June 30, 2011

31 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 31 Weeks
Really?  This is flying by!

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of 4 navel oranges.  There will be no picture this week because when I googled navel oranges, I got some pretty graphic navel pics.  Ick.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 30ish lbs.

Gender: It's a GIRL!!

Movement:  I am afraid my girl already has her days and nights mixed up. Fun times to come.

Sleep: Oh sleep, how I miss you.  I'm lucky if I get a 2 hour stretch at night.  I guess pregnancy insomnia has kicked in.  I'm too tired to sleep.

What I miss:  Sleep.  And being able to paint my toenails without it being a chore. Sorry peeps, if you see me this summer, my toes look terrible because they aren't painted. I figured it was better than them always being chipped and looking awful.

Cravings:  I've eaten more boxes of Runts this week than I can count.  Diet.Must.Change.

Symptoms:  Really tired and really HOT. 

Best Moment this week:  Kiddo and I were having a special time Friday night after a birthday party and before bedtime.  Kiddo 2 was kicking up a storm. (I guess she knew the Women's World Cup was starting last weekend!)  My kiddo put her hand on my belly and kiddo 2 did a triple kick. The look on my kid's face was absolutely priceless.  Then she proceeded to tell 'sister' to quit kicking Mommy's insides!  Love those girls.

Nothing much to report this week.  It's hot and I'm tired. Nothing new at all.  I go back to the Dr. next week for an ultrasound and check-up.  I can't wait to see 'sister' on the computer again and see how big she's gotten!

June 28, 2011


Nothing more than feeeelings.  You are welcome.

You know, sometimes your feelings get hurt inadvertently.  When that happens, do you just let it sit and boil your insides or do you say something?  Here lately, it seems like I'm the type that lets it just sit.  One day it might explode, or maybe not.  I guess if I just let it go, it would be fine. 


But, is it fair to the one who hurt your feelings, if they never know?

Be the bigger person.  Deal with it or forget about it. 

Easier said than done.

Happy Tuesday.

June 27, 2011


I have a terrible case of envy these days.  I know it's wrong, but it's true.

I have vacation/beach envy. I want to take a family vacation so badly this summer before #2 gets here.  It's just not in the cards for us with hubby having been out of work for a month and me about to be out of work for a month.  All our savings is going toward bills.  That's an ugly word.

I guess I will just live vicariously through all my friends that are on vacation or will be soon.  Enjoy every moment.  Next summer, come you know what or high water, we will be going somewhere.  I'm already saving for that 10 year anniversary trip.  It's something I've never done before and I sooo hope I can continue to talk the hubby into it and he can actually get off work.  That's a whole other blog post in an of itself.  Shift work SUCKS.

I also have new car envy.  It seems like everyone I know close to me is getting something new.  My bro just got a brand new truck.  Nice.  Hubby wants a gas efficient car to drive to work once my car is paid off.  He seems to forget he bought a motorcycle for gas efficiency.  Oh yeah, and we still owe almost the same on it as we do my car.  Makes a non-car payment seem impossible.

I love my sweet little Altima. It has A/C and punch button start.  And it's sooo close to being ALL mine.  I just have to keep telling myself that.  No car payment sure does sound nice.

One can still dream though, right?

June 26, 2011

Take Me Into The Beautiful

Not long ago, I heard a new song on K-Love.  I thought it was my beloved Mac Powell from Third Day.  I was wrong.  The hubby said they didn't sound anything alike but to me, the lead singer Lance, sounds like a younger version of Mac.  Therefore, I love them and this song! 

By the way, the band is called Cloverton.  The song is Take Me Into the Beautiful.  Enjoy!

June 25, 2011

Sayings From The Kiddo

Last weekend, while in the pool:

"Mama, is the sun hot?"

Me, "It's pretty hot right now."

Kiddo, "But we can't touch it right?"

Me, "No, it's too far away for us to touch."

Kiddo, "Oh yeah, it's at the beach."

Love that girl and her logic!

June 24, 2011


Some days I just think I'm crazy.

Other days I know I'm crazy.

With the birth of this baby anywhere from 7 to 10 weeks away (wow, when did that happen?), I'm beginning to wonder what I was thinking wanting another one.  How am I going to handle it all?  Hubby works so much and it's mostly left up to me.  I am glad big sister likes to please me by being a good helper.  I'm definitely going to put her to work!

Just a brief freak out moment.  Please excuse me!

Sign me up for the white jacket. The kind that buttons in the back and comes with a padded cell.

June 23, 2011

30 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 30 Weeks
Wow! Where has the time gone, seriously?

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of a cabbage and is almost 3 pounds.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 30 lbs. 1 pound a week.  ICK.

Gender: It's a GIRL!!

Movement:  I don't know what I was so worried about in the beginning.  This child plans on being in the Women's Fifa World Cup in 2027 or 2031.  She kicks my insides constantly, day and night.  I'm not complaining but she does have to sleep at some point right?  Why not the same time as me?

Sleep: I'm lucky if I get 3 hours of continuous sleep at night.  I'm tired.  I would give my left arm at this point to sleep 6 straight hours without waking up.  Maybe in 10 years.  Ok, hopefully just a few more months.

What I miss: Being in shape. Not that I was ever in GREAT shape but I'm in terrible shape now.  Luckily, I have a plan in place starting in late Sept. or early Oct. depending on when baby girl makes her entrance.

Cravings:  I'm getting to where I'm not STARVING as much. I guess I'm running out of room.  But once I start eating a snack around 10 am, I'm hungry until after lunch.  Never fails.
Ok, and maybe, maybe not, Runts.

Symptoms:  Tired and HOT.  Now that it's 'technically' summer, it's weird because it's 10 degrees cooler than it's been.  Still hot but I'll take it.

Best Moment this week:  Hearing baby's heartbeat at the Dr. yesterday.  Oh, and seeing kiddo finally swim under water!

Had a great Dr. appointment yesterday.  BP was awesome (128/80, heck, that's almost normal!) and my weight was well, up there.  Doc said I looked great and was doing remarkably well given all my BP problems last time.  We talked more about the impending birth and how my sweet Labor and Delivery nurse friends are pushing for an early delivery date as well.  I love my friends.  They so look out for me.  I go back in 2 weeks for another ultrasound to check her size, etc.  I love getting to see her sweet face so often!

It's still hard to believe I only have anywhere from 7-10 weeks left.
Yikes.  I better get on the ball!

June 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Happy 1st birthday to this cutie.

You are one loved little girl.

June 21, 2011


To the Cuddler:


This oven is constantly baking on 450 degrees, if not more.

Bless my heart. I know.

The Plum's friend who likes to tickle his belly so I can see his sheepish grin that I know he gets from Morning Guy.

June 20, 2011


Since yesterday was Father's Day, I wanted to post something that was from my Heavenly Father, via the first preacher I ever remember.  He was the one who helped lead me to Christ and was a wonderful, wonderful man who left this Earth too soon but was excited to be continuing his eternal life with the Lord in Heaven.  He said this at the end of EVERY sermon he ever preached.  I even had someone read it at the end of my wedding.  So special to me.


God loves us, and He demonstrated that love when He sent His only son Jesus into the world.  

Jesus loves us, and He demonstrated His love for us by dying on the cross for our sins.  He demonstrated His power over our two greatest enemies, sin and death, when He rose from the grave on the third day.

He has gone to be with the Father but before He left, He made us a promise that He was going to prepare a place for us and would come again to take us to live with Him in Heaven.  All He asks is for us to demonstrate our love for Him by living for Him.

Thank you Bro. Bill.  We miss you.

June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to my hubby!  
Your kiddo ADORES you and is definitely a Daddy's girl.
One of my favorite pics of these 2!
Warms my heart!
 With that said, I'm not sure where she gets that from.  
Ok, I'm a total Daddy's girl too. So Happy Father's Day to my Daddy too!

I love you both with all my heart! Thanks for all you do for me!

June 18, 2011

Field Trip

My kiddo has her first field trip on Friday.  I asked her if she wanted me to go.

She said no.

She wanted to sit by Jack and Brianna.  She said Jack was her best friend.
Watch out Rebecca, kiddo's making a move on your man!

I asked again.

She still said no.  Probably best since she will behave better for her teacher than for me.  Still makes me sad.  I told her she won this time but I WAS going to the Pumpkin Patch in October.

She said ok.

I will remind her of this in October when she tells me no again.

June 17, 2011


Lately, when thinking about writing this post, all I can think about is a favorite song from the 90's.

"I give props to those who deserve and believe it y'all, he's worth it."
Props and 10 points if you can tell me what song that's from!

While I was away in Orlando for 4 or so days in May, the hubby took great care of our kiddo.  He didn't HAVE to keep her home from school all week but he did so we could save a little tuition (too bad we only get 1 vacation week).  He cleaned the house, which is totally out of the ordinary for him.  He did some of my honey do's (ones that don't cost much money). 

I was able to come home LATE that Saturday night to a mostly clean house, kiddo sleeping, and laundry done. THAT was NICE!!!  I guess since he wasn't working, he didn't have anything else to do.  Of course, when Mama was back, it was different.  But that's another post.

This post is about giving him props for all he did while I was away.

He also complained to my BFF about my mornings trying to get the kiddo ready.  Not a fun time for me.  I would start waking her up at 6:30 and then we would be screaming at each other in a rush to leave the house by 7:30.

I'm not sure who suggested it (hubby or BFF) but it was decided that my kiddo would start using the alarm we have in her room to get get up every morning.

It works.

I was not so sure at first.  But now, it's a GODSEND.  Our mornings are much more pleasant.

Dearest carpool neighbor and kiddo's teacher (probably both of who hated me for a long time due to HORRIBLE morning habits), I am sorry.  Totally sorry.  There is nothing else I can say!

Now the kiddo wakes up with her alarm at 6:18 (weird, I know but it's when I'm almost done in the shower), gets dressed and comes in my room to watch TV until I get out of the shower. Then she gets something to eat and sometimes lets the dogs outside.

What a change.

So props to the hubby (and BFF) for helping me and the kiddo transition to this new, wonderful morning ritual.

And, I'm sure kiddo's teacher will thank you too since there are no more (for now) screaming, teary-eyed goodbyes in the mornings.

June 16, 2011

29 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 29 Weeks

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of a butternut squash.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 26 lbs.

Gender: It's a GIRL!!

Movement:  Some days she's more active than others. On those not as active days, I am more aware because it makes me nervous.

Sleep:  I get up at least twice a night to go potty. 

What I miss:  Bending over to pick things up.

Cravings:  Mostly anything with peanut butter. Nothing in particular.

Symptoms:  Tired and HOT. Luckily, the heartburn I thought was showing up was just a false alarm. I'll probably pay for that statement next week.

Best Moment this week:  Buying new stuff for baby.  I bought an outfit on clearance the other day (yeah, cause I'm cheap like that) and some diapers and wipes.

Well, the hubby went back to work Tuesday night after a long month of unemployment.  It has been fun and we've gotten some things accomplished.  I've been spoiled having a sitter when needed (at home instead of mom's or MIL's).  It was kind of nice to see what people whose husbands work normal schedules lives are like. Thank you hubby for all you did while at home.

Nothing else special to report this week. I never heard anything about my glucose test so I assume that's good news.  I go back to the Dr. next week for a regular check up so we'll hear the heartbeat and not sure what else.  Just hearing the heartbeat is enough for me.

June 15, 2011

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Well, today is mine and the hubby's 9th wedding anniversary.  Considering that we dated for 6 years before that, we've been together for half of our lives.

It's been a bumpy ride so far but definitely worth every minute.  I can't believe, in just a few short weeks, that we will become a family of 4.

Whoever says marriage is easy is a nut!  It's hard work but worth it.  When I said 'I do' 9 years ago, I meant it. Til death do us part.  Hopefully not anytime soon.  But those vows are sacred to me.

Thank you for all you do for your family.  We hate that you have to work so much and such crazy hours but we sure do love hanging out with you when you are home!

I love you and can't wait to spend the next 50 years together.  Lord willing!

June 14, 2011

No Joke

This past Sunday was the 4th Sunday in a row that someone at church has told me they didn't know I was pregnant.  Not sure what rock they've been living under but I guess the word didn't spread like it does with everything else.

And yes, I am counting. Trying to see how many Sundays I can go!

Also last week, I got the whole 'Bless your heart' or 'Wow, you still have the hot part of summer to go' at least once a day for 6 days in a row. 

I really think I should start keeping tabs on how many times I get asked if we've picked a name yet.  That count is already too high for me to keep up with.

Oh the joys!  It's all funny.  Really.

June 12, 2011

The Unexpected

Sometimes when you least expect it, something unexpected happens.  Guess that's the point, huh?

Thank God for those moments.

I was blessed to be on the receiving end of one this week.  It could not have come at a better time.

It was very humbling.

Thank you just doesn't seem to cover it.

June 10, 2011


My hubby always tells me I am way too involved in too many activities.  When I used to work at my old job, I had to be involved.  But I've been at my current job for 4 years now and I was still involved in a lot of the stuff I was before.  The more he complained about it, the more I realized he was right. 

Wow, I don't say that often.

There was no reason to still be involved in some of that stuff.

So what did I do?

I cut it out.  Almost all of it.

There are still some associations I'm a member of but they meet at lunch.  Therefore, I'm not missing out on time with my family at night, weekends, etc.

Each month I have a calendar I fill out on the fridge so the hubby knows when we, or I, have something going on.

Let me tell you one thing.

When I filled it out for the month of June, it was liberating. 

There is hardly anything on it.  We have some birthday parties and a wedding, but no meetings or anything. 

Last night was the first night I actually realized how different (and exciting) my life at home is.  There was a meeting last night of a group I was involved with for 6 years of my life.  While I loved most every minute of it, it was a ton of work and did take a lot of time away from my family.

So while this meeting was going on, I was at home with my hubby and kiddo.  What was I doing?  Watching Wheel of Fortune and the Berenstain Bears while the kiddo and I took turns 'doing' each other's hair.  Such a small thing that I realized I have been missing.

So, the moral of the story is (yes, thanks to my hubby's persistent complaining) I have re-prioritized some things in my life and for that, I am thankful.

It sure was fun having about 50 bows and barrettes and clips and ponytail holders in my hair last night.  It's more fun to try and get them all out after we are done.

June 9, 2011

28 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 28 Weeks: WOW 3rd trimester!  Where has the time gone?

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of a Chinese cabbage.  According to ultrasound, she weighs about 2 and a half pounds.
 Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 25 lbs. I really should stop posting this.

Gender: Still a GIRL!!

Movement: I love feeling her kick me all the time now.  Except when I'm trying to sleep.  She is constantly doing flips in my belly. I am pretty certain she is either going to be a World Cup soccer player or a championship boxer!

Sleep: It escapes me more and more each night.  I try to go to bed early every night (especially since most of the prime time shows are reruns!) but it never seems to help. I get up quite a few times a night.

What I miss: Being able to sit Indian style.  This kiddo is LOW.

Cravings: Nothing special this week either.  Apparently, I just like to eat.

Symptoms:  Tired and HOT.  This summer weather is ridiculous.  It's almost too hot for the pool already.  We could use some rain and cool it off, now that the flooding is over.  Oh, and all you people wishing and hoping for summer when we were having cooler temps a few weeks ago, I curse you. I hope you are happy.  (And you know who you are!)

Best Moment last week: Seeing baby girl on the ultrasound yesterday.  Still an awesome sight to see and hear.  Everything is right on schedule.

I had a great Dr.'s appointment yesterday.  My blood pressure was great (130/72) and my weight, well, that's another story.  My sweet Dr. never says anything about that though.  Bless him.  He said everything seems to be well on track and baby is measuring within a few days of my due date.  I took my glucose test and will find out today if I passed or failed.  No news is good news.

I go back in 2 weeks for another check up.

June 8, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Annual Memorial Day Water Party 2011

Ready to attack the hubby.  Even sweet Whitt.  
I love how Hayes is ready to double pump!

June 7, 2011

How Times Have Changed

My oh my how date nights have changed over the years.

I remember when date nights were just another night. We didn't have to define them.  But once kids come along, date nights aren't as common as they once were.

With my hubby's strange schedule and a 4 year old, date nights are RARE for us.  There are a lot of things I do on my own since he's usually working or sleeping or just doesn't care to.

So when we plan an actual 'date night' it's kind of exciting.  No loud child demanding to eat Mac and Cheese.  No interruptions of numerous potty breaks (ok, maybe for the pregnant lady that one doesn't count).

After a nice dinner, we used to hit up a movie or go bowling or something fun.  Now, we end up in Target or Home Depot spending WAY more than a movie would cost us.

What are we buying?  Stuff for our house or our kids.  Not that there is anything wrong with that.  Though sometimes I would love to just sit and enjoy a $7 movie instead of a $250 credit card bill.

So what did we do on our date night Friday night?

We went to eat at Olive Garden, which was yummy.  Then, we headed over to Target to do a little shopping for us, baby's room, and a friend getting married.  We finished off the night at Dairy Queen.  You can't skip that, pregnant or not.  Once we got home, we put together stuff for baby's room and watched the Women's College World Series (softball).

Wow, we are wild these days.

June 6, 2011


Ok, here's the deal.

We weren't ready for another kid.  God thought different so we got pregnant.  Then, I guess He thought better about it and we lost the baby early on.  Then, when WE decided we were ready, HE made us wait 8 months just to make sure.

WE didn't plan to have an August baby.  HE did.

So please please please when you ask my due date and I tell you Sept. 1, don't give me the whole "Wow!" or "Bless your heart" or "You have the HOT part of the summer to get through."

I KNOW THIS.  I HEAR IT DAILY.  It's gotten old.

Sorry, I just needed to get that off my HOT chest.  We are super glad to be blessed with a healthy (yet unnamed, that's a whole other post) baby girl.  We can't wait to meet her.  Whether it be 110 degrees outside or 30 degrees.

Oh, and while I'm at it, the past 3 weeks at church someone different has told me that they didn't know I was pregnant.  WHAT?  Did you just think I gained 20 pounds for fun?

I'm hot and hormonal and it's Monday.  There will be way more exciting things posted later this week.  I promise.

June 3, 2011

Date Night

Even though we are broker than broke right now, the hubby and I are going on a long awaited DATE NIGHT tonight.

We had one a few weeks ago but it consisted of grilling out and watching movies at home.  While we had a great time and there is nothing wrong with that, this Mama is ready to get out of the house with her homebody hubby.

We aren't even sure what we are going to do but I am sure it will be fun.  It's rare that we do anything with just the 2 of us.  And since there are about to be 4 of us, we decided to take advantage of his off time and celebrate our anniversary early and just have some us time baby 2 gets here.

Thanks to my wonderful parents for keeping my kiddo.  She's been begging to spend the night out there since she didn't get to when I was out of town.  They spoil her rotten and it gives my Dad some good exercise!

June 2, 2011

27 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 27 Weeks

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of a cauliflower.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 20 lbs.

Gender: It's a GIRL!!

Movement: My stomach is constantly moving.  Middle of the night, around 10:30 am, lunch, afternoon.  She's pretty active at night too which is cool because big sister likes to feel her kick.

Sleep:  I am starting to get less and less sleep. I just can't seem to get comfortable and I still get up at least twice a night to go potty.

What I miss: Having the energy I used to.  I wish I could nap every day but that never happens.

Cravings:  Nothing special this week.

Symptoms:  Tired and HOT.  The heartburn I was feeling coming on has stayed away so far.  I think it's because I drink like 10 glasses of water everyday.  Or it seems like that much.

Best Moment this week:  Watching my stomach move under my shirt while I'm at my desk working during the day.  Or at home at night.

Nothing special to report this week.  Next Wed. is the wonderful glucose test.  I will be so hungry when it's over that I might eat my arm.  Note to self: take snacks.