November 25, 2016

Meeting Lucy- Thanksgiving 2016!

We had a little bit of an unconventional Thanksgiving. We decided last weekend that we would make the trip down to Little Rock to spend Thanksgiving with David and Jordan since they'd be alone and we wanted to take the boys to meet Lucy. Little Rock is only about a 3 hour drive from where we live so we packed up Wednesday morning and headed south.

Children's hospital has an amazing playground on the 3rd floor rooftop that my boys loved.

David's sister lives in Little Rock and since they were going to be gone for the weekend, she let us use their house for our Thanksgiving meals. David and Jordan are staying at a friend's apartment, and we were able to stay in the same building in a different apartment when we were there but there aren't ovens or enough space for cooking. I debated cooking the whole meal, but after looking at our options, we were able to cater in the entire meal from Mimi's Cafe for less than $100. It fed us two whole meals and David and Jordan kept at least another meal of leftovers and all we had to do was cook the turkey and heat everything else up.

My plate! That stuffing was SO yummy!
We went back to the apartments and put the boys to bed and stayed up late playing Catan and that weird game with the mouth piece. Bryan took this pic of Jordan and we all thought it was hilarious.
Yesterday we got up early and grabbed coffee-- thank goodness Starbucks was open! And headed to the hospital to see Lucy again. Unfortunately she was still intubated when we were there so we didn't get to hold her or see her for long but the boys were so happy to meet her.
I just love these three little boys. Hank and Rhett look more like siblings than Hudson and Rhett do, it cracks us up.

We weren't sure what the boys would think about Lucy being hooked up to so much stuff. We were a little unsure of them meeting her like that after she was first born, but they've seen enough pictures and stuff since then, and Lucy looks SO much better than she did then that we decided it was okay. Plus they've been begging us to take them to see her since she was born. They did really good. Rhett asked lots of questions about what everything was. She was extubated shortly after we left and she is doing well! We are praying every day for forward progress!!!

Bryan had to work today- perks of working for Walmart Home Office in electronics on Black Friday, so we headed home last night. It was a short trip but time well spent!

This weekend we are celebrating Thanksgiving with my family on Saturday and putting up the Christmas decorations because I will be in Florida next weekend on a Beachbody trip-- AHH so excited! 

Hope y'all had the best Thanksgiving! Happy Friday!

November 23, 2016

The Faithful One. When It Wasn't Meant to Be. And 26 weeks!

As I was driving yesterday I was reminding of a song that Bryan and I had his stepbrother and his wife sing at our wedding. It talks about the Faithfulness of God in our lives (Faithful One by Selah and Christy Nockles). We saw that in our friendship/dating relationship... and I thought the song spoke volumes about us... little did I know that God would reveal his faithfulness to us over and over again in the next 8 years in bigger and harder and more painful ways than we could ever imagine.

In March we found out that we were expecting our third baby- a Thanksgiving day baby. 
And just a week or so later we lost that baby before we'd even told anyone that we were expecting. Although it was brief, it still shook me to my core. I was healthier than when I got pregnant with Hudson or Rhett and it just wasn't supposed to happen this way. 

It's been on my mind this week a lot. That that baby would probably be here by now. But it isn't.

But God IS faithful. As I am typing I feel kicking and squirming from my rainbow baby that God blessed us with, somewhat unexpectedly, just two months later. And as this due date passes and his due date approaches,  I am sad but also joyful. That baby wasn't meant to be here with us, but this one is and I rejoice every time that I feel him squirm and move and hear his sweet heartbeat- a complete miracle from God.

Anyways, it's just been on my heart and mind this week. What might have been that wasn't meant to be. I'm reminded of God's faithfulness in my life. And counting down the days until I get to hold this baby boy in my arms.

So I'll follow that up with my 26 week post. 

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 26 weeks 3 days

Size of baby: Baby is the size of an Eggplant. 14 inches, 2 lbs. 

Maternity Clothes: Yes. Just yes. And Bryan's t-shirts... which are now starting to have some belly hang. It's a glamorous life. ;) 

Gender: Baby BOY! Sawyer Anthony. 

Movement: Yes all the time. I am carrying him super low and he is starting to move from side to side occasionally- it's THE weirdest feeling.

Sleep: Up going to the bathroom at 11:30, 2, 4 EVERY single night. Like I look at the clock and it's always at the same time. 

What I miss: Not peeing 12x a night. Bryan and I always compare our fitbits in the morning and his is like all blue with no waking up and 7.5 hours of sleep and mine is full of "wake up" lines and like 6 hours of sleep. ha! The joys of pregnancy. It's just preparing me to be up with a newborn in a few months!

Cravings: Coffee. Carbs. Scrambled Eggs. Weird stuff!

Symptoms: Indigestion and headaches this week. Probably because I am trying to wean myself of the massive amounts of caffeine I was drinking last week.

Best Moment this week: I had my 26 week check up on Monday. I am measuring slightly ahead and his heart rate was 157. Everything looks great, my blood pressure was good. 

We are heading to Little Rock today to be with Jordan and David and Lucy for Thanksgiving. So Thankful for all God has done in Lucy's little life and can't wait to see the big things He will continue to do.

Have a happy Wednesday and a super great Thanksgiving! 

November 22, 2016

Nesting and Prayers Please!

Hudson is finally home! I left him with my dad at my grandma's last weekend and we were SO happy to have him home on Sunday. I think Rhett was the happiest of all! And I am happy to have my helper back for sure.

The weather in NWA has been cool but beautiful! Bryan worked on teaching Rhett to ride his bike on Sunday.

I think I started nesting this weekend. I sorted both boy's clothes and cleaned out their rooms. I purged toys in preparation for Christmas. And I have three huge bags of 2T stuff that Rhett has finally outgrown to take to Jordan. It feels good to have it all sorted out and we're getting closer to moving the boys to the same room before Sawyer comes. We're going to attempt that over Christmas break.

Speaking of Sawyer. I did an online Target registry for the few things that we need and got to pick up this amazing swag bag of goodies! I love a good freebie bag!

...and in other news... Lucy had a little set back this weekend. She has been doing so well but on Sunday her heart started acting up again and she has to be re-intubated and taken back to the ICU. Jordan and David are so weary, and with the holidays coming up we were all hoping she'd get to go home soon.

Bryan and the boys and I are heading down to Little Rock tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving with them so they're not alone. We're looking at doing takeout for Thanksgiving, which this preggo isn't complaining about, but really just wanting to go and spend time with them. That's what the holidays are all about, right? 

We'd really appreciate prayers for Lucy and for David and Jordan. This is a very tough season and we want to see Lucy pull out strong! We know the Lord is in control and can't wait to see the amazing things He does in her little life.

Happy Tuesday!

November 18, 2016

Northwest Arkansas Mom's Blog Launch!

I shared in a previous post about NWA Mom's blog, but I am so excited to share that the Northwest Arkansas Mom's Blog officially launched this week! My childhood friend, Brittany, has poured her heart and soul into making this blog happen and it is definitely something our area needed. I am a contributor for the blog, which basically means you'll see two posts from me there every month. I'll also be at local events representing and I really am SO excited about it. It's been really fun so far and pushed me outside of the normal things that I write about.

Last night was the launch party at a little boutique downtown. We did contributor pictures before hand too and it was really fun to get to meet a lot of new faces and catch up with old high school friends who I haven't seen in so many years!

I wore the maternity dress that I got from Stitch Fix for our fall weddings that we didn't end up getting to attend because Lucy came early, but it was a warm 80 degrees in Arkansas yesterday so it was perfect. I love these shoes, and they were comfortable for 0.4 seconds... long enough for me to get out of my house without a backup pair, but at least they looked cute. First tall heels I have worn all pregnancy, not my best shoe choice.

And this was my dinner that I ate on my way out of the door. There were snacks there but I was too busy talking to grab anything to eat until the end of the party.

Grabbed this pic off of the NWAMB IG page of me and some of the other pretty contributors!

You can check out NWAMB here! And I'll be sure to link to my posts as they go live! Happy Friday!

November 17, 2016

25 weeks!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 25 weeks 4 days

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a rutabaga. Whatever that is. 14 inches, 1.5 lbs. 

Maternity Clothes: Yes. Just yes. And Bryan's t-shirts. 

Gender: Baby BOY! Sawyer Anthony. 

Movement: Yes all the time. Waking me up at 2 AM. It's good times. The picture above about sums up how I feel all the time.

Sleep: Sleeping well! Other than the baby waking me up. And the dumb time change waking my kids up at 5 AM

What I miss: Being able to consume massive amounts of caffeine. I'm limiting myself everyday and I need more. ha!

Cravings: Peppermint Mochas. Sub sandwiches. That's still about it. 

Symptoms: Indigestion, being tired. Same as last week

Best Moment this week: Rhett got to feel Sawyer move. Hudson wants to but hasn't had enough patience. It was sweet seeing how excited Rhett got!

Rhett had colic really bad. I am praying that Sawyer doesn't but just incase Twistshake sent me one of their anticolic bottles to try. I love the bright colors and each bottle comes with a formula container as well. Twistshake is offering my readers a 20% discount on their entire assortment with code jennachoosingjoy20 and they ship worldwide with free shipping over $25! I can't wait to get more before Sawyer comes! You can check them out on IG here or their website here.

Happy Thursday friends!!

November 15, 2016

Deer Hunting! Weekend In Review!

The boys and I packed up on Friday morning and headed north for the weekend. We went to my grandma's so Hudson could deer hunt with my dad and so Rhett and I could visit my grandma. It's about a 6 hour drive but the boys did great!

 They were so happy to see Grandma Jeda when we got there Friday afternoon!!
Rhett and Grandma are literally best friends. My grandpa passed away while I was pregnant with Rhett, Rhett is actually named after him (his name was Joe, and Rhett is Rhett Joseph) so my grandma has always spent a lot of time with Rhett and they have a very special bond.
I didn't see much of Hudson all weekend. They hunted a ton but haven't gotten a deer yet.
One thing that I love about Hudson's school is that we can take it with us wherever we go! We did most of his school before we left last week but did a little bit Sunday morning at Grandmas.
My grandma ended up getting sick, and Rhett wasn't sleeping well, which meant his pregnant mama wasn't sleeping well... so Rhett and I came home yesterday. We left big boy with Pa to hunt for the week, hoping they get a deer! Today we are catching up on housework and getting ready for the week!

Happy Tuesday!

November 11, 2016

24 Weeks!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 24 weeks 5 days

Size of baby: Baby is the size of an ear of corn. 

Maternity Clothes: Yes. Just yes. And Bryan's t-shirts. I had to finally buy some maternity leggings this week because my other ones were getting too tight. And people have flat out started asking when my baby is due instead of hinting around so I guess I officially look pregnant at 24 weeks ;)

Gender: Baby BOY! Sawyer Anthony. 

Movement: Yes all the time. Waking me up at 2 AM. It's good times.

Sleep: Sleeping well! Other than the baby waking me up. And the dumb time change waking my kids up at 5 AM

What I miss: Not being pregnant. Not having indigestion. Haha. Just being honest. :) I really do love this time and am trying to cherish it, since it may be our last baby. But I've just felt really tired and sore all week, I know that's just part of it and I'm feeling very 3rd trimester-- almost there! eek!

Cravings: Peppermint Mochas. I've been settling for Peppermint Mocha Creamer in my coffee and it's doing the trick. Otherwise nothing really has sounded good lately. PB&J. Hahaha!

Symptoms: Indigestion, being tired. Same as last week.

Best Moment this week: Finding my diaper bag! I've been a psycho person looking at diaper bags and thought I wanted to use my 31 tote, but I really need a cross body option for holding Rhett's hand and the carrier and I only carry cross body purses already for this purpose... so I stumbled into Motherhood Maternity this week (to buy leggings) and they had a diaper bag that I had read about online in their store and I LOVE it. It is the Skiphop Downtown Chelsea. I think it looks classy and it's not as pricey as some of the other ones that I looked at and it will hold everything that I need! 
And I going to Orlando in a few weeks for an all expenses paid retreat with the leaders from my Beachbody team and I needed a little black dress. I'm sorry but at 28 weeks pregnant that last thing I want to be wearing is something "little" hahaha! Anyways, I have been searching online and found this dress at Gap. I used my reward dollars and ended up only spending $1 and change on it and it came yesterday and I am so happy with how it looks and I actually feel good in it. SO that's definitely a win! 

Happy Friday!!  Hope y'all have the best weekend! 
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