Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bah Hum-(stomach)-bug!

I have concluded that taking down Christmas decorations is just un-fun.

There's no cheery mood in the air anticipating the coming season, no Christmas songs to hum and sing, not to mention--it's A LOT of work!! It might perhaps seem like more work because I am very pregnant, and have a nursery to finish, and a house to maintain...etc. Where are those elves when you need them? I think I should have asked for some of them for Christmas! Yes, elves and a magic wand would be nice right about now...

I am indeed thankful for a helpful husband who can lift heavy objects, and take down Christmas lights, and haul things up and down the stairs. He is great and I wouldn't make it without him. He was also attentive to me on Saturday night when I had a serious stomach virus. I haven't been that sick since elementary school!

Pregnancy + stomach virus = up all night in a distressed state worried about the baby

Luckily, it subsided soon and I am fully recovered now after much Gatorade and soup. Thank you Florida Gators for creating such an electrolyte replacing tasty beverage in Gatorade. Riptide Rush was my MVP of the weekend. My husband was, as always, my hero.

Monday, December 22, 2008

On the Homestretch

This week I am 35 weeks pregnant and therefore I am definitely on the homestretch!

You might even get weekly update pictures from here on out until Nathan is here (well that is my ambition at least). I can certainly tell he is getting bigger and stronger in there. Last week at the doctor they confirmed he was head down, so all he has to do is stay that way for his debut! I've been telling him he can't pull any sneaky tricks and turn sunny side up or bottom first, so we'll see how his obedience is working in the womb. Before too long we'll have to start taking guesses on which day he'll arrive...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Lullaby for Nathan

I was just listening to the James Taylor station on pandora.com and this song came on. I remembered it was the show closer for JT's One Man Band Tour when Phillip and I went in 2006. I remember thinking that night, what an appropriate song to close a show and "I'll have to remember that one for our own kids one day." Well, the day is fast approaching when lullabys will be sung over a little one and I still love this one...

You Can Close Your Eyes
James Taylor

Well the sun is surely sinking down, but the moon is slowly rising.
So this old world must still be spinning round and I still love you.

So close your eyes, you can close your eyes, it's all right.
I don't know no love songs and I can't sing the blues anymore.
But I can sing this song and you can sing this song when I'm gone.

It won't be long before another day, we gonna have a good time.
And no one's gonna take that time away. You can stay as long as you like.

So close your eyes, you can close your eyes, it's all right.
I don't know no love songs and I can't sing the blues anymore.
But I can sing this song and you can sing this song when I'm gone.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Lately, I've been listening to a lot of George Jones. I don't know why except that it is like I crave it. Do pregnancy cravings include music?? Something about that voice of Possum's is just really great right now...

Nathan has been punching, poking, kicking or whatever it is RIGHT under my belly button lately. Sheesh! It has been a little uncomfortable, but I can deal. I just love feeling that little guy moving around...

Taco Bueno grand opening was this week. We attended and managed to rack up $20 in giftcards from the franchise owner for being good customers. Cha-ching!!

We bought the travel system this week (the stroller + carseat combo) with giftcards and cash that we had been given as gifts. Thanks for the contributions. Plus I had a 15% off coupon which made a significant dent in the price! Savvy shopping pays off. I put the stroller together myself! (it wasn't that hard. I think they try to idiot proof those devices) However, I did hear the Dockerys had some trouble setting up their pack'n'play...ha :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

White Elephant Prizes

Phillip is showing off his gift from our ABF (adult bible fellowship) class Christmas party last night. We had a white elephant gift exchange which was a rousing good time. In the picture are our 2 class teachers: Dr. Moore on the left and Robbie Sagers on the right. Their photos have been altered to depict old high school yearbook pictures and they are great (especially Dr. Moore's long hair!) Apparently these photos will be proudly displayed in Phillip's office on campus. I left with a excellent gift myself--2 nice portable coffee mugs and some Starbuck's coffee. It too was a hotly contested gift! We ended up giving the coffee to the Dockerys for helping us secure the photo in a trade! Always good to barter with some friends...

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Hodge Podge

This past little bit has been quite busy in our household so let me catch you up on what's been happening...

We spent the Thanksgiving week in Abilene where we enjoyed a baby shower, good eats, and family. Here's a family photo from the week with my parents who are now known as Miss D and Daddy Doc in relation to Nathan. I was 31 weeks along at this point for those who are noting the progress of the belly.

Phillip also will finish up classes this week. One semester of PhD work down...just a few more to go! He really enjoyed his class work this fall and is looking forward to subsequent semesters. He managed to write 70 pages worth of papers and read LOTS of pages in books. It is amazing that the brain can hold all of this information, but it does miraculously. He did a wonderful job and I am proud of all of his efforts.

We are working on getting Nathan's room ready for his debut. There is nothing specifically to post pictures of yet, but I will show you what the bedding looks like:
Now we don't have all of the accessories in the room pictured above, just the bedding, a lamp, and a pillow, but it sure is cute! I am now trying to figure out how to arrange everything in the room so the space is maximized and everything has a place. We can't just have things all willy-nilly everywhere, so the organizational wheels are turning!

So that's what's been happening around here recently.