Baby No. 3 :: 28 Week Bump Update

5:00:00 AM

28 weeks! 7 months!

Time is passing by so quickly this pregnancy. I'm feeling the pressure of getting the nursery ready, but we have been a little preoccupied here in the "Sunshine State" lately as we brace for Hurricane Irma. Even though we are safe and sound in our home at the moment, we will most likely soon be without power and who knows the devastation that we will wake up to after the storm has passed. Our city has been booming and thriving lately so it is going to be a bit sad to see what will become of our hometown in the aftermath, but we have survived other storms and we will pull together and recover as always.

It is sad that it takes tragedy and catastrophe to bring us all together as human beings, because mother nature sees no color of skin or political party. She will take out whoever stands in her way, rich or poor, black or white, Democrat or Republican. If only we could always put aside our differences to take care of one another...

Getting off of that soap box, here is how mommy + baby girl have been doing lately:

How far along? 28 weeks
Total weight gain: +18 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes (for the most part)
Stretch marks? none
Sleep: Trying...could always use more.
Best moment of this weekThis little lady is so active and I absolutely love feeling her dance in my belly. 
Miss Anything? Sleep; however I know it will be a good while before I get good sleep again.
Movement: Yes, it's the best!
Food cravings: sweets. I could really go for a Reece's peanut butter cup right about now.
Anything making you queasy or sick? This morning, cooking bacon was not pleasant.
Have you started to show yet? Definitely
Gender: girl
Labor Signs? no. Thank goodness, she needs quite a bit more time to cook.
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time? Happy, but a little stressed this week with work + kids out of school + hurricane preparations.
Looking forward to? Starting to put together the nursery after this hurricane passes. I have been gathering a few items here and there, so I cannot wait to start putting it all together!

Clinging to these verses the next few days as we continue to make our way through hurricane Irma, but very relevant for all of life's storms that may come your way (physical or not) :

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with surging."
Psalm 46:1-3


How Potty Training Changed Me

3:00:00 PM

As I sat there in the playroom with my youngest son, he is wearing no bottoms and it was the first day of potty training. I didn't really know how to do this the first time around with my oldest son, and even though I had read countless articles on how to potty train; him being the first it was really very much trial and error. I was overwhelmed + frustrated + exhausted when I was trying to train my oldest, but this time around I had a "plan" and have had a few more years to (hopefully) learn some patience and a few dos + don'ts. However, potty training isn't the point of this post, rather what I learned in the midst of it.

On this day, while in the thick of potty training, something in me changed. I sat there completely devoting my attention and time to watching my son play. No housework or other things to distract me and it was one of the most precious moment I have experienced in quite some time. As I watched him independently play + learn + explore in his own little world I realized just how fleeting time really is. I will never get this time back and it is making me appreciate more than ever that I don't want to miss a moment.

I am normally the type of person consumed by my daily to-do list of laundry, dishes, the NEVER ending amount of dog hair that needs to be vacuumed daily, cooking dinner, etc. And even though all of these things are important, they most days end up taking priority over playing with my kids. I should mention I am very much the type of person that can't sit still when there are things around the house that need to be done.

Yet, in this moment of watching my nearly 2 year old play, making sure he doesn't pee anywhere, I had an epiphany. That there will always be time for laundry + dishes + cleaning, but there won't always be time to play with my kids. This moment right now that I have in front of me will never happen again and there will come a day, I know faster than I can possibly imagine, that my kids will no longer be around all of the time. It is inevitable. They will grow and this sweet (but exhausting) chapter of life will come to a close. Cue the waterworks.

So today I am making a vow, to myself and to my children, that I will always be ready to play. I will still provide them with clean clothes + a clean home to live in + good food for their bellies, because all of these things are still quite important, but they will not take precedence over my time with them.

I want to make sure they know that I am always there for them, even if that just means stopping what I'm doing for 5 minutes to run around with a super hero cape on or read a book. To wait until after they go to bed to finish the dishes so I can participate in bath time + bedtime routines. To take advantage of a sick day home with my kid and play board games or watch movies with him. Because let's face it. Time will never stop or slow down, so it is up to me to make the most of the time that I have.


Baby No. 3 :: 24 Week Bump Update

1:01:00 PM

Holy cow! I can barely wrap my head around the fact that this week marked 6 months of being pregnant with our next little babe. Life has been moving at full speed getting the house as well as big brothers ready for baby sister's arrival, but I am trying my absolute hardest to take every moment in. We plan on this being our last baby (at least naturally) so I am really trying to enjoy this last pregnancy as much as possible. Every kick I feel is a beautiful reminder of the miracle that is growing this tiny human in my belly.

I have reached this happy place in pregnancy, where I feel pretty good, I'm not super uncomfortable yet and I have a lot more energy (which I am trying to use to my advantage basically re-organizing our entire home). It is a lot, don't get me wrong, and there are days when I am just tapped out, but this little one growing in my tummy has brought this beautiful energy to my soul and I couldn't love her more.

How far along? 24 weeks, 3 days.
Total weight gain: +15 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes (for the most part)
Stretch marks? none
Sleep: As much as I can get between potty breaks 
Best moment of this week: Feeling this sweet baby dance in my belly. She is all over the place lately, but I love every minute. 
Miss Anything? Diet Coke. Trying to be good and not drink any for the remainder of the pregnancy...I caved a few times early on.
Movement: Yes, it's the best!
Food cravings: chocolate
Anything making you queasy or sick? Not really, just really strong smells make me gag.
Have you started to show yet? Yes.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs? nope
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time? Happy
Looking forward to? Starting to put together the nursery now that the boys are moved into the same room + the playroom is complete! Yay!

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
Psalm 139:14

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