I am a HUGE bubble bath person, so I really like having a tree in my bathroom to look at every night when I'm soaking in the tub...
Posted by Jamie Ford at 9:47 PM
Posted by Jamie Ford at 3:08 PM
Unfortunately, the 16 week picture is lost somewhere on the external hard drive. Hoping to find it soon :(
Posted by Jamie Ford at 11:00 AM
I know I'm running WAY behind on my weekly updates. My computer crashed last week, and my 16 week picture is currently safe on the external hard drive, but I have no way of retrieving it at this point. I will be catching up ASAP. We are going this morning for our detailed ultrasound. Can't wait to see that sweet face, and I'm hoping it will cooperate so we will know boy or girl. Most of all I'm just praying for perfectly healthy...
Will update tonight!
Posted by Jamie Ford at 6:06 AM
The highlight of this week was feeling LillyClark move for the first time. It is the best feeling ever, and it has made me even more thankful for this wonderful blessing God has given us! Every time I feel this precious miracle move, it is a reminder that we owe all of the praise to Him. His plan for us to have a child was SO perfect, even when we could not see it!
Posted by Jamie Ford at 6:22 PM
I went for my 14 week appointment today. I told Michael there was no need for him to miss work and go because all they would do is fetal heart tones, measurements, etc. and he really wouldn't miss anything. Well, little did I know that LillyClark (that's what our families are calling the baby to keep from saying "it") was going to be strong willed and not cooperative. My doctor tried for a while to get a heart rate with the doppler. You would hear about two beats and then LillyClark would move. Finally she said she was tired of chasing the child and that we would just do an ultrasound. I was upset that Michael didn't get to see it, but I can bet he won't miss another appointment no matter what I say!
Posted by Jamie Ford at 7:34 PM
Please excuse the all natural look this week. I have felt less than stellar recently. So far, this has been the hardest week for me. It has been full of doctor visits, phone calls, lab work, bed rest, etc. I've had some issues with my blood pressure skyrocketing and then bottoming out. The doctors seem to think it has something to do with hypoglycemia and me not eating enough (which, I know what you're thinking...judging by the size of my belly, THAT doesn't seem to be the problem). I have noticed an increase in nausea which may inadvertently lead to a decrease in food intake. Quite frankly, the only thing that sounds good these days is a cup of Wendy's chili with TONS and TONS of hot sauce in it. SO weird, I know. Michael and I were in the drive through at 10:00 pm last night. Michael asked the lady if they sold their chili in vats...unfortunately, she did not know what a vat was. Guess that means he will be making many, many trips to Wendy's!!!
We are leaving for Orlando on Friday. Michael has a conference, and I am tagging along. You will find me at the pool. Yes, in my maternity swimsuit. No, I couldn't care less...I will know NONE of these people. Who says poolside bed rest isn't better for you anyway?!?!
One good thing from this week, is that we got to sneak and unexpected peak at Baby Ford. It just happens to be looking SO precious sucking its thumb. Blurry and hard to see, I know. She said my bladder was too full to get a clear picture...what else is new?!?!
Posted by Jamie Ford at 2:18 PM
Posted by Jamie Ford at 4:37 PM
I have always been rather OCD about certain things. But, the older I have gotten (and especially now that I'm paying the bills) the more things I obsess about. Michael is constantly telling me, "Jamie, we have to live in our house too!". Usually he says that after I have scolded him for leaving the iron and ironing board out longer than I would have liked...by the way, in our next house (which we will have to build because I have too many specific criteria) we will have a fold out, full size ironing board in our laundry room that can easily be used and then quickly put away. Anyway, my anal tendencies have been an area of my life that has caused me lots of unnecessary stress, and there were certain points where it definitely became unhealthy.
Well, this weekend I was sick (strep throat to be exact) and I did not work Saturday and Sunday as scheduled. I laid in the bed all day Saturday and most of the day Sunday, but by late Sunday afternoon the walls seemed to be closing in on me. I was feeling somewhat better and very well rested (which is quite unusual for someone who works the crazy hours of a health care provider) so I decided that I would work on some of my "Organized in 2010" goals. This is something that I established for myself. It started out as a folder on my desktop where I would store certain documents that I had typed (such as 2010's Christmas Gifts To Buy - which has been there since January 2010!!), pictures of home decor and organizational ideas, etc. But, I have recently discovered Flylady. Although this site tends to be more appropriate for a stay-at-home-mom it is such a wonderful site to help someone start to get control of their chaos - whether it be true physical clutter or a mental obstacle that your house is always messy when it truly isn't (ME!!).
So, I downloaded all of Flylady's documents and adapted them to meet our household routine and needs including: a morning routine, a before bed routine, a basic plan for my short week at work, a basic plan for my long week at work, and her zones for the month of July. I took it a step further by creating my own documents on weekly meal planning, weekly grocery list, weekly cleaning, master to-do list, and all of my go-to dinner, lunch, and favorite snack recipes.
I printed off the appropriate amount of all the documents, stapled, hole punched, sheet protected, divided, etc. where necessary, and ta-dah...
So, now that you know I'm psycho, let me explain. I work long and difficult hours (I know, wah wah wah - there's people that don't have one job much less two, I know, I know) and one of my jobs is quite emotionally draining. So, doing this was absolutely liberating, and it helped me to instantly create an environment of peace in my home. All of the things in this binder were getting done each week, but it was followed by lots of worrying and replaying in my mind if I had finished each task to my standard. Now that they are typed out in simple black and white I can place a simple check mark beside the item when I finish it. It's the absolute best thing I have done since we moved into our house. I truly feel like someone has lifted a 5,000 pound weight off of my chest. I am so happy that I can now focus on the things in my life that really matter, like my Savior who has provided all of these earthly blessings, my precious Babes and the Chaucey Baby. So so so happy...
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Posted by Jamie Ford at 4:18 PM
Sorry about my sabbatical from the world of blogging. Michael and I have been extremely busy the last few months...mostly with work, but we have made time for a little fun. Hopefully these pictures will catch you up and allow me a fresh start. We've been doing...
Posted by Jamie Ford at 2:59 PM
If you are interested in these or other custom pieces, please feel free to contact me. All are made with high quality materials - sterling silver, 14k gold filled, Swarovski, etc.
In my early college years (pre-nursing days, of course!) I had a small addiction to making jewelry. It became a small source of income in college, and it was such great therapy for me. I am thankful that my friend, Julie, gave me an excuse to get back into it. I just finished making LOTS of these earrings for her upcoming wedding...
Posted by Jamie Ford at 8:30 PM
I am blessed beyond all measure to say the least. My heavenly Father has never ceased to amaze me in how He has provided. I am married to the most wonderful man, Michael, who spoils me rotten on a daily basis. I am a Registered Nurse in The newborn Center at The University of Mississippi Medical Center. It is such a blessing to be able to witness the mighty hand of God work miracles on a daily basis. I have the most fantastic life, family, spouse, and friends, and for that, I am forever grateful. My hope is that this blog will give you a small peak into my life as a daughter, a sister, a nurse, a wife, and soon-to-be-mom.