Friday, November 30, 2012

Sweet Baby Bump - 31 Weeks

The highlights:

- I had a work shower this week with one of my BFFs and got some adorable things. 

- We painted the nursery and have the crib and dresser put together. Woohoo!

- I've been a little tired this week from working every single day. 

- Planning to wash baby clothes and organize everything this weekend. 

- One of my sweet friends is having a baby today!! Prayers for a healthy momma and baby. 

- I've started making the "oomph" noise when I sit down or stand back up. Haha. 

- I noticed today that I can't see my feet when I walk up/down steps. That makes it interesting. 

- Peeking my head in the nursery just makes my heart melt now that it looks like a nursery!

Happy weekend, friends!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Here's Our Life Lately

Paint on the walls and furniture being put together. 

31 week baby bump.

Sweet puppy snuggles by the heater. 

Life is good. 

What have y'all been up to lately? Anything exciting?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What 27 Looks Like

I turned 27 this past Saturday and while I'm not silly enough to say "I'm so old," I must admit that this is the first age where I thought that in my head. I don't know what it is about 27, but it just sounds so much more adult-like and mature than 26. Or maybe I'm just crazy. 

I've been doing a little bit of reflecting lately (I think it's the pregnancy hormones!) and I thought I'd share a little bit about where I pictured myself at 27 versus where I really am. 

- I thought that I would have at least one child by now, if not two. I always pictured myself getting married right out of college and having babies quickly. So thankful that I trusted my heart and waited on God to give me my soul-mate, even if it took a little bit longer than I had planned. And now here we are expecting a baby girl in two months. God's plan is perfect. 

- I figured that I would have gone back to school by now. I have always enjoyed school and I planned to go back and get my master's, but now I honestly have no desire to do all. I'm happy where I am in my job and I want to focus on our family.

- I never thought that I'd have had a this age or at any age. I don't know all the reasons why our first baby had to go to heaven so quickly, but I do know that it has shaped me as a person and a mother. I appreciate the miracle of pregnancy more now than ever before. It may seem common because it happens so much, but it doesn't happen for everyone. It really is a true miracle and I will never take it for granted. 


It's crazy how I had "plans" for my life, thinking that it would be perfect MY way, but really the best plans are all the Lord's and the only perfect way is HIS way. And I really wouldn't change any of it at all. He knows all the desires of my heart. 

I am so blessed.

27 is going to be a great year. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Painting the Nursery

This past week/weekend was such a great one. We had the best Thanksgiving with our families and then I got to spend all day Saturday with my parents for my birthday. They seriously spoiled the heck out of me (and baby E) and I appreciate them SO much. I am blessed all around in life, but definitely SO blessed in the parent department. 

We spent Sunday painting the nursery...YAY!! I seriously could not be more thrilled about it and I must confess that I go in there every 5 minutes just to look at it. I can't wait to finally get furniture in there and see everything start to come together. 

On the painting note, I've noticed a few things:

- Right when you think you are getting good at it, your hand shakes and you smear paint somewhere it isn't supposed to go. 

- The second coat is so much harder to do than the first coat since you are painting the same color. 

- Painting with a mask on is awful. 

- Somehow paint manages to get everywhere on your body. 


Three little helpers.


It's coming together, y'all, slowly but surely. : )

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Sweet Baby Bump - 30 Weeks

The highlights:

- Everything looked/measured great at our doctor's appointment this week. 

- E loved her first taste of Thanksgiving food...she kicked like crazy all afternoon!

- My baby shower was perfect and we got so many goodies for our little girl. 

- 30 weeks sounds SO close to me. We aren't in the 20's anymore!

- My parents are coming in town tomorrow (for my birthday!) and we are going to get the nursery paint, crib and crib mattress. My mom said that is E's present for my birthday. How awesome is that?!

- I'm still feeling really great. I sleep through the night and rarely have back pain. Thank you, Jesus!

- My in-laws bought me a spa gift certificate for my birthday. Prenatal massage, here I come. 

Makeup free face. Yikes. 

No, my maxi dress hasn't shrunk that much! I was getting a little tired of the maxi dress look, so I pinned it up to show my boots. It feels more "fallish" with boots showing. Even though it's still 70 degrees here. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Being Thankful

As I've been sitting here this morning watching the parade and getting ready for our big family lunch, I can't help but tear up as I realize how blessed I am. I don't deserve anything...and yet the Lord has given me everything that my heart desires. He is so merciful and loving. 

I'm so thankful today for His forgiveness, my Savior, my precious hubby that was made just for me, this sweet baby girl growing in my belly, and all my friends and family, including y'all! And that is just the very tip top of my list...I could go on and on (my health, a great job, sprite zero, never going hungry). 

Hope that you are feeling just as blessed as I and every day. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving 2011. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Baby Shower

We were so absolutely blessed at our baby shower this past weekend. My grandma, mom and aunt went way above and beyond and everything looked absolutely amazing. I am so thankful that we have these amazing people in our life...and in awe of how much they already love our sweet baby girl! Thank you, Jesus, for all of our blessings! 

There is nothing more heartwarming than seeing all of these people that you love, excited about meeting and loving your baby girl. Maybe it's the extra hormones, but I could just cry thinking about it. Plus there was balloons and pink chips, so it was perfect.

Clothes that my great grandma made and the bow off of our wedding cake. 

Hubby stopped by...and even dressed for the occasion. ; )

I loved that there was pink, pink and more pink...along with ribbons and bows and sparkles. Having a little girl is SO much fun. She better love pink...or else she's in trouble! 

Monday, November 19, 2012

In the Bag

So one of my favorite things to do right now is search Pinterest for lists of what to pack for baby/momma while in the hospital. Yeah, that's how exciting my life is these days. ; ) 

I've read tons of lists and I love seeing all the different things that people think to bring. A few things that are major musts for me: Lysol wipes and spray. I definitely will de-germ the room before I can relax. I can't help it - it stems from being an ER nurse, I think. It's an obsession. 

So now I need to hear from y'all...what are hospital bag necessities for mom and baby? What do I need to have in my bags? What could we leave at home? Even if you haven't been pregnant/been through labor yet, I'd love your opinion!

And on a side note, how can one little baby girl have so much stuff?? She is so loved already. 

Sometimes I just sit and stare at everything and my heart aches to meet her! 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sweet Baby Bump - 29 Weeks

The highlights:

- My first baby shower is tomorrow. I can't wait!

- I was supposed to go to a breastfeeding class with my bff Kay this week. We skipped. Oops. 

- We have officially painted a few squares of color on the nursery wall and picked one. 

- Painting the nursery should happen soon. Should. 

- Our maternity pictures are done and I can't wait to see them. 

- We finally saw my belly move when E kicked. Like really really move. 

My college besties are getting here today to spend the weekend with me. I can't wait to sit around in pajamas, watch Lifetime movies and eat tons of junk food. Is there anything better?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Grandma Got Run Over By...Christmas Spirit

I have my first baby shower this weekend and it's at my grandma's house. To say that she is excited would be an understatement. She is way beyond excited. She asked me if she could go ahead and decorate for Christmas at her house for the shower. My grandma loves Christmas and she likes to go all out with the decorating. I told her yes, of course, because I love Christmas. 

We went over there about a week ago to see if she needed any help and apparently we were a little bit too late. It looks like Santa's workshop exploded in her house. There is no space untouched. It looks absolutely amazing and even better than what she normally does.

My 80+ year old grandma did almost all of that herself. 

She is a Christmas decorating beast. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Fair and the Food

Last week, we ventured out to the fair at the request of my stomach. We went on one of the dollar admission nights, so to say that it was packed and crazy would be an understatement. But hey, when you're pregnant, food wins over crowds all the time.

We have a bit of an affinity for the fair, partly because of the delicious food, but mostly because that's where my husband told me he loved me for the first the top of the ferris wheel. Major props to the hubs for that one. (Read the whole story here) Obviously we didn't ride any rides this year (can pregnant women even ride rides?), but we still had a lot of fun eating and people watching. Let's just say that some really interesting people hang out at the fair.

My favorite thing ever...I dream of this stand. 

Funnel cake on the left; fried oreos on the right. 

Side note: you can get ANYTHING fried at the fair. It is a little bit awesome and a little bit disgusting. Mostly awesome, though, let's be honest. 

How do y'all feel about fairs? Do y'all trust the quickly put up rides??

Friday, November 9, 2012

Sweet Baby Bump - 28 Weeks

The highlights:

- Third trimester...woohoo!

- I now go to the doctor every two weeks. It's going to make the weeks fly by. 

- Passed my glucose test on Monday!

- Good thing I did because E got her first taste of pizza on a stick and funnel cake last night at the fair. And she liked it...a whole lot. 

- Had to get a Rhogam shot. Ouch. 

- Taking maternity pictures today. I'm so excited! 

- Emory is so so active these days and I am loving it. 

- Feeling great...I can't believe how close we are getting! 

Confession: I totally forgot about bump pictures this week until this morning. 

Bright sunlight + haven't showered = not the best time to take pictures. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Political Post

I think there's something that we all need to read after the election. 

Christians, remember this. You are a witness at all times, even through social media. 

Glorify the Lord in ALL that you do. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

We Hang Out in the Driveway

I love that moment when I turn into my driveway and get a little burst of happiness at being home, mostly because I know that I'm about to get to change into pajamas. 

But sometimes, I turn in and laugh...because my husband likes to hang out in the driveway. He plays in the garage and tinkers around with his truck and lawn mowers. And sometimes...sometimes he brings the dogs outside and ties them onto something so that they can hang out, too. 

Diesel with the look of shame at being tied up. 

Diesel on the left pouting. Cash on the right after getting brushed. Anyone need lab fur?

This happened twice this week. 

I love my husband...and I bet our neighbors do, too. ; ) 

Monday, November 5, 2012

When Things Grow

I've never been the type of person that enjoys outdoor work like gardening, but I have to say that ever since we planted our rose bushes back in May, I can't stay away from the flower beds. 

It's magical seeing something that you planted grow and thrive. 

This is how we started...

...and this is where we are now!

Maybe it's just my super pregnant hormones, but this almost makes me tear up. It's like comparing it to the sweet little girl growing in my belly. 

Okay, I obviously shouldn't be talking out loud today. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Sweet Baby Bump - 27 Weeks

The highlights:

- The nursery curtains came in this week and I am in love. Pink. Ruffles. Love. 

- We picked out a paint color for the nursery. 

- We have a huge stack of diapers/wipes in the hall closet and it makes my heart melt. 

- Emory has been so active lately. I am loving it!

- Had a couple of cool fall days and loved it. But it's back to being hot now. 

- We finally went and registered the other night. Hubs was a clicking fiend. 

- We cannot believe that she will be here SO soon. These last few months will fly by!

That last picture...that's real life.