Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in review

so 2012 was an interesting one...
it has been one of the longest and most challenging years of my life.
despite the challenges, though,
it was an incredible year and i wouldn't change a thing.

now this year is going to be spectacular.
bring it on.

in january we had just moved to tampa and i got lost every time i drove by myself and would end up crying in a parking lot somewhere.

in february bennett took me to st. augustine for a surprise birthday trip, i saw the civil wars live, and i began my new job as an art teacher.

in march my mom and little sister came to visit and we went to disney world. then we went to nashville for my spring break and i didn't want to leave.

in april we spent a lot of time at the beach. i was pretty homesick and the sun and waves made it a little better.

in may we signed the lease to rent our little house. a week later we found out i was going to be a mama and bennett was going to be a papa. we were terrified and over the moon excited. we also celebrated our first wedding anniversary.

in june i finished teaching and then the morning sickness kicked in. my little sister came to visit and i puked a lot.

in july i stayed in bed a lot thanks to constant nausea. my belly started growing and we announced our news to the world.

in august stephanie came to visit. i started teaching again and my nausea went away. we got to see our baby girl for the first time and had a party to reveal her gender. bennett felt her kick for the first time.

in september i started feeling homesick again and took a weekend trip to nashville by myself. it was wonderful. i also made a friend. she makes tampa a happier place.

in october i took bennett to see andrew bird for his birthday. baby girl loved it and danced in my belly the whole time. my older sister got married in nashville and had an incredibly beautiful wedding.

in november my friends threw me a beautiful baby shower in nashville. i was in another wedding and then spent thanksgiving in nashville with my family. also my belly got huge.

in december i was thrown another beautiful baby shower, this time by bennett's family. i finished teaching and we had my first christmas away from my family, and our last christmas as just the 2 of us.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

38 weeks

it's hard to believe that baby girl could be here any day now.
we have everything ready.
car seat installed
clothes washed
bags for the birthing center packed...
all we have to do is wait. 

i'll be 38 weeks tomorrow.
the birthing center doesn't do internal checks until i go into labor
so i have no idea if i'm progressing at all
(which is a good thing so i don't get my hopes up)
but i just have a feeling she'll be here sooner rather than later.

come on baby girl.
we can't wait to meet your sweet face!

Monday, December 24, 2012

christmas eve

                          Source: via Jenny on Pinterest

merry christmas eve!
this is my first christmas away from my family
so it's a little bitter-sweet.
it's hard to be so far away from them
but it's also nice to have this time with bennett
to prepare for baby girl
who could be here any day now!

i hope everyone has a relaxing holiday
filled with plenty of family, food, and love.

Friday, December 21, 2012

full term and full of germs.

today baby is full term.
today i am also sick as a dog and stuck in bed.

it's crazy to think that at any time now
there will be a tiny baby sleeping right across from me.
i'll lie in bed and listen to her breathing
and everything will be right in the world.

i just really hope she waits a bit longer
so i can beat off these germs i caught from the kiddos at school.

i mean seriously.
WHY did i have to get sick now!?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

christmas cheer around these parts

1. ornament made from last year's tree stump
2. grandma's old ornament hangers
3. garland lights, all night every night
4. DIY waterless snow globe
5. bringing home the tree
6. garland
7. all decorated

Saturday, December 1, 2012

december 1st means...

today is december 1st.
usually on this day i'm so excited because 
only 25 more days until christmas!
start the advent calendar!
it's officially christmas time!

but this year is a little different.
of course i'm excited for christmas
but guys...
i'm having a baby next month.
i can officially say that.
and it's slightly terrifying but mostly awesome.

so to celebrate we're going out today to not only buy a christmas tree
but also get everything i need for my birthing center bag.

i just can't believe how close we are to meeting this little girl.

happy december 1st.