Friday, December 26, 2008

1st Baby McGinty Appearance!!!

I never got to scan this picture in. This was our 2nd ultrasound at 10 weeks. The head is on the left and the cross stops right under it's bottom. At this point it had little bitty stubby arms and legs..but it was kicking and moving all over the place. If you look closely you can see the little dots on either side of the body where arms and legs are growing.

I am now 14 weeks, which in terms of the growth of the baby can make a big difference. The baby is now about the size of my fist. I will have my next ultrasound on January 20th. I can't wait to see how much bigger this sweet angel has gotten. Evan and I got ducky footed pajamas for Christmas for the baby and for some reason when I opened it and thought about the fact that my baby's body will be filling those pj's before I know it...I started to cry. We can't wait!

Christmas 2008

Christmas was great this year, but it seems like it flew by. Where did it go???? It was definitely an experience with so many babies taking over. Wow....and 2 more on the way. This family is getting to be huge!! We stayed at home in LA with my family although we missed Evan's family this year! We will make a trip there over Mardi Gras. 1 week left of my Christmas vacation! Cheers to another great Christmas and a New Year on the way. Next Christmas we'll have a little one.....that is so nuts! I am much better at blogging have fun checking these out!

Evan and I went to New Orleans to sing Christmas carols in Jackson Square. There were thousands of people there...but it was awful because a "yatty" lady was on the mic singing so loud and she could not sing that it ruined it so bad. We left early...but at least we tried it!

Christmas Day

Mr. Joey cooking up some yummy breakfast!

Breakfast time!

Mom, me, and Lou Christmas morning.

Evan remembered that I have been wanting a locket and had one engraved for me... I LOVE IT!! I can't wait to put his picture and our baby's picture in it. He's the best husband in the whole world!

Audrey's first Christmas..and yes..she is eating the wrapping paper.

Evan loves his baby.. the belly is growing!!

Daniel and Dayne

Debbie and Brad

Shannon and Soryn ( baby Van will be arriving in 3 weeks)

Soryn was loving Evan and he wanted to capture it on camera

Maw and Brooke...I Love her smile!!!

The Frye and Norris Family

Yes.....Evan's beard is huge and yucky. He is growing it out because he is going hiking in 2 weeks on the Appalachian trail and wants to keep his face as warm as possible. I am counting down the days till he gets back and trims it back down!

The tables were set so pretty for Christmas lunch.

Audrey had fun playing blocks with Uncle Evan
Evan with some of his ghetto stocking stuffers.

Opening up my present from Evan's mom..I am so excited!!!
I have been wanting a Kitchen Aid Mixer forever...cakes, eclairs and I come!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Peachy Keen

So baby and Momma are growing. I am starting to poke out, more so than usual and feeling the cramping from everything stretching in my lower abdomen. Baby is the size of a peach (Awwwww) and I swear I feel things..but it's gas I'm sure. I am already having trouble sleeping. I wake up at least 2 times a night to pee and can't seem to get comfortable. I heard starting now I am supposed to start sleeping on my left side...the one side I hate to sleep on. I tried last night and it just didn't happen...I ended up on my right or my belly every time I woke up. I have to get one of those body pillows. I am also dreaming like CRAZY. Poor Tim McGraw died last night in my dream. Although I was mad at him because he divorced Faith and started hooking up with a Playboy Bunny. WEIRD!!!!!

Anyway, I am definatley feeling pregnant and it is getting better. I only get sick about 1 time a week. However, I am still having MEGA food aversions. I can't even watch commercials about food or go into the grocery store. It's definately an interesting time in a woman's life. I have a doctor's appointment on Monday so I'll update then. For now, I'm loving my little peach!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Snow Day

We had the most beautiful and random day in LA this past week. It actually snowed.....not sleet...snow. I was sad because Evan was working and we didn't get to spend the day throwing snowballs at each other and building snowmen, but I got a few pics and a great one of my grandma about to hurl a snowball. Look how beautiful it was. We got about 6 inches!

Cookies and Ornaments

Last week, we had my brothers, dad, sister, brother in-law, and niece over for a fun night of decorating the Christmas tree and making our annual homemade Christmas cookies. Evan even made the dough this year! We always have lots of fun as we listen to Christmas music and get into the Christmas spirit. It was a tight squeeze in our little living room and we had flour EVERYWHERE, but it was worth it!

Friday, November 21, 2008 come my bridesmaids!!!

So last night as Evan and I are watching The Grinch (yes...we like Christmas a lot) and I get a phone call from an area code I do not recognize. I assume it is a telemarketer, but am surprised to hear the ding go off for a voice mail. So, I check it and it is a Producer from The Style Network asking me to call back ASAP regarding my wedding video that I submitted on the Knot way back when.

I had gotten an e-mail a few months ago from someone from the Style network about using the video for Styles: Most Outrageous Weddings Tv Show, but blew it off. So I called the lady back and she explained that they had been trying to get in touch with me because they really wanted to use some of my footage for the show.

Now, I did have a pretty "different" wedding than most. The part that had caught their attention was My bridesmaids dancing up the aisle to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." was fun! So after stopping by office depot to buy a connection cord and sitting at Pj's for Internet to try to upload the video in better quality, we finally got it sent off.

I was so excited that My wedding was going to be featured on TV....granted it was for something crazy, but nonetheless it's on TV. I was sad that Evan and I don't get to be in it, because they just want the bridesmaids dancing...but that's cool. I realized I was ok with it, when they told me they would pay me to use it. That's right...I'm getting paid for my crazy idea!

We had to sign over the rights to it, so I am scared that they are going to turn it into a pop up video with things like "White Trash Wedding" or "I can't dance" over my bridesmaids heads. But, it will make for a good laugh either way. Our wedding was perfect for us and I would make those girls dance up the aisle all over again because "Girls do Just wanna Have Fun."

If you're interested in seeing it or you know any of my bridesmaids, or you sat in the inside aisle at my wedding (you might be in it), tune in on the Style Network December 13th at 9 pm (eastern..I think). I will be watching with excitment as my girls shake it down the aisle and I hold a sweet little check in my hands. So, THANKS girls for going with my idea and being good sports about dancing, and I hope you enjoy your moment of fame!!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My little sister is married!!

I never got the chance to post about my sister's wedding because it happened right when I started to get sick and I didn't take that many pictures. However, here are a few. My sister looked absolutely gorgeous, like a fairytale princess. The wedding was beautiful and fun! I am very happy for her and can't believe my baby sister is all grown up!

Getting ready before the wedding. I got to do her make-up and she looked sooooo pretty!

Anxiously awaiting. Look how fun and poofy her dress is...Cinderella

Don't know how we are sisters....we are complete opposites in looks, but we have a lot of the same mannerisms.
How did my little sister grow up sooooo fast????
My sweet little Audrey bunny was the flower girl and wore a tiara just like her mama. She was pulled up the aisle in a red wagon and actually did really well with it. She was so cute!


Today my class dressed up like Indians and had a delicious feast. I LOVE Thanksgiving food!!! The kids look adorable and I, well....look like a bag lady. I am wearing an Indian dress that is 3 sizes too big and tightened with a belt which sits under my chest that looks like cantaloupes. Good grief...I am scared to see how big these things are going to get. However my hair is braided real cute and I am actually wearing enough make-up today to look alive (I don't think I've done that in a while).

This week I have been reading the story of the first Thanksgiving to my kids and we have talked about how thankful we are and what we are thankful for. So many times I forget to just stop and tell God "Thank You" for the things I take for granted. HE has provided for me and blessed me in more ways than I even recognize. It's easy to say "thank you" for the BIG things, but what about the little things that we assume are of the norm?

One of the really neat things we did this year was make a thankful tablecloth. Each child in the school was given a leaf and they wrote 1 thing they were thankful for on it. The leaves were all glued onto the tablecloth and it is hanging in the hall. It's so neat to look at all of the leaves and read how good and faithful God is.

I think I might do this with my family this year in some form. It's easy to just fill up on some good eats, watch some football and take a nap, but do we really take the time to meditate on and share what we are thankful for and give God the glory and "Thanks" for it? Granted it's not all about Thanksgiving, we should be that thankful everyday, but it's a good reminder.

So what are YOU thankful for?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My new friend...Mr. ZOFRAN!

Today is the first day in 2 weeks that I actually feel normal!!! I have had all day everyday nausea and vomiting with this baby. It has been very hard to function and be in a joyful mood as I always thought I would be when I was pregnant. The toilet and trashcan and I have been chums the past 2 weeks although I would like to end that friendship real soon. I tried to just take it like a woman and deal with it, thinking to myself "Every woman goes through this." But I was missing work and just not being the kind of person I would want to be around. God bless Evan!!! He has been the most amazing husband! He is so loving and caring and has taken over cooking and really been there for me and has not made me feel bad for being a slacker lately.

Finally, I could take it NO MORE. I did not want to resort to medicine because it makes me nervous, but I also knew I was not keeping anything down and getting dehydrated which is neither good for me nor baby olive....that's right my baby has moved from raspberry size to green olive size. The doctor gave me a prescription of Zofran. So far it is a miracle drug!!! I have not gotten sick yet today. At about 6:45 am I started to feel it coming on, but I think my body is so used to running to the bathroom at that time and my mind was tricking me out. I suppressed it and I actually came to work with a smile on my face...something I have not had in a while.

I hope this works for the rest of the sickness phase. It is pretty pricey. It comes to about $6 a day for a pill, but at this point, we are willing to sacrifice the money so I can feel better. I hope this stuff keeps on working. Thank God for modern medicine....most of the time!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Raspberry Baby

It's fun to keep up with how the baby is growing each week. I am 8 weeks right now and apparently my baby is the size of a raspberry. This little raspberry is sure doing a number on it's momma. I am having the worst all day nausea and vommiting. 4 times yesterday!!! I am considering calling my doctor to see what I can do for it. It is just hard to function during the day much less teach 17 5 and 6 year olds all day. This too shall pass..RIGHT????? Oh I hope so! I feel like such a whiner, but it is miserable! I know it is all worth it and everyone keeps reminding me that the sickness is just verifying that my hormones are kicking and baby is growing. For that I am grateful! Here is a picture of what the little fetus looks like now: Pretty crazy huh????