Monday, February 24, 2014

The Engagement

Oops...forgot to publish this.

Josh and I were celebrating our 2 year anniversary a month early on August 11th when he PROPOSED!!!

This is us before it happened. I was happy and clueless:) He's sneaky! We went to the zoo, our for coffee, to a Thai restaurant, to a concert then our for late night snacks before he blinfolded me and took me to the parking lot where we first talked {all night}. After candle lit parking lot chats, some sparkling apple cider that we had to open on a jagged metal fence and a sweet song he wrote for me...he had me put the blindfold back on and when I took it off. BOOM. Knee. Ring. Question.  YES!!!!  The next day at the park we took a silly picture to announce it to facebook the world.

This was taken August 12th...the next morning after we ate celebratory crepes:) He picked the ring out from looking around on Etsy and ending up finding a local artisan in a cute St. Louis neighborhood that handmakes and designs rings. WHOA. Perfect. The ring is amazing and I stare at it a LOT.
{Please ignore my man hands}

Then we played a show with our band Wildeyed at Plush the DAY BEFORE Josh left for Thailand for FOUR months. 4. 1, 2, 3, 4 months. Our band has been such a beuatiful way to work together to create something and do what we love. Such a fun gig! We love these silly guys!

 So Josh was halfway around the world {exactly half. literally as far away from each other as we could possibly be. painful} It was a long four months but a great four months. He learned a LOT and got even more passionate about the environment, anthropology and helping people. It was a hard, lonely, scary, brilliant, faith-growing and lovely four months. He went with GoED which is just an AMAZING, Christian organization for study abroad. So perfect. Maybe some more on that later.

 But for now here is a picture from a photoshoot I did with David Ayres Photography to send pics to Josh when he was halfway around the world. It's amazing how improtant pictures became since we mostly saw each other as blurry, distorted, lagging images on Skype..."are you getting sick over there? You look really blurry and your nose is sometimes on you foreheard, darling..."
And Josh sent me this so I would know he was still a whole person with the same sweet puppy eyes and face parts in all the right places {even though his beard took over his face while not shaving it for the whole trip.} Actually though...I love the beard and I'm glad it's stuck around:)


 Another shot from David Ayres photography of Josh and I...just added it cause it's CUTE!
So while Josh was gone I had to do a lot of wedding planning...more on that craziness later. But since I was so out of balance with him gone I literally stopped planning until January! YAY! I took a dance class, read some books, hung out with all the people I know and wrote Josh letter after letter and cried and prayed. 
He came back on December 9th and we had a lovely Christmas as an engaged couple. Our friends threw us a surprise Engagement Party and we enjoyed family and friends and the season:)

What a lovely engagement it was.

Baby On Board

So, I briefly mentioned that there is a sweet little baby on the way for Josh and I. We are beyond thrilled that God has blessed us with this little precious beloved baby. I really wondered if I would be able to get pregnant easily or at all since I found out in 2008 that I have PCOS. But with prayer and faith and following a plan for a healthy no gluten, dairy, or processed food diet, plus exsercise...I have kept almost ALL PCOS symptoms at bay and lookie here: there's a baby on board.
You may have seen from my last post, that Josh and I got married July 5, 2013. Well, we rescued a kitten on September 7th. Named her Teasdale after one of my favorite poets. And then realized 4 weeks later that I was 4 weeks pregnant. WOW! Welcome to married life, fur baby life, and parenthood.
So, not sure about any of you other mommas out there, but I didn't always feel pregnant in the first few months. Luckily (haha), I got REALLY sick at 12 weeks and it lasted until 15 weeks then rebounded at 20 weeks. Now I only vomit when I eat something with a bad form of gluten in it or a processed food item. Which I avoid like the plague anyway. But with getting past the worst of the morning sickness I was so happy that little baby flutters came so quickly (16 weeks, Christmas time) for me to still feel like I was pregnant and that there was a real, actual life inside me. Now that I am going into my last trimester and little babe kicks and wiggles and basically freaks out in there all day, I always feel, look & smell (hormones make my feet smell...) pregnant. And it's a wonderful feeling. Strangers commenting on "the little one" and always looking at my face then immediately my belly makes me smile and well up with the greatest emotions. I feel so proud to be a mom. Speaking of emotions I have another AWESOME hormonal pregnancy side effect that Josh & I like to endearingly refer to as the "Laugh/Cry". It is exactly what it sounds like and 10 times as ridiculous. Josh has a great sense of humor that is right up my alley and sometimes he makes me laugh SO HARD...that I cry. One second laughing hysterically, the next sobbing. Also hysterically. Josh even caught it on video once and I'm sure he watches it laughing but also wondering to himself if this is the worst of it. I have a feeling we're both in for a LOT more emotional outbursts on my end. God bless that poor, sweet man who loves me so:) He's going to be an amazing daddy and he's already so excited to meet our little one.
Hey, bet you wanna know if it's a girl or a boy right?! Stay tuned...
But for now, let's learn a little something today to go with the theme of babies!
Baby Swaddling
See what the Baby Center (an app I love using) says about swaddling your new baby:
It's also important to remember that babies may benefit from being swaddled with their arms allowed upwards near their face so they can self sooth and gum their fingers and hands. ALSO, did you know letting a baby fall alseep while sucking a pacifier helps reduce the risk of SIDS? Just remove the pacifier when it falls out of your sweet little one's mouth and let them drift off to dream land.
That's it for today!
See you later, Minties!