Sidekick 34 Week Bumpdate

IMG_5815 IMG_5816How far along: 34 Weeks! Every week feels like a blessing at this point!

Baby is the size of a: Butternut Squash Average size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lb.

Stretch marks: Yeppers! I shared last week how devastated I was. Totally dumb but it made me really sad.

Sleep: Nada. There has been lots happening to those close to me on top of being uncomfortable in terms of the pregnancy I can’t get settled and then I just lay in bed and worry on top of the discomfort.

Best moment of this week: Watching Eli and Aaron mow the yard together. It was so precious to watch Eli “follow in his dad’s footsteps”. Aaron is for sure is hero and it is so sweet.

Miss anything: Wearing shoes and not feeling self-conscious about how swollen my feet are. I am a boat. There are literally no shoes that I own currently that aren’t uncomfortable. I am swoll for days!

Movement: So much and I love knowing he is doing well even if it is uncomfortable for me. It give me comfort feeling him.

Food cravings: Sweets! Chips ahoy and Donettes. At least I am consistent.

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope

Gender: A little man.

Labor signs: Cramping but that is it.

Belly button in or out: Still technically in but getting close.

Happy or moody most of the time: Moody for sure. Lots of tears this week. I have a really awesome husband that listens to me when I am a hot mess. Thank you Aaron.

Looking forward to: Closing on our new house this week!!!! Let the crazy begin!

Just because they are so funny I couldn’t help but post them the pictures below are included. When Eli saw Aaron was going to take my bump picture he ran into the picture and said “Cheese” I reached around to include him but the pictures just ended up looking like I am shoving him into my rear-end and he is miserable! Ha! He really was saying cheese. Aaron clearly wasn’t that helpful in telling me that it looked super weird. These could totally end up on awkward family photos. So photo fail yet again but I got a good laugh out of them. Next time I will make sure he stands in front of my tummy.

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Sidekick 33 Week Bumpdate

IMG_5719 IMG_5720 IMG_5723How far along: 33 Weeks! I am still in shock that I am this pregnant!

Baby is the size of a: Durian Fruit (What the heck is that?) Average size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lb.

Stretch marks: Yes…and I cried when I saw them. I know it sounds totally dumb but I was so sad when I saw them. They are on the under side of my stomach so they may have been there for weeks without me seeing them. At any rate I caught a glimpse of one while curling my hair getting ready for a date with Aaron and I was devastated. It really makes no sense to me that it bothered me and still bothers me so much. It is not like a wear belly shirts or bikinis ever but it was just nice to not have them I guess. Oh well. I know Aaron will still love me and some of the most incredible moms I know have them so I should get over it and just take pride in the fact that I got them carrying my baby.

Sleep: Still no. I have had a few good nights this week but the biggest annoyance now is that I have gotten Carpal Tunnel in the last week and it is from how I hold my hands while I sleep. So now I will wake up with numb arms and hands. As well as terrible aching in my right arm primarily. I told Aaron you know you are old when you buy yourself wrist guards on your birthday. Ha! I refuse to wear them in public for fear of looking like Megan from Bridesmaids. But seriously…this is what I feel like walking around my local grocery store and church.

bridesmaids-itsmemeganBest moment of this week: My date with Aaron for my birthday. It was a very busy week so we weren’t really able to do a whole lot for my birthday but we snuck in a two hour date while my mom watched Eli. Since listing the house we have shown it 15 times and have an accepted contingent offer. That is a huge blessing and I am certainly not complaining about the showings but this is one tired momma and a little quiet conversation with my man was a huge blessing to me. We are still praying for an offer that isn’t contingent on the sale of another house so we can move our things without worrying about un-staging our home. Please join us in praying.

Miss anything: I still feel good but I am struggling to feel pretty or sexy in any way. I now have carpal tunnel like I mentioned earlier so I look forward to feeling like my non-pregnant self again in terms of the swelling that is apparently affecting my wrists. You can see from the pictures that my feet are super pudgy as well. Yuck!

Movement: Still lots!

Food cravings: Sushi! I got some for my birthday lunch with was wonderful. Don’t worry all of you who are judging me. It was all cooked or vegetable sushi.

Anything making you queasy or sick: no

Gender: Little Mister

Labor signs: No thank goodness. Though I did think my water broke in the middle of the night! Ha. Sorry for TMI but the sidekick apparently got comfy on my bladder several times throughout the night. I know gross but it is a reality for us pregnant ladies.

Belly button in or out: The top is still flat and the bottom is in but I think that it will be out within the next few weeks.

Happy or moody most of the time: There has been a lot of sad things happening to so many people that I love this week. Cancer, assault, children with major health struggles, etc. It has been weighing heavily on my heart so I feel moody this week but grateful for the Lord’s faithfulness even in times of struggle and sadness.

Looking forward to: Having our little man here. We close on our new house in the next two weeks and I will kick this nesting thing into high gear to be ready for this little mister.

Sidekick 32 Week Bumpdate

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How far along: 32 Weeks! I seriously cannot believe!

Baby is the size of a: Squash Average size: 15.2- 16.7 inches, 2.5-3.8 lb.

Maternity clothes: I am removing this! Of course I am in maternity clothes.

Stretch marks: Thankfully not yet.

Sleep: Very little. I take naps 4 out of 7 days because I am just so tired. I just have such a hard time getting to sleep at night.

Best moment of this week: This was a crazy week! We listed our house! We must be nuts! It was very exciting and terrifying. Our realtor is awesome and she is very encouraged about the house. I worked my booty off (Well not really. It is still very big and growing with this little babies help. ha.) getting everything ready. We had two offers within 24 hours of listing which seems crazy!

Miss anything: I miss feeling in control of life! I have a peace about all we are doing but I don’t have anything ready for the sidekicks arrival. I have the nursery staged for showing but that is it. I don’t have a changing pad out or a single item of clothing washed if this little man decides to come early. Ah! This organized lady feels crazy!

Movement: tons and tons.

Food cravings: None that I can think of right now.

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope.

Gender: Boy!

Labor signs: none

Belly button in or out: In but again, not for long.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! I am very excited about our new house and the millions of things I have to get done between now and the beginning of September when the little one arrives. I know it sounds crazy but I really thrive in chaos! So while it makes me feel out of control it is also happy for me because I am busy and get lots accomplished.

Looking forward to: Being settled in our new place and having our current house sold!

I Am Woman…Now Freaking What?!?!

IMG_4579I have been thinking about this post for years really. Here is the deal. As a woman and really a man for that matter there is so much pressure to do and be a million things. So I have been thinking about the million things we are expected to do as wives, moms, and just woman in general. I thought making a list would be the best way to do it.

  • Eat all organic
  • Eat all local
  • Shop only in season
  • Avoid chains
  • Eat no preservatives
  • Eat No Dairy
  • Eat No Gluten
  • Eat No Food Dye
  • No sodium
  • Eat no meat
  • Eat no carbs
  • Eat Paleo
  • Work Out
  • Be skinny
  • Do Crossfit
  • Don’t do Crossfit because it is dangerous
  • Run
  • Don’t run walk because it is better for your knees
  • Don’t work out before bed because it keeps you awake
  • Work out early in the morning because it makes you have more energy
  • Have a weekly schedule to most effectively clean your home
  • Wash clothes in your own homemade laundry soap
  • Use Free and Clear to clean clothes
  • Don’t use any chemicals in your home
  • Don’t use A/C unit without using allergy filters or your kids will have allergies and asthma
  • Don’t eat citrus because it will take the enamel off your teeth.
  • Eat citrus fruits because it has lots of vitamin C
  • Drink water
  • Don’t drink tap water because it has fluoride in it
  • Drink bottled water because it is filtered
  • Don’t drink bottled water because it causes migraines and isn’t actually clean
  • Don’t use plastic because it has BPAs
  • Recycle
  • Recycling paper isn’t actually a good thing because it costs more than it does to just make more
  • Use cloth diapers
  • Use biodegradable diapers
  • Don’t drink carbonated beverages
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • No caffeine
  • Drinking cold water speeds up metabolism
  • Drinking cold water makes you have to use the bathroom faster so you shouldn’t drink it cold
  • Don’t leave the house without spanx
  • Don’t wear spanx because it cuts off circulation
  • Brush your teeth for 2 minutes
  • Don’t brush your teeth for 2 minutes because it will cause your gums to receed (sp?)

There are like 400 more but I am too tired to keep thinking of them. The bottom line is there are so many expectations that we feel we have to live up to and either way we fall short. We are going to die of something and we are going to disappoint somebody. It is just so much pressure!

IMG_3661  So on my birthday I always tend to evaluate life. Kind of like my new year’s resolutions. So in honor of my birthday and all the pressure that I put on myself I have decided for my sake to make no resolutions. Take that world! Ha! I may be kicking myself in the butt but I don’t think I am. I want to be a genuine version of me.

IMG_5269That being said, I want to love my family, my friends and focus on being a joy filled person! What I ask of you is to encourage me in that. When you hear me being discouraged remind me of this plan for a non-plan. Just be me!!!! Being a better mommy and wife are the priority. No rules or parameters just working hard to be more like Jesus and love those around me.

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It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts

Unless, you have a yard this awesome! The inside of our home is what we love most which you can tell from my post on Friday but the yard really is awesome! We bought this house because of all the potential I saw on the inside but secondly because it is in town and so convenient to get anywhere but had an AMAZING space for Eli to play.

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IMG_4148 IMG_4153 IMG_4154 IMG_4155 IMG_4150I am getting really sentimental as I think about leaving here. It has been such an incredible place for us settle into Marion. I look forward to making new memories in our new house for sure but I will never forget how good to us our first Marion home was.

The Stage is Set!

We are officially crazy people! I am 7 1/2 months pregnant and we are selling our home! Ah! We listed it today and the realtor just left from taking pictures! I only slept for three hours last night because I had so many ideas, ideas, and more ideas running around in my head. So I got up, hemmed and ironed a ton of curtains and then finally fell asleep around 3:15 am. Ugh.

But the work paid off! The house is staged and I am now sitting with my feet up enjoying a diet coke while Eli snuggles me and watches Wall-e. Here are a few photos that I took as the realtor arrived.

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So if you know anyone looking to buy a home in Marion, IN please message me and I can send you details. I am not really interested in posting our address for just anyone to see. Ha! For the three of you that read this, I am sure you aren’t creepers but you can never be to sure. Ha!

Again send folks our way if you know anyone looking! It is a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom ranch on an awesome lot with a huge yard in town! I will try to post outdoor pictures tomorrow. 2,169 square feet and two very large living spaces that are awesome for entertaining.

Well I better go buy some packing tape, boxes and say a prayer that this house sells soon. If you see anything major I should change to make the house more appealing please let me know. I am all for a critical eye and ideas to move this house!

Sidekick 31 Week Bumpdate

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photo 2(11)How far along: 31 awesome weeks!

Baby is the size of a: Pineapple Average size: 15.2-16.7 inches, 2.5-3.8 lb.

Maternity clothes:  Have you seen me? Yes!

Stretch marks:  Not yet, but I am getting nervous.

Sleep:  Nope. This little boy is an acrobat at night and the dreams are cray-cray once I fall asleep.

Best moment of this week:  It is kind of the best and worst part of the week! We went to the Dr. to have an appointment and schedule the C-section and he didn’t know who Aaron or I were. He reintroduced himself and he totally forgot why I had Eli at 28 weeks. It was really disappointing. I don’t think I am special but I would think a Dr. would remember when a patient tells him she had seizures and almost died in delivering her child. Oh well. So that is the frustrating part and the good part is that we have our C-section scheduled! We are still going to try and negotiate a different date so I will keep you in the loop.

Miss anything:  Actually I feel like everyone is staring at my giant stomach whenever I am in public. So I miss being more in the background. Maybe people aren’t looking but it sure feels like it. This is the farthest I have ever been in pregnancy so this is all new to me. Maybe everyone feels this way

Movement:  All the time and particularly at night.

Food cravings:  Chips Ahoy and really just junk in general.

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Cooking chicken. Touching raw chicken is really a bit to much for me. Nasty!

Gender:  Boy oh Boy!

Labor signs: No but I do have cramping everyday. So that stinks.

Belly button in or out:  In but the top is starting to sneak out. It is still flat but it looks a bit out when I wear tight shirts.

Happy or moody most of the time: Super happy! The time is flying and I cannot believe he will be here in 8 weeks!

Looking forward to: Getting the nursery done. I am hoping to have it complete this week. I just need to patch the walls, maybe paint, hang a large picture and hem the Sidekick’s curtains.

Sidekick 30 Week Bumpdate

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We really should take these photos earlier in the day and not at 10 pm when I am so tired I can hardly keep my eyes open.

How far along: 30 Weeks! I cannot believe it!

Baby is the size of a: Cucumber Average size: 15.2 -16.7 inches, 2.5-3.8 lb.

Maternity clothes:  For sure!

Stretch marks:  Not yet!

Sleep:  Not so much. This baby really likes to move at night. Also I am hot all the time. With the heat and using the bathroom every few hours sleep is a huge novelty at this point.

Best moment of this week:  Going to Chicago to see some of my girls from Asbury. I had a small group of 10 girls and 14 students that worked for me at any given time while I was in admissions and 8 of us got together in Chicago Friday and Saturday! Dottie was a great hostess and it was such a blessing to be with a group of ladies that I love so much. Five of them were able to feel the sidekick move and that was pretty fun to share with them!

Miss anything:  Being at home! I have traveled a ton this week but I am done as of Saturday!!! Not only because I want to be home but because the hubs has laid the smack down and told me I am no longer allowed to travel. It really takes a toll on this pregnant body!

Movement:  Tons!

Food cravings:  Sushi…I was able to get some good cooked stuff in Chitown with the girls.

Anything making you queasy or sick:  No, thankfully!

Gender:  You should already know but it is a boy!

Labor signs: More cramping but nothing to worry about.

Belly button in or out:  In but I don’t know for much longer.

Wedding rings on or off: Off. I haven’t even attempted it. Not worth it.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and very glad of it!

Looking forward to: We are setting our C-section date this week so that is super exciting and also a little weird that you get to pick your babies birthday. However, we are so pumped! It is getting so close. I have his room 50% finished and hope to get lots done next weekend over the July 4th holiday weekend!

Sidekick 29 Week Bumpdate!

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photo 2(10)How far along: 29 Weeks! Woot Woot!!!!

Baby is the size of a: Acorn Squash Average size: 15.2-16.7 inches, 2.5-3.8 lb.

Maternity clothes:  Yes and Yes!!

Stretch marks:  No and No!

Sleep:  Well as of two days ago the whole family is sick with a cold so none of us is really sleeping well. I have been INSANELY tired this week so say the least. I was tested for Anemia which would answer a lot of that but I will have to wait until next week to get the results. Aaron made me go to bed one night at 9 and it was the best thing he could have ever done for me. I just want more sleep!!!

Best moment of this week:  Potty training Eli! He has been a real trooper.  Two accidents or less each day and that is more on us the parents than on him. He is really doing amazing! I am so glad we decided to wait till I was home and could really spend the time with him. We are so proud of him to say the least!

Miss anything:  Sleep and being able to breath. You always take your health for granted until you are sick.

Movement:  He is very erratic. He will go for hours with nothing and then won’t stop. There are some nights that I think he might kick his way out of me.

Food cravings:  This week it has been donettes. Yummers! The little powdered ones!

Anything making you queasy or sick:  The drainage from this cold. Ha! But seriously, not really any foods have tasted good to me but I think it is just from the allergies and cold I am fighting.

Gender:  Boy oh Boy!

Labor signs:  No. Some cramping but nothing the doctors are worried about.

Belly button in or out:  In for the time being.

Wedding rings on or off: Off.

Happy or moody most of the time:  This week I have been really sad. For no reason really. It has been a wonderful week. Potty training Eli has been fun and my time with Aaron has been wonderful but I just think the hormones are getting me. I am really tired and really sad. I am sure this will pass soon. We are just chalking it up to this being what the third trimester is like since I have never been here before. Ha!

Looking forward to: Feeling better! I have my last work trip this week to sunny Florida and I am hoping that I feel better for that. Otherwise, I will be sick, swollen and irritable because I hate heat and we all know that Palm Beach is not cool in late June. Also we got family/maternity pictures taken today with our friend Nate Holloway and I cannot wait to see the finished product!

Garden Party Recipe Box

I am hosting a wedding shower this weekend with my mom, and grandma for dear friends that are basically family. It is a church shower with primarily older couples so we aren’t having games or anything like that. It will be super casual and laid back. The theme which I love is a “Garden Party”. Not the type you would typically think of in terms of tea cups, flowers and hats but a literal garden. We are stocking the couple with supplies that they can use in and around their yard and garden.

They live on a farm in Northeastern Indiana and have a stunning garden so it will be really fun to see what they get and how they use it. I am just hoping to get like one or two veggies out of this deal. Ha! But seriously, I love garden leftovers so if anyone has an abundance of anything I am your girl.

Like I said it will be casual and since it is for a large church group we decided to make it a dessert potluck since it is late in the afternoon on a Sunday. Every guest was sent a garden themed invitation that included a recipe card. Guest were asked to bring their favorite dessert to share with others in attendance and include the recipe on the card to give to the bride and groom.

Since we all know that I am obsessed with all things washi I couldn’t just leave the store bought box untouched. It was a 15 minute project that was I think was well worth it.

Here is how the box and inserts started.

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And of course my weapon of choice! I picked several different patterns and colors that I felt like communicated well. Side note: I didn’t use the tape on the far left. It didn’t fit as well to me. Also I added in a teal stripe in its place. As always though it is all about playing and mixing things up. IMG_5150Then there was no method to the madness I just started taping away and cutting the tape at different angles. Here is the end result.

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Front

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Left Side

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Back…I know it seems silly but I wanted every side to be decorated.

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Right Side

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And again the front and top of the box.

For the cards inside I just put a little piece of Washi tape to label each section. Super easy!

IMG_5153There you have it! I am so excited to see what desserts everyone brings. I will try to be better about taking pictures so I can show you all how the shower turns out. Regardless I know it will be wonderful to celebrate a couple that we all love so much.

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IMG_5154Do you have a favorite recipe that someone gave you prior to the Pinterest days where we actually relied on others for new recipes? I love my grandma Emily’s meatloaf and scalloped potatoes recipe.