Wednesday, October 31, 2007

My Pregnancy

As of tomorrow I will be 21 weeks! As most have told me before, this trimester has definitely gone much smoother than the first. Although, thankfully I didn't really have much morning sickness the first trimester. I was always nauseous and had to go to the neurologist for horrible migraine headaches but only threw up a couple times. I had to go on Monday for some test to check my blood sugar, and see if I am anemic or have gestational diabetes. Just the normal tests.

For the most part, I have really enjoyed being pregnant, but I will say that I cant wait for our baby girl to be here! Our beautiful little Ava Renee! I'm so excited!

Here are a few pictures of my belly so far:

12 weeks

17 weeks

17 weeks

20 weeks

20 weeks

I'm starting to really get a little belly now! I started looking online at bedding, trying to decide what theme I want to have in Ava's room. I really would like to collect Precious Moments, but I'm not sure that's what I wanna go with. I found a few really cute ones at Babies 'R I am still looking around to see what else I come across.

I think this one is my favorite:

I was kind of thinking of something a little 'softer' than this... you know, not so bright... But then again, I'm not sure I want something with a lot of pink in it seeing as she will be loaded up with pink stuff at the baby shower.. So I decided that the purple butterfly's was my favorite so far.

Here are my other choices so far...

Mike and I have already picked out the furniture for her room. Its gonna be cherry wood. Melanie, Mikes mother, told us that she is going to buy the baby's furniture which really helps us out a lot. His mom is such a sweetheart. Gosh, I cant wait!!! :)


My Aunt Gretchen sent me a few more photos from me and Mikes wedding, and I realized that I hadnt yet put any up on here. So I have included a few of me and Mikes engagement/wedding photos, as well as some pictures from the bachlorette party...

Here are a few of our engagement photos:

I just had my bachlorette party here at home since it was kind of last minute, and Im pregnant and wasnt really up to hanging out at a bar all night. So I just had my girlfriends come here and stay with me the Friday before the wedding since Mike was getting a hotel anyways. We ended up having a really good time. Here are a few photos:
Jennifer, Jessica, Jessica, Heather and Amber taking a shot
Me and my sister/Maid of honor

Kathie and myself

Me and Jessica

My sister/bridesmaid, Amber and myself

Me and Heather

Me, Heather and Jessica being silly

I love this picture above... Me and my girls

Pinning Heather as my Maid of Honor

And here are some shots from the wedding...

My daddy, me and my step-daddy

The Bridal Party

Mike and I... Our first dance.

Me, Daddy and Jared
I probably have close to 200 pictures from the wedding and thats not even all of them! It was a little tough to pick only a few to put up! I think they all turned out really nice. Our wedding day was one of the happiest days of my life! I cant wait to see what all God has in store for us and our family! :)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Halloween Pumpkins and Festival!

Mike and I have had Elise for 3 weekends in a row due to the wedding. So to our suprise, Melanie let us have Elise from 11-2 on Saturday this weekend so that we could take her to the fall festival here in the neighborhood. (thanks Melanie!) But first, we took Elise to Krogers to pick out a pumpkin to carve. We got 2 of them, one fairly small one for her, and a bigger one for the family pumpkin :) I also got her a winnie-the-poo halloween balloon and a halloween ball!

We had a good time carving our pumpkins. Here are a few pictures.

We were able to capture a few photos of Elises face after touching the slime in the pumpkin. As you can see above, she didnt like it too much, and insisted on using the scrapper to get the seeds out. Mike got a really cute picture of Elise and I. And here are a few shots of Elise helping.

Daddy carved our first pumpkin for us, while Elise and I started on our second one.

The picture above of Elise and I turned out pretty cute... as you can see she was a little too busy scrapping the pumpkin out, to look at the camera. :)

Below are a couple of pictures of our finished Pumpkins! Melanie had metioned that they may not be carving a pumpkin this year, so Mike and I decided to send Elises little pumpkin home with her.

We definately enjoyed carving our pumpkins together! After we finished, Elises little friends from next door, Madison and Morgan, came over to play with her for a little while. Elise really enjoys playing with them, but will sometimes get the "only-child syndrome" and doesnt want to play. But ive noticed she has gotten better about sharing with the other kids.

Here are a few pictures of the girls playing ball...

I love that last shot of Elise! She looks so darn cute! After playing for a bit, we were starting to run outta time before Elise had to be back home. We brought Madison and Megan with us to the fall festival they had here in the neighborhood. They had the blow-up jumping things, egg walk, bean bag toss, bobbing for apples, hay treasures, food candy and much more. Like I said before, we didnt have much time, but the kids still got to do a few things before we left, and were also giving candy bags!

I was also able to get a few photos of Elise at the festival.

Here is one of her doing the egg walk... She was smart and used both hands to hold her egg on the spoon!

I also got a picture of her doing the bean bag toss, and bobbing for apples.

She got one! I love this picture below of her. She was really happy about getting her apple!

Unfortunately, we will not have Elise on halloween night this year, but we really enjoyed taking her to the festivals and carving our pumpkins with her! I hope everyone has a fun and safe halloween! And before I go, here are a couple photos of Mike and I from this weekend :)