Monday, January 27, 2014

22 Week Update

How far along: 22 Weeks
Gender: IT'S A BOY!!!! We found out today!
Weight gain: 10+ lbs.
Maternity clothes: Still in normal clothes, a few maternity tanks and I'm needing new pants. It's about that time!
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out:In but definitely going to pop.
Sleep: Sleeping OK. Having back pain and deep low kicks that keep me up from time to time.
Best moment this week: Finding out the sex of our baby!
Worst moment this week: I have a toothache :(
Miss anything: Definitely miss allergy meds and 100% missing my mom. 5 years is hard.
Movement: Constant. 
Cravings: Not many cravings. Just want to eat a lot.
Queasy or sick: No.but i did eat a bad burger and was puking for a little while this weekend.
Looking forward to: Meeting my little nugget<3

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Baby Shower/ Roller Coaster Emotions

So, I am really excited for the baby shower my family is throwing for me! I decided I didn't want a cheesy theme so were having a Tea Party! My sister Maureen is really great at planning these types of parties and shes overly excited I chose to have a tea party. She has shown me a few things she has gotten for the fun day and I can't wait to see it all put together. My sisters are my best friends in the whole world and I'm not sure what I would do without them. They are my support system. Considering we lost our mom just 5 years ago, this whole process is extremely hard for all of us. Maureen had her amazing son Matthew close to 3 years ago and I remember feeling so sad for her because our mom wasn't around to help or to just be a part of it. I did my best to help as much as possible and I think I did a pretty damn good job! Haha. I couldn't get enough time with that little lumpy pile of mush. He was my only happiness. As for Tara, she's recently engaged and planning a wedding knowing our mom won't be there to witness that day. It's rough, and I feel awful, and I try to help as much as possible. Even though its a husband and wife activity to plan. Haha! Nancy Is an amazing mother, and she has been through so much without having our mom around. Her 2nd lung transplant was one major life change. Her 2 amazing and gorgeous children are growing up so fast as they are 16 and 18, but again, moms are needed more than people actually realize. And now I'm pregnant and pretty much struggling with the fact that she's not here and that's why I truly appreciate EVERYONE'S help and love. I think we are all doing a great job at being each others mom's by just being there and stepping up to the plate and loving each other unconditionally because my mother would expect nothing less.

But as for the shower... I'm having a hard time being ok with asking for gifts! I get that's the point of these things, but I feel weird! Lol, don't get me wrong, the gifts I have received already are absolutely amazing. I never would have expected so many people to want to help so much and I really feel like a simple thank you isn't enough. I know I've been to many showers and gotten gifts for others and never expected more than a thank you but there's something about it, from my perspective right now, that makes me want to pay back for it. Call me crazy but I guess just saying thank you makes me feel selfish! I cant be the only one... Or am I?.... Ok definitely not because I was so much of a freak to actually Google it and , Phew, I'm not.

I just want to say that for all the people who have offered their support and love to me throughout the years, including my entire family and my close friends, I truly appreciate you and you don't go unnoticed. And as for Tommy's family, who has taken me in so easily, all of you are amazing. From Jaynie to Judi and back to Taylor, Julian, Michael and  Joey, I've felt nothing but love. So thank all of you. <3

Well anyway. I was going to attach our ideas for the shower on here, but I think I'll leave it as a surprise until its over! Thanks for reading, xoxo.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Picture Project

So I'm really feeling like Kicking myself for not taking professional pictures month to month or at least have someone take them FOR me , instead of the whole mirror pic thing. Some people have so much time and energy to put into projects like that. I wish! I'm constantly traveling on the weekends and working during the week. It so shouldn't be an excuse but when it comes down to it. I'm pregnant and I've been LAZY! Yep. I said it. Lazy. When I am home I want to be in the comfiest clothes possible and that means I don't want a camera on me!  But from here on out,  21-40 weeks (God Willingly) I'm going to do a little picture project.
I need to stir up my creative juices again. Its been a while.

Etsy Love

So, Ive been slacking on writing because I was getting my blog template updated. By the way, I LOVE IT!!!
I purchased it on Etsy from Thisgirldesign (I will put a link to her page at the bottom). She was such a help. She customized everything and installed it. I love the lettering. Its my favorite!

I realized a few months ago how amazing Etsy actually is. I had my sisters order my baby shower invites from there and i ordered my sisters Bridal shower invites also.

Their handmade crib bedding is absolutely amazing and I think I'm going to eventually decide on something once I know Baby Smith's gender.
From decor to accessories and everything in between, that website is my FAVORITE!
Who else is obsessed?!

Tea Party:

Glitter Bridal:

Website Design:

21 Week Update

How far along: 21 Weeks
Gender: Unsure
Weight gain: 10 lbs.
Maternity clothes: Still in normal clothes. Definitely larger shirts and will soon need maternity clothes!
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out:In
Sleep: Sleeping well, just major muscle spasms in my legs! So painful!
Best moment this week: Having a sleep over with my best friend Natalie. We haven't done that in years!
We got to catch up and reminisce and it was a really fun time. We didn't get to sleep until 2:30 am but it was worth it!
Worst moment this week: Not being able to see Tommy this weekend.
Miss anything: I miss my normal coat, skinny feet, and my mom.
Movement: A lot. Our baby is a little ninja.
Cravings: Not many cravings. Just want to eat a lot.
Queasy or sick: No.
Looking forward to: My baby shower in March. My sisters and Tommy's mom Jaynie are planning it and I cant wait to see the outcome!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The story of us


             Welcome to my first blog. I decided to make this blog because I wanted to keep track of all things Baby Smith. First I will start off by introducing myself. My name is Lauren Carr. I Live in upstate New York. I am 25 years old and I work full time as a Business Administrator for a truck leasing company. I Love fashion, family, friends, pinterest, and planning! Daddy's name is Thomas Smith. We all call him Tommy. He is 33 years old and he owns his own audio/visual company. He loves Jaques his French Bulldog, RC cars, friends, family and sleep! We met at my cousin Jimmy's wedding. He was the one I had my eye on from the moment I walked through the door. He was a groomsmen; tall, handsome, in a tux and best of all he was a red head. (my favorite). As I stared at him from afar while he was having pictures taken, little did I know he had a Baconator from Wendy's in his pocket! (who brings fast food to a wedding?) Anyway, after the party moved downstairs to the cocktail hour, I couldn't find him anywhere. Asking family members who the tall one was with red hair, unfortunately no one could help me without seeing him. UGH!, just my luck! The photographer asks all the cousins (there are MANY of us) to come line up on the staircase and take a picture. As I line up with my family, standing next to my sister Tara I see him! As I said "There he is Tara!" she grotesquely replied " Ew, Lauren, he has red hair and he's old!". I brushed her comment off and tried to catch my breath as he walked up the stairs next to me. Feeling so invisible I nonchalantly glance up at him and at that moment I knew he saw me!
             The party continued. The bridal party enters and there he was. I immediately ran over to my cousin Terry and said "Who is the tall blonde with Jill?!" He replied " UGH i knew you were going to ask me that, his name is Tommy". Finally, a name to put to that face I had been drooling over for the past hour. I turn around and my uncle Mike was behind me and he said "Tommy?! I LOVE TOMMY! I'm going to set you up!". I was terrified. I'd never approached a man in my life, not seriously anyway. I tracked down all my cousins in the wedding asking about this Tommy character. And Finally there the groom was for me to ask the main source. Just my luck to embarrass me, Tommy comes walking back from the bar as we were talking about him. (I'm now blushing ridiculously).. That was it. That was our first hello. I melted. The party continued and we actually spoke later on that night for about an hour or so after I slipped on the dance floor in front of him and before I asked him to lick chocolate off of my face (jokingly). As the end of the party approached (after numerous drunken fight breakups), my shoes were back on. Saying goodbye to my aunts and uncles, I couldn't help but think where he ran off to. Maybe he went home with some blonde girl and I was too young for him, or he was just not interested, I was disappointed. With my back to the door, my aunt Nancy pointed at the door and said "there he is!". As I turned, it all felt like slow motion. My eyes locked on this tall gorgeous man running through the doorway with a leather coat jeans a tee shirt and sneakers on, that was it. I still feel the butterflies. He was actually running back to make sure I didn't leave! PHEW! he just went to change out of the tux to give back to the groom. Relief set in. He did like me. Following him around all night waiting for some kind of sign all paid off when he gave me his number. He walked me to the hotel transportation bus and called me less than a half hour later..

That is a night I will never forget for my entire life. I never believed in love at first sight until I saw him. I even told everyone at the party that he was my future husband... ;-).. Well we went on our first date a week later and made our relationship official the following week! Yes we moved very quickly but thats just how we are. People ask us how long we have been together because it seems like its been 10 years already! We laugh. The truth is, we are both the type of people who don't play the beginning games. We're up front and real. If you've ever dated me, you know how I am. No bullshit 101. And he gave me everything I never had from a boyfriend. #1 was loyalty. He wins....

Only a mere 6 months later we come to find out that we are pregnant!!! Yes. Its soon. We know.

5 months prior, I had surgery and there was a slight possibility of not getting pregnant. Because of the surgery I went off the pill. Tommy was there for me every step of the way. He was my angel.

When we found out, we were shocked and we know the exact time it happened. Because it was the only "slip up".LOL.  within minutes we realized how much of a blessing this actually was. Being a mom  was always my goal. Family is so important to me and I want to make mine right. This was a dream come true!
Tommy feeling more excited than most, voiced his feelings about wanting to be a dad so bad and if it didn't happen this way he didn't see it happening  at all because there is never a RIGHT time for a baby. Planning a baby can be rough. Some couples cant even have children and here we are with one on the way, no way were turning our backs on this miracle! People questioned us OF COURSE. but this was it. This was the baby we both set forth to parent. And fate brought us together to make that happen..

Here we are. 20 weeks in. 20 more to go. And we are so excited and nervous in a good way.

Baby's legs were closed both sonogram appointments and we're hoping they will be open in 2 weeks. The doctor didnt get to see the baby's bladder or sex organs and that is necessary for the anatomy scan.

We think girl. But are very unsure because doctor said probably girl, then probably boy and then he said come back, shadows are difficult when the baby is too small.( 1 week too early for the scan)

2nd appointment, this baby's legs were smashed together! and the butt was on my cervix!! They couldn't even get the wand low enough to see!

Keeping our fingers crossed for next time.

 This is our pregnancy announcement that we took on Thanksgiving 2013.