Thursday, March 26, 2015

#babybutlernumerodos is 29 Weeks!!

Growth: “Baby's energy is surging, thanks to white fat depositing beneath his skin. And since he's growing so fast (weight will triple by birth), things are getting kind of cramped in the womb. What all this means for mommy: Get ready for some more kicks and jabs to the ribs.”

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My Symptoms: I got my glucose test results back on Monday, and honestly was BLOWN away. My sugar was 137, and my practice’s cut off for retesting is 139. With Jase, my number was 115. It really caught me off guard because last time they told me it’s usually only an issue if there is a weight-related problem or a family history of gestational diabetes. I was at a healthy weight prior to getting pregnant and have eaten pretty good (not as clean as normal, but still pretty good) while pregnant. Of course I’m not sure about family medical history since I was adopted, but my mom said she didn’t remember my biological mom having issues. I talked to a few OB friends and they said it’s all about how your body breaks down insulin. They said every once in a while they’ll get a normal weight/healthy mom who has higher sugar levels and it’s most likely hereditary, but I am going to work on cutting back sugar and carbs (a little) just to be on the safe side.

Monday afternoon we went to Costco, and I was running/playing with Jase and fell. To the ground. Landed on my bottom. It didn’t hurt, and I didn’t really think much about it because I am pretty clumsy and falling is not abnormal for me. After thinking about it a little more though, I started to get nervous. I texted my OB friends again (think they’re sick of me yet?? Hah!) and decided that as long as I didn’t land on my belly, if there was no leaking/bleeding, and I still felt plenty of normal movement, everything was probably fine. I didn’t notice as much movement for the rest of the night, so I decided I’d call the next day if I still wasn’t feeling my wild man like normal. I took Jase to story time at the library Tuesday morning and decided to go ahead and make an appointment. They put the monitor on me and praise the Lord, everything looked GREAT with Kade. I wasn’t sore at all and we are both totally fine, so it was more of a lesson than anything. (I’ll write about that in thoughts.) I posted on IG about it, but then felt really weird about posting that for some reason so decided to just delete it and post it here. Thank you for everyone who left a concerned comment. We are both fine, and I was really sharing more to give God the glory for what He is teaching me through this pregnancy.

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Wednesday morning I went to the chiropractor for an adjustment. I haven’t been in pain really, but there has been some discomfort in the bottom left side of my back. The discomfort went away immediately after the adjustment and he said everything went back into place nicely.

I also started having CRAZY Braxton Hicks on Wednesday pretty much all day. Lots of tightening in my belly. It was so uncomfortable at one point that I decided to come back early from our walk. I think it was from not drinking enough water? I recently read that it’s NOT a good idea to drink ice cold water (or anything) WITH a meal because it diverts your energy that would be used to digest your food towards warming up the drink (and also affects natural saliva, which helps with the breakdown of food). SO, I’ve been trying to avoid drinking while eating and drink between meals instead. It hasn’t been going too well and honestly I probably haven’t stayed as hydrated as I need to be. Back on the water grind tomorrow! I never really had many Braxton Hicks with Jase (that I remember??).

Oh, and I discovered a gross skin tag. I remember reading somewhere (last pregnancy) that your skin can do weird things during pregnancy and sometimes they will go away. I didn’t have anything too too weird last time that I remember, so we’ll see what happens.

Pretty sure I’m going to have stretch marks this time. I didn’t get them last time till the last week or so and they were fairly light (so you couldn’t really see them a couple months after I delivered), but I feel like I can see where they are going to pop up this time.

Weight/Baby Bump: Carrying much lower this time. My belly doesn’t feel too huge from the front, but it looks like a torpedo from the side! Hard to imagine I still have a 10-11 more weeks! I was up about 16 lbs from pre-preg weight at the appointment on Tuesday.

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Gender: BOY.

Maternity Clothes: Yep. I have about 3-4 pairs of pants I rotate out, and I just wear whatever top. Every once in a while I wear regular pants with a long tank top so I can leave them unfastened under my belly.

Movement: Kade is WILD!! I wrote in blog posts with Jase that he was a big time mover too, so I can’t tell if Kade moves more or if I’ve just forgotten how much Jase moved. But Kade is STRONG. You can SEE him moving from the outside all over the place. We could barely get the monitor on him because he was getting so crazy. (Of course he picked up all of his movement when I went in….but I was still thankful for the peace of mind and have never been so thankful to feel those strong jabs!) My mom got to feel him a good bit this weekend while we were at a women’s retreat. He is right behind my belly button and pushes there a lot. Sometimes I worry my belly button is going to bust!

Sleep: I have slept in our guest bedroom a few times because I sleep like a ROCK in there for some reason. Sleep has been fine though. The tart cherry juice definitely helps.

Cravings/Aversions: I really wanted shrimp one night.

Appointment: I went for monitoring on 3/24 just to make sure everything was okay. Kade’s heart rate was mostly in the 130’s and 140s and he was moving all over the place.  My blood pressure was 106/67.

Accomplishments: Finished taxes. Ordered nursery furniture. (Got this from Target) Ordered fabric samples for bedding.  Nailed down a date for a ‘sprinkle.’ Had carpets/couches professionally cleaned.

Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week: Definitely Beth’s baby shower!! Such a blast and LOVED seeing the college softball friends. (Such GREAT memories with these girls.) I am SO excited for Beth and Will. They are going to be great parents, and I can’t wait to meet Inman!

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I hadn’t seen anyone in a while, so it was funny that 5 of us are pregnant right now. 4/5 of us are having boys (Annie just doesn’t know yet, could be a boy), and between us we also have 5 boys already at home.

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Work Outs: Pretty much non-existent this week.  I know I should go to the gym during Jase’s nap, but usually I want a nap then too.  Trying to listen to my body, but definitely need to get back on it. I took body pump once this week & went on a short walk.

Goals for next week: Jase’s baby book. Yoga. Start some Bradley stuff.

Thoughts: I can have a tendency to struggle with fear anyway, but that has definitely been my biggest battle of this pregnancy and I know the Lord is trying to teach me to have FAITH that is bigger than my fears. I have had fear about a healthy baby, fear about labor/delivery and having another c-section, fear about traveling, fear of being around people with illnesses, fear that I hurt the baby when I fell, etc. That might sound silly, but those are all legitimate concerns for me and I have been battling those thoughts. My (very wise) mentor keeps reminding me that our thoughts come from one of three places- the enemy, ourselves, and from God. We have to train ourselves to take every thought captive and learn to recognize whether each thought is one of FAITH or one of FEAR. Fear- the type of fear I’m experiencing- is not from God. I KNOW what the Word says and need to trust that and cling to His promises. 

Comparison: Jase is 29 Weeks

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

#babybutlernumerodos….and we have a NAME!

I have liked this name from the beginning, but it has taken a while to grow on Jonathan. Early on in this pregnancy he thought the baby was a girl, and we’ve I’ve had a girl name picked out for about 3 –4 years. We had nothing for a boy though. This just kinda popped in my head one day and has stuck with me. I couldn’t ever get it out of my head and the more I hear it, the more I like it.

We like short, single syllable, strong sounding names. I really like J & K names for a boy. And it’s a little bit annoying to go by a middle name, but ya know, I’ve managed my whole life. (My first name is Amber.) Now Jase and #babybutlernumerodos get to take after their mama and experience it too. (It just sounds better in this order.)

Our  little guy is going to be…

Andrew Kade Butler!!!

And we’re going to call him Kade.

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(Ummmmm, it JUST hit me for the very first time ever that since Kate will be part of our girl name when/if we have a girl, that is going to sound similar. But she’s going to have a double name so maybe it won’t be that big of a deal. Oops.)

In the New Testament the apostle Andrew, the first disciple to join Jesus. I have read that it means “man, strong, warrior, manly.” I can’t even really think of anyone I know named Andrew, but for some reason I just REALLY like the way it sounds. Kade means “from the wetlands.” We live on the lake, so I mean, that counts, right?

So there it is!

Andrew KadeKade Butler…we are praying for you by name, my sweet boy. You are already so very loved!! We cannot WAIT to meet you.

#babybutlernumerodos is 28 Weeks!!

7 months pregnant and less than 12 weeks to go!

Growth:

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By this week, your baby weighs 2 1/4 pounds (about the size of a large eggplant) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of his head to his heels.

He can blink his eyes, which now sport lashes. With his eyesight developing, he may be able to see the light that filters in through my womb. He's also developing billions of neurons in his brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

My Symptoms: I have been pretty tired this week. I feel like my belly button might burst because he is right behind it and that’s where I feel the majority of the movement. Other than that though, I feel great & can’t complain! Still loving being pregnant and am thankful for another great pregnancy.

Weight/Baby Bump: At my appointment on Tuesday I was up +15 lbs from pre-preg weight. Looking at this bump though, you’d think I was due any day! Hard to believe we have about 12 more weeks of growing. My belly just gets BIG. I don’t mind it though. Sweet reminder of that precious life I get to grow! I did have a dream one night this week that I had an ultrasound and there were actually 5 babies in there…4 boys and 1 girl!! Whoa!!! Can you even imagine the size of the belly I would have if that were real?? #wokeupsweating

Hahah! After he took this one, Jon said “Babe, you may wanna cover that up.” I can’t believe that thing ever goes back to normal, but it does.

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Appointment: I had my appointment on Tuesday this week & it was full of being poked with needles. I really think the Lord is delivering me from my fear of them. I just don’t look and don’t even think about it and it’s not too terribly bad. I used to legit almost pass out at the thought and get major anxiety about it.

At this appointment I had the glucose test & should get results soon. I chose the orange drink again, and maybe it’s the fat kid in me, but I don’t think it tastes that bad. To me it tastes like an orange Fanta and the worst part is definitely skipping breakfast. Makes me feel kinda crummy all day when I don’t eat something within 30-45 minutes of waking up. I also had my finger pricked to check my iron which was great. They want it to be over 11 and mine was 12.9. Thank you great vitamins! I also got the Rhogam shot because have Rh negative blood type. (FYI- my arm was CRAZY sore the next day.) AND I got the DTap booster in the hip. (Told ya it was a lot of needles.) That joker HURT!!  My doctor said the APA is now recommending expecting moms to get the booster while pregnant rather than right after so the baby can start building immunity in utero. The antibodies don’t actually cross the placenta so it’s safe, and they continue to come through mom’s breastmilk when you nurse. He said if I was his daughter he would want me to have it, so that was all I needed to hear. He did recommend for dad to go ahead and get a booster too though, so Jon will be heading to the health department soon. As far as the rest of the appointment, my blood pressure was 106/68 and the baby’s heart beat was a strong and healthy 144. I was measuring right at 28 weeks and everything looked good. I will start going every 2 weeks from here on out. That means it’s getting realllllllll.

Gender: Sweet baby boy.

Maternity Clothes: Yes, and it is finally WARRRRRRM  outside! Hallelujah!! Seriously, this weather is perfect. I can’t even remember the last time I had a manicure or pedicure, but it’s sandal season in Georgia, folks, so it’s time. Ready for some comfy cotton dresses and skirts. (Maternity pants are way overrated to me anyway.)

And this isn’t clothes related, but I did chop my hair this week. I really love short little bobs so I thought I was ready for a change. Not that I will start actually doing my hair now either, but I’m kinda regretting  cutting it. Maybe I just need to get used to it? Thankfully it’ll still go into a ponytail & will grow quickly.

Here’s the before and after. It was some MAJOR inches off!

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Movement: I actually Googled to see if there is such a thing as “too much movement” and if it’s anything I should be alarmed about. This boy is WILD. And STRONG. I even asked the doctor about it. Of course it’s just a sign of a healthy baby, but he did say after 4 kiddos himself, he and his wife have determined that how they act in the womb is how they’ll act outside. Sooooo, after this baby is born…Spark?? Make it a double. Mama’s gotta keep up with the boys!

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping pretty well but taking daily naps. I personally take KILLER naps in our guest bed, so I’ve been sneaking upstairs during Jase’s nap. It makes me function better the whole rest of the day so I’d say it’s a win all the way around. Jonathan usually goes to the gym while we sleep.

Also, lots of people have asked about the tart cherry juice. Here’s the kind I drink. I find it in the organic section at the grocery store. 1/2 cup at night (through a straw) does the trick for me. A former co-worker’s wife is a pharmacist and recommended it. Since I can’t have Sleep Works when pregnant, this is my alternative.

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Cravings/Aversions: Ummmmmm, this. Every day. Sorry y’all, they’re already sold out. No aversions that I can think of…

 

Work Outs: Chasing Jase around. I have decided that TOTALLY counts for a work out. And if you don’t believe me, come on over and give it a whirl. He will give you a run for your money!! Alllllllll boy.

Goals for next week: Do some yoga/stretching. Start thinking about the nursery & registering. Announce the name. Get caught up on the blog. Finish taxes. (ummmm, this is the exact same list as my 24 week post because I haven’t done any of this yet…time to get on it!)

Thoughts: I think I am taking the whole “relax and soak up pregnancy” thing a little too seriously. We haven’t even started preparing at all yet and have nothing ready. NOTHING. I haven’t even been doing pregnancy stretches. Jon has started working on finishing the basement so we can move one of the guest bedroom sets down there and start working on the nursery, so I guess that counts, right? We have also debated about whether to convert Jase’s bed to a big boy bed and just buy a new crib or get a new bed for Jase and give the baby his crib. Honestly, I am in NO RUSH to put Jase in a big boy bed or convert his, so we are leaning towards getting a new crib. I don’t really understand why people are in such a hurry for their kids to grow up? He does awesome in his crib and sleeps like an angel, so as far as I see it, why mess with a good thing? Jase’s nursery furniture was super nice & pretty expensive. Real wood. And he pretty much gnawed off all of the finish when he was teething, so… we’re just going to go cheaper this time.

I’ve also had a little bit of anxiety about the actual labor and delivery. For some reason it just keeps popping in my head that I’m going to have a c-section again, so I’m not sure if that’s the enemy trying to plant fear or the Lord trying to prepare me. Honestly, as long as the baby gets here healthy, I’ll be super thankful. If there is one thing I learned from having Jase it’s that I am NOT in control. And for that, I am learning to be content and thankful! I definitely trust the Lord’s plans. Jonathan reminds me allllll the time that we want this baby to come however God wants to get him here and be 100% confident. There is definitely rest in that.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Highlands, NC Weekend Getaway

Our working situation is pretty unique and allows for a LOT of family time. That is definitely a blessing we don’t take for granted and allows us to make sure Jase gets lots of uninterrupted time with us. Meal times are especially sacred, and either one or the other of us is always with him during the day if the other is busy working the business. But, we also don’t take a whole lot of time to completely “unplug.”

This past weekend (Mar 5-8) we decided to take a last minute trip to the Highlands, NC and decided we would totally unplug for the weekend. We went with my parents. They have been pretty stressed out & my poor Daddy has been working way too hard. They have super full plates right now and really needed some time to relax & unwind, so we decided to make it happen. Mom & I debated about where to go because we all really like going to the mountains in TN, but we didn’t want to drive quite that far for this trip.  Highlands is an awesome place to visit, and if you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. I feel like it’s a little more of an adult friendly place, but Jase had a blast & it was an awesome, much needed getaway.

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We headed out Thursday evening & thankfully it’s only about an hour and half drive from our house. We all rode together and mom & dad brought their 4 little dogs with them too. Not going to lie- I had a little bit of anxiety riding on those super curvy mountain roads while it was dark, so I tried not to pay too much attention. About halfway there I completely lost service on my phone and didn’t get it back until we were halfway home- 3 days later! I really think that was God’s way of shutting me down because He knew I would be tempted to not 100% avoid my phone the way we planned. I was the only one of the four of us to have NO service the whole time.

Having the little dogs meant we had to stay at a pet friendly place, and sometimes those can be kinda junky. We ended up staying at The Park on Main and it was GORGEOUS. Our suite was pretty big and had a whole separate living room where Jase slept in his pack n play. He loved playing in the courtyard, walking the dogs, and visiting my parents in their suite next door. He also enjoyed running around our room and playing in the bathroom.

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The rooms were really fresh & classic, so the only thing we didn’t like about the hotel was their continental breakfast. It was little weak. Mostly pastries and carbs, so Jon & I had shakes I brought from home. Jase had raisin toast with yogurt and a banana or cereal. I don’t like giving him dairy when we are away from home because it’s not usually organic and I’m pretty picky about our dairy, but a few days won’t hurt, right? I also made homemade protein bars and chocolate protein bites for us and my parents as snacks, and mom brought some sliced fruit and raw veggies. We were pretty set with snacks.

When we arrived in town we checked in our hotel and headed to dinner at a local pizza place. (I brought Carb-Ease and FiboTrim for everyone else.) We headed back to the room and it was Jase’s bedtime, so after we put him down me and Jon watched some t.v. together before bed.

We spent the majority of the weekend walking around town & exploring. The shops are adorable, and our FAVORITE place was the little grocery store in town. They have a pizza place, coffee shop, grill, bakery, olive oil/vinegar bar, and lots of the organic stuff we buy at home. They even had homemade almond butter, local honey, homemade soap, etc.  We ate lunch at the grill one day and it was really good, but our favorite part was the homemade doughnuts. TOTALLY worth the splurge!

It ended up being prettttty cold. WAY colder than we were prepared for, so we let Jase wear pj pants under his jeans and bought him a Carhartt hat at Ace Hardware. I think it’s actually a women’s hat, so I’ll gladly wear that bad boy.

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Jase had a blast playing on the playground at a local park. Of course he had to let Granddaddy hold onto his rocks for him.

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We also fed the ducks (which got a littttttle scary- those guys can be ferocious).

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We did drive to a few nearby places to check out some waterfalls & small towns. Franklin had a kids arcade place called “The Factory” and we spent a while playing in there before dinner. We used our tickets to get some little cars and dinosaurs for Jase, and those ended up being life savers during the weekend.

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They entertained him when we ate at Wolfgang’s our last night, which was a higher end restaurant. Probably one of our favorite places we ate other than a small cafĂ© for brunch on the way home. No idea the name of it though. Just a hole-in-the-wall place with seriously yummy breakfast food.

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We were originally planning on staying Thursday-Saturday and coming home Saturday afternoon, but decided to stay another night since we got such a good rate and were having such a relaxing time. We headed home Sunday after we woke up and made it back just in time for Jase’s nap.

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Great weekend and lots of sweet memories with my parents! So thankful for a much needed “unplugged” getaway and time of rest! Can’t wait to head back to the Highlands during warmer weather.

Friday, March 13, 2015

3 Year Advo Anniversary

March 11th marked our 3 year ‘Advo anniversary.’ We had no idea what the Lord had in store for us when we said “yes” to a 24 Day Challenge & a discount membership three years ago. Of course in true God fashion it has been “exceedingly, abundantly above all we could ask or imagine.” It is so far beyond “selling vitamins” and I know sometimes it’s hard for people to see past that. But man, it is so much more. For us, Sherry Wright said it best at AdvoNation. AdvoCare is about strengthening the family unit, and it is a blessing to be a small part of that in someone else’s life.

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We are forever thankful for how this company has impacted our lives from so many angles. Health, time freedom, finances, giving, personal growth/leadership, friendships, debt freedom…

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I mean, who really gets THIS much better with age? My hubby is a stud. And all of this great nutrition and the Performance Elite products have definitely served him well. Pre-AdvoCare on the left.

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We recorded our story recently, and I really think this sums it up best. You can watch it here. (I think I said the word thankful about 9 million times…oops. Can you tell I’m THANKFUL?)

I know there are a lot of great companies, but there just aren’t many that compare to what we have our hands on. There aren’t many opportunities where you get to work WITH your spouse…towards a common goal…from home…impacting other families in a positive way through their health & finances…in a rock solid business opportunity built on values we believe in…that is as rewarding as this. Whether it’s helping a mom have the energy she needs to be the very best version of herself for her kiddos, or helping someone lose 100 lbs and get their life back, or helping a family have a plan B income (or plan A income like some families on our team) to take the pressure off…it brings us such JOY to be able to serve others. And in the mean time, we have invested into our personal growth and leadership tremendously over the last 3 years. We are NOT the same people we were in 2012, and honestly, we had no idea how much growth we really needed. We have a totally different filter/perspective/outlook now. Jonathan and I talk about it sometimes, and we are just in disbelief at how we see things so very differently & have such bigger life goals now.

Life isn’t perfect by any means, but we sure LOVE waking up each morning and being able to work hard for our purpose and for others. What a fun journey this past 3 years has been!! Thank you, Charlie Ragus and thank you AdvoCare for this opportunity.

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Looking forward to what the future has in store for our family and the incredible team of champions we get to work alongside.

#babybutlernumerodos is 27 Weeks!!

Well, I completely missed week 25 & 26. I’m officially 27 weeks & in the third trimester as of today! Here’s what we’ve been up to the last few weeks.

Growth:

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My Symptoms: I feel great! I know I am truly blessed to have great pregnancies and I am so thankful I enjoy being pregnant.  I am a little tired & I definitely get worn out quicker than normal, but that’s probably normal with a really active toddler anyway. it helps to take a short nap while Jase naps, and if I can squeeze it in that keeps me going till bed time. My belly button is so stretched out that sometimes it’s a little uncomfortable. Round ligament pain went away though- praise the Lord! Going to try to make it to the chiropractor for an adjustment soon.

Weight/Baby Bump: I’m up about 13-14 lbs at this point. My belly is serious business though!! I feel like it tripled in size of the past few weeks! I definitely look MUCH bigger from the side than I do from the front too. 

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{Ignore the awesome background. Jon is finishing the basement.}

Gender: Sweet little fella! Love being a boy mom & can’t wait to see these brothers grow up together. We do have name, so I’ll share that soon. It’s what I originally picked out and I guess it has grown on Jon. YAY!

Maternity Clothes: You know it! Nothing else is comfortable.

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Movement: Whoa!! I grow some seriously STRONG little fellas. Movement is outrageous, especially right in the center of my tummy around my belly button. He gets especially wild at night right before bed. Sounds familiar. (Jase is the same way.)

Sleep: Staying up too late. (Oops.) Switching sides a lot which means waking up every time to roll over. The organic tart cherry juice helps when I remember it. And it is SO refreshing! I slept like poo when we went out of town so I was glad to get home to our bed.

Cravings/Aversions: Sweets. Give me all the sweets!! Ha! Seriously though, after a weekend away, I am glad to be home and back on track.  I juice every day or every other day, and just made my first smoothie of this pregnancy. (I haven’t felt the need for them as much since I’ve been juicing.) French onion soup has probably been my favorite food this pregnancy, & I could eat Italian pretty much every day I think. I randomly craved Thai food one day so I made this. Other than that, I am not digging meat, but I’ve never really been a big meat eater anyway. I still get plenty of protein.

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Work Outs: I’ve been slacking a little on the workouts, but I’ve been chasing Jase around and playing with him a ton so that definitely makes up for it. If you know my Jase you know he is wide open & keeps me busy! Love all his energy. SO PUMPED about some warmer weather too & going on walks.

Seriously HAVE to get some yoga & stretching in my life. Stat.

I also read you’re not supposed to do front planks (oops- stopping those ASAP) and not supposed to hold your belly in. I have to be intentional about that because it’s just a habit and sometimes I don’t even realize I’m doing it. I’m not trying to suck in or anything, but I know it helps have a strong core, so I have trained myself to hold my abs in most of the time. Trying to untrain myself now.

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Goals for next week: Do some yoga/stretching. Start thinking about the nursery & registering. Announce the name. Get caught up on the blog. Finish taxes. (ummmm, this is the exact same list as my 24 week post because I haven’t done any of this yet…time to get on it!)

Thoughts: Only 12 weeks away!! I feel like this pregnancy has FLOWN by! I’ve had anxiety a few times about the labor/delivery and it’s always a great reminder to pray, pray, pray. I totally trust whatever the Lord has in store and cannot wait to see how He will be glorified through the birth story however it turns out. If there is one thing I learned with having Jase, it is that our God is sovereign. No amount of preparation, willpower, or prayer can make things go “according to your plan” when God has something different in mind. We are praying to be able to successfully VBAC (mostly because we both want a big family & aren’t sure yet how well my body heals internally from a c-section), but are open to whatever is going to get him here with both healthy mama & baby. Not excited that I’ll probably have to have an epidural and that I won’t be able to labor at home as long this go round.  I was 7 cm dilated before I even went to the doctor to get checked with Jase & they obviously sent me right to the hospital. I have a pretty high pain tolerance an had no idea I was so far along, so I am really hoping I am able to tell this time.

I have the glucose screening at my next appointment and we will start going every 2 weeks after this next appointment. Praying not to be GBS + this time either so I can avoid antibiotics. I am thankful for modern medicine, but would still prefer to avoid it and be as natural as possible.

No matter what, we cannot WAIT to meet our precious new blessing!! Newborn smell miiiiiiight just be my favorite smell in the entire world. I have never smelled anything sweeter than Jase as a baby, and I know I will feel the same way this time. Cannot wait!

Jase was a super easy angel baby, so I am looking forward to meeting #babybutlernumerodos and figuring him out. I know every child is different and I cannot wait to see his unique little personality!! I do e could be a totally handful, but we.are.ready. I do remember feeling a little zombie mode the first few weeks Jase was born & like I was nursing 24/7, so it’ll be interesting to see how that works with a really active 2 year old. Makes me even more thankful for a business that allows us both to work from home. I know Jon will be a huge, huge help (as he already is) and we have really supportive family & friends too.

We are getting ready to head to TX. Super excited to see lots of sweet friends!! I’ll be flying at about 33 weeks, but it’s a short, easy flight and my doctor gave us the okay. We recently had to decline a trip we earned from AdvoCare because I’ll be too far along to drive 8 hours from home.  A little bummed because the trips are AWESOME, but who can complain when you’ll be getting to snuggle a sweet newborn soon?? We earned Hawaii in 2013 and had to decline that because it was right around when Jase was born, so I just wanted to keep it fair game. Winking smile Now both of these boys owe mama & daddy a trip when they grow up!

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Comparison: Well I guess I should include weeks 25, 26, & 27 since I’m so far behind!

25 Weeks Pregnant with Jase

26 Weeks Pregnant with Jase

27 Weeks Pregnant with Jase

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