Thursday, May 30, 2013

celebrating two years of bliss

On Tuesday the hubs and I celebrated two years of marital bliss. It was simple but oh so amazing. We decided to stay home and cook ourselves instead of getting all fancy and going out after a long day of work. We had salad, steaks, baked potatoes, green beans, carrots, and bread for dinner and man was it delicious!! My hubby is really really good at grilling steaks!!! After dinner we had chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate chip cookies while watching extreme weight loss (yes we were pigging out as these people were working their buts off to lose weight.... haha). The two year present is supposed to be cotton and that proved to be harder than we thought. We ended up asking each other what the other one wanted and just getting that (how boring I know)! I asked for an apron and he wants a new tool bag! It was such a simple night but so special. The last two years have been absolutely amazing. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I have no clue where I would be without him. His kind, gentle, thoughtful, and sincere soul continues to amaze me every single day. He treats me so well even when I don't deserve it and never complains about my craziness!!! After dessert we laid in bed watching my belly go crazy. Little man was so active as usual and we were laughing our buts off. He already has a personality of his own and it is so funny. I just can't wait to meet him in three short months!
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

24 week update

{Actually 25weeks 3days}

I can't believe another month has come and gone. It is crazy how fast this pregnancy is going. This past month has been really great pregnancy wise. Sleep is the only thing bothering me, otherwise I feel amazing! I am just loving having my bump and feeling his constant movements. I really think I will miss those kicks once he is here. We have finally started making some decisions on the nursery and plan to paint in the next couple weeks! I just can't wait to see the finished product! James started feeling him kick around week 22 and is totally loving it. He will sit for the longest time just feeling his son kick and wiggle. So precious! 

How far along? 24 Weeks
Size of baby gautreaux? Baby Gautreaux is the size of an ear of corn 
Total weight gain/loss: +5
Maternity clothes? still going back and forth but I don't think I have much longer with my pre-precnancy clothes. 
Stretch marks? No new ones just the few I already had from my childhood growth spurt!
Sleep: still bad 
Best moment this week: the constant kicking is always the best and passing our glucose test was a plus too!!
Have you told family and friends: Yes! 
Miss Anything? Ham sandwiches!! I would kill for a cold ham sandwich on white bread right now!!
Movement: For sure!! This little guy is always moving. 
Food cravings: Fruit as always. it is like I can't get enough of it!
Anything making you queasy or sick: nope
Symptoms: so much lower back pain!!!! 
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!! 
Have you started to show yet: Yep 
Gender: BOY!!!!! 
Labor Signs: No!!
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Looking forward to: Ordering little man's bedding this week and starting to paint. 

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

losing Papa

James "Jim" Hemphill Jr.
August 28, 1935- May 1, 2013

One week ago today we unexpectedly lost James' sweet Papa. He was truly a remarkable person that will be missed dearly. In the 7.5 years I have been around this family he has been the one to always make me feel included and always ask how things are going. Every time I saw him he would say "heyyy baby" in the sweetest voice and always ask how school was going and since December he always asked about little man. He was so funny too! He never met a stranger and could make the most miserable person giggle.
James took this news so hard. He loved his Papa so much and losing him was such a shock. There was no preparation for this. We literally saw him at our nephews first birthday party 4 days before he died. He was his normal happy, funny, entertaining self and no one could have known what would happen a few days later.
Monday was the funeral and I have never been prouder of my husband. The grandchildren decided that they wanted to all speak at the funeral. James is not much of a "speech giver" but he stood up there and spoke from his heart. He told the sweetest story about his grandfather and what kind of impact he has made in his life. All six grandchildren were so strong and spoke so fondly of their grandfather. They were absolutely amazing and I know Papa was so proud of them for doing that.
So often James and I are compared to Papa and Nana and it is such an honor for us. They have been together since high school and have a love like no other for each other. They are such an amazing example of a happy couple that truly loved each other unconditionally. They have been married 59 years and I can't imagine how it must feel to lose the love of your life. She has been so strong throughout this. She is truly an inspiration to the kind of person I strive to be.
James has always been told he looks like his dad and when I saw this picture of Papa I almost fell out of my chair! This looks exactly like James. It is so funny how you can look so much like two different people. I know it means so much to James to resemble this man. He thought the world of his Papa and seeing how much he looks like his was just the icing on the cake. There was even a man that came up to James at the burial and said how much he looked like Papa. It was so sweet and put such a smile on James' face. I loved seeing that.

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