fall fun day 2013

This past Sunday we decided to go to the pumpkin patch.
Joey sent out this picture to some family members with the caption:
"I'm so excited for the pumpkin patch that I can't see...anything."
 Haha!  Sweet thing.

Shep was ecstatic to be let loose with all the pumpkins.
My sister in law Courtney and my nephew Matthew met us there.  Shepherd had so much fun with his cousin.
Side note: Shepherd thinks picking his nose is hilarious.

P.S. Last years Boyd's Orchard trip.

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Exactly one year ago today was my last day of work.  I've been so eternally blessed to be home with Shepherd.

I love this quote:
"Homemaking is surely in reality the most important work in the world.  What do ships, railways, mines, cars, government, etc. exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes? ... The homemaker's job is one for which all other's exist."
-C.S. Lewis

As the wife and mother of my home I want to make it a beautiful, comfortable, safe, warm, inviting place.
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random ramblings.

Every time I go to Hobby Lobby, I get this unrealistic idea of myself, that tells me, "Yes! Crafts! Lets make wreaths!"  
I can't tell you how many times I've spent a stupid amount of money on crafting supplies, only to have it still in its bag, but moved to the garage months later.  I think I've made two wreaths in my life, I think I've bought supplies for wreaths about 10.
The last time I made a wreath:

Is anyone else watching Bethenny?  I was so excited for it, because I love her, but I've been disappointed.  I just think the content is tacky and she's coming off like a mess.  Hopefully it will get better since it just started.  In better TV news, Parenthood starts this week!  I just watched the preview and want to cry I'm so excited.  Could be the hormones.

We really need to get started on the nursery.  The holiday season will be so busy and fly by, I've started nesting in my head and stressing out about it.  Part of why I've put it off is that I will be giving up the guest room, which doubles as my dressing room/closet.  I always get ready in there, now I'll have to get ready I guess in our bedroom.  We will keep all of my clothes in Major's nursery, because Joey's clothes take up the entire closet in the master.  This house is going to get tight, quickly!

We are trying to decide which crib to buy for Major.  Joey's mom asked if we were going to buy the same crib we have for Shepherd, so if they share a room one day (which they probably will) the cribs will match.  That makes sense to me, but Joey thinks we will have a third child by then and that would mean buying a third crib?  I don't know.  I also like Ikea cribs, but Joey wants a gray one.

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a few pics from last weekend.

We went to the farmers market to pick up some veggies and fresh flowers.  Shep was so cute in his UK track suit since it was game day.

Still practicing getting walking down. 

Shep sporting his Packers shirt on Sunday for the game.  Not to be confused, we did not actually watch the game ;)  My dad's favorite team is the Packers so we had to text him a picture.

^ Drove all the way across town when I realized we had a Tropical Smoothie.  The one close to us closed and I was so sad! ^

^ How precious is this invitation?  Every year our street has a block party, and they go ALL OUT.  About half the people on this street have lived here for the past 50 years, so I appreciate living on a street with people who think its important to be connected to neighbors.  That being said, we definitely felt a little judged for skipping the block party the past 2 years!
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five on friday.

Not too much went on this week, so I thought for Friday I'd jump on the "Friday 5" bandwagon.
5 Random things:


We have two fish, Castle and Goldie.  Goldie is the worst name for a goldfish, but in our defense, we started out with 3, and they were purchased during my husband's marathon Golden Girls DVRing, so it was originally "The Golden Girls."  However 2 died and now we just call the last remaining one Goldie.  This is shaping up to be a really interesting post...
Castle is named after Rick Castle, my favorite writer/detective.  Anyway, Castle is on a suicide mission and has jumped out of the tank twice.  You would think that would convince my husband to not fill the water so high...but no.  I have fears of getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and stepping on a cold dead fish.


We have a lemon and lime tree, and had our first lemon the other day.  Its apparently some weird type of lemon because it was green.   I don't know.  It was good.  You should also know our potted plant count has gone from 31 to 32 with the addition of an indoor tree that is as tall as me.  I told Joey last time we went to Lowes that he was on a plant buying freeze until Spring, but he really can't help himself.


Is this not cruel?  It showed up on my newsfeed the other day.  You upload a picture of your child and they compare it to another child for people to vote on who is cuter.  What is wrong with people.

If you are a mommy, and even if you aren't, this is such a great article.
Sometimes I'm embarrassed when my house is a wreck, because I think, oh my gosh how can I not have time to mop these sticky mandarin orange residue floors or why do I always have to have 3 baskets of unfolded clean laundry just getting wrinkled?!  I loved this article, and apparently so did a lot of other people.
She writes:

There is no greater task than the nothing you did yesterday, the nothing you are doing today, and the nothing you will do tomorrow. Caring for a baby is all about the immediate experience, yet the first two years are all about investment. It’s give, give, give, and give some more. 

Read the whole thing.  

Just a few cute pictures of Shepherd recently.  Love his heart.

^^^ Definitely my child.  Relax! ^^^
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where IS that kitty cat?!

These pictures crack me up.  He just couldn't catch up with that cat.  I have no idea why he is so obsessed with cats.  He wakes up asking for them.
We are working hard over here to get him walking.  He is sooo close.  I went to get my hair colored Monday night, and while I was gone he apparently walked on his own for the first time for my sister in law and husband and I missed it!  He is taking a few steps here and there but hasn't taken off yet for good.  
Last night we were outside watching Joey mow the grass and there was a cat next door.  We walked over and I stood him up to see if he would walk to it.  He took off, but still holding one of my hands.   He was going so quick and I looked like a maniac trying to get Joey's attention over the lawn mower. 
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i think i'm ready to talk about this.

I rarely get embarrassed.  Nothing really embarrasses me because I realize, no one cares.
Do I care if someone trips over their own two feet?  No, I don't.  People are too worried about what they are doing to care about you, not in a bad way, thats just how it is.  So I really don't ever get embarrassed because even if I was, no one else probably noticed.
OK, well that is until this happened.  Its been probably a year, and I just remembered it so I guess I'm ready to talk about it.  Embarrassing isn't even the word.  Mortifying, maybe.  And its so stupid it should be documented.  Shepherd Nash, you are welcome.

OK, back when I was working, I had to cart my breast pump to work every day.  Talk about an ordeal, but thats not the point of this story.  About three times a day I would have to hook myself up and pump.  I had a special bra to pump in that I would wear, that lets just say if you want to look absolutely ridiculous get yourself one of these.  

Now, I know this is where I went wrong.  I never locked my door to my office.  Because we were in a basement and I didn't have any windows and I had an irrational fear that I would lock myself in and get stuck and the building would catch on fire or something.  But I worked with all women so what did I care to lock the door.  Plus they all knew I was pumping so no one ever bothered me.  Except my best friend who worked with me would sometimes come in and chat, again, I have no shame lol.

OK, so one day I'm in my office, all hooked up in my stupid bra, which you should know meant I had to take my shirt off to put it on obviously.  So I'm sitting there at my desk, half naked with a breast pump working away, while I'm probably playing solitaire or something, and in an instant there is a knock on my door.  Without waiting for me to say anything, literally why even knock, in walks this 50ish year old man who I didn't realize was visiting from another office.  He froze, I froze.  Oh my gosh. I am remembering.  He stammers he's sorry and beelines it out of there.  What could I do.  I mean. Oh you should also know his side job was a preacher at some Eastern Ky southern baptist church.  Icing.
After I was finished I think I emailed my coworker to make sure he was gone.  I walked out of my office and every single co worker was just like, Oh my gosh did that just happen?  
Ok then, to make it worse!  He calls the office, to apologize!  I mean, can't we just never talk about it again.  

So there you have it.  I mean...really.
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last weekend.

Since its Thursday and another full weekend is upon us, I thought I'd recap last weekend.  This past weekend Joey was out of town for a Bachelor party, so my family came to stay with me and keep us company.  They got here Saturday afternoon and we spent the evening relaxing, watching the UK game, ordering pizza and playing with Shepherd.

On Sunday we got up and went to church.  Our sermon was about temptation.  I really liked what our pastor said about how we rationalize things to ourselves, to justify a sin.  I've definitely been guilty of that.  
After church while Shepherd napped, my mom and I went out to a few consignment stores.  I really am not into so much money on a double stroller, but I also want one that is clean clean clean, and was not used by a smoker.  I'm also thinking, the baby is due in January, do I really need a double stroller right away?  Anyway, while we were waiting for the stores to open, we just happened to find a farmers market, so of course we walked around.  We even found some blueberries for Shepherd.  They are his favorite, after mandarin oranges.
After Shep woke up from his nap, we all went to eat at Cheddars.
While we were eating, Shepherd was busy reminding us why its always a better idea to get take out.  He was literally licking the table to eat his food.  So gross, but gosh I love him.  Sometimes I just can't worry about germs.  He loves to flirt with anyone around him, especially old ladies.  This family was getting sat next to us and when they walked past Shepherd literally screamed to get this woman's attention.  She stopped and smiled and said hi to him, so he offered her one of his peas.  The sweet woman took it from him, bless her heart, and he started clapping for himself.  

Here are my parents.  So thankful to have parents still so in love with each other after so many years.
Monday I was so excited for the 1st Annual Rally to Improve Birth here in Lexington.  After having a C-section with Shepherd, and opting for a VBAC with Major, I'm committed to educating myself as much as possible about my options going forward.  I even signed up to help at next years rally.  With Shep, it was just all so new and I trusted that my doctor was telling me my options and I don't believe that was the case looking back.  I have a lot of issues with how my delivery of Shepherd was handled, mainly having an induction.  At the time, I assumed it was medically necessary, and now realize it was not.  Kentucky has the 7th highest C-section rate in the country and in Lexington its even a little higher.  I didn't even realize that was a thing until recently.  I didn't realize all of the negative risks associated with C-sections.  It makes me angry that my doctor induced me with Shepherd, when my body had not given any indication it was ready.  It makes me angry that she told me I had to have a C-section, and I wish I had known I could decline, or asked to wait and give it a little longer.  Since having a C-section, I feel like any option I have has higher risks, than if I had just had vaginal births.  But I'm so excited about my new midwife, who has over 90% success rate with VBACs.  I'm considering getting a doula for Major's birth...still not decided if thats what I want for sure.  I like the idea of someone standing up for what I want, and knowing policies stuff like that, because I think I'll be a little preoccupied.  But the thought of someone other than my husband being there the entire time makes me a little anxious, like maybe I'll just want some privacy. Not that there won't be a ton of nurses, etc.  I don't know.  Still mulling it over.   

After the rally, Joey was just getting back into town so we met him for lunch.  Let me tell you, this boy loves his daddy.  He's always been a momma's boy, but after going 3 days without his daddy, he still has not gotten his fill of him yet.  He wakes up asking for Dada.
He of course insisted on watching the kitty cat video on daddy's phone. 
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this is Shepherd, not walking.

These pictures crack me up, but are so sad at the same time!  Shepherd is still not walking, and I really thought he would start this past weekend!  In the past week or so I noticed him standing on his own without having to use something to pull up.  He can bend down and pick something up and stay standing.  But every time I say, "Shepherd, do you want to practice walking?" he looks at me and shakes his head in a very definite "NO."  This past weekend I got him to take one step and I swear my heart skipped a beat it was so exciting.  But that excitement was short lived.  These pictures are of me trying to bribe him with his favorite little treats that I never buy, but thought they might do the trick.  No such luck.  He was sooo mad.  He wanted the little puff so bad, but did not want to move one inch to get it.  Trust me the video is ever sadder!

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20 weeks and a name.

Major William

(^face and hand^)

 ^little hand!^
^definitely a BOY!^

We chose the name Major just because we liked it.  William is after my Papaw (my mom's dad).  His name was William Raymond, and I am named after him.  My middle name is Rae.  I liked the idea of naming our son after the same person I'm named after, and its kind of like naming him after me, too!
Major just sounds strong and masculine and cool.  We are obsessed with it!  And I like the nickname, Maj.

It is so funny seeing Major's ultrasounds. They look just like Shepherd's!  Here is Shepherd's 20 week ultrasound on the top and Major's on the bottom:
I think we may have little twins on our hands.
I guess if Major looks just like this angel face, I'm ok with it!

Major was moving all around during the ultrasound, even waving at us.  He was breech, but I was told not to worry about that at this point.  Good Lord.  I am already planning to go to a chiropractor to help with this and increase my chance of a successful VBAC.

I can't believe I'm halfway there.  Maybe more than halfway if he decides to come early.
At this point in the pregnancy, its really smooth sailing.
Sleeping is easy.  Still staying away from meat, but other than that no real food aversions or cravings.
Movement is the same as the last time I posted...I rarely feel him and have to be laying down and concentrating on it when I do.  Even then, its just kind a random pressure, not big movements or anything.  Not wearing maternity clothes, but thats because all I wear is yoga pants or dresses anyway!
After our 20 week appointment we took advantage of having a babysitter and had a breakfast date at First Watch, my favorite!  Perfect patio weather.  It was Shepherd's first time having a babysitter other than a family member and he had good reports :)

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