Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Re-Cap

I saw this on some other blogs I read (Sara and Sarah's blogs), so I thought I'd do one, too.

Here is a re-cap of what happened to us in 2009:

Tim moved up to Fort Worth for his job right before the New Year. This was the beginning of our "long distance marriage" where we just saw eachother on the weekends. We were SO thrilled that he got a job, though, and, even better - it was in Fort Worth! I finished my 8th quarter at Baylor.

First married Valentine's Day. I don't even remember what we did, though! I started Practice Court I and II and was reading constantly. It was probably good Tim and I weren't spending the weeks together because it made reading for class really easy because I didn't have anyone around to talk to. I stopped taking my birth control this month because I hadn't had a period for the past two months and couldn't figure out what was wrong. I thought maybe the new birth control I started was messing me up.

We moved into the house we were renting here in Fort Worth and started all the projects of trying to make it look better. Spent Spring Break painting all the different rooms and continuously cleaning. Discovered we had mice - yuck. Went and saw Roger Creager in concert at Billy Bob's - my first ever concert there. At the end of the month, Tim came to Waco for the weekend and we got broken into. Our Wii, stereo, Bose iPod player, bag of change, Tim's tools, and some DVDs were stolen. We immediately started looking for somewhere else to live.

Moved into our apartment at Amli on April 1 and I finally had my period (Sorry if that's TMI!!) but decided to stay off birth control one more month to make sure things were back to normal. Tim had to move all by himself because it was during the week so I was in school. Still going on and on through PC and now having mini-trials. At almost the end of the month, I moved up to Fort Worth for good and was just going to drive back and forth for my last quarter. I had finals the last weekend/week of April and that is when we (unknowingly) conceived our little Thorne! Also, we started attending our church at the beginning of this month.

Celebrated our first anniversary!! We got massages during the day and went and stayed at the Omni in Fort Worth and ate at Bob's Steak and Chophouse. It was a really fun time and exciting to have been married a year. I was totally exhausted, though, and wanted to go to bed about 9:00 PM. I thought it was just because of finals exhaustion...I started my final quarter at Baylor in PC III (that was the only class I had to take) and found out I got Titanic for my Big Trial. I also started BarBri bar prep classes this month. Tim was still rocking along at his job and doing awesome at it. We were confirmed at our church the last weekend of May.

At our confirmation and the week before that, I was feeling SO nauseated and nothing sounded good to eat. June 1, I went to the doctor to try to figure out a solution to my migraines I was having and he told me he thought they were hormonal but I should get an MRI just to be safe. June 2, in the morning before I left for Waco for class, I was still feeling "off" and decided I should take a pregnancy test. I went into the guest bathroom to take it while Tim was in the shower because I knew he would be mad if I was taking one (I was notorious for taking them and thinking I was pregnant and he was tired of me wasting money on them!). It popped up "Pregnant" on the digital test almost immediately. I ran into the bathroom and stuck the pregnancy test into the shower and Tim started laughing. Spent the drive to Waco finding out an OB to go to and calling to make my first appointment. Told the first person, my friend Stephanie, that I was pregnant. That weekend, I got my new car! Left gifts for my mom and stepdad to find when they got back in town from vacation to tell them I was pregnant. Had our first doctor's appointment and confirmed I was 8 weeks, 5 days pregnant (I thought I was maybe 6 weeks pregnant because I took a pregnancy test on May 1 that was negative). We told my dad and the rest of the family on Father's Day weekend. Started planning for life with baby and continuing with school stuff.

Started the second trimester, celebrated my 24th birthday, finished Big Trial of Titanic (it was so terrible!), took finals, and took the bar! This was a veryyyy busy month!!

August 1st I graduted from law school! Woo hoo! That was a great day. August 3rd, I started my internship at the DA here in Fort Worth, which was totally awesome. We celebrated Tim's birthday on August 11th. August 31st, we found out that we were having a BOY!

I continued my internship at the DA and finished it on September 30th. I don't remember much happening in September to write about....oh, except we moved into our first floor apartment at Amli from our third floor apartment.

We went on our "babymoon" to Red River the second weekend of October. We had a wonderful time and it was nice to get away for a little while - we hadn't done that since our honeymoon. Had my first baby shower in Beaumont and celebrated my mom's birthday. Celebrated Halloween as Uncle Pennybags from Monopoly and a Bump In the Road.

Found out I passed the bar!! Went to Austin for the induction ceremony. Had my second baby shower with friends in Frisco. Got the nursery all finished and ready for baby. Went to Crockett for Thanksgiving with family.

Celebrated Christmas with all our families in Fort Worth and Waco. It was awesome to have people come to our apartment this year because I couldn't travel so far this close to my due date. Had a wonderful time with everyone. Tonight, we are celebrating New Year's Eve at Tim's friend's house (which I agreed to because it's closer to the hospital than our house :)). Just waiting on our little one to arrive now.

All in all, 2009 was a crazy and busy year. Probably one of the biggest changing years of our lives with new job, new city, finishing school, taking the bar, and that little thing that will come into our lives soon :) I hope everyone had a wonderful year and, if not, a new one and a new start are upon us!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


I'm going to leave up our Christmas card as a header until we have the baby. So, wish for us to have him soon so I'll make a new header ;)

Hope you're having a fantastic week!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Blog Award!

I LOVE getting blog awards! Sarah, whose blog is It's the Bergmans!, gave me the Lemonade Award. Thank you, Sarah!!

I'm supposed to nominate 10 blogs for this award, but I am lazy because I don't get any sleep anymore (feet asleep, hands asleep, hips hurting, etc. etc.) so, if you read my blog and you have a blog, consider yourself awarded! Here are the rules to pass this award on on your own blog:

As a recipient of this wonderful award, one must continue the rules of the award which are:
- Put the Lemonade logo on your blog or within your post.
- Nominate at least 10 blogs with great attitude or gratitude.
- Link to the nominees within your post.
- Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
- Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

Thank you, again, Sarah! I really appreciate getting this award and I love, love reading your blog as well! Click on the link at the top of the post and you read Sarah's blog as well :)


Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Tim's mom came to Fort Worth and spent the 23rd until the 26th with us and we had a great time. We went and saw Sherlock Holmes on Christmas Day. The movie theatre was PACKED. The movie was good, I really like Robert Downey, Jr. but it was hard to understand the actors with their accents and the speed they talked sometimes.

Tim gave me a baby carriage charm for my Pandora bracelet and also a silver heart necklace with the baby's initials stamped on it and a little diamond on the heart. It has a little pearl and a little garnet (his birthstone, if he's born in January) hanging next to the heart. I love it! His mom gave the baby some really cute stuff and I got some beautiful earrings from James Avery and a cute shirt and some other good stuff.

Saturday, after his mom left, we went to Waco to have Christmas with my dad, Nancy, and the kids. We got there around lunchtime and opened gifts first. I got Reebok Easy Tone shoes (the ones that have the balance ball technology on the bottom of them), Miracle Blankets for Brendan, Hobby Lobby and iTunes giftcards, a funny book called "Sippy Cups are Not For Chardonnay,"and a few other things. Tim got some hunting gloves and stuff for the Wii. We also went and ate at Chuy's because it just opened in Waco. It was SO good. Sunday, we got up and went to church and had lunch and then headed back to Fort Worth.

We had a wonderful Christmas celebrating with everyone. Sunday, I took all the decorations down - I'm not one of those people who wants to leave them up for awhile after Christmas. As soon as the day is over, I'm pretty ready to get it all cleaned up and put away.

Here's my belly picture for the week. I look a little bit bigger. Also, I'm considered full-term now, so Toots is welcome to come anytime he wants to :)

I had my weekly doctor's appointment today. My feet are incredibly swollen, but he said since I don't have any other symptoms, it's probably just because I'm getting ready for labor and not pre-eclampsia or anything like that. I don't know if the picture even does them justice. They are HUGE.

He said I am a "good 2 cm" dialated - so I guess maybe a tiny bit more than last week? He said he doesn't think I will dialate anymore until I am actually in labor. I am 70% effaced (you need to be 100% to deliver the baby but he was happy with that) and his head is at a -2 station (*edited because I just looked at one of my pregnancy books and it says -2 is higher than if you were at +2 and I thought the opposite. Anyway, when he was doing my internal, he was like "there's his head" and said that he is low in my pelvis, so I don't know how much of a difference there is between -2 and +2). He said they usually don't induce people until 2 weeks after their due date but they would consider up to a week before the due date and he told me if I was getting close to my due date and haven't had the baby yet, we would probably talk about inducing. If I get that close, I will probably just want to induce on January 14th (just 3 days early) because that's my Papa's birthday and I would like it if he could be born that day. But, that's IF he doesn't want to come earlier on his own ;) Also, my belly measured right on track today, so it's not measuring ahead now - maybe he just had a growth spurt and now he's more on track, we'll see when he's born.

Basically, nothing new is going on with the baby to make an update except that he's ready to come out whenever now. He is still moving around often and getting the hiccups.

I think that's about all. I have another appointment next Monday, so I'll post another update then. BUT, it's a Blue Moon (second full moon in a month) on December 31st. So, if you want to send me some labor dust for that day or sometime before next Monday, that'd be great, too!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone!! Hope you have a wonderful holiday and make some great memories!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Oh, One More Thing

I forgot to say in my last post, the ultrasound tech said today that Toots has a very big tummy! Nothing is wrong or anything, he just has a fat belly :) She said I must be feeding him well haha

So, I guess a lot of his weight is in his belly because the rest of him (head and all that) wasn't measuring as far ahead as his weight was making him measure. But, again, they said everything looks good.

Holy Moly!

We had a wonderful weekend celebrating Christmas with my mom, stepdad, Nanny, Papa, uncle, and two cousins.

My mom and stepdad got here on Friday and we ate some tamales and hung out for awhile. Saturday, my grandparents, uncle and cousins came in town and we opened presents. I got this Active game for the Wii Fit (to help me get back in shape after the baby is born), two really cute hospital gowns I wanted to wear while I'm staying in the hospital after he's born, What to Expect the First Year, some money, books for Toots, some clothes for him, and a new camera! It's a Panasonic digital camera, 12 megapixels and 18x optical zoom. It got the best reviews online. I'm really excited about it to have when we have a new baby. We also went and ate at Reata in downtown Fort Worth and it was delicious. We ate at home Saturday night and had a really good beef tenderloin. Sunday, my stepdad left and we did some shopping and went around looking at houses in Southlake and Keller.

Today, we had our ultrasound. At 36 weeks, the ultrasound says he probably weighs 7 pounds!! That's a big 'ol baby! He's measuring 36 weeks, 6 days based on his weight (about 5 days ahead of where I actually am). Everything else looks great, and he's still a boy :) The doctor said they don't induce strictly because of weight, so he will have to come early on his own if he's going to come early. He went ahead and did my first internal because the ultrasound lady (who is his wife!) and the nurse thought he should. Toots is dropped pretty low in my pelvis already and I am 2 cm dialated. He said something about the softness/shortness of my cervix (which I think is how much it is effaced) but I can't remember what he said. He said I could walk around like that for weeks but it does mean that I am progressing, which is good. He should do another internal next week so we'll see if I am continuing to progress. Maybe we can get him here a little early - we are all getting very anxious!

It was hard to get any good pictures because he is so big and squished in there now. This first picture is his nose and mouth. It's basically like he is pressing his face up against a window so it's all smooshed. The nose is on the right in the black area (near the middle) of the picture. He's turned sideways, so his nostrils are one on top of the other, facing the left. His lips are right below the nostrils all pressed together. It makes it look like he has big lips! I think it looks like Tim's nose but we'll see.

Anddd here's how we know he's still a boy! Look close at the picture and you can see where she wrote "MALE" with a little line pointing towards his pee pee. Haha!

Here's the ugly belly picture I took this week. My mom and Tim think I looked bigger, I just can't tell. I thought about cropping my head out of it. Everything else has been pretty much the same. A little swollen, but the doctor said not much, and I'm still having a hard time sleeping, but that's about all the complaints I have.

Here's what going on with baby this week:

Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) (except we know it's more like 7 pounds!) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long (most other books and websites say 20 inches or a little more than that). She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly. (I think I said this last week, but we know for sure that he is head-down. He said he thought so last week and the ultrasound confirmed that this week as well as the internal when he said his head is pretty low in my pelvis.)

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and has a very Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins

1. No, we will NOT be held-down.
2. The family gathered for Christmas dinner at the old kitchen table.
3. I watched the steam rising from the hot cup of coffee (or tea) and thought: in 30 days (or less, maybe!), I'm going to be a MOM!
4. When everything seems hopeless, remember it's going to be okay.
5. I'll take a Malibu rum and pineapple juice, please (yeah, right...).
6. Tiger Woods is pretty much disgusting; at least from my point of view.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to my mom and stepdad coming into town, tomorrow my plans include early Christmas lunch with my mom, stepdad, Nanny, Papa, Uncle and cousins and also an early Christmas dinner and Sunday, I want to hang out with mom and look forward to my ultrasound on Monday!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! I will post on Monday so I can update about the doctor's appointment and ultrasound!

Monday, December 14, 2009


This week, I am 35 weeks pregnant. It just so happens that the day you are 35 weeks pregnant, you also have 35 days to go until your due date. Hence, the post title of 35/35.

Friday, Tim and I went to Colleyville and ate dinner with my dad. After that, we just hung out at home.

My dad spent the night with us on Friday night since he stayed in Colleyville late, so we went to breakfast at Cracker Barrel (yum!) on Saturday morning. Saturday evening, we went to Colleyville again and met up with my friends Kaitlin and Adreane and Kaitlin's boyfriend, Beau, and Adreane's husband, Justin. We ate dinner at Gloria's and then went and saw Christmas Carol in IMAX 3D. It was a good movie and I haven't seen a 3D movie in forever, so that was fun. Of course, it's always fun to spend time with friends!

Sunday, we went to church, watched football, and went on a walk. Overall, it was a nice, relaxing, weekend!

Today, I got my ornaments from the last ornament exchange on The Nest. They were from my "real life" friend, Tanya, and I love them!

She also included two adorable sleepers and a really soft baby blanket for Toots! So nice :) We haven't gotten to hang out with she and her husband, Tommy, in a long time since they are in Waco and we are in Fort Worth now but I really hope we get to soon because we always have a great time with them.

Also today, I had a doctor's appointment. I finally gained just the right amount of weight and got a high-five from the doctor haha. I'm still measuring a week ahead and, just by feeling my belly, he guessed the weight of Toots to be about 6 pounds already! That would mean, since he will likely gain 1/2 pound per week from now on, that he will weigh about 8.5 pounds when he's born. He told he'd like us to get another ultrasound next week just to check the growth because him feeling my belly isn't very accurate. Of course, we agreed to that - we can't wait to see him again and get a little more accurate guess on the weight! He said one time he guessed a woman was having a 6 pound baby and she ended up having a 10 pound baby, so his feeling isn't accurate at all. Can you imagine how surprised that woman must have been?! I thought that was crazy. Heartrate was good and doctor confirmed that he is head down.

After we went to the doctor and ate lunch, I went to get my car washed using part of the giftcard we got when we won the Trunk or Treat at our church. I was sitting near this older man and he asked me what I was having. I told him it was a boy and he said "oh, good. It seems like it's always girls usually" (haha) and then asked me if I'd had any complications so far. I told him it had been an easy pregnancy luckily, which he said was good. A few minutes later, he leaned over and handed me a one dollar coin and told me for that to be the first money to put in the bank for the baby! Wasn't that so nice?! I thought it was really cool that he did that.

My belly doesn't really seem any bigger again this week, but obviously it's growing. I can feel his hiccups VERY low now even though it doesn't appear that I have dropped a lot. It seems like he's taking up so much of my belly that I don't really know where he would go if he dropped anymore.

Here's what's going on with baby this week:

Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long (most of my other books and websites say he is more like 19 1/4 to 20 1/4 inches this week. BabyCenter seems to always be short on the height.) and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (obviously, we know it might be more than this!) (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

I mostly feel him sticking his feet out and moving around, as well as getting hiccups of course. He's also started hitting my cervix more, which is reallllly pleasant!

Here's what he might look like. SO excited I will get to post some REAL pictures of him next week!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! It's almost Christmas!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Decor

As promised, here are some pictures of our Christmas decor. A couple of the pictures are from last year because I didn't re-take them this year and didn't realize it until I was putting pictures in the post.

Here's the sign on our front door:

I made this wreath last year. This is on the door to our yard/porch area

This is a picture from last year. These are still by the TV but there is no speaker or picture behind them because our speakers got stolen when our house got broken into :( Anyway, I also made these trees last year. I saw some I liked but they were about $40 each and I decided I could make them for cheaper, so I did.

Another picture from last year, just to give you the idea. Little Christmas tree with my bobble-head Santa next to him. Isn't he cute?!

One more pic from last year. We don't have a mantle, so I found this stocking holder to hang our stockings on. In the back of it, I stuck the Christmas cards we recevied on the extra "branches." It looks the same this year except we haven't gotten but one card so far so there's not much on it.

This is our little tree by the front door. It has the wedding ornaments Tim's mom got me last year, an "Our First Christmas" ornament, a pregnant mama ornament Tim's mom gave me this year, and few various other ones. The little snowman golfball ornament sitting next to the tree was a gift from my little sister, Caroline, to Tim last year.
In the kitchen in our apartment, above the cabinets. We've got a red and gold/poinsettia theme going on.
Willow Tree nativity scene. I got the thing they are sitting on (now I can't think of what it's called) for Christmas last year and the rest of the scene the year before. I just love it.

This is in the open space between the living room and the dining area. The glass vase thing is filled with gold and red miniature ornaments.
Centerpiece and placemats on the dining table.

And last, but not least, the tree! Like I said, we have a red and gold theme. We actually lost the star we had for the top of it so I put the poinsettias up there this year. I thought it went with the theme of the rest of the decor and Tim really liked it.

We have some old school big, colored Christmas lights around our fence in our yard but I couldn't figure out how to take a good picture of them.
Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Monday, December 7, 2009

I shot the Sheriff*

*The title of this post refers, of course, to the Bob Marley song. I found these CDs called Rockabye Baby! That take rock songs and make them into lullabies for babies. I was going to buy the Bob Marley one for Toots, per Tim's request, but then I realized they are just the music - no singing. Now, Tim says we just need to buy the regular Bob Marley CD for him. I'm wondering, am I going to make my kid a stoner if he listens to Bob Marley?! ;)

We had a fun weekend! Can you believe I am actually updating on a Monday? Weird.

Friday, Tim and I went to Dallas to have dinner with my friend (and former PC partner - thank God that's over!) Stephanie and her husband, Ross. We ate at Mattito's Mexican restaurant - which was really good - and also drove around Highland Park to look at some Christmas lights. There were some really pretty lights but we thought there were going to be more of them because they are listed on Texas as a good place to go look at them. It was still fun to look at the lights that were up and see all the big houses and, of course, great to hang out with them. Everyone's always busy so it's nice to find some time to see friends.

Saturday, we slept in and then went to Dutch's burgers for lunch. Tim's mom and brother came in town to watch the Big 12 Championship at Cowboy's Stadium. They are both Longhorn fans, so it was a fun but stressful game for them. We visited with them for awhile before they left for the game and we went to a wedding. The wedding was one of Tim's friend's sisters. It was absolutely gorgeous and she looked beautiful. The reception was at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth and they had a band, called Emerald City, that played for Mark Cuban and Emmitt Smith's weddings! They also played for President Bush when he was President. It was a 25 member band with lots of singers, so they could pretty much sing anything under the sun. We had a great time.

Sunday, we had breakfast with Tim's mom and brother before they left to go home and then just lounged around watching football the rest of the day. At the last part of the Cowboy's game, I went and did the elliptical and then we went to Wal-Mart to grocery shop. I wasn't feeling well all day yesterday so nothing sounded good for dinner. We ended up sharing some cheese and crackers (one of my most favorite things to eat when I was first pregnant) and I ate some fruit. Tim ate some leftover steak from his mom and brother's dinner the night before. Overall, it was a great weekend.

Toots has been a moving-around little fellow the past several days. He moves a lot! The hiccups have tapered off some and he usually just gets them maybe once a day. Last night as we were going to bed, Tim had his arm around my belly and Toots was just going to town kicking his arm. It was pretty funny.

I don't think my belly changed at all this week, Tim agreed. After that giant growth spurt last week, it's fine with me that it didn't get any bigger! Doctor's appointment next Monday. Here's the picture:

And here's what's going on with baby this week:

He's clocking in at five pounds and could be as tall as 20 inches by now. This week, a boy's testicles start making their way down from his abdomen to their final destination: his scrotum (look out below!). While about three to four percent of boys are born with undescended testicles, it's nothing to worry about — they usually head downtown before junior turns a year old. In other baby-related developments, those tiny fingernails have probably reached the tips of his fingers by now — and getting ready for that first postpartum manicure.

Here's a picture - it's getting pretty cramped in there!:

This week should be pretty quiet. We have all our Christmas decorations up but I haven't taken pictures, yet. I will take some and post them this week. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins

1. Wait! Wait, don't forget to always have fun .
2. A mid-morning banana followed at once by a need to eat lunch.
3. The trouble is that I am lazy today.
4. I wish the gloomy weather would go many miles away.
5. With a faint pop the champagne bottle opened in the other room.
6. Before a storm, the sky looks shadowy and ominous.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going out with Stephanie and Ross tfor dinner and to look at Christmas lights , tomorrow my plans include going to a wedding and visiting with Tim's mom and brother when they come in town for the Big 12 Championship, and Sunday, I want to possibly go to church and then hang out with my husband!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


My belly is HUGE. Huge, I tell you. Tim and I just freaked out looking at this week's picture versus last week. Lordy.

This is last week's picture for your viewing pleasure:

Anddd....This is this week's picture; complete with my haircut which doesn't look so cute after all the rain today.

Whoa. So much for thinking that I dropped.

Granted, I am swollen because of all the salt I ate last week and the fruit I didn't eat and the exercising I didn't do, but still. I had a doctor's appointment yesterday and my belly is measuring a week ahead (34 weeks v. 33 weeks) but I think it looks a lot more than 1 cm bigger from last week to this week (since it's supposed to grow 1 cm per week). What do you think? Other than that, everything was normal at the doctor. Toots was moving around like crazy, as usual, when the doctor took his heartbeat - which was 168 when he was moving around. When he was still for a minute it went down to 150. I go back on December 14th. (P.S. I was using some Jergen's Natural Glow lotion last week and I haven't used it at all this week. By looking at these pictures, I can tell it was working since I look kind of tan in the first one and not so tan this week!)

We went to Crockett (East Texas) for Thanksgiving with my Nanny and Papa. It was a great time and we got to meet baby Ty who is my cousin, Paxton, and his wife, Abby's, little boy. He is three months old and totally adorable. We enjoyed getting to spend some time with them and hopefully will be able to get together sometime since they live in the DFW area. The food was yummy. We also visited my Mammaw and Pappaw (dad's parents) while we were there and went and saw The Blindside. It was really good and I would recommend seeing it.

This week, I am getting back hardcore about exercising and I am eating foods that are supposed to be natural diuretics in order to try to get my swelling down. I haven't really been swollen at all and my feet got very swollen as well as my hands and I'd like to eliminate that as much as possible.

Here's a little bit about what's going on with baby this week:
For all the weight and bulk you’re lugging around these days, you’d think your little champ should weigh much more than a mere 5 lbs and measly 17 inches in height, but nope, that’s about the average size for a baby in its thirty-third week. In terms of appearances, they’re getting cuter and pudgier every minute as they pile on the baby fat for those adorable little wrist rolls and chubby toes. And as we’re sure you’ve already noticed they’re getting stronger with every passing day. Nowadays, it’s possible to observe a well-placed kick just by watching your belly—but you already knew that didn’t you? Although they’re getting stronger, your bigger-by-the-day baby is losing space to move around, so the actual rate of movement will drop off in the last few weeks, despite that powerful drop-kick they’ve been working on. Hey, did you know you’ll continue feeling their movements even during labor?

And here's a picture:

Only 7 weeks (or less or more ;)) left before his big arrival! I'm now going to be going to doctor's appointments every two weeks for one or two appointments, and then every week. And, only 24 days until Christmas. November flewww by.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and got lots of good food and hope you have a great week as well!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Weekend Recap

I decided I'm not going to post a belly picture this week because I just took the one last week on Wednesday, so it doesn't look any different between Wednesday and Sunday. I will make sure to take one on time this next Sunday so there might actually be a difference!

We had a pretty relaxing, uneventful weekend. Friday, Tim worked until 5:00 and then we went to Carrabba's for dinner to use the giftcard his mom got me for passing the bar. It was delicious! I loveee that place. Then, we went to the movies to see 2012. Tim had been wanting to see it. By the time we got there for the 8:30 showing, there were only 2 seats left so we knew we would be right at the very front. We decided to wait until the 9:45 showing to see it (it was on two screens) so we just sat in the bar area and Tim had a couple beers and we watching the Mavs game. The movie was pretty good. It got terrible reviews so we weren't sure what to expect but it wasn't bad. Of course, there were a lot of unbelievable things that happened - but we expected that. The theatre was super crowded because of New Moon and Blindside. We want to see both of those but didn't want to try this weekend.

Saturday, we slept in until almost 11:00 and then went to lunch with Jen, Alan, and their son, Connor, at Double Dave's Pizza (another yummy place!). We were glad to get to visit with them and hang out for awhile. Then, we did a little bit of Christmas shopping before coming back home. We got Chicken Express for dinner and rented this movie called Franklyn. It was really weird.

Sunday, we slept in again and then got some donuts. We watched football and got Wing Stop for a late lunch (lots of healthy food this weekend, obviously). Then, Tim did some work while I went to the grocery store. We also went on a long walk to try to make up for some of the bad food.

Today, I went to "court" to fight a red light ticket I got back in September. They said I ran a red light when I was turning right on red - that I didn't stop before turning - but the video clearly showed me stopping. Anyway, I went in this morning and they agreed with me! The guy said it definitely showed I stopped, so there was a finding of non-liability and I didn't have to pay the $75 fine. Yippee!

We're going to Crockett, in east Texas, for Thanksgiving on Thursday and staying there through the weekend. Tim and my stepdad are going to go duck hunting as well. I LOVE Thanksgiving food so I am super excited about it.

Toots was going crazy while we were watching 2012. I think because of all the explosions and stuff. His new favorite thing is to stick his (I think) heel out so I have a little point coming out of my right side. He pretty much only moves on my right side. It's extremely rare to feel him on the left. I've been sleeping worse and worse - waking up a bunch and having to get up to go to the bathroom a lot. Hopefully it will get better, but I'm not holding my breath. I can't believe I only have 8 weeks left!

Here's more what's going on with him this week:

He's starting to get ready for his big debut, tipping the scales at almost 4 pounds and topping out at just about 19 inches. In these last few weeks, it's all about practice, practice, practice as he hones the skills he'll need to surive and thrive outside the womb, from swallowing and breathing to kicking and sucking. And speaking of sucking, your little one has been able to suck his thumb for a while now. Another change this week: As more and more fat accumulates under your baby's skin, he's becoming less transparent and more opaque.

One last thing. If you are a pray-er, if you could please keep my friend, Lindsey's, mom in your prayers. They found out she has brain cancer and she needs all the prayers she can get. I know Lindsey and her family would really appreciate it.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Fill-In

1. We need another nice, cool day here.
2. Tucker was snoring in his sleep the other night and it made me smile.
3. If you want to get, sometimes you have to give first.
4. I love my husband because he told me I looked hot in the dress I'm wearing to a wedding in a couple weeks :)
5. Massachusetts has proposed a 5% sales tax on elective cosmetic surgery; I think it might be a good way to raise revenue, but I'd like to know how they define "cosmetic" because I think sometimes certain surgeries are necessary but they are considered to be cosmetic.
6. Lots of food makes for a happy holiday.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to dinner at Carrabba's and a movie with Tim, tomorrow my plans include sleeping in with Tim, going to lunch with Jen, Alan, and C, and maybe doing some Christmas shopping, and Sunday, I want to go to church and enjoy the day!

Happy weekend, everyone!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Better Late Than Never

Once again, I'm blogging at the end of the week rather than the beginning. We had another busy week starting off but I think things should be slowing down now and the problem of blogging late will be eliminated :)

Last Friday, Tim's firm had a baby shower for us. It was so nice of them to do that and the shower was wonderful. Jason's Deli for lunch and a delicious cake from Central Market (picture below). We got lots of great gifts! I really don't like this picture of us (Tim looks squinty and I just don't like the way I look) but I feel it is an obligation to put a picture of us from the shower.

P.S. Tim is growing a beard this month, in case you couldn't tell. I think it's scratchy and don't like it. I told him if he could find a trimmer to keep it the length of Brett Favre's (you know, the permanent look of not having shaved in about two days) that I would be okay with him keeping it, so I think he's going to try that.

Here's a picture of the adorable cake. It's hard to tell here but the little blue things all around "It's a boy" are little baby booties!

After that, we left for Waco for me to go to Michelle's baby shower (my friend who is also pregnant that I had a picture of us last week from my shower) and spend the night. Tim hung out with Michelle's husband, Pete, while the girls were "showering" (haha). It was a great time and nice to hang out with them. We hope they will move to the DFW area after Pete graduates from law school so we can hang out more often!

Saturday, we left Waco and went to Boerne. My Nanny also came into Boerne so she could come to my Swearing In ceremony on Monday in Austin. We had a nice weekend in Boerne, pretty relaxing. Saturday night, we went to my friend, Stephanie's, house - she was my Practice Court partner in law school and lives in San Antonio - and hung out with her and her family. We had a fun time with them, too!

Monday, we got up realllly early to go to Austin for the Swearing In. It lasted about an hour so it wasn't too bad. It was pretty difficult for Tim to get pictures in the Frank Erwin Center, so I just have one of the judges and two from when we went and ate afterwards. My dad was also there but I didn't realize it because he snuck in for the ceremony and then left for a meeting and THEN texted me to tell me he was there!

This is the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals judges. The Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court administered the oath to us.
My mom, Nanny, and I from after the ceremony at Kerby Lane Cafe for lunch (it was good!).

I don't really like this picture of me, but it's cute of everyone else. My stepdad (Sonny), mom, me, and Tim.

After lunch, we headed back to Fort Worth. We stopped in Waco along the way to get Tucker because we left him there since it would've been too difficult to coordinate what to do with him during the swearing in. Got back to Fort Worth in time to unpack, eat an early dinner, and go to birthing class. It was our last class and we got to tour the Labor & Delivery hospital. I was really glad we got to do that because I wanted to see what it looked like before the big day. It's super nice and has only been open about a year and a half. We got out of that class at 9:00 and headed home to crash.

Tuesday, it was back to work for Tim and I ran some errands. We had another class at 6:30 that night called "Baby Basics" class for after the baby is born. Tim originally didn't really want to take this class because he thought we knew enough about this already but I think it ended up being very helpful for both of us. I thought I knew how to bathe a baby but they showed us a totally different way than I would have thought to do it, showed us soothing techniques, and told us about the different little skin irritiations newborns will get that you don't have to worry about. I was glad that we went. That was another night of not getting home until after 9:00 and poor Tim had been at work since 8:00 AM.

Yesterday, I brought lunch from Chik-Fil-A and a red velvet cake up to Tim's work to thank them for the shower. I think it was a big hit and everyone seemed to like the red velvet cake I made a lot. We were finally at home last night and ate Pizza Inn for dinner. We LOVE Pizza Inn's thin crust pizza and they just opened a brand new one not far from our apartment.

Also, yesterday was 10 years since the Bonfire fell at A&M. I think a lot (if not most) Aggies remember exactly where they were when they heard the Bonfire fell. I was in the bathroom at my house getting ready for school and listening to the radio. I was a freshman in high school but I already knew I wanted to go to A&M for college. It actually fell at 2:42 AM on November 18, 1999 but I didn't hear about it until I woke up for school. Twelve Aggies died in the collapse. It was an eerily significant number since A&M has the tradition of the 12th man and that's what the people who attend the games are known as. The 12th Aggie to die was alive in the collapsed stack for the entire rescue process, but everytime they tried to remove him from the rubble, he pointed them to other people that needed to be rescued and said he was okay. He was only 17 years old. I think that is the epitome of selflessness and the true spirit of being an Aggie. I went to the A&M/Texas game the week after it fell and it was extremely emotional. There was a memorial where people were putting flowers, notes, and other A&M memorabilia for the fallen Aggies. I remember seeing several Aggie rings that people put there. It was overwhelming almost to see those there as everyone who goes to A&M and even a lot of people who don't go there, know how important and significant the Aggie ring is to people who graduated from there. The cover story on Texas Montly magazine this month is about Bonfire and they talk to a lot of people who were there at the time as well as people who were part of it in the past and people who were injured in the collapse. It's still emotional to read about it to think of those who lost their lives. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I encourage you to try to google about it or look up Texas Monthly's website and see if you can read about it on there. But, I have to warn those of you that didn't go to A&M, there's a quote that Aggies use "From the outside looking in, you can't understand it. From the inside looking out, you can't explain it." Basically, it might be difficult to understand the significance and, especially, the tradition behind it if you didn't go to A&M or have family that did.

Here's the belly picture for the week. I'm 31 weeks this week (well, almost 32 now since I'm posting late this week). To me and Tim, it looks like my belly has already dropped some. It's not quite as full on the top as it was and seems to look lower. I don't know if it will be too difficult to scroll all the way down to last week's picture to compare, but you can let me know what you think! I've started to get more tired and sore lately. Toots kicks and moves around A LOT, which I love. It's more like rolls now and sometimes little tappings with his foot. I really enjoy watching my belly roll around but it seems like he can sense when I pull my shirt up to look and he stops doing it sometimes then! He also gets the hiccups quite frequently. I may have mentioned it before, but I don't like it when he gets these. Some people think it's cute but the rythmic tapping that it feels like in my belly is uncomfortable to me.
And here's what's going on with baby this week:
This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long (again, this is different than most other websites and books, which say about 18 inches). 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. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.
Michelle had an ultrasound this week and her little boy was weighing 4 pounds, and that's what other books/websites have said, so he may be closer to 4 pounds than 3.3.

Whew, that was a long post! We are sticking around here this weekend and might go to a movie. Tim's mom also sent me a Carrabba's giftcard for a congratulations on passing the bar, so I think we'll be hitting up my favorite restaurant for some Italian food! Hope everyone had a great week and has a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


We finished the nursery last night by hanging the last of the pictures and his name letters! Now it's just waiting for a little baby to arrive to use it!

View from the door looking into the room:

Crib with Peter Rabbit bedding from Pottery Barn Kids. You can't really see him except for his ears, but there is also an adorable Peter Rabbit stuffed animal in the crib. The blanket hanging on the right side of the crib (another view of it in one of the later pictures) was made from part of my wedding dress. Baskets underneath hold toys and stuffed animals

I painted and decorated letters. The ones online would have been $15/each and I was able to make them for about $5/each!
Changing table/dresser and cute window coverings. The basket hanging on the left side holds changing supplies and the little bunny sitting on the changing table has cotton balls and baby q-tips.

Closet view. The sign above the door says "Always kiss me goodnight!"
Peter Rabbit cup and bowl are on the left side of the shelf, then the hand and footprint frame, and Duck piggy bank. The picture next to the shelf is a "First Year Frame" with slots for each month of the first year and a newborn picture. Some of his adorable clothes hanging on the shelf and a rabbit lamp on the bookshelf.

Little closer view of the bookshelf with his books and some stuff animals. Can't forget the baby A&M football with the froggy!
Glider with pillow made from part of my wedding dress, Peter Rabbit picture, and super-soft stuffed bunny with his name embroidered on the ear.

Another Peter Rabbit picture and the vibrating chair we were so excited to get (Thanks, Ann!). I'm also planning on getting a baby chair that is shaped like a big frog from Pottery Barn Kids.

Big Bear next to changing table. There is another view of the blanket made from my wedding dress.
This is the "Baby Sleeping" pillow I was talking about that I was cross-stitching for his room. It hangs on the door. I'm so happy with the way it turned out - especially for my first project!


Here are pictures from my fabulous shower this past weekend. Unfortunately, I don't have pictures from the shower in Beaumont yet because my mom now can't find her memory card for her camera, which the pictures are on. Hopefully we'll find it soon and I can post them!

Like I said in the last post, the shower was at my friend Kaitlin's house in Frisco. We had ice cream sundaes (yummmm), cookies, and cake as well as some really delicious punch. There were three games - one was Lauren's Pregnancy Trivia with questions about my pregnancy, one was guessing how much several baby toys cost all together, and one was to guess what Toots will weigh when he is born. One of the hostesses took everyone's guess and address and whoever is the closest will get a prize mailed to them! Also, my hostesses all pitched in to get me my jogging stroller I had registered for! I was SUPER excited to have this to be able to get back in shape after having the baby and so that I will be able to exercise with him. Tim was also really excited so we can use it to get back into running 5ks. I didn't get a good picture of me opening the jogging stroller, so here's a link you can click on to see it:

Here are me and my great hostesses, plus my friend Kathy (left to right): Jill, Kimberly, me (duh), Kathy, Kaitlin, and Stephanie. Lindsey also helped to hostess but, unfortunately, she couldn't make it because she had a meeting for work :( The things hanging in the window behind us spell "Baby" and have little baby things on them - so cute!
Stephanie got Tucker a little toy of his own so he wouldn't feel left out with all the presents Toots is getting - haha! Ignore my goofy face :)

Take-Along Swing from my Nanny
Adorable sleeper from Michelle - it is soo soft
Toot's first Aggie tee from Kathy. He also got an A&M onesie and t-shirt that has a little boy in a football uniform and says "Hold on Aggies, I'm coming!" from Jill. Also, he got an A&M blanket and two Aggie books from my Aunt and Uncle who weren't able to come. We want to start him out early!

Hand and footprint frame from my stepmom's friend Laura and her daughter, Rebecca. When Toots is born, we will use the ink pad that came with it to put his hand and footprint in the frame.

Adorable cake! It has his initials on the onesie. Also, it was delicious!

Michelle and I. Michelle is who I was saying is due 3 days before me. She's also having a boy! I'm so excited for Toots to have a friend so close to his age!

I also got our Pack 'n Play from my stepmom, Nancy; the Co-Sleeper that goes next to our bed from my mom; some really cute clothes from my sisters, including one that says "Auntie loves me THIS much" and has a little bear stretching his arms out; the bebe pod (just like a Bumbo) for Toots to sit in; bottles, bottle liners, some diapers, toys, washing stuff, pacifiers, and a bunch of other stuff! Like I said, we had a great time and got lots of awesome stuff!