weekly three.

December 15, 2017

This week started out reeeaaaally rough, but I'm so thankful that things are much better now! The uncomfortable aches and pains of full term pregnancy is no joke this time around. I know I will forget about all these things once Asher is here but geeeez, my hips feel like they are breaking! I can't wait to hold him and the waiting to see when he wants to join us is about to kill me. BUT, that's pregnancy. The last month feels like a century. I am thankful that I have Christmas to distract me. I told Peter the other day that we should have all our babies in December because it has been such a sweet distraction. The house is decorated & all the presents are wrapped and ready under the tree. I'm never this prepared!! Nesting and Christmas really do go so well together! We have a very busy weekend full of Christmas fun and I can't wait, hope you have a fun weekend, too. 

One last slice of chocolate pecan pie left over from our community group Christmas party! YUM, thank you very much!!! 

All the presents wrapped and waiting under the tree! 

Curls and legos! I could watch him play all day, it's so relaxing for some reason. Haha, do other moms feel this way?

pregnancy post // month nine.

December 14, 2017

Weeks 33-36
month nine pictures are somewhat better, but we are almost finished and so ready to hold a baby boy in our arms so.... a little grace when it comes to documentation! ;) 

33 weeks: 
  • My left side is pretty much in pain all the time since Asher is mostly pushing on that side. Having a sick toddler to carry around isn't helping either. 
  • My bladder feels like it's the size of a marble!
  • Had our appointment with the Midwife and baby boy is still head down and heart rate was 145. We scheduled our next 2 week appointment and then the everything after that will go to once a week! We also get an extra ultrasound at the next appointment since we are doing the birthing center. 
  • My sweet friends spoiled me with a dinner out and some gifts for Asher. It was fun to have some girl time and celebrate him a little bit!

34 weeks:
  • So. Uncomfortable.
  • Full on waddle is happening now and I look like a big penguin. 
  • Celebrated Thanksgiving and tried to enjoy food as much as I could with little room left. 

35 weeks:
  • No big change, just ready to meet this little guy!
  • Decorating the house (with my mom's help) and trying to take in all the wonderful Christmas memories! Christmas will mean so much more to me now when I look back on pictures with Solomon and my round belly. 
  • Still sick with a cold and Solomon's cold returned, it was a rough week of little sleep and runny noses for both of us. 

36 weeks:
  • We enjoyed Peter's work Christmas party and a nice date night out since Gigi got Solomon to sleep at night! It was a fun night with a mocktail and friends. 
  • Got so much work done in Asher's room, I'm so excited for him to be here soon!!!
  • Drinking a LOT of red raspberry tea and eating my dates in hopes that it will help him come on out. 
  • The pain under my right ribs has subsided since his foot has moved down a lot! I definitely feel like he has dropped this week. 

snowy weekend.

December 13, 2017

We had a perfect little Christmasy snowy weekend and I absolutely loved it! Typically here in the south, we don't get to have a December that feels like Christmas thanks to the weather. T-shirts and holiday parties just don't go together, so I was very happy to be bundled up and watching the snow fall while doing all the Christmas things. 

Watching Solomon's excitement with the snow was pretty adorable too! He loved it so much! He exclaimed SNOW last night when he felt how cold it was outside while getting in the car. Peter laughed and told him it was cold but there was no more snow. I'm hoping we have one more snowfall this winter so he can enjoy it again!!

kisses from momma!!
My mom showed up just in time to take some family photos of us, which I was so thankful for! I also love these cute pictures of Solomon and Gigi. She's so crazy about him!

I love all these pictures of Peter and Solomon playing together!! I don't know if it is the changes coming with baby Asher or Solomon's age right now, or maybe a little bit of both, but he is obsessed with his daddy right now. Which I absolutely love!!! He wants to do everything just like Peter and watches him constantly. It's the sweetest thing and I love watching them love each other. 

When we woke up on Saturday morning to even more snow falling, we knew we had to take Solomon out again to have some fun. We tried to bundle him up a little bit better so he could really enjoy playing. We couldn't find any matching gloves (as you can see in the picture above with one bare hand in his jacket pocket, ha!) so we used daddy's gloves and secured them with mommy's rubber bands. Whatever works, right?? He was happy and it was fun to enjoy the snow a little bit more and then get warm inside with some hot chocolate! 

Our little Eskimo with his yummy and kissable cheeks!!

hymns & hops.

December 12, 2017

We have been wanting to make it to 13 Stripes Brewery for Hymns & Hops for a while now but each month goes by and we haven't made the time. When my mom told me that the December H&H was going to be their one year Christmas celebration, I knew we had to go. It was such a fun night singing songs of worship and fun Christmas songs as well. I can't wait to go again in the spring once the weather is a little bit warmer and Asher will be a couple months old. It will be a fun family event for sure! 

It was nice to have a true December weekend with snow and winter clothes!
This hat on Solomon was so cute, I loved it!!

weekly three.

December 8, 2017

This week has been a busy one, with finishing up Christmas decorations, and still (yes, STILL) fighting a cold in our house. Thankfully Solomon has been sleeping well (praise JESUS!!!) so that has helped a ton with my energy level. We've been working on several projects in the house so we will be ready for Christmas and a new baby. It has been so much fun to celebrate both exciting parts of our year coming together. Having a baby during this time of year definitely has it's perks!! I don't think I'll be able to celebrate Christmas without all the sweet memories of my arms holding my first born and my round belly holding my second born.  It's definitely been a sweet time!! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Watching this big boy play while wearing his big boy bag today at the Midwife Center. I love taking him to my appointments and thinking about how he was born downstairs, and hopefully his brother will be born in the same place very soon!

Enjoyed a big pot of chili last night to celebrate the cold weather!! I wonder if we will see any snow tomorrow morning?!?

Feeling the urge to pack Asher's bag for the Birth Center and I thought it was pretty hilarious to compare his to Solomon's bag. I had at least triple everything, so funny!! 


December 6, 2017

A little glimpse of Asher's room. I'm so happy with how it's all coming together!

A big part of pregnancy is preparation. The room, all the clothes, what car seat should we depend on, which diapers should we use, picking out a name, what will my birthplan be? So many questions and things to plan ahead for. I love this part of pregnancy since I'm a huge planner and checklist type of person. Thankfully a lot of the questions weren't a problem this time around thanks to it being our second baby. But I have been a little shocked with how different this time around has been.

This pregnancy has been very different than my first. I don't know if it's having a toddler running around, or if it's my body already experiencing this before, but the aches and pains are real. For months, I have felt like I did a couple of weeks before Solomon was born. I can't imagine making it to my due date based on how I feel right now but, we'll have to wait and see when Asher is ready to meet us. One thing that I have been struggling with is preparing for labor. This was a big shock for me. 

As most of you know, my birth story with Solomon (Part 1 Part 2), was such an amazing experience and I've been dreaming about having another baby and going through birth again since that day. One of the reasons I loved birth so much was how close I felt to God. As a believer, I wanted to put all my hope on Him as I pushed through the changes and my body worked to bring my baby into my arms. I also believed that women's bodies were made to do this incredible task, and as long as everything went as planned, I could do it with His help. I wrote more about how God's peace was surrounding me through the process of giving birth to Solomon here

So I was feeling pretty bummed about how my heart was feeling. I think that is why I have been having such a hard time lately, the peace I felt with Solomon had faded some. We have had a hard 5-6 weeks with a cold passing around our house. Add in the way my body is becoming even more uncomfortable, which I didn't think was possible, and you have a very down and worn out momma. We went almost a month without going to church because one of us was sick and we didn't want to spread the germs. A couple of weeks ago we finally made it to church since the runny noses subsided for a couple of days. I was so thrilled! Worshiping at church is one of my favorite things, and I love to prepare for birth by listening to my playlist, which also includes a lot of the songs that we sing at church. As we were singing one of my favorite songs, Great & Mighty King, I could hardly hold back the tears. I've said for a while now that this song is so great for a birth playlist and I could feel God's peace wrapping me up like warm blanket as I sang the words..... 

Your glory fills this place,
we shout unending praise, 
forever hallelujah 
forever hallelujah 

With singing those words I could picture it. Walking around our living room and feeling those contractions that will bring Asher to us. Standing in the shower of the Birthing Center with hot water pouring over my tight stomach. Swaying back and forth on a birthing ball while praying and worshiping the King who gave me this second miracle. All while feeling His glory around me. His glory will fill every place, as long as I let it. 

I now can't wait to experience birth for the second time. I'm ready! I'm excited to rely fully on His presence and glory to bring Asher to us so we can meet him face to face. He is going to be perfect & I thank our loving Father for giving us a second son to add to our family. 

Goals // 12.17

December 4, 2017

Burts Bees Baby winter PJs for Solomon and Asher. I decided to not choose SUPER Christmasy pajamas, so the boys can wear them all the way into March! I can't wait!!!

It's December!!! The most wonderful time of the year, and our long expected due date month! I'm so excited to soak in all the bits and pieces of Christmas with our family and hopefully have a new baby to squeeze and love by the New Year!! I can't wait to see these matching jammies on my boys, and I absolutely LOVE saying, my boys! November was crazy busy and I honestly forgot about my goals for the month.... so I'm going to be realistic and only share two very important things that I want to get done for December. Merry Christmas everyone!!!

November Goals
1 // start my new bible study - ehhhh.... it's been so crazy and I haven't had a chance to start it. But, I'm saving it for the new year! 
2 // finish Asher's room - we are ALMOST done and I'm so happy with how everything is coming together. I'm planning to share it once we have our newborn pictures taken in the room. 
3 // plan our 10th Annual Ornament Exchange with my mom - I can't wait to celebrate with our annual party and spend time with all of our friends. It's going to be so sweet!!!
4 // begin my weekly three posts again - so happy that the WEEKLY THREE posts are back. They really are my favorite!

December Goals
1 // complete the advent study with Solomon
2 // have a baby!!!

weekly three.

December 1, 2017

It's officially Christmas at the Eliya house and I love it!!! I feel like I've loved this holiday season more than ever before and I'm not 100% sure why? I don't know if it's my age and getting older, or Solomon and his fun toddler stage, or this pregnancy making me all nostalgic and weepy? It's probably a combination of all three to be honest! I do love it though. I love watching Solomon take in all the Christmas decorations around him while feeling a little baby wiggle in my tummy. I don't think I'll ever forget this season of blessing, and I'm so thankful that I know the real reason for it in my heart. I thought I'd share some of my favorite parts of our house this week....

a new stocking hanging by the fireplace! We decided to get some little things for Asher for his stocking this year.

some playroom decor that I loved to find in the stores this year. I think it will be fun to add bits and pieces over the years for this space!

letting Solomon decorate the tree in the living room this year was so fun, even if I wanted to fix the ornaments, I resisted and let him do his thing. 

Thanksgiving 2017.

November 25, 2017

I thought today would be a good day to share some of the pictures from our thanksgiving. Most of these are candid shots and I sadly didn't even get a family photo of us. This pregnancy is making me so absent minded when it comes to photos.... I guess I'm just super uncomfortable most of the time so I forget. I'm definitely bummed about it, but it was still a great day. Watching all he kidos together (and knowing we will have one more crawling or almost walking around next year) makes me so happy!! 

One of my favorite Turkey Day traditions has to be the parade and looking at sale papers with my mom. Once Peter and I got married we continued the tradition, she comes over to our house and we make some breakfast, while we watch the parade together. This was the first year that Solomon was excited to watch it, which was pretty cute. He just kept saying WOW over and over. Peter made his famous breakfast bagels with some bacon, and we all piled up on the couch with the sales papers, that my mom picked up on the way over. 

YAY! Huge balloons!

Lunch always takes place at Peter's Mom's house and I'm always excited for the delicious Arabic meals that we have to choose from. I normally skip the turkey at her house so I'll have room for my mom's turkey at dinner. It's funny how I had to be even more strategic this year, since I didn't have a lot of room for food, thanks to Asher. 

Arabic desserts are also a big treat!!! YUM!
& Celebrating Joy's birthday!

I found these little turkey masks at Hobby Lobby and knew that the boys would love to color them.
It was a big hit, Solomon even sat alone and colored for almost 20 minutes. 

After spending the day with Peter's side, we head to my mom's house for a southern style Thanksgiving. I always look forward to the broccoli casserole, YUUUUUM, it's my favorite. Solomon loves broccoli also, and when he asked for some and I put a piece on his plate, he was so confused. He looked at me like, this is not green! Haha, he wasn't a fan of the casserole but he sure did love Gigi's mashed potatoes! 

Joni's amazing carrot cake and my chocolate pecan pie!!

Solomon is kind of obsessed with musical instruments, and the violin is one of his favorites, so we asked Joanna to bring hers and play some songs for us. Solomon's face was priceless!!
The picture below was when he requested Frosty the Snowman, ha! 

More coloring, we are definitely thankful for coloring this year! 
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