Hazel’s Room

20140127-145843.jpgWell, here it is: Hazel’s room!

I am very happy with how her room looks! Most everything is repurposed or reused from the boys’ nursery or from around our home. A trip to Goodwill plus some pray paint and it all came together just as I had hoped.

There are two items that I purchased for her room: the sage sign with the verse from Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.”  When I saw it, I immediately loved it. Same goes for the “She knew she was worth far more than rubies” pillow that is in her crib at time of the photos (don’t worry—when baby comes out, pillow will come out).

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My sister-in-law, Elizabeth, was quite the detective and came across a few of my likes and was able to manage some pics from Thomas to get a good grasp on what colors we were adding to the boy color pallet. She also talked to me and discovered a few of my decorative wants, such as a big “H” to display, which were all completely sold out upon my jaunts to the hobby stores. Go figure.  She shared the news with my mom-in-law and sis-in-law, Michelle, too.

With the help of my friends Tiffany, I managed to find a lamp and a nice frame at Goodwill. She and another friend, Amber, arranged the collage items with me how we thought looked best, and we ended up using some items in ways 20140127-145934.jpgdifferent than I originally thought, such as the small letters inside the turquoise frame, compliments of Michelle.

Finally, I had the cushions on the yard sale glider recovered by one of my mom’s very talented friends, and a wonderful husband moved and compiled and nailed and spray painted everything until we got our finished product.

Now, we wait a bit to see until when baby Hazel decides to come and see her room!

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Baby #3: Almost There!

Well, we are almost there for baby #3’s arrival, sitting at about 3 weeks left, which is hard to believe! So many people have said “It doesn’t seem like it has been that long!” and even as the one that is pregnant, I have to agree. The reason behind this I think is that the first trimester it was a special secret that we kept. The second trimester, we finally shared, and then about 2 weeks later I had my wreck, so there was a hospital stay, two months of a wired jaw, and two surgeries that filled that time. The third trimester came and life was quickly greeted with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, and now, just a bit is left, and since we really like for baby to pick her own birthday, we know that 3 weeks until due date could mean she comes tomorrow or in 4 weeks. We’ll know soon enough!

So, with this being the neglected pregnancy as far as documentation, I thought I might take a quick moment to finally make another blog post and to share some baby bump pics, some “preggo selfies” which are extremely hard to take as far as fitting in face and belly, yet infinitely easier than trying to get a kid to take a belly pic or to manage to keep myself looking cute until Thomas comes home. I will also give ya a few thoughts on this pregnancy, which are based off some questions a college friend posted on her blog. All the pregnant pictures feel a bit narcissistic but I really do want to document her growth in me and not let her be that poor neglected third child!

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22 Weeks Pregnant!

How far along? 36 1/2 to an official 37 weeks…..keeping track has gotten hard honestly!

Total weight gain? 18 pounds. Don’t think I’m a saint in this aspect. This is just the culmination of a nauseous first trimester with no weight gain and a wired jaw second trimester that resulted in weight loss at the start.

Maternity clothes? Um, yeah, totally. At this point,  it had become more about “what still actually fits?” and also we’ve had some really cold weather, which wasn’t a battle with my pregnancies with the boys, so I am trying to layer the more summerish wardrobe to make it work.

Sleep? Up until last night, I would say things have been great. I flip flop sides a bunch, but mostly I sleep nicely. Last night, however, I ended up with some awfully annoying lower back pain and I jabbed the hubby quite a bit of snoring, which ended up just making me mad.

Best moment this week? All the moments when the boys just come up and put their hands on my belly, hug the bump, or kiss Hazel in the womb. They will just do this frequently throughout the day, with such love and gentleness, and that is pretty special. I also enjoy all the times when Thomas will lean over at night and talk to her, telling her that he loves her.

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25 Weeks Pregnant!

Miss anything? I miss working out and running. I feel soooo out of shape. First, I took a fitness sabbatical for a few weeks after my wreck. When I picked things back up about 5 weeks later, my body had changed so much with baby that it was already harder to do many simple tasks. Then, the holidays and now the extreme cold, coupled with the bigness of belly, I feel very restricted in what I can and should do at this point. I am eager to get back at running, mainly cause it is a major stress relief and spiritual prayer time.

Movement? Hazel is totally a mover! Right now, things are at the alien stage, where it looks like a crazy thing is trying to escape, which is humorous, beautiful, and creepy all at once.

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31 Weeks Pregnant!

Cravings? At the very start, it was tacos. That was all I wanted to eat. That has basically gone by the wayside and now the new craving is water.  I mean this for real. I drink an unbelievable amount of water lately. I honestly wonder how my body can hold that much. Thomas says the fact it is so cold allows me to drink more, cause my skin is soaking up so much due to the dry and cold air. I am obviously gearing up for delivery, cause I just want water and more water. Thomas and I even took what we viewed as “last date before baby” on Sunday and I had three, yes three, glasses of water just for me, which the waiter had to fill back up for me. That means I drank 6 glasses of water, just as dinner.

Have you started to show yet? Yeah. I totally can’t comprehend those “I didn’t know I was pregnant” people. It is completely apparent. I am obviously showing enough to get the  “Any day now, right?” and “You look like you are going to pop” comments, which make me want to punch the speaker in her face. Not joke. I just grin and smile but really want to reply, “It is whenever baby decides!” and “What are you? My 4 and 7 year old? Cause they think that the baby is just going to pop out of my belly. Babies come through vaginas. You should know that.You have had 3 of them yourself.  Oh—-and at least I have a reason for my belly. Can you tell me what yours is?” If it were just said once,”You are about to pop!,” it wouldn’t be a big deal, but people say it a lot, like they are being original or something. There are truly only two things you should say to a pregnant woman: 1: You look great! or 2. Nothing. That’s it.

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33 Weeks Pregnant

Labor signs? Yeah, lots of practice contractions have been happening, but nothing painful or regular. She’s doing the right thing though, so that is good.

Wedding ring on or off? Just this past week, the wedding rings have felt a little tight, but with all the cold weather, they get loose occasionally too. I sometimes wear a ring that belonged to my grandmother, coupled with my True Love Waits wedding band,  to make a nice “fat fingers” set.

Name possibilities? Hazel Karen! We’re very pleased with this choice. We have great stories on why we chose each name, which I will share at some point :)

Looking forward to? When she will get here! I can’t wait to see when her birthday will be! (and birth time—both boys greeted us in the early morning hours)

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36 Weeks Pregnant!

And so, we’re almost ready for her to greet us. We have a few more things to finish up in her room, a bit more organizing and washing of clothes to do, but mainly we are set. The boys think they are ready (they thing she is going to come out ready to play with them–ha!). Thomas already knows she will have him wrapped around her finger, and I am ready for precious cuddles and nursing, not so much the sleepless nights though.

Lost Tooth!

20140114-134023.jpgDaniel lost a tooth!

He pulled it himself the other night, and I was extremely proud of him for being so brave. This is the 5th missing tooth for him, but only the second to fall out naturally, and only the first one to be taken out intentionally. The first 3 are his top front teeth, and they were knocked out in an accident when he was 2 1/2. He has been without them much, much longer than he has had them. When those 3 teeth finally decide to come in, I am not sure if I will recognize him! The first one on the bottom to come out (which now has a tiny white speck poking its way through) was a little loose but ended up falling out one day when Daniel and a classmate were playing at school. Daniel had his lunchbox handles in his mouth, perhaps being a puppy, and the classmate pulled on it and the tooth came out, fell in the white tiled hallway, bounced around a bit, never to be found. This one we knew was a bit loose, and before bed, he came to me and showed me how loose it had gotten. I told him it was extremely loose and we needed to get it out rather than wait. He was very nervous, but with a few attempts and some ego boosting, not to mention fear of me doing it instead, he pulled it right out! I caught the event on video, and we shared it with grandparents. When it was all over, Daniel said “I had been pulling up but that wasn’t working, so I decided to pull it forward and it came right out!” Ummm  yeah, pull it forward. I never told him that though, so how was he to know? Oooops! Sorry buddy, momma could have prevented you from several failed attempts had I explained it to you. :0)

And, if him try to bite into things hasn’t been a bit humorous all along with missing teeth, he is quite a mess now, having 3 missing top center and two missing bottom center. He and I both have a bit of some bite issues these days, so watching us eat some spaghetti the other night was completely laughable.

He got $1.75 for his tooth.

If you watch the video, be warned of my loud and proud momma cheer at the end!

2014 : Quotations to Ponder

Happy New Year!

Thomas and I have talked the past few days how neither of us have come up with any real goals or “resolutions” for 2014 other than the “survive it” goal. We had quite a 2013, one that we will never forget, and some of those good things and bad things follow us, in various ways, as we flip the calendar anew. For 2014, a few big  and good events are on the horizon—such as welcoming a third child into the world and Thomas completing his Master’s of Nursing and becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner……..and me finally being able to drive again :o)…..and we will wait until those dates greet us in time by continuing to rely on God and feel loved, blessed, and supported by our friends and family.

Even though there are no resolutions to share, I’ve had a list of poignant (at least to me!) quotations that I’ve been collecting for a bit, and I want to embed these in my spirit for this new year. They all impact me and speak, in some small way, a version of what my soul feels, wants to feel, needs to adhere to, or was designed to emit. So, take a moment and read them, for they may very well resonate with you.

“If we isolate our kids from the world until they are adults they may appear to us to be spiritually minded and strong in character. However, it is how they ultimately engage the world that proves their spiritual resilience. This is because sheltering does not transform the human heart – it merely preserves it, temporarily.” ~Josh Harris

‎”Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” -Erica Jong

“Every soul has its unique nuances. Each of us is uniquely formed in our mother’s wombs…However, there is one thing we all share – the need to connect. To dine with someone is to connect with that person. The table experience with your spouse, family, friends, and colleagues – and even your enemies – has the potential to begin bonding human hearts in a new way, a deep way that brings spiritual connection, a bonding that life’s circumstances should not break. During meals hurting hearts heal, sad hearts are made glad, depressed hearts get new vision, and divided hearts come to peace.” – Devi Titus

“[T]here’s a difference between guilt and conviction. The guilt is what causes that lump in your throat, where you can’t decide whether to swallow down your apathy or puke it all up in anger. But conviction is that stirring deep inside you, when you acknowledge that guilt-like feeling, and instead of letting it fester, you mold and shape it into something productive. Conviction causes action. Conviction leads to hope.” ~Tsh at simplemom.net

“There will always be people who see everything in the world as a measuring stick of their worthiness, instead of as a burning bush of God’s gloriousness. If your life looks like a mess – to them — they whip out a measuring stick and feel confident of their own worthiness. If your life looks like a monument – to them — they whip out a measuring stick – and start cutting you down for their own empowerment. The world isn’t a forest of measuring sticks. The world is a forest of burning bushes. Everything isn’t a marker to make you feel behind or ahead; everything is a flame to make you see GOD is here. That God is working through this person’s life, that God is redeeming that person’s life, that God is igniting this work, that God is present here in this mess, that God is using even this. Walk through life with a measuring stick – and your eyes get so small you never see God. Pick up a yardstick to measure your life against anyone else’s and you’ve just picked up a stick and beaten up your own soul.” -Ann Voskamp

“And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in.” -Haruki Murakami

“Lower your expectations for what is humanly possible in one day….If it makes you yell, it’s a No. Every time…If baking cookies and watching your kids sling sprinkles all over the kitchen is going to make you yell today? Then no. Don’t do it. Always choose the relationship with your kids over the  activity that makes you scream. Always choose the Simple over the Pinnable.” -Lora Lynn Fanning

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” -Isaiah 32:18-19