On Thursday, August 21st Pepper & I celebrated our 9-year anniversary with an unexpected gift!
Our baby girl – Megan Lynn – came about 12 days early! She weighed 7lbs 15oz and was 20 inches long. So our anniversary will be a little different for at least the next 18 years, but we of course couldn’t ask for a better gift than a healthy, beautiful baby!
Plenty of more pictures & posts to come!
I mentiond to my sister-in-law that I couldn’t wear mascara very good with this Bells Palsy junk because my eyes were just watering too much … that’s where the perk of having an Aesthetician as a sister-in-law comes in! She dyed my eyelashes!! She does that for alot of her clients, but I’ve never thought about having it done myself – but it’s instant gratification!! She uses a vegetable based dye that should last about 2-4 weeks so my eyes don’t feel naked anymore & the water doesn’t mess them up!!!
Have I mentioned that it’s hard to use mouth wash with Bells Palsy though?!? Because it is.
I’m a day behind, but yesterday we hit the official 38 weeks. Baby Girl (you guessed it – still no name) is doing healthy & well. Me on the other hand am offiicially struggling with swollen feet & continuing my “facial exercises” for Bells Palsey … oh joy!!
This weekend I was given a double baby shower with Amanda … oh my goodness I’ve never seen so many presents. Needless to say we were blessed with an entire years worth of clothes, a bunch of diapers and more!! Everyone was so incredibly generous. And since it was given by Kristen, Staci, Becky, and Rebekah everything was thought out and there were so many of those “extra touches” to make it fun & special!! So far, Kristen is the only one with pictures up.
Baby boys & girls are so different though … you don’t get 5 accessories with a baby boy’s outfit like you do a little girl. I’ll have to get use to accessorizing appropriately!
So we’re on the “any day now” watch …
The Ups & Downs of Bells Palsey:
1. You drool alot at night – ALOT (that’d be a down).
2. You bite your lip when you try to eat a sandwich (that’d be another down).
3. You have to remind yourself not to smile in order not to scare the children … or yourself (down).
4. You have to constantly wipe one eye from tears while you constantly pump the other with tear drops (yet another down).
5. For the first time in my life I can wink … I just don’t know when I’m doing it!!!! (that one’s a toss up).
6. Your husband brings home Gerber Daisy’s, a card, and a Dairy Queen Treat to try & cheer you up (that’s definitely an up)!
And if you’re wondering what one looks like – or more specifically what I actually look like … we’ll here you go … The first one is me reminding myself to smile with the lips closed & the second one – well that’s what happens when I try to smile “normally”!!
Go ahead … don’t be afraid to laugh!!
We’ve officially hit 37 weeks today & thus just three more to go to the actual due date. Basically it could be any day, but I try not to think about that too much just in case she’s a little stubburn!
I just realized last night that Pep & I haven’t talked about names in a few days. I think we’re both just trying to forget about that big decision with hopes that if we don’t dwell on it for a minute it will “come to us” … that or we just figured she’ll be 2 days old before she has a name just like Evan anyways.
Here’s a glimpse at the nursery. Aunt Staci gets all the props!! I still need artwork & window treatments, but this is probably all that will be done before she comes home. The big “moon” above her bed is still up for debate. The plan was to put her monogram inside, but that’s hard to do without a name!! Right now I don’t like it, so we’ll have to see what it looks like after the monogram & then it will either stay or go.
Other than that we’re just remaining on the countdown …
Ok, so he hasn’t even been a three year old for a full week yet, but still he’s three.
We’ve been watching some of the Olympics – are you?? Women’s gymnastics is my favorite. I still remember watching the women win GOLD when ATL hosted in 1996 – I was on vacation with the family in FL. I can also get into some swimming & soccer. And then there’s Bob Costas … I love all his “stories” each night. I can pretty much root for anyone after he gives their background story.
So back to the three year old – in between catching the events that I enjoy, by default you usually end up seeing some others along the way. Most of which he’s never seen before (some of which I haven’t or can’t even comprehend why they’re Olympic sports anyways)!! So in his mind he has these questions and concerns:
Beach Volleyball: “But why don’t they have their shoes on. They need to have their shoes on so they don’t get hurt. And what is all that writing on their swimsuit?”
Women’s Gymnastics: “But where are there pants? Why don’t they have their pants on?”
Fencing: “What are they wearing?” (Can’t answer that one exactly – I think they look pretty silly too & I DEFINITELY don’t understand that “sport”)
Can’t wait to see what questions come out of sync. swimming or power walking!
Amanda emailed me this evening with about a dozen misc. questions for one thing or another. One of those questions included something along the lines of you’re getting so close … how are you feeling? With nothing but love, I know that she asked that question part with real concern & part rhetorically speaking … I’m 37 weeks pregnant so that’s what most people (strangers included) ask when they see me!!
Too bad I couldn’t give the pat answer that she probably wanted, because …
I was feeling pretty good … just getting incredibly uncomfortable!! But last night I started noticing that my eyes were watering alot & just feeling overall wierd (vision was blurry, but more so b/c of the excess water, etc.). Then this morning I was feeling fine but started seeing some stars (that happens every now & then to me anyways b/c of my low iron so I just passed them both off). So we went to church & then to Square Peg Meeting. As soon as we got in the car to leave Staci asked me what was wrong with my face. I didn’t know what she was talking about & she said the whole meeting half my face looked paralyzed like from a stroke & my eyes were blinking independently of one another!!! So I looked in the mirror & smiled … OMG!!!! I have a sideways smile & one eye closes all the way while the other will barely close at all!!!! I self diagnosis online as Bells Palsey, but b/c I’m 37 weeks pregnant everything I read & my mother insisted I call my doctor, I went ahead & called her & she wanted me to go to an ER to have it confirmed … I REALLY DID NOT WANT TO DO THIS … BUT being 37 weeks pregnant I also didn’t want to go against the dr’s orders. So a trip to the ER (fortunately they weren’t busy), a ridiculous co-pay later, and two prescriptions I’ve been diagnosed with Bells Palsey!!! I look absolutely RIDICULOUS!! So some crazy nerve is inflamed & the medicine & TIME will make it better … who knows how long that will be though!!
Needless to say, I won’t be smiling for many pictures anytime soon … like with my brand new baby girl!!!
How’s that for “how are you feeling”?
I can’t believe it, but baby girl (yes, still without a name) is at 36 weeks already!! I’ve been making really good strides on the “Calculated Nesting” Plan. Right now her room is basically done. The grand finale will be a monagram on one of the main walls, but I’m kind of delaying that project by not having a name yet!! There’s also a bunch of boxes in there right now; otherwise, I’d take some pictures to post. I’ll need to get those out in the next couple of weeks, so pictures will be up soon enough.
I’m still “thinking” she’ll be a little early like Evan, but at the same time I’m trying not to think about that too much just in case she’s on time – or even (sigh) late!!
I’m still looking for a good diaper bag – is practical, cute, & not outrageously expensive too much to ask for?!?! I’m also not sure about all this vinyl look that I see … I get it – very, very practical, but I think I’d feel like I have reflectors on me walking around with it.
Let the countdown continue …
We had Evan’s birthday party this past weekend. He’ll be three on Wednesday!! He is all about horses & ponies these days & wants to ride them all the time. We pass about 10 pastures on the way to his Gami & Papa’s house every Friday and another 10 on the way to his Nana & Pop’s house every Monday. Which always leaves me explaining that “no buddy, I’m sorry but we can’t ride those horses” followed by a game of 20 Questions!
So even though it was hot & miserable, I knew the little guy would be in heaven if he could ride horses for his birthday. He had a blast!! We managed to get in the pony rides, some time on the playground, and a quicky & lovely tune of “Happy Birthday” before the downpour came:(. We had to scour for cover to eat sandwiches & run to cars between breaks in the rain, but all in all it was a fun time.