Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What's In A Name?

The American Heritage Dictionary says that the definition of 'name' is:

A word or words by which an entity is designated and distinguished from others.

{I couldn't resist this sweet beanie from Warm and Fuzzy Baby. It now awaits the peanut's arrival in a basket full of hand-me-down hats from friends.}

{I also bought her first set of hair bows. I saw Annies Bananies on Tip Junkie's Blog and had to get some. This set comes with a headband customized with a loop for the bows to clip into. That way Baby Girl can wear them right from the start, whether she has hair or not. Yayyyy!}

Some people don't think naming a child is a big deal, others disagree. I know baby will have to carry whatever name we choose for her, with her for the rest of her life. So far the process has not been easy. Sometimes fun, but not real easy!

Let me share with you the exhaustive list of choices I've come up with....
Averly/Avery - Ava
Everly - Evvy
Brinley - Brin
Liliana - Lily
Emmalyn - Emma

**I would love to hear suggestions and feedback. Positive, that is. Some people are soo rude when it comes to naming a baby!! After some of the comments I've heard so far, I'm not sure I'll share the name until after BGM is born......

Monday, April 20, 2009

She's Healthy! Thank GOD!

We went to the doctor and they confirmed the girl parts - again. We got the news that everything with the little peanut is perfect! Yes, perfect!! Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is not only a blessing, but a miracle. It wasn't until last year that I was able to realize what a miracle a baby is. Now I know for sure that they are not to be taken for granted. SHE is NOT to be taken for granted. I thank God for HER every day.

I was a bit nervous about this appointment because I've been having what I now know as contractions. I know you are probably thinking that's impossible, but it's true. I wake every morning to a knot in my belly immediately below my belly button. I pee, it relaxes. I climb back into bed and somedays it comes back again. Some days it doesn't. When I was told that these were contractions, I thought the doctor was crazy. I didn't realize you could have them this early. She did say that many people get them VERY early, but can't feel them or recognize them. She thinks that mine are due to an irritable uterus (aka nothing to worry about if I just pee and move on). My bladder being the irritant. I may be drinking too much water before crawling into bed at night and this is filling the bladder to the point of irritating the uterus. The last thing I want is to irritate my uterus, or anything in that region, so I've got to work on this. In the mean time, the doc thinks they are harmless because there are less than four an hour. Pheww!Don't get's an old pic. I had to show you how tiny she was three months ago compared to now. Above is her ultrasound from January. Crazy, huh?!
Here she is now.
After showing you these photos, I feel the need to apologize to her though. Josh and I both have big legs. Thick legs. Those who know us, know that well. You can tell already that this poor girl is also going to be blessed with big, thick legs. Another generation of thunder thighs....{sigh}. I think she's going to make up for it everywhere else, though. Good thing we've got her a cover-up for her bikini for next summer! (I'll have to show you that later.) I've completely lost my mind buying this girl clothes. She's got a closet full already and meanwhile her mama is dressing like a bum, recycling through the few things I own that actually fit. She will be much better dressed than me or her father. I have to admit, I did break down and order a few dresses from Gap Maternity this past weekend. I also ordered some tanks to add to the ones we bought yesterday after the appt. It's getting hot in our building (at work) already and I'm not sure my tiny summer shirts from the years passed will cut it.

Hopefully Josh gets bored with this post and never makes it down to this picture. He will not be happy to see it on here. He feels that she needs to be more lady-like and not so...shall we say..."open"! Trust me when I say she made it even more obvious that she was a little lady (*or at least working on it) during the last ultrasound! So I'm sure he wouldn't appreciate this exploitation before he has the chance to mold her into the perfect little lady he's looking for. Maybe I should have left this one out, but I love it because it shows those big, healthy thighs and I can't resist imagining what they'll look like in person. I call her "cute" already - even though she seems to look more like a gummy bear than anything else. Josh just laughs and probably secretly thinks I'm insane! Or, at times, not-so-secretly!!!

Beside the fact that she is so free, our little one also seems to be a bit on the hyperactive side. During the past three ultrasounds and the past three heart monitorings, the techs and doctors have all commented to us on how "very active" our little one is. SHE IS WILD! She started off about six weeks ago, with kicking and waving. And lets not forget holding her head with one hand in a very dramatic fashion. Josh says she gets that from me, but I have no idea what he means by that. Then she began to run (or swim sort of) from the doppler when they would try to get a heart rate on her. She went from that to moving all over and kicking like crazy when I play classical music and put headphones on my belly. I could feel her at 16 wks. She will do this for an hour. She either loves this or can't stand it - not sure yet so check back in about 4 1/2 months! Now she has proceeded to do flips and place her hands in and out of her mouth, repeatedly, at a very fast pace. She's opening her mouth and curling her body up then stretching it out abruptly. She's very animated - that is my side of the family and does whatever she feels like despite what we want her to do - that's Josh! We are predicting an athlete. I'm hoping for an Abby Wambach myself!

I hope to be back tomorrow with some narrowed down name choices, finally!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Nerve!

First of all, so much for being back two days in a row. But twice in one week should be worth something...don't ya think?!

We've spent a good part of this week fussing over nursery furniture. See, I've known that I was pregnant for a loong time. Since December really. And a while back a new baby store opened in our city. It's called Buy Buy Baby. It just so happens that Josh's company built the store. Soo...he encouraged me to go in one day and check it out. We did and I LOVE IT! With that said, I saw a furniture set there (for a girl) that I fell in love with. I told him immediately that if we were having a girl we'd have to come back for it. Well, fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when we found out we were having a girl and that furniture has been on my mind ever since.

Fast forward again to last weekend when my mother, SIL and I went back to the store to take a look at it. I was informed that the set has been discontinued and they only have one left in the store. They could hold it for 24 hours, but then after that it's up for grabs. No discount off the floor model either, which I cannot understand for the life of me. I loved their service up until the point they told me this. Well, this and also that they won't ship the furniture from another store if they have it elsewhere. What they have is for sale and then it's gone. SERIOUSLY?! Anyway, I wasn't planning on dropping that much cash that day so I had them put the hold on it and said we'd come back for it. I needed to discuss it with Josh, who sweetly informed me the baby just didn't have to have that set. There are plenty of perfectly wonderful sets out there. WRONG!

After some convincing, he realized she did have to have it. So we bought the crib. My mom and dad bought the hutch and his mom and stepdad bought the changing dresser. This was the plan to begin with. It just ended up being a very hurried version of the plan. This baby has wonderful grandparents in case you haven't noticed!! Now all we need to get is the armoire. I told Josh to leave it for last because not only is it the most expensive piece, but it is also the least necessary because she already has a closet in her room. Half full already...might I add! Josh, the same guy who started off telling me she did NOT HAVE to have this set, informed me after going back for the other pieces that she ABSOLUTELY HAS to have the armoire. He said it's the best part! Soo...we are hoping to head back next weekend and praying that the armoire will still be there.

The nerve of these folks to discontinue a set that our family "has to have". I know that sounds so selfish and materialistic, and it is. But before you judge too much, please....understand that this baby is a blessing to us beyond belief and she will be our first born child. So we want everything to be perfect!

Here is BGM's new furniture. Be sure to picture it in a very creamy color. It is NOT white. The last photo is a picture of how the crib converts to a full big girl bed. There is an in between stage for toddlers, but I didn't see a photo of it. I'm sure you'll get to see that transition one day! Also, this is not my house and those weird masks on the wall in the big girl room are definitely NOT my masks!

Thursday, April 9, 2009


YES - I'm alive!
YES - I've been the world's worst blogger for at least 6 months.
YES - I have an excuse (several really).
YES - I am aware that most of you have given up on me AND this blog.
YES - Some of you have left comments that I didn't notice until now.
YES - I've avoided this blog like the plague for a long time.
YES - I'm going to make every effort to get back on the blogging wagon.
YES - I refuse to promise that my efforts will do any good.
And.....YES...that ticker up there is for real!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let me start with an apology for no photos in my return debut post. I've got nothing and it was a last minute decision.

Moving on to my excuses....all of which are extremely valid as I'm sure you'll agree.
*first of all, our computer got very sick with a virus and had to spend some time at the doctors so rather than uploading pictures to Josh's laptop everyday, that he would eventually force me to remove, I just said to heck with it!
*While away at the doctor, my computer's memory was cleared and restored and I've lost every single blog address I had in my favorites because of that (and because I had been too lazy to add them to my blog or put them on delicious or one of those other handy things that I have no idea about.) So if you're reading this and I've ever visited or commented on your blog, please leave your blog address in a comment so that I can add it back to my blog list. Please!
*The holidays were very busy, too. Let's not forget that! I was feeling down. Didn't decorate and things around here were too boring to talk about on a blog.
*About half way through January to halfway through February, I was not feeling so hot. Thank God I wasn't in as rough of shape as the computer, but I was bed bound for a few weeks!
*Since then I've been exhausted and sleeping a lot. (It's a low iron situation and we're working on it.)
*Since beginning to feel better toward the end of February/beginning of March, I've been paranoid that if I blogged I'd leak the secret and jinx us.
*In March, we started remodeling the attic to make room for Baby Girl Myers and things have pretty much been non-stop since then. I think the iron is beginning to take effect, but who would know when we are going, going, going?

So I figured that since we found out this week that Baby Myers is a girl and we also took the plunge with a registry, I might as well get back on here and share the news. I do hope that if you read this you'll pray for us. I never feel safe as I'm sure many of you can understand. We are SUPER excited though and trying to just be happy and worry-free as best we can, as we know that's best for the little one.

I think this should cover it for shocking news and elaborate excuses. I'm going to do my best to be back tomorrow....with something!!! Maybe you can help out with names??!!