Chaz's Nursery

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Finally!  Ryan and I (almost) finished the nursery!  I'm still waiting on him to finish 2 frames that are going to have the pictures that my friend Courtney took, but I wanted to go ahead and post pictures for those of you who have been asking!  I'm so excited with how everything turned out.  Ryan and I did so much ourselves so it means even more.  For example, the ABC picture- I found those flashcards at a hobby store and we went to town and created our own piece of art.  Who knew Ryan was so handy?!?  He found the old wood and created a beautiful frame!  I also painted the dresser and the armoire that we are using for Chaz's changing table.  The only thing missing is sweet Chaz and some pictures of him to hang in the frames!

37 weeks...

Monday, August 30, 2010

I have some sweet friends at work that had a shower for me last week.  It was so nice!  I work very closely to the Sales Manager here in Memphis and his wife, Courtney, and I have become good friends over the last couple of years.  She is actually one of the ones that inspired me to start blogging.  Courtney has taken up photography and I must say has become an overnight expert!  We were sitting at the shower talking about maternity photos and I told her I had no plans on taking maternity photos and honestly hoped I didn't have my picture taken again until Chaz was here!  Well... she didn't like one bit.  She told me she had some ideas.  I trusted her and boy I'm sooo glad I did!  Hair in a crazy bun and all... we went outside and look what she created!  She is currently selling some of her landscape photos on etsy, so if you are interested, visit her blog at One Mom's Perfect Imperfection.   Thanks again, Courtney!  I can't wait to get these printed and hung in frames for the nursery!!

She snapped these while Ryan and I were saying goodbye... she's great at candid shots!!

Baby Shower

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Here are some pictures from my Baby Shower in Clarksdale.  Everything was so nice and it meant so much to me to have so many of my friends and family there to celebrate this special time in my life!  Chaz received so many cute clothes, blankets, and a Pack-n-Play from the hostesses!

And... they are off!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My rings that is.  Over the past couple of months, I've had a lot of people notice that I can still wear my wedding rings and they were impressed.  Well, my response was always, "Thanks, but I've never taken them off."  Well, it dawned on me this weekend, that I should probably go ahead and take them off before there's any chance I could go into labor.  But... there was a problem... they weren't coming off.  I started freaking out.  For those of you who don't know, I played basketball all throughout Junior High and High School and even played a good bit in college with friends.  Being short and a point guard, I had my fair share of blocked shots and rough hits which often resulted in jammed fingers.  My knuckles have always been somewhat large (from all the jammed fingers) and it always hurt a little to take rings on and off... so I just didn't.  Over the past 4 days, I've tried every internet trick there was out there... from Windex to dental floss to oil to conditioner... these rings weren't budging.  I kicked and screamed and cried and finally... just prayed.  I asked God to get these rings off! 

Now... onto today.  Lou Ann called and was running by a children's store that was having a sale in Memphis.  I told her I would come by during lunch.  When I got there she was about to leave to go eat with Matt and asked if I wanted to go.  Matt loves these little sub shops and I didn't want to eat by myself so I jumped in the car and rode with her.  We pulled up to Jersey Subs... which was NEXT door to the jeweler where we bought my rings.  I couldn't belive it.  I told her that this was a sign and I was going to go in and ask the sweet ladies what I should do.  They have taken such good care of me and Ryan throughout our engagement and wedding.  After lunch, Lou Ann walked straight in the jewelry store (I was kinda hoping to head to the car).  I walked in and told the ladies what was going on.  They calmly grabbed my finger, said there was no hope, grabbed some device and off they went!  Lou Ann held her hands over my ears so that I couldn't hear what was going on as they split all 3- 2 bands and my engagment ring- apart.  I teared up, but they assured me that I wouldn't be able to tell when they put them back together- a size bigger that is.  Needless to say, God works in mysterious ways.  These rings are off and I no longer feel like a mouse in a cage.  Once they had the first one off, Lou Ann thought it would be a good idea to take a picture for the baby book... and all of you of course!  Moral of the story... take your rings the day you find out you are pregnant!

Baby Shower

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My sweet family and friends gave me one of the most beautiful Baby Showers ever!  Everything was just perfect and I couldn't have asked for more!  It meant so much to me to celebrate such a special occassion with the people I love.  Chaz got so much cute stuff! 
He's going to be one stylish little boy!

The flowers were gorgeous!

Some of the decorations....

Yes... those are REAL goldfish!

My sweet hostesses!

I had been waiting on Chaz's bedding to be made for weeks.  I was told it wasn't ready, but little did I know, my mama and sister had it the whole time....  Needless to say, I was so excited and surprise!