Friday, September 26, 2008

16 week dr. appt

Went to the doctor this morning just to hear the heartbeat and have a general check-up!

I still weigh less than I did at my first pregnant dr appointment! I guess I was super bloated or something...isn't that strange?

We got to hear our little ones heart and it's very healthy. Healthy should be between 120 and 160 and ours was 148 :) We discussed my raising heart issue and she said it is very common so I feel better abou that! I also asked about my intense migraines and she said from now on right when I feel one coming on I need to take 2 extra strength tylenols and drink a mountain dew then do it again every three hours until the headache goes away! Isn't that hilarious? She said it is sworn to work and it won't hurt the baby, she did say that my heart will probably race more during those times due to the increase in caffeine!

I got answers to several of my other questions:

  1. The baby can fly anytime as long as the airline allows it and we have it suck on a pacifier to help with the pressure on the ears
  2. I can fly up until my 36th week
  3. The ideal time to get a 4d ultrasound is between 24 and 28 weeks
  4. I can't go in the tanning bed while nursing because it may dry up my milk (I have a wedding to be in at the end of May so I was just wondering...haha)
  5. I can do a spray tan anytime
  6. When we have the baby NO ONE has to see our baby until we want them too (this was a mega concern for me)
  7. The baby can hear us already but babies don't actual hear individual words (all those nuts who read to their tummies are doing nothing! ha!) they just hear the vibrations and our soft voices can be very soothing
In two weeks we go for our next ultrasound! I'm pumped!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Goodbye "Ethan Allen" Room!

When we bought our house back in May we knew we'd be starting to try to get pregnant soon and we went ahead and picked out what would be the baby's room someday. Since we didn't tell anyone we were trying we knew we needed to go ahead and decorate that room so people wouldn't come into our house, see an empty room, and realize we were hoping to have a baby to fill it!

We put all of my childhood furniture in the room and I got an old picture reframed and matted and we decorated it with a simple beach theme. Since we currently have two guest rooms and we knew this one would eventually be called the baby's room we named this space the Ethan Allen Room (named for the type of furniture in it haha).

Sadly for us we decorated the room in May thinking it'd be awhile until we got pregnant and instead we were probably already pregnant then!

Also, me being the planner that I am, we have already ordered our nursery furniture. It should be here within the next couple of weeks and since this is our last weekend we will be around until my birthday (in November) I thought we better go ahead and get this room converted from Ethan Allen to BABY!


I feel so sorry for the animals though. While it stinks that I just decorated this room and now I'm undoing it, the whole experience of cleaning it all out and getting it ready for storage is fun and exciting for me. The poor animals are so sad about it though. They LOVE this room. The big window lets in a lot of sunlight and the tan chair is so cozy that most afternoons I'll find all three of them (Sadie, Levi and Zeke) cuddled up in some spot in the room. Little do they realize that come March this room will be a no animal zone (well at least no cat)! Can't you just tell in the picture that poor Levi is saying "please mommy don't make me leave." haha he's too cute!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Update on the Belly

Am I showing as much as I thought I would be by now? Nope! I'll be 16 weeks tomorrow and as you can tell by this picture I look like a sorority girl with a beer gut, not a pregnant lady! It's so annoying because I haven't heard ONE person say I look pregnant...most people say how much I don't look pregnant. So basically they are saying they have always thought I had this gut?

I am still wearing all my same clothes as usual and my pants even fit fine! I have gained more of a stomach but as you can tell from this one it dips down at the bottom and since I have always worn low rise pants anyway they all still fit! Ashley and I think I look a lot more pregnant without a shirt covering the tummy!

And for the record we tried like a million times to get a shot with my face in it but I was having an UGLY day and I never looked right so hopefully you can get the idea without seeing my face :)

I should be able to feel kicking any day now but since I don't know what kicking feels like I'm not sure if I'll recognize it when it happens to me. I'm still excited for it all the same! We have a doctor's appointment Friday so I'll update what happens there :)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Fun Family Visit!

It has been wonderful that Brandon and Chrissy live in Gainesville as they are so much closer now and we get to see them more often! We decided awhile ago that we'd use our house to celebrate Brandon's 21st birthday since we are closer for them and we have more room for guests than they do at the apartment!

I was really ready for some company! I get this little itch when I've been in Valdosta for too long without a vacation and having company for the weekend really helped me deal until we can get away the first weekend in October :)

Mom is so thrilled to be a grandma soon and I was very excited to see her since I haven't had a visit since we told them the good news! She has gone overboard buying us cute baby things...she even joined a book club! It was so sweet of her though and I was sooo happy for her to finally see all the baby things I've bought including all my maternity clothes (that I am still not wearing yet!)

It was also really sweet that Nana sent a housewarming gift with Mom for us. I told Nana a long time ago that instead of buying new gifts for us grandkids that she should just give us things of hers as they are so much more meaningful to have! I remember this tea pot from her kitchen and it matches ours perfectly! It was so sweet of her and I'm also always going to keep the little hand-written note she gave us with it :)

Since Zach is no longer playing football we did not attend the VSU game on Saturday. We actually haven't been to one yet this season! I'm glad Zach was supportive in the decision to chill at the house with the family because I don't think any of them would have wanted to pay for a ticket especially when no one they know would be playing!
It's so funny to me that Brandon and I both picked significant others who love football as we were not raised with it in our blood! Chrissy and Zach enjoyed watching the UF game and even when Zach would go outside to grill Chrissy would sit by herself and cheer on her Gators (the rest of us are SEMINOLES for the record...and that won't be changing even when Brandon goes to UF...)
Brandon said for his Birthday meal he just really wanted some home cooked food, especially steaks because he isn't allowed to have a grill at their apartment. Zach loves to use his grill whenever he can and I get tired from having to stand on my feet too long so it worked out great! The guys grilled and I made a couple of side dishes :)
He also said he wanted a cookie cake so that's what he got! It was sooo yummy and he blew out the candles so so so fast that I totally missed the moment with my camera. It is very hard to believe that my little brother is 21 and a true adult now...it makes me feel old :(

It was wonderful having my family in town! We spent most of the day Saturday relaxing and just enjoying each other's company...Sunday they went to church with us (although they STILL have not gotten to hear Bryan preach!!!) and we ended the weekend with lunch at the Parkers!

I hope we all get together again soon! We made plans during the weekend for Mom to meet us in Jacksonville one Saturday to register at a Baby's-R-Us (duh Valdosta wouldn't have one!), for her to come up on a Tuesday (the only day the do them) for our 4d ultrasound, for us to go there for Thanksgiving, and hopefully for us to go camping with Brandon and Chrissy in November! It makes the time go by faster for me knowing I have lots of things planned...Zach and I only have 3 free weekends between now and New Years! The faster time can go by means the sooner I'll be a MOMMY!!! I'm ready :)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Baby Bedding oh Baby Bedding...


Google has become my new best friend lately (or enemy depending on how you look at it). Since we have already ordered our nursery furniture I decided to start searching the internet for baby room theme ideas! I figured we'd pick bedding first then decide colors etc...well it's been WAY more difficult than I'd imagined.

Originally I liked the idea of painting the whole room navy and doing "star light star bright" theme with white wooden stars everywhere and the words to the rhyme somewhere in the room. This idea created two issues: one I googled for hours and couldn't find any matching bedding and two Zach hated it.

So I started googling again. Now before I went through the effort at looking at ALL the baby bedding in the world I talked to Zach and he said the only bedding he will really be happy with is sports themed. Keep in mind, we are not finding out the sex!!! So obviously that idea is out.

After spending a lot of time and energy annoying Zach pretty much to death I came up with a list of Zach's baby room criteria:
  1. Must not be "gay" (he feels that if our child is a boy that since the first three years of life are the most forming ones that if our baby room is too "gay" looking our son will thus become gay himself)
  2. May have animals (as long as those animals are not gay animals which he decided only Lions or Fish are not gay)
  3. If it does have animals they cannot look gay (meaning anything baby looking, anything with faces on it, anything cartoon looking so basically just the outline of an animal is ok)
  4. Cannot be too busy (and by too busy he means if it has animals they cannot be a pattern, it cannot be both stripes and checks or dots and stripes etc.)
  5. Cannot have any girl colors (as in pink, purple, too much yellow etc)
  6. Cannot have any nursery rhymes (all of them are gay)
I have to mention the animals that he especially won't allow: monkeys, hippos, elephants (he's the most firm on the elephants), birds, octopus, bears, turtles, cows or anything farm related.
Many women wish they had an involved husband with these kinds of things...I do appreciate that he wants to be included in each area of everything however this list is near impossible!
Now for my list of criteria:
  1. Cannot have too much Brown and Blue (it's wayyy to common)
  2. Cannot have that velour feeling (it totally grosses me out)
  3. Cannot be too boyish (since Zach's criteria leaves mostly boyish looking things I have to counteract that and make sure it would still work for a girl and yes this means NO SPORTS)
  4. No Jungle Theme (I just really don't like jungle themes haha)
  5. No bears, butterflies, ducks, or dolphins (really those are the only animals I don't like)
As you can tell there is an impossible task set before me. How in the world can I google allll these criteria? I have looked and looked and looked and it seems the best way to go is a modern baby room with some combo of stripes, squares, dots, chckes etc (but that doesn't negate Zach's 4th criteria of course). I am not a HUGE fan of this idea as I really hate doing what is popular and right now that type of baby room is VERY "in." But I know I can make it my own and ~maybe~ we will even find a compromise on the addition of some animals somehow!
Last night the whole topic came up because I found 25 I could live with, emailed them to both my mom and Zach and asked their opinions. Mom liked several of course Zach said he honestly didn't like any of them. I got so annoyed so I told him to sit down and google some! And ~finally~ he realizes how difficult this is!!! He said "Dang allllll baby bedding is so ugly!' Thank you thank you thank you Lord! I am hoping that now he will be more willing to like something since he feels nothing out there is exactly what he would pick!
Wish us BOTH luck as I think we are both sick of each other about this!!!

Baby Dream!

All this talk about baby bedding right before bed may have annoyed me but it did do some good! I had my FIRST dream about our baby last night (well at least the first overall good one!)

Of course all this talk about "gay" bedding in case it's a boy made me dream that our baby was a boy! However, I still feel in my gut that it's a girl so I'm not changing my vote over there on that one just yet!

It was so cool b/c I could see the baby and it was healthy, perfect and beautiful! It took to breastfeeding right away and it wasn't as hard or painful or annoying as I had thought it would be. The whole thing was so nice, just holding "him" and feeding him and comforting him and even changing him!

Now, I have never my whole life had normal sweet dreams. Even good dreams turn bad at some point for me and this one did too. I was shopping with Mrs. Charlotte, Courtney, Colt and my baby and I went into a dressing room to feed "him" and this creepy guy snuck in my dressing room to try to feel me up since I was exposed and I couldn't get away because the baby was eating!

So I yelled and yelled and yelled and yelled for Mrs. Charlotte but she kept saying she was busy because she was helping Courtney pick out a dress! Finally I realized I could unlatch the baby from me and get away so I did haha

Other than the random bad parts it was so nice to hold my baby and see that "he" was okay! I woke up feeling so happy and content knowing that :)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Jon and Katie Plus Eight

Okay so I know the show has been on forever...but I have never watched TLC until my pregnancy! I started with A Baby Story and now I am IN LOVE with Jon and Kate Plus Eight. It is so awesome to see such a huge family and how they manage it all!

The main reason I fell in love with the show is that they are Christians. You can see little bible verses on notecards around their house and they often talk about God and the importance of Him in their lives. I read their website today and was even more inspired. So many doctors told them to abort some of the babies when they found out there were SIX in Kate's tummy but she and Jon didn't listen. The website mentions God over and over and how they knew He'd get them through anything!

When I told Zach how impressed I am with them and their Christianity he said "Well duh they are Christians..do you think God would allow a couple to have six babies at one time if they weren't?" That made so much sense to me! God blesses those who worship Him and not only are the a blessed family with eight children but they are able to afford to live because TLC made a tv show out of their lives. They mention often on the show how greatful they are FOR the show and it's nice to see people appreciate what they are given in life.

They have every reason to complain and be in bad moods. Heck they have every reason to get DIVORCED! If they can make it through their marriage with all those kids...shouldn't everyone be able to? I highly recommend that everyone checks out the show sometime (it airs all the time on TLC)

Also check out their webpage: http://www.sixgosselins.com/

Racing Heart

My second trimester has NOT been fun so far. I have always had bad headaches but had them under control using IBProfin (like 6 of them if needed). I really thought once I got pregnant the headaches would go away because they did for my mom! Well instead they are MORE intense and I can't take anything but Tylenol for them. I am so nervous about taking Tylenol that I wait as long as possible then only take ONE if I really need it which basically does no good at all for me.

It has been awful dealing with them. Both last Tuesday and this Tuesday I had such bad ones that I literally couldn't move from the couch, I just kept my head pressed against one pillow and used my other arm to press against the other side of my face. Last Tuesday I watched 7 HOURS of tv due to the headache! I usuallly go to a women's bible study Tuesday mornings at 10:30 but I have to keep missing it :(

I was looking forward to Tuesday ending and Wednesday beginning because I've never had a migraine last more than 24 hours. Well yesterday hit and great no headache...but instead my heart was RACING like CRAZY!


I cannot handle caffeine very well and if I drink coffee (a VERY RARE occassion) I will be up all night (even if I drank the cup in the morning) and my heart will be beating like crazy. This is how my heart felt yesterday morning, but I hadn't had any caffeine at all.


I thought it would go away after a little bit but it didn't. It made me feel light headed and like I needed to slow down my breathing or something. I googled it (I seriously haven't opened my What To Expect book b/c why waste time with a book when Google is soo much easier) and people who had similar symptoms said they only happened when they had exercised and usually went away after resting.

Of course that made me nervous so I called the dr. They take FOREVER to get back to you! So annoying! Once she finally called I had already gone to Walmart b/c I gave up waiting. She said that she's pregnant too and gets that feeling sometimes and that what is happening is my heart is having to work extra hard to pump blood for two people instead of just one.

She said while it was normal that if it was bothersome, didn't stop, and if I had shortness of breath (whatever that means) that I should go to the E.R. Now does anyone know me to be the type to run to the E.R? My last name may be Parker but I'm not a true ER-loving-Parker at all!

So I toughed it out and while I still feel it a little bit today it's not half as bad and I figure I'll get used to it. I just know my body very well and probably the slightest difference in my heart beat and I notice it haha Even though it has been an annoying couple of days, it is a reminder that I am actually pregnant because everywhere I go no one believes me :(

It's a compliment that people think I can't be really pregnant b/c I guess I don't look it but still WHEN will I get a REAL belly? The little pouch I have now gives NOTHING away and just looks like chub. I'm ready to be a true pregnant chick :)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Look!

Look how REAL our baby looks now!!!

I really can't get over it...it's finally HUMAN and not so alien looking :) While I'm still having those days where it's hard to believe it's happening to me, I'm so excited overall and can't wait because in a couple weeks I should be able to start feeling some kicking!!!

Garage Sale Shopping

Last weekend Zach and I were looking forward to going garage sale shopping but we decided instead to go to Thomasville and order our baby furniture! So we were pumped this week to follow through with our garage sale plans!

We got up at 7:30 (we were excited...but not excited enough to be Early Birds!) and our power was out! Some girl was drinking and driving at 5 am and hit a power line pole in front of Valwood School and it knocked out our neighborhoods power. We decided we weren't going to let that stop us so I got ready in the dark (and just didn't have a choice but to wear my hair curly) and we headed out!

It was so fun! We found some really great things and didn't even spend much money! I had heard that garage sales often have good baby stuff...but I was shocked at all the things we found! Books that were practically new, clothes that look like they've never been worn, and awesome toys!

Of course Zach saw this and had to have it...it attaches to a bicycle and can fit two children to go on bike rides. When we haggled with the owner I made sure to tell her to give us a good deal considering we don't even OWN any bicycles! haha


Zach also got himself lots of used golf balls, a toddler sized Nike jersery for our child (it will be packed away once we find out it's a GIRL), and a pop-up basketball goal for children ages 5 and over.

I stuck to more practical things like books, neutral clothes, and educational toys. We even found some items still in the box! It was so fun and I can't wait to go do it again :) And lucky for us we got home with the power restored :)

Afterward, once Ashley woke up (at 1:00), we went looking at all the local Baby Stores. We checked out T.J.Maxx and they have awesome stuff!!! Every time Zach and I look at baby clothes we never love the stuff...Zach is honestly pickier than I am and hates all the animals, stars, and little baby things on the clothes. T.J.Maxx will be our place! They have ADORABLE Polo stuff and little Puma tracksuits! I can't wait to take our baby in there in March and do some hardcore shopping with our tax rebates!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering!


As today is September 11th I can't help but think back seven years ago when the terrorist attacks occured. I truly believe it's important to remember that day as it's a day each person will want to tell their children and grandchildren about. It's our generations big event one that we all share much like we often had to ask our parents "what were you doing the day Kennedy was shot?" our children will be asking us "what were you doing on September 11th?"


I was in school on September 11th. It was the end of one class and about to begin Latin. I was writing my boyfriend, Mark, a note and I remember saying in it "some idiot just hit some buildings or something." I honestly didn't get what the big deal was about it. It didn't register until the next class period, Latin, when we all sat watching the tv and Danny Smith said "we're probably going to have to forget about college and go fight in a war instead."

That is the moment it sunk in for me and I realized it was a huge deal. During that class period the news showed the clip of the airplanes hitting the World Trade Center over and over and it dawned on me that my dad was supposed to be leaving that day on a business trip. Good old Mr. Coleman let me use a phone and call him and thankfully his flight was scheduled after the attacks happened so they just canceled it.

Each of us have a different story of where we were when that happened, I just hope it's the last big moment like it for our generation to experience!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Changes in the Parker Household

Other than our two cats and two fish Zach and I also have two dogs. All eight of us make up our little family! When Zach and I met he was anti-pets but things have changed and I'll never forget when Sadie had run away over July 4th weekend and Zach said "She's part of our family." I know he may not always act like it but deep down he loves our pets and he would be so upset if anything happened to them.

I have had Sadie, a shih-tzu, since I was 16.



And Zach and I bought Levi, a chihuahua, with our wedding present money last summer.



Like I mentioned, we love our pets. However, just like people, pets can have character traits that drive you crazy. Ours are no different. As Sadie has aged she has developed some skin issue where within minutes after bathing her she will start to stink again. Other than just bad odor she always licks licks licks this one spot on her back constantly allllll night long. Levi sleeps in his crate at night but Sadie sleeps with us and this lick sound is so annoying and will keep us up sometimes!
Levi is a very smart dog who is also well trained. You say "crate crate" and that dog will be in his crate waiting for you to give him a treat and close the door. While he is over all well behaved, he does have one area in which he struggles. Barking. I had heard that chihuahuas were a barking breed but I also heard that about shih-tzus and I figured since Sadie doesn't bark that Levi wouldn't either. I was very, very wrong.
He barks at everything! I know he is doing it because he thinks he's protecting me but enough is enough. He barks at anyone who comes over, anyone passing on the street outside the house, any strange noise, any car he sees, and at any pet who tries to be close to me.
When we found out we were prgnant I told Zach that I don't care how much money it takes: Sadie will stop licking and Levi will stop barking.
I took them to the vet and told the vet our issues and he got me some perscription medication for Sadie (a steroid) to stop the licking and told me she has a flea allergy so I have to get the house sprayed professionally and he gave me a spray to put on the spot if she starts up agian. It's been about a week and so far the medication is working beautifully! She' s quit the licking and I feel sure that it's behind us :)
Levi is a tougher fix as it's his nature to be protective. The vet recommend that I buy a Citronelle Spray Collar. It was $50 and it arrived yesterday!



I feel so bad about using it but I read all the instructions and put it on him...and it's AWESOME. He's figured it out very quickly that when he barks it will spray him in the face (it doesn't shock it just omits an odor that they hate). After just one time of having a barking attack (and therefore a spray attack) he has figured it out and will bark once then quit.


The directions say that as soon as he stops barking to say "Good Quiet." So I've been doing that and it's made such a difference already! Last night I had it off of him and he barked once and I said "Levi Quiet" and he quit!!!

Turns out the collar even goes off when he growls so he has been attacking the other animals less too and when they do play he's being QUIET! It's really a miracle as we can finally live in peace and my little puppy has even changed his overall attitude. In less than 24 hours he's become much more peaceful and sweet. I honestly think the need to bark stresses him out and by relieving him of that "duty" he is so much happier! I'm so thankful and feel a lot better about bringing another member into this family!
A few other things we plan to change include their nails, we hope to find a tool that will help them not be so sharp. Also we plan to move their crates out of what will be the baby's room and help them adjust to that room being off limits. I am still a bit concerned about Levi's possessiveness over me and I have borrowed a baby doll from Ashley that I have been holding and giving attention to in order for him to realize he will no longer be the "baby." Still lots to do but already they have had so many improvements! I'm proud of my babies!!!

Cry Baby

I know that pregnancy means raging hormones and I know that crying at the drop of a hat is expected...but I still feel the need to share my first crying breakdown moment.

I think all pregnant women probably watch A Baby Story on TLC...I've been watching millions of them! They are really educational with what will happen in the delivery room and different complications I could experience.

Of course I have cried watching many of them (I used to cry when I watched EVERY episode but it wore off after like 30 of them), especially when the baby is born! The parents' reactions are so awesome and just the idea that the same thing will be happening to us is so moving!



Friday was my worst pregnancy day so far and I spent the entire day watching tv. Well this one episode came on about a miracle baby where the mom has had cancer and was told she wouldn't be able to get pregnant but then she did! Sadly the cancer came back and it was difficult to watch her deal with the cancer side effects as well as her pregnancy. It really made me think about how I can't complain one bit!

The baby was born perfectly fine and the episode ended like every other one except at the end it showed a picture of the mom and said the episode was dedicated to her and showed the dates of her life. I totally lost it.

Seeing that message at the end was awful! But it just made me think about Kelly, a good friend of Wes and Carolyn's at the Student Center, who has a similar story. She has a 6 year old, had cancer, was in remission, got pregnant, has a 5 month old baby and is now told that the cancer is back, its spread, and she has 6 to 12 months to live. Unlike the Baby Story lady she does not have a husband to help her and is having to do it all on her own.

I just can't imagine knowing that I wouldn't get to spend time with my children, that my children wouldn't even probably remember me. And for that poor baby to never know his mommy! It's so horrible and so sad that I sat there on the couch for over 30 min crying. Actually, not just crying bawling.

I am keeping Kelly in my prayers all the time and hope others will too. Miracles do happen through the power of prayer and I just hope something works out for this family...

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Always Ahead of the Game...


I am a self-proclaimed planner. I always think waaaay in advance and have to have everything planned out and prepared or I freak out! So of course as soon as my 12th week hit (and yes I did wait until then as I was too scared I'd jinx mysef) I started planning for this baby!!!

I'm 13 weeks and 3 days pregnant and I already have the entire nursery planned, furniture picked out and stroller picked out! That may not sound like a lot of stuff but I not only plan, I heavily research everything. Just ask Zach or my mom, I think they each got 10 or so emails with things I found online that I wanted them to look at (and trust me it isn't over yet!)

Thursday I spent a long time looking at cribs and sent Z and Mom a millllllion choices of ones I liked. I already had one picked out that I liked "best" but I didn't show any bias and told Zach to look over his e-mails. On Friday I was out of it all day but Zach checked out his email from me and wrote out his favorites and said "but that Ocean one is my real favorite" and lucky for me it was the one I had picked out too!!!

OF COURSE it's more expensive than I was hoping and OF COURSE it's not available at places we will probably register like BabysRUs or Target!

But I got on it and found out from a dealer in Melbourne that they are selling so many of the sets that there is a 16 week waiting period! I freaked and told Zach we had to get going on this! This is one of those times that I wish my mom lived here because I found a dealer in Thomasville and Zach, Mrs. Charlotte, and I drove there (about 45 min each way) today to see it in person!

Right when we walked in the store it was the FIRST crib on display! Here it is, shown in "expresso" but we want it in white ("glacier"). We both love it! Not just the look but the quality because a lot of the ones I looked at were made with some cheap wood like partical board and this set is ALL wood!


If you want to see the whole set for yourself here is the website:
http://www.babysdream.com/Products/Ocean/Default.htm
The collection is called "Ocean." One of the main things I like about it more than other converter cribs is that is uses the solid sides as the headboard and footboard instead of the slated wood! Out of all the available pieces we like the crib, 6 drawer dresser, and 4 drawer dresser (in one of the pictures it shows the 4 drawer as a changing table and that's what I like!).

We wanted to walk around the store while we thought about it and had to wait on the guy in charge so we ended up looking at baby clothes and they had a great sale! Mrs. Charlotte said it'd be "G-Mamma's Treat" and we could each pick out one outfit we wanted. I picked a girl outfit and Zach a boy. I LOVE my mermaid one, so adorable!





Turns out the guy in charge was soooo nice (and cute for you single ladies, ASHLEY). He said for us to pick out everything we wanted in the store and he'd make us a deal for it all in a package. Zach and I both knew we wanted those three pieces for the room but that we also want a glider. They had a REALLY big comfy one there that is a recliner AND a glider in one so once we don't have a baby anymore we can always use it somewhere else in the house (I wish I had taken a picture of it!)
So we had him add that to the list as well as the pieces to make the crib into a twin bed someday and this little kidco tent that I want that is uv protected and can be used to take the baby to the pool (a MUST for my child!)
He made us a great deal! And he threw in the tent thing ($70) AND gave us free delivery! How could we say no? We ate at Zaxby's to give Zach time to make sure and then we went back and did it!!!
It's hard to believe we already have all the big pieces purchased for our baby's room!!! We racked up on some Thank You Points with this purchase :)


Once we got home we had to play with something b/c we were so excited! So we tested out the tent! And I LOVE this Sleepy Sheep (it plays relaxing tunes for the baby such as the sound of a heartbeat!) that was from there too!



The most fun part was trying to figure out how to make the tent go back in the little pouch, we have a good system down but I have a feeling we'll forget how after 6 months haha

Such a fun morning and I'm sooo excited for all the furniture to arrive!

I have to give the store a shout-out and recommend that everyone checks it out! They have locations in Thomasville, Panama City, and Dothan Alabama
It's called Our New Baby this is their website and I'd ask for David!
http://www.ournewbabyinc.com/

Friday, September 5, 2008

Welcome to the Second Trimester...

I swear I am having some kind of backwards pregnancy or something...the whole first trimester I was FINE. Never puked, never really even ate, never felt pregnant! Now starting the 2nd trimester I was looking forward to being hungry and to having the energy everyone talks about! I was so sleepy the first trimester that I never exercised and I know I need to get off my lazy butt!!!
Yesterday officially marked the start of the second trimester for me! I was very excited. I went to bed pretty early b/c I had a mild headache so I took one tylenol and hoped to sleep it off...too bad for me :( Woke up this morning with a SPLITTING migraine. I have been up since 7 and it's now noon and I have done nothing all morning except lay in front of the tv putting pressure on my poor head.

That and for some reason my body decided to feel sick. My stomach has some cramping, I had horrible disgusting yellow diarrhea, and for the first time since I've been pregnant I actually went to the toliet and tried to throw up. I broke down into tears b/c I hurt so badly.
Is this what is ahead for me for the next three months? Please say no!!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Week 12 - Time to EAT

All this time being pregnant and I have YET to be hungry at all! Well Rachael was right...that day has come :) Over Labor Day weekend I suddenly changed and instead of never being hungry, I get this pain in my stomach if I don't eat a little something every couple hours!

I would start being this way on vacation where there are very little healthy foods to choose from! I snacked on Oatmeal Cream Pies and Puffy Cheetos all weekend! haha!

I know now that my eating has picked up some (I still wouldn't say I'm one of those pregnant chicks who could win an all-u-can-eat competition or something) I'm sure the weight will start picking up too! I've done well my first trimester in the weight gain department, I was really bloated at first so I gained like 9 lbs (I am adding 4 lbs to my pregnancy weight gain everytime I weigh myself b/c I considered myself 4 lbs overweight when I got pregnant...so really I'd gained 5 lbs of pregnancy weight)! But then it dropped off and I'm at a total weight gain of negative 1.5 lbs! Wow! I just weighed myself and that's a suprise for sure! So that means I've lost weight overall since I've been pregnant so far...so strange! B/c my tummy sure doesn't look smaller! haha!

Anyways...as I was saying I'm sure the weight will start picking up! I wish I could go to the dr today though so today's weight could be stored on my chart b/c dang that's awesome!

Well so far since I've become a more typical pregnant lady (YAY FINALLY) here are my top 5 favorite foods...or foods I've been craving and have yet to eat!

1. MILK! I have always loved milk and I love it even more now that I'm pregnant! I could drink a gallon a day, but we seriously go through about one a week which is a lot for just 2 people :)



2. Cinnamon Toast Crunch: For the past couple weeks I've ONLY wanted this cereal for breakfast EVERY morning! When I first found out I was pregnant I drank smoothies every morning, but not anymore. I have to have cinnamon toast crunch then I drink the yummy milk at the end :) Sooo good!!!



3. Hamburgers: I have NEVER liked hamburgers. I'm awful at a cookout b/c I don't like hamburgers, hotdogs, cole slaw, potatoe salad, or baked beans! haha. But I have had more hamburgers since I've been pregnant than I have probably had my entire life put together. I actually even ordered some from restaurants! So strange! Now I'm not talking about a fast food hamburger, unless it's Steak and Shake, I'm talking about a real hamburger!!!




4. Egg McMuffin: I have yet to have this one...as it's a craving that comes and goes but there are days when I want one sooo bad. If only McDonald's served breakfast all day! I'd be in Heaven!!!






1. Choco Taco: When Zach and I went to Asheville for the Aflac trip the hotel we stayed at had Choco Tacos and I wanted one...but it was $4! So Zach said we'd get one somewhere else...well that trip was over a month ago and I have YET to have my #1 Craved Item!!! We have gone to both walmarts, publix, and several gas stations in Valdosta but we can't find them! Why oh why did Taco Bell ever quit having them? I want one SO SO SO badly! Katie said they have them at some Mexican place in town called Rodeo or something so I'm hoping to hit that up asap!!! If anyone knows where you can get some let me know :)





Labor Day Weekend

For Labor Day weekend this year Zach and I went on a Parker Famiy Vacation with his immediate family to their condo in Alabama.

It happened to fall on Mr. Rusty's and Mrs. Charlotte's Anniversary so for their gift to each other they rented a boat for the day...I'm not a huge boating person but at least we had some floats to lay out on :) I love this pic of Zach and Brad blowing them up!




I felt so sorry for little Colt! Since he's so young he can't be in the sun very long so everyone was always having to make shade for him and once the shade moved he had to be woken up and moved too.





Not that I didn't already realize this, but this weekend really showed me that babies are a TON of work! Of course I'm excited to have my own but all they do is cry, sleep, eat, poop, cry, sleep, eat, poop. So annoying! Whenever Colt got a dirty diaper they asked Zach and I if we wanted practice...why practice that? We'll be doing that plenty ourselves here soon enough!!!


Zach is going to make a really good Daddy though...I've seen how sweet he is to Stevie and he was pretty sweet to Colt too. Unless Colt was crying. Haha we'd both hold him but once he started up the crying we passed him along to someone else! It's the nice thing about being an aunt and uncle...we don't have to deal with the crying, eating, or pooping...I think I only held that baby when he was sleeping! It's my favorite of the four things babies do :)

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