Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Pregnancy Week 14

Week 14 Pregnancy Questionnaire

Baby size: A lemon

My weight gain so far: Haven't weighed myself in over a week.  3 lbs as of last weigh in

Food Favs: Of course fruit in all shapes and sizes, carrot sticks, sweet bell peppers in slices, cheerios mixed with greek yogurt, Bragg's apple cider vinegar and honey drink, apple fritters, nuts, Jamba Juice's Aloha Pineapple smoothie

Foods hates:  The usual...garlic, chili, hard/strong cheeses, anything fried or fast food-y

3 Pros of Week 14:
1. This week has easily been my BEST week so far!  I walked the doodles 1+ miles most days, went to yoga twice, rock climbed, and felt so energetic
2. I have been able to eat some of the foods that made me want to hurl a few weeks ago--mild cheeses, eggs, soup (as long as it's mostly veggies and broth and super light).
3. My baby bump is much more visible depending on what I wear which is a lot of fun.  I don't mind people (so far) touching my stomach.  It's a great convo starter and people are just excited!

3 Cons of Week 12:
1. Back pain!  For the mid-back is SO achy and I can't bend over without a shooting pain
2.  No cravings yet, much to Ryan's dismay
3. My regular pants are almost unwearable.  Which isn't too sad, really.  I have just adjusted by wearing leggings and boots or winter dresses and tights.

Working out:
This is a new category that I wanted to add starting this week!  It's really important to me to be in excellent shape all of pregnancy and especially for labor.  This week I found a lot of success in being active.  I hiked a mile with the doodles, walked 2/3 of a mile with Ryan outside, we rock climbed about an hour on Monday, and I attended two yoga classes.  The more I workout the less nauseous I feel and the stronger I get.

Best moment of the week:
 Monday night I felt this little one moving around.  It's called "quickening" and can happen as early as 13 weeks for some women, on average around 16-20 week for most.  Anyway, it felt JUST like a little butterfly trapped in my uterus and was so much fun!
Ryan is doing a great job of keeping me a baby rested and fed.  He packs me snacks when we head out and is always on top of knowing what the little one is growing or able to do this week.  He is just excited as always this week!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ryan's Trip to Mexico

This guy got home late Sunday night from a Mexican adventure!

His trip started out really well.  The team including himself, Ed (CEO), Kayla (Director of Marketing/Communications), J.J. (Director of the Americas), and Pastor Sebastian (Mexico Country Director) all met up in country to get the trip started.

Their time was spent between meeting with new potential partners including a neat organic coffee farm, surveying and visiting existing sites, assisting with an educational heath fair, continuing on in more partnership meetings with pastors and community leaders, and probably million other things I don't know!

On his third night there, Ryan ate what we suspect was an undercooked hamburger and was hit with an incredible bought of food poisoning

 He was sick out both ends (TMI!), fevered, hallucinating, and beyond sick!  Those he traveled with cared for him well which made my wife heart very happy.  I wish I could have been with him, but he truly persevered and was incredible at not letting this ruin his trip.

Everything kept moving and busy but recovering from Mexican food poisoning amidst a work trip is NOT easy business.

The time in country was overall very productive and meaningful.  I think he is so brave for traveling with not only an autoimmune disease but an ostomy too--just proves how dang hardcore he is!

Here are a few pics from his trip...

Ryan on his trip!  And these were the wonderful temperatures he was enjoying all week

Tacos. Does this just give you a heart attack looking at it?

A blurry picture of J.J., Sebastian, and Ed all enjoying a lunch together

I'll be back with a Week 14 update and some other random things soon!  Hope you are keeping warm in this snow.

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 

Mark 16:15

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ryan's Home!

Ryan Decker is home in just a few hours from a week long work trip to Mexico!
And this wife is THRILLED!!
His best text to me at 5:45 a.m. Colorado time, "Babe, I love Mexican food"
SO CUTE!  I'll update about what he was doing there and any pictures he might have snagged later this week.  For now we are grateful he is back on the ground and doing well.
Silly boy in his bright raincoat.  He actually trekked out in the snowstorm last weekend to get us a Redbox DVD from up the street
Have a great end to your weekend!
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

Friday, February 27, 2015

Healthy Pregnancy Snack Ideas

Let's just put it out first 13 weeks were fairly miserable.  I had good days so I can't complain too much but the nausea just knocked me off my feet for days at a time! 
That made it impossible to eat, which made me feel worse, and the cycle was so vicious.
I have a few theories (#2 in that link) about why my nausea was so intense.  But despite those first hard months,  I am enthusiastically focusing on eating healthfully and holistically once every 1-2 hours to keep my blood sugar levels stable and get in enough calories and nutrients
Here are my favorite daily snacks...
Avocado, pretzels, and carrot sticks
The pretzel is extra yummy dipped in the avocado and the carrots add a crunch/slightly sweet element to the snack
Familia Swiss-Muesli with greek yogurt and berries
We actually found this muesli when we lived in Saudi Arabia and LOVED it then.  It's full of hearty whole grain oats, dried apples, shredded whole wheat and rye, raisins, ground hazelnuts and roasted almonds
If you've ever tried these you know they have about 5 simple ingredients.  So yummy and full of lots of delicious vitamins and nutrients
I'll make a trail mix of sorts with almonds, cashews, walnuts and even pretzels or pumpkin seeds if I have them on hand.  This is wonderful for getting in essential fatty acids.
Fruit/Veggie Smoothies
This is how I survived those first few weeks!  The pictured smoothie is greek yogurt, kefir, strawberries, banana, clementines, and orange juice.  Normally I throw in an enormous handful of spinach, chia seeds, and coconut oil too.
 Greek Yogurt
The sugar content might be a little higher than I like, but I love Chobani yogurts.  I couldn't stomach just eating a big cup of plain yogurt so I needed some extra fluff in there.  The strawberry/banana, raspberry, and peach are divine with fruit or nuts mixed in
I hope these help you or give you a few, but diverse, menu ideas to select from if you are having trouble.  Healthy eating is delicious and long as you feel up to actually eating ;)
I've got a healthy salmon salad and leftover smoothie in the fridge waiting for me for lunch!  Happy eating!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pregnancy Week 13

What does Grumples and Poppy's big hairy mugs have to do with me being 13 week preggo?
Um, nothing.
But I was sufficiently sick and miserable all weekend and we didn't even get a dang weekly picture.  That one time that I thought my energy was going back up...was a little pre-enthusiastic.  I had a few good days but was mostly sick last week (and earlier this week).
Oh well. 

Alas, I shall still complete the weekly questionnaire!
Week 13 Pregnancy Questionnaire

Baby size: A peach

My weight gain so far: 3 lbs, no increase this week

Food Favs: Cheerios, big berry smoothies, walnuts, pretzels, citrus, Lean Cuisine's Spinach Mushroom pizza (ha!) lemon drops, greek yogurt, salad, bell peppers, popsicles, chocolate chip cookies

Foods hates:  This week I particularly want to murder the person that discovered ground turkey--still just EW!!! I'm still not keen at all to chili, garlic, onion, greasy, most meats, refried beans, and cheese

3 Pros of Week 13:
1. Starting Tuesday I was a little less nauseous and even went on a hike with the doodles!
2. Ryan sent me to get a wonderful prenatal massage that made me feel like a million bucks
3. I started eating eggs again recently and that is really encouraging me that someday I won't despise all food

3 Cons of Week 12:
1. I can really feel my joints loosened up and seem to easily over-extend things
2.  My appetite, I fear, will never return.  I truly eat for the calories but not for the taste :(
3. Peeing 5-6 time in the night

Best moment of the week:
 I ate a hardboiled egg!  And I went out to lunch with my mom and Ryan and could order something off the menu!  It was super plain, but restaurants made me so queasy for awhile.  Win.
He is in the habit of texting to ask how our little on is doing during the day which just makes me so happy!  He got a little progress done on a map that will be hung in the nursery and has been researching his life away on safe carseats and strollers.

Monday, February 23, 2015

On Being Brave

When I sat down for coffee a week or so ago with a close, very sweet friend I knew I would be learning something new.  I always do with this lady!  

We started talking about my pregnancy, and of course while I knew this already, we wound our way into how they are also hoping and trying for a little one too.  And so far it's proven to not be their time just yet.

I told her how grateful I was for her sharing.  Because she didn't just say that they were trying...

...but that she WANTED this.  A lot.  A whole lot.

I was so moved by her bravery to own that.  It takes so much more courage to say I want this, I'm hoping for this, my heart's set on this, I'm invested in this...

Isn't that much more the risky, vulnerable stance than to try and nonchalantly pretend it has no real hold on our heart?

It goes for every area of life really.  Not just pregnancy.  I told this sweet friend how grateful I was for her transparency and willingness to let me into her heart.  Because perhaps if the thing we want doesn't come to fruition, having taken the risk of being brave means we get to have a shield around us of people cheering us on to more courage and to hold us up when the disappointment is crippling.

Be brave today.  In some small way.

I've been blessed with a solid example already

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!

Psalm 31:24

Saturday, February 21, 2015

1st Trimester Pregnancy Must-Haves

As I sat down to write this I realized how "first-world" this post really must really sound...shoot.

Well these aren't essentials (aka ya know, water and food), but they are a few little comforts that have made my first 13 weeks a tiny bit smoother.  And maybe will help you if you're preggers or know someone who is too.

 Because believe me when I say there were a few rough patches!

Ryan will attest.  Amen.

First up...

Decaf coffee.  Bless thine inventor.  For reals people, load this up with milk and honey and you can turn any bad day right around!

Lemon drops and spearmints.  There was many an hour where it was all I could do to just get one of these down.  Such wonderful, mild flavors.

Pregnancy Tea. This tea is so mild and comforting.  I like it best early in the morning with raw honey.

Soft maternity shirts.  My mom has been the most enthusiastic about making sure I am well stocked in maternity clothes even though my belly is just barely poking out.  Thanks mama!  I am LIVING in this shirt from Target's Liz Lange line.  

With leggings and boots it is perfection.

 Mother To Be tea.  A friend gave me this box of tea (along with amazing stack of pregnancy books) and I really enjoy it!  Mild, red raspberry and spearmint that's refreshing and super yummy anytime of day.

Mama Bee products.  Another dear friend got me these as a gift and I LOVE them!  Adore actually.  The belly butter is so thick and rich.  And the body oil smells like a lemon drop.  Both are amazing post-shower.

 So just a few little goodies here that I'll be indulging in all pregnancy long actually! 

Happy products = happy mama


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