Thursday, November 27, 2014


This Thanksgiving I am thankful for all the same things I'm always thankful for - strong  family, health, stable jobs, good marriage. But in particular, I am thankful for my belly and the healthy baby that is growing inside it. 

Next year, we'll have one more reason to be thankful for! 

Here are bumpie pictures up until yesterday.... 

Week 7
Week 10
Week 13
Week 15
Week 17
Week 19
Week 21

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Another Cone of Shame

I guess you can't really be 100% dog parent without having to live through each of your dogs having to wear the Cone of Shame.

This is what we are up to this weekend:

Which also means lots of running into walls and doors and spilling water bowls and waking up to Cali scratching the plastic collar at 3:00am because her face itches and she can't get to it.

Apparently she had an ear infection (story of her life). Pellet would like her ear. I know - gross. Dogs do some gross things. Then she got a hot spot (like a sore) on her cheek by the ear, which was created from Pellet licking her. The good thing is that the sore does not hurt her, just itches, so she scratches, so it bleeds then Pellet licks it make then the cycle continues.

So Norm took her to the vet yesterday and they gave her medicines and this beautiful Elizabethan Collar (also known as e-collar). They also gave her drugs so she wouldn't be too crazy. Yesterday afternoon both of the dogs took the drugs and they were DRUNK. They couldn't function. So we decided that if we are going to be home with them (to supervise their behavior: make sure Pellet doesn't lick the ear, make sure she doesn't try to take it off or get stuck in weird places...), then they don't need drugs. This morning we are drug free and still quite mellow.

Here's the post from when it was Pellet's turn a few years back.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It is Real

I always heard people refer to "Mommy Brain" and thought everyone was blowing things out of proportion............ I mean, how bad can it really be? Come on pregnant people, just concentrate and think properly and your nine months will be normal.

No. No. No. No. It just does not work like that. For example yesterday, I left my purse at the check out line at the store and was clueless about it. The cashier calls me back, so I go back to the register line and she says "ma'am, you left your bag behind", so I say thank you and grab the plastic bag with purchased items. Then the cashier tells me "no, that bag belongs to this other lady, I am referring to your pocket book"................ "uhm, thank you...."

Then we go to the consignment store to buy shirts for work because the little human grows literally over night and I am down to 3 work shirts now and there are some very nice consignment shops in Atlanta. No shame in spending $9 for a shirt I am only going to wear for 4 months... We went, shopped, checked out, got in the car and I couldn't find my sunglasses. So I went back inside and started looking around for my glasses. I had left them right on the check out counter...

A few weeks back I went to work with no eye makeup. I didn't realize it until half way through the morning when I went to the restroom and looked at myself in the mirror and thought "why do I still look like I am asleep?!?!" and then it hit me.............. I have no eyeliner or mascara on. Awesome.

The first "Mommy Brain" experience I had was when I tried to pay for my dinner at the drive thru with my insurance card. The lady at the window says "Honey, this is not the right card", so I freak out thinking someone has hacked my bank account and we have no money ($7.12) in it, then I realize I had given her the insurance card instead of the debit card.... The two cards live in totally different pockets in my wallet! How did that even happen?

So that's that. Mommy Brain is real, it exists and I have embraced it by not stressing about it and instead laughing about the situation. I just hope I don't do something totally out of line like drive away from the gas pump with the hose still attached to my car......

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Coming Along

We finally went to the hardware store today and figured out the colors (or at least some of them) for the baby's room... this is the color palette:

Then I made big swatches and put them up to get a feeling of what the final product is going to turn out like. This is the dresser (which was Norm's dresser). The trim and knobs will be in the off white color!

The dresser part was easy... then come the walls. So many options!! So I just hung the different colors up on the wall - they will stay there until one of them grows on us... 

So exciting to start planning all the details and preparing for the arrival of our little human!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


I remember when these signs were first launched many years ago. Ever since then I've always wanted to park at one of these spaces - not only because they are the closest to the store, but because only a 'select few' get to park at them...

Today was my first time parking at one - I felt both privileged to be a 'select few' and relieved after  circling the jammed packed Kroger parking lot at 5:30 in the afternoon.

Family Picture 2016

Family Picture 2016

Family Picture 2015

Family Picture 2015

Christmas Picture 2011

Christmas Picture 2011

Family Picture 2009

Family Picture 2009
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