Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Extra Terristerial

This past Sunday I went to look for a movie for Noah to watch On Demand. I flipped as fast as I can through the listings to avoid Noah seeing the Squeakquel of the Alvin and the Chipmunk movie (I seriously must have seen that movie 20 times). I saw that HBO had E.T. listed under their kid movies. I can't even tell you the last time I saw E.T., I guess it had to be about 10 years ago.

Noah saw the picture of E.T. and yelled "Oh YUCK! He is ugly, he looks like Uneaux!". My poor chihuahua, can you see a resemblance?

Poor Uneaux. The odds aren't in his favor.

After the initial shock that E.T. was gross, Noah became intrigued with E.T. I decided to put it on in hopes that it would hold his attention more than 20 minutes. I fast forwarded to the part where Elliott places Reeses Pieces up the stairs and all you see is E.T's fingers grasping the candy. "Oh look! He is eating eggs!" Noah commented. I corrected him about 5x telling him it's not eggs and that it was candy. However, Noah is insisting they are eggs. Maybe he is getting confused that Easter candy is in the plastic eggs? Who knows.

His favorite parts of the movie are when E.T. gets dressed up in the wig and when Drew Marrymore first meets E.T. and she screams hysterically.

Since E.T. came out in 1982, the year I was born, I don't remember every detail of this movie. Since Sunday, I've watched it about 5 times and it's really a great movie. It's definitely a nice change of pace from Peter Pan and Toy Story!

My sister Robin had an E.T. doll back in the day. I actually think we may have a picture together with the stuffed animal when I was an infant. My mom vividly remembers seeing E.T. about 5 times back in 1982, she claims it was in the movie theater forever. I tried finding an E.T. doll and they are now like $70! Wowza!!!

On the way home today, Extra Terristerial by Katy Perry came on. Maybe E.T. is making a come back? Noah would be thrilled! I'm sure the dolls would be less than seventy bucks!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Starbucks Fairy

It's a known fact I start every work day with a Starbucks. My mother and I are both terribly addicted to Starbucks. My mom even makes more than 1 trip a day on most days.

My mom is a much more traditional coffee drinker than I am. I switch my order up quite frequently between lattes, iced coffees and fraps. However, my moms order never changes. Noah can recite my moms order including her milk and how many equals she takes in her coffee and usually does every morning.

I'm lucky that on some nights my mom will come and drop off a coffee when she does her 2nd run of the day. It's a great surprise since I never really know when I'll get the call that the fairy is coming. This is just another example of how my mom rocks!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Chick Pics

On Sunday we took Noah for his Easter pictures. The photographer had live chicks as props, how cute is that? I was excited about getting pictures done since the last ones we had one were last year, time just flew by it seems!

I talked it up all week to Noah. I stressed that these are teeny tiny baby chicks and that we had to be very gentle with them. He was very excited to hold the chicks.

I dressed him a nice new crisp button down shirt with khakis. Within the first 2 seconds of Noah holding the chicks, the chick pooped on him! Eek! Noah took it very well and didn't care that much. I honestly think he didn't even realize.

Throughout the session, Noah got pooped on two more times. Eww! Luckily the poop was on hand me down khakis instead of his brand new pastel green shirt. Phew.

I haven't seen the pictures yet but the photographer took some great shots. She had shots of Noah having a chick on his head (no poop thank goodness!), Noah holding chicks on his shoulders and some chicks in his Easter basket.

Noah was a champ throughout the shoot, I was shocked. No screaming, no temper tantrums! It was great.

The photographer said we will get the pictures in about 2-3 weeks. Stay tuned for cuteness.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


My sister just had her fourth baby and the sex was the surprise. It was pretty unanimous that everyone thought it was going to be a girl. However, I had a boy feeling.

I'm all about looking for "signs" when it comes to things. For example, we didn't know the sex of her first child. Georgia was her girl name and one day while I was driving I was thinking about the future baby and taking guesses in my mind as to if it was a boy or girl. I stopped at the stop sign and low and behold...I was on GEORGIA Street, it was totally a sign.

I get excited for Pottery Barn Kids magazines like most men get excited over the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. While flipping through the pages, all of a sudden a sign popped out at me. The room was a boy and girl shared room and the names Graham and Stella were on the walls. Graham was my sisters boy name and Stella is my girl name...SIGN anyone? I knew at that second that this baby was indeed a boy.

Graham was born last Monday and is cute as a button, see for yourself!


I feel that since December I have been on a roller coaster of super highs and incredible lows.

After a great meeting with my doctor last month, we were given the green light to start trying again. I was very excited and decided to try to see where things went. I didn't chart until the end of my 2 week wait and only used OPKs. I didn't drink pomegranate juice and guzzle down green tea, I was trying to just let it be.

My period was due last week and once I was a day late I decided to take a test. There it was...2 lines! TWO lines! I was so excited, I can't believe I was pregnant again! The next day I again took tests and 2 brands said pregnant and the digital said not pregnant. I knew the digital tests were not as sensitive so I didn't think much of it.

Per doctors orders I called as soon as I got a positive test. The nurse called me back all excited and I just knew, this was IT! This was my baby I've been trying for a year for.

I went in for blood work and was told I would have the results the next day. All day on Friday I was too nervous and excited to even leave my phone. Of course, the second I left my phone I came back to a voice mail from my doctor. She then went on and called Clint, so Clint knew the news before I did.

She explained to me that my HCG levels were low and that she didn't think this was a good pregnancy. Again...NOT a good pregnancy. She feels that this is no relation to my December ectopic pregnancy and that we can start trying again immediately. My doctor explained to me that this is a chemical pregnancy.

In my mind I kept on holding out hope that maybe she is wrong, maybe the blood work next week will show that I am pregnant and everything will be ok. Well, my thoughts were short lived because I start bleeding during the night.

This cycle we were supposed to go in for blood work and have an HSG done, so not sure if that is still in the works. I go in this week for blood work to make sure my HCG level is under 5 and I guess we will discuss then.

In the interim, I keep on going through serious waves of blues. The odds of this happening 2x in 3 months just breaks my heart.

Good news is that I know I can get pregnant, it's just keeping the pregnancy is the hard part. I need some prayers and thoughts of good luck.

Shower me!

I'm lucky enough to have 2 of my friends getting married this Spring. Ashlee is getting married this April and Angela is getting married in May. I've been having a lot of fun with all the wedding talk and I can't believe the time for the weddings is almost here!

Ashlee had her bridal shower in January. Everything was very nice and she received some super nice loot (I have been eying that Kate Spade picture frame!). It was so nice her wedding party from out of town were able to come in, it was a great time. One of the favorite things I gave to Ashlee was a nice memory book. I used this company for my baby shower book with Noah. For the bridal shower, you fill out the pages and give advice to the bride and groom. I know she loved it!

Cabrini Girls!

The Bridal Party!

A few weeks ago, Ashlee had her couples shower. Clint and I had a great time and they had some awesome food (those cake balls and crawfish dip were amazing!). It was so much fun to see Aaron (the groom) open up the gifts because he cracked up at them all.

The Bride and I!

My gift to the couple! I realized I bought a lot of things with crabs on it, I think they are too cute!


Angela had her shower the same weekend as Noahs 3rd birthday party. Needles to say, I was one busy bee that weekend! Angela had a beautiful shower and received many nice gifts. It was great to see her since she is now living in DC and luckily, she was able to come to Noahs birthday party as well.

The girls with Lucille.

Angela with her mommy!

The Bridal Party!

I'm very excited for the next few weeks! In addition to these weddings, Angelas brother is also getting married! It's definitely wedding season. I can't wait to see all of these beautiful brides and boogie down at their weddings.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Nature has got it all wrong:

When you are younger, it should be harder to get pregnant, and as you get older it should be easier. When you are so ready, you can’t do it to save your life. And when you are 21, you are so not ready, but you are ripe as could be. The eggs should become more developed the older you get, not die slowly from the day you’re born. That’s one thing God got wrong.” – Halle Berry

I saw that quote this morning on a message board I frequent and wow, isn't it true? Think about it, I'm sure you can relate to this quote.

I've been reading a lot of literature lately regarding trying to conceive and many things that I have read said "start trying before the age of 30"...30? Since when was 30 so old? Even now the "advanced maternal age of 35" seems like a silly cut off to me. My sister is currently pregnant with #4 and she is 36, take that statistic!

Statistically people are getting married later in life and don't start trying to complete their family till much later and that is when mother nature is making it hardest for those to get pregnant.

I even start to wonder if my age is playing a factor in my fertility. I got pregnant with Noah when I was 24 (found I when I was 25 though) and now I'm on the verge of 29. Hmm.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Girls Weekend...Texas Style!

A few months back around Halloween Southwest was having an amazing deal on flights, I mean amazing. I saw a flight for $29 to Dallas and mentioned it to my good friend Ann. We both jumped on the flight to have the chance to go visit our old gal pal Tiffany in Dallas. Tiffany has been in Dallas since the fall of 2008 and she doesn't come home to visit nearly as often as she should. Actually I saw her ONCE in 2010, she wasn't able to make it home till Christmas last month so I went a whole YEAR not seeing Tiffany which has been the longest span of time we have been apart since say...1987 (we go WAY back).

With everything going on with the ectopic pregnancy and then my whole family getting the stomach bug I was in pretty sad spirits the week leading up the the trip. I got a bit anxious of flying since I haven't flown since December of 2007. However, once I got past Wednesday I was getting excited for the chance to have a weekend away.

Other than leaving Noah once this past October, I haven't spent more than 1 night without him! Oh and Clint? I haven't spent a night away from him since we got married in January 2007. Whoa!

Ann and I got to the airport bright and early for our 8AM flight. Yes, 8AM! Back in October this seemed like a good time to fly out but we were for sure kicking ourselves when I picked her up around 6AM. Once we got to the airport we headed to the magazine store and got some good magazines and decided on Smoothie King over PJs for our morning treat (shocking, right?).

The flight was empty so we actually had a seat between us and we enjoyed the 1 hour flight minus a few episodes of turbulence. I would glance at Ann because it was rather bumpy and she wouldn't look at me, she later told me she didn't look at me because she didn't want to make me nervous! Aww.

Once we landed in Dallas, Tiffany was there waiting to pick us On the way to breakfast I noticed that Dallas has everything and I mean EVERYTHING. Any chain restaurant or store you have ever heard of Dallas has it...and they probably have more than one. It was amazing!

After we finished up breakfast and dropping off our bags at Tiffs we decided to go out and do some shopping. I've been dying to go to this jewelry store called Sam Moon. I have to say, it lived up to my expectations. There was TONS of cheap jewelry there that we all just had to have. It's definitely not the best quality items, but for earrings it's more about quantity than quality right? I mean you just can't beat a pair of fake diamond studs for $3.50!

On Saturday night, we decided to go country style and hit up the worlds largest honky tonk! To our luck, we actually knew who was performing that night. We saw Tracey Lawrence and he was pretty good. However, we only knew 3 of his 18 #1 hits so we weren't MEGA fans like those around us.

See Tracey Lawrence in the background? We had a great time at Billy Bobs and I've never seen so many cowboy hats in one room.

On Sunday we went to the Galleria. I was so excited to go to the galleria, levels upon levels of shopping! I was also able to meet some of my internet friends that I know "e-known" since I was pregnant with Noah. It was great to finally meet two of these girls (there are 22 of us in our group). We had a great time meeting each other and drinking Starbucks. We chatted for a while and then walked around the Galleria.

Ann, Tiffany and I literally left the galleria when it closed. Time got away from us and we were there all day! We had a good time though and bought some fun stuff. That night we went out for mexican and had some yummy ritas. That night we dyed our hair and caught up on Big Love.

Sadly, it was time to fly back to NOLA on Monday. It was the longest time I spent away from Clint and Noah but I think it was good for me to just relax and chill after the miscarriage. It was nice to just be with the girls! If you see any cheap flights point them in my direction, I'd love to visit Tiffany again in Dallas.