{Teacher Tuesday: Back to the Basics}

School is officially back in session for most teachers, which means the countdown for summer vacation currently sits at 289 days away. Thanksgiving Break is only 94 days away, and Christmas Break is only 128 days away, but who's counting? It's not like I have an adorable son to hang out with at home... oh wait!

For you non-teachers, the week before school starts is filled with teachers learning in professional development sessions (or trying not to fall asleep since it's hours and hours long - amIright?), setting up classrooms, creating lesson plans, prepping for the Meet the Teacher Night and the first day of school, running enough copies to take out a whole forest, goal setting, aligning teams, throwing piles of junk away, gawking over who is in your class and asking their previous teachers about them, trying to create rigorous lessons that challenge everyone at their own level (trust me, this is super easy --- I wish you could sense my sarcasm while reading this), taking things out of the junk pile you're afraid you might need at one point in your year despite NEVER touching it previously, and trying to cross items off an ever-growing checklist.

The beginning of the school year is like the life cycle starting over. Everything is fresh and shiny (unless you're using last year's paper on your bulletin boards). While it is refreshing to have a blank slate, I actually like the 2nd week of school better. Everything settles into routines and all the clunkiness of getting the wheels going again sort of dissipates.

With Wesson now in the picture, and wanting to spend every minute possible with him when I'm not at school, time management is going to be a big goal for me this year. I want to make every minute I'm at school count so when I leave my priority can shift from school to Wesson, Ryan, and our sweet border collies. (In previous years, I would stay at school anywhere from 1 to 3 hours after kids were dismissed prepping, planning, grading, socializing, cleaning, etc.,) Additionally, I'm part of a tripod now which means I see 3 classes per day. I am in for a butt whipping until I settle into this new routine, y'all. Send warm fuzzies my way. :)

As for you, sweet kiddos of classes 2B, 2C, and 2D I hope you're dusting your learning pants off and are ready to go to work. If the planning of our switching classes schedule is indicative of our time this year (it took us an hour to figure that bad boy out) we are in for a busy and fun ride. Your co-teachers and I are excited to embark on this adventure with you.

And to you, my fellow teachers, may the coffee be readily available and strong, the copier always in good working condition, your parent volunteers plentiful, your lesson planning brief, the printer fully stocked with ink, your students well behaved, and ... who am I kidding? Let's begin again... May the coffee always be readily available and strong, and may your year be blessed. Here we go!

{Oh Hey Friday - Mom Edition}

Happy Friday, y'all! I'm linking up with The Farmer's Wife and Sept. Farm today for Oh Hey Friday! This week I'm talking about my five favorite things about being a Mom! It seems only fitting given that's what I've been doing for the last 14 weeks.
ONE // Baby Smiles
There is seriosly nothing better than looking at your baby and having him smile back at you. Wesson started doing this a while ago, and now it's rare if it doesn't happen when he sees someone. I love knowing he realizes I'm his Mama, that it brings him joy, and he has to smile about it.

He also LOVES looking at himself in the mirror and smiling. Cue the "I love myself" song!

TWO // Baby Noises
This is basically a tie with baby smiles. It is awesome seeing this cute boy learn and develop. He's cooing and talking like crazy. I love when he looks at himself in the mirror and talks, and even more when I'm holding him and he talks to me and smiles. Melt my heart.

THREE // Mom Friends
Motherhood has given me a whole new friend group. I loved my Square One group this summer. [Square One is a first time Mom's group at Watermark Church that connects you with other first time moms and gives you a place to discuss new trials and joys that comes along with the territory. They connect you with small groups of women that are in the same zip code too, so you have insta-close-friends! You don't have to be a member of Watermark Church to attend, either.]

It is awesome to have people that understand exactly what I'm going through. Over the 7 weeks of getting to know our Square One group, I found myself easily sharing, nodding along to the struggles and joys of being a new mom, and seeking council from the group. There is no guilt in being late, or skipping an outing, or having to go home to feed the baby or because your sweet baby had a blowout (aka poopsplosion) because everyone is in the same boat.

These women are some of the nicest I have encountered; understanding, patience, and kindness exude from them. When we had a poopsplosion at one of our Square One meetings a mom offered Wesson a onesie to wear since I had forgotten. Today, we had a photoshoot for one of the mom's sister-in-law's baby item business and fellowshipped before, during, and after. [Check out Luna Lullaby - their stuff is awesome! Maybe you'll see Wesson on the website at some point!]

Wesson snuggling with Adelyn.

At the end of the photoshoot today.

It is just awesome because not only do I get to hang out with awesome ladies, I also get to bring my main squeeze with me and vice versa with their littles. :) This is another reason why I am bummed to be heading back to work. We're totally going to miss weekday playdates! I fully plan to arrange for weekend playdates too, though. :) Wesson needs his buddies and I need my mama friends!

FOUR // Bath Time
Our kid LOVES bath time. Love is an understatement really. If there's anything that will fix Wesson's mood immediately, it's bath time. He is definitely his Mama's kiddo. [I am currently blogging during bath time. :) TMI? Sorry!] I think he's starting to recognize the sound of the water running, too, because last night he went from groggy after napping to W I D E A W A K E! He definitely likes warm water, and enjoys splashing in it by kicking his little feet. Ryan thinks he's going to love the hot tub. He doesn't even seem to mind when he accidentally splashes it in his face. Sweet babe.

FIVE // New Normal
I loved our little life before, but somehow now I love the shift that has occurred with Wesson's arrival even more. Weekends used to be for sleeping in, and I was pretty sure the early factor was going to kill me, but now the 6 am wakeup call doesn't even really phase me. Most of the time he goes back to sleep after eating fairly quickly, or I get something done briefly or tummy time with him for an hour, and then we snuggle and snooze on the couch together for another hour or two (if I'm lucky!). He is seriously the best snuggle buddy. I don't even mind when he nudges me with his feet in his sleep.

I love the way our border collies have adjusted to life with Wesson. Oakley Mae thinks she's his Mama and licks him incessantly. She's convinced it will make him stop crying too, but we have yet to see that happen. She is always eager to be by his side, and is excellent at tummy time. I've tried to lay Wesson against her and snap a picture, but for some reason she's not too keen on that. Some mommy she is. Kidding, Oakley Mae.

Jetta loves on him in her own way. She's not much for snuggling anyway, but she is definitely loyal and always goes to his room with me. Last night she helped me put him to bed from bottle (eating time) to crib (sleeping time). She even sticks her nose between the bars trying to see him. I think she'll really enjoy when he's walking and she can retrieve things he will likely throw for her. Oh, little athletapuppy.

Finally, I love that Ryan and I are content just to be with our sweet boy. Ryan said once early on in our relationship that one of the greatest things we could do with our time on earth was to raise a wonderful, God fearing family. Boy, was he right! Everything is just better with Wesson. Does it make things more complicated at times and are there times when Ryan and I are frustrated? You bet, but it's definitely worth it.

GAH. I could talk about my sweet babe forever on end. He completes me. Cheesy, so sue me. Happy Friday!

{Motherhood Changes Everything}

I've literally retitled this post 3 times. However, I think I finally landed on the right one.

I cannot believe my summer is coming to a close. Naturally, no one feels sorry for me given my summer started on April 27th this year, but y'all, it's hard for this new Mama. I am not ready to leave my sweet boy.

I never imagined I would want to be a stay-at-home Mom. Really it makes no sense because my Mom was a stay-at-home Mom during my elementary days and I loved her always being there. Alas, here there I was three weeks from returning to my teaching career, googling "ways to make money as a stay-at-home mom" and "stay-at-home Mom jobs". Please don't get me wrong - I love teaching. I feel like it's 100% the career Taylor-made (see what I did there? ;)) for me, but I never in a million years imagined I would love this stage of life nearly as much as I am.

I feel like that still sounds bad, but allow me to explain. Pre-Wesson I told everyone, very matter of factly I might add, that I was undoubtedly coming back to teaching the following year, and how I couldn't possibly imagine being a stay-at-home Mom because:
a) I would be stir-crazy,
b) I would be bored without adult interaction,
c) that I wouldn't be putting my college degree and teaching certificates I had worked so hard for to good use,
d) I love teaching, working with kids, impacting lives in this way, and can't imagine walking away from it, and
e) that we would be down one income which isn't exactly feasible for us at the moment.

Okay... we could make it work, but we would have to cut way back on spending and make some big changes in our current lifestyle.

Regardless, I never imagined falling so in love with this phase of life. I love being a Mom. LOVE IT! I love my sweet boy, the way he smiles at me when he sees me, the way he lights up when he discovers something new or looks at himself in the mirror. I love seeing him hit new milestones and the way his little personality is starting to appear. I love praying for his future.

I just LOVE him, and I love who I am now because of him. I love that I am different such as putting this little man's needs and desires and hopes and dreams before my own. (Yes, I know he's not currently verbalizing those hopes and dreams, and those things may currently be to eat solid food and walk, but hey let him dream!)

I love that he makes me want to be better in every area of life:
- in the way I am a wife - the way I support, love, talk to, and care for my husband.
- in the way I look after our home, and by that I mean actually keep it a little cleaner.
- in my diet and exercise - eat better and stay fit and healthy.
- in my faith - to chase fervently after the Father and seek Him in everything so that I can show my son what it means to be a Christ-follower and so that he will pursue his own relationship with Christ.
- in the way I love others and foster relationships
I know that Wesson will look up to Ryan and me and learn from our examples. There's a little human watching my every move, and you can tell.

For example, I did something dumb the other night and got extremely upset about it immediately after the incident. I wished so badly I could take back those seconds and make a different decision, but I couldn't. Choking back tears while bathing Wesson, it became incredibly evident that he knew something was wrong, something was different. Mama wasn't smiling, she looked sad, and y'all, that made him sad. He literally made his sad, pathetic, I'm-about-to-lose-it face at me. Immediately, I smiled brightly at him and tried to push my sadness aside and move forward. He noticed that too, and his demeanor changed, and bath time was once again a joyous occasion.

The Lord is refining me through motherhood, and now as I approach an again new chapter of life I am anxious. What does it look like to be a working Mom?

Today when Wesson and I met up with some of our Square 1 group members, a mom and I talked about how there's so much guilt that comes with motherhood and how neither of us expected it. I experienced it when I quit nursing, among other things, and now as I move into being a working Mom I am experiencing it all over again. She said that even though she's staying home she is feeling guilt about her son thinking Mom's can't work, or isn't as strong, or silly things like that. It's amazing what eats your lunch as a Mom.

I can't let my anxiety get the best of me though. I am incredibly grateful to my mother-in-law for watching Wesson during the week while Ryan and I work. He's going to love Camp Gigi. I am also incredibly jealous. I feel like I'm going to miss out on so many more milestones, and that I'm going to be replaced which is of course nonsense, but what did I tell you about that guilty feeling? It's nuts! That is something I'm going to have to pray over a lot as I enter this school year. First and foremost, I am Wesson's Mommy and he comes first. I am going to cherish every moment we have together, though that's going to look a little different now. Additionally, I made a commitment to do a great job at school and teach some amazing kiddos, so I need to work my butt off to do both and serve joyfully. I've never been one to back down from a challenge, so here goes nothing!

Happy Monday, friends. What has the Lord been using to refine you lately?

{That Newborn Life}

Sweet Wesson entered the world on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at 8:14 pm.

Ryan and I checked in to the hospital the night before to be hooked up with Cervidil to prepare my body to be induced the next morning. Between being hooked up to several different chords monitoring me and Wesson, and Ryan sleeping on a glorified recliner it was a fitful night for both of us.

Bright and early at 7 am Wednesday morning, I was hooked up with my epidural (a fantastic choice, I might add -- I HIGHLY recommend it) and then started on pitocin. I progressed fairly quickly and by 3 pm we were ready to try to start pushing. We did some "practice" and I was told that around 5:00 we would really start pushing. At 5, the "fun" started and I tried with all my might to deliver Wes. My OB was in a few times to see how I was progressing. Wesson didn't seem to tolerate labor very well and I had to be put on oxygen and lie on my side in between efforts.

After 2 and a half hours my OB came in, whom I LOVE by the way, and asked me if I wanted her honest opinion or a half-hearted optimistic outlook. At this point I was exhausted and very frustrated so I opted for honesty. I was then told that I was more than welcome to keep trying, but that we were going to come to the same conclusion either way -- my pelvic bone was too low, or small, or narrow, or whatever for him to get through and a C-Section was going to be necessary.

I cried. Not because I didn't want a C-Section, and not because I didn't know the statistics. (We were told in our 1st time parent class that 1 in 4 couples would have to have a C-Section. I was now part of that statistic.) I cried because I had worked so hard and felt like I had failed our sweet boy and my husband. I was assured and reassured that I had done a fantastic job by my husband, the nurse, and my OB, and was prepped for a C-Section. Ryan was given scrubs and brought back literally moments before surgery which stressed him out to no end. He did NOT care to wait for "what felt like an eternity" he says.

At 8:14 our baby boy was born and our world has never been the same.  We spent two hours in the C-Section recovery area before being taken to postpartum, and family was only allowed to enter 2 at a time to see Wesson. I was EXHAUSTED and really don't remember much from that time. The medicine they gave me to cope with some shaking coming off of anesthesia made me extremely drowsy.

4 days later we came home with our baby boy nestled in our arms and ready to establish a "new normal". Ryan was gifted a month of paternity leave by his boss, and we could not have been more grateful. As I had just had major surgery, I was extremely limited on what I could and could not do for 2 weeks. I wasn't allowed to drive or take a walk around the block, and was basically limited to picking up our sweet boy.

It's no surprise that our lives have been a little crazy since that wonderful day just a little over 5 weeks ago. The days have been riddled with adjusting to life with a newborn, lack of sleep, acclimating the border collies to their new "puppy" brother (which they absolutely adore and are very protective of by the way), trying and struggling with nursing and infection, changing diapers that have made us want to gag, swaddling, bouncing and rocking Wesson to sleep, trying to understand the language of crying, and soaking up every moment with our perfect boy.

As we're nearing the 6 week mark, I have to say life with our newborn has gotten much easier since the first 2 weeks. Wesson is sleeping great, 4-6 hour stretches at night, eating like a champ, starting to smile and coo and make adorable noises, is a fantastic car rider, loves walks, was introduced to my 2nd grade loves last week before school was let out for summer and they loved meeting him, loves being worn (we had our first baby-wearing experience at First Monday in Canton yesterday and he was a ROCKSTAR! - despite sweating all over each other I loved wearing him), and is constantly filling our hearts with joy. My absolute favorite thing is when he falls asleep on my chest and we snuggle. It's simply the BEST feeling in the world.

I have learned that my desperate dependence on Jesus has grown to an even more desperate dependence because having this little boy humbles me daily. I have prayed for patience for as long as I can remember, and let me tell you my friends, having an infant CERTAINLY requires an abundance of patience.

We're so grateful to our family and friends who have helped us by loving on us, praying for us, bringing us meals, helping with cooking and cleaning and laundry, holding Wesson so we could shower, or calming him down so we could rest, etc. The list goes on and on. Thank you, thank you.

School's out for the summer and I am looking forward to 2 1/2 months of adventures with this little nugget.

I'm off to hold my angel baby and watch The Mindy Project, our current binge-watching show. Until next time, enjoy this picture of my sweet babe!

{Christopher Wesson's Nursery Tour}

Happy Monday, friends! I am so excited to share Wesson's nursery with you - FINALLY. I have to give most of the credit to my wonderful husband who spent many hours painting, putting together furniture (though I did HELP!), hanging pictures, and creating the beautiful pallet artwork hanging above Wesson's crib. I am a very lucky girl!

Let's begin, shall we!

When you enter the nursery a sign hangs on our terribly ugly door that reads, 

"Free Bear Hugs
Any time
Any bear"

Then you see the wall art, that three people contributed to, though you would think only one person picked it all out since it matches so dang well. Then we have Wesson's closet, which is highly organized at least for me, and the thing on the right is the stroller who's permanent residence will not be there, but we just have it there for now.

Here's a close up of the amazing art that Adair, my mom, and Jasmine gifted us. I am in love with the words, the frames, and the colors. They really could not go together more perfectly. From top to bottom: "For this child I have prayed" - 1 Samuel 1:27 framed picture, "Bear Sic'Em Silhouette" framed picture, and "Fearfully and wonderfully made" - Psalm 139:14 framed picture.

Next up is Wesson's closet, which I nested the heck out of. :) Our babe certainly has some clothes! We've already started stockpiling diapers too through the Amazon Prime Subscription.

Next up is the diaper odor control pail (yes, that's the technical term ;)), the dresser I helped put together complete with the changing tote, changing pad and beautiful changing pad cover Mama McD sewed for Wesson. Ryan's parents gifted us the beautiful artwork hanging above the dresser. We can't wait to see the little face the LORD designed for us.

His glider and storage ottoman are also part of that side of the room, as well as a three light fixture that is awesome because you can choose how many lights actually are on (1, 2, or three respectively). There's also a fun string and nails compass rose with arrows mounted on the wall for our boy's adventure (and ours!). :)

Close up of the changing pad and changing tote. Mama McD has had a fun time sewing things for Wesson!

Close up of the glider, ottoman, light fixture and compass rose artwork. The bear sitting in the glider was a gift from Papa McD (or Pop as he will be known to Wes) and Dar at our gender reveal. It's a pretty good fit we think!

Finally, we have Wesson's crib complete with sheets sewn by Mama McD (or Granda as Wesson will know her), the beautiful pallet art that Ryan made for him, a somewhat hidden storage nightstand, and his bookshelves stocked with some pretty great books! I am in love with the pallet initial art Ryan made for him. It is PERFECT and better than I imagined. I am so glad Ryan told me he wanted to build it for Wesson.

Crib, storage night stand, and artwork.

Close up of the arrow sheets Mama McD made for Wesson. She also made him a set with feathers, and another set with owls. So talented!

&& that, my friends, is Christopher Wesson's nursery! I hope you enjoyed the tour. Here's our little man from Monday when I got to see him at my appointment. He's pretty squished in there! He has his hand over his head in this picture, and that's his profile you're seeing. We do have some exciting news, too! If Wesson hasn't made his grand debut by next Tuesday we will be induced on Wednesday morning, his due date! It turns out my doctor is going to be out of town next Thursday and Friday and I didn't want to risk not delivering with her if he decided to come on those days. So, while I am hoping he will come on his own and I don't have to be induced, it is crazy exciting to think that Ryan and I will be parents this time next week!

Prayers for a safe delivery are ALWAYS welcome and appreciated. Thank you!

{33-36 Week Bumpdate}

Hello friends!

Life for this mama-to-be has been nothing short of busy and hectic as of late, but I cannot lie when I say I haven't enjoyed most of it. Between showers, nesting, getting my ducks in a row at school, and preparing for our little man to be here it has been a truly busy season of life. I am thankful for the constant support around Ryan and me. There is nothing like it. :)

Tomorrow marks 37 weeks of growing our sweet Christopher Wesson. Tomorrow we will be full term! That means he could arrive any time, though my doctor is pretty certain he won't be making his debut very early, if at all.

So, let's recap the past 4 weeks:

33 Weeks:

34 Weeks:

35 Weeks:

36 Weeks:

Size of the baby: Wesson went from the size of a durian to butternut squash to coconut to being the size of a honeydew melon at 36 weeks. Based on last week's sono and seeing my doctor Monday, he's already "supposedly" weighing in near 7 lbs.
Movement: Wesson is obviously quite limited in his space, but he certainly doesn't let that stop him from wiggling all over the place. He is head down, so he trades off pushing his little baby butt and arms and legs into my ribs. Quite the charmer, ehh? ;) My 2nd graders have been even more touchy the past few weeks and have loved getting to feel him. It's so crazy we have come this far!

Sleep: What sleep? Between getting up at all hours of the night to tinkle or simply reposition my whale self for the 1,000th time sleep is becoming more of a dream and less of a reality. The LORD is preparing me for night feedings and inconsistent sleep. Here's to a new routine for the next couple of months!

Missing: Other than the obvious - SLEEP - I have been dying to enjoy an adult beverage, or seven, on the patio with all this beautiful Texas weather we've been having. I'm also not one to lay on my stomach much, but even the thought of just reading while laying on my stomach sounds so appealing. I'm also missing normal workout routines like running and a good yoga session. I can't wait to get back at it.

Nursery: I am beyond pleased to say the nursery is COMPLETE!!! My husband has been a rockstar in getting everything hung on the walls, Mama McD produced beautiful crib sheets, and I have nested the heck out of our little babe's space. I've said it before, but it's become my favorite space in the entire house. Stay tuned later this week for a tour of the baby cave.

Craving: Still no major food cravings. I've noticed lately that I'm heading back to my food aversions stage of pregnancy. Things are just not sounding good like they were even several weeks ago. I have eaten 2 cartons of raspberries in 2 days though, so those have clearly not lost their appeal. Thank goodness Kroger is having a $0.99 special this week!

Symptoms: Oh heartburn, how I loathe thee. Otherwise, not much to complain of. Still breaking out way more than normal, but that will soon be gone. I also started swelling this weekend. After doing some nesting of my own in my closet I noticed my ankles had swollen up WAY more than I've ever seen them before. Being on my feet all day at school probably isn't helping, but my Dr. said I didn't even get to be considered for her Kankle Hall of Fame. Apparently, still being able to see some ankle bone omits you from the club.

Ryan is: so looking forward to meeting Wesson. At this point, everyone we know is just as excited as we are, but he and I are especially excited. He talks to him a lot and tells him he can't wait to meet him, and he messaged me at school this week just to say he was so excited to hold him. Swoon.

Looking forward to: enjoying the last 3 weeks of life as a family of 2 humans and 2 furbabies. We are certain the border collies won't know what hit 'em, but we're pretty excited to see how they react. I feel really confident knowing that mostly everything is taken care of, despite actually installing the car seats, but trust me that is on our to do list this week.

Best Moments: People keep asking what we have left to do, and I love getting to say that really we are pretty ready. We have our hospital bags packed, the nursery complete, a list of Hospital "Go Time" reminders taped to the front door for last minute items to grab on our way to the hospital, someone to feed the border collies while we are at the hospital, I passed my ESL (English as a Second Language) Supplemental test for school, and most of my school things are in order for my substitute. There's always more I could do at school for the substitute, but were I to go into labor tomorrow she would be well on her way to a very successful end of the school year.

So, there we have it! All in all, my first pregnancy has been pretty great minus a few weeks where I had really bad morning sickness. Thank the LORD for smooth sailing so far and praying for a smooth next couple of weeks and delivery. I hope to have Wesson's nursery on the blog this week for your viewing pleasure. Until then, best wishes!

{28-32 Week Bumpdate}

So, my adorable husband said, "Hey, remember that time you had a blog? #fail" He inspired me to visit this little space and update it with the past 5 weeks of pregnancy. I blame the fact that I have been extremely tired and busy with school, but Spring Break is right around the corner and I hope to feel extremely refreshed afterwards and hopefully a little more inspired to update frequently.

Here are the pictures I've slacked lately and missed!

28 Weeks:

29 Weeks: 

30 Weeks:

31 Weeks: 

32 Weeks:  

Size of the Baby: Squash - 15.2-16.7 inches, 2.5-3.8 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Fully wearing maternity clothes. Even most of my regularly, loose-fitting shirts aren't fitting anymore. During the week I wear stretchy pants, leggings, or maternity pants/jeans and Uggs as often as I can (though it's getting far to hot to wear them as of late), and on the weekends I rock out in maternity jeans, the one pair of maternity jean shorts "jorts" I have, or work out pants/yoga aka stretchy and fantastic.

Movement: Over the past few weeks, Baby Nabs has been moving like crazy. He is obviously running out of room though as he's doing less consistent moves and has replaced them with pushing hard in one spot trying to create more room for himself. He is still jamming WAY, WAY, WAY into my ribs, especially the right side, and sometimes I have to push on him to get him to move. Silly babe.

Sleep: Sleeping pretty well despite being unable to turn over with ease. Still having to get up at all hours of the night to use the restroom, but when I am sleeping it seems to be good sleep. I was especially tired this past week and went to bed nearly every night around 9:30. Spring break can't come soon enough!

Missing: Bending over with ease, tying shoes with ease, putting shoes on in general with ease, and rolling over with ease. Oh, and running. The weather has been so beautiful that several weeks ago I tried to run during a walk with the border collies, but that quickly ended as Wes made it clear he was not a fan, and the weight in front was too much for my back to bear. :(

Nursery: Little man's nursery is coming together quite nicely! Ryan painted the walls a beautiful dove grey, Mama McD brought his finished crib sheets over and we put them on the mattress. I love them all! We are getting pictures framed, and I have officially started nesting by putting all of his clothes away... or at least the ones that don't need closet space since Ry hasn't exactly transferred closets... yet. He will though because I told him during Spring Break I want everything in Wesson's room to be done in case he decides to make his grand debut earlier than anticipated (though we hope that doesn't happen).

Craving: Not really craving much. My stomach seems to be less capable of eating large meals and I get seriously terrible heartburn when I do, so little meals it is. I am loving raspberries still though, and the lemon Girl Scout cookies. Oh.. and the delicious Resee's Peanut Butter Cup blizzard Ryan treated me with earlier today. Oops. :)

Symptoms: Will this heartburn never cease? Oh well... 8 more weeks, 8 more weeks!

Ryan is: loving feeling Wes move, though it is more infrequent due to his cramped quarters. He's so looking forward to our little man being here as am I!

Looking forward to: the arrival of Christopher Wesson! 8 weeks sure does feel like a long way away and not enough time at the same time. I can't wait to have everything in his nursery finished next week and to share it here.

Best Moments: We had our first shower last weekend and it was absolutely wonderful. Wes is so loved and our family is so thankful for all the love and support we received. We got so many of the things we really needed and so many CUTE outfits. I can't wait to put him in all his outfits, and to use the gear we've recently collected. I am beyond grateful to my mom, mother-in-law, and grandmother-in-law to showering us. Wesson is so lucky to have them to call his own.

{27 Week Bumpdate}

We're officially 28 weeks today! I am blown away by the Lord's faithfulness during our pregnancy. I am continuing to be humbled and amazed by this little babe.

Chalkboard Art: 

Size of the Baby: Rutabaga - 13.6-14.8 inches, 1.5-2.5 lbs
There's Wesson everybody. :) Kidding.

Maternity Clothes: Rocking all things maternity from here on out. Also thinking that Uggs are likely going to be a staple footwear too. I wore wedges to school yesterday and that was a mistake. My feet were dying by the end of the day.

Movement: Little Wes is clearly running out of space, because I can feel him on the right side and then immediately the left. He's a wiggle worm especially when I'm sitting or lying down, though thankfully not when I'm laying down to sleep. (I am loving this, but know it's likely to change soon.)

Sleep: Sleeping relatively well. Have been more tired the past two weeks than I was most of the 2nd trimester. I do have to pee nearly every night at some unpleasant hour. Sometimes I try to hold it if I have an hour of sleep to go, but if I sneeze or something on my way to the bathroom after trying that approach ... well, let's just say it's not the best idea. I've been trying to drink most of my water in the morning and afternoon and wean myself off after 6 by not chugging a glass every hour haha. Unfortunately, I get mega thirsty right before bed. It must be the nature of the beast.

Missing: Pants that don't go up to your boobs. It's fun to have stretchy pants and all, but the full panel belly band to keep them up has the tendency to make me pretty hot... especially with the unusually warm weather we've been rocking lately.

Nursery: Getting the painting going this weekend. Mama McD and I picked out fabrics for Wesson's crib sheets and crib skirt about 2 weeks ago and she's working on that. I CANNOT WAIT to see the finished product!

Craving: Sleeping through the night without waking up. I hear that comes... never once you have a child. :)

Symptoms: Heartburn has gotten a little better. Since my stomach is squished I haven't been eating as large of meals in one sitting, and have gotten better about eating smaller meals. My lower back is pretty sore and my hip was killing me yesterday. Other than that I feel like this pretty much sum up most of the rest of my day pretty perfectly:

Ryan is: going to paint this weekend! YAY! Let the nesting begin! He's also been a pretty great support system since I've been freaking out lately about the actual delivery portion of this adventure. I am a mess of emotions, folks!

Looking forward to: our first baby shower at the end of the month! I can't wait to celebrate this handsome boy, and of course, setting up the nursery. Also looking forward to getting a pedicure this weekend. It's getting really hard to reach my feet and pick things up for that matter.

Best Moments: Sleeping in late and not caring because soon those days will be far behind us, going to bed early, the love and gifts my students have been bringing for Wesson (so far he's gotten two blankets, some onesies, some sleep sacks, and a baby healthcare kit. My students and their families are so thoughtful!), and feeling Wesson move and SEEING IT (weird).

Since I missed Week 26 altogether, here's a look at the chalkboard art and bump shot from last week.

Hopefully next week I'll have pictures to show of our painted nursery! 
Until then,
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