Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Okay, okay!

Okay, okay. :) I'll blog again. Stop badgering me! ;)

Have you had the chance to see the cutest cook ever? Here she is.

Want some coffee? Thats what she asks me every time she plays in her kitchen. Like 72 times a day.

Becca had a birthday! Happy Birthday, Becca!

I don't know why Savannah is making this face every. single. time. we ask her to smile for a picture. It must be a two-year-old thing. Oh, the joys of two-year-old things!

And I know I look a little rough. You'll have to excuse me...its been quite a few weeks!

How am I feeling? Much better actually. I think they finally found a drug that fixes my nausea without making me feel like I'm high on something. And let me tell you, its wonderful. I'm still surprised every time I open the fridge or change a diaper and don't have to run to the bathroom. Ah, its the little things, folks!
And now I will answer all of your questions. Or I will try. For those of you that keep asking me, yes, baby Beckner is officially showing. I did break down and buy my first maternity clothes this week (ugh!) and I'm waiting on the UPS guy to deliver them to my door. (Online shopping with a coupon is SO much better than dragging a toddler through the mall...especially when you get $20 off!) But that doesn't mean I'm posting a picture of my belly (no matter how much you beg... thats just weird), or that I want anyone to touch it. (Trust me, its for your own good.) And yes, I think we have names picked out, although I'm still a little iffy on the boy name. And no, we are not telling the names. Until April. And yes, I still want to be surprised with the sex of the baby when it is born. And no, Darren hasn't yet convinced me to give in and find out at the next ultrasound. Not life on the edge, people! And yes, I'm a bit stressed that the due date is now Easter. I mean, what kind of Easter dress do you buy for that?! A regular one? A maternity one? Just stay home either way and don't wear an Easter dress? Yes, I'm sure Katie will make fun of me for that being my main concern right now. Yes, we have told Savannah she is going to be a big sister. No, she doesn't understand what that means. Yes, she tells me that my belly is getting bigger because there is NOT a baby in there, there is food in there. She is so good for my self-esteem.
I'm so glad to feel more like myself. Actually, ironically, what hurts the worst now is my arm. You know, the thing that wasn't injured before I went to the hospital. It turns a new color every day. People think I'm being abused when I go out in public.

And my dear brother... the almost cop... his opinion? "Its a good thing you don't do heroin!" Uh yeah. Thats what I was thinking. Or something.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Bad Friday

So. Yesterday was a bad Friday.

I went to the doctor for my followup appointment yesterday after throwing up waaaay too many times. They sent me over to the hospital, where I then spent the entire day. Awesome. :)

I knew things weren't going to go well when I went to check in and they had no record of me existing. And then the rude lady at the front desk told me that since I was throwing up, I had to sit in the room with the flu patients. I tried to tell her that I was pregnant, and thats why I was throwing up, but she said if you are throwing up, you are sick. My mom got a little fiesty with her then and informed her that I was NOT sitting in the sick area. :) I love my mom. Especially when she gets fiesty.

Even better, once they figured out who I was and what they should be doing, I had to have an IV. And the first one they put in blew. And I passed out. I didn't even know you could blow out an IV in someone's arm. Right after it happened, the nurse informed me that it was her first day of orientation. That might explain it. Fabulous. Although, I know a lot of nurses and I'm pretty sure they wouldn't have done that on their first day.

This is what my arm looks like today. And this isn't even the one that finally got the IV for keeps. I'm thinking that nurse needs to practice a little more. Like maybe on not real people.

Then, they lost my blood work. So I got blood drawn a second time. And some IV meds. Then I threw up quite a few more times. Then they decided to break out the big guns and give me high powered drugs. That sounded very appealing until they told me that the medicine would burn when they put it in my IV, like fire in your veins. Just what you want to hear when you already feel like maybe you got hit by a truck. Like I said, yesterday was NOT a good Friday. But, 11 hours and three doses of drugs later, I got to go home and eat soup. So far, so good.

The good news is that the baby is growing fast and they've now moved the due date up a little bit. Less time spent pregnant is always a good thing in my book! ;) We're now expecting an arrival on Easter Sunday. Whoo!

This little one coped just fine without me yesterday. Her grandad and Aunt Becca took her to ballet class and to get a haircut. She was very concerned and kept asking if the doctor gave Momma a "boo-boo," but I'd say she definitely had a good day.
I definitely hope your Friday was better than mine! But here's to hoping we ALL have a good Saturday. And that Boston beats New York tonight. Because THAT would make for a nice evening. :)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Way to Go, Tara!

Through Savannah's year serving as Wee Baby Miss Virginia 2008, we got to spend some time with Tara Wheeler, Miss Virginia 2008. You might remember the day they met.

Tara is such a genuine girl with a huge heart... and is definitely not your typical beauty queen. She served our country in the air force and also was a goalie for a women's hockey team before entering the Miss Virginia pageant system after someone challenged her that she probably couldn't walk in a dress and heels!
Anyway, yesterday Tara shaved her head bald to mark the end of her fundraising campaign for pediatric cancer. Savannah helped her raise some of the funds, so this was very special to us. Tara raised over $50,000 and is now a bald beauty queen because she wanted to be able to show children that have cancer and are forced to lose their hair that you can still be beautiful. We are so proud of Tara and so glad we got to know her!
If you want to see her on the news, click here.
If you'd like to donate to help find a cure for pediatric cancer and read Tara's story in her own words, click here.
Way to go, Tara!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Wampler

Congratulations, Bennett and Carrie! We are so happy for you!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Savannah, can you eat your dinner?

No, thank you.

How about you take a bite of peas?

No, thank you, peas.

How about a bite of corn?

No, thank you, corn.

How about some chicken?

No, thank you, chicken.

Hmm... at least she is polite!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Love At First Bite

So sticky.

So sweet.

So delicious!

So glad its fall!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

All Kinds of Stuff.

Savannah got a sticker in ballet this week. She thought it would be better suited on her nose.

She also thought her friend Sydney would look better with a sticker on her nose.

Thanks for helping her out, kid.

Savannah also went for her two-year-old check-up and weight check on Friday. She was 37 inches and 30 pounds. She's gained a good bit of weight and is now 98% for her height and 75% for her weight. Her doctor is very pleased with her progress since they resolved her allergy issues. She was supposed to get her MMR shot, but we (her doctor and I) actually decided to postpone that one a little longer and go ahead and give her the thimerosal-free flu shot. I have a policy that she doesn't get more than one shot at once, and her doctor is fine with that, so I'll take her back in four weeks for her MMR shot, and four weeks after that for the Hepatitis-A booster. If they release the H1N1 vaccine, she'll get that as well, and we'll work that into her delayed schedule.
After the flu shot, she was kind of grouchy, and when she went to bed that night, her daddy tucked her in. This is about how the conversation went:
Darren: Goodnight, Savannah. I love you.
Savannah: I love you more!
Darren: No, I love you more. Night!
Savannah: (wailing) Ohhh daddy! Come here a minute.
Darren: Do you need something?
Savannah: Daddy. Lay down a minute. Please please please.
Darren: Okay just a minute.
Savannah: Love you daddy. You sleep right here. Muah!
And he says he isn't wrapped around her finger.
I also had a check-up on Friday, and in a surprising turn of events, I got to take another peek at baby Beckner. :) When I got to the doctor's office, my blood pressure was low, I was slightly dehydrated, I lost 8 pounds, and my protein level was elevated. I don't know what all of that means, but they weren't thrilled, and so they did a short ultrasound where I got to see the adorable new baby. He/she was kicking and waving and had a steady heartbeat, and looked to be growing right on schedule. They called me in a prescription to help keep me from throwing up, and told me to rest a lot and come back in two weeks for another sonogram. :) So far, the medicine seems to work, but it makes me kind of like a zombie. :) If I don't make sense, you'll know why! My sweet husband has been so nice about helping me, and I even got hot pink roses out of the deal! :)
So last night I dreamed about steak and mashed potatoes in the middle of the night. I woke up at 3:07am starving. That's the weirdest thing thats happened yet. I wonder if its the medicine or the baby. Hmm.
Okay, thats all of the rambling you get for today! I'll work on taking some more pictures of Savannah this week, since we all know thats what you're here for! ;)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

She is famous.

Have you heard? Savannah is a star. Not that you are surprised, naturally.

If you click on the button on the right, the 5.2 Podcast, and listen to it, at the end you'll hear a little tiny girl's voice saying, "I know. And so... 5.2!" :) Yep, thats our Savannah!

You should check it out. And not even only because Savannah is on it either. You'll be blessed... I'm not gonna lie. And... if you're on-the-go... you can download the podcast for free onto your ipod... and listen to it while you are driving (not with headphones of course, that would be dangerous), or running, or walking, or folding laundry, or cleaning the kitchen, or putting on makeup, or even sitting on the toilet. You know, whenever you have time to multitask.

And while you're thinking of us, be sure and pray for little Savannah tomorrow. She has a check-up and her MMR shot, which if you remember from this post, I've been delaying for about a year. I suppose its time now... Boo!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Big Girl Room.

Someone received a bedroom upgrade to free up the crib for baby brother-or-sister. :)
THANK YOU, Mimi and Grandad for the sweet new furniture and bedding!!!

Isn't it the cutest little girl's room?!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Roll Tide!

We're pretty sure our Crimson Tide is going to beat those Virginia Tech Hokies tonight, but even if they don't...

...Alabama sure has some of the cutest fans!