Tuesday, May 31, 2011

36 weeks and whoa

Yesterday marked 36 weeks!
My belly is huge.
Bigger than last time.
I've thought it all along...


... and here's the proof.


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Friday, May 27, 2011

beach babes

I told Trey today that I think the age that Lael is at-- 18 months, is THE cutest beach age.
Buuuuuuut, I'll probably say that next year, too. :)

She's a bona fide beach babe.


Those legs... I could just eat 'em up.


Here I am bakin' my other beach babe. This view aint too shabby. I think I would like to do this right here for the duration of my pregnancy. K, thanks.


What's that you say? Am I wearing a maternity bathing suit skirt?
Why, yes. Yes I am.
It has come to this, my friends.
I never thought I'd see the day, but here it is in all its glory.
I'm cool with it though. With getting up and down chasing after a toddler this is what makes me comfortable, and that's all that matters, right?
Yes, Kelli, keep telling yourself that.

At least my man still thinks I'm a babe. :)

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I'd say my mom is a babe, too. She's a grandma who's still got it. :)


What's a week at the beach without this hot babe of an aunt?!





Yep, life sure is sweet on the beach with these THREE babes!

*Don't forget to go read about our success with Baby Orajel® Naturals and enter the GIVEAWAY that I'm hosting for a chance to win a $100 Babies 'R' Us gift card!
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

the first of many

This week we are on Kiawah Island with my family beachin' it up! Lael loved the beach last year and she loves it even more this year. She can't get enough of the sand and surf! I must admit, the beach experience with an 18 month old versus a little infant is quite a bit easier. Yep, being able to walk is key. The beach is her playground and I'm happy to let her roam! Here are the first of many beach pictures...

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Last but not least, my fabulous belly hole! I dug a hole in the sand and laid a towel over it so I could tan the backs of my legs. It felt GREAT. :)

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

the face of an angel

My sweet little Patricia Ruth,


I can't wait to squeeze your chubby cheeks...


and kiss your big ol' pouty lips...


and rub your button nose against mine...


but most of all, meet you face to face.

I'm in love!!

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Monday, May 16, 2011

34 weeks and a BIG GIVEAWAY!!


How far along?: 34 weeks. Here is my picture with Lael.
Total weight gain/loss: Last time I got checked I was up 22 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Love 'em.
Stretch marks? none
Sleep: Not that great, but not terrible. I'm having a pain in the middle of my back on one side, and it's really hard to get comfortable even laying down.

Best moment this week: Trey and I watched Ruthie's foot roll across my belly.
AND... Trey gave me a 90 minute prenatal massage at Urban Nirvana for our 6 year anniversary, and it was a.ma.zing. Um, I haven't been able to lay on my stomach in months. The massage bed had a cut out just for my belly. Bliss.

Movement: Because I've had an ultrasound recently I know exactly the way she is positioned. She wiggles around a lot, and it's neat to know which body parts I'm feeling. Her feet are up in my ribs on the right side, which is exactly where Lael's feet were.
I don't care how many times you've been pregnant or how many times you've felt your baby move inside of you, it's a sensation that never gets old. And you never really get used to it. It's a magnificently abnormal feeling that I will so miss when Ruthie exits her comfy home. The way she jolts around in there almost makes me want to give a disclaimer to the stranger sitting beside me in church. "Oh, hi. Uh, please excuse my alienesque belly movements during the church service."

Cravings: No big cravings really. Just enjoying eating whatever I want. I've been surprised at how quickly I get full, so I'm not eating a whole lot at one time.

Gender: sweet girl

Labor Signs: None, just braxton hicks contractions.

Belly Button in or out? still in, but one little part sticks out a little.

What I am looking forward to: Our 34 week appointment this Wednesday.

What I miss: I miss being able to breathe! It's sad when standing for 5 minutes makes you feel like you've just run a 5K. I can barely stand in the kitchen long enough to make dinner (actually, I can't. I take sitting breaks. ha.). The bigger she gets, the further up she is moving, and she must be squashing my lungs. I'm always out of breath.

Random facts:
1. We're about to get serious about working on the new nursery. We've just recently decided that we're going to leave Lael in her room, and put Ruthie in the guest bedroom. Originally we thought we were going to move Lael. The guest bedroom has also been my sewing room, so we've got to move a bunch of stuff out. I've been majorly procrastinating with this. I'll share more when we've made some progress.
2. People have started asking me, "So, any day now, huh?!"
Ahem, no. I have SIX weeks to go. Thanks.

Milestones: Ruthie's Daddy and I have been married 6 years!

On a completely different but wonderful note... I'm hosting a GIVEAWAY!! And it's a good one. You don't want to miss out on your chance to win a $100 Babies 'R' Us gift card! For realz, I'm not kidding. Hop on over here to read about Lael's teething progress, how Baby Orajel® Naturals helped ease her pain, and enter the giveaway!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

i stand corrected

Last year I said that there was nothing better than being a mother on Mother's Day.
I stand corrected.
There's nothing better than being both a mother AND an expectant mother on Mother's Day.


I was thrilled to have gotten this photo of our four generations.
And I am extremely blessed that my girls and I have these two godly women to look up to.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

in honor of mother's day

Here are some of my favorite pictures of my momma and me from back in the day. I thank God for a mother who loves me unconditionally and has spent countless hours praying for me and still does. I hope and pray that I can live up to the godly example she has set.
Happy Mother's Day, Momma!
You taught me everything I know about how to be a mom, and I don't know what I would do without you. I love you. :)

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{My mom pregnant with me on Christmas Day 1982. She's holding the teddy bear that my grandfather gave me for Christmas, the same day (hours before) he passed away suddenly from a heart attack.}


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{My mom's first Mother's Day 1983}

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Kelli age 2-53

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Monday, May 2, 2011

32 weeks and a baby

No, you didn't miss anything! That is not Ruthie in my arms. I am still great with child. Today marks 32 weeks! :)
(Here is my picture with Lael.)


AND my best friend, Jess, had her baby boy last Thursday, April 28!!
I got the call Thursday morning, packed my bags, dropped Lael off in Lexington with my mom, and headed to Hartsville! I made it there just in time with a little to spare. Everything worked out perfect for me to be able to be there. I was honored and privileged to be in the delivery room as Thomas Hunter Ryan entered the world. I was dubbed "the photographer", and had an absolute ball!

What an incredible blessing it was to be able to be there that day and in that moment when time seemed to stand still. God so beautifully shows His glory every time a precious life emerges, and there was no doubt that He was there in that room.

I must say, holding a tiny newborn on top of my tiny almost newborn is quite a phenomenon. Especially when she practices her ninja moves on him while he's sitting there. Nuts. The whole concept of pregnancy still just blows my mind.

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I can hardly wait for these two to meet face to face.


After ten weeks of bed rest and then two additional weeks up and at 'em (oh, the irony), Jess ended up making it to 38 weeks. Praise the Lord!
Thomas Hunter Ryan
7 lbs. 6 oz. 19 inches of perfection.
Isn't he positively precious?!


Handsome from the very start. Ruthie will be quite pleased. :)



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