Friday, September 26, 2014

27 on the 27th

This Saturday, I will turn 27 on Sept. 27th. While I am excited about presents, grabbing lunch with some girlfriends and dinner with my folks that night, I am also kind of in denial about how old I am.

I realize that 27 is by no means over the hill but when I think about where my 17-year-old self thought I'd be at 27, I realize how wrong I was on some things, and how thankfully right I was about others.

I thought I'd be married... but without children. In fact, I used to think I didn't want kids at all, and look at me now pregnant with a second one on my 27th birthday. But, I wouldn't change it for the world.

I thought I'd be a writer at some fancy magazine. But boy, am I glad I was wrong about that. I seriously have never been so happy in a job as I am right now. While I would certainly enjoy making a little more money than I do, I am so proud to be working at my alma mater!

thought I would no longer be living in Edgecombe County. I always said I was getting out of here the first chance I got, but as I've gotten older I've realized what a blessing my little town is and I've loved watching it grow!

I thought I'd be married to the same guy I dated in high school and college. And thank God I was right about that one. I am so grateful to call Joshua my husband and happy that I get to raise two children with him.

I thought I'd be best friends with the exact same group of people. I was both wrong and right about this. There are some that I am still super close to that I was friends with at 17, some that I no longer speak to, and then there are friends that are brand new since then. I couldn't be happier with all my people!

Here's to some things going just the way you planned, and to those little changes that make all the difference!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

a glimpse

Josh and I had decided against getting a 4D ultrasound with Brody. While we enjoyed the amazing pics we got from Sawyer's 4D, we just couldn't imagine spending $150 when we are trying to save money right now.

Well, Monday my mama called and said "If I pay for a 4D, will you get one? I am getting so anxious to see his face!" So of course I immediately called my OB to see if 31.5 weeks was too far along for them to get a good shot of the baby with the 4D. Thankfully they said that while they prefer to do 4D's at 27 to 30 weeks (because of the amount of fluid and space available in your belly), they'd be happy to try and get some shots for me.... the next day at 8am.

So, yesterday morning we headed to Greenville OB and got to see Brody's face for the first time since our gender ultrasound at 18 weeks.

trying to hide behind his hand

his first duck face?

with his little fist by his mouth

Homie is already weighing in around 4 lbs and 11 oz at 32 weeks so he is looking like he will be a big ole boy (yikes) and I was measuring around 2 weeks ahead. While I want him to cook as long as he needs to, I will admit that I am mighty anxious to meet him, especially now that I know how big he might get....

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

70 to 41. Yes, 70.

This past Saturday, our East Carolina University Pirates spanked the University of North Carolina Tarheels 70 to 41. At one point our stadium was actually chanting "we want 70" before we brought the score up.

Sawyer joined us in tailgating (me and him came at 12:30p while everyone else started around 9:30a).

John's parents got a life-size Pirate and Sawyer was obsessed with it!
We also taught Sawyer the art of flip cup (with Sprite) #parentsoftheyear.

I tried two new recipes and they were awesome. I made Skinny Banana Nutella Dip with pie-crust dippers (next time, I'd probably just use Nilla Wafers) and Taco Crescents, however I did the taco crescents a little differently, so I'll be posting about that recipe soon!

Once we got into Dowdy Ficklen, Sawyer really enjoyed the pre-game show, watching the band, cheering for Pee Dee the Pirate and singing the fight song... but about 10 minutes into the first quarter he was done. I tried my best to get him to just go out with me and let Josh stay in and enjoy the game, but ohhh nooo homie was not about leaving his daddy.

Josh has a weird new tradition where he takes his shoes off during the warm-ups, such a weirdo

So, we got to see ECU's first touch-down, UNC's answering touch-down and then in the truck we went. Thankfully the first quarter lasted forever so when we made it home we got to watch the rest of the game on TV (which totally isn't the same) but better a Pirate at home than not a Pirate at all.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What I wish I could wear during the fall..

Fall weather always makes me happy because (in my opinion) boots & scarves make any outfit amazing. It's so easy to throw on a cardigan or scarf, or layer different patterns to make a blah outfit more awesome when the weather is cooler!

However... there are some fall outfits that I adore and wish I could wear but because of my body shape (not my current pregnant one, the regular, everyday curvy one) and because I am extraordinarily hot natured, I cannot. For example:

The buttoned-up oxford with a statement necklace outfit
I adore this look. A nice patterned button-up with a coordinating necklace is such a classic ensemble... if you don't have big boobs. If you're busty, those top three buttons are basically un-button-able, and gape open and cling on for dear life if you try. So therefore a statement necklace goes unseen, tucked under the collar of your button-up while you rock a camisole underneath with those buttons completely open.

The layered sweater over a button-up look
I sweat. A lot. And in the fall, it is still in the upper 60s usually in eastern NC. So this look and basically all layers are impossible for me because I get all sweaty & gross (which I wrote an entire post entitled Too Sweaty for Fashion about one time). Not to mention a bunch of layers makes me look very fluffy.

Because my hips are a little too wide for the vest to actually zip that the bottom unless I buy a giant one but then what's the point?  And again, a partially un-buttoned oxford underneath an open vest looks sloppy. 


Not only do I have hard time with big floppy fall hats but also those super cute scrunchy beanie things too. How do other people look so cute in hats and I feel like I look like I'm trying way too hard in them? Also, can I get this chic's hair and thigh gap?

Are there any fall looks you wish you could rock?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sawyer Weekend

On Oct. 11th and 12th, Josh, Sawyer & I are going to celebrate Sawyer Weekend.

With his reign as the only human child in our family coming to an end in November, we decided we needed to have a weekend devoted to just him, especially since he will soon be witnessing a lot of "oohing and ahhing" over a new baby brother in the near future. Two whole days of family time is just he needs, at some fun places just for him.

Our plan is to drive to Raleigh on Saturday, stopping first at Chik Fil'A for lunch (Sawyer's favorite) then hit SkyZone, a new trampoline park that just opened in Raleigh. Sawyer had a blast when his whole daycare went to Defy Gravity (another trampoline park) so we thought he'd have even more fun jumping with Josh, while I watch from the sidelines (jumping this baby out might ruin the weekend).

After our hour at SkyZone we'll check into our hotel in downtown Raleigh then grab some frozen yogurt (Sawyer's new favorite after discovering it in Hilton Head) and explore downtown before grabbing some dinner.

Sunday morning we'll get up and head to Marbles Kids Museum. I am super excited about this because while I have been to the museum a few times to catch some IMAX movies with my family, I've never actually been inside the exhibits. It is supposed to be awesome, and after looking at their website I feel confident Sawyer is going to adore it (especially the Pet Vet and On the Farm exhibits)

The best part? Sawyer has no idea. We plan on waking him up Saturday morning and not telling him anything about the weekend until we're about to leave. I think I am even more excited than he will be.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

a name and a nursery!

When we first found out we were having a boy, we had a lot of back and forth about what we would name him. We wanted something meaningful and not-that-common, but we really couldn't decide on a name we both liked.

We knew immediately we wanted "Scott"as a middle name after Josh's granddaddy Scott. But we couldn't decide on a name that went with it. We kind of settled on "Graham" at first, which is not only one of my favorite boy names, but also the name of a preacher who recently passed away that meant a lot to Josh's church and family. But when we put Graham Scott Edmondson together, it kind of sounded like a law firm. So we stepped back and tried again.

One day, I was sitting at my office working on the website when my page link kept linking back to ECU's school of medicine, called the Brody School of Medicine... and it hit me. How about Brody? While it might not be the name of a close family member or friend, it is a name from the university that we are so exceptionally proud to call our alma mater (and will hopefully be the name of school my sweet sissy attends for medical school).

So little nugget now has a name, Brody Scott Edmondson
Even though Sawyer still insists on calling him Rocky....

And on that note, here is Brody's nursery with links below to the DIY stuff!

Get it:
  Red "Ruff N Tuff Tic-Tac"
  Yellow Premiere Prints "Canopy Stripe"
  "On Track - Metropolis" by Jill McDonald
Recovered Bumpers
Crib Skirt

Monday, September 15, 2014

so many wins.

This weekend was full of winning moments. Not only did my ECU Pirates beat Virginia Tech, but I also had 2 baby showers and finished up my last craft for the nursery!

Bright and early Saturday morning (aka at 7am when Sawyer decided to get up), I finally got to work on re-covering Sawyer's old pirate bumper using this tutorial. I have been putting off making the bumpers because I was so scared to actually cut huge hunks from the fabric I ordered, I bet I measured each strip 10 times! No pics of the finished product yet because I ran out of the stupid ribbon I was using for the ties, so come back tomorrow for a full nursery & name reveal.

Saturday afternoon we went to Raleigh for a shower with our tailgate crew. Saturday also happened to be the ECU vs. Virginia Tech game, so even though the shower was supposed to start at 2pm, we ended up not opening gifts until 4:30-ish because we were so busy watching the game!

too busy watching the game for shower business

I did get some great gifts from our friends though and it was wonderful getting to watch such a high-stress game together. We managed to not get any pictures because we were so caught up with the Pirate win!

Sunday we had another shower, this one was at my church hosted by two of my best friends, Dana & Hope and Dana's mom, Mrs. Teresa. While we were calling the shower a "sprinkle" since we don't expect much with this being our second baby and the same gender as our first, our church family, family & friends were too sweet and loaded us with gifts! I spent several hours in the nursery last night putting away diapers, wipes, outfits & bottles! Forgive the quality of the pictures below, they were stolen from Facebook or taken with my horrible phone camera (note to self: stop forgetting your actual camera!)

my MIL, Vivian (with my niece Karlie), Hope, Mrs. Teresa, Me, Dana & my mama

Hope feeling me up putting on my corsage
so much food
the whole driver-side backseat was filled, even with the seat folded down! #blessed
Now that we've got the nursery basically done and all the stuff we could possibly need (save for a few things I need to pick up thanks to some awesome Target gift cards) we are ready for baby. Well ready, but not wanting him to come out for at least 7 weeks!

Friday, September 12, 2014

30 Weeks

I hit 30 weeks yesterday and I am a little bit in shock about it. This pregnancy has just flown by and I can hardly believe that in 10 weeks (or less) Sawyer is going to be a big brother! I haven't done a "pregnancy update" since 20 weeks, so I figured why not do one today?

How far along: 30 weeks

Baby's size: Apparently the size of a head of cabbage, however with this whole sugar issue, he might be a little bigger than most.

Weight gain: 7 pounds. So, this is weird. At the beginning of my pregnancy I lost a lot of weight between sickness and my fight with Gary the Gallbladder and now I am having to watch my carbs and sugars even more closely because of my border-line gestational diabetes status. So while this time last pregnancy I was holding strong at about 30 lbs heavier, I'm just now starting to slowly add some poundage.

disclaimer: I'd already eaten about 12 pieces of broccoli and 4 slices of apple before I took this pic, I promise I'm not starving myself or this baby.

Stretch marks: Oh yes. Like I said before, I had a plenty with Sawyer on my stomach and they haven't gone anywhere so I can't tell if there are new ones there or just the old ones showing up more.

Sleep: What is that? Getting comfortable and actually falling asleep hasn't been going so great since about 26 weeks. Then I frequent the bathroom at least 3 times during the night, so yeah....

Gender: baby boy

Best moment this week: Sawyer has really enjoyed feeling the baby move all around and actually seeing my belly go all crazy, his new favorite thing to say is "Rocky (which is what he insists on calling the baby, but is not baby's actual name) is having a party in there!" It makes me so happy to see Sawyer getting excited about being a big brother.

Looking forward to: TWO showers this weekend and a special weekend we are planning just for Sawyer as his last kind of "hoorah" as an only child haha, you'll hear more about that later!

Food cravings: Anything super sugary. I think this is just because I know I shouldn't eat candy but I have wanted gummy worms, Skittles, Tootsie Rolls and all kinds of candy. And now my mouth is legit watering...

Weirdest food I ate this week: I ate a spoon full of sprinkles. Like cake decorating sprinkles. I saw they were only 3g of a carbs for a tablespoon and I sure did measure exactly that and savor the sweetness.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really, if I get too hungry I still get nauseous but other than that, I'm good!

Labor signs: Nope, thank goodness. Hold on for at least 7 more weeks little nugget!

Symptoms: My hips have been bothering me big time lately if I sit too long, so I have been really trying to get up and move every hours at work. And the swelling in my ankles and feet has started, but nothing too crazy.

Workouts: Does chasing after  3-year-old count?

What I miss: Not having to pee every 10 minutes. Between my high blood sugar, hormones, this giant baby mashing my bladder, and drinking around 100 oz. of water a day, I am making constant trips to the bathroom. The admin assistant in our office suggested just moving my desk in there.

Things that suck: My nose has started spreading across my face, which I do not like. Also, people making dumb pregnant comments. Word to the wise - never comment on a pregnant woman's size. Ever. How hard it is to pick up Sawyer sucks too, he is so tall and heavy that I just don't have a lot of room to hold him!

Things that don't suck: Having Sawyer & Josh kiss both me and my belly every morning when I leave the house. It makes me tear up almost every time.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Leaps of Faith

I am not the absolute bravest person. I am terrified of movies like The Ring and I roll my windows down when I go over bridges just in case I happen to crash and go over the edge into the water. But two times in my life I had big decisions to make, gave them to God, and had faith in his calling for me.

The first big decision I made that required some major faith and prayer was transferring after my freshman year of college to a new school. As you know if you have been reading my blog long, I am a very proud Pirate and East Carolina University alum (and employee now), but I didn't start out that way.
Proud Pirate
As a senior in high school, ECU was not even on my radar, not because it wasn't a great school but because I had always wanted to get away from home and ECU was 30 minutes down the road. When I got wait listed at my school of choice, UNC-Wilmington, I was devastated. I pushed myself crazy hard to get all As my senior year and took the SAT a 3rd time to get off that list and it worked! But then I got to UNCW... And didn't really like it. While I loved my roommate and made some great friends, I just didn't feel passionate about my school or like I really fit in. I spent most of my time away from campus on the beach or in my room, and my grades showed it since I earned a. 1.56 GPA my freshman year. I actually spent most of my weekends at ECU (where I swore up and down I'd never end up) with Josh and his group of friends .

I loved the atmosphere of the university and how PROUD everyone was to be part of the Pirate nation. When it came time to decide on classes for the next year of school, I had no idea what to do. I didn't want people to think I was a failure and couldn't hang in Wilmington, nor did I want people to think I was going to ECU just to be with Josh (even though he only had one more year there), So I prayed about it. I asked God to show me the path to take, and he did. When I opened the homepage at ECU one day, there was a story about some cool short stories that were published by some English majors and I not only decided to apply to the school but also change my major to English and communications (instead of marketing and Spanish). And that was all she wrote.

Another time I leaped with faith involved changing jobs. While I was a reporter for a group of small weekly papers, I started looking for other positions. I enjoyed writing but the $9/hr pay and the long hours of meetings and events weren't really my cup of tea.

I remember being so excited about this edition because I had two stories AND two awesome photos on the front page
I got interviews at 2 local daily newspapers and was offered the job at both places... But as I was on the phone listening to the voicemail from the editor at one paper, I got an email alerting me of an open position in the school system from which I graduated (ECPS) being on the OTHER side of the communications world, preparing press releases, designing marketing materials, and coordinating events. I immediately felt like it was a sign from God saying "doesn't this sound more like what you want to do?".

I turned down both jobs at the newspapers without even an interview lined up at ECPS, but I knew it was the path he meant for me and I got the job 3 weeks later. I stayed at ECPS for three years, through budget crises, a major eye-opening student death, and even survived 5 different superintendents. When I left the district last summer, I knew that while I went through a lot there, ECPS really prepared me a career in communications (even if some of the lessons I learned were learned the hard way).

I know that without my time at the school system and without transferring colleges, I would never be here in my dream job as a director of marketing at East Carolina.