Confessional Friday

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Today I’m linking up (for the very first time!) with one of my fav blogs, A Blonde Ambition, for Confessional Friday! Yay!

1) I confess that I used to silently judge ladies who wore leggings as pants, but since I’ve been pregnant I’ve done it several times. They’re just so darn comfortable!

2) I confess that last night at small group one of my friends told me about the best breakfast burrito in town, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I actually asked Sam to bring one to my office this morning (and he did – such a good husband.)

3) I confess that I can’t stop listening to the song Fancy by Iggy Azalea. It’s so catchy!

4) I confess that I still have no idea what baby Craig’s nursery is going to look like. I keep changing my mind – ah! I’m seriously going to buckle down and be decisive this weekend.

Speaking of….Cheers to the weekend!

Weekend in Chicago

Ahhh…there’s just nothing like the Windy City! Sam and I absolutely love to visit Chicago together every May. Sam’s sister, Sara, and her husband, Daniel, live there, so we enjoy spending time with them and just hanging around the city! This trip was a little more low key than usual due to sweet baby Craig. Sometimes it’s nice to take things a little slower! Being pregnant in Chicago was not without its perks – I’m talking about the food of course! Here’s a little recap of the highlights:

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We were feeling extra touristy (and cold!) but we had a blast on the Chicago Architecture River Cruise!

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The Cubs beat the Cardinals! It was actually our first time to see the Cubs win at Wrigley Field. So fun!

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My favorite meal of the trip was hands down brunch at Little Goat Diner!

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Top Left: Donuts from Glazed and Infused Top Right: Mac and Cheese from Kuma’s (this changed my life – no joke.)
Bottom Left: Bread pudding style cherry pancakes from Nookies Bottom Right: A hot dog at Wrigley Field of course!

Thanks to Sara and Daniel for always being such wonderful hosts! I can’t wait to go back and take sweet baby Craig to his first Cubs game!


It’s been a pretty tough week so far. My mom is always fond of saying, “this too shall pass,” and it’s one of my favorite phrases because it’s just so true! For a long time I thought this phrase was a verse from the Bible; but it turns out it is not, although some Jewish folklore does originally attribute it to Solomon.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 is the verse that people often associate with this phrase. Yesterday I read through it and using my handy dandy YouVersion app I switched between translations. As usual, I loved The Message translation:

“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than what meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.”

I know Paul wasn’t talking about literal new life, and I know my sufferings are nothing compared to his, but what a comforting verse. God is making new life (literally in my case!) and He makes all things new. If you’re having a hard time this week, I hope this verse brings you a little encouragement as well!

The bright spot in this week (and pretty much every other week!) was hanging out with my group of Junior girls. We meet every Wednesday night, and last night was our last time to meet before we take a little break for the summer. I love these girls and am so proud of them.


I can’t believe the school year is ending and summer is almost upon us!

Halfway There

I’m officially past 20 weeks and so very happy! We had the big anatomy scan and got a good report – I sure was relieved to have that done! Around 19 weeks I decided to stop taking my nausea medication, but unfortunately I began to feel terrible again. I am not sure how long I’m going to have to take it, but I’m definitely eager to stop. I am still in a lot of my regular clothes thanks to belly bands and some forgiving dresses and tops. I’ve bought a few maternity shorts and jeans, but my little bump just doesn’t seem to hold them up quite yet! I think I’m in that awkward in between phase, but I know I’ll be in exclusively maternity clothes soon enough!

One annoying thing – my skin has broken out like I’m a teenager again. Blah. I have been using various Belli Skincare products (at the recommendation of Veronika) in place of my stronger prescription products from the dermatologist and would definitely recommend them, but I guess a little acne still comes with the territory! Sam and I just got back from a trip to Chicago, and I definitely experienced some swelling in my feet and legs from all the extra walking. Thankfully it’s gone down now that I’m home and back to my regular routine. Other than that things seem to be progressing wonderfully! Praying that this pregnancy continues to go smoothly and Baby Craig is growing nice and strong!

Weekend Recap

What a wonderful and busy weekend for The Craigs! On Friday night we headed downtown for H&8th, a super fun and yummy gathering of local food trucks. I didn’t take any photos because most of this consisted of waiting in line, but we still made the best of it! Saturday morning we puttered around the house, made breakfast and then headed out to look at paint samples for Baby Craig’s nursery! I’ve been perusing Pinterest nonstop, but I’m still unsure of exactly what I want – more to come on that!


Possible paint samples!

Sunday morning we woke up bright and early so Sam could run the Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon! I can’t tell you how proud I am of Sam for setting this goal and achieving it. The start of the race was delayed several times due to rain, but anyone familiar with Oklahoma City knows that we are tough and persevere through anything, especially the weather.


The OKC Fire Department – I was told that some of these guys were among the first responders.


You can spot Sam in this photo – he’s wearing the yellow shirt and looking to his left!

So proud of him!

After the race we were pretty much exhausted, so we finished off the weekend with some sweet puppy snuggles!



It’s A…

There’s nothing I love more than a good party – I will seriously find ANY excuse to celebrate! Our gender reveal party was so much fun and such a special day. We had an ice cream social with our closest friends and family, and I will cherish the memories of that day forever!

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The adorable invite designed by my fabulous co-worker Rachel!

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Hubby and I waiting for the party to start – we were getting pretty impatient!

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The ice cream table

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The punch! Baby Blue Brew and Pretty in Pink Lemonade!

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Yummy cookies!

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It’s a Boy! We’re so excited!

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Our best buds! We love this group so much!


My sweet sister! She kept our secret and set up the balloons – she did such a fantastic job!

Baby Craig is already so blessed to have so many amazing people who love him!

Those First Few Weeks

I suppose I’ll just dive right in! The first trimester was hard. I jokingly told my family multiple times that it was, “the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through.” So yes, apparently my life has not been too difficult. But seriously, the first three months were no picnic!

I found out I was pregnant very early. I bought a ton of very cheap pregnancy tests in bulk from Amazon, so I would take them quite often, even if I knew it was way too early. I’m weird, I know! Sam had already left for work that morning. I was about to step into the shower when I decided to take a test, pretty much just for funsies. I took it, set it on the counter, and didn’t even look at the result before I got in the shower – that’s how sure I was that it would be negative. I got out of the shower and happened to glance down and saw TWO lines, which I had never seen before!

So, what did I do? Immediately took another test of course! What’s the second thing? Google! (and pour out the rest of my coffee!) I called my doctor and made an appointment (side note – I wish they just see you right away!) and went to work. Something you should know, I am maybe the worst secret keeper on earth. I remember thinking that day that the whole world must know exactly what was going on because I could not wipe the silly grin from my face. I went to lunch with my co-workers and tried to act as normal as possible. I communicated with Sam like I normally do, trying not to arouse any suspicion. I wanted to wait and tell him in person!

Unfortunately I had several events over the next few weeks where there would be drinking and people potentially noticing that I was not. Sam and I traveled to Dallas for a work party, and I just knew that all of my co-workers would notice I was not imbibing (I usually indulge in my fair share of champs!) Sam and I were able to pull it off with some very creative drink swapping that night, although one of my co-workers did mention my lack of champagne at one point, luckily she did not remember the next day – ha! I remember waking up the morning after that party and thinking, “hmm…I’m kind of nauseous. I guess this is morning sickness.”

Oh, how naive I was. The next few days are still a blur to me. I could keep absolutely nothing down and would vacillate between throwing up, laying on the bathroom floor, and sobbing hysterically. Things were like this until I finally got some meds. It was still pretty bad, but at least I could keep down some crackers and water and manage to drag myself to the office looking like some semblance of a human. I like to refer to this period of time in my life as “the dark times” where nobody except Sam, my mom, and my sister knew my secret. I was sicker than I have ever been with no reprieve, and I couldn’t even share the good news with people!

Time passed by so slowly those first few weeks, and somehow I made it through! Getting to see our little bean at 6 weeks helped me to persevere, and it wouldn’t be long until we could let the world know about our great joy!