THINGS I NEVER WANT TO FORGET (PART 2)

When Creighton was 2 months old I wrote a post on the things I never want to forget about him and life with him. You can find it here. Fast forward 4+months and there are so many more things to add to that list!

Things I never want to forget…

Your fake cough and fake laugh. Your beautiful smile and how happy you always are. How you scream and jump when you get excited. When Mickey Mouse comes on and you have an instant smile on your face. How you reach up when you want someone to pick you up. Your big, beautiful, blue eyes just like your daddy. How you fall asleep the instant your daddy plays the guitar for you. How your hands go straight to your mouth when you get excited. The rolls on every inch of your body, even on your knee caps. How much you love to be outside. How excited you get when you see Fenway. Your love for splashing in the bathtub. How you spit and blow bubbles when you’re frustrated. The way your eyes light up when MA & Colt play with you. How it takes you a few seconds to figure out if you like the baby food or not. How serious you get when you “talk” to us. When you try to sing lullabies with me. The first few times you held your bottle by yourself. When your daddy puts you in bed with me every morning and how sweet and cuddly you are. How perfect you are for us and that you are our greatest blessing.

I never want to forget all these precious moments. Can’t wait to make many more with you, Creighton Wayne.

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HONEYMOON – PUNTA CANA

Now that Christmas is over, I’m ready for sunshine and summertime! Bring on tan skin, sandy air and salty hair, and a sandy baby bottom! Thinking of summer takes me back to Punta Cana with my HUSBAND!

The afternoon of May 16th, 2015 Adam and I were on a plane (probably crying) returning from the best vacation we had ever been on. Our honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. While looking for honeymoon destinations, I stumbled upon the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana (+all inclusive). I was instantly sold! Our vacation was 5 days and 4 nights (not long enough at all!) The resort was seriously beautiful!

Between snorkeling, a party boat, a foam party (we didn’t participate, only watched), food anytime of the day, and the most beautiful scenery with my beautiful husband, it was by far the best vacation ever! And I can’t wait to go back! (hint, hint Adam)

I will let the pictures do most of the talking. (I apologize for the poor quality of some of the photos. This was way before I got my amazing iPhone!)

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I mean, HOW BEAUTIFUL! ^^

 

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That one time Santiago made us take pics with an iguana on steroids.

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If you are looking for honeymoon, anniversary, or vacation destinations I highly recommend Punta Cana!

Sunday in Pink Blush

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I tried for as long as I could to squeeze into my non-maternity skinnies (hair-bow/belly band added) and my boyfriend v-neck tees. But now I’ve reached that point. That point where I’m bursting at the seams and I can’t breathe for the entire period my skinnies are on. That point where my tees have become extremely unattractive crop tops that meet this new outie of mine. I have seriously dreaded the thought of buying maternity clothes. In order to get the most stylish, you have to spend a fortune. And if I’m only going to be wearing them for a couple months, why spend a fortune?! And in order to get the cheapest, I have to look like my mom did while pregnant in the 90s (sorry mom). So it was pretty much a lose-lose when it came to maternity clothes.

And then I discovered Pink Blush Maternity. Game changer. Very stylish maternity clothes, without the designer price tags! Pink Blush sent me this beautiful floral dress and I’m so obsessed with it. I wore it Sunday to church and got so many compliments! This dress made me feel beautiful (even while still looking like a mini cow).

I purchased one of Pink Blush’s delivery/nursing robes a couple months ago with the intentions of saving it for our time in the hospital, but I cannot stop wearing it! It is seriously the softest robe I’ve ever owned, and it’s so lightweight which is great for the Spring/Summer. I suggest all of my pregnant friends (and non-pregnant friends) go look at their site! Side note: Pink Blush also carries non-maternity clothes, accessories, and baby items.

I have teamed up with Pink Blush to give you a chance to win a $75 gift card!

Steps to enter giveaway:
1. Follow me on Instagram @cadyceubanks
2. Tag at least two friends in the comments of the Pink Blush Giveaway photo. One friend per comment please!
3. A winner will be chosen at random. I will direct message you for your contact info so you can receive your $75 gift card!
4. Just a friendly reminder, that if you have already won a PINK BLUSH Giveaway within the last three months, you are not eligible to win. Three months must past between the last time you won and upon winning again.

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Thanks to my handsome hubby for making an appearance. MUAH!

 

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Rescued

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This may come as a surprise to some of you (because social media only shows the ‘highlight reel’ of our lives) but I have had some hard days lately, and specifically today. Recently I have found myself stressed, scared, upset, worried, sad, angry, you name it. All the emotions that are normal during pregnancy, but times 10. While I know my problems don’t even compare to what some of the world is facing (hunger, death, poverty, etc), I have found myself really struggling with some things. I was in over my head and needed to be rescued.

Let me just briefly lay out these “things” for you…

»I’ve been researching and reading like crazy to get prepared for the rest of my pregnancy, labor & delivery, and life after Creighton’s arrival. I am terrified. So many questions I have… Will I know what to do during labor? Is it going to hurt? (yes it’s going to hurt very bad) Can I take the pain? Will I know how and when to feed my baby? Will we have everything we need? Am I going to be a good mom? So many questions & concerns run through my head daily..

»Speaking of labor & delivery, let’s not get started on the bill… I don’t even want to elaborate because it makes me sick to my stomach thinking about it. So there’s that..

»A very small portion of my stress is from trying to plan a couple trips, for Adam’s birthday/our anniversary/babymoon. I have been dreaming of going to some place tropical since our honeymoon in May. All I have to say is Zika Virus, I hate you, you have ruined everything. And also, why are hotels SO expensive?!

»Part of my sadness lately has come from missing my family, like more than I can even describe. Yes I have lived in Kershaw for 10 months now, but missing them gets worse by the month. Yes I understand that some families live in completely different countries. But that’s them and this is me. Me who used to see her mom, brother, sister, and niece and nephew every single day and everyone at the Creighton Compound at least every other weekend if not more. I didn’t want to go away to college, I wanted to be around my family as much as I could. I spent almost all of my free time from work and school at my sisters house (we lived in the same neighborhood). I was there through my sister’s entire pregnancy with both Matti and Colt. And now it’s my turn to have a baby, and it makes me miss my family so much more. I want my sisters and mom to be here through the entire process, and it breaks my heart that they aren’t. Yes I’m 25 years old and married and most of you probably think I should get over it. And that’s okay because everyone is entitled to their own opinion, right?

»Now add my lack of sleep. Go ahead all you mommies and say “you won’t sleep the same ever again”. If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a million times, and if I hear it again I just might go insane. I have an amazing pregnancy pillow that has helped. But as my bump grows, my bladder continues to stay full, and my sciatic nerve continues to kill me (been a problem since before pregnancy), sleeping is just so painful and I know will only get worse. Which has probably caused most of the stress and anger lately (ask my husband).

»And finally, the icing on the cake, the “thing” that tipped me over the edge today was a huge frustration with student loans and tax refunds. Don’t even get me started…

So while these problems may seem small to some people or some of you might think that I am overreacting, I am human. And a pregnant human, at that. I had a breakdown today. A serious breakdown. I wanted to call every doctor, mommy expert, hotel, family member, chiropractor, government official, university loan department… I was thinking of every person I could call to get some answers to my problems and some healing in that moment. I was sitting there crying, frustrated, upset, and angry wanting to speak with every person I could.

But I was forgetting the one call that would fix every ounce of stress, anger, worry, fear, and sadness. I was forgetting my ultimate healer, my master problem solver. I was forgetting to call on my Savior. So I closed my eyes and called on Him. I needed help in this battle. I was in over my head. I wanted Satan to quit making me feel these negative things, and instead see the good in this season of my life. After all, this was supposed to be a very exciting time for Adam and me.

God knows you and will give you exactly what you need for the season you’re in (Ecclesiastes 3). God knew exactly what I needed in that moment. And in that moment, shortly after I called upon the Lord, I felt Creighton kick for the first time. I can’t even begin to describe what that moment felt like for me. God is so good. I had a breakdown from all of these emotions, from things that will be fixed (maybe not now, but soon). And feeling this miracle moving in my stomach, this creation only God could create, every worry was forgotten. Oh the power of prayer. Ever since that first kick this afternoon, I have felt him all day. And tonight, as I am sitting in bed typing, Adam and I saw my stomach move once. I don’t even know if it’s time for that yet, but it happened. And it happened exactly when I needed it.

So today, after breaking down from all the emotions that had been built up, God rescued me. He rescued me in that moment. And if you trust in Him, He can rescue you in the season that you’re in. Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you. If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath. Psalm 34:17-18 

You may go through times in life where you feel scared, broken, unloved, stressed, etc. Maybe you are having financial problems, or suffering with the loss of a loved one. Whatever it may be, God is fighting for you whether you feel it or not. Am I saying that feeling Creighton kick helped my sleeping problems, financial stress, or student loan issues? No.. What I am saying is that God will restore your soul, bind up your brokenness, comfort your afflictions, console your concerns, answer your cries, renew your strength, and fill your heart with greater joy. Praise Him. Praise isn’t always easy. But He is so worthy of our praise. He knows exactly what you need. Don’t let Satan win your battle.

I spent some time outside before church tonight (wow, what a beautiful day it was). I felt led to read Psalm 59:16-17 and couldn’t help but think of this song by Hillsong United. If you haven’t heard it, look it up. And then praise Him.

Even when the fight seems lost

I ‘ l l   p r a i s e   Y o u

Even when it hurts like hell

I ‘ l l   p r a i s e   Y o u

Even when it makes no sense to sing

Louder then  I ‘ l l   s i n g   Y o u r   p r a i s e.

-Hillsong United

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:34

 

with love