Miss Malarie

Thursday, November 10, 2016

26 Weeks

My prayer to my sweet innocent baby boy...

Regardless of who our president is I am fearful of what may come of the US and of this world. However, God tells us to fear NOT. He is the true King and He is the same today as  he was yesterday and last week. He is GREAT. That is what gives me hope. No candidate will ever give me the hope God does. The morning after the election as I awoke with tired eyes and laid in bed feeling Sawyer squirm around inside (YES--finally some movement!), I pray for his future and that he will also find this same hope in God. I am choosing to live in hope and will remain hopeful because the sun rose and my God is still reigning above in Heaven.

I stand pretty firm in traditional values, but as Sawyer's momma I hope to not just show him what I choose to stand for but act upon those values with passion. By not just believing in helping the poor, but opening my pockets to do so. By not just pointing out wrongs in others and finding faults, but fixing where I too fall short or fail in many ways & be apart of the solution. By not just saying abortion is wrong, but supporting and encouraging those who choose life or who seem to be challenged with that decision.

Sawyer, I pray that you grow up being humble and that you show grace to all you know. I pray that you choose to LOVE others, be kind no matter the diversity, and to have hope. I pray that you choose to represent yourself with more than just a conservative or liberalist label of your own choosing, but as an active part of Christ and that you serve this world as Christ's hands and feet to help truly make it great!

So whether you are celebrating or weeping this week for the elected president, this is the reality. We are raising families all doing the best that we know how-no right or wrong to that. To this very divided country, “We are not enemies, but friends … though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” -Abraham Lincoln 

So we got my dream stroller in last week and when I got home, Ryan was just finishing putting it together. I think he was almost more excited than me! He had to demonstrate all the little tricks it did. I videoed a lot of it (it was too cute), but I don't think he would appreciate sharing it for all to see. He is going to be such an awesome dad! He has seriously bent over backwards daily for Baby Stu and I since I told him I was pregnant. I am not sure how I got so lucky.

 This past weekend I had the privilege of honoring my BFF, Carly, in the form of a baby shower while also getting to celebrate another dear friend at her baby shower! Carly is due with a baby boy about 2-3 weeks before me, however judging by our picture above, you would think it is the other way around. I can't wait to learn all about motherhood with my best friend and figure out this journey together. Sawyer is going to grow up with the best of friends!
 Sawyer is growing so fast! He weighs a whopping 2 pounds this week and is 14 or a few more inches long. This week he will also start opening his eyes and can even tell when it is bright or dark out. That is crazy!!

How far along? 26 weeks---are there seriously only 3 months left?! My 3rd trimester is almost here!!!
Total weight gain/loss:  7 lbs.
Maternity Clothes? Shirts...I am really starting to miss my comfy hoodies.
Stretch marks? Not yetI am always lathering on lotion and I am hoping it helps!
Sleep: Oh this is starting to get bad. This can't be happening already. I am so uncomfortable. I have heard a pregnancy pillow will help, but I just can't break down and buy one. ...Santa!
Best moment this week: November 1st-I think I really felt Sawyer move for the first time and so I had Ryan feel. He just looked at me and said, "What did you do?! Stop!" haha He couldn't believe it! He thought I was moving and was messing with him.
Miss anything? Not this week...unless my comfy sweaters count.
Movement: Yes!!!
Food cravings: More sweet things and I have never craved sweets. I normally don't care for them too much. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Have you started to show yet: Oh yes..I feel like I look a lot farther along than I am.
Labor signs: Nope.
Belly button in or out: In, but I have heard that may only last a few more weeks.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Tomorrow Ryan and I leave for Savannah, Georgia!!!! This is one of my favorite places in the world! We have rescheduled this trip 5 or 6 times the past year and a half so when we found out we were expecting Baby Stu, we were not postponing it anymore. I can't wait to share pictures of our little Babymoon escape.

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