Sunday, November 30, 2008

Week 17 - Giving Thanks

Don't you just love Thanksgiving? What a wonderful holiday in which we have the specific, set aside opportunity to give thanks to the Lord, family, friends, etc. This past week was very busy (which is why I've been delayed on this post) but enjoyable.

James' parents came into town last Saturday evening. For the entire week we've been blessed not only with tons of food and gifts but even babysitting. :) Then Friday afternoon, my sis and her two kiddos came to Louisville and stayed the weekend with us as well. They just left this morning. It's been a fun week spending time with everyone and enjoying the company of one another. We had Thanksgiving dinner at our place again this year because James had to work that morning as well as black Friday (hence, no ability to travel). We got to meet a few new friends that Todd & Natalie know as they shared a meal and company with us. It was a very long day but a nice one. Here is a video of Hannah and Ethan (a new friend)...

As far as specific pregnancy stuff goes, the baby's kicks/movements are becoming much more noticeable. I love it! There is something so sweet about feeling the baby moving around. I think it'll only be a week or two before James will also be able to feel it.

Only one week from Monday and we go to find out the baby's sex! Of course, that's assuming it'll cooperate with us. ;) The first 12 weeks or so, I really wanted another girl. She would be almost exactly 2 years younger than Hannah so it'd be a close-in-age sister and friend. She would also be born during the same time of the year and I'd already have plenty of clothes in all the right seasons. So practically, it'd work out well. However, I've since convinced myself (as I did with Hannah), that the baby is a boy. Mainly because of how different this pregnancy has been from the one with Hannah and how much I'm eating. ;) Don't worry...I'm not gaining massive weight - I'm right about on target for where I should be. I just feel hungry more than I remember with Hannah. Supposedly, the average mother pregnant with a boy consumes 200-300 more calories a day. Interesting... Then, I think I just want a boy to know we will be able to have one. Aggg.... So... all that to say... I don't know how I'll respond either way when they tell us what the sex is! We'll see! Here's the latest "belly pic" at 17 weeks.

These next two weeks will be extremely busy for me on the business side. I have several Premier Designs shows as well as a few Pampered Chef shows as people prep for Christmas. Then there are the usual Christmas parties, church events, family gatherings and my birthday. I think I'll finally be able to breathe again after Dec. 14th. Speaking of the 14th, I'm having a huge jewelry sample sale at our house with everything 40% off from 1-3p. Let me know if you'd like to join. It'll be fun. ;)

Well, I think I've written enough again! Have a wonderful, joy-filled week!

Until next time...

My "Turkey" Banana Pudding

My always requested Pumpkin Roll - Yummy

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Gmail "Themes"

I'm just loving the new Gmail "themes." Our inbox is set to the ocean theme. The sun and beach change throughout the entire day in accordance with the time. In the morning, there is a sunrise... in the afternoon, blue skies.... in the evening, this gorgeous sunset...

So cool! And there are a ton of other "themed" options as well. Just one more reason I LOVE Gmail. ;)

Take care,

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Week 16: Playing Catch Up

After this weekend's illness, this week has been a huge week of playing catch up. Beginning Sunday, I was finally able to hold down all of my meals and liquids. That was a blessing in and of itself. However, I remained completely wiped out as far as my energy goes through Tuesday. Needless to say, my sweet daughter watched a lot of videos during those days. By God's grace, Wednesday was my first day feeling back to normal. What a blessing it was! I finally put away the five clean loads of laundry that had been sitting in my bedroom. I caught up on emails, some business errands, and went grocery shopping for the first time in 2 weeks! Whew. Then we had a business meeting at the church Wednesday night which began with a smorgasbord of amazing food "potlucked" by members. James and I just "happened to be" at the table that got to go first (out of probably 400 or more people present). It was amazing!

Today I went back to the OB to just have a followup after my illness this weekend. Everything was great. I didn't lose any weight (which is amazing considering how much of my time centered around the porcelain throne). Baby's heartbeat sounded good, blood pressure good, etc. Looking forward to the anatomy ultrasound on December 8th!!! What an awesome birthday present that will be!

Oh, and I forgot to mention in my last post that I've started to feel the baby move. I thought I was just imagining things at first. It started about week 14 and my doc said that was completely normal for any pregnancy other than the first. With Hannah, if I remember correctly, I was around 19 weeks before anything. Now of course, by movement, I don't mean all out kicks and alien looking squirms. Nope. Just the tiny little tappings of the sweet baby inside of me. I really think my favorite part of pregnancy is feeling the baby move. As long as it's not bed time...

So, all that being said, it's been a busy week but I'm SO glad the illness is over. I've got a bit of the sniffles now but I'll take that any day over what I had this weekend! This Saturday, James' parents will be coming into town for a week. At some point, we'll either be visiting my mom or having her come up here also. We can't plan ahead because of James' work schedule. We should hopefully find out tomorrow when he'll be working next week.

Well, I've written much more than I thought I was going to so I'll stop now. Take care!

Until next time...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mystery Solved!

So being wiped out from this unidentified sickness for the last few days has been incredibly draining. I was feeling somewhat better this morning only to be hit hard again this afternoon. Fortunately not hit hard with the vomiting and such, just total lack of energy. As a result, this post will be very short.

The "encouraging" thing about it all, if I can say that, is that I found the source of my illness! Apparently, someone carried a stomach bug unknowingly to the Pampered Chef party I did Thursday night and at least 7 of us were sick by Saturday. I'm glad to at least know what it was. Now I pray that it doesn't show up in James or Hannah in the next few days!

Please continue to pray for my recovery as I'm very out of sorts.

Take care,

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Weeks 14 & 15: Dehydration & a Trip to the E.R.

What a few weeks it's been! Thank you all for your patience in my posting recently. I try to get a weekly "pregnancy update" but it never happened in weeks 14 & 15 so here's a combo post. I'll work back from the most recent events because they are easier to recall.

Last night, I had to make my first trip to the E.R. since I was 12. Why? Well, Friday night, I had a jewelry show. At about 8:30, I started feeling a bit nauseous but assumed it was pregnancy related. I finally got in bed around 11, only to be jumping up just moments later to vomit, then to have diarrhea. That was only the beginning of a very, very long night. I spent the next 18 hours going back and forth between the two extremes. I was unable to keep anything down, including fluids. I had a low grade fever which peeked at 100.2. I had spoken with the OB on call about 8am yesterday morning to see when I should be concerned. After the symptoms refused to cease, I was told to go to the E.R.

So...that's where we went at around 5:30 yesterday evening. Fortunately, I was not made to wait and taken straight back. They drew a bunch of blood for some tests, checked my HcG (pregnancy hormone) levels, hooked me to an IV and started me on fluids and nausea medication. The nurse listened to the baby's heartbeat, which was just over 140 and steady. Dehydration was "confirmed" as if it needed to be. After about three hours, I was given the option to go home, which I gladly accepted.

No conclusive cause was given as to why I started with the vomiting and such in the first place. Either I managed to get food poisoning or I caught some sort of 24hr bug. Who knows. I'm still not feeling completely up to par as my body is totally exhausted from the lack of quality sleep, inability to keep food down, etc. So far today, I have been able to keep both breakfast and lunch down. Please continue to pray for me.

In other news, I've been extremely busy with both businesses lately - a good thing. James had a conference in Philly this week and so I was blessed with many awesome babysitters. He's also been very busy with his job.

I had my OB checkup Wednesday. It was probably the fastest I've had! The baby's heartbeat was good, I gained another 4lbs, blood pressure 110/60, everything looked great. I also had a flu shot and I set the BIG date for the anatomy ultrasound. On Dec. 8th, my birthday, we go in to check the sex of the baby! I hope he/she cooperates! ;)

Well, I need to rest some more, I just wanted to update everyone out there in cyberland.

Take care,

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Casting Crowns Christmas CD

I don't know how long this link will be available, but for now it is. Click the address below to listen to the FULL Casting Crowns Christmas CD. If you know anything about this group, you know they can sing no bad song! ;)

Nothing like a Christmas album to get you in the worshipping spirit.


Total Cuteness

I just LOVE this picture!
If you could only tell how crazy her hair looked as well! Oh well, cheap camera. :)
Till next time,

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Hannah FINALLY got her 1st tooth at 17 months and 16 days old! It's her upper, right front tooth. It's kind of hard to tell by the pictures but I tried!!!

Whooooooo hoooooooo! Time to throw a party!!!!!!

One Excited Mama,

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Gas Excitement

Is it creepy that I got giddy with excitement as I paid only $2.02 for each gallon of gas today? The small things in life....


Goofy Mommy Moment

Today I was fixing spaghetti for about the gazillionth time for Hannah (it's one of the things she will almost always eat). I broke the noodles in half, small enough to fit the pot. All of a sudden, I realized how goofy my spaghetti making has been for the last 7 or 8 months. Let me explain.

Typically, after boiling the halved spaghetti and draining it, I find any utensil I can to cut it into smaller pieces. You have to remember Hannah is 17 1/2 months old with no teeth! Well, wet noodles don't like to be cut, as many a mom can surely attest. Why have I NEVER thought to break the noodles into smaller pieces, while they are still hard and before I boil them? Wow... what a moment.

Until my next goofy trick,

Wretched. Forgiveness.

The worst of Sinners.
I now understand how Paul could say that and mean it.
I can truly resonate with him.
I cannot point and accuse.
I cannot condemn or mock.
I was there. I was there!

Found only in the Risen One.
He can save and forgive anyone.
Right where they are.
Right when He wants.
He did so with me.
He continues to do so each day.

Written 11.3.08

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Christ for President

In light of yesterday's elections, I'm remembering a powerful sermon given by Pastor Daniel M. a few weeks ago. Regardless of who our vote was for (and whether or not it was who won the election), our ultimate Savior can only be found in Christ. There were also many other striking yet memorable points in that message. If you're interested, listen to it here:

And to know my thoughts further, click here (because I couldn't have said it better):

In Christ Alone,

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween Fun

We don't celebrate Halloween for any of the creepiness it could have. We simply enjoy playing dress up and getting free candy. :) After all, wasn't it Reformation Day to begin with?

It's funny to me that last year, Hannah was a pig (because she was so darn cute and chunky) and this year she was a Cheerio Princess (thanks to her obsession with "O's"). If you want to be really technical, she was a "Multigrain Cheerio Princess." Only in the end did I catch her eating her necklace.... Unfortunately, James had to work. I dressed as a Starbucks barista in his old uniform. And I actually got quite a few fun comments about it. We had fun with our friends, The Morton's, who came into town for the event.

Click the pic below for more:

Remember that there are many more pics of her in this outfit in the "Halloween at the Zoo" posting.
Take care,