Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Taco Night with a Side of Hotdogs

Baby White put up a fight yesterday. She was not emotionally ready to show the goods. Somehow I knew this was going to happen. No baby of mine would be easy at anything. Christy, Josh’s sister, says she is 80% sure it is a little girl. I am fairly certain it is too. There was nothing there to resemble male parts. I go to my regular baby doctor tomorrow for testing and another ultrasound. Maybe we will have a clearly idea then.

Monday, August 30, 2010

What’s on the Menu Tonight? Will it be Taco Night or Hotdog Night?

Well, today is the day we potentially find out if our a baby is a princess or prince. I have been praying for a baby that is not modest in the least and has “its” legs open from here to Asia. It will be so nice to actually begin picking out a name, planning a nursery, and buying clothes. I think the reality of having a baby in the near future will really hit us at that point.

I am so thankful to Josh’s sister, Christy who is allowing us to come in today for this ultrasound. Also, our Mom’s will be there as well. What a special day regardless if we are unable to see anything. (Remind me I said this later if we don’t see anything)

With that said…. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me around 6pm this evening. I will keep you all updated.

Friday, August 27, 2010

My Reality vs. Real Reality

I took three of our boarding school students to meet my Mom for lunch today. These kids are pretty incredible. They have defined all odds academically and socially. They currently attend boarding schools in the East Coast on $50,000.00 yearly scholarships! Their lives are totally changed and they will never accept normalcy again. They have now been exposed to what life can be like once given the opportunity.

At lunch they argue, tease each other, and talk about normal teenage things. It is easy to forget they aren’t “typical” teenagers until real life comes in the picture. For example, on the way back to school one of the girls asked me how to spell “sober.” I immediately assume the worse and think that she was out until 2am last night drinking like most high school kids do on summer break. I told her how to spell the word and asked why she needs to know how to spell it. Her response was, “I am texting my Mom to make sure my Dad is sober when I come home today.” The reality train hit me head on.

I wish more people would take the time to make kids in need feel special and important because chances are they will not hear it anywhere else. My Mom is a wonderful testament of this. She is very involved with KIPP and these kids’ lives. By her taking the time to eat lunch with them today and ask questions they feel important and cared for. All the way home I heard about Miss Lisa. Most of us, me for example, take things like eating lunch with your Mom for granted. Not these kids.

We stopped by a party store before we headed back to school

Don't Judge Me

I may or may not have had a Braum's chocolate shake and chocolate donuts for breakfast....

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Call me Lackluster Larry

I have looked at numerous bedding options for the baby’s room and I always go back to the most basic bedding. Why is this? I guess I am just a boring person but oh well, at least I embrace it.

Here are my current favorites:

This might be a little too crazy for me but I think it is really sweet for a little baby girl.

I love this for a boy.
This my favoite so far for either a boy or a girl. The trimming can be yellow, blue, or pink.

So...  too basic and boring or classy and simple?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Can Tomorrow Be a Snow Day, Mom?

It is not even 9:00 p.m. and I am already in bed. Today was rough. I mean really rough. My body is not ready to be back to working 12 hour days. It is against everything I believe in to work this much in a day. If my Mom will help I have an idea to make this week a little more bearable. My Mom used to wake me up in elementary school all the way through high school and say, "don't get up because it’s a snow day so keep sleeping and when you wake up we will go out to breakfast and have a girls day." A key detail to note is that 99.9% of the time it was not snowing and it was just a girl’s day. When I heard the words "snow day" my heart began to pitter padder with excitement but not enough to keep me from falling fast back into deep sleep. It is one of my best memories with my Mom. What I would do for a snow day tomorrow.....

Monday, August 23, 2010

14 Week Baby Bump

My very dear friend Maggie Suzanne Waugh Belden asked me to send her a baby bump picture since she cannot see me until next month. So here is officially my first baby bump picture at 14 weeks. I am so anxious to continue to watch God's work grow inside me. What a blessing!

Baby White Bump at 14 weeks

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Feeling Like a New Woman

After 168 hours (7 full days) of excruciating headaches, sleepless nights, hugging the toilet, two missed days of work I am elated to admit the headache is GONE. Apparently I have a sinus infection and now on 2 weeks of antibiotics. I am forever thankful I did not have to resort to acupuncture which was my next idea.

I am hoping this pregnancy thing is smooth sailing for a bit.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Picture Says it All

I have been in this state since Friday morning around 1a.m. I have no clue what is causing this headache but I am getting punished for something. Whatever I did, I am so sorry and I will never do it again.

Friday, August 13, 2010

First Baby Purchase but Many More to Come

Josh and I made our very first baby purchase last night. Care to know what? Drum roll please……. We got a stroller!

I know to the average folk this is no big whoop but for new parents this is huge. I am not sure why it is such a big deal. I guess it just puts a reality to this whole baby thing. It is so surreal to know that in 189 days we will have a baby to proudly display in our new purchase.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Decisions, Decisions.....

Naming your child is not as fun as I originally thought it would be. I used to always say “If I had a girl I would name her ....” Well now that the time has arrived it puts a whole new spin on things. I mean, let's be honest, you can potentially set you child up for a lifetime of teasing and disappointments.

All potential names must pass these several imperative tests:

1. The scream test: You have to scream your potential names as loud as possible and see how it sounds. There is nothing like screaming for someone and sounding like an idiot with a speech impediment. For example: You are sitting at a baseball game and your child is up to bat and you yell “Go Trenton.” It sounds like you are holding your tongue and rooting for your little one at the same time. Not good for him or you.

2. The rhyme test: This test you cannot take lightly. Does the name rhyme with ANY perverted adjectives or nouns? If you grew up with my Mom you are very familiar with these nouns and adjectives. We had many long nights of learning spelling words by associating them with these inappropriate nouns/adjectives. If you need an example of ones of these potential deadly names just ask Momma Vaughn.

3. The mental image test: This test takes imagination but is nonetheless as essential as the previous tests. Here is what you do…. Close your eyes, picture the name you like, and see what is the first image that pops into your head. For instance, when I close my eyes and picture a boy named Simon I see a middle school boy, short for his age, glasses, and reading a Harry Potter book. When I close my eyes and picture a girl named Bernice (one of my Mom’s options for the baby) I see a red head, lots of freckles, thick glasses, very developed for her age, if you know what I mean, and braces. Not that either image is necessary bad but it is a test that must be done. This can prevent you from any potential surprises down the road. If you have aspirations of your daughter becoming the next America’s Next Top Model you might rethink the name Bernice. Just sayin’. (I apologize to anyone named Bernice who has beaten the odds and if you did not beat the odds an "I told you so" is not necessary. You have gone through enough pain already)

With that said, our names are still not final but they haven’t changed in a few days so that is a positive step for the future.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Nighty Night

I am sure all of my newly devoted readers are dying to know how my first day of work is going.

This is the best way I can describe it:

This morning I was like “hey, this isn’t too bad.” I was knocking out my to-do list like it was a shopping list. Then 1:00pm approached….I feel like someone has slipped me a mickey. I am so tired I cannot move, think, or breathe. If a nearby *********** came into the school with a gun it would take me a minute to muster enough energy to react.

Let’s hope tomorrow is better. Until then…..

Sunday, August 1, 2010

As En Vogue once said: "Back to Life, Back to Reality"

This Tuesday marks the end of my month off work. (Hold on while I grab a tissue) How is it that I can have a full month off work and still not be ready to go back? It makes me wonder if I would ever be ready to go back to work. This month off has been a very eventful month. Our family had a wonderful vacation to Little Dix Bay, the side effects of early pregnancy hit me like a freight train, and my Grandma passed away. Please keep me in your thoughts Tuesday for it will be a very difficult and depressing day in my book.

I wish I looked this cute at work

With that said…. I am very anxious to see my KIPP kiddos. Nothing can make your day brighter than our kids. With everything these kids face on a daily basis they are somehow able to still smile from ear to ear. There is so much to learn from them. I wish I could be more like them and always see the good. They all come back August 19th and I already know that will be a good day. I am already getting calls from them asking “Are you really pregnant Mrs. White?” Good news travels fast I guess.

How can this not make you happy?


Welcome to my blog! The reason why I decided to begin a blog is because I love reading my friends blogs so much and I began to feel a bit left out. I have no idea what I will write about or if I will keep this up but I thought I would give it a try. I hope you enjoy following it but if not I will never know. I guess that is the beauty of these things.