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Devotional: 2 Corinthians 3 and Judah-bump

Sorry about no blog yesterday. Had a Doctor appointment at 8am.

And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 MSG

I was sitting in church Sunday, and Wesley had just finished his message. And I was looking at how many people were coming down to get some prayer. And then I remembered how many times I’d heard people when they come to me for prayer say something like, “I’ve been waiting on Sunday to get here for this!”

If you are in a struggle, or if you just need some strength to make it to the end of the work day, you can come to God.

I do believe there is power when you have more than one person praying in full agreement about something – the bible even says so (Matthew 18:20), but there is also power when we let our flesh step aside and just come to God on our own and confess out of our own mouth his power and our need for his mercy and grace in our lives.

Our God is personally present. And since He is personally present, that means that anyone can talk to him at any time. Anywhere. He’s ready. He’s willing. You don’t need a pastor, you don’t need me, you don’t need a bible, you don’t even have to get on your knees.

God has this amazing power to see straight through our bodies and look deep into our hearts. And he can see when we are asking something that means something to us. He knows when we are being real with him. And he loves it.

On a side note, if you never have gotten prayed for, or over, or even with one other person, it is helpful. It’s meaningful. It’s good to have someone who has possibly been there before you and come out on the other side to have a little insight to pray better for you.

And the last side (this must be a triangle…), if you never pray at all, never discuss anything with God, then you need to start. He is what fuels this universe, and He wants to hear from you. I’m guilty of kinda ‘chatting’ with Him all day. I talk to him when I’m cooking, or cleaning. Most of you would say, “No, Andrea, you’re talking to yourself…” Well, yes and no. I’m talking to Him, because He’s with me. But rarely do I just sit and really pray a long consistent prayer to him.

And He convicted me of that when I read this verse yesterday morning. So I started doing just that. I had a nice long conversation with him about the biggest thing on my mind right now. My kids.

And when it was over, I felt relieved, and uplifted. I know he is capable of all that he says he is. He’s not a liar. And I prayed over my children like I never have. I’m sure Lucy thought I was nuts. Oh well.. Doesn’t matter.

And I couldn’t do any of that on a Sunday morning. I couldn’t wait until Sunday to pray for my kids. I needed to do it then. Yesterday. Tuesday. And I did.

Don’t be scared to come to God with your petitions and requests. He wants to hear them, and he tore the veil so that we could come to him at any point, any place, any time to give them over to him.

Trust me on this.

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Life Blog

Well, I had a Dr appointment yesterday. She walked in laughing. She said, “Well. You are still pregnant. I laughed when I saw your name on my list this morning. I didn’t think you’d make it to this point!”

Gee.. uplifting. Yes. I made it. Me and my 37 week pregnant self made it to 37 weeks. And all my symptoms came with me.

Then she checked me. From Monday of last week, to yesterday.. no change.

Not one bit. No more dilation, no more effacement. Nada.

Judah-bump wants to be right where he is. He’s nice and comfy. I’m still 1 cm dilated, and about 50% effaced.

So then she said, “Well… you think you can hold out one more week?”

Huh?

Say.. what?

I guess. What do you mean dr lady?

She decided that because of Judah-Bump’s size (she’s thinking he weighs about 8lbs right now) and my “gestational diabetes” (that I still don’t think I have) that it would be best for me to deliver as early as safely possible.

NOW WE ARE TALKIN!

So she said, “You can come in Monday, and we’ll get some paper work done, and then Tuesday we can induce you, if you are okay with that.”

HECK YEAH I’m okay with that!

Now, really, I know that inductions can be painful and hard. I had a baby with no epidural. I can handle it. Especially when the end is SO very in sight. I also know there are risks to inductions, but there is also a higher risk of him getting too big for me to deliver naturally anyway – so.. that’s kinda a lose-lose.

And when you are talking having a baby – there are risks all around regardless how you get there.

Now, yes, I would much rather start labor on my own. Of course. But, given I had no change what-so-ever in a week, it seems as if that may not happen this go-round. At least not til much closer to my due date, and at that point I could be looking at a 10lb baby.

No way. That won’t happen. Lucy was almost 7lbs. So my dr said that my hips had been “tested” to that size baby, but hadn’t been tested to anything over that, and she’s pretty sure he’s bigger than that already. That is her main reason for wanting to induce at 38 weeks.

Most patients with Gestational Diabetes are induced between 38 and 39 weeks anyway. And since I’m technically considered a GD patient, I get my lil boy sooner.

So what am I doing this last week??

Enjoying the mess out of my little precious girl.
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We go for walks every day. Most of the time I put her in the stroller, so I can actually walk. But some days I let that girl run free!
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She’s so sweet. I’ve been rocking her to sleep for naps. It’s quite the special time we have. I rock and she slaps my face. Awe. But then she actually falls asleep and I just look at her. Big sister.

I want to enjoy this week with her. Her last week as an only child. Kinda sad. Kinda exciting.

I will say having the induction is WAY easier to plan. Lucy will stay with MawMaw the night before (we’ll have to be at the hospital at 5:30am) YOWZAA. I don’t have to worry about waking her up in the middle of the night because my water broke.

Now I will say this – I’m walking my legs off this week in hopes to go into labor on my own. And if it doesn’t work, then maybe it’ll prime me up a little more for my induction. They say if you are dilated and effaced a little more, that the pitocin (the induction drug) is easier on you. So, this way, win-win!

I’ve been making myself busy too. I made some Pee Pee Teepee’s.
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These are for the little guy. When you change baby boy’s diapers, they tend to pee when cool air hits there.. little man parts. But this is a little teepee you put right on top so if they do, it doesn’t hit you, say.. in the face.

Nobody likes pee in their mouth.

And I did my nails.
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It was actually pretty easy. I used glitter that I got from Hobby Lobby. Just.. regular sprinkle glitter, on top of a base coat of black. Then layered it with some “acrylic gel hardener” that I got from Fred’s. They seriously feel like gel nails, except they took a little longer to dry than the gel.

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And today I have a list of things to do to keep me occupied. Now that there is a definite end in sight, and its a date rather than an unknown event, I’m much more relaxed. But I do know that I still could have him sooner. So, I’m still trying to keep my house in order (like, dishes washed, not leaving clothes in the dryer. Stuff that would be really gross to come home to when you’ve been gone for 2 days.)

So I’m off to start my last week of being a parent of an only child.

This feels good.

Devotional: Proverbs 29 and my Uneventful Weekend

The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that. Proverbs 29:25

There are so many times when we don’t do what God asks us to do because of other people.

There are times when God shouldn’t even have to ask us to do something, and we don’t do it because of people.

Other people. People.

Wesley spoke yesterday about the day the sun stood still. Then he added how we let people trap us in fear, and how they are just people. They have never paused the universe.

But our God has.

He stopped the earth from spinning, because of his people.

He can do, whatever he wants to do.

And we trust other humans opinions of us, more than God’s.

And like what Wesley said also… What’s wrong with us?

There is no need in worrying about other peoples opinions of us. God’s opinion is the only one that really matters, but we (for some crazy reason) trust that other people know us better and deserve our 100% attention rather than the God of the Universe who knows how many hairs you have on your head.

It’s hard though. People do matter, we are supposed to love them. But putting their opinion above God’s isn’t going to get us anywhere.

Let’s live for Him, not for others.

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Life Blog

I know that I’ve been quite the complainer here of late, and I would like to change that. Wes and I feel like this lil guy will be our last, and so I need to enjoy this pregnancy as much as possible. Even with my never ending list of ailments – it will be over soon and I’ll have a sweet little baby in place.

I am only 37 weeks and two days pregnant, but since Lucy decided to be an early bird and show up at 36w3days, I sort of expected him to do the same. I’m only 2 days into technically being full term.

I’d much rather me be uncomfortable for a few more weeks than him show up and not be ready to be here. Just because I’m sick of pregnancy doesn’t mean he is 😉

So – I’m not complaining anymore. I’ve been kind of waking up each day thinking.. “Is today going to be the day?” But every day that it doesn’t happen, I get a little bit depressed. So now, I’m just saying that I’ll meet him August 6th. That was the latest day my dr. suggested for an induction date. Anything sooner, and I’ll be happier. I’d much rather not be induced, but… I’m so far past ready, and with my history of a speedy labor, if I’m induced, then I KNOW I’ll be at the hospital when I have him instead of the possibility of having him in my jeep.

Friday we went to Hattiesburg just to get out of the house, and I started having contractions. I knew they weren’t getting stronger, but I just kept having them. We went to eat, and they continued, then we went to hobby lobby and they still continued. So, since my Dr’s office is right across the road, and I was having them so frequently, I decided to stop in.

They hooked me all up.
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And sure enough, contractions – 3 minutes apart. But, they weren’t doing anything. I mean.. besides irritating me.

Then Saturday I had almost no contractions. Like, 3 maybe. And then Sunday was uneventful as well. Again, almost no contractions.

The best part about right now? Just me an my girl. We still have every second to spend with our Lucy Bea. Saturday I noticed she had gone missing for a few minutes. Then I heard the loudest sound coming down my hallway. Sorry its blurry.
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She was in my new heels. Such a girl.

I think Lucy will miss me being pregnant.
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She lays on my belly to watch TV. Pretty cute.

And she plays with Daddy before bed each night. Again, sorry for the blur.
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And here’s me at 37 Weeks. This is the longest I’ve ever been pregnant!
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And HA! Boy does it show.

Hope your Monday is great!

Devotional: Proverbs 15 and Almost Labor

Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim. Proverbs 15:4

We have a lot of things in this life that are completely out of our control. We can’t control other people, we can’t control the weather, we can’t control our jobs.

We can, however, control our words. Yep – you read that right. You can control what you say. If it comes out of your mouth, then it can be controlled.

You can make your words helpful or hurtful. I love how this verse puts it – if you are a person who builds others up – your words are healing and helping.

But if your words are not – they cut and maim. And just for the sake of being able to – I looked up the true definition to ‘maim’. It means to wound or injure someone so that part of the body is permanently damaged.

Has someone ever said something to you that you remembered, forever? It hurt you that much?

Not a great example, but when I was pregnant with Lucy I had someone look at me in shorts and say, “Oh sweetie, your legs are SO swollen!”

My legs were not swollen. Not at all. That stuck with me. I’ll never forget that. Now, it wasn’t meant to be hurtful, and I know that.

Sometimes, people do mean to hurt others with their words. And those are the kind of words that can mangle someone else’s heart and damage it forever.

Today’s verse was simple.. just watch what you say. Don’t say mean things – because you never know how it will hurt someone.

That’s quite.. elementary, but since it still happens with adults, I guess it needed to be said!

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Life Blog

So we had a good couple of days. Good rain. Finally got our yard mowed 🙂 It finally needed it. We went from what – no rain for months – to literally – raining every day.

The other night Lucy had just had her bath but wasn’t sleepy – so I got out one of her birthday toys and we played a little.

PAINT WITH WATER!! She loved it! and she was sooo cute painting.
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So serious 🙂
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She did good.

And then yesterday…

Ahh.. Thursday…

I woke up feeling.. real blah. I didn’t sleep good the night before.. I was just.. awake. Couldn’t fall asleep. And so I was sorta running on E anyways. We had some errands to run in Hattiesburg so we headed off.

We went to Kohl’s and I got the ABSOLUTE cutest little outfits for my kiddos 😀 😀 😀
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Big Sister, Little Brother. HOW CUTE??? She’s def gonna wear that to the hospital 🙂

I’m excited about those.

Then we went to Target, then to Best Buy, then to eat, then pick up the church mower, then home.

Still all the while, not feeling wonderful, but not awful either.

So then when we got home, and we laid Lucy down for a nap she didn’t take, and I started working on getting our internet working (our Modem went out).

I couldn’t get it to work, and then I had a meltdown.

My butt was hurting (because it always does… not really my butt, but my pelvic bone). I couldn’t get that stupid modem and router to work together, and I was just tired and feeling bad. So I sat, had a little cry about being pregnant and then I was fine. Wes left for bootcamp – and Lucy was starting to act… really nice, so I rocked her. I fell asleep in the chair with her – woke up to thunder and nausea.

So I put her down, took a shower, and got ready. Feeling like I did, there was no way I was gonna cook. But still didn’t feel good.

So then I had to wake up the monster, and take her to town. She isn’t very fun to be around when she first wakes up.

When we got there, I started feeling worse. And by feeling worse, I mean, I was crampy and having contractions. Like Braxton Hicks, but worse. And more frequent. I don’t normally have Braxton hicks sitting down, but I was. We ate and came home. Still having them.

I probably had 20+ contractions in 2 hours. I was having them like 3-4 minutes apart.

But for me, I didn’t have any contractions with Lucy until I was IN labor. I didn’t have any contractions until my water broke. So having them before hand is… weird. I called my hospital, and the nurse told me to drink some water and not to worry about them.

If I had told her that I had delivered a baby at 36 weeks before and I am 1 day away from being 36 weeks, she might would have made me come in. Glad she didn’t. After 9pm, they all stopped. I started feeling better. And didn’t have another one again.

So.. that was my scary “Am I in labor!?” moment.

Today I feel fine. Just.. looking at my house… and I gotta get it clean. So.. I’ll probably be a bad parent today and let lucy watch TV so I can get some house work done. It’s probably not that bad.. but.. with me being 9 months pregnant (tomorrow!) I guess stuff like that is getting on my nerves a little more. and Finally – a comparison picture.

This was the last picture I took when I was pregnant with Lucy. I was one day away from being 36 Weeks. So, as that I am now currently one day away from being 36 weeks – this is the exact same gestation. Lucy I’m in pink, Today I’m in black. Look a the difference!

DEFINITELY bigger and lower than with Lucy.
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So.. there is that. I’ve made it to here. Lets see how much longer I will go!

Have a great weekend!

Devotional: Hebrews 10 and This week’s catchup

Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Hebrews 10:23 MSG

Today will be a good blog. We are going to talk about His promises so that we can keep a firm grip on them! The devotional part will be short.. But SWEET.

So what are some promises from God to us?

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Matthew 11:28-29

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Isaiah 40:29-31

He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

Philippians 4:19

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:37-39

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Proverbs 1:33

But all who listen to me will live in peace,
untroubled by fear of harm.”

John 14:27

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

 

Romans 10:9

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

I honestly don’t know if there is anything else I need to say. Pretty sure God says it all right there.

 

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Life Blog

So.. let’s play catch up huh?

Monday I went to see an old friend. Lucy tagged along. Lookin all stylish.
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I miraculously (yes, this was 100% God) found a thing I’ve been needing. Ok, let me explain. Lucy has this little giraffe. It’s made by Cloud B, called “Gentle Giraffe”. Target sells them. They are 22.99. It’s basically a stuffed animal with a sound machine stuck in the back of it. Except, instead of it playing for 10 minutes and turning off, it will play for either 23 or 45. By far the longest playing sound machine for a baby on the market (that I have found.. and boy did I search!)

Well, I bought Lucy the Giraffe “to-go” version (he’s about 8-10″ tall). The Big one (like 2 feet long) was like $35. I paid 23 bucks for it. Well, I was shopping at dirt cheap (back when it was still in Collins.. the glorious days…) and I found the big version of the giraffe. He was had been marked $12 somehow, and was 60% off. I then found the “Sleep Sheep” which is the giraffes.. cousin? Anyway, made by same company, same size sound box, different animal. Well, the big giraffe didn’t have the sound box, but the little sheep did! So I bought both. Got home and realized that the sound box for the sheep was.. a little kinky and it ended up not working 100% of the time. So.. Bust. Now I’ve got a giant giraffe, a sheep and no sound box.

So the other day I was looking online for a sleep sheep – for Judah. I know now how much that giraffe helps lucy sleep, so I figure, if $23 can get me more sleep.. then by golly, Imma pay $23. I was on ebay, thinking maybe someone was selling one used. Ya’ll know how much I like a deal! And by all means.. what did I find? A replacement sound box. That works. For $5. So I quickly googled the entire world wide web and found out that this was the only one for sale online.. anywhere. So I snatched that booger up.

Got it in the mail Tuesday, works like a stinkin charm! I had kept the sheep – so now, I got my Sleep Sheep for Judah!
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Boom. That was a lot of talking to say I got a deal. But, you had to know the back story for this to be as amazing as it is.

And our chickens are laying eggs official style now. Monday we got 5 eggs, Tuesday 6 (I broke one), Wednesday 6 (Luc broke one) and when I went to close the coop last night, found another! (So technically Wed was 7 -1). I also found out by my chicken forum, that my blue egg layers (Easter Eggers) I thought only laid 3-5 eggs a week. But on there, asking around, most peoples Easter Eggers lay like 6 a week! And my Barred Rock hens, also can lay about 6 a week (I thought they were 4-5 per week). So now, we have 4 daily layers, and 6 hens that can be 6-7 eggs a week layers. And one, my pretty chicken, is still like a 3-4 a week gal. So we could possibly be getting like 10 eggs a day. Which is.. WAY more than I expected.

I had blue scrambled eggs this morning. 🙂
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And my “rain boots” are officially my “coop boots” now. Do you see the little feather stuck to the back one? On the bottom of the boot? There are chicken feathers all in my yard.
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And in case you were wondering.. I’m still pregnant. I feel good today though. Past couple of days I haven’t. But today I feel good. Also.. I felt good enough to take a picture for you all. The look on my face is not relative to how I feel. 😉
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And because people always ask me to – I figured I’d show you a picture of my back. People get a kick out of how not pregnant I look, then when I turn around, how VERY pregnant I am. I’m carrying all out front if you hadn’t guessed.
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And a good ole comparison picture. On the left, me at 36 weeks with Lucy. On the right, Today, 34 Weeks 5 days.
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I think I’ve caught up to myself.

Ok.. Gonna take advantage of this good feeling (maybe I’m nesting?) and get some housework done!

Hope you had a great day yesterday!

Devotional: Isaiah 48 and Lucy’s Birthday Party

“There is no peace,” says God, “for the wicked.” Isaiah 48:22 MSG

There is one thing you can always be assured of – that God will always bring peace. With any decision I’ve ever made, I knew it was the one God wanted me to make based on the peace
(or lack of) in my heart.

He will never try and confuse you. That’s Satans job. God isn’t the author of confusion.

We generally let Satan do his dirty work on us when we stop paying attention to what God has in store for us, and that’s when we get all confused and worried.

But God as this amazing abundance of peace that he loves to give us.

Any time I’ve ever counseled someone, and I ask them about the time they really ‘got saved’, there is generally a phrase or description of a “weight being lifted off of them”. Seriously, people almost always say this.

That is the peace of God lifting the junky weighty sin out of your life and filling you with peace, his peace. His never-ending peace.

If you have never felt this peace, then you are missing out. It’s wonderful being able to lay your head down at night and know everything is going to work out. I don’t have to wonder. Even if bad gets worse, I know it will work out.

That’s peace.

And it is grand.

But you have to be a child of God to experience this real deal. There is no substitute for God’s peace. And there is no other source in which to find it.

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Life Blog

Well.. We had a busy past few days. Lucy turned 2 last Thursday. I’m still a little shocked about it. I mean.. she’s two now. TWO. Not one. Two. And she’s pretty precious.

Her actual birthday (Thursday) started with some cuddling on the couch, with brother as a pillow.
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Real comfortable for me.

Then we met Daddy for lunch and ate.
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And played with straws. He’s such a good Daddy.

Then we had birthday nap. This girl naps hard.
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I put her in our bed in hopes of a cuddly birthday nap… but she woke up after about 30 minutes, so I had to put her in her bed to let her finish. It could have been wonderful. But when she wakes up and finds a person near her.. she starts. With poking and slapping and digging. So my nap wasn’t very cuddly.. or nappish.

Then Saturday we had her party. It was cute. We had cake and banana splits.
Lucy Bea's 2nd Birthday

Don’t judge. I made it myself. It looks.. choppy… but it tasted good!

Lucy Bea's 2nd Birthday

Not sure if it was because her cake was on fire, or the fact that 20 people were staring at her on the table singing to her and grinning ear to ear, but she wasn’t a fan of this part. She didn’t blow out her candles either.

She started getting the hang of it when presents started getting opened, though!
Lucy Bea's 2nd Birthday

Lucy Bea's 2nd Birthday

Lucy Bea's 2nd Birthday

Lucy Bea's 2nd Birthday

She got tons of CUTE clothes. I mean.. some REALLY cute stuff. And she got lots of really cute toys too! And lots of princess stuff. Meaning – this week… Me and lil girl are gonna watch Beauty and the Beast. She got a few Belle things, and so she needs to know who Belle is. Right? Of course! So.. One day this week, if you stop by – you’ll find me and Luc on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn and some cokes watching Belle and Ms. Pots. That will be a good day.

I got her a stroller… and she pushed that thing around for like 30 minutes.
Lucy Bea's 2nd Birthday

My dad kept letting her baby horse (it’s in the stroller) bite him. Lucy thought this was the funniest thing. So she kept making loops. And she’d get the stroller as close as possible to him to make sure he got his finger nicked by that little baby horse.

Lucy Bea's 2nd Birthday

I don’t get to see them very often; they live in Montgomery. And Lucy, now officially being a two year old, doesn’t handle car rides much over 3 hours. At 3 hours she begins to get… cranky. That’s me being very nice.

Besides her party – other things that went on…

I made Judah’s door hanger for the hospital 🙂
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I found this Docker’s shirt, vest and tie set for 6 bucks. How stinkin adorable is this??
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And I also found a coupon code for Children’s place online. So I ordered Lucy some cute sandals! I got them for like $3.19 each. Seriously. How cute!
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And Lucy finally says “Cheese” for the camera. Except… it looks like this.
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Not a pretty-cheese. It is, however, a cute-as-can-be-cheese. I’ll take it.

That gets you caught up!

If anyone has any ideas for things for me to do before Judah gets here.. I’m all ears. I don’t have any more parties to plan, or showers to wait for… So now.. I’m just waiting. And I don’t wanna lose my mind waiting so I’ve been trying to come up with a list of things I can do to make my time sneak by a little quicker. Of course, make my time sneak by without spending any money. I’ve done enough of that. So…. any suggestions?

Hope your Monday feels like a Tuesday!