Friday, October 29, 2010

A Birthday Boy

We have a birthday boy at our house today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dax turned 3 today!!!

If you know me personally at all, you know that I LOVE my dog. He has been my baby for so long, and I tell him almost everyday that he is going to be the best big brother!

I am amazed at how big he is. Remember this post on the day after I got him? He was the cutest little thing! It's hard to think he was ever this little.

This picture cracks me up because he was so excited when I gave him a treat this morning that he just went to town on it. I laugh at this picture because he looks like he could be so vicious with his teeth, but he is the gentlest pup I know!

Happy Birthday Dax Honey Williams.
Mama and Daddy Love you so much!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Life at 14 Weeks

Well life has certainly been busy these past several weeks. My pregnancy is moving right along and we have successfully completed our 14th week! Here are a few fun things about Week 14.

Size of the baby: Baby W is the size of a lemon (3 1/2" long and weighs 1 1/2 ounces)
Total weight loss/gain: -4.0 lbs. ( I had a horrible migraine headache Sunday and that me hovering over the toilet in our bathroom, so I lost a few extra pounds.)
Maternity clothes: Just jeans.
Gender: We'll find out 1st week of December
Movement: none yet
Sleep: I still get tired in the evenings, but feel much better during the day.
What I miss: not much!
Cravings: Just random stuff; but once I have eat what I crave, the craving is completely gone and the food no longer appeals to me.
Symptoms: Occasional nausea, headaches, fatigue...and a growing belly!
Fun Facts: Baby W can now squint, frown, grimace, and possibly suck his/her thumb!

This past weekend was super busy. I was a bridesmaid in the wedding of my dear friend, Elizabeth on Friday night. Here is a picture of some of the bridesmaids after the reception. These ladies are some dear friends that I don't get to see often, so it was such a blessing to get to spend time with them.

On a funny note, I ordered my dress for the wedding before we knew about Baby W. Luckily, the dress still fit, but was tight around the top of my stomach, so it pushed my belly down and out. There was NO denying this pregnancy when I held my dress in! That is what I call a BABY BUMP!!!!! (I'm not usually this round!)

On Saturday, I drove to Palestine (about 2 hours east) for a baby shower. My little cousin Clint is about to be a daddy and I just had to go shower Amanda (our soon to be mommy) with some love. Almost 2 years ago, Clint has a contract job in North Texas, so instead of staying at a hotel, he just stayed with us. Amanda came up to visit and I just adore her. So we showered Amanda and Baby Emma with lots of presents! After the shower, I went to dinner with my cousin Amy and her family (Amy is Clint's sister and the shower was at her home). They have the sweetest baby girl Izzy! She is one of the most precious little 19 month old babes I know! I loved getting to spend the day with them. I got home about 10 that evening, and had to plan my Sunday School lesson.

The Sunday we were up bright and early for church, came home and relaxed! Although I started getting a headache that afternoon that turned into a nasty migraine. I spent the evening hovered over our toilet. Yesterday morning my shoulder and neck were in excruciating pain, so I called in sick and then called my daddy. Its nice when your dad is part owner in a massage company because they got me in to see one of the prenatal licensed therapists and I feel 100 times better today!

In other news , I laid on a body pillow during my massage and it was so stinkin' comfortable, I went and bought one! I love it!!!!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Please Pray

Kelly Stamps retweeted this on Twitter. Please pray for this sweet family where mom and son were in a horrible car accident on October 12th. The both remain in the hospital (2 separate hospitals).

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Only 2 More Months....

...Until we leave for Kauai!!!!!!!!!!

I am so excited about going to Kauai for Christmas with Brant's family, but I also began to panic today! I HAVE NO MATERNITY BEACHWEAR! In 2 months, I will be 22 weeks when we go, and with the way my belly is already growing, I will HAVE to HAVE some maternity wear for this little outing!

So today, I might have done a little online shopping. Look at a few things I found....and even better, almost all of these are on clearance since its no longer summer!

I found some really cute maternity swimsuits.

Then I found this cover up - I love the smock look!

Then I found a few long dresses. I might need to wear a cardigan in the evenings, but I bet these would be great trip-wear!

Now I just need to find a really cute straw hat to keep the sun out of eyes as I sit on the beach, enjoy some lemonade and read a book!!!!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Who's Ready for Some Hog Roastin'

Kelly Stamps and Any Arkansas Razorback should not read!

Brant and I had a really great weekend. Friday night was spent at home on the couch watching movies. It feels like months since we have just taken a night to do that, and it was great!

Saturday, our dear friends Emily and Derek had invited us to a tailgating party for the A&M/Arkansas game. Emily's dad owns a nice parcel of land within a mile of the stadium and it makes the perfect tailgating space. Derek and Emily are also contributors to the A&M bus. Its an old school bus painted maroon and white, that has been completely redone on the inside with a sink and bar area, as well as tables and seats. Em's brother James drove the bus up from College Station for the game. Em's dad brought a TV so that those of not actually going to the game could still watch it, and then we all watched the Ranger game (tear drop).

(This was everyone chanting to the A&M fight song before the game)

There was a ton of food, but the most delicious was the HOG! Em's dad got a full hog and had a hog roasting pit - it was one of the craziest things I've ever seen, but it sure was delicious!

Hog before:

And after!

Now granted A&M did not win the game (which was good for me because I choose the Hogs in the my weekly football picks), but that didn't stop us from having a great time.

Monday, October 11, 2010

12 Weeks

As promised to my dear friend Krystal, here is my first belly pic taken today, although Cynthia (who was taking the picture) kept making me laugh. I can't believe I'm already 12 weeks...just 1 more and I'll be in the 2nd trimester!

Here are the highlights (yes, stolen from Kelly's Korner):

How far along: 12 weeks
Size of the baby: Baby W is the size of a lime
Total weight loss/gain: -2.0 lbs.
Maternity clothes: Not yet. Most of my clothes still fit thanks to my belly bands, but I did breakdown and buy a pair of maternity jeans only because that is the one thing that it too uncomfortable for me to wear.
Gender: We'll find out 1st week of December
Movement: none yet
Sleep: I have been exhausted the past several weeks, usually sleeping 10-11 hours at night. But the past 3-4 days seem to be getting better. I'm not so exhausted (which I have heard is very typical when you near the 2nd trimester)
What I miss: not much; I thought not drinking as much coffee would be really hard, but I lean toward cold things and cold drinks, so coffee is not really appealing at all.
Cravings: Just random stuff; but once I have eat what I crave, the craving is completely gone and the food no longer appeals to me.
Symptoms: Occasional nausea, headaches, fatigue...and a growing belly!
Best moment this week: Hearing the heartbeat at the dr. office: 148 beats a minute!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Happy Birthday Sister

Today is Sister's birthday. Sister is 5 years older than I am, so literally there isn't a time in life that I remember where my sister wasn't a part of it. She has always been there.

Growing up, Sister and I had a love/hate relationship. She was the cool big sister and I was the bratty, annoying little sister. But after she left to go to college, I missed her. I think we can both say that that is the time when we became friends. We were more than just sisters; more than just blood related; we were friends. I would always look forward to weekends she would come home. We would have so much fun together.

Over the past 10 years, Sister has become one of my very best friends. I talk to her (almost) everyday. She has become a confidant, a shoulder to cry on, a role model.

I have watched her as she has raised her 4 children. I have always loved babies and children, but in the past few years, I have learned that there is a big difference in loving children and being a good mom. I have seen my sister shower her children with love, encouragement and adoration, but also instill in them the value of respect, honesty and Godliness. I pray that I can be just half of the mother she is.

So on her birthday, I honor my friend, my inspiration, my sister!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Craziness of Pregnancy

So I have definitely experienced things about pregnancy that are just plain CRAZY!

For instance, I can only eat things once. For example I was craving a corndog with mustard, but once I ate one corndog, I was done. Couldn't eat another and haven't craved it since. One day, a fajita salad sounded so good for lunch, but the next day, it sounded disgusting. So I can eat the tings I crave once, and then its gone.

Crazy #2) Fruit! I can only eat apples and bananas. All the fruit tastes good, but then it makes me sick. I first got sick off plums, which I found out are very acidic so I guess the baby just didn't like them. Today, I ate a delicious, sweet peach....30 minutes later - SICK! Pineapple - SICK! Literally, the only fruit I can keep down is apples and bananas...oh, and grapes.

Crazy #3) Sleep! Now, I have heard that you are just exhausted your first trimester, but I literally sleep around 10 to 11 hours EVERY night, and I still have to nap in the afternoon just to make it through the day. I mean when they say exhausted, they mean plum worn out exhausted!

Crazy #4) The smells! There are smells that have never bothered me, but now they make me sick. Example #1 - the smell of beef; Example #2 - vanilla lotion (the smell of vanilla I'm fine with, I just can't handle vanilla lotion); Example #3 - dog breath (Dax has pretty clean teeth and his breath has NEVER bothered me before, but now I cannot stand to smell it).

The things that pregnancy does to your body is just crazy, but I guess its all worth it in the end!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Crazy Busy Weekend

Well I don't know about ya'll, but I had the craziest weekend.

Friday night, Brant and I went with my parents to the Arlington/Mansfield Crisis Pregnancy Center Banquet at Cowboy Stadium. The banquet was actually hosted right on the field. It was so amazing.

Last year, the banquet raised just over $250,000 to help women choose life for their unborn child. This year, the speaker Bruce Wilkinson (author of the best selling book, The Prayer Of Jabez) truly pressed the issue of saving children from abortion on our hearts. He stated that it takes roughly $1000 per women to help her choose life. This includes medical care, sonograms, parenting classes, maternity and infant clothes, etc. So his challenge to each person was to donate $1000 for each child (or grandchild) you had. That night alone, $488,000 was pledged to be donated over the next year. That is 488 babies that could be saved.

(This was a view of the banquet from the club box area)

Then it was an early rising on Saturday when I went to Canton with my best friend, Jessica. We had so much fun, but it was so incredibly crowded. I really didn't buy anything because I all I wanted to buy was stuff for the baby...but I'm not even sure what I'm buying for yet! However, I sure did buy me one delicious jumbo corn dog and fresh lemonade. I was so delicious!

After I got home on Saturday, we had a Sunday School Pumpkin & Pizza Party at a friend's house. We had such a great time carving and painting pumpkins, and eating pizza and s'mores! Around 9:45, I had to go home because I was so exhausted from the day.

Sunday, we got up and went to church then I had a baby shower to attend. Out of the 17 couples in our class, 5 of us are pregnant. At the baby shower, there were 15 ladies and 6 of us were pregnant. Give it 9 more months and we will have the church nursery packed! But it was so great to shower Sally with gifts for Baby Elizabeth, and spend the afternoon in fellowship with everyone.

Before I went home, I had to run some errands and of course go grocery shopping for the week since we didn't have hardly any food in the house. I finally made it home about 7:30. Needless to say, I was so exhausted. This weekend wore me out, but it was also a great weekend spend with friends and family.