Ramblings

The last couple of weeks sort of got away with me, and it seemed there was something on almost every day. I keep having these thoughts to write, but they’re a bit brief and disconnected, probably because of the busy schedule. Rather than pretending they may all “come together” (hello baby brain, mum brain, etc), I decided to just run with it and do all the brief and disconnected thoughts together. So hopefully you can follow my scattered brain along and catch a bit of an update of how things are going over here with the Willinghams.

I love August so much, and it sort of blows my mind that it’s already halfway over. However, my birthday is only a couple of days away, so that makes it a tad bit more exciting (and is probably why I like the month so much anyway). I will be 3-1 on Friday, so as my friend Jess puts it – now I’m just “in my 30’s”. That’s one way to think of it I suppose. I have enjoyed this decade so far, though, so I am excited to continue in my 30’s and to see all that God has in store.

I went on Monday to get my hair done as a birthday gift. Going to get your hair done, no matter the outcome, is such a treat for a mom. I enjoyed spending a few hours getting it all worked on, washed and blow dried. It was a nice treat. I am not super thrilled with the result – more just underwhelmed I suppose. It sort of feels like a very mild version of what I asked for, but it looks very natural and healthy so that’s a plus. I have a tiny bit of birthday money left that I am saving for a pedicure with my friend in a few weeks who is also pregnant and due two days before me.

Speaking of pregnancy, I am 34 weeks today. It dawned on me several days ago that the end is approaching quicker than I realised and there is still a lot to do to prepare for baby. I am one of those people that once I get all the thoughts out of my head and onto paper I feel much better, so I spent a little time working on that on Sunday. We worked on our room on Sunday as well to make a little space for the bassinet, and I washed all the baby’s clothes yesterday. There really isn’t as much to do as the first time around, but I am more just recognising that time goes a bit quicker when you already have one kid running around and before I know it, I’ll be considered “full-term”.

Full-term. Early. Late. That has been on my mind so much lately. It’s hard to know with any pregnancy when you’ll have the baby. The due date is more of an indicator, and often people leave off the first word “estimated”. With your second, it’s hard to know if you should expect something similar to your first, in which case he would come early, or to expect something totally different. With Eleanor, even though I was preparing for her to be late, I had a gut feeling she would come the first week of July, which she did. I have no such gut feeling this time. That being said, nowhere in my brain has it registered that this baby could actually come in October (my due date is September 27). Hopefully that means that even if he is late, he won’t be too late. My parents arrive on the 25th, so my hope is that he comes within a week of that on either side.

I have my next appointment on Saturday. I haven’t had nearly as many appointments this time around, which is sort of nice, but it also means I forget just how quickly it’s going! I am excited to hear his heartbeat again and see how things are progressing, though. I am so grateful that my pregnancy has been as good as it has been. It’s not perfect obviously, and there are things that are more difficult this time (aka a million more braxton hicks the second time around). However, I am feeling really great for being 34 weeks along, and I don’t remember feeling this well when I was pregnant with Eleanor.

Part of all of that has been starting my Plexus journey. I have been taking my Plexus supplements for about 6 weeks now, and I have noticed such incredible improvements with my health. Even though I am tired by the end of the day, I have so much energy throughout the day. I have had almost no swelling at all, and I am still wearing my wedding rings at 34 weeks. My allergies are nearly gone, which is the biggest improvement for sure. I am not sneezing all day every day and going through boxes of tissues every week. If I have to blow my nose, it’s a one and done and good to go. I can smell things again, something Robbie pointed out when I smelled Eleanor’s dirty diaper the other week. I can breathe with my mouth closed, especially at night which is so nice. Overall, I feel great considering I am nearing the last month+ of pregnancy and should be feeling worse. I am grateful for learning about these products and have never been more convinced of the connection between gut health and our overall well-being!

In the busyness of everything, I am still working on a complete overhaul and rebrand of this space here. It’s taken many shapes over the years, but I have more vision for the future of this space than ever before. It will be different, and my hope is to include photography as well. I am trying to pace out the release of the new look and feel and brand, though, because I am taking a lot of intentional time discovering how to do this well into the future. Plus…I am having a baby soon so there’s that. Look for that in the future, though.

Finally, I am so conflicted with all that I am seeing in the news and on social media as of late. Being from the US and living in Australia, both with major things happening at the moment, have made all sources of news and social media feel so full-on and overwhelming. I am incredibly saddened by what I am seeing in the US. I am at a loss, and I have found that really and truly, the biggest thing I can do right at this moment is to pray for change. Pray for love to conquer evil. Pray for positive stories and change. I’ll leave it at that. I just couldn’t write a post about everything that is running through my brain without mentioning that.

So that’s life right now. Hopefully in the next few weeks there will be a bit more predicability and time in the schedule to publish a few posts I have in the works. As always, thanks for reading and staying connected!

August 16, 2017|Random|0 Comments

I’m Still Here!

I haven’t written for awhile. I’ve been aware of that, and if I am honest, I have so much that I’ve been wanting to write lately. I’ve tried to go easy on myself, though, since becoming pregnant. Second pregnancies are a different ballgame than first pregnancies. I’ve gotten through the first trimester, and all things considered (and knowing how incredibly hard it is for some people), I got through it pretty well. The nausea is gone now, which I am really grateful for. However, pretty much the week the first trimester finished, I got a sinus infection, and it has been so unbelievably painful for the past two+ weeks. It was just a sinus infection to begin with, but a little over a week ago, the pressure built up so much that I’ve had migraines day after day. I have an incredible amount of empathy for people who have migraines regularly. It has knocked me out, and it’s been so discouraging to not see much improvement until now. Obviously when you’re pregnant, you aren’t able to to take as much in the way of medication, so I haven’t been able to do any decongestants. My Dr. has given my a list of things to do and take in the meantime, most helpful being a very strong (but totally ok for pregnancy) pain medication. Thankfully yesterday was the first day I felt somewhat normal again. I am hopeful this will continue and that my sinuses are finally on the mend.

That being said, I haven’t written, and I have wanted to write so much. I have had thoughts, and I’ve wanted to put together updates. I haven’t written anything about this new baby in my belly, and I am so aware of just how much I wrote throughout the journey with Eleanor and how easy it will be to do nothing by comparison this time around. Life is busier. My sister put together this beautiful book for Eleanor’s 1st birthday, though, and a large part of it was all I had written through the journey here on the blog. I want that for this baby. I am still determining the appropriate balance for this new season of being pregnant a second time around and still honouring the journey as its own for this new little bean.

I am hopeful for the coming weeks that I will get fully past this sinus infection and be able to get a bit more of a routine happening. I am so desperate to workout again – something I’ve probably only done a handful of times since finding out I was pregnant. I am so keen to go for long walks outside again with Eleanor now that the weather is so beautiful and not sweltering hot. There are so many things I am looking forward to in the coming weeks.

As I sat down to write this post, I was trying to figure out what all I wanted to say. Then I realised that I really don’t need to say all that much but just reiterate that this blog is still alive. It’s been quiet, but my hope is to get back into the swing of things now. I am planning to answer questions about the pregnancy this time around like I did when we announced I was pregnant with Eleanor. I would like to do pregnancy recaps again but nowhere near as often. I am planning for monthly at this point. I’ll probably do a recap of the first trimester, and you’ll hopefully see a 21-month (!) update on Miss Eleanor soon. I am also planning to write a bit about my plans with photography, which is something I mentioned at the start of the year as one of my hopes for this year. So stay tuned for much more from me, and hopefully today’s reprieve from a migraine (after 10+ days straight) is a sign of things to come!

Love you guys! And as always, thank you for taking the time to read what I write here.

Thoughts + Things Thursday #7

Eleanor’s Vocabulary

About a month ago, Eleanor started talking so much more. She is surprising us almost daily with words we didn’t realise she knew how to say or by repeating our words very clearly. It’s as if the vocabulary switch turned on, and it’s sort of blowing our minds. Yesterday Robbie woke up with her, and when they woke me up and I started to get up and walk out, she quickly ran to my nightstand shouting “gasses, gasses” (meaning “glasses”). She also pointed to the pantry while eating breakfast and said “cerul?” asking me if I were going to eat my cereal. She will try to say almost everyone’s name at this point, and many people she is familiar with, she remembers by name now. It’s such an exciting milestone. I cannot wait to have great chats with her in the future and really know what she’s thinking.

I Got A Desk

For awhile now I have been thinking about getting a desk. I kept talking myself out of it because I didn’t know where I would put it, but I realised that it was important enough to me to make it work. I chatted with Robbie about it, and he was so supportive. I basically wanted a dedicated place that I could write, edit photos and do anything work related for YWAM rather than sitting on the sofa. There’s such a different mindset for me when I am sitting at a desk. I also wanted a place to “set up” and be able to leave it there without feeling I needed to hide stuff or keep it out of reach of Eleanor. We went out and bought a desk for me on Monday, and I am LOVING it. It’s nothing fancy, and I still need to find a chair. (currently using a kitchen table chair) I am loving making it my own little space though!

Our Ship

Our YWAM centre began a ship ministry a couple years ago, and last year, we were so generously gifted with our ship, the Ruach. It’s been sailing from Amsterdam since last October, and it will finally arrive in Newcastle this Saturday. It’s so exciting, and I cannot wait to welcome her into our harbour. The ship will be equipped to take basic medical care to rural villages in Papua New Guinea. I went to PNG in 2010, so this nation has such a special place in my heart. There is already a ship ministry in PNG with the YWAM PNG ship that is stewarded out of YWAM Townsville. They’ve been doing ministry there for over 6 years now, and there are many incredible stories of all God has done. I’ll be sure to take more photos and post them soon. If you want to follow along, you can see all the info (and even volunteer for a short-term outreach) at this website.

Australia Day

Happy Australia Day! Robbie and I have both received our approval of citizenship, and two of our other friends actually had their citizenship ceremony today. It’s such an exciting milestone, and we are so grateful to live here and to be dual-citizens. We will probably not have our ceremony until later in the year, but we still love this land and feel such a part of it. So Happy Australia Day, my friends!

January 26, 2017|Random|0 Comments
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