Heading Home for a Holiday

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In two days I’ll be on a plane headed to Louisiana!  This trip was planned before I was pregnant, but this makes it an even better homecoming!  I’m looking forward to seeing lots of family, some dear friends and eating some CRAWFISH!  That is my #1 food goal for this trip.  Since seafood is known to be a dangerous source of mercury, I did some research to find out if crawfish is considered a safe food for pregnant women.  I am VERY happy to announce that it is on the recommended seafood to eat.  Much of this has to do with it being lower on the food chain.  (Mercury is a bioaccumulative substance.)  That is obviously not the only factor in determining a safe seafood option, since oysters are on the list of seafood to avoid, but it is generally a good start.

In planning for my trip, I’ve decided I need to pack a few healthy snacks for the flight.  I’ll need something to nibble on and keep my stomach from feeling too empty.  When my belly is rumbly from hunger I start to feel slightly queasy, so so simple preparation should solve that problem. 

Warm weather and green plants are calling my name.  Since moving to the Midwest I’ve developed a new appreciation for those.  It’s amazing how many months can feel like winter here!  We had snow this week, so you can imagine.  We also have several gray and windy days.  Blah.  Still, life is good and I’m happy to say that my biggest complaint is the weather…such a minor problem in a world full of hurt and struggle.

This week, according to What to Expect, our baby is the size of a blueberry.  Maybe I’ll start calling it that 🙂 

The hubs and I started considering some names.  Yes, we have lots of time to decide, but its fun to think about!  We like Ezra and Luke Alexander for boy names.  For girl options, I’m having a hard time finding names that I like.  I like Grace, Caroline, and Rosario, but I’m just not as crazy about girl names.  Of course, its possible that none of these names will make the final cut.  They are just the first ones we’ve considered and the only ones I can remember now.  (**I think I’d rather not have too much advice from others about the name.  I want it feel like our choice, and I don’t want others’ preferences swaying me on this.  I hope you understand.)

I’ll be gone from Saturday to Saturday, and will have my first appointment with the doctor the Monday after my return.  Hubs has lovingly taken off work to join me for the appointment.  What a great guy.  If you are wondering, that man is awesome!  He has always taken great care of me, and he’s only stepped it up further since we discovered I am pregnant.  He is one of the biggest blessings in my life, and I just know he’s going to make a great dad.  Anyway, I just wanted to brag about him a little 😉

One important thing I’d like to share with you is a link to an amazing resource for toxicity levels in cosmetic products (including deodorant, perfumes, makeup, soap, shampoo, and more.)  Here’s a link to an article about general guidelines to choosing less harmful products. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/top-tips-for-safer-products/#your_teeth I highly recommend checking out some of the items you use daily.  It will blow your mind when you find out how little these daily products are regulated and how much potential damage we could be doing to ourselves, our unborn children and the environment.  I know that may sound a little radical, hippy-like or just plain nuts, but I’m happy to have this resource.  I’ll share some product reviews and opinions in future blog posts.

Have a wonderfully blessed Easter, friends!  What greater gift could we be given than full payment for our sins and the offer to have eternal life with the Creator of the universe and Lover of our souls.  Wow!


Two Words



That is me.  I wake up hungry.  I eat three good meals each day.  There are snacks incorporated throughout my day on top of that.  You’d think I could go two hours without having that empty stomach feeling.  Then again, maybe you’ve been pregnant before and are laughing at me for knowing that I shouldn’t expect that.

As for naps, there is a fine line between too much rest and not enough.  I’ve found the key is in the timing.  Going back to bed early in the morning (between 6-9) seems to work best.  Even later morning naps have worked out well for me, as long as I’m up before noon and don’t nap for too long.  I’ve already made the mistake of napping in the evening.  Napping from 3-5 P.M. means not being able to sleep through the night.  Trust me when I saw that iPhone apps can only keep you occupied for a limited amount of time. 

Today we had snow.  I’m still waiting to see the official snowfall accumulation measurements, but a layer of white is covering the ground, trees, cars and roofs.  It’s April 18th!  Why the heck are we getting snow? 

 According to my “What to Expect” app, le petit bebe’s gestational age is 5 weeks 6 days.  That means week seven starts tomorrow.  I’m thrilled that I haven’t had any “morning sickness.”  To feel well for my flight this weekend would be excellent!

Getting back to the subject of food, we had a wonderful breakfast Saturday morning at our favorite local restaurant, Zingerman’s Roadhouse.  How else could this Southern girl celebrate other than with food? 

Gosh, I love that man!

Back to the Blog…and with awesome news!

So much has happened since the last time I updated this site.  I had an emergency appendectomy less than a week after my previous post.  I turned 25 and celebrated that milestone with my husband and dog in Vegas!  We got word that  in January we’d be moving across the country.  Right before the move, we took a week-long cruise to Mexico, Belize and Honduras with my parents, brother and his sweet girlfriend.  A week later, after driving 3.5 days across the country (through some snow) in mid-January, we arrived at our new home location.  The past three months were filled with more snow than I thought I’d see in a lifetime! 

That brings us to today!  While all those events from the past six months sound big, the news we received this week is WAY bigger.  To the shock of all our friends and family, we announced that we are going to be parents this year!  What an amazing blessing we were surprised with this week! 

While I won’t be able to see a doctor for a few more weeks, I have been reading up on the things I should do as well as the things I should definitely not do.  I read that this week our baby is the size of a sweet pea 🙂  It has been wonderful to receive so many messages of joy and encouragement from our family and friends.  Our lives are going to be changed, and we’re looking forward to this adventure! 

Tomorrow hubs and I will go out for breakfast at our favorite restaurant to celebrate this precious new life.  I am so happy and filled with joy.  I’m also very thankful that I’ve had no morning sickness thus far!  Hooray for that victory 🙂

Plan to see much more frequent blog posts this year.  I’m looking forward to documenting the next eight months.

I’ll end this post with our “announcement” that I posted on Facebook and Flickr.