Archive for December, 2010
to celebrate our 30th week I thought I would show you the last 4 weeks of growth
1. 10 Weeks to go!
2. Heartburn hurts like the dickens. I’m sorry for anyone that has this condition in everyday life!
3. Does anyone remember what sleeping through the night feels like? No? Huh, me either.
4. While sleep is not happening, my body is working hard at making sure I wake up sore. I get a charlie horse in my calves almost every night, making it interesting when I step out of bed. O.U.C.H.
5. Feeling baby Ringl have the hiccups is my favorite experience (so far). She likes to wake me up with them at 6am, almost as dependable as an alarm clock.
6. I slept with 1 body pillow and 4 regular pillows this week. I have to climb into my spot and snuggly tuck myself into a comfortable position. At least that’s the new routine when I don’t just settle for the couch.
7. I’ve decided, despite the fact that it’s winter, it is time to get myself some comfy cotton dresses. The less pressure on my belly, the better. Oh, and some yoga pants. Time to finally give in and invest in comfort!
8. The past few weeks I’ve been up throughout the night to body aches and the baby kicking, while my hubby dreams away. Foreshadowing?
9. My whole life I could never get over feeling guilty as I pictured my husband heading off to work while I stayed at home to be with the baby. After a few of these sleepless nights, that guilt has washed away. He’ll see the bags under my eyes and know that my work was equally as challenging, and without a lunch break included.
10. I have never wanted a pedicure & massage more in my life! I sure wish I had added those to my Christmas list…
11. While I say I’m more than ready for the baby to be here, I know that once she comes I am going to miss feeling her flutter and kick throughout the day. It is comforting knowing that she is safe and has everything she needs while in my belly-cocoon.
12. Since being in the 3rd trimester my belly button has officially popped! Stephen says it’s my bodies way of telling me ‘the turkeys done’.
13. My hips are killing. At my last appointment the nurse showed me some exercices but I don’t remember them because I was busy holding in my laughter while watching her demonstrate.
14. Getting out of the car has become an exercise. One leg out, two legs out, hands on knees and push up.
15. We are pretty much at a stand-still in the nursery until after our baby shower. I don’t want to buy anything in case we receive it as a gift, so I’m hoping Stephen will suddenly become interested in decorating so we can get it the way I’ve pictured in my head.
16. I’ve gone from a full-time napper to a nester. I need this house nice and clean and organized. Time to scratch off all the items on my to-do list!
17. Stephen couldn’t make it to our last 2 appointments so I got my sister to record my appointment so he can hear the heartbeat. Now if only I could crop a swimsuit models stomach into the video…
My previous learnings:
Naming Baby Ringl
I swiped this off Jessica because well… I’ve been living in my pajama pants for 3 days after staying up late hanging out with friends. In my 3rd trimester, this is quite obviously the beginning of the downfall people.
1. Four TV shows that I watch:
- 30 Rock
- Freaks & Geeks
- The Middle
2. Four things that I’m passionate about:
- my family
- card games
3. Four words/phrases I use a lot:
- Stephen, wake up.
4. Four things I’ve learned from the past:
- our timing is not God’s timing.
- the grass is not always greener.
- candy & sweets may taste awesome, but I’d rather my pants fit.
- parents really do know what they’re talking about.
5. Four places I would like to go:
- the West Coast
- New England
- Disney World
- a cruise/vacation with friends
6. Four things I did yesterday:
- hung out with friends
- ran errands with my mom
- tried napping
7. Four things I am looking forward to:
- meeting our daughter & becoming a mother
- ringing in the new year with friends
- decorating our house
- training for and completing a marathon
8. Four things I love about winter:
- low-humidity (thanks Florida)
- warm blankets with books
- not sweating in jeans
Play along if you’d like. I’m going to continue sitting on the couch in a pile of blankets.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. While playing a board game on Sunday night I had a sudden realization that the next day was Monday and Stephen would be getting up and heading to work in the morning. Yes, a usual routine, but because he was off Thursday & Friday I got used to having him around during the day. I was spoiled with quality hubby time, and it was great!
On Friday, Christmas Eve, we had some friends get into town and decided to have some hangout time. We all met up at our friends, Brandon and Nicoles, and had Christmas Eve Briner! With ‘Christmas Vacation’ on in the background we busted out the 3 waffle irons we brought and had a delicious feast. Here’s an example: my Christmas Eve Waffle:
After dinner we played some cards, a new game that was brought to us from a friend in Texas called “7-up, 7-down” (I just call it “Texas”). Then Stephen and I drove home so we could get some rest before our busy Christmas day plans.
Here are a few pictures of our Christmas activities.
Our tree Christmas morning
My cute hubby with his present
(there were 3 gifts in that 1 box).
I couldn’t resist this when I saw it
Stephen loves it!!
Stephen got me this fun shirt:
Last, but not least, stocking time!!
We opened our stockings last and Stephen did a great job of filling mine with my favorite candies!!
How was everyone else’s Christmas? Did you do anything special? I know I especially can’t wait until NEXT Christmas. We had so much fun thinking and talking about how different and exciting next year will be with baby Ringl around
It’s Christmas Eve and I am snuggled up on the couch, excited that all my Christmas shopping was completed yesterday so I don’t have to run a single errand. My sister and I went last-minute shopping yesterday and finished off our lists. While the parking lots were crazy (which is why I park far away and just walk), the stores didn’t feel too crowded so we were able to swoop in and snatch what we needed. We then stopped off at my parents and had lunch with mom and dad, a fun last-minute decision! While there I was able to get in my “28 week” prego picture, which was a last second thing since today started week 29 ! Last night we had a last-minute hangout with some friends and played cards. They helped me devour our Christmas popcorn tin Stephen couldn’t resist when picking up my vitamins. Thanks guys, the last thing I need to top-off on my own is a giant thing of multi-flavored popcorn (no matter how delicious it is)!
Today I plan on relaxing with my hubby, wrapping the few presents I picked up yesterday, and enjoying this 3-day weekend we have to spend with friends and family!
Next week should be full of fun posts. I’ll get to share the festivities of Christmas, the gifts we gave and received, as well as a new furniture addition to our home
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Now, for some catch-up pictures.
In case you are wondering we did not leave with either of those awesome frames. My family knows how to play Dirty Santa, we’re relentless! I also hope you enjoy the goofy picture of Stephen and myself. It was one fun party!
I was visiting a website I frequent about baby-related topics and was surprised when I read an article about popular names. I always knew baby names could be ‘trendy’. You learn that in grade school when you have 4 kids with the same name in your class. However, I never knew how the cycle worked. It has become very apparent that society and the media play a huge role in people naming their children. It seems like no matter how hard parent’s would try to be creative or unique, you just couldn’t predict whether 2,000 other sets of parents were going to do the same thing. Until now.
The internet makes a lot of things easier in life. We can now add one more thing to that list: Avoiding a trendy name for your child. Unless you don’t mind a trendy name. Heck, with over 4 million babies being born just last year, you are bound to have a few name-sharing kids in your school. My feelings are pretty simple, name your child what you want to name him/her. You are going to be the one saying that name for the next 50+ years, so make it one you like to hear when you whisper, coo, mumble, speak, and yell (yes, I have already accepted that Sarah will not be innocent forever. Kids lie, and I’m a girl, so I know we especially aren’t easy to deal with).
So if you are at all curious about approaching trendy-names, I’ve got the list here for you.
Top Baby Names for 2011:
For a more complete rundown (and what names are on an incline/decline) you can check out the lists here and here.
It’s funny how many of these names I recognize from recent movies and tv shows/characters. I can see why a lot of those are so popular, that’s a really good list of some solid names.
If you are in the market for picking out a name for your child, have fun and good luck!
This past weekend was my families Dirty Santa Christmas Party over in Biloxi. It is one of the things I look forward to most about the holidays. We always have so much fun, and this year did not disappoint.
On Saturday we traveled with my sister and her husband into Mississippi to hangout at my grandmas before the party.
Me (big belly and all), cousin Angie and her sweet baby girl, Kaley
Stephen & I
with Angie and my sister
my beautiful Grandma
future movie nights for this gang!
my mom with her sister Patty
my mom with her sisters and her mom
I was bad at taking pictures, so this is all I could get my hands on. I’ll update later with the Dirty Santa side of the party. I love stirring up trouble with stealing gifts, and it isn’t difficult to do when you’ve got family with good taste!
Last week we finally jumped on the bandwagon and got ourselves a Christmas tree. We’ve been a little behind on getting things done and ready for the holidays, but better late than never!
To set the mood my parents and sister came over, we had ourselves some delicious homemade potato soup, and then we headed out to search the town.
This is what our living room looked like before the tree:
and here it is after our successful search:
I still have a bit of decorating to do, but at least we finally got ourselves a tree! Having the tree made it a bit easier to get in the Christmas spirit, so I got our tree skirt in place and all our presents are now wrapped and in place.
While mom was over one day we decorated a little around the house. Since we don’t have a fireplace I had to find a way to hang our stockings, not the easiest task, but we managed (I look forward to a home with a fireplace one day). We almost bought one of those electric fireplaces last year, but decided against it when we couldn’t find a furniture layout that would accommodate it.
We now have 6 days until Christmas, and I’ve only got 4 more presents to get. I know WHAT I’m getting, I just gotta get out the door and get them in my hands. I sadly haven’t gotten around to making a wreath this year (I made this one last year). Who knows, I still have a few days…
Today was the last appointment while in my 2nd trimester. I was pleased to see that I had only gained 4 pound since the last appointment a month ago (especially since we had our church christmas potluck the night before)! Baby Ringls heartbeat was strong and loud, which always puts my heart & mind at ease. I was lucky enough to have my glucose tolerance test today, which means I had to drink some nasty sugar water substance and wait 1 hour for a test. They want to make sure my calcium and vitamin D levels are where they should be so instead of a finger prick I had to get blood drawn. I think the worst part about giving blood is removing the cotton ball that is taped to your arm. That junk hurts! After the appointment I did some Christmas shopping with mom. We have our family Christmas party in Biloxi this weekend, so I got our secret santa gifts for the party (both of which I wouldn’t mind ‘stealing’ for myself)! I counted it up and we only have 4 gifts/people left to shop for. I am ahead of schedule this year. God bless online shopping & free shipping!!
Tomorrow begins the start of my 3rd, and final, trimester! That means we have 12 weeks to go until our due date (if she comes on time!) My uncle Steve placed his bet on Sarah arriving on March 6th. I’m okay with early arrival guesses, just don’t go pushing me a few weeks back, ok ;) I have to admit, if she comes on my birthday (March 13th) I certainly won’t complain, that would pretty much be the best birthday present of my life. However, I’m still rooting for 3/11/11
Last we have my weekly photo. No post is complete without a photo!
I had my very first Christmas Baking day this year. My Monday was anything but a dull way to start this week. With only 12 days until Christmas my kitchen is now full of some delicious goodies (and smelled amazing alllll day)!!!
It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t get you drooling, so here you go:
A bit of this…
QUITE a bit of this…
topped with these…
then admire your work
(and eat a few while they’re still warm!!)
I don’t know why I’ve never done holiday baking in the past, but that is something that will definitely change! Not only was it nice to see Stephen light up when I offered him a cookie after he came home from a long day at work, but I can’t help but look forward to holiday baking with our children. I know it’ll still be a few years, but I already know it will be one of the memories I cherish most in the future. I can’t wait
Also, I know my sister and parents really enjoyed my baking when they were over last night. I think I put my dad into a sugar coma after dinner. Good thing we have a comfy couch for napping ;)
This post is a shout out to my baby sister. The youngest of the Wells Clan. On Saturday, December 11th, my beautiful sister graduated with her Masters Degree! The 2nd of the Wells children to do so, only she did it in record timing – at the exciting age of 22! On a fun note, it was also her birthday
Miriah & Hubby, Jeff
(thanks for texting me the picture dad!)
Congratulations little sister, we are all SO proud of you!! You stuck it out through a lot of hard times. I look up to you so much.