Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fifteen Weeks...

How far along?  Fifteen weeks.

Baby is the size of... an orange.

Best moment this week?  Getting to see our little orange moving all around during the ultrasound and hearing that sweet heartbeat.

Miss anything?  My husband.  I am not going to whine about being apart from him for two weeks for trial because so many wives deal with their military husbands being gone (in dangerous places) for MONTHS at a time.  But I will say that I'd rather be where he is than just about anywhere on earth.

Movement?  Y'all, I keep feeling little teeny, tiny flutters.  But then, I've been so gassy, it's impossible to tell whether it's the baby (TMI... sorry).

Sleep?  I'm sleeping like a rock.  Hallelujah!

Food cravings?  Water.  Lots and lots of water.

What makes you queasy/sick?  Too much of any food.  I've been stupidly eating big meals, and baby apparently is more of a snacker right now. ;)

Morning sickness?  Nausea is about 99% gone.  Amen.

Other symptoms?  My skin is still out of control, but on the plus side, my hair and nails are looking fabulous!  And no headaches this week!

Gender?  Micah thinks it's a girl. I'm pretty positive it's a boy. :)

Looking forward to... verifying that these little flutters I'm feeling are the baby.  And our sixteen-week appointment once trial is over!

Friday, October 26, 2012

About yesterday...

I am so, so sorry that I missed celebrating Thankful Thursdays with you yesterday.  I'm fairly certain I haven't missed a Thursday since I started doing them, but yesterday was... trying.

I woke up yesterday morning and thought I was miscarrying. 

After I finally got a hold of my doctor's office (they didn't open until 45 minutes after I woke up... worst 45 minutes of my life), the nurse told me that she didn't think what I was describing was caused by a miscarriage.  But since I was supposed to leave yesterday morning for trial for two weeks, she thought it'd be good for me to come in and ease my mind that everything was fine.

So the doctor on-call (my doctor doesn't work on Thursdays) squeezed me in, and I drove to Dallas at a ridiculous speed.  I didn't have to wait long until they took me back to the sonogram room.

Y'all, I cannot describe how beautiful the sound of our baby's heartbeat was as I lay there, tears pouring down my face. 

The little pumpkin kept bouncing around everywhere, so it was hard at first to get a clear picture of everything, but the doctor checked every teeny, tiny part to make sure it was okay.  Bottom line, our little angel is perfect so far.  Developing wonderfully and obviously very active. :)  Apparently I just have an irritated cervix that might cause some light bleeding throughout the pregnancy (oh, joy) and I shouldn't worry about it.

As soon as I got the okay from the doctor, I headed out of town for trial and will be here for two weeks.  It was a long day, and it will definitely be a long two weeks, so don't hate me if I can't check in as often as I'd like.  But I'm thinking of you guys and trying to keep up with blog reading when I can.  I don't want to miss what you girls are up to! :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Car Karma, Red, and Project Scripture...

I hope the highlight of my week won't be the fact that an incredibly old lady flipped me off yesterday.  Apparently it was unreasonable for me to expect that she'd let me over so that I wouldn't run into the stalled car in front of me. 

And maybe I shouldn't have thrown my hands up in frustration and screamed my favorite four-letter word at the top of my lungs when she honked at me.  (I find it impossible to reach for any other word when I'm unexpectedly frightened.  Let's all pray our preacher never sneaks up on me...)

And I must just be having bad car karma because I was THISCLOSE to leaving a not-so-friendly note on the windshield of the car who parked so close to my driver's side door this weekend that I had to crawl in car from the passenger side.  (Yeah, that wasn't awkward at all...)  I was digging through my purse to find a scrap of paper, and all I could find was this notepad. 

Loud and clear, God.  Loud and clear.  (But next time, I swear, I'm leaving a note... :))

In other news, I'm just as in love with Taylor Swift today as I was in 2006 the first time I heard I'd Lie.  She released her new album yesterday, and it's great.  There are at least 5 songs that I could play on repeat all day long. 

Red, Treacherous, I Knew You Were Trouble, 22, and Starlight are my favorites.  (And if you're as curious as I was about who each song is about, go here and get the scoop!)  And, believe me, I realize that my love for T-Swifty makes me a teenage girl, but I honestly don't care.  She's a brilliant songwriter, and her songs make me happy. 

Also, I thought I'd give you guys a heads up that I'm shipping out for trial on Thursday, and I'll be gone for two weeks.  So if the posting is light between now and then, don't hate me.  I promise I'll be back as soon as humanly possible.

Last, but not least, here's this week's Project Scripture verse:

Ephesians 4:31 "Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice."

Have a fabulous Tuesday, y'all!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fourteen Weeks...

How far along? Fourteen weeks.

Baby is the size of... a lemon.

Best moment this week? One of Micah’s co-workers bought our little monkey a precious onesie and a rattle. I cried. :)

Miss anything? Iced tea. I let myself have a glass or so per week, but I’ve definitely been wanting it every day. (But at least I finally got my {cooked!} sushi fix this week - so, so yum!)

Movement? Not yet.

Sleep? Apart from getting up to pee three or four times a night, I'm still sleeping fabulously.

Food cravings? Still lots and lots of pickles.

What makes you queasy/sick? Enchiladas and the smell of garlic.

Morning sickness? The nausea seems to be on its way out. Most days I feel normal-ish again and only feel icky every now and then.

Other symptoms? Terrible acne, occasional headaches, itchy skin, and a weird fuzzy feeling on my tongue (any other mommies out there ever experience this?).

Gender? Micah thinks it's a girl. I'm pretty positive it's a boy. :)

Looking forward to... letting Baby experience its very first TRIAL in the next couple of weeks! :)

Friday, October 19, 2012

September 4, 2012...

September 4, 2012...

We heard your tiny heart beat today, Baby. 

Until that moment, my heart knew you were there, but my head wasn't so sure.  And then, all of a sudden, the sound filled the room, overcoming my fears and doubts, and I cried at the thought of you.

I am overwhelmed with gratitude that He has allowed me to carry you.  To keep you safe.  Warm.  Content.  I cannot imagine a greater gift.

Until next time, Love, keep growing big and strong.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thankful Thursdays (Link Up!)...

Loved and Lovely

 I've got a hearing today, so I'm afraid this is going to be pretty short and sweet.

{I'm thankful} that I'm almost done with re-watching all the seasons of Dawson's Creek.  I'm so darned ready to be finished with them again, but I can't stop until I see the end.  Shockingly, I've forgotten whether she picks Dawson or Pacey, and I will seriously kill you if you tell me. :)

{I'm thankful} for one of Micah's sweet coworkers who bought the baby its first present: an adorable little monkey onesie and a rattle.  I'm not going to lie, I totally cried when Micah sent me the picture of it. :)

{I'm thankful} for you guys.  I know I say it a lot, but it seriously makes my day when I hear from you and get to share in your lives.  When I started this blog, I never realized what an incredible group of people I would "meet" and come to cherish.  You all are definitely my favorite part.

So what are you guys thankful for this week?  Link up and tell us!


Also linking up with black tag diaries, The Fontenot Four, First Day of my Life, kate says stuff, and  a punk a pumpkin and a peanut.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Slight change of plans...

So about that beach vacation...

Turns out it won't be a beach vacation in the slightest.  Instead, we'll be celebrating...

... Christmas in Paris!

{Okay, so maybe it won't be quite Christmas, but it will be December, and I'm told most of the Christmas stuff should be up by then!}

We went back and forth about it, but in the end I we decided that this might be the perfect time for us to get over to Europe together before Hargrave # 3 arrives.  After my trip to London this past May (which you can read about here, here, and here), I fell in love with the magic and wonder that comes from getting lost in a beautiful, historical city.  The beach will make a perfect family vacation spot in the years to come, but I didn't want to miss the opportunity to see a city I've always dreamed of seeing.

And besides... Paris is always a good idea.

So we got the okay from my doctor, booked our flights, and found the perfect apartment to rent for the week.  (One of my precious friends from law school {shout out, Darby!}, who is my official travel guru, recommended that we look into renting an apartment rather than a hotel.  They're bigger, nicer, and in some cases cheaper than a mid-range hotel would be for the week.)  Now we just have to start planning a rough itinerary.  I'm not one to plan out every day, but I do want to make a list of must-sees and, more importantly, must-eats.

I think we'll try and do a day trip to Brussels (hello, Belgian waffles, chocolate, and beer {for Micah}), and one to Versailles.  That will leave us five whole days to explore the magic of Paris and eat to our hearts' content. 

So if you've been there and have ideas for things we absolutely must do, leave a comment and hook a girl up, would you? :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Our weekend, the State Fair of Texas, and Project Scripture...

Apart from the fact that it was a terrible weekend for Texas sports (ahem, Cowboys and Longhorns), we had a pretty decent weekend around the Hargrave house.

I did have to work.  A lot.  But when I wasn't working, we managed to get some things cleaned/organized around the house and make some peanut patties.  (For the record, Aunt Cinda, they weren't even close to as good as yours, but we're going to keep trying. :))  As a reward for dragging my butt up to work on the weekend, I treated myself to my favorite soup and salad in all the land.

(Is anyone else as obsessed with La Madeleine's tomato-basil soup as I am?)

I also just realized that I forgot to tell you guys about our State Fair experience!

Obviously, the main attraction was the ridiculous array of fried foods.  For the record, we tried at least a bite of each of the following:

- Fletchers corny dog
- Fried onion
- Funnel cake
- Fried frito pie
- Fried jambalaya
- Fried cheesesticks
- Jack's french fries

My favorites were the fried jambalaya and fried frito pie.  We went with my dad, stepmom, brother, sister-in-law, and Stella, so we'd each take turns buying something so everyone could try a bite.  As we were leaving, I spotted the fried red velvet cupcake, but I couldn't eat another bite. 

If you were following along on Instagram, I apologize that all of my pictures were of mostly-eaten food.  I swear I had intentions of taking pretty pictures of everything, but it was all so delicious that I didn't remember to take pictures until the food was gone (or nearly gone).  :)

We also went into the petting zoo.

And we played a lot with this little cutie, who loved just about everything and was such a good girl.

So, all in all, a successful fair experience, even if it was stupidly hot and humid for October.  (And genius here thought a sweater would be a good idea.  My brother had a lot of fun making fun of me for that one...)

Last, but not least, I'm getting this week's Project Scripture verse out on TIME this week!

"Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."  Luke 18:27.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are surviving another Monday! :)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Thirteen Weeks...

{I started out with some curves anyway, but I can definitely tell that things are changing.  Particularly at the top of my torso.  And, for the record, I don't have an outie - my silly pants have a weird, pointy waistline.)

How far along?  Thirteen weeks.

Baby is the size of... a shrimp. 

Best moment this week?  Deciding to take a "babymoon" before our little shrimp makes its appearance.  (We've just about decided on a location, which I'll share just as soon as everything is booked!)

Miss anything?  Sushi.  And I could totally go have some all-cooked sushi and get my fix, but we haven't yet.  Hopefully soon!

Movement?  Not yet. Every now and then I feel a tiny little flutter, but I assume it's some sort of gastrointestinal something or other... I think it's still early for me to be feeling the baby move.

Sleep?  Apart from getting up to pee three or four times a night, I'm still sleeping fabulously.

Food cravings?  Still lots and lots of pickles. 

What makes you queasy/sick?  Still the thought of Mexican food and carmelized onions.  And I'm not super fond of meat right now.

Morning sickness? The nausea seems to be coming and going.  Some days I feel normal-ish again, and others I still feel yuck.

Other symptoms?  My skin looks worse than a hormonal teenager's.  Really, y'all, it's terrible.  Hormones + my generally awful skin = lots and lots of M.A.C. foundation each morning. 

Gender? Micah thinks it's a girl. I'm pretty positive it's a boy. :)

Looking forward to... every single moment to come.  (Except maybe the part where I have to push a watermelon out of my body. :))

Friday, October 12, 2012

August 14, 2012...

August 14, 2012... (I wrote this the day we found out I was pregnant.)

This day.

Oh, this day.

On this day, my name became Mommy

Maybe not officially.  And certainly not yet to this five week-old mustard seed I'm growing.  But the moment I saw the word "Pregnant" appear on the screen, something in my heart shifted.  As I dropped to the floor in the bathroom, tears of joy streaming down my face, I swear I felt my heart expand to make room for all the love that was sure to come flooding in.

Micah seemed scared to get his hopes up, since it was still so early, but I finally convinced him that the likelihood of a false positive was extremely low and that we really were probably going to have a baby.  As the news began to sink in, we hugged and laughed and thanked our lucky stars and marveled at the fact that we were going to be parents.

Us.  Parents!? 

We both had to head off to work, and so to work I went, floating on a cloud.  I couldn't even begin to tell you what I did at work today.  I just know that I had the most ridiculous grin on my face all day long.  And apparently so did Micah.

Of course, I wanted to be very sure, so I bought two more tests after work.

Yep, definitely and completely pregnant. 

And I can feel it too.  I'm nauseated and utterly exhausted (although maybe that's just a result of the nonstop flow of adrenaline coursing through my body all day long).

It's still very early (not even five weeks!), so I am trying to guard my heart.

But goodness gracious, I am elated.  And in a state of disbelief.  This is a blessing to top all blessings, and He is good.

So very good.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thankful Thursdays (Link Up!)...

Loved and Lovely

Yay for Thursday!  I'm ridiculously excited for today, so I'm just going to jump right in.

{I'm thankful} that I'm going to the State Fair of Texas today!


I don't ride rides at fairs/carnivals even under normal circumstances (any piece of machinery that's that big and also portable just cannot be safe), but I definitely won't be riding them this year with this little pumpkin love that has taken residence in my belly.  But I will be eating.  A lot.

If you don't know, the State Fair of Texas is famous for deep frying just about anything.  This year, I'm hoping to try the Fried Jambalaya, the Fried Red Velvet Cupcake, and the Fried Samoas.  (But I'm pretty sure I'm going to stay clear of the Fried Sugar Cubes and the Chicken Fried Cactus Bites...)

I'm not going to lug my big camera around, but I'll try and Instagram all the delicious goodies. (If you're not already following, you can check out my handy little button over there to the right.)

{I'm thankful} that no one I know saw me driving to work this morning (or at least I hope not...).  I was jamming to Taylor Swift's Red like no one's business.  If you haven't already checked out her latest single, you should.  Love, love, love.

{I'm thankful} that everyone at work has been so supportive/excited about our little one.  It's nice to finally be able to explain to everyone why I have been such a zombie the past two months... :)

And last, but never least, {I'm thankful} for Micah.  I came home last night, and he had dinner ready and had done all the dishes.  And he let me watch X-Factor without complaining.  Dude's gunning for husband of the year or something... :)

Hope you guys are having a good week.  What are you thankful for?  Link up and tell us!

Also linking up with black tag diaries, The Fontenot Four, First Day of my Life, kate says stuff, and  a punk a pumpkin and a peanut.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Project Scripture: Week Forty-One

I'm determined not to keep forgetting to post the Project Scripture verse each week, even if I am three days late.

So here is this week's verse:

Matthew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."

Leaving on a jet plane...

I am in desperate need of a vacation, y'all.  Once this trial is over, I want nothing more than to perch myself on a lounge chair on some gorgeous beach and just sit for a week (or seven).

We've been to the Cancun/Riviera area twice, so that's out.  And we've ruled out places like Fiji and Tahiti in favor of, you know, having money to pay bills and stuff.  :)  So here are the places we're considering:

{Turks and Caicos}

{Costa Rica}

{Cabo San Lucas, Mexico}

{The Bahamas}


{St. Lucia}

{St. Thomas}

It's highly unlikely I'm going to do anything else today except daydream about sand and saltwater. :)  If you have any thoughts about these places (or if you have any write-in votes), please share!  I'm being uncharacteristically indecisive, and I need all the help I can get...

Monday, October 8, 2012

12 Weeks...

As promised, I'm going to do my very best to post weekly/bi-weekly updates.  Again, I feel sure these details aren't important to anyone but me, but I want to remember each special moment.  Plus, I've heard that women tend to romanticize their pregnancies, and I really just want to keep an accurate record for myself and for those of you who will travel this path in the future.  (It's the nerd in me...) 

I don't have a bump picture for this week (or last week, actually, since this is late), and I'm not even certain I'm going to do a picture every week, but I'll try and post them occasionally. :)
 How far along?  Twelve weeks.

Baby is the size of...  a lime.

Best moment this week?  Announcing our news to my blog friends and on Facebook!  The outpouring of love and support was incredible, y'all.

Miss anything?  Weirdly enough, I never wanted cold sandwiches before I got pregnant, but now they're all I can think about.

Movement?  Nope.  My doctor indicated that, because my placenta is forming anterior (whatever that means...), I may not feel the baby move until twenty weeks.  I'll be ready to feel our little peanut move, but he/she was performing acrobatics at our last ultrasound (so cool to see!), so that keeps the anxiety at bay a bit.

Sleep?  Apart from getting up to pee three or four times a night, I'm still sleeping fabulously.

Food cravings?  Cheese tator tots from Sonic, pickles, vanilla milkshakes

What makes you queasy/sick?  The thought of Mexican food.  And carmelized onions.  If you know me, you know that hell has officially frozen over.

Morning sickness?  The nausea is pretty constant. 

Other symptoms?  Things aren't quite as, um, regular as they normally are.  But a few Metamucil (man, I feel eighty years old) and fiber-rich goods seem to help.  (Again, I'm seriously sorry for oversharing, but I just feel like you guys ought to hear the truth... :))

Gender?  Micah thinks it's a girl.  I'm pretty positive it's a boy. :)

Looking forward to...  Our next appointment the first week in November!

The details...

Maybe it was all the hormones, but I was genuinely moved to tears at all of your kind words for our little announcement on Friday.  Micah and I are just over the moon, and I was SO excited to finally get to share our news with you guys (you wouldn't believe how hard it was for me to hold it in for almost eight weeks!).  And I promised to share the details, so details you shall have.

We had planned on starting "trying" in May.  (Isn't it so awkward to share that you're basically having a whole lot of sex with your husband?  Considering that Micah is the most handsome man in existence, I figured you guys assumed, but in case there was ever any doubt... ;))  But since I was basically MIA that month, and it's sort of important that both people be present, we didn't really start until the next month.  Two months, a whole lot of ovulation sticks, and a few Clear Blue tests later, we had ourselves a baby!

As of today, I am 12.5 weeks pregnant, and I seriously couldn't be happier

Apart from the constant nausea, food aversions, a super-hero's sense of smell, digestive issues (TMI, I know, but I'm going to do my best to keep things real around here), and overwhelming fatigue, I feel like the luckiest girl on the planet. 

And that's no sarcasm, y'all.  For no real reason, there was a tiny (or maybe a gigantic) part of me that had braced myself for fertility issues.  And I know so many who have struggled and are still struggling, praying with all of their might for the chance to bring a baby into this world.  So every time I feel tempted to complain about how I feel or how tired I am, I remember what a gift this is and how quickly it will fly by.  I really do want to try and cherish every moment.

So I swear I'll have other, normal things to talk about, but I do have a few posts that I wrote as things were happening that I'd like to share, and I'm also planning on doing weekly or bi-weekly bump dates.  Mostly just so I never forget all of the tiny details that I cherish so much right now. 

Thank you guys again for your sweet thoughts, and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Little love...

{Details coming soon! ♥}

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thankful Thursdays (Link Up!)...

Loved and Lovely

I hope your week is going wonderfully!  Can you believe that mine actually hasn't been too crazy?  And can you believe that I'll likely have a relatively normal, work-free weekend?  I sure can't... not with trial three weeks away.  It's the little things, y'all.

With that in mind, let's talk thankfuls, shall we?

{I'm thankful} that my husband hasn't complained one tiny bit about how much I've been working lately. Good man, that one.

{I'm thankful} that you guys don't hate me for missing the Project Scripture verse TWO weeks in a row.  For good measure, here are last week's and this week's verses:

Matthew 6:33 "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

{I'm thankful} for my sweet extended family.  I recognize that it probably isn't normal for people my age to adore their aunts and uncles and even great aunts and uncles the way I love mine.  They've just been such a blessing to me throughout my life, and I sure hope my niece and nephew feel that way about me someday.

{I'm thankful} that I finally got on the bandwagon and signed up to receive the Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotion emails.  I had seen blog friends and family members talk about it, and it has been so nice to get a quick word of encouragement every morning, particularly when things are hectic. 

{I'm thankful} for Mattito's Bob Armstrong Dip.  If you've never heard of it, you're likely not from Dallas.  Think queso + ground beef + guacamole + sour cream, all mixed together.  Think heaven.  And if you ever come to Dallas, you should make sure and try it.  Capiche?

{I'm thankful} for you guys.  I know I've been fairly lame lately, but you're sticking with me anyway.  God love you. :)  

Alright lovelies.  Duty calls.  What are you guys thankful for this week?  Link up and tell us!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My Music Wednesday...

For some reason, I thought I'd already posted this before, but I searched and couldn't find it.  So if it turns out I actually have already shared it before, well... who really cares.  It's beautiful. :)

It was the opening number on the Whitney Houston tribute episode on Glee, and I seriously cried.  (I guess I do that a lot, so you probably aren't shocked.)  I just think the a capella has such a gorgeous and sobering effect on this normally upbeat song.  Honestly, this is probably one of my very favorite Glee performances.  So enjoy Whitney's How Will I Know as interpreted by Mercedes, Rachel, Santana, and Kurt. :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Eat, celebrate, relax...

Things we did this weekend:


Boy, did we eat.

I made this blue cheese mac and cheese and skinny cheesy jalapeno popper baked stuffed chicken for dinner on Friday, and they were both fabulous.  (Although I sort of feel like the mac and cheese effectively negated the "skinny-ness" of the chicken, but whatevs.  I'm not sorry because the pasta was heavenly.)

We had Razzoo's for lunch yesterday after church, and it was delicious, as always.  We grabbed the off-menu swamp fries (which came with cheese, tomatoes, and green onions, and were laid on top of etouffe sauce.  holy cow) to start after I saw my best friend post a picture of them on Instagram on Thursday and couldn't get them off my mind.  We also enjoyed some rat toes (cheesy seafood-stuffed jalapenos) because I can't, in good conscience, go to Razzoo's without ordering rat toes. 

We also both ordered entrees like idiots and will be enjoying them for lunch today. :)

I made this cheesy crockpot chicken and rice for dinner last night.  It was good, and relatively healthy, but I'd make the following changes:  (1) don't use a whole onion.  maybe half? (2) spice it UP!  Without a good half-teaspoon of cajun seasoning and salt, it was pretty flavorless.


It was our nephew's second birthday this week, and his "choo-choo" themed party was Saturday.  My sister-in-law outdid herself with the cuteness.

Sorry for the crappy quality photo, but look how adorable everything is?! We had a wonderful time and loved getting to celebrate Landyn's birthday with Micah's sweet family.


On Saturday before the party, I headed to Massage Envy for a massage.  This month has been hellish, and I deserved it, dadgummit. :)

I had also made plans with the girls from work to meet up at Bliss Spa at the W Hotel on Saturday evening for mani/pedis.  I had never been to the W before, and it was definitely an experience.

This was the lounge area where I hung out before my appointment, sipping on fruity water and munching on brownies.  Oh, Dallas... you're so much fancier than I am.  But I can try to pretend to fit in when brownies are involved. :)

After we were all thoroughly gelatinous, we grabbed Thai takeout and headed to my friend's house to watch Hunger Games and snuggle with her dogs.  Can I just tell you how much I love and need girl time?  After Thursday, I seriously feel so, so blessed to have good friends.

On Sunday after lunch, we enjoyed a LAZY day of football-watching and napping.  And Dexter!  Who else watched the premiere?  Oh. Em. Gee.  I am so excited for this season!

So that's what we were up to this weekend.  What were you guys up to?
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