Week 39: Robert & Madison Time

Over the past week, Greenville’s spring/summer weather has blossomed and Robert and I are so stinking excited that we can’t stand it. We’ve spent every moment possible outside taking walks, lounging by the pool, sitting on our front porch, walking around downtown and cherishing every single moment with each other.

This week, I’ve started to have Braxton Hicks contractions! My wonderful friend Lauren gave me a gift certificate for a mani/pedi which I took full advantage of on Wednesday. That next morning, I woke up to a really hard stomach. (I’ve always heard that pedis can help kick-start labor…) I immediately called Robert to tell him and he was super excited saying “tell Baby Girl to COME ON.” I also group texted my family telling them not to freak, and of course, my sister responded “go to the doctor ASAP.” 🙂 I knew that I had a doctor’s appointment that Thursday afternoon, so I figured I’d ask my doctor about it then. The small-ish contractions continued throughout the day, but never really hurt. In fact, the only way I knew I was having them was when I went to touch my stomach and felt the hardness.

When I got to the doctor that afternoon, I told her what I’d been feeling and she suggested that she measure me to see if I was dilated. After her exam, she told me I was .5cm dilated, which, she said, basically meant nothing. She said it could mean that I was going to go into labor that night OR I could wait another 2 weeks and still not have the baby. It put my mind at ease.

On Friday, we grabbed pizza downtown and walked for about 3 miles up and down mainstream and near the suspension bridge. Saturday was filled with pool time and visiting Artisphere and making a delish strawberry/spinach salad for dinner. For Mother’s Day on Sunday, I woke up to a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a card from Robert. He made sure to let me know that the flowers were from both the Baby and him. ❤ We took my mom and dad to breakfast after church and then played 18 holes of golf on Sunday afternoon. This baby bump is seriously balancing out my golf shot. Mother’s Day made me even more excited for our baby to make her way into the world.

Everyone keeps asking me if I think I’ll have Baby Girl early. But, outside of work, I’m one of those people who takes deadlines to the absolute last minute. I wait to fill up on gas until I’m literally coasting into the gas station; I change my oil when either my dad or Robert tells me that my engine will probably blow up soon; and if we have dinner reservations at 7, I take my time getting ready so that we get to the restaurant at 6:59. So, my thought is that if this baby is anything like me, she’ll either decide to make her appearance on or after her May 17 due date. And you know what? That’s perfectly fine with me. 🙂

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Weeks 37 & 38: Two weeks left!

Weeks 37 & 38 absolutely flew by! On the weekend when I reached week 37, Robert and I had a nice date night downtown on Friday, went to church and met my parents and our family friends for dinner on Saturday, and I played tennis with my mom on Sunday. My mom kicked my butt on the court! I can no longer run for her short shots, but I tried to keep up as best as possible. 🙂  My mom was always so patient in teaching us when we were little and it clearly paid off. I can only imagine the day when my Baby Girl and I can play tennis together.

 

Our view on our walk through downtown Greenville <3

Our view on our walk through downtown Greenville ❤

37 Weeks!

37 Weeks!

Because of a large event I had going on at work during leading up to week 38, I took Friday off to rest and prepare more for Baby Wilson. Robert got off work early, so we called up Fox Run and played 9 holes. We made it through about 5 holes before asking the two men behind us to join us. They were so nice and had very complimentary things to say throughout the last few holes. We headed over to our friend’s house to grill out after golf and saw their beautiful new nursery! We’re so excited that Jess’ due date is so close to ours. Our babies are going to be instant friends. 🙂

On Saturday, I did Body Combat with my mom and felt great! Merr was in town for a wedding this weekend, so my mom, Merr and I headed out Saturday morning to do a little shopping and run errands. Afterward, Robert and I soaked in the sun out by our newly opened neighborhood pool for a bit, watched the Kentucky Derby and walked over to our new neighbor’s house for drinks. They have a cutie little 6-month old boy and it made both Robert and I even more excited for our baby to come into the world! It was really nice to have both of our neighbors to bounce ideas off of,

Sunday was a Robert/Maddy day. We cleaned the house, lounged at the pool and then spent the afternoon walking around Downtown Greenville. We walked about 2 miles down Main Street and on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. After all of our walking, we decided to grab dinner at Grill Marks before heading home. I cannot wait until we can take Baby Girl to Falls Park. We’re very fortunate to live in an area with such a beautiful gathering spot.

Walking around downtown Greenville!

Walking around downtown Greenville!

38 Weeks!

38 Weeks!

I feel so much more calm and at peace as we play the waiting game. Baby Wilson’s nursery is complete, we’ve taken our “pre-birth class” and visited the hospital, and we’ve prepared (I think) as much as we possibly can. We’re ready for your arrival, Baby Girl! ❤

Weeks 21 and 22: Crib’s Up!

Over these past couple of weeks, my food baby has developed into an actual pooch. Baby Girl is on the inside kicking like crazy to get out! Other than my stomach growing, physically, I feel perfectly normal. I have rare tiredness, no nausea and I haven’t really had any food cravings (except ice cream every night, but that’s normal for me). My clothes are starting to fit a little snugger, but I’m still able to wear my same work pants and tops every day-no maternity clothes yet!

Emotionally, I’m getting more and more excited for Baby Girl to get here. I’m finding out that I’m pretty obsessive about basically everything related to what she’ll need when she arrives (clothes, doctors, daycares, stressful strollers, etc.). Speaking of which, Robert and I discussed the pros and cons of different strollers for about three weeks straight. THREE WEEKS!  I think we’ve finally decided upon one, thank the Lord. Her nursery is another obsession. We’ve decided on the colors, bought the bare essentials (crib and glider), and started to make decisions on the layout of the room.

Robert put together Baby G’s crib and glider chair the other day (as I sat and snapped pics of him), and it made me even more excited for her arrival. There was something so special about watching him make sure that they were set up perfectly. He moved the crib and the chair three different times until I figured out the perfect spot for each of them. After everything was set, we spent an hour or so just sitting in her room talking about different ways to decorate and how we’ll have to transform the room as she grows up. These are some of my favorite moments.

Favorite things about my pregnancy during weeks 21 and 22:

  • Feeling Baby Girl kick and flip
  • My mom and sister setting a date for the baby shower
  • Finding a sale at Carter’s and buying Baby Girl’s first chambray top ❤
Crib and glider that Robert put together :-)

Crib and glider that Robert put together 🙂

The Game of Life

Wow! I cannot believe it’s been a full year since I last wrote a post. A friend at work recently told me that Robert and I hit all of the major milestones in the “Game of Life” this year. If you’ve played the Life board game before, you know that each player drives his or her play car through major life changes and the richest person at the end of the game wins. After looking back at 2014, it most certainly was the “richest” one of our lives, and I’m not referring to money.

We checked off major life events in the whirlwind year of 2014. Robert and I got married, honeymooned in Aruba, and I traveled to France for work in February. In March, I bought my first brand new car. In May, we drove to Ohio to celebrate the beautiful marriage of two of our best friends at their wedding in Cleveland. Over the summer, we took trips to Charleston for the 4th and to Arizona to see Robert’s brother. In October, we moved into our new house. In November, I traveled for the first time to China for work, and we spent November and December with family and friends for the holidays.

September, though, took the cake. My sister and Sam got ENGAGED, Robert turned 30 and we traveled to Boston (and saw Jeter’s last MLB series) to celebrate, we found a house that we loved and signed a contract, and the most exciting of all… we found out that WE’RE HAVING A BABY GIRL.

We are so excited to welcome Baby Girl into our lives. We talk about her all of the time. We talk TO her all of the time. We laugh at her punching and kicking me from the inside. We’ve already began to plan out her nursery. I’ve already bought her five pairs of pants and one pair of jeggings. We simply cannot wait for her arrival in May.

2015 will bring tons of changes for our little family. With Baby Girl’s arrival and Merrick and Sam’s wedding on the horizon, I know it’s going to be one for the books.

I can’t wait for all of the love to come in 2015.

 

 

The Little Things

2013 was the fastest year of my life. To sum it up, it was filled with tons of love, laughter, travel, huge life changes, and absolute fun. In 2013, Robert proposed, my family and I planned a wedding, Robert and I saw 7 friends/family members tie the knot, I held my good friend’s new-born son, Robert and I traveled up and down the east coast (NYC, Florida, Hendo, Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head and Charleston), I started a new job, and Robert and I moved to Greenville, S.C.

2013 has been a very “UP” year for us. Although we faced a few road blocks, Robert and I finally ended up in the same city toward the end of the year. FINALLY! No more long distance relationship. No more weekend road trips. No more sitting in traffic on I-85 on Friday afternoons.

We’re finally able to experience some normalcy. We’re finding the fun in discovering roles within our household. We’re loving the fact that we get to physically talk face-to-face about our work days. We went to the gym together tonight, played a new sport (racquetball), and we both left beaming from ear to ear.  We’re re-learning Greenville through fresh eyes (new bars to explore, new churches to test out, new restaurants to try).   We’re decorating our apartment with our own sense of style and color. And mostly, we’re taking pleasure in the little things.

I’m very thankful for everything that 2013 threw my way.

That said, here’s my message to 2014: BRING IT ON. Bring on more love. Bring on our WEDDING. Bring on the morning when my mom, sister and I will get ready together. Bring on the moment when Robert sees me for the first time at the end of the aisle. Bring on the long aisle that my dad will escort me down. Bring on the moment when Robert and I promise ourselves to each other in front of those who love us. Bring on the singing and dancing and laughter that will inevitably ensue during our reception.

Bring on more trips around the world. Bring on more date nights with my (soon-to-be) husband. Bring on more golf days with my family. Bring on more trips to the beach. Bring on more hikes. Bring on more exercise.  Bring on hard work. Bring on celebrations of our families’ and friends’ birthdays, matrimony ceremonies and engagements.

And finally, bring on more little things. 🙂

Catching Fireflies.

We celebrated Kristin’s last few weeks as a “single woman” in Savannah in late June. Her MOH and cousin, Shannon, booked a cute condo in downtown Savvy and we walked to The Bohemian for dinner and then Savannah Smiles for a night full of dancing, singing (screaming) and celebrating K Cox. It’s very rare that I hang out with all women (as most of the time, I’m with Robert), but it’s really nice to change it up a bit. We talked and laughed into the early hours of Saturday morning, reminiscing about our times at Clemson, recounting old spring break trips and discussing millions of wedding deets.

Girls at Savannah Smiles for KC's Bach!

Girls at Savannah Smiles for KC’s Bach!

I hopped up early Saturday morning and drove to Robert’s in Hendersonville to get ready for Cheen’s wedding.  Cheen lived three doors down from my family’s house on Bramblewood growing up. When I think of Cheen, I remember sleepovers, lemonade stands, her lab George, sledding down her driveway and visiting her Folly Beach house. She looked gorgeous walking down the aisle and it was fun reconnecting with her during the reception. We had a blast dancing at the reception. It’s pretty fun when you’re whole family is out on the dance floor tearing it up. At the end of the night my mom’s feet hurt her so badly that Robert carried her out of the Poinsett Club like a baby.  I’m pretty sure that when your fiancé carries your mom out of the reception at the end of the party, you can call that night a success. We ended up going out in downtown Greenville, met up with some old friends and even made a new, crazy one.

Family.

Family.

Compilation of the fun at Cheen's wedding

Compilation of the fun at Cheen’s wedding

On Sunday, Robert and I headed back to Hendo for some R&R. I was exhausted after more than 700 miles of driving around the southeast. Late that night, we sat on Robert’s front porch in the pitch black and watched (and caught) the millions of lightening bugs as the swarmed his yard. It was a perfect way to wind down a whirlwind weekend.

Happy Maddy

I woke up with a huge smile on my face today. Why? Because I’m completely happy. Plain and simple. I’m excited and over the moon about everything that’s going on in my life right now. A few things I’ve been focused on over the past few weeks:

Family– Over the past month, I’ve seen my family quite a bit. My mom and sister came to Atlanta in late March to wedding dress shop and… dun dun dun… we found the dress! It’s absolutely gorgeous and I love, love, love it.

A couple of weeks ago, my family met up in Charleston for a long weekend of celebrating my Aunt Marg’s 60th birthday, running the Charleston Cooper River Bridge Run, watching Venus and Serena face-off at the Family Circle Cup and shopping on King Street. The laughs, stories and love that we shared made it a perfect weekend.

Last weekend, I went home to Greenville, SC to meet our day-of wedding planner and celebrate Kim’s 50th birthday with a surprise party.  First: the wedding planner. Love her. We met with her at a Starbucks in DT Greenville and chatted about everything wedding-wise for about 2 hours. She gave us opinions on bands, rehearsal dinner spots, caterers and day-of ideas. My mom, sister and I have similar opinions and it was nice to have a third party affirm most of our thoughts.

Later that night, we headed over to Nancy’s house for Kim’s surprise party. My mom and her friends had planned the big she-bang for about 4 months and it paid off. The party, people and personalized pillows were perfect. 🙂  My mom read a beautiful poem honoring Kim and she had the whole party laughing and smiling throughout the entire reading. Robert leaned over to me while my mom was presenting the poem and said, “Now I know where you got your writing skills.”

Work: I’m loving it. I’ve been conducting intern interviews over the past few weeks and explaining what it means to be a Porter  Novelli employee. Throughout each meeting with potential candidates, I’m realizing more and more how much I love PN. This agency compares to none. It truly is awesome. I come into work every day looking forward to working with my team. I’m given the chance to be creative, learn, grow, and have fun in a collaborative environment with positive, smart people. I have a wonderful coach on my team who wants and encourages me to grow. I can’t say enough nice things about this place.  Ok. Enough of drinking the PN Kool-Aid… moving on….

Robert– [Gush warning] In the beginning of my post, I said that I wake up with a smile on my face. A lot of that has to do with the fact that in less than 10 short months, I’m going to marry the most amazing man thatI’ve ever met (besides my dad). And the sparkly diamond on my finger reminds me of that every day.  Even though we’re technically in a long distance relationship still, Robert and I talk about 15 times a day via phone calls, texts and even sometimes emails.  Each conversation and visit makes me fall more in love with him. He is sincerely interested in my day, my feelings, my to-do list, my work stories, my workout progress, my family, and the list goes on and on. And I’m really interested in everything in his life. Robert is a rare gem, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us.  🙂 

All in all, I’m very fortunate and thankful for everything that’s been going in my life. I try not to take things for granted because, as we unfortunately saw earlier this week in Boston, tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.