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Know what this means?!?!
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The hospital bag is {kinda} packed! 🙌🏻🙌🏻
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Of course there are a few things I’ll grab on the way out (pillow, phone charger, John... 😂) but things are washed and ready! 💃🏼
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What was something you couldn’t live without at the hospital?! 👇🏻
Know what this means?!?! ___ The hospital bag is {kinda} packed! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 ___ Of course there are a few things I’ll grab on the way out (pillow, phone charger, John... 😂) but things are washed and ready! 💃🏼 ___ What was something you couldn’t live without at the hospital?! 👇🏻
My actual life lately 🤰🏼
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Can’t eat much in one sitting, but still hungry!
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Unless of course I stuff it in like I did Sunday night, which ended in a middle-of-the-night puke session 😭
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So yesterday was zero workout. No walk. No foods sounded good. 
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BUT since we are 37 weeks YESTERDAY 🙌🏻 I did clean the nursery AND wash some clothes! {finally 😬} and I’d say that counts as a workout at this point.
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Some days you kill it, some days you survive 🤷🏼‍♀️
My actual life lately 🤰🏼 ___ Can’t eat much in one sitting, but still hungry! ___ Unless of course I stuff it in like I did Sunday night, which ended in a middle-of-the-night puke session 😭 ___ So yesterday was zero workout. No walk. No foods sounded good. ___ BUT since we are 37 weeks YESTERDAY 🙌🏻 I did clean the nursery AND wash some clothes! {finally 😬} and I’d say that counts as a workout at this point. ___ Some days you kill it, some days you survive 🤷🏼‍♀️
I’ve done really good at not buying too many clothes for baby, but we have to be ready for bow season 🤷🏼‍♀️
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#itsalrighttobearedneck
I’ve done really good at not buying too many clothes for baby, but we have to be ready for bow season 🤷🏼‍♀️ ___ #itsalrighttobearedneck 
One day you’ll be SO glad you didn’t settle along the way, and instead, you waited on God’s plan.
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Even if it takes 30+ years, it will be more than you can even imagine 😍
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Don’t. Ever. Settle.
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📷: @betsyelizabethphotography
One day you’ll be SO glad you didn’t settle along the way, and instead, you waited on God’s plan. ___ Even if it takes 30+ years, it will be more than you can even imagine 😍 ___ Don’t. Ever. Settle. ___ 📷: @betsyelizabethphotography
The not-so-attractive truth of trying to stay active at 36 weeks pregnant 🤰🏼
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Breathing is hard.
Balancing is hard.
Getting out of your pajamas is hard. 😃
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Since being restricted to light lifting, I just try to squeeze in a couple of rounds of multi-muscle moves every week. I’m not trying to prove I’m tough, just trying to keep moving. 
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But I didn’t add music to cover up my breath. And I didn’t speed it up to make it look like I’m getting after it 😂 I left it all so you could hear the heavy breathing (and this was my first move 🤷🏼‍♀️) and see how slow it is.
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Just. Keep. Moving. No matter how ugly it is or how slow you go 👊🏻
The not-so-attractive truth of trying to stay active at 36 weeks pregnant 🤰🏼 ___ Breathing is hard. Balancing is hard. Getting out of your pajamas is hard. 😃 ___ Since being restricted to light lifting, I just try to squeeze in a couple of rounds of multi-muscle moves every week. I’m not trying to prove I’m tough, just trying to keep moving. ___ But I didn’t add music to cover up my breath. And I didn’t speed it up to make it look like I’m getting after it 😂 I left it all so you could hear the heavy breathing (and this was my first move 🤷🏼‍♀️) and see how slow it is. ___ Just. Keep. Moving. No matter how ugly it is or how slow you go 👊🏻
“Miracles are all around us. We just get so used to seeing them, we call them ordinary things.”— @msmelissaradke 📷: @betsyelizabethphotography
“Miracles are all around us. We just get so used to seeing them, we call them ordinary things.”— @msmelissaradke 📷: @betsyelizabethphotography
Was your pregnancy planned or a surprise??
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When I say that this pregnancy was a bit of a surprise, I do NOT mean not hoped and prayed for. Because it was definitely both of those things!
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But with a cycle that was a total guessing game every month (35 days one month, 21 the next, every number in between...) I truly believed we wouldn’t be able to do it on our own.
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I started keeping track of my temperature every morning last summer so that I would have some helpful information to take at my next annual appointment. I also bought this ovulation test, but we decided to wait until the beginning of this year to use it since they’re about $40 a piece 😬
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BUT, God likes to often remind me that I’m not as great of a planner as I like to think and that HE is in control, not me 😉
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I was on my second month of a 35 day cycle (or so I thought...) which was unusual because the amount of days was NEVER the same 2 months in a row! And after my usual PMS symptoms had been around a few days with nothing to show for them, I thought maybe I would take a test just to be sure.
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So the TIMING of this pregnancy was a bit of a {welcomed} surprise, but also another reminder that God always knows better than we do! Always 🙌🏻
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In case you can’t tell, that ovulation test never got opened. And looking back at November, my temperature actually did increase a little at the end of the month! Because we were already pregnant and had no idea 🤗
Was your pregnancy planned or a surprise?? ___ When I say that this pregnancy was a bit of a surprise, I do NOT mean not hoped and prayed for. Because it was definitely both of those things! ___ But with a cycle that was a total guessing game every month (35 days one month, 21 the next, every number in between...) I truly believed we wouldn’t be able to do it on our own. ___ I started keeping track of my temperature every morning last summer so that I would have some helpful information to take at my next annual appointment. I also bought this ovulation test, but we decided to wait until the beginning of this year to use it since they’re about $40 a piece 😬 ___ BUT, God likes to often remind me that I’m not as great of a planner as I like to think and that HE is in control, not me 😉 ___ I was on my second month of a 35 day cycle (or so I thought...) which was unusual because the amount of days was NEVER the same 2 months in a row! And after my usual PMS symptoms had been around a few days with nothing to show for them, I thought maybe I would take a test just to be sure. ___ So the TIMING of this pregnancy was a bit of a {welcomed} surprise, but also another reminder that God always knows better than we do! Always 🙌🏻 ___ In case you can’t tell, that ovulation test never got opened. And looking back at November, my temperature actually did increase a little at the end of the month! Because we were already pregnant and had no idea 🤗
If you’ve been following for awhile, you’ve probably noticed that there have been less workout posts lately... #duh
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I’ve made a point to keep moving, but it’s hard to keep it interesting when your main form of exercise is a daily walk 😬
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AND THAT’S OK!!!
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HEALTH has always been my priority. And my passion. And I’ve always loved sharing it with others! I’ve always enjoyed fitness, but fitness doesn’t always mean health, and fitness isn’t the center of my life 🤷🏼‍♀️
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But just like healthy looks different on every BODY, it also looks different at different stages of our own journey.
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So I could look at this comparison and see how soft my muscles have gotten. Or that my face is fuller.
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But instead I see the miracle of being able to grow a human. I see that even when I was too nauseous to eat, I was lucky enough that my mom made me cauliflower soup because I was so worried about the baby getting nutrients. That even when I couldn’t get off the couch, I would get up and stretch just to do something good for my body because it wasn’t just about ME anymore. 
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I’ve tried to not use pregnancy as an excuse (even though I definitely made brownies tonight 😬), but instead as a reason to take care of my body. Even if it meant doing it differently than I’ve always done. 
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So yeah, there’s a lot of differences in these 2 pictures. And I feel just as good now as I did then 🤰🏼😉
If you’ve been following for awhile, you’ve probably noticed that there have been less workout posts lately... #duh  ___ I’ve made a point to keep moving, but it’s hard to keep it interesting when your main form of exercise is a daily walk 😬 ___ AND THAT’S OK!!! ___ HEALTH has always been my priority. And my passion. And I’ve always loved sharing it with others! I’ve always enjoyed fitness, but fitness doesn’t always mean health, and fitness isn’t the center of my life 🤷🏼‍♀️ ___ But just like healthy looks different on every BODY, it also looks different at different stages of our own journey. ___ So I could look at this comparison and see how soft my muscles have gotten. Or that my face is fuller. ___ But instead I see the miracle of being able to grow a human. I see that even when I was too nauseous to eat, I was lucky enough that my mom made me cauliflower soup because I was so worried about the baby getting nutrients. That even when I couldn’t get off the couch, I would get up and stretch just to do something good for my body because it wasn’t just about ME anymore. ___ I’ve tried to not use pregnancy as an excuse (even though I definitely made brownies tonight 😬), but instead as a reason to take care of my body. Even if it meant doing it differently than I’ve always done. ___ So yeah, there’s a lot of differences in these 2 pictures. And I feel just as good now as I did then 🤰🏼😉
The goal is to laugh forever with someone you take seriously. 
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When did you know you would marry your spouse? I knew I would marry John from our very first date. 😍
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Even though we went to high school together, we never dated. He was so quiet! And I was so... not 🤷🏼‍♀️ ___
So I was nervous on our first date (almost 10 years after high school!) because I was worried there would be lots of silence 😬 and even though our first date was me watching him eat dinner (that’s what happens when you don’t pick a hungry girl up until 8 pm 😑 she’s already eaten) we talked and laughed the entire time. The rest is history 😘
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And I personally think laughing is one of the MOST important parts of marriage. But having a super hot husband doesn’t hurt things 😉
The goal is to laugh forever with someone you take seriously. ___ When did you know you would marry your spouse? I knew I would marry John from our very first date. 😍 ___ Even though we went to high school together, we never dated. He was so quiet! And I was so... not 🤷🏼‍♀️ ___ So I was nervous on our first date (almost 10 years after high school!) because I was worried there would be lots of silence 😬 and even though our first date was me watching him eat dinner (that’s what happens when you don’t pick a hungry girl up until 8 pm 😑 she’s already eaten) we talked and laughed the entire time. The rest is history 😘 ___ And I personally think laughing is one of the MOST important parts of marriage. But having a super hot husband doesn’t hurt things 😉
Were you pregnant at the same time as any of your friends??
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My brother and his wife are due 5 weeks after us, and my sister-in-law’s SIL is due in between!
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Lots of babies soon 🤗🤗🤗
Were you pregnant at the same time as any of your friends?? ___ My brother and his wife are due 5 weeks after us, and my sister-in-law’s SIL is due in between! ___ Lots of babies soon 🤗🤗🤗
Exactly one month from our due date (which doesn’t mean much, especially since I have strong feelings this baby will be late!) and this is still my response when people ask if we are ready 🤷🏼‍♀️😂
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Nursery ready? 🤷🏼‍♀️😬
Clothes washed? 🤷🏼‍♀️😬
Car seat installed? 🤷🏼‍♀️😬
Hospital bag packed? 🤷🏼‍♀️😬
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But hey - I’m still getting a walk in a few days a week AND I’ve been remembering to take my vitamin, so #winning
Exactly one month from our due date (which doesn’t mean much, especially since I have strong feelings this baby will be late!) and this is still my response when people ask if we are ready 🤷🏼‍♀️😂 ___ Nursery ready? 🤷🏼‍♀️😬 Clothes washed? 🤷🏼‍♀️😬 Car seat installed? 🤷🏼‍♀️😬 Hospital bag packed? 🤷🏼‍♀️😬 ___ But hey - I’m still getting a walk in a few days a week AND I’ve been remembering to take my vitamin, so #winning 
May or may not have cried a little when I saw this sneak peek 😭
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@betsyelizabethphotography is the BEST there is 🙌🏻 and so is my hot husband 😘
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Dress: @amazon 2-day shipping after the 2 white ones I got from China were a big no-go 🙅🏼‍♀️
May or may not have cried a little when I saw this sneak peek 😭 ___ @betsyelizabethphotography is the BEST there is 🙌🏻 and so is my hot husband 😘 ___ Dress: @amazon 2-day shipping after the 2 white ones I got from China were a big no-go 🙅🏼‍♀️
Serious question - to tease or not to tease?
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I. Love. Texas. Hair.
#alwaystease {at least when it matters 👸🏼}
Serious question - to tease or not to tease? ___ I. Love. Texas. Hair. #alwaystease  {at least when it matters 👸🏼}
A guy from up north once asked me why we call it “deer meat” in the south instead of “venison” 😂😂
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Uhh... because that’s what it is 🤷🏼‍♀️
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I’m to the point where I usually can’t get down an entire meal, so I’m eating snacks ALLLLLL DAYYYYY LOOOOONGGGGG. 
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These suckers came from my order at Thrive Market and they are 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻
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Super easy to throw in your purse so you’re always prepared 🙌🏻 plus 12 grams of protein for the pregnant gal 🤰🏼
A guy from up north once asked me why we call it “deer meat” in the south instead of “venison” 😂😂 ___ Uhh... because that’s what it is 🤷🏼‍♀️ ___ I’m to the point where I usually can’t get down an entire meal, so I’m eating snacks ALLLLLL DAYYYYY LOOOOONGGGGG. ___ These suckers came from my order at Thrive Market and they are 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 ___ Super easy to throw in your purse so you’re always prepared 🙌🏻 plus 12 grams of protein for the pregnant gal 🤰🏼
Natural childbirth... who’s done it?!
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There are more than a few reasons I’d like to go this route, and if you know me, you know I don’t make many decisions without doing ALL the research first 🤷🏼‍♀️
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I’ve been reading these 2 books AND we took a childbirth class that was based on natural childbirth 🙌🏻
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And no, I’ve never been through childbirth before. But I’m also not an idiot - I know it will be painful 🙄 #duh I was also in the room with my sister when both of my nieces were born, so I’m not oblivious, either 😬
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But I want to know what methods/strategies/tips y’all have!! 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
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{and if your opinion is to get an epidural as soon as possible, hey - you do you, boo boo. It may come to that, but my goal is for it not to, so keep those opinions to yourself 😘}
Natural childbirth... who’s done it?! ___ There are more than a few reasons I’d like to go this route, and if you know me, you know I don’t make many decisions without doing ALL the research first 🤷🏼‍♀️ ___ I’ve been reading these 2 books AND we took a childbirth class that was based on natural childbirth 🙌🏻 ___ And no, I’ve never been through childbirth before. But I’m also not an idiot - I know it will be painful 🙄 #duh  I was also in the room with my sister when both of my nieces were born, so I’m not oblivious, either 😬 ___ But I want to know what methods/strategies/tips y’all have!! 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 ___ {and if your opinion is to get an epidural as soon as possible, hey - you do you, boo boo. It may come to that, but my goal is for it not to, so keep those opinions to yourself 😘}
Falling in love is easy. But staying in love? That’s special. 😘
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From the minute we got engaged, we were already being questioned about when we would start a family 😑
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We decided we wanted to wait AT LEAST one year before even thinking about kids. We wanted time with each other - to grow our marriage and get used to living under the same roof 😂
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2+ years later and I’m glad we’ve had that time with just the 2 of us. I definitely love him more than I did on our wedding day ☺️
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And I know I’ll love him even more when I watch him become a dad in just 5ish more weeks 🧔🏻🤰🏼👶🏼
Falling in love is easy. But staying in love? That’s special. 😘 ___ From the minute we got engaged, we were already being questioned about when we would start a family 😑 ___ We decided we wanted to wait AT LEAST one year before even thinking about kids. We wanted time with each other - to grow our marriage and get used to living under the same roof 😂 ___ 2+ years later and I’m glad we’ve had that time with just the 2 of us. I definitely love him more than I did on our wedding day ☺️ ___ And I know I’ll love him even more when I watch him become a dad in just 5ish more weeks 🧔🏻🤰🏼👶🏼
What do you do when you want to do your gender-neutral nursery in vintage woodlands animals, but you can’t find any bedding that you like?!
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You find fabric and get your talented mom to just make it for you 🤷🏼‍♀️
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Next up - changing pad cover 😍
What do you do when you want to do your gender-neutral nursery in vintage woodlands animals, but you can’t find any bedding that you like?! ___ You find fabric and get your talented mom to just make it for you 🤷🏼‍♀️ ___ Next up - changing pad cover 😍
Have you ever ordered from Thrive Market?!
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This was my first {& only} order so far, but I’m already a fan!
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So many great things at great prices. Plus, all this was 50% off! Can’t beat that with a stick 😃
Have you ever ordered from Thrive Market?! ___ This was my first {& only} order so far, but I’m already a fan! ___ So many great things at great prices. Plus, all this was 50% off! Can’t beat that with a stick 😃