Monday, May 28, 2012

23 Weeks

How Far Along? 23 Weeks 3 Days. (17 Weeks to go!!)
Size of Baby? A Grapefruit.

Maternity Clothes? Most definitely yes. I have out grown most of my regular clothes, even some dresses  and shirts are too snug now. :)
Weight Gain? 17-18 pounds.
Stretch Marks? Still no sign of them. 
Gender? GIRL!
Movement? Of course and I love it every time I feel her wiggling around. 
Sleep? Hasn't been great this week but I'm hoping now that we are at the beach I'll sleep well!
Food Cravings? Fresh Strawberry Lemonade from Urban Cookhouse, Pineapple & Watermelon.
What I Miss? Nothing really... maybe sushi?
Symptoms? Feeling great! (I hope I can keep saying this for awhile!)
Belly Button? Halfway out. My doctor kindly informed me that I will most definitely have an outie before it's all said and done (and probably sooner rather than later). 
Best Moment of the Week? Arriving at the beach on Friday night and enjoying a relaxing and fun week with Will's family! (More to come on our beach trip later.)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Scenes From Our Week

Yesterday we got to see our sweet girl again! She was not in the best position for having her picture taken so this picture is actually from the ultrasound we had a month ago. My doctor said she's growing right on track and everything looks very healthy (great words for a momma to hear!).
Eliza posing with her hand on her head. 

When I was at Target the other day I couldn't resist this adorable (and very reasonably priced) outfit for our little one.

I'm having my first baby shower in a couple of weeks and I received my invitation yesterday!

I've been exercising regularly and still feeling great! I want to keep it up as long as I can! I noticed how much bigger my bump is getting in this workout outfit (I know I'll look back and think it's small, but it's all I know for now...)

One of my favorite outdoor activities with my husband is fishing! We decided last minute yesterday to drive to his family's farm outside of Birmingham and spend the late afternoon fishing. Will was very proud of his pregnant wife!

Will has had a few projects going on the past couple of days...
He cleaned and strung turkey spurs from this past season. You can read and watch all about his hunting season here (a blog he writes with a couple of his hunting buddies).

And organized all of his hunting/outdoor gear! I caught him resting and watching a little HGTV (guess I'm rubbing off on him?) with his piles taking over the living room. :) 

Our fur-baby, Winston, had his summer cut today!

Lastly, I'm looking forward to being in this beautiful place next week with Will's family!
Watercolor, Florida

Monday, May 21, 2012

22 Weeks

How Far Along? 22 Weeks 3 Days.
Size of Baby? A Papaya. 
Maternity Clothes? Wearing mostly maternity clothes now. I bought a SUPER cute pair of shorts the other day from Motherhood Maternity-- they are bright coral! They are definitely my favorite.
Weight Gain? 16 pounds...I'm definitely starting to show now! :) 
Stretch Marks? No, and I've been using some good creams on my belly in hopes of avoiding them!
Gender? GIRL!
Movement? Lots of movement! I get so excited every time I feel her! According to some pregnancy websites, she is sleeping 12-14 hours a day and getting settled into sleep cycles.
Sleep? It has been great the last few nights. I love being back at home in our bed and getting a good nights rest. 
Food Cravings? Still really enjoying ethnic foods... it all sounds so good to me!
What I Miss? A fruity cocktail.
Symptoms? I'm still feeling great and hoping this 2nd trimester energy carries over to some of the 3rd trimester! We are moving the Kansas the first day of my 3rd trimester and there is going to be LOTS of work to do once we get there!
Belly Button? Mostly in. 
Best Moment of the Week? Continuing to feel my sweet girl move and noticing that her kicks are getting stronger! I have a doctors appointment tomorrow morning and I get to have another ultrasound-- that's already a highlight of the week!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mission Accomplished

We are wrapping things up here in Kansas and heading back to Alabama tomorrow (a little ahead of schedule)! Below are the goals of our trip laid out in a previous post.

#1 Find a home! 
#2 Explore Lawrence, KS (and Kansas City-only 30 minutes away)
#3 Visit the University of Kansas campus

We managed to conquer these things in just 10 days! Thanks to the internet making long-distance home searching much easier we knew what kind of market we were stepping into before we arrived. Although, after all of our preliminary searching we did not actually find the home we are buying till we got here. :) I think it still made the decision process much easier for us!

The next steps for us are...packing up our apartment in Tuscaloosa, a beach trip with Will's family, celebrating Eliza with family and friends, saying our goodbyes to the South and moving to Kansas at the end of June!

With all that's going on in our lives I think little Eliza is going to be here before we know it...!!

Thank you for the prayers surrounding our trip to Lawrence! It has been a very smooth home search/buying process and Will and I have really had a great time exploring our new hometown and are looking forward to moving here in a few weeks!

Perry Lake (about 15 minutes from Lawrence)!

Monday, May 14, 2012

21 Weeks


 How Far Along? 21 Weeks 3 Days.
Size of Baby? A Pomegranate.










Maternity Clothes? Dresses are my favorite thing to wear-- especially maxi and loose comfortable ones.
Weight Gain? 14 pounds!
Stretch Marks? Not yet...
Gender? GIRL!
Movement? Yes! Eliza is moving all the time. She loves wiggling around between 4 and 5 in the morning. Glad she loves the mornings like her momma!
Sleep? Falling asleep well at night but continung to wake up very early most mornings.
Food Cravings? I've been enjoying ethnic foods (Indian, Thai, Chinese)...anything with rice.
What I Miss? I'm pretty content right now.
Symptoms? Nothing too uncomforatble but I can tell my body is expanding!
Belly Button? Still an innie but it's starting to move out.
Best Moment of the Week? This whole week has been great! I love exploring our new hometown and thinking about this being the first place little Eliza is going to live. I've also had fun shopping for our little girl this week.
I couldn't resist the ruffles and polka dots!
A sweet lullaby bunny for our baby.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Nursery Inspiration


I created my first Polyvore board the other day and it's my compilation of colors and ideas for Eliza's nursery. I want a very simple (and peaceful) yet girly room for our little one.

My color scheme for the nursery is light pink, coral, celery green, and white. The Dwell Studio crib sheet I found is what I'm working from (pictured below). The furniture in the room is white-- crib and dresser/changing table-- and so is the crib bedding. I found a wonderful lady on Etsy who makes a beautiful linen ruffle bumper and crib skirt, I'm very excited about it! I either want to paint the walls a light khaki or a very light pink (it depends on how many pink accents I bring into the room, I don't want too much pink). I want to have a few sweet bird items in the room too (seeing as how I've yet to tire of decorating with them). I love the pink BlaBla bird mobile, bird lamp and picture frame (all pictured below). Depending on whether the nursery has carpet or hardwoods, I'd like to put a rug down in the room both for comfort and a pop of color.

Now all we need is a home in Lawrence, Kansas!Eliza's Nursery

Friday, May 11, 2012

First Impressions


We have been in Kansas for almost a week now and I have nothing but good things to say about it! We really hit the ground running and have stayed busy (and on track) with the goals of our trip.

But first, I had so much fun when we arrived making the drive from Kansas City to Lawrence (about 40 miles) just soaking in the landscape. It was a beautiful day (in fact, it's been absolutely beautiful all week) and we drove past many fields like the one below.


After checking into our hotel (we love where we are staying-- more about that later) and "nesting" we set out to explore our new hometown. The first stop was a drive through KU's campus. It is a beautiful campus and more importantly, Will loves it and excited about spending the next 5 years studying on it.

Next up was a drive through several neighborhoods of Lawrence where we had seen listings online that we were interested in. It was great to FINALLY be able to get a full picture of the  neighborhoods and homes we'd been looking at for months. I was quite giddy driving around!

Driving around Lawrence-- there are hills and lots of trees! :)
Once we made a loop around Lawrence we headed back to our hotel (it was about time for Will to feed his hungry pregnant wife). The hotel we are staying in is located at the north end of downtown and is within walking distance to many delicious restaurants! We have been to the local Thai, Indian, Mexican, and Japanese restaurant (we really like ethnic food)! We also enjoyed the local favorite, Free State Brewery. Will liked the beer, I liked my water!

Sunday morning we visited a church in Lawrence and really loved it! It reminds us both of the church we love and are members of in Tuscaloosa. We plan to attend again this Sunday and learn more about it.

After driving around town on Saturday, Will was ready to show me what Kansas is really like on Sunday. We made a 4 hour loop into the farmland! :) We took many small country roads and I was very busy taking pictures of every farm we passed. Will jokingly said that he wanted to take a picture of me taking pictures. Guess I was that amusing? Below is one of the many farms that I captured.


With two full days of driving around Lawrence and the surrounding farmland, we were ready to start house hunting first thing Monday morning. We met up with our realtor and we saw a number of houses on Monday. It didn't take us too long to figure out what area of town we wanted to live in--- based upon the neighborhood, proximity to campus, and surrounding area. So then the search began to find the right house in our price range in that neighborhood! And I'll just leave it at that for now...

Monday, May 7, 2012

20 Weeks...Halfway there!!

How Far Along? 20 Weeks 3 Days.
Size of Baby? A Mango (6.5 inches, 10 ounces).
Maternity Clothes? The same...pants and shorts are maternity but most of the dresses and tops I wear are my "regular" clothes. 
Weight Gain? 14 pounds!
Stretch Marks? Nope.
Gender? girl!
Movement? Yes! Our little girl is becoming quite active and I love it! Her kicks are just the sweetest feeling! Will has felt her move a couple of times now too!
Sleep? I woke up early a lot this week! Two mornings as early as 4! (Not because I had to or wanted to, that's just when my body woke me up/I was excited about our trip to Kansas...)
Food Cravings? I've really enjoyed Thai food this week...especially red curry. 
What I Miss? Having a margarita on Cinco de Mayo!
Symptoms? Waking up early... my body is just getting me used to Eliza's arrival. 
Belly Button? In.
Best Moment of the Week? Someone I don't know asked me for the first time if I was pregnant! This makes me very happy because it means I'm starting to show and baby Eliza is getting bigger!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Kansas


“There’s no place like home!”

Tomorrow I am flying to Kansas to meet Will for our 2 week adventure in our new hometown... Lawrence, Kansas! I am very excited about our move to a brand new region of the country, state, and town. The purpose of this trip is to:

#1 Find a home!
#2 Explore Lawrence, KS (and Kansas City-- only 30 minutes away)
#3 Visit the University of Kansas campus

We have done a good bit (okay, A LOT) of preliminary house hunting online and also contacted a realtor with our house "needs" and "wants." I think we've done about all that we can to get ready for our home search without actually being there to see the house and the neighborhoods. When we get to Lawrence I plan on Will and I driving around and scoping out "my favorite" homes and getting ready for our meeting with the realtor on Monday morning.

Most of the things I've learned about Lawrence has come from their Chamber of Commerce website. Lawrence is located in the northeastern corner of Kansas and the population is about 87,000 (just a little smaller than Tuscaloosa). I've included some maps below to make visualizing our new home easier (I wasn't entirely sure what states bordered Kansas before knowing we were moving there...).


Lawrence is highlighted in orange.
Lawrence is very much a college town and is ranked a Top 10 Best College Town. It is known for its artsy vibe and having a lively downtown. It has 54 parks including community and neighborhood parks, trails and nature preserves-- this makes me happy! There is a river that runs through town and several lakes around the area. (I might also add that Will's dad leases hunting land about 4 hours from our new home near Quincy, IL-- this makes Will happy!)

The University of Kansas
Massachusetts St. in downtown Lawrence
I am looking forward to trying out many of the downtown restaurants while we are visiting-- seems there are quite a few! I also noticed they have a number of local coffee shops (as well as a Starbucks, for the #1 Starbucks drinker in our family-- Will's momma) :). 

Kansas City is ranked by Forbes as one of the Top 10 Best Downtowns in America and was picked as a top tourist destination for 2012. I'm looking forward to getting to know this city!
Kansas City
While we are staying in Lawrence for our visit we will be calling this Spring Hill Suites home as we go out in search of our new home!

The hotel over looks the river.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Baby Name


Eliza Burke Cunningham

We are so excited to share the name of our baby girl! Will and I love to talk about names and their significance. Will actually shared with me that he really liked the name Eliza Burke while we were dating during our junior year at Wofford. I guess we were just having a late night conversation about baby names we like? :)  Although we had not talked about marriage at this point I knew that if we did marry I wanted to name our first daughter Eliza Burke! I think it is such a beautiful name (she will go by her first name, Eliza). Eliza will be a new name added to our families. Burke is a family name on Will's side (also his sister Abby's middle name).

Although we have only known that our baby is a girl for a week little Eliza has already been given a few nicknames-- Ellie B (Will), EB (my mom and dad), and little Eliza (me).

For those of you who know me well... yes, I have already doodled her monogram many times and I'm very pleased with how it looks! :)

ECB