Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bumpdate {22 weeks}

Happy Thursday lovelies!!!!

Yesterday I ran so many errands and today I just want to sit and relax! This baby boy and I are tired!!!

So lets do a bumpdate!

How Far along: 22 weeks today!

Size Of Baby: about the size of a papaya, around 8 inches and weighing a little over 1 pound!

Maternity Clothes: yes! And lots of leggings!

Stretch Marks: just that same one as before.

Weight Gain: I did not weigh myself but I am guessing right around 12 lbs

Sleep: getting better! I am understanding my new body and what is more comfortable to sleep. Of course from 7am to about 10am I sleep the best because husby isn't in bed and I can roll and spread out hehe.

Best Moment of the Week: getting some fantastic items from husby's coworker! A pack n play, little swing, and high chair!!!
And a random lady at the store ask me when I was due -- it's fun to look pregnant and not just like I ate too many cupcakes (:

Movement: lots!!! It is so so wonderful! Not strong enough to be felt from the outside yet.

Cravings: last Sunday Martin and I went to this delicious Thai food restaurant and I have been thinking about it non stop! Mmmm and the Thai tea!!! Mmmm!!!!

Gender: boy boy boy!

Belly Button In or Out: in. {advice to anyone thinking of getting their belly button pierced - DO NOT DO IT! I got mine when I was about 14 and it's stretched to the max and uncomfortable}

Wedding Ring on or Off: on still (:

Anything Making You Queasy or Sick: not a thing!

What I Miss: hhmmm... This question is always hard. I am gonna say multiple cups of coffee.

What I am Looking Forward to: feeling baby move on the outside!

Nursery: we are going with browns and blues. We even got an okay from our landlord to paint the room so I am researching what I want to do!

Emotions: This week I did have a freak out moment. My aunt said its normal which made me feel better. No matter how many babies I have seen and helped take care of -- nothing is the same as being a mother! Thoughts of inadequacy were flooding my mind. Will I be a good mother? Will I be able to raise him with a good strong biblical foundation? How will I be able to function with little sleep?
After a talk, some prayer, and coloring in my coloring book (my kind of therapy) I am feeling way better.
I am excited and feeling blessed! I may not know what I am doing but I am not alone and I trust The Lord with my life and this baby's life!

What baby is up to: Seth is able to perceive light, although his eye lids are still infused shut. He can also grab with his tiny hands -- the only thing to grab is the umbilical cord though. And teeny tiny little teeth buds are starting to sprout under his gums! So cute!

We are getting closer and closer and I am so so excited!!!

{I want to do a fun "getting to know me" blog post.... So ask me any questions and I will answer them next week!}

Baby bumps and love. - Monica

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New Refreshing Season

Easter is just around the corner, lovelies!

The betrayal.
The beating.
The cross.
And the beautiful resurrection.

It is a new season!

A time to reflect on our lives and then push toward that redeeming love.

Christ died a painful death for our sins, friends! I do not need to sit in my shame, be afraid of the future, or allow the devil to have power over my thoughts. I am victorious because Christ rose from the dead to give me life!

Lately, I have been feeling this sense of refreshing. With spring here and this glorious holiday my spirit is just dancing in joy. The rain is gone and has washed away anything that doesn't need to be in my life. Refreshing winds have blown and have given me a new perspective.
Today is a new day! Full of grace, joy, and love from God.

Lovelies, I am praying for all you especially during this season. I pray that the true meaning of Easter will impact you in a way that it never has before.

You are set free! Your sins are forgiven and you get to walk in new life.

Easter rambling and love. - Monica

Friday, March 22, 2013

Fridays Letters

Dear Baby V,
I am already so so in love with you! Feeling you move around and kick is the best feel ever. Daddy and I pray for you daily and can't wait to meet you and hug you for the first time! Love you!!!

Dear Alabama Weather,
Seriously??? Can we stop with the crazy scary storms. This California girl is NOT a fan of fast winds and tornados. Lets make this yr different and have none!

Dear Sophia Belle,
You have become such a beautiful dog! I am so proud of you for no longer biting and chewing (minus socks... You gotta just stay away from those).
I hope you are enjoying your BIG yard.... But daddy might be getting you a brother dog soon so hopefully you can share! Love you princess!

Dear Husband,
I am not a good napper. You are so sweet to have me lie down since my back has been hurting .... But I am just laying here and not sleeping.
Thank you for being you! You are such a great man, wonderful husband, and spiritual leader. I can't wait to see you interact with Seth and teach him to be a man of God.

Dear Lord,
I praise You! It's really the only thing I have been able to say lately. I am just in awe of who You are and all You do! Thank You for your goodness, God. I pray You would touch me, my family, and every beautiful person reading this right now with a fresh love. Ignite a fire in our hearts, Lord. I love you!

Dear huge bugs,
Get out of my house! Ok, thanks.

Dear readers/followers/friends,
Thank you for reading my blog and commenting. You all continue to inspire me with your kindness and love. You make it fun to share my heart and my updates on my life. (: I pray for all you!
Remember to check out my social media to stay even more updated on everything! (: Have a lovely weekend!!!

Letters and love, Monica

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bumpdate {20 weeks}

Happy first day of spring everyone!!! (:

Is it still snowing where you are? It's not the nicest day but its not raining, so that's good!!!
I hope the beautiful smell of freshly bloomed flowers surround you today!

Lets have a bumpdate on this baby boy!

How Far along: I am 20 weeks! {well actually today I am 20 weeks 6 days but in this photo I am 20 weeks}

Size Of Baby: the size of a banana! {about 7 inches}

Maternity Clothes: yes! My aunt and cousin bought my first few outfits! Can't wait to wear them! But at the house I am still in t shirts and yoga pants.

Stretch Marks: yup! Ha! I found one right near my belly button the day I was 20 weeks. I was in disbelief for awhile but when it didn't wash off in the shower and it wasn't a scratch from my puppy I knew it was my first pregnancy stretch mark. I knew I would get them but didn't think it would happen this soon! I thought about taking a picture and showing you but eh, no.
I noticed that most pregnancy blogs I read none of them have stretch marks.... But not this girl! I am {happily} welcomed into the momma club. Haha

Weight Gain: I have gained 11.8 lbs so far.

Sleep: sleep is still interesting. I have like restless leg syndrome. My legs constantly tingle, even with a pillow in between my legs. I get up at 5ish am to get my husby all ready for work and when he leaves at around 6:15, I go back to sleep and sleep pretty well. Idk why hehe.

Best Moment of the Week: getting my maternity clothes!! I got some cute outfits to wear and some even cuter shoes for our baby boy! My sister bought him the cutest pair of baby vans too!!! (:

Movement: he loves to move at night! He is wiggling around and it is the most amazing feeling.

Cravings: sweets!!! All I want is brownies, cakes, and pie! Too bad I have none and my oven is broken!!! :(
Yesterday I wanted Chinese too. Haha

Gender: all baby boy!

Belly Button In or Out: in

Wedding Ring on or Off: all on

Anything Making You Queasy or Sick: nope! (:

What I Miss: hmm ... Probably multiple cups of coffee.

What I am Looking Forward to: registering next weekend!!

Nursery: we are thinking of blues and browns with cute little football accents

Emotions: amazed. Excited. In awe. Happier then ever before. And a little nervousness thrown in, hehe.
But really I am just once again in awe of The Lord and what He is capable of doing. Like I have this gorgeous gift of life growing inside of me who has a hope and a future and dreams and a calling. It's an honor to be able to teach him and raise him. (:

What baby is up to: our little baby is becoming an expert in swallowing! He swallows amniotic fluid and the coolest part is that he can taste it! So whatever I eat, he actually tastes! He also sleeps 12-14 hours a day and when he is awake he is twisting and turning and kicking. Hehe.

Another announcement that i debated putting on my blog but I think I will because I am excited!

We named baby V ..... SETH JASON!!! The names have so much meaning to my wonderful husband and this makes it feel even more real!

Thanks again to all of you for sharing in this so exciting journey!

Baby bumps and love, Monica

Friday, March 15, 2013

Bloglovin shout out!!!

Hi friends!!!!

I am in NO way a blogging expert. I blog how I talk, which means many run on sentences, random, and many other things that probably make you English major cringe with anger.
It also means that I am not so educated on HTML, fancy decorated pictures, or all the google.

My tweeter {@mrs_v820} feed has been bombarded with numerous tweets regarding losing google reader. Now, honestly, I did not really know what in the google that was.... But from the panic I was feeling from bloggers on twitter, I was assuming it wasn't a good thing.
Shortly after I noticed my email was getting bombarded with new bloglovin followers.

I put two and two together and I am ASSUMING that google reader is what we read our blogs on..... ? Lol.

I just feel so honored that so many of you amazing friends has already started adding me on bloglovin without me telling you {or even knowing I needed to tell you}.
Bloglovin is awesome and you can read my {& many other amazing blogs} on there!

I wanna just shout out some lovelies!
Thank you to:
-Emily { }
-Erin { }
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-Liza { }
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-Lauren { }
-Aimy { }
-Jen { }
- Krista { }

And to everyone else who is following on bloglovin!!!

Just search for my blog {} on bloglovin!

Lovin the blogs, Monica

Monday, March 11, 2013

Bumpdate {19 weeks}

Oh The Lord is good!!!

That is where I am right now. Hehe. God answered some prayer today and I am once again in awe!
Friends, if you are waiting for an answer to pray - do not give up! Just continue to pray and praise Him for His goodness!

Aaannndddd here is a baby bumpdate!

How Far along: 19 weeks!

Size Of Baby: the size of a mango

Maternity Clothes: not yet but my aunt just bought some! Yay!

Stretch Marks: not any yet

Weight Gain: 11 whole pounds

Sleep: actually pretty good. I was feeling quite hot the other night but I think we had too many blankets.

Best Moment of the Week: Husby laid his head on my tummy and he kicked! Martin couldn't feel it but I could!

Movement: more and more.... And it's more distinct. I can't tell what is him and what is me.

Cravings: spaghetti! Tonight I finally got some!

Gender: ALL BOY!!!!

Belly Button In or Out: in

Wedding Ring on or Off: on

Anything Making You Queasy or Sick: no, praise God

What I Miss: Starbucks..... Hehe.

What I am Looking Forward to: decorating the nursery... And feeling him on the outside

Nursery: starting to get ideas

Emotions: just in awe. Excited. Humbled

What baby is up to: his bones are starting to harden and he is covered in vernix which protects his sensitive skin.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Outside of time

Is anyone else in complete shock of how quickly this year is going by?
I mean... MARCH! Already?

Yesterday at church we were talking about time and how Jesus doesn't live in time.
My brain still can't fully comprehend it.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." (John 1:1-3 NKJV)

In those verses there is a lot of "beginning".... But they live outside of time.... So they (God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit) were always there! Whoa! God made everything. He was always there and always will be.

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14 NKJV)

Then Jesus became man (so He can fully relate to us) and we experienced His wonderful glory!

So, He was always there and can relate to us on a personal level.
How amazing is that?!

That impacted me so so much! We are consumed with time - so many hours left in the day, counting down until the weekend, and months until something happens. It's hard for me to understand that our God lives outside of that! :)

Remember, friends, that He is always around and can relate FULLY to you!

Time and love - Monica