Monday, December 28, 2009

My Birth Story: The Delivery

12 weeks ago today, October 5 at 4:33 pm, Addison Leigh was born into this world by God's grace alone! The journey to how we got there was mostly captured on my blog... but I have let 12 weeks go by and haven't told you the birth story... UNTIL NOW!


My alarm went off at 4:00 am. My eyes popped open... and instantly I thought, "I am going to be a mother today!" Any other day if I had to get up at 4, I would be dragging. But I bounced out of bed and into the shower, but not before giving Adam a kiss and we both just looked at each other and we knew what the other was thinking ... today, WE would be parents! Wow!


I got ready, put on make-up, rolled my hair... I was determined to look "good" when I delivered this baby! We got the car all packed up and we were ready to go... but one more thing we had to do, love on our furbabies and let them know we would be home soon (my parents and in-laws took care of them while we were at the hospital). Before we walked out the door, we took one last picture of my big belly! HUGE is the only word to describe it!


We arrived at the hospital around 5:15 am (late as usual)! No one was in the emergency room so checking in only took about 30 minutes. Next thing I knew we were walking through the hospital to the Labor and Delivery floor. I get to my room and immediately they are telling me to change clothes into the backless gown (I was so concerned about my butt shining)! I crawled into the bed and only got out once (to tee tee) over the next 10 hours. Before any big events happened, Adam and I prayed together... I will never forget that moment as long as I live! It was so sweet and it gave me such a sense of peace! I knew God was in total control and I was ready! I was all settled in around 6:15 am and they started my IV and the Pitocin at 6:25. I was warned it could be a long day. I was ready. My blood pressure was good and I had no strange side effects from the Pitocin. WHEW! My Dr came in at and checked me, I was only dilated to a 2 so he broke my water at 7:26 am.


Let me pause here and say the worst pain I felt from beginning to end was when they out in the IV and when he broke my water!! After that, it was a dang breeze (pain wise)! I am not a big wuss, but I am not the best pain manager in the world, but holy moly when he broke my water I thought I might pass out, but the pain only lasted maybe 30 seconds! After that, it was relaxing time. My parents arrived around 8:30 am. So the 4 of us hung out in my room as things progressed. Looking back, the next 8 hours absolutely flew by. I remember thinking I wasn't ready... I wanted that day to last a long time... I wanted to remember every tiny detail. I remember feeling that exact way on my wedding day.

My Dr said he would like for me to get the epidural when I was dilated to a 4. Over the course of an hour and a half, I dilated to a 4... and was feeling the contractions. I had always heard contractions were like BAD menstrual cramps... and that is EXACTLY what they felt like. Not bad at all. I got my epidural at 9:00 am on the dot! There was never ANY QUESTION IN MY MIND that I wanted that thing! Yes, the needle is scary looking. But NO it does not hurt when you get it! They give you a little shot to numb the area before giving you the epidural and that hurt like, well, like getting a flu shot! Then I felt nothing until they pushed the medicine in and it felt like cold water running down my back! That's it. No pain. No tears. No nausea. No blood pressure drop. Just instant relief from the contractions! How in the world people do it without the epidural, I will NEVER understand!

After the epidural, I got a little loopy! I remember saying several times, "I feel gooood!" But I remember everything! We were watching contractions on the monitor and I couldn't feel a thing! It was insane! The Dr came back to check me several times... I wasn't progressing very well. But that is expected because the epidural usually slows labor down some, but not a lot like most people say (that's what my Dr said anyway)!

Over the next 8 hours or so I... ate ice, talking with Adam and my parents, updated Facebook and Twitter, relaxed, shut my eyes (but never napped), fixed my makeup, etc. I didn't play games or listen to my ipod or anything, I was too anxious! I remember being checked around lunchtime and I was dilated to like a 5. Then again at around 3 and I was dilated to a 7. At that point, I was hurting a little, the epidural felt like it was wearing off, so the anesthesiologist came back in and gave me some more meds in my epidural. Things were moving along and I was READY! That epidural really hit me hard that time and my legs were completely numb! That was the weirdest feeling ever!

Then all of a sudden, at around 3:45, I remember the nurse saying, "Ok, are you ready to push?" "WHAT??? NO I AM NOT READY!" I thought there would be some big production leading up to the pushing part. It was so fast and I wasn't ready. I wanted to hang out some more. But Addison had a different plan. She was ready. So I pushed with the nurse for about 20 minutes... my mom stood behind me and took pictures while Adam and another nurse held my legs up. I couldn't feel if I was pushing or what because I was so numb. My legs felt like they weighed 100 lbs a piece! I pushed and pushed and she finally crowned.

Then came in the Dr... yeah he was really only there for like 20 minutes. Side note: I had the BEST nurse ever. She was amazing. And as I talked to her more and more, turned out we went to the same church. She just attended the early service! And she was actually in the Sunday school class that we had been wanting to visit. Small world!

So back to pushing... I pushed for 45 minutes before Addison's arrival. I will tell you... that was exhausting. It felt like 12 hours of pushing! My body was completely worn out. I didn't say a word during the 45 minutes of pushing. I was completely focused and wanted to get her OUT! I didn't cry, I didn't scream. I didn't cuss. I just grunted. And finally at 4:33 my sweet baby girl was born! It was amazing. They laid her on my chest and then the tears started flowing. God had just given me such a blessing and I was completely overwhelmed! I remember thinking "She's so big!" And turns out she was. The doctor informed me that because she was so big, she broke her right clavicle coming out. I was worried at first, but he assured me that it would heal perfectly fine (and it is!) Turns out, that's pretty common.

Addison Leigh weighed 8 lbs 15 oz. And was 21.5 inches long. One more ounce would have given me a 9 pounder :) She was just perfect! I was literally awestruck! I don't know really how else to describe it! Adam cut the cord and then they took her away to begin working on me!

YES, working on ME! I barely remember the placenta being delivered. I didn't even push. The Dr pushed on my belly when a contraction came and it just came out. Blunt I know, but that's how it happened! Over the next 20 minutes, I was SOOOO uncomfortable! I had a 2nd degree tear so I was being sewn up. But that wasn't what was hurting. I couldn't figure out why I was hurting. But I was in pain! Turns out that all it was... I had to teetee! They took my catheter out before I started pushing and I couldn't feel anything so apparently I was holding it. They put my catheter back in (which didn't hurt at all-I was freaking out before they did it-i was scared i might die) and instant relief!

About 2 hours later I was moved into another room where I would spend the next 2 days. I will say, standing up was tough the 1st time. There was so much pressure on my bottom. I didn't understand (still don't). And of course I was sore and walking REALLY funny! I never felt any pain really from the stitches. Just soreness. And for you ladies that are wondering... the 1st bowel movement is scary, but not painful... yes I know... prob TMI, but I told you I would be honest and open about all this :)

Let's see, what next... everything else started getting jumbled together. Breastfeeding wasn't working out so well. So after the 1st day, I pumped. And I pumped for 6 weeks and she is now on formula. It's been 12 weeks and I just now feel completely healed "down there." It is true what you hear... you bleed a lot for the 1st 3-4 weeks. And wearing diaper-like pads isn't fun but you get used to it quickly!

Have I left anything out?? I am sure I have. But if you ladies have any questions about ANYTHING, I am more than happy to answer them. You know me, open and honest! I plan to do a post about weight and weight loss very soon. I would talk about it here but that's a story on it's own!

If you have questions, leave them in a comment. I will do a separate post answering them if there are enough, if not I will answer them individually. If you want to email me and ask me something, feel free! Giving birth was an amazing experience for me. I seriously enjoyed the entire pregnancy and delivery! I was beyond blessed to not have any complications for 10 months! And now that I am a mother, I know that this is what I was meant to do! I was DEFINITELY meant to be a mother and am thankful to God that he allowed me to be just that!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Um yeah, I lied.

So I realize that the last post I did was titled "I'm baaaack!" But I really wasn't! Sorry for that little white lie! I really had every intention of blogging at least twice a week but I didn't! Having a sweet baby at home took most of my time and when she was napping, sometimes so was I :) Well, now I am back at work (SO SAD!) and I have lots of time to BLOG.

I just looked back and realized that I have only blogged 3 times since she was born! SHAME ON ME, I know! I realize I still have the birth story to tell and I think that might be a great story for next week :) So look for that post to be next week. I PROMISE! That is my Christmas present to you all... you can hardly call that a Christmas present but hey, it's the best I can do :)

Before the post I will give a warning. I think you all know I am very open and honest and NOT MODEST AT ALL! So it will have lots of details that some may or may not want to hear but I think it's things I need to share with those of you who are interested or those that might be having a baby any time soon (and I know I have some preggo readers and I want to make sure that you have the option of hearing my non-horrifying birth story because I am sure you have heard enough horror stories!)

Ok so enough about that... let's talk Christmas! MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you ladies (and maybe a few gents)! What an exciting time of year, expecially for our family, with our new addition! We are so excited about Addison's first Christmas! We went to Alabama this past weekend to celebrate with my family and needless to say, Addison is a blessed baby!! She got lots of toys and fun clothes and even some diapers and formula (which mommy and daddy are mostly thankful for) :) Christmas Eve we will go to Adam's family and then my parents are coming in town to spend the night so they can be here to see what Santa brings Addison! Santa won't be going overboard but gifts will be dropped off for my sweet baby girl! Pics are promised!

I promise to post some December pics of Addison tomorrow, she is getting so big! Here are a few updates!

- She is 11 weeks old! HOLY COW, I know!
- She has her first cold and there is nothing more sad!
- She is currently flailing her arms A LOT!
- She coos a little, but it's more gurgling!
- She smiles big as life, but no giggle just yet!
- She weighs 12 lbs and 11 oz. and is 24.5 in long!
- Wearing 3-6 months clothes!
- She loves bath time.
- She is a teetee-ing machine!
- She loves to look at ceiling fans! It's hilarious! They mesmerize her!

More Addison updates to come... but for now I leave you with her newborn pics!

















Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I'm Baaaaaaack

And boy do I have have stuff to catch you guys up on! Oh... 6 weeks worth of stuff really! My sweet Addison doesn't allow me much blogging time but I have vowed to be better during her naps :)

It will take me a while to catch you up, but I am dedicated to doing so over the next two weeks so I can get back into blogging :) I have missed it but really haven't been motivated to do it! I have so much to tell but wasn't really in the mood or didn't have the time!

But here we go :) It's time to play catch up (I promise to try and NOT overwhelm you today)!

1. Addison is wonderful. She is 6 weeks old and growing like a weed! At her 4 week appt she weight 9 lbs 5 oz. and was 22.5 inches long! Her clavicle is healing great!

2. I am healed :) I obviously tore when my precious 8.15 baby came out but I am all good now. I tore to a 2 but have healed wonderfully! Stitches are out!

3. You know what that means... I am working out again. I started working out THE DAY the Doc told me I could. I went to my 4 week checkup, he said you are good to go on workouts, I hit the gym THAT AFTERNOON! I was SOOO anxious to get back to the gym! CRAZED REALLY!

4. I started back on Weight Watchers this past Monday and we have great success so far! A little background on my preggo weight gain, etc! When I found out I was pregnant... I had just lost 25 lbs and went from a 10 to a 4/6! Well that weight quickly piled back on plus another 40 lbs! YES, that's right, I gained 65 lbs throughout the pregnancy! SCARY! I went from 145 to 210 in 10 months! I was devastated! But nothing I could do at that point! After I left the hospital, I had only lost 10 lbs (more devastation)! But over the last 6 weeks I have lost 32 lbs (half way there)! But I have MUCH left to lose! So I am back to running and lifting and being VERY good about my eating so I am hoping the other 33 lbs melt off SOON! I am in a wedding Jan 2! So, WWW posts will resume next week (once I catch you all up) :)

5. I have cut 5 inches off of my hair and it's really freaking me out :) (pics to come)

6. Birth story will be another post this week :)

7. Being a stay at home mom is what I was meant to be! Will I? We shall see!

8. Adjusting to being a mom has been challenging but wonderful and I think I almost have the hang of it :)

9. I love this little girl more and more everyday! It's amazing what God does between a mother and child! It's just such a special bond!

10. Here are some updated pics :)























Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I'm Alive!

I'm here.

I'm alive.

I'm busy.

I'm in a blogging funk although I have TONS of stuff to blog about (mostly motherhood related stuff)!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! (our pics are to come)

I really miss you all!

Please forgive me as I am adjusting to being a new mom :) I am loving it and promise to return soon with some good information and funny stories :)

Hugs to you all... I must run, I hear a screaming, hungry baby calling for her mama! :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Introducing Miss Addison Leigh

Hey guys. I am sneaking in a second to introduce you all to my beautiful daughter Addison Leigh! I am so sorry that I am just now getting to post this but as you can imagine we are busy busy but we are absolutely wonderful! I have such a great birth story to tell you in another post. It was amazing! I am one of those that has positive things to say. Not one horror story. But that's all coming later when I have a chance to type more. :) Typing with one hand is a skill I will have to acquire :)

A few details...

Miss Addison Leigh was born Monday, October 5, 2009 at 4:33 pm. She weighed 8 lbs 15 oz and wad 21.5 in long. BIG, sweet baby :) Doc estimated she was 7.5 lbs. I'd say he was a bit off :) haha. I did not have a c-section :) The only scary thing of the day was when I delivered, because she was so big, she fractured her clavicle. But that will heal perfectly and is actually pretty common I have found out. ALM had her first pediatrician appt today and it went great and all is well. She weighs 8 lbs 12 oz now so she is ahead of schedule.

And I must brag on one more thing... she is an amazing, content, no fussing baby! She has slept 4-6 hours every night since we have been home. And her daddy and I much appreciate it. :) We are amazingly blessed with this precious child from God. We can't say thank you enough for all of your sweet thoughts and prayers throughout this journey. I am lucky to have such a wonderful support system and sweet friends :) You all are the best!!

Now, here is Miss Addison Leigh... (lot more pics to come-promise!)


Getting ready to eat :)

ALMs 1st Auburn game day. It was a bad one for our tigers.


My sweet Addison bear :)


Sleeping beauty


Meeting her brother and sis for the 1st time

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Baby and Me Update

Hello ladies and GOOD SATURDAY MORNING! I don't know that I have ever blogged on Saturday :) But I am here and I wanted to give you some updates and some BIG NEWS!

Let me start with my appointment that I had on Tuesday. Adam couldn't go so my mom went with me because... well... those exams are not to be tackled alone! Once he examined me he said I had thinned a little more but wasn't dilated more so he wanted to see me again Friday! But he asked me if I would like to be induced on Monday Oct 5th? WHAT?????? Induced?? at 39 weeks 1 day??? Where's my husband? Why isn't he here for this?? I am sooo indecisive I can't make this decision alone! HELLO, isn't HE my Dr! I want him to decide. So I asked him what he would do if this were his wife and he said INDUCE! So ok, decision made! Let's induce! HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!!!!! I left a little disappointed because Adam wasn't there to hear all that and help me make a decision! Plus I wasn't thinned much more and I needed to be! When they induce if you aren't thinned enough you have a 50% higher chance of c-section! Which I am not totally opposed to but I don't want one at the same time if it can be avoided!

Friday appointment: Adam was there :) WHEW! He had lots of questions! I had another exam that I was DREADING but really hoping for good news... and we GOT GOOD NEWS! I am almost dilated to a 3 and almost completely effaced. He said he felt VERY GOOD about inducing now! WHEW! (and breathe)! I was going to be so torn if I hadn't thinned more! So guess what ladies... I will be induced,

Monday, October 5th at 5:30 AM!

I will get to meet my sweet girl that I have longed to meet now for 39 weeks! My Dr said to expect her arrival around 5-8 pm! I promise to keep you all updated via Twitter and through texts (those of you I have your #)! And I will blog about the journey as soon as we get home and get all settled! I can't wait to show you my beautiful daughter!! I would be lying if I said I wasn't freaked out and excited and anxious and thrilled all at once! We are over the moon and just praying that everything goes perfect and we have a healthy baby girl!! We know it's in God's hands and God is good and sovereign and we know that He will take care of us all!

Please keep us in your prayers and say a prayer for me Monday morning (although I realize most of you won't be up at 5:30-just say a quick one when you get up)! :) Thank you all for your sweet comments and support through this journey!! Come Monday, I will have a whole new journey to share with you!!

Have a great weekend ladies! HUGS!

And here is my 38 week picture!! You can tell, she's ready! (and so am I)! :)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Last Day

Today is my last day of work until I go on maternity leave!! I am super excited but kind of nervous at the same time. That means, I truly am about to be a mom :) WOW! Amazing! There's a lot of anxiety that goes with that!! But I have full faith in God and I know He will take great care of me and Addison and we will be well cared for! I am so thankful for His mercy and many blessings in my life and through this pregnancy!! I couldn't have gotten through the last 9 months without His guidance!

So... What do I plan to do over the next couple of weeks before her arrival?? Well, besides lots of doctor appointments I plan to wash bottles, wash clothes, clean house, rest, sleep, relax (as much as possible) and get ready for the arrival of my precious sweet Addison Leigh! (Did I mention CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN???) Nesting much?

I had a doctor's appointment today and because of another jump in weight he took more blood to do more labs! I think he is really concerned about Preclampsia but I have no symptoms except swelling and weight gain and HELLO, don't ALL pregnant women gain weight and swell?? :) My blood pressure has literally been perfect since I got pregnant! The scale is an old school sliding scale and I am so serious, it's CRAP! I am not revealing how much weight I have gained just yet!! I promise to do so once she's here and I have slimmed down some! For now, I want to keep that to myself! But I am very open about my weight and weight loss/gain so I promise to talk more openly about that soon!

I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your support through this pregnancy! Your sweet comments and encouragement have meant the world to me. It seriously makes my day! I am very blessed to have such a great group of friends through this blog and I am grateful for each of you! I don't know how much I will be blogging as numb fingers are not fun to type with :) But I promise to update on my pregnancy status and everything via Twitter. So if you aren't following me, you can do so on the sidebar of my blog!

And know I am reading blogs, but I know I have been slacking on commenting! I will be back in full force hopefully next week on commenting!

I am sure I will post again before her arrival but if not, thank you for your thoughts and sweet prayers!! Love u all!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Progress

Ladies, we have PROGRESS!!

I had a doctor's appointment yesterday and finally got some news that was something other than, "Everything looks great. Right on track!"

I wasn't prepared for what he said but he said "Today's the day for your exam!" What???

My sweet friend Tracy had told me about the exam and how unpleasant it was! Well, she didn't lie! It was not fun ONE. SINGLE. BIT.

But he did tell me I was dilated to a 2! And 50% effaced! GREAT! We have some progress! Wonderful! He said he could induce but he would like for me to be a little thinner before he entertained that idea! i would personally like to go into labor on it's own But if she's not here by Oct 11th (her due date) then, I am down with induction!

Another piece of good news... she is HEAD DOWN! :) I am so glad because I really want to give birth vaginally and not have a c-section! But if it's necessary for her health or mine, I am of course 100% ok with it!

So ladies, we have lots of progress! YIPPEE! I have another Dr appointment Friday! I am having BAD swelling. He diagnosed me with pregnancy Carpal Tunnel syndrome! SUPER! My hands are swollen so big and my fingers are numb! UGH! Hoping the braces he prescribed help me out some!

Please keep Addison and I in your prayers!! I know God is in complete control of this situation. I am not nervous or worried. Just anxious for her arrival!! God is good. He has been so gracious in blessing me in my life with this precious child! I can't wait to meet God's little miracle that I have carried now for 9 months!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Officially 27!

What a weekend I had! I got surprised by my best friends, turned 27, ate lots of yummy food and spent some precious time with my husband! It was a FANTASTIC weekend!

It started off with a rough Friday at work, then when I left work, I got to my car only to find a sweet card from Adam, Dansby and Daizy with a Cherry Laffy Taffy (my thing lately) and money to go get a mani/pedi! So I did! And it was MUCH needed and wonderful! Then when I arrived home, Adam and I went to eat at a local pizza place here and as we are walking up, I could see through the glass a guy that looked an awful lot like my best friend Jackie's husband and I was about to say "Wow, that guy freakishly looks like Jarred," when we walked in and I saw balloons and Jackie, Jarred and Shell Bell! I was SOOO surprised and that never happens. I am always suspicious! :) It was a wonderful night of good food, lots of laughs and some tears (we busted out the wedding video-ha)!

Saturday I had to work until 1:00. Then when I got home, my husband had cooked up quite the spread, some of my favorite things! He even boiled me some peanuts! YUM! He had invited some of our friends over to hang out and watch football all day, so that's what we did! It was fun and sooo nice! Just to hang with our friends. We haven't gotten to do that much since I got pregnant! Auburn won- whoop whoop!

Sunday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Adam and I were supposed to go to a family reunion but it was canceled so we were LAZY ALL DAY! It was awesome! We laid in bed and skipped church (BAD BAD)! We jut enjoyed being together and went to dinner later that night in Auburn for some YUMMY Mexican! For my birthday, besides all the precious sweet things he did for me, like clean, mani/pedi, invite friends to surprise me, etc... he got me two bookcases I have been desperately wanting to go on either side of our TV stand! It now looks like an entertainment center! :) I will post pics soon!

Needless to say, this birthday was special for so many reasons! It was the last one before I am a mom! My husband truly made it wonderful! So special! He totally spoiled me and I am sooo grateful for that! He is just the most amazing husband. I can't begin to explain!

Here's my 37 week pic :) Almost time! I will have to post pics from my birthday soon! They are all on my new Canon and I am not quite sure how to get them off yet :) ha!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I had NO idea...

... all the things that would change the end of my pregnancy! I sailed through the first 34 weeks of this pregnancy with little to no problems. No sickness, no sleepless nights, etc! Well boy have things changed!! Here is my list of things that have changed since I hit the 34 week mark!! And now being at 36.5 weeks these things get harder and harder and some are funnier and funnier! Some are funny, some not so much, but all the same, I need to share with you just to prepare you if you have never been pregnant but will one day!! And it's funny to read even if you have been pregnant because I am sure you can sympathize :)

  • I can no longer paint my toenails. It's just funny to even try!
  • Going to the bathroom and wiping has just become plain comical!
  • Putting on pants, panties, skirts, etc is hysterical! I can't lift a leg without almost falling over!
  • Looking (or feeling) sexy! It's just not happening!
  • Getting in and out of the bath!! Someone really should video this (well if I am not naked!)
  • Hugging! I have to do the whole "ass out" hug thing! REALLY funny!
  • Even maternity clothes aren't fitting these days, my belly hangs over things and t shirts no longer cover it!
  • Walking, yep I am pretty much waddling and I said I never would!
  • Shoes... I said I would wear heels the whole 9 months, WRONG! My feet won't fit in any shoes, not even flats, so pretty much it's flip flops for this girl!
  • I think my thighs are as big as my waist once was! There's no baby in there why did they get big?
  • Numb finger tips! YEP my right hand finger tips are numb which makes for interesting typing, etc!
  • Emotions... they have been in check until now. I cry over ANY and EVERY thing!
  • Shopping, even THAT isn't fun anymore. It hurts to stand up too long. My hips literally feel like I am 100 years old! (So shopping online has been SUPER!)
  • HOT! I am constantly hot! My poor husband is freezing all the time. Our air stays on 68!
  • Sleeping, I am still sleeping ok! I do get up to tinkle about every 2-3 hours though!
  • Working, I sit at a desk all day! That has become COMPLETE misery! My mind isn't on work, it's on GET THIS BABY OUT!
  • Shaving, my legs still get shaved every day! HAVE TO! But it's quite uncomfortable so I do it FAST, therefore, more cuts!
  • Energy, some days I have lots, some days I have none! Just depends! Gets less and less everyday!

So pretty much my everyday chores and responsibilities are completely in chaos!! I don't do pain well so I will admit I am complaining a bit! But not much longer until I get to hold my sweet girl! I can't wait! But until then, I am enjoying time with my husband, just us! He has been wonderful through this whole pregnancy!! Tending to my every need and want! I definitely love him more everyday! God truly blessed me with an AMAZING husband!!

Here is my 36 week picture!! You will notice the swelling of the face and feet :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Push & Birthday Present

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I certainly did! I spent all day Saturday getting out and organizing my winter clothes! It was fun. To me, it's always like shopping all over again. The things I bought at the end of last winter have been in huge Tupperware bins all summer and I completely forgot about them! That took me about 6 hours to do! It was rough, especially being 9 months pregnant!

YEP, I said it... 9 MONTHS PREGNANT!!!


Yeah, holy cow! But I am so glad to be in the home stretch. The pain and discomfort has really set in and is taking a toll on me. Sitting at a desk all day is getting pretty rough but I am suffering through for 3 more weeks then my maternity leave will begin October 5 unless Addison graces us with her presence before then! We shall see!


Speaking of 9 months pregnant... guess what I got a week ago (shame on my for just now blogging about it). I got this...





It was waiting on me last Friday when I got home from work but my husband was no where to be found. The note said to open it, so I tore into that thing like I was a 5 year old kid at a birthday party! And inside I found...


Yes, that's right, a Canon Rebel XS! And I am in love. This thing is amazing. Of course I am still learning to use it, but the camera and picture quality is outstanding!! Pics from it to come later this week! :) My husband really went above and beyond!! He is the most wonderful husband in the world. He has taken such good care of me this pregnancy and literally waited on me hand and foot. He is the best and I can't wait to sit back and watch him be a dad. (and of course capture it all with this awesome camera!!)

And speaking of presents... my birthday is Sunday :) WOOT WOOT! We went to Alabama Sunday to celebrate my bday (9/20) and my brother's bday (9/16) at my parents!! It was so fun! Nothing like a 27 (soon to be) lady and a 39 (soon to be) man playing pin the tail on the donkey :) Even my 81 year old grandmother got in on the fun! I did TERRIBLE. I pinned the tail to the left of his face!! It was bad but hysterical!

My precious mom and dad who have been nothing short of OUTFREAKINGSTANDING during my entire pregnancy got me a wonderful present that I was hoping to have before Addison's arrival. I have been saying I really wanted to get a video camera. Nothing fancy but I want one to capture moments that pictures just can't! Well, my mom out did herself, I was thrilled to receive this...



It's a Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera. It's literally the size of Adam's blackberry and it's even lighter! I love it. It's all charged up and ready to capture some video :) It holds 200 hours of video and I can't wait to catch Addison being silly :)

So I thought I would show off and brag a little :) Forgive me! But I am dang excited about my new electronics :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Meet the Newlyweds!

Yes we have been married for one year and almost 5 months (Saturday), but check out this awesome blog ran by Sweet Pea over at Newlyweds. Each week she posts a "Meet the Newlyweds" post introducing a couple to the blog world and this week I am lucky enough to be one half of the couple for this week-ha :)

The post tells a little about Adam and I, how we met and how our relationship evolved!! It was fun to read this over again! I love my sweet husband so much. He will never really know how much! We have been through our share of ups and downs but I have to say our relationship is stronger than ever and I grow to love him more EVERYDAY!

With us welcoming our first child in a few weeks, we both worry about how we will balance parenthood and our relationship, but I know we will be great at it. It will take some practice and getting used to but with God's guidance our relationship with flourish even more, I just know it!

So check out "Meet the Newlyweds"!!! Happy reading!

XOXO

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hello Old Navy!

It's Fall! Yeah it still may be like 80 something degrees here in GA but to me, it's fall! It's September, the leaves are starting to change, football has officially kicked off and well... IT'S FALL! :)

I currently have no waistline, my boobs are ENORMOUS, my hands and feet are swollen like something I have never seen, but I can't help but shop for these beautiful fall clothes that are all around me. Everyday I have a new email from J. Crew, Old Navy, Victoria's Secret, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, etc! The temptation is rough, but I have withstood it until now. How can I continue to be good with all these "sales?"

I think the answer lies within Old Navy! I will tell you, Old Navy has really stepped it up this year!! I am really digging a couple of their fall items so I thought I would share! Super trendy and super cute and we all know you can't really beat their prices!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Where Addison will sleep sound and dream! (Right??)

I am due October 11th. My goal was to have Addison's room finished and baby ready by September 1st so I could relax the last month! Well I am pleased to announce, it was finished and completed Aug. 31st. I was one day early! :)

We are all set for Addison's arrival! Thanks to wonderful family and friends for all their sweet and kind gifts, Addison is one spoiled baby already and she has no idea!!

Originally I wanted to go with something funky, because well I am funky a little :) but ultimately i decided to go the sweet baby route :) We did a color scheme of baby pink, bright pink, sage green and yellow. I have to say this room wouldn't be what it is without my husband. He loves this little girl so much already!! He painted her room, put up crown molding, put up chair rail, built and painted those fabulous bookcases, hung her letters and all the pictures and put together all her furniture. One day Addison will hear the story of how her daddy was so excited to get her room ready! (Almost as much as mommy!)


This is the view from the door into her room!


Her changing table!

A closer look :)


This door leads to the bathroom that connects her nursery and spare room but since she won't be using the bathroom anytime soon (well toilet) we won't be using this door either!


A DIY project mom and I tackled with some spray glue, Amy Butler fabric, cheap ribbon and a cork board from TJ Maxx!

The beautiful shelves Adam built for Addison! Remember this post about his project, well here's the final piece!! Amazing huh?

The two pictures above it say:

"For you formed my inward parts. You knitted me together in my mother's womb.I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."Psalm 139: 13-14

"For this child I prayed and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to Him."1 Samuel 1:27

Her closet and glider!

Her crib and the gorgeous custom bedding from Javis Davis by Amy Butler!

A closer look!!

The letters that I hand painted for my sweet little girl!!

Inside her crib where she will sleep so quietly every night right?? haha! yeah right!

Inside her closet, where some of the most beautiful clothing hangs!! :)