Friday, October 30, 2009

The Nursery

Here it is- finally! The nursery is complete! Decorating and preparing this room has been such a joy to me. I have always looked forward to creating my one of a kind nursery, and I hope Megan Lael will enjoy it as much as I have already!

This room has undergone quite a transformation. As soon as we purchased our chair Trey and I would come in here some evenings and just sit and imagine the day when Megan Lael would sit with us. :)

Here's the view from behind the chair.

Another angle of the room

The BEDDING!! Thank you, Brooke for all your hard work and countless hours to make this beautiful bedding set! I LOVE it!

Thanks to my wonderful hubby who tied such beautiful bows! No-- really, he tied them. Oh, how I love him!

I was able to find these sheets (and yes, I bought TWO extra sets) that match perfectly!

I love the piping and the brown minky dot on the tops of the bumpers! I specially requested this, and Brooke delivered!!

After searching FAR and WIDE I finally found these green boxes that fit perfectly in the cubby holes! There are brown ones that are supposed to go with this piece of furniture and of course they were discontinued and I could not find them anywhere. I even called the company who designed the furniture and they couldn't tell me where to get them. Finally, while perusing in Bed, Bath, and Beyond I came across these little green blessings! While I realize that green boxes seem like unlikely blessings, believe me when I say I had looked EVERYWHERE for some that fit and matched, and it was such a relief to finally check this off the list!

My wonderful and talented sister and I painted these canvases to match the bedding! Thank you, Meg, for all you've selflessly done to help me with this room. I couldn't and wouldn't have done it without you! I love you!
I bought some wooden frames from the craft store that I'm going to paint to put on this table. I'll have to fill them with some sweet pictures!

I am so glad we decided to get the changing table that goes with our set. It has provided a lot more storage and fits perfectly in the room.

Here are Mommy and Daddy! We're both about a year old in these pictures.

Here's where my inspiration for the room began. These are just a few of my many dolls. The top bunch include ones from the countries I have visited, the second bunch were my mom's from Germany, and the bottom bunch are some Madame Alexander dolls, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, and Trey's sock monkey. The "Megan" blocks are my sister's!
I want to hang a picture on the wall over this shelf-- maybe one of us as a family after she's born. :)

I made this comfy lumbar pillow and my friend, Mary Catherine, made the stuffed dolls!

Here's my little table--the doll under the glass came from a gift bag that Jess gave me!

My grandfather, lovingly known as "Do-Daddy" cross stitched this. He was my mom's dad and he tragically passed away about a month before I was born. I hate that I never got to know him, but I am so thankful to have this little memento as a reminder of his legacy. My mom says that he just loved his girls (he had 3 including my mom, plus a son), and would have been tickled pink to have gotten to be a grandfather to 7 and great grandfather to 2 little GIRLS! When my mom was growing up Saturdays were "pinching days"...thus, the quote. I guess he would just chase his daughters around all day and pinch them! Not quite sure I understand it, but it's sweet!

Well, there you have it! The closet is organized and stocked with everything we need (thanks to all our wonderful friends and family!), and all things baby have been washed and put in its designated green box or drawer! Now we just need Megan Lael to make it all complete!
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Coming Home

Here are a few pictures of the gown that I made for Megan Lael to come home in! It's exactly what I had envisioned, and I'm pleased with how it turned out. My hope is that this dress will be passed down from generation to generation.

It buttons all the way down in the back.

My teacher taught me how to put this sweet lace on the edges, and I just love it. I think it makes it look old and antique.

I can hardly wait to see her in it.
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Blue Ridge Parkway

On Sunday we drove to Asheville and then on the Blue Ridge Parkway to see all the beautiful foliage! The colors were so vibrant, and it was the perfect fall day to take a drive.

Here's our little family of 4!

Me with my first lil baby gurl!

What a rootie toot... and if you know Winnie, you know what I mean. :)

I love how his hair matches the trees!

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37 weeks! Full term!

This chicken little is done cookin'!
Have you checked out my ticker on the side bar?!! We're in the teens!
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Happenings in the lives of the Ingram's

Last week Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center had its annual fundraising banquet. My mom is the director, so we were excited to go and see all that she has been working so hard on. There was a huge turn out (almost 700 people)! The food was great, and the speakers even greater! The keynote speaker this year was Pam Tebow (Tim Tebow's mother), and she has a really neat testimony. When she was pregnant with Tim she and her husband lived in the Philippines as missionaries. She was recovering from amoebic dysentery (the leading cause of death in the Philippines) when she found out she was expecting. Doctors told her that she should abort because the pregnancy could be fatal for her and the baby. She chose life for her baby, and that baby grew up to be Tim! It was so neat to hear all the ways that God preserved Tim's life even in the womb.

Here's a picture of Megan and me with Pam!

Onto the next happening! Last Saturday night Trey and I made our very last trek up to Columbia before the baby is born to go to the State Fair! We have not missed a year since we met, so I'm so glad we could go this year! Of course, I had my list of food that I had to eat! On the list was: A HUGE corndog (which we shared), fried mushrooms, a cherry topped funnel cake, and a caramel/nut covered apple.

In this next picture I just wanted to capture the ridiculousness of my outfit. It was SO unseasonably cold that night, and I really don't have a maternity wardrobe for such low temperatures! I wore a long sleeved maternity shirt, a little hooded jogging coat (which I could barely zip), and a sleeveless sweater (also non-maternity). My heavy coats didn't fit, and I'm not even about to go out and buy a maternity coat.

Our traditional fair photo...we couldn't help but wonder what Megan Lael will think of the fair when we take her next year! :)

Here's Trey with our funnel cake!

We thought it would be fun to see if this dude could guess my correct weight...he was 30 lbs. too high! Sheesh, thanks, a lot! Needless to say, I won a prize!

This picture is for you, Steph! Remember Stephanie who made the amazing doll cake for my shower? Well, she entered this cake into the cake competition at the fair, and got first place!

Here I am on the ferris wheel with the stuffed toy I won for being 30 lbs. lighter than I apparently look! :)

Trey with the cow

...and me with the cow :)

Benjamin, Jessica, and Benson came up to Greenville today! Benjamin had some business here, so Jess and Benson came along! We went out to Smoke on the Water for dinner, and had a great time visiting. The next time I see Aunt Jess it will be for the delivery!! Can't believe it!

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

36 weeks!

How far along? 36 weeks and 2 days
Total weight gain/loss: Not sure exactly, but last time I checked it was 22 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Yes, and I found the BEST maternity jeans!! If you're newly pregnant or even thinking about becoming pregnant, don't walk, RUN to Old Navy to pick some up today!! They have the full panel in the front which I normally don't like, but they're tight enough to where they stay up. They are flared at the leg (which is what I need), hug in all the right places, and are plenty long enough to wear with clogs, heels, etc. I have them on in this picture. They have some weird stitching in random places to make them look rugged, I guess, and I'm not crazy about that, but I can deal with it. :)
Stretch marks? none
Sleep: Sleep is not great, and it doesn't help that I've got a cold. Since I only sleep on my side I think my belly is straining my back. I've been sleeping with my boppy between my legs, but it doesn't really help much.
Best moment this week: Going on the ferris wheel at the State Fair with the love of my life! :)
Movement: Plenty of movement, and LOTS of hiccups. It's neat that I can so easily tell what her sleep patterns are. So far she's a lot like her mommy in that she takes a while to wake up in the morning and is her most active at night! I would love it if she would keep this schedule when she comes out.
Cravings: Not really.
Gender: Girl!
Labor Signs: I still get a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions, but no real labor signs yet.
Belly Button in or out? I think a little part of it is starting to poke out! Ha!
What I miss: Not having acid reflux at night.
What I am looking forward to: HAVING this baby!!
Weekly Wisdom: I go between wanting her to come out so badly and then wanting to savor every moment of being pregnant. Our lives are about to change tremendously. I will always be someone's mother. That is such a surreal thought. For now I am enjoying my sleep and being as lazy as possible!
Milestones: Completing 8 months of pregnancy! I have my 36 weeks doctor's appt. tomorrow and then will go back every week until she's born.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

35 weeks

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

A shower for Kennerly!

Last Sunday evening four other girls and I threw Kennerly a baby shower in our home! We served dinner and dessert, and it was such a fun time to hang out with ladies from our church! If you don't remember, Kennerly is due only 4 day before me- we'll see if we end up in the hospital together!

Some of the girls who came to the shower
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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Shower in Rock Hill, SC

Last Saturday, October 3rd, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law threw me a shower in Rock Hill! Much of Trey's extended family lives in the Charlotte area, so it gave them an opportunity to attend a shower and celebrate Megan Lael! Once again, we received so many nice and much needed things. We now have everything we need for this little girl, and we're so thankful!

Trey stuck around for a little while since it was at his parents' house :)

Me with my sister-in-law (Ashley) and mother-in-law (Mandy)

The cute cake made by Mandy!

We raced to see who could finish apple juice out of a baby bottle first!

We played the game where you have to guess which baby food is in the jar.

One of Mandy's gifts was a whole bunch of cute baby things clipped to a clothes line! Such a cute idea, and so fun to open!

A beautiful smocked dress from Moma!

My good friend, Lori (and little John), was so sweet to join us.

Me with Jan (Trey's grandfather's wife) and Beth (Trey's aunt)

Me with Aunt Jimmie and Grandma Ingram

My lovely Memama was able to come, too!! And she gave us our Maxi-Cosi stroller that goes with our Maxi-Cosi car seat!! Such a nice surprise!

4 generations in this picture! (even though you can't see one of them!)

Here's a picture of our Pack 'N Play that the Ingram's gave us! We have it all set up and ready in our bedroom! I love how it has a changing station and "newborn napper". The napper part has vibration capability and there's also a noisemaker! As you can see we have our diapers, wipes, and cream hanging in the side bag. I love the color and design of it (and how it matches our bedroom!). I figure if you're going to have baby things in your house you might as well try your best to coordinate so they don't stick out like a sore thumb! I really appreciate how companies are making such neutral things and not everything blue or pink.

The Ingram's also gave us a "Flip" video camera! I can't wait to use it! We really needed a very portable, high quality video camera for all of those sweet moments with Megan Lael that we don't want to forget! This camera is so cool because it's small enough to put in my purse, it's really easy to use, and when I want to put the video on my computer I can just flip out the USB stick that's built in the side and upload the videos! Awesomeness!
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