Trust in the Lord your God, and lean not on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Ps 2:3-5

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ten Things Tuesday

Today, I am thankful for:

1. A healthy active baby boy. This little guy moves almost nonstop! Not only does it constantly reassure me that he is growing just the way he should, it also provides a source of entertainment throughout the day as I watch my belly roll and jump all by itself.

2. Friends who have been there, done that, and want me to know all about it. I have never been one to be bothered by "too much information". I'm so lucky to have friends that want me to know all the wonderful and not so pleasant aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-partum time. I feel so prepared and so less anxious, just because I know no topic is off limits.

3. My nieces and nephews. Perhaps I've mentioned them before? Well, they're still so precious to me, and I can't wait for Andrew to be able to meet all his cousins!

4. A new sewing machine. Okay, so I've technically had it since June, but just recently decided to get over my fears and use it. It's a wonder what a modern machine with new parts can do, as opposed to the 1972 model from my Grandmother that I was "using". I'm so proud that I've been able to do most of the bedding and such for Andrew's room myself. (okay, so Mary helped me A LOT, but still).

5. Insulated mugs and plastic straws. I am able to remember to drink lots of water so much easier when I can keep a ton of it on my desk staring at me all day long. I can always feel a difference on the days when I don't get at least 60-70 ounces in.

6. 3 year old chatter. I'm looking forward to spending an evening with my favorite 3 1/2 year old little girl. You never know what is going to come out of her mouth!

7. Other people's blogs. I have found the most helpful blogs recently, that have helped to spur me to do better at trying new foods and planning ahead with our menus and grocery shopping.

8. New recipes. I sometimes get overwhelmed when I sit down to look at all my cookbooks or magazines (which has probably contributed to my lack of desire to plan meals right now), but I do love a new idea or new flavor combinations.

9. Our nation. Even though I did not vote for our President, I am hopeful that the promises he has made and the changes he is working toward will be a positive thing for our country. God tells us to respect our leaders, and I have no doubt that that certainly includes the ones that we don't agree with. I have faith that He will continue to carry our nation, and that we should look to Him for guidance and answers in the years ahead. "Troublesome times are here, filling men's hearts with fear..." but his is our Rock and our Salvation! We are still blessed to be citizens of the United States.

10. A husband with a sense of humor. We probably giggled more than we should have during childbirth class, but I am so grateful that we don't take ourselves or each other too seriously. And while I have promised a swift kick to the groin if any jokes are made during the actual labor, I know that's his own way of dealing with stress, and that I will probably need a little "mood lightening" then!

On the baby front...

I am 32 WEEKS pregnant! That means I only have 8 weeks (or less! yikes!) left until we get to meet our little guy. Where has the time gone? I am definitely feeling pregnant now. I get uncomfortable a lot, especially in my back, and get tired so much quicker than I am accustomed to. We have 3 or 4 showers scheduled this month, which is amazing (see how blessed we are?), so we should have everything we need soon. I'm working on getting things lined out at my job for my maternity leave, and have begun my last semester of teaching at UCA. So many changes right now, but I know it's all worth it. We're preparing for the biggest and best change of our lives!

Pics of Andrew's bed and my belly coming soon.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Is it really January already?

Where has the time gone? It's January, y'all. That means that in just over 10 weeks (or less, as everyone keeps pointing out to me), this little guy will come to live with us. Ours. Totally dependant on his momma and daddy for everything. Can you say "scared out of my mind"? Reality is starting to set in, and while I can't explain the happiness I feel, I also am just plain terrified. Pregnancy hormones are a beautiful thing, aren't they?

I didn't realize having a blog would be so hard to keep up with. I haven't posted anything since Thanksgiving, but really, what do I have to talk about, besides my belly is getting big? Or, gee, it's a little harder to get up off the couch now? I don't want to use this as a place to post complaints or give everyone lovely details about pregnancy related "joys". But I figured since we just had Christmas and New Year's, maybe that would give me something interesting.

We had a great Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with the Hearne's, and then the weekend with my family. Chad got his precious Blu-Ray player, and we have spent the week watching movies and playing Rock Band together. He also did very well on his gifts to me, which he is so proud of. I got a new cookbook, and under counter cookbook holder, a personalized chef's hat, and 2 Wii cooking games. I'd say the guy knows me pretty well, huh? Andrew racked up; I think I opened a total of 7 presents with his name on them, most of them thanks to Aunt Amanda.

I've been off work for 2 weeks now, and have one more week to go. We've been working on the nursery a lot. We finished painting, hung new blinds, and got the furniture up. Next up will be finishing bedding and then just putting everything away. I'm still amazed at the amount of stuff we have been given already. I'll post pics of the room as soon as it's presentable.
We are starting 2 week doctor visits now. I had my glucose test this week (not pleasant, especially considering the waiting room was a toasty 80 degrees), and will have another ultrasound in a couple of weeks. Andrew is growing and beginning to be quite the wiggle worm. It's so funny to me to be able to sit and watch my belly jump around and twitch with his movements. I'll post a belly shot below. Since I haven't posted one in over a month, you should be able to see quite a difference. Everyone seems to enjoy pointing out "as big as you are, you'll probably go early", and "that's a big boy in there". Doesn't really add any calm to my current state of nervousness! Even Chad takes great pleasure in reminding me what a big baby he was and that "Andrew will probably be 12 pounds". I'll take whatever size the good Lord determines I can handle, as long as he is healthy. 2009 is going to be a year where our lives change forever, in the best way possible. We'll become a little family of 3. Happy New Year everybody!

Below are some Christmas pics of us, the nieces and nephews, and a belly shot. Enjoy!