"If pregnancy were a book, they would cut the last 3 chapters out" unk
Thursday, December 31, 2009
"If pregnancy were a book, they would cut the last 3 chapters out" unk
I just put my new pj's on, husband got a bottle of wine and we're going to hang out with the best thing that happened to us in 2009.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
There are so many levels of emotion that I have felt though this journey, some days I just couldn't get words out though the tears, other days I laughed about it and some days I was scared of what our future held. There were times when I asked myself "why" but then I thought "why not", we are never really sure why things happen the way they do but this is our journey, this is her story. In the beginning hearing stories of other (micro) preemies brought me comfort and I hope that we can bring comfort to others though our experiences.
I think it was Thursday afternoon that Oprah was on the TV and I wasn't really watching but Tim Mcgraw was on and I really like him and Faith, so I was listening to him sing and I heard Oprah ask him what was the best Christmas present he ever got and his response was that his second little girl was born 2 months early and came home from the hospital a few days before Christmas and he said it didn't get much better than that and I'm here to tell you IT DOESN'T!!!!
Hope you all had a VERY Merry Christmas, I got a few really nice things but nothing is better than having Abby home.
This picture was taken in the NICU before we knew if she would be home for Christmas or not and a girlfriend talked me into doing a Christmas card either way, so this was the picture that we used. She was off the oxygen here but had to go home with oxygen (another post).
And this is Christmas Eve, when our family came to met Abby for the first time, no one was able to come into the NICU other than Brad and I and my mom, so it was nice to share her with our family but we have to be very carefully...no germs, so contact was limited.
Her first Christmas, everyone brought her a first Christmas ornament for her tree, notice there is still nothing on the walls, I do have almost everything and that's on my list to get done very soon and I will share with you.
"Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it has finally come together. What you have always wished for, has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself... how did I get though all that."
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Her daddy walked right over to her, sound asleep and all. Picked her up and loved on her. Other parents, nurses and even the doctor came over to see what all the fuss was about. We are so in LOVE. I think hubby liked the bow more than I did. He loves showing her off.
I've been told that when you see your husband with your child, you gain a whole new love for them. I've found this more true than I could even imagine. He can't keep his hands off of her and talks on and on about the things we are going to do when she comes home and is able. I can't wait for the day when we can lay a blanket on the living room floor and get down on the floor and play with her and make her smile.
Things are going very well, she is getting bigger and bigger, starting to take the bottle and is in an "open crib". So now we are working on getting the oxygen off, she is getting a course of steriods to help develop her lungs, so keep us in your prayers.
"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle". ~Albert Einstein
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
And as you know, I now have a 6 week old preemie and find these updates a little... well annoying. It's not your fault "bump" how are you suppose to know that my precious little girl couldn't wait any longer to met me and came early. When I got home from the hospital and finally checked my email, you were there and I was mad. But now I'm seeing the brighter side. Week after week as I read your updates, I'm starting to think that maybe there's a good side to missing the last 3 months, triedness, more weigh gain, pains, hot flashes, etc. Your not making it sound like much fun!
Today I would have been 33 weeks and this is what "The Bump" had to say...
Your Pregnancy: Week 33
You are one hot mama -- literally. A 20 percent metabolic rate increase throughout pregnancy can leave you begging for a cool breeze no matter what the weather is like. Distract yourself with an exercise in blind identification. Try to distinguish between baby's feet, fists, knees, and elbows -- all doing some major pushing and nudging inside of you.
So this Thanksgiving Eve, after visiting with Abby (now 3lb 3oz, by the way) and having to leave because they were getting an admission I went across the street to Target and got myself a fountain Diet Coke and enjoyed some shopping time. So 3 refills later (yes, I really did refill) I had found some good stuff.
A dress for tomorrow
I might not be literally one hot mama but who says I can't look like one.
A new Christmas movie, so funny saw it last year and they JUST released it on DVD this week.
"Think of stretch marks as a pregnancy service stripes" ~ Joyce Armor
Monday, November 23, 2009
At night I go in her room and stare at the empty bed and envision what it's going to be like when my little girl is lying there so peaceful, the afternoons when she'll be in there laughing and playing instead of napping and all the morning/night time kisses that will take place there.
I rock in rocker and dream about the moments that we'll share here, bedtime stories, prayers and sleepless nights.
I can't wait, but I am.
When I first got home from the hospital I thought that her room would be hard for me to go into, a reminder that she's not home with us, but instead it has become a place that I find peace and hope. I look in her closet and pick out her first Church dress, her Valentine's Day outfit, etc. Her stroller reminds me of the many walks that we'll take together.
When I first started planning the nursery and after I found out I was having a girl, I thought I would do something a little different, like a yellow and green color scheme but later changing my mind, thinking that this could be my only girl and I might not ever get the chance to have pink everything again...so my colors became light pink, bright pink and of course green. And I'm glad I did, now knowing that we won't be able to have anymore.
Here is the bedding
(my BFF got this for me and I'm so grateful, I love it)
And anyone that knows me IRL knows that wall decorations are almost impossible for me to decide on, so of course, this is the last thing I have to do in Abby's room. And I need help, what do you think?
The designer can change the colors to fit my scheme, I love the verse, I think it's a good reminder that he's the creator , he had her birthday planned before she was even conceived.
And the second print, will have our names on it. I'm thinking that I will put these over the changing table and I was thinking I would put this over the crib
I'm going to see if the designer can change the Big letter to something not so curly.
Do you see my bird theme.
My early bird.
" Life is always a rich and steady time when your waiting for something to happen or hatch"
-E.B. White (Charlotte's web)
Edit** Just realized that the links aren't working, if your interested the name of the esty store of the first 2 prints is emrick123
and the decal is also from esty the store name is decal monograms
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I could just eat her up!!!
When my girlfriend Jane's five year old was looking at Abby's pictures with her mom she wanted to know why Abby gets to wear a bra and she doesn't...
I have laughed about this for over a week now and shared this with all the nurses, she thought the monitor leads were a bra.
This week I have vowed to myself to get out and go for a walk at least once a day and to do something I enjoy for a least an hour a day, so given my love for crafting, I'm going to start making headbands and sewing again, making things for Abby, it will give me some time to clear my head and time to do something I enjoy. It's hard to find things preppy and monogrammed for such a small baby, so I'm going to make them. So what for my crafts to come!
The moment a child is born,
the mother is also born.
She never existed before.
The woman existed, but the mother, never.
A mother is something absolutely new.
Monday, November 9, 2009
I went home 5 days later, with a Rx for high blood pressure medication and a blood thinner called Coumadin, CVS must have thought it was for my 80 year old grandmother...hehe
2 days later Abby was off the ventilator and on nasal cannula and 2 days after that she is breathing on her own and taking the max amount of feeding that she is able to. We went from 3cc every 6 hour to 24cc every 4 hour in a week. She had her first eye exam today and they told us that it was "perfect", which I find crazy, considering one nurse had told us a few weeks ago to be prepared, most premiees fail the first test. She is now 2lbs 3oz.
We still have a long rode ahead of us but as of this hour ...we are VERY good.
Please keep us in your prayers.
And I promise to post more often and share lots of pictures!
On the day that they took Abby off the ventilator, we walked in to see her in this cute gingham dress.
Here she is off the oxygen, I was trying to catch her smile but I kept missing her.
"A new baby is like the beginning of all things, hope, a dream of possibilities."
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". Jeremiah 29:11
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Last year Mr. Tea and I went to the "the Egg bowl" Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State, which also happens to be Senior day in which they introduced Micheal Oher with his Ole Miss family and left me wondering what was his story. Some may call it noisy but I've always liked to hear a person's "story", everyone has one. I'm always asking my patients what they did when they were younger, how long they were married, etc., I'm always left feeling like wow, what a great story. Well, after we got home Mr. Tea googled Micheal Oher and we read he's story and then before the Cotton Bowl last year ESPN did a story on Micheal and his family....and now this!
Micheal's story is truly amazing, Mr. Tea told me that it was coming out in a movie awhile back but I never thought it would make it to the big screen or have such amazing cast, I can't wait to see it. It comes out Nov. 20., and I can't wait, I think I'm going to have to bring a box of tissues with me, You can check out the trailer here.
"I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me"
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Here are a few things about Fall that I love.
Decorating for Fall/Halloween
Ole Miss Football and Saturdays in the Grove
And all my cute cooler maternity outfits that are just hanging in my closet.
This is when us Floridians get jealous of you guys up north.
One man's daydreaming is another man's day. ~Grey Livingston
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
So that brings on so many decisions...
As far as I can remember I've thought about the day I would find out I was pregnant and the day that I became a mom and all the details in the middle, like names and the nursery. I can't describe how much I love this little girl already! And I know this is just the beginning.
But in the last week I've really started thinking about the nursery. I thought I knew what I wanted which was this...
But then I thought about it and what if this is my only girl, would I regret not sharing with her my love for Pink and Green. I knew I didn't want to do anything in pastels but looked on every website for bright pink and was left wondering what I was going to do...until Saturday, when my girlfriend and I went into the Snappy Turtle's Harvey's Store in Delray Beach and I saw this bib and loved the pattern...
After a couple of attempts to find the artist that had made the bib...I had success. She proceeds to tell me that it is a Lily pattern, I think to myself, of course it is, I would pick it out of a haystack. She has found the fabric and is working with someone to make me a bumper and bed skirt. I just love it! It is exactly what I was looking for, so I really hope that it all works out and as soon as I get permission to put her website on my blog to share I will because she has some really cute stuff. I can't wait to share with you my newest project.
(By the way, does anyone know the name of this pattern?)
A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities. Eda J. Le Shan
Friday, August 7, 2009
I went with my mom to the mega baby store Baby Love in Ft. Lauderdale, I was told they were the baby experts and had great advice. I went into the store thinking that I would just get a carrier/infant carseat, use a snap -n -go for the first couple months then go to an umbrella stroller such as this Maclaran.
Boy was I wrong, the salesman convinced me otherwise. The Maclaren's all have two handles, making it hard to maneuver, no place for my drink or a baby's drink and little storage. I was totally againest a travel system but now I'm in travel system love. You think you know what you would do, until you have to do it.
So this is the bad boy I chose...
I didn't get it yet, I needed to make sure that I was making the right decision, so I have spend the morning going over reviews and found it to be very well liked.
So this where you come in, does anyone have any experience with Chicco? Or any suggestions regarding strollers?
"Having a child is the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit" - Bill Cosby
Monday, June 29, 2009
I know it has been awhile and I believe me, I have missed all of you.
I have signed on many times and had to walk away after only getting though a blog or two to head back to the place that I have come to know very well in the last 5 weeks... the bathroom.
So yes, as of today I'm 12 weeks pregnant and no I wasn't one of those people that wanted to wait before telling, it is actually the first time that sitting in the computer hasn't made me ill.
I need to first say, that we are very excited and nervous all rolled into one. Hearing the heartbeat for the first time, is a sound I will never forget. We had been trying for really only about a month and it happened way faster than we expected. We feel truly blessed for what God has given us. Sometimes it does not even seem real.
Second, I'm sending high props to all the women that have been though this whole pregnancy vomiting thing...WOW...I had no idea. And then there are women that have little ones at home and still have to function. I'm fortunate enough that I only work 3 days a week, so I just stayed in bed the others and we took a 2 week vacation in the worst weeks, which made for a very non-exciting vacation but lots of well needed R&R. My husband has been great, I'm so blessed for him. He's done EVERYTHING he could to make this easier for me.
As for now, I'm starting to feel better and I'm so ready to join society again.
"A grand adventure is about to begin." -- Winnie the Pooh
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I guess I have been MIA.
But I have been a very busy girl.
I've been spending a lot of time with my head over a toilet and sleeping when given the opportunity ( which I have been making a lot of time for) and trying to function when the previous two obligations have been met.
But I think I'm getting things under control, I traded my diet coke in for Segrams caffeine free ginger ale and trying to keep my tummy full and it seems to be helping because yesterday I felt better and I can tell today is going to be better too.
Any idea what's going on my my world????
"In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps" Proverbs 16:9
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
"Our room with a view"
We enjoyed a nice dinner out and dancing for some, I wasn't feeling well (maybe too much sun) and headed back early.
And prepared for another day in the sun!
Hope you had a nice weekend!
"A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world." ~Lois Wyse
Monday, May 11, 2009
I'm in search for this dress, have any of you seen it in your Gap? It's so cute and looks so comfortable.
I want it in Green of course, I going to seriously do a post on all the dresses in my closet, it looks a little like this black, orange/apricot and green. Black is a must, orange is my new obsession and green has always been "my color". I'm a creature of habit.
I can order the dress online but I'm that girl that always does the surveys that come with the receipt and I can save 20%, but you can't use them online. So I'm waiting.
Hope everyone had a great Mother's day! We went to Church and then to Lunch at Prime Catch, a nice little place on the intercoastal in Boynton Beach, which is one of my mom's favorites. I had has been so hot here!!!
I usually don't go in to NY and company but last week I was walking by and saw that they had lots of dresses and I stopped in and found some cute stuff. I picked up these 2 dresses, it was buy one, get the second half off. They are so soft and cute, so for 45 dollars I could not pass them up.
I can dress them up or dress them down...
"Dresses for breakfasts, and dinners, and balls;
Dresses to sit in, and stand in, and walk in;
Dresses to dance in, and flirt in, and talk in;
Dresses in which to do nothing at all;
Dresses for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall."
~William Allen Butler, "Nothing to Wear"
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
to all my fellow nurses.
This isn't really helping my diet, I counted six cakes yesterday but I didn't have a bite of any!
"Nurses are the heartbeat of health care." ~Author Unknown
Friday, May 1, 2009
So in celebration I went to dinner with my mom to Bonefish, my favorite place to eat. We were sitting in the bar area, at a large table in which multiple parties can sit at, well getting to the point. I realized it was Vanilla Ice sitting at the end. I'm trying to tell my mom and I swear she was so loud saying you mean Ice..Ice...Baby? Oh lord. He just looked down the table and smiled. As a kid, I can remember my brother and I having dance offs outside on the trampoline to Ice Ice Baby, he always won, he's always been a better dancer. Good times!
Then I went on a mission for a bathing suit, I guess Spanx isn't making bathing suits anymore so that was out. I opted for this super cute green one at Old Navy that I couldn't find online to share with you...sorry!
I did get the light fixture up and it's growing on me, tonight Mr. Tea comes home from a work trip in Key West (Yeah, I was thinking the same thing) and I'm scared to see what he thinks. I did put it on a timmer that has a remote, so I'm hoping that he is captivated by the gadget. My camera's battery is dead but I promise pictures tomorrow. Hope everyone has a great weekend it's Sunfest here in South Florida and the weather is suppose to be great. This is always such a toss up of what to do, you have Sun Fest here, Jazz fest going on in New Orleans, Memphis in May and the derby. Next year hubby says that we are going to Jazz Fest...I say the derby.
"All right stop collaborate and listen
Ice is back with my brand new invention
Something grabs a hold of me tightly
Flow like a harpoon daily and nightly
Will it ever stop yo I don't know
Turn off the lights and I'll glow
To the extreme I rock a mic like a vandal
Light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle
Dance go rush to the speaker that booms
I'm killing your brain like a poisonous mushroom
Deadly when I play a dope melody
Anything less than the best is a felony
Love it or leave it you better gain weight
You better hit bull's eye the kid don't play
If there was a problem yo I'll solve it
Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it"
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
"Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?" ~Maurice Freehill
Friday, April 24, 2009
is having a great summer giveaway, that you might want to get your hands on, check it out!
And then over at Be write there
she's hosting a fabulous giveaway, that I love kill for.
Both end at noon Saturday...
One more thing that I've been wanting to pass along,
While I was exploring the aisles of Target the other day I saw that they had all of Emily Griffin books on sale for $10
They are great reads and perfect for summertime by the pool. When I was done reading them, I'd wished that I hadn't read it so I could read it again....
Thursday, April 23, 2009
H2O: two parts Heart and one part Obsession. ~Author Unknown
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The restoration Hardware Honeydew Quince.
I was first taken to them because they are the same color as my living room but now it's the clean scent that takes the prize.
So I have a few in my Living room/Dining room.
When I was in Mississippi I was in a gift shop around the courthouse and found these great soy candles.
Auuiesse Rioja candle
I'm saving this one for my new bedroom and I can't wait, I think we are about a week away from it being all done.
"When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing - just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park? "
~ Ralph Marston