… January!!

This month has  f l o w n by so quickly, it seems unreal!

I celebrated my 35th birthday and it was incredibly fun!! I was surrounded & celebrated by so many friends and family…. it literally made my day so special!! I actually had the girls with me most of the weekend which was special, too!! 

…. even snapped a few pictures with my friend, Monica, to celebrate!

…. big sisters are doing so well!! Three so far hasn’t been the nightmare I expected, even though we are working a lot harder on listening and obeying!! They’re good, sweet kids and I literally love spending time with them!! They’re getting so stinking big, talking so much, and are exploding with personality!! They love dressing up, especially Logan, and reinacting Frozen scenes! Not only do they reinact along with the movie, but they will play scenes out randomly throughout the day!! Pure entertainment!! 

This weekend, I took one side of their crib off and upgraded their cribs to little tot beds! They love them and have been doing a fairly good job sleeping in them! Rhyann had gotten out of the habit of staying in her room over the past couple of weeks, but Logan is a champ at staying in bed. It’s been a sweet transition, so I hope that little change is one of many that will move them mentally from “babies” to “big girls”.

So far, the pregnancy has gone incredibly well! I’ve eased my way into the 2nd trimester and almost halfway to meeting this sweet girl! She’s moving around quite a bit and thankfully growing stronger and larger each week, so I’m able to feel more of her activity!! …… and, nope. Haven’t bought a thing and haven’t begun planning a shower. Not sure if this is a subsequent child type thing or what, but I’m seriously NOT motivated but am starting to think a bit more about both of those things. Not stressed this go round, because I know it will all come together!! Lol. I’m still feeling absolutely fantastic and not pregnant at all!! Aside from getting winded much easier and wanting fries, nothing seems to be much different! Still taking my suppies daily which I know has had a huge impact on my heath and wellness this time! I truly wish they were a part of my regiment with the twins pregnancies. I’m not nearly as exhausted, moody, stopped up, swollen, and in pain as I was before. Thank God!! It’s making this experience so much more enjoyable & I’m grateful! I crave water and fruit (and, again, fries) so my weight gain has been steady…. although I only gained about 35 pounds when the girls, I’m curious as to how much I’ll gain this time. So far, only about 7-10 lbs which is perfectly fine for me! 

I had an opportunity to sit down with a sweet new friend and chat a bit about my experiences with emotional + mental wellness which was so much fun!!! Talked a bit  about my wellness-life during my pregnancy and divorce and how counseling afterwards has been such a blessing for me! Learning how to deal with emotions, find & live in peace, and just plain old heal from various kinds of traumas and life happenings has been life transforming for me in so many ways! If you’re struggling with anything, no matter how small or deep rooted you think it is…. I’d absolutely encourage you to find someone to talk with!  

 Overall, things have been going well and I’m looking forward to every single day I get to be a mama and do things that matter! There is nothing more inspiring than to see that the work you do is making an impact in the lives of others…. nothing more empowering than the tangible support, encouragement, praise, & recognition of  your work and efforts…. nothing like being surrounded by people who love you and have your back! Those things alone make each day valuable, enjoyable, and abundant. There is nothing more peaceful than knowing that the Lord has placed you in a certain place that has opened your eyes to a life you could have missed.  One of such deep personal growth that has a direct hand in developing you into the person you’ve always knew you could be but didn’t know how you would get there. 

Today, our sermon at church was titled “A Change of Plans” and I had tears rolling down my face because so many things have not gone the way I dreamed they would, or even wake up thinking they would go….. but to know that the Lord is with me in my circumstances and that he uses those very things to bring himself glory and give me beauty in place of ashes and a reason to rejoice is worth it! That phrase: a hope and a future ring out so clearly to me. Reading the word and seeing again and again how the Lord promises to go with us, to protect and guide us is enough. Trusting that he vindicates and makes all things right, that he hides us until just the right moment. That he is concerned about our deepest cares and comforts us is empowering within itself. So thankful for those lessons I’ve learned while walking though the “plot twists” of life. 
So, because I know the questions are burning: …….. yes. I drive a mini-van. And, it’s awesome. The best thing since ultrasounds. And, yes the baby has a name! Yay! And, yes. Again. Those are my favorite boots!!

Can I also say that after a twin pregnancy (that is automatically high risk) and being able to see my girls EVERY time I went to the doctor, just hearing a heartbeat through a Doppler doesn’t make for nearly as exiciting appointments. But, I’m always thankful to hear a strong heartbeat! Just saying I’d also like to SEE the kid, too! Lol. 

So excited about February…. I love Valentine’s Day so it’s always a pretty fun month for me. Absolutely planning to raid the Dollar Bins at Target because they have the best Valentine’s Day nonsense and I need it all. The banners. The socks. The plates and cups. The dish towels and everything pink, red, and white!! Lol. 

Do you guys go all out? Do you get your kiddos gifts? What are all the things?? Last year, the girls and I went with my sister in law and her girls for a Valentine’s Day dinner (at Chiptole.. kid friendly. Hello!!) for cupcakes! It was so sweet! I loved it and I’m pretty sure we decided it would be our thing. 

Hope you guys had an awesome first month of the year!! If you’re starting again in February.. there’s no shame in that! Focus on your health and wellness, building a solid second/third stream of income, committing to save + tithe… plan those trips, buy the bag, do the things you are being pressed to do! It’s not an accident, trust God and GO!


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