Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What I've Been Up To

Once again, I apologize for the lack of pictures. I am able to upload pictures onto my Facebook page from my phone but not onto the blog. I promise I will do it!

So, the last four weeks have gone by pretty fast. I can't believe that in three weeks, I have to go back to work and leave my beautiful daughter. I still don't know how I feel about that. I didn't think I could want to stay at home but after spending all of this great quality time with her, it's hard to think of not being able to see her 8 hours a day. I don't like to think about it, it makes me cry.

I have lost 26 pounds so far, thank goodness for breastfeeding, right? I have done nothing to lose that weight. Today, for the first time, we took a long walk. I guess the 80 degree weather at Christmas can serve a good purpose! I hope to lose at least 25 more pounds, which would get back lower than where I started, so we will see! That involves me working out though!

Let's see, so far, at 4 weeks, here are some updates on Avery:

1) As of two weeks ago, at her last doctor's visit, she had gained a pound from her release weight of 5 pounds 13 ounces. I am guessing as of now, she weighs over 7 pounds. She is wearing size 1 diapers (out of the newborns!) and is wearing 0-3 month clothes, for the most part. Growing like a weed!

2) She can hold her head up for a few seconds but can't control it. She tends to favor her left side, so her head is always turned that direction!

3) She loves to be read to! I read her to sleep at night and she falls right to sleep.

4) She is eating every 3-4 hours or so, at this point. She is sleeping in her crib in her room as of two nights ago! Yay!

5) Her eyes are still blue and she is losing her baby hair! She looks like she has a receding hair line, haha.

6) She is not a really fussy baby, although she will cry when she wants something! As soon as I figure out what that is (which is either "hold me" "feed me" "pacify me" "rock me" or "change me") she stops. She is a really easy baby, FOR NOW. Hopefully it stays that way!

7) She didn't like to swing but loves to bounce! Thank goodness for vibrating chairs!

8) She smiles a little, I can't wait for her first full on smile!

Having a baby is certainly a change. I am still adjusting to the thought of being a mother. Not to get too deep, but it takes time to get used to the idea if you've always been single. And it's not the same as being a step-parent. At all. I am taking time, every day, to really adjust and allow myself time to think about how things have changed. I am excited about this next step in my life and figuring out the Jenna I am going to be now.

Stay tuned for more updates! (And pictures)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Avery Grace is here!!!

Well, my computer is acting up so it has been hard to post pictures. But I wanted to write my birth story on here so you all know how it went!!

On Tuesday, November 23, at 330 am, I started having contractions. I had been having contractions for a couple weeks, so I wanted to take some time and make sure this was the real thing. I got up, watched some TV, ate some cereal, and after about 30 minutes, I decided to time my contractions. Jason was still fast asleep at this point, but after another hour and contractions that were coming every 6 minutes or so, I woke him up. I told him it might not be it, but said he might want to get up and take a shower and I would do the same.

Since I had a couple scares before, I decided to walk around, sit down, and do anything I could think to slow the contractions down. When the got more intense and frequent, I decided it was time to go to the hospital. Jason was so excited!! I was excited too.

We got to the hospital at about 530 and they admitted us at 630. We knew Avery was coming that day! I couldn't wait to see her. I went to about noon without an epidural. The contractions hurt, but they weren't really that bad. Once they gave me the epidural, they broke my water and things started to speed up!! I didn't feel anything for a while and it was lovely. When it was time to push, the drugs started to wear off and I felt very bad pain. My mom came in the room with us and I was determined to get Avery out. I was virtually drug free and I just couldn't take it. After I got some more drugs, just to take the edge off, I could push more effectively. Before I knew it, there she was!!

I don't know if I could describe the moment she came in to the world. I just remembered how surreal the moment was. I was a mother and I just couldn't believe it!! I was so excited to see her and hold her. I was surprised how little she was! At only 6.4 pounds, I was surprised this was my daughter. Both Jason and I weighed more than that when we were born so I was expecting her to weigh much more.

Avery was very easy going, from the moment she was born till now. I have had a very lucky first few weeks with her...she is a good eater, she rarely cries and she just goes with the flow. I am so happy she is here and can't wait to see how she is going to develop in the future!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Avery Update #2

I went to the doctor today...it appears I am still only 1 cm dialated and 70% affaced. I was really disappointed today, I thought for sure he would say "you are ready to go, let's go to the hospital!" Now, we still might be pregnant next weekend. We scheduled an induction for the 29th, just in case. So at least I know a week from Monday, Avery will be here. I don't think I've ever felt so impatient. It might actually be good, it gives us time to spend with the kids and have Thanksgiving. My husband is looking at me like, stop typing! Goodnight, Blogland.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Avery Update

Well, I started having contractions this last weekend. They were very few and far between, but they started. On Monday at work, they started coming more often and closer together. After a few hours, they just stopped. Today they started again. This time, they were stronger and closer together. About 4, they were 3 to 5 minutes apart. On the way home, we decided to go to the hospital. On the way, the contractions got farther apart until they just went away. So, we just stayed home. This childbirth stuff is really annoying, I must say. I will keep you all updated!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Nursery Pictures

Many people have asked me to post pictures of the finished nursery. I have been so blessed by people who have taken care of us and given us the things we have needed for Avery. All of the furniture, except the crib, was given to us by Kathy Roper, the ADORABLE rocking chair for Avery was made by Kristen Chapman (who is a GENIUS by the way) and the bedding was given to us by our wonderful mother. I am so lucky and can't wait to see how cute she is going to look in her new stuff!

Annual Pumpkin Patch

In what is now a Whitehead family tradition, we took the kids to the Double Oak Pumpkin Patch. I think this is the best pumpkin patch in the metroplex, by far. The kids really enjoy going. This year, we learned some lessons: 1) Snow cones AFTER important pictures, so no blue mouths! 2) Take all pictures you really want in the first 15 minutes so no dirty, hay filled hair and clothes. 3) Only go to the patch for a couple of hours because that is all our poor noses can take!

It is so cool that we have come to the point where we can look back on things we have done a year ago, see how the kids have grown since last year, and create memories we can talk about with each other. They have just gotten so much bigger since last year, I guess kids are funny that way. They just keep growing!

I think we have a bit of a mixed reference here...

Soccer Saturdays

This last fall, Jordan played soccer. I think he's played before, but we kind of considered it his first season because he didn't know too much about it. Many kids on his team hadn't played before, so it was really fun to watch him and the boys learn over the season. We really enjoyed being able to go and see the kids so much. Since we normally only see them Thursdays and every other weekend, it gave Jason a reason to see them more often. I think the coach has volunteered to coach next spring, so Jordan will probably want to play again. Towards the end of the season, he started playing goalie, which he really enjoys. He keeps telling us he is going to get a college scholarship..I don't think he realizes how much work that takes, so we will see how that works out in a few years. :-) I am uploading some pictures of his in his uniform and the team...I have to admit, he is a cute, cute kid. I am a lucky step-mom. We love you, Jordan! Way to go this season!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Recipe Help Needed

I need your help, blogland....

I need recipes that I can cook and freeze. Pass around the word!!!!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Small Update

I know I haven't done a great job of keeping up with the blogging lately. I did want to update, for those of you who haven't already heard, that Avery will be joining the world on November 23 via c-section. At this point, she is still breech, so while there still may be a chance she will turn, it's not normally likely to happen at this point. I just want her to come and be healthy. I am not concerned about having a c-section at all.

As far as we go, we have been spending our time hanging out at home and watching Jordan play soccer, which is alot of fun. I will try to post some pics and video.

just pray for us in these next few weeks...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pregnancy Scare #2

Friday, I had noticed some pains in my stomach that were similiar to menstrual cramps. My hip joints had also begun to hurt quite a bit. I was texting my sister in law back and forth about it and she finally convinced me to at least call the doctor. Apparently, menstrual cramps are not a normal part of your third trimester, so I went ahead and called just in case. They had me come in right away, just to get checked out. As soon as they told me to come on in to the office, my heart started racing and I got very nervous. I was scared they were going to tell me something was wrong.

When I got there, they immediately took me in to the sonograph room and took some pictures of Avery. Whew. There she is, looking good! The sonograph nurse told me that everything seemed to be fine, my cervix looked long and closed (which means I hadn't started dialating - good thing) but that the baby looked to be frank breech. For those of you who had no clue what that meant, I have attached a picture. I had to look it up because I had no clue. After I see these pictures, it sure does explain alot of the pain I have been having and why she feels like she is going to come through at any moment! She still has time to turn, but only time will tell. If she doesn't, it looks like it will be a c-section.

The doctor came in (not my normal doctor) and put a heart monitor and contraction monitor on my stomach, and gave me a clicker which was to be pushed every time I felt her kick, move, or if my stomach got tight. At 30 weeks, the doctor said it can sometimes be hard to get the heartbeat strong enough to where the monitor can register it. We could hear it immediately, but we had to find just the right spot so they could have a good, solid ten minutes of monitoring. Avery did NOT like this monitor and started going crazy! So I was pushing on this monitor and clicking with both hands! The doctor came back in and said, "Wow she is doing so great! Her heartbeat looks great, we are picking up no contractions. Is this how much she is moving?? Good baby!" I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to listen to that beating and hear the doctor say that at the same time. When she went to examine me, she said she felt Avery's bottom very low, which would explain why I have been hurting so much. She put me on bedrest for the weekend and said to come in Tuesday and speak with my regular doctor, was when my next appointment was to be.

So here I am, relaxing (or trying to) so that I do not cause myself undue pain. Laying down does feel much better. When I walk too long or stay up too long, it really is alot of pressure. The same way I feel when I sit in a chair all day at work (nothing to be done about that!)

So, there is my update! I am glad things are ok and I some much needed reassurance before the weekend came. I am off to watch movies!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

First Real Pregnancy Scare

This last weekend marked my official trip into my 3rd trimester. My pregnancy has pretty much played out like a text book pregnancy. The first trimester was marked by mood swings and sickness. The week I entered my 2nd trimester, my sickness pretty much went away and I got all of my energy back. My 3rd trimester is proving to also be a different stage, however, I must say, the further I get into this pregnancy, the more fear I have and the more I am scared by even the slightest change.

Yesterday, I had noticed Avery's movements had changed. Before, I would feel very distinctive kicks pretty much all day. Yesterday, I hadn't felt Avery move in a long time. All day, I had a cramp in my stomach. When we got home from work, we decided to go on a walk. I had to stop a couple of times because the cramp in my stomach had gotten worse, like Avery had moved down really far and it was very painful. I hadn't really felt "pain" before, it was more just an uncomfortable feeling. We got back home and I sat down and started concentrating because I had become fearful that I hadn't felt Avery move. She didn't move for about 2 hours, so I got a popsicle and after I ate it, I finally felt some movement. When I got up and walked to the bedroom, the pain had become so bad that I was hunched over. When I laid down, it stopped.

It terrified me and I am sure I terrified Jason. I thought about going to the hospital but decided that since I hadn't had a lot of sleep and since the pain stopped when I laid down, that I just needed to rest. Avery was moving a bit more, so I felt ok with just waiting to go to the hospital.

Today, I have noticed Avery moving but the times when this happens has changed dramatically. At week 29, the baby becomes cramped for space. The reason I am noticing less kicks all day is because she is not going to "kick" anymore, as much as roll around and move her limbs. The movements I have been feeling can be described perfectly by that, rolling and moving. Also, around this time, babies become more accustomed to a sleep pattern, so if I start paying attention, I will notice when she is asleep and awake. I don't know how I have missed all of this in the material I have read, but it scared the bejesus out of me yesterday.

Being a mom is not easy, people. Jason always says this is the worst part, the part when she is in the belly. He says it always makes him nervous that he can't see what is going on. It's a pretty hard thing to deal with. The thoughts that race through your head are just crazy. Is the cord wrapped around her neck? Is she getting enough food? And many many others.

Oy. I am ready to see her and not be pregnant anymore!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

First Part of my Furniture Makeover

Well, I have never been a crafty person, so I must say I am very proud of myself right now. We got the furniture for Avery's room, which is beautiful, but I need it to be black and white and the hardware was all brass. I was going to go buy all new hardware, but after looking at another blog this last week that featured a dresser makeover, I figured out I could do this alot cheaper. So, I went and got some painter's tape and black spray paint and Jason spray painted the existing pieces of hardware. Below you see the chest of drawers before and after. I still have a design I want to paint on the top, which will hopefully take place tomorrow.

This makes me so motivated to want to see what else I can redo in my house. :-)

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29 Week Belly Picture

Wow, am I only 11 weeks away from having a baby?? I can't believe it. I know I am not looking the best I have ever looked, but here I am anyway!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Taking the High Road

I was going to post a few of my past days 30 days of prayer and the topics, but something else sideswiped me today, so I thought it was only fitting that I pray for something else today, including my marriage.

I do NOT always like to be the bigger person. There, I said it. Sometimes, it's nice to be the bigger person, because you feel good about yourself, knowing that you have done the right thing. Other times, being the bigger person JUST. PLAIN. STINKS.

I feel really sorry for Jason sometimes. Being divorced with kids involves ALOT of being the bigger person. Especially when there is someone that just doesn't want to cooperate. I had a taste of what it was like tonight to have someone just not care, one small little bit, about someone else's life, feelings, or time. Let me tell you, in alot of life's circumstances, you have control over the situation, to a certain degree. Divorce and children is not one of those circumstances if you are the parent who does not have the kids the majority of the time. There are alot of dead beat dads out there, I get that. There are alot of dads who do not care to pay for their children or want to be a part of their childrens' lives. But Jason is not one of those dads. For dads like Jason, the system seriously is rotten. And if you have a lawyer who was not working to help you at all from the beginning, it's even more rotten. I wish there was something I could do sometimes to help. I wish I could do something to make things less frustrating at times, for him and for me. But the fact is, there are just things beyond our control in life and this is one of them. It just stinks sometimes, it really just does. We pray to God, ALOT for the ability just to get over it, because it is all we can do. If we dwell on the unfairness of it all, it will just eat us up inside. So Jason and I will vent to each other when things happen that are not fair and then get over it. Life is simply too short.

I have always told myself that I will not use this blog as a way of putting someone else down, even though there have been many instances where I have wanted to do just that. Once again, that is me being the bigger person. And I realize I am being incredibly vague about the circumstances involving this post. But I just needed to say "LIFE ISN'T FUN SOMETIMES AND BEING THE BIGGER PERSON IS HARD!"

One of my favorite quotes is how I will end this: "Whoever decided how high the high road should be should be fired." Sandra Bullock

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Patience is a Virtue

"Love is patient, love is kind..." Probably one of the most recognized verses of the Bible, even for non-Christians. We put this on cards, we read it at our weddings, we have it on decor around our house. But how often do we put it in to practice?

Living with someone, day in and day out, can be very trying of your patience. When your spouse puts their clothes on the floor instead of the hamper, which is only 2 inches away (and I am not talking about Jason here). Or when your husband watches his movie a little too loud and it disturbs the show you are watching in the bedroom. Or when you hear a constant sound they make. All of that certainly tries your patience. It's very easy to lose your patience with a spouse, and it's weird because it just sort of, sneaks up on you. You go from being fine to being completely ridiculously impatient with this person and everything that is happening is just getting on your nerves!

In times of impatience, it is important we pray for God to give us patience. When we lose our patience with our spouses, that is the time it turns in to fighting, anger, and hard times in marriage. "There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking" Proverbs 29:20. I know there have been many times that patience worn thin has caused me to say things I have not meant to my husband. Satan uses this to drive a wedge between two people, but it doesn't have to be this way.

It is important for all of us to remember that we are not married to a perfect person. We are married to a human being, with their own quarks and faults. The things we sometimes grow to dislike in a person are the things we loved about them in the first place, yet ironically they become the things that are fought about most often. What types of things cause you to lose your patience with your spouse? I encourage you to pray for God to help you be more patient with the partner he chose for your life and help you to overcome the burden of those pesky faults that cause your patience to wear out.

I pray today that God grants me patience in my marriage and with my husband.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Being a Good Listener

"Nagging." "Attacked." "Controlling." These are all words that have been used to describe me over the last few months. It's very hard to hear things like this from your husband, especially if you think they aren't true. Hearing these words actually spurs on more fighting because it aggravates me that he would say I am being like that to him. Nevertheless, these words are Jason's reality. He is not someone that is manipulative or uses words as a way to get me to do things, so when he says he feels like I am being a nag or he feels like I am attacking him, it's important that I listen, no matter how hard it might be.

Sometimes, in a marriage or relationship, it's easier to accept that a person shouldn't feel that way instead of that they do feel that way. "My intent is not to nag you, I just want you to know..." "I am not being controlling, I just think you should..." "You shouldn't feel like I am attacking you, I just think if you were to be like this..." Just because the spirit of what you are saying is not intended to make your partner feel bad, doesn't mean it DOESN'T make him feel bad.

I need to learn to be a better listener to my husband. I need to learn to listen to what he is telling me and not take it defensively or personally. This is a very hard thing to do. But accepting that just MAYBE he has a point when he says things might actually help me either change my approach or make me realize that what I am trying to get across just might not be all that important.

Job 34:16 says "If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say." God wants us to listen to him. He wants us to hear what He says. He also wants us to do this with our spouses. In the course of not paying attention and truly lsitening with an open heart, there are feelings that might be missed. I pray that God makes me a good listener to my husband today.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Power Of Prayer in Marriage

Jason and I are newlyweds, going through the trials of the first year of marriage. We are also a couple that is expecting. We are also a couple who have both changed jobs this year. We have had alot of things happen to us in the last 7 months.

When Jason and I got together in the beginning, I had convinced myself that I had alot of wisdom when it came to relationships. I was by myself for so long and had been through so many heartbreaks and bad situations when it came to guys that I thought when I met Jason, I had it all figured out. I really thought that since I was older when I got married and was "wiser" that I was going to be immune to alot of the things people go through in relationships. I had seen friends get together and break up, watching as they went through their trials and I told myself I learned a few things along the way. I knew the importance of keeping your sense of humor. I knew the importance of spending time with friends as an individual. I knew what could happen to people if they didn't have God in the center of their relationship. I knew the benefits of not constantly fighting and making the relationship intentionally harder than it had to be. I really thought Jason and I were immune to alot of the things people go through in relationships. I was not exactly accurate.

I will say, Jason and I have been through alot and learned alot as individuals. We certainly do not have the same problems as people who get married very young in life. I do not regret "getting married young" or "not sowing my wild oats." I do not feel like my life was taken away from me when I got married, as some people do. Jason had learned from alot of mistakes in his first marriage. But immune to arguments, we were not. Lately, we have been arguing. Not about anything important, just things. I kept telling myself it was the hormones causing me to act in ways I wouldn't normally act or that "everyone argues the first year of marriage." When it comes down to it, those are just excuses. Sure, there might be some truth to them, but really they are just scapegoats that give people reason to argue with their spouses. Yesterday, as we had spent the whole commute bickering and not speaking, I realized that there was something not right about all of this. It just felt wrong to be arguing with Jason. Our relationship was never one that was fueled by the passion of the up and down, roller coaster emotions that dominate some relationships. It just felt very off and very wrong that we had spent so much time lately not getting along. So, I did what I SHOULD have done this whole time. I prayed. And God showed me almost immediately what was going wrong.

I wasn't being a Godly wife and it was affected my relationship.

I prayed that God show me what He wanted me to see. How am I to be a more Godly wife? I told Jason I had this conviction and his response was the he probably wasn't being a Godly husband either. I realized that I wasn't praying for him to be Godly. I wasn't praying for him at all, which is the first step to being a Godly wife. So I have decided to devote time every day for the next 30 days to praying for my husband and for our marriage. I am spending time with God each day to show me how to take my marriage to the next level. Since I trust God 100%, I know these 30 days will help me and will help Jason be the man God wants him to be.

The first day, I am praying to be a spiritual supporter of my husband. I am praying for God to listen to my prayers and to help me to spend time praying every day for Jason, so that we both may know where our lives our meant to lead, according to God. Matthew 7:7-8 says "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." I am praying that God opens doors to what we will do as a married couple.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Pups

I was in the bathroom when a cute black lab mix named Bella followed me in and watched me. She looked up at me, with those sad, lab eyes, and so I got on the ground and did what she wanted me to do: rub her belly. I rubbed her belly for about 20 minutes, in the middle of the bathroom floor, until she got up and went in the other room. I love that dog. I have loved that dog since the second I saw her. Bella came to me as a complete surprise. My friend Kate texted me, in the middle of a Monday, asking if I wanted a free puppy. I had been wanting one for a while, but it just never seemed to be the perfect fit. Blindly, I said I would love one. I told her I wanted a girl dog, so Kate went out to her friend's house, where her puppies were just accidents and she was giving them all away, and got the only female of a litter of 8. It just so happened, she was the only all black puppy, and the cutest one at that. She was the product of a corgi/blue heeler mother and a lab dad. Just a little mutt, waiting for a home.

I remember that day, I don't think I had very much money. Just enough to get her some food, a collar, and some shampoo. But something told me I was getting the dog I'd been looking for, so even though I was down to my last dollars, I still took her. I met Kate after work, and as soon as I saw that black ball of fur, I knew this dog had meant to be with me. I took her and kissed her, even though she was dirty as a pup could be, hugged her, and couldn't wait to get her home. She was always a very smart dog, even as a puppy. She took to potty training in about a week, loved people, and just was a joy to have around. I have loved that dog since the second I got her and I know I will love her as long as she is with me.

Molly was a puppy who didn't have a very charmed childhood. She wasn't with her mommy for 8 weeks like Bella, and she didn't get to play with her brothers and sisters either. The pound found her in a box by a dumpster at 5 weeks old. Molly has always been timid, even when Jason first got her. The day I met her, she piddled on the floor because she was scared of everything. But when her and Bella met, they were instant sisters. As time went on, Molly turned in to a wonderful dog to have around. She is the softest dog I have ever felt. She loves kisses, she LOVES the kids and protects us, every chance she gets. Bella will not really lay by you or let you hug her alot, but Molly will. She is really my lover out of the two. Molly has turned out to be a dog I could never imagine giving up. I love those dogs, more than I ever thought I could love an animal.

I think about my dogs. No matter what, they love me. I leave them in the kennel, all day sometimes, and all they want when I get home is to have their bellies rubbed and some hugs and kisses. Sure, they shed. Alot. Molly has an accident or two. Bella pulls way too hard on the leash. But no matter what I do, or how I am, they love me anyway. Jason always wonders why things they do don't bother me that much. How their excessive amount of hair doesn't drive me bonkers or how them jumping on the furniture doesn't cause me to be annoyed. And I always think to myself: They don't ask too much of me. All they ask is some attention every once in a while. The least I can do is love them half as much as they love me. And if that means sitting on the cold bathroom floor, petting them until they are done with me, then so be it.

If you have a dog, give it a big hug and a kiss and know that right now, all that dog wants to do is be with you.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Lake and New Belly Picture

We went to the lake with Brooke, Dave and Leslie this last weekend. It was kind of a last minute thing and since Jason and I haven't been anywhere this summer, we decided it was a good idea. Basically, we spend the whole weekend doing nothing. Jason and Dave worked on the boat and then Sunday, they took the boat out tubing. I wasn't going to go out on the boat, for obvious reasons, until Dave found this HUGE tube meant for three people. I managed to get on and off without having to get in the water. Dave promised he would go slow, which he did, so I could at least get pulled around. This tube was pretty cool, it was hardly bouncy at all and I just stayed on the back and relaxed. Then, right after we were done, the boat ran out of gas. So we used his trolling motor to get back to the dock. Took about 20 minutes, but was certainly relaxing. Hot, but relaxing.

I took another belly pic. I am 25 weeks and 4 days today. I have a little over 14 weeks until Avery comes to see us! I can't wait. I am getting really excited!

I am almost done with my registering. I can't believe how much stuff there is to get a baby. There is alot of it that babies probably don't need, but it's so cute to get. few weeks ago, I got really productive and found some great stuff for her. We have alot of outfits (although every time I go anywhere I find more, especially now that they have put all of the winter stuff out!). I took a picture of her room, which is not anywhere close to being finished. I registered for everything and both Target and Babies R Us have a deal that anything that is not purchased off a registery, they will let you have 15% off. I found a crib at Target the other day that I want, but I have to wait to buy it. All of my bedding and stuff has been found, but it has not been put up yet (black and white zebra stripes with pink accents - cute!) Then, my parent's wonderful next door neighbors called and said, "We have some furniture, would you like it?" Um, yes! So all of that beautiful furniture came care of Robert and Kathy Roper at no cost. Can't beat that at all! The Pac n'Play was found randomly on Craigslist for $40 - I wasn't even looking for this but saw it and said, this looks brand new...and it almost is!!

So things are coming along. Avery honey, I can't wait to see you! Here are some sonogram pictures I haven't uploaded either.

Hello Little Alien Baby!!

It's a Girl!!