Tuesday, April 22, 2014

honestly, i've loved being pregnant and i've been incredibly blessed with an easy and healthy pregnancy. i couldn't be more grateful! i love feeling my little boy move around inside and feel his nudges. there's so many moments when i stop and think to myself, "wow, i'm growing a little human inside of me." it's such a crazy and wonderful thing! i am amazed every day at how my body has changed and will continue changing as this pregnancy comes to an end and i'll have my sweet little boy in my arms. i always knew i wanted to be a mother and raise a family and i can't believe that time is coming so soon. 


How far along are you? 31 weeks    
Total weight gain: 25 lbs
Countdown? 61 days left (feels like forever...)  
Maternity Clothes?  can i just say that as much as i love being pregnant, i'm starting to get really tired of maternity clothes. i finally bought some maternity leggings and i basically live in those now, or my dresses. i don't even want to think about wearing jeans... 
Stretch Marks?  they're definitely popping up now... i found some on my bum (my bum!) and wanted to cry. i asked kevin if he had noticed them at all and he hadn't until i pointed them out. i don't know how he missed them (?!?)... oh well. i've come to terms that at least they're showing in places that as long as my swimsuit covers them, i'm good. 
Sleep: trying my best to get as much sleep as i can, but it's getting difficult. turning from side to side? now that's another story.
Best moments: we took a tour at the hospital i will be delivering in and that was exciting! it definitely became more real to kevin and i thinking that we'll be there soon (!!!) the labor and delivery rooms are sooo nice and the staff there seem wonderful so that put me at ease for the big day. i also signed us up to take a birthing class in May together, so that will be fun ;)
Missing anything? wearing normal clothes...
Movement? oh yes. i don't know what it will be like not being pregnant anymore and feeling his kicks and movements inside of me... it'll be sad but i'm definitely getting anxious to have him out and i still have 9 weeks left! 
Food Cravings: i don't know... nothing really distinct lately. i just feel like eating all the time though haha
Symptoms: feeling bigger and bigger each week! occasional heartburn, pelvic and joint pain... the usual.
Belly Button in or Out? it's just slowly stretching
Wedding rings on or off? still on!
Happy or Moody?  i've definitely been more emotional lately. just little things can totally make me want to cry... ex: i finished the last two episodes of How I Met Your Mother... totally cried.
Looking Forward to: going to Denver this weekend for my best friend's wedding. thank heavens i found a cute maternity dress to wear for the wedding (thank you Loft Maternity!) because i was starting to stress about finding one in time...

because of him

Monday, April 21, 2014

Because of him, i will live with my family for eternity.
Because of him, i'm never alone.
Because of him, i have so many blessings in my life to be thankful for.
Because of him, i can be forgiven of my sins and made whole.
Because of him, every day is a new beginning.

although easter has passed, it's never too late to celebrate our savior's resurrection and sacrifice he made for each and every one of us. i am incredibly thankful for my relationship with my savior and father in heaven. i'm grateful for this spring season when we can celebrate easter and remember Christ and all he has done for us. i love this new video created by my church - it really touched my heart and i couldn't resist sharing it.    

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

John 3:16

i hope everyone enjoyed their easter sunday! we went to church in the morning, then had lunch with some distant relatives that live close to us. it was a wonderful sunny day and we ended the day spending time at a park nearby with friends.



Friday, April 11, 2014

How far along are you? 29 weeks  
Total weight gain: 19 pounds!  
Countdown? 10 more weeks to go
Maternity Clothes?  they're a must these days
Stretch Marks?  :( yup. i found a couple on my right side...
Sleep: getting more and more uncomfortable and restless. i wake up several times a night with him kicking and moving around.
Best moments: enjoying time with kevin's family here in oklahoma! it's fun being around all our nieces and nephews. it makes me so excited for when colsen will be running around playing with them too!
Missing anything? being able to bend down easily to pick things up. it's getting more complicated the bigger i get!
Movement? yes! it's not so much quick kicks and punches anymore; now that he's getting bigger, i feel him moving around all the time and it's entertaining watching my belly move too. 
Food Cravings: milkshakessss
Symptoms: heartburn, pelvic and joint pain
Belly Button in or Out? halfway still and stretching
Happy or Moody?  been crying a lot more lately... goodness.
Looking Forward to: heading to st. louis and getting our life situated there for the summer! i'm also excited to explore the city -- any suggestions?? i hear the zoo is free so i'm stoked about that! :)

baby shower!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

 ^^ we played a game with the strings - everyone had to estimate the circumference of my belly and cut the string to that size. let's just say, most of everyone was way off haha

i'm so thankful for all who came to the baby shower! it was wonderful having my close friends and family be there to support me. the decorations were adorable and the food was yummy thanks to my sister stephanie! with all the cute baby gifts, i'm getting more and more excited for our little boy to come :)

we are now in oklahoma visiting kevin's family before we drive up to st. louis where we'll be living for the summer. oh and a crazy thing happened: we woke up to two earthquakes last night! it was so weird.. i've never experienced an earthquake before! they weren't big and didn't last too long. it kinda felt like when you feel turbulence in an airplane. but anyways, we're enjoying our time with all of his family and this warmer weather here!

poland : malbork castle

Monday, March 31, 2014

this castle was incredible! we did the self guided tour and it took us about 3 1/2 hours. my parents went on the tour with a tour guide and it took them even longer. the crazy thing is that we only got to see a small portion of the castle during that time. the malbork castle is the largest castle in the world by surface area, and the largest brick building in Europe!


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