Weekend in Nashville- 19 weeks

Ok, we’re slowly getting caught up.  After the birthday celebrations Thursday night, we headed out of town Friday morning for a weekend in Nashville.  My anniversary gift from Greg this year was a trip to Nashville to see the Radio City Rockettes at the Grand Ole Opry.  We got into town thinking the show was at 5pm, but once we got here and looked at the tickets, we realized the show wasn’t until 8pm. So we had a few hours that we spent doing some Christmas shopping at Opry Mills mall, then had dinner at Dave and Busters.  I always enjoy one-on-one time with Greg, and Friday night was a lot of fun.  The show was amazing!  I don’t think Greg really knew what he was about to see, but he really enjoyed the show too!  The Rockettes are crazy impressive.  The music, the dancing, the costumes, the living nativity story at the end….soooo good!  I loved it!  And sadly, this season is the last year the Rockettes will be performing in Nashville. After that, you have to travel to New York City to see them.

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We always stay with our friends Steven and Mallorie when we visit Nashville, and this trip was no different.  Mallorie and I did a little shopping together Saturday.  I needed to get one more Christmas gift, so Mallorie and I headed to Lebanon’s downtown square.  Steven had to work most of the day, but Greg got to go with him on a few house farm calls. Steve is a large-animal vet here in Lebanon, TN, and they had some horses they needed to tend to this afternoon.  Then Saturday night the boys headed to Nashville for one of Steven’s co-workers’ birthday celebration. Mallorie and I were pretty tired (we’re both pregnant), so we just stayed at the house and watched Christmas movies 🙂

So as we finish up week 19, we are pretty ecstatic that in a few days we finally find out the gender of baby Boggs!  It’s finally here.  We cannot wait!

Week 19 stats- Baby is 6 inches and now 8.5 ounces.  We have grown almost 2 ounces from last week and can now be compared to an heirloom tomato.  Senses are continuing to develop- hearing, smell, taste, vision and touch, although obviously not all will be used for a while.  Motor neurons are continuing to develop allowing for more controlled and conscious movements.  And I can definitely feel those little movements now.  They come and go throughout the day, especially after a meal or when I’m relaxed hanging out on the couch or bed. Greg has only felt it move one time. I don’t think he’d be able to feel most of these movements lately. But just a few days after I first started feeling movements (2 weeks ago), Greg got lucky one time.  I had just crawled into bed one night and it started to move again. I told Greg to give me his hand, and as soon as I placed it on my belly, the baby gave us a good strong kick. That’s the strongest one either of us has experienced in the last two weeks, so I’m glad Greg got to feel it. 🙂

A Tacky Christmas Birthday Bash

This past week Greg turned the big 3-0.  Oh yes, we have a 30 year old in the house now.  In honor of this big celebration, the Christmas season, and his love for all things Christmas Vacation related, we threw a big tacky Christmas (Vacation-themed) birthday party for him at our house Thursday night.  It took a ton of planning, from cleaning the house, to decorating, to food prep, but it was all worth it.  We had a bonfire for roasting hotdogs and s’mores, plus a hot chocolate bar, wine, and other treats.  Greg setup a burnt Christmas tree in the front den, had Clark Griswold’s legs hanging from our ceiling, and we had enough lights on the front of the house to light up the whole cul-de-sac. Many of our closest friends came by to join the fun.  Jordan and the kids came by for a bit and they enjoyed making s’mores at the bonfire.  Everyone wore their tacky gear, which was great!  It was such a fun night!  Enjoy the pics 😉  (thanks Leah Brandon for capturing a lot of these shots!)

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I should probably explain these next few pics. The guys all have a tradition they started in college that they give each other the most random assortment of stuff for birthday gifts. Like, random crap from around the house, or super odd things that they purchase, etc.  For Greg’s 30th, they decided to go big. So this giant cardboard Santa was constructed and every body part of him had some sort of gift wrapped inside of it.  So his arms, legs, and body were all filled with little gifts….and in typical “boys will be boys” fashion, they were all poop/fart/body odor related gifts.  If anyone is curious, our baby now owns a copy of Everyone Poops.   Dec 18-Gregbday (39)Dec18-GregBday (25)Dec18-GregBday (27)Dec18-GregBday (29)Dec18-GregBday (33)Dec 18-Gregbday (56)Dec 18-Gregbday (82)Dec18-bdayDec 18-Gregbday (72)Dec 18-Gregbday (75)Dec 18-Gregbday (80)

 

Weddings and Week 18

Week of December 7-13

December has been crazy busy and flown by!  I mean, Christmas is next week! Whaaaaat?  I had finals, then one of my best friend’s wedding, then Greg turned 30, and now boom…it’s practically Christmas.  All that to say, blogging has dropped down the totem pole of priorities.  But stick with me and I’ll get us caught up!

My final exam of this semester was on Thurs. December 11.  It was all about the immune system.  Luckily, I had a pretty safe grade going into the exam.  Even if I’d made a 100%, I couldn’t make an A in the class, but I would have had to totally bomb the final to lose my B.  It didn’t help with my motivation to study, but thankfully there seemed to be less reading material this time.  And either I actually absorbed it better than usual (ha, not likely!), or this test wasn’t as bad as the others, but I did best on my final.  So shew, another semester down.  I was sooooo ready for a break!!

December 12th and 13th we celebrated the wedding weekend of my good friend Caroline and her fiance’, Paul. caroline

Friday morning she had her bridal luncheon at one of our favorite restaurants, Nabeel’s, in Homewood.  It’s this little Greek/Mediterranean cafe where our group of girlfriends spent many many meals together during our college years.dec12

Saturday during the day, Greg and I did some MAJOR yard work.  We raked and raked and raked some more to get all the leaves up out of our yard. You couldn’t even see our grass or driveway. It was just solid brown with leaves.  We also spent a lot of time prepping the outside of the house for our tacky Christmas birthday party for Greg later the next week.  Greg put tons of lights on the house and I cleaned out and cleaned up the back porch and hung string lights,  I don’t think the outside of our house has looked this good in a long time. It was well worth the work!  The wedding was at 4, so we got cleaned up and headed out for a night of celebrations.  Caroline and Paul were married at Avondale United Methodist church.  That is a gorgeous church!  The sanctuary is filled with beautiful woodwork and wood beams in it’s high ceilings, and stained glass windows all around.

Our good friend Lauren led the ceremony. She completed seminary school at Samford a few years ago.  It was a sweet, intimate, friend-filled wedding ceremony.  The reception was at Saw’s Juke Joint, this awesome southern bbq joint in Mountain Brook.  Originally the reception was to be held at Sloss Furnaces- a historic landmark for the iron-works industry here in Birmingham, AL.  However, poor Caroline had a similar wedding debacle as we did because the reception venue has been under renovations for the past 6 months, and although they assured her the would be complete well before wedding time….they were not.  So about 3 weeks before the wedding date, Caroline was on a mad hunt for a new venue.  But honestly, Saw’s was a perfect location. They were able to rent out the whole restaurant, had a vinyl record DJ do all the music, and the food was phenomenal!! I mean, seriously…good, home-style, southern food.  Delicious!  We all had a great time. (excuse the terrible quality pics. We just use our phones these days, and I’m still rocking an iPhone 4 at the moment….so yeah.)  New phone and new camera are hopefully both in the near future.

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That pretty much wrapped up week 18.  The bump is still quite small. Sorry, no pic again.  December has been a whirlwind. I notice the bump, and Greg notices it, but honestly, people still look at me and go, “where’s the bump?” or “eh, it’s kinda there!”  I can still easily get away with not even looking pregnant in some of my tops.  And I’m still not needing maternity pants or anything. I just stick with corduroy pants or leggings 😉

18 week baby stats- Baby is now the size of a sweet potato measuring about 5.5 inches long and almost 7 ounces.  Bones continue to develop and harden throughout it’s body, but in particular this week the bones of the inner ear are beginning to develop. This means he/she may start to hear sounds soon, such as my heartbeat and eventually sounds from the outside world.