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Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Jake had a job in Conway this morning, so I road with him to go get my car from Morgan's. I thought I had enough energy to go to Hobby Lobby & get some stuff to be crafty today. It was the cheapest trip to Hobby Lobby I have ever made, only spending like 6 dollars!

Anyways...my project is to make closet size organizers for Ryder's closet. They are already seperated out by size, but it's still a bit confusing, and who doesn't need a good excuse to get crafty!?

I got my inspiration off of Etsy...and their hangers are like 25 dollars...I'm gonna make mine for 6 dollars, and they will per personalized to match Ryder's room!

Here are my materials...

Reptile feeling/looking paper...it was more expensive but couldn't resist 50% off! And GREEN of course!
This green matched well...and i thought it would add some good color to the bunch!
Trying to keep it classy with the toile! & Brown!
All the papers...and lil door hangers. I got plain brown & plain green as well.

Stay tune for the finished product!

Throat wise...today was not much of a better day, even though I thought it was going to. I slept most of the day, which is fine I guess cause that's just more pain I can't remember. Tonight, I swear something back there popped...I don't know if it was a new abscess or the old one that had filled back up again, but I felt so much relief! I was able to eat a sandwich...very slow, and small bites of course...but it's food. I knew Ryder was getting a bit hungry! I'm still having trouble with my ears being clogged & full...hearing myself breath out of them, it sucks. But movie with the hubby, shower then bed!

Monday, July 27, 2009


Since Friday I have had a "sore throat". I call it just a sore throat, b/c I don't know what else there is to call...but severe...SEVERE sore throat. It started Thursday night I guess, and then Friday I was like "I have to go see somebody a/b this".

Oh...and this isn't the first time this has happened. It's the 4th...since September. Had it in September, December, and in February...and HERE we go again. Oh...and no Dr. can really tell me what it is, they just kinda guess & give some kind of medicine that may or may not clear it up. In December when I had after taking antibiotics for a few days that didn't work, I was given 4 steroid shots in less than five days. At that point though...I didn't even care. Just give me something that will make this go away.

This "sore throat" makes me unable to eat, unable to swallow....produces more saliva for some dumb reason, unable to drin....and it changes the way I talk...its actually hard to talk, and makes me only talk when I HAVE to.

Anyways...I call my PCP on Friday & they are out of the office that day. GREAT...just GREAT-my luck! Luckily I got in with a Dr. @ Jake's clinic, not his normal Dr. but someone in the same clinic.

I doesn't even swab me for anything, just takes one look and writes me a scrip for something I haven't had before that is supposedly for strep throat & tonsillitis. Which...through all this I can tell ANYONE it's NOT either one of those! Or MONO for heaven sake!!!

So...I'm stuck @ home ALL weekend with medicine that ISN'T working & the infection is just growing & spreading by the minute.

Both Saturday & Sunday night, I can't sleep in the bed laying flat, b/c it feels like I am choking on my own spit. I spent most of both night propped up on the coach TRYING to get some sleep, off & on the computer...and reading a little bit of my Baby Wise book.

Sunday Jake went to work @ the firehouse...but realized how bad I really was & came home a/r 3 with a strawberry shake for me...which felt SOOOOO good on my throat!

I got in today with another Dr. in my PCPs office casue mine was out for this week for vacation. My appt. was @ 1110...and of course I got in there & just cried & cried, cause A) its hard to talk B) I sound like a lil kid that is learning how to talk C) I'm pregnant...

She took one look @ me, and said, "Oh that's an abscess & you need to go see an ENT Dr. & get that treated today." As much as I DIDN'T want that to happen, I knew it was what HAD to happen, and the only way I was going to get better.

She went ahead & gave me a steroid shot...yes in the butt...and it was the same one I had gotten back in December. She made an appt. with a new ENT Dr. in town @ 1...and asked if I had anyone to go with me. It had crossed my mind, but I was a big girl right? My parents are out of town...and Jake was over an hour away working. So, no I didn't really have anybody to go with me. After talking to my mom, she told me to call Ms. Doreen or Morgan & see if either one of them could go with me.

Luckily Morgan could go with me. I went a little early to fill out all the paper work & stuff. They got me right back in there, and it wasn't a normal Dr. bed thing, but a chair with this machinery stuff beside it...kinda like the eye Dr. but ALOT creepier & scarier. He came in & checked out my throat & nose & ears...He told me it was an abscess & that to diagnose it he needed to drain it to send off a culture. I knew this was coming the whole time, so I excepted it and said OKAY!

He sprayed back there with some cherry airesol stuff that kinda numbed it...and then a few minutes later him & his two nurses came back in there with rubber gloves on! AHHH!! He stuck a shot in there & told me it was going to "burn a lil..." & oh yes it did! Not so bad @ first, just kinda nasty liquid running inside of me...and then when he said "One more time..." That's when it KILLED....it burned so freaking bad, it was like someone was holding a torch to my throat back there or pouring acid down my throat. I started to cry & was kicking my feet, chocking on my own spit/that stuff...They got me a thing to spit in, and it was pretty much straight blood...and they had to wipe my mouth off every time I spit.

After that it was like he had something like a spoon that he just SCRAPPED & SCRAPPED on the side of my throat digging more & more stuff out. That killed me...and I could hear it scrapping against my oh so sore throat. Dang...it hurts rethinking it. I tried to scoot further & further away from him but he was still right there getting what he wanted. I rinsed with cold water & spit for a good 5-10 minutes afterwards, and it was mainly blood. It was good to get all that stuff out though.

Morgan drove me back to her house afterwards, and as much as I did feel better, it STILL hurt so so SO bad! I just crawled in her bed & tried to go to sleep, even though I continued to have to spit...b/c it hurt so bad to swallow. My ear on that side was throbbing & so painful....I would just lay there & cry knowing there was nothing I could do.

Jake came & picked me up & got me some McAlister's take out soup & brought me home....I just changed clothes & crawled right back in bed. I woke up a/b 7:20 & came in here with him...and now we're watching the Bachelorette Finale! I doubt I'll be able to go to work tomorrow..which is kinda sad, kinda not, since it IS my last week and all.

Well...that's enough for tonight. I needed to share my drama with someone.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


The only picture I took while I was in Stuttgart! With long lost friend Ty!
All Ryder's wonderful gifts @ my SATB hosted shower!
Cute & Fun lil basket Allison put together for Ryder!
"Whale-of-A-Tub" from Bonnie & Molly!
Pooh won the toilet paper game...I was 9 sheets of TP from belly button to belly button!
With my wonderful hostesses, my SATBs!
With my Ouachita friends!
And with my Conway High friends!
& with everybody! =)
One of my favorite picutres! @ Miss Arkansas Friday Night w/ Allie & Abbey!
My crazy pledge sisters @ Meet 'N Greet!
Opening gifts @ my second shower for Ryder!
Beutiful arrangement & yummy foods (& GREEN frog!) @ the shower!
The drink station-
Me with my cute "R" cake!

What a BUSY week...well last TWO weeks!

During Jake's "Man-Weekend" I went to Stuttgart for the weekend to spend some time with Pooh. It was pretty nice & relaxing just to get away, and not have to clean the house or do laundry etc. That was Jake & I's first time away from each other for more than like a day, and we missed each other more than we ever thought! That Sunday when I got home, I went straight to my first baby shower for Ryder @ Abbey's house. I got to see alot of girls from High School that I hadn't seen in a while, and a bunch of OBU girls. Everything was beautiful & tasted delicious! (MAYBE pictures to come if I get around to uploading them on the computer & then on here!) I got alot of wonderful things that I look forward to getting to use on baby Ryder! =)

That week FLEW by, b/c I was off work that next Friday. I headed to Hot Springs on Thursday after work to stay with Pooh & her family on Lake Hamilton & go to the Miss Arkansas pageant. I missed Wednesday night, and I felt so left out of the loop! Ha! I was thankful I got to go the rest of the nights though! Friday & Saturday Ryder & I just laid out @ the pool & took turns reading my birthing book & Twilight...(yes, I'm still reading that. It's hard to find time for Twilight when I have some many other baby books to read!) I got some good sun, and I am just now kinda peeling from it!

I ended up driving home Saturday night after the pageant, cause once again, Jake & I just really missed each other! We never thought it would be as bad as it was! And also...that way I was @ home Sunday morning so we could get up & go to church together, since we hadn't been able to go together the last few Sundays b/c we were out of town, and his work schedule!

We both got alot done that day after church....I made a list for both of us, and we pretty much got to check it all off! That is such a wonderful feeling!

That week, while out @ lunch with my mom in downtown Conway, I found a dresser for Ryder that I planned on making into a changing table. It was the perfect color...didn't go all the way down on the bottom which made perfect room for BASKETS!!! & it was a GREAT price compared to some of the things I had been looking @ online! So I went back the next day & bought it, and come to find out it was 10 percent off! EVEN BETTER! (Hopefully I can post pictures of later as well!)

This last week, seemed like I didn't have time to do ANYTHING! Monday, Jake worked so I went & ate with my parents, and that doesn't put me getting home till 8 or 9 o'clock...which means shower & bed!

Tuesday night...I had a shower hosted by some of my mom's friends that was just beautiful and so much fun! Everything was green & brown, and the kitchen @ the home it was @ happened to be GREEN! SO it was just perfect! (Again...hopefully pictures to come!) We are so blessed to have such generous people showering us with some many wonderful WONDERFUL gifts!

Wednesda...I had a Dr.'s appt. in LR & I wasn't there a total of 10 minutes...and all is good. I asked Dr. S a few questions I had jotted down while reading my birthing book. I have one more two week visit, & then the weeklies will start! After I got home we went & ate with some friends of ours & just hung out @ their beautiful home. The weather was so nice, we just sat out on the back porch till way past dark, and it was actually so nice, I kinda got a little chilled after the sun went down!

Thursday night...Jake was working once again, and I ran a few errands after work, stopped by the station to visit him and then the SATBs (YES, all of them!) came over to hang out, and help me organize a little bit more in Ryder's room. It was so great to have everybody together at the same time just like every other day back in the good ole days! Kelly ran out of gas in the drive way which was WAY dramatic, I'll spare you most of the details. We tried rolling the car out in the street so it was flat, but that still didn't help & then we were stuck in the street! There were three gas cans in the garage, but without Jake being home, we didn't know which one was car gas. We finally got a hold of him and found out which one was safe, and loaded Karl up with enough gas to make it to the gas station!

Friday...I had been having some throat pain Thursday night, but not THAT bad. Friday morning was just BAD BAD. I called my PCP & off course "Our office will be closed Friday July 24th." I called my mom & just cried & cried...I HAD to get in to see a Dr. I couldn't be like this ALL weekend! Jake called his Dr.'s office here in Greenbrier, and they got me in...so I drove ALL The way to work, and just turned a/r and came back to Greenbrier, got some meds (which still haven't even kicked in & started working yet) then drove BACK to Conway to get my haircut! It's pretty short, but I like it! It had gotten TOO long!

We were supposed to go to a cookout last night, but I was just too sick, and not feel well @ all. Jake went & helped cook & everything. This morning we went & got Rex some new tires (they were much needed!) Some friends of ours lil girl's birthday party was @ noon, but again...I didn't make it, still not feeling great, maybe even worse. Jake went & got me some McAlister's soup...it was so hard eating that soup (which felt great on throat) while I watched him eat a sandwich with thier YUMMY honey mustard!

We are watching Trixi for the week while my parents are @ the beach...(with pretty much the rest of Conway!) Ha! She has been doing pretty good...I opened up all the bottom of the blinds for her to look out!

I noticed late last night our neighbors who are due with their first lil boy on Thursday car was gone! I said UH OH!! I had Jake text him this morning & find out if it was time! He said they were trying to having him then. A few hours later he text back & said Braxton is here! =) That just makes me want Ryder here even sooner! They will be JUST a/b a month apart I'm guessing!

I think I'm gonna go & try to upload some pictures! YIPPEEE!! Such a LOOOOONG post...SORRY! I should update more often & they won't be this long!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

1st 2 week Dr. visit!

Today I went to see Dr. Singleton for my first "every two week" visit. Morgan went with me...I could have gone alone, but I thought it would be fun for us girls to get away! She got to hear the heartbeat, which I thought she would enjoy! I was told sweet lil Ryder is head down! I had NO idea! But I'm not going to get my hopes up (too much) cause ALOT can change in 8 weeks! YES--EIGHT WEEKS!! That is SO scary to say! We went & ate PeiWei which I seem to eat every time I go to Little Rock for an appointment!

-Mom told me I'm already starting to waddle.
-I'm up @ least twice a night have to go to the bathroom. It's the last thing I do before I go to bed, & the first thing I do in the mornings.
-Ryder loves to talk to Daddy & tell him what I have done to him during the day!--POKE him! (Jake HATES when I poke @ him!)


Last minute, we decided to go to Branson with Jake's parents. We left early Friday morning & went & ate breakfast up @ his parent's store, and then hit the road! We ventured down to the Branson Landing which was really cool & pretty. My parents have been there alot, but I had never been...this was only my second time to Branson!--CRAZY...I know! That night we went to the Kirby & Bambi Vanbourch Magic Show. We were on the front row...and it was ALOT of fun! I got to pet a baby kangaroo...it was so SO soft!! I was SO tired that night, and we didn't get back to the hotel till like ten thirty, and I still had to shower & everything to get ready for bed.

Saturday we did a little more shopping, @ the Branson Landing as well as the Tanger Outlet mall. I found alot of cute lil things for Ryder like a green piggy bank, some socks that looks like sneakers...and my FAVORITE purchase! PeePee TeePees!!


How FUNNY! I can't wait to use them!!

After shopping a lil more...we headed home around two, and I slept majority of the way! It's so hard to get comfy in the backseat of a truck while being PREGNANT.

Our first fourth together...and we were just pooped by the end of the night. We came home cleaned up around here a little bit, went & got Taco Bell & watched the fireworks outside. They didn't stop till after we went to bed...so many little kids here in the neighborhood, it was crazy!

Jake had to work on Sunday, but I went up to the Little Red River to Nana & Papaw's with my parents & lil brother. The whole fam was there, so it was a good get together...minus my hubby!

Nana had finished Ryder's bedding that week, so I got to bring it home! I will take pictures later, my camera is completely dead now..but I'm still missing the mattress, so you can't get the FULL affect yet w/o the sheet & stuff, but other than that it looks good!

Laundry to be done...@ least I got an update in this week!