Friday, March 27, 2015

It's a ....


GIRL!! Caroline Elizabeth Swarbrick

Part of me doesn't even believe its real - like my mom said "Are you telling me the truth??" We are just thrilled. With Matt being one of four boys all I've heard the past five years is "All you are going to have are boys!" so I really wanted a girl. And the whole time it just "felt" like a girl as we constantly referred to the baby as Caroline ;) But the days leading up to our appointment I felt more and more unsure of what it would be and was thinking it was a boy and was getting excited for that as well. Matt went from thinking it was a girl to being sure it was a boy also so it was a true surprise for both of us! We met up with my friend Heather after our appointment to take pictures of our reaction (like I'd seen on a blog here) and I'm so glad I have our reaction documented! 

It was crazy to me that after I wrote this it would only be a few hours until we knew!

We were trying to find a spot with flowers but I think due to all the snow and rain we've had they are a little delayed. Heather called her dad to ask if the country club had any flowers blooming and he was sweet to call and find out. They didn't either but he mentioned going to the nursery to take the pictures there. I loved her answer of "No, we can't have their moment in front of employees with aprons on!!" Instead our moment was with a few random joggers going by at River Legacy but I think we were all too excited to care :) 

Right after we opened the card I asked Matt if he was ready to become a mom. What I meant was "girl dad" but clearly it came out wrong. I'm blaming the baby brain, excitement, and my general tendencies to say goofy things. I think Matt was glad Heather was there because a few minutes later I said "I didn't say Mom" to which she confirmed that I had, ha! And poor Heather, she was there taking our pictures but was kept in the dark for a few moments since I forgot to say "GIRL!" so she could find out too! Then I realized I would actually be able to use all the baby Vera things I had bought many weeks back. I was so excited to be having a girl!

After we found out we called family and texted friends. It was just too fun to celebrate and share the good news with everyone. And to share that we decided on a name! We both had liked the name Caroline, and it just seemed to fit the whole time. But we were undecided on a middle name. I liked Elizabeth (my sister's name, her middle name is after my mom's sister so it would be a way to carry on a little family tradition) but Matt wasn't convinced. Right after we found out that little bit is a girl he declared her name was Caroline Elizabeth. So fun to know what our sweet baby is and her full name! 

*****If you happen to see or talk to my dad between now and August don't mention the fact that Baby Swarbrick is a girl. He is wanting to save the surprise of finding out when she is born!*******

Then it was off to dinner where we let a few more people know and talked about all the things we were excited for with a girl. During dinner Heather texted me pictures of some outfits she had bought her - this sweet one is already so loved! We then went to Babies R Us and Target to look at all the girl things but ended up at Rally House for her first Cowboys gear. It only seemed fitting! Such a fun way to celebrate our sweet little girl!

One of her first gifts from Heather

Carefully picking out his perfect gift for Caroline

Proud Daddy!

Caroline Elizabeth, we are so ready to meet you!!!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring Break part 2 and Life Lately in 1st grade

After our trip down to Utopia we grabbed a last minute dinner with our friends Jeremy and Natalie. Ah, the joys of Spring Break to allow for late night middle of the week dinner dates. Wednesday brought a coffee date with a dear friend and Thursday was our monthly doctor's appointment. We had a little brunch date after the appointment (yay for a morning appointment, again the joy of Spring Break!) before I headed to Shreveport for a 24 hour trip. We still had wedding and bridal pictures to order (I know, I know.) and I knew if it didn't get done now it might not ever, ha!

I had a free drink at Starbucks as was feeling a little tired during the drive. Decided to go with a half cafe venti frapp. It was my first time (and probably last!) time to order a venti just for me. I laughed at how big it looked in the picture I sent to Matt.


When I got into town Mom had her first sight of the bump. Her reaction was just too cute and classic momma. To say she is excited about this little bit is a huge understatement. We headed to a local baby boutique in town and had too much fun. I instantly felt like I did when I went to a teacher store with my mom the day after getting hired for my first teaching job. So excited and yet so overwhelmed. Fun to think of all the memories I've had with mom during all these seasons of life!


And when mom asks if you want Johnny's Pizza and your in town for one night you can't say no! 


The next day I got to meet mom's sweet preschoolers before going to the meeting with the photographer. Somehow it took us less than an hour to do all the wedding and bridal picture ordering. We finally crossed that finish line nearly 5 years later. Sadly Elizabeth wasn't there with us to throw confetti but she has put in more than her fair share of time to this whole process. It was crazy to think of all that has changed in the last five years but thankful for the people who have stayed the same ;)

Normally Open House is before Spring Break but thanks to the March snow we had to reschedule it to the Tuesday after Spring Break. I still had our snowman glyph up in the hallway (again, I know, I know but to my defense it was snowing the week before I took them down!) and knew I needed to do something quick to spruce it up for spring. I found a flower glyph online and tweaked it and hoped it wouldn't turn out to be a disaster. I think the kids did a pretty good job with it and makes our hallway look super colorful now!

 

Thursday was our field trip to the Arboretum. I was really excited about this trip since I love the Arboretum but it turned out even better than I thought! Sweet mom came up to be one of the chaperones (and the thought of getting to walk around the Arboretum post field trip was motivating for her too!). I'm so thankful for her but especially with this baby brain I really don't think I could have done it without her!

my partner in crime when it comes to all major school events!
The Arboretum was beautiful (even though the weather wasn't!) and I think the kids really enjoyed getting to see all the different types of plants. The lesson the Arboretum put on was stellar. Interactive, informative, hands on, and fun. What more could you ask for?? I was blown away by the structure of the trip and even with some hiccups (ahem, busses running late) it was really a great field trip. The kids even got to take home a plant and worksheet where they were able to dissect a real flower. Such a neat experience.




My sweet neighbor teammate who is the squiggle to my square! Love her!



And of course a post field trip selfie with some of my team. We were exhausted but thankful to have survived another first grade field trip together!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bumpdate: 19 weeks

baby's first field trip the Arboretum
How Far Along: 19 weeks

Size of baby:  Heirloom Tomato,  6 inches, 8.5 oz

Total weight gain: 11 pounds 

Stretch Marks:  None yet

Maternity Clothes:  Maternity jeans and a few maternity tops that I've gotten recently but the rest is just my regular clothes for the most part. 

Gender: We find out Tuesday!!

Movement:  None yet, can't wait for it to start!

Sleep:  Most nights I wake up in the middle of the night for a bathroom run but otherwise sleep is good! I did get a body pillow this week and let me just say it's a game changer for comfortable sleep. 

What I miss:  Nothing really.

Food Cravings: Still with the fruit and hamburgers, ha!

Food Aversions:  Again, nothing major but depending on the day different things just don't sound good. 

Symptoms:   Symptoms are still pretty much the same with some days being better or worse when it comes to the nausea & headaches. Feel a little dizzy when I sit up. Still having dreams every night like crazy and needing lots of rest!  

Best moment of the week: Seeing my sweet momma squeal at her first sight of the baby bump. Also going to a sweet baby boutique with her in Shreveport and being in awe/overwhelmed with all the adorable things. Baby also got their first stuffed animal (a bear, of course!) and a sweet gift in the mail from a dear family in my hometown of a Baylor beanie and fall bib!

What I’m looking forward to: Again, our ultrasound on Tuesday to find out if little bit is a he or a she!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bumpdate: 18 weeks


How Far Along: 18 weeks

Size of baby:  Sweet potato, 5 1/2 inches, 6.7 oz

Total weight gain: 11 pounds 

Stretch Marks:  None yet

Maternity Clothes:  Maternity jeans and a few maternity tops that I've gotten recently but the rest is just my regular clothes for the most part.

Gender: Countdown is on to our 20 week appointment when we find out, March 24th! 

Movement:  None yet, can't wait for it to start!

Sleep:  Most nights I wake up in the middle of the night for a bathroom run but otherwise sleep is good!

What I miss:  Nothing really.

Food Cravings:  All the fruit! Blackberries, oranges, strawberries and mangos are especially delicious. 

Food Aversions:  Nothing major but depending on the day different things just don't sound good. 

Symptoms:   Symptoms are still pretty much the same with some days being better or worse when it comes to the nausea & headaches. Still having dreams every night like crazy and needing lots of rest! 

Best moment of the week: Hearing the heartbeat, strong with 150bpm!

What I’m looking forward to: Our ultrasound to find out if little bit is a he or a she on March 24th, 12 days to go!!