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Tuesday, January 21, 2015
Lil Baby Nutt // 27 weeks



How far along: 27 weeks & 2 days
Gender: Boy!
Milestone: Baby's organ systems are pretty much fully-developed, so most growth and progression is now taking place in his brain.
Weight gain: 11 lbs.
Maternity clothes: Still working between maternity and regular clothes.
Belly button in or outStill an innie.
Sleep: Sleeping has gotten better. Marvin has been waking up every time I move and sticks his arm to help me with my 5-point turns as I rollover. Haha!
Best Moment This Week: Gorgeous 60 degree weather in Charlotte - we are ready for you, Spring!  Also, I found an awesome documentary called "The Business of Being Born" that I was instantly hooked on. Great info!
Worst Moment This Week: This last week was just a bit crazy with Marvin away on a business trip, but it wasn't the "worst"...it was comical though and exhausting. 
Miss anything: Bras that fit. Time to go shopping. ASAP.
Movement: Lots of it - hitting my ribs, bladder, and everything in between.
Cravings: Cold oranges & water.
Queasy or sick: Not sick
Looking forward to: Right now, bedtime. :)


Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Lil Baby Nutt // 26 weeks


How far along: 26 weeks & 1 day...97 days til my due date!
Gender: Boy!
Milestone: Baby's ears are more sensitive, eyes are beginning to open, he is inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, and putting on fat.  He is approximately 1 2/3 lbs. and measures 14 inches.
Weight gain: 11 lbs.
Maternity clothes: Still working between maternity and regular clothes.
Belly button in or out: In, but it's getting pretty shallow.
Sleep: Sleeping sucks.
Best Moment This Week: Hearing baby boy's heartbeat at my appointment yesterday (145 bpm) and the doctor took my fundal height measurement (distance between pubic bone to the top of the uterus in centimeters) for the first time and we are measuring right on track!
Worst Moment This Week:  LOTS of pressure and an ugly little waddle if I sit for too long. I didn't have this issue when I was pregnant with the girls and when I brought it up to my doctor, his response was, "Welcome to baby #3!"...thanks, Doc!
Miss anything: Cue last week's answer: Breathing with ease, being comfortable, and sleeping through the night. 
Movement: Lots of it - hitting my ribs, bladder, and everything in between.
CravingsThe past few days have been filled with cold oranges and whole wheat bread with peanut butter and sliced strawberries.
Queasy or sick: Not sick, but uncomfortable.
Looking forward to: Birthing classes, checking things off our "things to get done before baby gets here" list, making more lists, organizing freezer meals for after baby is born, and warmer weather!

Friday, January 9, 2015
Lil Baby Nutt // 25 weeks



How far along: 25 weeks & 4 days
Gender: Boy!
Weight gain: 10 lbs. I have my 26 week doctor's appointment on Monday, so this is number probably isn't accurate right now. Annnnd I'm a little behind with this week's update. :)
Maternity clothes: Still working between maternity and regular clothes.
Belly button in or out: In, but it's getting pretty shallow.
Sleep: Sleeping sucks.
Best Moment This Week: The kids returning to school? :) We had a great 2-week winter break, but it is nice to get back to our regular routine.  Also, we took our hospital tour.  I'm more at ease with delivering at a new (to me) hospital and I was happy with their procedures/practices.  I'm just a little worried about the travel time to get to the hospital!
Worst Moment This Week: The Polar Vortex! We woke up yesterday to frozen pipes that thankfully thawed out by late evening without any damage. The girls thought they would be able to skip school since we didn't have water to brush teeth, wash our face, etc. My brilliant idea of melting the ice we had in our freezer sent their eyes rolling and their cute selfs to school. :) 
Miss anything: Breathing with ease, being comfortable, and sleeping through the night.
Movement: Lots of it!
CravingsStill Chipotle salad, fruity cereal with cold milk, and ice cream.
Queasy or sick: Not sick, but this week has been uncomfortable.
Looking forward to: Next month's birthing classes and starting to get our nursery plans solidified!

Thursday, January 1, 2015
A Look Back at 2014

Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to all that 2015 has in store for our family.  The past year has been a year of growth, trials, triumphs, blessings, and twists & turns.  I am so thankful for God's mercy and grace that has carried me and my family through this year.  Going into 2015, I see great opportunity and growth for all of us.  I wanted to take a look back at my fondest memories of 2014 as I choose to stand happy and in thanks for all of our blessings.

We started off visiting Marvin in Charlotte, NC to ring in the 2014 New Year together.  Marvin later joined us in Iowa when his work was complete in Charlotte and we began finalizing our wedding plans.  In late January, my mom and my sister threw me a beautiful wedding shower.  In February, we celebrated our bachelor/bachelorette parties with our close friends in Vegas!





March 15, 2014 - Marvin & I got married in Iowa!






Our wedding day was magical and then we were off to Cancun for our honeymoon! We had beach days, swam with dolphins, got massages, a barefoot dinner on the beach, took walks on the beach, slept in a cabana, and had the most romantic boat ride under the stars with a lobster dinner.






When we got back, we took Paris, Sophia, and my youngest sister to Mall Of America for a quick getaway and to give my mom a break! She helped tremendously with our wedding and watched the girls while we were honeymooning.



Marvin headed back to Charlotte to look for a house and get back to work while the girls and I stayed in Iowa for a couple more weeks.  We packed up our UHaul and during their scheduled spring break, the girls and I drove 17 hours to Charlotte! I don't think I've ever been so excited to pull into a driveway after that adventure. :)


The girls started school in Charlotte, made new friends at school and in our neighborhood, and worked hard to get into the new routine at a new school. They did awesome and before we knew it, we were shopping for Paris' 5th grade graduation dress. She looked beautiful and we officially had a middle schooler!


We kicked off summer vacation by celebrating Sophia's golden birthday that happened to fall on the last day of school! We surprised her with a trip to Disney World which was the definite highlight of our summer!








When we got back from Disney, we celebrated Marvin's birthday, the 4th of July, and my grandparents came to visit!



The rest of our summer was filled with checking off our McNutt Summer Live List, grilling out, exploring our new city, and a visit from my in-laws!









We found our church home, Elevation, in Charlotte during the summer and participated in Love Week. This week was really life changing for me and I'll be forever grateful for it.  You can read more about my experience here.  Paris attended Student Takeover camp hosted by Elevation.  It was her first time at an overnight camp and she had a great time.  She was able to bond with her youth group and praise with other students her age.




We closed out summer with Paris' birthday celebration, followed by the first day of school.




In early fall, we found that we were expecting a baby in April 2015!
The fall was filled with excitement over our new blessing and our typical fall traditions.  We also got a surprise visit from my sister, Jenna!  The girls dressed up as the iPhone Emoji Girls which I'm still dying over! :)



Paris and Sophia found out in October that they were going to welcome a baby BROTHER in April!



The rest of our year was spent celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Our holiday season was filled with lots of love and memories.












Happy 2015, Friends & Family! We love you!