Monday, January 23, 2012

Moving On...

I've started a new blog for our new adventures! I'll leave this old one up for the time being, but I will not be posting here anymore. If you are a follower or usual reader, please come follow me




Thank you to all of you who have read this blog over the years. I've made a lot of great memories and friends through this. I hope you'll join us on our new journey!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Please pray!!!!

A friend of mine from college just found out that his three-year-old daughter has leukemia. He is a very godly, sweet guy who fought cancer as a child himself. They are facing a tough road. Please be praying for this family. His name is Sean, his wife is Sarah, and their daughter's name is Emma.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nursery Inspiration

Now that we know we're having a girl I am getting lots of questions about how we are doing the nursery. I thought I would share some of my inspiration. Most of these pictures are pinned from my Pinterest account. If you want to see any of the other stuff I want to do for Emerson, my account is lewilliams81. Look me up. :) You can also click at the bottom and see the source of each picture.

Let's start from the main focus...This is the very first baby-related thing I found. I searched Etsy for a vinyl tree pretty much as soon as I found out I was pregnant, and instantly fell in love with this one. While the tweety birds and owls are absolutely adorable, we are not "theme" people. We're really using this to coordinate colors and patterns through out the room. I will put the birds and owls on the tree, but it won't be a running theme in her room. We're hoping to get the wall color as close to this as possible. I LOVE the grown-up-yet-whimsical look of it all. After all, we'll be the ones spending the most time in her room. If I were surrounded by cartoon characters every time I went in there, I wouldn't like it.



Source: etsy.com via Leslie on Pinterest




Excuse the poor picture quality, but I didn't take this thinking of using it on the ole blog. It was taken as just a reference. This is our crib choice. There's a local sawmill company that makes furniture, and Justin's parents saw this crib there. We went back and forth between white and a dark wood stain, but once we found out she was a she we were sold on the white. I love that it's simple and classic. Since it's not from a cheap-o place it's really sturdy and will last though the transitions of baby to toddler.



We're also not doing your typical changing table. We're hoping for a dresser like this one from Ikea, or a very similar one from the sawmill place. Again, it has a classic look that will last. We'll have a changing pad on top that matches with the leaves on her tree.






L-O-V-E this bookshelf!!!! (Although we'll have to rethink the color) I think it is completely adorable. Justin found a great alternative yesterday that is simply a branch stretching across the wall. I couldn't find the same picture to post, but you get the idea. I think it is so unique and fun.






How's this for cute storage?!?! Being a reading teacher, I will of course make sure she's loaded with books. I think this is such a cute way for her to be able to access them when she gets older.





Well, you may notice that one piece is missing. I'll break my mother-in-law's heart a little more by saying it again: We're not doing baby bedding. Yep, I'm a rebel. Here's my thinking. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently come out very strongly against parents using crib bumpers for any age due to suffocation risks and kids using them as stepping stones to crawl (aka fall) out of their crib. Before you give me the "my kids used a bumper and were perfectly fine" speech I've heard 10,000 times, I am choosing to be cautious. I know that 98% of the time things might be fine. I don't think I could ever forgive myself if I were in that 2%. We are choosing to register for a breathable bumper (a mesh fabric), but I'm even a little unsure if I will use it. Surely most folks know by now that you're not supposed to put a baby in with loose blankets, so what's the point of having the little quilt? Basically, I'd be paying upwards of $100 for a dust ruffle and a bunch of stuff I can't use. Therefore, we're choosing to only use crib sheets, swaddling blankets, and sleep sacks at this point. Call me crazy. :)


I'll post more as we work on her room and get things done. I just wanted to share the inspiration for our little girl's room.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

20 Weeks!

20 Weeks!


It's so crazy to think we're at the halfway point! I think time will start to fly now, which is totally ok with me.

Size of Baby: a small cantaloupe She measured a week ahead on our ultrasound this week, so maybe a little bigger.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I lost 3 more pounds. I don't know how that is possible after the number of peanut butter balls and chocolate chip cookies I consumed over Christmas.

Maternity Clothes: I pretty much wear maternity pants all the time now because they don't apply so much pressure. However, since I'm dropping weight, they've become baggy! I'm just going to deal with it though. I really don't want to pay to order more. I can wear normal shirts, but I have to make sure they're long enough to cover the stretchy band part of my pants.

Gender: (So weird I can fill this part in now!) GIRL, Emerson Kate

Movement: Yes. She likes to move in the afternoons and late at night. It's still not consistent or anything, but it's pretty much daily at this point.

Sleep: So-so. It was fantastic over the Christmas break where I could sleep any time I wanted. Now that I'm back to work I toss and turn a lot because I'm not a big side-sleeper. tossing and turning + limited sleep time = yucky I'm sticking to it though!

What I miss: Nothing really.

Cravings: I have started to want stuff at weird times. Most of the time though I haven't indulged and it goes away pretty quickly. Things I have found myself wanting: chinese food (like NOW), pineapple, popcorn, cereal, horseradish. My sister-in-law made a horseradish sauce for our tenderloin at Christmas, and I'm pretty sure I could have licked the bowel if I hadn't seen on TV the night before where a girl overdosed on horseradish. I've found myself really wanting cocktail sauce (which has the same flavor sort of) and fried shrimp.

Symptoms: Eye twitches--I need more potassium, headaches, some ligament pain if I move too quickly

Best Moment This Week: Finding out the gender for sure!

Friday, January 6, 2012

It's a...(really this time)

GIRL!

You can see her little face on the left with her hands beside her cheeks.


I don't think we could have been more surprised. I have been "feeling" it was a boy this entire time, and every old wives tale pointed to a boy. I knew we had a 50/50 chance, but I was just convinced it was a boy! I'm super excited about buying all of the cute girly stuff. At the same time, though, I am completely freaked out at the thought of raising a girl! There's just so much pressure that a girl feels in this world. I'm praying now that we can raise her to know that she is treasured and beautiful just the way she is.


The part most people want to know is her name. She will be Emerson Kate Williams. Emerson is from our 3 nieces (Laine Emory, Addison, and Gracyn). They are all three sweet and spunky. I hope that Emmie will turn out to be the same.


So now the fun begins!




Thursday, January 5, 2012

It's a....

complete mystery!

Yesterday was the day that I have been counting down to for so many months. It was our scheduled gender ultrasound and anatomy scan. One of the BIG days! My doctor is against telling the gender before 18 weeks, so we’ve had to wait a little longer than some. However, I would much rather be certain of what it is than know early and it turn out wrong. We’re at the half-way point now so we were of course pumped to find out. A lot of people knew this was the day and were anxiously awaiting. My classes even voted on what they thought it would be. (Boy won by 3 votes!) It didn’t turn out the way we expected though.

My appointment was in the middle of the day (thanks to Monday’s holiday), so Justin and I both took the day off of work. We were giddy on the way there! It felt like we were getting some big Christmas gift and we couldn’t wait! We have both been so excited to finally find out what we’re having so that we can start planning and buying things. It would also be really nice to stop calling our child “it” and begin using one of the names we have chosen. On the way down there, we stopped at McDonald’s and I got a Dr. Pepper since I’ve read several times that you need to have sugar and caffeine in you to be sure that the baby moves so you can see the gender.

Hmmm...

We got to the doctor’s office, and we were taken back pretty quickly to have the ultrasound done. I was to see the doctor after the scan to go over the results. When the ultrasound tech came to the door it was our friend Joyless Joy again. I immediately thought it was hilarious because we’ve had her for all of our big ultrasounds and she is the least personable person ever. We went in and she started the scan, only to tell us that our little bean was laying on its side facing in to me. She pointed out its head and little butt with its legs flailing behind. She measured the bones she could see, looked at the brain, let us hear the heartbeat, etc. Turkey Lurkey was wrapped up snug though with butt out and hands in front of its face. It did not want to move. She tried for over 20 minutes to get it to move one way or the other so we could catch a glimpse of the “parts” and see its face. She had me roll every which way to try to get something going. She poked and prodded it to move just a tiny bit. She angled the Doppler every possible way.

Nothing.

She finally told us that she would give me some candy and let me try again after I saw the doctor. I was so grateful for that! Based on our previous experience with her, I was thinking she would tell us “Sorry!” and that would be it. I sucked down that peppermint as fast as I could and sent Justin to buy me an orange juice to hopefully do something to encourage it to move the next time. I saw the doctor, who said everything they could see seems completely healthy so she has no concerns about developmental problems (WOOHOO!) and that she is betting on a boy since it’s being so lazy. (Her words, not mine. )

I went back out and waited for a few minutes until another ultrasound spot opened up praying that Turkey had moved somehow. Joy called us back, and…

nothing.

It was in the exact same position! We tried rolling and poking and prodding, and smashing again and again.

Nothing.

Finally, she apologized profusely and told us that there just wasn’t any way she was going to see the gender that day. I must say, I held it together really well. I thanked her over and over for giving us a second try. She promised to “try” to get me in at my next appointment--4 weeks later--so we can get a peek. I made it through scheduling my next appointment. I bit my cheek walking through the lobby determined not to be the crazy crying lady, but once we were in the car I lost it! Total Ugly Cry all over the place.

Please don’t misunderstand me, I am beyond thankful that we have a healthy baby on our hands, and even more thankful that I even have the opportunity to be pregnant. I know that’s a lot more than many people have. I am NOT taking that for granted. However, when you have the picture of finding out what your (very long awaited and difficult to conceive in the first place) child is, and it doesn’t go that way it’s hard. I was hormonal and incredibly disappointed.

Luckily, I have a wonderful husband who convinced me to go look at a crib we’re considering, and while we were there he thought of going to a private ultrasound place to find out before my next appointment. We tossed the idea around. Is it really want we want to do? It’s not how we imagined finding out. I don’t want to wait 4 weeks and then not be able to get in for an ultrasound or have it be a no-show again that late in the game. Finally, we decided to go for it! I called and they’re getting me in today to hopefully (finally) be able to tell what this bambino is! The great thing is that this place is a 3D and 4D ultrasound place, so we’ll get to see it up close and personal and maybe get good pictures since we didn’t get any yesterday. (Plus it’s cheaper than an ultrasound at my doctor’s office!) It’s not at all how I pictured this whole thing going, but I’m learning that pregnancy and babies are never going to go how you picture them to!

So, here’s hoping that Baby Williams will be outgoing enough to show its "goods" to the public this one time (and then never again!). We’ll let you know how it goes!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Love List (in Iphone pics)

I was looking through my pictures on my cell phone earlier, and I found it funny how many pictures I take of random things to share with other people. Most of them are things I'm loving right now, so I thought I'd share!


McDonald's Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Almost as good as a Peppermint Mocha.


Almost. :)


My $6 Pinterest-inspired wreath.

Pregnant-lady parking at Toys-R-Us when Christmas
shopping for the nieces and nephew.



I started reading The Hunger Games. Again. I may have stayed up
waaaayyyy past my bedtime last night reading, but it's so worth it.


Scarves! I was trying to show Kelly my cute ruffle one from Payless!
Can you believe Payless has such cute stuff?!?



My brother-in-law sent this song suggestion to be added to the baby's playlist.
I seriously bawl every time I listen to it. Every.Time.


My amazingly cute/practical phone case from Marley Lilly!
The slot on the back holds your ID and/or debit card.


Someone has been quite a snuggler lately.

I am also loving the fact that come Friday I will be a free woman for 2 whole weeks. I need it. Please let Friday come soon!