Our Big Announcment!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

We've known now for about two weeks that we are expecting our second baby March 24. We're really excited but Ansleigh is sooooo excited! She has been begging us to "get our own baby" for quite some time now.

4 weeks, 2 days

Anthony videoed me telling Ansleigh she was going to be a big sister. She was quiet for a long time and then said, "Today?" After we explained a little bit better she got really excited and told us that it was going to be a girl baby, more specifically, a girl pirate baby. Yes, a pirate.

To tell our parents we had a shirt made that says, "I have a secret..." on the front and then on the back it says, "I'm going to be a big sister." We got my parents on skype (they thought they were going to see Ansleigh's new dance moves) and let her tell them. We were trying to do the same with Anthony's parents but their computer wasn't working so we just had to let Ansleigh tell them.

There were a few other people we wanted to tell in person before we put it on facebook. Anthony told a few people at work and kept asking me if I had told their wives yet. We had a surprise birthday dinner for him at his favorite place to eat and I had 23 of his closest friends there to celebrate with him for his 30th birthday. They all yelled "SURPRISE!" when we walked in and then Anthony followed with, "Surprise! Carrie's pregnant!"

To announce it on facebook, I wanted to do something really cute. I went outside in the driveway and took sidewalk chalk and drew the words "Big Sis" on the concrete. I put Ansleigh in her tshirt and we took some pictures. We ended up just using the ones where you could read her shirt and then we posted the video of us telling her.

As of today, I am 5 weeks and 5 days which means I'm in the 6th week (so says the app on my phone). Right now the baby is about the size of a pea and it already has two of the four chambers of its heart.

I had a doctor's appointment last week where she confirmed my due date, gave lots of hugs, and went over some basics and a plan of action for me. Next week I have an appointment for an ultrasound to confirm the due date and check everything out. I have another appointment the first week of September to have the big prenatal exam and all the bloodwork. She told me I should plan to take 1/2 a day off work for that one. My doctor is awesome! I fell in love with her with I was pregnant with Ansleigh and she ended up being the on-call doctor who delivered Ansleigh. Knowing how sick I was with Ansleigh she told me to call her at the first sign of sickness and she'd call in a prescription for me.

So far it has been completely different than it was with Ansleigh. With her, the nausea came the day after I found out with her (so 4 weeks, 1 day). This time, it did not come until yesterday. Yesterday I fought it and won. This morning I was not so lucky. With Ansleigh, I was really tired for a week and then it kind of went away. I've basically felt like I have a really bad cold or the flu (ache in my muscles/complete exhaustion) since the week before I found out. With Ansleigh, I didn't have any heartburn until the last trimester. This time I already have it and it is like molten lava coming up my throat.

I started showing fairly early with Ansleigh. So much so that people were sure I was having twins, which clearly did NOT happen. I'm already showing now with this one. My stomach is as hard as a rock and doesn't give with my shorts/pants when I sit (making maternity pants a must). It also doesn't give any when I bend over. I feel like I look much further along than I actually am.

I have already had a few cravings and some aversions. The first weekend it was anything covered in chocolate. Then for a week it was Kraft mac & cheese. This week's craving: eggs. Scrambled egg sandwiches on honey wheat toast. Yesterday I had it for lunch and dinner. Every time I start to think about eating something, the first thing that comes to mind is an egg sandwich.

I Can't Believe It Has Been So Long!!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

It has been almost a year since I posted on here. Shame on me!

Let me update you some....
Easter--my family came and we went to Disney.

For Family Vacation, we skipped out on our annual trip to Pensacola and went to Savannah/Tybee Island. It was a great trip!

Fall and Football Season came and went. Ansleigh potty-trained herself in less than a week. Yay!

For Halloween Ansleigh dressed up as "Sweepin Booty" (Sleeping Beauty).

Thanksgiving we visited my parents in Alabama.

For Ansleigh's 3rd Birthday (AHHH!!!) we took her to Disney World and she had lunch with the Disney Royalty. She thought it was by far, the greatest thing on earth. She also had a party at Lolli's house for just the family.

Christmas was spent with both families and New Year's was spent with the Friday's.

Around Valentine's Day, Ansleigh discovered the world of Hello Kitty and now she is obsessed. Somewhere around there she had her first sleepover too. Our friend Maddie (age 2) spent the night at our house and both girls thought it was the greatest thing.

Most recently, she got her ears pierced. She picked out Hello Kitty earrings.

Several of our friends started having babies (most of them having child #2) and Ansleigh decided she wants "our" own baby but, "We're only going to buy a girl baby. Boys are yuck." Haha! And no, that is not my way of saying we're expecting because we are not.

She is such a funny little girl! She says when she grows up she wants to be a dancer and a princess. Right now she takes Play Ball classes at school on Fridays and I just signed her up for dance class for the summer. Lucky for me, I found a class where she will learn tap, ballet, and gymnastics all at the same time.

She currently loves Princesses, Hello Kitty, Tangled, Fairies, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. She is quite tall for her age (wearing 4's and 5's) and is constantly telling us she is a big girl now. She loves to sing and dance. She also loves to read books and do puzzles. We've recently discovered that she has somewhat of a knack for doing puzzles and completed at 150 piece puzzle (for ages 6+) with little help from her daddy. She is EXTREMELY imaginative which can get her into trouble sometimes. She's sassy and wants what she wants. She's a sweet little girl with just a smidge of attitude.

Easter Egg Hunt

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

This past weekend I took Ansleigh to real "big deal" egg hunt. Of course she was there decked out with her Kelly's Kids bunny outfit and a big bow to match.

She was so proud of her little basket. She went nuts collecting all the eggs she could find. She picked up so many that her basket was overflowing and then she'd get mad so I kept having to put some in my purse so she could pick more up.

Her favorite prizes in the Easter eggs? The little plastic dinosaurs.

More Disney Trips

Since our first trip to Disney, we purchased annual passes and have been back a few times. Ansleigh loves it and asks me to go see Minnie Mouse every single day. It was pretty expensive but we realize that we may not always live this close to Disney World and wanted to take advantage of it.

Potty Training: Day 2

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Day 2 didn't go quite as well as day 1 did. We started out the morning with the every 10 minute sit on the potty thing.

And she did...with protest.

She tee-teed one time and we cheered her on big time. Now every time she sits on the potty she stands up and says, "Yay E!!!" (E is what she calls herself).

We made a family trip to Walmart to buy a few necessities and some more treats for potty training so we put her in a diaper for that. When we got home she ate lunch and took a nap so we kept the diaper on her because she'd kept it dry.

When she got up from her nap, the diaper was full. Needless to say it will be a while before nighttime/sleep dryness. We tried to get her to sit on the potty. She screamed "NO!!!" at me every time I tried to get her to go.

We finally put her in a diaper and went to eat dinner. When we got back home she was completely dry (progress!!!) even though we'd been gone a couple of hours.

Day 2 was definitely frustrating. Diapers are so convenient but then again, they cost money. We'll see how day 3 goes.

Potty Training: Day 1

Friday, January 29, 2010

Yesterday I started the Friday Family Potty Training Boot Camp.

The plan was to start first thing in the morning but I woke up with the remains of what was likely a stomach bug so I didn't really get started until after nap time. Once she got up, I stripped her down and let her run around with just a shirt on. I set the kitchen timer every ten minutes and we'd go sit on the potty.

She pooped in the potty but then wouldn't go back in the bathroom so I moved her pink potty into the living room to ease into things.

Every ten minutes we'd sit on the potty. She held her pee for almost 3 hours!!!! She was being so stubborn. I was wondering how long she could go when I noticed she'd climbed up on the couch and tee-teed all over it. Then I found a wet spot in the carpet. I was very frustrated!

For some reason, after that, she started using her potty and we had success.

All-in-all, she tee-teed in the potty 4 times and pooped once.

She got 1 gummi for trying, 2 for tee-tee and, 3 for poop.

We're on to day 2 now....wish us luck!

Ansleigh's First Trip to Magic Kingdom

We had a great day! Ansleigh totally loved everything and was such a trooper! She even lasted through the fireworks without a nap.She loved the princesses and most of all, meeting Tinker Bell. She rode the carousel, saw Mickey's Philharmagic, did the Monster's Inc, Laugh Floor, gave Mickey a high five, rode It's a Small World and the teacups, and blew Tink a kiss. So here are some pictures for you guys!