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a grateful heart

sometimes life throws us curve balls and difficult times and it's just plain hard. i always told myself that if i was ever able to conceive and carry a child, i would not complain- as it was my number one wish in life {along with falling in love}. however, i also want to be honest with you all. thursday evening i stepped out of my car after work to excruciating pain in my right foot and vivid memories from the past stopped me in my tracks. i had gout in february of 2014 and the pain was exactly the same- an indescribable pain. unfortunately, pregnancy hormones can trigger this horrible condition. with the help of my loving co-workers, i made it through friday teaching middle school and tried my very best over the weekend to be productive/take our maternity photos yesterday, but it has been so hard. i was so excited to be pain-free after dealing with my back/nerves and then this hit unexpectedly. there have been very few tears throughout this pregnancy, but friday/this past weekend really tried me. i really want to enjoy this christmas season; i want to decorate, celebrate and spend time with loved ones, finish preparing for baby boy {truly hoping he waits until january! but we will welcome him with open arms whenever he decides to come into this world} and just want to take it all in. being able to walk/move normally -without intense pain- is what i yearn for most at the moment, but am trying to stay positive and do the best i can. {remembering that we are both healthy- and our family and friends are healthy- and that's what matters most.} my heart is most grateful for this. in addition, i am so thankful for so many people who have helped me overcome this crazy situation. i am thankful for their love. in the end, i just want baby to be healthy. any prayers would be very much appreciated! ♥ hopefully this passes soon. 
here are a few weekend snapshots: 
our flocked christmas tree for twenty | fifteen 
we purchased it at the farmer's market last monday 
i was a wobbly and pretty slow, but being able to decorate the tree made me so happy 
{this took place at about 10pm on saturday night- after we worked our way through child birth classes and organizing our house}
more holiday home photos coming soon!
enjoying a soak - my favorite spot 
gathering a few props for our maternity photos 
sweet jenna of gold and bloom made my beautiful jewel colored flower crown 
and it was GORGEOUS! 
i am planning on sharing more of her one of a kind pieces soon
she was amazing to work with and although it looked real, it was artificial 
so i plan to wear it many more times in the future! 
thank you, jenna
34.5 weeks and ready for some chimis and {mild} salsa after a fun {but painful} photo shoot
it was a beautiful december day though- the sun was out and the parks/leaves were still so lovely
hi mr. monaco 
he was so sweet this weekend/helped so much and kept telling me how beautiful i looked yesterday during our photo shoot. ♥ made things a little bit better. 
wishing you a festive, healthy, and enjoyable week! 
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 what is your heart grateful for this week?
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18 comments:

  1. So sorry you've had to deal with pain. I think my mom had gout once. I've heard it's VERY painful. Hopefully no more pain and the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly. I am grateful for caring friends and new ones that I am creating.

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    1. i am so sorry your mom had to go through this- it's terrible. love what you are most thankful for- so sweet and thanks for the love.

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  2. You poor thing. You can't catch a break! I'm sure your photos turned out beautifully despite all the pain! Hopefully you're pain-free again soon!

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    1. :( sadly. and thank you SO much!! i can't wait to walk again- might go run a few miles. haha - hope you're feeling well and am loving your pretty holiday decor!

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  3. You really do not have to feel guilty for struggling this weekend! Pregnancy is HARD on our emotions and our bodies. It doesn't mean you're not incredibly thankful! <3<3<3 You just need to give yourself some grace!

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    1. thank you- so true. i need to be nicer to myself! i just want to enjoy the season with baby boy {and walking normally would be an awesome start} haha- you're so sweet! hope you have a great week and thank you for stopping in!

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  4. I'm so sorry you are hurting! I think your photo's will be as beautiful as your tree

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    1. awe, so sweet!! thank you so very much

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  5. I am so sorry you are in pain, especially during your pregnancy! Hope you can have some relief soon! That is a beautiful tree, by the way!

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    1. thank you so much! hope to share more tree details soon and i have some relief today so i am VERY happy!! it's amazing how much feeling better can make us appreciate being healthy. hope your week is going well

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  6. Hope you feel better soon! Pregnancy can be hard at times, however January is around the corner and you will finally get to meet your little addition to your family. :)

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    1. :) i can't wait! and it really can be- even though it's worth it i know! thank you so much

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  7. All of the wonderful and supportive people in my life. Thanks for sharing:)

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    1. ♥ so grateful for them. i am very lucky. have a great day

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  8. Prayers for a healthy baby and healthy mama to be! I also love, love flower crowns and those colors are beautiful! I'm sure your maternity photos are going to be STUNNING.

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    1. thank you so much! i want nothing more than that and isn't the crown SO pretty! i love jenna! we can't wait to see them... have a great day and week

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