We hit 18 weeks on Sunday! I am getting so excited to snuggle this sweet little babe. At least for a little while he/she will offer more than a few seconds of snuggle time, which is all that I can get from G these days. Speaking of G, my big man is doing so well with potty training! Initially we started with an M&M for a reward but we quickly realized that he would be getting way to much sugar in a day! So we switched to cars stickers which he gets to put on his “potty chart” — which is really just a blank sheet of paper. He gets a little sticker for #1 and big stickers for #2 or when he holds it for an extended period of time (i.e. grocery trip or nap) and then goes #1. The stickers have been a big hit! He only seems to have accidents when he is watching Daniel Tiger, playing with toys and doesn’t want to stop, or is telling us he has to go potty and we aren’t paying attention until it’s too late! I am so thankful that we won’t have to put so much energy towards this after the new babe has come. What has worked for you with potty training?
Here is my cute little potty trainee;)
And a bump picture from the start of week 18!
I was quite surprised by how much I loved this peplum top with my bump as I had always considered them a “no-no” during pregnancy. I’m sure at some point it will not work so well but I will rock it for now! Here is an update from the last few weeks!
How far along?: 18 weeks 2 days
Total weight loss/gain: At the end of the day and fully clothed I was 9 lbs up from my starting weight but in the morning I am just 1-2 lbs above my starting weight. Crazy how much fluid you can retain throughout a day!
Maternity clothes?: This week I made some maternity jeans from regular jeans that I got on clearance. I have some more pairs to work on as we get into winter. They are pretty comfortable albeit a little loose because I wanted to give my self some extra room so I needed a belt. As my belly grows I might have to make some more modifications but so far so good! With the next pair I make I hope to do a tutorial, it was really pretty easy! And yes, that is gold sparkly elastic:)
Best moment this week?: Daddy got to feel the baby kick for the first time night! It was so sweet to see his excitement. It’s so strange to think of it from his perspective but this is his first physical connection with our new little babe. He’s been seeing my growing belly and hearing me talk of movement but to feel it himself makes it more real I think.
Miss anything?: I can’t think of anything that pregnancy is keeping me from enjoying right now.
Movement?: This baby is a mover! This week we have had nightly dance parties in there. It has been nice to have more consistent movement.
Sleep: We are getting pretty good sleep these days. For the most part I am back to where my body likes to be with 7 hours of sleep per night, AT NIGHT!!!
Energy level: 7-8/10 this week. There are still those moments throughout the day that I could totally fall asleep sitting up in spite of getting adequate rest at night but I’m pretty sure that goes with the territory of growing anther human being;)
Food cravings/aversions: Really craving some fried sushi rolls. I have been wanting to make them for awhile but it is going to be a long process! So wish I could just run to Sake and get half off rolls for lunch! But unfortunately soy sauce contains gluten as does the batter they fry them in. Someday when we have time (time? whats that??) I will have to make them.
Wedding ring on or off?: On!
Happy or moody most of the time?: I would just say that emotions (good and bad) come pretty easily these days!;)
Any changes this week?: Last week was the first week of my 11a-11p shift. I have been feeling much more rested on this shift I can tell that physically it was the right choice. And my days off are not wasted catching up on sleep when my little guy wakes up just a few hours after I get home. I do feel like I am missing my little guy more though. It has been nice though that M is usually awake when I get home so we usually get to chat for a few minutes before going to bed. And for a few days in a row I have had the opportunity to get up before G and have some time with the Lord. I have always been for people getting that time in whenever they can through out the day (I completely understand that it can’t always be before little ones wake up). Maybe it is because I didn’t have the luxury of getting up before G on my previous schedule (being awake from 6:30a-3a the next day does not work for me) or maybe it’s because I hadn’t been seeking that time at all, but I have been so refreshed by it! I texted my husband “this is what I need, why do we always turn to other things for rest/satisfaction?!” I am praying that I will seek out these opportunities frequently!
What are you looking forward to?: Last week I told you that I was looking forward to a semi-annual Mom-2-Mom sale. Well this was my haul all for $194!!
We are keeping quite a few of the toys back for G’s birthday in November but he was in need of clothes. It seems he is average out size-wise. 18month clothes are too short, 24 months are too wide and almost too short and he is swimming in 2T. Now I see my mom’s trouble keeping me clothed growing up! Oh and what I’m guessing was my best bargain of the day a brand new (tags still on) pair of gymboree jeans that were originally $34 and I got them for $4! Doesn’t he look cute in them?!
As for what I am looking forward to, one of my dear friends from college will be coming to visit us in less than a month! We can’t wait to spend some time with her! Oh and we get to find out what this little one is on here or the pictures he did for G’s gender reveal here. With G, I was not actually surprised in the pictures. In fact, I had taken an entire afternoon to (I’m ashamed to say it) cry and get used to the idea that the little life inside of me was a boy! Obviouslly God has shown me how much love my heart can hold for a little boy and that he knows much better what I need than I do! I am looking forward to actually being surprised this time! ! Well not exactly that day. I am going to have them write the gender on a piece of paper and fold it up. Then we are going to do a reveal with Zac Surant from Green Couch Photography. You can check out our family shoot on his site
What God is teaching me this week: To wait. God is teaching this pregnant, impatient, WOMAN to wait. M has learned of a job at a local community college that seems like it would be perfect for our family! The only problem; enrollment is down so the people who told M about the job are fighting to keep the position. So we wait. We wait to see if the job will be what God wants for us. Also, as of last week our house is on the market. We are unable to afford a realtor on our end to push our listing so we do what we can and we wait. We have had two showings and we wait to hear if an offer will come from it. We wait for God’s perfect timing although this is not what we had in mind at all. We are looking forward to the next phase of our lives. A phase that involves growing as a family in a 100 year old house and building a ministry to our neighbors, and a phase that involves me being in the home more and at a job outside of the home much less. We wait for God to make it clear when it is his perfect timing. I’m not good at waiting. Everything in me wants the timeline of the next year to be clear NOW! So while I wait I am learning to rest in him.
I was studying Ephesians 6:17-18 which says “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. As I checked out what my study Bible had to say and did some word studies, two things struck me with this passage that had not hit home before. First, the word of God and prayer are my only two defenses against spiritual warfare. When I am not armed with these I am completely defenseless against the devil’s schemes! No wonder we have been feeling under constant attack recently! Second, the word “pray” (in bold above) in the original language is proseuchomai. This is referring to the manner in which one prays and is expressed by the preposition “en” in this passage. The preposition “En” means “in, at, on, by any place or thing, with the primary idea of rest.” There is rest in prayer! We should be praying constantly and we will find rest there! I won’t find that kind of rest in a few more minutes of sleep, a few minutes of downtime scrolling on my phone, or in distracting myself in any other way that I could possibly conjure up! I am so thankful for these lessons this week! What is God teaching you this week?
~ jenne j.