Friday, March 23, 2012

Two down...and one to go

Trimesters...that is!  I am officially 28 weeks and finally in the third trimester.  I know things will start to slow down a bit now, and I will probably not feel as great as I have been.  But the end is in sight!!

I head for my glucose test today..and will start going to the doctor every 2 weeks now.  Emma has been VERY active this week, and I am loving it.  I just love her little reminders (especially during meetings at work) where she kicks and says "Hey...I'm in here!!!"  I just grin ear to ear.

My 28 week shot - I am not trying to be patriotic...but rather, sportsmanlike - red on the bottom for the Pack, blue on the top for the Heels.  I am hoping they both win tonight, but then know that it in-evidently means another rematch...and they both can't win that game:)

Again, forgive the awful photography..I would blame it on Brent...but really it is daylight saving's fault....when will it be light when I leave the house for work again?!?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

this and that

This spring weather has got me all excited about summer....and then I realized that this summer will be VERY different from any other summer in the past:)  I am not sure whether I can realistically look forward to lake and beach trips, tanning by the water, windows down with music turned up.......all the things we get so excited about once the flip flops come out of the attic.  I can at least look forward to a nice, cold beer....or mimosa...which will be well received!

I am almost 28 weeks....last appt of the second trimester is is my glucose test.  I don't know why, but I am super worried I wont pass.  Could it be because I work one block away from Krispy Kreme?  Maybe it's because my boss insists on bringing donuts to our weekly staff meetings, and really, I don't want to offend, so I indulge...maybe even on two donuts.  This week, I have retrained myself form all sweets...well, maybe most sweets.  I do have some cookies packed in my lunch today.  I heard eating lots of protein helps counterbalance the sugars, but honestly I think there is not much I can do to change the outcome of this test.  Hopefully, I will pass with flying colors!

Brent has been hard at work constructing the changing table.  We have been fortunate enough to have some nice weather on the weekends, so he can drag out all the machine and tools to transform our deck into an episode of Yankee Workshop with Norm.  (what? your husband doesn't make you watch that show?!)

We have finally ordered our living room furniture...and in 6 weeks or less, the house will slowly be transformed (furniture wise!)...I can't wait to post pictures on that!  We are moving some chairs upstairs (one with the ottoman into Emma's room, and the other into our bedroom...I can't wait for the bedroom chairs since I am having a hard time bending over these days.  That will make putting shoes on MUCH easier!) For now, here are some swatches for the living room...

I'll leave you with some recent pictures....I certainly feel pregnant now, and Brent chuckles every night because none of my pajama tops cover my belly.  I'm still feeling great...a bit more trips to the bathroom which is annoying...and embarrassing...but I am loving all the attention from strangers.  People seem to treat you differently when you're pregnant, and I don't mind it one bit.
26 weeks....I find this to be a horrible face picture of me...but wanted to document the Bump.

27 weeks - I chaperoned Peace's spring dance in downtown Raleigh....had a blast and the Stockroom is an awesome venue.  I told Brent there wasn't enough light to take this, but he refused to go outside and take the picture, and insisted there was enough. Hmmmm..I think I won this argument.
I adore my co-workers....and friends.  They are a special bunch and have such great hearts.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

25 weeks

I cannot believe that I am almost 26 weeks along!  Where has all the time gone?  This pregnancy has flown by and I honestly have no real complaints.  I love to feel little Emma poke me and move around. It's her gentle reminder that I am living a different, and very important, purpose right now.  I am embracing my weight gain and body shape change...for the most part.  I do seriously wonder whether I will ever be the same shape again though.  My weight has NEVER fluctuated since freshman year in college, so it's scary that it is now.  I have no idea what I will be like after the baby or in a year.  Lord knows, I am not much of an exerciser...I really dislike sweating if we're being honest.  And I try to eat healthy, but I don't have a lot of self control when it comes to holding back on what I want.  Right now, I am just going with the flow, and let's face it, if I can't fit into my old clothes for awhile..or ever again...then there will be some VERY happy girls who will:)  I have learned that I can get by with much LESS clothing that what I had..and happily.  Shoes and accessories, however, are a different story!  I still love my jewels, bags, and scarves....just can't get enough AND you never grow out of those!  But honestly, pregnancy has taught me that I had way too much to begin with, so I am excited to scale down a bit, which is good since I am in serious clean out mode in the house.

No progress on the nursery yet...and Brent is slowly trekking along with the changing table.  (Did I mention he was building that by hand?  Yes..and I can't wait!)  It has been rainy and cold every weekend since he started, so it makes getting far pretty impossible.  I am waiting for the living room to turn into shop any day now.

24 weeks...taken while Brent was in WY

Love how Sunflower is ALWAYS on the bed watching while I take a picture...she could at least offer some pose suggestions or take the photo for me for a better shot:)

He's home!

Disclaimer #1: for those who long for "alone" time without your spouse...don't proceed.

Disclaimer #2: Brent actually came home last Tuesday this post is somewhat delayed...west coast time, perhaps??

Brent is finally home, and while the title makes it sound like he was gone for an extended period of time...he was not...only 5 days.  But in Elizabeth world, that's forever.  I always start out pretty sad and as the days go by, it gets easier and easier and then by the time he comes home, I am fine all by myself and wish he would stay gone - Just kidding!  It did get easier, and I have done this in the past, but this year seemed harder because I am a bit more emotional and dramatic:) Hard to imagine, right?

I am blessed to have my mom and dad close by to hang with - and the support of great neighbors and friends.  I am grateful to them because they allowed Brent to have an awesome time in Wyoming with childhood friends, skiing it up at Jackson Hole (I know, rough life - right?) while I remained sane at home.

Since Brent does not have a Facebook....or Twitter...or anything socially related at all...I will take it upon myself to post one (and only one) picture of the trip.  He sent this to me one night, and I like to think that he is NOT rubbing in the fact that I cannot enjoy a nice malted beverage on vacation, or anywhere for that matter...

The famous cowboy bar in downtown Jackson.  Wish the dirty D had something similar:)
Needless to say, I am happy to have him home, but was happy for him to get out of town also:)