Monday, September 29, 2008

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Everything's Coming Up Bailey



So about a year ago, Sid and I were at the Covered Bridge Festival, right after the wedding, with his mom. The intent of that trip was to move my stuff to Mississippi. But we diverted that day and ended up at the Covered Bridge Festival. One of the antique shops were having a sale and we got this piece of furniture for a mere 30 bucks. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE LOVE LOVE antiques, rather they are in good condition and ready to be used or in need of a little TLC. I wish I had taken a before pic so you could see what TLC this piece of furniture was in need of. Anyway, we didn't have room on that trip to get it back to Mississippi, sooo, this past weekend, we FINALLY got it out of my brother's basement (I'm sure he wanted to charge me storage rent) and brought it home. After Sid spent a whole day working on it, this is what our $30 has turned into. I'm so proud of Sid. I couldn't smell the stuff he used to work on it, so he did this all by himself. Bailey will be so proud of her daddy. We are using this for her changing table and then eventually it will be her dresser. I LOVE it. Thank you Sid!!!

Now, the grandmom's have been buying sweet little things for Bailey and so have I. Sid picks out sweet stuff for her too, and it makes me happy he gets into it since she isn't a boy. I was worried about that. Not that I don't think any of the things that my mom or Sid's mom have gotten us so far are not just perfect, but there was just something about this little outfit. Bailey's Pap-paw Whitehead (Sid's dad) works at a place here called Windham Tractor. They sell Kubota and Holland Tractor's. They may sell other stuff, but they DO NOT sell John Deer Green Stuff, I know that much! He works on them and owns them and uses them on a daily basis. Sid's brother's little boy is obsessed with his Pap-paw's tractors. Tractors are just something they know about over here. So anyway, yesterday on the way back from Alabama, Sid and I stopped by to see his mom and dad and his mom was showing me stuff she got Bailey. And Sid's dad walked in and handed me this little onesie. I think it is just the perfect little tractor thing for a little girl and I almost cried when he gave it to me. I guess because he told me he had to order it. He actually took the time to find something fitting for a little girl and took the time to order it especially for her. So now she has her first tractor outfit, I'm sure it won't be the last, and her first thing from her Pap-paw. I can't wait til she's 6 months old and can wear it. Thanks Pap-paw!!!

Sid and I went to Alabama this past weekend to see my mom who just had surgery and see my dad, whose B'day is next weekend, since we won't see him on his b'day. Mom is doing GREAT and I'm so proud of her and her determination to get what she wants. We stopped and picked up Maggie in Tuscaloosa on our way in. We had a pretty slow weekend. Sid and Mom and Dad got up and went to breakfast, which is Sid's fav in Bama. I got up sick for some reason. Mom and I watched movies and napped all day until football started. Then it was football on every TV in the house. But we had a great time. Sunday, we stopped off in Trussville at Target and some other places to try and find bedding for Bailey's room. We had no such luck. I looked up some stuff online but wanted to actually see what I was getting before I bought it. Well, they don't keep all that stuff in stock because they didn't have anything I had seen online at any store we stopped at. But we'll have to make that decesion soon and get her bed ordered. Remember, I want her room finished within the next 8 weeks.

I go back to the doctor next Tuesday, a week from today. Bailey's been moving around alot still and for the most part I've felt ok except for the occassional throw-up. But just today my lower back has started hurting down into my legs. I'm assuming that is all part of normal growing pains. I read some stuff in my baby book last night and now know why there is so much pressure above my belly button. I didn't realize my uterus was that big already. But it is!!!

I wanted to make it back to Alabama this afternoon for visitation for a friend's mother who passed away over the weekend. After being gone all weekend I just wasn't up to the drive. But my thoughts and prayers are with the family at the loss of their mother and loved one. She was only in her 50's and had was diagnosed with Caner less than a year ago. I'm sorry for thier loss and I hope my friend knows my thoughts are with her.
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

I'm So Excited

The season premiere of Gray's Anatomy comes on tonight. 8:00 p.m. Don't miss it!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Random Stuff

I should take a pic and post of Bailey's room now! Sid and his mom and dad moved the big furniture from her room that we aren't using to the storage building last night. So, only about 2 more boxes to go and it'll be all cleaned out and ready for the big purchase of a baby bed. That purchase is gonna be a hard one because it's so hard to make a decision. I'm pretty sure that her bed will come from Target but then again it could from Babies R Us!. We have three pieces of random furniture already that I'm going to try to use, but they are all three different colors and so that makes it hard because the bed will make a fourth color. We have a light colored chest of drawers that came from one of Maggie's old bedroom suits, a bookshelf that Sid's mom found on sale at Wal-Mart a few months back that is a dark wood color and then an antique piece of furniture that can be used as the changing table/storage but it's a totally different "dark" color. So I don't know what we will end up doing. One good thing is that we can choose a bed that will make into a toddler bed and then eventually into a big bed, so I want to pick out something that we can all tolerate for quite some time.

I forgot to mention this in an earlier post, but Sid and I are headed to Cursillo. That is Mississippi's version of The Emmaus Walk. We leave on October 9th and will get home on October 12th. It's at a place called Camp Wesley Pines down below Jackson. That's our one year anniversary weekend and we had planned to go somewhere but God had other plans. I then started worrying about not being able to sleep or being sick, but I figured that was the devil trying to get me. So I didn't back out. Although they allow men and women to go on the same walk, we will not be "together". Not even in sleeping quarters. So that will be different for me than the Emmaus Walk, having men on site. Some of the couples from our church will be on staff so that will be neat. And then we can get involved in the local Cursillo Community here in Philadelphia. Please keep us both in your prayers as we embark on this journey. Having been on the Emmaus Walk, I know what I'm in store for, but I am such a different person now than I was 6 years ago. Six years ago, I had just gotten divorced and was freshly living on my own. Life is defiantly a new journey now and God's grace is for sure at the center of it.

Speaking of which, unpacking all that stuff from my house in Bama was a little bitter-sweet this past weekend. I came accross old pictures and "stuff" from what feels like a past life. But it also felt good to purge the old and keep what mattered!

Just this week I got reconnected with a long lost friend. Cammie. We went to preschool and elementary and high school and eventually on to Auburn together. We lived together our last year at Auburn. She is married and lives in Chelsea with her husband and two little girls. But it has been nice catching up with her this week.

Monday, September 22, 2008

4 a.m Wake Up Call

Yep, that's what I got this morning! Out of no where! Throwing up! Does it ever end and why does it randomly come out of nowhere????

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Stuff About Bailey





This post could be lengthy. Sorry in advance. First of all, Sid and I spent about 3 hours in Bailey's room yesterday and for those of you who knew what it looked it like before, there are some pics of what it looks like now. And for those of you who don't know what it looked like before, Sid and I both couldn't get in the room and work at the same time and you couldn't even see the floor. So we made MAJOR progress. One more Saturday in her room and we'll be ready to start buying baby furniture. I wonder if Sid was really ready for us to clean that room out! haha! I wish I had taken a before picture so you all could see the progress. But I'll post pics when we are done and of course throughout the "getting the room ready" process.

Here in Philadelphia, they give "happies". We might have had those in Bama too, and I might have missed it, but I don't think so. So here's the deal: whenever you want to give someone a small "thinking of you" gift or you know when you run across something that reminds you of a friend and think how you'd like to get it for them "just because". Well that's what a happy is. So about a week ago, Bailey got her first happy. A lady on the Weekday Children's Ministry Committee (the daycare/kindergarten committee) came by to see me and she gave me a "happy". When I opened it up I found those two teeny tiny pairs of knitted shoes. She said she just couldn't wait until a shower and wanted me to know she was thinking about me. How blessed we are!!! So I took them home to show Mom when we went and I knew she didn't look as excited about those cute little feetsie things as I did, but come to find out, it's because she had already gotten Bailey some booties like that. So Mimi gave Bailey her THIRD pair of shoes that weekend!!! I just love them all and think it's amazing how tiny those things can be. Mimi got Bailey some other things too, but we weren't allowed to bring those home yet since Mimi isn't finished with them.

Sid and I went shopping last night. The first time we've been shopping together in a long, long time. Belk's was having a great sale and Sid got him some shorts for next summer and I wanted somes shoes, but couldn't find what I was looking for. We got some accessories for the bedroom since we hadn't done that since we got the new bedroom suit. I'll post pics of that when the bed is made up, haha! But most of all, we got Bailey several little outfits and even bought her her first beach outfit. We can't wait!!!

Other than all that, it's been a pretty quite week. Nothing really new to note. Bailey moves around so much I wonder if she EVER sleeps and it feels as if she's having a grand time with my bladder most of the time.

Dad got the last ultrasound video off the tape and onto a DVD for me and I know it works because it works on the TV but I can't figure out how to download it to the computer. I wanted to post it because you can see her perfectly in in. But maybe I'll figure that out soon!
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I'm having dreams (or nightmares rather) that Bailey comes early and NOTHING is ready. Sid and I have to start working on her room. I want everything finished by 34 weeks which gives us about 10 weeks to get it all done. The last 4 weeks will be filled with wedding and Christmas and we'll be on the road alot. So we've got to pretend she'll be here by Thanksgiving. And when you look at it that way, there really isn't much time left at all. I get tickled at her daddy because he says she'll have to sleep in my night stand drawer. Which would probably work for the first 2 weeks or so and then she'll out grow it. If her daddy doesn't stop snoring so loud all night long, Bailey and I will be sleeping somewhere else in the house.

On that same note, I spent most of the night last night in the recliner rocking myself, halfway awake. I had a Pilot Club meeting last night and it lasted forever so when I got home I was ready to get in the bed and watch Jon and Kate Plus 8. Well, Sid was in the bed with a migraine and wouldn't let me turn the TV on. So I had to watch TV in the den which means I couldn't wind down to go to sleep. So when I finally did go get in the bed, I couldn't go to sleep. So I ended up wide awake half the night in the recliner. I've been worried about laying on my stomach, which is the ONLY way I know how to sleep. But up until last night, Bailey didn't mind. She let me know right quick I was laying on her, and to get off!!!! Which also contributed to the no sleep.

I'm hoping for a better night tonight!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008


Sid and I learned some new language this weekend. Leslie, my sister in law, who is right at 4 months pregnant, woke up Saturday morning with either some major morning sickness that lasted all day long or a virus. So Erin came to Mom and Dad's for the day and eventually the night. Mom and I got to take her to her "tea party" at a friends house since Les was sick and then Erin and I took a nap together. While we were watching TV pre-nap, she saw some toys that she wanted and so I told her we could go to Wal-Mart when we got up from nap. Mom and Dad had to go to a wedding so Sid and I took her to Wal-Mart and then supper. Apparently the trip to Wal-Mart was just so her Uncle Sid could buy her a new toy, which she and I secretly planned at nap time. hehe! Anyway, she got three things at Wal-Mart and so when we came out she started singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". I thought this was hilarious. Sid did not.

But before we left to go to Wal-Mart, Dad came downstairs dressed in his suit and tie ready for the wedding. And Erin looks at him and said, "Poppy T, you look tight." Sid and I looked at each other and then we looked at dad, who was checking to see if his clothes were too tight. I asked her to repeat it and again, he looked tight. Finally, Sid says he thinks this is a new word for "looking good". So yes, Poppy T looked tight and we all learned a new word.

After Wal-Mart and supper, we went to her house and she played dress-up with the new dress-up clothes she had choosen at Wal-Mart. Finally we left to go home and wait on Mom and Dad to get back. In the meantime, I think to myself that I shouldn't have carried her home, I should have just let her come back to Mom and Dad's and spend the night. So I called Chris and he said all was well. But later I called back and we ended up going back to get her. While waiting on her to give her Mom a zillion good night kisses, Chris tells us that she's been a bit worked up and was screaming and yelling loudly. So once we got in the car, I asked her if she got in trouble for being loud. And this is the response I got: "Yes, but it's a good thing they didn't spank me because my dad said if I yelled one more time, I was gonna get the whipping of my lifetime." The child is too funny and there is no other way to put it. She looked at me one time and pointed her fingers to her eyes and then at me while saying, "I got my eyes on you!". Where does she get it from? Oh, wait, she does belong to Chris Self.

At church this morning, she recited the ENTIRE Lord's Prayer, word for word without skipping a beat. The ladies in front of us turned around to compliment her and Leslie said she got a card in the mail a few weeks back from a lady in early church complimenting that. I think it's wonderful that at 4 years old she can sit through a church service AND participate. I hope I'm that good with Bailey. More parents need to be disciplined enough to take their kids to church and teach them to sit there and pay attention. It's amazing what they'll pick up on at such an early age. Erin loves Sunday School and church.

Sid and I made it home and are getting settled for bed. We had an awesome weekend, as always. Sid got to do some "hunting" stuff with Chris and I got to spend tons of time with Erin since Les was sick. I do hate it she felt so bad though. I know it's rough. Anyway, until next time...stay tight!!!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Finally Friday!

It has been one long week. But it's finally Friday. Everyone is well. Not much to report. We are headed to Alabama this afternoon to see some much missed family!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hump Day Morning!

Yes, that's right. It's Wednesday morning. I must say that after starting antibiotics last night for an upper respiratory infection, I feel MUCH better. So this morning I woke up and started watching Fox and Friends, like I do every "normal" morning. And lucky me this morning, Meghan McCain was on there. I've never heard her speak, but while she was on FF, they talked about her new book that was just released and then they spoke of this:

Apparently Palin made this commnet in a recent speech: Do you know the difference between a hockey mom and bit bull? Lipstick! And in return Obama made this comment in one of his recent speeches: You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. And there's already a commercial out about it. Now, those of you who know me, and I have said this before, I am NOT the most political person you can find. So it's interesting to me that I am so into this election SO against Obama. But come on, he could have done better than that!!!! PLUH-ESE!!!! The jury is still out as to weather Obama meant this as a direct hit to Palin. Well sure he did!! In my measley opinion anyway.

And also, I found out about Meghan's blog, which she calls a blogette. So here's the link to it in case you are as interested in it as I am. It's actaully a pretty good read.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Five Month Check-up

And all is well. Bailey is definitely a girl. Sid and I just got through watching the video of today's ultrasound. It's amazing to me that you can even count her fingers and toes. The ultrasound lady said everything is looking good. She weighs just a bit over a pound and her heart rate is good. She is still head down but I forgot to ask how long she was. She's for sure grown in a month though. I go back on October 7th. I still can not believe we are on the back 20 of this 40 month pregnancy deal.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

You Will Notice

That the ticker at the top of the page shows that we FINALLY made it past the half-way point. If there is one thing I've noticed more, it's that Bailey moves around ALOT. And the nausea seems to stay away for even longer periods of time-knock on wood! It's been about 2 weeks since I've actually been sick and the nausea med actually helps the bouts of feeling sick. Soooo, that's a big change too!

I go back to the doctor on Tuesday for my monthly check-up and it seems so surreal to me that we are on the down side of this whole pregnancy thing and it won't be long until Bailey's big arrival. When I go back to the doctor in October, it will only be 15 more weeks and I just can't imagine. It's just amazing to me!

Don't get me wrong, we are in no way ready or prepared for Bailey's arrival, other than emotionally. Environmentally speaking, we have done nothing in the way of getting this house ready. For so long, I didn't feel like doing anything and now that I do feel somewhat like working on the nursery, we really can't yet. Sid ordered us a shed a few weeks back but they can't deliver it until the ground isn't wet, and well, the ground has been wet ever since and seems that it will continue to be for another week or so. Therefore, all the things in Bailey's room that need to go in storage don't have a place yet and so we haven't been able to do much. I'm ready for the shed to get here because even though Sid doesn't believe it, I'm ready to get the nursery done.

Speaking of the nursery, I saw yesterday that Restoration Hardware now makes baby furniture. Who knew? Certainly not me. And of course that furniture is right up my alley. But again, way out of the budget. Do you have a budget when you have a baby???? Is there really such a thing????

Well, we made it to the circus last night and Sid and I laughed at alot, but mostly because we seemed to be the ONLY two adults without children in the whole place. Not next time though. And I bet you we don't get out near as cheap as we did last night either. Do you have any idea how much one of those spinning light toys bearing the circus logo sells for? Two guesses and the first one doesn't count!! TWENTY BUCKS!!! Yes, you read right. Lemonade in a circus cup was....EIGHT DOLLARS!!! Sid decided Bailey's Poppy T could take her to the circus. haha! Poppy T says he sure will but he'll start saving now for the occasion. haha! It was fun and I was glad we got to go. I was amazed at how up close you could get as far as parking and unlike the BJCC, parking was free right in the parking lot at the front door. At least something was free!

Friday, September 5, 2008


It's absolutely so amazing how tired I am. I've always been a sleeper, but this isn't just a need for sleep. I mean, I feel so exhausted all the time. I hit a spot right after lunch where I could probably take a 3 hour nap, but I fight the urge, and keep on at it and by the time 6:00 rolls around, you can count me down for the count. Shew!!! I never knew growing a baby could be so tiresome.

However, tomorrow night, we are going to the circus!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the circus and always have, even as an adult. So we'll go tomorrow night. It's in Jackson, which is a little further than from Oneonta to the BJCC, but it'll be fun. We haven't done much lately because I haven't felt like it. But at almost $40 bucks a ticket, even if I don't feel good tomorrow night I'll be sucking it up and going. I'm excited!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Hello Blogging World

Not much to report but I thought I'd take some time to post for you avid readers out there.

I can say one thing. God bless the church office. My eyes have surely been opened since come to work at Philly FUMC. I don't know if we have this in Alabama or not, but in Mississippi the Methodist church uses the Wesley Foundation (I know we have that in Alabama) to let people who need assistance apply for monies to help make house payments and bills and such. They have a system in place so that you can not just walk in off the street and ask for money and get it. You have to show proof that you have some income and where the money will go that you are asking for. So that's a good thing. The daycare center is located in the same building as the church office and sanctuary. My office is not far from the church office so from time to time I get folks in my office asking for assistance or prayer. When I first started it would throw me off a little because it was something I wasn't used to. More on that later. Today, the church office happens to be closed because they have all gone to a funeral. Soooo, I just got my eyes FULL of some ladies droopy boobies in a see-through dress who wanted help making a house payment. I was so stunned at the dress she had on and the lack there-of of anything underneath that I'm sure I looked and sounded like a blubbering fool. Put some clothes on lady, is what I wanted to say. But God reminds me why I'm not the church secretary and someone else is I suppose. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm glad there is a system in place for help, but geesh, put some clothes on.

One day, right after I started working here, a lady came in and went on and on about needing help and such and sometimes you can't tell if they want help with childcare or what, because most of the time they drag their children in with them, because who can say no to the sweet children? But anyway, she finally asked for prayer, and me, not being accustomed to that, said, "Oh, mam, this is the daycare office, you are looking for the church office. Let me show you where it is." Now, first of all, no one told me that there is a steady stream of people going to and from the church office and occasionally they'd mistake my office for theirs. BUT, in hind sight, I could have prayed with the lady and instead I ushered her "to someone who could help her." Again, the reason why I'm not the church secretary. I had to tell God I was sorry on that one!

Anywhoo, an update on the infection. It is/was staff and I'm taking medicine for it. The doctors have assured me it's safe and all is well. I go for my monthly Sept. 9th, so I'll know more about the actual status of it then.

The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus is in Jackson this weekend and I want to go so bad, but it's Sid's weekend to work so it doesn't look like we'll be able to make it. I'll probably make a trip to Alabama if Sid has to work all weekend. I've been feeling extra good for the most part, so I think I'll be fine to drive that far alone. We'll see!!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Labor Day Everyone!!!

Well, it seems that the coast, as it's called around here (which is really just the beach) is getting pounded by our not-so-nice friend Gustav. But he's staying away from Philadelphia for now. On radar, it looks like we are just barely missing some rain and heavy winds. What we are getting instead is just some wind with a few wind gusts and no rain as of yet. I haven't had the TV on in a while, so I don't know how New Orleans and the levies are holding up since lunch, but it looked as if it might all turn out waaaayy better than it did three years ago.

Sid's working today so I'm at home alone. Baby Bailey isn't going to know what to do when we have to go back to work tomorrow and actually have to move around a little. We've done nothing this weekend, I mean a flat out nothing, which drives Sid absolutly crazy. But I enjoy it. I needed this break, and for the most part I've felt ok. It's been nice just to be lazy. And enjoy being at home with nothing to do. He has put in a request for supper so I guess I'll make him dinner later, but other than that I'm just getting ready for the "Jon and Kate Plus Eight" marathon and new episode that's about to start. For those of you who don't know, it comes on TLC and is about Jon and Kate who have eight children. Two of them are twins, the other 6 were all birthed at the SAME TIME. Yes, that's what I said, Kate had 6 babies at one time. So now they have their own little show on TLC about their lives, which is really quite comical, among other things. I just watch it and think to myself "Man, I don't see how they do it, I don't see how they do many, many things, but 8 kids is ALOT".

Most of you who know me know that I am far from a political person on a large scale. But I've been browsing around the blog world this weekend reading what parents of special needs children have to say about Sarah Palin and her role in this election with a 4 month old with Down's Sydrome. Apparently, Obama supports more fuding of IDEA, the federal regulation of special education, but who knew that? Certainly not me since I refuse to entertain the thought of man who won't even salute the flag as being the next president. But for the most part, she has been recieved quite well among these bloggers as the parents feel she will have a heart for special needs children and their education. I don't believe a word any of them say, BUT, it was just announced that her 17 year-old daughter is 5 months pregnant. HMMM! Wonder what people will make of that?

Anywhoo, I hope everyone is having a HAPPY LABOR DAY despite Gustav!!