Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Where "my girls" at?

Answer:  Knoxville, Franklin, Memphis and Botswana

This weekend I'll be traveling to Franklin for "girl's weekend".  This tradition was started back in 2006 when 5 of my closest ZTA sisters/college roommates decided we wanted to plan little weekend getaways rotating between each other's homes where we could all catch up.  We try to plan where all of us are able to attend but sometimes that just isn't the case.  We've been friends since good ol' UTM - 11 years and counting and have seen each other through some of life's most precious moments:  marriages, births, loss of parents, etc.   We each have a distinct personality that on paper wouldn't seem to mesh with one another but for some reason we all click.   Here are some pics from some of our escapades since 2006:

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Thanks but No Thanks

One of the most true statements I have heard since becoming pregnant was from one of my doctors when he said "if you want a lot of unsolicited advice...get pregnant".  Now don't get me wrong there is so much that I don't know about babies/parenting.  In fact if they issued licenses for parenting I probably would not qualify for one - I was never a babysitter and have never even changed a diaper!  Truth be told I've never been much of a "baby person".  It's not so much the actual advice that bothers me because I do understand that most comes from the best of intentions but how emphatic people are in giving it.  For example, if I choose not to do (blank) then my child will forever be damaged.  Some of the more controversial issues range from:  prenatal care, breastfeeding, childcare, etc.  For those of you that know me, I am not one that normally bites my tongue with my opinion but lately I find myself being more reserved when parenting discussions occur.  Example:  if someone told me that you shouldn't potty train a child until age 6 and they must be breastfed until age 10 I'd probably just nod my head in agreement instead of risking a heated discussion.  I'm actually surprised as you leave the hospital with your baby there aren't people lined up outside the entrance with parenting picketing signs.  I guess I am just a believer in what works from some may not work for others.  It also seems to me for every scientific study stating one thing there is another study out there stating the complete opposite.  No one else in the world will have Brody Anderton Parnell so there is no way they will know what is exactly best for him.  I'm not even sure I will know what's best but isn't that part of the experience in parenting? 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Making room for baby "B"

A few weeks ago we found out we were having a son. We had already decided a long time ago on the name: Brody Anderton Parnell. Bill and I wanted to keep with the same initials BP (just like ours). Brody was Bill's great grandfather's name and Anderton is my maiden name. The name was the easy part now came decorating the nursery. We already have our crib and dresser which are espresso finish and a glider that is espresso with light beige fabric. I am not sure why I thought picking out bedding would be just as easy as picking out the name and furniture. I was pretty particular in the look I wanted. I knew I wanted navy and lime green and I really didn't want anything that was too "babyish". In my mind the crying pooping mini human in the room will tell everyone there is a baby living there so I don't really need to plaster that fact all over the decor. Don't get me wrong some people love that baby look and I admit it does look cute but I think everyone has their own taste in how they like their home decorated. Moving on...after reaching the end of the internet in searching for baby bedding (literally I think I looked at every potential website), and searching for fabric I decided on a bedding pattern from a business that makes custom baby bedding in Fairhope, Alabama that was suggested by a couple friends. After a 45 minute phone consultation the bedding order was placed. They hope to have it made within the next 3-4 weeks!  
I will probably have a matching curtain made and am going to try and order extra fabric in the same patterns like the bedding from the company making it.  I'm not planning on changing my wall color because I love the neutral color that's already on them.  For above the crib I was thinking of an espresso shelf with lower case letters from Pottery Barn Kids in white.  Then over the glider maybe a couple of canvas frames that either I will attempt to paint or may ask someone more creative to do.  Probably one lime green and dots like the sheet and the other frame alternating lime green and navy stripes like the crib skirt.  That's all I've come up with so far.  18 weeks and 3 days to go!