A prayer for my baby

Prayer for a new baby

Father God,
As these 9 months of anticipation, preparation, and excitement come to an end, I would like to life up this little bundle toward you.  I pray for a healthy, safe, and fast delivery where the outcome is healthy baby, healthy mama. I pray that this little one comes only when they are ready. I pray that it’s not too early or too late, but at the perfect time.

I pray for sleep. I pray that the little one sleeps through the night when they are ready, and not a moment sooner. I pray your protection over them as they sleep, whether I am right beside them or not. I pray that I am able to sleep so my body is prepared for the marathon they call giving birth. I pray that Andrew is able to sleep, but also that he is up when he needs to be.

Every child is a gift from heaven, and I pray your protection over this one.

Amen <3

xoxo,
Alysa

 

Bump Day: Week 38

fall maternity

dress: homemade // socks: Le Chateau // plaid shirt: husband’s closet // scarf: gift

 

 

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How far along?
38 weeks

Baby Size:
19.5 inches long, about as long as a leek!

Total weight gain:
Alysa + Leek

Maternity clothes?
Just the pants!

Stretch marks?
None! At least none that I can see

Sleep:
Pretty ok, though yesterday my body woke me up to use the bathroom at 5:30am and then was just wide awake.  Super fun! I was VERY tired last night.

Best moment this week:
Finishing the first draft of my major paper, and just generally getting schoolwork done!

Movement:
Still quite a bit! I feel kicks to the ribs and kicks to the side. <3

Food cravings:
Chocolate!!!!!

Labor signs:
Braxton hicks, but nothing I can really feel. Nothing that hurts.

Belly button in or out?
In! But stretched wayy out!

Wedding rings on or off?
Off :( I have a little fake ring I wear anyway though.. it’s just larger than my regular band.

Happy or moody most of the time:
Happy!

Looking forward to:
Actually getting an oven this week! We were supposed to get it last Thursday but it didn’t come, so now it’s coming this Thursday!   False alarm, they’re coming next week :( I’m also excited for my pre-baby shower that is this coming Saturday! So excited :)

Getting down to the wire! Wish me luck that it’ll hold off until after I’ve gotten more school work done ;)

xoxo,
Alysa

Stuff to Stop Saying to Pregnant Ladies

baby bump

1. “Your life is over”
Or any alluding to the fact that life is going to suck once the baby comes.  I’ve even heard this said with the intention of it being a good thing, somehow.  Sorry, but no.  Telling someone that their life is over is always negative, no matter how you try to spin it, and that’s rude. Quit it!

2. “WOAH YOU’RE HUGE”/”You’re sooo small”/”Are you having TWINS??”
No. Stop! How about we all try this new thing where we don’t make comments on the shape and size of other peoples bodies.  It’s so much nicer that way!

3. “Listen to how terrible it was for me when I gave birth!!”
No thanks! Keep your horror stories to yourself please. We can trade birth stories after the baby comes if you want, but until then please just shhh.. Telling a pregnant lady all the terrible things that happened when you gave birth are not going to help her have a better birth.. they’re just going to terrify her. It’s unhelpful, please don’t.

4. Anything to do with bragging about how YOU are still allowed to drink/eat sushi/etc
Come on. That’s just mean.

5. “You’re gonna get so fat!”
No.. I’m going to create life.

6. “This is a big life change”
Is it? Are you sure? :/

What rude things have people said to you when you were pregnant?

xoxo,
Alysa

Bump Day: Week 37

fall maternity fashion

leggings: American Apparel // sweatshirt: Target // shirt: thrifted // scarf: gift

 

 

fall maternity fashion

How far along?
37 weeks

Baby Size:
As long as a bunch of Swiss Chard (aka approximately 19 inches)

Total weight gain:
No real idea

Maternity clothes?
Just the one pair of pants.. although, the pile of clothes in my closet that doesn’t fit anymore is increasing and the pile of clothes that does is greatly decreasing.

Stretch marks?
Nope

Sleep:
Terrible. Although, for the most part, I am able to have  nap most days and I think that really helps.

Best moment this week:
Having dinner with my in-laws on Thanksgiving.  We had a restful weekend, and then finished it up with dinner.  It was great!

Movement:
Lots! Mostly on my right side with little kicks and nudges, and on my left with hiccups

Food cravings:
Nothing new! Though I FINALLY got some french fries!! ;)

Labor signs:
VERY minor braxton hicks.

Belly button in or out?
in. I really don’t think it’s going to pop out at this point

Wedding rings on or off?
Off :( For about a week and a half

Happy or moody most of the time:
Happy, unless it’s Tuesday and I have to go to class

Looking forward to:
I’m having a massage this afternoon and I am SO excited about it!  My friends are so good to me <3

xoxo,
Alysa

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving monday! Long weekends are so nice, and this one was no exception.  Both of us got a LOT of work done, and that’s always good.. especially since I’ve been feeling pretty unproductive lately.  There’s a lot coming up this week that I’m excited for, too!  Like, I have a quiz tomorrow!! Yay!!!!  I’m getting a massage on Wednesday, I get to hear the heartbeat on Thursday ANDDDD I get my new oven that day, too!  Plus, on Saturday we’re going to a wedding.  I always love weddings.

What exciting things are happening for you this week?

Here are some things that I’ve been smiling about lately:

This great piece about how to cozify your living space :)

These amazing tips for how to transition your closet between seasons.  It’s something that I’ve personally never done.. and so my drawers just hold ALL of my clothes ALL the time!  I love the idea of putting it away and pulling it out when the season actually calls for it, so then it feels fresh and new again.

I am in love with this shirt:

Not only is it pretty accurate to my life (minus the cats) but it’s pretty accurate to how I feel the first few months of baby are going to be (again, minus the cats and plus one baby)  You can get the shirt here!  They have a lot of other cute things, too.  It’s really tough for me to not buy everything tbh.

This weeks favourite verse:

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
-Matthew 14:31

I especially like the first half of this verse.  Jesus IMMEDIATELY reached out to him and caught him.  I think it’s really telling of how much Jesus cares for his followers.. he immediately reaches out. He doesn’t wait, or let his follower fall, but immediately catches him!  I think he would do the same for any of us, too.

Have a great week!

xoxo,
Alysa

alysagram: thankful

It’s the Thanksgiving long weekend here in Canada!  Which means that on Monday, we get the day off of work (or we would … if we worked). It does mean that Andrew gets to stay home on Monday, which is pretty exciting for me!  I like it when he gets a day off, so I’m looking forward to Monday for that reason, and I’m very thankful that he does get the day off to spend with me (or, in the same house with me.. each of us working on different things in different rooms ;) )

Here are a few pictures from life if the last week:



wearing lots of #pink4bella! If you don’t know what that is, check it out on Twitter! // a Sunday throwback for my bff’s birthday!
Getting totally spoiled and pampered at the spa with my best girlfriends <3 love it! // This weeks baby bump
My fingernails got jealous ;) // a little something I’m thankful for this year!

Check out my instagram feed @Alysalovely for more

Have a great weekend <3

xoxo,
Alysa

Blogger Envy

blogger envy

I love fall, and so I’m finding myself more and more jealous of the kinds of things that other bloggers are posting.  Why? Because they can wear these cute fall outfits and I can’t!  I love wearing cute little dresses, and tights, and thigh high socks, and knee high boots. But I can’t right now.  The majority of my fall dresses do not fit, and taking off tights and the socks is pretty difficult right now.  Plus, if I want to wear my boots out.. I need to make sure that my husband is here when I get home so he can help get me out of them!

Also, so many bloggers post recipes for alcohol beverages that I would LOVE to try, but can’t right now.  Why are there so many? I feel like I skip so many blog posts because it’s for an alcoholic beverage!!

As envious as I am right now, PLEASE don’t stop doing any of the above though.  I can’t live vicariously through your adorable outfits and tasty drinks if I can’t read about them in blogs ;)

xoxo,
Alysa

Bump Day: Week 36

fall baby bump fashion

 

dress: Sammydress.com // sweater: Old Navy // necklace: gift/thrifted // boots: Rooster on River // hairband: F21
// bracelet: Pandora

 

 

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How far along?
36 weeks!

Baby Size:
About the size of a head of romaine lettuce! (approx 18 inches or so)

Maternity clothes?
yes! My lovely belly band pants :)

Stretch marks?
Nope

Sleep:
I am tired ALL THE TIME, and doing the smallest things exhausts me.  If it were about not sleeping at night, I could do things at that time.. but it’s just that I’m not having quality sleep at night.

Best moment this week:
Our prenatal class! It was really interesting.

Miss anything?
I can’t start things that start after 9pm anymore.  I’m just too tired!

Movement:
Mostly big kicks to the side and to the ribs.

Labor signs:
Got some signs of Braxton Hicks.. but the early kind that I can still talk and do things through

Belly button in or out?
Still in, but it’s definitely more shallow than it used to be!

Wedding rings on or off?
Off :( I had been taking them off at night and putting them back on in the morning.  On Sunday, I couldn’t get them back on easily so I figured that it’s better to leave them off now.

Happy or moody most of the time:
Pretty happy!

Looking forward to:
I am ready to be done school.  I am having a difficult time keeping up.. I haven’t fallen behind.. but there are definitely days where it’s more difficult to actually do anything.  Ready to be done foreverrrrrrr!

Next week I’ll be term.  This baby is coming quickkkkkk!!

xoxo,
Alysa