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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

40 Pound Club!

Ayla has officially entered the 40 pound weight class!! She has gained 3 pounds since August and I am so excited about that.  Since weight-gain is an indicator of overall health-that makes momma happy!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

35 Weeks and "The Mullet Fair"

Every year in our small town of Niceville, FL there is a festival called the "Mullet Festival"-after the fish not the hair-cut.  We live near Destin, FL and a bay lies in between full of these fish.  This has been going on for 35 years and is kind of a big deal around these parts.  Country Music singers from Rascall Flatts to Dixie Chicks have come to perform.
Back in the day it was the place to be, when we were younger we would hang out there all weekend.
Well since having kids Larry and I have not been in 4 years and Ayla was finally at the age (and height) to enjoy some rides.  She was calling it the "Mullet Fair"-so the name stuck.  We took her on Sunday and stayed for about 2 hours, that was about all my feet and ankles and body could take.  She had fun and that's all that mattered...it reminded us that we have not been missing out on anything cool the last four years....
 Riding the Pony...all by herself
 Riding the Fake Pony with Daddy...
 Totally Cute..
 She won this bobbing for ducks...yes, it has skulls, roses and swords...ha
 Riding the bikes....

 Look Daddy!!
 She loved this slide
 making new friends on the carousel
Ayla and Daddy on the way out....

Here I am....35 week picture....I had to rely on larry to take a picture of me which is always scary but it works.  When I look at this picture I see how frustrated I am...I couldn't find anything that fit me that morning for church or to wear out there.  It's getting cooler and all my cute clothes are for summer.  It doesn't help that I'm growing all the time and just feeling pretty gross lately.  I can't believe it's almost November and Autumn-Faith will be here before I know it.  
When I think about her birth I think:
  • How will it happen?
  • Will my water break one night while I'm sleeping?
  • Who will she look like?
  • How excited I am to see how this story plays out!!!
  • I can't wait to hold her and Ayla at the same time!!!
  • I can't wait to see Larry's face when he lays his eyes on her!!
  • I am only slightly worried about the CF test that will be done upon her birth...I am okay with whatever the outcome, but I am believing she will be totally healthy!
Only a few more of these weekly posts and I will be debuting our baby girl and our family of four!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip!

Ayla's class went to the Pumpkin Patch today and the parents met them there.  It was really cute, they read a story, made a craft, had a snack and did a science experiment.  She had a lot of fun and I just love observing her in her "big girl" environment!
walking down with her class

 She was so involved in story time
 Pause for a picture
 craft time
 Ayla's Toilet Paper Pumpkin
 She even got to pick out a little pumpkin
 learning about sinking and floating objects
 Smiling for Ms. Stephanie
Ayla and her class!

Friday, October 14, 2011

34 week baby belly

Well technically 33 weeks and 5 days but who's counting...

Oct 18th 2011
I'm amending this post because I went to the dr. on the 17th and am now 34 weeks prego-I don't have another picture to post so I figured I'd piggy back onto this one. 
Well I gained 2 pounds that has been the trend the last few appointments, one that I am ok with at this point.  Dr. E said baby was looking great and that she had dropped!  I had been feeling a lot more pressure and pain when I stand for long periods of time and that explains it.  
I go back to the Dr. on Nov 1 and ill be 36 weeks, and then I start going every week and begin getting checked at 37 weeks.  So it's all happening!! I still have some things that I'm not through with yet, so that is keeping me sane and not just watching time pass.  But having a busy 4 year old is definitely helping.  Ayla is so excited about baby sister coming soon and we are too!! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I'm 33 weeks....What am I up to?


Finished Product

I have been feeling good, I have another check-up on Monday.  I will be 34 weeks.  I have gotten the nesting bug bad lately!  I have been wanting to sew things and make other things....I made these wall decorations for Autumn's room today.  It took a whole hour and half, easiest thing ever to do and pretty cute if I do say so myself.  I stole the idea from my Uber-crafty sister Allison Gifford...she sews and makes all kinds of gorgeous things...
My nesting problem has not stopped with Autumn's room, it has spilled over into the entire house.  I am seeing all kinds of things that are sticking out like sore thumb's to me that need to be changed.  Hunting season is beginning so I guess this is my way of "busying" myself during the time I have.  
I am also planning a rather large baby shower for a friend of mine on Nov 6th.  I am really excited about it and although it's a big project to undertake I am glad to have something to keep me busy during this next month.  
So that's pretty much it, still so excited to get to post pictures of Autumn's room once it's all complete.  I really love how everything is turning out..
Things that have been on my mind......
  • When to pack for the hospital?
  • Who to ask to care for Ayla in the event I need to go to the hospital?
  • Who Autumn will look like?
  • Will I get to deliver naturally?
  • Trying to plan everything out so I can be the least stressed version of myself...which mostly includes making sure Ayla is taken care and has everything she needs.  
The time is getting so close, I really can't believe Ayla is going to have a sister and I am going to have 2 daughters in less than 2 months!  I am such a blessed girl!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Pumpkin Patch/almost 32 weeks pic

Daddy and Ayla

Mommy and Ayla

Daddy and his girl!!
Today was my birthday and we decided to take Ayla to the Pumpkin Patch at the church she attends school at.  The weather cooled off a bit and for Florida...it feels like fall....She loves going here each year, they have a petting zoo, face painting and other fun stuff.  We went to lunch and then went shopping to get Ayla some warm clothes.  My thoughtful hubby got me the best gift ever.....a pedicure!!  My feet are so excited!!

I am going to be 32 weeks Monday and I have a Dr. appt- I have been feeling really good.  I've been getting really tired again in the afternoons and just feeling BIG!  The time is still going by quickly, we have all been so busy lately.  I can't believe we will be a family of 4 in so little time!!

I am feeling so blessed by life in general....can't wait to see what's in store in the upcoming weeks!