October 24, 2012

Lamesa and Welch Baby Showers

This month, our local friends threw us two showers! The generosity and excitement for Brindle has completely overwhelmed me and I am so grateful.

On October 6th, the church I work at threw a beautiful shower in the parlor.

Hostesses were (Left to Right): Andi Evans, Fallon Garcia, Victoria Ramirez, Joanne Longo, Nancy Patterson, Pam Kearney, Krista Powell, Joyce Pearson, and Connie Smith. Nelda Jones and Traci Cox were also hostesses but weren't able to be at the shower.

 Isn't that cake gorgeous?? It perfectly matched my nursery's color scheme.

 This is Brindle's cradle! A friend of Kanyon and I's made it from scratch for us. It made me want to cry when I saw it for the first time. Well, still does.

Almost 36 weeks at this point. Definitely have started looking it!

The next weekend, our friends in Welch threw us a baby shower there. It was also amazing and beautiful!!

 Ainsley came to see what all Brindle got!

 The decorations were absolutely gorgeous!

All lacey and vintage!

 Me with the grandmas!

 Me with just a few of the hostesses!
Julie Gray, Becca Brooks, Shelly Moore, Marla Goode, Vicki Gary, Kasha Crisp, Pam Maxwell, and Joan Moore.

 Me and Grandma!

Heather, Kaelyn, and Lauren all came in town for the shower! It was so great to see them.

Ainsley trying out the pillow that Heather got Brindle :) 

Brindle with her cousin! They will only be a couple months apart!

After my Welch shower, Mom and Vaughn helped me organize and wash a few things for Brindle's room and we made a ton of progress! Not a whole lot has been made decoration-wise which is why I still haven't posted many pictures. I'm not worrying about getting all of that done before she gets here. Just trying to get the essentials done and rest up right now. Besides, most everything that is left are things that other people are doing for me! Which is a huge blessing.

October 19, 2012

Maternity Leave

Well, after having high blood pressure this week, my doctor has told me that if I want to keep her in there a little longer, I need to quit working. So I am officially on maternity leave.

All of her non-stress tests results have been great and her activity and sonograms have shown that she is doing great! After thinking about it all afternoon and night and talking it over with Kanyon, we have decided that I need to stay home like my doctor advised. I used to want her to come a little early but now that its getting closer, I want her to stay in there for as long as she needs and not have to come early because I can't sit still and keep my blood pressure down.

I had mixed emotions about it all until I talked to my boss about it and he agreed that he wanted me to do what the doctor says. I felt like maybe I could still work and have my co-workers run my errands for me but the more I think about it, the more I realize that it won't happen. Not because they wouldn't be willing to, but because I know how I am and will want to do things myself. Besides, all my high BP readings have been after I was sitting for 30 minutes or more so I know its going to take me actually resting more to get it down.

I also keep starting to make a to-do list of the things I still need to get done and am forcing myself to stay away from the notepad! This is going to be a new experience for me. But it will be worth it to keep her safe.

So since I will be home now, I'll finally be getting to post pictures of my baby showers and updates on the nursery! Those will be up soon!

October 10, 2012

Getting closer...

So sorry about the lack of posts the last two weeks. I've kind of been running at a sprint, which is ironic since I finally went part time at work so that I could "rest".

I've been trying to get things wrapped up at work making notes about how to do my job when I'm away for maternity leave (I'm at 9 pages...) all the while going through a couple of big transitions. Perfect timing. But maybe all the kinks will be worked out with both of them by the time I get back... there's wishful thinking. I'm having a hard time being okay with letting other people take over my tasks. Not because I want to keep doing them, I'm just afraid something will go wrong while I'm gone and they won't know what to do! Just gotta be okay with it. I'm sure I'll feel much differently after a couple of weeks without having to think about work.

Outside of work, I've been making tons of trips to Lubbock for doctor's visits, doing more Mary Kay stuff, trying to keep our house clean (emphasis on trying), writing thank you notes, working on the nursery... This week, I have several tasks I'd like to get done. They are all quick things, I just need to do them.

The first of the two tasks I have in mind is making a measuring wall ruler to record Brindle's (and future kid's) heights.

I like the simplicity of this one. I have the wood already, but I plan on painting mine cream and then adding the numbers like this. I also have a couple of turquoise metal flowers to attach to add some girly-ness. I don't think it will take long, just gotta do it!

The second is to tea-stain the white lace canopy I bought to go over Brindle's crib. Its beautiful, just too white.

Mom and Dad are coming to stay with us Friday and I am so excited!! So I am going to get some cleaning done in preparation for them and hopefully get some more thank you notes done before my next baby shower in Welch this Saturday!

The days are starting to fly by!