Monday, February 28, 2011

I'm Baaaccckkkkkk!

I'm back from my work conference at the beach, and let me just tell you, it was beautiful. We had wonderful weather (high 70's in Feb), great food (including a grilled shrimp dish with white cheddar cheese grits that was heaven on earth) and I met lots of really nice people at the conference. I made it a point to get out on the beach at 6:30 every morning and walk while looking for shells. That was hands down my favorite part of the trip. I could walk the beach every day, it's just so relaxing. I walked so much in the mornings that my calves were killing me by the time I got home. I just wish that some of my walking would have counter-acted the amount of good food that I ate. I have a doctor's appointment today (with my glucose screening), and I'm really nervous about getting on the scales. Oh well...the damage is done now!

The only bad part of the whole trip was that I missed my boys so much. I couldn't wait to get Jackson from school, and from the reception I got, the feeling was mutual! And I've got to hand it to Jeremy; the house was immaculate when I got home. I knew he would do a great job with Jackson, and as usual, he didn't disappoint!

Saturday we enjoyed my sweet nephew Luke's first birthday party, and I just can't believe that he is already a year old. He is such a mess! The party was so much fun, and Luke thoroughly enjoyed his cake. I'll see if I can snag some pictures soon.

Saturday afternoon we went out and picked out new patio furniture and a new gas grill for our back porch. We also got Jackson's sand box set up and loaded with lots of sand toys so he can enjoy that this spring and summer. We're trying to fix our backyard up since we have the new swing set for Jackson, and after 2 summers of me sitting my hiney in Jackson's little tyke's picnic set chairs, I figured it was high time to have some real patio furniture again. We got a nice little 5 piece set from Walmart for a great price, and with the new grill, I know that we're going to be spending a ton of time in the back yard.

I guess that's about all for now. Have a great day!

Happy Birthday Gigi!

Jeremy and I want to wish his Mom, Jackson's Gigi, a very Happy Birthday. We miss you and can't wait to see you again.

Happy Birthday! We love you!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pardon The Blogging Hiatus

I've been busy working. We will return to our regulary scheduled program on Monday. Take care!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

24 Weeks!

How Far Along: 24 weeks

Size of baby: 11.8 inches, the size of a large papaya, and weighing just over a pound.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Officially it's +1 pound, but I think it may be 2-3 pounds.

Maternity Clothes: Mostly maternity clothes just because they are more comfortable now.

Gender: We're having another little boy, Anderson Moore Wade.

Movement: All the time, especially when I'm trying to go to sleep. He did scare me one time this past week when he didn't move much (if any) for almost a day. I ended up going to the hospital for a little bit to be hooked up to the fetal monitors and everything was fine. Of course the minute I got home he was going crazy moving around. Leave it to my second child to already be my difficult one!

Sleep: I'm snoring really bad this week because of a sinus drainage. I'm sure Jeremy is loving it!

Symptoms: Some Braxton Hicks contractions and heartburn. Nothing too terribly bad.

Cravings: Nothing much this week.

What I Miss: Nothing much.

Best Moment this week: Putting my toes in the sand at Orange Beach.

What I am looking forward to: Next doctor's appointment on the 28th, even though I have to do my glucose test, and I'm not really excited about that. At least I get to hear the heart beat again.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

How To Cure The Winter Blues....

The best part? I'm here for 3 more days!

Beach Bound

Today is going to be an amazing day. I'm heading to the beautiful Alabama gulf coast for a work conference. I'm really going to miss my boys, but somehow I think that powdery white sand, glistening beaches and temperatures in the mid 70's might make me feel a little better!

Yeah, I still have to work, but it's work at the beach which makes it fine by me. Hey, it's a tough job, but someone has to do it!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Some Assembly Required

After taking Jeremy out for Japanese hibachi Friday night for his birthday, we came home and Jackson had the brilliant idea to go ahead and put together Anderson's crib. Obviously this was exactly the way Jeremy pictured spending his birthday evening, but Jackson would not be deterred. So we began to shift things around and starting pulling the crib out of the box. It was about 5 minutes into the assembly process that Jackson lost interest and the assembly was left to Jeremy and I.

The instructions themselves didn't seem too difficult until you realized that we only had 2 hands apiece. We worked for about an hour and a half and got 3 out of the 4 sides together before we realized that we had assembled the dumb thing backwards. So then it took another 15 minutes to undo all our hard work, reverse some of the pieces and then finish the crib.

All in all, I'm completely satisfied. We got a great deal on the crib, and I'm just glad it's put together. Here is a picture of what it looks like (from amazon's website).Now we just need to figure out how to finish turning the office into a nursery and we'll be ready to go. Good thing I have about 4 more months!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Jeremy!!!

I want to wish my wonderful husband a happy 32nd Birthday today! Jeremy is such a great husband and father, and Jackson and I are so blessed to have him in our lives. We love you!

Happy Birthday Jeremy!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Toomer's Corner: An Auburn Tradition

Toomer's Corner is a landmark to Auburn University, my alma mater. After every win, thousands of fans flock to Toomer's to roll the 130 year old oak trees as part of our celebration. I found out last night that an Alabama fan called in to the Paul Finebaum show to brag that after the Auburn vs. Alabama game back in November, he drove to Toomer's corner and poured a lethal herbicide on the roots of the trees to kill the trees. University officials tested the soil and confirmed the reports. Here is the news article.

I'm just heartbroken over this. I know that they are just trees, but to Auburn fans it is so much more than that. It's part of tradition, passed down from one Auburn generation to another, to celebrate by joining other Auburn fans in victory. I understand rivalry pranks, but this takes that way too far, to a point of pure evil. The guy that did this sounds so proud of himself, and I'm at least glad to say that there are plenty of (sane) Alabama fans that are speaking out in anger against his actions. I understand passion for your school. I do not understand the need to destroy a tradition and be completely malicious.

This is a picture of Toomer's after Auburn's National Championship win last month, and a time lapse video of Toomer's being rolled after the game. It breaks my heart that I might not even be able to share this tradition with Jackson, and that the damage done to this historic landmark will likely never be repaired in my lifetime, and quite possibly in Jackson's and Anderson's lifetimes. Jackson just came in the room as I was watching this video, and his first comment was, "I can't wait to do that at Toomer's!" I'm just sick over the fact that more than likely, barring a miracle, he won't have the chance because of one sick fan.




I found this quote on facebook from a fellow Auburn fan, and I thought it was perfect: "You might beat us on the field, you might make jokes about us and call us names, you might mock our traditions and even kill our historic oak trees, but you will NEVER break our spirit, you will NEVER wound our pride, you will NEVER cause our class to waiver and you will NEVER tear us apart. We are a FAMILY and this will only strengthen our bond. ALL IN."

WARRRRRR EAGLE!!!

Updated: An arrest was made on Thursday, February 17th. Criminal mischief charges have been filed, but this was a federal offense with more charges likely. Keep your fingers crossed that this man is held accountable for his actions.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

23 Weeks!

How Far Along: 23 weeks

Size of baby: 11 inches, the size of a large mango, and weighing just over a pound.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Officially it's +1 pound, but I think it may be 2-3 pounds.

Maternity Clothes: Mostly maternity clothes just because they are more comfortable now.

Gender: We're having another little boy, Anderson Moore Wade.

Movement: All the time, especially when I'm trying to go to sleep. He's kick boxing as soon as I lay down.

Sleep: Not good this week. Jackson has been sick, and I've been overtired and I'm having a hard time falling asleep, let alone staying asleep.

Symptoms: Some Braxton Hicks contractions and heartburn. Nothing too terribly bad.

Cravings: Hash browns and toast from Waffle House.

What I Miss: Normal sleep patterns, although even that hasn't been the worst thing in the world. I've been really blessed with easy pregnancies, so I'm not going to complain too much!

Best Moment this week: It's been a pretty normal week, other than my nesting!

What I am looking forward to: Next doctor's appointment on the 28th, even though I have to do my glucose test, and I'm not really excited about that. At least I get to hear the heart beat again.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

At Least It Wasn't The Flu...

So remember yesterday when I referenced that Jackson had a cold? Well, it turned out to be much more than that. He had acted pretty normal Sunday, even running wild for a good portion of the day. Sunday night he was fine, but around 3:00 in the morning he snuck into our room and when I felt of him he was slightly warm. I gave him some Tylenol and we all went back to bed.

Monday morning he didn't have any fever, only a yucky nose, so we gave him some Zyrtec thinking it was a cold, just like the doctor on Friday afternoon told us it was.

We were wrong.

I called his school before lunch and they told me that he was doing fine, with no complaints. My phone rang at 2:30 and when the caller ID said his school's name I knew it wasn't going to be good. His teacher told me that he had woken up from nap complaining of a sore throat, and it was hurting so bad that he wouldn't even eat his snack. I immediately started heading that way and by the time I got to his school he was laying on his cot outside his classroom (with his teacher sitting right beside him), just sobbing. His throat was hurting so bad that he couldn't even swallow, and he was burning up. I had already called his pediatricians office and they didn't have an opening until Tuesday morning, so I went ahead and took him to an urgent care center in our area. We had never gone there before, but they were wonderful.

They gave Jackson a strep test, and within seconds he had a positive result. When the doctor looked at his throat she announced that he had a "major" case of strep, with swollen tonsils and lots of infection. My poor little man ended up getting a rocephen shot (which took 2 of us to hold him down) and a prescription for amoxicillin.

He's been a trooper, even if he has reminded me 800 times about how bad that shot hurt his booty. This may not have been the Valentines day that I thought it would be, but taking care of my little man is worth every second.

Monday, February 14, 2011

I'm Nesting

The end.

No seriously. The nesting? I'm like a maniac right now. It started Friday night when I just had to clean our attic out and organize stuff. I thought I was done with my nesting craze, but then Saturday morning around 7:30 it hit me again that I just had to get out into our storage unit and start cleaning it out. Jeremy on the other hand had other bright ideas of things more pertinent to do, like sleep.

It didn't fly over well for either of us.

But I won.

After we had an early breakfast with my parents, (Dad is doing great!), we headed out to the unit and after an hour or so we were done. I'm in a "just donate it all to the church yard sale" mode right now, and it's crazy how much stuff I've let myself get rid of mostly because we just don't have room for the stuff, and also because it's stuff that I haven't used in years. I'm just done hanging on to it, and I'm also glad that our church mission trips can benefit from our junk.

And if that wasn't enough, I ended up keeping Jackson out of church on Sunday because he has a bad cold, and I completely, top to bottom, cleaned his room out. It looks so much better right now, and I'm almost ready to tackle turning our office into a nursery. We took our guest bed down this weekend, but the room is still a disaster. I can already see the difference in planning for baby number 2, because by this time with my pregnancy with Jackson his room was already done. With Anderson, I'm just taking my time. The crib has been delivered, but that's as far as I've gotten.

So with that, I'm going to call it a night. I'm exhausted from this weekend, and Jackson and I still have Valentines to take care of for his class party tomorrow. Take care!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dad's Getting Out!!

I got word from my Mom just a little while ago that Dad has started the process of being released. He should go home sometime this morning!!!

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers for my Dad. We've had people literally all over the world lifting him up in prayer this week, and words can't even begin to express how grateful we are for that. Prayer really does work, and we ask that you continue to remember him as he begins his recovery.

Thank you again, and I'll keep you posted on how he is doing.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Great News!

This morning my Dad's heart finally kicked back into a regular rhythm and he was moved into a regular room. He should be able to go home tomorrow!!!!

Thank you so much for your prayers. They mean more to my family than I could ever express! This has been a stressful week, but knowing that people all over are praying for my Dad's health means the world to me.

I'm pretty worn out from the week, I just wanted y'all to know how great things are going. I'll check back with you tomorrow. Take care!

22 Weeks!

How Far Along: 22 weeks

Size of baby: 10 1/2 inches, the size of a papaya.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Officially it's +1 pound, but I think it may be 2-3 pounds.

Maternity Clothes: I have two pairs of maternity pants, and a few shirts that I'm wearing, but the rest is regular clothes.

Gender: We're having another little boy, Anderson Moore Wade.

Movement: All the time, and it's the best feeling in the world!

Sleep: Not good this week. Between not being able to get comfortable, and worrying about my Dad, it hasn't been a good week.

Symptoms: Some heartburn, but not bad.

Cravings: Strawberries and blueberries.

What I Miss: Normal sleep patterns.

Best Moment this week: Nothing really this week, other than Anderson's crib getting delivered. It's been pretty stressful.

What I am looking forward to: Our 4D ultrasound in March and getting another sweet peek at the baby.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Update On Dad

Dad is still in CCU because his heart is still in Afib. They are giving him medication to try to help it, but so far it's not helping very quickly. His other numbers are doing good, with his blood pressure finally starting to rise to a good level, and if it weren't for the heart being out of rhythm, he would already be home. We are hoping that he will be moved to a regular room tomorrow.

Mom got to speak with the heart doctor today and she really liked him. We won't know about the extent of damage for awhile, but I ask that you pray specifically that whatever damage has occured will not be permanent. God says that whatever you ask for in prayer he will give you, and I'm specifically asking him for this, and I know he is powerful enough to do it. Dad's spirit is great, and he is just beyond ready to get back home. Please continue to remember him in your prayers. They are greatly appreciated!

Monday, February 07, 2011

Update On Dad

I just got home from the last visiting hours at the hospital with Dad. He's looking good, and his color has really improved from yesterday. He is still having irregular heart rhythms, so for now he is still in CCU. His blood pressure has gone up some from yesterday (which is a good thing!) and his respiration has also improved.

He is in really good spirits, laughing and joking, and we're keeping our fingers crossed (and praying!) that he is moved into a regular room tomorrow.

Please continue to remember him in your prayers. We should have the results of the echo cardiogram tomorrow, so pray especially for that. I'll post more when I get updates, but for now, I'm heading to bed. Night y'all!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Please Pray For My Dad

My amazing Dad had a heart attack early this morning (Sunday). After a heart catherization it was found that he had 100% blockage in his main artery, and 80% in another artery. They put 2 stints into the main artery and left the other one alone for the time being for fear that it would trigger a second heart attack.

He is resting comfortably right now in CCU, and hopefully he will be transferred to a regular room tomorrow. He is still having some issues with his heart being out of rhythm, so they are watching that.

Please pray for several things for him:
1. Minimal damage to his heart.
2. Normal heart rhythms to return quickly.
3. Blood pressure to stabilize (it's a little low right now).
4. A full and speedy recovery.

I'll post more later, but for now I'm exhausted. It's been a very long and tiring day. I just ask that you please pray for my Dad. He is so precious to me, and my family covets your prayers during this time.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time there was a girl named Amy. She was a busy Mommy who just so happened to be pregnant with her second little boy. Life was good, but Amy was tired. She had been solo parenting since Tuesday at 6:00 in the morning since her husband Jeremy had to go out of state on business.

Amy did fine managing the household and working until a vicious head cold came out of nowhere and proceeded to knock her out. It really was too bad for Amy that a terrible storm had come up, and she was stuck at the house with no pregnancy safe medication to take, and it was raining too hard to go get something.

So she toughed it out (because what other choice did she have?) and her and Jackson went to bed on time and life was good until 2:30 in the morning when she started coughing so hard that she started to throw up. And the evil dog Macy did nothing to help Amy out, especially when she kept wanting to go in and out at 3:00 in the morning and bark at the entire neighborhood.

Then the next morning Amy had to get herself ready, her son ready, and then drive over 300 miles around the state working, only to get home and have to get ready to go to church to teach missions class.

And thankfully by the time she got home from church, her prince had arrived back at home, just in time for her to pop some Sudafed and drift off for a long winters nap.

Or something like that.

The End.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

21 Weeks!

How Far Along: 21 weeks

Size of baby: 10 1/2 inches, the size of a carrot.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I went to the doctor on Monday and I had gained 3 lbs since my last appointment, which, when you factor in the fact that lost 2 pounds since the beginning of my pregnancy, means that I have gained 1 pound overall. I'm pretty darn proud of myself!

Maternity Clothes: I have two pairs of maternity jeans, and a few shirts that I'm wearing, but the rest is regular clothes.

Gender: We're having another little boy, Anderson Moore Wade.

Movement: I'm feeling movement all the time now and I love it! In fact, Jackson got to feel Anderson kicking on Monday which he thought was really cool.

Sleep: Its been terrible this week. I just cannot get comfortable, even with the help of my trusty body pillow.

Symptoms: Nothing much this week, other than a cold starting.

Cravings: Strawberries and blueberries.

What I Miss: Normal sleep patterns.

Best Moment this week: I have three: announcing Anderson's name, hearing his heartbeat at the doctor's office, and watching Jackson's face light up when he felt Anderson moving. It was magical!

What I am looking forward to: Our 4D ultrasound in March and getting another sweet peek at the baby.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

It's Official: Baby Wade Has A Name!!!

Breaking News: Baby Wade has a name! We had gone back and forth and back and forth, but we have finally settled on a name that makes Jeremy, Jackson and I all happy, which was a stretch for a little while there. Since we already have a Jeremy and Jackson, I figured it was only appropriate that we have another "A" name to join the family, especially since I'm all into symmetry and stuff. After much deliberation, we finally came to a consensus...

Our new little man is going to be named Anderson Moore Wade. Anderson just because we like the name (and it starts with "A"), and Moore is my maiden name. Since I only have 1 male cousin with that last name, I really wanted to make sure that the name was carried on. And just FYI, but Anderson and I will share the same initials which I thought was pretty neat. Planned, but neat none the less.

So that's it. Anderson Moore Wade.

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