Thursday, March 15, 2012

Special delivery!

I am feeling a little spoiled this week.  We have received a special delivery in the mail almost everyday! It's fun for us, it's fun for Gilbert because he gets to bark at the delivery man, but it's not fun for the delivery man because he's probably terrified of Gilbert. For two of the deliveries our signature was required so it wasn't too much of an issue, but we always chuckle when we find packages at the very end of our driveway instead of on our front porch.  Nobody has the courage to brave the giant, white, barking, fluff ball on the front porch.  I don't blame them.  He takes his job as guard dog very seriously.  What they don't know is that he would probably just slime them with his long strands of drool.  :) 

My brother Mitch, and his wife Jess told us a couple months ago that they wanted to buy our stroller/car seat for us.  What a blessing!  Jess told me a few days ago that it would be arriving on Wednesday, but on Tuesday I came home to a baby swing in the same pattern I had chosen for the travel system.  I wondered if it was a mistake and Target sent the wrong thing until I read the note that came with it and I realized it was no mistake.  As if Mitch and Jess hadn't been generous enough, they sneakily ordered the baby swing for us too!  Words cannot express our gratefulness. 

Travel System.  I put this together by myself while Ryan was at band practice last night.  He surprised me by having the swing put together, so I thought I would be handy and figure out how to assemble the stroller.  I'm pretty sure the baby swing was more complicated but I think he was impressed with my efforts nonetheless. :)  I showed him how to lock the wheels, fold up the stroller, and attach the car seat.  Then, I watched as he practiced pushing the stroller around our living room and removing and attaching the car seat a couple times.  It was adorable.  I have to share the note that accompanied this package because it's just too cute!  "Baby _______ , Here is for a comfortable ride, whether in the car or on long strolls.  Love you! Aunt Jessica and Uncle Mitch"
I tried to pick something gender neutral and somehow chose my favorite color?!?! Hmmm. :)

The swing!  So sweet!  And the note that came with it..."Baby ______ This should help you get into the swing of things and rock you gently to many peaceful slumbers! Love you!  Aunt Jessica and Uncle Mitch" 

My dear husband painted the little lady's room while I was out of town last Saturday.  I had no idea that he was going to do that, and when I got home he took my hand and led me up the stairs to show me.  It looks beautiful!  I will post pictures once I get the room set up a bit more.  He blessed me in a big way by doing that because he knew I was anxious to get it done so I could start putting the room together. :) 

My mom and I were able to go shopping together a couple weeks ago.  We went all over the place and surprisingly didn't spend that much money, but we did find some cute clothes and a changing pad at a consignment shop that's in great shape and was half the price of a new one! We'll make a cover for it, and it will be perfect!
I've started hanging baby girl's clothes in the closet in order by size.  It's amazing how much I've accumulated already.  There are a only a few things that are brand new and they were all gifts.  The grandmas and aunties and honorary aunties have all been going crazy in the clothing department. ;)  I still have a bunch more to hang, but I ran out of hangers!

My MIL and SIL found this lovely little lamp to  hang in the room.  I love it!

Gilbert is carefully studying the map and planning a trip.

Today I enjoyed a day at home, which rarely happens these days.  I washed off our patio table and had my breakfast and devos out on the deck so I could enjoy this glorious weather that is just so deliciously warm for March!  It does make me a little afraid for what summer will be like.  I am not a fan of blazing hot temps and humidity....especially since I'm going to be great with child this summer.  no thank you.  

the baby belly.  and Gilbert waits patiently for a scrap of food. :)   

 This afternoon yet ANOTHER package was delivered!  Somehow, in the midst of moving to the Bahamas, my sweet friend Kristi found time to send a little love my way!  She is really good about that kind of stuff.  There were a few outfits for baby inside, as well as a fun pair of earrings for me and a packet of chai which came just in time, because it was the perfect day for an iced chai!  The only thing that could have made it better was if Kristi could have enjoyed the chai with me!

Tomorrow night we have Child Birth class.  We've really been enjoying it and learning a lot.  We chose to take our classes through Little Lambs Birthing Services rather than through the hospital because we wanted the support, encouragement, and knowledge for a more natural and pure birth.  I do not look down on people who don't go the all natural's a personal decision for us.  I also realize that there are emergency situations and sometimes things don't go as planned.  We have learned a lot and it's been especially good for Ryan because I think he thought I was a little crazy at first for not wanting drugs.  :)  We both feel better prepared.

At my last appointment the Dr. told me that everything looked good from the sono, but they were not able to get a clear view of the umbilical cord which is something they check during the anatomy ultrasound. Most umbilical cords have three vessels and if they only have two they like to monitor the baby more closely as it could sometimes result in growth issues and renal and kidney problems. Ryan did some research on it and said that most of the time it's not an issue even if there are only two vessels. The Dr. did not seem concerned because from what I understood, they couldn't even seen the umbilical cord so I have another ultrasound scheduled for Monday so they can hopefully get a better view of it.  A few people have asked me if I'm nervous or worried, and honestly....I'm not.  I really haven't had time to think about it, let alone worry about it!  I'm just trusting the Lord that whatever happens it will be okay.  It will be fun to see our girl again, and this time both my mom and Ryan's mom are going to go with!  :) 

That's all for now!  I hope everyone is having a great week!  I can't believe tomorrow is Friday already!


  1. Aww!! So fun!! I love the pattern of your travel system and swing! Super cute! :) Yay!

  2. I love the swing and travel system and I love you! You and Ryan are gong to be great parents. :)

  3. Charissa, you are just the sweetest thing! So glad things are going so well for you and love reading about your life!