"But if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea', and it would obey you." -Luke 17:6

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Reagan's Seven Month Birthday (+ a Prayer Request)

Hey, hey, hey!

It's that time again.  
Time to see how Baby Girl, and thus our lives, 
have changed!


Overall, she is a happy baby!  
That is, unless you 
a) take her bottle from her before the last drop is drained, 
b) you stand in the way of the TV when her Mickey is on, 
or c) she is teething or in the middle of a growth spurt.  
But she spends most of her days bouncing in the exersaucer 
(can you say "lifesaver"?!), 
smiling and laughing at her hilarious parents 
(okay, I might have gone a little far with that one, lol), 
or attempting to pick up anything within her reach.  
She's a busy little bee!


At her 6 month appointment, 
Reagan was 17 lbs, 5 oz and 26 3/4 inches long.  
Yeah, she's a chunk, lol.  

That's roughly in the 75th percentile for both weight and height.  
Not too shabby, right? ;)


While we're still not crawling, 
Miss Thing has mastered the art of sitting up and likes to bend at the 
waist until she's almost on her stomach to reach her toys.  
Sometimes she'll flop on over and then get mad 
because she can't figure out how to get where she wants to go.  
Oh well, she'll learn soon enough! 

She can, however, 
stand up while holding onto furniture, 
and attempts to walk in the mobile walker.  
Perhaps she'll do what her Daddy did and completely
 skip crawling and go straight to pulling up and walking??  
You never know with these kiddos!

Food wise, 
Reagan's been quite adventurous 
and is trying a wide array of yummy foods.  
So far she has tried (and enjoys) sweet potatoes, carrots, 
sweet peas, avocados, apples, bananas, pears, and mango.  
Tonight we're trying out the ole' kidney beans---

She is currently the proud owner of 
two pearly white hamster teeth, 
and is working on a third!  
Just when I thought that smile couldn't get any cuter, 
I see two tiny chompers peeking out 
and I just have to giggle!  


She's still fitting into her 6-month stuff, 
which the occasional 9-month jacket or onesie.  
She loves her footie jammies, which is strange, 
because she really doesn't like to wear socks or shoes 
(she pulls them off or kicks her legs till they fall off, lol).  
But put her in a pair of footie jammies 
and she's happy as a clam!  


My favorite part of the updates! :)

She's eyeing my left hand...the one that contains the bowl of bananas and oatmeal, lol.

This was the face I got before leaving for my single day of work one week.  
It was sooo hard to leave her! 

Love. This. Tiny. Diva.

One word: carrots.  Bahaha!  (This was her first taste.  
She learned to like them shortly after.)

Post-bath curls :)

Chillin' with Mommy.

She's such a big girl--sitting up in the buggy all by herself! 

Before her Dedication Ceremony at church!

First attempt at a sippy cup...
this is definitely going to take more practice, lol.

She was going for the "domestic goddess" look that day. 
And she totally ROCKED it! 

Mommy's first time painting the piggies...
yeah, I should have waited till she was asleep. 

Mid-thigh rolls are my fave. 

Holding her bottle like a pro!

Sporting her "Grandpa's Sweetheart" onesie on her Grandpa Dick's birthday.  
I sure do wish he could have met this little sweetie!

Morning play time is always fun.  She "speed dates" her toys and then decides
 she wants to watch Mickey instead.  

There is no place I'd rather be than here, with you. 

Seven month photo shoot! I love how she's leaning in to see her 
Daddy while he takes her picture. 

Seven month progression.  
It's amazing to see how she's changed!  

Isn't she a doll??
I'm so in love with this munchkin!

Ok, now that our little update is done, 
let's talk prayer requests!

I've enjoyed sharing my
infertility journey with you
all, and I feel so blessed to be able to
share God's love and faithfulness
with others through this trial in my life. 

I can't shake the feeling that God is
 trying to show me a new area 
He wants to use me in, and I've been 
praying for Him to point me in the direction
He wants my blog and I to go.

What is this "new area", you ask?
I believe it is fitness, 
nutrition, and how to juggle 
healthy living 
while being a full-time Mommy.  

I know, you're probably like, 
"Where in the world did this come from?!"
Let me explain a little more...

I have been unhappy in my body
for years now, which (as you can imagine)
was only worsened postpartum.  
I hated the way I looked and I 
didn't even want my husband to look 
at me because I felt like a nasty troll 
(yes, I may have used those 
exact words at one point).

As you can imagine, this 
puts stress on the intimacy-side 
of marriage,
as well as my overall well-being.

Something had to give!

After praying and asking God to forgive me for 
not loving myself
the way He loves me or seeing the beauty 
in the body He gave me, 
I realized that I was the one who,
with prayer and dedication, 
could make the necessary
changes in order to be happy in my own
I had to make my body the 
temple it was designed 
to be so that God 
can use me to my full potential.

Profound, right?
I had to put these 
conclusions to action!

So, I have recently been making
alterations in my lifestyle: 
eating "clean" (no processed or refined foods),
no wheat/dairy (due to intolerances),
and incorporating weight
training into my workout routine
to gain strength.

I changed my diet almost four weeks
ago, and I have to say
that I haven't felt this good in...
well, I don't even
remember the last time I felt this good!

I have energy, despite 
being a full-time Mommy and part-time nurse.

My body has changed in
the most amazing ways in such a 
short period of time.
(I have abs again, y'all! 

My constant physical ailments 
have all but subsided, including reflux, 
bloating, headaches, abdominal
pain, and chronic constipation
(TMI, I know, lol).  

I'm sleeping better at night, 
and I only drink one cup of coffee in the morning
(to help get me going ;) ).

See what I mean?? 
It's amaze-balls, folks!
So amaze-balls that I have to share
this with others
who are struggling with
loving their own God-given bodies!

Whatcha think??
Am I crazy for wanting to make this move?
Please be praying for 
God's guidance, 
and also please leave me a comment
with your thoughts!

I love you all and I can't thank you enough 
for sticking with me on this crazy 
path to Mommyhood. 
Of course, the journey has only begun,
so don't think I'll stop
updating you guys on our miracle!

I hope that as 
my blog evolves into 
something different, 
you guys will continue to follow
me as I go where God is leading me.
You never know--
God may have a blessing waiting 
for you there, too! 

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