Thursday, May 30, 2013

ramblings on pregnancy & weight gain

Being pregnant brings on so many body changes. Everything seems to be growing these days and I'm not just referring to my belly. I had my 24 week appointment on Tuesday and weighed in having gained 12 pounds total since the beginning of my pregnancy. At 24 weeks my doctor tells me I am right on track with my weight gain and am supposed to gain between 25-30 pounds total (give or take). To be completely honest, seeing the scale go up every time I weigh myself has been challenging for me; both emotionally and for my self esteem. This time around when my doctor told me I had gained 12 pounds, I have to tell ya, it seemed like a huge jump since my last appointment! I've really been praying for peace about the changes going on in my body throughout this pregnancy and am trying to let go of my body image; realizing that right now I just need to be healthy for my baby. After I have the baby I can focus on getting back in shape, but right now..... my main focus needs to be what is best for baby and his growth.
Society doesn't make gaining weight during pregnancy easy either. I see articles everywhere about "staying fit during pregnancy" or "staying thin during pregnancy." You look in pregnancy magazines and all you see are thin pregnant ladies. Each of us was created differently and each of our bodies will do it's own thing when we are pregnant. I know some women are naturally thinner than others and barely gain any weight during pregnancy but, I need to remind myself that I am different, my body type is different, and my pregnancy is unique - as everyones' is. I need to get past the number on the scale. Don't get me wrong, pregnancy is no excuse to over eat and gain an excess amount of weight just because you are "eating for two!" but I need to allow my body some grace and freedom to do what it was created to so perfectly do (make a baby). I am just trying to refocus my thoughts on enjoying this miracle as it grows inside of me. After all, only about 4 months (or less) left and we get to meet our baby boy!
With all that being said.... seeing my body change so much so quickly is hard physically and emotionally but and at the same time it is such an amazing God thing. Our son is growing inside of me!
Coping with all the emotions during pregnancy is a daily thing (I know a lot of this has to do with hormones!) and I'm not complaining. I'm not even being negative about this whole thing, just simply working through the motions.
For all you mothers, how did you cope with these thoughts? I'm sure I'm not the only one with these struggles, right?! I'm so happy to be pregnant! Actually, I am ecstatic and wouldn't trade it for the world but these are just some of the not-so easy parts of being pregnant. For me at least.
I think I'm going to go organize my "closet" and find those maternity pants...! Thanks for listening to my ramblings on pregnancy & weight gain.
♥, Denise

Thursday, May 23, 2013

23 weeks pregnant and already nesting

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I don't think "nesting" really starts until the third trimester....
(at least from what my Pregnancy Tracker app tells me!)
....but this mama has been nesting all week long!
On Tuesday night I took my whole downstairs bathroom apart and scrubbed it all clean and organized it.
Last night I came home from work and did the same thing to my kitchen!
It never felt better!
Nesting is awesome!
I feel like this phase of pregnancy has made me cleaning superwoman.
I don't know where all this organization and energy suddenly came from.
I'm making plans to go home tonight and work on my living room..... and I'm really looking forward to it.
With the upstairs still under remodel and our contractor walking in and out all day working I've slacked in the cleaning department quite a bit.
This week I just could not take it anymore.
I got a sudden urge to put the house back in order.

Waking up to the smell of the clean sheets surrounding me in my bed, a clean fresh kitchen to enjoy coffee and toast with my husband in, two bathed pups following me around as I got dressed, and the feeling of a spotless home made this a very wonderful Thursday morning.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pregnancy Update: 22 Weeks

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Hey week 22....I feel like you snuck up on me!
Time sure is flying these days!
Our baby boy is roughly 11 inches long - about the size of a spaghetti squash - and weighs almost 1 pound.
It looks & feels as though I've had a growth spurt in the past week; this boy is sure growing fast.
He's still kicking and squirming more and more each day...usually in the evenings when mama is tired after a long day.
You'd think he is trying to keep me awake; causing trouble already like little boys do ;-)

 These pictures were taken on Saturday at my dad's birthday party!
My dad turned 60 so the entire family got together for a picnic in the park!
We have been having beautiful weather and it's been so nice to be able to spend part of every day outdoors. 

Look at these little girls.
These are my nieces Emily and Anjalina and I think they are nothing short of perfection.
I'm glad our boy will have these two angels as cousins.


Have a beautiful Tuesday

Monday, May 13, 2013

A few thoughts on becoming a mom

Happy Mother's Day
It felt kind of weird at first to have so many people wish me a Happy Mother's Day but I am humbled to be able to call myself a mama (to be).
It's amazing to think that God somehow saw Jason and I worthy of such a big responsibility and gifted us with this little angel.
Amazing.... and so scary at the same time!
What a huge responsibility has been placed upon us!
Sometimes fear creeps into my mind:
Will we be good enough?
Patient enough?
Wise enough?
I'm not gonna lie; having this baby in September is going to turn our world upside down!
No more "let's just get up and go" freedom and no more "full nights of sleep" (at least not for a while).
Sometimes these thoughts hit me hard because I know this is coming so soon!
We are preparing as much as we can but I know there is no "successful parenting handbook" out there that will guarantee we are super stars at parenting.
I can ask for all the advice in the world, but when it comes down to it, I still won't have all the answers... and believe me, I am an "I want answers" kind of girl!

But, I know there's hope:
1) I've seen so many amazing mothers put so much purpose, love and intention into their jobs as mothers and I've seen the results
2) Knowing this child is a gift from God makes all this fear and anxiety quiet down when I am reminded that He entrusted us with this baby boy for a reason.
He knows I'm what this boy needs from a mother.
He knows Jason is going to be the right daddy for this boy to look up to and be best friends with.
God knew in advance that this baby boy would be ours..... it was just a matter of time..... and that time is here (well almost come September).
Now it's just up to us to live at a higher standard and make family a priority even more than ever before.
We are so okay with that because....

..{Family is a beautiful thing}..


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

..{wedding ♥ season is here}..

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...{Wedding season has arrived}...
As spring and summer rolls around, so do the wedding invitations!
Last summer I was asked to do a photoshoot by my sweet sister in law Jenn and how could I refuse?!
It was a reason to get all dolled up and wear a beautiful wedding dress!
Are you getting married soon?!
If yes checkout my post here from my early blogging days of our wedding!
The post gives some of my money saving tips on having a fabulous wedding without breaking your budget!
Now time to give credit to the people who made this photoshoot happen:
Photography: Jenn Pacurar, owner of Spotted Stills Photography (she is my sister in-law!)
Makeup Artist: Kirstie Wight
Wedding dress: Designed on the spot by Jenn Pacurar! She is quite amazing!
For a little of my wedding inspiration, visit my {Wedding} Pinterest Board!
Both of my brothers got engaged over the past few weeks so I have weddings on my mind!
I'm going to share some of their sweet engagement photos later this week ♥
Stay tuned....!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

For our baby boy ♥

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

{Pregnancy halfway mark #20weeks}

I was sitting at my desk at work today and suddenly felt a funny fluttering feeling in my stomach.
At first I thought it was maybe just indigestion but it kept happening and felt different than anything I'd ever felt before!
I then realized it was the baby kicking me!
I put my hands over my lower belly and actually felt fluttering in there!
It was the most amazing thing!
All that pregnancy sickness I had for the first 16 weeks was worth it for this moment... and the moments to come.
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At 20 weeks, I am officially halfway through my pregnancy!
Baby boy is around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel - the length of a banana - growing so fast!
I'm feeling much better these days.
On Saturday I was able to help my husband do some yard work and we even went on a bike ride around the neighborhood - don't worry; we took the quiet roads and kept a safe slow pace!
I'm craving LOTS of cold, fresh fruit these days - in particular watermelon.
To keep healthy and active I've been walking about an hour a day.
My belly is growing much faster each week and I'm finding that I am much more comfortable in maxi dresses on these warm spring days.
{We are expecting 80 degree weather this week - wohoo!}
Baby, we love you so much already!
We are counting the days until we get to see you!
Keep on kicking and being active - daddy's excited to start playing all kinds of sports with you!

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