Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful Thursdays (Link Up!)...

Loved and Lovely

{I'm thankful} to have fallen asleep at 8:30 last night... and stayed asleep until 6:30 this morning.  Hallelujah, y'all!

{I'm thankful} that, while my doctor didn't have a definitive answer as to the cause of my late-night stomach and back pain, she did confirm that (1) it had absolutely nothing to do with the baby (amen!), (2) it wasn't pancreatitis or gallstones, and (3) based upon an elevated white blood cell count, I likely had some sort of infection, likely a GI bug that has been going around lately. 

{I'm thankful} that Lilly is settling into her training at the pet resort.  We decided that, rather than just boarding her while we'd be in France, we'd go ahead and send her for a two-week training program, and we dropped her off on Sunday.  We were hoping that the training would help with her anxious/fearful nature and get her better at following commands under distraction.  (She can sit, stay, come, lay, shake, and high-five all day long inside the house for Micah and me, but when she's somewhere else or other people are around, all bets are off.)  Unfortunately, the first couple of days of her training were rough.  She was so scared, that she wouldn't let anyone come into her kennel without growling at them.  But the trainer called on Tuesday and said that they made a LOT of progress.  They posted this picture on Facebook:


I may or may not have cried of happiness when I saw it. :)

And last, but definitely not least, {I'm thankful} that we leave for PARIS tomorrow!  I'll be Instagramming everything (you can follow along at @MrsHargrave), and I'll definitely try and check in for a post or two. :)

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nineteen Weeks...

(I'm almost twenty weeks at this point... better late than never!)


How far along?  Nineteen weeks.

Baby is the size of... a large heirloom tomato.  (Anyone else feel like an heirloom tomato is smaller than a bell pepper?  I digress...)

Best moment this week?   Discovering that we are having a pretty little PRINCESS!  Best day ever! :)

Miss anything?  I miss not being uncomfortable when I bend over to pick something up.  I can still do it, but it's not a pretty sight, y'all.

Movement?  Definitely more movement this week.  It's still not anything that anyone else could feel, but I sure do, and I so cherish each and every little kick.

Sleep?  I'm about to overshare, but hey... that's what friends are for, right?  You guys have to be my sounding board for all the weird things that are happening to me.  Three times in the last week, I have woken up at night, anywhere from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., with a dull pain in my stomach.  After five minutes or so, it develops into a sharp, stabbing pain in my upper abdomen, and eventually I get shooting pains up my back, too.  The pain is pretty unbearable and unrelenting, and it lasts for hours.  All I can do is curl up in the fetal position and cry until the pain subsides around 3:30 or 4:00 a.m.  I feel like it's gastrointestinal in nature, as it's accompanied by... other GI issues.  I finally called the doctor's office this morning, and when I told them I was already doing all the things they'd suggest (fiber, colace, etc.), they told me to come in.  So hopefully we can get this mess figured out before we leave on Friday.  This momma is TIRED!

Food cravings?  No cravings this week.

What makes you queasy/sick? Not a whole lot. 

Morning sickness?  Nope.

Other symptoms?  My skin is looking a teensy bit better.  Whoo hoo!

Gender?  It's a girl!  (Still working on names.)

Looking forward to...  PARIS! (And feeling better soon.)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Four more days...

There are so many things I haven't written about lately.  Nothing important, really, but lots of little things that keep getting swallowed up by baby stuff.  Not that I'm complaining - I LOVE writing about our little princess.  But I feel sure you guys are probably sick of all the baby talk, so I thought I'd post our rough itinerary for Paris today.  

We're going to be there for seven full days (not counting travel days).  I bought the Rick Steves Paris 2013 book, and if you're ever planning on heading to Europe, I highly recommend his books.  I bought one for London, and it was incredibly helpful.  He has great insights with respect to (1) things that are must-sees and things that can be skipped, (2) what days are best for seeing certain sights, and (3) traveling in a way that lets you see the city in a very authentic way. 

So figuring out what things we wanted to do on what days was a little Tetris-like, with certain sights closed or crowded on certain days, but I think we've got a workable plan, mostly based on Rick Steves's recommendations and those of friends and family (including you guys!).  I'm not married to it, and it's a little more structured than I'd prefer, but there's just so much to see in Paris!


Morning:  Arrive in Paris and get settled into apartment
Afternoon:  Bus tour around the city
Evening:  Enjoy the Trocadero scene and a twilight ride up the Eiffel Tower

Morning: Historic Paris Walk (Ile de la Cite, Notre-Dame, Latin Quarter, and Sainte-Chapelle)
Afternoon:  Tour the Opera Garnier; enjoy rooftop views at Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores 
Evening:  Cruise the Seine river

Morning:  Bon Marche?
Afternoon:  Montemarte Walk (Sacre-Coeur)
Evening:  Go see a show? (It's discount night at many cinemas!)

Morning: Tour the Orsay Museum
Afternoon:  Rue de Buci market (near the apartment)
Evening:  Dinner at Le Violon d’Ingres

Morning:  Versailles
Afternoon:  Versailles
Evening:  Dinner in Versailles or Paris?

Morning/Afternoon:  Champs-Elysees Walk (Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Place de la Concorde) / Tuileries Garden / Dellehin / Champ-Elysees Christmas Market
Early Dinner:  Ile St. Louis
Evening:  Louvre

Morning:  Polaine?
Afternoon:  Left Bank Walk (Luxembourg Garden, St. Germain-des-Pres, St. Sulpice) / La Maison Du Chocolat
Evening:  Champ Elysees at night (see Christmas lights); Notre Dame at night (see Christmas tree)


Mommy in Training: carseats and strollers...

I mentioned awhile back that I wanted to pick your brains about what baby things I need.  If it isn't painfully obvious, I'm fairly oblivious to all things baby, and I need all the help I can get. :)

I thought about just pinging you guys for any and all tips, but I figured it might be easier for all of us if we break it up into more doable chunks.  So this week's first Mommy in Training topic is...

... car seats and strollers

I'm combining these two because apparently many of them come in travel systems (hey, look at me knowing stuff!).  I'm wondering whether the travel system will suffice, or if I also need umbrella/jogging strollers.  If you went with a travel system, which one did you choose, and why?  Do you love it?  Hate it?  Hate me for asking so many questions? Ha. :)

Alright, mommies (or other mommies-to-be who are more on the ball than me and were able to make a decision without polling the blogosphere)... GO!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sugar and spice and everything nice...

"Are you ready?" the ultrasound technician asked us.

I looked at Micah and smiled. 

"Yes," I whispered, ready to hear her tell us what I already knew:  that we were having a bouncing baby boy who was sure to be a mini clone of my gorgeous husband, with dark hair and perfect blue eyes. 

"Well, what I think we're looking at here are... girl parts!" she exclaimed with a grin.

As her words sank in, my mouth dropped open, and tears of joy came flowing.

I had given up on the idea of having a girl a long time ago.  When Micah and I started dating over ten years ago, I noticed that his family was full of boys.  On his father's side, in particular, there are lots and lots of sons and very few daughters.  I didn't pay much attention to how that might affect me until I took a genetics class in college and discovered something I should have realized years before:  All I could possibly hope to do is shoot out X's, so the fact that my family tends to have an even split of boys and girls was irrelevant.  Micah's genes would determine the sex of our children.

From that point on, when I pictured our future, I imagined a life filled with mud pies and football and forts and pretty girls chasing our sweet boys around.  A big part of me was reluctant to give up the dream of having a little girl, because I have always had such a wonderful and rewarding relationship with my mom, but I knew the odds were incredibly slim.  So boys it would be, and boys we would adore.

"Wait, are you sure?"  I asked her, the shock visible on my face.  "I'm sorry, but I just... I was just positive it was a boy!"

(So positive, in fact, that I hadn't really contemplated girl's names, apart from the name I decided on when I was a middle schooler, dreaming about marrying and having kids with a certain blue-eyed boy who would eventually become my husband.)

She explained that, while it's always hard to be positive with girls, she was pretty darned sure.


There are really no words to convey how happy we both are.  Any child is an immeasurable blessing, but the thought of a pretty little princess in my husband's arms is something this momma-to-be never thought possible, and it's such a beautiful thing. 

As we were driving home from the doctor's office, Micah looked over at me.

"It's going to be hard, isn't it?" he said, with a smile on his face. 

I began thinking about baby dolls and cartwheels and school dances and cute boys chasing our sweet daughter around.

"It is," I decided.  "But it's going to be amazing."

It's going to be amazing.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It's a...



(I promise to check in later and give you all the scoop!  In the meantime, link up and tell us what you're thankful for! :))

Loved and Lovely

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dropping in...

I won't even try to pretend that tomorrow's gender-reveal sonogram isn't all I can think about right now.  I am so excited it's ridiculous.  But I did want to drop in and say hello and share a few little things. 

First thing's first:  we got our tree up!  I'm a fan of simple, so we stick to lights, ribbon, and classic ball ornaments (the majority of which may or may not be covered in gold glitter).  Part of me, though, think's it's missing something, and I scoured Hobby Lobby yesterday for some fun/interesting ornaments and didn't find anything I liked.  I might have to break down and head to Pottery Barn to see what I can find...

I also moved our "Peace" display from its spot above the piano this year.  When I first got the letters last year, I had bought a "G" and an "r" so that I could leave it up all year round:  "Grace" in spring, summer, fall, and "Peace" in winter.  When it came time to switch to "Grace" in January, I painted the letters heirloom white because we don't have a whole lot of gold in our house when it's not Christmas.  And I found that I liked it better vertical, so this became its new home.

I also got our dining table all done (pictures soon... I changed just a couple of things from last year), but I still need to do our mantel and my Christmas village.  Apparently I was a little ambitious in thinking I could get it all done last weekend. :)

Apart from that, we've been taking it easy.  I've worked from home a couple of days in the last week, which I adore.  I broke down and bought several maternity tops/pants, which have been WONDERFUL.  (Why in the heck don't we wear pants with elastic panels all the time?)  I also ordered some things from Old Navy which should come in tomorrow, and I'm excited to see what works out.

AND we've been gearing up for Paris.  I've got a rough itinerary which I'll try and share soon (probably boring to most, but I always think it's neat to see how people plan their vacations), and we've been gathering up all our warm clothes (temperatures should be in the 30s and 40s while we're there).  Nine more days, y'all!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Eighteen Weeks...

(I won't lie, y'all.  I'm kind of in love with my belly.  Micah laughs at me because I stare at it in any and every reflective surface. :))

How far along?  Eighteen weeks.

Baby is the size of... a bell pepper.   

Best moment this week?   Getting the house decorated for Christmas.  I keep thinking about the fact that we'll have a little eight-month old crawling around next Christmas and it blows. my. mind.  (Oh, and I finally broke down and got a hair cut and color.  I heard mixed things about coloring my hair, but the general consensus is that it's deemed safe after the first trimester, so I went for it.)   

Miss anything?  I miss not getting up several times a night to pee.  Even before I was pregnant, I had the bladder the size of a toddler's, so I occasionally woke up in the middle of the night to use the restroom.  But this is insane, you guys.  I shudder at the thought of how often I'll have to pee when I have a watermelon sitting directly on top of my bladder.

Movement?  I haven't felt quite as much movement this week as I did last week (which, I won't lie, is a bit concerning).  But I seem to feel the baby only when I'm sitting still, and I haven't done very much of that this week.  This momma is worn out from all the running around I've done in the last few days!

Sleep?  Apart from the frequent potty trips, I'm not sleeping too terribly.  Although I do keep waking up on my stomach, which freaks me out.  I'm so terrified I'm going to smush our little bell pepper!

Food cravings?  Still lots of water.  And LOTS of orange juice.  And I actually wanted Mexican food today, so we took advantage and enjoyed some chips and queso and a shrimp-stuffed avocado (so, so yum!). 

What makes you queasy/sick?  Not a whole lot this week.  Whoop whoop!

Morning sickness?  Almost no nausea.

Other symptoms?  Hair and nails still looking strong.  No headaches.  A teensy bit of lower back pain, and my feet hurt a bit when I walk around too long without comfy shoes on. 

Gender? Micah thinks it's a girl. I'm pretty positive it's a boy. :)  Can't wait to find out in a few days!!

Looking forward to...  finding out the gender and beginning to plan the nursery, registry, etc.  I am a firm believer in living in the here and now, and I try not to focus too much on the future because I don't want to miss all the beautiful little moments that are happening now.  So throughout this pregnancy, I have tried to avoid looking too far ahead so that I could relish each and every milestone:  getting past the nausea, watching my bump grow, feeling those first little flutters.  But now that the next phase is almost here, I'm so happy to be able to think of our little pumpkin as a he or she, rather than an it, and to start getting ready for our lives to change in the most wonderful way possible.

Friday, November 16, 2012

I confess...

I'm linking up with A Blonde Ambition today for Confessional Friday.  Who's up for some confessions?

{I confess} that I left work early on Monday at 3:30. And then headed straight to the nail salon for a pedicure.  Thank the Lord for pale pink nail polish and massage chairs.

{I confess} that, while the pedicure was fantastic, the salon played an instrumental version of "I Will Always Love You" on repeat the whole time I was there.  {An hour and ten minutes, to be exact.}  And I left feeling depressed because that scene from the end of The Bodyguard {you know the one} kept flashing through my mind.  Just try and tell me you didn't bawl like a baby when Whitney Houston jumped off that plane and ran into Kevin Costner's arms...

{I confess} that I made this recipe last week.  It was terrible.

{I confess} that I'm working from home today so that I can meet my girlfriends for lunch before we go see the last Twilight movie.  I recognize that Kristen Stewart's awkward lip-biting doesn't count as real acting {and I know Kristin would totally agree}, but I'm afraid the allure of Robert Pattinson is just too much for me to resist. Why do I find his pale skin and dorky smile so attractive?

Oh yeah.  That's why.

{I confess} that I have a weird knack for telling time.  I don't wear a watch and never pay attention to clocks or the time on my phone, but I almost always know what time it is.  It's kind of freaky, actually.

{I confess} that I become incredibly annoyed anytime I hear a Rihanna song on the radio.  It's not that I have anything against her personally (although I will admit that I haven't been super impressed with her life choices... getting back with Chris Brown after he beat the crap out of her? Yuck.  But I digress...), it's just that most of her music bugs the crap out of me.  And you can call me a prude, but her performances are awfully... colorful.  I went to one of her concerts last summer for a work event and was so very uncomfortable.  Thankfully, her set caught on fire and everyone had to evacuate the building, so I only had to endure it for about 45 minutes.  (And no one was hurt or injured, in case you were wondering...)  She's not my favorite singer, is what I'm saying.   

{I confess} that I could never, ever, ever give up cheese.  For any reason.  If I ever become lactose-intolerant, I will seriously be the saddest person on the planet.  And I'm now slightly concerned that I've doomed myself by putting that thought out there in the universe.  Pretty please, God, I'm begging you...

{I confess} that I read this blog post a few days ago and bawled like a baby.  Number 14, in particular, did me in.

{I confess} that I'm putting up my Christmas decorations this weekend.  I promise I'm not usually one of those people who skip over Thanksgiving completely in favor of Christmas.  I love Thanksgiving and fall in general.  I just never had time to do any fall decorating this year, and we're going to be out of town the last weekend in November, so I figure I might as well get a head start now.  Thankfully, I'm planning on doing basically the exact same setup as we had last year, so it won't take a whole lot of imagination (or money.  Amen.). 

So what are you gals confessing today?  Go link up with Leslie and tell us!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thankful Thursdays (Link Up!)...

Loved and Lovely

There is so, so much to be thankful for this week.

First, {I'm thankful} that we got the results from our quad screen on Tuesday, and everything is normal.  For anyone who, like me, had no idea what this was was until my doctor told me about it, a quad screen tests for elevated hormone levels related to certain genetic disorders, such as Down Syndrome and Trisomy 18.  We had no real reason to worry, but I was definitely relieved when my doctor's office called with the good news.  And then I realized that my life was going to be filled with moments like these, hoping and praying that our little one is safe, healthy, and happy.  Heaven help us when we hit the teenage years...

{I'm thankful} for this GORGEOUS weather we've got here in the Dallas area.  You will never ever hear me complain when the temperatures drop.  Bring on the peacoats and scarves, y'all! 

{I'm thankful} to have snuck in another sushi lunch this week, this time with my mom.  (And lest any of you judge me, I promise I'm only eating the cooked stuff, and I'm staying within the weekly allotment for shrimp, etc.)  It's wonderful that she works just down the street from me because it means I get a little more one-on-one time with her every now and then.

{I'm thankful} that we're finding out the sex of the baby next week because I really need a push to get my butt in gear and start checking things off our to-do list.  I've basically done nothing so far, reasoning that we can't very well pick anything out until we know what we're having.  Now I'll have nursery colors to pick out, and all kinds of baby gear to ponder.  And speaking of baby gear, I'm thinking of doing a series on Tuesdays where I ask you guys to chime in on your suggestions for strollers, carseats, bassinets, bottles, etc.  I figure you guys are probably my best resource for tried and true suggestions, and I fully intend on taking advantage of you!

Alright, gals, 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, November 13, 2012

Things I don't regret...

I saw this post from Leslie this morning, and I felt inspired to make my own list of decisions that I wouldn't take back, even though they seemed crazy at the time.  (Thanks, Leslie, and I hope you don't mind that I shamelessly pilfered your creativity. :))

- Turning down that scholarship to Austin College.
I graduated valedictorian of my high school class (there were only 83 of us, though, so I swear I'm not bragging), so I had a scholarship to go to any state school in Texas for free for the first year.  But an ex-boyfriend of mine (who graduated as valedictorian the year before me... apparently we nerds stuck together) had gone to a small private school north of Dallas and loved it there, so I applied there as well.  I got a half-scholarship there, but the tuition and living expenses would still have been pretty expensive for my parents.  Plus, I was dating Micah and already had an inkling that he might be the love of my life.  So I turned it down in favor of going to the University of Texas at Dallas, which was closer to home and had a great natural sciences and math program, for free.  I feel sure that my pocketbook and my marriage to the most wonderful man in existence are much better off today than they would have been if I hadn't.

- Spending every penny I had to my name to take that trip to New York City.
My senior year in college, my roommate suggested that we take a trip to NYC together.  My parents had recently split up, and money was tight, but I had never been and had always dreamed of going.  So Rebecca and I scraped together every spare dime we had, booked the cheapest flights and hotels we could find, and went.

That trip was more amazing than I could even begin to describe.

- Getting a butterfly tattoo on my 21st birthday.
I don't really drink, but I still wanted one crazy moment to put down in the books for my 21st, so I went and got a teeny little butterfly tattooed on my right foot.  It's "absolutely adorable" (as a federal judge once told me on the first day of my internship when I forgot to cover it up... I was mortified), and I've never regretted it.

- Getting into a car with the Air Force guys Lauren met at the mall.
I've told this story before, so I won't repeat it here, but I'll always look back on that night with a smile.  Plus, how terrible would it be if I had never discovered my love of all things Harry Potter?

- Splurging at Pottery Barn.
As you probably know, I have quite the addiction to Pottery Barn and have spent entirely too much money there over the past couple of years, but there are two purchases, in particular, that I know I'll never be sorry about:

And my $100 throw blanket.  Both still make me giddy every time I look at them (or curl up in them, in the case of the blanket).

- Deciding, at a young age, to give my heart away for good to a wonderful man.
It didn't take long for me to fall for Micah.  We just knew, early on, that what we were feeling was real.  And at 17, there were so many people who told me I was crazy for thinking I had found the person I was meant to be with forever.  They told me that we'd change and that, in ten years, we wouldn't be the people we were when we met.  That it'd be better for us to date other people so that we could be sure of our feelings for one another.

But I can tell you, with certainty, that I will always look at Micah and see him as the adorable boy with the puppet.  His eyes will always mesmerize me, and I will forever get butterflies when he touches me.  No amount of time could have ever made me feel any differently.  And to be fair, we did wait another six years before we actually got married.  But my heart was unquestionably his long, long before we walked down the aisle.

It's so wonderful to me how much these decisions, some made on a total whim, ended up being some of the best decisions I've ever made. :)

Monday, November 12, 2012


Five days of freedom did me well, y'all. 

{one} I spent oodles of time with family and friends, and I needed it.  In five days, I managed to spend time with (1) my mom and stepdad, (2) my dad and stepmom, (3) my brother, sister-in-law, and niece (4) my Mamaw, Papaw, two aunts, and an uncle, (5) Micah's parents, (6) Micah's brother and nephew, and (7) my bestie.  Love.

{two} I spent several hours with my mom after her (somewhat impromptu) gallbladder removal surgery.  It's so funny how you're never too old to be babied by your mother, even when she's the one who needs babying.

{three} Micah and and I had a sushi/Pottery Barn date.  Fresh jalapeno rolls and fluffy blankets are my love language.

{four} I almost finished making my A Meaningful Christmas ornaments.  I can't remember if I told you guys, but a few of my friends and I joined up with another friend to do this 24-day Christmas devotional, which I'm really excited about.  Admittedly, I wasn't thrilled about hand-making 24 ornaments, but thankfully I was assigned the family picture themed-ornament, so I didn't have to be terribly creative with the content of mine.  I'll be sure and post pictures when I get them all finished.  Please keep your expectations low. :)

{five} We picked up some warm clothes for Micah to take to Paris.  I still need a few things, but I think we'll be ready by the end of the month. I also still need to sort through all of the emails I've received about what we absolutely MUST do while we're there and form a rough intinerary.  Like I said before, I'm definitely not one to plan out every day {because I think the best moments in a new city are the ones you can't anticipate}, but I do want to create a checklist of sorts to make sure we don't miss any of the high points while we're there.

{six} Work is waiting for me, but I'm pretty sure it's more important that I go buy another few pairs of maternity leggings.  No?

Seventeen Weeks...

(This is a terrible outfit for showing off my bump.  Sorry, y'all.)

How far along?  Seventeen weeks.  Holy cow, I'm almost halfway there.

Baby is the size of...  a baked potato.  Keep on baking in there, little potato! :)

Best moment this week?  Looking over at Micah on the couch, with highlighter in hand, reading The Father Connection.  My husband is going to be such a wonderful, wonderful dad.

Miss anything?  Nothing this week.  I'm feeling a little more tired than I had been, but that probably has a little something to do with the fact that I've worked non-stop for the last month.  Thank goodness that's over.

Movement?  Those little flutters are definitely becoming more distinct, and it's amazing.  Is it weird, though, that they're almost always on one side?  Apparently our potato isn't too fond of the right side of my uterus.

Sleep?  I'm not sleeping quite as well as I had been, but I still can't complain.  I feel sure it's going to get much worse. :)

Food cravings?  None this week. 

What makes you queasy/sick?  Not a whole lot, but really strong smells still turn my stomach, and I'm still avoiding enchiladas.  Which makes me so, so sad.

Morning sickness?  It has mostly disappeared, although it pops in to say hello every now and then.

Other symptoms?  Nails and hair are still strong and healthy, and my skin actually appears to be improving.  (Let's all say a hearty "thank you, Lord!" for that one.) 

Gender? Micah thinks it's a girl. I'm pretty positive it's a boy.  But we find out for sure next week, and we're so excited!  It's not that knowing the gender will change, in any way, how we feel about the baby -- we're going to be so, so thrilled either way -- but to be able to picture our pumpkin more tangibly is so exciting!  And it'll obviously help with planning the nursery, setting up our registry, etc. 

Looking forward to...  next week!  Can't wait to share our news with you guys! :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thankful Thursdays (Link Up!)...

Loved and Lovely

There's really nothing better than coming home after you've been away, is there?  I was a happy, happy girl when I drove into my garage late Tuesday evening after having been gone for almost two weeks.  So obviously...
{I'm thankful} to be HOME!
Home to my love and my puppy and my bathtub (my dadgum hotel room had only a standalone shower). 
Wanna know what else?
{I'm thankful} that we got an AMAZING verdict for our client!  I wish I could tell you guys more, but I can only say that every late night, early morning, and sleepless night of the past few months was entirely worth it.  I couldn't be more thrilled for the client.
And I'm happy to have a second trial under my belt.  It's hard to get a case (particularly a patent case worth millions and millions of dollars) to trial these days, so it's a cool thing to have made it through another one as a young attorney.
(the "kids," as we were affectionally called throughout the trial)
{I'm thankful} that I'm not going back to work until Monday.  I suppose that's one of the perks of working my tail off for the last two months. So I'm planning on spending the next few days watching everything on our DVR, cooking some delicious meals, and visiting with friends and family. 
In fact...
{I'm thankful} that I got to have lunch with my sweet Daddy yesterday and that I'm meeting my besties for lunch today.  I feel like I've been on another planet for the past month, and I'm so excited to catch up on everyone's lives.
Last, but definitely not least, {I'm thankful} to get to catch up with YOUR lives!  I missed you guys oh so much! 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sixteen Weeks...

How far along? Sixteen weeks.

Baby is the size of... an avocado.

Best moment this week?  To tell you guys the truth, it has been a TOUGH week!  Trial is an amazing experience, but I'm so exhausted and sleep-deprived, it's not even funny.  Thank goodness I'll be headed home to my love on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Miss anything?  Cold sandwiches.  They're the most obvious choice for trial lunches, and it has been tough trying to find something to eat instead (particularly when they look so delicious!).

Movement? Still feeling the occasional flutter, but I'm still not convinced it's the baby.  I'm so ready to feel a big ole kick! :) 

Sleep?  Not sleeping quite as well this week, but I'm also not sleeping in my own bed or on my own pillow, so it definitely isn't surprising.

Food cravings?  I've been dying for sweet tea.

What makes you queasy/sick?  Nothing in particular.

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

Other symptoms?  Lovely hair and nails, atrocious skin.  Oh, and the beginnings of stretch marks.  I already knew those were coming, though, so it wasn't the end of the world.

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

Looking forward to... going HOME and our doctor's appointment this Friday. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thankful Thursdays (Link Up!)...

Loved and Lovely

You know what, y'all?

{I'm thankful} that I've survived the first week of being gone for trial!  I'm exhausted and sleep-deprived and sugar-ridden (twizzlers and Halloween candy are about all that are keeping me going), but I'm alive.  Only one more week to go.

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.
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