Thursday, November 29, 2012


want to know something crazy?
in a little under 4 weeks i'll be full term.
as in,
this baby could be here so freakin soon.
...we have only one pack of diapers
and her crib is full of books, baby things, and laundry.

as i write this post
she has something lodged under my ribs
and the entire right side of my belly is doing the wave.
i am starting to wonder if i have a baby in here
or something out of a sci-fi movie.
even if she comes out as an alien i think i'll still like her.

and i gained 12 pounds in just 2 weeks.
so there's that.

happy thursday.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


i'm thankful for waking up cuddled next to my husband this morning
with a hiccuping baby girl in my belly,
for the crisp nashville air,
for amazing friends that make me feel like i never left home
and for new tampa friends that make living far away a little easier,
for cranberry ginger-ale
and chocolate with sea salt,
for our incredible parents and families that make sure we have everything we need,
for my birthing center and midwives
who are helping to prepare me for this exciting adventure of childbirth,
and for this amazing life i have
where no matter how rough and uncertain things get
i am loved
i am happy
and i wouldn't change a thing.

happy thanksgiving, everyone.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


today i spent the morning with the 2 adorable kiddos i used to nanny
ate lunch with my mom at my favorite taco spot satco
spent some time with a dear friend and her sweet baby boy
and now i'm going to take a nap 
before i go pick bennett up from the airport.
i've got a healthy kicking baby in my belly
christmas music is playing
and tomorrow is thanksgiving eve.

could i be happier?
absolutely not.

happy tuesday.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


                          Source: via Jenny on Pinterest

at the moment i'm sitting at the airport waiting to board my flight to nashville.
my last trip home before baby girl's arrival.
it's a very strange feeling.

i don't think i've really comprehended the fact
that next time i go to nashville i'll have a tiny one in tow.
i mean, 
how can one possibly realize how much their life is about to change?

next time i hop on a plane
i'll have a sweet baby girl cuddled close to me in her sling.
my home will be a strange place to her.
the place i grew up in
and took my first steps in
will be foreign to her.

and we won't just be visiting my parents.
they'll be her grandparents.
and my sisters will be her aunts.
and i'll get to show her all of my favorite places.
and she'll just be this tiny human being taking it all in through her big eyes.

and when she gets older i'll tell her about my childhood
and show her the creek where we would catch crawdads
and the hill where we'd go sledding
and the bushes where i'd pick branches of honeysuckle.
and then i'll show her things like the park where her mama and papa went on their first date
and where they held hands for the first time
and kissed for the first time.

i can't wait to show this baby girl the world.
show her all of the beautiful things that make my heart so happy.
i can't wait.

Monday, November 12, 2012

baby girl

the 2 x's are on her eyes, and that's her little hand and arm by her face!!!

on friday we had our second ultrasound
to check a couple spots on my placenta that showed up on my 20 week ultrasound.
this was hopefully my last one
since the spots have gone down half in size
but we'll have to wait and see what my midwife says.

i can't even put into words how amazing is was to see our little girl.
last time we saw her she was so tiny
and just looked like a skeleton.
but this time,
this time she looked like an actual baby!
she was sleeping with her little hand by her face
and she woke up and moved around a couple of times.
my heart melted into a puddle.
we decided it looks like she has my eyes and eyebrows
and apparently she's got some looong legs.

i just can't wait to meet her.
i can't believe that in 9 short weeks
maybe sooner
maybe later
she'll be in my arms.

and i think we decided on a name.
i can't wait to share it with the world once we meet her and make sure it fits.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

nashville, i love you

i had the best weekend in nashville!
the shower was absolutely wonderful
i got to spend time with my family
and i got to enjoy autumn to the fullest.

i can't wait to post more about the shower soon.
until then,
some instagram photos...

Friday, November 2, 2012

baby shower

i'm off to nashville again for the weekend.
(and no, i am definitely not complaining)
tomorrow is my very first baby shower 
and i am so excited!

stephanie, ellen, and karlie have been working so hard to put this thing together
and i feel so fortunate to have such amazing friends.
nashville here i come!