Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I Hate Caffeine

So last night around 6 Chad took me to Oby's for dinner. I had a delicious shrimp po-boy with french fries and a diet coke. Now, before we knew about nugget Chad and I decided we'd stick to Crystal Light and water primarily (unless we were at a game or the movies or something... then we'd indulge in an icy cold beverage). It's not because we wanted to lose weight or anything like that, we just kind of decided we'd cut out diet drinks one day. So, I've only had about one diet coke a week for the past 6 weeks. Well, when we found out about nugget it made even more sense for me to stay off the diet drinks (especially the caffeinated ones). But last night I just really wanted something different, and I deserve it dangit! So there I was... enjoying my diet coke. Cut to me 3 hours later tossing and turning in the bed. Seriously people... I could not sleep. Caffeine, which was once my lifeline on early mornings and when trying to pull all-nighters before a big final, had become the bane of my existence. I will never.... repeat NEVER drink a caffeinated beverage after 2 PM ever again.... like ever. Well, at least not while I'm pregnant. That was by far the worst night's sleep I can remember in a very long time. I just thought I would share that with you.

Cheers!
aarp

Thursday, March 25, 2010

In Other News....

For those interested in things other than nugget updates.... Gertrude was EXTREMELY ill this week. I got a text message from Chad late Tuesday afternoon. "Major problem with BB. She won't stop throwing up." Well, in my mind that means she might have thrown up 1-2 times... probably because she tore the stuffing out of one of her toys and it made her sick. This happens about once a week. But I call him just to monitor the situation. "No really. She's thrown up 9 times in the last 15 minutes... and I think she might... Yep, she just threw up again." After she had thrown up 13 times in 30 minutes, I called the vet. They said she either got into something or she's developing an allergy.... Hmmm.

By the time I got home around 4, she had stopped throwing up but looked VERY puny. I mean, my Lord, she only weighs 5 pounds. If she gets dehydrated, she'll die. I picked up her frail little body and rocked her. She felt lighter.... like she'd lost a pound or so.... and she was limp. Bless her heart. Eventually she got her strength back, and she was able to eat again. But we were scared. She's our baby. I know it doesn't make a lot of sense to people, but she is our child. If anything happened to her, I wouldn't be able to take it. Anyway, let's not go there. She's fine. LONG LIVE GERTY!


Here's a picture of our sweet baby for those who don't know her....



Cheers!
aarp

This Week: Navel Orange


Chad and I had a doctor's appointment today. I had already heard the heartbeat once, but this was his first time. It came in strong at 154 bpm. (They say if it's over 150, it's a girl... we shall see). Not much going on with nugget.... I am 15 weeks, and shim is the size of a navel orange. Things are trucking along! We find out the sex in 4 weeks, so I'm pretty excited about that. We'll finally be able to start buying stuff. (I'm sure Chad's real excited about that part.) Anyway, the Chinese calendar says it's a boy, but if you're a believer in heart rate, it's a girl. Y'all can start placing bets now.

Cheers!
aarp

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Nugget is a Lemon


Week 14, and the nugget is the size of a lemon. Shim is growing, and my pants are becoming a bit snug. They still button, but let's face it.... they ain't comfortable. I'd definitely rather be wearing sweats. If I could live in lounge pants, I would. Other than that, everything's great. I don't have any specific cravings, but I can't get enough comfort food. Any kind of pasta, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, casseroles, baked potatoes.... I want it all. We go back to the doctor next week, so I'll keep you posted on nug's progress.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Working During Spring Break

Normally, I wouldn't mind working during Spring Break. After all, I graduated from MSU 3 years ago. I'm used to having no Spring Break. However, this year I happen to work at MSU... and my office is 100% student-based. Well, there are no students this week.... To say that our office is "dead" is an understatement. So I've been searching for ways to fill my day: I might read a couple of chapters of my What to Expect book or watch a few episodes of a TV show online; Maybe I'll browse the internet for baby items or catch up on blogging; Sometimes I just sit here and think for a while or take a long lunch break to try to break up the silence that is the MSU campus this week. At least today is my last full day this week. Tomorrow I'm leaving at noon to head to Laurel. I have a million things to do this weekend.

Thursday: Drive to Laurel and go to the dentist (aka my dad), see my friend Jenna's newborn babe (and raid her closet for maternity clothes), have dinner with my dad at Charlie's Catfish (it's what I want... I can't help myself). Friday: Take Gerty to the groomer, have my hair done, get fitted for a bridesmaid dress for a wedding in August (at which I will be 34 weeks... not sure how they'll fit me for that), pack up my belongings and shag ass to the coast for my dear friend Shanny's wedding weekend. Friday night we'll have the church rehearsal and dinner (to which i have NOTHING to wear), and Saturday will be filled with brunches, hair and makeup, photos, girl talk and wedding bells. Chad can't go to the wedding because he has to work, so I'll be attending all the events alone (sigh)... However, after the reception Chad is going to meet me in Biloxi and follow me back to Laurel so we can save money on a hotel room that night and because we hate leaving Gertrude with my parents so we want to get back to her ASAP. Sunday I'm sure we'll have lunch with my family then head home. It's going to be a LONG weekend.

Oh, and PS. What's the deal with St. Patrick's Day? I don't get it. I didn't even know it was St. Patrick's Day until about an hour ago when someone said, "Oh! You wore green!" I had no idea what they were talking about.... but somehow the stars aligned just right and I picked up a green shirt this morning. Lucky me. :)

Cheers!
aarp

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

NIT Tournament

We went to the basketball game tonight, and it was really fun. It didn't start until 9, so I was struggling toward the end, but we had great seats (on the first row!) Here are some highlights:






And toward the end we were up about 15 points, so all these white guys started coming in to play! It was hilarious. I think one of them must've been 5 feet tall. Check it out.






Cheers!
aarp

Friday, March 12, 2010

Day 61 - Weekend Plans

Well, I feel much better after "spilling the beans" yesterday. Now I can actually read my What to Expect When You're Expecting book at work and shop online for maternity clothes. It's a huge relief. After work last night, me and my friends Holly & Pam went to look at a rent house for me and Chad. We'd like to be moved in by August 1, so we thought we should start looking. Let me explain something about Starkville. The housing market here is insane. If you moved the cute little patio home we currently live in to Columbus (which is 15 minutes away), the sales price would decrease by about half. Consequently, the renting market is the same way. People want to get their mortgage payment out of their renters (which is understandable), but if we're going to pay $1500 for rent, we might as well by a house. You know?

So anyway, yesterday I came across a house for rent that was $825/month. "When can I see it?" I asked. The landlord and I made plans to meet at 6:00 last night, so me, Pam and Holly jumped in the car and headed to the house. I knew it wouldn't be a great house, but I didn't expect it to be so tiny and so old. Granted, I figured it'd probably be a 70s or 80s house with hideous wallpaper... but nothing a paintbrush couldn't fix. Well, all 4 of the bedrooms were the same size -- even the master. I'm telling you, people, I don't think our bed could've fit in one of those rooms. So we nixed that idea. And the landlord was quite honest with me. She basically said that if you're wanting to pay $800-$1000, you're going to get an old, tiny fixer-upper that looks like a rent house -- no landscaping, no character, just a space to live. BOO!! So we get back in the car and head home.

Once we get back to our neighborhood, Pam suggested driving around our subdivision just to look. (Chad and I had already found a house for rent in our subdivision for $1500/month... so I figured we wouldn't find anything any cheaper). We turned the corner, and one of Pam's friends was walking her dog, so we stopped to talk to her. After talking for about 10 minutes, a car pulled up beside us and said, "What are y'all doing?" It turned out to be a sweet lady named Judy (another one of Pam's friends... Pam knows everybody!!) who lives across the street. So we told Judy we were looking for a rent house. And she says just as calm as can be, "Well, that one's gonna be for rent pretty soon." I looked up at the house, and I swear angels were singing and bursts of light were shooting out around what just might be our new home. "How much?!" I shouted with excitement. "Well, it's mine... and I rent it for $1200." Praise God from whom all blessings flow. She went on to say that it would be available in August or September (perfect timing!) and it had custom cabinets in the kitchen and an unfinished attic for storage. JACKPOT! 

Chad and I so desperately wanted to stay in our neighborhood. It's about 1 minute from campus (where I work), it's walking distance to our favorite restaurant, nugget's grandparents would be right down the street and Pam would still be my neighbor! It was all just too much to take in. Thank you, Jesus. And thank you, Pam!! I swear.... this woman is responsible for my finding a job and now my finding a new home! This house hunt has really been stressing me out for the last week, and I am so happy it's over! God bless us every one.

Chad is out of town until midnight Saturday... so me, Gerty and nug have big plans of reading, watching sappy movies and enjoying nice walks around the neighborhood (if this rain ever lets up!). We're excited to do nothing. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Cheers!
aarp

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Day 60 - Can I Have Your Attention, Please?

I told you I would have big news next time I posted. This is huge. Chad and I are expecting a wee one! Since we don't yet know the sex, we lovingly refer to the tiny human as "nugget." We are now in the "safe to tell people" zone, so.... I am 13 weeks today, and nugget is the size of a peach this week! Here's the real kicker: We just found out we were expecting last Thursday! It's been a really crazy week... I woke up last Thursday, didn't know I had a nugget inside me and I went to bed that night not only knowing I had a nugget inside me, but that nugget was 12 weeks old. Strap that on. Anyway, we are super excited, and I'm glad the cat is out of the bag! I'm so glad we didn't find out until I was 12 weeks because I never would've been able to keep it a secret for so long! This is my last week in the first trimester, and that makes me happy. Even though I never got nauseated or experienced morning sickness, I'm glad to be out of that zone... Plus, I hear the 2nd trimester is the best one. So, now that you know my big news, I hope you all have a fabulous day. The nugget and I are having Burger King for lunch. Don't judge me. I'm carrying a human.

Cheers!
aarp

Monday, March 8, 2010

Day 57 - Big News

Sorry I've been M.I.A. for the last week. I've had a lot on my mind, and I've been super busy. But rest assured, the next time I make a post I will have big news. It will be totally worth the wait. Trust me. Hope everyone is having a beautiful week!

Cheers!
aarp

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Day 51 - Mocktail

I am the Program Director for the College of Business' career-readiness program called The Edge. We had an event after work this evening, and it was really great. It was a Mocktail Social, where the students wore professional attire and brought their resumes to be critiqued by business professionals from all over the Southeast. It was fun to watch the kids fidget and try to figure out what the professionals wanted to hear. When they said something that wasn't quite what the professionals wanted to hear, the adult might say, "Wrong answer. Why do you think you shouldn't say that in an interview?" While that technique is quite intimidating, I think it's pretty accurate for what the real world is like. It ain't rainbows and sunshine out there, and this was a good way to ease the students into that interview/workplace atmosphere without just throwing them to the wolves. Anyway, I'm sure y'all don't give a hoot about my late-night work affair, but it was fun. Something else that was equally fun: Getting home at 8, not feeling like cooking, getting in my PJs and eating Girl Scout cookies for dinner. Does it get any better? I think not.

Cheers!
aarp

Monday, March 1, 2010

Day 50 - Almost Spring... Maybe

It is March. Does that blow your mind? Well, it blows my mind and kind of doesn't at the same time. On one hand, today is March 1. That's crazy considering we moved to Starkville in July 2009, and I still tell people "we just moved here." But it's nearly been a year, so I feel like time is flying. But then I feel like time is standing still. It has only been 7 weeks since mine and Chad's one year anniversary. SEVEN. WEEKS. That's it. Not quite 2 months. It feels like we celebrated our anniversary 7 years ago, not 7 months ago. Time has literally stopped. In fact, it's going by so slowly, I think it's reversing. Seriously. So, either time is flying by at the speed of light OR it has completely stopped. One or the other. I'm not sure.

But because it's March 1, that means spring can't be too far behind.... a month tops? I love winter, do not get me wrong, but spring is equally nice. I love the days when you can either wear shorts with a long sleeve t-shirt or jeans with a short sleeve t-shirt. Somewhere between 68 and 76 degrees with a light breeze. Sun shining, not a cloud in sight. The smell of hamburgers on a grill or crawfish being boiled. Afternoons filled with beer and baseball (Margaritas for me as I gag at the mention of beer... but on spring days, I almost wish I enjoyed the taste of beer. People say there's nothing like beer with crawfish. Guess I'll never know). Driving down the road with the windows down and the radio up, hair blowing, and not a care in the world. Oh, wait. That was when I was in college. Now there are plenty of cares, but for the sake of this blog post, let's say I don't have a care in the world. Man, I'm really looking forward to springtime. Winter was a beast this year, and I'm about ready to say goodbye.

So here's to spring and trying to get back to a place when life was simpler... all you had to worry about was which iPod playlist you'd blare all the way home. I've already created my "Summertime" playlist. Think I'll start jamming it right now.

Cheers!
aarp

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