Thursday, December 11, 2014

Our baby boy has arrived!

Hey, I may be two months late with the announcement but I've been a little busy! ;)

Shepherd Dean Parr was born at home, in the water, on September 27th at 8:34pm. He weighed 10lbs 2oz and was 21" inches long. I know, right?! I was not expecting a baby that size! Ouch!! LOL.

Here is his birth announcement and a few of his newborn portraits:










We are head over heels in love with our sweet boy! <3 He has been such a chill, happy, EASY baby so far and we love him to pieces. He also loves to sleep which has been reeeeally  nice! :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bumpdate : 41 weeks + 1 day

I'm sure this will probably be my last pregnancy update ever .. unless this little guy really decides to throw me for a loop and hang out another week or more. ;) But I am kind of doubting it at this point. Guess we shall see!

·  How far along are you? --41 weeks and 1 day. For a handful more hours, anyway. Almost 41w2d.
 

·  How I'm feeling:  --I feel fine considering how far along I am :) I'm one of those women that don't mind carrying the baby past their due date because babies are easier to take care of on the inside anyway lol!
 

·  Total weight gain: --12lbs so far. Not too shabby. 


·  Cool baby facts:  --The pregnancy websites don't have any of the cool facts for 41 weeks! Lol! 



How big is baby?  --"A bit over 20 inches long, your baby has continued to grow and may now weigh almost 8 pounds. As cozy as he is, your baby can't stay inside you forever."

  Sleep: -- About what you would expect for this point in the journey lol :) I wake up a million times a night to use the restroom. I also constantly have to rotate which side I'm laying on because it makes my hips ache SO bad to lay on one side for too long. 

Best moment this week:  --The PRENATAL MASSAGE a friend gifted me! Oh man. I had that done this afternoon and it was *heaven*.
 

 Movement: --He still moves non-stop, day and night. Quite uncomfortable at this point, I feel like my skin is going to rip half the time! Yuck. 


·  Food cravings: --Nothing specific, really.

·  Food aversions: --Smoked chicken. Mitchell keeps wanting to smoke more chicken lately and I just can't hack that smell right now...


·  Belly button in or out: -- It's pretty well flat at this point. Never got this flat w/ Piper!


·  What I miss:  --I miss being able to walk around without so much PRESSURE going on all the time, it's sooo uncomfortable lol. I never 'dropped' with Piper so this is a new one for me.

·  What I'm looking forward to:  --Meeting our little man, at long last! I could do without the labor and delivery, though.........lol.
 
·  Randoms:   
--My midwife dropped off the birth pool this past weekend. Oh man! Am I ready for this again!??! Guess I don't have much of a choice in the matter at this point lol!! 

--I got our maternity picture proofs back and I adore them! I need to post those, too.

Here's my last belly picture -- it's not the best but it give you an idea of how HUUUUUUGE my belly as gotten the past few weeks lol. I have my hand underneath to show the full size of it so it does make it seem bigger than it looks in person, I think, but still...wowzers. I mean, just look at it. LOL. Also, my belly button isn't popped out, that little bump is a fold in the fabric. 

 



--Almost everyone predicted that he would be born by now so he's definitely taking his sweet time! I delivered Piper at 41 weeks exactly so he's officially out-gestated his sister. If I end up delivering tomorrow at 41w2d, I'll have carried my baby to the exact same gestation as my sister! (Which I ALSO need to blog about as well! I have a new little nephew!!!)


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bumpdate -- 38 weeks!

It's been five weeks since the last update, it's time to fix that! :) I wonder how many more updates I'll get in before he's here?! 

·  How far along are you? --38 weeks
 

·  How I'm feeling:  --I feel pretty good for the most part! Just typical end-of-pregnancy shenanigans going on over here. :)
 

·  Total weight gain: --I believe the current count is about 11-12lbs so far. I was hoping to keep it under ten but oh well. 


·  Cool baby facts:  --"He has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold his hand for the first time! His organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb."  EEEEEEEEEEK! Hard to believe some women are already holding their babies by now!



How big is baby?  --"Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and he is over 19 1/2 inches long (about the size of a leek). "

  Sleep: --I am definitely at the point of pregnancy where sleep isn't comfortable and it isn't gonna be until he's out, lol. I hurt all over by the time I wake up in the morning! Not a very restful way to spend the night but it is what it is! :)

Best moment this week:  --The maternity pictures we had done were really great and having my friend do the henna art on my belly was super special, too! I have a wonderful little tribe and so thankful they gifted both of those things to us. I'll share the maternity pictures soon!!
 

 Movement: --Still unbelievable amounts of movement going on, he's not letting his size slow him down at all! My friend that did the henna on my belly even said he was the wiggliest baby belly she's ever done, lol!


·  Food cravings: --I basically just want sweets, sweets, and more sweets right now. =\ Yikes!!

·  Food aversions: --I don't really have any at this point, thankfully. 



·  Belly button in or out: -- Still in. It has flattened out quite a bit but I doubt it ever does 'pop' out. 


·  What I miss:  --Energy! :P Not getting kicked in the ribs lol.

·  What I'm looking forward to:  --Getting his bedroom 10000000% finished. I need it done, darnit! So close. Nothing like waiting until the last minute.
 
·  Randoms:   
 --I do have two or three tiny little new stretchmarks that I'm PRAYING don't turn in to *real* ones. They are small, about the size of a pea, and I'm hopeful that's how they stay. They are just little light pink dots right now and I'm hoping they don't spread. That's probably wishful thinking....

--We went bowling w/ my familia on Mitchell's birthday and it was a fun afternoon! I was 37 1/2 weeks here :



 And here was my belly the night my friend did the henna on my belly:

Isn't she talented?! She did that free hand!





Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Nine -- 8.16.14

Mine Would Be You

Saturday 9: Mine Would Be You
(recommended by Kathy W)


1) The lyrics mention his respect for "90 proof and Marlboro Red." What was your most recent drink? When was your last cigarette?

--Well, I'm currently enormously pregnant so my last drink was a long time ago, ha! :) I actually almost never drink alcohol anyway so I think the last time I had anything to drink was at my brother in law's wedding last August. I don't smoke but the last cig I had was probably 8 years ago. Gross.


2)  They also reference "singing like crazy fools." What's the last song you sang?
  --Well, I'm the type that sings all the time so as soon as I saw the title of this blog post, I started singing Mine Would Be You, lol. 

  3) Blake Shelton won a Grammy for his performance of this song. Crazy Sam won the award for "most improved bowler" when she was in third grade, and it's now in a closet somewhere. Do you have any trophies? If so, where are they?
--Yeah, I have a bowling trophy or two and quite a few medals from sports over the years. They're either packed away in the attic or I got rid of them, who knows, lol.




4) Blake is currently on tour. The merchandise sold at concerts brings in big money for the artist. Do you have any tour memorabilia (like a poster or t-shirt)?---Negative. This girl is too frugal for $35 tshirts. Lol



5) In addition to The Voice, Shelton is on TV a lot with his Pizza Hut commercials. What chain restaurant is nearest your home? Do you eat there?

--I actually have a whole schlew of them within walking distance of my house. The closest "restaurants" are Wendy's, McDonald's, and Panda Express. Closely followed by Starbucks, Sonic, and Taco Bell.


6) Shelton has a million-seller CD called Cheers! It's Christmas! What's the first Christmas carol to pop into your head this hot summer Saturday?
--David Archuleta, 'Riu Riu Chiu'. I love it and it drives my familia crazy hahahaha.

7) Shelton and Miranda Lambert were married in front of 550 guests. Do you enjoy weddings?
--Um, of course! It's a lot less stressful when nobody is IN the wedding, though and I can just attend and enjoy and relax! Lol!! :)

8) The wedding took place on a big Texas ranch. Have you spent much time on a farm or a ranch?
--Haha, yes. Both of our families are farmers and we're from SWKS so there's been lots of time spent on farms in my lifetime.

9) In 2013 he helped organize a relief benefit concert for victims of the Oklahoma tornados. Tell us about a charity you support.
--St. Jude's is the charity nearest and dearest to my heart and they get the majority of our charitable giving. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Our baby shower!

Last Saturday, we were so blessed to have a baby shower thrown for this sweet baby and it was such a wonderful morning! <3 I cannot even express how much it meant to me to have everyone there celebrating this baby boy with us. It was an absolutely perfect morning and it brought me so much joy!

Piper & I on our way to the shower!



They did the entire theme around his nursery which made everything extra special. "Special Cargo" was the term Courtney coined and it is so fitting! <3 His nursery bedding looks like this, to give you an idea of how extra cute all the decorations were (this is the stock image, not our actual nursery):






Anyhow, here are a few pictures of the adorable decorations before the shower started:








One of the most special things was the fact that my friend, Lauren, hand painted all three of these canvases as part of the shower decor but also to hang in his nursery. How perfect is this??? <3 It means so much and we will have those pictures hanging on the wall for a LOOOOONG time to come! Between these canvases and the vinyl wall decal we had custom made for over his nursery, our decor is totally done! :) Also, pictures don't do these justice at all - she is so talented!!



A few pics of the guests that I was able to snag before the shower began!! :)




I won't bore you with all the gift opening pictures, I'll just share a few, but they all spoiled us absolutely rotten! Everyone was beyond generous and we are now 1000000% set for our baby boy's arrival! We do not need one single more thing that I can possibly think of! We are very fortunate to have so many people who love us and have helped get us started into the wonderful word of having a baby boy!!



Mommy & Piper! <3 
Linda was even so kind as to bring a gift for Miss Piper! How awesome is she?! Piper was so thrilled!




Myself and the hosts! :




It was such a great day and I had such a great time! The only thing that could have made it better is if we didn't live so far away from family and they could have attended also!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

First of the month catch-up!

I'm a little behind on blogging about a few different things but this will be a short..ish catch-up post to hit a few high points and I'll save the other posts for their own entry later this week, hopefully, lol.

--Yesterday was our 7th wedding anniversary! Holy moly! How did that happen already?! We have been through so much in just seven years but I wouldn't choose to live this crazy life with anyone but Mitchell. He is my soul mate and my best friend - I don't know what I'd do without him.

--My midwife appt last week went really well! Starting to get closer and closer to d-day! My next appt is next week and then I believe we move to weekly appointments and they will do the home visit to get a feel for the house and where everything is to prepare for my home birth. Oh gosh! :) :)

--It's August. How the heck is that possible? What a crazy fast summer!!!!

--My friend had her baby on Friday, precious baby Kate Everly!!! She is adorable and I cannot wait to meet her.

--Mitchell had to switch shifts for the month of August and today is only day two and I already hate it lol. There's a reason he's never applied for a position on that shift!

--My baby shower was Saturday and it was AMAZING! I'll post more on that later.

--I finally got Piper's 4 1/2 year portraits back a few weeks ago. It was quite the fiasco, honestly (the original shoot was in April....yeah....) but I finally have them and I adore them. Here are a few of my favorites of my beautiful little girl! I reduced the image size so they hopefully fit on the page! :








Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bumpdate : 33 weeks!

Wow, I haven't update for five weeks?! Where does the time go?



·  How far along are you? --33 weeks
 

·  How I'm feeling:  --I feel pretty good but I'm definitely starting to get a LOT more uncomfortable. I am having pretty significant hip pain and SPD issues (google it ;) lol). I go to the chiro twice a week and it helps a lot but I think in order to not hurt, I'd need it every day, lol! I never, ever had anything like this with Piper, not even at 41 weeks but boyyyyy howdy, this is a different story entirely. I can barely lift my legs high enough to get in to my bed by the end of the day. Crazy!! I hear this is a typical second pregnancy thing...not a fan!
 

·  Total weight gain: --I haven't stepped on the scale since my last midwife appt but I was officially up to a 6lb weight gain. Ooops, tripled my previous total gain, lol! But I guess that's to be expected during the third tri? 


·  Cool baby facts:  -- " He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal"



How big is baby?  --"This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds and has passed the 17-inch mark (about the size of a pineapple). "  (Makes me feel better knowing he's about 4lbs and I've only gained 6! Fist pump! Lol!)

  Sleep: --Sleep is becoming more problematic every day, lol! Mostly because of the intense hip pain. Makes it really, really hard to get comfortable when I can only lay on my side. What can ya do?! It's just part of it, I'm afraid!

Best moment this week:  --Just feeling all his crazy and wild movement! I like the constant reminder that he's in there! Also, my baby shower is this weekend and I am so looking forward to it! :)
 

 Movement: --Tons of movement!


·  Food cravings: --Nothing specific right now. Just depends on the day! 

·  Food aversions: --Mitchell smoked some chicken the other day and it tasted SO GOOD. The lingering smell, however? Totally nauseated me! And now the thought of smoked anything makes me queasy. I'm sure it'll pass but no more smoking meat for a while, for sure. Lol. 


·  Belly button in or out: -- Still in. 

·  What I miss:  --Energy! :P And not being so uncomfortable.

·  What I'm looking forward to:  --I am in a nesting phase HARD CORE right now so I'm desperately trying to get my to-do list knocked out. I want this whole house SPOTLESS (including every closet, nook and cranny). I'm making a lot of progress but it still feels like I have so much to do! I need to finish putting together his room, too! 
 
·  Randoms:   
 --Still no stretchmarks! I would soooo love to avoid that this time.

 --I wish Mitchell and I could call him by  his name but we can't! Piper will overhear us and totally spill the beans inadvertently, haha.

--I feel like I have officially hit the 'whoa nelly' stage of pregnancy - as in, when people see my belly, they're thinking 'WOW' hahah! It seems SO BIG!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our rainbow baby's blessing way.

I am part of an amazing mommy group here locally and was honored to be one of five mamas this past Friday night who were honored with a beautiful blessingway as we celebrate the upcoming arrival of our babies. For those that aren't aware of what a  a blessing way is , you can think of it as a baby shower without the emphasis on "showering" the mama-to-be with gifts (although I will admit we did still end up with some WONDERFUL gifts that I am so grateful for). To swipe the definition from a parenting website, a blessing way is "an intimate party inspired by an ancient Navajo ceremony. The ceremony is held to prepare an expectant mother for her upcoming birth journey -- to shower mom-to-be with love, support and encouragement. The act of birth is seen as a rite of passage for women, and this is meant to help a woman feel mentally, physically and emotionally ready to give birth."

I almost had to miss the blessing way due to not having childcare, but thankfully, they told me to just bring Piper anyway -- thankfully she is SO well behaved and it worked out beautifully. She didn't make a peep the whole night and that helped make the experience even more relaxing and enjoyable - no worrying about keeping my little one happy because she was content to entertain herself - thank God for having an easy child!

I made this pic collage from a few cellphone pics but it doesn't do the evening justice at all!



The stones each have positive birth affirmations on them to help encourage each other in the midst of labor and we also have special birth bracelets being made that we each put together with beads we all brought to help remember each other, also while in labor. It's just small, meaningful little things like that that mean so much! To know there are other mamas in it with you, praying for you, and lifting you up during a very physically and emotionally demanding time - it means a lot. We also each have candles to light when each of us goes in to labor, to keep us praying and thinking of the one in labor as each of us 'takes our turn' delivering our babies. It's just a special, special thing and I am so honored to be a part of it!

They also gave each of us baskets full of thoughtful goodies for us and our babies as well. I was gifted all sorts of neat things - handmade burp cloths, blankets, cloth wipes, diapers, a maternity photography session, a henna session, etc. Unbelievably generous!

Also, it may go without saying because there were a bunch of pregnant chicks gathering at the same time...but the food was sooooo yummy, LOL. We also photobombed Rachel's phone and took a pic while she wasn't paying attention for her to find later ;) 



Anyway, I don't have my bracelet back yet but I will definitely post a picture of it once it's finished and I have it back. There is one bead in particular that means the absolute world to me as it was hand-picked from a friend and holds a lot of significance for this season of my life as she knows the exact struggles we have faced this past year and has been with us every step of the way. <3 I will never, ever, ever lose that bracelet because her support and encouragement has meant the world to me as we have navigated this process of preparing to meet our rainbow baby, or, as she so aptly put, "our son made of miracles". So, so very true! I can't wait to meet this precious baby boy - words can't describe the love I have for him already. I can't believe I'm just a few weeks away from holding my sweet miracle baby in my arms!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Current Piper-isms

Now that she's quickly approaching 4 1/2 (I've been working on this list for a while), Miss Piper J still has a handful of "Piperisms". It makes me sad that she is losing so many of them but I still cherish the ones she still has. I've never been one to consciously correct her when she misspeaks because I figure she will learn it herself and that's exactly what has happened.

Here are a few that I can currently remember:

--Instead of "because", it comes out sounding more like "uh-cuz"

--Delicious = wishious

--Caterpillar = callih-pillar

--"Smurfs" instead of s'mores. Too hilarious to correct!!! When she asks to eat a smurf, c'mon! I love it.

--One of my favorite songs is 10,000 Reasons so I sing it a lot, and therefore, so does she. She sings one line wrong, though, and it's precious. I even have a video of it! ;) She sings "Bless the Lord, oh my *sore*, oh my *sore*". Sore is supposed to be "soul", ha!



--Toby is still Tovey

--She will add 'uhs' to things to make them plural sometimes. Giraffes = "giraffe-uhs" , laughs= "laugh-uhs", etc.

--She says "gwappa" and "gwamma" instead of grandpa and grandma

--Geography is pretty confusing to her, lol. Any time we drive around the metroplex, she asks if we're still in Texas. She knows we live in Texas but I think she thinks our city IS Texas and when we leave, we're suddenly not there anymore. Kind of a confusing concept for a little one! She knows the name of our city and where grandma and grandpa live yet she doesn't really get that all those places are still in Texas but are also in America. It's a lot to process!! :P

--She is pretty infatuated with American flags and loves to point them out everywhere we go.

--We recently had to switch her to forwarding facing in her carseat because she outgrew the weight limit of our Diono Radian, and she talks non-stop while we drive around. Literally, non-stop. Now that she has 'our' view and can see out a little better, she has a running commentary on EVERYTHING and asks 101 questions every five seconds. It's cute..and exasperating all at once. Lol.

--Grapes are still sometimes called purple strawberries, gymnastics is still nastics, seahorse is still sometimes see-see and other times seahorsie/horsie.

--Every time someone accidentally steps on our little dog (you know, because she lives under our feet lol), Piper calls it "squeaking the dog" LOL. This doesn't happen often but every time she gets stepped on and squeals, I crack up because Piper says "daddy, you squeaked Rio again!!"  and she usually runs over to give her a hug and tell her it's going to be ok haha.

One I forgot that she said about a year ago (she says it right now, sniff sniff) : school busses used to be "bus schools". Lol!

I know I'm forgetting some! I will have to start a new one of these lists and keep adding to them as I think of it. It's hard to remember off the top of your head!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The best of intentions...

We all have those days. Those days with big plans and hopes and expectations. And then they fall apart just as quickly as it all begins?

Yeah, that has pretty much been my entire last few days. LOL.

Mitchell had a three day weekend with the holiday. We planned to get a lot done, enjoy a fireworks display at the lake, then spend the next day on the lake w/ my mama, Sunday was going to productive as well and then Monday was supposed to be a pool party at my sister's house to celebrate my dad's birthday.

So, Friday wasn't so bad. We were truckin' away, getting lots accomplished.  Piper looked super cute in her Independence Day outfit:


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Then it was time for the fireworks display! Piper LOVES fireworks and had been dying to go see them the entire week. She has a freaky-good memory and was totally pumped because she remembered how fun it was last year. So, we popped our popcorn like we always do and headed out. We picked up my parents and went to the beach that the Fort Worth newspaper told us the viewing would be. We found the perfect spot...





...and then the display began. The only problem? We couldn't see them. At all. The newspaper apparently gave the wrong address because the display was on the OTHER side of the lake and we couldn't see ANYTHING. There were tons of people at the same address we were and everyone was soooo disappointed. Talk about a major goof on the newspaper's behalf! I am still so annoyed by it, four days later! Thankfully there were enough other people around us doing little fireworks that Piper wasn't too upset and doesn't fully know what she missed but *I* know what she missed and it'll be an entire year before she gets to see it again :( It makes me so sad. She will only be four once, it's not like I will ever "get that back", you know? Ugh.

We raced to the car to try and catch the tail end of it. And we did, literally, catch the tail end of it a little further up the road. We got to watch about 2 minutes of the display from the movie theater parking lot and then it was done. Lol. Can't win for losin'. By this point, she was just flat out grumpy.



My dad suggested ice cream as a consolation prize and we totally hopped on board with that idea.






We headed home after all that and she crashed pretty quick. The next morning, we were up & at it and ready to hit the lake!

We had a good day overall but mid-trip, Piper was acting SO exhausted. She was laying her head down on the tube, practically falling over on the floor of the boat, and we eventually persuaded her to lay down in the back seat. She crashed instantly and was asleep for almost an hour!! If you know Piper, this is NOT like her AT ALL. I could not believe my eyes..



I rigged up a life jacket and towel combo within a couple minutes to keep the sun off of her. Looked pretty redneck but it worked great! ;)







Just as she was waking up, however, we stumbled across a rather confusing and then alarming scene. At first, we thought the game warden was coming for us because he had his lights flashing and was yelling something. Then we noticed the people by the public beach we were trolling past were acting weird. Screaming and hollering but we couldn't make out what anyone was saying. And then the sirens started in. And people started running out of the water and an ambulance pulled up. Not long after, a helicopter started circling. Not. Good.  I got out my phone and tried to figure out what was happening and sure enough, it was bad. There was a missing swimmer and they were searching for him. Pretty soon, a few divers came out. We were just anchored nearby taking it all in for quite a while. Unfortunately, within about an hour, they did find him and he had drown. Horrendous. I honestly never thought I would witness something like that. It always seems, unfortunately, that someone drowns at one of the lakes in the metroplex every weekend during the summer months but I for sure didn't expect for it to happen at the one I was at, right in front of me! Such a terrible tragedy, my heart is broken for his family.

On the way to load up, we also hit a log and it tore up our new propeller. Just another crappy thing to add to the list this weekend! We dropped it off to get fixed today but getting it repaired costs almosts as much as buying new. Really disappointing considering we have a lot more important things to be spending money on right now (like, a baby! lol). Our good day at the lake went from great to....pretty bad, all in the a matter of an hour or two.

The next morning, we were up and getting ready to start getting dressed and ready for church....and then it happened. Piper puked. For the first time in her 4 years and 8 months on this Earth, she puked. All over Mitchell. (I had worried the day before that she was starting to get sick solely due to the boat-nap. Girlfriend DOES NOT crash like that and never has so I was a little bit skeptical but figured the late night from the fireworks must be the culprit, especially since she was swimming for two straight hours in the lake and then went tubing before she fell asleep. )

She INSISTED on the jammies after her post-puking bath -  no worries, we talked her out of keeping them on about 10 minutes later, lol. But she did get good at using the trashcan instead of puking on US!) 




She stayed sick for the entire day with a really high temperature and not eating much but she was still drinking, thankfully. She was sick again all day yesterday as well but puking more and eating even less. She also puked all over me. No fun!! Needless to say, we had to cancel the pool party as well. My poor sweetheart, she was so sad and confused!  She kept saying "I don't like being sick!" and "my tummy feels crummy" . It definitely wasn't the flu because she wasn't "sick enough" for that, it must have just been a mild stomach bug but that was no fun. I am quite spoiled by having a happy, healthy little girl -- I don't like seeing her like that! I am quite grateful that Mitchell and I seem to have dodged that bullet also!

She was about 75% better today but still didn't eat a lot and she was just in a funk all day. She was running a low fever but she was at least up and about and more chatty today so she definitely felt a lot better. Just still not quite 100%. I'm hoping tomorrow she is back to her old self again!

So...anyway. That was my last four days. Not so fun. I am hoping the upcoming three day weekend is a lot less of a downer and lives up to my higher expectations. Lol!



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