“Extra” Daylight

This week has really felt like Spring, which makes my heart so happy. The time change is always a welcome adjustment for me, but this year, I welcomed it with open arms more than ever. I love having “extra” daylight when I get home from work, and with still so much to do before Landon comes, I need all the “extra” hours in a day that I can get. Sam’s a big fan of the time change too…

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I’m still feeling great, with the exception of painfully swollen feet. At my last doctor’s visit, she confirmed that high blood pressure or sugar problems are not to blame for the swelling, but that I’m just retaining fluid, as some women do. I guess that’s payback for having absolutely zero morning sickness! Praise the Lord for that!

Right after I got pregnant, I downloaded the “What to Expect” app and it has become such a fun part of my everyday routine. There are a lot of great pregnancy apps, but this one is by far my favorite because of the sense of community among the women who use it. You are automatically placed in a group of women who are due the same month and there’s a daily digest where you’re able to post topics. The forum is then emailed to you every morning and it’s so much fun reading about other ladies experiences, being able to ask questions, and get advice from moms who have already been there. I read through the forum every morning and it’s just a great way to learn about real-life experiences and ask questions in an environment where everyone’s pretty much on the same page.


 

Grayson began a project this week that we’re both so excited about… a garden! He’s been researching raised beds for weeks now (he used four 2in x 10in x 8ft boards attached with corner brackets using six 1.5in wood screws each), and we hope to have fresh tomatoes, squash, peppers, lettuce, turnip and mustard greens, cilantro, garlic, and cucumbers throughout the Summer and into the Fall. We love cooking together and the idea of just going into our backyard to grab whatever we need makes me squeal with excitement. I’m sure we have a lot to learn about gardening, but we’re excited to give it a try and I think my Paw would be proud. What I would give to have him here to coach us through growing our own produce. He was a natural.

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This week, our nights have been full of working on the garden and the yard, trips to Pelican’s for snowcones, cooking easy, yummy meals together (nothing really blog-worthy), and working on the nursery. So many people have given us so many wonderful things for Landon and I’ve been so blessed by simply sorting through it all. He’s already so loved.

Grayson also installed some under cabinet lighting this week, and I love it. It’s a huge help in the kitchen. This picture shows them at night with the overhead lights off.

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I’ve been focusing this week on writing more, taking the time to make notes about what this pregnancy has been like for me, both physically and emotionally, and spending more quality time with Grayson. It’s so easy for us to get caught up in the busyness of the work week that we don’t make time to get lost in the easy conversation that’s always been one of my favorite parts of our relationship. As cliche as it sounds, he really is my best friend and I’m so thankful for the way he helps me process my feelings, puts things in perspective, and inspires me to dream big. He’s such a gift.

I am so excited for April I can hardly stand it, but at the same time, I’m a little nervous because I know with plans every weekend, it will fly by and then only a few short weeks will remain before my due date. In April, I have baby showers and beach trips planned, not to mention finishing up the nursery! Our ladies beach retreat with my church is something I look forward to every year, and I can’t wait to escape to that sacred place of rest and rejuvenation. My Momma and I also have a weekend trip planned, just the two of us, and we are so excited! There’s so much to look forward to in the coming weeks!

I hope all of you have had a great week and are enjoying the “extra” daylight and wonderful weather we’re having here in North Carolina! Happy Friday!

 

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