Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pregnancy: Week 34

How far along: 34 very precious and happy weeks! Holy cow, can y'all believe how fast this pregnancy is going by!? My Lord knows how grateful I am. I am trying to soak up the last couple of weeks with Kensington inside of me, but boy-oh-boy am I getting excited to pinch her cheeks.

Baby Size: Roughly 18 inches long, according to my baby app. Next week we'll have an estimate on her weight.
 
Gender: A mini me 

Movement: Homegirl makes me giggle pretty hard with some of her movements. I love watching her search for more room within my womb. She will try to bounce from one side to the other and my whole belly will jiggle. Her favorite thing to do at this point is to push her butt against my ribs. As uncomfortable as it can be, I LOVE all movements! Bring it on, baby girl. 

Best moment this week: Finalizing her nursery has been such a good feeling. I really enjoy looking at all of the clothes in her closet and her drawers and imagine what outfits will be her favorite. 

Looking forward to: I am very much looking forward to my shower this weekend. It's with family in my hometown, so I know it'll be a good time. Plus, it's a couples shower, so my baby daddy will be able to join. Another thing I'm excited about is Kensie's third anatomy scan next week. Praying that my amniotic fluid levels are still within a normal range. That has been my doctor's biggest concern - just that it's normally high (but still within the normal range). 
 
What I miss: I miss the days when people would stop giving me advice. HAHA. I'm only partially joking. I know that everyone has opinions, but I (personally) have never, and will never, be the type to just blare our my opinions when they aren't asked. I just pretty much smile and nod these days, and pretend that I'm listening. I think it makes other people feel good about themselves. 
 
Symptoms: Super tight hands and feet due to fluid retention. It's a really strange feeling. Luckily, my blood pressure is always totally fine, so there shouldn't be anything to worry about. Thank you Jesus! I am just trying to drink lots and lots of water.
 
Nursery: As promised, I will be posting pictures very soon. I am hoping that I can get them up by Thursday or Friday of this week. Be on the look out! I am one happy momma. Kensie Grace's nursery is my favorite room in the house!

Wedding rings on or off? Since all of my jewelry is too tight, I'm rocking my $12 fake rings from Kohls. I am looking forward to the day when I can wear my real jewelry though. 

Daddy-isms: Daddy has been helping mommy plan out how we'll temporarily rearrange our bedroom so that Kensie can sleep in our room at first. I told him that I wanted to put my dresser on his side of the room to make room for her to sleep closer to me, and he said, "well I wanted her to sleep on my side of the room!" I think we have agreed to move the TV out of our bedroom and put her in the middle of the room. My baby daddy loves his little girl. 

Prayer: Dear God, you get all the glory. I never would've imagined that I would have such a beautiful and healthy pregnancy, but this was in your grand plan. I am so grateful to be 34 weeks pregnant. I am trusting that you will continue to take care of both Kensie and I. Thank you for showing mercy over my husband and I by providing us this miracle baby. THANK YOU, God!

Monday, April 27, 2015

A Blessed Weekend Indeed

I have so much to learn as a new mommy, but I know I'll figure it all out. Plus I have close friends around me who have little ones of their own and I can ask them questions any time. Meghann, our old neighbor (sad day), gave us their old bottles recently. They have an 18 month old so they didn't need them anymore. I woke up with a crazy amount of energy to get things done on Saturday morning, so I decided I would clean the bottles and put them away. I also cleared out an entire cabinet in the kitchen for Kensie's things. Yay for productivity. 
After my energetic morning, I took a small nap, and then had to wake up to get ready for my second baby shower! The first shower (here) was hosted by my coworkers, and the shower from Saturday was hosted by three of my best friends. They did such a good job. I loved the decorations and the food.
Those pink sugar cookies were the best.
Yummy food. My favorite was the guacamole :)
Me with the hostesses - Brittany, Meghann, and Tiffany!
College friends are the best! I have known them for 10 years.
Momma, me, and Kensie :)
Linzy, Jess and I! I just love them so much! So thankful they are in my life.
Me posing with a cute sign my hostesses made. 

After the shower, I pretty much crashed. I was exhausted. I guess the third trimester is really catching up to me. I can't stay awake during the day to save my life, but nighttime I am wide awake. My girlfriends keep telling me that it's nature's way of preparing me for Kensington's arrival.

Sunday was spent having brunch with my in-laws and Aunt Ann (although she's not pictured). Afterwards, hubby took me to Babies R Us, my new favorite store, and we browsed all the cute little girl clothes and baby essentials. We ended up buying the diaper pail that I had added to my registry because it was on sale and we had gotten money from our shower. Once we left Babies R Us, I took a  little cat nap. I am really good at napping. Not to mention, my feet have been swollen pretty much constantly (although my blood pressure is always fine), so I try to spend as much time in bed propping my feetsies up. 
Don't mind my jacked up hair. I just threw it up!

We ended the weekend with taking maternity photos. I am ultra excited to see how they turn out. Once we get them, I will share! It's so hard to believe that we're quickly approaching Kensie Grace's due date. Only a month and half left (6 weeks). Glory to God for all of His blessings!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Save Money To Buy More Fun Things :)

It feels fan-freaking-tastic these days to be 4.5 months post graduate school. (Thank ya Jesus!) I feel like I have so much more time on my hands. But for those of you still in school, I bring good news. You can save a little money on those pesky textbooks by using Campus Book Rentals. This means that you'll have more money in your pocket to buy things like these beauties:
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Sorry for getting sidetracked. But really, can we talk about how awesome this website is? Like the fact that you can save 40-90% off of bookstore prices (a no-brainer). Free shipping both ways. You can highlight in the textbooks. There are flexible renting periods. And of course, they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented. Pretty legit if you ask me.

If you opted to skip out on reading the above paragraph, you should just watch this small video to learn more. 
So there you have it: a nice little way to save money so you can buy more fun things like clothes, jewelry, or Starbucks. I'm a fan.

P.S. Don't forget to enter the giveaway that I'm hosting. As I'm writing this, only 11 people have entered, so you have a pretty good chance of winning! Giveaway ends tomorrow at 5pm central time.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Few Of My Favorite Things Giveaway

I don't think it's any secret that I like y'all. My readers are pretty awesome. Last week, I decided that I needed to do a giveaway for one lucky reader, just for rocking at life. So I rounded up a collection of some of my favorite beauty products - nearly $100 worth of products ... $97.39 to be exact.

It can be all yours in two easy steps:

1) "Like" my blog Facebook page (here)
2) Comment on this blog post with the first & last name that you follow my Facebook page under

BAM. That simple. The winner will randomly be selected with a number generator. Giveaway ends Friday, April 24 at 5pm (central time) and items will be mailed at the beginning of May.

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In other news, I am currently...

WATCHING: I can't seem to get caught up on my DVR'ed shows fast enough, but I did finally finished season one of The Blacklist. We're almost caught up on the newest episode of Bates Motel. And, of course I still watch my "trash" reality shows. 

LISTENING: To the hospital playlist that I've created for our labor. I plan to share my list very soon. 

WISHING: For the weekend to be here already! My second shower is this weekend and my heart is going to burst with excitement. Kensie Grace is such a loved little girl. I am so blessed to be her mama. For the record, it's not about the gifts. It's about honoring the little creation that God put inside my womb with my closest friends and family. That makes me giddy.

FEELING: Very big, but that's to be expected. You should see me getting in and out of my car. I just kinda plop down, take a breather, and then readjust myself in the seat. I am just pleased as punch to be carrying my little one. Bring on the waddling. 

WEARING: All maxi dresses and maxi skirts! So thankful the weather is finally nice and I can wear my summer clothes. I have gotten some crazy stares whenever wearing maxi's and flip flops in the wintertime. But let's be real - it doesn't get THAT cold here. My recent favorite skirts have been this one and this one. Target for the win.

WRITING: My birth plan. Originally I wasn't going to write anything up, considering I have minimal desires (I figure God will take care of me), but for the fun of it, I am going to list out my wishes. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pregnancy: Week 33 + A Tiny Sneak Peak of The Nursery

Top: Old Navy
Skirt: Target
How far along: 33 glorious weeks!

Baby Size: A pineapple; about 17-19 inches long.
 
Gender: A princess :) 

Movement: Baby bear loves wiggling around. She is most active around 7 or 8pm, once mommy has gotten a chance to prop her feet up. She just loves to push her booty and back against mommy's right side. It makes the hiccups really easy to feel.

Best moment this week: It's all great. But having our first shower was pretty amazing. And we have another on this Saturday. What a blessing!

Looking forward to: I am looking forward to everything that will be coming over the next 7 weeks - from the showers, to the breastfeeding classes, to laboring day. I have prayed and prayed for pregnancy and a baby... so I don't want to take even a second for granted.
 
What I miss: Nothing.At.All. (Like I've said a million times, I love being pregnant!)
 
Symptoms: Swollen feet and ankles, but what's new? 
 
Nursery: Did y'all like that mini sneak peak above? I am going to do a full nursery reveal before the end of the month... so get excited. I am in love with her room. Sometimes I just go and sit in there, soaking it all in. I look forward to rocking my baby girl to sleep in her room and singing her lullabies. 

Wedding rings on or off? Off. But I've been enjoying my fake rings. They are nice and loose! 

Daddy-isms: Daddy was joking around saying that Kensie is never allowed to play outside so that we can "always protect her." This was spurred because we drove by a bunch of kids playing in our neighborhood and I said, "look... that'll be Kensie one day" but he quickly disagreed. Obviously, we will let her play outside (he was only joking), but I just love that he's so protective over her. 

Prayer: God, I am so thankful for the gift of Kensington. As she continues growing this week and during the future weeks, I ask that you have your hand over her. Please protect her in my womb. Please also cover me with your hand as we near Kensie's birth day. I pray for a continued happy and healthy pregnancy, and I pray that you will take any worries and fears away. I trust that you will take care of both Kensie Grace and I. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hi Weekend, Bye Weekend

I normally don't believe in weekend recaps (they seem redundant if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram), although I used to write them all the time. None the less, I feel like it's completely necessary to share my weekend with y'all! It was pretty supreme. 

Catching up on The Blacklist was first on my to-do list. I managed to finish Season One and I am super excited to get caught up on the current season. I have my speculations about Tom and Reddington... so we'll see what happens! 

Then, Saturday morning, I got ready for my first baby shower! It was hosted by my coworkers. As I was driving there, I started crying tears of joy. I was listening to "Shoulders" by For King And Country and I was reminded that God got me to this point; I owe Him everything... He gets the glory. Saturday was all about honoring my baby girl. It was so special. In case there was any doubt, I was on Cloud 9. The food was delish (it was a brunch theme), the gifts were perfect, and the activities were a blast.
I had intentions of watching the season premiere of Orphan Black on Saturday but I completely forgot to record it. Whoops! Instead, hubby and I ate a little Torchy's Taco and went grocery shopping. This is real life, y'all. We are super exciting - I know.

Sunday morning was spent oohing & aweing over the Lilly line at Target. I'm not sure why - but I was under the impression that Lilly would be a permanent part of Target. Silly me. But, it turns out that they don't plan to restock anything. What a bummer. Luckily, I did pick up a few beauties. My Target stores (I went to two different ones) weren't even busy. I was one lucky gal. I got to the first Target at 8:15am and the second one at 9:15am. I only had my eyes on the toddler & women clothing; I didn't really care to purchase anything else.
After the Lilly haul, we went to church. One part of the message stood out to me in particular. 

Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God. - Psalm 22: 9-10. Having our pastor read this verse was just another beautiful reminder that Kensington was created by God in His most perfect timing.

Sunday ended with the CMA's. I obvi love country music, so I was in heaven. My favorite part was seeing the more distinguished artists like Reba, Brooks & Dunn, and Alabama. Fun fact: Hubby and I's first dance at our wedding was "There's No Way" by Alabama. I have a special place in my heart for 80's an 90's country music. I also really liked Sam Hunt's performance!

So what was your weekend like? Did you get some goodies from the Lilly for Target line? Did you watch the CMA's?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Favorites

1. Maternity maxis. I just scored this bad boy on sale, plus 25% off. Yes please. It'll probably be the very last maternity outfit that I order since I'm getting so close to my due date. But I don't really feel all that guilty, mainly because it's my hope and desire to be pregnant again in the future! After all, our babies are frozen at our hospital, just waiting to be thawed, once we're ready for another.
2. All things for Kensie. My heart started singing whenever I saw this shirt for Kensington. I ordered it immediately. It was only $12.99 - granted, shipping was another $5. But I still think it was worth it! I have a secret that only my mom and Ross know - I sing Jesus Loves Me to Kensington every day! I'm also hoping it will also soothe her (remembering me singing it while she was in the womb) one of these days, whenever she is crying.
3. Sephora Flash Shipping. I finally broke down and purchased Flash Shipping. Basically. it means that I paid $10 to receive free 2-day shipping for an entire year. Granted, I have been weaning off my makeup purchases, I thought it was $10 well spent. I am a major sucker for free shipping. I ran out of my favorite pore refiner (here)... and without the Flash Shipping, it would've been $6 to get it sent to me. I figured that $4 extra bucks would be well worth the free shipping for one year. 
4. Lilly at Target. I am pretty gosh darn excited to see Lilly being sold at Target. As if Target can't get any better, amiright??!! Kensie and I are in for a real treat... but daddy's wallet not-so much. I swear, this blog post makes it seem like I shop all the time & as if we have a ton of money. That is not actually the case. But a girl is allowed to dream!!!
5. WINNER! Next week, you should expect a "A Few of my Favorite Things" giveaway JUST for my readers. More details to come. But I mainly just want to do this because I love my blog followers :)

Today I'm linking up for Five on Friday and Oh hey, Friday!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April Ipsy Bag

Today you're getting two blog posts for the price of one. Read my week 32 bumpdate here.

Is it possible for this bag to get any cuter??? I think not! It is by far my favorite bag thus far and I have subscribed to Ipsy for a long time - about 2 years! That is saying a lot. The bag just screams, "summer time!" Plus the products are bright and colorful, which is totally up my alley.
Here's the low down on what I got this month:

Full size value: $19.50 for 3.2 oz.
Ipsy value: $6.09 for 1 oz.

Full size value: $3.99
Ipsy value: $3.99

Full size value: $15.00
Ipsy value: $15.00

Full size value: $36.00 for 12 shadows
Ipsy value: $3.00 for 1 shadow

Full size value: $2.98
Ipsy value: $2.98

There are three reasons why I love this month's Ipsy! First, I am obsessed with the bag (like I mentioned above). Second, the blush is exactly my style. I don't have a color quite like it. The picture doesn't do it justice. The color I received (Tango) is much more coral-y! Third, I love when I receive name brand products (the Balm Cosmetics in this case). The total value of my Ipsy products adds up to $31.06 but I only paid $10!

Are you an Ipsy subscriber too? If so, what was your favorite product? I think mine is the blush!

Pregnancy: Week 32

Today you're getting two blog posts for the price of one. Read my April Ipsy review here.

Dress: Kohls
How far along: 32 super happy weeks!

Baby Size: About 17 inches according to my baby apps.
 
Gender: A mini ME! 

Movement: Homegirl is always moving. I have particularly loved the feelings lately. She is head down and pushes her booty up against my ribs. She also pushes her back against the ride side of my belly. The left side of my belly doesn't get as much action. I think that's also where my placenta is. I have a fundal anterior placenta. Anyways, I really enjoy imagining what it's like for Kensington inside my womb and it makes me smile. I LOVE CARRYING MY BABY. I love having her with me anywhere and everywhere I go.

Best moment this week: For some reason, I have just really been looking forward to 32 weeks of pregnancy. It just sounds good on the ears. It's so hard to believe how close we're getting to her due date, but I am sure excited. Each week gets more and more exciting. 

Looking forward to: The next three Saturdays are baby showers for ME. Anyone else who has had fertility struggles knows how exciting this is. I will get honored at THREE showers all because of my little miracle. To say I'm excited is an understatement. 
 
What I miss: Not much that I can think of right now. I am so grateful my pregnancy has been so awesome. I seriously LOVE LOVE LOVE being pregnant. I love it. Have I mentioned that I love it?!
 
Symptoms: Sure, I can't sleep. Sure, I am super uncomfortable. Sure, my feet swell every day. But it's all good. It's worth it.
 
Nursery: I promise that I'll be sharing pictures this month! I am mainly waiting on my showers because there are just a few odds and ends items that I need (ex: changing pad). I want the nursery to be 100% complete before I snap pictures for y'all! 

Wedding rings on or off? They've been off for a week now. I broke down and bought a fake $12 set from Kohls the other day. I just feel naked without any rings on.

Daddy-isms: Daddy put a picture of Kensington at his desk at work and texted me his view. It made my heart melt. I know my husband more than anyone else knows my hubby, and I can assure you - he has NO IDEA what's gonna hit him when he sees our baby girl. I know that he is going to fall head over heels for her. I think it's normal for dads not to fully "get it" during the pregnancy. But once Kensie Grace is here in person, I know she will consume his heart. 

Prayer: Thank you, God, for blessing me with Kensington. Each jab in the ribs gives me joy. Each hiccup feels like a miracle is happening over and over. Each and every day, I am grateful. And it's all because of you. You have blessed me all because you love me and wanted to fulfill my heart's desire. I am indebted to you and pray that I will shine your love every chance possible. I also pray for Kensington to know you once she enters this world. I pray that she will follow you all of her days.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Currently

ADDICTED TO: Smocked dresses. If I had it my way, my daughter would only be wearing smocked dresses once she makes her debut into this world. I just think they are darling. Here are a few that I am lurving lately. P.S. nobody loves July 4th as much as my daughter and I. I am absolutely gonna deck her out in all things "America" as often as possible. 
HERE  |  HERE  |  HERE
WATCHING: Blacklist. Have y'all seen this show? I am only halfway through the first season, but I am so intrigued. I am all sorts of curious about Tom and Reddington. Why does Reddington know so much about Tom? And is Tom "bad?" We will see!!! 
CRAVING: Cookie dough. Too bad preggos cannot eat raw cookie dough due to uncooked eggs. There is a solution though: Cookie Dough Cafe has egg-free cookie dough! In fact, it's meant to be eaten raw and will not cook like a cookie would. I NEED THIS NOW. It's a realllllll shame that they don't see this stuff near me. You can buy online, which is great, but it appears that you can only really buy in bulk. I would, but then again, I don't really feel like getting judged by my non-pregnant husband (ha). 
REMEMBERING: How lucky I am to be a wife. My hubby had a bachelor party to attend over the weekend. I cried super hard whenever he left because I hate being away from him. Here's the pathetic part: he stayed in the same town (Austin); he was just down the road. I was just sad that he would not be sleeping next to me. I am super grateful that my honeybee understands my obsession with him. I think it's totally acceptable to be obsessed with your husband. Speaking of my hubby, he is the cutest. He has pictures of his favorite ladies at his office computer. Just look at this view. I die.
PRAYING: For all of you pretties who left a request on my blog!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Aprils Past

Last April was a turning point for my hubby and I. I just remember feeling so 'incomplete'. We talked a lot about our next steps, and that's when we made the decision to see our fertility doctor (again). We first met with our fertility doctor between February and September 2013, but decided to break and "try natural." Yea - that didn't happen. Hence why April 2014 prompted us to see the doc again. (p.s. you can see our Trying to Conceive timeline HERE).
April 2014 - Easter Weekend

I basically explained to my husband that we had to get serious about becoming a mommy and daddy - I desired it so much. That's also around the same time that we joined our small group at church. We began to see our lives change completely after joining the small group. People were praying for us and it made us draw closer to God by being in his word more.

Who in their right mind would've known that a year later, I would be 31 weeks happily pregnant, waiting on our first child? God's timing is better than our own.

Life is not always easy (true story, my friends), but there is still hope! And technically, we should shout "Glory to God!" whenever we find ourselves in tough situations. The reason? Because God is working in us! He is in process of drawing me/you/us closer to Him during those times, which in turn produces hope! Of course, this is much easier said than done... amiright?! Anyways, I don't think it's a coincidence that my SOAP this week has everything to do with tribulations and hope. 

SCRIPTURE
Romans 5:3-4
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

OBSERVATION
Going through difficult times increases our hope in God.

APPLICATION
This verse helps me to understand why God puts us through difficult times; it’s to draw us closer to him. When I am in a difficult season of life, I try to reflect on what God may be teaching me and how it may draw me closer to Him.

PRAYER
God, thank you for always looking out for my best interest, even if it means putting me through a difficult situation. I know that each difficult road will draw me closer to you and strengthen my hope in your promise. 

Oh and HEY! Before you leave this blog post, it's been on my heart to ask for prayer requests again! I want to collect a list of prayers, print them out with your name, and post it up on my bathroom mirror so that I can pray for you every time I see it! If you don't want to share your request on my blog comments, just shoot me an email: MrsSouthernMama@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pregnancy: Week 31

How far along: 31 weeks

Baby Size: About the size of a head of romaine lettuce (according to my baby app) 
 
Gender: The cutest and sweetest baby girl you could ever imagine! 

Movement: Lots and lots of movement, which is my favorite. It seems like her movements have been a little more consistent. My favorite feelings thus far have been her hiccups. Baby girl woke up last night around 3am with hiccups that lasted for about 5 minutes. 

Best moment this week: Getting to see my princess in 3D was just amazing. My love for her has grown so much that it's hard to even explain. I understand that it'll only continue to grow (especially once she's here), but it should be known that I am IN LOVE with her right now.
Looking forward to: Of course I always enjoy listening to her heartbeat... so I am looking forward to my prenatal appointment on Thursday. 
 
What I miss: Sleeping on my tummy (still). But it's all good. I figure that this is just one tiny sacrifice that I'm making to reach the end goal - holding my baby.
 
Symptoms: N/A
 
Nursery: Will be sharing pictures later this month :)

Wedding rings on or off? As of this morning, all bands are off. My fingers are just too swollen or retaining entirely too much fluids. I tried about 3 times to get them on this morning, and I decided that if it's that difficult to put them on, imagine having to pull them off.

Daddy-isms: Daddy likes to ask mommy, "Is Kensie awake yet?" He asked this morning and I was telling him that she usually doesn't start wiggling too much, until mommy has eaten. I love that he asks about her. After all, half of her is his genes :)

Prayer: Dear God, thank you so much for blessing me with Kensie Grace. At 31 weeks, she continues to thrive in my womb and I am so grateful for that. I pray that she will continue developing in all ways so that when her birth day arrives, she will be perfectly healthy. I give you all the glory for this miracle. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you, God. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Eight Years

It's totally wild to think that 8 years ago today, my now husband and baby daddy asked me to be his girlfriend. My love for him has grown so much in the past eight years, and I just thank God for putting us together. For those who don't know, hubby and I met in college. I was just 20 years old - such a baby. But I knew (literally from the moment that I met him) that he would be mine. I just knew it.
November 4, 2007

Our paths to get to Sam Houston State was totally a God thing. I only went to the university because my high school best friend was going there. And Ross transferred in because SHSU offered a golf program that he wanted to pursue. 
November 18, 2007

When we had our first conversation on October 29, 2006,  I knew I wanted him to be mine forever, but we waited until April 6, 2007 to make it official. It was definitely the best decision that I ever made. And clearly it paid off. We are happily married and have been for the past 3.5 years. Also, we're expecting a miniature version of us to arrive (aka a baby girl) in just 2 short months, who was made purely out of love. (Don't mind the fact that doctors implanted Kensington into my uterus; she was definitely created based on prayer after prayer that my hubby and I said to God.)
Circa 2008

I can only imagine how much sweeter life will get in the future. My prayer is that over the span of the next eight years and beyond, our marriage will continue to thrive in God's name. I also pray for abundance over our fertility so that we can create a whole basketball team of mini Skinners. I pray that I can be the wife that my husband loves and deserves. I pray all of these things in my sweet Savior's name.
Circa 2008

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And just because today is a special day, I figured I would share Kensie Grace's 3D picture. My girl has chunky cheeks (the best!!!!), her mommy's lips, and her daddy's nose!!!