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Friday, May 28, 2010

Summer has hit the Lou!

My sister HAD to capture the belly in the swimsuit for the first time... it is official SUMMER is here in Saint Louis, Hallelujah

21 1/2 weeks

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

22 weeks

22 weeks and feeling good:
Real estate within your belly is getting tight, with growing baby leaving little room for your lungs to...well...breathe. Expect the huffing and puffing to start soon. There's not much room for your belly button, either -- it'll pop out any day now. Baby's now the size of a papaya!Baby's settling into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.
My belly button popping any day now... that is exciting! Mine already looks a little funny since I used to have a belly button ring! Baby Wilson is definitely already marching to the beat of his own drum and starting to run the household in his little ways. He is a routine guy, which doesn't surprise me, he likes to be very active around 9-10 am while I am at work, we have fun little play time while I get things done in the morning, then around 8 pm when daddy and I are enjoying some desert on the couch is another huge party time, both last about an hour and I look forward to them :)

The beginnings of the making of a tree for my lil mr.'s room:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bottles and Onsies and Diapers OH MY!

My sister Crystal took my to babies r us yesterday to get a hang of this whole baby thing, who knew how much stuff was required to have a kid, I mean they did it with some cow skins and grass back in the ol' day right? I think I am a minimalist, that or I hate clutter, I just think some of the things are silly since they will only use it for the first few months. But it helps knowing this is our first so we will get plenty of use out of all of these items, but seriously I never knew HOW much stuff there was!
Thank goodness for sisters, and friends that are mommies, I would be LOST without them, and will still be calling them once baby Wilson gets here because now my fear is that I will have no idea what to do with all this stuff, I seriously don't even know what some of the stuff is used for, 4 months to figure it out I guess!
I had a nightmare last night that I swaddled Boomer instead of the baby, think I was overwhelmed just a little, ha!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lucky 7




Luke and I have been together for seven years now! We are not exactly sure of an exact date, because things can be blurry when you first fall head over heels for someone, but we know it is right around mothers day!

This is the oldest picture I can find on my computer of us two, it is from when Luke was on his 6 month long fishing job and I went to visit him for my birthday.

Thanks for seven wonderful years Luke, Love you and cant wait for this next adventure life has in store for us!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Winnies Birthday and a surprise

Last night we had a little 'surprise' birthday dinner for my friend Winnie! It was Meghan's idea to do a formal intimate tapas night; We had seating cards, menus, and some amazing food and deserts!!!!
Laurens daughter Josie and I enjoying some flip flop cake, she will be 3 in about 2 weeks and is the most adorable little girl, She is definitely a smaller version of Lauren... Perfect!~
Our gorgeous menu thanks to Meghan!
I know I have said it before and I will say it again... These girls are my world.

Me, Winnie, and her awesome daughter Grace! .
Winnie had Grace when I was 20 years old so we have all been through a lot together and I would take her as MY daughter any minute of the day, any day of the week!
LOVE this little girl to pieces!

Meghan.. mid-story I'm sure ;)

I was excited to get home because while we were at work yesterday Luke's brother PUT TOGETHER our crib for us! I was so excited to see it all put together in our little boys room and not in a box in the dining room, where it has been for the past few weeks! It looks awesome and is exactly what we were hoping for, this is the color we painted the walls too, there will be lots more nursery updates to come I'm sure, but I had to post about this exciting surprise, perfect ending to a perfect night! And with the way mine and Luke's weekends have been looking this would of been in the dining room for quite some time if it were up to us!
Baby Wilson's crib, mattress, little rocking sheep, and boomer's butt. You can kinda see the dresser/changing table to the left, and one of his windows is off to the right.
I didn't think it was a necessity but looks like we will NEED a crib skirt!


Hi Mom! Just hanging out waiting for my little brother to get here, no big deal.

21 weeks & Bump pics

Me and my little boy!
I feel like it has really "popped" in the last week or two, so here are so new bump pics: 21 weeks!
I am feeling pretty good... considering.
I have been getting used to getting around with a belly, I am a bit tired, my ribs hurt from time to time usually late afternoon, and my back pain is pretty bad, but all in all I am doing good!

21 Weeks...more than half way there only 19 more to go!

Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long Chances are good you're feeling someone performing a round-off back handspring in your uterus by now. Other highlights this week:By now your baby looks like a mini-version of what she'll look like when she's born. All her facial features are formed and hair is growing on her head. She's even acting like a baby and will occasionally suck her thumb or yawn. Aww ...

Baby's heartbeat is getting stronger and can be heard using a good old-fashioned stethoscope.

By 21 weeks, fetal bone marrow starts making blood cells—previously done by the liver and spleen. This may not sound that exciting, but it's good news.The amniotic fluid that has been cushioning your little bean now serves another purpose: Your baby uses it to "practice" chowing down. Your baby has been swallowing amniotic fluid for a while now, but now the intestines are finally developed enough that she's absorbing small amounts of sugars from it. And let's face it, being able to effectively digest sugar is important at every stage of life.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Rainy weekend = productive Wilson's!

Saint Louis has been a city of rain, rain, and well some more rain! I was saying last night how I think it rained my entire drive to work everyday last week! With an ever changing and tired body makes for one sleepy lady!
A few weeks ago I made a long things to do list, some small, some easy to check right off, and some that I knew would take all summer long. I am happy to say the list is coming along great and this weekend we were going to get some major checks off but with a lot of the projects being outdoor, we were left with a pretty open weekend for a change! But we took full advantage, Saturday I had yoga and had a new instructor who I like a lot. It was a really good class! Then I headed to my mommas, we stopped at a re sell it maternity shop and got a couple things for me and one thing for baby Wilson, then headed to pottery barn. I had decided I wanted to register there for a few necessities ;) This is the bedding we have chosen:
And they have some other pretty darn cute things as well! I love all their stuff and almost everything can be personalized, so cute!
Luke's brother and dog are shacking up with us for a while so, while I was out Luke and Ben cleaned the house and finished up primering the walls of the babies room. Luke and I were both so exhausted we stayed in Saturday night and were both asleep by 10!
With another rainy day Sunday, Luke's baseball game canceled we decided to head up to Lowe's and look at paint colors. Only in my wildest dreams I thought we would pick one and I would get him to start the painting but after both Luke and I painting all day yesterday it is DONE! Yaaa hoo no more furniture in middle of the room, no more stacking things in closets to get them out of the way, no more primer paint cans, border scraps etc on the floor!

Now: How long to you think it will be before I can get him to put the crib together???

Friday, May 14, 2010

Fun with Pictures

Proud Parents to-be. Words cannot describe how happy and proud we are to have a healthy and happy baby boy! Luke saying: "Look, It's a boy!"


Watching my son wave to me, I think I was crying at this point, not sure.


Falling in love with my son....

and playing with my hair clip, in case you were wondering what is in my hands in all of these pictures. (Luke makes weird jokes with ppl when he is nervous... I fidget)
Luke's nervous joke: To the tech, "wow they sure make your job easy these days" REALLY Luke, first of all you are saying her job is easy and implying she is old all in one random sentence. my nervous face at this point said: "shut it babe"
After the big appointments we went to dinner with my parents, sister, and Bennett. Here are the proud grandparents with their first and (as of now) only grandchild.

Then Luke and I stopped at target to get Baby Wilson's first outfits from his parents...excuse the crap I look like, it had been a long exciting day!

You're at the halfway mark — congratulations! Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

20 week U/S Pictures

So I am not the best with the whole scanning the pictures in thing, but here are my 6 photos of our little man.
The first one is a side view of his face, 2nd is profile view, umbilical cord, and his heart with 4 chambers, 3rd is BOY parts!!!

4th one he is waving hello! 5th another profile, and 6th you can really see his awesome spinal cord!

He was such a trooper throughout his photo shoot, some fun facts... He likes to lay just like mommy, with one leg straight and one WAY up, he was even sucking on his little toes at one point. He streeeeeeches out and leans his head way back. He is in the 96% for his weight right now, at 15 ounces. All of our measurements have me looking like 21 weeks and 2 days and today I am only 20 weeks and one day, they will not change my due date or anything because this could keep fluctuating with the pregnancy.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Baby Wilson is....

A beautiful, healthy, bouncing baby BOY! We are both so thrilled along with both the families. The appointment went perfect and we could not of asked for anything to of went any better, to of had a sweeter or more understanding ultrasound tech, or to of asked baby Wilson to get in any better positions. Lots of pictures to post tomorrow...
For now the boys are off picking up ice cream, and I am looking at baby bedding:
LOVE this one but out of stock as of now so who knows....
Like that this one is cute, modern, and simple.

7 more hours

Dear Baby Wilson,
I thought about you and dreamt about you all night last night, (well I have been for my whole life, but you are so much more real now) you are growing inside of me and I love you very much. Today Daddy and I will go to the doctor to look at you on the screen and make sure you are happy and healthy inside my belly. Daddy is very excited to see you again today.
When we first learned of your news, of course I wanted a little girl I could dress in pink, and daddy wanted a little boy he could play sports with, but throughout the past weeks we have both gotten excited and anxious for the opposites as well, I would be thrilled with a little boy, who always loves his mommy of course, and daddy, well daddy I think likes his girl name more than anything and would be excited to use it.
But most of all we want you to be happy and healthy. We want you to grow up to be smart and be whatever you want to be in life. We want you to love everyone around you for who they are the way we try to. We want you to know that family is the most important thing in the world and there is nothing mommy and daddy wont do or fix for you. There is no amount of money that can buy happiness or love, for these things we will take care of for you. We want you to love God and we will teach you how he will handle anything that is just too big for you, after all daddy and I prayed for you and God made that happen.
I have wanted to be a mommy my whole life, it will be a learning experience for all three of us, but it is something we will all have fun with. I hope for us a house full of laughter for the rest of the lifetime to come for this perfect little family we are so happily creating.
We cant wait to see you today baby, If you are anything like your mommy and daddy you will not be modest at all and you will show off your goods loud and proud. Then we can go start shopping for you!
XOXOXO

Monday, May 10, 2010

A bittersweet mothers day

All in all I think we had a very good weekend. I am already an overly organized and clean person so the extra nesting energy has me itching to clean out our house and have a fresh start with Baby Wilson. This could be one reason for the garage sale we decided to have Saturday morning. Friday night Luke and I made dinner together, got some things together for the big sale, and we also caught up on some dvr watching which is another one of my favorite hobbies lately. The sale was off to a slow start, which was ok because I spent time sweeping up the garage while Luke trimmed some bushes. It was a chilly morning so we didn't have a huge turnout, but we made about 50-60 dollars and it forced us to clean out closets and anything that didn't sell is going to charity so win, win! Luke even held down the fort so that I could go to my prenatal yoga class.
The rest of Saturday was spent getting things done at the house, stopped by to see Luke's niece but she was napping, and going to a graduation party for a friend.
Sunday I was having my family, my grandma, grandpa, mom, sister, brother in law, nephew, and Luke's mom over for mothers day... the plan was to grill some yummy food and hang out and enjoy the day together. This was my last mothers day without children of my own, so why not do all the work and let the other mothers enjoy themselves!
When we woke up I told Luke I didn't want a good breakfast all I wanted was to go on a walk (or "W" in our house) with him and Boomer, so we did. It was great and very relaxing and we got a chance to talk, the walk I go on with boomer is probably about 2.5 miles long. Then we came home and began to clean, the family came over soon after and my grandma and mom brought me some gorgeous flowers... (something they don't understand about it being their mothers day!) I was also so thankful that Luke's mom could join us, she is not only the best mother in law I could hope for she is a great friend of mine and I look up to her very much. We had a few family members that had on their crabby pants for the day... yes on mothers day. But I tried not to let that get me down and tried to enjoy my family's company, health, humor, and being... with all we have been through already this year it means a lot to me to have them around.
I hope all the mothers had a great day and got to spend it with some people they love!

I was busy playing hostess and didn't snap any pictures this weekend, but I did get one of our bird family! :) This picture is taken from right off of our deck, we have a ma ma Robin that comes every year to live here, Luke said a few days ago he say the baby beaks starting to poke out and Sunday morning we say these two sweet furry birdies emerge from the nest! It was so precious it was like they were looking for their mommy to wish her a happy day!

I won!

http://stephaniecotta.blogspot.com/



I entered a contest where you enter a picture of yourself, and I won a photo shoot, how exciting!



Here is my entry:

This image, while my face is not in it, I believe it perfectly captures me being a mother. I will be a first time mother soon and have loved every minute of pregnancy. My girlfriends are the best and I do not know where I would be without them, this picture captures everything my little one has coming its way, love, caring, laughter, and of course lots of mommas!

Thanks Stephanie looking forward to meeting you soon!


Friday, May 7, 2010

Photo Tag

Here are the rules:

1) Go to your photo files, select the 8th photo folder
2) Select the 8th photo in that folder
3) Post that photo along with the story behind it
4) Then challenge 8 blogging friends to do the same!
I have two places I keep pictures:
First one on shutterfly 8the album: Michelle wedding
This picture is of my great friend Jim and my Mommy at my friend Michelle's wedding they were dancing and laughing it up for sure, I was in the wedding but it is so nice to know that my mom gets along with all my friends so well and had herself a good ol' time :)
The 2nd place is on my computer all pics in one album, this is the 8th picture.
We did some of my "girl" pictures before the wedding, We were all standing there looking pretty and trying not to freeze our buns off and all the sudden I said: "Where is Michelle!?" She was standing right by us, must of been all the pre wedding, bridal duty jitters had me still trying to worry about something!
I could not hope or ask for better girlfriends and I love them all so much!

Funny that both pics had to do with Michelle and I and our beautiful perfect weddings!

A Mothers Prayer

One of my good friends sent me this for my first mommy-to-be Mothers Day!
It is so sweet and special... Thanks Joy!


A Mother’s Prayer

The Most Important Person on earth is a mother.
She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral.
She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any Cathedral--a dwelling for
an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body.
The angels have not been blessed with such a grace.
They cannot share in God's creative miracle to bring new saints to heaven.
Only a human mother can.
Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other human creature.
God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation...what on God's earth is
more glorious than this:
TO BE A MOTHER

And with this sweet one from Lauren, I am now weeping at my desk at work:

A Newborn's Conversation with God

A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

God said, "Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."

God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."

Again the small child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"

God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."

And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."

Who will protect me?"

God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life." "

But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."

God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you."

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name."

God said, You will simply call her, "Mom."

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Simplicity

I feel like I try to live as simple as a life as I can (ok ok besides my purse and jewelry splurges) But all in all just take things one at a time and enjoy the little moments of life. A blog I follow just had this list up and I thought I would post as well, some of these are easy great little ideas to help simplify your life.


30 Ways to Make Your Life More Simple

Resign from a commitment you’re not passionate about.
Stop trying to be perfect.

Implement a basic cleaning schedule.

Sign up for automatic billpay.

Automate a portion of your investing.

Clean out your media collection and keep only the items you love.

Plant perennials that will automatically bloom next spring.

Clean out your purse or wallet.

Put a paper shredder next to your mail spot.

Wind your wardrobe down to pieces that work together.

Delete any social networking accounts you don’t actually use.

Add your number to the do-not-call list.

Create a car maintenance schedule and post it somewhere you’ll see it.

Design a filing system that you can stick to.

Start your day with a healthy meal.

Turn your phone off when you need quiet time.

Invest in a programmable thermostat.

Set one good goal, and go achieve it.

Record your good “shower” ideas and then implement them. (Don’t we all get our best

inspirations in the shower?)

Write to a friend with (gasp!) pen and paper.

Set limits on your bad habits, and reward yourself when you stick with them.

Stop trying to be a saint and indulge yourself every once in a while.

Pay off your credit card debt.

Avoid watching commercials and reading advertisements.

Rediscover the pleasure of reading purely for enjoyment.

Plan two weeks of delicious meals ahead of time and skip the nightly grocery run.

Go to your doctor for a preventative checkup.

Remember the joys of doing nothing.

Single-task as much as possible.

Learn to ask for help.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Cast your votes

18 1/2 week pic

ONE more week till we find out if Baby Wilson is a boy or a girl.

Since we were "pretty" Saturday I decided to do a bump pic, probably the only one before the next appointment, Next Tuesday at 4:00, it is going to make this week seem like forever!

19 weeks: Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

Birthday Dinner

Ashley from KC came in town to celebrate with me, LOVE her!
The girls and I....

And baby Wilson! Isn't baby Wilson going to have SO many amazing mommies, they are all already so excited about meeting him/her!

My wonderful hubby and I

Saturday night we went out to dinner at Trattoria Branica Wine bar with my closest friends, we all had a very good time, and I have to say I do not think I have had a better birthday, great food, great wine, live band, and great company! There is just nothing like being surrounded by all the people that mean the very most to you!

Here are some shots captured from the night, My friend Lauren has some cute pics of me opening my birthday present from Luke, he has been doing great at work and surprised me with a David Yurman bracelet, I LOVE his stuff and I told Luke now we can start a collection ;) Luke hit this birthday outta the park!

Sunday we got together with my family to celebrate my birthday and my cousin Blake's Communion. My grandma had been to this little place and wanted to take us, it was actually in this guy's 130 old house and they only do one family/group at a time he cooks all the food homemade and OMG it was the best ever! ALL breakfast/brunch food, ALL amazing, it was a fun family get together and a very interesting lunch!

Thanks everyone for a fabulous weekend!

An amazing birthday weekend!!!!

Enjoying my free sample, they had O'douls for the birthday girl!
Luke listening intently to the Budweiser tour, me playing with my iphone ;)

Birthday lunch at McAllisters with Luke, Yummy Sweet tea :)

This past weekend was my 26th birthday, and I have to say maybe the best birthday yet! I took the day off work and spent some much needed time around the house in the morning... at one point it finally dawned on me that this will be my last birthday by myself, without children! This was a scary yet exciting fact!

I had a gift card for a massage (thanks mom!) so I went and used that, It is just not the same getting massaged from the side, so next time I will have to find a place with the special tables, but still a nice relaxing treat!

Then Luke got off work (he ended up getting to take a 1/2 day) we ate lunch and headed downtown. We never do any of the touristy things St. Louis has to offer so we decided to go on the brewery tour, it was a good time!Then we were off to eat something before heading to the Cards game, It was Sluggie giveaway night, Cardinals version of the Snuggie, so I was very excited to get one!

The game ended up going on rain delay and we decided to head home, but it was a great birthday spent with my husband. Saturday I had plans with friends but I will post about that next....

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Bennett



Bennett is getting so big and doing so many new things! Every time I see him I feel like there is a new trick up his sleeve or new life lesson for him to show me.
The other day I went to the park and spent some time with Crystal and Bennett, there is just nothing like hanging out with a toddler to get your mind off all life's worries!
Crystal just posted LOTS of new things about lil B on her blog, click on "the muellers" to the right if you want to check it out!