Saturday, August 16, 2014

oh baby!...


All photos courtesy of Sentimental Heart Photography

Dear friend,

Hey there! What's new with you guys?? Oh us, not too much except we've been cooking up a little baby! Uhhhh....what? Yeah. Totally! 

Ahhhh I just can't keep it in ANY longer! Funny thing is...I've actually sort of daydreamed about this day for a loooong time. There have been many a day in the last few years, where I am sitting at the computer editing photos or writing a blog post and my mind just starts to wander off into Babyland. How will the blog post look? What types of pictures will we put up? Should we be funny? Serious? Cutsie? Should I write anything? Keep it simple? Oh the pressure! I've seen some pretty awesome pregnancy announcements on blogs in years past and always wondered what ours would look like if/when the time came. Ha! So here we are! And here it is. I am officially 13 weeks along.

Can I just take a second to say, ahem...THIS IS SO WEIRD AND SURREAL AND HOLY COW AND WHAT?!? Thanks. We've known for so long and it's been so hard keeping it a secret and talking about life like NOTHING MONUMENTAL HAS BEEN HAPPENING EVERY SINGLE DAY OF OUR LIVES. Like, kid not friends...this has been quite the test! All my blog posts, all my Facebook and Instagram posts, my tweets...they all came out of me through a tiny pin hole because what was pressing to get out in one big swoosh was, "...OH AND WE'RE FREAKING PREGNANT!" I mean, who cares about the cake I'm making or the fact that we finally watched Frozen like a month ago (yes, for the first time...) when there is a little human being being knitted together in my womb each and every day. 


Anyway. So now the cat's out of the bag and boy does it feel good! I can be myself again with you guys and not act like a lunatic who is constantly battling what I should say and what I want to say. Which brings me to my next point- you probably had a feeling something was going on since my blog posts (more specifically, recipes) have sloooooowed way down. What was a consistent biweekly thing is lucky to happen once a week! Yep, blame that on Baby Main. I was lucky if I felt good enough to "make" myself saltine crackers, let alone bake a full blown pie and photograph it and clean up and edit those pictures and write about how it was and blah blah blah, barf. 

Actually to be really honest, I never barfed. Every night I literally thanked Jesus with a gracious and thankful heart, for that. I've walked through pregnancies with friends who have had it BAD (like, barfing all day everyday, hospitalizations for dehydration, etc BAD) so my consistent low grade nausea was NOTHING in comparison. That being said, the nausea that I did experience my first trimester was indeed real, and made for the worst breakfast, lunch and dinner choices ever. Let alone blog post writing. Sorry. One day I was fine eating bread dipped in room temperature tomato sauce ONLY, the next day it would have to be peanut butter on toast only, followed by another day of hating the sight and smell of both. Go figure. I actually consumed HALF a slice of cake one time because it was "too sickly sweet"...HALF?! TOO SWEET?!?! Who am I? I'm usually the one CHOMPING on my cake while battling my inner glutton with wanting 2 more pieces. Weird, weird stuff friends. Pregnancy basically makes you a weirdo ;)

Give me all the acidic things though. Lemons, YUM! Fresh tomatoes? YES PLEASE! My husband made me homemade fresh lemon slushies on a daily basis for a while. Lemon juice, vanilla stevia, and ice- blended into oblivion! AMAZING! Once we added a strawberry popsicle from Trader Joes into the slushy mix- holy cow friends. Amazing. 


Also there was the exhaustion keeping me from writing. It's comical really. There was one day where we woke up at 8am and by 10:45am I was so tired I felt like I was going to die. Upon waking up from nap #1, I was good for about 2 hours but then had to take another nap to even communicate proper coherent words. Like a 1 year old child. Good thing my husband had a million video games he's been wanting to play. Play on friend, play on.

Speaking of my husband, he's handled all the craziness like a champ! I mean, CHAM-PION! From all the grumbles and complaints (I'm 2 1/2 months pregnant- "Bill, I seriously can't do this any longer!" Drama, right?), the excessive amounts of nappage (life or death situations here, because again, I'm a drama queen), the "here I made us chopped up watermelon for dinner tonight...enjoy!" and the 600 weird pains and "feelings" I constantly had in my abdomen which of course meant "something was wrong" (nothing ever really was wrong); he took every single thing and replied with a hug, smile or prayer. Lots of prayer :) Seriously the best. I would have shipped myself off to a far, far away island many moons ago, had I been in his shoes. 

But honestly, and all joking aside, we've totally been in the craziest awe and amazement these last few months. You always hear about pregnancy and all it entails but then when it's YOU that it's happening to- words just cannot express. We're so elated. Like, thrilllllled to the maximus! Plus, after trying for 3ish years, finding out there were some medical complications, and just giving it all to the Lord, we're in utter awe. We continued having fun trying, though! ;) When it's all boiled down, we knew that He was always in control and His will would be done no matter what we did or wanted or thought. This brought such supernatural peace :) We started to toss the idea of adoption or fostering around too- but the Lord's timing is so perfect (and sometimes comical) and now, well we're preggie! This little baby is just one more example of that. Knowing that this pregnancy is His timing brings us immense peace and joy. It was nothing we were in control of really, and we can't wait to see what it all entails! 


If you care to read, these particular scripture verses really helped me through this first trimester :)

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139: 13-16

No matter what my crazy brain wants me to think might happen, He is knitting this little one together in my womb perfectly and according to His will! Amazing. Miraculous. Beautiful. 


Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4: 4-9
Again, no matter what my ridiculous and anxious heart and brain are trying to make me think about and worry about, I am commanded to NOT become anxious! To present all my thoughts and worries to the Lord, with Thanksgiving (because really, this is a time to really be thankful for the gift He has given us!), and give those thoughts to Him! This meant daily sometimes and hourly on other days. What do I replace those terrible thoughts with? Whatever is TRUE, HONORABLE, JUST, PURE, LOVELY, COMMENDABLE, EXCELLENT and WORTHY OF PRAISE. Think about what IS, not what could or "will" be :)

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6: 25-34
Can you sense a theme here? As you can tell, during the first trimester I was constantly battling my worried heart and anxious thoughts. It happens. These verses were especially helpful during those times I looked at our one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles and thought, "How will we do this?? How can we afford a baby right now? Where will all his/her stuff go??" Then I would be reminded of the fact the Lord is in control and that His timing is perfect. You will never "have enough" (according to our definition of "enough") and He promises to know exactly what we need and supply us with our needs perfectly and sovereignly. Amen.


Anyway friends, that's it! That's our big news!!!! It goes without saying that things here on Sweet Lavender will change a little, but hoping not too much. There will still be recipes (oh will there be!) but we might see kid friendly or baby friendly ones soon! There will still be all the rest of the fun posts as well, but spiced up every once in a while with pregnancy updates and baby loves. Then, as baby is born, being a new part of our lives, you'll see them here too! Frequency of posts will vary by the week, depending on how I'm feeling (which right now is really good!) and what we've got going on. This blog was, as you know, a look into our lives. Always has been, always will be. With food. Lots and lots of food. 

Thank you for reading all of this and can't wait to share this time of our lives with you!


50 comments:

  1. Congrats to you dear!' What an exciting time!

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  2. abby - little city adventuresAugust 16, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! I'm smiling for you! For real!
    Your first trimester sounds exactly like mine! I wished I could puke to help ease the nausea but never did. I survived almost exclusively on cheese and crackers until about 15 weeks. The second trimester is much better though, you just feel weird with all the body changes. Your photos are adorable too! We were so anxious to spill the beans that we told everyone when we were only 6 weeks and didn't even take the time to take decent pictures, which I now regret. I am so happy for you guys! And you are so right about God's timing. There were times during my pregnancy and even now when I doubt that I can do this but I remind myself that God gave us this little miracle and He knew when the timing was best. He did all of this, Seth and I just did the fun part. Congratulations again, I can't wait for baby updates!!


    P.S. I don't like blatantly promote my blog in comments but I just posted 5 Tips for New Mamas and two posts before that shared a few links to my favorite blog posts relating to the first few weeks of being a mama. :)

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  3. So exciting!!! I resonate with all those thoughts. The worries and anxieties. The how will they have enough? With our daughter I have to remind myself she needs love and we have plenty of that :) and I totally relate to the quantity of naps and nausea! I would wake up, brush my teeth and eat breakfast and be EXHAUSTED. haha growing a human takes work ;)

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  4. Aaaaahhhhhhhh!!!! I love you all!!!!!!

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  5. Oh! Congratulations, sweet friend, this is WONDERFUL news! xo

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  6. Congratulations! That is so exciting and your dress is so adorable! I hope you enjoy every moment of this time!

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  7. Congratulations, Christina! So excited and happy for you guys :) Hopefully you'll feel better in the second trimester!

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  8. I'm a brand new follower but picked a good time to follow so it seems. Super congrats and best of luck as you navigate the next six months!

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  9. Congratulations!!! Whoop! So excited for you!

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  10. So happy for you!!!

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  11. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I am so excited for y'all!! Yay babies. :) I am praying for you both and for that precious little one. Can't wait to hear more updates along the way!!

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  12. CONGRATS to you! <3 That is so wonderful and I'm so happy for you guys

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

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  14. Congrats! Congrats! I was wondering where you had been? :) When ever your baby arrives I may continue to call it "baby." That's usually what I do about babies, they are all just called "baby."

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  15. Such fantastic and exciting news! You will be a great mom!

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  16. Congratulations! What exciting news for your family :)

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  17. Congratulations!!! What wonderful news!

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  18. Thank you friend!!!!! SO glad to hear I'm not the only one! :) Totally heading to your blog now :)

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  19. Such good advice! They need love and Bill and I will also totally have plenty of that! :) Haha- yes! I'm still sort of feeling the weird exhaustion. Yesterday I got dressed and was WIPED out for like 10 minutes! So hard to adjust to.

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  20. Already in the second trimester and already feeling like 80-90% better. YAY!

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  21. How fun! Hello new friend! And thank you!

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  22. Thank you Meg! Your email was such a breath of fresh air- thank you for it. Excited to share updates as well!

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  23. It was SO hard not to spill the beans with you! SO many times I was like, "Gosh it would just be so much easier if I just told her what was going on...." But darn dr's and their telling us to wait. We;; now you know why I was so MIA!

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  24. COngrats! Oh! I loved reading through this! I love the way you talk/write!

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  25. That first picture is such a cute way to announce your pregnancy! You two are stinkin' adorable! Congrats!!

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  26. Congratulations! I am so excited for you! I can't wait to read all about your pregnancy and see your journey to motherhood!

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  27. Congrats Christina! Your post was beautiful and I'm so excited for you and your family!!! xoxo

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  28. Oh harsh, thank you Beth. That means a lot coming from you!

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  29. Thank you for sharing this! My husband and I are a year into to trying and it is a blessing to hear your story! Thanks for having a God-honoring attitude and for encouraging us women who don't have babies yet to press on!

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  30. Oh gosh, SO happy the Lord used this story to encourage you, friend! We had been trying for 3 years and had some medical issues in the way as well. All I can say is, if it is His will, all that stuff doesn't matter :)

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