May 31, 2011

I Got Nothing

After a wonderful 4 and a half days off work and not getting much accomplished, I was not ready to come back to the real world today.  Neither was my kiddo.  It made for an interesting morning.  Add in the lack of sleep for us both (mom especially) and we didn't much care for each other when I dropped her off at school.

Therefore, I got nothing for you.  Nothing witty.  Nothing pleasant.  NOTHING.

I'm just hot, tired, and fat.

May 26, 2011

26 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 26 Weeks

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of a English hothouse cucumber, whatever that is.  What's wrong with a regular cucumber?
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 20 lbs. Not exciting.

Gender: It's a GIRL!!

Movement:  Over the past week, I have finally been able to see her kick outside my stomach and other people can feel it now.  Sure makes it easier to know she's ok.  I will worry until delivery.  Once she's safely out, then I will be able to not worry.  Well, about that anyway.

Sleep:  I get up at least once or twice a night to go potty.  Other than that, I sleep pretty well.

What I miss:  Shaving my legs and painting my toenails are quickly becoming a thing of the past.  It's getting harder and harder to do those things.

Cravings:  I had an EXCELLENT milkshake at the airport coming home from Orlando last week.  So I've been sampling some others trying to find one that is just as good. So far, no success.

Symptoms:  Tired and HOT.  My room at night is at least 67 degrees and I still wake up hot.  I can feel the heartburn starting to creep in.  Hopefully, it will hold off longer.  Or else, I will have another kiddo with a full head of hair! 

Best Moment this week:  Watching kiddo feel baby sister kick for the first time.  She thought it was pretty cool and so did I!

I had a Dr.'s appointment yesterday and everything was fine. BP was about the same (138/82) which is high for some but normal for me when pregnant.  I go back in 2 weeks for the lovely glucose test.  My reward?  Another ultrasound to make sure baby is growing at the right rate.

Oh, and Dr. and I discussed delivery.  I told him that my family has enough September babies and we didn't want this one to join us then.  August is just fine.  So we are thinking about a plan. I told him mine and he said it sounded good.  We shall see.

I better get on the ball and get some stuff out of the attic.  Hopefully, while the hubby is not working, we can get that accomplished.  Thinking I might only have 11 or 12 or so weeks left, freaks me out slightly.

Oh, and the other fun fact??  Assuming the hubby goes back to work in the next few weeks, their next shutdown (when the shut down all machines and perform maintenance and clean, etc.) is scheduled for 2nd week in Sept.  Awesome.  That will be the first real test of how I can handle 2 on my own while he works 12 hour days for 2 weeks.  Good times.  Pray for my sanity.  Oh, and come pick up a kid, or 2.

May 24, 2011

Things You Should Never Say To A Pregnant Woman

I was at a conference last week in Orlando that my company was putting on.  It was for Optometrists.  Mostly male ones.

After spending 2 days with these guys already, finally at breakfast one of them came up to me and said, "You aren't pregnant are you?"

I had to laugh.  I was tempted to say, "No, what are you talking about?"  But I didn't. I just said yes.  He said, "I knew you had all that weight out in front but you can never know for sure."

Really?  Thanks for that boost at 7 am Doc!

Then, one of the hotel staff and I were talking during a break and he was telling me his story, he's from Morocco and he and his wife have 4 boys.

So he asks, "You are what 8 months along?"
Me: "Um, not exactly.  I'm only 6 and a half but this shirt makes it look worse."
What else is there to say?

This is a pretty common phrase I hear lately.

Them: "So, when are you due?"

Me: "Technically Sept 1, but I'm shooting for August 16th."

Them: "Bless your heart.  That's a really hot time."

Or even better, "Ya'll didn't plan that one very well did you?" 

Um no, it's not our decision, it was up to God.  Geez people.

I have a feeling I will be posting these more and more often.  Stay tuned!

May 23, 2011

An Unexpected Gift

What would you do if you were given an unexpected gift after 25 years?  I'm speechless and it's not even about me.

I'm so happy for a friend but can't imagine being in her shoes.  I can't wait to hear how it all works out.

What would you say?  How would you respond?  How would you react?

Complete shock?  Maybe?
Excited?  Maybe?
Scared to death?  Heck yes.

My dear friend, know that you have my support in whatever you decide.

And wow.  What a way to start a Monday!

May 20, 2011

Happy Birthday Lindsey!

Well, although I'm in sunny Florida working, not playing, I still wanted to send a Happy Birthday shout out to Aunt Lindsey!

What a great looking family!

We are so happy to have you in our family and to have all your family now as part of ours.  I hope you are having fun while the Grandparents are hanging out at your house, thanks to the flood of 2011.  Oh and I guess happy birthday to your twin too!

We hope you have a great day!!!!  We will you the happiest of birthdays!

May 19, 2011

25 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 25 Weeks

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of a rutabaga. Ick.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 16 lbs.Maybe more, maybe less. I rely on the Dr.'s scales, not mine. ha!

Gender: It's a GIRL!!

Movement:  Starting to pick up a bit more every day.

Sleep:  It happens when it happens.  And not often enough.

What I miss:  My independence.  I can't pick up heavy things for myself and I'm not good at asking for help when it's something easy like lifting.  I'm working on it.

Cravings:  Rice Krispie treats. Cherry Icee's.  Why can't this be the fruit I used to crave??

Symptoms:  Tired and HOT.

Best Moment this week: Watching my hubby and kiddo interact like they never have before.  We like Daddy being home so much but we miss his paycheck.  It's a trade off.

May 18, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

I'm heading to sunny Florida for work today (not play) and will miss this sweet face who is chilling with her unemployed Daddy. Sigh.

May 17, 2011


I have to say it.  I LOVE this weather. It has been unseasonably cool the past few days.  This is my perfect weather for anytime of the year.  We don't see it often and it never lasts long but I love it.

All you people out there wishing for summer temps to come back, I don't want to hear ANY complaining when it's 110 in just a few short weeks.

This pregnant lady is enjoying every minute of not having to run my AC all day every day.  We need to be saving that money on our electric bill right now.

So people, don't complain. Don't be negative. Just enjoy!  You know it will be gone in a few days.  It always happens that way.

May 16, 2011

Big Week

This is going to be a huge week for me.  The river is supposed to crest this week (FINALLY) after much destruction. It will take months for the waters to recede and things to get back to somewhat normal.

Hubby filled out his unemployment paperwork yesterday and we will get a whopping $235 a week while he's not working.  Sure isn't much but every little bit helps.  It just stinks that he pays so much in taxes when he is working, that I feel like he should get more. But all unemployed are the same.  I'm learning a lot from this latest change in our lives.

I head to sunny Florida for a work trip later this week.  I wish I could say I was going for some fun in the sun but that is soooo not the case.  This trip will be ALL business and no pleasure and honestly, I'm ready for Sunday.

I've never wanted a week to go by so fast!  Is it Sunday yet?

May 13, 2011

24 Weeks

For some reason Blogger was having trouble and deleted my post. I can't remember what all it said so I am going to try again.

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 24 Weeks

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of an ear of corn.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 16 lbs.Maybe more, maybe less. I rely on the Dr.'s scales, not mine. ha!

Gender: It's a GIRL!!!

Movement:  Starting to pick up a bit more every day.

Sleep:  Apparently I'm sleeping pretty good since the hubby has now moved to the guest room/nursery due to my loud snoring.  Sorry honey.

What I miss:  I had written something important here and can't remember what now.  I guess it wasn't all that important after all.  I'm starting to miss my ankles.  They are slowly becoming non-existent.

Cravings:  Rice Krispie treats.  Wow.

Symptoms:  Tired and HOT.

Best Moment this week:  Not baby related but enjoyed seeing my 4 year old in her year end school program.  Hard to believe she will be 'graduating' next year. Oh my!

Ok, I think I had other profound things I said in this post but can't remember and since it's lost in cyberspace, I guess this will have to do. No one cares anyway, it's just for journaling purposes so my pregnant brain will remember things.

May 10, 2011


Well, I was hoping this day would never come in my lifetime.  But, I guess it happens to more people than I know.  And you can't help Mother Nature.

My hubby starts unemployment soon.  In case you haven't heard, the Mississippi River is spilling over her limits.  It's over roads and in houses and just plain making people miserable and displaced.

We are VERY lucky that we don't live close to the river and our house will be perfectly fine.  My hubby's place of employment is close to the backwaters of the MS River.  They have built a levee to hopefully protect the building and property.  What we thought would never happen is likely too very soon.  The water will be over the highway that he takes to GET to work.  When that happens, he will have to go a back way to get there.  If the water goes over that way too, they will have no way to get to work.  The company has already informed them that they will be shutting down temporarily and the process has begun moving things to higher ground.

He applied for unemployment on Saturday.  We never thought we would be in this situation.  Luckily, it's not one we can do anything about.  It's a natural disaster.  And yes, it will be hard.  But, we are lucky that it's just a job and he will be able to go back once the waters recede.  And, maybe I can get him to finish that long honey-do list I've had for so long!

Please pray for our town.  We are slowly washing away and it's sad to see all the people displaced and about to be without power.  They have already rearranged one elementary school so they can take MCT testing without having to worry if they will float away.

In short, it's one big mess.  And it's not just my hometown. There are others in danger as well.  Mother Nature has been awful over the past month and all we can do is pray that she gets happier very very soon.  And that it does not rain for the next 30 days.  Impossible, I know. And there are people in a drought in Texas, just a few states over.

All in all, we will be fine.  It's just hard to see all the heartache.

May 9, 2011

Mother's Day

This Mother's Day weekend was a special one.  I didn't get any fancy presents, no spa gift certificate, no dollar bills.  I did get some pretty special handmade cards from my kiddo.  I got to see my best friend and her family, even though I missed the most important part of their weekend, which I will NEVER live down. 

The absolute best part of my Mother's Day weekend?  My kiddo and I got along perfectly.  I mean, it was unreal.  We didn't fight one time.  I only had to get on to her a few times.  It was awesome.

Now for my 'real' present from the hubby.  He had to work yesterday so he told me I could have an entire day to myself next weekend.  But he will be having a lot more time on his hands very soon (more on that this week) so he's keeping the kiddo home with him next week (all week) to save us some money and spend some quality time with her.  Unfortunately, I will be out of town for work most of that week.  I just hope she is as good for him as she was for me this weekend.

I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day.  Whether your mom is living or not, they are all still Mama's.  And there are many Mama's out there who have many 'adopted' children that love them as their own too.

May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Just wanted to send a shout out to all the Mom's, mom's to be, etc!
I say it all the time, now that I'm older.  I have NO clue how my parents, namely my MOTHER, did it while I was growing up.  Soccer and softball and baseball had them running all over the South.  And both my parents worked full-time too.  The older I get, the more I realize how lucky I am!

So first off to my Mama!  I love you and THANK YOU!  You are such a trooper and my kiddo sure loves you. 
That's my cute nephew Whitt with Nana.
Now, to my mother in law.  I'm glad to say we have a pretty good relationship.  I'm lucky in that most people don't have that with their MIL.  MeMe has been through a lot this year and we hope she's on the mend.  We love you!
MeMe with most of her Grands
So Happy Mother's Day to all out there.  I am so honored to say I'm a mother to an amazing, yet sometimes challenging, 4 year old.  She pushes me to the limit and then melts my heart, all in 2 seconds!  But I wouldn't change it for the world.  And I'm still having a hard time realizing that next year, I will be a MOTHER OF TWO!  Wow. 

I hope you all enjoy the wonderful gifts you get for Mother's Day.  I'm just hoping I get something. If it weren't for my kiddo's teacher, I wouldn't get squat.  One day...

May 5, 2011

23 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 23 Weeks

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of a large mango.  According to ultrasound, she weighs about 1 pound and 2 ounces.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 16 lbs. If anybody's counting that's 6 pounds in 2 weeks.  Must.stop.donut.habit.  That's terrible.

Gender: It's a GIRL!!!

Movement:  Starting to pick up a bit more every day.

Sleep:  Never get enough.  Rolling over from my back to side or out of the bed is getting slightly more difficult but all in all, I still sleep pretty well.  Just not enough of it.

What I miss: Normal grocery shopping.  Weird, I know.  I hate the looks from people when I pick up a large bundle of mega roll toilet paper.  A girl has needs.
  And I like to buy in bulk.  Plus, it's that 'You shouldn't be picking up that girl' look when I pick up my kid and put her in the buggy.  Yes, she weighs 45 pounds.  But it's easier than her running around the store.  I swear, I'm sweaty and starving by the time we leave.

Cravings:  Still Cherry Icee's.  Mashed potato casserole.  Oh my. I ate WAY too much of that one night this week. Possibly where some of that 6 pounds came from...

Symptoms:  Tired and HOT.  And it will only get worse.

Best Moment this week:  Seeing baby girl yesterday on ultrasound.  Her behind is at the top of my belly but her hands and feet and face are at the bottom.  Heartbeat was 148 so that's good.

I don't think it sinks in anymore so than when you have an ultrasound that you are actually having a baby.  I'm grateful my Dr. orders them for me often.  It's so awesome to see those pics on the screen.  Makes everything even more real.

Blood pressure was slightly higher than last time but not bad.  Weight was my big concern though no one else in the office even said anything.

I've been given the ok to pick a name that I like and the hubby said he will pay when she wants to get it changed.  Hey, we have all been there. Just most of us don't do anything about it.  Now, I have to narrow down my list.  I honestly haven't had time to sit down and think about it.  Still thinking I might not tell anybody until she's here.  We'll see.

Oh, and PS.  My US was at 8:30 and my appt. followed.  I left work at 8:20 and was back at 9:40.  I love having my Dr. close.

May 4, 2011

May 3, 2011

Things You Should Never Say To A Pregnant Woman

I think it's about time I started making this a regular weekly post.

Some people have no filter on what comes out of their mouths.  I know, because sometimes I am one of them.  I've worked really hard on that over the past 31 years.  Ok, maybe just the last 5 years?

No matter how pregnant a woman is, you just never say,

"My how that belly is poking (or protruding) out today."

"Wow, you didn't look pregnant yesterday but you do today." 
Um yeah, I had a bit too much to eat last night.  REALLY?

"Aw, you're showing now."
Yeah, been showing for a while.  Years, actually.  It's just finally looking like pregnant weight.

Or from a sweet man at my church one Sunday morning,
"You look like you've gained a little bit of weight."
Is that a question or a statement?  My response?  I have a good excuse. What's yours?

Best of all, courtesy of my BROTHER.
As he pokes his finger at my belly, "Sure is starting to get out there now isn't it?"
So much love for ya bro. 

Oh and yes I know I'm due September 1st.  And yes, I know how hot our summers are in the South.  But PLEASE don't tell me every single time I tell someone my due date hat I have to hear those statements.  PLEASE.

Oh, this could be fun.

May 1, 2011

Tornado Hair

This is soooo not the appropriate time to show this picture with all the terrible weather we've had in the South lately.

A few weeks ago, after the kiddo had her bath and we were brushing her teeth, I pulled her hair to the side.  Since it's soooo curly, it's just makes one big curl.

Side note: She's also obsessed with the Wizard of Oz.

When she got done brushing her teeth, she said,
"Mama! My hair looks like a tornado!"

I had never thought about it before but it kind of did.

So then I did it more often.  The other night she made me take a picture of it.  My little photographer is also obsessed with taking pictures.  Once I had taken hers, she wanted to take pics of me.  She told me to tilt my head more and to put my arms down, etc.  I think she's been coached a time or 2 or 200.