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Monday, January 31, 2011

Our Weekend

This weekend, Kevin and I went to see my parents for the weekend. Saturday, my mom and I went out to do a little shopping. I needed a pair of black pants-I had one pair, but the panel in them was built a little bit different, so they were really tight in the belly to wear now, I needed something different. Then I wanted to find two shirts that were a bit dressy to wear to my up coming showers. I had a very successful shopping. I found a pair of black pants, and three shirts. Then we ran by BabiesRUs for a bit; then met up with my dad and Kevin to go to the boat show for the afternoon. (The boat show is just like an RV show, where they have all different kinds of boats and you walk around and look at them and get to walk on them and try them out.) If you are not a boat person, then you would think that would be very boring, but if you are a boat person, it was a fun afternoon. I did have to rest some due to all the walking we did. After the boat show we stopped by and visited with my aunt and uncle (Ann and Bob) for a little bit before heading to Red Lobster for dinner. Sunday, my mom cooked my favorite meal: crock pot roast beef, carrots, potatoes, fried okra, rolls, green beans, and to top it off a red velvet cake (Kevin's favorite-made by the lady that did our wedding cake. It was an early birthday gift for my mom from the doctor she works for). My Papa came over to join us for lunch. Sunday afternoon, my mom and I had a bridal shower to go to for my cousin Taylor's fiancee, Casey. Kevin waited in the car for me, then we headed home. It was another busy weekend, but it was a nice weekend.

Today was the 100th day of school; meaning there are only 80 days left. Which means I only have 44 days left of the school year for me. I have 40 days left (including 2 teacher work days) before I get out for Miss Madalyn arriving. Then (as of right now) I'll have 4 days to go back and finish out the school year. One of my girls told me today " something is different about my teacher". I asked her what was it. Her answer" she looks different and her belly has gotten big."

Yes, my belly has gotten big. Madalyn has really started to get bigger and put on some weight here lately. (Which Kevin says that good, because he doesn't want her to be under weight when she comes). I'm not eating any different than I have been, but things are changing.

-I have had to take my rings off. I can still get them on, but they are tight.

-I have had a little swelling in my ankles after standing on my feet all day.

-I have trouble bending straight over now.

-My energy level has picked up a little bit, but by the 4 day of working, I'm very tired.

-I have also noticed just since this weekend, that there is a little wattle to my walk; especially if I am tired or have been sitting for awhile.

-I am having to lay on one of my sides to sleep and by doing that and staying on one side for a long period of time, when I wake up during the night that side is aching and sore.

-The biggest symptom that I have is that I can't sleep all night long without getting up several times during the night to the bathroom. I didn't have any trouble with this when I was first pregnant, but boy it has hit now. Like I will got about 3 times before I even get comfortable laying down. For the most part I will sleep until about 1:00 or so. ( I go to bed at 9, no later than 9:30). However, some nights I am up every hour, it just depends, but most nights from 1:00 to 4 or 5 I am up every hour. My problem is that whenever I change positions, like roll over to my other side, it wakes me up and once I am awake I have to get up and go to the bathroom. Normally by 5:30 until I get myself up at about 6:15 is when I am sleeping the best.

I have 9 weeks left to go and I'm getting very excited about Madalyn coming. I have a shower this Wednesday at school, so that is something to look forward to. I got one gift today because the teacher wasn't going to be there are the shower. I of course will post pictures and let you know what all Madalyn gets Wednesday.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


I have had some people ask me about the bedding for the nursery and the crib and furniture, etc. The bedding can be found at buybuyBABY (they have it online for BabiesRUs, but they don't have it in the store.) The crib and dresser combo can be found at BabiesRUs.

Here is the bedding and we are going to paint the room the light green color in the bedding.

Here is the crib and yes, we are using white furniture.

Here is the dresser combo that we will use for a changing table for now.

Baby Shower for Katherine Grace

This Saturday, I spent most of the day in Columbia. I helped with a baby shower for Katherine Grace (Brantley and Richard Freeman parents). The baby shower was at Brantley and Richard's photography studio. We had a good turn out and Katherine Grace got lots of clothes, books, toys, and other items.

This is the diaper cake that my sister-in-law Heather made. I thought it turned out so cute.

Here is the food table....... Here is one of the tables to sit at to eat. They had pictures of Katherine Grace and of the three of them on the tables.

Here is the guest of honor: Miss Katherine Grace; she's so cute in her dress and little shoes. (Katherine Grace and Mommy)

Brantley and Richard shared the fun of opening presents.

Back Row: Nicole, Me, Heather, Tori, Mrs. Katie
Front Row: Wanda, Brantley with Katherine Grace, Katelyn with Hunter, Grandma Thelma

The happy family of three...Richard, Katherine Grace, Brantley Freeman

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I have two really different things to blog about today; but both are international related.

Number One: COW Community Service Project
Each year every grade level has to do a community service project. This year 4th grade is looking a little outside of their community.......they are going international! Our school goal is to raise $500 to buy a cow. Did I say cow? Yes, I said cow.

Here is what their project is about:

When a family has a cow, every morning there's a glass of rich milk for the children to drink before heading off to school. Classes are paid with the income from the sale of milk, and there's even enough to share with the neighbors. A good dairy cow can produce four gallons of milk a day - enough for a family to drink and share with neighbors. Milk protein transforms sick, malnourished children into healthy boys and girls. The sale of surplus milk earns money for school fees, medicine, clothing and home improvements. Better still, every gift multiplies, as the animal's first offspring is passed on to another family-then they also agree to pass on an animal, and so on.And because a healthy cow can produce a calf every year, every gift will be passed on and eventually help an entire community move from poverty to self-reliance. Now that's a gift worth giving!

Each class has been given the goal of raising $20. Today my class met our goal! I was very proud of them for bringing in their change (meaning I ended up counting $11 in pennies today!)

You can learn more about this project at their website: http://www.heifer.org/

Number Two: Congratulations to Erin and Andy!

Erin is one of my childhood friends. We use to live on the same street until she was about two years old, then she moved to Shallotte, NC. We would get together with Erin and her parents when we would go to the beach. (Holden Beach and Ocean Isle; both in North Carolina) We have stayed in contact through the years. Back in October-November, Erin got engaged. Andy is from Italy and they have been over there several times since being together. They are getting married May 21, 2011 in Italy. I received their Save-the-Date today in the mail and it has a website all about them and the wedding. http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding/UserViewWebsitePage?themeCode=81&wid=26b6bc8097e5d3c1&pid=401ae276f24caf0e
It's a really cool website, I think anyway to create for an international wedding. The pictures are beautiful. They are going to be getting married in a castle. When I found out about her wedding, I told Kevin that if Madalyn wasn't going to just be 6 weeks old at the time, we would do our best to go. You will just have the cost of your flight and pay $300 to stay all week long at a villa they are renting for the wedding party and guests. It would be a trip of a life time. But, Madalyn is going to be our big adventure this year.

Monday, January 17, 2011

29 weeks check up

Since we had the day off for MLK holiday, I scheduled my regular doctor's appointment for this morning. I'm trying not to have to take off any days or leave early from school more than I have to. Since I know that come April and the month of May I will be home spending time with my new bundle of joy. Everything was fine; the heart beat was 160 (which is normal for her), my belly had stretched a good bit from last time. My doctor told me to go online and pre-register at the hospital. I just finished doing that a few minutes ago. Boy, that was a little bit scary because that means she is coming fast. But I'm excited too that she will soon be here. But I don't think anyone could tell you that at least for their first baby they were a little nervous about the whole delivery part, so much can go wrong, yet it can all go right too. After we ate lunch, Kevin and I went to BabiesRUs and ordered the crib and everything that goes with it to change it into the different stages of a bed. Thank goodness for coupons! The crib will be here in about 2-3 weeks. My next visit will be Feb.8th in about 3 weeks. I hope the crib will be in by then so after the doctor's visit, we can go pick it up. I have noticed in the past 2 weeks that my energy level has gone back down again. I am back to taking naps or at least wanting to take naps after school or after I go somewhere or even if I'm at home all day. I have been saying to Kevin that I've been so tired and he keeps saying, "well you are pregnant and that's ok to be tired". But having not felt tired since my first 3 months, it's hard to get everything done with school and house work and then stuff I want to do. Oh, well I just have to do the best I can and leave the rest.

How far along: 29 weeks and 2 days

Size of Madalyn: a butternut squash (I picked one up at Wal-Mart yesterday just to compare and if she is that big, she sure is cramped inside there.)

My Total Weight Gain: 9 lbs. (my doctor said I couldn't gain any more than 20. Kevin said that I should save it all until that last month or few weeks, then if he was me, he would really pack on the pounds then. But not to worry, I'm not him and I have no intention of doing that).

Health Update: Everything is going right on schedule with me. Madalyn's heart beat was 160, which was normal for her. My doctor told me that I have to every now and then count Madalyn's kicks or movements 2 hours after I eat lunch and dinner. He said that I don't have to do it all the time, just every now and then, keep up with it. I also pre-registered with the hospital online today. My next visit is February 8th.

Food Cravings: nothing really. However, for probably the past 2 or 3 months I had wanted every now and then a sausage biscuit and orange juice from Hardees'. Well, Friday I finally got one. Since it was a teacher's workday, I didn't have to rush to school at 7:00, just had to be there by 7:30. So I went through the drive through at the Hardee's in Williston and I greatly enjoyed my breakfast of a sausage biscuit, small hash rounds, and orange juice.

Symptoms: My energy level is down; I get tired really easy now, like I did during the first 2-3 months. I have taken naps more, or just plan refused to do school work or house work because I really didn't feel like or have the energy to. I have noticed that at times I have felt a little on edge with things and gotten a little agitated with things if they didn't go my way. But most of the time when this has happened, I can think back and remember that I was tired at the time. (Which is hard to be the main source of entertainment for 18 children for 7 hours a day).

What is Madalyn doing? Well, her newest thing is that on my right side, she likes to hang out on a ligament that runs to my leg, and this puts a little bit of pressure there, but mainly for a few seconds (or until she moves) it causes that area of my leg to feel numb and funny. I asked the doctor about this today and he said that it was a ligament and that sometimes they like to sit there, but it wasn't anything to worry about. It's not painful, and doesn't last long, but just a weird feeling.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Shopping Trip

Today I wanted to get out a do a little shopping. So, I headed to Aiken. I found some great stuff for Madalyn.

I found this basket at Hobby Lobby; it's the same colors as the nursery. I thought it would be cute and useful.

I found this stuffed horse at Books-A-Million; again it was the colors of the nursery and I thought it was cute.

I found some cute outfits at Target. I know she already has a lot of clothes and will just get more, but I just couldn't resist.

This little monkey outfits are 3 months.

These two little outfits are both 6 months.

This dress is 12 months.

Then, I found this baby bouncer. I had registered for one at buybuyBaby and BabiesRUs that was pink, but I really didn't like it that well. I wanted one with animals on it, but couldn't find one that I liked. But when I saw this one with the farm animals on it, I thought it was cute, so I got it.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

3 Hour Glucose Test Results

Due to the weather, I didn't think I would hear from my glucose test until later this week, but I got the call after lunch today. They said that everything was fine and all my levels were normal. I made the suggestion that I was over due to the extra Christmas goodies and chocolate I had. The nurse said that could be, but that lots of people fail the one hour test because it's just a screening. So, anything, thankfully, everything is fine and that part is over with. I go this coming Monday for my regular visit. Afterwards, Kevin and I are going to run by BabiesRUs and order the baby crib. Yea! I have finally decided on a crib, so we are going to order it Monday.

Snow Day #2

Well, this is snow day #2. I have now had five days off. I was off Friday to take the glucose test then with the weekend and we were off yesterday and now today, it's been a nice break. So last night we lost power for about 10 minutes. I was in the middle of cooking a chicken pot pie in the oven when it went off. So I went ahead and kept it in the oven, hoping there would be enough heat to still cook it. Thankfully, after 10 minutes the power came back on. We have a fire place so I wasn't worried about heating the house, but the concern was the refrigerator and freezer and the things in there going without power. Then about 6:00 last night I got the call that school was closed again today. When I woke up this morning, nothing had melted much. Kevin said that the roads were not bad at all, but he figured the back roads would still be iced over.

Kevin came home for lunch and then I asked me to take me outside. I have been in the house since early Sunday afternoon and I wanted to get outside and walk around a little to see everything. Kevin gave me a pair of snow boots for Christmas and I told him this was the second time I had to use my boots and I haven't gotten to use them yet. So he cleared a path on the front porch and helped me walk down the stairs. (He didn't want me to fall and give Madalyn a flat head; so he said). It's not as pretty as everything being covered in snow, but still pretty. We have never had icicles on the house before, and everything was covered in ice and had icicles hanging off. I got a few pictures and then Kevin had to go back to work, so Abby and I had to go back inside. This was at lunch time, but now it's 3:00 and everything is melting fast off the grass and roads. I know we will go to school tomorrow. We could have a delay, but I'm not counting on it. The good thing is that Friday is a teacher workday and we also get Monday off for MLK Holiday. Also, this was my week to have early morning duty, so I will only have to do if for 2 days instead of 4; not too bad. I wonder if they will make us teach Friday due to missing two days of school. If not, I wonder if we will have to make it up either take time away from spring break or add days to the end of the school year. Oh, well, we can worry about that later. And it may not even effect me, my Sub might have to make up the time. Oh, well I have enjoyed my second "snow" day.

Check out the back porch.

Look at all those icicles.

My dad sent me some pictures of their yard. They got 8 inches of snow and a layer of sleet and ice on top. My parents say the snow is just like powder. They haven't gotten that much snow since like 1988. So unfair that we didn't get that down here. But at least I got to see some of the snow like that on Christmas Day; even though that was only 2 inches.

Look at how tall the snow is on the birdbath. The night picture was taken out their front door looking at the front yard and the neighbor's house across the street.

You really can't even see where the yard should be; the lines have disappeared.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day #1

Well, once again the weather people were correct, the whole south and state of South Carolina received some kind of frozen precipitation last night, early this morning. Last night they went ahead and closed the schools around here. I was surprised that they went ahead and closed the school without seeing anything falling yet, but they did. I woke up about 4:00 this morning and there wasn't a whole lot falling yet. By 7:00 this morning it was coming down good and has covered most everything. We didn't get snow, we got sleet. Which means ice and that could lead to power outages and dangerous driving on the road. I am not allowed to go out of the house; both porches are very slippy, Kevin has slipped and fell himself. Its still raining and sleeting and this evening and night I know it will get bad. I am pretty sure we will have at least a 2 hour delay tomorrow if not be closed again due to the roads and everything freezing again tonight. So, hopefully we keep power. So what am I doing on my day off...house work, while I can and have power I am, cleaning, washing, and straightening up the house.

Here's the view from our front porch.

Here's the view from our back porch.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Third Trimester-28 Weeks

I really cannot believe that today I begin my third trimester. Time has really flown by. I can remember so well the day that we found out and then telling everyone and now, just 12 weeks left until Madalyn will be here.

Yesterday I had to go for my 3 hour glucose screening, what fun that was. Actually,it wasn't so bad. Instead of just pricking my finger, they drew blood-4 times total-2 times in each arm. (I do have some war-wounds to show for it. They took my blood before, then I had to drink about 2 cups of the orange sugar drink, then each hour they drew my blood. With them drawing my blood I won't know my results until next week when they call me. After about 30 minutes of drinking the stuff, I was starting to feel very spacey, and dizzy, and a little on the woozy said. I had brought some papers to grade with me, so I tried my best to stay focus on that. The last thing I wanted to do was to throw up the stuff and then have to come back another day. My mother-in-law, Mrs. Katie, was very kind to go with me. We left about 10 til 7:00 yesterday morning and go to the doctor's office at 8:00, I actually got there before the lab lady did. By 10:00 I was starting to feel much better. We left the office around 11:15 and headed to my choice for lunch Logans'. I was doing pretty good, we ordered and I started drinking my water and eating some peanuts while waiting on my salad (their Ranch dressing is the best!) and then I started to have a hot flash. It was a good one too, I ended up switching seats with Mrs. Katie because she was feeling some air blowing, and she told me to let her know if I was getting ready to pass out. I kept drinking my water (and by then my salad had arrived so I started eating it) and trying to do my best to cool my self down (I know that I was on the verge of passing out if this continued). (My mom said the hot flash was due to all the sugar in my system). But thankfully, it passed and I was able to enjoy the rest of my lunch-grilled teriyaki chicken with grilled pineapple and cinnamon apples. I didn't eat anything sweet at lunch; if I had that would have of really put me over the edge. By the end of lunch I was feeling pretty much back to normal. I will say I'm not a huge Orange Crush fan, but I will drink it, however, not any time soon, I think it would make me sick.

After lunch, we headed to buybuyBaby to look at a crib that I had found that I liked online. However, seeing the crib in person the color was french white and it looked very yellow with my bedding. (I'm doing the nursery in white furniture). So, we left there and went to BabiesRUs where I did find a white crib that I did like. They also had out their Valentine's stuff and they had the cutest little bathing suit (for a baby about 3 months) that was a one piece, and it was red with white hearts all over it and had ruffles. It was so cute! But I didn't get it because it was Valentine themed and I don't know exactly how big Madalyn will be this summer to fit her now for a bathing suit. But I can't wait to buy one soon. After the baby store, we went to Khol's and I bought a pair of gray pants. I got a good many shirts for Christmas, but I needed another pair of maternity pants. Then we came home.

Saturday, January 8th: 28 Weeks and the beginning of the 3rd Trimester

My 3rd Trimester Update:

How far along: 28 weeks

Size of Madalyn: around 2 lbs.

My Total Weight Gain: 6 lbs.

Health Update: Waiting on the results from my 3 hr. glucose screening. I will post those as soon as I know the results-hopefully good results and everything will be fine. Other than that everything is going well. I go back on Monday, Jan.17th for my next regular check up and they won't do anything special at this visit so it should be quick; not 3 hours worth anyway.

Maternity Clothes:pretty much in maternity pants all the time now; I have a few pair that I can wear with my Belly Bands, but I don't think I will be able to for much longer. I still have some regular sweaters and shirts that are long enough to still wear for a little while longer, but I have been enjoying my maternity shirts that I got for Christmas this week.

Food Cravings: Nothing! I have not really had any cravings at all. I know that during the first 4-5 months, all I wanted to eat was fruits and vegetables and Thanksgiving like meals. The thought of eating junk food or spicy foods not only made me feel sick but if I did eat them, then I did get nauseated. The only thing I have noticed since about month 5 is that if I am somewhere to eat and they have fries, I do get them. I normally avoid fries and try to get another side when we are eating out, but if I have the chance to get them, then I do. However, I don't like drive by somewhere and go through the drive through and get them. They are not something that I have to have, just if I am in a eating place for lunch or dinner, I will order them.

Symptoms: Going back to school this past week really was hard. By Wednesday morning I was so tired and staying up to ten o'clock Wednesday night to prepare for Thursday's lessons and Sub plans for Friday...I was exhausted Thursday morning. I came home Thursday and after taking shower, I was down for the night, I was so tired. I was still very tired Friday and my legs, lower back and lower abdomen have been aching. Thankfully, this morning was Saturday and I was able to sleep in til about 8:45, when I no longer could lay in bed. Mainly because I had to get up and go to the bathroom. :0)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Welcome to the Family!

Earlier this afternoon a new member of our extended family was added. Kevin's cousin Brantley and her husband Richard adopted a little girl named Katherine Grace. Brantley and Richard began their adoption journey 8 months ago. We have not yet met Katherine Grace, but I know that she is already loved and is blessed with a loving home and family. We are so happy for Brantley and Richard and we wish them the best as they begin to raise Katherine Grace. You can read all about their adoption journey and see pictures of Katherine Grace on their blog: http://richardandbrantley.blogspot.com/. And again, welcome to the family Katherine Grace!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Making Room for Madalyn

I hope that everyone had a good New Years; I spent my last days of 2010 preparing for the arrival of Miss Madalyn. My parents came down on Thursday, and they worked all Thursday and all Friday helping me get prepared for our bundle of joy.

Here is a list of what we did:
1. Both closest in both guest bed rooms were cleaned out; some things stored under the bed in the guest bedroom that won't be Madalyn's room. Mrs. Katie offered an upstairs closest for me to use, so we took a car load of school stuff (all in boxes) that I haven't used since I moved here to her house to store. I think she was very surprised when she saw all what I brought. (My mom, dad, and Mrs. Katie took all the boxes up stairs)

2. Kevin's old bed was moved back to his parents' house; which I think Mrs. Katie was happy to get another bed to put up stairs for guests. (Mr. Tim, my dad, and Kevin moved the bed out and back into his parents' house and put it back together)

3. The dresser in the blue guest bedroom had to be moved to another wall. (my mom and dad moved)

4. The computer desk and computer had to be moved to the blue guest bedroom. Which meant the computer had to be taken apart and then put back together. (my mom and dad moved and my dad put the computer back together.

5. Things were cleaned, dusted, vacuumed, gone through and stuff straightened up. Oh, and two closest shelves that had fallen; my dad fixed.

6. Two Wal-Mart runs, a run to a hardware store, and Dollar General.

Now, I know what you are thinking where was Kevin when all this was going on? At the chicken houses. He got new birds in Wed., Thurs., and Fri., so he had to continue to work. I couldn't lift or move a lot of things, so I tried to keep Abby out of the way and go through things and help with what I could.

The end result, we are ready to paint Madalyn's room. However, I have to buy a piece of her bedding to get the right color for the room; it will be in the light green family. Then I have a shower Feb.12th in Greer, and Kevin is planning on painting the room since I will be gone that weekend. The big things that are left to do is; have to decide on a crib and other furniture and get that ordered, bought, and put together. Then I just get to wait on the fun part..the baby showers!

We took all the Christmas down and put it away and now with all the boxes and tubs that were sitting around, they are gone, the house feels so empty. We have had our spring cleaning early. And the weather we have had the past two days, it's been in the 60's so it really has felt like spring.

This was one of our guest bedrooms before the move; which is going to be Madalyn's room. Now, I did not take these the other day, there was a lot , a lot more stuff sitting in this room yesterday and the day before.

This is her room currently.

I hung up her new clothes that she has gotten since we found out she was a girl and clothes she got for Christmas. The gray tub is full of clothes from my niece Kayla and bag has older clothes in it from my friend Noelle.

This was the other guest bedroom before...

This is it now, not a lot changed with this room, just the dresser being moved to a new wall and the computer desk and computer being moved in here; along with a picture or two being hung up.