Friday, April 30, 2010


Mary Ella is a bit under the weather.

Last night she wouldn't eat her dinner and then refused a popsicle, so I knew something was definitely wrong. She felt warm to me, but at first I figured it was because we'd been out in the sun. She played hard in the yard yesterday afternoon, watering plants, swimming in her pool, throwing ball with Lucy... but when I took her temperature it was 101.3. Boo. She never runs a fever, even with ear infections, so she felt pretty cruddy. I gave her some Tylenol and we went to bed. She slept with us, and around 1am I woke up because I'd touched Mary Ella accidentally and she felt like she was on fire. I took her temperature again. 102.8. So this time we took Motrin. And I fell asleep and then at 7am she was hot again. This time it was 103.5. Well at this point I started getting worried and I called the pediatrician's office. They gave me an 11:30 appointment but when they called back at 8am and said they'd had an 8:30 cancellation, I jumped in the car, no makeup, wet hair, glasses and all, and we sped off to see Dr. A. Mary Ella was in her PJ's and a diaper. And her hair looked something like this...

I'm sure I looked even worse, but hey, this is what we do for our kiddos.

After 2 HOURS of random tests (strep, urine, bloodwork), everything was negative so the conclusion is a fever virus, most likely having something to do with her throat, although it is not strep. Dr. A checked her throat and said it was super red and irritated. Her ears were perfectly clear. They are doing overnight blood/urine cultures just to be sure. She spiked again at 102.8 when we got home, and is now in bed sleeping the afternoon away. I'm hoping she will kick this so that she can have a fun Saturday hanging with her Daddy.

My mom and sisters are heading down here tonight and my precious friends are giving me a baby shower in the morning. I can't wait!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rainy Weekend

dirt road walker
We enjoyed another weekend at the Compound, despite the stormy weather. On Friday night my grandparents hosted a huge fish fry, which I quickly deemed "Carb Fest 2010" because, well, that's what it was. Fried catfish, french fries, fried hushpuppies, baked potatoes, and slaw... not to mention the home made ice cream bar. I did what I could to hold back, but in that environment I was bound to cheat a little, and I did. It was GOOD, too! On Saturday the rain and wind joined us in full force and we spent most of the day inside. It finally cleared up a bit during the late afternoon and we let Mary Ella get her some outdoor time by jumping in the puddles and walking around in nothing but a diaper and her crocs. Poppa also taught her how to fish. She resisted riding the tractor with Grandaddy and Charlie but we're hoping she'll warm up to it by this summer. Because of the humidity, her hair was wild and out of control and I love seeing it that way. Enjoy the pictures...

poppa fish sepia
addie maryella love

Check out her terrified face!

Monday, April 26, 2010


Just in case anyone might be interested, here are a few items I am trying to sell:

I bought it for $170 at a baby store in Huntsville. It is black with gray/silver trim and fits the Graco Snugride car seat. You can read more details here.
(I am selling because I want to get a double stroller instead!)

Mattress and box springs. We got a new bed so our old bed went downstairs and the new bed is now in the garage taking up space! Let us know if you need mattresses! If we don't sell these soon we'll be giving them to Hannah Home or something.

My grandparents bought this for me when I graduated college and it is absolutely beautiful! I am selling it for way less than they paid but I just need to get rid of it because it is taking up much needed storage space in my garage!

These are all listed on Craigslist too but if you are interested just e-mail me at!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

33 Weeks and some Nursery Pictures

Only 6 weeks to go! The countdown is on! And here are a couple of fantastic belly shots just for you.


I had my 33-week appointment this morning and everything looks good! My blood sugars have all been less than 100 (which is perfect; they want them under 140) and I am measuring right on time. Although I feel like Baby Sam is HUGE, and I am always telling the doctor this, I am beginning to think maybe I just don't remember that pregnancy will always make you feel huge. Maybe he really isn't that big. With Mary Ella, I was ALWAYS measuring 2-3 weeks ahead and although I didn't THINK I was swollen, I now know that I was, because I've been wearing shoes that I couldn't wear with her and nearly all of my old maternity shirts are too big. Plus I am still about 7-8 pounds less than what I weighed with her at this point. I'm still not entirely convinced, just because of my history ( remember, she was 9 and a half pounds!) but we'll know for sure in about 11 days, because I go back on May 3rd for a growth ultrasound. We'll see just how big this little boy is or isn't. After my May 3rd visit I will go to the doctor every week until he gets here. Still don't have a set c-section date; will probably get that at my next visit.

I am 90% DONE with the nursery! All we lack is the curtains and my grandmother has graciously agreed to make them for me; I am afraid I will mess them up if I attempt it and my fabric budget has long expired. So Grandmother Ann to the rescue! And just so you can imagine them in his room, they will be long (because the room gets TONS of sun and I need something to make it dark for naptime). They are going to be lime green at the very top and then black and white polka-dotted the rest of the way down. And they will probably hang on rings so that I can scoot them about easily. I bought a black curtain rod at Ross for $14.99!

So here is what the room looks like now...

The Craigs List changing table is holding up well, even though my 21-month old chimpanzee climbs on it daily.

I finally found some black baskets at Ikea for $4.99 each; these same size baskets at Target were $12.99 each so that tells you how CHEAP Ikea can be!

Mom found this Cynthia Rowley baby blanket at TJ Maxx for $10 and it matches perfectly! And I found the zebra print blanket at Ross for $5.99. The glider was originally in Mary Ella's nursery. The floor lamp is another Ikea find at $19.99.

This letter "S" and keepsake box are made of a heavy cardboard; you get them for about $1 each at Hobby Lobby or any craft store. Mom cut out squares of scrapbook paper that matched the nursery and decoupaged (is that a word?) them onto the letter and box.

I am going to shoot myself for not having a BEFORE picture of this shelf! I bought it at Kids Market for $25. It's made of real wood and it's the perfect size for this room. However, when I bought it, it looked like a rectangular Easter egg. Every shelf was a different color and it was all pastel; if you can imagine, think yellow, then purple, then blue, then pink, then pastel green, all the way down. HIDEOUS. I thought I'd taken a picture of it before I painted it, but I can't find it anywhere! I painted it black and am slowly filling it with keepsakes and books and pictures.

And I love this picture. Mom bought this for me at SonShine Market, a craft show that took place at her church. I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the girl who does these prints, but she does such a great job! His name is in the middle and the outline of the bunny rabbit is actually a hand-written Bible verse, part of Psalm 139 - "I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." over and over again! Precious! And I love the cotton tail. This is my favorite thing.

Well, that's it for now! Hope everyone has a blessed weekend!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Catching up...

This post is almost 2 weeks overdue! I am really behind, but we've been running around like crazy for the last 2 weeks, beginning with Mom's spring break (April 12 - 17). Even though it wasn't our spring break, it sure felt like a vacation week. Chad left Sunday afternoon for Phoenix and Mom showed up Monday and stayed the entire week. On Monday I cleaned out the garage, organized a few closets and did some minor yard work before Mom arrived that night.

On Tuesday we headed to Atlanta for a mini-vaca with Vicki, Ash and Addie Jane. We met them at Atlantic Station, where we trekked through Ikea and tried our best not to be overwhelmed, although that was highly unlikely seeing as it is HUGE and none of us had been before. We ended doing 2 full "laps" around the store and staying a full 3 HOURS (because that's just how long it takes to get through there). I had been told that it was overwhelming and to know what I wanted before I went, but I didn't really have anything that I really needed, so I didn't make a list. Well I wish I had at least thought of a FEW things I needed/wanted, because they have pretty much EVERYTHING; but once you get in there and start looking, you can't remember what your own house looks like much less what you need for your house. I did get a storage shelf for the toys in the downstairs playroom as well as a small table with 4 little stools, and I love them both. I also bought a floor lamp for baby Sam's room (for $15!) and a chalkboard/mail holder for my kitchen.

The girl's enjoyed Ikea's children's section and destroyed the play area in no time!

After our 3-hour trek, we were starving! So first we stopped at the hotel to check in. The girls loved the floor-to-ceiling windows. Mommy thought they were super dangerous.

They also loved the walls, which were decorated with HUGE photos of fish...

and of course, the elevator and all its many buttons.

They also had a rooftop deck on the 7th floor and we went out to check out the city view.

That night we ate at Max's Pizza, a coal oven pizzeria where the portions are HUGE and the sweet tea is not-so-sweet (boo.) We all split salads and the Bianca pizza, which I HIGHLY recommend (mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, pepper flake and fresh basil - yummmy!) Addie Jane and Mary Ella split a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs and were surprisingly not too messy.

After dinner we walked to Centennial Park and watched the water show and let the kids play in the fountain. Addie Jane was the brave one, of course, while Mary Ella mostly watched. She did get closer to the water by the end of the night.

We walked back to the hotel and got a semi-good night's rest (toddlers + unfamiliar hotel room = fussiness.) I ended up calling room service and asking for a Pack-n-Play and that solved the problem! The next morning we went to the aquarium and the girls were wild with excitement. Here they are with their grandmothers (Vicki, my aunt and Addie's grandmother, and my mom with Mary E.)

And here they are enjoying some of the exhibits at the Georgia Aquarium...

We ended our aquarium journey with a good old fashioned temper tantrum. She was pretty exhausted after all the walking and so was her Momma!

And then we went BACK to Ikea for one last walk-through (I know, we're crazy) and FINALLY headed home around 5pm that night. We made it back Wednesday night and Mary Ella went straight to bed. Mom and I caught up on American Idol and Dancing with the Stars and then hit the sack ourselves. She stayed until Friday and I worked both Thursday and Friday mornings while she and Mary Ella slept late and did some more shopping.

On Friday night Chad flew back into town. I had planned to have him a small surprise get together at our favorite Italian joint, Joe's Italian, in Alabaster. Since we lived near there, I told him I'd ordered a pizza and just asked if he would pick it up on his way home from the airport. But I had secretly invited his brother Jason and his family to come and eat with us. Well, thanks to traffic being not-so-bad for Chad and the balloon guy at Publix being ever-so-talkative, Chad made it there before us! Luckily he spotted his brother right away and figured it out. He was surprised and very appreciative, nonetheless, and we enjoyed a FABULOUS authentic Italian meal. He even obliged me with his best "surprised face."

and so did Mary Ella.

If you've never been to Joe's, I highly recommend it! Their restaurant has been featured on the Food Network and they are the real thing. The food is the BEST. We ordered a huge piece of strawberry cake for dessert and the entire Italian family came out of the kitchen, along with their accordion-playing son, and sang a perfectly harmonious "Happy Birthday" to Chad followed by a fast-paced Italian dancing song; Mama, Joe's wife, made Chad get up and dance with her in front of the restaurant. It was hilarious and we all laughed our butts off. Then we finished our cake and went home happy.

On Saturday we ate breakfast at the Ranch House and that night we grilled burgers with Jason and Keri Lynn and the boys. My nephews are HILARIOUS! This one, Case, is a wild monkey! He gives Mary Ella a run for her money!

On Sunday my Dad, my brother (Adam) and his wife met us for church (Adam and Ashley were passing through on their way back from Myrtle Beach and Dad came to visit). We enjoyed worship and a wonderful message on my favorite Psalm (27) and then ate lunch at Superior Grille. That afternoon we worked in the yard (thanks, Dad!) and I planted lantanas, dianthus and verbena; we re-mulched the flower beds and tried to get things in decent shape. That night Dad bought and grilled steaks for us and they were so good. We said goodbye to Dad Monday morning and he headed back home.

Yesterday I went to the hospital to visit Lauren, one of my best friends since preschool, and her precious new baby girl, Brooke Caroline Conner. She is the sweetest thing at a whopping 6 pounds, 3 ounces! Both of them are doing great and I am so excited that Lauren is now a mommy! She will be such a fun mom; I need to get her to start a blog because she is HILARIOUS and I'd love to hear her antics on motherhood.

Ok, are you still with me? God bless you, that was such a long post!
Thanks so much for those that have checked in to make sure I am still alive! We're alive and well! I'm feeling great and my blood sugars have all been normal! I have my 33-week appointment tomorrow so I'll update again then!

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