Meet Baby Ford (well, kinda)

On Monday, we had our 4D ultrasound for Ford. We intended to bring both boys along, but in typical child fashion, Brody threw up that morning, so he was out of the running. Instead, Trevor and Knox picked me up from work and we headed to the appointment. We’ve done a 4D for each of the boys, but this was the first one Trevor actually attended. He was so funny about not wanting to see what the kids looked like before they were born, he refused to come for Knox and Brody’s ultrasounds, so I ended up bring our moms, instead.

This time, I really wanted Knox and Brody to come, and for whatever reason, Trevor relented and decided to accompany us. Poor Knox has such doctor anxiety after his MUSC blood draw experience a few months back, and his little bottom lip started quivering when we pulled up to the office. We tried so hard to explain to him that this was Mommy’s appointment and not his, but he wasn’t feeling it. He kept asking to go home and “go Knox’s house!” Finally, I told him we were there to see a baby movie, and that appeased him a bit. He was still very wary until we got into the ultrasound room and he actually saw what was going on.

Ford cooperated beautifully, and we got a full 30 minutes of his sweet little face (even though he didn’t stop moving the entire time… I’m beginning to think this isn’t going to be the calm child I was envisioning). Here he is:

IMG_5186 IMG_5182 IMG_5205 IMG_5204 IMG_5200 IMG_5199 IMG_5183 IMG_5203 IMG_5202I KNOW. I’m obsessed with him, already, you guys. He definitely has Trevor’s mouth, as do both Knox and Brody, so that was really cool to see. I think from these, he looks more like Knox than Brody, but we’ll just have to wait and see. And because I love comparison pictures, here are all three boys’ 4D images side-by-side (the cheeks on Brody, my word):

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DIY Kitchen Backsplash

We’ve lived in our house for one year and five months. That’s 17 months without a backsplash in the kitchen. I knew from the beginning what I wanted to do, it was just a matter of you know, doing it. Thanks, Baby Ford, for giving me a ridiculous sense of motivation for all things nesting/house-related so I finally started (and finished) this project! I love the look of anything reclaimed, especially whitewashed, distressed reclaimed things. I love our white kitchen, and I knew I wanted to do some kind of reclaimed backsplash in there to carry that theme into the kitchen.

I decided on using ceiling tiles. I found these faux tin tiles on (very similar… I don’t see the exact one right now) and thought they were perfect as the background of my backsplash. I loved this rubbed bronze color, knowing I would paint, then distress the tiles so that this color showed through a bit.


So, then the process began. I lay out yards of plastic drop cloth outside and started spray painting. And spray painting. And spray painting. I think it took four bottles- I just remember I kept having to go back to Lowe’s over and over again for more spray paint. Also, it kept raining, which delayed this process, and also, bugs are stupid- I can’t tell you how many gnats I had to flick out my wet paint.


Finally, the coverage was good enough and once they dried (for at least 24 hours) I went at them with a medium-grit sanding block on the raised details. This gave me an awesome weathered look that I loved.


Installation was really easy, mainly because I didn’t do it! Trevor took over that part, but I watched, and it was really easy. The worst part of it was measuring where the outlets were and cutting those out. It took about two-and-a-half hours to install the whole thing. We used Liquid Nails Foam Panel Adhesive to stick the panels to the wall, and that worked amazingly well.

Here’s a before/progress shot or two:


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Now, here’s the finished product.

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I love it so much, and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to do this project! It made such a huge difference in this space. It was also VERY budget friendly at under $200 for the entire project. Oh, we also re-did our little kitchen eating nook. We intend to build a built-in banquette seating area eventually, and with that in mind, we only bought two chairs for our table, thinking we’d have bench seating built-in soon. Well, projects take time, and we’re having another baby, so yeah. So, we bought a new, bigger table (Wal-Mart for only $164! It’s surprisingly sturdy and really pretty) and a super cute bench (World Market). I’m all about a new look on a budget!4


The boys love their new nook area- I say “their” because they’ve laid claim to it! They’re always doing play-doh, eating a snack or something over here. I feel like with these new additions, our kitchen is finally feeling finished. We’re so happy with how everything turned out!

Pregnancy Brain + Burger Salads

I know you guys have heard of the phenomenon known as “pregnancy brain.” If you’ve been pregnant, then you know that it’s a very real affliction. Let it be known: I am an idiot right now. I can’t remember my own name, much less anything else. Today, I forgot Knox’s backpack. You know, after I filled it with his folder and his lunchbox and sat it by the door. Walked right out of the house without it. I have to put everything on my iPhone calendar with reminders, or else I’ll forget it.

A couple weeks ago, Brody had a fall singing program at preschool. He goes to preschool at church, where I work, so it was right upstairs. I knew it was that morning. I planned my scheduled around it. About 15 minutes after it ended, my friend texted me about how funny how kids were in the program, and I could have cried! I told Brody I was so sorry for missing it, and he said “that’s just okay, Mommy!” Glad he didn’t care!

In addition to being forgetful, pregnancy brain is also very conniving and convincing. For example: this baby has a cheeseburger addiction. Being gluten free, I decided to see if a Five Guys burger without the bun would be good. Shocker: it was. It really, really was. The next day, the baby needed another cheeseburger. This is how the conversation with myself went:

Jessica: You cannot have another cheeseburger.

Pregnant Jessica: Yes, I can. The baby needs it.

Jessica: The baby does not need it. Your fat mouth needs it. Go eat a salad.

Pregnant Jessica: Technically, a burger with no bun IS a salad. Lettuce? Check. Tomato? Check. Cucumbers? Pickled, but check. Protein and cheese on top? Check. IT’S A SALAD, MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE.

Jessica: Salads are healthy. I should eat one for the good of my future child. With some fries. Deep fried potatoes are practically identical to croutons, maybe.


The scene of the crime, er, salad.

Ya’ll. This screwed up logic netted me a two pound weight gain in the course of a week when I ate a burger “salad” FOUR DAYS IN A ROW. Can we say sickness? Yes, we can. I wish it was so easy to talk myself into eating actual salads. Let it be a lesson to you: pregnancy brain not only makes you forgetful, but it also makes you fat.

23-and-a-half weeks along

I figured I should do a little update on our newest boy, for posterity’s sake. I had an appointment on Tuesday, and my doctor said I’m measuring exactly right and Ford looks great. Music to my ears. Also, my next appointment will be the Glucola appointment, and my first weekly growth ultrasound. Since I’m on Lovenox and have a higher clot risk, they’ll do an ultrasound every week and monitor Ford with the NST twice a week. Yes, I will be at the OB’s office for my entire life. I’ll do what I need to for this boy, so you won’t hear any complaining from me!

How far along? 23 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Ten pounds. I’m pretty happy with that amount, and I feel way better than I did my previous two pregnancies at this point.

Maternity clothes? Absolutely. Elastic is a must at this point.

Sleep: My head hits the pillow at 9:30, and I am GONE. I am so sleepy in the evenings, I feel like I can barely function. I would love to start waking up early to do my devotion for the day when the house is quiet, but my word, I love my sleep right now.

Best moment(s) this week: The Allume conference last week was amazing. Also, it was so much fun to finish up Ford’s dresser and be able to actually pack away his sweet little clothes. Thanks to some generous friends, Ford may end up with more clothes than his brothers had!

Movement: All the time! I don’t remember Knox and Brody being this active at this stage of pregnant, but Ford is one wiggly baby! I love it, baby movement is just the best.

Food cravings: Still Mexican food and potatoes. I’m trying to lay off as much unhealthy stuff and lean  more Paleo in what I’m eating (this doesn’t always work).

Gender: Boy

Labor Signs: No, and I’m so glad. I remember vividly that I started having tons of contractions with Knox at 24 weeks- it was on my birthday, and I was super sick with some sinus/cough thing. I remember crying my eyes out because I was so worried and felt so terrible. My birthday is this Friday, and for my gift, I’d love zero contractions.

Belly Button in or out? Out. So, so out.

What I miss: I really miss bread. It’s just so good. And real pizza with fluffy gluten-filled crust. I heart gluten, but it isn’t a mutual love.

What I am looking forward to: Getting some of the big baby stuff purchased and set up- that always makes it feel more real. Also, pretty sure our 4D ultrasound will be in the next month-ish, which will be so much fun.

Weekly Wisdom: Don’t worry, be happy.

Milestones: Getting Ford’s dresser filled with tiny clothes. Also, viability day (24 weeks) is this Sunday!

The best part of these pictures is Brody- the first one, he is pushing a Lara Bar into my stomach because he wants me to “eat your breakfast, Mommy!!” The second one, I don’t know, it makes me laugh!

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Excuse me while I change my life

I had a pretty incredible weekend. I was blessed to attend the Allume blogging conference in Greenville, South Carolina and be absolutely filled to the brim with inspiration. I’ve blogged since 2008, and in the past couple of years, have really felt the desire to whittle my focus and make this a more intentional place. It’s been such a journal of life for me, which has been great, but I feel like it’s time for it to be more than that. The best moments I’ve had as a blogger have been the times where I connect most deeply to you- the people that come back here and read my words and feel like a part of my spirit. I want more of that. I want to connect with you, while I continue to seek out God’s direction for my life, and hopefully, I can share what I learn and be a blessing to you like you’ve been to me.

This weekend was filled with keynote speeches by smart, Godly women, time spent around tables with creative, precious new friends and time to delve more deeply into my mission as a woman, a wife, a mom, a professional, a blogger and most importantly, a follower of Jesus.

So what did I learn? Everything.

I feel like my mind and my spirit opened up in a whole new way. I feel like I finally understand who I want to be and what I want to do here. It’s pretty exciting, and I’m excited to share it all with you. You can still expect to find random, funny stories about the things my children do to make me crazy, updates on our family and things like that, but soon, you’ll also find more of me sharing my heart on the ways that God has changed and enlightened me on what’s really important. Here’s a hint: it was not what I thought.

So friends, thank you for being my people, and here are a few pictures from this weekend because, well, we all like pictures.

My friend, Karie, and I on our first night at Allume:


Karie and I in the Photo Booth… yes, we did this a good three times, and each time, our first picture makes us look like idiots that don’t know how cameras operate


Melanie Dale and I. She’s probably the funniest human being I’ve ever met in person. She’s also using my submission about Knox in her new book, which is so exciting. I’ll share details when it comes out!

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Crystal Evans Hurst was a keynote, and my word, that woman is awesome. Like, please move here and live in my house so that I can learn to be just like you, awesome.

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Sarah Mae and I. Is she not the cutest ever?? Her book “Desperate: Hope for the Mom that Needs to Breathe” should be required reading for every mother on the planet.

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I got to hear Myquillin Smith aka The Nester in a breakout session… I had a geek-out moment and had to take a stealthy stalker picture of her because, hello, IT’S THE NESTER TEN FEET FROM ME, YOU GUYS.

2015-10-16 10.13.41It was a seriously phenomenal weekend, even though I missed my people like crazy. That’s the longest I’ve gone without hugging my husband in years- I left Thursday morning, he worked Saturday, so I didn’t see him again until Sunday morning. I felt a little like a forlorn teenager all “I miss you, like, so much, let’s never be apart again for, like, ever.” As hard as it is to break away, it’s good for your soul to have a little “me” time and hang out with your friends. Do it every once in a while- it’ll make you breathe deeper. Happy Monday, friends.


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