Monday, November 28, 2011

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...and at 19 weeks!!!

ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE pic of me...but 19 weeks, here we are!

yet ANOTHER horrendous pic of me...but B looks good and here's Mommy and Daddy at 19 weeks preggo!


Hola Amigos and Amigas!!  I hope your Thanksgiving found you well and wonderful and you got to spend LOTS and LOTS of time with your loved ones!  We sure had a MAGNIFICENT Turkey Day, celebrating in Indianapolis with Brad's family, per our usual festivities.  It is always a BLAST around his family and we are head over heels for our nephew, Spencer, and our niece, Jillian ("Jilli-Bean" to most) who make it all that much more fun!  


Every year, my MIL (mother-in-law, Melva) and my SIL (sister-in-law, Christi) and I go and hit up all the Black Friday action.  Last year, we stood in line outside of Toys-R-Us so I could get the awesome Buzz Lightyear for Shawnee and at Old Navy for their amazing deals at midnight...and I had pneumonia!  It was awful for my health, especially with being as horribly ill as I was (that is honestly the ONLY thing I remember about last Thanksgiving...ha!  Guess I got some pretty terrific and good, potent meds, huh?!?) but well worth it in the end and we had such a great time doing something a little crazy!  This year, however, when it came time to head out for Wal-Mart, Target, and others on Thursday night/ early Friday morning, we were too pooped and didn't make it!  We did go in the actual daylight hours of Black Friday, though, and I got a fabulous red peacoat from Old Navy at an AMAZING price...$25 and Christi and Melva got tons of great deals too!  I also had to be sure to hit up Victoria's Secret because I LOVE getting the free bag each year!   This year, did NOT disappoint and to get the bag, I got the most fabulous "PINK brand" robe that I have not taken off since...well, except to go to school today! 

When B and I got home Saturday, we watched the UK vs. UT game (obviously! and well, we were so proud of our C-A-T-S!!!) and then put up all of our Christmas decorations.  Here they are around our humble abode:
our dining room table - view from the dining room into the living room

my homemade centerpiece 

view from the front of the table to the back

scaled back view - we asked for new and upholstered chairs for Christmas :)

love my reindeer!

up close view of my homemade winter floral centerpiece

our tree - no presents under it yet!

angel door hang on interior door

Our UK ornament tree (sadly, one ornament didn't survive from last year...boooo)

front of our house with wreath and lights on Holly bush and Magnolia bush

view of lights from end of driveway - yes, we are amateurs at light hanging!
Finally, we spent all day Sunday vegging out and watching football (well...B watched the football, I lounged on the couch in my soft and plush new robe while reading on my Kindle...I finished TWO and a half books...just on the ride to and from Indy and then on Sunday...wooo hooo, that NEVER happens during the school year so it was nice having some 'me' time to read and do what I wanted to do!) and letting reality set back in before heading back to work.

NOW, onto updates about our precious little guy...


How far along: 19 weeks



Size of our little Jackrabbit:  a mango!



Maternity clothes: still wearing most of my old clothes since they are dresses.  Since I am not much a fan of jeans or constricting pants to begin with, I do wear yoga pants and pass them off as "pregnancy stretchy pants" (don't judge me...it works!!!).  My main issue now is that my already generously proportioned 'ta-tas' are getting even bigger and well, I DO NOT need THAT!


Sleep: Still sleeping well!  Except for Saturday night, I had a terrible time falling asleep...2 hours after B and I laid down was the last time I looked at the clock so I guess I passed out around then.

Symptoms: Heartburn and 'phantom gallbladder' pains still, but not as bad as before.  I usually try to take a Zantac before a meal that I'm certain will aggravate my upper abdomen region and that helps quite a bit.  I am still taking Phenergan almost nightly.

Mood: it's always tough going back to work after an extended break...but this little 5-day one is nothing compared to what I will have in the spring and on into the summer...ahhh!  I was actually in quite the delightful mood while heading to school today...that is, until I got there and saw that someone had stolen boxes of cereal out of my snack supply.  We haven't grocery shopped this week since we just got back Saturday and since we had NO food at home, I didn't sweat it because I keep breakfast foods at school for these types of situations (meaning, me excessively hitting the 'snooze') AND for snacks.  Well, getting to school and seeing that one of my "precious lovelys" had taken the very food I was depending on?!!? I lost it.  Needless to say, it didn't go over too well, and I was more than upset, I was hurt!  And taking it from a pregnant lady?!?  It's one thing to take from me, but if it's going to affect my child...oh yes, I will get nasty.  I cried.  And cried.  And yelled.  And griped.  And cried some more.  It was hard finding something to be thankful for in THAT situation because it was done out of selfishness, not desperation.  What can I say?  I'm pregnant, I'm hormonal, I'm emotional, I'm a mess.

Best moment this week: Jack getting to be around and spend much time with his "Mamaw" (B's mom), "Papaw" (B's dad), "Aunt Sis" (B's sister - Christi), "Uncle Joe" (Christi's hubby and our brother-in-law), cousins JilliBean and SpenceMan (Christi and Joe's children), "Nanny" (my mom), "Poppy" (my dad), "Aunt Priss" (my niece, Cathryn - whom I refer to as "Priss" or "Prissy" and is more like my little sis, than my niece), "Aunt CC" (my sister, Cayce - whom we call by her initials, CCB), and cousin Shawnee (Cayce's son - our nephew and Cathryn's little brother)...even if it was through a barrier!  It was nice getting to see my sis and seeing her doing well and in good shape.  I must admit, I was a bit apprehensive about things, but she was great and looks wonderful so it was a really good experience overall!  

ALSO, we need something clever for Jack to call his "Uncle Joe".  Any ideas?!!!?  B's sis will be "Aunt Sis", Cathryn is "Aunt Priss", my sister is "Aunt CC", and my brother is "Uncle Roo" (long, but cute story that goes back to 17 years ago when Cathryn was a baby)...so we have all these cute names...and then Joe does not have one, but we're stumped for ideas!!!  Do you have any?!!??


Movement: STILL not feeling little man just yet :(
                                            ...but anxiously looking forward to it!

Food cravings/aversions: Cherry Pop-Tarts and Buffalo Wings, per usual on the wings, though!

What I miss/What I am looking forward to: this was mine and B's 9th Thanksgiving celebration together with his family, but the very first in which I was not able to indulge in spirits.  That was quite tough because these get togethers are a blast, but are even more so because everyone is just down for having fun!  I am looking forward to my Winter Break starting 14 school days from today...hollllllerrrr!!!


Milestones:  Jack's sensory development is exploding!  His brain is designating specialized areas for smells, taste, hearing, vision, and touch.  He may also be able to hear my voice now...thus, Daddy's too, so B has been spending lots of "tummy time" with our boy!  He weighs about 8 1/2 ounces (half of a pound...he's a whopper!) and measures over 6 inches (top to bottom!).  Jack's kidney's continue to make urine and the hair on his scalp is sprouting.  A waxy, protective coating called the "vernix caseosa" is forming on the skin to prevent it from pickling in my amniotic fluid.

Belly button in or out: in, but my scars from my surgeries in years past are STILL stretching.  One of Christi's friends at JilliBean's 2nd birthday party told me that her gallbladder scars actually stretched so much that they split open and bled...I do not think I am too far from that endeavor!

Thanks for reading and catching up with us!  We'd love to stay updated with YOU too!
Love, 
Abby



Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful Thomases

Thanksgiving is truly a time to reflect on our many blessings or our many reasons to give thanks.  I've been thinking of all of the blessings in my life, but I have also been thinking of the little things that we may often look over...discounting them as not really blessings.  One passage I've heard in church before that keeps echoing in my mind is the one I've shown below (I've modified it some to fit me).  


I AM THANKFUL FOR THE STUDENT
WHO IS COMPLAINING ABOUT DOING HIS/HER WORK
BECAUSE THAT MEANS HE/SHE IS AT SCHOOL LEARNING
AND NOT OUT OF CLASS, MISSING OUT

I AM THANKFUL FOR THE TAXES
THAT I PAY
BECAUSE IT MEANS
THAT I AM EMPLOYED.
I AM THANKFUL FOR THE MESS
TO CLEAN AFTER A PARTY
BECAUSE IT MEANS
THAT I HAVE BEEN SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES.

I AM THANKFUL FOR THE CLOTHES
THAT FIT A LITTLE TOO SNUG
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT AND I HAVE A HEALTHY BABY GROWING INSIDE ME

I AM THANKFUL FOR MY SHADOW
THAT WATCHES ME WORK
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I AM OUT IN THE SUNSHINE.

I AM THANKFUL FOR A LAWN
 THAT NEEDS MOWING,
WINDOWS THAT NEED CLEANING,
AND GUTTERS THAT NEED FIXING,
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I HAVE A HOME.

I AM THANKFUL FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING
I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT
BECAUSE IT MEANS
THAT WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

I AM THANKFUL FOR THE PARKING SPOT
I FIND AT THE FAR END OF THE PARKING LOT
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I AM CAPABLE OF WALKING
AND THAT I HAVE BEEN
BLESSED WITH TRANSPORTATION.

I AM THANKFUL FOR MY HUGE HEATING BILL
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I AM WARM.

I AM THANKFUL FOR THE STUDENTS
IN OUR CLASSROOM
THAT COMPLAIN OR WHINE
BECAUSE IT MEANS
THAT I CAN HEAR.

I AM THANKFUL FOR THE PILE
OF LAUNDRY AND IRONING
BECAUSE IT MEANSI HAVE CLOTHES TO WEAR.

I AM THANKFUL FOR WEARINESS AND ACHING MUSCLES
AT THE END OF THE DAY
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I HAVE BEEN CAPABLE OF WORKING HARD.

AND...
I AM THANKFUL FOR THE ALARM
THAT GOES OFF IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS
BECAUSE IT MEANS
THAT I AM ALIVE.

I love how it illustrates to be thankful for even the seeming annoyances in our lives.  We are blessed beyond what we generally realize and are so lucky to be citizens of this nation.  On Tuesday (our last day before break) I had my students think about general annoyances in their lives.  Then, I read the passage above to them and talked to them about finding the silver lining in these occurrences.  It most definitely is a difficult type of "out of the box thinking" for my 4th graders, but what they came up with was truly amazing.  I was in tears hearing what they came up with and they absolutely nailed it!  So proud of them!

I also thought of many specific things that I am thankful for this year:

1)  Jack Robert: it is amazing to think that we are already almost halfway through this amazing journey...and at the end, we have one sensational gift...a blessing that we are so thankful for!  Being a mother is the only thing that I've ever truly known I wanted to be and although it took a while, a lot of heartache, a lot of praying, and lots of worries, we are finally on the track to having a family and B and I could not be more excited or feel more blessed!  

2)  My husband: I have been head over heels for this man from the moment I saw his picture on a dorm room wall, but this love continues to grow and flourish every single day...even more so now that we have a a precious angel growing in my belly.  B is going to be THE MOST amazing father, without question and I am so lucky to have such a supportive father for our son and his worrisome momma!

3)  Our sensational families: B and I both probably have the most amazing families...hands down!  Each day, I wonder how we both got so lucky to have such magnificent people in our lives and we are surrounded by love, support, encouragement, and enthusiasm.

4)  My Job: While my students may drive me absolutely crazy some days and I get completely overwhelmed on a weekly basis (no matter how experienced or prepared I am), I am still IN LOVE with my job!  Each day, these kids make work not seem like work and offer a truly different experience where I get to make a difference in their lives.  There is NEVER a dull day in teaching and while I may be hoping to leave a place in their hearts, they most definitely are in mine.  Plus, what other career do you get these AMAZING breaks?!? Hollllllerrrrr!

5)  My friends: I feel so very fortunate to have grown up in a small town and to have friendships that have spanned decades.  I also feel so fortunate to have other groups of friends from WKU.  College was truly a blast because of them and now adulthood is even better.  And finally, I am so fortunate to have my friends I've met elsewhere and between.  These people make life a blast!

6)  Phenergan and my other stomach pills: My saving grace.  Seriously.  Enough said.

7)  Health: Knock on wood, but I haven't had really any health issues in about a year!  And no nasty pneumonia on Thanksgiving this year...yesssss!!!!  Hear that kidneys?!?  Hear that hernias, appendix, bladder, uterus, knee, non-gallbladder, stomach, duodenum, etc.....?!!!!?

8)  Morning Sickness: is G-O-N-E...for the most part!  Holler!

9)  Being pregnant around the holidays:  I can eat, eat, eat with no judgement in sight.  Three helpings of au gratin potatoes?  Yes, please!!!  Eating pie and at random intervals in the day?!?  Outstanding!  I cannot wait for Christmas!  Plus, we're already on the "Jack Track" --> my mom has a stocking hung up at their house for our little man and we are so pumped!

10)  Contagious Enthusiasm: everyone has been so excited for us and so supportive throughout this pregnancy and their excitement is so encouraging!  It bounces off of them and back to us and before you know it, we are even more elated than we already were!

11)  Getting invited to/ being in 23497.98 weddings: seriously folks, our cups runneth over with this fact! We did not have one.single.free.weekend this summer (no exaggeration) and while it was most definitely busy, it was a BLAST! Some days, we even had two weddings to attend...and well, we made it!   We have had such a tremendous year attending/ being in all of these weddings and feel so lucky that we get to be a part of your lives and such a special day!!!  We LOVE you ALL!

12)  Banker Family Vacation: my parents gave us a vacation for Christmas 2010 and we had such a phenomenal time being at the beach in an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G house with my family!  

13)  People who catch up with us on our blog: WE LOVE YOU...AND THANK YOU SO MUCH!

and now...for some pictures from our year that has made us so, so, soooooooo very grateful...
Brad and I were BOTH in Lucy and Shane's wedding! - 9.10.11

I was a bridesmaid in Beth and Kody's wedding!  6.18.11

Bride and Bridesmaid :)  

4th of July party at Jason and Christie's house!

Lucy's bachelorette party in Louisville with her ugly bridesmaids :)

At Sober Steph and David's wedding!  (she's a sorority sister and he's a fraternity brother so it was another Phi Delt and Chi O union...yesss!!)  We found out we were pregnant the next day!

we're pretty mature

a "Stock the Bar" party Lucy's Winchester bridesmaids threw for her and Shane!

our first dinner outing on the Banker Family Vacation 2011

before dinner on our beach vacation

My Prissy!

At the Fenton/ Wince wedding rehearsal - B was a groomsman!

me and my HOT groomsman :)

Mother's Day 2011 with mi madre!  I hope I can even be a fraction of the mother she was to me...she's AMAZING!

our nephew Shawnee...my heart :)
Spring 2011

Birthday weekend for Brad and his Mom in Indy!

Uncle Brad and niece JilliBean at one of many Thomas family weekends that are an absolute BLAST!!!

Our smile!  Our nephew Spence-a-roo :)

Laying out with My Prissy...our whole summer activity together!

on the beach with B. Beawr


mi padre :)  He's the best ever...real talk.

Monday, November 21, 2011

18 weeks!

How far along: 18 weeks

Size of our little Jackrabbit:  a sweet potato!




Maternity clothes: since I typically wear dresses, I am still able to wear most of my old clothes (except skirts).  I did wear a pair of corduroy pants today that are NOT maternity...but I had the button undone with my "Belly Band" over it  They were still quite comfy!

Sleep: I am sleeping well...almost too well, which scares me!  Too much of a good thing?  Let's hope not!  Usually, I am completely zonked out by 9 or 10 at night, if not earlier.  If I go later, I am completely out of it and watching the minutes tick by until I can go to bed.

Symptoms: heartburn, heartburn, heartburrrrrn.  Also, last night, I got incredibly dizzy while getting ready to take a shower.  Luckily, I knocked some stuff over and B was upstairs too so he could run to my aid quickly as I was going dowwwwwn.

Mood: Feeling pretty spunky and super excited that Thanksgiving is this week!

Best moment this week: Spending time with both sets of grandparents and families and cousins this week for Turkey Day!

Movement: Not feeling little man just yet...but anxiously looking forward to it!

Food cravings/aversions: I am really loving brussel sprouts

What I miss/What I am looking forward to: I definitely miss having an adult beverage or two, I miss not being able to eat lunch meat, and I miss not having to sit up for a few hours after I eat to avoid heartburn.  BUT...it's all worth it for our precious little man that I am sooooo looking forward to feeling here in the next couple of weeks and then meeting in a little over 4 months!  

Milestones: 
Many of the bones in Jack's body are starting to harden.  Among these first bones to develop is the inner ear which is part of the reason why he may be able to hear sounds such as my heart beating or my tummy growling.  He's busy flexing arms and legs movements in there too!


Belly button in or out: in, but my scars from my surgeries in years past are stretching.  I even had one that was inside my belly button, now outside of it and stretching...ahhhhh!!!  These 1-2" scars are going to get HUUUUUGE...AHHHHHHH again!!! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

17 weeks!

I am really sticking out here, but then again, I am arching a lot to push him out!
Excuse our floor sample there :)  Oh and yes, I got SIX INCHES cut off my hair today...ahhhh!!!
How I'm feeling...
I'm feeling just "okay".  I've been having some really bad heartburn that is literally taking over my body.  It is like an alien life form...no lie!  Last night, I had (yet again) another episode (like last Monday) where I strongly considered getting emergency medical attention and cried myself to sleep after much Phenergan and Unisom.  It actually has me wondering if it is more than heartburn, because it is right up under my right breast and I can feel it down my side and around my back.  Could it be my appendix, perhaps??  It has some rather strange symptoms up in here if it is! It's kinda weird, but I usually am "spot on" when something is going on with me.  The first time I had kidney stones, I knew there was something wrong with my kidneys (I was only 16); when I had gallstones and had to get my gallbladder out, I knew exactly what it was before I got diagnosed...so I am just hoping this is heartburn, but my gut is telling me that this is not normal to be in this much pain and in such a random place.  Maybe it is a flare up of my ulcers, OR an infection in my duodenum which I had alongside my gallbladder issues before the GB was ganked out!  It actually feels just.like.gallstones. but that is impossible because I do not have a gallbladder.  Weird, weird, weird!  I am a freak.  

Cravings/ Aversions
Preggo punch and not too much else.  I am just going with what sounds good at the moment and I have to be careful with the acidity (which I get plenty of in the punch) because that can only add to my heartburn.  

MOOD:
I think my hormones are finally giving my body the "heave-ho" because I am now a bit moodier than in previous weeks.  I'm typically in a fantastic mood once the morning grumpies wear off, though!  Just don't wake me up when I'm sleeping...  tee-hee!

I am a bit sad this week, though, because my BFF and former roommate from college, Katie, is getting married in MEXICO!!!  While I am absolutely over the moon for her and Durr, I am sad because I cannot be there with them and many of my college friends :(  I was on track and set to go, and then we found out about our little blessing and well, B and I decided it became an impossible journey.  It was a well-worth it but expensive trip so we could only afford for me to venture below the border, but then, finding out about Jack changed the name of our game because there's more to worry about than just me!  It was such a sad day to realize that I no longer could accompany one of the bridesmaids in our wedding to HER wedding in beautiful Isla Mujeres, Mexico, but I know it will be the most beautiful day with the most stunning bride and I may not be there with her physically, but I will be emotionally and spiritually!   I love you, the soon to be "Mrs. Kathryn Brannon Holderfield DURR"!!!  
Here are some memories of Katie and me:
Kings of Leon concert at Rupp Arena, December 2009

Journey concert in Nashville - summer 2006

at Kristen's wedding :)

Summer 2006

ya know, we're "hooked"

smiling's our favorite!


BABY JACK:
This week, Jack is about the size of an onion which is around 5.5 - 6 inches long and weighs about 5 ounces (which is about the size of a chicken breast...funny huh??).  And now for the skill of the week: Baby Jack can now yawm!  He's kicking, punching, and rolling around in there, but I still cannot feel him yet :(  I'm so excited that that is expected to come here in the next couple of weeks...what a special and magical feeling that will be!  I know my little man won't disappoint in the movements come here soon!

Jack's nervous system is also in working order as it is maturing rapidly at this time.  Nerves, (now covered with a substance called myelin which speeds message from nerve cell to nerve cell) are forming more complex connections.  And those in the brain are further specializing into the ones that serve the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing.  Talking about hearing, Jack's is growing more acute, making him more conscious of sounds that come from inside my body (which means we could both be listening to each other hiccup - a skill he also has by now!).

Thanks for reading!  We love you all!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

16 weeks!

We're chugging right along to 16 weeks!  I feel like time is starting to move a bit quicker now...it's hard to believe we're almost halfway through...CRAZY, actually!  We are also absolutely LOVING knowing if our little sweetpea is a he or she...it is so much more fun actually referring to him by name, JACK!
Jack is ready for next fall because his Nanny got him these oh so precious boots!!!

The Thomases over here are feeling so spoiled!  Baby Jack has gotten several gifts and Momma over here has gotten lots of clothes from Jack's Nanny and Great Aunt Kathy!  Since most of you know my stance on clothes (I have a "thing" about repeating...incredibly stupid, yes I know.  AND I'm not big on wearing pants...I love dresses!), I have still been able to wear most of my regular dresses because dresses are obviously looser and have more room for growth than pants or my skirts.  However, my mom and her sister (my Aunt Kathy) have been hitting up the maternity section at Macy's and I am loving all the goods!  They just feel so nice :)
Aunt Kathy bought this little cutie for Jack's travel system!

Here's Jack's cousin, Shawnee, the Birthday Boy!
How I'm feeling...
I guess I got a little ahead of myself by saying I felt GREAT before because now, I've almost backtracked to the 1st trimester symptoms.  I do have more energy during the day, but last week and this week, I have been feeling waaaaay nauseas and have gotten sick several times.  We went to dinner for Shawnee's birthday last Friday (he's 6...YIKES!) and I could not eat :(  Wahhhhhhh!  That has been happening quite a bit here recently so double boo.  I guess I jinxed myself!  

I've also been having heartburn that just. will. not. quit.  Monday night, B went to the UK vs. Morehouse game and I almost called him to take me to the hospital because I was in such pain...in my stomach, NOT in Jack's area.  It was awful!  And it was NOT heartburn...the best I could describe it to Brad was that it was like two elephants were fighting in my stomach, trying to push one another out...it was beyond terrible and like nothing I've EVER experienced since the week I had my gallbladder out!  Crazy!  I took Zantac which gave absolutely NO relief, but my Phenergan actually knocked me out and I was better yesterday for my day off...just nauseas.

My sore mouth is alllllll good in this hood now!  Guess it heard my dissatisfaction and it got itself regulated.  My lips are not even chapped like they were...HOLLLLERRR!!!  However, my drainage is still here and I constantly feel like I have to blow my nose or get out some nasty phlegm, but we're all good...that's a minor discomfort and I'm actually used to it by now. Yummy, yes?!?  I know you LOVE hearing that.  Awesome. 

Cravings/ Aversions
I've been CONSTANTLY drinking this "pink punch" that I learned the recipe for from my friend and former co-worker at GSE, Maegan.  She would have it at every shower we had for people at school and it was so good!  Well, I have been making it for myself in a little pitcher since I cannot have any "adult beverage" treats to wind down my day and it has been just delightful!  It is raspberry sorbet mixed with frozen pink lemonade from concentrate and Sprite Zero.  It. is. so. stinking. yummy!  I call it, "preggo punch" and no, if you come over, I will not share!  Tee-hee :)  Well, maybe if you're nice :)

MOOD:
Pretty good, despite the raging heartburn!  The students are apparently ready for a break though because they have been CcRrAaZzYyyyyyyy to say the least!  I love them endlessly and unconditionally, but wowza, momma needs a BREAK, fo' 'sho! Thanksgiving is ONLY 2 weeks away!!!  Hollllllerrrrr.

PS, I think I have also been keeping a sane face seeing as how the geniuses at "Babies-'R'-Us" deleted (yes, deleted) my entire registry after my mom and I spent almost 3 hours getting everything in order and registered a couple of weeks ago.  B. Thomas had to give them a nice "lashing" on Saturday because they most definitely would NOT want to deal with me.  However, they would not fix it and now we have to go register...AGAIN.  Grrrrrrrr.  HOWEVER, it was the craziest thing...when we were in the store dealing with that mess, I was complaining that there is only cute owl stuff for girls.  Well, my friends Lucy and Beth must have somehow been listening because that very day, I got two different pictures of owl bedding for boys!!!  Thank goodness for such sweet friends!  Lu and Bethany, I love you dearly and thank you for thinking of sweet Baby Jack and his picky momma!

BABY JACK:
This week, Jack is almost 5 inches long and is the size of an avocado and weighs about 3 1/2 ounces.  His limbs are now much more developed with his legs and arms being much longer and are becoming more controlled in movement.  His skeletal system is developing more as calcium is deposited onto the bones.  Over the next couple of weeks, his weight will double!  I haven't been able to feel him kick just yet, but I am so excited about it happening soon!  

Baby Jack has even started to grow toenails!  Also, his tiny heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day!  
I got this hat for Jack yesterday!  Isn't IT precious?!?  I know it's early, but now he has something for next fall!


My BFF, Beth, found this bedding on www.babybedding.com and well, this is what I want for Jack's nursery!