Monday, March 28, 2011

16 Weeks...and growing!

I went to my new doctor today for my 16 week check up and everything looked great! What an answered prayer! Thank you to everyone who prayed for us and the baby and sent encouraging text messages! We got to hear the heartbeat and our new doctor was really nice and answered all of my long list of questions. We also got to schedule our gender sonogram for..... April 21st! So excited! My doctor makes women wait until they are at least 20 weeks, but she would see me that Thursday ( 2 days early) so that we can tell our family on Easter Sunday (April 24th). I can't wait! She also adjusted my due date to September 10th...not that it really matters, but it's fun to have a date when people ask.

At 16 weeks here's how I'm doing:
* Still tired, but not as much as early on. I've had to cut out my afternoon nap since I work til 5pm now.
* Still very nauseous. I am ready for this to end!
* HUNGRY!!! Which doesn't always work well with the above symptom.
* Some nights I can't fall or stay asleep because I just feel uncomfortable. Lots of pillows and occasionally moving to the couch helps.
* I also don't sleep well because I make 10 trips a night to the bathroom! I'm considering buying stock in Charmin toilet paper :)
* Rockin' the maternity wardrobe! Why didn't anyone ever tell me how awesome maternity pants are? Seriously, they are sooooo comfortable. I had a friend loan me a pair of amazing maternity jeans that I am wearing today and they are the best pair of jeans I've ever worn. Around week 14-15 I suddenly popped out more and Ryan and I began to think that I actually looked pregnant in every outfit that I put on.
* What was the next thing I wanted to type.......oh, forgetful. Still.
*Craving: Chick Fila, Lemonade, Chocolate Milk, PB& J Sandwich, Mexican Food, Sherbet, and Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches (Starbucks has the best!)
*Excited for every little movement that could be the baby. Haven't decided if I feel anything for sure yet.
* Ready to shop! And decorate! This of course must wait until I know the gender and where we are going to live.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Waiting....waiting...waiting....

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.
Psalm 37:7

I read this verse the other morning during my Bible study time and felt that it captured my heart right now. I feel like Ryan and I are in a hard season of waiting. But waiting is always hard, right? Whether it's waiting in traffic, waiting for you Starbucks coffee, or waiting to open Christmas presents, it's hard.

Here are some things we are waiting on:

A job for Ryan. He works part time for the church but we have been hoping and praying for him to get another part time or full time job that would supplement the income he makes. As long as it has been just the two of us our income is what we need, but we both feel like it is the right choice for our family for me to stay home after I have the baby. We've been praying for a job for him for over a year now. That feels like a long time to wait. As each week passes it would be so easy for us to fall into thinking that it won't happen, but we believe it will.

Our baby. I am so very thankful that we didn't have to wait long to become pregnant. I know many people who wait for a year to concieve, and thankfully that wasn't us. Our "baby waiting" is more about waiting to know that the baby is healthy and growing strong. I would love to say that I wake up confidently every day knowing that our baby is perfect, but that wouldn't be true. Each day I pray for our baby and hope that everything is good. I know everything will probably be fine. But I find myself waiting and growing anxious between doctor's appointments. I will be so happy to hear our baby's heartbeat again next week and be assured that things are good in there.

Our home. Not knowing exactly what Ryan will be doing or what our income will look like, there is no guarantee that we will stay in our apartment. I love our apartment, but I will be okay if we have to move. As a planning mommy, I want to be able to picture how we will set up the nursery and where we will put things like a baby swing, toys, clothes, etc. For now though, I have to wait on those thoughts.

So why do we have to wait for things???????

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

I really believe that waiting is God's way of teaching us to trust in Him. It forces us to acknowledge that we are not in control. It draws us into a deeper relationship with Him as we go to Him and share our hearts in prayer. It teaches us patience. It creates opportunities for us to step back and think, "There is no way that this could have happened without God's planning."

So instead of being frustrated or worrying (which I confess that I do struggle with), each day I am choosing to trust in God's faithfulness, be thankful for all that I already have - a wonderful husband, a baby in my belly, a safe apartment, and so much more - and find joy. I know there are people who are waiting in even more difficult situations. I believe that God has heard all of my prayers for these things over the past year and that He hasn't forgotten us. I know that believing that God has a perfect plan for us doesn't mean that our lives will be easy or that they will always turn out how we want. But that's okay. My life's purpose is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all that I do, and really everything else is just temporary.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, " plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

I know this posting was more serious, but I wanted to share it and ask that you pray for all of these things we are waiting for. I wanted to be honest and not hide the things I struggle with daily. And in time when the Lord reveals His wonderful plan for our family, I want to be able to look back and celebrate!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I lost my memory? Oh, I forgot.

Over the past few months my memory has become less than amazing. It's a proven fact that pregnancy causes you to lose brain cells. I believe that. I find myself forgetting what I was about to do all the time. I'll walk into a room and forget what I was going to do. I forget to call people back. I'll have a funny story in my head and when I go to tell Ryan, I can't remember what I was going to say. Sometimes, I even forget to feed the dog until Ryan has kindly asked, "Have you fed Cosby, yet?" (at 9 o'clock at night). Don't worry, I'm sure I'll be a great mom :)
This weekend we were sitting at our table at Corner Bakery and Ryan asked if they'd given me an order number to put on our table. I think I responded with something like, "No, maybe they don't do that anymore. I guess they'll just bring it out and we can recognize it." We did end up getting our food without any issues. And then TODAY (4 days later!) I was getting something out of purse and there it was. Our Corner Bakery number. I'll give it back the next time we go. If I remember.....

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Barefoot and Pregnant

Tonight as I was making dinner I turned to Ryan and said, "Aw, I'm barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen. Just like I've always wanted to be." Haha, I'm sure my mom will be cringing as she reads that sentence :) But being home and making dinner for Ryan is always fun. Add a baby bump and take away shoes- even better! Especially when I get to listen to the sound track from The Notebook and dance around while I'm cooking. Completely content.
I also want to give a shout out to my kitchen helper. This man excels at stirring whatever is on the stove top and washing the dishes afterward. Thanks dear.
And this was the final product. Chicken and steak stir fry with egg rolls. Just what the baby wanted.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

From One Great Sister In-law to Another

The first time I met my sister in-law Amanda, we were at our niece's 1st birthday party. She walked in from the parking lot and told Ryan and I that she had just hit a car. It was quite a first impression.

Amanda went to her baby doctor this week and was put on bed rest for the weekend. We're all hoping that its just temporary, until her blood pressure goes down and everything is safe for her and her baby, but I can imagine that she's still pretty restless. I know she'll be reading lots of blogs, so I wanted to dedicate one for her! Amanda is a wonderful sister and I'm so thankful that I married Ryan so that he could share her with me. I thought I would post a few of my favorite Amanda pics. The one above was taken in Hughes Springs, Texas (where Ryan and Amanda grew up). It has my other sister in-law Melody in it also, but I love her too so I figured it was okay for her to be included.
This pic is from my wedding. Amanda was so supportive and excited for Ryan and I when we were getting married. I remember driving in the car with her one day and Ryan and I asked her when she thought she might be getting engaged to her boyfriend Brian (now her husband!) and she thoughtfully responded that she didn't want to talk about her getting married when Ryan and I were still engaged because she wanted our time to get to be about us. I thought it was so considerate of her to think about that. Everything worked out well because Brian actually got her engagement ring the weekend Ryan and I were married and proposed a few weeks after. I'm also thankful that Amanda got to know my friends so that all the wedding preparations would be fun and not awkward.
This picture is from a football game that we all went to back when Ryan's dad was still coaching. Just a fun night of hanging out and cheering on the Bulldogs!
I'm sure I'm not supposed to post this early Christmas morning pic, but I'm going to anyway. This was the first Christmas Ryan and were married and Bryan and Amanda were engaged. Our other sister Melody gave us initials to celebrate our new last names!
Hopefully this pic makes up for the one above. Amanda's wedding day! I was honored to get to be a bridesmaid. It was a beautiful wedding and Amanda was a beautiful bride!

Amanda, I hope you enjoyed this posting and that it entertained you for at least a few minutes. Ryan and I are so excited to meet Mallory, and already love her and pray for her all the time! I hope our little babies grow up to be best friends and that our futures are full of lots of Bradley holidays, birthdays, and sleepovers for our kids. And the next picture we take together needs to be one baby bumps! Rest up!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

New York, New York

Last night Ryan and I got to go to New York. Okay, not really. But we did get to go to a fancy New York themed Gallery Night fundraiser in Westlake. We were graciously invited by a family at our church to attend and it was such a fun night.

We found out kinda last minute that we were going so I had planned to wear my favorite red party dress, the one my sweet husband got me for Christmas a few years ago. About 20 minutes before we had to leave, after my extended time of hair and makeup, I decided to get dressed...and almost didn't make it into my dress! It was close. Thankfully Ryan was able to zip me up and I could almost even breathe. I think it will probably be a while before I get to wear that dress again. Hopefully everyone who saw me thought, "Oh, she has a baby bump," and not , "Woah, lay off the appetizers, lady."

The event was held at a hotel in Westlake. Ironically it is the same hotel where our church is temporarily meeting until ice-week repairs are made to our regular spot. But walking into the hotel it looked completely different! The regular lobby was transformed into a silent auction area and the hallways were covered in art that people could bid on. Ryan and I had fun walking around and discussing what we wished we could bid on. It was kinda like window shopping :)

We had dinner in the main ballroom that was completely decorated in a New York theme. We were fortunate to dine on New York strip steak and enjoyed New York cheesecake for dessert. I love cheesecake!!! There were even New York playing cards scattered across the table with fun NYC facts labeled on the face of the card to spur dinner discussion. What a cute touch!

The best part of the evening was the live band and dancing! This band was amazing and played old and new tunes from all genres. Everybody was out there shaking what their mama gave them! How often do you get to see the Mayor do the Cuban Shuffle? Ryan and I were giggling thinking about how embarrassed our youth kids would be to see their parents dancing, but it was awesome! I hope my parents are crazy dancers when they go out without me!

We had such a great time and were so thankful to be invited to such a fancy event!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

My Addiction

I have to confess. I have become addicted to salsa. Specifically salsa from Cristina's Mexican Restaurant. We got some for take out one night when my parents were here and since then I literally want it every day. I even convinced Ryan to stop by the restaurant on our way home from youth on Wednesday so we could get a to-go container. Sure, the chips are fine too, but I really crave the salsa. Is it because I'm pregnant? I don't know???? Ironically, I had eaten at Cristina's but never tried the salsa before I was pregnant. But for now, I will choose to say that I have to eat the salsa because it is what the baby wants.

I'm not sure why this particular salsa is so amazing. It's the perfect consistency and the perfect blend of spiciness. I'm not usually a huge salsa lover, especially when it comes from a jar from the store. I'm sure that there is salt and maybe some other not so healthy ingredients, but it also has tomatoes and onions, so it has to count as a vegetable, right? To make it at least seem healthier I also break the chips up small so that I'm eating more salsa and less chips. I think I may try making my own salsa using my food processor. I'll let you know how it turns out.

This is a bit unrelated, but my mom sent me this link of Maryanne, from Gilligan's Island, teaching how to peel a potato more quickly. The actress is actually herself, not Maryanne, but its funnier when you know that that's who she is. This is really an interesting video. If you have ever had to peel a bunch of potatoes, you know how messy and time consuming it is. I will definitely try this technique next time.

Potato Video