Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
I am so excited for your arrival. You have probably heard a lot of ruckus these days with mommy and daddy making their best baby preparations with painting, cleaning, and with coffee deliveries. I am pretty sure that they have made every baby decorating arrangement known to new parents. I know you probably think it’s a little excessive but still necessary so that Mommy and Daddy can be completely ready for all baby-land scenarios. Everything must be just right…because you are special.
So today I asked Mommy and Daddy if they were ready for your arrival? Mommy said “No, I don’t know if we will ever be ready”. Daddy agreed. Mommy said that she had been getting that question a lot. She sighed as she thought about her to-do list in hear head. She seemed a little weary, but Alivia don’t you worry. Mommy and Daddy will be fine.
I am not an authority on parenting by no means. In fact, I’m only a mom of two, a boy and a girl who have long since been little babies like you. Believe me they have improved the science of baby care tremendously since those days. Rest assured your parents have been educating themselves in your baby growing process. And they have had all the normal feelings of being new parents for sure…excitement, anticipation, fear, peace….all those emotions along with the physical evidence that you will be here soon.
But Alivia, how do I know that your mommy and Daddy will be ready? Because they love and because they have love written on their hearts…for you!! That is one thing that you will notice right away. With every preparation they have made for you they have made it with love. With every brush stroke on your new nursery walls, with every baby accoutrement placed, with every thought, with every prayer, they have done it or said it with love in their Mommy and Daddy hearts for you. And listen little baby girl…love is all you need. Oh yeah there will be tears and fears for sure, but love will cover a multitude of mistakes. You will be great baby and they will be great parents, because of their love for you.
Now one last thing, Jesus loves you too. And He loved you before you were even a love thought in your Mommy and Daddy’s hearts. And His love, my soon-to-be-little-bundle-of-joy, will be the real love that you will seek. For now, rest…and know that you are loved.
Write love on your heart for someone today. J
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Yesterday was full of wonderful moments. I got to go to work with the most-handsome-coffee-smelling-man-in-the-world. We spent the whole day together, enjoying the nice weather and each other.
Yesterday was also full of not so wonderful moments. I guess my body has decided to rebel. Throughout my pregnancy I have experienced some swelling of my fingers and within the past few weeks if I spend a lot of time on my feet they would swell a-little too. Well, oh-my-gosh. Mid-morning I took a glance at my feet and my ankles had disappeared. They continued to grow all throughout the day. By the end of afternoon I couldn't even get my shoes back on.
Today, I would like to admit I have a problem. I, Megan Armstrong, have cankles...
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
That magazine inspired our first visit to Canton, TX. Since then we have made another trip, and I am getting uneasy right now just knowing that we are not planning a trip down anytime in the near future.
The past few days the desire to create has rushed over me - again. I want to do things. I want to build things. I want to take a piece of junk and turn it into something bea-u-ti-ful. Good thing this week Alivia's changing table is getting a makeover. Other wise I might go creative crazy.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Yesterday's weather was a-mazing. Brandon and I opened every window in our house, turned off the heater and enjoyed the fresh air bringing a cool breeze into our house.
I love how simple Sunday afternoons are. There is so much beauty in spending an afternoon with people you love and enjoy being around. Simple bliss comes from going on a 2o minute walk with the world's-best-husband (even when my belly felt like it weighed 1,000 pounds and I had a cramp in my right calf so bad I could hardly keep going).
This week started off great! I know that things will continue going good, because today is Valentines day and tomorrow I get to spend the day with Brandon and we get to hear a heartbeat! :)
Friday, February 11, 2011
When Brandon and I were engaged I made him a flip-book-calender counting down to our wedding day. It has 100 pages in it. Now here we are again, using the same calender for the birth of our first baby. Each morning I wake up in excitement knowing that I get to flip the calender and we are one day closer to Alivia's due date.
Today is lucky #56 and I can not believe how fast April 9th is going to arrive. I can't wait to count down to all of our major life events. Alivia's 1st birthday, her brothers & sisters arrival (one day), the day we send the last one off to college, our 30th wedding anniversary... Hopefully this flip book can withhold the test of time!!
At this very moment I am enjoying a snack. It is not just any snack, it is a snack that my husband has gotten Alivia and I hooked on. For those of you who know me personally, you will know that I do-not-like peanut butter. I will eat it, but it isn't my favorite thing in the world.
Well, the last few weeks I have given into one of Brandon's guilty pleasures. A bagel with peanut butter on it. Not just peanut butter, but also anything ranging from white chocolate chips, and M&M's on top.... This makes for a great second breakfast!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
In the business world the corner office is the location that everyone wants. It usually comes with a nice view from multiple angles. No I do not literally have a corner office, nor do I even have an office with four walls, desk and computer. My office runs on diesel(very expensive diesel), offers free massages, and wreaks of coffee. My office is a 26 foot box truck loaded down with 20K lbs. of coffee.
So what makes it a corner office, well my view is constantly changing and on the days that Megan rides with me I can always see her out of the corner of my eye. It has been such a blessing to have her with me on some long(14hr) days. I am sure she doesn't necessarily enjoy the hours but I do enjoy having her with me. If our child is born with problems due to shaking in the womb I will take the blame for that.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
You can read everything that is going on with Alivia this week here. From what I can tell she spends her days growing, dancing, and kicking. She is a very active little girl, taking after her dad! :) We can't wait to meet her!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I don't know what has gotten into me... but the last few days my body cannot get enough food. I am one-hundred-percent sure that Alivia is having a growth spurt. All I felt like I did yesterday was eat, eat, and eat some more.
Even though I know that I need to eat for my growing baby it is pretty hard to let myself go. I feel guilty for having my 4th snack of the day (okay, 6th snack of the day). It is such a struggle because for years I have worked so hard to be fit, and stay a "certain size". Don't get me wrong I love my belly. I love knowing Alivia is in there growing big and strong, and that she will be making her grand entrance around 60 days from now! Its the growing thighs that weigh heavy on my mind.
For the most part the things that are going into my month are healthy. Yesterday, I had a banana, apple, and orange (along with a snickerdoodle cookie, a bag of chips, grilled cheese, and the list goes on...) Until April I am going to have to face the facts: I will be eating a lot. 9 more weeks!
Monday, February 7, 2011
It is hard to believe that two-years-ago-today my brother got married. That day I gained a sister, and since then I have gained the cutest nephew a girl could ask for:
Our family has grown by leaps and bonds within the past two years. I love all of additions we are adding through marriages and babies. Brandon and I are so blessed by the family that surrounds us. They love us and support us no matter what. We hope Jeremy and Sarah enjoy their special day! Happy Anniversary!