Bumpdate: 21 Weeks

How far along:  21 Weeks! We’re past the halfway point.

 Size of baby: Baby is the size of an endive, or if you’re like me and have no idea what that is, it’s the size of a baseball hat.
Gender: It’s a Boy!
Exciting developmental things:  He has bone marrow, and his pancreas is now making it’s own hormones.  He sleeps 14 hours out of the day, and is having REM sleep and dreaming.
Doctor’s Appointments: We have another doctor’s appointment on Monday to see Wade for the first time since 10 weeks.
Weight Gain:  Still just 8 pounds.
Stretch Marks:  None yet!
Movement:  There have been a few moments where we could feel movement this week.  TJ even felt him move last night.  I always thought he was always on my left side, but yesterday I’m pretty sure he flipped to the right.  That side of my stomach is even out further than the left.
How I’m Feeling: I am feeling great.  I know that my energy has come back full force like the books say it might.  I still sleep wonderfully.
Miss Anything?:  I miss fitting in my clothes.  I would like to buy Wade a wardrobe instead of me.
Sleep:  I sleep perfectly every single night.  I could sleep most of the day as well I think.
Food:  Still don’t want a whole lot of pork.  I think I could last this whole pregnancy as a vegetarian and be fine.  The only things I crave are freeze pops, dum dum suckers, Pelican’s, and sometimes vegetables.
Workouts:  We put the boys in training 2 weeks ago.  So, we definitely get our workout every Saturday.  And, practicing with them at home has been tough as well.
Clothes: I can’t wait until it’s consistently warm so I can wear dresses during the week.
Baby Items:  We’ve bought the stroller that goes with the car seat.  Tiffany is graciously giving us Alijah’s crib.  So, that will help us move along with his nursery.  I also picked a paint color last weekend.
Best Moment This Week: Definitely feeling him move was the best moment.
Looking Forward To:  I can’t wait to see our little Wade on Monday.

Bumpdate: 13 weeks

How far along:  13 weeks today!

 Size of baby: Baby is the size of a peach, or a matchbox car.
Gender: We had the blood drawn last Friday for the genetic testing.  When they call with that, they will put the gender in an envelope at the desk so TJ’s sister, Kendall can go by and pick it up.  And, we will all find out on February 26th! I am so excited!
Exciting developmental things:  Baby Butler has fingerprints now!
Doctor’s Appointments: We had the appointment with the ultrasound then two weeks later did the bloodwork for all the genetic testing.
Weight Gain:  As of last Friday, I had gained right at 5 pounds.
Stretch Marks:  None so far, and I pray it stays that way.  I’ve been using lotion, but not religiously.
Movement:  Baby started moving this week, and we are getting so close to me being able to feel it.
How I’m Feeling: I feel great actually.  I’m getting some energy back slowly, right in time for tax season.  How exciting!
Miss Anything?:  Truly, I miss Subway.  I really didn’t eat it all that much, but when you can’t have it you truly miss it.
Sleep:  I love sleep.  I sleep wonderfully and usually get about 10 hours of sleep a night.
Food:  Food is still great. I just have no desire to eat a whole lot of pork.
Workouts:  Still working on trying to figure out the best workouts for pregnancy.  I can’t wait till it gets warmer.
Clothes: Still fitting in most of my work clothes thankfully.  My jeans quit fitting weeks ago.
Baby Items:  We still haven’t bought a thing.  It’s hard for me to buy anything without knowing the gender.  I can’t wait to find out!
Best Moment This Week: We’re loving pregnancy. And most of the time I don’t feel like I am pregnant except when I remember I can’t drink alcohol or eat lunch meat.  It’s also hard to count my fish intake.  I’m used to eating lots of seafood.  Having to remember how often I have had it in a week is difficult.
Looking Forward To:  I can’t wait to get the call that says baby is healthy and that someone knows the gender of our sweet thing.  I feel like it’s a girl but would be happy with anything.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update, but nothing has really changed. I feel great, baby’s doing great, and we’re growing nicely.

How the Accounting Office Found a Dog a Home

Ya’ll. All the feels on this Friday morning. Literally.

My office has a staff meeting every other Friday morning. If you didn’t know, I work for a local accounting firm.

The girls who sit at the front desk of our office are twins, and they weren’t here when I got here at 7:52 which was extremely odd, but I didn’t think anything of it.  At about 8:10, they come to the conference room and said we just wanted to let ya’ll know that we found this dog at the QT this morning and he’s gonna be here until his owner comes to get him.

We got out of our meeting about 9:45 and he was laying just like this behind the reception desk.  There was at one time 6 of us standing there looking at him and he just laid there and let us stare at him.  You see the girls have gone and got him some food, water, toys, and a leash.  They found him a blanket to lay on.

Right after we got out of our meeting one of the girls was on the phone with his owner.  And, immediately you could tell the conversation was not going well.  She got off the phone and said his owner doesn’t want him back.  We found out he was 9 years old, and up-to-date on all of his shots.  This is literally the sweetest dog ever, like I can’t get over it.

I started texting TJ.  He said, “Hanna, we can not have a third dog.”  We just can’t do it. I knew we couldn’t add this sweet boy to our 4 year old lab, and our 8 month old labradoodle. But, my heart was telling me to figure something out.  We knew this poor baby would never get adopted from a shelter at 9 years old.  TJ said, “Let me call you back.”  He started calling his grandparents.  They said they couldn’t take another one so soon.  They had just lost a dog a few months ago.

I called my mother-in-law crying. I knew without a doubt she didn’t think she needed this dog, but could tell from her voice she would take it if we couldn’t find anywhere else for it to go.  I had called my best friend, because her boyfriend had mentioned looking for one, but he said he couldn’t take a 9 year old dog.  While I was on the phone with my mother-in-law, Spencer texted me back and said, “My boss wants it!”  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

2 hours after this sweet boy was found at a gas station in 34 degree weather, the accounting office/humane society had found him a home to go to tonight!

Ya’ll. If we hadn’t adopted Colt 6 months ago, I would have had this dog between me and TJ tonight. But, we struggle with the two we have already. Raising dogs isn’t easy, let me tell you that. But it is so worth it. And, none of them should have to worry if they will get to eat tonight or where they will lay down.



This is the post excerpt.

First blog post!

Basically my mom convinced me to start a blog.  I had one right after I graduated from undergrad in 2012, and just kind of got busy and quit posting on it.  I never could decide where I wanted that blog to go either.  This one is going to be all about our life as newlyweds.  Basically it is going to cover home improvement, DIY, dog parenting, traveling, spontaneous trips, and lots of laughs.

So, my name is Hanna Butler, and I just married the most amazing man on June 18, 2016.  We had the most beautiful wedding that was absolutely perfect for the two of us.  I’m sure one day I will go into complete detail about our special day, but until then here’s one picture to tease everyone.


Our life is simple, yet still hilarious.  I’m sure you will get lots of laughs out of this blog in the future.


Hanna Butler