25 Weeks 4 Days

I can’t believe there are less than 15 weeks left before we get to meet our little girl.  It seems like yesterday we were at 15 weeks, with 25 weeks to go!


We have had one busy past few weeks – no doubt a contributing factor to the weeks just flying by. In addition to the baby countdown, I am counting down the days (8!!) left in my didactic year of school and I am still in shock at being so close to finished.  It WAS just yesterday that I was counting down the days until school started, right?? And just a few days ago that I got my white coat and had no idea what I was doing? I. Just. Can’t. Believe. It!  In a little over one month away I start my first of 12 clinical rotations and I am excited/nervous/terrified/eager all rolled into one.  My first rotation practice has no idea they are not only getting a student (always an adventure) but a 32-week, very pregnant student at that!  Lord help us!

We had a fantastic July 4th holiday weekend celebrating two sweet friends who got hitched and we spent a wee bit of time with the family.  We didn’t actually make it to an actual beach for July 4th weekend, which is unfortunate because these days it seems like all I want to do is stick my toes in some sand and prop my rather large self up near a big body of water. But I plan to make up for that very soon on my break between school and the start of rotations.

My oh-so-handsome husband and the father of my unborn child looking snazzy in his groomsman outfit and photobooth prop bowtie :)
At sunset after the Shrimparoo at the fishing club.
Playing around in Wings at the beach after getting ice cream from Island Delights. This is actually a still from a video the Tar Heel was taking, unbeknownst to me. Love these silly moments with my husby!


Me and baby girl enjoying a bit of froyo. At least there is a small bit of froyo under there somewhere…

This July 4th weekend was also special for us because my sweet brother-in-law proposed to his beautiful/amazing/wonderful girlfriend, whom I absolutely LOVE!  To say I am excited to call her my sister-in-law is a huge understatement.  She is the kind of girl I would want to be friends with even if she weren’t connected to the family in any way.  She has an amazing, Christ-filled heart and it truly shows in her sweet nature.  Everyone loves her to pieces. I am especially excited that she is going to be an Aunt to our sweet baby girl!!  :)

With Dustin’s dad and step-mom, celebrating the newly engaged couple! :)

Last week was a little bit more adventurous than I’d like an average week of pregnancy to be. Both the Tar Heel and I ended up in the ED with severe food poisoning.  I had my first trip to L&D as well and thankfully, baby girl was safe and sound and only showing minimal signs of irritability during the whole episode. We both got lots of fluid and rest and after countless trips to the restroom, we were eventually freed of the horrible grips of whatever bacteria made its unwelcome way into our digestive tracts. Turns out my ED physician at WakeMed was also a preceptor to CU PA students and when I told her I was only a couple weeks from starting rotations, she was happy to give me clinical teaching points as I was lying on the bed barely able to hold my head up. She was super nice and helpful, but I’m quite sure I was not nearly as receptive to her teaching as I could have been under other circumstances. Regardless, I am grateful for her help and grateful both Dustin and I are back on the mend. :)

Our first L&D room. Thank goodness our precious baby girl is strong and stayed IN where she belongs for a bit longer!
Mema came prepared to visit us when we were sick.:)

Here’s to staying healthy and always having something to look forward to… :)



Ave’s wedding and more

I am finally getting settled in at my new position and it feels great to get to know a new group of fun people and start something I am really excited about.  I still get a little amazed every time I walk down the hall to where I work because I have to pass by my boss’s office.  My boss happens to be the man who perfected the gastric bypass procedure and is a world renown physician and surgeon.  You know, the usual.   He is a really sweet man on top of all that!

So this past weekend was little miss Averi Renee‘s wedding.  It was such a busy, fun time and I loved seeing her and catching up with one of my faves Caroline, aka Polka Dots and Protein Bars aka Miss Self-Employed.  And trust me, this girl really is as hilarious as she seems on her blog.  I laughed so much this weekend, generally at her (or my) expense.  Just kidding. :)  It was fun though, and got me super pumped for wedding planning.  Averi really facilitated that by giving me her wedding planning books.  She is a sweet friend, that Mrs. Linderman.  Many congratulations and well wishes to my Lil Ave and her new husband, Grant!

Here is a pic I stole from Caroline who stole it from the photographer, Jessica Key Photography.  We were getting all fancy before the wedding.  Cute, right?

Speaking of wedding planning, the Tar Heel and I are heading to Wilmington this weekend to take a look at a potential reception site, Elijah’s.  The pre-requisites are checking out nicely for this venue, so let’s cross our fingers that we like it and can finally have our reception site booked!

Averi’s Bridesmaids Weekend

So last weekend we celebrated the upcoming marriage of my Lil Sis in Pi Phi, Averi Renee.  Averi is such a sweet friend and I am so excited to be a part of her Big Day!  That wedding is going to be so much FUN! And I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that she started planning it in early 2008, several months before she even met Grant. :)  But you have to appreciate a girl who knows what she wants! Plus we all do it, anyway… hehe.

Anyway, the plan was to drive down to Morehead City straight after work on Friday.  That plan hit a pretty hefty detour when I was making my way down and started smelling a really odd/horrible smell coming from my car.  I decided to pretend it wasn’t there and kept driving, but eventually ended up pulled over and calling OnStar.  Now, OnStar has not paid me to make any of the statements I’m about to say (But if they want to, then please feel free to contact me) but I LOVE my OnStar! I will never buy anything but a GM car until OnStar becomes available in other brands (Hello, Acura TL)  because OnStar has helped me SO MUCH! They have brought me gas, fixed my flat tires, given me directions and unlocked my car for me so far.  They came to my rescue again and towed my poor CTS to the nearest Cadillac dealership.  Bonnie, one of the other bridesmaids was making her way into town just in time to pick me up when the tow truck arrived!  Thank goodness for Bonnie!!!

Pretty soon we made it to Averi’s parent’s home and our fun weekend got started.  We stayed up drinking wine and chatting the night away.  Early Saturday morning we had a delicious breakfast and headed out to the pool for some tan time.  One of my legs totally missed the sunscreen memo and it got pretty burned, but was bearable.  Saturday afternoon we celebrated with a little shower for Averi.  (I missed most of this because my dad came into town  to meet me and get the car taken care of.   All it needed was a new battery, thank the Lord!) 

Since the weekend was planned entirely by Averi’s two best friends from high school, the rest of us just went along with everything.  All we knew about Saturday evening was that there would be a big surprise and we were to be dressed in cocktail dresses at 6 where our ride would come and pick us up from the house.   Now, we were trying to come up with what this “surprise” was all day Saturday.  We knew it wouldn’t be anything trashy, since none of us (and especially Averi) are not into the “typical bachelorette” experience of gross straws with boy parts on them, or veils with boy parts on them, or cakes in the shape of boy parts. So we were at a loss about what it would be.

We finally figured it out when we arrived at Corinne’s condo in Atlantic Beach where her dad’s sport fisher yacht was parked out back!  We all boarded the yacht and rode around eating, drinking and listening to Jimmy Buffet and Eric Church for a few hours!  It was AMAZING!  We were then dropped off at the Beaufort waterfront where we sat on the dock and finished our wine and talked about Averi and her future children’s names.  It was such a special time and I think one of my favorite parts of the entire weekend!  Her giddy excitement about marrying her best friend is so sweet, and I am so happy for her! :)

We ended up the night at Jack’s where we danced the night away.  We then headed back to Averi’s house where we all promptly crashed! Overall it was a wonderful weekend and made me appreciate having amazing friendships even more!  Congrats to my fave AVE!  I love you and can’t wait for July 24, 2010!  Woo hoo!! :)

PS: Caroline, we missed you this weekend!




Amy’s Wedding Part 2

Amy’s highly anticipated day had finally arrived.  And when I say finally, I mean it.  These two dated 8 years and were engaged for 1.5 years.  There is no other word to accurately describe that wait than finally! Alas, finally, it was here.  We started out the day bright and early at Salon 21for all of us girlies to get our hair done. Well, I retract the “bright” part.  That morning I woke up to an all-out thunderstorm, complete with torrential downpours and lightening.  In my mind, I couldn’t help but think, “Did God forget to give Amy a pretty day for her outdoor wedding?”  I mean she was blessed with the best family, friends and fiance you could ever ask for.  Can’t have it all I guess. ;) But I think God really meant for that wedding to take place at Caffe Luna.  It was a gorgeous ceremony, and Amy was so CALM! Literally, calm as a cucumber. :) She pretty much floated all morning.  She was the same sweet Amy that she always is.  I don’t think anyone has ever been more prepared to marry their best friend than this girl. 

We all made it back to the hotel to help Amy get ready and took lots of pictures with the AMAZING Rachel of Millie Holloman Photography.  I have to admit, I was SUPER bummed when Millie broke her ankle the week before Amy’s wedding and had to cancel personally shooting her wedding.  I had no doubts regarding Rachel’s ability to produce phenomenal photos like Millie, but I am a bit of a Millie fan and I was giddy with excitement to meet her.  Oh well. Hopefully one day I will get to meet her for my wedding. :)

We scooted off to Caffe Luna for the wedding and reception and everything went just perfectly.  Amy asked me to read a poem called “Advice from a Tree” during the ceremony and I was pretty nervous about that, but it went very well.  I was only nervous after talking to the Tar Heel who said “You know, this is their wedding and you’re speaking in it. There isn’t a practice round, you only get one good shot!”  Thanks, babe.

I cannot tell you all how much fun we had.  We all (all being me, the Tar Heel, Amy, Matthew, Amy’s sister Megan, Amy’s sister Megan’s boyfriend Taylor, Mindy and her husband Will) wore that dance floor out!! We were the only ones on the dance floor basically all night, with the exception of when the Tar Heel grabbed Mindy’s mom, Mrs. Becky out onto the floor.  It was so much fun, and their Rickshaw sparkler exit was a classic! 

I was so happy  to be a part of Amster’s day.  She has been such a wonderful friend to me over the years and I know there are no two people more perfectly matched for each other than Amy and Matthew.  I use to joke that if they couldn’t make it, absolutely no one else in the world could.  They completely complete each other. :)  So, here are some of my favorite pictures from the evening. (All photos taken by the Tar Heel with the exception of the last one of us, taken by Rachel of MHP)



Amy’s Wedding Part I

My favorite part of the entire weekend was just being able to spend time with Amy and other sweet friends.  I have missed her so much since she moved to Maryland, but I know our friendship has only grown stronger despite the distance.   Sure, I miss not being able to call Amy and schedule an impromptu date at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Southpoint like we use to do.  But that is just what made her wedding weekend a little extra special.  Finally being able to see her again and under such happy circumstances was an absolute delight!

We started off the official wedding weekend plans with a Bridal Luncheon held at 518 West.  The colors were baby blue and brown (one of my favorite color combos currently).  Mindy found blue Ball jars that Amy really wanted, and filled the beautiful jars with wildflowers and some from Mrs. Becky’s garden. Mindy got so “tickled” about her “tablecloths” because they were actually shower curtains, and while she didn’t want anyone to know this fact before the event, she managed to tell each and every one of us at the bridal luncheon.  But that is just so Mindy!  I love her for being such a sweet and genuine, down-to-earth person.  At the end of the luncheon, she even let me have one of the shower curtains since those are my bathroom colors.  Love that Mindy! :)

The Rehearsal at the Rose Garden, where the wedding was to be held, ended up getting rained out and we had to practice under a little shelter.   This was a bit of foreshadowing. Nonetheless, after the rehearsal, we made our way to Porter’s Tavern for the Rehearsal Dinner.  The Tar Heel joined me, and we all had a wonderful time laughing, crying and toasting  the couple-to-be.  Amy and Matthew made a “timeline”  slideshow of their lives set to “Lie in our Graves” by Dave Matthews Band (uhm, hello, my friends have excellent taste in music). The best part of the night was when Amy and Matthew distributed these awesome books they made for each of us.  Amy and Matthew both wrote something special about each of us in the bridal party and each of their family members and compiled them into this book called “Love: Yours and Ours.”  It was AMAZING!    I cried and cried reading what each of them wrote about me.  Such a sweet and thoughtful gift that gives happiness each and everytime I read it.  Now, for pictures of the Rehearsal Dinner day/night!