Monday, May 4, 2015

The Glorious 2nd Trimester




Second trimester, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I have energy.
I am not sick at all. Just need to take breaks pretty often throughout the day and make sure I stay hydrated.
I don't have to MAKE SURE I get protein every few hours anymore.
And I am nice again!

With that being said, my back will hurt here and there and I can get pretty strong headaches at night when I'm exhausted and know I need to go to bed. And heartburn every night (except last night!) But sheesh! This 2nd trimester has just been amazing (as all my previous 2nds have been. Hence why they call this the "honeymoon" stage)

It's nice to feel a part of society and be able to help Kevin again. First trimester Kevin is what superheroes are modeled after. Minus the spandex. He literally does it all. I can't give him enough kudos for that - especially because he doesn't ask for kudos!

Questions taken from this blog:

weight: gained about 7 pounds

gender: don't know yet! will find out soon!

how far along: 18 weeks

maternity clothes: pants, yes, absolutely.

sleep: sleeping marvelously

best moment this week: Ruby telling me her favorite part about me is Christ in me (cue the heart melting)

miss anything: kombucha!

movement: a tiiiiiny bit. like the sweetest, tiniest "bumps" in there.

food cravings: not really any! I like very healthy, real food. I don't have any gross/bad "cravings" anymore now that I'm feeling more myself again

anything make you sick or queasy: just at night if I haven't eaten or I need to go to bed

started showing: YES! one of my personal favorite parts. Feeling pregnant but not showing pregnant? Not fair;)

belly button in or out: still in

wedding rings on or off: on! have never had to take them off during pregnancy

happy or moody most of the time: so happy, truly.

still able to sleep on belly?: yes! it relieves my back SO much I'm so thankful I can.

looking forward to: everyday. the fact that I get to stay home with these girls and run the home while daddy's at work, meeting to play with friends, have so much freedom - it's all just so amazing to me.


here's some phone photos from lately:

carrying this sweet thing around with me everywhere I go. (17 weeks)

At the Dogwood Festival. Nora stole the show, there are no words to describe that cuteness.

Kevin and I have been so busy lately with church events and work and life that we called for a tuesday night date. and my momma said "yes!" to being able to babysit that night and it was glorious. she snapped this pic before we headed down the road to one of our favorite local spots.

date nights make us happy:)

Monday, April 6, 2015

The List

Making- a third child
Cooking- chicken thighs, brown rice, and roasted carrot sticks
Drinking- water, black coffee, and dark chocolate almond milk
Wanting- ENERGY
Looking- at Honda Odysseys and wishing and believing and hoping
Playing- in Yahweh's awesome creation called nature
Wishing- I spoke softer and kinder to my poor girls right now. Sometimes the pregnancy hormones and their neediness just equals explosion. I've had to repent to them twice today. And one time was on the kitchen floor cleaning up a huge egg yolk mess the 5 year old made while I was teaching her to cook something. On the floor, cleaning with a rag, crying and apologizing for snapping and losing it. It's crazy, folks. I WILL CONQUER HORMONES!! If you know me, I never cry and I can handle my emotions well and I'm a very positive person, this short-fuse is not cool with me! As I said, I'm walking it out relying on Yahweh heavier than ever and through Him I'll be stronger than these hormones!



Enjoying- lime green grass and the blooming trees and flowers EVERYWHERE!
Waiting- Not really waiting on anything! (obvs the baby but I'm in no rush)
Liking- being married to Kevin.
Wondering- how I'm going to make 3 kids clothes and equipment and beds fit in that one small room...
Loving- this stage of life I'm in. It's seriously the sweetest. My days are filled with getting to do WHATEVER I want and getting to do it with two of my biggest fans. I get to be the one to teach and nurture and love my children. I get to stay home and teach Ruby sight words and how butter is made. I get to tell Nora how she was born in the living room and looked just like Daddy when we first saw her. I'm so thankful my days are set at whatever pace I choose to set it at. I LOVE my life and for that I'm sincerely and so deeply grateful to my King.
Hoping- Kevin's little brother heals completely from his knee surgery this morning and for peace for another family member of mine that very much needs it right now.
Marveling- at the Father's goodness. Kevin and I have been talking about how thankful we are that we just click. We go through hard stuff together but never have we been each other's problem, and I'm so thankful that Yahweh chose us to get each other. 
Needing- a house keeper!




Smelling- the great outdoors on my kid's skin
Wearing- workout clothes for the first time in forever because I actually ran some hills and did lunges today. (here's where you can say a quick prayer for my legs tomorrow!)
Noticing- how dirty our house it. it's picked up several times a day and a major pick up at night but CLEANED? Never. I wish. I have no energy for all that. 
Knowing- That Yahweh is who He says He is and HE IS GOOD. He is steady, unwavering, unchanging. He teaches me when I need teaching, comforts me when I need comforting, and kicks my hiney when I need it. He is everything I need and I adore Him.
Thinking- of getting up and making dinner
Bookmarking- if this means what I'm reading then it's 1 Kings about King Soloman
Opening- Reese's Peanut Butter cup miniatures. I will never buy them anymore BUT someone gave me a bag of them and to reject a gift is to reject the giver... (I've had a thousand)
Feeling- not my greatest but not my worst. I'm tired and HAPPY. Thankful and humbled to be doing this for a third time. To get to be His daughter, his wife and their mama. I'm just so, so thankful.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spring Has Sprung! 12-13 weeks


It's been absolutely gorgeous outside and we've been spending our days in the backyard, at parks, eating out of food trucks, and meeting up with friends. These are the days I live for!



Ruby gasped when I put this dress on and said "I'm SO happy you're in pregnant clothes now Mom!" and also "you're gonna need bigger socks now that you're pregnant" :)


I just love this child. She's pure and wonderful.


Rubes snapped this pic of me - the day I turned 13 weeks along!

I've been feeling so good since I turned 13 weeks. Like something flipped on (or off!) and I'm starting to get more energy back and feeling so much better. Hallelujah! I am so thankful to have had a somewhat decent first trimester and SO THANKFUL TO BE PAST IT!

My keys for this pregnancy first trim are:
Stay fed and must eat PROTEIN.
Get a good night's rest.
HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE! This has changed everything for me this time around. I did my darndest not to pity myself and be THANKFUL and embrace it all and it's made everything so much better. 


 We had a storm knock down an already dead tree in the back yard and things have been SO BUSY we haven't gotten around to any yard work this spring.
Kevin is amazing. He's completely picked up all the slack that I haven't been able to do around the house and kept up with laundry, cooking dinners, and cleaning every night.
He's got a big event/project coming up at work that he's heading up and I know his hands are so full but he's just doing amazing. I'm so thankful for him. All his hard work doesn't go unnoticed - the other day I overheard Ruby tell Nora in the back seat:

"No Nora, Mommy doesn't do EVERYTHING, she does some things and Daddy does everything."

That about sums up my first trimester! GO KEVIN!



Dinner outside with these babes while daddy had after-work praise and worship practice. Playing outside all day - coming inside for naps - then back outside for dinner and evening play just DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER!

Onward to the next trimester!!



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

first trimester - third baby



Soooooooooo HERE WE GO! Third baby!! We are truly ecstatic. We've been "ready" and trying since October, got pregnant in November, and miscarried that baby. This is our second miscarriage and it was so very early on and to be honest I never really even "felt" pregnant. So that helped bring a closure and peace. Also, with this being the second one we've walked out I had so much more peace and knowing. I'll have to write sometime about our first and what all I learned from it.

So, praise Yahweh, we had to skip a cycle and then try again in January and we got pregnant again and here we are! Gooooood and pregnant - hallelujah!

I am always wrong with guessing my baby's genders, BUT I think this is a boy because the pregnancy has been pretty different so far than with my first two. (Then again...Nora's seemed different than Ruby's.) With the girls I was soooo so sick and wanted sugar sugar sugar and with this baby, I certainly have had several BLAH and EXHAUSTED days but as long as I stay fed with protein I don't feel SICK. Speaking of protein- I crave MEAT and salty/spices. I WANT healthy, good foods this time vs. all the sugar and junk.
I haven't worked out in, sheesh, months. I mean, a quick little HIIT here and 25 squats there but not really working out and I MISS IT. I'm going to get my butt in action this week and just do it. Did a little fun workout with Ruby today and I was so out of shape and I realized "ok Jess, back to taking care of yourself - and now baby!" The resting time of first sicky weeks was necessary but I'm feeling like it's time to get out there and start LIVING again.

This is also because it's finally finally finally finally almost SPRING. Like....there are no words.
Every year I want to run away from home during the winter months. It's the worst. But ooooooh when the sun comes back out and the temperatures start rising. It's like we're all a little closer to heaven and that makes this marm HAPPY.

STATS:
-10 weeks along
-no weight gain. haha I'm just saying that - I don't even own a scale so I don't know. When I buy one I'll -probably be like "uhhhh YES weight gain."
- been absolutely exhausted and blah and queasy here and there. But in general feel pretty darn good.



Here I am in some first trimester glory. This is my anthem right now if I wake up feeling awful and the kids need their mama I shake myself and wear my

CONSIDER THIS DIEM CARPED
tshirt.

 I actually look nice and alive here but don't be fooled. 
I've looked like this most of these past 6 weeks:

really truly if you look into her eyes you can see me at my worst first trimester moments.

See? 2-3 day old make up, feeling awful, remaining as upbeat as possible:)

the sweet iphone6 is so forgiving on my skin. it looks like it automatically edited it like WOAH  smooth this image OUT.

And that, ladies and gents, is the most boring pregnancy update. But I LOVE reading about how I felt during pregnancies to compare each time I get pregnant/what to expect, etc. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Baby Is On The Way!

Ruby's Gift from Kevin Kiehn on Vimeo.

We are thrilled, elated, and squealing about Baby #3 joining our little tribe. I'll write soon about how this pregnancy has been (really good!) and keep updating regularly. Thank you, Yahweh, for entrusting us with another son or daughter of Yours on the earth!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Glorious 2nd Trimester




Second trimester, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I have energy.
I am not sick at all. Just need to take breaks pretty often throughout the day and make sure I stay hydrated.
I don't have to MAKE SURE I get protein every few hours anymore.
And I am nice again!

With that being said, my back will hurt here and there and I can get pretty strong headaches at night when I'm exhausted and know I need to go to bed. And heartburn every night (except last night!) But sheesh! This 2nd trimester has just been amazing (as all my previous 2nds have been. Hence why they call this the "honeymoon" stage)

It's nice to feel a part of society and be able to help Kevin again. First trimester Kevin is what superheroes are modeled after. Minus the spandex. He literally does it all. I can't give him enough kudos for that - especially because he doesn't ask for kudos!

Questions taken from this blog:

weight: gained about 7 pounds

gender: don't know yet! will find out soon!

how far along: 18 weeks

maternity clothes: pants, yes, absolutely.

sleep: sleeping marvelously

best moment this week: Ruby telling me her favorite part about me is Christ in me (cue the heart melting)

miss anything: kombucha!

movement: a tiiiiiny bit. like the sweetest, tiniest "bumps" in there.

food cravings: not really any! I like very healthy, real food. I don't have any gross/bad "cravings" anymore now that I'm feeling more myself again

anything make you sick or queasy: just at night if I haven't eaten or I need to go to bed

started showing: YES! one of my personal favorite parts. Feeling pregnant but not showing pregnant? Not fair;)

belly button in or out: still in

wedding rings on or off: on! have never had to take them off during pregnancy

happy or moody most of the time: so happy, truly.

still able to sleep on belly?: yes! it relieves my back SO much I'm so thankful I can.

looking forward to: everyday. the fact that I get to stay home with these girls and run the home while daddy's at work, meeting to play with friends, have so much freedom - it's all just so amazing to me.


here's some phone photos from lately:

carrying this sweet thing around with me everywhere I go. (17 weeks)

At the Dogwood Festival. Nora stole the show, there are no words to describe that cuteness.

Kevin and I have been so busy lately with church events and work and life that we called for a tuesday night date. and my momma said "yes!" to being able to babysit that night and it was glorious. she snapped this pic before we headed down the road to one of our favorite local spots.

date nights make us happy:)

Monday, April 6, 2015

The List

Making- a third child
Cooking- chicken thighs, brown rice, and roasted carrot sticks
Drinking- water, black coffee, and dark chocolate almond milk
Wanting- ENERGY
Looking- at Honda Odysseys and wishing and believing and hoping
Playing- in Yahweh's awesome creation called nature
Wishing- I spoke softer and kinder to my poor girls right now. Sometimes the pregnancy hormones and their neediness just equals explosion. I've had to repent to them twice today. And one time was on the kitchen floor cleaning up a huge egg yolk mess the 5 year old made while I was teaching her to cook something. On the floor, cleaning with a rag, crying and apologizing for snapping and losing it. It's crazy, folks. I WILL CONQUER HORMONES!! If you know me, I never cry and I can handle my emotions well and I'm a very positive person, this short-fuse is not cool with me! As I said, I'm walking it out relying on Yahweh heavier than ever and through Him I'll be stronger than these hormones!



Enjoying- lime green grass and the blooming trees and flowers EVERYWHERE!
Waiting- Not really waiting on anything! (obvs the baby but I'm in no rush)
Liking- being married to Kevin.
Wondering- how I'm going to make 3 kids clothes and equipment and beds fit in that one small room...
Loving- this stage of life I'm in. It's seriously the sweetest. My days are filled with getting to do WHATEVER I want and getting to do it with two of my biggest fans. I get to be the one to teach and nurture and love my children. I get to stay home and teach Ruby sight words and how butter is made. I get to tell Nora how she was born in the living room and looked just like Daddy when we first saw her. I'm so thankful my days are set at whatever pace I choose to set it at. I LOVE my life and for that I'm sincerely and so deeply grateful to my King.
Hoping- Kevin's little brother heals completely from his knee surgery this morning and for peace for another family member of mine that very much needs it right now.
Marveling- at the Father's goodness. Kevin and I have been talking about how thankful we are that we just click. We go through hard stuff together but never have we been each other's problem, and I'm so thankful that Yahweh chose us to get each other. 
Needing- a house keeper!




Smelling- the great outdoors on my kid's skin
Wearing- workout clothes for the first time in forever because I actually ran some hills and did lunges today. (here's where you can say a quick prayer for my legs tomorrow!)
Noticing- how dirty our house it. it's picked up several times a day and a major pick up at night but CLEANED? Never. I wish. I have no energy for all that. 
Knowing- That Yahweh is who He says He is and HE IS GOOD. He is steady, unwavering, unchanging. He teaches me when I need teaching, comforts me when I need comforting, and kicks my hiney when I need it. He is everything I need and I adore Him.
Thinking- of getting up and making dinner
Bookmarking- if this means what I'm reading then it's 1 Kings about King Soloman
Opening- Reese's Peanut Butter cup miniatures. I will never buy them anymore BUT someone gave me a bag of them and to reject a gift is to reject the giver... (I've had a thousand)
Feeling- not my greatest but not my worst. I'm tired and HAPPY. Thankful and humbled to be doing this for a third time. To get to be His daughter, his wife and their mama. I'm just so, so thankful.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spring Has Sprung! 12-13 weeks


It's been absolutely gorgeous outside and we've been spending our days in the backyard, at parks, eating out of food trucks, and meeting up with friends. These are the days I live for!



Ruby gasped when I put this dress on and said "I'm SO happy you're in pregnant clothes now Mom!" and also "you're gonna need bigger socks now that you're pregnant" :)


I just love this child. She's pure and wonderful.


Rubes snapped this pic of me - the day I turned 13 weeks along!

I've been feeling so good since I turned 13 weeks. Like something flipped on (or off!) and I'm starting to get more energy back and feeling so much better. Hallelujah! I am so thankful to have had a somewhat decent first trimester and SO THANKFUL TO BE PAST IT!

My keys for this pregnancy first trim are:
Stay fed and must eat PROTEIN.
Get a good night's rest.
HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE! This has changed everything for me this time around. I did my darndest not to pity myself and be THANKFUL and embrace it all and it's made everything so much better. 


 We had a storm knock down an already dead tree in the back yard and things have been SO BUSY we haven't gotten around to any yard work this spring.
Kevin is amazing. He's completely picked up all the slack that I haven't been able to do around the house and kept up with laundry, cooking dinners, and cleaning every night.
He's got a big event/project coming up at work that he's heading up and I know his hands are so full but he's just doing amazing. I'm so thankful for him. All his hard work doesn't go unnoticed - the other day I overheard Ruby tell Nora in the back seat:

"No Nora, Mommy doesn't do EVERYTHING, she does some things and Daddy does everything."

That about sums up my first trimester! GO KEVIN!



Dinner outside with these babes while daddy had after-work praise and worship practice. Playing outside all day - coming inside for naps - then back outside for dinner and evening play just DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER!

Onward to the next trimester!!



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

first trimester - third baby



Soooooooooo HERE WE GO! Third baby!! We are truly ecstatic. We've been "ready" and trying since October, got pregnant in November, and miscarried that baby. This is our second miscarriage and it was so very early on and to be honest I never really even "felt" pregnant. So that helped bring a closure and peace. Also, with this being the second one we've walked out I had so much more peace and knowing. I'll have to write sometime about our first and what all I learned from it.

So, praise Yahweh, we had to skip a cycle and then try again in January and we got pregnant again and here we are! Gooooood and pregnant - hallelujah!

I am always wrong with guessing my baby's genders, BUT I think this is a boy because the pregnancy has been pretty different so far than with my first two. (Then again...Nora's seemed different than Ruby's.) With the girls I was soooo so sick and wanted sugar sugar sugar and with this baby, I certainly have had several BLAH and EXHAUSTED days but as long as I stay fed with protein I don't feel SICK. Speaking of protein- I crave MEAT and salty/spices. I WANT healthy, good foods this time vs. all the sugar and junk.
I haven't worked out in, sheesh, months. I mean, a quick little HIIT here and 25 squats there but not really working out and I MISS IT. I'm going to get my butt in action this week and just do it. Did a little fun workout with Ruby today and I was so out of shape and I realized "ok Jess, back to taking care of yourself - and now baby!" The resting time of first sicky weeks was necessary but I'm feeling like it's time to get out there and start LIVING again.

This is also because it's finally finally finally finally almost SPRING. Like....there are no words.
Every year I want to run away from home during the winter months. It's the worst. But ooooooh when the sun comes back out and the temperatures start rising. It's like we're all a little closer to heaven and that makes this marm HAPPY.

STATS:
-10 weeks along
-no weight gain. haha I'm just saying that - I don't even own a scale so I don't know. When I buy one I'll -probably be like "uhhhh YES weight gain."
- been absolutely exhausted and blah and queasy here and there. But in general feel pretty darn good.



Here I am in some first trimester glory. This is my anthem right now if I wake up feeling awful and the kids need their mama I shake myself and wear my

CONSIDER THIS DIEM CARPED
tshirt.

 I actually look nice and alive here but don't be fooled. 
I've looked like this most of these past 6 weeks:

really truly if you look into her eyes you can see me at my worst first trimester moments.

See? 2-3 day old make up, feeling awful, remaining as upbeat as possible:)

the sweet iphone6 is so forgiving on my skin. it looks like it automatically edited it like WOAH  smooth this image OUT.

And that, ladies and gents, is the most boring pregnancy update. But I LOVE reading about how I felt during pregnancies to compare each time I get pregnant/what to expect, etc. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Baby Is On The Way!

Ruby's Gift from Kevin Kiehn on Vimeo.

We are thrilled, elated, and squealing about Baby #3 joining our little tribe. I'll write soon about how this pregnancy has been (really good!) and keep updating regularly. Thank you, Yahweh, for entrusting us with another son or daughter of Yours on the earth!!