today's menu

I want to take a moment to document what I've eaten today.

2 pieces of toast with butter and jelly.
1 very large salad with ham and turkey.
1 very large order of some kind of nachos that were wonderful.
My husband's leftovers from lunch...aka 2 slices of BBQ pizza.
1 hot dog.
A very large amount of potato salad.
1 pack of (6) mini crunchy donuts.
1 chicken quesadilla.
Chips with cheese and salsa.

And you know what?
I'm not full.
During the next 14 days,
my 5 inch long nugget is going to have a growth spurt and double it's length.
So I guess that will be my excuse for today....and the next 14 days.
If baby wants it....this mama will eat it.
Or maybe the correct phrase would be,
If this mama wants it, you better back away or I'll eat your arm off.

Excuse me while I go lather my belly with 12 layers of cocoa butter.


my huge navel.

In case you haven't noticed,
I have MAJOR baby brain.
I eat, sleep and breathe baby.
I don't eat baby.
I just eat.
A lot.
You can imagine how ecstatic I was when I went to the Chocolate Festival this past weekend.
 Best day of my life.

I tried to act lady-like and control the urge to shove my mouth full of samples,
but I ended up being tagged in a random picture (on Facebook) that someone took...

and of course I was stuffing my face. 
If you zoom in, I actually have whipped cream on my upper lip.
It's probably the most attractive picture I've ever seen of myself.
According to the scales at the doctor,
I weighed in (today) 11 pounds heavier than my pre-preggo weight.
I was pleasantly surprised with that.
I'm not exaggerating when I say I've been eating everything.
I had convinced myself that I had probably already gained 20 pounds,
so an 11 pound weight gain at 17 weeks is cool with me. 
The bump is finally starting to show itself!
Here's my first official "bump picture" from last week.

Our gender ultrasound/ gender reveal party is going to be May 10th!
I am so ready to start buying it's wardrobe.

Oh. Random fact.
My navel...also known as my bellybutton,
is HUGE.
My belly button has always been fairly large and shallow (jealous?).
If I had to make a comparison,
I would say it was roughly the size of a quarter.
But now?
NOW it is roughly the size of a 50 cent piece.....
and the inside is almost level with my stomach.
If it continues to expand it's current rate,
I should be navel-less by next month.



I don't think I've ever had so many changes happening all at once.
I've always loved changes.
Maybe even looked for changes.
I constantly change my hair,
my "style",
my nail polish
my sub from Subway...
just small changes that keep life exciting.
 But these changes.
The ones that are quickly approaching aren't small.
They're HUGE.

In less than one month,
I will be finished with school.
I will finally be able to put those two little letters behind my name, RN.
This always felt so far away.
But it's here.
I have my little white nursing dress,
my little white nursing hat,
my BLINGIN' RN pin,
some sexy, white, thigh high pantyhose,
and my graduation announcements.
Doesn't that outfit sound hot?
Don't worry,
I'll be sure to show you a picture of how smokin' I look on May 9th.
I realized the other day that I have never had a break from school.
I won't know what to do with myself.

In about 3 weeks,
we find out if this baby is a boy or girl!
And we're having a gender reveal party!!!
This is how it's gonna go down:
We will go to the ultrasound.
The ultrasound tech won't tell us what it is.
She will write boy or girl on a piece of paper and stick it in an envelope.
We will immediately take the envelope to the cake lady.
The cake lady will make a cake with either blue or pink cake on the inside.
The reveal party will be that evening,
and we will cut the cake in front of everyone to find out what we're having!
I am so excited, I can't even stand it.

I'm going to be a mom in 5 months....
life changer.
I will be able to kiss all over MY baby's chubby cheeks.
I always want to kiss on other baby's chubby cheeks...
but I never do it because I feel like a weirdo.
So my baby better brace itself for all of the smoochin'.
I can't believe our names are getting ready to change from Autumn & Tyler to Mommy & Daddy!

We're just waiting on God to tell us where to go.
And when he says go,
we're going.
We're pretty sure it's going to be either here (West Virginia), Tennessee or Florida.

When we find out where we'll be living,
I get to start searching for an awesome RN job!

I can't wait to see the house we're going to buy.
I already have it decorated.
Thank you pinterest.

And all of these things will be happening in a about year or less.
Mind blown.
Bring it on!


my life in a picture

I want to show you a picture that describes my current life, perfectly.

 Right before this picture was taken,
my husband was like
Oh babe those look cheese fries look SOOOOO good, I'm going to eat one.
112 days ago,
 that would have been no big deal.
112 days ago,
I would eat half of my food and he would get the rest.
He liked that.
But something has happened that continues to blow my mind on a daily basis.
The little 4 1/2 inch human is HUNGRY...
which means this mama is HANGRY.
At this point,
trying to take a bite of my food
is as dangerous as swimming with a shark while your nose bleeds.
If you look at my facial expression,
he was approximately 2.5 seconds away from death.

The other thing that sticks out in this picture is my cleavage.
I have never used the words my and cleavage in the same sentence.
I have no idea what to do with it.
I see girls all the time who show cleavage,
and I never think anything of it.
But my new cleavage makes me feel like I'm standing in public butt naked.
What isn't helping this situation is the fact that my newly grown cleavage is also a new sight for my family.
What are those?
Audie...oh my.
Autumn, have your...?
Where did those come from?
My lack of boob-age has been a common topic of the family for years.
My new boob-age has now taken center stage.

Have a fabulous weekend!


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gas bubble?

As I was waking up from an afternoon siesta with Baylee,
I felt a...
gas bubble?
I've never had a gas bubble vibrate.
A teeny tiny vibration in my lower abdomen 
that left as quickly as it came.
What in the world was that? 
(I frequently forget that a tiny human is GROWING in my uterus)
10 seconds later
OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tiny human...?
was that you???
Did you just dance for the first time?
Did you just do your first flip?
Did you just fart?
Whatever it was...
Please do that again soon.
Next time I'll know it's you- promise.

 I also promise that you're in my belly...not that guy's.
That guy is your dad.
He's been having some cravings, too.