Healthy Living

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Running.

I promise there are three drafts sitting in the blog box right now and here I am starting a new one. I WILL post this tonight. It is on my heart and needed posting.

I wanted to post several posts that had nothing to do with pregnancy. I promise this one won't.
 But it kinda will. You shall see.

I have ten amazing weeks left of carrying sweet Baby C with me all the time. Each time I run into someone during the day they always ask how I am doing. Their kindness is amazing and folks being so supportive is probably one of my favorite parts of being pregnant. But then there are the little things that I miss so much!

  • My brain.... 
  • My thinking ability.... 
  • Rolling over in the bed without grunts that make my husband think I am in labor which cause him to freak out which cause me to freak out which I am sure will one day indeed send me into labor... 
  • A text from someone that is quite possibly as friendly as could be but I think that it is them being mad at me and then hurting my feelings then causing me to cry for hours...
  • Dreams about people being mad at me and then waking up crying... 
  • Sushi
and lastly... the biggest thing I miss so so so much. I miss it so much that I don't talk about it because I may cry... even more than normal... 

Running. 
after a 10 mile run. Probably my fave distance to run on a cool Saturday morning. 

5K with Baby Cain at 21 weeks pregnant. 

Coach said I had to run 2 half marathons before I got a sticker. so I did. 

Running for two! 

I am going to go ahead and say that I have been running up to this point of my pregnancy. I have done a great job of staying active because that is important to me. Supplements, nutrition, health, and value of life is VERY important to me. 
However, since finding out I was pregnant back in January, I have not ran more than 4 miles at one time. At 30 weeks in the dead of July I am only "running/ walking" a mile then walking two miles. 

I. miss. LONG. RUNS. 

I miss them so much that I have almost unfollowed my running inspiration on Instagram. Pure jealousy. 

As I type this Baby C is literally running in my stomach making my dinner feel like it is in my throat. Reminders that taking months off from running is FINE. It is 100% SO SO SO WORTH it. With the words above I would never ever want anyone to think that I was complaining. I am just saying... I miss it. 
If you  are still around... the real reason for this post:
This week I have been really reading and focusing/ praying on my upcoming Cross Country season. I have read several coaching books and tips while trying to build the perfect season training plan that will lead to success. With this being our third full year of having a varsity program it is time that my runners hit the high spots of success. I want them to starting thinking, "I could run at the next level." So, I wanted to compile a list of why YOU should run and LOVE it! No matter the age, ability level, or sport that you are involved in. 
  • Running helps you improve in all other sports. All sports have a "conditioning" phase of their practice. You usually have to run. Running is a part of training for ANY physical activity. It really is true, "Our sport is your sport's punishment." 
  • Running is cheap. I am married to a baseball coach. I know what gear can cost. Now, Coach is rolling his eyes at me because I LOVE my Garmin. But hey... I ran for three  years before I HAD to have one. Plus, you know it is totally worth it to open an app on your phone and know where I am. Is it necessary? No. You really can run for free. 
  • Your heart. Heart disease is killing people. I could quote some crazy insane facts... but that's not the point. Take care of your body. Exercise. Run. 
  • Your friends can do it. Running with a group is my absolute favorite. I was really really terrified but group runs pushed me to actually get up, go, and run faster. 
  • Therapy. Having a hormonal day? Having a moment where you wanna punch someone? Go run. I promise it solves all the world's problems. I have written the best lesson plans, prayed the best prayers, and left a million of my worries on the road while running. It is cheaper and better for you than medicine... or a therapist. 
  • Make you happy.  When I started running at 5am, I was a better wife. No. Really. I swear. I was once the absolute MONSTER in the mornings. When I started running I had time to cook breakfast for our family, pray, get my mind right, and I was ALWAYS on time to work. These factors set me up for an amazing day. Every. single. day. 
  • Eat the carbs. When you are exercising, your body NEEDS the carbs. Go ahead... eat the bread. Call it carb loading. (Yes, I 100% understand the science behind carb loading. Eating bread is NOT carb loading.) Whatever. You can then say, "It is fine! I ran today!" Have the bread. 
  • Learn how amazing your human body really is. There is something amazing about pushing your body to the extreme and then finishing saying, "God is so amazing! He made THIS body to do amazing things!" 
  • I'm on top of the world!  You really do get that feeling at the end of a good, long run. 
  • Set an example for your kids. I honestly never remember my family exercising. They absolutely supported me in my love for sports... But when I entered the racing world, I met families that ran races together. HOW COOL? Coach may be praying for a lineman/baseball star... but this mama is praying for a runner. I want my child to see me running and want to be a part of such a great exercise. Do it for your family! 
I could add to this list for days... it is just making me want to go run... at 10:30pm. On a Saturday. 

I LOVE sharing running plans with people. Want to start running? There are a TON of amazing resources out there to help guide you! I won't lie, if you think my pregnancy updates are annoying... Just wait until I start posting my post pregnancy running updates. 

Love love, 
C^2 

Friday, July 17, 2015

29 Weeks

How Far
29 Weeks 

and going strong... 

And by going I totally mean sweating. 
Yes. Sweating strong. 

How I Feel:
 I can be sitting and not moving in the AC house and just start pouring sweat. I am usually taking 3 showers a day from the sweating. 
I can't really complain about anything unless I sit for too long and then my feet hurt. I try to stay really active and wear my tennis shoes all day.
I really didn't leave the house much this week. I went to the doctor and to birthing class. You know it is summer when you do a load of laundry that only consists of gym clothes and bathing suits. 
 Last Saturday I handed the grocery shopping duties to Coach. All of them. Meal planning, shopping, unloading, and cooking. It was a very successful trip and he only came home with one thing I have never ever purchased in my entire life: Berry PopTarts. Who knew they even made those?
So this week's meals have consisted of lots of meat and veggies on the grill that I have not had to prepare. And 675 cups of Greek yogurt.  Really... win. win. 
Yes, it is true. I officially now do nothing around here.. for those of you keeping track. 

I went to the doctor for my first of several every two week appointments. 
My iron was rechecked and actually came back perfect. No medicine needed. 
I asked about the weight gain and she said that and my blood pressure was wonderful. 
She did say that 30 weeks pregnant in the dead of a hot hot summer was a wonderful time to start walking and chill on the running. 

We also had our first birthing class at the hospital. We have two more. I am so thankful that the teaching has given me exact things to pray for. I needed that information. I need exact things to think about. 

I did have one crazy meltdown and panic attack one night. It kept me up all night. I was doing so so so well keeping those in check. 

I need to add that pregnancy for me so far has been like a text book. If the book says, "This is about to happen..." Then usually it does happen. I am thankful for that. It has kept my worries down. 

Also, Baby Cain has gained some weight. (The apps say babies put on fat from here on.) I can tell because the movements are more like belly moving movements. Up until now they have been more jabs and quick punches that really only I see and feel unless I tell people to watch so that they can see. Well, now we like to move from side to side and make my belly move. I LOVE the feeling and I LOVE being reminded that a big healthy baby is moving around, but sometimes it takes my breath away. I have to stop, let BC get situated, and then keep going. 

Maternity Clothing: 
Ha. 

Cravings: 
This juice.

BLTs. 
Veggies cooked just right. 
Baked potato. 
Some steak from our favorite Mexican restaurant. 
Oh, and a cherry slurpee which are now called Blast that came to mind at 4am. I had to wait until 6pm to go get one. 

Nursery:
I've been working and just have a few things to hang. I ordered the LAST touch this morning. The remainder of things I need to get happen to be the necessities.
Sweet Mama Bette sent Baby Cain a mattress and mattress cover. It makes the nursery look like a baby could live there!
I won't be sharing pictures until Baby Cain arrives so that when I share the room there will be bedding in there. We have to wait until September for that.
Pink? Red?

I did spend LOTS of time this week finalizing my cross country schedule and finishing class assignments.(Can I get a whoop whoop!)  Now I need to shift my attention to unit plans and curriculum maps.

Sweet Baby Dub: 
We are enjoying our time together at 4am. He also loves my pillow.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

28 Weeks

How Far: 
28 Weeks
Oh! Hey, third and final trimester! 
Do you see how Dub just kicks off my pillows to claim his spot on the coach. Worthless. 

How I feel: 
Pedicures get better with each visit. 
It is officially getting holy moly cow hot here in south Ga. 
My belly is getting heavy and causing me to walk more than run. The heat is also just so suffocating that walking and indoor yoga is the best. (I consider being active at almost 30 weeks in the dead of summer a win. I mean, so many people told me I wouldn't stay active. Not that I am trying to impress anyone by any means, I just know what makes my body feel better. Being active is best for me.) 
I am trying really hard to break the habit of getting up at 4am, working on school stuff or Internet browsing, and then napping from 7am-10am. I have been doing this lately. I really like to get up early and get big things accomplished before 10am or so. ( I am actually up at 5:30am typing this. We like to have dance parties and get the hiccups really early in the morning. Baby Cain may be a morning person.)  
I am really thankful for pools and friends. They are making this summer the best. 
I was struggling with my iron count and I wanted to have that taken care of so I have been eating lots and lots of steak. A good burger is good too. Coach is not complaining too much. 
My feet are swelling. It really helps to wear my shoes all day. So if you see me walking around the house in my Nikes... no big deal. 
I still have to drink two gallons of water a day to feel normal. This should be fun when August comes. 
Fruit and veggies are great. 
Carbs are my bff too. 
I am anxious to go to the doctor next week to check blood pressure, weight gain, and iron. We also start birthing classes next week.


Maternity Clothing: 

Ha. Yes. Living in swim suits if I can help it! 

Cravings: 
Steak. 

Oh, and while visiting my mom while in Jefferson, she convinced me to drive out of the way to get an Innbetween sandwich. It didn't take much to convince me. Oh. Em. Gee. Just as good as always. Turkey on a roll was perfect. 

Nursery: 
No big projects this week since we were out of town. However, I did finally complete my baby registry at Babies R Us. I loved the store and my mom was the biggest help ever. She would research brands and fix things that I broke while trying them out. She also kept my meltdowns under control when I was close to having a break down when I saw the amount of STUFF that was needed. 
I did go ahead a purchase a baby book that I plan to start filling out next week when my classes are over. I also purchased a hospital gown that was on sale. I am working on our hospital bags. I need to add nurse treats to the list of things to do. (insert small panic attack) 

I should go ahead and confess that if Baby Cain is a girl... I have changed her name twenty times. Really. Our boy name... solid as a rock. (No. That's not the name. Although don't think something like 'Rock Cain' wouldn't work for Coach. He is all about the nickname.) 
Girl name(s) change daily. I am going with the "I gotta see what Baby Cain looks like!" excuse. 

Here is the painful part... Baby C has NOTHING with a monogram on it. What in the world?! The struggle is so so so real. 

Sweet Baby Dub: 
We are having some major bonding time from the hours of 4am-6am. 
He struggles with the heat as well.

Funny Story:
Well, funny now that it is over.

When we were leaving for our final lap of the BabyMoon on Wednesday I most likely fixed my famous 1/2 Spark for the road. I love to put a handful of ice in my cup AFTER I mix it. I must have done this on the way out and did not close the freezer door all the way. I left it open about 6 inches. Just enough to over run the thing, causing everything in the freezer and fridge to melt and STINK. On Sunday when we walked in the house it was smelling like death. We spent about two minutes investigating and noticed what it was. Now, luckily not much was spoiled because I had pretty much emptied the fridge since we were traveling. I only had a few packs of fish and veggies in the fridge. My Zaycon chicken is in our garage freezer. WOW! Talk about death smell. It was horrible. I couldn't clean it. Coach was so mad! So he cleaned everything out and I began to Clorox and clean everything down in hopes of getting rid of the smell. Fast forward a week later: We have completely cleaned out and clean the fridge down daily and you can still get a strong smell every now and then. We have done everything. It is getting less and less each day and with each cleaning. I just want Baby Cain to look back when he/she is in Med school and think, "I am so smart because I took all of my mama's brains back in summer 2015!" Because legit kid, you have! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

True Love: Clarisonic

Today I am taking a small break from all talk Baby Cain and going to discuss a true love. 
Sorry Coach, this ain't about you either. 




Since last May my skin has been breaking out. I was struggling with adult acne in a bad way! I believe it was running, hormones, and the heat that just made my skin an absolute mess. I only use Bare Minerals powder on my face. I wash my face each day and night. It just was not helping at all. I even went to Bare Minerals and bought some liquid foundation to add more coverage to hide the mess that was my skin. I should also add that I never had skin issues when I was younger. So this was a new thing for me. I tried ProActive and I liked it, but after a week or two of using it, it was burning my face. Then I looked at the ingredients and it kinda made me nervous. I'm a pretty "natural" person and just no longer felt great about adding all the chemicals to my face.

Then in January.... Baby Cain joined the picture and the hormone struggle I was dealing with. Looking back, acne was my biggest pregnancy symptom. It was so bad that one morning Coach asked if I thought it could be chicken pox. I had really bad acne all over my face, neck, and back.  I have NEVER had to deal with this. I asked the doctor what I should use and she suggested a MILD face wash ONLY, and a good scrub. I went home and did some research.

I had thought about a Clarisonic in the past, but spending more than ummmm..... $20 on a "beauty tool" is so so so not my style. Really. I just needed some relief so I asked for one for my birthday. Coach agreed and surprised me with The Mia Two. Really, it was a surprise because I just mentioned it one day and how I thought I was just going to have to bite the bullet buy one.

After the first night of using it, I was so in love! I LOVED the smell of the mild face wash. I LOVED the way the wash made my skin feel. The scrub was amazing and made my skin feel so soft and smooth. I was able to use it on my neck and face. I actually looked forward to the one minute of scrubbing that I was doing each night.

Once I used the Clarisonic for one week, I could 100% tell a difference. Now that I have been using the Clarisonic for 5 months, I can tell the biggest difference. My skin is so soft, clear, and smooth. I really hate that I did not make this purchase sooner. In fact, it is my favorite beauty product.

The tool came with a small bottle of face wash. I used it daily and just ran out last month. I bought a bigger bottle and the sales lady said it should last about a year. It was $25.00. I am ordering some replacement brushes today. It is suggested to change them every 3-5 months. You will start to tell a difference and be able to tell when you need to change them.


I suggest reading the recommended usage directions. It will keep your face from getting "too much scrub."

Coach ordered mine from Amazon because we get EVERYTHING from there. However, Ulta sometimes runs deals on them.

**I was not paid for my opinion. These are my REAL LIFE thoughts. 

27 Weeks

How Far
27 Weeks



The last week of the 2nd trimester. Is it really? Time is flying! 

This has been the BEST week so far. Let's start from the beginning: 
I finished my Master's Degree!


Two friends and teacher pals started with me last June. It really was a great year and we can now mark that off the bucket list. 
Whoop! That is done and behind me! Now I have four days to relax before the next degree starts. Here is  Coach editing my last paper for this degree. He gets a break for a few days before his editing starts again.
Don't worry about the 'Good Luck, America' balloon that we had to celebrate the Women's World Cup. 


Also, we decided that this would be the best time to schedule a BabyMoon since it technically is Coach's only week off this summer. So we left Wednesday night to finish out the family vacation lasting until Saturday then planned to have ZERO plan and hit some new beaches and towns that we haven't visited until Tuesday. Then Wednesday we planned drive to Jefferson to see as much family as possible since our trips north will soon be limited in the next few months.

How I Feel:
Laying on the beach all day has me feeling 100% amazing. As long as I eat real food every hour and not just junk, then I feel great. I have to drink around 2 gallons of water a day to keep the swelling down, but really I feel awesome. (Spoiler alert... the really fun... "I'm ready for this baby to come" doesn't hit for two more weeks.)
It was super amazing to have Coach at the beach finally. I love a good trip with the gals, and I love our time apart, but him being there was the best. It also gave him so reading time to catch up on the important things...


Maternity Clothing:
Are you kidding? Yes. For sure.
Just for fun: We left for the beach Wednesday night and I packed ALL of my bathing suits, cover ups, and towels in one separate bag. Well, I left that bag on the bed. I went to the beach for a week with no bathing suits.

Good thing Target was having a sale! Good thing beach stores always have more of a selection.
So I had to buy two new swim suits. Funny how that worked out.

Cravings:
A good, cold, wedge salad.

And really any food.
Here is a small fact about my FIL: If you go out to eat with him, he WILL ALWAYS order a dessert with five spoons. No harm here. It was so so so delish.


Nursery:
Saturday morning we left pretty early to head out to our first unknown destination. The TJ MAX in Daytona is legit the best HomeGoods EVER. Somehow I convinced Coach that I needed an hour of time in this store. The good news is I racked up on some nursery decor. The bad news is: We had my car packed down. It was loaded from top to bottom. With this being said, nursery decor is finally complete. I have to purchase four baskets for the changing table and then I am literally 100% finished. I need to dust, polish the floors, and hang the gallery wall. My goal is to be completed by August 1st.

Now, as far as baby necessities... I should probably get busy on buying those. Like diapers. Stocking up on needs will begin soon.

I also have a goal of getting our bags for the hospital packed and ready to go. I plan to stock up on travel size products, gowns, and random essentials and go ahead and have the bags ready to go. I know some people think that I am starting this too early... But I just know how crazy insane our house is in August and September. Well really August- December. Wait, August- May. Ugh... I have the desire to go clean something now.

Sweet Baby Dub:
Poor Dub had to have his yearly reminder that he is indeed a dog. He spent the week with the vet enjoying some much needed time with his peers. No worries, we picked him up in time to travel to Jefferson with him. It also made me aware that traveling with a baby and a Weimaraner will be a treat!



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

26 Weeks

How Far
26 Weeks
I guess I could also use these pictures as a "Hair Growth" journal. I am also growing out my hair. 

Baby Cain will have hair growing. This week was the first week that I really thought, "Coach and I are having a baby!" It may seem odd but the hair color and texture made me really really excited. I guess I am just pumped to see what a combination of the two most opposite people ever will LOOK like. I have always dreamed about how Baby Cain will ACT... seeing as how again, we are the exact opposites. Now we are adding looks.... Will Baby Cain have thin blonde hair? Thick dark hair? Possibilities are endless.


How I Feel:
My feet and hands hurt and swell. It is kinda difficult to get out of the bed. However, I sleep like a rock. I don't normally get up to go to the bathroom once I am sleeping. I try to drink a TON of water during the day, but this has me going to the bathroom a lot during class. Sorry, Professor. My diet has been super poor this week. Mainly because I have been in class, working on class work, or traveling.

Let's get to the travel details:

My last class for the week was on Wednesday. We had a great idea to drive down to the beach Wednesday evening. (Hey, when you live in South Ga, you are half way there!) Mama Bette got to come! It was her first time back at the beach in FOREVER. So, Penny, Mama Bette, and I made the journey down to Daytona. It was full of MEMORIES! Mama Bette finally got to see our house. Penny finally got to see the nursery and the work done so far. Then we got to head down to the sand of Daytona Beach.  They also got to see Baby Cain move for the first time. This means when my stomach starts jumping... all eyes are on me... Or Baby Cain... In my stomach. It was lots of... Memories and laughs. That is for sure!



I have to say I did a pretty amazing job of working hard to have all of my assignments done before I left. This meant some all night work sessions but who wants to leave the beach to write a paper? I only had to leave the beach early once! We were on the beach from Thursday morning til Sunday afternoon. I had to leave Sunday to head home to prepare for my last week of my Master's Degree. I was so close I could feel it!


I was doing some praying while on the trip. Although I could feel movement, Baby Cain was not moving as much as normal. Baby Cain can be a wee bit wild at times. When I called Coach he said not to worry... the waves were putting Baby Cain on vacation mode too. Sure enough... once I got home Sunday night the kicks and flips were back up to speed. I guess it was Coach's voice that did the trick. Don't tell him. He's already convinced he's the favorite.
 
Maternity Clothing:
Oh yes. (ONE of the MANY stories) I come walking out of the room in a maxi dress. Mama Bette whispers to Penny: Is that a gown?
Bless.

Cravings:
My food intake was not great. Again, with school and travel... it was rather poor. I mostly ate carbs. As far as cravings: I just crave food. I love love love to eat.

Nursery:
Nothing major since last week.


Sweet Baby Dub:
I think lots of people are worried about Dub. I mean, I guess I'm just NOT. I mean... I was once worried about how we would transition, as well as he would feel and act towards the new addition. I just started hardcore praying about it. Now I have no fears at all. I just feel that he will just LOVE the new Cain sibling. Although, I am trying realllllly hard to convince Coach to adopt a Weim in need....


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

25 Weeks

How Far: 
25 Weeks

Baby Cain is the length of a green onion. The exciting news is that Baby Cain's ears are very developed and very sensitive. Now he/she can hear voices pretty well. Yes Baby Cain, that is your sweet brother Dub barking at the neighborhood squirrels. That is your daddy yelling at the TV from time to time. That is me hollering at your daddy to bring some toilet paper to the other bathroom because I constantly forget to stock that bathroom with supplies. 

And I pray your taste in music isn't being developed right now. Daddy makes us listen to random junk in the car. I am sorry. 

How I Feel: 
I hate riding in the car. BUT... we do have an amazing crew going to and from school for the next three weeks! Sleep is my absolute favorite thing in the world. With this being said, class days are hard. Professors don't find napping acceptable in graduate classes.


I had my glucose test this week. I was a little worried about it. I was worried about not eating first thing in the morning. Then I was concerned that the drink would make me sick. I also prayed hardcore about the results. I DID NOT want to fail this and have to take the 3 hour test. I DID NOT want to fail and then have any worries over Baby Cain's health.
The test went fine. I just had to chug the drink. It wasn't bad at all. It really was like a flat Fanta. The waiting for an hour was kinda boring. I brought all my books to read so I filled the time. Then when the hour came, the doctor came in and easily found the heartbeat. Baby Cain was running wild. No surprise there.
UPDATE* I assume I passed the test. I haven't had any call to tell me otherwise. The nurse said no call was a good call.
I also saw a new doctor. I do LOVE my primary doctor. I just will feel at peace if I am familiar with the other possible doctors that may run to the rescue when I am in delivery mode. I didn't have any questions. I did however ask if I could still run. She laughed and said, "Sure! Just don't get too hot!"
When we did lab work everything was perfect. I did however have a slightly low iron count. It is recommended to have a 10. Mine was 9.8. This is GREAT for me because normal (not pregnant) Carley usually sits on a 7. I am not taking iron pills YET. I am still taking iron supplements. Plus, I eat streak and red meat MANY nights out of the week. Coach does not complain.

I also went to this appointment alone for the first time. I HAD to have the appointment in the morning and felt bad if Coach missed practice. It wasn't that bad at all. Plus, I got to have some unsupervised nursery shopping time afterwards.

We scheduled my last 4 week appointment. When I return in July, I will be on the every 2 week rotation. That means it is getting rather close! 

Maternity Clothing: 
For sure. 
I am still wearing my rings, but with the heat and constant sitting I feel like I should take them off soon. I don't want them to be cut off if I wait too late. 

Cravings: 
Anything I don't have to cook. Although, some good home cooked meals are always the best. Coach has done most of the cooking these days due to me finishing school work. Steak is a new favorite. Steak and shrimp. Chicken is kinda WOOF.

Nursery:
Ahhhhh.....
Have you ever heard the phrase, "It takes a village!" Well... that is so so so true!

We are officially the most unhandy people ever. I am a bit nervous about Christmas toy construction in the future. Thank The Lord for amazing friends that come in and save the day!

We have a super wonderful friend that repaired and painted a piece of family furniture. He picked it up, fixed it, painted it, and delivered it the next day. I love it! It is the perfect piece of storage!

Then, we had some ahhhmazing friends that are really family now... come in and put the crib together and hang the window treatments


Best. Friends. Ever.
Because we would have for sure killed each other if Coach and I had to assemble that crib.

Also, during my unsupervised shopping I picked up some baskets, a lamp, some curtains, and ordered the rug. I will pick the rug up next week. (They wanted $80 to ship it.)

I do kinda have some anxiety about the lack of color in this sweet room. I know we will add some color once Baby Cain comes home....

Now I love walking by and looking at a room that is finally coming together.

I have purchased some wall decor. I am going to finish up that shopping this month. The goal is to have the room "finished"  in August. That way I just have to add some gender specific decor once Baby Cain is here.

I should also mention that I booked a maternity photo session. I debated it for 6 months now. I just want some very casual pictures. I am thinking more of family pictures. I won't be displaying a bare bump or anything. Baby Cain's photographer that we will be using for newborn pictures lives on an amazing farm. Her family pictures are absolutely amazing. So I booked a session for the end of August. I almost had a session of pictures with just Dub and me. Thankfully she had the perfect week night opening that would allow Coach to be there and NOT miss practice. Yes.... if you are taking note: Baby Cain has a strict schedule thanks to football season. I also add my BFF to the prayer list because I have a gut feeling that she is going to be on serious Bump Duty come September. In fact, I told her she could come take maternity pictures with me. :)

I should add that I could SO see our photographer being my real life friend. (I see you rolling your eyes Chasity!) She is a coach's wife as well and TOTALLY gets my crazy schedule. She has been AMAZING to work with so far!

I also had a bit of guilt with the cost of said photo sessions. Then my motto came to mind: Memories! Memories are priceless.