Monday, December 31, 2012


Today I had a wedding in Charleston with Tomme Hilton of Tomme Hilton Gallery. I left at noon and arrived just shy of midnight. Sigh. Long day! When I arrived home tonight, my babies were already put to bed. Thanks hubs!

However, I had a 2:30 calling from Joanie.

She had rolled over and couldn't turn back to her tummy. Double sigh.

I leave for 12 hours and I come back to my booger boos already grown! I can't believe it's time. It's time for us to have a roller!

OH!!! And speaking of rolls. Our lil' Rollie Pollie had rice cereal night before last. And her face:

She hates it. She cried for an hour after. Ha. She's still a boob baby!

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Monday, December 24, 2012


I've never made a gingerbread house. And this year Houston pointed it out in the store. So I decided to take it upon myself to do the train one with him!

Ha. Disaster!!

The dang thing wouldn't stay together. It ended up falling down. And I swear we were missing a piece.

Oh well. H had fun! He ate it the whole time. Haha.

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

A little jlb love

Just wanted to show a sweet happy JL face :)

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My update

So, it hurts. It hurts like shiz-nit. Ugh. I called the doctor yesterday because over the weekend I thought I had developed a tooth ache or something else. So, I wanted to get it checked. AND because I was out of my pain meds!!! I've had to double up the pills just to I can get by since early Saturday morning.

It turns out I had an infection where they attached the tissue on the left side + a blood clot on the roof of my mouth where they removed the tissue. Ouch.

It was painful! The periodontist had to numb the roof of my mouth (one shot) to push the blood clot out. As well as numb my left side (three shots) to remove some of the infection. However, apparently once there's an infection, you can't totally numb the area to remove all feeling. SO, I felt him scratching away the infection and removing some stitches. Yep. I cried. I balked like a baby! Haha.

It's official I'm one of those who says, "I'd rather give birth to a child than do this again." And I'm glad I went ahead and did both my left and right side at the same time. Otherwise, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have ever done this surgery again! Although, he did say mine was a rare infection that can happen . . . But doesn't happen too often.

Yep. It would be me. So. Today in on the road to recovery. I do feel less 'heartbeat' on my left side. But it still aches.

// On the bright side // Christmas is around the corner and I have completed my shopping!

'Tis the season y'all!

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Keaton Lee Lindler

I'm excited to announce I will be the aunt to a sweet lil . . .

. . . Baby!

Ha. So, little did I know, my sister found out what she was having today! I thought she had a regular check up . . . But she also had an appointment to find out the sex of her baby!

She came home and we immediately casted a vote on whether she'd be having // hair bows // or // lumberjack boots //

. . . And the tally was 27 GIRL and 38 BOY.

So . . .

We are excited to be the Aunt and Uncle of a sweet baby wearing . . .

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Moose jammies

My little boy is so stinking cute. I mean, duh! Look where the cutie came from! Laugh. I'm kidding!

But seriously, tell me he doesn't rock these awesome moose jammies?

I've been wanting to get home some of these footed ones because his little feet get so cold at night. He moves so much when he sleeps, so he doesn't keep a blanket on him. And sometimes he will wear socks to bed and sometimes he won't. SO, I built up this big deal about these moose jammies with feet and he LOVES them! Yay! Who knew. I thought it'd be a bust. But nope. He was sporting them all around the house!

Thank goodness!! Because I got him more for his birthday! Ha.

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I'm an Aunt x3

Not sure if most of you know, but I am becoming an Aunt again in June!!! And I'm beyond thrilled!!

We will be introducing baby Lindler the first week or so of June! Yay!! And the first of January, they find out what they will be having! The name has already been decided on . . . A name for either boy and girl :) which I LOVE! It's so unique and THEM! If you know it, don't you love it!? If you haven't heard, I'll wait for the gender reveal!!

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Saturday, December 15, 2012


I think it's safe to say that I am the worlds worst speller / typer. I just went back and reread some of the recent blogs and found numerous typos. Baha. Oh well, right? I mean, y'all got the point of the posts. But, I wanted you to know, I'm fully aware if my mishaps.

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Friday, December 14, 2012


I know y'all are all so concerned about how I'm doing. (Insert sarcasm). So, I'll up date you.

I missed my 2:30 meds due to sleep. Not sure which was more important. But now I have some aching on my left side. It's not too bad. Bearable. But annoying. I'm suppose to be sleeping. But j cant now. And ESP since Joanie Leigh is still asleep!

She cried for roughly 2 hours last night. Ah. Made me melt. We knew she was hungry because she only ate 2 bottles yesterday! She's normally a pig. And for her to deny any food . . . Sucks. She hates the bottle! So I broke down and fed her. My doc told me to wait at least 12 hrs, 24 would be best and 36 to be absolutely sure. But after her denying bottles all day and hearing her cry for 2 hours, I gave in. I guess it really is official, she's a boob baby.

I did consult with another breast feeding mom / doctor and has several nursing / doctor friends. So, made me feel better. She's an awesome 'go to'.

I pumped for 9 months with Houston. And that didn't bother me. But looks like ill be breast feeding Joanie till she's one! Laugh. Nah. We are going to keep trying bottles and see how she does. Matt can usually get her to take one or two from him. But anymore than that, she's done.

Oh Joanie.

So I've been investing in more breast feeding clothes / bras / tanks. I didn't with Houston because I would just go into a private room and pump. But looks like ill be feeding more frequently with Tubbs.

Houston, on the other hand, is talking in his sleep. So confusing for me because he will wake up, calm for me, "mama, I need you." And by the time I get there, he's asleep. So, he has to be sleep talking! I've noticed it several times. Jess was really bad at this. Maybe that's one of the traits he got from me (since he's all daddy).

Ok. I've been awake for an hour. It's time I go back to sleep. Till next convenient blog post!

I love this app.

Oh, wanted to share a little photo :) trying to do at least one with each post!

"Inna hold Toni, mama. I hold her. "

He loves her. And she loves him! So crazy. They have an unspoken bond!

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Thursday, December 13, 2012


Yes. I am blogging about apps on my phone and the reason I am is because . . . I just got the app to blog from my phone!


Now I can keep it up to date! Great tool for the 4am feedings OR the pump sessions OR car rides. Yay! So for those of you who keep up with my blog , you 'should be' for ever updated!

Here's an update:

A cute lil photo of Joanie Leigh!

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Gum graph

This morning I had a gun graft on two teeth, one on the left and one on the right. I am not afraid to admit that I was nervous going into it. Mostly because my experience having my wisdom teeth removed was awful! Probably one of the worst pains I vividly remember.

However, this (so far) isn't all that bad. I've slept most of the morning. And kept up with my pain meds. Whew. But I know the next couple days might be different. Fingers crossed!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Joanie Leigh now has a sympathy cry. Every time Houston gets into trouble and is pouting . . . This is her face.

Oh what a sympathy cryer!

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

our life.

our life lately has been quite hectic. Between me working / staying home with two kids / daddy working / daddy's soccer . . . it makes time FLY. We are always busy. And haven't had but ONE or TWO free weekends since Joanie has been born. Sigh. But, we love it.

Houston is enjoying school . . . and talking up a storm. He's doing well with his 'sentence completion' -- laugh -- making full sentences. It's so cute! He loves holding Joanie and helping us with her. He's still quite obsessed with cars. And LOVES Chocolate milk. I have to keep holding my tears back when I think he will be THREE in a month. Yes. THREE. I better get on that 'party planning'.

Joanie is growing so much. She is about 13lbs. Yes. 13! She's such a chunk! She will be 3 months soon . . . and I think we may need to up her clothes size to 6 months! Laugh. My lil' tubs. I am still calling her Joanie vs. Joanie leigh . . . but I've been working on it. I really want Joanie Leigh to stick . . . but it's so hard! Ha. She still LOVES her milk. She eats ALL the time!! Joanie loves to smile at you now . . . and coo! She's quite the talker.

I will post more soon!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

a little Joanie Leigh

I'm starting to like my bath time.

Houston on the left  |  Joanie Leigh on the right
I love my tummy.

I'm such a great sleeper.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

the princess

Several times a day, I lay Joanie Leigh on the floor for Houston and I to talk to her. She just looks up at us as if she knows exactly what we are saying. The other day, I told Houston that one day Joanie Leigh will play with him. He smiled big. . .

Then he said: "Toanie play knight?"

Me:  "Yes buddy, Joanie will play 'Mike the Knight' with you."

Houston:  "Yes!"

Me:  "Buddy, If your 'Mike the Knight', who is Joanie going to be?"

Houston: "A princess."

. . . And my heart melted.

*For those who don't know, Houston calls 'Joanie'  --  'Toanie.'  And 'Mike the Knight' is a cartoon he loves to watch :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

one month.

it's been ONE MONTH since our lil' girl came into this world! And since then . . . we've been doing nothing but adjusting and working! I'd have to say, she's a great baby. She's quite the eater and the sleeper! Here are a few things she's doing now:

Joanie Leigh normally eats 4 to 5 oz. at each feeding. She is still on the breast but we are transitioning to bottles during the day.

She sleeps about 4 hour spans at night while staying awake most of the day . . . or not 'sleeping hard' during her 'day naps'. She will have 'off days' where she sleeps most of the day and thru the night . . . but mostly she's got her days and nights figured out. 

She hates bath time. She's really only enjoyed bath time once or twice. Poor thing.

Joanie Leigh is beginning to lift her head. It's so cute. I took a photo from Matt's phone the other day with her sitting on his chest and holding that head up! She's such a big girl!

She hates to lay down flat.

She doesn't mind getting her diaper changed . . . even thru the night! She just lays there.

Joanie Leigh is still quite the 'spitter upper'. UGH. She is doing better but still spits up.

At a month old, we have by passed the 'Newborn' clothes and entered the 3 month drawer. Laugh. She's such a chunk! 

There are a ton of things I am sure I am missing! But one thing I can tell you, is that Houston LOVES her. He sings to her when she's crying. He 'watches' her when I go to the bathroom. You know. . . all the 'big boy' responsibilities. He always asks if she's okay. And he doesn't mind her 'playing' with his cars. Whew.

I will post some up to date photos soon! Till then, if you haven't seen our Birth Announcement, here it is!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Katie Moore

I have been contacted from a blog follower and was asked to post a 'Guest Blog' from her.  Her name is Katie Moore and you can read more from her on her blog about various pregnancy related subjects. 

So, here goes . . .  The baby me's FIRST Guest Blog post.

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Caring For and Nurturing Your Infant

One of the greatest joys in life is giving birth to a healthy baby. Moms spend
the better part of a year waiting for their babies to arrive, watching their
bodies change, and feeling a sense of excitement and anticipation over the
new changes in their life. However, some moms begin to feel a little nervous
and anxious as their due dates grow closer—there are many decisions to be
made regarding options like delivery methods, pain management, and cordblood banking to name a few. They wonder if they will be able to nurture
their baby the way they should, and they wonder if they’ll be good at the
parenting thing. Fortunately, these women’s fears are unfounded, because
caring for and nurturing a newborn infant are two of the easiest things
women do, even if it doesn’t seem like it in the beginning.

Health Care

Moms can start nurturing and caring for their infants long before they even
give birth. One of the most important things a woman can do before she
welcomes her baby into the world is find the baby a good pediatrician. The
importance of a good pediatrician is extreme; moms must be able to trust
the person who is taking care of their child, making sure their infant is
growing at the right pace, and treating their child for medical purposes.
Additionally, it’s also important that moms like their pediatricians, because it
means they’ll be more likely to call the pediatrician in an emergency rather
than attempting to care for their sick baby alone.

A good pediatrician is one who has experience working with children, who is
board certified and licensed, and who has an exemplary record. Moms can
find pediatricians in the phone book, online, and through word of mouth.
Most moms are happy to recommend their great pediatricians to other
moms; all moms have to do is ask around.


Babies are not like adults. They must eat regularly and consistently to
maintain their health. If an adult skips breakfast one morning due to a late
start or another reason, it’s not really a big deal. If an infant misses a meal,
it’s a very big deal. The first step to good nutrition any new mom can take is
to decide what feeding method to use.

Breastfeeding is one method—it is also the method most doctors
recommend. Breast milk is full of nutrients and antibodies that promote good
health and prevent children from becoming ill or sick. However, not all
women are able to breastfeed. Some cannot do it due to health reasons and
others simply choose not to breastfeed. This is a personal decision every new
mom must make, and they should know that choosing not to breastfeed
their child is not the end of the world.

Formula feeding is the other choice for new moms. This means purchasing

baby formula, making bottles, and feeding babies. It’s far easier to do on the
run, and it doesn’t require pumping and freezing breast milk. However, it
doesn’t have quite as many nutrients as breast milk, but it is healthy and
safe for newborn babies.

“Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger
who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all
other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people!
To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her
twitter, @moorekm26.”

Friday, October 5, 2012

2 weeks

Well, our lives have been quite busy lately . . . still adjusting to our new joy. Don't get me wrong, she's an awesome lil' baby! But juggling two + trying to work (yes, I had a shoot this past Sunday and a wedding this Saturday) + keeping up with the house + trying to keep everyone posted . . . it's hard!

I still need to blog about her debut, but till then, let me tell you about my baby girl . . . or 'Tubbs' as I call her! She has the BIGGEST and CUTEST chubby cheeks! Gah, I kiss them all the time :) 

Tubbs is quite the eater. I mean, QUITE the eater. I am breast feeding / pumping (yet again) and she's done well at keeping most feedings to every 2.5 to 3 hours. At first, she was every 4 . . . which scared me, because I know breast milk goes thru their systems faster than formula . . . but with every 4 hour spans, she was still gaining . . . so no need to change anything. Not to mention, she is letting Daddy and I sleep at night! So, now that we are on a 2.5 to 3 hour schedule during the day, she sometimes gives us a 5 hour span at night! Thank you baby girl! She's beginning to make up for my miserable pregnancy! Laugh.

She had her 2 week appointment today and she is now 9 lbs 7 oz. -- Tubbs gained a pound from her debut! And she is 20 3/4 inches long. Sigh. She's already making me sad by growing so fast!! Tear.

She has started to like sleeping on her belly. I seem to have tummy sleepers! Makes me nervous with all the 'studies' about SIDS . . . but, they love their tummies! And hey, I slept that way . . . and I'm fine (or so I think, j).  She has also started to lift her head a little. She thinks she such a big girl! AND she is starting to pay more attention to us . . . she will stare at us longer :) Makes us smile!

OH, and Houston loves her! He says 'Mornin' Joanie' when he gets up and 'Mama, baby okay?' for when she cries . . . which isn't too often. He likes to hold her hand and help carry her carseat to the car. Oh, my buddy. He even shares his cars with her! He lets her look at them . . . and maybe hold on. That's it. haha.

Here are a few images. I have more but need to download! Another on my 'to do' list that keeps getting longer! 

She rarely cries . . . and it's usually because she's hungry :)

They just can't get enough of each other :)

I think we have another belly sleeper!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

We welcome, Joanie Leigh

I have lots to blog about and catch up on . . . till then, I wanted to leave you with a few photos from the 'start' to Joanie's Newborn Session. I say 'start' because every time we 'start' a session, she poops or pees or spits up EVERYWHERE. She's a gassy lil' thing!

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Joanie Leigh  //  9.19.12   //  8lb 6oz  //  20in

Joanie Leigh  //  5 days new

Joanie Leigh  //  7 days new

Monday, September 17, 2012

38 weeks

At this point today, I have two more days until the arrival of Joanie Leigh. We are very excited . . . but very nervous. I have been physically drained. My Braxton Hicks Contractions are constant. They tend to stay between 6 and 10 minutes apart. Never consistent. I waddle everywhere. And typically when I walk or sit in an uncomfortable way, I get pains in both legs. I am emotionally challenged! Laugh. Don't mention the 'cry' word . . . or I will start. Not sure why. But Jess has asked me twice if I was about to cry and of course, the works turned on! Argh. Hormones. I have slept decent the past two nights, but I need to catch up from the last 5 weeks! Needless to say . . . I'm ready for a little bit of normalcy.

My 38 week appointment was on Thursday of this past week (hey, it's hard to keep updated).  I checked out fine! Baby girl is WAY down (of course). And I am 2 cm dilated. My weight gain is (so far this morning) a successful 27.5 lbs. Still proud! I have REALLY splurged the last couple days in the 'eating' department . . . whoops! But hey, I don't have much more time left for me to do that! Right? The doc. said my belly was measuring at 36 weeks vs. 38 but he thinks that's because she has already dropped.

*My goal is to walk into the hospital the day of our induction and already be 4 cm :) A girl can dream! We go in Wednesday morning at 6am to be induced! I'm a bit nervous, now that I know what induction is all about . . . and I am emotional about Houston. BUT I am more excited to meet Joanie and add to our lil' family.

Below is my 38 week photo. It's a few days past our 38 week mark.  It's hard to get someone to take my pic! Mostly, it's hard for me to get dressed to look decent. Laugh. It takes too long! Not to mention, this week most of my clothes have started to get too small. None of my dresses 'stretch' over the bump (well, I have two dresses). And I have several shirts that cover my belly fully. My belly usually pokes out the bottom! haha. I've refused to purchase any more maternity clothes since this is my last pregnancy . . . I can pass the wardrobe to someone else! j.

38 weeks, 3 days

Next post will be a photo of my Joanie Leigh + my last belly photo at 39 weeks! AH. I can't believe it's time!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

7 days

Today marks our '7 days' till we meet Joanie . . . unless she comes on her own between now and then. Matt and I have been talking about how crazy time has flown. How it just seems like the other day we decided we even wanted to add another Billingsley Baby to our mix. And now . . . it's time for her to become a part of our family. AH. Enter freak out mode. But really. Where did the last 9+ months go?

I think that Matt and I are ready . . . Well, ya know . . . as ready as we can be. However, we aren't quite sure that our first born, Houston, is as ready as we want him to be! Sigh. One can wish. We have talked with Houston time and time again about us bringing a baby home to stay with us. He knows her room. He knows her toys. He knows her beds / swings / etc. He prays for her every night before bed.  He points to her in my tummy. I'm just not sure he 'gets' it. But then again, how do you prepare an almost 3 year old that a baby is coming to stay forever.

I'm not going to lie. I have had my 'melt downs' that my lil' boy isn't a lil' boy anymore. He's growing up so fast. And when reflecting on how fast the past 3 years have gone . . . I cry because I know Joanie Leigh's going to grow just as fast. Tear. I keep having to ground my self and not skip ahead. Matt mostly does that for me. Laugh. I always think in advance . . . and right now, I need to just keep my head in the moment!

SO, the next time I blog will be about my 38 week appointment (that's tomorrow) . . . and then . . . right at 39 weeks, we will deliver our first lil' girl! Till then!

Joanie Leigh's Room

Matt and I have finally finished her nursery . . . well, mostly! There are still a few things I can't decide upon OR a few things we still have left to do  (i.e. paint the ceiling baby pink + crown molding and rearrange a few things) BUT for the most part, this is it!

Monday, September 10, 2012

37.5 weeks

Today leaves us at 10 days until Joanie's for sure arrival! WEIRD!

We had our 37 week check up on Friday with my primary OB . . . and NOTHING has changed from the week before. So, we are still on our way . . . just waiting! My weight gain is still good! Right at 26 lbs! I still can't sleep. Insomnia has set in . . . going on week 5 of no sleep. I waddle EVERYWHERE I go . . . and walking only gives me painful contractions that don't stay! Argh. We are working on getting baby girl to 'come on her own' before our induction date . . . but we know she will only come when she's ready!

And of course, Gigi had to jump in while being so cute for our 37 week picture! This week I'm feeling more exhausted than ever and starting to 'puff' up . . . while she's still sporting her cute lil' self! j.

37 weeks, 3 days mama   |   Gigi

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

36 weeks and counting.

Before I forget to post my 36 week picture . . . even tho tomorrow marks the complete of our 37 week . . . here it is. Belly and all. It was also Clemson's first game, so I busted out my purple dress for Joanie Leigh :)

36 weeks, 2 days

We went last week (Friday, 8.31.12) to our 36 week appointment and scheduled for me to be induced! Her now arrival date (at the latest) is 9.19.12 . . . I, of course, am still banking for her to come earlier . . . laugh, what mother doesn't at this point. But, I am excited whatever may happen.

At our appointment, my OB said she is WAY down, I am effaced and one cm dilated. WHICH, we all know, you can stay like that for weeks. BUT, considering I hardly made this much progress at 41 weeks with Houston, I'd say that's much more progress for Joanie Leigh! Fingers crossed. I've had painful contractions the last couple days, that my body is now sore from them. If anything, let's hope when I go in to be induced, I will be half way there! Laugh. A girl can dream, right?

2 yr preschool

Today, Houston started his first day of 2 year old Preschool. The past two years he has been in MMO (Mother's Morning Out) and never really been a fan. Of course the teachers loved him and said he played fine . . . but getting him there was always a challenge. Houston isn't one to wake up and go . . . he's like his daddy and needs time to get a grasp on the day. Which is fine . . . but come one dude!

So this morning was a rough start. He didn't wake up till 8:15 (which he normally wakes up at 7:30 or 7:45) and we needed to leave at 8:35 . . . try getting this child up / fed / dressed / in the car in 30 minutes . . . was challenging. There was LOTS of 'smooth' talking about school and how much fun he would have and how we needed to get going so we could play . . . he was SO excited. WAS. Till we got to school and I walked him in . . . and 4 of the 9 kids were crying for their parents. GREAT. Way to be late me. Now I have scared child who looks at me and says, 'Mama, stay.' because he didn't know what to do with all the other criers. haha. Poor thing.

Of course I had to make a run for the door when he got to playing . . . but he noticed and looked at me with the saddest face!! And then my hormones got the best of me . . . I started to cry too. DANG IT. I would always do fine at MMO . . . mostly laugh as I walked out. I know, I know. Great mom I am! j. But, at least I never cried! This time, I got into the truck and had to get a tissue. Seriously!

Other than our dramatic cry moment . . . Houston was excited. He picked out his shirt and shoes. He smiled the whole way to school. Talked about how Wes goes there too. Told me that I was going to pick him up. Said he wanted to play on the play ground. PROMISED he wouldn't teetee in his diaper so we could wear big boy undies the next day. Fingers crossed on that one! He probably peed his pants once he walked in with all the other criers. j.

Take a look at his first day of 2 year old preschool :) I didn't take an 'professional' pictures . . . I just snapped a few on my phone. I mean, it's not 'real' school is it? Gosh, I'm awful!

Houston walking to the truck with his book bag on  //  him standing on our front porch ready for school  //  Houston and I before he walked into his room with his name tag on (he didn't want to take his picture alone)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

'my backpack'

Houston starts 2 year old Preschool this week! And we had to purchase a 'full size' book bag for him to put all his 'artwork' and 'papers' in for the year. Unfortunately for my 'midget', they SWALLOWED him and he could barely walk. SO, we had to settle for a smaller full size book bag. Laugh . . . if that even makes sense.

The task to purchase this new bag was horrid. Jess (Gi-Gi) and I went to Target Saturday to look for him a new 'back pack' (he likes to call it that . . . that's to Dora the Explorer). Well, of course I waited till the LAST moment to purchase a new bag . . . there wasn't much of a selection. It was either Thomas the Train / Dora the Explorer (pink and purple) / Transformers (or some other weird 'fighting' show) -- all other book bags were 'full size' and there was no way possible he would be able to 'tote' it around. So from these three choices, guess which 'backpack' Houston wanted . . . YEP. . . DORA! Oh gah. The pink and purple book bag. After discussing with him that we are a 'boy' and can't get that . . . he decided he didn't want anything. GREAT. He kept pushing us out of the aisle, telling us, "NO! Put back GI-GI!" or "NO! I no like, MaMa." . . . and pushing the buggy out of the aisle. YAY me. Maybe after 10+ minutes of arguing with a toddler about his book bag, Jess finally snuck it into the buggy without him looking. WHEW.

After our sneak purchase and getting it into the house . . . he now LOVES it. And wont hardly put it down. So . . . we are ALL ready for school!

We even took it to the Chapin Labor Day Parade and he used it to haul his candy in. Laugh. I'll be surprised if he takes it off at school!! j.

Monday, August 27, 2012

35.5 weeks

We are nearing 'Full Term' and it feels so good! Well, you know what I mean . . . the fact that it's getting SO close to use meeting our lil' girl.

I will have to admit, the past couple of days, I have had some pregnancy 'sadness'. Just thinking, this will be my last pregnancy . . . that in only a few short weeks, she will no longer be only mine . . . that I will NEVER again feel lil' hands / feet kicking me from the inside . . . that this is the end. Tear. I went through all these withdrawals with Houston when he was born . . . and I NEVER thought I would feel them again (esp. with this miserable pregnancy) but they are starting to slip into my head . . . esp. late at night when I can't sleep . . . and then stay there ALL DAY.

But, I know Matt (and many others) are ready to meet her! I've been hogging her for the last 9 months . . . I guess it is time to share! j.

This past week has been pretty good. Same 'ole stuff. I have had contractions off and on all week long. I have a feeling they wont die down . . . and that they are here to stay. Mom said that's how she was with 'us' (Jess and I) . . . GREAT. So, figured they wont go away till delivery.

I've been napping A LOT . . . only because I can't sleep longer than 4 hour spans without waking up for a while. Which, I must say, has been nice to snuggle w. Houston during nap times the past week. Soaking up all the time with my lil' man as I can before Joanie Leigh makes her debut!

We go to the doc. Friday for our 36 week check up. We will then discuss with our primary OB options / dates for delivery! YAY! Pretty excited for that : ) Till then . . . enjoy our weekly pic!

35 weeks, 3 days

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Big Boy Bed = Check :: Potty Training = Check

Sleeping in our big boy bed + potty training were mommies two big tasks this summer! And with the summer ending and Joanie approaching . . . I must say, we are two for two!

Now, I don't want to brag too much too soon . . . and don't get me wrong . . . he has his moments. We do have accidents and we do sometimes slip into mommy and daddy's bed in the middle of the night. However, the past two weeks have been AWESOME! He hasn't slipped into bed with us ONCE! AND he has started to 'poo poo' in the potty!

Poo Pooing in the potty has been a task . . . he used to HATE doing it and would hardly let us sit him on the throne . . . now, we go. And the conversations on the pot go like this:

Houston:  "Mama, did you hear it?"
Me:  "Yes, buddy, I heard it. Good job. Mommy's proud of you."
Houston smiles.
Houston:  "Mama, dats a big won."
Me:  "Yes, yes it is. Now are you finished?"
Houston:  "Nope."

A long pause.

Me: "Are you done now?"
Houston: "Mama, I flush it?"
Me: "Not till you are finished. Are you done now?"
Houston: "Nope."

Another long pause. And repeat until he says, "Mama, I done."

He has become quite the 'sitter'. Laugh. BUT, at least we are making it in the pot! YAY! We still have some 'tee tee' accidents. And our hardest challenge is when we 'travel' . . . getting him to go before we get in the car and making sure he 'holds' it till our destination. THEN, letting us know while we are at our destination that he has to go pee. He has done well the past week and I only hope he gets better! It's hard, but seeing the no.5 diapers deplete from the Billingsley Household excites me!

OH, and we still sleep in diapers. I have bought the protection cover for his bed, but I just can't do it yet. Not till he is good ALL the time during the day will I risk the night time wets. AH. We are so far along but so far to go!

I couldn't get a photo of him on the pot for a few giggles . . . but this one is close enough. H in his 'undies' being a typical man.

Everyone says he is going to kill me when he gets older . . . but I don't care. He's too cute!
He likes sporting off his big boy undies . . . or panties as I call them.  I'm getting better!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

34.5 weeks.

Our 34th week into this pregnancy . . . a little late, since this week we have completed our 35th and started our 36th. Whoops. It's so hard to keep up!!

34 weeks is just about the same as our last 33 . . . enjoyable but miserable.

I started with BH contractions again on Sunday . . . not so steady during that morning but by night time, I was 10 min. apart for a couple hours. These contractions are stronger than the last set. They are harder and stronger, they take my breathe away for a moment, make my legs tingle / go numb and I can feel it 'downstairs'.  I knew I wasn't in labor . . . so I didn't want to 'call in', but I did 'get in trouble' last time I didn't call . . . so I figured I'd wait till the morning :) Laugh. It took me awhile to go to sleep. But, I woke up and they had slowed down but were still coming . . . Darn. I guess I should call. So I did. Of course they told me to 'come in' and let's 'check it out'. BLAH.  I was there for 2 hours WAITING for them to see me. It's a good thing I wasn't in real labor! j.

I did luck out tho, my primary OB was on call and he checked me. He said her head is WAY down (there is the pressure) and that I have started to efface but not dilated any.  This is just my body getting ready for the 'big debut'. Well, DUH. I knew that! However, he does want me to continue to take it easy till I'm full term so we don't have a baby. I go back to the doc. next week to meet with him for my 36 week checkup and we can discuss options for delivery! YAY! Because I am READY.

I've tried to talk my self into letting this pregnancy take it's course and let the 'good man upstairs' tell me when she is ready . . . however, I can't deny it . . . I am MISERABLE. I am still having contractions. I can't sleep at night. I can't breathe. I can barely walk without feeling this bowling ball between my legs. My legs now feel like noodles from the contractions and so much pressure. I have felt hung over for the past 9 months and I am so ready to feel 'normal'. I'm still constipated and I am TIRED of trying to go. Trust me, MiraLAX / Metamucil / stool softeners / fiber pills only go so far. I chug water ALL day that I pee 4 times a night. I probably could eat better to help my constipation, but dang, being so nauseous makes you only want to eat so many 'good foods'.

Point is . . . I am starting to get exhausted from all of this . . . and my thinking, why let me continue to be exhausted when a newborn isn't even here yet. I will DIE once she arrives! I keep thinking of 'how did I do this and go all the way to 41 weeks with Houston' . . . but I was no where near all of this. Maybe in the last week did I start feeling the exhaustion take over from pregnancy. But, this has been going on for a while that I am purely exhausted!!!!!

On the bright side, my weight gain is still down. I'm at 24.5 lbs. I am told all the time how 'great I look' and 'small I am' but I sure don't feel it. This baby is really sticking out there now! It's hard to roll out of bed and get in / out of the car. Laugh. This week you can start to see the exhaustion in my eyes. Thank goodness I get 'nap time' with Houston during the day! Otherwise, I'm not quite sure I'd make it! haha. 

34.5 weeks

Houston doesn't get much 'mommy, I hold you' time anymore :(

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

heavy hearts

We were extremely excited to announce yesterday if baby Frick no.3 was going to be a boy or a girl; however, we are now saddened to announce that baby Frick no. 3 did not have a heartbeat in my sisters 22 week ultrasound. Please keep my sister's family in your prayers. The next couple of weeks will be hard but we all know it's in God's hands.

Monday, August 13, 2012

33.5 weeks

This pregnancy, I have experienced it all . . . I have had a cold / sinus infection / stomach bug and now a sore throat. ARGH.

Not to mention all the other pregnancy symptoms I have had . . . extreme nausea / constipation / dry eyes / nose bleeds / sleep insomnia / belly button half poking / varicose vains (thank god no one can see them) / peeing every time I take a sip of something / fatigue (only in the 3rd trimester) / hard braxton hicks (these darn things take my breathe away) / unexplainable rashes / pinched sciatic nerve . . .

BUT, I have gotten a few good things from this pregnancy . . . glowing skin / great hair / low weight gain . . . ALL of which were AWFUL with Houston . . .

And the BEST thing I am getting from all of this . . . JOANIE LEIGH!

33.5 weeks and counting . . .

Okay, enough negative talk about this pregnancy. I am pretty sure I have done plenty of that with ea. blog post! On a lighter note, I had my 33 week check up on Friday with Dr. Stands . . . and all went well!! I have successfully gained 20 pounds! YAY! And everything else looks / measures fine! We are still on our way to our due date 9.27.12 -- now 6.5 weeks away!! Fingers are still crossed for a 2 week early arrival . . . much more preferred than a one week post due date arrival! Laugh. We don't REALLY care . . . just as long as she comes our healthy!

We had our baby shower this past Saturday and it was so nice to see all our friends. It was a girls only shower! Just easier with the space and knowing that most everyone has kids, someone needs to stay home and watch those babies! j. It was a diapers / wipes / gift cards shower but Joanie Leigh got LOTS more than diapers / wipes / gift cards! So many cute monogrammed gifts / outfits / picture frames / books and extras! We are very blessed to have so many wonderful people make her arrival so special! Photos to come later! Jess was in charge of the photos . . . so they are on her camera!

What's new? Nothing really! We are done purchasing EVERYTHING she needs. We are done with her room. Everything is washed and ready for her arrival! Photos will come now that it's put together! All that is left is her bassinet 'bedding and her Moses basket 'bedding' both of which my mom is making! So, stay tuned to see the final results!!

The last two steps that Matt and I need to make are 1. pack our hospital bags. and 2. put the car seat in the car.

Maybe 3 steps . . . We still can't decide on what to do with Houston once I go into labor. Laugh. We said we would 'play it by ear' depending on if I go into labor on my own and depending on the time of day / time of week. Laugh. But we still haven't figured out the options! 

Niece or Nephew?

Today my sister Brandy finds out if she is having a BOY or a GIRL!  It's not till later this afternoon . . . BUMMER . . . so now we have to wait ALL day to find out!

BUT, I am starting to think GIRL for her. Hmmmm.  Not really sure why but that's what I am going with. At first, I thought BOY all the way. BUT, Lately, I have a lil' feeling pink!

Either way, we will be happy! And can't wait to meet Frick baby no.3!

Monday, August 6, 2012

32.5 weeks

This past Thursday we completed our 32nd week of pregnancy with baby no.2 and started our 33rd! Crazy to think that we are now down to almost 7 weeks until the baby is due! AH.

And at 32.5 weeks, we had our Maternity Session with the AWESOME Tomme Hilton of Tomme Hilton Gallery. We had a blast with our pics . . . mostly arranging the wardrobe and socializing! HA. Had to catch up! But, once it was time to 'get busy', we did! We did have one awesome idea we wanted to do . . . but it started raining . . . DANG IT! Oh well, we can do it next session. I know we got plenty AWESOME photos this session and I cannot wait to see them all! 

Here are a few of my favorite solos. Enjoy!

32.5 weeks

'ready to pop'

gah, this is proof my butt is just as big as my belly!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

my houston.

I have one crazy child! He is so outgoing . . . WILD! For one thing, he LOVES to play dress up . . . sounds weird for a lil' boy, BUT he thinks it's so funny to walk around in my clothes / accessories. I mean, I get it . . . he sees me doing it EVERYDAY . . . so to him it's normal. And have no fear, we only let him do it and laugh . . . it's not like we let him go out of the house this way!!

This was the day I was dressing up for my Maternity Photos . . . so, he dressed up too!!

Not only is he playing dress up . . . he is beginning to 'mock' you. AH. Scary! Especially since Jess lives with us! And if you know my sister, she 'corrupts' our kids! j. She has taught Josie and Wes many things that we all 'shake our heads at' but then we can't help but laugh! So now, when Houston goes up to 'GiGi's House', he usually comes back down with some sort of new trick! The newest is 'making faces' and giving you 'FINGERS' and giving it to you 'crooked'. And for those of you who don't know what 'crooked' is . . . Houston tries really hard to give you the 'peace' sign with his two fingers, but he can't . . . he can only 'criss cross' them (like you do when you are wishing for something) . . . and Jess has now taught him to 'give it to people crooked' . . . OH GAH!

silly days up in GiGi's House

AND, he has become quite the lover. He absolutely LOVES our animals. ALL of them. All three cats. Even Jess' classroom pets, turtle and fish. Which turtle was recently given away, thankfully he hasn't noticed. He loves Belle and Pollie (Matt's dog and Donna's dog, they stay at Bob and Donna's). OH, and can't forget Pepper, Jojo's cat (well, it's really Earl's cat).

Here is H with Millie . . . he loves rubbing her belly.

giving Millie love.

And he loves them SO much that he has conversations with them . . . don't ask! Jess got Joanie Leigh a cute lil' hat for her shower next weekend (she can't keep secrets) and she was showing Matt and I her new hat . . . in the midst of her showing us, Houston decided he wanted to show Sloan. And tell Sloan that it's too small for him, and that it only fits Joanie's head. Laugh. HE IS SUCH A MESS!!  And isn't her hat cute!!!

H showing off Joanie Leigh's new hat from GiGi