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Sunday, April 19, 2015

16 Weeks.

How far? 
On April 10th, Baby Cain is 16 weeks.

Baby Cain is the size of an avocado. 

How I feel?
This week was Spring Break. Although Coach was VERY sick, I felt GREAT all week. I totally understand why ladies call it the "Honeymoon phase." I have energy, (but love a nap in the afternoons) I want to eat food, (real food) and I am loving being pregnant. 
Yes: I love being pregnant. 

This week was perfect because family was here and together we enjoyed food, the lake, and each other. I made a trip to purchase some plants, we won some baseball games, I had a TON of naps, read 4 books, AND made a trip to the beach with my girlfriends where we enjoyed each other's company as well some great laughs and food! We didn't travel light! 

Maternity Clothing: 
I need to document that I wore a maternity bathing suit for the first time ever this week! I wore lounge stuff all week so nothing fancy. 

Best Moment Of the Week: 
Coach feeling better after spending 4 days in the bed. Oh, and all the activities mentioned above! 

Food. Just food. 

Hello, fabric! I ordered some fabric samples. I have the sets picked out and ready to go. We have decided one set for a boy, one set for a girl. I am calling this week to discuss options with the designer. Yay! 
We also officially have a crib. 

I found THE CHAIR and I will order it May 1st. (I made a vow to only purchase one big item a month to keep track of spending. We are super strict on the budget right now. Post to come.) 

Sweet Baby Dub: 

With THE big appointment approaching I am praying for faith. My BFF said, "Can't have faith and fear." With this, I am FULLY trusting God. 

Love love, 

An Award.

Happy Weekend! 
I will post an update on the bump shortly. However, this post has been needing to be finished for a week... so that is the goal this afternoon! 

Who knew folks actually READ this blog?! I think sometimes Coach will raise an eyebrow when I mention just how much love this little blog gets from time to time. 

With this being said, this little spot on the .com won an award! 
Thanks, Ashley! 

With this award, I was asked to answer some questions for some new readers... I love new readers so here we go! 

1/ Where is your favorite place to vacation?
The beach. Any beach. BUT..... if we are asking absolute favorite.... Cozumel was amazing. I believe it was due to our amazing resort. But, it was wonderful. Belize was absolutely perfect as well, but I went there for school and not vacation. I would LOVE to go back! Coach and I have started going on trips during Christmas. These are my new obsession. It is just the right time for needing a break and a warm beach is the perfect answer. We will take a trip break in 2015 due to having a sweet lil Baby Cain... but we have already set the ball rolling for 2016. I am so pumped because the destination will be perfect! 

2/ Do you have one book you recommend us to read?
It would be absolutely impossible to recommend ONE book. I am a HUGE reader. I read ALLLL the time. However, I am never disappointed in the Lord's Word. I try my best to pick it up several times a day. 
Need some financial guidance: Anything Dave Ramsey. 
Need some baby advice: Dr. Denmark and Babywise. 
Need a laugh: find a good blog or fifty. 
Just read. Read anything. 

3/ What is your nemesis?
Anyone running against me in a race. 
Anyone being negative. 
Someone who tells kids, "These are the best days of your life!" No. Being an adult is the best.  
4/ What is your favorite part of the day?
After a good 5am run. 
7:30-8:00 when my babies come in for the day and say "HEY MRS. CAIN!" 
Lunch with my coworkers. 
Seeing kids make PRs or score goals. 
Seeing my husband on the football field or on the diamond. In baseball pants. 
Winning a HUGE baseball game. 
Dub greeting me at the door. 
Dinner with my husband. 
Praying with Coach. 
Going to bed with a good book. 

I am a all day kinda person I guess.... 

5/ Tell us your biggest to-do on your bucket list.
Run a marathon. Gah. It WILLLLLL happen! 

6/ What is your favorite beauty product?

7/ Have you been keeping up with the Master's this weekend? If so, who are you cheering on?
I just watch to see the flowers. And remember all the great times we had when we lived in Augusta for 2 years. 
8/ If you could hold/be around/pet one animal/reptile without it harming you, what would it be?
None. No way. No thanks. 
9/ What is your favorite hobby or thing to do in your free time?
Running. Reading. Sleeping. 
10/ Why did you start blogging?
We moved away from family and friends. This was a spot to keep everyone informed. Now I just have a lot to say! 
11/ Do you have any pets? Introduce them to us!
One sweet Baby Dub. He is an out of control human/ Weimaraner. 

Love love. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Social Media

This is an opinion. This opinion is mine and only mine. These are MY feelings and MY spot on the .com to share such feelings. I wanted to post this as a status. Then I thought about it, and I would be doing exactly what I was getting upset about. I've thought about this post for about a year or more.

Social media is probably one of my favorite things in the world. I love Facebook because it keeps me up to date on friends and family. It is a way to see news articles. I LOVE LOVE Instagram because it is a way to see pictures and also follow small businesses (children's clothing lines) as well as some amazing workout folks. Blogging has opened my eyes to something so amazing to something entirely different and I am madly passionate about it. I love reading opinions and ways of life of others. I have read some very informational posts and learned so much! It helps connect with people with the same interests as you and a fresh outlook on some new opinions that you may be forming.

For example, Coach and I LOVE the Babywise practice. However, not many friends (if any) have read the book, done the research, or feel passionate about it. Truth: Folks just down right hate it. (Folks that haven't read the books or witnessed the proper practice to form an opinion.) Blogs help you find the support and makes it possible to connect with them for support. 

Social media can be the most inspirational tool. You can be motivated to work out, lose weight, become healthier, become closer to God, better your marriage, be a better friend, cook better meals, or just appreciate what you have MORE. Truth: These are the positive feelings that I have picked up personally from social media. 

Then there is the OTHER form of social media: The negative user. 

People can use social media to hurt feelings, to get on hurtful rants, to share or make fun, to bash others. I have witnessed some of the must hurtful social media posts that are put out there to clearly call out another person... that you may or may not even know. I have seen people take pictures of others in private... and then post them to make fun of them. I have seen people make a status to call out another person and their actions. Seriously, it is going to hurt SOMEONE's feelings. SOMEONE's actions are being made fun of.

I am POSITIVE that I have said something on SM that has hurt someone's feelings. I am taking blame and 100% saying: I am truly sorry. In my adult life I am now aware of how hurtful some posts can be and I feel horrible about it. Gah, I would NEVER want to hurt anyone's feelings. I am praying that I am not using this to "call anyone out" on social media. I am calling myself out. I am challenging myself.

Here's the challenge: 
Truly love others. 

  • Love the car selfies. Someone is feeling beautiful at the moment. That can be hard sometimes in our society that places a standard on beauty. Take those selfies! Feel beautiful! You are! 
  • Don't post a rant when in a time of anger. You may not be "FB friends" with the center of the rant... but they will see it. Their feelings will be hurt. 
  • Love those "30 Days of Thankful" posts. We all need to be more thankful 365 days. Let folks have pride for the little things. I am so thankful I didn't pitch a fit for the $600 washer and dryer stands last year. Now I am thankful my husband does the laundry because it hurts to bend over. The little things. 
  • Don't take pictures of a crazy person you see dressed funny or driving you crazy in public. I KNOW I am guilty of driving people crazy in public a time or a million in my life! Have you seen me in public when I get excited about above mentioned washer and dryer?! It was like getting a toilet after years of using an outhouse! If anyone ever sees me walk my dog in the morning... this is what they will see... I may see a picture of "Look at this crazy lady! What is she wearing?! 
  • Love those small business sellers! Sell your products! Love your products! Be passionate about what YOU love. Trust me: Someones life will be benefited from your passion! I use top of the line vitamins. I am part of an amazing business that has one goal: to better lives of many! I also have some amazing lashes! I have a million monograms in my house. I love local veggies from the farmer down the road. I eat amazing chicken that I order by the ton. Share your small business! Love your small business! 
  • Be a positive poster. Not a negative poster. Post the good things. Not the negative things. This can be hard for me. I mean... Last class of the semester on the last Saturday of spring break?! Hey... at least I am finished for the semester. One step closer to the big goal. Plus, it gives me next weekend to be free of all school work! Be positive! Be positive! Be Positive! Allergies are horrible! But hey... my flowers and trees look ahhhhhmazing! It's hot! I'm pregnant! Hey... It isn't an ice storm... and I'm gonna be a mommy! Positive! 
You can use social media 2 ways. Only 2 ways: To bring people up.... or to bring people down. 

I pray I am known for bringing people UP! 

I am challenging myself starting today! 

Love love,

15 Weeks

How Far? 
15 weeks. 

Baby Cain is the size of an orange. We crush some oranges and grapefruit in this house. They are something I purchase every grocery trip. 

How I feel? 
I feel wonderful. I am 100mph during the day and then I crash at night when my head hits the pillow. I am a heavy sleeper. This has Coach convinced he will be up for all night calls.  I try to tell him things change, but then again... the man already does the laundry, dishes, and major house things.. so... I will let him continue to think what he wants. ;) 

I sometimes seriously remind myself... YOU ARE PREGNANT! 
I crave and miss a 10 mile run. So strange. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to go for a NICE, LONG, 10 mile run. 

Maternity Clothing: 
I only wear maternity jeans. I can mostly rock my old stuff. I just look ummm... wide. 

Best Moment of the Week: 

I ADORE my home. LOVE LOVE LOVE our life and our family in our new home. The Lord is working on our lives because he placed us in a new church and when I look around I see friends that I adore and love like family. 
However, Southside is where I fell in love. I fell in love with God. I fell in love with preaching. I fell in love with The Word. I fell in love with Coach. I remember praying for the first time, "Lord, thank you for this amazing guy. He is absolutely perfect! Please let him know how much I love him!" I was sitting in the old building then with maybe 150 people. Now Southside has grown and has a new home. It was amazing to be a part of that first worship service. Ohhhhh... and the music! 

I also picked up some new makeup that I adore! Thanks, Penny! I ummmmm forgot my wallet in the other vehicle when it was time to pay. I would love to blame pregnancy brain.... but this happened before pregnancy as well. #CarleyBrain

Food Cravings: 
Ha. I don't crave any particular thing... just food Period. I am hungry all the time. 
I just don't crave cooking. Problem. 

Ordered some fabric samples. 
Some boy fabrics, and some girl fabrics. 
Only one person understands the excitement in this. 

Sweet Baby Dub: 
Stole my pillow! And my couch! 

This is how we travel now. It will be very interesting to see how he will sit in the very back. 

Words just cannot explain. I am so excited to see how life changes once Baby Cain comes. The Lord has picked US to be parents and raise a child to honor The Lord in actions and duties. I am so thankful to be loved by Him. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

14 Weeks

How Far?
14 Weeks

Baby Cain is the size of a large lemon. (I thought this would be the week before a peach. I feel a peach is bigger than a lemon.)
If makes perfect sense... I adore lemon water. It is pretty much the only way I am able to get a gallon a day when I get home from school. 

How I feel? 
Super amazing. Wonderful. Couldn't be better. I only had one "yuck" moment. I cooked beef tips and veggies and couldn't eat more than two bites. So, bummmer. I had to have a BLT. My favorite. I will probably eat 678 this summer. Which I do that anyway. 

We have also had a bit of away games. This means no naps in the afternoons. But it also means this... 

Maternity clothing: 
I wear a pair of jeans. I love love love them. I have a ton of maxi skirts so I wear them daily. However, one was just retired. It was too tight. 

Best Moment of the Week: 
Easy. We decided that we wanted to have the nursery painted before we bought anything else. We didn't want to have to find a home for anything while we painted. Coach also agreed that we could just hire someone. He is full speed in baseball. When that is over he will full speed in football and summer league. I get to pull the card that it isn't safe for me to paint. So, we made the decision to support our local economy. We hired someone. 
Best. Decision. Ever. 

He actually said he had an opening Monday. OK! We went to get the paint Saturday. Monday I went to work and the room looked like this: 

When I came home at 4pm, the room looked like this: 

Love. Love. Love. 

Gah. I adore it. 

We also selected the crib. And when I say "we" I mean I spent about ten hours searching, comparing the prices, and looking for the perfect style and color. 

I love it. It is absolutely perfect. 

Food Cravings: 
I said I wanted a coke float the other night. I didn't get one because it was ummmm 11 pm and we don't have coke. Or ice cream. Ha. I am glad I didn't go find one because yuck. I really don't even love coke floats. ha. 
No real cravings. Just love food in general. I am also super excited that spring and summer are near. Bring on the BLTs. 

Looking Forward: 
I am growing my hair out. I am looking forward to getting a trim in a cute style. 
We will also be attending Southside's first service in the new building. I will 100% cry form the moment I walk in to the moment I leave. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that the church is growing at HUGE rates... I will just MISS that old building so much... For Wins and For Losses. I think I am crying now. I just can't wait. 

See above. 

Sweet Baby Dub: 
A mess. I think he knows something is up. He is my BFF. I am never the favorite. 

We pray constantly for Baby Cain's health. With the baseball accident that happened this week I am adding future health and safety to my prayer list. It is so amazing to me that WE were picked to be Baby Cain's parents. Thanking the Lord daily! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The First Ever First Trimester

With this being the first time I have ever been pregnant, I decided to keep record of the first ever first trimester. I am not a doctor. Most blogs are not written by doctors but are so helpful and beneficial to read. I suggest finding some great blogs that you love and become faithful readers.

I should document my true symptoms: 

  • Acne. Acne everywhere. Coach asked with the most serious face, 'Do you think you may have chickenpox?' 
  • Night sickness 5 times. I didn't eat. I wake up in the middle of the night and eat. It's too legit to quit. 
  • Cramping. Doctor says things are stretching and growing. 
  • Sore ummmmm.... girls? You know? I couldn't live 13 weeks without a sportsbra. Hurt. So. Bad. 
  • I usually wake up at 3-5am. Then it's a struggle to get up. 
  • I had to teach Dub that my three trips to the bathroom did not mean he needed three trips to the bathroom as well. 
For the majority... these are over.

I LOVE a TON of blogs. I may or may not consider them real friends and only the closest friends of mine (maybe like one person and my husband) can separate the real life friends from the blog friends that I talk about in regular conversation. Weird? Yup.

With my LOVE of blogs, I have read and read and then read some more. This was SOO SOO SOO helpful for me when encountering something SO very new.

Maybe this will help you. Maybe you will just laugh. That is totally fine too. Maybe you'll be mad. Sorry bout that.

Again, I am not a doctor. At. All. I also praise THE GREAT WONDERFUL LORD that I have had an amazing first trimester. With this being said, let me share some things that I learned and want to remember for future Cain babies.

1. From week 4 (when you find out) until week 8-9 when your doctor wants to see you for the first time is the AB.SO.LU.TE. longest time of your life. I seriously had a count down on my phone that I would look at 3 times a day. Hold on young grasshoppa.... your very exciting day will come. It will be oh so worth the wait!

2. Tell your husband the news ASAP. Promise each other you won't tell anyone until after the first appointment... then call your BFF immediately. No really. I did this. Ten minutes after we made the vow not to tell, I was begging and crying to tell my BFF. She gave me the exact reaction I was looking for. "Shut up! I am on my way over now!" Coach is the most unemotional person ever. I knew he was 100% super pumped... he just doesn't do cartwheels and such like I do. I needed someone to do cartwheels with.

3. Get some organic Tart Cherry juice ASAP. A friend recommended this for a natural sleep aid, but I read that it covers the vitamin taste. Ummmmm..... so worth it! I have been drinking a glass every single night for about four weeks. So amazing.

4. Take your vitamins. I know so folks say they just can't. Well, try. Try really really hard.

5. Eat fruit and veggies between the ice cream and carbs. Your gut will be thankful. Trust me.

6. Try to keep going full speed. I am literally afraid of slowing down because I am afraid that I won't get started again.

7. Read. Read. Then read some more. People tell me to stop reading. I can't. I just absolutely cannot be uniformed about anything. Birth plans? I have four saved to my computer. Thankfully I have read every single possible birth story ever. You won't scare me with yours. I've youtube-ed it at 3am. Bring it.

8. Did I mention read? You should seriously read.
Coach and I are hardcore praying about a plan that we LOVE. People HATE it and will throw some fists when you talk about it. However, we researched it. Maybe we will change when Baby C comes... but we have read the literature and formed our own opinion.You should just seriously read. Set down the Hoover and pick up my ole Gal Denmark!

9. Eat every hour. Oh. Is this just me? Possibly. It just keeps the sick feeling away. Sooooo bring on the food. (Again, I was super blessed and not sick much. I was sick 5 nights out of 13 weeks.)

10. Smile and be polite when people say.... "Right in the middle of football season?! What were you thinking?!"
Well, we were thinking we wanted a family. So we were thinking that we would FULLY give the timing to The Lord. We were also thinking about cross country season, basketball season, and baseball season. Wait. No we weren't. We were thinking about having a baby and being blessed by the Lord to be parents.

11. Start doing things NOW. I don't think it is too soon to do anything. I need time to search for the best things I need to research brands and be sure we are spending smart and not just spending money on baby items. Plus, ummmm.... I will be due at the beginning of the school year. I want to fully focus on THAT. I also want to spend some time with Coach this summer. I want a Babymoon. I want things set up as much as possible. Go ahead. Paint that room. Order that crib. Get that fun stuff OVER!

12. Don't discuss names. People will hurt your feelings when they don't like them. FYI: We may or may not call Baby Cain Maximus.

13. Drink water. Drink water. Then drink water.

14. Don't compare yourself to other pregnancies. SHEWWWWW. I am really bad at this. "Oh gosh! I've gained 2 pounds at 13 weeks and they have gained 32 in  weeks!" "Oh man! I am wearing maternity pants and this person isn't!" Stop. Be yourself. Rock your bump.

15. Pray. Pray. Then pray some more. Then ask friends to pray. When we finally told people... I would always say, "Please pray!" Prayer is an amazing thing and it has kept me going for the last 13 weeks! In fact: Will you pray for us? Thanks!

There you have it. My journal of the First Ever First Trimester. 

Week 6

13 Weeks

Love love,

Sunday, March 22, 2015


How far? 
13 weeks. (and two days!) 
No makeup. Mr. leaves too early so he was rushing me.

Baby Cain is the size of a sweet Georgia peach. Another favorite. 
This week was officially the BUMP week. I woke up one morning... and bam. There was a bump. I am so thankful that folks know that I am expecting now. I no longer have to hear the, "Mrs. Cain is gaining some weight!" Now I get to hear, "Mrs. Cain! You have a baby bump!" 
Yes. Yes. I do. 

How I am feeling: 
And then on week 13 God said, "Let there be energy!" 
Seriously, I have felt great. I would LOVE an afternoon nap but we had two away games this week. Other than that, I have felt amazing. As long as I eat every two hours... I am good. So bring on the food! 

Maternity Clothes? 
Week 13, Day 1: I wore my first pair of maternity pants. Jeans. I LOVED them. Love. Love. Love. 
This is rather huge for me because I don't like wearing jeans. Ha. So officially, I am wearing a few maternity pieces. 

See Coach, nothing from last spring fits.... except my beloved Tory Burch sandals. Such a worthy purchase. : ) 

Best Moment of the Week: 
So many amazing moments in one week! 
Thursday, March 19th we had our second doctor's appointment. We got a small glimpse of Baby Cain. I knew what to look for so I saw the most perfect little baby ever. Coach only saw the heart beating and a head. These appointments don't last long enough! They go by so fast! I do LOVE my doctor. We could talk about running the entire appointment. I do wish I could chill out on the research. Since I read EVERYTHING... I don't have many questions when I go. If a question arises I just research several views and then I am good to go. She understands this and is totally fine with it. She says it's best to be educated! Love her. 
My stats and labs were perfect. I have gained a total of 2 pounds which I was seriously thinking it was 22 pounds. Thanks to some amazing vitamins, I have perfect labs even with a not so perfect diet.

After the appointment we were able to go visit a sweet friend and their new baby. He was perfect. Melt my heart. Somehow I didn't take any pictures. This gives me a reason to go back soon. 

Saturday was prom. I was so blessed to be a part of my darling kiddo's day. Time please slow down. These babies will drive to practice this year. I will cry for sure. I think they are absolutely beautiful! HOWEVER, they are always beautiful! Even after rockin' a 5k! 

Saturday evening we went to pick out paint colors. The painter has an opening Monday to paint. We decided on two shades of ivory. If Baby Cain is a girl we will add the soft pink as an accent for pillows and throws. If Baby Cain is a boy we will add red accents. Coach wanted to be sure "Trojan Blue" went with the ivory too. However, I am team pink or red. 

Which brings me to the "What gender do you want?" I can honestly say that I 100% do not care. I just want a healthy baby. For the first 9 weeks I was convinced it was a boy. I LOVE our boy name we have picked out. I will LOVE the face people make because it is SOOO unique. But now after three hundred changes I LOVE our girl name. Again, super unique. I guess we will wait until September to find out. :) 

Food cravings: 
I just love food. I was on a shrimp kick for two weeks but Saturday night I officially said, "I'm over it." That seems to be the trend. I love a food for two weeks then I'm over it. On to the next obsession...

Stretch marks: 
None. My belly button hurts. It feels like it may tear apart soon. My skin is also super itchy. I still use lotion and oil. HUGE for me. I hate lotion. 

Looking Forward to: 
I am going to enjoy the ten school days before spring break. I know folks are excited for the end of the year to come. I am absolutely not. I LOVE my babies this year. I know I will sob in May. I have HUGE goals to meet before May so I am going to use each moment soaking up the precious things with them. 
My eyes started watering last night in the yard when I was talking to my neighbor about her baby (that is in my class) going to prom in ten years! Ummmmm..... time slow down! 

Pictures next week. :) I think this week I will make the window treatment purchase this week. 

Sweet Baby Dub: 
A mess. A crazy mess. 

Words just cannot explain. I pray God can read my heart and my thankfulness. We are so thankful and too blessed to even say.