Raylan gets a crib!

The crib is in!!


Raylan wanted to take a picture next to his new bed.


This crib, plus the bucket of frozen yogurt I just ate, have definitely been the highlights of this week so far!! ūüėÄ ¬†The crib is the Sundvik at IKEA in the gray brown color. ¬†We love it! ¬†Very masculine without being dark. ¬†Now, to get a mattress…


22 Weeks

How far along?  22 weeks!

Maternity clothes?  mmhmm and very stretchy clothes…and bigger bras…(repeat)

Stretch marks?   All day, everyday.

Sleep:¬†NO NO NO NO. ¬†This past week has been rough on the sleeping front. ¬†One night, I had horribly vivid dreams about tornadoes (PTSD from surviving an F5 in college), a couple nights, I just couldn’t get to sleep, and my nighttime peeing trips average 5 a night. ¬†

Movement:¬†Yes ūüėÄ ¬†A couple nights ago, I couldn’t really feel him moving, so we pulled out the fetal doppler to take a listen. ¬†He HATES when we peek on him with the doppler. ¬†As soon as we find his heartbeat, he kicks the snot out of the doppler wand and rolls wiggles away.

Food cravings:  anything spicy

Symptoms:  I was doing a pretty good job taking care of my sciatica, but today was rough.  I had my classes in the library working on a research paper and I was all over the place, answering questions about MLA and works cited pages and the rest, so my back is killing today and probably will be for the rest of the week.  Constant sniffing and some pretty raging hormones that cause me to cry at the drop of a hat (which I despise).

Gender: A sweet baby boy

Baby is:  Raylan weighs a pound or so and is almost a foot long!  

Best moment this week: ¬†Saturday, I chaperoned a field trip of sorts. ¬†We took 150 high school kids to an event called Literary Rally at Northwestern State University in Nachitoches. ¬†Despite the name, it covers all subjects from English and Math to History to Family Consumer Sciences to Choir to Theater. ¬†Kids take tests or perform and compete with other schools in our area. ¬†Winners go to State to compete. ¬†Our kids did AWESOME! ¬†So well behaved and just a pleasure! ¬†I mean…they woke up at 5:30 am on a Saturday to be at school by 6 to ride a bus and take a test…talk about some GOOD children. ¬†Theater is going to state as well as one of the soloists from choir! ¬†We will here more about the subject tests later this week.
Looking forward to: ¬†Sleeping. ¬†But I’m starting to think that may not happen for another couple years…haha. ¬†But really, I’m looking forward to Spring Break! ¬†I’m exhausted. ¬†I need a break from the multitudes of teenage hormones that ebb and flow all over the place all the time.

Monthly Appointment – Update

Today marks 21 weeks and 4 days and we had our monthly appointment at the lady doctor office.  It was a simple kind of deal, just a belly check and a quick listen to the heartbeat and whatnot.

Apparently I have an epic fundal height. ¬†Oh you know, I’m a majestic pregnant beast. ¬†But Raylan’s heartbeat was nice and strong! ¬†It took the doctor a second to find it because he is so high, which she said is a little uncommon. ¬†

In addition, Raylan is breech, which I’m not too worried about right now. ¬†He was breech at the anatomy scan, too. ¬†The doctor said there is plenty of time for Raylan to wiggle himself into the appropriate position, but that if he isn’t there by 35 weeks, we will schedule a c-section. ¬†But like I said…PLENTY of time to roll over and get where he needs to be. ¬†

If he is as stubborn as me, though, I might be in trouble…haha.


Our crib is coming in next week!!! ¬†YAY. ¬†And my in-laws bought us our ergo we registered for and it arrived yesterday. ¬†Super pumped!!! ¬†Between the crib coming in next week and my parents heading to sticks n’ stuff today (apparently the one in Birmingham is closing?) to see what knick knacks and furniture they can snag for a deal, Raylan might have a pretty complete nursery within the next few weeks! ¬†AWESOME.

I’m just feeling really great about pregnancy right now! ¬†Everything (well…everything not work related, but that is a post for another day) is going wonderfully! ¬†I love my little boy so much and I’m just counting down the days till he gets here. ¬†

21 Week Update

How far along?  21 weeks (and a day)!

Maternity clothes? ¬†mmhmm and very stretchy clothes…and bigger bras…

Stretch marks?   Lawd, yes.  No matter how much vitamin E, lotion, or coconut butter I slather on, I feel like there is a new one almost every day.  Oh well.

Sleep: Actually, yes!  Except for this past Saturday night (horrible allergies that spending a day on the lake did not help), I have slept pretty well this past week!

Movement: Absolutely!!  Some days he is more active than others.  The active days are my favorite.

Food cravings:  Chips and salsa.  If somebody could create a way that I could get that intravenously, that would be fabulous.

Symptoms: ¬†Round ligament pain, but I have been trying to monitor how much I sit and stand so my sciatica hasn’t been too bad for the past week.

Gender: A sweet baby boy

Baby is: ¬†Raylan weighs about 3/4ths of a pound and is about 10 1/2 inches long! ¬†That seems SO LARGE to me, but when you actually hold something that weighs that much or is that long, you realize, it’s not that big at all.

Best moment this week: ¬†WE BOUGHT A NEW CAR! ¬†Ok, so my husband drives a 1996 Dodge Ram. ¬†And I drive a 2007 Saturn Ion. ¬†The Dodge has transmission issues, which makes sense because it is almost 2 decades old. ¬†Previously, we had hoped to just limp along because my car was fine. ¬†VERY small, but fine. ¬†We figured when we would go on road trips and things, we could just rent a vehicle that would accommodate my family, which will soon include a baby, and already includes two fur babies and a husband. ¬†But in December, my car decided it was going to start stalling…while I was driving. ¬†At first, it only did it when I stopped (the car would sort of shudder and the engine would shut off). ¬†Then, I noticed it shuddering as I was driving…we took it to the mechanic, who charged us $100 bucks to tell us he couldn’t fix it and we needed to take it to a dealership with a mechanic. ¬†So we took it to the mechanic…three separate times…and totaled $1,000 for them to also tell us they had no idea what was wrong with it.
That was very obviously the last straw. ¬†We spent the past weekend scoping out cars, found the perfect one in Texarkana, which is only about an hour from Shreveport, drove over yesterday to check it out and test drive it, as well as a few others, and headed back for home with a new car that doesn’t turn itself off randomly!
The new Clawson Mobile!

The new Clawson Mobile!

It’s a Kia Sorento! ¬†We bought it gently used with about 30,000 miles on it. ¬†It’s a 2011 and comes with all kinds of bells and whistles like parking assist, 4 wheel drive, blue tooth, satellite radio, leather seats, towing package and hitch, three rows of seats, and a V6!! ¬†To say it is better than my Saturn (which we surprisingly got $2500 for…it obviously managed to not shut itself off as they test drove it) is an understatement. ¬†I’m in love!! ¬†We held on to the Dodge…it is worth way more to us to doodle around in than to trade in.

Looking forward to: ¬†Our monthly checkup on Friday. ¬†It’s nothing more than a belly check and whatnot, but I love love love doing anything that has to do with Raylan…even if that includes sitting in a waiting room for an hour to hear a heartbeat and be told the baby sounds great.

Valentine’s Day!

So…there is no piece of me that is super jazzed about Valentine’s Day. ¬†I mean, it’s never been a huge holiday for us. ¬†Usually we just skip over it because A’s birthday is the 15th, so we celebrate and go out then. ¬†

But now that I’m pregnant, the idea of putting on makeup and doing my hair and staying out past 8:00 is nauseating. ¬†And I HATE that, but I can’t help it. ¬†Thankfully, I have the sweetest husband on the planet who understands.

Our Vday plans will include dinner and a movie (although I think I’m going to talk him into a redbox and chocolate covered strawberry fixings instead of the movie theater…because I can wear my snuggie…)

Share your Valentine’s Day plans! ¬†(and make me feel totally pathetic about my insane desire to wear pants with elastic on one of the most romantic nights of the year)

I leave you all with this fabulous and hilarious Peanuts cartoon on love:


Charles M. Shulz

What would you do with three wishes?

Daily Prompt: Lucky Star

Today is your lucky day. You get three wishes, granted to you by The Daily Post. What are your three wishes and why?


This is very similar to a journal prompt I gave the kids a few weeks ago. ¬†They, of course, spent the majority of their time arguing how to gain more wishes. ¬†Which makes me think…why aren’t three wishes enough? ¬†It’s three more wishes than you had to begin with…some people go their entire lives without even knowing what a wish is! ¬†Be grateful for your three wishes!

That seems to be the problem with that generation.  They are too quick to jump on something that requires no effort on their parts and then they try to buck the system, to increase their personal amount of happiness or money or whatever it is their goal happens to be.

Whatever happened to hard work and determination?  All of a sudden, things that are considered hard are suddenly not worth doing!  But oftentimes, the things that are hardest have the biggest reward.

Oh yeah, I would wish for a new vehicle (because mine turns itself off when I stop and my husband’s is a ’96 Dodge truck with paint peeling and a faulty transmission), safety and job security for my husband (I’m combining those to be one wish…my husband is an officer in the United States Air Force…the military is not very safe and secure at the moment…whether that is on the front lines or fighting the battle currently being waged in Congress), and ¬†happiness for those I love (I think that is pretty self explanatory…).