Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Full-term Bebe

Week 37 Breakdown

How Far Along: 37 weeks

Size of Baby: Honeydew or winter melon; About 18.9-20.9 inches and 6.2-9.2 pounds

Gender: Boy

Weight Gain: About 39 pounds. I am just now at the weight I was when I got pregnant with MC!

Maternity Clothes: Wishing I had 3-4 pairs of my Old Navy stretchy black pants. It's too hot to wear my NEJ sweatpants, and I'm tired of squirming and jumping to get my maternity jeans pulled up.

Sleep Habits: Lots of potty breaks but mostly okay. I've been dealing with a nasty cold for the past week and a half, so that's disturbing me at night.

Cravings/Aversions: After getting over the stomach virus last week, I had chili 3 different times. I made chili nachos for dinner twice, and I had chili cheese fries once. I wanted chili! No idea why.

Emotions: Just your typical emotions... nervous, excited, scared. I know I've done this before, but sometimes it doesn't feel like it.

Symptoms: A bit of swelling, frequent headaches, dry eyes, round ligament pain (or Braxton Hicks contractions?? Who knows.)

What I Miss: A single-occupancy body

What I'm Looking Forward To: Meeting our little bugger. And even though it will in NO shape or form be a break, I'm looking forward to a break from teaching. Despite the fact that I'll be exhausted, it'll be fun to be able to meet Jane for lunch or stay in my PJs all day.

News: I'm still about 2 centimeters dilated, and we have no plans for induction. I'm planning to work through Friday, February 15, so hopefully he'll hang on until then!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Date Weekend

Yesterday Chad and I sent MaryCollis to Gamma's and spent an entire day together. About half of the laundry had been done, and there were no dishes in the sink, so we decided we could afford to have an "off" day.

We had a late lunch at the new hibachi place and talked about some pretty deep things, then we went to Office Depot before catching the 4:30 showing of Lincoln. We shared popcorn and chocolate and held hands in between bites.

This morning I couldn't sleep, and I think somehow Chad sensed that so even though we could've slept in, we were headed to Waffle House at 7:30. Afterward we made a quick run to the grocery store, and we were home by 8:30. He helped me put everything away, and we made a plan for dinner. Isn't it nice to do things together? Instead of going to the store by myself while he washed his car or mowed the lawn, we did it together and it made me feel so much more accomplished.

The inner workings of a marriage are nobody's business, so I won't share mine with you, but anyone who is married knows that sometimes things get stale. You are exhausted after a long day, and your toddler is going through a whining phase so when she goes to bed at 7, you are right behind her... and the next thing you know, you haven't watched "Duck Dynasty" with your husband in weeks.

It's really hard to stay up until 9PM on Sunday nights to watch "Downton Abbey," but spending that quality time with Chad is important, so I've made it a priority to do so. Having children complicates things, and a lot of times your focus is on them and not on your marriage or friendships but it's important.... no, crucial.... to make time for those things even if you're tired or busy or not up to it.

Hope your weekend was swell!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

35 week progress

Week 35 Breakdown

How Far Along: 35 weeks

Size of Baby: Coconut; About 17.2-18.7 inches and 4.2-5.8 pounds

Gender: Boy

Maternity Clothes: My maternity pants still fit, but I'm feeling more comfortable in t-shirts and stretchy pants. I love what Dolly Parton says in Steel Magnolias: "In a good shoe, I wear a 6 but a 7 feels so good that I buy an 8!" That's how I'm feeling about clothes.... In a comfy t-shirt, I'm currently wearing a large but an XL feels so dang good that I prefer an XXL. Chad's old LHS shirts are perfect for sleeping.

Sleep Habits: Usually fine. But I do wake up 3-4 times per night for the bathroom.

Cravings/Aversions: As usual, everything. Nothing in particular.... just food. I have actually really enjoyed salads lately. And I'm alllll about cereal. My cereal obsession is almost unhealthy at this point.

Emotions: Feeling a little bit of anxiety about bringing a new baby home again. Wondering how it will all work out with MC being next door during middle-of-the-night feedings and "crying it out" phases with Penn. Nervous about having to get two children dressed, fed, and to daycare and get to work on time and provide a loving, productive teaching environment for my kids for 8 hours then pick up two kids and get them fed, bathed, and to sleep.... all on no sleep and all by myself. Basically, I've just been thinking about the realities of having a toddler and an infant with a full-time job and a husband who travels. Yikes. Mommy, help!!

Symptoms: A bit of swelling, frequent headaches, dry eyes

What I Miss: Fully leaded coffee, red wine, and a normal body. 5 more weeks!!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Getting my body back.

News: Dr. Weber started checking me for progress this week, and I'm about 2 centimeters dilated at this point. Penn could come any day, or it could be 5 more weeks. I'm not ready, so hang in there, little buddy!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cute videos from MC

I know everybody thinks their child is the cutest. But mine really is. ;) She wakes up talking and doesn't stop until she has had a nice, long discussion with Lamby in her bed at night. Sometimes I want to scream when she has asked, "Okay, Mama?? Okayyyy?? Okay, Mama?????" for the millionth time but most of the time I'm grateful for her ability to talk to anyone about anything. I think it means she'll be a great influence and probably a great teacher, public speaker and leader.

She's been singing more and more lately, and I was able to capture the end of "Jesus Loves Me" yesterday while we were waiting on our order at PDI:

She learns an awful lot at "school," and I'm thrilled about that. The other day she was counting the cabinets in my bathroom and she said, "One. Two. Two cabinets. There are two friends in a pair. Two friends." Say what?! This child knows that a pair = two. That's pretty dang good for 2 years old. Of course she knows her numbers, shapes, colors, etc. but that's not nearly as impressive. Here's a video of her talking about animals:

Now if we can just master potty training. Ugh. I'm so over it.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

4 years

Chad and I celebrated four years of marriage on Thursday. We kept it simple this year with the gifts. He gave me a vase of gorgeous roses (since year 4 is supposed to be flowers) and a printed cotton robe that I can use in the hospital and beyond. The Bose docking station we got in 2007 has bitten the dust, so I gave him a new iHome docking station that fits iPod, iPad and iPhone. Now he can jam out while he builds me all kinds of stuff in the shop!

Friday after work, despite the pouring rain and my aching feet, we headed off to Fondren to eat at Walker's Drive-In. We've had lots of great dining experiences together (Phillip M's - the only 5 star restaurant in Mississippi, Muriel's in NOLA, Commander's Palace, Bull and Bear at the Roosevelt in Disney World, etc.), and I think Walker's will now go on that list.

The service was excellent... our waitress was very attentive, and the food came quickly. We had tamales for appetizer. Holy cow. Then we had salads before our main courses (swordfish on a bed of mushroom risotto with green beans for him and pork three ways over sweet potato puree and turnip greens for me). At the end of the meal, we took our time drinking coffee (decaf for the pregnant lady) and stuffing bites of dessert where ever we could find room. I had tres leches, and he had blueberry shortcake with ice cream. Fantastic dining experience all around.

We came home today, and it was back to life as usual. A toddler that never closes her mouth, a dirty kitchen and a dog that is convinced intruders are everywhere. Our lives are about to get even more hectic with the arrival of a little boy. Here's to surviving four more years of madness!

Love you, Chaz.

Friday, January 11, 2013

First week at NEJ. 34 Weeks. MC Update.

I survived my first week at a new school. With 7th graders. In all honesty, 7th grade is a HUGE upgrade from 9th grade, and I'm really enjoying it so far. I just can't say enough good things about the people I work with. Everyone has been so helpful and kind, and people just pop by my room to say "hey" or check on how I'm doing. Each morning we have a moment of silence after announcements, and I spend mine every day thanking Him for opening this door and providing such a loving, God-centered work environment.

I am obsessed with my next door neighbor, and I seriously couldn't survive without her. She is my school mentor, and I'm so glad they "stuck" me with her. Love you, Karen Fitzgerald!

My mom does all the t-shirts/sweatshirts for NEJ, and last year she gave me one of their "TIGERS" sweatsuits. These are the best sweatpants in the history of the world, and now I get to wear them again!
(Them being my favorite might have something to do with the fact that I wear a small in them. :)

34 weeks

All of a sudden I started feeling very large and VERY incapable this week. Chad has come to the rescue in every single way, and I'm so grateful. MaryCollis would've gone to school and become the smelly kid this week if it weren't for him. He's going back on the road soon, so she may not have a prayer in the coming weeks.

Thanks, babe.

MaryCollis is a HUGE fan of Ring Around the Rosey. The child loves to "posey." She also really enjoys throwing and kicking the ball Aunt Mac gave her. Her appetite has improved dramatically since the appearance of those teeth last week. She still doesn't eat whole meals, and she often still skips meals, but she eats when she's hungry. We've noticed that she's becoming more and more attached to Lamby, and she's definitely using it as a coping mechanism. But guess what? It could be a pacifier... or a bottle. So that's a victory.

"Posey, Daddy!"

In pregnancy news, I'm about to have to start wearing t-shirts and stretchy pants every day, and I don't think I'll hate it. I'm just getting to that uncomfortable stage... I know it will be much worse in the coming weeks, but it's starting to happen already. I'm still sleeping fairly well, but I often have headaches and my eyes bother me all the time. My feet start to swell and my back starts to hurt by the start of 4th block (about 1:30), and I'm super tired by the end of the day - as in, I've eaten and am in PJs by 5:00. All of that sounds like a lot of complaining, but I'm really still feeling pretty good. If I can just live in comfy clothes and go to bed at 7 every night, I think I'll make it!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Beaux et Belles and Teeth!

I host two Beaux et Belles parties each year - one for the spring/summer line and one for the fall/winter line. We had the spring/summer 2013 party today, and it was so much fun! I always cherish the time I get to spend with Emily because our visits are few and far between. She is one of the things I miss about living in Starkville... I promise to do better with coming to Starkville after my practicum ends!

Gamma time at the trunk show... she picked out her BeB cow outfit all by herself!

Lauren bought this BeB fairy outfit for MC two. YEARS. ago. And it's just now going to fit this spring/summer. Super excited.

In MaryCollis news, her upper canine (or cuspids... are you impressed, Dad?) FINALLY came through! Most babies have them by the time they are 2, but not this child. She is 4 months past 2, and they just made their nasty appearance. Now we are awaiting the arrival of the top and bottom second molars. I'm sure she'll be 3 by the time they show up. The cuspids are still not in all the way, but she'll be rocking a full grin before we know it. Hooray!

PS. I just realized how sad and pathetic my life is. Excited about teeth? Get it together, woman.

Lemon Blossoms

I made a new recipe for the trunk show, and I think it was a hit. You can find the recipe here. It made about 50 mini cakes, and I ate erry sangle one. Not at one time........ as far as you know. :)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

2012 in Review

Another year in the books. It wasn't our best year, but it definitely wasn't our worst.

Baby Tom

January brought a weight loss goal3 years of marriage, a new job at East Jones Elementary and the arrival of Baby Tom, and LOTS of house progress.

House progress

February brought Jane's birthday, more renovations and Mary Clayton's 2nd birthday party.

Mary Clayton's party

With March came MC's half birthday (and Emma's 2nd birthday!), MC's first trip to the New Orleans zoo, Ana's 3rd birthday and a shower for Baby Keenan, a trip to Oxford, the discovery of a great book, a trip to Starkville, and a 3-day sleepover at Gamma and Doc's for MC while I was at Beta Convention.

The Zoo

Trip to Oxford

April brought the best piece of advice ever given by a stranger, Easter, a crawfish boil and a sick baby, and a fabulous photo shoot for Lucky Luxe.

Crawfish boil

Lucky Luxe shoot

May was a whirlwind with Day in the Park, the Kentucky Derby, a sick baby, painting the guest room (MC's room), a journey through my mom's closet, a pool party and the MCT2. Then came Mother's Day, sewing curtains, lots of packing for Mom and Dad, teeth for MC, the Farmers' Market, and a trip down Memory Lane while cleaning out Mom's house. I ended it with a fantastic trip with the girls to NOLA for Jenn's bachelorette weekend.

Day in the Park

Going through Mom's closet

Jenn's bachelorette

June brought lots of weddings and big things. Mom and Dad officially moved, and I'm still not over it. Hannah got married first, then Jenn (Gosh, look how tiny I was in those photos. I didn't even know it). I did lots of house projects. MaryCollis got her first haircut, and we celebrated Father's Day. We jumped for joy when Gamma and Doc returned from Europe, and I experimented with some Pinterest recipes. I found out I was pregnant (but didn't share yet) and did many more repairs and painting. We also did lots of tomato and squash picking at Mom's, and I secured a job at West Jones High School.

Jenn's wedding

MC's first haircut

In July we celebrated my 27th birthday and 4th of July. We also went to the beach, which was a dadgum nightmare with a toddler. We made lots of meals for the freezer to prepare for starting school. I spent most of July being super tired and irritable from pregnancy.

Birthday with friends

Beach bums

August brought the beginning of a new career for me (teaching) and the announcement of Penn. I started my Saturday practicum series and did lots of prep for the school play. MaryCollis started taking dance class, and I went maternity clothes shopping.

Big sister!

MaryCollis turned 2 years old in September, and we went to lots of other parties, too. I had tryouts for my play, we went to Starkville, I started showing, we had a birthday party for MC, I decorated for Halloween, and as much as I hated to, we moved MC from Khaki's to daycare. Finally, we found out that Penn was a boy!

MC's 2nd birthday party

It's a boy!

October brought Loblolly, the fair and a trip to Starkville. I had lots of play practice after school, and MaryCollis had her first school day picture made. We also decided on a name for Penn, went to New Orleans to celebrate Chad's 33rd birthday, and experienced our first Halloween on 6th Avenue.

MC's first school picture

Halloween at our house

In November I did lots of low-carb cooking for Chad, I had my glucose test, and we celebrated one year in our house. I spent the entire month devoting every minute to the play.


December brought The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and "goodbye" to both my drama kids and West Jones. We had pancakes and watched the parade with Shannon and Peyton (a tradition), and MaryCollis survived a nasty sickness. We had Christmas at my house, took a trip to Mobile, and moved my classroom to Northeast Jones, where I will begin teaching 7th grade English next week!

My play seniors


Christmas 2012

This year I began my first year teaching, which is hard by itself but I've done it while carrying our second child, taking Saturday classes to finish my renewable license, directing the school play, raising a toddler, and dealing with all the problems that come with a 100-year-old house. It has been a real learning experience, and I think I've mostly done okay. We'll see how it goes when I've got a newborn while still having to do all these things! Here's to 2013... May there be an abundance of wine!


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