Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

Here's to a happy and healthy new year for all. Twenty-ten was a hard one. I'm ready to leave this year behind and move forward into 2011---
with our baby boy in tow.


Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, December 30, 2010


One of Mr. Gherkin's coworkers gave us a box of chocolate chip cookies from Tiff's Treats for Christmas.  Have y'all ever had these before? I'm sure I've been living under a rock, but I've never heard of Tiff's treats. I'm hooked. They're so good --- honestly I can't recall ever eating a better chocolate chip cookie. Tiff's Treats is currently available in Austin and Dallas. If the owners of Tiff's Treats ever happen to read this... please open a store in Houston. Pretty please.

1. via, 2. via

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Da Bump: 38 weeks

38 weeks and only 1 outfit left.

@ 38 weeks
Six days... only six days.

My peace I give you...Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:26-27

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Product of the week: MoroccanOil

I've seen this stuff everywhere and have been wanting to try it for quite some time.  I remember seeing this brand for the first time... it was the fun colors that drew me in.  Then I started hearing all the reviews, and put it on my Christmas list.

My sister was successful in finding the MoroccanOil shampoo, conditioner, and hairspray for me for Christmas.  I've been using it for over a week now, and I LOVE it! I'll admit that at first I thought it was all in my head, but when I went for 3 (yes, three!) full days without washing my hair (which is huge b/c my hair tends to get oily quickly & it shows) I knew it wasn't all in my head. Disclaimer: I don't plan to always go 3 days in between washes, but it's nice to have that option especially with a baby)

Even my dead-ends (gasp!) don't look as frizzy and well, dead. I loathe most hairspray, but this one is light and actually smells decent. Thanks, sis. I'll be sure to let you know when I start running low. 

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Shared Wisdom

My sister, who's brave, wise, and is successfully raising my 4 year old nephew, gave me this book for Christmas. It's titled Mother to Son. I love it.  I giggled as I read some. My eyes filled with tears a couple of times (silly, hormones).  I slammed it shut when I got to the chapters about girls and leaving home... I refused to read those. I think I'll find myself reading this more than once. Here are some of my favorites.

{Apologies in advance for the blurry pics... I hate to use my flash... and didn't realize the quality of the pics until it was too late.}

{click picture to enlarge for easier reading}

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Hope your holiday is the merriest. 

Luke 2: 6-7

Friday, December 24, 2010

Cozy Christmas Eve


Here's to a quiet and cozy Christmas Eve.
The doc said that Preston looked stable today.
That, my friends, is the best Christmas present ever.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A few of my favorite things this season...

1. baker's twine

2.  coordinating wrapping paper

3. peppermint bark

4. homemade cinnamon honey butter

(recipe thanks to one of my favorite bloggers, Darby)

5.  jones design company gift tags

(you can print your own here)

6.  Target Christmas commercials

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Team Preston

Shirt orders are in process. I can't wait to see P's supporters in their t-shirts.  Please send me pics when you wear your Team Preston shirt (pineapplesnpickles (at) yahoo (dot) com) so I can place those in his baby book.  My heart smiled each time I received an order... I know his heart will too.

We are still accepting orders for t-shirts, but any orders placed from here on may not be delivered by January 4th.  No worries though, we plan on sporting our shirts long after the 4th so let me know if you want one. The c-section is scheduled for January 4th at 9:30 a.m. Set your alarms, set your phones, set your computers, set whatever you desire to go off that morning specifically around 9:30 to get those prayers going up and those good thoughts sent out for Mr. Preston's first breath.

I also ordered stickers for Preston's hospital visitors to wear if they didn't order a shirt and they were delivered today...  I'm trying to refrain from sticking one on everything I own.  :)

Psalm 71:5-7               Jeremiah 29:11

O by golly, cashmere slippers

I used a Christmas gift card from my brother and dad to buy myself a pair of cashmere ballet slippers. They are from Restoration Hardware, and they're currently on sale.  I've had my eye on them for a while. I feel a bit like Cinderella when I slip them on, and I'll need some slippers to keep my feet warm during all those late night feedings and diaper changes, right?

Monday, December 20, 2010


As I was pigging out on some delicious holiday treats at work today some coworkers told me about a superstition that involves pregnant women wearing a safety pin over their bellies during an eclipse to protect their babies.  

Whether it's true or not, I'm not willing to take any chances.
Shower... check.   PJs... check.  Safety pin... check, check. also says that "pregnant women should lie down and take rest during the eclipse." true story.

I'm off to milk that (honey, I need some water) and rest. 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

37 weeks

I'm full term. I didn't think we would make it to this point.  Remember they gave me steroids the last weekend of October to mature Preston's lungs and prepare me for delivery? They clearly didn't think we would make it this far either. I'm so thankful. Here's what's happened, what's changed, and what I know now. A little pregnancy recap if you will. 

1. I've gained 32 pounds. There. It's out. I feel better :)
@11 weeks
@ 37 weeks
2. I never knew how hard it would be to get pregnant.
3. I never realized how many babies are born with some type of issue. I am learning never to take life for granted. I hope you'll do the same. Life is precious. I now know what everyone means when they say babies truly are amazing little miracles.

4. I never knew I would dive so deep into the alphabet (on top... if you know what I mean) It's no bueno.
5. I have that line. That dark line. I think it's called linea nigra. It's subtle but there.  Oddly, I love it :)
6. I have NO stretch marks. Zip. Zilch. Nada. (My doc says I'm in the clear if I don't have them already, but I'm going to knock on wood just in case.)
7. Baby clothes and baby products are addicting. I'm obsessed.
8. You wouldn't believe the number of rolls of toilet paper I've gone through in the past 37 weeks.  Seriously, it's a lot. From the day I found out I was pregnant I promise you I woke up at least twice a night. The urinary frequency was extreme in this house. True story. I used to be a toilet paper snob... I would only buy the expensive double roll Cottonelle. By the end of my first trimester I had resorted to buying the cheap stuff and yep I'm still buying it.
9. Hanging head low in shame, but I've attended zero classes.  No birthing classes.  No breast feeding classes. I'll likely freak a bit when it comes time to start both, but with at least one (and up to three) doctors' appointments a week I didn't have much spare time.
10. I did the whole pickle thing, but I mainly wanted mine fried.

11. So glad we decided against a drop side crib.
12 Outrageous sweet tooth.  I'd fight someone for the last piece of chocolate and I have.
13. Pregnancy brain is a honest-to-God real thing.  Trust me I know... I left my car running not once but twice for extended periods of time.
14. My favorite pregnancy drink ...
fresh squeezed strawberry lemonade
15. I love that there's reserved parking for expectant mothers at Kroger's. Yep, I've parked there.
16. Had a gut feeling I was having a little boy from day one.

Baby V @ 13 weeks
The doctor asked me that day if I wanted to know the sex.
"I know it's a boy," I replied.  "That's what it looks like," she said. 
17. Borrowing pregnancy clothes was the best thing ever cuz pregnancy clothes aren't cheap or easy to come by. Thanks to those who I borrowed from... love you guys. 
18. Fortunately, I didn't have morning sickness.  Wish I could say the same about the dreaded heartburn.
19. If you google aortico-left ventricular tunnel and view images Preston's picture comes up.
20. So very thankful for modern medicine.
Preston playing peekaboo.
21. No cankles here.
22. Well, you all know how emotionally draining this pregnancy has been for me. I've been an open book on here (thanks for bearing with me).  As for the physical aspect of this pregnancy, I've felt fantastic the whole time especially after I beat the first trimester fatigue. I think Mr. Gherkin was secretly hoping I'd be fat and miserable and this would be it. Wrong! I love being pregnant.
23. I can't deny though that I'm ready to indulge in some sushi.