Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happy Belated EASTER!!!!

Hi my friends :)

It's been tough keeping up with the blog these days... I do have LOTS to share, but there's so much going on that it just consumes me. But I am still here and I will try to post more often as things calm down a little (or maybe get even more crazy - LOL!)

I was REALLY sick for two weeks. I ended up with a bad upper respiratory infection and asthma so my hubby had to take me to the hospital two weekends ago. Thankfully, they checked the baby in the maternity ward and all was well so they sent me down to the ER for treatment. I was given an aerosol treatment and put on antibiotics and some inhalers to help me breathe better and to help with the chest and nasal congestion. It was awful! :(

A visit to my OB/GYN to confirm that the meds were fine and then an emergency referral to a pulmonologist then followed... and then another visit... and now I am done with meds and the baby is doing well (thank GOD!!)

I was out of work for a while, which didn't help matters... and during all of this, we had people all over our home working on the pool, the backyard fence and installing hardwood floors in the bedrooms. YIKES!!! I am grateful that we were able to do all this work before the baby comes, but so glad it's finally over! I want my peaceful, CLEAN home back — not to mention my privacy! Teehee!

Last weekend, I visited with my lovely scrappy friends and little did I know what they had up their sleeves!!! :) Since most of them are unable to make it to my shower because they are going on a scrapbooking retreat, they planned a surprise shower for me complete with yummy food, donuts, cake and presents — not to mention the sweetest group of ladies!! We had a great time!!! THANK YOU to Barb, Esther, Lou, Alma, Ana and Wallie for doing this!! It really means a lot to me!!

I'll leave you with some photos from Easter Sunday at my in-laws' house. We had a nice time with family and friends and I even sported my bunny ears :)

Here's a baby bump pic of me at 31 weeks... It's all becoming very REAL for me now... wow...


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I WON!!!!!

No, not the lottery...I wish! LOL!

My scrappy idol and bloggy friend Stephanie Howell had a giveaway for a Gussy Sews mini baby bag/wristlet and a $20 gift certificate to their store on her blog and I WON!! Stephanie has been raving about their bags for a while and since I haven't been able to find a diaper bag that I like, I'm very excited :) I cannot wait till the store re-opens this weekend so I can shop!! Hee!!!

I'm starting to send out baby shower invites this week and we're working on the ongoing home improvements and baby preparations... I'm most excited about the wood floors we're installing in all the bedrooms. Whoohoo!!! Goodbye yucky carpets!!

And, as promised, here's a photo of my baby bump at 28 weeks...

My baby girl is growing pretty fast now. I am geting BIG!!! On Monday, we had an ultrasound and she was rolling around, playing with her toes, putting her hand and arm over her face and she even stuck her tongue out... This made the ultrasound tech laugh out loud with us! Our baby looks healthy and strong. What a blessing... :)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I'm back!!

Wow, I hadn't realized how long it's been since my last post... I've been asked if all is well and the answer is YES!! Although I was really sick for a week (food poisoning and gastroenteritis) the week after I returned from Savannah, I am doing very well now. Then I had to get caught up at work, plus my pregnancy doesn't leave me with much energy in the evenings... and weekends? well, we've been out and about, planning home improvements (indoor and outdoor) and clearing out the guest room to get the baby's room ready. LOTS going on!!

And I only have THREE MONTHS left!!! Time flies, I tell ya! This weekend, I begin my 28th week and that means the start of my seventh month of pregnancy - the last trimester!! She's been moving a lot lately. She's very active, which I love, but she sometimes surprises me with a swift kick...or two...or three! LOL! I told Richard she's gonna be a maniac with his personality - ha! I guess I can be quite feisty, too! Teehee!

Speaking of Richard, today is his 41st birthday!!! He's thrilled to finally be getting ready to be a daddy and I know he will do great! I cannot believe we will be married 7 years this October. It doesn't seem that long at all. I love my Grumpy Smurf with all my heart!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Now let's talk about the nursery. I have been researching and changing my mind all the time, but I finally see it all coming together and I love how I'm imagining it will be. :)

We purchased this white Kendall crib from Pottery Barn Kids (it was on back-order so we wanted to be sure it got here when we needed it). The white at PB is not white - it's a creamy vanilla color but I like it!

This is the quilt I have picked out from Land of Nod. Click on the link to see the complete crib bedding ensemble.

I just found this rug at West Elm and I think it's perfect. I want to get it in 5x8:

I fell in LOVE with this pink butterfly mobile when my BFF and I visited the Pottery Barn Kids store in Merrick Park and I just know that my baby will love it! Hee!! I plan to hang it above the dresser/changing station so she can look at it while she gets a diaper change :)

I'm still debating on a side table to place next to the glider/rocker and so far this round flower table is the one I like... I was thinking pink at first but now I think the white will work best in the room... what do you think?

I had placed a chocolate brown rocker on my Land of Nod registry, but I was still looking at other options and then I saw this AWESOME nursery chair from Target that Kelly Rae posted on her blog and I think I am SOLD!! Hee! I love the vintage feel it has and it's chocolate/vanilla, which will match the existing wood blinds on the windows and the new wood floors we hope to install before our baby comes!

You can see all my registry items linked on the left side of my blog. If you're a mommy and you think I missed something, please let me know!! I'm new at this! Teehee! :)

Have a beautiful weekend!! I promise to post a baby bump picture next...