Friday, June 28, 2013

3rd Trimester--the Final Stretch

Well I am 28 weeks 1 day now--3rd trimester is finally here! Yay! I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
 
Being pregnant in the summer is definitely a different experience for me as Audrey and Barrett were both winter babies. I have never been this big in this Alabama heat--and I still have July and August to go!
 
With Audrey, I wore my wedding rings right up until I got the hospital to deliver her and had to take them off. This pregnancy? I took them off two days ago in exchange for a larger cheap pair. I am definitely swelling with this heat.
 
I have been spending a lot of this summer in the swimming pool--it is about the only way I can stand to be outside right now. Plus I love the weightless feeling of the pool--gives my poor feet a break!
 
This has been my hardest pregnancy so far. At least, I do not remember hurting and aching this much with Audrey. And did I mention I went to sleep at 6:30 last night? My second trimester energy is long gone.
 
At 28 weeks into my pregnancy, I have mastered the art of making it to the bathroom 5-6 times a night completely in the dark. (Now if my husband goes and moves something, he will mess me up!). There have also been a few nights I thought it would just be more practical to put a mattress in the bathroom. Joys of pregnancy!
 
Cate is getting very strong and I am loving her movements. I can tell she is starting to run out of room though because all of the flips and rolls have turned in to kicks and jabs. (My ribs are paying the prices!).
 
She loves to take her hand or foot (whichever way she is turned) and just push on my ribs. She enjoys it much more than I do!
 
Countdown is on--83 days; 12 weeks; a little over two months! Come on September!!!
 
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

You Know You're Really Pregnant When...

You know you're really pregnant when...
 
1). The thing you look forward to most about summer is watermelon.
 
2). You're uncomfortable sleeping on your left side, but you have to debate a few minutes about whether it's worth all of that effort to flip to the right.
 
3). You need help getting off the couch.
 
4). You don't sit up out of bed--you roll out of bed.
 
5). You have to fight the urge to roll your eyes when non-pregnant people complain about the heat.
 
6). A ten minute shower wears you out.
 
7). You have to sit down to dry your hair.
 
8). If you could just lay down all day, most days you would; sitting isn't even comfortable anymore.
 
9). You've seriously contemplated bringing a pillow to church for your back when sitting in the pew.
 
10). You have eaten a bowl of pudding for supper and dared anyone to judge you.
 
11). You are no longer counting how far along you are, but how many weeks you have left.
 
12). You find that you are constantly reminding yourself: Only ___ more weeks. I think I can. I think I can.
 
13). One thing you look forward to after giving birth? Cookie dough and brownie batter.
 
14). If someone mentions any form of food, you need it. Immediately.
 
15). You are actually looking forward to labor and delivery because it means you will be done carrying this extra 30 pounds around.
 
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Don't Interrupt Me

I've posted about this subject on a different topic on the blog briefly when addressing my work in animal rescue (Read it HERE).
 
When you try to do something to make a difference, there will always be people who, whether intentionally or not, will try to bring you down. I've always had that attitude that, yes, one person can make a difference in the world and they do it all of the time. I hope and pray that the world never beats that out of me and that my children grow up cherishing that same belief.
 
I love this quote:
 
"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world  are the ones who do."
-Apple, Inc.
 
I hear this all the time: "You can't save the world".
 
I 100% agree with that. One person cannot "save the world". My firm belief is that the only person who was able to do that was God in the flesh, Jesus Christ.
 
One person cannot save the world, but I have learned one important thing throughout my life: if you impact the life of just one person, you have made a difference and made the world better--even if you never see the fruit of it.
 
That's one risk you have to take in life--that you may never see the fruit of your efforts. I believe that when you do the right thing, you have to trust that God will push those efforts forward and make change.
 
Not only with animal rescue, but with running Barrett's Blankets, I have had people say to me "Are you still going to do that?", or "Do you really have time with school, work, and your family?". But here's the thing: Barrett is my family. I can't take him to the park. I can't watch him ride horses on Friday afternoon. I can't spend hours as his room mother in school. All I can do is make sure that his name lives on and that through his name, lives are touched. I don't consider running Barrett's Blankets to be work. I consider it to be spending time with my son, just like I do Audrey.
 
As far as those questions go, I can assure you that Barrett's Blankets will go on as long as I am breathing. Every time we have had a need, God has met it. I think that should be the answer to those questions right there. As long as God continues to provide, and people continue to say that it brought a smile to their face, I will push forward. I feel like God providing, is God's answer that Barrett's Blankets is meant to continue on.
 
That's my personal experience, but I want to encourage you today to "keep on keepin' on" with whatever it is you are doing to make a difference. While I think most people have our interests in mind, they may not realize what they are saying is discouraging and you just have to remember that and push forward anyway. Don't let negativity get in the way of your efforts to spread positivity in the world.
 
What are you doing to impact a life today?
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