Thursday, June 30, 2011

The home stretch....

This picture above is a still shot from a recent ultrasound. Want to see Little Mister's first home video? It's a video recording some of the ultrasound set to some music. :) He's so cute!

Speaking of stretch, I did not know that my belly could do what it's done. I had really hoped that my mom's genes were passed on to me in the "not getting stretch marks" department, but no such luck. They aren't bad so hopefully they will go away after LM is born. I'm 35 weeks along, meaning I have less than 5 weeks now until our little one arrives! Yikes! It's just around the corner. It makes it all the more real knowing that my sweet friend Emily is going to deliver her precious little girl on July 3rd if all goes according to plan. She'll be about 3 weeks early but the doctors don't want Emily to go any longer than she has to for her sake and the baby's. Prayers are definitely surrounding her family right now! I so wish I could be there for her little girl's debut to the world, but I doubt my doctor would approve of me traveling 8 hours away to MS right now. I go back to doctor on Friday and then I'll start going every week until he arrives! At 37 weeks I'll get another ultrasound to check position and see what all's going on with him and maybe figure out just how big he may end up being.

We went to the beach for Mother's Day and poor Daniel had to suffer through Father's day at home. Sorry! But I think he enjoyed it. :) His gift came in the mail the Saturday before and he couldn't wait to open it, so he did. Haha. I got him a t-shirt that says "I'm the Daddy" that he can wear at the hospital with LM is born. He also got a book to read to LM and a book to read for himself. He's been reading all of my books on babies and pregnancy and the birthing experience, so I decided to buy him one that is geared toward the dad. He actually really likes it! It's got a lot of good information as well as funny stuff too to keep him entertained. On Sunday we went out for BBQ at Springcreek (one of Daniel's new favorite places). Ribs and beef, yes please! With hot rolls and ice cream for dessert. :)

The Saturday before Father's Day we had a CARES event - the Backyard Bash. We had lots of different businesses help us out with this event by donating different things. And it was a huge success! We had so much fun with the 150 something people that showed up at our pool that afternoon. We had an inflatable slip-n-slide, BBQ, a band, and lots of give-a-ways. My body was definitely feeling the pain after working Friday night, sleeping for a few hours, then setting up, hosting, and cleaning up. We relaxed in the pool when everything was said and done at 10pm that night.

Then this past Friday night we took a group from the Coventry to the Rangers vs. Mets game. It was my first Rangers game. I can't believe that I have lived here for a year and a half and haven't been to a game yet. Our friends Adam and Erica went with us as well as some good friends from the Coventry. It was great to hang out with some of the residents outside the apartments. Rangers won and the hotdogs and nachos were fantastic. Haha. All I ever think about is food these days. After the game we watched a wonderful fireworks show over the stadium. Daniel and I totally used the pregnancy to our advantage for the first time. When we got there, we parked a long way away and tried to get a courtesy cart to pick us up and take us to the front gate, but no one was answering their radio so we ended up just walking. On the way out of the stadium after the game we stopped to put our name on the list for a ride and the guy looked at us and said, "Is one of you disabled?" I pointed to my belly and said, "I'm almost 9 months pregnant, does that count?" I don't think he found it very funny, but he put us on the list anyway.

This past weekend my sweet friends in Fort Worth hosted a baby shower for me. It was so good to see everyone in one place again - they were all from my old church that disbanded in April. I'm so blessed to have such great friends! They did a camping theme and it was precious! Daniel loved it. The cake was adorable, with a tent, campfire, sleeping bags... well, just see for yourself:
I mean, how cute! And decorated with wildflowers from the side of the road. :) I have such frugal friends! The rest of the table was cute too!
The watermelon had little toothpicks with scrabooking stickers that all related to camping and being outdoors. And homemade lemonade. Mmmm. 

Speaking of lemonade, I have a new favorite craving. I've been in LOVE with anything with crushed ice lately. Or just ice that I can eat. (Don't worry, my iron levels are fine according to the doctor.) So we've found some awesome sno cone places and there is another pregoo couple who live in our apartments and the wife is also always craving sno cones. Her name's Amanda too. And they are from Mississippi. But they are Ole Miss fans. Bleh. We like to tease each other. So we've been bonding over sno cones recently. But back to the lemonade. I can't just run out all the time to get sno cones so I've started making my own slush. Daniel used to make them for me on occasion, but now that I've figured it out I make them all. the. time. I think I had 3 last night. And my favorite recipe is to put lemonade mix in them. :) Lemonade slush and mozzarella sticks hot out of the oven. Yes please. So I guess I have an official craving of this pregnancy.
This is a honeydew.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Our 2nd Anniversary

If we love one another, God lives in us,
and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:12
 We have officially been married for 2 years now! I cannot believe how much we have accomplished in 2 years, where we have been, all the things we have done, and how much our love has grown in 2 years. We are soon to be parents of a precious little boy. We've been to China and India. Loved on orphans and university students. We've climbed mountains (literal and figurative). We've made some amazing new friends. We started as the CARES team at our apartment community. We paid off a large chunk of debt. Daniel got a job. Daniel is over halfway finished with his seminary training here in the States.  And I'm sure there's a lot more but those are the big things that I can think of right now. 

 I am truly blessed to have Daniel as my husband. He is my best friend, my support, my encourager, my shoulder to cry on. He looks to the Lord for his guidance and strength. He is the head of our household and holds Christ and the church as his example. God definitely knew what he was doing that day in Atlanta when he allowed Daniel and I to run into each other on the streets during the Passion Conference. It's so amazing to see where we've come from and to see our "plans" for the future. (I say "plans" because of course, our goal is to let God lead us and we have no idea what changes will be made one day.) 

We celebrated last night at Texas de Brazil and we ate meat, meat, and more meat! Haha, a pregnant girl's dream! It was pretty cool, they have a fancy salad bar and then they have waiters that walk around to each table and cut the meat right off the skewer/knife. You have a little card that you flip over if you are ready for more meat and they will just start hounding your table offering you this and that. It's all you can eat by the way. And when you think you're finished then they bring out this incredible looking dessert tray to try and entice you. If I wasn't pregnant I don't think I could have handled as much meat as I ate last night. After dinner we took a short walk through the Fort Worth Water Garden before all the fountains were turned off. Such a fun night of celebrating!
Happy 2nd Anniversary to us!
I'm now 33 weeks pregnant. Little mister is growing and growing and growing and taking over my body and mind. I'm having check ups every 2 weeks and everything has been right on target according to the doctor. I go again on Wednesday and I'll have some more blood drawn and get registered at the hospital. We've signed up for all our classes - prepared childbirth, CPR/safety, breastfeeding, and "baby basics".  In about a month I'll start working 2 days a week and only do weekend shifts. Daniel is taking Hebrew this summer and he's been studying so hard! He's got to learn a language in 10 weeks when most students have the opportunity to spread it out over 30 weeks. He had his first test today (after only 4 classes which is equivalent to 12 classes). Hopefully Little Mister's arrival won't interfere with his final in Hebrew.  

We've been working a lot of getting everything ready for Little Mister. His bag is packed for the hospital, but mine is yet to be thought of. All the toys and clothes are put away. Crib and bedding and pack-n-play are all arranged. But my favorite thing lately is the canvas/wall hanging to go above his bed and on the hospital door when he's born. It's got spaces for date, time, height and weight, with some little zoo animals holding the signs. And of course it's got his name! :) Which is why I can't put a picture up.  You only have 49 more days, give or take. If I can make it without telling you can make it without forcing me to tell.
 33 weeks! I took this picture after eating the huge meal at Texas de Brazil so I'm slightly larger than I normally am.