Thursday, June 14, 2012

Just A Note

Well, my first doctors visit was rescheduled. I was SO nervous about getting my blood drawn on Monday I almost made myself sick. We had a bad storm roll in right around the time I was supposed to leave for my apt so I wound up calling and getting the apt moved back. Unfortunately, the only day they have that works with my schedule is July 10th! I called the nurse practitioner to make sure that was ok and make sure there wasn't anything else I needed to do between then and now. Her answer made me laugh, "no illicit drugs or alcohol." I think I can handle that. Haha.

Summer school started on Monday and I have NOT gotten back into the swing of doing school work again. I've left my planner at home the last two days and I absolutely feel LOST! That planner is seriously my entire life all rolled up into one book.

I'm kind of sad that I haven't found a good pregnancy journal like I had with Stratton. I got one but I'm just really not a fan of it. It's not fun at all like the one I had with Stratton. I'll most likely find the same one and order it online. That would be neat to have the same book for both babies.

Speaking of baby...Derek and I...well mostly I... have been throwing around names for baby bean (as my friend Caprice has been calling it). The boy name that I kind have like is Foster. The girl name I kind of like is Abby. I'm not for sure that we are 100% going to stick to these names but it's definitely a start. I have been going over SO many names trying to think of ones that I like. I love the name Sloan but my friend Emily just named her little girl that and I don't want to take that name from her. So, we are going to throw some names around more in the next month or two and get serious about picking out a name around the time we find out what this little one is.

Other than that, we haven't really been doing a whole lot lately. Derek and I have been watching lots of movies at night and spending some quality time with Stratton. It's really weird to think that in 7 months I'm going to have to share my attention, love, affection, and life with another little one. It is still a little surreal to me. I got sad the other day because of something I've said to Stratton ever since he was little. I always always always tell him that he is my favorite. The first time I said it to him he thought I was saying that he was food. Haha. I realized that I can't say that anymore after this little one gets here. I really hope that we have a girl so I can keep saying it to him but just change it up a little bit and say "you're my favorite little boy" or "you're my favorite Stratton." I'll come up with something.  

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a good week. I know this weather has been absolutely beautiful lately so I think we are going to have a date with Jackson Park tonight.

Friday, June 8, 2012

7 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 7 Weeks
Size of Baby: Size of a raspberry (.5in long)
Total Weight Gain/Loss: zero. I'm still at my "normal" weight
Maternity Clothes: None so far - I've been wearing some stretchy pants and I'm now having to use a hair tie to keep my jeans up. 
Gender: Not sure yet
Movement: None so far
Sleep: I've been sleeping a lot better lately. Derek and I switched sides in our bed and I've been sleeping MUCH better. Stratton has been hopping in bed with us around midnight so after that I don't sleep very well. My allergies are still kicking my butt lately too. 
What I miss: Nothing yet. 
Cravings: I had some pretty strong cravings for hummus lately. 
Symptoms: A little bit of morning sickness and some pudge around my mid section.
Best moment this week: Stratton playing tag with the baby this morning.
How am I doing: I'm actually doing pretty well lately. Derek and I have been putting money back in the bank and we even bought a second hand crib from a friend of mine. I'm ready for the weekend for sure to get some well deserved  rest and relaxation. 
Bible Verse for the Week: Psalm 105:4 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Watermelon and Babies

This weekend was a pretty easy and relaxing weekend. We stayed at home most of the weekend and enjoyed the downtime. We watched movies and kept the curtains closed. It was nice and dark and perfect for watching movies. I slept through most of the movies on Saturday and played with Stratton some too. I bought a watermelon on Friday and Stratton was just dying to eat some of it. Saturday before his nap I cracked it open and we all three sat on the back porch and gorged ourselves with watermelon. It was SO good!
 Stratton thought it was pretty cool that he could take a big bite out of the big slice.
 Daddy was eating his with salt so Strat had to give it a try too.
 Cheers to watermelon!

Sunday my friend Amanda and I threw a baby celebration for our friends Lauren and Alex who had a beautiful baby boy about a month ago. His name is Everett Dale and he is the cutest little thing.
He sleeps so well even though there were a million things making noise around him.
Stratton loved giving him kisses too while he was sleeping.
Alex and Stratton are best buds.
We had lots of yummy treats for everyone.
Amanda brought her new baby Lulu to the party to hang out too. Isn't she the cutest?
The boys played redneck golf in the front yard.
Stratton hadn't had a nap that day and was SUPER fussy.
Alex had quite the green thumb. This is one of his flowers in front of their house.
Look at that cute boy!
She is so precious. Stratton liked Lulu too. She kept giving him kisses.
Amanda with Everett. He is such a good baby.
Already sporting his cardinals gear. haha. We will have him dressed in Red Sox gear soon enough. ;)
Amanda spiked his hair. This kid has more hair at one month than Stratton had at one year.
Ice cream cake!
We love baby Everett.
These pictures of him are so adorable. These are his new born pictures.
Ashley came by to celebrate baby Everett.
Even Derek got to hold the baby while he slept. He said he could get used to this. Good thing! Because only like 7 more months and he's going to be doing this a lot.
This is Ashley's daughter Ella. She's 3 months younger than Stratton. They were definitely partners in crime on Sunday.
Our friend Lego and his girlfriend Sammy brought their puppy with them as well. His name was Weston.
He's a silver lab. Super cute! He had the biggest paws on him.
We say outside and soaked up the fresh air. Everett loved it.
Look at those cheeks!
Ella thought it was pretty fun to throw water at the boys.
Derek was her target for a few minuets.
I think Alex needs a little Lulu too.
Let me just go on record for just a minuet and say that I was actually dressed nice in a pretty dress with my hair down and no glasses but my son decided to spray the entire back side of me with the water hose before we got any decent pictures. So yes, I look like a slob but that was only because my son decided I needed another shower.

We are so blessed to have such great friends. We really enjoyed getting to see everyone and are so thankful for everyone that came and joined us celebrate.

Friday, June 1, 2012

6 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 6 Weeks
Size of Baby: Size of a blue berry (.25in long)
Total Weight Gain/Loss: zero. I'm back at my "normal" weight
Maternity Clothes: None so far - but stretchy pants are definitely going to be in the near future. My jeans are already starting to get tight
Gender: Not sure yet
Movement: None so far
Sleep: I've been sleeping horribly. My allergies have been horrible and I refuse to take anything while I'm pregnant. Any home remedies you all can send me would be MUCH appreciated. 
What I miss: Nothing yet. 
Cravings: None so far. 
Symptoms: A little bit of morning sickness and some pudge around my mid section.
Best moment this week: Stratton and I laying in bed and him playing with my hair until he fell asleep. 
How am I doing: This week has actually gone by really quick. Monday we were off work for the holiday and so we spent it with family. Both sides! My parents came over to Jackson to spend the day with Derek's family and us. It was really nice getting the whole family together. Tuesday I wasn't really feeling great, so Derek and I took a half day and lounged around the house. It was nice to get to spend that quality time with him. Lately I've been mulling over the decision to go to school next semester. I would have to do something online but I think it would be worth it to just get some online classes so I don't lose my pell grand and so I don't have to start paying on my student loan. Keep me in your prayers so that I can make a decision quick that is good for me and my family. 
Bible Verse for the Week: Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!