Can't Help "Fall"-ing in Love...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Okay, so Elvis is pretty much my all-time fave. :) But the title is a little more than the title of my favorite song by him....It's Fall, y'all!

I'm so excited about fall and holidays this year, and I kinda surprised by that. I've been ready for fall since my hair was dyed to a more fall-appropriate color, and now it finally here! I love so much about fall: new hair color, boots, cooler weather, different colors around us, anticipation of holidays, sweaters, etc. (By the way, I do realize that I only get to enjoy some of those here in Houston, and even less of them, like boots, this year being quite preggo.) :-D This year, though, I just feel completely different about the season. I know that it's the season where many things around us start dying or looking more drab in preparation for the winter, but I just feel like it is the beginning of so many exciting things for us! I'm even really excited about the holidays. When we figured out the timing of the arrival of Baby E, I was afraid I would just dread the holidays. However, I'm getting shopping done early, and I'm excited about everything this fall and winter - even Halloween! I've even been looking around for fun decor stuff - even for Halloween! Maybe that's a mommy instinct? To make everything fun around the house for holidays (because I typically couldn't care less what my house looks like at Halloween, especially)? :)

As usual, our fall weekends are jam-packed (we just figured out last night that the next weekend that neither of us have plans or have plans together is pretty much the weekend after Thanksgiving, which will hopefully be the weekend before Baby E arrives and gives us constant "plans"). :) That's okay, though. We're excited about all the fun stuff coming up. I'm trying to not over-book us, but that is really hard these days. :)

We got to visit Gamp and Granny in Amarillo last weekend, and they were fabulous hosts, as always. We got to show Jeremy Palo Duro Canyon (and I hadn't been in years), enjoy some of Granny's yummy food (as always) and got a lot of visiting in. It was such a great trip although way too short. We're headed to Phoenix in October for my friend Susan's wedding. It promises to be a somewhat difficult trip, just due to the size I will probably be by then, but it will be short, and I have a holiday to recover before having to go back to work, so that's good. :) Jeremy will go to the annual Texas A&M lacrosse tournament he's been to (either playing or as a spectator) for the last 11 years, I think, in mid-November. I decided to sit this one out, since I couldn't really come up with any way for me to be comfortable on that trip. :) Looking forward to being able to take the little one next year, though. :) And we've got all crazy events around here in between!

I went to the doctor last Tuesday and had an ultrasound. Everything looks great, and she's still a girl! (The ultrasound tech asked if I didn't believe her the first time when I asked her to just check again, since we were doing an ultrasound. I let her know that I just wanted to be mentally prepared for the right thing. :)) However, it was the first appointment I weighed any differently from all my other appointments. I had gained 5 pounds in two weeks!!! I was freaking out a bit, but the doc wasn't worried, especially since I'm in my third trimester and hadn't gained any weight at all. :) Since then, I continue to weigh and think I may have taken off a pound or two, or, at the very least, not gained any more. I go back on Tuesday. I'm including the ultrasound pic, even though you can't tell a whole lot from this one. She was facing down, so we didn't get to see her profile or anything fun like that. There's a pretty good shot of her spine and foot, though. :)

In the nursery, we're getting close to finished, as far as decor is concerned, I think. We got a valance hung this week, and I'm hoping to get the mobile and the pictures for the wall put up this weekend. I still need to order the big lighted carousel letter for the wall. I will do that soon. :) I'll try to take some pics this weekend to get up on the post next week. I'm loving it! Once the decor stuff is finished, I can work on organizing the things in the closet (mostly clothes).

I'm getting more and more excited, but I feel a little differently about the whole situation lately. Before I was just excited that we were having a baby. These last couple of weeks, I feel much more of a bond with our little baby girl, though. I really do think I'm "fall"-ing in love with her. :) I love to feel her movements, even as spastic as they might be. I can't wait to meet her. I know she will be such a joy in our lives. I may even be most excited about seeing Jeremy hold her for the first time. He is so excited, and sometimes I just wish he could know what it feels like to feel her inside. It's definitely going to be a happy day. :)

I will close with a request for prayers. Jeremy and I have had to make some very difficult decisions lately, and we pray constantly that they are the right ones. Please pray for us and for our families, as we know that the results of those decisions won't always be easy to deal with. Thanks for everyone's support. We love you all.

By the way, feel free to leave comments on any blog post! :) Until next time, hope you're "fall"-ing in love with something or someone and living the dream! Love you!

The Old Man is 30! ;)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Well, Jeremy's birthday was last Friday, and we had a great weekend celebrating. Friday I picked up his Double Doozie cookie cake. If you've never had one, it's basically two cookie cakes stacked with a layer of icing between. They are absolutely ridiculous, but he's always wanted one, so I splurged. :) That night we celebrated with Mom, Alyssa, and the boys. We had a great time!

Saturday, I surprised Jeremy by taking him to Galveston to visit Moody Gardens and have lunch. My energy level is waning a bit these days, so that's pretty much all I was up for, but we had a great time. Got to see some great animals and pretty landscaping. We went to a place called The Spot for lunch, and it rocked! We ordered Shrimp kisses (shrimp with pepper jack cheese, wrapped in bacon and fried) as an appetizer, and we each ordered a burger. Jeremy's was some kind of hickory burger, and mine was called the Zach. It was a burger with cheddar cheese, chili, and Fritos. I know - sounds weird, but it was AWESOME! We had a really great time just spending the day together. We stopped at IKEA on the way home to get a bookcase for the nursery that I'd spotted online, and that was insane - certainly enough to knock me out the rest of the day, so we spent the rest of the afternoon and evening watching movies and some TV.

Then we got to celebrate with Kenny, Lynn, Tracy, and Lynn's niece and nephew on Sunday (still eating the cookie cake). :) And had a great time staying up late with some friends after pizza and games Sunday night after services, since we had Monday off. Monday was a great day. We didn't leave the house, and I got a lot done but got to relax some, too.

We've got quite a crazy schedule coming up. Next week my friend Erika will be in town, so I think I'm going to spend the day with her on Thursday, and she'll spend the night Thursday night. We leave Friday to go up to Amarillo to visit Gamp and Granny. Hopefully, the flight won't abuse my poor swollen feet too badly. :) The rest of the month is booked up with various events around here. We've got Slade's birthday the first weekend in October, and we head to Phoenix for my friend Susan's wedding the following weekend. Looking forward to all the fun things we have planned - just hope this baby cooperates. :)

I've got a doctor's appointment on Tuesday, so I'll keep everyone posted!

On a sad note, we lost a very dear friend last night. Mickey Suttle passed away yesterday about 5 pm. He is a wonderful Christian man, and he will be missed by many. He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in June. Please remember the Suttle and Fontenot families in your prayers during this time of grief. Mickey's gone from this earth, but he will now be freed from earthly suffering and will go on to live his eternal dream. What's your eternal dream, and are you living in a way that you will be blessed with it?

25 weeks or is it 26?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I had a doctor's appointment yesterday. This time I met with another doctor in the practice who also happens to be my OB's son. My doc likes you to meet the other docs in the practice in case it's one of them that ends up delivering the baby. It's only the five doctors in the practice in the call group, so that's good. I did my glucose test. Hopefully, we won't get any worrisome results from that. My weight is the exact same it's been since the beginning at every single doctor's appointment. I joked that I thought something was wrong with their scales, but in reality, that's really good news. I haven't gained anything, yet, but I'm definitely showing. My blood pressure this time was lower than it has been in quite some time, even before I was pregnant, so that must mean all this exercise is paying off. :)

As of now, I still have the clear to fly to Amarillo in September to visit Granny and Gamp and Phoenix in October to go to Susan's wedding. I was relieved to hear that, so I went ahead and booked the Phoenix tickets. We already had Amarillo booked. Looking forward to both trips!

I also asked the doc about timing of due date, delivery, etc. I asked him about my due date because they'd changed it from December 6 to December 12 back when I had my first sonogram. However, every time they mention how far along I am, I can tell they're using the December 6 date. I asked him about this, and he said they'd probably more likely go on size than the actual date. However, he did say they do not like to allow women to go more than about a day past their due dates, as risks start to increase. What does that mean for me? This baby will be OUT before December 12, most likely, if not right around then. :) Yea! I was worried about it getting too late in the month, and this way, we should at least be able to enjoy the holidays all together and somewhat recovered from delivery!

I get to have another ultrasound in two weeks to check the location of my placenta. The last ultrasound showed it being too low. He said about 90% of the time, they move right on up to where they need to be, but we want to make sure. If it hasn't moved before delivery, I'll have to have a C-Section, so please keep us in your prayers! I'm really hoping to not have to have the C-section. I don't want to be cut on. :)

Not a ton going on in other news. I've been getting a few things here and there for the nursery. The lamp should be in today, and the mobile should be to me in the next few weeks. I guess I should start figuring out where I want the wall stuff. I also need to find a valance for the window.

That's about all the exciting news I have! I just wanted to keep everyone updated on the doc news. I'll try to get some pics of something here soon to liven things up a bit. :) Hope each of you is living your dream!