Wednesday, June 16, 2010

In True Harlow Fashion

(By Tiff ) For those of you who know us, Brock and I are both very much planners.  That's part of the reason why we were a little overwhelmed with all of this pregnancy stuff...she came to be on her own schedule, not ours.  Since we've gotten over that little detail, we have now set out being the over-planners that people know us as.  Which is why, at 20 weeks, we already have our baby furniture...not just ordered, but in our house, set up in the room. 

I know it sounds crazy, but in my defense, people started freaking us out (namely the furniture stores) saying that it would take 12-14 weeks to get the furniture in stock.  That would have put me at 8 months preggers, so you can see why I might have started worrying a little.  Lucky for us the furniture gods know how we can bring the crazy, so the one set we actually liked and decided on was in store, ready to be picked up THAT SAME DAY! 

Can you blame me for buying it so early?  Surely not.  Does that make us over-planners?  Maybe.  Did it literally make me jump up and down (sorry baby) to cross that off our to-do list?  Absolutely! 

FAMILY NOTE: Thanks Mom, Dad, Brady and Jenna for helping us rearrange our entire house to make room for baby...I'm glad yall were there to help and glad it worked out that you got to see the furniture all set up in the room!  What a fun weekend!!

Baby Girl Harlow's Jeep
(By Brock) Fun Side Note #1:  Brady and Daniel both own Jeeps and are near obsessed with them.  Every time they come to Dallas they go to the Jeep parts store to look for sweet new things they can add on.  As an early Father's Day token, we gave Daniel a small toy jeep (hand painted by Tiff) and various other items such as a pink rod and reel as a symbol of our little girl taking after her soon to be Papaw and Uncle Brady. 

Brady & His Jeep

Fun Side Note #2:  We invited several friends over for grilling out on Saturday nite.  Pace and his son, "Side Show Finneas" entertained us in the kiddy pool in the backyard.  Finn got off to a slow start and didn't really want to get wet.  As you can see, his dad fixed that! We try to gain nuggets of wisdom from our friends who are parents.  Nugget #273: Kids don't need expensive toys to have fun.  example: kiddy pool + hose + plastic cup + tupperware bowl + dad w/ beer = good times.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Adventures in baby land

(by Tiffany)
Every week is a new adventure, and this one is no different.  I'm in week 19 (about 4 months in, 5 months to go!) and we got to have another ultrasound...which means MORE BABY PICS!! :) 

This week's milestones:
  • Baby girl is growing...she is now up to 8 ounces...double what she was just 4 weeks ago. 
  • She smiles!  And moves her mouth (practicing talking back) and throws gang signs (or maybe just calling me a "loser")
  • My belly is getting to be a real belly!
  • My work heels no longer work (back pain anyone??)...I'm down to flats and kitten heels
  • I'm back to eating chicken
  • I can still work out! ...I ordered a prenatal workout video online and did it for the first time last night...the woman is 8 months pregnant and she kicked my ace! 
  • I may have felt her move...still not sure if it's her moving or me digesting my latest snack...
  • We're starting to make some progress on our to-do's...well, kind of...we've at least made a list!
I am telling you, I have a whole new-found respect for parents.  I had no idea how many options and decisions and worries you have to go through...and I know in this day and age things are a lot different than they were when I was born.  We're practically on information overload...but my mom told me that she went to the doctors office and they told her "yep, you're pregnant...come back in 8 months and we'll deliver".  I wish it were that easy!  It's a good thing God gives you 9 months until the baby actually gets here...we need all the time we can get!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Cats ARE good for something.

(by Brock) Quick update.  Apologies, but I'm going to be the expecting parent over-blogger and provide Tiff  "tummy updates" and sonogram pics for the remainder of the pregnancy.  Then I'll overwhelm you all w/ kid pics. Here's Tiff at 17 weeks.  Tiff's definitely starting to show!  We have a sonogram next week, which we are pretty excited about. 
Also, I don't usually post pics of random flowers but i thought this was pretty cool. 

Last year all the darn rabbits in our neighborhood devoured our lilies before they had a chance to bloom.  I tried everything to scare the rascals away.  Even got some of chloe's dog hair out of the vacuum and put in the flower bed.  Nothing worked. Well, low and behold, thanks to the neighbor's cat, we got to enjoy these beauts.  I'm definitely not a cat lover, but in this case, cats proved to be good for something!

Here's the cat taunting Chloe through our window.  I think it should probably stick to rabbits!