You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise: you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely…For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:1-3,13,16

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

35 weeks

I have 35 days left until my due date, however it looks like we will be scheduling that C-section sooner.  I have a tentative date for September 26 if nothing changes.  As of today, baby Eli had swapped sides and managed to bring his other leg up into "frank breech" position, with his little booty straight down. 

I am getting bigger and less flexible each day.  I still feel great, with less energy than usual but that nesting instinct is in overdrive!!! I am mostly frustrated by the things I am unable to do alone. I am not used to needing help to move the couch or bathe the dogs and that is frustrating.

A few new confessions about the joys of pregnancy for you...I have developed a ton of little skin tags (basically a tiny wart no one else can really see them) mostly in places where my clothes rub, like around my bra lines, but they get on my nerves. Good news is I guess they are common (with all the growth hormones) and they go away afterward.  The other really awesome thing is that since I have a large basketball with me at all times I now get to have not only armpit-stains from sweating so much but I get a nice sweat line under by boobs and under my belly---very attractive---this heat is crazy! I love Louisiana but seriously, how many 107 degree days can we have in one summer?

Still really thankful to be where I am. Really thankful for a healthy, growing baby. Thankful for a great doctor and a great husband, mom, family, friends, and to have a job and a home to bring my baby back to.  I will never forget the desperation of wanting a baby and to know what it is like to have that baby growing inside me.  God has truly blessed me and this miracle of life is one I will never take for granted. I cherish every day and every irritation, every movement and every trip to the bathroom. It is amazing and I pray daily for those I know who want children and are unable---there will forever be a place in my heart for the infertile and BLM.

Monday, August 29, 2011


My feet are fat! So fat that I can not wear shoes except I can barely fit in my tennis shoes and some flip-flops.  I know why…It's swelling and some flattening out due to weight gain, but now I wonder.."Will my 7 1/2s still fit after the big day?"  Will all of my cute boots and heels fit when I am skinny again (and I will be skinny again!) Here's hoping!

I have had some really productive days lately. I have several projects going at home. Some wreaths for football season that Lucy helped me search high and low for parts for yesterday, a mod-podge top for Eli's closet chest (can't wait to show that off), learned to applique' with my machine (finally) this weekend, and made some really cute taggies too.  I plan to post pics here later, but I don't want to spoil the gifts for some people I haven't delivered to yet. Presents are in the mail!!!! so I will post pics later this week of all of the projects.

On the baby front…He is still breech and getting pretty heavy!!! 5 weeks to go and I have another appointment tomorrow. My first check of the cervix (yay!) I can't wait to comment on that for you tomorrow. Eli is so big now that I feel him all the time and I love that.  He wiggles his foot which is right down on my bladder and his head which is up under/over my rib cage.  I know that when he is born I will miss feeling his little movements constantly.  If he remains breech we will be scheduling a C-section (or sea-section as a patient commented on their health history-HA) that will mean two things that make me happy 1. No episiotomy (I know it is a much bigger deal to have abdominal surgery but somehow I feel like I can recover from that--crazy huh--I am a mental case I know) 2. We can schedule it!!! Hubby's parents can come into town ahead of time and be here for the birth and no water breaking or waiting game.  Somehow with a C-section the unknown becomes a little more comfortable--and do-able--even though it is not the "normal" way--lots of people have them and everything is fine.  So I won't care either way we go but I am looking forward to having a plan and getting more knowledge tomorrow about that plan.

Tomorrow I am having some preggo pics taken by a photographer whose work I have admired for a while---can't wait! It's gonna be an early morning shoot to try to stay out of the heat so prayers for no rain (considering we have been in a drought-picture day for rain would be about right!) Can't wait to show you some of those images too!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

saving $$$$

I have been into couponing for a couple years… thanks to my cousin who taught me all about it. But recently I have gotten into a lot of other ways to save as well, especially with a baby on the way.  Between looking online at sale sites, blogs, groupons, and other saving sites and garage sales with my sister-in-law, the queen of garage sale-ing, I am a save-aholic!  Two weekends ago I got to find some great deals at a once-a-year early morning sale at Ladies in Waiting, then to a great birthday party for my birthday buddy, Olivia Mitchell (it was her first b-day!), and then I got to take advantage of some garage sale shopping for Eli and some super couponing/sales at some local pharmacy stores.

$25 for all this and with $3 ECB to spend on my next trip!

Got all of this and some precious clothes for about $25

I didn't take pics of the specialty outfits (mostly john-johns) that I got for Eli.  Next post I will show my work-shower--so sweet of everyone there to show their love for our sweet boy!

Just Beachy...

Well I am big and pregnant and I couldn't think of a better way to spend the weekend than with our friends at the beach! We got invited to go to Perdido Key with our friends, the Carrolls, and stay in their uncle's cabin-for FREE! It was so fabulous…and a great 2 1/2 days on the beach. Here are some pictures of our trip…

We ate some awesome food.  I even ordered (and loved) crab cakes! The seafood was so fresh and we really enjoyed the atmosphere and our friends.  It was tough to return!…but back to work and reality today!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Birthday weekend

First, an official update I have 9 weeks…that's only 63 days left until due date!!!! I can't believe it! except that I feel enormous! or E-nor-moose-like it says on the game at cracker barrel! HaHa..It has been super hot here--heat index around 114-119 the last couple days, which is making me retain a little water so I am trying to slow down a little at work and put my feet up and make sure I drink plenty of water. Pregnancy is so cool--I am feeling Eli a lot more as he moves and kicks my ribs and stretches in the tiny space that is his home right now.  I am so ready to see his precious little face and hold him, I can hardly wait!  Next week at  my doctor appointment we will get to have our last ultrasound and a sneak peek at his little face and how he is positioned!

This weekend we had a really fun experience for my birthday. We took a trip to Memphis for a special babymoon (another one!), but really so we could celebrate our god-son's birthday with our special friends, the Shumates! It was a blast to spend some special time with good friends.  Friday was a tough day at work so I was really tired (and so was Neil) by the time we made it to Memphis.  There was a lot going on in Memphis--so much that we could barely find a place to park to give the car over to the valet. Neil let me out by the door so I could go and check in and he waited with the car.  I am not sure if I just looked really tired or super pregnant or both and the person checking me in was so nice.  I asked what all was happening in the hotel and at the Fed-Ex Forum and as we talked the man said, "Well don't worry, you won't hear any of this commotion. I am going to put you on the top floor in our Presidential Suite." Of course I said thank you so much and we made some small talk about my pregnancy and his little boy and he showed me some pictures on his phone of his little cutie.  When Neil came in he jokingly asked if I had gotten an upgrade because we had talked about me just wanting to take a jacuzzi bath when we arrived, and I said, "yep, we are in the Presidential Suite." of course he didn't believe me until we got to the room…the most amazing hotel "room" I have ever stayed in.  Seriously, picture the suite that the movie star or rock stars stay in on tv.  It had a large living and dining room with a dining room table.  In the living room there was a flat screen with surround sound and a DVD player and a bathroom in the hallway. There are windows that are floor to ceiling in both the living/dining room and in the bedroom.  The bedroom is large with a king bed and a sitting area, a desk and flat screen tv. THEN the bathroom! oh the bathroom! There was a walk-in closet, a double vanity, a HUGE jacuzzi tub with candles around the edge, a GIANT walk-in shower--with a bench you could lay on and several shower heads and a second bathroom toilet area.  That suite was as large as some homes!---The views from our room were of Bealle street and the Fed-Ex Forum, million dollar views,  and we are pretty sure that that suite would have cost somewhere between $500-$1000 dollars depending on the night.  I am sure that it isn't open on a night the Grizzlies are in town playing.  We got super lucky and what a special treat on my birthday.  Neil had actually booked our original room using points we had accrued on previous stays and so after we rented a move, charged a couple of power-aides and cokes to the room, and valeted the car---the weekend stay cost $53…can you imagine!  God really blessed us with a special and memorable time and a romantic weekend before our baby is born!