Happy Anniversary!

August 24, 2008 at 1:31 pm (pregnancy, pregnant) ()

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!

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2 week countdown …

August 20, 2008 at 8:07 am (pregnancy, pregnant) ()

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 …

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Just in case you’re wondering …

August 13, 2008 at 1:05 pm (pregnancy, pregnant) ()

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!!

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3 week countdown

August 12, 2008 at 7:02 pm (pregnancy, pregnant) ()

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 …

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How are you feeling?

August 10, 2008 at 9:31 pm (pregnancy, pregnant) ()

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”?

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4 week countdown

August 5, 2008 at 9:43 am (pregnancy, pregnant)

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 …

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6 more weeks …

July 22, 2008 at 8:31 pm (pregnancy, pregnant)

til the official due date!  After my strike-outs on Saturday, I’ve been determined this week … 6 weeks makes me nervous!!!  It could really mean 4 weeks or it could mean another 8 … either direction makes me nervous for one reason or another!!! 

So I finally found the new monitor (LOVE it) and today I ventured to the wonderful (totally not) Babies R Us again & picked up the chair/table set for Evan’s room.  I mean really, I wish someone would try to compete with that store!!

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Baby girl room update

July 12, 2008 at 8:54 pm (pregnancy, pregnant) ()

Bedding is purchased!

3 of the 4 walls have been “dotted” (dots are part of the theme – or rather I guess the only theme)!

And the crib & changing table are put up!

Notice the little helper with his tool belt in the background!!

Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion!

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32 Weeks

July 8, 2008 at 1:00 pm (pregnancy, pregnant) ()

That’s what today marks & I haven’t made ANY progress with my nesting calculations.  I’m going to blame a little of it on the 4th of July festivities (which I still need to blog about), but the majority of the blame is that I just didn’t do anything!!! 

Stay tuned …

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Calculated nesting

July 1, 2008 at 9:39 am (pregnancy, pregnant) ()

Today, baby girl (without a name) is offiically 31 weeks.  Which means, if she’s punctual & right on time then I have exactly 9 weeks to get everything ready.  However, to play it safe (and have some sanity in the last week), I’m in the thought process that I actually have to be ready in 7 weeks.  If she’s much earlier than that – well, I’m just in trouble!!

So in 7 weeks, I need to do a super overhaul & clean out so that I actually have room in our house for one more & ALL that goes along with a little baby.  To me, this means I need to:

1.  Clean out the kitchen cabinets to make room for bottles.

2.  Clean out the family room to make room for baby toys & swings.

3.  Clean out Evan’s room because some of his furniture is moving to baby girl’s room.

4.  Clean out the laundry room/storage because I’ll be in there alot more!

5.  Clean out our master bedroom because it will just make me feel better.

6.  Clean out the garage because it’s getter harder & harder to walk through the clutter.

7.  Clean out the basement – just because I’m on a role & I have one more week left.

OH – and I need to finish the nursery too!!!  Or rather Aunt Staci will finish the nursery after I get everything ready for her.  It’s coming along … I’ll have to post pics soon.

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