Thursday, April 25, 2013

32 Weeks

 Baby Violet is going to be stylin' for sure when she gets here.

Look at the cute outfits we were surprised with this past week:)

 A couple people asked me last week about what the nursery colors will be. We had decided on a look for the nursery before we picked out a name for our girl. We wanted to do a light gray and light pink color scheme. We wanted something light and airy and we both agreed on that design. Then we named her "Violet" and debated on what to do.

I wanted to stick with the original plan. She has her whole life to have a purple room so we are forging ahead with pink. I'll probably incorporate some light purples in there somehow but I'm not sure just yet how that will come about.

We don't have a "theme" per say (like characters or butterflies, etc...) but we are doing a more modern nursery and coordinating our colors. We like clean lines and not a lot of clutter.

And because I got asked about this also last week, here are the links again to our registries:

Babies R Us


(Babylist is an online registry where you can combine any item from any store all together on one list. All purchases are internet orders except some items from Pottery Barn Kids)

I get more and more excited every time we get something new for Violet. I've come a long way from a couple weeks ago when I was too hesitant to get things in order for her. I really feel like once I faced those fears that a burden has been lifted off me. I still have things I struggle with but that is one hurdle that I'm glad to have taken a "leap of faith" over. 

Speaking of faith.... Monday I had a date to meet some friends for lunch and I was really struggling that morning  with some things that had happened that past week. I had a breakdown in the shower and had to just stop and say "God, I am giving this to you. I cannot carry this burden anymore. It's too heavy."

While driving on my way to meet up with them I got stuck behind a dump truck on the freeway. And what did it happen to have written on the back of it?

Let God carry your load.

Very catchy and very timely for me. I'm sure that was no accident. I love it when He reminds me to let go. As much as I know better,  I always seem to need reminding and I LOVE it when He smacks me across the face with it!

Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. Psalm 55:22

Monday, April 22, 2013

31 weeks and adjustments...

It's been quite a few days since I've been able to get an update on here because we have been so busy!

Steve is working full time from home now indefinitely so we've been adjusting to our daily routines.  Mostly I would update the blog during the day in the office but now he's in it most of the time so I let things drag a little last week.

We've also been working more on the nursery. Our crib is put together and we love it! We also got our dresser/changing table in and got that put together last week.  Hopefully we'll get our chair we ordered in this week and then we can see how it will all fit together.

Of course we also have two new neighbors building houses simultaneously on either side of us right now. It has made for a noisy and messy week. I guess better for them to do it now then start when we have a newborn trying to sleep....

We had a project we were trying to wrap up outside as well and I want to give a HUGE thanks to my in-laws Sheri, Ray, Hannah, Dennis and Lana. I am about completely worthless with manual labor right now and Steve really needed help so thank you so much for showing up for him.

Last Wednesday was our first "Baby" class where they mostly talked about normal things you'll see when you bring your new baby home and when to not freak out and when to call your doctor.  It was a good class but I was looking for more of a "I brought my baby home now what?" kind of class. Ha!

Steve said don't worry, he's got this. So that takes care of

We had a doctor appointment last Monday where I completely guilted our doctor into letting us have an ultrasound:) Our little girl is not so little anymore. She's already at 4 pounds with 8 weeks left to go!

 I said "oh my gosh, is that too big?" and the ultrasound tech laughed and told me no. I said I guess I'll have to really start eating those salads and I think I freaked her out because she told me to don't stop eating!

 I said "lady, no problem. I couldn't stop if I tried"...

Everything is still looking just as it should with her and we have our next appointment next Monday. She is getting stronger everyday and I love the time we spend together when she is awake:) I also love how much she responds to Steve's voice. I think that is just the sweetest thing ever.

We were leaving church Saturday night and he reached over and put his hand on my belly and started talking to her and she started moving around as soon as he did. She had been still for a while before that. It just melts my heart...

So you can see we've been so busy getting ready for our little Violet! There are so many changes going on around here and we can't wait for our biggest one yet to get here:)

Friday, April 12, 2013

30 Weeks

30 Weeks......woohoo!

This is my past week in pictures:

This beautiful blanket was handmade by my dear friend Rebecca. I called her last week for therapy lunch, and she surprised me with this!

And what is extra special about this blanket is the fact that she made it before she even knew our girls name. She had intended to make it pink but saw this color thread at the store, which she says they never have, so she went with this instead.

Not knowing that it was there just for us all along. 

We just love sharing moments where God is in the details and this was a great example of that!

Here is Elly in her usual spot. This time baby sister kept kicking her in the face while she was trying to sleep so she kept getting startled:)

Here I am trying to make cookies for a Baby Shower and my belly is totally in the way of my rolling space. What you can't see is the blanket of flour that it is covered in...

And look what came in the mail this past week...Our Crib!

Of course the day it was delivered it was supposed to rain and Steve was working late so I had to shove this sucker into the garage using my best assets...

Also, I found out this week that Team Yager is one of the top 5 fundraising teams so far for the March for Babies in Louisville! I was so excited and proud to see this. Thank you to everybody who has donated and, if you haven't yet, we have one month left to collect donations or you can click on the sidebar link on this blog and donate online.

Go Team Yager! 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Let's get real about......Baby Registry

Oh. My. Word.

We have a couple baby showers coming up so we thought, "Hey, we better register..."

I do remember going through this a little bit before but this time it completely overwhelmed me. Do we really need all this stuff for a little baby??

I finally got my butt in gear and did all the research on the safety ratings of everything and we got er done! 

Steve gets to be in charge of the scan gun

Thanks to all my friends that I emailed a hundred times asking about their "go to" products and what was a waste of time and money. I am a minimalist at heart and I just can't fathom having all these products in my house that the websites and stores recommend.

On the flip side, I don't think I'll ever get enough of all these adorable girly dresses and shoes and bows:) This is probably the most exciting part so far of having a girl because I melt just about every time I see a ruffled bloomer. sigh.

I have to share the most unexpected item that I encountered while registering. I have affectionately nicknamed this: "The Breast-alizer"

You can call me the new kid on the block but I've never seen this before and thought it was hilarious. They just think of everything don't they....

We ended up with a registry at Babies R Us and Target

 I also saw some random items online that I loved so I made a registry through Babylist that organizes all your online requests and the websites you can order them through. You can find the link to that registry here.

Nursery Update:

We went on a shopping trip to Ikea this past weekend hoping to score some nursery furniture but we completely crapped out. But, we did put the final touches on the big nursery project we've been working on.

Here are some sneak peaks:

This was really a Labor of Love by Steve. He wanted to tackle this project to do something special for our girl and I'm so proud of how it turned out. And, he got to use a nail gun so he was too excited about that :) 

Now I can't wait to decorate this room and put a precious little girl in it!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

29 Weeks

These weeks are really starting to fly by for me right now as all the things I've been putting off doing for the past 7 months are catching up with me!

Just 11 more weeks until our little Violet will be here:)

I'm going to be real honest today. I have been having a hard time. Physically I think I'm doing great but emotionally, not so much.

Don't get me wrong. I have joy. I have so much joy sometimes I can't contain it. But along with that I have the unfortunate memories of an unhappy ending and I have been battling with my mind and faith to keep that at bay.

I know sometimes people tell me how strong they think I am and I am so glad that they feel that way. That is just simply God's grace shining through. But I am human and sometimes fear can creep its way in so sneakily. After all, I am an easy target.

I really have to keep watch for these times and shut them down as soon as they start. The Bible tells us that:

"God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of sound mind."
 2 Timothy 1:7

I was standing in my bathroom earlier this week trying to get ready to meet a friend for a therapy session lunch, and suddenly the tears just started to fall. I felt so overwhelmed with dealing with all the emotions of being a new mom and the mom that I've had to be for the past three years. And in that moment I felt the Holy Spirit telling me, "You are carrying have to let me carry you."

...Once again, He always shows up right when I need Him...

I have to be honest again and say that I keep trying to convince myself that I have plenty of time to prepare for the baby when really I'm afraid of having to tear down another unused crib. This has been a massive struggle for me and one that I've been too ashamed to say out loud. But I'm putting it out there and I'm going to deal with it. Those thoughts are lies and I'm not going to entertain them any longer. We are going to step out in faith and prepare for our daughter and trust the Lord to do His thing! 

I would ask of you all to please keep us in your prayers during these next several weeks. Please pray for peace of mind and for our daughters continued good progress.

"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20

I know that our prayers have been heard and answered this whole time and now is the time to keep them going. We just love you all so much and appreciate how invested you are in our family and all of our children. Sometimes there aren't words to express how it feels to have someone root for you. 

Meanwhile, in the next couple days I hope to have some sneak peak nursery pics and updates about some other things going on:)