Friday, July 27, 2012

High Five for Friday!

This is my first time to link up with Lauren's High Five for Friday. I've enjoyed reading other bloggers' posts and decided to finally join in on the fun!

This week's highlights:

1. Munchkin's rug came in the mail this week! I ordered it on June 12, and after a long hassle and many emails with customer service, I received the rug. So excited to see it finally coming together! (And I got a nice discount too since they screwed up my order.)

2. Who doesn't love a Batman cake?

3. In an attempt to make my pantry look like those on Pinterest, I ordered a gift card with my credit card rewards to purchase these babies. In 7-10 days, I will be writing about my beautiful pantry!

4. This is my most exciting achievement - I have a new shelf for my food! 

5. I have finally found the inspiration for our little yard! I surprised Hubs with this table and 4 chairs from World Market. He wasn't as excited as I was, haha! I will one day show you pictures of before and after, but know that I will be incredible embarrassed. It is currently disgusting. Ask Kara. With three dogs and less than enough space, we've struggled to make the area beautiful. So, I have a plan, and hopefully when the weather cools off, some strong friends will come help preggo make the back yard beautiful!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Perspective Shift

This may be an internal and emotional post - be forewarned!

With every new day comes a new point of view. It seems I can see less and less of my toes every day!

Another thing that seems to change daily is how I view this pregnancy. Yesterday I was on the floor crying because I couldn't find any clothes I wanted to wear. Some days are better than others. :) It's already probably the hardest thing I've done in my life, and I have yet to deliver Munchkin! I can't eat like I used to for fear of heartburn, I wake up multiple times in the night to pee, not to mention the newest symptom for today - waking up screaming from leg cramps, fun! I think I have permanent knots in my back, "tiger stripes," swelling beyond what I thought was humanly possible, hormonal rage, fear, sadness, etc, etc. 

Last week, I saw Munchkin move from the outside of my belly. I feel him all day long - it's like we have a schedule worked out. I haven't experienced a greater wonder. Now, I can't wait to hold him in my arms, but until then, I am so blessed to feel this beautiful baby move inside of my body. I get to carry him. Hubs doesn't get to do that, none of my friends or family get the honor, I have been entrusted  to care for the health and growth for the first 38 or so weeks of this child's development.

I guess I'm just trying to say that it's completely worth it. I wouldn't have it any other way. Pass me the Tums, wake me up to pee, cover me in stretch marks, I don't care (I could do without the leg cramps though). I'll endure whatever it takes to meet my munchkin. 17 (or so) weeks to go!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

This Week's Creation

I have to admit, girl cakes are my favorite. Boy cakes are fun, but girl cakes remind me of my childhood. I can't help but smile when I look at the finished product and think what 4 year old Amanda would say.

Grown up Amanda was pleased with the outcome of this cake too - it had been awhile since I made my fondant from scratch. So it turned out well! I think my favorite parts are the edible pearls and then the sunglasses. How can you go wrong with sparkly sunglasses?

Monday, June 25, 2012

You Might Not Know This About Me

I was just introduced to The Trunk Blog! Lauren is hosting a linkup this week called "You Might Not Know This About Me."

So here are 10 things that you might not know!

1. I'm 24, but I look like I belong on "16 and Pregnant." I get that quite often actually. I even got 10 years old yesterday. People exaggerate. 

2. I married the coolest man two and a half years ago. Although I'm too swollen to wear my rings right now. :(

3. I pretend to be vegan or vegetarian (depending on the phase) about 3 months out of the year. July is one of those months. I was a real veggie for 3 years.

4. We're planning a NUCB, so pray for me. I spend about 2 hours a day reading natural birth stories to pump myself up.

5. What really got me on board for our son's name was the meaning "son of swamp dwellers." I don't tell people that one.

6. Cake decorating is one of my favorite things to do, but I prefer to do it from home and on a per client basis rather than under a boss. 

7. I get insane joy from getting a good deal. My recent most favorite was my Keurig, originally 189. Got it for 44. :) I love Kohls.

8. I really want a pool. I hope Hubs reads this.

9. I LOVE British candy bars and biscuits. We spent some time living in England growing up, and thank God for World Market's candy section!

10. I still don't quite understand everything of the blogging world. So grateful for sister! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Back in the Saddle Again

Woke up today with terrible nausea, had to swallow it back because I knew I couldn't make it to the toilet in time. Then I spent some time over the toilet, but of course nothing happened. So now I'm in bed feeling miserable. I thought I was home free, it's almost week 13! But I suppose I'm back in the morning sickness saddle again, and I'll be sending the Hubs to pick up more sprite and crackers today.

On a positive note, Mother's Day was fantastic. Hubs pulled his back at work and hasn't been able to really move. He woke me up Sunday, gave me a hug and told me Happy Mother's Day. I know it hurt for him to even move his arms, so I appreciated it. I started crying while I remembered Mother's Day last year and how I prayed that we would have a kid by this one. God is so faithful. Then I made some deviled eggs because my parents and in laws were coming over for lunch to celebrate the day. When they got here, we went outside to take pictures with just my side of the family. I didn't realize the in laws were coming out to watch and the dogs were alone inside. One of them decided to help himself to almost all of the deviled eggs and some of the pulled pork. I cried and cried some more while my dad went to buy more food. Silly hormones! Then we exchanged gifts and my wonderful sissy got us the baby bullet! I'm so stinking excited about making and freezing baby food. She knows me so well! We also got baby crocs and two ceramic owls, a mama and a baby owl. It was a great day filled with happy and sad tears, family, and good replaced food! The dog was fine by the way. No vomit or problems out of the other end. Good day indeed. :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Oh the Pressure!

How I will ever name my child is beyond my knowledge right now. I have some commitment issues (ask my husband!), so the idea of coming up with the name my child will be called for the rest of his/her life is a daunting task! What if I don't like the name after a year? What if my child grows to resent their name because I didn't choose a good one? So much pressure! And then you get people asking what you're going to name baby, and their response to the name you've been praying over is something like, "Oh, I don't like that. You should name them..."You just can't please everyone.

We thought we would only look at Biblical names, but it turns out the ones we like are entirely too popular - Ethan, Elijah, Levi, Luke, Jude, Abigail, Hannah, etc. I want something unique, with meaning, and godly. We found a name that we love yesterday, and we've decided to not tell anyone until the baby comes. Especially because I may not like it next week, haha!

Also, we're officially in the second trimester! I'm still having a hard time sleeping, staying asleep, and then staying awake during the day, but I'm sure there will be some relief soon, right? I can't believe we're a third done with waiting to meet our turkey! Thanksgiving can't get here soon enough!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Growing a Baby is Hard Work!

Today I am 11 weeks and 4 days. I'm so close to the 2nd trimester, I can feel it! No really, I can feel it. I'm already starting to feel better. My all day sickness is just afternoon and evening sickness. The first day I woke up not feeling nauseated, I'm pretty sure I did a little dance! I'm still exhausted and everything just hurts, but hey, I get the miracle of life out of this. I've already fallen in love with this baby. It's a crazy feeling, to love so strongly someone you've never met. I can't wait until we meet and the love grows. I woke up sick last night and accidentally woke up Hubs. He stayed up with me, and we talked about how excited we are to be parents. I cry all the time knowing how much love this baby has. It blows me away. First grandbaby on both sides and first great grandbaby for both of my grandparents.. he/she will be SPOILED!

I am glad there are 40 weeks to pregnancy though. There's so much that has to get in order before baby arrives. Again, I look forward to getting further along to have more energy to start dealing with some of that stuff.

Here's some pictures of this weekends antics! Baking and pregnancy do not mix well. AT ALL. I've turned down so many orders, and intend to continue to do so. I'm proud of myself for learning my limits.