Sunday, December 4, 2011

I Won An Award! (And so have you!)

Liebster Blog Award!

Allison over at Project Open Hearts recently bestowed upon yours truly the Liebster Blog Award! Basically, it's a little bit of love to bloggers with under 200 followers, started by the one of a kind Megan at This Space For Rent. (Liebster means "dearest" in German) How fun!


Here are the rules to pass this baby on:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you. (Thanks Allison!!)
2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favorite bloggers and keep it going!

Here are 5 bloggers I would like to pass the award on to: (It was so hard to choose! I had to randomly pick to narrow the list down!)
1. Meg, from Previously On...
2. Jess, from Points of Interest
3. Katie, from It's Me!
4. Alex, from Good Girl Gone Wife
5. Manda, from No Regrets, Just Success!

Enjoy! Be sure to link back to my blog and share the love. ;)

Missie

Monday, November 14, 2011

I'm bwowing wasbewwies Mussy!

Last night we were hanging out with G's family and his 3 year old cousin kept giving kisses to "baby Grace" and telling me how he was going to teach her to do puzzles and she would need to sit at her special table to eat (high chair) and he just went on and on.

Then he started blowing raspberries on my belly and giggling. He calls me Mussy and kept saying "Mussy, I'm gibbing baby Gwace wasbewwies". And then he'd do it again.

This is Evan -



He's the reason I wanted a boy at first. He's the most precious 3 year old I've ever known and sometimes I love him so much my heart just feels like it's going to explode. He was our ringbearer in the wedding and didn't walk down the aisle, he RAN. Isn't he adorable!?!?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

We are having a...

Why hello there! How have you been? It's been a few weeks since we've had a chance to catch up.

We found out we are having a.... wait. I'll get to that soon.

Halloween came and went. What did you do? We carved pumpkins and they were amazing.

This was me:

I didn't carve THAT pumpkin.

We do know what that pumpkin is though.

And we have a name.

So without further ado...

****drumroll****


Yep! This mama is having a girl. It's amazing and overwhelming at the same time. And I feel like I'm carrying a piece of my mom forward into this world. No matter what I do, I've sent a little bit of her and I into this world.

We are going to name her Grace.

My friend Mrs. Jess sent me these adorable onesies for Grace.


Aren't they adorable? More updates to come soon - nursery and whatnot. I'll leave you with this stacking hen I bought!




Thursday, October 20, 2011

Week 20 - Half Way There!

It's ironic that at this moment, my best friend is in labor. I got pregnant half way through her pregnancy and on the exact 1/2 way point of mine, she is welcoming her new little one into the world. I cannot wait to meet him!

On to pictures! Thanks to everyone who's asked for them! Please excuse my bed-ragged look, I'm fighting a nasty cold. G was at the gym and I was bored, so I thought I'd take a picture or two. I need to do this weekly and keep forgetting!

First, I had the flash on. Not so good!




Here's from the side:





Please excuse the mess in our bedroom. Be glad you can't see what's to the left of me. (LAUNDRY!)

And a picture from the front. Some lady told me that from the front you can't tell I'm pregnant. Obviously she was just being nice. Or maybe she was distracted by my boobs, which were 34C and are now 34DD.



But there ya go, week 20 pictures!

Missie

Love Is Bald


A friend inspired me with this.


Love is bald.






Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Heartbreaking and Uplifting

I don't normally share these, but I'm reaching out to my followers today in the hopes that we can spread the word about little Tripp.

Tripp Roth was born with a very rare skin condition that he battles every day. He is now 2 years old and such a strong little boy! His single mom submitted her story to Reader's Digest and has a chance to have her story published and win some money. (You can read the blog here: http://randycourtneytripproth.blogspot.com/)

If you could vote, it would be great. You don't need to "like" a page or anything like that. It's as simple as clicking the vote button.


That's heartbreaking. The pain he must be in... and I'm sure not being able to pick up and hold your little boy while he's screaming in pain has got to just break her heart. She has such a strong soul!

Please head over to http://randycourtneytripproth.blogspot.com/ and vote for their story!

Thanks everyone,
Missie

Friday, October 14, 2011

The baby totally kicked me in my lady bits today. Twice.

Totally unnecessary.

I almost took a knee. At work. In front of a client.

<-------If I see this.

I'm freaking the eff out.

I mean, kicking is cool and all. Yay for kicking.

But my crotch? For cereal baby?

I love you and all, but knock it off already.

Friday, October 7, 2011

YOU GUYS! Check this out!

Oh my goodness. Have you ever seen anything so adorable in your entire life?

Check out her etsy shop *here*.

I cannot wait to start buying these for our bebe.

What are your favorite Etsy shops?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Featured Blogger Of The Week: GreenGlassHero

My blogger of the week this week is also an original May 2011 Knottie. We hit it off right away and have a lot in common. We were married the same month, are both typical Midwestern girls, not to mention we're both having babies at just about the same time. :)

You can find Rachael here, here and here. Yes, the girl finds time to write, publish and update 3 blogs.

Let's start with The Unbride Diary. This one was from wedding planning. When she'd go MIA from the boards, I'd always blogstalk to see how planning was going.

http://unbridediary.blogspot.com/


Green Glass Window & Rachael Getting Better are day-to-day blogs about life, love, babies and health.
http://greenglasswindow.blogspot.com/ & http://rachaelgettingbetter.blogspot.com/


I always enjoy Rach's spin on life. And it's fun to read about someone else going through pregnancy at the same time as I am. She's only a smidge bit ahead of me, so it's great to see what is in store!

Tell her Missie sent you!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Week 18: Sweet Potato

Every week, The Knot sends me an email with the size of the baby and what the baby has grown this week. I will post every Wednesday the progress and what the baby is doing now. Hopefully you'll get some baby bump pictures as well!

This week, a sweet potato! Or yam, if you roll that way. Let me tell you, it feels like a bowling ball. :-)




Your Baby: Week 18
Your fetus has become amazingly mobile (at least compared to you), passing the hours yawning, hiccuping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking and swallowing. And, baby's finally big enough that you'll be able to feel those movements soon.


Tomorrow at 11:00am, we find out the gender of the baby! What do you think it is?

Monday, October 3, 2011

What do you say?

I'm at work and the Sugarland song "Already Gone" came on our satellite radio.

My mama mapped out the road that she knows
Which hands you shake and which hands you hold
In my hand-me-down Mercury, ready to roll
She knew that I had to go

I started thinking; if we have a little girl, will she be like me? Independent and head-strong? Subborn and full speed ahead? Will I map out the road I've travelled and hope she knows which hands to shake and which hands to hold? Will she be like G; thoughtful and patient?

And hangout, make lots of noise
And lay out late with a boy
Make the mistakes that she made

Can I protect her from heartache? Do I want to protect her from heartache? Isn't that what makes yo stronger? But my little girl...

'Cause she knew all along
I was already gone
I was already gone
I was already gone
Life is a runaway train you can't wait to jump on

Will she one day come to me, with tears in her eyes, both of us knowing she's ready to fly? Knowing I will be there the next time she comes to me with tears in her eyes.

They say the first time won't ever last
But that didn't stop me, the first time he laughed
All my friends tried to warn me the day that we met
Girl don't you lost your heart yet

But do! Lose your heart. Isn't that thrill of jumping the best part of new love? The scared to death feeling of "What have I gotten myself into? Will this be the one?"

But his dark eyes dared me with danger
And sparks fly like flame to a paper
Fire in his touch burning me up
But still I held on.

Remember that first lust? The first time someone made your blood pound through your heart? The craziness of it all? The newness of discovering someone else, inside and out. And learning things about yourself you never knew existed.

'Cause I was already gone
I was already gone
I was already gone
Life is a runaway train you can't wait to jump on

How will I handle my little girl growing up? Becoming a woman?

The last time I saw him, we packed up my things
And he smiled like the first time he told me his name
And we cried with each other
We split the blame for the parts that we couldn't change



Pictures, dishes and socks


It's our whole life down to one box


There he was waving goodbye


On the front porch alone




But I was already gone.



I remember the end of my first real relationship, once I was out of the house and on my own. How that was just about as scary as falling in love in the first place.

Hangout, make lots of noise
And layout late with a boy
Make the mistakes that she made
Life is a runaway train you can't wait to jump on

Life is a runaway train and when I think about this baby and our lives together, I cannot wait to jump on.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Lower... lower... THAT'S THE SPOT!

According to the American Pregnancy Association, "Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health." (link)



According to me? It's a must. Lately I've had RLP or Round Ligament Pain. Basically "The round ligament supports the uterus and stretches during pregnancy. It connects the front portion of the uterus to the groin. These ligaments contract and relax like muscles, but much more slowly. Any movement (including going from a sitting position to standing position quickly, laughing, or coughing) that stretches these ligaments, by making the ligaments contract quickly, can cause a woman to experience pain. Round ligament pain should only last for a few seconds." (link)



What this means for me is that I've been pretty uncomfortable the past week or so. My legs hurt, like the bones are stretched out, my belly area feels like someone punched me and my lower back is starting to feel the stress of my changing walking/sitting/sleeping patterns.

I decided to schedule a pregnancy/prenatal massage. IT WAS AMAZEBALLS! Have you ever done one? What is your favorite type of massage?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Featured Blogger Of The Week: Mono, The Housewife Who Cooks (Shocking!)

My fried Jess, or Mono, as we call her in Knottie land, has this awesome blog. She writes about these yummy, easy recipes she makes and I'm always starving after reading her posts.


One in particular has been calling my name - Easy Peezy Cheesey Potato Soup - and I'm actually going to make it and try to blog about it soon.




Doesn't that look AMAZING??? I'll wait while you wipe the drool off your face. (Hey, we've all been there)



I asked Jess to tell me about herself and her blog, here's what she had to say.



Tell me about your blog: Well, it is a food blog. I write about what I cook or bake. I hope to add random crafts. (Hopefully when my toddler learns the meaning of personal space. So about 16 right?)



How did you get into blogging: I am a part of a forum of ladies who were married the same month I was married. We chat about our day and I was always mentioning what I baked/cooked that day. They suggested I write a blog about it. (Missie note: She's an original May 2011 knottie like me!)



How did your blog name come about: It really just came to me when it asked what I wanted to name my blog. I was a housewife who baked. The sarcasm in me was all "How shocking... "



Favorite musical and why: Kiss Me Kate. I have always loved the story of Taming of the Shrew & I loved how this was a play on that. I loved the costuming in the movie! (I am a costuming nerd.) Close second is RENT.



If you were an appliance, what would you be: I have no idea how to answer that question. But, mixer? I am useful but a little mixed up....

Be sure to check Jess out at http://monolayth.blogspot.com/, tell her Missie sent you!



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Your baby is the size of a what?

Every week, The Knot sends me an email with the size of the baby and what the baby has grown this week. I will post every Wednesday the progress and what the baby is doing now. Hopefully you'll get some baby bump pictures as well!



This week, the baby is the size of an onion. So we'll call him/her Vidalia this week.


Your Baby: Week 17
Baby's skeleton is hardening, changing from rubbery cartilage to bone, and fat is finally accumulating around it. The umbilical cord is getting thicker and stronger, and those little fingers and toes are now topped by one-of-a-kind prints.



That's a nice looking onion right there. :)


This week has been pretty easy. Saturday night we went to a birthday party for a friend and Sunday morning, I had G's hangover... bad. But after a few hours I was okay. But Monday and Tuesday have been pretty good. Only one more week and 2 days until we know if the little onion is pink or blue!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ham & Pickle Sammich, Please?

Tell me about your pregnancy! What did you crave? What couldn’t you stand? Here's my report card so far.


Cravings & Aversions
Macaroni and Cheese from Panera
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup – I could eat this every single day.
Wendy’s French Fries (Oh my gosh, those are so good!)
Pickles – Bread and Butter!
Wheat Thins – The big ones. Mmmmm…
Bear Creek Rootbeer – Oh my gosh, I’ll drink 2 of these in an hour if you let me.
Deli sandwiches – I have to be careful because although my Dr lets me eat lunch meat, I need to make sure it’s still healthy and not processed.

And for aversions, Macaroni and Cheese from Panera. Yeah, I either love or hate it. Greasy food. I craved this like crazy in my first trimester, but now I can’t run away from it fast enough. Unless it’s Wendy’s fries.


Pet Peeves
Random, I know... and not really pregnancy related, but some things drive me crazy now that never would have before.
I guess I get irritated more easily, though I just grin and bear it.
People in general. Rude people. People who have no friends and make me feel like it’s my job in life to make them feel self-important. People with no self-worth. People with no self-confidence. I know. I hate myself for feeling that way, but that’s what bothers me lately.

Super Powers
Holy sniffer! I can smell what someone is eating in the car ahead of me on the way to work. I can smell every time someone walks by that has smoked in the last 20 years. Smoke and coffee are my big triggers. No more morning sickness, but if you smoke or drink coffee, or God-forbid, both, I am guaranteed to run to the bathroom.


I did order a ham and pickle sandwich the other day. No mayo or cheese, just ham and pickles. G looked at me like I was a little crazy.

I can't wait to hear your stories! Did you or someone you know have a strange craving?

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Story Of Us (With Tags!)

In making room for Baby M, we've gotten to go through boxes of photos, mementos and the history of what makes us and 'us'. (Read on fellow bloggers, I might have tagged you at the end...)

We went from this:

(taken January 01, 2008 at our friend's cabin on New Years Eve.
We'd been together 2 years at this point)

To this:



(Taken on our wedding day, May 28, 2011)

Come stroll with me along memory lane as I giggle and cringe at Greg and I through the years.


We look so young here! His Parent's Backyard, one of our first pictures together - April 06, 2007 We were all playing Balderdash and it was the first time we met Liz; who was one of the girlfriends who became a fiance and then wife of one of G's boys, Steve. She's now one of my best friends and my 'sister wife'.


These two are from my best friend Katie's wedding.
The first time I got to see his 'moves'.



My niece's birthday party - 2009ish?



I had foot surgery and was on crutches. We decorated them with battery operated Christmas lights. This was at a banquet.



The day we closed on our house. Our home. Best thing we'd done to date. This is where we celebrate our marriage and will raise Baby M.



Nebraska trip to see his 'little' brother, James and his girlfriend, Steph. We had so much fun and every time I see this picture, it makes me miss them even more.



Our engagement! And short hair. :) This was my birthday in 2009.



One year later, on my birthday again, 2010. Our first Door County trip with Steve & Liz! The same Liz we met back in the day playing Balderdash in G's parent's backyard. I am so ghay for that trip, you guys. We drank wine up and down the peninsula and stopped at every roadside stand and attraction along the way.



Engagement photos - we were SO COLD in the outside shots. But this was the first time I felt like a bride and I started to really enjoy the wedding planning process. And our photographer rocked my socks off. (You can check her out here)


Our wedding day. This is my favorite picture from the day because I look at this and know exactly how I felt. The absolute excitement and pure joy.

A couple observations:
1. What is with all the hairstyles? Or lackthereof?
2. Do you have the same smile in all of your pictures too?
3. I love my hubs. And his receding hairline. :)


Thanks for taking the trip with me. Do you have any old photos you can share? Or have you burned those in hopes they would never surface?

Heads up bloggy friends - I'm tagging a few of you!


First up, my girl Jess over at Points Of Interest! Look for her in an up-coming Blogger of the Week.

And then my girl Ashlee over at A Step In The Right Direction (super motivational, check her out!).



Friday, September 23, 2011

What Does This All Mean?

Lately, I've been kind of melancholy. Do you ever get to a point where you aren't really sure you like yourself right now? Not in the "oh my gosh, I'm a horrible person and want to die" way, but just that "I'm not sure that who I am right at this moment is 100% who I really am".

I have this quote over there ------> by Anthony Robbins. It states:

“Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human."

Reading it, I was reminded that I haven't been really living in the moment. I've been hiding a lot. I go home and I'm so tired, I either read in bed or watch TV until I fall asleep. I'm tired because all I do is read my Kindle or watch TV.

I miss my friends. I miss making plans and being active. More effort needs to be made on my part to be more actively involved. Not just a phone call here and there, but physically getting in my car and doing things. That's what centers me.

I feel so random most of the time. Like my thoughts aren't connecting in a way that form a complete sentence.

I've let being pregnant become who I am. Like planning a wedding. I was a bride-to-be. Somewhere in there I found a way to still be a friend and family member.

Do you ever feel like if you pulled one thread, everything else would fall into place? Something in my life needs to shift just slightly. I feel so left of center. I need to "find the cause of (my) problem and eliminate it."

Have you been here?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Featured Blogger Of The Week: Mrs. Jess

Mrs. Jess and I met when she was Ms. Jess. And now that we're old married hags together, I feel like I've known her my whole life.



This girl has a knack for finding random household items and making them look swanky and so put-together. Something I fail miserably at.



She's also got a husband who is crazy about her AND always indulges her IKEA cravings. I'm a little in love with him.



Check Jess out and let her know Missie sent you.



http://mrandmrsoconnell.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Featured Blogger of The Week: Salamandy

Starting, well, NOW, I will feature a weekly spotlight on one of my blogger girls. If you'd like to be added to my blog list/blogroll, comment below!

This week, I want to focus on my friend Mandy and her menagerie of pets. Mandy and I met on The Knot - we're both May 2011 girls. (::WOOT:WOOT::)

She's got an absolute plethora of animals and I always enjoy reading about them. Even the slimy ones.

Seriously you guys, she's a "newlywed living in a small apartment with my husband, three frogs, a salamanders, three snakes, two mice, a leopard gecko, and a cat."

That's a LOT of ''things" to fit into an apartment. And she does such an awesome job at somehow making it adorable and interesting.

Check her out - and let her know Missie sent you. :0)

http://salamandersmiles.blogspot.com

Thanks Mandy for being the Featured Blogger of the Week! Or should I say ... CREATURED?

(I seriously crack myself up!)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

::Dear Baby M::

I've been thinking of starting a journal to write to our baby. Something simple but something that will allow me to share my thoughts and feelings throughout this process. Something to give to our son or daughter when she or he is old enough to appreciate and love it. Maybe when they have their first baby on the way.

What do you think?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Flutterby?



So... the past few days, I've felt this weird feeling in my tummy.

Now, when you're pregnant, your entire body changes and does things it's never done before, so I thought maybe this was just my stomach being upset or gas or something weird like that. But it happens at the strangest times. And on a fully belly and empty stomach.

So I mentioned it to my best friend and she asked if it felt like butterflies.

Me: YES! That's exactly what it feels like. Like something is fluttering in my...

oh... wait...

Is that the baby?

(insert slow creeping smile that took over my face)

So... I can now feel the baby move. :)

It's pretty amazing. And strange. And amazing.


I honestly thought it was WAY too early. But after talking to a few of my friends and co-workers, it sounds like it's the real deal.


How cool is that?


Today is officially 14 weeks. The baby is the size of a lemon today. :) Feels more like a cantaloupe. :0)


That's a pretty big lemon, don't you think?



Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Can You Help?

In 2 weeks, I will participate in my second "Light The Night" walk to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

My good friend Andy was just diagnosed with Lymphoma recently and as most of you know, Greg's cousin Ricky (who introduced us) has battled Leukemia & Lymphoma TWICE now in 29 years.

My goal is to raise $320 this year. I am half way to that goal, but need a little more help. Can you donate? Even $ 5 or $10 goes a LONG way.

My personal page with more information is http://pages.lightthenight.org/wi/SEWI11/MMauldin

Thank you guys!!!!!!!!!!
Missie

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

That's a WHAT!?!?!

A few weeks back, I went to the doctor because my Endo was flaring up and I thought I was going to have to endure another round of Lupron injections, Provera pills, add-back therapy, anything...

They did some bloodwork and sent me off for ultrasounds. During the transvaginal, the ultrasound tech said "It looks like you have another cyst" so I redied myself for the doctor to tell me we were back for another round of pills, shots and surgeries. When I got back to the exam room, he started telling me about CT scans and MRIs to just make sure we weren't missing anything, since the cyst was hard to see clearly on the ultrasound, but that the Radiologist was reading the scans and would get back to us. Simultainiously the bloodwork and US readings came back. The words that came out of his mouth shocked me out of my seat. (I actually stood up and then sat down, then stood up again)

"Congratulations, you're pregnant".

Wha?

Wait.

What?

Slowly I started grinning.

Hold, on, say that again?

"You're pregnant, about 3 weeks, which is why it looks like a cyst".

Whoa, baby.

So, today I'm officially 9 weeks. The baby is a little bigger than a raspberry.

What to Expect When You're Expecting says "Tiny muscles are beginning to form, so while he might not be ready to pump iron, he's gearing up to move his arms and legs." (link)

How am I? Throwing up non-stop. It's an all-day affair. I get no break. But it's all so very worth it.

How is G? Over the moon. He's already come up with baby names, colors, ideas and has started researching strollers and carriers.

I'm so sick, I'm spending more time in the bathroom and in bed than anything. Soon it will pass and I can start enjoying life and being excited.

But I'm over the moon and love this little peanut so very much.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Four-legged Kids

Mau showing some tongue -


Max does this every time he purrs hard -



Mau got stuck :)




Mackey giving kisses -



Mau being Mau -



Stella when she was wheally whittle.



Stella older, but still tiny -



Max's Halloween costume -



Mau says "what's up(side-down)?"



Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Our wedding - if I have any readers left. :)

Our wedding, in a word, was amazing. Everything we could have hoped for and more. Here are some pictures of our big day!




I only cried when I saw G and when we said the vows we wrote.





















Our ringbearer ran down the aisle and then waited patiently for our flower girl.