Friday, November 28, 2008

Day After Thanksgiving

We had a great Thanksgiving. It was a special day since it was one of Ashleigh's (Danny's sister) first days in her NEW HOUSE! She closed just the day before! Ms. Pat (my mother-in-law) prepared some good food -- ham, turkey, dressing, mac and cheese, green bean casserole, and sweet potatoes. I ate twice. : )

We left about 7:30 as Danny had to rest up for Friday's game. He sat down and watched a game when he got home, and in between, helped me put up the Christmas tree! It's our very first time putting up a tree with lights and decorations! We've done minor stuff in the past for Christmas. (Okay. REALLY minor stuff. All I've done the past couple of years is put a bell on the door.)

Well, the decorations aren't up yet, though -- I'm doing those today. I wanted to do them last night, but I didn't quite have everything I needed (like ornament hooks!). I was excited because last year after Christmas, I hit Sears up for lots of stuff -- ribbons, ornaments, and such. I got most of that stuff for like 75% off! Well, a lot of it I couldn't use, unfortunately. I loaded up on ribbons last year, but now I'm afraid to put them on the tree since they're fabric. I have this horrible fear that the tree will catch fire. And it doesn't help that last night I dreamed the tree caught fire like five times. Yeah.

So about 9:00 this morning, I got out in the Black Friday madness to get more decorations. I went back to Sears since I pretty much wanted all the stuff to match. Got some decent prices, I guess. But I'm never doing that Black Friday thing again. First of all, I hate shopping. Then to go in there with all those people and have to park ACROSS THE STREET from the Galleria -- ugh, it's just not worth it. The good thing about it is I saw Doreni (Tommie's girlfriend) and her daughter walking to their car as I was walking to mine. It made the trip worth it since I haven't talked to her in a couple of weeks.

Went I got back from Sears, Danny wanted to go to the Carter's outlet store to get a few more items for the baby. We ended up finding a few little outfits -- hopefully one will be her coming home outfit. They are pretty little dresses. One is Christmas-colory, but I don't think she'll be big enough for it. It's a 3-month. Some of the items will eventually go back since we got two sizes in a couple of them. The entire store was 50% off, and then I had a coupon for an additional 10% off. So we got some pretty good deals.

While we were there, DK wanted to go grab some items from the Ralph Lauren outlet for Coach (his dad). So I ducked into the KB Toy outlet store. I said that Morgan would be getting one small item from DK and me for her first Christmas. Well, I'm all about learning toys. Apparently they don't start "learning" until after six months. At least that's what it seems with the toys. I only found about three learning toys for true newborns, so I had to get them all. Plus, they were buy two, get one free.

So today I've accomplished (so far) getting the rest of my decorations, some more clothing for the baby, and all of her Christmas gifts. I now have to do a little more organizing in the nursery (no, I have not finished that yet) and get all of the bags out of the kitchen (kitchen is full of stuff!). And finish the tree, of course! I'm pretty excited! I hope to come back later and post pics of the decorations.

Oh! And Hoover plays Huntsville tonight! If (or WHEN) we win this one, we go to Legion Field! Go Bucs!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Doctor Appointment & Last Shower

We had our 37-week appointment today (we'll be 38 weeks in two days), and everything is looking good. I'm not dilated and there's really no change in my cervix. My doctor insists that I should NOT assume nothing will happen soon. He said that at this point, I could have her tomorrow or two weeks from now! So that's pretty exciting.

I was a little concerned about her growth because people are telling me I'm "small." And to be honest, I've thought so myself; I'm simply not as big as I thought I'd be. And I should be thankful for that, right? Well, a few months ago, I was. But when I'm merely two weeks from delivering and people tell me I look six months pregnant, I start to worry that my baby isn't growing! I even self-diagnosed myself with "too little fluid" or something.

So of course I mentioned it to my doctor today. He said my uterus is measuring perfectly. And to ease my fears, he did an ultrasound to be sure there is adequate fluid. Turns out, everything's fine. He even told me I've gained 20 pounds. So maybe it's just the way I carry. I'm just glad to know everything is fine. And when people tell me I'm carrying small, I'll take it as a compliment now.

I had my last shower today. My department at work threw it. It was nice and intimate. And of course the baby got some adorable stuff. The funniest gift was a nursery sanitizer -- my co-workers can tell you about my phobia for germs. I was SO glad to get it (it was, in fact, on my registry)!

People have been so generous to us, and we are so grateful. We've had a total of 3 1/3 showers. I'll explain. The first "shower" was for three people -- there were three pregnant coaches' wives at the time (the other two have delivered already!). It was a diaper/wipes themed shower, so that's obviously mostly what we got (love the practical gifts!). We also got a few other items such as personalized burp clothes and a hooded towel. It was extremely nice of the other coaches' wives.

Then I had my friends and family shower thrown by my sister-in-law. It was lovely! I got a chance to see loved ones (friends and family) I hadn't seen in a while. Everyone was so helpful with the decorating and cleaning. And of course we got lots of gifts that completely filled her nursery.

Then the shower after that was thrown by my school's celebrations committee. It, too, was lovely, and we got several things for her. I remember getting several books at that shower -- I guess that's typical when you have lots of teachers. Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE BOOKS! So I was very grateful.

So people have been very generous -- friends and family. There hasn't been much at all that Danny and I have had to purchase to get ready for her. We are so lucky to have friends, family, and co-workers that care so much. If you are reading this, most likely you're one of those people. So THANK YOU. We are extremely grateful.

Well, I should go now. I have to finish packing my bag (which I started last night), and I hope to do a little in the nursery (which I didn't get to yesterday). I DID go see Twilight, and I liked it! It was very much like the book. And the characters were beautiful. I enjoyed it!

Well, goodbye for now!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Appointment Tomorrow

Edited to Add: This was my very first post for this blog, and I just pretty much failed to mention it in the original post.  That's pretty important info, isn't it?  I was very pregnant at this time, so I'll blame it on preggo-brain...

Well, I'm on weekly appointments now (I'll be 38 weeks Wednesday), and our next appointment is tomorrow. They'll be doing a physical exam to determine if we're making any progress. I'm hoping Baby Girl comes a few days late so I can finish the semester at school, but I would be just as happy if she came any day now. Especially since I got this strange urge Friday at work to finalize my sub plans just in case. We're out of the classroom for a week (for the Thanksgiving holiday break), and so much can happen in that time period. So I finalized my lesson plans, cleaned my messy desk, and left it ready for my sub.

It's Sunday morning right now, and, as usual, Danny's sleeping in. I wish I could sleep in. But I'm up bright and early, always thinking about the things I need to do (and strangely enough, the days ends with little of it done). Today my plans are to pack my bag for the hospital and finish the nursery. All the big things are done (I even cleaned out the closet last week and put all her little stuff in it). I just need to finish organizing things.

I also plan to go see the movie Twilight today with a couple of the coaches' wives. They got me hooked on the books a couple of weeks ago. I'm excited about that since Danny and I haven't seen a movie theater since before football season. And because it's probably one of the last times I'll see a theater in a while.

Speaking of football season, we have to win one more game before going to the state championship! Besides a loss to a team out of Georgia, we've had a pretty good season. The championship game is four days before my due date. I wouldn't be surprised (or disappointed) if I'm still big and pregnant at that time. I'll definitely be there if I am! If I can help it, I'm not missing a Hoover football game!

And if Alabama wins the SEC championship that same day, my dear husband has insisted that we're driving to Atlanta immediately after the Hoover game. It WOULD be my luck that I go in labor while we're out of town. I'd be devastated because I'm so set on delivering at Brookwood. My experience with this hospital has been phenomenal, and I couldn't imagine delivering anywhere else.

Anyway, I'm craving a double cheeseburger meal from McDonald's, so I'm ending this post. Goodbye!

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