Monday, May 30, 2011

35 weeks


I know this post is a little late...however, I didn't have internet service all weekend. Also- fair warning. There are several pics of me bare belly coming up. So if you can't deal with it. No offense taken and stop reading.
This week I am 35 weeks pregnant. Whoop. It is HARD TO BELIEVE there are only about 5 weeks till baby girl gets here. I really cannot comprehend that!
She is around 6lbs and about the size of a honeydew mellon. Pretty much is is just adding weight and maturing her lungs at this point. (And making my ribs feel like they are bowing out!)
We got to go to the lake this weekend to celebrate memorial day/relax with our small group. It was seriously the best weekend. Not for any particular reason. We didn't do much, the boat was in the shop so I didn't even actually get out on the lake, and the lake was so high we couldn't walk to the dock, so we had to take the fishing boat to get out there and tan. However- It was exactly what I needed (Dan too). A weekend with no agenda, no plans, good fellowship, and just pure relaxation. I honestly can say I didn't even think about anything going on here in KC, anything going on in our daily lives. I just enjoyed the time away. We got to lay out a ton and my skin is now a wonderful shade of light pink that doesn't hurt at all and in two days will be an "awesome tan". (When I say awesome tan- I mean although the rest of the world will still see me as pale, white, ghostly, ect...I will feel like I have some color).

I do feel like we have a ton of stuff to do before baby girl gets here and I have started a massive to-do list knowing full well that it all will never get done. But there is no harm in checking a few things off the list.
Last but not least here is my 35 week pic and a few pics from the weekend.
35 weeks- swimsuit edition
This is pretty much what I did all weekend. I also slept a lot and ate a lot.

Dan and Rob tubing off the back of the fishing boat
Love, La

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Honestly.

Today I feel kinda gloomy, grumpy and super over emotional. I feel like I am being attacked by the enemy and although still standing I am a bit worse for the wear. This morning a friend from church emailed me some encouragement and this verse was included.
photo rights belong to Alea Looney

Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecc 4:12

We stand in this life with our savior Jesus Christ. We are a cord of three strands. And we will not be easily broken.
Love, La

Saturday, May 21, 2011

34 weeks

34 weeks!
Oh my goodness what a crazy week it has been! I can easily say it has been the hardest week of my pregnancy so far, however, it has also been the week I have enjoyed being pregnant the most.
Sunday night I had my work baby shower! One of my closest work friends Becky is two weeks ahead of me so we had a combined shower! It was super fun and really cute! All the girls from work who planned it out-did themselves and we both ended up with some really great stuff! Here is a pic of us being preggo and stuff!
Tuesday night we had our maternity shoot and Wow did our photographer do a WONDERFUL JOB!! She seriously is amazing. Check her out HERE. I know after you see a couple of the sample pics you are all going to want to book her ASAP. I mean seriously she has mad skills.
*All photo credits for this next section go to Alea Looney and are not to be copied*





ummm yeah. I told you they turned out well! And that is only a few of them. Some of my favorites I didn't even post.

Wednesday was a busy day. Baby girl wasn't moving a whole lot so I went and had an ultrasound done. They did what is called a biophysical profile and she passed with flying colors. However, the ultrasound did show a few other things that will ultimately change our birth plan from birthing naturally at The New Birth Company to a hospital delivery at St Lukes on the Plaza. The rest of the week was busy with making new doctors appointments- it is funny when you tell the scheduler you are a new patient and they tell you they can get you in to see the doctor in 3 weeks. I ended up doing a lot of explaining and telling them I am 34 weeks preggo and can't wait 3 weeks for my first appointment. Turns out the practice I am switching to has an appointment coordinator and let me tell you SHE IS A GOD SENT! She has made the transition over to a new practice and all the details it entails MUCH easier! I had my last appointment with my midwife friday. I love her! She seriously is an incredible woman and an incredible CNM and I am very sad to be leaving her care.
Then I worked Thursday and Friday night and here we are to Saturday- busy week!

Here is what I know for sure-
*The ultrasound estimated baby girl to be over 5 lbs. She has some LONG arms and legs
*I love being pregnant. Seriously it has been so easy and wonderful! Yes I have had back pain, leg cramps, acne, and have been somewhat emotional, however- I really love it. I love her moving, I love how I look (I know right!?!) My husband even loves me being pregnant. And I am sad that this is coming to an end. I feel like 2 weeks ago I was over being pregnant and now I don't want it to be over!
*I am super excited to meet our daughter. Dan and I are so thankful that God chose us to be this exact baby's parents and we can't wait to get her into our hands (Yes I know this sounds a bit confusing since I just said I don't want to stop being pregnant, but you know what I mean!)

Here is my official 34 week pic
Love, La

Thursday, May 19, 2011

this is my best friend. this is our life. it isn't glamourous. it isn't always fun or easy. but we love a lot. we laugh a lot. and i am thankful that this is the life we live.

I know God won't give me more than I can handle, I just wish he didn't trust me so much.- Mother Theresa
Love, La

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Rocking to the Oldies

So....this is what I do with my friends.

We dress up, completely clear out our living rooms, and workout to Richard Simmons. Yep, we are cool...but at least we have fun being cool.
This is What happens when you are 33 weeks preggo and your friends make you laugh really hard...or you sneeze too hard
Yep that is a pee spot. NICE.

And here is a video of the experience for your enjoyment. Sorry I'm not in it. I had to make it which is truly a shame cause my lack of rhythm truly is incredible. (Richard doesn't instruct much in his videos...he just MOVES and expects you to follow. That is why everyone looks so lost.
video
Love,
LA

33 weeks

Oh my gosh! What a busy weekend it has been! I cannot believe how jam packed these weekends get. And the weeks too really!
I am 33 weeks this week and managed to snap a pic, but I have no idea what is happening this week! Oh well maybe I will get around to reading our "week by week" book.
So my little broseph graduated from KSU this weekend. He has a bachelors in biology and Psychology. He is staying at KSU working in a lab studying aspergillus and will be starting his masters/doctorate in the fall. WOW- he is smart. He was trying to explain how he researches the fungi and I was TOTALLY LOST!
Here is a graduation pic of the little bro and I! I am so proud of him!!!

Then last night Dan WON tickets from his work to see Cirque du solei at the sprint center in a SUITE! It was awesome! A FREE date night, free food, AWESOME seats, and an incredible show.
Here we are at the founders club before the show feeling ALL VIP!
Then this morning was Emily and Wyatt's daughter (Clara)'s dedication. It was so great to see a community come together and bless and celebrate this little girl!
Soon clara will have a little BFF! We are pretty much going to force our kids to be friends. Em and I have been friends since 5th grade and have stayed close since then.
Last but not least here is my 33 week pic!
All of this yesteday, and we have my MIL over for a birthday bbq as I type and I have my work shower tonight! Bah! BUSY WEEKEND!!!!
Lots of love,
LA

Monday, May 9, 2011

Miscellany Monday


Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

Hop on over to carissa blog, link up, and join in the fun.

1. I have been wearing the same purple tank top for the last 3 days. Yep I know, I should change my clothes. And in my defense I haven't worn it without ceasing, I have worn other things and then changed back into it, showered and changed my underwares, so whatevs.

2. I miss my old feet and my old boobs. I know my old feet will return someday, but the boobs I fear are gone forever.

3. My belly button is so stretched out that it actually hurts now. I don't think that it will "pop" because of how it is stretched, but I guess we will have to wait and see.

4. The nursery is almost done all we have left to do is hang curtains (and get them). I love how it has turned out and that we have done so much of it ourselves. It has been fun putting the room together with dan for our little girl.

5. Lastly here are a few pictures from my shower




Love these girls- they are all High School Friends.
That's all for now.
Love, LA

Sunday, May 8, 2011

32 weeks and mothers day


First off I want to say happy mothers day to my MA. I am so thankful to have such a wonderful mom. I hope someday my daughter and I can have a friendship like I now have with my mother. She did a wonderful job of being a mom and not a friend when I was growing up, and it is fun to have her as a mom and a friend now. I love you MA.
(Yah- we don't look ANYTHING alike huh? JK)

Now- onto the baby stuff
32 weeks. WOAH! I honestly cannot believe we are already to this point. 8ish weeks and I get to meet my sweet baby girl. I get kinda giddy just thinking about it.
Things that happened this week (we will do fun things first)
*Baby girl turned head down- I am WAY more comfortable now. (comfortable is a relative term here...I am comfortable as far as that word fits into being 32 weeks preggo)
* I had my first baby shower. It was lovely! And so much fun. (I also cannot believe how much STUFF babies have/need) We are so thankful for all the wonderful things we received for baby girl. I wish I had pictures to post-but of course I forgot my camera so I will have to wait until someone posts them on Facebook, or gets me a disc of the images. I seriously would forget my head if it wasn't attached.
*Laci got to come into town to help throw the shower-so it was fun to see her as well.
*Our nursery is pretty much done! We got our toy storage shelf thing at the shower so all we need to do now is hang curtains and put the storage unit together.
On the not so fun side
*I had to take my glucose tolerance test this week. Not the most fun thing ever. I could stomach the SICKLY sweet drink, the "soccer star" (as one friend put it) having kicking practice with my ribcage, and the blood draw but.......I FAILED IT! SOOOOO that blows. I now have to completely change my diet and eat very differently. High protein, low carb....BOO. bye bye to my frozen yogurt trips, eating jimmy johns on their delish bread, rice, rolls, ice cream, chipotle- I may cry over this one. (Okay who are we kidding I have cried SEVERAL times over this new development and I only found out on friday) However, I know it is healthier for me and baby girl at this point so its only for 8ish weeks- I can do it!
*Since baby girl turned head down I now pee about 100 times a day. I woke up 4 times last night to pee between 11 and 4. Yah. NICE. And the worst part is that when you do pee it often is just about 3 drops, yet you feel like you have to pee SOOO BAD. However, I will take this over her being sideways. =)

Check out this video. I pretty think it is the sweetest idea ever. I may or may not have gotten a little choked up watching it.
Love, La

Friday, May 6, 2011

May Sixth

We all have significant dates in our lives we remember. Birthday’s, Anniversaries, National Dates of celebration or tragedies. May 6th is one of the days for me. It is significant in a lot of ways but mainly it marks a major turning point for my life. It is the day I decided I was worth something and that I would let myself be loved. I would no longer chase love. I would not longer try to save another person by loving them endlessly without being loved in return or protecting myself from harm. May 6th 2006 was the beginning of a long- and I mean LOOOONNNNNNGGGG road that would lead me to a healthy life again. Starting that day and in the months that followed I began to let God love me again. To believe what He said about me. That I am wanted, that I am worth it, and mainly that I am loved. Loved unconditionally, without reserve, and that His love is just waiting for me to let it penetrate my heart & life. I know now that I had to let God love me before I would ever be able to let others into my life and love me.
I remember thinking I may die on that day, and in the weeks and months that followed. I sure felt like I was dying of a broken heart, of hopes that were promised and spoken of so freely but were done so without any guarding of my heart.
I guess truly a little bit of death is exactly what I needed. I needed to die to my very broken, messed-up self and let God take over. So even thought I fought it and strayed so many times the loving goodness of my savior was patient and faithful and finally I begin to follow instead of resist.
So I guess I just wanted to remember today. May 6th. As an anniversary of letting myself be loved, of new, genuine, and honest relationships and of the reality that unless I let God love me FIRST the love of others will always fall short. It is an anniversary of new beginnings.
I am so thankful that these new beginnings included meeting my husband and letting him show me faithful, honest, unwavering love. Christ-like love.
I am thankful for renewed relationships and openness with friends.
And lastly- I am thankful for this baby girl. I pray that she too will know the goodness and faithfulness of Jesus Christ and that she feel his love from a very young age.
Love, La

Monday, May 2, 2011

miscellany monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters
Hop on over to Carissa's Blog and join in on the Miscellany

1. I SHOULD be in bed napping, so I can work tonight, however I am updating this bloggity instead. rebellious.

2. There is a little child currently kicking me in the ribs, and I must say although they are sore, it is a nice relief from her former transverse position-which was UNCOMFORTABLE!

3. I rarely get sentimental. I just am not that kinda girl. However, yesterday I was at my parents looking through pictures trying to find baby pictures of me for my shower- and I got choked up several times at some of the pictures I saw. First was a pic of my mom and grandpa walking down the aisle at her wedding. Dan and I got married at the same church as my parents did and the pic just reminded me of the ones of me and my dad walking down the aisle. My grandpa passed away several years ago and it just reminded me of how quickly time passes by. Then I also was getting choked up at the pictures of my parents with me as a newborn. The thoughts/feeling they must have had- WE are about to experience those. Again- time just passes quickly I guess. I know, I know...mushy sentiment, but it's rare on this blog so deal.

4. Our nursery decorating is coming to a close and as our house fills up with stuff for baby girl it is HARD TO BELIEVE she will be here so soon! I am sad to see Dan and I's family of two leave, but I am excited for the adventures that our new family of three will encounter. I am so blessed and lucky to have a man that loves me so much. I could not have wished for a better husband or father for my children. I am blessed beyond measure to be living this life with him! Seriously- it must be the hormones...mushy.

I guess I will leave you with that mushy mess for today.
Love, La