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Sunday, January 30, 2011

there really is a baby in there!

Baby Barron at the end of 10 weeks


Disclaimer: Blogger is being a brat right now. I can't post pictures under my text. I don't know where the underline came from? I can't remove it. FRUSTRATING!





The title speaks for itself. After Friday's appointment, it really became surreal that I have a baby growing inside of me. Going to the first appointment I got my first ultrasound which the baby was sooooooo tiny that you could barely see he/she. But when I went this Friday ( ending my 10 weeks) the baby had grown so much in the last 4 weeks! It was unbelievable to see how big the baby was!

When we first walked into the patient room, I didn't see the ultrasound machine. I thought, ok, well maybe they have another room for ultrasounds. As the nurse walked in, I asked if her I was going to get another ultrasound today. She said no, and of course, my heart sank. I was so dissapointed to hear that I wasn't going to see baby barron today. She said insurance doesn't cover but 1 ultrasound. How stupid. Doesn't insurance companies know that this is the most exciting time for mommie's and daddie's to-be? WE WANT TO SEE OUR BABY!

The nurse was telling me what I was going to get done today which was a "well-woman" exam. OH JOY! Just what I wanted to do. Have someone looking up my address when I am totally not prepared for it, haha. We were also to hear the baby's heartbeat. The nurse grabbed the handheld machine to listen for the heartbeat. After 5 mins, she coulnd't hear it. The doctor came in and she couldn't either. So that meant I got to have ANOTHER ULTRASOUND! Wahoo! God really knew I wanted and needed to see my baby. So off to the ultrasound room we went....

Ultrasounds are so amazing. What I mean is, its incredible that a machine can show you your baby. It's unreal. Do you agree? The minute the baby popped up on the screen I started to smile so big. I wish I could see Brandon's reaction but the screen is to my right and he is standing on my left. I would love to see the smile on his face. Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. Baby Barron which is now named "blob" and you'll see why in the ultrasound pic, was so big! We got to see the heartbeat, but didn't get to hear it, we will next appointment. The heart was beating so fast. On the screen it looked like a little lightening bug flickering on and off. Too cute. We also got to see the arms/legs, aka, nubs. The doctor measured the baby and she said everything is right on track which was music to my ears. So the doctor paused the screen so she could measure the baby and of course, she captured the WORST shot of the baby. He/she looks like a blob. I mean, the doctor really could of gotten a better picture for us to take home, especially where we saw the arms and legs. Oh well, I just have to be thankful I got an ultrasound when it wasn't planned.

Speaking of doctors, I am actually going to change mine. I will stay with the same practice, but I am just not meshing with my current doctor. Brandon and I both agree that we need to find someone who is more on our level and has a good bedside manner. The doctor I have now is very " matter of fact". Which is great and all, but everytime we ask a question, we feel that she is pretty rude with the way she answers. I already have 2 other doctors in mind that I've heard great things about. So for now, I am going to pray about it and see where God takes us.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

i love you to heaven and back.

You know when you're having a bad day, all you want to do is crawl into a hole and get away from everyone and everything? Well, I had that day today at work. I hate to complain, I really do, but I blame it on the hormones right now, ok? Today was just one of those days that everything that happened got on my nerves, wanted to make me cry and wanted to throw in the towel and just go back home and crawl into bed. I haven't had one of these days in a long long long time and I'm not quite sure this is the time to be having one. But, although I was having a bad day, I had a few sweet, precious and unexpected moments with some of my favorite little babies.

Don't you just like when an act of kindness is made and you weren't expecting it? Especially when it is expressed from a 4 year old? It really makes those gloomy moments you are having bright again.

Let me share what happened today.

During chapel, we were praying. As I am sitting there, I had two of my little girls just come and put their arms around me and snuggle up to me while we were praying. There was nothing more that I needed at that moment than those 2 little girls right next to me.

I was sitting in a chair ( the little itty bitty ones that break my back everyday, haha) and I was just watching what the kids were doing and all of a sudden one of my girls came up to me, gave me hug and a kiss on the cheek. Which was then followed by my favorite red headed girlie who had to give me the biggest bear hug ever.

While we were doing our morning meeting time, I had another one of my sweet girls say "Ms. Kellianne, I have to tell you something. I just wanted to say that I love you to heaven and back". How precious it that? It came right at the perfect time.

These little stories are the exact reason why I love what I do and love to teach. Although I can have a no good very bad day, my babies can make that no good very bad day a better day. Sometimes we wonder why chooses us to be in certain places, well things like this confirms that I am exactly where I need to be.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

who wants a cupcake?


I love sweets. Oh my goodness do I love sweets. Did I mention that I love sweets? Ok, I know you get it. Anyway, I am baking some cupcakes today. Ever since I had the best cupcake of my life, no not sprinkles or crave cupcakes, but a cupcake that was baked by our super duper room mom for my class ( it was her daughters birthday) I have had the urge to bake, especially cupcakes. So while at the grocery store, I "accidentally" picked up a box of yellow cake mix and milk chocolate icing and called my shopping trip "officially" over, haha.

I told Brandon I wanted to bake some cupcakes for his team at work and he didn't want me to. Quite frankly, I think he would be embarrassed to bring in homemade cupcakes from his wife. He works with all women on his 4th grade team and I just wanted to do something nice and whats a better way to a women's heart ( not that he is wanting to win over their hearts, you know what I mean) than sweets! Well, I ended up not baking them that day and I think he was happy to find that out when he got home from work. Little does he know, I am baking the cupcakes as I type this. Round 2 is in the oven. I've also started to bake right when I get home so I didn't take a nap. I'm going to try and not take a nap and see if I sleep better at night. Poor Brandon, he hasn't been sleeping either. I feel horrible, since all I do is get up every 2 hours to go to the bathroom.

I totally wish that my cupcakes would look as good and as cute as the ones pictured above, but I'm not trying to get fancy here. I just want a cupcake that tastes good :)



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

yes yes yes!!!


I am blogging 2 times in 1 day. Wow, I'm impressed with myself. Really, it's because I am home sick and I've been either sleeping, watching TV or surfing the internet and blog stalking. I mentioned earlier that I like to plan. I also mentioned that we have names picked out for a boy and a girl and also the crib/furniture as well. While searching for names and furniture for the nursery, you better believe I've been looking for baby bedding. Can I just say that I've had the hardest time looking for EXACTLY what I want. I have a picture in my mind and as I went to website and website my vision was not happening. C'mon people!

I really feel bad for boys. The bedding they offer is so cheasy, whimpy, sissy and well - not boyish! I want my boys room to me ALL-BOY. I want certain colors, certain decor and most of all - when you walk in the nursey it reads ALL -BOY. Sidenote - I don't know what I am having yet, I am just planning for both a boy and a girl. I didn't want theme bedding, meaning no sports, animals, etc. I wanted patterned bedding, stripes, dots, etc.

No need to search anymore my friends. I stumbled upon this AMAZING website as I was blog stalking Kelly @ Kelly's Korner. She bought her baby bedding for her older daughter and now her soon to be daugther. This website was EXACTLY what I was looking for, seriously. This is all custom bedding and you can pick and choose your colors, patterns, etc. It's awesome!
Blogger is being weird about where I put my photos.
Here are some of my favorites for a boy and a girl...

Let me know which one you like!

Girl #1


Girl # 2


Boy #1


# 2

# 3

#4

#5


Makover!

Notice something different? :) I LOVE MY NEW BLOG MAKEOVER!

Marina over at Penny Lane designs has done it once again! She created my very first blog design
which I should have kept this whole time ( but I was silly for changing it) and so I hopped on over to her website and looked at her pre-fab layouts and LOVED this! She is so awesome, easy to work with and super talented! I definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a new look :)

In other news, I have stayed home sick the past 2 days. I've had a sinus infection but today I have felt a little different. I have been nauseous all day, which hasn't been happening lately. I've been waking up very queasy so I go grab a snack to subside the possible hunger pains caused by nauseua. Well friends, my body had other plans. As I'm sitting on the couch resting, I made a mad dash to the restroom, and I'll spare details here. I'm sure you can imagine what happened. Ever since that happened, I feel totally and utterly exhausted. It made me feel better for a little bit, but now I am back to feeling horrible again.

I just pray that I start to feel better soon. I'm 10 weeks pregnant, so only 2 more weeks to go till my first trimester is over. Would you mind saying a little prayer for me and my health? I just hate feeling this way and going to work and being with my sweet babies and not having enough energy to play with them, etc. I really feel more productive while I'm at home because I'm getting rest.

Anyway, I am going to go back and rest some more on the couch and wait for my hubs to get home from work.

Oh yeah.... quick question.....

I'm at the point where NO FOOD sounds good anymore. I am disgusted at the thought of it. Do ya'll have any suggestions on how I can overcome this? I AM DESPERATE! I am sick of food and sick of eating but a lot of the times, it takes away the nausea.

HELP!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

plan, plan, plan.


I'm a planner. It might not seem like it when you first meet me or in fact, it still might not seem like it if you have known me for 10 years, haha. But, I DO like to plan. I'm not opposed to things "just happening"either, but in most cases, I like to plan things. Now, party planning is not my forte, in fact, I hate it. Weird? Yeah, I know. I used to carry around a planner and write in it everyday. Some how, I lost that planner or I'd like to think that I misplaced it. Everytime I'm in Target I stop by the planner section intending to buy another one, but somehow I talk myself out of it every time.

So now that I am pregnant, you better believe I'm starting to plan for things. This might be pre-mature but I really like to get my ducks in a row for such a life changing event. I can start looking now right? Well, too late for your approval, I've already started. My parents, Brandon and I went to Babies R Us the other day. It was so fun to go with all of them. We just walked around, went down each aisle, "ooooed and ahhhhed" at every cute thing, smiled like we were kids in a candy store and dreamt about how cute baby barron will be. We got a very good idea of what things we will register for and how we will choose gender neautral items like stroller/carseat, high chair, swing, etc. I do plan on having more than one child, God willing :) So it only makes sense to go with neutral items.

This Saturday, my parents and I ( Brandon was at a sports show with my brother) went to Baby's First Furniture in Sugar Land and to the Chimney Rock/Richmond location. Talk about pure baby bliss! I was in heaven. What amazing things they have for babies now a days. My parent's were just so suprised with all the things they offer for babies and mama's today. For me, since I've been babysitting since I was out of my mothers whomb, I've seen a lot of these items but it was great to look at them for me and baby barron! It was very surreal :)

Remember how I mentioned I was a planner, like 30 seconds ago? Well, I put my planning skills to use. I already found the baby crib/furniture that I want for a boy or a girl. Yes, I'm only 10 weeks along, but planning doesn't hurt does it? I hate last minute decisions, especially with being pregnant, you can go into labor at any time and certainly not be prepared for it. I also found the glider/recliner I want for the babies room which once graduated from the nursey, it can be transitioned to the gameroom in our house. It's all about lifetime furniture, haha.

We've also picked baby names. I won't disclose the names quite yet, but I will say they both start with the letter B and both names pay homage to our grandmothers, which is the best part. Some of my readers might know the names already but I'll expose those a little bit later.

In pregnancy news....

I go to the Doctor this Friday for my 10 week appointment. I can't wait to see baby barron! I know he/she has grown so much since our first ultrasound. Two more weeks and I am done with my first trimester, wahoo! I'll be talking with my doctor about a slow release prenatal vitamin. I've been having some difficuly in some areas and I need to change things up for my vitamins. I really have been blessed with not throwing up like some of my other pregnant friends have been. I've just had the NAGGING queasy feeling, constant tiredness and going to the bathroom quite often. I wake up about the same time every night to use the restroom, exactly 2-3 times. I'm getting used to it by now. I take a nap everyday after school from about 4-5:30. I'm sick of eating and I'm worn out on water, propel and every thing else. I had a diet coke today for the first time all pregnancy. IT WAS GLORIOUS, JUST GLORIOUS!

One last thing, my blog is getting made over by the wonderful and talented Marina from Penny Lane Designs. I can't wait for my new layout!

Stay Tuned!



Tuesday, January 18, 2011

amen!

Let's put all this pregnancy stuff on hold, sorry baby barron. I wanted to share with you an email that my daddy sent me that his friend wrote. I believe in standing up for what I believe in, but I also believe in giving respect where respect is due. I serve a God that is everlasting and all loving and I will raise my child in the likeness of the Lord.

Please take a second and read what this email says. I firmly stand behind each word, each sentence and each phrase.



> >>>> I don't believe in Santa Claus, but I'm not going to sue somebody for
> >>>> singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December. I don't agree with Darwin , but I
> >>>> didn't go out and hire a lawyer when my high school teacher taught his
> >>>> Theory of Evolution.
> >>>> Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered because
> >>>> someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game. So what's the big
> >>>> deal? It's not like somebody is up there reading the entire Book of
> >>>> Acts. They're just talking to a God they believe in and asking him to
> >>>> grant safety to the players on the field and the fans going home from the
> >>>> game.
> >>>> But it's a Christian prayer, some will argue.
> >>>> Yes, and this is the United States of America and Canada, countries
> >>>> founded on Christian principles. According to our very own phone book,
> >>>> Christian churches outnumber all others better than 200-to-1. So what
> >>>> would you expect -- somebody chanting Hare Krishna?
> >>>> If I went to a football game in Jerusalem , I would expect to hear a
> >>>> Jewish prayer.
> >>>> If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad, I would expect to hear a Muslim
> >>>> prayer.
> >>>> If I went to a ping pong match in China , I would expect to hear someone
> >>>> pray to Buddha.
> >>>>
> >>>> And I wouldn't be offended. It wouldn't bother me one bit.
> >>>> When in Rome.....
> >>>> But what about the atheists? Is another argument. What about them? Nobody
> >>>> is asking them to be baptized. We're not going to pass the collection
> >>>> plate. Just humour us for 30 seconds. If that's asking too much, bring a
> >>>> Walkman or a pair of ear plugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit the concession
> >>>> stand. Call yourlawyer!
> >>>> Unfortunately,one or two will make that call. One or two will tell
> >>>> thousands what they can and cannot do. I don't think a short prayer at a
> >>>> football game is going to shake the world's foundations.
> >>>> Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our
> >>>> courts strip us of all our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us
> >>>> to pray before eating, to pray before we go to sleep. Our Bible tells us
> >>>> to pray without ceasing. Now a handful of people and their lawyers are
> >>>> telling us to cease praying.
> >>>> God, help us. And if that last sentence offends you,well,just sue me.
> >>>> The silent majority has been silent too long. It's time we tell that one
> >>>> or two who scream loud enough to be heard that the vast majority doesn't
> >>>> care what they want. It is time that the majority rules! It's time we
> >>>> tell them,"You don't have to pray; you don't have to say the
> >>>> Pledge of Allegiance; you don't have to believe in God or attend
> >>>> services that honour Him. That is your right, and we will honour your
> >>>> right; but by golly, you are no longer going to take our rights away. We
> >>>> are fighting back, and we WILL WIN!"
> >>>> God bless us one and all...Especially those who denounce
> >>>> Him, God bless America and Canada , despite all our faults, We are still
> >>>> the greatest nations of all. God bless our service men
> >>>> who are fighting to protect our right to pray and worship God.
> >>>>
> >>>> Let's make 2011 the year the silent majority is heard and we put God back
> >>>> as the foundation of our families and institutions. And our military
> >>>> forces come home from all the wars.
> >>>> Keep looking up.

Monday, January 17, 2011

for all you mamas out there...

Quick Question....

I have my next appointment coming up next week and I have to turn in some paper to my doctor. The paper consists of signing off if I want or don't want to have certain tests given. I have the option to get the following tests done...

- Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Testing
- First Trimester Screening
- Quadruple Testing
- Amniocentesis or CVS Test

Now here is my question.... how many of you soon-to-be mama's or current mama's had these tests done? I am completely in the dark here and would LOVE some input. As much research that I could do, I still feel that I'm in the dark about it all.

So can you help me out by letting me know what you did? :)

Thanks!!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

how do i look?

Have you ever seen that TV show on the Style Network called " How Do I Look"? If not, it's a makeover show for people who dress terrible and get made over. These types of shows have been on TV forever and I get sucked in every time. Buuuuuut, the end result is what I always look forward to.

My blog needs to be on a makeover show. Seriously. Now that I'm pregnant, I really wanted to dedicate my blog to all things pregnancy so that my family and friends near and especially far can keep in touch via my blog.

I am looking for someone to design me a new page that reflects everything that I am about. But there is one catch, I am on a BUDGET! I look at a lot of blogs and see how darn cute their templates are and I also go to the blogs they got their design from and the prices are quite exspensive!

So here is what I am asking ..... can you recommend a blog/company that does blog design that IS affordable? I REALLY WANT AND NEED A CHANGE and want that to happen ASAP.

So help me HELP MY BLOG! :)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

now accepting.....

I am now accepting any suggestions, advice, tips or snip-its I need to know about pregnancy. :) After all, this is my first go round at this thing we call child bearing and other than reading books, magazines and the internet, I am totally and completely lost and overwhelmed at the same time. So... for all you mama's or soon-to-be mama's out there, do you have any great advice you can share with me?

Here's what I am struggling with right now.....

MORNING SICKNESS. Although I haven't thrown up at all, the constant nagging of nauseau that lingers all day long is getting REALLY OLD. My Dr. gave me a prescription for Zofran and I can take it up to 3 times a day. But, I'm not sure if it's working. I still feel icky and sick to my stomach. I've also read that if you want to avoid the morning sickness, eat 5-6 meals a day, small ones. With that, I feel like I'm eating ALLLLLL the time! Then I feel bloaded and gasey ( hey it's my blog ok? haha). Which right now, I feel like I've put on 10 lbs because I've tried the little snacks to keep the nauseua away but all that is doing is making me feel like a blimp.But, I find myself hungry sooner that I would get when I wasn't pregnant. NO BUENO friends. any advice?????????? please??? :)

I'm also dealing with a sensitive sniffer, in other words, my nose can't handle smells. It's frustrating because we love to light candles in our house and now I told Brandon we can't light them anymore. The smell of my dogs shampoo makes me want to throw up and I can't even wear perfume anymore. The air freshener in my car had to be thrown out because that also, made me want to puke!

I'm extremely exhausted and I don't have any energy, which I knew was to be expected in my first tri-mester. Actually, all the symptoms I'm dealing with I was very well aware of, I was just hoping they wouldn't happen to me, haha. You know, maybe I would be the exception to the rule? I guess not. What do ya'll recommend for more energy? I'm not drinking my diet. dr. peppers which I MISS TERRIBLY. I'm going to start exercising this week so start getting some more energy and possibly get rid of my bloaded belly? UGH!

And that's all I can really think of right now. I start work tomorrow after having 18 days off. Really, this break couldn't have come at a better time but I keep wondering how I am going to keep 15 4 year olds entertained while I'm feeling like poo! Maybe my kids will give me some energy, one can only hope!

So again, feel free to send me some advice! You can comment on here or you can email me at Kms03b@yahoo.com