Thursday, May 30, 2013

Memorial Day 2013

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day! The weather for us was just beautiful, so we took advantage of it and spent most of the day at the beach some of my family.

This kid loves the beach! He spent 30 minutes straight just throwing rocks into the water.

Pretty sisters.


Warning: The following images just may just blind you.

Trying to get Sam to pose with me....

Then we got smart and bribed him with cookies.

Once we were all pooped from the sand and sun, we went back home for naps and then over to my parents for a cookout! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pregnancy Diary 2: Week 36

We're coming into the home stretch now. 4 weeks and counting. Baby will be here in no time! Birthing supplies are bought, and ity bity baby boy clothes are washed and waiting for their dresser to be painted still. The nursery is still very incomplete. Not that he will need it right away, since he will spend the first few months in mommy and daddy's room, but I would love to have it mostly put together beforehand.

The lovely pelvic aches and pains of pregnancy have finally decided to make an appearance. Lot's of gruntin', groanin' and waddlin' going on over here. Baby's head is definitely down, and ready for launching day. I am so thankful I am not going to be super pregnant all throughout summer. I am packin' so much extra heat it's crazy. On nights where I would typically still be wearing socks up to my knees, sweatpants and a long sleeved shirt to bed with a blow dryer to warm up the sheets, I am now sleeping with no pants, the sheet barely on me and a fan in the window blowing 40 something degree air right on me. I was such a hot mess, minus the hot, on the days where it's been in the 80's.

Everything looked good at my last midwife appointment. No swelling. Measuring a little small, but I always do. Weight gain is a little under what I was for both Will and Sam at this point, although goodness does my belly seem bigger this time around. Next week will be the dreaded GBS test, and then one last look at my blood to make sure everything's all in good order.

I am totally running out of clothes that fit me/cover my belly, but I am so close to the end, that it seems silly to buy anything more. I pulled out all of my normal, summery, empire waisted style dresses I thought would still fit me....I was wrong. So wrong. I am feeling a bit under the weather today with a lovely sore throat, cough and nose all stuffy, so today is being spent at home in my sweats and trying to take it easy. Here is the belly at 36 weeks! Here I am at 36 weeks with Sam.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Thoughts on being a mom

The fact that I am finally getting around to writing and posting this 3 days after Mothers Day pretty much sums up my life as a mom. There is always something or someone else needing my attention. Whether it is laundry needing to be folded and put away (uh, always) or a child with yet ANOTHER question for me, time  completely to myself is rare. As I am writing this, even though the house is silent with both boys napping, the thought that there are other things I could be doing instead will not leave my mind. But I will choose to ignore those things, for now, and hope that perhaps during tomorrows nap time I will get around to doing them. Although, I do have two episodes of Call the Midwife to catch up on as well. Hmmm....decisions, decisions.

I have really been struck lately with the profound role a mother plays in the lives of her children. From the seemingly small task of being there to kiss a boo boo or playing a game or five of Crazy 8's to the obvious teaching of life lessons and leading them down the path of righteousness with the correct form of discipline, they all play a part in that child's life forever. And it is a part that most often goes unnoticed and unappreciated, or so you think. It may take years for them to realize it. They will most likely be all grown up by the time they do, but they eventually will get it. I know, because I was once a young, unappreciative child who is now grown up with kids of her own and now....I get it. I get what a sacrifice it was for my mom to birth, feed, clean up after, homeschool and raise all of us EIGHT ungrateful and disobedient kids. And from the deepest part of my heart, I respect and thank her for that.

Back when I was dealing with my bad morning sickness, the boys and I spent one night at my family's so we could be taken care of. As Will and I were laying down to go to sleep, my mom sat and prayed over us. Even as a grown woman of (then) 26, I was so comforted just by the presence of my mom. It made me think of all the times I was sick as a child, and how just having my mommy by my side made it so much better. Now, having kids of my own who sometimes get sick, even though I may be tired beyond belief from getting up every hour when they cry out for me, knowing what comfort I can give to them simply by laying next to them or stroking their cheek is such a great privilege.

The day to day tasks of cooking, cleaning and thinking the whining will never end can make one quite weary. Why bother cleaning when it is just going to get messy again in 5 minutes. Why bother disciplining when it seems like they may never learn to obey. It may seem like what you are doing is a waste of time. That you are just a simple housewife/stay at home mom who will never make a mark on society. But those are lies. Sure, you may not be out in the work field making money or serving as a missionary in an underprivileged country. You may not be making moves in politics or have your own business selling who knows what. (Although, major props to any mom who does any of those things as well!) What we do as moms serves as such a greater purpose than we may ever know. Because one day all of your time spent caring for, raising and instilling all things good into your kids will come to fruition. One day your children will grow up to be business owners, missionaries, politicians or preachers and do great things for the glory of God. And THAT is what being a mom is all about.

I am so grateful for these two (technically three!) sweet boys who made me a mom. They challenge my patience one second and the very next come over to give me a hug and kiss for no reason at all. The whining and fighting can just about drive me crazy, but then seeing them cuddling together on the couch melts my heart. I am blessed.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Pregnancy Diary 2: Week 34

Wasn't I just sitting here writing for my 32 week post? Not much has changed since then. I could probably just copy and paste what I wrote last time, and it would all be true. I do feel like the baby has dropped a bit though, since the past couple of days I have been feeling a little more discomfort in my pelvis. The pillow between the legs while sleeping is definitely a must these days.

My biggest concern is just trying to eat enough. My appetite is so bad! Nothing sounds good, except for sweet things, and it is quite frustrating. Now, it's not like I am eating ice cream and chocolate all the time (very rarely actually), but all I want to eat is peanut butter toast, english muffins with LOTS of butter, yogurt w/ granola, baked sweet potatoes and fruit! So much fruit! I know my body typically doesn't do the greatest when I over do it on sweets or carbs, but I am trying not to worry about what I am eating and just make sure I eat something.

Here is the big ol' belly at 34 weeks. Here I am at 34 weeks with Sam.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Maternity photo shoot :: 32 weeks

My sister and I went out one afternoon last week to get some pregnancy photos that were a bit more fancy than the selfie's in my bedroom mirror. The flowering trees at a local park were just gorgeous and the weather was sublime. 

She did a great job getting some good shots. People always say I am photogenic, but it is so not true. You have no idea how many shots she got of my lazy eyes or me in the middle of talking. Thanks Vally!