Leaves and Bumps

One sibling photo a week throughout the year. 42/52

October will soon come to a close and the holiday season will be upon us. I’m a little bit excited about it. We had a long drive this weekend, and my husband and I planned out our Thanksgiving and Christmas meals in detail. You know, so we can be prepared and all. It was actually his idea, which I thought was a little funny since he’s the Christmas music nazi that doesn’t want the holiday tunes playing until after Thanksgiving. We won’t tell him that we have already been listening to our favorite songs a few times a week since the beginning of October.

I am excited for November because: Thanksgiving. Not just the food, but also the way everyone starts to get all reflective about the things they are thankful for. I secretly love the Facebook posts that list people’s gratitude lists, and the general pause that comes with becoming still enough to recognize what has whizzed by this previous year. I’ll probably be in that space myself, even more than I usually am. I love seeing all the people who get serious about NaNoWriMo and write their hearts out. I don’t write novels, but I do think I’ll try and join in the push for focused writing effort in November, perhaps resurrecting my abandoned writing goal this year which was to write 10,000 words a week. I have the ideas stored up in my heart, but we’ll see if I have the time or discipline to write them out.

People have asked about our pregnancy, and it’s going very well. Nothing major to report, other than the little guy seems healthy and is getting more active by the day. I have enjoyed a tremendously energetic 2nd trimester (barely feeling pregnant) but I’m starting to feel the aches and discomforts that come with sharing one’s body space with another (growing) human. I have to attribute my energy and gusto to the walking I’ve been able to keep up on since the beginning of the year. This week, I surpassed the 500th mile for the year (I started tracking in January) which feels a little bit like a giant accomplishment for me. I’ve been on a health journey for a long while, but this year has been the first that I have been able to diligently and consistently get myself moving. I have offered every excuse over the years for why I couldn’t/didn’t/didn’t want to exercise…depression, busy with too many toddlers, pregnant, no time, etc….its all hogwash friends. You can’t afford to neglect your own body while you tend to all the other things. One day, when all those other things are a distant memory, you’ll still have your body – in whatever condition it is in by that time. It’s worth it to make time. You are worth it. If you’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, find a way to make it happen. I don’t think I even realized how unwell I felt back then, but I’m converted. I have gained only a fraction of the weight I typically gain by this stage of pregnancy, and my life is more full, more busy, and more ‘interesting’ than it has been in any previous season. So put the excuses out with the trash, look in the mirror at your beautiful face, figure out what you can do to get moving, and then do it. I will cheer for you.

Our new little man, safe in his cozy spot, at 23 weeks.

“I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.” Psalm 13:5-6

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Update on run/walk goal for week 42 (the goal is to complete at least 10 miles per week): 12.5 Run/Walk miles traveled, 501.5mi in 2015

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1071. surpassing 500 miles traveled on foot (with purpose) for the year, 1072. weekend getaway, 1073. growing and kicking baby, 1074. box of apples, 1075. where hair-brained ideas lead, 1076. yummy chicken salad sandwiches on the road, 1077. planning out some new ideas for improving our household organization & spaces, 1078. pink puppy, 1079. new little girl boots, 1080. party plans for halloween with friends

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