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It's a... and Baby Name Reveal!

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GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

   Yes, you read that right!!! Girl, girl, girl!!! I'm having a little girl!!!!!!!!! Can you tell how excited I am?! And the test results for Down Syndrome and Trisomy, 21, 18, and 13 all came back normal and super low!!! Now we just have to get the Spina Bifida test done in a few weeks.

   Oh my God y'all don't know how happy this all makes me! For the past week and a half or so I finally had the definite gut feeling that I was having a little girl and my gut was right! And most of the old wives' tales were right! Holy shit, I'm having a little mini me! You better watch out world because my daughter is coming December 2016 and if she is anything like her momma, then she is going to be a whole lot of trouble and attitude.

   Jesse is going to have his hands full! Speaking of Jesse... he made me wait the entire day before I could announce the gender of our baby and her name! I found out the gender around 9:30 a.m. ye…

Old Wives' Tales

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I LOVE reading about the different old wives' tales and theories to try and guess the baby's gender. I can't use all of them because some of them require you to be a little further along and I didn't do some of the really crazy ones like mixing your pee with baking soda or your pee with boiled cabbage water lol. Some of these things are really bizarre. I'll admit, I was tempted to try some of the crazy ones but Jesse definitely would've made fun of me and plus, we should be getting a call with the harmony blood test results- and gender- any day now!!! I swear it has felt like foreeeeeever waiting for these results. I just want to know so so sooo badly.

   So while I wait for the results, let's see what some of those old wives' tales and theories say about the gender...


   1. Skull Theory- Basically this theory says baby boys have square or blocky shaped skulls and girls have round skulls. This baby has a nice round skull for sure! My mom said the sku…

13 Week Bumpdate

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Some say 13 weeks is when the 2nd trimester begins, some say 13 weeks and 2 days, 13 weeks and 3 days, or some even say it doesn't start until 14 weeks. Well guess what? I don't care. I'm saying hello 2nd trimester! I've heard you're going to give me some energy, increase my sex drive and decrease the morning sickness? Totally looking forward to that because I am exhausted, my sex drive in the 1st trimester has been almost non-existent, and the "morning" sickness has been horrible and only managed by Diclegis. So please hurry up and bring me these 2nd trimester positives I've been looking forward to.

   Alright, let's give this bumpdate thing a try!

Ok so technically I'm 13 weeks and 1 day in this photo and I'm 13 weeks and 2 days today.
How Far Along: 13 weeks

Due Date: 12/31/2016 New Year's Eve!

Baby is the Size of: Peach, measuring 3" long from crown to rump!

Weight Gain: So at the new OBGYN's office, they don't seem to …

Wedding Wednesday

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Yes, I am doing one of these. I might do them every week, maybe every other week, or just once a month but lets give this a go!

   I have done a lot of wedding planning/ brainstorming... in my head. I even took the time to make a whole wedding planning binder complete with spreadsheets, diagrams, and a timeline planning guide I came up with by combining a bunch of planning timelines. But I have yet to fill this thing out slowly started filling it out. Jesse will be away for most of this week due to his grandfather passing away, so I am hoping I can get my butt moving on filling this binder out more!

   Also on the to-do list this month is wedding dress shopping! Yes!!! I cannot wait to go wedding dress shopping this weekend and I definitely want to get my wedding dress purchased before I start getting bigger and actually have a baby bump. And no, we are not getting married before the baby is born. And I am not announcing the exact date just yet until we order and mail out our save-…

I'm Pregnant!!!

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Yup, you read that correctly! I am pregnant! What a freakin' year. I still can't believe it but Jesse and I are over the moon excited that we are expecting our first child. Baby McAward is due New Year's Eve!

   Just a few years ago I was saying I'm not going to get married. I was completely content by myself being an independent dog mom and here I am today: engaged & preggers and couldn't be happier! I just made the announcement on social media and it feels sooo good to get the amazing news out and share our excitement with the world! Like I seriously cannot stop grinning and even got a little teary eyed typing and posting the announcement.

   So how far along am I? As of today, I am 12 weeks and 3 days! 2nd trimester is almost here!!! And thank God because this morning all day sickness is killing me. Thankfully my doctor put me on Diclegis (which I am still on) because I could not keep anything down or function and even ended up making a trip to the ER due…

When Tragedy Strikes Part 2 and Tattoo #9

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On Sunday, March 27, 2016, a sweet little angel was taken from this world way too soon... just barely over a month before his 2nd birthday. My nephew, Roman Carmello, passed away Easter morning and this post is for him. I'm not going to write about how he died or any details regarding his death, so don't bother asking. I'm just going to keep this post short and simple.

   This was the poem I typed up (not written by me), put his picture on it and framed it to be put on display at his celebration.

Little Angels
When God calls little children
to dwell with Him above.
We mortals sometimes question
the wisdom of His love.
for no heartache compares with
the death of one small child,
who does so much to make our world
seem wonderful and mild.
Perhaps God tires of calling
the aged to His fold.
So He picks a rosebud
before it can grow old.
God knows how much we need them
and so He takes but few,
to make the land of Heaven
more beautiful to view.
Believing this is difficult
still somehow we must t…

Meet the New Fur Kid on the Block: Gary

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I know, I know, you're probably laughing or at least smirking at his name. Yes, Jesse and I named our newest fur kid Gary Padraig (Padraig is Irish, Pa-dray-g). But of course anyone who follows me on instagram or Facebook already knows this.

   Before the passing of Gemma Madeline, we had talked about possibly getting a 4th dog but just hadn't gotten one yet. So don't go thinking Gary is Gemma's replacement because in no way, shape, or form is that true and Gemma could never be replaced. Anyways, I believe everything happens for a reason and that things happen at the right time. Like I said, we had been talking about possibly getting another dog. So I had been looking at different breeders, shelters, rescues, etc. off and on for a little while but took a bit of a break from that when Gemma passed away. There were specific breeds (or a mix) that we were considering... another English Bulldog or French Bulldog (you know those choices were all me) or a Dachshund or a B…

I'm ENGAGED!!!- The Proposal

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Ok, ok, so this is old news but for those of you who do not follow me on instagram or Facebook... I am engaged!!! I am over the moon ecstatic! I have already started wedding planning and created my own wedding planning binder with tons of spreadsheets I made, guides, tips, diagrams, and I also made a wedding planning timeline from looking at like 10 different wedding planning guides. I just need to actually start filling the pages out. It can't all be stuck up in my head forever.

   So let's get to the proposal story shall we? On February 19, 2016, it was a typical Friday afternoon. We had planned on just keeping it simple that night, make dinner at home, watch t.v., and go to bed. But Jesse was taking forever to get home and I was getting really hungry hangry. And then I started craving a gin and tonic, so I figured once he got home and we ate, I would suggest we go to Smokey Bones (yes, the place that we got cut off at the bar but hey, it's right up the street) for dr…

What Do You Do When Your World Comes Crashing Down?... When Tragedy Strikes Part 1

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On January 26, 2016, my sweet Princess Gemma Madeline crossed over the rainbow bridge. To say I am devastated is an understatement. I have been so depressed and broken and just couldn't bring myself to blog but I know that this is not what Gemma would have wanted. I know that she would want me to kick myself in the ass and get back on the blogging train. It might take a little while and start slowly and inconsistently but I am going to do it.

   If you didn't know much about my sweet fur baby, you can read a little bit about her in Meet Gemma (Furrkid #1 of 3).

   She was the sweetest most amazing miracle to come into my life and came into my life at the perfect time. Gemma was a true angel and I know that she is now my guardian angel still watching over me. Cue the tears.

   My little baby had a brain tumor. Or at least that is what the final vet said, which I think was correct. He was the most realistic and helpful- plus, it doesn't hurt that he was named the best vet…