Monday, September 24, 2012

19 weeks & It's A.....

We had an ultrasound this afternoon to find out the gender of our little Biscuit! We invited all of our people over to share the news. MaryCollis opened the reveal bag....


Snips and snails and puppy dog tails. :)

We ate pizza and visited with Gamma and Doc, Barbara, Jane and Tommy, Ashley and Will, and Shannon and Peyton. The girls had a big time playing in the kitchen!

Week 19 Breakdown

How Far Along: 19 weeks

Size of Baby: Mango; About 6 inches and 8.5 ounces

Gender: It's a boy!

Movement: He's an active little bugger. Been feeling lots of movement today.

Weight Gain: Still sitting at 15 pounds.

Maternity Clothes: Typical wardrobe is maternity jeans/pants with a pre-pregnancy top.

Sleep Habits: Fair. I have good nights and bad nights.

Cravings/Aversions: Nothing specific. Everything sounds good.

Emotions: Excited about having a boy! Really stressed out with the play. Please, Lord, get me to December 9.

Symptoms: You know... Bad skin. Extreme hair growth. Water retention. All of those fun ones that remain unnamed. Headaches.

What I Miss: Nothing.

What I'm Looking Forward To: Decorating Biscuit's room, finding a name, moving MC to her big girl room, buying little man things.

News: We found out the gender! (Duh). He measured 19w2d and 9 ounces so just slightly ahead of schedule.

Her shirt says "I'm the big sister"

Y'all got some boy hand-me-downs? Holler!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Daycare and Daddy

MaryCollis has been through three full weeks of daycare now. The first day she was like "Hey! Something new. That's kinda fun." And every other day that week she sulked in the corner of the room with her lamby and didn't play or talk to anyone. Thank goodness that was only a 4-day week.

The next week, she was unsure about things when I dropped her off but she got better and better every day. By Wednesday, she was like "Holla, Mom!" I can't watch her on the cameras at work because they have it blocked, but Chad watches her. He said she is playing her fanny off and having a great time. When I drop her off in the morning, she'll say "Hey, school!" and when I pick her up in the afternoon, she'll say "Bye, school! See you tomorrow!"

See that kid laying on the table in the back? That's my child.

She's still a pretty picky eater and comes home with "none" or "some" circled for her meals but then she eats a HUGE dinner (On Tuesday she ate TWO peanut butter sandwiches, a handful of Cheetos and 2 cookies).

Last week she was very successful with the potty but this week I don't think she's used it once! I'm not going to get frustrated about this yet, but we DO have a deadline of January. She has never gone in the potty for me at home but apparently she went a lot last week at daycare. She HATES going potty first thing in the morning... won't do it. And we don't get home until 5:30 sometimes, so I only have an hour to make her do it at night. Clearly, she won't learn at home... they'll have to figure it out at school.

Playing like crazy.

On the days that I pick her up, we almost always run into the train on the way home. We have a big time saying "Hey, Train!" and "Bye, Train!" and "Choo choo!" and "All aboard!"

Also, she is doing the cutest thing at the dinner table. I have no idea where she got it, but one day last week she leaned over real close to me and started opening and closing her mouth. She would get so tickled and do it over and over again. I thought "Well, maybe she's trying to do a fishy face," so I started making the face back at her, and she just HOWLS with delight.

Go dawgs!

So Chad took vacation two weeks ago, which means he took MC to school every day and picked her up every day. He bathed her every night. He took over. And it. was. awesome. The only downside is now he thinks he's some kind of super dad who has the answer to everything. That's somewhat annoying but I can't complain. I love not having as much responsibility. He's been home a lot since then, and I could seriously get used to it. Thanks for all you do, Daddy!

Monday, September 17, 2012

18-week update

Maternity skinny jeans from Motherhood Maternity with a non-maternity top from Banana Republic (18 weeks).

Week 18 Breakdown

How Far Along: 18 weeks

Size of Baby: Sweet Potato; About 5.6 inches and 6.7 ounces

Gender: Will hopefully know in 1 week if Biscuit cooperates.

Movement: Less movement this week but still feel flutters.

Weight Gain: Weight is an odd thing. I have lost over 2 pounds in the past week. No idea how or why but I'm digging it.... especially after I ate my weight in pigs in a blanket on Saturday. I'm sitting at about 15 pounds right now. That's a little high for this point in the pregnancy, but I'm not stressing because I'm doing almost everything I can to stay healthy. Walking, drinking water, trying to eat fruits and veggies and healthily in general. Yes, I give into the occasional plate lunch from Vic's or cheeseburger but especially during the week I try to eat well-balanced meals.

Maternity Clothes: Typical wardrobe is maternity jeans/pants with a pre-pregnancy top.

Sleep Habits: I have resurrected the Boppy pregnancy pillow, and it's helping a little bit. Thank the LORD we now have a king size bed. Poor Chad got kicked out of our queen bed when I was expecting MC. Now there's plenty of room for him, Gerty, me and the oh-so-loved Boppy.

Cravings/Aversions: Carbs. I want COMFORT FOOD!

Emotions: Feeling a bit overwhelmed right now. Play auditions start tomorrow, which means twice-weekly play practices will begin next week. It's about to get crazy around here, folks.

Symptoms: Same ole. Occasional irritability. Bad skin. Extreme hair growth. Water retention. All of those fun ones that remain unnamed.

What I Miss: After having 30 munchkins in my house for MC's party on Saturday, I REALLY missed being able to have a glass of wine.

What I'm Looking Forward To: My next ultrasound! Hopefully will find out gender for real this time.

News: After gorging myself at school on Friday (BBQ chicken plate and cake from Teresa's), eating at LEAST 12 Chick-Fil-A nuggets, 15 pigs in a blanket and birthday cake on Saturday, and indulging in a Vic's meat and three plus leftover iced cookies from the party on Sunday, it's hard to believe that I'm feeling skinny today. At least 3 people have said, "You don't even look pregnant today!" I'm sure I'll feel like a heifer later in the week, but I'm enjoying it for now.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Halloween Decor

When we bought our house, I knew what we were signing up for (well, for the most part). I knew that we were going to have to become part of Halloween in Laurel. As you know, 6th Avenue is CUH-RA-ZY on Halloween. Like.... loco. So right after we signed the papers to buy our house last year, I went to Artworks and bought a bunch of stuff 50% off in preparation for this year's Halloween. I'm SO glad I did. Check out my finds....

OBSESSED with my mantel.

Adore these block letters.

I've been buying 5-10 bags of candy every week since August. I'm still afraid there won't be enough. But at least our house will be cute! Happy Fall, y'all!

MC's 2nd Birthday was a HOOT!

MaryCollis' 2nd birthday party was a roaring success. Sixth Avenue is a bit of a zoo when it comes to children, but there is a lot going on this time of year so I didn't know if we should expect 3 kids or 33. Well, nearly every child that lives on 6th under the age of 6 was at the party and we probably had 30-40 people total. It was crazy for a while!

Owl bag favors filled with goodies.

The cookies and cake came from Sugar Bakers (always). They were amazing (always). Everyone went on and on about how delicious the cake was (always). You should holler at them for your next function.

I got this shot just before Matthew Reich took a hunk out of one of the yellow lines.

I served fresh fruit, Chick-Fil-A nuggets, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made into owl faces, Goldfish and M&Ms. Let me tell y'all something about parties. All you need is a large nugget tray. 200 nuggets were GONE by 11AM.

Owls made from paper lanterns.

All of the kids played really well together - even mine! We didn't allow MC to open gifts because that would have been a logistical nightmare... not to mention 30 kids screaming that they want it. But we did have a few things out that Mom and Barbara gave her. The kitchen was a hit!

Elizabeth turning on the timer. She didn't want that roast to burn.

Gamma got some newborn lovin' from Jackson.

Custom owl dress by Beaux et Belles.

She was LOVING Aunt Melissa's shopping cart.

Mary Clayton said, "Take my cheese!"

Every kid loves to color.

She did NOT want to sing, but we finally roped her into the dining room.

Theeeen MaryCollis found one of the scooters that zooms down 6th Avenue. It belonged to one of the Dees girls... but they were sweet to share.

Opening Aunt Melissa's gift - a Reed & Barton jewelry box!

Then she did the sweetest thing I've ever seen this child do. She was rocking the "baby" (empty car seat) and saying "Night night, baby." Presh!! We didn't get a photo of her kissing on baby Lincoln but she must've given him about 8 kisses. Sweet thing.

Thank you all SO much for coming. We had a great time! I can't wait to watch MC open her gifts.


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