Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What I'm LOVIN Wednesday!!

It's Wednesday and that means its time for "What I'm Loving Wednesday" and it means one day closer to a long weekend! Yay! 

Since today is the last day of August, that makes tomorrow September! A great month I tell you, that means fall is coming, my anniversary and also my birthday (and possibly a baby!)!!

and since this hot weather is kicking my rear and I am so ready for fall I thought I would share some of the FALL things I am loving (found on pinterest)!

How beautiful is that!?

we will def. have enough leaves here compared to texas :)

Source: via Allie on Pinterest

love the saying!

Source: via Allie on Pinterest

I am so ready!

love this fun idea but I'm afraid K might eat it all :) 

cute gift idea

want to make these asap! :)

cute craft idea!

mmmm can't wait to smell this baking! :)

I am also loving that we are going to the beach this weekend!! :)

I am loving that BAYLOR is playing on ESPN this weekend! So ready for some college fball! :) 

I am loving that I am getting a haircut tomorrow! Nothing drastic but a trim is muchhh needed! It was so funny to me that this was on a list I found of things to do before baby arrives! ha check!

and I am allllways LOVING my baby daddy! :)

What are you loving today!? Don't forget to link up with Jamie!! :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

34 Weeks... 6 or less to go! :)

How far along? 
34 weeks!6 or less to go!

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a cantaloupe (approx 4 3/4lbs!)

Weight Gain: 13lbs?

Maternity Clothes: yes and some dresses that aren't :)

Sleep: better this week... getting up once for a bathroom break

Best Moment of this week: 
ahhhh! I'm getting so close! 
getting more done with the house and a great report at the doctor yesterday (34 weeks 2 days)
I weighed in at 173.8
Raleigh Grace's heart rate was 142 bpm (she was resting for once ha!)
My blood pressure was really good: 106/60
She was already head down towards the birth canal (the doctor said her head wasnt "floating" but rather in position- which is great in first time mom's), and the doc felt her heel right up by my ribs which explains all the pain.  Also, she said her bottom was on the right of my body slightly below my ribs (reason for my backache possibly... or the "girls" growing and me having bad posture ha go figure...)
back pain, back pain, back pain.  Finally purchased a heating pad (actually K got it for me sweet man!), not sure if it really works but I continue to use it!

  yes, lots! I love it :) mainly just little punches and kicks here and there... some slightly uncomfortable but not "painful" thankfully!

Food cravings:  
cheese... plain or cheese toast... whatever works ha & icecream sandwiches... or any icecream (surprise, surprise!) K always jokes that when RG is kicking me its because she is mad I haven't fed her her icecream for the day yet ha :)

Aversions: can't think of anything

What I miss: nothing really pregnancy related.  I've been missing TX, our home, the school I taught at last year (&my kids-- I have been dreaming almost every night about teaching and my kids), and of course our friends in TX

Gender: LOVE LOVE LOVE my little Raleigh Grace sooo much :) can't wait to hold her and kiss her!!

What I'm looking forward to: going to the beach this weekend for one last trip before RG comes! also, getting our house FINISHED and the nursery started (& finished hopefully! ha)
Baby bump: 
having some fun with the mirrors

feeling like I'm running out of room in there for her!

Little Miss at 34 weeks
How your baby's growing:
Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

how your body's changing:
By this week, fatigue has probably set in again, though maybe not with the same coma-like intensity of your first trimester. Your tiredness is perfectly understandable, given the physical strain you're under and the restless nights of frequent pee breaks and tossing and turning, while trying to get comfortable. Now's the time to slow down and save up your energy for labor day (and beyond). If you've been sitting or lying down for a long time, don't jump up too quickly. Blood can pool in your feet and legs, causing a temporary drop in your blood pressure when you get up that can make you feel dizzy.

{according to}

Monday, August 29, 2011

what I did today...

since I feel like I have been making little to no progress with the rest of our house I decided it was time to tackle something a LOT more fun :)

here is a little picture preview :)

not quite all of her clothes but its a start :) She is def. going to be the best dressed little girl ;)

and because the hubby has worked so hard today I will post a little of what he has been up to... might I just add-- I LOVE that he did this all on his own  and I LOVE how it turned out... way better than anything I could have done!

BEAUTIFUL right!? :) 

more to come later... Hubby did an amazing job getting things in the house looking a little more like "home" today :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Dear Irene...

As many of you know Hurricane Irene hit the coast of NC today.  I am very thankful that we did not get any damage (or rain where we are for that matter) from her.  We are very thankful and I am praying that all of you in her path are staying safe as well! I have many friends on the north east coast and I hope that you all are being safe (and not crazies riding out the storm!).  Apparently 9 people have already died from the storm :( ya'll please stay safe!!
My family does have a house on the coast near where the hurricane made land fall today but luckily I have heard of few and minimal reports of damage in the area.  We are hoping to go down for labor day and I am also praying for no damage there. 
Thank you for all of you who have been praying for us! :) We are safe and sound, Praise God, that is one heck of a storm!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

33 Weeks!

How far along? 
33 weeks!

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a pineapple... (I also read somewhere a honeydew?)

Here is what we have been up to this week:

Weight Gain: who cares really but 11lbs (none since my last 2 week apt.)

Maternity Clothes: almost 100%... minus my favorite shorts and k's tshirts and soccer shorts :)

Sleep: for the most part good... sometimes it takes me some time to fall asleep.  I am still making it through the night with only one potty break, unless I sleep more than 8 hours (which is always nice)! Sometimes when I try to go back to sleep I feel like I am wide awake... I also notice when I start stirring so does my baby girl :)

Best Moment of this week:
spending lots of qt with my hubby :) 
also my iron count went up from 30.1 to 30.7 without taking my iron pills (yay!) pray it stays up or goes up more!
mainly back pain and rib pain (burning feeling) often! Esp when I sit too long.  I don't enjoy long rides in the car anymore, my back almost always starts to hurt (not my lower back- just right behind my ribs and only on the right side).  She is always sitting up under my right rib.  The only way to make myself feel a little better is to get K to massage my back or lying down (I guess that makes more room for her?) ...  also occasional indigestion... I'm also bumping into more things and realizing I don't always fit through spaces I thought I would.  At one point this week I was telling K how I couldn't believe I was 32 weeks and how crazy that was but then I realized that meant 8 more to go and I proclaimed "i dont know if I can do this for 8 more weeks!" haha -- of course I can! I was just tired and at night I seem to be most uncomfortable and feel much larger than the mornings...

Movement: shes a moving a lot now.  bumps, kicks, punches, and twirling... I am jealous of those of you who know a fist from a foot... I have no idea but I assume she has her legs and booty tucked under my ribs... idk why I think that though.  
tonight K was tickling my belly and she started kicking so maybe this girl is ticklish like her mommy?
Food cravings:  
still love me some Mac's catfish ha! just food in general... I eat and then 3 hours later, I'm hungry again.  I love desserts too... no matter what :) 
Aversions: I will eat mexican and I like it but it sure makes me have bad heart burn which I do not enjoy!

What I miss: getting in and out of bed, off the couch, out of a booth, etc. without some sort of help haha :) Sitting and standing over and over (at church!) is quite a task! ha 

Gender: LOVE my little Raleigh Grace!!

What I'm looking forward to: getting our house unpacked... its been a week of both K and I working hardcore on it and we have managed to get a LOT done but I feel like our mess and stuff keeps multiplying... It WILL get done and we WILL get her nursery complete sometime haha (hopefully getting crib and changing table this week! horrah!)
Baby bump: 

see the mess...ugh! please ignore ha still unpacking...

{according to}

How your baby's growing:
This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

how your body's changing: 
As your baby fills out even more of your belly, lots of things might start to change: Whereas before you were sashaying, you may find yourself waddling. Finding an easy position to sit in — let alone sleep — is becoming more of a challenge. And bumping into chairs and counters is par for the course.
You may be feeling some achiness and even numbness in your fingers, wrists, and hands. Like many other tissues in your body, those in your wrist can retain fluid, which can increase pressure in the carpal tunnel, a bony canal in your wrist. Nerves that run through this "tunnel" may end up pinched, creating numbness; tingling, shooting or burning pain; or a dull ache. Try wearing a splint to stabilize your wrist or propping your arm up with a pillow when you sleep. If your work requires repetitive hand movements (at a keyboard or on an assembly line, for instance), remember to stretch your hands when you take breaks — which should be frequently.
Many women are still feeling sexy at this stage — and their partners often agree. You may need to make some adjustments, but for most women, sex during pregnancy is fine right up until their water breaks or their labor starts.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lovin my Life Planner! :)

I finally got the long awaited for LIFE PLANNER from Erin Condren!!! And let me just tell you it was sooo worth the wait!

So without further a-do... here are some pictures of my treasure!! :)
 {enjoy the poor iphone quality pics :-P}

the happy little package with some amazing discounts and a sweet note :)

the front cover of the infamous Life Planner... laminated and personalized with the name of even our unborn child! :)

there are neat little quotes throughout... and everything is so pretty :)
 month at a glance... even has holidays on there already in different colors to easily identify :)
lined pages at each month... again with fun quotes!
a matching notepad :)
cute little clippy to mark your spot :)

Erin was so kind to include lots of "extras"... little fun labels personalized :)
a perpetual calender for special dates! (I sooo need this in my life! I'm horrible about remembering bdays and the such!)
awesome stickers! There are even ones that say mani-pedi! ... means its a must in my life ;)
plenty of blank stickers too to make your own!
weekly goals and to do's!
cute zipper pouch to keep things in... came with more labels that match my planner, as well as extra clips and some discount cards {score!}
back cover has the calendar for 2013 and 2014! great to plan ahead!

and I also just had to have this cute stationary... :)
complete with matching return labels... perfect!

If you haven't from my previous posts... you all really need to go check out ! :) Did you order your Life Planner yet?!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

8 months along and busy as a bee!

I can not believe this y'all... I am 8 months pregnant and I have  been a horrible blogger.  I am really trying not to fall off of the face of the blogsphere!!
Since I have been gone I went on a Babymoon! with the hubby for a week to the beach and we didn't do a lot of anything except for relax and eat :) hah!  Basically my 2 favorite things to do right now.  We really didn't even take that many pictures but I would like to still try and do a post on this soon :)
Now that K is home from being gone all summer we have kicked our butts (mainly him) into gear with our house... trying to get all of the 100's of boxes unpacked (I swear they keep multiplying!) We have so muchhhhh stuff its not funny ... and I had no idea... moving from a 3 bedroom home to a 2 bedroom condo is hard work I promise you of that!
On top of unpacking we are also doing some updates to the house we are now living in and also  trying to get the NURSERY done.... ahhhh!
I know that there is still time but sometimes I don't feel like I have ANY time left... so pretty much we have been working non stop.
The blog has also kind of fallen to the way side temporarily because we don't have internet... we are "borrowing" some of the neighbors when we can haha so its totally hit or miss.... can't wait until we have this problem fixed by getting our own ha!
I also had a baby shower this past Saturday that was WONDERFUL! I can't wait to post about that also!

Anyways, just wanted to stop in and let you all know that I am indeed still alive and there is still no baby (thank heavens! stay in there a few more weeks, please, Miss Raleigh Grace!).  I miss y'all and I am trying to get caught up on my reading too! I miss hearing from y'all daily :) Expect to see more of me sooner than later ;)

and bc a post without a picture is no post at all here is a pic from the shower, showing me at 8 months! (eek I still haven't done my 32 week/ 8 month post....ahhh so behind!)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Coming Home Outfit?

As some of you may recall, last wednesday I posted here about some amazing things that I won at the Izzy B Designs auction on facebook....

Well one of the things is on its way to my house right now... and I am so so thrilled I can hardly wait.  She posted these pics to her etsy site and I just have to  share because I think it is just too adorable not to! :) (btw, I got it from the auction for less than 1/2 of what it is listed for on etsy ... you must go to Izzy B Designs on facebook TONIGHT because she is doing another auction again... you don't want to miss out!! )

Didn't they turn our amazing!?! :) I can not wait to see these on my little girl!!

* I was in no way compensated for this post although if you would like me to be, I  would gladly accept :) *

Sunday, August 7, 2011

31 Weeks...

31 weeks!

(July 31- August 6)
lets see...
I love sno cones!
I'm hungry all the time
I get overheated easily.
I love watching my belly wiggle
My belly feels "tight" as in ... running out of room. 
I feel like I can smell something a mile away. 
Back pain has set in good.
I keep my hand on my belly a lot... I just love feeling her moving around!
Nasal spray is becoming a good friend of mine due to my stuffy nose.
We are looking to do ONE more 3D ultrasound before she gets here if we can find someone to do them for a reasonable price.
Still no signs of labor (praise God!)
This little girl loves being crammed up under (or against) my right rib cage... causes constant pain.
I am so excited about meeting my little Raleigh Grace... everything I do, I think... in a couple months I will be doing this with my daughter! I love her so much already!
K & I are going on a "babymoon" for the week and I couldn't be more excited to get away for the week with just my hubby! :) :) :) :) :)  
How my baby is growing:
This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. {they aren't keeping me up yet} Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

How my life is changing:
Have you noticed the muscles in your uterus tightening now and then? {not yet!} Many women feel these random contractions — called Braxton Hicks contractions — in the second half of pregnancy. Often lasting about 30 seconds, they're irregular, and at this point, they should be infrequent and painless. Frequent contractions, on the other hand — even those that don't hurt — may be a sign of preterm labor. Call your practitioner immediately if you have more than four contractions in an hour or any other signs of preterm labor: an increase in vaginal discharge or a change in the type of discharge (if it becomes watery, mucus-like, or bloody — even if it's pink or just tinged with blood); abdominal pain or menstrual-like cramping; an increase in pressure in the pelvic area; or low back pain, especially if you didn't have it before.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Happy Birthday with Rolo Cookies!!

Tonight my dear cousin, Mari,  and I had to make a little birthday surprise for my sweet step-mom who's birthday was today!! Happy Birthday, Lady!! I LOVE YOU sooo much and you are such a blessing to me EVERYday!! :)

You see, my step-mom is crazy in love with the chocolate candies, Rolos (not to be confused with Rolaids - cough- grandaddy! haha He couldnt figure out why we made cookies with "Rolaids" in them hahahahah!) ... anyways. Like I was saying, she loooves the chocolates to say the least. So, being the good daughter that I am, I looked up recipes on the trusty for anything with Rolo's... up came some delicious looking images to which I easily followed the link...

here is what we went with...

Pinterest sent me to Six Sisters Stuff to learn how to bake these cookies and not only were they sooo tasty but they are also beautiful.  Needless to say, we all (including the stepmom) loved them!!! :)

The recipe couldn't be any easier

you need:
1 box of Devils food cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup of oil
1 bag of Rolo's
(optional: Powered sugar)

mix well
then use just enough of the batter to cover the Rolo (so it can melt when baked)
 bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes on a greased cookie sheet
sprinkle with powdered sugar if your heart desires... (ours made exactly 3 dozen!)

Easy as pie right? Well I think it was EASIER than pie because ... well yea.

Here are pics from the "little" surprise bday party we had for "Foxy" (what I call the stepmom... long story ha!)

She was both thoroughly surprised and loved it (I think :) )
The Bday girl :)

her balloon :)
The delish cookies and her "present"

She is realizing what she got....

surprise surprise! haha :)
Hope you all have a GREAT weekend!! This is the last week/ weekend that I have this summer withOUT my man and I couldn't be happier! We are going up to camp tomorrow for their end of year banquet... :) Check back with you next week! Have a wonderful weekend!! :)
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