Recent Goings-on

I haven’t blogged in months because I’ve felt like either nothing was going on, nothing was going on that I could share, or the thoughts I was having were too boring for anyone to want to read them.  My, how things have changed!  For instance…

I’m having a baby.  Our little one is due at the end of September and we are absolutely thrilled!  We find out this coming week whether we’re having a boy or a girl.  People frequently ask me what I feel like it is, and I honestly have no idea.  Closer to the beginning, I “knew” it was a girl, but then the seed of doubt crept in and now I feel like it’s probably a boy just because God has a sense of humor and knows that I have no idea what to do with a boy.  Seriously, I wouldn’t know what to name him, where to buy his clothes (I really can’t stand all of the sports/construction/shark/robot/dinosaur themed clothes or the fact that that’s ALL there seems to be for boys), and so on.  But in actuality, I really have no idea either way.  Last night I even dreamed that I had had a baby in my sleep and my sister and I walked up to the little “plastic bin” that babies in hospital nurseries are kept in to see what it was.  It was a boy and, like all of the “newborns” on TV, he was easily 3-4 months old.  But precious.

ANYWAY, in other news, we’re buying a house!  We are moving down to Franklin, a town south of Nashville, to be closer to Ryan’s job and all of the new friends we’ve made.  It’s been an exciting process, but disheartening at times.  Right now it’s a seller’s market in Franklin, and any house that is really really awesome stays on the market for MAYBE a few days before going under contract.  Therefore, we’ve decided to hold back on looking for houses until we’re financially ready to jump on one like lions on a gazelle.  We’ve gotten really thrilled about a couple of houses (it takes about 10 seconds for me to view the pictures and mentally paint/decorate each room) only to find out they’ve gone under contract hours later.  The other situation is that we get really excited about a house, then look at the aerial view and see that the house backs up to a busy parkway or is attached to the house nextdoor by a carport (no, thank you!).  Discouraging, but we know God knows the perfect house for us and are trusting that we’ll get it when the time comes!

Because of these two major life-changing events happening at once, it’s kind of hard to know where to be in my head.  Does that make any sense?  I’ve been encouraged by all kinds of people to really enjoy this pregnancy because the first pregnancy only comes once, and goodness knows I’ve been trying, but it’s difficult when I’m also in house-hunting, oh-my-gosh-look-at-all-the-stuff-we-have-that-we’re-going-to-have-to-pack mode (all while working full-time at a somewhat mentally- and physically-grueling job).  The other day, my “Babycenter” app informed me that I should be starting on my baby’s nursery right about now.  Um, WHAT?!  I don’t even know where my baby is going to live yet!  So that’s stressful.  But I’ve done this multi-tasking-big-life-changes thing before (graduated college, got married, moved into a house, took nursing boards and started my first career job within 1.5 months) so I *think* I can handle it again.  I hope.  Eep.

Third…we’re going to LONDON!  We leave two weeks from today (oh goodness) and will be there for about a week.  I am so excited, but also pretty intimidated.  I don’t want to get back and find out about all of the awesome stuff that I could have/should have done, but didn’t know about while I was there, and there are too many places to turn for guidance.  It’s overwhelming, but again, hard to think about when I have our baby and future dwelling place already on my mind most of the time.  Any less-than-obvious suggestions?  (I mean, no doy that I’m going to Platform 9-3/4.)

In less important news, after all these years, I’ve finally given up and started watching Grey’s Anatomy.  I’m actually enjoying it so far.  The characters are well-developed from the beginning, which makes all the difference in the world.  Ahh, the way my storyteller husband influences me to watch movies and TV.  Anyway, it’s been fun.

Finally, because posts are more fun with pictures, here are the exactly two things I’ve decided are going to be in our baby’s nursery, regardless of the gender:

 Da Vinci Highland Crib

Baa Baa Bookshelf

:)

Amanda Dohack - April 27, 2013 - 6:47 pm

AHHHHH!!! Congratulations!! I am so freaking excited for you both! You are going to be the best mommy ever! I cannot wait to follow your progress! So happy for you! Remember babycenter is just suggestions, don’t let overwhelm you. I did and took a break from it for a while. Do things at your own pace and enjoy it! Baby will sleep in your room the first few months anyways :) So happy! Much love!

Katie - April 27, 2013 - 11:39 pm

I’m with Amanda. We did have the nursery done before T-Rex arrived (barely), but he has yet to sleep in it. Mostly it’s used for diaper changes and organizing all his clothes.

Also, what’s wrong with dinosaur themes? 😛 He has a lot of clothes with other animals (dogs, mostly, but also squirrels and frogs and giraffes and elephants and things). Maybe you’re thinking of older boy clothes? Baby boy clothes are sweet and cute. He also has some polo shirts and tiny khakis and things with stripes.

But anyway. Yay! Congratulations on all the news! It will be crazy, but good, the next few months. :-)

Katie Luner - April 28, 2013 - 3:19 am

Justin and I are super excited for you and Ryan. Hope your pregnancy is exciting and uneventful (in a good way!) And nice choice of crib… the only one I have found that I have been close to picking is the DaVinci Parker… great minds think alike!

admin - April 28, 2013 - 3:26 pm

There’s nothing *wrong* with dinosaur stuff, or any of that stuff, I just feel like there’s such an emphasis on machismo from the time these tiny things are born, and I just want to enjoy the sweet innocence of babyhood first. He’ll have all his life to be into that stuff. Just my humble opinion, though :)

Thank you all so much for the sweet thoughts!

Tammy - April 28, 2013 - 4:05 pm

The crib is adorable and I just love the bookshelf! Your nursery will be darling and don’t stress about when you’ll get it done. I’m praying you two find just the right house. I can’t wait to meet my new grandbaby :)

Chelsea - April 28, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Sarah! Mmmmmm! I know exactly how you feel about the pregnancy and trying to really enjoy it while attempting to move! We are starting a month long process of renovations and moving on Friday (beginning with a three day car drive, cats in tow, from Washington to Texas. Eek!) But all I can say is that once you get settled, you’ll be able to relax! Right? Man I hope so… congratulations! I miss you like crazy!

Trisha Jackson - April 30, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Sarah I’m so happy for you! I can’t wait to see what is to come for you and Ryan! Congratulations!

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