Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My favorite Pregnancy Items

Shark Steam mop & Shark Pet Perfect Handheld Vacuum:  It is getting more and more difficult to get down on the floor and clean!  Instead of dragging out the heavy vacuum for a few crumbs or getting on my knees to scrub paw prints off our light tile floors, I can simply grab one of these two items!  I'm sure they will also come in handy when our little boy is crawling or feeding himself ;)

Tons of pillows: I never purchased a body pillow, wedge, or those crazy large pregnancy pillows- I don't think it would fit on our queen bed!  But I have slept just fine by adding in a couple extra pillows as I've grown. 
The Belly Band: This little accessory has made it possible for me to wear my regular pants throughout my pregnancy (I wear them completely unbuttoned and put the belly band over the zipper/button- great but not as comfortable as true maternity pants) and some shorter tops without showing my growing belly!
Maternity jeans: I had heard from everyone that I needed to invest in at least one pair of maternity jeans, but I kept putting it off.  I had several sizes of jeans that I could stretch to fit me at different stages of my pregnancy or unbutton and use the belly band, but they were never very comfortable.  Finally I caved in a week or so ago and bought a pair from Target.  Why did I wait so long!?!  They are amazing!  So much more comfortable without have a zipper or button sticking into your belly or having to hold on to your pants every time you move!  Wish I would have purchased a pair of good jeans by the second trimester... (Liz Lange Target Flare Jeans- dark wash)
Detergent for sensitive skin and any other lotion/product that was fragrance free:  For some reason my skin became really sensitive early on in my pregnancy.  I would feel itchy all day long and at night I would drive myself crazy thinking spiders were crawling on me! haha   After trying different things, I decided to wash all my clothes and sheets in a dye/fragrance free detergent and see if that helped.  The itching stopped and I felt so much better! 

Patrick: my supportive and encouraging husband.  He has been so loving and prayerful throughout this whole pregnancy, even when I'm sure he thought I was out of my mind :)  From putting together a crib, painting the nursery, listening to my ramblings about everything baby, breastfeeding, cravings, and much more... Patrick has been an encourager and I'm sure that will not change as we reach delivery time and parenting.  This pregnancy would not have been nearly as enjoyable and fun without him laughing and preparing for it all with me!  I can't wait for the day he gets to hold his son in his arms instead of just feel him kick through my belly!

Here are some other great lists that I have found: (its funny how different some opinions can be!)
Must-have maternity pieces {babycenter}
12 pregnancy must-haves {parenting}
15 pregnancy must-haves {babble}

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Mesquite Championship Rodeo

All the kids were called down for a game: they chased four calves with ribbons on their tails... whoever grabbed the ribbons first won $25!!   It was hilarious!

Give Thanks

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We have so much to be thankful for this year- every new change has brought about new blessings.  We spent Thanksgiving day with dear friends and families!  While we missed seeing our Stone/Garcia families, we are so thankful for the people God has brought into our life over the past year.  I am overwhelmed with thankfulness for our little boy who is growing (a lot!) each day.  With every kick and movement, I am amazed... and can only imagine how much more our love for him will be when we hold him in our arms for the first time.  Thank you Lord for all you have blessed us with- may we continually praise you!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas & Baby time!!

Our friend Brad came to visit for the weekend and my mom surprised me and came in town too!  She said she had to see me one more time while I was still pregnant :)  We had a great time with both of them- the guys built fires and cut down trees... the girls shopped and decorated!  So thankful they could come in town.  The only pictures I took were at Joe T. Garcias...
Then, this past weekend, Patrick's parents came in town to visit!  It was such a treat getting to see them since we won't be in town for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  We had an incredible opportunity to hear President George Bush speak about his presidency and his support for the sanctity of life at the Real Choices Pregnancy Banquet.  It was such a special evening with a great interview by Drew Sherman!! 

After everyone flew back home :( We decided it was time to decorate for Christmas!!  I know it is still a little early, but we wanted to have it all ready for John Ryman.  I had a great check-up on Friday- Less than 5 weeks until the estimated due date!  He is growing and looking right on schedule.  Thanks for the advice about the hospital bag- I made my list and have a stack in my closet I can throw in a bag at any minute.  Thankfully, I am still feeling great!  I'm just having to sit up a little straighter and stretch out as he grows and his movements are becoming a little more forceful under my ribs :)  I love feeling him move and kick - even throw a few direct punches at Patrick's hand! 
 A little overwhelming... SO much stuff.
 I'll post some Christmas decorations soon, but until then look at these cute cuddling furs enjoying the fire and cozy decor:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

furry ornaments

Last year for Christmas, my parents gave us the cutest handmade animal ornaments from Africa (to match the nativity shown above)  I knew whenever we had a baby I would be using those precious animals for the nursery tree, just didn't know it would be the next Christmas!  Hope to get out the Christmas decor soon!!
Patrick and I went out on a little Christmas date last weekend- complete with red Starbucks cups and a stroll through Pottery Barn to see the Christmas decorations.  I'm loving all the animal ornaments in every shop.  Here are some of my favorites:
and my top pick from {Macy's}