Thursday thankfulness…:)


I just wanted to send a BIG THANK YOU to all of my readers.  I love sharing my journey through this pregnancy and my experiences as a foster parent. I initially started blogging as a relaxing night time hobby, but this has quickly become a passion (veering toward an obsession ;)).  Not only is it calming, but it helps me collect my thoughts and makes me feel like me again.  I love getting to know all of the awesome people who have been following us- I already have made so many new friends through writing.  And, most importantly, it is allowing us to share all of our adventures with our “real-life” friends and family.  Thank you to all of the wonderful stores and products that are offering to sponsor this blog.   Thank you to everyone for taking an interest in our crazy  life!
Lots of love,

Andrea

Changes…

There are some big changes on the horizon for our family.  Some good, some not that great.  I am fighting off the anxiety of it all by reminding myself it is good for our souls to stir up the dust a little bit.  Change brings growth.  And growing little boys is exactly what I plan to do.  I see more and more each day that it would be impossible to do this without the support of my husband and parents.  There really would be no hope at making it through this crazy life without a “rock” to hold you in place.  I read this great quote the other day:

Now, I know this doesn’t mean anyone can just stop worrying because that is what it says to do… but it is thought-provoking.  It does remind us to stay focused on the present. (Something I know I could and should be reminded of a lot more often.)  What are some ways that enable you to stay in the present instead of worrying about the past or future?

THIRD TRIMESTER!

Dear Baby Boy,

I’m 27 weeks pregnant with you, which means you’re about 25 weeks (ish) old.  Even though we haven’t officially met yet, I feel like I’m starting to get to know you.

For instance, I know you have at least two favorites: Marshmallows and hiccuping.  Whenever I eat a marshmallow, you go crazy and turn into a little soccer player!  A teacher at work without any kids of her own pops a marshmallow into my mouth at least once a day so she can feel you kick.  She calls herself “your other mommy.” 🙂 You  already have at least four “other mommies” at my school.  I’m pretty sure you will never have any time to yourself when you are spending a few hours in the baby room.

You seem to be happiest when you are way up high in my belly.  I can feel you tickling my ribs and you are so close to my lungs that it is getting harder each day for me to take a deep breath (or even breathe at all).  And bending over is pretty much an impossible task.  At least my belly button hasn’t popped out yet- I’m hoping that little detail can hold off as long as possible.

I know so many pregnant moms that just want their babies to be born.  I am kind of the opposite.  Don’t get me wrong, little boy, I cannot wait to see you and hold you in my arms, but I want you to stay in there as long as possible.  It is all up to you. I never want you to hurry to grow up.  I want you to enjoy being a little boy for as long as you can.  Your dad and I are going to do everything we can to provide you with the happiest childhood possible. Perhaps this is one of things that I fear most about parenting. Children grow up so quickly and I want to be sure that I don’t let you miss out on anything. You aren’t even born yet and I already don’t want you to grow up. I want your life to stay carefree, simple, and happy forever. Promise me you wont be in a hurry?

But, at the same time- I can’t WAIT to know what you look like!  Do you look more like me, or more like your daddy?  Are you going to have curly red hair?  Or Daddy’s beautiful blue eyes?  Or are you going to take after your grandparents and be a brunette with that tan skin your daddy and I would die for?  I’m kinda hoping for red hair, but I’m sure you’ll be the best looking baby I’ve ever seen regardless. 😉

Daddy and I are going to really start putting your room together this weekend, and soon your grandma is going to come over and help us paint it for you.  I already have drawers and drawers full of your clothes. Not to mention LOTS of diapers.  No offense, but I’m expecting you to be a messy baby, with lots of spit-ups, barfs, diaper explosions, and general baby goo. Go ahead and surprise me and be a neat, un-gooey baby, but I’m not holding my breath (except for when I’m changing those stinky diapers!).

Also, in one week, I’ll take a test to make sure I don’t have gestational diabetes. I’m hoping I don’t, because if I have to go on a strict diet … oh man. For your sake, I’ll do it, but I’m not into diets.

Yay to us both for making it into the third trimester! This last bit is going to be something else. You’re going to grow a ton of that cute baby fat, and the doctor said that I should be gaining a POUND A WEEK from now on!  Goodness gracious.

I love you,

Your Mommy 🙂

Funny preggo quotes a friend sent me in an email :)

Q. What’s the difference between a nine-month pregnant woman and a model?
A. Nothing, if the pregnant woman’s husband knows what’s good for him.

Q. My childbirth instructor says it’s not pain I’ll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right?
A. Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.

Q. When is the best time to get an epidural?
A. Right after you find out you’re pregnant.

Q. How long is the average woman in labor?
A. Whatever she says, divided by two.

So I went back to work yesterday after having the summer off.  Even though there are 4 of us that are pregnant, everyone made a huge deal out of us with our new bellies. 🙂 I was smothered with kisses, hugs, and belly rubs.  The faculty all made me go up on stage in front of the WHOLE school to turn sideways to show off the bump. 🙂 Everyone screamed and cheered for him when I announced it was a boy. Who could ask for a better support system at work?  I’m a lucky girl.  Aside from my back aching and spasm-ing, it has been a great first two days.

Feathers, footwear, and fondue

This week starts my 26th WEEK PREGNANT!! Best baby milestone this week- HE CAN OPEN HIS EYES FOR THE FIRST TIME!  Granted, there isn’t too much to see in there, but up until now, his little eyelids were fused shut.  How cool.

Ian and I spent the night in Athens last night so we would be closer to where we needed to be to pick the girls up from camp this morning.  We had a great night in our old college town.  We went for a walk through North Campus, went shopping downtown where I found this adorable pair of new shoes, got my first feather extensions, and went out for dinner TWICE (once for me, once for baby of course ;0) )  at two of our favorite places- Little Italy- for the infamous turkey sub all the way no onion, and Speakeasy- for fondue and tapas.  Then afterwards, we went to another movie: “The Change Up.”  The very beginning was Daddy’s favorite part (you’ll know what I mean after you see it).  We spent the night at my brother’s house.  He seems to be having a small problem with his security system.  The door chime chimes approximately every 368 seconds or whatever. He also seems to be having a small problem with the air conditioning.  Each time it turns on it sounds as if a palette of bricks is being dropped on the house or whatever.  So, after we drifted off to sleep, or whatever, everything was fine.  😉

26 weeks photos- Our future Georgia Bulldawg! Goooo Dawgs, Sic’ Em!

Baby's first time under the Arches 🙂

North Campus fountain

Daddy's ringing the victory bell for his best victory- his son 🙂

My new favorite nursery

So… now that we have finally picked out the perfect theme for Baby’s nursery… we have NO idea how to go about creating the gorgeous alphabet wall.

I found this nursery idea at the following link:  http://projectnursery.com/2008/07/abc-and-as-easy-as-123/

This website says that the creators of this masterpiece are graphic design artists and they used the computer program Adobe Illustrator to create the wall mural.  Anyone out there with any Illustrator knowledge??? 🙂

Cutest Hamper EVER...

I found this hamper today while shopping for the baby nursery.  I absolutely had to have it. 😉

You can get it off of Amazon if you feel the same way about it I do. 😉

http://www.amazon.com/Rattan-Elephant-Hamper-Hx17-WHITE/dp/B000XRRANU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1295850175&sr=8-1

Last week of freedom :)

I start teaching again one week from today- I cannot believe how fast summer flew by!  I didn’t tell any of my students that I was expecting last school year- so I’m preparing myself for the multitude of comments and questions from my ever-so-curious kids.  Also, when the Headmaster asked if I was pregnant in May, I acted completely offended and asked him why he would say that- he was mortified,  apologized over and over, then scurried off down the hall, red-faced.  Trust me, this is a typical conversation in our professional relationship, however, usually the joke is on me! 😉  (And all of the other teachers and principals are completely aware of baby, and the joke on Mr. B).  I can only imagine what his plan of revenge will entail when I come in to work next Monday.  Whatever it is, it will have been worth it to see that look on his face. 🙂  We have such a great work family, I don’t know how I got that lucky.  And I feel even more fortunate to be able to have Baby be a part of it.

We dropped our foster daughters off at a week long sleep away camp this past weekend.  So, in addition to my last week of summer vacay, we also have  a week all to ourselves! We slept in until 10:30 today!!  First time in MONTHS that I haven’t been wide awake at 7:30.  We have been enjoying it so much already! (Although, even on our “break,” we noticed we are talking about them all the time- wondering what they are doing, if they are having fun at camp, etc).  I can only imagine how hard it will be to drop our own son off at camp for the first time!  🙂

Yesterday was another one of those days where I felt like I could actually see my belly grow!  I told Ian last night that my belly grew a lot during the day, he started laughing and said he noticed the same thing yesterday afternoon, but didn’t think that I would appreciate a comment like that. 🙂  We will post pics soon.

xo