PREGNANCY: 24 Weeks

24 weeks 6 Days

24 weeks 6 Days

I’M 6 MONTHS PREGNANT, Y’ALL! WooHoo!
How far along? 24 weeks and 6 Days in this picture.

Total weight gain: +11lbs. So last week I had someone tell me that I looked puffy, and this week I’ve had people comment on how small I am or how I barely look pregnant from any angle except the side. I’d just like to hear about how HEALTHY I look.
Maternity clothes? This shirt is a cute maternity find from Good Will, but I think it’s only maternity I’ve rocked this week.
Stretch marks? NONE! But I’m starting to get an itchy belly so now I’m paranoid.
Sleep: When I get to sleep, it’s amazing. My poor hubs had the norovirus this week, so I camped out in our living room for two nights. I slept a combined 5 hours both nights. But I’ve been catching up the last couple of days AND avoided the bug!
Best moment this week: Traveling with my hubs to our Alma Mater, eating at one of our favorite restaurants, and buying our little girl a cute dress with our mascot and school symbol on it.
Miss Anything?: Eating bread without paying dearly for it.
Movement: Oh heavens yes. It’s probably my favorite part of being pregnant.
Food cravings:  I feel like Steve Urkel from Family Matters because I’ve desperately craved cheese this week. The last couple of days I’ve wanted steak, so I indulged in a steak in cheese sammy for lunch today! YUM.
Anything making you queasy or sick:Most breads give me the worst heartburn, still.
Gender: GIRL
Labor Signs: Still having Braxton-Hicks almost everyday.
Belly Button in or out? In, but it’s stretching.
Rings on or off? On!
Happy or Moody: Feeling pretty chill this week.

Reading: Started Husband Coached Childbirth with my husband this week as well as Hypnobirthing.

This has been a good week. I’m glad that my husband made a full recovery from that nasty virus and that I didn’t catch it. We attended a birthing forum this week that was very helpful and informative which would be the first official birth class thing we’ve attended. My OB practice offers a birthing crash course, which is an intensive all day class that covers most things that you need to know. I signed us up for that, but we have about a month and a half before we have to take it.

I hope that you have a wonderful Easter!

Pause and Refocus: Holy Week Reflection

Red Equal Symbol

I’ve seen a lot of hostility this week on social media sites because of this sign. I’ve seen it on both sides and it mostly comes from self-proclaimed Christians.

To you Christians who stand on either side of this debate, please remember we are all brothers and sisters.

We can call each other brothers and sisters because of an amazingly pivotal event that occurred a couple of thousand years ago in a town called Jerusalem.

We are in the midst of holy week, and today, Maundy Thursday , is a day of remembrance of Jesus’ last supper or the first communion.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

“the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

Tomorrow is Good Friday where we reflect on Jesus’ crucifixion. This is huge! This should never be forgotten, especially on the day that is set aside for such a purpose. Jesus died and came back from the grave so that we might live.

Hebrews 2:9
But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

So brothers and sisters, despite your political and moral views, pause and refocus. Do not forget what we can all celebrate this week: a life that can be lived free from the bonds of hell, death, and the grave.

10 Minutes Prenatal Pilates – Arms Video

I’ve posted other prenatal pilates videos, and here is the third one.

I read this book The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy: Or Everything Your Doctor Won’t Tell You, and in it the author wrote that she’s never seen a pregnant woman with nice arms so you should just give up on sleeveless clothing while you’re pregnant. I don’t know about you, but in my mind this resounded “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!”

The rest of me may be round and soft, but I can completely control what my look like, and this workout is totally designed for that.

Check it out.

10 Minute Prenatal Core Workout

As I promised, here is part two to the prenatal pilates video.

It is SO important to strengthen your core during pregnancy. It is doing all of the work after all. You do not have to do crunches to strengthen this area. Check out this video.

PREGNANCY:23 Weeks

23 Weeks 5 Days

23 Weeks 5 Days

How far along? 23 weeks and 5 Days in this picture.

Total weight gain: +10lbs. I haven’t gained anything this week. A lady that my mom works with that I haven’t seen in a while said she thought I was looking a little “puffy” right after my mom told her that I was pregnant. PUFFY. Really, lady. I’m nearly 6 months pregnant, what’s your excuse? Why do people think it’s OK to comment on your size when you’re pregnant? I feel pretty awesome about myself most of the time until someone absent-mindedly says something like that.
Maternity clothes? Not this week, thank you oh mighty belly bands.
Stretch marks? NONE!
Sleep: It’s okie dokie. Rosa, my beloved body pillow offers amazing support.
Best moment this week: Two date nights with my husband. 😉
Miss Anything?: The streak of warm weather that my region had last week.
Movement: Lots and lots. I felt her have the hiccups for the first time this week. Usually she just kicks and does so pretty hard, her daddy actually got to see her kicking my belly this week, but one night this week it wasn’t as hard and it was very rhythmic.
Food cravings:  I actually haven’t really had a huge craving for anything. I wanted hot wings on Monday, and some sour skittles some other day, but neither of those were really consistent.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I still can’t eat most breads, I discovered that even certain pastas make my tummy turn.
Gender: GIRL
Labor Signs: BRING ON THE BRAXTON HICKS! I was at my in-laws earlier in the week sitting at their table when all of the sudden I felt this tightness in my right side. I turned to my husband and told him I needed to walk around. My stomach became as hard as a rock, and it was uncomfortable for about 10 minutes. It didn’t really hurt though. I’ve had at least one almost every night since.
Belly Button in or out? In, but I feel like it’s getting bigger.
Rings on or off? On!
Happy or Moody: I’m over all happy, but my hormones are like a river at this point. Sometimes they’re rapid and furious while other times they are steady and calm.

Reading: Finished Spiritual Midwifery, read some in the Baby Book, and reserved a couple of books at the library for pick up this weekend! I’ve also been reading through the Psalms throughout the last month over breakfast. It’s a great way to start the day.

I can’t believe that I’ll be 6 months pregnant on Sunday!! WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE? Also, My baby now weighs over a pound! WHAT?! I hope she’s a little chubster.

Thank you for reading! How did/do you deal with rude comments from people throughout pregnancy?

Teach Your Kids to Pray

I am so thankful that my parents taught me how to really talk to God. It has proven to be incredibly beneficial for me throughout my life. Prayer has brought me closer to God which has brought me much healing both physically and mentally. I’ve known from a young age that I can boldly approach the Lord, give Him praise, acknowledge who He is, and make my requests known to Him. I hope to teach my children what I know and in turn watch them learn far more than I can teach them.

I am re-blogging this article from Whatchristianswanttoknow.com about how to teach your children how to pray.

 
Teaching Children About Prayer: 8 Tips for Parents

by Crystal McDowell on March 21, 2013

Are your children praying? Not just over their meals, but do they know how to get a prayer through to God? As a parent, you can’t be available to them 24/7, but God is everywhere all the time and can answer their prayers in His perfect timing. Just as you can decipher the urgency of your children’s request—how much more does your Father in heaven hear the cries of His children (both young and old) and answer according to His will?

You must instill your faith in God into your children by teaching them to pray at the earliest age possible. If you missed the boat in this—there is still much grace from God to begin today:

#1) Start by Example

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
(1 Corinthians 11:1)

Is prayer an important part of your life? Do you pray with your children on a daily basis? An active, intentional prayer life keeps you sharp and connected to God. It will give your children great hope and assurance when they know you are praying for them. They will more likely begin to pray for themselves and others as they watch your prayer life.

#2) Use Prayers from the Bible

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” (Matthew 6:9)

The “Our Father” is one of the most widely known prayers in the Bible that brings incredible unity in the body of believers when prayed together. Find the prayers of Moses, Nehemiah, David, Solomon, and Jesus for starters. Begin the practice of memorizing and reciting prayers together as a family.

#3) Pray Scriptures

“For the word of God is alive and active.” (Hebrews 4:12)

You must instill your faith in God into your children by teaching them to pray at the earliest age possible.

When my son was younger, he was afraid of the dark. I taught him to pray “God, you haven’t given me a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and of a sound mind” from 2 Timothy 1:7. Eventually he’s grown up to know that he can translate any of God’s scriptures to a prayer language. God’s word is the sword of the Spirit that our children can use to impact the world with powerful prayers.

#4) Practice A-C-T-S

“Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant.” (Daniel 9:17)

Years ago I learned how to pray A-C-T-S as a guideline and taught it to my children. The acronym is: A (give adoration to God), C (confess our sins), T (to give thanks), and S (to make supplication or requests). For our family devotions everyone participated in this prayer with confession being a silent prayer between God and the children. This became an effective tool for prayer that they still use today in their personal prayer time.

#5) Demonstrate Body Posture

“When Solomon had finished all these prayers and supplications to the Lord, he rose from before the altar of the Lord, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out toward heaven.” (1 Kings 8:54)

Whether standing, sitting, kneeling, or stretched out —your outward expression of faith in prayer helps keep you focused. Children can be accustomed to a certain position of praying out of habit. By changing the prayer posture from kneeling to standing with palms open—your children learn to physically engage in their prayers and experience the practice of humility before an awesome God.

#6) Encourage your Children to Pray out Loud

“A time to be silent and a time to speak.” (Ecclesiastes 3:7)

Have you ever felt uncomfortable when asked to pray out loud? There’s a time for silent prayers, but your children may have opportunities to speak out loud when praying. You can use your family devotion times as a chance for them to practice in a safe, comfortable place. Their confidence will build so they will always be ready to pray out loud in school, church events or wherever God leads them.           

#7) Look for Opportunities to Pray

“Pray continually.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Driving past an accident, a classmate whose parent’s are divorcing, trouble with grades, etc…all of these circumstances need prayer. As you keep alert to intercessory opportunities, your children will eventually bring their requests to your devotional time together. Let your children hear “let’s pray about it” from you when life throws a curve ball at them. It will build their faith in God to answer according to His will.

#8) Keep a Family Prayer Journal

“Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered.”
(Exodus 17:14)

Wouldn’t it be nice one day to go through a family prayer journal like you peruse through old photographs? Writing down your prayer requests and God’s answers can speak volumes to a child’s faith. It gives credence of God’s faithfulness and encourages them to seek out His face on a regular basis as well as stretching their faith in praying for the impossible.

These tips are just guidelines to get your family started on a greater journey of faith. God blesses you with so many opportunities to reveal His hand, His love, and His presence in the lives of your children. Make prayer a top priority for your family—one day you may be the beneficiary of your children’s children prayers!

My Delicious Banana Bread Muffin Recipe

I love banana bread, NOT to be confused with banana nut bread. I do not like nuts in most of my baked goods.

I would like to share the goodness that is my banana bread muffin recipe you can add chopped nuts if you must, but I wouldn’t eat them.

Ingredients

2 RIPE, as in black, Bananas
1 Capful of Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Self Rising Flour
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Quick Oats
2 Eggs
2 Heaping Tbsp of Softened Butter or Margarine

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease your muffin pans or bread pan, you can make straight up banana bread with this recipe too.

Take your RIPE, as in black, bananas and use a fork to smoosh them in a bowl. Pour capful of vanilla extract into banana goo and set aside. If your nanners aren’t black, this recipe will be a waste because the black ones make for a really pleasant and sweet banana flavor.

In mixing bowl, mix flour, sugar and oats together. Create a well in the center, make a hole in the powder, and add bananas, eggs, and butter. Mix together until everything is wet.

Spoon batter into greased muffin pan or bread pan. Recipe yields about 12 muffins. Bake for 25 minutes. If you are making bread, it may take longer so try 30-40 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.

Here is what you get.

banana bread muffins 001

Enjoy and feel free to pin!