Happy Halloween

Pumpkin carving, baked pumpkin seeds, an Alfred Hitchcock favorite, kitties in Halloween costumes, a bag of Reeses and a bag of Skittles, flickering candlelight, and not a trick-or-treater to be found. 
Happy Halloween 2011!
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Nursery Love

Some nursery ideas I’m currently in love with: Jenny Lind cribs, maps, campaign dressers, muted colors, pops of color, gingham and fun rugs.  
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iWish iHad Preordered

I have been kicking myself for the last two and a half weeks. You see, I have a three-year-old iPhone 3G (that’s right, there’s no S at the end of that) and I am due for an upgrade. Since I didn’t upgrade to an iPhone 4, thinking I would wait until the next generation was introduced, I planned to preorder when the opportunity came up.

Well, the time cameand went and I still don’t have my new phone. Why? Because I was dumb. Truly. I thought to myself: I will preorder as soon as I can, which just happened to be during the week I was traveling. By the time I thought about it again, I found out preorders were closed and I’d have to wait until the phone was in store. Then, two Fridays ago, I was traveling in Sarasota and was unable to get a new phone. I practically stalked our local AT&T store, gave up on them, and today I just decided I would order through Apple.

Of course, that Thursday night in Sarasota, my phone went to the death screen. It kept freezing, and I kept trying to just power off the phone. No luck. I left the phone alone for 15 minutes, tried to turn it off again, and then it had the “please connect to iTunes” screen displayed. Unusable. Can I just say how strange it was to not be able to call Aaron to say goodnight, check my email, set my phone alarm or contact anyone for the next 24 hours?! It definitely showed how much I rely on my phone for so much of my daily interactions. And then, the next day as I got home, my phone was totally cleared. All of my pictures, contacts, information, EVERYTHING were gone. I don’t know why my iTunes backup didn’t work, but it didn’t. So.

That brings us to today.

Aaron and I are on my family’s “family plan,” although we pay for our service, so when I tried to check out with my new phone, the default shipping address was to my dad. If you know my dad this is hilarious, mostly because he is more Jitterbug than iPhone, and yet he is the only person who can receive and sign for this phone as the primary account holder. This drives me nuts! So, all this to say, I didn’t end up ordering my new phone.

Lesson learned, I guess. I’ll let you know when I’m in this century.

22 Weeks

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Here we are at 22 weeks! No doubt about that baby bump!

How are you feeling? Another week of feeling great. I can’t remember anything specific that bothered me during the day, so that’s a good sign. I love feeling baby guy moving around. I can’t wait to see who he looks like, and sometimes I wonder if he’ll surprise us both and look like neither of us. I especially wonder if he will have a head full of hair.

I haven’t had any leg cramps this week, but I’m thinking it might be time to invest in a Boppy body pillow like this one. I have had restless sleep and pain in my back for the last few nights. Yesterday, my back hurt so bad I didn’t stay awake for the Wisconsin/Michigan State or the OU/Mizzou game…! I can’t believe I missed these two upsets, but I was writhing in pain on the floor (drama queen just a bit?) and Aaron suggested I might just need to go to sleep. Which I did.

Stats: As of this morning, I’ve gained five pounds from my starting weight; this after losing several pounds during my first trimester, gaining them back at the end of the first trimester.

Clothes: Hooray for cold weather, which has allowed me to pull out tights and leggings and dresses and tunics! I’m happy to still be able to wear my two favorite pairs of jeans thanks to the Belli band, but the time has come to order proper maternity jeans, which should arrive sometime this week. I ordered the Gap maternity demi-panel Always Skinnies; expect a full report on fit, etc. when they get here. As for other maternity clothes, so far, the maternity items I own include two belli bands (black and nude colored) and two long-sleeved tops from Target. I am happy to make do with the longer tops and dresses I have until I absolutely can’t fit in regular clothes.

Registry: Holy stress, Batman! We registered for baby things this weekend, and I have a whole post to dedicate to this topic. I am so glad my mom will be in town in the a few weeks so she can offer a little guidance in this subject, too. Let’s just say thank goodness for Aaron, because looking at 1,000 bottles of all different shapes, sizes and brands was enough to frustrate me for one afternoon, so we split up our registering in two days. I have never felt so clueless!

Nursery: Another area we haven’t made much progress on. The next two weeks are going to be Mission Clean Out the Office, as we’ll be turning the second room in to the baby’s room/office combo. I have a goal to have the entire room tabula rasa by the first week of November. This means Aaron has some serious Craigslisting to do.

Name: He doesn’t have one yet. We’re still considering a few of our favorites.

Cravings/aversions: Strong bones for this baby. I can’t get enough milk. I’m driving Aaron crazy with our trips to Publix for apples and bananas, too. I had Chipotle for the second time this week at lunch with Aaron, so I can’t consider than an aversion any more.

Misc. This is absolutely more than a miscellaneous detail, but we have found someone to care for Baby Guy when the time comes for me to return to work. I am so, so relieved and, though my heart is still sad about it, I feel a million times better than I anticipated I would. I enjoyed our conversations and I am eager to visit in the next week or two. The great thing about this is now having the freedom to not have it linger in the forefront of my mind; I feel like this will help a great deal with so much of the anxiety I’ve felt.

We have another appointment this week to redo the ultrasound in an attempt to recapture some pictures of baby guy’s heart. Last time, our tech said she couldn’t get any quality pictures of the chambers because of the position he was in, so she scheduled another look at the next month’s appointment. I’m praying he looks great and is growing well! I am also hoping he cooperates and we can get a peek at his little profile.

Overall: This week of cooler weather has done wonders for my spirits. I feel so much more at home this week, with chilly temperatures and open windows and cinnamon and cloves boiling in the kettle. What’s next is never far from the front of my mind, but I feel like in the last two weeks I have been proactive about keeping the emotions of feeling so far from home at bay. We remain prayerful and mindful of whatever plans lie ahead of us. Praise for my patient husband and for plans that He has laid out for each of us, especially this little one.

A Weekend at the Beach

I spent last Thursday and Friday in Sarasota for work, so after the five-hour drives to and fro, the only natural thing to do was jump in the car Saturday and head to Miramar Beach 🙂 Once again, Aaron’s aunt and uncle generously invited us to visit their home on the beach while Aaron’s parents were visiting with them. I wasn’t sure I would be up for another drive, but as soon as we saw the clear turquoise water, I was refreshed. 
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I’ve never seen jellyfish there before, but there were a ton in the surf as we walked along the beach Sunday morning. Aaron hates marine life, so he refused to get in the water as soon as we saw the gross little blobs ballooning in the shallow water. 
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It was great to be able to spend some time with Aaron’s mom and dad two weekends in a row, especially because we didn’t get to talk to them much the weekend before in Lincoln. We are so thankful that Aaron’s aunt and uncle allow us to come up and stay for a night or two; being able to see the family in the fall and winter has been so nice, especially considering how far away Florida usually feels from the people we love so much. It was fun to talk about babies and pregnancy with my mother-in-law and Aaron’s aunts, too, to hear their experiences. It was a much-needed and much-appreciated weekend of relaxing and refreshing. I left feeling really encouraged about so many of the things that have been weighing on my heart, which is perhaps the biggest blessing of all.