Tuesday, December 27, 2011

14 Week Baby B Bumpdate!

Sorry for the terrible pic and black...yet again...this was taken on my phone running out the door this morning......
.....I promise The Hubs and I will get better at these pics! :) 

How Far Along? 14 weeks 4 days
Size? Navel Orange, 4.5 inches/2-3oz.
Maternity Clothes? Still none yet...but there is definitely more of a "bump" thanks to all of Momma's fabulous holiday food!! 
Weight Gain? Again, thanks to Momma's good cookin' this is probably more than should be but I haven't stepped on a scale since we have been home....maybe I will wait until after a few rounds on the elliptical... :)
Stretch Marks? Still no sign of them....keeping my fingers and toes crossed!!
Gender? Now I really don't know....I have thought boy from day one....but I have had 2 dreams of me holding our baby girl and calling her by her name (our number 1 name contender) and then last night I had a dream that we did the gender reveal party (with a stick similar to a pregnancy test, weird) and it was a girl....maybe my head is playing tricks with me since the heartbeat was so fast last week....hmmmm.....
Sleep? Sleeping okay, still needing more than I thought I would.
Food Cravings? Fruit. That is all I have thought about since last night....I want pears, peaches, grapes, oranges, pineapples, yummmmm!!!
What I Miss? again, the booze....one of my BFF's got engaged on Christmas and I want to be able to drink some champagne and celebrate with her...oh well, there will be PLENTY of days for that! :)
Symptoms? Still lots of back pain, but other first trimester symptoms are slowly fading!
Best Moment of the Week? Getting an unexpected ultrasound and getting to see our little nugget dance around in my belly! it was AWESOME!! 

In other baby news, I am working with the fabulousness that is Jessica on invites for our gender reveal party....and they are AWESOME and PERFECT! Seriously, this girl reads my mind....every time....can't wait to show you the pic! :) 

I will be back tomorrow with a little Christmas re-cap! 
I hope you all had the most splendid holiday & can't wait to read all about yours!! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

WILW - good deals and craftiness!

Hello ladies! It's Wednesday....that means that Christmas is FOUR days away!!
My Momma called me yesterday and read me the menu for the weekend......including breakfasts, lunch, dinner, and a plate FULL of the most amazing cookies you have ever had!! 
This makes a pregnant girl VERY happy!!! :) 
Now onto a few loves for today....
I am loving all these holiday sales, yes I know I am supposed to be shopping for others...which I definitely have, but hey a girl can't pass up some of these deals! :) 
One this fabulous coat from Forever 21....but....
....in this color! I LOVE the bright royal blue, it is fabulous and goes with everything! :) 
And the best part....it was $32!!!! And it is a good and heavy coat...thank you F21!!
I also ordered 2 pairs of boots from Urbanog.com, a fabulous website I found from Miss Katie over at KC&KO....thank you Katie...I am now obsessed with this website!

I got these fabulous little booties...
I am even wearing them today...love!
and these fabulous boots, but in black...I needed some basic black boots as I believe I have officially worn my other ones out.
They both fit perfectly are very comfortable AND I got them within a week for a total of $73!!

On to some craftiness...
Jere are some picture frames I painted for all the Great Grandma's-to-be! 
I went with the gray and yellow color scheme since we don't know what our little nugget is just yet...
 For The Hub's cousin, she is getting married next year so I painted something with her new initial! :)
 And for my most favorite thing I am loving....
....the fact that I unexpectedly got to see Baby B again on Monday! 
Long story short I have been having some horrible abdominal pain, so I called my doctor and they had me come in to make sure all was okay with the baby. They had me do an ultrasound and it was AMAZING, I can't believe the difference since 9 weeks! I got to see BB (Baby B's) little fingers, spine, arms legs, he/she was moving around like crazy. It was SO AWESOME! Good news is BB is growing perfectly and there is no sign to worry as far as the baby goes, thank goodness! But I also got the heartbeat again...which was 155 this time...that is girl territory....now I am not so sure on my little Baby B! :) 

Those are my loves today...head over to This Kind of Love and play along!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

My First Bumpdate!! & My Birthday!!

Happy Monday Ladies!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! 
I am here on this most splendid Monday with my first bumpdate and....

It's my birthday!! :) 

First off, my very first bumpdate! :) 

I was slacking on the weekly picture taking other than 8 weeks, so I have that one and the most recent 13 weeks...

And that 13 week pic...terrible...it was on our way out the door Friday night and I had a loose razor back top on....not good for showing off the belly....good for this stage of pregnancy (aka I just feel fat stage), bad for showing belly progress! :) 
I promise to do better on the next one! :) 

How Far Along? 13 weeks, 27 more to go!
Size? A peach or a shrimp….how are those 2 things the same size??? About 3 inches long, and half of that is his/her head!
Maternity Clothes? None yet! Everything is still fitting....some a little more snug than others...

Weight Gain? Not really sure on this one, I think around 4 pounds 
Stretch Marks? Nope! But I mean, there hasn’t been a whole lotta growth yet…I am using Burt’s Bees Mama Belly Butter. 
 ***Speaking of, any other momma’s out there have suggestions on which creams are the best?
Gender? I am going with a baby boy, The Hubs thinks it a baby girl……we'll find out in a 6 weeks!!
Sleep? Easy to go to sleep, sleeping VERY well until I have to get up and go pee around 4:00….then not so much….
Food Cravings? Sweets! Candy, cookies, cakes, yes please!
What I Miss? Having a glass of wine (or several) at all these fun holiday parties
Symptoms? My “girls” are sore, back pain,  and still having lots of fatigue…..but the nausea is slowly fading! 
Best Moment of the Week? Being able to share the news with everyone!! :)

So that's all the baby talk for today....on to my birthday celebration! :) 

On Friday me and just a few of my favorite people went to dinner at Germantown Cafe, one of the best in Nashville if you ask me!

Here are the few pics I got....

Me and Laura

The Taylors, me, and their awesome present! 
They wrapped this pic/my most favorite wedding picture on a huge canvas! 
How awesome is that!??!?!?
One of the best gifts, EVER!

 One side of the table....
the other side, minus Tracy...she got cut out! :(
and me and my fabulous hubs who set it all up!
It was a fabulous birthday celebration, I am beyond blessed with the people I have in my life! 
I love you all and thank you for being a part of my b-day and for being just so darn fabulous!! :) 

How was your weekend?!?!

Friday, December 16, 2011

First, I just want to say a big thank you again to all of you for your sweet sweet comments all week! This has been so fun sharing all of our news and stories with all of you, and all of your fun, supportive, and sweet comments just make it that much better! :) 
And I will try not to only talk about Baby B on here everyday....but let's be serious...I'm a little excited.... :)

On to a little Friday game......

1.   My most favorite "little thing" is ....
 is having the hubs rub/tickle my back while watching TV and falling asleep. It truly is my favorite thing. 
2.   I give anything to..... 
be able to have a glass of wine (or 2 or 3 or 4) tonight at my birthday celebration dinner.

3.  I can't believe that ......
a week from today I will be on my way home for my last Christmas in Mississippi! Crazy! I am sooooo excited!

4. The one thing I'd like to achieve today is...... 
getting my fingernails and toenails painted....they look a hot mess....and it DRIVES me crazy! 
Big Goal, huh?!
5.  The last thing I want to do today is......
be outside in this cold, rainy mess!

6.  If I were writing my own blank today, it would say: My favorite Christmas movie is.....
White Christmas or Christmas Vacation....best of both worlds! 

7.  My favorite candle scent is......   
right now is my scentsy, Christmas Cottage, my house smells just like a Christmas Cottage and I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it! I love scentsy!
So I have another exciting weekend ahead of me...
Tonight - A birthday celebration for me with 13 of my favorite people at Germantown Cafe, one of my Top 5 here in Nashville! SOOOO excited!!
Tomorrow - Going to The Hubs' Grandmother's for that side of the family's Christmas
Sunday - relaxing day finishing up all my wrapping!
Happy Weekend Everyone!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Spreading the word of Baby B!

This is one of the things I love about blogging.....sharing all of these amazing events in my life with all of you and having it stored on the world wide web for everyone to go back and read and reminisce about. Hopefully one day this little nugget in my belly will read this and see how unbelievably overjoyed we were about him or her and how very very very very much loved they were already!
Okay, sorry about the sentimental pregnancy talk....on to the stories!! :)

So I found out first...just me, Maylie and Otto. I'll set the scene....
It was Tuesday October 11 (how is that for a memory!??!), my boss was out of town so I was taking full advantage.....I wasn't going in until 10 (yeah, I love my job.). 
We had been back in Mississippi the weekend before form my 10-year Class Reunion so I was still recovering. 
At around 8:30 or so I realized I had already gone to the bathroom 3 times that morning....and had nothing to drink...hmmm? Well I had some pregnancy tests at the house from a few months ago when I thought we were pregnant, so I thought, why not? 
I hadn't exactly missed my period yet , but again I thought...why not? 
So, I took it...put it down and walked away trying not to hover over the poor little test and let it do its job.
2 minutes later I go back and see this...
Yes, a very very faint line. 

I stand there for minute, look up, look down, I think, nooooo...could it be? Look up, look down, think what if?!.....but it is sooo faint. Maybe I am just trying to wish a line there. So then I think...let's go digital...those suckers don't have the faded line confusion! 
So on the way to work I stopped and got one, whilst guzzling water the whole way. 
I get to work and almost immediately tested that sucker. 
(That was interesting btw, taking a test at work...but I was dying ladies! I needed to know!) 
I sit and wait in the bathroom....then, "Not Pregnant" pops up. 
Wa wa waaaaaaa. 
Yeah, I almost cried. But thought....I still think there was a line! Something was telling me not to believe this...
So I start googling "faint lines on pregnancy test", EVERYTHING says....if there is any form or sign of a line...you are preggers! And to try again first thing in the morning as that is the best time to test.....so all my water guzzling may have hindered the test....
So I try not get my hopes up or jinx anything and keep it in. 
Yes, I didn't even tell The Hubs!! That was rough, but he always said he wanted it to be a surprise and I didn't want to ruin that moment with a "maybe". 
So the next morning I took a test again....still faint but more of a line.....
I was definitely more sure....but I needed that extra boost. 
And of course silly me only bought one digital yesterday....
So after a VERY long morning at work...I stopped at lunch I bought another on the way home....
I sat it down and walked away again....don't stress, Sarah, don't get too excited Sarah.....
.....and then Maylie, Otto and I walked back into the bathroom....and there it was....the most amazing word ever....
I just sat there for a minute, my hand it my mouth and the tears started. I couldn't believe it. I still can't believe it!
I immediately said a prayer to God thanking him while holding my hand over my belly. The whole time trying not to ruin my make-up as I had to leave the house in the next 10 minutes!
I really cannot explain that feeling. 
Something I have been dreaming about for so long. 
Something I, being the crazy planner that I am, thought...how perfect would that be to get pregnant at that time?! And here it is, it happened!! How did we deserve to be so blessed!!?!?!

The Hubs
Then I immediately called The Hubs, 
M-Hey honey, wanna grab some lunch?
H-Sorry babe, I can't, I have a meeting with client at lunch and then 2 more meetings this afternoon to get ready for.
M-Oh okay honey, well I guess I will see you later on tonight.
In my head- what?!?! no?!?! so now I am suppose to sit on this all day and tell no one!?!?! Ugghgghghghhghghghh!!

And the worst part, that night was girls night....our monthly supper club....and he was going to hang out with one of the husbands....
Me freaking out and not wanting anyone to know thought, well we can't cancel...they will know something is up....
So, I went. Pretending to sip on the same glass of wine all night long. 
(The only one who noticed...my BFF, Laura, she was on to me.)

So pretty early in (like the first hour), I claimed to be tired and not feeling well and I had an early meeting. I got some looks, like WTF, Sarah? 
You see I am normally the last one there! I didn't care... I needed to get home and tell my hubby!!

I texted him on the way home and said, when are you coming home?
H - whenever why?
M - I am on my way now can you meet me?
H - uh...yeah... (exact words) 
Again he and the other husband were like what?! It's only 7, why is Sarah going home?!

So, I get home and he is already there. My stomach is all giddy and nervous.
And I hand him a gift bag....(something I picked up at lunch)
He says whats this for? 
I said, just a happy for your long/rough week at work.
He gives me a look but proceeds to open....
The look on his face, you guys....one I will never forget! 
He said, are you serious?!, with that big sweet grin on his face, oh my gawd!!!
He runs around the counter with that happy smile and laugh and grabs me and gives me the biggest hug I have ever received from him! 
I start crying of course and hug him back and say, yep..
First time to say it out loud....it was awesome and surreal!

One of the best moments of my life that I will never ever forget. It was perfect!

We spent the rest of the night picking out Mexican names for our little mexico baby! :) HA! 

The In-Laws
A few days later my In-Laws were coming in town to watch the pups while we went to Knoxville for the UT game. Well, we normally leave when The Hubs gets home from work...but we had other plans up our sleeves.... :).

My MIL kept trying to pack goodies for the road and I kept saying, well wait until The Hubs gets home and see what he wants to do. I could see the look in her eye like, "why don't you want my food? you always want my food?!". 
So The Hubs gets home and my FIL says, you better get on the road, the traffic is already bad. 
The hubs says yeah, you're right as he walks into the kitchen.
He says, well, I think we might stay the night & hang out with you guys and go in the morning.
The both look at him like he has 2 heads....why would you do that?!!?
He pulls the shirt out of the bag....and says well, Sarah gave me this the other night....
My MIL looks at me, looks at him, looks at the shirt...and then start screaming.
Screaming thank you lord, hugging both of our necks and making us each def in one ear. 
She then immediately starts rubbing my belly and patting kisses on it.
She was a little excited. :)

My Folks
The next weekend my parents were coming in town to start their search for a home here. 
They had just signed on the dotted line and officially sold their business and were retired.
Sooooo, when they got there we had a gift for them.
A happy retirement gift, if you will.
We had taken this picture earlier that week

so I framed it and wrapped it up. 
Well we got this one on video.....
you'll have to turn your head a bit, The Hubs was filming and he didn't realize the iPhone turns with you! :) 

SOOOOO glad we have that on video!!

For my best (out of town) girlfriends, I sent them the same framed picture wrapped in a pretty pink postal envelope with notes saying
"Call me before opening"
They both did, and had their fabulous reactions! One just kept saying, OMG, are you serious, OMG, I am going be an Aunt, OMG your boobs are going to get huge, OMG, your going to be a mom! The other started crying and saying how perfect it was. Exactly the reaction I expected from both! Next best thing to doing it in person!
And of course, Laura, well I told her the morning after I told The Hubs. 
So bless her sweet heart she has been having to keep this secret the whole time too!! 
She is awesome though, she bought Baby B his/her first gift along with the most adorable pregnancy memory book! 
She has been SOOOOOOOOOOOOO amazing the past couple months helping cover for me! Laura, I love you BFF!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! 
Baby B and I and The Hubs appreciate it more than you know!! :) 

The other girls in fun ways with the pics and fake glasses of wine....good times! Needless to say everyone was surprised, but not really.....but oh so happy!! :) 

The Hubs, well he is different in telling his friends....he keeps telling people I "caught pregnancy in Mexico"! HA! Gotta know him to love him! :) 

Wow, this is a long post! But probably one of my VERY VERY favorite ones! :) 
I will end with a pic of the goodies our little nugget has already stocked up on. 

He/she isn't loved at all, huh?!?!
Can you tell we love our alma maters?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

More about our little Nugget!

First of all, thank you all so so much for all of the sweet sweet comments!!!!
You are all so fabulous and your kind words made me smile all day long!!!
Thank you, bloggy friends, thank you!! :)

First a few answers and then I will start with the stories of how I/we told everyone! :)

When did you find out? 
Remember this post here? Where I talked about all the cute baby pins I loved?? 
Yeah, I had to document it somehow since I couldn’t say it out loud! :)

How far along? Due Date? 
 I will be 13 weeks on Friday, which makes us due on June 22, 2012!! 
I have been to the doctor twice, the first time (9 weeks) we got this amazing little picture our little nugget!

And it is so true, you don’t care or understand these pictures until it is your little one. So don't worry, if this is just a random blob, you didn't hurt my feelings! :) 
And yes, I cried when I saw that little heart flicker. 
The best thing I have ever seen in my whole life!

The second time was yesterday, when I got to hear that little heartbeat.
And that was just as amazing!! The doctor kept trying to tell me it is normal if he can't find it with the doppler this early, and if so it was okay we would just order another ultrasound, da da da but the second that doppler hit my belly that good strong heartbeat came through loud and clear! 
And we recorded it on my iPhone (seriously, what did we do without iPhones?!?!?!) so I can listen to it any time I want!! :)

Morning Sickness? 
Well, yes and no. 
I haven’t actually gotten sick, but I have been nauseous for about 2 months now, with it being worse the past 2-3 weeks. I almost wish I did get sick sometimes....nausea is terrible! Bleh! 
And it is all day....ALL day!
Other symptoms? 
The fatigue is ridiculous. 
You hear about it, people warn you, but you never think it is going to be that bad. 
I mean, I feel like the laziest person ever. And I hate that feeling! 
I could count the number of times I have cooked dinner in the past 2 months on 1 hand. 
And I love to cook!! Poor Hubby.
And working out...ugh! I was okay until we got that stomach bug...and then Thanksgiving...damn you exhaustion!! 
But I am slowly getting back. The naps at lunch are fading, dinner is starting to be cooked at home every night (rather than in a kitchen at a restaurant and brought home), and I actually stayed up passed 9:30 last week!
Also, going to the bathroom constantly! How can I pee that much?!
Feel short of breath...this was a weird one, but very normal for pregnancy....it seems my body needs more oxygen...
Sore boobs, TMI? Sorry...but oh so true. Again, people tell you and warn you...but sheesh! 
And of course I a few others, but I will spare you! :)

Carbs, carbs, and more carbs…..oh and sweets. 
More specifically, pizza, French fries, and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream....oh and cake. 
Awesome for my diet, right?! 
But it was pretty awesome being knocked up at Halloween and Thanksgiving….full of carbs and sweets!! 

Veggies. Pretty much all of them. 
Which sucks because I am normally a rabbit. I love fruits and veggies, always my go-to snacks. 
Thankfully I have still been able to enjoy my fruit, but veggies sound terrible! 
Along with steak, yuck and no thank you! 

Were you trying? 
Yes, but not very long….like the first month! 
We The Hubs thought 2 years (married) was a good time to start “not not trying”, so come August I stopped taking that lovely little pill every morning. 
Remember back in September we took our little trip to Mexico..........
Yes, this is our little Mexico Baby/Mexican Memory. 
The hubs keeps saying we are going to name it something Mexican, HA! 

Guesses on baby girl or boy? 
I am going with a sweet, dirt and bugs, little boy. I have been from the beginning. 
The Hubs thinks it’s a girl.....along with everyone else in the world except for me and my mother-in-law....but I believe Momma knows! 
(ahhhh, I am gonna be a momma!!!) 
But as every parent says and truly means, we don't care as long as this little nugget is healthy!!

Are you finding out?
Yes, we are definitely finding out! 
I am way too impatient and way too much of a planner not to find out!!! 
We will find out the first of February!!
And yes, we are totally having a gender reveal party!!

Names yet?  
Yes we have a couple picked out for the girl, I think the boy is pretty much done. 
More on that to come, you know me…I need opinions! :) 

But that's it so far on Baby B!

Thank you again so much for all your sweet thoughts, they really did mean the world to me! :) 

Next, I will share how we shared the news! :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Well....I have something to share.....

I am beyond elated and overjoyed to finally tell all of you……


...................................wait for it.............................................


Yes, we are pregnant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my goodness that feels so good to finally say that! 
Can you believe it?! I still can't sometimes, it is so hard not being able to talk about it!
I have been dying for the past 2 months, you have no idea!! 

We are both over the moon!!
(yes, pregnancy makes you say things like that! :) )

More details to come!

A Fabulous weekend & Our Christmas Card!

It’s Monday…..
….and I am okay with that because I had a pretty fantastic weekend!

Before I get to that, I wanted to share our Christmas Cards!
I finally got them done addressed, stamped, and in the mail on Saturday!
They are from tinyprints and I LOVE how they turned out!
The pictures were taken by my BFF, Laura, on my fabulous camera just down the street from our house.
I then edited them on Picnik, I LOOOOOOOOOOVE this website.
Free editing along with lots of fun tricks and things! I highly recommend checking it out! I'll have to post the original pic later to show you the amazingneess that is editing! 

Whatcha think?!

Now onto the weekend recap….

Friday night The Hubs took me out on date night, oh how I love date night!
We went to one of our favorite restaurants, 55 South, on the square in Franklin. And lemme just say….I LOVE Franklin. One of my favorite places ever, The Hubs and I will live there one day….

The food is a mix between Memphis and New Orleans, the 2 cities are connected by I-55 in Mississippi, hence the name, 55 South. And the owner went to Ole Miss....so I am a little partial... :)....but really the food is AMAZING! We have had several of the entrees and never had anything bad. 
My favorite, the NOLA BBQ Shrimp over Cheese Grits......yuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!
 A quick pic of the square....so pretty!
 Then Saturday, we had a lazy in bed morning (I love those mornings!), then headed back to Franklin for their Christmas festival, "A Dickens of a Christmas". They shut the square down and add booths full of crafts, gifts, and reeeeeeeeally good food, there are about 100 people in full Charles Dickens themed costumes, carolers, carriage rides, holiday performances, and all kinds of stuff. I love it, one of our favorite holiday traditions! 
We brought the pups all dressed up in there sweaters....it was COLD!

My handsome men!
 aren't they cute?!!?
My sweet little pumpkin!

Sadly, that's all the pics I took...I suck...it was really cold and I didn't want to take my hands out of my pockets! :) 
 I did however snap a few pics of my sweet Maylie on the ride home....
she had a fabulous time and was pooped on the way home...
still excited...
getting sleepy....
 and she's out!
Then Saturday night we had my office Christmas party....

While I was getting ready I jokingly said to The Hubs....
"You know what would look really good with this outfit....a gold Michael Kors watch....totally kidding, well kind of...just wanted to remind him since my birthday is a about a week away...he smiles and says yeah, yeah.

Then I hear him go to the basement/his mancave/where he hides all of my presents and then come right back up and to the bathroom...I turn around and there is a pretty little Michael Kors box in his hand.....

I litterally started jumping up and down like a little girl. Hugging and kissing him....it was funny.

So yes, a week and 2 days before my birthday....but I am finally the proud owner of this gorgeous piece of wrist decor! 
Awwwww!! Don'tcha just love it?!
I swear I "check the time" every 5 minutes.....
much, baby! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it so much!!

The Sunday we finished up the weekend with ribs that The Hubs spent all day smoking again with some of my favorite people that I have not seen in FAR too long....
 including this precious little nugget, 
Miss Adelyn!
 I mean seriously, how freaking cute is she?!?!?!
Well, that was the weekend for us! It was really a fabulous one!

Ready to take on the week, our girls Christmas Party on Wednesday....
And get ready for the next weekend....
Birthday Dinner for ME! Friday, and one of many Christmases Saturday!