Friday, August 25, 2006

Just a quick update...

It’s been a busy week and the weekend is only going to be busier, so I just wanted to do a quick check in. I had a doctor’s appointment last Wednesday and met with one of the other doctor’s in the practice, Dr. Reidy, in case she is the one on call when I go in to labor. All went well at the appointment, which was fairly quick, I basically go pee in cup, get weighed, blood pressure check, baby’s heartbeat check, and get my stomach measured and I am out the door.

Sunday is my first baby shower and I couldn’t be more excited! My fabulous sister-in-law is hosting it at her house and has everything planned to a tee (I swear she needs to do this for a living, hint, hint!). All of Jeremy’s aunts, his sister, and his cousins are helping out with hosting duties as well, and if you know them, then you know that the food will be delicious and everything will be beautiful! (Yes I know I am incredibly lucky!)

Also I want to say a big THANK YOU to our wonderful neighbors! They all got together and gave us gift last weekend. They gave us tons of diapers and wipes and our diaper disposal. We were so surprised!

Thank yall so much!!

On a side note: My cousin, Heather, will be a mom soon! I just found out yesterday that she will be going in to the hospital on Sunday and induced Monday(which just happens to be her due date). So hopefully sometime (earlier rather than later for Heather's sake) Monday, Lucas Townson Latham will make his entrance in to the world!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Prepared Childbirth 101

Our first childbirth class was last night, and it was actually not too bad. We have a pretty large class and fabulous instructor, who also just happens to be a girl that Jeremy went to middle & high school with, so that was a really nice surprise. And if it wasn’t for her, I don’t think the class would have been near as fun as it was.

The class started with getting to know everybody. She started off by saying how she knows in every couple there is the talker and the non-talker, and she wanted the talker to introduce their selves, give their due date, tell if it was a boy or girl (if they knew), the baby’s name (if they knew, which many didn’t), and the name of your doctor. Now we all know without a doubt who the talker in our relationship is, but some how I wound up doing our introduction, and I am happy to say I made it through, no problem! :)

After all the introductions, we find out that we are furtherest along than any of the other couples, except for one, who is due 3 days before us. So I guess we are kind of getting a late start, but at least it will be fresh in our minds when the time comes.

I’m not going to go in to detail of the entire class, but let me just it say it was very informative for me, which surprised me because I have been doing so much reading online and in books, that I thought I pretty much had it down.

For the last half hour, we practiced relaxation techniques. We got down on our mats; she dimmed the lights, and put on some music (with a little Barry White mixed in :) We practiced ways to relieve tension in the back and shoulders. It was very relaxing, or so I heard. Did I forget to mention that the dads got to do all the relaxing? Yep, it was really messed up, a room full of 15 pregnant women rubbing and massaging their husbands necks, shoulders, and backs. And as if Jeremy doesn’t get enough of that at home already! But that’s ok; it will be all about the moms next week.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Pop Tarts Presents......

So Wednesday morning Jeremy and I were on our way to work (we carpool to help save the environment from air pollution…ok, we really do it because gas prices are insanely ridiculous, the saving of the environment is just a bonus!) and we were listening to Rick and Bubba. They were giving their review of the American Idol Live Tour that was held the night before in Birmingham and after listening to them for five minutes I told Jeremy that I wish we would have known about it because I would have liked to see it (we were faithful American Idol watchers this season), and he offers up some information that I am sure he immediately regretted—“Well, they are going to be in Nashville tomorrow night.”

So at that moment I decide we are going to go and I would find us tickets as soon as I got to work. Well after a morning of unscheduled meetings and lunch, I finally get a chance to check Ticketmaster for tickets. I pulled up four (knowing we would ask Jeremy’s brother & sister-in-law, Justin & Alison, as they were Idol watchers too) lower level tickets right beside the stage. I email everyone with the ticket and concert information, and everybody is in. So I buy the tickets and we decide to leave Huntsville at 4:30 p.m. for the 7:00 p.m. show.

It’s Thursday, 4:30 p.m. and we are on our way. We decide to stop at the Sonic that is near our house so we can take the route that we think is quickest, because we wouldn’t pass any food places on our way. Well to make a long story short, the route was a bad choice on our part, we past two wrecks and one non-working traffic light. We didn’t get to the interstate till 6:00 p.m. and had 82 miles to go.

We finally get parked and to the concert around 7:45 or so, due to some heavy rain and confusion in the directions (we later find out we missed Mandisa, Ace, and Lisa). As we are walking in Paris and Lisa were finishing up a duet. And then we get to hear Paris’s full set. She did Midnight Train to Georgia (which is my absolute favorite one she did all season on Idol) and Beyonce’s Crazy in Love, and the girl can dance! Next was Bucky, I thought he was better live than on the show. On the last song of his set, Kellie Pickler joined him on You’re the One That I Want from Grease, and it was entertaining. Then it was Pickler’s turn, she sang Melissa Etheridge’s I’m the Only One and a medley of Pasty Cline’s Walking After Midnight and Bonnie Rait’s Something to Talk About. And that led us in to a 30 minute or so intermission.

Opening the second half was Chris Daughtry! He was excellent, definitely lives up to the hype. I didn’t know the first song he sang, but next he did Wanted Dead or Alive in which he played guitar, and then he and Elliot Yamin dueted on Savin’Me, which was probably my favorite performance of the night. Went to the bathroom during Elliot’s performance so don’t have much to say about that. Katharine was next; she did two songs, Black Horse and the Cherry Tree and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. She is good, really good.

Next all the guys came out and did Patience. I loved it and this is why I said the Elliot and Chris duet was probably my favorite, because this one runs a close second! Then Taylor comes out and does what Taylor does. He is very entertaining and fun to watch, and even though I didn’t really like any of the songs he did, he did them very well. His encore was Takin’ it to the Streets and he did his Taylor moves, which is what I was waiting to see and he did not disappoint!

To end the show, everyone but Taylor came out and sang We are the Champions, I didn’t get all excited for that one, but it was good, and Taylor came out and they all did Living in America. All in all it was an entertaining show and I am really glad I got to see it, because some of these kids are going to be really successful in the future.

We got home a little after midnight, which wasn’t too bad. I took pictures, but I don’t think any of them are any good, so I am going to try to get copies from Alison and I will post them when I get a chance.

And not to make this post any longer, but to give an update on baby stuff, we finally bought a dresser for the nursery and rocker/recliner for our bedroom. So I am hoping those along with the crib we ordered over four weeks ago will be in by the end of the month and we can get the nursery finished. Also Jeremy and I visited daycares this week and decided we are going to use La Petite Academy. It is near both of our offices and right on our way to work (so we can still carpool, got to help save the environment, right?). And they have an open door policy, where I can visit her anytime I want.

We start childbirth classes next Tuesday, so maybe I will have some interesting tales from that next week!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The past 30 weeks

I guess we're getting a late start on this, but better late than never. We decided it would be a good idea to start a blog to keep family and friends up to date on what's going while we await the birth of our baby. So for the first entry, I decided to bring every one up to date by going back over the past 30 weeks starting with the day we found out I was pregnant. So be prepared, it is lengthy!


January 28, 2006

We're having a baby! I took 2 tests that day and a digital the next morning, all positive. I called the next week and scheduled a doctor's appointment for March 9th, seemed like such a long time to wait to find out if there was really a baby in there.

January 31, 2006

Here I am at 4 weeks.















February 10, 2006

My parents came over to our house tonight to go eat for my mom's birthday and we decided this would be a good time to tell them the news. Before we went to dinner we gave my mom her birthday presents. I had wrapped up a picture frame and in the the frame it said "Picture Coming Soon October 2006". Everyone was really excited. Later when we got back from dinner we called Jeremy's parents to come over and I gave them the same frame. Everyone's reaction was priceless.

Here is the frame we gave our parents.














February 22, 2006

Well morning sickness turned out to be a real problem for me. I got to the point where I couldn't keep anything down. I was scheduled to leave on Sunday for a 11 day work trip, and I was really worried about flying and how it would affect my morning sickness. So I called my OB's office to see if they could see me or prescribe me something to help, they told me to come on in. I thought they would just write me up a prescription, but they did a full prenatal visit, including an ultrasound, which I was not expecting therefore Jeremy didn't come with me. I was really disappointed that he didn't get to see the baby for the first time, but nonetheless it was finally reassuring to know there was a baby in there and it had a strong heartbeat. I was measuring 7 weeks 1 day and was given my due date of October 10th, which is also my brother Matt's birthday!

Dr. Callison wrote me up a few prescriptions and told me it would be fine to travel(which I really needed to hear).

Here is the first ultrasound picture.















March 22, 2006

Today we had our 2nd appointment. We got a nice surprise--another ultrasound! Dr. Callison thought it would be easier to see the heartbeat than try to find it with a doppler. The baby was measuring 11 weeks 6 days and it's heart rate was 155 bpm. It was very active, curling into a ball and then kicking it's legs out. It was funny to see it moving so much and not being able feel a thing.



March 28-May 9, 2006

Not much has happened over the last month. My morning sickness has gotten much better and I have been able to quit taking the Zofran. I officially entered the 2nd trimester on April 11th, and I have heard this is the best time during pregnancy, where you finally get your energy back. And I have to admit I have felt better during the past few weeks.



18 weeks















May 17, 2006

Today is the BIG ultrasound and hopefully we get to find out if it's a boy or a girl. We invited my mom, Jeremy's mom, and Alison, our sister-in-law, to be there with us when we found out and also give them a chance to see the baby. And..............

It's a GIRL!














Our little girl's name is Sara Belle. She is named after both of our maternal grandmothers.














And here is Sara's first gift from her Aunt Alison.














Jeremy sent me a dozen pink roses to work later that afternoon!!





























May 23- June 20, 2006

Halfway there!!(and more) Not much to report on the past month. Everything has been going really well, I have felt good and have been keeping up my walking routine. The second trimester is flying by!!! Here are a couple shots of my growing belly.

20 weeks














23 weeks 5 days














June 30-July 5, 2006

Finally a vacation! We headed to the beach with my family for the 4th of July weekend. We had a great time and ate lots of good food. This is more than likely our last vacation before the baby gets here so we were trying to soak it in, but all I could think about while we were there was how much fun it is going to be next year when we get to bring our baby to the beach for the first time!

Here are some pictures from our trip.





























Alex throwing football with Jeremy.














Working on their sand castle.














26 weeks
















July 17-18, 2006

We finally decided we needed to start getting the nursery ready. We picked out paint and Jeremy and his Pappaw got to work on it. The first coat didn't look exactly like I thought it would, so for the second coat we went and got a shade lighter and I like it much better now!

Here are some pictures of the painted nursery(which we hope to add a chair rail to) and the crib bedding.























































28 weeks














Macy is ready to meet her little sister!