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Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

We had a wonderful first Christmas together as a little family. Emersyn managed to wear all of her Christmas outfits and was a trooper during all the family Christmas time. Of course, she was spoiled rotten with more books, toys, and blankets than she ever needed :) My favorite toy is her ladybug rocking horse from Gran and Peeps. It is out of the world precious and we can't wait for E to be able to sit up so she can ride it! I had a fantastic Christmas with my sweet girl and husband, precious puppies, and amazing family. Just that was enough, then Lance and E surprised me with the SLR camera I have been begging for :) It was so sweet and thoughtful. Mom was so thoughtful and got me a new water bottle since mine was bent and scratched to pieces and a necklace like the one I always steal from her. I didn't need or expect gifts, but am so grateful for what I was given. 
Lance and I have been brainstorming and stealing ideas from friends of traditions to start with E next year during Christmas. We pray everyday that if we do one thing as parents it will be to lead Emersyn towards Jesus. We pray for her heart daily, and have since she was in the womb. We want, more than anything, for her to understand the true meaning of Christmas. We want her to be excited about Jesus' birthday before anything else. We love the idea of a birthday cake and birthday celebration on Christmas day, as well as the sweet tradition I grew up with of reading the Christmas story before bed on Christmas Eve. We have many fun years ahead of letters to Santa and watching for Rudolph's nose, but I pray these are all secondary in our house to the celebration of the birth of our Savior.
How can you not love that face? 
We had an eventful week leading up to Christmas and spent one afternoon in the ER. E had been screaming for over 2 hours and was completely inconsolable. She started losing her breath from crying so hard, so we loaded up and headed for Children's ER. That was the first and last trip I want to make there, or to any ER with this little girl! They examined little girl and did a belly x-ray and I just knew something awful would be wrong, but the doctor told us she was just a very good actress with a very bad temper and a belly full of gas! Boy, do we have some fun years to look forward to :) 
We have been a fussy, invalid family this Christmas, but we have had the best time together. Christmas Eve morning, dad threw his back out again and has been confined to the bed since. We still have a fussy little E most days, but nothing like the fit she threw to go to the ER. Even BoJackson got sick and threw up one day. The rest of us are just tired :)  There is still no place I would rather be this time of year and am so thankful for the family we have been blessed with.
E is now 5 weeks old! I can't believe we are on our way to the big 6 week mark. She is growing like a weed and about to pop out of newborn diapers. We can tell some of her newborn sleepers are about to be too mall as well. She will sleep for 4 hour stretches at night between feedings and is just as sweet as ever :) I love this little girl to pieces and am still trying to figure out what I did for the 24 years before her! 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Happy 1 Month, baby Emersyn!

I. CANNOT. BELIEVE. IT! 1 month has passed since I gave birth to the sweetest baby girl in the world. Memories of labor are still way too vivid to think about any siblings for little girl in the future, but one month is a lot of time to have passed when some days I have wondered if we will make it another hour. So much has happened in these first 28 days and little girl has come so far and changed so much. Her little facial features are much more defined and she has her own little look, she doesn't just have that "newborn squishy face" look. Her little personality is definitely coming out, she is so precious!
Baby Emersyn LOVES looking at lights, particularly Christmas lights. She has the sweetest smile with a little dimple on her left cheek. Her hair is starting to lighten up on the ends, and is growing so fast. She still loves to have her hands on her face all the time- she did this all the time in the womb as well. She is a pro at tummy time and likes to scoot around when we put her on her belly. Her neck control is amazing and she loves to hold her head and and look at you when you are holding her. She loves to stay awake and is a mess at fighting sleep- we are in for a ride! She has the biggest, brightest, and prettiest dark eyes that melt my heart. She has long, skinny legs like her daddy and wears newborn pants in the waist, but at least 3 months in the length- she definitely didn't get that from her mama :) I was afraid we were going to have a thumb sucker on our hands, but she had some difficulty keeping her thumb in her mouth and has taken up a paci instead- we use this when she starts fighting sleep and it seems to help. I love dressing my little doll up, right now we are trying to squeeze in all of her Christmas outfits :)
For the weeks before and after Christmas, my little family came to stay at my parent's house in "the country" to celebrate a long holiday. Emersyn loves it here, particularly outside- she can stare out the windows all day! We have LOVED having visitors coming to love on our little angel. Since we delivered about 4 hours from my hometown, our visitors were minimal, now that she has a bit more immune system our visitors are coming from near and far to get a glance at little bit. It has really worked out nicely. Emersyn's first outing was to my home church and she was a pro. Of course, she got plenty of loving :) At least we are getting all those little bitty Feltman Brothers dresses worn! The country is such a nice vacation. 
Dash, Ann, and Kenny visiting our little angel
Morgan and Donna with sweet girl
After her first visit to church in her sweet little bubble :)

E's tummy issues have gotten 100 times better. She is still on the Zantac and cramp medicine 2 times a day and taking a probiotic. Baby girl hasn't cried a hurt cry in many days which makes for a very happy mommy. She spits up a tiny, tiny bit with most feedings and that is our biggest complaint. Praise God!
As far as mommy goes, I am waiting to turn into an herb.  My milk supply still hasn't picked up any despite efforts to put E to the breast every 2 hours, pump when she sleeps longer, and take an herbal cocktail about 10 times a day! Yes, it is frustrating, but she is getting some breast milk and that is better than none at all. I have just had to accept this is our normal and it's ok- I can't beat myself up daily over something that just isn't going to be. I still have a smidget of hope that one day I will pump and fill up a bottle, but chances of that happening get a little slimmer each day. I had no idea it would be this challenging, but I feel confident I have done everything possible and apparently this was just our plan. Since we have had so much difficulty with breast feeding, we have introduced bottles and little girl takes them like a champ, it  has been a relief and allows everyone else to pitch in and help especially when mama needs a nap because she's been up all night :)
We took E for her first visit to see Santa today and she slept through it :) I was just thrilled to have that picture! 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Weeks 2 and 3

If you are reading this, please stop and say a prayer for our little family. The past couple of weeks have taken a wicked turn with our sweet girl. 
I'll start with our 2 week doctor's appointment last Monday. Before this, Emersyn had been very fussy and constantly nursing. I didn't know if it was a growth spurt, cluster feedings or what. I had cut out almost every type of flavored food and was sticking to a bland diet wondering if something I was eating was causing E's tummy ache. We tried Mylacon drops. I had my wisdom teeth removed- one cut and and one pulled- only with local anesthesia and no antibiotics so it wouldn't affect little Emersyn. I knew all this would be worth if she had been gaining weight and growing like a big girl.They put her on the scale and from her 2 day post-hospital visit, she had lost 5 ounces! My heart sank and I bawled like a baby. She had been fussy because poor baby was starving. The doctor encouraged us to start supplementing with the dreaded formula until we could work something out with the nursing. This broke my heart even more. I called the lactation consultant in tears and boo-hooed all over her answering machine. She had some ideas and I was more than willing to try. We supplemented that day and little Emersyn was as happy as a lark. She slept for 4 hours at a time at night and was full of sweet faces. I cried every time I saw a bottle or the formula, but was thankful that sweet girl was feeling better. Over the next few days, she kept wanting more from the bottle, I HATE bottles and formula, every feeding she would leak more on herself than got in her mouth. We were constantly washing burp clothes and sleepers. She started to increase the fussiness as well. We have had a few weight checks and little girl has been picking up weight, thankfully. She should be at birth weight again by 3 weeks- which is Sunday. Today, she was 1/2 an ounce away which is about what she should be gaining per day. Hopefully she will be spot on her birth weight by our weight check on Monday. 
We had a lactation consultant appointment yesterday and she seemed very hopeful. We seem to have made some improvements with my supply. She gave me this absolutely wonderful contraption called a supplemental nursing system. you put any supplement (pumped breast milk or formula) in the bottle, then a long tube reaches to the breast. When the baby latches and begins to suck, the baby gets mom's milk and the supplement. It eliminates bottles and allows the bonding time for mom and baby. This little design has been an answered prayer! We only thought our troubles were coming to an end....
Starting Thursday  night, Emersyn was awake most of the night screaming. We finally fell asleep around 6 am, I thought maybe she had a tummy ache and dared anyone to mention the "colic" word. At the lactation consultant's office, E let out a couple of screams that made the lactation consultant wonder if she had a little reflux that was causing some pain. Then, last night, E started screaming at 6pm and didn't stop until 6 am. She had 2 good naps, I had none because I was such a mess. The answering service for her pediatrician recommended the emergency room, instead we waited until the office opened this morning and took her in. I never imagined I would be at the sick clinic with my 20 day old angel. The doctor checked her out and did a thorough exam, she looked perfect. They gave her a catheter for a urine sample to check for a UTI- thank God, it was negative. The doctor said he thinks it is reflux and a little bit of immature gut. Possibly a touch of colic- Lord, help us- she has two medications that I have prayed over will help our sweet girl. NOTHING in the world is worse than your baby hurting and you not being able to do a thing about it. I have told Emersyn over and over again that if mommy could take the pain away and have it multiplied by 1,000, I would do it in a heartbeat!
I have been a complete wreck. My sweet, precious mother who has saved my life has been a wreck. We stay up with little girl all night and just cry and pray. We hold E close and just love on her, I hope and pray this will pass soon. 
Of course, that can't be all. If you haven't read the story about my first child, Maximus, it can be found here. We have noticed over the past week, sweet puppy is starting to show the effects of the tumor. He wasn't eating his food because it was too hard, and that side of his body has begun to fail. It is heartbreaking, so I also hold him close and snuggle with him as much as possible.
Like I said, we pray A LOT. I can't imagine a purpose-less life without the peace of Christ right now, it's the only thing that gets us from one hour to the next. On the bright side, E is an otherwise healthy, perfect little girl. She has no serious health concerns, wasn't born with any defects, and is a blessing every second she is in our presence. I continuously find myself on my knees in thanksgiving for my sweet baby. Same goes for Maxie, it may sound silly, but he has given me so much love and joy. I can't imagine life one day without him and can't think about it without having a meltdown, but he has been so loved and will always be the first baby :)
On a happy note, we did get newborn pictures made and they are beautiful :) E's gallery can be found here:
Scroll down to 'Emersyn H' and check out our sweet girl.
Surely we have to be on the mend!  Thank you, in advance, for your prayers! I can't believe we  are stacking on days to hit our 1 month mark.... E is growing up way too fast.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Our first week

We have made it one whole week and everyone is still alive and well :) Little Emersyn is the sweetest baby in the world! We have had a very exciting week even besides adding a sweet girl to the family. 
A couple of days after Emersyn made her debut, I started having some discomfort in my upper jaw but didn't think too much of it. The next day it got a little worse, so I started feeling around to see if I could tell what was causing the, now, pain. It didn't take much to discover I had an extra tooth in my mouth! Yes, I guess during delivery I not only pushed a baby out but also a wisdom tooth. It kept getting worse until I was crying in pain by this past Friday. I was so discouraged, I couldn't do anything because my whole body hurt. My sweet parents (who have been lifesavers since we brought Emersyn home) called every dentist in the surrounding area to try and get me seen to get some relief. Unfortunately, most offices are closed on non-holiday Fridays, so they were definitely closed the day after Thanksgiving. Finally, we got a call from one dentist whose office was closed, but met us there to check out this painful tooth. Maybe it was my mom's pleading that I had just had a baby unmedicated and was crying in pain over this tooth? Whatever it was, I am forever grateful to this sweet lady. She checked and confirmed that there was a wisdom tooth in my mouth and she wrote a prescription for an antibiotic and pain medicine. Now, I hate antibiotics passionately. I got them both filled, but managed to not take any pain meds. I was highly encouraged to take the antibiotics because I could have an infection from where the tooth broke the surface and that could be the source of pain, so I started them Friday and stopped last night. It was awful- Emersyn had the worst tummy ache from them and she spent most of the day screaming yesterday. My mouth felt fine, so I decided I was done. I know, I know- this is taboo for the pharmacy world, but a happy baby is much more important! I have an appointment with an oral surgeon on Thursday and I hoping I will be back to my normal teeth count by the weekend! DRAMA!
I am hoping for week 2 to be a little less crazy! I am learning to perform most everyday functions with a baby attached. I am just so thankful I finally feel like performing everyday functions! Recovery was not fun at all. Emersyn is growing like such a big girl and still eating like a champ. We have learned that she loves the sound of water and bath time (as long as the water is running). Her playtime is at 4 am, which is funny because that is the time that I always woke up to go to the gym while I was pregnant. Her favorite thing to do during playtime is play with "Einstein"- her baby Einstein activity mat. She kicks and smiles, and loves when it is close to the Christmas tree so she can also look at Christmas lights- another one of her favorite things. 
At Emersyn's doctors appointment last Friday, she had gained 4 ounces since we left the hospital ( 2 days) and the doctor said she was perfect! Her umbilical cord had already fallen out when she was 4 days old which I cried over- my baby is growing up too fast. Sweet, perfect little girl :) 
Our sweet little turkey
This is how we spent most of the Iron Bowl. Most of the game, we both looked like this :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy, happy Thanksgiving! I have never had a Thanksgiving where I could not compile a list of items I am thankful for, and this year is no different. Our little family has been so blessed this year and we are so grateful. Here are a few things I am thankful for:
1. My precious husband who loves me and cares for me even on the really bad days. He helped coach me through all the discomfort and pain to get Emersyn here just like I had wanted. He desired for me to stay at home with her more than anything, and he works so hard to support us. His job has also been a blessing, he has a great schedule with fantastic benefits so he can care for me and Emersyn and also be at home with us every afternoon.
2. Miss Emersyn Ruth Haney- this little girl has taught me so many things in the 4 short days she has been on this side of my belly. I have learned to love someone unlike I ever thought was possible. I thank God every time I look at her for this sweet gift of life that He has blessed us with!
3. My parents- I would really be sleep deprived without these 2. They get on shifts at night and help me get Emersyn to sleep throughout the evening. And that is just the beginning. I can't imagine life without them. I pray I can be half the parent to Emersyn that they have been for me. 
4. My brother, Luke- When I was 4 years old, I would have never thought I would  be so thankful for a brother one day, but I am :) He is so funny and even in my worst or saddest mood, he can make me laugh :) Emersyn loves him to death already, and loves to look at him. She thinks Uncle Luke is one handsome uncle!
5. A sweet group of girls- I have a beautiful group of friends. I have a circle of girls I have been friends with since daycare/elementary school and we still love each other and stay in touch after all of these years. They listen when you need to vent, offer advice when it's needed, or just lend a shoulder to cry on. They are such a blessing!
6. Maximus and BoJackson- sweet boys. No one can make feel as special as puppies. I can run to the store and be out and back within 10 minutes and the greeting when I come through the door, you would think I had been gone for days and they barely made it without me :) Love these little furballs to pieces!
Here is our sweet little turkey on her first Thanksgiving :) Such a sweet girl!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

At home with baby Emersyn

Complete perfection. That is the best way I can describe what having our sweet girl at home is like. She is so sweet! We just love holding and loving on her, she has the most precious personality already. She LOVES to eat, and spends most of her day doing just that. I don't mind one bit because that means I get to hog her and have a perfect excuse :) The rest of the time it is just a fight of who gets to hold her. I haven't tried any kind of schedule with Emersyn and don't really care to at this point, she eats when she is hungry then falls asleep. She does pretty well with staying awake after she eats during the day and we LOVE playing with her. Her favorite time is between midnight and around 4 or 5 am. She loves to cluster feed during this time, sleep a few minutes in between, and sometimes may want to play a little. Then, she sleeps for a good 4-5 hour stretch before waking again. Then, she eats very frequently throughout the rest of the day. 
She isn't loving baths yet, but does seem to enjoy having her hair washed. She loves looking at her Uncle Luke and thinks her daddy is so silly! She hates being swaddled because her arms aren't free, she will pitch a fit until her arms can punch around freely. She doesn't cry (well, she doesn't ever have to) but has an awful, pitiful little squeal she lets out when she isn't happy and it absolutely breaks my heart. She makes the sweetest little faces and the biggest, sweetest eyes that will melt your heart. She has long runner legs and long, skinny fingers. She is so tiny and sweet, it amazes me how much more I love her everyday. I never knew I was capable of loving anyone as much as I do little Emersyn. 
Maximus and BoJackson are still trying to figure her out. At first, Maximus would refuse to acknowledge her- it broke my heart. Bo thinks she is pretty neat, but gets frantic when she gets fussy. He will pace the entire house until she calms down. They love to sit in her room with me- Max in the chair with me and Emersyn and Bo curls up on the ottoman. Today, Max finally looked at Emersyn so I think we are making progress :) 
I hold Emersyn and wonder how in the world I made it all these years without her. She has added more to mine and Lance's life than we ever imagined. I am so grateful for such a healthy little girl. When we left the hospital, she had passed every screening with flying colors and the pediatrician as well as every baby nurse called her perfect (duh, we knew that!). We visit the pediatrician for the first time on Friday for another quick weight and bilirubin check. Lance and I, along with Gran Peeps and Uncle Luke love every second of loving on our sweet angel. I sleep when Emersyn naps during the day, then mom and I rotate at night. A little rotten? Possibly, but I just like to say she is very well loved :) Here are a few pictures of our sweet girl at home.
Mommy, Daddy, and baby Emersyn coming home

Gran and Uncle Luke with sweet girl

That little face melts my heart.

All buckled up and ready to leave the hospital!

Isn't this precious? Peeps with Max, Bo, and Emersyn

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy BIRTHDAY, Emersyn Ruth Haney

I wanted to write this as soon as possible so I don't forget a thing about this perfect, wonderful, and special day bringing our sweet angel into our family. Some parts are already blurry and some I would rather not remember, even with all of that yesterday was sheer perfection. It all still seems like it really didn't happen, there is no way my mind can wrap around the miracle we experienced.
I have planned from the beginning of my pregnancy to have a natural birth- completely natural, nothing flowing through my veins at any time. Our plan was starting to fail after we scheduled an induction for today, November 21st because little girl needed to come and was not showing much interest :) Friday morning, the 18th I woke up with contractions- more intense than any I had had before but still nothing to make me consider a hospital trip. They continued into Friday evening, lasting about 5 minutes in between, then I went to bed and was able to sleep all night. Saturday morning I woke up with the same contractions a little more intense and about 10 minutes apart. Mom and I walked, I cooked, and tried to keep moving. That night, Lance made the observation that the more I was on my feet, the more frequent my contractions were. So- we went to the mall and walked. Before leaving the mall, I got to the point where I was unable to continue walking during a contraction and could barely talk. When I got home, we finished watching a football game and the contractions remained at that intensity and they got as close as 2 minutes apart for a long interval. I had already made up my mind that when contractions got to 2 minutes apart, we would head to the hospital- well, we were there. Lance and I got ready and left, mom , dad, and Luke were right behind us as soon as they got the puppies situated. 
We got to the ER a few minutes before midnight to get checked-in and the nurse who came to get us to take us to the labor and delivery floor, said that since we were in this night and scheduled for an induction on Monday, they shouldn't try to send us home- Ha. She got me in an evaluation unit and checked to see how dilated I was- SIX centimeters and 90% effaced. She said. "Oh my- why did you wait so long to come? I'm calling the doctor to let him know you are here and in labor." I was then moved to my birthing suite to have a baby! We met our precious nurse who ended up staying over her shift about 2 hours because she had been with us for so long, she just had to see Emersyn :) She asked the details of my birth plan and we explained we wanted NO medications, etc. The greatest part about labor is they never even offered us drugs because they knew I didn't want them. These nurses have been such a blessing! Honestly, I was not in much discomfort at all. I had my contractions down and was able to breath through them perfectly. About 2:30 am, the nurse checked and I was already at 8 centimeters! Wow! Around 4 am, they checked again and I was between 9 and 10 centimeters and getting ready to push. My water had still not broken, but they were just going to deliver the baby with it if it came down to it. They gave us about 30 more minutes, decided we were about 10 centimeters, and we could start doing "trial" pushes before calling the doctor. (side note- the doctor on call is my favorite doctor in the group and I was THRILLED to know he was the doctor on call when we got here early this morning!) We started pushing and it was really difficult! I felt like Emersyn was  not moving at all and I was just exhausting myself. During one of the pushes, my water finally broke only to tell that where the bag was, it was covering up a part of the cervix and I was still at 9.5 and did NOT need to push until we fully dilated. Even more, Emersyn retreated north! Once my water broke, contractions became unbearable! I had the most awful urge to push with all my might every other minute and I can't tell you how many times I looked at Lance and said, "I am DONE. I can't do this anymore!" It broke his heart to see me in so much pain, but he quickly reminded me we were on a one-way street and there was no turning back now. Until this point, we had dilated from 6- 9.5 centimeters in about 4 hours. For the NEXT four hours, we stayed at 9.5 centimeters and in complete agony.The doctor never mentioned any emergencies whenever he came by the room. He said the baby was fine and as long as she continued, there was no need to even consider other routes of delivery. I won't lie, at some points I was wishing he would! At the shift change, a new nurse came in who was blessing #2. She would not let me give up and had a lot of new ideas to get this baby out! She and our first nurse did NOT leave my side until Emersyn was born. They got a birthing ball and massaged my back while I sat on this ball to try to get that last .5 centimeter and get Emersyn lower. Sure enough, finally after a short 15 minutes or so on the birthing ball, she checked and we were 10 centimeters and Emersyn was crowning. They called the doctor and started setting up the delivery table- oh my word this took FOREVER! It seemed like it took the doctor 6 minutes to put on a cover for just one shoe, or maybe it was because I absolutely had to push constantly and could not wait another second. When everything was ready, we started pushing and in about 5-6 pushes we had a baby girl in our arms! She was even more beautiful than I could have ever imagined and has a head full of dark hair :) She weighed a perfect 7 pounds 1 ounce and was 20 inches long. PERFECT!! I could not and still can not believe she is actually here! 
I can't say enough about how much I now advocate exercise during pregnancy and natural births. Yes, I thought I was going to die for a couple of hours yesterday, but I didn't and I am SO glad I chose this. I know the exercise helped tremendously with the development of labor. Our nurses were completely amazed at our labor and couldn't quit talking about how amazing it was to watch. Emersyn was born completely alert and moving all of her limbs like a windmill. They scored her a 9.9 out of 10 on the APGAR test and within a couple of hours she had already nursed twice. She has been the absolute BEST baby. She eats, sleeps, and poops :) She is absolutely precious and we are more in love with her than we could have ever imagined. She has every person who has looked at her wrapped around her little finger. Lance absolutely adores her and her Peeps and Gran fight over who she loves more :) I think she is perfect and beautiful. 
We are recovering as nicely as you can after having a baby :) I'm waiting on my belly button to look normal again and to be able to sit down without grimacing, but that will come with time- it is all worth the little angel we gained. I have been begging Emersyn to just not grow anymore- she is so sweet and precious and can't imagine her going off to college one day. And she will not date for MANY years! It seems like she is already growing too fast. Emersyn loves to make little faces at us and wave her arms. She stretches her legs out unless she is having her diaper changed, then she imitates a frog :) She is on a perfect baby schedule, she likes to sleep more during the day, and play all night. She went to the nursery once this morning for about 5 minutes to have her stocks of diapers and blankets replenished and see the pediatrician and I almost hyperventilated. I hated it. Right now, she is at her PKU test and hearing screening and I am about to have a heart attack. We get to take our angel girl home tomorrow morning and we can't wait! This sweet girl is an answer to all of our prayers and has filled our hearts with so much love and joy. Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of such a precious life!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Due Date

Why, hello November 17th! I was just positive we would have a baby by this point, but no such luck. Little girl is just as stubborn as she can be and not planning on arriving anytime soon :) 
We had a doctor's appointment today and my doctor performed the same procedure she did last week where she separated the amniotic sac from the uterus hoping this time it would really induce labor. We have now tried everything! If this little girl doesn't make her appearance by Monday, we are going in to start on pitocin ( I refuse to call it "being induced"). Two weeks ago, I would have not been ok with this and fought it, today I really don't care. Emersyn and I are fighting each other for room and I think we are both miserable! I know we have done everything possible to avoid any intervention, it's just not happening. I am still holding out hope until Monday morning, but even if nothing else brings this little girl out I am thrilled that in less than 5 days she will be in my arms! I did have questions and my doctor did make me feel very comfortable that this would be easy and a success. She said everything looked very favorable for an easy and quick delivery with pitocin if it does come to that. I will also be able to move around in the room, so I won't be confined to a bed which helps a lot. So, by Monday our sweet angel will be here! Does anything ever really go as planned? No, so we are just going to make the best out of this. I am still avoiding pain medications at all costs- it's not worth it, so I will be getting into my superwoman mode over these next few days :)
Until our sweet girl's arrival, I will be baking away (just like I have the past week). I want Emersyn to have a birthday cake as soon as she is born (of course she will have no idea for probably 10 years the significance, but maybe then she will appreciate it :) ) so I have everything ready to go for a birthday cake to take to the hospital with us. We will share it with everyone who helps bring our angel into the world. I already had a great demo last week when we THOUGHT we were having this baby, so yes it will be delicious. 
We are counting down the days, I hope we are ready :)

Goodbye Auburn Home

Yesterday, 2 tornadoes touched down in Auburn. One off of Wire Road (where I lived for 6 years and my baby brother and his best friend live now). Around 12:30, my mom got a dreaded phone call from Luke who was in sheer panic telling her he was in the trailer and a tree had fallen through the living room- a tornado had hit. She tried to hold it together to calm Luke down, my dad (who has been waiting on Emersyn and working from here in Dothan) took off to Auburn to help Luke and Taylor in whatever ways he could, and I just wanted to puke. Later, we got the whole story and it still breaks my heart that my sweet brother had to deal with this but I am so thankful he and his roommate are ok. Luke was home and decided to take a nap, his bedroom is on one end of the trailer and Taylor's is on the other. He woke up to viscious winds and awful noises, when he looked out his window, he told mom, everything was being blown sideways. About that time, he heard what sounded like a bomb explosion, so he opened his bedroom door and met a tree that had come through the house. He was trapped and could not get out of his room. He has made really great friends with the boy who lives next door, this sweetheart came over and helped Luke bust out his bedroom window to escape. There is really no "true" entry or exit left on the trailer. Luke had his dog, but didn't know where Taylor was. The tree started outside of Taylor's bedroom and fell the entire length of the trailer, stopping at Luke's bedroom door. Thankfully, Taylor had decided to be a good student and go to class yesterday- his class was optional and he decided about 15 minutes prior, to go. He was in the basement of Haley Center while his bedroom was leveled. Thank God, Luke, Taylor, and sweet little puppy Levi are all fine- yes, the trailer is gone forever and some items are gone forever (Iron Bowl tickets were salvaged!) but that's not what matters. My parents purchased this mobile home before my freshman year at Auburn and I lived there for 6 long years. Moving out, I didn't shed the first tear, but yesterday all I wanted to do was cry- it is really gone. All the growing up, the memories, the good times and the bad, the visitors, and the love that was poured into that place at times is gone. These are some pictures Luke snapped of the damage
This is the living room, coming out of Luke's bedroom

Where the branches end is where Luke's room begins. 
Taylor's bedroom

Goodbye, Auburn trailer, and thanks for all the memories!

Monday, November 14, 2011

39 1/2 weeks

Maybe it's just me, but these last few weeks of being pregnant are not only miserable because of the wait but also because of the enormously large shape my belly has taken on. This little girl is STUBBORN. I have almost decided to completely change things up and sit on my butt and do nothing to get her here because being pro-active is not helping at all! Everything you can possibly do to make a baby come, I have proven does not work (except castor oil and why on Earth would you do such a thing, it just doesn't seem safe and I really don't want to induce labor by stimulating my intestines?!) Everyone suggests walking, I have been doing Attack and Insanity- nothing! There are no foods that induce labor, and full moons have no effect! Errr.... come on, baby girl!
I've been frustrated at times, but I know this little girl AND her heavenly father both know when her special birthday is, and that is when her sweet, little chubby cheeks will join us :) Still, I am really praying she comes before Thursday. Thursday is our next doctor's appointment and I have no idea what our sweet doctor will propose this week, but she is just as anxious to get this child born as I am. I know she will offer what is best for Emersyn and I, she knows how I want to deliver and is an amazing doctor. I am thankful to have a doctor I can put so much trust in. I know she will be shocked if we make it to the appointment without a baby. However, I honestly think miss Emersyn will still be in my belly!
Every day just creeps by now, and my sweet family-bless their souls- deal with my hostility and lack of patience every single day! My sweet mom and dad filled my cabinets with all the necessary baking supplies (I bake to get my mind off of things). Just this weekend we have had macaroni and cheese, pretzels, cookies, a birthday cake for Emersyn (which is just hanging out in the refrigerator), and biscuits all from scratch! I have prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner on some days with a dessert! It helps take my edge off, but has not helped encourage a little girl's arrival :) Everyone has learned not to say "she will come when she is ready" but "oh lacey, you've just got another day or two". Obviously, she will come when she is ready, but that is not a very encouraging phrase, neither is hearing people who went 100 days overdue- I am trying to be hopeful, maybe today is the day? I am adding daily to the list of things to never say to a pregnant woman (especially one who is nearing a due date!)
We have had every single sign of early labor that should lead to more progressive labor, but for some reason we are just on pause. The only thing that has not happened yet are REGULAR, INTENSE contractions and my water breaking. And, yes, there's a lot that goes on before that happens!  I am hoping and praying we just have days before we can see our sweet girl, and not weeks! Emersyn- mommy, daddy, Gran, and Peeps REALLY want to hold you, sweet girl :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

39 weeks

I am starting to sound like a broken record, I am sure- we are waiting STILL. No baby yet!

Yep, we made it one more week. Yay? We have had every single sign of labor that is possible, but no actual labor. I was sure Tuesday night was it, awful contractions woke me up and were getting more intense and regular. I was up all night, laid back down about 3 am and when I woke up the later that morning they were gone. Really?
I have tried everything to have this child, she is going to come on her on time. These last few weeks are pure torture. Any time now, little Emersyn, mommy really wants to hold you!
We are hoping the full moon tonight will be on our side, but I'm not holding my breath. Hopefully we will have a baby girl soon!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

38 weeks 5 days

We had a very eventful doctor's visit today, so hopefully we are on our last few days of this countdown! Right now, we are pretty sure I am having back labor and my mother just gave me a pencil and paper pad with specific instructions of how to keep up with these contractions :) Anyways, back to the doctor appointment...
Let me start by saying I absolutely adore my doctor, she is such a blessing! She always has the sweetest personality and is just as anxious to get this baby here as I am, but she knows I want a natural birth. She could have set me up for an induction today, but didn't even offer it. She performed a procedure that separates the amniotic sac from the bottom of the uterus to help induce labor naturally. It causes the dilation and effacement of the cervix to speed up. Our doctor said that if this does promote labor, we should be in labor within 24-48 hours! She explained all of this before our exam, I wasn't expecting anything from the exam because I have not been having contractions. She first measured and my belly measured at 36.5 weeks which did not fit the almost 2 lb weight gain! This is because little girl has dropped into my pelvis so the measurements aren't as accurate, but it's a good sign that little girl is finding her way out! She then examined, we are about 70% effaced and 2 cm dilated before she stripped the membranes. After that, she told me to go ahead and make an appointment for next week but she should definitely not see me then but before in labor :) Yay! Come on Emersyn girl!! 
I have been summoned to the old chair instead of the new couches in case my water breaks ;) Between Lance, my dad, and sweet brother- the anxiety is ridiculous! Luke needs her to wait and come Thursday night, it fits well with his schedule :) Dad called on his way back from Atlanta today wanting to know if he should take the interstate to Dothan or to Birmingham! It's a lot of pressure on a pregnant girl who has never been in labor or had a baby before to give everyone ample notice! 
Maybe something will progress soon and we can get ready to welcome our sweet girl!

Monday, November 7, 2011

38 1/2 weeks

Yes, we will still be hopeful and cross our fingers that we won't complete this week :) We have a doctor's appointment tomorrow at 38 weeks 5 days and maybe, just maybe that will be enough to encourage this little girl to come on out! We are all so anxious to hold her!

We have had a blast this past week getting ready for little Emersyn. Mom has been in town since last Tuesday and we have been making all kinds of fun goodies for sweet girl. She has a beautiful array of monogrammed onesies and matching hair bows and baby legs. She will definitely be a well dressed little diva! This past weekend my sweet, precious husband surprised me with a day of shopping and spending time together. I absolutely love Christmas and have been begging for a Christmas tree for about a month now- yes, I will put one up in September if I'm having a bad enough day and need some cheer :) We went Saturday and found a beautiful, tall, perfect Christmas tree. Lance, then, pulled out all of my boxes of Christmas decor and helped us add lights and ornaments to the tree. I absolutely love nothing more than sitting here with all the Christmas lights on and Christmas music in the background- speaking of, I have Josh Groban's Christmas album on my ipod and Elf packed in our hospital bag to help keep my mind off labor. That is how much I love Christmas! Emersyn's pretty pink tree with Barbie ornaments is up and ready in her room, as well. When I was a little girl, my mom had a tradition that she would give me a new Barbie ornament and the holiday collectible Barbie doll every year. Our sweet Emersyn has now inherited this collection and we will be expanding it on her behalf :) 
I have been thinking a lot this week about how thankful I am for so many things. Yes, I will have my Christmas tree up on Thanksgiving and we may eat off Christmas china, but I still love the holiday and the thoughts it encourages. I am so thankful for my precious husband who is going to make the most amazing dad for little Emersyn. He is so in love with this little girl, it is adorable to listen to him talk to my belly every evening when he gets home from work. He cried the first time we saw her and found out we were having a baby girl, I can't wait to see his face when he sees Emersyn for the first time and I can't wait to watch their relationship grow over the years- we will definitely have a daddy's girl on our hands!
Speaking of daddies, I am so very thankful for my sweet daddy and my precious mom. They always go over and beyond to show my brother, myself, and Lance how much they love us. Anything we have uttered that we would like for Emersyn, they show up with immediately so giddy and excited for this little girl. My sweet mama has been sitting in the floor soaking my feet and painting my toes because I've had a very uncomfortable day- and that's not uncommon for her to do. They have always been the greatest parents and I pray one day Emersyn looks back and can say the same thing about Lance and myself.
I have been reminded again this week of how very thankful I am for my sweet baby brother. Growing up, he was a thorn in my side, but since we have been grown he has become one of my best friends. He is one person who can always make me laugh and bring a smile to my face. He is the funniest person I know and has the sweetest heart. I am so thankful for this little stinker and the joy he brings to my life. 
About 4 years ago, I welcomed the sweetest little puppy into my life that made me the happiest person. Then, after Lance and I got married we increased our puppy babies by little BoJackson. These silly little boys are too much fun and so sweet. They are spoiled rotten and we wouldn't have it any other way. They love to run, play, and chase squirrels and cats. They love to play with their box of toys and snuggle close to anyone who is napping. 
I am also so thankful for my sweet friends. I have the absolute best group of friends in the world. Some, I have known since daycare, others for less than 5 years and love them all deeply. Thank you all for being so wonderful! 
Last for now, but certainly not least, I am forever thankful for the little blessing in my belly. I have always wanted a little girl- even when my mom was pregnant with Luke (we didn't know it was a Luke), I would pray for a sister (I love him to death now, but we had an adjustment period :) ) When I was a little girl, I would carry my baby dolls around and couldn't wait to be a real mommy with a real baby girl. For a few years, the thought of having a child terrified me, but once I met Lance and knew I had found my soul mate, the fears subsided and I was ready for a sweet baby girl. Even when we found out we were expecting, we were both shocked and surprised, and I knew immediately we had a little Emersyn baking :) At our ultrasound to find out what the baby was, it confirmed the greatest gift of my life. Maybe another reason why this wait is killing me :) Emersyn Ruth, one day when/if you read this, I hope you already know what a precious gift you are to your mommy and daddy. I have been ready and waiting to meet you my whole life!

Now that we have everything ready for this little girl, all of the Christmas decorations up, and everyone anxious and ready I think it is the perfect time for Miss Emersyn to make her appearance :) I already can't sleep at night, so it's not like I can catch up. I am convinced Emersyn is trying to find her way out but she has inherited mine and my sweet mother's sense of direction and is lost! She moves so much and punches so hard all day long, poor girl has to be feeling a little cramped in there! Mommy is pretty miserable most days and starving all the time. I have been having a lot of back pain and cramping, maybe that is a sign she is close. Lance asks every morning how I am feeling, I always reply with a crabby "I'm not miserable, in pain, and experiencing labor!" I've never welcomed pain so much in my life, I think a lot of it is the challenge ahead. I am very competitive (mostly with myself) and love to see how hard and far I can push myself- possibly why I am still doing intense exercise at 9 1/2 months pregnant? :) I love it, though, and can't wait to have my own labor story. Of course, we need a little girl to help with that- please Emersyn, when you are ready, don't hesitate to come meet mommy and daddy :) We love you, our sweet angel.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

38 weeks

Yes, we made it ANOTHER week... I keep reminding myself how thankful I am that little Emersyn is a healthy girl and not being born pre-term with health issues. This girl should be healthy and perfect by the time we get her here! I do still REALLY want her to get here. She has to be getting ready...surely!
I have commenced to wives tales I swore I wouldn't out of desperation. Even though I have exercised my tail off this entire pregnancy, I have been walking miles upon miles to try and speed little girl up. We had eggplant for dinner last night. And we just sit around and wait. Lance keeps begging his precious girl to please come out and meet us, she is showing us both who is boss ;) Even at my doctor's appointment this past Tuesday, the doctor talked to her and begged her to not make it to her next appointment in her mommy's belly! 
Speaking of doctors, we settled on a pediatrician for little Emersyn. We met with one last week and one this week. Last week went great, I loved everything the doctor said but it was a very unorganized and rushed appointment. Lance and I both felt like we were an inconvenience to the doctor and staff. Then, our second appointment was Monday. We walked in and were greeted by a nurse who gave us a complete tour of the building and answered any questions we had about scheduling, hours, visits, referrals, etc. Then, we met with the doctor who talked to Lance and I for as long as we wanted, he shared more information than we even asked to know. We loved him and both just knew that is who Emersyn's pediatrician would be. We are now looking forward to letting her meet our choice :)
We don't have much news other than this for the week. We really just wait on Emersyn all day, everyday :) I go to the gym, I walk, and cook eggplant. Sometimes things get exciting and we time contractions for a few hours. I waddle a lot, take many naps, and make hair bows all day. Everything is in place and ready for this little girl, we just need her to make that decision it's time to come! Happy 38 weeks, little girl!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

37 1/2 Weeks :)

Since we are growing so impatient for our sweet little girl to arrive, I am hoping we won't make it another FULL week...hence, 1/2 week updates :) 
I am officially over the "I'm terrified of labor" phase and have moved on to the "I don't care how awful/grueling/painful it is, I want to hold my sweet baby" phase! No, I'm not desperate enough to hope for induction- that is NOT part of our birth plan unless we are MANY days overdue, but I just really want this little girl on this side of my belly. I have been really uncomfortable today, I am hoping that is a sign little Emersyn is getting ready to meet us :) Lance and I have been begging her all weekend to come out of mommy's belly :) Even her puppy brothers are getting impatient! I have been trying to exhaust my energies with craft projects and baking. I have wreaths for every occasion and finally got window treatments up in our dining area. It caught up a little this weekend- I took 2 naps yesterday after sleeping 12 hours Friday night! Yep, I'm rested, let's start labor :) Here is my favorite project- the window treatments and centerpiece. I'm pretty proud of both. There was no inspiration for the centerpiece, it came from my head :) The window treatments, pinterest of course! 
Dining area
This is a close-up of the material. It came together perfect with the table arrangement

Since we found out on June 6, 2011, that our family was going to be blessed with a little girl, I have been on top of the world. I had so much to do to get ready for her little arrival and it has kept me pretty busy. Now, everything is ready and we are just waiting, the absolute hardest part. It will be completely worth it when she is finally here, it just seems like everyday is taking forever. Emersyn, one day when you can read this I hope you know how excited mommy and daddy are to meet you! You are a little dream come true for your mommy and the best surprise of your daddy's life, we can't wait to look at your sweet face in person and not on an ultrasound machine. We can't wait to watch your sweet little arms and legs move freely and wonder how you moved in mommy's belly. We can't wait to count your sweet fingers and toes and give you too many kisses. And, of course, we can't wait to tell you how much we love you over and over and over again! We are all ready for you, little girl! Join us when you are ready!
Here is what mommy and daddy have done this weekend:
The car is packed and ready! Look at that sweet, tiny Feltman Brothers dress :) The matching hair bow is in her bag :)
Ready for a little girl
The hospital bags ready and waiting...come on Emy!
Lance and I thought this would be fun to post... our first belly pic (please! there was no belly!) and tonight's belly shot...kind of amazing.
This was at 11 weeks, I thought I was ENORMOUS
And 37 1/2 weeks! Now, that is ENORMOUS :) But completely worth it!

Maybe we won't make it to 38, but if we do, we will update again then :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

37 weeks aka FULL TERM!

Alright, 37 weeks- from what I know if a baby is born after the 37 week mark they are no longer considered a premature birth and are marked as  full term... Emersyn, I wish you knew that :) COME MEET MOMMY AND DADDY! I have never been the one to have a ton of patience, waiting on a baby only makes it worse. I had a doctor's appointment on Tuesday, everything looked great, Emy has dropped more, still dilated only 1 lousy centimeter. The best thing was hearing the doctor say "If you were to go into labor now, we would not do anything to stop it- she is ready!" I am giving her 1 week exactly. Next Thursday, November 3rd, we will be 38 weeks. If little girl has not progressed at our next doctor's appointment, I am grabbing some Depends and my running shoes and running until this baby comes :) 
After our hospital visit this week, we took a tour of the birthing suites- very, very nice. This hospital is focused on mom-baby centered care. They have nurseries if you want to use them, but otherwise the baby stays in the mom's room which is where Emersyn will be every second. I don't care about needing sleep or any other excuses, I am prepared to not sleep for the next 18 years and once Emersyn gets here I don't want her in anyone's care but my own. I am thankful for nursery nurses and their expertise, I am terrified if my sweet girl is not in my site, someone may give her a bottle or paci and that makes me want to cry just thinking about it. 
We also met with a pediatrician on Monday, she was wonderful. I am OCD about my child if you haven't gathered it already, I'm kind of a hippie, and I'm ok with that. I don't like medicine, I will breastfeed Emersyn only, and this doctor agreed and thought that was wonderful :) We meshed very well. Plus, she is an Auburn grad ;) I feel like we are finally knocking all the essentials out to getting this little girl here!
I have mine and Emersyn's hospital bags packed (I think Lance may leave out clothes from his to make room for snacks) and am just waiting...waiting.... and waiting on any sign this little girl is about to make her entrance. I get really excited when I start thinking she can come at any time now, then I get really terrified. I have never had a baby, I don't know what to expect, and you only hear horror stories about birth. I still can't tell you what a contraction is because I have no idea when I have them! I know I will stick to my birth plan as long as some awful emergency doesn't arise (which we are praying does NOT happen) because I am extremely hard headed. I keep reminding myself of all the things I have done that were not easy or comfortable (like running marathons with cracked hips :) ), I know I did none of these on my own. I know bringing this sweet little gift into the world will be no different. I pray everyday for strength and courage. I have also been blessed with a ridiculous pain tolerance and am hoping to use it to my advantage during birth. I have plenty of reasons to remind myself why I do NOT want any drugs or medications during birth. You may think I am crazy, but this is what I want to do and have been committed since before I knew I was pregnant. 
Fun news of the week is that Emersyn's room is FINISHED!! 1 week ago, bags and boxes still covered her floor, now it is ready for a little girl. I have even finished all of the little details and projects I deemed necessary while her daddy thought I was crazy (he loves it now!!).  Here are all her sweet nursery pictures, I love this little room and can sit in it all day long :) 
Walking in to Emersyn's sweet room
We FINALLY filled the glider hole, still waiting on the ottoman... But I love this sweet room. I can sit in it all day!

Daddy hung her mirror, mom and I finally found storage baskets to match the liners. LOVE her sweet toy box. We are still waiting to get her window treatments...surprise- they are pink :)
Love this little chair!
YAY! Our final craft project :) My sweet mom helped me conquer this task. I love it!

 We love this sweet little space! Every morning before Lance leaves for work, he says "You have all my contact numbers if Emersyn decides to come today!" Then, every evening when he gets home, he talks to her and begs her to come the next day :)We can't wait! Any day now, little girl, we are ready when you are!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mommy being crafty

It has been a VERY busy week getting ready for little Emersyn. Since our doctor's appointment earlier this week, I have been extremely uncomfortable. I decided it was crunch time to get ready for our sweet girl. I have been busy crafting around the clock because I can't bring her home to an unfinished room or no hairbows for that sweet little head :) I've been making hair bows, headbands, letters, hair bow holders, and we have a lamp shade in progress. I also can't stand an unfinished and unpacked house, so I have also been sorting through boxes and trying to get the new home decorated. It has been busy, but so much fun ;) 
Here are some pictures of all the fun crafts I have been working on. (I'm begging daddy to buy me and Emersyn a really good camera, so for now excuse the poor quality :) )

I have been planning this and trying to decide how I wanted to make these letters forever, then the indecisiveness began and I could not decide on anything. Finally, I just bought supplies and did it and love them :) 

Hair bows :)   
Hair bow holder
Gran and I teamed up on this one :) She made Emersyn's Thanksgiving outfit and I made the bow to match
This was an outfit from Gran that we just love, so I made a matching bow :)

Alright, Emy-girl, mommy finally feels almost ready for your little arrival :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NINE months :)

Finally, finally, finally :) We are in the home stretch with baby girl and what an exciting week it has been! I have mastered my new profession as a housewife and stay at home mom- I'm a crock pot queen, craft connoisseur, and have perfected the ability to do about 1,000 things at one time :) I'm even getting this blog written a day EARLY! Go me :) I have never been so busy or tired and this little girl isn't even here yet, but I absolutely LOVE it! This is so much fun.
We had a doctor's appointment this past Tuesday that began weekly appointments and progress checks. I was shocked to find out we are 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced. I was thrilled! My doctor asked if I had been having contractions, I told her I didn't think so which had me worried because I knew I should have felt some at this point. Well, best news of the day was apparently I had been having a good many contractions and I had no idea- hooray for a ridiculously high pain tolerance! I still have NO idea what these contractions are supposed to feel like, I'm SURE I will know soon enough :) Come on, baby girl, do your thing and come meet mommy and daddy (not too soon of course, but in a couple of weeks, you could get a good start!)
In other mommy, daddy, and baby news- we had maternity pictures made this week. We are very excited to see how they turned out. We have a fantastic photographer to take Emersyn through her first year of pictures :) After pitching enough fits, we finally have our glider (still no ottoman) but I still highly recommend to NEVER shop at Babies R Us!!! It is beautiful, though, and just what I wanted. Emersyn's projects for her room are coming right along and I am so excited about sitting in her room and making hair bows :) Ah, the simple things. 
Well, happy NINE months to our sweet baby girl. We can not wait to meet you and kiss your sweet face. We pray for you and your heart daily, you are our sweet angel!

Monday, October 17, 2011

35 weeks

We only have a couple of days left in our eighth month :) Tomorrow we start weekly appointments and progress checks on this little girl- SO exciting!
This has been a very busy week (which has been our new norm and we don't expect anything less anytime soon!) I am FINALLY settled in our new home :) Well, I don't know if I am settled yet, there are too many boxes for me to call myself settled but I'm here living permanently! It is so nice. I've been trying to make this a "home" with special touches and projects in every room, and always doing something to get ready for sweet Emersyn. The puppies love their new home and their extra large backyard that they can run and play in all day long! 
Now that I am in Dothan and no longer live in Auburn, it has made me think a lot about all the precious years I spent there. I moved to Auburn in August of 2005, I have been there over 6 years (and back then if you would have asked, I was going to be out in less than 4)! I moved to Auburn a BABY, I left a mommy. I learned so much while I was there, I discovered who I was, I became independent, I learned balance, and selflessness. I did really dumb things and made horrible decisions, but I learned through them all. I have so many memories that I can sit around and chuckle at all day- my poor parents lost many nights of sleep I'm sure. I had flat tires, accidents, I pulled my bumper off in the middle of a parking lot. I would get up and run all alone at 4 am (dumb, I know), then I learned the value of a taser :) Somehow I managed to come out with a degree, a husband, 2 sweet puppies, and a precious girl on the way- I did something right :) Auburn is more than a football weekend or a school I attended, it is a hometown. I love that place and it will always hold a special place in my heart. Maybe, just maybe we will get to be back one day! 
I have been VERY uncomfortable the past few days. Sleep no longer exists, and I am learning to function very well without it. Even when I can dose off, these sweet little punches in my belly wake me up :) My back kills ( I can't wait for some chiropractor visits in my post-partum life!) and I waddle because everything is so off balance. My feet hurt at the end of the day and I am VERY emotional and hostile. I cried last night when Lance asked me about laundry and I almost picked a fight with the cashier at Hobby Lobby Just be nice if you are around me :) I can still breathe very easily, my ankles are the same size they have always been and this sweet angel in my belly is super healthy, so the waddling, emotions, and exhaustion are welcome. 
We enjoyed what could be our last football game with Emersyn in my belly this past weekend. It was so much fun. We are already prepared for next year's tailgating season :) Emersyn has an orange and blue pack n play and her Peeps has began discussing adding on to the tailgate! We can't wait to add her to our weekend traditions. Lance and I walked to J and M bookstore in downtown Auburn this past Saturday while I was having some rough back cramps to get him another shirt, we left with 2 new goodies for Emersyn...and nothing for Lance. She is such a daddy's girl, Lance finally looked at me and said "We have to get out of here, I can't stop when it comes to Emersyn". Rotten rotten rotten! She is so loved, I can't wait to see her sweet face! Here is my 35 week belly, it's growing rapidly and so is the little girl living there :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What week is this again?

Ahh.. yes, 34 :) Yeah, it's been one of those weeks/months so far! I am FINALLY in the final countdown to living in Dothan with my sweet husband. 3 days of work and a football weekend stand between us and what we will call a normal family life again! I. AM. SO. READY! Then, we can wait on our sweet angel to arrive :)
This past weekend I was in Dothan, and it was adventurous, for lack of better terms. The puppies and I arrived around lunchtime on Saturday after I taught one more Attack class :) Lance and I had lunch and went to look for furniture. It's hard to get things done when you don't know much about a new place... We looked at one place and found a sectional (we were looking for living room furniture since it has been BARE!) we liked, but when we went back home to measure again, we couldn't imagine how it would fit and look right. I had seen another furniture store, so we headed out again- turns out this was kind of a ghetto place and thankfully was closed :) Whoops! We kept looking and I remembered another shop I had seen on my way in earlier that day. Of course, Lance was not really looking forward to another one of my suggestions, we tried and were very glad we did! We found a beautiful living room set- furniture, YAY! Since we did so well on furniture, Lance pampered himself with a new, huge tv :)We had dinner and watched a sad Auburn game :( War Eagle even on the bad days!
Sunday morning we got Lance's groceries for the week and made it our goal to be lazy and do nothing all day. We had been waiting to hear on Emersyn's glider that should have been delivered last week. We ordered it from Babies R Us and were told it would be in in 7-14 days (Sunday was day 14). We called the store and they apparently had their information mixed up when they sold it to us- it was going to take 10-12 weeks to get it in! HELLO- we will have a baby way before then! Needless to say, we will NEVER buy another thing from Babies R Us and have filled complaints. I felt sick. We have a back up as soon as that purchase is refunded! DRAMA...but lesson learned :) 
Monday morning was busy busy busy! I had the internet man at the house at 8, I had a doctor's appointment at 9:15 and the furniture was being delivered around 11. Somehow, I managed to get all of that accomplished and at one point had a house full of delivery/fix-it men! Me and the pups were heading back to Auburn as soon as everything was done. We had left Dothan and were about 20 minutes from the house when a lovely 18 wheeler side-swiped us banging up the Pilot. It was awful and so scary. He didn't stop. I pulled in the first parking lot I could see to call Lance. It was awful, both passenger side doors will be replaced, and the alignment was knocked way out of line. The police and insurance were wonderful, and my sweet husband rescued us and saved the day. At the end of it all, I was just thankful sweet Emersyn, myself, and the precious puppies are all fine- the car can be fixed. We worked out a rental car, but the pups and I got to stay with daddy an extra day, even with the circumstances we were thankful for the extra time together. 
Today, the pups and I had to come back to Auburn. It was awful, I was a wreck the entire drive, plus it rained on us the entire way! Thankfully, we made it back and are here for a few short days then those trips will be obsolete! I had a nice relaxing day to unwind with two sweet puppies and one active little girl. 
As far as little Emersyn goes, she is healthy and moving all over the place. She measured perfectly at her appointment, and we start weekly appointments now! Wow! I had my first share of contractions Sunday and today, those aren't too comfy :) I haven't been feeling too great, I'm hitting that large and miserable stage but it is so worth it! All the uncomfortableness just means one thing- we are getting closer to having a little girl in our arms! Mommy and daddy are so ready, sweet Emersyn, come on when you get ready!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

33 Weeks

Yes, less than 24 hours left in our 33rd week and I am just getting around to piecing together a blog :) It's been a little busy... However, this has been a very accomplished week! I FINALLY decided on a newborn-1 year photographer for sweet Emersyn (and mommy's big belly pictures...) which was a HUGE relief, scheduled a couple of classes at the hospital, and got the last few things together to finish baby girl's room. I have a week and a half left in Auburn, Lance has been in Dothan the past week and a half- it's been crazy and we are so ready to have everyone under the same roof again!
We have a doctor's appointment on Monday to check on sweet Emersyn which I am very excited for :) I love hearing that sweet heartbeat and getting updates on her progress.
Nothing too new to update on mommy, my belly gets bigger each day (still no belly button popping...whew!) I have been staying hungry recently, I contemplated eating a second breakfast this morning! Still exercising everyday, and just waiting on one sweet little girl's arrival :)
Hopefully we will have a little more to say next week :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Emersyn and Nursery Update

I was in Dothan this weekend with Lance as he was getting ready to start work this week- my mission was Emersyn's nursery! Progress had to be made, and all of her prizes from 2 baby showers had to be delivered. I felt like quite the accomplished mama by this morning :) I had everything unpacked, all of her clothes washed and in drawers or in the closet, her bedding washed and on her bed, and everything in the general vicinity of where it needs to be :) Now, there is still a LOT to be done and a ton of organizing to do, but this weekend, I made a huge dent in it. The only part left to put in her nursery is her glider and ottoman which we ordered yesterday and should be in within the next week or two :) Here are some shots of her nursery in progress:
Baby girl's bedding- her daddy insisted Aubie stay on top of her bed :) Sweet dreams, Aubie!
Emersyn's quilt

Inside bedding

This bare spot is where the glider and ottoman will go, the lamp shade is the roses project :)

Precious hutch starting to fill up with goodies

This is a messy area, but I love the shadow box with my AND Emersyn's coming home outfit displayed :)

Changing table all ready for a little girl :) The lack of diaper and wipe organization hurts my eyes!

 The hardest part of this trip was #1 leaving our puppies in Auburn while we made the trip and #2 leaving Lance in Dothan for his new job while I came back to Auburn to work for 3 more weeks. I cried leaving Auburn and leaving Dothan, it was rough but it is very temporary. I can't wait for me, my belly, the puppies, and Lance to all be in Dothan in together and no one to have to leave! 
The best part of the trip was my doctor's appointment :) I saw one of the other doctors in the group (it's a small group of 3) and he was absolutely wonderful! He brought in the portable ultrasound machine so I could see sweet Emersyn again and she was even more perfect than before- sweet baby has the cutest, fattest little cheeks! Technology is amazing! We were able to see her heart beating and her practicing breathing. The doctor had absolutely nothing but perfect things to say about Emersyn- he said she looks perfect and like one of the healthiest babies he has ever seen! I was such a proud mama :) I was thrilled to know she is finally head down and in position to meet mommy and daddy! She has both hands up by her face which I feel her moving all throughout the day, one foot is below my sternum and the other is in my side. He zoomed in when she was feeling less modest and once again confirmed she is 100% girl! Even in black and white and looking slightly alien-ish, I think Emersyn is the most beautiful little girl I have ever seen! Mommy can't wait to see that sweet face on this side of her belly, Emy! That made for a perfect day! We have another appointment in 2 weeks, then we move to weekly visits. Time is ticking, and we can't wait to meet our baby girl!