Travel Often

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” — Rosalia de Castro

Love Deeply, but Laugh Along the Way

"Happiness is only real when shared." - Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

View Marriage as an Adventure

"Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage." ~Finnish Proverb

Fuel your body with GOOD (It's the only one you get)

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything. - Arabian Proverb

Open your Soul to Motherhood

A Grand Adventure is About to Begin - Winnie the Pooh

A New Kind of Love is Born

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Powering Through - 19 Weeks

19 Weeks

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces, and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. The hair on her scalp is sprouting. This is a crucial time for sensory development: Your baby's brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Oops. I skipped right over week 18! All is good here. We had an amazing Memorial Weekend due to some AWESOME weather and all those soldiers who continue to fight for our freedom and allow us to have weekends like these! THANK YOU!

The left side of stomach is always sore! I remember with Jackson it was my right side. It’s just a constant nagging pain, like there is a big knot needing to be rubbed out. I’ve also had trouble sleeping. I know the main reason is because we’re in the middle of moving and my brain won’t shut off. I’m up at 4…thinking, thinking, thinking!
Me at 18 weeks. Ummm...I look exhausted. Yes? 

We hired movers. I am VERY excited about this. It was TOO hard trying to round up friends and work with their crazy schedules with everything else I’m trying to manage. I started but already lost track of two friends, let alone any more than that. My gut told me to hire movers. Yes, more money, but I’m all about convenience right now. Trying to simplify. The less stress the better for me right now.

We also purchased a bunch of stuff this weekend – weed whacker, water softener, couches, kitchen table, BIG BOY BED, and patio furniture. The thing with me and Karl is we DO NOT SPEND. We SAVE. And I guess we’ve been saving for THIS. So we’re spending now. Ufdah. SCARY. Exciting too, but still scary.

When there was a down moment this weekend, I was in one of our many closets pulling things out and packing them in boxes or donating them. I separated all Jackson’s toys and found all the baby toys! I was even able to get Karl to go through his clothes. We have ONE garbage bag full of clothes he’s willing to donate. YAY! PROGRESS. This is a BIG step for him! This was between Jackson stealing the scissors, spilling my water all over and stubbing his toe and falling off the couch. It is something hard packing with a little guy around, but I also want him to know what’s going on. Before we start prayers, he’s always like “Pray. New HOUSE! Big bed. Choo-choo train.” So then we pray for all those things.

I'm very nervous about the transition into the new house. I'm starting to already miss the easy access to five parks by our current house. And how nice it is just to walk across the street to pick up Chipotle or a tasty treat from Dairy Queen... 

The plan is to pack one box a night until we move and work a little harder on the weekends. We're going to round up a friend on the day we are able to move in and fill his truck and trailer with what we have now in the garage. Then Karl and I are taking some time off work to CLEAN to prepare for the rest of the goods coming.

I made sure to find lots of time to play with Jackson too. We spent a lot of time running outside and playing soccer and going down slides and pulling his wagon and checking out all the construction equipment. Only two ticks on dad this weekend. YUCK!!!!!!! 

Jackson is ONE busy dude. I am VERY VERY VERY exhausted and am wondering when my body will give out? For real. I just can’t think about being pregnant because things start to hurt. I just pretend I’m energetic ol’ Christie, spry as ever. But I am FORCING myself to take a break during his nap time. I HAVE TO. For baby. I can’t have this baby coming early!!! I want healthy!

Otherwise, yes, still have the red rash on my face. Still craving peaches and all those summer fruits. YUM! YUM! YUM. I’m obsessing over asparagus cooked in olive oil and garlic and a lemon rind and lemon juice. I top on my salads. I had a huge craving for cookies yesterday so Googled “Easy Cookies”. Ended up making one with 4 ingredients. And I threw in a banana for good measure. Turned out SO good and HIT THE SPOT! Also, the top of my list is PUNCH Pizza. MUST go there soon. And same with a seafood restaurant.
LOVE this salad!!! I crave it!

Also COMPLETED Jackson’s Shutterfly Photo Album Age 1 to 2! I sent a copy to both grandparents. They are treasuring. Feels SO good to be done with that.

Seriously, I feel like a power house (or is that called a power horse?) right now. I’m pounding through the projects and am able to make quick decisions when it comes to the house. I guess I just don’t have time to mess around. I want to give Jackson the best of me too and that means simplify and straight up LOVE LOVE LOVE. Knowing that makes me focus more.

I realized it truly is NOT about how much stuff you have. It really is about BEING TOGETHER. I honestly want to get rid of most of our stuff. I’d be happy! Says the gal who just bought new furniture…

UNTIL next week! Ummmm…that will be the HALFWAY mark. Holy crap. Let me just say the second time around goes a zillion times faster. WHOA.

Only gained .5 pounds this past week!!! I honestly don't think I sat much. I have been very lightheaded too, so I know I need to slow down a little...