Monday, August 27, 2012

Four Month Update!!

Hey guys!  Hope everyone is having a great week so far.  And for all the teachers out there, and parents of school kiddos, I hope you've kicked off the school year off with a bang!  I don't know if its the pregnancy hormones or my maternal instinct already kicking in, but I have really enjoyed the "new school year buzz" lately!  Our oldest niece started kindergarten and we are so excited for her to be in "big" school!  I even let the preggo hormones get the best of me and shed a few tears when she got her teacher assignment.  I mean, she's still kind of my baby, right?

I'm well into my second tri-mester now and man, I have to tell you that it's a GREAT feeling!  I thought I'd give you all a quick update on how things are going in Baby Smith's world...


How far along -  16 weeks, 3 days
 
Size -  Baby Smith is about the size of an avocado...about 4.5 inches long.  I picked up an avocado at the store on Sunday and showed Greg.  We both couldn't believe our little Coconut has gotten so big over the last few weeks!

Maternity clothes - Gradually moving into maternity pants for sure.  The "belly bands" just aren't cutting it any more and the maternity pants are a heck of a lot more comfortable!  So why suffer?  I'm all about being comfortable these days!

Weight gain -At my doctors appointment last week, I had gained a total of 6 lbs.  The doc says this is normal, but it's so hard to see that number go up when you don't quite look pregnant.  I'm hoping to "pop" soon so I can get past this "is she fat or is she pregnant" stage.  Now that I feel like I'm getting my energy back, I'm really trying to fit in some sort of a work out every afternoon, so I can keep the weight gain at bay.

Stretch marks - So far, so good...I've been pretty religious with the cocoa butter, but I hear they're more genetic than anything.

Sleep -I'm definitely ready for bed every night and not having trouble falling asleep, but I am still waking up at least once to use the restroom.  And I almost always wake up before the alarm goes off...ugh!  I am trying to teach myself to sleep on my side since I'm such a stomach sleeper.  And let me tell you...it's not working out well.  I think I'm going to have to cave and buy one of those preggo sleep pillows.

Movement -Not yet, but word on the street is that I should start feeling "bubbles" in the next couple weeks.  I'm definitely on alert for them!

Food I'm loving - BEEF!  Pretty much in any way, shape, or form.  I've had quite the sweet tooth, but not chocolate like I typically enjoy.  I always want sugary candy...Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, you name it!  I can hardly check out at Michael's or Hobby Lobby without buying a package of candy.  I mean, everyone goes to the craft store to feed their candy habit, right?

Food I'm hating - Not much.  Chicken isn't my favorite, but my aversion was much worse during the first tri.  

Symptoms - I have been very lucky to have minimal symptoms.  Sometimes, other than the regular ole bloat, I don't even feel necessarily pregnant.  I have started to have a lot of tightening across my lower belly; especially when I workout.

Gender - We find out in exactly 2 weeks!  And I seriously am like a kid waiting on Santa Clause!  I'm thinking I need to make a countdown calendar to mark off every day.  Who am I kidding?  I've got a countdown app on my iPhone...hee hee!  I'm a dork!

What I'm looking forward to - A bunch of things!  The gender ultrasound, for sure!  Also, I'm looking forward to sharing the names we've narrowed it down to.  And finally, I'm so looking forward to starting the nursery :-)

What I miss - Lunch meat and running.  I am not a Subway person, but the Subway commercials look sooo good!!

Emotions - I'm totally emotional!  I cry over everything from "Say Yes to the Dress" to my niece going to kindergarten (see above).
 
So, as I mentioned above, we get to find out the gender in two weeks on Greg's Birthday!  We have some big plans in store for that day and I promise to share as soon as it all goes down.  
 
Until then, I hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend!  We have plans to spend it with my family at the lake.  I can't wait for our last summer hoo-rah as a kidless couple!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rollin' on a River

So, let's just say I am now an expert pregnant Bachelorette Party attender/ Designated Driver :-)  This past weekend, we celebrated Bachelorette Party #2 for my future sister-in-law, Laura!  A group of nine of us gathered in New Braunfels, Texas to enjoy girl time, a float down the river, and some great music. 
 
My friend, Kristina, and I got there early on Friday to get the condo decorated up for the celebration!  As you can tell, I'm really enjoying my new Silhouette Cameo!  I cut out all sorts of letters for the decor!  Kristina brought the cutest panty and bra cookies that she had made in Houston!  I made etched wine glasses with all the girls' initials as well as water bottles to take on the river.
 
Bachelorette Banner
 
 
Cutie cookies!!


Favors for the ladies
The beautiful Bachelorette after she arrived


Saturday, we got up and after enjoying breakfast, headed to the Guadelupe River.  The sun was nice and hot and the water was oh so cold! 
Kristina, Laura & Holly
My other sister-in-law, Raquel
Me & Mallory


 The Bride-to-Be, Laura
 
When we finally got off the river, we went to return our tubes and happened to see country music singer, Gary Allan! We had tickets to his show later that night, but he happened to be getting ready to tube down the river before his show. He was so nice and took a picture with the Bachelorette party.
us with Gary Allan
Later that night, we all got "dolled" up for a night out.  We first hit up Gruene River Grill in Gruene, Tx for dinner and then headed out to Whitewater Ampitheater for the Gary Allan concert.  (If you have never been to Gruene, I suggest you make a detour there some time.  It's the coolest little town with so much Texas charm.)  And that is when lightning struck, literally!  When we left the restaurant, and there was a major lightning storm going on.  Unfortunately, by the time we made it to the concert, the bottom fell out.  The rain was coming down so hard, we could barely see the road in front of us.  So, after a quick meeting of the minds at the local gas station, we decided to forgo the concert and find a local watering hole.  We headed to Tavern on the Gruene and enjoyed some live music there.  We were all sad to not see our friend, Gary Allan, but I think with the storm like it was, it was by far the best decision for us.  And we all ended up having a great time at Tavern!
 

Laura ready to hit the town


All the gals at dinner
Laura and her Maids-of-Honor, Jessica & Holly


Me & Raquel

Laura & Lindsey

 
We all had such a fun weekend celebrating with Laura and can't wait for her big day in October!



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Good Times, Good Friends & Good Wine

Well, for me you can leave out the wine part :-)

This past weekend, we headed to Texas Wine Country in Fredricksburg to celebrate Kristina's last "fling" as a single gal.  For those of you who do not know, Kristina is marrying Greg's best friend, Terrence, in just a few weeks.  Greg is excited to be the best man in their wedding and I can't wait for Kris to be married into our little group!

Kristina's bachelorette weekend was planned by her fabulous Matron-of-Honor, Meredith, whom you may remember from her gorgeous wedding just a few months back.  Meredith did a great job organizing it all!  The house she found was perfect!!  It was so cute with a huge back porch and a wonderful covered outdoor kitchen area where we spent lots of our time.

Wasn't this little sign at the house so cute??


Friday night we hung out and visited until pretty late.  Saturday morning, we were up and at 'em early to get on the road for a winery tour.  The party bus picked us up at noon and the party was in full effect!  

The beautiful Bachelorette



The girls ready to party
 
We visited the Torre di Pietra Vineyard first where all the girls enjoyed a wine tasting.  I have to say that this was the first time so far during my pregnancy that I have been jealous of the "party".  I am such a wine lover and have actually never visited a winery, so to watch a tasting from the sidelines was quite a challenge, but so worth it for my little Coconut!  Luckily, I had two other pregnant friends to keep me sober company ;-)

Ashleigh, Jamie & me "chaperoning" the ladies
Next, we made a stop by Becker Vineyards for another tasting.  They had a fun little gift shop where I scooped up on lavender bath products (Becker also grows lavender along with grapes).  

Me & my future sis-in-law, Laura
Michelle & Britney
Me & The Future Mrs. Thames


Overall, the weekend was a wonderful trip to the hill country!  Now we can look forward to the wedding in just a few weeks!  I can't wait!!  Tomorrow, the guys leave for Vegas for Terrence's bachelor party, so let's say a little collective prayer that they don't party too hard and come back with all their money! 

Simply Smith

The Mr. & Mrs.

Rhett

Miss Prissy

Vegas
 
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