Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Weekend of Birthday Celebrations

WHEW!!  Crazy, busy week!!  I know this is a little delayed, but we had a wonderful weekend!!  Matt and I took the day Friday and drove up to NWA.  We left here mid-morning and stopped for lunch at Marketplace in Conway and just took our time making the drive.  We went to the lumberyard to meet my Mom, Brandi, and the girls and then did a little bit of shopping. 

 (I have to share this sweet little moment that I will never forget.  Brynlee is getting to the age where she is SO EXCITED to see people.  I saw Brandi drive up to Dad's store and walked out to help her with the girls.  Brynlee saw me and had already unbuckled her car seat and started yelling, "KIA, KIA, KIA" - I ran over and picked her up and she wrapped those little arms around my neck, closed her eyes and hugged me so tight, then said "I love you, Kia."  SERIOUSLY!!!!  It's no secret that I cry at the drop of a hat anyways, plus add the fact that I'm pregnant and have been even MORE emotional....  Needless to say, I was wiping tears away as I hugged her so tight!!  Oh how I love those little girls!!!)

We all spent the afternoon shopping at The Baby's Room (great new location if you haven't been) and then headed over to the mall for a snack because this mama was getting hungry. 

Of course we had to go for a ride in the ice cream truck!!

Emma was obsessed with throwing every bit of change Aunt Kia had into the fountain. 


That night our crew met my Dad and Landon at Red Lobster for dinner then headed to the farm to wait on Kyndall and Blake to drive in.  Saturday morning, Mom made a HUGE breakfast and I thoroughly enjoyed some biscuits and gravy. Afterwards, we all cleaned up and headed to Hudson Honea's 1st birthday party!!  I'll let the pictures do the talking, but it was a GREAT time and that sweet baby boy is growing too fast!!

The foyer looked like a photo shoot from a magazine

Sweet Hudson

Kyndall, Blake, Landon and Matt

 The fam enjoying some snacks on the patio

Hudson's new ride :)

Hud and Aunt Ho Ho


Enjoying the cake!!

Cute Kiddos!!

After the party, we decided to make a break for an early dinner.  Our crew of 10 headed to Marketplace.  It was SOO good!!! 

Brynlee LOVES Blake, by the way...he's her new best friend!!

Safe to say the chocolate mess was a BIG HIT!!!

I love Emma's face in this picture!!

Sunday was Kyndall's birthday and after church Mom made a FEAST!!!  We had brisket, cream corn, pretzel salad, a green salad, creamy potatoes, carrot casserole, french bread and chocolate chip cheesecake for dessert.  It was AMAZING!!!!  Can't think of the last time I ate that much!!  We took the girls to Mom and Dad's early so Landon could lead singing at second service. The day was beautiful...we had to get some pictures outside.  Mamaw and Jocelyn came up for b-day dinner as well.

We had a fun time singing 'Happy Birthday' and watching Kyndall open her presents. 

I hooked her up with this adorable red clutch from Mason's.

It was the most perfect weekend and I am so glad everyone was able to spend it together!!  This girl is also very glad that it's Wednesday!!!  This week has been so busy with LOTS going on.  I'm ready for Friday!!!  :))

Monday, March 19, 2012

St Patrick's Day Weekend!!

I really don't know why I titled this blog post 'St. Pattie's Day', because truthfully I completely forgot about the holiday until late Saturday afternoon.  It cracks me up how my ways of celebrating have dramatically changed.  A few years ago, we would have been downtown watching the parade in the afternoon, enjoying drinks on a patio.  I would have bought an ADORABLE green dress to go out in that night and we would've had BIG plans for the evening....  Oh how times change!!!  (I have to say though, I am pretty darn content with where I am ;))

Friday night, Matt and I opted for a date night and enjoyed a quiet dinner at Bonefish Grill.  We ran to Redbox on the way home and picked up two movies as well.  We watched 'Young Adult' and 'What's Your Number?' (both obviously my choice...poor guy!!)

Saturday, we slept until 9:00 and then Matt hung some curtains in our bedroom.  It's amazing how something as small as curtains can add so much to a room.  He then continued to be a handy man and put together the new desk for our guest bedroom.  We had to rid of our ginormous desk because sadly we are running out of room quicker than I expected.  I only hear that it gets worse with all the "baby stuff" one can accrue over time.  We had a late lunch at Alley Oops and spent the rest of the night curled up enjoying some R&R!! 

Sunday, I woke up feeling good.  Every day is day can be nothing but nausea, the next I can be full of energy and feeling great.  So, when I wake up with a good day, I try to take advantage of it.  We had a great morning at church and Bible class, then Matt and I enjoyed brunch at Copeland's.  Afterwards, he went to the gym, while I went to do a little shopping.  All this warm weather has me on a mission for long maxi dresses that I can grow into and sweet dainty dresses that I will be able to wear through the summer.  (for work and for play.)  I found these adorable ones at Anthropologie and had to purchase. 

Old Navy has some really cute ones too...I was going to go by there this afternoon, but had to meet the heat/air man to find out if we have to replace our unit.  BAD NEWS!!!!  Yes, we have to replace the entire A/C unit!!!!  UGH!!!!!!!!  The positive's I am trying to focus on... 1) It will be brand new and more efficient right?!  Therefore it should bring down our electric bill??  2) It will help for when we want to sell our house in a year or two?  I am really trying here people, but I just can't get excited about the chunk of change we're about to spend on this!!!!

Anyways, back to something that makes me happy, some cute and CHEAP maternity dresses....

Love Them!!!

I'll leave you with a pic that Matt took of me yesterday afternoon. 

14 weeks....

I am so excited to have a three day weekend and to spend it in NWA!!!  I really need to love on two sweet little girls...I'm having serious withdrawals!!  It's Kyndall's bday so the whole gang will be in town to celebrate!!!  Whoop Whoop!! 

Happy Monday!!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

What A Week!!!

Well, I was going to start this post with how tired I have been and how this week has been so long and exhausting.  Let me just give you a quick run down....
  • I left for meetings on Monday before the sun came up and spent 3 days in a conference room with no windows
  • Our meetings lasted from 8-6 every day...two words: information overload!!!
  • I got sick in the car on the way to the meeting
  • I came home Wednesday night to a house full of new carpet, but the mess of cleaning up was everywhere and truthfully just overwhelming
  • When I got home, our air conditioner wasn't working - long story short we have a leak in the coil. Can I say a $250 service call PLUS the cost of replacing the coil?  (1K-2K)
I was in the car driving to Hot Springs this morning, saying a prayer and thinking to myself, "WOW!!  This has been a horrible week and I am ready for it to be over."  Then I started to realize that I don't really know what a horrible week even is.  Sure, I am tired and exhausted and we have a huge mess at our house right now plus an air conditioner that needs some repairs, but is that really enough to justify a "horrible week??" 

I then started thinking about all the positive things about this week...
  •  Although they were long days, our meetings were great!!  My presentation went well, we learned a lot, and my sales are moving in the right direction.
  • My entire team made it safely to Branson and then safely back home.
  • We have new carpet!!!!  The nursery is cleared out and we're ready for paint and furniture soon.
  • Our families are doing good and everyone is healthy and well.
  • I got to talk to both of my grandmothers and my grandfather this week!!
  • Sure, I HATE paying 1-2K to fix my air conditioner, but that's what savings is for, right?  I'm thankful to be able to save.
  • It's the weekend!!!!!!

It just amazes me how perspective is everything!!!  Just like I stated in a previous blog, I am counting my blessings all the time and trying not to stress about the little things that life throws our way.  I know there will always be things I can't control.  I continually pray that God helps me to just let those things go!! 

I would be lying if I didn't mention how excited I am for the weekend!!!!  We have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do, and Matt and I are super excited about that!!!  I hope to enjoy the beautiful weather!!


Sunday, March 11, 2012

A ZBB Kind of Weekend

I love a good weekend full of lots of good fun and music!!  Matt and I have been some concert goin' fools lately...but I'll get to that soon! Friday night, I picked up a Papa Murphy's pizza and we stayed in and enjoyed a quiet night. (Yes, we seem to be doing that A LOT lately ;)  Saturday, we slept until 9:30...I know what you're thinking..."we better soak this up for as long as we can, because the days of sleeping in will be LONG GONE in September."   I KNOW!!  We spent the day doing some shopping and enjoying lunch at Panera Bread.  We got Matt some new shoes and I found my favorite AG skinny jeans in maternity size.  We also shopped at Pickles and Ice Cream and I think we have narrowed it down to the nursery furniture we want.  I love the espresso color of this Baby's Dream crib and dressers!  I like the flat panel because it will work for a girl or boy when it converts to a toddler bed/big bed.  It's a part of the legendary collection.  We haven't bought it yet, but it's what we're leaning towards. :))

Saturday night, we headed down to the Capital Bar to have dinner and drinks (not me of course) before going to the Zac Brown Band concert.  Needless to say, they were slammed and our food wasn't very good but the company was great! 

Blake and Kyndall

Charla and Chris

Matt and I have had the pleasure of seeing lots of people in concert, but if you haven't seen the ZBB, you MUST!!! They were amazing and their instrumental talent is some of the best I have ever seen.


Unfortunately, I woke up in the middle of the night last night vomiting like crazy (I told you our food wasn't good).  After finally settling back into bed at 3:00 a.m., I was able to get some rest.  Needless to say between losing an hour of sleep and being up half the night sick, we didn't make it to church this morning. 

We're re-carpeting this week and our house is a mess!!!  Blake and Kyndall came over this afternoon to help us move everything out of the two guest bedrooms and our master closet. 

This would be our queen size guest bed in the middle of our living room....

And this would be our dining room....

You never realize how much "stuff" you have until you really start spring cleaning.  We've gotten rid of a lot of things but this organized girl is ready for everything to be back in it's place.   I leave for a 3 day meeting tomorrow morning and when I get back Wednesday, the new carpet should be in!!  Next weekend will be full of reorganizing!

Well, I'm hungry and ready for dinner and still have to pack for the week.  Better get to it!! Hope everybody had a great weekend!!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Catching Up...

What a fantastic week!!  As many of you know, we were very fortunate to start Monday out with our 12 week ultrasound.  We heard a healthy heartbeat at 142 bmp and decided it was time to share our exciting news with the rest of the world!!  We have been so blessed to receive phone calls, text messages and sweet facebook/blog comments of so many congratulations!!  We have lots of special friends in our life to be thankful for!!  To celebrate, Matt and I made a stop at Coldstone Creamery Monday afternoon. (pretty sure that brought the ole' weight gain up a couple of lbs.) 

Tuesday after work, we had our first girls Bible study at Corie's house.  We are doing the 6-week study by Priscilla Shirer called "He Speaks To Me."  Our first week together was awesome and I am so excited to share in this experience with so many wonderful ladies!! 

Wednesday was a great day at work, followed by an awesome night with our Life Group.  Matt and I stopped by Sushi Cafe' before for a nice dinner.  No, I am not eating raw sushi.  I actually had Lo' Mein and a few bites of rolls without raw fish.  Sushi is probably my favorite thing to eat in the world, so this has been an adjustment. :)  We are wrapping up the last couple of chapters in James in our Bible study, and Matt and I couldn't be more happy to share our Wednesdays with such an awesome group of people. 

I am excited to say that I am making progress on a couple of things we wanted to get done before Baby F arrives.  We have ordered our new carpet and it should be delivered and installed next week!  YAY!!  We also now have a Dyson vacuum (the DC 41 - perfect for Jovie's shedding.)
You can tell I'm getting older when I get excited about new carpeting and a vacuum!!  Next on my list is a BIG camera (the little coolpix I carry in my purse just isn't going to cut it ;) I am loving the Canon EOS mom has one and I'm thinking that's the one to go with!  A video camera is now also on the list...if you have any that you recommend, please let us know!!  :)  It's amazing how many things I am realizing we need BEFORE purchasing anything for this sweet baby! 

We've got a fun weekend planned, so check back later!!

Happy Friday!!!


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Baby Diary: My First Trimester

Today is Saturday, January 7th, and I think that the last time I was this excited was when my amazing husband proposed to me almost 4 years ago.  I just took a pregnancy test and it says POSITIVE!!!!  I can honestly say that I suspected that I was, this past week while in meetings in Dallas.  I was so tired and sleeping almost 8 hours a night, feeling fatigued all day.  I've also been going to the bathroom non-stop.

Matt is at work right now and won't be home until 7:00, but I went today and bought a soft and sweet, white baby gown...put it in a gift box with the positive pregnancy test and wrapped it.  It's sitting on the kitchen counter and I cannot wait for him to open it when he gets home!!

I think I am still in a little shock, thinking that this is too good to be true!!  I will feel much better when I call our doctor on Monday and schedule a blood test and ultrasound for confirmation!!!

Sunday, January 8th -  I have been a roller coaster of emotions today.  My Papaw Garner is in ICU after having a massive heart attack on Friday morning.  As of yesterday, he was stable and we were just waiting to hear what kind of damage had been done to his heart.  Today, he has taken a bad turn and they've had to put him on a ventilator b/c he can't breathe.  He's also on a feeding tube and fighting some kind of infection right now.  We don't know how bad it is yet, but I am sitting on go, ready to jump in the car whenever I get the call.  I have been crying all day.  I know that my hormones are starting to go crazy right now, and that's partially why I'm a basket case.  Of course, we aren't telling anyone about the baby until we're further along, but I can't help but want to whisper in Papaw's ear and let him know that his oldest grand-daughter is expecting!  My prayer tonight is that God's will would be done.  Papaw is 89, an elder in the church and a soldier of Christ who has lived an amazing life.  He knows exactly where he'll spend eternity, and that is with the Lord.  Whether God chooses to take him, or whether he makes an amazing recovery, it will be His will. 

Today, I told Kyndall about the baby.  We were shopping at the mall (totally Garner style) and I was asking her what her vacation plans were for the rest of the year...then told her to mark off the later part of September because she'd be having a niece or nephew.  Her reaction was priceless!  I could tell she was thinking about Landon and Brandi's baby (due in July) and calculating in her head, then suddenly she stops and says OMG!!!!  We gave each other the biggest hug with tears in our eyes!!! 

Matt and I were going to tell my parents next weekend when I went to Rogers, but I broke down and told them tonight.  I've been so emotional and was crying very hard when I heard the news about Papaw beginning to get worse and I just blurted it out!!  Nice, I know!!! I so wish I could have seen their expressions!  However, I think this was good news that they needed to hear after such a long day at the hospital.  We are waiting to tell friends and extended families until we are 12 weeks.  I want to be out of my first trimester. 

Tuesday, January 10th - Well, today we went to the doctor's office so they could take a blood sample to confirm the news.  And, it's true!!  My blood work showed that we are DEFINITELY PREGNANT!!!  My HCG levels were at 214. So according to the range of numbers, I think I am about 4 weeks along.  I called Matt immediately, then told my Mom, Dad and Kyndall.  (The only people that know right now).  I think it's slowly sinking in!!  My plan is to go home this weekend and see Papaw. My mom was so sweet, already talking about how we can go shopping as soon as I get there.  I know I don't need anything right this minute, but it's still exciting to think about.  :)  To celebrate, Matt and I went to dinner at Copeland's tonight!!  I'll go back to the doctor on Thursday for more blood work and to check progesterone levels. 

Bad lighting, but the day we "officially" received the good news!

Wednesday, January 11th -  I have been thinking about all the things that I want to do/buy before we even begin to start on a nursery. My brain doesn't stop!  Here's what I'm thinking... 1) Re carpet our bedrooms  2) Buy a Keurig machine (I don't really drink coffee, but I have a feeling I'm going to start after this bundle of joy gets here)  3) Buy a new, NICE, BIG camera to capture all those unforgettable moments 4) Buy a Dyson vacuum - Matt says why in the world would we buy a $500 vacuum for our housekeeper...I kind of agree, but I just really want one.

I doubt all these things will be done, but a girl can hope right? :)

As of right now, I feel good.  I am going to sleep earlier at night (between 8:30 and 9:30 usually) but still have plenty of energy to get me through a full work day.  I hear this will change very soon...praying that I'm one of the lucky ones who has no nausea!!  :)  On a very happy note, I came home today to these beautiful flowers and the sweetest card from my husband.  He sure knows how to make this girl smile!! :)

Thursday, January 12th - Matt had to work today, so I headed to the doctors office by myself to get the blood work done this morning.  I have been extremely emotional and upset about Papaw G.  I will be in my car driving and just burst into tears.  I really lost it last night and just bawled my eyes out.  I know this is HORRIBLE for the baby.  The fact that he/she can detect the stress I feel is not good.  I really am working on this and have been praying that God would give me the strength I need right now.  I want this baby to be a beautiful, HEALTHY baby and that all depends on me.  As for blood test HCG was 593 (which the nurse said is great!!) and my progesterone levels are greater than 45, which is what they want.  We go back in two weeks for our first ultrasound.  I should be around 7 weeks by then.  So exciting!!

Today was also the first day that I had a wave of exhaustion hit me.  I worked in Hot Springs this morning and then grabbed a salad, came home to eat, and almost fell asleep while eating it.   I layed down for about 45 minutes and was OUT.  Afterwards, I went back into the field to see 3 more doctors and felt a little more energized after moving around.  Once again, I am thankful for the flexibility of my job!!!  If I need to take a nap, I can squeeze one in and still get my work done :)

 Friday, January 13th - Matt and I drove to Rogers today (I ended up taking the day off).  I really just needed to see Papaw.  I have been praying for strength and although it was so difficult to look at him with all those monitors and tubes, I truly felt God's strength and comfort.  It was a very long day but we had a couple of bright moments where we got to share our good news.  Matt and I told my sis-in-law Brandi that we were expecting and she was super excited!!!  It was just the three of us in the truck getting back to the hospital after grabbing some lunch (her parents had the girls this wknd).  I am so very excited because she is due July 13 and I will be due towards the end of September!!!  I also told Mamaw today while sitting in the waiting room of ICU.  I thought she could definitely use a bit of good news and I was right.  She was very excited for us and just hugged me!!  We also told Landon (very quietly) while at Mimi's Cafe on Friday night.  He thought I was kidding and then jumped up to give me a HUGE hug!!!  I just love how excited and supportive they all are!!!

Papaw is not doing well and we feel there will be some difficult decisions to make tomorrow, but tonight while it was just Matt and me with him in ICU, I leaned down and stroked his hair, with tears streaming down my face, and whispered to him that we are going to have a baby.  He is very heavily sedated and I don't know if he heard me, but I felt so at peace with being able to share that "little secret" with such a great man in my life. 

Saturday, January 14th - Today was one of the hardest days of my life...Papaw Garner left this world to go live with the Lord. 

Friday, January 20th -  Oh how this girl is exhausted...emotionally, physically, and mentally.   This past week has been spent celebrating Papaw Garner's life with so many friends and family members.  It was a great week, despite the circumstances, and I think it's safe to say that I am looking forward to a little bit of normalcy after such an unexpected and busy start to the year.  I have continued to feel good...just extremely tired.  I am very excited for our ultrasound in 6 days!!  I'll be 6 weeks on Sunday!!

Monday, January 23rd -  Well, today has been one of those days that I haven't had any abnormal little pains and I'm still not very nauseous.  I immediately called my sis-in-law, Brandi, who is 15 weeks along and asked if this is normal.  She assured me it definitely was.  She said I would have days that I didn't feel pregnant at all.  I hope she is right!  For some reason, I am most worried about weeks 6-9...I have had so many friends that have miscarried around this time.  I know that God is in control and we pray everyday for a beautiful, healthy, baby...but I just can't help and be anxious to get out of my first trimester!!!

Thursday, January 26th - Today was our first ultrasound!!!  WOW!!  All I can say is the miracle of looking at this little being on the screen and seeing it's heartbeat inside of you is like nothing I have ever experienced in my life!!  We have 6 ultrasound pictures on our fridge and I can't quit staring at them!  We have a video of the heartbeat and we can watch the little "dot" on the screen flicker away.  There's something about seeing that heartbeat that makes this all so real!!!!  According to the doctor/ultrasound, the heartbeat was beating 122 bpm (very good) and our little bean is approximately 5 mm in size.  Our official due date is September 17!!  I am pretty proud of myself bc I was exactly right!!  We are almost 7 weeks!!  We couldn't keep it a secret anymore from Matt's parents.  We called and talked to them on speaker today and I think it's safe to say they are SUPER excited!!! We also told Emily and Jack who are thrilled for us as well!! 

 Our prayer is continual, in that God would bless us with a beautiful, healthy baby!! And here he or she is.... 

Proud parents to be!!! :))

Sunday, January 29th - Today we are 7 weeks!!!  Here are a couple of things I am noticing.
  • I am nauseated in the morning when I get up, but as soon as I eat something I feel 100% better.  This happens through most of the day...if I feel a spout of nausea coming on, I eat. 
  • I am going through unsweet decaffeinated tea like it's my job!!  I drink it all the time, at least a pitcher a day.  I can't seem to get enough of it.
  • My go-to in the morning for bkfst has always been PB toast and chocolate milk.  However, I can't really do the chocolate milk anymore and the toast makes me gag.  Chocolate fudge pop-tarts are my new thing!
  • I am trying to stick to healthy little snacks such as fruit snacks, raw carrots, white cheddar cheez-its (probably not that healthy), and string cheese.
  • All my clothes still fit perfectly!!  (as they should, according to all the books I'm reading ;)
OH!!!  I have to say what I think we are having...I think it's a BOY!!  For some reason, everyone that knows thinks it's a boy. The chinese calendar thinks so too!!  I know we've got a while, but I can't wait to find out!!

Sunday, February 5th - Today we are 8 weeks pregnant!!  This week has been good, until today. While getting ready for church, the nausea and fatigue hit me like it never has before.  I have slept for most of the day, but still feel so exhausted. I am really hoping this week shapes up to be a little better than today, because it's a busy one.  On another note, I bought the Boppy Pillow this week because I haven't been sleeping good.  A good friend of mine who just had a baby recommended it.  I am SO use to sleeping on my stomach therefore I am trying to get in the habit of sleeping on my sides, and it's just not very comfortable to me. I will say that the pillow has helped a little bit.

We shared our great news with Nana and Papaw this week!!  Since we got to whisper it to Papaw before he died and we told Mamaw, I really wanted to share it with Nana and Papaw too!  They were "over the moon" for us.  I think everyone is pretty excited that Landon's third and our first will be so close together. 

I've randomly been thinking...I hope I will be one of those gals who doesn't have to buy a lot of maternity clothes and can just buy bigger sizes of what I wear now.  But...just in case, I have been eyeing these adorable maternity jeans at Mason's in bootcut and skinny!!

This weekend, I went and bought a Pandora that I can personalize throughout the next nine months.  I've never really had a reason to get one, but thought this was a neat way to celebrate each milestone as the months go by. So for the month of January, this is the charm that I picked out.

Adorable and perfect for the occasion!!

I will be very happy to be through the next four weeks, as I hear from others, they can be the worst.  I am slowly fading, as the fatigue continues to set in and worsens throughout the day.  We have an appt. tomorrow to meet our OB who will be delivering the baby.  So we'll update then!  As for now, this kid is going to bed.

Monday, February 6 - Well, we are back from meeting our OB, Dr. Eddie Phillips.  With just one interaction, I can tell that we are going to love him!!!  He was very personal and the staff was so friendly and great.  I had all the routine stuff done...Pap Smear, urine sample, 6 vials of blood...yes, I said 6!!!!!  (If any of you know me, there is nothing that I hate more than someone poking me with a needle.  UGH!!!  I was a big girl though and I'm very glad it's over!)  We also had our second ultrasound and saw that beautiful little bean again.  He/she is growing like a weed and was 1.21 cm with a fast fluttering heartbeat.  We will go back in 4 weeks to actually listen to the heartbeat, Matt and I can't wait!!!  Our prayers continue for a beautiful, healthy baby!!

Wednesday, February 8th - The fatigue is definitely setting in.  I came home today at 3:30 and layed down only to JUST NOW get up!!  That's a two and a half hour nap!!  Normally, I would be worried that I wouldn't sleep tonight, but that just doesn't happen anymore.  As soon as my head hits the pillow I am out!! 

A few more people to add to the "we shared the big news with" list.  Today, I had lunch with Kim and then called Amanda and sent a message to Lauren to share our exciting news!!  These are three of my wonderful girlfriends from college who I will always love!!  I was very excited to tell them!!

Saturday, February 11th - Last night, we shared our exciting news with the Honea's!  They are family to us, so of course I couldn't wait much longer to tell them!!  Also, I got a call that all blood tests and other tests came back normal today and so far everything looks good.  We had dinner with Sarah and Clint tonight before the concert and also shared with them our news!  They (just like everyone else) are very excited for us!  I know I said I was waiting until 12 weeks to share the news, but there are just some people in your life who are so important and deserve to know before everyone else.  I have enjoyed sharing our news with all these wonderful people. 

Monday, February 20th - Just a little update on our past weekend in Monroe....  We shared our big news with our sweet nieces and nephews.  (Sam Wyatt is a little too young to get it, but Olivia Kate and Jack Henry were over the moon.)  After they finished arguing over what it was going to be...boy or girl, we had fun thinking of names.  I can't say that Rufus or Rapunzel will be at the top of our list, but they had a lot of fun "helping" us be creative. 

My sis-in-law, Emily, is having a sale on TONS of baby clothes today.  She was so sweet to let me have first pick on everything before she priced it all.  And let me just say, these aren't your regular play clothes...we are talking about smocked dresses, Kissy Kissy pajamas, Zutano, Mini Bowden, Janie and Jack brands, a LOT of nice stuff!!  Of course, we have no idea what the baby is yet, but I grabbed about 20 outfits, 6-12 months (10 for boys, 10 for girls).  Just having those hanging in the guest bedroom closet/soon to be nursery has me SOO excited!!  We are 10 weeks today!!

Oh ya, this past week, we shared our exciting news with our extended family.  My aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

Sunday, February 26th -  Well, today we are 11 weeks!!  This week has been full of sharing our news with a couple more special people.  I told Julianna, one of my best friends in the world, on Thursday.  I have been dying to start telling my friends here in LR, but for now, she's the only one.   :)
Matt and I were in Bossier City this weekend, visiting Clay and Katie and their precious 7-month old, Annah Kate.  We were excited to share our big news with them too.  Katie was so good to take me to a couple of FABULOUS boutiques in Bossier City/Shreveport on Saturday.  Needless to say, when I find out what we are having, another trip to LA will be on the calendar so that I can RAID some of these adorable places!!

Side note: This has been the first week that my pants have started to feel a little snug.  I've been weighing myself on the scale at home and it "says" I haven't gained any weight. I will be anxious to see what the doc says in a week when we go in for our 12 week appt.  But, I want to note for myself that week 11 is when the ole' size 2 pants have become too tight.  Looks like next weekend will be full of some shopping for this growing belly!! 

Sunday, March 3rd - My mom just left after an amazing weekend.  I've already done a post about this, but wanted to write a little more.  My mom has the most giving heart of anyone I know.  She took me shopping this weekend for clothes because mine are obviously becoming a bit tighter.  We actually picked up a pair of maternity shorts (super cute and love them) for when we go to FL.  The other things I bought are mostly just in bigger sizes.  I just feel so blessed to have a mother who loves to help with anything she can.  We had a great time going to Pickles and Ice Cream (an adorable little boutique where I want to get our baby furniture) and looking around.  I am LOVING being able to share this experience of having our first baby with my amazing Mom. 

We are very excited because tomorrow is our 12 week ultrasound!!  We're praying that everything looks good and we're looking forward to sharing our news with the rest of the world this week!! 

Monday, March 5th - Today we had our 12 week ultrasound and we were able to hear the baby's heartbeat.  142 bpm...I'm guessing BOY!! :))  It was so amazing to listen to that swooshing noise and know there is this sweet little being growing inside of me.  We go back April 2 to get another ultrasound done and to do more blood tests.

My blood pressure was 97/67 (yes, it's always a little low) and I have gained 1.5 lbs the first trimester!!  Here is my 12 week picture.

 Although I've only gained a pound, it's crazy how this little munchkin is making my belly expand!


Monday, March 5, 2012

The Big Debut

I am sure that if any of you regularly read my blog, you have noticed that we haven't been as active and busy as usual.  I know, normally we are running here and running there cramming in as much fun as we can.  Well, there's a reason for our recent "low-key" agenda....

Baby Fitzgerald will be arriving in September!!!

YES, my "meeting the girls for drinks" days have ended and the fatigue and tiny bit of nausea have set in.  I can't express how excited we are though about this next step in our lives together.  I actually started a blog post back at the beginning of January when we found out we were pregnant and it's been my journal of our first trimester.  I will post that soon.  It may be kind of boring to some (but I know you will read it, Mom :).

Our due date is September 17, I am 12 weeks.  I would ask that you would please keep us in your prayers as we embark on this new journey!!  We are super excited to finally share our news with the rest of the world and feel so very blessed!!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

An Amazing Weekend

I just woke up from a 2 hour nap (Lord help me sleep tonight) and I've been lying here thinking about our amazing weekend in Little Rock.  My beautiful Mom came in town Friday night for a girls weekend and it's the best weekend I have had in a LONG time.  It worked out perfectly because Matt worked at the hospital Th-Sun, and Blake (Kyndall's boyfriend) was on a bachelor party trip, so it was a lot of quality time for the three of us gals.  :)

Mom got to our house Friday around 7:00.  I decided to order in some pizzas for dinner for a low-key night.  Kyndall and Charla came over and we spent the evening just sitting around and catching up.

Saturday, we slept in and then Mom and I met Kyndall at the 'Red Door' for brunch.  (This is one of our favorite places to eat brunch so I was excited to get to take Mom.)  We just sat around laughing, eating our yummy breakfast, and enjoying the sunshine outside. 

Lola and Barb

After brunch, we spent the entire day shopping!!  We had the best time and all found some goodies.  LOFT, Anthropologie, Dillards, Sunglass Hut, Limited, Warren's, and the list goes on!!  We stopped for an afternoon pick-me-up at Maggie Moo's (love their red velvet cake ice cream), and then continued on shop, shop, shopping!! 

Got some dresses for work

A couple of fun, Spring tops

I also found a new bedspread for our master bedroom @ Dillard's.  It was on sale, regular $400...but I got it for $150!!  WOO HOO!!!  After shopping, we opted for an early dinner at Cantina Laredo (yes, one of our favorites).  It was delicious, as always.  I got something for Matt to go, and then we headed back to our house to change into pj's and watch 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' (Mom hadn't seen it yet).  It was the perfect night!!

This morning, after church and Bible class, the three of us went to Yaya's for brunch.  We took a couple of pictures at the house afterwards.

Anyone who is close to their Mom and has sisters to love as well, knows just how special these times together are.  Going back to my previous blog about blessings, one of the greatest blessings I have ever been given is my family.  I cherish every minute we get to spend together and I can't wait for our next girls weekend!