Monday, October 24, 2011

22 Weeks & Family Baby Shower

**NOTE: THE SPACING IS REALLY MESSED UP IN THIS POST - NOT SURE WHY! I WORKED WITH IT A WHILE AND NEVER COULD GET IT FIXED - OH WELL**

I am: 22 weeks pregnant
Size of Baby: Spaghetti Squash ~ almost 1 pound and 11" long
Total Weight Gained: 3 pounds
Maternity Clothes: I have a nice little maternity clothes section in my closet. I can wear a lot of my regular tops too. I am wearing maternity jeans and a maternity top in this picture.
Gender: It's a BOY!
Name: Parker Holt
Movement: I feel flutters and movement here and there ~ so neat. It feels like I swallowed a butterfly or fish and he seems more active in the evenings so that's when I feel him most.
Sleep: Thanks to my sweet mother-in-law, the past couple of nights have been much better! Last night, I slept the best that I have in several weeks. While John's parents were here this weekend, they bought me a Boppy Body Pillow. It took a little getting used to at first, but it's so nice and has helped a lot. Thanks again!

What I Miss: Hmmm...I still miss the same things that I have all along. I made chocolate chip cookies last week - no dough for me. I also really want to make Shrimp Scampi, but the recipe I use takes white wine and clam juice...boo!
Cravings: No cravings
How I'm Feeling: I'm feeling great!

Best Moment last Week: Having our first baby shower and working more in Parker's room.

John's Mom and Dad (Mark and Karen) came to visit us this weekend. We had a really nice weekend of eating, visiting, shopping and World Series watching. They also came to go to a little family baby shower that John's Aunt Wanda (Mark's sister) put together for us on Saturday. Thanks again Wanda for ALL you did on Saturday!! She prepared a HUGE feast for all of us - it was so delicious. I think I counted 14 adults and 2 kids. We all ate lunch and then John and I opened our gifts and the rest of the day was spent talking and catching up. Everyone at the shower is spread out geographically in Texas and Arkansas so it was really great to get together for several hours - a celebration and time to reconnect.

Here are Grandma and Grandad...
From left to right ~ Lillie, Wanda, Janet (all Mark's sisters) and Karen (John's Mom).

As a small thank you party favor, I made up bags of chocolate covered pretzels for each guest. I colored the white chocolate blue and added blue sprinkles. I tied up the pretzels in a small sandwich bag with blue ribbon and a hand-written tag.

Mommy and Daddy-to-Be dressed in blue for our sweet boy.


Rachelle (John's cousin Rob's wife) made these cupcakes. Not only were they adorable, they tasted so good. I had two - one for me and one for Parker. YUM!!


Lunch time ~ lots of eating, talking and laughing.

Wanda had a fun game for us all to play. We were divided into two teams and each given a sippy cup of water. One at a time we had to drink our cup of water and when we finished the next person started. The team to finish all their sippy cups won a small prize. John's team won! We also got to keep all of the sippy cups after the game.





It's only fitting that the Razorback football game was on in the background. The game wasn't pretty, but they pulled it out in the end. Woo Pig Sooie!




A few pictures of us opening gifts - we got some really great stuff. This was so exciting!

Once we got back home, I spread everything out to take a picture of it all togther. I took a wide pictures and a couple of close-ups.
We had a great day with family and appreciate everyone coming to share the day with us and shower us with wonderful gifts.

We added a couple of things to Parker's room this week. My friend Sylvia (and her husband Brian) gave us this beautiful frame when we found out we were pregnant. I decided to use it for a scripture so with Microsoft Word and some scrapbook paper - voila! This will sit on the side table with his lamp by the rocking chair.

This is the canvas I painted while Carianne was here. I knew I wanted to paint a gingham pattern, but not quite sure how to pull it off. Carianne had the brilliant idea of using scotch tape to make the pattern. She taped it each way and I painted it the same blue I painted his name. This is hanging above the light switch and on the wall between the door to his room and the closet door. I wrote "Painted by Mommy - October 15, 2011 - I Love You Parker" on the back.


















This sign came from Hobby Lobby and John hung it above his closet door.

It's starting to come together and we are over halfway there - wow! We also ordered Parker's crib, changing table and mattress this weekend so we'll be getting those over the next couple of weeks. I've also been working on a baby registry checklist to take with us when we register in about 2 weeks. That will be so overwhelming, but lots of fun!

Until we meet again...
Riley

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

21 Weeks & Room Update

I am: 21 weeks pregnant
Size of Baby: Carrot ~ about 12 ounces and 10.5" long

Total Weight Gained: 3 pounds
Maternity Clothes: I have a nice little maternity clothes section in my closet. I am wearing maternity jeans in this picture, but a regular top. Carianne let me borrow a few of her tops too.
Gender: It's a BOY!
Name: Parker Holt
Movement: I feel a few flutters here and there ~ really neat.
Sleep: It's fairly good - not great, but not awful either. I appreciate all the sleep I get. I took an awesome nap on the couch Sunday for about an hour.

What I Miss: This week I was really wanting fried eggs, not super runny, but somewhat - no can do right now.
Cravings: No cravings

How I'm Feeling: Except for the sleep struggles and occassional heartburn, I'm feeling really good! I've had a really easy pregnancy thus far so I hope the rest goes as smoothly as possible too.
Best Moment last Week: Painting on Parker's room!!

As I mentioned last week, my best friend Carianne came in late Thursday night to paint Parker's room for us. What a great weekend!

Before I go on, please cue the standing ovation and continuous applause for all she did on Parker's room. The words "Thank You" are not near enough to express our gratitude. Carianne, we very much appreciate you taking the time and a weekend to come and do this for us. It looks amazing and we are forever grateful! We love it!!

Luckily, like me, Carianne has attention to detail so she wanted the room to be perfect. I told her the two colors I wanted (cream and red) and that I wanted horizontal stripes on two of the walls and she took it and ran with it. She made very sure it was professional looking from the taping, painting and touch-ups and everything in between. She spent a lot of time touching up the drips and imperfections so it looked flawless. She also brought her laser level for taping the stripes so there wouldn't be lines to draw on the walls and try to hide with paint.

I must also say a big thank you to John! He did a lot of the painting as well (with Carianne's direction of course - hee hee) and held the laser level while she taped the stripes. He also went with me to buy all of the supplies and fetched several things from the garage over the course of the weekend. I walked in and out of the room at times, but tried to stay out of the way and away from the fumes. It was hard not to be able to help more. I worked on a few other projects and washed Parker's clothes that we've gotten recently. I also sat in the hallway, talked to them and watched them work.


The room was a flat paint before - we thought it was white, but once they started painting it looked more gray. The colors we got were from Lowes - Natural Sheepskin and Radiant Red in a satin finish.
John had to dig some dried up paint out of the tray - or at least that's what he said. Perhaps he just wanted to be a big kid and play in the paint.
One of the projects I worked on while Carianne worked on touch ups was painting the letters of Parker's name to hang on the wall above his crib.Carianne bought some really cute star stickers at Hobby Lobby and suggested I put some of them on the light switch and outlet covers. They really go with the theme and colors of the room. While we waited for the cream to dry we went shopping for a couple of hours. Fun times!! We bought several things for the room and some craft supplies. And if she hasn't done enough already, Carianne volunteered to make curtains for Parker's room. There's a valance that goes with the bedding, but she's going to make blue gingham curtains to go behind the valance. We bought the fabric for those while we were out.
Carianne also had a wonderful idea of painting red stars on one wall to match the red stars on the bedding (I never would have thought of or attempted this on my own). She ran the idea by us and we loved it, but she wanted it to be a surprise so we didn't see this wall until she was done. WOW! This wall will have a rocking chair (that was my Grandmother's), a side table and the changing table.
While we were at Hobby Lobby, we bought the supplies and materials to make a sports mobile/dangle to hang from the ceiling. I already had this hook in the ceiling from when it was the guest room and we decided to leave it there. The stars at the top were unfinished wood and Carianne painted them red. The rest she assembled with fishing line and hot glue. It is precious! It's two sided so when it spins you see this on the other side as well.
I also painted this while I was painting his full name. I painted it the same blue and used the same stickers from the outlet covers. We attached it to the door with good ol' velcro. Here is his name leaning against the wall. We are going to hang it inside one of the red stripes above and his crib will be underneath.
The rest of these pictures are what the room looks like as of yesterday. We cleared out all of the supplies and junk - hah! Everything in here will stay in here, but not necessarily where it is. The painting was the biggest job so now we can arrange things, bring furniture in and hang a few items. It's not near done by any means, but we'll get there. I still have a long to do list in here. We also got Parker's car seat and stroller delivered last week. It was a generous gift from Grandma and Grandad - thank you! Daddy still needs to put a few parts on the stroller.
Here is his bedding - sheets, comforter and bumper pads. The way the sun is hitting it, it looks so light, but it's really bright. There's also a little blue Snoopy from Mamaw. On top of the bookcase you can see a sneak peak of a canvas I painted, but I am waiting to take a picture until it's hung on the wall. There's a collection of supplies for things I'm working on in the corner.
While these pictures are pretty good, the room is much better in person. The colors are very rich and bright. I can't wait to keep working on it. I will keep taking pictures and posting them as we get more done. Thanks for letting us share - much more to do, but we are making progress.

Again, thank you a million times Carianne! Thanks to you too sweet husband - I love you so very much!

Until we meet again...
Riley