Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ten on Tuesday - Babypalooza, Donut Sweaters and The Ice Bucket Challenge

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one. Saturday Chris and I ventured out to Babypalooza in Birmingham. It was...overwhelming. Wall to wall vendors, doulas, bouncy balls, nurses, baby photographers, and demonstrations. My favorite part was a) when Chris learned a doula is an actual thing and not just a made up word and b) when a vendor filled a bowl with candy for the mommies and Chris snatched a sour apple sucker.

two. I went on a fall pinning spree.  Have you ever seen anything so gorgeous??
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three. Power went out during a monsoon yesterday at work.  Cue me sucking all the air out of the room and covering my ears like a small, frightened child.  Have I mentioned there are no windows in the office and the place is supposedly haunted?  Yea, there's that.

four. Speaking of haunted I am so ready for Ghost Hunters to come back on next month!!

five. I have been in a major shopping (shopping but not necessarily BUYING) mode lately and I MUST have this sweater from Target.  And I need to find some red flats to go with it...for good measure.

six. What do yall think of this whole ice bucket challenge thing?  I guess my way of thinking is...if I'm going to donate money to a charity I can do it without dumping ice cold water on my head.  But then again, if that makes you happy, have at it!

seven. Lol.  He looks so human!  Top right is my favorite.

eight.  Grr.  Nothing is more frustrating than being woken up by a storm an HOUR before your alarm is set to go off. 

nine.  Haha.  This made me think of Dad.  It griped him so bad at the beach when we'd been waiting for an elevator forever to get to the 9th floor and just as the door is closing someone steps on and presses the 2nd floor button.  It's one freakin' flight of stairs!  Stop crowding the elevator and walk them!
ten. I'm going to selfishly ask for a few prayers this morning.  We've got our monthly appointment and they have us scheduled for an "in depth" ultrasound to make sure everything is forming and growing right.  I'm a little nervous about it.  Prayers for a healthy baby and peace would be much appreciated.







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Monday, August 18, 2014

Finding Out Baby Whitt is Cooper Timothy - Our Gender Reveal Party

I'm so happy to get to share with you pictures from our Gender Reveal party three weeks ago!
MAD props to Kaylen for planning the whole thing.  She is our party planning queen and when she and Tracie join forces for my tea in a few months I'm sure it will be nothing short of amazing.
All photos by Photography by Caroline.

The Mayans were wrong.  Anyone surprised?
This is one of my favorites.  Kaylen can't believe it's blue and Mom and Dad are hugging.


















This is THE man that was the only one that knew the gender and stuffed the balloon for us.  He had with him the envelope from the ultrasound technician and all the ahem...gender revealing ultrasound photos.

Three weeks later and Chris and I are still over the moon about CT.  I dreamed last week that we had ANOTHER party where Kaylen revealed to me through a chalk board that we weren't having a boy at all.  We were actually having twin girls.  I immediately woke up from that dream relieved.  And not because of the twin thing!  Chris and I had mentally prepared ourselves for the possibility of twins since they run in both sides of my family and skipped at least one generation.  I was just disappointed it wasn't Cooper anymore.
I still can't believe we're actually having a SON.  And being the first grandbaby AND great-grandbaby he's sure to be ruined before he gets here.  It makes me unbelievably happy that Cooper is already so loved.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lots of Feels


I’ve kind of prided myself on the fact that I haven’t gone super soft and emotional this pregnancy. I’ve been irritable and more quick tempered than normal for me but I haven’t had “the weepies” women talk about or felt sad or anything like that.

…Until last week.

Thursday to be exact. I woke up feeling really worried and anxious for some reason. Worried about CT, worried about money when he gets here, worried we’re not putting enough into savings. Just thinking about everything all at once. I was having dinner that night with friends so I headed to Publix before work to pick up dessert. (FYI, dessert shopping takes a lot longer now and I couldn’t decide on one thing so I settled for lemon pound cake and fudge brownies...just in case you were wondering.) When I got back in the car I turned the radio off and prayed all the way to work. Prayed for direction, Cooper’s continued health, and peace about all of it. Usually when I pray I feel instant comfort and calm, but not Thursday. I felt so sad, and anxious, and scared all at once. I went to the bathroom for the sole purpose of crying twice and by the second time when the crying turned into sobbing I asked to go home (which I hated doing because I liked that I’d only left work early once for sickness related to pregnancy and I wasn’t even SICK this time, just bawling and couldn’t stop).


I called Chris on the way home crying (duh) and he did his best to calm me down. He reassured me that everything would be ok. That I was ok, that Cooper was ok, money was going to be ok and that I needed to relax because he might feel all the stress that I’m feeling. He’s going to be such a good dad. After I got home, changed clothes and chilled the heck out I drove to Krystals to pick up something to eat. When I pulled back into my driveway Kaylen was there on Mom’s orders to check on me. Anything pregnancy related seems to travel fast in my immediate family and Mom was convinced I was curled in a fetal position home alone still sobbing. Can’t blame her really.

I relaxed and napped until time for dinner with my lady friends. Those women always cheer me up and give good advice. The next morning I was still feeling deflated and heavy but by that afternoon I was starting to feel normal. And after a good weekend and time with Chris I’m feeling like Alyssa again. But MERCY Thursday threw me for a loop.

I've told you before that I feel like I've had a really easy pregnancy thus far with no sickness, no craziness and very few real symptoms. But I guess I couldn't get away without at least a few tears.  I keep telling myself this is just what happens and it's different for everybody  Maybe next time if/when it happens I'll be more prepared for it and I won't feel like I'm losing my mind.

In the mean time, I'm really clinging to the sticky note on my computer at work reminding me to "worry about nothing but pray about everything".

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ten on Tuesday - Cats Tasting Beer, An Offering to the Gods, and A Farewell to Genie


one. Sunday night Chris and I carried on our new tradition of a fixing a crock pot meal. This week was beef stew. My first time making it. It was ok. Not what I was expecting but still good enough to eat.

two. Saturday I got out shopping by myself (which is fun every once in a while) and bought some cute things for CT! He got a 3-set of black and white onesies on sale from Old Navy and two adorable plaid shirts on sale from Von Maur for $18. THAT’S where I need to shop for baby clothes. They have the cutest stuff!

three. Lol.  This was pretty close to Kaylen's face the first time I gave her a sip of mine:

four. We had to change the weekend of our Gatlinburg trip to Halloween weekend. I’m bummed I’ll miss Halloween at work since I had so much fun dressing up last year but I’d rather go then than not at all. I’m sure I can find a cute witch’s hat to wear around town or something.

five. The gods were pleased with our offering of a new cat tree:
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six. This might be one of my favorite Vines ever. Game of Thrones will want to watch this.  Ned Stark lives!!

seven. Seeing sweet pictures like these make me think...we need a dog. A new baby and a new dog. Can you imagine? The cats would say "screw this noise" and run away.

eight. Chris and I tried watching the first few minutes of the Teen Choice Awards Sunday night. It was a lot of "who?....I've never heard of them....this is stupid....Taylor Swift think she a model....".  Ok, the last one was from me.  But seriously.  You're not Karlie Kloss.

nine. Chris and I were really saddened to hear about Robin Williams' passing last night.  This guy will always he part of my childhood and Mrs. Doubtfire was one of my favorites.  Not to even mention Aladdin.  It's seems like it's always the wicked talented ones that have the worst demons.  Thanks for the laughs and Rest in Peace.

ten. And on a side note here, when I walked in the door last night I told Chris "let's play a game called How Long Before People on Facebook Start Implying that If You Post Anything About Robin Williams You Don't Care About Our Troops or Anything Else That Matters in the World".  I guessed one hour.  I was wrong.  It took two.  Those implications are ridiculous and you see another round of them every time a celebrity dies.   If you posted one, kindly punch yourself in the face.







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