Monday, March 30, 2009

6 weeks

Tomorrow I will be 6 weeks pregnant! That statement sounds absurd to me.

This is what has to say about the baby's development at 6 weeks.

"This week's major developments: The nose, mouth, and ears that you'll spend so much time kissing in eight months are beginning to take shape. If you could see into your uterus, you'd find an oversize head and dark spots where your baby's eyes and nostrils are starting to form. His emerging ears are marked by small depressions on the sides of the head, and his arms and legs by protruding buds. His heart is beating about 100 to 160 times a minute — almost twice as fast as yours — and blood is beginning to course through his body. His intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will give rise to his lungs has appeared. His pituitary gland is forming, as are the rest of his brain, muscles, and bones. Right now, your baby is a quarter of an inch long, about the size of a lentil bean."

How far along? 5 weeks 6 days

Total weight gain/loss:

Maternity clothes? nope

Stretch marks? not yet, thankfully

Sleep: What's that?

Best moment this week: Telling Steven's parents

Movement: none

Food cravings: corn

Gender: no idea

Labor Signs: nope

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: sleeping at night

What I am looking forward to: having a bump instead of bloat

Weekly Wisdom: Don't try to travel during your peak morning sickness time if you also suffer from car sickness.

Milestones: I cooked dinner last night. :-)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Can you tell I'm bored?

I found this little thing on Facebook. It seemed like a good idea.

- Age: 22
- Annoyances: lots
- Available: never again
- Animal: i like animals

- Beer: gross
- Birthday: March 19
- Best Friends: Lauren, Allison, Jennica, Jessica, Ashley, Heather, and my sister
- Best feeling in the world: laughter
- Blind or Deaf: Which would i prefer? neither
- Best weather: a summer thunderstorm
- Been in Love: well, yes
- Been on stage? yes
- Believe in Magic: no
- Believe in Santa: yes
- Book: Gone with the Wind

- Candy: Snickers
- Color: Pink
- Chocolate/Vanilla: Vanilla
- Chinese/Mexican Food: Mexican
- Cake or pie: Courtney Cake
- Continent to visit: Australia
- Cheese: depends what it is on/in
- Celebrity Crushes: don't have one

- Day or Night: I like both
- Dancing in the rain: yes
- Dog or Cat: I have both.
- Diamonds: are a great gift

- Eyes: brown
- Everyone's got: a water buffalo!
- Ever failed a class?: no
- Earliest memory: I was 2 or 3 and my dad was pushing me in the grocery cart at Kroger, I think. I was talking a lot, and he said, "Ok, that's enough motormouth." I then asked, "What's a motormouth?" haha

- First thoughts waking up: What time is it?
- Favorite Food: chicken fajitas
- Fears: losing my husband

- Goals: I need to set a few more...
- Gum: I like gum.
- Get along with your parents?: yes

- Hair Color: depends on who you ask...I say reddish brown
- Height: 5'3"
- Happy: Indeed
- Hate: seeing people in pain
- Holiday: Christmas is 276 days away! However, Thanksgiving is quickly becoming my new favorite.
- How do you want to die: in my sleep with my husband, old and gray.....hmm, that sounds like a movie I saw :-)

- Ice Cream: yes, please!
- Instrument: piano, sort of

- Jewelry: Love it!
- Job: photographer

- Kids: as many as God gives me
- Kickboxing or karate: neither
- Keep a journal?: yes

- Love: my family
- Letter: which one?
- Laughed so hard you cried: Yes!

- Milk flavor: Chocolate
- Motion sickness?: yes
- McD’s or BK: McD's if I have to have one
- Movies: The Notebook, Gone with the Wind, Yours, Mine, & Ours (the old one), Milo & Otis, Lilo & Stitch, Lady & the Tramp, Sabrina, Walk the Line...

- Number: 12

- One wish: to have a big, happy, healthy family

- Pepsi/Coke: Coke
- Perfect Pizza: Fox's Pizza - deluxe, no mushrooms, add black olives :-)
- Piercings: my ears
- Pain: is not my friend

- Quality: is better than quantity
- Quote: ''Coincidence is miracles in which God prefers to stay anonymous'' Beth Moore

- Reason to cry: don't need one. I cry all the time anyway.
- Reason to smile: I have lots
- Reality T.V: is ok in small doses
- Radio Station: depends on my mood
- Regrets: can't think of any
- Roll your tongue: I don't think I can
- Ring size: 7

- Song: Sounds Like Life to Me by Darryl Worley
- Shoe size: 7.5 or 8
- Salad Dressing: ranch
- Sushi: ick
- Skinny dipped? not since I was little
- Shower?: yes
- Strawberries/Blueberries: strawberries
- Sarcastic: yes
- Tattoos?: none
- Time for bed: now
- Thunderstorms: make me sleepy

- Unpredictable: I can be

- Vacation spot(s): a cabin by the lake

- Weakness: babies and kids, and animals, and my husband's sad face
- Which one of your friends acts the most like you: Lauren
- Worst Weather: really cold rain that is just warm enough to not be snow
- Word: superduperfantastic
- Worst Feeling: sad
- Weirdest food eaten: I don't think I eat anythingn weird

- X-Rays: a few times

-Year it is now: 2009
-Yellow: is a color

- Zoo animal: polar bears

5 weeks

Tomorrow, I will be 5 weeks pregnant! According to, that means our baby is the about the size of a sesame seed.

This is what else babycenter has to say:

"Deep in your uterus your embryo is growing at a furious pace. At this point, he's about the size of a sesame seed, and he looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. He's now made up of three layers — the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm — which will later form all of his organs and tissues.

The neural tube — from which your baby's brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout — is starting to develop in the top layer, called the ectoderm. This layer will also give rise to his skin, hair, nails, mammary and sweat glands, and tooth enamel.

His heart and circulatory system begin to form in the middle layer, or mesoderm. (This week, in fact, his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers and beat and pump blood.) The mesoderm will also form your baby's muscles, cartilage, bone, and subcutaneous (under skin) tissue.

The third layer, or endoderm, will house his lungs, intestines, and rudimentary urinary system, as well as his thyroid, liver, and pancreas. In the meantime, the primitive placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already on the job."

How far along? 5 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: didn't dare step on the scales

Maternity clothes? nope

Stretch marks? um yeah, but i had them long before I was pregnant

Sleep: Sleeping in is no longer an option. It just doesn't happen. However, I can do a 3.5 hour nap in the middle of the morning, no problem.

Best moment this week: Telling my sister the good news!

Movement: none

Food cravings: corn

Gender: I'm kinda leaning toward boy for some unknown reason.

Labor Signs: nope

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: not constantly knowing the cleanliness level of my toilet and going more than one day without crying

What I am looking forward to: telling the in-laws this week!

Weekly Wisdom: I'm not in a wise mood. Sorry.

Milestones: I almost went a whole day without vomiting.

Other memorable moments:

Today Steven said he didn't care how much we spent on a crib because, "Nothing is going to be good enough for our little baby." Awww! He's so cute.

Tonight, he also asked me, "Why do they call it morning sickness?" He was confused because it is "all day sickness" to me.

New Furniture

I'm finally posting pictures!
Here is the furniture I got for my birthday.

More naps than I can count have already taken place on the couch and loveseat. Actually, I even caught Steven napping on the ottoman the other day. :-) Yes, that is a tv tray in the corner. We are still searching for the right end tables. We actually need a pretty large end table for that corner, and have yet to find any we like that are big enough.

I'm even more in love with this dining set than I was when we bought it. It is the perfect size for our tiny (read: non-existent) dining room. Also, because it is so tall, I don't have to worry about the dogs snatching anything left on the table while we aren't watching.

And here is a picture of the collage I finally got put up of Steven's sister's family. I'm so happy to finally have photos of our sweet nieces up to show everyone.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

We told my parents!

According to, our little munchkin is the size of a poppyseed. It's kind of amazing how something so small can make you feel so miserable. I've been sick off and on since last week. Not fun. I've also been waking up early pretty much everyday.

We decided to tell my parents our good news on Wednesday. My mom had been asking for a week or so what I wanted for my birthday. Wednesday afternoon, Steven and I went to Target and made a short baby registry. That night before church, I gave the list to my parents as my "birthday list." Oh the looks on their faces were priceless!

Next, we'll tell my sister and Steven's parents and sister.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Never a dull moment

We got a not so fun surprise today. Our flower bed(or weed bed
actually) in the front yard is flooding. We have a bit of a water
leak. Its going to require more than digging a hole to fix it, too.
More on this later...

- blogging by iPhone

Thursday, March 19, 2009

sniff, sniff....aaahhhh

I have once again reclaimed my title of birthday princess.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

4 Weeks

Today I am 4 weeks pregnant! Wow, that doesn't even seem right. Our first appointment is scheduled for April 17, and I'm pretty nervous about it.

How far along? 4 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: I have no desire to step on the scale today.
Maternity clothes? no
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Pretty good, but I wake up earlier than usual.
Best moment this week: Probably will be tonight when we tell my parents!
Movement: nope
Food cravings: Green stuff (pickles, broccoli, etc.) and corn on the cob
Gender: no idea
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? In
What I miss: going a whole day without gagging or puking
What I am looking forward to: telling our family
Weekly Wisdom: Don't eat spicy stuff at night. Heartburn isn't fun.
Milestones: I took my prenatal vitamins today without getting sick! Woohoo!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Oh boy! Or girl?

Well, it's official. We are going to be parents!
Of course, by the time this actually posts, most of you will already know this.

Here are a few things I never thought about before being pregnant:

How on Earth am I going to pull the last sock out of the dryer with a big belly in my way?

Corn on the cob is a splendiferous food!

The big comfy couch

We got our new furniture in! They delivered it on Friday. Wow, it makes a difference too. Our living room looks a LOT better. We are still planning to get an entertainment center, but we have yet to decide on which one. We also need an end table of some sort, and preferably inexpensive. I guess I'll post pictures of our new stuff later. Honestly, right now I'm being lazy and have no desire to move my butt of my new couch just to take a picture of it. It's that comfy. Sorry. You'll have to wait. I'm sure you all really care what my couches look like anyway, right?

Hopefully Steven will get the kitchen and dining room painting wrapped up this week. Then he can put together my new dining room set. We decided to take a break from all the painting this weekend since Steven will be off work all next week. I figured he needed a weekend of nothing before going to work on the honey-do list. Oh yes, that's right. He has not one, but two weeks off work! We're pretty excited about that too. He's hoping we get some warm, dry weather, so he can mow the yard. He's missing his mower. And I must admit, our yard is missing that big green machine too. :-( It's lookin' kinda pathetic.

Anyway, I'm really hoping we can be productive in the next two weeks. We realized tonight that in May, we will have had this house 2 years, and we're just now really getting things the way we want them. Maybe it will be finished eventually.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I've been tagged!

Shaila tagged me to complete this task...

1. go to your documents/pictures
2. go to your 5th file
3. go to your 5th picture
4. blog about it
5. tag 5 people

This is a picture of the sunset from our front yard. I took this picture um...a long time ago. I think it was two summers ago.

Now, I tag: Victoria, Carrie S., Courtney T., Heather, and Kim!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It's what we do.

This was taken at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere on a chilly December Monday morning on our honeymoon. There was ice on the rope. I wanted to cross it, but he insisted on going first to help me across. Steven took one step onto the ropes and fell flat on his rear. I, being the sweet wife I am, laughed. He did too.

Are there moments in your life that are forever etched in your mind? I don't mean big moments like when you got engaged or when you gave birth to your first child. I mean smaller moments. Moments that will make you smile 50 years from now, even though when it happened it seemed small and unimportant.

This is a picture of one of those moments for me. It reminds me of what my husband and I do best together. Laugh. For a long time, I felt strange when people would ask us, "What do you do together?" I always felt a little embarrassed that we didn't have a joint hobby that we do together regularly. I'm not too interested in playing COD4 on Xbox Live, and he isn't too interested in scrapbooking or watching Desperate Housewives. Now don't get me wrong, we take our annual trips to the zoo together, go to car shows, play a mean game of Uno or Scrabble, and do other little things together here and there. However, none of those are things that we do together on a regular schedule. Of course, with Steven's work schedule, "regular" isn't really in our vocabulary.

Anyway, I worried that we weren't normal and that our marriage was doomed because we weren't enrolled in dance or cooking classes together and didn't share a love for something like Star Wars movies (although, strangely, we do both appreciate romantic comedies starring Ashton Kutcher). Then I thought about my parent's though. When they were newlyweds, they took a compatibility test. The person giving them the assessment told them they really weren't sure how my parents made it past the dating and engagement to end up married to one another. They've been married nearly 30 years.

Then I realized there is something my husband and I have in common with my parents. It's something we do together. It's something my husband and I do together everyday, whether we are in the same house or hundreds of miles apart. We laugh. Sometimes it's just a giggle or two, and sometimes it's a side-splitting, tears pouring down cheeks, me screaming for him to stop whatever he's doing that is so funny, need to run to the bathroom laugh. Sometimes it's even over those romantic comedies starring Ashton Kutcher that I mentioned earlier. Either way, it's what we do together. Although, my mother might say that arguing holds a close second place. :-)

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My little troublemaker

Tonight I started painting my cabinets. After getting all the doors to the top cabinets painted, the pantry door, the sides, and some of the trim done, I decided to call it a night. I walked into the living room to grab my camera for a few in-process pictures of the kitchen. When I returned to the kitchen, this is what I found...

Apparently when Steven took the baskets off the pantry door, he just laid them on the floor of the pantry. One of those baskets just happened to contain doggie treats. Emerald attempted to help herself to the treats, and got covered in paint in the process.

Ten Things Tuesday

XBOX Wife Ten Things Tuesday

Bet ya thought I had forgotten about these, huh? Well, I haven't. I have no excuse though. Just laziness. Here are a few things I have been thankful for lately.

1. The weather! Woohoo for warm days!
2. I have only 2 months until graduation. I think I can survive it.
3. I am thankful for my new furniture that should be arriving this week. Trust me, if you saw my pitiful, chewed on, stuffing deprived, down to one last throw pillow, old-lady print living room set, you'd be glad we're getting new furniture too.
4. I am thankful for my hard-working husband who made that new furniture possible!
5. I am thankful that my hard-working husband is (supposedly) getting time off after tomorrow! He has had only about 6 days off since January 25th, so he is in need of a break.
6. I am VERY thankful that my husband was not hurt in his accident last week. God was definitely protecting him.
7. I'm thankful I only have one more class today. I'm tired.
8. I am thankful that I have been able to attend the Monday morning Bible Study at my church! If you haven't done Beth Moore's Esther study, go check it out. I'm loving it! I'm also pretty fond of all the girls doing the study with me. :-)
9. I'm thankful for bananas. Random, I know. I really like them though. Bananas are my favorite fruit. Lately, I've been starting my day with a banana or a banana smoothie - except Mondays. Those are coffee days.
10. I'm thankful for spell check on Blogger. I type too fast. If it weren't for those little red dotted lines, I'm pretty sure people would think I was illiterate and just hitting buttons on the keyboard. My dad would certainly be embarrassed.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Not Me Monday

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I did not go to FedEx today and mail a package containing a Christmas gift that got left behind when we traveled to Missouri in January and a few of my mother-in-laws belongings that got left at our house at Thanksgiving. Not me!

I did not breath a little sign of relief on the way home tonight because I remembered my sweet husband would not be here, therefore allowing me to watch Dancing with the Stars and hang out on the couch undisturbed. Promise. That wouldn't be nice.

I was not late for Bible Study today because I was not sitting in a drive thru line at a coffee shop down the street.

I did not go in the dollar store tonight looking down right scary after going to the walking class and running class.

And since I didn't go in the dollar store, I didn't purchase a half-size bag of Funyuns to consume while watching Dancing with the Stars.

Since I didn't buy those Funyuns, nor did I look at the nutritional value (or lack thereof) and say to myself, "Oh well, they're cholesterol free!"

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