Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sleeping and Reading

You might not know this about me, but I'm what you might like to call an extremely picky sleeper. As in, I am not someone who can fall asleep anytime or anywhere. Except for rarely, I never fall asleep in the car, or watching a movie. Nope, I need my bed. Preferably dark and mostly quiet, but not too quiet because I like a little background/white noise. Adam has to tuck my feet in nice and tight, and I always sleep on my tummy with my arms underneath me and my head facing to the right. I mean other than all that, I'm totally flexible.

All of that to say, I've been having trouble sleeping ever since this new little bump keeps getting in my way. Which contributes to the double-team of exhaustion and nausea which shows no sign of abating, even though I'm now 16 weeks along and baby is the size of a dill pickle.
Anyways, I should probably try and find some essential oils to help me sleep and make me less-nauseous since they seemed to work so well for Caden's now-non-existent night terrors. By the way, for those of you who have asked, we used the "Peace and Calming" one from Young Living (in a diffuser), simply because that is the one a sweet friend sent us to try.
I spent a lot of time this past week putting together a Blurb book for my 365-project from 2014 (you can see our 2012 one here if you'd like). I love-love-love putting these together and especially having them in my hands, particularly because nothing clenches my heart like seeing the progression of our kids throughout the course of a year. Now, of course, I feel sad that I havent been doing it this year. In fact, I'm pretty sure my camera has come out a grand total of four times in 2015 (thanks mostly to the aforementioned nausea/exhaustion). Anyways, I'm trying to think of a fun way to document my kids (and our lives) this year without committing to something I cannot follow through on with the current state-of-our-lives. Any ideas?
I realize this has turned into a random mish-mash of a post, but I wanted to quickly share a few things I've read and/or watched and loved over the past few weeks.

On the Screen:
St. Vincent - my neighbor recommended this and I watched it by myself while Adam took the boys to a Hawks game. I alternately laughed and cried, which makes for a good movie in my opinion.
100 Foot Journey - Adam and I both loved this one.

The kids have been loving Big Hero 6 (I swear it makes me cry everytime, I blame pregnancy hormones), and we took them to see Annie at the dollar theater. Now everytime I tell them to clean their rooms, they loudly sing It's a Hard-knock Life.

Blacklist is back after a two-month break, and I love it. We've also been watching Blue Bloods, and Fixer Upper on HGTV. Because our tastes are varied.

On the Page:
I just finished, and highly recommend, Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders. Loved it.

I am also reading Finding Church by Wayne Jacobsen, and even got to meet him and chat about God and church this past weekend, which was a real treat.

On the Internet:
It wouldn't be a link-y post for me if I didnt share at least one thing my girl Shannan wrote. Sorry, not sorry. This one I loved: Praise for Heaviness.

40 Ideas for Lent - from Rachel Held Evans.

We had a doozy-of-a-night with one of our boys last night, and when I came home I read this post on Hope from my friend (and hero) Amy. Just what I needed, for realz.

Also, I just told you about how I wished I was doing 365 again this year, and then I found this photographer's 365 project and now I'm even MORE wistful about the whole thing.

Finally, it's black history month and I always really appreciate Kristen's advice/insight at Rage Against the Minivan. She has a post I bookmarked that I thought y'all might like to see too: Best Children's Books for Black History Month.


  1. First of all…bless your heart. I can't even.
    Second of all…St. Vincent was so good. I will probably own it one day.
    Third of all…y'all make some pretty babies.

  2. Visiting from Leigh Kramer's blog! Sorry you haven't been sleeping well. I hope you can find some EO that work! They have helped me. You could try rubbing the peace and calming on your feet at night. That's what I do!

    1. Hmm, I never thought of using the peace and calming on myself! :-) genius!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hi! Visiting from Leigh's linkup. I'm so glad you mentioned the night terrors oil. Our 2.5 year old has been having nightmares and we're looking for solutions... I'll check it out! Hoping for better sleep soon! I'm at 19 weeks and things are still hit-and-miss.... No fun!!

    1. Definitely check out the oils. I was skeptical to say the least, and I still keep telling Adam "it was probably just a coincidence" . . . ha. Anyways, hope you get more sleep too and that you can figure out a good solution for the nightmares! :-)

  4. Becca,
    Have you heard of chatbooks? They print out your instagram feed (automatically! if you want), 60 pages per book, $6 ... I've been seeing them around. Might be a good fit for you right now to just get. those. photos. into. your. hands! Praying you get some much-needed sleep, and soon!

    1. I havent heard of it, but I'm going to go check it out now! :-)


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