the long stretch.

Any mom who has given birth or has waited for their adoptive baby knows that the last few weeks can be the hardest and longest weeks. And for someone who is not gifted with patience the days seem to go by slowly as my body slows down in preparation for D-Day (delivery day).  Some concerns that stress me out right now is falling behind on laundry and then having baby and coming home to buckets of laundry to do or falling behind on cleaning the house. I am so particular about things and it makes me sad that I operate like this sometimes. Thankfully I hired a cleaning lady to help me with floors and bathrooms every week once the little guy arrives so that is one burden taken off my shoulders. 

I have been hearing WAY too many friends who have been having their babies in their bathrooms, parking lots, cars, hallways because labor went by so quickly. I will be delivering in our towns new hospital so Nick and I have a plan to just immediately go to the hospital right when I go into labor since my labor with Max went by extremely quicker than Calvin's. For me, the car drive is sometimes the worst part so the idea of getting to the hospital as quickly as possible and laboring there or walking the lobby sounds more appealing.

I am hoping to get a pedicure, go on a few more date nights, get a massage, see my chiropractor one more time, and also visit the beach within the next 3 weeks before the little guy arrives. I feel like a new mom all over again because every birth and child is so different and the unknown of it all gives me all the feels. At my last OB appointment my doctor asked me how my exercised-induced asthma was doing and I flat out laughed in her face because I have been the least active in my entire life for these past 9.5 months. Thankfully, Spring will be here soon (it is 71 degrees here in San Diego today) so as long as my groin muscle heals I can't wait to get out of the house and walk around more. To say I am out of shape is a complete understatement.

As for the blog I am not sure how active I will be once we have three kids to take care of. I am pretty active on social media so I plan to share a lot via those outlets but I plan to write a post about the delivery, life with 3 and postpartum care. As for all the old ladies at the grocery store telling me I look like I am "going to pop". You are right! I am very big and ready to go but unfortunately have no control over the situation. Our little man will be here on a day only the Lord knows and thankfully this time around I am 100% okay with that. 

I would love and appreciate prayer for 1. a smooth labor and delivery for me and baby boy, 2. Max and Calvin to have a good transition to our new addition 3. to not get postpartum depression again 3. to have patience and 4. to respect and love Nick when things get stressful once we are out-numbered.

If you need me you can find me on my couch ;)

Last Sea World trip before baby  

Last Sea World trip before baby  

We were in the soak zone

We were in the soak zone

I love when they all match!  

I love when they all match!  

Eating some junk food for the last time. 

Eating some junk food for the last time. 

ways I am preparing for our new baby.

I have about 6-7 weeks (or 44ish days)  before I give birth to our third son. Being the planner that I am I always have a constant running list of things I need to do before and after this new guy arrives. As much as I try to sit and just enjoy these last few weeks with just two boys it is not me to just push my self-made list aside. Every women is different but I wanted to share with all of you the ways I am preparing for our new baby. My hope is that by tackling some of these things will help alleviate any stress or problems in the future. I have learned how quickly life can change when you add new things onto your plate so each day I am trying to do little tasks to help accomplish all of these goals. 

Ways I am Preparing for our New Baby

  • Clean out all the drawers in all of our bedrooms of clothes we do not wear or need. 
  • Go through all of the boys toy bins to throw out broken toys, donate toys we do not use, and organize all of the tiny pieces of legos and parts we have.
  • Clean out our SUV of the loads of goldfish, sippy cups, and tissues that have accumulated over the year. 
  • Set up a house cleaner to come clean for two months after baby is born. I am thinking I will have her come every 2 weeks to do a big clean and then my mom and I will keep up with the everyday stuff.
  • Organize a drawer of postpartum care for myself. I am putting together a drawer of all of my nursing friendly tanks, comfy pants, and then a separate drawer full of bathroom needs (witch hazel, pads, spray, cream, etc.).
  • Make a list of our favorite take-out and restaurants that I can use Uber Eats for. Our neighborhood sadly does not get delivery for Amazon Fresh or any grocery delivery but I know Uber Eats will come here so on the days where lunch is far from my mind or I can't find anything for dinner I can easily give Nick a name of a place we like to eat and he can order food for us.
  • Make a drawer in the kitchen and in the fridge where I can prepare the boys easily accessible snacks and breakfasts choices.
  • Write up the boys schedule and contact a few friends for when I go into labor. My mom will watch Calvin and Max when I am giving birth and then will come to the hospital right after baby is born so I want to make sure that there is no confusion on what the boys need while I am away. I am also getting our spare car seats ready in case they need to go somewhere with my mom or a friend (think insurance info, doctors numbers, sleep routine, foods they like, etc.).
  • Pack hospital bags for Nick and myself. This is actually the tasks I am most excited about and will probably wait until I am 36 weeks to do. I have always loved getting everything ready for our hospital stay just because it puts everything into perspective for me.

This list might seem long but it honestly helps me so much to have a plan of action and it makes the time I have left to wait not seem so long. I know that it will take a lot of practice for me to learn to let some things go and to just relax once the baby comes but knowing I completed this list will help give me some peace of mind. I would love to hear what you do to prepare for your new baby.

PC: Courtney White 

PC: Courtney White 

28 years of life events.

Today is my 28th birthday! Last year I wrote 27 facts about myself HERE and this year I thought it could be cool to share a short timeline of my life thus far. I always love getting to know the face behind a blog so I thought I would do something similar. 

The hardest part about getting old  is that I still feel like a kid on the inside. I know I have grown a lot over the years but a lot of my habits, emotions, and views on life are the same and for that reason I still feel like I am 6 years old at times. 

Today I am getting a massage with my sister Michelle and then will be eating my traditional birthday meal of corned beef, mashed potatoes, and candied carrots. For dessert we will have rice crispy treats and a big bowl of pomegranate (yes, I eat this almost every year).  I wanted to try something new this year though and would love your help in making this a new tradition. Would you consider doing a random act of kindness in my honor? It could be something simple like bringing your neighbors trash cans in or bringing coffee to your child's teacher at school or even something big like surprsing your friend or spouse with a fun dinner. But I would love to hear what RAOK you did for someone in the comments below and then I hope to write them all up and share them back on here next week. 

I think this will be a fun tradition to start with my kids and will also help put into perspective that life isnt always all about us and our little bubbles. There is always going to be more ways to serve and love on those around us. Thanks so much in joining me on my birthday in this small way.

Gina's Timeline

1989- Born at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut weighing in over 9 lbs

1990- Became a big sister

1992- Became a big sister again

1995- Parents got divorced

2004- Moved across country to San Diego, CA

2004- Started high school

2006- Learned to drive

2007- Graduated high school 

2007- Attended college at San Diego State University

2008- Joined Alpha Delta Chi sorority

2009- Met Nick at Chick-fil-A 

2010- Married Nick at Westminster Seminary California

2011- Graduated from SDSU. Go Aztecs!!!

2012- Gave birth to my first son, Calvin Nicholas and also became a stay-at-home mom

2014- Gave birth to my second son, Maddox James

2015- Became a Pastor's wife when Nick was ordained in the PCA (Presbyterian Church of America)

2016- Pregnant with our 3rd son

2017+ ... (Hoping my best friend gives birth to her precious son today)

It's all about the little things. 

It's all about the little things. 

Is it time to sing "happy birthday" yet? 

Is it time to sing "happy birthday" yet?