Anchors Aweigh


Things I Want To Remember: Week 27

It's the last week of the second trimester! This is both exciting and terrifying, but mostly exciting! The weeks are still flying by, and knowing our son will be here soon is such a joyful thought. 

 1. I got my first charlie horse in the middle of the night, and ohhh did it hurt! Two days later, and my calf is still sore. I have been trying to make sure I am constantly drinking water and not tensing my legs when I roll over at night. 

2. Baby boy is still really active, mostly at night or right after I eat. As I type this, it feels like he is doing flips in my belly. I feel this weird tightness and it feels like something is turning over. It's just the best. 

3. I had a little scare Thanksgiving morning. I was holding my nephew and sat down when he fell asleep in my arms, and all of a sudden my limbs felt like they were going numb and my pulse started racing. I quickly handed the baby to his dad in case I passed out and stood up. I laid down on my bed and breathed heavily for a few minutes, and then everything normalized. It was only a couple of minutes, but it was scary. I think the way I was holding my nephew compressed something internally. I get out of breath fairly often, but never anything like that where I thought I might pass out. 

4. As it stands, working out has taken a back seat for the foreseeable future. I am still walking 1-2 miles a day with Jenny, but I don't know if that counts as working out since we have to stop and sniff everything ;). Fitness is really important to me, but I am listening to my body, and walking 1-2 miles with Jenny each day is really all I can muster right now. 

5. My twin sister and I both agree that I officially look bigger now than she did at 40 weeks pregnant. Love this big giant baby!


Last week was a whirlwind of the very best kind. I just love Thanksgiving. I am definitely guilty of skipping ahead to Christmas when the calendar hits November 1st, but Thanksgiving Day is still something I absolutely love celebrating. It doesn't get much better than family and food!

Wednesday was November 23rd, which is the day in 2014 that Taylor Grace went to be with Jesus. Last year, it was the hardest day of the year for me. I have never felt so emotionally disconnected from the world as I did that day, and I knew it was going to be hard this year too. Last year, I was completely by myself, so I was really able to feel the weight of what that day meant to me. This year, I knew I would be surrounded by both mine and Parker's families. I am not really one to grieve in public and want everyone around me to be happy, so I decided not to remind anyone what day it was. Obviously Parker knew, and I had multiple conversations with Danielle about how anxious I was to be around so many people on a day that was so hard last year, so she knew as well. 

I woke up that morning and immediately Facetimed Parker. We sang Happy Birthday to Taylor Grace and blew out a "2" candle for her second birthday. We did the same thing last year with a "1" candle, and it's one of my favorite traditions for our sweet angel. 

When I walked downstairs, I found a bouquet of white roses on the counter with this note. Tears on tears on tears. Danielle wrote a note from 2 month old Emmett to his cousin Taylor. So sweet.

I spent the rest of Wednesday with my Phelps family, and it was a really sweet time seeing all of them. I am thankful for inlaws and family that embrace me even when Parker is away. Taylor was still in the back of my mind, but I was able to really enjoy my time with them. Love them very much!

Thursday was turkey day! Oh Thanksgiving dinner, how I love you. My family does a big Thanksgiving lunch which I love because it means I get to eat earlier! It also means I usually eat the leftovers for dinner... win win win ;). 

The day was spent with good old-fashioned family time. And these days, that means obsessing over my sweet nephew. He is one loved little boy!

Auntie Natalie was hanging out with her pupper nephews, and the next thing I saw was this little train of cuteness. It's a ruff life over there for Jenny and her cousin Sully. 

Eating for two on Thanksgiving was not something to complain about! I did have terrible indigestion that night, but at least I earned it! I found my belly doubles nicely for a table. Look mom, no hands!

 My immediate family. Just missing my sweet husband, but this was the first year we had baby Emmett with us! So thankful for them. Family is everything, yall.

  I hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving with the ones you love!


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