as an anti-inflammatory and feels nice and cool on your skin. I got this okay'ed by my OB, make sure you do too! It shrinks the zits and dries them up a tad so you can wake up and feel refreshed {instead of afraid }to look in the mirror.

Tums Freshers Mints: For anyone out there who has EVER had heartburn, you know how awful TUMS taste. Mostly like flavored chalk disintegrating in your mouth. So, if you, too happen to suffer from 7+ months of heartburn thanks to baby-on-board (or maybe its just a part of your life), these little mints are awesome. They are literally the size of mints, less chalky, and take you about 1/3 of the time to chew and get rid of the evidence.  I carry them everywhere with me, and may have made hubby do a late night run for more tums.

Greek Yogurt: Protein is your new friend. You, my pregnant friend, are supposed to have 60-70 grams of protein a day. Yowzers. Greek Yogurt has 14g of Protein. For comparison sakes, 1 egg has about 6g of protein. So unless you want this baby to starve you into hysteria all day long, I highly encourage finding snacks packed with protein. Enter in Greek Yogurt. There are TONS of flavors and its delicious and good for you too!

Have a happy and joyful pregnancy! 

"Every good and perfect gift is from above..." James 1:17

Monday, July 9, 2012

twenty eight.

How far along? 28 weeks
Sleep: Yes. If tossing and turning and waking at random hours for no particular reason counts as sleep, sure, lots of "sleep".
Best moment this week: Going out on the lake with all of our friends to celebrate the 4th! 
Miss Anything? My feet not swelling in this CRAZY heat. What the what?!?
Movement: Splishin and a splashin, movin and a groovin...all the time. Namethatsong.
Food cravings: Peach cobbler. 
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: None really this week! Labor dreams though, or rather, my baby was born and I'm-trying-to-figure-out-what-day-she-was-born dreams. Hopefully that won't be a problem in real life.
Belly Button: Outtie
Stretch Marks: No
Wedding Rings: Mostly on when I'm not subjected to this heat wave. 
Looking forward to: Getting the nursery together and our upcoming baby shower. Woo Hoo!

"Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor." Proverbs 21:21

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Strawberry Daiquiri Mocktails

Hello summer!

AKA Hello 90+ degree temperatures.

And being hot all the time.

And trying to find ways to stay cool.

While being 7 months pregnant.


Well pre-pregnancy I would have settled for a glass of cold sangria, Margarita, or a cold cold glass of wine.

Enter the Strawberry Daiquiri Mocktail.

And the awesome thing about this Mocktail?

Without all the rum and sugar in it, its basically just a smoothie. With attitude.

That will make you daydream that you may actually be drinking a cocktail.

The perfect sweet and tart drink to enjoy this July 4th. (With or without rum!)

Strawberry Daiquiri Mocktail
adapted from Dave Lieberman

5-6 sweet strawberries
1/2 lime, juiced
1/4 cup sparkling water
4-5 pieces of pineapple
2 Tbsp pineapple juice
1 peach, diced

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until pink and daiquiri-like in consistency. Add more liquid as necessary to blend.

"Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body." Proverbs 16:24

Monday, July 2, 2012

twenty seven.

Baby is as long as an: English Cucumber (~ 15 in)
How far along? 27 weeks
Sleep: Well after staying up incredibly late this weekend for wedding festivities (see above), I got some of the best sleep I've had in 27 weeks! (aka sleep un-interrupted with having to pee for about 6 hours). Amen.
Best moment this week: Seeing a very dear friend of mine marry the man of her dreams! {And getting to carry my little bean to the wedding.}
Miss Anything? My waistline. 
Movement: Yes! Our little ballerina-gymnist is very active.
Food cravings: pimento cheese and she crab soup. But, hey, I was in Charleston. I'm pretty sure pregnancy had little to do with it!
Have you started to show yet: Can we stop answering this question yet?
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: Braxton Hicks here and there
Belly Button: Out. SO out.
Stretch Marks: Nada
Wedding Rings: Mostly on
Looking forward to: Getting our nursery put together! We cannot make up our minds on a crib!! 

"He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them-He remains faithful forever." Psalm 146:6