Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas 2009

We had a great Christmas this year (except for not being able to be with our families). This was our first Christmas in our new home and we had the additional excitement of knowing Wiggles' arrival was only 19 days away (scheduled C-section on January 13th). Robin and I slept in until 7:00 am (she wanted to get up at 5:00am). I proceeded to cook the traditional Matthews' Christmas breakfast (sausage balls and pigs-in-the-blanket). After breakfast, we decided to go ahead and open our gifts. Below are a few pictures of us opening gifts. Please forgive the PJ's, Robin insisted we celebrate Christmas in our PJ's.

Mom came through for the 15th consecutive year with a can of WD40. I now have a can in each vehicle, tool box, and tool drawer. Thanks Mom.
The title of the book is "Butter my butt and call me Biscuit". Can you identify the movie in the background. It is a Christmas classic around here.
Some sleep socks and PJ's for Robin's hospital stay next month.

I went to Kay and not Jared.
Robin sends her thanks to Tammy for the large Tupperware bowl. It will help when making sugar cookies and other goodies!
Neal sends his thanks to Leland for the Cabelas Gift Card. I am sure I will be able to find a few things I "need" from there. Again, what movie is in the background....look how our heads match up.
Many thanks to Gary and Brenda for the mixer. This will help when making cheesecake!

Southern Snow Storm....

All of our Northern family in South Dakota and Iowa have been talking about the snow storms they are having to endure. I almost forgot that I took some pictures of our snow storm in Nashville last weekend (The great storm of 2009). When we first woke up we were not sure we could make it to church, but the sun melted it in the hour we took to get ready for church.

Innovation with the Situation

Over the past month I have noticed that Robin is continually finding new "uses" for the baby bump. First it started out as a "crumb catcher". But the innovation has progressed quite well lately in the last few weeks. Below are some pictures I have captured. Luckily, Wiggles was not kicking a lot while Robin was storing things on the bump. She will have to start using the table again in a couple weeks.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Ours was great. We spent the day at home preparing an awesome meal for lunch. The menu included: turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, turkey gravy, stuffing, rolls, and apple crisp for dessert. It was a very good meal that we will be eating well into next week. After eating and clean up, we both found a couch and took a nap with plans to go watch the 4:30 showing of Blind Side. However, upon arriving at the theater, we discovered the movie was sold out. So we headed back home to decorate our new Christmas tree. Below are some pictures of the tree.

Robin doing a 32 week pregnancy photo in front of the tree. Notice the ornament in front of Robin's face.

Here is a close -up of the ornament. It contains an ultrasound picture we got this past week.

At the appointment this week we found out that Wiggles is still in the breech position, so hopefully Wiggles will flip around before Week 36 (week of Christmas). If not, they will more than likely schedule a C-section. Regardless, the doctor said if the baby was not born by week 39, they would induce. Wiggles passed all the tests (i.e. movement, practice breathing, umbilical cord blood flow, etc.). The doctor told us everything looks great. Robin goes back for her next check up on Dec. 3rd. They will do another ultrasound at that appointment, as well as, each week for the remainder of the pregnancy. She will have appointments once a week until week 36 then start going twice a week until she has the baby. Below is a close-up of the ultrasound photo that is in the Christmas ornament.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Birthday and more....

Today was a special day around the Matthews' house. Today was Robin's birthday!!!! I tried to make it special by cooking her a yummy breakfast first thing (blueberry pancakes, eggs, and toast). Then I brought home Qdoba for lunch, and we ate at Olive Garden for supper. Robin spent a few hours on the phone today with family and friends and really appreciated all the birthday wishes. Below is Robin with her Baskin Robbin's birthday ice cream cake (compliments of Grandma and Grandpa H.)

No candles so you will have to guess how old/young Robin is.
Does that cake look yummy?

Here is a pregnancy update photo we took tonight (Week 29). The baby bump is growing!!!
Below are some pictures of the nursery. We finished some of the final decorating touches last night. We still need to do a little bit of touch-up painting and add some pictures on the wall.

Check that pig out!!!

The diaper bag and changing table/dresser.

The bedding.
Gotta love those little baby farm animals!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Week 26 Update

Since our last pregnancy update, our Sunday School class had a baby shower for Robin. She got some really nice gifts at the shower that we have pictures of below. This past weekend we decided to go shopping for a crib and ended up buying a crib and dresser (with a changing station). Below are our weekend purchases along with the gifts we have gotten so far.

Drum roll please....... the 26 week picture of Robin and baby Wiggles. Wiggles is more than a baby bump now!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Weekend Getaway

Robin and I had a getaway weekend and went to Pigeon Forge for a couple of days this weekend. We figured we better do it now since we will soon have travel restrictions as Robin will be in the last trimester. We got to Pigeon Forge on Friday afternoon and after a short rest, we went to Johnny Carinos for supper. After supper, we went to the Tanger factory outlets to do some shopping. Robin got some maternity clothes (shirts and a sweater) and we had some Ben & Jerry's ice cream for a night cap.

On Saturday morning our mission was to hike the trail up to Grotto Falls in the Great Smokey Mountains Park. It is about a 1.6 mile hike up the trail to the falls, but it is a relatively easy hike. Below are some pictures we took on the hike.

We saw a bear up in a tree just as we started to ascend the trail up to Grotto Falls.
Here I am all chipper as we start our hike.
Robin was also very anxious to start the hike.

Here is Grotto Falls. You can walk behind it, but we decided not to because it looked very slippery and a lot of people were there.

Robin and I at Grotto Falls
Robin having an apple break as we began our descent back down the trail.

No.... Robin did not climb that log. It was a loop in the trail.

Me on the same log.
A picture of us as we were almost done with our hike.
After the hike we had worked up a bit of a hunger, so we went and had pancakes at the Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg. We then looked through some of the shops there and bought some yummy fudge from one of the shops.

Later Saturday afternoon we went and played a little miniature golf.

No. That is not me climbing around at the miniature golf place. But you might be able to find my ball up there the way I played.

Those shadows make for tough shots.

This place was a little dangerous.
After golf we were wiped out, so we went back to the hotel to take a nap (and watch the end of the LSU football game). We ate at the Old Mill on Saturday night and it was very good. If you are in the area we highly recommend stopping there. Sunday morning we had a yummy breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express then went shopping at the outlet mall again. After shopping we headed back to Nashville. It was definitely a great weekend and we look forward to going back next year.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Week 22........

We just got to thinking tonight after our walk that we had not given a pregnancy progress update in a while. We are currently at week 22 (Yay!) and everything is progressing well. We went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago and had a ultrasound conducted. We will have to have another ultrasound conducted on October 1st because the baby was wiggling around so much and also breech. They said the baby may flip around by then so they can get some better ultrasound pictures. The doctor said everything was looking fine though. Since the baby was so wiggly during the ultrasound, we have decided to call him/her Wiggles. Wiggles is very active and I have even been able to feel the kicks on occasion (most of the time Wiggles stops kicking when I get close).

The baby must have really grown a lot over the past 3-4 weeks because Robin has really begun to "show" (see below). We will be sure to give another update after our ultrasound on the 1st.

22 Week Pregnancy Picture
20 Week Ultrasound Picture