Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Right Now: Six Weeks

September 7, 2016
Right now we're guessing... 6w3d.

Right now I'm feeling pregnant in that... I'm having crazy, vivid dreams. Falling asleep each night is like watching an action telenovela marathon. Insane dreams. 

Right now I'm eating... staying 80/20 paleo. I'm loving Rice Chex and have splurged on cheese a few times this week and noticed that it makes me feel really bad so no plans to do that again any time soon. No real intense cravings, but last night I was still up working at 10 and suddenly was starving! I went downstairs and whipped up some pork nachos with leftovers and it was amazing. I inhaled them. Literally right now, I'm drinking a pineapple spinach smoothie. 

Right now, like last time... I've got that early bloating, and feeling super sleepy.   

Right now, this is different than last time in that... I totally forgot to make an OB appointment the Monday after I got a positive test. Last time I called at 8:01am sharp on Monday.

Right now I'm looking forward to... really looking forward to Code Orange Revival starting Friday! 

Right now I'm reading... Becoming Myself by Staci Eldridge, Mrs. Betterhalf by Holly Furtick and Greater by Steven Furtick. Working through Genesis with Marshall, we've decided to read through it during my pregnancy together (originally I wanted to read through the whole Bible but that's a bit unrealistic these days I think. Marshall brought me back to reality...) Pretty sure this is enough reading to last me 40+ weeks. 

Right now I'm wearing... normal clothes. My Lularoe leggings have come in clutch with my bloat belly. Really looking forward to wearing all my Lularoe stuff once it's cooler! 

Right now I'm watching... Binge watching The West Wing and NCIS while I work. Re-watching Arrested Development with Marshall. 

Right now kinda nervous about... I had a really vivid miscarriage dream last night. In this dream Lincoln was going on a trip with my parents (not ever going to happen), who were together (they are happily divorced) and my dad's new Jeep (this is real) while Marshall was on a business trip (what?). Like my pregnancy dreams are, it was so vivid and so real and I woke up in a panic. Since waking up and starting writing this I've becoming increasingly more nauseous throughout the day which is reassuring that things are progressing as normal. I did really miss being pregnant, but I kind of forgot about the constant worry that comes along with sharing your body with someone who can't check in via text every so often... 

Right now feeling good about... life. We're (again) in a transitional place. Lincoln started preschool, I just started a new school year, we're now preparing financially and logistically for another person in our family... it definitely felt bittersweet at first (I may have ugly cried dropping Lincoln off on Tuesday) but I'm starting to accept that like I know, all seasons end-- even the sweetest ones. And the next one coming is going to be very, very sweet. New baby next spring, debt free next fall (this is a change from January), I have a truly amazing group of students this year, our church is multiplying and we're celebrating being there a year (already?!). This Saturday we're celebrating our fifth anniversary and it's incredible how God has changed us in what feels like such a short time. We are so thankful. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

October Goals

I am so excited it is October. So many fun things on the radar! I'm still in the thick of first trimester ickies so I'm really having to readjust my expectations for self, especially in terms of energy. My theme for this month is grace upon grace upon grace upon grace and really embracing this season for what it is: sleepy. But this weather is perfect, I have found the most amazing paleo pumpkin muffin recipe and I'm ready for cooooooler weather and all things fall.


  • Blog a lot! I had 31 entries planned as part of the Write 31 Days challenge for October, but I'm already behind on that, so we will see. I'd like to post at least 15 times this month.
  • 5k steps a day!
  • At minimum eat one veggie a day.
  • Read 2 chapters a week of Becoming Myself for eGroup
  • complete post processing on Schuyler and Emily's wedding photos before big Lula-shoot
  • Go to Ikea! (we actually already did this)
  • Go to the STATE FAIR TWICE! Normally I just go once with my friends for snacky dinner but this year our church's band is doing a night of worship at Dorton Arena on Friday October 14 and Marshall is playing bass so we'll go Friday and then I'll go the next week with my girls! 
  • Photograph the A21 Walk for Freedom to stop Modern Day slavery on October 15th. 
  • Big Lularoe photoshoot for my girl Tracy Vazquez and her Lula-crew! 
  • Shoot two sessions for really special families!
  • graduate to 2nd trimester and hopefully leave some of this nausea and fatigue behind.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Ramblings

Just popping in to share a few thoughts.

  1. I have sincerely been underestimating how much energy and time goes into working and parenting. These are great days. These are exhausting days. I go to sleep most nights really aware of some area that I neglected that day (husband, self, child, work, house, etc.) but I'm thankful that God has freed me from unrealistic expectations and standards in the past year. 
  2. September has been amazing. And also, extremely busy. Amazingly busy. Our church had revival for 10 days straight (and we got baptized!) and then my brother in law got married (and I took pictures!) and it's been way out of our normal routine and super great and fun. We are enjoying settling back into a semi-slower pace (although still circus level antics with this toddler man) and getting back into our normal routine.
  3. Lincoln is really fun at this age. He's starting to talk so much, string words together into complete thoughts (hold you, mama! // bye bye, mama! // I played trucks! //  etc.) and my most favorite thing lately is his singing and dancing. He sings along to the one CD we play on repeat in the car and has it memorized pretty much. Of course he doesn't say the words, but he tries and it's so great. Jesus = Jeeeeeeeee, Holy = Hold You, and then just general drum noises. The Dancing is also on another level. 
  4. I am still constantly wanting to read the Bible more and haven't really come up  with a good routine with that. A couple of days ago I bought a "Write the Word" journal from Lara Casey and it came today. SO simple. I've completed day one, but I like it so much. A great way to get the word in your head/heart. 
  5. It is finally fall. It still feels very summery outside, but the calendar says: FALL. Bring on all the pumpkin baked goods and decorations! I'm ready. 
  6. We celebrated our fifth (FIFTH!) wedding anniversary a few weeks ago. Marriage is weird. Somehow it feels like a lifetime together and no time, all at the same time. The exciting thing is that we are still very much just at the beginning-- the best is yet to come! 
That is all! Happy Fall, Y'all!