Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A little bit of life.

"I breathe in, I breathe out."
-Craig Morgan

As per the norm, I've got a bunch of thoughts floating through my head.  When I go to scatter them on paper... they magically just flicker away to a single line or word.  Funny how that happens.

So today?  Today you get the entire mash up.  Whether it makes sense or not.

I love seeing pictures on my feed of new babies.  Especially when the happy (but tired) mother is an old friend from high school.

Halloween is tomorrow... but all I can think of is Thanksgiving.  Why?  Because we are headed to Tampa to spend the holiday with our grandparents.  (AND a very special blogger friend of mine is going to take some maternity pictures for me.  Hi, Rachel!)

Oh yeah. Halloween is tomorrow.  My husband is a sneaky sneak who somehow got out of picking out pumpkins this year!  Again.. But never fear we dropped $25 on candy.  Although we secretly hope all children stay far far away.  More for us...

I've been told by about three people to quit stressing that baby G's room is filled with non-baby related crap.  OBVIOUSLY these people forgot who they were talking to.  Quit stressing? Me? HA!

Husband is knee deep in preparing a packet to hopefully get selected for Warrant Officer school after the first of the year.  So any good thoughts you've got to spare.. send them our way because that's kind of a huge deal!

I'm excited, yet not that the holidays are upon us.  The holiday season always goes so so fast.  Which is not good when a little peanut is expected the very next month.  I'm not sure I am all that ready for Rob, Amanda and baby.  I need more time to prepare.... seriously.

I have never gotten the flu shot.  So I'm making my husband go with me to get it since this whole being pregnant thing kind of requires it.  It's not that I am afraid of shots.... just... I can't even describe it.

It warmed back up here in Augusta, Georgia.  Which is pretty standard.  It gets cold at night, warm during the day.  AKA perfect-oh.

The laundry in this house never never never gets caught up, like ever.

My absolute favorite part of this time of year?  Festivals [because in Georgia.. they have them in October] and rodeos.  Oh and pumpkin scented candles of course.

I just sent out a whole slew of e-mails for the spouse's club.  I do all of my work pretty much on one day.  So sorry, not sorry?!

And now that I got all of THAT off my chest...
Happy Halloween friends!!!
I hope you have a very safe holiday and eat tons of chocolate.
[Cause diets should absolutely be ignored on this day.]



always,
amanda
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

[[26 weeks.. late.]]

This is late because I was too lazy to get dressed pretty much my entire 26th week.  I finally took pictures on Friday.. and edited them today to share with you all.. My excuse?  I'm pregnant. ;)

What Fruit are you?
A scallion according to my app.
Although I realize that is not a fruit.  [Or I don't think at least?]

Due date:  
January 28th!
How far along:  
26 weeks!
27 in like two days. Haha.

Next appointment:  
Not for another week! :)

Gender:  
Female!  My little girlie girl.

Total weight gain/loss:  
As of last appointment was up about 12 pounds overall.. I believe.

Swelling: 
I think my ankles are a wee bit more swollen than normal.  But it comes and it goes.
Maternity clothes:  
Just pants. Lots of t-shirts.. haven't had to dress up recently!  Although I did purchase a nice going out shirt the other day.  And I am testing out the belly band creation... because I'm not impressed with the lackluster maternity jeans section.

Belly button:  
In!  I'm not sure it will ever pop out.  Which I'm okay with.

Sleep:
Better.. I sleep HARD.  And as long as Piston doesn't wake me.. I can sleep through the night with one potty break.  But I'm also restless when I sleep.  As in I toss and turn a lot.  So mostly good.

Food cravings:  
Chocolate.  I just want it everyday... And I've been craving Mr. Goodcents.  Which is a subs and pasta place mostly found in the midwest... that is nowhere near here.

Symptoms:  
I waddle.  I want to sleep ALL of the time.  I go through crazy cleaning phases.  I have hot flashes and recently my belly has started itching because of the stretch marks that are appearing...

Movement:  
All of the time.  She's finally off of my bladder... like a champ.  So I feel her moving more in my middle area.. which feels different to say the least.  Rob has yet to feel her, although I am certain the moment will happen soon.  Especially since I've caught my belly lurching a few times.

Labor signs: 
None thank goodness.

What I miss:  
Rum.  Sleeping on my belly.  My regular wardrobe.
What I'm loving:  
Definitely looking pregnant.  And the cuddles I've been getting from Piston lately.  He always has to be laying near me or on top of me depending on his mood.  Not sure if it is baby related, but I'm thinking there may be some correlation.

What I'm looking forward to:  
Halloween.. aka having an excuse to eat the absurd amount of candy that is sure to be consumed.

Best moment this week: 
Hands down girlfriend moving off of my bladder.  I magically don't have to pee as much as I did.  Isn't that ironic??

...sorry for the lackluster photo quality. I don't claim to be a professional...

always,
amanda
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hey. It's Okay...

...that my ceiling fans are covered in dust.  I'm not sure how to reach the fans attached to the taller-than-average ceiling.  Could be interesting... also, how does dust attach itself to a moving object?  Those suckers have literally been going for months now.

...to have already bought the second pumpkin scented candle this season.  The first one is | -- | this close to being gone.  I love it. OKay?

...to swoon over my husband in his 3-piece suit.  He's a stud.

...that the first day after the end of every weekend is spent primarily on the couch and not cleaning or knocking off the to do list.

...that the company cancelled the ball for the SECOND time this year.. this time two weeks out and with tickets already sold.  I'm not really sure why they rescheduled it if they were just going to cancel it again.

...to have bought a $35 dress for said ball with no intentions of now returning it.  I'll keep that sucker since it was such a steal.

...to hate salt water.  But love beaches.

...to not particularly enjoy roadtrips that take 4.5 hours to get somewhere.. but only last for 24 hours.  Even if the result is totally worth it.

...to love hotel rooms that are on the ocean and only cost $65.

...to love weddings that include family members or close friends.  It truly makes a day extra special when it is someone you are close with that is getting hitched.  [[Congratulations to my cousin Jess!  While I will miss you being so close to me here in Augusta, I know you and Ryan are ready for the rest of your life... so cheers to that. [with apple juice of course]]]



always,
amanda
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Twenty Four.

Just a girl and her dog.
What Fruit are you?
An ear of corn.

Due date:  
January 28th.

How far along:  
24 weeks!  Give or take a few according to my husband.

Next appointment:
We had an appointment today... where little bean is 1.7 pounds. :) She's gained 6 ounces in two weeks.  Next appointment is 4 weeks from tomorrow.

Gender:  
Girlie girl!
Total weight gain/loss:  
Up another 4 pounds from four weeks ago.

Swelling: 
My fingers showed their first signs of swelling this week after completing the Color Run.  But it seems that was just a result of doing the run as they are back to normal!

Maternity clothes:  
Just pants.  Closet still shrinking week by week.

Belly button:  
In.
Had a world class photo bomber.. so this is as good as it gets.
Sleep:
Decent. I am ready for bed at the end of the night... and can sleep hard and long.

Food cravings:  
Chocolate.

Symptoms:  
I feel like I am starting to waddle.  Girlfriend has her feet in my bladder area which may contribute to some of it.

Movement:  
All the time.  She is very active.  Still can't be felt from the outside.  Hoping that changes in the next few weeks because a certain husband of mine is starting to feel a wee bit jealous.
Labor signs: 
None!

What I miss:  
Not having to think about things like glucose tests... yeah not looking forward to that one.  Sleeping on my belly.  And being able to be active a full day instead of just partial.

What I'm loving:  
How baby G responds to our voices.  She loves hearing her dads.  And is always active when I am sitting in the car.

What I'm looking forward to:  
My cousins wedding coming up on Sunday evening in Jacksonville!

Best moment this week: 
Completing the Color Run with baby in tow!  And not having to do the glucose test today!  I'm supposed to do it a few days before my next appointment.  So yipee!!

always,
amanda
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Sunday, October 6, 2013

A weekend post.

What. A. Weekend.

A good one at that.

One that I am now laying on the couch recovering from.


So some highlights.

Friday afternoon... this happened->

That's right I cut my hair off.  I had already decided that I wanted to take some serious length off of it.  While I love my hair long... it is SO heavy and rarely ever do I wear it down.  And when I think about having long hair with a kid, I know it will never not see a ponytail or bun.  So I had a predetermined length, which happened to be cutting off ten inches.  Aka enough to donate.  I've never donated my hair before and I didn't intentionally plan on donating it this time... but y'all, it makes me so so so excited.

As for the short length, I am still getting used to it.  My go to hairstyles are a little harder to perfect with this haircut.  But so far so good.

Then Saturday morning happened...
Baby Girl and I!
My cousin Jess and I!
Cousin again!  She gets married next weekend!!
Jess, Kay, Heather and I!
The Color Run was in town.  I signed up for this back in like March.  Of course I wasn't planning on being pregnant, but that is how it worked out.  So baby G and I walked the course with my cousin, one of her friends and her friends kiddo.  We had so much fun.  As usual.  If you don't know about this run, you are seriously missing out.  It is so fun and definitely worth every penny.

The rest of the weekend has been filled with spending time with my main men.  Date night with Rob on Friday.  Running errands last night together.  And now watching some foozball because HELLO it is Sunday!  That my friends is the perfect way to end a weekend.

Coming up next week?
.doc appointment for baby girl.
.my cousin's wedding in Jacksonville.
.hopefully finishing moving all of the crap out of the nursery room.
.24 week bumpdate.
.decorating for Halloween.
....and loving life!



always,
amanda
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Keeping Faith.

"The path of life is unpredictable, sometimes you just have to trust in the good Lord's plan for you."

Last week was hard.  There is no way around it.  We all had to adjust to one less dog... and while it wasn't easy, we made it through.  I am glad that this week I can say we are doing so much better and actually feel that I am speaking the truth when I say that.

I've found myself leaning on my faith a lot more in the last week.  I don't know why things always happen the way that they do.  I can't always say that I know the reasoning behind it, but I do know that everything happens for a reason.

Everything. Happens. For. A. Reason.

That has hands down been the mantra for me this last week.  I've put my faith in God having another plan for our sweet puppy and that whatever happens with him in the future it was meant to happen.  Maybe it was to show me I will be okay as long as I keep my faith.

In the past I have struggled with my faith in both God and Jesus.  I was raised a Catholic and still identify as one but I have questioned many things about my religion along the way.  It has led me away from church every Sunday but not fully away from the idea of a higher power.  I firmly believe that this experience with Klutch has opened my eyes to my faith again.  I was surprised to find myself leaning on the idea that God's plan was different for Klutch than what I had originally planned and that I had to stay strong in the notion that he would be okay, no matter what.

I don't know what my future holds in regards to my religion, but I am now aware that if I am willing to give God control and accept it, I can feel stronger and hold my chin a little higher when faced with difficult circumstances.

And if it weren't for that notion, it would have been so much harder for me to move on from the events of the last week.  Move on from the heartache and the fear.  And move into the future.. so for that I am grateful.

P.S. I appreciate all of the support from my last post.  It means a lot to me and my family.


always,
amanda
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