Baby Dean | 35 Weeks

35 weeks?! What!? How is it possible that we are SO CLOSE to the end of this pregnancy? Honestly for the most part this pregnancy has gone by pretty quickly. We are down to the last few weeks and I wanted to give a little update on how things have been, in just a few short weeks our sweet boy will be in our arms and I absolutely cannot wait!

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Baby H

Size: GROWING!!! He might be a little bigger than average, but he is growing wonderfully and I would much rather him be growing too much than not growing at all.

Movement: He moves so much these days and I am dreading this stage being over. His daily movements give me so much joy and I know I will miss this special connection with him so much. He gets the hiccups at least once a day and at our ultrasound this week I got to feel and see his hiccups – SO AMAZING. I love watching my belly move as he shifts around in there, sometimes I just sit there and poke and watch his movement responses. Again, movement is such an amazing part of pregnancy.

Development: This little boy is nearly ready to make his appearance. According to my pregnancy apps he’s just finishing getting his lungs ready and growing, but most of the major development is done. It’s such a reassuring feeling knowing that he is basically ready to join us here, it takes away some of the anxious feelings for sure.

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Looking forward to: Seeing this sweet boy’s face. We have almost everything we need and our home is almost ready to welcome him, his little clothes have been washed and folded and now I am just SO READY to hold him in my arms and see his sweet face. This time is so very exciting, scary, and unknown but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Aches & Pains: I’m knocking on wood over here, but I have seriously been SO blessed with a generally easy pregnancy. I keep waiting for it all to fall apart, but other than going to the bathroom constantly and a bit of back pain, things haven’t been bad. My biggest praise? Guys – I have been able to sleep SO MUCH. I have heard so many horror stories about pregnancy sleep & insomnia I was truly scared, but my body cooperated so well and sleep has not left the building – yet.

Health: On my last official baby update 13 weeks ago I mentioned a few possible complications I was experiencing. Things have been great overall but unfortunately my Placenta Previa still hasn’t resolved itself. Because of this, Baby H will be entering the world via c-section. I’m feeling a lot better about this overall, but it’s still taking some processing and I feel a little fear & sadness over the whole thing. However we are feeling overwhelmingly thankful for modern medicine and that the Dr’s were able to catch it and handle it accordingly. We are in good hands with our Dr, hospital staff and most importantly the Great Physician.

 

The Deans Eat // Eighty One

Happy Monday! This Monday is coming with sunny skies, not so freezing weather, long to-do lists, and a fresh chance with a brand new week. You know how when life is super busy and full, you dream of the things you would accomplish if you had more free time? Yep, I used to do that. Now I have this weird stage of life with too much free time and not nearly enough motivation to go along with it. The few times in my life I have been in stages like this I have discovered that you get MORE done when you are busier and have less free time. I have all day every day folks and yet the laundry still isn’t caught up, the floors aren’t sparkling, and I have a to-do list from last week that still needs finished. I’m giving myself grace though, resting while I can, and trying to set more realistic expectations for each day. Here’s hoping for a full and successful week this week!

Grocery shopping for this week was accomplished yesterday. It makes the biggest difference on the week when we actually have the grocery shopping done before Monday arrives. Per the norm I need to run back to the store for a few forgotten or missing items, but it’s always nice to be mostly prepared for the week ahead. This week is filled with easy comfort foods and a special gourmet meal at home on Tuesday. I will share that entire menu in a separate post later this week, but I am SO excited about it! Check below to see the rest of our food plans for the week.

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MONDAY | Chicken Parmesan

TUESDAY | Special Valentine’s Day Meal @ Home (Check back Wednesday for Menu!)

WEDNESDAY | Kielbasa Pepper Hash

THURSDAY | Chili

FRIDAY | Chicken Pepper Pasta

SATURDAY | Pizza

SUNDAY | Out/Make-up Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you feel loved and give lots of love on this special day!

The Deans Eat // Eighty

I can’t believe the first month of 2017 is finished! January was full of lots of unexpected changes and honestly I spent most of the month trying to adjust both mentally and physically. It was full of rest, lots of quiet time, and taking a little time for me before life changes AGAIN when Baby H makes his entrance into the world. With February’s arrival I’m officially in GET THINGS DONE mode. We have just a few short weeks until a baby takes over our lives and I’m feeling the pressure to get us prepared in every possible way. One of those things is getting a few blog posts up this month, and still connecting with this space. I promise to have at least a few special posts this month so be on the lookout.

This past weekend, we headed to WV one last time before Baby H arrives. Our family and close friends showered us with lots of love and gifts for our transition to parenthood. I was blown away by friends and family that traveled many hours, adjusted work schedules, and came to celebrate with us. It was a jam packed weekend and so very bittersweet as we knew the next time we would be in that place and with those people there would be a baby to pass around. So many emotions that I can’t even begin to process quite yet.

We got home yesterday evening to a mostly clean house and I started working on a to-do list full of things that need to be done this week as well as things that need to be accomplished before we have this baby. First on that list per the norm was meal planning. Honestly, I was not feeling the meal plan this week, but it’s done and we won’t go hungry, so that’s a good thing. I was going to go grocery shopping today while Husband worked, then it hit me that grocery shopping by myself would not be an easy task at 8 months pregnant when I’m supposed to be taking things easy and avoiding lifting too much. So I ran to the store for the necessities for tonight’s dinner and I will have to tackle the grocery store with Husband in tow later on. Checkout what we are eating this week below!

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MONDAY | Spaghetti, Caesar Salad & Garlic Bread

TUESDAY | Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes & Veggies

WEDNESDAY | Chicken Fajitas

THURSDAY | Family Dinner @ Small Group

FRIDAY | Shepherd’s Pie

SATURDAY | Spicy Italian Panini’s and Mac & Cheese

SUNDAY | Brunch & Eating out (or make-up meal)

2017 Word & My Year So Far

We are almost 2 weeks into 2017 and I’ve been trying to write this post since the year began. Most “good bloggers” share their resolutions and plans for 2017, so I figured I should participate. The only problem is, I didn’t make any resolutions this year. I mean, I can’t really remember if I made any last year either so this isn’t really new for me. Something that has been popping up the past few years that I have been seeing more and more is choosing your Word of the Year. I’ve read about this on blogs, heard about it on podcasts, and it has been all over Facebook. Basically you choose a word that you want to focus on embodying for the coming year, although it’s hard to know exactly what that will mean. I didn’t choose a word last year, but I knew this year I wanted to pick a word. After doing some searching, praying, and talking with Husband I decided on my word for 2017.

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E M B R A C E

1.to take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug.
2.to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly.
3.to avail oneself of.
4.to adopt (a profession, a religion, etc.).
5.to take in with the eye or the mind.
6.to encircle; surround; enclose.
7.to include or contain.

This word just seemed to make sense as I thought about what 2017 would hold. I thought of all of the changes that would come with Baby H making his arrival and how I wanted to fully embrace being a mom and raising this little boy. I also thought about this new place we are in and wanting to embrace this place as home and work on building a community of people here. These thoughts and plans drove me to this word, however 2017 is already proving to be completely different than I thought it would. I’ve quickly realized there is going to be so much more to embrace this year than I could have imagined.

On the 5th day of 2017, I received a phone call that stopped me in my tracks and brought me to my knees. My work project was being eliminated and I was being laid off effective immediately. I sat there in shock, my heart screaming “Why God? Why now? Why me? What good can come from this?” This was not part of the plan. At 7 months pregnant, I desperately needed to keep working and saving money and preparing for our little man. When I finally got a hold of Husband, he comforted and encouraged me and made plans to come home on his lunch break. Once home he held me close, let me cry, and assured me that God was good and there was good in this. Spoiler Alert: He was right. The past week has been good. I’ve rested, had a couple of appointments I needed to take care of, had dinner ready when Husband got home, and fully embraced this whole housewife thing. It’s still a little scary and unknown, but I’m embracing this time of change, rest and preparing for Baby H.

Then yesterday, God decided there were more changes I was going to need to embrace this year. While Baby H is perfectly healthy, my body isn’t quite cooperating and it is very likely he will be entering the world via C-Section. I’m having a hard time even typing that out. For those that know me well, you know how much I love all things birth. I’ve dreamed of a natural vaginal birth for quite a while (yes, pain and all). I’m grieving this change a bit… I’ve shed quite a few tears and imagine I will continue to in the coming days. But yet again, I know God is good and there is good in this. I’m working on fully embracing this new path and making the absolute best of it that I can. I will be writing about this more soon, I’m sure.

So here we are, 12 short days into 2017 and I’ve already had to start embracing quite a few things. I didn’t want to write this post. I wanted to hide and sulk a bit longer. I wanted to fight the change and keep questioning God. But, God is good and there is good in this. He is sovereign, constant, and knows exactly what is happening – even when I question it. I don’t know what else will happen in 2017, but I’m setting out to embrace what God puts before me. I hope you can do the same!

 

Currently | January 2017

I figured the only way to start 2017 was by joining in with one of my favorite link-ups. Check below to see what I’m up to currently! Thanks to Anne and Jessica for hosting this great link-up.

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GATHERING | All of the baby things! Baby H will be making his arrival in less than THREE MONTHS and we are definitely gathering more baby things. I would say you can spot a little baby something in almost each room of our home at this point. I have a feeling after our baby shower in less than a month it will be a full on baby explosion in this apartment and I don’t think I could be any happier about that!

MAKING | A plan! Some pretty big life changes have happened recently and will continue to happen over the coming months. My days look a little different than they have in the past and I have a lot to accomplish before the biggest life change of all happens in March. So I’m looking around, writing down plenty of lists and making a plan for how I will be attacking it all.

SIPPING | Water! I got an awesome RTIC stainless steel tumbler for Christmas and it’s definitely helping me get more water in my system. I’ll admit I don’t love drinking water, but it’s nice to be able to just sip on an ice cold water all day.

FOLLOWING | All the mommy blogs and Instagram accounts. I’ve always loved following these types of blogs/accounts but now as I look at this being my life pretty soon I enjoy it even more. My favorites? A few sweet mommas who’s due dates are very close to mine. I love following along with their journey’s too!

RESOLVING | To embrace all of the beautiful, hard, messy things life throws at me. More on this soon.