a few things.

Pregnancy has been amazing! Like, so in love with it that I'm scaring my poor husband by asking when we can do this thing again? (Soon, please?!?) But, I do believe that God has this magical little way of making us ready for the end. I thought so many times that I would miss pregnancy, (and I still think I will in a way!) but I'm at the point now where I want this little man to be in my arms. I want us to be two, no longer one. It is a beautiful thing, this entire experience, and I thought it would be fun to list a few of the little things I cant wait for......


let's be honest, I want all of the following within the first month of his departure... a juicy medium rare steak, a spicy margarita from Bacon Brothers & some amazing sushi with way too much raw goodness // seeing his tiny little feet and kissing his toes constantly // my pelvic bone to feel normal again, I'm scared to ask how long this might take // starting the adventure of breast feeding, I've been praying and hoping that I love it as much as I think I will // all of the amazing holidays coming up so soon and having our family of three to celebrate them with // sleeping on my stomach again, I may have shed a few tears because I miss it so much

What did you miss during pregnancy??

ps. that's my favorite non maternity shirt (size medium) that I can't get enough of!

Goals // 8.15

We made it to the final month. The last month without a baby. The countdown is on!
I can't believe it is August already. I know everyone says that it flies by and then the last two weeks feel like 100 years. We'll see how it goes but I don't have any super high expectations for my situation to be any different than most women, mainly so I'm not let down when September comes around and I'm still very much pregnant. But, we'll see how it all plays out, and I'm excited to whatch God's magic unfold once Solomon decides he's ready to join us. 

Taking advantage of my early mornings during this month ahead.... 


July Update
1// Finish the nursery so we can enjoy August and not feel rushed - so excited about how adorable everything looks. Still have a few things to do here and there but majority of everything is ready!
2// Travel to Niagara Falls for the Family Reunion and a cousin's wedding - we had such a fun weekend with family! I shared a little bit of that HERE and HERE.
3// Enjoy the baby shower for Solomon, given by my sweet girlfriends - it was such a fun day with my sweet friends and I shared all of the awesome details HERE.
4// REST! (a third trimester must) - thanks to the swollen feet I have been making rest more important. Trying to get the best sleep possible at night and going to bed early is helping a lot, also!

August Goals
1// Prepare some frozen meals for after Solomon arrives
2// Pack the bags for the birth center
3// Finish the Hymns Series by SheReadsTruth
4// Go on one last date night with Peter before Solomon arrives
5// Finish up the room and wait for baby boy

hymns.

I've always been drawn to music (even though I can't sing very well!!!) and when it comes to worship, I can't get enough. I've talked a lot about my love of worship and how closely that ties to my faith, so when I started working on my playlist for labor and delivery, I realized that all the songs I wanted to select were songs of praise to the Lord. I think during that time I will need to draw strength from my faith and rely in His goodness for the power to push through. I wanted to start a new study for the month of August since this will be my last month before Solomon joins our family. I wanted to find something that would help me during the task ahead of birthing him, so I decided to start with my favorite, She Reads Truth. I wasn't sure what I would choose but after seeing the Hymns Series I knew that was the right choice.


I'm really enjoying this study, and I'm only on day 3! Digging deeper in the songs that we sing to Him is so refreshing. The layout of the days are great and easy to complete. The normal bible verses to start, then the written study but then the study ends with the hymn that the day is focused around. You can listen to the song, meditate over it and just be one with the Lord. I love it. I listen to the songs several times and soak it all in, writing my prayers and reading the study. It is also wonderful to find some new songs that I wouldn't normally pick for my labor and delivery playlist, now having a strong connection to the song. 

My prayer is to find God in a deeper level in all of these songs & use that when I need it most. To truly search for Him and sing the praises to Him. My head is constantly being pulled in 50 directions right now, so finding the time to sit and worship Him, and put everything else aside has been amazing!

Have any of you completed these studies?? 
I'd love to hear what you have learned!

our reasons for a doula.

First of all, what is a doula?? Definition says....
a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born.


I also like to describe a doula as "the most amazing woman ever!" because that is pretty much what ours is. I am excited to share our reasons for hiring a doula, since I have been asked that question a lot & I'm really happy with our decision!



1 // this is our first time with pregnancy
This was honestly the biggest reason we decided to find a doula. There are so many unknown questions about pregnancy and birth that a doula can help you with and make you feel more comfortable. There is a sense of safety because a doula really KNOWS what is going on. They train to help in so many areas and it can make you feel secure in the crazyness of pregnancy. 

2 // we are going the natural/unmedicated route
I know there are a lot of doulas that help with hospital medicated births but it is most common to have a doula if you are doing the opposite. A doula is trained to help you manage the pain of child birth and give you ways to complete the task faster and more effeciently. We are lucky enough to have a doula that will come to our house during the beginning stages of labor so I will have support and help if I have any questions. This also takes off a ton of pressure since she will be there to help us know when it is time to head to the birth center so we won't make that trip too early and have to leave and come back again, which is very common with first births.

3 // birting classes & postpartum care is usually provided
This was a huge perk for us since Peter travels a lot for work and we could not take part in normal birthing classes since they can take several weeks to complete. It is much easier to have the one on one sessions with our doula directly in the comfort of our own home. It also helps create that bond with the doula, so when the time comes for baby to enter the world, you will have a sense of comfort with her. Postpartum care is different for every doula it seems, it could be a couple of hours in the hospital/birthing center, or several weeks. I'm so happy that our doula includes service for 6 weeks after the birth. Like I mentioned before, this is our first time around with pregnancy so that also means it is our first time around with parenthood. The big world of baby is exciting but it can also be very scary if you don't know all the answers. From breastfeeding, to healing after birth, to just simple ways to take care of our new baby; our doula can help make that transition a lot smoother and that is a huge perk for us.

Solomon's second shower.


Over the weekend, these beautiful women above gave me and baby Solomon a wonderful shower!
I am so thankful for their love and friendship and I can't describe how thankful I am for the love they have for our little man already. He is so lucky!


It was so fun to spend time with my favorite ladies. I have been so blessed with so many groups of friends in the past few years and I always get excited when I can see them all in one room together. Work, church, new friends, old friends... they are all such a blessing to me! 


I was overwhelmed by all the wonderful gifts we received for our baby boy! It was so much fun to see all the little things that he will be able to use. I seriously sat in his room for hours and looked through everything, imagining what it will be like when he finally joins us! 

One of the most fun parts of the shower was the photo wall with all the props! My friends really know me well and I was so excited to have so many shots with my girls!!!

Niagara Falls // Eliya Family Reunion

The trip started out bright and early, last Wednesday morning, and it all started great! Thanks to the little peanut in my belly waking me up for a trip to the bathroom at 3:45, I was wide awake and had time for breakfast and getting ready so we could leave for the airport around 4:50. Once we were on the plane things hit a low.... picture this.

Oh, let me grab my camera and delete all the pictures since I just loaded them to the computer for extra space on my memory card...... turn on camera, hit the review button, "NO CARD" flashes on screen. Then realizing that I never grabbed the card from the computer after I loaded all the photos the night before.

My heart sank. I was so sad but hopeful that we could find a replacement once we landed. After two trips, one to Target and the other to Radio Shack, we learned that those cards are very out of date and they don't sale them anymore, so Amazon was our best bet. I honestly considered having my mom overnight me the memory card from our house to the hotel, but that was crazy!

Thankfully our iPhone cameras take great pictures so we were able to snap a lot of shots with our phones. Here are a few of the highlights that I want to remember in the years to come....

Our beautiful view from our room which was even prettier at night!!

Our first night when we arrived was beautiful and we enjoyed a fun dinner at Water Street Landing. It was so nice to see all the family and sit back and relax together.



The next morning my sweet hubby went to pick up this amazing doughnut that tasted like a slice of birthday cake with some half decaf coffee for me! It was delicious!!!! I may or may not have had this several mornings.....



The Eliya Family Game day is one of the most fun parts about the family reunion every five years. This year included water balloons, and some games with some lunch. It was a day of perfect weather and all the work that was put into the day was so appreciated. We all had such a great time. 



The only day of rain during our trip was on when we visited the Niagara Falls, which means we all got soaked anyways, so it really didn't matter! It was so beautiful and I'm so glad we decided to do the Goat Island Cave of the Winds Tour since I couldn't do the boat tour during my third trimester. It was so fun to still get close to the falls and not be trapped on a boat. 


It was such a great trip with the big and crazy Eliya family! I'm so glad we got to enjoy this little get away before our baby boy joins all the fun.
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