"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Friday, November 29, 2013

Photo Friday: Thanksgiving edition


While I was loading up the car, he climbed in the passenger side and crawled into the drivers seat. Not for another 15 years, buddy.
Silly, silly boy.

Poor baby was not feeling good. Love the cuddles, though.
Poor Marley. Dominic was saying "cheese" but I didn't get his whole head in the picture. Oops.

Fun with the cousins

Car ride to my parents' house!
Pops just had to take over when I started cutting Landon's hair

Landon stayed in his pajamas all day for Thanksgiving. Just saying. (And of course they just so happen to be the same pajamas he wore all day Monday. That's ok. I washed them, promise!)
Love his face in this one. He must love his momma or something ;)

Love my babies! Max took this one :)

Aaaaand Landon fell asleep before we could put some new pajamas on him. Oh well. Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

And the crazy thoughts begin

I have restarted this post like a million times so forgive me if it doesn't make sense. Can I blame it on pregnancy brain this early?

It is super easy to think about both of my previous pregnancies and start freaking out...for different reasons, of course. I know every woman who has been pregnant worries about having an early miscarriage, and I am no exception. I've worried about it every time. But I have to keep reminding myself that God is in control, and like Logan says, "No matter what happens, we will still have a baby." Even if this baby doesn't make it past the first trimester, or the unthinkable happens like with Levi, it doesn't change the fact that we have 3 babies now. 

Three babies! Can you believe it? I certainly cannot. You would think that the feelings associated with each pregnancy are the same, and while the unexplainable joy has certainly happened each time, there have been distinct feelings as well. 

With Levi, we were so thrilled about starting a family, and I remember not knowing what to expect. Being pregnant for the first time is certainly something I cannot put into words. You're so excited but so freaked out all at the same time.

Then with Landon, we were beyond excited, especially after trying for awhile. But of course, we were also really nervous about the possibility of losing another baby. 

And now with this new baby, it's so exciting to think about Landon having a baby brother or sister. And after having to get a cerclage and be on bed rest and all of that last time around, it's almost like I'm holding my breath, just waiting for it to happen again. But I'm also hoping that this pregnancy won't be nearly as stressful as last time....and yet I can't help but think of the possibility of it being even more stressful.

So, yeah. It's easy to let my mind get carried away with all kinds of crazy thoughts. And to think I'm only 5 weeks along (if that, I'm not sure exactly) makes me freak out just a little bit.

Whew. Welcome to the mind of Jen. ;)

Oh! My first appointment with Dr. H is the week after Thanksgiving. In case you were wondering. :)

"Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them." – Elisabeth Elliot

Friday, November 22, 2013

Photo Friday: big brother edition

Sooo I don't know what I've been doing all week because I definitely have not been taking pictures. Hopefully next week I'll be better!


He wore this to a play date on Wednesday to announce the big news to our friends! So fun.
Logan totally wrote on this onesie with a sharpie. Because that's how we roll.

Marley knew I was pregnant before we did, apparently, because she has been allll up in my business lately. Honestly, that was the first thing that made me think I could be pregnant - Marley wouldn't leave me alone. Funny how dogs just know sometimes!

St. Cecilia, pray for us!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Oh, you know. The usual/not so usual fertility talk.

I know I've talked about my reallllllly long cycles. Before my last cycle, I started taking a supplement geared towards women with PCOS. Based on the reviews, it seemed to help women ovulate normally. I ran it by Dr. H when I saw him a few months ago, and he did some research and decided it couldn't hurt.

But because I'm weird, it took me a few months to bring myself to start taking the supplement. It's like I didn't want to force getting pregnant because what if something bad happened? I would feel like it was all my fault for forcing things.

'Tis the mind of a melancholic.

So anyway. I started the supplement at the end of September/beginning of October when I was in the midst of a really long cycle. I ovulated a week later. Since it very well could have been a coincidence, I was curious to see what would happen when I took it starting from the beginning of a cycle.

Two weeks after my period, I was getting fertile signs! Was this for real?! Could I be ovulating like a normal woman?

And then this week I was expecting my period. When we were trying to get pregnant with Landon, I took entirely too many early pregnancy tests, so I decided early on that I would not take a test until Wednesday. But then I realized that I was going to run out of the supplement by the end of Wednesday, and I needed to order more of the supplement on Tuesday if I was not pregnant. Did I mention the supplement costs $40 a month? Yeah, I didn't want to order more unless I really needed it.

So Logan picked up a cheap pregnancy test on Monday that I could take Tuesday morning. I didn't feel pregnant, but I wanted to rule it out before I spent $40 on supplements.

Two lines, baby. Two beautiful lines. Just to clarify....I'm pregnant. :)

We are so excited, and although Logan is kind of freaking out (AKA not letting me do anything) just thinking about our pregnancy with Landon, I'm not freaking out just yet. I'm just thankful!

Of course, we appreciate any prayers for a healthy and safe pregnancy and delivery!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Twins Baby Shower!

I just HAD to plan a twins shower for my nieces, because, um, they're my nieces. And there's 2 of them. And my brother needs some more pink in his house. ;)

Thanks to my mom, my sister, and our friends for their help! I couldn't have done it without them all. I love to party plan, and Logan and I have joked about starting our own business buuuuut I've decided that it just would not work. Because I'm a perfectionist and would lose my sanity.

Anywayyyyy. Here are some pictures from the shower this past weekend! And yes, I will bore you with the details.

People signed their name on a label to make it easier to write down who gave Lindsey what. And we did a baby spin on the traditional clothespin shower game. Those are tiny pacifiers on the necklaces....pink, of course!

I'm a little bummed because I forgot to take pictures of the other game...I created a "Twin Trivia" test to see what everyone knew about twins! It was cute, I promise (at least I think so!).
2 babies means lots of diapers and wipes are needed! So we did a diaper raffle and gave away prizes!

The diaper table

I just realized I didn't take a close up of the diaper cake, so I got this off my phone. Not going to lie, I'm proud of this baby! Thanks Juli for your help :)
Lots of prizes :)
Lots of good food :)
The punch deserves its own picture because it was so pretty and yummy. Thanks Caroline!
The bakery kind of messed up the cake (um, why did they write the words so small?!) but it still looked good! Thanks Ashley!
Dessert table and shower favors. Those two onesies in front of the stuffed animals were actually worn by my sister and me when we were babies! Since you know, we're twins and all. :)

My sister and her craftiness made earrings as one of the party favors and we had pink lollipops for another party favor.

Candy buffet. Need I say more? (And is it completely obvious that we went with pink and turquoise colors for the theme?)

Julianne made some super cute wreaths that served a dual purpose - centerpieces on the tables and can be hung in the nursery later on! A for Amélie and L for Leah! Ashley found some perfect letters that can also be used as nursery decor.

Gifts! This was before many people arrived. She got a lot of stuff :)
She's heeeere!

Some of Lindsey's family drove 2 hours to come!

Yay, babies! We all can't wait to meet the little ones (including the baby boy in my cousin's belly!) :)
And now I need a break from party planning!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Birthday bash/reunion

We threw my grandma (Dad's mom) a big ol' party for her 80th birthday. I've been calling it a family reunion since it's seriously the first time in years that EVERYONE on my dad's side of the family was there. So much fun.

Okay, don't hate me for starting off with pictures of my babies...


 These babies were too cute together (Move back, Jess, MOOOOVE BAAAACK)

 I love our house and its huge garage. That we don't park in. Because we're weird. (Okay, really it's because we don't have an automatic opener. We'll change that one day...)
 Landon was cruising around on this motorized thingy and loving it

 Y'all, I can't host a party without having some kind of decoration. Is that bad?
 And what's a family reunion in Louisiana without some seafood?!

 We took pictures of the whole group but those are on my cousin's much fancier camera. So all you get is my immediate family. We're awesome, though, so it's okay. ;)
 William's face is priceless!
 MoMo loving up on Marley

 Ryley took it upon herself to feed Landon cake and ice cream. Too sweet.
 You're never too old for a wagon ride.

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