Sunday, October 31, 2010

17 Weeks

Our little pumpkin weighs about 5 ounces and is fluttering around in my belly.  His or her (gosh, am I really going to say 'his or her' for the next 5 months?!) bones are hardening and he or she (ahhh!) can move all of his or her joints.  How is it that the baby only weighs 5 ounces and I am so BIG?

how in the WORLD do I still have 5 more months????

Okay, a word on the not finding out thing.  It is really starting to make me anxious.  I am beginning to want to know, but Brian is holding strong.  In a couple of months, I'd like to start getting the room ready, and I'm not big into the neutral room thing.  It is really just about the room, so I guess I need to just get over it and decorate once HE OR SHE arrives.

  • Baby's size:  5 inches from crown to rump (though the book says 7 inches, so the jury's out on that one), about the size of a turnip, and weighing 5 ounces

  • My weight gain this month:  4 pounds.  I'm going steady at about 7 total pounds.  I wonder how long I'll continue to publicly log this...

  • Clothes:  maternity pants and shirts

  • Cravings:  apple juice and orange juice

  • Aversions:  greasy food

  • How I'm feeling:  still throwing up once or twice a day-once in the morning and once in the afternoon.    I'm having round ligament pain.  I'm just starting to feel a little physically inhibited by the pregnancy-like picking up Harper all of the time, or bagging leaves.  I am really really REALLY excited for April.  I can't wait to see the baby and hold him or her.

  • My favorite thing this week:  hearing the ba-boom-ba-boom-ba-boom of the heart beat!  
  • Saturday, October 30, 2010


    Since Harper had pneumonia and swine flu last Halloween, we are so thankful that she is well and can celebrate as a little butterfly this year.  Today, we'll carve our pumpkins and decorate for trick-or-treaters.  We'll skip trick or treating and wait until next year, when she's old enough to have a piece of candy (and not get scared of the chik-fil-a-cow).  I've really enjoyed this month, though, and I'm looking forward BIG TIME to Thanksgiving now.   I'll post our jack-o-lanterns tomorrow.

    Harper as a purple butterfly

    me, Harper, and baby 2 at the side door

    at the Gymboree party

    bubbles and pure joy! (oh, and drool too)
    Let me just say that Harper is a sucker for everything at Gymboree.  She's like their poster child because she looooooooves all of the activities and runs around like she's in Heaven!

    Our doctor's appointment went great on Thursday.  The heart was beating at 148 and the doctor confirmed that everything looked good.  17 days until our sonogram!  Despite the morning sickness, I'm gaining weight VERY well!  Ha!

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010

    Brian meets Justin Bieber

    I took Harper up to my old work today and everyone chimed, "she looks just like Brian."  They've said that since she was born, and I'm finally just accepting it.  I mean, really, she does look just like him.

    hey Harper, Justin Bieber called and he wants his hairstyle back...

    I had a yucky day today and I'm looking forward to tomorrow.  Harper poured 10 ounces of milk on herself in her car seat and I had no change of clothes, it rained cats and dogs and we had a list of errands we had to run, I've lost forever all of my teaching materials from the last 6 years, and my back was having a bad day.  Just a yucky day.

    However, I got to end it with some yummy take-out thai food and Survivor.  I also get to go to the doctor tomorrow.  AND, because I've lost all of my teaching materials, I'm taking advantage tomorrow and wearing pajamas until Harper takes her nap.

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    slide show




    We went to the park this weekend and it was so beautiful.  The leaves are changing and the weather is great!  Happy fall!

    Sunday, October 24, 2010

    16 Weeks

    Our little tiny baby has toenails!  How cute is that?  More importantly, and just as awesome, his or her heart pumps 25 quarts of blood a day.  Whew!

    I need to stand a little bit more sideways for these shots.  It is kind of hard to see an outline.  Okay, maybe not that hard.

  • Baby's size:  4 1/2 inches from crown to rump (though the book says 7 inches, so the jury's out on that one), about the size of an avocado, and weighing 3 1/2 ounces.  I'm preparing for a growth spurt over the next few weeks-he or she will double in size!

  • My weight gain this month:  2 pounds.  I stepped on the scale this afternoon and I've gained 2 pounds in the past month.  I've been really sick.

  • Clothes:  maternity pants and shirts; I got a few more casual things from Old Navy and Motherhood because most of my clothes from last time are work clothes.  I got some cute leggings and I am going to be living in them.  Comfy!

  • Cravings:  SWEET ICED TEA!  I have a cup of tea in the morning and a cup of decaf green tea at night.  Love love love it.  That is all I crave.

  • Aversions:  greasy food.  It changes.

  • How I'm feeling:  still throwing up once or twice a day-once in the morning and once in the afternoon.  I'm sleeping much better, though!  At first I tossed and turned at night, but I'm sleeping great.  I'm having the strangest dreams, though.  They are WEIRD and vivid. Most of them are bad.  I read that the dreams are apparently a way for my mind to cope with any anxieties I might be having.  I have to say, I've been a little anxious about the baby.  Until I feel it moving every day, it is hard going 4 weeks without really knowing if he or she is okay.  I go to the doctor this week, though, so that's good.  I also asked Brian if we're still NOT going to find out the sex and he is sure.  I'm kind of wishing we would so that we could start decorating and getting things ready, but he's pretty adamant.  So, we'll continue with the plan to be surprised at the birth.  EEK!  I'm excited.

  • My favorite thing this week:  sleeping in on Saturday.  Brian got up with Harper and let me sleep in an extra 2 hours.  It was wonderful.

  • Saturday, October 23, 2010

    family room

    We started a photo wall in our family room and I'm seeing a common thread...Harper.  Do I have any pictures of us without her?  Ha!  It turned out nicely, though.

    I also finally found a picture for the fireplace.  It is a canvas of poppies and it goes with the yellows, reds, blues, and greens we have all in the hearth room and kitchen.  It was only $49 at HomeGoods and I'm thrilled.  I put that fall garland up there too and may add a couple of other little things later as I find them.

    Finally, I have to share this recipe for pork chops.  They were the BEST pork chops I've ever had and they're easy and perfect for fall. They take 45 minutes of simmering, so I think they'd be great for company.  I could pop them on as guests arrive.  Anyway, they're DELICIOUS.  I got the recipe online at and also checked out The Pioneer Woman's recipe for backup on seasoning.  I made them with broccoli, tomatoes, and roasted red potatoes for sides.  Of course, I didn't use 6 pork chops-I used 2 and then scaled everything else down a little bit.  I also just used whatever barbecue sauce we had.  Enjoy these!

    PORK CHOP APPLE CASSEROLE (but this wasn't a casserole, so that is kind of weird)

    6 rib or loin pork chops, bone-in 3/4-1" thick
    3 tablespoons flour
    1/4 teaspoon each onion and garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon paprika
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 teaspoon butter (optional)
    1/2 cup chopped onions
    2 cups thinly sliced cored apples (peel on)
    3 tablespoons Kraft's Honey Barbecue Sauce
    3 cloves garlic
    1 teaspoon salt
    few dashes pepper

    Place flour in a shallow dish, sprinkle with onion powder, garlic powder and paprika. Stir in the seasonings with a fork until well mixed.Season pork chops liberally with salt and pepper. Dredge in the flour until well coated.
    In a skillet, brown the pork chops on both sides in olive oil and butter. Add onions, apples, and Kraft's Honey Barbecue Sauce and minced garlic.
    Cover and simmer 45 minutes or until chops are tender.

    Tuesday, October 19, 2010

    georgia on my mind

    I have nothing to write about, really.  I'm watching Dancing with the Stars and someone just performed "Georgia On My Mind."  That's the song that played when we picked up our puppy Georgia almost 7 years ago.  We hadn't chosen a name and then that song came on.  It gets me every time I listen to it and reminds me how much I love my dog.  Everyone said that Georgia would be forgotten once I had Harper.  They were somewhat right-there's no love like the love for your child.  BUT, there's also no love like the love for your dog.  Georgia has been the best dog and is always my angel.  Have you noticed her in pictures?  You'll usually find her right there with Harper.  They're becoming best buds and partners in crime.

    So, that's all that is on my mind.  Well, that and the fact that Harper screamed, cried, and shook with fear tonight at the Chik-Fil-A cow.  We just can't eat there.  It has been a while, so I tried again-and failed miserably.  I had to get a bag and take the food home with us.  She was so happy when we left.  Brian and I have this dream to surprise Harper and her brother/sister one day with luggage packed and a "we're going to Disney World...right now!"  I just hope she's over the phobia by then-ha!!!!

    Sunday, October 17, 2010

    15 weeks

    This week, our baby can sense light through its fused eyelids and move all of its joints.  The picture in the book blew me away!  Our baby looks like a little baby now.  I had no idea how much it had grown.

    After looking at this, maybe I shouldn't be so surprised!  Ha!

  • Baby's size:  4 inches from crown to rump, about the size of an apple, and weighing 2 1/2 ounces

  • My weight gain this month:  4 pounds.  My watch is fitting loosely, so I'm wondering.  I won't get on a scale until my next checkup.  Brian says I need to eat more because I've been having dizzy spells between meals.  I feel like all I do is eat.

  • Clothes:  maternity pants and shirts; Brian's t-shirts at night (my favorite)

  • Cravings:  SWEET ICED TEA!  I haven't had that in forever.  I'm also starting to like veggies more.   

  • Aversions:  seafood-I put a crab puff in my mouth at mom's night out last week, not knowing what it was, and almost threw up right there.  

  • How I'm feeling:  still throwing up once or twice a day.  I'm over it.  It is going to happen, so let it happen.  Poor Harper runs in the bathroom with me, but what am I to do??  I'm also having some round ligament pain already, which was pretty bad last time.  I'm going to try to find a good maternity support band for that.  

  • My favorite thing this week:  Seeing how BIG and human the baby looks (according to the book and web).  I'm not looking ahead like I did with Harper, so I was surprised.  This is going to sound silly, but I'm also thrilled that I packed up all of my non-maternity clothes.  It was just a mess trying to sort through everything, and now getting dressed is a lot less stressful.  At least one of us is cute for fall...

  • Friday, October 15, 2010

    backyard makeover

    Brian and I decided to makeover the backyard.  We didn't have much of a retreat back there, except for this crazy aqueduct thing that rand behind our back steps.  I'm very happy about the end product!  I just wish that I'd taken some before pictures.  All I have is this one.  Don't be distracted by the cute baby...


    (these are taken right after our heavy rains yesterday, so the stones are wet and it is a little dark)

    We've used the fireplace a bunch already, and will eventually find a table and chairs to go back there.  We tried to snag one last weekend when they were on sale, but when we got to the store, they were already cleared out for...Christmas!  We'll keep hunting.  Happy Friday!

    Thursday, October 14, 2010

    20 months young

    Today I told Harper, "you're twenty...can you say, 'twenty?'" She promptly replied "twenny."  That just about sums up Harper at 20 months old.  Copy-cat and word-learner.  Here's where we are at 20 months:

    • I don't know how much you weigh because we're never at the doctor.  You're just about the healthiest kid I've ever met (a HARD knock on wood).  I'm going to guess about 23 pounds.  You're light as a feather, kiddo.  You're still long and lean.  Maybe you're so skinny because all you do is run and dance.  You have long legs too, I've decided.

    • Your hair is growing so fast these days, and it is blond and curly.  Have I mentioned that you are your father's clone?  I have to put a bow in your hair to keep your bangs out of your eyes.  Luckily, you've always worn one, so you don't mind.  No scissors are touching your hair for quite a while.  

      • You sleep great-from 8 pm to 7:30- am and nap from around 12:30 until 3.  You love your bed!  After I rock you, you point to it to go to sleep.  Daddy just lays you in it without rocking and you're content.  In the mornings, you jump (HIGH!) in the bed like a monkey.  You're always grinning when we come in to get you up.  You sleep with your blanket that dad bought you before you were born and a binkie.  The binkie is going soon, only have it at bedtime.
      • You say A LOT!  Your new words are movie, Buzz, Woody, Jessie (notice a theme?), no, Sunny, juice, berry, mimi, gramma, pa-pa (grandpa), book, and out (outside).  There are MANY more, but I can't keep up.
      • You color like a pro!  You love to color with crayons and paint with finger paints.
      • You eat with a fork and spoon and do not like your hands to get dirty.  The other night you ate all of your spaghetti with a fork.  
      • When you're thirsty and take a drink, you throw back your drink and finish with "ahhh!"
      • You tickle others.

      • You can name and point to all of your main body parts.
      • You hate for me to brush your teeth.
      • You're in love with Toy Story, especially Buzz Light Year.  You should be him for Halloween, but daddy won't really let you.  You're obsessed with him.  You have 3 Buzz figures.
      • You're great at Duplo blocks (toddler Legos).  Daddy bought you too many and I spend a lot of time picking them up when you're asleep.
      • You're very loving-you kiss your toys, your parents, and your pets.
      • You bit me today.  That's right, all that love and you bit me for the first time today.  You were in a rage and hungry and bit me like a beast.  My eyes are wide just thinking about it...what am I going to DO?  Where did you come up with that?  That time out chair is going to warm this winter.
      • You love to dance.  Every night we have dinner and dancing.  After we eat, we put on the music and you dance it up.  Your cutest move is when you stand with your feet wide and shake your hips.  It is hilarious.
      • You love your dog, Georgia.  It makes me melt because the two of you play together.  Georgia is protective of you, too.  
      • You will sit and "read" to yourself for a good thirty minutes... when you're in the mood.

      I could go on and on about you, Miss Harper.  You just get better and better every day.  I NEVER dreamed my world could be full of such happiness.

      Sunday, October 10, 2010

      14 Weeks-my little lemon

      At this very moment, our baby may be sucking its thumb, peeing (in me...hmm), and making facial expressions.  Wow!

    • Baby's size:  3 1/2 inches from crown to rump, about the size of a lemon, and weighing 1 1/2 ounces

    • My weight gain this month:  4 pounds

    • Clothes:  maternity pants and shirts and stretchy shirts; Brian's t-shirts at night (my favorite)

    • Cravings:  salty food, bread, and fruit.  I also bought some black peppermint tea for the mornings.  It is really good and helps with the morning sickness.  It does have caffeine, but I think it is a safe dose.

    • Aversions:  greasy food.  I skipped the family seafood lunch today for a steamy sub.

    • How I'm feeling:  a little better each week.  I got pretty dehydrated on Thursday, but fixed it with 2 large blue gatorades and a power bar.  I am slowly getting there.  I'm also not as tired this week.  I took fewer naps and actually made Harper a dress during nap time on Friday.  

    • My favorite thing this week:  feeling the baby tickle the left side of my stomach last night.  I also got my hair cut and seriously could have fallen asleep in the chair it was so relaxing.   

    • Harper's Pop came to visit today for a quick trip while he visited her Uncle Jared.  Harper had a blast with him and I'm so thankful that he got to POP in to see her.  She has wonderful grandparents!

      Thursday, October 7, 2010

      Hay Harper!

      We went to Homestead Gardens to run around in the pumpkins and hay.  She had fun, but does NOT like her hands to get dirty.  

      this year, there was no sitting for a picture, unlike...

      last year!  

      Tuesday, October 5, 2010


      This will just be a hodge-podge of things.  I'm watching Glee while I write, so this may be random.  How great is this show!?  I liked it last year, but I think it is even better this time around.  No sophomore slump.

      This weekend I went to a little shop called the Giant Peach and got Harper a really cute dress for Easter.  Yes, I know it is 6 months away.  Trust me, I know how far away April is...ha!  But, they had all of their spring and summer clothes half off, so I scooped up this adorable smocked dress.  I also got her a Big Sister book to start reading, and Brian found her a Redskins ("yuck" from me) pillowcase dress.  I'm going to make her a Halloween pillowcase dress this week.


      This is what Harper thought to do with her new dress.  She ran around like this for a good 10 minutes.  

      She does like her new book, though.  She picked it out for Brian to read tonight.  It is actually a really good book.  Harper is obsessed with babies lately, so I think that's why she likes it so much.  

      I just love fall.  I know I keep saying that, but I really do.  It went from 90 to 60 here in a couple of weeks.  So, Harper and I went out to get her some clothes yesterday and the girl hit the jackpot.  We picked up a couple of cute sweaters, pants, and long-sleeved tops.  I really like her in black and white-no surprise there, Kris-and she was so cute this morning.  Look at that smile!

      I had an OBGYN appointment for blood testing this morning and I had to get a weight check.  Ugh-do they have to do that every time?  I'm definitely gaining.  My mom pointed out to me today that I'm becoming obsessed with food.  She's right.  She's REALLY right.  My recent thoughts have been on the Pioneer Woman's apple sausage dressing recipe, pecan pie muffins, pizza, and a Potbelly meatball sub. So, I'll leave you myself with those to drool over.  

      Monday, October 4, 2010


      I have to have a little post to support my Tennessee Volunteers.  If you haven't heard or seen what happened at the end of the game against LSU on Saturday, youtube it and watch closely.

      We'd recorded the game and watched it a little late due to some Fall festivals going on around here.  While we were watching the game, really expecting UT to lose against #10 LSU, we couldnt' believe our eyes when it was down to 40 seconds in the 4th and we were winning the game for most of the game.  Could we actually BEAT LSU?!!!!  Then, we DID!  We beat LSU.  We were on our feet, mouths open, excited...and then... (I wish I could make that ellipsis in mega bold or something, or give you some 'dum, dum, dum' music) the referee called the teams back to the sidelines.  We'd already celebrated and rushed toward the locker room.  Well, there was a REASON we'd rushed to the locker room-it was because we knew we'd made a boo-boo, as Harper would say.  Oh no. Oh no. Oh no.  Or maybe just two "oh no's" because that's how many extra players we had on the field.

      Anyway, they gave LSU the ball back half the distance to the goal for the penalty and they ran it in for a touchdown with 0 seconds on the clock.  We lost.  We were in shock and a little angry, but it was all fair.  LSU did not lose because we had 2 extra players during that last 5 seconds of the game, so I am counting it as a win.  We played better than LSU and should have won that game.  We messed up.

      But, I am proud of my UT.

      Harper's been so cute lately.  She is starting to talk in sentences, though I have NO clue what she's saying.  But, it is funny to hear how she talks and all of her little intonations.  I found this shopping cart at a consignment shop last week and it has been non-stop shopping for her around the house.  She puts everything into the cart and throws a little fit when her baby won't sit up straight in the cart.  She's not at all like her mamma.