Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Gimme More!!!

MOTIVATION!!! 
I need it more now than ever!!! And I gotta just get off of my bee hind and get going!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

My Little Lion!!

  This picture was just too cute not to show in all it's glory!! So I had to share!! Isn't he adorable!!!!

First Trip to the Zoo {updated with park pics}

Noah had a blast on his FIRST TRIP TO THE ZOO!! I have to admit that my all time favorite places to go is the ATL Zoo!!! I love how there is tons of shade along the way and the animals rock! And now they have a newish exhibit where you can go in and feed the birds. LOVE!!!! I had alot of pics so here is a collage of our trip.
Afterwards Noah fell asleep in his stroller and we headed to find a nice place to picnic. We were starved!!! We found a nice place and threw out a blanket and it was super relaxing! I am soo planning more picnic trips now b/c it was so relaxing. Noah was hilarious b/c he wouldn't leave the blanket :D
Here are the pics from the picnic! And seriously, there has to be a better/easier way to get my pics from my iphone on here!!!! For serious :D

Thursday, September 22, 2011

IF......

I was reading another blog and found something that I thought was rather ironic since my post today was about IF (infertility)! You will see soon enough! Apparently there is a game you can do using the What IF!! So here goes....I really do love dreaming :D

1. If I were to get pg again....I wish it would be a total surprise and right after I was back to my pg wt. And I wish I could have a natural/vaginal birth!! And breastfeeding would be super easy :D hey..I am dreaming here!!

2. If I could have any job in the world...it would be doing exactly what I am doing right now! Being a stay at home mommy, but I would wish that Todd could stay home too. Maybe we could own our own business or he could work from home. Oh and I wish I got payed for staying at home...loads of money, HA!!

3. If I had a day to myself I would....totally get pampered! Facial, mani/pedi, and some yummy food!!!

4. If I could get married all over again...I would make the ceremony even smaller and spend the money on a super cool honeymoon.  

5. If I could live anywhere in the US..I would live in Hawaii or Colorado, but make sure my ENTIRE family lived there too :D

6. If my boy would have been a girl we would have named her...Sarah Elizabeth. And if we do have #2 and it is a girl..that will be her namo!!!

7. If I could have any talent in the world...I would love to be able to sing. I am talking Kelly C. plus Christina A skills!!!!!

8. If you met me in real life..you would probably realize just how shy and dorky I really am, or maybe you already know that, HA!
 
9. If I could go back to school and get a different degree...I wouldn't even go to school! I waisted alot of money, HA! Well maybe I will use my degree one day, but if I could go back I would maybe go all the way and get my Doctorate of Psychology!!!

10. If money was NO object...I would hook my family UP!! And then go to Italy :D

11. If I could meet one celebrity it would be....Michelle Duggar b/c she ROCKS!! Seriously!!! I would get her to show me how she does it all!!!

12. If we had a different pet it would be....always gonna be a dog. We tried a cat..and no offense but we are not cat ppl!

13. If I could only shot at one store for the rest of my life...it would be The Loft...well if it is just for clothes.

14. If I could go on a trip right now....it would be on a second honeymoon with the hubs..one of these places: Italy, Hawaii, or Colorado!

15. If I had to choose between a house cleaner or a personal chef...man that would be hard, but I would go with a personal chef :D

16. If I had the option of any plastic surgery...I would totally get a breast reduction!!! Trust me bigger is NOT better!!!!

17. If I could wake up and look like anyone I would choose...ME, but a skinnier, tanner, more toned version of me! :D

18. If I could have a magical super power....it would be to stop time!! Can you say nap anytime, YAY!!

19. If I could change one thing in my past...I would have been more social and tried more things...like soccer!

20. If I could wish anything for y'all...it would be for eternal salvation with Jesus!!!!!!!!!

IF = Infertility = Me

I have to say a few things before, well I say a few things, HA!! I am about to express my feelings lately. It is about IF (infertility) so just know that I DO feel SUPER SUPER blessed to have Noah. And I am okay if he is our only child b/c I feel blessed to get to have him!!!

Lately alot of friends have been announcing their second pregnancies. I am not going to lie, it has been hard for me. I still get that kicked in gut feeling when I hear the news. And of course I am happy for them and of course Todd and I haven't even wanted to start trying for another babe. Not that trying would help...but you get the jist. We haven't even discussed another IVF or adoption. And remember we don't have any frozen embryos left. Noah was our last, but not least!!!

I just cannot believe that I still get that feeling when I hear about pg announcements. And really it isn't so much with women with their first kiddo, but more so the second on. I guess it makes me feel bad that I can't just "plan" for a sibling for Noah and bam it happens. And before it was what my body couldn't give Todd, now it is what my body cannot give Todd and Noah!!! And even though we are not even ready for child #2 I am feeling a bit left behind! Does that even make sense????? I am not sure it does.

I have been looking to the Lord to handle my grief. I am trusting in the Lord b/c He sees the BIG picture, not me! He saw the big picture with Noah and now looking back I can see a bit of it as well. I know His timing is perfect. Before I got pg with Noah I was able to lose wt and get healthy. See God didn't only fulfill our wishes of being parents but HE went further and fulfilled my wish of being a healthier weight when I got pg. He really does exceedingly and abundantly above all we could ever think or imagine!!! And yes it still stings when I hear these announcements, but it also reminds me that I am NOT in control...God is!!! And I am okay with that!!!!!

To all of my friends expecting #2 I am very happy for you all! I really am!! And I am looking forward to reading/hearing about your journey with the second babe!!!!

And to all of my friends still waiting for #1 I am praying for y'all!!! I know that you are probably thinking how selfish I sound....but trust me the feelings from IF never really go away. I pray for y'all to have peace, b/c I know that is what I always desired the most!!! Sending everyone lots and lots of LOVE!!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Super Business Elmo...to the rescue!!

Noah cracks me up at how he LOVES to wear Todd's tie around the house! He really looks up to his daddy and wants to be just like him! SOO SWEET!!! On this day he was dipping Todd's tie in Maggie's water bowl, HA! And he was getting Maggie's dogfood and "feeding" her!! He is a ham!!!

To me he looks like he is a new superhero named SUPER BUSINESS ELMO!!!




That is my boy! Always FULL of smiles! Makes my heart all warm and fuzzy!!!
 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Go Dawgs, Sic' Em!!!!

Here are some more pics I got Noah to re-do b/c of my memory card forgetfulness!! And I am so glad that Noah decided to pose for me again b/c come on...CA UTE!!!!

Love this one of him getting on UGA :D




Time to get off :D


And he ends it with a kiss :D soo sweet!!!

Memory Card Necessary!!

For some reason I feel like I am the only one that does this, but yesterday Noah and I were outside. It was a glorious day b/c it was cool outside and the humidity was GONE! I started taking pics of my super pretty handsome tot and I was getting some good shots. It seemed like he knew I was taking pictures and he was posing for me and full of smiles! I hit the playback button on my camera to bask in all my talent when it said NO MEMORY CARD!!! WHAT???? I was soo upset! How could I have not checked to make sure I put the card back in after I just dumped a ton of pics on the computer!! So I did what anyone would do!! I ran back inside grabbed the card and coaxed chased my sweet boy to get a few more smile shots :))) And here is some of what I got :D



 a bit blurry, but it was fun chasing him and attempting to take pictures at the same time ;D
Remember to make sure your memory card is in your camera before getting shooting happy, mkay? :D

Saturday, September 17, 2011

We are still here!!!









I got some recipes from skinnytaste! I liked the spinach ziti but wasn't fond of the chicken! It was chicken that is covered in sesame seeds then baked. Apparently I am not a fan of sesame seeds, especially toasted ones! I am glad that I gave it a try, and then of course Todd said later why don't I just fix the regular meals, HA!!!!














Other than being a gourmet chef (HAHA) lately we have been just living life :) My momma is very hands on with Noah! Here she is pushing him around the house in one of our diaper boxes!! HA :) He LOVED it!!!


When Grammy isn't pushing Noah around the house, we are reading! His new favorite is Elmo.
I love how he shows me Elmo's momma on this page and points to me!!
I sure don't have pink hair, but a momma...yes I am!!!
Then when we are not reading about Elmo and his momma...Noah is being a daredevil and trying to give his momma a heart attack!!!!
Thankfully Daddy is there in case he falls!!!

And we are LOVING the new colder weather! We are raising windows and even Maggie is enjoying the nice breeze!
Noah, give me my camera lens!!!!
Neways....other times Noah and Daddy make a tent! They crack me up doing this and after I took this picture I had to climb in and hang too!
 

Even though I haven't been blogging much..we are still here...still busy!!! Hope you enjoyed a rundown of what we have been up to lately!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Inspired!

 I had the BEST time lastnight with one of the most genuine and sweet gals I know. She is one of my besties, but lives a few hours away from me, so we don't get to hang as much as I would like. Lastnight her mom had a dinner for all of her friends to thank them (us) for being her friend. How awesome is that? I know her mom is super sweet too! I only really knew a few ppl and was excited to get to meet some of the other friends I have heard Lori talk about so much. It was nice to put a name to faces. And it was nice to be around a group of gals :D They were all so beautiful (on the inside and out) and very inspiring to me. I just took a moment and looked around the tables and thought WOW, these girls are really living. They are out there enjoying every second life has to offer.

And then I had to ask myself..do I do that?? Well, sometimes! I mean when you are around such a cute little boy all day you do tend to thank the Lord for every second you have with him. But am I really living! Am I able to say at the end of the day that I did my best at whatever I was doing, and was able to find JOY in it? Even if it is just washing the dishes!! Yeah.....I am not really doing that. There was one point where I had really changed my outlook (for a few days) and everything I did (from washing dishes to changing Noah's diaper) was ALL for the glory of God. Then as most things do it died down and I forgot! I remember the feeling I had as I scrubbed those dishes for God! I was on a high for sure!! All for the Lord!!

Lastnight reminded me that I need to really step it up a notch b/c I have this really cute little boy watching my every move. I want him to find JOY in all that he does! B/c truly we should do it all for the glory of God. Without Him we would have NOTHING, be NOTHING!!!

And I gotta shout out to my Lobo (Lori) and say CONGRATS!!! I love you dearly!! And I am soo happy for you sweet girl!!!! Here is a pic from our grad school days :))) We always had lots and lots of FUN!!!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

BS

What to write about?? I have had a bit of a block lately! I start a post in my head and then end up saying NAH. The one thing that has been on my mind constantly is my relationship with food. I have posted before about this. I have posted about how upset I get with myself because I tend to eat the more unhealthy foods than the healthy ones.

When I started this blog I was 30 lbs overweight. And throughout the process of IF (with the help of metformin) I lost the weight right before out last IVF. Then came pregnancy!! And I let the monster out of the cage so to speak. I mean this girl ate up some fried chicken fingers, french fries, and hot fudge sundaes!! FOR SERIOUS!!! I can remember getting on the scale at the doctor's office and worrying what the doctor was gonna say about my wt gain. She just told me that it would be harder to get it off after the pregnancy, and she was RIGHT!!!! I wish I could say that I breastfeed and the wt just melted off! NOPE!! I wish I could say I was motivated and began eating healthy and exercising right away. NOPE!!! And I do give myself some slack b/c I had a c-section and it was hard. I truly believe that my body is still healing from that surgery.

However, I had envisioned that by now I would be back to my pre pregnancy wt. NOPE!! And I am really upset with myself about it. I look at other mommas and wonder how they do it. I look at food and get completely dumb founded. Plus, I get low sugar easily (reactive hypoglycemia)  and end up downing something bad to get my sugar back up. I totally panic when that happens. I could give you tons of reasons why...I am a food addict, would rather sit and watch tv than do the eliptical and watch tv, sleep deprivation, exhaustion, and on and on and on!!

But instead of sitting here giving those reasons, lets get real, ya know...Dr. Phil kinda real!! I have a super low self esteem and I feel better when I eat. Well for a little while!! It is my way of filling some kind of deep hole inside of myself. So instead of just working on the outer shell, I think I need to work on the inside as well. I know I am on the right path. I have prayed and prayed for God that I can find a group of Christian women and do a Bible study :) That is soo happening and I cannot even express how excited I am about that!! I need that!!!!!

I also need to stop being so mean to myself!!! I am constantly putting myself down in my head and that needs to stop. I am my own worst enemy! I really want to feel good about myself and even though I could say that feeling good on the inside should be enough...I know it won't be. That is why I have to work on both!!! I remember what it feels like to go shopping and actually enjoy trying things on. I remember the feeling of seeing myself in pictures and not cringing. I remember the feeling of being comfortable in my own skin. AND I WANT THAT BACK!!!

I am hoping that you will follow me on my journey to better my body and my soul. I am asking for prayers! I am asking for your advice and support. I plan on posting once a week about this so that I can have some kind of accountability! I am gonna call it BS for Body and Soul. I like the irony!! HA!!!!

I am leaving y'all with the first picture after losing wt where I saw myself and for the first time I liked what I saw. I want to get back to that!!

 This is with Anna Claire, my neecy poo :)
Here I am holding both of my nephews :) I am in my skinny jeans and this was the day I put them on and they fit and I was soo excited!!! Can't wait to get those back on!!!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Buggin Me {another vlog}

I am not sure why I feel the need to rush through my blogs! I guess that is just me being nervous! I always did rush through speeches in college too :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Accent Vlog

So I totally did the accent vlog!!! :) And to be sure I would post it I didn't watch it, HA!!! And Todd so walked in on me so I am sure my face turned bright red when he did!! Y'all enjoy a good laugh :))))




 The instructions are to say these words:
 
Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught



And answer these questions:





  • What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?






  • What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?





  • What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?





  • What do you call gym shoes?





  • What do you say to address a group of people?





  • What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?





  • What do you call your grandparents?





  • What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?





  • What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?





  • What is the thing you change the TV channel with?


  • Oh and I soo just watched it and apparently I left out words, guess I was nervous!! Whoopsy!!!! Sorry Y'all!!!