Monday, April 30, 2012

27 Weeks & Nursery Update

What a BUSY weekend! I have a feeling they are only going to get busier. We made a lot of progress on the nursery. Unfortunately my camera flash is getting fixed so I only have my phone to take pictures with. As soon as I get my camera back hopefully the rest of the nursery will be put together! I washed almost all of her clothes and hung them outside to dry. It was so beautiful all weekend and I loved the smell of sun dried baby clothes:

Keep in mind these are only SOME of her clothes. Thanks to her great aunt she will be the best dressed baby EVERY day of the week! 

I finally finished painting the sign to hang in her room. The longest part was finding what quote and font I wanted to use and how was I going to get it on the board. I ended up doing it freehand and it turned out ADORABLE! Cowboy made it out of old wooden pallets.

In other nursery news, mama and I painted the dresser and converted the full bed into a day bed. It's amazing how much bigger the room looks! We repainted the dresser white then added some "distressed" effects. Now we want to distress everything we have! The room is really coming together. All there is left to do is build the closet shelves. It's sort of a busy time on the farm with cutting/raking/baling hay, building catch pens, working the last of the cows, etc. There is always something to do! When he gets a free weekend the closets will be done. As soon as I get my camera back I am going to take real pictures.

After this week the busy time starts! We have 2 doctor appointments next week and a baby shower Saturday. Starting May 19th we have 6 weddings in a row. That's on top of everything else we have going on: Cowboy's baseball practices/games, Emily's wedding festivities, showers,etc. It's never ending. July is WIDE OPEN though and it will stay that way :) The first of August is pretty busy as well but I will be preoccupied then!

Week 27 isn't much different than 26... It's hard to believe this is the last week of the 2nd trimester. I exercised for the first time in months Saturday and am still sore today. The whole time Brinkley and I were walking I was asking myself, "Why did I not start doing this sooner?" I went ALL day Saturday with mama to different baby stores and finishing up registering along with painting the dresser so I was pretty tired Sunday. It takes a while to bounce back and I guess I just don't realize I can't go like I used to. I have ZERO core strength anymore. I hoist myself off the couch and rolling over is a full body effort. I can't imagine getting any larger but I know I have a ways to go. Other than the physical aspects the emotional part has set in as well. My temper is much shorter and it doesn't take much to make me cry lol I'll be glad when hormones quit running my life!

A co-worker asked me today how much longer I had and I told her 13 weeks. She said, "Really!?" Even though it's still 3 months away it has flown by. I feel like I just started telling people I'm pregnant. As bad as I want it to be here I am trying to enjoy every moment of being pregnant. It's a special time with just me and Brantley. It just seems so surreal even feeling her move around all the time that there is a human in there! What an amazing blessing. I pray and thank God for her every day. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


So the glucose test didn't go so well.. I failed! :( My doctor said he wasn't concerned because I wasn't at risk for a large baby and my weight gain has been fine. I've never had any kind of health problems or diet problems so I was pretty surprised it was high. In two weeks I have to go for a 3 hour test where they take my blood every hour... YIKES. I was excited when I found out yesterday was just a finger prick and NOW I have to actually have my blood taken 3 times! Oh well, maybe I will pass the next one. I will definitely be taking a book to read for those 3 hours. Now I will have 3 visits to see him in May: 4-d ultrasound, 3 HOUR GLUCOSE TEST!!, and 30 week appointment! I definitely decided to skip the ICEE on my way home yesterday....

Monday, April 23, 2012

Am I becoming a bird??

Yesterday I hit 26 weeks. I don't know what came over me last Friday/Saturday but I think nesting has officially kicked in. I think I'm a bird.. not really but seriously. We have 14 weeks until Brantley gets here, plenty of time. Everything is in the works to be finished. I KNOW everything will get done but I have this urge to go in the nursery and move stuff around and look through all her clothes. Yesterday Mama came over and brought a few things and we changed the bedding on the full bed and talked about where different furniture would go. Before she got there I was planning on washing all of her clothes. I had them sorted into white clothes, dark clothes, no dry, gentle wash, wash on warm, wash on cold, handwash and any other washing direction I could find. I have already washed her bed sheet and some of her blankets. I keep telling myself once I get all this finished I  can just sit and rest but I am not one to sit still. Our first shower is May 12th and I definitely want things in a little better order by then. I would seriously pack my hospital bag if it wouldn't make me look TOO crazy but that can wait too!

In other news around our house, we officially have an infestation. Not of these guys...

but of these...

So far we have caught 4 and there is evidence of PLENTY more. They have made it from the kitchen to the bedrooms and no longer have anything to feast on in my pantry as it now all lives in my oven.... 

Last night Cowboy and I bought some mouse poison and now I'm paranoid that being pregnant I shouldn't be exposed to them and the dogs may eat it when they come in at night! Last night I had nightmares I was racing Brinkley to emergency surgery at the vet for ingesting a mouse that ate the poison (which it says on the label would poison the dog). I kept waking up every few hours and whispering to Brinkley to make sure she could pick her head up... I'm going crazy lol

MOVING ON. Today I go to the doctor for my glucose test. I was told not to eat anything sugary before so I'm trying to watch what I'm eating. I can't believe it's been 4 weeks since the last appointment but it still feels like it's creeping by. 

How far along? 26 weeks
Total weight gain/loss? Will find out today
Maternity clothes? Wearing some of my loose fitting dresses and maternity pants.
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep? No complaints lately
Best moment last week? Still just feeling all those movements
Movement? I think she's doing flips in there.
Food cravings? ICEES.
Gender? Girl.
Labor signs? No
Belly button in/out? In
What I miss? Not having to go to the bathroom every 15 minutes....
What I am looking forward too? Her being here!!
Milestones? Not really any this week. 

Nothing too different or exciting from last time. Still just growing by the day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

25 Weeks ~ Random

Actually 25 weeks and 4 days :) Everything has been going good. This past weekend we went to a wedding near the beach. It was a great weekend spent with family. I can't remember the last time I went to the beach with my whole family and extended family and stayed in one house! It was great. Pregnancy wise everything has been going good, just growing by the day! I am starting to get some sciatic nerve pain, especially after sitting at work all day. No matter how much water I drink during the day, my hands are swelling some. I can only imagine how it will be in July. My cousin said the bridesmaids dresses came in and I can't wait to see what that size 16 is going to look like! She has still been moving a TON. I'm almost ready for her to get so big that she can't do flips or whatever she's doing in there. I can't imagine how it's going to feel in a few short weeks because this week it has started to feel like I'm actually carrying a baby and she only weighs a little over a pound!

I go to the doctor Monday for my glucose test and two weeks from that we get the 4D. Wonder who she is going to look like?

Sorry the quality isn't good. This was taken with my phone. Cowboy is on the left, I'm on the right. I look like I just got in a serious fight! And why am I in blue blankets?? It's hard to tell in these but we are pretty easy to tell apart. Our noses are very different and our eyes. Cowboy has a little more hair and it's darker than mine. I pretty much had that much hair until I was 2 1/2 haha. Maybe we can get an idea of who she will favor from this!

Here is a 25 week shot:

Family shot from the wedding:

That's all for now!

Friday, April 13, 2012

A not so welcome house guest...

Bugs, spiders and lizards are not my favorite creatures but I'm not going to scream when I see one in the house. I certainly am NOT going to share my house with them though. This house guest was quite a bit larger than those listed above. We had a GIANT mouse in the house. I had heard some scratching on the wall in the kitchen the other day before I left for work. Once I got close enough it stopped and I never saw anything. Monday night when Cowboy and I were fixing tacos, I noticed a HUGE hole in the taco shells. Then we realized he had been in the rice, Ritz crackers and saltine crackers. He had to GO. We put a trap out last night before we ate dinner at a friend's house hoping to catch him before we left town for the weekend. I didn't want him throwing a party in my house! Cowboy let Brinkley in to eat and I heard her scratching around the trash can, close to where the trap was. Sure enough a little gray tail was stuck out the end. Cowboy handled it, I don't do mice! 

Gross!! It makes me cringe to look at him!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

24 weeks, Easter & Catching up!

This past Sunday I reached 24 weeks! It's hard to believe but then at the same time I feel like the weeks have been creeeeeeping by. Brantley is VERY active and growing by the day. My favorite part of the day is before we go to bed to watch my stomach. She has started to push back when you feel around for her. It is such an amazing thing! Today I scheduled our 4D ultrasound!! We go back to the doctor in 2 weeks then for the 4D in May. I really hope we can get a little peak at what she is going to look like.

Last Saturday we had our childbirth class at the hospital... It was only 2 hours and mostly videos. I think I know all I want to know about childbirth. It was very informative and I didn't hear about any horror stories. I'm trying to sort of block it all together and by the time she gets ready to come I just won't care! haha

This past weekend we celebrated Easter with Ryan, Nicole and Zoe being in town and went to church at the lake. We had an AMAZING lunch fixed by my mom and aunt. I don't know how she cooks all that food and everything tastes good. I've got big shoes to fill!

This weekend we are heading to a wedding at the beach. It will be so nice to relax and get out of town for the weekend. Our weekly activities have slowed down a good bit so I plan to start working on the nursery and getting it finished up. There really isn't a whole lot left to do which is what I was hoping for. We received the bedding last week and it is adorable, exactly what I was looking for! Thanks to Brantley's Great Aunt Judy!

Here is a picture from the website:

Once the bed sheet comes in I will post pictures! Here is a sneak peak at a little surprise that came with the bedding and the cutest little outfit I cannot get over. 

Last week Cowboy's cousin welcomed their baby boy, Ty. He is a doll but one big baby! It will be neat for Brantley to have a 2nd cousin (I think?) so close in age.

Someone FINALLY got new shoes put on so I got to spend some time with her. I know it will be a while but I cannot wait to start riding again!

One last picture of "Coach Barrett" at his game last night. Cowboy is coaching a 9 and 10 year old team. It's the funniest thing to watch. He is great with the kids and it's fun to watch them having fun!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Week 23

This week Brantley is the size of a pomegranate! I'm not going to put up the statistics because nothing really has changed. I had a big work convention this past weekend so it should be smooth sailing *work wise* until July. These next few months will be busy, but fun! We have 7 weddings between now and July and so far 2 after. One is August 4th and with Brantley being due July 29th I DOUBT I will make that!! It's such a fun time to have friends getting married and having babies. I found out Sunday one of my good friends and past co-worker is expecting in October!! I can't wait to find out if it will be a little boy or girl. 

In other news, I am ready to get started hard core on the nursery! So far we have one shower date set and not a lot of time to work on the room. We have everything done except painting a small chest to go in there and figuring out where to put her clothes! The room is so tiny that I don't want to add another piece of furniture. I've been exploring Pinterest trying to find different options but so far no luck. I am also working on picking out the crib bedding. This is more overwhelming than wedding dress shopping! I've got one picked out I really like I think we are going to use.

That's really all that has been going on! I will update soon with a picture :)