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12-30 3.5 years and counting

tonight, i will be saying farewell to 2009 and hello to 2010.

this past year, i:

  • graduated with my masters in pastoral counseling
  • entered the third decade of my life
  • celebrated my third year of marriage
  • and enjoyed two trimesters of pregnancy with the first addition to our family

suffice to say, 2009 was a big year, but 2010 is going to be even bigger!

before i turn 31 (hopefully), we’ll have a baby. little anastasia or little elisha will be changing our lives forever, even more than they already have these past six months in the womb. we’ll be more than just two smiths and a dog, we’ll be two smiths with a family. hubby will graduate with his masters in november. those two things are definite, but the rest of the Lord’s plans for us are still yet to be discerned.

i’m both anxious and excited to see what this new year will bring to us—nothing will ever be the same, but i know that i welcome the change.

the one thing this year has not been for me is a spiritual one. i’ve definitely wandered from the kind of relationship with God that i once had, and not a day goes by that i don’t miss it. really, i do. i’m left at the end of this year feeling the consequences of my own convenient decisions and realizing that if things are to change, i still have to take the first steps.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. (Psalm 51: 10-13)

farewell, 2009. it’s been a crazy year.

hello, 2010. let’s start this one out right.

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12-31 last lunch of 2009

a freezer burrito, inspired by a blog post from shutterbean.

leftovers from last night, generously sprinkled with lettuce and cilantro with salsa and sour cream. those christmas-colored corn chips are from the office christmas party that was snowed out.

i am putting my apple corer that i got as a present this year to good use, too.

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i think our diaper stash is pretty much done. i will admit that i’m just as excited about  giving prefolds/covers a try as i am about the fitteds and pocket diapers. in my mind, prefolds and covers will be great for daytime while at home, with fitteds a choice for night time under wool or just for cuteness during the day. pockets should be great for outings, visiting family members, church, and possibly also night time. if they work out really well, i know i can stuff them with prefolds so those won’t go to waste.

i have a bunch of doublers/inserts, 2 more small pockets, 1 more small fitted, and 2 more custom newborn all-in-one diapers coming in the mail. then, i’ll just find a couple more small covers (preferably wool), and call it quits until March (hopefully … though, i think i’ll come to love pockets and have to get more one-sized ones for later). i think the variety i’ve got now will be nice, and i know that whatever doesn’t end up working for us can be sold back.

now, to finish sewing those cloth wipes and that crib bedding.

p.s. the monkey and the octopus were Christmas presents. so cute!

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28 weeks! 28 weeks!

here we go, officially official in the third trimester. whoot.

just in case you’re wondering, this is what happens when i’m left to my own devices to take my own belly photos. hubby was busy giving his Christmas present to me a test-run (EA Active for the Wii/Wii Fit), so i didn’t want to interrupt his 30-day challenge for a photo.

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12-29 still life with work

12-29 still life with work

this week is busy, so it should go by fast. i’m glad. i feel like as soon as i hit the third trimester, i got tired again. while i’m not falling asleep on the drive home or crashing on the couch once i get there, i’m not exactly moving as fast as i was in the second trimester—in fact, sometimes i’m limping and plodding along with hip and back pain. i don’t have the endurance i did, and it sort of snuck up on me all of the sudden.

i really noticed over Christmas vacation … i got worn out so fast when we went places and wandered stores. normally, i enjoy that kind of stuff for a little while, but i was hard-pressed to put on a happy face and keep the spirit this time.

it’s hard; like hitting a wall i wasn’t expecting. surprise!

this will be the most difficult trimester, i think. full of excitement at what’s coming and yet … worn out by all the changes my body is going through.

for now, the joy of anticipation is still winning.

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12-28 back to work

12-28 back to work

well, it’s monday and i’m back to work. i should have a belly photo today, but hubby didn’t want to crawl out of bed this morning. maybe i’ll be able to sneak one in tonight. i’ve got a lot on my plate this week, but it’s a short week and i can’t complain.

Christmas was great, despite all the traveling. we managed to fit in most of our family, but i’m sorry i missed being able to see my grandparents. there just wasn’t enough time once the weather was supposed to turn into icy rain (it didn’t, but after being stuck in our house in snow for two days, we didn’t want to risk it). still, it was really nice to see everyone that we could. i’m glad i took the week off instead of just a day or two; it was worth it.

i’m growing like a weed. i feel like my belly is huge now. it hurts to sit for too long (discovered on the car rides), and i have to pee all the time. the baby is still leaning to the left. the uneven lump of my belly is very obviously slanted to the left side, but the mystery is whether or not that’s the butt or the head. my belly button is slowly disappearing, though it’s still an inny. i’ll be sad when it goes. i don’t want it to turn inside out. at all.

other than that, the third trimester has already begun to sink into my system. i’m back to struggling with constipation (it could be that i have some of last week’s traveling and eating to blame on that), and it’s even more uncomfortable now that i have a 2.5 pound baby than it was in the first trimester when i just had a peanut. i’ve got to find ways to drink more water and eat more fiber, but i feel like if i drink any more water, i’ll never get any work done because i’ll spend all day in the bathroom. i can already pee at the drop of a hat … what’s next?

i can’t eat as much as i used to. i get full so easily now that my organs are getting squished. i’m definitely starting to fall into the small, frequent meals habit. i eat a bit, save the rest, and eat again a few hours later. if i don’t, it’s way too uncomfortable to be over-full.

the baby’s moving more, and it’s definitely starting to be uncomfortable on occasion. the leaning to the left bit can be tiring by the end of the day—along with an aching back, my side hurts from supporting a lopsided babe.

still, i am so excited. three more months to go … really? i can’t believe it sometimes. the new year (and march) are literally right around the corner! such exciting changes are in store for hubby and i … changes i can’t even really begin to fathom.

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Christmas cake for Jesus

Christmas cake for Jesus

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