Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
This weekend we drove down to Gastonia to do Christmas with Brian's family. On Friday, we left about 4pm, hoping to miss the snow storm that was covering most of NC. No such luck. We drove straight into the storm! I have never been in such scary driving conditions before, with a sheet of ice and snow on the road, all you could do was try to follow in the tire tracks of the car in front of you as one long line of cars snaked down the highway going 15mph. Luckily we made it there safe and sound.
From Coney Island to the Sunset Strip
Somebody's gonna make a happy trip
Tonight, while the moon is bright
He's gonna have a bag of crazy toys
To give the groanies of the boys and girls
So dig, Santa comes on big
He'll come a flying from a higher place
And fill the stockings by the fireplace
So you'll, have a yule that's cool
~"Cool Yule" by Louis Armstrong
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I get no kick from champagne
Mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all
So tell me why should it be true
That I get a kick out of you?
~"I Get A Kick Out Of You" by Frank Sinatra
Monday, December 14, 2009
Every year we get our Christmas tree at this gas station in Raleigh by the NC Fair Grounds. I mean, for serious this place is straight ghetto. Like with the oddest collection of stuff inside ever. And random boxes of weird knick knacks lying around (ace bandages anyone? or perhaps some stained glass windows?) But they have the cheapest trees, so we count it all as part of the journey. This year, Brian got to pick out the tree by himself. Which of course means he had to pack me up in the car, drive me around the lot (slowly so I could make sure to peruse every tree), carry the selected tree over to the sketchy old man with a slightly less than full set of teeth for wrapping, rope it to the top of the car, take it off the car at home, and put it up in the house. All by himself. So strong and manly!
One of our other Christmas traditions is that we get the Christmas presents wrapped as soon as we can so we can have them sitting in all their gifty splendor under the tree to look at. This year was an online Christmas. I usually love going through the stores, shopping with friends, picking out the perfect gifts. But since they have yet to build a TJ Maxx in my dining room, I had to resort to a digital shopping cart this year. Thank you Cyber Monday!
Once again we find ourselves
enmeshed in the holiday season,
that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones
in sharing centuries-old traditions
such as trying to find a parking space at the mall.
We traditionally do this in my family
by driving around the parking lot
until we see a shopper emerge from the mall,
then we follow her, in very much the same spirit
as the Three Wise Men, who 2,000 years ago
followed a star, week after week,
until it led them to a parking space.
Monday, December 7, 2009
The other awesome part of the weekend was having Patti, Brian's mom, come up from Gastonia to join us for the shower. She also brought all of the wonderful gifts from the Gastonia shower! Needless to say, opening over 60 gifts in two days was exhausting and overwhelming. Now we just have to finish up the nursery so we have somewhere to put all of these adorable pink things.
Last Tuesday we went to the doctor and thank God he says it looks like I am finally stabilized! He thinks the rest is getting my body to go back to a more normal state...apparently it does remember how to do its job and just be pregnant. He also repeated the fetal fibronectin test (that was the test I had 2 weeks prior that came back positive and was an indicator that I could possibly go into labor in the next 2 weeks) and this time it came back negative! So no risk of me delivering in the next 2 weeks! We could not be happier that the rest appears to be working.
On that note, they have decided that I will be on bed rest or limited activity for the rest of the pregnancy to assure that I don't go into preterm labor again. So that means the next 10+ weeks on the couch most of the day. Have I mentioned that I love my couch? We have a special bond, my red couch and I...
Friday, November 27, 2009
We have had a good week of resting and spending time with family. Our doctors appointment on Tuesday went really well. Basically I have stayed about the same as last week, which is good and means I am not progressing into labor. The doctor reassured us that he does not think I am headed towards more preterm labor in the next week or two, as I appear to have stabilized. They do not know why my body is not holding up, but at least in looks like something that can be managed.
After the doctor did the exam he stated, "Well I think that's about the best we could have hoped to see today." My favorite nurse's response (who was in the room as well)..."Great, so can we just go ahead and hypnotize her until she's 38 weeks and it's time to deliver? Because I'm pretty sure she can't take much more of this." Oh Jeanette the nurse, I love that you understand me!
On Thursday morning, my sister Katelyn and her husband Peter flew in from Florida to spend the week with us, which made sitting on the couch all day so much more bearable! I got a "pass" from my doctor to spend the day at my parents' house for Thanksgiving fun, as long as I laid down the whole day. We did however, briefly get vertical to take some family photos for about 5 minutes. What an awesome way to wrap up a week of giving thanks for God's blessings, keeping Lila safe and warm in my tummy!
My favorite kind of pants are corduroys
Gobble gobble goo and gobble gobble gickel
I wish turkey only cost a nickel
Oh I love turkey on Thanksgiving!
~"The Thanksgiving Song" by Adam Sandler
Monday, November 23, 2009
I was quickly sent up to Labor & Delivery to be monitored for about an hour. My contractions had all stopped at the point and Lila's heart rate and movements were great. They decided to send me home on modified bed rest until I could see my doctor this Tuesday. That means I am only allowed off the couch or bed for bathroom and shower breaks.
As a precautionary measure, they went ahead and gave me a dose of steroid injections to boost Lila's lung developments. This will be critical to her lung development at birth (no matter how early she is born) and can increase her lung maturity by up to 2 weeks ahead of her development. For example, if she was born at 32 weeks, the steroids could potentially have allowed her lungs to develop as if she was 34 weeks gestation, which is a huge difference.
We rested on Thursday night and Friday, but ended up back in Labor & Delivery on Friday night due to some more pressure. At this point, they did a test called a fetal fibronectin test, which showed that I was positive for an increased risk of going into labor prematurely. They decided to measure my cervix again and found that miraculously, it had lengthened considerably since being checked the day before! According to the doctor on Friday night, the only way that could have happened is if it had been measured incorrectly on Thursday. Seeing as how one of the attending Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists had done the measurement himself (and I am pretty sure he has the skills down), we are thanking God for acting in a way that only he could. Based off of those measurements, they sent me back home to rest over the weekend.
I am going back to my doctor tomorrow afternoon to hopefully get some answers and a game plan. At this point, we are not sure what is causing these preterm labor symptoms, or what we can do to stop them other than rest. We also do not know any statistics about how likely we are to deliver early or when we can expect for that to happen.
Both Brian and I are feeling very calm at the moment and just praying that God give the doctor a clear diagnosis tomorrow. We also know that every minute the Lila stays inside of me, she gets stronger and bigger. We appreciate everyone's prayers for Lila and her continued safety and will continue to update as we get more information.
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
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: 13-16
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Another major part of the week has been sorting through boxes filled with baby clothes and toys. Talk about a blessing! Our friends Kristy and Todd have a two-year old daughter named Reagan. When they heard we were having a little girl, they told us to come on over so they could give us some of Reagan's baby clothes. Little did we know they meant 7 boxes of clothes, newborn through 2T, toys, playmats, blankets, etc! We have been having so much fun going through all the adorable baby girls things, laughing and talking, until we got to this one...
As I pulled out this onsie, both Brian and I teared up and sat there for about a minute just thinking about all the tears, prayers, anger, sadness, anticipation, shots, and doctor's visits that have gone into this precious little girl. We forget sometimes how long we have waited for her, prayed for her, and imagined what it would be like to have her in our lives. And now, as the waiting draws to an end, all we can do is thank God that she will soon be ours.
For your glory and your fame
Its not about me
As if you should do things my way
You alone are God
And I surrender to your ways
~"Jesus Lover of My Soul" by Passion
Friday, November 13, 2009
And the best part of all...you can use Bed, Bath, & Beyond coupons on almost all of their inventory! Since it is owned by the same company, they honor coupons for most items, except for furniture and some major brands. That means 20% off lots of baby items, since you know you get those big blue coupons in the mail like 12 times a week. Holla for baby deals!
It's a contact sport, like football.
Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds,
the danger of being trampled to death,
and the ecstasy of the purchase.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
On Sunday morning, Brian was laying in bed talking to my tummy (he likes to tell Lila stories) and had his hand laying on my belly. All of a sudden she kicked really hard and Brian literally jumped off the bed! He was shocked and asked me if I had made my stomach do that. After explaining to him that no, I could not make my insides move independently of my body, and yes that was the baby, he freaked out. He kept talking to her and for about 10 minutes she just kicked away for him to feel and see. I am so excited he finally got to feel this beautiful little life growing inside me!
We have also been working very hard on Lila's nursery and almost have it cleaned out. Next up, we (meaning Brian and my mom) will be painting some stripes in the room, touching up her bookshelf and dresser, and rearranging furniture. I am on the hunt now for a fun rug on Craigslist, my favorite website ever.
Speaking of Craigslist, Brian and I scored an almost new Simmons crib mattress for $25 yesterday! I love finding awesome baby deals. And now, Lila is finally starting to have as much stuff as us in her room...
Cause they're only that way for a while
Give them hope, give them praise
Give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle
Let them sleep in the middle
Oh, let them be little
~"Let Them Be Little" by Lonestar
Monday, November 9, 2009
On Friday night we went out with a bunch of friends...16 friends to be exact! We had such a great time getting to hang out with all of our friends, eating lots of yummy food, and just catching up with everyone all at the same time. Also at this party were the Four Mommies! There are four of us at church that are all expecting our first babies next spring. In fact, we are all due within 5 weeks of each other!
From the right, we have:
Lindsey (she and her husband are expecting their son Sam on Feb. 16)
Jen (she and her husband Evan are expecting their daughter on March 3)
Me (expecting Lila on March 7)
Casey (she and her husband Joey are expecting their daughter on March 30)
It is so much fun to have other new moms to talk through pregnancy symptoms, share fun stories, nursery advice, baby books, and showers with. And come February/March, we will have a whole little playgroup for the babies!
Another awesome part of the weekend was dinner with Brian's family in Greensboro. We got to eat at Lucky 32, one of our favorite restaurants. Brian also got an adorable bib for Lila to wear...telling everyone what a great daddy he is!And a great dinner gift certificate for the grown-ups dinner after Lila comes. It was so fun to see Patti and Benny and Brian's brother Patrick for the night!
Last fabulous part of the weekend, a new Xbox 360 for Brian!! Talk about getting spoiled on your birthday! Brian was so excited to get this surprise gift from my dad and what a great way for him to get a little pampering after how much he does to take care of me and Lila :-) Happy birthday Brian! We love you!
live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
We have several more birthday celebrations coming up this week, with a fun group birthday dinner tomorrow night and a dinner with Brian's family on Sunday in Greensboro. We do birthdays big, if you haven't noticed.
Funny story about this pregnant lady here. I usually will get up early on Brian's birthday and make him a home-cooked breakfast in bed. However, I am fully aware that I am too much of a hot mess to even attempt that idea this year. Instead, I set my alarm clock early, knowing that Brian would not be getting up since he has the day off today. I slipped on my sweats, put the dogs in the back yard, and jumped in my car to go buy him some breakfast. Just so you have a complete picture: I was wearing a flannel nightgown, Carolina sweatpants, and slippers with my hair in a pony tail.
5 minutes after I pull out of the driveway, Brian calls me, "WHERE ARE YOU????" My poor husband had woken up, realized I wasn't in the house, noticed my car was not in the driveway and freaked out. I explained to him that I went to get him breakfast, but poor thing thought something had happened to his pregnant wife and I couldn't wake him up or something! He asked me politely to never try to surprise him again...at least not by leaving the house at dawn while pregnant and not telling him. Sorry sweetie!
such as antibiotics, nasal spray, and Diet Coke,
it has become more routine for people
in the civilized world to pass the age of 40.
Sometimes more than once.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Saturday was also spent cleaning out the nursery, which has been filled with piles of yard sale stuff, boxes of junk we have been carting around for 4 years, and lots of pre-maternity clothes. All of that is now piled and ready to go for our yard sale this Saturday! Anyone who lives in this area, feel free to stop by my parents house at 8am on Saturday for some awesome treasures. Once we get the last part of her room cleaned, I will start posting some pictures of the work in progress.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
This last weekend, I asked Brian if there were any other names that he liked as much as Lila (there were not). Then I asked him when he thought we were ready to make a decision and say its officially her name. Brian looked at me and said, "Well I don't know. I've never named a baby before." I love that man :-)
that the sole purpose of a middle name
is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.
We have had a very busy week at work, as it was Homecoming for the college I work for. Which meant lots of extra hours and craziness. And apparently Miss Baby Girl did not like all that activity! On Monday, I started having some pressure and pain so it was off to the doctor's office for us. Thank goodness it was not pre-term labor, but just my body being exhausted and telling me to slow down. Or as my sister Katelyn told me, the baby was just complaining that I was not giving her enough attention!
So yesterday was spent on the couch resting my body. And today I am back at work, holding court in my office from a big overstuffed chair with my feet propped up. Ahhh, what a sad, deprived life I lead. You can come by my desk anytime and schedule an audience :-)
We also want to give a shout out to Patti, Brian's mom, on her birthday last week. Happy Birthday Patti! Next year you will be a grandma on your birthday!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Best movie of the weekend: "Couples Retreat"
Best moment of the weekend: Having people pay us for all our junk we posted on Craigslist
We are super excited about finishing up our registry and getting all of little girl's stuff picked out. We have decided to go with The Bob stroller and picked out our car seats! That might not seem like a success of any kind, but you apparently have not been sucked into the black hole of Babies R Us for over 2 hours before.
Now we can't wait for all of the baby showers coming up. Brian's mom and friends are having a shower down in Gastonia on November 21, which will be our very first shower and chance to celebrate! Then, my sister Katelyn is throwing us a shower the weekend of Thanksgiving and we just got the invitation in the mail. How cute are these?!
is to eat what you don't want,
drink what you don't like,
and do what you'd druther not.
Friday, October 16, 2009
I love fall. Everything changing, people bundling up in new clothes, trying to squeeze in as much outdoor activity as possible before the cold kicks us to the fireplace. This year, we have even more change to celebrate :-) Brian and I have spent this last week of temperature change cleaning out closets of summer clothes, eating chili and watching movies, and baking. Or rather, I baked and Brian taste tested.
One of my favorite ingredients to use in the fall is pumpkin. I am actually not a fan of pumpkin pie, so I have to get my fix elsewhere. I have the best pumpkin muffin recipe from my friend Dori that I pull out every year about this time. This year, they served as Boss's Day gifts for Brian and I. And for those of you with blank looks on your face, yes Boss's Day was today, yes you missed it, and yes you now have to get an even bigger card and gift to slink into the office with on Monday. Enjoy!
-Mix wet ingredients together with mixer. Then add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
This week has been a little crazy as my brother Jonny ended up in the emergency room at college for an emergency appendectomy. He is recovering well, but I feel bad for the poor guy. This was following up on my sister having swine flu last week and my mom having pneumonia. What a mess!
And on Thursday, I am finally back to work! I am looking forward to having a little more activity and stimulation in my day. And getting to talk to real people! Yay! So lots of prayers please for me and my little mango that we stay safe and are able to ease back into our busy schedule.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Then it was onward to Babies R Us for some pink ruffly shopping and then to get ready for our special dinner. We had scheduled dinner with my parents and Brian's parents and brother to tell them our fun news. That's right, we kept it a secret all day! After arriving in Greensboro, we sat everyone down, placed a cupcake in front of them, and told them to dig in.
In my daughter's eyes I am a hero
I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I want to be
In my daughter's eyes
~"In My Daughter's Eyes" by Martina McBride
Friday, October 2, 2009
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live
But Lord, tis for thee, for thy coming we wait
And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight
Monday, September 28, 2009
Let's talk about...STROLLERS! Yayyyyy...jazz hands. I am very confused by all of the contradicting opinions and the seemingly endless options. At first I was planning on making the very obvious choice and getting the travel system, which is the infant car seat and the matching stroller.
Then I was told by many other moms that they hate their travel system stroller because its too bulky and not convenient. So I asked for opinions on other strollers and got a recommendation for the BOB stroller. Yes you heard me right, "Bob". I love it if nothing more than for the name.
But the BOB is $380. Say what?? I cannot figure out if the Bob is so amazing that it is worth that absurd amount of money or if its just hype. And I am not sure how I figure that out without buying it and trying it out.
I mean, its real pretty and all but it better make me a decaf soy caramel macchiato and deliver it to me in bed every morning for cash like that. So I am at a crossroads...get the stroller that everyone says is worth its weight in gold, or be skeptical and go for the cheaper option. Please feel free to weigh in on my absolutely meaningless, boring dilemma.
If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat,
if your house is on fire, then you got a problem.
Everything else is inconvenience.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
with a balloon.
~Winnie the Pooh
Monday, September 21, 2009
For most women this is one of the most exciting and overwhelming time in their life, filled with questions and concerns, the need for advice from other women about the practice of getting pregnant, dealing with emotions and symptoms during pregnant, celebrating a life growing inside you, preparing for the birth of your baby, and the actual birthing process. But there is very little advice or forums out there for these thoughts and for Christian women to bond together.
When you are getting married, there are 500 books about preparing for a Christian marriage, curriculum for pre-marital counseling, and Christian articles about the wedding itself and being a Godly wife. However, there is no real Christian magazine, book, curriculum, etc. for experiencing the joy and wonder of pregnancy through God's eyes. All of the pregnancy journals, websites, magazines, etc. have completely cut the spiritual side out of this process.
I wish I was able to hear more amazing stories and advice like those of my friend Jennifer; I think all young Christian mommies-to-be would feel amazing support from bringing God into this process. Any of my mommy readers, feel free to comment and share your best pregnancy advice.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I have decided I need a hobby. I mean all good Southern women have a hobby, don't they? Like gardening? Or canning vegetables and jam? Or washing baseboards? I think if I have all of this unfilled time on my hands, the least I can do is find something productive. Cause you know, idle hands are the devils playground.
But the problem is that I am not very visually creative. Sure, I have been known to whip up elaborate scavenger hunts for camp kids, throw together a themed cocktail party for college students, or type up entries for my silly blog, but ask me to draw a picture? Well you better love a good stick figure with curly hair. Maybe my hobby can be grilling? Like I make food on our new beautiful grill and eat it and then me and the baby have happy tummies? Is that a hobby?
Hmm, I think it is time for some reader suggestions please. What is a good hobby that:
1. I can pick up quickly
2. Does not cost a lot for supplies
3. Does not require any visual artistic or creative talent whatsoever (which would automatically eliminate scrapbooking, FYI)
Thursday, September 17, 2009
We haven't felt any flutters yet, but the doctor told me it would probably be later since our baby is chilling at the back of my uterus. We have however reached the stage where I can no longer lay on my back. Brian laughs because I will fall asleep on my side, roll over to my back, and wake up in a panic because the baby is pushing on all of my organs. It is the strangest feeling ever, like a little human bowling ball just taking up residence on my abdomen.
On another fun note, I found really cute girl bedding at Marshalls the other day. And no, I did not buy it, even though it was $59 for the bumpers, crib skirt, and sheets. Yes, you heard me right, $59. That my friends, is willpower. Or at least willpower until our October 7 ultrasound. Then all bets are off.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
But if I have to explain to Molly the dog one more time about how crying at the squirrel in the back yard is not acceptable, just as barking at the highest decibel imaginable over and over again at the squirrel now in a tall tree once I finally let her outside is also not acceptable, I might scream.
Yesterday I just wanted to get out the house for as long as possible. Even if all I was doing was laying on the couch at my parents house. Just out. of. my. house.
On a more positive note, I have finally given it to reading the Twilight series. Yes, after countless hours on the phone with my sister Katelyn praising the gloriousness of vampire love, I have decided to see for myself what all the fuss is about. Its not that I am against vampire love stories in theory, I have just not ever found them to hold my attention very long. But then again, its not like I have a lot going on these days that would interrupt. Stay tuned...
Friday, September 11, 2009
On Wednesday night, we had a Ladies Worship Night at church and I was so excited to see everyone. Luckily my good friend Jen drove me and they had couches set up, so I was able to sit down for the worship. I felt such peace and comfort when they closed out the night with my favorite worship song "Your Love Never Fails" sung by my all-time favorite Hope worship leader Jennifer, of course.
The one good thing about being home these last few weeks has been the chance to catch up with so many good friends. We feel so blessed to have our friends that have come visit me at home, brought me lunch, sat with me, and made us awesome dinners. Thanks so much everyone for being so supportive!
I know I still make mistakes
You stay the same through the ages
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
So we are praying for a miracle that it dissolve and I am able to go back to work and be a healthy, non-couch-potato person again soon. I go back for another doctor's appointment on September 22 and will stay out of work until then. So please keep the prayers coming and feel free to drop me an email or call...it definitely helps break up the day!
Having a child is surely
Friday, September 4, 2009
1. Sleeping in
2. Making lots of yummy food for my breakfast and lunches
3. Maybe making it out of the house for 1 errand a day
The overwhelming activity of my day is out of control. Yesterday, I even got a movie from Red Box. So how am I going to fit in time for the baby and I to relax in this fast-paced, racing daily environment? Well I am open to suggestions. What is your favorite way to pass a slow day? Books I must read? Movies I must see? Trashy day-time TV I must watch?
Or maybe I should just take a page from the daily life of Zaxby and Molly. They seem to have it figured out.
Rest is not idleness,
and to lie sometimes on the grass
under the trees on a summer's day,
listening to the murmur of water,
or watching the clouds float across the sky,
is by no means a waste of time.