Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Five

Here are some of my favorite things from this week:

1.  Pumpkin Spice
It is that time of year where you can find pumpkin spice everything.  This youtube video from last year pretty much sums it up:  Pumpkin Spice Movie Trailer
I've enjoyed a few Pumpkin Spice Chai lattes or Pumpkin Spice 1/2 caffeine lattes this season.  I've also made pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars, and pumpkin creme brulee.  And Seth loves pumpkin, so I'm sure there are more recipes in my future this Fall.

2.  The Treasure Principle
This is a small book by Randy Alcorn, only 120 pages.  Seth and I have been reading it together before we go to bed.  It really puts giving into perspective.  I love how he relates giving to storing our treasures up in heaven instead of here on earth (Matthew 6:20).  It has definitely convicted me to take a look at where we are spending our money, and how much we are giving.  I would highly recommend it.

Here are the six keys:

1.  God owns everything; I’m His money manager.  We are the managers of the assets God has entrusted—not given—to us.

2.  My heart always goes where I put God’s money.  Watch what happens when you reallocate your money from temporal things to eternal things.

3.  Heaven—the New Earth, not the present one—is my home.  We are citizens of "a better country—a heavenly one" (Hebrews 11:16).

4.  I should live today not for the dot, but for the line. From the dot—our present life on earth—extends a line that goes on forever, which is eternity in Heaven.

5.  Giving is the only antidote to materialism.  Giving is a joyful surrender to a greater person and a greater agenda. It dethrones me and exalts Him.

6. God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.  God gives us more money than we need so we can give—generously.

3.  Early Home Class
We attended a class at the birthing center last night.  We are delivering at a stand-alone birthing center, where the mom, dad, and baby go home around 4-6 hours after baby is born.  If there are complications or issues, they'll transfer you to the hospital for a longer stay.  However, if all goes well, Lord willing, we are excited to be able to go back to the comfort of our own home shortly after Baby J arrives.  The class was very informative, and helped us to be aware of issues to watch out for, and what to expect those first few days after our baby arrives.  Every week, things are getting more real!  We are also taking a breastfeeding class this Saturday!

4.  Coconut Oil
We've had coconut oil around the house for over a year, but I wasn't quite sure how to use it.  I'm still learning about all its benefits, but one thing I've done is replace my body lotion with coconut oil.  It's a little tricky, because it is solid at 75 degrees and a liquid at higher temperatures.  Our house is not 75 degrees this time of year, so I have to 'thaw' it under hot water before I can effectively apply it.  There are a ton of benefits to using coconut oil on your skin.  A quick Google search will tell you that it is great, and it doesn't have all the artificial stuff that lotion has in it! 

5.  Almost 34 weeks pregnant
The interwebs tell me that my baby is about the size of a large cantaloupe (last week she was a pineapple).  She is about 17.7 inches long from head to heel and weight almost 5 pounds!  Don't you love the comparisons to fruits and vegetables that they use to tell us how big baby's are in the womb?  At least cantaloupe and pineapple are familiar fruits.  One week, my baby was the size of a rutabaga.  Now, I don't know about you, but I do not feast on rutabagas very often, so I had no idea how big that was!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Baby Shower Blessings

I can't believe that I will be at 34 weeks on Saturday.  Pregnancy has been such a wonderful blessing.  I love feeling our little girl kick and move around.  Although I am excited to meet her, I'm perfectly content carrying her until full term.  She's easy to care for inside my belly!

Here's an update:
33 weeks + 5 days (33 weeks in the picture)

Maternity clothes?
Yes!  They are so much more comfortable.  I've tried to squeeze into some non-maternity shirts still, but those aren't really fitting anymore either.

I'm sleeping pretty well.  Baby J is moving around a little more at bedtime, and I usually wake up at least once to use the restroom.  But I'm still getting good sleep!

Best moment this week?
Baby shower!  More about that below.

Some round ligament pain and swelling in my legs and ankles.  I also have had some sore joints in my fingers when I wake up in the morning.  I find that if I drink a lot of water during the day, that helps.

Food cravings?
Just sugar and carbs.  I usually eat pretty healthy and we cook and eat almost all our meals at home, but there is just too much junk around at work.

Food aversions?
Nothing new.  The stuff I didn't like before, I still don't like (pickles, mustard, fish, etc).

Lots and lots of kicks and shifting from Baby J.  She continues to be active every day.  My sister got to feel her kick on Saturday!


Labor signs?
None. No recognizable Braxton Hicks either.

Belly button in or out?
Sorta out, sorta in.  I think it depends on where baby is positioned.

What I miss?
Nothing!  I already feel like our life has changed, and I know when she is here, it'll be a whole new world!

What I'm looking forward to?
We are still working on our upstairs bedroom.  Our house was built in 1910, and although previous owners have done a lot of updating, we still have some to make it our own.    

Seth has been installing electrical this week to add a light switch, light in the closet, and additional outlets.

Here are the walls after the wallpaper had been removed.  The walls are plaster.  There was a lot of cracks and damage.

Here are the walls after a coat of skim coat (thinned out plaster).  You can see the floors below.  We had those refinished a few months ago.

We are looking forward to getting this room finished, so we can have our bedroom on the same floor as the nursery.

I had two wonderful baby showers over the last couple of weeks.

The first shower on September 26th was hosted by a co-worker.  She hosted a dual shower for me and a co-worker that is due just a few weeks before me. It was a great, laid back shower on a Friday evening after work.  I really enjoyed getting together with my fellow work-ladies to talk outside of work and share baby stories.

The second shower was held on Oct 4th for my family.  It was about 2 hours away from where I live.  And my sister, Emily, and my Aunt Kris and Cousin Missy hosted the shower at my Aunt Kris' and Uncle Ken's house.  They have a beautiful house out in the country with a pond.  Even the guys came, and fished and watched the kids while we did the girly shower stuff!

My younger sister, Emily
My dad came from 4 hours away!
My sister, my mom, and me
A beautiful knitted dress that my mother-in-law made
Seth, me, my MIL, & my FIL
It was a great shower.  I was also so happy to have so many of my loved ones together for a day.  It had been since Christmas when I'd seen some of my cousins and family.

We got so many wonderful gifts for Baby J.  I can't believe the love and support we have received from everyone around us.  We have so many things to start out our lives with our little girl!

My sister also took a few maternity pictures for us.  Most are on her camera, so I'll share more later!

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