Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

2015 will probably be remembered as the best of times and the worst of times.
Even in the heartache we found things to be thankful for.
This thanksgiving I'm thankful for answered prayers and grace.
I'm thankful for my hardworking husband and my suddenly full of energy all boy toddler.
I'm thankful for our families that have cried with us and celebrated with us.
I'm thankful for a growing business that has been booming lately.
I'm thankful for the sweet group of mom friends that always let me know I'm not alone.
I'm thankful for the sweet daughter growing inside of me,
I'm thankful for Patrick's new job and all the family time we've gotten to catch up on since May.
I try to remember to be thankful everyday but it's nice to take a day to remind ourselves we are blessed beyond belief.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

26 Weeks

How Far Along: 26 weeks
Size of baby: Hothouse cucumber (14in, 2lbs)
Maternity Clothes: All bottoms are maternity.  I've got several tunics and tops that I'm getting away with.
Gender: It's a girl!
Movement: All the time.  
Sleep: I've slept great this week.
What I miss: Having enough energy to make it through the day.  I'm starting to feel very pregnant.
Cravings: None really. Ready for Thanksgiving!
Symptoms:  Feeling large.  I've been saying I don't feel as big this time around but I'm starting to doubt that.  I can't do too much without needing to rest.  I usually decorate the whole house for Christmas in one day, I started last night and it's going to take me a few days to get it all up.
Best Moment this week:  Finally started cleaning out the nursery.  I also went through all of Barrett's clothes and pulled out the few things that will work for AveryAnn.  Hopefully we can really get moving in there now.  We're only two weeks away from the third trimester and I'm feeling the time crunch.  I thought my pregnancy with Barrett went by fast but this time is going so much faster.  I feel like November was a blur.  I go back and forth between "can't wait until she's here" and "I need time to slow down so I can get some things done." 

Monday, November 16, 2015

25 Weeks

How Far Along: 25 weeks
Size of baby: Eggplant (11in, 1.7lbs)
Maternity Clothes: Mostly everything is maternity, I've worn a few dresses that weren't but I have to wear leggings under them.
Gender: It's a girl!  AveryAnn McCarty
Movement: She's been a little lazy this week.  Probably because I've been super busy and on my feet working all week.  I think we were both exhausted. 
Sleep: Barrett has been sleeping so much better this week, so we've all slept better.  
What I miss: Wine. the end, 
Cravings:  None really.
Symptoms: None really this week.  I've been feeling a lot of pressure but only if I stand or walk too much.
Best Moment this week:  Finishing a big order at work.  I finally got some time to make a few things at work for AveryAnn so that was fun.   We went to my sister-in-law's baby shower today and it was so sweet with all the adorable pink things.  We're gearing up for the holidays and I know as soon as the holidays are over we'll be on baby watch and we still have so much to do.

Monday, November 9, 2015

24 Weeks

How Far Along: 24 weeks
Size of baby: Ear of Corn (1.5lbs, 11 inches)
Maternity Clothes: All jeans and pants are maternity.  I've got a couple pair of leggings that I can wear.  Most of my tops are just regular tunics.  I do have a few maternity tops in the mix.
Gender: It's a girl! AveryAnn McCarty
Movement: She's a wiggle worm.  Patrick finally got to feel her this weekend.  We were watching tv and she kept kicking the remote off my belly.  Patrick came over and finally felt her.  I was looking back at my weekly updates with Barrett and it was the same week he felt Barrett too.  Barrett has no desire to feel her.  I think he's in denial.
Sleep: Hasn't been great.  Barrett will sleep okay a few nights and then like crap for a few nights. I'm getting kicked from the inside and the outside most nights. 
What I miss:  Sleep.  Energy.  
Cravings:  None this week.
Symptoms: Just being tired.  I've had heartburn a few nights but it was usually because of what I've eaten.
Best Moment this week: Patrick feeling her kick.  This wasn't really a best moment Barrett and I fell in a parking lot this week and thankfully we're all three fine.  Barrett scraped his back pretty good and I ripped my shirt and tore up my elbow.  I was sore for a few days and my elbow still hurts but it could have been a lot worse. I feel like this pregnancy is going by so fast.  We still have so much to do (as in everything).  I'm afraid we're never going to get it done.

And a comparison.  I feel like my belly is smaller this time than with Barrett.  You can't really tell because I'm bigger all over but I don't think I've gained as much weight this time.

Monday, November 2, 2015

23 Weeks

How Far Along: 23 weeks
Size of baby: Large Mango (1 lb, 11 inches) 
Maternity Clothes: Pants, yes. Tops, some. The pants are just way more comfortable.  I've bought way more maternity pants this time.  I love these black pants I just got.  I think they will come in handy over the holidays because I can dress them up and down.
Gender: Girl!
Movement: She's way more active than I think Barrett was.  I've been able to feel her from the outside a couple of times but the boys still haven't.  
Sleep:  Well the beginning of the week was crap.  Barrett didn't sleep good and was up every hour.  Finally, Wednesday night he slept all night and I felt like a new person.  He slept all night again Thursday night.  He spent the night with my parents Friday and Saturday so I got to sleep all night again.  It's been great to get some sleep.  I desperately needed it.
What I miss:  This is so dumb but I miss being able to bend over to pick up something off the floor with ease.  I don't want to jinx myself but I'm feeling better this pregnancy that I did with Barrett. 
Cravings: Halloween candy! :)
Symptoms: Just feeling large and easily exhausted.
Best Moment this week:  Celebrating Halloween with our friends.  I got some outfits I ordered in and they are adorable.  Sleeping all night. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Alabama Homecoming

Barrett and I have a little tradition that he really is clueless about but will hopefully one day appreciate.  We've been going to Alabama's homecoming game together every year since he was 9 months old.  Yes, I'm aware I'm crazy.  I usually have a team of people helping me and it's really not that big of deal taking a kid to the game.  This year my parents had a wedding to go to and we're going to be able to make the trip to Tuscaloosa to help.  I knew we would hang out at my cousins house but I wasn't sure what the parking situation would be.  I was 5 months pregnant and really nervous about attempting this whole thing by myself.  Then it turned out to be 6:00 kickoff so I knew I'd be driving back late and I started to just bail on the whole idea.  I knew Patrick had no interest in going to Tuscaloosa much less the game but I couldn't let this tradition pass.  So I begged him to go.  I assured him he didn't have to go to the game.  He could hang out at my cousins house and watch it on tv.  I really just needed him there for moral support and getting us to and from the car safely.  He reluctantly agreed so we set off mid-morning in hopes of catching the parade and enjoying all the festivities.
We arrived in plenty of time for the parade.  We unloaded the car and a spot opened on the street right by my cousins house.  We were happy about that.  Barrett and I headed to the parade with the group.  Luckily it was just at the end of their street because he was not excited about it at all.  We watched a few floats and the band but he hated the loud engines and noises so we headed back to the house.  Plus all the big boys stayed back and he knew he was missing out. 

They played football and basketball and he was right in the middle of it all. 

The boys were so sweet to let him play.  They would throw him the ball and let him run before they all collapsed in a laughing heap.  It seriously made my heart melt.  He thought he was big stuff.  These are actually my cousins kids.  Number 42 right there started coming to tailgate around Barrett's age to my house while I was in college.  It makes me feel so old seeing him so big.

Before we knew it, it was time to head to the stadium.  All week we'd been talking about going to the football game.  He was so excited.  I'd ask him what he was going to say at the game and he almost always replied "touchdown Auburn", the response I was looking for was "roll tide" but nice try buddy. 

We got there way to early.  Thankfully my cousin Bullet (not his given name) let us use his lower level seats and he and his son took the upper level seats.  I'm not sure either of us would have made it to the top.  He said "touchdown Auburn" about 3 times before the game started.  He didn't really care for the band that much and he got a little startled when everyone would cheer.  But other than that he did great.  He shook his shaker and eventually said "Roll Tide" a lot. 

He got restless right before halftime.  I hated to leave because we were losing but I knew if we didn't leave soon I was going to end up carrying him back to the house and that was not going to be good so we left at halftime. 
He's so funny because in the moment you can't really tell if he's enjoying it or not but the whole next week he told everyone he saw he went to the football game and showed them the pictures on my phone.  It made all the worry and planning and work worth it.  I hope this is a tradition we can continue for years to come.

I couldn't get the picture of the first year to upload.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Maternity Pictures

While we were at the beach my friend Crystal took a few maternity pictures for me and I couldn't be more excited about them.  I had one request and she went above and beyond what I could have imagined.  I didn't do maternity pictures with Barrett and I knew I wanted a few to remember this time in my life.  

This was about the time some random guy was trying to take a picture of the sunset so I moved out of the way and then he was like no I want you in the picture and I was all that's kind of weird so I just stood there awkwardly.

This was the only thing I told her I wanted.  the rest were just icing on the cake.

This one is my absolute favorite!
I'm huge and don't exactly feel all that attractive but I love these first pictures of me and my girl together.  Huge shout out to my fabulous photographer Crystal and her faithful assistant Brittany (who also served as an on site stylist).