Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sweet Reality.....

So, I got in my car this morning and turned to back out of my parking space and saw this........ 

Wow, I knew Tyler had installed the car seat over the weekend, BUT to see it in my car and realize we are T-20 days from our little bundle of joys' arrival, made it all the more real! 


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Giddy with little girl excitement!

Ok, I feel like I'm seventeen again. Did you see Britney on GMA this morning? I've been counting down the days! Her premiere this morning on GMA is equivalent to a man's Super Bowl count down...... I was brimming with anticipation. No lie, I may or may not have put my coffee down, climbed off the couch and started dancing to her remix of hits..... I die..... LOVE HER!!!!

Britney's career pretty much started when I hit Tenth Grade and like many of you I'm sure you rocked out to her through many of your milestone moments. I remember driving by myself for the first time and rocking out to Hit Me Baby One More Time, I remember getting ready for prom and applying make up while belting out Crazy, I remember nursing the sadness of my first heartbreak to Everytime and then healing with songs like Stronger and Toxic. And of course songs like Me Against the Music and Outrageous take me back to my college days driving to and from Gainesville with my roomie in her Jetta to visit our friends and have a weekend out of Tally.

And then fast forward----she went nuts----- and I've been waiting, waiting, and waiting for her to recover and FINALLY she's back!!!! Not only is she back, she's doing a concert with Enrique this summer!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!! I giddily told my husband this morning that no matter what I HAD to go to her concert even if I had to go all by myself, he looked at me like I had gone bananas and mockingly said, "What are you a teenager?"

And I thought, THIS morning, I am. I love her :)

Do ya'll have pop cultue icons or music that can just take you back, Or am I the only weirdo????

Monday, March 28, 2011

I need a good dose of Pollyanna......


We didn't get the house. After we had the inspection there were some concerns with the electrical and old wood siding on the house (as well as a myriad of other small things). After a week of estimates, arguments, and debates- oh my, we couldn't come to terms with the seller. In the words of my husband "We wouldn't buy a used car with a busted transmission, no matter how good the deal, so why would we do that with a house?"


I guess, I wouldn't be as bummed if there seemed to be some other alternatives on the market right now, but  alas, there's not. So here we are again.... homeless...... Don't get me wrong I am glad we are all together in this "lovely" corporate apartment, but gosh after three weeks of living here, I'm starting to climb the walls. I want my things, I want to get settled, I want to decorate my nursery!!!!!!

I'm trying  to not let this urgent "need to nest" get the better of me, but gosh, it would just make me feel a little better if we just had a few more options to think about..... or a plan of some sort that had an end date.

So, like I titled this post, clearly, today I need a good dose of Pollyanna!

Hope you all are having a better start to the week than us! :(

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sympathy Weight.....

So we took our lovely pooch to the vet yesterday to get caught up on her vaccinations and to meet our new vet. It was there we learned that our once lean, mean fighting machine had gained a whopping 16 pounds since I got preggo and was now topping out at 99.6 pounds...... oops :) Hah, I've gotta laugh bc I may or may not have been tossing her bits and pieces of all the unhealthy things I may or may not have consumed this pregnancy :) Like I told my husband...... " In my eyes she made out easy, I've gained __(insert ridiculous and embarrassing number here)___ pounds, I'd take 16 pounds any day!"

Tana has now had her meals slashed in half and we've added a "green bean" regimen to her diet. I told her not to worry Mom will be joining her soon enough! 

Happy Sunday! 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Like father, like son.....

So, for those of you that don't know my hubby..... He's slightly obsessed with all things madras, seersucker, and pretty much any type of pant that might be considered a little over the top or slightly obnoxious. We like to call these pants, his "party pants" since he always seems to pull these out for Rehearsal dinners, Engagement parties, nights out with friends etc. Hence the few examples below (which aren't even the worst of them!) 

So, when I came across these diaper covers on Etsy, I jumped.... They are adorable even without the explanation, but now knowing how into this look my hubby is, doesn't it make them THAT much cuter!?!?!? I absolutely cannot wait to take a picture of Tyler holding his brand new baby in these adorable items!!!! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A special something for my baby......

Not only was this one of my favorite books as a kid, but it's a great metaphor for a child and his/her Mom. I saw it the other day in Target and I thought- what a great book to write a message to my sweet child and let him know how excited I am right now for him to join me and his Dad in this wonderful life. 

27 days and counting....

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I'm a believer.....

So, my sister-in-law Susan SWEARS by the sound machine. In fact, when we visited for Christmas we observed that she not only had one for each of her wonderful children, but she also used one for she and her husband. I liked this idea because a sound machine is way smaller than the traditional box fan that a lot of parents use to block out noise while their babes sleep. So I ordered one from Amazon last week when Tyler and I went on our baby binge. Well, Sunday night Tyler said why don't we try out the sound machine and see if it makes a difference for us? Well, this sleep deprived preggo (seriously people I can't remember the last time I got more than three hours of sleep!?!) SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT on Sunday! Seriously! Thinking this was a fluke, tried it out again last night and I gotta say, I just ordered myself one of these bad boys! WOW!!!!! Love. Love. Love. 


Monday, March 21, 2011

BIG News!!!

So, not to get ahead of myself, but I've gotta share some big news...... we found a house and we're under contract! AND not only do we think the house is adorable (built in 1937) but we are excited that we found it in our dream, old "father of the bride like" neighborhood--- Alamo Heights! YAY! We're bringing a contractor out today to discuss all the renovations and the addition we'd like to do (more on that later) and then tomorrow (the most important) we're having the inspector come out to make sure everything is in ship shape condition (please, please, please cross your fingers). If all goes according to plan we will be closing on this baby in early May! Why so far away you ask..... well, funny story... the family we're buying the house from are expecting their third baby and she's almost eight months along. So she wants to have her baby in her home before the chaos of moving takes over.... and well, we agreed, since we're basically already in the throws of a move so what's one more month in a corporate apartment? In the meantime I'll be dreaming of this cute little abode! Can't wait to make it mine!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Holy Baby! (T- 30 days!)

In the famous words of the popular 80's band, Europe, "It's the final countdown....." Holy smokes, we're having a baby! Where did the time go???? Tyler and I celebrated last night by putting together some of Ford's things! Who knew baby items could take so long to put together? Thank goodness for husbands!
(pardon, the corporate apartment background!It's blagh, but HEY it's a home for now!)

I, of course did my part to help.....kinda.....

These are just a few! I think it's safe to say Tyler and I went a little baby crazy!!!! Ok, maybe just me :). I told Tyler he was lucky we weren't decorating a nursery....... yet :) 


Friday, March 18, 2011

Hanging with the Family!

As I mentioned below, Wednesday, the "other" Texas Deneault's were in town :). I'm so glad they live so close! We headed to the Riverwalk and the Alamo for a little sightseeing and adventure!

Then, baby Ford kicked and of course everyone wanted to feel, but as usual, that little sucker quit as soon as someone other then his Mommy put their hands on my belly, such a stinker! 

My nephew was not having any of that and decided to take matters into his own hands! He wanted to see his cousin..... STAT.... 

Oops!!! Not Yet Ben! ( Isn't he cute???) 


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Take me away.....Hyatt Hill Country!

You can find me here today, rocking a black bikini.... yep, you heard right, a black bikini and eight months preggo bc that's how I roll :) 

It's Texas Spring Break and my nieces and nephews are in town visiting Sea World, Six Flags etc. but today is their pool day, so I'm headed over there to hang out with the family and partake in this luxurious lazy river- can't wait! If your in the area stop by.... look for the totally confident beached whale. If not, if I get a wave of confidence I mmmmaaaaay even take a picture for a later post, we'll see... :)

Happy Hump Day! 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ford Burton Deneault

Ford is 35 weeks today! Apparently he's the sized of a honeydew melon! Gosh, I cannot believe we are this far along. In some instances it feels like it creeps by, and then when I look back- it's flown! 5 more weeks (give or take) and we'll meet our special little boy. I cannot wait.

All of a sudden I'm hearing of others with the same name! Not only "others" but hollywood people naming their babies Ford. For instance, Owen Wilson just had a baby and he named his son Robert Ford Wilson, but will be calling him Ford.

Then I turned on the television yesterday and the Soap, All My Children was on... there's a character on there named Ford too! Yikes!

I mean, don't get me wrong both men are VERY cute, BUT I hope this doesn't become a trend and then everyone and their brother names their kid Ford! I want his name to be a littttttttle unique! Well, just in case ya'll heard it here FIRST :). Just kidding, sorta! 

Second baby class tonight! We get to watch the "live" birth..... not so excited for this! I'm a firm believer in "hear no evil, see no evil" meaning it's much easier for me to deal with something like this when I don't know exactly what's happening. Cross fingers I don't faint!

Have a great Tuesday! 

Monday, March 14, 2011

To suburb or not to suburb, that is the question.......

So, I know, I know that many of you are reading this and your jaw is dropping. But hey, wait, let me explain...... it's not " exactly" how it may seem......

So, Tyler and I have done the suburbs in DFW and let's just put it this way, after making it through "that" I am confident we can make it through anything! We were unlucky and had a really negative experience. Our neighbors were older and awful, no one talked to us! If I was outside I'd get side way glances from my women neighbors ( I was much younger, comparatively and had no children at the time). They wouldn't so much as speak to me! My brother and sister in law ( + 4 kids) moved into our home about 3 months after we moved in while their home was being remodeled and ONLY THEN did we get "Welcome to the Neighborhood Calls." It was strange. I was miserable. In hindsight I think if we'd moved to the " younger" suburbs (Keller or Grapevine) we would have been much happier, but the neighborhood we lived in was very much " Keeping up with the Jones," not to mention EVERYTHING closed by around 9:00 o'clock at night!

*Side note: Thank goodness for Tyler's company bc aside from our realtor (who was awesome) and my brother and sister in law --his agents were are only friends! And believe me, if I hadn't had them, I may not be here to write this post right now :) Yikes! 

So anyhow, needless to say the 'Burbs left a really negative taste in our mouth.... Enter San Antonio....

We are suddenly and shockingly dancing around the idea of the 'Burbs again. Here's why:

1. It "seems" a bit different out here. There is so much going on out here, TONS of restaurants, TONS of shopping and beautiful, different looking homes with absolutely breathtaking views of the hill country.... It definitely makes you stop and think....

2. Everyone that we've met that's our age, lives out in the general area. So, that eliminates my new fear of scary stepford housewives.

3. Everything is ALOT closer in San Antonio and the traffic (though not perfect) is nothing compared to the train-wreck traffic in DFW. So we could technically be downtown in 15 REAL minutes (shocking!?)

4. It is absolutely gut-wrenching how much more you can get for your buck in the suburbs, compared to what we would live in if we choose to move closer to the city. And with the impending bambino and the amount of "stuff," I've been told they acquire, I'm thinking square footage is suddenly important.....

So, you heard it here first: This city loving, older home addict, renovating junkie may soon be jumping, eyes wide open, BACK into the Burbs....... We'll see!

To be continued......

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sometimes, I need a good dose of my husband.....

Thank God for my husband. He may never  be Don Juan, but he  always knows when I need a nice swift kick in the pa-tooty. As you may have guessed from my previous post, it' been a rough couple of days. In all honesty, I'm nervous about impending motherhood and scared that I'll be an absolutely terrible Mom. I know this is the hormones, but gosh it's scary! I have a ton to do before Mr. Ford graces us with his presence and I NEED to get going and start crossing things off my "To Do" list. Unfortunately, I have a bad habit of retreating when I get stressed and scared, hence the past few days. 

Enter my hubby. Hubby got home from work last night and after a light hearted "squabble" As usual, he pieced his hormonal, preggo wife back together.... And even managed to take some of the burden off my plate (as if he already doesn't do enough). 

So we hopped on our computer and ordered everything we need (and don't need :))  for  baby Ford.  We are now officially ready for his arrival. And MAN it feels great! 

If I don't say it enough. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful man in my life. 

Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Emotional Roller Coaster.....oh my......

So, I know I'm not the first preggo to experience the glorious mood swings that occur throughout pregnancy, but geeez, they are definetly getting to me. I'm up and down so often lately that literally my mood can go from happy to sad in about .5 seconds. One minute I'm on top of the world, ready to take on the day and then the next minute I'm under the covers, in bed, feeling like the grossest, most worthless human being, ever.... It' ridiculous. I know it's normal to experience this, but geez I wish I could find a  way to get myself outta the funk when it hits.... I'm not good at being an UNhappy person! These are the moments when I wish I lived closer to loved ones. 

I am most importantly looking forward to the birth of my child, but I've got to say a close second is the return of my sanity.... I just can't wait to feel "normal" again. I want to be happy for a full day and not suddenly be consumed so unexpectedly with self doubt and loathing....

41 Days and Counting.........

Dreaming of Ford's Nursery....

Ok, so, since I can't technically "nest" in my new home (because we don't have one yet, hah!) I am going to do some "blog nesting" and show you a few things that I'm thinking about for Ford's "eventual" nursery.... 

I started out thinking that no matter what THIS giraffe had to be in his nursery (and I even sorta like the color scheme we've got going on here...... It's somewhat traditional and pretty darn stinkin' cute!

( I apologize, I cannot, for the life of me, find where I got this picture to give you credit) 
But then this morning as I was perusing the Anthropologie website (dangerous I know) I came upon these..... 

Now, I'm thinking I might love these more.... hmmmm.........

Decisions, Decisions..... 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Dear House Hunting God......

Dear House Hunting God,

If you could send a house my way that has a bathroom like this..... I'd be extremely appreciative.
 That is all. 


Monday, March 7, 2011

Weekend Recap

Wow! What a busy weekend! We moved into our new corporate apartment and finally got settled! At this point in my pregnancy I would love to "nest" in my very own home but  "settling" into our rental apartment here in San Antonio WITH my hubby ( finally!!! :)) feels just as good!

So, jus to recap. Starting Friday we signed our lease, moved in, met our new OBGYN (I love her!), pre-registered at the hospital, signed up for all my new Mommy classes (they start tomorrow!) and just adjusted to our new surroundings!

Sunday we took a gigantic sigh of relief, woke up late and then decided to take the day to just meander around town. In true Crispin and Tyler fashion we decided to try our hand at a local joint for lunch. For those of you who don't know us as well.... we are HUGE food people. We pretty much live for food. If you come and stay with us, we will basically give you the "Tour of Food!" just ask anyone who has ventured out to see us, they might gain five pounds in one weekend- seriously!

So we found this local joint called Boehlers. The building has been around since 1890 and through its lifetime has been a few different restaurants but always within the same family  The building is soooo old and has a gigantic lean to it! Although it has been stabilized , it looks like it might fall over at any point (the waitress explained it's part of the charm). Tyler and I ordered off of their brunch menu and it was divine. This definitely won our seal of approvals and will definitely be first on our list of San Antonio Eats :)

Pardon my lovely mugshot..... no make up on a pregnant chick, yah not so much :) 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Home again, home again.....

Thank goodness for my husband! Aside from his new job responsibilities and interviewing potential employees this week, my poor guy worked his fingers to the bone to avert crisis and  get us out of a hotel and into a corporate apartment.... and after three grueling days and one hormonal, cry-baby, no scratch that, make that- hysterical wife.... we have success!!!! Thank goodness he knows how to multi-task. We are now moved into our corporate apartment, pooch and all....

And of course it didn't take long for Princess Pooch to find her favorite spot in the new apartment :)

Taking a big sigh of relief...... Enjoy your weekend!

And THANKS for baring with me! 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Take me away.....

In an effort not to scream, cry, and absolutely break down......  (see post below and YES we're still homeless:() I am trying to concentrate on other less stressful things.... or at least daydream about them.... So this post is not about the move, our new life, or even the baby.... this post is about our upcoming vacation. BECAUSE SERIOUSLY PEOPLE WE NEED ONE!!!!!!!!!

In June after the move, after the baby, and after we're long out of the mythical corporate apartment (cross fingers), Tyler and I are taking a much needed trip here: 


I think this new (hopefully skinny again) Mom need the following items (ahem hubby): 

I'm just saying......

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Or at least that's what Tyler and I are chanting now, after yesterday's DEBACLE. So, where to start....we've moved, or scratch that more accurately, we're homeless in San Antonio....... fun.

Basically, to make a VERY LONG story short. Somewhere in between when we decided on our apartment and yesterday they fired the leasing agent we were working with and failed to pick up the pieces..... pieces being us. We get there and the apartment was not ready, our furniture package hadn't been ordered, our place hadn't been cleaned and the earliest we could move in was Thursday.  Not only was all this wrong, but there customer service was the WORST I've ever seen. They acted as if this was our fault. Wow..... most of you know my husband, so when I say the vein was bulging in his forehead you get me---- he was ticked.....

As much as this sucked we were in between a rock and a hard place. We needed a place to stay, the location was perfect (right next tot he hospital etc.) so we tried to forge on.... Well, then we sat down to go over the contract--keep in mind we had already signed a contract that they were now declaring was void).  So as we're going over the new contract all the terms that we "thought" we had worked out with the previous agent were now up for negotiation again... and without going into detail ( I could write a whole page on this) we couldn't come to terms.

Tyler was so ticked that we literally got up and left. Done. finished. So basically we waited 4 hours yesterday in an apartment complex that was completely rude, unprofessional, and just plain awful. It sucked (to put it bluntly).

So now, this preggo, the dog, and all our stuff (our cars are stuffed) are hanging out at the Residence Inn and my poor hubby is desperately trying to find us a place to live so we don't have to turn around and start this process ALL OVER AGAIN.......

Ok.... blood pressure rising..... WOOOOO-SAAAAAAAAAA.....................

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Who needs sleep?

Not I apparently.....

As I embark upon the last 50 days of pregnancy my sleep has begun to dwindle, even more so, than it already had.... I find myself waking up at least five to six times a night AND I honestly don't think I've reached a "deep sleep" in gosh- 2 weeks? when Tyler's alarm goes off at 6:00 AM I pop out of bed like a June Bug.... If I had to guess I think I'm averaging about four and a half hours of sleep a night....yikes!

The good news is, I guess I'll be prepared for baby Ford and all of his late night feedings, but geesh..... I'm a walking zombie!!!! Any tips on turning your brain off during the PM?

In other news, we've got lots going on in the Deneault household. All good! I'll fill you in later this week, once things have all calmed down and everything is settled!

Busy. Busy. Busy. 
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