Monday, October 29, 2012

weekend whirlwind

So we did it!  We might have only had 10 of the 42 people from our class come but we did it!  It was great getting to catch up with old friends and spending a night at the football game.  Not much has changed.  The cheerleaders even still do our old Fight Song routine.  We were proud of that.  :)  It brought back so many memories and I was happy that Andrew could be there to soak it all in with me.  

It was a quick trip and we left the next morning after having breakfast with mom and lunch with dad.  I spent Sunday cleaning out the nursery (aka the guest room/storage disaster room).  

I was on the brink of tears a few times, but I finally got it all under control.  It made me seriously think about how much *stuff* we can accumulate and how it weighs us down.  One good thing about living in a tiny space is that you have to constantly take inventory on your goods.  We have 2 closets in the entire place and they are both occupied with clothes or soon to be baby items.  That means......ZERO storage.  We do have access to put some boxes in Grandma's basement, but only for a few things.  My next project is to go through drawers and de-clutter.  Wish me luck.  

Did I mention we were off of school today!??  YES.  Sandy is causing problems on the east coast, but I must say I was jumping for joy this morning when I heard the news, especially after I was wide awake at  4 a.m. (thanks baby girl).

Off to work on the house some more.  Happy Monday! 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

almost 24 weeks

Profesh selfie photo shoot

My belly still has a little bit of a cone shape thing going on.  That's okay, I'll rock it anyways (like I have a choice).

Today I got myself a little more together than I have been all week so I thought I would snap a few for the memory book.  It has been a hellofaweek  and throwing together my pregnant self in 5 minutes has not helped the situation.  So...ta-da!!!  Instant mood booster.

Tomorrow we are off to my 10 year High School reunion.  I'm pretty excited to see all my old friends and to go to a good ole John I. Burton football game.  Go Raiders!  They are the only football team I can truly say I ever cared about.  I'm just faking the family loyalty to the Redskins.  All Hail?  Is that what I am supposed to say?

 Peace out.  If you are around my parts of Virginia I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather we are having.  I wish I could run around and play in it all day.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Who will judge the hulk?

I think I grew 2 sizes overnight.  

I am in desperate need of doing laundry for my 5 maternity outfits so I tried to squeeze into some pre-preg clothes.

It was a hulk fest.

I'm also starting to have to do the lean back pose at my desk.

I can't breathe.

I want to rip off these clothes.

Who will judge the hulk?

Monday, October 22, 2012

no new news

my little niece and Molly (the horse)

I don't have much to report over in my parts.  I am back from my 3 week travel schedule at work which I must give a little *hallelujah* to.  Knowing that I wouldn't have to leave home like this again made it all a little more bearable.  That and being able to watch Mad Men on netflix each night.  (oh Don, I love to hate you)

The weekend was full of horses & sleeping & hoping that Monday wouldn't come too fast.  But it did all the same.

Andrew is starting a fire in the wood stove right now and I think it is hot chocolate time and watching the last (thank goodness) presidential debate.

Happy Monday to you.  

Friday, October 19, 2012

little one

  21 weeks old in utero 

you are loved, always.

Monday, October 15, 2012

apple picking & happy one year

Happy one year anniversary to my love!  I can't believe it has only been a year since this day happened. What an adventure we are on.  

Yesterday we took a trip to Chiles Peach Orchard to pick APPLES.  Well, we started off by going to Carter Mountain and it was so incredibly busy that we ended up in Crozet at Chiles, which was a blessing in disguise.  We had hot apple cider, picked a bag of apples, and I ate every bit of a warm apple crisp with vanilla icecream.  

I'm 22 weeks along!  This baby girl is moving all around (like at 5:00 a.m. this morning--thanks little bean.  You can take it down a notch at that hour).  I am feeling pretty great, especially on such a special day like today.  My heart is bursting and I'm all love-weepy.  

Here's to a happy monday.  xoxo

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

whilst in hotel rooms

20 weeks, Arlington VA

It is my travel season.  Only three weeks but it's enough to make you feel displaced.  

And give you time and space to think.

A five in a half hour car ride, wait-make that 6 hours with all of the bathroom breaks*, has my mind in all sorts of places.  I also find my brain is on high alert.  New and unfamiliar situations approach me that are so out of my routine.  It makes me go to another level of awareness or consciousness.  I always tell Andrew that when I am traveling I have to constantly repeat, "just one day, take it in one day, or one hour" as to not feel overwhelmed, always poking fun at creating my own support circle where I am the only attending member.  But it is good.  It gives me perspective.

I caught a glimpse of myself on the way to the bathtub tonight in the hotel full length mirror.  It is times like these that being a woman still wonders me.  This body is stretching and moving all to bring life into the world.  It is something you know you are capable of, physically, and that's what you see happening around you but I add it to the list of things that I couldn't possibly understand until it happened to my own body.  I would actually describe it as a very out-of-body experience but intensely happening in my body (okay...duh..but you get what I mean?  right?).  When I look in the mirror I find eyes staring back at me that are of my younger self--like I am somehow viewing this all in a movie.  I watch this body change and feel my sweet babe moving around inside all as if I am the leading character in the movie of my own life.  

  I keep flashing forward to holding this little girl in my arms, while sitting here alone in a hotel room examining my growing stomach, and scrolling back through the time capsule of how I got from there to here.  

What am I getting at?  Traveling and hotels make me feel alone and alive all at the same time.  

*Women of the world:  Can we just all agree and take an oath that we will just sit on the toilet seat.  Yes, butt to seat, so that we all don't have to play the hoover game & make things even more unsanitary?  Doesn't this make sense? 

love, a pregnant girl that needs to rest both cheeks.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

"It's gonna be a baby"

Baby Crummett Gender Reveal from Valerie McQueen on Vimeo.

We love our family and love that we were able to share this moment with a handful of them. It was pure agony all day knowing that we had a tiny envelope with the gender written on it just sitting there on top of the refrigerator.  It was well worth the wait and we have had our fair share of laughs over this video.  :)  

 What a rush!!


Monday, October 1, 2012

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