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.
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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.

Pre-Due Date Goals

There are definitely a few things I would like for us to accomplish before the baby comes.  Aside from having a place to put him/her and being fully prepared with tons of baby gear and cute clothes and things like that.

1.  We have to organize/pack our office.

This is because #1 it has been our junk room ever since I moved in literally.  It is just where I store the boxes I don’t want to unpack.  #2 this will be the baby’s room in just 7 short months (which is crazy in and of itself.)  So, that room has to be cleaned out, organized, packed, painted, and transformed in 7 months.

2.  We have to finish the church pew TJ got me to be the seating at our dining room table.

It has been sitting at his mom’s for months. And, although I am grateful to her for housing it for us, I am sure she wants her carport back. And, I’d like to be able to seat 8 people at our table. Or, at least 6.

3.  Invite our friends over for dinner at least once a month.

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Ya’ll. My best friend is getting married one month after our due date.  Exactly 15 months after I married my best friend. And, I feel like I haven’t seen her since she got engaged.  Which isn’t true, but I truly believe all four of us benefit from our dinners and I intend to keep them up right up until our due date.

4.  Teach our dogs manners, or take them to training before baby comes.

We have good dogs.  Don’t get me wrong. Comparatively speaking, our dogs are just fine like they are. But, there are a few things we could work on.  Sit, come, quiet, don’t jump on people as they come in the door, and just the basic commands would be a great start to bring baby home with.  Because, come August, these two are not going to be the cutest things in our house any longer.

5.  Enjoy my time with just my husband before we become a family of 3.

I love my husband more than anything.  He’s the best thing that ever happened to me.  But, up until this week I definitely feel like I have just kind of been trying to make it through weeks 1-8 of being pregnant.  This week I truly believe I looked up one day and realized that we only have 7 more months as just the two of us.  Even if it’s laying in bed and watching 4 episodes of chopped and trying to figure out who’s going to win, it’s worth it to spend time with him.

We’ll see if we can get all these things accomplished before the baby comes, but some of them have to happen and there is no choice, so I guess that makes it easier to mark things off our list.

 

Bumpdate: 8 weeks

How far along:  We are 8 weeks today!

 Size of baby: Baby is the size of a raspberry, or a gummy bear, or a 2×2 Lego brick depending on which app I decide to look at.
Gender: Still don’t know. But, I’m feeling more and more like it’s a girl every day.
Exciting developmental things:  Our baby is moving this week.  It’s very weird to think that this baby is dancing inside of me, and I can’t feel a thing.  We developed eyes this week.  We also started forming fingers and toes.  There’s a lot of things happening early on in pregnancy. And, it’s crazy to think our baby is almost looking like a little person in there.
Doctor’s Appointments: We don’t have a doctor’s appointment until the 19th, and we will be one day short of 10 weeks at that appointment.  I cannot wait to see our baby on the ultrasound and hear a heartbeat and know that our baby is there, it’s doing good, and everything is fine.  We also will do bloodwork for the genetic testing that day, and it should include a gender.  Hopefully I can get our doctor to leave the gender at the desk in an envelope so I can come get it and we can do a gender reveal for our friends and family.
Weight Gain:  I’m pretty sure the batteries in our scale need to be changed, because everytime I try to get on it, it flashes a different number and says “Lo.”  I plan on grabbing batteries next time I go to the store, so maybe I can get a more accurate number for weight gain.
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 although I can’t feel it, I know it’s happening.
How I’m Feeling: Yesterday I was pretty wiped out.  Today I’m feeling more awake, but still very tired.  I feel like I could go to sleep and sleep until Monday.  And, with the impending snow, I might just get to do that.
Miss Anything?:  I miss not thinking about everything I’m putting in my mouth, and worrying about every little thing.  But, I don’t think the worrying stops when I give birth.  Then I’ll just worry about what is going in baby’s mouth.
Sleep:  We are still great on the sleep front.  Sometimes when I wake up on my stomach, I feel like I’m squishing something, but other than that things are good.
Food:  I have no food aversions yet, and nothing makes me sick.  The only thing that is kinda iffy is like uncooked meats.  It definitely makes me feel slightly nauseous.  And, thoughts of any kind of pork or steak is kinda ehh.  Like I just don’t want it.  But, I can eat it.
Workouts:  This is definitely an area I want to work on for the next week.  I know for an easier labor and delivery, doing short workouts will help.  It will also help with how I carry, and how I lose weight after baby is born.
Clothes: Most of my clothes still fit, but jeans are definitely tighter.  Not that I’m the biggest lover of jeans to begin with.  Some shirts are just looking different these days.  I did order one pair of maternity jeans, leggings, work pants, and a white t-shirt.  Because, elastic waist jeans sound heavenly even not pregnant.
Baby Items:  I’m still in the looking phase of everything currently.  Once I know the gender we will probably be more serious about registries, and starting to get stuff and get the room cleaned out.
Best Moment This Week: It’s been great just feeling so good about being pregnant.  I know lots of women aren’t this lucky to have absolutely no sickness or aversions.  We’ve also spent a lot of time discussing names.  And, we paid off a loan a whole year early.  Definitely feel like we’re ready to be parents now.
Looking Forward To:  I’m looking forward to eating oyster stew and chocolate chip cookies at my parents tonight, and maybe being snowed in this weekend.  And, our appointment in two weeks.

Bumpdate: 7 weeks

How far along:  7 weeks.

 Size of baby: Baby is the size of a playing die currently.
Must have items:  Nothing yet, besides lots and lots of water and sleep.  It’s been crazy how much water I have needed since finding out we were pregnant.  I used to drink maybe one cup a day. Now, I can drink three cups just at lunch or dinner.

Sleep: I can sleep like it’s my job currently.  I love love love sleep. And, let me assure you pregnant sleep has been so wonderful.

Cravings: I could eat Japanese and Mexican food literally alternating every other day. My husband on the other hand, is extremely tired of both.  I try to eat one of them for lunch once a week to try to control my craving while not making him eat them too.  I’ve also been loving water with oranges in it, but that’s just to add some flavor to my water.
Babies movement:  Definitely no movement yet, but I can’t wait until there is. 

Genders: We are doing chromosomal testing on January 19th at our next appointment and I have read that that test will tell us the gender.  But, we are doing a gender reveal and won’t know until that is planned.  I literally have no inkling either way. My momma radar isn’t working at all on the gender of our baby.

 

Challenges this week: Christmas was definitely challenging this week.  Being exhausted, but wanting to be fully present at each Christmas celebration was hard.  I was having the beginnings of a cold, but drank my weight it feels like in orange juice, and thankfully ran that off very fast.

Best moment this week: It’s just been a great week overall. We have been blessed by both of our families, and it’s been amazing to hear them all say things about next year when we have a baby for Christmas.  It’s also really nice to have put our news on Facebook so everyone is in the loop and we don’t have to keep it a secret anymore.  We struggled while trying to keep it a secret.
Can’t wait until I have more fun pregnancy things to share!
xo
Hanna

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.

 

How We Met

I said in my first post that I would talk more about our wedding.  But, first I feel like I should tell the story about how we met, and how we got to the wedding part.

I met the man of my dreams on December 10, 2014.  It was completely unexpected.  Neither one of us were looking for each other.  But, it is my favorite love story.

I was in the Masters of Accountancy program at UNC-Charlotte.  My best friend, Spencer, had another friend, Kylie, from her undergrad at Campbell who was in the program with me.  Kylie was dating (and still is) a boy named Josh, who lived in a house in Charlotte with two other boys.  Kylie and Josh decided to have an ugly sweater Christmas party to celebrate the end of the semester.  They invited a lot of people from our program, including me, and they invited Spencer.  Well, I told Spence I wouldn’t go unless she did, which is basically how we worked out all uncomfortable situations either of us had.  We tackled it together.

Two weeks before the party, I had went to dinner with Spence and Kylie the night before Thanksgiving.  They had been talking about this boy named TJ who lived in the house with Josh.  And all they said about him was he was really quiet, but he was from Shelby.  So, then we looked him up on Facebook, and I had some mutual friends with him, but had never met or seen him.

So, me and Spence and Kylie were going to go to the party together.  We went to Kylie’s apartment first.  She was flying home the next morning, so she needed to pack.  She decided not to wear an ugly sweater to the ugly sweater party, so we all wore regular clothes.  After she packed her bag, she knocked a beer off the table into her packed bag.  So, we didn’t get to the party until 11:00.  I had planned on leaving around 11:30 because I had to work at 8:00 the next morning.  Needless to say, that didn’t happen.

Once we got there, I was introduced to “the Shelby boy.”  He talked to me for a few minutes, and then walked outside or somewhere.  Every single time he left the room, I held my breath until he walked back in.  I thought he was the most handsome man I had ever met.  I wasn’t drinking, because I had planned to drive home.  I remember standing at the pool table, and he came up behind me and whispered in my ear, “I bet you’re the DD tonight.”

We ended up sitting on a couch.  He was playing this extremely drunk girl in pool.  I was sitting with Spencer and talking to her, while sneaking looks at him the entire time.  The extremely drunk girl spilt half of her beer on his dog (who is now my dog, and sleeps at our feet every night.)

When that drunk girl was playing someone else in pool, he was sitting beside me.  He bet me a dollar that girl would make her pool shot, which was absolutely ridiculous considering she hadn’t made a shot in the past 3 beers.  I won that dollar, and it sat on the table beside my bed until we got married.  Now, it is framed on our kitchen wall.

Even after most of the people had left I sat there on that couch talking to him.  I put my number in his phone and he gave me his.  We finally left sometime around 3:00, and I took Spence and Kylie back to Kylie’s apartment, and then drove home.  I didn’t get home until 4:30 that morning, and was up at 6:30 to get ready for work.  But, it was absolutely worth it.  I haven’t gone a day since then without talking to “the Shelby boy.”  And, now I have his last name, and get to spend the rest of my life with him.  It is the absolute best life I could have ever imagined or asked for.

Introduction

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.

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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