I am feeling incredibly thankful for the little things. The older I get the more I realize just how blessed I am and am more grateful for the stuff that the world would call insignificant or small. My sweet mother in law recently asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I really couldn’t think of anything and replied that I didn’t need anything for myself. It’s true I have everything that I need and that is because the Lord has blessed me and my house. And I am overwhelmed by his goodness. I am thankful for the little things, that really aren’t so little at all. Image

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The Second Trimester

Well I guess I’m not going to be one of the those moms who posts weekly about their pregnancy. I’ve been too sick, too busy and too tired! 

Here’s the story of how we found out early (13 weeks) that we are having a Son! Matt and I were getting ready to go to an event for No Longer Bound on the evening of October 4th, Aunt Amy called and said she could sneak us into childrens for her co worker scanned me, it was super exciting and we hoped to be able to see either girl or boy. After some moving around on my part, it was fairly obvious what the gender was. Afterwards we called our families and were thrilled to tell them a grandson was on the way, Uncle Caleb said that he was glad because there are too many girls in the family anyway! 

Since then we have made a registry with some fun things and we have bought a few boy clothes, painted the nursery teal and gray and dream of our little man, Judah Woods. 

How far along? Weeks 13-24

Total weight gain: Lost 12 lbs total but think I have gained it back, so none. 
Maternity clothes? Pants yes, can still wear my normal leggings, shirts and dresses. 
Stretch marks? One little one at my belly button, apparently I’m the only one that can see it though! 
Sleep: I have good nights and bad nights
Best moment this week: Matt feeling Woods move and me being able to see him move across my belly, crazy cool! 
Miss Anything? My back not constantly hurting!! 
Movement: Oh yes, the only thing I love about being pregnant besides knowing I’ll have a sweet baby at the end of this!
Food cravings: Carbs are the only thing that doesn’t make me want to puke: Sugar cookie dough, Fruit, Bread and potatoes. And water with lemon has never tasted so good!!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Meat! Oh and Lord help me whenever Matt cooks bacon- for the record turkey doesn’t make a difference!
Gender: Boy, Woods
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon if it’s been a busy day. 
Symptoms: Nauseous all day long, has gotten better most of the time! Back pain, round ligament pains. 
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: Emotional! Hormonal! Impatient!
Looking forward to: Meeting my son. 

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The First Trimester

I’ve seen these questions on other momma’s blogs and thought it would be good for documenting this time in my life, because I know I won’t remember everything and because each pregnancy is different. I didn’t really do this up until now since there aren’t many changes week to week in the first trimester and also I really haven’t felt like sitting up for very long since I have been so sick with this baby. If someone had told me that I would be one of those women that would end up in the hospital getting fluids (at 8 weeks) because of morning sickness all day nausea and vomiting I probably would have cried! Haha. But even though it has been completely miserable, I know that it will be worth it and my sweet husband reminds me every time he holds my hair back so I can thrown up! Matt has been absolutely incredible, poor guy has gone to the grocery store 5-6 times a week for me when I tell him something actually sounds tolerable- I know he’s trying his best to get me to keep some sort of food down. Not to mention he constantly cleans up after me and it’s not real easy to clean up vomit everyday, but he does it without complaining, and goes above and beyond.  So Thankful for that man! Onto the fun stuff
How far along? Weeks 4-12

Total weight gain: lost 9lbs from not being able to keep much food down, even water was a struggle!
Maternity clothes? no, but towards the end of the first trimester the maternity jeans were more comfortable.
Stretch marks? no
Sleep: started going downhill about 6 or 7 weeks with getting up to pee several times a night!
Best moment this week: seeing the baby and the heartbeat at 6 weeks.
Miss Anything? Being able to eat and it tasting good 🙂 
Movement: not yet
Food cravings: Carbs are the only thing that doesn’t make me want to puke: Fruit, Bread and potatoes. And water with lemon has never tasted so good!!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Meat! Oh and Lord help me whenever Matt cooks bacon- for the record turkey doesn’t make a difference!
Gender: Don’t know yet, and my thoughts on that changes weekly, but if I had to guess I would say boy.
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Nauseous all day long, the only thing that helps is going to sleep!
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy but just miserable!
Looking forward to: Feeling better!!! Knowing the gender and planning the nursery.


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First ultrasound

At 6 weeks we went to the doctor and had my levels checked, and there was no doubt that I was pregnant! They gave me a due date of April 7th and with so many April birthdays in the family, there is a pretty good chance of our baby sharing a day with a family member but I’m kind of hoping he/she has it’s own special birthday.

A few days later we had the first ultrasound and I was so nervous because it was internal and I didn’t want anything to get close to my precious baby. After being reassured that it is super safe, I got excited about seeing our child. Everything was still so small but was all in the correct place and on track, and we did see the heartbeat, which is almost as good as hearing it. The ultrasound itself was too quick, I could’ve looked at that baby all day long, which I will do in about six months 🙂 We came out with a couple pictures and a changed due date of four days later, April 11th. Matt was happy about this, as it’s his birthday 🙂 And it really doesn’t matter as babies come when they want too, and first time momma’s tend to go over their due date anyway. 

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Telling our news

After saying we wouldn’t tell anyone for a little while, since it was so early (about 3 weeks!) we changed our minds five minutes later and started to plan how we would tell our families that the first grandchild is on his/her way! Obviously the most fun and exciting way would to tell them all in person, and we were able to for most of them, unfortunately Matt’s mom was out of town. And she called it before we actually told her, mom’s just know these things because it turns out my mom did too;) On the way to tell my parents, we called Aunt Betsy to see when we could meet with she and Uncle John, and yes, she guessed it again before we could say anything, but oh so excited saying “this kid will be spoiled rotten”. Thank goodness we only texted Aunt Amy and made plans for dinner the next day. My mom also made it very difficult to keep it a secret with her little “game” of twenty questions before everyone was in the same room. Once we were sitting down for dinner and in a conversation of how grown up my brother looked that day, I told Caleb that he should start dressing older since he is going to be an uncle and of course everyone screamed with excitement! I wish now that I had pulled out my phone to record their reactions but didn’t want it to be so obvious with all of the too smart for their own good family members we have!

Friday, we were able to have breakfast with Matt’s Dad and he was excited and started tearing up a bit, our baby is so blessed to have such sweet grandparents already. That evening we met up with Aunt Amy and Uncle Brandon and told them, I am so glad we were able to tell most of our family in person, it was a moment that we had been looking forward to for months and it was so fun!

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A little something special

One day in August I took a simple test and it changed our lives completely. Here’s the story behind that day.

I hadn’t been feeling good for the last four or five days, but told myself it wasn’t anything but just another period coming on and disappointment flooded my heart. Matt and I both had a desire to become parents and shortly after our first anniversary we stopped preventing that from happening. Every month that there wasn’t a baby on the way, I would be upset and it was difficult for both of us. I know my hopes were up too high and nievely thought that since I am so young, we would get pregnant that very first month. I was so excited and wanted to give us the best chance that I bought opk tests off of amazon and took my temperature every single morning, it became very exhausting and by July I was over it. I still took an opk that month just to make sure things were working but tried to relax and not worry about things so much and rest in God’s plan for our family. Funny enough, I did keep that opk, just in case when in previous months I had just thrown them away.

That last week in July/first of August I was late and didn’t feel like myself. I told Matt if nothing happened by Friday I would take a pregnancy test. Well, Thursday morning I woke up  frustrated, not knowing what was going on with my body and went to take that test. Matt walked in the bathroom (probably because I hadn’t even said good morning to him!) just as I was dipping the test in. I remember turning to him and telling him that I was “just sick of this” and we both looked at those little lines, and I said “are you seeing what I am seeing”?! That test line was dark, almost darker than the control line itself! Matt then went to the store and bought a digital test, just so we could be sure and within 10 seconds it came up bearing that amazing word: Pregnant. Matt had the biggest grin on his face and said something like “my boys can swim”, of course 😉 I was still in shock and reality sunk in, this was really happening and I instantly thought of how careful I needed to be now with everything, the worry of a momma sets in super early! I also was instantly grateful for this sweet blessing and thanked the Lord and prayed that the baby was growing and healthy. 


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Home Organization

The hall closet has been bugging me for months, as in every time I pass it I dread opening that door and actually cleaning it out. Today I had the feeling that I could conquer it, without it overwhelming me, I took every item out, found a better place for it either in the closet or somewhere else and the closet is now walk-able and organized!!! 

Below are some before and after pictures of the finished closet, please take note of the hideous carpet that our landlord picked out himself and just installed last summer, yes he has no taste whatsoever!! Image









Next up on mission organize-this-house-while-we-still-live-here: the laundry closet, yes it’s a closet. 

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