Lindsay Sledge

a blog about life with Micah, Denver, Everett, and Presley the dog

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Change

It has been a while since I posted an update to the blog! My sincerest apologies. Remember my post about waiting? I miss the waiting. Life is now a whirlwind of change, and I am struggling to keep up. But keep up I will! These are exciting times, and I am thankful to God for delivering Micah, Baby, Presley and me through each day. I am going to summarize the big events over the last few weeks. Let’s get started!

House Hunt: Micah and I have been on the house hunt since February. The market in Nashville is hot, particularly in the good elementary school zones. We put in offers for two houses, and neither worked out. Major bummers. Our realtor reached out one day regarding a house with a Coming Soon sign in the front yard, and the next 36 hours were the fastest 36 hours of my life. Our realtor drove by the house for a pre-showing, allowed us to FaceTime to view the house, and advised that Micah and I put in an offer sight unseen! We did put in an offer, contingent upon a walkthrough within the next 24 hours. This was incredibly spontaneous and seemingly reckless behavior for Micah and me since we spend hours deliberating most decisions.

The next day, Micah and I checked out the house at lunch. It is a 1960s ranch and needs a little love, but it’s beautiful and unique and in the area of town we’ve been hoping to move into. There is a slight catch to this house because it sits right in front of a train track. The train is pretty awesome, though, and we were amazed watching it race right behind our backyard fence. After viewing the house, we waited to hear back from the seller regarding our offer. We were unable to talk to our realtor when he reached out that night. Reason being, Micah and I have led a church home group for the last three years, and this was the night of our last meeting as leaders! We’re stepping down in the fall since Baby will be here. Point being, we prayed our final group prayer, and seconds after the prayer ended, our realtor sent us the following message: “One word: ACCEPTED.” It was the most incredible timing, and Micah and I both feel that it was God’s way of reassuring us that he was behind the decision. We’re currently in the process of closing, and it’s hectic and busy and expensive and wonderful. We are so thrilled to close in a few weeks, and we praise God for his provision. Here’s a pic of the house:

House Exterior

Trip to VA: The same week we went under contract on the train house, we drove 12 hours to Virginia to celebrate my youngest sister as she graduated college. I am so proud of Hannah and her hard work over the last four years! Here is a pic from her big day:

Hannah Graduation

The day after the graduation, my sister Lauren threw me a Baby shower! It was filled with great food and fun games. Thanks to everyone who came out to shower Baby Sledge with love. Here are some pics from the shower:

VA Baby Shower

Work: Micah and I drove back to Nashville and were back to work bright and early the next day. This brings me to the final big event over the last few weeks: the resignation of my boss and another team member. After the house contract and trip to VA, I was not prepared for any additional upheaval in life. Needless to say,  I didn’t handle the news well and left work early. Sometimes a pregnant lady just needs sleep.

It’s currently Memorial Day, and I am at home packing, choosing paint colors, and relaxing. I will post a pregnancy survey next. Thanks for reading!

With love,

Lindsay

 

Waiting

The last five months of my life can be defined by one word: waiting. First I was waiting to get pregnant, then I was waiting for ultrasounds to confirm that Baby is developing as expected, then I was waiting to save enough money to start looking for a house, and now I am waiting for the right house to be listed on the market. I spend hours each day waiting to feel Baby kick, praying that Baby stays healthy, worrying about whether or not I’ll be able to have a natural birth, and wondering what it will be like when Baby and I meet face to face. Will I be a good Mom? How will Baby affect my marriage? Where will Baby sleep if Micah and I haven’t found a house yet? How will Presley and Baby get along? The list goes on and on.

As a Type A, control-freak, waiting can be stressful. I don’t mind waiting if I can put forth effort during the process to work towards a tangible goal. Examples include training for a race or paying off debt. I loathe waiting when the effort is out of my hands and I am forced to trust in God’s timing and plan. And yes, talking about God’s timing and plan seems really dorky to me since people throw around sentiments of the sort so frequently. Truly, though, the Bible tells me to wait on the Lord, to trust in the Lord, and to hope in the Lord.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)

“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.” (Psalm 33:20)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Why should I wait on the Lord?  Because He is my help and shield. Why should I trust in the Lord? Because He will make my paths straight. Why should I hope in the Lord? Because He will renew my strength. Indeed, renewal is what I need. Waiting should not warp into worrying. In fact, when I remember that God is in control, it is impossible to worry. Do I think that everything will turn out as I plan? Absolutely not. What a sad life it would be if God was confined to my often ridiculous and self-centered expectations. When I wait on Him, though, He transforms my heart. He leads me in directions I wouldn’t often seek for myself, and there is peace when I’ve reached the end of the path because He is there, waiting for me, confirming all along the way that He’s been in control and been watching over me.

This morning in church the band played “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” The following words grabbed ahold of my heart, and I pray that I’ll remember them often in times of waiting: “All I have needed, Thy hand hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.”

Truly, great is Thy faithfulness.

With love,

Lindsay

20 Week Ultrasound

Before delving into the ultrasound, I must write about week 19. This was my favorite week of pregnancy so far, since it’s the week I started feeling baby move! I literally looked down at my belly one day at work and saw it moving. Later that evening, Micah witnessed the movement for himself. It is a such a relief seeing and feeling baby move. I found out in the ultrasound that I have an anterior (frontal) placenta which is making it harder for me to feel baby. Now that baby is getting bigger, I should be able to feel more movement. Praise God for little baby kicks that bring such joy!

Now for a summary of the ultrasound. I woke up so excited the morning of, and Micah woke up pretty sleepy. I kept thinking, “Wake Up, Mister! This is a big day!” He’s so funny sometimes with his persistent calm. We both worked a half day, and then we headed to the doc around 1pm. This is when I started to feel nervous. I actually made Micah wait in the car with me until 5 minutes before the appointment because I was feeling so anxious. I was excited to find out the gender, but I was nervous about the anatomy check because it would be the first close look at baby’s heart, spine, kidneys, etc. We finally got out of the car, checked in for the appointment, and sat down in the waiting room. During the wait, Micah decided to read us a horrifying article from a pregnancy magazine about tearing during labor and delivery. Way to keep things calm, Micah.

We were finally called back, and the ultrasound commenced. The technician who did the scan was amazing. She provided commentary on each of the pictures she was taking, which was super helpful since I honestly had very little idea what we were looking at. I could make out the head and body, and the heart was obvious, but baby was curled into a ball so it was difficult to determine which body part was which. It didn’t help that one hand and one foot were above baby’s head, and one foot was down at my bladder. I have no idea where the other hand was. Baby was so comfortable in the little ball that the tech kept jabbing my belly to encourage baby to move. Halfway through the appointment I was concerned that we wouldn’t be able to determine the gender, and the tech said she already knew and was waiting for a better picture! The tech checked the last few organs and paid special attention to the kidneys since I’d had kidney problems as a baby. Then it was time to play. We say baby open its mouth and put its hand inside. We saw baby reach out and touch the placenta. We even saw baby’s little foot, which ironically seems to be a little version of Micah’s foot since the second toe is longer than the first toe. Finally, the tech showed us a picture and said, “Do you see this? This means you’re having a BOY!” I honestly felt like time stopped for a moment. I was in the ultrasound room, and yet I was also somewhere else hearing these words. Who is having a boy? I am having a boy? Micah is having a boy? We’re having a son?!! I turned and looked at Micah, and he had the biggest grin on his face. What a sweet moment in life.

Praise God for this little miracle growing in my belly. Praise God for healthy organs and an estimated 13 ounces of baby weight. I love this little boy, and I am thankful that God has chosen Micah and me to be his parents. I pray that we will love him well and raise him to know the Lord. I pray that he will be a godly man who is kind to others. I pray that he’ll be full of energy and joy and that we will spend many days laughing and playing together.

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.” Psalm 127:3-5

With love,

Lindsay

P.S. Below are two pics from the ultrasound. One is a profile, and the other is a little baby foot!

Baby Sledge ProfileBaby Sledge Foot

Gender Predictions

The 20 week ultrasound is on March 25th, Good Friday! I have been looking forward to seeing Baby Sledge again since our 9 week ultrasound. This ultrasound will take a close look at baby’s anatomy to confirm that baby is growing as expected. I am praying for good news and appreciate your prayers as well. Along with the anatomy scan, we will hopefully find out if baby is a girl or a boy! I hope baby cooperates as this is no time for modesty. In preparation for the appointment, here are some of the old wives’ tales regarding gender predictions. I am so curious to see which tales are accurate.

GenderGuesses

According to these tales, 3 suggest that baby is a girl, 7 suggest boy, and 1 is inconclusive. We also tried the ring test, but the ring didn’t move at all after it was dropped. I myself am on the fence and have flip-flopped over the last four months. Since it’s time for an official guess, I guess girl, and Micah guesses boy. (He really thinks baby is a girl but thinks one of us should be rooting for each.) We are both going to be thrilled either way and hope to find out soon.

Thanks for reading!

With love,

Lindsay

Pregnancy Announcements

I always thought I’d wait until the end of the first trimester to let people know I was expecting. Then I became pregnant and overjoyed at the prospect of sharing such good news with family and friends. I’ve read the articles and understand why many people do wait, but for me waiting created unnecessary anxiety about all the things that could go wrong. It was fun sharing the news, especially since I knew it meant more people would be praying for Baby Sledge. Here are a few of the more elaborate announcements.

My husband: Micah and I always said we’d wait around 5 years after our wedding to start trying for children. Last July, after our 4 year anniversary, we decided that we were tired of waiting and would start trying soon after our trip to Europe. A month after we got back, I woke up one morning before church and felt like I should take a pregnancy test. I snuck into the bathroom before Micah woke up, took a test, and voilà, a faint positive pink line. I was so excited and also a bit unsure if it was real. Since I didn’t have any other tests at home, I didn’t tell my husband immediately. We went to church, came home for lunch, and I told him I needed to shop for Christmas. I went to the store, bought a few more tests, and took one. It came back negative. I wasn’t completely discouraged since I’d read that it’s best to take tests first thing in the morning. So I waited all afternoon and evening, and when I woke up the next day, I took two tests, and they both came back positive! I wrapped up the tests and put them under the Christmas tree. I wrote a note on the chalkboard in the kitchen, and when my husband came to the door to leave for work, I asked him to grab our lunches. He walked to the kitchen, immediately noticed the present, and looked at me with confusion. Once he picked it up and saw the note that said, “Baby Sledge due August 2016,” he smiled like crazy and asked me, “Really?” He ran to me, gave me a hug, and I told him to open the present. He saw the tests, told me how excited he was, and off we drove to work. It was a fun ride that morning. We were both shocked and happy and thankful and surprised to discover that our lives will soon change forever.

Micah baby annoucement

Micah’s dad: We waited until after the first ultrasound at 9 weeks to share the news with family. Since Micah’s dad’s birthday was a few days after the first ultrasound, we decided to wrap the announcement up as a birthday gift. His dad is a Trekkie, so Micah designed the following card, and we wrapped it up with a Star Trek onesie.

Trek front card  Trek back card Trek onesie

My dad: Last Father’s Day, my dad wanted to see the movie Jaws which was playing in theaters. I don’t personally love scary movies, but Jaws is a classic, so I obliged. While discussing announcement ideas with Micah, he decided we should use a quote from the movie. He proceeded to design this epic card.

Jaws front card  Jaws back card

Facebook: I love Micah’s design skills, but I wanted to be involved in the main baby announcement. We weren’t sure how we were going to share the news until the day of the Nashville Snow. We got 5.5 inches and decided to make the most of it. We braved the cold and built a little snow family. We tried to get Presley in the picture, but he kept eating the carrots. Here’s the final pic.

Baby announcement final

To conclude, announcing the pregnancy was so fun, and it was particularly exciting to cater the announcements to different family members. I am glad that we waited until after the first ultrasound to share the news, and I am also glad that we didn’t wait until the end of the first trimester to tell everyone because the excitement was too much to contain.

As always, thanks for reading.

With love,

Lindsay

The Start of Something New

I’ve debated starting a blog to chronicle my life, more so now that my husband and I are expecting our first child to arrive this August. I’ve enjoyed reading my friends’ blogs over the years, particularly those who have journaled about their pregnancies and early stages of parenthood. I also know that to some, starting a blog as a Southern, Christian mama is a bit of a cliché.

I’ve decided that I’m ok with cliché’s. I want to document this time in my life, I want to share sweet pictures and memories with my family who live in different states, and I want Baby Sledge to have something to look back on one day when it’s hard to imagine his or her mama as a twenty-something starting an exciting new adventure in life. I hope you’ll read if you’re interested, laugh when life is silly, pray when life is serious, and overlook the moments of weakness when I may not say the right thing or our lifestyle decisions may diverge. It’s my hope that this blog will encourage me to diligently look for the sweet blessings each week, and hopefully the words will encourage you along the way.

A little about me:

I am 28 years old and proud of it. When I turned 26 and 27, I was panicked that 30 seemed right around the corner. I’ve since been told that people tend to mellow with age, so I say bring on the next decade. I could use some mellowing.

I am the wife of an amazing husband, Micah. He’s a very creative artist and UI/UX designer, quite the funny guy once you get to know him, and the calm half of our marriage. He packs my lunches, carpools with me each day even though my DJ skills often lead us to The Bangles, and brings me chocolate when he picks me up after work. He is a godly man, and I am thankful that he chose me to be his wife. What a lovely blessing from above.

I am a Christian and attend a rather artistic church in Nashville full of loving, forgiving people, with hearts for service. If you’d ever like to join me for fellowship, please let me know. I would love to bring a new friend to church or home group or a potluck or wherever you feel comfortable plugging in.

I am a dog mama to an energetic Australian Shepherd mix named Presley. Yes, the rescue shelter who took care of him for six months named him after Elvis. It’s a great name for the cute, freckled pup. His full name, after three-and-a-half years of life with the Sledges, is Presley Jermaine Defiance Sledge.

I love football but seem to only cheer for teams that can’t get their acts together (no shout outs here).

Finally, I love fiction books, chunky monkey ice-cream, sweet tea, and warm weather.

In my next post, I plan to start the first of many pregnancy surveys. Thanks for reading!

With love,

Lindsay

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