Monday, October 24, 2011

Addie’s Big Girl Room!

Along with progress on Baby Emerson’s room, we are officially finished with Addie’s Big Girl Room!  She loves it so much! 

I am so proud of how cost effective we were with the design of her new room!  I found the headboard and footboard at Frisco Resale for $35! It’s a full size bed, so we were able to use the mattress and box springs from our guest room (that is now becoming a nursery!) It’s painted white wrought iron, which I thought went with the room so well!

The toy organizer/book shelf is an IKEA find that was a great price!  And since my little princess LOVES to play in her room, it’s a perfect solution to organize her toys and books!

The dresser and night stand were mine when I was a little girl, so it’s pretty special to have that in her room.

It makes me a little sad to think that my baby girl is in a big girl room and especially in a full sized bed, but she loves it and is doing great in it!  Just another sign that change is ‘a comin! 

Here are a few pictures. :)


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Baby Girl 30 Week Update

I felt like it was high time for an update on the sweet baby girl growing in my tummy.  OH MY WORD she is growing!  I am not sure how we are going to make it 2 more months!  My belly is so tight and she is so cramped!  I don’t know which direction she will stretch in next!  I am feeling lots better than I was, with the exception of a few sick days a week.  Other than that I am just really tired all of the time!  It’s a whole different ball game this time around, chasing little miss Addie and keeping up with her daily life while toting this extra weight around!  I feel so blessed every time I feel her move…she moves a LOT more than Addie did.  Sometimes it feels like she is literally doing flips in my belly!  We had such a hard time deciding on what her name was going to be, even though Addie decided several weeks ago it would be Emerson.  Just out of the blue, she started calling the baby in my tummy “Baby Emerson.”  We thought it was so cute.  For me, it was so sweet that it made me ready to commit to Emerson.  For Brandon he still needed time.  On Saturday evening, October 1st, we were laying in bed watching TV.  Addie was long asleep.  Brandon talks to my belly every night to get her to move for him. He decided to ask her what she wanted her name to be.  He explained that he was going to say both names and which ever one she reacted to would be her name!  So, he said “Baby Olivia are you there?”  She did NOTHING.  Then he said “Baby Emerson are you there?”  And she went crazy flipping and kicking.  So at that moment, we both smiled really big and decided…Emerson Claire Harmon it would be.  The next big decision was how we would spell her shortened name.  (Everyone knows we are all about shortened names!)  With help from Facebook (LOL) we decided on Emmie, because it is just like Addie and that makes it easy to remember.  Besides, my teacher friends all agreed that it was phonetically accurate and that’s important to me!  So it’s official.  Emerson Claire or Emmie will be our sweet baby girl’s name and we are so excited to actually call her by name now.  We have been working on her room, but still have some things left to do.  I will wait to post pictures until it’s finished.  It’s very different from Addie’s room, but I love the change.  I am excited to get it finished up.  I made her drapes, we have a tree on her wall, now I just need to make the crib skirt, and we need her name on the wall.  I have been working the last few weeks on getting all of her clothes washed and put away, as well as the bouncy seat, bottles, etc.  It’s very surreal that in 9 weeks or less we will really have another baby in this house.  I have enjoyed looking at all of the things Addie wore and dreaming about Emmie wearing them.  I can hardly believe I am 30 weeks already!  This pregnancy is going much faster than my first did, in my mind.  I am so excited about all that is to come! After doing lots and lots of laundry for Addie and Emmie the other night, I asked Brandon to take “The Girls’ Clothes” upstairs and he just stopped and smiled really big… and then pointed out that this was the first of many times that we will refer to them as our “Girls”…he just loved that.  I loved it too! :)

Addie loves to talk about the baby in my tummy and touch my belly. (She also loves to tell me that Baby Emerson is in her tummy)  In fact, when friends come over I think she is more excited to show them “Baby Emerson’s Room” than her own room.  She will sometimes put her hand on my tummy (after pulling up my shirt) and just leave her hand there while she watches a show, waiting to feel the baby move.  I took a picture from my perspective the other day.


I still don’t think she really has a clue what is to come, but it’s fun to watch her trying to figure it all out!

And I can’t make a post about my baby without thinking about the sweet friends I have who are trying so hard to have babies right now.  I just want to you girls to know (and you know who you are) that I am praying for you every single day.  I know that God knows the desires of your heart and you will have babies soon!  It truly burdens my heart, and I want you know it is always on my mind. 

I hope the words of this verse can encourage you today,
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31

Love you all,

Monday, October 17, 2011

We've got a streaker!

Ok! This is a shout out for help! My child LOVES to be naked and is constantly taking off her diaper and all of her other clothes and running around the house. She has even done this at church (in her class) and at school. It happens at the end of nap time, it happens when she's watching a show. It happens. ALL. THE. TIME.

Any ideas on how to fix this? HELP!!!!

~Michelle :-)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Celebrating Baby Meredith

We hosted a baby bump open house for my sweet friend Carol last Saturday!  It was so much fun to plan and prepare for this special day.  Carol does SO MUCH for everyone else that it was pure joy to spoil her in every way possible.  Her sister, Natalie, her ZTA big sis, Leanne, and I threw the party and her mom, Donna was gracious to offer to have it at her home.  Baby Meredith will be here some time in late December, and I cannot wait to meet her.  She is so lucky to have Carol as her Momma!  We have been best friends for a very long time and our friendship just gets sweeter with age.  I know she is going to be an amazing mother!

I will let the photos do the rest of the talking.


First up , the FOOD!

We had two food stations set up, and it was a lovely fall day, so one station was outside!

Outside Food Table:



Fresh fruit with lemon yogurt and mint from Donna’s garden:


Vegetable Crudité with homemade ranch for dipping


Pasta Salad


Homemade Quiche Lorraine


Pumpkin Spice Muffins


French vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting


Cotton Candy Martinis


And here are a few shots of our indoor food station…


Now for the activity of the day, we had a craft table set up outside so that Carol’s guests could create a one-of-a-kind onesie for baby Meredith.


Our party favors were individual bags of peanuts because Carol’s Dad has called her peanut since forever, and when she found out she was pregnant, she had an outfit embroidered with “Lil Peanut” as a fun way to tell her parents!DSC05964DSC05965

Donna created beautiful flower arrangements all over the house!


Diaper wreath that Carol can take to the hospital when baby comes.


Hostesses + Super Cute Baby Mama Carol


Great friends


Addie B had to make an appearance at the party (Thanks Bubbie for getting her there!)


Meredith’s Mimi practicing on Carol’s baby doll from when she was little


She received lots of WONDERFUL gifts!


And sweet Macie enjoying a snack….


It was a lovely day, and I am absolutely delighted to have been a part of such a sweet and special celebration!!

Looking forward to all that is to come!  Love you Carol!