Thursday, January 31, 2013

A is for Anderson

My sisters showered Anderson and me with lots of love this past weekend!  The theme was vintage alphabet theme- not a detail was missed and was so cute!

this adorable wreath welcomed guests at the door- perfect to be hung on our door when he arrives!  IMG_0111love being this little ones aunt!IMG_0109vintage alphabet bannerIMG_0113showered with love and lots of cutenessIMG_0135“W” is for Well Wishes

well wishes for baby Anderson- I can’t wait to read each and every one {I especially love the one I found from sweet Emory}1.27“Anderson”IMG_0116“D” is for Drink

How cute are these drink jars?!?IMG_0118IMG_0099“E” is for Eat

chicken salad bites, cream cheese/olive sandwiches, fruit skewers, pimento cheese and pita chips, brownie bites and petit forsIMG_0105IMG_0108IMG_0106IMG_0107“G” s for gifts

… and boy is he already spoiled!  IMG_0114{Emory is quite the little helper cutting bows and prepping for me to open!}1.271IMG_0143IMG_01381.272 This picture cracks me up….I was not mad. My best friend Meredith was telling a story of dragging her husband into Buy Buy Baby and then him getting an ear full of all things breast feeding related. IMG_0175Thanks to grandmama and great grandmama, we have a car seat and extra base for daddy’s car!

I will need to work on my gift opening face for next shower so I can post more of what we got.  We received lots of t-tiny adorable clothes,swaddle blankets/blankets, burp cloths/bibs, baby monitor/video, sterling silver engraved paci clip and lots of other fun gifts!

IMG_0183“Aunt Jen'{s}”IMG_0189the ones behind the wonderful showerIMG_0191Anderson is one lucky little boy already and blessed with the best auntsIMG_0193and the worlds greatest grandmama!IMG_0194my sister made “A” sugar cookies for all the guests to take as a thank you!  IMG_0129Amy, Boo and Joanna- words can’t explain how much the shower meant to me and I know that Anderson will see just how fortunate he is to have you three as his aunts so soon!  Thank you for everything and I can’t wait for him to get here and meet you three! 

and just for fun…

How far along? 32 weeks

Size of Baby T? weighing around 3.75 pounds and measuring 16,7 inches head to toe

Maternity Clothes? mostly maternity, however the dress above is non maternity- just a few sizes up!

Weight Gain? 22.5 lbs

Gender? BOY!!

Sleep? some nights are better than others but I have forgotten what a good nights sleep feels like. 

Movement? lots of it!

Cravings? not much new this week- just eating a lot these days! 

What I miss? normal clothes- don’t get me wrong, I love this bump and I know growing bigger just means a growing healthy baby but its not so easy to always find cute maternity clothes these days. 

Symptoms? back pain, exhaustion, crankiness, braxton hicks, nausea{again!}, headaches

Best moment of the week? Being showered by my closest family and friends and seeing all the love that is already in this world for Baby Anderson!

Monday, January 21, 2013

31 weeks!

Single digits… there is an end in sight!!  31 weeks

How far along? 31 weeks

Size of Baby T? weighing around 3.3 pounds and measuring 16 inches head to toe

Maternity Clothes? other than a few pre maternity pieces here and there, I'm in all maternity.

Weight Gain? 21 lbs… I’m expected to gain a lb a week from here on out. 

Gender? BOY!

Sleep? I knew it was a matter of time but it’s the worst yet.  I struggle with sleeping on my side  lately as its become painful.  My body naturally wants to sleep on my stomach or back and neither are happening anytime soon. 

Movement? His movements are now more of a leg/ foot/ hand/elbow roll across my stomach or a kick to the ribs.  It’s constant and while its painful at times, I am thankful for each one! 

Cravings? chicken wings and cereal.  {so random and weird for me}

What I miss? feeling like myself and sleep.  pregnancy does weird things to oneself.

Symptoms? It would probably be easier to name the symptoms I don’t have.  exhaustion, LOTS of back pain, headaches.

Best moment of the week? Receiving baby shower invitations for Baby A thrown by my sisters and best friends!  This baby is already so loved {and spoiled!}

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Spinach Tomato Orzo Soup

If you’re like us, you’ve been in a constant battle with the funk that continues to make its rounds and there's nothing better than a good soup when you’re feeling under the weather.  I first made this soup a few weeks back when John was in bed sick for a week straight.  I was sure he wasn’t going to like it since it was more of a broth based healthy soup {and I accidentally picked up unsalted chicken stock}.  Much to my surprise, he loved it.  The recipe made so much I had two 4-quart pots full- lucky him! 
I made it again this week but cut the recipe in half, added chicken sausage and used salted chicken stock.
1 large chopped onion
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 lb spinach
1 15 ounce can Italian diced tomatoes
1 lb package orzo pasta
2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock
2 quarts water
olive oil
chicken sausage or chicken
Drizzle olive oil in pot and sauté onions until tender.  Add garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes.  Add canned tomatoes, spinach, water and stock.  *I sliced sausage links and sautéed them for a few minutes then added them.  Bring to boil and reduce heat to medium.  Add orzo and cook for 12-15 minutes.  Enjoy! 
orzo soup

Sunday, January 6, 2013

29 Weeks!


How far along? 29 weeks

Size of Baby T? butternut squash, weighing around 2 1/2 pounds and measuring 15 inches head to toe

Maternity Clothes? most everyday

Weight Gain? 19 lbs.

Stretch Marks? Nope

Gender? Baby Boy and he has a closet full of all things blue to prove it!

Sleep? the dreaded insomnia has hit so not much sleep happening. 

Movement? He is active to say the least.  His movements are becoming more drawn out instead of a sharp punch/jab.  He got feisty with the doctor at our appointment and kicked back… all we wanted was a heartbeat baby boy!!

Cravings? same as last week- deli sandwiches, sweets, junk food. 

What I miss? sleep obviously. 

Symptoms? tiredness, back pain, bad taste in mouth, clumsiness.  

Best moment of the week? Passing my glucose test and getting a great report from the doctor this week!  Everything is measuring right on track and now we start our 2 a month appointments!  John and I made the trip to Charlotte yesterday to get the glider for the nursery and a few other things.  Today he is painting Anderson’s bathroom!  Progress!

And a Happy New Year!

We rang in the New Year fairly low key this year- just the way we wanted to!  With New Years Eve being during the week and having to work that day and then be back to work Wednesday we couldn’t really travel.  And being pregnant I wanted to do something that I would be able to celebrate at 12 and be home in bed by 12:30.  Energy is tough to come by these days. 

We had dinner at Mill Pond with some friends.  The boys were able to watch the LSU/Clemson game, the girls chatted and we all enjoyed delicious food and drinks!IMG_0058IMG_0060bacon wrapped filet with shrimp and mashed potatoes- happy preggo!dinnerThe Towells hosted us after dinner for drinks and to ring in the New Year!  IMG_0063IMG_0062IMG_0065NYE12.31The Jen’s are excited about little A’s arrival!IMG_0071IMG_0074A perfect NYE night indeed!  It’s officially the year of Baby Anderson’s Arrival and we could not be more excited!

Happy 2013!!28 weeks

Thursday, January 3, 2013

28 Weeks + Nursery Progress

Hello 3rd Trimester- I am sooo happy to see you!  We have been busy lately wrapping up the holiday season and trying to get a jump start on preparations for Anderson’s arrival! 

Last month I was able to talk John into painting the nursery.  It ended up being somewhat of a painting horror story but I’m happy to say it is complete.  The painting that is. 

You’ve probably heard me refer to the guest bedroom as the nursery long before we were ever expecting.  The previous owners had painted chocolate brown as a nursery for their kids before we bought it. 

We had our work cut out for us as I decided on a much lighter blue/green/grey color. IMG_5330Sherwin Williams- “Quietude”IMG_5335 John went to town priming the walls. IMG_5331IMG_5332IMG_5337Have I mentioned he hates to paint?  I agreed to help so I went behind him and started the trim.  Thank goodness for “fume-free” paint!IMG_5333IMG_5353IMG_5346IMG_5349We learned that when painting with eggshell paint, you can’t section the walls{i.e. trim and roll}, which is what we did on the second coat.  John ended up having to roll a 3rd coat and I am so pleased with how the room turned out! 

Here is some inspiration and things we plan to purpose or have already! I’m hoping to knock it out sooner than later so I can enjoy his room before he gets here!  Baby T1

How far along? 28 weeks

Size of Baby T? Chinese Cabbage, weighing around 2 1/4 pounds and measuring at 14.8 inches long

Maternity Clothes? Pretty much all maternity these days

Weight Gain? 19 lbs.

Stretch Marks? No signs of any yet

Gender? BOY!

Sleep? I’ve retired the boppy pillow for now.  I can’t seem to get comfortable unless I’m half way on my stomach.  

Movement? I can’t get enough of his little kicks and jabs but lately he has used my ribs as his punching bag. 

Cravings? I’ve full circled to my cravings of sandwiches and subs and sweets!

What I miss? being able to enjoy a drink when I want one, especially a glass of champagne around the holidays!  

Symptoms? tiredness, bad taste in my mouth, headaches, back pain 

Best moment of the week? Celebrating the Holidays with our families and seeing all the goodies that Anderson was spoiled with! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 in review

What a year it has been!  We anticipated this year for so long and it seems it flew by in the blink of an eye.

We kicked off the year with Boo and Alex’s wedding in Januaryboo and alexWatson-560and 2 days later, my parents celebrated 30 years of marriage.  Watson-861later in the month I headed to the coast to celebrate Breigh’s Bachelorette!IMG_4438In February, we celebrated with a Stock the Bar Shower thrown by my best girlfriendsIMG_4518and my sisters hosted a “Love”  themed Kitchen Shower!DSC_0375We ended the month by celebrating Breigh and Graham’s wedding in AikenIMG_4539By March, our wedding festivities were picking up in full swing. My sisters and best friends boarded planes and headed to Nashville with me to celebrate my bacheloretteIMG_4559IMG_4574April was the big month- one we had waited 13 months for.  John and I finally said “I do” with our closest family and friends by our sidesWatson-Thompson wedding-700Watson-Thompson wedding-1343then spent a week in Mexico as newlyweds!IMG_4959IMG_5109We gained a new sister and brother in May when James and Addie tied the knot in Edisto!addie and jamesBy the end of May, it was time to celebrate Jennifer as she and John’s big day was approaching! We spent Memorial Day Weekend in Garden City  jen bachJune was here before we knew it which meant Jennifer and John’s wedding!jen and johnA few days later, John turned 28 and we celebrated first with a home cooked meal for 2IMG_5145again with a surprise dinner with great friends at Mill PondIMG_5187and finally ended the celebrations with a trip to Charleston/ Sandy Point! sandy point5The girls and I threw Sarah and Rob a couples shower at my parentsIMG_5200and we continued wedding season at Anna Kate and Adam’s Big Fat Greek Wedding!AK and adamJuly was by far the month we will always remember…

We enjoyed July 4th on the lake in true American style 4thSpent a long weekend at the beach with my familybeach1beachpartied in honor of the soon-to-be Newmanscourt and whitshowered one of my very best friends with lots of Bachelorette love in Edisto…sarahAnd found out we had a BIG secret to share in the midst of it all.

We were most anxious for August.  We had our first doctor’s appointment with a sneak peak into our little secret. 

We are having a {healthy and growing} Baby!!8 week ultrasoundI spent a weekend at the beach for Courtney’s Bachelorettecourtney bachand my sisters and I showered Boo and Mak in anticipation of his arrival!mak showerSeptember came and we were able to announce our secret to the world!announcementWe took our {already pre baby planned} trip to Vegas7returned to stand by Courtney’s side as she became Mrs. Newman65 and rounded out the year of Bachelorette’s with a celebration for Bennett!BennettJohn and I finally made it to a football game to cheer our Gamecocks on to a win over Georgia to start OctoberGeorgiawelcomed the first of the 3 expected additions- our precious neice Anna West DupreeAWspent a weekend in Litchfield for Sarah and Rob’s weddingsarahs wedding 2and hosted a kitchen shower for Meredith!IMG_5291November was one we had been waiting on for what seemed like FOREVER!  We found out the gender of our sweet baby BOY!IMG_5278and spent the weekend in Charleston celebrating with Citadel Football!IMG_5321We were thankful for our first {married} Thanksgivingthanksgivingbefore welcoming the next little addition, our sweet nephew Mitchell Alan Kubas- “Mak”MakBy December, our schedules started to slow down. 

We started Anderson’s nursery…andersonDecorated for the holidays and celebrated our first Christmas together and last as a family of 2!IMG_5379and rang in the New Year with a low key night with friends!NYEHere’s to 2013 and all the excitement and joy it is sure to bring!  We know our hands will be full but have no doubt our hearts will be fuller! 

Wishing you the Happiest New Year!