Monday, April 25, 2011

Miscellaneous Monday

Happy Monday! It's been a very fun 2 weeks for me! On Saturday the 16th, I got to do my 3D/4D ultrasound. My doctor told me to do it between 25-31 weeks, but the technician told me after 31 weeks is ideal; bummer! He was curled up in a ball, but we still got a couple of shots of his sweet little face and I got to see all of his precious fingers and toes and confirm that Luke is indeed a boy. I had been having very illogical fears that they would change their minds again at this ultrasound, so I was so excited when she confirmed what we already knew. I want to do it again closer to my due date, but we'll see! After the ultrasound, we went to see Uncle Kracker, Billy Currington, The Zac Brown Band and Kenny Chesney at Cowboys Stadium with my sister, her husband and his family - thanks Van and Nancy for inviting us along; we had a great time!!!
It was a long and exhausting day, but the music was great, the company was awesome and it was a nice change from what we normally do on the weekends.


Last Wednesday, most of the baby furniture arrived. We're still waiting on the changing table converter (no big deal, really!) and the rocker. I put everything I had on the bookshelf and hung up the one piece of art I had bought so far and took a picture. His room is in the VERY beginning stages, but I am pleased so far with how my vision is coming together. Since Jon and I both graduated from UT and we are HUGE football fans, we knew right away when we found out we were having a boy, we needed to incorporate our love of football and UT into the room. My cousin Kim suggested vintage football and we've run with it. I have several old programs from the 30s, 40s and 50s that are being framed and will be put on the wall soon. My mom is coming this weekend to go shopping for accessories, a rug and all the stuff that will make this room all Luke!

This weekend, we celebrated Easter in Sugar Land. Every year, my aunt throws a huge Easter egg hunt at her house for the whole family and it's something I look forward to every year. My aunt's grandkids are getting older, but they are still young enough to hunt eggs and in the coming years, Maddie Claire and Luke will get to partake. I'm so excited to watch them grow up and get to hunt eggs and learn all about why we celebrate Easter. Here's a pic of my Maddie in one of her Easter outfits. She's such a cutie pie and I can't wait for her to come spend this weekend with me!


My mom got Luke and Maddie Claire easter baskets and I think they are just about the cutest things I have ever seen. Maddie also got a tooth fairy duck - although she won't be losing her teeth for years, we found this precious little duck at Canton and Emily thought it would be so cute in Maddie Claire's room. The wings of the duck open up and you can put your lost teeth inside of it for the tooth fairy. It's so cute!


Luke's Easter basket was, of course, Longhorn themed and filled with lots of monogrammed goodies. I am (and always have been) mildly (or maybe majorly) obsessed with personalized everything, so my mom has been so kind to make sure that anything that can be monogrammed is. I even got a sewing & embroidery machine last year for our 3rd wedding anniversary, and I took some lessons a couple of weeks ago, so I'm well on my way to being able to do it myself on just about anything - I just need some software and I'll be ready to go (hint hint, Jon!).

Here's a picture of Jon and me on Easter Sunday. No belly pics this week - I feel very uncomfortable and uncute right now and I'm going to be a little vain and not post any this week. I'm allowed to feel that way, right?!?


Anyways, here are the highlights of the past 2 weeks!

- How Far Along: 27 Weeks
Size of baby: 2 pounds and 14.5 inches long! He's growing and I can feel it.
Gender: It's a Boy! Luke Holland Dorsey
Movement: Lots and lots and lots of movement and kicks. He's an active little guy.
Sleep: I wake up 2-3 times each night now. I can usually go back to sleep very quickly, though, so I'm not really losing any sleep
What I miss: Being able to work out - with the boot on, I can't even walk on the treadmill. It's a serious setback, and I wish I could be a little more active.
Cravings: None this week.
Symptoms: The lower back pain is starting, and the heartburn is getting worse -- will Luke have a head of hair when he arrives?
Best Moment this week: Jon finally feeling Luke kick, getting to see my family and my Maddie, the furniture arriving, and a whole laundry list of other things. I'm looking forward to my baby showers in May and June, and watching the calendar get closer to July.

Finally (LONG POST, I KNOW!), I saw this over the weekend and just bawled my eyes out. I love this song and I love the message, especially around Easter time when I'm reflecting on what Christ did for me to save me. It's hit me especially hard this Easter, as I want to do everything I can in my life to show Luke how much he is loved by our Savior who paid the ultimate price for him.

"Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus." - Romans 6:8-11

Monday, April 11, 2011

25 Weeks!



I feel like I'm on the downward slope now - the weeks are going by so quickly and we still have so much to do!

This past week was a whirlwind for me. I had so much going on and I am still exhausted from all the activity. Monday I went to the doctor and all is well, except for the fact that I have a stress fracture and tendinitis in my right foot and was put in a boot for who knows how long. It's not so much fun when I'm used to going and doing as I please. I've had to stay home more, not walk around as much, and try not to be on my feet. I can't say that I was successful at that this week, but I didn't do as much shopping or daily errands as I normally would.

Wednesday night, Jon and I went to a Mavs game at the AA Center. I'm a big Rangers fan and Cowboys fan, but had never been to a Mavs game, so that was really fun. The seats were really good and it was a close game. We had to leave early because my foot was bugging me, but it's always fun to get out and do things in Dallas that we don't do every day.

Thursday night, I went to the Dallas Junior League spring social. This is my first year in JL and this event was just for new members and their sponsors. There were so many girls there that went to UT and did the sorority thing and are friends of friends, so it was fun meeting them and just getting to socialize with new people. Everyone I met was pretty close to me in age, so I' feel like I'm joining at the perfect time. I'm really excited about the coming year and making new friends and getting to volunteer in the city I love so much. And, it also helps that I get to do it with one of my very best friends. Some may think I'm crazy since our provisional year starts a couple of weeks after I have Luke, but I'm excited about it.

This weekend, I went to a bachelorette party for my friend Catherine. She is so sweet and we had the best time. Saturday afternoon, we had a cooking competition at the Milestone Culinary Arts Center in Dallas. We thought we were going to be learning how to cook a lot of southern specialties, but turns out it was a Top Chef/Chopped inspired cooking competition. We were split into teams and given 4 secret ingredients and a table full of "free" food and 45 minutes to make a dish. The test kitchens were stocked and we had more than I have at home to work with. There were real judges and tasters, and although my team lost (our salad dressing didn't have enough oil), it was so fun. I would highly recommend it to anyone who's looking to host a party in Dallas. Saturday night was just a nice time relaxing, opening gifts, and hanging out with Cat and her friends. I can't wait until her wedding!

I plan to relax a little this week - although I am very excited about my private lesson to learn how to use my embroidery machine to start putting Luke's name on everything I can get my hands on.

Here's the highlights for this week!

- How Far Along: 25 Weeks
Size of baby: 1.5 pounds and 13.5 inches long! Babycenter compares him to the size of a rutabaga.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Can I stop putting this on here at some point? This morning, it was 12.
Gender: It's a Boy! Luke Holland Dorsey
Movement: I can feel him a lot now! I can always feel him in the morning when I wake up, after I eat lunch, late in the afternoon and then again after dinner. I can feel him kick on the outside too if I keep my hands on my stomach long enough
Sleep: I'm still sleeping pretty good! I'm very thankful for the rest because I know it won't last very much longer.
What I miss: Back to missing wine again. This too shall pass, I know.
Cravings: None this week.
Symptoms: After I talked to the doctor about all the ones I was having, he told me how to treat them and they've disappeared! The only thing bothering me is the boot I'm now sporting. Hopefully that won't be necessary for too much longer.
Best Moment this week: Getting out and about with my friends and just enjoying the last few months before I become a mom.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Weeks 23 & 24

These past 3 weeks have been so busy with travel and family and friends, and there has hardly
been time to update and do any highlights. We went to Austin again last weekend for our niece Kristin's 5th Birthday. She had 2 parties in one day, so it was quite the day for her. Her first birthday party was at Inflatable World with all of her friends from school. It was so much fun to watch her run around having fun. She is growing so fast, and we don't see her enough. After her birthday party, we went back to her house for a cookout with the whole family and more cake and presents. She is one very blessed little girl! After her birthday parties, I got to go to the Round Rock outlets and go shopping for Luke some more. It's fun for me to go shopping for my little guy, since I've been shopping for all of my nieces for so long. I will admit that it's taking some time to get adjusted to the other side of the store.


This past weekend, we went down to Houston for my grandfather's 91st birthday party. We haven't been to Houston since my niece Maddie Claire was born, so it was a great time catching up with everyone. Maddie Claire is growing so quickly and she is the most precious baby. She's so good and so fun to be around; I love her so much and wish I could see her everyday!




I have a busy week ahead of me - a Mavs game, a Junior League social, a big to do list at work, a bachelorette party this weekend and painting the nursery (well, technically that's on Jon's list!). I need to slow down, but there is so much to do before July! These weeks are flying by, which is a good thing - July will be here before I know it.

23 & 24 Week Highlights:

How Far Along: 24 Weeks
Size of baby: 1 and 1/3 pounds, and about the length of a ear of corn (almost a foot long!)
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Haven't stepped on the scale this week, but I feel like it's a lot more than the 4 lbs I gained last time I was on the scale. I'm getting HUGE
Gender: It's a Boy! Luke Holland Dorsey
Movement: I can feel him a lot now! I can always feel him in the morning when I wake up, after I eat lunch, late in the afternoon and then again after dinner. I can feel him kick on the outside too if I keep my hands on my stomach long enough
Sleep: I'm still sleeping pretty good! I'm very thankful for the rest because I know it won't last very much longer.
What I miss: This week I'm really missing eating boiled crawfish. I know a lot of people have said it's safe to eat these, but I haven't talked to my doctor about it yet, so I'm waiting to get his opinion before eating those delicious mudbugs.
Cravings: None this week. I still want something sweet after dinner, but I wouldn't call it a craving.
Symptoms: Typical stuff. Starting to get acid reflux and leg cramps at night. I think I may have a stress fracture in one of my ankles because it's been swollen the size of a baseball for 3 weeks... can't wait to see what my doctor says about that tomorrow.
Best Moment this week: seeing my family and also getting to feel Luke all the time. I really can't wait to meet him! Hurry up, July!


Have a good week, y'all!

Love,

Molly

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Hi! I'm Molly. I've been living, working and playing in Dallas since 2005. I love my Jesus, my husband Jon, and my precious sons Luke and Hunter. I have a deep love for Park Cities Baptist Church, Texas Country music, floating the river, backyard barbecues, crawfish boils, decorating, gift wrapping, gift giving, shopping, Etsy, all things monogrammed, cooking, traveling with my friends to great places, being Southern through and through, wine, football season, and the Texas Longhorns. I hope you'll enjoy reading my Letters to Luke.

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