Wednesday, April 9, 2014

16 weeks

Something HUGE happened this week: my parents moved to Montana :(  I spent the weekend with them as the movers came and packed up their house and loaded everything onto a huge 18-wheeler to make the cross-country trip.  They spent the night at my house on Saturday and left around 11am on Sunday.  It was so bittersweet.  I will miss that house (the pool!), and most of all I will miss them.  But it sure will make for great vacations, and will make seeing them even sweeter.

Size of Baby: According to What to Expect, our baby is the size of an avocado! Around 4.5 inches and 3-5 ounces.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: No idea. Will find out at the next appointment!

Maternity Clothes: Still all my regular clothes, but I should have already bought maternity pants because I can no longer comfortably wear my old pants!  I will be going to Target asap to check out the maternity section!

Gender: The heartbeat this week has ranged from 140-156 :)  I really have no idea at this point!

Belly Button In/Out: In

 Stretch Marks: Not yet

Labor Signs: No

Movement: I don't know what this is supposed to feel like, so I'm assuming it hasn't happened yet?

Sleep: Sleep is fine - just constantly congested.

What I miss: I truly do not miss anything.  This is so much better!

What I am looking forward to: When we find out the gender!!! Only 11 more days!!!

Cravings/Aversions: Mexican, pizza, apples, sweets, cokes.

Symptoms: Nose congested, occasional headaches, bloated, aches and pains in tummy (assuming this is round ligament pain).

Best Moment This Week: The crib came in! Yahoo!!!!! I've also started to look at nursery bedding - I want the same whether it's a boy or girl - creams and whites :)

Here's a look at my belly progression so far:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

15 weeks

Last week was probably the hardest week I've had this pregnancy.  I got really sick on Wednesday and my fever got up to 101.5, and my whole body ached and I was miserable. I took some Tylenol to bring my fever down and it went down within a few hours - praise the Lord!  I feel better now but am still congested and dealing with allergies. But all good! :)

Size of Baby: According to What to Expect, our baby is the size of an orange! Around 4.5 inches and 2-3 ounces.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: We don't have a scale at home, but at my last appointment I was up 4lbs.

Maternity Clothes: In the very near future! I cannot button most of my pants but shirts are fine. A teeny tiny bump is starting to show :)

Gender: I go back and forth each week. Sometimes I think girl, sometimes I think boy. We got a doppler to hear the baby's heartbeat at home, and yesterday it was 150. We shall see! We find out the gender on April 21st! 3 weeks!

Belly Button In/Out: In

 Stretch Marks: Not yet

Labor Signs: No

Movement: Not really sure what I'm looking for.  I figure I'll know when it happens!

Sleep: I was sick last week and sleep was horrible for a few days. I'm feeling better now but just have allergies.

What I miss: Nothing! :)

What I am looking forward to: April 21st!!! That is our 18 week anatomy scan and we find out the gender!

Cravings/Aversions: Pizza, apples, water.

Symptoms: Bloated, heartburn, gassy, headaches.

Best Moment This Week: Hearing the baby's heartbeat at home!  It was so sweet!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

14 weeks

What a relief, joy, feeling of total excitement to finally say goodbye to the first trimester! Even though my 1st trimester was pretty easy (no nausea) I am still so glad to be in the 2nd tri!  I still can't believe I'm carrying this sweet miracle in my tummy.  Thank you Jesus!!!!!! We came up with a girl name that I LOVE yesterday, and I think we're pretty close on a boy name too!  I started looking at cribs yesterday online and I am sooo excited to start on the nursery soon.  HELLO 2ND TRIMESTER!!! :)

Side note - I photographed my first birth last week and it was such an amazing, spiritual experience. This mama gave birth naturally with no meds and I was SO impressed with how composed she was throughout her labor.  She made it look so easy.  I've always been pretty anti-medication with most things in my life, so I think I'm going to talk to my doctor about potentially trying a natural birth.  We will see!

Size of Baby: According to What to Expect, our sweet baby is the size of a lemon! I can't believe it - that seems so big!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Still need to get a scale.  I have an appointment today and I'm going to ask the nurse how much I've gained. **UPDATE** I've gained 4 lbs!

Maternity Clothes: Pants are a joke - ha! Using the rubber band trick on my jeans and wearing lots of yoga pants during my shoots.  I haven't tried the belly band again but probably need to pull that out.  I think I'll wait a few more weeks if I can before buying maternity clothes.

Gender: I think it's a girl! :) **UPDATE** The heart rate today was 142, and my doctor said she thinks it's a boy based on that. We will see! 

Belly Button In/Out: In

 Stretch Marks: Not yet

Labor Signs: No

Movement: I don't think I can feel the baby moving - just lots of stretching, round ligament pain, etc.

Sleep: Sleep is great! Waking up during the night to use the bathroom.

What I miss: Not a thing!

What I am looking forward to: Finding out the gender!!!!!!

Cravings/Aversions: Mexican food, apples, sweets, sandwiches.

Symptoms: Heartburn, headaches, always congested/stuffy nose, stretching in my uterus, bloated :)

Best Moment This Week: Hitting the 2nd trimester milestone!  I cannot believe this sweet baby will be here in 6 months!!! We can't wait to meet you angel!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

13 weeks

Size of Baby: According to What to Expect, our sweet baby is the size of a peach!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I'm SURE I've gained weight - I have no idea how much though!  I haven't had any nausea so I've been able to keep food down.

Maternity Clothes: None yet!  Shirts are no problem - most of my pants are too tight but I can still squeeze into them.

Gender: I'm thinking girl, but we will see!

Belly Button In/Out: In

 Stretch Marks: Not yet

Labor Signs: Definitely not

Movement: Still feeling stretching, pulling, etc in my uterus.  The nurse said this is round ligament pain and also umbilical something (can't remember the name) but all totally normal.

Sleep: Still waking up once a night to use the bathroom, but besides that sleep is great.  Enjoying it while I can :)

What I miss: Not a thing!

What I am looking forward to: My appointment this week!

Cravings/Aversions: Craving Mexican food, apples, strawberries and sweets.

Symptoms: The fatigue has eased up a bit which is awesome. Sore boobs, movement/growth in tummy, super thirsty/hungry.

Best Moment This Week: Getting our first baby gift from our dear friends Yvonne & Pablo! We went to their house last night and they surprised us with a baby tub filled with baby items! It was so precious and we love them so much!

Monday, March 10, 2014

our miracle


I’m nearly brought to tears trying to describe my love for You.  My Healer, Anointer, Savior...My Rock.  The one and only thing in my life that will never change is You.  You walked on water, gave sight to the blind, healed the sick and rose from the dead – there is nothing You cannot do.  And yet, in all of Your Glory and Power, You still care for the desires of my little heart.  You love me so much.  Through all of my sin and failure, You love me.  The Creator of all the Earth loves all of us.  What an amazing feeling.

I’m pregnant!!!!  Our sweet little baby will arrive this September :)  And Jesus orchestrated this in such a way that the glory and praise can go nowhere else except to Him!  A miracle, just as it says in the Bible. God hears our prayers.  He listens to our wants and desires.  And He keeps His promises.  What a mighty God You are!  I will never be able to thank You enough, Father.  I promise, Lord, that I will raise this precious baby to know You and will help lead them to love You.  We prayed for this child, and You granted the desires of hearts.  In Your time.  And we commit this sweet baby to You, before he or she is even born.  This baby is Yours!  And we will love and protect them for their time here on earth.  I already love this child with all my heart.

Our precious miracle is due to arrive on September 21st :)  Praise the Lord!

I'm sure no one reads this blog anymore, especially since my last post was in 2012 (!!!)....but I'm going to start blogging again.  And this is really just for me to remember my pregnancy and be able to document it :)  So hopefully I will start doing weekly updates on this sweet little baby!

Size of Baby: According to What to Expect, our sweet baby is the size of a large plum!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I have not kept up with my weight AT ALL - we don't even have a scale at home.  I guess I need to invest in one :)

Maternity Clothes: My pants are super tight and uncomfortable...I bought the Be Band from Target, but it slips off and doesn't stay I assume maternity pants are in my near future!

Gender: No idea! :)

Belly Button In/Out: In

 Stretch Marks: Not yet

Labor Signs: Definitely not

Movement: I've been feeling stretching/pulling sensations in my uterus, but I don't think it's the baby moving?  Not sure what that feels like?

Sleep: I'm so grateful that I've had a fairly easy first trimester.  I only wake up once a night to use the bathroom and haven't really had any sickness.  Just EXTREME fatigue :)

What I miss: Absolutely nothing!

What I am looking forward to: Finding out the baby's gender!  I'm thinking girl :)  Last ultrasound at 10 weeks the heart rate was 164.

Cravings/Aversions: I haven't really had any aversions.  I've been craving apples and strawberries.

Symptoms: Super tired, thirsty all the time, bloating, constant bathroom trips, boobs are huge, start feeling a tad sick if I go too long without eating.

Best Moment This Week: Hitting the 12 week milestone!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

house projects

I saw on the Nester's blog awhile back that she refinished several pieces of old furniture in fur. I thought it looked so quirky and chic and unique and I LOVED it. I've been feeling super crafty lately, and decided that I wanted to build a bench for the end of our bed and cover it in faux fur.

I headed to Home Depot and bought four 14 inch legs and a board about 4 feet long. I went to JoAnns to get quilt batting and foam for the cushion, and I also bought 2 yards of fur (which was WAY too much - I could have easily done it with just one yard).
The first thing I did was spray paint the wooden legs in a shiny gold. I knew the wood would still show up pretty matte, so that's why I got the metallic.
Once the legs dried (after 3 coats), I got Danny to help me attach them to the board. There are tons of ways to do this, but the easiest for us was to use a screw driver and screw a nail through the top of the board into the legs.
Next was the cushion. I first cut the foam to the correct size of the bench. Once the foam was in place on top of the bench, I wrapped the batting around to hold it in place and stapled it under the bench.
You want to make sure the batting is pulled tight...and I used tons of staples.
Now its the fun part - the fur!! I picked out a chocolate brown color (looks a little different in person) that I thought would go well with our white comforter and dark furniture. Drape the fur over the bench and cut it (leaving about 3 inches hanging on all sides). Then staple the fur under the bench just like the batting.
And the final product!!!
I really love how it turned out - all for under $60! Doesn't Danny look excited about our new bench?!
I can't believe we've gone this long without a place to sit in our bedroom. It really makes such a difference (and yes- it's sturdy!).
Those curtains? My mom sewed them for me. She did an awesome job! The wreath above the bed was a quick project because I needed a temporary space filler until I find something I love.
It's a book page wreath and it was so easy. Just buy a small wreath form and tear pages out of an old book. Roll the pages into cones and hot glue them around the wreath. Cute and simple!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Well, hello, those of you that are still around! This is my first time seeing this new blogger set-up and I LOVE it!

As always, alot has happened since I last posted. We had fun at St. Paddy's Day...
floated the Bogue Chitto River....
went to a slip-n-slide party...
went to the beach!...
had girls' nights...
went to Atlanta with our sweet friends...
and enjoyed time with our sweet BABY!!
Primo is 5 months old and wild and crazy....  
and sweet and gentle... 
and we just love him SO much!

I've been on a  decorating kick the last few weeks and can't wait to post some before & afters soon. Lots of fun little house projects going on around here! My sister and her boyfriend are flying in town from San Fran this weekend and I can't wait to see them! :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


I recently made over my photography website and I love how it turned out! Take a peek if you get a chance (not compatible on iPhones or Macs):

precious baby

Our sweet Luca passed away on January 12th. We were NOT planning on getting another dog anytime soon. Everyone kept telling us it would help the healing process and we should get a new dog immediately. We just weren't ready. We put away all of her things and just wanted time to process what happened.

God really does know exactly what He's doing.

On Thursday, March 22nd, our friend Morgan told Danny about a little boxer puppy she was buying from a breeder in Meridian. She sent us some pictures and said he had several more puppies available. They were all sooo cute in the pictures! Danny and I didn't really even talk about - we both knew we wanted one. He called the breeder and he said he had a male brindle puppy left available! Morgan and her boyfriend drove to Merdian Friday after work to pick up the puppies....
and we met our sweet baby Primo for the first time at 10:30pm on Friday.
We are so in LOVE! He was 8 weeks old and weighed 8lbs when we got him. He is so sweet and playful.
He has already gained one pound in one week! His parents were huge so we think he is going to be 75-80lbs!
He reminds us so much of Luca :)
My grandmother's brother was named Primo (they were Italian) and it is also a word in Spanish - so we both loved it!
We love you Primo!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

refinishing antique furniture

We've been in our house 2.5 years now, so I'm starting to get the itch to redecorate.
This is my grandmother's china cabinet that I inherited when she passed away in 2009. I cherish it so much! My kitchen has white cabinetry and light granite countertops, so the dark wood did not really match the room.
It was alot of work. And it took me forever!
I was so happy with the finished product! I painted the whole thing with 2 coats of white, then I put a wood stain over it once it dried, then wiped that off for an "antique" look. It looks darker (more of a cream) in person.
Before and After :)