Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Wrap-Up

Christmas this year was absolutely wonderful. :) Nic and I were so excited to spend our very first Christmas together.

I guess all of our celebrating started on Christmas Adam (the 23rd, because Adam came before Eve). Which is when we did a lot of our shopping, (I know we are ridiculous at procrastinating). We also got to open one present from my mom, which was socks <3 & we got a very special package from Olivia's family in the mail that day-that we just couldn't wait to open haha :)

Christmas Eve after Nic got off work we had a family party with Nic's side of our family. We had a delicious lunch with everyone and then some of the more athletic people played volleyball. I was not one of those, as I am 7.5 months pregnant & I was in a skirt, but my husband did play and win. haha I don't think they really kept score-he's just a winner in my book. Then we did a little white-elephant gift exchange, Nic ended up with a Winger's giftcard & I got an ice-cream maker :D I am so excited to try it out. I LOVE ice-cream! Nic's mom also made us a beautiful quilt for our bed, and a gift basket of goodies, and trust me I can not get enough goodies at this point ;)
That night we went to a candlelight service at my church. We sang Christmas songs, and the pastor and his wife helped tell the story of Jesus' birth, and what it meant to the world. It was absolutely beautiful, the songs, the candles-everything. I have been stressing out lately about money, and the baby, and giving birth, and a million other things, and that night a lot was really put into perspective for me. Mary & Joseph with no help from doctors, -& in a dark, dirty, animal stable- were able to birth the Son of God...
After that we got to open our Christmas Eve Pj's :)
haha Nic trying to push his tummy out like mine.

Getting all the stockings ready.

Nic having a tickle war with my cousin. I love how good he is with kids.

Christmas morning, me and Nic were the last ones up, so everyone was waiting on us so they could open presents. But first we had to give Blue her stocking.
She's a very spoiled puppy.

She got chocolate covered milkbones, rawhide bones, and a new toy.
I loved everything that I received. My mom gave me a pair of super cute maternity jeans, that I love. I was so excited when I opened them, because just having jeans that fit was something I had really been missing. I'm sure it sounds silly, but a couple weeks ago I stood in front of our closet in tears because none of my pants fit.
My super sweet, amazing husband totally spoiled me. I didn't really give him any ideas as to what I wanted, because I just didn't know. & he got me the perfect gifts. My favorite gift from him was just a little card, it was absolutely perfect, and along with the little message he wrote inside, it made me cry. I love my husband.

BLT's for breakfast. yummm

Peanut absolutely loved his new toothbrush.

Peanut and Jade on my brother's new longboard. He was holding on tightly, and saying "Vroom" Pretty soon we'll have to buy him his own lol.

I don't know how I ended up with mostly just pics of Peanut, and no one else... it must because he is so dang cute and photogenic ;)
We seriously had such a fantastic Christmas. I can't wait to spend more with Nicholas and little our family. This was our only one with just the two of us, which is so crazy to think that next year we will have a 10 month old.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I did it.

I did it.
For the very first time ever-I graduated.

It felt so good to finally after 14 months of working hard, to be handed that diploma and know that I am done! No more school every single night, & no more struggling while being sick and getting larger and larger. Seriously the time I spent at UCMT was life changing, I'm so grateful for all the people there who have supported me this last year.

I'm so proud of myself for sticking it out and finishing. I'm officially a college graduate-just in time for my baby to come :) I know that my education, and the education that Nic is currently receiving is going to be a huge blessing to our little family.

As my instructors were giving me hugs and 'congratulations' one of them said to me, "Wow getting married, having a baby, and becoming a bodyworker all in one little chapter of life!" It's so crazy to think of how fast life changes. It's like my mom said, "Woot!! What a year you've had and more blessings on their way! You are awesome!"

ignore how dirty our mirror is apparently. oops.
Here I am at 29 weeks and 5 days. I'm measuring a little big so we are having another ultrasound to make sure everything is okay. I'm not worried because I was a big baby, almost 10lbs, and Nic was just over 8. I also have a really long torso which can also be a factor. I'm sure our little guy is just anxious to come meet us so he's growing as fast as he can. haha. So we'll get to see him again, and hopefully we'll still be having a boy ;)

Monday, December 13, 2010

You Are Not an Accident

"You are not an accident.

Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but that doesn't mean God didn't plan you. He works even through human error and failings, and he was not surprised by your birth; in fact, he expected it.

It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that you are breathing at this very moment. You are alive because God wanted to create you! The Bible says, "The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me."(Psalm 138:8)

God prescribed every single detail of your body. He deliberately chose your race, the color of your skin, your hair, and every other feature. He custom-made your body just the way he wanted it. He also determined the natural talents you would possess and the uniqueness of your personality. The Bible says, " You [God] know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something." (Psalm 139:15)

Because God made you for a reason, he also decided when you would be born and how long you would live. He planned the days of your life in advance, choosing the exact time of your birth and death. The Bible says, "You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your Book." (Psalm 139:16)

God also planned where you'd be born and where you'd live for His purpose. Your race and nationality are no accident. God left no detail to chance. He planned it all for His purpose. The Bible says, "From one man he made every nation... and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live." (Acts 17:26)

Most amazing, God decided how you be born. Regardless of the circumstances of your birth, or who your parents are, God had a plan in creating you. It doesn't matter whether your parents were good, bad, or indifferent. God knew that those two individuals possessed exactly the right genetic makeup to create the custom ''you'' he had in mind. They had the DNA God wanted to make you. While there are illegitimate parents, there are no illegitimate children. Some children may be unplanned by their parents, but they are not unplanned by God.

God's purposes take into account human mistakes, even sin. This does not mean that God causes or condones sin or evil-he does not-but it does mean God is able to redeem any and all situations and use them for his own good.

So regardless of the circumstances of your birth, you can celebrate the fact that God created you to be you. God never does anything accidentally, and he never makes mistakes. He has a reason for everything he creates. Ever plant and every animal was planned by God for a purpose, and every person was designed with a purpose in mind, too. God's motive for creating you is his love. The Bible says, "Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love." (Ephesians 1:4)"

-Excerpt from 'The Purpose-Driven Life'

Sunday, December 5, 2010

baby update

So I am officially 28 weeks (AKA 7 months). 3rd trimester.
It's still so weird to me to think that I actually am having a baby. But in 12 weeks (or less) I will be holding my son.

I had a dr. appointment on Friday. I got tested for gestational diabetes and also anemia. My glucose levels were good, which means no diabetes! I'm thrilled! No 12 pound baby for me. The drink was awful, almost like cough syrup that wasn't as thick or medicated. I'm so proud of myself for keeping it down haha. My iron levels were a little low though, (normal-37-47 me-35.5) They just told me to make sure I keep up on my prenatal vitamins and to eat more iron rich foods. I'm actually not surprised because not only have I been craving ice like mad woman the last few weeks, I also have times of randomly being out of breath and having heart palpitations. But they will check my levels again when I go back in 2 weeks and if everything isn't better they'll put me on a supplement.

Our baby Asher is dancing, kicking machine, but only for me and Nic. Almost every time someone else tries to feel him he refuses to move, I just think he's shy. He seems to really like music, like when we are at church and I'm singing along with everyone he will start wiggling like crazy! & it's very obvious that he know his daddy already. The other night I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep and Nic came over and started rubbing my belly, almost immediately Asher woke up and was kicking all over the place. Nic loved it.
Another funny story is the other day I was laying in bed reading, and Nic came in and looked at my tummy which was ridiculously lop-sided. He laughed a little and came over to 'help' coax baby to a more relaxed position but as soon as he let go baby pushed back even harder. We both just started laughing, my left side was soft & squishy and my right was hard and full of baby. It was seriously so weird! But I think that is Nic's new favorite game, he pushes on baby trying to feel him and now Asher will push back. & just sit there and laugh basically.

I really feel like we don't know the first thing about being parents. Which is an exaggeration, obviously. We at least know the basics feeding, changing, holding, how to love, etc.. But there's more to being a parent... I obviously can't say what it is because I haven't experienced it yet. I've been reading this book lately that is helping me prepare for the decisions we will need to make for Asher. & I think it's helping, but at the same time how do you really prepare to be a parent? Does anyone ever feel ready? I mean almost 4 months ago neither of us knew how to be married, and we're doing a pretty dang good job at it, so we'll be okay. Plus we have an awesome support system with both of our families. I just get worried sometimes that we will mess him up, but Nic has assured me that we won't. haha.
I mean what's the worse that can happen?