Stephen and I were asked to help make an Anniversary present for a friend, and it was a fun task. Thankfully Stephen knows how to manipulate a photo, or whatever the heck it is he did here.
It was a lot of fun to make. Although it would have been a lot faster & easier if were both triplets…
One of the things that has surprised me the most in the last 8 weeks is just how little I understand about my body. This baby has taken over my mind, body, and strength (or lack thereof). I am certainly not complaining, I couldn’t be more overjoyed for a 3-inch little human to be controlling every little piece of me! It is just really strange to experience the parts of pregnancy that people don’t normally talk about. You always hear about “the glow” and “the cravings”, but not so much about the heartburn, the headaches, the super sensitive senses (aka: my nose/the “super sniffer” as Stephen calls it), and then of course peeing 3 times during the night. It has been one crazy roller coaster so far and I am so happy that I have more to look forward to with what is still to come.
I figured it was time to share a few photos with you. I hope you enjoy them
This is from the first ultrasound:
Baby Ringl at 7 1/2 weeks:
And then at 10 weeks:
At our 12 week appointment we heard the heartbeat. It was amazing. We were also pleased to get the news that I could go off the progesterone medication I was on, called Prometrium, because the baby was now at the stage where the placenta was handling all the hormone development. Since going off it there has been a decrease in my nausea and increase in normal sleeping habits. Our next appointment is on the 22nd and I can’t wait to see how baby Ringl has grown!
My mom has been talking on and on about taking belly pictures. We didn’t get any pictures in the beginning, I think we were trying to be cautious of getting excited in case something went wrong, so here is what we do have.
Here we are at 10 weeks:
and then at 13 1/2 weeks while at the lake house for Labor Day:
I guess you could say I officially have a little “baby bump”
(mind you, this is after a belly full of ribs and corn-on-the-cob)
That looks like A LOT of growth, but notice that they are at different angles and one is zoomed closer than the other. I promise I’m not eating enough for a family of 5!
I will try to be better about taking belly-pictures so I can easily look back on how my body looked pre-baby in the future.
I will say that I am VERY much looking forward to the approach of Fall and cooler weather! I am ready for some pumpkin carving, leaves falling, and sweater wearing! That, and opening the windows to let the breeze in and turn the AC off for a while. Gulf Power is LOVING my hot flashes and how much they get to benefit from them!
The past 2 months have been very interesting in the Ringl household. From being a bit on the tired side to experiencing crazy nausea, food aversion, and complete exhaustion. I continue to be thankful every day that I was able, and encouraged by my husband, to quit my job when my body rebelled against driving to work, or riding in the car at all for that matter.
I think the entire month of August consisted of me snacking on crackers and cheese and going to bed by 8 pm. We took it as a wonderful sign that, although unpleasant at times, I was having the majority of all pregnancy symptoms! We have had several wonderful friends praying fervently for us and the baby, and every time I get sick I know the Lord is telling me to trust completely in Him. After losing our first two pregnancies last year it can be very easy to let myself worry at every little thing, but I have been so encouraged by family and friends. I am constantly reminded of the verse “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” Psalm 28:7
Now that September has arrived I am officially in my 2nd trimester and I am VERY pleased to finally have some energy back in my life. I have so much respect for the women out there that have a toddler, or a few of them, while pregnant, or still work full-time. I wasn’t expecting to quit my job and us becoming a one-income household, but life throws you curve balls sometimes and you have to learn to adjust.
So, here are a few photo’s of what has been happening in the lives of the Ringls:
We started a burn pile in the yard
Come Fall we’re gonna have one fun bonfire
We also started growing our first vegetables:
This is after 2 weeks of growth
Next up we have a picture of the tomato plant after 5 weeks of growth. It is INSANE how fast these things grew!
The plant is now taller than me! And there are a few tomatoes starting to grow!!
That’s all I have for now. I gotta go finish the 3 loads of laundry that have been begging to be folded all day… I can’t imagine how much that is going to increase 5-6 months from now
I love a good 3-day weekend. Although I’m not working I still live for the weekends and the time it provides with family and friends. This past weekend I went up to my Grandparents lake house on Lake Martin. Stephen had to stay behind for some work he had scheduled, so I hitched a ride with my parents on Friday afternoon.
Growing up we spent our holidays and vacations visiting family. I can’t imagine how expensive family vacations would have cost with 4 kids, 2 of which were boys with bottomless stomachs. We were always excited to take a trip up to Lake Martin and spend the entire trip swimming, fishing, and hanging out on the pier until dinner. My older brother Matt always had a knack at catching turtles for us to play with, and even in the winter when the water was low we would build forts and make up adventures to go on with our cousins Kim and Lindsey. In the summer my parents would let us pick a few friends and we would go to the lake for a week with my Grandparents. We had the best bonfires up there in the cold months! I’m hoping we get to do that again this year, I could go for some good fireside smores!!
This weekend was a lot like the previous Labor Day Weekends we’ve spent up at the Lake. My brother Matt and I were spouseless, both of which had to work, and there were my parents and my sister and her hubby Jeff who all came up on Friday. This was my first trip since my pregnancy symptoms had really kicked in, so I was glad that the car trip went well.
Relaxing Friday night
One of the wonderful things that we experienced was some cooler weather. In the morning and evenings it would chill off to around 60 outside and it was sooo nice! I am really looking forward to fall (not that we even have one until late November here in Florida…)
One thing I have discovered is that you never know what kind of fishing there will be at the lake. Last time we were up there I caught several catfish. This trip was a bit different. Matt caught the biggest fish:
(Which I hope to re-catch next time)
and then Miriah caught the tiniest:
she didn’t even know it was on her hook until she reeled it in to re-cast. The little cutie
Matt brought Noel with him and she swam more than I’ve ever seen a dog swim! She even found a way to rest while still in the water:
There she is, just resting on the crossbeams under the pier in the shade. Smart puppy!
Sunday night we went on a Sunset boat ride. It was gorgeous. It’s always fun to see what new houses have been built since our last trip. It always amazes me to see what kind of “lake homes” people have. Some are some incredible I can’t imagine what their real homes must look like.
That pretty much wraps up my holiday weekend. I hope you were able to do some relaxing and enjoy some good BBQ’ing. I know I ate my fair share of ribs and corn-on-the-cob!
I know you’ve noticed that things have been a bit lacking on the website lately. I’ve been feeling all sorts of sick, and the computer hasn’t been on my comfort list. However, I’ve started to feel a little better the past couple days, so I’m happy to report that all is well. Actually, things are great
The Ringl’s are Pregnant !!!
and now for a true personality shot:
(a big guess about who has the bigger personality)
I know, it’s pretty awesome & exciting news :)
So our family count is going from 2 to 3 (currently we are at 2 & 1/4 !)
I like the idea of having art on the wall that inspires me to have a positive attitude.
Something like this:
I believe everyone of those statements. I also think it’s important to remind ourselves of the small things in life that make us different. When walking down the street I feel a splurge of confidence if I see a woman smiling while she walks or talks. Someone else’s smile has a way of lifting others spirits, and I want to be able to do that. It’s so easy to live in our bubbles today. We can talk on our phones, text, or the endless games and features when you add in an iPod or Laptop in every scene and scenario of our environment. When I first started college people would sit and talk before class. I met a lot of new people that way. By the end of my college career things had changed. People have 20+ ways to keep themselves distracted and busy. It feels like people are turning to a new way of life where no need of direct communication is necessary. With texting, emailing, facebook, and the endless internet, I wonder how kids are developing the social skills that we made when I was young. When I was a kid we had 1 phone line in the house, and we had a curfew/time limit just to use and share it. In 2008 it was reported that 71% of kids had their own cell phone. That is a HUGE number. Are cell phones a good thing, yes, of course. Is it necessary for over 50% of 7-12 year olds to have their own phone? Wow, that I’m not sure about. A “household/kids phone”, sure, I can understand that for communication reasons if a parent needs to reach their child.
I don’t know. I guess as strange as it sounds, I miss the days when people would chat in the hallway and on the bus. When people weren’t too “busy” texting and always having headphones in listening to music. It’s crazy how much the world has changed in the past decade. I can’t even imagine how much it’s still going to change in the coming years.
This topic has sparked a lot of conversations between Stephen and myself lately. I’m all for the advancement of technology, I’m just trying to find the balance in living life and “reading life” through a computer. We were discussing how weird it is that we can be so out of touch with people, yet know everything they’ve been up to without speaking to them in years. I think this is one of the reasons I have decided to delete some of my distractions, for example my facebook account. Not only has the company continually crossed the line with dissolving all privacy boundaries, but I’m tired of finding out that someone got married, had a child or lost a parent, without ever speaking to them. I have a cell phone, and I have not been the best at using it (I’m more of a one-on-one meet up and talk person), but i feel it’s time I pushed my own comfort zone and got out from behind the glowing screen of a computer.
So, if you need to reach me in the future drop me a comment here, or shoot me a phone call. I feel it’s long overdue that I get back to the basics of communication for a while. I have gotten way too comfortable keeping my distance from people. I love writing letters and receiving them. Emails are okay, but not as wonderful & personal. Most of all, I love talking over a cup of tea, or a yummy meal.
It’s time to share our smiles with the open world, friends. I hope some of you will join me. Let’s brighten this world up.
Hello all. Surprise, I’m alive. I know you must be thrilled after my sudden disappearance, which I’m calling a temporary sabbatical.
Well I am back, and I have an update for you to read and enjoy.
This past weekend we had a friend come and visit us. Her name is Kim, Stephen and I met her at UWF. We have some great memories from our “college years”, and it’s always a blast when we get together. Yes, I just referred to my college years in the past tense, since, well, that was a few years ago now… ya, time flies.
We arranged for Kim to come by Saturday morning just around time for brunch. I may have had ulterior motives in setting up the time frame because some of our most delicious memories are hanging out with Kim and her making her amazing from-scratch pancakes. She uses all fresh ingredients, even the eggs come straight from her parents chickens! I had never had real syrup until having pancakes with Kim, and Stephen and I have been hooked ever since. It’s amazing and delicious when your syrup has only 1 ingredient: Maple Syrup.
Here’s Kim making up a batch on our griddle.
here’s a better look at the goods:
imagine those stacked & covered in butter and syrup… sooo good!
Before she left we grabbed a group shot. What did we do before camera’s with timers?!?!
There ya have it. There’s a brief peek into our weekend. We also celebrated my little brother’s 25th Birthday with some delicious BBQ wings and cookie cake. I don’t know about you, but we had a delicious stomach-filling weekend here on the coast.