Friday, July 28, 2006
So, it's my birthday! YAY for me...I'm the big 22 today! My birthday present to myself is a blog filled with some of my favorite quotes. Hope you like!

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." Anonymous

"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday." John Wayne

"Never say never, for if you live long enough, chances are you will not be able to abide by its restrictions. Never is a long, undependable time, and life is too full of rich possibilities to have restrictions placed upon it." Gloria Swanson

"The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for. " Dan Millman

"Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives." William Dement

"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd." Max Lucado

"It is not giving children more that spoils them; it is giving them more to avoid confrontation." John Gray

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." Ralph Waldo Emerson

That is all I will leave you with for today, but rest assured, there will be more to come!

Thursday, July 27, 2006
What NOT to say to a Pregnant Woman: 2nd Installment
Oh's that time again. Let me just start by saying that some people have ALOT of nerve. I would never say any of these things to a pregnant woman, especially one that I don't even know that I just happen to see in public. Here you go...hope you enjoy!

1. "Are you sure you're not having twins?"

2. "Oh GAWD, you is BIG!" (Oh GAWD, you need some English courses....I'm just saying.)

3. "That baby is gonna weigh 30 pounds!"

That's all I have for now, but I have a feeling there will be a 3rd installment before I have this baby.


Saturday, July 22, 2006
Letter to Aeralyn #1
Dear Tatertot,

I can't believe how close you are to being here. I love you more and more each day, and I can't even fathom the love I am going to feel when I actually get to see you. I constantly find myself wondering what you are going to look like and how your personality is going to be. I hope you are a good sleeper!

You have really become cramped in that belly of mine lately, and I know how frustrating that must be. That being said...if you don't stop trying to break my ribs with your feet and knees, I think I will send you in your little hospital bassinet straight to the timeout corner in the delivery room. It really hurts, and you are very very strong! Please give mommy a break!

Your daddy keeps asking more and more questions about you lately. I think he is getting a little nervous. Take it easy on him when you get here okay? And I'm not telling you this to scare you, but you will be the first baby that he has ever held, so don't do anything crazy to make him drop you. He's gonna be a little scared, so try not to cry or anything because I'm afraid he will pass out or something. Give him a couple of weeks to get used to you, then feel free to scream at him, and you could even poop on him for good measure. But you should not, under any circumstances, ever do any of these things to mommy. Don't forget okay?

I have been working on a scrapbook for you. It is a documentary of my pregnancy, and I really think you will enjoy looking at it one day. Atleast I hope you will!

And one last thing before I wrap this up...let's get some sleep tonight. And every night until you get here. Think you could mange that for me? PLEASE!

I love you more than anything in the world,



100 Things About Me
I decided to dedicate this entry to letting you all learn some stuff you may not know about me. Hope you enjoy...feel free to leave me a comment!

1. I was born in July 1984, and I am the poster girl for the Leo zodiac sign.

2. I am never satisfied with my hair.

3. I wish I was just a little bit taller.

4. I love my dog and cat like they are my children.

5. I can't wait to see my baby girl.

6. I am obsessed with Grey's Anatomy.

7. I love to scrapbook.

8. I have a lazy eye, but it's really only noticeable when I'm tired or trying to focus on something.

9. If Paris Hilton dropped off the face of the earth, that would be totally fine with me.

10. I love sweet tea.

11. I have holes in my tonsils.

12. I believe that my mother and my grandmother are the two most wonderful women to ever grace this world with their prescence. I strive to be like both of them.

13. I met my husband in the eighth grade, and we have been together ever since.

14. My dream is to live in a log cabin in the mountains.

15. I believe that dream will come true one day.

16. I cry over movies easily.

17. I love music.

18. One of my biggest fears in life is drowning.

19. Another one is getting in a terrible car wreck.

20. I would like to write a book one day.

21. I am a junk food junkie.

22. I love to dance.

23. I absolutely hate getting my eyebrows waxed, and I will wait until they are scary before I will go in and get them done.

24. I love having my back "tickled".

25. I love the way my dog smells when she is sleeping. I know, weird.

26. I honestly don't know what I would do without a rocking chair.

27. I love to laugh.

28. I am easily annoyed.

29. I have a pretty quick temper at times.

30. I hate it when someone comes over without calling first to let me know they are coming over.

31. I do not like to talk on the phone.

32. I have scents divided into categories by season. For example: I will not burn an apple cinnamon candle in the summer or spring because it is a fall/winter scent. Nor will I wear citrus smelling lotions in the winter. I am very anal about this.

33. Fall is my absolute favorite season. I am almost always in a good mood in the fall.

34. Summer is a different story...

35. One of the best pleasures in my life is crawling into bed and feeling the coolness of the sheets on my skin.

36. When I close my eyes and daydream, one of my favorite things to dream about is sitting outside on a pleasant afternoon when the sun is going down and the smell of fresh cut grass is in the air. There is a very light breeze blowing, and a cold glass of sweet tea in my hand. Ahhh..sheer bliss!

37. I love sour candy.

38. Popcorn is my alltime favorite snack.

39. I hate having my feet on the floor in my bedroom when the lights are off. I have been like this since I was a child.

40. I only went to summer camp one time, and I hated every single minute of it. I was saved by the threat of a hurricane.

41. I do not reagret one thing from my past. I know that everything happens for a reason, and I believe I am who I am today because of what has happened to me.

42. I miss college life.

43. I love pictures.

44. I have food texture issues.

45. I hate wearing a bra.

46. I suck at math.

47. I get sucked into infomercials easily, but I have never bought anything from one.

48. I fall off the diet/exercise wagon frequently.

49. I don't like advice or help unless I specifically ask for it.

50. I am very sarcastic, and I have to hold my tongue often so I don't hurt people's feelings.

51. I complain alot. I can't help it.

52. I am hell on a hairdryer. I go through atleast one per year.

53. I cannot wear heels...period.

54. This is the first time in my life since I was 16 years old that I have not had a job.

55. Vanilla ice cream cones are awesome. I make the best.

56. I can't wait to take Aeralyn to Disney World.

57. I hate to clean the kitchen.

58. I also hate to cook. I have multi-tasking issues, so I can only cook one thing at a time.

59. I keep thinking that Aeralyn is going to be born a boy instead of a girl.

60. Frosted Flakes and Raisin Bran are the only 2 cereals I will eat.

61. I hate grape flavored stuff, except for Jelly.

62. I need my wisdom teeth taken out.

63. I sucked my thumb until I was 9 years old. Yes 9.

64. One of my big faults is that I can be extremely jealous.

65. I hold a grudge.

66. I didn't lose my first tooth until I was in 3rd grade.

67. I lost my last one in 10th grade.

68. I'm addicted to the Weather Channel.

69. I go through a bottle of Tums a week...since I have been pregnant anyway.

70. I can't even count how many times I have dyed my hair.

71. I love fast food.

72. I need to change that.

73. I really wanted to name Aeralyn Aubrey instead.

74. I like to rearrange my furniture.

75. I love to watch cheesy game shows. My favorites are The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy.

76. I can't wait to go clothes shopping again.

77. I love to soak in a hot bath with candles lit.

78. I very rarely miss an episode of Regis and Kelly.

79. I have never seen any of the Stars Wars movies, and I have no desire to.

80. Aaron and I have very little in common, but I think that is why we fit so well. We compliment eachother in a weird way.

81. I believe in soulmates.

82. I love quotes. I have huge collection of them.

83. I like to read, but I fall asleep while doing it so it takes me forever to finish a book.

84. Numbers are the only thing I remember really well. I still remember my phone number and address from the house I grew up in.

85. My earliest childhood memory is when I was 4 years old.

86. I think about both of my parents every single day.

87. I have only been in love one time in my life.

88. I bite my fingernails.

89. My eyes change from light brown to dark brown depending on what I wear.

90. I used to want blue eyes.

91. I always wanted a little brother.

92. I'm not very good at riding a bike.

93. I have severe road rage.

94. I hate to drive.

95. I am more of a morning person than a night person.

96. I hate to wear shoes.

97. I almost never wear socks.

98. I love having a tan.

99. My eys are always itchy.

100. Ever since I was in elementary school, I have always kept a journal.


Sleep is so overrated
It's almost midnight, and here I sit, wide awake with swollen ankles and heartburn so bad my ears are ringing. You would think, since I only have 4 weeks left until my due date, that my body would let me sleep while I can. Wishful thinking on my part I guess. For the past 2 weeks I have not been able to sleep well at all. I think it has something to do with this watermelon sized belly, or maybe it is the urge to pee every 2 hours or so. I guess I'll atleast be a little prepared for sleep deprivation when she gets here.

I had a doctor's appointment on Monday, and everything was fine. She is measuring right on time (thank goodness), and I start my weekly appointments on Thursday. I'm hoping to see at least a little progress at my next appointment. I will let you all know how that turns out. I apologize to anyone that may have sent me emails in the past week and a half. For some reason unknown to me, our computer has decided to deny axcess to the yahoo website. I think it has something to do with our virus protection. I am going to try and check my email from a different computer tomorrow.

This week it has really hit me that she is coming soon. To be honest, I'm getting a little freaked out about it. Don't get me wrong...I am so ready to be over this pregnancy stuff, but I'm not so sure about the raising a baby part. I know I'll get the hang of it, but the thought of bringing home a little human being who depends on me for everything is a little scary. I think Aaron is gettting a little scared too, he's just not as vocal about it as I am. He keeps reassuring me that everything is going to be fine. How the heck does he know?! Why is he so calm? Oh yea, he's not the one giving birth...I almost forgot.


Thursday, July 06, 2006
32 Weeks Doctor Appointment
We had a doctor appointment this morning, just the regular bi-weekly deal, nothing special. I had a list of things i was going to talk to my OB about, such as what was her plan of action since Aeralyn is measuring so big...but she said that this week she is measuring on time. I didn't really know how to take the news...I was kind of hoping that she would say she would be coming a little bit earlier, but apparently that isn't going to be happening. *sigh* Now I have a feeling that the little booger is going to be late. Don't get me wrong, I don't want her to be early or anything like that, but I was hoping she would come a little sooner. The doctor checked me and said that I have made absolutely NO progress toward labor whatsoever...she is not even in the head down position yet. I already knew this due to all the punches I get in my ribs all the time. I just hope she will turn herself like she is supposed to and gets a move on here in the next few weeks!!


Monday, July 03, 2006
Previous Journal Entries
I just wanted to let everyone know that I added all of my journal entries from the babiesonline website. Now they are all in one spot and much easier to keep up with.

We are getting ready to go to the river for the 4th of July! I can't go out water skiing and tubing and all this year, but we are going down there to eat dinner and spend time with everyone this afternoon. Atleast I won't get sunburned this year! I'm trying to be positive, but it really does stink that I don't get to go out in the boat. There's always next year, and then it will be even more fun when Aeralyn gets bigger and can play in the water. I hope all of you have a happy and safe 4th of July holiday!!

Sunday, July 02, 2006
What NOT to say to a Pregnant Woman
Since I've been pregnant, I've heard lots of comments, some of them sweet, some are down right rude. Luckily, I haven't killed anyone over any of them, and I've managed to keep somewhat of a sense of humor. That being said, for your protection and my future reference purposes, I have compiled a list of things you should never say to a pregnant woman. Or you could use this as a list of things to say to a pregnant woman if you feel like getting slapped that particular day.

1. "Wow, you look HUGE today."

2. "You know, your body is never going to be the same again."

3. "I wasn't that big when I was pregnant."

4. "Are you sure you should be eating that?"

5. "Could you make me some breakfast? I went fishing all day yesterday and my back hurts a little bit."

6. "You're just about as big around as you are tall!"

7. "I'll bet you're hot and miserable."

8. "You have that much longer to go!? You look ready to pop!" (must be said with wide eyes and jaw dropped to get the full effect.)

9. "You know, you're not a very happy pregnant lady." (most effective if said while watching a pregnant woman have an emotional breakdown)

10. "It's so funny to watch you walk."

11. "You don't have any ankles!!"

12. " You're really starting to look your face I mean."

13. "Don't fall over now!" (usually accompanied with evil chuckles)


Saturday, July 01, 2006
Time for a change
Well, I decided that my previous website at babiesonline was getting too annoying, so I took the big step and created a blog here. I hate that I can't continue the babiesonline website, but I am in the process of saving and printing all of my journal entries so they won't be lost. I will go ahead and admit that I have no idea what I'm doing here, but I'm working on it. It can't be that hard, right?

Is it July already? Wait, isn't my baby due in August?!! I really don't know where the time went. It seems like it was just a few weeks ago when I got the faint positive in the bathroom. It is unreal how fast time can go by, especially when you forget to pay attention. But, we are ready for our little girl to get here. The nursery is finished, her clothes are washed and hung in the armoire, and we have everything we could ever need (I think) to take care of her.

The latest news is that little miss isn't quite so little. At my last OB appointmet the doctor said she is measuring "a little big". Could we get any more specific here?! My OB isn't the most talkative woman in the world, but I did manage to get out of her that she wouldn't be suprised if I had a 10lb baby. I didn't have the strength to pick my jaw up off of the floor before she left the room, but I have another appointment on Thursday, so I plan on asking her if we can take her a little earlier. You know, like sometime before she becomes the incredible hulk! I am happy that she is healthy and growing, but really 10lbs??!! I just don't see that happening.

I have been very blessed so far with a fairly uneventful pregnancy, and I am so glad that everything has gone so well....that being said, I need to complain for a minute. I'm just about done with all this pregnancy stuff. Aeralyn has taken a liking to playing under my ribs, which hurts and also makes it hard to breathe sometimes. I haven't had ankles for a few months now, not that I can see them so I'm not too worried. The bathroom has become one of my best friends...we see alot of eachother. I have sweated more in the past two months than I have in my entire life. I'm not kidding. All it takes is the slightest bit of heat, and I'm *glistening* (yea right! It's more like sweating like a 450lb hairy man in the desert!). All this, plus terrible pelvic/groin pain. I know, I know, it's almost over and I only have a little bit longer. Believe me, reciting that is what keeps me going most days. That and the tremendous love I already have for this little dancing queen in my belly. I can't wait to see her!!