Tuesday, August 31, 2010

da bump: half-way point

I hit the 20 week mark last week. 
Feeling great but definitely looking more & more pregnant.

 @ 20 weeks

Bump Progression:
@ 18 weeks
@ 16 weeks

Monday, August 30, 2010

Nesting: Guest room sneak peek

We're busy getting ready for all of Preston's visitors.
He wants his guests to be cozy and comfortable.

Just a few more things to add before the big reveal.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

happy birthday to...

my MawMaw.

image from here

love you, love you, love you.

Friday, August 27, 2010

My fall favorites

Fall is absolutely, hands-down, my most favorite time of the year.  My birthday takes place in the fall (October 31st for those who want to mark it on your calendar!), and fall means that overeating on turkey and pecan pie Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner.  And boy do I look forward to some cooler weather... I'm a hot mess here!

I love fall colors especially when it comes to nail polish. My favorite fall/winter color is...

You Don't Know Jacques by OPI
image from here

I love the smell of fall most of all. My favorite fall candle (going on 3 years) is...
Leaves by Slatkin & Co available at Bath and Body Works
image from here
I may have already started burning one even though it's still 100 degrees here.

Speaking of the holidays, I've already been told that I should not travel after 28 weeks which means that I won't be heading home for the holidays this year. It sure is a bittersweet feeling. I have never missed a Thanksgiving or Christmas with my family at my grandparents' house in all my 30 years.  I'm trying to work on an arrangement that involves my aunt meeting Tony halfway between here and Lufkin with a plate of food and an entire pie for baby and me on Thanksgiving day. Am I spoiled or what?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Preston Update

Many of you have asked if we have any more news from the doctors on Preston's condition and we don't.  I have follow-up appointments next week with both my regular OB and the perinatologist. We don't see the pediatric cardiologist again until later in September.

On a more personal note, Preston's movements have become more dramatic and noticeable the past few days. That fluttering...it's gone.  It's more like jabs and kicks these days, but I LOVE it.  It's the reassurance I need.  Tony was finally able to feel a few of those jabs last night as Preston decided it was time to wake up just before we went to bed.

image from here

As for Tony and I, well, we are good. Our long weekend together in the Texas hill country was just what we needed to regroup and refresh ourselves. I have good days and bad days. Of course there are the days I completely break down and cry or just throw a temper tantrum.  Not sure how much of that is a result of my raging hormones or just fear and anxiety about the situation... likely a combination of the two. Overall, God's grace has been sufficient and I'm constantly reminded that it always will be.

My patients can all tell I'm expecting now, and they all comment on it. (I hid it for as long as I could under my white coat, but there ain't no hiding it anymore.) A few patients know about or have heard about Preston's heart condition and have offered encouragement and prayers. For that I'm grateful. It so easy to take care of such wonderful people. I do get a lot of "Soooo... are you coming back to work after you have the baby?"

2 Corinthians 12: 9  My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Just the two of us

Tony and I took a long weekend to stay at the Hyatt Lost Pines resort in Bastrop... just the two of us. This was likely our last getaway together just the two of us for a while, and we were both very aware of that. So we cherished every second of our weekend together by lounging poolside sipping on virgin pina coladas (for me), floating the lazy river about 18 times, having a "food crawl" (according to Bethenny Frankel), going to bed early, and sleeping late.

the rooms 

@ 20 weeks--- halfway point
the Colorado river flowing behind me

so thankful for this guy
We laughed, we ate, we slept, we got sunburns. We regrouped.
I loved every moment.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Lazy me can be found in lazy this for the next few days.

Have a good weekend.

John 14:27  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. 

{image: www.kimkinservik.com}

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I love a good looking cowhide rug, and I've been looking for a good excuse to throw one down in my house. I've thought about hunting one down for Preston's room off and on for a couple of months, but coming across these pictures this week just may have sealed the deal.

Emily's most recent room on Design Star.
via The Brass Petal 
via Decorpad
p.s. my nursery will hopefully look similar to this.
via MiniGaga
We'll see if the budget allows. I sure hope so.

happy birthday ( x 2)

Happy Birthday
to both
my Dad and my Pawpaw.

I love you two,
{image: mermaidsofthelake.com}

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hi my name is Tiffanie, and I'm addicted to online shopping. 

ordered from OKL (one king's lane)
ummm, too sweet not to order.
from Zulily
I adore sleep sacks especially this one from Totsy.

Nursery is underway. I picked out fabric for bedding & curtains last week, and it should be in the hands of the seamstress next week. Sometimes it seems as if that little room is the only thing I have control over during this pregnancy. Know what I mean? So, it must be fantastic right?
My next post...
Hi my name is Tiffanie, and I am a control freak.

1 Peter 5:7    Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Pet Psychology 101

I recently took Sam and Carter to our vet for their vaccines and check-ups.  I asked for our vet's opinion on introducing a new baby into the mix, and here's what he had to say more or less.  Ready for a little lesson...

According to Vet:  Dogs tend to think of themselves as living in a pack, and in our current situation (sans baby) our pack consists of Sam, Carter, Tony, and myself.  Bringing a baby home will introduce a new member of the pack, and the goal is to have the baby gladly accepted into the pack rather than seem like an intruder.

He also says that the dog we had first, which would be Sam, is the alpha dog.  Really? Sam, the alpha dog?  Picture that for a moment...
the sweetest dog on the planet
Sounds nuts, huh?  I kept listening anyway.

The goal is to be sure the alpha dog accepts the baby first as part of his pack and the rest will fall into place.  And to think I've been worrying about Carter more than Sam!

Here are a couple recommendations:

1) Be sure to greet the dogs, especially Sam (aka Mr. Alpha) for approximately 3-5 minutes upon coming home with the baby for the first time, and do have a formal greeting (but shorter) with the dogs every time we come home with the baby for the first few weeks.

2) When it's time for the baby to eat the dogs can sense that he is eating even if he is nursing or taking a bottle. Our vet also recommends that you give the dogs their food or consider a treat for the dogs just before you feed the little one.  Hmmmm...

He went onto say that doing this consistantly the first few weeks we have the baby at home will ensure a safe and friendly relationship between the dogs and the little one.  He went on to say that by the time the little one is able to sit in a high chair and eat they dogs will be insanely in love with him because he will drop more food than he actually eats which means the dogs will be camped out below the high chair waiting for the food to fall.  At this point they'll think he's their best friend especially since Tony has a no-table-food policy for the dogs.

What do you think? I'm not sure how I feel about all of it, but I do believe the "greeting of the dogs" will be very important. I can't imagine that I won't want to greet and love on my four-legged babies though. Heck, I'm already trying to figure out how to sneak Sam into the hospital with me.

Clearly, I open to any advice or tips.  Let me hear 'em if you've got 'em.

Ephesians 6:18    And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Belly Laughs

If you're expecting, want to expect, or have already expected I recommend you read Jenny McCarthy's Belly Laughs. This book keeps me chuckling to myself over and over again (even through the darkest times of my pregnancy).

Sure, she's a little crude but in a hilarious-knock-your-socks-off kind of way.  Nothing like reading a few chapters (they're only 1-2 pages long usually) and then doing my daily devotional.  From Jenny McCarthy to Joel Osteen... much like my hormone-induced-emotional episodes these days... from one extreme to the other.

Oh, almost forgot to mention my most recent hormone-induced-crying episode... on the way to work Wednesday a noticed a small lizard on the hood of my car.  I stayed in the outside lane of the freeway not pushing it over 50 mph hoping this little guy didn't fly off (and if you know me you know I never drive below the speed limit).  It did fly off... I CRIED.

p.s. I'm super excited about dinner tonight with great friends at another great friend's pop-up restaurant, Just8 Project.  

{image: www.amazon.com}

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Da Bump Progression: Week 18

18 weeks
As of last Friday my due date was moved up. Preston is measuring about 3-4 days bigger (which he has all along) and this is actually a great thing. Sometimes babies with congenital heart disease stop growing in utero towards the end of the pregnancy. We will hope and pray this isn't the case with Preston. We want him to be strong and healthy when he is born especially since he may need surgery at 5 days old.

As of now, I will be induced the first Monday or Tuesday of the new year. That would be either January 3rd or 4th. I was secretly hoping that I would have a Christmas baby.  That could still be the case if Mr. Preston decides to come during that time, but we will avoid inducing during that time if possible.  (Something about members of the cardiac team may be out on holiday... ha!  Now I understand how my patients feel when I'm out on my vacations/holidays.)

Old bump pics:
11 weeks
14 weeks
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart.
Jeremiah 1:5

p.s. I can feel Preston now.  In fact I started feeling the "flutter" last week a few hours after the cardiologist's appointment.  The timing was perfect. It helps me know that he really is okay in there.  

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Love this

My grandfather (better known as PawPaw) built Preston a cedar chest. It's beautiful and smells fantastic.  Most of all he built it himself for his great grandchild, and that in itself is most impressive.

Those clothes in the bottom of the cedar chest were my brother's when he was a toddler,
and we're saving them for Preston to wear in a few years.

Thanks PawPaw.
We love you and Preston will too!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pineapples for Preston

You know I adore all things pineapple, right?

So you understand that I just couldn't resist
when I saw this, right?

And because I'm so obsessed I didn't think just one pineapple-adorned outfit would suffice so I bought two. Both on sale which made it even better.

Don't forget to keep those prayers for Preston going too 
Your support and prayers mean an awful lot to us.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6

Monday, August 9, 2010

A change of scenery

We inherited a rose garden when we bought our new home. To be exact our entire front yard was a rose garden.  The roses were nice (and an unbelievable maintenance) but we're a bit more minimalist especially when it comes to landscaping.

Can you imagine my anxiety when this was unloaded in front of our house early one day last month?
Can you imagine my palpitations as I headed off to work looking at this in my rearview mirror?
Then imagine my dismay coming home to this.
Then it rained for forty seven days and forty seven nights.

Finally, we were able to finish. 
All that worrying was for nothing.
I love the new yard.

After:  @ 2 days
After @ 10 days
We still have some work to be done and some things to add, but we're so glad to have the grass down. The rest will come with time.

 We continue to boldly pray for Preston. 

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, 
so that we may receive mercy & find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:16