Monday, April 30, 2012

Bark for the Cure

Robert and I took Caesar and Henry to participate in the Bark for the Cure event on Saturday.  Fiona still isn't comfortable in large crowds of other dogs and Shishi doesn't care a bit about going for a walk, so we took the boys!

It was really fun to see the different dogs, huge mastiffs and Saint Bernards, hound dogs, teeny-tiny little dogs, and some were wearing headbands, tutus or t-shirts.

As you can see, ours didn't "dress up", but we did get pink bandannas for them from the Milk Bone booth.

We were part of the team from my work. Most of the others did the 5K race, but I can't make it more than 1 mile without a pee break, so that wasn't happening.

My co-worker, Sarah, and her husband, Dylan, brought their dog, Jax, and walked with us. 

Honestly, a 1K is kinda lame.  We went part way around the parking lot at the mall and then it was over.  It felt like we just got started! 

Robert was all, "I got out of bed for that??!" :P

Yeah, but it's all for a good cause!  Save the boobies!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bentonville Baby Shower

This past weekend was another baby shower weekend and it was super fun!  On Friday I drove to Kansas City and back in order to pick up my grandmother (mom's mom), so she could attend the baby shower.

While I was in KC, I met up with my dad, step-mom Joan, my other grandmother (dad's mom), my brother Chris, sister Nicki, nephew Luke, and brother-in-law Kris, for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.

My sister, Nicki, is also pregnant with a baby girl and is due May 2.  I was so glad that she had not gone into labor early so that we could get some photos together of us carrying our girls!

(Note: We didn't plan on wearing black, that was just a coincidence.) 

After lunch I picked up my other grandmother and we headed back home to Bentonville.  It was a long day of driving for me, but it sure was fun to see my family since they weren't able to come down for the shower.  I'm a week past being allowed to travel so this has to be the last trip I take until after July.

The following day my mom, my brother, Steve, and his wife, Heather, along with their two babies, Josie and Forrest, came to town. 

Sunday was the shower and it was really fun and beautifully put together.  It was thrown by Robert's sister, Courtney, step-mom, Sharon, and our soon-to-be sister in law, Chelsea.  They really put a lot of work into it and it meant so much to me. 

Here's a pic of Courtney, me and Chelsea:

The details:

The happy parents:

I look taller than Robert here, because I was wearing heels!  I thought I needed them with my dress, however, that will be the last time I do that before this baby arrives.

Kylie got a bunch of really sweet little outfits and keepsake memorabilia, including her first Bible with her name engraved on the front of it.  After this weekend, we have a bunch more pieces in place of the stuff we will need when she is born.

I honestly don't know how people prepare for a baby without such wonderful family and friends around to each help out a little bit.  Babies require so much stuff!  I had no idea just how much.

It's amazing to experience such excitement about Kylie and the generosity that everyone has shown us.  We are truly blessed and Baby Kylie is being born into a family and network of friends that love her so much already.  What a lucky little girl!

A huge THANK YOU again to Courtney, Chelsea and Sharon for the wonderful shower and many, many thanks to the friends and family who celebrated with us on Sunday.  We love you guys!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Robert's Birthday

Yesterday was Robert's birthday and I meant to do a birthday post for him on the actual day, but I failed to do that.  Robert, the lucky guy, has been enjoying his main birthday present since the beginning of March.  

Robert had been needing a truck, because of the line of work he is in.  We had talked about looking for one for a while.  Then we found out that we were expecting a baby and Robert's dreams of a truck vanished.

I told him time and again that we could still find something affordable for him, but he wouldn't consider it with a baby on the way.

So I started truck shopping with hopes of finding the perfect truck for his birthday.  I enlisted the help of his best friend, Adam, his little brother, Tyler, and our friend Ricky and the four of us looked for a good truck.

I had found a silver Dodge Ram 4x4 that had low miles and was clean and reasonably priced and I was planning on signing the paperwork for it the next day.

Then Tyler called me and said that there was a truck being traded in that I needed to come look at right away, so I went to the Cadillac dealership to check it out.

It was PERFECT!!

The doctor that owned the truck was still there in the dealership signing the papers on his new Cadillac, so we went out back to look at the truck.  He had kept it in immaculate condition.  It was so clean that you could eat off the wheel wells. 

It's a GMC Sierra 2500 HD Duramax Diesel 4x4 with leather interior, seat warmers, steering wheel warmer, sprayed on bed liner, toolbox, fuzz buster, on-star, xm radio...everything and more that Robert could possibly want in a truck.

I knew this was the perfect truck and drove it home at lunch that day.

Robert and Adam were in the back yard working on the dog house and I went back there and told Robert I had an early birthday surprise for him.

His jaw dropped to the floor when he saw the truck and his mouth stayed open for the next hour or so.  The look on his face was priceless!

We traded in his Subaru and I signed the paperwork (I had gotten pre-qualified to make it quick) and the next day the truck was his!

Robert, being a typical guy, went out and got the truck stuck in the mud the next day. 


He and Adam had to walk 3 miles back to our house to get Adam's truck to pull it out. I was so glad I wasn't in that truck with them, because I would have been pissed off! LOL!  But it was ok hearing about it after the fact because I knew it turned out fine.

Since Robert's big birthday present came way early, I did end up getting him some smaller stuff on the actual day, along with an ice cream cake (NOT a cookie cake) and we had friends over for dinner that night.

Happy Birthday, Robert!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

27 Weeks, Third Trimester

I am 27 weeks along and our sweet Baby Kylie is now the size of a cucumber, 15 inches, 2.5 lbs, according to my What to Expect app.

See, here we are again with veggie size issues, just like the sweet potato did to us earlier.  Call me "crazy", but I'm quite certain that this cucumber is smaller than the eggplant was at week 25.  And there is no way in hell this thing weighs 2.5 lbs.  My guess is the app is referring to the length of the cucumber, rather than the weight.

And that presents another issue all cucumber isn't 15 inches long, it's 9.5 inches, because I wasn't about to be the pregnant chick raising eyebrows at the grocery store by whipping out my tape measure on the cucumbers. 

That would be weird.

I found both these regular cucumbers and some super long fancy gourmet cucumbers, but the fancy ones looked too long (and cost about four times as much), so I took my chances on the regular one.


I'm now officially in the third trimester with 13 weeks to go!  After 28 weeks (next week), if Kylie were to be born she would have a 95% chance of survival.  That sure brings a sense of relief!

Not that I am planning an early arrival, as she needs to bake a while longer, but it sure is nice to know our baby has a fighting chance at this point. 

I feel accomplished.

Rest assured, Kylie won't get her eviction notice for another 12 weeks and then she will have 7 days to vacate the premises or risk being forcibly removed.

Hopefully, she will comply. 

As for the pregnancy itself, here is an overall update to cap off the second trimester:

At 27 weeks I feel about like this:

And yes, I realize I will only get bigger over the next 13 weeks, but it's all for a good cause, so it's cool.  A girl I work with stopped by my office last week just to tell me she thinks I'm a really beautiful pregnant lady and she wanted me to know.

Score a couple of points for her!  That was super nice and made me feel less like Jabba the Hut and more like a glowing mommy-to-be. 

My feet swell from time to time, but not every day.  I can and do still make my 2 mile walk as long as there is a bathroom break at the 1 mile mark.  Robert and I are doing Race for the Cure in 2 weeks.  I'll be 29 weeks at that point!  We're just doing the 1K dog walk, or "Bark for the Cure" component of the race, not the 5K.

Sleeping is becoming increasingly difficult.  It would be easier if I could find a comfortable position and be able to stay there, but Kylie likes to have dance parties on my bladder during the night, so I rarely make it more than 1.5 - 2 hours without a trip to the loo.

My main craving for the past couple of months has been intensely focused on white cake with white icing.  I bake a cake from time to time just to have some around for first breakfast.  This has not been a good thing for Robert.  I'm trying to control myself for his sake, but sometimes it's hard!  Those of you closest to me know that I've never even come close to being a sweet eater, so for me this is an unusual craving.

My nesting instinct is starting to kick in. Thank God!

As for aches and pains, I have just one painful spot directly below my ribs on the right side.  I've had a pain there that comes and goes and seems to be aggravated by sitting, but it mostly goes away while standing.  Sometimes it's really intense, other times a mere dull ache.  The doctor isn't sure whether it's a swollen or out of place rib or a gall bladder issue. 

I vote "rib". 

The biggest challenge I currently have is getting out of the bathtub after a nice long soak.  Previously my challenge was painting my toes, but I had to give that up over a month ago.  I'm not ready to give up the bathtub just yet, so we may have to rig up a lift of some sort.

I'm kind of kidding.

As my grandmother would say, "That's all I know that's fit to print."  So, as a parting gift, here is a picture of my delightful husband with the cucumber.

Gotta love that Robert! ;)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

She has a NAME!

Baby Girl Brown finally has a name!  Well, a first name anyway; we're still working on the middle name.  

When we first found out we were expecting, we downloaded a Baby Name app onto my iPhone and Robert and I took turns going through the app and marking names we like. 

Before we found out that the baby was a girl, we had a boy name all picked out, because we thought it was going to be a boy.  We had not really given a lot of thought to girl names at that point.  

Then the reveal party happened and holy crap, it's a girl!  Back to the drawing boards we went.

We whipped the app back out and took turns adding girl names for a while until the list turned into something ridiculous and I finally told Robert it was "last call" for adding new names.

I put the names we had onto a spreadsheet so we could look at them more easily.

We had 104 names picked out.  Geez...

I gave a copy of the list to Robert and we both went through on our own and weeded out ones we didn't like.  I got my list down to 20 and Robert narrowed his down to around 35ish.  

We went out for dinner one night with our lists and highlighters in tow and we compared lists to see what we had in common.  That got us down to about 11 names.  

We talked about all of them, looked up meanings, sang the "banana-fana" song and managed to walk away from dinner with a "top five" list in hand.

Over the next few weeks we got our list down to our three favorite names and we talked about all of them regularly, but couldn't really decide what to go with.

Finally, on Friday night I made a deal with Robert.  I told him that if he let me pick the one I like best from our top three, then he could choose the middle name from the agreed-upon list of middle names that we have picked out.

He agreed, so....

is now the name of the baby formally known as Baby Girl Brown.

Kylie is the feminine version of Kyle.  The Yiddish meaning of Kyle is victorious.  Kylie is also derived from the Aboriginal word for boomerang.  Hopefully, combining all that means that she will bounce back quickly from anything and be victorious in whatever she decides to do. 

Go, baby, go!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

25 Weeks and the Little Rock Shower

25 weeks along, 15 weeks to go and the sweet baby girl is the size of an eggplant, 9.2 inches, 2 lbs.  She's getting so big! (And so am I...)

I mean, an eggplant is quite sizable!  I can't believe how much our little girl has grown already.  The app on my iPhone also says my uterus is the size of a soccer ball.  Believe that, y'all!  I totally look like I'm smuggling one up my shirt. 

I have to figure out how to make eggplant parmesan with this thing.  I've never bought one before, so now that I have it I better put it to good use!

Robert and I went to Little Rock this past weekend for our LR baby shower, which was thrown by four of my favorite lovely ladies, Kristen, Tammy, Alisa and Karissa.  These girls really went above and beyond to make it a fantastic party.

Baby Girl Brown made out like a little bandit. She's got all kinds of cute new outfits, some bedding, lots of diapers and wipes, a huge awesome piggy bank, books, keepsakes, a swing, room decorations, etc.  Robert and I are so amazed at the generosity and creativity we experienced!

Our friend Ricky took photos during the shower, so I'll post those to the blog as soon as I have them.  It was really nice of him to do that for us.  Ricky also brought Robert beer as his "man gift". 

While I don't yet have shower pics, I do have a photo of the "Thank You" gifts that I made for the girls.  I thought these turned out pretty cool: 

I bought plain white mugs and painted them with a kind of ceramic paint for glazed ceramic, then baked them to set the paint. 

I filled the mugs with biscottis and packaged them with coin purses that had each girls' initial on the front and a Starbucks gift card inside. 

We really had a lot of fun seeing my friends (and my sweet mommy) in Little Rock.  We had not been back there since I moved to Bentonville at the end of April last year.  Some have visited us here, but many I hadn't seen in soooo long.  I love the Bentonville area, but I sure do miss my friends!  I wish I could pack them all up and bring them up here with me.  I would if I could! :)