Just in case we aren't friends on social media, we have a beautiful blessing hanging out in my body for another 8 months. 🙌🏻 We are currently looking at a May 9th due date, which is extra special since that is my birthday. 👊🏻 It took us 11 months to get pregnant with Calista and not knowing what our next journey would look like, we prayerfully embarked on trying to get pregnant again. You see, we waited to get married. We waited to get pregnant. We did things SLOW and backwards, but now we are really trying to be obedient.
Motherhood is a challenge for all of us, I'm pretty sure, well at least it is for me. I am a super Type A, driven, ambitious girl. I have held jobs in anything from high end sales to waiting tables to owning my own personal training business to now being, well pretty much a stay at home mom. Here's the thing, I still teach some group fitness and train a client or two and I still have my online fitness ministry that I use to encourage others, BUT my first priority is being a mom. What that means is my other "jobs" all take a backseat to being a mom. I've had to start an end of the day checklist for myself that my sweet friend, Michelle Myers, gave me.
1. Did I serve God first?
2. Did I serve my husband?
3. Did I serve my children?
If that is all I did that day, success. So, why am I telling you all of this in my pregnancy announcement blog? It's because I want you to understand where my heart is. I am trying to follow God first, even against my ambitions. Night after night as I put Calista to bed, He kept saying to just "be here", just be a mom. It's been a hard pill for me to swallow and no that doesn't mean I can't maintain all of the above mentioned jobs, it simply means that God is calling me to be a mom. So when He blessed us with a precious baby the 2nd month we tried, I knew this was His doing.
So, as worries creep in of how in the world I'm going to have babies 22 months apart, concerns of whether or not I'll be in pain the majority of my pregnancy again, or just how we are going to pay for everything, well, I'm doing my best to remember that God is blessing us and that means He provides as well.
So, some basics:
-A little nausea and indigestion
-Lots of fatigue, like instead of working during naptime, I have to nap too and why oh why did Calista pick this time to drop her 2nd nap!?! 😭😭😭😭
-Food is weird, like I either hate it all of want all of the bad things like Mac and cheese and pizza.
-It's a hectic week where I teach at church so I'm currently doing 11 workouts this week. No modifications needed other than extra rest, food, and water.
Oh and I keep getting asked why we announced at 7 weeks. Well, the way we see it is that once we hear that heartbeat, not only does miscarriage risk drop to 3%, but that baby is so alive to us and neither my husband or I can imagine keeping that blessing a secret. We realize this is a very personal choice, but for both of us we feel that the more prayers we have for a healthy, whole baby the better and no matter what happens this baby was wanted, loved, prayed over and cherished.
Love y'all and am excited to share this journey with you. If you have any questions or want to know certain things I'm pretty open so send me an email or comment on this post.
And Calista is going to be the best big sister ever!
As a mom of an independent toddler, it's becoming a challenge to make sure she gets balanced meals. One day she will eat all the veggies, another day she only wants grapes, the next it's chicken thighs and yum yum crackers. Sooooo, I tried to sneak as many veggies into a meatball as possible and the result was something my whole family fell in love with.
1/2 cup shredded carrots (about 1 large carrot)
1 cup greens (I used broccoli and spinach)
1/4-1/2 cup feta cheese
2/3 cup breadcrumbs (I actually used oat flour)
1-1 1/2 lb ground turkey
salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, and parsley (to taste)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix all ingredients together.
3. Roll into approximately 36 meatballs about and inch to an inch and half in diameter.
4. Bake 18-22 minutes.
For Calista we served them alone. My husband added his to zoodles and tomato sauce. 😉
"Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet..."
Lately I feel God calling me to lay down more and more of my hopes and dreams. It's not a comfortable feeling. I have big ambitions. I set mega goals and keep very high expectations of myself. However, as the days go by I still feel as far away from my dreams as I was a year ago. Then He prompts me to listen. He knows my dreams. He sees them, he really does. He knows my heart and he hears my cries. Through all of my grumbling and days of not feeling like I'm good enough or I'll never "make it", He faithfully draws me near. He wants my heart. He wants me to seek Him more than I dream of worldly things. He shows me his love and glory in the smallest moments with Calista, in the beautiful lyrics of a song, or in the quiet after bedtime. He blesses me time and time again. All I have to do is turn to him, lay it all down, and see every single blessing that I have. It's not like he's denying me my dreams... He's blessing me with His dreams for me and that's even better.
So I don't know how you are struggling, but I do know you aren't alone. You are good enough. He hears you and He is blessing you. You just have to look up and see it. It's going to be okay whether you hit your dreams or not, because God's plans are always better than ours. So seek Him, sweet friend. Hold tight to the one who loves you best.