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Thrifty finds, DIY, and a soon to be Home Reno...


I love to find cheaper ways to do expensive things. Whether this be through Thrift-store-shopping or DIY decorating, I find a way to get it done. I NEVER shop in the regular priced area of a store. If I do happen to see something I love that is regular priced, I wait til it goes on sale. OR, i make it my own version of it. I love to paint and do crafts. However, being a mother of two and a night-shift nurse, I have very little time to do it. We are also in a rental home while we search for my forever home. So, I am LOVING the blog world right now as I find ideas for my new home. Be sure to follow me so I will know I'm not just blogging to myself. :-)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Perfect little pearly whites...

Lanie Mae went to the dentist for the first time this morning. We have been talking about it for a week or so. At first, she wasn't too excited about it. But, the more we talked about it, she became o.k. with the idea. I told her they would count and tickle her teeth. I told her they may even give her a prize.

So, we woke up this morning and who is a nervous wreck?? NO, not Mae Mae, ME. She's actually excited about going. We get there and I have sweaty palms (all the while trying to act like I am as cool as a cucumber). Lanie Mae is a little stand-offish. So, I'm thinking, "this is going to be disasterous". Well, a few minutes later, the hygienist calls us back and Lanie Mae walks with her like a big girl and talks to her all the way back to the exam room. She did GREAT! She acted like it was no big deal at all. She chuckled while Ms. Christy polished her teeth. She opened wide for Dr. Mike. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I was a dorky Mom & took pictures the whole time. I actually teared up out of pride (i know, i'm a dork!) But, I was so excited to see her do so well. The dentist said she has "textbook teeth". So, I couldn't be any happier! Oh, and to top it off... I told LM she could get a prize at the store. She chose a 3 cent piece of bubble gum (that's my girl! no $10 doll for's the simple things in life!) Here are a few pics...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Growing large with the unnamed Morton boy

Well, I am slowly growing out of all of my regular clothes. Maternity pants are still a little big. And, to be honest, I haven't found any that are very flattering. Even my jeans from my last pregnancy are not flattering AT ALL. So, I'm still hanging on to my favorite regular jeans...but, I have broken 2 rubber bands in the process....maybe it's time to give it up :) I am loving all of the knit dresses. They have been a lifesaver. O.k., so this is a boring topic, i know. But, if you have any suggestions on flattering maternity jeans, let me know.

The name game is going NOWHERE! Neil is not into talking about's all I want to talk about. We waited and names Lanie Mae on the day she was born. Can I tell you how boring and not fun that was?? So, I am really ready for this little man to have a name. I love the names Tate and Sawyer...Neil says no. He likes the name Davey...I say no. There are a couple of "hmm...that's o.k." names, but, none that really stick out. I think the name opinions are deterring Neil from talking about it. I say, let's say "this is the name- period". That way, people are less likely to share opinions. Well, if anyone has any cute boy names, please feel free to pass them along.
20 weeks 4 days

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Diaper Bag

Just ordered my BOY diaper bag. I love it. Can't wait to use it. I have been in a funk today and it's amazing how a little shopping always helps. :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bedding for Baby Boy

I picked out the bedding for Baby Boy Morton's nursery (no, no names yet). Just thought I would share. It won't even be shipped until mid October. So, can't do alot until then.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

It's a.....

So, on Friday we found out we are going to have a sweet baby BOY! We are super excited! The ultrasound was great. I had to take pictures of the pictures, so they aren't great. But, who knows what they are looking at w/ an ultrasound anyway. The sonographer even did a few 4D images for us. They were pretty neat. However, I don't know if I would ever pay for a 4D US. It looked a little bizarre. But, that's just me.

The baby is healthy. However, he does have a little hydronephrosis and pelvic dilation. Which means, in my Dr's words, "he needs to pee". I got the news after Neil had gone back to work. So, even though it's fairly common and not life threatening, I was upset. I just expected a 100% healthy little one, and that may not be the case. I will have another Ultrasound in 4 weeks (which is a bonus) to see if the issue has resolved or improved. If so, we will just continue to monitor for growth & amniotic fluid. If it gets worse, I will have to go to UAB for a targeted ultrasound to find out the cause of the hydronephrosis. Most commonly, it's some sort of blockage. It's fairly common for little boys to have issues like this. As a matter of fact, as I have read up on it, it accounts for 50% of abnomalities found on 18-20 week ultrasounds. If it doesn't correct or improve, he may need a procedure once he's born to fix the underlying problem. We see this a good bit with our well babies at work. They are, for the most part, completely normal. They just get worked up w/ a renal US and such shortly after birth to make sure things are functioning properly.

So, if you don't mind, please pray that little BOY Morton will have his bladder nice and empty on August 28. And, my goodness, they could have found things MUCH worse than this. But, it still causes a little anxiety.

So, on the day of our US I was excited. But, a little deflated after I heard the news. I prayed for the baby and for peace. I also prayed for God to help me to put things in perspective. I worked Friday night and by Saturday afternoon, I was even more excited than I was when I heard "It's a BOY" for the first time. I can't wait to buy some things for the little guy! Lanie Mae is very excited about having a little BROTHER. She will be the best big sister!!

The thing with the arrow pointing to it is the thing that makes him a boy :)

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