Saturday, August 27, 2016

Telling Our Families

After waiting 4 weeks to tell our could say we were VERY excited to share our news!

We knew were HAD to tell our families within 12 hours of each other, because both sets of our parents frequent 54th street and we knew if they saw each other and one didn't know...the other's face would totally give it away :)

So Friday night we invited my parents, brother and sister-in-law, and grandparents over for dinner. We usually get together a few times a month, so I don't think anyone suspected a thing...well, except my sister-in-law...but she has been watching me like a hawk for a year now and hoping that every family get together would be "the one" :)

A few minutes before everyone arrived I pulled out the vodka and tequila and made a "drink", except this time...mine was just Sprite ;) Every time we get together either my mom or AJ's mom make the comment "Oh man, she's drinking!" so I knew that if anyone had any suspicions this would throw them off a little bit ;)

For the next hour or so, I cooked dinner...we chatted, and enjoyed each other's company as usual. After dinner, and right before dessert, AJ mentioned to my dad that he had a growler full of the beer he had brewed a few weeks ago that he wanted to send home with him. My dad, who of course, had no idea said "Well I don't need a whole growler...just a glass would be fine"

Then AJ came back with the personalized growler...

My dad took a look at it and in a moment of confusion...or shock, he said "Baby Smith is Brewing?" Seconds later my grandma looked at my mom and said "Did you just hear what I heard?" and then mass chaos ensued. Tons of hugs, a couple tears, and LOTS of excitement!

Finley was exceptionally excited to hear the news of her new baby cousin. She immediately asked if she could hear the baby and then she kept pulling up my shirt because she wanted the baby to come out now...and for the rest of the night my stomach was her personal property. She kept poking and prodding it and insisting everyone else "listen" to the was pretty adorable.

We asked her if she thought the baby would be a boy or a girl and she immediately responded with girl...and that we should name it Finley. After we explained that the baby couldn't have the same name as her, she decided that "Yilly" (Lily) would do.

It was such a fun night of celebration with our family and a HUGE relief to share in our excitement!

The next morning we planned to have AJ's parents and his brother and sister-in-law over to watch the Chiefs' game. We used the excuse that we wanted to watch the game on our new 60" TV to throw them off ;)

And then...around 10AM disaster struck. AJ texted his mom to see what time they were planning on coming over...Cheryl quickly responded, but had no idea what AJ was talking about. AJ had mentioned this to them the week prior, but never followed up, so they completely forgot. I told AJ to turn on the guilt to ensure that they came over. Luckily, it worked and Fred and Cheryl gave up their day at the lake to spend the afternoon with us ;)

Shortly before the game everyone showed up (and I had another drink pre-made) and we had lunch. After lunch we headed down to watch the Chiefs' game. At the first commercial break AJ said "Oh, Dad...I got you something" As AJ headed to the garage everyone was confused so I just said "Oh yea, AJ grabbed Fred an extra growler of beer the last time we were at KC Bier Co." Brian then jokingly said..."HEY, what about me" :)

AJ came back downstairs with the growler and as he handed it to his dad he said "Oh yea, I even got it personalized for you" Fred sat there in silence (and maybe some confusion) for almost a full minute. No one else could see the growler so they were all like "What does it say?!"

Finally...a few tears eeked out of Fred's eyes...and he slowly turned the growler around to show everyone else. Cheryl immediately started crying, Vanessa shouted, and Brian jumped off the couch and tackled AJ. It was mass pandemonium, of the best kind :)

The first grandbaby on this side of the family is kind of a big deal...and this baby won't be spoiled one bit ;)

So, that is how we shared the news with MOST of our immediate family. We still have 3 long weeks until we can share the news with AJ's sister and her husband Evan. We also made them a growler, so we plan on sharing the news with them the same way. Come on September 16th!!

Friday, August 26, 2016

8 weeks: Morning Sickness? How about ALL DAY sickness?

It sort of looks like I have the beginnings of a bump...but I assure you that it's not. The combination of bloating and a large dinner is deceiving ;)

How far along?
 8 weeks

How big is baby?
A large raspberry or according to my other pregnancy app. a 2x2 Lego block-the random objects option is my favorite! (0.63"/0.04oz)

What's baby up to this week?
Baby is moving around like crazy in there...although I won't feel it for several more weeks and taste buds are forming.

Nausea, nausea, and more nausea! Whoever came up with the term "morning sickness" was a's more like "all day sickness" around here. My mornings are actually the best right first big wave of nausea hits me right before lunch, and then just gets worse throughout the day. I have dry heaved more times than I would like to admit...and let's not talk about the struggles I have had with brushing my teeth (GAG! Literally!)...but no throwing up yet, so I will count myself lucky!

I have also been pretty tired...but I can't decide if it's first trimester fatigue...or back to school exhaustion? Maybe a little bit of both ;)

Maternity Clothes?

Sleep has been about 4000% times better after our first doctor's appointment. I think the anxiety and over-thinking played a part in well as my normal back to school insomnia. Now I am falling right asleep at night (no later than 9PM) and while I wake up a few times in the night to use the restroom I am able to fall right back asleep!

Missing Anything?
 My energy and motivation...although, this exhaustion and tendency to crawl right into bed after work is pretty normal this time of not sure I can blame it on pregnancy.

No real cravings to report here...however, I have been thinking about Sonic chili dogs more than normal...although I have only had 1 or 2 in my entire life. That and a bottle of Pizza Shoppe pink stuff dressing might have fallen in my shopping cart the other day. These random cravings aren't all that abnormal for me though, so I can't blame the baby yet :)

Nothing really sounds all that great at the moment...the nausea makes it hard to eat...however, once I do eat I feel much better. I would say my only real aversions are beer (which I discovered in Chicago-before we found out, when I could hardly choke down a beer...which is so unlike me!) and cucumbers. The beer doesn't bother me at all...since I wouldn't be drinking it anyway...but I typically eat 2 or 3 mini-cucumbers every day, and now just the sight of them makes my tummy turn!

Happy, happy, happy! Everything is still so surreal...I can't wait to become mommy and daddy to this little blessing in our lives :)

Best Moment of the week?
Hands down it was seeing our little Sweet P and his/her heart-beating up on that screen.

Pregnancy Brain Moments?
I tend to be a little scatter-brained in general...and even more so when things are crazy (ex: back to school) but for the next 7 mos. I can blame these moments on pregnancy brain ;)

I changed grade-levels this year...and in turn my schedule is VERY different. This week I accidentally took my kids to lunch 15 minutes late! I was mortified...but luckily they forgave me and haven't been shy about reminding me when lunch time is since ;) I have also been struggling a little during read-aloud, I skip over words and stutter through sentences some times (which is VERY unlike me) but I think I can blame that one on exhaustion!

Looking forward to?
Finally telling our families! We decided to wait until after our first doctor's appointment and this last month has been TOUGH! I had to avoid talking to my mom at as not to spill the beans. And while obviously telling my family is very exciting...I CANNOT wait to tell AJ's mom and dad. It will be their first grand-baby and I have no doubt they will be over the moon excited!

Projects/Baby Gear purchased?
 Nothing yet...unless you count these weekly pictures/posts. We will likely wait until we find out the gender (around 20 wks) to make any purchases.

Since I have shared so much about my running on this blog in the past, I thought I would share my experience with running during pregnancy. I don't have any goals in this process...but I would like to stay as active as possible in hopes of a smoother delivery. I haven't done a whole lot of running or even working out lately though because of how quickly I fatigue. This was one of my first symptoms before finding officially finding out, and it's only gotten worse. I am out of breath VERY quickly and have found myself walking more than running...which I know is better than nothing! The heat has forced me indoors on the treadmill, but watching one of my guilty pleasures makes the time go by much faster :)

I have big plans for a cute little baby book...and at 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, and 40 weeks I will take a photo from above. I found this cute idea on Pinterest, so I am hoping it turns out just as well :)

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Due Date

Waiting for our first doctor's appoint was pure torture...The day after my positive pregnancy test I called to make an appointment and much to my surprise they scheduled it for almost a month later!

A quick Google search (I do this a lot lately) told me that this was completely normal...the first appointment is usually 8-12 weeks because earlier than that and you might not be able to see the heartbeat.

AJ and I decided that we would wait to tell our family till after our first appointment, so those 3 1/2 weeks were definitely tough.

Being around our families and not saying anything was nearly impossible, but I am proud to say we did it :)

And finally on August 22nd the moment we had been waiting for we got to see the most incredible site we have ever seen...

I can't put into words how incredible it was to see that little heartbeat on the screen. Equal parts relief and amazement greeted us as we immediately saw sweet Billy Blob Thornton up on the screen and that little flicker of it's heart.

We had a general idea of the due date (I was guessing anywhere between April 1st and April 9th) but when the sonogram tech measured she said our due date looked to be April 7th..which is the PERFECT day if you ask me :)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

12 months...52 weeks, 365 days, 8,765 hours, 525,948 minutes...1 whole year

One year ago, on July 25, 2015...I made the best decision of my life

As cheesy as it's true.

Our 12th month of marriage just might be my favorite...but that's probably because it included an anniversary trip :) 

This month...

We celebrated our friend Josh's birthday at KC Wine Co.

We celebrated our friend Ben's birthday

And then...America's birthday

We babysat our favorite nieces...and played Barbies :) Uncle AJ always has to be Ken...and Finley's Barbies are NEVER dressed.

Swimming was a hit...and a splash with this happy little girl. 

And I think it's safe to say AJ has gotten over his fear of babies...By your second niece, I suppose you get a little braver ;)

Our wine and cheese night was so successful...we decided to have a beer and pretzel night :) We also discovered that beer tasting is a much safer activity. Wine goes (quickly) to your head :) 

We celebrated National Ice Cream Day

We (I) painted the guest and master bathrooms. This is a before picture...I have yet to take afters (sorry!) However, I am happy to report that we have finished painting every piece of trim, every door, and every wall in this house! My goal was to finish the trim by our 1 year houseiversary...and I am happy to say we succeeded...with 3 weeks to spare! Talk about a HUGE load off. I am so glad to have the painting done...this year we will focus on getting things hung on the wall :) 

We went to Chicago for our "Anniversary Extravaganza"

And even though we technically had 2 day long "monthly dates" while we were in Chicago, we decided we still wanted to celebrate our 12th month anniversary by going to the Ceramic Cafe to paint another fine piece of art.

But then disaster struck...quite literally! Early Monday morning our house was struck by lightning...Happy anniversary to us :) 

Luckily, the damage was minimal and I am lucky enough to have an electrician brother who dropped everything to come over and spend 2 evenings rewiring our bedroom and checking to make sure that everything else was okay. 

However, due to the lightning strike we decided to reschedule our official date for Friday...but that didn't stop us from going out to celebrate with dinner at the fanciest of places...Olive Garden :) 

Cheers to a wonderful year! 

After a quick photo shoot, that my sweet husband was willing to sit through...just for me (we quickly learned that the tripod and self-timer app were not as easy to use as anticipated) we cut into our wedding cake! I was a little hesitant, thinking it might not taste very good...but boy was I wrong! It tasted just as good as our wedding day! 

Our 12th month anniversary was one we have had planned for awhile. A few months back, I bought a Groupon for Ceramic Cafe and their BYOB painting. We painted a piece of pottery on our honeymoon and we thought it would be fun to do it again, a year later...hoping our skills may have improved ;)

We started with dinner at Sunset Grille and then headed over to paint our masterpiece! 

For a wedding gift last year my co-workers put together the sweetest gift! It was a basket filled with bottles of wine that we were instructed to drink for certain occasions (wedding night, first fight, one year anniversary, etc) and because it was BYOB we were able to bring our "one year anniversary" bottle to enjoy! Painting and booze always go hand in hand ;) 

We chose an owl for our mantle...I am hoping that it turns out okay and that we don't have to hide it behind something else ;) 

 Hattie the Hooter turned out better than I thought!

She does look a little bit sleepy here...but hopefully once she is fired and shiny and bright she looks a little more lively :) 

 One whole year of marriage is the books has us saying

"Bring on Year Two!"
Monday, August 1, 2016

July Book Review

I had high hopes for myself this month...I mean, July, for a teacher means all the free time in the world! Unfortunately, that was not the case for me. 

I spent a lot of July finishing up the painting in our house...I had this silly goal of having every room, door, and piece of trim painted before our one-year housiversary (which is tomorrow)  

Luckily, I was able to achieve that goal and I will be hanging up my paintbrushes for awhile...but something had to give...and that something was the hours I planned on spending in my sun room snuggling my sweet pup and reading. #OhWell #MaybeNextSummer

This month there isn't much variety in what I read. 4 of the 5 books are what I like to call "beach reads" They were quick, easy, mindless chick-lit type books. This is all because of that dreaded library holds curse...I've had most of these books on hold for months...and what do you know...they all came available at the same time. Good thing they were quick and easy to read...but I have to say my brain feels kind of mushy and is in dire need of something more substantial next month :)

My first book for this month is also the first book I incurred a late fee at the library for. I may or may not have misplaced it somewhere in the house...which never happens. By the time I found it I only had 2 days before it needed to be returned. However, this book is not meant to be sped read (is that right? Or is it speed read? They both sound stupid...but you get the idea) 

This book is much too insightful to not spend the time reflecting, re-reading, and celebrating everything this brilliant woman has to say. I have been a huge fan of Shonda Rhimes (Hello Grey's, Private Practice, Scandal, and How to Get Away with favorite shows) and while I knew she was a gifted writer...I had no idea how insightful she was. I found myself agreeing with her and cheering her on throughout the entire book! I am half-tempted to go out and by a copy I can keep, highlight, and re-read over and over again! 

Another reason I loved this book is because it reminded me of my New Year's Resolution back in 2011..."What the Heck, Why Not?" I could relate to Rhimes and her "never saying yes" and playing it safe. Please do yourself a favor and read this book :)

 Kristin Hannah is a well known author...I have seen her books everywhere, yet I have never read one. I know, I know...I am just as shocked as you are. I have several on my "to read" list on Goodreads, but never seem to pick up any of her books.

I am a member of BookBub, and each month they send me an email with killer deals on ebooks...well this just happened to be one of the 99 cent deals and I knew I couldn't pass it up. 

I read this book on the treadmill and on our way to Chicago...and I have to say I was not disappointed at all. It reminded me a lot of Nicholas Sparks' book "The Choice" and definitely pulled at the heart strings. I felt like the story-line was somewhat predictable (but isn't that the case with most chick-lit?) but I enjoyed it just the same.

I was VERY excited to read this book as I have read several of Emily Griffin's books in the past. I don't feel like I have much to say about this book...I liked it...but was it wonderful? Nah...quick easy beach-read...and if you are a fan of Emily Griffin and chick-lit than you will really enjoy this one. 

Oh Elin Hilderbrand...something about you just keeps me coming back for more. I have read several of her books and honestly, hated almost half of them. 

However, for some reason I keep reading her books because I want so badly to see what other people are raving about. 

This book just may have pulled me further into her trance and helped me to see what the hype was about. I absolutely LOVED this book. I loved the characters, the story-line, the ending, and the easy way in which it flowed. If you are a Hilderbrand fan definitely read this book...and if you are like me and have been burned once or twice by her past books...go ahead and give this one a will redeem her that's for sure :) 

I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I read this smutty book...and even more embarrassed to admit that I liked it. I honestly put this book on hold months ago (before it was released) because I loved "The Devil Wears Prada" and I figured "why not?" I had no idea what this book was about going into it...but quickly discovered that it was the epitome of beach reads. A professional tennis player who is quickly thrust into the spotlight and ends up in a love-triangle of sorts. There isn't much to the story...but entertaining at the very least :) 

That's all I have for this month...and I have to say I am a little concerned about August. Back to School teacher exhaustion is a real thing...and I am hoping I can keep my eyes open long enough to get in my 4 books :) 

However, if's probably okay because as I did a quick check-in with my progress on my reading challenge...