Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A "Tiny" Announcement

I know that pretty much everyone who reads this blog is friends with me in real life, so this may be somewhat anti-climactic, but--it is with great joy that I want to let y'all know we are expecting baby #2 in August!! I am a little past due with posting this to the blog (we let the cat out of the bag a couple weeks ago), so I will jump right in to letting y'all know how it's going so far, if you are interested! 

Right now I am 14 weeks along! There is finally a sweet little baby bump: 

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 14 Weeks
Size of baby: Around the size of a navel orange. 4.5 inches and 3 oz.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained around 4 lbs I think. Will go to the doctor tomorrow and know for sure
Maternity Clothes: still wearing my regular clothes but have started using that awesome thing called a BellyBand on some pants (if you aren't familiar and are pregnant, look it up!), or the old ponytail holder through the buttonhole trick on my jeans
Gender: We don't know yet but hopefully will find out in the next month or so
Movement: I know it is very early, but I am sure that I felt the baby move last night. I was lying very still on the couch. I think the second time around it is easier to distinguish between a moving baby and a rumbling tummy.
Sleep: not the greatest. I wake up a lot in the night and sometimes have crazy dreams! But at least that makes for interesting memories in the morning! 
What I miss: Being able to breathe normally. I have been very short of breath this go-round. But that's ok! It is all for a good cause. :)
Cravings: Sour candy and frozen fruit
Symptoms: as I mentioned above, shortness of breath is the main one. Congestion, insomnia.
Best Moment this week: feeling this precious child move! I can't wait til he or she gets a little bigger and I can really feel it well. I love lots of things about being pregnant, but that is probably my favorite.

"Certainly you made my mind and heart;
you wove me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give you thanks because your deeds are awesome and amazing.
You knew me thoroughly;
15 my bones were not hidden from you,
when I was made in secret
and sewed together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw me when I was inside the womb.
All the days ordained for me
were recorded in your scroll
before one of them came into existence."
Psalm 139: 13-16

It is pretty amazing to know that the Lord's knitting and forming and sewing is happening right inside my body. It is also extremely humbling and yet exhilarating to be the vessel for a miracle. I do not take it for granted. I do not consider these things without considering the fact that there are many who struggle with infertility. If that is you--I do not know why I am pregnant and you are not. I certainly have done nothing to deserve this blessing. However--I do know that the Lord knows the plans that he has for you--and they are to prosper and not to harm you. To give you hope, and a future.   I do not have all the answers-but I do know that for sure.   

I am so thankful for this precious child, and I look forward to sharing this pregnancy with y'all over the next few months! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sweet Valentine

  Since my sweet valentine was out of town, I went down to the church house last night to help out with the Valentine's Day banquet going on there. There was a great turnout! I am terrible at estimating numbers in a crowd, but the fellowship hall was packed out:

Got to sit next to beautiful Brit after we helped serve the food:

Earlier in the day, I got some flowers from Taylor--called in all the way from Malaysia! He has been speaking and playing harmonica there at a conference for work for the last week. 

Two dozen of the most beautiful roses I've ever seen. And they smell as incredible as they look:

And then here is a pic of my first valentine ever from my precious baby boy:

Melts my heart! 

Although he was none too thrilled about the little valentine party he attended in the nursery:

 Bless him. He did enjoy the pizza the kids ate for supper. Talked about it all the way home.

I hope you had a fun and happy Valentine's Day!  

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Nashville Reunion

I got to spend last weekend on a girls' trip in Nashville with a group of some of my best friends from college. We make it a point to do this once a year, in varying locations. Nashville was a new one for us but it made good sense as it is centrally located for pretty much everyone. We had a BLAST! Those three days were filled with lots of food and laughing and way too little sleep, which I did not mind one bit.

Babs, Scarlet, me, and Tricia at a fun East Nashville restaurant called Margot:

I sure missed my boys but I don't think this one was any worse for the wear: 

His Pop has introduced him to fudgesicles, and there's no going back. He calls them "bicycles", which is pretty hilarious. 

 Here is a pic of the veggie plate I ordered at brunch on Sunday. Told you there was a lot of eating! 

We went to a new restaurant called Husk. It was upscale down home cooking. How's that for an oxymoron. I can't wait to go back. It was excellent. 

But the company was even better. Mac and sweet baby Greer, Emily, me, Babs, Audrey, Scarlet, Tricia, and Wade. 

After brunch, most everyone headed out of town, but I had decided ahead of time to stay an additional night so I could spend some time with my Nashville cousins, Barry and his wife Kelsey and Ann and her husband Rich. I am so glad I  did! Got to spend some time reading to Barry and Kelsey's sweet boys Will and Luke, and hung out with Ann and Rich as they prepared food for their Super Bowl party that night. Their three kids were in and out, working on lots of homework. Later than night, I got to spend some extra time with sweet Emily. We went to a Super Bowl party at a friend of hers' house and then turned in a little early. After coffee and breakfast at The Frothy Monkey in 12South on Monday morning, I headed out of town. 

  I definitely plan on going back and visiting again Nashville again soon! Every time I'm there I remember how much I love that place. It is the only other city besides my hometown that truly feels like home to me. I think I could live there in a heartbeat. I'm not sure if it's the music, the people, the town itself, or what. There's just something about it. When I was in dental school we seriously contemplated moving there when I finished. Due to several things, we decided against it--but I must say I hope to visit as often as possible! I'm thankful we have so many friends and family members there.