Sunday, December 21, 2008

2 Months Old!



I can't believe it. Brady turned 2 months old yesterday. He's already laughing and smiling all the time and is starting to become interested in toys. Of course he can't really play with them yet, but he loves to stare at them when you hold them in front of his face. Justin & Britni got him an adorable puppy dog toy thingy that plays music when you pull a cord and he always giggles at. It's so cute. 


What's that, do I smell a rat? Why yes, we DID smell a rat. Feast your eyes on this madman. Rob found him hiding under one of our garbage cans. Thankfully he had already decided to pass on to the underworld so Rob didn't have to do the dirty work. A few days ago Rob came in the house and told me he thought we had a mouse/rat problem and was going to the store to buy something to kill it. He had found critter poop in our garage and was determined to find the source. The day before this I had noticed an unpleasant stench in the garage, but Rob tried to blame me for it and said that I didn't rinse out a milk jug that was in the recycling bin....I ALWAYS rinse out the milk jugs. Anyway, when he got home from the store he was cleaning out the garage and moved one of the garbage cans and was greeted by this lovely creature.

We're not sure if it really is a rat or just a large field mouse. I kind think it's a giant mouse given the fuzziness of its fur (don't you just want to cuddle up next to it?), but it's long tail is awfully rat-like. I'm probably the only wife in America that ran out into the garage holding her 2month old baby with childlike excitement ready to see the goods when Rob announced to me that he found him, and then I felt a little sad for him. It probably had something to do with the 3 pet mice I had as a child. Yes, they were in a cage (when they hadn't escaped). Unfortunately my mother committed homicide when she "accidently" left their cage in the garage (because they smelled so bad) and forgot to bring them back in during the frigid cold winter. Lets just say they became 3 very stiff mice. 

By the way, Britni, I know you probably just puked a little in your mouth while reading this!



Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Message From Frank


Hello, mom's friends. My name is Frank and I don't get a lot of attention anymore. A new person has come to live at my house and I've been getting ignored and yelled at a lot lately. Mom and Dad always apologize, but my feelings still get hurt. I thought I would take the opportunity to steal the limelight for a moment to make myself feel better. 

My buddy Jackson invited me to list 6 random facts about myself. I understand Jackson gets in trouble a lot also. His mommy is Britni, who is also one of my mom's friends. 

First here are the rules:

1. Link to the person that tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog. 
3. Share 6 non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
4. Tag 6 random people by linking to their blog at the end of this post.
5. Let each random person know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. 

Here goes:

1. I know English, seriously. Don't ever ask me if I "wanna go" anywhere or mention anything about food, dinner, treat, snack, etc. unless you're serious. In fact don't even tell me YOU'RE gonna go" somewhere unless you plan on taking me with you.

2. I can also read body language. When mom is going to take me to the park, I know exactly where we are going as soon as she starts to get dressed, even without her saying a word to me. Sometimes she is cruel and goes to the gym instead, allowing me to get excited for no reason. I'll cry at the door when she leaves because I think she went to the park without me. 

3. I have to get my butt squeezed about once a month. It's really pretty gross, but kinda fun to talk about. A couple of times mom and dad didn't take me soon enough and I left them presents on the couch and their bed. Fun times!

4. Mom and dad like to torture me by dressing me up in silly costumes, make me sit still, and then point, laugh and take pictures of me. It's no wonder I don't have a girlfriend....or maybe it's because they had my balls chopped off?

5. I've got mom and dad wrapped around my paw. They let me sleep with them every night even though mom really doesn't want me in bed with her anymore, but I know she'll feel guilty if she kicks me out. And since she stopped giving me enough love when my baby brother came home from the hospital I know she'll never take away my bed privileges. 

6. I love to eat mom's underware. It's my dirty little secret. But I'll only eat them when they're dirty. I don't care about dad's undies or mom's clean undies. I also love socks and dirty burp cloths, but nothing beats a nice pair of undies. Mom has had to buy an entire new underware wardrobe since I came into her life. And then I make her go out back and pick up piles of poo with colorful pieces of cotton in it. 


Since I'm a lonely and unloved dog, I don't have many friends. So I will only tag my buddy Zippy at the Wonderful World of Wessel. I would tag my best friend and cousin George, but his mommy doesn't have a blog...maybe she should start one? 

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Loves of My Life...


My hot husband and my adorable child. 

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Where to Start

I know it has been forever since my last post. It is so hard to find the time to log on here and write. Even when I do have the time all I want to do is sleep! Well, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My sister, Devin, flew down to spend a few days with us and it was so nice to have her here. She helped me so much...she even got up in the middle of the night to do one of Brady's feedings! Brady was so well behaved while she was here too. But as soon as she left all hell broke lose again and he turned into a monster for a few days. So far today has been great, but this little booger is so unpredictable, you never know when he's going to turn! While Devin was here we took him to Portrait Innovations and had Christmas and his 1 month pictures taken. They turned out well, for what we paid. But next time, I'd really like to hire a professional photographer to take some more creative pics. 



Brady with Aunt Devin



Brady's 1st time going to church

Yesterday, we went and got our Christmas tree. I am so excited because we decided to get a live tree this year instead of putting up our fake one. Our house smells so good right now because of it. I'm hoping I can talk Rob into getting another one next year. It shouldn't be too hard, he seems to really like the live one. Anyway we just got done decorating it while Brady napped in his swing next to the tree. We're going to go run some errands when he wakes up. 

For those of you wondering, my sister's baby, Macy, had her CT scan and they believe everything is fine. She had a little extra fluid, but they don't think it is any big deal since she is hitting all her milestone like she should be. They just want to continue monitoring her head growth monthly until everything evens out. And thankfully the health scare with my brother-in-law turned out to be nothing. He's had some issues with kidney stones in his past and during this last episode the doctors did an MRI. When they sent him the results they said they suspected he had colon cancer. This of course upset everyone, but as it turns out, they sent him someone elses paperwork! After everything got straightened out, it turns out he is fine. 

Now, I was saving the best news for last....

Most of you already know that we've been wanting and trying to move home to Cincinnati for a while now. Rob's boss came into his pharmacy on Friday and told him that since they have a couple extra pharmacists in the region that he could leave (and get out of his contract early with no problems) any time he wanted! He said he could leave tomorrow if he liked. So the only thing keeping us down here now is needing to sell our house! I *almost* wish it wasn't Christmas time so we could put our house on the market this week. But since no one really buys homes over the holidays we're still going to wait and list it the 1st week of January. We do have a realtor coming over on Wednesday though to take a look around and talk numbers! Wish us luck! Hopefully we'll be moving sooner than we thought! 


Brady with a boob pad on his head!




Sunday, November 23, 2008

Today was a Good Day!

Hello! I can't believe I actually have the time & energy to post something! This is Brady & I at the moment. He LOVES his Beco Butterfly carrier. And I love anything that gets him to stop crying! Today was a very good day, but this past week has been horrible. Brady has been so fussy and we know it is because he is so gassy. He can fart louder than a full grown man! It breaks my heart to know that he is in pain and nothing we do seems to help. We have tried simethicone gas drops and Gripe Water, both of which have only offered small relief. I've also stopped (for the most part) eating dairy products to see if that helps. I think Rob was relieved to return to work today after listening to Brady's screaming all weekend. I also think he has a new appreciation for what I've been going through on a daily basis. 

Like I said though, today was a very good day. Brady still had plenty of gas, but we managed to ward off the screaming/crying fits. I also got an unbelievable 7.5 hours of sleep last night...I feel like a new woman! I finally started pumping and I had Rob take over one of Brady's middle of the night feedings. Whew, what a relief! However, I am a nice wife and told him I wouldn't make him do it on nights when he has to be at work early in the morning.

This picture was taken last weekend, but I thought it was adorable so I had to post it. I also added a few more pics to the Picasa album.

Brady is also 5 weeks old today! I can't believe how fast time has gone by. Although much of this past month is a blur in my sleep deprived memory!

Please keep my niece Macy in your prayers. We (and her doctor) think everything is going to be ok, but she is having a CT Scan on Wednesday because her head is measuring a little larger than normal so they need to make sure she doesn't have water on her brain. Please also pray for Macy's parents (my sister & BIL). Mike (my BIL) is having some health problems of his own which I won't elaborate on since nothing has been confirmed yet and we need to keep positive thoughts. But your prayers would definitely be appreciated. Take Care!

Love, 
Rob, Audrey & Brady

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Quick Update


Hi everyone, I just wanted to post an update since I haven't posted anything all week. First of all, can you believe Brady will already be 4 weeks old on Monday? Where has the time gone? I'm not sure if we should say he is one month old on that day or on November 20th (Thursday). What do you think? Leave it to me to be stressed over something simple like this! 

Guess who finally has a belly button?! Brady finally decided to give it up last Monday on his 3 week b-day. It's a good thing too, Rob & I were starting to think he was going to try to take it to college with him. 

We are all doing well here. I think I'm finally getting adjusted to not getting any sleep. It's amazing how well I can function on just a few hours a night! We are going to try to start letting Brady sleep in his own room/crib this week. We bought the "baby crack machine" which really works...knocks him out in a few minutes. So hopefully this will help with the transition. Although I think I'm more worried about it than he is!

I'm finally in the process of sending out his birth announcements...still collecting a few addresses. I was going to have fancy custom made ones printed up, but after realizing how overwhelmed I was with all the choices (and not having time to sit down and decide what I wanted) I decided to just go with ones from Shutterfly. They turned out pretty well though. Surprisingly they actually cost more than the fancy designer ones I was originally going to have made! But at least it only took me about a 30 min to pick one out and order it.

We also added a few more pics to the Picasa album, so check them out if you haven't recently (link on side bar).

Love, 
Rob, Audrey & Brady

Sunday, November 9, 2008

War Eagle!

Brady showed off his team spirit yesterday. Luckily the Tigers won their game. This is the t-shirt I bought for Rob's father's day gift this year. I thought Brady could wear it during the Alabama/Auburn game, but since our baby is a beefcake I wasn't sure if it would fit him by then. Justin's (Britni's husband & Rob's best friend) family sent us a really cute Auburn Christmas t-shirt that I can't wait to put on him also. Thank you to the Bradford family (not sure if you ever drift over here from Britnit's blog or not)!

Thank you also to Britni & Justin for all the adorable baby gifts we've received from them. Brady has already been getting a lot of use out of the clothes & burp cloths! They were also nice enough to stop by our house & take care of Frank while we were still in the hospital...Thank you! 

Brady has been staying awake longer in the past few days. I love it when he is wide awake and especially when he smiles. Although I must admit sometimes I'm not sure what to do with him when he is awake. I feel bad if I let him sit in his bouncer or swing. I feel like I need to be entertaining him every minute. I usually read or sing to him (he's well on his way to mastering his ABC's) or we do tummy time. We've only been able to go on one walk so far, but hopefully that will change this week and we can get out some more. Take care!

Love,
Rob, Audrey & Brady

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Our Little Piglet...


Brady had his 2 week appointment today. He's already up to 10 lbs 2 oz! Apparently mamma makes some very nourishing breastmilk! He's also grown an inch...up to 22 in. Everything is looking good! I am finally starting to feel (somewhat) like myself again...minus enough sleep. He likes to eat about every 2-2.5 hours, and usually for about 45 min at a time. That doesn't leave much free time for me to rest! I feel like breastfeeding is finally going really well. Today is the first day Brady didn't throw any tantrums at meal time and all of our feedings were very easy. I actually found myself truly starting to enjoy the bonding time, instead of being stressed out by his fussiness.

I wanted to say Thank You to my wonderful mother who came to stay with us for nearly 2 weeks and help while we got adjusted to life at home with a newborn. It was great to have you here mom! She cooked and cleaned for us and watched the little one so we could get some sleep! We miss having you here!

Also, Rob created a Picasa Web Album where we will be uploading new pics on a more regular basis (it takes way too long to upload them all to the blog). Here is the link...check back often!




Love, 
Rob, Audrey, & Brady

Friday, October 31, 2008

Brady Louis Campbell

Here he is! I know it took me a very long time to get this posted, but you wouldn't believe how unbelievable busy he has been keeping us! 

Brady was born on Monday, October 20th at 7:27 am. Here's the condensed version of his birth story......My water broke around 7pm Sunday night. Contractions started around 11 pm - they were very strong and close together from the start. Rob woke up to all my "birthing noises" around 2am. We called our doula and she came over around 4am. I was begging and insisting that I no longer wanted a natural childbirth and needed to get to the hospital to get an epidural. She checked me and I was 4-5 cm. We left for the hospital at 5am. By the time we arrived, got checked in, & my midwife checked me again it was around 6:30 and I was already 8-9 cm. I was screaming for the epidural and the anesthesiologist was actually walking through the door. But my midwife, doula, and Rob kept distracting me and put me in the shower and sent him away instead! My doula had me kneeling in the shower and told me to do some "mini pushes" to help push the last bit of my cervix away. All of a sudden my body just started pushing on it's own. It was crazy...I didn't want to push because each time I did it hurt sooo bad, but I couldn't stop myself from doing it. I got back on the bed around 7am and they put the "birthing bar" on the bed for me to use. I pushed for about 25 min and Brady was born at 7:27.

We don't actually know how much he weighed at birth because something was wrong with the scale in the room. When they first weighed him he was 7lbs 8oz. However, the following day he weighed 8lbs 6.4 oz. Since babies almost always lose weight after birth for him to gain over 14oz is impossible. The doctors at the hospital are guessing he was probably closer to 9lbs at birth. He was 21 inches long.

I did have a 2nd degree tear, however, recovery has been much easier than I expected. I've already lost 27 out of the 38 lbs I gained! Breastfeeding is going very well...although I did have a mini meltdown the second day home from the hospital because I couldn't get him to latch on properly. Things have drastically improved though and Brady is well on his way to mastering the boob! Here are some pictures...



Hospital Pic
Showing off his strawberry blonde hair
1st Tummy Time
Chillin' in his bouncer
1st Bath @ home
Trying out his swing
Getting cozy w/grandma & Frank


On Wednesday Brady took his 1st outing. My bible study class at church was having it's final meeting and everyone wanted to see him so we took him by. Afterwards we stopped by the pumpkin patch to snap some pics. Unfortunately the patch was closed "due to a bad shipment of pumpkins" so we didn't get to take many pics. But we had fun anyways!



Sunday, October 19, 2008

My Water Broke!

Woot woot! My water broke this evening around 7pm, but I'm not yet having regular painful contractions. I called my doula and she said to go about my normal routine and try to get some sleep tonight and then to call her back when I can't ignore the contractions any longer and she will come over. So that's what I've been doing....cleaning and getting things ready. I actually just got done mopping the bathroom floor! Hopefully things will pick up and I'll be holding my baby boy by this time tomorrow night! I will post again as soon as I can (not sure if the hospital has wireless internet or not). PLEASE PRAY FOR ME!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

It's My Due Date!

Where is this child they keep telling me I'm going to have???

Monday, October 13, 2008

Don't Give Up on Me...

First of all I want to apologize for my lack of posts lately. I've just been too exhausted to think of anything to say. Some of you probably got excited and thought I had the babe, ahh, wouldn't that have been nice! Unfortunately he's sitting tight. Tomorrow is supposed to be a full moon - maybe then? 

Anyway, I don't have a whole lot to blog about right now. I've been nesting and cleaning like crazy the past few days. Everything is ready. The ladies in my Wednesday morning class at church threw me a baby shower a couple weeks ago. I was definitely taken back by their generosity. I just met these women a month earlier and here they all were buying me gifts and wanting to celebrate with me. Rob couldn't believe how generous they were either. When I brought home all the gifts, he kept saying "I can't believe people you barely know bought you all this stuff!"

Rob & I went to the hospital this Sunday after church to look around so we would know where we were supposed to go when we got there. This really sweet nurse named Rachel showed us around. I told her I wanted her when I came in, but unfortunately the only day of the week she works is Sunday....and hopefully he'll make his appearance before next Sunday! Rob and I also went to see "Fireproof" last week and, oh my, I am so glad we did. Britni recommended it, but I was nervous as to how Rob would react considering how much they talk about God in the movie. But he really liked it, and I have to say he has been so incredibly sweet to me ever since we went to see it - not that he wasn't already sweet to me, but he's definitely acting differently. Last night we were laying on the couch and I was pretending to be asleep as he was talking on the phone to his brother and I heard him mention it to him. Now, of course his brother is "too cool" for stuff like that and must have made fun of Rob for seeing a "Christian" movie, but Rob seemed to shrug it off and said something about it still being a good movie. Have I mentioned lately how much I love him?

That's about all that has been going on in our lives lately. I wish we had more exciting news, but hopefully that will change soon. I hate asking people to pray for me because I always feel selfish doing so, but please keep us in your prayers - #1 one that I go into labor SOON and #2 that I will have a fast, safe, & easy delivery so we can finally meet this little boy!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tour de Nursery 2008

Well I've finally completed the nursery and am getting so excited about getting the actual baby to go in the nursery! I thought I would take you on a little tour since it is finally complete AND clean...which I'm sure it won't stay that way for long once the little one arrives. First of all here's a recent picture of the belly. This was taken on Monday at 36 weeks & 2 days. Is it possible to get any bigger? 



First up, here is what you see when you first walk in the door. The crib is to the left and the changing table/dresser on the wall to the right. The picture frames above the chair are filled with cute scrapbook paper for now, but once we have some pictures I will add them and the scrapbook paper will be used as the mat. You can also see the two adorable crosses behind the chair. The one on the bottom I bought soon after I found out I was pregnant. The verse on it reads, "He has called you by name, you are his"  - Isaiah 43:1. And the one on top was a gift from my momma, it reads, "Children are a gift from God" - Psalm 127:3. They go with the room perfectly. 

Here they are up close.
And here is Frank waiting for baby brother to come home. 
Here is the crib wall. It is kind of basic, but I wasn't sure what to hang above the crib without it overpowering everything else in the room. I found this simple barn star at TJ Max for $5.99 and repainted it (it was originally red) using leftover wall paint. You can't see it in this picture, but I painted a few layers alternating between blue & brown and using a paper towel to "wipe" some of the fresh coat off, giving it more of a distressed look. 

And here is an up close shot of the bumper ties I made, since the original ones that came with the bumper wouldn't fit around the rails properly. These things gave me more grief than the crib skirt did!

Here is the changing table/dresser. Don't get excited the "C" sitting up there is for our last name. I have made his other initials but took them down for the picture so there would be no guessing going on! I can't wait to show them off though. I stole Jessica's idea of decoupaging scrapbook paper on wooden letters that you buy at the craft store and they turned out really good. First I painted the edges of the letters a dark brown, then I mod-podged them to the back of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper and used an x-acto knife to cut them out. After they were good & dry I took a heavy duty nail file and filed around the edges of the paper to give it a more "vintage" appearance. Lastly, I globbed some more mod-podge over the entire letter to seal the paper on really well. 

For the "C" since it is special and will sit in the middle of the other two initials after I finished with the above steps I used my handy hot glue gun and covered it in really funky/colorful buttons. It turned out really well. Unfortunately you can't see it very well in this picture. I would go take an up close shot, but I really don't feel like it right now...you're just going to have to suffer through until I reveal the other two initials!

You can also see some of our stash of cloth diapers sitting on the 1st shelf...the rest are hidden in the top drawer. Since we're using cloth we didn't need a traditional diaper pail, so I just bought a Simple Human garbage can from Bed Bath & Beyond with a WAHMIES waterproof pail liner. 

This is the adorable Pinocchio print that my grandmother found at a flea market and gave to me since she knew I was originally wanting to do a vintage theme in the room. 

Some of you may remember Lulu from a previous post. Here she is in all her glory sitting to the right of the changer/dresser. She greets you as soon as you walk in the door. 

And above her hangs the guest book from my shower in August. I can't wait to finally have a picture of the boy to put in it!

In other news....I had another appointment with my midwife yesterday. And we had our final ultrasound. I am happy (and relieved) to report that Baby C is head down and it was quite obvious (cough cough) that he really is a boy. Let's just say he is very well endowed. The ultrasound also measured him to be about 6 lbs 12 oz. I've been having lots of contractions lately, but nothing regular or timeable yet. I hope I start making more progress though because I don't want him growing too much larger!

Rob has been having some tooth troubles lately. He went to the dentist last week and one of his old fillings had cracked (a while ago) and some icky stuff started happening to the tooth. The dentist thought he might need a root canal but wasn't sure. He definitely would need a crown though. So the dentist sawed his tooth down to a nub and put a temporary crown on it until he returned in about 2 weeks to get the permanent one. But Tuesday morning he woke up in excruciating pain and called the dentist. They sent him to see the root canal specialist this morning and lucky Rob was blessed to spend 2 hours in the chair having a root canal. Now, I've never had one before, so I'm not quite sure of the process, but apparently he has to back next week so they can finish it and then he still has to back to our regular dentist to have some other smaller cavities fixed. The total cost of this grand adventure...$1300 - after the insurance pays their part. Maybe he'll listen to me next time I tell him to brush his teeth!





Monday, September 22, 2008

Pregnancy Brain

I swore I had a dentist appointment this afternoon. I planned my whole day around it. I even double checked the calendar as I was walking out the door. So arrived at the office, signed in, and began reading a magazine in the waiting room. Normally our dentist is always on time, so around 10 after I began wondering what was taking so long. At quarter after the receptionist finally calls me up to the window and explains to me that my appoint isn't until NEXT Monday. Meanwhile all the other patients are staring at me (probably trying to control their laughter). I was so embarrassed. When I got home I checked the calendar again and sure enough my appointment is for Monday the 29th...NOT TODAY!

This baby needs to come soon...he's making me lose my mind!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

That Lonely Feeling...

My parents left to go home this morning. We had a great time visiting with them. Frank LOVED having his cousin George here. During their visit we ate waaay too much food and my mom & I did some shopping and she also helped me weed and spruce up our flower bed, which has been in desperate need of some TLC. I wish we could have done more, but I have been so tired lately.

This is what I found last night when I walked into the office.....Frankie is going to miss them terribly!
Frank is always depressed when company leaves, so today I took him to the park as they were leaving to get him excited. He had a great time, but the depression has set in and he has done nothing but sleep all day today. I have to admit that I always get a little depressed when they leave as well. It's hard to go from a noisy house full of people you love to being all alone. It won't be long till they will be coming back though. I'm 35.5 weeks today, so hopefully the wee one will make his appearance sometime within the next month and we will have more visitors. It really freaks me out though to think about how little time we have left before the baby comes and our lives change forever.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thankful Thursday (and other randomness)

Well, my pregnancy brain has officially gotten to me. Looking back at my previous posts I realized that I completely forgot to post a "Thankful Thursday" last week. Shame on me. I'll try to make up for it in this post. Here are some things I'm thankful for:

-my mom & dad are driving down for one last pre-baby visit this weekend.

-2 new (OK, the first that I've ever signed up for) classes that I am taking at church. The first class is a Bible study using the first book below and the second class is taught using the other. I'm really excited because Britni & I are taking the 2nd class together. She has written a really good post about the book on her blog...however, it is password protected. But send her an email (or comment on her "fake" blog) and she will give you the password...trust me, she loves new visitors! 
Loving God with All Your Mind    Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God's Spirit Invades the Heart of His People

OK, back to my list....

-Rob, my great hubby, who has been trying really hard lately (or at least offering) to help me get things done around the house and getting final things done for the baby. 

-Finding my midwife and doula who have given me back my confidence in trying to have a natural childbirth. 

-Finally getting our one remaining guest room (kinda) put back in order. (This is after we had to condense 2 guest rooms into one, to make room for the baby's nursery).



Now, back to my awful pregnancy brain. Three nights ago I was making spaghetti for dinner. I put the noodles on to boil and went about my business. When the noodles were finished I drained them and put them in a bowl, then turned to get the sauce. I stood there for a minute a little confused and finally said "where's my sauce?" Apparently I thought it was going to cook itself. I had completely forgotten about it! Luckily I'm no gourmet chef and prefer Prego out of a jar. And since I'm too lazy to make "real" meatballs I always just brown up some ground beef and add it into the sauce....which I had already cooked earlier in the day. So I just had to take out the beef, mix it in with a jar of Prego and pop it in the microwave for a few minutes. Dinner was saved! Unfortunately I also forgot to make garlic bread, which there was no time for at that point. Rob's least favorite meal got moved even farther down on the list (if that's possible). 

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Destin Trip & Hurricane Gustav

We're back! We had a great time on our short trip to Destin with Justin & Britni and Austin & Melissa. Unfortunately our trip was cut even shorter because inept meteorologists scared us into thinking Gustav was going to be worse than Katrina, so we left a day early to ensure we could rescue Frank from the kennel. You can see the WILD video of our poor Bradford Pear tree, taken during the height of the storm towards the bottom of this post. First of all, though, here are some pics from our vacation....

The outside of the beautiful house Melissa picked out for us

Our own private pool

The beautiful entry and staircase leading to the 2nd & 3rd floors

Family Room and Entry

Rob & I

Britni & I

Saturday night we went to Baytown Wharf to eat and watch some football. We ate at Poppy's (home of the $6 bottle of water) and then went to a sports bar to watch the game.

Me, Britni, & Melissa

Melissa & Austin

Rob & I


Here's that crazy video of our little tree...I'm REALLY surprised she made it through such a treacherous storm (sarcasm!)

video

Even though the storm was wild, Frank was still terrified...he's such a wiener!

video

I was talking to Britni tonight and she wants me to sign up for a yoga class at our church. I'm really excited, I've never done yoga before, so I'm a little scared, but I think it will be really fun. Of course I can barely bend over to put my pants on or tie my shoes right now...so watching me will be very humorous for everyone in the class till the little one arrives. But I'm hoping it will be a nice addition to my post-pregnancy workout routine....part of my get my body back as soon as possible plan!





Friday, August 29, 2008

I'm Dreaming of Skinny Clothes!

Why is it that in the beginning of my pregnancy I was so excited to get a "bump" so that when I wore my newly bought maternity clothes I would actually look like a cute pregnant lady rather than a fatty wearing too big clothes....and now that I'm nearly 33 weeks (tomorrow) I desperately can't wait to shove these ugly, high waisted, no shape pieces of cloth into a closet and not have to look at them again for a few more years? For the last 3 nights I've spent my time searching the internet for post-pregnancy clothes. Why, oh why, do I do this to myself?

INC International Concepts® Ribbed Cowl-Neck Top & Stretch Wide-Leg JeansINC International Concepts® Three-Quarter Sleeve Shirt with Attached Vest & Wide-Leg Stretch JeansINC International Concepts® Pleated Empire-Waist Trench Coat & Skinny Five-Pocket Ankle JeansINC International Concepts® Belted Short-Sleeved Knit Jacket, Puff-Sleeve Scoopneck Tee & Printed Pleated Skirt
INC International Concepts® Sleeveless Printed Ruffled Blouse & High-Waisted Wide-Leg PantsTOMMY HILFIGER Ruched Henley TopINC International Concepts® Printed Belted Trench CoatINC International Concepts® Ruffled Puff-Sleeve Blouse & Narrow Boot-Cut Sailor Pants

So, do you think it would be realistic if I completely stopped eating after this child comes out of me to lose, say, 45 pounds in a week? Where, oh where, did that cute size 2 body that I had when I was 19 go? Now, I not only need to lose the 25 pounds that I've put on since being pregnant, but an additional 20 would make me the happiest girl in the world! *Pouting* I just want my waistline back and to be able to bend over and put my shoes on again!

Of course those delicious chocolate chip cookies I made yesterday aren't going to help any!