Wednesday, May 29, 2013

28 + 29 Weeks...BUSY.

Time flies, doesn't it? It's already making me nervous because I know if it's zooming by now, it's really gonna fly when Vann is in our arms!

How Far Along: 29 weeks & 2 Days

Sleep: The last couple of nights were just uncomfortable. My bump has now gotten big enough that it pulls on me which puts pressure on my back and hips. I, thankfully, have been using my Boppy Wedge, but this weight is another issue.

Best Moment This Week: There are so many, so hang with me! 

My class and school threw sweet baby showers for Vann. He got some great gifts that will be so handy and helpful. We are so very blessed! Post on those soon! 
Wednesday was our last day of school with the kids. What an awesome class we had the privilege of teaching this year. After graduation, the kids enjoyed playing on the inflatable water slide, swimming in the pool from the fire dept, and enjoying food and friends. This was the day I experienced swollen feet. Gross! 

Thursday was my glucose test! I got my results back yesterday, and I passed with flying colors! My levels were all good, so now I can eat cupcakes the rest of my pregnancy...JUST KIDDING! 
I also got an awesome massage on Thursday. Thanks sis for my Christmas present. It was totally worth saving it until school was over. Sandy got all of those knots out and pressure in my lower back! 

Saturday was fun! I had been so nervous about having a wedding to photograph when I was over 7 months pregnant. I hadn't pushed myself to the 8 hours of shooting in a while. I drank some Rehydrate, Spark, kept plenty of water and snacks in my system. It was nice to come home and see that my feet weren't swollen! It was a gorgeous wedding with some great people who love the bride and groom. 

Sunday and Monday were days of relaxation (for me)!!  Ryan bought some Rustoleum Deck and Concrete Restore for the dock at the pond, so I layed out while he applied it. It's a big job, but that area needs it. It's going to look 100X better! Thanks to commercials on Hulu for introducing us to Rustoleum Restore. Sooo cool! He has also done a tremendous job, as always, on our yard! Way to go babe! 
We also enjoyed a photo shoot for Gabby and Daniel. Easton will be here soon! We had gorgeous weather on Sunday afternoon and ate a yummy supper afterwards! Thanks Gabby
Food Cravings: Watermelon and FRUIT! I have eaten so much watermelon, and I love that the price keeps going down. Keep 'em coming!

How’s Mama? Doing wonderful! Enjoying the time of summer break to get things ready for our new little man, spending time with Lyla, and helping family plan a wedding for my sweet brother and sis-in-law! I will be taking some engagement pics soon. The kicks and rolls that Vann does are amazing. Yesterday at his 3D Ultrasound he was a busy body giving us smiles, sucking his thumb, pressing back on the camera, and yawning. 
What a precious boy!
{Reading about what's gonna happen in 10 weeks and watching Vann move around
 - this may be my favorite shot ever.}

What I am looking forward to: I can't wait to have the nursery done. It's going to be here before we know it. Ryan and I will be going to Birthing Classes over the next two weekends. I have also started reading the Bradley books in preparation for D-Day! I am excited to do this with Ryan and allow him to coach me through.
Our Baby in Veggie/Fruit Terms:
*Baby already measures about 15.2 to 16.7 inches long. Right now, he weighs about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds but he's still got a ways to go!

Vann, you are a sweet boy that I love feeling kick around every day. We loved seeing your sweet smile and stretches yesterday. I think we know who you look like...handsome like Daddy!  Keep on growing in there and enjoy your time. We are all excited to hold your hands and hear your coos! Lyla can't wait for your arrival either! 

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Loving like He does!

This song is beyond powerful to start out your day! I hope it blesses someone like it blessed me on the way to church yesterday. It's hard to go through life and love like Jesus does. His love is so full of mercy and forgiveness, but when we do big things can happen. Others see Him through us and we glorify God! 

My favorite lines are: 
Help us to remember we are all the least of these.
Let the memory of Your mercy bring your people to their knees.

Nobody knows what we're for only against when we judge the wounded.
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did?

Oh Jesus friend of sinners,
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers.
Let our hearts be led by mercy.
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors.
Oh Jesus friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours.

Check out the video here:

Happy Monday! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

27 weeks and 3 days!

How Far Along: 27 weeks & 3 Days

Sleep: Yes, please. I want to sleep all of the time. Want is the key word here...I haven't gotten nearly the amount that I want! I feel SUPER tired this week. This is somewhat normal for the last week of school. 

Best Moment This Week:
Mother's Day gave me a sweet glimpse into what Mom does and how much she cares for our family. We were blessed to spend time together, and the impact of the role of a mom was so clear to me during the day. It's a gift and a celebration of all that moms mean. I'm so grateful that God has given me my mom. She is beautiful inside and out!

Jase (Danielle's son) arrived! He is stinkin' precious!! I am so proud of Danielle! 
Leadercast was awesome! I enjoyed every minute of it, from the free biscuit in the parking lot to Andy Stanley signing our book we are reading for small group. I will be back next year. 
Food Cravings: Nothing crazy. Thank God! I had my Chick-Fil-A fix on Friday at Leadercast. I am so happy that grilled chicken sits well with me now. I wasn't quite sure how I was going to survive. I am loving Chick-Fil-A's new salads. You have to try one! 

Lyla turned three on Sunday!

Mother's Day was the best. I loved spending it with my family and Ryan's family!!

How’s Mama? This week has been non-stop! It's flying by, and I need more time with my class at school. It makes me sad when I think about them leaving for the middle school. Time has flown by. 

Tuesday of last week was a stressful one...students who misbehave aren't always easy to deal with and it disappoints me beyond belief if they are disrespectful. Well...needless to say, the stress gave my body a reason to react. Enter Braxton Hicks. Those things are no joke. When I was stressed, my belly hardened and it was difficult to relax because of my anxiety. Then, Vann felt like he was doing the Jitter Bug. Holy cow... enough to put me over the edge. I called the nurse at my OB's and shared with her what was happening. I figured it was Braxton Hicks, but this being my first's better to be safe! I explained Vann's movement felt like a seizure. Dr. Lake walked in and said, "so...your baby had a seizure..." and I explained I had read on the internet (bless his heart...wonder how many times that's been said) that babies in the womb don't have seizures. He gave me a medical term for that jolty movement, and let me know that it was ok. I checked out just fine. My weight, belly measurement, and Vann's heartbeat were great! THANK YOU LORD! 

What I am looking forward to: Summer! It's nearly here! What an awesome time to prepare for little Vann Hudson. There are also some great weddings this weekend and next for some super special friends! 

Our Baby in Veggie/Fruit Terms: Vann is GROWING and MOVING! He is a monkey. I love seeing and feeling him. I am constantly telling Ryan to look...then he'll stop kicking of course. He's the size of a rutabaga. 
  • He's practicing inhaling and exhaling with his rapidly developing lungs.
  • It's official: Baby's showing brain activity! And his brain will keep on getting more complex.

Vann Hudson, you are such a gift! You're our purpose and our drive! We don't have much more time until everyone will be giving you tons of love, hugs, and kisses!  

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

26 weeks...3.5 months remain!

How Far Along: 26 weeks

Sleep: This week made me a bit exhausted! Taking 75 campers to 4H camp will do that! The cot didn't allow me to sleep the best, but it sure did make me grateful for my bed and comfy sheets. 

Best Moment This Week: Seeing my hubby after being gone for two nights was definitely at the top of my list this week! I also have had more answers to prayers that have been very clear! There are still a few God's working on me with, but goodness He is good! 

Food Cravings: Maybe a few chocolate cravings...and it sure didn't help that I won a game at Gabby's baby shower and won a bottle of chocolate! 

How’s Mama? I am feeling great! Mom and I went shopping on Saturday, relaxed while watching a movie, and enjoyed Chick-Fil-A's new salad! YUMMO! Ryan and I enjoyed a date night with my parents on Friday and our own date night on Saturday. Sunday was filled with church, baby shower, and relaxation! 

What I am looking forward to: I signed up for nursing and birthing classes. June will be a busy month, but a learning one. As soon as Vann's nursery is finished, I believe I will feel so much relief. I know it will be so precious. 

Our Baby in Veggie/Fruit Terms: Vann is about the size of a head of lettuce! I totally believe it. I feel like I am carrying a little basketball. This week my tummy has grown even harder to the touch. My bellybutton hasn't popped out yet, but it's close! Vann's kicking has gotten stronger, and I have gotten to catch him on video rolling all around. 

  • His eyes are forming, and his eyes will soon start to open.
  • And his eyelashes are now grown, too.
  • He's getting her immune system ready for life on the outside by soaking up my antibodies.
  • He's taking breaths, too. They're of amniotic fluid, not air, but it's still good practice.

Vann Hudson, we love you so very much. Your family is so excited to meet you. It won't be long, now. Keep growing strong and get ready to have your heart filled with more love than you can handle. 

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