Saturday, April 28, 2012

23 weeks

Due Date: August 24, 2012
How far along: 23 weeks
The Bump:

Total weight loss/gain: +5, so -4 lbs overall
Workouts: 3 walks outside this week which felt amazing! I seriously felt like I ran a half marathon after the first 4 mile walk and was very sore, but in a good way. Moving felt awesome!
Baby items purchased: A small squirrel statue I saw at Patina for the nursery
Sleep: The pregnancy pillow is helping me sleep MUCH better! I'm still getting up to pee at night which interrupts my sleep, but overall sleeping pretty well.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing really this week
Symptoms: Some back pain, but nothing too intense
Food cravings: Granny Smith apples with Peanut Butter - I've had it each day this week
Maternity clothes: Yup, wearing and loving them!
Stretch marks: No
Gender ideas: Tyge thinks it's a girl, I really don't have a feeling one way or another.
Movement: Yes - such an amazing feeling! Petrie is kicking and punching and moving and grooving all over in there. Tyge can't really feel from the outside yet but I can't wait until he can share in this feeling!
Labor Signs: Not yet, thank goodness!
Miss anything: Red wine :)
Best moment this week: Date Night last night where we celebrated our first date at Vic's 5 years ago - such a great night together talking about where we've been and where we're going. Gotta take advantage of date nights before we have to ask Grandparents or pay a babysitter to watch Petrie!
Looking forward to: My nephew's birthday party later today - I can't believe he's 3 already! I still remember the day he was born and how time has flown since then...before we know it, Petrie will be 3...oh my...

First Date

This is totally something only a girl would remember, but 5 years ago yesterday was Tyge and my first date! I'll never forget this week 5 years ago, and it's so awesome to think of how far we've come since then...

So Tyge and I met 5 years ago this past Wednesday night at Barfly - keeping it classy. Coincidentally, on Wednesday I was walking to Crave downtown for lunch and walked right past Barfly so had to stop and take a pic to send to Tyge. :)

Last night I made reservations where we had our first date, Vic's on St. Anthony Main. I still vividly remember our first date from what we wore (black tank top, jeans, heels for me and a black button up with stripes and jeans for him) to what we drank and ate (martinis and Sea Bass) and what we talked about (our jobs, backgrounds, get to know you stuff) . Tonight's date was quite the contrast (I wore maternity jeans, drank lemonade, and we talked about Petrie and parenting) but just as enjoyable, if not more so. Though the "first date butterflies" weren't there, that spark still was and it was fun to relive our first date.

And here we are, 5 years later, married with a child on the way. God is so graceful, so good, and I am forever grateful and blessed that He matched Tyge and I up that night 5 years ago.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Nursery Plans!

I know I've alluded to it in a few posts, but I am SO excited about our nursery "theme" and can't wait to get things going in there. Now that we have an almost cleared out room, we'll be doing things slowly over the next few months. I want to try to have it mostly done a month ahead of time as I know friends who have had babies early (I myself was 5 weeks early!) or been put on bed rest at the end, so couldn't finish things. Not that it NEEDS to be done before the baby comes, but I'd LIKE it to be. :)

Anyway, since we're not finding out the gender I knew we needed neutral nursery colors and theme (I wasn't about to wait until baby was actually here to start decorating - the planning and prep work is half the fun!). As far as colors go that was an easy choice - "my" colors have always been sage green, chocolate brown, and white, from my high school bedroom to our wedding colors:

I just love that color combo and think it's perfect for a boy or a girl. As far as the theme goes, I found the below bedding set awhile back and loved the idea of trees, deer, squirrels, birds, and other woodland animals. I was originally going to get this set, but decided it was a bit too "matchy-matchy" and wanted to have more basic bedding with woodland accents elsewhere - this was a good starting inspiration anyway:
So here are some other inspiration photos of ideas of gathered here and there, and items I've ordered. The room will be pained a sage green, we'll have white furniture (crib, dresser & shelf), and a chocolate brown rocker/recliner chair.

Wall decal


Crib Mobile


I bought a dresser like this off Craigslist that Tyge will paint white, and we'll use that as a changing table

We'll also do a frame gallery above it, filled with the artwork I've ordered from Etsy below:

I love this popular Pinterest idea of using this Ikea shelf as a horizontal storage unit - it'll go under the window with storage baskets underneath, and a patterned cushion on top:

And a few woodsy accent ideas:

So there you have it - my ideas for our woodland themed nursery! I may wait to do some of the accent pieces until baby is here so I can get more feminine or masculine ones. I can't wait to see it all come together in the actual room over the coming months. Of course, it will be even more complete come 8/24 when there's a little one in there! :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Nesting begins - The LIST!

I am behind on blogging once again, whoops... All is well in my world, just been so busy getting back into "life" since the trip. I still need to finish blogging Puebla days 6-10 before it gets too late, which it almost is...Stay tuned on that one - I WILL do it by next weekend!

Because Tyge and I had the mission trip to prepare for, we didn't really focus on anything baby before we left and have slowly started to since adjusting to being back home. Now that we're over halfway there (21 weeks - when did that happen?!) it's time to start tackling the "Before Baby List"! Yes, I made a list. I had a million things swirling through my head about what needed to be done so I made a list, which helped my OCD brain get organized. This is in no way a finalized list and it's in no particular order - just things we need to get done between now and D-Day.

Before Baby (8/24) Checklist!

  • Get eating on track – including more iron
  • Start exercising – 2x/week (walking & weights)
  • Plan a Babymoon
  • Research Natural birth (read Ina Mays Guide & Bradley books)
  • Sign up for baby classes (childbirth, baby care, nursing)
  • Merge office into guest room & reorg that room:
    • Break down & donate corner desks
    • Buy new desk (Craigslist)
    • Clean & move bookshelves
  • Nursery decor:
    • Paint walls (pick out sage green paint after bedding comes in May)
    • Buy & apply wall decal
    • Changing table frames & art
    • Mobile, lamp, woodsy accents, etc.
    • Curtains / changing pad cover / rug / other textiles
  • Nursery furniture:
    • Buy crib
    • Chair from Mom & Dad
    • Sand/paint dresser (Tyge)
    • Buy Ikea long window shelf & wall bookshelves
  • Achieve organization:
    • Garage
    • Storage room
    • Workout room
    • Kitchen cabinets – room for baby things
  • Register for shower gifts
  • Start researching maternity leave
  • Register for daycare
  • Write a basic will
  • Finances - finalize a long term savings plan, pay off Acadia, revamp budget
  • Tour St. John’s & pre-register with the hospital
  • Prepare a basic birth plan 
  • Make Freezer Meals (2 weeks worth)
  • Buy necessary baby supplies/gear we didn’t get from showers (i.e. car seat & stroller)
  • Install car seat and 2 bases
  • Pack hospital bag/cooler & make day-of arrangements for Keely
  • Wash baby clothes/blankets

So last weekend and last night we tackled one of the items on the list - merging the guest room/office to make room for the nursery!  For awhile now, I've envisioned in my mind moving the guest bed into the existing office and rearranging furniture in there, having Tyge paint the walls the blue color. This would leave the guest room open for the nursery, which would also need to be painted (sage green). Tyge and a few others I'd told about my "plan" asked if the nursery could go in the office instead, with the office furniture moved into the blue guest room, so two rooms didn't need to be painted. Not that he would have minded, but he had a point. It took a bit of time and thinking (as well as playing around with this awesome virtual layout tool) but I realized it did make more sense to have the nursery in the existing office room for a few reasons.  I had to be flexible (something I'm not the *best* at when it comes to my plans) and adjust my original nursery layout, but this way works great as well! He will have to switch out the fans, however, so the white one is in the nursery instead of that nasty brass one.

Office with 2 giant (unused) corner desks and 2 bookcases - now the nursery to be!

Old photo of guest room - new bedding now and white dresser (that will go in nursery closet)

Crappy cell phone pic of the combo room

Shot #2

I plan to get an actual desk chair instead of a stool, and Tyge will need to fashion some sort of risers for the desk legs as it's a kid's desk and his knees don't quite fit, haha! Gotta love a Craigslist deal, though! I've never really hung photos or artwork in here as I knew it was a transitional room, so I'm excited to personalize the room a bit. We still have some things to clear out of the old office room and put into the desk drawers, etc, but it the combined space looks even better than I thought it would! I can't wait to get the nursery 100% cleared out so we can start doing things in there - THAT's the room I'm excited to decorate!!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

20 weeks

Due Date: August 24, 2012 (I've been a day off)

How far along: 20 weeks - halfway there!

The Bump:

Better than a bump pics this week - a BABY pic!

Total weight loss/gain: +3, so -6 lbs overall
Workouts: None - I really need to get moving! We've had so much to do after work this week so haven't had time to go for walks, but I need to just MAKE time!
Baby items purchased: Nothing this week.
Sleep: Sleeping okay...
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing really this week
Symptoms: Tired and my back hurts a bit this week, but that's it!
Food cravings: Craved Lean Pockets this week and had them for lunch 3 days in a row. Yup.
Maternity clothes: In maternity pants, normal shirts still fit fine.
Stretch marks: No
Gender ideas: We're team green - not finding out! Which wasn't as hard as I thought it'd be at the ultrasound, actually! Though it was kinda weird that the u/s tech knew and we didn't!
Movement: I did feel what I was pretty sure was a kick on Wednesday night before bed, and after seeing how much Petrie is moving and grooving in there, I know it's him/her!
Labor Signs: Not yet, thank goodness!
Miss anything: Running outside! As I was driving around the lake after work, I saw runners and miss doing that after work like I did last summer. I still totally could be, but haven't been. :)
Best moment this week: Seeing Petrie at the ultrasound on Thursday! It was beyond cool to see his/her sweet little profile, and see them moving around in there. Everything appeared healthy and normal and the u/s tech said they looked "perfect" - I think so too. :)
Looking forward to: Easter weekend! Tyge's parents staying with us, his family coming over Saturday, singing in 3 church services, and brunch with my parents Sunday. Will be a busy but great weekend!
Happy Easter all - HE is Risen!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Puebla Day 5 - Earthquake, Tablecloth, & Prayers

Tuesday, March 20th

We started off the morning with a breakfast of Mexican sweet breads that we bought from a truck the night before, peach yogurt, and fresh pineapple - so juicy! Scott shared a devo and some good scripture, then we were picked up for our workday.

I helped in the printing press again for a bit, but wanted to be outside in the sunshine so moved to weeding in the Garden of Hope. We each had a chunk (of the cement path) to weed and picked at it with chisels. We had worship music playing, the sun was shining, we were chatting, all was good! All of a sudden we felt the earth move and shake, later learning that there had been a 7.4 scale earthquake nearby in Oxaca and we were feeling the aftershock. It was such a weird feeling - almost like being stuck in a bowl of Jello!

After work we had lunch, where my high happened. I was at the little girls table sitting next to 3 year old Ximena who was across from 4 year old Evalin. Because we had played capture the flag yesterday everyone had their own bandanna and before their lunch trays were set in front of them, Ximena neatly unfolded her yellow bandanna and spread it out in front of her and her friend. They then reached hands across their "tablecloth", bowed their tiny heads, and prayed thanks to Jesus for their food. My eyes welled up with tears and I was struck by this simple act of two little girls using a free piece of cloth to make their lunchtime just a little more beautiful. I instantly thought of how my mom used to make tea parties, birthdays, and even random dinners so special for me and my friends, breaking out the candlesticks and wine goblets, and how they don't have a mom to do that for them. I also had a vision of my barely used $50 Crate & Barrel tablecloth and felt spoiled, in not a good way. These little girls have so few material possessions to their name, yet were so willing to thank God and find joy in what they DID have. Huge lesson learned, and I was so grateful to have witnessed that quiet moment.

Evelin & Ximena - the two sweet girls

After lunch, we served the kids a treat of ice cream, which they all loved!

The wind picked up quite a bit over lunch so our planned afternoon activity of kite making and flying was interesting! We brought materials for each kid to make a paper kite and helped them cut and tape the basic kite, and let them decorate it. Many of the kids wrote "I Love Jesus" on their kites and were thrilled with the markers and stickers.

It was way too windy to fly them but the kids wanted to try anyway, so many a kite got ripped or tangled. The kids didn't care at all - they had a blast!

We were then invited to join the Tuesday afternoon staff meeting, which they held in the cleared out dining tent. We had a time of stripped down worship (guitar and bongos) and it was inspiring how quickly and genuinely the staff was able to enter His presence. We were asked to stand as a team and Susy McNally said they'd like to pray for us. We stood in a line in the front and smiled at all the staff, thinking we'd hear a few nice words of prayer. Rene got on the mic and mentioned the earlier earthquake, saying he believed God wanted to shake things up. He asked the guitar and bongos to shake it up as well and they began to play. I bowed my head and closed my eyes and all of a sudden felt a hand on my shoulder, one on my back, and one on my belly. The tent was filled with earnest and heartfelt prayers, both in English and Spanish. It was one of the most beautiful sounds I'd ever heard. I had Sandra in front of me praying rapidly and emotionally in Spanish with her warm hand on Petrie, while her husband David was next to us with his hands on Tyge. I could hear Bridget and Molly Nielsen behind me and feel their hands supporting me as well. Tyge reached over and held me and I reached to my left and held Emily. This went on for 10+ minutes as I wept uncontrollably - I'd never been so filled with the Holy Spirit or felt His presence more than that. When it ended, we were all is awe. Tyge and I sought Sandra and David out to thank them after and I asked Sandra what she prayed for. She said she had prayed for our marriage, for our baby, and that we would never give up in raising a family who would serve God - she said her and David saw us and felt called by God to pray for us. I told her I hadn't really felt a huge connection with Petrie until that moment, still afraid of losing him/her I guess. When she prayed, something switched in my heart and I felt a peace about everything. I am so grateful for her prayers - without even knowing me or my story, she was able to bless and minister to me. Her faith and obedience in listening to God's promptings is incredible.

We were all emotionally drained so trudged back to dinner and shared our prayer experiences with one another. It was neat to hear how we were all blessed in different and powerful ways. Before bed, Ivana shared her testimony with us all, and we went to sleep grateful for what was my best day at EV yet. 

**Some photos taken by me, some taken by other team members!

Puebla Day 4 - Revelation Song & Ivana's Birthday

Monday, March 19th

Our first workday started out earlier than the first few here - I was up by 6 AM! We had a breakfast of pancakes, then Emily shared her testimony which is a beautiful and inspiring story.

We were picked up at 9 AM and split into teams for the day's work - the boys and some gals were outside building a cement trench and weeding the Garden of Hope while Rachael,  Vanessa, Emily, Sari and I were in the printing press helping stuff and fold newsletters. I had some really good conversation with the ladies and got to know them better, which was great. We even discussed the possibility of doing a small group study (using LFL as material) when we got back home!

We took a few breaks and my high of the day came as I was walking through the dining tent to go to the bathroom. I saw Suzy sitting alone in the back, strumming her guitar along to an MP3 player plugged into a small speaker playing Revelation Song in English! I stopped and asked if I could sing with her and was so glad I took the time to stop. Watching her strum her guitar with all her heart, praising Jesus and singing in her beautiful voice was such a treat. I had a shaky voice as a tried to sing along for sure! I asked her to play that song one more time and she indulged me, and even played a few more songs for me. She is so incredibly talented and told me she wanted to become a song writer. I love how all the kids have big dreams, despite their past. Their love for Jesus and hope and future He and the staff at EV give them is awesome and greater than any past hurts.

After work we had lunch with the kids where they all sang Happy Birthday to team member Ivana - so sweet!

Following lunch was our afternoon activity with the kids which was a game of capture the flag. We brought colored bandannas to use as flags and each kid got to keep theirs. We explained the rules and there were a few hiccups while playing, but that made it even more fun! The kids loved running around, taunting  the opposite team, and leaning the new game. As our van was pulling away for the evening, we saw some of the kids on a smaller field playing on their own.

Back at the house we had dinner and recapped the day, then had Bridget, Miguel, and their 3 kids over for an evening devo. Miguel shared a bit at first, then took the kids home as Bridget stayed to talk to us. She told us to continue meeting and encouraging each other (Heb. 10:23)  - to see the value in that and not give up. After they left, it was time for bed, but not before we had a birthday cake for Ivana! The days sure are long here, but rewarding!

**Some photos taken by me, some taken by other team members!

Puebla Day 3 - Church, Baseball & Testimony

Sunday, March 18th

This morning Cathy and I had breakfast duty, so we made everyone breakfast burritos. Rachael shared a devo about warring against the flesh and Satan - letting the waters rise because we have Jesus!

We were picked up for Sunday service at Nations Church, which was another awesome experience! Worship was incredible - I didn't understand the words (well, this one was Dia Feliz or O Happy Day) but I sure felt the spirit! Everyone had their hands raised, smiles of joy, jumping around - see for yourself:

Jerry (he's an orphanage Director AND executive pastor of Nations Church!) then preached a great message on spiritual warfare, which was very timely for our team. He talked a bit about putting on the armor of God (Eph. 6:11) which is something we had talked about as a team before leaving! After the service was over, Rene's wife Kate gave us a tour of Nation's Church, including this mural depicting the 4 ministries of LHI (Nations Church, Esperanza Viva youth home, La Vina ministry school, and school for the kids).

After church we changed out of our nice clothes and had lunch with the kids. The food didn't sit well with my stomach, but luckily I had an adorable 6 year old, Pablo, sitting across from me. Pablo was a hungry, growing boy and ate my whole portion of rice, eggs, and bread! I'll never forget his sweet little face with his huge brown eyes and smile as he asked for "mas, mas!" - God put me next to him at lunch for sure.

After lunch we played broomball and softball with the teens which was a great time - I even hit a home run!

After we were good and tired, we headed back to the house for dinner, and after dinner Tyge and I had a shared devotional time where we got to share our testimony. We took an hour of tag teaming our story and it was such a treat to be able to share. I forget just how powerful a story it is and how drastic a change we had - all through Christ alone.

When we were done most of the team was crying and thanked us for sharing. They prayed for us had such gracious and encouraging things to say, despite not knowing us too well at that point. We had a bit of a God high but knew we had out first early work day so headed to bed.

**Some photos taken by me, some taken by other team members!