Monday, June 24, 2013

28 Weeks: Third trimester?!

I can't believe we are in the third trimester. Where has the time gone? 

Maybe we should sign up for a birthing class...

How far along? 28 weeks & 3 days
Total weight gain: 25 lbs or so
Maternity clothes? Yes, but I have been wearing a lot of stretchy regular clothes too, like that maxi dress! 
Stretch marks? Nope. Using a combo of a friends homemade belly butter & Palmer's
Sleep: Not to shabby
Food cravings: anything sweet. To be "healthier" when I have a sweet craving I try to eat an apple with nutella, but sometimes chocolate fudge cake just wins me over. Darn you chocolate fudge cake. I mean I love you...
Anything making you queasy or sick: mushrooms
Miss anything? My summer wardrobe (& shopping for new summer clothes)! 
Gender: Girl, Emmah Elizabeth
Labor signs: nope
Have you started to show? You tell me.
Symptoms: lower back pain, Braxton Hicks contractions, achy feet
Belly Button in or out? still IN. But just barely...
Wedding rings on or off? off, just to be on the safe side. 
Happy or Moody most of the time: This week I think I have been more happy than moody ;)
Best Moment this week? Feeling Emmah's hiccups, so cute.
Looking forward to anything? Trip to NY to see family & have another baby shower for this little one.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Like Walking on Water

I don't know about you, but every so often I find myself nervous and unsure about the future. 

I find myself hesitant when uncertainty is around the corner, when things do not go as planned.

If you don't know, I am a planner.

I keep a budget, make lists and stick to them.

I make plans.

When things do not go according to the plan, I start to panic.

I start to doubt who is in control and who holds my future.

My husband reminded me of the story when Peter walks on water.

Peter and the other disciples see Jesus walking on water and are in shock. Then, Jesus calls Peter to step out of the boat and walk to him. 

Peter does the unthinkable, trusting and putting his whole life in Jesus' hands and steps out of the boat. 
(Keep in mind, they are in a storm with waves crashing all around them)

Like Peter, I think I have stepped out of the boat. I have verbally, whole-heartedly committed myself to Him, putting my life in His hands.

But then the next part of the story comes into play.

Next, Peter realizes that he is walking on water and becomes afraid.

For one second, he allows fear to overcome him and he begins to sink

Peter cries out "Lord, save me!" and immediately Jesus reaches out his hand and pulls him from the water. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt".

Like Peter, I doubt.

At the drop of a hat, I doubt.
I believe that God's plan for us is whats best, but then life throws a little curveball and I question my entire life.

So how do we put total faith in God and rest in His peace and His plan?

I think that it involves living life in the moment. 

Living life day by day, enjoying the small treasures that He reveals to us daily, and being thankful.

I want to live life in the moment. Not worrying about tomorrow. Fully dependent on God.

Like I'm walking on the water.

Instead of panic, I want choose to rest.

Will you join me?

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own"
Matthew 6:34

Friday, June 21, 2013

Hiccups & Braxton Hicks

Last night while trying to fall asleep, I felt baby Emmah having a case of the hiccups for the first time! It was so cool to be able to recognize that that was what was going on. It was just a consistent little thump in my belly, the cutest thing! 

Shortly after her hiccups, I believe I felt my first braxton hicks contraction! A friend of mine told me that when she had them, her belly would get really hard with no pain. Last night, my belly got hard and I had a tiny cramp that felt like a minor period cramp. It lasted for only about 60 seconds, if that. 
Who knows?

I can't believe that I have less than 90 days left in this pregnancy!
Where has the time gone?!

We can't wait to meet you baby Emmah!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

27 Weeks

Yesterday I had my 27/28 week appointment and had the dreaded glucose test. You know, the one you have heard horror stories about. The one where they make you drink this awful liquid and then take your blood an hour later to test for gestational diabetes? 

Well I am here to say that.... it was a BREEZE! There was nothing bad about the drink I was so hesitant about. Nothing. at. all. From all of the terrible things I have heard, I was expecting to have to force down a huge amount of sugar-water mixture, that tasted worse than dog poop, while plugging my nose. 

It tasted like a flat orange soda. And it was only 10 ounces.

Anyways, on to an update at 27 weeks!

How far along? 27 weeks & 4 days
Total weight gain: 25 lbs 
Maternity clothes?  Yup. I have 2 pairs of maternity shorts & a be band so I can wear my regular shorts!
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Pretty good, but peeing A LOT.
Food cravings: ice cream 
Anything making you queasy or sick: mushrooms
Miss anything? A beer & coffee coffee coffee coffee. iced coffee.
Gender: little lady
Labor signs: Nope
Have you started to show? Oh yeah baby
Symptoms: back pain, huge boobs, calf cramps, moodiness.
Belly Button in or out? still in!
Wedding rings on or off? Unfortunately off. My fingers have been swelling on the days it gets hot out so I just took them off to be on the safe side. 
Happy or Moody most of the time: The hubs says I am moody. Poor guy.
Best Moment this week? Hearing Emmah's heartbeat (she kicked the instrument as soon as she put it on my belly) So funny.
Looking forward to anything? Still waiting to move & begin decorating Emmah's nursery!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

2 Year Anniversary

Yesterday the hubs & I celebrated 2 years of marriage! 

Here are some A LOT of photos from one of the best days of our lives.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

3D Ultrasound

As a baby shower gift from my parents, my Mom took me to have a 3D ultrasound so we could see baby Emmah together!
(And let's not kid here, to confirm that she indeed is a girl)

I had the ultrasound done at 23 weeks, which is a little early (most people wait until around 30-35 weeks or so) but it was the only time that my Mom would be able to go with me.

It was an incredible experience. 
One I will never forget.

She looked so peaceful and snuggly in there.

Oh, how I love her.

And lastly, we have our little baby giving what appears to be the middle finger. 
I think she was over the whole ultrasound thing...

If you are ever near the Salisbury MD area, I highly recommend getting a 3D Ultrasound at Wiggles & Giggles  !
Martha was fantastic and exceeded all of our expectations.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Baby Shower in Delaware

While we were on the east coast, it was a perfect time for a baby shower!

A BBQ/Baby Shower actually.
I helped my Mom plan, and it turned out perfect.

We got to spend time with friends and family, while celebrating Baby Hamme, Emmah Elizabeth!