Sunday, November 22, 2015

Gender Reveal- Disney Style

I know this is an eternity late and that I haven't posted in over 2 months... and that I am still not caught up on the events leading up to this point... but trying to get ready to go on maternity leave and maintain my plans and such for while I am not on leave, has been draining me. Not to mention we found a house and are trying to get ready to move... and of course welcome this baby... But I figured I should probably get this gender reveal post up because it is one of my favorite memories of this pregnancy.

Background info- when Tim and I got engaged in Disney, it all started at this wishing well. So we have made it a tradition to take a picture at this wishing well every time we visit Disney. So it only made sense that we did our gender reveal here.

*Disclaimer- this reveal was 98% Tim's idea... I am just typing up the details.

So here is what we did...

Since we were on this vacation with some of our friends, we gave them the sealed envelope. We took Payton on a ride while they went to buy either a pink or blue balloon. We met back with them at the wishing well.

We gave Payton a coin to throw into the wishing well and to make a wish for her new brother or sister.

And then we took our family picture.
Afterwards, the gender was revealed behind us... as if by magic (and a little help from Lindsey).

We let Payton turn around first to see what color the balloon was...
And then we turned around.

Once we took the picture, we told Payton why there was a pink balloon. First reaction from her- she was mad. She really wanted a brother. But then we told her all the fun things she could do with a baby sister and how she could teach her all kinds of things like how to play ponies and princesses and how to wear her hair bows, etc. And then she came around.

Later on, while on the bus (maybe even the next day), Payton says to me... "Mommy, some boys like pink right?" (I had NO idea where this was going). I said yeah honey some boys like pink... she said "well mommy, maybe this baby is a boy but he likes pink and that's why we got a pink balloon." I said oh no honey that is not how this works. But she is DEFINITELY excited for her little sister to be coming soon and her thoughts of having a brother are gone.

We also revealed the baby's name in Disney...

We got ear hats embroidered with Payton's name and the baby's name and took these pictures...

So coming soon (really REALLY soon since this took me forever to post...)- Ariana Marie!
(Pronounced Are-ee-on-uh... NOT Air-ee-on-uh)

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Itty Bitty v2.0 28 weeks

Ok I know I promised that my next post would be an exciting one but I haven't uploaded our pictures yet. So for now, you have to just read this one until I get a chance to upload pics. It's back to school time, which means I am super busy. I am hoping to be caught up with work stuff in the next week or so, so that I can continue trying to catch up on this blog.

Date: September 10, 2015
How far along: 28 weeks (+1 day)
Weight gain: I honestly haven't gotten on the scale in a while. I think it is probably around 20lbs.
Sleep: Oh this is not a good one. There have been nights where I was back to waking up every couple hours. One night I woke up at 1:45 and couldn't fall back to sleep so I was up for the day (on the first day of school no less). And I am getting leg cramps while sleeping, and one was so bad it woke me up. Needless to say I am tired.
Best moment of the week: Passed the glucose test! And officially have a godmother for the baby.
Movement: I can feel the baby a lot but it is really hard to feel it from the outside. :(
Food cravings: Nothing specific.
Food aversions: Nothing still.
Gender: Well WE know what it is... and if you are friends with us on facebook then YOU know what it is... but I have a separate post planned for that.
Maternity clothes: I am just going to get rid of this category after this post. I mean clearly I am in maternity clothes and not going back...
Symptoms: Tired. Sore (back to school time is tough, even if you aren't pregnant!)
What I miss: Being comfortable. It isn't that I am always uncomfortable but this baby I swear just sits differently than Payton did. I just feel different with this one.
What I'm looking forward to: Figuring out our house situation... because on top of being 6 mos pregnant and back to school time, we threw in the mix the idea of moving... because why not right?!
Weekly Wisdom: I'm sorry I am just not wise at this point...
Milestones: third trimester!!! I have a dr appointment next week and I think at that point I will be at every 2 weeks? I am not sure.

Baby is as big as an...

I am not too sure about all this veggie comparison. Because I am looking more like 3-4 eggplants. But whatever. As long as this baby is growing and healthy right?!

And here is a picture from yesterday before work...

I feel like I am definitely carrying a LOT different with this baby and I feel like it is all in the front. So I feel a little bit better about the belly and weight!

Ok, if all goes as planned the NEXT post will be the exciting one.
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Back to School 2014

Silent Saturday- is that a thing? Can we make it one? Because there really isn't much to say about this post. Payton went to Pre-K3 last year for 3 half days a week. And she loved it. Here are her first day pictures...

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Itty Bitty v2.0 26 weeks

We are at 26 weeks! Almost to the "appointments every two weeks" point. And unfortunately, at the dreaded glucose test point... but more about all that below.

Date: August 27, 2015
How far along: 26 weeks (+1 day)
Weight gain: Well I think it is about 18lbs... however after this Disney trip, I am afraid to know. Either it stayed the same... or went up from all the food... or went down from all the walking.
Sleep: I am tired. Almost all the time again. It is really a shame because I do not have time for this exhaustion. Especially because I procrastinated and am NOT ready for back to school time.
Best moment of the week: Well (because I am typing this in advance) it hasn't happened YET but... finding out if this baby is a boy or a girl.
Movement: Yes, and it is getting more frequent. At my Dr. appointment last week, every time the Dr tried to find the heartbeat, the baby would kick and move out of the way. We would hear like 3 beats, then BOOM- kick and move.
Food cravings: Nothing specific.
Food aversions: Nothing still.
Gender: As of typing this- I don't know. By the time it posts, I will know. And if you are friends with us on facebook then you know too. But I will do a reveal on the blog soon.
Maternity clothes: I bought some stuff from Destination Maternity when we stopped at the quite a good amount of stuff and I am hoping that I have enough for the next 3 months.
Symptoms: Growing, kicking, tired....
What I miss: Sleep... or at least feeling like I have enough of it.
What I'm looking forward to: Since we all know what I am looking forward to, I am changing this to what I am NOT looking forward to.... stepping on the scale after vacation... having the glucose test ALSO after vacation... going back to work (and therefore stressing for the next few months about how to prepare for a long term sub)
Weekly Wisdom: umm none?
Milestones: We are almost to the point of having dr appointments every 2 weeks. I know for most people this isn't really exciting but it sure does seem to make the time go by faster. (In the case of a teacher I am not sure if that is good or bad but either way, it is going to happen.)

Baby is as big as a...

Hm not so sure about that... I feel a LOT bigger than that.  

I will add a 26 week picture in a few days...

Sorry this one is so short and boring... but the next v2.0 post will be an exciting one! 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On a Boat {Kinda Wordless Wednesday}

Last summer, we were REALLY busy. I feel like THIS summer, however, flew by and we didn't have time to do all the things we wanted. But last summer, we went on my cousin's boat. And Payton loved it! I was a little nervous she wouldn't be a fan but she was. 

Boating beauty
Trying to catch a fish
Driving the boat

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Bills Game

Last year, we took Payton to the Kids Day Game. The child loves cheering for football. And getting decked out in all her Bills gear. 
Walking into the stadium with her daddy...

And meeting her favorite- Billy Buffalo!

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Hall of Fame Weekend 2014

Fair warning.. this post is picture heavy and doesn't feature all. What?! No Payton?! Nope... see... here's the story...

I have been waiting YEARS for Andre Reed to get inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. YEARS people. And I always swore I was going to go the year he got in. Except there was always one teeny tiny problem. Hall of Fame weekend was always the weekend right before school started in Memphis. So logistically I could never figure out how it was going to work. But then... the stars aligned. See, we were moving back home, where even if I did end up teaching, I wouldn't start in August, so I would be good to go. And then Andre Reed was chosen to get in. And then... THEN... the Bills were chosen to play in the Hall of Fame game. AND... it was our 5 year anniversary last year. So... for our anniversary we decided to take a long weekend to Canton, just us. Probably not your typical 5 year anniversary trip, but it was perfect for us! (And we did start the trip with massages, so that's something right?!)

We had so much to do and I loved it! We went to a Bills party... 
And then it was time for the actual induction. People, I am not sure I have ever been so excited to sit through hours of people making speeches as I was on this day.
And just look at all the Bills fans!

Andre and Marv revealing his bust. 

The speech

Kelly throwing Reed a pass (well, this was afterwards...) 

The next day we went to the Hall of Fame.
And I had a lot of fun in the replay booth. And I was pretty darn good at it too. I have come a long way in understanding football in 10 years...

And lots of pictures...

And then we waited in a super long line to see all the busts. Completely worth it though...
Andre Reed

Ralph Wilson
Bruce Smith
Thurman Thomas
Jim Kelly
Marv Levy

And then it was game time.

Seriously... one of the best trips we have ever taken. And it wasn't Disney! Who would have thought that I would choose this as our anniversary trip?!

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