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delighted

April 16, 2014 in Baby, Blessings, Blog, Faith, Family, Kids by lindsaymwright

One of the neat things about blogging is that you can regularly see your analytics – what posts are most viewed, shared.  What day of the week most people read, where they’re coming from, etc.  It’s actually pretty cool (and something I used to obsess over – I rarely look at numbers these days).

Since November 15th, 2012, one of my TOP THREE most viewed posts has been this one.  Titled, “Devastated.”

It still hurts…

It also pained me to write a second, very similar post last April 30th, 2013.  Titled, “Devastated 2.”

When I tell you that Porter is a blessing, that he’s been WANTED and PRAYED FOR…I hope it makes sense.

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This child…he’s my beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

delighted…lindsay

**Tomorrow I’ll have more pictures and in the days to come, a birth story!  Thanks in advance for letting us settle in as a family of 5.**

not yet

April 12, 2014 in Blog by travisvwright

Travis here with a quick, ‘not yet’ post.  You didn’t miss the big news.  Porter hasn’t made it yet.

 

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For now enjoy the vocal styling of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers:

the waiting game

April 10, 2014 in Baby, Blog, Pregnancy, thinking out loud by lindsaymwright

The anticipation…..

It’s killing me (…not really).

Third time in, I’m realizing that I am a completely, hopelessly, horribly IMPATIENT person.  Luckily I married my exact opposite.

It’s the not knowing when labor will start. 

It’s the not knowing how it will all go down.

It’s the not knowingThe loss of control.

002I’m reminded that patience is such an important virtue to have…in fact, it’s a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22)!  Patience (endurance) produces CHARACTER!  And I can always use more of that!

So…..I’ll just be over here WAITING for this sweet babe to arrive.

Waiting and praying and cleaning the crap out of my house.

QUESTION:  Are you a control freak (like me)?  More relaxed?

splendid…lindsay

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pregnancy – 39 weeks

April 8, 2014 in Baby, Blog, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Update by lindsaymwright

Yowza.  I honestly didn’t think I’d be writing this update.

The end of pregnancy is just so interesting to me.  There’s this whole waiting game (which Type A me cannot stand) mixed with emotions of wanting to hold off the change that’s inevitably coming.  Overall though, I’m pretty miserable, feeling large and crampy and heavy and I’d gladly welcome labor at any time.  With Henry and Clara, I’ve gone into labor in the middle of the night so lately I’ve been laying down just KNOWING that tonight could be the night.  Erm…it hasn’t been.

Be sure you follow on Instagram (lindsays_list) and Facebook to stay in the labor loop! Smile

What is baby up to at 39 weeks?

(from BabyCenter.com)

  • Baby is waiting to greet the world!
  • He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it’s likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, about the size of a mini-watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.)
  • The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

How is mama feeling?

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Fitness

Still trucking along.  I’ll tell you this – People get REALLY uncomfortable working out around a third trimester pregnant woman….like they’ll have to deliver the baby themselves, on the spot, or that I’m going to keel over at any moment.  I’m pretty sure I’ll have a little more warning than that.  As long as I’m healthy and feel well, I’ll continue going.

Here’s the rundown from last week:

  • Monday:  Bootcamp
  • Tuesday: Full body strength on my own
  • Wednesday: Bootcamp + 15 minutes bike
  • Thursday: REST
  • Friday: Bootcamp + 15 minutes bike
  • Saturday: REST
  • Sunday: REST

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Sleep

Really horrible.  Takes an hour or so to fall asleep and then I wake up most nights to contractions.

Gender?

BOY! Porter Killian

Belly Button?

OUTTIE!

Rings?

On.

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Stretch Marks?

NONE!

Movement?

Starting to slow down – he’s running out of room.

Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • LOTS of contractions and cramping.
  • Pressure.
  • Restless legs before bed
  • TMI – lost my mucus plug last week!

Cravings

Nothing new or interesting.  Still snacking all day long.

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QUESTION:  BTDT mamas…did your water break before labor started? <-no to both previous pregnancies – it’s been broken for me. 

splendid…lindsay

reebok skyscape – because #styleneverstops

April 7, 2014 in Blog, Fitfluential, Review by lindsaymwright

**The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.**

Alternative title:  “Reebok Skyscape….because I need all the help I can get.”

Seriously though.

I’m about the LEAST stylish person I know.  Chalk it up to the fact that I haven’t gone shopping for myself since before I got pregnant (…with Henry…) and that I pride myself in not caring what other people think about my clothes (my fitness level, my parenting, my cleanliness…those things I care about what others think).  All in all, when it comes to style…I need help.  Bad!

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As part of my ongoing relationship with Reebok and Fitfluential (remember these adorable shoes!?!), I was recently sent a pair of Reebok’s new Skyscape’s to try out.  When I opened the box, my honest first reaction was, “That’s a whole lotta pink!”  But then I tried them on!  I realize I over use the word, “SOOOOOO,” which really isn’t even a word but the Skyscape’s are SOOOOO comfortable.  Made from the same materials and soft molding process used to create lingerie (!?!), these 5.0 ounce shoes are ultra lightweight and flexible.  The pink has grown on me (they come in a few other fun colors like gray, purple and blue) AND I love that you can easily toss them into the washing machine when they get dirty (which I found out after wearing them to the park on a rainy day)!

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Other Skyscape features…

  • Foam material in the upper for softness and flexibility.
  • Low cut design for added mobility.
  • Seamless construction for minimized rub and irritation.
  • Minimum rubber accents only where needed for traction.
  • Skyspring technology – features a unique design architecture designed to help support the foot and provide all day comfort.

I kid you not….these shoes might come with me to the hospital for labor-walking!

Many thanks to Reebok and FitFluential for the review opportunity!!  If you’re interested in buying a pair of your own Skyscapes, go here to purchase online or they can be found in stores (Reebok FitHubs or outlet stores, and select Kohls – find a store here).  If you need help styling the shoes (because don’t we all), Reebok set up a cute page to help.

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QUESTION:  When’s the last time you bought a new pair of shoes?  Do you have any tennis shoes that are functional AND stylish?

splendid…lindsay

intentional living … spending matters

April 4, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Intentional Living by lindsaymwright

Let’s chat about the new movie, “Noah” for a second.

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding this film.  For months leading up to its release, I’d read articles (from Ken Ham and other sources) discrediting the movie and its fictional storyline, so I knew that it probably wasn’t something I’d go see in theaters.   But I think a lot of people didn’t know this going in….some Christian and some not.

So here’s what you should know about the movie and it’s discrepancy with the Bible:

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As you can see, there are some pretty big problems with this film, ESPECIALLY when it’s presented as fact and ESPECIALLY when it’s presented as fact to a populace that might not know otherwise.

As I see more and more people disappointed with the film, I can’t help but be reminded of something that goes far beyond the cinema:

WE HAVE POWER AND INFLUENCE WHEN IT COMES TO WHERE WE SPEND OUR MONEY!

If you want to encourage growth somewhere, focus your spending there.

If you want to support a cause, give to that cause and not another.

If you can’t stand the vanity-focus that celebrity magazines perpetuate, don’t buy those magazines.

If a movie, a book, a TV show, isn’t in line with your beliefs, don’t support it by buying/reading/watching.

YOU HAVE POWER!

And this goes far beyond spending dollars.  Think “clicks.”

When that (catchy) Miley Cyrus wrecking ball song came out, a friend told me, “You gotta see it.  It’s just awful!”  So, naturally, I went and googled the song, watched the music video, and agreed – it was horrible.  But you see – TWO things happened when I did this:

  • 1)  Miley made money off of my “click.” 
  • and 2)  My “click” contributed to the success of that song and its genre.  Which means that industry professionals think that’s what I want to hear!

I don’t like that.

And I’m consciously, intentionally trying to change these types of actions.

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JOIN ME!

Let’s spend our money on worthwhile things!!  Now you can take this as far as YOU want to take it (*but you can’t judge others for acting or not acting in accordance with you).

If you want to see organics grow, buy organic food.

If you want small businesses to prosper, start a Walmart fast.

If you cringe when your 4 year old starts singing those latest pop song lyrics, change the radio station.

Figure out what you stand for and stand for it.

Bottom line: 

INTENTIONALLY place your money, your interests, your time in the things/messages/values that you want to see prosper.

You’ll feel better.

Others will take notice.

We have far more power than we know.

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QUESTION:  Where’s one area that you could change your spending/”clicking” habits?

splendid…lindsay

More “Intentional Living” posts

An Introduction

Faith Based Living

Our Decision to Homeschool

thursdays are for…

April 3, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, thinking out loud by lindsaymwright

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Thursdays are for thinking out loud (according to this girl!)….

I think I love grilled chicken more than anything else in the entire world.  Maybe even more than brownies.

I think that it’s SUPER adorable (and only a wee bit annoying) that my mama and MIL call me a couple times a day to see if I’ve gone into labor yet.

I think I’m going to sign up for a race in the Fall….something to work towards.

Travis thinks he wants to take up day drinking like those Mad Men.  I’m all for it.

Henry thinks he wants to be a farmer when he grows up….he thinks ”growing up” happens at age 7 (and he’ll farm tomatoes even though he hates them).

Clara thinks that Porter is going to come out through my belly button.  She describes it like an explosion-type event.

I think I take back that chicken remark earlier.  Brownies are the best, hands down.  But only if they’re 10 minutes underbaked.

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QUESTION:  Finish the sentence: “I think ____________.”

splendid…lindsay

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pregnancy – 38 weeks (and what i’m missing)

April 1, 2014 in Baby, Blog, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Update by lindsaymwright

PLEASE make sure you answer the comment question below!!  I’ll come up with a super sweet gift to send the winner!

This could quite possibly be my last pregnancy update!  I just feel ready.  I have time-able, painful contractions for the second half of the day (and a lot right before bed) and then I wake up the next day and …no baby.  He’s dropping and my body is telling me it’s ready.  We’ll just have to wait and see!

What is baby up to at 38 weeks?

(from BabyCenter.com)

  • Your baby has really plumped up!  He weighs about 6.8 pounds and is over 19 1/2 inches long (about the size of a leek).
  • He has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold his hand for the first time!
  • His organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

How is mama feeling?

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Fitness

I’ve made a goal (that I’m being really flexible with):  I want to attend classes until Porter arrivesThe key to this:  MODIFICATIONS!  Take the jump out.  Take some weight off.  Lower my step.  I modify quite a bit of the exercises and still feel like I get a great workout (plus it beats the treadmill any day!).

Here’s the rundown from last week:

  • Monday:  Bootcamp + 15 minutes ArcTrainer
  • Tuesday:  Full body strength on my own
  • Wednesday: Bootcamp + 15 minutes hip strengthening
  • Thursday:  REST
  • Friday: Bootcamp + 15 minutes bike
  • Saturday:  Zumba
  • Sunday:  REST

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Sleep

I’m having the hardest time falling asleep due to restless legs (feels like I need to itch them or move them constantly).

Gender?

BOY! Porter Killian

Belly Button?

OUTTIE!

Rings?

On. But I rarely wear them.

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A lot of you asked about the dress I wore to Camila’s wedding.  I found it on Ebay – the brand is Bellyssima and I was able to talk the seller down from $100 to $40!!

Stretch Marks?

Still none!

Movement?

Starting to slow down – he’s running out of room.

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Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • LOTS of contractions and cramping. <-every single night, I think, “Is this the night?!?!” Contractions every 5 minutes but never any progress.
  • Pressure. Lots of pressure down there.
  • Restless legs before bed

Cravings

Meh.  Food.  Meh.

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To Do List

Nothing!!  We’re all set and ready!  <-I do need to remember a few things before we walk out the door (glasses, contact case, water bottle) but they’re written on a list so I won’t forget.

What I’m Missing

A friend asked me the other day what I was missing during these last few weeks.  The answer:  SO much…but I wouldn’t trade this little life or this pregnancy for anything.  I know how blessed I am!

I miss…

  • Sushi
  • Laying on my belly (I’m normally a belly-sleeper)
  • Feeling “normal” and not nauseous
  • Sex that doesn’t require props Winking smile
  • High intensity exercise

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QUESTION:  PLACE YOUR BETS!!  When do you think Porter will arrive??  (his due date is April 15th)  Winner gets a special prize that I’ll mail out!

splendid…lindsay

scenes from the weekend

March 31, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Family, Kids, Love, Marriage by lindsaymwright

Phew!  This weekend was a whirlwind.

The last thing I feel like doing is sitting down to type (now, sitting down to watch Mad Men: Season Six is a completely different story).

Here’s a little peek into our weekend, filled with family (Travis’ sister got married!!), great food and fellowship.

Exhausting but really marvelous*!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with a 38 week pregnancy update!

QUESTION:  Tell me the best part of your weekend!!

splendid…lindsay

*I’m linking up with my great friend, Katie, today!!  Check out more “Marvelous Monday” posts here!*