Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"We could have this baby now" - Greg

I love my husband but he scared the crud out of me when he said this. My response was one of pure panic. No we couldn't! We haven't taken any classes, the nursery is only almost finished, we barely have clothes, nothing to feed him with! Alot was going through my head that we have NOT done and how we are so not ready for him yet. But as calm as Greg is he pointed out that he merely meant that at 32 weeks Nolan's lungs are developed and it wouldn't be 100% scary if we had him right now.

Of course we want him to stay in and bake awhile longer, but we are also very excited to meet him. What will he look like? Who will he resemble? Basically, whose genes will be more dominant/stronger, as we like to put it :) We think he will have skin in between our colors (tan and transparent), we think he might have curly hair, light eyes, and an adorably large tukus (butt). The last part I have just learned will most likely be true when I went to the doctor yesterday. I keep feeling my little man push but I have not been able to tell what part of him I was feeling. Come to find out its his butt, and man does that span a large surface ;) Greg calls it his Lawler butt, because we know it wouldn't come from me. And I love that my man will be blessed with not having a boney butt like me.

So we did go to the doctor yesterday and learned that Nolan has taken his final turn into the head down position! What a good little boy. The doctor said he must have known she was going to give him a stern talking to if he had not. It was a quick visit but that's because everything looked great! I'm gaining weight right on track, blood pressure is normal, his heart beat is strong, and his positioning is terrific! Here is to hoping this all stays the same.

So now on to what I have been up to. I am finally in the nesting stage. I know we were married OVER a year ago but I still had some presents that needed to be returned not only at my house but from my parents as well! I want to clear our rooms of all boxes and I need to do the same at my parents, because in November we will be living with them! Greg has a rotation at Methodist, located in the medical center in Houston. So to cut down on him having to drive to and from in traffic (as I did for a year) we decided to live at my parents house, less than 5 miles from the med center. This will be awesome, because we will have my parents to help. But it will also be an adventure for everyone. We will be getting use to having a new baby in our lives and my parents will go from empty nesters to having a married couple with a newborn living under their roof. Good thing my mom has ear plugs to sleep with ;) But I am very excited to have their help and we are extremely thankful that they are letting us stay with them for the month!

Now back to returning the gifts. I took only about 5 items back to Bed Bath & Beyond and received over $200 in store credit, which I learned we will be able to use at the soon to be opened Buy Buy Baby! What perfect timing! I knew procrastination would come in handy at least once in my life ;) So I decided to return to other stores as well.

Felt like I was really earning Greg and me some money so I decided to go and spend a little. There is a Carter's very close to our house and I have been dying to go in there, but have stopped myself as I knew I would go crazy. As I pulled up the windows were covered in posters advertising their Labor Day Sale, every 50% off!!! Are you kidding me, PERFECT!!! So I dared to enter, and what is the first theme of clothes that I see, Bulldog theme! I couldn't resist all the little adorable outfits for our little man! So I might have bought a "few" things. But Greg couldn't get mad because 1-it was bulldog theme, too cute to get mad at 2-it was all 50% off 3-I was using the credit card that gives us points. He says thats how I justify spending money to him, earning points. Thank you Venture card.

So here are pictures of Nolan's growing bulldog theme wardrobe!

 A zip up jacket with a onesie and pants

 Best Buddies onesie

 Button down polo shirt with Best Buddies onesie and corduroy pants

 Collared onesie and sweatpants

 Coverall, perfect halloween color

 I LOVE the footies on these coveralls

 He has to have a little prep in his wardrobe

Velour coverall, in case its cold in Houston ever

Can't wait to meet our little guy, and put him in all his adorable outfits! He will rock the bulldog look almost daily :) Thank you Carter's! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Torrential Downpour

The final piece of furniture has arrived. However, it was an adventure trying to get it in the house :) I went last Saturday when Greg was post call to pick up the hutch from the distribution center in Sugarland. I needed his car and then needed him to be home to unload it. As I approached League City I saw very dark clouds and kept praying that it was south of us and the rain would not fall on my new hutch in the uncovered back of the truck. I almost made it. As I exited the freeway the clouds parted and a torrential downpour started. I started freaking out because Greg was still sleeping, I could not move the box, and we had no covered parking! I pulled into our driveway and constructed my amazing plan. I put flattened, used boxes covering the hutch box so they would absorb the rain. Then I cut open trash bags to cover those boxes because I didn't know how much it was going to rain. As I finished my master plan I noticed the rain that had already accumulated in the bed of the truck was seeping up the bottom of the box. So I HAD to wake Greg. I definitely don't like waking my hibernating bear when he is post call. But he was so wonderful and came out immediately and brought the box inside! I felt so bad waking him up early. He thought all my efforts were awesome but silly too.

Long story short, we got the hutch inside! And now I can show you pictures of it all put together!

Here it is...the final major piece of furniture...the hutch!

The right side of the room

The left side of the room, with a few new pieces

Notice the bulldog mobile mom bought! 
As well as the bulldog decal on the wall :)

I am so excited to see it all coming together! Now to just hang the bookshelves, curtains and fan. I'll keep you posted!

And, while on our anniversary vacation time Greg & I went to his family lake house. We were driving in to town to grab lunch and saw a road sign, Nolan Rd! We had to stop and take a picture. Then I got to thinking. Lauren had given me a picture frame that we wanted to put a picture of Lane and Nolan together in. So I had my friend Corey touch the picture up and I am so excited with how it came out. Our boys together, even if its just their names. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

We are in the final stretch

We have hit the final leg of this race we call pregnancy. I am now 30 weeks and I get to go see the doctor every 2 weeks. Its so nice because by the time I get around to telling everyone I know all the good news from one doctor appointment it's time for the next appointment with more updates! It is so fun!

We went to the doctor on Tuesday. His heart rate was great, 155 bpm, I am finally on the weight gain track and am averaging the normal 1 pound a week. We also got to have a measurement ultrasound to see an approximation of how big he is. Based on the measurements he is measuring 30 weeks 2 days, and I was 30 weeks 3 days, so perfectly on track. He is measuring about 3 pounds 7 ounces. Greg looked up online how this could possibly predict where he will be at birth. Nolan should double weight by full term, 37 weeks, and that would put him at 6 pounds 14 ounces. I can definitely do that. However, he will probably come later and we estimate if he comes at 40 weeks then he could be at around 7 pounds 7 ounces. I am thinking I can do that, as long as he doesn't go much bigger. I canNOT do a 8 plus pound baby. So we shall see how nice my little boy will be to me, his mommy. I want him to be tall like his daddy, but am all for him growing once he is out of my uterus :)

We have decided to get a pool going on multiple things concerning Nolan. You can guess as to date of birth, time of birth, weight and height. Just post your guesses and we will see who wins! I am guessing he will be born October 12th at 10:17 pm weighing 7lbs 1oz and being 20.5 inches long. I don't know why I feel those numbers but I do. Let's see how good my mother's intuition is already. No matter what he will come out being he must fit into this...

Greg and I decided before getting pregnant even the first time that He gets to "brainwash" the boys towards UT and I got the girls for Baylor and/or TCU :) Nolan better start practicing putting his horns up now!

Now on to the nursery. We have added some bulldog touches. Here are some pictures!

I purchased the prints from etsy and bought the frames from Aaron Brothers. 
I painted the trim grey to match other grey accents. 

I ordered the bulldog print from etsy and again the frame is from Aaron Brothers. 
I cut the print too short so I had to add ribbon to cover the extra space. Oops. 

Now we are just waiting on the hutch! I can't wait. I love sitting in the room and admiring where our little boy will sleep. I can't wait to see him and be able to hold him and rock him to sleep in the room, change his diaper and just play with him in there.