Hello Sweet Cheer: 2015


16 week bumpdate

How far along: 16 weeks

Size of babe: Avocado

Gender: IT'S A BOY!! We can't wait to meet our son, Titus Matthew!

Husband: I am a blessed wife and mama. My husband is incredibly helpful. He helps around the house so much and is always willing to bring me water in bed, make me a snack, clean or tidy up when I just don't have the energy and so much more! He works so hard with his full-time job, full-time school, serving at church and being the greatest husband and future daddy! I fall more in love with him each day. Also, he is thrilled to have a son!

Maternity Clothes: Loving my new maternity leggings! My normal leggings were getting irritating because the elastic band kept flipping down or getting folded in half because of where it sat on my growing bump. Now I have the most amazing leggings with a full belly band and I LOVE them.

Loving: Having more energy! I have finally gotten to the point where I feel MOSTLY back to my normal self as far as getting up and getting things done. I am really enjoying that.

Loathing: Still hating strong smells and highly/overly seasoned foods. Having more melt downs lately, too.

Belly Button: In

Movement: I have definitely felt our boy moving. It doesn't happen often and I don't usually realize what it was until after it happens but I am almost positive I've felt him a few times!

Symptoms: Mostly just struggling with headaches. Always have to pee. Always!

Best Part of the Week: Finding out we are having a SON!

Worst Part of the Week: Seeing a tiny stretch mark on my belly :(

Missing Most: Nothing this week that I can think of.

Can't wait for: To feel him KICK and really know that it's him moving!

Here are some ultrasound pictures at 15 weeks!

At the beginning of our appointment he had his legs crossed! Little stinker.

Eventually he showed us!

Here are a few gifts we have already received for him...we are so blessed!

I got this  adorable blanket from a student!

Baseball and sports onesies and slippers from Uncle Kam and Aunt Sara!

Assorted onesies and baseball sleeper from the Grays!

And of course we got him these little shoesies to announce the gender!

And here I am for my 15 week picture...

Which was actually taken at 15w6d because I kept forgetting! haha #pregnancybrain

Have a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior, who came to die. What a glorious truth!

xoxo || meredith holguin


My Thoughts Lately

Hellllo and happy Monday, friends!

I am off work for the next two weeks (perks of a teacher's schedule) so I'm enjoying the relaxation and time away from teenagers!

     Over the last month, I've been reflecting a lot on Christmas and what it truly means. Now that we have a baby on the way, we've had so many more conversations about holidays, our dreams for our family, traditions we like and don't like, things we want to teach our kids, etc. It has been really fun to dream and chat about what the future may hold for our family.

Something that has had me in pure childlike awe lately is the reality of why we celebrate Christmas.

     Jesus came to this wretched earth as an infant, for the sole purpose of dying. He came here to die so that I might have life! What an incredible truth that is. We focus so much on Jesus' birth - which obviously is what we remember during the Christmas season...but more important isn't just that he came but WHY he came. He came to live a sinless life, only to be crucified by the very people he came to save. I cannot word that enough different ways to make it sound as incredible and beautiful as it truly is. No words can express how gracious and sacrificial my Savior is!

I didn't get Christmas cards ordered on time this year, I haven't baked Christmas cookies, I just now finished my shopping and my house is only slightly decorated for the season. But what I've been learning through all of my holiday shortcomings is that the less I indulge in the typical traditions I love so dearly - the more I am able to focus on why we even celebrate! I have really enjoyed how the Lord has pressed these truths on my heart over the last few weeks.

Merry Christmas, friends! I'll be back tomorrow with a bumpdate!

xoxo || meredith holguin


14 week bumpdate

Happppppy Tuesday! I can't believe I'm FOURTEEN WEEKS today! This babe is growing for sure. We are so in love with our sweet June Bug already!

How far along: 14 weeks

Size of babe: Lemon

Gender: Finding out in 1 week! We are so excited. Praying that baby cooperates for the camera! ;)

Husband: Ryan is such a great support. He is quick to make sure I'm feeling okay, reminds me to drink water and eat healthy, prays for me daily, and so much more. He has been pretty excited about seeing how much my belly has grown in the past two weeks. We daydream all the time about what it will be like when baby gets here and how we want to raise our family - with Jesus at the center. I love him so much and I feel so blessed to get to walk through life with him!

Maternity Clothes: Still in the stretchy jeans, I can FIT in my other pants, they're just super uncomfortable across the button. I should probably invest in a belly band? Any mommas have any suggestions? I'm also wearing a LOT of dresses. They are just much more comfortable in this in between stage.

Stretch Marks: No

Loving: Still obsessed with oatmeal. I've been craving toast the past few mornings too. Of course, we've been out of bread this week haha!

Loathing: I really can't stand strong smells. They give me headaches, which I already have a ton of, and make me feel all queasy.

Belly Button: In

Movement: I THINK I felt baby move! I really don't know since this is my first pregnancy but last week I was laying in bed really still and I felt some thuds in there. It was crazy and I'm still not sure if it was baby or just weird stomach rumblings but it definitely felt different than anything I've felt before!

Symptoms: Headaches. Almost every day. Exhaustion. Still fighting to get some energy. (although i did have a burst of energy one day last week)

Best Part of the Week: Seeing pictures of my sweet nephew almost every day! I cannot wait to meet him at Christmas.

Worst Part of the Week: This week has been pretty great! Other than the constant headaches, no major complaints here!

Missing Most: SUSHI. Ryan and I were at MarketStreet on Sunday and they had the sushi out to try and I wanted some SO BAD. Oh well, baby is totally worth it :)

Can't wait for: December 15th! The day we found out boy or girl!!!

I actually took this picture last week at exactly 13 weeks! It was the first day my belly truly looked like a baby bump instead a chubby belly! ;)

We are so excited to find out the gender next week and share with all our family and friends! We'll probably post on Instagram and Facebook before I write up a post so make sure you are following me to hear the big news!

xoxo || meredith holguin


It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Happppy Monday, friends!

     I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving week. Today I go back to work for just THREE more weeks and then I get two weeks off for Christmas. I am so excited! There is still SO much to do before then but I'm just pumped to have that time to be with family and close out 2015! We are also going on our anniversary trip right after Christmas and we are just so thrilled. New York City - here we come!

     I wanted to show off a little bit of our decorations I've put up so far! I did actually decorate before Thanksgiving...I know, I'm a terrible person! We like to decorate before so that when we get home everything is up and we are already in the Christmas spirit! We definitely don't have a lot going on because our decoration collection is small right now, but we plan to get a few more things.

And here is a picture of our after decorating hot chocolate!

That's all we have done for Christmas so far but we will definitely be getting a few more things to finish off the house! Have a great week, friends.

xoxo || meredith holguin


Happy Happy Thanksgiving!

     Happppppy day, my friends! It's so fun to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, am I right? What's more relaxing and life-giving than sitting around with the ones you love, eating yummy food and enjoying each other's company? I love November and December for these very reasons! Even outside of the actual DAY we celebrate on, this entire season is filled with sweet times.

     Thanksgiving is a little different for us this year! We are celebrating with Ryan's side of the family - and this year that means going to the Cowboys game! It should be a sweet and fun afternoon with family. Because we'll be at the game there won't be an actual family Thanksgiving meal today. We decided to make the most of it and have a huge breakfast with my mother-in-law and little brother-in-law. We had eggs, bacon, sausage, cinnamon rolls, banana nut muffins and coffee with peppermint mocha creamer while we watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! It was a sweet and relaxing morning.

     Earlier this week though, we did get to have a full, yummy, amazing Thanksgiving dinner! We participated in "Friendsgiving" with our sweet community. I made sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and the yummiest cherry cheesecake pie! All of the recipes are so so easy and have just been taught to me by my mom and grandmother over the years.

I am thankful for so much. Today specifically, I'm thankful for my husband who loves me so well and this sweet baby inside me. I am thankful for where the Lord has me and what He has planned for our family - even though I have no idea what that is!

I hope everyone enjoys this day of thankfulness with family and friends!

xoxo || meredith holguin


12 week bumpdate

     Today I'm 12 weeks pregnant! Wooohooo! We are chugging right along. This week baby is 2.1 in, the size of a plum and should be .49 oz! June Bug is growing big and strong! I am feeling much less nauseous than I was from weeks 6-9 and now I'm just waiting to "get my energy back" which I'm convinced will never happen. We'll see ;) We are traveling for Thanksgiving this week and spending Thursday with Ryan's family. Then we'll stop and see my sister and brother-in-law and my brand new baby nephew, Easton! We can't wait to meet him.

12 week update: here we go!

How far along: 12 weeks

Size of babe: Large plum

Gender: Finding out in 3 weeks!

Husband: Ryan is so excited. He has had a hard time being excited and feeling like it's real lately. It's understandable because I'm the one with all the crazy changes going on and he can't even see a bump yet! But yesterday we got to hear baby's heartbeat and we were both on cloud nine all day. It was such a sweet moment that we will never forget! I think that made it real for him. I loved seeing that smile on his face, that's the moment I could see such love in his eyes for our babe!

Maternity Clothes: Just some stretchy jeans and wearing flowy shirts for comfort!

Stretch Marks: Not yet

Loving: Oatmeal every morning, obsessed with blue Powerade, also loving the thought that next year during the holidays we will have a 6 month old!

Loathing: Anything with lots of seasoning or a strong smell - (i.e. Mexican food, my husband's hot sauce he puts on EVERYTHING) Also, getting up to pee EVERY night is so irritating! I can only imagine it getting worse as this pregnancy continues.

Belly Button: In

Movement: None yet

Symptoms: Still queasy a lot but the "morning sickness" has definitely subsided. I can get through most days without feeling super nauseous now. Having quite a few headaches lately, but trying to combat that with drinking lots and lots of water!

Best Part of the Week: Hearing our June Bug's strong and fast little heartbeat!!! It was 160 bpm!

Worst Part of the Week: Lots of headaches :(

Missing Most: Caffeine...I'm doing my best to stay off of it and up my water intake but it is so hard!!

Can't wait for: December 15th! The day we found out boy or girl!!!

So that's it! My first official bumpdate! Here is a sweet picture of us at our midwife appt yesterday. We were so excited and just happy to know our little babe is doing well in there!

Happy almost Thanksgiving! I'll be back later this week for a house update - Christmas decoration style!

xoxo || meredith holguin


Our Sweet June Bug

We cannot wait to meet our sweet baby in June! 

As a disclaimer - I will be posting "bumpdates" and for those of you who aren't interested, I'm not offended at all! Just skip over to the next non-baby related post! I'm mostly posting these things for my own documentation and memory!

Here are weeks 4-8:

Week 4

We find out at EXACTLY 4 weeks that we are pregnant! We are ECSTATIC.

     I planned to take a pregnancy test on the very first day I could get a positive result. We bought the tests the night before and since it is recommended to use the first urine of the day to test, I did just that. I woke up around 4am with really bad stomach cramps and honestly assumed I was starting my period. So I went to the restroom with a full bladder and decided to go ahead and test since I was convinced it would be negative anyway. I used the line test, set it down to wait the 3 minutes for results and within 20 seconds there were TWO lines. And they were dark. No question here, my hormones must have already been really high.

     I walked into our bedroom, flipped on the lamp and held the test up to show Ryan. He was fast asleep so of course it took him a second, but once he saw the test he knew. He was so precious and we just hugged and smiled for a few minutes. We were still sleepy since it was FOUR AM! So we went back to sleep for another hour or so.

     After waking up for the day, I immediately summoned my husband to take our first bump picture (with of course no bump present). He was so sweet and asked so many questions. When should we tell people? What does this mean? How soon do we see our midwife? How soon will you start showing? He’s a keeper! And will be the sweetest daddy.

     Later on this week he confessed he thought the day we found out was Day 1 of my pregnancy. When we decided to tell our families only days after we found out, he was concerned that it was too early. He had no idea that the way it’s measured meant we were in week four! I guess I should have been more informative ;)

     We both took Friday off and traveled to my parent’s house on Thursday evening! Once we were about an hour outside of town, I checked the location services in iMessage and realized my dad was on his way to San Marcos….. OOPS. He wasn’t even there. But my mom was, so we got there, told her and she was so excited! She is Libby to my nephew Easton (due to arrive on December 9th) so she was stoked to get two grand babies in one year! I facetimed my dad and two of my sisters, they were just as excited. My baby sister was the sweetest, she just sat there with her jaw dropped and kept saying, “What? Really? Oh my gosh!” I just love her so! And I know she will be the sweetest Aunt Millie to our little June Bug! The next morning I facetimed my other sister and she was so happy, too! So much fun. That morning we drove from Dallas to San Antonio to spend Friday evening and Saturday with Ryan’s family. We saw my mother-in-law first and told her when we got to her house. She was sooo pumped! She’s been excited about us having kids since day one! On Saturday we went to the lake to meet up with my brother and sister in law, father in law, and nieces and nephews. We told them altogether and it was so precious. My father in law was adorable, so so excited. And my brother-in-law even teared up a little! He probably wouldn’t appreciate me saying that! (sorry Sammy ;)) 

     All in all, week four was one to remember! I will never forget the smiles, tears, laughter and excitement on each of our family member’s faces. No symptoms just yet! Only major excitement!

Week 5

     Still no real symptoms, just telling more friends and family members. Enjoying so much the excitement they all have for us!  The only thing I'm noticing at this point is that my tummy feels different. I can just tell there's something going on in there. I can only describe it as when I lean back, my tummy feels stretched. Super weird and maybe in my head. 

Week 6

     On the first day of my sixth week... I wake up feeling the most nauseous I have ever felt.  I'll be really honest, as much as I knew pregnancy came with symptoms, sometimes I wondered if mommas were being just a tad bit dramatic. But no, now I know. Waking up nauseous is just about the weirdest feeling ever. Not to mention, not even having the ability to throw up to relieve the nauseated feeling seems like a curse! I'm also beginning to feel the extreme exhaustion. I've actually been feeling it for the last two weeks but didn't quite recognize it as a symptom until this week. 

Week 7 

     Still having pretty miserable sickness. I still don't understand why they call it morning sickness...it's ALL DAY sickness. I've just been keeping a big water bottle at my desk to stay hydrated and a box of crackers in my drawer. I munch on them as often as I can to keep my stomach from being completely empty. I'm noticing minor food cravings, nothing too dramatic or different from my normal diet. Of course one day I did ask my husband to go to the store for pickles..how stereotypical am I?!

Week 8

     This week has been a little bit easier on the sickness side of things. I'm drinking peppermint and ginger tea, eating so many pb&j's because that's all that sounds good to me, and eating crackers BEFORE I get out of bed. With all these little tips and tricks I'm feeling like I have the nausea a bit more under control! We have our first midwife appt scheduled and our first sonogram to find out the gender! We are thrilled!



     That's all I've got so far! Yes, we have names picked out, no we aren't telling until we find out the gender! Yes, we're using a midwife and shooting for a completely natural birth! My due date is June 7th. See you then, June bug!

xoxo || meredith holguin


October Makes me Happy - But Now It's Almost Over

Happy Wednesday friends!

     I titled this post and starting writing it about 2 1/2 weeks ago... I basically feel like I blinked and November arrived! What is with that? I hear that's what happens, every year life flies by quicker and quicker! It's the craziest.

     Things I've enjoyed about this October: We got some rain, I'm starting to need a sweater or jacket most days, I get to come home to something warm and yummy in the crockpot (when I make that happen) and keeping every candle in the apartment lit as often as possible!

     And the best part of October this year, is that by the time it's over we'll be moved into our new rent house! We are sooo ready to get out of the apartment and can't wait to have our own space again. I'm dreaming of parking in my own driveway and having space for guests! We move in T W O days! So exciting! I really should be packing, but I'm laying in bed cuddling with my pup, blogging, and waiting for my precious husband to bring home Chick-fil-A ;) !!!!!!

     Even though I love this time of year, I'm actually really glad time has been flying. I hear October is the hardest month of teaching and I think I'll agree! Things have been really tough. I've had some crazy days! What I keep trying to remind myself is the fact that the Lord has me exactly where I am for a purpose. I am continually praying that he would make that purpose clear to me and give me opportunities to share Him with my students (in the most legal way possible of course)!

Here are some pictures to show you what's been going on this past month!

Just a sweet seven year old birthday party! We love this precious girl.

Sweet brother and sister!

And then we took her on a birthday date to Starbucks and Toys R Us, what a combo!

I got to enjoy the women's conference at our church! This sweet necklace was our craft :)

So many sweet friendships formed and being formed! So blessed my our church community.

Oh.... you must make this. Copycat Lemon pound cake from none other than Starbucks. I'll link the recipe for ya, you can't pass it up!

So that's our life over the last few. So many exciting things coming up... my birthday is next week! Thanksgiving! We are going to the Cowboys game with family so that should a ton of fun. My sister's baby should be here in a little over a month! Christmas!! We are headed to New York the day after...! I love the holiday season and this year's will be one to remember :)

A few things to send you off. I've been reading through some Psalms lately and the one we studied at our women's conference was Psalm 37. So so good. "Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness." Psalm 37:3 I pray that I am befriending faithfulness in all I do! Praising my Savior for his glorious work on the cross that I might have access to the Father. 

Happy Day!
xoxo || meredith holguin