Tuesday, August 16, 2011

bump, bump, bump...

With Tyson's arrival on the horizon we thought it would be fun to take a second look at the bump photos we have taken throughout the whole pregnancy. There aren't that many from the beginning because honestly I didn't start to really show until I was almost six months along and so the belly photos didn't seem as exciting before then. I think seeing all these pictures side by side is so crazy and it makes me even more in awe of the whole pregnancy process in general... we hope you think they're entertaining as well!

12 Weeks - We consider this the "before" picture...

22 Weeks

23 Weeks

25 Weeks

27 Weeks

29 Weeks

30 Weeks

31 Weeks

32 Weeks

33 Weeks

34 Weeks

35 Weeks

36 Weeks

37 Weeks

38 Weeks

39 Weeks

If Tyson decides not to come for a while we will just add in the newer weekly photos here! But we are hoping this is it! Yay for bump pictures!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pregnancy Update - 39 Weeks

We are hoping this is the week y'all! Things are a changin and I am feeling like little Tyson is closer than ever to being ready. We are really hoping for Thursday since that is that day our doctor is on call (she is a badass and we reeeeeeally want her instead of some stranger). Wish us luck!!!

I always think I'm giving a big smile when Justin is saying his typical "give me a cheerleader smile" but its obviously not big enough... I look so tired!!! Good thing is I honestly don't feel as bad as I look so that's something to be happy about :) Moving on...  

How far along: 39 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: a little over 23 lbs. gained. This is the same as the last two weeks so it seems I may be done gaining for now! Woohoo!
Maternity clothes: Even my jeans seem to hurt when I wear them... almost as if they are putting a ton of pressure on Tyson. I swear he got pissed off today when he kicked me about 8 times in row really hard. Seems like he has a temper like his Momma!
Stretch marks: Still none!
Sleep: I've woken up with some contractions a few times and it is still really difficult to roll over and get out of bed but overall my sleep is pretty decent. I'm happy with it!
Best moment this week: Justin and I had a great couple lazy days together this last weekend and it was the highlight of the week for sure! We stayed in bed until 11:00 both days and just did light errands and hung out together during the daytime. Saturday night we watched two movies in a row that ended at midnight and we joked how late it was and had a good time remembering the days when 11 or midnight was when we would leave the house to start our nights out. Then Sunday night we had a bonfire in our backyard just the two of us and had an absolute blast! We kept commenting on how our ideas of fun has changed so much and we just truly enjoyed being outside in our own yard relaxing with each other... All in all it was the most perfect and simple weekend and we drank up the stillness that we have right now in our lives. It's all about to change!
Movement: Like I mentioned above it seems like Tyson is getting a bit of an attitude with his kicking. I think he is cranky and ready to come out... at least I hope so!
Food cravings: Dr. Pepper is my jam.
Food aversions: Still just picky, but nothing in particular.
Labor Signs: I actually had some real contractions on Saturday night. They didn't hurt bad at all but they were definitely more than just Braxton Hicks. My mom says this means I might be dilating!!! Woop woop!
Belly Button in or out? In for good!
What I miss: Drinking a beer or four with my hubby.
What I am looking forward to: We are really looking forward to our OB appt. this Thursday! If I am dilated enough there is some special trick our OB can do to bring on labor... so we are hoping for this and would love him to come Thursday night or Friday morning. Wishful thinking!
Weekly Wisdom:Walk walk walk walk walk... I reeeeeally wish I had been more active during this pregnancy. Since I've started walking again I am realizing how out of shape I am. Ooops!
Milestones: Justin was pretty bummed after our appointment last week when we were told I wasn't dilated whatsoever. He had been SUPER excited for the last month and I guess he had just hit his breaking point and he was crushed that he was going to have to wait even longer. He has evened out though and now we are both just in this really good place of waiting happily for our little guy. We cannot wait to meet him but we know it'll all happen when its supposed to happen. It's all good mojo in the Wohlford home right now :)

Here are two more bump pictures from our weekend! The pool picture was taken at our friend's daughter's fourth birthday party at their neighborhood pool and the fire one was from our bonfire Sunday night. Both are great memories!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tyson is chillaxin

At our OB appointment this morning our doctor told us that Tyson is not even down in my pelvis yet and therefore I am not dilated at all. Looks like our little man is hangin out for the time being. :)

So since our boy is taking his time and relaxing inside Momma's belly, I think I'll do the same thing and retreat out to our hammock for a bit... that is if it's not too hot. Otherwise I'll be at the W... also known as our guest room. Loves!

photo taken Spring 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Pregnancy Update - 38 Weeks

So a few of you may have noticed that in last week's update I may have seemed rather stressed and nervous. Well I am happy to say that all that was just a phase and now I am cool as a cucumber just patiently awaiting my baby boy. I feel strong and motivated and as ready as I can be. A lot of this is because of a simple little lunch with a friend who was incredibly open and honest with me about her own labor and delivery with her youngest son. We share a lot of the same viewpoints on things and her energy and excitement about it all just seemed to squash all my fears in an instant. Since then I have been almost excited for labor to start so now Justin and I both are ancy little fools.

We still have two weeks until Tyson's due date though, so I'm taking a breath and enjoying this week for what it was. Here is the update:

38 Weeks

This was the original picture for the week but we decided you couldn't really see the bump that well so we quickly took another one right before bed... which is why I look so dang tired! We had to include both though because look how cute our Rocky is!!! 

38 Weeks

How far along: 38 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: a little over 23 lbs. gained. That is almost the same weight I was at last week and I am happy about this since it was obvious I had been over eating a bit. Just some simple portion control and some light walking obviously nipped that in the bud. Yay for healthy living!
Maternity clothes: Although I work in an office enviornment where jeans are only for Fridays, I have been breaking this rule most every day wearing my trusty maternity jeans. The jeans I have don't cover my full belly like my maternity work pants do and I just can't bring myself to wear those full coverage work pants in this heat. A little extra make-up and jewelry seem to be making up for the casual attire.
Stretch marks: None at all! I feel so lucky for this but I'm not chancing anything and I keep putting the vit E oil on every single night.
Sleep: Sleep is actually improving even more somehow. Rolling over still takes a miracle but with the help of Justin I am making it just fine.
Best moment this week: Justin's parents came in town this weekend to spend some time with us and help with some last minute projects around the house. Having them here was so nice and along with all the work we got done, just relaxing and talking with them put us in such a great mood to start out our week. They always have such great advice and it was much needed at this crazy time in our lives.
Movement: He is all over the place still!
Food cravings: still my Dr. Pepper and avocados again.
Food aversions: Just in the last couple days I have become UBER picky and cranky when it comes to food. I am so hungry but it has to be something I want... and finding that is usually pretty hard.
Labor Signs: Still just Braxton Hicks. We think he has definitely dropped, which I don't know if you can tell or not in the picture above. No other signs though! We go to the Dr. tomorrow so we will know more then.
Belly Button in or out? Still in and since he has dropped my belly button seems to have gotten deeper again so I'm pretty sure I'm not gonna get an outtie at this point.
What I miss: Honestly right now I'm not missing anything. I am really trying to soak up every bit of where I am right now because everything is about to flip upside down and I won't ever have this time back. With my next pregnancy I'll have a kid running around, which will change everything, so for now I'm letting it all just be.
What I am looking forward to: I am really looking forward to feeling those first signs of labor and that moment when we realize "this is it!". I think that's just gonna be such a fun moment!
Weekly Wisdom: Breathe. I keep focusing on my breathing and trying to relax. I'm letting it all ride at this point...
Milestones: I guess getting to the point where I'm not scared anymore is a milestone. I am so happy and calm and thankful for this quietness I feel. It's the calm before the storm I guess :)

38 Weeks - Showin some skin!

OB Appt. tomorrow at 11:30 to check to see if I am progressing at all... stay tuned!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

tyson's nursery tour

We are so so happy to finally show you our new favorite room in our house: Tyson's nursery! We've had an absolute blast together on this room and it truly is a labor of love on both our parts. We will eventually do some individual posts about our favorite DIY projects in the room like the painted dresser, the library wall and biggest treasure- the rocker chair. But until then we just wanted to show you how it is now, which is as done as it's gonna get before the little man arrives. So here it is: Tyson's Nursery!!!

This picture is looking from the hallway and is the best view of the room as a whole. You'll notice our colors were grays and yellows and over time blues started to play a pretty big role also. We absolutely love the color scheme... we think it is playful and young but still relaxing in a way. Did you notice those adorable little animals hanging over the crib? Those were made by my dear friend Kristen and they kind of make the whole space I think. Gotta love crafty friends!

Now let's go on in! Haha... I actually just said that out loud in the most obnoxious tour guide voice ever.... hey, let's roll with it. Walking in and looking to the right you will see this:

The first thing thing we have to talk about it the lovely chair! We found this baby at a thrift store for $25 and fell hard for her the second we saw she rocked and swiveled. We had been searching high and low for an upholstered chair for this room but everything was WAY over our budget. Like $600 over our budget. So when we saw this chair we scooped her up, granny flower fabric and all. After some new fabric, new stuffing and an angel in the form of a lady named Kitty who reupholstered the chair and ottoman for us, we were left with the most amazing chair for the room! All for about $150! We love you pretty gray chair. xoxo

(back in my tour guide voice) So along the wall behind Miss Chair you'll see that Justin built a pretty amazing little library for us to display all of Tyson's books. We would love to take credit for this idea but we actually got it here. We didn't build ours exactly like theirs, but its the same concept and they have wonderful directions to follow so if you want to make your own make sure to click on that link. We love how the books become art in a way and it brings in so much color to the room...

Another special piece of the room is the balloon lamp on the table by the chair.

This was actually a gift from Justin a couple Valentine's Days ago. Now why would Justin buy me a children's balloon lamp for Valentine's Day you ask? Well it all started when we were perusing a local antique mall for fun (that's what you do when you are poor) when I spotted this lamp. I got so excited and told Justin that this was the same lamp I had in my own nusery when I was a baby and that I absolutely loved it. He must have paid attention because a couple weeks later on Valentine's Day this was my gift. It is hands down one of the best gifts I have ever received and it got even better when we found this old picture of my grandfather holding me in my own nursery and there is that same lamp in the background! How special is that?!

Ok moving on to the closet... and if you think I am crazy for including Tyson's closet in this here tour, well, wait until you see his itty bitty clothes!!!!

Um couldn't you just die!? I wonder how long the whole hanging up of the onesies will last... Ok back to the room tour:

Here is where I get to brag a little bit... We made those curtains ourselves, and when I say "we" I mean Justin. Yes, Justin is our household seamstress... or seamster... seamsitr... whatever. Point he is can sew and he is the bomb diggity at it. Look at this hem line (is that what you call it?)-

I think they look so great and totally make the room! We bought the fabric from good ol Hancock fabrics and it was one of our first purchases for the room. Who doesn't love a good chevron pattern?

This is the little bookshelf nook that will neatly contain all of Tyson's toys and extra books as he grows up. This is enough space for all that right? I'm kidding... I hear kids have a crap ton of toys and they take over your life, but until then I am just going to plug my ears and pretend they will forever fit into these two bins. Play along ok.

Hanging above the bookshelf is a special art piece made by some great friends Krissy and Scott. Y'all didn't think we weren't fully aware of that convenient overlap between Tyson's intial and our favorite sports team did you?! Anyways, we love love love this! If you look close, it is made out of buttons!

How cool is that?! We gotta start him early. Go Vols!

What is it about a crib that can just make your heart melt? I have to admit I have stared into this little bed a little more than is probably normal but I mean look at it! I had originally thought about making my own mobile but lately I have been liking more 'baby' things and I just fell in love with these little baby animals! Blame the hormones. I ended up doing a bit of work on it though... the gray on the music box is actually a piece from a pennet banner used from one of my lovely showers thrown by my college girls! So even this has some love in it!

This is the one new thing in the entire room and we absolutely love it. It is the Baby Mod - Park Lane 3-in-1 Convertible Crib from Wal-Mart and it's reasonably priced compared to other cribs out there. We love the drawer for storage, which is where we will keep all his blankets and extra sheets.

Now on to our biggest labor of love. The dresser wall!

This sucker started out as a disgusting old 70's dresser and I literally had to give Justin a presentation with sample photos of other successful DIY projects like this to convince him to let us buy it. I knew from the beginning this would be the star of the room and although it took primer, four coats of paint AND two coats of poly it was 100% worth it. Here are some different pictures of Mr. Dresser.

We painted an old mirror we had to hang above the changing area and above that is a mosaic that was made for us by a great family friend. This dresser is so big we still have three empty drawers, but I'm sure once Tyson gets here we will have plenty of things to put in there.

So I guess that is all! All we have left to do is enjoy it and wait for our little man to get here. Even Boone is ready :)

We hope you all love the room as much as we do and I hope I didn't bore you with my lengthy descriptions of every little thing. Funny thing is I was actually holding back! Just be happy you aren't here for the in person tour; you would have to listen to my tour guide voice and pretend you are interested in the 20 different onesies I pull out to show you. It's not just me either... Justin would be right there pulling all the music box strings on the stuffed animals so you could get the full nursery experience. Can you tell we are excited?

Thanks for touring Tyson's Nursery! Come back and see us anytime! - Love, the Wohlfords :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Pregnancy Update - 37 Weeks

We are officially considered full term y'all! This means the term "any day now" is being spoken by pretty much every single person I come into contact with... as if I am not already aware of that already. :)
Onto the update!
How far along: 37 weeks 
Total weight gain/loss: 23 lbs. gained... That's another +2 since last week! I'm definitely getting the pregnant lady face and I am trying not to let myself call it "looking fat" because it really isn't. My doctor did give me "the eyebrows" today, though, so I know its a little bit much. So my task for this week is to watch what I'm eating a bit better... I gots to be a healthy momma!
Maternity clothes: Even my maternity tops are having trouble covering my whole belly. I pretty much stay in tank tops because of the heat and there is typically a 2-3 inch view of my skin between the top of my pants and the bottom of the tank tops. It's pretty hot.
Stretch marks: Still none and I am so so happy about this!
Sleep: I actually only woke up with the night sweats once this last week, and my aches and pains seem to be better too. I don't know if I'm just more used to it now or what, but I'm not complaining!
Best moment this week: Most definitely the shower my Clarksville girlfriends threw for me! My mom and sister were able to come in for it too and having them finally meet this amazing group of girls I have here was so fun for me. It was a wonderful time full of many laughs, great food, and the most amazing gifts a girl could ask for! I even got a jogger stroller!!! Clarksville Greenway- get ready for Momma Wohlford to take you down!
Movement: Tyson got to show off quite a bit this week for my parents, sister, and friends. I will just lay down and people can watch him roll around. Its kind of gross and weird but for me its just so unbelievable that he is really right there... Ahhh!!!!
Food cravings: Its back to the Dr. Pepper, nutella & strawberries, and cucumber water!
Food aversions: Still the meats and anything super greasy and heavy.. yuck!
Labor Signs: Still just Braxton Hicks. Also last week at our 36 wk. appointment I was not dilated at all. Still have a bit to go I guess!
Belly Button in or out? Still in but when I sit up from laying down it literally looks like it is about to pop out any second. I think its gonna make it though.
What I miss: The physical freedom to move and do what I want with my body. Being a dancer, I have always had a kind of unique connection to my body and movement... Dancing gives you such a sense of control and release, both physically and emotionally, (although I'm not dancing in a company anymore, I would still dance all around the house almost on a daily basis... if you are a dancer you know what I'm talking about) and for that to be almost impossible for me now is very sad.
What I am looking forward to: Right now I'm kind of having tunnel vision for labor and the whole birthing process so honestly I'm not even thinking about life after that. I guess I could say I am really looking forward to seeing Justin hold his son... he is beyond excited and the thought of seeing him finally get to hold this little person he already loves so so much is enough to make me cry. I need to focus on that... the pain will be so worth it just to see them together...
Weekly Wisdom: Ask your friends for help and advice. I am a pretty anxious person in general and right now I feel like I could almost explode with all the emotions I am feeling. The one singular thing that I am clinging to right now is my friends, family and of course Justin because I know they will keep me smiling and laughing even when I am feeling more afraid than I ever have in my entire life. In a way, they are holding my hand through all this, but people can only be there for you when you allow them to be, so I think my wisdom is to be open and fill your whole heart with the love of everyone around you. For me that's the only way I am even functioning right now...
Milestones: This date, August 1st, is a huge milestone for me... its the month I become a Mom. Aaaaand that sentence makes me want to throw up... did I mention I'm an anxious person?

We will be posting the nursery reveal tomorrow! Stay tuned!

Friday, July 29, 2011

the lemon anniversary

To start off I have to acknowledge that, yes, I totally missed our actual anniversary for our anniversary post. I had an excuse though... I was eight months pregnant and we were driving back from a trip to Michigan and had stopped in Louisville, KY for a quickie anniversary celebration.

I guess you could say I was tired, and that whole following week I was even more tired and the idea of documenting our not-so-amazing anniversary trip sounded like hell. So I put it off until now because now that I have more energy I just cannot pass up the chance to say a couple of nice things about marriage, tell you our hilarious story from Louisville, and best of all, to post some fun photos of anniversary trips past where I happen to look a lot skinnier than I do now (which when you are growing a baby inside of you and gaining over a pound a week you need to look at skinny pictures of yourself to feel happy).


So July 11 was our second wedding anniversary and July as a month is the marker of us being together for five years. (See, I guess I'm not really technically late on this post after all!) For every single one of our "anniversaries", starting with our first year of dating, we have traveled to a new place to celebrate. Our first was in Denver, CO. in 2007.

Don't we look SO young there! Ahhh to be 22 again... Anyways our second anniversary we spent in Asheville, NC and this happened to be when Justin decided to propose! So sweet!

Our third anniversary/honeymoon was in Key West. We love that we got married in July, which was the same month we began dating, because we kind of just get to keep on counting the years. I guess technically is starts over here though... Anyways, Key West was AMAZEBALLS!

I love you Key West... We'll come visit soon I promise.

Ok moving on to our first official wedding anniversary. We decided to keep it a little light and just took a quick weekend trip to Atlanta where we had a nice romantic evening followed by a great day at Six Flags where we got to unleash our inner kid... well who am I kidding. We are just big kids every day!

Selecting only two photos from each of our anniversaries was pretty hard for me. There are so many fun memories we have captured with so many great pictures and looking through them all has me smiling from ear to ear. I'd like to think its pretty obvious we have a blast with each other; Justin is by far my all time favorite travel buddy for sure. So when I looked back through the pictures from our second anniversary trip/pit stop to Louisville, KY and found only one picture of the two of us I knew it was as bad as I remembered. And this one picture wasn't a cute dinner picture or anything... it's this crap-

Yup... our reflection in a freaking window. Awesome. Let me explain...

This anniversary trip was essentially a tack-on to our trip up to Michigan for some good friends' wedding. I guess this would mean it started on our way out of Michigan Sunday July 10th... the day before our actual anniversary. This day started out pretty rough, as any morning after a wedding does. Justin was a little hungover and I was dog tired from staying up way too late two nights in a row. I decided to drive however, to let Justin sleep off a little of his yuckiness. Within the first hour, we got the first sign that the rest of this trip was going to suck... We got a phone call that we had left all of our hang-up clothes back at the hotel in Brighton, MI. Greeeeeaaaaatt. An hour and a half later we start the trip again, with both of us being that much more cranky.

I have to say here that Justin has been the most amazing, supportive and perfect guy for this entire pregnancy, but today, well this was not his day. He was not in a "coddle-my-pregnant-wife" mood whatsoever and without boring you with the actual meat of the fight, I'll just tell you that it ended with me not talking to him for the remaining six hours of the trip. SIX HOURS. If you have met me even once, you know that me not talking for six hours is unthinkable, yet it happened. It really did.

So we pull up at our absolutely incredible, romantic hotel and Justin is trying his best to snap me out of the cold shoulder attitude from hell. He even asks for an upgrade to a room with a tub knowing that a bath would be the perfect thing for his tired and sore eight months pregnant wife. That was a no-go but usually the gesture would have been rewarded with some love from me, but not today buddy. I was like Stone Cold Steve Austin's evil twin. After getting up to the room we begin talking about dinner; well he is talking about dinner while I maintain a "I don't care where we eat" attitude. I know, real mature. Anyways, he gets it out of me that I'd like Italian, yet after finding out that pretty much every restaurant in good ole Louisville is closed on Sundays, we decide on Macaroni Grill.... because ya know, I didn't even care.

Pulling up to our anniversary dinner at a chain Italian restaurant we should have known... the parking lot was empty and I swear I saw a dust thingy roll by. But in we go, and there were surprisingly a few people in the restaurant. The hostess tries to seat us at a table, where I bitterly say I'd prefer a booth. Maybe she didn't like how I asked because I swear she sat us at the most uncomfortable booth on the planet. So as we sit really awkwardly in this booth from hell our server comes up and poor thing could already feel the tension. He asks for our drink orders as quickly as possible and runs off to get away from the really pissed off couple... well the really pissed off huge pregnant woman. He then brings us our waters, which are served in the sorriest little glasses I have ever seen (strike two) and while he is standing there I ask him where the Ravioli Formaggi is on the menu. "We don't have that on the menu anymore, mam". Oh. Hell. No. And this is where I crack... the last seven hours of me maintaining what I thought was a calm, collected but really super pissed off attitude then immediately turned into a pathetic, bawling mess of a pregnant woman. It was awkward.

I could go on for three more paragraphs about how terrible this meal was. Poor Justin, poor server and poor me. It was awful. We left after eating mere bites of our disgusting food and were driving back to the hotel when we decided to just quickly drive by and say hello to a friend who was also in town at the time. I mean its not like we were heading back to the hotel for nookie or anything so why not hang out with friends at a bar on your anniversary. We were on the road to the bar when the clouds parted a bit and God sent me a little angel.

As we were driving we spotted a sign that read Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen and I almost started crying again, but this time out of happiness. Justin, who was just happy to see me smiling for a change, immediately parked the car and we went in where I took approximately ten minutes to narrow my order to some homemade birthday cake ice cream, that had actual chunks of real yellow cake in it, and this little guy:

Note to anyone reading this: If you see a pregnant woman who is sad, give her a cookie monster just like this and all will be right in the world.

We ended up having a total blast with our friends that night, and when we came back to the hotel we were in love and happy again, which I guess is why we decided to pull out the camera and take the one picture we got of us from the entire trip. The next day was good too, well as far as "us" being good. As things continued to go wrong in the same fashion as the whole Macaroni Grill incident, we just laughed about it. We had planned to do some antiquing to find ourselves our usual anniversary gift (I forgot to mention that we always buy a gift for ourselves on each of our trips instead of buying individual gifts) but every single store in that damn city was closed. "Oh well", we said, "We'll just go to a cool restaurant to make up for a crappy dinner last night". Negatron. Every restaurant we wanted to try was closed. Still happy and in love though we decided to go to Texas Roadhouse as a kind of throw back to the place we met... sweet right. We head to the closest one which was in Indiana, believe it or not, got stuck in terrible traffic, decide to go to a different location in KY and when we roll up it was the freaking dust thingys again, yet this one was actually CLOSED! Seriously?! They didn't open until 4:00...

Things like this continued on all day but each time we only laughed a little harder and in a strange way it only made the whole day better. That's the thing with me and Justin, the world can be going to crap, but its all ok as long as we are "us", meaning that we aren't in a stand-off of crankiness. It was a lesson to try and take some things a little less seriously, because fights can be so dumb. I don't want to be quiet for that long ever again, because in those seven hours of me pouting, we probably missed out on some great things. I know fights will happen, but when they do, I want to try and resolve them quickly and move on to keep living this great little life. Love is so much more fun...

Looking back on how terrible this anniversary was I know that it was exactly what it was meant to be. As everything around us was going wrong, we could still look at each other and get that pit of your stomach raw feeling of happiness and just smile. To be more in love with every anniversary that passes, well, to me that is the greatest anniversary present of all.

I am so so lucky. Love you J.