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It’s a baby BOY!

21 week ultrasound of baby sucking his thumbThis is a little late coming, but we are going to have a baby boy! I have an ultrasound photo where we can CLEARLY see this, but since I don’t really want that on the internet I just show you this cute one of him sucking his thumb!

Our baby’s name is Oliver. There’s a story that goes along with how he got his name but I might wait to share that since I’m going to tell family and friends first. But suffice it to say that he picked the name out himself!

I know I said I wanted a girl, but I’m actually really happy that he’s a boy! I can’t really explain it but now that we have a name for him, it feels like he couldn’t really be anyone else. He’s exactly who he’s supposed to be. Up until 21 weeks I hadn’t felt him move much, but now I’m feeling kicks everyday! Before I was pregnant, the idea of having a human growing on the inside of me kind of freaked me out and I thought it would feel really weird. But it is actually really awesome! I love seeing and feeling him kick.

The week we found out his gender, Munro and I went to Target to pick out some baby clothes. Munro picked out the NASA onesie (he’s really into space stuff). I also checked out Babies”R”Us this week and got him this adorable velour sweat suit. Oh man. Baby boy clothes are so freakin’ cute! I could literally spend hundreds of dollars. Somehow, I have managed to restrain myself and have only bought a few things. By the way, I’m also buying 3 month sizes, rather than newborn. All the babies in my family were over 9 pounds and I’m expecting that he will be tall since I’m 5’9″ and Munro is 6′. Most newborn sizes say they only go up to 8 pounds.

short sleeve NASA onesienavy and grey velour sweat suit and matching onesie

Also, you may be wondering about that pink baby blanket I was making. Well, I did finish it yesterday and I love how it turned out! However, I won’t get to use it for a while. Which is totally okay, since I have the rainbow one I plan to give to Oliver (I just can’t bring myself to let him use the pink one lol). When I have my baby girl, at least I will have a blanket already made for her. Next up, I’m going to make Oliver some crocheted hats. I saw this really cute pattern on Ravelry for a penguin hat!

Here is the finished ombré pink blanket:

ombré pink crochet baby blanketclose up of ombré pink baby blanket

I could just stare at these colors for hours! Haha!

21 Week Bump Update

Andrea's 21 week bump
Hi there! I’m over half way through my pregnancy and realized I haven’t posted any pictures of my bump yet. As of today, I am at 21 weeks pregnant! This Tuesday I have my ultrasound to find out the gender. (Pleeeease be a girl!!!)

So far my pregnancy has been pretty uneventful, thankfully. No morning sickness. I’ve had some food cravings but they came only for a couple weeks then left. I’m mostly eating what I normally would, just in larger amounts. This is probably not only due to the baby but also because of the amount of exercise I’ve been getting. I have more energy now that I’m running and hiking! Also it really helps me stay positive mentally.

I’ve purchased a few maternity dresses, but that’s about it. The dress I’m wearing here (not maternity) is actually from Whole Foods! They have a small selection of cute clothes – I bought this when it was 30% off. I’m trying of avoid spending a lot of money of maternity wear because it seems like a waste to only be able to wear stuff for a few months. I’m mostly wearing either stretchy fabrics or loose fitting tunics and dresses with yoga capris if it’s chilly out. I work out in running shorts and tank tops which fit just fine.

I’m pretty sure I’ve felt the baby move, although only a couple times. My midwife and others have told me the first movements feel like bubbles or gas…which it’s kind of hard to tell if I have gas or if it’s just the baby. Haha!

Last week Munro and I toured Evans Community Hospital where I will be delivering. I wanted to tour it early in case there was something I really didn’t like that put me off. Originally, I was considering a home birth (I’m planning to have a natural drug-free birth anyways) but decided against it due to the cost and other factors. Overall, I was really impressed with Evans! They seemed very accommodating and the rooms don’t have that nasty hospital “look” to them.

More bump updates to come!

 

The Impossible 5k

 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
– Luke 18:27

Munro and Andrea standing together with finisher medals after race

On Saturday, Munro and I ran the Women’s Distance Festival 5k together at Monument Valley Park. I’ve run lots of 5ks but this one was pretty significant for me. It was my first race since developing a back injury in October 2013. At the beginning of this year I really didn’t believe I would be back to running this soon. I was living with a lot of pain! But after 8 weeks training I finished! Munro ran with me the whole way for moral support. He’s pretty amazing.

Without telling you all the details of the past 6 months since moving to Colorado Springs, I’ll try to be brief. We started attending this amazing church, Charis Christian Center, in December last year. Since going, we’ve learned the truth about what the Bible saying about healing. Through prayer and changing the way I believed, I started seeing manifestations of God’s healing power in my body. My pain lessened and I was able to take short hikes. Food sensitivities and the IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) I had all my life disappeared. The anxiety I dealt with also left and I threw away my emergency stash of Xanax (I used for panic attacks if needed). I started standing on God’s word for complete healing because I knew he wanted me to start running again.

Some of the scriptures I stood on and continue to read over myself are:

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24

“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:4-5

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

If you want to learn more about the healing Jesus provided for you on the cross, I really recommend reading “God Wants You Well” by Andrew Wommack. It explains a lot of these truths that I won’t go into here.

Here are some more pictures from the race. It certainly wasn’t my fastest race, but considering the amount of time I gave myself to train and that I haven’t run in over 3 years, I was just really happy I finished! And I totally plan on doing another one this summer.

Andrea running along trail
Feeling good during the first mile.

 

Selfie of Munro and Andrea while running
We can do this! About 1/2 mile left to go!

 

Andrea crossing the finish line
Crossing the finish line felt amazing!

 

Andrea smiling right after finishing the race
OMG I did it!!! This is like the best day EVER!

 

Praise the Lord for His healing power!

Hiking the Seven Bridges Trail

Seven Bridges hike mountain view
On Saturday, Munro and I went hiking at North Cheyenne Park on the Seven Bridges Trail. So far, it’s one of our favorite hikes in Colorado Springs! The trail is about 4 miles long and took us about 2 1/2 hours to complete. We actually hiked longer than 4 miles I’m sure, as we got off the trail at one point and had to turn around. We also stopped halfway through for a short break.

I feel like this was the hardest trail we’ve done together, as I haven’t hiked that much before coming to Colorado. The high elevation has also been something we’ve had to adjust to. My ideal form of exercise was always running through my neighborhood. However, I recently switched to trail running instead of concrete because I had hurt my back and am only starting to run again since a couple months ago. Running on trails is much more comfortable for my body and I’m finding I prefer it to running on concrete.

Anyways…back to the hike.

The first part of the trail is flat and wide. There were a lot of people on it in the beginning – which is to be expected for a Saturday afternoon, but the further we went the more it cleared out. I wanted to go in the morning but getting up early on a Saturday is something that basically never happens for me.

You eventually turned to the right to get on the fun part of the trail where the path narrows and it starts going up. This is right past crossing North Cheyenne Creek. Look for the pole labeled “Trail 622” and follow the sign past it. (We actually didn’t turn right here and continued along the wide path for a while before realizing that there weren’t any bridges!)

There are indeed seven bridges you will pass over until you get to the end, although the path continues higher up but I believe that’s a different trail. We turned around after bridge number 7. What we both really liked about this trail was how it went through the forest and you really felt far away from the city. Being Spring, everything was very lush and green. The path stays next to the creek for the most part all the way up.

Seven Bridges trail beginning path

Seven Bridges trail water stream with rocksone of the seven bridgesAndrea standing on one of the seven bridges

Munro standing in front of last bridgeSelfie of Munro and Andrea along Seven Bridges trail

Overall, I highly recommend this trail if you want to do a moderately difficult hike. You can get directions to it from the Alltrails website or app. It says it’s a loop trail but that’s not correct – it goes out and back.

I’ve fallen in love with hiking since moving to Colorado. There are so many places to explore up in the mountains and it just clears my head. You really can’t be stressed out in the middle of the woods (unless you are lost…that would be stressful!) In our society that is so urbanized, I believe it’s important to get away from all the hustle and bustle, get off the internet for a few hours, and go play outside!

Crochet Baby Blankets

Tomorrow I will be 16 weeks pregnant! I will post some photos of my bump soon. There’s not that much there, it really looks like I just ate a little too much, haha. I have been busy crocheting some baby blankets for her. Ok, I don’t know the gender yet – and won’t until my week 21 ultrasound – but I believe it’s going to be a girl. I am so convinced of this that one of the blankets is an ombré pink chevron stripe! I love pink. You probably couldn’t tell.

The first blanket I finished about a month ago. I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn for both blankets. This yarn is really awesome! It’s super inexpensive and holds up really well. There’s nothing worse than your blankets starting to get those annoying pills (I call them fuzzies) a couple months after use. It’s also really nice to work with and comes in A TON of color choices! The hardest part is figuring out what colors you want. I buy mine from Wool Warehouse.

Rainbow-colored striped crochet baby blanket laying flat     cat sitting on top of rainbow-colored baby blanket

My cat Sally thinks it’s hers!
The pattern is worked diagonally, from corner to corner. You can find it on Ravelry. It’s called the “Spring into Summer Blanket” by Susan Carlson. And it’s FREE! Yay!

close up of pattern of rainbow-colored baby blanket

The second blanket I’m currently working on is the “Chevron Baby Blanket” by Purl Soho. Find the pattern here. I’m having so much fun working on this one that I might make a larger version as a throw for the couch, possibly in a purple ombré. The colors kind of remind me of cotton candy. I told Munro that if we have a boy, he will just be using a pink blanket!

chevron ombré pink striped crochet baby blanket

Update: I finished it. See it here!!!