Friday, August 27, 2010

Hormonal waves of fun!

Ok, JUST gotta vent today.  I'm sorry my few readers, but when you are big, pregnant, HOT and never sleep, sometimes little things make you cry or go insane!

So, just a few things that I've been thinking of and stressing over.

1.) Shaving legs.  Yes, I've posted this before.  But really, shaving my legs in the shower is killing me.  Trying to balance on one leg when you're up 40 lbs is pretty hard! I get winded, I fall over...I get mad.  I don't shave but once a week. GROSS I know.  So now I sleep with long pj bottoms on so I can't scratch myself or Justin (though he doesn't seem to mind my prickly cactus legs)  And when wearing my pj pants I get even more hot in bed than I already am! Which causes me to be grumpy!

You may be wondering why I don't shave in the bathtub--well, I do sometimes but, but that's a pain too, and my big belly looming over my disappearing lap isn't a fun time or SIGHT for that matter.

Ok next item!

2.)  Mommy groups.

So, no I'm not yet a mommy because baby isn't here.  But, I'm looking up mommy meet up groups because hello, none of my friends are having babies around here.  And I know I'm going to NEED some social time sometime.  And one of the problems living here, is MOST my friends finished school and left Austin.  Secondly, the rest of my friends are former co-workers or people I went to happy hours with.

GONE are the days of HH!  And it's kinda hard to be out being social and a young 20 something with a baby on your hip and hanging out at the bar. (No I'd never do this) But obviously now I have to think of other ways to make friends.

Church? Yes, would be great.  But our church is 20 minutes away and we barely get there for the service, much less Sunday School.

And lastly,

I don't want to be KNOWN just for being a mommy.  Yes, being a mommy will be the HIGHLIGHT of my life and this baby has already transformed my life into something worthy of so much meaning and amazing love.  But, I want to make sure Halley is still in there.  Yes, I'll be mommy forever now. But, I still want to be Halley.  So, I do want to make sure I keep up w/the things I love and the things I enjoy as well. And also maintaining friends that aren't mommies!

Maybe today is just a hormonal day for me.  I already cried twice today for no reason.  I think I just needed to cry (besides, it's been weeks since I have!) And in pregnancy land, that's an accomplishment!

Well, I just needed to vent because I think too much.  And I am going to go SHAVE my legs finally.

And also pray that cool, cooooool weather will be gracing us soon here in central Texas.

Until next time,

hairy legged and all :)


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hello 3rd trimester!

We have made it! Man, time is going by faster and faster! It makes me sad! (I am going to miss having my lil man w/me so close) And there is SO much to do and I don't know how we are going to get it all done! (Semi freaking out right now, can't you tell?!)

Today was my check up for the 3rd trimester.  Doctor says I look good even tho I feel like I have gained A LOT of weight.  But, oh well. More so worried about stretch marks then anything. And also worried that my baby is going to be SO large that I can have him vaginally. (TMI?) Well you are reading a mommy-to-be's blog, so yes I over share!

I may be anemic, as well.  My last test came really close, and so they took blood again to see if I'm anemic now.  I have been yawning a lot, and I know I have shortness of breath.  I hope maybe some more iron in my diet and vitamins will help. 

Overall, I feel good though.  Just wishing the heat would dissipate.

Also, another exciting thing! College football season! Hello! So excited to watch my HORNS play! Hook 'Em!

And lastly, I watched Jennifer Lopez's movie The Back-Up Plan last night. SO HILARIOUS! And so right on! A must-see for pregnant mommies!

One of the similarities we had was our love for our 'pillow'.

I have a HUGE, noodle pillow that helps me sleep at night. (You know the pregnancy pillows, you use to support your hips, back and stomach?) Anyway I named mine Fabio.  And for awhile, Justin, was mildly jealous of Fabio.  Just watch the movie, and you'll see what I'm referring to.

Anyway, I'm leaving some new pictures of me (the ever growing mommy) and Baby Kie.

And in leu of football season, I'm wearing my BCS National Championship shirt.

Until next time!

-Mrs. Knuth-

28 weeks, 1 Day

hard to fit 'us' all in one picture ;)

happy mommy :)


Monday, August 23, 2010


 "Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice." Ephesians 4:31

"A man of quick temper acts foolishly,

and a man of evil devices is hated." -Proverbs 14:17

"And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them."- Luke 6:31

"Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense." - Proverbs 19:11

"Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God." -James 1:19-20

One of my biggest weaknesses in life is my anger. It's just an emotion that I'm able to easily get access to.

I've struggled with my anger issues for a long time...and until recently (marrying Justin who is NEVER angry) and attempting therapy and meditating on the Bible has really helped.

This past week was very, very hard on me.  I am angry, because a lot of time and emotions were put into a particular situation and they were all spent in vain.

The certain person has many, many issues that I wish I could of helped with, but was unable to due to the lack of knowledge of the subject, being 7 months pregnant and not being a professional. (Professional help definitely was needed.)
 There was not much I, nor my husband could do.

We had to make a tough decision.  But one we had to stick with.  Unfortunately, the tough decision upset this person who needed help.

And though it was hard for me to not help them, we had to ultimately take care of ourselves before we could possibly be in a position to take care of them.

This person, now, has hurt us and disrespected us.  Which, I was semi I don't know why I feel so upset or angry.  I could of called it!

I just really wish I was more like Christ! Jesus was persecuted by the people who were once proclaiming Him King and asking Him to perform miracles.  Then a week later, the same people had Him nailed to the cross.

All along, Jesus knew these people would turn on Him.

Just amazes me how wonderful, patient and loving He was and still is!

I will continue to work on my anger and my emotions.  I know that I'm just human and that generally, I do try to do the best I can.  Sometimes I have to make difficult decisions and I hope that next time I won't be cynical (if ever faced in a similar situation.) 

In life we have to learn lessons the hard way sometimes and I guess this was something I couldn't avoid.  Not much I can do now but pray that I let go of any negative feelings.

This week taught me that it is better to be nice either way because your conscience will be easier on you for it. (Thankfully I was.)

And this week showed me how many great friends I have to depend on--and lastly, that I'm forever grateful that I have a great husband who does strive everyday to be a better person.

It's because of my husband and my new unborn baby that I wish to be a better Christian, wife and mother.  And everyday, I will TRY my best to do so.

I may fail, but I will never lose sight on Whom I strive to be like.


Sunday, August 22, 2010


Just thought I'd give yall a few snap shots of what's been going on this week.

Pictures from Justin's trip in Canada (for work) and from him being home working on ONE of our many home improvement projects!

Niagara Falls

sexy husband

More Toronto

He has a lot of pictures, I will probably just put the rest on Facebook!

Canada was beautiful Justin said and the weather was great.  His only complaint was it was very expensive!  I, personally would of loved to of been with him on his week in Canada, but I had to work.

And lastly, pictures of Justin and his current project!

Torn apart hall way (ceiling)

Justin applying new plaster to the new sheet rock in halls. (Also got new doors)

He is such a DIY man! No project is too much for him :) Currently he keeps whistling the "no worries, be happy song"--just the chorus, over and over.  A little annoying, but hey--he's in a great mood so I'm not going to say a thing!

Well, until next time! I will hopefully have pictures of the finished hallway (and new doors) and paint.  Justin replaced 4 doors in our hallway and re-sheet rocked everything and now we have to run to our favorite store, Home Depot, for some paint.

He will also be texturizing the walls himself :)

Another home improvement project nearly complete! Happy Sunday!


Friday, August 20, 2010

pregnancy body to big hands

So much to post today! Lots has been going on, but I'll save that for another day.

BUT, I do need to vent. And this is a warning, it may be a little TOO much for the faint of heart, or if you're a may want to stop reading now.

First off, I wanted to say I do love pregnancy (well, being pregnant) but I wouldn't say ALL of pregnancy is good. There is tons to get use to!  I'm luckily past the morning sickness phase, but I have the occasional moments of nausea still.  Nothing like it was from 10-20 weeks.  Anyway, the things that ARE annoying right now that I won't miss....

....Being huge! I realize I will have to work a lot to get back to pre-pregnancy size. But wow, I'm just huge and flabby these days. Ok, not entirely flabby. Just, feel like it.  And then there's the body temperature thing that sucks! I run like 25 degrees warmer than everyone else, and I'm in TEXAS! I can't afford to be hotter.  On really hot nights I sleep with the a/c down, the fan on the air filter/fan on and an ice pack.


And I sweat.  Which is so gross.  I mean, in Texas one sweats as it is. But NOW, I sweat all the time.  Under my boobs which is gross...


Another gross thing, is...I can't see past my belly button these days. (Nearly 28 weeks pregnant so I'm closing in on & 7 months)

Now, if you can imagine, if you can't see past your belly button...mundane tasks like shaving legs may be hard. I mean, sitting in bathtub, you can do it.  But, shaving in shower...definitely hard!

AND other things, also...go unnoticed.  If you catch my drift.

Anyway, I love being pregnant because feeling Baby Kie kick me is so sweet and he's so close with me. But, I will be happy one day to feel like me....

When I feel like I can go run or workout without worrying I'm hurting the baby.  And I'm going to be happy to wear jeans one day again (hopefully!) And you know what, I will NOT buy new fatter jeans.  I will just wear elastic until my waist is 27inches again.  NO EXCUSES.  I'm young, I can do it.  (May take awhile!)

Anyway, yes, having a waist would be nice.  But, until then I do enjoy eating and it has taken awhile to get where I can embrace my NO waist body.

Alright, enough venting.  My husband, whose been in Canada, all week will be returning today! I am so excited.  I've missed him immensely.

Crazy how a week can make you appreciate the smallest things about a person. I am ready to hold his big hands, feel him in my sleep, get his morning kisses and good night kisses, share dinner together, kiss him whenever I want.  But, yes his eyes and his hands I miss the most.

Justin has a great set of hands. Haha.  They are the biggest hands I've ever seen.  And prior to my sweet husband, I dated a few men....and I never ran across a man that had larger hands than my dad.  So as a little girl, when you think "no guy has bigger hands than your dad," well I was right...

until I met Justin!

His hands are big and they do so many great things.  He's a talented man. He can play guitar, sew (he's a great seamstress) he can fix the house, fix any boat, fix any car...and at the same time they are gentle with me.  I know they will be gentle with our new baby boy on the way.  They also cook and clean and do laundry! And his heads are our means of income!

In fact, in our vows we did a lot about our hands and what they are capable Ok, now it sounds like I have a hand fetish. But, really just thinking of all the things we do with them each day and then you realize how blessed we are to have them!

Well, I'm going to go....SO much to do today.

(This post got off topic so easily, and for that I apologize!)

Till next time,

Mrs. Knuth

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My First Pregnancy Run!

So, just finished my first pregnancy run!  At 26 weeks.  Yes, I've done some walking (not near as much as I should--just once or twice a week) and then the occasional 'blue moon' swim.  Oh, and also the light weight lifting when I think about it. (That's probably occurred twice!)

But, today--I decided to go for a run.  It's been since March 13th, since I've ran.  The day I found out I was pregnant.  **Funny story! I'll explain another time!**

Anyway, I went for my nearly 30 minute run.  I'd say it was 28 minutes to be exact.  A slow-paced 28 minutes.  But, I sweated and sweated...and felt wonderful! And the sweet confused baby inside of me, moved around in excitement...or perhaps just confusion--since he's not felt mommy moving like this before!

I feel great physically and mentally, tho I may add I am sad that I haven't tried running out before this.  But, for my excuse I was really sick for the first 20 weeks of pregnancy and not to mention here in Texas it's a billion degrees!!

Anyway, for you prego mommies out there....I'm curious how your workouts are going?  I know it's great for us to workout, but between working and being a wife and pregnant, it makes it hard to do. Much less find the time!

Anyway, for some inspiration I'm posting the songs I listened to while on my short run.

They are great for pregnant or not pregnant people ;) AND great to dance to!

Here they are (In order in which they randomly played on my iTunes)

1. Phantom of the Opera--Andrew Lloyd Webber (Trust me it's amazing and motivating!)
2. Whataya Want From Me- Adam Lambert
3. Bounce- Timbaland featuring Missy Elliot and Justin Timberlake (also great to dance to)
4. Dancing Queen- Mama Mia Soundtrack
5. Glamourous- Fergie
6. Feel It- Three 6 Mafia and Tiesto
7. Lollipop-Aqua
8. Bottoms Up- Keke Palmer
9. Anna Grace- Let The Feelings Go
10. Till The Sky Falls Down-Dash Berlin

(A little over 30 minutes of music for a good run!)

Alright, well I gotta hop in the shower- Mucho to do today--

until next time--love and exercise!


Monday, August 9, 2010

stay at home jobs for mommies?

Hey hey, so I just was thinking how great it would be if I could do a part time job from home.  (When baby is here!)  I mean, I just don't know what kind of work that would consist of.

I already know I don't want to take baby to day care or leave baby with a nanny.  Not that I don't trust day cares or nannies but, because I want to be there for baby.  :)  And Justin wants that too.  I just would love to get a part time job or something that would allow me to stay at home and work to help out a little.

Right now my checks from work don't contribute to anything but groceries and the occasional baby items we are getting.  And it's nice having the extra cash to do things I'd like to do without asking my husband.  (Once again, he doesn't mind--but I mind!)

I don't know, maybe this just means I need to pray a lot and see where God directs me.  Plus, I have the time now to figure out what I truly want to do.  It's so hard because I only have 800 dreams... :)

Maybe God will direct me soon.  Or maybe I just need to be patient and pray a lot.

---right now I feel just a little stressed.  Maybe it's because time is winding will be here in the next few weeks, 14 to be exact.  Lord a mercy!

Anyway, until next time!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

San Antonio get away!

Can you believe it is August already?  I'm amazed how quickly time flies.  I want to press pause so we can get everything done before baby is here, but at the same time I'm ready to meet the little man.  Justin and I are so excited about being parents.  We can't wait to meet this little baby we were blessed to have!

Justin has already made plans for baby to be a wake boarder! Of course ;) and I don't care what baby does as long as he is healthy and happy! :)

Anyway, this summer is flying by!  Before you know it football will be here! In fact, we were in San Antonio last weekend w/the WHOLE family for the Cowboys training camp.

It was a lot of fun! And Justin, who is NOT a Cowboys fan, definitely turned into one.  :)  I love my big family and they definitely love my sweet husband and are also excited to meet our sweet baby.

The weekend was spent it at the Hyatt on the Riverwalk.  We got VIP passes for the training camp, so awesome to have family working for the Cowboys, and we got to mingle around with some of the best of the best!  And that night we celebrated my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary at Ruth Chris's.  A lot of great food and wine for everyone (well no wine for me!).

Papa and Granny's 60th Wedding Anniversary

Speaking of time passing, soon I'll be quitting work to prepare for baby.  Already I'm tired and not doing 100%.  Mainly because of the Texas heat.  I'm apprehensive of not working because I've always had some form of job to keep me busy and provide me with some spending money.  But, I'm very blessed to have a husband that does well enough that allows me to stay at home to be a mommy.

It will all be a big adjustment, but a big change I'm excited to embrace!  So this weekend, we have no plans.  Justin is tearing down our living room! (Oh lord!) And we are adding in some new windows and sheet rocking everything.  (Me, I will probably be gone for the demo and most of the work since a lot isn't good for me to breathe in!)

Justin is one of the most hard working men I know! He works an 8-5, comes home to do side jobs and then works on the house.  He is excited about getting the house how he's always wanted it.  And slowly but surely we are getting there.  Can't wait to post pictures for it all!

Well, I'll leave with some pictures of my new growing belly and of the baby's room we have nearly done! And of our weekend!

Also, we have the link to our wedding video! Me and Justin watched it last night, and he teared up.  So sweet.  Im so glad we have that so we can cherish those vows and memories.  I can't wait till we go back to Cabo with our son.  Mommy will be able to enjoy drinks by the water, and daddy can play with baby in the shade!

Until next time!

Love and blessings,


Justin and Ellis watching the Cowboys
The whole family celebrating Granny and Papa's 60th Wedding Anniversary

VIP at the Cowboys Training Camp :) Daddy Justin loves the baby bump!
And lastly, I'll leave you with the link to our wedding ceremony!

So happy to have this :) Wish all our friends and family could of been there.

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