Life is a test. We are not present on earth to just exist; we are here to learn. Life is a lesson. Love one another unconditionally. Love thyself unconditionally. We spend our whole lives learning to do this. Some succeed and some never have a clue. I'm trying. Love my fellow man. Don't react and don't always have to be right. This is one I'll have to work on for the rest of my life. Appreciate each day and recognize positive and negative as a part of life's experiences. Look around me and see life at it's best. The joys of living come as you strive to achieve your dreams. Its the quality of each day that is important, not the distant dream once achieved. Teach and nurture my children. You can never give them too much love. -Randa Jex 1/1/94
Monday, March 25
Our doctor's appointment went great today. She is a little over 36 weeks along and she is head down and in great position now. My body has begun to make progress so let's hope it is smooth sailing from here on out! We also confirmed without a doubt that she is a girl. She was showing no signs of anything else until now but it was hard to ever be 100% positive due to her modesty during the sonograms. Today's sonogram was the validation I needed.....time to get the scissors out and cut all those tags off of the adorable new born clothes!
From here on out I will go in weekly to the doctor for progress checks. Her due date is April 22nd and if history repeats itself we are expecting a very punctual baby since Austin started making his appearance precisely on his due date.
Friday, March 15
|Austin on Left at 34 wks, Baby girl on right at 34 weeks. Looks like we have another cheeky/big headed baby!!!|
Wednesday, March 13
Tuesday, March 12
As I am entering the last month of pregnancy and possibly the last time I experience pregnancy, this is such an awesome way to look at the whole experience. This time wasn't easy- I felt sicker longer, I had more body aches and pains, and I had many more lightheaded/uneasy spells. But I am reminded after every doctor's appointment how very blessed we have been to only receive healthy reports. Just like Austin, Baby girl is growing on schedule, developing well, and has a strong heart. 3 things I never take for granted!
It is a unique experience growing a life inside of you. As Zach always says when I complain, "I know baby, you are making a person"....hahah...but really it's an awesome feeling to know a perfect little being is developing in YOU.
I love those moments when all of the stress at work is weighing on me and out of nowhere she starts to move and kick. It's like a little reminder of everything bigger than the small struggles of today.
We are so excited to meet our sweet little girl whether it is in a few weeks or a week after she is due. I know God has perfect timing in the matter and she will be here when she is ready.
Monday, March 11
|Playing guitar with Daddy is my favorite!|
Also my wonderful in-laws came for the entire weekend to help. Zach has been crazy busy with one of the apps so they came the last 2 days of our trip to give him some relief. I heard Austin walked around all weekend saying "Papa, Yeah Yeah...Papa, Yeah Yeah". He loves them so much and has so much fun when they come to visit!
|Having lunch at Mammies with Daddy, Papa, and Yeah Yeah|
Pentagon Memorial- breathtaking.
|You can see the color difference in the side of the Pentagon from the renovation where the plane crashed|
Being in DC makes you appreciate how much our country honors and memorializes historic events and people. It can be really overwhelming at times to take it all in and fully grasp what people have sacrificed for our country. After many conversations with Cory about his experiences in Afghanistan, I have never felt so ridiculously fortunate to live in America yet so damn scared of what is going on around the world and what our military is facing every day. Ignorance may be bliss when it comes to knowing what he went through. I will thank God for everyday he is safe in the US and pray situations change before he is ordered to go back. Enough about all that- I could go on for days but it’s insanely depressing to think about. However one thing I realized after hearing stories, talking to his friends, and understanding his role—the Marine Corps has an outstanding marine in my brother. His respect for his country, for fellow man, for traditions and rules is unwavering 100% of the time, not just when he is in uniform.
"At Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue." - Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, US Navy
We got to see where Cory works, where he did his officer training, and even where him and Alicia do crossfit….it’s called the BOX for all you crossfit junkies. I entertained the idea of starting crossfit post- baby but after watching them complete a workout I have decided it might not be for me…it is hard core. Maybe once I regain an inkling of abdominal strength I will gain more confidence but as of now, it just looked painful. I think I may set my sites on the 2014 Disney Princess ½ Marathon instead…. I hear it’s a lot of fun and a great excuse to take the family to Disney since we will be missing the family Disney trip in a few weeks.
|Thumbs Up with Nixon at the Wax Museum. That was a pretty impressive place- cool to see all the presidents and how short/tall they actually were.|
|This is us at George Washington's boyhood home/farm in Fredericksburg. Wonder where the cherry tree was...|
Korean War Memorial
"The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight." -Major General Frank E. Lowe, US Army
|Me and Mom at Jefferson Memorial|
|The cold family in front of the Capitol|
|Dad with his Favorite President!|
It was an amazing trip packed with so many laughs. Like I said earlier I am so unbelievably grateful Cory made it back safely but please pray for the ones still over there and pray for our nation that we can figure out how to bring everyone home peacefully...and hopefully soon!