Friday, October 30, 2009
Today at work, we have our Halloween Party. I am so excited to have a fun day with the kids. When it is all work and no play, it is not always fun. They all have been talking about Halloween all week. They can't wait!
Zach and I have a pretty laid back weekend. No game....a rest is needed! Zach has to work a festival at Hamilton Mill tonight and then I am making him Tator Tot Casserole. I lost a bet with him a couple weekends ago and now I am paying....and the Boy wanted Tator Tot Casserole if he won...he just cracks me up! So random. But his wish is my command! Tomorrow, Zach is going to work on the cars; oil changes, changing brake pads, all the fun stuff. I will probably be cleaning, getting ready for Baby more, laundry....once again....all the fun stuff. I can't believe only 2 more weeks....even though I countdown everyday in my head...2 weeks just seems like such a small amount of time. YAY!
Everything is moving along nicely with the new loan officer. I believe we are locking in a rate on Monday or Tuesday and the underwriting process will start very soon, too. I feel so much better about the whole situation now. And I am so grateful to have my Hubby...he has been so great with working with the LO and helping any stress stay away from me. Love him!
I can't believe we only have one day left in October!!! Where did 2009 go?!? Don't forget to set your clocks on Sunday.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I received this award........
from Katie over at Katie's Journey
Here are the rules for the award:
1)You must thank the person who gave the award and list their blog and link it.
2) You must share "10 Honest Things" about yourself.
3) You have to present this award to 7 others whose blogs you find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged you.
4) Last, you must tell those 7 people they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving the award.
10 Honest Things About Me
1) I am so nervous about LABOR!
2) I have become obsessed with saving money...it is more of a hobby now....I love nothing more than a good deal.
3) I find some way, everyday, to eat chocolate.
4) I want nothing more than to grow stronger in my Faith.
5) I have enjoyed sleeping in until 9 or 10 every morning WAY TO MUCH.
6) I would be perfectly content if I never cooked dinner ever again.
7) I love receiving letters or cards in the mail.
8) I cannot wait for the moment we find out who our baby is and I think not finding out has been so much fun and so worth the wait!
9) I am really excited to start training for the Country Music Half Marathon.
10) I am so blessed to be in love with my best friend!
I have chosen these blogs to give this award to:
Michele @ It's Michele with one "L"
Kimberly @ Bowling Family Moments
Elizabeth @ A Wedding Story
Jessica @ The Southern Belle Baby
Candace @ The Strickland Family
Stephanie @ The Sweet Life
Jessica @ For Marriage to Motherhood
Thanks so much Katie for including me....and giving me my 1st award!
After the appointment, I went to the lactation boutique to make sure I had everything I needed for the breast pump. I am good to go. I will definitely be bringing the pump to the hospital so the lactation specialist can help me with it before I go home. Even though I want to breastfeed full time...when I go to work for those 4 hours or so a day, Zach will have to feed. I am glad though at the same time because I think it will be a wonderful time for Zach and the baby to bond.
Everything is looking good!
I want to thank you all for praying for us about the house....your encouraging words yesterday brought me to tears and reassured me that everything WILL BE OKAY! We ended up firing our loan officer and hired a new one (she has been WONDERFUL). She let us know she could have our loan approved in about 8 days....wonderful! We got another extension from the seller's until November 15th, though. I believe the date we all are shooting for is Nov. 10th. So believe it or not, I am hoping the baby comes a little late....I don't think anyone hopes for that but all things considered...I would be okay with it. Please continue to pray for us though until those papers are signed!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Our real estate agent is doing her best to help us and talking with the sellers. I don't know how this all works, but it makes me extremely nervous. It is just so hard when you put your trust in people to do the job they say they will....and they don't!
Monday, October 26, 2009
We heard a ton of guessing this weekend also....from the lady at the grocery store, the guy directing traffic at the game, the chef at the restaurant we went to on Friday, friends at the tailgate....everyone has mixed reasons for why they think the baby is what it is.....only 3 more weeks until we will know.....hopefully not too much later :)
And the new toy, ie my camera, did great this weekend! So convenient and I love it!
Today, I got so much accomplished at Target.....I finished up our hospital bag...just need to pack Zach's pjs and clothes, but I told him he was in charge of that. I got lotion for massages, a mini electrical massager, thermacare heating pads, toiletries, hard candy, etc. I will be packing the ipod with my favorite music, some movies, and anything else I can think of that will help me stay entertained or distracted. Very exciting and nerve racking all at the same time.
Any other suggestions that help you all during labor?
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Is that face not just adorable!?! Whoever said "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach" was RIGHT on the money with my hubby.
We have an exciting weekend ahead. T-TOWN HERE WE COME! I didn't think we would be able to make it this year....but where there is a will, there is a way. I can't wait! We are leaving tomorrow when Zach gets back from work. First, we are going to the Berry Football Game. It is their most exciting game of the season, so I have heard, and they are undefeated....so it should be a great game...if the rain holds out. It looks like it should be clear by game time....either way Zach said we are going! He is SO EXCITED!
Saturday is the Alabama vs Tennessee game! Roll Tide! I am so excited to see so many of my friends from college and to be on the Quad tailgating! There is nothing like it.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The baby's heart rate was 138. I had read this week in one of my email updates that the baby should drop within the next week or so. I asked the doctor about this and he let me know the baby had already dropped and its head was engaged. I found this very interesting since I still feel the baby so much in my ribs, but he is the doctor and has done this a couple more times than me. :)
My next visit is in one week on the 28th.
As you can probably tell from no updates, we did not close on the house yesterday. I don't understand why nothing in the real estate world ever happens on time. But, we have a 7 day extension to get the mortgage approved and we are just waiting to hear back from them. So, we are hoping some time from the 27th to the 30th. Hopefully everything will go smoothly...please say some prayers for us :)
Monday, October 19, 2009
Speaking of cold weather....we got this as a gift this weekend! Is it not absolutely adorable?!? It will be perfect to bring our little one home in cause I am sure it is going to be oh so cold!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
This morning was so great. I went to 9:30 mass which is the Children's mass. Right when I walked in, all the children started singing their little songs they have been practicing for so long and it almost brought me to tears. I just feel so blessed....to one....love my Church and my God ...and two...have this child growing in me that will one day be right up there with all the other children singing "Jesus Loves Me". It got me so excited! I look forward to Sundays so much too because it is a day that I really reflect on all the blessings in my life, my wonderful husband, families, friends and all that I have.
Today was a very special day for me, too. After Mass, I headed up to Athens, GA to visit a great friend, Jenny, for lunch. I have known Jenny since I was in kindergarten. We went to the same school through high school. I have SO many great, funny memories with her. She is also pregnant and due in January.....to get to share this next phase of life with her (and so many of my friends) is so special. But today, I had a special reason for meeting her for lunch and something very important to ask her. I feel so blessed that Jenny accepted today to be our baby's Godmother. Not only do I just love this woman, but she truly LOVES GOD and is an amazing Catholic! After much prayer and talking and thinking, I was convinced that Jenny would be the best person to be an aid to Zach and I in raising our child in its faith journey. So special! I can't wait for the baby to get here.....4 more weeks.....and for it to be Baptized on November 28th....it is such a blessed day!
I hope you all had a wonderful SUNDAY!
Friday, October 16, 2009
I also have been working harder on finding coupons or great website to help save money at the grocery. Leslie, over at Lambert's Lately, is really amazing at saving and using her coupons. She had talked about coupons "doubling" and I had no idea what she meant by it. What it means...for those of you like me....is that any coupon $.50 or under can be doubled in value. For instance, I have a coupon for FROSTING (no, I don't need it but oh well) and it is for $.40. When I go to buy this amazing frosting to make a cake (cake mix I have a coupon for too), I will get $.80 off making it cost practically NOTHING! I love it! Now, Leslie shops mostly at Publix....although I love Publix....I shop at Kroger with my handy dandy Kroger Plus Card. As I was walking into Kroger the other day, a great sign outside let me know that Kroger "doubles" coupons, too.....SWEET! Not only do I save a ton at Kroger with their 10 for 10 deals and many others, every time I spend $100 (which sadly is not hard), I get $.10/per gallon off at a Kroger Gas Station. I love that part! Another friend told me about Southern Savers. I have loved this website. It includes EVERY grocery in the South and has great coupons....practical ones!
The other key point that I have learned about saving is.....you only buy what is on SALE! And when it is on sale....BUY LOTS....especially meats! My freezer and I are going to become great friends....BUUUUTTTT don't buy things just because they are on sale....especially the things you will never eat or use!
If any of you have some great savings tips....please share! Why pay more for things, if you just don't have to!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
What is truly important in life? Is it what we own, who we love, where we live, what Church we attend, how many cars we have, how many Bible verses we can quote......
I have been struggling with this thought lately. Our society instills in us one thing....Our Churches another....Our family possibly another.......is there a right or wrong to what is important in life?
It is so funny looking back on how I was raised and thinking about the things I want to teach my children. As a child, I never felt like I ever was without, but compared to others...we definitely didn't have as many material things. Did I get to have the newest Nintendo system every Christmas....No. Did I have a closet full of Limited Too clothing....No. Did my mother say "no" to many things I asked for.....YES! But did I truly go without......No!
I feel truly blessed to have been raised the way I was. Am I saying my parents are perfect....no....sorry Mom and Dad....but I truly believe that they ALWAYS had my best interest at heart. My mom stayed home to raise my sisters and me. This was a SACRIFICE to not have 2 incomes, but they felt it was more important! My parents chose to send my sisters and me to a private school, Kindergarten through 12th grade. This too was a SACRIFICE especially only on 1 income! We didn't go on week long family vacations to the beach every year. This was a SACRIFICE because we know time away is always great! We didn't have cable or internet until I was in High School! We didn't eat out every other night.....We didn't have a brand new vehicle ever 3 or 4 years.....BUT I never felt like I was ever without!
You always hear your parents say.... You have so much more than I ever had growing up! Well....why is it that parents feel their children need to have more than they did? They got this far and are fine....why do parents feel that material things or giving....giving...and more giving...is what is most important for their child? What happened to children working for things they want....earning something! Why do adults feel like the best you can do for your child is to constantly give them EVERYTHING they want? Is it because the parents feel guilty....or that they feel material things is what makes their child happiest....or that they are so tired of hearing their child beg that is is easier to just give them something to shut them up? What is most important in life? Is it the time we spend with our children or the time our children spend with the material things we can give them?
I know for everyone...what is most important is different....but make a list for yourself.
Does it start with the brand name of jeans you have on, the number of carats in your diamond, how much you can spend on a night out or in one store?
Does it start with being there for your child on a day they are sick and have to stay home, having quality time with your husband that doesn't require one of you holding a remote control, enjoying a Sunday with family and friends at your local church, watching your baby take its first steps.....watching your baby do all its firsts!
A constant thought that goes through my head to help me decide what might be important or not is.....Can I take it with me? Am I saying that I don't love nice things....No....I do! But at what point do you make a SACRIFICE? At what point is something higher on my list.
This past Sunday, the Gospel was from Mark 10:17-30: (This is just the 1st part)
Monday, October 12, 2009
On our list of things to do:
- 2 Carseat bases are installed with seat protectors in freshly cleaned cars....I seriously think something is wrong with how calming cleaning is to me. One mirror is installed (Zach says he doesn't need one....I think he thinks he is too cool or something)!
- Pack n' Play is ready for baby! We have the pack n' play with a bassinet and changing area so diapers and wipes are also ready. Batteries are soon to be purchased!
- Boppy Bouncer is ready!
- Boppy with cleaned slipcover is ready!
- Clothes, burp clothes, receiving blankets, mittens, hats, etc. are being drefted as we speak!
- My Little Lamb Swing is all ready to go!
- Hospital Bag is being packed this week. I still need to run out and get a couple things!
Friday, October 9, 2009
One of my favorite games of the season is the Ironbowl.....UA vs AU! My younger sister just graduated from Auburn so we are definitely a house divided! It makes for a fun day!
One of my favorite things about going to the games is The Million Dollar Band. They just make the game that much better with all the cheers and songs! And when a victory is approaching...there is no where else you would rather be than in Bryant Denny Stadium singing Rammer Jammer, Yellow Hammer...Give Em Hell Alabama!
This year of Football has been great so far....#3 ain't too bad! We have a great game this weekend against Ole Miss. Zach and I are meeting another couple at a local bar to watch....I can't wait to watch the Tide beat up on those Rebels!
And I almost forgot....one of the things I absolutely love about being a Bama Fan..........the HOUNDSTOOTH!!!!! What other team gets to be in fashion and cheer at a football game at the same time!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Zach and I put together the pack n' play and the swing tonight....it took us forever! But they are both all ready and I can't wait to see the baby in them!
This weekend we have plans to clean out the cars and install the car seat bases. I am also going to start washing the clothes we have received, burp cloths and blankets. My goal is to have everything ready by the 1st of November.....just in case! Plus, it is getting harder and harder for me to bend over and carry things....so the sooner I can get some of this stuff done the better.
Sad moment today.....while driving I needed some chapstick....totally dropped the lid and felt so helpless. I couldn't bend over to look for it or find any position that would let me even try! My dad was in the car and just laughed! I went to look for it later...no luck :(
Funny moment today.....I was helping keep the kids in order at the water fountain and one of the 5th grade boys asked if I was pregnant....he has seen me for the last 2 months and this is the first time he has asked...I wonder if they just think I am that fat. Anyway, he gave me some advice and I had to giggle. He said that he has heard contractions are really bad and that if a contraction happens....I should probably get the baby out. YA THINK! I just love their innocence!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
One of my good family friends informed me that both her first and second came 1 month early....YIKES! I am not ready if that happened to me....
Also, don't forget to put in your guesses over at the Baby Pool to the left! A little info to help:
Expected Due Date: November 14th
Typical BPM: 140s
I feel like my belly is all in the front and high...but that is because everyone is telling me I am carrying high
No heartburn, expect for one night....it was so bad!
Cravings were for milkshakes and cheese and crackers
The Chinese Calender said Boy
The Draino Test said Boy
Happy Guessing :)
And as I type, I just received a package from my SIL with MATERNITY PANTS....Thank goodness! No one should have to see these legs anymore! Thanks Holly!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Here is Zach after his golf outing last Wednesday.
And then on Friday.
Due to my Hubby's stubbornness, he refused to go get stitches. He justified not going to the hospital with the excuse that he has had plenty of practice with healing wounds and gashes in his life that he didn't think it was necessary. I don't know if that is a good or bad thing that he has so much experience in the field of hurting himself! He also let me know quickly that chicks dig scars....I responded that the only chick that matters is ME and I am not digging it! But, luckily, his battle wound is healing nicely and he played golf on Sunday and there were no additional wounds!
Oh...and how did this happen? Zach had a really difficult shot, but instead of moving the ball and taking a stroke, he decided to try and hit it. He ended up hitting the ball into a rock and then the ball back fired into his eye...needless to say his round was over after this shot.
We got almost everything off our registry...all we have left to get is the swing and the bouncer seat and we got plenty of gift cards for that.....so WE ARE READY!!!!!!! Here are some of my favorite things we got: I got this adorable diaper bag, wallet, and key ring pouch. I love the pattern and I have heard that a purse is not as necessary once you have a baby because you just put everything in the diaper bag! I have to admit....I am 24 years old, raised in the South, and have never had the slightest bit of interest in Vera Bradley. But, this is really cute and receiving this as a gift may have started something very bad!
I had never seen this before but I can't wait to use it....well I guess I can wait about 7 or 8 months. But, it is a silicon freezer tray for food storage. I had never thought about making my own baby food, but sometimes it makes sense...I mean how hard is it to puree sweet potatoes or peas. This tray makes it really easy. Each compartment is 1 1/2 cups of food and you just pop it our and defrost when you need it.
I used a carrier all the time when taking care of Dakota. It helped so much when we went to the store and she still couldn't sit up in the cart. I have heard great things about this carrier and I am so glad we received it!
We got the cover for our boppy....I thought it was really cute!
We are going to have one clean, smooth baby! We got a ton of Aveeno products. I love nothing more than the smell of a baby after a good bath!
I also got a ton of things for the car and room to help with organization....and boy do I love to organize! So calming! Everyone...thank you so much for coming and for showering our little one with so much love!
WE ARE READY!!! Not only am I ready to have this baby....but I am ready to have bone structure back in my face...I miss my face. I am ready to have my ankles back, ready to sleep on my back again, ready to run, ready to wear my Engagement ring again, ready to go shopping for baby clothes, ready to be able to paint my toe nails again, ready to not go to the bathroom every 30 minutes, ready to kiss my baby's beautiful face, ready for a glass of wine, ready for EVERYTHING! And I can't wait!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I also got news back from my computer guy......Bad News: my hard drive was completely shot and he couldn't retrieve ANYTHING! Therefore, I lost ALL my pictures from 2007 to present....including honeymoon and all baby shots so far, all my beautiful address labels I had already put together for Christmas and Announcements...so much for planning ahead, my address spreadsheet, my budget spreadsheet, my "Things to Pack" list for the hospital, my Call List for when the baby arrives and much more. Luckily, I have uploaded a lot of my pictures to facebook or to the blog...I am sure the quality won't be as good though....WORD OF ADVICE....Back your computer up RIGHT NOW! Good News: I learned my lesson about depending on technology before the Baby arrived and now I will always make cds of my pictures and save all my documents to a thumb drive! I am not loosing one precious pictures of that little one....even though there will be millions!
Exciting weekend ahead! Today, of course, is full of Football! Before though, Mom and I are going to a local Elementary School to support a Fun Run for Autism....no I am not running in it. My mom is a Special Ed teacher for Gwinnett County and majority of her students are Autistic. They are all so cute. I love visiting and seeing all of her students in their activities! Then let the games begin! (Side Note: Speaking of "Let the Games Begin"...I am so excited Rio de Janeiro won the 2016 Olympics! South America has never held the games and they all looked so happy!) Back to Football! Great games this week! Alabama vs Kentucky....not the best but we will take it....GA vs LSU....and AU vs UT....should be interesting! Hopefully I will be able to stay awake to watch them (I am used to sleeping in until about 10am....yes be jealous).
Sunday, Ms. Brenda, my Mom's best friend and to me is like my Aunt, and her daughter Carrie, are throwing me a Baby Shower for all our Atlanta friends. I am so excited to see all the women I grew up with and all my friends in the area. I had planned on wearing a cute dress my SIL let me borrow....but the swelling is just ridiculous and I just can't bear to show off my gross oversized ankles and feet :) So I have a back up pair of pants and cute shirt! It should be a fun afternoon though!