Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012

Two thousand twelve was a huge year for me.
In the past year I...
...turned 25. Quarter of a century.

...started running and got in the best shape of my life.
{Hoping I can get back there after baby ;)}

...went to California with my best friend. a new job that I love: Children's Director at FBC Somerville.

...celebrated our first wedding anniversary.

...vacationed with my family at the beach.

...bought my great-grandparent's house.

...stood beside my beautiful friend as she married my cousin.

...welcomed our nephew, Myles, into the world.

...found out I was pregnant with our first child.

...& learned our sweet child is a boy.

...started construction on the addition to our home.

A great year indeed.
However; I know 2013 will be even better.
In three short months our son will enter the world.
This will  be the greatest adventure of our lives and I could not be more ready to be a mom!
I'm looking forward to 2013 more than any other year so far. :)

Hope you all have a safe & happy New Year's Eve! 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

26 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How far along: 26 weeks 

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 24 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Oh yes.

Best Moment this Week: Christmas with our families!

Gender: BOY! Baby Miller :)

Movement: His kicks are SO intense! It amazes me someone so tiny can kick so hard!

Food Cravings: After all the holiday junk I've had...I am actually craving healthy food.

Food aversions: None. 

What I Miss: Being able to sit in a chair more than 10 minutes without back pain!

Sleep: I've been sleeping great. Christmas wore this lady out.

What I am looking forward to: Starting to buy things for his nursery. Planning to order his bedding in the next week!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Weight gain with pregnancy...I miss my body!

I've been so bad lately.
The amount of food I've eaten is ridiculous.
I could blame the holidays. Maybe I will. :)

Before I got pregnant I was in good shape.
I ate healthy & was a workout junkie.
{Pre-baby body}

Since I've been pregnant...
I've barely exercised at all. 
& I've been eating whatever I want. & lots of it.

Seeing my weight climb & climb hasn't been easy.
If you have been following my blog awhile, then you know I lost over 60 pounds in 2010.
So, gaining all this weight has me worried. When I look in the mirror now, I see that fat girl again.
Someone I NEVER wanted to see again.

{January 2009}

I know I'm pregnant & gaining weight is just part of it.
And honestly...all I want is a healthy baby. If I gain 50-60 pounds during my pregnancy, so be it.

I'm really not worried about losing the weight. I did it before & I'll do it again.
But, for the rest of the pregnancy..I am determined to do better! 
The plan is to start walking 4-5 times a week & cooking dinner more.

And my husband has been awesome.
Whenever I complain about my body, he is constantly telling me how beautiful he thinks I am.
He's the best.

Oh & guess what, y'all? 94 days until Miller arrives! :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

24 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How far along: 24 weeks 

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 20 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yup. However; my favorite outfit is sweats & baggy tshirts. 
And I wear them as much as I possibly can :)

Best Moment this Week: Finally feeling good enough to exercise some!

Gender: BOY! Baby Miller :)

Movement: Getting stronger & stronger. He is doing somersaults in there!

Food Cravings: French fries, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, ice cream..ya know...the JUNK!

Food aversions: None. 

What I Miss: Sleeping on my stomach.

Sleep: This week has been much better. Using a heating pad has helped soothe my back pain before bed.

What I am looking forward to: My best friend {who lives in California} comes home this Friday for a couple of weeks! I can't wait! I've missed her like crazy! :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

23 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How far along: 23 weeks 

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 18ish pounds

Maternity Clothes: I finally got a few more maternity tops, but there are still some of my regular clothes I can fit into.

Best Moment this Week: Hearing his heartbeat last Friday!

Gender: BOY! Baby Miller :)

Movement: LOTS!

Food Cravings: Still loving anything salty or spicy.

Food aversions: None. 

What I Miss: Sleeping on my stomach.

Sleep: Not very good this week. My back has been killing me. Especially at night. Anyone have any advice, please let me know!

What I am looking forward to: We are having dinner with one of my best friend's Friday night that I haven't seen in two months! And Sunday night is my church kiddos Christmas program. Can't wait to watch. They are going to do so good! :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It has began!

Construction has finally begun on the addition to our house! 

A few of months ago I told y'all all about how Jonathan & I bought my great-grandparents house in June. This house has always been in our family. It was originally built in the 1940s by my great-GREAT-grandparents! I have lots of wonderful memories here growing up, so this place is very special to me. Plus, we live right in between my parents & my grandparents. I love seeing my family EVERY day!

We have been living here a few months now and we absolutely love it.
But, we knew before we bought it that we wanted to add a master suite and the construction finally started last week! Here are some pictures of how it is coming along...

I can't wait for it to be finished! 
I'm ready to decorate and then start on Miller's room! :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

22 Weeks


Pregnancy Highlights
How far along: 22 weeks {but, I look about 30!}

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Thanksgiving was BAD. Gotta get back into a workout routine this week.

Maternity Clothes: I have got to get more. I don't have many tops that fit. 

Best Moment this Week: Spending Thanksgiving with our families.

Gender: BOY! Baby Miller :)

Movement: He is super active!

Food Cravings: I really want Wendy's Spicy Chicken Sandwich.

Food aversions: None. 

What I Miss: Being comfortable. My back has been killing me. And I just feel massive. No fun.

Sleep: Sleeping pretty good. 

What I am looking forward to: The month of December. Probably my favorite month of the year! Yay for Christmastime!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tis the Season!

Deer season that is! :)
My ruggedly handsome husband shot a big eight point on opening day!

Love my hunter man. :)

Miller is going to have so much fun hunting with his daddy & granddaddy one day!

Thursday, November 22, 2012


I wasn't planning on writting a post today.
But my husband is still sleeping and he looks way to peaceful to wake up yet.
So before I get him out of bed for breakfast, I'm going to share with you my "Thankful List".

I'm thankful for.....
1. Jesus--my Savior & Lord.
2. My husband--he's my absolute best friend. I couldn't make it without him.
3. A little boy growing inside of me--I love Miller more everyday. I'm so ready to meet him.
4. Family--my favorite people in the world.
5. FBC Somerville--I love my church. Especially the kids. I'm so blessed to work here.
6. A house so full of memories--there is no where else I'd rather live.
7. Target--my favorite store :)
8. DVR--how did I survive before it...haha
9. tshirts & sweat pants--my favorite outfit now that I'm pregnant.
10. The holidays---definitely my favorite time of the year. 
11. Sports--especially basketball.
12. Disney--I can't wait to watch EVERY Disney movie with my son. OH & his first time to DisneyWorld! AHH! :)
13. Sleep--trying to get as much as I cane now!
14. Somerville, TN-my HOME. Where I grew up. So thankful to live here again & raise our children where I've made so many wonderful memories.
15. Family vacations--nothing better than spending time with those you love.

So there is my list.
Some are serious & some are silly, but I'm very thankful for them all.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I haven't participated in a What I'm Loving Wednesday in months,
 so I decided to join back in the fun today :)

I'm loving these get well cards that the kids at church made me last week.

 So sweet! They made my day!

I'm loving my new house shoes.
I got them on clearance at Target. They are so comfortable!

I'm loving these Disney books I got for Miller.
I got them all for $7.99. I can't wait to read them to my little man!

I'm loving Sonic's new Asiago Casear Chicken Sandwich.
I ate this TWICE yesterday. & I'm kinda craving it right now ;) haha

I'm loving how active Miller is.
Feeling him move is my new favorite hobby. I could do it all day long. :)

I'm loving Just A Fool by Christina & Blake.
I love The Voice & I love this song! :)

I'm loving that tomorrow is Thanksgiving.
I can't wait to spend time with family & eat good food!

Hope y'all have a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

21 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How far along: 21 weeks
Total Weight Gain/Loss: About 14-15 pounds
Maternity Clothes: I'm wearing a little of my regular clothes and a few maternity pieces.
Best Moment this Week: Finally starting to get over this sickness!
Gender: BOY! Miller Harris Griffin
Movement: Oh yes. Lots! :)
Food Cravings: milkshakes, soup, chicken sandwiches
Food aversions: None. 
What I Miss: Being able to just grab an outfit. I'm running out of clothes that fit!
Sleep: Sleeping was rough this week, but I blame being sick.
What I am looking forward to: Thanksgiving! :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sick Week

Yes. Sick WEEK.

A whole week. At home. In bed. With a fever. Cough. Congestion. The works.
I'm back on the prednisone. And antibiotics. For the THIRD time this pregnancy.

Mostly, I worry about Miller.
What is all of this doing to him?

My doctor made sure to look up every single medicine she gave me to make sure they were safe to take during pregnancy, which makes me feeling 100% better.
And thankfully, he has been wiggling a lot. I think it's his way of telling me, "Mom, I'm okay!"
My little man is tough. :) I love him so stinkin' much already!

After a week of rest and medicine and I am SO much better!
But the doctor still said no work this week and I'm going back in to see her today.

If you have a moment...
Say a little prayer for me to get COMPLETELY over this mess and for Miller to not be affected!

Thanks friends! Hope you're having a good Monday. Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

20 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights

How far along: 20 weeks

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Not sure. I have avoided the scale on purpose the last few days. 
I've been eating everything in sight! haha

Maternity Clothes: I'm wearing a little of my regular clothes and a few maternity pieces.

Best Moment this Week: I went on a little shopping spree for Miller and it was so fun :)

Gender: BOY! Miller Harris Griffin

Movement: He is very active! I love it!

Food Cravings: salty and spicy are my favorites right now

Food aversions: None. 

What I Miss: Being tan! :(

Sleep: Sleeping really good right now!

What I am looking forward to: Thanksgiving Break next week! :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fill in the Blank Friday

1.  I like   my husband's dimples, living in between my parents & grandparents, Christmas music, and feeling Miller wiggle and kick .

2.  A life goal of mine is  to be a MOMMY {fulfilling this in March!}

3.  The last thing you would ever expect me to like (even though I secretly do) is   Star Wars. I've seen all 6 a million times!

4. Some wise words that I love are    "Caste all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

5. Most mornings you will find me  eating breakfast in bed watching Boy Meets World {before I have to get ready for work}.

6. Right now I am super into   CBS's new show, Elementary. Jonathan & I have watched every episode and we love it!

7.  Right now I am super over  Taylor Swift. She annoys me and all her songs sound exactly the same.  .

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Baby Boy's Special Name.

I always knew that when it was time for me to have children I wanted to use family names.
Names are so important and I love that my son's name has such a special meaning to me and my husband.

In the country song "Where I'm From" by Jason Michael Carroll, there is a line that reads...
"...gave their children grandmothers maiden name."

Well, that is exactly what we did.

Our baby boy will be called...
Miller Harris Griffin

He is named after both of his grandmothers.
My mother's maiden name is Miller and Jonathan's mother's maiden name is Harris.
A special name for a special boy :)

We can't wait to meet Miller in March!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

19 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights

How far along: 19 weeks

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 11-12 pounds

Maternity Clothes: I'm wearing a little of my regular clothes and a few maternity pieces.

Best Moment this Week: Finding out Baby G's gender and telling our family!

Gender: Sweet little boy!

Movement: Oh yes! Our boy is a wiggle worm!

Food Cravings: anything SALTY! I could drink a gallon of pickle juice a day!

Food aversions: None. 

What I Miss: Not being achy. My back has started hurting.

Sleep: I had a few nights last week when I didn't sleep well, but for the most part I'm sleeping good!

What I am looking forward to: We are adding another bedroom and bathroom to our house and we finally got the building permit! Hopefully construction will start soon!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Baby Griffin is a.....

...healthy baby...


We are absolutely thrilled and can't wait to meet our little man in March!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Boy or Girl?

Just one more day until we find out if Baby Griffin is a "he" or a "she"!
I'm so excited I can hardly stand it! I'm so ready to know if we are having a son or a daughter and to start calling him or her by name!

Here's what the "Old Wives Tales" say!

Is the heartbeat above or below140? Above
Are you craving sweet or salty? Both, but mostly salty
What does the Chinese Gender Chart say? girl
Are you having morning sickness, yes or no? I got nauseated a lot, but never threw up. So, I guess no.
 Do you have headaches, yes or no? yes
Do you sleep on the right or left side? BOTH

Right now Jonathan & I both have a feeling Baby G is a boy,
but I change my "feeling" every week so who knows! I'm so ready to find out tomorrow! :)

Anyone want to have a guess? 
Do you think Baby Griffin is a girl or a boy?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sick Day

I mentioned yesterday I've been sick this week.
I finally went to see my asthma doctor yesterday.

I'm now loaded up on antibiotics & prednisone and was told to stay home from work today. 
I'm thankful to have a day to rest & get better, but all these meds really worry me.

To my blog friends that are mommies or pregnant:
Did any of you have to take prednisone while pregnant?

This is the SECOND round I've been through this pregnancy. The first was in August.
I just pray that it won't affect the baby. The doc says that my asthma is worse for the baby than the meds, so I guess I just need to trust him and not stress.

So...I'm going to try to rest & get better.
My day will included: lots of laziness, chicken noodle soup, (decaf) coffee, reading, catching up my DVR'd shows, and maybe making a few lesson plans.

Tomorrow is Halloween and it will be a crazy day. 
I know my kiddos at school will be super wound up, plus I am in charge of the Fall Festival at my church tomorrow night. It's going to be a fun, but crazy day!

Hope y'all have a wonderful Halloween!

Guess what?! 3 days until we find out Baby G's gender! :)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

18 Weeks

I realize I forgot to do 17 weeks, but last week was super busy! Not much changed from 17-18 though!

Pregnancy Highlights
How far along: 18 weeks 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 10ish pounds
Maternity Clothes: I bought a couple of pairs of maternity pants and I LOVE them!
Best Moment this Week: I've actually been sick this week with sinuses/asthma. No fun :(
Gender: We find out November 2!  5 more days :)
Movement: YES! :) Finally, I have felt some sweet little kicks and wiggles! Such a great feeling!
Food Cravings: The main thing I've been craving is a big bowl of shrimp pad thai from Pei Wei!
Wish the closest one wasn't 30 minutes away from my house!
Food aversions: None.
What I Miss: Sleeping on my stomach and back.
Sleep: Still sleeping pretty good!
What I am looking forward to: Finding out the gender on Friday! And our reveal party on Saturday! :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

16 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights

How far along: 16 weeks 

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 8-9 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Not yet, but I can tell my belly is growing everyday!

Best Moment this Week: Being on Fall Break!
 I really needed it! It was so hard to go back today!

Gender: We find out November 2! 18 more days :)

Movement: Sometimes I think I feel something, but I'm still unsure!

Food Cravings: pad thai, french onion soup, friend green tomatoes, popsicles/ice cream, shrimp tempura roll

Food aversions: None. Pregnancy has only made my appetite grow :) haha 

What I Miss: Nothing right now! Love being pregnant! 

Sleep: Getting LOTS! I slept almost 13 hours last Friday night!

What I am looking forward to: Finding out the gender!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fall Break

A whole week away from the stress of students, lesson plans, & all other school related things.
I needed this BADLY!

So far my fall break as been pretty busy. I've been working on church things, cleaning/cooking, & Tuesday we had a doctor's appointment for Baby G! We heard the precious heartbeat. NO better sound in the world. :)

And we now know the exact date we find out if our little one is a he or a she!
NOVEMBER 2! Three weeks from tomorrow! I absolutely cannot wait!

I'm so ready to call my baby a "he" or a "she" and not an "it"!
And give the little one his or her special name. 22 more days! 

Most days it still doesn't seem real that I'm actually pregnant. 
That a little miracle, who is part of me & part of my darling husband, is inside of me.
How amazing. :) I am so thankful and ready to be a mommy!

Happy Thursday, y'all :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

15 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights

How far along: 15 weeks 2 days

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +6-7 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Not yet! 

Best Moment this Week: Celebrating my husband's birthday! :)

Gender: So ready to know!

Movement: No, I can't wait for that! :)

Food Cravings: Soup, pasta, Mexican.

Food aversions: None.

What I Miss: Not having headaches! 

Sleep: I go to bed SUPER early! I usually get about 9-11 hours a night! Crazy, I know!

What I am looking forward to: We have a doctor's appointment tomorrow!
 I can't wit to hear my baby's heartbeat!

Friday, September 28, 2012

14 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights

How far along: 14 weeks

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +5 pounds

Maternity Clothes: No, but my pants are getting very tight in the tummy!

Best Moment this Week: Telling my students I was pregnant. Their reactions were adorable!

Gender: We won't find out for 5 or so more weeks.
Sometimes I feel like Baby G is a girl and something I think boy. I can't wait to find out!

Movement: No, I can't wait to feel my little one move!

Food Cravings: Everything! haha I seriously eat all the time.
My currents cravs are: chips, salsa, guacamole, soup, broccoli, hummus,  and pickle juice.

Food aversions: None really. 

What I Miss: Not waking up 5 times a night to use the bathroom!

Sleep: I'm exhausted ALL the time, so I'm sleeping great!

What I am looking forward to: Fall Break is just ONE week away!
This pregnant lady is in desperate need of some rest!