July 31, 2012

WE'RE READY WHEN YOU ARE, LITTLE MAN!

 We are 37 weeks today, which means baby boy is considered FULL TERM!

Car seat is installed, so our "BEFORE BABY TO-DO LIST" is officially complete!

Daddy has the hospital bags lined up by the 4-runner!


Mommy even has her chubby toes painted blue with a sweet footprint on each toe!

We are just waiting on you little buddy...  
I would wait forever if I had to though;)!

Mommy & Daddy cannot wait to meet you!


 
(I came home from my mani/pedi to these pretty flowers from my sweet husband.... Thank you babe:)

July 30, 2012

A SWEET BLOG AWARD for US!!

OUR FOREVER has been awarded the Liebster Award by a sweet blog friend, at Erika at Living Every Moment. I love getting these sweet awards, they make me feel so special!:) Thank you so much Erika!
Liebster is a German word and means, sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome. The award is given to followers with less than 200 followers. I feel so honored that she chose me! Thank you again:)

Erika gave me 11 questions to answer about myself:

1. What is your favorite blog to read? 
I enjoy reading  so many blogs. Natasha at Hello! Happiness is one of my all time favorites though.
2. Why did you start blogging? 
My blog started out as a wedding blog, then became about building a home, and now is mainly about our baby boy! But I try to blog a little about everything:)
3. What is your most embarrasing moment? 
I was in 8th grade and walking by a guy I had a crush on. As we were walking up the stairs of my highschool someone stepped on my Birkenstock (Yes, Birkenstock) and I fell flat on my knees and of course books went flying. He helped me pick them up, but it was the end of the world to me. To add to my embarrassment, I was a cheerleader and we had a pep-rally that same day and  I had to sport two huge bruises during the pep-rally (Yes, he pointed out the bruises too;)
4. Who is your favorite author? 
Being a teacher, I love children books. I don't really have a favorite though, I just love reading to my students. 
5. What is one random thing about yourself that most people don't know? 
 UMMM... I am a pretty open book and will tell you about anything.... Lets say, I'm left handed (BORING, I know) but that's all I got right now;)
6. How did you meet your spouse? 
While working at a gym.... We were friends for about 2 years before going on our first date. I even tried to "set him up" with 3 other girls! 
7. What is your favorite thing to do when you have me time? 
Shop, get a mani/pedi, take a bath! 
8. What would you say your biggest vice is? 
My bad habit is popping my joints. I pop my fingers, back, neck, wrist, ankles, anything I can get to "pop" (Pretty gross, I know)
9. What is your favorite store to shop? 
I love to shop a lot of places, but I will go with Kohls & Macy's (I am sort of a cheap shopper;) and  for home decorating: my favorite HOMEGOODS!
10.What year did you graduate high school? 
2006!
11.How many children do you have and what are their names and ages? 
One bun in  the oven!  Due in 3 weeks! His name is David "Gage" Pody! 


I follow some pretty amazing blogs... I am going to point out a few of my sweet "real life" friends and a few of my new blog friends! Y'all go show them some love! :)
1. Erica @ Crazy Love
2. Rachel @ The Digirolamos
3. Candace @ The Ashworth's Adventures
4. Jessica @ Glitter and Grease
5. Samantha @ Raising a Ross
6. Elenie @ The Counts
7. Our Journey Through This Lovely Life

8. Faith Fertility & Domesticity

9. Sarah @ Baby Talk
10. Baseballs, Diamonds, & Hairspray
11. Alisa @ All Things Alisa 

Go show them some love!:)


The questions for these bloggers to answer are as follows.... 
1. How many animals do you have and what are their names?
2. What do you do for your career? 
3. How many children do you want/have (include age & names)?
4. Where is your favorite place to shop?
5. Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?
6. What would be your dream job?
7. What do you like to do during your "me time"?
8. Who is your favorite actor/actress, why?
9. 3 words that best describe you.
10. What is your biggest fear?
11. Name 3 of your favorite blogs to read.


PS. Rules for the Liebster Award are as follows: (1) Post 11 things about yourself, (2) Answer the questions that your nominating blogger has set for you and then create 11 questions for your nominees, (3) choose up to 11 blogs to nominate and link them in your post, (4) go to their respective blogs and let them know, and (5) no tag backs!

July 24, 2012

36 Week Bumpdate! (WOW)

Excuse this pic... we just woke up from our Sunday nap and I remembered my bump picture!
Here we are 35 Weeks and 5 Days!


How Far Along?36 weeks TODAY!! (Cannot believe I just typed that!!)
 Size of Baby P? crenshaw melon (these people kill me!)
This week's major developments:
Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.
At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.
(from www.babycenter.com)

Maternity Clothes? Of course! and Lee's t-shirts (which he says I am stretching;)
 Weight Gain?About 30 pounds... not gaining as much now, maybe I'm FINALLY reaching my peak!!
 Stretch Marks/belly button?Do not know how in the world my belly still does not have stretch marks but it doesn't! Applying lotion and oil religiously! Belly button still flat!
Gender?Momma's BOY!
Sleep?Continuing my 3-4 hours nightly ceiling stares!
Food Cravings?Milkshakes are still up there.... along with Milo's!
What I Miss? I have really been missing working out lately. I am excited to get back into a routine! Got my pinterest workout pinned and ready!!
What I am loving? Going to the doctor weekly.... I know that is strange, but it's exciting to see his progress. This time we were dilated a fingertip.... Never heard it put like that but we'll take it!
Movement? I think he thinks my cervix is a trampoline!haha It is a nightly thing that lasts hours!

Best Moment(s) of the Week and other random updates?

  • I have really been focusing my attention on getting my classroom prepared for my sub. It is ALMOST there! It is such a big job preparing for the year, but definitely worth it because things go much smoother the rest of the year! I am trying to get ahead and have everything together and organized so I can get home to my baby boy as quick as possible!
  • We are going to "Meet the Doctors" night at Birmingham pediatrics the first week in August. I am a little mad at myself for not doing this sooner, but looking forward to that and I have my questions prepared:)
  • Everything is officially marked off my baby list except installing the carseat (which will happen Friday) and building the highchair (of course not needed at first).
  • Hospital bags are ready and Mr. Pody even had a Hospital Bag 101 training last night along with a How to Operate the New Video Camera course! 
  • Of course, a deep cleaning is about to take place around the Pody Household after a little fat, furry, gray cat gets groomed tomorrow!
I have some extras I would like to complete (my to-do lists are never ending by the way, I've been a list maker since I could write;) like planting new flowers in our front pots and finding a camera bag for my Nikon! But other than that....
WE ARE READY FOR OUR LITTLE MAN!!!!

HAVE A BLESSED EVENING!

Stay tuned for a couple of fun posts planned for this week!

July 20, 2012

Friday Favorites- LINK-UP





This little guy....

(You would never think you would be so in love with a picture that is burnt orange and quite scary, BUT I am;)


.....has been taking over the blog for a while now.
He's just so dang cute how could you help it!!
SO today is going to be a post on a few of Mommy's Favorite Things (No baby talk today;)

For starters, I just cannot bring myself to spend $80.00 on face wash and $150.00 on moisturizer. BUT I got THIS book.....


...which is full of great beauty tips. 
From homemade facial treatments to what face cleansers that are worth the money and which are priced for the name brand. 
It is FULL of awesome tips, I even keep it in my nightstand beside my bed:) 


{Let's Talk MAKE-UP Brushes!}
My wonderful sister got me this set of brushes for Christmas two years ago and I absolutely LOVE them! They are the TOO FACED TEDDY BEAR BRUSHES. The hair is silky soft, they feel like real animal hair (BUT IT'S NOT!). It applies make-up very evenly and smooth.

She also got me the Too Faced Kabuki Brush... which I absolutely LOVE. I wear Bare Essentials make-up and it applies it a little thicker, which I prefer. I know a lot of people stay away from Bare Essentials b/c it it such a light make-up, but applying it with this brush gives you a little more coverage! 
I have to be honest... it is a retractable brush, and mine broke! Disappointed, but I will still buy another one:)


 {Let's Talk Face Wash}

Like I said earlier, this is something I refuse to spend TOO much money on (Which was a tip in my handy beauty book;). 
I was an Aveeno user for a couple of year but recently purchased YES TO CUCUMBER GENTLE MILK CLEANSER and so glad I did. It is very mild, almost the texture of lotion. It cleanses thoroughly and it is all natural. Another positive, it has a great smell!



{Let's Talk, Moisturizer}

While standing in Target and finally deciding on my cleanser, the moisturizer caught my eye. I went ahead and bought it as well and once again, I am pleased. It is a light moisturizer and does not leave you feeling greasy at all. I have noticed my make-up applying much smoother as well. 
Next time, I will be getting the night time moisturizer as well:)

 {Let's Talk Lazy Nights}
By that I mean the nights you are exhausted and just cannot find the energy to FULLY wash your face. Gross, I know... it is rare, but there are nights after teaching 24 little 8 year olds that you are exhausted, and these little jewels come in handy! (I see me using these more often in my near future, when I come home to a little boy after teaching all day;)


{Let's Talk Hair}

I have tried the expensive shampoos and conditioners and honestly my hair styles badly. I recently saw a post on JOHN FRIEDA'S SHEER BLONDE and went out and bought it shortly after. 
I know I am in the third trimester of pregnancy, which they say can result in healthy hair but I can give a little credit to these keepers! 
My hair styles well and it stays styled longer. My hair is very fine, and usually during the summer walking outside in the ALABAMA humidity for 10 minutes causes it to frizz and go flat, but it has improved a lot since using these products. Inexpensive and worth a try!

That's all I have today, hope you enjoyed! 


Go share your favorites and LINK-UP with Lindsey at Bargain Blonde! 
(You will LOVE her :)

July 17, 2012

All You Need to Know About Me- Link up!

                I am linking-up with one of my favorite bloggers Becky at From Mrs. to Mama!


1. How long have you been blogging? And what got you started on blogging? Has your blog changed?
I have been blogging since 2009, my sister had a blog and talked me into it, and my blog went from....

A wedding blog... 

Building/Decorating a home blog....

 And now, it's all about this little guy;)
Notice that sweet smile!






2. Did you go to college? If so where, and what did you study?
I went to a junior college for my first two years, Wallace State-Hanceville. Then I transferred to The University of Alabama-Birmingham where I got a Bachelors in Early Childhood and Elementary Education!
3. Where have you traveled?
Hawaii, Colorado, The Grand Canyon, Hollywood, San Francisco, that's all I can think of right now;)
Honeymooning in Hawaii!

4. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy?
I am going to have fun with this one instead of a serious answer. I would buy Lee a truck and our family a house on the LAKE!
6. What is your favorite movie?
I am honestly not a huge movie guru! I fall asleep... Lee and I always get drawn into TAKEN , I've seen it 20 times and I still get so nervous! 
7. What is your drink of choice; wine, beer, or liquor. Or Water, Soda, Tea?
Diet Mtn Dew and Sweet tea!! I enjoy a Caramel Frape' from McDonalds too!
8. What is something you enjoy to do when you have me time?
Taking a loooong bath!
9. If you could have a $10,000 shopping spree to one store, which store would it be?
Homegoods, Target, Macy's...... I guess I will go with Macy's!

11. What day would you love to relive again?
The day we found out we were having a BABY BOY was pretty great!;)

IT'S A BOY!

12. If your life was turned into a movie... what actor would play you?
I do not see this, but I always get that I look like Cameron Diaz so that's the best I have....
13. What are the jobs you had in high school/college/the early years?
I worked at a gym as a receptionist, I was a cheerleading/gymnastics teacher, I cleaned houses, I was a nanny to a 4 month old, and I worked in the daycare at the gym as well!
14. Show us a picture from high school or college.

This is a picture from my bachelorette party.... We had a CRAAAZYYY night at Disney on Ice! ;)

15. If you could travel anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go?
Figi!
16. Show us the most current picture of you or you, or your family, or anything of meaning to you.

17. Where do you see your life 5 years from now?
Gage will be 5, so I'm thinking pregnant with our third!!:) 


That was fun! 
Go link up HERE and join us on the blog hop! :)

July 16, 2012

Little Man's Very Own Bathroom!


 Just wanted to share Gage's little bathroom! 
I thought it turned out pretty cute... I REALLY tried to add some color. (Those who know me know this is hard, I LOVE neutrals;)



 I wish I would have gotten a close-up of his little dinosaur house shoes, notice them below the robes:) So sweet!


His scale, hooded towels, and wash cloths!

Any questions on where items are from/details, feel free to ask:)

Have a BLESSED Tuesday!

July 15, 2012

34 Week Bumpdate!

 34 Weeks & 4 days


 34 Weeks & 5 days



How Far Along?We are 34 Weeks and 5 days!!!
 Size of Baby P? cantaloupe
This week's major developments:
Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.(from www.babycenter.com)
Maternity Clothes? Of course!
 Weight Gain? Going to doctor tomorrow (Monday)!
 Stretch Marks/belly button?Same
Gender?Momma's BOY!
Sleep?Still waking up 3 hours a night! Thank goodness I'm a teacher and can sleep in a little!
Food Cravings?I am loving milkshakes! Chik-Fil-A and Jacks are my favorite!
What I Miss? Everyone asks if I am miserable, and honestly I'm not. Of course, my belly is HUGE but I definitely would not say miserable. And the heat hasn't been as bad as I imagined, probably because I do not stay outside for long periods of time. Luckily, no swelling yet!
What I am loving? How many things we have marked off of our TO-DO list! Our list is almost complete and daddy is even doing some extra things around the house!
Movement? Yes and often jabs me in my bladder, almost making me fall to the floor. I am feeling a lot of pressure down low. Sill no Braxton Hicks at all (IS THIS NORMAL?!? )

Best Moment(s) of the Week and other random updates? 

  • Attending our breastfeeding class and parenting class! It was so sweet to see Lee so into it... He was really paying attention and taking everything in. I think the classes were great, especially for daddys!:)
  •  
(Of course I had to take pictures. He changed his FIRST diaper, learned to swaddle 2 different ways, and gave the baby a newborn bath. He was a pro!;)
    Updated TO-DO LIST:
          • Pack hospital bag/ Walmart trip for a few final hospital items
          • Finish washing his last items
          • Finish organizing his closet (Only thing is making basket labels)
          • Switch our night stands because mommy has to be by baby, of course! Move over DADDY!
          • Buy flowers for front pots!
          • Finish final wall decor in nursery
          • Order valence for nursery
          • RE-order crib sheet since I lost it! UGH...
          • Order video camera
          • Get car seat installed 4-runner and checked
          • Order extra car seat holders
          • Daddy's TO-DOs: Assemble pack n play, highchair, swing, bouncer, walker, stroller, and hang final items in nursery!
          • Buy desk decor
          • Find mommy a coming home dress b/c both boys have a new outfit! I don't want to be left out! :)
          • Wash out door furniture
          • Take a few more items back and swap for a few needed items.... purchase nap nanny!
          • Complete pages in baby book I can
          • Finish bride book (Sad, I know; only 2 more pages though!)
          • Order inch bug labels
          • Order prints from Walgreens for belly book
          • Finalize pediatrician
          • Maternity leave form/join sick leave bank in August!
          • register for pre-admission
          • Learn my camera!  


    Daddy assembling all of our necessities!




    Daddy and Poppy putting up the mason jar chandelier!

     Daddy refinishing Gage's toy chest!
    • Having the nursery complete feels amazing! Designing and completing his nursery was so much fun! All mommies should definitely look forward to that :) 
    •  Thank you again for all of your sweet comments on our nursery post!


    • MiMi couldn't stand it and ordered this bassinet for our buddy from Restoration Hardware! THANKS MIMI! We didn't use the skirt, we put organizing basket underneath instead! Turned out perfect!
    •  Hospital bags are packed and ready!
    • I've also been working in my classroom trying to get it ready for my sub. I plan to go this week to complete more projects!
    • Gage has the hiccups all the time! He gets them in the middle of the night every night! (During our lovely 3 hour stretch of no sleeping!)
    • We got back to the doctor tomorrow and then our weekly appointments start next week! It's getting so close... I feel good about everything and can not wait to meet our little buddy! 

    Hope you had a BLESSED weekend!

    July 12, 2012

    Maternity Pictures




    Warning: Picture Overload!!
    As always, by the fabulous Lyndsey Cunningham Photography:)










































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