I'm sitting here watching my little man gobble up some graham cracker goldfish, and since he's very much content sitting in his highchair at the moment, I thought I'd take this opportunity to say "HEY!"
Today was a beautiful day here in Jacksonville. It did get rather warm as the day went on, but it was still beautiful! I went this morning to my friend Sarah's house to get my nails did one last time before we move. She was probably one of my first friends here, so I'm really gonna miss her!! Shelby and I went to see her in the hospital the day she had her daughter Peyton, and now Pey Pey is already 2 years old! GEEZ! Shelby had 2 gigs today, so T and I met him for lunch then headed out to Hobby Lobby for a little while. I found a couple things then we came home to chill. T took a nap, I played on the computer and then attempted to take a nap - but was interrupted by a little boy who was ready to get UP! ha ha. Now we are feeling extremely lazy - or, at least I am! I feel like I haven't really accomplished anything today. That's OK though, right? It's OK to have a lazy day.. especially after all the BUSY days I've had lately. ;-)
After T finishes his snack I'll probably give him a bath and then we'll play till time to go get Shelby from work. I don't know what to have for dinner - we've been eating out a lot lately and I'm starting to feel guilty about it. We don't really have any groceries though.. oh well.
I hope everyone is having a WONDERFUL weekend! I got a preview of my new blog header today!! SO CUTE!! I hope to have my new blog up and running by the end of the weekend!! Yaaay!!
Well, today is my very last day at the Sheriff's Office. I can't believe this day is already here - like seriously, where does the time go!? I cleaned out my office and computer yesterday. Today I'm just gathering up a few loose ends and getting them squared away. I'd like to get everything done and then just hang out the rest of the day.
I work with the best guys ever. They've been so nice and accepting of me - since day 1. They've turned into some of my best friends. I'm going to miss them a lot..
This weekend is going to be extremely busy. Tomorrow Shelby has 2 gigs. I have a nail appointment and then I have some things I wanna do before we move. Sunday is our last day at our church, and then we're going to be spending most of the afternoon making sure everything is ready for the movers. Monday morning the movers come in to box up all our stuff, then Tuesday they come to load it up. Wednesday I fly out to WV, and Shelby will be following me on either Monday or Tuesday of the next week. All of this is happening so fast!
I have to admit I'm really nervous about flying with Tristan. I don't like to fly anyways.. but I'm worried that he will be fussy or get sick.. I just don't want everyone looking at me and being annoyed that I can't keep my baby quiet. What about his poor ears? He's not gonna understand. :( Does anyone have any experience with flying with a 1 yr old? Is there anything I can give him to make him sleep?? I'm really looking for some advice!
Believe it or not, my ear is STILL messed up. I still get dizzy on a daily basis. Insane huh? I'm wondering if the pressure in my ears from flying is going to make it better or worse. I'd love for it to just POP and be completely back to normal! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't go haywire and throw my equilibrium completely off. I don't think I'd be doing well if I was falling all over myself and puking..LoL
PLEASE pray for us that we make it thru the next few days without feeling overwhelmed or stressed. I don't know if I'll have a computer on Monday or not. :(
Ok ya'll.. I'm a planner/list maker/organizer. I like to know how things are gonna play out before they happen. I like to be organized - I feel completely lost if I'm not. I know it's probably silly - but I carry an agenda planner around with me everywhere. I cannot live without my planner. Since I'm a obsessive list maker, it satisfies my need to make lists and it keeps all my lists together in a "central location" instead of being strung all over my desk or fridge. I bought myself a planner at Office Depot at the beginning of the year. It's a medium sized generic planner with weekly and monthly views. Sadly for me, the back has fallen off of it (ALREADY) and I feel like it's kinda falling apart in general. I've been in search for a durable, cute, highly rated planner and I think I might have found one at http://www.momagenda.com/. This girl is seriously a woman after my own heart. Her website is dedicated to planners, organizational stuff, busy women and mom stuff.. LOVE IT!
I have basically decided on this planner. I absolutely LOVE the zebra print. AND, her planners are bound like a book! I don't think the back will be falling off anytime soon. Another awesome feature, is it's a 17 month planner.. so it's going to last for a very long time.
There is a smaller one, which is about 5 x 7 size and a desktop version - which I think I am going to order. They are kinda expensive, but honestly if you go to Office Depot you're going to pay the same price for a nice planner, which is probably cheaper quality. There are about 6 or 7 different colors to choose from AND you can have it personalized.
Have any of you ever used one of these planners before? I'd love to hear your reviews! I almost ordered mine this morning, but then I thought I better check and see if anyone else has used them and LOVE them. :-)
I'm really excited to order mine.. I hope ya'll check out the website!!
PS: There is another website I LOVE and it's http://www.seejanework.com/. It's filled with adorable office supplies/daily planners/organizational things.. right up my alley! ENJOY!
Whew... what a weekend! Shelby's family came in to town on Thursday evening. We met up with them Friday morning for some Starbucks (My father-in-law is as crazy about Starbucks as I am!!!) and then Shelby went to Georgia for work while we dropped my F-I-L off on base to play golf. My M-I-L and I went and ran a bunch of errands, then went home to start decorating for Tristan's birthday party! Friday evening my parents arrived, as well as my sister-in-law and Shelby's best friend from college, BUZZ!
Saturday was the BIG day! It was the day of Tristan's first birthday party! I apologize, but I do not have his pictures uploaded yet. When I do, which will probably be tonight, I will have a post dedicated to his whole party. My friend Lyndsay posted about his party on HER BLOG, so pay her a visit and get a few glimpses of T's party!!! :)
The rest of the weekend we spent with family. This was the first time both of our families have been together since our WEDDING! ha ha! It was long overdue - we had a wonderful time. Tristan LOVED all the attention. He just ate it up! It was also really nice catching up with Buzz. (Buzz isn't really his name, that's just what everyone calls him..LoL) We talked about our old college days and had some good laughs. It was nice! :) He was so good with Tristan.. little man loves his "Uncle Buzz" ha ha ;-)
Tonight Shelby and I are going to RELAX! We're gonna probably eat dinner and watch The Biggest Loser. Tomorrow we have to start moving again.. some people are coming over on Friday to look at the house. There are 3 different families that I know of who are interested in the house. That's such a blessing for our landlords!! Our "official" pack out date is May 3rd. I'm so not looking forward to that! That's when the real stress starts.. ha ha. I probably won't be relaxed again until we get to Hawaii. ;-) I did manage to get Satchmo's stuff started for his trip to Hawaii. He's on his way to WV with my parents (as well as the pugs).
Ohh! I almost forgot - I purchased a bunch of stuff for Tristan's bathroom yesterday. It's a monkey theme! Absolutely ADORABLE stuff.. Here is a little taste of what I found. I can't wait to get to Hawaii and get it all decorated!!
One year ago today I gave birth to the most prescious baby boy. He has been the biggest blessing God has ever given our family. I never imagined how much I would love that little man, how much he would make me smile, how much he would make me laugh, and how much he would make me cry (tears of joy). I am so lucky to be his Momma .. words cannot even begin to describe!
I was reading thru my blog at my "LABOR EXPERIENCE" post.. the day I brought Tristan into this world. Looking back, I remember it like it was yesterday! Some parts kinda made me laugh. I thought I would share it with you. Enjoy :-)
Monday, April 20th, was my induction day. We arrived at the hospital around 7:30 am. I was put into a room and given my very sexy hospital gown. Before too long it was time to give me my IV. I've had to have blood drawn before for a few blood pressure tests, and there was a young man that attempted to do this and FAILED miserably. Well, guess who walked in to give me my IV... yep, it was him. Of course his attempt was UNSUCCESSFUL and that sent me into a small panic. Ya know, hot flashes - sweats - nausea.. all the fun stuff that comes along with being afraid of needles. ha ha :) Thankfully my wonderful nurse came to my rescue and the IV was administered very easily in my other hand - my right hand - the one I write with - the one I eat with - not to mention the one I wipe myself with when I use the restroom. (!!!)
Shortly after I arrived they started to induce my labor. First with a pill inserted into the cervix, then 4 hours later with Pitocin. I arrived at the hospital dilated to 1cm and about 50% effaced - not much but it's a lot better than nothing! The pill seemed to work fairly quickly giving me steady contractions. After the 4 hours was up, I hadn't progressed so they started the pitocin. It didn't start out bad, but then they upped the dose what seemed like every 30 minutes to an hour, so before too long I was starting to feel the pain.
It seemed like I had to pee every 45 minutes.. and not just a trickle - a serious amount of pee! If you've never tried it - the next time you go to the restroom try and wipe yourself with your "other" hand and see if you have any trouble. ha ha. I was so scared of messing up my IV that I didn't hardly use my right hand at all. I'm sure I looked pretty silly...
Well, to make a long story short - almost 24 hours later I'm still laying in bed, in pain, making no progress. The contractions got harder and closer together. They only lasted probably 20 - 25 seconds, but that was the longest 20 - 25 seconds of my life. All I could do was take big breaths so I could keep oxygen in my body. If you don't do that, your uterus just gets harder (from lack of oxygen) and it hurts a lot worse. I know I was getting testy - I was exhausted physically and tired of hurting and not getting anywhere. Shelby was such a trooper - letting me squeeze his hand with every contraction. I'm sure that went on for a few hours. He never complained. I had a hard time keeping Tristan on the monitor, so they had to use the internal monitors, which meant they broke my water. None of that was painful - so no worries about that if you ever need to have that done. The internal monitors are just inconvenient because then you can't get out of bed, and that means peeing in a bedpan, and that means having someone else wipe your butt. Fun stuff, huh? Trust me - at that point you DON'T CARE!!
FINALLY my nurse gave me some Demerol and before I knew it I WAS OUT! Time really became a blur to me after that because I was pretty drugged for a while. I can barely remember being changed into the actual delivery room. Probably around 10:00 or 11:00 on Tuesday morning my contractions had really picked up. I wasn't focused or relaxed, so they hurt a lot more. Bad enough to where I couldn't talk - just try and breathe. They checked me and I was only dilated to 3 and about 75 % effaced (After OVER 24 hours later!!). They don't give epidurals until you're 4cm. One of the Dr's that was taking care of me said to me "Ya know, you're definitely going to have a baby, there is no turning back now, I'm gonna go talk to the anesthesiologist and see if we can get you that epidural - OK?" At that moment he looked like a knight in shining armor - I was sooooo thankful!
(Epidural .. FINALLY )
At around noon I was given my epidural. At that time I was able to sleep and relax. I still felt contractions and they were uncomfortable, but it was so much better than before :) The epidural didn't hurt - it didn't feel good - but it didn't hurt. They numb your back before they actually stick in the big scary needle. They came in to check me a few hours later and the look on my Dr's face was so awesome :) He was like "Wow!".. ha ha. I was finally dilated to 8cm and fully effaced! He told me he could almost get it to the full 10. I was so relieved! Probably an hour later he came back and checked me again, and had me do a few practice pushes. The practice pushes must have been good because he was like "OK, let's get everything ready". They prepped everything and told me what to do and expect. I looked at the clock when I started pushing "for real" and it was 5:15 pm. Tristan was born at 5:26! (all of that for 11 minutes of pushing!)
All the way up until his delivery I was kind of in a daze. I knew why I was there, but it never actually sunk in until I saw him and then I thought to myself "Oh yeah, I'm having a baby!"
It's so neat being a mom. It is still hard to believe at times.
Amazing huh? I'd go thru all that pain again TOMORROW if I had to.. It's NOTHING compared to the absolute joy you have as soon as you see your little one's beautiful face. I can't wait to have more kids :)