Thursday, December 23, 2010

Stadium Stompers

Have you seen these???

I am IN LOVE with these cuter than cute rubber cowboy boots! How cute would these boots be while cheering my Razorbacks to a victory...super cute of course!! They come in all your favorite team colors, check out the website here.

These are definitely too late for my Christmas wish list, but hopefully these cuties will find a new home in my closet very soon :)

Hope that you're having a great day...Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Busy as a Bee

This little guy has been keeping his Mommy very busy...

The best part is...I couldn't imagine it any other way!

I hope that you're having a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 6, 2010


My labor was induced on 10.28.2010 due to my high blood pressure. We were so excited as we patiently awaited the arrival of our sweet boy!

William Jett made his arrival at 8:20am on 10.29.2010 weighing 5 pounds 9 ounces. We were instantly in love!

Our little family has been soaking up every second of being with each other for the last week!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It's Almost Time...

It's almost time for Baby Jett to make his appearance! I went to the doctor yesterday and got the precious picture above of my Sweet Boy! I was so thankful to see his little face because for the last 2 months ultrasounds he has been shy and buried his little face in my placenta. I was beginning to think that what/who he looked like was going to be a total surprise when he was born, ha!

My original due date was November 15th but Doctor N wants to deliver me a couple weeks early which means that Jett will be here the week of November 2nd...which is in 2 weeks! If you remember my previous post about my visit to Labor and Delivery due to some high blood pressure...well, the phantom high bp has struck again! I like to call it the "phantom" because it is high one minute then completely under normal the next...what the heck?

I was not put on bed rest this time and there was still not a trace of protein in my urine. Doctor N decided that considering the phantom bp issue there was no reason we shouldn't just go ahead and get this sweet, precious, adorable babe out in 2 weeks. Now I just need to pray that I will dilate/thin out in the next 2 weeks time!

Yesterday I was 36 weeks and it was the first time that I was checked and I was not dilated, not effaced, not thinned out...nothing! Do you know of any secret tricks to get things moving along? If I am induced and not dilated/effaced at all I will have to just lay in bed for 24 hours with a pill inserted to thin out my cervix before they even start petocin. Please pass on the prayers and any tricks/wives tales that you have up your sleeve...the countdown has begun! Baby Jett will be here in 2!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Big 3-0!

Today is an BIG day...and by BIG I mean large in number, ha! Today is my 30th Birthday and I can hardly believe it, I swear I still feel at least 26 years old!

Since people say "you're only as old as you feel" I guess it's a good thing that I only feel 26!

I thought that I would put together some pictures of lovely things all about Birthdays...from the looks of these pictures you might guess that some cupcakes are definitely going to be in my future! They all looked so delicious, pretty, and festive!

All images

My sweet hubby will be back in town tonight, so we will be celebrating with dinner out tomorrow night and I am so excited about that!

I hope that you have a Wonderful Friday Eve...we've almost made it to the weekend!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bed Rest

I have spent the last 4 days on bed rest because my blood pressure was high last Thursday when I was seen at the hospital to make sure that I was not leaking fluid.

When I was released from the hospital Thursday night, I was instructed to follow up with Dr. N on Tuesday and to be on bed rest until then.

During these last 4 days on bed rest I have found myself more rested than ever, ha! I watched every lifetime movie entertaining enough, got tons of fall/decorating ideas from HGTV, and discovered at least 15 different recipes for fall that I need to make from the Food Network! I am pretty sure that I will be at least 10 pounds heavier by the time that baby Jett comes due to the fact that there are so many new things that I need to make, ha!

I was up bright and early this morning for my follow up appointment. I made every attempt to stay as relaxed as possible this morning to try to avoid any increased blood pressure. As I sat there patiently waiting to be called back I prayed that everything would be fine. I prayed that my blood pressure would be normal, that baby Jett would still be great, and that I could be released from bed rest to return to work. All I wanted was to be able to continue to carry this sweet baby and get ready for his arrival.

My prayers were answered this morning, Praise the Lord! My blood pressure was below normal like it has been through out my pregnancy so far {113/76} and there were absolutely no traces of protein in my urine from the 24 hour test! I almost started crying I was so thankful and excited!! I was released from bed rest to go back to work tomorrow and I don't think that I have ever been more excited to go to work, ha!

Thank you to all of you that prayed for me and sweet baby Jett! Now that things will be back to normal around here I need to get back to regular blogging! I still have to do some weekly preggers updates along with updates on the nursery decorating...super exciting!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

My Trip to Labor and Delivery

I spent the day yesterday in Labor and Delivery...yesterday was quite the day for sure!

If you are the least bit squeamish by anything related to pregnancy, it would be my suggestion to you that you make the choice not to continue to read, ha!

My day started yesterday with something not normal for me thus far. I woke up and my panties were not dry {sorry, I warned you}, but not in any way that they have been before during pregnancy...if you know what I mean. I called the doctor and they told me to monitor the situation for a few more hours then call them back, after a few hours it was still happening. At that point they told me to head to labor and delivery to make sure that I was not leaking amniotic fluid...dreaded!

Let me interject real quick that my hubby was out of town yesterday and was 5 hours away...that definitely added some extra anxiety to the situation for sure!

I called my best friends Tennyson and Brooke and we all met at the hospital. They hooked me up to all the belly monitors and sweet Baby Jett was totally fine. He was moving all around like crazy and his heartbeat was right where they wanted it to be, so he was totally fine...Praise the Lord! After hooking me up to all the monitors they did the litmus test that would show if I was leaking amniotic fluid and again, Praise the Lord it was negative!

After the test came back negative for amniotic fluid, my FABULOUS nurse Libby {who is proceeded to call Libbs all day} came back in and informed me that she had called my doctor to tell him that the fluid test came back negative. I thought at this point that I was home free {it was around 2:30 pm}, boy was I wrong...little did I know that I was going to be there until after 10 pm!

Libby informed me that my blood pressure had been super high the whole time that I had been there {like 146/105} and she said that Dr. N wanted her to run some blood work to make sure all my numbers weren't in the range of having preeclampsia. Keep this in mind...I had been to the doctor on Monday and my blood pressure was fine then, in fact it is always fine every time that I go {like 116/70} so this whole high blood pressure situation was totally out of the blue.

The preeclampsia tests came back within what is considered "normal" parameters, so she said that Dr. N wanted to do a 24 urine analysis to make sure that there wasn't any protein in my urine...which is a sign of preeclamsia because your kidneys start not filtering all the protein out. Sweet Libbs informed me that she was going to move me to a more comfortable room and start the test. At this point I was in an exam type room that basically had a gurnie for a was seriously uncomfortable!

Once we got to my room and I was hooked up to all the monitors again I just tried to relax and watch some TV. My blood pressure was completely fine once I was moved to the new room...I secretly think that it was the gurnie that I was on that was breaking my tailbone that caused the high blood pressure, ha! Once about 5 hours passed and my blood pressure continued to be lower than average I asked Libbs if I could continue this urine test at home. She said that she was leaving at 7pm and that she'd call Dr. N to see if that was possible...of course to my extreme disappointment he said no.

At 7pm Libbs came to my room to tell me bye, she was seriously the sweetest! I began to have a full blown crying breakdown to her. At this point no one was there with me {my dad was on his way} and I totally felt all alone. I was scared because I don't want to have Jett at 31 weeks, uncomfortable, I missed Billy {I told him that there was no reason for him to come home to be bored with me peeing at the hospital} and I was so tired of being there. I certainly didn't want to stay the night all just to pee...I could do that at home. I don't mean to sound like a total brat in any way, but you have to understand that Jett was totally fine and NOT AT ALL a concern and my bp was no longer a concern either...I was just completely over staying there to pee in a giant, orange reserve.

Libby told me that everything was going to be okay and that she was sorry that I had to stay there but that she would pray for me tonight in her prayers that I would get a good night sleep and feel better. This made me feel better and I just excepted in my mind that I was going to have to stay there by myself for the night and I knew that everything was going to be okay. Libby left for the night and I told her that when I actually went into labor with Jett that I was going to ask for her because she was seriously THE BEST...I loved her!!

As I layed there watching TV around 9pm, my night nurse Jamie came in and informed me that Dr. N had called to check on me and that since my bp had been normal for so long that he was going to let me take the orange reserve home and then bring it back to the hospital lab tomorrow. As you can imagine, I was so happy!!! She said that I would have to be on bed rest until when I followed up with Dr. N on Tuesday and that she was going to give me a shot of steroids then Billy would have to give me one again 24 hours later. The steroids they give just as a precautionary measure just in case you have go into pre term labor.

So I am hanging out on bed rest until Tuesday when I follow up with Dr. N and hopefully at that point I will be released from bed rest and back to life as usual. I have made a few trips up to Drug Warehouse to check my blood pressure and it has been normal each time, so I am hopeful that it will stay that way until Tuesday as well. Sorry for the super long picture free post! I would so appreciate any prayers that you would be willing to send my way. There is nothing more that I want at this point than to carry this sweet little babe to term! I hope that y'all are having a great weekend!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tasty Kitchen

If you are unaware of the amazingness of the Pioneer Woman's Collaborated Cooking website, Tasty Kitchen, I am about to rock your world!

I am a girl that makes a weekly menu {most weeks} and this website makes it so much easier for me to do! Before I knew about the Tasty Kitchen I was constantly searching website after website to make my weekly menu. I am the type of girl that likes to make new things and not have the same tired casseroles and side dishes from week to week.

I love the TK website because there are multiple search options available. You can search by the meal category that you are making, ingredients that you have on hand for last minute meals, or by top community favorites.

Last night I made White Chili Casserole and let me just tell was simply delicious! It was super easy to make for a weeknight dinner and it was so good that Billy and I both had seconds!

I only made one modification to the recipe...I left out the celery. It was so good and something different that what I normally make...this one will definitely be going into the recipe file for sure!

Guess what's on the menu tonight???

Ree's White Chicken Enchiladas...I can't wait! For some reason I was definitely feeling the white chicken theme this week, ha! I will let you know how the enchiladas turn out!

Happy Friday Eve!

Labor Day Weekend

I can't believe that it's Thursday and I am just now putting the weekend recap up, ha!

My long weekend was just as I expected it to be...simply lovely!
I enjoyed spending time with my sister, watching my Razorbacks win, and even squeezed in a mini road trip.
My sweet hubby and brother-in-law were working in Jefferson City, Missouri so my sister and I decided to take a mini road trip up to see the guys. Even though it was just a one night trip it was still so nice to see Billy and be able to eat dinner with him...I missed him so much while he was gone! It's the little things like eating dinner together that I miss so much when he is out of town.

We got home from Missouri around 8pm on Monday night, so as soon as I got home it was time to get myself prepared and in bed for work the next day! After a long weekend 6am sure does come early for sure. I have pretty much decided that we should have a 3 day weekend mixed in at least once a month...they are so nice!

Did you do anything super fun this Labor Day weekend?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Nursery Design

We have cleaned Jett's room {previously the office} out and we are looking forward to getting everything we need to complete his nursery! I want to find a dresser that I can paint black to match the bed and then use it as a changing table as well as a dresser. I have been looking around town and on Craigslist, but haven't found anything that I really like...hopefully, I will come across something that will work perfectly!

Since I am not a theme person, I have had a struggle with "nursery appropriate" wall art. I have looked around a bunch on Etsy {I am addicted to this site} and have seen some really cute's just so hard to decide. I have also been thinking about the idea of doing a monogrammed decal above his crib. Do you have any fun websites for wall art that I should check out?? Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated ;)

Here are the items that I have decided on for the nursery...

The Crib Bedding

The crib bedding is from Mod Pea Pod and I absolutely love it! If you haven't checked out her website you must...she makes the cutest stuff and it is very reasonably priced for custom bedding! I think that this design is classic, but still mixes in some modern elements with the circles.

The glider I found has slipcovers available and I think that I am going to go with a brown slipcover for the chair and ottoman to tie in with the brown in the bedding.

Okay, so what do you think about the design elements of Jett's nursery? I will definitely be posting pics of his room as we start putting it together, but wanted to let you know what I had decided on at least for now. I hope that you are having a good Friday Eve so far...I am so excited for the weekend to get here!

Monday, August 23, 2010

28 Weeks

How Far Along: 28 weeks today.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: As of the end of last month 10 pounds, but I am sure that will change when I head to my appointment on Friday!

How big is the Baby:
Gender: It's a boy and his name is Jett!

Maternity Clothes: I still have been living in non-maternity dresses!

Best Moment of the Week: Finally making a choice on the's so super cute! Oh and finishing up on my was definitely a task, ha!

Stretch Marks: Yes, but still trying everything I can to prevent anymore from popping up!

Movement: Yes, especially in the early mornings and at night.

Sleep: Sleeping is still fine, but it's still sometimes tricky getting comfortable.

What I miss: Nothing really...just enjoying every moment of having my sweet babe inside of me!

What I am looking forward to: Decorating the nursery.

Symptoms: Still getting heartburn from pretty much anything, but as long as I nip it early enough with some Tums I am usually okay.

Food Cravings: Root Beer and Hot Glazed Donuts from Krispy Kreme...not together though of course! The craving for donuts just started this week and is so weird for me because I have never been a huge fan of donuts. Don't get me wrong they are certainly delish, but I have always just felt like they were too sweet!

Belly Button: Still an inny, but it's getting flatter my the day!

Signs of Labor: Thankfully, no!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Our Sweet Baby Boy has a Name...

We are completely sure that we love our pick and won't be changing our minds, so it's time for me to let you in on a little secret.

I am so excited to introduce to you our Sweet Baby Boy...

William Jett

We plan to call him Jett, but William Jett will be his legal name. William is after his daddy and Jett we came up with from one of the baby name websites! We were browsing the website and I was saying all the names out loud to Billy and when we got to Jett he said that he liked it. My first response was "really?" {I tend to like more traditional names}, but after a few weeks the name grew on me too and we love it!

It is so nice to be able to call our Sweet Boy by his name! We are both so excited and can't wait for Jett to get here!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Heartburn is Straight from the Devil

I have had heartburn since the very beginning of my pregnancy. I usually happens everyday in the afternoon and then also at bedtime, but it always goes away with a couple of Tums.

I am here to tell you now that in the middle of the night last night {great timing I know} I experienced the most horribly painful almost to the point of tears heartburn/acid reflux ever...I am convinced that it was straight from the devil {not really, but you catch my drift.}

I literally felt like I wanted to cry! I tried my usual remedy...tons of water to extinguish the fire along with 2 my surprise and dread, this wasn't doing the trick! I was pretty much up from 1am to 4am this morning trying to put the fire out...let me tell you, it was exhausting! As I layed there I wondered what could be the cause of this beyond deadly heartburn!?!?? I had 3 hours of thinking time, so I thought about a lot ha!

I propped myself upright because that seemed to make it a little bit better and I thought about what I had eaten for dinner...a chicken strip, mashed potatoes, and a roll. That definitely couldn't be it...pretty blah if you ask me! I thought about the old wives tale, that heartburn is the sure ticket to a child with hair. Could this baby boy of mine come out with full blown 80's hair band rock star hair??...because I am pretty sure that is what it felt like last night, ha!

I was finally able to drift off to dreamland around 4am after the heartburn ran it's course, I was of course super thankful! Now that I have rambled on and on about my horrible heartburn...the bottom line ladies is that I need help! I need to know if any of you have any secret remedies for heartburn. I am telling you now that if I have the devil heartburn that I had last night again tonight I may need to call into work tomorrow, ha!

Happy Monday Ladies!

Monday, August 9, 2010

One Hot Momma To Be!

I am officially one hot momma to be...I am on fire burning up!

This is the second {or third...I lost track} week now that temperatures have been above 100 degrees everyday of the week! Not to mention the heat index, yikes! The heat index for today is a brisk 115 degrees...out of control! Is it this hot where y'all are??

It's times like these that make you want to take an extended vacation somewhere tropical by the beach where at least you have the breeze from the ocean to keep you cool. For me staying cool has come from a little beauty such as this...

Thankfully my sweet hubby has not minded that I have a fan blowing directly on my face everynight as I fall asleep! Bless his heart...I know that he has to freeze some nights because I have seen him asleep with his entire head covered up. I can't help it though...seriously, I feel like a human heater at times!

I am officially 26 weeks preggers today so that means that I have broken the 100 day mark...secretly I am super scared! Not scared to be a mommy to this sweet little babe, but scared that time is flying by and I feel like I have so much to do to get ready for his arrival! One thing is for sure, I have felt extremely blessed during my pregnancy that I really have never felt like time was creeping by super slow! I look back remembering when I first found out that I was pregnant and it feels like it couldn't have been more than 3 months ago, ha!

I hope that everyone is having a good Monday! Soon to come...the big name reveal! We have picked a name that we love and I can't wait to share!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Guess who I got to see this morning??

A precious, sweet little boy!

Everything is right on track and going well! My appointments are extra fun especially now that he is getting so big. I can tell more and more each time about what/who he is going to look like! I was able to tell by the ultrasound pic this time that it looks like he has my nose! I absolutely love seeing him each time I go to the exciting!

In nursery news, I found a nursery design that I am in LOVE with and I am pretty sure that I am going to coordinate the bedding {in a solid color} around the room colors. I will post some pictures of the room soon for sure so that you can tell me what you think...I hope y'all love it!

I don't know about you, but I am so thankful that tomorrow is Friday! Happy Friday Eve to you...hope that your day is going super great!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Totally Random

The following 3 things {I feel like} have been consuming my thoughts for the last week:
  • Deciding on the baby bedding/nursery...

  • Determining all that I need to register for...

  • Actually going to start registering!

    Don't get me wrong...I am not lying in bed all night long thinking about these things, but just feel like any free second that I have to just rest is being consumed by thoughts that I need to get my "plan" {or lack there of at this point} into action!

    As far as the baby bedding goes, I have found 3 or 4 sets that I really like on the Mod Pea Pod website. I am not really {at all} a theme person so I feel like it is hard for me to imagine what I want the nursery to look like. The fact that I have never had a child before also makes it hard because I don't want the room to look like all Natalie, I want it to look like a nursery {obviously}. I don't even know if that previous sentence made any sense at all, but what I am trying to say is that I want it to look like a nursery for our sweet little boy...not like any other room in my house just with a crib??!!??

    When I started thinking about the nursery in the beginning I felt like if I just picked out the bedding first, it would all fall into place after that. Now that I have found some bedding that I like I think about the accessories to make it all come together...I am a mess! I know that it will for sure come together soon, I'm just going to continue the online research. Do you know of any cute nursery idea websites??

    Then there's the registry...what do I need to take care of this sweet child of mine??!!?? I decided last night that I am just going to have my best friend go once with me then have my sister come with me to register that way I cover all my bases. I have been compiling a list of all the things that I am pretty sure that I need...well last night while reading the list to my sister she knocked at least 5 items off the list, ha! I think I am just going to leave this one up to the "professionals," the girls that already have babes! Of course any input you have on items that are a must would be greatly appreciated!!

    I hope that everyone is having a great week so far! Happy Wednesday tomorrow...we're almost halfway there, yay!

Monday, July 26, 2010


Welcome to all you girls visiting from Jenna's blog! I am super excited about the commenting challenge and will be visiting your blogs to leave comments...hopefully we'll all meet some new friends along the way!

I am constantly trying to catch up on my blog reading while I am doing other things, so I am quite often guilty of not commenting. I am going to be better about it, promise!

If you are interested in participating in the commenting challenge as well head on over to Jenna's blog and link up!

Happy Monday Everyone!

Monday, July 19, 2010

23 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 23 weeks today.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: At my last doctor's visit I forgot to ask...I think that they act like you haven't gained any weight unless it's a problem, so I am guessing that there was gain just not too much.

How Big is the Baby: The size of a papaya

Gender: It's a BOY!

Maternity Clothes: I have been living in non-maternity dresses and gaucho type pants!

Best Moment of the Week: Feeling him move all around in my tummy! This actually happened for me right before my 21st week. I feel him move most in the morning and at night while I am laying still in bed.

Stretch Marks: Negative

Movement: Definitely and I love it!

Sleep: Sleeping is still fine, but it's still sometimes tricky getting comfortable.

What I miss: Being able to bend over and get out of bed with ease! It has been the strangest feeling to move around and get up from a sitting or laying down position with a ball that does not move attached to my body!

What I am looking forward to: Decorating the nursery and registering!

Symptoms: Still getting heartburn from pretty much anything...even water! Other than that I feel super fantastic!

Food Cravings: I have been craving vegetables constantly! I think I had steamed squash and zucchini three times last week, ha!

Belly Button: Still an inny, but it's getting flatter my the day!

Signs of Labor: Thankfully, no!

I hope that everyone is having a fabulous Monday!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Year Ago Today...

A year ago today I was in paradise...the Dominican Republic to be exact, but it sure was amazing!

A year ago today I married my best friend and the love of my the Dominican Republic!

The trip was absolutely amazing! Just to add a little icing on the wedding best friend Tennyson and her hubby were there too making this little Weddingmoon of ours extra special!

After the ceremony we had dinner at the French restaurant on the resort which was oh so delicious, elegant, and lovely!

The day after our wedding, Tennyson and Chris headed back to Tulsa and we stayed in the DR for the Honeymoon portion of this fabulous WeddingMoon!

We spent the rest of our time there just enjoying each other and being married! As I look back on this day last year, I am flooded with memories of what a wonderful time we had together but most of all I am so thankful to have married such a wonderful man.

I always knew in my heart that Billy would be an amazing husband, but each and everyday he continues to surprise me with how amazingly he loves me! He is my everything and I truly fall more in love with him with each passing day.

I can't wait to see what God has in store for our future together because I know that it will be so absolutely amazing!

Happy Anniversary babe...I love you with all of my heart and am so very grateful to have you to spend the rest of my life with! I look forward to many more Anniversary's celebrating the day that we became Husband and Wife! I love you bunches!!