Wednesday, May 30, 2012

It's a....

First things first, our anatomy scan went so well this morning! 
Thank you for all of your prayers.
The ultrasound tech said everything looked great. 
Baby is measuring right where it should be. 
Healthy heart, brain, spine...all that good stuff.

That was all wonderful news.

We also know that our baby has long legs;
not surprising with a dad who is 6'4 and a mom who is 5'7.

But now that that is out of the way, on to the fun part!

We've waited all day to share on here because we wanted to tell our families first.

They've all been reached and now it's time to share!

My instinct from day 
one was spot on...



We are going to have...


A GIRL! 

We cannot wait to bring this sweet girl home in October!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Golden & Red Rocks

I realized last night that I still have a few pictures left from our trip to Colorado two weeks ago that I never shared! It's not too late, right? 

We flew back to North Carolina on the sunday afternoon of our trip. That morning, we got up fairly early (about 7am) because our bodies never really adjusted to the 2 hour time change. We figured we'd pack up at our hotel in Monument, CO and head back toward Denver for a little more sight seeing.

We first went to the little town of Golden. It was not too far from Denver, and my parents had been there for a wedding last spring. They had mentioned how cute it was, so we went to check it out.

They had an adorable little downtown. I loved this big sign that you see when you pull into the town.





How fun is this slide? It was built into the wall. Adults have to use stairs to get down to the water/park beneath a bridge, but kids get to slide down. I would have loved this as a kid.


You can see the Coors Brewery behind me. That's what the town of Golden is mostly known for.
Also? My hair had crazy volume here!


Before heading to the airport, we made one last stop. We went to the Red Rocks Amphitheater.
It was quite the site. I would love to go to a concert here. 
We were also amazed by the number of people here working out. There were easily 100 people just running up and down the seats in the amphitheater. I don't think I'd fit in well in this town!



And that was it! We left from here to catch our flight back to the east coast. 

Our trip to Colorado was a quick, but very fun one. Now that we have the baby on the way, I realize that trips like this definitely won't happen as often, so I'm glad we made plans to go. It's also amazing to me how beautiful our country is. Visiting Colorado and southern California this past spring has given me such an appreciation for all that the US has to offer. Traveling abroad is loads of fun, but you don't need to go far for a great vacation. 

One last thing...tomorrow is the big day! We get to find out the sex of this baby...I cannot wait! If you haven't already, leave you guess on this post! I love hearing what others think!


Monday, May 28, 2012

A very weak Menu Monday

Well, this week was rough. We ate out a lot. Or we threw together random, whatever was in our freezer/fridge meals. I hope y'all won't judge me harshly. I did my best to document it, but honestly, this was the best I could come up with. Next week will be lacking again since we're in the midst of packing up all of our kitchen, but I promise to be back in the swing of things after that!


So without further ado...our meals this week

Pizza: we ordered this Saturday night and it was JUST what I needed after a long day of packing and moving some things over to the new house.


I have to give J credit here...he was the only one of us to cook a "real" meal this past week! 
He made Shrimp Quesadillas with black beans last night. And they were delish!


Another night this week, we headed out in search of some good Italian. We were pleasantly surprised by this little place right down the street. We've lived here a year and we're just now discovering this gem. Might have to make a trip back to this side of town every now and then for good Italian!


Other meals included: hotdogs and baked sweet potatoes, rotisserie chicken and corn on the cob, and Several frozen meals from TJ's.

Hope your cooking was better than mine this week! 
Please share your meals below!



Sunday, May 27, 2012

18 Weeks




How Far Along: 18 weeks

Size of Baby:  Bell Pepper or a Sweet Potato depending on which source you use.

Total Weight Gain/Loss:  +5 pounds

Gender: We find out WEDNESDAY! I cannot wait to know. Any guesses? I'm curious to know what y'all think. I'm also anxious about this appointment. In addition to finding out the sex of our baby, they'll also do the full anatomy scan. Praying for a healthy baby!

Movement: Yes! Definitely had some movement this week that was certainly a baby. A few jabs here and there. It's so low which is kind of surprising since it doesn't appear that I'm carrying that low. Either way, I wish it would happen more often. Right now I have to be really still to notice it and only feel it a few times a day.

Sleep: Sleeping fine, but crazy dreams. I had a dream last night where I could see the baby kicking from the outside, but it was almost creepy. In the dream it was like you could see an entire limb pushing up on the stomach. Hoping that sort of thing doesn't happen in real life. 

Maternity Clothes: Got some new shorts from Old Navy Maternity (seen in pic above), and I also bought a maternity tankini from Target. 

Symptoms: Dizziness when I stand up after laying on the couch...I see spots and have to regain my composure before I can keep going. 

Aversions: None that I can think of.

Cravings: Lucky Charms! Oh my goodness, I can't enough of this cereal. I've had two big bowls for breakfast yesterday and today. 

What I miss: The same as every other week, taking allergy meds and not worrying about the baby. I've been taking Claritin on school days because it's just that bad and I can't function or be a good teacher without it. Trying to avoid it on the weekends, but it's like my body is on a full on war with the allergens. 

Worst Moment of the week: I think I have pink eye. I've been dealing with very itchy eyes for almost a week and half. The antibiotics from my doctor did nothing to help it, so I went to a CVS Minute Clinic yesterday to see if they could give me something to relieve the itchiness. I think it's viral or allergy pink eye based on my symptoms and the fact that the antibiotics did nothing to it. After waiting 2+ frustrating hours to be seen, I gave up. The pharmacist helped me find some homeopathic drops that he ensured me were safe to take. They've helped relieve my symptomes some, but I still can't wear my contacts and it's driving me crazy. When I go to see my OB on Wednesday I'm going to see what he says. I just want it to clear up.

Best Moment this week: We bought a table and chairs for our back deck from a nice couple on Craigslist. When we went to pick it up this morning, the lady asked if I was expecting. This was the first time a stranger has asked me that...I know I must have grinned from ear to ear. She and her husband both insisted I didn't lift a single chair. They helped J carry all of it to our car.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Homeowners!

As mentioned in my last post...we have a lot going on this month! Our first item of business, close on our first home, is DONE. We are officially homeowners! The process of buying a home and trying to get a mortgage right now is not so easy. We hit a few bumps in the road, but thanks to a great realtor and some patience, that's all behind us now! I cannot wait to move in next weekend (with the help of movers of course, this pregnant girl and her injured husband are not hauling boxes and furniture anytime soon!)

So, without further ado, a few pics of our new abode!

From the front...I love the painted brick so much. 
I want to paint the front door a fun bright color. Thoughts?


Living room...not crazy about the marble and gold fireplace, but we can work with it.


Where all my Menu Mondays will be coming from...the new kitchen!




The office/play room/not quite sure what we'll do with this space on the first floor.
We've already taken a few things over on trips we've made this weekend. 
Ignore any junk you see lying around!


Laundry/Utility Room


Love that we have a space for laundry. This room also has a door off to the porch. J is already thinking we need a second fridge here for beer. Seems logical, right?

And quite possibly one of my favorite parts...the deck and backyard. 
I love it. And so do the dogs!
Now we just need a nice table to sit on out here.



I took pictures of the bedrooms, but honestly, they're just bare bedrooms. Not much to see there! It has four bedrooms and three full baths. We really love that we have a lot of space to grow into in this home. 

At this time next week, hopefully all of our belongings will be moved in and we'll be on our way to settling in. This home buying adventure has been certainly been a big pain, but so worth it!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

In the next month...

Today in the teacher's lounge at lunch, we were discussing what all we have going on this summer, and I started talking about what we have coming up. After talking, I quickly became very overwhelmed by all of the exciting (and not so exciting) things going on in our lives.

Within the next month, the following will be happening...

We close on our first home.
We find out the sex of our baby!
We move into first home.
I am finished with school...hello summer time!
J has surgery to repair his torn ACL.
I go to Disney World with my parents and little brother at 22 weeks pregnant.

Holy Moly. That's a lot!
I think it's safe to say that things are going to be slightly busy around here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Denver and The Air Force Academy

As mentioned in this post from last week, we did a lot of sight seeing while we were in Colorado. A lot was done from the car since poor J can't walk long distances with his bad knee, and it was also cold and rainy while we were there. Either way, it was still fun to visit a new place!

We flew into Denver late Thursday night, and spent most of Friday exploring the city. We headed to the state capital after breakfast at our hotel. A beautiful building, if I do say so myself! I loved the gold dome on top.




Yes, I definitely noticed the altitude change! Didn't feel sick, but my body could feel the same!



After our tour of the capital, we headed to lunch! We ate at Cherry Cricket, thanks to a recommendation from blog reader Texas Turnaus. It was a wonderful spot for a late lunch after we had worked up a big appetite. 


Our custom burgers were DELICIOUS!


After lunch the rain had picked up again (boo!), and we headed to the other side of the city for a brewery tour at Great Divide Brewing Co


I will admit, when we went to the Stone Brewery on our San Diego trip, I was sad to miss out on the great beer, but it wasn't too upsetting. They honestly didn't have a lot of beers that were in a style I love. Great Divide, on the other hand, was totally sad. They had an oak aged chocolate stout that smelled divine. Brewery tours are just not as fun when you're pregnant! I am a nice wife to still go on them with my husband!



After the tour and a tasting, we hit the road to Monument, Colorado. This is where we were staying for the wedding. It was a rainy cold evening and we ended up staying in for the night and ordering pizza. I was exhausted by 8pm!

On Saturday morning, we enjoyed a nice breakfast at a local cafe, then we headed south to visit the US Air Force Academy. The most beautiful part of this was the chapel on their campus. What a beautiful piece of architecture! I had never seen it, or pictures of it, prior to this. It was quite the site!





The organ


This is looking up at the ceiling



We also toured the visitor's center where there was lots of neat info on the school. This little snippet on the school's show choir made my day. Who knew the Air Force was so into singing and dancing!


When we left the AFA, the sun had actually started to come out and we were able to get a view nice views of the scenery that had been covered in fog and clouds the whole time we'd been there. We kept going south to see the Garden of the Gods. Again, what a gorgeous site! Unlike anything we have on the east coast. I loved it!




After this, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for the wedding. On Sunday, before flying back to Charlotte, we did a little more adventuring through out Colorado! This post is getting pretty long and already has too many pictures! I'll share the last part of our trip later this week.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Menu Monday + a date night

Happy Monday! Hope you'll link up this week!

I should also say, things are going to be a bit spotty on Menu Monday in the coming weeks. We are (fingers crossed) moving in early June, so as we pack up our kitchen and settle into the new ones, our meals may be a little funny. Hope y'all keep reading!


My Meals:

Carolina BBQ with coleslaw, Sweet Potato Fries, and Corn on the Cob


I love Carolina BBQ! This recipe turned out to be pretty tasty and I wish I could share it with you, but I cannot for the life of me find the link to the recipe. If I find it, I promise I'll share! 

Twice Baked Potatoes


TBP are one of my easy and cheap meals. They can do no wrong! I blogged my "basic" recipe here. You can pretty much add whatever you like!

J's Meals:



 

Anyone starting to notice how often J's been making this meal? It's just SO good! If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it!



There's not much not to love about this meal!

And our big dinner out...


Last week I finished up our state testing at school, and to celebrate we went out Friday night to Nolen Kitchen for dinner and then to Yoforia for dessert. What a perfect Friday night! Afterward we went to Buy Buy Baby to check out some strollers. Our Friday nights are getting crazy! 

Okay...your turn to link up! Can't wait to check out your meals for the week!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

17 Weeks





How Far Along: 17 weeks

Size of Baby: The Bump says onion...but this really bugs/confuses me because onions drastically vary any size. Are we talking big, like a vidalia onion? Or small like a little yellow onion. Who knows! Baby is about 5 inches long, so I guess that is on the bigger end of onions.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I was still +3 when I went to the doctor on Wednesday

Gender: The big day is getting close! Less than 2 weeks!

Movement: Still thinking I've had a few small moments where I think it was the baby. One thing that is for sure, is I definitely feel the baby/uterus when I move in a funny position, like shaving my legs. Bending over really makes me notice that things are changing down there.

Sleep: When I haven't been sick in the past week, I've slept great. When I woke up between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, I was sick sick sick this week! Aches and pains, chills and sore throat. Once I got on the antibiotics, I was back to feeling great.


Maternity Clothes: Still just pants and shorts. Obviously though, my shirts are getting tight. I need to start only wearing looser non-maternity shirts.

Symptoms: One word. BOOBS.

Aversions: Most veggies just sound gross. When I go to meal plan, it's hard because most of the veggies I usually prep as sides don't sound any good to me.

Cravings: I ordered fish and chips at dinner on Friday night, a meal which I don't think I've ordered in maybe forever? It was awesome though. I've also been drinking a ton of water this week. Pretty sure this is related to being sick, but either way, lots of water has been a top craving.

What I miss: CoCo Loco Porter from NoDa Brewing. We went out to eat with friends last night and someone got this. Such a tasty beer! In addition to the tasty beer, I miss being healthy with no allergies. This allergy season has just been brutal. Others in Charlotte have told me that it's been exceptionally bad this year, and being new to the city, plus pregnant with lots of extra mucus (TMI and gross, but true), has just been a terrible combo. I am ready for the allergy season to come to an end.

Best Moment this week: When my antibiotics kicked in after 36 hours of feeling absolutely miserable. And? I made it through state testing! I know it's not related to pregnancy, but man...what a great feeling to have that behind us!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Colorado Ranch Wedding

This past Saturday we had the privilege to attend the wedding one of my very good friends from high school. Evan and I met in high school when we were both cast of the munchkin coroners in our school's production of The Wizard of Oz.  Two very important roles in this show! We also were in show choir and then later attended JMU together. He's one of those friends who lives far away from me now, and we don't talk much, but our friendship hasn't changed. I am so glad that J and I got to be there for his big day!

His beautiful bride, Becca, grew up living all over the world, as her dad is a Colonel in the Air Force. Her parents now live near Colorado Springs and the wedding was in Larkspur, CO at a gorgeous ranch. The weather all weekend was pretty cold, cloudy, and rainy. Lucky for them though, the sun came out long enough for their outdoor ceremony. It was perfect!

I loved that they used their initials in so many parts of their wedding. 
"BE" was a major part of their decor and their invtiations.







Seriously...it was such a beautiful ceremony. The theme was "home" and everything from the music to the message was perfect.  And the couple...could they look any more happy in these photos?




The reception started with a cocktail hour where they served local craft beers in mason jars. LOVE this!


They also served an array of h'ordeuvres that represented the places that were special to them. Virginia ham on corn bread for Evan's home state, buffalo meat for Colorado, and Chicago style hotdogs for the couple's current home. What a neat way to tie all of their "homes" into the cocktail hour.

This was our table at dinner. The centerpieces were rustic and simple. Loved it!


This would be the cake table. Evan's mother and grandmother made the cakes (which were delicious..btw!) and Evan's groom's cake was "cheese" cake. 


Me and the groom


And me and my handsome date by the fire! We didn't do much dancing since poor J is still pretty injured with his torn ACL. He actually scheduled surgery this morning...our summer is going to be extra busy now before this baby comes!


We did a lot of sight seeing while we were in Colorado. This was our first time there, so we had lots we wanted to see! I'll do another post on our sight seeing!