Saturday, May 28, 2011

It’s Finally Done!!!!

With 11 days to go, it’s finally done! My bags are packed, the thank you notes are written, and the nursery is DONE! I’m so happy with the results, and I just couldn’t wait to share the pics. I hope you enjoy!

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Jackson showing me where he’ll feed Anderson!

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Artwork done my my Mom and sister that match the bedding perfectly!

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Changing table

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Mama bird painting I did

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Wall hanging

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Another view

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Crib shot with Anderson’s name

Well, that’s it. What do you think? I can actually go into labor now without having a stroke about what all isn’t done. I think I’m finally ready to have this baby!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Weekly Confessions

  • This pregnancy is officially kicking my butt. I've hit the wall, and it's going to be a long 12 days.

  • We are thisclose to finishing the nursery, and I'm so ready. It's been a very long journey, and I'm really pleased with the results. We have just a few more things to add to the walls and then I will post pictures. I'm super pleased with the room, and I can't wait to show you Anderson's neck of the woods.

  • I still haven't packed my bag for the hosptial. Every day I say, "this" is the day that I'm going to get it done, and then I don't. Apparently impending labor does nothing to change my level of procastination.

  • I'm still needing a few more ideas for Jackson's big brother gift. We've decided to do a gift from Jackson to Anderson (already done), a gift from Anderson to Jackson, and then one from Jeremy and I to Jackson. Jackson has been extremely jealous of the shower gifts for Anderson, and I definitely don't want him to think that he's been forgotten. I bought Jackson a real T-ball bat and t-balls, a color wonder set, and I still feel like I need something else. Any ideas? I'm also planning on doing a little activity bag for Jackson with crayons, coloring book and stuff like that for the hosptial. I guess I just need to add it to my list of stuff to do. Sadly my list keeps getting longer, and not much is getting crossed off!

  • Speaking of gifts, I'm completely caught up with thank you notes. It feels so good to say that!

  • And lastly, we were invited to go to the lake this weekend. I was a little nervous because I'm past the point where I'm allowed to travel, and the lake is about an hour away. I called the Dr's office and I got the okay to travel, but then the conversation took a sharp turn:
  • Nurse: "Did you say you were going to the lake?"

    Me: "Yes, we are going to Lay Lake."

    Nurse: "You know that you aren't allowed to ride a boat unless it is a pontoon boat, right?"

    Me: "Are you kidding? They have a ski boat."

    Nurse: "That would be a no-go. We can't have you being jostled like that on a ski boat. Did I just ruin your day?"

    Me: "Pretty much."

    Oh well, at least I'll still have a great time at the lake, even if I am the only one left sitting on the dock!

    Anything you need to confess? Have a great weekend!

    Please Excuse Me...

    I'm calling in pregnant to the blog today. I'll be back tomorrrow! Take care!

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011

    37 Weeks!! Only 2 Weeks To Go!

    How Far Along: 37 weeks. My induction date has been scheduled for June 8th, 2 weeks from today!

    Size of baby: 19 inches, about the size of Swiss Chard (although I don't know what that is) and weighing in at 6 1/3 pounds.

    Total Weight Gain/Loss: 10 lbs. I gained 2 lbs. this week.

    Maternity Clothes: Maternity all the time.

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

    Movement: Lots of movement still. He's an active little boy!

    Sleep: I have been super uncomfortable at night. I definitely am at the beached whale phase of pregnancy.

    Symptoms: Contractions are coming pretty frequently now, and some of them are pretty dang bad. And I shared with you about my blood pressure scare from Monday. That wasn't fun, but so far I'm not swelling which I am very grateful for.

    Cravings: Popsicles.

    What I Miss: Breathing normally, not waddling, aand not being a hormonal mess.

    Best Moment this week: Pretty normal week.

    What I am looking forward to: 2 weeks from now we get to meet our little man and I can't wait!

    Is your nursery done? We are VERY close. I'm almost ready to post pictures. Almost.

    Are you getting nervous? Not really. I'm definitely more relaxed about delivering this time around now that I know what to expect.

    Have you dropped yet? His head is definitely locked and loaded. It hurts to walk now. I'm dilated 1 1/2 cm.

    How do you feel in general? Pretty uncomfortable. It's going to be a long two weeks!

    What are you getting the most excited about? Meeting Anderson and watching Jackson's reaction to meeting his baby brother.

    Any big fears or concerns? My blood pressure scared me this week, especially because I was feeling fine. I hope it stays down, and that I don't end up having any trouble.

    What is in your hospital bag? I have my makeup/toiletries bag packed, and Anderson's bag packed, and a few things put aside for my bag. As long as I have my makeup I'll be fine!

    How many more days until D-Day? 14 days!

    Tuesday, May 24, 2011

    A Little Scare

    I had my regulary scheduled OB visit around lunch on Monday. When I got there I got weighed as usual (+2 lbs for a total gain of 10 lbs) and then the nurse checked my blood pressure. It was 142/102 which is way out of normal for me. Usually I'm a perfect 120/80. The nurse asked if I was feeling okay and I commented that I was feeling fine. No headache, swelling, or anything else that would indicate a problem. She casually remarked that Dr. Lawhon would probably want to check me again before I left to see if it had come down.

    So then I got taken into a room and wait for "the" check to see if I was dilated. My Dr. came in, and without getting all TMI with y'all, I'm just going to say that the check was extremely painful this time around. I had tears in my eyes by the time he was finished. At least he told me that I was dilated 1 1/2 cm so the pain wasn't for nothing. After my exam he started checking my reflexes which is something he has never done. He commented that because my BP was up, he wanted the nurse to check me out again. So I got dressed and went back down the hall for a recheck. I knew at this point, based on the pain that I had just been in, that my BP wasn't going to be any better, and I was right. I got 3 readings back to back that were 144/107, so off I went ot the OB triage center at the hospital for them to monitor me.

    After I had blood drawn I was hooked up on the fetal monitor, BP monitor and contraction monitor for several hours. At first my BP was still high, but it gradually came down to normal for me. I am having contractions, but nothing too severe. I was sent home with no real special instructions, and I will follow up next week with my doctor if nothing changes before then.

    So that's where I stand. I promptly came home and started nesting again. I still don't have my hospital bag packed, but Anderson's stuff and my toiletries are ready to go. I'm not about to chance going into labor without my makeup bag being ready!

    Y'all have a great day!

    Monday, May 23, 2011

    I Guess I'm Not Sweet As Candyland

    One of Jackson's favorite games is Candyland. I don't have anything against the game, per se, but sometimes the game gets a little old. Like most parents, I play the game, but it's definitely not my first choice of activities.

    Sunday morning Jackson and I woke up early Sunday morning and we decided to play a little bit before we got ready for church. When Jackson decided he wanted to play Candyland I agreed. I figured if it made him happy, then that was good enough for me.

    We hadn't been playing for 30 seconds when Jackson piped up with, "Mama, you're going to let me win, right?" Up until that point, I thought that Jackson was aware of how the game was supposed to work. You draw a card, move either one or two spaces to the color on the card and then wait for your next turn. Well, apparently Jackson thought that since he was playing that he "had" to win the game.

    Have you ever tried to cheat on Candyland?

    It's not that I don't want Jackson to win, but I also want him to understand that he's not always going to win. And that's okay. Jackson took a very strong early lead, but unfortunately he drew one of the picture cards that was near the beginning of the board. He hemmed and hawed, but finally relented to moving his card back. He was so worried that he wasn't going to win that he could hardly stand it. He got close to catching back up, but unfortunately I reached the finish line before he did which made me the lucky winner of Candyland.

    He wasn't too happy with me for winning, but I didn't give in. I just (gently) explained to him that we were both taking turns drawing cards, and that for this game I just happened to make it to the end before he did, and that it wasn't really a big deal, it was just a matter of chance.

    I definitely want Jackson to grow up winning in life, but it's such a fine line to walk with teaching him lessons about losing. Both Jeremy and I let Jackson "win" all the time with stuff like racing, Simon Says, hide and seek and stuff like that. He definitely has a very strong self esteem, and I am pretty confident that he's growing into a well rounded kid. I just also want to make sure that he knows that in life he's not always going to win, and that although losing isn't fun, it's not the end of the world and that life will go on.

    I guess in the end, that doesn't make me such a mean Mom!

    Friday, May 20, 2011

    The Baby's Not Even Here Yet And Already I'm Neglecting My Blog

    So just a day or so ago I was emailing a friend of mine, Kay, and she was like, "I'm impressed that you aren't stressing about the nursery since time is getting so close." Or something like that. And I responded, "I'm really not stressed. I figure he won't be sleeping in there for awhile anyway, so it will get done when it gets done." Or something like that. And I really wasn't stressed at all.

    Fast forward just a day.

    I was a mad woman nesting last night. Between writing thank you notes and trying to organize the nursery, I didn't sit down until after 10:30 at which time I promptly crashed. I am fanatical about writing thank you notes for occasions such as this, and until a note has been written, the gift stays in the box/bag. It's my OCD way of making sure that no gift is overlooked, and until the note is written I can't enjoy the gift. Call it Southern Guilt. After the note is written I had been moving the "thanked" gifts into the crib to keep them separated from the "unthanked" gifts. Well, the crib had started overflowing and I couldn't handle the lack of organization anymore, so I put the unwritten thank you notes aside and started organizing the room. We had bins of clothes from Jackson that needed to be sorted, clothes from my nephew Luke, and now clothes from Anderson, not to mention diapers, wipes, toys, and whatever else you can think of that needed a home.

    After 5 hours the room is once again managable and I can breathe. The unthanked gifts are still in their bag, but nicely organized in one corner of the room. I still have a pile of thank you notes to write, but I'm going to knock them out this weekend. It will all get done (before June 8th), and I feel like my "nesting" manic phase of last night was stressful, but completely necessary if that makes any sense.

    So at 10:30 last night I realized that I hadn't blogged, which explains why I'm up at 6:30 in the morning blogging. Just thought you might like to know that I haven't forgotten about you yet!

    Have a great weekend!

    Thursday, May 19, 2011

    "Surprise, Surprise, Surprise"


    I was given a surprise baby shower at work on Wednesday. They got me good. We have meetings every two weeks and I was told to be at this meeting to get an update on marketing. I got to work like normal and couldn't figure out why the office was so crowded with people that I normally don't see at this building. Everyone had perfectly reasonable explanations for why they were there, even my brother-in-law. Our meetings take place during lunchtime and I went just like normal. When I walked into the room I was completely taken off guard. It was packed with people, food, and the cutest decorations. Even my mom was there! Apparently this has been in the works for quite awhile and I had no clue.

    It was a great shower and I had a wonderful time with my sweet coworkers. Jeremy and I have been so blessed with people thinking of Anderson's arrival and we are very appreciative.

    Y'all have a great day!

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    36 Weeks!! 3 Weeks To Go!!

    How Far Along: 36 weeks. My induction date has been scheduled for June 8th, 3 weeks from today!

    Size of baby: over 18 1/2 inches, and weighing in at 6 pounds, about the weight of a Crenshaw melon (although I have no idea what that is).

    Total Weight Gain/Loss: 8 lbs. Somehow I lost 6 lbs. over the last 2 weeks although I have no idea how it happened.

    Maternity Clothes: Maternity all the time.

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

    Movement: Still lots of strong movement. Anderson likes to shake what his Mama gave him!

    Sleep: Not great this week. I'm just very uncomfortable. Gotta love the end of pregnancy!

    Symptoms: Lots of pretty strong Braxton Hicks contractions.

    Cravings: Nothing much this week. There's not much room for food anymore!

    What I Miss: Being comfortable and walking without waddling!

    Best Moment this week: I had a wonderful baby shower at church this past weekend. We got some great gifts for Anderson, and lots of diapers. We were so blessed!

    What I am looking forward to: 3 weeks from now we get to meet our little man and I can't wait!

    Is your nursery done? No, but we're still getting closer!

    Are you getting nervous? Not really. I'm definitely more relaxed about delivering this time around now that I know what to expect.

    Have you dropped yet? I think so. I'm definitely feeling a lot of pressure!

    How do you feel in general? Uncomfortable. I think that word pretty much sums things up at this point!

    What are you getting the most excited about? Meeting Anderson and watching Jackson's reaction to meeting his baby brother.

    Any big fears or concerns? Actually getting the nursery done on time.

    What is in your hospital bag? Does thinking about the hospital bag count for something? Because that's all I've done so far!

    How many more days until D-Day? 21 days!

    Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    So Much To Say...So Little Energy

    We had a good weekend around here. Jeremy's parents came into town to see us for the weekend, and I was given a wonderful baby shower at church. We got lots of diapers, wipes, cute clothes, two great diaper bags and so much more. We were so blessed! I have lots of pictures to post, but unfortunately I'm running pretty low on the motivation to actually upload the pictures. Never fear; they will be up soon enough!

    While Jeremy's parents were in town we went to the zoo for a picnic lunch. We had a super fun time checking out the zoo, but it was cold! We had to eat in a hurry because it was looking like it was going to rain, but luckily for us it held off and we were able to really enjoy the cooler weather, especially in the middle of May. Once again, there are pictures that are still sitting on my camera. They will be uploaded eventually.

    In other news, I had a doctor's appointment on Monday. My blood pressure is still great, and somehow I managed to lose 6 pounds over the last two weeks. The same six pounds that I gained over the last month. So that puts my total weight gain at 8 pounds. I was pretty shocked when I got off the scales, so much so that I asked if she would weigh me again. That request has never come out of my mouth before! My doctor is very relaxed about me not putting on weight, and his motto is something along the lines of, "If you don't put it on, you don't have to take it off!"

    Dr. Lawhon checked to see if I was dilated and I was so disappointed to find out that I'm still at zero. At this point with Jackson I was at 3cm already, so I was hoping the same would hold true for this little fellow. Alas, it wasn't meant to be! We did decide on an induction date, June 8th, so unless something changes before then, we are down to 23 days before we meet our little man!

    I guess that's it for today. I hope y'all have a great day, and I'll catch up with y'all tomorrow!

    Thursday, May 12, 2011

    Our Little Graduate

    Jackson had his graduation from Pre-K this morning, and our little guy did so great! All the kids looked so cute with their caps and gowns, and they were all so well behaved. Jeremy and I had been concerned that Jackson would have his usual stage fright, but he did fantastic! He was even chosen to present the Bible for the pledge. I was so proud of him! I did really good holding it together until the very end of the program when they showed a power point presentation of pictures of all the kids taken from birth to now. It was about two kids into the show when I started crying, and I didn’t quit until the show was over! We got video of the graduation, and as soon as I have time I’ll get it posted. I hope you enjoy the pictures!



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    Jackson and his best buddy Charlie (who starts kindergarten in another year)

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    Jackson singing the songs. The second picture is during, “This Little Light Of Mine.”

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    We’re so proud of Jackson. He’s such a blessing to us, and Jeremy and I can’t wait to see where the next year takes us!

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    Where Has The Time Gone?

    Jackson graduates from Pre-K today. His class is having a graduation program and luncheon today, and I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. His class has been practicing for the graduation for what seems like weeks, and Jackson gets to hold the Bible during the pledge time. Although I'm not supposed to know about it, Jackson let it slip that they had cap and gown pictures done, and that they were taught several songs and Jeremiah 29:11.

    I'm not quite sure how 4 1/2 years have slipped by me like they have. How has time flown by so quickly? How is it even possible that this cutie about to graduate from Pre-K?
    I'll make sure to post pictures and hopefully video really soon. Just keep your fingers crossed for me that I don't lose it! It's not easy to watch him grow up so fast!

    35 Weeks!!

    How Far Along: 35 weeks. Officially less than 5 weeks to go, but I'm pretty sure that I have about 4 weeks left.

    Size of baby: over 18 inches, and weighing in at 5 1/4 pounds, about the weight of a honeydew.

    Total Weight Gain/Loss: As of last week I had gained 13 pounds total, but I'm probably up a few more since then.

    Maternity Clothes: Maternity all the time.

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

    Movement: Lots of strong movements still, but mostly just kicking. He doesn't have enough room to flip around anymore! As I'm typing this he is putting on quite a show!

    Sleep: It's loads of fun right now! Between constant potty trips, restless legs and the inability to breathe, I'm just loving this stage of pregnancy!

    Symptoms: Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, some of which are very strong and painful.

    Cravings: Sweet foods, but I'm resisting the urge!

    What I Miss: Being comfortable.

    Best Moment this week: It's been a pretty normal week so far.

    What I am looking forward to: I have a baby shower this weekend at my church and I'm really excited about that, not to mention going back to the doctor on Monday for another check up.

    Is your nursery done? No, but it's getting closer!

    Are you getting nervous? Yes, but not about labor. I'm just nervous about getting things ready for him!

    Have you dropped yet? I think so. I'm definitely feeling a lot of pressure!

    How do you feel in general? Very pregnant.

    What are you getting the most excited about? To see Jackson's reaction to meeting his baby brother.

    Any big fears or concerns? Actually getting the nursery done on time.

    What is in your hospital bag? Nothing yet. I better get to working on that!

    How many more days until D-Day? Less than 35 days!

    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    Y'all Should Be So Proud...

    • The flowers we bought at Lowe's 3 1/2 weeks ago are finally planted, and the lawn is mowed and fertilized. I wish I could take credit for this, but in reality my role extended no further than sitting on a lawn chair on the front porch, keeping Jackson out of the street and then showing Jeremy where I wanted the flowers planted.


    • I ordered the wooden letters for Anderson's room today. I found them online at a wholesale place for $2.25 each, as opposed to $8.00 each at our local craft stores. I'm going to have to paint them myself, but saving that much money was awesome!


    • I'm almost 35 weeks pregnant and I'm still functioning with no discernible swelling yet. It's been tough at times, but I'm making it! Granted, the heat isn't making things any easier, but at least I'm not delivering in August like I did with Jackson.

    I think that continuing to grow a human is enough of an achievement for me to call it a day. I'll catch up with y'all tomorrow!

    Monday, May 09, 2011

    Weekend Recap

    Wow, we've had a crazy busy weekend here at Wade's World. It started off Friday night when Jeremy and I shipped Jackson off to my parent's house for the night. You remember in my confessions from Friday when I told you that I had had a meltdown in Anderson's room? Well the truth of it was that it was worse than just a little meltdown. It was a full out sob fest in his room. I think a lot of was because I know that I'm running out of time, and there is so much more to do. We're trying to turn our office into a nice baby's room, and the truth of it is that we have no where for the "office" stuff to go. I think I had Jackson's nursery completely finished about 3 months before he arrived, so for me to be down to less than 5 weeks is very stressful for me. So in the midst of my little tantrum, Jeremy wisely left the room, placed a call to my Mom and asked her if Jackson could stay over on Friday night so we could get some uninterrupted time to work in the nursery. Jackson had been trying to help, but most of all he was getting in the way of us getting any real work done.

    So with Jackson over at my parents house Jeremy and I were able to make some real progress. We rearranged the furniture about 3 times before we were pleased with the layout of the room. I have a huge pile of books and stuff that we are donating to our church yard sale. I'm pretty sure we are going to end up painting the room to cover up the holes from our diplomas and pictures, and while this should have been done before we put any new furniture in the room, it's a little too late to fix that error in judgement now.

    After we got done in the nursery for the night we packed Jeremy up for his deep sea fishing trip to Destin that he was taking with our church. They ended up leaving the church at 3:30 in the morning and fished all day! He didn't get home until after midnight Saturday night. Since Jackson was over at Mom's I was able to sleep in to the glorious hour of 7:30 before I got myself up to get ready for my pregnancy massage which was just perfect! I've already made Jeremy promise me another massage after Anderson is born!

    After my massage I met up with Mom and Kellyn and we went to a craft show that was in the downtown area. We spent several hours checking out the booths and enjoying the beautiful day. Jackson was able to play in the creek, and by the time we got back to Nana's we were exhausted and more than ready for a nap! After nap time we met my friend Miranda and her sister for a mother's dinner out with kiddos at Olive Garden which was really yummy.

    Mother's Day was really nice. Jeremy and I have both been blessed by amazing mother's and we are so lucky to have them in our lives! We went to church, ate lunch and then enjoyed a super long nap. Then we were off to Peach Park for fresh ice cream and fruit, and then back home. It's been a crazy busy weekend, but a wonderful one. Kudo's to you if you made it to the end of this post. Have a great day!

    Friday, May 06, 2011

    Weekly Confessions

    • I find myself constantly thinking of potential facebook status updates based on whatever random activity I happen to be doing at the time. This occasionally even happens in the middle of the night, but so far I have refrained from actually sharing a status in the middle of the night. At this point a middle of the night update would probably be something like, "Amy is up to go potty. Again. Just thought you might like to know."


    • If you aren't friends with me on facebook, you should be. My status updates are pretty good.


    • Jeremy and I desperately need someone to help us teach our left handed son how to tie his shoes. He is stubborn just like his momma and won't let us help him even though he has no idea what he's doing.


    • I had a breakdown in Anderson's room Thursday night. There is so much to do and I am completely overwhelmed at how little time I have left to finish everything. How in the world have 34 weeks flown by?


    • We still haven't completely unpacked from the beach, and we've been back since Monday.


    • I am having some major Braxton-Hicks contractions the past couple of days. It's funny to see the look on Jeremy's face every time one hits me. He's like, "Do we need to go to the hospital?"


    • I bought an industrial size bottle of my favorite shampoo, popped the pump on it, and discovered it was conditioner instead of shampoo. Thankfully this was before I took my shower.


    • I got a pedicure this week and I'm convinced the Asian people were talking about how bad my heels were.


    • Jeremy gave me my early Mother's Day present, a 1-hour pregnancy massage that is scheduled for Saturday. I can't wait. That was the reason I went ahead and got my pedicure, so the masseuse wouldn't see my feet and think, "This girl really needs a pedicure!"

    I guess that's it for today. Anything you need to confess?

    Thursday, May 05, 2011

    Beach Trip 2011

    We had such a great time at the beach this past weekend. We went down to Fort Morgan, AL with my parents (Nana and Tata), my sister Kellyn, her husband Jason, and their son, Luke. The weather was perfect, the food was great, and we had an amazing time. Enjoy the pics!

    Lunch at Lulu’s!

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    Time for the pool!

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    Beach Bound!

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    Let’s Go Fly A Kite!

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    Family Pictures!

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