Monthly Archives: July 2010

MEMPHIS!!!

If you’re reading this, please stop and say a quick prayer for Benji and me. We’re heading to Memphis as soon as I get off work. Please pray for our safety as we travel. Also, please pray for God’s will to be done in our lives. While I do feel like Memphis is where we are going to end up, I recognize that I am human and could be 100% wrong on this. Ultimately, we want to be where the Lord wants us to be and that’s what we are praying for.  If Benji gets offered a job tomorrow, we are going to need lots of wisdom. We will have a lot of decisions to make and many will need to be made tomorrow, or in the near future. This situation is both scary and exciting, but we’re both looking forward to growing and being stretched through this.

Thanks in advance for you prayers. They are MUCH appreciated.

Much Love,
Ash

Day 150 – July 27, 2010

This will have nothing to do with pregnancy, but it’s part of our journey while Harper’s still growing inside of me, so maybe he’ll be interested to read about it someday. Who knows.

We leave tomorrow night for Memphis. AH! The school that we were really hoping would offer Benji a job called him today to cancel their interview with him. Apparently they found someone else. I was a little bit bummed, but he still has three more interviews set up for that day. Hopefully something will come from one of those interviews. This whole time (since about June), I’ve felt in my gut that we’d be moving to Memphis, but maybe I’m wrong. Part of me would be happy if I was wrong. Staying in Tuscaloosa would be so easy.

I want to update about something that I find amazing. Maybe no one else will think this is awesome, but I certainly do! Last week, I contacted the pastor at the Vineyard in Memphis (it’s actually in Collierville, which is a suburb of Memphis). I explained to him that I was probably jumping the gun, but that I wanted some information on his church. I did this because one of my biggest fears about moving is just being alone. Benji will be working during the day, and I’ll be at home by myself. I’ll be working from home, but I’ll still be at home…ALONE! I figured the pastor could give me some information on their small groups and what not, so that we could just jump right in, if we did happen to move. Well, he wrote me back and asked where we were planning on moving. I explained to him that I wasn’t really sure because I know NOTHING about Memphis. Long story short, he had one of his small group leaders who has lived in Memphis his entire life call me. His name is Elliot. He ended up calling yesterday and gave me some great advice on where to look for apartments. The amazing thing though? He invited Benji and me over for dinner after Benji’s interviews on Thursday. I know this may not be a big deal to some people, but I just couldn’t believe it. I mean, Benji and I are complete strangers to this guy and his wife, and here they are inviting us over for dinner. I’m excited about it. I’ve been praying and praying for God to bring people into our lives if we move to Memphis, and here He is already answering that prayer, and we aren’t even there yet. Even if  Benji doesn’t get hired and we end up not going, I am just so encouraged by this! It’s a great reminder that God will provide friendships for us wherever we end up…and I’m not going to be alone 🙂

Day 149 – July 26, 2010

99 days left. If that’s not exciting, I don’t know what is!

I am happy to announce that I have discovered a new sleeping position. I know you will all be just as thrilled as I am about this – NOT! I know this is boring, but it’s a big deal to me! For months now, I’ve been waking up 4-5 times a night to go pee. I had actually gotten used to waking up that much, so it wasn’t really that big of a deal. What was a big deal, was the fact that when I would wake up, I was in pain. Since I’ve been pregnant, I’ve been trying to sleep on my side. I’m more comfortable on my right side, so that’s been my preferred sleeping position. Since I’m facing the opposite direction when I sleep on my right side, I have to completely roll over to get out of bed. This was beginning to be a big hassle because of the pain I was dealing with. I don’t really know how to describe it, all I can say is that it hurt like Hades to roll over. When I would finally stand up, I would have to walk around for a second to make the pain go away. It was strange.

Anyways, long story short, the other night I decided to turn my pillows into a mountain. I stacked a couch cushion and three pillows up against my headboard and I slept in a reclined position. Oh…my…Lord. It was heavenly. Not only did it completely take the pain away, but I also don’t wake up to pee as often. I’ve been sleeping this way for nearly a week now, and I only get up 1-2 times a night now. AWESOME!!!

So yeah…there you go. I’m sleeping better now. Yippee!

Day 146 – July 23, 2010

Whoa. I haven’t updated since Monday. It’s been a crazy week. We got new case management software at the office this week and we’ve been training every day. It’s been…interesting. Sitting in a room with 5-6 people for eight hours a day isn’t really all that fun. It reminded me of high school, without all the class changing. My brain was mush by 5pm every day, and I just didn’t feel like blogging.

We’ve had some new developments in Benji’s job search this week. I’m not going  into all the details (anyone who would read this blog probably already knows whats up anyways), but there is a significant possibility that Benji and I will be moving to Memphis soon. When I say soon, I mean like next week soon. I am so so happy that God is opening this door. It’s an amazing opportunity for Benji. The pay is great and he will also get certified while he is gaining work experience. We really couldn’t ask for more, but a part of me is still sad about the possibility of leaving. I haven’t let myself think about it much because when I do, I always start to tear up.  Don’t get me wrong…I am way excited and happy about this, I just have a lot of other emotions that are being thrown into the mix right now. We should have a definite answer by next Thursday.

I don’t really have anything else to write. I mean…I do, but my brain is thinking about so many things, it’d be impossible to type them all out in a way that could be read on a blog. Sheesh. I’m just a little stressed!

Day 142 – July 19, 2010

I fear the days of hot baths are coming to an end. This weekend, I almost couldn’t get out of the tub because the strain on my back was just too much. I made it out, but just barely. I don’t want to give up my hot baths, but I don’t want to get stuck in the tub like a 98 year old woman either. Decisions, decisions.

Speaking of this weekend…it was awesome! Seriously. I had so much fun. Friday night, Benji and I hung out with Katie and Blake. I spent most of Saturday with one of my best friends, Jessica Bonner (I love you boo!).  We shopped and went to see Inception (everyone needs to go see this movie. It’s wonderful!). After the movie, we went to our friend Kristy’s baby shower, which was a blast.  Umm…we also got stuck in the mud – hilarious! After the shower, I headed home for what I thought would be a quiet end to a fun day. I was wrong on that one! Benji and I ended up going to hang out with the April & Jake, who happen to live right above our friends Chandler and Sarah. We ended up walking downstairs to visit Chandler and Sarah, and Stephen and Susanna were over. Basically, I got to see a bazillion friends on Saturday and it was wonderful! We ended up spending the night with April and Jake, got up and went to church on Sunday, and then ended the weekend by spending more time with friends on the lake. I mean…if I could choose how I wanted every weekend to be…it would be just like this last one – lots and lots of time with our friends!

and this…

is freakin’ hilarious!!!!!!!!

Day 139 – July 16, 2010

Holy crap! It IS possible to get pregnant while you’re pregnant…if you have two wombs. I’m pretty sure I only have one, but wow!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1295292/Babies-set-born-mother-week-apart-conceived-different-times.html?ITO=1490

That’s one crazy story. Can you imagine?!

I have been so tired for the past few days. I’m getting plenty of sleep, but I still wake up exhausted every morning. I almost  made a FB status about being tired today, but after thinking about it, I decided not to because I didn’t want to get all the “just wait until the baby gets here” comments. My friend Kristy warned me that would happen – and she was right. Maybe I’m weird, but it annoys me. It was cute at first, but it’s tiring to hear that comment after any minor complaint. I’m tired. Just wait until the baby gets here. My house is a mess. Just wait until the baby gets here. I don’t have time for anything. Just wait until the baby gets here. I’m broke. Just wait until the baby gets here.

I get it people. Our life is going to change drastically once Harper gets here. I’m going to be beyond tired, with bags under my eyes, we’ll be broke as a joke, and my boobs will begin making their inevitable journey closer to the floor. I know. Just because I complain about something now, doesn’t mean I’m unaware of the fact that everything will be even more intense once Harper arrives, so please…for the love, just let me complain a little without throwing that back at me every time 🙂

Maybe I should just take this as a hint to stop complaining…but I AM tired lol.

Day 137 – July 14, 2010

I need to give a big shout out to my heavenly father. I passed my sugar test today. Not only that, but my blood pressure was great, my iron was great and I also lost weight (just a pound). With all the excitement of finding out the sex at the last visit, I think I forgot to mention that I had gained three or four pounds (can’t remember which) at my last visit. At this point in pregnancy, it’s normal to gain about a pound a week, so I wasn’t all that shocked with the 3-4 pound weight gain last time, but I didn’t necessarily like it either.

About two weeks ago, I weighed myself at a friends house. When I stepped on the scale, I about passed out. According to it, I had gained six pounds in two weeks. I felt like there was no way it was right, but I didn’t know why it would be so off. With my sugar test coming up, I immediately started worrying about gestational diabetes. One of the symptoms is excessive weight gain. I shared my concerns with Benji. He was awesome and just told me the scale was off – brownie points for him!

Fast forward through the next two weeks. There was a lot of praying against that scale, and against gestational diabetes. I actually started praying against gestational diabetes and high blood pressure before I was even pregnant. The health professionals say you’re more at risk for it if you’re overweight. Well..I’m overweight and I serve an awesome God who is faithful to answer prayers…so go eat a brick folks!  Not literally, because health professionals are awesome and I appreciate their wisdom/knowledge, but you get what I mean. As you’ve already read above, God answered my prayers – great blood pressure, iron and weight!

This is me after my test. I really wanted to buy this candy bar. It was the jumbo version of my favorite candy bar ever – Mr. Goodbar! I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but this sucker was huge. All in all, it had about 1,500 calories in it…and that’s why I didn’t buy it. I seriously could have eaten that thing whole, and I would have. I sat there with it in my hand listening to bad Ashley trying to convince me that I had enough willpower to just eat a few bites and then save the rest for later. Not true at all. I would’ve scarfed the entire thing down, and I knew it. With a sigh, I put that lovely bar back on the shelf and went up to the front to purchase a normal sized bar. I’m happy that I didn’t listen to bad Ashley.

Day 136 – July 13, 2010

As I was typing out the title for this post, I almost put 2006 for the year. Pregnancy brain is starting to get to me.

Today marks six months for me. One more month, and I’ll be out of the second trimester – where is the time going? I mean…I feel like I peed on the stick and received the shock of my life just yesterday! It’s hard to believe that was all the way back in February. I hope time keeps flying. I know, I know. I shouldn’t wish the time away, but I can’t wait to finally meet and hold our little Harper.

Here’s about how big he is nowadays:

That picture absolutely blows my mind. Is something that big really living inside of me? “Most” of the time, it doesn’t seem like it. There are definitely times of the day where his kicks confirm that he is indeed that big, but I still can’t believe a baby that size is in there. It amazes me.

Tomorrow is the dreaded sugar test ::::::insert evil dramatic music here::::::

I’m trying to be positive about it because Sarah Overcash informed me that stress can cause my blood sugar to be high – seriously?! So yeah…I’m just going to think good things about this test. That drink is going to taste stellar, and I am going to pass with flying colors.

It’s been a week since I’ve had any REAL sweets. I’m just dying to get my hands on a Hershey’s chocolate bar…or some birthday cake.  Needless to say, Benji and I will be going out for ice cream tomorrow night – no brainer.

Seriously though. Please pray that I pass 🙂

Day 135 – July 12, 2010

Well…it finally happened last night! Benji felt Harper. It was sweet. Harper was active all day yesterday. I had my arms folded over my stomach at church, and felt him move a few times during the service. That pretty much happened all day long. Last night, when we got home, I decided to drink some milk to see if he’d move. I’ve figured out that if I sit a certain way, I can almost always feel him from the outside in that position. So…I drank my milk, and then sat and sat and sat. It took a while, but he finally started moving, and I grabbed Benji’s hand, placed it on my stomach and sure enough, he felt him too! Yay.