Monday, June 25, 2007

Good News

I got a call from my local Walmart and my crib has arrived! Hilarious.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you might want to read my Crib Drama blog (or maybe just skim through it).

Sunday, June 24, 2007

35 Weeks

This is my best "get this baby out of here" look:

Saturday, June 23, 2007

How do you know if you're ready for kids?

This was a handout they gave us at childbirth class this week and I thought it was pretty hilarious.

Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Place a fish stick behind the couch and leave it there all summer.

Obtain a 55 gallon box of Legos (or you may substitute roofing tacks). Have a friend spread them all over the house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk to the bathroom or kitchen. Do not scream because this would wake a child at night.

Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them with you as you shop. Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.

Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus. Stuff into a small net bag making sure that all the arms stay inside.

Obtain a large plastic milk jug. Fill halfway with water. Suspend from the ceiling with a cord. Start the jug swinging. Try to insert spoonfuls of soggy cereal into the mouth of the jug, while pretending to be an airplane. Now dump the contents of the jug on the floor.

Prepare by obtaining a small cloth bag and fill it with 8-12 pounds of sand. Soak it thoroughly in water. At 3:00p.m. begin to waltz and hum with the bag until 9:00p.m. Lay down your bag and set your alarm for 10:00p.m. Get up, pick up your bag, and sing every song you have ever heard. Make up about a dozen more and sing these too until 4:00a.m. Set alarm for 5:00a.m. Get up and make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. Look cheerful.

Chris said he couldn't even figure out what the feeding test was talking about. I don't think he's ready. Actually, he says that there is no logical way that OUR kid could resemble any of this. I mean, look at who his parents are! :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Three Years!

Chris and I have been married for three years today! I can't believe how fast it has gone by. We were together for about 2 1/2 years before we got married, so we have officially been married longer than we dated. We celebrated by going to the donut shop this morning before work, Rosa's for dinner, our last childbirth class, and then Bahama Bucks.

We normally go to Chick-fil-a for a Cookies & Cream milkshake after class, but tonight we went to see our friends that just had their baby yesterday, so we weren't going to make it to Chick-fil-a before it closed. Chris and I went to high school with Nathan, and him and his wife, Kacee, just happened to be in our childbirth class. They obviously didn't make it to the last class and it was a little surreal seeing baby Hannah and thinking that will be us in just a few more weeks. It is a little sad to think that this is our last anniversary without kids, but I know it can only get better!

This has been the best three years of my life. God has blessed our marriage more than I could have ever imagined and I am so glad to have Chris as my best friend for life. We are going to have a "real" anniversary date this weekend - one of our last big dates before Will gets here!

Crib Drama

This might end up being a really long, boring blog, but I really feel the need to share my story so that I can hopefully spare others from going through the same thing. This is especially something that you do not want to go through if you are expecting a baby in a few weeks.

I will start off by saying that I did wait until I was almost 30 weeks pregnant to figure out what furniture I wanted for Will's room, so there was a little procrastination on my part. I had found some furniture on Walmart's website that I really liked and after doing some research on the brand, I found out that the exact same furniture was sold at Babies R Us under a different brand name but same manufacturer. However, just the crib would have been $150 more at Babies R Us, plus shipping. I had heard about a new program that Walmart has going called Site to Store shipping. On Walmart's website, this is advertised as free shipping that arrives at your store within 7 to 10 days. Perfect! I can order the furniture, not have to pay shipping, and I'll have it in 2 weeks. Too good to be true, right?

On May 17th, I placed my order for a crib and a matching dresser. I immediately received a confirmation email stating that my dresser would arrive between May 23rd and May 31st and my crib would arrive between May 25th and June 11th. What? What happened to "arrives at store in 7 to 10 days"?? I was disappointed, but I had already placed my order at this point and it was still probably going to arrive sooner than if I had to order it elsewhere.

On May 24th, I received another email from Walmart stating that there is a delay in the shipment of my crib. The thing that concerned me most about this email was this sentence: "Please note that if we do not hear from you and we cannot fulfill this order within 10 days, we will automatically cancel your order and you will be notified." Cancel my order? Why? I guess I should mention that both items I ordered said "In Stock" on Walmart's website. So if the crib is in stock, what could be so hard about getting it shipped? This makes me think that the crib wasn't actually in stock and they were having problems getting the crib from a supplier. Why else would they have to possibly cancel my order? So I decide to call Walmart's customer service line because if they don't actually have my crib in stock, I should probably think about ordering a different crib. I talked to Valerie and she said that there was no problem with the shipment of my crib except that there was a delay (sounds like a problem to me), but the crib was in stock and I would receive my crib. Later that night, the status of the crib had changed from "processing" to "shipped." Coincidence or did my call actually make a difference? Who knows.

I wait a week and the crib has still not arrived at the store, so I decide to call and check on it (this is on June 1st). By the way, the dresser had arrived at the store by this time, but I did not want to go pick it up because I thought it would be easier to get both the dresser and the crib at the same time and I wanted to make sure the crib was actually going to get there. I talked to Tina who tells me that the crib will arrive at the store by June 4th. Great! It's June 4th and guess what? The crib doesn't get there. So I call and speak with Matoya. Matoya tells me that she doesn't know why it hasn't gotten to the store and basically, the only thing she can do is escalate the matter to their fulfillment department. She said that the fulfillment department would the contact me and let me know the status of my order. I asked when I could expect to hear from them and she say Friday (this was on Monday). So of course, I balked at Friday and said I needed to hear something before then. She said she didn't work on Tuesday, but she would personally make sure that someone called me by Wednesday.

On Wednesday, June 6th, I get a call from Amy. Amy tells me that there is no way to track my order (which I have been told all along and didn't quite believe), but she assures me that my crib will arrive by its original expected delivery date, June 11th. I told her that I was not comfortable with that answer because I had been told so many different things and that I would be okay with it if she could at least find out where my crib was. I wanted to know what truck it was on and when that truck was expected to arrive at my store. She said that they did not have that capability and there was no possible way to do that. I mean we are talking about Walmart here - how could they not know where their inventory is? It just didn't make sense. I made her tell me over and over again that there was NO WAY to find my crib. So finally I just asked what else I could do at that point. She said the only thing I could do was wait until June 11th and if the crib didn't arrive, they could go ahead and give me a refund, but I would have to wait until June 11th to even get that far.

It's June 11th and the crib still doesn't arrive. I decided to go ahead and call the local Walmart store just to make sure that it wasn't there all along. They put me on hold and come back to say that my crib and my dresser are there! I couldn't believe it! How could it have been there all along? So I asked when they arrived and she tells me May 24th and May 27th. Unbelievable! So I begin to tell her how I just can't believe this because I have been talking to all these different people on the customer service line that have told me that my crib has not arrived. She then gets a little concerned and decides to double check. Whoops! That's someone else's crib and dresser. Ugh - what a let down! She apologizes and tells me that she will call me if she's it come in.

This is the point when I decide that I have to find another crib or I am going to be in trouble. It is too late to order something else, I have to just find something that I can buy and pick up later that night (with some help). So I go all over town and finally end up at Target, where I know that they have a crib that I like. There were not any cribs on the shelf where I had seen them before, so I ask an employee to check in the back. She comes back out with the last one on the cart, so I say I'll take it, but I have to pick it up later. She secures it for me in the customer service area. As soon as I got home, I called Walmart to let them know that my crib didn't arrive. I briefly explained the situation to Santrella and she tells me that she needs to put me on hold so that she can TRACK the package. Track it? Didn't Amy (and everyone else) tell me there was no possible way to do that? Santrella comes back and tells me that she was able to track it and the crib was LOST on May 29th. I told her that it was amazing that she was able to find out that information within 5 minutes when I have been talking to so many other people that told me they couldn't track the package at all. So basically, I could have known two weeks earlier that the crib was lost, but instead, I wasted hours on the phone with these people over the last couple of weeks and I could have been used that time to order another crib! Santrella then tells me that the only thing she can do at this point is refund me my money. I say fine and she says I will get the refund within 24 hours.

Later that night, I send Chris, my dad, and Lance to Target to pick up the crib and to Walmart to pick up the dresser. Target did not have any dressers in stock, so I was just hoping that the dresser I originally ordered from Walmart would match the Target crib. They get to Walmart and have all kinds of trouble picking up the dresser...I really don't know the details of this part of the story since I wasn't there, I just know that it took a long time. They get back to our house and bring in three boxes - one from Target and two from Walmart. I immediately think something isn't right, but it took me awhile to figure out that Walmart had actually loaded up someone else's dresser AND crib into my dad's car. It even had someone else's name on it. So now we have to go back to Walmart to return someone else's order and get our dresser.

I went with the boys this time because I wanted to make sure we ended up with the right dresser. We get to Walmart and we just stand there for 10 minutes because no one knows what to do and they can't find a manager. I finally did ask them to at least go look for my dresser while we are waiting on the manager. The manager finally comes out and he doesn't seem to care one bit. It turns out that he was the one that loaded the other crib and dresser into the car and all he says was, "Oh yeah, that was my fault." He didn't even bother to apologize. Even though I am so upset with Walmart at this point, I still wanted, more than anything, to have a crib and a dresser (that match) in Will's room. So I ask them to take out a piece of my dresser so that I can go match it with a crib they have in stock at Walmart (just in case the Target crib doesn't match). So we find a matching crib and buy it. Now we own three cribs! We get home, and it turns out that the Target crib matches too and I like it better, so Chris and my dad take the other crib back to Walmart.

I wish I could say we got the refund and the story ends there. However, I waited until Wednesday to see if the refund for the crib that was lost showed up and it didn't. So I call my friends at Walmart, explained my situation to Shelly, and she puts me on hold. She comes back to me and says that it will be just a few minutes longer because they are unloading a truck at my store right now and need to make sure the crib isn't on there. I told her that was not necessary because it had already been determined that my crib was lost (which I had already told her), and I was just waiting for a refund at this point. In fact, I had been told that a refund was already issued and it was just a matter of it showing up. She then tries to explain to me why they must make sure the crib is not on this truck and I tell her that she does not know what she is talking about because two nights ago Santrella told me that a refund was my only option. I tell her that I need to talk to a manager. She puts me on hold again and comes back to tell me that she has spoken with a manager and the manager said that I will need to get a refund from the store. Well, guess what? We asked about the refund when we were at the store two nights ago and that manager told me that since this was a ".com" order, we must call to get a refund (which does make more sense to me anyway). She continues to insist that I have to get a refund at the store and I finally decide that I cannot be nice anymore. So I told her that she did not know what she was talking about, she was lying, and I was done talking to her - I needed to talk to a manager. While I am on hold, I decide that the manager I talk to needs to know my full story in full detail, if for no other reason to somewhat feel the torture that I have been through (and that you are probably going through if you are still reading this). The manager is very nice and says that he is "appalled" but all he can offer me is an apology and he will go ahead and issue that refund right away (like that was a big favor he was doing for me). He assures me over and over again that the refund is issued and then asks me if there is anything else he can do for me. I tell him that yes, he could tell everyone there what poor service they have and that they really should do something about it. I don't think it sounded quite that nice, but don't worry - no bad language was involved.

So we did finally end up getting the refund and Will has furniture in his room! I am happy for that (even though none of it is a perfect match) and feel a lot better now that I have gotten my Walmart story out in the open....even if no one reads it. The moral of the story is - DO NOT order a crib from Walmart! It will only make you crazy. I do not even have the discipline myself to boycott a company, so I'm not asking anyone to that - but please please please think twice before ordering anything from Walmart - especially if it is important. I will also be writing a letter to Walmart, the only problem is I'm not quite sure who to send it to. Anyone have an idea?

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Father or Not?

I gave Chris a Father's Day card and a little box of chocolates this morning before church. On our way to church, he was talking about how it is weird that he really is a dad now and it doesn't feel like he should be celebrating Father's Day. He said he feels like he should still be the kid in the family. During the service, all the fathers were asked to stand up and Chris just couldn't bring himself to stand up quite yet, even though everyone around us was looking at him and nudging him to get up....but it didn't bother me because I couldn't decide if he was really a father yet or not. I guess next year will be his first real Father's Day. We were driving back from Dallas on Mother's Day this year, so the issue didn't come up then.

Nonetheless, I did surprise Chris with a Father's Day present at lunch. I got him a digital picture frame so that I can take lots of pictures of Will while we are at home during the day and then he can see what we get to do at home all day. We did finally decide that I will not be going back to work after Will gets here, which Chris is totally supportive of, but he keeps saying that he just can't figure out what we are going to do all day. He is positive that we will be bored out of our minds. So I am going to take pictures of what is going on so that he can be assured that we are not bored. Anyway, he LOVES the picture frame and can't wait to get some pictures of Will on there.

Well, I really do intend to post a blog more than once a week. I started out good and I know I let my readers down this week. Hopefully, that will be rare but we just had a rather eventful week. I'll just give you a quick run down of what has been going on:

Monday: The crib we ordered was supposed to come in - it didn't. I know I've said in another post that I would tell the crib story later, but this is going to have to be another teaser for now. I really do want devote an entire post about why NOT to order a crib from Wal-Mart. But for now, I will just say that in the end, it didn't ever come in and so I was determined to find a crib on Monday. So I spent the afternoon looking for a crib that I could pick up that night. I bribed my family - Mom, Dad, Lance (my brother), and Staci (my cousin) - into coming over to help by fixing them dinner. After dinner, the boys left to pick up the furniture and us girls stayed home and worked on getting the room ready for the furniture. I think we finished getting all the furniture put together by 1 am. I don't think feeding them dinner was enough - so maybe a big fat THANK YOU (and a shout out on the blog) will do! ha!

Tuesday: We had our 4th installment of childbirth class. This class was mostly devoted to infant care and again, was very informative. However, Chris does not approve of my swaddling skills and insists that he is a better swaddler than me. I guess swaddling will just have to be his job! :)

Wednesday: We finally moved my computer desk out of Will's room. That has been a big change. Chris and I are not used to sharing a computer and we really still don't have to share because we still have his desktop and his laptop. What could be the problem, you may be wondering. Well, Chris likes to be working on his desktop (which has two monitors I should add) while watching a movie on his laptop. So we are learning to share. But I am also learning that I really don't need to be using the computer so much and I actually like it. I get a lot of other stuff done. A lot of times, I would just find myself sitting at my computer desk playing on the computer while I should have been doing a lot of other things. I think this will be a good change and I haven't missed my own computer as much as I thought I would.

Thursday: My mom and I worked on decorating Will's room all afternoon. It is looking good, but we still have some stuff to do so I will post pictures as soon as it's all finished up. That night, Chris went straight from work to Beau and Kimberly's wedding rehearsal and then I met him at the rehearsal dinner.

Friday: Chris was a groomsman in Beau & Kimberly's wedding. They had a very pretty wedding at First United Methodist Church and then a really fun reception at Spirit Ranch (the old County Line). They had a Sheridan's cart at the reception which was the highlight of Chris's night. I was feeling pretty good all night until I sat down and looked at my feet. They were HUGE! They look fat all the time now, but this was worse than ever (I guess from standing up in heels all night). It totally freaked me out and I decided that I needed to go home immediately. Chris wanted to be a good groomsman and stay the whole time, so luckily, one of my best friend's parents were there and they were happy to take me home. Thanks Pat & Danny! I really should have taken a picture of my feet, they were awful.

Saturday: I woke up to find that my feet were back to their normal pregnancy fatness and no longer looked like balloons that somewhat resembled feet. Phew. We spent the rest of the day relaxing and shopping for Father's Day presents. Then I had my Pokeno group last night (which is sort of like Bunko). That is always fun!

Sunday: We took our dads to Ruby Tequila's for lunch and then everyone came over to see the progress in Will's room. Cindy (Chris's mom) came over tonight with the crib skirt and bumpers! They look so cute! I can't wait until everything is finished so that I can post a picture. Now, I am obviously catching up on the blog and about to catch up on some TV that I missed this week.

Well, this didn't turn out to be so much of a quick rundown of the week - sorry if you have made it this far! :) Oh, and I didn't remember to bring my camera anywhere this week. I have got to get better about that now that I have a blog to keep up with. This week should be much less eventful, so maybe I'll get a chance to fill you in on the crib drama. I hope everyone has a great week!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

33 Weeks

I can’t believe that Will will be here in 7 weeks or less! I haven’t really felt pregnant until just a few weeks ago and now it will be over so soon. That is probably a good thing because I’m sure I’ll be wanting to get him out in just a few more weeks, but so far, I feel like I’ve had it easy and have enjoyed being pregnant for the most part.

Top 5 Things I Like About Being Pregnant:

5. Expectant moms parking at United. Although, I wouldn’t park there until I was really showing because I didn’t want anyone to be thinking I was just parking there for the heck of it. It always makes me mad when I see lazy men parked in those spots. One day there was a man just sitting there in his car, keeping me from having the spot, so I intentionally walked right by his car and looked right at him in the window, hoping he would feel bad for taking this poor pregnant woman’s parking spot.

4. Having an excuse to not clean the house. Since I’ve only worked part-time for the past couple of years, it has been part of the deal that I would do all of the housework, which I consider to be very fair. But since I’ve been pregnant, Chris has done a lot of the housework and my mom has even come over to help. I usually feel guilty if I don’t get it all done, but it’s been nice to have an excuse to be messy for awhile.

3. Talking to Chris about what it’s going to be like to be parents and different things we are looking forward to doing with our family. I’m sure we have some ideals that will change a lot once parenting is a reality, but it’s fun to talk about anyway. We also can’t wait until Will is old enough to take on family vacations. For some reason, we’re both really excited about visiting Sea World some day.

2. Eating whatever I want! Including, but not limited to, Chick-fil-a Cookies & Cream milkshakes, CiCi’s pizza buffet, ice cream sandwiches, toaster strudels, donuts, Taco Villa combination burritos, Doritos, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups….the list could go on, but these are the things I’m really going to miss when I’m trying to drop the baby weight (at least in the quantities that I’ve been eating them).

1. Feeling Will move around inside me and just wondering what he will be like. It’s crazy to think that he is an actual person that will have his own personality. I just can’t wait to meet him. I know that God has some good things planned for him and it will be so much fun to see what all that is!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Will's Shower

Will's shower was last Sunday and he got everything he needed and more! So many people love him already - he is so lucky.

Donna did such a great job decorating the table - don't you love that "W" sign she made? It goes perfectly with the colors we are using for his room (navy and lime green). Kristin said we should hang it on the door at the hospital and I thought that was a great idea. So be looking for it when you come visit us at the hospital! I also loved that cake - isn't it cute?

Nana, Chris's grandmother, is making this quilt for Will. I love it because the fabric for each letter represents that letter (the A fabric has apples on it, B has butterflies, etc.). I think Will will have a lot of fun learning his letters this way. Both Nana and Cindy, Chris's mom, are really great quilters. Cindy made me a quilt for my birthday one year and she made us a quilt for our bed and gave it to us as a wedding gift. Nana also made us a quilt for a wedding gift and I use it every day. All of these quilts are very special to us. I may have to show off all of our quilts in a blog one day. Cindy is making Will's bedding and I will be sure to post pictures of it when it is all finished.

It looks like I am very excited about those diapers! I just wanted to put this on here so I can remember to keep that attitude. :)

Meg made it to Will's shower all the way from Arizona! She just happened to be in town last weekend and she was actually on her way to catch a flight back home. Meg is one of my oldest friends. She moved to Arizona to live with her dad the year I was going into high school (she was a grade ahead of me) and I cried for days when she told me she was moving. It is always fun to get to see her and I know Will is glad that she was able to make an appearance at his shower!

This is all of Will's new stuff from the shower after I organized it very nicely in our living room. We are still waiting on the crib so that we can get his room put together and get everything nicely organized in there. So everyone be praying that the crib comes in - it really is a blog for another day, but I think I may go crazy if that crib doesn't get here soon!

Thanks everyone for coming to the shower and for all the fun gifts!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

A Page Is Turned

This blog has been a long time coming. Is that the right phrase? It doesn't seem to make sense when I type it out. I have wanted to start a blog for a long time now, but I didn't know what I would write or if I would really have enough to say to justify having a blog. I recently posted a few blogs on myspace (I will probably move those over here eventually), but I liked the idea of having a real blog better. And now that baby Will will be here soon, hopefully I will have plenty to blog about or at least post pictures of him. I have always wanted to be a good scrapbooker, but considering I have almost been married for 3 years and still have not finished my wedding scrapbook, I think it is time to come out of denial. So I was thinking this would be a great alternative to a scrapbook...and really its even better than a scrapbook because there is a lot more room for writing and it can never be lost or ruined (unless I accidentally click the blue button that says "Delete This Blog" - which I am already paranoid about). Once I finally decided to start a blog, I couldn't decide what the title would be. This was actually something that I thought about for a long time until I finally came with something....

A Page Is Turned. You may recognize this as the title of my favorite Bebo Norman song. This song was in our wedding. Well, it was supposed to be in our wedding. We made a video slideshow to go along with it that was supposed to play during the lighting of the unity candle. We had some technical difficulties right before the wedding, and it just didn't happen. But they were able to get everything fixed and play it at the reception. I don't think it had the same effect, but something had to go wrong, right? Anyway, I am going to include the video in this post (hopefully) and you can listen to the song yourself. It's a really sweet song and I love it. I thought the blog title was appropriate since another page will be turning soon with the birth of our son, Will!

Now for the wedding slideshow....

I am really hoping this works because it took me a long time to even figure out how to get it in some kind of format where I could actually post it (which also explains the ad). I don't think I've actually watched this video since our wedding reception and I forgot how much I love it.

Some thoughts I had while watching the video:

1. Chris was such a cute little boy. I hope Will looks just like him! Does anyone else see a resemblance of Kevin from the Wonder Years?

2. There is a picture of my dad baptizing Chris back in October of 2001. That was about a month before we started dating. I just think it's a really neat picture.

3. It brings up a lot of fun memories. There is a picture of Chris sitting in a NASCAR. I gave him tickets to the race in Dallas for our 2nd Valentine's Day together. He loves NASCAR and he had never been to a race before. It was really fun to see how excited he was and how much he loved it. He proposed to me that summer. Do you think this had anything to do with it? Yeah, I'm thinking the NASCAR tickets were a good idea!

4. I hope I'm that skinny again someday!

One more thing - I need some more blog friends! Kristin is my only one right if you want to be my blog friend, please leave me a comment so that I can add you. And I really hope this will encourage some of my friends and family out there that don't have blogs yet to start them. It is so much fun, I promise!

Will someone leave me a comment and let me know if the video is working? It worked on one of our computers, and not the other. Here is a link to it, if it's not working.