Ahhhh, the end of March. It's a beautiful time. Do you know why? Yard sales, people! Yes, yard sales are back in full swing here in Moore County! It was heaven to my eyes when I looked in the newspaper and saw that looong list. Then I had to pick and choose which ones to go to on Saturday. I packed Brianna up after we had both woken up and eaten breakfast, and we were on our way! Normally I would post a picture of the items I purchased but some of them are for Brianna's birthday (shhh!) so I will post pictures of them after she opens those presents at her party.
At the first stop, I did get Bri some cute outfits ($1 each), but I really felt like I hit the jackpot when I came across a barely used Medela electric breast pump!! With Brianna, I used a manual pump until she was about 9 months and then my milk supply was decreasing so I rented an electric one from the hospital in a futile attempt to bring my milk back. It didn't work and within three weeks or so Brianna was totally weaned. Not the plan, but we rolled with it. I thought that I would love to have an electric pump with the next child(ren) but I really hadn't thought anything about it in forever. When I talked to the woman that was selling it, she had used it only about 4 weeks with her 7-week old and then gave up, so it was barely used. She was selling it for $75 so I gladly wrote her a check!
As I was driving away I called Stephen - remember, I had been gone about 10 minutes at this point - and said, "Well, I already spent all my money." And he said, "Really!?" I said, "Actually, I spent more money than I had... I had to write a check!" He was like, "Holy cow!" When I told him what I got he was so excited and he knew that was a great price too. But my work wasn't done. I still had six yard sales to go.
Brianna hit the jackpot, getting several outfits and a toy, including several pairs of blue jeans for $1 each. So nice! I didn't get a single thing for myself. I don't need anything but anytime I can get clothes for Bri for $1 or $0.50 each, I'M THERE!
So.... that breast pump will really come in handy in about 6 1/2 months...
Remember when I announced I was pregnant with Brianna? Yep, this is one of those!
We decided in January that we were ready to start trying to have another baby. We weren't sure how fast or slow it would happen, but we were ready whenever it happened. Long story short (and many details skipped for your sake), one night I knew we should try, and just a few weeks later I knew I should take a pregnancy test. When I did, and it was positive, I was blown away. I couldn't believe I had followed my instincts correctly!
I wanted to tell Stephen by putting Brianna in a cute little "Big Sister" t-shirt. Unfortunately, the one store that sells them (not, Walmart, Belk, Peebles, Ross, TJ Maxx.... etc etc) didn't even have them in Brianna's size (only 2T and 3T) and they were over $30! Yowza! So I compromised. I wrote a big sign that said "I'm the BIG Sister!" and tried to get Bri to hold it while I took her picture. I tried to upload the pictures to show you how well that worked (not well) but Blogger won't let me upload pictures right now. She wouldn't sit still and she kept bending and eating the paper. I finally got good enough pictures. That night when Stephen got home, I said, "Oh, you've GOT to see these cute pictures of Bri that I uploaded from the camera today!" So I mixed in all these other pictures to show him and when he got to those he was like, "What does that say? I can't read it." I just sat there shaking my head and laughing. Finally he was like, "Big.... Sister.... I don't get it." I just started laughing again and FINALLY he was like, "Wait... what!?!?!?" He was so excited!
We told pretty much everyone else in a small time period. I told Jenn of course before anyone else. We were going to GA anyway so I told mom and dad just before then, and told Stephen's family while we were in GA. Then I went out with Granny and Granddaddy to tell them, went to work and told them, and went out with Steve and Kathy to tell them. Then we went out with our preacher and his wife to tell them and then he announced it to the church yesterday. Then it was definitely official today when I posted it on Facebook. You know it's public information then!
I was 12 weeks on Saturday so pretty much through my 1st trimester already. Whee! This pregnancy has been just as smooth as Brianna so far, so I certainly hope that continues. Brianna is the absolute 1000% joy of our lives, the center of our attention, the most fun person in our house, the reason I laugh so much during the day. I can't wait to have another baby!!