5 Verses for Pregnancy

5 Verses for Pregnancy

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christs power may rest on me. That is why, for Christs sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. –Psalm 139:13-14

“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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31

Bump Date :: 34 weeks

Week 34 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: A stalk of celery

total weight gain :: 20 pounds.

gender :: Girl!

maternity clothes :: I feel like we’re at that weird state of nothing fits right, it’s still cold, and I have all of this summer maternity wear. Aka — I need warmer weather to get here soon.

nursery :: Dresser is built. End table is built. Crib is furnished. Now onto painting the furniture so I can start organizing and decorating.

movement :: She’s still bouncing around a ton!

sleep :: It’s a bit better this week but I honestly think I am just getting exhausted. Our bed is quite firmer than one would like for being pregnant so I’m switching things up in between the bed and the couch most nights.

missing :: Deli sandwiches again. And hot dogs.

craving :: Fruit. Finally, a healthy craving…

symptoms :: Heartburn! Geez Louise, Heartburn.

duston is :: Just working tons. We have a final “have-to-get-done-pre-baby” list and chipping away at it every night. He also start his graduate classes this week so he’s had a pretty heavy load.

25 Verses for when You are Stressed

25 Verses for when You are Stressed

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.” – John 14:1

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. – Psalm 55:22

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:25-34

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. – 2 Corinthians 4:7-9

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 5:1

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love – 1 John 4:18

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is— his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” – Psalm 9: 9-10

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” – Psalm 100

“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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1:2-4

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. – Proverbs 16:3

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? – Psalm 56:3-4

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. – Psalm 16:8

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:6-7

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water and sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17: 7-8

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

Bump Date :: 33 weeks

Week 33 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Pineapple.

total weight gain :: 18 pounds.

gender :: Baby girl.

maternity clothes :: I have honestly spent most of my week in sweats and maternity leggings. I didn’t necessarily mean to be a bum; however, we have done so much work on the house, gym shorts and leggings have been easier in my life.

nursery :: Eh… we’re working on it. 🙂

movement :: I thought she was running out of room, but dang, she’s all over the place.

sleep :: Sleep is still hit and miss. Some days are better than others; however, overall, I cannot complain.

missing :: Nothing really.

craving :: Pasta and pizza. Again. This girl must love his carbs.

symptoms :: Heartburn. SI joint pain. Headaches.

duston is :: Still working on the house.

looking forward to :: Getting some things knocked off our list this weekend. I feel like a broken record; however, we have had a whirlwind of a week with some extra doctor appointments and just a good rhythm would be good for us.

Bump Date :: 32 weeks

Week 32 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: A bundle of asparagus!

total weight gain :: 17 pounds.

gender :: Baby girl.

maternity clothes :: It really needs to warm up a bit. I know it is still technically January but these layers are killing me.

nursery :: We have an assembled crib but not much more than that. A few items purchased, but nothing is organized. We are still picking away at the basement to be able to then focus on the nursery.

movement :: More pushes and jabs instead of kicks and sudden moments.

sleep :: Sleep is hit and miss. I know it’s expected and really I am getting plenty. The hours in between 4a and 6a are sleepless, where as all I want to is sleep from 6a and 7:30a. It’s a good darn thing that my office is in my house and I can roll out of bed and start work within moments. I’m not sure my sleeping schedule and a daily commute would compute. I’m also super thankful for a toddler that likes 7am snuggles.

missing :: Not a hold lot really this week.

craving :: Chocolate milk!

symptoms :: My heartburn is back. My tailbone is aching. And Dusty is saying that I’m acting more 38 weeks pregnant than 32. Oops.

duston is :: Painting. Now that our sheetrock work is down, he has approximately 1200 sq feet to still paint and we only have a good two nights a week to do it in. Thankfully, we have almost a full two months until we need all of these done.

looking forward to :: Making some noticeable strides downstairs. We have a lot riding on the completion of the basement and I am trying not to get wrapped up in the decorating, but just the completion of it.

best moments :: Ollie and I spent Saturday morning at a friend’s house while Dusty painted and it was so much fun. A handful of my girlfriends gathered for donuts and Ollie had a blast. It was so fulfilling to my soul.

10 Verses When Life is Hard

10 Verses When Life is Hard

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. – 2 Corinthians 4:16,17

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. – Psalm 27:14

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” – Isaiah 43:2

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

“Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” – Romans 12:12

“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” – Psalm 61:2

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” – Psalm 18:2

Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. – Isaiah 40:29

Bump Date :: 31 weeks

Week 31 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Romaine Lettuce. Obviously one larger than my entire torso…

total weight gain :: 16 pounds.

gender :: Cheerleader!

maternity clothes :: Layers upon layers upon layers.

movement :: More jabs than flutters and kicks for sure.

sleep :: We’re back in the bed. After a great weekend of sleep in a hotel bed on our mini-vacation, I have attempted the hard mattress once again.

missing :: Deli sandwiches…

craving :: Nothing healthy. Ha! This week has been full of me struggling not to just eat McDonalds, soda, and ice cream.

symptoms :: I have been slower this week with an ache here and there. Nothing major, just slower and more pregnant feeling.

duston is :: Painting! With our walls done in the basement, he is spending every last minute of free time working at getting our basement back to semi-working order so that we can start focusing on the nursery soon.

looking forward to :: A couple of slow weekends. Yes there will be painting and nursery prepping to do; however, it is not necessarily as frigid cold outside as it has been and we have less and less on the books going into February. I cannot be more excited to slow down and rest before she gets here.

best moments :: Our babymoon — provided by my company!! No, my company doesn’t necessarily supply trips for mamas-to-be; however, they do offer up a yearly holiday party that fell inline with when we would have taken a babymoon for ourselves. We spent the weekend in San Francisco and it was wonderful.

Expecting and Empowered | Working Out through my Second Pregnancy

Thank you, Expecting and Empowered, for sponsoring this post, Expecting and Empowered | Working Out through my Second Pregnancy. I was selected for this opportunity by Expecting and Empowered; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Expecting and Empowered | Working Out through my Second Pregnancy

As many of you know, my focus on self-care this year has been front and center. As a full-time working mama, I know that self-care is so hard to put first but I honestly believe that by taking care of yourself each and every day, you will be a happier and healthier person for those around you. It is just easier said than done for this gal…

During my first pregnancy, it was a constant struggle to stay active. Over the past decade, I have found myself to be a pretty active person (which is amazing for the girl that had never stepped into a gym before she graduated college). But as my pregnancy progressed with Ollie, I found myself in a steady state of aches and pains. I would talk to my OB/GYN and fellow mama friends around me and they continued to assure me that these pains were normal and that they would disappear after birth. So I spent my pregnancy months limping and waddling throughout my house. I would beat myself up for not being able to do simple things like climbing our stairs in our home easily or talking a casual stroll around the neighbor. The bigger I grew and the more weeks that past, I kept feeling like this pregnancy “pain” was not normal.

I continued to progress and was unable to do less and less as my due date became closer. I watched fitness pregnancy gals on Instagram continue their workouts with modifications and was confused how one of my girlfriends completed walking a 5k during her third trimester. All of these girls seemed to be slightly uncomfortable but not necessarily in the pain that I was experiencing. And so after giving birth to Oliver, the pain did not disappear as promised. I was in shock and even more confused, and started looking for answers and help. After 9 months of chiropractic care and physical therapy, I started to return back to normal at the gym. It was a long road to recovery for me.

Expecting and Empowered | Working Out through my Second Pregnancy

Expecting and Empowered | Working Out through my Second Pregnancy

So when I found out that I was pregnant with #2, I k

new that this could not happen again. The pain was not just pregnancy pain like I had been told and I was not just going to accept it. I wanted to control my energy levels, be more consistent with my fitness and nutrition goals, and work specifically on the muscles that needed that extra TLC for a healthy and happy pregnancy. Additionally, I knew that could not be a great mother to an active little boy in as much pain as I was when I was pregnant with him. I wanted to take the time to focus on my self-care and nourish my body for the weeks of pregnancy, labor, and my postpartum recovery.

This is when I discovered Expecting and Empowered. When I first connected with Amy and Krystle, I was over the moon about starting their program. These gals know their pelvic floor muscles inside and out! Designed while each of them where pregnant with their most recent babes, they tested and tried out their week-by-week program to help other mommas-to-be. With physical therapy and exercise science degrees, these sister-built pregnancy guide has literally rocked my world.

Expecting and Empowered | Working Out through my Second Pregnancy

What is Expecting and Empowered actually?

Expecting and Empowered is a comprehensive pregnancy fitness guide that changes as you change throughout pregnancy. Developed, designed, and tested by sisters Amy and Krystle, this guide was made for the pregnant gal that not only wants to stay active throughout her pregnancy, but also prepare herself for labor and postpartum in a healthy and safe way. Their week-by-week guide modifies as you grow so you know that each stretch, lift, and lunge is properly done so you do not hurt yourself or your baby.

Why do I love Expecting and Empowered so much?

Workout Anywhere

Remember when I said a few weeks ago that I have been struggling with major “gymtimidation” lately? Pregnancy does not help with this at all. I am in a constant struggle of feeling like the girl that is attempting to “walk off” my “beer gut” (aka first trimester belly) to the girl that is really pregnant and gets the basic “she’s-at-the-gym-do-you-see-how-pregnant-she-is” side eye. Regardless, neither is comfortable for me. On top of that, we have travelled a lot this pregnancy. With work, vacations, and the holidays all happening during my weeks of growing, having a steady gym schedule has just been hard.

With Expecting and Empowered, you can literally workout anywhere. The guide itself is available to download on any tablet, phone, or computer. I can wipe out my iPad in the hotel room on a work trip, or set up my laptop in the middle of my living room. I have not had to adventure out into the cold this winter and it is always with me where I am.

Expecting and Empowered | Working Out through my Second Pregnancy

Expecting and Empowered | Working Out through my Second Pregnancy

Expecting and Empowered | Working Out through my Second Pregnancy

Very Little Equipment Needed

The guide itself calls for just resistance bands, a lighter and heavier set of dumbbells, circle bands and a yoga mat. That’s it! I had a few of these items on hand already and Amy and Krystle makes it easy to get the rest in a few days with Amazon. Nothing is expensive, nothing is heavy or bulky, and everything is fairly easy to take on the road with you (except maybe the dumbbells).

It is one of the things that I completely am love with when it comes to this program. Expecting and Empowered does not expect you have to everything from a typical gym in your workout room at home. Just a few simple things to make sure you keep your strength and endurance up during your weeks of prepping for baby.

Nourishing Your Body

From a gal that chose “nourish” as her 2018 word of the year, this was really important to me. Too often I find myself choosing everything over myself, but in reality, working out during pregnancy is helping more than just me. It is keeping me sane to be a better mom and wife. It is allowing me to have an outlet for stress, stay active with Ollie as I grow, and strengthening the key areas I need for a quicker recovery (helping out Dusty in the long run). You cannot pour into others from an empty cup and you need to nourish yourself and not feel selfish about it.

The other part of nourishing your body is doing it right. With Expecting and Empowered, Amy and Krystle help you strength key areas to keep you out of pain throughout your pregnancy, avoiding things like pubic pain and carpal tunnel, and sleeping comfortably each night. The workouts also help you prepare for the endurance of labor and delivery, as well as strengthening things like your pelvic floor muscles for your road to recovery is much easier and quicker. What I love about this guide is knowing that I am doing all of these things safely as well. Because of Amy’s and Krystle’s education, work history, and background, they walk you through each week of pregnancy with safe exercises that I feel 100% safe to recommend to a friend and do myself!

Expecting and Empowered | Working Out through my Second Pregnancy

A Strong Network of Gals

Outside of pregnancy, I have always been a huge Tone It Up fan primarily because of the community it provides. However, during pregnancy and postpartum, keeping up with Tone It Up and their team is just not doable. Their workouts are not necessarily clear on how to adapt them as you grow and the community is not trying to balance a newborn!

Expecting and Empowered is vastly different. When you purchase their pregnancy workout guide, you also join hundreds of women that come to together to encourage you through your pregnancy! It is a great way to seek help if you are confused or lost on a specific workout move or stretching position. It is an ideal place to check in with somebody for encouragement or a word of advice. I adore how active Amy and Krystle with their community and they are always spreading love to the girls in the group as they join and ask questions.

How do I get Expecting and Empowered for myself?

Expecting and Empowered is easy to get. Simply shop the Expecting and Empowered guide here, and purchase the guide for yourself. I know you won’t regret it!

Expecting and Empowered | Working Out through my Second Pregnancy

Expecting and Empowered | Working Out through my Second Pregnancy

Top 3 Things to Get a Second Time Mom

Thank you, 9 to Nest, for sponsoring this post, Top 3 Things to Get a Second Time Mom. I was selected for this opportunity by 9 to Nest; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

9 to Nest

One of the things that I love about being pregnant is all the new items out there special for moms! However, as I head to the end of my second pregnancy, there is definitely less that I need this time around. With two littles being so close together, we are adding a second nursery to our home, but repurposing many things from Ollie’s room that we no longer need as he is growing up. My maternity wear has changed a bit due to the seasons being different this time around, but there are still many things that are being recycled from pregnancy #1.

I had some friends asked about throwing me a sprinkle the other day and I cannot be more excited, but as I try to gather somethings for a registry, I am struggling. Even with a different gender and a baby born in a different season, there is a whole lot that we just need. At the end of the day, each pregnancy and family is different, but I compiled a list that will not steer you wrong. Here are my top three things that you can buy for a second time mom.

1. Diapers and Wipes

This sounds simple, right? But this is honestly one of the most over looked gift in my opinion. People want to buy blankets, clothes, cute and cuddly stuffed animals; however, what new parents really need at diapers and wipes and lots of them. We were so thankful to have a great supply when Ollie came, and now we will have two in diapers at the same time. Yikes.

There are a lot of great diaper brands out there, but many newborns have tons of skin sensitivity issues. I love some of the organic brands; however, at the end of the day, my go-to for newborns is Pampers Swaddlers. They are great and gentle on babies and by a well-loved and well-known brand name. They are easy to find at the nearest grocery store or Target and they will pretty much always be well accepted by even your more natural moms out there.

Things we really don’t need:

  • Diaper Rash Cream (We still have a lot of it from Ollie’s birth)
  • Wipe Warmer
  • Diaper Pail (This is questionable per family; we never had one with Ollie either.)

2. Nursing Supplies

As I was going through what I used the most, nursing supplies hit the top of my list. Things like disposable nursing pads for the beginning days of nursing, nipple cream, and breast milk bags are super important because you cannot necessarily reuse or recycle these things from child to child. They just get used up like diapers and wipes would. Other great ideas could include healthy frozen dinners with ingredients that support milk production (and help mommy out after birth), lactation cookies or tea, or a fresh Boppy cover that matches the new baby’s room.

3. Monthly Gift Subscription boxes (like 9 to Nest)

I love these monthly subscription boxes for new moms because even though your second time mom may have many of the things that she needs, getting a present in the mail every month showering her with love as she prepares for another addition to the family is such a great time. I don’t know about you, but I love getting mail throughout my week. Packages that show up from Amazon are usually just household products for our pantry and I still get excited when the UPS guy rings the door bell.

Monthly subscription boxes is such a hassle-free way of sharing in the excitement of a new arrival with expectant parents regardless if it the first baby or the fourth! When I received my 9 to Nest box this past month, I was so excited to open up the package. Each box is filled with products that are BPA free, PVC free, and phthalate free for our little Lillie’s health safety. Our box included a bath time theme with all things so perfect for adding a new girl into our home.

Each baby gift box arrives in a beautifully packed gift box with an entertaining poem that counts down each month until that much anticipated delivery date. The number of gifts in the box corresponds to that of the particular month, and you can send a new mother-to-be multiple gift boxes throughout their pregnancy. For example, if the mother-to-be is 4 months away from delivery, the box will contain 4 items; 3 months away from delivery, the box will contain 3 items. Needless to say, the more months the gifts are sent, the more fun and excitement it will bring to that expectant momma when she receives her numbered box. Also, all fabric items in each box are machine washable making care of the products super easy which is so important for any mom.

I really excited for my gifts inside of my 9 to Nest box this month. They are honestly gifts that I would have probably not added to my registry for my upcoming sprinkle. Lillie would have been the product of a “Second Child” and had blue wash clothes, a monkey hooded towel and a bath time duck that has taken up the job as a police officer. Thankfully, we now have some “girlie” things for her bath time fun and I cannot be more over the moon about it.

9 to Nest is such a great small company to support and you know that I love small shops across the globe. It is a great way to have a gift be more personable and regardless of the individual gifts inside, new moms everywhere would be so happy to receive a present at their door step when they are least expecting it. It is the smile that the porch present gives during a toddler meltdown or when a dinner that has gone array or just a long day of pregnancy.

9 to Nest

9 to Nest

9 to Nest

9 to Nest

Here is a little bit more about Jan, owner of 9 to Nest:

How did you get your shop started?
My family was a huge contributor to the start of 9 to Nest. I was never intending for this to become a business when it began. My daughter-in-law, Lindsey, was just pregnant with her first baby. When she and my son announced the exciting news, I knew it was going to seem like an eternity until I laid eyes on my first grandchild. To help pass the time for the little mother-to-be and myself, I decided that I would mail her monthly gifts until the baby’s arrival. The baby gifts were sent with a poem that helped countdown the months until delivery. Baby number two soon followed and she asked if I would again mail the gifts.

With encouragement and help from my family I began to investigate the possibility of an on-line subscription business. The best tool that I found was Cratejoy. Crate joy is a business that helps to build your subscription business, manages billing and has a wonderful support team. I also was lucky enough to have a son-in-law who was able to help me with the website and get me started with Cratejoy.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The most difficult part is being accountable for everything. There is just so much more to owning a business than the mailing of packages. That’s the fun part! Finances, bookkeeping, inventory, marketing, distribution are all ongoing jobs within the business itself. What I thought was going to be a somewhat part time job has become a full time endeavor.

What is one thing unique about you?
I have been an educator most of my life. I taught in our public school system, served on the board of education and owned my own preschool. Teaching preschool for 10 years was one of my most happy times. When grandchildren began joining our family, I wanted a little more freedom to travel and visit them. I am from a small town and knew that I would need something to keep me busy while at home. 9 to Nest provides me that opportunity.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
I am the one and only decision maker and I find that to be very exciting and challenging. Also, meeting new people is always enjoyable for me. Getting to know a customer through email or reconnecting with friends through 9 to Nest has been wonderful. I get excited when I learn of the birth of a 9 to Nest baby!

How did you get your shop name?
There was quite a bit of debate and suggestion from my family over the name. It finally came down to 9 to Nest, which was suggested to me by a friend. 9 to Nest means 9 months of nesting-the theme to the subscription countdown.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I work on 9 to Nest every day. Some days may mean an hour of work while others may have me work most of the day. I just make sure to never leave anything undone.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I always try to stay ahead of the work; therefore, it doesn’t interfere with family time.

Bump Date :: 30 weeks

Glad we went to California. Glad to be back. #bahorichbabymoon #lilliegrey

Week 30 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Cabbage

total weight gain :: Holding strong at around 15 pounds.

gender :: Girl!

maternity clothes :: I keep feeling like I do not have enough and in all honesty, I do… but it’s cold and loads of my things from my first pregnancy are warm weather tops. I know it will warm up in a few weeks so I am just holding steady with what I have and hoping layers don’t add to my bump.

movement :: She is moving more and more every day. I keep pretending to wish that she would run out of room in there to move so much but I know that an active baby is a healthy baby.

sleep :: I have spent the past week on the couch and although I do not necessarily love it, I know that my firm mattress will be totally fine again after I give birth… but for now, it just does not work for this growing belly.

missing :: Deli sandwiches…

craving :: Nothing really.

symptoms :: Heartburn. Pelvic floor pains. Dizziness.

duston is :: He is really holding steady on keeping our basement going. It is going far slower than what we anticipated but in all honesty, we are doing the best we can. I will be (and so will Dusty) so excited when we can start painting and moving items out of our “nursery” back down to the basement to prepare for this baby.

looking forward to :: San Francisco! We have a “work time” this coming weekend which is really just a holiday party with all of my coworkers. We are over the moon and beyond blessed by our mini-vacation we get to take each January with my company and cannot wait for a few days in another city.

best moments :: We had some great times this past weekend with a productive yet relaxing family weekend. We assembled the crib, had my parents over for a few odd jobs in the basement, and a great Sabbath.