Friday, April 29, 2011


Because nothing says klassy better than a self portrait in the student bathroom at school.

Here we are at almost 33 weeks.

I went to the OB yesterday for an ultrasound. Boyfriend is weighing in at an estimated 4 lb 8 oz. We are C sectioning at least one week prior. Also, I am getting a doctor's note to miss the last week or so of school. Thank God.

Cause y'all? I am DONE. My poor feet hurt so bad at the end of the day, I can barely bathe Emma and do the other things that need doin.  I will come back for the last day party and such, but I need some time to relax. A modified bed rest, if you will.

The doctor also said for me to watch my processed sugars. Apparently I've gained a tad too much weight. That was sarcastic font.

Also, I need to get some tennis shoes and wear knee socks (sarcastic font again) to help with the foot pain/swelling. Yeah, I have about 3 things that fit me. One is a skirt, one a dress, and a pair of jean capris. So, you can imagine how HOT the tennies/knee socks will look with any of those ensembles. I guess I'll have to rock my stretchy black pants a while longer. With tennis shoes and knee socks.


Anyway, we are moving along and looking at about 35-40 days until HME is here. :)

On a more serious note, I love Twitter immensely. I was getting constant updates on the storm sitch yesterday. All of my family lives in Birmingham and brother's family is in Tuscaloosa, and with those wackadoo tornadoes yesterday, I was really scared. They have some film footage on all the storms. It was awful. So far, about 180 people were killed in Alabama alone. I am so thankful that my parents, sissy, brother, niece, and John's family are all okay. The tornadoes all went off to the East coast and didn't hit us in Atl.  I am really thinking of all those affected and hope they are somewhat okay. This has been a crazy tornado season in the Southeast!

How are you all doing? What's going on with you?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


 Condiments rock.

I love chips.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Book Reviews

Here are a few books that I have read and enjoyed lately on the Kindle:

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

This is a book about the French roundup of Jews during the war. I had never heard of this roundup by French police taking Jews to concentration camps (supposedly on orders of the German police). The roundup was called the Vel' d'Hiv.

This book was fasciniating. It was told in two perspectives-the Jewish child and the modern day journalist. I would highly recommend this book if you are interested in historical fiction. I went ahead and bought another book by her that is also historical fiction.

Obvi, this one is self explanatory. I jumped on the bandwagon late and loved it. I will go to the movie (most likely alone-fine by me) to see this before HME is born.

In case you live under a rock, this book explores circus life in the past (1940's) from the point of view of an elderly man. It is sad because he is so aged, but also because of the treatment of the precious animals.

It's not depressing, but it is sad. I couldn't put this book down. Can't wait to see Sexy Pattinson as the lead role of the movie.

This book was incredible. I picked it up at the wholesale club (hardcover for 11$, what what!) and it is similar to The Hunger Games. A society is "controlled" and manipulated and the people of the society are "matched" to their mates for life. It has a lot of conspiracy and good twists. This book is a set of a trilogy, but the next one doesn't come out until November (I think.) Very nice, new young adult series.

What are you reading right now?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Emma's First Braves Game!

On Sunday, we took Emma to her first Atlanta Braves game!

Jason gets tickets from work occasionally, and on a weekend, this is a guaranteed winner! We live about 40 minutes from Turner Field, so it's too hard to go to week night games.

Jason got Emma a Braves shirt (with matching boxers, thanks Walmart) and we got all ready to go! The game started at 1:30, and it was hot!

Girlfriend wanted to walk everywhere-not happening in a crowd of 30,000! Once we got to our seats, about 10 rows up from the field, Emma got her own seat, some fries and a snowcone, and started to party!

She was a little confused when people yelled, "Charge!" or other things.

One of the Mets players hit a ball that fell one bleacher row in front of us! Y'all should've seen me guarding Emma's dome-momma don't play!

We had a great time and can't wait to go back!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

For the love of my AmEx...........

Daybed for the playroom purchased.
Try to ignore the heinous plaid bedding.

I got this from Hayneedle (owner of the Foundary) for an outstanding price.
Now, I just have to find some gender neutral, playroom appropriate bedding.
I have learned that there is such a thing as 'Daybed Bedding.' Say what?
I thought you would buy some twin business and slap it on there.
I see a trip to JC Penney's in my future to scope out something cute.

Rug for Emma's new room purchased from Pottery Barn Kids!
LOVE IT! Good size (3x5) and great price, plus I hooked up a PBK gift card
from one of my kids, so that was nice.

Basically, my AmEx (and husband) are begging me to slow down!
Now, I just need to head to Etsy to order some Big Sister shirts.............

Friday, April 22, 2011

Prayer & a Goodie!

Copying Following in the footsteps of Mrs. Preppy today, I had to steal borrow this hilarious prayer she posted on today's blog.


"A Mother's Prayer for Her Child" by Tina Fey

“First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.

May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the Beauty.

When the Crystal Meth is offered, may she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half and stick with Beer.

Guide her, protect her when crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock ‘N Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.

Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance. Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes And not have to wear high heels. What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You, because if I knew, I’d be doing it, Youdammit.

May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.

Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen. Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long, for childhood is short – a Tiger Flower Blooming Magenta for one day – And adulthood is long, and dry-humping in cars will wait.

O Lord, break the Internet forever, that she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers and the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.

And when she one day turns on me and calls me a bitch in front of Hollister, give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, for I will not have that shit. I will not have it.

And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord, that I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 A.M., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back. “My mother did this for me once,” she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck. “My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental Note to call me. And she will forget. But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.

-Tina Fey

My favorite line is, "calls me a bitch in front of Hollister, give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, for I will not have that shit. I will not have it." HAAAAAA!

And, not to try and top that hilarity off, but I found some of the Starburst Summer Fun fruit chews in the school office, grabbed a handful to snack on, and then my life changed. No, seriously. Because? The flavors are lemon limeade, cherry splash, kiwi banana, and strawberry watermelon. Holy Lord. They are delicious. If you see any, buy about 50 packs, mail me 49, and try the other 1.

And with that friends, have a blessed Easter weekend!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Big Sister-Little Brother Shirts

Look at these precious Big Sis-Little Bro shirts I have found on Etsy lately!

I know there are tons more, but like I said, I get overwhelemed on Etsy.
There are so many chocies and the owners will make your item ANY way you want it!

Choice One:
From seller Rebecca'sthreads
This is a parent at my school. Wonder if she would
cut me a deal since her kid goes to my school?? :)

Choice Two:
From seller Zoeysattic
This is a more casual look.

Choice Three:
J'adore! And, the seller has a HUGE flickr
stream of fabrics to choose from!

Choice Four:
Grrrr! Now I can't find the seller on Etsy!
Any ideas on how to find the listing? I wanted this one too!
Love, love, love the pink and green combos!

Although, upon further searching, I found this very similar shirt 
from seller EmbroiderybyCindy.

I am leaning heavily towards getting both choices three and four.
All of the choices run about 40$ per pair.
What do you think? Do you know of any other totes cute pairs?

Do share!

Friday, April 15, 2011

It's Friday. And It's Random

*Title adapted from Babbling Abby (love her, go visit her!)

Well, thank God it's Friday, because after this week, being random is all I've got going for me.

Week one of CRCT standardized testing=OVER! One more week to go. Then, ummmmmmmm, I guess I'll teach fourth grade skills. :) I kid, I kid. Kind of.

Let's get started with some bullet points. With plenty of room for you to share your opinions and advice, okay??

*I am STILL hunting a moderately priced big sis/little bro shirt combo for Emma and HME. I know  I can make my own, but please. Full time job, kid, husband, home, pregnant. NOT HAPPENING. Feel free to make one for me though. All colors/designs accepted. I'll give you my address. (Not joking.)

*Curtains-preferably blackout-for Emma's new room. Where can I find them or have them made where I won't spend $100 or more on curtains?? I don't know about stuff like this. Help me, please.

*Rug-for Emma's new room. Where can I find one, again, for not a lot of money? I want a cute crochet type hook rug, but have a feeling that will cost me. I mean, I guess I could go on Etsy and type in rug. But I may be there for DAYS sorting through all of the rugs.

*HUGE shout out to my hoochies, LG, Sister, Mere, and Brooke for hooking a hoochie up with her dream stroller! I love y'all and appreciate you donating to my cause of frivolity. The stroller is awesome, has already been used with two kidlets in it, and gotten a super pointy screw in the back tire. Yeah, that's nice. I'll have to get a new tire evench. (Their tires are foam filled, so it won't go flat.) But, Baby Jogger feels bad for me so they will sell me the tire for $15.

*Kindle question-can you "re loan" a book that you've already borrowed? For example, if I don't finish it in the allotted time, can the person let me borrow it again? DAR would know-she is a Kindle queen-hopefully, she is reading!

*Two amazing recipes I have tried in the last two weeks and become obsessed with?  P Dubs stuffed shells and peanut butter pie. Do yourself a favor and at least make the shells once. Cause dude? They rock. And the pie? Yeah, my homegirl Shannon made it and brought me a piece at work. I licked the Tupperware clean. No joke. I requested it for my work 'baby sprinkle'. It was so good.

*We are transitioning Emma into her new bedroom. To say the amount of material shit in our house is on my last nerve would be an understatement. I am about to lose my mind. I want to throw away/donate/sell SO MUCH STUFF. I cannot take it. How have we accumulated this much crap in almost 7 years? I am getting rid of it. It is ridiculous, and I'm not taking it around to see if other people want it or can use it. That's what Goodwill is for. Sorry husband.

*I am STILL looking for a daybed for our new playroom. I think I have narrowed it down to a metal one, because I don't want the playroom to look like a bedroom. I think a wooden one will make it look like that. I am cruising Amazon for beds, but any suggestions on where you found one would be great!

What are you all up to this weekend? We will be moving clothes/sorting clothes and generally trying to get Emma in the new room and start "de-girly-fying" the nursery for HME. Also on the agenda? Relaxing, and lots of it. Kindle, and lots of it.

Chilling before the travel time of 2011 hits.

Next up, we're out of town for Easter and two weekends after that, a family baby sprinkle in Bham. Dude, that's a lot of driving. Gotta get my chill on now.

Share some suggestions on products please, and check in! I want to know what's going on with y'all!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Below are my latest cravings, in no particular order.
Maybe this is why this boy is close to 3.5 pounds already!

These chips are amazing. Do yourself a favor.
If you like BBQ chips, try these ONCE.
You won't go back. 

Ummm, yum. And healthy. But a tad expensive around $4 a box.
Has been my nightly dessert. Until something else came along.

 I bought a bag of pretzel sticks for Emma, and now I'm into them!
 I've never been a pretzel fan, but of course, things change when preg!

This is my new dessert craze. Publix brand lime sherbet and
 tropical pineapple sherbet. Soooo good.

Publix had strawberries on sale last weekend, 2/$5, so I bought a bunch several to enjoy.
I had to go back to Publix yesterday for another carton to get me through the week.

Apples. Alone or with peanut butter. Lately it's been Gala or Jazz.

 Navel oranges. One or two per day!

Daily breakfast-lots of protein! 9 grams per bar. No more morning headaches!
We had couscous on Tuesday night, and I called Jason Wednesday night begging him to stop and get me some for dinner. He came home with six boxes! You're a good man Charlie Brown! Now, I have dinner all week. Topped with toasted pine nuts and goat cheese plus some lemon juice=OUTSTANDING. Now, I have to figure out what J is going to eat........................

What do you like from this list? Anything?

What do you crave on a daily basis??

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I have to keep telling myself this is normal.

This super anxious feeling I keep having when I think about adding another baby to our family. I wanted this so bad. I still do. But, I am so scared of how it will change our family balance.

Right now, I'm doing a good job of pushing it out of my mind when I dwell. But, it is coming to the surface.

I am anxious about Emma and the change she will go through. Will she act out? Change her behaviors? Beg for attention? Be jealous or sad? That's my little love nug-I only want the best for her.

I am anxious about staying home from work. Will I love it? Hate it? Go crazy? Beg for Jason to come home early and help me?

I am anxious about having one income.

I am anxious about raising two children under two.

I am anxious about raising a boy.

I am really anxious about getting all of the things done on my list before HME arrives. Basic stuff like set up his nursery, set up Emma's new room, make a playroom, etc.

I am anxious about finishing the school year SO pregnant.

I am anxious about all of the people who are worried about bigger things, while I worry about getting a playroom made, a nursery set up, curtains found, etc. Get real Susannah.

I am anxious about having a second C Section and taking care of Emma. I want her to still know "normal." I actually had someone at work tell me that I shouldn't have another C Section because I wouldn't be able to take care of my child and that wasn't fair to her.

I am anxious about breastfeeding/pumping.

I am anxious in general.

I want this to be a seamless transition for our family. It won't be. There will be bumps. We will make it. I am still nervous about it all.

I want time to blend with my new family, but I want/need help.

I know this is normal: pregnancy hormones and life changes cause anxiety.  I have read several of your blogs about the anxiety you are facing as you prepare for the birth of your second (or more) child.

What do you/did you do to deal with this anxiety?

I need to let go. It will be okay. But, for an OCD type A personality, that's hard. And things still need to get prepared for baby boy. :)

Thanks for listening.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Loving and Missing

Things I am LOVING right now:

*Feeling my sweet boy move all the time now. It's crazy how much more he is going to town now. I guess he is getting bigger and more active. He's probably about to run out of room!

*Luna bars-lemon zest flavor.

*Pedicures-it is soooo induglent to me to have someone wash, clean, scrub, scrape, and paint my toenails. Plus, the massage of the legs is to die for. I would get one every week if I could!

*Chips-of any flavor-I am seriously in love with kettle chips right now though.

*My Kindle! But, I feel really bad about the HUGE stack of books I had set aside before J bought me the Kindle. They must be read before I can buy myself any  new books. Maybe I will compromise with reading one real book, then reading a Kindle book? Thoughts please.

*32 days of school left!!!!!!!!

*This growing belly-even if it is uncomfortable sometimes.

*Husband (duh). When Emma and I got home from our travels, he had cleaned the whole house (like REALLY cleaned), gotten me tulips, and Emma a puzzle. Such a good guy! I told him that he shouldn't have let me see how well he could really clean, because now I will expect more help! Haha!

Things I am MISSING right now:

*Wine-particularly zinfandel. No clue why. I typically end my pregnancies craving some type of alcohol. That's crazy!

*Sleep-seriously. I cannot get comfortable for having to turn my giant self over 3034 times per night. And getting up to tee. And hearing a noise. It's the mom radar built in for crying babies. I just want to sleep through the night. :) I guess I'm getting ready for little to no sleep again. :)

*Regular pants-I love maternity panel pants, but I am tired of the same FOUR pairs that I wear on a weekly basis. Although, over Spring Break, I rotated between two pairs of jeans. Yeah. I'm scared to show my white legs in my preggo shorts. Plus, someone might pass out if they see my ankles.

*Being on/playing with my phone all day long-can't do that now that I'm back to work.

*Not having to cook/clean up. When I was out of town, my mom did all of that, and it was super nice to just chill.

*Having all of that free time to do laundry and other household chores.

*Did I mentuion sleep?? :)

What things are you loving and missing right now?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

World Travelers-ok, South Eastern US travelers

Well, we kicked off our Spring Break on Friday at 3:01, as promised. I didn't offish get on the road until about 4:20 because I had to deal with dog children and getting Emma from the baby sitter's house.

I guess I underestimated how long of a trip the drive from Atl to Nashville would really take (with a  toddler and an almost 30 week pregnant woman), because we stopped SIX times to go to the bathroom, feed baby, feed mommy, go to the bathroom, etc. It was ridic. Emma passed out in Manchester around 7:30 or 8:00, and we rolled into Grizaland about 9:00.

I put Emma down and gossiped with Laura and Cory until late (11:00!!) ha!

Emma met Peebles the next day, and they spent the majority of their time on this awesome playmat (that I promptly ordered from Amazon).

They got along really well. Check out LG's blog for more deets. Emma loved giving Peebs toys (piles of them) and then taking them back in ten minutes time and saying, "Mine!" Yikes on sharing. We have some work to do.

We went to see my Grannie while I was in Nashville. We stopped by Ivey Cakes for some (8) cupcakes. Emma got a mini cupcake and put it down after dinner.

Emma rediscovered her love of the exersaucer while at Peebs' house. Here she is hiding his Weeble Wobbles underneath and then fetching them.

I got it!! And it is glorious. And I may have had a small breakdown in the store when they informed me that I could not use any coupons on a Baby Jogger stroller. Those mother humps are already making $700 off of me, then won't let me use a 20% off coupon on the stroller. Puh-lease. Whatev. I am very pleased, and after sister put it together, we took the girls on a cruise around the neighborhood.


Presh Scarlet sitting in a cute chair at Mom's house.
Scarlet may look like she is in a full body cast, but her
mother forgot to pack her some warm clothes for the day, so she had to
wear Emma's white leggings today.

The beast in all its glory.

Essex scores from the weekend with LG. Little People for $2.99.

A Sing*a*ma*jig for $5.99

An Elmo mailbox shape sorter. Only $4.99!

Emma has some presents in waiting for another holiday/event!

11 month old Scarlet walking behind the baby stroller!!
Look at this adorbs green cloth diaper she is sporting!

Cousins! Emma looks like she is saying, "First of all.........."
They both pounded PB&J sandwiches for dinner and have it all over their faces.

We are figuring out how to dissect take this turtle apart! Scarlet is working hard! Emma is observing.

I will update you all on the rest of our week later! Hope all is well.

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Love ya all!