17 Weeks

We had such a wonderful weekend for my “first” Mother’s day. We spent Friday and Saturday celebrating my brother’s graduation from NC State with his Master’s degree.  I always love attending NC State events – sports, graduation, all of it. Friday was the departmental graduation which was smaller in size (but still conferred around 450 degrees) and Saturday morning was the BIG graduation for all the undergrad/grad school graduates.  There are now 5,255 additional alumni in our NCSU family.  I am still so jealous that undergrads get to wear the RED caps and gowns (started just a year or two after  I graduated) for graduation!  I just can’t put into words how much I love that university.  It was above and beyond some of the best years of my life. I cannot WAIT to take our sweet little baby bee for a tour of my beautiful campus. One of my favorite parts of attending big graduation is when we always close the ceremony with everyone singing our Alma Mater. It just gives me chills to hear everyone shout NC STATE! and I always get a little choked up. I am so happy to have the opportunity to be completing my professional degree at Campbell, but my heart belongs to State.

In honor of my brother graduating, a picture of me at my NCSU graduation in 2008... hah! I was just a baby at 22, but I literally felt like I could do anything in the world that day.
In honor of my brother graduating, a picture of me at my NCSU graduation in 2008… hah! I was just a baby at 22, but I literally felt like I could do anything in the world that day.

One of my favorite moments this weekend was when my nephew, Dane, asked me and Uncle Dustin when we were going to the “baby store” to get our baby. Hah!  How sweet is that.  He definitely knows a baby is on the way, just a little confused about when he/she will get here. I think he is more than ready to finally have a little cousin to play with!

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Baby Dane proudly proclaiming that he wants to go to NC State too just like his dad (and mom and Aunt Gina)!
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With my gorgeous cousin Beth after Michael’s graduation. She is the reigning Miss Goldsboro and will compete for the Miss NC crown in just a few weeks. Can’t wait to cheer her on! Also, Baby Gurley bump is highly evident in this dress!!

Sunday was the big day – my first mother’s day. It was so exciting to be able to celebrate that event for the first time.  I felt a little like it wasn’t entirely for “me” since my baby is still growing in my belly – but I have had more than my fair share of sleepless nights and nauseated days to be able to carry the mommy title. At least everyone I saw that day still told me Happy Mother’s Day and confirmed that “it still counts”!  Mother’s Day morning we worshiped at Vintage Church in downtown Raleigh where we were lucky enough to watch Dustin’s newest baby cousin being dedicated to  the Lord.

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Jamie, Luke, and Baby Gage at the dedication. That is one gorgeous baby!

The service started out with the story of Abraham and Sarah being told they would conceive, and it was such a beautiful and fitting story for mother’s day. It is one of my most favorite stories of the bible and is a beautiful example of the Lord’s steadfast love for us AND his sense of humor!  If you haven’t read it, you should!! We also sang In Christ Alone, one of our wedding songs.  The Lord was certainly speaking to us that morning and I will always remember it as a very special way to start my first mother’s day.

Vintage did a super nifty thing for all the guests that morning – they set up a photobooth outside in the parking lot!  Here’s one of our shots.

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What a fun idea. :)

We then went back to Luke and Jamie’s for a cookout/hangout with the family for the afternoon.  It was so much fun! I loved catching up with Jamie and talking to her about all-things-baby. She has been a sweet source of encouragement ever since we told everyone we were expecting. She will randomly send me a text of some helpful pregnancy hint or a good book recommendation. She is awesome like that!  Luke and Jamie did a wonderful job hosting the whole bunch of us and I am so glad we got to spend time with them and the rest of our family on such a special day!

I had several sweet texts and calls from friends telling me Happy Mother’s day that morning. One of my favorites was from my bff Salty. She sent me this and I thought it was cute to share for all the mommies out there:

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Her text with this picture attached read “The future words of Baby Gurley” haha! LOVE that girl!

Hope your Mother’s Day was extra special as well!

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The newest addition…!

Welcome to  the world, Baby Dane!

Bobo, SIL and Baby Bobo
Bobo, SIL and Baby Bobo

Baby Bobo made his world debut tonight! I am proud to present my precious nephew Dane Parker Everett. He won me over with just one look! (Watch out, Tar Heel ;) ) He arrived at 7:02 and weighed 6lbs 10 ounces. Tomorrow would be one month from his due date, so he is technically premature but both baby and SIL are doing well. We still haven’t been able to hold him, which I am just itching to do!! But I know we will be able to soon.  I know I was doing a lot of complaining about my hometown hospital in my last post, but obviously they have to be pretty good at what they do considering the labor and delivery was complication free and both are doing well. There were actually 8 people in the delivery room, comprised of two teams of staff.  Yay for those wonderful people! You are lots better than I previously gave you credit for. :)

I am one happy sister and Aunt!

The crazy craziness.

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Bobo and I, December 2007

I am pausing the review of our Wine Adventure to bring some exciting news in the world of Stately Lady.  Sooo, it is approximately 9pm and I have been at the hospital for the last 7 hours while my brother, Bobo, and his wife SIL are waiting for Baby Bobo to make his highly anticipated appearance.  Baby Bobo is not due until January 17th, but in true fashion to yours truly, he is just too impatient to wait any longer.  That, and I have decided Baby Bobo is completely excited to meet his favorite Aunt.  Can you blame him? :) UNfortunately, Baby Bobo’s delivery is taking place in my hometown hospital.  I am none to pleased with our experience here so far.  Bobo and SIL have been here for almost 27 hours and were here last Thursday night with long contractions.  In my opinion, the baby should have been delivered via c-section last Thursday night.  I don’t know why they were sent home for the weekend, but they were. By Monday (yesterday) they were back here with the same issues and earlier today were faced with being transported to Duke for an emergency c-section. I was SO happy to hear the news that my baby nephew would be delivered at one of the top hospitals in the nation. The current hospital then decided the baby would actually be well enough to deliver naturally and so they began inducing around 3. Awesome. So in case you missed it we went from “No, the baby won’t make it through labor and you need to go  to Duke” to “Oh, its cool, you can stay here and we will just induce and wait.”

Can we pick a side of the pendulum? Please?  And the next time I ask what medications my SIL is taking to a nurse, I expect them to actually tell me a legitimate answer. “Uhm, saline drip maybe and an antibiotic?” ain’t going to cut it.   I was asking half for her benefit and half for mine considering she hadn’t checked her chart at all prior to changing mess around.  She can thank me later when she doesn’t have to deal with any malpractice.  OH AND get this– SIL isn’t even administering her own insulin. COOL. What is this, a self-service hospital?

I am a little irritated, can you tell? Please pray for Bobo, SIL, and Baby Bobo. And my sanity. Lord help us please. I know there is so much prayer on our behalf going on right now. I know that God is in control and that it is in His hands. Its just that these experiences are the kind that remind you how LITTLE control we actually have!

On a positive note… I am thrilled to see this precious baby. I will be sure to keep everyone updated and regular Stately Lady posting will resume tomorrow.

The baby shower

Sooo after all the excitement of the 5k wore off, I had to get focused on my next major goal: Bobo and SIL’s baby shower!  Now, when I found out they were having a baby I was pretty excited to say the least.  Its been a big deal (to my parents at least) ever since their wedding day in July 2004.  And now they are finally delivering! :) They picked a pretty adorable bedding set with lime green and blue turtles and gingham print.  They chose a gorgeous Cottage Style white crib and changing table and bookcases.  The nursery was finally finished over the break so that was pretty exciting.  Anyway, about the shower. I enlisted the help of the oh-so-talented Tar Heel who created the invitation for me from scratch.  As it turns out, its REALLY expensive to have invitations printed and we needed about 65 invites.  At $1.00 each (for a very generic, not so cute invitation) PLUS a $.50/per invitation printing charge, AND an initial $10 charge to set up an account, I was looking at spending oodles on an invitation that was only mediocre at best on the cuteness scale. I was not too pleased with this proposal, to say the least.  The Tar Heel suggested that he design the invitations and we could print them at the local Walgreens in a 4×6 photo size print for only $.16/invitation and voila!

 Amazing invitations: done.

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Unfortunately I didn’t take any pics with all the delicious food among  the decorations so these pictures look a little lacking, but you can get the general idea.  I used the Martha Stewart Pom-Pom directions for the giant green poofs. I loved how they turned out so much :) Considering  the shower was held at a super conservative southern, United Methodist Church (the one I grew up in) I got a bit of mixed reviews about  the decor.  I kept hearing  the phrases “Modern” and “dark blue?!” which I thought was kind of hilarious.  The sweet older ladies of our church were just so surprised that I strayed from the typical baby blue booties and generic decorations, and I was not really expecting that.  I still love them all for helping us as much as they did (I didn’t actually cook a single thing – all the women of the church volunteered and made all of the food) and so it was just funny to see their reactions to something so “different.”  Their responses were pretty cute, I must say!

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And here is a picture of their nursery that inspired it all! Seeing the nursery almost complete really makes it real that a baby is going to be here soon! :)

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The ish.

Be still, my heart.

John Mayer’s newest album was released yesterday and I’m pretty much already in love with it. JM (what I like to call him, because we’re tight like that) is probably one of my favorite artists of all time. However I must say that after following him on Twitter for some time…. he is a pretty weird character. I’m not sure how much of his tweeting is actually him trying to be outlandish and a “celeb” or how much is his natural strangeness. Regardless, the boy can sing and play some guitar like nooo other. I’m still not sure if any of the tracks from his new cd will top his cover of Tom Petty’s Free Falling, however. You can listen to  that little gem here.

In other news, I think I’ve already mentioned a little about Bobo and SIL’s wedding shower coming up. Their bedding for the baby has a blue and lime green turtle theme and is ridiculously cute, so I decided to go with that as the baby shower theme.  As usual, I was checking out Etsy for some inspiration and stumbled across these adorable stickers from ladybuglabels.  They are perfect for the shower! I think we will be using them for the party favors in some form or fashion, but that is TBD at this point. I can’t wait to post pictures of the shower and my brilliant decoration ideas that I’ve stolen from other blogs come up with all by myself. :)

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