Only 7 more weeks!

I can’t believe its only seven more weeks until my due date! I went in for my follow-up appointment with the perinatologist on Saturday. Due to the ice storm, my original appointment was pushed and they opened up on Saturday in order to take some of the missed appointments since the office was closed and the roads were impassable. The original doc I had an appointment with wasn’t available, but I had a different doc…who was easy on the eyes, super nice and had GREAT news! What more could I ask for? They said that Mason looks completely normal. He didn’t see any abnormalities at all, said that the ventricles were even and no excess fluid. Praise God! I was so happy to hear this news. No follow-up needed.

They took some more measurements and Mason is just over FIVE pounds! On average, I’ll more than likely gain about a half a pound a week up until my delivery and quite possibly even more if he goes later than the due date (or if I don’t lay off the sweets). That would put him in the 9-10lb range. Yikes! Thank you God for the epidural!

I also got some unexpected pictures of my little butterball. The ultrasound tech was wonderful and gave me some great shots. I love looking at his little face, even though it’s all mushed up inside of me. He looks a little like Parker did. I can’t wait to meet him!

This explains my last few days…

Every few minutes Parker grabs a book and runs over to me and proceeds to climb in my lap.  At first, I thought this was the sweetest thing…because it would happen a handful of times a day.  Now that we’ve been stuck in the house for four days in a row, I’m a little burnt out.  Yesterday he brought a book to me and tried to climb in my lap while I was trying to pee… seriously?

Being 8 months pregnant and home all day for four days straight will lead to the above.  Enough said.

Sleep! I’ve been taking some extra naps…although Parker hasn’t taken too well to them lately, only sleeping about 45mins to an hour per nap.  I’m convinced its because we’ve been staring at our four walls instead of getting out of the house. Of course, he still sleeps 12hrs at night…which helps me have my sanity.

Actually, this sums it up quite nicely…

I Love…(a brag story about a sweet little boy)

I love how you’re so happy first thing in the morning. Even though I’m tired and grumpy, you never cease to make me smile
I love how Elmo and Sid make you break into a head bobbing happy dance
I love how you grab your stuffed animals by the face and walk around with them hanging from your mouth, all while shaking your head in a loud growl sound
I love that I can tell you to go get me a book, and you happily run to the bin and rummage through for your favorite book and run back with a big smile on your face and climb in my lap
I love how you break out in random goofiness, purposefully hanging food out of your mouth in order to get us to smile
I love how you chase after Lizzie, and then when she settles in the corner of the room, you scoot up close to her and use her as a pillow
I love that you still let me sing to you before bedtime. You happily rest your head on my chest and just listen. Its our special time together
I love how you light up with excitement when we enter a fun place like Catch Air, or the soft play area or carousel at the mall. You run with a big smile and shake your fists with excitement
I love how you sit with me and snuggle with a blanket on the sofa and watch the TV- even if its for a short time
I love how you break out in dance in random public places…forcing laughs from everyone around us.
I love how you wave to strangers at the grocery store and at restaurants…and if they don’t respond, you let out a loud noise so they turn and watch
I love how I can ask where baby Mason is and you point to my belly…and even try to pull up my shirt so you can smack me
I love how you listen when I ask you to pick up your toys and put them away
I love when I ask for a kiss, you lean in with a Mmmm sound
I love when giving you any sort of sweet, you happily pound your fists together (the sign for more), before you’ve even finished chewing and when you’re “all done” you open your palms and do a sweeping motion as if to say “Can’t you see I’m finished?”
I love that I can give you a tissue and ask you wipe your nose, and you brush it past in a quick swift movement, and you drop it… proud of your accomplishment
I love that “Da”, “Dada”, and “Daddy” are your favorite words to say you run around the house yelling it when Daddy is home and you’re looking for him, and sometimes when he’s traveling. You also call out to him when the phone rings-thinking that maybe you’ll get some “face time” with him.
I love how you tear up laughing when I do “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and tickle you in all your tickle spots
I love how you try to tickle me back
I love that you’re “my boy” and that you’re going to be a big brother. You never stop making your Daddy and me smile. You keep me young. You make me happy….that’s just a little bit of what I love.


New Years Babymoon

Parker is now 15 months old, and until recently, Dan and I have  never spent the night away together since he was born.  I have to admit, it’s mostly my fault.  I can be slightly neurotic…okay very neurotic when it comes to taking care of my most precious little boy.  The thought of Dan and I leaving him with someone was pretty terrifying to us.  However, my aunt Angie is a rock star.  She and her husband and family are some of our most favorite people.  I couldn’t think of anyone more fit to watch our little boy than them.  Even though I still obsessed over every detail of his little schedule-eating and sleeping habits (any any other tidbits in between)  for weeks prior.  When it came down to it, none of that even mattered.  It was more for my own sanity to have every detail written out.  Deep down, I just knew he would have a blast visiting with the family and enjoying receiving all the love they had to give.

It was with this peace of mind that we headed to Highlands, NC for a little New Years Babymoon.  This would be our last time away before baby Mason is born.  We really needed time to reconnect.  Time that didn’t involve a blurb about spraying baby poop out of a diaper, or picking up baby toys so the dog wouldn’t eat them, or putting away laundry.  Some time where we could really enjoy each other and fall in love with each other all over again.  We left on Friday later in the morning and dropped Parker off.  It was so nice driving up to Highlands without having to reach for a “silencer” toy for Parker every few minutes.  It was strangely silent in the backseat and we were loving it.

Highlands is a really cute town nestled in the mountains at 3,832 ft.  They have the most amazing alpine trees and there was still a beautiful 1-2″ of snow everywhere.  On the way to the bed and breakfast we were welcomed with daring switchbacks with frozen icicle waterfalls bordering the roads and frozen ponds where ducks made their way across with their little baby ducklings.  It was a nice change from Atlanta for sure.  It had a purity that was magical and beautiful.

We made reservations at the Inn at Half Mile Farm, which is an adorable bed and breakfast just outside of the little town.  We got a package that included a room with a fireplace, and a jetted tub and also a New Year’s dinner with a champagne toast- but sparkling cider for me!, live entertainment, and two gourmet breakfasts.  New Years was pretty low key.  We met some nice people at the B&B, but most seemed pretty shallow…bragging about their yachts, vacation homes, and what high-end private school they’re trying to get their child into.  Most of all,  I really enjoyed great conversation with Dan and the candle lit dinner.  It was just the relaxing night that we both needed to ring in the New Year and ease into a nice weekend together.

It rained all day on Saturday but we still managed to enjoy ourselves with our umbrellas in tow, and walking in and out of the cutesie little shops in town.  There was one where we got to taste different local jams and mustards and I found an apple butter that I just couldn’t turn down.  We also got our grub on at a local pizzeria, which didn’t have the best customer service but had some amazing pizza.  Of course, we couldn’t leave without visiting the Kilwin’s- the best local homemade chocolate place in town.  Dan got his usual nonpareils, and I enjoyed some chocolate covered almonds.  Just the trick to bring some sunshine to the rainy day.

One of the most exciting times was coming back home to our little boy.  We missed him SO much.  We joked about who would get to hold him first, and we settled on that we would get to pick him up at the same time and give a group hug.  Strangely enough though, when we arrived to pick up our little love bug, he was happily eating cheerios in Angie’s lap, and barely even noticed that we entered the room!  Could he really be ready to adopt a whole new set of parents after two nights away?  Say it ain’t so!  Of course, he soon warmed back up to us and allowed us to smother him with hugs and kisses.

The trip was a success for all of us.  What a great way to begin a New Year.

Happy Happy Christmas!

What a nice few weeks its been.  Its been crazy busy, but we’ve had some nice fun times for sure.

Our Christmas Eve was really nice.  I’ve always enjoyed Christmas Eve, but its hard sometimes not to stress out about all the busyness that it can bring.  We decided this year that we would order from Roasters, which is a great local rotisserie chicken place and pick it up to eat at home.  This would allow us to enjoy each other and not have to stress about cooking.  It was awesome too!  We had turkey, chicken, sweet potato souffle, fried okra, stuffing, cornbread… and it was all delicious.  We really enjoyed the food and the company of my Mom and sister Amanda.  After dinner and opening some pre Christmas presents, we headed to church.  We had to make a pit stop at Kholes because we couldn’t find Parker’s shoes anywhere.  We had torn the car apart, and then we began to panic because we didn’t have any shoes for him.  I ran through Kholes and picked up the first pair of decent size five boy shoes I could find and raced for the cashier.  Fortunately, we made it to church in time to check Parker in to the nursery and enjoy a really nice Christmas Eve service at Stonecreek.

Later in the evening, we headed to my Aunt Angie and Uncle Robby’s house for some cookies, goodies and visiting with family.  My Aunt Rachel and her family flew down from Boston, as they do every year and we got to visit with them, as well as some other cousins of mine.  My cousin Drew and wife Anna had their first child this year, and coincidentally, on the same day that Parker was born.  It is so amazing to see how little baby Jackson is compared to Parker.  I can’t believe that we had a baby as little as Jackson just last Christmas, and now we have a toddler!  Jackson and Parker got to meet briefly, and Jackson wasn’t too keen on the idea.  Hopefully they’ll get to have some fun playdates in the future!  Parker was a trooper staying up way past his beadtime and still enjoying everyone and was happy as a clam.  He was tricked out in the cutest little Christmas jammies by nights end.  That’s my boy.

Christmas day was very relaxing.  We loved spending time at home, warming our toes by the fire, listening to Christmas music, and opening presents.  I loved making a breakfast for the family.  I was busy cooking in the kitchen and made Parker some special baby blueberry pancakes.  In the meantime, Daddy and Parker were snuggled up on the sofa watching “A Christmas Story”.  After  a hearty breakfast, we opened our presents.  Parker loved opening his gifts and seeing what was wrapped.  He really enjoyed the gifts that he got.  Here are a few of the highlights:

Parker LOVES this toy.  The rest of the day Parker would run over to this toy slapping the button to get the balls to fly into the air while he danced and smiled with giddiness.  He really likes running after the balls to put them back into the popper to see them pop right back out again.  This toy was a success!

We got this toy coupled with a handful of little cars that he really enjoys too.  He just smacks the top gray bar, and two cars come racing down the track.  Of course not without the audible buzz voice “To infinity…AND beyond!”

He got this battery powered four wheeler from Aunt Jenna and Uncle Jon.  We haven’t opened it yet because the weather is so cold here, but I know he’s totally going to dig it when spring comes.  We’ll be bringing that to the park weekly to allow him to get his ride on.  He also got quite a few books, plush toys, flashcards, cars, and some small diaper bag toys for in the car.  He was in such a happy good mood on Christmas too.  He loved his toys and took great naps.  That right there was enough of a Christmas present for Dan and I.  However, Dan really spoiled me this Christmas.  I gave him a few ideas, but he ran with them and I ended up with these wonderful gifts:

I got an Elizabeth Arden gift set.  I told Dan that I’m really loving the smell of Elizabeth Arden’s “Pretty” perfume, as an idea, so he decided to go all out by getting me the makeup set and the perfume in a travel size with three extra refills!  I’m totally loving this new makeup.  It will certainly add a new “punch” to my makeup collection.

Let me just start by saying that I’m totally NOT an eye ware snob.  I typically buy $10. target sunglasses and chuck them in my purse without a case and replace them after they’ve been either lost, scratched beyond viewing or broken.  However, these… I love.  Dan totally surprised me by buying me these beautiful designer Tory Burch sunglasses.  I’ve got a little cleaning cloth, lens cleaner and CASE!  I have a sunglasses case people.  I’m moving up to high society here.

Dan has heard me mention a few times that I like white watches.  I had no idea that he would get me one for Christmas.  This one is awesome because it has a ceramic watch band, sapphire crystal, diamond markers, and swiss movements.  Certainly not the casual fossil white watches that caught my eye at the mall.  MUCH better!  This one is going to last and its super cute too.  I’m loving that he knows my style.

When I mentioned to Dan that I’d like something engraved with my boys names on it, I totally didn’t expect him to go to and pick out this adorable necklace with Parker and Mason’s birthstones on it.  He knows how much I love this site, and he couldn’t have pick a design that was more my style.  I love it and I’ve worn it every day since he gave it to me.  I’m just hoping that Mason stays a March baby since we have a March birthstone.  We’ll see!

Dan has been into collecting some high end knives, so I picked out a few from a list of ones that he liked for his Christmas gift.  I also got him a nice case to put all of them in, since he’s been building up quite a collection (he’s my protector!).  He’s mentioned quite a few times that he likes the movie “Despicable Me” so I got him a two disc set special edition that he loved and wanted to watch right away.  I also got him a case for his iphone that increases the battery life by double.

We were blessed with such a wonderful Christmas this year.  The last one with just our little guy Parker.  We’re excited to see what the holidays will bring in the future with two boys.  I don’t know if much can top this one.  I hope each of you had a great holiday as well!