Monday, June 30, 2008

I done got tagged again.

10 years ago I was:
Enjoying the summer after my freshman year at Mars Hill, which I'm pretty sure included getting into random trouble with Katie, Leslie, Ashley and Lauren. I had finished my cheerleading career and was still in the awkward weird skater/hippy phase with my long black parted-in-the-middle hair and no makeup. Ok, I'm done thinking about this time in my life.

5 years ago I was:
Finishing my sophomore year at Alabama. I was getting ready for my first semester of nursing school, which would begin that summer and continue into the fall semester. I was working at Gospel Supply House in Tuscaloosa. I was living with my brother at the time in an apartment. I wish I had enjoyed those few weeks before nursing school began, because I had no idea what kind of stress I was getting myself into! This was also the summer that my parents surprised my siblings and I by telling us we were going to the beach for a vacation, and halfway to Montgomery I found the MapQuest directions and realized we were actually headed to Orlando, Florida. That was a very long drive.

1 year ago I was:
Enjoying the first blissful months of my marriage to my best friend in the entire world, Chad Morgan. We were living in our townhouse on Acton Road and having fun with our first child, Miss Lucy, the boxer puppy we'd bought the month before. That was a HOT HOT summer!

5 things on my TO DO list today:
1. Clean out my car and take it to Car Wash Headquarters.
2. Pack Mary Ella's hospital bag.
3. Have Chad install the carseat base in the Tahoe.
4. Get some snacks and magazines for the hospital.
5. Finish cleaning/organizing the nursery.

5 snacks I enjoy:
1. Trail Mix
2. Apples and peanut butter
3. milk and cookies
4. granola bar
5. chocolate milk

If I were a billionaire I would:
1. Give most of it to missions/church/orphans/people that need the money
2. travel to London again, as well as Ireland, Italy, The Holy Lands, Africa, Thailand, and New Zealand or Australia
3. Adopt children from different countries
4. Buy houses at the beach, in the mountains, in CABO SAN LUCAS, and probably overseas somewhere
5. Pay off my parents and close friend's houses and/or debt

5 bad habits:
1. spending money on things I convince myself I need but really don't need
2. letting my car get messy
3. not finishing books
4. procrastinating
5. eating just to eat

5 places I have lived:
1. Florence AL
2. Birmingham AL
3. Tuscaloosa AL
4. Huntsville AL
5. Killen AL

5 jobs I have had
1. babysitting
2. Stephano's Little Italy
3. Gospel Supply House - sales associate
4. RN
5. Mom/Wife (trust me, this is FULL TIME. I know this already and I'm not even technically a mom yet. But my work is NEVER done.)

I TAG AMY BROWNING! WOO HOO! GET ON IT, GIRL!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Last Hoorah

Friday night we had our small group friends over for dinner. Most of them are leaving in one week for a mission trip to Peru and we wanted to thank everyone for being so supportive and encouraging during our pregnancy and throw them a little "Send-Off" party. I cooked Ricatoni's ravioli - yum - and a big salad, garlic bread, and an Italian Love cake for dessert. Everyone seemed to like the food, and everyone kept saying "I can't believe you are doing this 5 days before you give birth!!!" But I really didn't even think about it. It was fun and we were glad we finally got to have everyone out to the house.

Last night Chad and I ate at Ruth's Chris for our celebratory dinner. It was fun dressing up and going out, just the two of us, and thinking to ourselves, "This really is our last Saturday with just us." Crazy! I had never eaten there before and the food was AMAZING! We had been given a $110.00 gift card for Christmas and decided we'd better use it before we didn't have the time to use it! So we enjoyed a wonderful meal at Ruth's Chris that included fried oysters, caesar salads, filet, crab cakes, chicken, broccoli, potatoes, and of course dessert - bread pudding! It was absolutely delicious and I am still full this morning! I just love food.

We can't believe it's only 3 days until we meet our baby girl. I have dreamed about it every night this week and I know she will be such a blessing!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Correction

St. Vincent's called today and apparently they are rather busy with all these summer babies. So Mary Ella's c-section has been moved to WEDNESDAY, JULY 2nd at 1:15 pm. A day earlier! I can't wait!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The calm before the storm

We had a baby shower Sunday night, thrown by Pam and Elon Maddox and Wes and Jackie Maddox. It was SO NICE. And we had so many people there to show support! Thanks to everyone who got to come! My mom, sister and grandparents were also able to make it, which really meant a lot to me.
Our gifts included a TON of much-needed items from our registry, including swaddler blankets, toys, our carseat, changing pad, crib aquarium noise-maker thingy, and lots of great other stuff. We also got a bunch of cute outfits and some extra special personal gifts, like a sweet quilt and a monogrammed chair from Pottery Barn, a cross necklace for Mary Ella, and Chad's mom wrote a poem for the baby as well, which I will post on here later. All in all it was a really fun, meaningful, special night. I am so thankful that we have such great friends and family who have always been there to encourage us, laugh with us, pray for us, and support us in everything. What a blessing!
This week I am getting my house organized and fixed just the way I like it - because I know that 8 days from now I won't care what it looks like! My painters are here now and they are re-painting my den (yellow!) and also painting my master bedroom and bathroom. It's kind of a surprise for Chad - he knows they are coming but doesn't know exactly what they are doing. So he'll be in for a treat - I think. The yellow in the den is bright but it's made the room light up and it looks absolutely perfect! It's made all the difference in the world. I finished my guest rooms last week so they are looking good too - well, decent, I'll say. Decent enough for my family to be able to stay in them without feeling like they are in prison. Ha... No, they look good. And I'm proud to say I got all the stuff from either consignment antique stores or TJ Maxx. I should be on Design on a Dime. They would be really proud of me.

My nursery, on the other hand, is an absolute disaster zone. I need some serious consultation. What goes in the closet? What goes in her drawers? What do you need on the changing table besides diapers and stuff for her butt? How am I supposed to get all this done by myself?? Haha. I'm sure everything will come into place but for now I am just a little overwhelmed. I hope I have everything I need for this baby! I am also trying to decide what all to pack for my hospital stay. Since we are having a c-section we will be there an extra night so I'm trying to make lists and get everything together. Only 8 more days til I get to meet my baby girl! Just keep us in your prayers, that we will make it okay through the surgery and that she will be healthy!

Monday, June 23, 2008

I was tagged long ago...

Maybe I should... quit getting up at 8 am and try to sleep late for the 9 days, since after that I'll get NO SLEEP AT ALL.

*I love the smell of ... Johnson & Johnson baby lotion, Italian cooking, puppy breath, my cherry oil-burning candle from Bath & Body Works.

*People would say that I... am hilarious. Period. :)

*I don't understand why... some people act the way they do... for no good reason.

*When I wake up in the morning... I get up and make Chad coffee.

*I lost my will power to... walk every day once my baby began weighing me down with her little 8-pound self.

*Life is wonderful with... my husband, my family and my girlfriends.

*My past made me... stronger, for sure. And more patient, and definitely made me appreciate my life now.

*I get annoyed when... people constantly brag about things, or when people are passive aggressive and just mean, or when people don't go at green lights. :)

*Parties are not... parties unless there is good fattening food and diet coke. Yum.

*Dogs are... the best things ever! I love my Lucy!

*Cats are... weird and sneaky and not friendly enough to have as pets. Sorry to whoever I have just offended.

*Tomorrow I am going to... watch Carlos and his crew paint my master bedroom and bath, and get an estimate for some blinds.

*I have a low tolerance for... people who are negative all the time.

*I'm totally terrified of... giving birth.

*I wonder why I thought my life would be... miserable once I got out of college. I love my life!

*Never in my life... have I felt so blessed than I do right now.

*High school was something that... I would do over again if I had the chance... and I would spend more time with my girlfriends and less time with stupid boys.

*When I'm nervous... I breathe deeply and just pray.

*Take my advice... use birth control.

*Making my bed is... something I have to do on a regular basis for my house to classify as "clean."

*I'm almost always... hungry.

*I'm addicted to... Food Network and my husband.

*I want someone... to come and keep me and Mary Ella company once she gets here!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

14 Days til Mommyhood

I went to the doctor this morning and we have scheduled my c-section for Thursday, July 3rd. I wanted it to be earlier that week but had to work around my doctor's on-call schedule, of course. Which is fine, because the next option would have been the NEXT Thursday - NO THANKS! It's exciting to actually know my child's birthday! I can't wait to meet her. We are definitely counting down the days now.

(And please, no American flag onesies or stars-and-stripes headbands, bows, bibs, etc. I think I would gag.)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

3 more weeks!

Well, I went to my appointment today and it was pretty exciting! Chad was able to go with me this time since I was scheduled for my TENTH ultrasound - ha! They have been doing ultrasounds every 2 weeks to check my amniotic fluid level but today they also checked the baby's growth. And guess how much my baby weighs??? (Drum roll, please!)

EIGHT POUNDS.

Seriously? I was like "Oh no. They're gonna tell me to go home and pack my bags." I seriously thought they would just go ahead and take her next week. But when we went to see the doctor he basically gave us 2 options. We can have an amniocentesis in 2 weeks to check her lung development, and if her lungs are mature, we can induce labor the next day and try to have her naturally. OR we can schedule a c-section for 3 weeks from now, somewhere around July 1st or so. So the doctor told us to talk it over and decide what we wanted to do.
There's really no question when it comes to me. I've always been ok with the thought of having a c-section and that's what we've decided to do. Plus, there's no guarantee that I wouldn't have to have a c-section anyway even if I selected option #1... they could induce me, I could go into labor, a very LOONNNGG and painful labor, then end up not being able to deliver her because of her size... and then I'm tired and in pain and have to be cut open anyway. I would MUCH rather just go in one morning, get my epidural, go into the operating room, let them get her out, and be holding her within the next hour. Plus, then I wouldn't risk being all messed up "down there," if you know what I mean, and from now on my other kids would likely be c-sections too. So I may never have to experience true, painful labor or a vaginal delivery my entire life. Kinda neat. Kinda sad. Well, no, not really. By the time she gets here she probably will weigh close to 10 pounds, which is kind of scary, but either way, she'll be here, and I'll be so happy.
When we got home there were 2 presents on our doorstep. Chad's mom, Debbie, had left a gift for each of us. She wrote us both the sweetest cards about being parents, and she bought us Willow Tree figurines. Mine is an expectant mother holding her belly; Chad's is called "New Dad" and it's a man sitting in a chair with a tiny baby cradled in his lap! So sweet!!! The cards were so encouraging and sweet.

I am going to try to post pictures of my 4-D Ultrasound soon so all of you can see her fat cheeks and lips. She's a chunk.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Three more days of work and I will officially be a stay-at-home MOM! Hard to believe. I am just thankful that the Lord has blessed me with such a wonderful husband who WANTS me to be at home and is willing to work extra hard to make that happen. Chad has done so well in his job so far, and every day he comes home with new stories of how he has connected with a surgeon or a medical director and has been successful in getting them to try his products! He's so enthusiastic about it and he really feels like he is making a difference... which is so important to him, and to me. He is literally out of town every single day but makes it a priority to be home by 5pm so we can have the evening together! And if he has to be in Muscle Shoals (2 hours away!) 2 days in a row, he comes home in between those days. He could easily stay in a hotel or with my parents, but he comes home because he doesn't want to leave me and Lucy and Mary Ella. I am just very fortunate and extremely blessed. We praise our Lord for Chad's success and for the doors He is opening for us. I am glad he gets to take paternity leave for an entire week. I'm sure that week will fly by, but I'm just glad he'll get to be home with his new little family and baby girl. He's the greatest.
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I took this picture last fall on our little retreat to Ellijay, Georgia.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Showers, etc.

Well, Katie's wedding was awesome! It was so much fun getting to hang out with everyone and especially my best girlfriends. They are the best. The dresses turned out to be beautiful and the weather was perfect! I bought all the bridesmaids some hand-held fans from CVS and believe me, they were absolute lifesavers. Especially for me. I would have DIED in that heat. Oh yeah, I did manage to fall down the stairs and break my tailbone at the wedding, which wasn't fun at the time but now I am laughing about it. It was so painful. I had gone upstairs after the wedding to change into my flipflops and of course was rushing to get back downstairs and slipped on the very first step and slid about halfway down the staircase. Thank the Lord no one saw me (except for a few of the groomsmen, bless their hearts) because I'm sure the sound of it was hideous. Yikes.

Let's see, then I went to Panama City with my parents this past week, which was much needed. The sun was BLISTERING HOT, though. By day three I could only stay outside for a couple hours. Chad went to Nashville and worked for the week so it worked out pretty good for us. He doesn't like going out of town overnight with me being so far along in the pregnancy, so he was able to get some work done without feeling like he was abandoning me.

I got back Thursday night and Friday the girls at work threw me a baby shower. It was nice - I got a lot of cute outfits and gowns, and one of our physical therapists, Rose Ann, had knitted me a pink blanket which was so sweet and cuddly! I can't wait to use it! And another therapist, Janice, put together a scrapbook for me so all I have to do is add the pictures! It's so cute! The pages all have themes already so my job will be easy!

I had my doctor's appointment on Friday afternoon and nothing much is new. My weight had not changed, which is good. I had another NST and the baby's heart rate went up with all her movements, which is normal and good. I'm just "bee-boppin' along just fine," the doctor said. I'll keep everyone updated as the day gets closer! It's kinda crazy that she could be here in 3 weeks! Very surreal.

Today the girls in my small group threw me a shower. It was SUPER nice and they gave me all kinds of gifts, from outfits to bottles, pacifiers, a play-yard, blankets, bath towels, and a wireless baby monitor system. When I got home I made Chad look at everything with me and he did it without complaining, for the most part. :)

Tonight we are eating cereal for supper and watching basketball and The Next Food Network Star. FUN!
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