Sunday, May 30, 2010

Fun Day with the Fam

We had a great time today celebrating the eve of Memorial Day with Chad's parents. Although it rained on and off, we still managed to have fun and eat some great food and just enjoy each other's company.

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Chad's daddy manned the grill, and it was stocked FULL of meat. This isn't even half of it. We ate pork tenderloin, grilled chicken and turkey kielbasa, along with some grilled sweet onions. Uncle Dave was in town and he shared his marinade secret with me - Kraft Spicy Oil & Vinegar + honey. Marinate your chicken in this mixture for 24 hours prior to grilling and I promise you will want to slap your mama! It's sooo good. MeMama (Chad's mama) also made a delicious chocolate chip pound cake.
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In addition to eating, we worked puzzles...
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read books...
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played fetch with this ol' gal...
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and checked out MeMama's potted plants.
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Mary Ella loved spending time with her cousins Brooks and Case. I don't think she realizes that she's about to be outnumbered 3 to 1! Boys, boys, boys! Christmas ought to be pretty exciting this year.
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Hope everyone has a fantastic holiday tomorrow. Be safe! And remember to thank God for our freedom and for all the men and women who have fought and are fighting for our country!

Happy Weekend

Well, it's been pretty rainy around here this weekend, so we haven't been able to get out and enjoy the sunshine like we would normally do on a long weekend at home. But it's been fun, nonetheless.

Friday morning it was blistering hot and I just didn't think I could put in another 3-4 hours at the pool, so we stayed in and Mary Ella helped me dust. I also changed out some of the pictures in my picture frames and I am glad I did because I'm enjoying the change of "scenery." On Friday afternoon we ventured to the Pelham WalMart because they were going to be getting 8 of the iPhone 3GS's in on their afternoon shipment. I had decided to go the iPhone route after hearing about the WalMart $97 deal. Well apparently about 7,892 other people decided it was a good deal too because literally EVERY Walmart from Florence down to Opelika was sold out. I couldn't believe the Pelham Walmart happened to be the one that was actually getting a shipment. I got there right at 2pm and claimed my phone, and by the time I left all 8 of them were GONE. Seriously! But I love, love, love it. When I started writing this post I asked Chad what we did Friday night and he said, "Me and Mary Ella played kitchen and you just sat there and played with your iPhone." I kept wishing someone would call or text me so I could use it, but had no luck. Come on, people! I didn't actually learn how to place a call until yesterday afternoon (thanks, Jamie) so now I'm good to go.

Yesterday morning we cooked breakfast at home (biscuits, gravy, sausage and eggs!) and enjoyed a lazy morning; our last lazy morning as a family of three. Then I decided that our kitchen cabinets needed organizing. Which turned into Chad standing on a stool rearranging and reconfiguring the contents of EVERY kitchen cabinet while I stood there and watched and changed my mind a dozen or so times in the process. (I'm telling you, if you've ever been pregnant you know what I'm talking about, but this Nesting Syndrome is NOT a joke; it can totally take over at any given moment.)

By the time we were finished my back was killing me (never mind my husband's, ha!) so I went to get my pedicure. And although the hospital rules state you need to have clear polish on your toes for surgery, I totally rebelled and chose Electric Coral. And they can remove it if they so choose. I only get pedicures once in a blue moon, and by golly I wasn't paying for no CLEAR POLISH. No way.





The electric coral only seemed to ignite my nesting disorder and so, as if the cabinet madness wasn't enough, we then decided to go nest at Jamie's house across the street. Jamie is due in mid October with a little boy! We are so excited. Mary Ella got in on the fun and helped Les put their crib together, suffering only one minor injury when she pinched herself with the pliers. Then we went home and we all relaxed before going to bed.

Today we're going over to grill out at Chad's parents so I'm sure I'll have pictures by the end of the weekend. I need to drop the iPhone and pick up my camera at some point.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Early Morning Ramblings

We've had a good week so far. I've managed to keep my house fairly clean, stay on top of the laundry, and even catch up on some TV. Three things that will inevitably change in a little less than a week. Oh well, makes me feel good for now.

We've been to the pool every day this week and it's been sooo nice to get out and get some sun and spend time with Mary Ella.
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I had planned on working a couple days this week, but I found myself getting very emotional thinking about how I only have one week left with this precious baby and I decided I'd spend every spare second loving on her and playing with her. And it's been good for both of us. She's been absolutely hilarious and really, really GOOD. Which, as you mothers know, at this age, when they are really, really good, you notice it. Yesterday morning I woke up to her saying this on the monitor:

"Haaaaleey! Chaaaad! Come meeeer! Right nooowwww! Haaaleeey! Chaaaadd!"

Ha! I died laughing and of course went to get her immediately and brought her to my bed. We are typically not on a first-name basis, but she does know our names (because I am scared if she gets lost in WalMart she might need to know these things), so I was surprised to hear that. It cracked me up though. Then last night she ate an entire bowl of Spaghetti-O's for supper and says, "Mama? Mac & cheese? Ok, we will." So I fixed her some Easy Mac and she ate the entire bowl of that too. Piglet. I love her.
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I am up way too early this morning because I could not sleep. I am dreaming about this baby way too much. I literally have c-section dreams every night. My mental calendar goes no further than next Wednesday. And that needs to change - quickly - otherwise I will not survive the next month.

I also have lots of other things scrambling up my brain. Things like:
-How soon will I have to go back to work? What to do about child care? Finances? Etc?
-How soon after your c-section can you join Weight Watchers?
-My T-Mobile contract is ending. WalMart has iPhones for $97 with a new AT&T contract. Should I go that route or just stay with my $30 Nokia and TMobile?
-iPhones have a Weight Watchers app. That would be fun and convenient, right?
-Why does every cleaning product out there make my granite countertops look streaky? What do you use to clean your granite?
-See question above, and insert "stainless steel appliances" in place of granite countertops. Mine are streaky.
-Do you change out pictures in your picture frames so that they are more current? I love all these chunky bald baby photos of Mary Ella but I've gotten so many good pictures in the last year, I want to display those too. Guess I just need to get more frames.

See? These are the things that wake me up at 5am. Pathetic, I know.

Are you DVR-ing any shows this summer? I have not used my DVR as much as I thought I would. I have mostly recorded stuff that doesn't necessarily need recording because you know it will repeat itself in a week or so; things like House Hunters, Property Virgins, Say Yes to the Dress. But this week the Bachelorette started! And So You Think You Can Dance starts tonight. And then next week is Wipe Out and America's Got Talent. Yay for good TV.
I was surprised when I watched the Bachelorette Monday night and recognized one of the contestants - Ty, the medical sales rep from Franklin, TN (which he is actually from Bham.) The same doctor who set me and Chad up tried to set me and Ty up as well; however, it was immediately after The Great Breakup of 2006 and so I did not go out with him; instead, we just hung out one day at Dr. W's house, playing and recording music and talking with a group of friends. It's crazy that he is on the show. I actually have a few friends that dated him. Small world. And crazy weird that he is on TV.

Yesterday we got to hang with little Elon for a while. I think it's been good for Mary Ella to get to interact with a little baby like E, because she's learning to be gentle and what not; although she did offer him some chicken nuggets yesterday when he got a little fussy :) She talks about Elon all the time; everything in Sam's room is Elon's, according to Mary Ella. She will say "Elon's paci... Elon's bah-bah... Elon's blanky..." I think she is in for a rude awakening.
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Well, there's my early bird post. Now back to bed.

Monday, May 24, 2010

38 Weeks

Had my last appointment today and everything is still the same. Well, my fluid was higher but still in the normal range, and they said it will fluctuate like that, so no worries. Dr. H said the good thing about having lots of fluid is that I'll probably lose half my weight just having the baby. Works for me! I had an ultrasound and NST again this morning and Baby Sam was kicking like crazy. I am not dilated or thinned out at all and I have lost 2 pounds. I am measuring 39 weeks, so this time I am a week ahead; probably something to do with the fluid being higher. All in all a good appointment and I go in a week from Wednesday at 10am for the big day! The c-section is scheduled for 12 noon. I am really excited about it; a bit apprehensive as well, thinking about the pain and everything, but I know the Lord will take care of me; I just can't worry about it.
We've enjoyed a couple of days at our pool so far and Mary Ella loves it. I am glad to be getting some sun since I know I'll be stuck indoors for at least a couple weeks with the baby. I plan to get to the pool as much as possible, though, even when he gets here. I can't deprive big sister of some summer fun! We're going back tomorrow and probably every day this week. I'm trying to soak up these last few days with Mary Ella being my only baby. :(

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Flying By

This week has FLOWN by! I swear, pregnancy is crazy. Ten months is a long time, and it tends to feel like it goes by slowly. Then you get to the last 2 weeks and the days are flying out the window before you can even process what to do with them. That's where I am, anyway. I have only 12 days left. That's not a long time. And I have a laundry list of things to do. Which I am going to record on my blog so that I will forever remember them and that by the time Sam gets here maybe, just maybe, they will all be checked off the list. Here goes...

For Sam/Sam's Room:
1. Hang curtain rod.
2. Hang curtains on rod.
3. Transfer wipe warmer from M.E.'s room to his.
4. Get another Diaper Genie. (Ugh... do I really need to do this? I might hold off and just use hers instead. Newborn poop doesn't smell nearly as bad as toddler poop, anyway.)
5. Get his diaper bag from Mimi. (Mom, hurry up! We can't wait to see it.) :)
6. Pack his diaper bag.
7. Make a list of things I want to be sure I swipe from the hospital. Yeah, I said it. (#1 on the list being the nasal aspirators. There are NONE like the hospital ones. NONE.)
8. Go ahead and install the car seat/car seat base. Might as well.

Things I Still Need:
1. Boy towels, for bath time. (All I have are pink.)
2. A second contour changing pad, for the bathroom.
3. A couple more receiving blankets. Ross, here I come.
4. Some comfy post-c-section nursing tank tops.
5. Extra car seat base for Chad's car.

Random Stuff:
1. Take junk pile to the dumpster/Hannah Home.
2. Bring Pack n Play to our room.
3. Get bassinet down from attic and put it somewhere.
4. Install a door on the screen porch.
5. Get Mary Ella's birth videos transferred to DVD so that we can reminisce before having little Sambo.
6. Borrow someone's little video camera, preferably one that records to an SD card, so that we can record videos at the hospital. (My camera does take video but I want to reserve it for photos only since that's gonna be my only way of taking pictures.) Our video camera no longer works. Anyone have a FLIP or something similar we could borrow for the day?!?
7. Finish planning Mary Ella's 2nd birthday party. Wham. I get tired just thinking about that one.

So there's my list and I'm sure I'll keep adding to it.

In other news, OUR POOL OPENS TOMORROW! I am so pumped, even though I'm sure I'll be the biggest one out there. I don't have a maternity swimsuit and I'm not sure if I can really justify buying one at this point, but either way, you better believe I'll be at the pool at 10am tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow night Chad is taking me to the Melting Pot for a date. They have a Date Night special tomorrow night where you get a 4-course meal + 2 movie tickets for a set price, so we are taking advantage of that. Then this weekend we will chill out and I might even work again. I have been working on the weekends to make some extra cash and it really hasn't been too bad. Usually I am done by lunch time. Next weekend will be reserved for a much needed (and much deserved - ha) pedicure and I can't wait. Although the hospital will require me to have clear toenail polish since I am having a cesarean. BLAH.

Today was Mary Ella's last day of school and I am SAD because she will not have Miss Wendy next year. Wendy was a LIFESAVER for us this year (in more ways than one) and Mary Ella talks about her nonstop. I already dread having to take her to a new teacher next year. Maybe this little brother will make her enjoy school a little more and look forward to getting out of the house some! I hope so!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

We have Air. And A Bug.

We have AIR! It was a blistering 88 degrees today... in our house! But shortly after 2pm, that all changed, and Kent the air conditioner man came to my rescue. Luckily, the part that was causing the air conditioner to freeze was still under warranty so all we paid was $99 for the labor. THANK YOU LORD! Right now we've got the thermostat set on 76 and it feels like an ICE CHEST in here! Ha! Maybe this will save us some money this summer. That'd be nice!

Unfortunately, we also have A BUG! Mary Ella has some sort of stomach bug right now and has been through about 75 diapers today. I am glad she is not throwing up, but her poor little bottom is getting so irritated. We are changing runny, watery-poopy diapers at least 2-3 times an HOUR and going through Boudreaux's like it's going out of style. Her appetite is pretty poor right now but she's drinking Pedialyte so hopefully we won't have to go to the doctor this week. Please pray I do not get this bug! I certainly could not handle it right now. The good thing is that she feels fine. She was wimpy this morning at school so I went to get her early, but all afternoon she played and swam in her pool and we even went to the Baron's baseball game tonight and she marched around acting like she owned the place. So I'm hoping it's just a 24 hour thing.

Well, I'm going to bed. In my own bed. In my cool, 76-degree bedroom. Goodnight!

Monday, May 17, 2010

37 Weeks!

Well, I've officially made to "term" and everything is still going pretty good... aside from feeling HUGE and SWOLLEN due to NO air conditioning. (Yes, still no air conditioning. Maybe tomorrow. Sigh.)

I was able to see baby Sam again today on ultrasound and my amniotic fluid level has decreased, so that's good! He was pretty active today and did well for the NST too. I drank a Diet Mountain Dew beforehand in hopes that the caffeine would get him going, and it seemed to work. They didn't measure his growth or anything so I have no clue how big he is. We won't find out until he is born. I am measuring right on time and my weight stayed the same. I am still not dilated and my cervix hasn't thinned one bit - a good thing, for me. I only have one more appointment, one week from today, and then it's go-time!

I am having a few contractions every day, but nothing regular. I never really had contractions with Mary Ella so this is new for me. They are not painful, just uncomfortable. My stomach feels huge and tight and I feel like he's really grown over the past couple weeks, although there's no way to tell. I crave things I can't have, like Krispy Kreme donuts and chocolate milkshakes. And you better believe I'll be indulging those cravings as soon as he gets here. If anyone would like to volunteer to bring me either of those things on June 3rd or 4th, you are more than welcome. I will be at St. Vincent's on the 2nd floor.

I am pretty sure I have a nesting disorder, as I have been insanely particular about getting some things done around the house. Today we cleaned out the garage (againnn) and threw away some junk and organized. It was H.O.T. out there but even H.O.T.T.E.R. inside our house so we figured, "What the heck? Might as well be outside sweating our butts off." And we did. And tonight I decided I'd cook dinner. I made chicken parmesan (recipe below) and although it was good, it probably wasn't worth the sweat and the standing over the hot oven. But we ate outside on the deck and it was cool enough that we could enjoy our dinner. Mary Ella went to bed early and I think I'm about to head that way too.

Here is the chicken parmesan recipe I used (courtesty of a little Bisquick cookbook I picked up at the grocery store years ago):

CHICKEN PARMESAN
4 chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thick
3/4 cup Bisquick
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 egg
3 T. olive oil
Italian cheese blend
Spaghetti sauce of your choice

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
In a pie pan or shallow dish, combine Bisquick, Italian seasoning and grated Parmesan cheese. In another dish, stir the egg.
Dip the chicken breasts into the Bisquick mixture, then the egg, then the Bisquick mixture again.
Put the chicken breasts into the hot oil and cook 4-6 minutes, turning once, until golden brown.
Cover and cook 8-10 minutes longer, turning once, until it is cooked through (the juices will run clear.)
Take the chicken out of the skillet and put on a plate.
Pour some spaghetti sauce into the skillet; heat for a minute or two, then add the chicken back in and sprinkle with cheese blend. Cover and let the cheese melt and let it simmer for about 5-6 minutes.

I serve this with PastaRoni, the fettucine alfredo flavor, and a salad. Yum Yum!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Thankful

Tonight I am thankful for air conditioning. Because I currently don't have it and I am pretty dang miserable.
I got home Friday night and went to bed, and all through the night I kept hearing this rumbling sound, and I guess in my sleep I thought it was the wind or a storm. But when I went out to my car Saturday morning to leave for work, the air conditioner made a funny noise, like it was trying to start up but wasn't running exactly right. Chad was asleep because he had driven home from Dallas the night before and I didn't want to wake him, so I left and went to work. When I came home that afternoon and walked upstairs I was greeted with HOT. STUFFY. AIR. And the thermostat seriously said 82 degrees. Anyway, turns out our air conditioner is frozen; there's ice on some of the parts. Not sure what that means but apparently it needs fixing. The repair man was booked all weekend with "emergencies" so he is coming tomorrow. (In my book, being 9 months pregnant with no air conditioning qualifies as a genuine emergency, but not in his book. So whatever.) We have stayed downstairs for the most part and Chad got us a box fan at WalMart last night which has been an absolute lifesaver. I can only go upstairs at night and early in the morning. And our house is split level; the living room, kitchen, our bedroom, the kids rooms are ALL upstairs. Thankfully it's the weekend and Mary Ella is with my parents, so we've been able to manage the best we can. But it's still BURNING hot.

Last night I dreamed that my water broke. I'm pretty sure I was just desperate to cool off. That might be nice, actually.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

FlashBack

Found this picture of me at my parents' house this weekend. Looks like I had a "serious face" of my own.


Pics from the Compound

Mary Ella is staying at the Compound for the weekend. I took these before I left. (And her sweet linen dress/capris are from KIDS MARKET! $5 for the outfit!)
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

This Week and Thrifty Finds

Well, sadly I have nothing new or exciting to report from the week at the Morgan household, other than we have stayed WELL, Mary Ella is back at school, and I am feeling large and in charge. Go figure.

On Tuesday Mary Ella went to school and I didn't have to work so I went to Target and bought groceries. Usually I am a WalMart girl, because I love the Great Value brand and they make just about anything you could ever want now. Including the most. delicious. M&M. cookies. ever. That I can't eat right now. Anyway, Target seemed to have the best deals and coupon match-ups this week so I went there instead and ended up saving $33 because of coupons. Has anyone used their newborn diapers? I never used them with Mary Ella but I LOVE their diapers now (we are in size 4's) and I wonder if the newborn ones are just as great. I'll have to try them out once I run out of my swaddlers. You just about can't beat those swaddlers, though.

So on Wednesday we went "junkin" at the thrift store in Alabaster and I came away with a few finds, including "Bringing Up Boys" by James Dobson, the "What to Expect" book for a preggo friend, 2 books on potty training, some brand new ABC flash cards for Mary Ella, and my greatest find ever - this puffy dollhouse from Pottery Barn! This is a $69 toy that I scored for $6.88. Yep. And it came with all the parts and was in great condition. After a good washing and a wipe down with some Dreft cloths, this thing was good to go and Mary Ella LOVES it. Anyway, I spent about $15 total at the thrift store so I'd call that a good day.

Chad flew out of town this morning and will be gone until tomorrow, so I decided to come up to Florence to spend the night. I am going to leave Mary Ella here over the weekend to spend time with her Mimi and Poppa before she relinquishes the title of being the only grandchild. Chad and I have some organizing and nesting agenda to take care of (he doesn't know this yet) so it'll be good to get a few days to check those tasks off my list. They are mostly minor things like closet organization and Hannah Home donations and getting rid of junk, etc. I'm sure he'll be so excited to come home to a honey-do list. :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

36 Weeks

Almost there! 36-week appointment was today and it started off with an ultrasound of little man to check my fluid level, which was the same as last week, so that's good; they want ti to be the same or decrease, either is fine. Then I had the NST (non-stress test), which is actually quite stressful for me because I can't really lay back in a recliner being pregnant and all; all that pressure on my back makes me feel like I am about to faint! I finally asked if I could lay on my side and they said that was fine. He did fine and jumped and kicked and his heart rate went up with every movement, which is good. Then I went back and saw Dr. H, who did my LOVELY strep-B test (if you haven't had this test before you are really missing out, trust me... HA), and then checked my cervix. I am not dilated at all, as expected. I had lost 2 pounds since last Monday so I felt good about that. I have to get an ultrasound and NST every week until he is born; I guess this is protocol for my fluid level and in case he is big like Mary Ella. But that means only 2 more appointments and then WHAM! He's here! Crazy stuff.
Nothing new to report, just checking in to say I hope all you mommies and mommies-to-be out there had a very happy Mother's Day yesterday! I know I did; it was nice just to be with family and relax and enjoy these cooler temperatures.

We had a pretty relaxing weekend. I worked on Saturday morning and then met up with Chad, Mary Ella and our small group for a cookout over in the East Lake area. Miss Erma Jean deserves a special Mother's Day shout-out; she is a precious lady who takes care of 10 children, none of whom are hers. We ate hot dogs and played with the kids and Mary Ella had a blast "chalking" on the sidewalk and playing with the toys; she was ready for a long nap when we got back.




We've also been practicing a little...
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... and catching up on some reading. My aunts bought me a miniature Eric Carle book collection for Baby Sam, and Mary Ella is all about reading them. Her favorites are "Pancakes, Pancakes" and "Papa, Get the Moon for Me."
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I've even been doing a little reading myself. I finished this one in a WEEK! I highly recommend it. Kathryn Stockett, the author, grew up in the south and went to the University of Alabama, and the book takes place in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960's. It's a great read!

I have my 36-week appointment this afternoon and I'll get another ultrasound as well as a non-stress test; should be a long afternoon. Hopefully he's still healthy and not gaining too much weight! I am really starting to feel more uncomfortable now; just bending over and walking around the house makes me so out of breath! We've been walking around 7pm every night for about 45 minutes and I swear I feel like I'm carrying a bowling ball between my legs. He's HEAVY! And I've pretty much only gained weight in my stomach area, which makes him seem even heavier. 30 pounds is a LOT of stomach. But it'll be worth it! 3 weeks and 2 days!








Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Recent Playdates

I may have to teach Mary Ella how to act on dates, but I don't think I'll be putting in my 2 cents on how to pick a date. She has pretty good taste, if you ask me. Here are a few fellas we've been hanging out with lately...

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And of course, Elon...
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