Morton Girl

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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. :-)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Lots going on w/ the Mortons

First of all, HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Lanie Mae actually was Tinkerbell at school and then Snow White for Trick or Treating....per her request. She, was so cute and extremely excited! She had her school party where she got the first dose of what was to come on Halloween night. Boy, did that make her even more anxious for Saturday night to get here.
enjoying frankenstein cupcakes...
Snow White (before we bundled her up)

After we got home, my sweet husband converted Lanie Mae's toddler bed into a big girl bed so that I could finish working on the baby bed. (o.k., so i nagged a little. but, sometimes, it's necessary) Project for tomorrow...nag him to move the changing table upstairs. The nursery is moving right along. I can't wait til it's finished so that I can post pics!


Here are a couple more OCTOBER pics. I will post more later...

LM LOVES Scarecrows for some reason. She gives our hugs and kisses multiple times a day and has to tell them good morning and goodnight.
Baking Cookies with Mommy on a cold rainy day

Friday, October 30, 2009

Home Turf Delivery

My UAB appointment was today and was very reassuring! Hudson's left kidney was essentially normal and his right still dilated. However, the Dr. said that the kidney tissue looked o.k. So, hopefully there will be at least some function once he gets here. He will be followed by the urologist shortly after birth and will most likely have a surgical procedure to correct the obstruction.

The Dr. was so positive and made me feel SO at ease. He reassured me that there should be no trouble delivering at Shelby. This is SUCH good news to me. I love where I work and the people I work with. I was/ am looking forward to them being my caregivers during this special time! Plus, Neil works across the street from the hospital and we live less than 10 minutes away. So, needless to say, we are excited.

Please continue to pray for Baby Hudson. God has been so faithful to us throughout this. So far, so good!

p.s. the US tech estimated the weight of the baby to be 4 lb 11 oz! Um, most 31 weekers are like 3 or a little more lbs. She said she definitely agreed with the US tech at my OB's office. He's a CHUNK! :-) So, prayers for safe delivery of that little chunk too!

Monday, October 26, 2009

and...growing baby!

We had a routine OB appt this morning with and ultrasound. Baby Hudson measured in the 85th percentile. He is, according to the US tech, "a chunk!". He measured on average 32.5 weeks. Um, I'm not even 31. His head measured 33 weeks 2 days, I'm 30 weeks and 5 days. Yikes! I know that ultrasounds can be quite subjective. But, wow! However, I was SO reassured to see that he is growing the way he should. My fluid level is still normal. His affected kidney was slightly less dilated than my last ultrasound...which is also reassuring. Lastly, he's head down! Praise the lord!
We have an appt at UAB on Friday. At that appt, they will do a targeted ultrasound and will make sure EVERYTHING still looks stable. The urologist appt will be made following our UAB appt.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Growing belly, growing projects...

Today I worked on transforming the $30 dresser I got from the thrift store into a changing table. I'm about 5 hours into the project and I am thinking..."what was I thinking". But, hopefully it will be worth it in the end. I was super excited to find the missing doors & trim in one of the drawers that I had not opened. Now, I don't have to build shelves to go into the blank spaces. Also, I can return the trim I bought to replace the old...YAY $$$

Here are a couple of before pictures...

And a picture of me at 30 weeks 2 days (and 5 hours into a DIY project!!)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

October Fun

I have been neglecting to post things about my sweet baby girl. She is ecstatic about becoming a big sister. I think she gets it, at least a little. She calls him "Hudson Ronald" instead of Hudson...i guess b/c she is Lanie Mae. She has been so excited to see his room come together. I think that has helped get a more concrete idea that a baby is coming and it's coming to STAY.

At the beginning of this month, my parents, sister's family, and our family went to Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia and then spent a couple of days in Helen. We had so much fun. My Daddy is all about tradition and memories. So, it was only fitting that the we go to Helen (one of the only places we vacationed as a child) and to Babyland General Hospital (where we went when we were like 7 or 8 yrs old). We had so much fun! Babyland General (where Cabbage Patch Kids come from) was still hoppin. I couldn't believe it. They are even building a new, really nice, facility. It was Octoberfest in Helen. So, it was super crowded. But, still fun! Most of all, spending uninterrupted time with family made the trip extra special.
Lanie Mae was overwhelmed at all of the baby dolls

They were both in awe...
Pappy giving LM a better view of the nursery

Mae Mae and Cha Chas with there babies...Sara Colors and Lucy Rainbow (they named them themselves)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

And the name is...

Hudson Ronald Morton
Little Man's middle name is after Neil's Daddy, Ronnie. We told him last night on his 63rd Birthday that his Grandson would have his name. His reaction was priceless.

Monday, October 12, 2009

My morning project

This morning, I painted the art for the baby's room (well, some of it). Here it is...

Friday, October 9, 2009


We had an OB appointment this morning. The amniotic fluid was still normal. Praise God! His right kidney remains dilated. The left is still only slightly dilated. The bladder is pretty much normal...which decreases the likelihood that it is the original diagnosis of posterior urethral valves. So, we wait. We have another US in 2 weeks w/ my regular OB and then a week later with UAB. After that, we will see the pediatric urologist again. From there, it will be officially decided where I will deliver this baby! So, prayers that everything remains stable, and that the urologist feels like delivery at my previously planned hospital will be acceptable/ safe. Also, the baby is breech right now...which is not uncommon for 28 weeks. But, I am also praying that he scoots his little bottom where it needs to be in the weeks to come. All i need is to have a c-section!

On the subject of names...we are about 99% decided on a name. We aren't going to tell anyone for now. Probably in a couple of weeks so that we can say with confidence "his name is..." That way, hopefully some of the unwanted opinions will be avoided. I know, some people will say things no matter what! But, if you say this is it vs. we are thinking about..., we're thinking it will help.

until next time...