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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Can't believe it's been a year!

Well yesterday was our 1 year it is amazing how fast time flies by!!! Just thinking back on wedding planning, our wedding day & going away to Jamaica on our honeymoon...if I could only go back & be there right now lying on the beach instead of here in 25 degree weather. :) Well it has been a wonderful newlywed year & now we have a baby on the way so what more could we ask for?!?! Thanks to everyone for our sweet phone calls, cards, emails, etc. It meant a lot that we were thought of so fondly on our special day! :) As far as celebration goes we went to lunch together at J. Alexander's, my favorite, and then Justin had his last softball game of the season @ 6:30 that night so we postponed our anniversary dinner to tomorrow night. See how nice of a wife I am to let him get away with that & to go sit out there, as Bailey & I usually do, in the freezing cold to watch him play. Of course I was all bundled up with a coat, gloves, a blanket & even a mug of yummy hot cocoa...I was set! :) I did thaw out our cake topper & we enjoyed some delicious wedding cake on our anniversary...thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law for preserving & storing it for us all year. It is a lot of cake! Here is a pic I took of it with the first piece cut out...

And here is Lucky who snuck on the counter (she lost her collar the other day...typical she is rather sneaky now w/o her bell) who decided she wanted to try some wedding cake too! She's a mess!

Monday, November 17, 2008

An empty nest...for a little while.

Well we officially have the house all to ourselves...with the animals too of course. My brother moved out a couple of weekends ago & my cousin had her last day at the AL Republican Party on Friday. It is bittersweet as we are excited to be all alone in our house for the first time, but we will miss having company around too. My brother moved into his own apt. just up the street so he won't be far & my cousin is headed back to Gulf Shores now until she hopefully starts a job with Judge Greg Shaw in Montgomery. Both of them were always busy & gone a lot, not to mention they basically had their own quarters upstairs, so it isn't too different without them here. But now it is time to get the nursery started which I'm very excited about but a little overwhelmed at the same time. This coming w/e I plan on going around to the 6 or 7 fabric stores I picked out around B'ham to start the hunt for fabrics. My lovely sister-in-law has graciously offered to make the little guy custom bedding which will be so superb & unique & I just can't wait to see how it all turns out. So I feel like I need to pick all that out first and then figure out paint colors, furniture, etc. There is a lot to do but we have plenty of time...I just know March will be here before we know it!

Oh and one thing that I think I forgot to mention on the announcement blog is that my placenta is in the front which the doctor said is fine but that means I won't be able to really feel him kicking or anything for awhile I guess. Basically it is acting like a barrier or cushion/pillow inbetween him and my stomach. So for now I still sort of feel little twitches every now and then if I lie still for awhile, but for the most part I don't feel much of anything. It was making me a little nervous last week when I was reading about what was going on that week & it said "I'm moving around all the time & waking mommy up at night!" I was like no he doesn't! :) I'm ready to really feel him moving around but I guess I will have to be patient. Justin was a 10 lb baby & I was 8.3 lbs so I have a feeling he is going to be a big boy especially since he is already in the 93rd percentile! I'm sure I'll feel him soon enough. :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

We are having a..............

boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
We are absolutely thrilled...I thought boy all along so I guess my motherly intuition was right. :)Baby Boy Flurry was measuring 20 wks 6 days today so he is still about a week ahead. He weighs 14 oz & is in the 93rd percentile which means he is growing very well. His heart rate was 157 today & all his measurements looked great. I am attaching a few sonogram pics from today but we don't have any good facial pics since he wasn't really cooperating. His head was down the whole time with his chin resting on his chest...kind of funny looking. But, that means we get to do another sonogram (darn :)) next time to see his sweet little face. I can't remember if I already said or not that my terrible insurance only covers 1 sonogram, which is ridiculous, unless it is medically necessary & then they'll cover it. The doctor has to do at least 2 to make sure in the beginning that the baby is in the right place & not ectopic & then the 20 week to do all the measurements & make sure everything is growing properly & there aren't any problems. So anytime I get another one w/o having to pay is very nice. Our next appointment is Friday 12/12 & for this appt. I have to fast & not eat or drink anything after midnight so they can do the gestational diabetes test. We have been very blessed so far with great news every appt. so hopefully things will go well for this also. I have gained 3 lbs which I was happy to hear as I'm still not really showing very much & I just want to make sure that I'm gaining like I should be which the doctor didn't seem concerned. I'm still not really in maternity clothes yet but I'm on the verge & have already purchased one of those belly bands so you can wear your normal clothes but have them unbuttoned/unzipped & no one knows. :) I finally told everyone at work after the appt. which was fun & I definitely shocked some & of course girls can't keep a secret so some already knew. My boss was surprised though especially that I was as far along as I was. So now everyone was hard enough keeping it a secret for the past 16 weeks! Well, we can't wait to meet our little man the end of March!!!
This pic isn't very clear but it shows the side of his head on the right.

This one is the bottom of his foot. I love this one. :)

This one shows his "boy parts" (by the red dot) & the umbilical cord (big blue dots) to verify that they aren't mistaking one for the other.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The 24 hour countdown is on!

It is exactly one day away that we find out what we are having & I'm SO excited I can't even concentrate at work! I have gotten such sweet emails, calls & text is getting me that much more excited!! I can't believe this day is almost here! Not to mention I just realized that our 1 year anniversary is a week away...time really does fly by!! Well I will post it up on here as soon as I get a chance after our appt. & of course send out a mass email, text, etc. Woohoo!!!!! :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Here are a few pics from our girl's beach trip we took the other w/e in Destin. Amy's favorite quote the whole w/e to anyone or guy that walked up to us was "Hey, she's got a bun in the oven!" That or our wedding rings scared off majority of them but we actually met some nice married men & had a great time out. It was nice to get away with some of my best friends!

Here is Addy & I at the AU vs. Vandy game this year at their tiny little stadium...too bad VANDY won!!! We still had so much fun out in Nashville though.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A relaxing but productive Saturday...

First off, AU won today thank goodness! That would've been worse than AL losing to La-Monroe last year for Homecoming (on our wedding day :)) so glad we pulled through on that one. As much as I can't stand LSU and their obnoxious fans, I was definitely pulling for a win over AL today which was close with OT but they just couldn't pull it off. We decided not to go to AU this w/e as we have gone to every other home game & we'll be down there next w/e for the GA game. Before all the games started, Justin was already kicking into his "nesting" and completely reorganized the garage and even bought a new shelving system for all our tools, supplies, etc. He also attempted to blow the leaves off the walkway and driveway which was a total waste as they were completely covered again in a few hours. It looked like it was snowing leaves all day with the wind. I actually put the first baby items up in the nursery as my sister-in-law gave me a ton of baby wash, shampoo, lotion, etc. that she can't use on our niece as her skin is very sensitive. Thanks Sara as we are stocked up for quite awhile now! :) I'm so anxious for Tues. to get here so we can find out what we are having & I can start shopping for things! I've been talking about it all w/e...only 3 more days to go!! Oh and Mr. Tigger got the boot to the full bath downstairs as Justin & I discovered a huge spot behind the stereo down there today where he had been relieving himself...seriously took a 1/2 roll of paper towels to soak it up! We were going to put him in the garage but I just think it is getting too cold & we don't use that bathroom anyway so why all he has is tile to go on so he can't ruin anything else! Jenny came by today to borrow something to wear to a tea tomorrow & I realized how wonderful it is to have her back here in AL & living right down the road from me. I've missed my best friend who was living across the country for so long & now she's back!!! :) I'm now listening to Justin starting to slightly snore on the couch next to me so I guess it's time for bed...I know I need to get as much sleep now that I can! I hope to be good & finally get on here & put some pics up tomorrow...we'll see.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Here is the wreath I made for Shannon's shower or Jenny called it the "Reef" on facebook...I was dying out laughing when I read that!!!! It was my first boa wreath to make and it turned out pretty well. I wish the boas had been a little fuller & more baby blue than they were but oh well. I found the boas for SO cheap online so I went ahead and got a bunch in both light pink & light blue since we will have so many baby showers coming up soon! :)


I really hate daylight savings in the fall b/c when you leave work it is dark & it feels like your day is completely gone...I had that sad feeling leaving work tonight. But I did get my review done today or the discussion part with my boss at least. It went well but I still have no idea what my raise will has to go up the corporate ladder to our headquarters in NC and get approved by the "big dogs" before I find that out. This process will probably take a few weeks but my raise will be retroactive to when my review was originally due which is nice. So really the timing worked out pretty well as it will look like I just waited to tell them about being pregnant until we found out what we are having. I can't wait to see my boss's face when I tell him after our appt. next Tues. Men are so unobservant. One of the girls at work that I hadn't told yet but I was pretty sure knew told me that you could totally tell that I was prego b/c she said my whole wardrobe had completely changed (I'm not wearing maternity clothes yet just looser tops), but of course all the men in our office wouldn't ever notice that. Well I am off to bed as I have a busy next few days at work...we are getting slammed with deals right now and probably will be up until year end. So much for taking the week off before Thanksgiving to do something special for our 1st anniversary...I guess we'll figure something out. It'll all be worth it when I get my end of the year bonus! Good night.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sooo tired...

Well after a LONG w/e of Halloween & baby showers, I had to fly to Charlotte, NC for work at 6am on Monday morning. That means my alarm was going off at 3:30am!!! We were already into Charlotte at 7:15am our time...I'm normally barely awake at that point in the morning. We had to inspect a retail property on Monday morning and then an assisted living facility this morning to see if we wanted to finance them or not. All in all it was an ok trip but I was glad to be home this afternoon so I could still go vote and get my free Ben & Jerry's ice cream. :) While I was gone, Justin had to take apart our dishwasher in order to save a chipmunk that kept getting under or behind it. This wasn't any chipmunk either but the white-tipped tail one that our neighbor cherishes. I've feared the day that we find this one in our house or especially dead. Luckily Justin saved him and set him free back in their yard.

Jenny & I threw Shannon's baby shower at our house on Sunday...she's having her second boy. It was a beautiful day & the shower went really well. It was the first time that I had attempted to make a boa wreath for the door & for Shannon to take with her...I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I'll have to put up pics of the shower when I get them from Jenny, hopefully she took a picture of it. I went ahead and ordered a bunch of boas in light pink & light blue online knowing I would easily use them over the next year or so with all the babies on the way! Less than a week until we find out what we are having...Veterans Day (11/11) at 1 is our appt...we CAN'T WAIT!!!!

Oh and my early morning trip was worth it since my boss told me we are doing my review FINALLY tomorrow morning...hopefully it'll go well!!